Thursday, December 2, 2010

Selection of cards from Retreat!!

 This one was done by me using the umbrella stamp that was part of a challenge- and was it ever!!
 This one was Libby's Ezy-Press card- I just loved this- really good.
 This was the challenge pack for Sherryl and I think she certainly created something great.
 This was just me playing about using the Ezy-press and experimenting with stamping words in different directions.
 A great shrinky Dink card from Robyn- she's so good with Shrinky! We used Lyra crayons with this- great fun.
This was the challenge pack from Sheona, simple but effective card. Very often these kind of cards are great for "thinking of you".

Anyway, just wanted to share what some of my talented consultants have been up to. Thanks girls for making 2010 such an inspirational one - Keep those great ideas rolling.....
Hope this has inspired you a little to go and create some fantastic cards!
                                                      Take care

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Swirls and Rose Layout

I created this page for a Make and take I did recently. I'm sure I went over budget, but if you just do the ivory square card, then you shouldn't! The ink for the swirls was creamy brown chalk ink. The rose was done in much the same fashion as my previous post, where you punch out 3 scallop large shapes, ink around them using orchid pastel chalk ink and an IBT (ink blending tool). Fold the bottom scallop down to form a platform, keep the next one straight as a base and then roll the edges of the next one so that the paper splits and can be curled up. Punch a medium and small scallop for the inner flower and top it off with a sticky pearl. The beautiful lacey border was made using our Ezy-press die and then distressed lightly using vintage photo distress ink. I edged a piece of oatmeal 12 x 12 card using creamy brown chalk ink and stamped the dainty flourish on some edges, as you can see.
A simple page, but quite cute, even if I may say so myself!! Give it a try and remember, if you don't have all the same stuff, use the design and improvise with what you do have- that's what creativity is all about.
Have a creative week.

Friday, November 12, 2010

New Catalogue!!

Hi Everyone,
Just to let you know the exciting news---- Kaszazz has a brand new catalogue out now!
Hop onto   , and click on Kaszazz products to view the new catalogue. It's really lovely and stylish.
The price has gone up from $6 to $8, but it's now 240 pages, so worth it! If you're a regular customer and I see you at lots of workshops, then you'll be getting one anyway.
Have a browse and let me know if you'd like to purchase anything.
Take care

Monday, November 8, 2010

Paper Roses and Lace Layout

This was my challenge for the retreat. I got the Lily May paper,Summer sandie,  SB essentials Blush and SB essentials bling, opal. I added petunia bazzill and Jasmine lee papers as well as pearls for the centre of the flowers. This is just too fussy to run as a workshop though, as there were too many steps. You could run just the first page and give them the idea for the second. In this layout you needed to use the Ezy-Press for the lace parts , as well as the leaves. I used the Summer sandie paper for the tree and fashioned it with strips. I used vintage photo distress ink to darken it and make it more tree like. The roses were made by punching out 2 scallops from the opal bling, rolling the ends to distress the paper so you can split it into 2 and then use the IBT and orchid pastel chalk ink to colour and then use vintage photo to give a 'ye olde rose' look. The smaller roses were done in the same way just using the smaller punch and adding leaves. Some pink organdy ribbon was also used.
Anyway, I hope this inspires you to create !!
                                       Take care

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Circle of Life Page n Card

On our retreat weekend away, each of us created something for the others to make. This was designed by Monica. I think it's just gorgeous. Her challenge was butter and Mint SB essentials, Jasmine Lee SB foundations paper and the stamp 4380KJ- Adorable friends. Out of those products, Mon came up with this layout and added a few extra things that she wanted. The flowers are a wonderful blend of circles, daisies with their petals rounded and silk daisies. These are either topped with a gold fastener or a rhinestone. It is such a fun blend of colours and designs- Thanks Mon for designing this layout for us!! Great work.
Hope this inspires you to create !

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Emily Rose Ribbons and Bows workshop...

I just love this workshop! It's using one of our new SB Foundations papers called "Emily Rose", hence the name! I like this one not only because it looks good, but there are a few techniques in this workshop that you may not always use in your cardmaking. There's fancy ribbon work, perforations of card, tear off bookmark, gift holder and punching. If you also just love it, please give me a call and book in your workshop. If you want to run it from my home, not a problem, just express an interest and day or night preference and I'll see what I can do.
Hope you have a Fabulously creative week. I'll post more on Wednesday about our great retreat we just had!!!
Chat then.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Princess layout workshop

This layout is a workshop that kaszazz offer. It is using the kaszazz rub ons. They are awesome. They differ from some of the regular rubons in that they are quite solid and clear. They are not flimsy, is what I"m trying to say!! This layout uses some paper from our SB foundations range , which is a new release. If you've not had much experience with rubons before, then this is a workshop not to be missed. It will teach you all you need to know about them and give you valuable experience using them.
 I hope you're having a creative week, I'm off to tidy my craft area, yet again!!!
                            Take care

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Something a little different...

Recently I received a beautiful big box of card making kits and bag toppers from a subscription renewal.
It was Meagan's birthday, so I decided to make her a card from this box and a bag topper. It was so superbly easy and I had so much fun doing it. It really is fun to make cards from a kit sometimes- it just takes off the pressure and allows you to enjoy. Well I hope you enjoy this pic and feel inspired to break open one of your card making kits and have fun creating!!!
Happy creating

Sunday, October 3, 2010

My October page!!

Told you I was going to get busy on my October page. Well, I got all inspired from our newest range of SB Foundations paper. It is absolutely gorgeous- you've just got to try it. Anyway, this page is totally Kaszazz, so I'll talk you through it seeing as I know all the papers and products! This paper is called Cyan Jade and has blue hues on the opposite side. I used some of our new colour rubons called Magic moments, which gives it a stamped on look without stamping! I stamped the butterfly from the Doodle designs bugs set and then punched it out using our butterfly punch. (it fits perfectly!) I used orchid pastel to put some colour around the butterflies using a blending tool. The flower was taken from what Jo Collingwood came up with at the paperific show. The flower is made using the 3 size scallop punches and although you can't see it here, it's been distressed and the paper split, so it looks really good! The leaves were made using our Ezy-press die cutting and embossing machine. The leaf dies are part of a set called 'box #6' .  Around the edges of the paper I used the acrylic paint dabber, hazelnut , and then finished off the edging with dark brown chalk ink.
Whew, that was quite a description, hope you're still with me!! Well, I hope you continue through your week with love and creativity!
                   Take care
ps Check out my new blog:  , it's linked to my book, so I'd love you to check it out and become a follower!!  xxx

Friday, October 1, 2010

Christmas cards from Team Training day!

I had to make some samples for Team training day in September and these are what I came up with. The Santa one is quite ordinary, I painted the image using the Lyra crayons and used some gold smooch in a few places. In the reindeer one, I just love the new reindeer punch as well as the snowflake- beautiful. In that one, I embossed the snowflake stamp, white, then , using the blender tools and broken china , dusty concord distress inks, I blended the background. I loved the contrast of the black against the background. I punched out a circle and distressed that to pop behind the reindeers head. The ribbon and snowflake were the finishing touches.
             Hope you're having a creative week.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

September Page....

Finally! I have completed my September calendar page almost in time for October!! I"m going to get working on October tomorrow- you'll see, it's going to be great!
Anyway, this page was actually started quite a while ago. I have a great love for Stampin up papers as well as Creative memory pages! I know I'm not supposed to, but, I just do. Anyway, I can't tell you which papers they are, but they do co-ordinate really well. The paper flower was a labour of love- encouraged by my friend Jude who really wanted it on the page! Anyway, it does look right there. For the flower, all you have to do is hand draw some concentric circles on the back of your paper. Then you get tearing. That's the fun part (I'm being sarcastic.). The end result is something beautiful, but you might need alcohol to get there.
Anyway, enjoy your browse, and don't forget to look back into the archives for further inspiration.
Take care

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Ezy-Press Handbag

I received my Ezy-Press machine during the week , leading up to Team Training Day. I naturally had to make some samples for consultants to see. This handbag and flower design is from one of the dies you can buy. In the die pack comes heaps of designs and therefore a multitude of uses for it. I will be working on some more designs during the week on this particular die to give you more ideas.
Now onto the Ezy-Press! This is a fantastic die-cutting and embossing machine. It is by far, one of the easiest machines I have ever used! There is very little effort required to get the dies through, so it is especially great for those with weaker hand/arm strength. We have a great range of dies and embossing folders, so there is something for everyone. I'm guessing that at most of our future launches there will be more dies released! The good news is that cuttlebug/sizzix/nestabilites dies are all compatible with this machine! It really is great value as the plates that come with it go up to A4 size, and some of our dies do too! Great for scrapbooking.
The new product flyer will be up online by the close of business on Monday, but if you CAN'T WAIT......... drop me a line, and I'll send you an email version for you to look at!!!
Have a great day

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

August Calendar page- Remember

For this layout, of the 2 moms/ grans of the family, I used Ebony and ivory paper range on the bottom and the dots are from the Merry Christmas range. I absolutely love our new large fabric daisies and this maroon one is just so rich and beautiful. I paired it up with the pomegranate SB essentials cardstock and a smidge of ivory card.I used the scallop circle punch to highlight the flowers in either black or pomegranate. Accents were added from the Sticky Bling flourish pack.
Hope you have a happy week.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Di's Birthday Card- cute teddy...

Here's another Tri-fold card! I made this for my sister's birthday. She's very partial to cute stamps and teddies. The teddy stamp and punches are Kaszazz. I coloured the teddy using copics that Di gave me. They are awesome for creating a beautiful shading effect. I used some shimmer cardstock that has been retired from Kaszazz but I had some of. I CB the paper to create that lovely texture. I used the scallop punch for the base of the card - layered always looks good. In each scallop, I put some little sticky bling. The rest is quite self explanatory. The only hint I have when making cards like this, is, use magic mount for the front(scallop) section so the card resists moving forward.
These cards are really fun to make. All you do is,with the card in a landscape position, score about 1 " on the right side of the white card, fold it on the score. Then fold the actual card to the 1" score line. Have a second piece ready, size 3 .5" by width of card. Adhere to the 1"fold.
I hope these instructions are good enough. Give it a try and email me your beautiful cards.
I"ll post them on the blog and then do a little draw for some FREE STUFF !!
Entries must be in by 29th August.
Happy Creating!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tri-Fold Leaf Card

I made this card for Nicole's birthday. I was doing a workshop with the Leaf Rollagraph and then got inspired to make a card with it. She loves owls, so I simply had to put an owl on it!! This one is our newest - Oliver Owl. The piece behind the owl is a corrugated card made by Cuttlebug and then inked. The leaves were rollagraphed and then cut out and placed in a arrangement. They were coloured using the Lyra watercolour crayons and the aqua brush. The sparkles on the leaves are dew drops! You may not be able to see, but on the dark brown bazzill , I"ve sprayed gold smooch spritz. It is so beautiful in real life. If you haven't used the smooch spritz yet, you do need to give it a whirl - it just highlights your work. I finished it off with some antique embellishments and flourish bling rhinestones.

On a business note, if you host a workshop with me in August and have 6 people there, I will give you a pack of free Kaszazz products to the value of $50 !!!!! So, check your diaries, and get back to me quick!!

Have a great day !!


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

My Birthday Cards from VERY TALENTED PEOPLE!!!!

Nicole's Card- Just love it soooo much!
Di's Card- Love the humourous side- gotta laugh!

Cards from Monica, Kristen, Glenda and Karen- all super impressive !!

Cards from Julie, Nicole and Ann-Maree - Sparkly and fab....
I just had to share all these remarkable cards I got. I think, sometimes, I get much more excited about seeing card designs and what people have created for me, than actual presents!! Although, I do so love a present! I was really spoiled on my birthday with many fabulous things which I really love. Thanks to all who gave me a present as well- I just loved every one...
Hope this beautiful array of cards, stimulates your creative juices .... off you go and create!
Take care

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Cherish - Funky Blooms!

This is a photo of my niece, Bron's little girl, Jasmine. I really wanted to use our new range- Funky blooms for it and had lots of fun. AS you can see, I used bling words , rubons and the butterfly punch, all Kaszazz products. The patchwork look is from a page of the blooms range. What I like about that page is that you can come up with many different card designs using one page! One of the nicest, aside from the Romance pack, card making packs, is the Funky blooms. Such great card ideas and sooo simple. We have some new flyers with new christmas stamps. Have a look at the Kaszazz website and see what's new.
Thanks for looking!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Christmas In July !

Well, FINALLY I'm back from the land of nod! Amongst computer hitches and work, I'm at last back in blogland.
I ran a Christmas in July workshop with a lovely bunch of ladies on Saturday. It was a fun day. Above are the cards and beyond the page items we made. In the first picture, we did a Christmas rubons 5PQ (projects quick) . With each card , different products were used. We used gold smooch, distress tool, distress ink with blender, smooch spritz gold and emerald, jewel set- perfect pearls and gold paint dabber.
For the Beyond the page workshop, we created a bag using the scallop circle chipboards, a beautiful Christmas stocking gift card holder and a christmas cracker which could be filled with choccies!
They had all the refreshments and lunch their bodies could take and on top of that, they all won great prizes. I think they really felt like it was Christmas! Well, that was the intention anyway.
Take care

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Biggest Morning Tea!

At the end of May, I hosted a Biggest Morning Tea to raise funds for Cancer research in honour of my friend Trudy who lost her battle with Cancer last year. I'm pleased to announce that we raised $425 ! Everyone who came took part in a workshop and the proceeds were donated. We also had raffle prizes which were donated by myself, Kaszazz and Word of mouth. They ended up being fantastic prizes!! Above is a picture of the cards we did - they were well received and everyone had lots of fun - the most important thing!!
If you'd like to donate , you still can! Go to and find host- that's me, type in my name and check it out. You will be able to make a donation online.
Have a great day!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Owl Page n Card

The challenge from Kaszazz was to make up something using the newer Australiana stamps. I generally find these stamps a bit of a challenge, but the owl worked in this case. I used brown baz for the base paired with oatmeal and ivory in parts. The green is Parakeet baz. Most of it you can probably work out. I stamped the fern and swirl in frost white ink. The tiny butterfly is from the calendar icons stamp - it has some really cute little stamps, great for accents or highlights. I used gold smooch on the letters and added some punched daisies on the words too. I used my favourite tiny daisy punch here as well. The card is done in much the same way but with the branch stamp from the treasured memories set. With the owl, they were coloured in using the lyra crayons and the beak was smooched!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Picture to page show - Now on!!


Already been on Saturday, but if you're not doing much tomorrow, see if you can squeeze it in- You'll be so glad you did!!

Sunday 16th May 10am to 4.30pm

@ The Whitehorse Club
298-336 Burwood Hwy,
East Burwood Reserve

Mel Ref: 62 C7
Entry: Adults - $8.50
Kids under 12 - Free
Check out the link to see more details. It really is a great show, especially for all who love cardmaking and scrapbooking - many good bargins and fabulous things to buy.
Of course, Kaszazz will be there too, so be sure to stop by....

Check out details on

Friday, May 7, 2010

Mothers' Day Cards..

Here is a sample of some Mothers' Day cards that I came up with for a recent workshop. We also included Monica's card that you will have seen on the previous post. For these cards I used CB folders, nestabilities, punches, distress inks, blending tools and acrylic paints. There is also the touches of chalks, ancient page ink and ice stickles. It was a fun evening of creations where everyone chose what they wanted to do and adapted ideas to suit them. A creative and fun night with great people.

My next workshop coming up is on Thursday 20th/ Friday 21st May. I'm doing the "Mini Mister perfect pearls " layout. It is number 2H525 in the workshop flyer that can be found at: , click on the 3 customer events , choose the 2H workshops and there you'll find this workshop in the scrapbooking workshops. Sorry, I did try to put up a pic, but my brain is moving a little too slowly!! I'll see what I can do over the next day or so.

Hope you have a great Mothers' Day, and get totally spoiled and pampered.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Monica's card...

Monica, a talented Kaszazz consultant and guest designer of my blog made this card. I just love it!! She used white card, Java bazzill and some ribbon from her stash. She used one of the latest CB folders and then rubbed white ink over it to highlight all the embossed bits. She punched and inked the butterflies, and then highlighted them with some sticky bling flourish. She topped it off with some ribbon along the bottom. The words are from our - mini messages stamp. This range of stamps are awesome- they are so handy for every occasion.
It's a great card - thanks for featuring Monica!

If you'd like to feature in my blog, be sure to email your special design!! You can also be guest designer.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Greg's Birthday card

This is my brother, Greg's birthday card. I began experimenting with various CB templates and then ended up tearing the images and layering them. I used the same technique as I have before- after cuttlebugging, I painted with my Lettuce paint dabber. Once dry, I sanded the raised images and then used vintage photo distress ink and my blender tool to rub in some colour.The car stamp is Kaszazz. I stamped it in Dark brown chalk ink and coloured parts of it in using an aqua brush and the distress ink. You can also stamp with distress and then blend the colour on the lines - that's the great thing about distress inks. I made a nestabilities bracket shape with brown bazzill and cut it in half to place behind the car stamp. I used antique gold paper fasteners on each side and then mounted the car and the words. The card is also edged.
It really is much more challenging to create male cards and be satisfied with how they look! Hope this has given you some ideas.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Butterfly Birthday !

I quite enjoyed putting together 2 unlikely colours- red and pink. On a plain white card, I stuck an CB embossed piece of white and inked the edges with warm red fluid chalk. Onto that, I made the name plate using nestabilities. The Happy Birthday is a kaszazz stamp-one of my favourite ones. I have 2 butterfly punches. The one has since been retired from Kaszazz , but the larger one is current. So , I just layered them and inked the white ones edges with warm red fluid chalk ink. I then ice stickled the pink butterfly. The tiny daisies are so cute- it's my new favourite punch. Kaszazz has these tiny punches that work really well. I've had so much use out of this small daisy punch. So, add a scattering of tiny daisies and voila, a very happy birthday card!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Steve's birthday card.

I made this card for my brother in law, Steve. It was his birthday last week and I'm still not sure if he's received the card yet! Never mind, I can't wait otherwise I might just forget to put it on!!
This started with some Flourish paper rolled through the CB folder- retro. I then textured a piece of oatmeal card with corrugated cardboard CB folder and inked it with vintage photo distress ink. The little piece behind the Happy Birthday is actually from the School range -it's a mustard colour that has been distressed. I used the new Paper distresser for around some edges - love that tool!! I enjoyed decorating the inside of the card too- I used the sand SB paper from the Castaway range and stamped it with the distress ink, the wire stamp and clock stamp. For some reason , I always picture male cards as rustic!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Bunches of love Card and watering can

Excuse the shoddy photos!! Taken in a hurry! Anyway, I had a great time with the card that I made. It all started with the paper for the watering can- it is now discontinued from Kaszazz, but it suited the person I made it for! Maureen loves her garden and has recently begun a vege patch, so I decided that I'd pop some herb seeds into a watering can for her birthday. I can't take absolute credit- Jude came up with the idea of seeds! Thanks Jude.

Once I made the watering can, I knew I had to use the hibiscus stamp in the card. I really enjoyed making the blue CB background for the card. I took a plain white card, embossed it, rubbed it with the Acrylic paint dabber- Pool. Leave it to one side to dry. Once dried, sand the raised parts, gently, dust off. Then take vintage photo distress ink and a blender to gently add some extra colour. It really does look great - even if I may say so myself!

The hibiscus flowers is a Kaszazz stamp. I inked it with marmalade Distress ink and then inked on the edges with Vintage photo distress ink, to give it a blended look. You can also lightly spritz to give a watercolour look, but I wanted crisp for this card.

I also used the nestabilities to cut out the signage for the birthday greetings- I'm really loving them. Thanks Di!!
I have added the link to the watering can template - it's so cute. Just a tip with templates, you can just print the template directly onto your paper, as long as it's on the wrong side- obviously!
Have fun creating. If you do make up a watering can, do email me a pic so I can pop it up on the blog for all to see!!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A Sympathy Card

I thought I'd make a collection of some cards, to have on hand. I have many cards, but I'm not necessarily happy with all of them! Anyway, I thought I"d make a sympathy/thinking of you card. I love the sentiment "thinking of you", it just encompasses so much. I always feel drawn to chalks for these types of cards. I was really pleased with this one,because I used my nestabilities and CB folder! I created the oval nestabilities shape first, kept the plate on and chalked gently around it before removing the plate. I then stamped using perfect medium and chalked the lavender stamp. I stuck a piece of organdy white ribbon along the bottom of the oval, only securing at the back. This allows me to slip another piece of ribbon under the base one to tie a bow. I used the oval scallop nestabilities for the lilac bazzill and then simply put them together and mounted them on the white card. For the strip along the base of the card, I scalloped a piece of lilac bazzill using our new scallop border punch. I then used the CB die which is just a strip (I"m sure all these things have special names, but, I don't know what they are!!); to create a paper ribbon along the bottom. I stuck this onto the scallop piece and placed along the base of the card. The words "thinking of you" were stamped in Dusty concord distress ink, edged and mounted on the paper ribbon.
The whole card is edged with dusty concord. Now to making another friend a card and special gift! Gosh, the fun just never ends!!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

My Favourite things...

I did these pages a little while ago, but still like them! I wanted to show how Scrapbooking isn't only about photos, but about journalling about yourself. As you can see, there are no photos on this layout, only pics of favourite things. I've used rub ons a fair bit, as well as punches. I stamped the title and added lines to it. Note, for one of my favourite colours-purple, I used a paint swatch from Bunnings! These swatches are fabulous, also for the backgrounds on cards. They make pretty , inexpensive decor items! As you may have guessed, based on previous posts, I"m doing an album about me and my life. It is quite a journey, and one that my kids are really enjoying reading about.
Here's my challenge to you, start writing in a small notebook of memories you have as a child - try to keep it positive. Then write about your likes /dislikes in music, movies, food, countries, holidays etc. You are only limited by your imagination. Keep your notebook in your handbag for when you're stuck waiting for an appointment. Instead of feeling the frustration, put your time to good use and think back- it's a very liberating experience! It can also be a great time for healing to take place........
Anyway, enough philosophy for one day - enjoy your creations!