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Coordinating sets to create amazing cards

I love a great stamp set, designer series paper & accessories that coordinate to make amazing cards. Not only does it make getting into your creative flow easy but you can quickly make a great set of cards to use or to bundle together and give as a gift.  Here's a series of cards I made using the Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set, some retired designer series paper, the Eastern Medallions Thinlits dies and some retired coordinating stickers.

I'm really happy with how these turned out.  The thinlit dies and co-ordinating stamp sets are really easy to use and make these cards look a lot more complex than they really are.

Want more inspiration and to get your hands on this stamp set? You can shop the supplies for this card online in my store or pick your favourite goodies from your wish list to make your own.

Happy crafting.

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Birthday bonanza

I love a great stamp that looks like you've worked really hard but is super simple. Last week I showed you birthday cards using a background paper and how simple it is to make a birthday card which looks great.  This week it's all about the background stamp.

Background stamps are fantastic because they can be customized to any colour for any occasion. They are super simple to use and really create something eye catching. For this card I used the Marbled clear mount background stamp. It has kind of a dreamy tie dye wash kind of effect.  Technically you could actually make your own marbled paper using water and inks and soap but who has the time to do that and dry the paper. And why would you when you can do something so easy. I think this would look dreamy if you inked it up using a few different shades of ink. 

To finish it off I added a few layers of card on my Whisper White base. A gold button and some ribbon. A heat embossed sentiment added a little more dimension. You co…

Happy Birthday to you

I don't know about you but around this time of the year it seems like everyone is having a birthday. Makes me wonder sometimes what happened 9 months ago but I can't find a correlation as it's spring down under and autumn in the northern hemisphere. Is there something in the water at the changing of the seasons?

Anyway back to crafting... I find I need to have a stockpile of birthday cards at this time of year. For those I know are coming, and the new friends I've made who seemingly all have birthdays in June & July. (What were all your parents up to - seriously?!)

Here's a simple one I made that only involved a little layering with a designer series paper and the come bigshot die cuts using the Stitched Shapes framelits and Happy Birthday thinlits.

Here's another one using different colours. 

Seriously this is the simplest card to make, and so quick. By changing up colours and patters you can make this suit any birthday occasion.  Got to love that. It'…

Good friends

Good friends can be hard to come by. The best friends are those that are fast friends, and life long friends, and friends who stick with you through thick and thin. You know the kind. You click instantly on meeting and you find yourself sharing deeply. You live on other sides of the world, and can't meet face to face often, but when you do it's like no time has passed at all. The ones who drop off care packages when you are sick, or random flowers for no reason. They are the ones to cherish. The best kind of all.

I made this simple card to celebrate friends. A stamped a flower from the Oh So Eclectic Stamp set across the page in black ink and used blender pens to colour in the flowers. You could also use ink and a aqua painter.

I love a repeated image. It a really effective way to create a card that is both striking and simple at the same time.  Here's a close up of my colouring. I'm not the best at this, but there is something therapeutic about staying in between the…

Enjoy today

Mind over matter on a Monday can be pretty important especially when it's dark and stormy outside and you need to go to work. Sometimes you need a little reminder to enjoy today.

For this simple card, which looks anything but simple I used the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies to cut the Whisper White and Daper Denim cardstock.  I used the Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set to stamp the message, and Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers, and some left over vellum I had in a draw. 

I love how it turned out and how it looks really complicated but it took about 3 mins in total to make 😀 . Best cards are cards that look fancy but are easy to make. Incidentally this also probably the best I've ever managed to take a photo of my cards. I wish I could remember what I did to make it look so good.

I hope this brightened your day and that you enjoy today. 

Want more inspiration and to get your hands on this stamp set? You can shop the supplies for this card online in my store or pick your fav…

A good vinatage

If you know me at all you know I love a glass of wine... or two. It should come as no surprise that I fell in love with the 'Half full stamp set'. One of my favourite things about having a glass of wine is the conversation with friends that goes along with it. So it's fun to be able to make some great cards for those friends with our favourite theme as a base.

I used 4 of the stamps from this stamp set in the card, stamping them in Stayz On Black ink and then using my Aqua Painter and some inks I water coloured the wine in the glasses and bottles.  For the sentiment I stamped it in Versamark ink and added gold embossing powder before embossing. A few embellishments to add some layers and depth and it was all done.

The sentiments in this stamp set are really versatile and have you covered from everything from friendship & birthdays to Christmas and new years. A great one for wine lovers. Don't tell but I may have combined a glass of wine or two with the making of …

Cheers to a New Year

Happy New Year! And yes I know it's already March - better late than never right? I don't know about y'all but this year started pretty rough for us. After dealing with some family health issues (aging is never easy) we decided to take off for a week to try and rejuvenate and prepare ourselves mentally and physically for the busy year we know 2018 is going to be. Sure enough the first quarter of year has been big - good - but big. It's when things are crazy like this that I think it's even more important to be kind to yourself, and find something in the every day to give you an opportunity to refresh your body and mind. For me that's been yoga - every day so far this year - here's hoping I make it every day all year... and craft. There's something so good for the brain when you get creative. It really does help you to thrive not just survive!

Here's a little card I made for the new year. I wanted to make some fun cards to give to people at the end …