Anyone for Tea?

I have lots of cards to put up on the blog…. but again, it is that  “time poor” thing!


This is a class card that my ladies did a couple of weeks ago.

Let me say, I DON’T LIKE CAMOMILE TEA but I did like the cover (colours and flowers) and built this card around the package tea.  (So why don’t I like camomile tea?  I was raised on it!!  Had a tummy ache – camomile tea – had a cold – camomile tea.  Mum even rinsed my hair in a camomile solution!!  Now, the smell of camomile makes me want to gag!)

BASE:  8″ x 4″  (Night of Navy)
Pocket: 4″ x 2″  (Night of Navy)
Handle: 2″ x 5″ ( Night of Navy)
Sides:  2″ x 1″ (Score every 1/4″)  (Night of Navy)
Insert:  3 1/2″ x 3″  (Whisper White)
Flowers:  1 1/2″ strip (Whisper White)
Leaves:  #/4″ strip (punch out three)  (Old Olive)
Tag:  1 1/2″ strip  (Daffodil Delight)
Flower centres: Hand-held circle punch (Daffodil Delight)
STAMP SETS:  Great Friend, Curvy Verses
INKS:  Night of Navy, Whisper White
PUNCHES:  Boho Blossoms, Large Tag, Two-step Bird (leaves), 3/8″ circle, Large Oval, Ex-Large Oval
EXTRAS:  Kraft Knife, Steel Ruler, White, strong thread, Score Tool, Sponge, Glue Pen, Glitter, Big Shot, Camomile Tea Bag, Red Sticky Tape, Large Clip

The following pictures show a different colour card stock.  When I finished the card, taking pictures as I made it, I decided that I would try another colour.   So I decided to use Night of Navy.  I didn’t  re-do the pictures (You know, the time poor thingy 🙂 )

Place the card base and pocket together.  secure with a clip.  On the bottom, measure and mark 1/4″ on both sides.  Using a kraft knife and steel ruler, trim both sides.  (Making both sides tapered – like a teacup shape)

Emboss the base, pocket and handle (Speaking of handle – there are two in this picture but on the blue card, I used only one and attached it to the inside/front of the card).

Photo showing how the sides are attached to the pocket and the front of the base.

Make sure that you use a strong adhesive on the bottom of the pocket.  I used red sticky tape.

I used confetti cream to make this card.

ENJOY your cuppa!


A box for a card

I made a card for a friend’s 40th Birthday and I didn’t want to squash it by putting it into an envelope so I made a box to put it in.

This box was made with Basic Black.  I sponged with Whisper White and Silver to get the ‘metallic’ look.

Oh yes, let’s not forget the vellum butterflies and bling!

BASE:  Basic Black, 11 1/4″ x 7 3/4″
PAPER:  Basic Black, Vellum
INK:  Whisper White, Silver
DIE:  Top Note, Beautiful Wings, Leaves
PUNCHES:  3/4″ Circle, Corner
EXTRA:  Glue Dots, Sponge, 1 large brad, 2 small brads

Now for the card that went inside the box: 

Just have to love the Shimmer Vellum Butterflies.

I had originally made a purple card for her (her favourite colour) but when I received the invite, it was back and white.  Also, it was fancy dress – black and white.  Here is the Purple Card.



Classes will commence next week.  Come back to see a ‘card that isn’t a card’!


As I make cards….. everyone expects to receive a hand-made card from me.  (And they should!!)  As my daughter-in-law said….”If I didn’t get a hand-made card from you I would think that you didn’t love me or I had done something wrong”!

I always want to be ready for the birthdays but sometimes….TIME (not enough hours in the day) just runs out!

I had a few birthdays this month and I was flat-out making cards – here is the card I made for my daughter-in-law.

I used, in colour, Peach Parfait, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla and Designer Paper – Peach Parfait (from the Hostess Set)

Just love the wide Ribbon – a little bit just gives the card a lift.

So she knows that I love her! 🙂

This one is for my friend, Alison.  She loves the colour blue.

The Photo, doesn’t really show that the pattern on the butterfly matches the rose underneath it.  If the butterfly wasn’t sponged and lifted off the card, it would have blended on the rose.

Happy Birthday Ali!!

No not Christmas in July

BUT I thought it would be a good idea to start creating Christmas cards, so that my Ladies will be ready for Christmas.  Before we know it, it will be Christmas!!

When making Christmas cards, it is better to be able to make them on-mass.  To do this it is wise to use a simple design. This one is quick but looks like it took a lot of time.

STAMP SET:  Season of Joy
INK:  Cherry Cobbler
PAPER:  Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Old Olive,
PUNCHES:  Ornament, Decorative
EMBOSSING FOLDER:  Elegant Bouquet
CHALKS:  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
EXTRAS:  Big Shot, Tombow, Cotton Buds

Tomorrow, hubby and I are off to Sydney to catch up with our son and his family.  (Can’t wait to give the 2 grandsons, lots of hugs and kisses, spoiling them and “cooking with Nana”. reading bed time stories and them showing us how to turn on the TV and playing DS games!!  🙂 )

I have a few birthday cards that I have made, which I will post while away.

My granddaughter turns 6 this week, so here is the card that I made for her.  I used all SU items except the stamp set…. that I bought in England when we were over there last year.

Water Colouring using our water colouring paper.  (Notice I used my vellum butterflies.  Also the next picture will show how I used Shimmer Paint on the water-colour).

As we will be away for her birthday, we celebrated last night.  She loved all her gifts and was oh hum about the card!!  Well, she’s only 6 and she does have her priorities!  My daughter keeps all the cards, so I know one day she will appreciate the time and effort her Nan made to create a card for her……..

Till next time, have fun ‘playing’.



Let’s Twist!

Looks like a normal card.  Right?  Well it’s not……. 🙂

IT’S A TWISTED CARD!  The Ladies, in both my classes last week, were so quiet!  Not much chatting going on!  It is not a complicated card but there was a lot of cutting out to do.  Mmm…..Give a woman a pair of scissors and it is silence!   (Don’t tell the men)

For the front of the card we used the technique of MASKING.  So masks had to be cut out.  The flowers inside the card had to be cut out too.

Another view

OK…. I used Vellum butterflies (again).  Just love them.  This one has a sparkle!

This give a view of showing how the flowers seem to be behind the main one.  That’s masking!  Ah, isn’t the butterfly beautiful?


Two Edges punched.  Method for stamping the foliage – ink and stamp twice or three times without re-inking.


Use Whisper White Ink to stamp  the flowers and let dry before cutting.

Stamp sentiment.  Place flowers around the lower edge.

Notice that all the flowers are attached at different heights.

STAMP SETS:  Curvy Verses, Great Friend, Fast & Fabulous (level 2)
INK:  Real Red, River Rock, Whisper White, Marina Mist, White Shimmer Paint
PAPER:  Pacific Point, Real Red, Whisper White, Marina Mist,
PUNCHES:  Scallop Trim Border, Scallop Trim Edge, Large Oval,
DIE:  Beautiful Wings

Phew….. Now I think this post deserves a comment or two, don’t you?  (Off to do the housework -yuk)


Swamped with Blooms

Or in other words…..Awash with Flowers – my new stamp set…Love it!

I made two class cards using this stamp set and it will be used again and again.  (So watch out Ladies 🙂 )


I am so just so into butterflies…..  For these ones, I used Vellum. Beautiful.   I edged the butterflies with Perfect Plum then dabbed them with Shimmer, Frost White using a dauber.  The word is …..  DAB on the mist.  I used Tombow to attach them to the card.  (Just a small dot of Tombow not a blob!)

The picture doesn’t really show how striking the vellum looks with the dabs of mist

BASE:  Elegant Eggplant
Perfect Plum:  3 1/2” x 4”
River Rock:   3 1/2” x 1″ (x2)
Whisper White:  3 1/4” x 3 3/4”
Vellum:  2 1/2” x 2 1/4”;  Scrap for small oval

INK:  Shimmer—Frost White, More Mustard, River Rock, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, VersaMarker

PUNCHES:  Scallop Trim Border, Large Oval

SIZZIX: Beautiful Wings

EXTRAS:   Clear Embossing Powder, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Tombow, Sponge (Perfect Plum), Heat Tool, Pearl


What do you think of the frame?  Neat!  I used 2″ x 2″ squares.  Two squares in Whisper White and two squares in Elegant Eggplant.

Large Flower:  Stamp and cut each petal out and attach with Tombow on the bottom of the petals.  This then enables shaping the petals.

This flower is cut out with a slight edge.  Notice the corner.


STAMP SET(s):  Awash with Flowers, Sincere Salutations

INK:  Melon Mambo, River Rock, Elegant Eggplant

PAPER:  Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Elegant Eggplant

PUNCHES:  Scallop Trim Border, Scallop Trim Edge, 1” circle, Photo Corner

Yes, this set is going to become on of my favourites.


I showed my ladies, this week, do make this card that has an unusual fold.  With the addition of our Designer Series Paper and  butterflies the result – STUNNING!!

I am so in love with butterflies at the moment – any chance to make a butterfly card…. it’s created 🙂  Let me show you the inside of the card.


STEP 1 : Open the folded card.  On the left side of the card, measure 1″ down from the centre and 1″ across from the centre fold.  (Clear as mud I hear you say – hopefully the above picture will give you a better idea.  If not, you’re on your own! 🙂 )  Cut out the wedge/triangle.

Step 2:  Once the cut has been made, turn the card so that the front is facing upwards.  Fold down the flap.  IMPORTANT:  Make sure, that the flap is folded to meet the centre (arrow).  When you have the fold flush with the centre line of the card, take your bone-folder and crease across the flap.  If you try to fold the flap down in one go, you will get an uneven edge at the centre fold and the flap will not sit right.

Step 3: The yellow lines show how I placed the flap into the Embossing Folder.  You may have to move the folder when you put it onto the Big Shot plates.  Make sure that it will go through the rollers without catching your embossing folder or card.  (How do I know this?  Guess 🙂 ) 

Flap is embossed.  The card is now ready to dress-up!

I attached only the point of the flap to the front of the card.  Sticky strip is a good choice as I didn’t want the flap to ping open!

BUTTERFLIES:  I attached the butterfly using Tombow. 

The Large Butterfly is attached by the bottom left-wing to the front of the card.

Use the small butterfly wing to attach to the inside of the card

When the card is opened, the main butterfly is seen from the inside too.  It appears to be floating.  Love it.


STAMP SET:  Well Scripted

INK:  Encore Silver

PAPER:  BASE – Black

PUNCH: Decorative

DIE: Beautiful Wings, Beautiful Butterflies

Basic Grey – Butterflies= 1 Large Butterfly, 3″sq; 2 Small Butterflies

EMBOSSING FOLDERS:  Elegant Line, Polka Dots

DSP:  Neutrals – Black and Grey stripe, 3 3/4″ x 3 1/4″

Looks just as good in another colour.

Phew… now that was a long post! ( I think I deserve a comment or two!)  🙂 Hugs