Teacher’s Gifts


Each year I try to come up with something a little unique to give my boys’ teachers.  This year I made bottle topper tags, gift tags and Christmas cards, all using paper from the Year of Cheer Suite.

The first gift….Instead of giving alcohol, I use non alcoholic drinks and in this instance have used Lemon Lime and Bitters cordial (there’s nothing like a tall refreshing glass of lemon, lime & bitters mixed with soda water and ice on a hot Summer’s day!), added a bottle topper tag, wrapped the whole lot in cellophane, added red, gold and silver ribbon rope, some Christmas bells, a bauble and gift bow to finish it off.

The sentiment on the bottle topper tag is from the Watercolour Christmas stamp set.  I stamped it in Real Red ink and heat embossed it using glitter embossing powder I have in my craft stash.

The second gift is a ‘coffee’ (I use the term loosely, as I don’t drink coffee!) cup filled with Hershey’s Candy Cane kisses.  I decorated the outside of the cup.  Made a little tray to hold the cup, decorated the outside of that too.  Wrapped the tray and cup in cellophane and decorated with a handmade Christmas tag, added some red and silver ribbon rope to secure and a silver gift bow to finish it off.  Sentiment on the tag is also from the Watercolour Christmas stamp set.

The tag uses the Tag Topper Scalloped punch, die cut elements from the Pretty Pines and Swirly Snowflake thinlit die sets, the oval and circle from the Stitched Shape framelit die set.

The card was made with Whisper White cardstock, paper from the Year of Cheer Suite, Champagne Foil sheet, die cut elements from the Pretty Pines thinlits die set, a banner embossed with the Seaside Textured Impressions embossing folder and the sentiment is from the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set.

I hope the teacher’s like their gifts!

Do you make teacher’s gifts?  I’d love to hear from you.

Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your day!

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Quick Christmas Card


I was looking through my packs of “non-Christmas” Designer Series Paper (DSP) thinking of ways I could incorporate them into Christmas cards and came up with this.

The DSP is from the Painted Autumn suite.

The card base is Very Vanilla cardstock.  I then took a piece of Painted Autumn DSP for the card matt.  Sponged all the edges with Early Espresso ink, adhered it to the card base.

To create the focal piece, I used Very Vanilla cardstock, stamped images from the Good Tidings stamp set.  The leaf images were stamped in Garden Green ink, the berries in Cherry Cobbler ink and the branches in Early Espresso.  The sentiment was also stamped in Early Espresso ink.  All edges were also sponged with Early Espresso ink.  Then adhered it to the matt.

I also stamped the front of the envelope.

Cardbase:  8¼ x 5⅞” (21cm x 15cm), scored at 4⅛” (10.5cm)
Matt:  5½ x 3¾” (14cm x 9.5cm)
Focal piece:  4⅜ x 3¼” (11cm x 8.5cm)

To add a little shimmer to the berries, I used Clear Wink of Stella.

Take a look at the papers you have yet to use, you never know what you could end up with.

Thank you for stopping by. Enjoy your day!

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Simple & Elegant


I’ve tried to create a card that is not only elegant, but is as ‘simple’ as possible with very minimal work going into it.  Card making doesn’t have to be difficult, especially if you’re just starting out.

The stunning paper from the Year of Cheer Suite in the Holiday Catalogue really does all the work on this card.

Last month, I posted about using a particular size rectangle {5½” x 3″ (14cm x 7.5cm)} to establish various card front designs.  You can see the post here.

I used the same template, however, cut a portion of the rectangle to present yet another way of using it.

The larger portion of the rectangle was placed at the top of the card, the smaller portion at the bottom, this created a focal point for the sentiment.

I used the Lots of Labels framelit dies for the sentiment piece and the ‘sprigs’ are from the Pretty Pines thinlit dies (they go perfectly with the Designer Series Paper!).

Clear Wink of Stella was used to add shimmer to the ‘sprigs’.

Card complete, and as always, made with love no matter how ‘simple’ it is!

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Not Just a Sunflower


This post I bring you a Christmas card using the Painted Harvest stamp set.  The set is initially used to create beautiful sunflowers, however, there are many more uses to the set.  In a previous post, I used only the leaves to create a ‘mistletoe’ Christmas card.  You can see that post here.

On this card I used the set to create Christmas wreathes.  I started by stamping the ‘sunflower’ stamp in Wild Wasabi ink on watercolour paper.  I then spritzed the stamped images with a little water and let the ink flow down the paper.  Once dry I stamped the ‘centre’ of the sunflower dots in Real Red ink to create the ‘berries’ on the wreath.

For the sentiment piece, also on watercolour paper, I sponged a little Wild Wasabi and Crumb Cake ink on the surface, then spritzed it with water to ‘blend’ the colours.  Stamped the sentiment in Crumb Cake ink.  The sentiment is from the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set.

I wanted a Crumb Cake coloured matting behind the card front, but had run out of the cardstock, so decided to sponge Crumb Cake ink around the edges of the matting instead.  This is a great way to get the look you require if you don’t have any cardstock in that colour!

I distressed all edges of the card matt and card front pieces and sponged more Crumb Cake ink around the edges of both pieces.  I also distressed the top and bottom edges of the sentiment piece and sponged ink around all edges.

I stamped the leaves on a scrap piece of watercolour paper in Wild Wasabi ink, lightly spritzed them with water and when dry, punched them out using the co-ordinating Leaf Punch. I added a little Crumb Cake ink to the outer edges of the leaves and curled the them using a bone folder to give a more ‘realistic’ feel.

To add an extra element, I attached a strip of Burlap Ribbon.

As a final touch, I added a little shimmer using Clear Wink of Stella to the wreathes, leaves and sentiment piece.

Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your day!

Follow your bliss. x




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Finding Inspiration


Inspiration can be found in many places.  When I’m looking for inspiration for card making the first place I head to is Google Images.  In the search bar, simply type in the particular stamp set you want to use on your card and, be prepared, you will have loads of inspiration.

Today’s card came to fruition quite by accident.  I was looking through some of my old stamp sets and headed over to Google Images for inspiration.  The card that inspired me was created by Kim Jolley and had completely nothing to do with the search I had typed in.  However, it was there, and I was inspired!  I decided to CASE her card.

The colours I used were Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler with a little Whisper White card stock as well.

A little Wink of Stella was also used to add a little shimmer!

Other places I like to go to for all sorts of inspiration are:

The Beach
In the Garden/Nature
Groups on Facebook

Where do you go for inspiration?

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Welcome Baby Finnegan!


Last week I had the pleasure of welcoming my cousin’s little bundle of joy, baby Finnegan!  Our family got together to enjoy a lovely afternoon tea prepared by my Aunty.  Finnegan is so cute!

I have taken off my SU Demonstrator hat off to bring you this post.  You see, I  have been a crafter for many years and have stock-piled an abundant amount of craft supplies, so thought I would use what I had to make a memory keepsake album for the newest member of our family.  (Some SU products were used).

The album consists of six different interactive pages, with plenty of room for photos and journalling.

Of course I had to make a card to compliment the album.

Here are some photos of inside the album.

What crafty projects have you been up to recently?

Thank you for stopping by. Enjoy your day!

Follow your bliss. x

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Stampin’ Blends Now Available in Australia!

This November Stampin’ Up! introduce a new product, Stampin’ Blends!  High quality alcohol-based blending markers in 12 exclusive Stampin’ Up! colours, each with a light and dark shade.  The markers are dual tip, a brush tip for large areas and a fine tip for smaller, more intricate areas.  These markers make it easy to blend colours and create beautiful works of art.  Click HERE to download a copy of the brochure.

Check out these videos Stampin’ Up! have put together to help you get the most out of the Blends:

Here are some more features of the Stampin’ Blends:

  • Add just the right amount of colour where you need it with the brush tip or fine-point.
  • Each colour (except Ivory and Bronze) has a light and dark shade marker, available individually or in a combo pack.
  • Press fit seal prevents air from entering the barrel and causing evaporation.
  • The nestable lids are easy to keep track of and have a tight fit for long-lasting colour.

Available for purchase individually or as a set.  Click HERE to see prices and shop for Stampin’ Blends.

Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy your day!

Follow your bliss. x

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Step It Up!


Last week I spent a day in my craft room creating Christmas cards for my family using a design which is great for mass producing cards for occasions such as Christmas.  In this post I’ll show you how to take that design and step it up.

Other benefits of this design is that materials are kept to a minimum, you can change the sentiment to create a birthday card and use up scrap paper for the square.

On card 1.
I die cut the largest square from the Stitched Shape Framelits Dies in Whisper White cardstock.  Adhered a piece of Designer Series Paper from the Year of Cheer suite over the top of the square just leaving the stitched edge showing.  Die cut a large bow from the Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies out of a piece of Champagne Foil sheet.  Adhered the prepared square to the card base, attached the bow to the top, so it looks like a present and stamped the sentiment under it.  Simple design complete.  Easy to mass produce.

On card 2.
I sponged ink around the edges of the white square to make it stand out a little more.

On card 3.
I die cut the square out of the Champagne Foil sheet instead of white cardstock.

On card 4.
I added a white card matt, sponged ink around the edges before attaching it to the card base and heated clear embossing powder over the sentiment.

On card 5.
I added a piece of Champagne Foil sheet as an extra layer under the card matt.  I also heat embossed the sentiment.

The beauty of this design, is that really, all of these cards can be mass produced depending on your craft supplies.

Do you mass produce cards?  Do you have a favourite design you use to mass produce? Do you have a design you like to step up?

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Turn it Over!


Last week I held a few card making classes.  There’s a LOT of background work that goes on in preparation of the classes.  Usually I’ll have a few card designs tucked safely away in my mind and find that ideas flow easily, however, the designs for these upcoming classes disappeared into a black hole….I was stumped – not a single idea!  Searched plenty of images on the computer, but nothing.  After a few days I finally came up with some designs.

Even though the DSP I decided to use is double sided, I, for some reason had it set firmly in my mind that I would be using the Green side of the Merry Little Christmas DSP that I chosen and there was NO other option….Can you believe this? As a crafter, I try to look at all options, but not this time…Why?  Guess it was just one of those moments!

It was during one of the classes, that a participant turned the DSP over to start adding the adhesive.  At that point in time, I was standing next to her and both of us looked at each other…the design on the other side really complimented the card too, so she decided to use that side of the DSP.  When she had completed the card I actually thought it looked better than the one I had prepared for the class!

At times it takes someone else to point out something so simple to us.  (Thank you Serena).

Next time you’re struggling for ideas when using DSP, turn it over.  Who knows what you could come up with.

Which one do you prefer?
Do you have these moments too?

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Create Your Own Designer Series Paper


Are you like me and have an abundance of Designer Series Paper?  I have so much of it and try to use it up as much as I can, however, there are times when I design a card and am looking for something specific.  If I don’t have what I’m looking for I create my own using stamps!

I tend to be drawn to bright, bold images.  I searched through my stamp sets and found some images, flower and leaf, from the Sunshine Sayings Stamp set.  Stamped them multiple times all over the card matt until I was happy with the design.  I inked the edges of the card matt to make it ‘pop’ on the card base.

I also stamped, inked and cut out the flower and leaves to form a focal point along side the sentiment.  I added a small coordinating Glitter Enamel Dot to the centre of the flower to finish it off.

To continue the theme through I stamped inside the card and the front of the envelope.

You can also stamp a full page of the design and cut it up to create multiple cards!

Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your day!

Follow your bliss. x




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