Paper Adventures blog hop – Kit Challenge

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Hello fellow crafters and thank you for stopping by the Paper Adventures blog hop. If you have arrived here from Narelles blog I know you will have been very impressed with her creations. I would also like to welcome Joanne James who is our guest designer for this month, Joanne lives in the UK and has a blog called the Crafty Owl, I love the projects that she creates. Although we are not allowed to travel overseas it is so good that we can get together to share our love of papercrafting through social media.

The theme for this month is Kit Challenge, this is our challenge:

The card base for my project is Mint Macaron onto which I adhered a Petal Pink matt. For my Whisper White matt I used the Tufted Embossing Folder, I covered the inside of the folder with Versamark Ink, ran it through the Big Shot then heat embossed it with White Embossing Powder (the white heat embossing doesn’t show on the photo). My square piece of DSP is from the Best Dressed DSP and is 2 3/8” square, I then layered that onto a Mint Macaron Layered Square. Before I adhered that onto to Whisper White matt I added my 4” piece of Petal Pink Organdy Striped Ribbon. My embellishments were pearls across the top and bottom and to finish off I added a Petal Pink metallic edge ribbon bow.

Next on the blog hop is Joanne James, click on the next button below to see what wonderful projects Joanne has created for us.

Thanks again for visiting my page, I hope you enjoyed this challenge as much as I enjoyed creating it.


Social Stamping – Travel

Hello and thank you for stopping by this weeks Social Stamping blog host. My blog this week nearly didn’t happen as yesterday my Facebook account was hacked and due to security protocols was deactivated by Facebook, the good news is that overnight FB reactivated it and I am almost back to normal apart from the mixture of English and Chinese text 😄.

The theme for this blog host is travel and I will admit that I don’t have many “travel” stamp sets however I brought out my two intrepid travellers, Bill and Elsie, from On To Adventures and along with a matt of Tropical Oasis DSP I made a card to farewell them on their next adventure which is to the jungle, that is of course if Covid-19 allows them to travel. I don’t think Bill and Elsie will be very happy if their holiday gets cancelled.

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The back, the small piece slots in between the front and the easel piece

I am not sure what this type of fold card is called, I have called it a Stand Up Easel Card as I have taken a card front and added a piece at the back for it to stand up. To make sure that it doesn’t fall flat I have attached a small strip of cardstock in between the easel part.

This was a fun card to make and I hope it made you smile too. Next stop on the blog post is Vicki Boucher, I wonder what delights Vicki has for us today. Click on the Next button and it will take you to Vicki’s post

Happy Crafting and keep smiling 😊

Social Stamping – Hearts

Thanks for stopping by for this weeks Social Stamping blog host which has been organised by the amazing Kelly Kent. Kelly has done a wonderful job of keeping demonstrators connected during Covid-19 by organising this blog host every week.

The theme for this week is Hearts.  Hearts can mean I Love You, I am thinking of you, Thank You or even Just Because. I have chosen to use the hearts to say Thank You and have come up with two completely different cards. There are many people that I would like to say thank you to for keeping us safe and it is good to make something different.

For the first one I have brought out my Grace’s Garden bundle for the first time and used Highland Heather as my feature colour, this set reminds me of an English country garden. The card base is Highland Heather and I have used Dark Highland Heather and Dark Daffodil Delight blends to colour in the flowers with Light Old Olive for the leaves.  The die cut leaves and flowers have been cut from Old Olive and Daffodil Delight cardstock.  My little birdie is coloured in Light Night of Navy.

I have carried the sentiment to the inside and added more flowers to finish it all off.

For my second card I chose Real Red for my card base.  The matted layer is from the soon to be retired From My Heart DSP, I then added a Stitched Rectangle matt in Whisper White which I had embossed with the Tufted Dynamic Embossing Folder.  The flowers are from the Bloom and Grow stamp set, I coloured them in with Real Red, Flirty Flamingo and Old Olive blends before die cutting them with the matching Budding Bloom die set. The sentiment on the Real Red heart is also from the Bloom and Grow stamp set and is white heat embossed, I added some silver metallic thread to the back before attaching it with dimensionals.

Next up on the blog host is the wonderful Andrea Mears, click on the Next button and it will take you to Andrea’s post to see what she is sharing this week.


Social Stamping blog host – Sunshine

Hello everybody and welcome to the eighth Social Stamping blog host brought to us by the wonderful Kelly Kent to bring together demonstrators to help and support each other during these challenging times.  I have learnt so much and collected lots of ideas for future projects, you certainly are a very talented group of ladies.

Thankfully here in the West is that as from Monday there will be lifting of some of our restrictions i.e. we will be allowed to travel between some of our internal boundaries, meet in groups of up to 20 people and the restaurants, cafes and bars will be allowed to open and take patrons up to 20 with the proviso that Social Distancing is being observed. Hopefully at last we are on the road to getting back to normal.

The theme for this blog host is Sunshine. To me Sunshine is warm and happy and I must admit that I did struggle at first but after a lot of thought I decided went with the soon to be retired stamp set Painted Harvest to create my own sunshine, I must admit that I haven’t used this set a lot but it was perfect for what I wanted to create – a warm flowerpot of sunflowers.

The flowerpot was made by cutting out the largest Stitched Nesting Label die out of the woodgrain design in the Pressed Petals DSP, I cut a small part off the top and attached a 5/8” piece of the same DSP a fraction longer than width of the pot, I made a mask and placed it where I wanted it on the Whisper White matt and stamped a sunflower at either end.  For the background sunflowers I stamped a sunflower on a scrap of Whisper White and fussy cut it before placing it in the middle of the pot on dimensionals. The leaves were stamped on Pear Pizzaz cardstock with Old Olive ink and cut out with the leaf punch and adhered behind the middle sunflower. The sentiment is from the Under the Umbrella stamp set which I stamped in Early Espresso ink on Crushed Curry cardstock and attached it to the flowerpot with Dimensionals.

To complement my card I raided my retired DSP stack  and made a gift bag using the sunflower design from the Painted Autumn pack. The bag used two sheets of DSP but I was very pleased with the final result, I used Daffodil Delight crinkle ribbon and a matching tag to finish it off. I CASE’d this bag from Julie Kettlewell from My Paper Haven,  this is the Utube link should you decide to make one

Thank for visiting my blog post, next on the journey is the delightful Lou Kitzelman,  click on the link below to take you directly to Lou’s post


Paper Adventures blog hop – case the birthday girl

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Hi everybody and thank you for stopping by for our Paper Adventures May blog hop and a big welcome to Tanya Rees who is our guest designer for this blog hop.

Today is a very special day as it is Kelly’s birthday, Kelly is our leader, friend and mentor and what better theme for this blog hop than “Case the Birthday Girl”. Our challenge was to CASE (Copy and Share Everything) any design that has appeared on Kelly’s My Papercraft Journey blog.

The design that I have chosen to recreate us one that Kelly created for her birthday last year.  I followed her design with a few changes, here is the one that Kelly created last year and the link to her blog post.

Kelly’s Stamping Friends | Birthday Blog Hop 2019

I decided to put my own touch to the card by changing the card base to Pool Party and to make it a birthday card, the measurements for this card can be found on Kelly’s blog – My Papercraft Journey.

These are the photos of my card, I hope you like it. If you are already on the blog hop journey you will have arrived here from Mandy Depiazzi and loved what Mandy has created, next on the journey is Kelly Kent who I know will have created the most amazing design.

Happy Crafting and stay safe xx



Social Stamping blog host – Birthdays in Isolation

Hi fellow stampers and welcome to the sixth Social Stamper blog host which is the brainchild of the delightful Kelly Kent to bring demonstrators together  during this period of social distancing. I don’t know about you but I am actually enjoying the calmer and slower pace of life, being home means more crafting which is definitely a winner for me.

The theme for this week is Birthdays in Isolation and who doesn’t love the joy and excitement that a birthday brings, spending time celebrating your birthday with friends and family is a wonderful time. Fortunately my birthday is in November by which time I hope that we should be back to some sort of normal but I do feel for those who are celebrating their birthday and are not allowed due to isolation to spend time with their loved ones. This post is for you.

As soon as I saw the theme I had an idea in my head for a card that I could send to my friend in the UK to say Happy Birthday. Life in the UK is very different from what we are experiencing here, they are in total lockdown apart from going out for essential shopping.
My card incorporates the kangaroo and koala from Australia saying happy birthday to the lion from England, a great combination from the awesome Bonanza Buddies bundle. The colours I used are Whisper White, Bermuda Bay and the Birthday Bonanza DSP,I am so disappointed that this suite will be retiring. The finishing touch is white seam binding coloured with my dark Mango Melody blend.

I hadn’t thought about doing a second project until I happened to come across Patti Bennett’s mini album tutorial on Pinterest, I saved it for use in the future. This is her link

When Stampin’ Up brought out the Share Sunshine digital sentiments PDF and my mind went into overdrive as to how I could use this for the blog host and my next project was born. I used the retired Golden Honey DSP for the pages and lots of the sentiments from the PDF matched with quite a few different dies.

I will send this off to a friend of mine in Perth who will soon be celebrating her birthday, the mixture between funny and heart warming sentiments will hopefully bring a smile as she celebrates her special day without her family.

Thankfully for stopping by, next stop is the lovely Jan McQueen,  click on the link below to see what delightful projects Jan has for you today.

Happy Crafting


Social Stamping blog host War and Peace

Hello and welcome to our Social Stamping blog host. Today in Australia it is Anzac Day, a day that we honour the very many men and women who went to fight for our country in several wars. Some never came and paid the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy the freedom that we have today.
Kelly has appropriately chosen the theme of War and Peace nso that we can show what Anzac Day means to us.

Due to Covid 19 and our Social Distancing, Anzac Day this year will be celebrated quite differently. Normally myself and my husband would be attending the Dawn Service in Bunbury, this year, along with our two grand-daughters Alexa and Maddie we will be standing on our driveway at 6am to pay our respects. Many hundreds of thousands of people will be doing the same thing across our beautiful country. This is not the best photo but it is our little family on our driveway.

I decided that I would use my Stampin’ Up products to create wreath made out of poppies using the Painted Poppies stamp set and matching Poppy Moments and Painted Labels Dies, the Leaf and Sprig punches were used to make the leaves and sprigs. As Alexa and Maddie were joining us for the service they wanted to be part of the wreath making process. Alexa stamped the poppies on Poppy Parade, I die cut them and both girls punched out the numerous leaves and sprigs, this was a family project. For the base I cut out three circles using a dinner plate and a side plate and attached all the poppies and leaves. The sentiment is computer generated and attached to the back of the wreath.

I made the lanterns by cutting down a 2 litre plastic milk carton, I then stamped various poppies from the Painted Poppies stamp set on the inside with momento black ink and coloured them in on the outside with my blends.

I absolutely loved this project as it has such meaning – Lest We Forget.

Next on the blog hop is , follow the link below to see what wonderful project has created.



Social Stamping blog host – Friends


Hi everybody and welcome to our fourth Social Stamping blog host which is organised by the wonderful Kelly Kent. I can’t believe that it is over three weeks since our lives all changed and we began our Social Distancing. I am so grateful to Kelly for coming up with this amazing idea to keep us all in touch, spending lots of time in my craft room has been keeping me sane. As well as making cards I am also doing Diamond Painting which is cross stitch meets painting by numbers using beads, I find it very therapeutic.

Our theme for this week is Friends, during these challenging times we all need our family and friends. A few weeks ago it was the birthday of a very special friend of mine and I would like to share with you, as my project for this blog hop, the gift and card that I made for her.

My gift to her was a sampler using the colour scheme in her house – Basic Black, Real Red and Whisper White.

The layout for the sampler is as follows, the measurements are at the  the bottom of the post.  The bottom layer is Basic Black with a layer of Whisper White on top, for the smaller layers I have used the Golden Honey DSP as the black and white designs are so pretty, these were layered on Basic Black.  For the flowers I stamped the flower from Floral Essence stamp set with Versamark on Real Red cardstock and sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set, the leaves were done the same way on Whisper White and both flowers and leaves were punched out and attached with dimensionals. I attached a little bee as a fun embellishment. The letters for Kristine were diecut from the Hand Lettered Prose die set. The sentiments are from Peaceful Moments and Waterfront.

Measurements for the sampler

9” x 9” piece of DSP or cardstock – bottom matt

8 3/8” x 8 3/8”     “.               “.       – next layer

8”x 8”.                  “.              “.        – top layer

1 piece 7 5/8” x 2 7/16” topped with 7 1/2” x 2 5/16”

3 pieces 2 7/16” x 2 7/16” topped with 2 5/16” x 2 5/16”

2 pieces 5” x 2 7/16” topped with 4 7/8” x 2 5/16”

I made a matching card to complement the card, I loved making this set for my very special friend, I hope you enjoyed my sharing it with you

Next on the blog host is Andrea Sargent, follow the link below and see what Andrea has created for you

Paper Adventures team blog hop – Colour Challenge

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Hello everybody and welcome to our April blog hop, if you have already started the hop and have arrived here from the creative Mandy you will have already seen some amazing creations, if this is your first stop thank you for stopping by.

The theme for this blog hop is Colour Challenge and the colours are Pretty Peacock, Whisper White and Melon Mambo.  This is definitely a challenge for me as I have never thought of putting these colours together but once I actually thought about what I could do it became fun.

For my first card I have used a technique by Gail Ellis from Blue Rose Paper Treasures in which she embossed embossing powder on Embossing Paste, this is the link to the Utube tutorial –

I used the large doily mask from Pattern Party Decorative Masks  and covered a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock with Embossing Paste, this was then covered in white embossing powder and heat set.

Once it had cooled down I cut 3 pieces using a stitched rectangle and mounted them onto Whisper White cardstock.

The card base is Pretty Peacock onto which I have added a piece of Lily Impressions DSP. The embossed layers are stuck down, I used two layers for the sentiment and raised up on dimensionals with a piece of Pretty Peacock ribbon underneath.

For my second card I reversed the colours using Melon Mambo for the card base, the matt is Pretty Peacock which I stamped with a daisy from Delightful Daisy, the square DSP is from the 6” x 6” DSP which is matted onto a Whisper White layered square and adhered onto the card. For the daisies I have used the large and small ones from Daisy Lane and attached them with dimensionals. The sentiment is from Daisy Lane.

This has been a fun challenge and I would like to thank Kelly for once again setting a great blog hop theme. Next on the hop is my good friend Anne Barker, follow the link below to Facebook to see what she has created for you today.


Social Stamping blog host Rainbows

Happy Easter everybody and thank you for stopping by my blog post for the third Social Stamping Blog Host.

The theme for this blog host is Rainbows. I decided on tulips for my project as growing up in the UK tulips always started to make an appearance at Easter as Easter in the UK is during Springtime.

When I started to think about my project I had a picture of lots of flowers so what better way to bring this to life than a box of flowers. The size of the box that I made was 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” x 3” using the Garden Lane DSP. The 3D tulips were made by stamping three of 15 different coloured tulips from the Timeless Tulips stamp set, decorated with stamped and punched leaves and attached into a piece of oasis with florist wire, the oasis went inside the box. I finished the box off with a piece of braided burlap ribbon and a sentiment from the retired You’re Inspiring.

To complement the box I made a 4 1/8” square wreath card, the template for the wreath was gifted to me by my gorgeous friend Lou Kitzelman from, thank you Lou.

Thanks for stopping by, next on the blog host is Peta Stevens, why not pop over and see what Peta has created. Click on Next and it will take you straight to Peta’s post.

Happy Easter and keep smiling