Monday, April 15, 2019

Mail it Monday

As well as completing unfinished papercraft projects, I am also committing to give and post cards regularly. This is my pile for today's post: all handmade cards. Some birthday, some thank you and some thinking of you type cards. Getting them in the post today is inspired by Kimberley Crawford's #MailitMonday.

Some cards have just been made, some have been languishing unloved in a box for several years. Some are from past classes and events I have attended or taught.

Some are very simple, but I am sure they will still give pleasure.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Some days you just have to case!

Today I needed to make a wedding card and was completely out of inspiration. So I found a pretty card on pinterest by Tobe Buffenbarger and cased it almost exactly.

Then I could change the colorway, inspired by the delicious specialty DSP, Floral Romance (Fresh Fig, Mossy Meadow, Pear Pizzazz, Petal Pink and Whisper White), which I covet, but don't own.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019


I am currently and for the foreseeable future back in New Zealand. Not currently in significant paid employment, but hesitating to call myself retired.

Retired is one of those funny words that we use all the time without thinking about its meaning or source. Of course, like so many good things, its from the French. 

Retire: Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘withdraw to a place of safety or seclusion’): from French retirer, from re-‘back’ + tirer ‘draw’.

One of my big tasks is to rationalise my papercraft supplies. Many of my Stampin' Up! products are retired: in this case, retired has the meaning of no longer available to purchase! Surely I am not alone in having lots of inks, cardstock and designer papers in beautiful but no longer supported colours? For the sake of sanity in my craft room (and perhaps with echoes of Swedish Death Cleaning) I am planning to craft, focusing on using retired products and completing projects. And I am going to blog about it: there will undoubtably be some giveaways along the way.

This will be a bit of a trip down memory lane, please come along for the ride. I'd love to see what you are creating with your "old" supplies.

The card today uses The Designer Paper Stack Fresh Prints from 2014. The colours (Real Red, Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake and Whisper White) are all current, now that Coastal Cabana has returned to the fold in the Colour Refresh 2018. I have been experimenting with Fancy Fold cards as they are a great way to use patterned paper (I have such a lot of patterned paper!) I used the tutorial from the inspiring Amanda Bates for this: its a Double Z Joy Fold Card. The stamp set is also retired: Balloon Adventures from 2017. I fussy-cut the balloons as I never bought the punch.

Oh, and to declutter and give joy to others, part of this campaign is to actually post or deliver the cards I make. This card was hand-delivered to a special friend whose birthday it is today!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Blooms and Bliss with accents of Copper

At Team training with the Creative Inkers recently, we made this very pretty card featuring the Blooms and Bliss Designer series paper and the Blooms and Wishes stamp set that is part of the same suite.
The colours are delightful together: Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry and the new In-Colour Sweet Sugar Plum. The accents are copper: a little embossing on the edge of the 'to you' label, and some copper thread behind it.
Other sheets of the DSP include Island Indigo and Mint Macaron which work well together and with the other shades. I am so drawn to the look of this suite, I am tempted to get the co-ordinating ribbons: they really enhance this feminine look. Anyone interested in a ribbon share?

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Flamingo Thanks

Today I sat down to make a quick thank you card for customers who order in June. This bright card came together quickly using the new Pop of Paradise stamp set, and gives a welcome injection of the tropics now that winter is definitely here in Cambridge, New Zealand.
I used the new In colours Flirty Flamingo and Emerald Envy, along with Smoky Slate details for the beak and legs, Cucumber Crush leaves and Tempting Turquoise for the banner.
The new Catalogue is live from tomorrow! I will place a link to the online catalogue tomorrow. If you live in New Zealand and would like to get your hands on a hard copy, just email me.