04 October 2014

Cutting by Fuss Pots

Cardmaking and scrapbooking are loaded with terminology.  A profusion of quaint little phrases and expressions that are usually self-explanatory, but nevertheless hard to keep track of in their proliferation.

Last year I came across the term, fussy-cut, for the first time and instantly knew what was meant by it.  Basically it means to carefully cut out an image that has been printed on papier or fabric.

In this age of growing Die Cuts that accompany Stamp Sets, it may become a dying "art form".

On closer inspection you can see that I initially stamped the butterflies along the right edge of the card, then cut around about half of each individual butterfly, following a vague vertical line.  Once complete I then mounted three purple ones back on top. Ironically, these had been punched out, not "fussy cut".

The idea for this technique has been around for many years.  But I was recently inspired to recreate it after a card I saw on Pinterest (a girl's best friend). Interestingly, this pin has gone somewhat viral, in my mind, in a Pinteresting sort of way; as of today, 262 Pins and 17 Likes.  Click here to see the original design that influenced the designs above. 

18 August 2014

Addicted to Tea Caddies

Making these cute little boxes is just so addictive.  So much so, that I ran a little workshop whilst on a recent Getaway with some close friends.

They are a perfect fit for the Twinings brand of tea bags, or as they refer to them, tea envelopes.

This is a small gift set put together for Kaye who celebrated her birthday earlier this year. Snugly rolled up in the pink, floral wrapping paper was a packet of Spanish Chocolate disks, destined for making steaming mugs of hot chocolate.

Adorning the lid of the caddy was a rosette centred with a large, pink button.

The inside of the box was lined with matching papier.

Panels surrounding the box were decorated with suitably stamped images of tea paraphernalia.

The idea and pattern for this caddy came from Heidi over at RunningwScissorsStamper.  Click here for a link to Heidi's blog and see for yourself her beautiful creation.

A photographic exhibition of the caddies made with my impromptu craft group will be shown in a future blog post.

Below are photographs of another caddy I made for my sister.

03 July 2014

When Friends Drop By

Thankyou ladies for stopping by for some lunch.

This photo was taken during last school holidays after the remnants of lunch and guests had been cleared away (cheeky) xx.

As you can see we now live in something of a "forest" and we just love being here.  It's like The Magic Faraway Tree and The Enchanted Wood all over again.

01 July 2014

Oh for Post's Sake!

A quick post to herald in the start of the financial year here in Australia.  This card has absolutely nothing at all to do with dollars and cents, which is just as well - one accountant in the family is more than enough.

I've had my proverbial proboscis flat to the grindstone over the past six+ weeks building a scrapbook for a retiring colleague; but more about that in another post to come.  Bascially, there has been little time for anything else but The Big Book of Jenny.

So for the sake of posting a tiny morsel for my few and valued fans, here is a card for Donna, who recently turned Something-Zero.  For those of you who are not familiar with Stampin' Up Stamps, "no, they are not tea, coffee or chocolate stains on the card - it's meant to look like that".  It's an effect, grungy don't you think?

27 May 2014

Marvellous Mini

A Mini Scrapbook is such a pleasure to make but, for me, virtually impossible to put to use.  An inordinate amount of time is spent, choosing the right papiers and embellishments then placing them on the page in a way that makes everything come alive.

A really good "mini" will stand alone as a piece of artwork, without the interruption of photographs. 

So it is with some trepidation that I hand one over to Sally Cakes to decorate (deface) with suitable photographs.

Ridiculous really.  It was always intended to be used as a gift for one of her friends.

I often wonder if there are others out there who create projects upon request only to find that they have "commissioner's regret" once the item is finished.

Having laboured, lovingly, over said project you can only hope that the ultimate intended recipient appreciates the amount of work invested in the mini.


A certain amount of detachment is required.  Perhaps that is why surgeons and specialists appear to have such a cold bedside manner.  Once their work is completed, they no longer have any connection with the patient; no use investing any effort into creating a bond with their patients.

Most of us are defined by our nature.  Mine being emotional and soft-hearted.  Even becoming attached to inanimate objects . . . . 


I can report that Miss Cakes' friend was overwhelmed with her Mini Book.  Such a gratifying feeling and one that makes the whole process worthwhile.

25 May 2014

Poorly Photographed

It pays to take care with the photography of your work.  After all, you spend so much time creating beautiful pieces of craft, you should just spend a few more minutes setting up the right photograph in the right setting or location.

But alas it's midnight the night before you're due to give the card and gift. Exhausted, you quickly snap the final result in less than ideal, darkened conditions and crawl into bed; ready to hand it over the very next day.  Result: happy recipient.  By product: lousy record to blog.

I doubt I'm going to change my ways at this point in my life.  I've always been something of a "last-minute-Lucy".

Above is a makeshift stamp that was created so I could stamp a Lego-look onto the envelope housing the card.  The dots are those foam ones; leftovers that had been removed from a foamie alphabet from letters like b, d, o and p.

22 May 2014


Writing up blog posts is akin to journalling.  It is a way of recording your thoughts and emotions about a particular event or experience or person.  Some experts liken it to an exercise in de-stressing from your hectic day.  In this particular instance it is something of a record of what goes on in my crafting life.

So it flows that if you leave something for too long, you can actually forget what it was about.  Case in point: today's post.  This card was made last year, probably making it about eight months old.

Happy Birthday to whoever you are . . . .

18 May 2014

Christmas Catchup

Scouting through my photo files recently I came across a plethora of untouched photos, all awaiting editting, tweaking and including into posts.  Sigh . . . . . what a busy end to 2013 it was.

Here is a shot of a small gift to my KK recipient.  A Christmas bauble filled with epsom salts, glitter and Christmas paraphernalia.  The challenge is to find items small enough to fit through the teeny tiny opening of the bauble.

This gave me an idea - Place Cards for the Christmas table.  I mean what else do I have to do at the end of the year?

Last Christmas we were fortunate (read "unsuspecting gullible victims") to host both ends of the yule festivities.  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day - yey!  I can laugh now that it is a distant memory; but when you work full time, hosting two major family events within a 24 hour period is just plain crazy.

Luckily I have the talents of Sally Cakes to fall back on.  She always kindly steps up to assist her zealous mama with the final preparations of whatever over-ambitious task I have elected to take on.

Sally sat down and industriously filled the 11 glass baubles that were needed for our evening visitors; these served the dual purpose of being decorative and useful.

Each person's name was placed inside the bauble - lettered beads threaded onto soft wire.

Please ignore all my ramblings that may suggest I am something of a Christmas Grinch. Quite the opposite. I love Christmas and all the memories that come with it.  There is nothing better than sitting down on the day and looking around, knowing that everyone in the room wants to be there and is someone that you care about.