Monday, November 6, 2017

A Daisy a Day

It's been a long time since I joined in at Just Add Ink, but I found myself in need of a distraction today.  I have to say that the first thing that came to mind was to use the Daisy punch to create a poinsettia, but the red was a long way from the inspiration photo, so I stayed with the Daisy theme.

I started with a white base and then layered it with another layer of white which I ink blended to enable to white daisies to stand out.  I made a trail for the flowers with the beautiful SU Copper Trim and was quite happy with it.  Deciding on a sentiment was a bit more difficult but tried to stay simple.

Thanks for the inspiration JAI- obviously that's just what I needed today.
Hope everyone has a lovely day

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


I have always endeavoured to personalise my cards with the recipient's name or age, or indeed for special sentiments, so after watching a few you tube videos, I decided to purchase a Minc machine and give it a try.  

I used my computer to generate the wordings and printed them out with the laser printer and then used the Minc to add the foil.   Great fun,  and they were very popular.

Unfortunately, I have been unable to capture the glorious shine of the foiling on the cards I wanted to share so will just leave this one for now to give you a bit of an idea what I am talking about.
This more recent photo does manage to show the shine but has picked up lots of shadows.
The next project was actually the very first thing I made with the Minc.  This was a kit for a daily planner from Heidi Swapp, and I knew my Granddaughter would like it.  The kit came with the clipboard, some pre-printed pages and laminating sheets.  It was a lot of fun to make.  After foiling the pre-printed pages and a large sheet of patterned paper to decorate the clipboard, I found some extra inspirational pieces which I also printed out with the laser printer.  Then everything was laminated with the Minc to enable them to be re-usable if used with wet and dry markers.

Should you be tempted to try foiling for yourself, I have a brand new Minc machine for sale at $80 (pick up from East Burwood) and will be happy to add in a parcel of Minc products and foil to get you started.  Just send me a message if you are interested.  I also have an extra kit for the Planner at $10.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

AWH Blog Hop: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Today some of the Art with Heart Stampin’ Up! team girls have created some amazing Christmas projects to inspire you with the theme,
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
We have tags, gift bags, teacher gift ideas, decorations and many more fun projects to create this holiday season.

I have been with Stampin' Up! for many years, mainly as a hobby demo, but this year I began holding classes which have become very popular and very enjoyable.  This is the first time I have ever taken part in a blog hop, and as I was rather chuffed to have been invited to join in, I may have overdone it just a little, but hope you will enjoy my Christmas offerings.

It IS beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and as usual, SU have a great range of papers to suit every taste - traditional or modern.   I fell in love with the new Copper Foil and have used it as my main feature, teaming it up with Dapper Denim, Sky Blue and Whisper White.  

So ....... it's time to Deck the Halls ....and how better than with a special banner. 

I do love banners!

Look how beautifully that copper foil glints.

Banner Details: Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set; Cookie Cutter Punch;
Candy Cane Lane DSP; Candy Cane Christmas stamp set;
Copper Foil; Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.
With the halls decked it's time to make the Christmas cards!!!!   I started earlier than usual this year as I held a class in October, and instead of making the same card for everyone, this year there will be lots of different ones to choose from.  I made two each of four different cards to complement my Christmas display.

Bird Card Details:  Whisper White card ; Soft Sky card;
Woodland Embossing folder;
Best Birds stamp set; Birds and Blooms thinlets;
Tin of Tags stamp set; Copper embossing powder;
Embellished Ornaments stamp set.  

 Lovely as a Tree Card Details:

Whisper White card; Dapper Denim card; Pretty Paisleys embossing folder;

Lovely as a Tree stamp set; Gorgeous Grunge stamp set;

Embellished Ornaments stamp set; Copper embossing powder.

I couldn't pass on making a card featuring the reindeer, although, unfortunately the tone on tone  stamping doesn't show up very well.  I based this card on one I saw by Jerim Dickins at Willowpiggy blog.
Reindeer Card Details: Dapper Denim card; Whisper White card;
Cookie-Cutter Christmas stamp set; Oh, What Fun stamp set.

"Lovely as a Tree" stars again in this shaker card.  The Confetti Stars Border Punch was used to cut the little copper stars.  Just love this card, because if you look closely you will see my reflection in the window.

While we may not be in the habit of roasting chestnuts in Australia, we most certainly have many traditional Christmas foods and many of us will be giving gifts of our own traditional home baked cakes and goodies or chocolates or chocolates and ... well, you get the idea, so it's time to get those gift boxes made ......

Front of Baker's Box


Back of the box showing the handles.




...... this one is die cut from Whisper White Thick card with Dapper Denim and Copper trimmings and is made with the Baker's Box Thinlets.  It's a great size for medium sized cupcakes, chocolates or any other gift.

This next lovely box is from a tutorial by Helen Griffin in the UK .  It is really gorgeous and was fun to make.  Filled with Ferrero Rocher chocolates it will make a sweet gift.

Box Details: Dapper Denim card; Floral Boutique dsp; Thoughtful Banners stamp set; Duet Banner Punch.

Sometimes you just need a teeny tiny treat that can be quickly whipped up for all the members of groups you belong to or for your children's classmates and there are many clever novelties to be made.

These tiny little mugs only hold one Ferrero Rocher chocolate, but they are super cute.

I saw these online - made by Brigette Keiling from Stempel-fantasie, who made them as her On Stage gifts.

The idea for these clever little trees comes from Brenda Quintana (Qbees Quest), and hold nine Hershey's Kisses.  

So with all our gifts made, we are going to need some tags, and there's sure to be someone who would love their own box of gift tags as an early present.  So many of my friends gift their own baking at Christmas, so they will be receiving a box of these food themed tags. So many yummy stamp sets to help us create, because "It's the most decadent time of the year"!  This simple little box holds 15 tags including embellishments and layers.

Gift Tag Details: Whisper White card: Dapper Denim card; Soft Sky card;
Scalloped Tag Topper Punch; Yummy Little Christmas stamp set;
Candy Cane Christmas stamp set; Oh, What Fun stamp set; Tin of Tags stamp set.

We probably need to make some gift card holders for those difficult delightful people for whom you just cannot get it right.

This one is only small so it could fit inside a Christmas card, but it is elegant enough with it's belly band and copper embellishment, to give on it's own with your choice of gift card tucked inside.  It's also economical as you can get 3 from an A4 piece of card.

Gift Card Holder details:
Dapper Denim card;
Cable embossing folder;
Delicate Ornament Thinlets;
Copper Foil; Candy Cane Lane dsp.

So that only leaves the presents to be wrapped.  For many of us that is a job tackled on Christmas Eve right after the shops have finally shut!!  ... and if you've forgotten to buy the wrapping paper, then you can quickly make your own by stamping on the brown paper that SU use as a filler in their delivery boxes ...

 ...... or not ??? 

My photography skills are limited, so my Darling Daughter came to the rescue and conducted an amazing photo shoot.  She brought with her some great props and we had loads of fun while she snapped away.  I am delighted with the results and hope you enjoyed her photos too.

If you're still with me, then you deserve a great Christmas with beautifully crafted gifts under your tree.

May your Christmas be filled with family, friends, food and fun, and may the year ahead be a healthy and happy one with time to enjoy the things you love.


It's time to hop across to Monika O'Neill's blog.
If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:
  1. Rebecca Jacovou
  2. Ros Davidson
  3. Kathryn Ruddick
  4. Kate Morgan
  5. Rachel Palmieri
  6. Claire Daly
  7. Mary Kelly
  8. Monika O'Neill
  9. Tina Gillespie
  10. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
  11. Catherine Proctor
  12. Judy May

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Merry Christmouse for JAI

Just Add Ink have a colour challenge for us this week.  Not the colours I would normally reach for, and certainly not your usual Christmas colours, but as the Merry Mice set was right in front of me that is the one I went with.  I have tried something a little different. 

I knew what I wanted to do - strip of dsp down one side; partial cutout of the mouse; and very clean and simple!!  Right!  - after an hour of searching I finally found some stripes in the Floral Boutique pack and went with that. 

I found this one harder to photograph than usual.  I seem to have shadows everywhere today. 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Flutter by butterfly ....

flutter by butterfly, 
floating flower in the sky, 
kiss me with your petal wings, 
whisper secrets, tell of Spring.

My Daughter's friend was celebrating a special "0" birthday last night.  The colour scheme for the party was purple, mint and white, and as she just loves butterflies it was pretty obvious that she would get a kaleidoscope of them.  

My go to card for special birthdays is the 'card in a box' as it is so easy to get the wow factor with them.   Yes, they do take a lot more time, but I think they are worth it.

So this was the card for my Daughter to give:

 and this was my card to her:

and how about this gorgeous cake, made by my Daughter?  The colour of the "nude" icing was just perfect.

Once cut, the cake showed the marbling of the colours beautifully.  

A very special cake for a very special lady.
Many happy returns!!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

JAI #332 Colour Challenge

It's been a long time since I joined a challenge at Just Add Ink.

I recently spent time in Queensland "dog sitting" and took along some stamped images to colour and the tools to do some ink blending.  Once home again those pieces sat on top of the basket of "works in progress".   Although not intentional, (mainly due to my limited supplies), one of the images co-ordinated with one of the ink blended backgrounds, and as both pieces fit the criteria for this week's challenge, I combined them for this card. 

Although I am a SU girl, this time my floral image is a new purchase from Altenew and after much indecision I just had to use this older sentiment from PTI.

This card has a little of everything - stamping, colouring, water colouring, ink blending and fussy cutting.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Flower Box Class

Yesterday four of my class ladies came to learn how to make a "card in a box".  
I have made many different versions over the last few years and knew that they were quite time consuming, but hadn't realised just how much time they took.  So glad I pre-cut and scored all the basic box elements, cut the leaves and the pieces of window sheet to mount the flowers on.  We started at 1pm and finished around 6.30pm with a well earned stop for scones and lemon curd sponge somewhere in there as well.
In retrospect it would have been a little easier if they had all made the same colours and flower style, but, hey, they had fun choosing their colours and design as they each knew who they were making their box for.
Unfortunately, with finishing so late, I totally forgot to take some photos of the finished boxes. 
One lady chose to make the spiral roses in yellow and cream and two made their flowers from the Flower Shop set - one in multi colours and one in blue - and the other lady decided on a balloon theme in Dapper Denim.  Two of these ladies are complete beginners and other two are fairly new to stamping, so this was quite a project for them, but they all loved it.
As I am unable to show yesterday's creations I have added some photos of ones I have done previously.

This is the style using the spiral rose die:

Flower Shop in multi colours:
and an all blue one:

a couple of special "big" birthday balloon boxes:

and a fun one for my Grandson!!

Thanks for popping in, I hope you enjoyed hearing about my fun day yesterday.  It really is lovely being able to share something you enjoy with others.  I know I should have started these classes sooner.