Wednesday, March 31, 2010


This is another stamp from Sugar Nellie which is quite cute.  The background paper is my usual CM with a yellow mat punched out using MS border and corner punches.  Then we have a couple of yellow Nestabilities ovals and in my wisdom I decided to stitch the back oval.  It was a bit of a mission but did finish it off.

The stamped image was coloured in using SU markers.  The sentiment is a SU one and the flower & button are from my stash.

Monday, March 29, 2010


For this card I stamped the butterfly twice, cut out the second butterfly and glued just the body on top of the main stamp. I then used a rain dot on the head and Stickles on the body and tips of the wings for a bit of glitz and texture. The yellow mat is punched out using my favourite border punch of the moment - Scallop Trim from SU (and it was free) together with the corner punch.

The background paper is CM and the sentiment is SU Whimsical words punched out using SU Designer Label punch on a Nestabilities label background.

Thursday, March 25, 2010


Another of Gina K Designs new stamp set Lovely Labels.  Again, all I did was to add a sentiment, cut it out using the relevant Nesties label die, cut out a bigger one in a colour to match the ink and pop it onto a card with a CB border folder.

In case you are wondering about the bow - yes, I did tie it using my Bow Easy otherwise it would have looked like a dog's breakfast !

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


When this stamp arrived I was a bit disappointed as it was not mounted and was a lot larger than I had anticipated.  Anyway, I gave it a bash and think it turned out rather cute.

The brown and blue top is paper pieced with the rest of the image being coloured in using copics for the skin and normal markers for the rest.  The blue backing is CM cut out using deckle edge Nestabilities rectangles, the cream paper is an offcut from The Deckle Edge and I used a SU border punch for the edges.  The blue scrolls are a SU Sizzlit die - Swirls Scribbles and the striped background paper is from a huge pad I recently bought (like I don't have enough paper already !!).

Monday, March 22, 2010


When the new Gina K Design Lovely Labels stamp set arrived I just had to try them out.  The idea is that the stamps match some of the Nestabilities labels.  All I had to add was the sentiment and a few bits and bobs and the card was done.

Friday, March 19, 2010


Every now and again I feel the need to go back to basics and do a KIPS (keep it plain & simple) card.  You can use any border punch, the one used here is SU.  Then comes my favourite embossing folder - Swiss Dots and I layered a SU scalloped circle with different sizes of circles.  The sentiment is also SU.

The card is a SU colour which I had laying around from an eBay purchase and the brown and cream are from a selection of off-cut papers bought for next to nothing from the Deckle Edge in Cape Town. 

Friday, March 12, 2010


This idea was from a challenge I saw recently using a tutorial from Spiltcoaststampers   click here for tutorial.  The box is quite thin but holds 4 cards comfortably.  What is ideal is the cards are quick and easy to make as they are all the same design - just the sentiment changes.

I used craft coloured cards, a cream backing and then the patterned paper with a brad in each corner.  I had some cream card with holes in which seemed to go quite nicely and then added the SU 2 step bird punch.

The patterned paper was a 12 x 12 piece and was adequate for the whole project including the rear of the box.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


As can be seen, I am a very plain and simple scrapper.  I like clean lines and not a lot of fuss.  As the eldest in our family I have the job (not quite sure how I got conned into it) of scrapping the family history.  It is not easy to start scrapbooking with black and white photo's as I did, you soon discover what works and what doesn't.  For instance bright background colours do not work well. 

Yes, the little girl on her first day of school is me.  I am 5 years old and wearing a bright green (home made) school dress - thank goodness colour photo's were not around !  The dress was made too big and with a large hem so I could grow into it !

Monday, March 8, 2010


When I saw this dog on the Addicted to Stamping blog I knew I had to copy him.  Just love the attitude.

As luck would have it I had all the relevant punches, ovals for the ears and body, circle face, eyes and feet, hearts for the muzzle, nose and arms, SU Word Window for the neck and the new SU two step bird punch (branch) for the tail.  The grass is MS Icicles border punch and the background paper came free with a magazine ages ago.  The lettering is a CB alphabet die set.

This card is for a friend and will read inside "another Birthday !!!"

Thursday, March 4, 2010


This image by Gina K Designs is so cute.  I used a combination of markers and Smooches for the stamp which was cut out and placed onto CM background papers.  The side panel is a CB embossing folder and the flowers are from my stash.

Not quite sure if you can see what I did on the scallop border punch - I punched 2 rows out and layered them one on top of the other.  Isn't it is amazing how ideas come to you when you look at your craft table and a couple of pieces of paper laying at different angles give you a 'light bulb moment'.  This happens so often with me and is how I came to layer the scallops.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


I was commissioned by DH to make a card for a friend going into hospital this week.  A punch art nurse I had seen on the Blinkin', Thinkin' & Inkin' blog got the creative juices flowing and I went from there.

My nurse is a little chubbier and I used my Slice for the cap, dress, shoes and clipboard.  The rest of the parts are from various punches.  The legs and arms are made using an oval punch - so simple. The background papers are from a local scrapbook shop and the continous edge punch is SU.

It passed the DH quality test, so it means I must have done something right !

Monday, March 1, 2010


This card I cased from another blog.  I thought it was so simple, yet effective.  I used a CB embossing border folder down the left hand side (you can also switch the design around), took some CM paper, cut the elongated triangle and circle.  I found some ink which matched the paper and used it on the white circle then I stamped the SU sentiment.  Believe it or not, I could not find any flower in my stash to match so I had to use a couple of flower punches.

The card must have taken me under half an hour to make (including choosing the paper - always a bit of a challenge) and I was pleased with the result.  I do find sympathy cards difficult to make but this card, to me, is just right.