Thursday, December 24, 2009

One Last Christmas Card

I always seem to find one last minute craft thing to do on Christmas Eve, so this year being no different, I found myself in my craft room once again. I made this card for my daughter. Every year we purchase a new skating ornament for our tree so I thought I would keep with the theme when I created this card.
I have once again used the Cricut cartridge "Winter Woodland". I cut the card using a 14cm setting and then cut out a tag using the same measurement. I cut another tag from Jac paper to use as an overlay to apply some crystal glitter. A little ribbon and a few diamantes and the card was complete.
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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Red and Green Christmas

Here are another two cards I made using my Cricut. The reindeer was created using the card option on the "Winter Woodland" cartridge. The tree is from "Joys of The Season." I've had this cartridge for about three years, but really haven't used it much. The tree was cut at 14cm, first on cardstock and then on Jac paper. I put the Jac paper over the cardstock and then covered it with Poison Ivy glitter from Art institute Glitter. The wording on the tree is one of the new JustRite Christmas sets and the Glad Tidings greeting is from Sunshine Designs.
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Snowman Cards

This is another set of cards I made using the new Cricut cartridge "Winter Woodland." I set my size dial at 14cm to cut out the card base. I also cut the layers using the same size as I found they fit without too much adjusting. I finished the hat with some white Liquid Applique sprinkled with crystal glitter while still wet. Once dry I used my heat tool to puff up the Liquid Applique. I added a couple of tiny black buttons to finish the cards. These cards will be set aside for next year as well.
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Glitter Christmas Trees

Over the weekend I spent much of my time in the craft room. As usual I had left my Christmas cards to the very last minute, and I really needed to accomplish the daunting task of making and writing all to post on Monday. I managed to get finished and even get a head start on next year. This is one of the extra cards I made. I used my Cricut and a new cartridge I just received last week called "Winter Woodland" to make this card. I cut a 14cm card and then a set of trees slightly smaller (13.5cm) so that they would fit over the card base. I also cut a set of trees out of Jac paper and used this as an overlay to apply crystal glitter. The result is quite pretty. I just have to decide if I want an insert or to leave the card with the window.
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Christmas ATCs

I spent a few hours yesterday making some Christmas ATCs for a 1-4-1 swap group I belong to. I find that for the most part, I only seem to send out returns for ATCs I have received. Very rarely do I have the time to initiate the swap. I do however like to send out a Christmas ATC to all on the list. I needed to make 22 this year as numbers have decreased during 2009. I finished up with 23. I kept them pretty simple so that I could finish up and get them posted today. Hopefully all will be received before Christmas Eve.
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Friday, November 27, 2009

Turquoise/Pink Christmas Card

I spent some time last weekend cleaning out some old craft magazines. I came across a couple of Better Homes and Gardens Christmas issues and found the free papers were still in the magazine. This particular paper by Chritina Rae was perfect for this new release stamp from The Stamp Barn.
The cardstock used for the card is Terrific Teal Double Mate (double sided cardstock) from WorldWin Papers.
I've coloured the image using my Lyra Aquacolor water soluable pastels. I came across these in my craft room, just another product I had to have but never use. I was quite happy with the results.
The wording stamp is from Sunshine Designs.
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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Christmas Cupcake Card

After making the festive cupcakes I decided to keep going on the cupcake theme and I made this cupcake Christmas card.
The stamp I used is from Stamp It. The printed paper came from the bottom of my scrap box so I have no idea where that came from.
I've used one of the new JustRite Christmas stamps for the greeting.
The textured circle was made using Snowflake Impressabilities from Spellbinders with some Brilliance pearlescent blue ink.
A little liquid Applique was applied as frosting and heated to puff up.
I replaced the cherry on top of the cupcake with a snowflake diamante I bought at Michaels while in the US last month .
Spellbinders were used to cut the circles and scalloped backing circles.

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Snowflake Cupcakes

Besides doing craft today, I decided I had better make something yummy for after school snacks. I picked up these fantastic little snowflake sprinkles as well as a few other designs from a flea market near Lancaster Pennsylvania last month. I've been wanting to use them so despite it being a bit early for my Christmas baking I decided to make these festive cupcakes.

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Artful Stamper Clearance Sale

Hi everyone. It has been a long time since I posted. It has been an extremely hectic year for our family, and unfortunately I didn't have the time to post as much as I wanted. Oh well there is always next year. I do plan on being more active with my blogging now that life has settled down for us. I've been getting creative over the past few days and should have a couple of items up here by the weekend.
Anyway I am having a huge clear out of wood mounted Artful Stamper designs over on my retail website Platypus Creek Stamping and Craft. Until close of business on Monday Dec 21st I am selling all the regular priced Artful Stamper wood mounts for 50% off. I'm determined to clear out all the wood mount designs to make room for some new and exciting stock. There are also lots of other bargins to be found, just check out the clearance section of the website.
Thats all for me for now. better get back to the craft room. Do stop by later I promise I will have some cards posted soon.
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Friday, September 4, 2009

September Project Of The Month

I have finally finished my project for September over on my Platypus Creek website. I usually have the project uploaded by the first of the month, but with all my other commitments I fell a little behind.
This month I have used my JustRite Christmas Stamp Ensemble for the stamping part of the project. I have also used The Crafter's Companion Ultimate Pro to make the box and score the lines for the bag. Spellbinders feature in this month's project. I just love Snowflake Wonder and have used it on the project as well.
To complete the set there is a chocolate bar cover that I designed using the Crafter's Companion. a set of gift tags and a greeting card. You can see all the items over on my website under Project of the Month.
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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Another Christmas Card

I purchased my first JustRite Stamp set back in January. Little did I know at the time, that I would be on the design team for Downunder Direct, the company who distributes them here in Australia.
Not sure why, but I decided on The Christmas Stamp Ensemble as my first purchase. I puchased the stamp set from an online shop and unfortunately the wood mount that I needed to use with them was out of stock. I finally managed to get the Wood Mount awhile ago and have just recently had a play with the stamps. I've made a number of cards over the past few days using this Christmas set. This card is one of my favourites. I just love the colours and the printed paper.
On this card I have just used the outer ring of the stamp set. I have made a dimensional snowflake using the Spellbinder die "Snowflake Wonder". I've embellished the snowflake with beads and added diamantes to the outer circle. The top half of the card has been embossed using the Spellbinder Impressabilities "Snowflakes."

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Let It Snow

I made this Christmas card a few weeks ago. I like to start making my Christms cards during our Aussie winter. I find it is a great time for crafting in general, but especially a good time to start those many planned Christmas projects.
This let it snow card is a bit of wishful thinking, but when I think of Christmas one of the first things that still comes to my mind is snow and cold weather.
This was such a quick card to make. I mainly used my Spellbinder dies with the only stamping being the wording. It's hard to see in the photo but I have embossed the dark blue cardstock with my Spellbinder Impressabilities Snowflakes. It gives a nice subtle raised snowflake pattern to the card stock.
The ribbon was packaging from a gift box I received ages ago. I'm making an effort to use up all those bits and pieces I've collected. (Probably just to make room to collect more.) I had a huge clean out of the craft room when we moved house and was amazed at just how much "stuff" I've collected over the years.
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Thursday, June 25, 2009


As well as my Downunder Direct commitments, I also participate in a monthly ATC swap over at Addicted to Scrap. This month the theme was "outside the rectangle." We had to make anything but a rectangle shape. This is my creation.

I used my Spellbinders to cut the ovals. Before cutting them I ran the Bazzill through the printer. I sponged and stamped the cardstock with a texture stamp and Distress ink. A bit of ribbon, spiral clip and dragonfly charm and it was complete.
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My latest creation...

Ok, so I have been a little slack of late. It's been over a month since I last posted anything, but I do have a good excuse. We are moving house. Just about everything is now packed up and ready for the movers to come next week. Not only do we have a household to move but my business as well. My craft room is the last to get packed as I had a number of craft commitments that I had to get finished. Unfortunately I had little time for anything else this month. I will however share one of the items that I have created for the Downunder Direct website. Just a peek mind you. You will have to head over to their website if you want to see the complete item. I should have it uploaded under tutorials by the end of today. That is the plan anyway.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mum & Dad

It seems as though I have been doing alot more scrapbooking than cardmaking of late.
I have made a couple of cards for Downunder Direct. I will be adding them to their blog soon.
This layout was created using Kaiserkraft printed papers and Bazzill Basics paper. the flowers and frames were made with Spellbinders.

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Heritage Page

Another layout that I completed for one of the gift albums that I am currently working on. I've used bazzill stormy for the background paper. The printed papers are from Bo Bunny. Flowers have been made using spellbinders. I printed out the info and grandparents verse onto vintage Bazzill. The flourish in the top corner is from Kaisercraft. This has been painted with black acrylic paint. The centres of the flowers are vintage buttons.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Pretty pastels

I made these cards some time ago for the Downunder Direct SIA team entry. The stamp on the left is from Stamp It, the one on the right is from JustRite.
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Thursday, April 30, 2009

May Project Sneak Peek

This view master card is a technique I've wanted to try for sometime. When I saw this new design Season's Tree from Sunshine Designs I knew it would be perfect. Cardstock used is Bazzill Basics. The wording is computer generated. As I was making the card I had an old song When You Need a Friend by James Taylor running through my head. (Now I'm really showing my age) I thought the words from the song fit the card perfectly.
There are another two cards in the set and a bonus Christmas card also made from this set. This is just a sneak peak so you will have to wait until they are loaded into Project of the Month on my online shop to see the others. They will be there sometime tomorrow.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Puppy Love

I originally created this layout for the DUD blog, but decided it didn't showcase their products as much as I would have liked. This is a photo of Shadow, my oh so spoiled 3 year old poodle.
I've used Raven Bazzill for the background. Printed paper is from Bo Bunny. Flowers are a combination of paper flowers and spellbinder dies. The ribbon was purchased in America at Michaels.
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Monday, April 27, 2009

I'm back...

I didn't realise how long it had been since my last post. The past couple of weeks have been very hectic. I've been busy creating projects for DUD, and I am happy to say that I have finished my creations for this month. I spent all weekend creating and although I can't share everything I made with you just yet, here are a couple of the things I made on the weekend.
In my last clean up I found a Hot Off The Press book of 12 x 12 papers Fresh Citrus. I really liked the bright colours of the one I've used here. it went really well with my Petty Cash Bling from Bazzill. On the top card I used Enjoy and Star Border form Justrite Stampers -Harmony Classic Circle Stamper II Stamp Ensemble. I also used my Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circles. A quick and easy card.
On the second card I used Martini Delight, a cling set from The Stamp Barn. I also used my Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Ovals. I stamped and embossed the image twice, coloured in the image with Tombows and popped up the lemon and little umbrella. To finish it off I added a little glossy Accents to the bubbles.
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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Another Easter Card

I made this card last night. I'm not sure who makes the paper as I bought it for a scrapbook page, and used the bit that has the company name printed on it. I went back to get more and it was sold out.
The image is Blooming Egg from The Artful Stamper.
I've cut an oval using my Spellbinder dies from blender card and then stamped and embossed the image in black. I've coloured in the image with Tombows and blended using a water pen. Ive used my scalloped oval spellbinder dies to make the pink and yellow layers. I cut the little chick from the printed paper with the smallest of the large classic circle Spellbinder dies. I've used the smallest of the classic large scalloped circle dies to cut the yellow. Ive added three small lemon brads to the top right of the card. I've added Glossy accents to the eggs, beak and flower dot.
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Easter Card

Although I don't usually send out Easter cards. I thought that I would make a couple for the family this year. This card I made yesterday, and although I have made a similar card many times with this image, it is still a favourite of mine. The image used is Easter Egg from The Artful Stamper.
I've simply stamped and embossed the image with gold onto blender card, and then coloured in the image with Tombows and then blended with a water pen.
I've layered onto two shades of blue Bazzill and then onto a Whte Linen card.
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Monday, March 30, 2009

Disney Pages Have Moved

I started posting my Disney themed scrapbooking pages here yesterday, but decided that with so many planned Disney pages I would start up another blog dedicated to my Disney pages as well as any other Disney themed items I may create. To view my layouts check out my new blog site Disney Scrapbooking.
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Thursday, March 26, 2009

April project of the month

Seeing that I'm on top of things now and have all my March commitments finished, I thought I would give you a preview of next month's POTM over on my online shop. This time I am using Buggy Friends from Sunshine Designs. The project will be available from April 1st.
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I'm back...

After an eventful month I am finally back. I had a bit of a break due to some surgery, but I am now fit and healthy again. Although I haven't been posting any of my creations of late, I have actually been pretty busy. Just before my surgery on the 6th of March, I was chosen to be on the Creative Project Team for Down Under Direct. Over the next 12 months I will be working with some of their fantastic products to create samples and projects for their website. Although we haven't posted any projects as yet, we have been busy creating samples for the SIA trade show in Sydney next week. You can check out their site and meet the rest of the design team.
I made the above card awhile back. I used cardstock from the Bazzill Bling range. I've again used my Spellbinder classic oval and scalloped oval dies. The stamp used is an image off of Fashion Cube from Sunshine Designs The card was quick and easy, my favourite kind!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Pink Ice Cream

I had another play with my Spellbinder nestabilities again this weekend. I absolutely love using them.
For this very quick card I stamped and embossed the ice cream cone and then coloured it with my Tombows. The ice cream cone is an Artful stamper image and the wording is from Sunshine Designs. The cardstock is from the Bazzill Bling range and the printed paper is from K & Co.
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Turning Two

With a few new additions to my extended family over the past couple of years, I find myself in need of cards suitable for young children. I purchased a couple of dinosaur stamps from Stamp It awhile ago so decided it was time to give them some use.
I stamped and embossed the images and coloured them with Tombows. I added some glossy accents to the spots on both images. I assembled the card using the TECC54 sketch I used on a previous card.
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Monday, February 9, 2009

Bundle of Joy

This is a card I made yesterday afternoon. I bought the oval Spell Binder Dies last week and have been keen to give them a try. After a bit of experimenting I finally managed to use them with my Sizzix. I had planned on using my Big Shot, but when I went to use it I found the handle was missing. I had to take the handle off to pack it when we moved last year, and well I guess I put it somewhere safe. Nevermind, I'm sure it will turn up somewhere...
The stamp used is one I've had for years. Not sure who made it as the company name has worn off. The image was stamped and embossed and then coloured with Tombows. The paper came from a Hot Off The Press pack I've had for ages. Embellishments used were ribbon, spiral clip, metal word plate, brads, flowers and diamantes.
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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge #54

I participated in another cupcake challenge over at Taylored Expressions this weekend. The card that I created is quick and simple. The stamp is an image off of a cube from Sunshine Designs and is one of my favourites.
I had actually stamped and coloured the image some time ago, and as it was still sitting on my desk, I decided to make use of it.
The ribbon is from Bo Bunny and was actually brown with white dots. This didn't work for me so I used a pink Tombow to colour in the dots. To finish the card I attached a brad charm that I've had for ages. I think these came from the Happy Hammer about four years ago.

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Valentine's Card

Well after a 2 week break from crafting, I'm finally back at it. With back to school finally here I had a few other things I had to get caught up on before I could get too carried away with my crafting.
After a quick clean up of my craft area I managed to make this card this afternoon.
There is no stamping at all on this card which is quite unusual for me.
I have decided that this year I will make use of all those must have tools that I have and rarely use. So for this card I used my Sizzix as well as my Cricut. The square and circles have been cut using the Cricut Mini Monograms cartridge. The hearts have been cut using an original Sizzix die - double hearts. The paper is Cute Hearts and Postmarks from Scribble Scrabble
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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Birthday Card for Mum

This is a card I just finished to send to my mum for her 86th birthday. I'm not sure where the wording stamp is from, it is possibly a Printworks design. The butterfly is from The Artful Stamper.
Using white ink and white embossing powder, I stamped and embossed the butterfly three times. Twice on Romance Bazzill and once on Petalsoft Bazzill. I've raised the different sections of the wings using silicon to give a 3D effect.
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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge #51

I decided to have a go at Taylor's cupcake challenge #51. I had an idea in my head of what I wanted to create when I started. It didn't quite come together as planned, but I'm happy with the finished results. The stamps I used were Easter Egg Tree from The Artful Stamper and one of the cupcakes from my Hero Arts cupcake set.
I stamped and embossed the main image and then coloured it in with Tombows. I stamped the cupcake seven times on shrink plastic, coloured them with my watercolour pencils then shrunk them in the oven. The finished cupcakes fit perfectly over top of the easter eggs on the Easter Egg Tree stamp. The paper I used was another sheet from my Provo Craft Pocket Full of Posies Stack. To finish off the cupcakes I applied Glossy Accents. The sentiment is from Sunshine Designs.
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Bright Birthday Card

I wanted a nice bright and cheerful birthday card for a female so I created this card the other day.
I received a Provo Craft Pocket Full of Posies Stack 12 x 12 cardstock for Christmas so decided to have a play with some of the designs.
I also used my Cricut for the first time in ages to cut out the oval shapes.
Not sure what the image is. I picked the stamp up at Michael's when I was in the States in 2007. I hadn't used any of the stamps I brought home so decided it was time to start.
The shrink plastic tile was stamped with Sunshine Designs "It's your Day" before shrinking.
I wasn't sure if I liked the card, as I thought it a bit busy. After looking at it for awhile I decided I did in fact like it so decided to share it with you.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Male cards

Over the next few months a few boys in my family will be celebrating their birthdays.
The first two cards have been created using stamps from The Artful Stamper. On the first card I have used paper from Bo Bunny. The image has been stamped and coloured with Tombows. The circles have been cut on my Cricut. The second card has been stamped with Stazon ink and sponged with Distress Ink. On the third card I have used a Barramundi stamp from Stamp It. The card has been created using the same technique as card two.
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Welcome to my blog

Well I have finally decided to take the plunge and create my blog. It is something I have been wanting to do for some time, but never got around to.
After a long break I am finally feeling creative again. Here are a couple of things I've made over the past couple of days.
This card has been created using one of my favourite images from Sunshine Designs - Bonbon Cube. the wording - Friendship Word Cube is also from Sunshine designs.
The image has been stamped and embossed and then coloured with Tombows.
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