How to Quilt – but using paper!

Someone said about quilting – “Cut material into bits to only have to sew the bits back together”.  Must have been a husband who made that comment!

Anyway, the ‘in-thing’ in cardmakeing is ‘Quilting’.  Here is a card using the quilting technique.

STAMP SET: Happiest Birthday Wishes (Hostess)
INK: Pear Pizzaz
PAPER:  Base – Pear Pizzaz, extras for punched blossoms and puched flower
WHISPER WHITE: 1 5/8″ strip to cut 4, 1 5/8 squares.  Scrap for decorative punch.
BLACK: 3 3/4″ square.  Strip for Decorative punch and punched flowers.
PUNCHES: Decorative, Itty Bitty Shapes (flower), Triple-Blossom Bouquet

CLASSES for 2012 begin again this Tuesday morning and Wednesday morning.  Can’t wait to see you all!


Did you say…Chocolate?

I can imagine you had a piece or two of  Chocolate over the weekend!  I did (and really shouldn’t have).

Just before our class recess, we made the following cards.

Dark, milk and white chocolate – yum!  A male  card but change the colours and there… one for the ladies.

This is the other card we made – Ladies we can all relate to this one!

House work…..What’s that?

The STAMP SET used for these two cards are from the Autumn Mini – EAT CHOCOLATE. 

I hope you had a wonderful Easter break with your family and friends and received lots of Chocolates!

We remembered what Christ did for each and every one of us.

 “Christ has Risen!” 

 “Indeed He has!” 


For the sugar rush so that I will be able do all the things I need to do!

One important ‘thing to do’ is to up-date my blog….. I am three classes behind for posting on the blog.  Where does the time go?  (Well if I stopped playing with my new  stamp sets and making heaps of cards for fun….I would have the time 🙂 )

Sometimes it seems like a LONG PROCESS to up-date.  To get ready to place pictures on the blog I have to take them!  Then load the pictures to my photo-editing program; re-size them; watermark; organize files (so I can find them later 😦 ); up-load them to the blog library and then start a post.  PHEW….now where’s that cupcake?

It’s the Easter break and classes are in recess for two weeks, so I will have time to catch up.  Not only do I have the class posts to up-load but I have nine cards  (from me playing) to show you what can be done with top-note and butterflies.  (It might be 10 cards if I get a moment or two 🙂  House work…. what’s that!)


We did a cupcake card to give to a male.  (Well, men love cakes don’t they?)  I also showed my ladies a female version using the cupcake die.


YUMMY, YUMMY, I feel better already

STAMP SET:  Itty Bitty Backgrounds (Retired)  Replace with Sandy Speckles (Wheel)
INK:  Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler
CARD:  Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Daffodil Delight 
 (NOTE:  Cupcake can be made from scraps)
DIE:  Top Note
SIZZLETS:  Big Bold Cupcakes (set of 4)
EXTRAS:  Big Shot, Glue Pen, Crystal Effects, string 6 1/2″, Sponges, Crimper





Any ol’ scraps?

 Every time, I make a card, I always have scraps of cardstock that I put away to be used later.  After awhile…mine breed!! 🙂

I decided that the card for this week’s class, should use some of my scraps. 

So EASY!  I brought along all my scraps and my circle punches and the ladies had a great time creating circles and gluing them on to Whisper White.

This was then put into an embossing folder (Petals a Plenty) and whizzed through the Big Shot. 

NOTE:  It is best to use an embossing folder that has solid coverage.

NOTE:  Any punches can be used for this method.  Even try the Big Shot Dies – Leaves, Butterfly etc.

As I said, the ladies loved making this card and their challenge for the month is to create another card using their scraps and punches or dies.  I am looking forward to their creations.  I have already seen a few creations – WOW – and I have been told what some are going to do. 

I can’t wait to see their creations!

We also did an insert piece for this card which could hold a gift voucher or money.

Various Cards n Grandkids

I have taken January off from teaching classes BUT I have been busy creating cards for my classes that start in the first week of February! 

Also I will be running a Quarterly Class so I have getting ready for that too!

The cards that I am posting are ones that I have made during the break.  Two are mile-stone birthdays, a 70th and a 95th – both male and are in-laws.   For our Friend Ian, I made this card….

Rugged….just like the man!  🙂

Then I made a card for Ian’s father-in-law who turned 95!!

To me, this tree stands out….proud and strong…..just like the man who received it!! 
A Man of faith.

(I used pastels and embossed the tree in black.  The base is Night of Navy). 

AND Just playing…..a 4″ x 4″ note.  Handy to put in my stash.

My camera doesn’t seem to take ‘true’ colour of purples.  The base of the card and sentiment is Concord Crush. (Just love that colour).


Doesn’t Pop look striking with flowers in his hair!!?  (Granddaughter, lent Poppy her headband and tucked in the flowers) 

Go on then….I dare you to go to the shops like that!

Missy Moo, with flowers in her hair – must have been taken before she decided to make Poppy beautiful too!  Little brother, Cheeky Monkey, is always full of smiles.  Love you, Poppy, Amber and Sonny – xox Nanna


Hubby and I have had the BEST holiday ever!  After seven weeks away, it was hard to come back and be “NORMAL”  🙂

If you are interested in our holiday where we visited, Britain, Ireland, Wales and Dubai, check out our blog:

As soon as I unpacked, did the washing, ironing, hug the grandkids, it was a rush back into my room and ‘play’ with my new goodies from the new catalogue!

Here are some of the results…..

STAMP SETS:  Great Friend, All a flutter, Fifth avenue floral
INKS:  Encore gold, Night of Navy, Champagne Mist
CARD:  Night of Navy, Pacific Point
PUNCHES: Oval, eyelet
EMBOSSING FOLDER:  Vintage Wallpaper

I JUST LOVE CHAMPAGNE MIST.  It is my favourite!  Just love it, love it!!!  I am sure my ladies will grow to love it too  🙂  They might have no choice – a bit like my love of Chocolate Chip 🙂  Notice the embossed parts – covered with mist.  So easy to use.  Just love it – mmm, do you think I love it.  🙂  😉

Notice the mist!

CARD:  Whisper White, Soft Suede, Pear Rizzazz, Vellum
INK:  Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzaz
PUNCH:  Butterfly
STAMPS:  Just Believe

Our friend, Pete W,  had a birthday and this is the card I made for him.  Happy Birthday Peter W.

Yes, I used the mist on a bloke card!  And why can’t men have glitter on their cards?  🙂  The mist just highlights the leaves.

Using the Sizzix die, LEAVES #2 this card was quickly made. 
CARD:  Early Espresso (My NEW ‘choc chip’ ;-0 ), Crumb Cake and River Rock.  Nice combo, if I say so myself!

Button hole this!

SO MANY SCRAPS OF CARD STOCK!!  What to do?  Use the Sizzix Buttons die and make a card! 

Showed the ladies that attend classes this week, what to do with some of the scraps that they accumulate over time.

I used the same colour collection to make the buttons so they all ‘matched’ in colour tone.

STAMP SET:  Birthday Block
INK:  Real Red
PAPER:  Whisper White, Old Olive, Night of Navy, Tangerine Tango, Real Red Pacific Point.
PUNCH:  Corner
SIZZIX:  Buttons
EXTRAS:  Crimper, Real Red Ribbon, 7 1/2″, Big Shot,

BASE:  Night of Navy
Whisper White:  1 1/2′ x 2 1/4″
Old Olive:  1 3/4″ x 2 1/2″
Pacific Point:  2″ x 2 3/4″
Tangerine Tango:  2 1/4″ x 3″ (PLUS a strip 6 1/2″ x 1′.  Crimp and cut to card size)
Real Red:  2 1/2″ x 3 1/4″

BUTTONS:  Use scraps but if you don’t have any:   2 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ of each of the four colours

(If you don’t have any scraps then you are not making enough cards 🙂 )