Monday, July 30, 2012

I made the cover!

I made the cover of Australian Simply Cards Issue 46 with a cute card made with a Darkroom Door Buttons background stamp and some wooden spool buttons. It was part of my article about using buttons and current trends.

The postcard used on it is from FabScraps Journal Tags book (that I bought at Photo Continental in Brisbane - ohhh! Photo Continental!!! My favourite all-time crafting shop).

Getting published is cool - but making the cover is extra special. My thanks to Rachel Greig for her kind thoughts about my card and her very generous gift of a free stamp for sharing. I was lucky enough to meet Rachel at the Scrapbooking Expo back in June and I loved talking about her photos that she then turns into her stamps, etc. Such a very talented  and lovely woman.

Speaking of stamps, I'm also going to try out the free stamps with the magazine - they are so cute!

See Ya!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Wonderful Mum

I had to let you see the cute handmade mini doilies my mum made for me. She's been doing some crocheted hand towels (you know the ones with the crocheted tops) and she had lots of leftovers that weren't enough to do much with. She saw a doily that I'd bought from Kaisercraft and decided she'd try some herself. Consequently I now have a collection that I'm just loving to use, because each one comes with love...from my mum.

Mum has had an incredibly horrible year so far and I've had to (wanted to) spend a lot of time helping her out, yet she still is so thoughful that she did this for me - just because she could. That's what I call a wonderful Mum! 

Monday, July 23, 2012

I'm back...!

Phew!!! I'm sorry for taking so long to get back to you. I had a commission for Practical Publishing to do, plus I've been sleeping a lot lately. CFS again.
 Anyway, last year I entered the PPI Card Maker of the Year Competition. I mentioned last entry that I was one of the runner-ups - these are the cards that were my entry.

 This first card was made using my eCraft electronic cutter. Everything (except the big butterfly stamp) was cut or drawn on it. I drew over the filigree lines (on the front) with an embossing pen and then heat set bronze powder, but my Cutie drew the lines in the first place using a true font frame called Calligraphic Frames font (from It was quite a challenge to create a card shape using the frame.

 This second card used the Kaisercraft Bonjour Collection. So sweet! Some weeks later I made up a set of other cards using the same collection and sent them in for consideration. To my astonishment, they were accepted and published early this year.

My third card used aspects of the Hot Off The Press Steampunk collection as well as a stamp from Kaisercraft called Tic Toc, that I heat embossed in copper for my background.

I love Hot Off The Press products and their website ( is wonderful for ideas, especially their webisodes. Check it out if you haven't yet. They have some very inspirational designers.

If you would like more details about what materials I used, etc, drop me a comment and I'll get them to you.

Bye for now,

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Published Again

I picked up a copy of "Cardmaking in Easy Steps - Issue 4" today and was excited to see that I had been published again. Last year I entered the Practical Publishing International Cardmaker of the Year competition, and was lucky enough to be selected as a runner-up. From that I was offered a position on their Design Team, which I naturally accepted. Anyway, I was asked to do a selection of 5 minute cards for this kit, and have been waiting anxiously since to see them in print. Wow! It never gets tiring to see your work recognised. Unfortunately I'll have to wait a while before I can show them to you on this blog.

I got my competition cards back yesterday as they were saved for a display at the Papercraft and Scrapbooking Expo in Brisbane back in June. Later this week (when I get time), I'll photograph them properly and let you see my entry.

That's time!