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Hello Everyone,


Well Paris really is a trend right now, and it is all over cards and layouts, well I have never been one to miss a trend, so here we are!!


Paris Card



Well a little peek anyway with loads of roses and die cuts.  Love that paper from the Arcadia mini paper pack, gorgeous.



The little cards are just beautiful, about a business card size, and I am loving ephemera and things like this lately and look at that Eiffel Tower Die, lovely it is embossed after cutting and then rubbed with metallic rub ons.  All pieces are edged in Ranger Distress Ink Walnut Stain.


Teddy is impressed.


And the tag!!




Sneak Peek at the bling swirl, the bottom of the tower, the flowers by me and the roses and that gorgeous card.




Showing more with the embossed background, the top of the Doily Heart, that beautiful card and the swirly bling.


Now here it is, all of it.




I am loving this new flower of mine, made from the 2 smallest petals from Sizzix Bigz TH Tattered Petals (die is not new, just neglected, DUH) perfect for this, coupled with the tiny roses.  Very happy with this day’s work.





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Hello Everyone,


It is getting cooler still with a cold change moving in and although we have lovely sunny days forecast through till after the weekend, the temperature is dropping to the teens for the days to come.  Brrrr…..


So I made a card for a challenge on SCS but it doesn’t really fit, because I was supposed to use an envelope for the pocket, but I made my own and thought it was pretty cool.




The tag is made of cardstock and decorated with the same paper as the pocket.  The paper I have used is from Bella and it is just gorgeous, double sided, in cream and  black with owl and swirls on one side and those brilliant stripes on the other.  How pretty is this?


The front is decorate with lace and die cut leaves that have been inked in anger Distress Ink Walnut stain.  The roses are dipped with the same ink and the edges are done as well.  The larger rose is a Laurens handmade rose, the smaller ones are bought and made from mulberry paper.



The tag is shaped and the top is punched with Matha Steware Wild Flowers corner punch and stamped with a script and edged around with the Walnut Stain ink.


Decorated with a panel of the paper and lace and a panel for writing on.  Further decorated with a rosette made from the Memory Box Die Gothic Rosette and the leaf and roses.  I have finished this with some Stickles aound the rosette and the top of the tag.




You know I cased this from Lisa, she makes such beautiful tags and pockets.  Only she does them with such finesse and such wonderful colouring.  I am really a monochromatic sort of girl, my senses get overwhelmed when I try to get more than a couple of colours to work together, and I am totally floored when I have to incorporate patterns into the mix as well.  🙂


Well, I hope you liked this, have a great day and get some inky fingers, it is so fun!!


Hugs 🙂



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Hello Everyone,


You know I love tags and I especially love the new bling it up, layer it up, flower it up textured tags, they are just fantastic.  But before these came along I used to love making tags and there was never anywhere to write anything, they were stamped and coloured and glossed and just looked so pretty.


Well I have kept a lot of them and now have decided to use them.


Yes you guessed it, I made a card with them.




Yes yes this is just three tags on a card, layed slightly over each other with cut outs from magazines over them and ribbon stapled on.  A pretty flower added and a sentiment.


How cool is that???


Hugs 🙂



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Hello Everyone!!


Well the other day I was Skyping/Organising with my friend Lynn and she is in the middle of a huge revamp and organise of her craft room, so exciting!  And I got to thinking that I do not stamp or use my inks so much because they are not so handy… so I have utilized the space right behind me by moving my double decker trolley (that holds some punches only) and put a small coffee table there and now have put my 9 drawer units with stamps and inks in them, right there behind my chair. 🙂 It is so much better, thanks Miss Lynn.


So with the new mojo given by the rearrangement, I went and took a photo of some wildlife for you.



This is a Bird of Paradise plant growing right next to the driveway and it has huge flowers on it.  The plant is huge, above my eye level and almost as wide.  Huge flowers on long long stems and surrounded by lush growth of other plants.  He looks magnificent, doesn’t he?


So to match the magesty of this bit of nature, I had to show you something really special.  A couple of decorator tags that I have made.    I might have to make some more and perhaps frame them. 🙂



This tag is made with white cardstock 6cm x 12 cm and sponged with Ranger Distress Ink Vintage Photo and then stamped with a solid script butterfly in the same ink.  I have added a chipboard flourish inked in Colorbox Fluid Chalk Pink Pastel, then stamped with SU Boroque Motifs (the big swirl) in CFC  Charcoal.  Then covered with Inkssentials Glossy Accents and sprinkled lightly with glitter.


The dress form is cut with a Sizzix Bigz die Sewing Room.  Stamped in Colorbox Fluid Chalk Creamy Brown with a Harlequin stamp and a script stamp from the same unmounted set from Stamp-It Australia.  Then I have sponged over this with Ranger Distress Ink Tattered Rose.


The little roses (gorgeous they are) are silk and I bought them a long time ago and was going to use them on a wreath, but didn’t do it.  The tag is finished with some natural twill printed with create and believe.  The little buterfly is inked  and then glossed.



This one is made on a cream 12cm x 6cm tag base.  I have sponged all over with darkened edges with Ranger Distress Ink Vintage Photo and then stamped it using differing stamps from an unmounted set from Stamp-It Australia, love the effect of this base.  🙂


The heart is an embellishement I made a while ago (I love fiddling and making embellies, have heaps lined up ready to use).  I diecut the heart from medium weight chipboard and inked it with Vivid ink Rasperry several times until the depth of colour seemed ok.  The piece was then covered in Inkssentials Glossy Accents and rhinestones placed on it.


When dry the lace was attached to the back with hot glue, first the white lace and then the pink.  When done pearls and cord was attached and then the little silk roses.  Having this piece already done made it an easy tag to finish off with an inked and glossed butterfly and some sheer ribbon.  The ring around the hole is just a cheap ring reinforcer which has been sponged and over stamped in Distress inks and left to dry for ages.  (a couple of days and they do not smear).


Hope you like these tage,  I know I do.


Thanks for calling in, hope your day is going great.

Hugs :)





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Oh my I will be talking about Christmas all year long, as I want to be ready for it this year and no rush to be finished.  I have been making some Christmas tags!! I love wrapping pressies nicely with bows and special tags and lots of ribbon and curls and all the trimmings.

So those types of pressies need to have a very special tag to go with them, don’t they.   Yes!!!


This one is made with ovals and each tag is a different size and each is matted onto red cardstock.  I have stamped each tag with Colorbox Mica Magic Red (no longer made I don’t think, very very lustrous ink, shimmer and shine) and used a blotch type texture stamp to get an uneven coverage over the ovals with less colour in the middle.  Then overstamped int he same ink with various stamps.  The three tags are joined together with a brad and ribbon.  Oh I think this tag deserves a very special present.


This one is an arch shaped tag, stamped on white with Colorbox Mica Magic Green.  I love these inks, they are so great, a dye ink with shimmer and shine, and the opacity of pigment.  Truly a great ink, see how the green has gold through it, you can see it on the closest stars.  Again stamped with a texturising background and then all those beautiful stars!!! Matted onto a green and tied with a beautiful organdy ribbon and bow.


This time I have stamped a Christmas Stamp onto white cardstock in Colorbox Mica Magic Gold.  The stamp is by Stamp-It and called Four Christmas Melodies, nice stamp. Cut the corners out and layered it onto a piece of gold cardstock. Finished with some ribbon.


This one is stamped with Ranger Distress Ink Fired Brick. Same technique as the first two tags with background stamping and overstamping, no layering.   Two tags plus a bauble. The bauble has been heat embossed using the distress ink and clear embossing powder.  Tied up with a pretty ribbon and a bow!!


This one is stamped with Colorbox Mica Magic Gold, all over background texturising stamp and then stamped with a Christmas words collage stamp, very pretty.  Stars are stamped and cut out to add to the tag.  The tag is matted onto gold cardstock and tied with a metallic bow.


Another arch type tag with the same technique but this time using Colorbox Fluid Chalk Inks. See how this one is much more muted than the other red tags.

Fluid Chalk Inks are great for layering like this, but you need to let them dry between each layer or they become a bit blurry.  These inks are great for blending but also give great results in detail stamping as well.



This is the last one for today, it is an arch shaped tag in navy and stamped with Versamark ink, and heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  It is then matted onto silver and then navy cardstock.  Tied with a silver bow.

Well I think my gift tags are taken care of for Christmas.  Now onto some more cards.

Hope you liked these. 🙂




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This must be for next week’s MIU Challenge on Splitcoasters, they keep saying they need a glitter challenge.  How funny that I was playing with glitter. I think those girls keep getting in my head and stealing my ideas!!! They sure can read my thoughts lately.  Hope they weren’t reading when I dropped that carton of milk this morning!!! They would have gotten an earful!!

So I have been playing with a little glitter, and I made a card, did you know I would make a card.  I plan on making at least 365 cards this year, one for everyday and a heap for Christmas.

This is a 4×4″ gift card.  White base card, a square of JAC paper (double sided adhesive sheet), I love love love love this stuff!!!  The square is 3×3″ and centred on the card.  Then I have stuck 1″ squares of mirror board (foilboard, metallic sheet), 2 gold, 2 silver in the middle of the adhesive sheet.  Then topped this with a JAC paper star shape.

Then comes the fun part!!! Sprinkle glitter (I used the white or polysparkle one) all ove the adhesive sheet on my card and used a plain piece of paper to press it into the adhesive to get a great bond.  Then brushed away the extra glitter and put it back in the bottle for use next time.

So I loved this one so much I made another one, a birthday card this time.

OK I have made a couple of panels of mosaic paper with glitter as my grout.  How fun is this???  All glittery and pretty and goes so well with those stars in the patterned paper I cut up to make it.  And it is in pink of course!!! Pink is the new black they tell me.  Oh my!!

OK now how did she make th0se squares, I hear you ask!!!…. Well you will need a piece of JAC paper (double sided adhesive sheet) about 4×4″ and one about 6×4″, some scrap disigner paper (you could use 2 types if you are adventurous) and some complimentary glitter.

Now cut your paper into strips unevenly, so that one end is thicker than the other.  Peel the backing off one side of the  smaller piece of JAC paper and lay the strips on this with a small gap between each piece.  When you have finished, sprinkle a complimentary glitter colour over and press down with a sheet of copy paper for maximum bond.  Clean off excess.

Now cut your artwork up, uneven strips again, cut across the glitter and paper, the opposite way that it was cut the first time.  Clear like mud???

Now repeat the process of sticking these pieces onto JAC paper again, then putting more glitter on.  This is fun. 😉

Now trim your finished piece of artwork into 2 panels for your card.

This is just a closer view of the glitter mosaic panel.  Along the bottom of the card I have cut  a border with a small square punch (yes I marked it so they would be even depth and even width) and inside the card I have run a strip of double sided adhesive tape along and sprinkled glitter on that too!!

I love adhesive sheets and tape, it is so versatile, you can glitter it, you can emboss on it, and it sticks everything and never lets go!!! Gotta love that!!

Well I hope you liked this little glitterartzy escapade!!

Have fun in your day, thanks for calling in and come back again soon!!


Lauren 🙂

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I wanted to make something for my friends Julie and Helen (crafting buddies) because they really are so very kind to me.  While keeping my eye on the Tim Holtz 12 tags of Christmas, I thought what a wonderful idea for a keepsake for them both.  This is what I came up with.

This is a handcut chipboard tag, painted with Adirondak paint dabber Lettuce and stamped with pine trees in silver metallic pigment ink.  Christmas paper is torn and layered on with cream, then deep green and a christmas ribbon.  Noel is die cut chipboard, inked with silver metallic and frosted with Crystal Ice Stickles.

A handmade pointsettia, layered over punched fern fronds is snow tipped with Crystal Ice Stickles.  A hinged ring, decorated with ribbon scraps is attached to the bottom corner.

A flourish is die cut from an aluminium can (love recycling) and the baubles from scrap papers decorated with tiny pearls, rhinestones and tiny bows.

All of this is finished with a ribbon tie and bow with a stick pin inserted.  Then the whole thing is sprayed with a little pearl spritz with a little glue included to sprinkle glitter over.

I am really pleased with the result and the girls love them.


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Hey Everyone, I have been missing from the Blog world a little lately, so I will make up for it now. These are the cards I made in November for different challenges, swaps and fun.   There are a few others I will blog separately.  Enjoy.

 Made this special card for my special neighbour, love her heaps.  The paper was given to me by my Canadian friend Lynn and the roses are from my Retro Rose Tutie.

 This card was a take on vintage oval mirrors, could be a sympathy card or even a wedding card.  So simple and also stunning in the two colours and all the foliage and flowers.

 Vintage bookmarks for my friend Yvonne’s Victorian Swap on SCS.  Loved making these and I so love beads hanging from my bookmarks.  They seem just so decadent and what better bookmark to use in Austen

 This butterfly easel card was an attempt at a Victorian card that just did not make it even for all the distressing in the world.  Great card though, just not good enough for the Victorian Swap by Yvonne.

 Now this is the Victorian card that did make it to the Swap for Yvonne.  Love the lace, love the images, love the roses and the bookplate.  Oh and love love love the pins.

 Now my friend Lisa sent me some Spellbinder label die cuts and I got so excited at the shape of them and thought I know what they will do, so I made this card!!!! I had seen something similar a long time ago and did not know how they did that mask until those die cuts came through my letterbox!!!!

 Love to CASE cards, this is a case of my friend Lisa’s style and card.  Made for Dellsdani’s Monkey See, Monkey Do Swap on SCS.  It went right against everything I like (pink, yuk) but Lisa makes such beautiful elegant cards and she seems to put them out so easily that I am jealous of her apparent natural talent.  So I hope that this card did justice to her wonderful work.  Find her here: Lisa’s Blog

 Made this card for my friend Lisa, to reassure her DH that he makes great digis.  Yes my friend’s DH made this freebie for her blog.  Go check out her blog and see if you can find the freebies, they are great digi’s and you will see how Lisa has used them.  She is a fabby cardmaker, Love you heaps Lisa!!! Go check out Lisa’s Crafting Cottage

 Just had to make this card, beautiful Spellbinders Butterfly and my roses made with Spellbinders Rosemaker Creations.  This is a stunning card and at the moment this very full, very dimensional card is my style.  Hmm wonder what my style will be in another week or so???

 A card for the I Spy Challenge on SCS.  Love these challenges, mostly I have no idea what she spied, but really, does it matter?  Go ahead and just make a card!!!  I thought this one was lips, so I made a card Sealed with a Loving Kiss…. and no one seems to ever have heard that expression….. was huge in Oz in the early 60’s, just goes to show I am getting older…. well, who isn’t??

 Ah, I revisited my signature card of a couple of years ago, still a stunning card.  An uneven gatefold with the focal on vellum stamped with Mica Magic, (why oh why do they not still have that??) and a beautifully decorated inside and all closed up with a little clip that turns… just forgot its name.

 Oh and the lovely lovely faux leather wallet.  Taught this at craft group WCG at the start of the term.  This really is quite speccy and very easy to do.  Great for holding a gift card or voucher for someone special at Christmas or Birthday time.

 Oh and I just love these little Christmas tags, blank except for the stitching on them, so heaps of room for a greeting to add to your gift.  All embellished with a belly band saying not to open before the special day!

 I love to decorate candles, this one is done with cardstock and paper that can be removed before lighting.

 A faux Asian card done in red, black, gold and cream.  So striking with the red fibres adding dimension to it.  The embossing of the Japanese script is lovely on the square card.

 Altered diary in an Oriental Theme for Paola for hosting the Asian/Oriental swap on SCS. I joined two scraps of Yutzen paper onto a washi piece that I stamps with Japanese Script and put a very young trendy origami girl on there.

 The card I made for the Asian/Oriental Swap hosted by Sama (aka Paola) on SCS.  I loved making this card, stamping and joining the background, colouring lightly, making the braid, the lucky symbol stamped on the focal at left, the lucky knot from paper cord, the little doll and the chopstick from a toothpick to hold the lucky coin in place.  This card is all about good luck for the recipients.

 Another I Spy Challenge on SCS, so fun, and all about shoes.  I rarely use this stamp but this challenge was perfect to get it inky.  Handmade flower by Lauren and I got to use the notepad border punch that I love so much and forget to use.

 And what do we do in the Forest????? Well I don’t know about you, but I toast marshymellows over the campfire if possible and since it is winter in the northern hemisphere where this card is going I thought we would build a snowman to help us.  This card is for Jeanette’s (Forest Ranger) Swap on SCS…. yes it is called ‘what do we do in the Forest’, well now you know!!!

 I love the I Spy Challenge, here we are again, we are tall, we shine, we excite kids and I forget what else…. could be a star, but they are high, not tall, so it has to be Lighthouse.  I love a lighthouse, something mystical about them.  This is probably my most used stamp I have realised.  Good buying Lauren!!!

 Oh Oh I had to make a bonus aspect of the Forest Swap, so I decided to make a crafting lady because Jeanette sure does love her crafts and I believe she has a bug that she loves too!!

 A Christmas card that did not make the grade for the Swap it was designed for, but on reflection it does seem to be ok.  See I do make duds!!

OH OH OH OH, or should that be HO HO HO HO, these are made to give as hostie gifts for the swaps I am in, or for pressies.  Mrs Forest is getting four of these in her bag of swap cards, cos she loves loves loves Christmas Trees.  And that is no secret!!

Well I hope to be a more regular blogger.  How many times have I said that this year????? Too many so don’t go back and count, just go back and look at the inspiration, at least I hope you get some inspiration here.

Get inky soon.


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Loved making this card, love the papers, love the colours, love the image!!  This is a double pocket card for Betty’s Fancy Fold swap on SCS.

The image is from Penny Black and is coloured with Vivid Ink Olive and watercolour pencil for the flower.

Over the martini glass a SU stamp with the simple word sparkle.

The ribbon is satin edged in gold and I used Vivid Ink Olive to dye it to the colour I wanted, then tied a lovely bow over the bottom pocket.

Finishing the focal is three sparkling rhinestones.

Each pocket/panel is faux stitched, giving another detail to tie all panels together.


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