Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Banner birthday

Time for another birthday card.  I cut the banner flags using my cricut and some free svg files.  That's the last of Webster's Pages Hollywood collection.  Love the idea of lots of different paper packs, but I do get sick of them quite quickly. Maybe the trick is to look for single sheets with patterns that aren't too large for card making and only buy a few at a time!


Monday, October 29, 2012

Marathon and MIM #88

Hope your Sunday is going well.  I spent mine completing my first marathon - woo hoo! A time of 4hrs 31 which was just 30 seconds off my goal time. Pretty pleased that I finished and enjoyed most of it.  The last few kilometres were hard work, but it was awesome to have so many from the running group either participating or supporting on the course. Next year my goal is to do the NY marathon - can't wait!

Since I was resting up yesterday in preparation for the big day, I managed to make a card for this week's Make it Monday over at PTI. The challenge was to use both positive and negative die cuts on a project. Here's one which features Beautiful Butterflies. Love that set!


Friday, October 26, 2012


Not random thoughts but the Random collection from Crate Paper.  Love the mix of colours and patterns in this pack and they're nearly all gone!  A few birthdays at the end of the year and in January, so I'm getting ahead with my preparation.



Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Elegant rose

I'm trying to use up my vast hoard supply of patterned paper. Here are some pieces from Jenni Bowlin's Haven collection. Finally got a chance to use some of my Pinefeather (dark green) ribbon from PTI. I love most shades of green but just find it a bit dark for most things, except perhaps the traditional red/green Christmas colour scheme.And here it looks almost black!


 Supplies Other - tulle, Prima paper rose, sewing machine

Monday, October 22, 2012

Last of the Christmas tags

At least I think it is! Another set of 3 tags, this time using PTI's Star of Wonder and the frame from the Round and Round anniversary set. Because of the shape of the frame, I decided to go with a horizontal tag - cut with my cricut. I put a layer of crystal effects on the focal images to make everything a bit 'sparkly'. Really pleased with how these turned out.



Friday, October 19, 2012

Quick Christmas tags

Trying to get most of my Christmas prep done well ahead of time as I need to send a few parcels overseas. Realised I needed some more tags, so here is a set of three I whipped up. The set I've used is PTI's Love Lives Here: Holiday.  Love the 'homespun' charm.  I cut the base of the tag from cardstock and glued 2 layers together to make sure it's nice and strong:



Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Framed hello

Funny how I go through stages in using or not using stamps and other supplies.  Here is a quick cheerful card I made with PTI's Fabulous Frames.  Love this versatile set and can't wait to use it again!


Monday, October 15, 2012

Take 2 - dogwood

A while ago I bought the dogwood stamp from Hero Arts. Love it and pulled it out recently to make a couple of cards.  The one on the left is a birthday card for my Aunt who is a keen gardener. Thought she'd like the look of this soft colour palate.  For the background, I used Heather's Make it Monday technique of stamping on an impressed background. But in this case, I stamped on the embossed dots:


The second card is for a friend who is going through a bit of a difficult time at the moment. I cased this card from Maile Belles and love how it turned out.

Other - Stampin Up ribbon, black buttons

Friday, October 12, 2012


Now that summer is on the way, it's time to pull out the Hello Sunshine set from PTI. Love the different options for stamping sun rays - more cards like this to come I'm sure. Here's a simple card that's easy to pop in the mail:



Wednesday, October 10, 2012


I like my circle flip-it die so much, I was tempted by another one in my LSS. It was on sale too, so bagged a bit of a bargain. This is the fancy label flip die - love the shape and can't wait to make some more!




Monday, October 08, 2012

Wreathed in smiles

I saw this fabulous wreath which Melissa Phillips made and decided I needed one of my own to brighten up my craft room.  I managed to find a heart shaped wreath and some burlap ribbon and here's what I came up with:


And here's a close up of the leaf embellishments:



Friday, October 05, 2012

Autumn birthday

It's spring here (finally) but a number of friends in the Northern Hemisphere are celebrating autumn birthdays so I was looking for ideas for suitable cards.  I thought the colours in this pattern paper could work well - love those earth tones and the sunflowers. Here's a simple birthday card with a sort of harvest feel.

The sentiment frame is stamped with Amuse Latte, my new favourite colour!



Wednesday, October 03, 2012


I'm always looking for interesting packaging ideas.  Must admit I usually put cards into envelopes, but this time I decided to dress up a birthday card in a glassine bag instead. I quite like the idea because you can catch glimpses of the card through the packaging:



Monday, October 01, 2012

And another

Masculine card that is.  I need a few more for my stash - a few birthdays and other occasions coming up in the next few months.

Most of the images in PTI's 2012 Birthday Tag set are a bit more feminine, but I thought this striped shape could work quite well for a masculine card background. Quick and easy to mail to boot. Just what I needed!