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’



Pretty Pattern Papers

I’m happy to announce that along with our Technique Treats”, both Naomi & I are now 001.1wm-blog (3)offering “Pretty Pattern Papers” Tutorials.  This idea has been forming in my head for over 12 months now & am now happy to say that it goes live Saturday!

Let’s face it, we all have heaps of DSP in our stash just waiting to be used.  Some of us are not sure how to use it, but we love it!  Others of us just don’t want to cut into it, we love it too much!  The result – even though we keep buying it because it is just so pretty & we have to have it, it goes into that pile in the cupboard for a “rainy day”, never to be used or to see the light of day!

These Tutorials will showcase DSP while at the same time teach you how to create pretty cards using DSP in different ways.

They will be released the 2nd or 3rd Saturday of each month beginning today.  This means you will now have 2 options – Technique Treats”  the 1st Saturday of the Month & Pretty Pattern Papers the middle of the month.  This should keep you busy creating.

Cost        $3.20 (AUD)

Benefits –

  • Learn how to use your DSP in fun ways
  • Card Sketches for future use
  • Tutorials for future use – just change out the stamps or DSP
  • Use all that stash of DSP
  • Cards will be a mixture of male, female, kids, etc

Included –

  • Card Sketch – use the same sketch over & over with different DSP & Stamps
  • Step by Step Tutorial for 3 cards
  • Supplies List for each Card
  • Measurements – Metric & Imperial

Be sure to pop back on Saturday to purchase your Tutorials.

To celebrate our launch, I’m offering a free tutorial on how I created my card using the lovely “Botanical Gardens” DSP from the current 2016 Occasions Catalogue, Page 27.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’


137. To a Wonderful Grandmother – Botanical Blooms

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A Little Thanks

Today is the last day of 2016 SAB!  Yep, it is over for another year!  I do hope you enjoyed receiving your free products during SAB!  I’m not sure what was my favourite but if I was pushed, I think I would have to steer towards “Sky is the Limit”  What was your favourite?

As a way of saying a huge Thank You to everyone who took advantage of 2016 SAB I created these little Thank You Cards.  You may think it looks familiar & yep it does.  I’ve cased it from Page 15 of the SAB Catalogue.  I’ve added my own small spin onto it.

Be sure to keep an eye on the post Ladies!

To create your own small card, please click on the link below to grab your free tutorial.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’


 138. A Little Thanks – Honeycomb Happiness


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.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’



Supplies –

Price: $169.00

Supply List

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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.

To grab your own free tutorial, please click on the link above the photo.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’


121. A Little Thanks – Botanical Blooms