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.

Thanks for visiting.



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?

Thanks for visiting.


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.

Thanks for visiting.




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.

Thanks for visiting.




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.

Thanks for visiting.