23 March 2013


If you wish to increase the tactile sensation of your cards, this technique is for you.  Flocking can also subtly change the colour of the final finish on your card.
The red card used here has been embossed and then gently wiped with a fine sandpaper to create a velvety finish referred to as "flocking".

20 March 2013

New Home - New Life

A potful of love and kisses were sent to a dear friend on the settlement of her new home.

She has decided to relocate so that she is closer to her daughter, extended family and the water.  Wise move.

18 March 2013

Life Saver Butterflies

Back in mid-February I blogged about my flourishing jar of Leftovers that served me well when I had to miraculously produce a card with seconds to spare.

Recently there was another occasion to create a card at a moment's notice.  A girl card, which is far easier to produce than the much-feared "man card".  Butterflies, of which I now have many (but not enough you hear?), were the feature de jour.

15 March 2013

Resistance is not Futile

If you are a Trekker/Trekkie fan, escape now while you still have the chance.  This blog is not for you.  If you are a crafter however, stay a while and read about a stamping technique called Emboss Resist.

The whole premise of Emboss Resist is to stamp an image onto a card which then "resists" all other colour.  In this case the gorgeous red roses were resisting the colour of the En Francais writing which had been added over the top, but gave the illusion of being stamped first onto the background of the card.  A slightly similar technique in the good ole days of stamping was referred to as "masking".

This floral stamp comes from one of Stampin' Up's range of elemental stamps known as Elements of Style.  It was stamped twice onto the card (once at the top and then again at the bottom to fill up the whole length of the card) using a black ink.

The foilage was gradually coloured in with an adhesive ink, then a clear embossing powder was sprinkled over the glue and heat set.  When I say gradually, it was done in stages, to prevent any drying out.

Let the colouring begin!  The alliterated colour names still elude me, suffice to say I used a couple of pink/red colours on the petals and a couple of green colours on the foliage.

The french writing was then stamped over this coloured in image in a dark brown colour.

Add a few more embellishments and the card is complete.

12 March 2013

Homemade Lemonade

You could almost say that it has almost cooled down outside. Almost.
For the uninitiated of you, I live in Melbourne a region of Australia which is meant to enjoy a temperate climate.  We used to have a saying that if you didn't like the weather in Melbourne, just wait 4 minutes.  It could always be relied upon to be unreliable.  To change at a whim.  And so we had acclimatised to this mercurial climate.
Presently we are coming to the end of a "hot spell".  We have been suffering in temperatures of 32c and above and this has been going on for nine days straight, no breaks, no changes, just heat.  I'm writing this at 9.00 in the evening and it is still 33c outside after reaching 36c today.  I could handle the heat as long as there was a break, phew!
Relief is at hand.  The weather is to start calming down tomorrow and hopefully Autumn can finally awaken and wave her magic wand over the gardens and skies. 
This has helped get me through.  A homebrew of Lemonade or Lemon Cordial.  It makes a delicious concentrate that can be mixed with still water, store bought lemonade or, my favourites, natural mineral water or soda water.


  • Put all ingredients, except the water, into a large bowl or basin and mix together well (therapeutic stage if you do this by hand)
  • Add the boiling water.
  • Mix until everything has dissolved.
  • Strain, using muslin cloth, and bottle.

11 March 2013

LOVEly Layers

Altogether there are nine layers or elements in this handsome card.
  • Start with a base card of white, or near white, 14.8 x 21cm, which you then score and fold in the centre.
  • Then cut another piece of card in the same colour measuring (13.9 x 10cm) and emboss it.
  • Cut a piece of patterned paper into a strip measuring 2.5 x 10cm; fray and ink the edges.
  • Add a doilie that has been inked in two complementary colours.
  • Cut out a large heart, emboss the entire piece, fray the edges and ink around the whole image.
  • Cut a smaller heart, using the same patterned paper used in step 3, fray the edges and then ink them.
  • Punch out a small butterfly, emboss it and attach to the larger heart.  Place a pearl in the centre.
  • Stamp a message on a strip of paper and ink it up slightly.  Cut into the ends to form a banner and stress it out using a bone folder.  Attach to the card in two places, making sure that it sits ups from the base of the card.
  • Attach a flower, which has also been inked up and place a pearl in its centre.

09 March 2013

Launching Butterflies

We (my friend Kym and I) attended a Stampin' Up launch late last year.  The problem is, it was so long ago that I have forgotten most of what we did and learnt in that evening.
What I do remember are the wonderful pizzas made by Brian, pizza cuisinier.  Which says a lot about me and my memories; they pretty much always stem from the stomach.
The green flower was made from a length of patterned papier that I fringed and then glued to a narrower length of brown papier; the two of them were then rolled around a Quilling tool.  I cannot, for the life of me, remember how I constructed the other two flowers.  Although I have memories of drawing a freehand spiral, which perhaps I then cut out using patterned scissors?
There's no mistaking this butterfly stamp and punch (Stampin' Up's Papillon Potpourri).  They are a perfect match and have been added to my rapidly growing lepidoptera collection.