Miss Match Scrapbook Page – Live Laugh Love

Hey everyone,

I took the opportunity to scrapbook a couple of my favourite pics of 2 of my kids at the beach last year.  Love their cute expressions and their arms around in each other (because it isn’t always like that!) The Miss Match papers toned in with the photos quite well and I used a Kraft Cardstock to be the base of my page, so that the brighter colours could shine.  I finally got to use my Heidi Swapp Colour Magic banners (these are white when you get them and you can mist or put ink or paint over them and there is a pattern that acts as a resist – very fun!) and used my spiced tin paint dabber to colour the flags, rubbing a little of the paint off once I had covered the banner.  I also used the same paint dabber to colour the ribbon to match.  I cut the words – Live Laugh Love out of one of the patterned papers and felt it was a great title for this page.

Hope you had a great weekend of crafting or maybe watching the Olympics!

Thanks for stopping by.



Supplies: Jenni Bowlin Paint Dabber – Spiced Tin, White ribbon, Lace, Muslin, Patterned paper – Kaisercraft Miss Match Collection, Kaisercraft Wooden shape – Seaweed, Prima flowers, Twine,  Heidi Swapp Colour Magic – Banner Delights, White card stock, Kaisercraft Miss Match Collection – Bingo Card, Mister Huey’s mists – Calico Shine, Manilla

A little bird told me

Hey everyone,

Here is another card using the Penny Black Stamp Set – A Little Bird Told Me and also uses some more of the papers from the Kaisercraft Miss Match Collection. The die cuts used are Sizzix Framelits – Fancy Tags and I just used a couple together to make the frame that I then covered with distress stickles and left to dry before assembling the card.  It is quite a clean looking card as there is no inking – which has now become something I do on more cards I make.  The glitter looks very pretty in real life and makes the card more striking without the inking.  I don’t know about you but I tend to  have a very long list of projects I want to make so I am hoping to get time to do some more crafting over the weekend, although my garden is needing a little love right now too as there are a few weeds and few bare patches needing some new plants.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a fabulous weekend.


Supplies:  X-press It Blending card, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Penny Black Stamp Set – A Little Bird Told Me, Kaisercraft Miss Match Collection 6.5″ square paper pad, Sizzix Framelits – Fancy Tags, Pearls, Paper flowers, Distress Stickles – Rock Candy, Copic Markers – E000, E00, E00, BVo2, BV04, BV08,R00, R02, Atyou Spica Pens – Lilac, Brown.

Memory Box Christmas Tree Tag

Hi everyone

I have been playing around with the techniques that I learnt when I went to Technique Overload in Melbourne with Tim Holtz (I said  a while ago I would post some projects 🙂 and so I was making some tags and decided to add this sweet Winterland tree die from Memory Box.  I made the background using 2 of  the new seasonal distress inks (Picked Raspberry and Salty Ocean) and press the ink pad onto the kraft sheet.  I also used Dusty Concord.  I then sprayed with water from my Mister so that the ink ‘beaded’ up and then swiped the tag through the inks.  I covered the tag and then heated it to dry it a bit with the heat gun.  One of the tips that Tim shared about creating backgrounds is that it is about getting layers of colour, so you need to dry it a bit in between.  This helps prevent your background becoming all ‘muddy’ and the colours mixing into one colour.  I then swiped again and dried it again and then just tapped it onto any leftover spots of ink and then dried it again.  I then spritzed my fingers with water and flicked water spots over the background and because the distress ink interacts with water it kind of removes some of the colour/pushes the colour away.  This technique is describes as Spritz and Flick and is a load of fun.  I had a look on Tim’s blog and can’t see a video for it – but it is in his Compendium of Curiosities Vol 2 book.  I knew how to do this technique before I went to the workshop but like I said it is always a fun one but make sure you don’t mind if you get inky fingers ! (by the way the craft scrub from Ranger is excellent for removing ink off fingers and is actually not hard on your hands either).  Jill Foster also often uses this technique and I think she makes beautiful cards.

So once I was happy with the background I did some stamping with the same 2 new distress inks.  I made the pink section of the tag  by using Picked Raspberry distress ink directly to the tag and then laid the Studio Calico Huey’s masks-  chevron mask over the top and misted with water and then dabbed the water off and heated with the heat gun.

I die cut the star and the tree and assembled the tag as shown.

I put some distress stickles on the star and also used my finger to add some to the edges of the tag). Some gems just finished it off.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a try of the Spritz and Flick Distress technique.



Supplies:  Hot off the Press – Christmas Silhouettes and Shadows, Distress inks – Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean,Dusty Concord, Distress Stickles – Starburst, Memory Box Die – Winterland tree, Gems, Lace, Tiny Attacher, Studio Calico Mister Huey’s Mask – Chevron, Sizzix – Primitive stars, Silver paper, White paper, tags.

Memory Box and A little bird . . .

Hi everyone,

Another post from me featuring some more Memory Box dies and the A little bird stamp set by Penny Black.  I really like these images and they are quite different to my other stamp sets.  I have made another card using a different one of these stamps which I will post in a couple of days.  The two die cuts I used for this card are the Vaudeville Frame and the Tender Leaves.  The frame is another example of the intricate nature of some of the dies.  I can see myself using this frame on lots of cards.  Both dies were cut out of white card and then I coloured them with my copic markers.  I made the yellow card by using Wild Honey distress ink and the foam blending tool by first blending and then stamping using the foam to give a bit of a different look.  I also made the blue background paper just by colouring using my B97 marker near the edges of the white card.  If you have any questions just leave me a comment and don’t forget if you like my cards, you can sign up to get my blog posts via email.

Thanks for stopping by,



Supplies: White Card, Bazzill, Penny Black Stamps – A little bird, Gratitude set, Memory Box – Vauderville Frame and Tender Leaves, Copic Markers – YR23, Yr20, E000, E21, E31, E33, E35, B93, B95, B97, N3, W0, W2, Kaisercraft paper flowers, Memento Black ink, X-press It Blending card, Lace, Wild Honey Distress ink

Memory Box and Miss Match

Hi everyone,

I have been super excited to have a play with some new dies from Memory Box.  Stef is now stocking these fabulous dies so gave me some to use.  Today’s card uses a couple of the dies – the Grand Heart and the  La Rue Heart.  The La Rue heart die is a really intricate die which was easy to cut out with patterned paper.  With intricate dies, sometimes it is necessary to ‘shim’ when you run them through the die cutting machine – I use a Big Shot but you don’t have to use a Big shot as there are quite a few different machines to choose from.  I just used a couple of pieces of plain white card and there was no problem.  There is a video on how to make sure you get a good cut here.

There were quite few steps to make this card but I am really happy with the result and I got to use some of my favourite products at the moment.  I had been saving the Heidi Swap Trimmings for the right project and they fitted in with this card perfectly.  The Bingo card was from the Kaisercraft Miss Match Collection, as were the doily, label and patterned papers.  The chipboard heart button is from Dusty Attic and I coloured it black with my black copic marker.  I chose the really thick twine to go along with the other textures in the card.

I die cut the Grand Heart from the patterned paper and the La Rue heart from white card stock.  I sprayed the La Rue heart die cut with Santa Baby Glimmermist and dried it with a heat gun.  I wiped up the leftover mist with the tag, dried that with a heat gun and then embossed with the embossing folder.  The background was spritzed with Mister Huey’s Mist – Manilla over  the Studio Calico Circle Graph mask, which ends up quite subtle as it is mostly covered by the other elements in the card so I don’t think you see it in the photograph that well.  The fabric under the scallops is actually an elastic bandage (bought from a chemist) that I distressed, cut and then inked with Antique Linen Distress ink.

Once all the pieces were made the card came together pretty quickly.  If you have any questions just leave me a comment.

Hope you are having a great week.

Thanks for stopping by,


Supplies: Elastic Bandage, Glimmermist – Santa Baby, Shipping Tag, White cardstock, Kraft Card, Black card, Kaisercraft Miss Match Paper pad 6 1/2 x 6 1/2, Copic Marker – 100, Antique Linen Distress Ink, Studio Calico Mister Huey’s Mist – Manilla, Studio Calico mask, Kaisercraft Pearl brad, Kaisercraft Miss Match Collection – Bingo card, collectables, twine, Heidi Swap Trimmings – Information, foam adhesive, Sizzix embossing folder, Dusty Attic chipboard mini heart buttons, Memory Box Dies – Grand Heart and La Rue Heart

A Boy’s Birthday Card

Hi everyone,

My youngest boy is turning 2 so I have made him a birthday card.  My baby is not really a baby anymore!  It is a pretty simple card made using the Echo Park A Boy’s Life 6×6 paper pad, some sizzix star die cuts, an Amy Tangerine paper flower and the Penny Black stamp bold b’day.  I think I have probably mentioned before that Echo Park tend to make great collections for making cards or scrapbooking for boys or men, so I always keep a look out for them as I have 2 boys now. The blog posts have been a little irregular lately as I have been on holidays but I am planning to settle back into my couple of posts per week soon.

Hope you had a good weekend.

Thanks for stopping by,


Supplies: Echo Park 6×6 paper pad A boy’s Life, Amy Tangerine paper flowers, Sizzix primitive stars, Penny Black Stamps – Bold b’day, Archival Ink – Jet Black, Black Copic Multiliner 0.3, White card stock, Fiskars Postage Edge Punch.

Clean and Simple Butterfly Cards

Hi Everyone,

I had this beautiful SEI piece of paper with these bright butterflies that were perfect for fussy cutting.  I have been wanting to make a set of really clean and simple cards using a white colour scheme, with a pop of colour so these butterflies were exactly the kind of thing I wanted.  You can curl the wings of the butterflies to add dimension to the card.  You could easily change up this card set by using a different bright element, like kites or cupcakes or anything really.  I used a bunch of different embossing folders to give the white card stock some texture and create some visual interest so the cards didn’t look too boring.  I also used the sentiments from the Hero Arts Set – Essential messages as it has  now great messages and the typeset is really simple but striking so tied in with the look I was trying to create.  It is important to stamp before you emboss the card, if you want to get a really crisp image.  I actually created a set of these cards (although I am only showing 2 here) for a class for Stef, which also incorporated embossing the envelopes to match, making a matching tag and tying them together with ribbon so give away as a gift.  A great idea to get a head start on the Christmas gifts.  Let me know if you make any as I would love to see your pics.

Hope you are having a great weekend.


Supplies: White card, Archival Ink – Jet Black, SEI – Field notes butterfly paper 12x 12, Assorted Sizzix embossing folders, foam adhesive.