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Wednesday 16 December 2020

Find Joy in the Ordinary

 Some of the things that gives us the greatest joy are simple, uncomplicated and for me- vintage.

Creating a beautiful scrapbook page starts with an idea, which is what Stick it Down does in their monthly card, single page and double page sketch challenges. It ends when you look at the page and feel the same way you did when you took the photo's. 

December 2020 Single Page Sketch

My take

Paper Line: Paper Phenomenon Holiday Joy Designer Kit; Bo-Bunny Vintage Double Dot Dark Demin
Other items: Tim Holtz trinkets, Stars, Twine and word chips; Sewing with machine; Die-namics Stitched Circle Dies; Distressing tool, Ground Expresso Distress Ink

Can't wait to see your take <3

Wednesday 9 December 2020

Christmas Card Re-Cap 2020

Creating Christmas cards is a favourite time for me. I usually start in October and end in November with the mail out being the first week of December. This year was no exception and I was able to create just little over 100 cards using the following designs. Products listed above each set of cards ~ Enjoy and be inspired!



Paper: Kraft smooth card stock;  A Very Merry Christmas- Carta Bella paper line, Echo Park- A perfect Winter

Ink: Gathered Twigs Distress ink


Stamps: MFT- Christmas Background

Distress Ink: Stormy Sky & Chipped Sapphire;  Pumice Stone & Iced Spruce; Bundled Sage &           Antique Linen; Black Soot & Festive Berry; Speckled Egg & Vintage Photo

Paper: Specialty Stamping Paper; Silver Mate Paper

Dies: Gina K Stitched Rectangle; Bigz stacked Snowflakes

Stamps and Dies Combo: Holiday Joy; Retro Christmas

Other: Crinkle Ribbon


Inks: Aged Mahogany; Barn Door; Embossing

Dies: Tim Holtz Snowflake

Stencil: Echo Park Warm & Cozy; Carta Bella A Very Merry Christmas

Other: Mica Flakes Time Holtz; Sewing machine; White embossing powder


Inks: Distress Oxide Wild Honey, Bundled Sage, Broken China, Shaded Lilac; Versafine Clair- Twilight

Paper: BoBunny Double Dot- Dark Demin

Stamps & Dies: Say it with Stamps- Joy & Peace

Stencil: Stars Shimmer- Merry Box; MFT- Rectangle Extraorindar; Paper Rose- Fragments

Stamps: Letter to Santa; Tim Holtz Grunge Flakes

Other: Vicki Boutin Gold Glaze'; Minc Machine; Turquoise Sea Fancy Folis


Paper: BoBunny Double Dot Berry Vintage; Kraft Card Stock

Stamps: MFT- Handwritten Holidays; Lavinia- Berry Wreath & Stag; Penny Black- Script

Stencil: Lavinia - Berry; 

Inks: Distress Oxides- Speckled Egg; Versafine Clair; Distress- Walnut Stain

Stamps and Dies: Say it with Stamp- Merry Christmas

Other: Corner Punch; Embossing powder; Liquid Pearls- White Opal & Avocado; Jellyroll- Red


Paper: Kaisercraft Paper; Simon Says Silver Glitter

Inks: Distress Oxides- Wilted Violet, Evergreen Bough & Weathered Wood

Other: Embossing Powder- White; Sequins; Flower Centers

Stamps: Simon Says- Snow Flake Builder

Stamps & Dies: Say it with Stamps- Peace & Joy

Dies: Simon Says- Snowflake Mandala


Paper: Gold Snowflake; Vellum

Inks: Distress Oxide- Speckled Egg

Other: Sequins; Liquid Pearls- Pearls; Memory Box- Stars Shimmer; Heidi Swapp- Gold and White Spray; Border Punch- Martha Stewart Scallop; Ribbon

Stamps: Doodle Greetings- Tim Holtz;

Embossing Folder: Tim Holtz- Snowflakes

Dies: Penny Black- Snowflake Stitched Frames

Stencil: Magenta- Christmas Ornaments


Inks: Distress Spun Sugar & Hickory Smoke; Antique Linen & Tumbled Glass; Dried Marigold & Pumice Stone; Wild Honey & Iced Spruce

Pencils: Colouring Pencils

Stencils: Echo Park- Warm & Cozy; Poppy- Bauble

Other: Vicki Boutin- Iridescent paste

Stamps: Tim Holtz- Mini Holiday

Stamps & Dies: Photo Play- Merry & Bright



Alcohol Inks: Slate, Pitch Black, Pebble, Monsoon, Cloudy, Celestial, Smoulder; Versafine Claire- Twilight

Stencil: Memory Box- Stars Shimmer

Other: Vicki Boutin- Gold Glaze;

Stamps: Tim Holtz- Holiday & Tree Line

Die: Simon Says- Holy Stars

Embossing Powder: Wow- Black Glitter

Stamp & Die: Photo Play- Peace & Joy


Inks: Distress Oxides- Bundled Sage, Aged Mahogany & Frayed Burlap

Stamps: Gina K- Wreath Builder Holiday; Lavinia- Winter Berries; MFT- Christmas Background

Stencil: Gina K- Wreath Builder; Lavinia- Laural

Markers: Nuvo Alcohol

Dies: Spellbinder- Pierced Circles 

Other: Liquid Pearls- White Opal


Stamps: Lavinia- Berry Wreath; & Wallace Family; Tim Holtz- Letter to Santa; Mama Elephant- Holiday Messages; MFT- Handwritten Holiday

Ink: Versafine Clair- Morning Mist; Distress- Hickory Smoke & Speckled Egg

Stencils: Terrain Boarders; Lavinia- Berry

Monday 16 November 2020

Stick it Down Post: The Boo Crew!

This month's Sketch:

 My take includes:

Paper lines and embellishments: by Simple Stories- Vintage Halloween; Bo-Bunny Vintage Double Dot; Tim Holtz Metallic Confections

Inks: Tim Holtz Distress- Black Soot

Tools: Sewing machine, Scissors, foam squares,Corner Punches, Star boarder Die

Techniques include: layering, sewing, fussy cutting, using the sketch as the base and then layering on  top of it

Photos: Supplied by a proud Grandma and a great crafty friend. Thanks Hilda!

Please play along and release your creative inhibitions and join in on the fun challenges over at Stick it Down

Monday 19 October 2020

So Sweet

Making cards is something I really like to do when I want to feel accomplished in a short period of time. Batch creating still allows you to make each card unique but allows for more efficiencies in getting multiple cards done at once.

Stamp: Adorable Elephant - My Favorite Things

Paper Line: Oh Happy Day- Carta Bella

Other items: So Sweet Die; Stitched dies (square and arrow); Wink of Stella; Pop foam; Chameleon Color Tone Pencils

Saturday 17 October 2020

Sweet Moments- Mini Album

 Please check out the walk through on my You Tube Channel:

Paper Line Used: Cocoa Vanilla- Day Dreamer

Designers: Frances Long- Your Book of Memories and Paul Ford  with my own twists!

Tim Holtz Bigz Die for tabs: Pediments

Dimensions: 9x9x2.5

Here are the still photos:

My daughter loves photography so I thought it only suiting to add this element. Hand drawn and cut from chipboard and then covered with shaker center. 

Accordion Style mini album

Flip out style mini album with magnetic closure

Waterfall Mini Album

Acetate Angel Pocket with tags/photo frames

Acetate Envelope with Magnetic Closer, Shown front and back however the envelope holds over 12 additional photos/photo frames

5x7 acetate photo frame with insert. Not shown is the back which holds another 5x7 photo

Angled file folder with photo frames and tags

Carousal Photo stand

Open envelope style photo holder with many photo mats/tags

Mini Album with flips, flaps and pockets