Friday, 14 February 2014

Valentine Swap

It has been a year since my first swap through Simply Betty Stamps Facebook page. As always, Betty generously gave us an image to use for our swap. Our mission was to decorate a wine box and then fill it with crafting goodies. I was fortunate to have Miss Emily Shroom again as my swap buddy. She made me a beautiful box and it was stuffed to the brim with lots of yummy embellishments including charms, buttons (especially loved the vintage ones), ribbon and flowers. Other items were stamps including one of Betty's rubber stamps of Rio, chalks, rub ons, butterflies and OWLS. Emily also gave me a terrific card that some of you may have seen as she won a challenge with it (Lucky me!) I am going to have so much fun using everything. Thank you so much, Emily!
Now to see what everyone else received from their swap buddy. Here is the hop list for you to follow.

  Blog Hop List
Betty Roberts:
Carmen Shannon ( no blog ) ^ ^ ^
Corinne Jones:
Robin Bogle:
Tanja Charles
Kay Mowat
Anita Blake
Celina Matthews
Lisa Nelson:
Katya Bess:
Emily Shroom
Jackie Maunder:
Jackie Randolph
Trish the dish Sakulich
Sam Slater:
Nia Flannery :
Sandy Smith
Vanessa Bland:
Melissa Varga:

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Rio's Sweet Sixteenth

Betty's daughter, Rio will be celebrating her 16th birthday really soon. A group of us from the Simply Betty Stamps Facebook Group were asked to create a card for her using a beautiful Steampunk image.

I tried to make my card grungy and used the W series of Copic markers to colour it. I added a minimum amount of colour using Prismacolor pencils in green, ochre and maroon.
The die cut image was inked with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink as were the two punched borders (Martha Stewart's scroll and lattice punches). The background is a piece of vintage bookpaper.
Other embellishments include Flourish With A Bling pearls , ribbon, paper flowers and leaves made with a nifty set I bought at my local craft store- one punch for the leaves and then an embossing punch to add the veins. With a quick brush over of ink these look great. I can't help anyone with the brand because there wasn't one on them.
My daughter, Ashleigh, is also 16 and so I asked her to include a little something in the card for Rio. She love Manga and is always drawing. Here is a photo of her wacky turtle.

I love her creations and how her drawing style is developing. Make sure you leave her a comment I can show her if you like her artwork.

Now, to wish Rio a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I hope you like your card and little gifts. Have a terrific year of fun and laughs x

Have fun seeing everyone else's cards for Rio's special day.

Blog Hop List
Cynthia Cole's on SBS blog
Sheri Scraps
Jackie Randolph
Katya Bess
Wendy Billings
Kay Mowat
Celina Matthews
Trish TheDish Sakulich
Sam Slater Http://
Lisa Howell
Tanja Charles
Veronica Chasteen Rosenshein
Darcy Schroeder
Irene Chapmon Sherman
Nia Flannery
Emily Shroom
Jackie Maunder
Elisabete Oliveira Balcavage
Vanessa Bland
Lisa Lucas Nelson

Friday, 20 December 2013

Penny Black Christmas Card

Even though we never get snow at Christmas here in Australia, I still love to think of snowflakes and snowmen at Christmas time. I have pulled out one of my old stamps for this week's challenge over at  -Here Comes Christmas Day!

I used the 1998 Penny Black stamp 'Snowy Friends' as my feature image. I coloured it using Copic Markers and blinged up the snowmen using Ice Stickles 'Crystal Ice'.
The image was cut out using a Spellbinders Label die. Spellbinders 'Create A Flake' dies were used for the snowflake embellishments. The background paper was an invitation sheet from my stash.
Other embellishments included a paper doiley and Bella flourishes.

Wishing everyone a happy Christmas and holiday season...make sure you make some time to craft.
Thanks for stopping by, Jackie.

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Cookies for Santa

My Christmas card this week features the Cookies for Santa Jude digi from Simply Betty Stamps. I began by colouring the image using my Copic markers:
Hair: E33, E35, E37, E39
Suit: YG09, YG13, YG17
Hat:R05, R27, R29 and T1 for texture on trim
Face: E50, E53, E95
I also used T1 and T2 for the shadow and the plate/milk
The image was cut out using a generic label die. I had to use the largest size in the set so traced around the outside of the die onto red card to create the border and cut it out carefully by hand.
The paper for the background were from Simple Stories 2012 Handmade Holidays range. Brown Spot- 'Tis the Season' and Tartan- 'Winter Wonderland'. I used the Martha Stewart 'Loops' punch to create the edge on the tartan strip. Small red diamantes were placed on alternate spaces to add interest.
The flower in the top left corner was created using the Cheery Lynn Poinsettia Die Strip. This looks best if the petals on each layer are spaced between those on the previous layer. I joined the layers using a brad and then added foliage using Martha Stewart's branch die. Finally, some Bella bling in red. The flourishes were cut apart to make a shape that suited the main picture.
Let me know what you think, Happy Crafting, Jackie.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: Merry Christmas Card

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Christmas Tree Card

This week I have made a simple card using cardstock and papers from the Authentique 2012 Festive Collection. Using a cream card, I added a background using the 'Jolly' paper from this range after inking the edges with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.
My next step was to make the tree. This required four squares of paper which I cut from the 'Yuletide' paper using the largest four of my Spellbinders Square Dies. After folding them using a teabag fold, I glued the folds in place and left under a heavy book to dry. The dried pieces were later glued on top of each other- this part needs a little care as the layers are bulky.
The base of the tree is a small scrap of brown Bazzill.
Under the tree, I created a border using Martha Stewart's Scroll Lace Punch and the ribbon used for the final details was from American Crafts.

I am entering this card into the Christmas Card challenge over at:
Thanks for stopping by, Jackie.

Friday, 29 November 2013

Paper Tole Using Graphic 45 paper

This week's challenge over at Through the Purple Haze was  using things from your stash...not too hard for me as I seem to have an ever growing collection of 'essentials"!! I'm sure you know what I mean.
One of my favourite paper ranges is Graphic 45 and I always buy at least two of ever sheet so that I have plenty to play with.
This paper tole uses paper from the ABC Primer range and a pre-made wooden photo frame. I layered cutouts from the paper range using foam tape and coated the top layer with glossy accents. Lots of fussy cutting.
The border was made with different strips of G45 paper and has a coat of Clear Crackle Paint over it.I then rubbed Walnut Stain distress ink over the dry crackle and wiped off the excess.
The corner feature has flowers made using G45 papers and the Tim Holtz Tattered floral die. I made the button in the centre flower using my brad maker and again glossy accents.Other flowers, leaves and the small key were Prima pieces from my stash. All pieces have been edged with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
The flourishes were cut using a Sizzix die and the black pearl flourishes were by Bella.

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Saturday, 23 November 2013

Star Fold Card

I have been wanting to make a star fold card for some time now and so chose to make one this week for the red, pink or purple challenge over at
I used a sheet of 'Merry' paper from the Authentique 'Festive' paper collection. This pack included 12 sheets of cardstock as well as stickers and elements.
There are many detailed instructions for making a star card on the net. I have included a blog to help you I am sure you will be able to discover others.  I made mine by beginning with a piece of the cardstock that was 12"x10 3/8" in size.
The Authentique paper was double sided and both sides can be seen in my finished card.

Once I had made my card, I added a centre which I attached to one point so that the card could still be opened. The large circular shape is a Spellbinders die from the beaded Circles set. The Spellbinders dies 'Venetian Motifs' was used to make the cream details. These were all edged with Brushed Corduroy Distress Stain before gluing in place.
Other embellishments I used were red fabric flowers from my stash, Flourish With A Bling rhinestones and pearls, an element sticker from the Authentique collection and red grosgrain ribbon for the hanger.
I think I will be making a few more of these this year for my crafty friends!
Please check all of the other great entries out over at:
Thank you for stopping by. Jackie