Saturday, 19 November 2016


Today was the last class for the year for my Scrapbooking group . I am loving using the various dies from the Holiday catalogue for my pages . Can you spot the brand new product I've used  ? I love how these pages came together .


I was more than a little sad to be hosting the last of these classes for this year but am looking forward to a break in December to refresh and plan next year's classes.
My ladies were excited to receive their special little gifts - personalised bone folders with their names engraved ! This time I went for blue tones , it's a great opportunity to use up those little DSP scraps ! I totally forgot to take a photo before class so these are for the absent ladies , I hope they are able to make it for classes next year .

Once again I have only used stamps , ink and paper and showcased Lovely As A Tree and Better Together stamp sets . I also used Greetings From Santa which is presently on sale .

The ink was brayered on and the trees simply  stamped , glitter added with the paint brush spatter technique and some silver ribbon finished it off nicely
 Cased from Pinterest and it was created by Paula Dobson , thank you Paula , I love this card .
It uses the Northern Lights technique and while a little unsure about it everyone's card was unique. 

Cased from the very talented Julie Gearinger . This is one of my favourites !


Last weekend I held my last two Christmas classes . Saturday was my advanced stampers class . I was able to order engraved bone folders for all of my class ladies from Tamra Davies Etsy store without the excessive postage costs because Tamra joined us at On Stage and also took part in our Vintage Swap . I loved her card so much I came home and created one of my own and my class ladies also created it . The music stand is cleverly created using the Decorative Label punch . Pretty darn cool huh !


 This next card I cased from page 27 of the Holiday Catalogue . I love this card . It uses the Holly Berry Builder punch and stamp set and the Pretty Pines Bundle - so versatile , not just for  Christmas !

The next card for this group of lovelies was the one created with the Christmas Magic set that the previous group also created .


Sunday's class also created Tamra's card as well as  two more cards . I wanted the ladies to try out the new Stitched Shapes framelits because S.U have made them available to us for the month of November  . However , due to their popularity , they have sold out and you must oder them before Monday if you wish to have them as soon as they are back in stock . Otherwise , they are not going to be available until the next annual catalogue  begins . Here is the card I created using them .

Here is the next card . I adore that little angel ! Isn't she the sweetest ?

I had made some lovely gifts to show my appreciation for the support my ladies give me  and also a Christmas card which I had cased from my vintage swap card I created ! 

Decorated Bags

Ferrero Roche in tiny tea cups !

Christmas cards and decorated bone folder holders for the engraved bone folders . 

Finally both groups created this gorgeous Merry Mice card which I cased from Patti McDermott on Pinterest .


Home from On Stage in Brisbane and straight back into card classes for me ! What an inspirational few days we had . The best part of attending OnStage is catching up with all of the lovely demonstrators from all over the world . I met so many great ladies and had the chance to connect with others I had previously met . I am ready to head of to my first product playground . This is where we get to do some make n takes using new product . I was in he same group as the lovely Melanie from Mt Isa and the oh so funny Pam from Horsham . We had so much fun .

The new Occasions Catalogue begins on 4 th January but I was lucky enough to be able to put in a pre order and so I already have some lovely new product to play with as soon as I have my Christmas crafting sorted !
I took part in a vintage  swap organised by Cheryl O'Bree . This is the card I created using Seasonal Bells to make a wedding card.
Tip Top Taupe

MinT Macaron

Delightful Dijon

Watermelon Wonder

Saturday, 22 October 2016


Today I taught eight ladies how to create a pop up panel card . Once you've figured out the mecahism for this card its really quite easy !
These are the two we created in class

My friend , Cheryl O' Bree and I set about creating one of these cards and we watched an excellent Youtube by Collette Mitrega

We figured out that you do not need to use 12 x 12 paper for this card and i have a bit of a tutorial for you but urge you to go to Collette 's you tube because its a great tutorial ! Thanks so much for freely sharing Collette !

Start by cutting a piece of A4 cardstock at 4 inches with the short end to the top of the trimmer . it will measure 4 x 11 11/16
Also required
31/2 x 10
3 1/2 x 8
9 1/2 x 1 for belly band .
Fold your card base ( largest piece ) in half and burnish .
Adhere DSP to front of card and two pieces to inside of card.
Take your 10 x 31/2 piece and score at 2 1/2 , 5 and 7 1/2 inches in the landscape  position.
Valley , mountain , valley fold this piece
Take your 8 x 3 1/2 piece and score at 1 3/4 down the centre in the portrait position . Then lay it in your trimmer in the landscape position and place a pencil mark at the 2 1/4 mark . Flip and do likewise on the other end.
Line up diagonally in your trimmer and score from pencil mark to pencil mark
Burnish the two long score lines and valley fold them .
Take your diagonal score lines and gently fold into peaks until you have a little house shape.
Line up to the centre placing strong adhesive on the v part on both sides , just a smidgen below the fold line of the card .
Then open out and lay the other piece and close the two side pieces so they meet in the centre, line up with the centre of the base and mark the top square piece and opposite bottom square pieces which is where your adhesive goes , unfold and hey presto you have your pop up mechanism !


It was back to basics for my beginners this week . I wanted to show them that all they required for paper crafting is stamps , inks and paper . I chose Lovely As a Tree for this week's class because it is so versatile and we used it to create two Christmas cards and a birthday card . As it does not contain a sentiment stamp I suggested Better Together as a great versatile stamp set .
Here is a birthday card we created using Always Artichoke and Early Espresso.

The first Christmas card uses Real Red and Garden Green with some of the yummy Real Red ribbon available from the Holiday Catalogue .

I adore the technique used to create this next card and was asked for a tutorial by one of my stamping sisters so here you go !

Begin with a piece of sticky note torn into a mountain shape like so

Stamp your trees along the top 

Add a mask punched from a 1 1/2 inch circle and sponge this whole top piece

Reposition mask and repeat the process , continually removing and repositioning the mask until you are happy with the scene you have created . you are an artist ! 

The finished card after some multipurpose glue mixed with water was flicked on with a paint brush and then some silver glitter was added . Love this ! You should really give it a go !

Sunday, 16 October 2016


Today we had a quick class and created these two pages . I love all of the products we used and most were from the Holiday Catalogue except for the trees which are from our all time favourite stamp set , Lovely As A Tree . The colours used are Mint Macaron , Delightful Dijon Early Espresso and Cherry Cobbler. Stamp sets Holly Berry Happiness , Seasonal Bells and Christmas Pines with matching dies and punches . We also used Santa Sleigh dies.




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