30 December 2011

Under The Sea

We're just two days out from 2012 and I'm behind on blogging my 2011 creations. Oopsie! This is one of the (many) tags I still have to share from the collection I made my friend Amy for Christmas. It's one of a handful of boy-friendly designs I came up with. Meanwhile, you may have noticed I've updated my blog with new wallpaper and graphics. I've also been replacing some of the older photographs on the site with new (better) versions. This won't be possible for every card (I've given a lot away!) but I hope to re-photograph at least 2/3 of my collection. Oh, and my New Year's resolution is to blog more often - I have so much to share! See you in 2012!


Paper - Graphic 45
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Kaisercraft rhinestones, ribbon
Other - hole punch

23 December 2011

25 December

My last post before Christmas! The hours are flying by and computer time is *very* limited at the moment. Thank you to everyone who has visited my blog this year and left a comment. Hope Santa brings you all something inky for Christmas.


Paper - Imaginisce
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Imaginisce die-cut numbers, Kaisercraft rhinestones, red velvet ribbon, found clip art
Other - gold glitter glue

17 December 2011

A Joyous Christmas

Here's another tag from my Christmas efforts this year! As you can see I've used several pieces of clip art - the wreath came from a store-bought card (it pays to check before recycling them!), the Christmas label is from an issue of Somerset Studio, and the photograph of the little girl is by Collections. Meanwhile, I've just realised I'm short a couple of cards so it's back to the studio for me. Have a lovely weekend!

Paper - Basic Grey
Embellishments - Collections antique photograph, Stampington & Comapny clip art, found clip art, ribbon
Other - gold litter glue, circle punch, hole punch, sandpaper

15 December 2011

Santa Baby

It's the week before Christmas and I've finally finished my cards. I've even had time to whip up a handful of small tags for the home-baked goodies we (my mother and I) plan to make next week - ginger snaps, chocolate brownies, white Christmas, fruitcake, etc. I'll try to remember to photograph them before they're distributed :-) Meanwhile, here's a tag I made for my cousin Angus's present. I'm thrilled with the red velvet ribbon. It was a bit of a nightmare to tie (it has a plasticised back which tears if you pull it too tightly) but it was one of my star finds at the Christmas sales last year. Love it!

Stamp - Amazing Creations (baubles), Imaginisce (Santa gnome)
Ink - Brilliance platinum planet, StazOn jet black
Paper - Basic Grey
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - red velvet ribbon, satin ribbon
Other - gold glitter glue, watercolour pencils, hole punch

11 December 2011

Merry and Bright

I've just realised I'm running out of time to share my Christmas creations. Where has December gone? Yikes! I made this card for my friend Donna in the States. I thought the pastel colours were perfect for a Minnesota Christmas (which I believe is frigid!). The clip art is something I've been holding onto for a while and this was the perfect card to make use of it. I'm almost finished with year's Christmas cards - just a tag or two to go. I was lucky to have a couple spare from last year but next year I'll be starting from scratch. A daunting prospect! LOL

Ink - Versa Magic sea breeze
Paper - Imaginisce
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Stampington & Company clip art, Making Memories number stickers, brads, ribbon, timber star
Other - gold glitter glue, sandpaper

08 December 2011


Another boys tag, this one for the young at heart. I was inspired by Andy Warhol's famous pop art prints of celebrities like Marilyn Monroe. I would have liked to have had a third shade of blue ink, but, alas, I had to make do with two. I still think it looks fun though! Just imagine what you could do with a different stamp and colours of ink. I think I'll be playing with this idea more in the New Year :-)

Stamp - Stampington & Comapny
Ink - Versa Magic agean blue and sea breeze
Card - Canson
Embellishments - ribbon
Other - hole punch

05 December 2011

Little Fish

In the process of making my 51 tags I found I had an over-abundance of pink, girly designs. Cue panic! I raided my stamp collection and resurrected a few old stamps I haven't used for years. This Stampendous fish is one of my poor, neglected wood block stamps. I simply stamped and watercoloured the image, added a couple of swivels, some fibres (remember the fibre craze?!) and a liberal amount of glitter glue. *Really* happy with this one!

Stamp - Stampendous
Ink - StazOn jet black
Paper - Scrappin' Sports
Embellishments - fishing swivels, assorted fibres
Other - gold glitter glue, watercolour pencils, paintbrush, hole punch

03 December 2011


It's a beautiful day here in Newcastle! I'm just back from Christmas shopping at the Olive Tree Markets - so many inspiring things to look at. And buy :-) Meanwhile, I've finally finished my tag project! I have all 51 packaged in a pretty gift box with a gold gel pen and a big ribbon bow on top. Big sigh of relief. I still have a bunch to share with you, including this fashion inspired design. I promise to post more regularly this week to get through the rest of the tags. I have lots of Christmas stuff to share as well! Busy busy.

Stamp - Stamp-It, Inkadinkado
Ink - StazOn jet black
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - ribbon
Other - watercolour pencils, hole punch, gold glitter glue

26 November 2011

Life is Good

I've spent much of this week making Christmas cards for my family and friends. I have a few still to go but I also managed to make a few more tags for my BFF's Christmas present. I made half-a-dozen of these layered flower tags. How could I not - especially after they were proclaimed her most favourite tags ever! My fate was kind of sealed after that :-) Lucky for me they're fun to make and take no time at all to put together. And there's no need for different sized circle punches; I just draw them free-hand and cut them out with scissors. The wobblier the better!

Stamp - Tim Holtz
Ink - Versa Mark
Paper - assorted
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Pebbles Inc. masking tape stickers, ribbon, punched leaves, button
Other - hole punch, sewing needle, embroidery thread

21 November 2011

Cottage Christmas

I have a quick Christmas project to share - as seen in last month's Cardmaking, Stamping and Papercraft magazine. It's a set of tags I designed around these beautiful Imaginisce die-cuts. I spied them in my LLS and knew I had to have them. I thought they'd suit a shabby chic theme - buttons, lace, rhinestones and inked timber stars. I had some bells and other odds and ends lying around so I used them too :-) Sometimes it's hard to know when to stop LOL.

Ink - Versa Magic sea breeze
Paper - Imaginisce
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Imaginisce die-cut numbers, Kaisercraft rhinestones, ribbon, timber stars, gold bell, buttons, silk holly leaf
Other - sewing needle, embroidery thread, hole punch

11 November 2011


My little sister is a bridesmaid in a wedding tomorrow and she requested a card to give to the bride and groom. She also specified the colour sheme - purple, green and gold - which was a fun challenge. I decided to go for a more modern look and feel with this card. But... I couldn't help making a few concessions to my first love - vintage.

Stamp - Stamp-It
Ink - Brilliance galaxy gold
Paper - GCD Studios, Making Memories, gold shimmer
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Cristina Re pearl brads, Cristina Re white diamond brads, Kaisercraft rhineastones, Collections altered book word, gold satin ribbon, lace

04 November 2011


Once again I have a back log of tags to share. I guess that's to be expected when you make 50+ for a Christmas present! I'm especially happy with this design. I have a bit of a thing for bunting at the moment. Seriously, I find myself sticking triangles to every card I make. That's after I painstakingly draw and cut them out One. At. A.Time. Somebody stop me!

Paper - Kaisercraft, assorted off-cuts
Embellishments - Making Memories alphabet stickers, buttons, ribbon
Other - sewing needle, embroidery thread, hole punch

27 October 2011

14 December

I've been trying to get a move on with my Christmas cards. I have a bunch to make and *really* want to avoid a last-minute rush to get them done. I've set this one aside for my friend Amy, who doesn't read my blog so it's safe to share here :-) The Imaginisce number is my favorite part of the card. The sheet of paper it came from (numbers 1 through 25) was a lucky find at my LSS. I wish I'd bought more LOL

Paper - Basic Grey, Imaginisce, Creative Imaginations
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Kaisercraft rhinestones, Imaginisce die-cut numbers, daisy chain, satin ribbon

16 October 2011


I've written (read: gushed) about my love for Acey Deucy, so of course I couldn't resist making a few tags using one of my all time favourite stamps: Colette. There's so much going on in this small image - phrenology head decorated with flowers and foliage, ink spots, handwriting, postage marks, a tassel and ribbon, and a masque. So much arty goodness! I'm kind of kicking myself for not making extra at the time, to put aside for my own use. Ah well. Another rainy day project :-)

Stamp - Acey Deucy
Ink - StazOn jet black
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Cristina Re pearl brad, small silk flower, assorted fibres,
Other - hole punch, watercolour pencils, gold glitter glue

07 October 2011

Happy Holidays

My first Christmas post of 2011! I made this card for a time management feature in Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft but it didn't make it into the issue (FYI - I got a little carried away with the design and my "simple" version of this card wasn't so simple!) This is the advanced version and I wanted to share it with you for no other reason than I love and adore the candy cane on the front of the card. I'm not ashamed to say they were my star find at Kmart last year :-) LOL

Stamp - Imaginisce
Ink - StazOn jet black, Distress antique linen
Paper - Basic Grey
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Kaisercraft rhinestones, buttons, daisy chain lace, plastic candy cane, assorted ribbon, aida cloth
Other - gold glitter glue

03 October 2011

Fly Me to the Moon

It's absolutely bucketing down here in Newcastle.....which means it's perfect weather for makin' and creatin'. Annnnnnnnd speaking of makin', here's another tag to add to my collection of 50. I didn't have kids in mind when I made this one but I think it would be great for a little boy or girl. The eyes make it :-)

Stamps - Print Blocks (owl), Paper Artsy (text)
Ink - Versa Magic midnight black
Paper - Kaisercraft, white mulberry
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - moon rhinestone, googly eyes, satin ribbon
Other - hole punch, gold glitter glue

30 September 2011


I've been making great progress with my tags; I've even managed a few kids designs! I think this cute robot would be perfect for a little girl's birthday. I especially like the band of sparky pink and red rhinestones. The tape is something I forgot I had but I'm so glad I found it because I love the look of it, and it's a different way of attaching something to a card. Will definitely be on the look-out for more :-)

Paper - Darkroom Door
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Darkroom Door robot montage, Darkroom Door wordstrip, Kaisercraft rhinestones, grosgrain ribbon, green tape
Other - hole punch

22 September 2011


A little while ago I mentioned I was making cards for friends who have babies due this month and next. The cards are similar so I'll only blog one of them. This is Quinn's card. Right now I have a "thing" for banners and I couldn't resist adding one across the top of the card. Also, the little hand-cut triangles are a great way of using up scraps. The baby picture came from a gift bag that I pulled apart and cut up (yay recycling!) and the trims and buttons come from my seemingly unending supply. I'm not sure what baby Quinn will make of it, but I have a feeling his mummy will love it :-)

Stamp - Stampington & Company
Ink - Brilliance graphite black
Paper - KaisercraftGCD Studios, assorted
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Nostalgiques alphabet stickers, green daisy chain, buttons, printed satin ribbon, found baby clip art
Other - sewing needle, yellow embroidery thread

15 September 2011

Dreams Are

Another tag... with stamping! I love this little tag; I think the colours are especially pretty. I'm well on my way to 50 tags - just 10 to go now. I spread them all out on my desk today and found that I have heaps of girly designs but very few that would be suitable for kids. So that's my next task: raiding my supplies and brainstorming a few kids tags :-)

Stamp - Inkadinkado
Ink - StazOn jet black
Paper - Cosmo Cricket
Card - Canson
Embellishments - Kaisercraft rhinestones

11 September 2011

Have Fun

Here's another little tag that I've made for my friend Amy. At last count I'd made 34 tags. I hope to get 50 done by Christmas. As with all the other tags in the collection, it's a simple design which makes for easy (and speedy!) replication. You'll notice this tag has some stamping: most of the tags I've created so far have no stamping whatsoever, so I'm going to make a concerted effort in the future to use more stamps (even if it is a bit messier and involves a little more work :-)

Stamp - PSX
Ink - Versamark
Paper - Graphic 45
Card - Canson
Embellishments - satin ribbon
Other - Dymo label maker, Dymo tape, hole punch