Butterfly Prettiness

Hi There!

I haven’t shared in a while so thought I’d stop by and post a few cards that I’ve made recently using the Stampinup Saleabration Designer Series Paper  “Best Year Ever”.  The buttons and ribbons are also freebies as part of the promotion.


I’ve been finding it very hard to find time for crafting of late, now working 5 days a week and trying to keep up with the house work and family committments etc, so I started by grabbing one of my favourite tools, the fiskars butterfly shape cutters, and just cut out a bunch of butterfly elements and started layering them up.  The colour palette of this paper made it easy to put the card together.


I love using a tonne of layers, and a little bling never goes astray!

This card features the really large butterfly and I love how it fills the square cardfront.  I chose not to add a sentiment to this one – It kind of speaks volumes without it! i can always stamp one inside when it’s time to gift it.


And a close up of the lovely layers and texture…


For this traditional C6 sized card, I went for a less layered look allowing the background DSP to speak for itself.  I’ve used Copic Markers to colour in the gradient on the Happy Birthday stamp, after stamping it in Baked Brown Sugar.


I like to use kindy glitz or dazzling details to attach my sequins, this way if some pokes through the middle of the sequin it adds to the effect. I can then add a little dab on top too.

By sitting down and making these cards all together, I could utilise the same colour palette and supplies and have three cards relatively quickly with as little mess as possible.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by – I hope you find time to create in your space soon!


Using the Negative Image of Your Framelits

Hi Girls,

Just a quick post today to show you a card I was inspired to try from Pintrest (yes I have been spending way too much time browsing the boards lately!).  This card uses the negative image from the largest Festive Flurry Framelit – you can’t see it here, but it also leaves an indentation around the image on the card stock – an added bonus which I love!.

Negative Snowflake Card

I’ve then cut the small framelit out twice (once silver and once in the matching pale plum to the card front) – and layered them just off centre, trimming them to match the line of the card stock with my trimmer. I’ve embossed the card front and added rhinestones at each embossed flurry. An embossed sentiment and little silver bow finishes off my card for today.

What is Christmas without a purple and silver card design eh??? I hope I am inspiring you to get a start on your Christmas Cards? I think the correct count is 68 days until Christmas? LOL


My Dad Turned 65

Hi Girls,

Finally I can show you a few projects I’ve been working on in the last month – yes my Dad celebrated a milestone birthday and my wonderful Mum had the great idea of throwing him a surprise Birthday breakfast which went fantastically – here are the invites I created for it (and Ross and Barbara’s in particular ;):

Here is the invite outside of it’s wallet:

What I love about this invite is that it is really just a few simple elements that when put all together end up looking rather special 🙂 The framelits and edgelits are definitely the stars of the show, along side the silver Glimmer Paper too…

In case you are wondering, the blue I’ve used is Marina Mist and the white cardbase I’ve printed on is confetti white.

Well thanks as always for stopping by…

Technology and Lego

Just had to pop back and tell you about our day at the Radu household… I don’t often post personal on here, but I just had to share this with you.  Have your kids ever been on www.lego.com ? It is an amazing website for kids full of games and mini movie clips – just so much for them to browse around (head to the products tab and they can click on whichever kind of Lego they like e.g. Hero Factory and then from there, see all the games etc related to those products).  And what I love about this site as the content is completely safe for my kids!

Now the amazing thing about today is that we discovered that you can browse and download the PDF of just about every Lego instruction manual ont he market. Now this obviously comes in handy if you misplace one – but lets just say you have a Lego whiz for a 7 year old, your 5 year old is pretty great at it too and you have an underbed storage container over flowing with Lego?

First we browsed here  and chose instructions that we thought we had most of the pieces for and if not exactly, we thought we could “improvise” (one of our favourite words in this house).  At first we were going to print them but I was lamenting over all the ink I’d go through when I had a brain storm – I saved the PDF to file, added it to my iTunes library and from there, we transferred onto my iPad – perfect! The kids sat the iPad on the floor next to them and started to find pieces and build to the instructions.

This was at 8:30am.  it’s now nearly 6pm and we have had a small break for lunch, swim and dinner – that’s it!

The even better thing is that most of the instructions to download from this link I’ve given you are small 3 in 1 models – beauty!

Kyan excitedly told me that they “got” new Lego toys today – they just had to use their own pieces – how good is that! And for Laurenz who basically only wants new Lego so that he can conquer the instructions – this is just awesome! New instructions at no cost!

I’ve just had another look around the site and found a link to customer service where you can access 3300  building instructions online – all you need is Adobe Acrobat to view them – Oh My!

So get on over to www.Lego.com sign your kids up to Lego Club if you want to personalise their experience, or just browse the site as a visitor and away they go – you won’t regret it! It can be quite interactive where kids can create and upload to show off their building skills…

Laurenz created this big guy yesterday and we uploaded it to a Create and Share Board today for all to see – he stands about 30cm high!

And Kyan loves the “build your own Hero” in the Hero Factory Section 🙂

Christmas Cards with Stampin’ Up!

Just getting prepared for our Toodyay Stamping Retreat where we focus on getting our christmas cards, teacher gifts and other christmas projects sorted in one fantastic weekend of stamping, friends, food and fun!

Here are a few designs I have been working on to date:

Christmas Bingo with Jolly Bingo Bits and New Glitter Glass

Wisteria Wonder and a Dazzling Diamonds Medallion

Contempo Chrismtas and Letters to Santa DSP

Folded Christmas Tree with Embossed Alfoil

Contact me if you’d like any details about these projects, and thanks for stopping by today!


Cupcake Toppers Made Easy

With Adhesive sheets!!! This is my first go at a cupcake topper attempt – and as I had 24 of them to make to send to Laurenz’s class today ahead of his 7th Birthday on Tuesday, I needed a quick easy method for sticking them together… So I turned to my ever so versatile, trusty Bigshot Multi-Purpose Adhesive Sheets – my goodness is there anything this product can’t do???

I’ve used my much loved retired stamp from SAB Punch Bunch but you could use any stamp that will fit in a punch!

First I attached a sheet of whisper White Cardstock to an adhesive sheet, then stamped 24 times using Tangerine Tango ink.

Then I stamped onto just a Whisper White sheet in Pacific Point (no adhesive on this one), and punch all the images out.

Then it was as simple as peeling off the adhesive backing off the TTango, placing a toothpick onto it (it sticks in place so well!) and then add the PPoint punchy on top, squeezing with fingers.  No Glue, No Mess! Love it!

Here is the finished lot:

Cute eh?

Thanks for stopping by!

T & Z Outdoor Creations

Just stopping in to let you know about my gorgeous friend Kylie and the fabulous wall art business she has created with her husband called T & Z Outdoor Creations

Kylie’s backyard is an amazing sight to see – truly inspiring resort style – and the designs featured on the T & Z website are equally fabulous – check out the variety of styles on offer from this local family business based in Ellenbrook Western Australia