Friday, 20 December 2013

Penny Black Christmas Card

Even though we never get snow at Christmas here in Australia, I still love to think of snowflakes and snowmen at Christmas time. I have pulled out one of my old stamps for this week's challenge over at  -Here Comes Christmas Day!

I used the 1998 Penny Black stamp 'Snowy Friends' as my feature image. I coloured it using Copic Markers and blinged up the snowmen using Ice Stickles 'Crystal Ice'.
The image was cut out using a Spellbinders Label die. Spellbinders 'Create A Flake' dies were used for the snowflake embellishments. The background paper was an invitation sheet from my stash.
Other embellishments included a paper doiley and Bella flourishes.

Wishing everyone a happy Christmas and holiday season...make sure you make some time to craft.
Thanks for stopping by, Jackie.

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Cookies for Santa

My Christmas card this week features the Cookies for Santa Jude digi from Simply Betty Stamps. I began by colouring the image using my Copic markers:
Hair: E33, E35, E37, E39
Suit: YG09, YG13, YG17
Hat:R05, R27, R29 and T1 for texture on trim
Face: E50, E53, E95
I also used T1 and T2 for the shadow and the plate/milk
The image was cut out using a generic label die. I had to use the largest size in the set so traced around the outside of the die onto red card to create the border and cut it out carefully by hand.
The paper for the background were from Simple Stories 2012 Handmade Holidays range. Brown Spot- 'Tis the Season' and Tartan- 'Winter Wonderland'. I used the Martha Stewart 'Loops' punch to create the edge on the tartan strip. Small red diamantes were placed on alternate spaces to add interest.
The flower in the top left corner was created using the Cheery Lynn Poinsettia Die Strip. This looks best if the petals on each layer are spaced between those on the previous layer. I joined the layers using a brad and then added foliage using Martha Stewart's branch die. Finally, some Bella bling in red. The flourishes were cut apart to make a shape that suited the main picture.
Let me know what you think, Happy Crafting, Jackie.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: Merry Christmas Card

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Christmas Tree Card

This week I have made a simple card using cardstock and papers from the Authentique 2012 Festive Collection. Using a cream card, I added a background using the 'Jolly' paper from this range after inking the edges with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.
My next step was to make the tree. This required four squares of paper which I cut from the 'Yuletide' paper using the largest four of my Spellbinders Square Dies. After folding them using a teabag fold, I glued the folds in place and left under a heavy book to dry. The dried pieces were later glued on top of each other- this part needs a little care as the layers are bulky.
The base of the tree is a small scrap of brown Bazzill.
Under the tree, I created a border using Martha Stewart's Scroll Lace Punch and the ribbon used for the final details was from American Crafts.

I am entering this card into the Christmas Card challenge over at:
Thanks for stopping by, Jackie.

Friday, 29 November 2013

Paper Tole Using Graphic 45 paper

This week's challenge over at Through the Purple Haze was  using things from your stash...not too hard for me as I seem to have an ever growing collection of 'essentials"!! I'm sure you know what I mean.
One of my favourite paper ranges is Graphic 45 and I always buy at least two of ever sheet so that I have plenty to play with.
This paper tole uses paper from the ABC Primer range and a pre-made wooden photo frame. I layered cutouts from the paper range using foam tape and coated the top layer with glossy accents. Lots of fussy cutting.
The border was made with different strips of G45 paper and has a coat of Clear Crackle Paint over it.I then rubbed Walnut Stain distress ink over the dry crackle and wiped off the excess.
The corner feature has flowers made using G45 papers and the Tim Holtz Tattered floral die. I made the button in the centre flower using my brad maker and again glossy accents.Other flowers, leaves and the small key were Prima pieces from my stash. All pieces have been edged with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
The flourishes were cut using a Sizzix die and the black pearl flourishes were by Bella.

Please leave a comment and check out the other great entries at

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Star Fold Card

I have been wanting to make a star fold card for some time now and so chose to make one this week for the red, pink or purple challenge over at
I used a sheet of 'Merry' paper from the Authentique 'Festive' paper collection. This pack included 12 sheets of cardstock as well as stickers and elements.
There are many detailed instructions for making a star card on the net. I have included a blog to help you I am sure you will be able to discover others.  I made mine by beginning with a piece of the cardstock that was 12"x10 3/8" in size.
The Authentique paper was double sided and both sides can be seen in my finished card.

Once I had made my card, I added a centre which I attached to one point so that the card could still be opened. The large circular shape is a Spellbinders die from the beaded Circles set. The Spellbinders dies 'Venetian Motifs' was used to make the cream details. These were all edged with Brushed Corduroy Distress Stain before gluing in place.
Other embellishments I used were red fabric flowers from my stash, Flourish With A Bling rhinestones and pearls, an element sticker from the Authentique collection and red grosgrain ribbon for the hanger.
I think I will be making a few more of these this year for my crafty friends!
Please check all of the other great entries out over at:
Thank you for stopping by. Jackie

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Gatefold Christmas Card

Here in Australia, we are not likely to see a white Christmas but I do love the thought of being surrounded by snow and being rugged up for a Northern Christmas.
This week I have made a Wintery Christmas card using a Tattered Teddy Stamp from Docrafts. The image has been coloured using Copic markers.
I cut out the image using a Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles die.This is one of my favourite sets as it has a good range of sizes in it.
I added small blue rhinestones from my stash around the die cut and then used Matte Accents under Ted to apply Diamond Dust for the snow.
White Bazzill cardstock was used to create the card. I then put some of the scrap paper through the Cuttlebug using a Sizzix Snowflake embossing folder. These pieces were precut to be slightly smaller than each of the front panels of the card.
Once these were adhered with tape, I taped the Teddy panel to the card front on one side.
The final touch was a snowflake created using Spellbinders Create A Flake 4. With all the pieces in this die set lots of snowflake combinations are possible. The jewel brad in the centre was an American Crafts Element from my stash.

I am entering this card into the challenge over at
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, 11 November 2013

Happy Birthday, Betty!

I love being a part of Simply Betty Stamps Facebook Group. Betty is such a generous person and I was glad to be able to make her a card as part of her Birthday Surprise. Well done to Corinne for all her planning and thank you to Tamara for the image. Tamara's link for this image is:
                         and she has a great special on it for Betty's birthday!

I coloured the image using my Copics:
Face: E51, E53 and R20 for cheeks
Hair: 100,W10, W8, W5
Hat and Dress: BV08, FV2, BV13, BV17
Skirt and Corset: R17, R35, R39
Skulls: W5, W2, W1
Bat: W10, N8, N6, N4

I added lilac Spica Marker to her eyelids.

The web in the background of the card was created by covering cardstock with foil tape. The card was then embossed using a Tim Holtz web embossing folder.
I covered the foil with gesso and once dry, applied Ranger Alcohol 
Ink in 'Butterscotch', 'Eggplant' and 'Red Pepper'. (Thank you, Kelsey for showing me this technique!)
The embossed design was then sanded back before I attached it to the card.
The final touch was a spider to complete my 'spooky' Birthday Card.

I hope you like it Betty and best wishes for you having a fantastic day with your family!

Have fun following the blog hop, everyone. Jackie
Bonnie Pruss, Cynthia Cole, Cat Sexton
Irene Sherman

Sian Hillman

Ruza Rebel

Katrina Benton

Jackie Rakoski

Sam Slater


Roz Wolfe


Sheri Scraps

Lisa Howell

Wendy Billings


Jackie Randolph

Tanya Johnson

Vicky Fortier

Rhonda Miller

Elisabete Balcavage

Milo Lilja

Berenice Rendon

Katya Bess

Darcy Schroder

Brandy Tinney

Emily Shroom

Karen Pimblett

Lucy Gregg

Dianna Sowerbrower

Trish the Dish

Sharette Brown

Louise Mann

Kay Mowat

Christin Myhre

Robin Bogle

Sharon Brown

Sharman DeLuca

Melissa Varga

Tanja Charles

Kathy Gillion

Kezzla Brown

Leanne Hanmer =


Ashley Murphy

Celina Matthews

Anita Blake

Patricia Buno

Deanna Fosnaugh

Pam Hicks

Shelley Mimi Bo

Cindye Wile

Jackie Maunder

Christine Garner


Saturday, 9 November 2013

Speckled Eggs Card

I have been having fun playing with all of my inks lately and so pulled out some of these for this week's card.
I began by swiping some white card with a graduation of Brushed Corduroy to Peeled paint Distress Stain. I then flicked water over the card and dried it after waiting about 30 seconds for the water to leave it's mark.
Next, I placed TCW 6x6 template- Mini Branches on the top section of the card. I sprayed over it with Dylusions Ink Spray 'Dry Martini'. Mmmm. Mmmm!!
The card was cut to size and then edged with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
I covered another piece of card with Brushed Corduroy Distress Stain and repeated the water marking process.
I used Black Archival Ink to stamp out the designs from Paper Doll Parts Stamps from Character Constructions. I have had these for a while and LOVE them.
The images were cut out, inked and then mounted on black cardstock before assembling the card.
I used frayed brown burlap around the title block (which was also foam mounted) and one corner of the focal image. The tag has a small piece of twine through it which I stained with Brushed Corduroy Distress Stain. To add a final bit of texture, I put stained lace across the bottom of the chair seat,too.
Oh, and NO glitter on this one...LOL!!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
                          Anything Goes:
                          Anything Goes:
                          Things With Wings:

Make sure you visit the sites and see everyone's great work!  Jackie

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Birthday Card

This week at Through The Purple Haze Challenge Blog, we needed to create an item 'For The Girls'. I chose to create a Birthday card using a Simply Betty Stamps Digi.
The image is coloured with Copics and then sparkle has been added using orange and light green Spica pens.
I cut the image out using a Spellbinder's label die- carefully cutting around the top of the image so that I could use the die and have part of my image outside of the die shape. Lime Tart has a great tutorial on how to do this.I used the larger die to cut out out a second label out of black cardstock.
For the background, I pulled out an Ancient Basic Grey paper from a 6x6 pad "Gypsy" from my stash. The colours were pastel versions of those I used to colour the image. I then cut some Superstar borders from orange cardstock using a Poppy Stamps Die. These were brushed with Wild Honey Distress Ink before fixing onto the background paper. To cover the join I used some Webster's Trim from 'Let's Celebrate'.

See my entry and all of the others over at:

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Secret Pumpkin Exchange Hop

Halloween has just got to be one of the best times of the year. I love the decorations and an excuse to get dressed up. This year,  I joined in two swaps for Halloween over at Simply Betty Stamps Facebook Group. The second swap (this one) was a Secret Pumpkin Exchange. I had lots of fun collecting and making things for my parcel which I sent off to the States and was so excited to receive my delivery in the post. More surprises were in store for me though because my wonderful sender had also organised for me to have some money to spend at Betty's store. I chose to put her gift towards the Jude Holiday Bundle and I am sureI will be posting cards using these images soon!
My parcel contained many beautiful things including a handmade card which I adore. Some of the other items were a Halloween paper pad, heaps of cool Halloween decorations I can use on my cards- the glittery spiders and skulls were very cool!, stickers, ribbon and candy ( I had never had the M&M Candy Corn...yummo!!). The owl hand wash is hanging on my craft bag and my Halloween plaque is having in our living room with our other decorations. I would like to say an enormous THANK YOU for my Secret Pumpkin gifts. I will enjoy using everything x

Have fun checking out all of the other surprises on the hop!

Betty Roberts

BreAnn McFarland, Vanessa Bland, Barbara ( Barb ) Ettinger, Carmen Shannon, Lindsey Gehin, Terry Helin

Corinne Jones

Sheri Loatwall

Trish thedish Sakulich

Marie Franklin

Maggie Schoener

Robin Bogle

Ashley Murphy

Lisa Howell

Tanja Charles

Emily Shroom

Kay Mowat

Wendy Billings

Stacey Stratis

Katya Bess

Elisabete Balcavage

Jackie Maunder

Anita Blake

Rio Ford

Summer Hills-Painter

Jo Walker

 Heather Whitlock

Tanya Johnson

Dianna Sowerbrower

Sharette Smith

Melissa Varga

Kathy Gillon

Rochelle Ayris

 Roz Wolfe

Saturday, 26 October 2013

A Final Halloween Card

Just five more nights until Halloween. I love all things Halloween and for this week have used a Day of the Dead image from Simply Betty Stamps. I've had this image coloured for a while but had not got around to putting it onto a card front. It has been coloured with Copics and then cut out and put onto background paper using foam mounting tape behind the image.
The patterned papers used in this card are from a 6x6 paper pad- Happy Haunting by My Mind's Eye. All paper pieces were edged using Ranger Black Archival Ink.
I went around the edge of the chevron paper with double sided tape and then wrapped Tim Holtz black tinsel twine around the paper several times to represent a web. I then placed the paper containing the image over the cross over of the tinsel. I made sureI used red backed tape here for super stick!!
Embellishments on the web include a tag "Fright Night" from Creative Imaginations Mariah Johnson's Wicked collection. There are heaps of great labels in this collection.
The little glittery spider was from a recent craft swap (as was the previous embellishment) and was adhered using foam tape.
In the corners of the page, I made little web embellishments by cutting a strip of spiderwebs using my Martha Stewart punch. I cut out sections of the web at right angles to adhere in the corners.
 I used Black Diamond Stickles over thecorner web shapes to add some sparkle and then put Frosted Lace Stickles on the veil of the image.
 KaiserCraft black bling was added down the side of the image card and randomly on the chevron paper to add some further interest.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes with optional Halloween over at:: 
Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy Halloween!

Saturday, 19 October 2013

At The Movies Card

Before I start on this week's card, I must thank the team over at Through The Purple Haze challenges for picking my cards for last week's winning entry with the other being selected in the top three- a big happy dance here from me and I can hardly wait to choose an Indigo Blu stamp as my prize because they are brilliant!!
This week's card  features yet another fantastic Simply Betty Digi and the request was to feature food.
I bought this digi a while back with my teens in mind and thought it would be great to make into cards for their friends and movie voucher covers. This example uses the image for a card front. I first coloured the digi using my Copic Markers.

Copic Colours Used:
Skin: YR00, E11, R02  Hair: E35, E53, E57
Popcorn Bowl: BV04, B32  Popcorn: E53, Y11
Shirt: YG06, G05, G07  Jeans: B45, B93, B97, BG10
Seat: BV23, C5, C7  Cushion: R17, R46, R59
Cup: Y08, Y11, Y17

Once the image was coloured, I went over the base of the headband and the glass frames with a light blue Spica Pen- you know I looove a bit of sparkle.
The shape for the card and the image card were made using the Grand Labels 11 Set from Spellbinders. 
I folded the black card in half and then placed the Spellbinder die along the fold edge before cutting. 
Once the white card was mounted, I went around the embossing line on the black card with white gel pen to create faux stitching.
The embellishments were from my stash- I was lucky enough to find the Coke bottle cap which mirrored the red of the cushion and added Flourish with A Bling pearls in the same colour. The mini tags are from Maya Road. I used layers of foam tape to adhere the cap and tickets to add some depth. 

A simple card this week but it was fun to make. Let me know what you think and check out the other "yummy" entries over at

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Indigo Blu Challenge Card - Hocus Pocus and Bare Woods

My second card  began by creating a background design using Alcohol inks and Gloss Paper. These were dabbed on my craft mat along with some blending fluid before smooshing the colours together using a piece of gloss paper. I then used a background stamp from Indigo Blu and Black Archival Ink to stamp out Bare Forest. To hide the join in the stamp I added a strip of ruched ribbon which I had aged with Distress Ink.
On another piece of white card, I created the smooched background as I did in my previous card using water and Distress Stains on my craft mat. I stamped the owl stamp from Hocus Pocus onto this once dry using black Archival Ink. I also stamped this image onto a piece of plain white card.
Using Distress markers and my water brush ( see more detail for card 1), I coloured the owl and the castle and then cut them out and glued them onto the inked owl background paper. Brushed Corduroy was added to the edges before mounting the design on black cardstock and taping the back with foam tape.
Finishing touches were added with a fine gold Sharpie. 

I hope you like my creations. Please leave a comment.
I am entering this card into the weekly challenge over at:

Card using Indigo Blu Stamps - Alice 1

Indigo Blu have a great range of stamps available. I love that they are rubber stamps. Most of my stamps are rubber as I find them more versatile.
This week I have made two cards for Through the Purple Haze Challenge Blog's weekly challenge. We were given notice of the upcoming Indigo Blu challenge some weeks ago so that those of us that live overseas could order our stamps. I ordered quite a few as they had some fantastic background stamps for me to use on ATCs and i loved the stamp sets.
For the first card, I first created a background using blobs of Distress Stain on my craft mat mixed with spritzes of water. I twisted my white paper through this mixture several times and then dried it with my Ranger heat gun.
This paper was taped onto the black card base.
Next, I cut three small squares of white card and placed a Wonderland character in each from Indigo Blu's Alice 1 stamp set. I also stamped out Alice on white card and the tiltle on my backing paper.
Out with my Distress markers...yes, I have ALL the Distress products but don't feel guilty because I use them all the time! I brushed colours onto my acrylic block and then added them to the stamped images using a water brush. Once the areas were wet it was easy to add further details using the markers directly and further blending with the brush if required.
Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink was added to the edges of the small squares before they were mounted on black card and then onto the background.
Alice was cut out and added to the background. I used a grey/brown polychromo pencil to add some shadows.
Finally to finish some Flourish With A Bling and a tiny watch face from my stash. 
I hope you like my this stamp set!

I am entering this card into:

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Halloween Card

This week's card uses a Simply Betty Stamp as the feature. I have (In case you have not already worked it out!!) a range of her stamps in both digi and rubber format. This one I already had in rubber but have just bought a Jude Holiday Digi Bundle featuring this image and many others for Halloween, Christmas and Valentine's Day. Love them all!

My image is coloured using Copic markers. 
Skin: E21, E50 Cheeks: R11 Mouth: R27, E47, E05 Eyes: G07
Costume: BV02, V17, Y38, YR04, YR07
Shadows: W3
I created texture by stippling over the purple areas of the costume with the Copic 00 Blender. 

The background of the card was a piece of orange Bazzill paper which I embossed using a Sizzix Halloween Embossing folder from my collection. I inked around the edge using black Archival Ink. I had tried inking the whole design but decided that it made the card too dark. Instead of wasting the card, I simply turned it over to use the embossing in reverse.
The Sentiment was stampeded onto white card and this was mounted in a Spellbinders frame from Romantic Rectangles.
Martha Stewart's Creepy Fence punch was used for the background and the strip of Beware paper came from  a Dream Street Paper from the Superstition range- Spine Tingler.
I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Friday, 27 September 2013

Through The Purple Haze Song, Book or Movie Challenge

This week's challenge was lots of fun- but what to pick? I have so many favourites in each category. In the end, I decided to use a Kenny K stamp from Whimsy Stamps and use the song "I Love Rock and Roll" by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts as my motivation...takes me back to rollerskating days as a teen!!!
 I had had the ultra blingy background paper in my stash for ages waiting for the right card and managed to also find some stars and a Sizzix Christmas Bauble die with a star to use in the background.

I used my Copic Markers to colour in the stamped image. Highlights on the guitar, earrings and eyeshadow were made using spica markers- more sparkle of course!

Thanks again for stopping by and don't forget to check out the other entries at:

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Through The Purple Haze Bling Challenge

I was really pleased to win last week's sketch challenge over at Through the Purple Haze Challenges Blog. This week the task was to incorporate some bling into our design...those who know me know I need no encouragement in that department.
So, into the bling stash I went. I chose some silver glitter paper for the background and then cut out two Memory Box Spiderweb frames to make the background. I had to cut these to make one long web for my card.
The image I used is from Simply Betty Stamps. I coloured her using my Copic markers and then added some sparkle with Spica markers.
To finish, I added some small black gems from Flourish With A Bling to the web.
Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to see all of the over great entries over at

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Simply Betty Stamps- Summerween Swap

I love shopping for craft goodies and also love receiving parcels in the post. I have just finished joining in the Summerween Swap over at Simply Betty Stamps Facebook page. We were given a swap buddy to exchange a parcel of goodies with. My swap buddy was Heather. She sent me a wonderful collection of Fall and Halloween items. This included stickers, papers (I love the transparency one!), ribbon, brads, notepads, letters, markers, cutouts and candy. I was thoroughly spoilt. Thank you so much, Heather!
I have already put the stamps to good use completing the Witch Mercedes challenge at Simply Betty Stamps Blog.
Here are some photos of all of my goodies. I have told the kids the candy is for Christmas (joking but I can tease them for a few days)...can you believe that is all they are interested in?
Have a look at everyone else's deliveries- I can hardly wait to do the same.

Summerween Blog Hop List

Betty Roberts

Corinne Jones

Maggie Schoener

Anita Blake

Trish thedish Sakulich

Sheri Loatwall (aka Sheri Scraps)

Heather Whitlock

Terry Helin

Dianna Sowerbrower  

Melissa Varga

Summer Hills Painter

Jackie Maunder

Tanja Charles

Elisabete Balcavage

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Through the Purple Haze Sketch Challenge

I was so excited to make a place last week at Through The Purple Haze Challenges. This week the request was to make something using a provided sketch. I enjoy using design sketches as a springboard for ideas. My card this week again uses a Simply Betty Stamps digi- can't get enough of them.
I coloured the image using my Copic Markers. The background circle is a Spellbinders die.The eyelets give a nice little peep at the colour underneath.
Instead of ribbon, I used washi tape to decorate the background. One strip is the full width and the other has been folded in half and I then used double sided tape to attach.
The embellishments in this sketch followed a curve and so I chose a flourish to cut up to curve around the die cut. The Prima flourish had blue and clear crystals and some had a rainbow shimmer.
The sentiment is from an old Stampin' Up set in my stash- Always. I mounted the sentiment on black cardstock and then patterned paper which was also used below the sentiment for another element from the sketch.
Let me know what you think and also check out the other terrific entries at