cards, Personal Ramblings, Stampin' Up!, Techniques


Today we went to a wedding.  It was a really lovely service and special to be a part of it. This was for friends of Josh’s and he was one of the Groomsmen.  He looked pretty swish if you ask me but I can say that because I am his mum. 🙂

We managed to grab a family snap.  It is not often that we are all together. I don’t often share family stuff here but today I will….. 🙂


Anyway, you didn’t come here to see family snaps you want to see crafty projects.  I wanted to share the Wedding card I made.  Now I have known about this wedding for months as you do but I just didn’t know how to go about this card.  The Invitation had Ombre blue stripes so I considered working something in with that but I ended up with this.  Hope the Bride and Groom like it.


I went with Dapper Denim card base and Soft Sky mat.  On the White card I stamped the sentiment from Rose Wonder. If you can see closely at the bottom is a new Embossing Folder from the Upcoming Occasions Catalogue.  I broke it out of it’s package just for this! This is the ‘Falling Petals’ Textured Impressions Folder.  They look like falling hearts.  Just a couple of Tips with this folder:  1) When you emboss you might get little marks or the “hearts” squished looking.  I added a piece of scrap paper in the folder on top of the card when I embossed it which prevented this. 2) This embossing folder covers the full card but I didn’t want all the card covered only to emboss just the bottom edge. This was hard to do because of the position of the hearts.  So I cut a separate small strip of Whisper White card the width of the full white card piece and embossed just the strip.  Then I adhered that piece straight on to the card. You wouldn’t even know!

The ribbon used is not Stampin’ Up!  The larger swirly hearts are cut from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.  I cut one in Dapper Denim and one in Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper. The little sparkly heart is a heart punched from the 2-Step Owl Punch in Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  It adds a little sparkle.

This is the inside of the card.


Mmm? Shame the lighting isn’t great.  The weather has been a bit funny.  Hope you get the idea anyway.

This sentiment is also from Rose Wonder set.  I thought it needed something else to the inside so I punched some little hearts from the 2-Step Owl Punch in Dapper Denim and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.

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cards, Christmas, Tutorials


I made this cute card at our stamping weekend and I haven’t shown you yet.  Well actually I half made it and I had to finish it when I got home and that is probably why you haven’t seen it yet.  I get lots of comments about this card at my classes.  I CASED this from my friend Leonie who I think CASED it from Pinterest??  I will show you it then I will tell you about it.


Does this have the cute factor??? This is using the Owl Punch.  The owl hat is from the ‘Snow Place’ Set and the antlers are cut with the ‘Snow Friends’ Framelits.  I drew the “santa Belt” with the white gel pen.  The greeting is from ‘Christmas Cuties’. The Moon is punched from a circle punch with a “bite” punched out with the circle punch again. I wanted to tell you about the background though and the card base.

Firstly for the card base I will give you the instructions but not the exact measurements  as you can make it any size you like really. The card base width is a standard size card (so metric – 14.8cm). The length is the length of your standard card (metric is A4).  Score the card length in equal thirds.  Score the right hand end section in half again.  So it is a bit like an odd-shaped “M” ??? Makes sense?? Yes!!!  🙂  On the back panel I cut another piece of white card to that size.  On this piece I stamped the “splodges” from ‘Gorgeous Grunge’ in versamark and heat embossed in White Embossing Powder.  I sponged over Soft Sky and Marina Mist and directly on the edges I sponged Night of Navy.  I adhered that piece on to the back panel.

For the front I cut another piece of white card to the size of the front. I tore across the top edge. Then masked sections with scrap paper to sponge “hills” on to the piece with Pool Party – I think? I sponged around the whole front piece with Pool Party too.

Lots of punching but lots of fun to put together.

Thanks for stopping by now.  I am off on holidays for 2 weeks. YAY! Don’t worry you won’t miss me too much.  I have some posts scheduled.


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3D projects, cards, Stampin' Up!


Recently I showed you a card made with the ‘You’re So sweet’ set.  If you missed that just pop back 2 posts.  Today I have a gift bag and card I made with the set.


I saw the Treat Bag on Pinterest initially and just changed it a little.  The paper is from the paper stack ‘Cherry On Top’.  I made the bag with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlets.  The little star is in the set which I could cut inside the stamped star.  How neat!!  I just added a star strip cut with the star die in the set in Crushed Curry and a DSP banner.  The greeting label is cut with of the little dies in the Thinlets set too.

Then I made a card. Using some more of the ‘Cherry On Top’ Paper Stack I added a strip down the side of the Cucumber Crush base card.  I stamped the greeting banner from the ‘You’re So Sweet’ set first on Crushed Curry in Crushed Curry and then on Whisper White in Bermuda Bay.  I cut the white one out with the banner framelit in the Treat Bag Thinlets and cut the Crushed Curry one out by hand.  It needed something else under the banner so I cut a strip of Watermelon Wonder card and flagged the ends.


See the cute balloons?? I made them with the 1″ circle punch and the owl punch.  I punched out the bottom part of the owl and trimmed it and adhered that piece under the punched circle.  I added some White Baker’s Twine underneath.  Cute hey!! Sorry I think so anyway 🙂

I think they  make a cute gift set what do you reckon?


Here is the Mini Treat Bag Thinlets.  I like all the “extra bits” that come in the set.  They are so versatile.

mini treat bag

…and the cute ‘You’re So Sweet’ set.

     youre so sweet

Thanks for visiting my world today.  I hope your day is super awesome because you deserve it to be.  🙂



It’s been a bit quiet here lately.  School holidays are still happening and so not a great lot of time to create.  In the time I have had I have been busy making some samples using the great Sale-A-Bration sets and also playing with some new toys from the new Seasonal Catalogue coming out very soon.  I will show you those soon but I wanted to show you this card I made last week.  I have been wanting to create this one for a little while so just HAD to do it before I got too busy.


Doesn’t he look cute peeking through the hole.  The card is made using the Early Espresso Core’dinations cardstock.  I cut it lengthwise and then ran the top section through the Big Shot with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder.  I sanded the card a little to accentuate the woodgrain.  It makes it look just like the owl is sitting in a tree.  The Scallop Circle and the Modern Label punch are in Daffodil Delight.  The ribbon is the Primrose Petals Satin Stitched Ribbon.

Here is the inside view.  A friend has joined him.


I haven’t added a greeting inside as yet.  I can add that later when I know what the occasion will be.  This card was CASED from a card on Late Night Stampers group I think.  I’m sorry I don’t know the original creator though.  I hope you like my version??

Thanks for stopping by today to see my cheeky owls.  Come and visit again soon.


cards, Personal Ramblings, Punch Art


This is becoming a regular occurence here.  My DH created another card yesterday.  He had to go to a wedding today and wanted to make the card.  The layout was inspired by a card I had saved.  I’m not sure who this was by but I have seen a number or similar ideas around.  Of course, we are using the Owl punch again – and these are very cute!  These aren’t the traditional colours you would use for a wedding card but they were chosen to co-ordinate with the outfits that Glenn and the person he was going with was wearing – don’t ask, long story!!

Here you are:

These owls took a little time to put together as they are a little fiddly.  I think the white breaks up the brightness of it a bit. I added the pearls to give it an elegant touch.

Card: Brilliant Blue (retired), Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Soft Suede, Basic Black, Crumb Cake and Real Red.

There you go another Hayward creation!!! I hope you like it 🙂



On Monday we had our regular stamping get together with Leonie and Andrea.  It’s so much more fun stamping with friends!  Andrea brought along some project ideas and we loved this sample by Laurie.  We loved the Silhouette owls.  This was the card I created.  It was a little similar to Laurie’s.

The hearts were punched out with the Heart to Heart punch and then inlaid embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder. That is, I adhered the hearts onto the Marina Mist card before I ran it through the Big Shot, so the hearts were embossed with the dots as well.  I reversed the dots to give it a different effect. (OK, well I ran it through the wrong way by mistake!!!  That doesn’t matter though, does it???).  I adhered a strip of the narrow grosgrain ribbon across the bottom.  The greeting is from “Love Defined”.  I punched it out with the Curly Label Punch and cut off the bottom half.  I raised it up with dimensionals.  I added a little Rhinestone in the centre of the ‘O’.  It’s a bit hard to see.  I also used Champagne shimmer Paint on the moon but you can’t see the sparkle unfortunately.  Andrea had that idea and we copied!! hehe!  That’s the good thing about getting together!!  You can see her sparkly moon – and her beautiful brayered version at her link!!

I am heading off now and going to TRY and get to bed at a more reasonable time tonight!! LOL

Thanks for stopping by.  Stop by again soon.

Jenny x


Punch Art


Welcome to 2011!  I hope that this year doesn’t go by as quickly as 2010!  I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year with family and friends.  I have been playing around with some stamps and punches this past week.  I can show you one of the projects I have been working on.  I was playing around with my 2-step Owl punch to see the great things you can create.  I first saw this punch sheet idea at our team meeting recently by Ness, our fearless leader.  I have added some other ideas too I found on blogland.   Check this out! 

I hope you can see it clearly enough.  I will show you a close-up of Mrs Chef Owl!

Isn’t she cute!!  This one also uses the butterfly punch and the scallop oval punch.   I’m very excited too as I have bought myself a new camera this week and it takes such great photos.  I just have to improve on the photography skills!

I have been playing around with some Sale-A-Bration stamps too.  Not long now for Sale-A-Bration.  I will show you those creations soon. 

Enjoy the rest of your New Year weekend.  I will stop by again soon. xx