Swag of Birthday Cards

I find myself in need of a number of birthday cards this weekend.

First up is for my friend’s hubby’s 50th (which is tonight). I made a z-fold style card, which I think fits the challenges at The Male Room #91 and Little Red Wagon – Get (Inter) Active. #458.

I used the Stampin Up set ‘Bubble Over’ and ‘Freestyle Stripes’ by The Ton. I matched the inks to the card stock in Stampin Up Gray Granite, Blueberry Bushel and Lemon Lime Twist.


Second is a card for my mum, I got a bit snarky and want her to know that despite her cancer diagnosis with her attitude she’ll live to be an old woman! I was inspired by the current challenge over at Shopping Our Stash #366 , which was to use a silhouette on a card.SOS_logo

I used a stamp set from Unity Stamps called ‘No Regrets’ which I stamped in basic black on some white card stock, mounted on a couple of pieces of misc. DSP added the sentiment and the card was done. This lady is just as sassy as my mum.


Thirdly is a card for my longest known friend; we meet in kindergarten and are still friends some 48 years later! (does that give our age away?) I thought the challenge at AAA Cards #121 – Friendship was a pretty good one to inspire my card theme and the Global Design Project #150 sketch inspired my layout.

I used a stamp set I got with a crafting magazine by Debbi Moore Designs called ‘Hello Gorgeous’. I stamped and coloured the perfume bottles with my Stampin Blends in Mint Macaron, Poppy Parade and Smoky Slate.  I added a bit of misc. DSP for some background effect and the card was done.


Well, that’s it for today; thanks for looking and have a great day.



WWC182 – Tristan’s “All About Occassions” Challenge

Hello there, it’s time for another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge. This week I’m the host and my challenge is All About Occasions.  I chose Father’s Day for my occasion, as in the blink of an eye it will be September and Father’s Day here in Australia.


I decided to go with a One Layer Card and did a bit of masking with my main image. I used a stamp set from Clear Impressions called ‘For the Boys’ which has some great images for creating masculine cards and it made this card a breeze to make.

I stamped the tool box in Momento Black ink and coloured it with my Stampin Blends. I then masked the image off and stamped a variety of the sentiments from the same set in SU Blueberry Bushel ink; removed the mask and the card was done!


I think my hubby will appreciate this card when he receives it.

Come join in the fun and make an occasion card of your choice. Check out the projects that the artists at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges have created then take the challenge and link your creation to the challenge post. We’d love to have you join us.  You have until Tuesday, August 14th at 10:00  Melbourne Time to link up your project.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Birthday crafting

Yep, I’m another year older today! So what’s a gal to do on her birthday? Craft of course!

My first card today is for the Less is More challenge to use pets on a card.


My card emulates the look on my cat Oscar’s face this morning, where he was like ‘what? it’s not all about me today?’ He’s a funny ginger boy who thinks the household revolves around him – but not today buddy boy!

I stamped an image from Katzelkraft and water coloured him in to look like Oscar, I then created my sentiments on my PC and used speech bubble dies to highlight them. I kept it very CAS on a black card base and the card was done.


Next up is a card for the CAS Christmas challenge. I love challenges that inspire me to add to my Christmas card stash – I think I now have about 20 cards towards my 100 requirement.


I used a stamp set from Altenew called ‘Sketched evergreen” which I stamped in Catherine Pooler inks in Melon Ice, Garden Party and Lime Rickey. I cut a thinner panel with the tree on it, slightly shaping my panel around the tree edge and mounted it on a bit of gold cardstock.


I love this stamp set and will be making more cards for my stash with it.

Well that’s it for today, I’m now off to watch the Melbourne Vixens netball team with Miss K.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

WWC181 Kath’s Feminine “Anything Goes” Challenge

Guess what? I’ve been asked to join the Design Team over at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – amazing right. I was so excited to get Heidi’s email. I love their challenges and have probably played along with more than 20 of them so to be a DT member and inspire others to get creative based on my cards is such an honour.

The challenge today is one from Kath and it’s a feminine anything goes challenge.


I must admit I find it much easier to make cards for females than I do males, I’m wondering if others feel the same way?

For my card I created a spotlight feature using a stamp set from Simon Says Stamp called ‘Beautiful Flowers’. I cut 2 panels, 1  smaller than the other, laid them on top of each other and stamped the floral image. I then coloured the smaller panel with my Stampin Blends in Old Olive and Calypso Coral and mounted it on dimensionals lining up the 2 images to form the complete flower. I die cut the happy sentiment using an MFT die and handwrote the birthday sentiment; added a few sequins and then mounted it all on a white card base.


I love the effect this technique creates and it’s such an easy type of card to make.

Check out the projects that the artists at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges have created then take the challenge and link your creation to the challenge post. We’d love to have you join us.  You have until Tuesday, August 7th at 9:00  Melbourne Time to link up your project.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

MUSE Guest Designer

I feel very blessed to have been chosen as this week’s MUSE guest designer. I’ve played along with MUSE challenges many times and I love being inspired by other fabulous paper crafters, so I hope that you find inspiration from my card.


For my card, I used a Stampin Up set called ‘Painted Harvest’ which I stamped using Catherine Pooler Design inks in Lime Rickey, Grass Skirt, All That Jazz and Fiesta Blue. I cut out the flower and leaves using my new to me Scan’n’Cut (OMGeeee I’ll be using that machine so much more) and mounted them on a square frame and base panel which was embossed using a Stampin Up Sizzex folder. I added some linen thread to fill the space and added a sentiment from Clearly Besotted.


Thanks for playing along with the MUSE Challenge this week and I can’t wait to see your creations.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Flying pigs

The current challenge over at Seize the Birthday inspired me to get a bit cheeky! The toppings challenge is to use stripes on your card and I thought I’d make a card that looked like the lounge room wall that was in my Grandparents house when I was growing up that used to have the china flying ducks on it; but this time I used flying pigs and got a bt snarky with my computer generated sentiment.

For my stripes I used an embossing folder from Stampin Up called ‘Simple stripes’, I watered coloured the flying pigs (misc set I received as a gift from a crafty friend in Adelaide but with no details) and cut them out and popped them up with dimensionals on the striped piece.


What do you think? Would you like this as a birthday card?

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Express yourself

I love making cards for boys as it pushes me out of my comfort zone. I look for inspiration in challenges and found 2 that would help me make this next card:


I used a digital image from Stampin Up called ‘Extreme Surfboard’ that I printed then ink smooshed with SU Pacific Point ink and added some white puffy paint for the crest of the waves. I mounted the card on some SU Tempting Turquoise cardstock and added a bit of grey thread for the bow.


I think I rocked this masculine card.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.