Catch up classes!

You may have missed some of my classes this year, this is your chance to make some cards of your choice!

You can choose four of the cards from this collage and make 2 of each OR you can come along at a reduced fee and work on your own projects.


You can find more information and RSVP here on my events page.

Valentine’s Day…with a twist!

Do you ever have trouble finding exactly the right sentiment for a card?  Stampin’ Up! are brilliant at covering all the beautiful moments but sometimes showing that you’re cranky can be a struggle.

Do you remember that Janet Jackson song “What have you done for me lately?”  My friends and I have often commented that a card like this could be handy at times 🙂 This video will have you reaching for your largest shoulder pads in no time!

We did have a fabulous stamp that I’ve used on this card, it is a rotary style so you can make up your own words.  In it’s place you could use any of our alphabet sets.  Scroll to the bottom of this post for a supply list.

This card features a background technique that I will be showcasing this Friday at my classes.  Check back here after that to see how you can recreate this look on your own cards.  It is not too late to book into the classes.

The card above was a lot of fun to make but it is not at all how I feel about my Valentine.  For his card I have cased Cindy Schuster with some very minor changes.  The stamp is from “Suite Sentiments”.

I wanted to make a card for each of the kids and so I followed the basic design above and simply changed the background colour (and then stamped the “kid” with the “Back to Basics Alphabet” and matching ink).  I changed the washi tape to a gorgeous sparkly one that we had at our previous Sale-a-bration.

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Alphabet Rotary Stamp

Alphabet Rotary Stamp


Let’s taco ’bout how awesome you are!

I appreciate all the support I get from all of you and this year I want to make more of a consistent effort to show it.

This is where I have started….

This is such a cute set from our current Sale-a-bration catalogue.  The new watercolour pencils make colouring in a very easy experience too.

To help me to design this card I started with this sketch…

I would also like to follow more sketch challenges this year, this is where you’ll find the Viva La Verve sketches.

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Blender Pens


Easy fun gift giving!

I’m happy to be known for giving fudge, it is easy and appreciated – what’s not to like about that?  My recipe is no secret, you can find it here.

The box punch board is a simple way to make many boxes in lots of different sizes.  The punch boards are about the same price as a punch and are incredibly versatile.

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This video describes how to use the punch board beautifully.  We also have the envelope punch board and the gift bag punch board, I love both of them too.


Easy effective watercolour backgrounds!

The Watercolour Pencils have certainly been the focus of my crafting of late.  This background is so easy to achieve.  The harder you press with your pencils the deeper the colour you will achieve with your background.  Once you have coloured onto your background (I used Watercolour paper) use your Aqua Painter to go over the top.  This will smooth out your colouring and spread the colour.  Once the background dried I added a quick layer of Wink of Stella (the clear one) over the top, it gave this card a beautiful shimmery finish.

I’ve stamped and heat set my sentiment with white embossing powder, I’ve then cut it with the  Stitched Shapes Framelits (which no photo will do justice, everyone absolutely loves them when they get to see them in real life).  I’ve cut the Dragon Fly framelits and added them around the sentiment.

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Tips – how to keep track of what you have!

Check out These Are My Stamps for an excellent way to catalogue your supplies, it is what I use to add my product lists at the end of my posts.

There are other ways to keep a track of what you have.  One of my customers Ruth has a file and uses old catalogues to help her to inventory her supplies.  She loves this as it also includes different ideas for using the stamps she has.

If she doesn’t have a catalogue with that stamp set in it she will simply do up her own page…

My Mum does the same thing, her pages are in alphabetical order of the Stamp Set.  She loves it as she can flick through her book and easily find the right sentiment for her cards.

Both Ruth and Mum love to also add their punches, they simply punch each shape they own.

Another idea I have used is to punch out your shapes onto acetate and use a split ring to keep them all together.  You will use the negative, but doing this your will know the space that you will have, you will be able to hold the negative over the top of your stamped image and you will be able to see how well it fits before committing to punching it out.

If you don’t have a printer than is able to print onto acetate you could always print them out onto card stock and then laminate them.

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