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Craft #14 – Pregnancy Card

11 Feb

I made this card last year for a friend of mine, her baby shower was one of the only times I ‘socialised’ in 2014. I actually only remembered it when I made the other pregnancy card, and then had to track down a photo.

The image is manipulated from Google, and cut with my trusty Silhouette. I used plain coloured Kaisercraft paper, plus paper from their ‘Magic Happens’ collection. I hand drew the dandelion as I was pretty sure the Silhouette would struggle to cut such small, fine pieces.

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I’m pleased to say she now has a healthy baby boy.

Craft #13 – You’re So Charming Card

8 Feb

If a real frog is in the vicinity, I am not nearly as happy as I am when I see this cute little frog. In fact, once when I walked out the front door, I nearly stepped on one AND nearly pooped my pants. Not a live frog fan.

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Craft #12 – Come Fly Away with Me Card

31 Jan

I decided to make a goal for the year- to try to make two cards each week.
I’m probably going to need to make a bunch of birthday cards so I guess that should be a future plan. But not today!

My sister’s boyfriend loves flying planes and has lessons. He’s been in the family for.. 7 or more years, so he’s basically a permanent member at this point.

I used my recent Lawn Fawn addiction to make this card, too. That might be happening for a while. It’s a serious addiction.

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For this card I used the images from ‘Bon Voyage’ and the text from ‘Hello Sunshine’ and of course, my trusty Silhouette.
I stuffed up by not cutting the plane wing to have a black gap under the cloud. Then I forgot to cut the window holes. Third cut lucky thankfully, because I was pretty agitated by that point. I used basic plain card stock with silver detail on the plane.

Craft #11 – Bun in the Oven Card

31 Jan

I’ve spent the last week withdrawing from Norspan pain patches as I was switched over to a different pain killer that I’m NOT allergic to. Before that I was already (extra) unwell so its been slow going.

Luckily I stumbled across the super adorable Lawn Fawn clear stamp collection.

I figure that if I buy a stamp, I own the design (not commercially but personally) and can therefore use it however I like.
And I like to scan it in to my computer so I can manipulate the image and cut coloured pieces.

So here’s my ‘Bun in the Oven’ card:

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I used the ‘Plus One’ stamp collection, my Silhouette, plain coloured card stock in 2 brands plus some gorgeous silver paper that my beautiful friend Ever the Crafter sent me as part of my Christmas gift. And that was about it! I didn’t make this with anyone in mind, just I thought it was super cute 🙂

Craft #10 – Ahoy, Pirate Card Ahead

21 Jan

I had a friend who loved pirates.

I say had, because she was saying a lot of nasty things about people behind their backs, which made me wonder what she said about me… We aren’t friends, anymore.

I actually made her the girl version of this card (with pigtails and pink shorts)


This was such early days with the Silhouette that I bought both the ship and the pirate figure from the Silhouette program.
I also learned the hard way that not all paper cuts well- the brown I used for the boat, and the skin colour paper were both horrifying to work with.

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For the inside I went very simple- I actually printed the images from Google, typed the sentiment and cut around them by hand (easier than trying to line them up and have the machine cut them), re outlined them (as I had lost some cutting) and added glitter glue to the gold in the treasure chest. Some ‘bubbly’ paper for the background completed the ‘under the sea’ look.

Craft #9 – Thinking of You Card

20 Jan

One of the most frustrating things about being chronically ill, is how much of your life is taken from you.
Growing up as the youngest of three girls in a single parent household, there wasn’t a whole lot of spoiling rotten going on. Not that our Christmas presents were clothes, but it was only because of my Mum’s excellent budgeting skills that we had the things we did.

On some of the school holidays and long weekends, I’d go alone to stay with my great aunt Dawn. And she DID spoil us.
Dinner was whatever you wanted to eat (Cheeseburgers OK! She ate her own healthier meals) and days were filled with craft and fun.
I was always so much closer to Dawn than any of my own grandparents, and she had never been able to have children, so I suppose she had more time for us.

As I got older and sicker, my visits to Dawn have declined rapidly. She lives an hour away, and that’s just too long of a commute for me. She’s also too ill to visit me.
These days, its all I can manage just to send a card to let her know that I love her.


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This is one of the earlier cards I made. The butterflies are made using a Martha Stewart punch, and the rest was cut with the Silhouette. Dawn loves purple, so I tried to make it very purple! I used a purple ink pad to stain the top layer of card.

Craft #8- Card Fails, and learning a new skill

19 Jan

Some of these are pretty embarrassing.. But it takes a while to learn how you like to style things! These were some of my first attempts at card making- with or without the Silhouette machine.


1: While waiting for my Silhouette machine to arrive, I made a few cards with the Kaisercraft range, ‘Butterfly Kisses’, and some randomly matching ribbon. The strip of butterflies was a pre cut sticker, as was the pink and white hearts just under it.
For the inside I used a Martha Stewart edge punch as it felt a bit boring. I didn’t hate this too much- there is worse ahead.

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2: One of the first ever cards I made using the Silhouette. Badly. I hated it right away. And still do

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3: My poor Mum really did get a few of the shoddy ones at the start. This was the first ‘pattern’ I had bought, and quite frankly I didn’t know what to do with it! Sorry, Mum. We shall call this, ‘the learning curve’ 
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4: This one was also a pattern, back when I was learning how to design my own. The card looked so plain with only the cupcake, I added a personal message (an abbreviation my friend and I use frequently) as well as the side of checked yellow. Still, I think I liked the inside better than the outside.
This was around the time I was realising I could do a better job if I designed the whole card myself.

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5: This is where I learned moderation. What a disaster! Very much not what I had had in mind. The lettering ended up far too dark, glitter glue spilled over the ‘lake’ edges, and just way too much going on.

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I’d love to see some of your attempts ‘gone badly’!

Craft #7 – Four Valentine’s Day Cards

18 Jan

Some of these are the first cards I ever made. Being a perfectionist, there are things I would change, especially with what I know now! I would have guessed that these were from 2013, but my computer says 2014. I must agree to disagree.


1: Traditional

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This was a fairly traditional ‘Valentine’ style card, a modified pattern that I found on Google. I used basic card stock, glitter glue, and of course my Silhouette to cut it.


2: Owl card

IMG_18781Owl card- I was still getting used to dealing with cutting smaller letters on the Silhouette, the early days were a lot of trial and error. So I use a fine marker to ink on the words ‘always love you’. The rest was basic, card stocks and some glitter glue. But not too much. Just enough.


3: Mouse card

IMG_1878Mousey- I really regret not making the surface the mouse is standing on a dark colour, but I couldn’t go back. Manipulated Google image, paper and glitter glued tail and ear. I was quite happy with the mouse itself- I think with the darker background it would have been a lot better 😉


4: 2015

1975156_10152745665315168_6987340196534806190_nI decided to keep things very simple this year. Mostly due to my complete lack of energy and health. You’re all getting the same! No peeking at each others’ 😉
I seriously lacked inspiration, too. What I designed and what I ended up making.. Two very different things.

I first did a practice stamp of the peas and sentiment stamp, took a photo with my phone and then used that as a basis for cutting the card the right size. I wanted the peas to have a white edge around them, for example. I usually make rectangular cards, but I felt the stamp wasn’t big enough for that, so instead I used a basic 4x4in design.

I edged every surface with the same blue ink I used for the sentiment. I was struggling to bring the green in from the pea stamp, so I hope it looks ok. I kind of killed that ink pad.

Inside I use a Martha Stewart punch, with the same blue/purple paper from the front, to cut a flowery border.


I hope you’ve gotten some ideas for your own cards! I love to google for phrases for each project I’m working on, and sometimes tweak them a bit. It makes the card much more personal.

Happy crafting.

Craft #6- Kaisercraft Large Desk Organiser

17 Jan

Last year I became addicted to Kaisercraft’s ‘Beyond The Page’ range. This is how I decorated my large desk organiser 🙂

The first thing you start with is a flat pack- its surprisingly heavy! There are no instructions inside, so its a bit of a ‘make it up as you go’ project.

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I began by putting together the wooden pieces so that I could understand which way they would face, and what needed to be covered with paper rather than paint. I wrote on each piece with pencil, but really you could use anything- it’ll get covered up in the end!

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Then I painted the edges and ‘plain sides’ with a purple paint I’ve used a lot of in my room. For the paper I used Kaisercraft’s ‘Magic Happens’ range (they stopped making this a while ago, but you can sometimes still find it in craft stores) as well as two other sheets of co-ordinating paper.
I used Mod Podge to coat the paint on the outside of the organiser, but not the inside, as you can see here, it is a slightly different shade of purple.

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To get the shape for the curved paper, I just laid out the (still flat) piece of wood and traced around it, then cut slightly inside the marked line. I was saving the striped paper for something special, and I’m glad I did, because now I get to see it all the time!

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I didn’t really like the finger pull drawers, so I purchased some unvarnished wooden knobs from Bunnings for about $2 each and painted them the same purple colour (I did consider silver) and glued a gem in the centre. Then I simply turned the drawers around, and used the back as the front. In this photo you can see the back of one of the drawers, with the finger pull gap.

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I very carefully used my strongest clear craft glue to stick the drawers together. I wanted all the boxes to be perfectly square. I painted around the edges before sticking down the paper, as I wanted them all to be uniform, and also its very difficult to get the paper neatly to the edge of the drawer- this was like cheating. Then I glued down the knobs. Because they were quite heavy, I left them to dry overnight.

The final part was gluing together the wooden pieces, again I used a kick arse glue. Then I added some paper flowers in positions that wouldn’t affect the drawers being opened. And, surprisingly for me, I was happy with it!

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Craft #5- Welcome Baby Girl Card

16 Jan

On November 4th, Melbourne Cup day in Australia for 2014, my good friend gave birth to a much anticipated first child. The gender of the baby was a surprise, so I couldn’t make the card until I knew how things had gone! I had finished the design already though- I just needed to place the name and cut girl colours.

The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s biggest horse racing event of the year, and my friend also loves horses- its actually how we became friends in the first place. So a horsey theme seemed to fit- although I admit I played around with elephants for a while.

10409671_10152562748355168_5877223528546938194_nFor this card, I used an image from Google, which I played with in Paint and also edited in the Silhouette program. I used plain card stock, silver paper, glitter glue (mane, tail and hooves, can’t really see it in this photo though as it is black on black), diamantes and a sweet pink footprint ribbon I picked up a while back.

I also actually cut the white ‘border’ lines out of the grey card, and simply stuck the lot to a plain white card. I panicked when I realised I’d forgotten to put the ribbon down first- but I lifted the edges with one of the Silhouette tools, and just slipped it under with a little glue.

10806369_10152562748410168_8273732056285203185_nThe inside of the card, which I had pre-made (hence the gender neutral yellow) was a pop out with charms hanging down mobile-style. I created the double sided charms (rocking horse, rosette, horse shoe) using plain card stock with glitter glue and diamantes, and hung them using silver jewellery thread on a double line for extra strength.

I had a lot of fun making this card, partly because I was so excited for my friend! I actually sent it when I was in hospital, my Mum brought it in for me, and a few of the nurses gave me some lovely compliments on it.