Monday, December 31, 2012

And another one

Birthday that is. And here's the card I made which was inspired by one of Danielle Flanders' recent posts:



Thursday, December 27, 2012

Happy 50th

I have two friends turning the big 5-0 this month so had to come up with some suitable cards.  This is a pocket card using a glassine bag:


The tag inside pulls out to reveal a message:



Monday, December 24, 2012

Soft pastels

And one more shabby chic Songbird card, if you can bear it. I'll add a sentiment when I've decided who to send it to.


Supplies Other - rose trim

Friday, December 21, 2012

Still in a shabby mood

Here are a couple more cards from my 'crafternoon' in Christchurch. I've managed to make about 20 cards in all from my Songbird kit, so I think that was quite good going!




Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Peace, hope, joy

Now that advent has begun, the colour purple features a lot in our church. After I sat looking at a purple alter cloth and vestments last Sunday I was inspired to break out the glitter and create this set of cards:


Wishing you all these things this Christmas season!

Other - sewing machine, Prima lace

Monday, December 17, 2012

Brownies in a jar

I've decided to give some mixes for gifts this year so have been trying out a variety of recipes. Here's a 'brownies in a jar' mix that I'm taking as a gift to a friend - the recipe is below. Yum yum!


 Layer the following into the jar:
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup plain flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup chocolate chips/chunks/buttons

Cover lid with fabric or paper, bind with twine and tie on a tag with the following directions:
Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius.
Line an 9 x 18cm baking tin with baking paper.
Empty contents of jar into mixing bowl, mix in 3 lightly beaten eggs and 3/4 cup melted butter.
Spread into baking tray and bake for 20-30 minutes until toothpick comes out mostly clean.


Friday, December 14, 2012

Shabby chic

I had several pieces of patterned paper left over from a Prima Songbird kit I bought recently so managed to make several more cards at a 'crafternoon' I recently attended with a friend in Christchurch. The 'crafternoons' are the brainchild of her friend Myriam. They're held once a month at a local church and everyone just brings along some craft things they're working on. I precut pieces of paper, sheets of tags and took along coordinating stickers, ribbon and buttons. Amazing how quickly cards come together when you do that!  Here are a couple of them:



Wednesday, December 12, 2012


I bought a Bigz frame die a while ago but have only just tried it out. It cuts a variety of frame sizes that can be used to make a great interactive card. Love the effect and great that it's so easy to mail as well!



 Supplies Other - Kaisercraft Christmas paper; Bigz Peekaboo Frames die

Monday, December 10, 2012

Going dotty

I have a few of PTI's pattern packs in different colours. They've been quite a versatile addition to my supplies. Several different patterns in each PTI colour. Definitely a quite way to add colour and texture to projects. Here's a card set using the large polka dot pattern from four of my favourite colours - raspberry fizz, fine linen, summer sunrise and aqua mist.


Supplies Other - sewing machine

Friday, December 07, 2012

Gift card

I've just bought a Pandora gift card for as a Christmas gift for a friend. Here's some quick and easy packaging I made using an svg file and some double sided paper. Add a bow, bell and tag and it's done!


Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Tweet talk

Can't believe it's already December. Not long til Christmas now. And how about a stack of birds? The colours are more spring than summer, but here's hoping for a long hot summer (which is what they're forecasting). Now doubt the weather will be nicest just when we head back to work!


Other - rose trim

Monday, December 03, 2012

Enjoy this moment

Here is another shabby card made with my Songbird supplies. Great sentiment really - how often I forget to enjoy the present and keep wishing my life away for some event in the future. That's why I enjoy crafts like cardmaking - helps me to slow down and just focus on one small thing at a time.

Other - sewing machine