Sneak Peak – April Weekend Workshop

Hi Everyone,

I have been busy finalising the classes for the Weekend Workshop in April at Southern Stationery.  Here is a sneak peak of part of one of the layouts we will be making.  If you want to see more sneak peaks you can check out the Stefs Paper Crafts blog.

I can’t believe it will be April next week!  Time is just flying this year!

Hope you have a good week leading up to Easter.



Adore Tag

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick post today as I need to get ready to go out for a hen’s night.  I grabbed a few moments today to make this tag using some Gold Mister Huey’s mist and Black magic glimmer mist, a cute Wooden Maya Road bird, a leftover die cut of the La La Land Crafts Heart Fence Die, a white Kaisercraft Flower, a gold flower by Prima, a word from the barcode strip of a piece of Pickled Pear paper, and a big paperclip.  Gold is a colour which is a definitely a trend at the moment.  You’ll have to excuse the slightly ordinary pic as I was trying to photograph it outside so you could see the glimmer but it was too windy so I had to hold it!

Hope you have a great weekend 🙂


CASE Study #132 – Heartfelt Wishes Butterfly Card

Hi everyone,

I am playing along with CASE Study again this week and had some fun using up another one of the Distress Paint tag backgrounds that I made.  I took inspiration from the colours Julie Ebersole used on her card and also the butterfly (You can see the current Case Study blog challenge here).  The main technique for the card is basically to use the negative from your die cut.  This is a great way to use your die cuts for a different look and seems to have become a more popular technique with more cards around that feature it.  I created the background behind the white frame by diluting some Sunshine Yellow Dylusions Ink Spray and then painting onto the card base.

Well I am off to keep working on the projects for the upcoming In-Store Weekend Workshop at Southern Stationery.  Over the next couple weeks or so there will be sneak peaks of the projects on the Stefs Paper Crafts blog.

Thanks for stopping by,




Supplies: Distress Paint (See the blog post about the backgrounds here), Tag, Dylusions – Sunshine yellow and London Fog, Hero Arts Stamp & Die Cut – Butterflies #3,Tim Holtz Sizzix – Texture Fades – Riveted Metal, Sizzix – Frame Fancy Square , White card, Archival ink – Jet Black, Hero Arts Clear Set – All Occasion Messages, Ribbon

Create Tag

Hi everyone,

I decided to use one of the tags that I made using distress paints to make today’s project.  I used the tag that I had made with Bundled Sage and Spun Sugar distress paints (you can see the 11 different backgrounds I made at this post).  I stamped the little girl with the flower and the butterfly using black archival ink and then coloured her with distress markers.  I then used the fine tip water brush to blend out the colours a little and also added a bit shading underneath the girl.  I then stamped the definitions stamp by Kaisercraft across the whole tag using black archival ink (but was careful to rub some of the ink off the stamp which gives a more vintage and less overpowering effect).  I then used black soot distress ink around the edges of the tag and added the word create (which was cut from one of the backs of the barcode strip of patterned paper from the Pickled Pear Collection.)  I coloured the crinkle ribbon with Bundled Sage and Spun Sugar distress paints and after it was dry just lightly inked it with Black Soot distress ink.  If you have any questions just leave me a comment and I will be sure to reply.

Thanks for stopping by.



Supplies: Distress Paints – Bundled Sage and Spun Sugar, Distress Ink – Black Soot, Crinkle Ribbon, Archival Ink – Jet Black, Prima Stamp, Kaisercraft Definition Stamp, Distress Markers – Spun Sugar, Aged Mahagony, Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Tea Dye

CASE Study #131

Hi everyone,

I am playing along with CASE Study again this week.  Last week I was lucky enough to have my card chosen as the winning card, which made my day!  The muse for this month is Julie Ebersole and you can see her card and the cards of the CASE study design team at the CASE Study blog here.  Although I used her card as inspiration, my card is not as bright and colourful since I wanted to use some of the flowers and bits that I had leftover from  Finnabair’s class.

I used some White Linen Dylusions Ink Spray with a Prima Stencil to make the background and stamped the Flourishes Sentiment with Snow Hero Arts Chalk ink.  I kept my layout relatively similar to Julie’s card but instead of using white paper to matt the panels I just swiped with edges with Picket Fence Distress Paint. I added a bit of the Picket Fence Distress Paint to the metal and the larger fabric flower.  I coloured a piece of leftover chipboard with gold paint and then put the card together.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a great week.



Materials: Dylusions Ink Spray – White Linen, Hero Arts Chalk Ink -Snow, Distress Paint – Picket Fence, Prima Stencil and Flowers, Metal Flower, Kraft Card, Mounting Foam, Flourishes Stamp Set – Just my type, Epoxy sticker, Adirondack paint dabber – gold.

My Layout from Finnabair’s class

Hi everyone

I mentioned that I had been to a class with Finnabair last week and that I would share the layout I made.  She did say this was ok (for people to share their layouts on their blogs) but obviously it would not be ok for me to share her techniques since they are probably what you would call her creative property.  If you want to know more about her techniques you can check out her blog and I think she mentioned that she may do some online classes in the future so you could keep an eye out for that too.

It was a fun few hours where I got to play with some products and make something that isn’t really ‘my’ style.  However this layout is my work because we followed some general design principles, she showed us the techniques, you could look at her work but it wasn’t the kind of class where you made something exactly the same as the class sample.  I like that though and I still feel I learnt heaps and obviously would not have been able to make the layout without her teaching.  Each person was able to cut their papers according to what would suit their photos and arranged things as they liked.  The layouts that people made were similar in some ways because they shared the core techniques/similar products but were totally unique too.  It was really great to see what other people created.

If you would like to see Finnabair’s work, check out her blog and you can also see it on the Prima blog as she is part of Prima’s Design Team.  Lots of the products used in the layout were from Finnabair’s collection with Prima called Sunrise Sunset and her Vintage Mechanicals embellishments which are due to be released in Australia very very soon.  The neutral backgrounds on the papers are great starting place for people to make their own backgrounds and the flip side of most of the papers has a brighter/more arty background already done for you.

Thanks for stopping by,



CASE Study #130

Hi everyone,

I can’t believe we are in March already! Just in case you have been wondering where I have been – we bought a new (second hand) car last week, my daughter was unwell, we are still re-arranging our house and then my camera cord went AWOL!  However I was able to go to a Finnabair workshop over the weekend and it was great to learn some new things.  I plan to post my layout later in the week (She has said this is ok – her style of  teaching meant that although everyone’s layouts incorporated the same techniques they all ended up different as it wasn’t the kind of class where everyone puts exactly the same papers and embellishments in exactly the same place – I will talk about it more in my next post.)

Today’s card is the one I made to play along with the current CASE Study Challenge.  This week is the last week with Teri Anderson as the muse (you can check out the CASE Study blog here).  When I saw the basic layout of the card I decided I wanted to use one of the tags I made last week using the new distress paints (you can see all the tag backgrounds I made in this post).  I teamed up my tag with some patterned papers and stickers from the SNAP life collection by Simple Stories, We R Memory Keepers Twine, a big paper clip and a couple of washi tapes.  I kept the idea of the pocket which you can see the paper clip is tucked into but didn’t add anything in it.  I really enjoyed making a graphic style card which is something I don’t tend to do but I love when I see other peoples card.

Hope you had a great long weekend (if you are in WA) and thanks for stopping by.


Handmade card using SNAP life Collection