Yesterday I shared a Christmas Latch Fold card.  Today I have another version using the Tranquil Tulips set.  OK, I did this card first and then realised for the Blog Hop that it was for the Holiday Catalogue.  I thought I would share it with you today and give you the tutorial for it. 🙂

I have used the Birthday Blossoms set for the front and inside.  I think it works well.  The small flower to hold the flap was punched with the 3/4″ circle and then layered on a circle punched from Cherry Cobbler with the 1″ circle punch.

Here is the inside.  I added a strip of the Old Olive paper from the Color Theory Paper Stack. 


** Apologies in advance for Imperial measurements.  I am not too familiar with your standard card size so just check the measurements first for the front and inside card mats 🙂

1. From a standard size card base cut off 2.5cm (1″) off the front of the card.

2. Stamp your front image on Whisper White card. This piece was 7cm x 14.4cm.  (for Imperial, measure a piece slightly smaller than the size of your front panel).  If you like add a strip of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper. 

3. Cut a strip for your latch which measures 10.5cm x 2.5cm and score it at 8cm.  (4 1/8″ x 1″).  The white sentiment strip is 7.6cm x 2.1cm (3″x 3/4″)

4. For the inside panel cut a piece of Whisper White for the card mat slightly smaller than the inside of your card. (10.1cm x 14.4cm).  (Imperial measure approximately 1/8″ smaller than the inside of your card).  Add a strip of Designer Series Paper (14.4cm x 3cm) (Imperial 1 1/8″ x length of your card).  BEFORE you stick this down to the inside of your card adhere your latch strip by adhering the smaller section of your strip behind your white card mat.

5. Fold this over the front of the card and position your punched circle piece in place that will hold your card closed.  You can add a Dimensional to the back of the circle to raise it up but remember to ONLY ADD IT BEHIND HALF of the circle to allow you to fit the latch under it. 

Hope this makes sense.  Have fun making your Latch Fold card.




This weekend I have had a play at this week’s Colour Inkspirations Challenge #05.  The colours we had were Blushing Bride, Soft Sky and Sahara Sand.

They are such pretty soft colours and lend themselves to cute baby cards or soft floral or even butterflies??

Recently I shared a card with you of a different way to use the Falling Petal Embossing Folder.  You can see that post HERE if you missed it.  I have wanted to play with this idea since then and thought I would try it out with this challenge.  This is the card I ended up with.

The lighting is not very good today.  It is wet and overcast so not the best.  Actually it has been torrential rain for the past week!

To the card:  The base card is Blushing Bride and the mat is Sahara Sand.  I embossed a Whisper White card mat with the Falling Petals Embossing Folder.  Tied around some White Baker’s Twine before adhering it to the Sahara Sand card mat and card base. I cut a piece of Thick Whisper White with one of the larger Layering Circles Framelits Dies and embossed it with the Falling Petals Embossing Folder.

On this circle piece I created some little flowers with the embossed hearts/petals.  I used the Sahara Sand Marker to first draw some lines from each petal to create the flower stems.  Then coloured each flower with the Blushing Bride inkpad and Blender Pen. Then with the Aquapainter I added a light wash with the Soft Sky inkpad around the flowers. Just a note: After giving it a light wash with the Soft Sky it did wash out the Sahara Sand stems so I went over that lightly again.  I went over the petals with the clear Wink of Stella pen too to add some sparkle but it is hard to tell in the photo.

This coloured piece was then adhered on to a Blushing Bride circle a bit larger. I then adhered it to the white card mat lining it up roughly in the same place.  This created a type of spotlighting of the petals at the top of the card.

The sentiment is from Birthday Blossoms and cut with the Project Life Framelits.  I added some small adhesive pearls to the sentiment piece.  A small dragonfly was cut from the Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper to add some extra sparkle.

What do you think of this card?? I felt it was missing something?? Not sure.

Anyway, I think these challenges are good.  It makes you think a lot about your creating. It’s nice to steal away a little “me” time stamping too.

I hope you have a lot of creating opportunities this coming week.



Have you seen cards with the Swirly Bird stamps and the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits on your blog travels? These I think will be one of the top sellers for this catalogue.  I had a play with them the other day and thought I would share them with you.  These cards were inspired by others I had seen on Pinterest using a different stamp set.

These first 2 cards use the Emboss Resist technique.  I love the magic of heat embossing still even after all these years.  Heat Embossing was the first thing I had seen in stamping and I was just amazed.  I still love pulling out the heat tool. 🙂

Anyway, to the cards.

swirly _ emboss resist

I stamped the sentiment first in black.  This is from the set ‘Birthday Blossoms’. I then stamped the large swirl in versamark and heat embossed it.  Then sponged over the ink. The one on the left is Sweet Sugarplum. The one on the right is Peekaboo Peach.  Then I stamped the small flower in black.  The card is matted on to black card and then to the base card either Sweet Sugarplum or Peekaboo Peach.

swirly flower

This next card I was creating a flower with the swirls.  I stamped the large swirl in Sweet Sugarplum on to the Whisper White card and then cut swirls from the Sweet Sugarplum and the Emerald Envy. I added a Metal Rimmed Pearl to the centre. The sentiment on this card is from the new set ‘Mixed Borders’.

I added some strips of Emerald Envy card under the stamped white piece and then adhered it to the Sweet Sugarplum card base.

I can’t wait to play with this set some more.  Not enough hours in the day. 🙂

If you love the look of this set then you can buy your own at my store.  Buy the bundle and save 10%.  Head directly HERE.   Here is the stamp set and the thinlits for you to see.

swirly bird

Have a great weekend.  It is a long weekend here for us this weekend. Time for more creating then maybe?? I hope so.



A few weeks ago for Onstage I didn’t have an opportunity to make swaps to share with other demonstrators.  Life has been a little busy. 🙂  I did make a card for the Display boards though where you can add your swap cards or samples.  They are always so inspiring and is a big part of why I love to go.  It’s like a live Pinterest board!!!! 😉

I thought it was time to show you the card. This is a technique I have been playing around with recentlly. I don’t really know what the name of the technique is but I call it the Water Spritzed technique. I will show you how to do this below so read on.

This is my card I made for the board.


You can see the little “splodges” in the ink where the colour has lifted. It creates a cool motley effect.  Here is how it is done.


1. Using Thick Whisper White or Shimmery white cardstock, heat emboss your images.  On these I embossed the coral and the fish with white Embossing powder.  I stamped the seahorse with Black Stazon.  It is important to emboss or to use the Stazon so the ink on the images don’t run when you spritz.

2. Use your first colour and sponge in patches over the card. I have used Bermuda Bay here.


Then add your 2nd colour.  I have used Daffodil Delight.


3. Fill in with your 3rd colour.  I have used Marina Mist I think.  It’s good to have 3 co-ordinating colours. Once you have sponged the colours on, use a tissue to wipe off the ink where the images are embossed.  This makes the embossing shine.


4. With a spritzer with water or I use an old Stampin’ mist bottle, hold the bottle a little away and lightly spray the card.  You don’t want to soak the card just lightly mist.  You will see some of the colour start to lift.  Mist until you are happy with the coverage.  Keep the card level or you will start to have runs from the water running down. Leave the card aside on the table for a few minutes.  The longer you leave the card, the more effect you will get.  Finish off drying your card with the Heat Tool lightly.  You don’t want to melt your embossed images any more.


You can now finish your card as you like.

Here is the first card I made using this effect. I have used Rose Wonder set. Thank you to my friend Leonie for showing me this technique.  We made this card at my last technique class too. I have heat embossed the images in white,  The inks I have used are Elegant Eggplant, Tempting Turquoise and Bermuda Bay.


I made another card that day but I didn’t leave the water sitting on the card for long so it doesn’t have as much mottling.  I was a little disappointed with the colour combination. I used Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron I think and Lavender Lace. I thought I would show you the card anyway. This is using Birthday Blossoms.


So how about you have a try at this technique.  Each time you do one it will turn out different. It’s fun.

Thanks for visiting me today.  Have a wonderful day/night.



I had some creative time yesterday just to play.  It was so good.  I don’t have a lot of occasions to do this for a whole day.  Good for the soul 🙂

After I made some customer Thank You cards (which I will show you next post) I could play with the Botanical Builder Framelits.  I only got the framelits recently.  I was NOT going to get these.  Nup,  I don’t need them, BUT I saw so many gorgeous things created that one day they slipped in to my order on Hostess rewards.  Just one of the many perks being a demonstrator. 😉

So I thought I would show you what I made.  I think I only touched the tip of the iceberg here.  So much to make with them.

I saw this idea on a Facebook group I am on to use the leaf border as the centre border on a card.  I thought that was clever. Have to say though it was harder to work out than it looked – and maybe cut the right side of the card!  Here is the first card.  I am still not too sure of it. I thought I would show you anyway.


The base in Sahara Sand and the Designer Series Paper piece is from the ‘It’s my Party’ Paper Stack. I think the colour of the DSP leaves it looking a little flat. I cut a piece of Mint Macaron card slightly smaller and then cut the leaf edge from the centre.  Just check which way you need to cut it first!!!

The sentiment is from ‘Birthday Blossoms’ set stamped in Black. I added some Rhinestones but still thought it was missing something.  After I cut some flowers for another card I added a flower to the top right.  The flower is in white and I sponged the edges. I don’t know, what do you think?  Missing something?

Well after making this card I tried another one this time in Island Indigo.


I do like this version better.  Maybe it’s a bit brighter? I added some Adhesive Pearls to this one.  The sentiment is from ‘A Dozen Thoughts’.  This might work for a wedding card?

When I made the Mint Macaron version above I first cut it wrong.  Rather than waste the piece I thought I would make another card.


I added the strip along the bottom of a Whisper White mat which I had embossed with the ‘Softly Falling’ Embossing Folder.  The card base is Mint Macaron.  This sentiment is also from ‘Birthday Blossoms’ which I cut with an Oval Framelit.  The flowers were cut in White and then sponged with some smaller Mint Macaron ones in the centre.

I can’t wait to get back to playing with these some more to see what else I can make.  Lots of versions layering and sponging!!

Thanks for visiting.




I hope 2016 is a wonderful year for you full of great health, happiness – and I hope lots of opportunities to create. 🙂

I am looking forward to another year of stamping. It always excites me at the start of the year when I think of the new discoveries in stamping and being able to share them with my lovely customers and  you my lovely readers. 🙂  I am also excited when I think of the new people I will meet to share all this creativity with.

Before I look too far forward though I thought I would look back at this past year at some of my favourite projects from the year.  I hope you will indulge me a little and enjoy recapping these – or seeing them for the first time.

I will add the link below each project to the original post so you can read about them.


I had fun making these Masculine cards with the ‘Adventure Bound’ Paper Stack.  See about them HERE.


A special 21st card.  Read about it HERE.


A fun Triangle Easel Card.  See the post HERE.


One of the first cards I made with this gorgeous set.  See about it HERE.


This is still one of my favourite cards. You can check it out HERE.

I had trouble limiting it to 5.  I have to throw in a Christmas card too. 🙂


One of my favourite Christmas cards. See it HERE.

Well those are my favourites BUT what did you think?

Here are some interesting facts from WordPress that you liked this year.

The most popular post in one day was my Convention Swaps on May 9th with 486 hits.  We are always interested in swap cards I think for their inspiration.


This is just one lot of them. You can read the full post HERE.

The most popular post continues to be my Tote bags.  These were made in 2012 but are still so popular.


The tutorial and the link can be found HERE.

and the more recent one HERE.

Thank You for being part of my journey this year.  I love sharing what I create and I am glad you like to visit.  Feel free to drop a comment now and then.  At least I know then I am not talking to myself. 🙂

Have a great 2016,



I made this card a few weeks ago but only had a chance to show you now.  When I received my Festive Flower Punch I had to have a play and create a different flower than the traditional one. That’s what you do right??? 🙂  I made a card up with the flower.  Since making this flower I have seen some great variations on Pinterest. I have to say I do like those ones a lot so I will have to make those too.  Here is my card and I will give you the details of the flower.  You might remember the small flower that you could make with the wing of the 2-step bird punch?? Well this is it’s big brother 🙂


I have a chart below to show you how I created the flower so I won’t say too much about that.  For each of the pieces I sponged them with ink.  I have used Rich Razzleberry for the flowers and Old Olive for the stems.   See the pearl accent?? I was trying to work out what to add.  I added a Metal Rimmed Pearl but the silver didn’t go right so I created my own.  I punched a circle from the Gold Foil Sheets using the smaller circle from the Owl Punch.  I adhered a pearl to the centre and added the both with a glue dot onto a small bow from Whisper White Baker’s Twine.  I really liked this addition.  The greeting is from ‘Birthday Blossoms’ and I punched one corner with the new Curvy Corner Trio Punch.

Here is a chart to create your own flowers.


So this punch is very versatile.  Not just for your Poinsettia flowers.  I can’t wait to make some other versions.

Here is the punch if you haven’t noticed it.  The punch can be found on P 31 of the catalogue and is $31.00 AUS.

festive flower punch

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a super awesome weekend and you have time to create. I have my Holiday Catalogue Launch tomorrow so I am looking forward to sharing some fun projects using these great products from the Catalogue.



I thought I would get back to sharing the cards I made at our stamping weekend a few weeks ago. This one I think is one of my favourites.  First off, Andrea CASED the card on Pinterest with a few changes.  We all loved it and had to copy although I changed mine a little too. Here is the card.


This is a 10cm x 10cm card (4″x4″).  On a piece of white square (I think it is about 6.1cm x 6.1cm).   I sponged in towards the centre of the card in Pool Party.and then sponged the edges in Bermuda Bay.  I stamped the small blossoms from ‘Birthday Blossoms’ in Bermuda Bay. Check out the stamping spots/stars at the top of the card piece.  Can you tell what I used??  This is from the stars in the ‘Celebrate Today’ set.  The greeting from ‘Circle of Spring’ is stamped in Black StazOn.

I tied around some Whisper White Baker’s Twine. Then the sponged card piece was layered on another piece of white and then on a piece of Basic Black.  The flowers are stamped in Black StazOn and punched out with the Pansy Punch.  I then sponged the edges of these in Bermuda Bay.  They were raised up with dimensionals and I added some Adhesive Rhinestones to the centres of the flowers and then added a couple on the card.

I hope you like????  🙂

Have a great weekend.  Sadly, I didn’t receive my preorder today from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue. Not that I have a lot of time to stamp this weekend.  SIGH! I guess I have some other stamps to work with if I do. I can’t wait to get my new Christmas goodies.  I tell you, you are going to L.O.V.E. it.  September 1st is the day so stay tuned but I am mailing out Holiday Catalogues in the next couple of weeks so let me know if you would like your own.

Stop by and visit again soon,



On a Facebook group I am on they recently set a little game.  It was a Tic Tac Toe Board.  Pick 3 items in the one row to make your card.  I thought that would be fun.  I took a little time out from my regular creating to have a go.  I will show you the card but first I will tell you the process I went through in making this card.  Maybe it will help you when the MOJO has gone out the window. 🙂

Firstly, I selected the 3 elements from the Tic Tac Toe Board to include on my card.  I chose Birthday, Flowers and Red.  That’s half the battle right!!  Well I pull out all my flower stamps – and there are quite a few.  I really wanted to use one of the new ones. OK, Birthday Blossoms, Definitely Dahlia or Garden in Bloom??

The colour was already chosen.  I don’t often use red except for Christmas but I chose Cherry Cobbler.  I love the richness in this colour. I knew I wanted to white emboss the vellum too.  Just an idea I had.

How to put it together though?? That is what sends me undone and generally I just put it all aside in the “too hard” basket.  I contemplated things for a little while and wondered what to do. When the ideas weren’t really coming together for a card I thought … Why not look at a card sketch.  I went to Pinterest and I have a board for Card sketches. You know you can actually use the ideas you pin not just PIN them to a board!!! 😉 Straight away I looked at the board and found what I was after.

So here is the sketch I worked with. It is from this great site HERE. I like the simple sketches.


Here is the final result.


I used Birthday Blossoms Heat embossing the small blossoms in White Embossing Powder onto the Cherry Cobbler card.  The larger flowers were heat embossed in white on vellum and then punched out with the Pansy Punch. To get the curve on the card I hand-drew a curvy pencil line on scrap paper until I was happy with it.  I cut that out and then used that as a stencil on the Cherry Cobbler card.  I lightly drew the line and then cut this curve out.  I was happy with the result of that.  It really could have gone any way!!

The greeting was stamped in Cherry Cobbler onto Thick White Cardstock as a card base. I added some large Adhesive pearls to the centre of the flower and finished it off by wrapping some White Baker’s Twine around the card a few times. I did stamp the inside with the blossoms in Cherry Cobbler and one of the greetings in the set.  I didn’t take a photo of that.

I hope explaining the process might help you next time.  I will try and remember that myself 😉

Have a great “stampy” week.  I will be back to share more soon.



Here is one of the cards we made at our stamping weekend.  I like the way this turned out. Andrea first made it and had CASED it from Pinterest. (Sorry I don’t know who the original creator was). Of course, we all really liked it and had to copy. 🙂


The base card is Pink Pirouette and the frame is Tip Top Taupe.  To make the frame I used the ‘Lots of Labels’ Framelits using 2 framelits together.  I used the smaller framelit that I used for the frame to cut a window in the front of the card.  I stamped the flowers and leaves in Tip Top Taupe in scrap white card. The great thing is the flower matches the Pansy Punch – no cutting!!! You do have to cut the leaves out but that is OK. I went around the outlines on the flowers and leaves with the Markers (Pink Pirouette and Mint Macaron) and I coloured the centres in. I added some pearls for some glam.  The small flowers were inked in Pink Pirouette and then stamped off before stamping on the base card in the bottom left corner.

Now open wide …..


The smaller flowers were stamped on a piece of Whisper White in Tip Top Taupe and coloured with the markers again.  The greeting was stamped in Soft Suede.  You can’t quite see but I added tiny pearls to all the centres.

Now open it out….


I inked up the small flowers again in Pink Pirouette and stamped them off on scrap paper. Then I stamped them on the next flap along the edge on the right side. I repeated this a few times of inking, stamping off  and stamping on the card.

Do you want to know the dimensions???  It is basically a standard base card and score the card in 1/3rd’s.  If that makes sense??  I did make this card a little taller though (15.4cm x 21cm).  It is easy to make your own and just a little different to the standard card.

Thanks for visiting me today.  Have a super wonderful day today 🙂