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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Saturday, 15 October 2016


A full day of stamping fun , sharing yummy food ! What more could you ask for ?
Here is the little sleigh I created as a gift for my ladies . See the secret compartment where I've hidden chocolate santa ? I cased my design from Sandra Ronald @
I altered the box so that I could have a closure because I did  to have any magnets to hand . If you'd like the measurements I used just send me an email or leave a comment . I also found the box Sandra made would not fit a pack of tic tacs - perhaps the measurements vary in different countries    
Here is a little tutorial of how I created the little box
The piece is cut at 18.9 x 8.4 cm , score in the portrait position at 1.7 cm both ends . Turn to landscape position and score @ 6.8 , 8.4 , 15.4 and 17.2 .
Notch in between the 6.8 and 8.4 score lines , cut away from the 15.4 score line and angle as in picture for the piece that folds inside to close your little box !       

These are the cards we created today and the two tags 

Oh I almost forgot to show you the bags !

I do hope you enjoyed looking at all the fun projects we created !

Saturday, 8 October 2016

October Card Class

Today we created three Christmas cards .
The first card used the salt technique . Everyone was a little  dubious of this one !
First the card was white heat embossed onto the shimmer paper . Then we covered it in ink using the sponge rollers - first colour was Marna Mist , followed by Island Indigo and lastly Dapper Denim .
This was then spritzed with water and some common table salt was sprinkled on . This was heat dried - it's actually best to leave it to dry of its in accord but we are all too impatient for that ! Then we spattered on some multi purpose liquid glue mixed with a little water and shook on some sliver glitter . Then it was just a matter of attaching the die cut stars and stamping the insert . The set we used comes in a bundle and is called Star Of Light .
All the cards looked lovely and no two were the same . It is best to put on more ink than you think you need for this technique .
 Here is the card 

The next card is really cute and I have some very talented ladies who had no trouble at all getting the bear stamp lined up perfectly - they did a better job than I !
We used Chocloate Chip first , then Soft Suede and lastly Crumb Cake ink for the bear .
His bow was stamped using the bow stamp which is in the same set but did you know that the new Holly Berry punch matched this bow ? Cool right ?
We also used the Jolly Friends stamp set and matching hat bulider punch for his cute hat ! 
We used the word , beary from the Baby Bear set and the word Christnas from the Star of Light stamp set to create the greeting - cool huh ?
A cute spray of holly from the gorgeous set , Peace This Christmas finished off this card . 

Lastly we created a really simple card . The Blushing Bride glimmer reindeer was cut from the mat piece of glimmer , Sharron cleverly mangaged to get two deer out of her piece - clever cookie !
The front of the card was covered in the dots from Merriest Wishes but you could also use the star image from Christmas Pines if you didn't have the other set . We used Blushing Bride stamped off for this . The medallion  from Frosfed  Medallions was stamped with Sweet Sugar Plum  as was the greeting which came from the set called Greetings From Santa . Some of the gorgeous Sweet Sugar Plum ribbon finished off this card beautifully . Everyone went home very happy with the beautiful cards they created .

Don't forget to book in for next Saturday's Magic class will you ?


Today's class was rather challenging for some ! The most challenging part being stamping on the window sheet and lining it up the images using the SAMJ ! We all got there in the end with some going home to do some " homework "!
Here is the first card we created ! how cute is this frog locked in the jar with all the flies teasing him !

Inside of the card - this is a note card size card , perfect size for my little froggie !

Here is the second card we created using Birthday Blooms stamp set 


And another I created to show my ladies you can use this technique without having to use the SAMJ and lining the flowers up perfectly is not an issue .  
As you can see I still rather like to decorate the front of my cards ! 

  If you enjoyed looking at my samples and would love to create your own I am including the written instructions I gave to my ladies who attended class yesterday and I'd like to give bid shout out to Meg Pagano for sharing her wonderful video which is where my inspiration came from ! 
This is a difficult card to explain in a written tutorial so if you get lost along the way you can refer to this YouTube  w 
This is where my inspiration came from although I have made a few adjustments as you will see .
Your base piece for the small note card size is 10 1/2 inches x 5 inches 
Score this piece in the landscape position @ 3 1/2 and 7 inches.
Bone fold the left portion over to the centre and then take your 1 " circle punch and punch a 1/2 circle through both pieces .
Your insert pocket measures 8 1/2 inches x 3 inches . 
Fold in half and score . 
Now take your paper snips and cut a small slot in the folded section ( you can use a punch such as a long label type punch but it is not recommended to do so as it may damage the punch ) 
Your insert measures 2 1/2 " x 4 1/2 "
Adhere DSP card front
Position jar framelit in centre of card front  and run through the Big Shot .
Now take your window sheet and art piece and stamp the frog onto your white piece .
Then line it up using the SAMJ and stamp in exactly the same place on your window sheet.
Colour frog using Cucumber Crush .
Now , attach both pieces together with a glue dot . 
Punch a 1 " circle and adhere to the two pieces using tear and tape , then attach your ribbon after punching a hole in the centre .
Slide the art  piece into your insert , then take your 1/4 x 3 piece and carefully attach to the base of the art piece , carefully making sure your other pieces are out of the way .
Now position slider piece in place and then apply dimensionals to the back of it .
Close card , it will now be on the opposite side .
Then , take some Dimensionals and carefully position on the centre part of the card and close again but make sure your slider is up out of the way so that it doesn't become stuck .
Decorate card as desired .
You will find measurements for a full size card in the Meg's wonderful video , thanks again Meg 😀😀😀

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Class Agenda

I've been playing around with new designs and have been thrilled with the results ! 
Here's a sneak peak of the pop up panel cards that are in vogue at the moment . I never thought I'd be able to create one of these but it's amazing how easy they are  ! Once you've done one you're good to go !
I'm doubtful I'd have figured out the pop up mechanism without the help of my good friend , up line and stamping buddy , Cheryl O' Bree . We had a crafting day earlier this week and created a pop up panel card and a magic slider card .
Here's my pop up panel card .

COST $20

COST $60  You will create 10 cards using 5 different  designs ,one special card and two bottle tags .RSVP before 10 th October .


POP UP PANEL CLASS Saturday 22 nd October at1.30 pm .  
COST $20

 Create 6 cards using 3 different designs .
COST  $40
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