2013 Diary in Pink Pirouette

Hello, hello

Well we have had an exciting 24 hrs here in little o’l Cairns.  We had cyclonic winds and rain, all night last night, although it wasn’t a cyclone, just the north side of the current low heading down the east coast of Australia formerly known as Cyclone Oswald.  I was awake from 2 am until I fell asleep sometime around 7 am.  No major damage luckily but I did have to go look for our wheelie bins because they ended up on the neighbour’s front lawn.

I have had a request from my DD #1 to decorate a new diary for her to have while at Uni this year.  She is a busy girl, studying full time, working part-time, involved in Uni activities, working out 2 hrs a day, and of course the most important part of her week, socializing…lol

I have made a altered diary for her in the past and she loved it so she asked for another one.  Her design brief is pretty predicitive, pink and Paris, as long as it has these two components she is usually pretty happy with the end result.

I took inspiration for the diary from a card made by Yvette Ashe, you can find the card here http://yvettespapergarden.wordpress.com/2012/08/24/artistic-etchings-birthday/.

This is how the diary turned out.

Cassie's 2013 diary in Pink Pirouette - JanI took a few close ups of the different images on the cover.

Cassie's 2013 diary in Pink Pirouette - close up 1 - JanI embossed everything in Early Expresso embossing powder, then daubed around it with Crumb Cake and added Dazzling Diamonds around the edges.  I coloured the roses in with Pink Pirouette and my blender pen and then added a pearl into the centre of each pink rose.  I tied a vanilla seam binding ribbon across the top of the diary.  I also added a piece of pink pirouette card stock with the glitter around the edges on the back of the diary too.  The scalloped square is cut from the new Fan Fair DSP from Stampin Up.

Cassie's 2013 diary in Pink Pirouette - close up 2 - JanI love the little pearls in the middle of the little butterfly.  I have a french inspired stamp set that I bought from the UK , it was just perfect for this diary.  All the images are from that stamp set.  I covered the front and back of the diary with Flirtatious DSP and then embossed Pink Pirouette card stock to go on top.  A lot of super sticky tape was used in the making of this diary.

Cassie's 2013 diary in Pink Pirouette - close up 3 - JanI wanted to replicate the roses I made on my Shabby Chic card from an earlier post, however, this one just didn’t want to co-operate and didn’t turn out quite as nice.  I’m not very happy with this flower, but I know Cassie will love it none the less, and its flatter than the other roses so its probably more practical on the diary.  Guess I just need more practice with making flowers hey?

I didn’t think the glitter added enough glitter for my girly girl so I added a swirl of diamentes to bling it up just that little bit more.

Well I hope you have enjoyed seeing my latest project.  I would love to hear your comments on what you think of it.

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Still addinktive challenge #2 – Amended

So I couldn’t sleep last night because I was thinking about this card and how I could change it so I would be happier with it.  I know its only paper and glue but I don’t feel right sending a card to someone when I am not completely happy with the card myself.  So I think I may have fixed the problem.  I got up this morning and made a few small changes to this card and I am much happier with it now.

This is what is looks like now, and if you scroll down to the original post you will see what it looked like before.

Still addinktive challenge #2 amended - Jan


So basically all I did was undo the summer starfruit mat from the base card and cut down the size of the base card to be just slightly bigger than the mat.  I just wasn’t happy with all that turquoise in the background.  I think it looks a lot better now.  What do you think?

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Hi there!

So I thought I would give the second sketch/colour challenge over at http://stilladdinktive.blogspot.com.au another go this week.  I have really struggled with this weeks challenge…..thus I didn’t start it until  7 pm on Sunday night.  The colours were not something I would think to put together and felt they were an odd mix, but hey it was fun making the card once I got going.

Here is the sketch for this week.

Unlike last week, this time I tried to stick to the sketch and the colour component of the challenge.

FYI…. This is only my second time participating in a card making challenge so although I am struggling with some of the components I am enjoying making new cards every week.

Anyway here is what I came up with.

Still addinktive challenge #2 - JanI used the retired hostess stamp Because I Care, I just love the flower in that set.  I used the tempting turquoise card stock for the base card and summer starfruit DSP for the mat.  I stamped the flower onto whisper white card stock and then stamped a second leaf and flower and cut them out,  and popped them up over the original stamp with dimensionals.  I used the splat and writing from French Foliage in the background, and distressed and daubered all the edges.  I then added chocolate chip striped grosgrain ribbon and some mini tags and a love heart charm.

Would love to hear what you think, I’m not entirely convinced the tempting turquoise works, what do you think?

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1st Class of 2013

Happy Saturday afternoon

This morning I took a road trip to Innisfail for the first card making class of 2013.  For those of you who don’t know Innisfail is about 50 minutes to an hours drive from Cairns.  The class started at 9.30 am this morning so it was an early start for me, but boy was it worth it.

I headed down to Michelle Zahra’s place just outside of Innisfail this morning and made three fantastic cards.  I have always loved Michelle’s creations and I am happy to say that, that opinion has not changed.

We got the chance to play with some of the new stuff that is coming up in the new Stampin Up! mini catalogue.  OMG!!!! what a gorgeous cattie I can’t wait to start ordering, there is soooo much in it that I want.

Take a look at what we made today.  The first card uses a new stamp set called Clockworks and is great for a masculine birthday card, and it’s blue…..my favourite colour.

Clockworks card - Michelle's class - Jan


The ribbon is the new natural trim ribbon and is just perfect for masculine cards.  I offset my clock image, just to mix it up a bit.

Dress Up Framelits card - Michelle's class - JanHow cute is this?  We used the new dress up framelit and it’s so versatile.  If you follow this blog you will know that I am NOT a pink girl, but I can’t help but LOVE this card.  The skirt is a doily folded, so simple but so effective.  The flower on the waist is from the new flower ribbon in the mini catalogue.  I think I am going to need lots of these… 🙂

Hearts a Flutter card - Michelle's class - JanCan I just say I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this card.  It’s made with the new Amore DSP and the Hearts a Flutter stamp set from the new mini.  I haven’ t made my DH a Valentines Day card yet, so I am thinking this is going to be it.  Anyway I still have to make an 11th wedding anniversary card for him for February so he can’t complain.  The colours of this DSP just work beautifully together.  I honestly can’t pick a favourite I am in love with all these cards.

I hope you have enjoyed taking a peep at my latest cards and I will be back soon with some of my own creations.

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Stippled Blossoms in So Saffron

Hi there!

I have been working on this card for a couple of days.  No, it’s not that complicated, it’s just been soooo hot here in Cairns that I just haven’t been bothered doing much.  Plus my craft room gets the afternoon sun and gets very very warm.

Anyway, enough of my excuses.  I have a couple of birthdays coming up in January, so I thought I would case a card from Allisa Chilton for one of my friends.

Stippled Blossoms Birthday - JanI used So Saffron to stamp the roses and embossed them with black embossing powder, and Wild Wasabi ink for the leaves and also embossed them too.  The base card is basic black card stock with a layer of so saffron and whisper white.  The black ribbon and black pearl swirl aren’t Stampin Up! products though.  Again I used my new wooden bow maker to make this cute bow.  It really does make it so simple.  I used to always struggle to make bows look nice but now I have no problems at all with my new tool.

Stippled Blossoms Birthday Inside - JanI kept the flower theme going on the inside, but I think I need a couple more leaves, don’t you think? Well maybe just one more.

Well thanks for looking at my blog today, I hope you have enjoyed my card.  If you like it please leave me a comment, I love to hear what you think.

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Sympathy Card

Hello there!

Sorry I didn’t post yesterday, but I just couldn’t get myself motivated to go make something.  Unfortunately,  today I had a reason to make a card.  I know, when can it be a bad time to craft?  It wasn’t the crafting that was bad, it was reason to create the card.   A friend of mine very recently experienced a sudden loss in her family, I feel so very sorry for her and wanted to show that I cared and was thinking of her and her family as they try to come to terms with the situation.

I always struggle with what to say at times like this and making a card that is appropriate is just as difficult.  I didn’t want to make it too bright and cheery but on the other hand I didn’t want it to be sad and depressing.  How do you show someone you care without making the situation worse?

Well I hope I got the balance right with this card.  I cased this card from Rachel Brumley, I mixed it up enough to make it original, I hope.

Sympathy card in Bravo Burgandy - JanI know it looks like Rich Razzleberry, but in fact I used Bravo Burgandy and Vanilla card stock.  I cut the little leaves sizzlit die from Stampin Up! in Always Artichoke, and had some old burgandy organza ribbon.  I used the Sizzix die 3D Flowers to make the flowers and the edgelits are from Stampin Up! too.  I added some vanilla pearls in the centre of the flowers and in the centre of the bow.  I used my new wooden bow-maker that I received for Christmas from my friend Sandra to make this double bow.  It really makes bow-making so very very easy.  Thanks Sandra, it’s one of the best presents I have received and I am sure I will get lots and lots of use out of it.

I like to decorate the inside of cards too but didn’t want it to be too busy as the front it busy enough.  This is what I came up with.

Sympathy card in Bravo Burgandy inside - JanClassic but simple don’t you think?  Can you see that I used some of the DSP behind the vanilla?  I hope my friend likes my card and finds the strength to move forward when the time is ready for her.  In the meantime I will keep her and her family in my thoughts and pray for the best for them all.

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Shabby Chic….Yes or No?

Hi again

Sorry for my very late post, but I have had a day where I have been questioning my decisions, so it has left me a bit bereft.

Anyway, I want to show you my attempt at shabby chic as I mentioned yesterday.  I hand-made some flowers from the retired Attic Boutique DSP and combined them with a white doily and pool party/sahara sand card stock.   My friend Shannean has showed me how to  make these flowers a couple of times, but I just never seem to get it.  I guess I just need more practice.  I used the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Bigz die to make these flowers.

Shabby Chic in Pool Party - JanI also added some white lace and pool party ribbon,  made the leaves from always artichoke card stock, and added a row of small crystal bling.  Did you notice there is something missing on this card?

Yep there is no stamping at all on this card.  🙂

If shabby chic is your style or you know anything about shabby chic and you happen to be reading this post I would really appreciate your comments on how well I did the shabby chic style.   I keep feeling like it needs a little more but I’m not sure what else to add.

Well thanks for visiting,  I will get into my craft room tomorrow and make something new to show you.  Hopefully it will be shabby chic as well.



PS: I forgot to show you the inside of this card.

Shabby Chic in Pool Party inside - Jan

Is this the greatest card you have ever seen?

Hi again

So did you think I had fallen off the New Years resolution band wagon?  Nope just been busy today crafting away.  I needed something to show you tomorrow so I had to make something today.

Anyway, onto the important part of this post.   Yesterday I left you with the promise of a big surprise.  For those of you who know me personally you will know my wonderful husband Malcolm.  Sometimes, I (jokingly) ask him to come to a card making class or sit with me and create a card.  As you can probably imagine he immediately finds something else to do (I wonder why?).

Well this Christmas he surprised me with a wonderful handmade card that he made all by himself (no help from my crafty friends or anything).  I just love the card to bits and couldn’t not show you all how creative he really is.

So without further ado here is Mal’s homemade Christmas card to me.

P1020025Isn’t that little Rudolf just so cute with his little ear muffs?  Now I know you all must be dying to get your hands on one of these little babies, but wait there’s more (as they say on TV).  Mal did a fantastic job decorating the front of the card but he excelled himself with the decorations on the inside.

P1020026Didn’t I promise you something spectacular? I love the little gingerbread man and the stockings hung above the fireplace.   He has really outdone himself.  I wonder what he will come up with for next year, he has set such a high standard this year.  Oh and for my friends who don’t like dimensionals inside cards (you know who you are Miss K….lol), there are a lot of dimensionals used inside this little beauty.  Mal didn’t want me to post this card as he thought you might all want him to make you one too, which he is happy to do (at a price, he says), I am the only lucky one to receive one of these lovely cards for free. So if you would like one, leave a comment and I will see what I can do for you….lol.

Well that’s all for today, I have been trying to learn how to make shabby chic designed cards (only because I think they look just gorgeous), so today I made an attempt which I will show you tomorrow.  Oh and there is a little treat for my darling friend Shannean with tomorrow’s card too.

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Floral Bouquet

Well it’s day 6 and I’m still going strong with my resolution to blog more regularly, it may slow down when I go back to work at the end of January, but while I am on holidays I am going to try to post everyday.  Once I go back to work it may be once a week, depending on how much crafting time I can get.

Today I want to show you a project I started back in Nov (I think it was), and put it aside and didn’t finish it until today.  I must admit I did change it from the original one we were taught but hey isn’t that what paper crafting is all about? Now that is’s finished I’m really glad I did get back to it, because it looks just lovely, now I just have to find somewhere to display it.  This bouquet is made from a tutorial from Leigh Rock from TwoCraftyGirls.com.

Take a look at one of the largest projects I have attempted since starting my paper crafting addiction.Floral Bouquet-Sally's class Nov

It was a little difficult to photograph because it is so big, but I hope the photos are ok.  Here are a couple of close-ups.

Floral Bouquet-Sally's class Nov- close up (1)


I also have some close-ups of the roses and pine cones to show you too.

Floral Bouquet-Sally's class Nov-  rose close upCan you see the little pearls in the white flowers?  Here is a close up of the pine cone.

Floral Bouquet-Sally's class Nov-  pinecone close upWell that’s it  for today, I hope you come back tomorrow because I have something EXTRA special to show you.  I will give you a clue……he has a red nose.

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Christmas 2012 Part 2

So I’m back again today to show you the rest of my Christmas creations.  I think today I will start by showing you the Christmas card that I sent out this year.  I made these guys back in September at the annual Stampin Up retreat that Shannean holds in Tinaroo.  I think they are really cute.  I’m pretty sure I cased these from Bronwyn Eastley.

Reindeer Christmas cards - Dec



I wonder if everyone who got one knew how to stand it up….lol

Next, I think I will show you another reindeer project.  We made these in Sally’s Christmas class in December, and because I over-strectched myself with crafting projects I also made a bunch of these to give to the girls at work.

Reindeer noses - Sally's class DecCute idea hey?  Would be great for anyone with children if you wanted to make a heap for class groups etc.  They are so quick and simple.  We used Maltezers and a Jaffa for the noses.

This next project was the second Kris Kringle present I had to make for a stamp club I am involved in.  I cased this from Lee Conrey (I think), it was quick and easy to make and made use of the many many packets of candy canes I bought.  I still have numerous packets of them left over by the way.

Christmas 2012-Kris Kringle gift-Sallys ClassI also made a couple of Christmas bon bons this year.  I made one for my grandbaby (which I think is better than this one, but I don’t have a photo of it) and I also made this one for one of the girls at work to send to the US for her niece’s little baby girl named Georgia.  With the one I sent my grandbaby I filled it with 2 mini candy canes, however, as this one was going overseas I left this one empty.  The only criteria I had for this was that it be pink….. not much of a Christmas color I know but Joanne was happy with it.

Christmas Bon Bon 2012-front


Of course it had to have a “G” for Georgia on it.

Christmas Bon Bon 2012-backOn the back a simple Christmas ornament.

I was also busy making one of those Christmas ornaments that is on the front cover of the Stampin Up! occasions mini catalogue.  We also made a box for it to sit in.

Christmas Ornament closeup

Not too bad for a first attempt.  Here is a shot of the box we made.  Thanks to Sandra for teaching me how to make the ornament and the box.

Christmas Ornament boxWhile we are on the topic of boxes I want to show you the three boxes I decorated for my two nephews and my grandbaby.  I filled all the boxes with a Christmas ornament that has each child’s name on it and has flashing lights and a little Santa ornament with a bell and the children’s name on it too.  I haven’t posted these boxes so I might just keep them for next year.  The first one is the one I made for my grandbaby Holly.

Christmas Box-Holly frontI glittered the name. Here’s a closer look.

Christmas Box-HollyNot sure if you can see the glitter or not in this shot but boy did I have alot of glitter flying around my craft room when I made these three boxes.  I also had my first attempt at making a paper bow.  Not too bad seeing as I was just winging it.  What do you think?

Christmas Box-Holly topHere are the boys boxes.  Firstly Ethan’s box.

Christmas Box-Ethan front


Christmas Box-EthanAnd Lucas’ box.

Christmas Box-Lucas front


I used Baja Blue glass glitter on Lucas’s name plate.

Christmas Box-LucasAnd I did a nicer looking bow on Lucas’ box, well I think so anyway.

Christmas Box-Lucas topLast but not least here are a couple of photos of the last 3 cards I made at Sally’s last class for 2012.  Silver and white embossed Christmas ornaments.

Watercolour Winter 1-Sallys-class-2012Watercolour Winter is a gorgeous stamp set and this is what we made with it, the words come from a new stamp set called More Merry Messages.

Watercolour Winter 2-Sallys-class-2012And this one.

Watercolour Winter-Sallys-class-2012I know this is been another long post and a I apologize for that but that is all the Christmas posts finished now.  I guess I better get into my crafting room and make something so I have something to show tomorrow.

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Christmas 2012

So today I want to show you all the cute things I made for Christmas.  I will apologize now because this may be a long post.  I love Christmas soooo much and we really went all out this year with decorating both the inside and outside of our house.  I even decorated my desk at work this year.  There were so many gorgeous Christmas projects all over the web this year that I kinda went a bit crazy with my crafting, I think I over did it a bit but if you can’t over do it at Christmas time then when can you???

Firstly I want to show you these cute little Christmas angels that my friend Sandra taught  me to make.  I loved them soooo much I made some in Melon Mambo for my daughter’s tree in her dorm room at Uni.

Christmas Angels 2012

This is the little green and  gold one I made, and I also made a red and gold one but I don’t have a photo of that one.  Here are the pink one’s I made for Cassie.

Christmas Angels -Pink 1-Christmas 2012

I made four of these for Cassie’s little tree, three to hang and one to sit on top of the tree.  My daughter Cassie is a real pink girl and loves everything pink so these went down a treat.

Next on my Christmas roll-call are these cute candy cane elves that I cased from Jackie Topa.  The look really good but boy are they time consuming to make.  I guess after you have made a few it probably all flows quite easily, but after making a boy and a girl I gave up.

Candy Cane Elf Boy 2012This is the boy elf.

Candy Cane Elf Girl 2012And this is the girl elf…..can you tell the difference?

I also made 10 of these little Christmas stockings.  Don’t worry I’m not going to post photo’s of all 10, silly me took all but one photo of these gorgeous stockings with my mobile phone and I don’t know how to get them from my phone to my laptop.  So this one I am showing you is one I made for one of the girls at work for her grandson.  I also made 1 each for my 2 nephews, 1 for my grandbaby, 3 for another lady at work for her 3 grandchildren, and 2 for my cousins children, and 1 for our neighbour’s daughter who spent Christmas day with us. So by the end of it all I was pretty proficient at making these guys.

Stockings-Christmas 2012Each stocking had the child’s name on the front. and came filled with a Christmas themed ruler, a candy cane, a marshmallow Christmas  lollipop. and two Christmas pencils.  Here is a better look at what I did with the pencils.

Santa pencils-Christmas 2012There were 4 characters I made, Santa as above, Rudolf the reindeer, an elf (seemed to be everyone’s favorite), and an angel.  I also used these characters on my gift tags this year.

Christmas 2012 Gift Cards-Angel

Christmas 2012 Gift Cards-Elf

Christmas 2012 Gift Cards-Reindeer

Christmas 2012 Gift Cards-Santa

Which character do you like the most?  Send me a comment and let me know.  I was also busy making Kris Kringle gifts this year.  I had 2 to make for cardmaking classes.  Take a look at what I came up with.

This first one is also what I gave to a couple of girlfriends who I get together with every December for a Christmas dinner with our partners as well as all the girls from the Friday night card class I attend.  I cased this from Becky Roberts at Inking Idaho.

Tealight Snowman-Christmas 2012I think I ended up making about 12 of these little cuties, including boxes for them to go in.  Here they are in their boxes.

Tealight Snowman Boxes Side 1-Christmas 2012Well I still have lots to show you but I think this post is getting a bit too big, it’s taking me ages to load the photos, so with that in mind I will be back tomorrow with the rest of my Christmas crafts.

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