For the past few months or so I’ve been creating pages for my niece for her albums.  I create the pages using the traditional method as well as Project Life.  I’m doing both 12″20170515_110800blog1 x 12″ pages plus 8″ x 6″ pages.  Every so often, I will pack them up & post down to her so that she can then put them in one of her albums.

I purchased a couple of albums & pages for Bonnie & had them sent direct to her.  Bon loves getting them & seeing what I have done & what pictures I’ve selected.  Sometimes, I will do the journaling but most of the time I have left that bit blank for her to pop her story onto the page.

Today’s page is one I had half completed but was just sitting there waiting for a little bit of embellishment to be added.  After seeing a page created by Kris McIntosh a light bulb went off.  Of course, I had to use the Botanical Blooms Stamp Set & Botanical Builder Framelits both of which are retiring.  Why hadn’t I thought of that, seeing as though I had used the “Botanical Gardens” DSP (retired).  Thank you Kris for your inspiration.

For my layout, I drew a rough sketch & then sort of followed it.  Mind you, what I 20170515_110750blog2sometimes draw doesn’t always end up what the page will look like.  I cut a strip of Basic Black Card & adhered it down the left side of the DSP.  A piece of Hello Honey Card (retired) was layered onto a piece of Whisper White Card & then to a piece of Mossy Meadow (retired) before layering onto the DSP.

As the photos were sort of dark in colour, I decided to print them out in back & white which works out great in some cases.  Don’t be scared to experiment with your photos.  You will be surprised how different they look when printed in black & white.

For the leaves, I’ve again used Mossy Meadow, while the flowers are Cajun CrazeHello Honey & Basic Black.  I popped Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the centres to finish them off.

This layout could be used for lots of pages.  All you have to do is change out the embellishments, colours & DSP.

I do hope you enjoyed my page today.  Hopefully I will be able to share a lot more pages I’ve created for Bonnie if I remember to take photos before they go off in the post.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’



Goodbye Botanical Blooms

There is something about this card I love.  I think it could be the colours which make the20170404_135229_resizedblog (2) card pop!  As I wanted the card to be mostly Whisper White, I thought it would be nice to add a little bit of Daffodil Delight & pops of Basic Black.

I wanted the flowers look like they were in a frame, yet sort of “poking out”.  I opted for a circle just to be a little different.  The background of Whisper White has been embossed with the “Softly Falling” EF.

The touches of Old Olive leaves lift everything away from the Whisper White background.

20170404_135246_resized-bloThe Basic Black circle has been created using the Layering Circles Framelits, the flowers sponged in Daffodil Delight Ink using Sponge Daubers.

The Botanical Builder Framelits create beautiful flowers & they are different every time you use them.

For the inside of my card I used one of the flowers I had die cut & sponged for the front but didn’t end up using.  Shame for it to go to waste & not be used.

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210. RAK – Botanical Blooms


Happy 90th Birthday

I’m happy to say that I am now holding classes at the Toogoom Community Hall every Friday morning, 9.30am – 11.00am.  This has been a little time getting off the ground, but I think 20161103_111313_resizedblogwe could be on our way.  We would love for you to come along.  All you have to bring is yourself!

I was asked to create a card for a lady who was turning “90” – what a milestone!  She loves gardening, so I thought it about time I dug out my Botanical Builder Framelits.  Red always reminds me of lovely bright & happy gardens, so I dug out the Brights DSP Stack to use with the Framelits.  A little touch of Old Olive & a little Memento Tuxedo Black & we have a WOW card for the lovely lady.

If you think the card looks a little familiar, then you are right, as I created one for my aunt back in July very similar to this one.

If you click on the link below, you will be able to create your own card.  Don’t forget, all measurements (metric & imperial) are included, along with a supply list.

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Happy 80th Birthday

I meant to share the remainder of my aunt’s present a couple of weeks ago but completely forgot about it, but better late than never!

As promised today’s share is the card I created for Jill.  It was made to match the small box.  Again I’ve used the retired Parisian Breeze Speciality DSP, teamed it up with the same Pink Shimmer Card & used the lovely new Layering Square Framelits.  I can see myself using these so much.

For a bit of a different look, I decided to cut the DSP on an angle.  It is good to get out of 20160628_092346_resizedwm-byour comfort zone sometimes.  I added a stripe of Pear Pizzazz across the top to break it up a little.

I stamped “Happy th Birhday” direct onto a piece of Whisper White in Pear Pizzazz Ink.  The Whisper White had been cut with the Layering Squares Framelits as was the Shimmer Pink Card which it was layered onto.

The “80” was cut a number of times in Whisper White using the now retired “Little Numbers” Dies & then once in Shimmer Pink.  I layered the Whisper White to each other before finally adding the Pink Numbers to the top.  I wanted the Numbers to pop a little from the Card.

The Fern was cut from a scrap of Pear Pizzazz Card using the “Botanical Builder” Framelits before sponging with a Sponge Dauber.  The Flowers were cut from the same Shimmer Pink Card, sponged with Melon Mambo Ink.  The middles were cut from Whisper White Card & adhered to the centre of the larger flowers before being adhered to the Card Front.

The card was then layered direct on a Whisper white Card Base before adhering Pearls to the centre of the flowers & scattering small ones around the card.

Jill was very happy with her card & couldn’t believe how everything matched.  In fact, a couple of people asked me where I had purchased them gift as they had never seen anything like them.

Be sure to pop back to check out the Exploding Bag that went with it.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’







Birthday Place Card & Tag

If you saw my Invitation for Simone a couple of days ago, then you will be happy to know that it didn’t stop there.

We then decided to create Place Cards for everyone as well as Tags for their little gifts as a way of saying Thank You.  Simone travelled all the way home from England for her “Special Day” & this is the perfect way to catch up with close friends & family at once.

Again my “Frangipani” was created using the”Botanical Builder” Dies & sponged in So 004wm-pc-blogSaffron with a Sponge Dauber.  The Splatter Image from “Gorgeous Grunge” was randomly stamped in Soft Sky (Beach & Sky), the font colour is Night of Navy, the Leaf is Pear Pizzazz.  To finish it off, I scattered small Pearls.

001awm-fbThe Tag was created the same as the Place Card.  The small verse was printed via my Printer.   The top of the Tag was punched using the “Scalloped Tag Topper” Punch.  I didn’t have to add Ribbon as it was going to added later & to match in with the cake.

I even created a Birthday Card for Simone which matched in with all her Stationery, but once I find the photo, I will share it with you.

I hope you like the sharing of the Birthday Stationery today.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’








Birthday Invitation

Last month I was asked if I could do create Birthday Invitations for a friend’s birthday.  Of course, I said yes (this is my other business doing invitations).  As the special party is going to be held at a beach resort I set about thinking of something fresh & beachy but not with shells, if possible.

I had the “Botanical Builder” Dies still sitting on my desk, so thought I would try & create something with them.  After a little play, a light bulb went off & I turned the flowers into “Frangipanis” – well sort of & the rest just flowed from there.

Everyone loved their Invitations & Diann (Simone’s Mum) has had a lot of lovely feedback.

To see the rest of the set, be sure to check back in a couple of days.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’





Wish Big

I saw a card on Pinterest a little time ago & thought it would be ideal for a class.  So last007wm-blog Sunday was the class where we created this wonderful card.  Thank you so much for your inspiration.

I had the DSP & colours out on my desk ready to create & thought they would all go perfectly with the card while at the same time, highlight the fantastic “Garden Blossoms” Bundle from the 2016 Occasions Catalogue.

The card opens into the shape of a box & then folds down flat to fit inside a standard envelope for posting.  On the back is a panel for your greeting.

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Happy Birthday to You

I’ve another card to show you today again using the lovely “Botanical Gardens” Bundle005wmblog from the 2016 Occasions Catalogue.

As I wanted to use the little flower images, I decided to create my own background.  I’m glad I did as I’m really happy with it.  I’ve also realised that I’ve used  lot of In-Colours to create my card.

Adding the background card to a piece of Basic Black made it pop, a couple of small flowers, a leaf & some embossing & it sort of jumped out after putting it all together.

Hope you enjoy my card.

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122. Happy Birthday to You – Botanical Blooms




A little Thanks

I’ve been playing with the gorgeous “Botanical Gardens” Bundle from the 2016 Occasions 002wmblog1Catalogue.  I also wanted to create a couple of Thank You Cards.

This is such a fantastic Bundle that I am not sure why it took me so long to purchase it.

I challenged myself to work with what was already sitting on my desk from yesterday & hadn’t managed to put away, including scraps of card & inks.

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121. A Little Thanks – Botanical Blooms