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Quick fix

Inspired by all the nice comments at work and on FB I wanted to do another project an blog it ASAP. The results are not quite to my liking as Saturday's retro effort, but it was done in less that an hour to make a quick gift.

This time I wanted to use up some square cards I had lying around. I'm not fond of crafting square cards, as I struggle with something that is symmetrical. I usually prefer rectangles so I can place everything off centre. (You know - rule of thirds and all that stuff). The dimensions of the 'handbag' were adjusted to fit these cards.

Also due to lack of time I just picked 3 papers from the same series. Again not my favourite colour combo - I like neutrals - but I have a friend who loves blue and green so hopefully this will be a hit.

Let me know what you think.


Wow I didn't realise I'd been blogging here since 2010.  Time has flies when you're crafting ;-)
I thought it would be fun to look back at my first blog post and see if my crafting has evolved at all - so here's a few pics from the very first post.  You can read the full post here.  
It seems I was in to making card kits in the form of paper handbags.  

And apparently I loved retro paper.  I wasn't even a Stampin' Up demonstrator then.  I don't think I owned more than one stamp.

I kind of love the idea of making these kits.  I remember it taking me nearly all day to make one as nothing I had coordinated very easily.  I hadn't realised what a difference buying coordinated products would make to time, and also fun.  Might be time to revisit the idea and see if I can do a re-make on these designs with some current products.  What do you think?
Happy crafting.


This card was really too easy to make.  I only used simple layers of card, one stamp and one punch.  I am absolutely in love with the bow builder punch.  It's so easy to use and I love love love the perfect bows it creates.  I wouldn't put this card in an envelope in the mail unless you are happy for the bows to be flattened - they still look cute - but it's totally fine in an envelope on a gift you are giving in person.  I made this on a crafting day with my friend and her comment was - it looks like a professional card you would buy.  (Happy dance!!).  It's not often I would agree with a compliment like that.  I think we are all a bit critical of our own creations as we see the faults, but the bow builder made perfect bows so I actually agreed on this occasion.  I was also able to use some old retired scraps of designer series paper - so it's a perfect win.  Hint - designer series paper is double-sided and perfect for a project like this as it's already in a…


I am in love.  With many things, but today with a stamp set - work of art.  I love the phrase in it "You are a fabulous work of art".  It's just a great sentiment for a card that you're giving someone 'just because'.  It's so much more meaningful that 'just for you'.  And really does say something worth celebrating - the amazing, wonderful, fabulous friend you are celebrating.

I wanted to make this card a little modern, but also a little funky.  Something that could work for a guy, but honestly I'm more likely to give it to a girl as I tend to get a little more sentimental with my girlfriends telling them how I feel :-)  I only use the sentiment stamp from the 'work of art' stamp set.  The rest came from the 'what's your type' set which is a fantastic set for creating all the letters and words you want, along with funky images.  Remember me using it before Christmas for this card? Anyway this card was very easy to make - j…

new year - new resolutions

I love a new year.  It's full of potential and all the good intentions we have.  If you're like me and you have an intention to craft more then this is also the best time to get stocked up for it.  From now until the end of March Sale-a-Bration is on.  That means for every $90 you spend, you can choose a free gift. There are 10 items, plus Blendabilities to choose from and you really will be happy.  These are not sample-size give-a-ways but real full size products. There are 6 stamp sets, 2 sets of Designer Series Paper, Embellishments, and Project Life cards!  Oh and the Blendabilities - did I mention them?

$90 purchase gets you 1 free item, $180 gets you two, and it grows from there.  Plus if your order total reaches $300 in products,  Stampin' Rewards kick in ($50 in free products of your choice, from any current catalogue).  Want more?  Get together with friends and place a combined order... or go a little wild yourself.  If your individual or group order reaches $400…


Here's a little card I made some time ago - mostly using retired products.  I was throwing together lots of elements and different techniques just to see if it would work.  I didn't have time to pull out my sewing machine.  And quite frankly I don't think I could sew perfect circles so I used a white gel pen to draw on the stitches.  It has a similar effect to hand sewn stitches - not quite perfect :-)

I love the sentiment Make a Wish.  I think this is something we need to do more that just birthdays - make a wish on a new week and work to make it come true.

Happy crafting.
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Today's card was really easy - although it looks like there's a lot of work to it.  The background isn't a paper - it's just the 'make a wish' stamp repeated in crumb cake.  A simple trick to get this lined up right is to just use a long scrap of paper like a ruler and start in the middle of the card and repeat the stamping lining the stamp up as you go. A few embellishments and layers and you're all done.  

I'm making a pretty simple wish for the New Year - health, joy and adventure for all my loved ones.   Oh also a healthy dose of craft time for me too!

Happy 2015
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