Category: Cards

Global Design Project #GDP008 – Christmas Ornament

It’s time for another Global Design Project Challenge – this week is Case the Designer.  You are allowed to take inspiration from pretty much anything – layout, design, theme, colours….  Here is this weeks

Case the Designer

And I am on a Christmas Roll – so why stop now!

This card was fun and fiddly to make.  A vellum bauble that was stitched on the machine.  It has a tree from the perfect pines framelits and then filled with glitter and sequins.  I then used versa mark around the edges and dipped in Gold embossing powder and gently heated it.


Cherry cobbler cardstock and ribbon and gold, gold and more gold!  I just tied a few stars together with the gold metallic thread – its so thin so it makes it so versatile. Christmas isn’t far away now so I’m off to build my stash!


Mel xx

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Crazy about You Baby Wipe Technique

I love to challenge myself with my craft and am always trying to find new things to try.

Having a go at the Baby Wipe Technique has been on my list for such a long time to try – so I had a go – and then we created them at class.

You get inky fingers – but gee it’s a fun technique that has so many possibilities.

So here’s what I created –


Those gorgeous flowers were created my using a baby wipe folded into quarters as a stamp pad.  There is a bit of a technique to applying the ink.

  1. Limit yourself to 3 or 4 colours – more than that and they muddy together and the image takes on the darkest colour.
  2. Apply drops of ink randomly on your baby wipe – start with the darkest colour, then the medium shade in different spots and fill the spaces with your lightest shade.
  3. Then simply use this as your stamp pad.

The colours I used were Watermelon Wonder, Hello Honey and Mint Macaron. All finished off with some metallic gold designer paper and gold embossed sentiment.

The second card I made was using the background baby wipe technique where you fold you baby wipe into quarters and then half again and layer drops of desired colours along the folded edge of the baby wipe. You then wipe this across your card as smoothly as possible.


The third method I tried was heat embossing an image onto white card stock using our white embossing powder, then wiping layers using graduated colours.

This card I used Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral and Watermelon Wonder.


I hope I have inspired you to have a play with this technique, then come back and share your creations in the comments.

Happy Crafting

Mel xx

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Global Design Project #GDP001 Sprinkles of Life

Hi all,

I am pretty excited today. I thought i would have a go and play along in the FIRST EVER Global Design Project #001.  I have never played along in one of these, so I decided today was the day!

The challenge for this project is a colour challenge using smokey slate, pink pirouette and so saffron.

These are very soft, subtle colours, so I wanted to do a clean and ‘gentle’ card to match.

I used a few different stamp sets for this card – but the feature is the Sprinkles of Life Stamp set and punch.  I don’t have the Watercolour Wash background stamp yet – it’s coming in my next order – so to substitute, I coloured my large clear block with the pink pirouette stampin marker and then spritzed it with water before I used the block as my stamp. The clouds are inked in versa mark, then in smokey slate then heat embossed with our iridescent ice embossing powder.  The rain drops i punched out of vellum and used my glue pen and dazzling diamonds glitter to apply a bit of sparkle.
It’s quite pretty in real life!

There are some beautiful projects over on the blog – so I encourage you to pop over and check them out – here and play along 🙂

Happy stamping everyone!

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Floral Wings Vase of Flowers

I am really enjoying using our Floral Wings Hostess Set.  I feel like I have two sets for the price of one.  With the ability to use it for a big, beautiful butterfly or an elegant vase of flowers.

Today I chose to use the vase of flowers and team it with my favourite in colour designer paper.
This really is a pretty set. Versatile for birthdays, sympathy and thank you – its virtually like giving a bunch of flowers!
This look is very simple to achieve.  I have stamped the vase in Tip Top Taupe and fussy cut it. To get your placement of the stems just right – turn your vase over and position it on the card, then stamp your stems, making sure the bottom edge just overlaps onto the back of your vase.  Once you are happy with the amount of stems, turn your vase back over and stamp the flowers.
I stamped mine in Watermelon wonder, stamping off occasionally to vary the depth of the flowers. I also stamped some more on scrap whisper white card and then fussy cut them! They’re tiny – so you may need your glasses! Lol.
Adhere your extra flowers using dimensional. Wrap some Gold Thread around the neck of your vase, before popping it up on dimensional too.
I think it’s quite effective. What do you think?
You can get this stamp set yourself by hosting a workshop or spending $250 in one order to qualify for rewards to spend on hostess sets. Contact me if you would like to host a fun stamping workshop!
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Father’s Day Fun Card #3 – Very Vintage Guy Greetings!

So today is my last of 3 Father’s Day Cards that we made in class.

I really wanted to feature the Guy Greetings set Muscle Man with this one.  I must be honest – I didn’t really like him when I first saw him, but now I see him as a bit of fun to give a card some spunk!

The Guy Greetings set is vintage and I wanted to keep it that way. So some sponging with Soft Suede ink for a distressed, aged look was what was needed for this card – on some vintage style paper – Typeset DSP definitely fit the bill.

I added just a bit of colour using the hats in the set, stamped in Cherry Cobbler and then fussy cut,  and an aqua painter for the pants.  This style also looked amazing with the vintage car stamped in Cherry Cobbler and fussy cut (one of the ladies couldn’t bear to use the muscle man! Lol).

And sentiments are so easy to pop on a banner with the triple layer banner punch. Its been a real hit at class with my ladies as it enables them to get that point just right!

Remember you can purchase any supplies you see in my online store and get them delivered directly to your door!

Now hop on it! Get those Father’s Day Card created!

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Father’s Day Fun Day 2 – Man Shirt #2

And on to Man Shirt Number 2 we go! One for each dad or father in law, and just as simple as the first one!
I again used our Bohemian DSP card stock for this funky shirt and the tie.  Doesn’t that paper suit a tie so well!!!! I love it!!!
I have layered the DSP on a Very Vanilla Card stock base this time.  It matched the paper used for the tie much better.  I did trim it down slightly, so it would still fit inside a regular envelope once the collar was folded.


I simply scored the DSP at 3/4″ from the top, and trimmed along each side of the line approximately 3/4″ – 1″ from the edge.  I folded these pieces in until I met the edges in the middle.
I lined up the tie before I attached it with glue dots. Then simply placed another glue dot under each base point of the collar – before using the paper piercer to pop in a small hole and one of our 1/8″ silver brads.
There are loads of tutorials out there on Pinterest to learn to fold a paper tie – but click here to go to the YouTube video that I used.
I hope you enjoyed Card #2. I would love it if you shared your creations in the comments 🙂
Stay tuned for Card #3!
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Fathers Day Fun Day 1 – Man Shirt Style #1

Well, with Father’s Day fast approaching I thought I would share a few of the man cards we have made in class over 3 posts – so make sure you are signed up to follow my blog by email so you don’t miss anything!
The first Father’s Day Card came from inspiration from my gorgeous upline Simone Bartrum.
I really enjoy making these cards as they are very simple and quick to make – but the men in our lives think we have spent HOURS on them!
So our Day 1 Card is Man Shirt Style #1!
I used our Bohemian DSP for this card. I like retro looking shirts and think this fit the bill perfectly.
I used our new Thick White Card Stock for the base (just a hint – score it first!) and then cut a piece of DSP slightly larger than the card front – 4 1/2″ x 5 3/4″. I then cut this at 2″ down the length so you end up with a piece 2″ x 5 3/4″ and another at 2 1/2″ x 5 3/4″.
Mark the 2″ piece at 1″ from the left outside edge and 2″ down on the inside length, and fold to make the shirt flap.
Mark the 2 1/2″ piece at 1″ from the right outside edge, and 2 1/2″ down the inside length and fold to make the opposing flap.  It’s that simple. Adhere these pieces to your card base, with the larger piece overlapping in the front.
I then just popped on some of our metallic buttons, punched a bow with the bow builder punch and made a pocket using the note tag punch! EASY!!!
Have fun creating your own variations!


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Build a Birthday … Cake!

I really, really, really, really (you get the idea!) like our Build a Birthday Stamp set.
I find it is truly is one of the easiest sets to use to make a very simple yet effective birthday card!

Great for cards in a hurry, to stamp a stack for future use, for males, females and for children.  There are loads of ideas on Pinterest if you are struggling for inspiration.

This one is using my favorite colour combination at the moment of Mint Macron and Wisteria Wonder. It rally is a soft and pretty combination – I encourage you to try it!

You can change up the colour combination to suit the occasion. Emboss it in Gold for a more formal look for a wedding, on a cream background, add ribbon for a bit of extra pizzazz. The skies the limit with this set. It is just so versatile!

And don’t forget that you can use the cake layers to make Candles for a completely different look.

So what are you waiting for????
It’s time to get creative!

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Sweet notes for Best Thoughts

I am getting lots of use out of the Best Thoughts Hostess Stamp Set.
I find it is very versatile – great for birthdays, thank you, sympathy, just because – anything really!
This one was coloured, cut and layered and put on our whisper white notecards as a thank you to someone who did something sweet for me.
Using a blender pen, I coloured the petals with Wisteria Wonder and layered up the colour as each one dried.
The leaves are coloured with Pear Pizzazz (favourite all time green).
I love how stamping a sentiment on vellum doesn’t detract from the whole look of the card!
So – how pretty is that!
Happy Crafting!


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My Minion Madness

It was my littlest minions birthday the other day – and you guessed it – 
he loves minions!
So a minion card was a must.  I hunted around on Pinterest and found one very similar to this from I couldn’t find the direct link to the card itself, so I CASEd it with a few minor changes.
Minion colours call for the brightness of Daffodil Delight and Pacific Point Card Stock to achieve just the right look.
The card base opens at the bottom. I created the curved head by using the circle framelit that matched the width of the card.  I positioned it so as to leave a portion of the top of the card uncut. I then ran it part way through the bigshot so as to only cut to the edges of the card.
Use a black 1/2″ strip and run from edge to edge and hand cut the excess.
Use smaller circle framelits to cut the silver glimmer paper for the eye. Cut the larger circle first, then create the ring by using the next size down and cut an inner circle.
Use the same larger framelit that you used for the eye to cut a piece of window sheet and one in plain white card stock.
 Adhere the window sheet using tombow to the back of the silver glimmer ring.
Punch a pacific point circle with the 1″ circle punch, then a black circle with the 3/4″ punch. Adhere those to the white circle you cut earlier.
 I still have some shaker frames – so I used one of those and positioned it between the silver glimmer paper / window sheet piece and the white circle piece for a 3D effect.
Cut a square from the square framelits in pacific point.
I used the word window punch with the ends cut off for the shoulder straps and the note tag punch for the pocket.
Draw on stitch lines and the mouth and you’re done!
I also thought it would be cool to make our own matching lolly bags for the party guests!
So using our Gift Bag Punch Board and Daffodil Delight Card stock, I made the bags so they are ready for our little guests to decorate.
The guests will make the bag in the background as its bigger (for more lollies you see!).  It was made using the ‘medium’ line on the punchboard.  The card stock was 11″ x 7″.
All I then needed to do, was make sure I had extra shapes for them to stick on (minus the window sheet as I thought it may be to fiddly for little fingers), and a peg that they can draw some hair on, for the closure.
I really hope you like it and have a go yourself!
Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below 🙂
Happy Crafting!