Woodsy Critters Planner Page for Sunsational Stamps

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Hello crafty friends, I am here again with another project using the Sunsational Stamps Woodsy Critters digital stamp set.  This can be purchased online by clicking http://sunsationalstamps.com/product-category/digital-stamps/critters-digital-stamps/page/2/. I coloured this set myself and used it on a planner layout, using the Scrapper’s Delights Basic Planner Kit.

It will ne announced shortly that I am on the Planner Design Team for Scrapper’s Delights and they have kindly allowed me to use Sunsational Stamps digis on their planner layout. Lisa Peters from Sunsational Stamps has also been kind enough to allow me to display her digital stamps, so you get to see the best of both products!  Thanks ladies – a great collaboration! The Planner details can be found by clicking http://scrappersdelights.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=213&zenid=1733c851b97340407156499f34c2bfd4 if you would like to find out more. The basic planner kit comes with everything you need to make your own planner – including, days of the week, tabs, numbers, dividers, cover pages and more!

For a break down of how I created this page, please pop over to the Sunsational Stamps blog at http://sunsationalstamps.blogspot.com.au/ – there is just so much talent and inspiration to see on thie site!  Lets just take a closer look at some of those cute little critters…

I hope you enjoyed this planner page…until next time….

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‘Live more…’ for Helmar Creative Team

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Good afternoon crafty friends, I am here for the Helmar Creative Team with this layout featuring my hubby and me!  The full tutorial can be seen on the Helmar blog at http://helmarusa.typepad.com/blog/.

This was created using the Helmar PVA Professional Woodworking Glue – fantastic for adhering these D-lish Scraps wooden veneer alphas.  The map marker featuring on this layout is from Charms Creations, paper base is from the Ubud Dreams Collection from Kaisercraft. Lets take a closer look at this range…



Be sure to check out the blog for some amazing projects from the design team and for a step by step tutorial of this layout.  Until next time…..

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‘A Hoppy Easter to Some Bunny Special’ for Sunsational Stamps


Hello crafty friends! I am here with you for my very first blog post as part of the Sunsational Stamps design team. I am so pleased to have been offered a position on this team….looking forward to sharing many creative and exciting upcoming projects with you!

My cards today use the ‘Hoppy Easter to Some Bunny Special’ digital images. Have you seen the revamped online store – check it out at http://sunsationalstamps.com/. It looks amazing…Lisa really has done a magnificent job! The range of Easter themed stamps can be purchased instore by clicking this link – http://sunsationalstamps.com/product-category/digital-stamps/easter-digital-stamps/.

For my first card I adhered a piece of patterned paper (this one is a Project Life card from Stampin Up!). I then used a die from my collection to cut a window from the front of the card.  The lovely patterned border and inlay that the die left was adhered to the inside of the card where the bunny was adhered to.  The bunny’s feet were adhered using pop dots to give it some dimension, as was the Easter eggs.

The sentiment was coloured using Tim Holtz distress inks in Tattered Rose and Milled Lavendar – a nice compliment to the coloured Easter eggs.  I just love the ease of using the coloured digi images!  Lets take another look at that card.sunsational1

For my second card, I had such fun creating the background for this.  Have you used Brusho Crystal Colours before?  Brushos are watercolour ink crystals that can be used in many different ways. For this card, I wet a piece of watercolour paper and sprinkled the Brushos on the paper, one by one.  Watching them react with the water is fascinating and you never quite know how they will turn out. Brusho Crystal Colours can be used on paper, canvas, or even wood. Sprinkle them directly on a wet substrate and watch intriguing organic patterns appear almost like magic. Or sprinkle Brusho Colours on a wet brush, painting knife, or texture tool to create a variety of gorgeous effects. You can dissolve them in water and apply them with a spray bottle, or add them to wax paste or gel mediums for body. Colours used were Sea Green, Turquoise, Violet, Alizarin Crimson and Sunburst Lemon. Lets take a closer look at the amazing colours…


I then cut out the pieces for the card front – I always like to go around the edges of the cut pieces with a black pen so there are no harsh white lines seen. The ducky was layered to sit in the basket, with the feet adhered with pop dots, as were the Easter eggs. Let’s take a look at the card…

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I hope that you enjoyed these cards and until next time, be sure to keep your eye on the blog as we have the design team members all appearing this week to flood you with inspiration and Sunsational project ideas!

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‘Fishing Sophie’ for Little Blue Button Stamps


Hello friends!  I am here with the new release ‘Fishing Sophie’ digital stamp from Little Blue Button Stamps.  Isn’t she gorgeous! Be sure to pop over to the LBBS online store at http://lbbstamps.com/ and check out their adorable range of digital stamps!  For this stamp, it has been coloured using Touch Five markers and die cut to mount onto a Kraft card front.

The patterned paper is from Stampin Up and the lovely star punchinella is from D-lish Scraps. The digi was then mounted using cardboard behind it to give some dimension to the card.  The sentiment is from a Lawn Fawn set that has been stamped in black ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.

The range of stamped images from LBBS is just so vast – please check out the range at the website listed above.


Easy to make cards for D-lish Scraps


Hello crafty friends, Sarah here with you for my last time as a current Design Team member.  What a fantastic 6 month term it has been! Thanks so much to Amanda for giving me the opportunity to be part of such a professional, dynamic design team.  I have learnt so very much and the products are just AMAZING!  For my last project, I have made two cards using a number of elements from the February Just Add Paper Kit ‘Fresh Cut’. I thought I would show how else, apart from a scrapbook layout, you could use these elements. Pieces of the kit can be purchased instore by clicking http://d-lishscraps.openstores.com.au/c/749/February—Fresh-Cut.html.

There are many gorgeous bits n pieces in this kit – for this card, I have used the flowers, coloured doily, flair and washi tape.  The doily was layered with a die cut circle cut from patterned paper in my stash.  I love this set of stitched dies I bought online – it gives a little bit of interest to an ordinary circle!
The background of the card was created using the packaging technique. This involves putting some distress ink on a piece of clear packaging, spritzing with water and ‘smoosching’ on the card front. The image is from an amazing artist Pernilla Nilsson – look her up on Facebook where she kindly shares some of her images for free download.  The image is coloured using Touch Five Markers and Stampin Up blendabilities. Some Wink of Stella was added to the crown to add some sparkle with some enamel dots to finish off the crown.

Here are some close up shots of these gorgeous embellishments.



Now for the second card….this card was made using a Kraft base and a gelli print I had from some time ago.  Whilst it is a little difficult to see in the photo, the print has some shimmer in it from the various paints used.

The feature piece of this card is of course the veneer bicycle – just LOVE it!  I backed the wheels with some yellow patterned paper to pick up the yellow to go with the cute lil bitty bow.  The ‘celebrating you’ is a chipboard piece – the whole range can be seen in store by clicking here – http://d-lishscraps.openstores.com.au/c/626/Chipboard.html.  This piece was inked in black ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. The doily is really pretty with the polka dots as a subtle backdrop. The online store has felt, foil and a variety of paper doilies – click here http://d-lishscraps.openstores.com.au/c/1/Doilies.html to see the range. The card was finished off with some sequins – always a nice touch to add some additional sparkle and colour. Instore there are many colours of sequins on offer http://d-lishscraps.openstores.com.au/c/672/Sequins—Loose.html.

Thank you all so much for your support and words of encouragement during my design term with D-lish Scraps.  Whilst I am sad to be leaving, I have a grateful heart for being offered this opportunity.


Oh Joy! for Shop and Crop Scrapbooking


Hello crafty friends, Sarah here today for Shop and Crop Scrapbooking – I am bringing you two very different layouts using the Pinkfresh Studio Oh Joy Collection.  This collection can be found instore at https://www.shopandcrop.com.au/products/pinkfreshstudioohjoycollectionkit.  Lucky I am still to scrap my Christmas 2016 photos, so thought this would be a good way to kickstart it.  I often find it difficult to scrap event based photos immediately after the event – I enjoy it much more when I have some space and time to think about what I’d like to do with them.  I am still hoping to do a December Daily type album of 2016 but having some select favorite photos for 12×12 layouts is awesome too.

For this “December Story’ layout I used the ‘Jingle Bells’ patterned paper as the base with the ‘Joyful Christmas’ along the top and bottom edges.  I had attempted to sew the edges of the two papers together, however my sewing machine had different ideas.  I proceeded to ‘sew’ it without any cotton and then just drew in the sew lines with a marker.  For the background I applied various colours of Dylusions paints using a palette knife.  The full range of Dylusions paints can be purchased in store at https://www.shopandcrop.com.au/search?q=dylusions.  I left this to dry overnight (I tend to be a bit heavy handed on the paint as I just adore the magnificent colours! Once dry, I used some mixed media stamps from my stash to stamp on the background in black ink to add some further interest and texture.  The Shop and Crop online store have a wide range of mixed media stamps and archival black ink that can be seen by at https://www.shopandcrop.com.au/search?q=mixed+media+stamps.

The photo is matted on white cardstock with some green punchinella, a small frame and some music sheet paper from my stash positioned behind it. I completed the layout with the Pinkfresh Studio Oh Joy sticker sheet and puffy stickers.  Now for the second layout…


This layout uses the ‘Winter Wonderland’ patterned paper as the base and the ‘Joyful Christmas’ to mat the photo and the alternate side of this for the strip across the layout. I also used a few scraps of the Crate Paper Cool Kid collection I had left from previous layouts. The colours in this paper picks up the tones in the trees on the ‘Joyful Christmas’ patterned paper.

Colour Blast Paste (Snow White) was applied through a heart stencil to create some additional texture on the layout. I love the subtle background look that the Snow White provides, along with the glimmer and shine of those little hearts.  The range of Colour Blast products are available online at https://www.shopandcrop.com.au/search?q=colour+blast . The layout was completed again by using the Pinkfresh Studio Oh Joy sticker sheets and puffy stickers.

I hope you enjoyed these two layouts and be sure to check out the amazing talented design team layouts and inspiration on the blog.


Handmade gift for Daddy’s office for Helmar


Hello there, Sarah here for the Helmar Creative Team with the brief for this project to create a handmade gift for a man….this project is a double bonus – using a recycled tin and the many coloured pencils we have around the house to create a lovely office stationary holder!

Check out the Helmar blog at http://helmarusa.typepad.com/blog/ for my step by step tutorial of how I created this project….plus a little bonus project by Mr 3!  It’s hard to get crafty without him wanting to ‘help’ in the craft room!


Thanks for joining me….until next time!