Sing in the Rain

Hello Everyone!!

This morning I am Skyping with my friend Lisa and she is tired and we are not in a very creative mood so we did the Pinterest thing and displayed all our latest finds and then she needed to do some fact checking and I decided it was time to blog something I did ages ago with her in mind.  She loves bees so I know she will love this one :)


This card was made for one of the challenges in a Midnight Madness on Aussie Crafts Creations and Challenges where I admin and have fun  on Facebook.  Bit of layering, punching, die cutting and flowers, ribbon, blows bling and of course the bee :)

Hope you like it, easy card, just for fun.

Hugs :)

Lauren xx

Hello Everyone!!

Well Teddy and I have been busy making a gatefold card and while we were at it, we decided to make a tutorial for it because we know that not everyone makes the most of their dies and we should.  I love it when a tool is a multi-functional as I am :)


The tutorial for this card is here

Gatefold Card with Die Cut Shaped Gates

Hope you like it.

Hugs :)

Lauren xx


Awww…. Shabby Chic

Hello Everyone,

I have been off discovering my own style, yes I know you all think I have had style for years, but I am never certain what it is that is my style, so I have been experimenting and have found the most appealing style, the creations of mine that make me happiest are like this one.


Yes this is the one, the distressed edges, the inked edges, the stitching around the edges of each panel, the layering, the pearls, the inked flowers, the vintage look, the ribbon and bow and the tulle on there too.  Very busy, but very pretty.  So now we know what Teddy and I like maybe we will get on with making and stop procrastinating.

Hope you like it too…..

Hugs :)

Lauren xx

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 :)






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