On the Farm

April 15, 2017


20170414_141243A card I made for my brother-in-law’s 50th birthday. He’s a farmer. He is also a twin. Always tricky trying to make their cards similar but different. Still working on his brothers.

stamps: Nature ASCRS01 by Stampendous

dies: Covered Tractor #99025 by Memory Box & Antiqua Numbers #658338 by Sizzix


1. Stamp images onto white matt card using black Archival pad. Colour shed lightly with pencils.

2. Sponge Distress inks (Wild Honey, Barn Door & Peeled Paint) over card to cover.

3. Put dies through Big Shot machine to cut out tractor in mustard card and numbers in white card.

4. Sponge numbers with ink colours to match background. Dot black accents onto them if desired. Set aside to dry.

5. Sponge around tractor with sepia ink to define edges. Pierce hole in center of larger wheel and insert brown brad. Adhere tractor to front of card.

6. Sponge sepia ink around card edges, especially at base as you don’t want the green to be too bright (this is Australia after all).

7. Matt onto brown card which has been torn across the bottom. I tore mine too long, so tore it again, then it was too short, so I just added the torn bit underneath. Sponge edges with sepia.

8. Attach a strip of black corrugated card across bottom of folded green backing card, then adhere card front to it. I used 1mm Magic mount at top to account for thickness of corrugated card at base.

9.  Fix your numbers in place, overlapping them if necessary.


Smile for the Camera

April 14, 2017


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While I was hunting through my ‘stash’ looking for suitable cards for male birthdays, I found these 3 cards I did a few years ago using the same two stamps – Traditional Camera 4747D and wording siset083 from Stamp-it. I didn’t end up using them this time, but am sure I will at some point in the future as they are good for a wide age range.

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Boys 2 Men

April 10, 2017


There have been a spate of male birthdays in our family recently and they are always more challenging to design for, especially teenagers.


Joey 2565E and Bold Birthday 3203D by Stamp-it



Your Way… 40-130 by Penny Black






all stamps by Stamp-it



On the Beach

April 6, 2017


John and I both love the beach and try to take our dog Bo down most mornings.  So blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the world. This is the card I made John for his birthday last week. It’s an old stamp, but then so is he, hehe.

Beach Chair #9020170324_134315015 from Stamps Happen, stamped in black Archival ink and coloured with pencils and chalks.






Leighton Dog Beach, Western Australia


Zebra Music

March 25, 2017


20170316_173137Like with stamps, I try to get the most out of my embossing folders. Using the same Diamond pattern embossing folder from Kaisercraft, I created 2 different looking backgrounds for the following 2 cards:





The backgrou20170106_090226nd for the Zebra card was done by using the folder like a stamp. First spritz the folder with black ink, placing the white card inside, then close it up and push down to imprint the pattern onto the white card.

Zebra stamp 4×502013 is by Deep Red. It is only a single zebra which I masked off and stamped out twice. Wording is from Stamp-it set047.



20170316_181056For this background I first sponged Distress inks over white card to cover, then embossed it with folder through Big Shot machine. I then poured clear embossing powder over and heatset. Next I sanded raised areas, then sponged black ink over.

The drums are made with black clay which has been cooked in the oven, then coloured with dry Perfect Pearl Powders.

African Drums 1962D by Stamp-it; Spirit F612 by Collections



Bike Teabag

September 17, 2016




With this weather being so cold the last few months, I have found myself drinking lots of tea. Rather than throw away my teabags, I have re-cycled them into cards. Something a little different and quirky.

  1. When the teabag is dry, empty it out. Depending on the shape of the bag, I either tear across the top under the staple or open out completely. Each one will be a bit different. I deliberately don’t try to be neat, as I think the torn edges and stains add character to the overall design.
  2. Iron your teabag. This makes it easier to stamp onto. I placed my iron directly onto the bag on medium heat. The bags are quite hardy and (obviously) can take a bit of heat and also water. This particular bag was quite dark so decided to use it for a man’s card.


stamps: Bike from World’s Fair ICO347 by Graphic 45; Leaf Swirl 3968G by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Clear Versamark Pad; Bronze Perfect Pearl Mists

papers: Walnut & Pinecone Bazzill Cards; Copper Shimmer Card

accessories: Mini Gears #98847 Memory Box die; Copper Embossing Powder; Earl Grey teabag (used)

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount; Tombo Liquid Glue

tools: Heatgun; Big Shot Machine


1.Stamp leaf swirl across top of lighter brown card in black ink. Stamp man on bike image below it (doesn’t matter if left side is not perfect as it will be covered by teabag). Stamp man on bike with wording onto teabag. 20160815_174515





2. Fix teabag into place over main image. Because this particular teabag was so dark, I used two-sided tape, knowing it wouldn’t show through. 20160815_174842Put square of Magic Mount onto tag of teabag and secure in position.

3. Apply Clear ink from Versamark pad direct to edges of light brown card. Pour copper embossing powder over while still wet, then heatset using heatgun. Do all 4 sides. 20160816_134543

4. Lightly spritz base of card with Bronze Perfect Pearl Mists. Attach to folded dark brown backing card20160816_134047.

5. Cut out mini gears die twice in  copper shimmer card using Big Shot machine. Randomly ink gears with black ink. Use liquid glue to attach them onto card where desired.



London Gent

September 13, 2016


London Gent 5stamps: London Gent & Old Jalopy (unknown); Measure M2-673 by Stamper’s Anonymous

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Clear Versamark Pad; Walnut Stain Distress Pad; Rusty Hinge & Walnut Stain Distress Stain Sprays

papers: Ivory & White Matt Cards; Brown Bazzill Card; Black Corrugated Card

accessories: Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl; Copper Adirondack Dabber paint; Sizzix “Blueprint” Embossing Folder siz658580, Copper Brads

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

tools: Sponging Block; Flathead Screwdriver & Hammer; Paintbrush, Awl; Water Spritzer; Heatgun; Big Shot Machine


  1. Spritz white card with water, then spray with Rusty Hinge & Walnut Stain Distress inks until completely covered. Dry with a heatgun.
  2. Place this into Blueprint Embossing Folder and run through Big Shot Machine. Dip sponging block into Walnut Distress pad and rub across raised areas of card to darken and highlight pattern.London Gent 2London Gent 3
  3. Roughly paint black corrugated card with Copper dabber. Dry with heatgun. Attach this to embossed card.London Gent 4
  4. Stamp “Measure” stamp with clear pigment pad onto brown card piece. Pick up some Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl powder on dry paintbrush and brush over stamped image. The powder will stick to ink, the excess powder should just brush off.
  5. Stamp London Gent in black ink onto ivory card. Sponge around edges with sepia ink. Magic Mount over brown & gold card. Stamp Old Jalopy in black ink onto scrap of ivory card. Attach this behind brown & gold card at top right. Attach brown & gold card onto black corrugated card with two-sided tape.
  6. Pierce holes at bottom right of card with an awl. Push copper brads through and secure at back. Place card flat on the table, position flathead screwdriver in center of brad and hit with hammer to create an indent in the center of the brad. (optional: I used a black Spectrum Noir pen to darken indent).London Gent 8
  7. Attach finished card front onto folded brown backing card.

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Industry Baron

September 9, 2016


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stamps: Stamper’s Anonymous sets: Time Travelers CMS157, Warehouse District CMS124 & RemnantsCMS130, Destiny by Collections

inks: Jet Black, Potting Soil & Sepia Archival Pads; Evergreen Bough, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Black Soot & Rusty Hinge Distress Stains

papers: Pickle, Raven & Fawn Bazzill Cards; White & Ivory Matt Cards

accessories: Subway Embossing Folder siz657948; Brick Wall Sizzlit Strip siz658240; Brass  Bookplate; Brads; Bleach

adhesives: Super Tape; Magic Mount; Glossy Accents

tools: Big Shot Machine; Sponging Block; Waterbrush


Stamp numerous machinery images in sepia ink over ivory card. Sponge around the edges with sepia and potting soil inks using a sponging block. Colour down left side with Distress Stains – Evergreen Bough, Rusty Hinge & Walnut Stain, using a waterbrush to help blend inks. Attach to Pickle (green) backing card with two-sided tape. male cards 008






Open Subway embossing folder and lightly sponge bleach onto top half. Insert black card into folder, close, and put through Big Shot machine as normal. Open folder, take out black card and immediately wash bleach off folder. Leave black card aside to dry. The bleach will discolour card causing brown rusty looking patches around letters. When dry, cut card in half lengthways. Attach half to center of stamped ivory card (leaving other half for future project). male cards 010male cards 015







Cut out brick wall die in Big Shot machine in light brown card. Cut section to fit across bottom of card. Colour with Black Soot & Rusty Hinge Distress Stains. Glue across bottom of card.male layers 014



Stamp gentleman in black Archival ink onto white card and colour with layers of Distress Stains, starting with the palest colour first (see below). Ensure each layer is dry before adding another layer of colour, as you want the underneath layer to show through in areas and not blend in with the next colour. You don’t have to be too particular about staying in the lines, as you are going to cut him out. Cut him out (tearing across bottom section). Magic Mount him to card front. Fill eye glass in with Glossy Accents. Leave to dry. (note: this is not the original sample I used on the finished card).male layers 015

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Stamp wording in black ink onto scrap of white card. Sponge with sepia ink and insert into bookplate. Fix brads through either end and Magic Mount onto card front. male cards 017








See below for an alternative version of this card.



Time Flies

September 4, 2016


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Happy Father’s Day everyone!






Stamps: Time Travelers CMS157 set & Clock Face G11660 by Stampers Anonymous; Number Background 4485E by Stamp-it; Small Clock A923 by Amazing Creations; Time Flies A1506 by Stylish Images Australia

Inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Walnut Stain Distress Pad; Walnut Stain, Forest Moss & Brushed Pewter Distress Stain Sprays; Gathered Twig Distress Pen

Papers: White (12.5×14.5cm plus scrap) & Ivory Matt Cards (scraps); Brown (15x27cm), Saltillo (7.4×13.1cm), Gecko (7×11.3cm) & Kraft (scrap) Bazzill Cards; Copper Shimmer Card (scrap)

Accessories: Mini Time Travel stencil 201s by The Crafters Workshop; Clock Hands from Clock & Gears die 917 by Elizabeth Dies; Texture Paste; Pot Pourri; Brown Brad; Colour Pencils; Chalks

Adhesives: Super Tape; Magic Mount; Glossy Accents

Tools: Sizzix Big Shot; Sponging Block; Heatgun; Scissors; Circle Punches


Spritz white card with water, then with Distress Stain Sprays. Be sparing with the Metallic colour. Dry with a heatgun.clock inks







Lay the stencil over and smear texture paste through with a palette knife. Lift off stencil and wash straight away.clock stencilclock texture paste







While paste is still wet, push some pot pourri flakes into it. Set aside to dry. clock pot pourri


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When dry, brush excess pot pourri back into pot with a soft dry paintbrush. Now lay stencil over design again and colour some of the texture paste with a dark brown pen.

Stamp gentleman from Time Travelers set onto scrap of white matt card with black Archival pad and colour in with pencils. I then went over the pencils with chalks to soften the effect. Cut him out. Put a dab of Glossy Accents over the face of his fob watch. Set aside to dry.

Stamp Numbers Background onto green card in Sepia Archival pad. Sponge around edges with Sepia and Walnut inks using a sponging block. Stamp Time Flies wording onto Kraft card, sponge edges with Sepia ink and attach to top right of green card. Attach these onto matting of rust coloured card, which has also had its edges sponged with Walnut pad. Attach gentleman image to top of green card. Position this to right hand side of card front with two-sided tape.male cards 007

Stamp out two clock faces in black Archival ink onto scraps of ivory card. Cut out with circle punches. Sponge around edges with Sepia ink. Cut out two clock hands from die in copper shimmer card. Attach to larger clock face with a brown brad. Position clocks on card front, Magic Mounting the smaller one over the top of larger clock. male cards 015




The Chemist

September 2, 2016


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“Hope” is my most favourite word in the English language. It is what keeps us going through our ordinary days, never knowing what tomorrow will bring, but anticipating that wonderful things could be about to happen. Keep the faith.




stamps: The Chemist CMS172 & Little Labels CMS120 by Stamper’s Anonymous; Miracles 1714D by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Weathered Wood Distress Pad

papers: White Matt Card; Tobacco Mi-Teintes Card; Jetstream Bazzill Card

accessories: Snow Cap Adirondack Dabber Paint

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount; Glossy Accents, Tombo wet Glue

tools: T-grid; Sponging Block; Paint Brush


  1. Stamp images out in black ink onto ivory card, using the t-grid to aid positioning them if needed.
  2. Using a sponging block, loosely colour (as in don’t worry too much about keeping within the lines) with Weathered Wood ink. Add a bit of sepia ink to contrast and also sponge the edges of card with it.Chemist 1
  3. Layer onto brown matting, then folded blue backing card. Sponge edges of backing card with sepia ink also.
  4. Stamp wording in black ink onto scrap of ivory card. Sponge edges with sepia, then attach to matting of brown, then blue. Magic Mount onto front of card.
  5. Colour test tube with white paint, then cover with Glossy Accents. Set aside to dry.
  6. Stamp out tiny words from Little labels set in black ink onto scraps of white card. Cut out desired words and sponge edges with sepia. Glue into place where preferred.