card class

Simple vellum card

My vellum card class was a huge success. Most participants had not used vellum before and enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about vellum.

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This is a very simple but stunning card we made during the class. If you live in Brisbane and would like to know more about my classes please contact me. You can also attend the card and scrapbooking classes by mail.

There were only 3 layers on the card. The base Whisper White cut at 14.8 x 10.5 cm, folded and scored down the middle. The Daffodil Delight measures 14.3 x 10cm. The vellum is 13.8 x 9.5cm. The vellum was run through the Bigshot using the Beautifully Baroque embossing folder. To adhere the vellum to the Daffodil Delight cardstock I used double sided tape but the tape was covered with the co-ordinating Daffodil Delight seam binding ribbon.

One thing with vellum is because it is see through you have to be careful where you place your tape or glue. This card was easy to hide the tape. I just used the ribbon.

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This is just a stepped up version. Of course this card is stunning by itself. It didn’t really need any thing else added to it. A friend asked me to make a card for her and I used the elegant design and just added the birthday details. 

Why don’t you try vellum on your next card and show me what you’ve done?

Happy crafting.

Mosaic Madness

I have used this set quite a bit and I really like the way it looks on cards. I have also used the co-ordinating embossing folder on a scrapbooking page which I will share with you next week.

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If you would like to see how I made this card. Check out this post here.

This next card is a Father’s Day card which was made during one of my kids classes last year.

This was another really easy card to make, obviously because 6-10 year olds made it in my kids class but I believe the simplicity is part of its effectiveness.

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What makes this card so easy to make is the co-ordinating punch for the stamp set. You can even buy it in a bundle and save 15%. That’s awesome. Here is the link to the Mosaic Madness bundle.


This Christmas card was very easily created using the Mosaic Madness bundle.  I think it makes a beautiful poinsettia.

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Ladies in my Friday night card class created this card along with 3 other cards. This is an easel card.

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By now you should know how much I love co-ordinating products. I love that the Mosaic Madness embossing folder co-ordinates with the Mosaic Madness bundle of stamps and a punch. You couldn’t ask for anything easier than that.

See you next week when I up date with items from the sale-a-bration catalogue in a blog hop. This promotion gives you free products for every $90 you spend. Means it’s a great time to host a party. Contact me if you’d like more information on how to host a party during sale-a-bration or at any other time of the year.

Until then, happy crafting.

5 passions

Obviously I’m going to start with scrapbooking. What else am I passionate about? What are your passions?

  1. I have always had a love for recording stories. I have ALWAYS written a diary. Always. My Mum is a great photographer and I have her love of photography even though I am still quite a poor photographer. Even as a Uni student I would take and develop photos when money was scarce. I have many, many photo albums of those years and I am glad. Scrapbooking just seems the perfect way to marry these two loves and besides it allows me to escape from the world and do something for myself. I definitely need to do something for me every day or I’d go insane. Scrapbooking, or craft in general, gives me a way to relax.
  2. A wife. I am a firm believer in putting your marriage first. I want to have an enduring relationship which isn’t dependent upon our kids. I want us to have something more than just the kids. When we are not strong in our relationship it effects the kids. Before I can be a good Mum I need to be a good wife so I can have a healthy and happy outlook on life. I want to make my husband as happy as he makes me. Oh no, we don’t have a rosy relationship all the time. We are not the perfect couple. We are normal. We have our blues but we also acknowledge that a relationship needs to be worked on and so we dedicate time each day to spend with each other. It is very important to us.
  3. My children. I am so pleased I can be here for them. That I am able to spend their days with them, teach them, guide them, love them, hug the. I owe this wonderful experience to my husband. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be able to stay home with the children. I am forever grateful for that. I believe in being home with your kids and that is a choice we have made. Sacrifices for the long term benefit of the children. In the past I have been criticised for providing my daughters with poor feminine role models because I don’t go out to work and I am teaching them that a woman’s place is in the home. I actually don’t mind being home. Don’t get me wrong, most days I would rather go to work as a high school teacher because being home is HARD work but I believe in giving up life’s little goodies for my babies because they are babies for such a short time. I don’t know why people think there is something wrong with women being in the home. Surely the whole point of the feminist movement was having a choice about being home or being in the workforce? Isn’t it my right to choose what I think is best for my family? I love my kids. They are my world. I am so blessed that I am able to spend my days with them.
  4. Exercise and a healthy lifestyle. If I could I would be at the gym every day. Apart from the expense it is just not practical with the 5 kids. I need to do an exercise which fits in with our family’s schedule and I haven’t been able to get that for a while. I just love the feeling you get from exercising. Until December I was very good at exercising every day. I was on track with shedding those baby kgs. In mid-December I got a stress fracture in my foot after a 5km jog one day and an 8km walk the next day. I have since re-fractured it twice. I am pleased to say I haven’t put on any weight but imagine how well I’d be doing if I could actually exercise? I love bootcamp, jogging, swimming and going to the gym. If only my foot would heal I could get back into it. 
  5. Teaching and education. Before I was a Mum I was a teacher and it is probably one of the reason why I love teaching scrapbooking and card classes. It is something that comes naturally to me. It is not a struggle for me. I love it. Every time I do a Stampin’ Up! demo I love it. It is a joy to share what I love with others. Even when I taught high school and the kids were misbehaving it was still enjoyable. It is a highly rewarding job. It is very similar to being a parent. Often the rewards aren’t seen for a long time after the event but it is so wonderful to form relationships with people, to guide them and watch them learn and to learn from them. I value education and it is something I hope my kids will love always. Learning. Imagine a world without learning.

I wonder what my passions will be in 5 years time. What are your passions?