Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Love Bird

Today I would like to share with you
my second Craft Team project for Catchy Crafts.

I haven't come across a die like this one before, 
as it embosses and cuts at the same time - so easy!

After cutting and embossing this lovely heart, I mounted it onto gold glitter card
with foam tape to add more depth.
The glitter card was adhered to the folded card base with double-sided tape.

I painted the wooden bird and feather with 'Emperor's Gold' acrylic glaze
and once that had dried, I spritzed Cadence Shake & Gilt for added shimmer.

I arranged the flowers, feather and bird and once I was happy with the placement,
I glued them into place with Glossy Accents. 

Materials Used
Crafts 4 U - Die Cut and Emboss Ornate Heart
Crafts 4 U - Wooden Embellishments "Feathers"
Crafts 4 U - Glitter Card
Little Birdie Flowers - 'Argyle Lemon'
Cadence Shake & Gilt - 'Altin - Gold'
Silks Acrylic Glaze - 'Emperor's Gold'

Ivory card; foam tape; double-sided tape; glossy accents; cuttlebug

 You can find this card along with the other Creative Team members' projects at

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Framed Elegance

I was recently offered a spot on the
Catchy Crafts Creative Team 
which I was most excited about, especially when a lovely box of goodies 
turned up at my door.

  "Framed Elegance" 
is the first of my projects to be published.
The thought behind this project, was to create a modern version
of a miniature portrait from 100 years ago. 


I cut the Medallion Frame from black card and again from bronze glitter paper, 
taking out the centre from the black, 
which allowed the glitter frame to sit snug within the black card. 

A narrow glitter border was added before adhering to another black mat.

I stamped up 'Les Chateaux de la Loire', coloured in the elegant girl,
cutting an oval shape around her [again with the Medallion Frame]
which allows her to sit perfectly within the glitter frame.

A smidgen of a co-ordinating Gelly Roll pen adds some shimmer to her bodice and tiara.

Crafts 4 U - Medallion Frame #10183
Crafts 4 U - Glitter Card
Carabelle Studio - Les Chateaux de la Loire
You can see what the other Creative Team members have been creating here.

You can find all the materials to re-create this card at
Catchy Crafts
located in Hornsby, NSW
or go to the website

 Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Something Fishy

And now for something completely different - FISH!
If you are wondering why this is completely different, 
I think these are the only fish stamps I own and when a challenge or swap 
involves fish, these two are the star attractions.

For the background, I started by smooshing white cardstock through Distress Oxide inks
in 'peeled paint' and 'broken china' which had been spritzed with water.
I'm quite intrigued by the unique patterns that this method creates.

I cut it down to an 8cm x 8cm square
and then decided I'd make concertina sides 
and an outside frame to match the background.

The fish are done in a similar way to the background, 
using 'worn lipstick' and 'fired brick', but this time using gloss cardstock.
Initially it looks a bit chalky but once I buffed it with a tissue, the colour really pops!
(I watched a youtube yesterday by Jennifer McGuire using this method.)

Designs by Ryn - Koi Fish Set


 Happy Crafting!

Thursday, 1 March 2018

From All of Us

One of my good friends recently had a special birthday,
so the girls took her out to dinner to help celebrate this happy event.
Of course, a card was in order ......

but in this instance, it was a book card.

It did take a little while to make ....

and I followed the rule of "measure twice - cut once" 
[actually, I think I may have measured more than twice, but it worked!]

The birthday sentiment fits perfectly within the frame.

Of course, there needs to be somewhere to write a personal message.

As this card was obviously not going to fit in an envelope, 
I made a box from pink card and tied it with a pretty ribbon.

As it turned out, the gift (which another girl organised) was tucked into a 
co-ordinating little bag of similar colours - perfect!

We all enjoyed a celebratory dinner together at a very nice french restaurant.

49 and Market - Scents of Nature

 Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 21 February 2018


I think I'm having withdrawal symptons
- I haven't done any craft today (😢 )
however, I'm sure that it's only temporary!

A few days ago, I made this ATC (Artist Trading Card) 
along with a card, for an acquaintance who I know through an on-line facebook group.

If you have been following my posts recently, you will know that I've been playing
with Distress Oxide inks to create unique backgrounds. 
This ATC is made from a piece of leftover card.

The little monster and the sign, are stamped directly onto the ATC, then again on white card.
They were then coloured with Prismacolor pencils, fussy cut and glued directly over the first image.
The 'hello' was then stamped onto the sign, the monster was given googly eyes AND eyebrows.
To finish off, I went around the edges with 'pumice stone' Distress Ink.

This was the card that accompanied the ATC to its destination.

The calendar was stamped onto white card, along with its title, and cut out.
The pig was stamped twice onto white card, coloured and cut and layered for a 3D effect.
It was given a black mat before adhering to a folded square card.

The recipient seemed very happy with her surprise ATC and card.

Aall and Create - #13; #18
Stampotique - Flying Pig
My Favourite Things - Journal It Calendar Basics
Lawn Fawn - Jessie's ABCs

(Note : the calendar has been in my stash for some time so I don't know if it's still current)

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Wishing you a special day

I always think getting something personal in the mail
(instead of bills, and boring stuff)
makes my day so much better.

One of my friends was celebrating her birthday this week,
so I took one of my new stamps and had a play.

Using four Distress Oxide inks, I spritzed them with water and smooshed some white card through them.  After waiting a few minutes for them to dry, I again smooshed the same card through a second time followed by a third.  Allowing each smoosh to dry each time, means the colours build up without ending up a muddy puddle.  Each smoosh also allows more of the fine dots of colour to be added.  This is such a fun technique and every piece is unique.

Once the background was nice and dry, I stamped the girl directly onto it;
and again onto white card.
The hearts were coloured directly on the background while the girl was coloured,
fussy cut and glued over the first image.  
A piece of washi tape was added before gluing her into place,
along with another smaller piece in the top left corner to add balance.
A sentiment and a black mat were added before adhering to a folded white card.

Studio Magda Polakow - #02
Stampendous - Birthday Wish SSC1115

Wishing you a beautiful birthday, my friend!  Woohoo!!!

Happy Crafting!


Monday, 12 February 2018


After a busy weekend, it was lovely to spend the day at home
sitting at my craft desk and catching up with some cards that needed to be made.

I'm currently hosting an ATC swap with the theme
Favourite Technique with an added heart
[in honour of St Valentine].
My current favourite technique is using Distress Oxides on my craft sheet,
misting with water and smooshing cardstock through it multiple times
which creates unique and interesting colours and patterns.

These cute little critters are from
Studio Magda Polakow
and they are perfect for this theme.

Both critters were stamped with 'jet black' Archival Ink,
coloured with Prismacolor pencils,
fussy cut and popped onto foam dots.
A piece of washi tape was added to the backgrounds before adhering the critters.

'Hello' was stamped directly on the background,
and for added texture, I added Glossy Accents to the hearts.
A handdrawn border finishes them off.

Studio Magda Polakow - #05
['hello' unmarked from my stash]

You can find these and other stamps at

I hope my swap partners like these ATCs
(if not, I might just have to keep them for myself LOL!)

Happy Crafting!