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First class 13 Feb!

Hi Everyone,

Just a short note to give you a sneak peak at what we'll be making at my first class on February 13. This gift set is perfect for Valentines Day or as a beautiful gift for someone you love & care about.

Register your place by emailing me at

The projects we make on the day will vary slightly to the image below, as I have some gorgeous new stamps on their way which we'll be using. You'll love them.



I'm excited to be offering 2 kind of classes:

Stamp-a-Stack classes - where you get to make a stack of cards - 8 in fact - all in one session; and

Project classes - where you make a project like the mini-tote bag, with matching cards and learn techniques that you may not have tried before.

All classes will be small in size - no more than 8 people - and will require registration.

To check out my class schedule and cost for classes please see the current calendar here. I'll also list the next two classes coming up in the menu options to the right. Prices differ according to the project/cards being made. To register for a class email me at

Can't make a class time? Why not host your own. If you have 6+ friends interested in doing a class contact me and I'll run a private class for you.

Can't wait to get crafting with you!


Happiness is...

Happiness to me is many things - most of them quite simple...A great cup of coffee in the morning, the reaction I get from my beagles when I arrive home from work, the satisfaction of creating something that will put a smile on someone else's face. I love it. It's a big reason why I craft.

On Saturday I made this simple card trying out my new stamp set - Baroque Motifs. I didn't have someone specific in mind when I made it, but the opportunity arose to give it to someone this week who I wanted to surprise and thank, as they bring me happiness by being so supportive of my blog and my efforts at paper craft. It's an unexpected blessing when people come into your life and are so supportive and encouraging. I am truly thankful for all the people in my life encouraging me daily - they make me happy :-)

Joining Stampin' Up

As you may have gathered by some of my recent blog posts - I adore Stampin' Up's products. They make the most amazing stamps, papers, and accessories, and I've found my hobby go to a whole new level since using their products. I've made the decision to start offering classes on weekends and after hours as a Stampin Up Independent Demonstrator, so I can share my love of paper craft with you in a much more hands on way. (Yay!)

I'll be offering two different types of classes:

Stamp-a-Stack classes - where you make 8 cards to take home and
Project classes - where you make a project like the mini-tote bag, with matching cards.

All classes will accommodate any level (beginner to advanced), will include all materials and will constantly change so that you are able to learn new techniques, try different products, and make fun projects to take home - for yourself, or to use as gifts. Class sizes will be limited to 8 - so we'll have lots of fun around my dining room tab…

The Wonders of Card Making

I'm loving my 'warm words stamp' set. It looks like this beautiful flowing writing - only better! And with eight words/phrases you can use it for almost every occasion. I wanted to use it with some flowers to make this card. I'm loving the colour combination of green and pink. It feels fresh and summary.

To take it a little bit further I inserted another sheet inside the card, which I sponges on the edges with Kiwi Kiss and repeated the 'wonderful stamp'. Here's a close up of the corner inside the card.

Some kind of wonderful

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. I know I did. It started well when I arrived home on Friday to find some new "toys" in a great big box from Stampin' up. I couldn't wait to open it and to start to use them. Over the next few days you're going to see a lot of stamping in my projects on the blog. This is because I bought 2 new stamp sets from Stampin' up and I've just had to use them as much as possible :-) (Love this company and product - but more about that later)...

This first project is a tri-fold/shutter card. This looks a lot more complicated that it is. It's really just a couple of strategically placed cuts and folds and a whole lot of stamping and cutting. I've used just plain coloured card, one colour of ink and 4 stamps from 3 different stamp sets.

Let me know what you think.

Front of card folded up:
Card unfolded:
Close up of some of the stamping:
Stamps: Boho Backgrounds, Warm Words, Pocket Silhouettes

Card stock: scrap green, and whit…

A quick fix

I don't know about you - but it's been a busy week for me this week. I've hardly had a moment to stop and think. Last night I had the house to myself (well myself and the dogs) and had short moment to pause and just be still. I didn't have the energy to do much, but I wanted to create a little something, as I know how good I feel when I've made a card or a gift - even if I don't know who I'm going to give it to yet. So this is what I came up with.

I like it because it's not too girly. I love the stamp set I've used from Stampin Up. They are my favourite supplies & ideas company! I'd love to hear what you think.

Handbag madness

I haven't used my cuttlebug for ages. It's a wonderful machine for both die cutting & embossing. And it's incredibly quick when you're running short of time. I wanted to come up with a project only using this machine - doing both die cuts & embossing.

I wanted to make a gift for a friend of mine at work who has been really supportive of my papercraft obsession. At her recent wedding she used a pink and green theme on all the stationary and I wanted to use colours close to that to give her a little gift to say thank for being such an amazing encouragement to me. So here's what I came up with. A variation of the handbag theme. This one opens at the top and allows you to slide in a few cards and envelopes. All the embellishments (apart from the raffia and buttons) were die cuts made with the cuttlebug machine. Each piece was also embossed using the machine.

You can see the embossing much better on this image.

I also used the cuttlebug to quickly emboss each card

Slider card simplicity

I have a whole set of blank note cards which I've been wondering what to do with to use them up. I decided to experiment and make a slider card for the first time. The design of the card is super simple and takes no more than 10 minutes to finish.

I love cards that are quick to make, a little bit quirky, but pretty. Giving something homemade, but beautiful is very satisfying and is one of the reasons I love paper craft so much. It's so easy to make a little gift or card to give to someone 'just because'.

What do you think?

Birthday surprise

I've had a little fun in the office this morning as I've wandered around being the paper craft fairy dropping off a card here, a gift there. I promise I'll show you all of these gifts this week as I blog.

Last week it was one of my friends birthdays (unbeknown to me). This weekend I wanted to take the time to make here a card and little gift. Just to let her know that I'm thinking of her. I used some retro papers (as I'm in love with the colours and how they go together) and some really simple accents - raffia and buttons.

What do you think? Will she like it?

Simply for you

Inspiration comes from all kinds of places. One of my favourite colours to craft with is kiwi kiss or avocado green. It's a colour that can go with browns and burnt oranges to make strong masculine cards, or with pinks and salmons to make something delicate and feminine. Today my girly side has been coming through with this simple card.

Hope you enjoy it.

A little Christmas cheer... better late than never - right?

Last night we were treated to a lovely dinner out with some friends, so there was no time for me to do even a scrap of papercraft. Luckily though I started this blog post after Christmas and can share some of the Christmas cards I made in 2009 to go with presents we gave out.

I don't normally send Christmas cards (I'm lazy and email or message people of facebook) but I did want to make a few nice cards to go with the baking I did for some of my colleagues and neighbours.

Let me know what you think.

Short and sweet.

I liked the pink and brown theme from yesterday so much I decided to make another card with the same colours. A quick and simple card to make, but I think the layering is very effective. I couldn't find a stamp I liked in my collection to go with the polka dots so I added the flowers and seed pearls instead to give it a lift.

What do you think?

Somthing simple

Not having much time I wanted to create something really simple today. I have a friend who loves pink so I thought I'd make a card for her just to let her know she's been on my mind.

The concept took about 10 minutes to come up with and about 5 minutes to execute. So you can make cards quickly when you need to. To add some extra details I sponged around the edges of the polka dot paper and the pink card. I used one of my favourite stamps on the front of the card and inside. It's only a small part of the stamp, but I'm planning on using it again so you'll see the whole print soon. (Follow me on this blog so you don't miss out).

I also raised the brown card by using some double sided sponge tape. It just adds dimension to the card. The bow and the tiny seed pearl beads also lift the card just a bit.

(The colour on this pic isn't great. I need to work on my photography skills.)

Inside the card I carried the theme through with a repeat of the papers & card jus…

Saturday's therapy

On Saturday I decided it was time to step out of my comfort zone and move beyond just making cards. Inspired by Marelle Taylor and Liam Pucher's blogs I decided to make a papercraft handbag and pocket tote bag.

I wanted to use up some of the coordinated scrapbooking paper I've had lying around for ages. I also decided that I wanted to use full size cards so I had to adjust the template sizes to fit the cards I wanted to make.

My first attempt at the handbag:

A retro tote with cards was my second attempt.

Happy crafting