Posts Tagged ‘Embossing Folders’

Hi Everyone,


What a wonderful cool day it was today, so much better than yesterday. Even Ted needed a cool place yesterday, along with the poor cats.  I found out that a friend of mine gives her puppies a block of ice each on such hot days and they have such fun.  I thought next time I might have to see what the cats do with an ice cube, it could be fun.


So then I had to take a walk through my computer files of photos and quess what I found??




Look at them, no wonder the air is filled with birdsong here all the time, Tweet, Tweet, Tweet.  They are feeding on what we call Winter Grass, it is seedy weed that grows through the cooler months and into Spring and the birds go wild for it.  We have part of our lawn (grass) that has thinned down because of compacted ground and there is a lot of these seedy weeds there.  The birds love it.


It’s a good job my cats are inside babies, or there might be a bit of conflict in the garden and the birds would move somewhere else.  Hmm good choice to keep them inside where they cannot get hurt or dirty.


So then with all that action happening,  I made a card.  Just for something different.




Oh look, our Ted is so excited about this one, it is in his favourite colour and he just loves the flowers.  And you know they are just so easy to make, I love making them.


Well I was so excited when I was making this card that when I made the Punch Around the Page panel, I thought I would really like to emboss these panels instead of putting another panel over the top of them.  So I had a look around and found that I had a sticky mat set from Quickutz that I thougth I needed at one stage and had only used it with no advantage one.  And it was the perfect size of the area that I wanted to emboss, so I put the panel into the embossing folder,  covered the area I wanted to emboss with the mat and ran it through the Bigshot.  Well it worked perfectly, an embossed centre area, no embossed punched area…. I love it when a plan comes together!!


So then, ruffled ribbon, double bow, die cut wreath, flowers, butterfly and a sentiment and some rhinestones.  Just perfect.  And you know Ted agrees!!  He is so cute when he crafts with me, he is my creative director you know.  Haha. 🙂

Hugs :)



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Hello Everyone,

Only one week of November left, can you believe it??? Where did this year run off to???   All the shops are decorated, playing Christmas Carols and displaying all the Christmas goodies.  Well I might have to get off to have a look at all that soon, just to see what is out there for me.

So with that thought in mind I made a Christmas card or four.  Yes more than one, but not as many as five.  I am so funny.

So this card is just a simple one, with a white base, layered with red and then with embossed white.  A ribbon across to hang the stocking from and a Merry Christmas sentiment on a ribbon cut banner.

The stockings are made with the SU Stocking punch that I got last year from the pre-order and waited all year to use it…. joking, just didn’t get around to it.  The paper for the stockings was white and stamped to give me the perfect matching reds with different patterns.    The top of the stocking and the toe are plain white and covered in Ice Stickles Chrystal Ice.

Like I said very easy, simple and very pretty.  Great quick Christmas Cards.  These could be made in any colour and I might have to do that next year.  Blue I think.

Did  you ever notice that I am not a fan of patterned papers?  No I am not, I never seem to have the pattern in the shade I like.  I have a few I really like, some have been discontinued, (hate that) and I have heaps of paper that just never works for me.  I think I am a stamper or background maker, that way I get what I feel like at the time.  Pretty pathetic, eh??

Ok so I decided to show you  a photo of a gardenia, I have these growing around 3 sides of the BBQ area out the back, in the area shaded by a flame tree, magnolia and tibouchina.


Beautiful glossy green foliage, big white flowers that stay a few days before starting to discolour.  And the smell takes me back to my very early life in Liverpool where we had these on either side of the front steps and you could smell them everytime you went in or out of the house.  I loved them then, and I love them now.

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

Hugs :)

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Hello Everyone!!!


Well today got a little warmer and tomorrow will be warmer still with winds from the northwest, bringing the heat of the inland with it.  But relief is in sight, a cool change on Friday for the weekend to be very comfortable.


The sky was almost a clear blue, but there were some streaky clouds, do you want to have alook at them?



Very pretty isn’t it?  I love how the sky can be almost clear and have just some patches like this, not too far above the horizon.


So I made a card with some blue in it.  Over on Splitcoaststampers the Mix It Up Challenge has asked us to make a Male Birthday Card, with some blue, 3 embellishments and a sentiment.  Now you say who thought of that?  Well it was moi!!!  Yes I am the hostess this week.



So here it is!! Yes a boy card, with 3 embellies (3 brads), some blue (the ocean and the border of the image), and a sentiment (happy birthday, of course).


A white A6 card with side opening.  A mat of an embossed panel, using the burlap by Sizzix and inked around the edge.  A SU stamp of a sailing boat lightly shaded with chalks and matted onto Bazzill Typhoon.  The brads and a sentiment by Stamp-It Australia.


Easy and neat, quick to make and you can bet it will be happily received!!!


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

Hugs :)

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Hello Everyone!!!


Oh My the weather keeps changing here, today was a little cooler and overcast, but still a beautiful day.  My dear Keith keeps telling me about the huge blue-tongue lizard who visits him each afternoon while he is having a beer out the back.  Apparently Blue is a little wary so we think that Monty Python is lurking somewhere around.


But today, no reptiles for you, oh no, a pic of a cute cuddly Koala.  This was taken on a day last year when he scrambled up a tree out the front.  He was sitting up there for ages and he let us watch him.  I am so pleased I have a good zoom and heaps of pixels on my camera.  I love Picassa for cropping my pics. I am all for free software.



He looks a bit comfy, doesn’t he?  Bit lazy I be thinking, and he makes me want a nana nap like him too.  Ok enough of the nature stuff today, on with the reason we are here.


I made a card!!! WOW I hear you say, how does she do this, every day coming up with something new for our eyes to feast on.  Well really it is Toby my cat who makes me spend so much time in the craft room, he calls me to come sit with him…. and later in the day Miss Tessa calles me to bed.  These two babies run my home and organise me.



This is a Clean And Simple card for me (CAS), very unusual, but I do like butterflies and I love this Sizzix Embossing Folder.  This could be  a single layer card, A6 right side opening.  But you know me and I hate having anything of the design seen when the card is opened, so I did the embossing on a panel for the front.  I know…


The butterflies are punched onto white with an EK success medium punch and then inked with Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink Catseye pads on the wings and edges.  Then I have used Ranger Distress Ink Walnut Stain just along the out edge of the wings.  Next I have covered each butterfly with Glossy Accents (I am loving this stuff again) and when dry attached them to the card and finished them off with Liquid Pearls.


An easy card, but very pretty to look at.  It is a card that could be used for any occasion.  Simple, sweet and a quick one to put together.


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

Hugs :)



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Hello Everyone!!!

So much cooler today, almost back to Winter temperatures and the breeze is from the South!!  I cannot keep up with this, so not to worry, this is Spring and I think it is always like this.

Being Spring we have bunnies just a few weeks old.  Yes they are wild, not pets but they come close.  These photos were taken when I just walked up close to these little buggars eating grass shoots.  I think they will probably end up being Monty’s dinner at some stage.  That is life in the bush so don’t get attached to them.



They are only about 5 inches long, but they are so cute!!  Yes maybe they are Hares!!! No really they are bunnies.

So with babies in mind a made a little album for the memories of a friend of mine and her three little girls.  I used to do a lot of  looking after little Amy when she was a baby and the other two girls to help her mum out with three littlies at home.  They are always so happy as I remember them, so called it a happiness journal.



Look this is so beautiful it has floored Ted.  It is made from thin chipboard, cut with Spellbinders scalloped squares and inked in brown and green. Pockets and tags, loads of ribbon and flowers.  Front cover has 3 tags for journalling and tucked into a torn pocket made from cardstock coloured with shaving cream technique.  Some very pretty flowers and a clip, some ribbon and a slider.



First double page is a sentiment opposite a clear page through which a photo of Jessie is visible, giving a hint of what is to come.  I love the flowers on this, the punched, embossed and inked and the different shapes of flowers matted together.



Second double page, showing the clear page on the left and the photo of Jessie on  green and embellished with flowers and ribbon.  Stamping and the layered and embossed flowers and the ribbon give it all depth, as does the edging on the clear page.



This third double page opening has lovely Heidi as a flower, so beautiful.  More flowers, ricrac.  The little diamond fold embellishement on the second page opens up, but I forgot to take a photos.  Love the button on here too.



Fourth page has the little wild child Amy, check out that smile, she was always like this.  More flowers, ribbon and stamping.  And a sneak peek at the tags on the next page.



More trimming with the shaving cream card, flowers and edging of the clear page.  Tags in a pocket and a clip and more stamping.



The back cover is stamped with the lovely saying of Happiness, trimmed with ribbon.

The book is held together with a hinged ring embellished with tied ribbon to match that used in the book.

Hope you like it, I know I do, it is going in with my keepsakes.  Love these little girls.  Love their mum too.  🙂

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

Hugs :)


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Hello Everyone!!

Well it really was a beautiful day and going to be a warm weekend with westerly winds bringing heat from the centre.  So dry and things need water so badly, might even need water in the tank very soon…. just going day to day with that.

Can you all do a rain dance for us please, really wanting some rain.

I just wanted to show you another resident here, he lives under the AC unit and in the garden around the tank, perfect hiding places for him.  He is only about 15inches long and grown slowly.



He is a blue tongue lizard and I love that he comes to the back door of the shed to get the mid morning sun.  I have been talking to him every sunny day while working next to the door….. telling him not to come in to join me….

So again I made a card, no it was not inspired by the bluey, it was inspired by a pinkie I think by the looks of it.
So what do you think of this one?



A bit of sewing on this one, how clever am I that I remembered the sewing machine was on the table at the end of my work table.  Yes I have a sewing table in my room now….

Just a scrap piece of pink woodgrain paper from Kaszazz, a border punched piece, an embossed scrap and then sewn around and across the scrap pieces.

Oh Oh and those brads were …. gold…ordinary old paper fasteners from the newsagents or the office supply place (cheap) and I heated the top (hold in tweezers to save your fingers) and dipped the hot top into embossing power and reheated, how simple and I can have good looking brads in whatever colour EP I have.  I might have to try DP and clear powder too, that would be pretty.

Ok, then a die (MB Quinn Flourish) topped with mulberry flowers that have been inked in pink.  Some thread and a button.

Finished with 3 tiny buttons and a sentiment on a ribbon cut.  Gotta love the easy ones.

No I have not given up ribbon and pearls, just taking some other items for a little outing.

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

Hugs :)

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Hello Everyone,
Well what a warm front before the cool change today, could be a shocker if I had to go out in it.  I stayed in the cool of course and made a card, 10 of them in fact for a friend as a gift, early Christmas present.

But before we see them, you might like this little orange delight and absolutely nothing to do with the cards I made.  Just out the front of the driveway, in close my beloved Clivias, or Kaffa Lily.



This was taken a few weeks ago when the snowdrops were out too, love the twisted trunk of the japanese whatever it is. (Tree)  You would think someone would do a bit of weeding on the driveway…. well maybe it is time.

Now you have had that treat, you might like these little beauties…



Oh hey I like them.  They are very simple with minimal supplies.  The cardbases are A6 size with side opening.

Oh and I tried out a new something for me today, the front panel is stamped first, then run through the embossing folder with the part that I wanted to emboss with 4 sheets of normal cardmaking cardstock over it and used the Sizzix with the 2 flip thingies back so that the EF would not do the part I did not want done.  How cool is that???

So I got only part of the panel embossed and then when done, I did a line for definition with my scoring board.  I love it when I learn something new.  Thank you Pinterest.

The stamps used are from SU, the tree from  Lovely As a Tree (I love that set).  The sentiment is from a hostie set I got ages ago, don’t ask the name, I don’t know.  I need to put my sets back together, so that I do know.

Well that is my offering today, hope you like it.  The cards are simple and inside there is a panel with a sentiment on it from the set ??Solemn Silence.

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

Hugs 🙂


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