Becoming a Mum

Hi Everyone,

I created this layout about a year ago and submitted it for publication in the Australian Scrapbooking Memories Magazine and was very excited when they accepted it.  It was published in the May Issue so I have had to wait a few months before I could share it on my blog.

The layout documents some of my thoughts about becoming a mum, including feeling like we had no idea what we were doing.  Over eight years on and every now and again I still have that thought!

Becoming-a-MumI created the background for the layout using the ‘cling wrap’ technique, which involves spraying mist (I used glimmer mist) and then placing glad wrap the paper over the top and leaving it to dry.  You scrunch the glad wrap up first and then when you lay it flat over the paper leaving some of the creases for the glimmer to pool in.  The effect give a shimmery crease textureI had seen a few different youtube videos using this technique so I decided to give it a try.  Some videos showed using shaving cream but I just used the glimmer mist and made sure the card was wet enough.  One of the youtube videos I watched was this one from Erin Bassett.

I made some of the flowers myself and also used some Prima and Dusty Attic flowers that were coloured with mists or left plain.  The patterned paper is from Glitz Design and the Chipboard is Dusty Attic coloured with Brushed Pewter Distress Stain.  The butterfly punch is Martha Stewart and the alphas are Prima.

I’ll be back later in the week with a card to share.  Thanks for stopping by,


Love Bird Tag

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I has been a while since I made a tag and I had a tag that I had swiped through some left over glimmermist before Christmas.  I added some distress stains to my kraft sheet and swiped the tag through the stains to add to the background and give more coverage to the tag.  I experimented a bit with some embossing powder and a stencil but it didn’t quite work out how I hoped !

I had some new Maya Road wooden birds that I have been waiting to use.   I used some Tarnished Brass Distress stain to colour the bird and also stamped a love definition stamp using Sepia Archival Ink onto the bird.  The Tarnished Brass distress stain was used to colour the metal love heart as it was originally silver and I used Vintage Photo distress stain on the Kaisercraft frame.  The crinkle ribbon was also coloured with assorted red distress stains as well as the tarnished brass.

My copic markers were used to colour in a clear jewel pin, both the jewel (R59) to make it red and also the pin section (E33) to change it to a more bronze colour.  I think that pretty much covers the main parts of how I made the tag but if you have any questions, leave me a comment and I will be sure to reply.

Thanks for stopping by.



Supplies: Tag, Tim Holtz Crinkle Ribbon, Distress Stains – Tarnished Brass, Festive Berries, Barn Door, Fired Brick and Vintage photo, Distress Ink – Vintage Photo, Glitz Designs 6×6 paper pad – French Kiss, Copic Markers – E33 and R59, Assorted Lace, Prima Flower – Precious Metals Honey Colour, Papermania Metal brad, Pearl (coloured with E33 marker), Maya Road – Vintage Wood Birds, Kaisercraft Wooden Flourish – Ornate frame, Archival Ink – Sepia, Kaisercraft stamps – Script and Secret Admirer – Definitions

Another Thank You Card

Hi Everyone,

Today’s card is another Thank You card for my daughter’s teacher.  She has two teachers, as does my son so I still have another couple of Thank You cards to show.  This background was also made using glimmer mist, although I can’t remember the colours since I made it awhile ago.  It is actually the same piece of paper as the last card, except that for the other background I changed it by spraying over it with completely different glimmermist colours and then did some stamping and inking.

For this card I stamped around the edges using a clear stamp from the MME The Sweetest Thing stamp set using Dusty Concord Distress Ink.  I also stamped the script background stamp using Versacolour Silver Ink.  I cut the centre piece out of white card and then inked it with Seedless Preserves and Dusty Concord inks and sprayed with pearlised water.  This meant the colours blended really nicely.  Brushed Pewter Distress Stain was applied to the Kaisercraft wooden butterfly and I used some more of the Jillibean Soup Alphabean letter stickers.

Stef has now started a blog and you can see more of my work over on her blog.  Sometimes I will post projects on both blogs but mostly things will be different.

Hope you had a great weekend and thanks for stopping by,



Supplies: Brushed Pewter Distress Stain, Kiasercraft wooden butterfly, Jillbean Soup Alphabeans – Charcoal, White Card, Dusty Concord and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks, Kaisercraft Script Stamp, MME The Sweetest Things Honey Happiness Stamp Set, Pearl Perfect Pearls in Mini Mister.

Butterfly Tag using New Distress Stains

Hi Everyone,

Over the weekend, I was able to get my hands on some of the brand new Distress Stains from Ranger.  The new colours are the same as the old seasonal distress inks (which have been added to the Distress Ink line permanently, so now you can get them and the re-inkers anytime).  Some of the new colours are a lot brighter than the other distress stains, but you can use them in the same way and can easily tone them down with other colours.

For this tag, I made the background on the tag by using a bit of a mixture between Tim Holtz’s  techniques Blended Stains and Marbled Stains.  When the background was dry I stamped the Happy Definition stamp by Hero Arts over it using snow cap paint and then dried with the heat gun.  If you leave the paint to air dry it will pick up more of the colours of the background underneath as they interact with the moisture of the paint (all distress products interact with water which is why you can blend them etc).

To colour the chipboard I applied the Picked Raspberry stain directly to the butterfly section. I used a snow cap paint dabber to colour the rest of the chipboard and then when it was dry I painted the butterfly with glue and seal and then tipped rock candy dry glitter over it.  I am in love with this glitter at the moment!  I made a pearl paint by mixing white liquid pearls and mixing it with a little of the Picked Raspberry Distress Stain, then painted it onto the flowers.

The tag was finished off with a flower, some ribbons, some washi tape, some bling and some twine that was coloured with the stains to match the tag.  The flower was left over from a different project and had been sprayed with Dylusions Spray Ink – Bubblegum Pink.

If you have any questions leave me a comment and if you are interested in more information about distress stains Tim Holtz has some great videos on his blog.

Thanks for stopping by,


Supplies:  Manilla Tag, Distress Stains – Picked Raspberry, Gathered Twigs, Seedless Perserves, Manilla tag, Colour Me Crazy Chipboard by Petaloo – Butterflies, Adirondack Paint Dabber – Snow Cap, Twine, Washi Tape, Ribbon, Hero Arts – Happy Definition Stamp, Liquid Pearls – White opal, Gem Strip.

A Bright Masculine Birthday Card

Hi everyone,

Here is a card I created a long time ago which has never made it to my blog.  I have just been gradually feeling better so still haven’t done much crafting this week, but I wanted to share this card so now is as good a time as any.  Because I made it quite a long time ago I don’t remember all the details but I will give it my best shot.  The patterned paper is by Basic Grey, the stamps are by Hero Arts (I love that background stamp – it is called envelope pattern and is just great for adding that little bit of extra detail to cards), the border punch is by Fiskars (and is great for masculine cards).  The technique used on the card was emboss resist and I used distress stains over the white embossed image.  Hope you give this technique a try as it is fun and quick.

Have a great weekend.


Teacher Card Gift Set – Card 2


Hey everyone,

Here is the second card in my set of 3 that I made.  It uses the emboss resist technique and distress stains.  The colour is a bit brighter in real life.  The more I stamp this Penny Black Sundial stamp the more I like it.  Once again you can’t see the shimmer that this card had as I sprayed pearlized water over the distress stains and it also has rock candy distress stickles in the middle.  If you have any questions, please just leave me a comment.


Thanks for visiting my blog.


Teacher Card Gift Set – Card 1

Last year I made a set of cards for my children’s teachers as a gift and this is the first one in the set. This card uses a lovely Hero Arts Stamp – Bird on a Branch and was stamped using distress stain(Broken China).  I was really happy with how it stamped as I haven’t done much stamping with distress stain as I normally use the inks.  I wanted to keep the card pretty simple as I had to make a few of them so used my favourite sizzix embossing folder (dots) to give some texture to the white card.  I also ran the envelope through my big shot with the embossing folder to make it ‘match’ the card and was really happy with the result.  The details that I added to the envelopes really helped draw the cards together as a set.

Stay tuned for the other 2 cards in the set.  Thanks for visiting my blog.