Thursday, February 25, 2016

Winnie & Walter Challenge

Ok so I'm a huge fan of Winnie & Walter stamps. But sadly, Sugar Rush is the only one I own! How embarrassing! So I'm entering their belated 2nd Birthday Bash competition to try and win a voucher! The exchange rate for the Aussie dollar at the moment is terrible, so a voucher would be nice! I have decided to enter the create your own background challenge. Seems how I only have the one stamp set I was limited to what I could do, but decided heat embossing the happy birthday sentiment repeatedly over a smooch background was the way to go! Keeping the background the focal point, I just coloured the cupcake with copic markers and layered it on vellum and glitter circles. Winnie & Walter, I hope you like my card!!

Stamps: Winnie & Walter - Sugar Rush
Ink: Momento - Tuxedo Black. Tim Holtz - Evergreen Bough, Wilted Violet. Copic Markers
Cardstock: Stampin Up - Pool Party, Dazzling diamonds, Vellum. Arches - Watercolour card
Accessories: Stampin Up - Silver thread, dazzling diamonds glitter, white embossing powder. Spotlight - sequins

Friday, February 19, 2016

Springs In!

Hi there! I'm sharing today a card I made with the gorgeous digi Celebrate Joyfully. I coloured her with copic markers. I am no copic expert. I have never done any classes or watched videos, I just colour how I please, and on this one I coloured her face with different colours than I'm used to, and I love how much better it turned out. Funny that! I guess I'm just saying that for all you copic novices or those wanting to try copics, give it a go! And experiment! I have to say that Tiddly Inks images are BY FAR the best to colour.
Anyhoo, on my card I used papers from Kaisercraft's All That Glitters for the background. I watercoloured a piece of Tim Holtz paper and distressed the edges to lay on top of that. And I am a little obsessed with feathers at the moment. I'm not sure why! I picked some up at my local craft store for my kids to use and ended up using one myself! I think it's a perfectly sweet addition don't you think!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Stacks Of Happiness

Here is the final card I will show you from the magazine (Australian Papercraft Essentials - Issue 49). If you would like to see the others, and all the other wonderful cards, you can purchase it at your local newsagency! This image is a favourite of mine, because it can be used for Christmas OR birthdays. In this case, I did a monochrome birthday theme. This would look cute in so many different colours. I also couldn't help but add some messy silver thread behind the presents to look as if there was a whole other level of wrapping struggles yet to go.

Stamps: Gift Stack Birdbrain
Ink/Colouring tools: Copic Markers
Cardstock: Stampin Up - Pear Pizzez, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Smokey Slate. Copic - X-Press It
Accessories: Stampin Up - Silver Thread. Spotlight - Sequins. Pretty Pink Posh - Stitched Border die

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Hope You Reel In A Wonderful Day

Here is the second card for my feature in Australian Papercraft Essentials this month. I used Fishing Birdbrain from From The Heart Stamps. I printed the image onto a rough watercolour cardstock. I coloured the bird in with prismacolour pencils. I wanted the texture to look rough so only coloured lightly. In keeping these cards simple I used some gold spray for the background and some burlap for tbehind the image. In yellow this could be a great card for a male or female don't you think!

Stamps: From The Heart - Fishing Birdbrain
Ink:  -
Colouring tools: Prismacolour pencils
Cardstock: Copic - X-Press It. Stampin Up - Crumb Cake. Papertrey Ink - Lemon Tart
Accessories: Papertrey Ink - Burlap, Pretty Pink Posh stitched border die, tailored Expressions polaroid die, Heidi Swapp gold colorshine spray

Friday, February 5, 2016

Did Someone Say Party?

Hi there! Today I have the first of 3 cards to show, as part of a feature on the birdbrain stamps from From The Heart Stamps. You can see this in the February issue (Issue 49) of Australian Papercraft Essentials magazine. I looove this first image. I wanted to colour the bird with bright colours so decided to match the background. And it was soooo quick to do. I just grabbed a few ink daubers and dabbed! Check out two more cards from this feature in my next post!

Stamps; From The Heart - Party Hat Birdbrain
Ink: Hero Arts ink daubers - Neon Pink, Neon Yellow, Neon Orange, Neon Chartreuse

Cardstock: Copic - X-Press It
Accessories: Spotlight - sequins

Sunday, January 17, 2016


Hi there! I made a baby card a long time ago with this adorable elephant on it, and I had a request to do two neutral congratulations baby cards with the same layout. Here's post with the original card
I loved doing these in yellow and green. Baby cards are my favourites, but they're great to see in other colours beside pink and blue!

Stamps: Hero Arts - New Baby. Papertrey Ink - Rustic Wreath
Ink: Momento - Tuxedo Black. Versamark
Cardstock: Copic - X-Press It. Stampin Up - Dazzling dimaonds, Vellum
Papers: Stampin Up - In Colours paper stack
Accessories: Stampin Up - Ribbon, buttons, white embossing powder, & twine. Papertrey ink - clear dots. Elizabeth Craft Designs congratulations die. Pretty Pink Posh stitched banner duo die. Sewing machine 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Welcome Baby

Please excuse the craft table background in this photo. I made this for a friend and it was gone before I was able to photograph it properly! Now this card started out as a bit of a mess, I was using some inks to smooch that ended up turning out WAY too bright and overpowering. But I decided to spray some white ink quite heavily over it and I love the way it turned out. I would normally only spray once or twice onto a card but this was several times and the effect was great. Aside from that I kept it super simple, and who can resist a bit of felt on a baby card!

Stamps: Lawn Fawn - Plus One
Ink: Tim Holtz - Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade. Momento - Tuxedo Black. Hero Arts - Unicorn White spray
Cardstock: Stampin Up - Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Vellum. Tim Holtz - Watercolour paper
Colouring Tools - Copic markers
Accessories: Taylored Expressions - Pink felt. Spotlight - Sequins

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Merriest Christmas

As Christmas card season draws to a close, I am pretty disappointed I haven't been able to show more of what I've made. They seem to be sent out as soon as they're finished! I have two though that were featured in last month's Australian Cardmaking Stamping & Papercraft magazine. I love these bunnies from The Cat's Pjamas. And I was using up some old Christmas papers from last season - bonus!

Stamps: The Cat's Pajamas - Merry Everything
Ink: Momento - Tuxedo Black. Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin Up - Crumb Cake. Copic - X-Press It
Papers: Carta Bella - So This Is Christmas
Accessories: Pretty Pink Posh - Stitched border die, Spellbinders label die, Whimsey Farm Twine - Red twine. Stampin Up - Buttons. My Mind's Eye - Enamel dots. Heidi Swapp - Gold Colorshine spray

Here is the second card. Such another cute image. Because it was for a magazine feature, I kept the same colour theme. I feel like limiting the colours on the presents is always a good idea, especially because these ones are so small. Otherwise it can look too "busy."
Stamps: The Cat's Pajamas - Define Good

Ink: Momento - Tuxedo Black. Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin Up - Crumb Cake. Copic - X-Press It
Papers: Carta Bella - So This Is Christmas
Accessories: Pretty Pink Posh - Stitched border die, Spellbinders circle die, Whimsey Farm Twine - Red twine. Stampin Up - Buttons. My Mind's Eye - Enamel dots. Heidi Swapp - Gold Colorshine spray. Spotlight - Doily. Cuttlebug - Stars embossing folder.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015


I'm in boy card making season! My son has a heap of friend's birthdays this month and next. This particular one is for his best friend, a dinosaur lover. I do a dinosaur card for him every year, and this is by far my favourite. I just love the dinosaurs in this image. It's Dino-Mite, from, Tiddly Inks! His favourite colour is orange so I just had to do one of the dinosaurs orange at least! I coloured them with copic markers and added a few spotty details to the orange one. I sprayed the edges with Colourshine mist and added some white paint splatter over the background. I typed the sentiment in a word doc and printed it out.

Have a great weekend

Stamps: Dino-Mite (Tiddly Inks - digital)
Ink:    -
Cardstock: Copic X-Press It. Early Espresso (Stampin Up)
Papers: September Skies (Heidi Swapp). Silver glitter paper, Vellum (Stampin Up)
Accessories: White acrylic paint, Stampin Up button, My Mind's Eye enamel dots, Heidi Swapp colorshine spray, The Cat's Pajamas twine, Tim Holtz edge distressor, white gel pen

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hope Your Birthday Is Super

It's my nephews birthday soon and he's having a super hero themed party. I couldn't help but use this adorable image from Tiddly Inks for his card, and colour it up in his favourite colours of blue and orange! I added some white ink spray over the background papers to soften them. I do this a lot on my cards! Loving sprays at the moment!! I find the Hero Arts unicorn white spray is best for doing this :) I also printed the sentiment out from my computer. An esay way to get the sentiment to look the way you want!

Stamps: Tiddly Inks - My Super Boy
Ink: Copic markers. Hero Arts - Unicorn White ink spray
Cardstock: Copic - X-Press It. Spotlight - Silver mirror cardstock. Stampin Up - Vellum
Papers: Echo Park - Birthday Wishes
Accessories: Taylored Expressions - Pennant Border. Spotlight - Star sequins. Stampin Up - Buttons, Spellbinders - Classic circle die

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Birthday

When I need a quick and cute birthday card in a hurry, this is my go to stamp set - Carnival Cupcakes by Mama Elephant. I did a quick smooch background with a few ink splatters. I coloured the images with copic markers and added some glitter to the cupcake case. So simple, but a gorgeous outcome :)

Stamps: Mama Elephant - Carnival Cupcakes
Ink: Tim Holtz - Spun Sugar. Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin Up - Whisper White. Tim Holtz - watercolour paper
Accessories: American Crafts pink glitter cardstock. Spotlight sequins. Stampin Up - Dazzling diamonds glitter

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Dance & Twirl

Ahhh another ballet card. I really love this sweet image from Papertrey Ink and it just called to be framed and surrounded by sequins :) I used some glitter on her skirt, and used cupcake paper for the background to give it more of a birthday feel.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Ballerina Beauty
Ink: Momento - Tuxedo Black. Copic markers
Cardstock: Copic - X-Press It. Stampin Up - Pool Party, Dazzling Dimaonds. American Crafts pink glitter cardstock
Papers: Echo Park - Birthday Wishes
Accessories: Stampin Up - Buttons. Pretty Pink Posh - Champagne chevron ribbon, stitched border die, Spotlight - Feather, Doily. Papertrey Ink - Oval shaker die

Saturday, August 8, 2015


I'm a huge fan of Stamping Bella stamps. They are just fabulous to colour! I thought these girls would look great in a sort of frame so I coloured them up and added a scalloped frame around them. I don't often make DL size cards, but I thought this would suit it. I added a few simple layers underneath the main image and of course that large background piece of dazzling diamonds cardstock to make it shimmer :) There is a die cut down the bottom that says happy birthday, it didn't show too well in the photo.

Stamps: Stamping Bella - Uptown Girls Felicity and Blair
Ink: Momento - Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Copic - X-Press It white. Stampin Up - Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizzaz, dazzling diamonds
Accessories: Prima flower, Stampin Up chevron ribbon & button. Whimsey Farm Twine pink twine, Spotlight sequins, Prett Pink Posh sequins, Lawn Fawn happy birthday die, Papertrey Ink scallop border die

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Work It Out

I love any excuse to give someone a card. And what better way to motivate a friend than with this one! I used the stamps set Work It Out by Simon Says Stamp. I smooched the background with some cool bright colours and coloured the girl with copic markers! So easy!

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp - Work It Out
Ink: Momemto - Tuxedo Black. Tim Holtz - Evergreen Bough, Picked raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade.  Copic markers
Cardstock: Copic - X-Press It. Stampin Up - Whisper White. Tim Holtz - Watercolour paper
Accessories: Spotlight - star sequins

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Thanks A Bunch

 I love the simplicity of this stamp set. It's so easy to create beautiful cards so quickly, which is great when you need multiples! I needed a few of these in different colours. I did a simple mask and stamped around it, and used the Hand Lettered Thanks stamp set for the sentiment.
Stamps: Altenew - Painted Flowers. WPlus9 - Hand Lettered Thanks
Ink: Momento - Tuxedo Black. Tim Holtz - Tumbled Glass, Broken China. Stampin Up - Wild Wasabi, Always Artichoke
Cardstock: Stampin Up - Whisper White, Wild Wasabi
Accessories: Spotlight - Black sequins

Monday, June 1, 2015

You're Amazing


Growing up in a ballet family, I don't mind making the odd ballet card. I quit ballet when I was 10, but my sister is a ballet teacher, so I am definitely still around it all! I thought this one would be great as an encouragement card for a girl doing exams or eisteddfods. Whether she's already competed or is about to, just telling her you think she's amazing is a wonderful gesture. I used the gorgeous Tiddly Inks stamp Be Bold, Be You, and coloured her with copic markers, including the area around her with a grey marker, which I've never done before but loved the look. I added some lace and clear buttons, and of course the You're Amazing die for Simon Says Stamp.

Stamps: Be Bold be You (Tiddly Inks)
Ink: Copic Markers
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black and the two blue/purples I'm not sure of (Stampin Up). Copic X-Press It
Papers: Yours Truly (Glitz Designs)
Accessories: Stampin Up dazzling diamonds, chevron ribbon and clear buttons, unknown feather, Spotlight lace, Jolly Olly's silver stars, Tim Holtz edge distressor 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Thank You Doctor

A friend of mine requested I make a card for her doctor. She really wanted a stethoscope on it so I came up with this design. I watercoloured the background and added some ink splatter with the same colour. I set that aside to dry, then distressed the edges. I printed the stethoscope and coloured it with copic markers. It wasn't the easiest thing to fussy cut but I got through it! Couldn't help but add some of my favourite chevron ribbon too. It was for a male doctor, so it's masculine enough looking right?

Stamps: Stethoscope stamp - unknown, Celebration Of Thanks (Verve)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento), Copic markers, watercolour paints
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Silver glimmer (Stampin Up). Copic X-Press It
Papers: Stitched (American Crafts)
Accessories: Stampin Up chevron ribbon, Spotlight button, Whimsey Farm twine, Lawn Fawn stitched banner die, Tim Holtz edge distressor, Reverse Confetti Chevron die

Friday, May 22, 2015

May All Your Wishes Come True

I was feeling in a pink and sweet  mood today, so decided to grab the gorgeous Tiddly Inks image Fairy Heartfelt to make this card. I coloured her with copics, twice actually! This is the second, nicer version. The first wasn't pastel enough :) Do you colour images and then never use them because they're just not right? I used papers from Echo Park's Bundle Of Joy collection and just cut a few circles to hide behind the main image.
Enjoy your weekend.

Stamps: Fairy Heartfelt (Tiddly Inks), Sweet Birthday Wishes (My Favourite Things)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento), Copic markers
Cardstock: Whisper White, dazzling Diamonds (Stampin Up), Copic X-Press It
Papers: Bundle Of Joy (Echo Park)
Accessories: Spotlight sequins, My Mind's Eye enamel dots, Stampin Up circle punch, Tim Holtz edge distressor, Spellbinders classic circles die

Monday, May 18, 2015

I Just can't Thank You Enough

Hi there! I hope you had a good weekend. I have a quick Thank You card to show today. I used papers from Teresa Collins'Family Stories collection. I am pretty much down to just scraps with this collection - major love! Anyway, I added a few base layers, and then cut a large circle out of the grid paper to which I added some pink and navy patterned paper behind it. I'm really into feathers now if you haven't noticed! I thought it was a pretty addition to this card.
Stamps: Polka Dot Greetings (My Favourite Things)

Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento), Basic grey (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Grey (Stampin Up)
Papers: family Stories (Teresa Collins)
Accessories: Teresa Collins' enamel dots, Fancy Pants button, Jolly Olly's feather, Spotlight sequins & lace, Kaisercraft flower, Spellbinders circle die, sewing machine

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Baby Sets

I just adore making baby cards. I think it's the colours I get to use :) I made a card for a dear friend who just had a baby girl, and loved it so much I made another one and couldn't stop there! I ended up making a whole baby girl and boy set! I used papers from Echo Parks Bundle Of Joy boy and girl sets. I love how well these papers co-ordinate. Both cards are shaker cards, with crushed glass as the shaker element. I used the Lawn Fawn stitched banner die to create the shakers. For the boy set, I used a clear pillow box to create a package that would easily fit some booties, a singlet or two, or something else small. I just filled mine with white tissue paper for the photo. I used Spellbinders labels 11 to make the tag. I just punched a hole in the top for the ribbon. I did the same for the girl tag. The little box in the girl set is from Stampin Up. I used left over papers to adhere to the box, and stamped the elephant from My favourite Things' Beautiful baby stamp set to add over the top. Such a quick and easy gift set to create.

Stamps: beautiful baby (My Favourite Things)
Ink: Pink Pirouette (Stampin up). Tuxedo Black (Momento) 
Cardstock: Whisper White, dazzling Diamonds (Stampin up)
Papers: Bundle Of Joy (Echo Park)
Accessories: Spellbinders labels 11 die, Stampin Up chevron ribbon, blue button and white thread, Crushed glass from Etsy, Lawn Fawn stitched banner die, Spotlight sequins and white botton, House 2 Home doilies, pink shredded tissue paper and clear pillow box, My favourite Things star die, Tim Holtz Edge Distressor

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Happy Anniversary

I find wedding and anniversary cards quite difficult, but I must say, I do like this one I've made. The photo does not do this card justice, The gold glitter paper and gold splatter over the card do not show up well, but it looks great in person. I used 3 wood veneer frames with paper from My Mind's eye's Pretty things collection behind them for the main centrepiece. I'm not sure on the brand of the frames, may be American Crafts Amy Tangerine?? I seem to have misplaced the packaging. I did sponge the frames slightly with yellow ink, as well as the edges of the sentiment, the sprayed the whole card with gold colorshine spray.

Stamps: LJD Together Forever (My Favourite Things)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento), Lemon Tart (Papertrey Ink) 
Cardstock: Whisper white, Gold glitter (Stampin Up)
Papers: Pretty Things (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Heidi Swapp gold colorshine spray, Wood veneer frames, Prima flowers, Spotlight sequins, Pretty Pink Posh stitched border die

Saturday, May 9, 2015

For A Very Special Mother In Law

Happy mother's day to all those mums out there!! I have two wonderful kids, and feel very blessed to have them in my life. They are a joy to be around and show me every day they love me, so I feel every day is mother's day :) Here is another card I made for a friends mother in law. She requested something floral so I decided to use the Taylored Expressions Mixed blooms stamp. I coloured it with copics and hand cut it out. I layered it on a vellum heart and doily and finally used my sewing machine again for some zig zag stitching! I didn't have a mother in law stamp so I just printed the sentiment out on my computer! Have a wonderful and relaxing day mums! I hope you get some time to craft!
Stamps: Mixed Blooms (tailored Expressions)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento). Copic markers
Cardstock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, vellum (Stampin Up). Copic X-Press It
Papers: Adorbs (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Stampin Up chevron ribbon, Spellbinders heart die, My Mind's Eye enamel dots, House 2 Home doily, Spotlight lace, Tim Holtz edge distressor, sewing machine

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

I haven't made a lot of mother's Day cards this year. Just the ones I need for my mum and mother in law, and two more by request from a friend. This is the first one I made for her. She wanted kraft and pink as the theme. I used the hearts cover plate from Papertrey ink to create the background, and layered it on some wood grain paper from the Teresa Collins Life Emporium collection. I added a doily and half a vellum diecut wreath and splattered white ink on the tag. The sentiment is embossed with white embossing powder
Stamps: Stampin Up - It's an old old OLD stampin Up stamp. Long retired. Sorry!
Ink: Versamark
Cardstock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Dazzling diamonds (Stampin Up)
Papers: Life Emporium (Teresa Collins)
Accessories: prima flower, Stampin Up chevron ribbon & white thread, Papertrey Ink wreath die, Lawn fawn tag die, House 2 Home doily, Hero arts white ink dauber, Tim Holtz edge distressor, white embossing powder

Friday, May 1, 2015

Ricky - Fishing Expert

Here's another Tiddly card for you. This time using Ricky - Expert Fisherman. My son loves going fishing with his dad and grandfather. I love the photo's they send me when they're out so I decided to turn Ricky into a polaroid. I coloured him with copic markers, and used gold spray ink to splatter the frame and added some white dots to the fish with my white marker. I try not to go too overboard with boy cards, so I kept it all pretty simple.

Stamps: Ricky - Expert Fisherman (Tiddly Inks - digital)
Ink:   -
Cardstock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Vellum (Stampin Up). Copic X-Press It. Gold foil cardstock (Jolly Olly's), Gold cardstock 9We Are Memory Keepers metallic collection
Papers: Notable (We Are Memory Keepers)
Accessories: My Mind's Eye enamel dots, Lawn Fawn Happy Birthday To You die, Papertrey Ink polaroid die, Spotlight button & burlap, Hemptique Twine, white gel pen, Tim Holtz edge distressor, Heidi Swapp colorshine gold spray

Wryn Mermaid

So I'm not officially a design team member for Tiddly Inks anymore :( :( but it's my favourite stamp company, and my go to for most of my cards so you'll still see a lot of Tiddly here on my blog :) This is a card I made using the new Wryn The Mermaid. How gorgeous is she!!! I am not the greatest with hair colouring - still a lot to learn, so I was a bit wary about attempting this one. And yes, it did take an age to do! But I love how it turned out. The ones that take the longest to colour always turn out the best :) I added some white detail to her fin with a white marker. And behind her on the green circle I made some faux waves with micro beeds. Tricky little things they are. It's the first time I've used them, and they go EVERYWHERE!! I added some rhinestones next to them too. I sprayed the blue cardstock behind her with white spray ink and splattered some more with a paint brush. I rarely use pearl flourishes on cards, but I think this one called for it :)

Stamps: Wryn Mermaid (Tiddly Inks - digital), Polka Dot Greetings (My Favourite Things)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento)
Cardstock: Marina Mist, Whisper White (Stampin Up). Copic X-Press It
Papers:  -
Accessories: Teresa Collins button, Kaisercraft pearl flourish, rhinestones and crystals, Hero Arts unicorn white spray ink, Spotlight lace, Jolly Olly's micro beeds, Spellbinders classic circles die, Packaging Direct doily