Thursday, 15 February 2018

Guest DT for Crafts Dreamy Blog


I've been missing for a few months, I've had my youngest granddaughters birthday in October. 

Christmas and making heaps of cards for the two markets that I do every month, then the day itself there's not been five minutes to spare as we all know!

Not to mention my birthday in January, not a year older just a year more beautiful *

This year started with me being asked by Zowie owner of Crafts Dreamy blog if I would like to be a Guest DT on her brand New blog!

I said it would be lovely to do a guest spot for February so here is my card which is a fold up box card and as February is linked to Valentines Day it was fitting to make it with a Paris, Love theme!

I've used Kaisercraft papers, 
Bicycle, Fan and Ivy dies,
Magnolia Cat die,
Cottage Cutz Eiffel Tower & Poodle die

I cut a tag shape to put at the back of the box too, the little hearts are secured onto acetate to make them look like they are floating above the bicycle. 
I find this shape of card is really stunning and folds flat for posting too.

Thanks for popping by, 
happy crafting,
stay safe.. until next time.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Book Page cards

I recently watched a youtube video using old book pages!

I've torn pages out of a book I'd read but didn't like, so I wasn't feeling too bad about tearing it up to make a card lol!

I gessoed the pages, stuck them to a card front, once dry put some distressed inks here and there on it 

dried it off with my heat tool and decorated it with bits and bobs.

this one has one of my Foamiran flowers on it 

this blue one I used Kaisercraft mists to colour the flowers.

Until next time, happy crafting, stay safe..

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

80th Birthday Card


This is a card I made the afternoon before one of the markets I attend, 
I thought it was quite pretty and was pleased with it.

I had a lady pick it up to buy, she said it was for an 80th birthday!

I suggested I could put the number 80 on it for her in silver, she thought that was a lovely idea!

I love attending the markets and pleasing people with the cards that I make!

I have to smile now, as it was very nerve racking the first couple of times I did it, but once you relax and go with it, it is very satisfying! 

until next time, happy crafting, stay safe..

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Baby Boy Card


At Sandringham market I was asked to make a baby boy card to go to the Netherlands.

The lady wanted Australian animals on it 

I managed to find some animals, hand painted the backgrounds of the card with Distress Inks,

made branches, leaves. painted a pond for the platypus, even a small Sydney harbour,

the back I thought should look more like a baby card.

Once again another satisfied customer *

until next time, happy crafting, stay safe..

Sunday, 17 September 2017

8th Birthday card


This was a quick card for the young girl who lives next door to me, silly me I forgot it on the day!

I had some Cecily Mary Barker toppers so picked a lovely lemon fairy, I was quite pleased with how it turned it 

and Madison was really pleased with it.
Her family left for a lovely holiday to Europe the following weekend, what a wonderful birthday present!

Until next time, stay safe, happy crafting..

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Birthday 70th Exploding Box card


Here is an exploding box card I made, it was a request from one of the markets where I have a stall once a month.

the instructions for this were Lady, 70th birthday and Pink!

So here is my take on those words, again the card was well received.

until next time, happy crafting stay safe..

Friday, 15 September 2017

70th Wedding Anniversary Card


I was commissioned recently to make a very Special card for a 70th Wedding Anniversary in September!

I was given photos of the couple on their wedding day on the 13th September 1947 - how amazing is that..

I made a Z fold card with Foamiran flowers symbolising white Gardenia's & a Pink Orchid which was given to the bride by a close neighbour for her bouquet on the day!

a close up of the flowers on the front of the card,

inside with a lovely photo of the couple Joyce & Alex with the announcement from the newspaper of the day, behind this is a tag with a small photo of the couple,

inside the back folds I've put a photo of the couple on honeymoon with a tag for their daughter to write a poem,

I made a box for the card to be stored in with red flowers the bridesmaids hand in their bouquets (which turned out to be red Camellia's) on the lid, the bridesmaids wore green dresses in a similar colour to the ribbons on the box,

this photo show's a clear box I made to display the card!

I have to say this card was a labour of love for me, I was so pleased with how it turned out.

The lady who commissioned me to make it was so thrilled she had tears, I have to admit I did too!

so until next time, happy crafting, stay safe..

Monday, 7 August 2017

Pretty Birthday Cards

Here I have some of the very pretty female birthday cards I've made recently, I can't help myself with misting watercolour paper!

I have fallen in love with misting & using modelling paste on my cards with stencils 

Here I have made some Foamiran flowers, this is another passion for me, I love how the flowers just seem to make themselves, I have a tutorial on my blog if anyone is keen to learn how to make them!

I love tearing the watercolour card once I have misted it, I just love it..

Until next time, happy crafting and stay safe..

Fathers Day Card

Here are some of the Fathers Day cards I've made, we celebrate it on the 3rd September here in Australia,

Up up and away for this one,

I misted some watercolour card and tore it to use as the background for this card, the train is a Stampin up stamp

and here we have a rather large pocket watch and cogs, I love having fun misting w/colour card stock.

Until next time, happy crafting, take care

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Foamiran Flowers - my first Tutorial

Hi there,
I would like to present my first ever tutorial, showing how I make 
Foamiran flowers.

to die cut the petals, firstly I fold the foamiran in three or four depending on the size of the die, although with the long die I used one strip of foamiran to cut them out,
I used two colours of oil pastel to put on the petals with a piece of sponge, 
I like to only colour 3 petals of each flower, turn them over and do the same on the other side, this gives a graduation of the colours on the petals I think,


next, with a stick I held each petal to my craft iron for 4 or 5 seconds until it started to curl,


place the warm petal onto a sponge (a cleaning sponge with a dry baby wipe for a cover) press with either the stick or an embossing tool, (thank you for the tip Bev Rochester)


after pressing the petal into the sponge twist each of the petals together between thumb & forefinger while still slightly warm, this gives the petals some shape, 
after they are all twisted, uncurl each one and slightly press out each petal between thumb & forefinger or you can use the end of the embossing tool to do this, to give more shape to the lower part of the petal,
using a hot glue gun put a touch of glue into the centre of the petal and then place another one on top of this offsetting the petals to make a flower,


after folding 3 or 4 stamens in half, take a piece of wire, I use a cut off flower stem to do this,
put a little touch of hot glue onto the middle of the flower and pull the stamens through, once happy with how they look, dab a little hot glue onto the back of the flower to  secure the stamens in place.

finished flowers.

Thank you for spending time to read my long tutorial, I hope it was helpful for you!

I have to say there are many lovely YouTube videos out there to watch on how to make 
Foamiran flowers, I hope my photos give you a slightly better idea seeing the steps I use!

until next time stay safe & happy crafting..

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Noordesign UK - DT Call + Foamiran Flowers DT

Sorry I've been MIA for a while, lots of things happening mostly unwell grandchildren, 
hospitals & family, such is life!

Anyway, now I'm back full of excitement as Tracy Payne has a fantastic opportunity
over on her blog 

or check out her shop on 

I would so love to try out for the Foamiran Design Team!

I actually got my Foamiran sheets from Tracy using a noordesign uk gift voucher (thanks Davinia Wood)I have to say that I just adore making flowers with foamiran, its lovely to see how from sheets of foam that you can make something gorgeous like this card!!!

from this - to this - 

or these - 

these were my first attempt at Foamiran flowers, I was soooo pleased with them!

 this is the latest card..

I only have basic tools, 2 stylus, a foam pad and watercolour crayons or oil pastels, hot glue gun, stamens, to make the flowers so I am pretty pleased with how my flowers turned out.


As with anything new there are lots of videos on youtube to watch to give you an idea of how to make these gorgeous flowers - 

I just love them and hope you will try them its so addictive.

I am entering this post for Foamiran Design Team

until next time.. 
happy crafting, take care..

Guest DT for Crafts Dreamy Blog

Hi, I've been missing for a few months, I've had my youngest granddaughters birthday in October.  Christmas and making heap...