Cassie’s 19th Birthday Card


well it’s hard to believe but my little baby girl is about to turn 19 this coming Thursday and has moved down to Brisbane to study at university.

Now my daughter Cassie just loves anything to do with Paris and one day dreams of going  there, I really hope she does, it would be such a wonderful experience for her and gives me an excuse to go for a visit…. tee hee.

Anyway, because of her love of all things Parisian, this stamp set was an obvious choice for her birthday card.  I made her a note book with this stamp set also which she adores, so I figure if your on a good thing you may as well stick to it.

I saw this card on a website I have recently discovered and just fell in love with it instantly. I choose to stick with the same colour combination and layout as the one I cased but mixed it up just enough to make it different.  You can see the original card here if you like

Now to take a look at my card.

I stamped the Eiffel Tower first on Vanilla card stock and then again on a piece of scrap vanilla and cut it out.  I then popped it up on top of the first one.  I added some metallic pearls along the border punched edge for a bit of bling.  I love the different layers on this card too.  I have used vanilla, cherry cobbler and black card stock and black StazOn for the stamping.

I also decorated the inside too, take a look.

I stamped the image in cherry cobbler and stuck a metallic pearl in the middle.  Here’s a close up.

I just love these metallic pearls, I think I may have to order some more packets.  I hope you have enjoyed looking at my card today and  I would like to thank Chat Wszelaki for posting her beautiful card and providing  the inspiration for this card.

Thanks for visiting.



Flower Garden Embossing Folder

Hello again

These cards are just lovely.  I also made these at Sally’s weekly Friday night class.  We learn’t a couple of new techniques with these cards too which was good.  It’s amazing how something that looks so special can be so very simple to create.

I haven’t been able to decide which one of these I like the best, I think they are all great.

I am in love with my Big Shot machine so any card that allows me to use it to make something beautiful I am always happy.  I love these two embossing folders together.  I really think this card looks great and it has literally no stamping at all, except for the little greeting of course.  Its an ideal card for when you need something with a “wow” factor in a hurry, it doesn’t take very long at all to create and you can use any colour combination that takes your fancy.  I think the black and white looks really elegant.

How good does this card look?  I love the spotlight embossing that we did, it is so very easy to do too. All the cards we made at this class were black and white and just look so sophisticated. You could add any greeting to this card for any occasion.

Now this one has been embossed by the two different embossing folders like the first one, but we didn’t use card stock we used vallum.  The trickiest part was trying not to emboss over the tulip frame with the flower garden embossing folder. Luckily I didn’t mess it up.  It really looks impressive in real life.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at  my cards today and have been inspired to try some of the techniques.

Thanks for visiting.


Valentines Day Cards

Hi again

I know I have been absent for a couple of weeks but things have been a bit hectic around here.  Firstly as I have mentioned in earlier posts I have had my grand-baby visiting over January, then my husband posted back to a boat and flew out to Darwin, then my Dad arrived to drive down to Brisbane with my daughter who is now attending university down there and my cousin came to stay for a week while she was attending her first week at TAFE for her nursing course.

So finally I am now home alone with just the two cats, the dog and the chicken and have a lot more time to create and post.  So I thought I would show you the things I have been making over the past couple of weeks.

These first cards are ones that I made at Sally’s Valentines Day class, they are so cute, and they can be used as birthday cards or general purpose cards as well.

Take a look….

This one was made with my daughters favourite stamp set Artistic Etchings, she is in love with Paris and anything to do with it so this one is an obvious choice because of the Eiffel Tower.

I love this one, mainly because I  love the little owl he is just too cute.  I  think I will give this one to my husband when he finally gets home.

This one is so cute I kinda messed up the balloon, it is supposed to have three sides, but it still looks alright like this.

Well that’s it for this post I will be back very soon with more cards.

Thanks for visiting.



Flower Pot

Ok this is my last post for today. I am really upset that I can’t remember where I saw this project.  When I saw it I loved it so much that I didn’t change it much at all, I cased pretty much exactly as it was.  It was so incredibly simple and quick and is going to look fabulous on my desk at work…… no watering!!!!! I will continue to try to find the blog I found this project from and will let you know once I do.  It will be in my saved favourite blogs file, I just  have to feed through them all to find it, and  there are lots and lots of blogs saved to feed through.

I love the new In Colours but don’t use them much so when I saw this little flower pot I knew I had to make  it.  It uses the Island Floral die from Stampin Up! to make  the flowers and leave, and the Beautiful Butterflies die.

Take a closer look at the flowers and butterflies.

I made one flower in each colour and two butterflies.  I added crystal effects to some of the petals to look like dew drops (a trick I stole  of my friend Sandra), but I don’t think they came out as well as her’s did.  The above flower was made with the Island Indigo card stock.

This flower was made with the Pool Party card stock but I don’t think the colour came out very well. I used the matching In Colour brads to secure the flowers together and finish off the centre of the flower.

This is the Calypso Coral flower, it’s such a pretty flower, so I made two in this colour.

The Wisteria Wonder flower is also another photo where I don’t think the colour came out as well as it could.

Take a look at the butterflies.

I made one butterfly with Island Indigo and one in Wisteria Wonder.  I couldn’t help but add a bit of bling to this project so I added so diamentes to the centre of the butterflies.

I wrapped the pot in Berry Blossoms DSP and used the gorgeous new ribbon  in Calypso Coral to wrap around the flower pot, I love how its scalloped on the edges.    Here’s a close up of the pot.

Finally to finish the pot off I shredded a couple of pieces of Lucky Limeade card stock to look like grass.  Thanks to my friend Sandra for the lend of her shredder otherwise I would’ve had to either tear or cut it into strips.

Thanks for visiting again.



Classes have finally restarted……YAY!!!!

Hi again

I want to show you the cards I made at Sally’s first stamping class this year.  I always love Sally’s cards and really enjoy spending time with her creating something beautiful, she is incredibly talented, and I don’t think I tell her often enough. 🙂

In this first class we used the same stamp set for all three cards, and the matching DSP.  I loved participating in this class and the best thing for me was that although all of us made the same cards, none of them were the same because we all had different pieces of DSP with different colours.

Take a look and see what you think…..

This is the first card we made, I changed mine a bit because I didn’t add the words on the front, I just felt the card was already busy enough without adding words to the card too.  I really wanted to use as much of  the DSP with the map on it as possible.  Again we used the twine which matches this set so well.  This class has really given me some fantastic ideas for the masculine cards I have to make this year.

Here’s the second card we made.

Boy I love this card, it’s an easel card, my favourite card design, especially for men. Don’t you just love the little gold brads around the clock? We all thought it reminded us of the helm of ship or a port-hole. I love the red compass in the corner, it just adds something special to break up all the brown and blue, and its been embossed with gold embossing powder too so it matches the anchor.

Here’s a photo of the card standing up.

I just love the rope in the front.  Unlike most easel cards where we use a brad to help the card stand up, Sally had created a little swirl of rope instead which keeps to the maritime theme beautifully.  We added a red arrow that we popped up on dimensional’s which matches the red compass on the front of the card.

Here’s a close up of the front section with the rope.

How much do you love the gold anchor?  It was embossed with gold embossing powder and looks fantastic against the blue.  I just love all the rope accents, especially that little roll of twine Sally created.

I think I will definitely be making this card again this year for one of the men in my life for their birthday.  I might even get my husband who is in the Navy to tie me some of those tricky knots they use.

Ok I’m finally ready to show you the third card.  All three cards were so very different but I loved them all.  This next one unlike the previous one is clean and simple but looks really elegant.  I am really struggling to decide which card from this class is my favourite, I think I am going to have to make it a three-way tie I just can’t choose a favourite this time.

See what I mean, clean and simple, very NOT Sally……  I love how we stamped the ledger onto the vanilla card stock to make our own background stamp.

Well thanks for visiting again I really appreciate.


Stamp Club

Wow, is it just me or is 2012 already speeding along???

I can’t believe we are already into February.  I must admit though I am glad the year has finally started because that means the resumption of …… STAMP CLUB!!!!!!!

I am involved in two different stamp clubs with two different Stampin Up! demonstrators and I just love it.  I love learning how to master a new technique and having the chance to make something lovely.

The first cards I want to show you today are the ones I made at Shan’s stamp club.  We used The Open Sea stamp set that is currently available in the Stampin Up! mini catalogue, and it is just devine for those ever-challenging male cards.

I love how this card turned out, its very clean and simple but the DSP just adds that something special, I think, and that twine is so soft and easy to work with.

The second card we made was much more feminine and is just my style.  I love blue and I love this stamp set, Established Elegance.

Yes we did make those darn roses, as much as I like the look of them and think they are very very pretty, I really struggle making them and they cause me alot of grief.  Of course this card is also one of my favourite colour combinations too.

Well thanks for visiting.