Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Happy Birthday Ballerina

When I saw this image on my cardstock I couldn't start colouring it because I felt I wanted to do her with black hair, but I didn't have the copic markers to do it! So I set her aside and bought some. I'm so glad I waited, I think she looks great! I started this set by making the gift tag, but loved how it turned out that I decided to make a matching card too! This is a digital stamp from Tiddly Inks, so I was able to print her in two different sizes. The confetti dot paper I used as the background is from Webster's Pages' Recorded collection. The pinks and teal in it were my inspiration for the card. I hand cut her out and adhered her to a stitched vellum rectangle, and added some dazzling diamonds to her tutu.

Stamps: Tiny Dancer (Tiddly Inks - digital), Birthday Tags (Lawn fawn), Simply Said (The Cat's Pajamas)
Ink: Tuxedo Black, (Momento), Copic Markers
Cardstock: Whisper White, Rose Red, Teal (Stampin Up)
Papers: Recorded (Websters Pages), Vellum & Silver glimmer paper (Stampin Up)
Accessories: Stampin Up chevron ribbon & buttons, Whimsey farm twine, Packaging direct doily, Tag You're It & Stitched Journaling card dies (Lawn Fawn), Simon Says Stamp Happy die, dazzling diamonds

6 Quick Female Birthday Cards


Hi there! In this month's Simply Card's magazine, I have these 6 cards featured. The challenge was to create 6 quick female birthday cards using the Storyteller collection by Kaisercraft. I loooove this collection, and it was very easy to put together 6 co-ordinating cards with it! The card above was super quick to create. I used the Papertrey Ink cover plate die with some Soft Sky cardstock, and added a few layers with some of the die cuts that accompany the Storyteller collection. So easy with such a beautiful result. For the one on the right I stamped flowers from the Doodle Flowers stamp set in versamark and used white embossing powder. I hand cut them and arranged them down the left side of the card.

For this Happy Birthday card above I wanted a little bit of a different look for the background so I chose a soft striped pattern, but I then heat embossed a dot background stamp over it in clear embossing ink. It just looks so pretty in person. I added some of my favourite lace and a cute banner at the top. For the card on the right I used a Papertrey ink birthday die as the main focal point, but used some of those gorgeous die cuts from the collection in each corner. For a bit of extra pop I added a Prima flower on the bottom left and some white pearls on the flower die cut on the top right.
The card above is probably my favourite of the set. Only because I love the floral background paper! It was a bit bold for what I wanted so I added a piece of vellum behind the cupcake to tone it down. I love vellum and I do this often on my cards. In this case, it just makes the cupcake stand out a bit more. For the one on the right I used Taylored Expressions "It's Your Birthday" stamp and coloured it very lightly with a copic marker. I paper pieced the balloons with some of the peach coloured paper. I used a die cut frame, flower and border from the Storyteller collection to add some extra layers.

Stamps: Cupcake Collection (Papertrey Ink), Birthday Greetings, Polka Dot Greetings (My Favourite Things), It's Your Birthday (Taylored Expressions), Yummy Treats, Dot background (Hero Arts), Tiny Dot (Kaisercraft)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento), Copic markers
Cardstock: Whisper White, Early Espresso, Soft Sky (Stampin Up)
Papers: Storyteller (Kaisercraft), Vellum
Accessories: Storyteller die cuts (Kaisercraft), Prima flower, Papertrey Ink birthday die & Twist cover plate die, Stampin Up buttons and twine, Kaisercraft pearls, Spellbinders circle & scallop circle die, Taylored Expressions pennant die, Spotlight lace, White embossing powder, Heat gun, Thickers white chipboard letters

Monday, August 25, 2014

Happy Fathers Day

Father's Day is approaching and I have a had a few requests to make fishing cards. My dad is a keen fisherman too so I might just have to use one of these for him too!
I used the What A Catch stamp set from Flourishes to create both cards. This first one features the fishing hat which I coloured in with copic markers and hand cut out. I used papers from My Mind's Eye's Milo collection. I don't often like the look of yellow on cards, but this  yellow is the perfect tone and looks great with the kraft cardstock.


For the second card I kept with the kraft colour theme but used orange with it for a brighter look. I coloured the fish with copic markers, and added a bit of sparkle with the "happy" die cut in silver glimmer paper.

Stamps: What A Catch (Flourishes)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Night Of Navy (Stampin Up), Corrugated Kraft (Fancy Pants), Copic X-Press It
Papers: Milo (My Mind's Eye), Izzy (My Mind's Eye), Silver glimmer paper and vellum (Stampin Up)
Accessories: Spellbinders circle die, Stampin Up buttons, Crumb Cake marker pen and linen thread, Simon Says Stamp "happy" die, Lawn fawn tag die, My Mind's Eye button, edge distressor.

Monday, August 18, 2014

On Your Christening

When my friend asked me to make her a Christening card that was pink and cute, I struggled to come up with anything good with my cross stamps. So I bought this gorgeous digital stamp from Di's Digi Stamps. I coloured it with Copic markers, and added some dazzling diamonds to the window pane. The sweet papers are from Fancy Pant's Be Loved collection, which I almost didn't buy but I'm so glad I did! The stitched rectangle is from the Papertrey Ink Shakers & Sprinkles kit. I had it left over from a shaker card and it fit perfectly into this card. I didn't have quite the right sentiment to match this card, so I just typed ├ľn Your Christening" in a word doc and printed it out.

Stamps: Christening Day Girl (Di's Digi Stamps)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento), Copic markers
Cardstock: Whisper White, Smokey Slate & Vellum (Stampin Up, Copic X-Press It
Papers: Be Loved (Fancy Pants)
Accessories: My Mind's Eye enamel dots, Stampin Up grey button, Scallop border punch, Dazzling diamonds, Chevron ribbon & white twine, Spotlight white button, Packaging Direct doily, Papertrey Ink stitched rectangle

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Cupcake Spinner Card

I loooove spinner cards. They always get such a great reaction at parties. I tend to play around with original tutorials to match the size of the card I like. I also like to add a few layers to my cards, and because spinner cards remain quite simple, the extra layers just add a little more colour to it. For this card I used papers from My Mind's Eye's Here Is Happy collection, and I added a some sparkle with a glimmer paper banner and number 4. I paper pieced the cupcake using Taylored Expressions Build A Treat stamp set.

Stamps: Build A Treat (Taylored Expressions), (The Cat's Pajamas Happy Birthday Sentiment)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Papers: Here Is Happy (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Stampin Up buttons, Taylored Expressions Pennant Border die, Simon Says Stamp Simple Numbers die, Two 5 cent pieces (Australia), dimensional adhesive

Monday, August 11, 2014

Happy Birthday Hannah

It was my daughters 1st birthday on the 20th July, and this is the card I made for her. I have had this stamp from My Favourite Things for a while, but every time I tried using it on a birthday girls card it looked a little young, but I think it's perfect for a 1st birthday. Such a sweet looking mouse :) I coloured it with copic markers, and paper pieced the shirt. I used papers from My Mind's Eye's Cupid's Arrow collection, and added the happy die and number 1 in silver glimmer paper for a bit of sparkle.

Stamps: It's Your Birthday (My favourite Things), Simply said (The Cat's Pajamas)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento) Copic markers
Cardstock: Whisper White, Smokey Slate (Stampin Up), Copic X-Press It
Papers: Cupid's Arrow (My Mind's Eye), Glimmer paper (Stampin up)
Accessories: Fancy pants red button, Spotlight lace and white button, Stampin Up white twine, Happy die and Number die (Simon Says Stamp)

Thanks Dad

When gold started becoming the new trend, I bought up on all the new papers and accessories, and I must say, I haven't used much of them. I think I'm into the gold embellishments more so than the papers, but nevertheless I am starting to get through the papers finally too. I was asked to do a feature on simple masculine cards in last months Simply Cards (Australia) magazine, and it involved 6 cards. So to change up the looks I paired this gold paper with kraft cardstock. I used MFT stacking stars die to cut several stars from the paper, and also did the same with some black cardstock. I mixed and matched them on top of each other and adhered them in no particular order to the card. I used the Thanks Dad sentiment from Avery Elle on a hand cut banner.

Stamps: The Man (Avery Elle), Tiny Dot (Kaisercraft)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento), Crumb Cake (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Basic Black (Stampin Up)
Papers: Charmed Metallic Print (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Hemptique twine, Tim Holtz edge distressor, Spotlight buttons, MFT Stacking Stars die

Wishing You All The Cupcakes You Can Hold

I adore this image from My Favourite Things. I paired it with these gorgeous bright papers from Echo Park. Perfect for a 3 year olds birthday :) If you're new to my blog, you'll see I use a lot of these doilies in my backgrounds. They are nothing fancy, I get them from a local packaging warehouse and they're $3 for a pack of 250. And they're the perfect size for my cards. I love the doilies on offer from a lot of the paper companies out there, and I have some of those too in my stash in case I need other colours or sizes, but these ones are my most used :)

Stamps: Sprinkles On Top Jolinne (My Favourite Things)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento), Copic markers
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up), Copic X-Press It
Papers: Splendid Sunshine (Echo park)
Accessories: Simple Numbers die (Simon Says Stamp), Spellbinders circle and scallop circle dies, Doily, Stampin Up buttons, white twine, scallop edge punch and Crumb Cake marker pen

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Best Dad Ever

I always find masculine cards tricky, but I am loving this set from Avery Elle called The Man. It has awesome sentiments that are a little different than the norm but soooo great on Father's Day card. This one I made can be used for any occaision though. I used some corrugated cardstock from my local newsagent for the background, and the very last of my papers from My Mind's Eye's Hattie collection - so old, but oh so perfect for masculine cards. I added some dazzling diamonds to the beer, which I don't think is too visible in the photo.

Stamps: The Man (Avery Elle)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento), More Mustard (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Vellum (Stampin Up), Kraft Corrugate (My local newsagency)
Papers: hattie (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Stampin Up buttons & Dazzling diamonds, Hemptique twine

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Nautical 1st Birthday

My friends son turned one recently and she did a great job with his nautical themed birthday party. I decided to make a nautical card to match but wanted it in softer colours than the traditional red white and navy. I used papers from one of my favourite Teresa Collins collection - Family Stories and softened the anchor print with some vellum behind the white frame. The Chipboard anchor piece is from one of the layered stickers in the collection. I just ripped it off from the top of the sticker.

Stamps: Avery Elle - Knotty, (Sorry not sure where the Happy Birthday To You is from!)
Ink: Tuxedo Black - Momento
Cardstock: Stampin Up - Whisper White, Night Of Navy
Papers: Teresa Collins - Family Stories, Stampin Up - Glimmer paper
Accessories: Papertrey Ink Shakers & Sprinkles rectangle die, MFT Fishtail Flag die & Big Numbers die, Taylored Expressions Pennant Border die & Pinking Circles die, Spellbinders circle die, My Mind's Eye enamel dot, Stampin Up linen thread, Teresa Collins Family Stories buttons and layered stickers, Stampin Up Smokey Slate marker pen

Sunday, August 3, 2014


Hi everyone, the card I have for you today was published in Australian Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft magazine for a feature they did on repeated sentiments. I used this adorable hedgehog stamp from tailored Expressions and coloured it with copic markers. I used lots of layered My Mind's Eye papers and shaded around the XO panel with Pumice Stone ink.

Stamps: Stuck On You (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento), Pumice Stone (Tim Holtz), Copic markers
Cardstock: Copic X-Press It, Whisper White & Basic Black (Stampin Up)
Papers: Ruby (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Spotlight lace and buttons, The Cat's Pajamas twine, sewing machine, Stampin Up heart tri punch