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Batch Making Christmas Cards After Class

For my Saturday class this week we made another Christmas card.

Loved how crisp and clean the card looked so after everyone had gone home I made a batch of them ready to send out to friends and family.

So glad I decided to do refresher courses with the girls and revisit some of the old techniques that we have already covered.

I was just a little stunned that the girls could not remember that I taught the spotlighting technique to them a few years back.

Love this technique as there are so many ways that you can spotlight certain areas.


Everything was in front of me on the table so grabbed my camera and took a few step by step photos.

My Misti is over a year old now and it has revolutionised my stamping especially as I have Rheumatoid Arthritis.

The only draw back has always been its limitations in the size of paper you can use and it can also be a bit cumbersome.

It had to happen that someone would hop on the band wagon and invent a tool that would eliminate this problem.

Wahooooo! My Saturday girls and I have all put our orders in for the new:

Rare Earth Load N Fold Solid Stamping Tool Set.

Smaller, more manageable and – the best bit – you can use any size paper you want … yayyyy!!!


Best part of making these cards was the white embossing of the trees and then inking with green ink.

A few splatters of white paint before punching out with a stamp punch from SU.



Contour Change A Page Book

FSC is all about Autumnal Colours this month which the lovely Esther picked as the theme.

I opted not to go for an Autumnal make but just to use the Autumn colours.

Ordered some really fab Seth Apter goodies before I went on my hols and they have been sitting on my desk crying out to be used.

The album below has been made with the Contour Change A Page Die.  What it does is cut out the pages to make an album of your choice.

For the front of the book I used a range of Autumnal colours and inside there are lots of die cut pages, in various types of cardstock, just waiting to be journalled.  Left the rings off to make it easier to take photos.


Paint brushes stamps from Anna Griffin, raindrops  Designs By Ryn the quote from PaperArtsy,  and not forgetting Studio 490 Art Journal Basics.

All other background stamps are from Stampin Up called Timeless Textures.

A Tim Holtz stencil, Speckles was used with molding paste just to add a little texture here and there.

Black Versafine ink was used for some of the stamps and paint was used for the rest.

Entering into the Craft Stamper Challenge which is Anything Goes.

I would love it if you hopped on over to see all the DT’s work as they are simply stunning.  Also don’t forget that the winner of this challenge has $20 to choose anything they like from Flonz’s store.


Wallet Pop Out Card

Being a crafty person all my life (especially sewing, quilting, knitting and cross stitch) my journey into cardmaking started about 15 years ago.  Now there wasn’t very much about, no C&C and certainly no die cutting machines or dies.  I still have the very first Sizzix die cutting machine gathering dust in the cupboard … what a machine that was!!!

Over the 15 years my crafting has definitely changed but I am so glad that I started all those years ago as some of the things I learnt (especially about kinetic cards) have stayed with me.

  Love all the painting, stencilling, embossing, inking and loads more which now gets incorporated into my work but I still love the challenge of making something that has the wow factor when opened.

My classes are mainly cardmaking and I have decided the girls need refresher courses in some of the cards they have made in the past.  You can see the original card here which was five years ago and below is the updated version.

We made a gatefold card last time round and this time it’s a wallet style card.  There is a little hidden magnet which keeps the card closed.


Used a stencil for when the little front piece drops down and the word imagine was highlighted  with a white pen.


Now comes the exciting bit, the explosion of paper when the wallet is fully opened.  Did a different fold this time round and also fluted the edges.


Irene and myself are still facetiming and this week we have been making a junk journal which is so different from the above card but that’s the beauty of crafting.  Can’t wait to show you the finished book.


Very Polite And Olde Worlde At VSC

Vintage Stamping Challenges has a challenge theme this month of ‘Olde Worlde’.  This means we would love to see whatever floats your boat with old or Victoriana.   I am sure my grandchildren think Andrew and myself are ‘Olde Worlde’ … positively ancient looking in their eyes.

Christine picked the theme for this month and I went with an extremely polite looking gentleman’s card where they are taking their dogs for a stroll.  Don’t you just love the hats and the way they used to doff them at each other as they passed.

Hasn’t anyone told that dog that it’s bad to smoke!!!!


You can find the stamps used from Flonzcrafts here.  More scrummy close up pics of the background stamping, inking, stencilling and masking off.  Used a sentiment which came from the Studio 490 set of stamps.


I really hope that you can join us for this month’s challenge.  To enter just click Mr Linky at the bottom of the VSC web page and maybe it could be you who wins the $20 from Flonz’s store.

Please visit the DT’s blogs for more inspiration and also it would be nice to leave them some love.


One In A Million

 Before I start with my card I just want to say how proud I am of my granddaughter Amber.  For her exam results this week she got:

1 A* (A star is top marks) … 4 A’s  and  4 B’s

Can you guess what she got the A star in … yep her … ART    yayyyyy … How cool is that and she actually rang me to say thank you for all the help I have given her over the years … awwww!!!!

Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight have a terrific theme of  “A Birthday Card For Someone Special” which was picked by our wonderful DT sister Dot.

That’s a stroke of luck I managed to combine yesterdays class card with todays challenge at FSC.  When the girls arrived for the class you could hear the sighs of relief that there was no distressing or inking just lots of yummy stamping and masking.  They do love making kinetic style cards so I combined both for them.  We had a real scrummy day – well I say day it is actually only a 2 hour class but by the time we have had coffee and cake it is more like three hours.

Showed the girls how to make a tag card which was made by using the new Stampin Up tag punch and only one sheet of A4 card.  If you haven’t seen this punch already then you don’t know what you’re missing.

None of that ole malarkey of having to join four tags together, you can make the four tags from one sheet of cardstock.

Nothing was wasted from the A4 sheet.  With the left over slither I even managed to make a band to go around the card.  When shut the card folds flat for posting.

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Most of the stamps used are from Stampin Up but the little girl images are from Crafty Individuals.

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I would love it if you hopped on over to see all the DT’s work as they are simply stunning.  Also don’t forget that the winner of this challenge has $20 to choose anything they like from Flonz’s store.


All Of A Twitter

Haven’t shown one of my class cards for ages but had a little time on my hands and decided to show what the girls made today.

They all get a bit nervous when it comes to colouring but they needn’t have because all the cards looked stunning when finished.

We used the Scribbly Birds stamps as they are such a great size to cut out and  colour.  The bird was stamped directly onto the card before being masked off.  Next we over stamped with the Ivy Wall from the Inkylicious range.   Various Distress Inks were used for the colouring in before adding the butterfly die and stamped quote.

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New Home For G45 And Tim

In the end this turned out to be a project that just didn’t stop.
*** Heavy on photos which is so unlike me as you all know I am not a fan of taking them ***

Desperately wanted somewhere to keep my ephemera goodies of Tim’s and also wanted to decorate the box which I bought from the MDF man at Ally Pally in 2012 … yep had it that long.  The goodies fitted perfectly in the box, which you can see here if you want to see the post.  This left a lot of room at the top so next came the album.

Finally cut into the Menagerie paper pad  which wasn’t as bad as I first thought, what is it with me and papers?  I am always the last to show off papers used because I can’t bring myself to show them the scissors.  Used a variety of G45 papers from different pads which was teamed up with Tim’s.

Lots of stamping, fussy cutting, pasting through stencils and painting with pearlised translucent paint leaves me one happy bunny.  Totally love this album so keeping it for myself oh and the box, sorry Amber!!

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See how much space was left even after adding Tim’s ephemera packs so I  designed the album to fit perfectly and to leave room so it comes out easily.

Remember all the rage about faux leather well I have lots made and that’s how I did the strap for the buckle.   Glued two pieces together before cutting to the right size and stitching around for added strength.

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Nearly finished …


Well the back of the album anyways!!!


Birds Of A Feather

Good morning blogland, hope you’ve gotten over losing that hour???  –  Showing two cards today, both very similar and why has she done two cards very similar you ask?

It’s because I made a mistake with the first one and forgot to add something to the mix.  Can you believe I forgot to add the extra card in the middle.  So one card has a few embellies and other has the middle card.  This is my Saturday morning class make and the girls love to see the finished article before we start so hence the two cards.

The topper on the card was the technique they learnt how to do and all loved it.  As you know stamping is my first love and getting messy my second but this card has the wow factor with hardly any mess.  It is made along the same lines as my explosion of colour card here.

We started by stamping a very old but still a fave stamp of mine from Hero Arts called French Writing With Butterfly which we heated with white embossing powder.  Then an acrylic block came into play.  Dabbed Tea Dye DI onto it before spritzing with water then placed over the top of the white stamped image.  Left this to dry and went ahead with making up the card.

The card is another kinetic one which is made from one sheet of A4 cardstock.  It has an easel stand at the back for ease of standing up.  The topper fits onto another little card which has been added to the middle and there is also a flap at the front.   Everything lays flat for ease of sliding into the envelope.

We went back to the topper and over stamped, in a lighter shade of ink, with a background crackle stamp.  Lightly buff so the white image pops through.

A craft sheet was added to the mix at this stage with three contrasting DI ink colours being dabbed onto it.  The bird stamp was pressed into the colours and given a little wiggle so the colours blended onto the stamp.  Move away from the craft sheet, this is important as you really don’t want any drops of water falling onto your inks, then spritz the stamp with water.  Press the stamp onto the topper but do not leave very long as the image will puddle.  Used a botanical stamp next and did the same … pressed and wiggled gently.

Lastly the word “Believe” was inked with Versafine Black (my #1 choice of ink pad).  Ehhhh red faced here … guess who forgot to give this stamp to the girls … sorry girls.

These are the two cards I made.

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Here are the girl’s wonderful works of art they all did fabulously, don’t you agree?

Thank you Phil,  Susan, Faraway, Theresa, Maria and Phil (not a mistake we have two Phil’s in the class) for making my Saturdays so enjoyable and full of fun.  Huge thanks to Maria for supplying the M & S cakes each time … yummmm.


An Explosion Of Colour

Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight have a fabulous Silhouette theme which was picked by the lovely Ellie.

My fabby teemie sister Avril has chosen to use the same stamp as myself.  How different they both look … mine an explosion of colour and hers (which you can see here) so soft and delicate.  CAS as it should be.

Definitely an explosion of colour going on here girls.  Wanted my silhouette stamp, which you can find here, to really stand out so what better way than to surround her with colour.

First thing I did was to stamp, then mask her off.  My background was made by using an Indigo Blu stamp called Blazing Poppies with a clear Versamark ink pad then embossed with a white powder.

Next came the colourful fun part.  Onto an acrylic block I dabbed  DI’s – Barn Door, Tumbled Glass and Mustard Seed, spritzed water over the colours before placing onto my cardstock.  Leave this for a little while so the colours soak in.  When dry lightly buff so you can see the white pop off the page.

Not sure if you can make out the butterflies around the edges, there are four of them.  These were stamped with a cream chalk paint and the butterfly is from a set called Nature I – also from Indigo Blu.

My flower was made by using stamps from PaperArtsy.  Used two sets one is here and the other is here.  Again these were stamped with a Versamark ink pad then white embossing powder, before being heated and cut out.

I would love it if you hopped on over to see all the DT’s work as they are simply stunning.  Also don’t forget that the winner of this challenge has $20 to choose anything they like from Flonz’s store.

Entering for: Indigo Blu Challenge – Spring Blossom’s


New York Socialite

Yesterday started off by me wanting to make an envelope album something I haven’t done for ages. Tags were going to be inserted into the envelope pockets and so on …

Here are a few of the items which I had on my desk ready to use, other stamps were added later.

Now I am sure this has happened to you … everything takes on a mind of it’s own and you end up with nothing like the original project you wanted to make.

The envelopes and tags are still on my desk ready to make a start today but here is the card I made instead.

I think the stamp had something to do with my complete change of course, just got carried away with her.

New York Socialite.