Bicycle Card

Hello Everybody!


Oh something must be in the air because I made another card for you today and you guessed it, on the Brother SNC.  :)




So cute, this card was from a file in a set of SVGs I bought from SVG Cuts :)  I have cut out and used all the components for the card and added the double bow and the flower.



Inside I used the heart cut from the front panel of the card and stamped a bicyle from MME.  Very easy card to make as all the work was really done for me :)


Yep you guessed it, I am loving this little machine (well maybe not so little).


Hope you like it too.


Hugs :)

Lauren xx


Brother Scan N Cut

Hello Everybody!


What an exciting day it has been, I finally did something wonderful with this wonderful machine.  I have had it for two and a half months and have been converting and making files for it ever since.  Have a nice little collection and have been doing bits and pieces and making all my flowers on it, but did not really have anything that was a start to finish project on there yes.  Well today I do.  Yes I still used a couple of dies, but the rest is all Brother Scan N Cut.  Very proud of myself.




Yes a pop up box card with loads of flowers and butterflies of course!  All in blues.  The panels are all layered with Bazzil cardstock and a patterned paper. 




The white flowers have been inked with Ranger Distress ink Shaded Lilac (lovely colour).  I  really am liking using the Distress inks for shading and blending.




On the top of the box I have used some upright cardstock attached to the cross sections, but find this is not really enough to support a lot of decorating, so I use strips of clear plastic (acetate or transparencies to attach to the supports to extend higher and to support the tops of the swirls and the butterflies.  Invisible support, how clever is that?


Well as you can see I am starting to get more use from my ‘Baby Brother’ as I call this toy.  He is really very clever and you will get to see more from his blades in the coming posts.


Hope you like todays project.


Hugs :)






Distress Ink Backgrounds

Hello Everybody!


Freezing cold today with the wind coming off snow nearby, I am thinking that Winter is having a last shake before she says goodbye! 


So I have been playing with some inks.  Yes Ranger Distress Inks and sponge applicators to make a stunning background.




This first one is just a blend of Vintage Photo, Dried Marigold and Mustard Seed.  Starting with the lightest across the centre of the card and blending up and down, then the next colour spreading further up and down, and then the Vintage Photo at the top and bottom and a little down the side edges.

Then the exciting bit, the stamping of that fabulous Windmill stamp from Kaszazz and the Happy Birthday from the set from  Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Simple Sayings.




Then this one is done very similarly with the base card inked again with the same 3 colours and then spritzed with water.  The panel is inked and then stamped with the beautiful Stamp-It Australia Stamp Tranquil Dawn and the Simple Sayings Happy Birthday.




Same colours of ink again, this time the background is a circular one with pale surrounded by darker and the edges with areas of pale.  The Lucy’s stamp Large Tiger is stamped and then masked so that the Bamboo can create a background with repetitive stamping.


Hope you like them as much as I like playing with inks!


Hugs   :)


New Prima Stamp

Hello Everyone,


We have had a couple of seasons in one day here today, warm and sunny this morning, thinking Spring was here to stay!  Then around lunchtime the clouds came rolling in and the breeze picked up, temperature dropping rapidly and then the rain came again.  Almost bitter, been cold all afternoon, yuk!


So it was a creative day!! Recently I received two new Prima stamps, lovely ladies with flowers in their hair and looking so exotic.  Need to be coloured in and you know I am not so happy about that, so I thought I would just do the minimal and decorate them….. :)





The stamped and coloured frangipani flowers are cut out on the Brother Scan N Cut, gotta love that, stamp a heap of them, put it in the machine, scan, select the outline tool and amazing, ten flowers cut out before you can settle in to have a cuppa.


I will use her in a mixed media canvas later on.  Did I tell you the best tool I have in my craft room these days is the Brother Scan N Cut and you will be seeing much more of its uses :)  Even some files I have made for it. 


Hope you like this little lady.


Hugs :)





Art Journal Cover

Hello Everyone,


Brilliantly beautiful Spring Day today to celebrate the start of the season.  The sky is no longer pale and the trees are showing signs of new leaves.  Gotta love that the warmer weather is on the way, it has been a cold Winter for me this year.


So I decorated the cover of an art journal that will probably be used for notes, tips and techniques.




I love owls, and this fat little fellow at the top is my favourite, he is a Marianne Die.  the ones at the bottom are from a SU punch.  Fairly simple, just a covered book and then decorated with die cuts, glitter and Glossy accents on the letters.


Hope you like him.


Hugs :)


Happy Birthday

Hello Everyone,


Today I spent several hours Skyping with my friend Lisa in Canada, you all know her from the Crafting Cottage.   She is so talented and special and she has helped me overcome my slump.  Yes I have been in a slump crafting, I tend to just find nothing inspiring, nothing that is motivating me.


Lisa inspires and motivates me., It is ages since we crafted together and she inspired me to make this card with my new stamp and die set from Tim Holtz.




Simple 5 inch square card with a Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page (Vintage Floral) panel edged in Ranger Distress ink Vintage Photo.  On this I have stamped the Tim Holtz Birthday Blueprint stamp and then stamped it again onto Watercolour Paper and coloured that image in with Watercolour Pencils and cut it out with the die of the cupcake and used mounting squares to raise it over the stamped image on the panel.


Added ruffled ribbon, double bow, inked roses and blinged butterflies.  Then to finish off I have added bling on each of the loops on the base panel.  Inside is the same panel with a single butterfly inked like the front.


Hope you like it.  :)


Hugs :)




Hello Everyone,


Well what a busy time it has been lately!  But I have been doing some craft and have some catching up on blogging for you all.


So here is a card.




This is a little bit away from what has been my usual style.  Just an embossed background panel with some die cut strips across the bottom in yellow and white, a simple ribbon tied on the side and those three gorgeous shabby flowers.  All finished with a ribbon cut sentiment.


Simple and really nice.  The colours are a step away from my usual too.


Hope you like it. :)




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