Saturday, April 30, 2011

Easel..y Distracted

Leafy Easel Card

I was working on a Thank You card today with my new Leaves #2 and it got me thinking how I could make an easel card with one of the leaves in the die (as you do ;). So this is the tiny distraction that took me temporarily away from the task at hand.

I think it would make a cute little place card.

Here's the Project Recipe:
Stamp Sets: Strength & Hope, French Foliage
Card Stock: Always Artichoke, Whisper White
Ink: Marina Mist, Always Artichoke, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Leaves #2 Die, Basic Jewels - Rhinestones

I'll be back tomorrow to show you the Big Thank You Card.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Did Someone Mention Easel Cards?

OCC Butterfly Easel Card

I couldn't resist entering a challenge over at Our Creative Corner (a new challenge blog for me) because their challenge this week is to make an easel card. It's my all time favourite type of card to make! ;)

I used the technique called Inlaid Embossing for this one and got out my fine paint brush and Frost White Shimmer Paint to add some shine to the flowers.

I enjoyed making this one so much that I'm making some more for another round of SWAPS for SU Convention in Melbourne. Thank goodness for the Easter Break!

Project Recipe:
Stamp Sets: Thoughts & Prayers, Butterfly Prints, French Foliage
Card Stock: Blushing Bride, Baja Breeze
Ink: Early Espresso, Blushing Bride
Accessories: Frost White Shimmer Paint, Basic Rhinestones, Sponge Dauber, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Dies

If you'd like to see my tutorial on how to make a Butterfly Easel Card you can see it HERE.

I'd better rush out the door soon as I'm off to a Craft Fair with Mae followed by tea at Tania's and no doubt we'll be glued to the telly for the BIG WEDDING! Maybe I should have let Kate know that these little butterflies would make great place cards for the reception!!!!

JAI 66 - Just Add a Flower

JAI 66 - Just Add a Flower ...

... for Mother's Day.

Why don't you pop on over to Just Add Ink to check out the amazing Design Team Inspiration, make a card for mum, pop a flower on it and enter it into this week's challenge! (Mother's Day is on the 8th May)

Project Recipe:
Card Stock: Soft Suede, Basic Black, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, So Saffron
Ink: Soft Suede
unches: XL Two-Step Bird, Heart to Heart, XL Scallop Circle, 1 3/4", 1 3/8" and 1" Circle Punches
Accessories: Top Note Die, Antique Brad, Stamping Sponge
Non-SU: Blue and white spotty tissue paper

10cm x 21cm (scored at 11cms)
4" x 8 1/4" (scored at 4 1/4")

I first saw this absolutely adorable punch art owl on Dawn Griffith's blog. She had received it as a swap from a lady called Mary Rager. I totally fell in love with this cute little guy and just had to go out and make one straight away. I used some different punches than the ones suggested and made it into a card rather than a 'cover' for a match box.

While trying to work out how to put him together, I decided to pop a flower on his belly (made with the same scallop flower punch) to fit in with today's JAI submission.

As I was linking back to give credit, I discovered that the original punch art was actually designed by a very creative lady by the name of Angela Purdie at Kinta Kards. If you love 'Punch Art', you should check out the amazing tutorials that she has for sale! She's so .... talented!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely weekend.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Vintage Butterflies

I designed two 'Vintage Style' Butterfly Easel Cards
for some of my Melbourne Convention Swaps ...

... and used the colour combo of
Sahara Sand, Perfect Plum and Early Espresso
for both designs.

Stamp Sets for Style #1: Vintage Vogue, Very Vintage and Fresh Cuts

This one is being entered into the challenge at
The Shabby Tea Room
#59 - Butterfly Wishes

PS: Thanks to The Shabby Tea Room for giving me a Teatime Terrific Top 3 Award.


Stamp Sets for Style #2: Elements of Style and Fresh Cuts

I used a Blender Pen with Perfect Plum and Early Espresso Ink to colour in the flowers and attached the butterflies together with Clear Rhinestone Brads.
All the edges were sponged with either Early Espresso or Perfect Plum.

Not many sleeps now!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Rules of Chocolate

If you're starting to feel a tad guilty about eating copious amounts of chocolate over the Easter Break, don't worry because I've just discovered the 'Rules of Chocolate'. I'm pretty sure that after you read them, you're going to sleep a whole lot better tonight knowing full well that you haven't 'broken' any of the rules.


  • If you've got melted chocolate on your hands, you're eating it too slowly.
  • Chocolate covered raisins, cherries, orange slices and strawberries all count as fruit, so eat as much as you want.
  • Diet tip: Eat a chocolate bar before each meal. It'll take the edge off your appetite and you'll eat less.
  • If calories are an issue, store your chocolate on top of the fridge. Calories are afraid of heights and they will jump out of the chocolate to protect themselves.
  • You are eating a balanced diet if you eat equal amounts of dark chocolate and white chocolate.
  • Chocolate contains preservatives. Preservatives make you look younger, therefore you need to eat more chocolate.
  • Put 'eat chocolate' at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you'll get one thing done.
  • A nice box of chocolates can provide your total intake of calories in one place. Now isn't that handy?
  • If you can't eat all your chocolate, it will keep in the freezer but if you can't eat all your chocolate, what's wrong with you?
  • If not for chocolate, there would be no need for control top pantyhose. An entire garment industry would be devastated. You certainly can't let that happen, can you?

Disclaimer: It amazes me what you find when you're in the middle of cleaning out the Rumpus Room (which is incidentally my craft room). I'm fairly sure this typed A4 list of rules found its way into my hands from a friend at work (several years ago I might add). So I have no idea where it's originally from. It makes for a good laugh though, don't you think?

I hope you enjoyed (or are still enjoying) your Easter Break. I'm going back to have another stint at cleaning, then hopefully I'll be better organised to get some more SWAPS done for Melbourne and maybe a challenge or two!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

'Buttons and Lace' Butterfly for colourQ

I had this idea to make one of my little butterfly easel cards with faux lace and buttons so I went on a search for a lovely colour combo and found it at the colourQ challenge blog.

Aren't those knitted bunnies adorable?

I'm a little ashamed to admit that I have been following their awesome challenge site for ages but have never played along until today. I'm definitely loving the few days off over Easter to potter in my craft room.

If you think that I am a tad obsessed with making these little cards, you wouldn't be far from the truth. However, I'm happy to say that the novelty hasn't worn off yet as I'm enjoying experimenting with a few different techniques. There's still at least 3 other posts that I have scheduled for a 'rainy day' and some other ideas on the 'back-burner'.

If you'd like to make one for yourself, I have written a tutorial which you can see HERE.

Project Recipe:
Stamp Sets: Fresh Cuts, Elements of Style
Card Stock: Pink Pirouette (textured), So Saffron, Old Olive, Soft Sky (textured/retired)
Ink: Pink Pirouette
Accessories: Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Scallop Edge Border, Scallop Trim Border and Eyelet Border Punches, Sweet Buttons Embosslits, Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber

PS: Thanks to the team at colourQ for awarding me a' colourQ Courtier' for this entry.

Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, April 22, 2011

JAI 65 - Just Add Mateship/Friendship

Easter is celebrated world wide but Australia and New Zealand have another important holiday on Monday 25th April to commemorate ANZAC DAY.

So with ANZAC Day in mind, Just Add Ink have a special theme challenge to ... Just Add Mateship/Friendship to your paper craft project.

This is what I came up with -

JAI 65 - Just Add Mateship/Friendship
in recognition of ANZAC DAY
(April 25th)

Back View

Side View

I make no apologies for the fact that this is another easel card and it does feature butterflies! :)

However, it is the first time I have actually used All a Flutter and my Tim Holtz Caged Bird Die for a card.

I hope you can see the symbolism of the empty cage (Freedom/Empty Tomb), butterflies (new beginnings/new life) and the red ribbon (blood shed) as I tried to merge our two special holidays into the design of this card.

Project Details:
Stamp Sets: All a Flutter, Friends 24-7
Card Stock: Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Ink/Markers: Real Red, Basic Black
Accessories: Newsprint DSP, 7.9 mm Jumbo Brads (silver), Real Red Taffeta Ribbon, Decorative Label Punch, Stamping Sponge (with a bit of Early Espresso ink for slight sponging around the edges of the tag), Dimensionals
Non-SU: Sizzix Die - Caged Bird (Tim Holtz)

So What is ANZAC Day all about?

ANZAC Day is a very special day in Australian and New Zealand history. ANZAC stands for the Australia New Zealand Army Corp. and it is significant because on the 25th of April 1915, Australia went into battle for the first time as an independent nation. We had only become a country in 1901 and prior to that we were a loose collection of colonies and this was our "baptism of fire" on the shores of Gallipoli.

On that fateful day our troops landed on a beach at dawn (now called ANZAC Cove) on the Turkish peninsula . They suffered a terrible defeat but our men fought with great bravery. The battle really highlighted the character traits of mateship and sacrifice. We talk about the Anzac Spirit which was born that day and use the term as a mark of great respect. Australia and New Zealand commemorate this day with Dawn Services and Anzac Day Marches to remember those who fought and gave their lives for their country, not only in World War 1 but in all subsequent wars.

This week's challenge is also so appropriate for today (Good Friday) because ...
"Greater love has no one than this, that He lay down his life for his friends".
(John 15:3)

Have a lovely Easter/ANZAC Day Break.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Faux Fabric Butterfly

I set out to do two things this afternoon -
  • Try the Faux Fabric Technique (create the look of beautiful vintage fabric with embossed card stock)
  • Make a bigger Butterfly Easel Card (using the largest butterfly on SU's Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die)

Faux Fabric - This Week's Technique at Splitcoast

An Easel Card using the Biggest Butterfly

I was pleased to discover that 4 thicknesses of folded card stock do go through the Big Shot with ease to create a larger Butterfly Easel Card. Tutorial coming soon!

In the meantime, if you haven't already, you can check out my tutorial for the mini one HERE.

Project Recipe:
Stamp Set: Elements of Style, Fresh Cuts
Ink: Basic Black, Bashful Blue
Card Stock: Bashful Blue
Accessories: Antique Brad, White Gel Pen, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Sponge Dauber

Thanks for stopping by,

Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge - Use Purple as the Main Colour

Elements of Style Butterfly

It's been ages since I entered a challenge over at Stampin Sisters in Christ. When I saw the latest challenge at SSC to use PURPLE as the main colour (based on the verse from Mark 15:17 - Jesus was given a purple robe to wear at the time of his crucifixion), I just had to take one of these little guys out for a 'photo shoot'.

You see, I've had a production line of these little butterflies on the end of our kitchen bench for a few weeks now as I've been making them for swaps for the National SU Convention in Melbourne. Much to my family's relief, they're nearly all finished!

Butterflies also symbolise new life!!

If you'd like to make one of these little butterfly easel cards, you can find a tutorial HERE.

Hope you're having a lovely Saturday. I'm about to venture out and enjoy the sunshine!

Friday, April 15, 2011

JAI 64 - Chocolate Wrapper Colour Combo

If you love chocolate you're bound to be inspired by this week's challenge at Just Add Ink.

We have a colour challenge for you ... but with a twist because you get to choose the combo.

The challenge is to
make a paper craft project inspired by your favourite chocolate bar wrapper.

I used a Peppermint AERO Bar wrapper for inspiration to make my chocolate holder and went with the colour combo of
Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, Real Red and Whisper White.

I used the new Eat Chocolate stamp set (Autumn-Winter Mini) and the 'bubble' stamp from Circle Circus.

The sentiments read -

  • eat chocolate
  • do laundry
  • clean kitchen
At least you'll get one thing done today.
2. All you need in life is a friend who has chocolate. ... I'm that Friend
3. So much chocolate. So little time.

The scallop envelope has been widened to make a deeper pocket to hold the chocolate bar (an idea picked up from Tracey Old's latest Big Shot Brilliance Project).

The front sentiment reads -
I would give up chocolate, but I'm no quitter.

Click HERE if you want to read some RULES ABOUT CHOCOLATE.

I used the Scallop Square Die for the 'chocolate', cut it in half, ran it through the Big Shot using a CB embossing folder and then added score lines to make it look like a block of choccie.

For those that like the details, here's the Project Recipe:
Stamp Sets: Eat Chocolate, Circle Circus
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Wild Wasabi
Markers: Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip, Real Red
Accessories: Subtles Pattern Stack DSP (Wild Wasabi), Scallop Square Die, Early Espresso Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Slot Punch (NLA), Scallop Envelope Die, Subtles Buttons, Dimensionals, Chocolate Chip Corduroy Brad (gift), 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Spiral Punch, Sticky Strip
Non-SU: PT Red Vintage Button, CB Bubbles Embossing Folder


This chocolate holder was inspired by the following project I made last year using the Morning Cup Stamp Set and some tea bags (I'm yet to make one for my favourite coffee bags).

The measurements for the chocolate holder have been altered slightly to suit this particular project -
The Chocolate Chip Cardstock measures 7 1/2" x 8" and is scored along the 8" side at 3 1/2" and 4 1/2".
The DSP (x3) measures 7 1/4" x 3 1/4".

You can view the Morning Cup post HERE.

I originally followed a fantastic tutorial that I found at Pink Buckaroo Designs (Erica Cerwin).

Ok, if you're still with me, I have a confession to make. Cadbury Chocolate is actually my all time favourite and the beautiful state of Tassie has it's own Cadbury's Chocolate Factory which I have toured a couple of times in the past and my mum toured the one in NZ when we were there 6 years ago. Sadly they don't conduct tours any more but the shop is still open to the public. It's making me drool just thinking about it.

I went with the AERO bar wrapper because I loved the colour combo and my dad used to bring them home for special treats when we were little, so it became a toss up between Sentimental VS Favourite.

When I originally posted this idea in our JAI Forum, I remember Jodene making a comment along the lines of ... "You want us to choose our favourite? That's like asking us to say which one of our kids is the favourite".

So ... with Easter around the corner, we hope you have heaps of fun with this challenge. Hop on over to Just Add Ink to view the other DT 'yumminess' and to link up your creation.

Happy Crafting!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Butterfly Easel Card


This card uses SU's Blushing Bride card stock and ink, the Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die and Antique Brads. The sentiment is from the stamp set, Butterfly Prints and I have used the textured impressions embossing folder, Finial Press in this example.

If you wish to see my tutorial, it is only available as a pdf file, with the purchase of the Larger Butterfly Easel Card Tutorial.

Unfortunately, a few websites have copied my entire tutorial and published it without my consent, including all the photos and instructions.  It's just as well I add a watermark to everything.  So, after two years of sharing the love,  I feel I need to remove the instructions from this post to avoid any further plagiarism.

Thanks for your understanding.


Disclaimer: My tutorial does not replicate the one that I wrote for UStamp with Dawn and Friends.
PS: Inspired? Please link back here to acknowledge the source of your inspiration.

PPS:  It's always lovely to get comments like these over at Splitcoaststampers -
Congratulations! In the General Stamping Talk forum, you're in the FAVORITES for the week ending April 10, 2011. See post #71.
Congratulations! In the General Stamping Talk forum, you're in the FAVORITES: The Best of 2011. See post #177.

Wow!  Thanks, ladies.  It is such an honour.

jac-inks Papercraft Challenge #5 - In Colours

Blushing Bride Butterfly

My favourite Stampin' Up! In Color is Blushing Bride. It's a beautiful shade of pink.

I made this little Butterfly Easel Card to fit in with the challenge over at jac-inks Papercraft which was to make a project using the SU In Colors.

Project Recipe:
Stamp Set: Butterfly Prints
Card Stock and Ink: Blushing Bride
Accessories: Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Finial Press Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Antique Brad, Sponge Dauber

PS: A tutorial for this cute little easel card can be found HERE.

Have a lovely weekend,

Just Add some Inspiration - JAI 63

Hi there! At Just Add Ink we have an interesting Inspiration Photo for this week's challenge.

I made a very bright 'Button Butterfly' and used an eclectic mix of colours ... but when you feast your eyes on the picture that Delys found for inspiration, you'll begin to understand why I chose this very 'out there' combination.

Bright Button Butterfly

Are you ready for this? ...

The Inspiration Photo

I made a collage of buttons using the brand new Sweet Buttons Embosslits (Autumn-Winter Mini 2011) and then cut out a butterfly from the Big Shot.

Well ... I personally can't wait to see what wild and adventurous projects stem from this challenge. It should make for an interesting week.

Project Recipe for Bright Button Butterfly:
Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card Stock: Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi (textured), Basic Black, Tempting Torquoise, Real Red
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Real Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Square Fire Rhinestone Brad, White Gel Pen, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Sweet Buttons Embosslits, Dimensionals

Happy Crafting,

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