I was asked by a friend to make a special birthday card for her 1 year old grandson.  The birthday theme was Red, White, and Blue and bubbles and balloons and if I could incorporate those.  Or at least either the balloons or the bubbles with the colours.  My mind started ticking over.  What to do???

So here is the card that I made.

What do you think??  

The colours were Real Red, Pacific Point and Whisper White.

The Balloons were stamped with the Balloon Celebration set and punched with the co-ordinating Balloon Punch. The number 1 is cut with the small letters alphabet dies which is now retired but they are a useful size when you need small numbers.  I added some Snail Adhesive behind  the balloons, then added a length of White Baker’s Twine.  The three strands were then adhered down near the bottom of the card and then the sentiment was added over it.

The sentiment was from the Lift Me Up set.  I went over the “Happy Birthday” with the black marker and then stamped it on to white card.  It was then cut with the Bunch of Banners Framelits.

For the bubbles effect I used the Bokeh Technique.  Have you tried that technique before?  It has been a while since I have done it.   You can find other samples HERE. with this technique. I thought I added a tutorial back then but hadn’t.  So I will add a quick one below.  There are a number of different tutorials on the internet but to be honest I find them messy.  I am so not a messy stamper.  Maybe occasionally a little inky techniques but usually I need quick and clean – and done!!

So here is a non-messy Bokeh Technique Tutorial for you.  Hopefully soon I will create a video to share with you.

Firstly, You need a piece of acetate the size of your card front and cut 3 circles of different sizes over the card.  This creates a mask for the sponging.

On a piece of Whisper White card the size of your card mat, (This piece was 10.1 cm x 14.4 cm) sponge your chosen ink colours randomly over the card.  For this I used Real Red and Pacific Point. Sometimes it can look pretty ordinary at this point but persevere.

Once your card is covered with ink then place your acetate template over the card.  Sponge Whisper White craft ink over the circles.  You will want to dab or pounce the white ink on DO NOT RUB THE INK. Move your acetate template, if you are using a smaller piece over the card to different places to sponge more circles on. If you like, overlap some circles and have some going off the edge of the card for a good effect.   Let the card dry before you finish off the card.

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I have another card for you using the Happy Birthday Gorgeous set.

This card was CASED from Marcy Denning on a Facebook group I am on. I couldn’t find a blog for her sorry.

Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist are such a lovely combination aren’t they?

For this card; stamp some outline flowers in Berry Burst diagonally across the white card mat, then stamp the solid flower in Powder Pink. Add some Lemon Lime Twist leaves to some of the flowers.  Adhere this to a Berry Burst card mat and then a Thick Whisper White Card base.

The sentiment from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous set is stamped and then cut with the Stitched Circle Framelits using Black Stazon.  Then give a little wash over the sentiment with the Aquapainter and some Powder Pink ink.

Cut a Scallop Circle with a Layering Circles Framelits in Berry Burst and adhere this behind the Stamped circle.  For my card I added some loops of Silver Thread to the back of the circle before adhering it to the card with Dimensionals.

I hope your weekend has been great??  I have been at a Craft Show all weekend and had lots of fun talking to people about stamping and making a card with some of them.  Hope you have had some crafty time yourself.



This card I am sharing today was my first play with the Oh! So Eclectic set last week.  I finally get to share it with you.

I have used Stylized Birthday with it for the sentiment.  I really don’t use this sentiment enough. It’s a great size without being overwhelming and I love the font.

I love this Oh So! Eclectic set too as you can stamp with the first stamp, overstamp it with the next one and if it is not lined up properly it doesn’t matter.  That’s the style.  🙂

The detailed flowers were first stamped with Berry Burst and then the solid image with Powder Pink.  Isn’t the washed out look nice?

The leaves are stamped with Lemon Lime Twist for the solid leaf and then Emerald Envy for the “hatched” leaf pattern.  I added some of the little “crossed” pattern in Powder Pink as a background filler.

It’s a very quick card to make a number of Birthday cards in a hurry.

Thanks for looking.  I will be back with some more cards with this set.



It is my Mother-in-Law’s 90th birthday today.  We had a small family get together yesterday.  I thought I would show you the card I made for her.  She had put in a request for it to be in Berry Burst, her new favourite colour. The pressure was on as she expected a grand creation!   I hope it made the grade.  There were lots of Oohs! and WOW! so I think I might have made the grade. 🙂

I think this is my new favourite stamp set – Oh! So Eclectic!  I have made quite a few creations with this recently which I will get to show you soon.  The sentiment is from Happy Birthday Gorgeous.

This card took me about 1/2 hour to create as I have had so much going on this week. It’s the fun Square Z-fold Cards which I have made a standard one recently.  (See that HERE).  I will share all the instructions further below.

I wasn’t sure if diecutting the diamond pattern in the side would make it too flimsy but I thought I would try it.  It worked fine and gives it a little more WOW!  The Designer Series Paper is the Color Theory Paper Stack.


Original Z-fold card is from Amanda Bates HERE.  I have slightly different measurements so thought I would share them with you.  These are in Metric.  If you are wanting Imperial measurements then rather than me converting them and ending up with lots of “sixteenth” measurements, then head to Amanda’s blog post in that link and follow those directions.

There are 2 pieces to this card.

1. Card Base:

Cut card 14.8cm x 29.7cm.  Score on the long side at 7.4cm and 14.8cm.

Designer Series Paper:

Front Panel: 7cm x 14.4cm             Back Panel:  14.4cm x 14.4cm 


2. Inner Card:

Cut card 10.5cm x 21cm.  Score on the long side at 5.2cm and 10.5cm.

Whisper White Card:

Front: 10.1cm x 10.1cm         Back: 4.8cm x 10.1cm


To Assemble your Card

1. Take your Inner Card piece and cut the Diamond pattern from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits set on your middle panel.

2. Stamp your Whisper White card pieces as you like.  I have used the Oh! So Eclectic stamp set.  Adhere these to the Inner Card piece.

3. Adhere your Designer Series Paper Pieces to the Card base.

4. Take your Inner card piece and on the front panel section (left hand end), place adhesive on ONLY HALF of the panel at the back.  Place that in position on your card base.  ** I used the Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive as this gives you a little time to wiggle the piece around in place if need be.

5Then on the  Right Hand end of the Inner card piece, place adhesive at the back. Carefully fold up the card on the score lines as it should fold. Close the card and allow the piece to fall in to place where it should sit.  Once in position press firmly to adhere. 

Hope this is easy to follow.  Please ask if you have any further questions.

Thanks for stopping by,



Two posts in one day! How about that.  I hadn’t intended to post again today but this afternoon I had a little play time and made a card for 2 challenges and need to post them before it is too late.  So here you go.

This card is for a Facebook colour challenge group I have just joined.  This is the Colour INKspirations.  The colour challenge this week is Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron and Daffodil Delight.  For this card I also played along with the Freshly Made Sketches #269 Challenge. Check the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches -> HERE. I have to say once you have colours to use and the sketch it doesn’t take that long to put a card together.

This was the final result.


The card is fairly straight forward.  To incorporate the Daffodil Delight I stamped the “spots” down the left hand side.  I find Daffodil Delight a hard colour to work with but managed to use this here.  I have used the set Dragonfly Dreams and the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits.

To create the Dragonfly:  The dragonfly was made in 2 steps so I thought I would tell you about it.  Firstly, stamp the dragonfly wings stamp onto Mint Macaron card with Mint Macaron ink then cut it out with the Dragonfly outline Thinlits.  Then cut a detailed dragonfly out from Bermuda Bay card.  Adhere these both together by sticking just the body part together so you can raise the wings up.

To add a little sparkle I went over the Mint Macaron wings with the Wink of Stella pen and I added some Bermuda Bay sequins to finish the card off.

Here is a close up of the Dragonfly wings so you can see the sparkle.


Check out the stamp set and the Thinlits.  You can buy them as a bundle (save 10%). Available for $81.25 AUS.  Grab a pack of cardstock perhaps and there you have your $90 and you can go and grab a Sale-A-Bration choice for FREE! Awesome!  You can head to my store HERE to check it all out.


Thanks for visiting and I don’t think I will post again today. 🙂

See you soon though,



We had a 90th Birthday party to go to last weekend. No it wasn’t the Queen’s 😉  This was a family friend so it was lovely to celebrate with her.  Of course I had to make a card.


Using the retiring Blackberry Bliss cardstock on the Thick Whisper White base.  I added Blushing Bride and Blackberry Bliss flowers cut with the Botanical Builders Framelits and I used Pear Pizzazz for the leaves.  I cut a glittery ’90’ from Dazzling Diamonds Glitter Paper with the Large Numbers Framelits. A special card for a special lady.

Thanks for visiting.


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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.



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.  🙂


I shared some cards in the last post made with Blackberry Bliss and Crazy About You.  I decided to create some more the other day while I still had everything out.

This first one was CASED from Pinterest by Melissa Davies.  I love the simple one layer nature of it. (Apologies for the poor lighting.  The weather has been rainy and overcast most of this week).


The leaves are stamped in Pear Pizzazz.  See the flower?? I have stamped the flower 3 times and layered them.  The first flower was punched with the Medallion Flower Punch.  The 2nd and 3rd ones I cut the flowers down smaller following the lines of the flowers.  One smaller than the next. I added a Baker’s Twine bow to the centre with glue dots.


The second card was CASED from Pinterest also but I don’t know who the original creator was I am sorry.  The card base is Pear Pizzazz and has a Blackberry Bliss mat.  The flowers were stamped twice directly on the Whisper White card with Pear Pizzazz leaves.  I stamped another flower on scrap white card and punched this out and raised this one up with the mounting tape.  Just a tip for stamping the leaves particularly the one under the raised flower.  I placed the flower on the card and I could then see the best position for the leaves. Another white twine bow was added to the centre.  I added a little butterfly punched from Blackberry Bliss using the Itty Bitty Butterfly punch.  A little bling is always nice to finish the card off!



Thanks for stopping by again.  I do appreciate your visits.  Please say Hi. It’s nice to know I am not just putting these up here for myself.  Hey! I have already seen them 😉

Stop by again soon,




I showed you one of these cards in a recent post but I thought I would show you it again and show the other card I made at the same time using one of the Free Sale-A-Bration stamp set ‘Big Day’. There are so many fantastic Free choices this year for Sale-A-Bration it is hard to choose a favourite but I think this is a fun one.  There are so many ways of using it.


The card on the left was one of the cards we made at my stamp Day on the weekend.  That was a fun card to colour.  The “Happy Birthday” and the “Celebrate” stamp were stamped together on Whisper White and then cut with the Banners Framelits.  To colour it I just used the blender pens and picked up the colour from the ink pad and coloured the lower part of the words.   The “celebrate” word was stamped again on Crushed Curry, cut out and adhered over the word.  The DSP on this card was another free Sale-A-Bration set ‘Best Day Ever’.  I love the colours in this DSP of Crisp Canteloupe, Coastal Cabana and Crushed Curry (which is not a colour I have used before!!).  I finished it off with a Coastal Cabana bow (Yes a Free Sale-A-Bration choice!).

The card on the right was from a sketch on Freshly Made Sketches #283.  I turned the sketch when I created the card.  I was pleased how quick this card came together.  I stamped the “celebrate” stamp and cut it with the Circles Framelits.  This was coloured the same way as the above card and the “celebrate” stamped on Crushed Curry card and cut and adhered over.  The “icecream” greeting was stamped on Sahara Sand scrap.  I added a button (yet another free Sale-A-Bration choice).  The Coastal Cabana piece was ran through the Big Shot with the Arrows Embossing Folder.

Two quick cards which came together with little drama.  Which for me is a great thing.  I think these were both made in under an hour.  Gotta love that! I agonise over cards way too much.

Here is the ‘Big Day’ Stamp set if you haven’t noticed it before.

Big Day

Have you checked out the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue yet?? There is a link in the right hand column to view it online.  Don’t forget, for every $90 of product order you can choose one of these items for Free!!!!  Go and check it out.  You can order directly online at my store too (the link is in the right hand column).  I can ship anywhere in Australia. Of course, if you have a HUGE wish list, maybe you should think about joining Stampin’ Up! (discounts every time you order!!!).  Ask me for more information if you would like to know more. You won’t regret it.  You can check out all the Sale-A-Bration news HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you have an inky day.

Jenny 🙂