Sweet Pea


Ready for the weekend? Let's hope for a creative one! Honestly, some days I just sit there surrounded by creative things and I just don't know where to start.

Back to iris folding this week as I had some beautiful papers from Kaiserkraft's Sweet Pea collection which came as a freebie with one of my magazines. I also used my new scoring board - another freebie! - to make the paper rosettes. You don't see it on the picture, but the rosettes are quite small as the card only measures 11.5 x 11.5 cm and it was such a fiddly task to put them together.

So here is a beautiful early spring birthday card which I'll add to my March Birthday stock:

Hope you like it!

More Cake!


Weekends are for crafting and baking. Our kitchen is filled with the warm smell of cinnamon, vanilla and chocolate almost every Sunday. That's where you would find me in the morning, making pancakes while preparing the dough for yet another delicious cake (how many we've had I lost count of).
I enjoy baking so much because it's pretty much fool-proof. I know that if my creative mojo hits a low, at least my cakes will work out. Talking about cake... I had another go at some new designs with the oh so cute "Bake a Cake" stamps and papers. Since my colouring can be dodgy sometimes, I decided to paper piece the cake. No sentiments were added so these can be used for any occasion.
The cakes were stamped on patterned papers and raised with 3D foam pads. The labels were die cut and embossed with Nestabilities Labels Nine. The first card features a hand stitched border.
Et voilà...

It's a real challenge to take pictures in the winter time because the light is gone early. Guess what, I can't wait for summer! I'm constantly moving around the house to find the best spot that gets a bit of sun light.

Happy crafting!

Happy Bunny!


It was such a tough week at work and I was looking forward to a crafty escape this weekend from all the madness. I couldn't resist picking up the latest issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft. I can easily spend all day on the couch reading my craft magazines from front to back and back to front over and over again. The readers' letters are my favourite and I couldn't believe my eyes when I opened the page. My iris folding cards are featured as Editor's Favourite!

It really lifted my spirits and I'm such a happy bunny! Can't wait for my DCWV goodies to arrive...

Cake, anyone?


The best part of my Saturday is when I come home with a copy of one of my favourite papercraft mags and I sit down with a cuppa and flick through the pages. You get so many fab goodies lately. I picked up this month's "Simply Cards & Papercraft" which comes with a scoring board - I mainly bought it because I want to make paper rosettes again instead of investing in expensive rosette dies. Can't wait to put it to use!

I made a couple of cards using "Bake a Cake" stamps and papers which were another oh so sweet freebie. from "Papercraft Inspirations". I'll share my favourite card here with you. I used one of the layouts from the magazine and slightly changed it to match the small card size (5" x 5").

First, I built my cake with three stamps, coloured it with Promakers and sprinkled it with white Stickles. The border on the backing paper was hand-stitched which makes the piece of paper very chunky and hard to glue down. I resolved this by using sticking 3D foam pads on the back. The cake also has bits of foam pads for a raised effect on the top and bottom only. The middle part is glued to the paper. The paper flags were cut with Spellbinders Nested Lacey Pennants - one of the best investment so far! I also used a small piece of green ribbon to cut a flag and singed the edges to keep it from fraying. A few buttons for cuteness and half pearls to finish off. The stamp set also included the birthday sentiment.
Et voilà... so sweet!

I really enjoyed the stitching and made another birthday cake card using zig-zag stitch which worked out fine for glueing down.

Bon appetit everyone!

Moose card


"Life is a journey, travel it well"

Oh yes... and do we travel! My hubby and I went to Belgium last month as I had promised my oldest niece for her birthday to spend a day crafting with her. I brought some material with me and we made cards with patterned papers, die cuts, Tatty Teddy decoupage sheets, plenty of buttons and gemstones and digi stamps. Even my three year old nephew couldn't resist the colourful buttons and glued a few ones into his sticker album.

We went back to Belgium for my hubby's birthday celebrations earlier this month. My niece went on a shopping spree with him and picked some crafty goodies for me: buttons and a moose punch! I was so over the moon with the moose stamp because it fits my logo. Now, the punch comes from Artemio and I haven't seen this brand outside of Belgium yet, so I will definitely check out the Belgian craft stores next time.

I made this card as a 'Thank You' for my niece and couldn't wait to share it with you. Fingers crossed she won't see it here before it arrives!

I wanted to make a fun design with dies and punches. I used a scalloped border punch and Spellbinders Nestabilities Postage Stamps which I had almost parted from but decided to keep now. I also stamped and cut out hearts to fill the squares.

I can't wait to try more designs with this punch and the best thing about it is... the moose can also be used for Christmas cards! You could use the same design and fill the squares with Christmas images. I've got something in mind already...

Hope you like my design!

New year, new look


'Happy New Year' to all fellow crafters! Let's kick off with some crafty New Year's resolutions:

1. Clear out and downsize my stash. Done!
2. Use up old material first. Work in progress!
3. Don't invest too much in new material. Make cards with freebies.
4. Keep my designs simple.
5. Keep this blog free of butterfly/flower themes. Do something different.
6. Take part in the 'Cardmaker of the Year' competition. BIG wish!

Now with Christmas behind us, it is time to build up a small stock of birthday cards. There are so many birthdays in January and March and I don't like to keep it all until the last minute.

Here is one design I made today in a fit of inspiration. I had still kept a cut out chandelier digi stamp from Shery K Designs which you can download here for free. I found the purple/pink/black paper in my scrapbooking leftovers and combined it with Basic Grey's Little Black Dress to make the background. Then die cut borders with Sizzix Thinlits, cut them in half and decorated the borders with it. The stamp is centred on frames from Nellie's and each layer raised with 3D foam pads. I've still got tons of lace from Christmas and also found a colourful ribbon (which comes with M&S flower bouquets, btw). Added yellow sparkles to break the dark colour combo a bit.

Et voilà... here is the end result!

Next time, I'll show you a fun card to make which quite fits my logo, too!

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