Design Your Own Graduation Invitations

Design Your Own Graduation Invitations

The Year 12 Students from the local high school wanted to create their own graduation invites for their end of year celebrations.   I sat down with them and discussed their ideas.  The colour scheme was Black, White & Gold.  As they were being mass produced we needed to keep the design simple.  After a few ideas and templates were created they decided on this one below

The front of the invite we printed names onto Cardstock and die cut around them using the Stitched Framelit Dies these dies are my favourite as they frame a greeting perfectly. They come in 3 different shapes (Circle, Oval & Square) We added a Glimmer Gold Piece cut from Layered Ovals Framelit and tied the invitation together with Gold Metallic Edge Ribbon.

Making the pocket like invite weren’t that easy so we opt for ordering premade pockets for us to decorate.  The inside was very simple.  The year 12 graduates printed their invites onto cardstock

We added a piece of Vellum to the front of the printed invitation and held it together with a piece of Gold Metallic Ribbon (this also matched the front of the invite).  TIPto save on Glimmer Paper we cut thin strips and adhered them to the center panel on the left and right edge.  The invite was closed using a glue dot.

The Year 12 Graduates had a great time putting their invitations together. Next time you need to create a custom invite, gift idea or greeting card contact me I will be happy to help you design your project and your design could also be featured on my blog.

Happy Birthday to a Special 3 Year Old

Happy Birthday to a Special 3 Year Old

This past week our little girl Bianca, turned three (3).  She has brought so much joy to our lives, and after trying for many years to start a family we will finally blessed with our only child Bianca. Although it has taken me many years to come to the grip that our family will no longer grow, but I have in turn learnt to be grateful for the wonderful daughter I do have and how she has blessed our lives.

Amongst all the winging and tantrums that are normal toddler would display, Bianca is has a gentle, kind, natured heart.  You will hear her often say “Are you OK Mummy?” which I reply “Yes, are you OK?”  She is so happy, and loves to sing, dance and play outside.

Her favourite things is Minnie Mouse and Bows.  She loves Minnie Mouse so much that she has just about everything Minnie Mouse you can think of, including her Bedroom suite, toys, dolls, bags, clothes, even her underwear.  You will often find her dressed as Minnie with a cute Bow in her hair.

For her Birthday cake this year, I wanted to recreate Minnie’s Red Bow and create cake toppers.  But, sadly I noticed there was no Red with White Polka dot patterned paper available in the current 2017 – 2018 Annual Catalogue. So I decided to create my own.

STEP 1: – to create the polka dots, I used the eraser end of a pencil and inked it in Versamark ink and randomly placed the polka dots onto a scrap piece of Whisper White Cardstock

STEP 2: Apply Clear Embossing powder and heat set with a Heat Gun

STEP 3: Using the Direct to paper technique, take your Real Red Ink pad and drag it across the Cardstock.  Once you have a good coverage of ink, wipe excess ink off with a Tissue and the dots will pop

Using my Bow Builder punch I was able to create little bows to use a cake toppers for Bianca’s Birthday Cake

Why not create your own patterned paper for your next project.

Envelope Punch Board – Gift Box

Did you know that the Envelope Punch board does more than just create envelopes?  You can view more about the Envelope Punch board on this link HERE.  In fact you can create multiple different types and sizes of gift boxes.  I love it when there is multiple ways I can use my tools.

View the video tutorial below

Sending Love Treat Bag

 I just love the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, they make it so easy to create cute and simple gift packaging for any occasion.

For this project I’ve cut my bag using the Sending Love Glassine Sheets and adhere my bag together using SNAIL adhesive.

I added my treat to the bag (note: if you’re using baked goods, I strongly suggest you you place your baked goods in a cello bag first as the grease from the cookie will seep through the glassine sheet) then folded the top over and sealed on the back with a piece of tape.  I then used Sending Love Ribbon and tied a bow on my package.

I needed to add a greeting but wanted to do it a different way.  So I stamped my greeting from the Sealed with Love Stamp Set onto a scrap piece of Pink Pirouette Cards stock and then die cut my greeting using the Sweet and Sassy Framelits with the greeting on the side of the heart.

I finished my gift bag with Sending Love DSP cut into strips and using my bone folder, curled the paper strips just like you would to curl ribbon.  I then adhered my greeting using Stampin’ Dimentionals to the front of my gift bag.

I so loved how this project turned out and I’m excited to place it in my husbands lunch box on Valentines day as a little gift from me with his favourite baked treat inside.

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Christmas Treat Pouch

Looking for a quick and easy gift idea to give someone these holidays?  Today’s project is very simple and quick to mass produce, and it all starts with a 6″ x 6″ piece of Designer Paper.  

Gift Pouch


Step 1:  

Start with a 6″ x 6″ piece of Designer Series Paper


Step 2:  

Fold paper in half, diagonally using a bone folder


Step 3:  

Take one of the lower corners of your triangle and fold it over to the middle of the other triangle side.


Step 4:  

Take the other lower corner of the triangle and fold it over to the middle of the opposite side


Step 5:  

Take one layer of your top corner and fold it down to create your pouch.



You can view video on my youtube channel HERE

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Bone Folder


M&M Christmas Poem

Looking for a cute, simple, affordable, & meaningful gift for this holiday season? These M & M Christmas Poem Candy Jars are the perfect present!  If you haven’t heard of the M & M Christmas Poem, you’re in for a real treat – or whoever your gift giving to is in for one rather 😉


All you need is a glass jar (I got mine HERE!), M & M’s, a piece of Christmas ribbon or Bakers Twine, & this printable poem HERE.


Just fill your jar with the M & M’s, seal it up, and wrap a little ribbon around the top of it.  Use a hole puncher to make a hole in the top corner, and attach it to the jar with the ribbon you’ve wrapped around the jar.  OR, you can also abandon the ribbon idea and tape it to the front with clear tape.

Holiday Treat Holder

This Holiday test tube makes the perfect stocking stuffer, teacher or co-worker gift, and this year I'm creating these treats for my Daughter to give her kindy teachers.  

Holiday treat Holder

Wrap the Merry Moments DSP  around one side of the clear craft tube, and use your fingers to “pinch” the paper at the corner. Crease along the “pinched” line with your bone folder. Continue shaping the paper around the tube, once all your corners are creased, attach the patterned paper to the tube with adhesive, I've used Fast Fuse here. I've tied the ribbon in a bow around the top of the tube tube. I've die cutted the tag with my star framelits and punched a hole at the top of the star with a 1/16” handheld circle punch. Thread the cord through the hole and tie it in a bow around the center red Ribbon bow.

For my greeting I've die cut with the Christmas Greeting Thinlit dies and Red Glimmer Paper


Bye-Bye Four Frames

It's time to say goodbye to Four Frames Stamp Set. I LOVE this set, it's just perfect to add a little greeting to your project.  This set is also available in a bundle . Below is a project I've created using the Four Frame stamp set and co-ordinating punch.

gift pouch

You can view the video tutorial for this project below

Purchase your set now before it's too late.  Visit my online store or click the image below

four frames


Bye-Bye Brushed Silver

It's time to say Goodbye to Brushed Silver Cardstock, our brushed silver cardstock was part of the Metallic paper range and like all our coloured cardstock was dyed all the way through – no white core.  The surface has a subtle shine and was a great additional to any paper crafting project.  I've used brushed silver cardstock in my project below to create the bow on top of our gift card holder.


Endless Wishes, Gift Bow Endless Wishes, Gift Bow


This project was part of my 2014 "12 Weeks of Christmas" and was available to my newsletter subscribers, so if you're not already on my mailing list sign up on this link HERE  

Here's the video tutorial below if you missed it

Get in quick to order your favourite items before they're all gone.  You can view an updated list of items HERE  and don't forget you can order via my online store and the items shipped directly to your door.


Bye-Bye 2013-2015 In-Colours

In-colours go quickly! and we know that as soon as they arrive they have a life span of 2 catalogue years, and they're always the first to go.  Here are a couple of projects I've made using these In-colours.


2,5,7,10 box

I have a video to share on how I created this cute little gift box, if you haven't already don't forget to subscribe to my You-Tube Channel for more video tutorials 


Summer Silhouettes, Four You

If you're desperately in love with Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, and Coastal Cabana get your ink refills, ribbon, cardstock etc while you can.

Click the image below to order yours via my online store now.

in colours



Bye-Bye Sweet Treat Cups

Treat cups have been one of my favourite items to use during the holiday period because you can fill them up with all sorts of treats.

Let me share with you some Features & Benefits of the Sweet Treat Cups

  • Self-adhesive, molded circle treat cups that adhere to cards
  • 12 cups per package
  • Food-safe
  • Simply fill cup, pell off the liner, and adhere the cup to the card
  • Require extra postage; check with your local post office before mailing
  • Approximate dimensions:


    • 4.4cm diametre (cup area only; not including adhesive ring)
    • 5.7cm diametre (including adhesive ring)
    • 1.3cm deep
  • Sized for use with 1 3/4" circle punch

Sweet Treat Cups

Here's an example of an Advent Calendar using the Sweet Treat Cups.  This project was given to all my newsletter subscribers, as part of my "12 Weeks of Christmas" projects.Sweet Treat CupsDepending on the paper or cardstock you use, the ring on the treat cups might be visible.  To remedy this, adhere the cup to your card base, and then layer another piece of cardstock (with punched hole) over the treat cup to cover the adhesive

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Purchase Treat Cups now before they're all gone in my online store.

sweet treat cups


Ink a stamp with Stampin’ Write Markers

Welcome to today’s tutorial, in this video I want to show you how you can ink up a stamp using your Stampin’ Write Markers.  Stampin’ Write Markers come in handy when you want to give an image multiple colours, for example I want my words to be Crumb Cake and my boarders to be Basic Black.

But before I share with you my project, let me tell you how you can use this technique.

Choose Happiness Journal {Stamp Club Mar 15}

There are a couple of things to keep in mind when working with Stampin’ Write Markers. 

  1. You always want to work with the lightest colour to the darkest colour. 

You can apply ink to your stamp with either the brush tip or the fine tip, in general if you’re covering a large surface area, then you are going to want to use the brush tip, if you have a very tiny little area then you may want to use the fine tip.

I myself will find that as long as you are careful to preserve the point on your marker you can use that for all but the very tiniest details.

  1. When using Stampin’ Write Markers in order to prolong them long term is to try and preserve the point. 

What that means is that you have to pay careful attention on how you are using it to colour.  You never want to scrub down on your image or press hard, but rather you just want to take the tip and gently brush it on the image.

You may notice as you colour is that the individual parts of the stamps come very close together  that’s why you want to make sure you colour in order from lightest to darkest. Because let’s say I coloured the other way darkest to lightest, and as I was colouring my lightest colour I accidently touched over to the next colour (darker) I would then stain the tip of my marker with the darker colour.  This way if I go over light to dark if my darker colour accidently goes over the lighter colour, then it doesn’t really matter because it’s not going to show up on the darker marker tip.

Once you have your image completely coloured, the next thing you need to do is remoisten the ink.  One of the things you will notice as you colour images, especially the larger images is that by the time you get to the very last colour the ink won’t look as shinny and moist it will look like it is dried a little bit.

Quickest way to remoisten is simply bring the inked image up to your mouth so that it is a couple of inches away and open your lips up wide and gently breath hot moist air onto it.  This is called huffing on your stamp.  Once you’ve done that you then stamp down your image onto cardstock as you would any other stamp.

That’s all there is to using your Stampin’ Write Markers for basic colouring of a stamp. 

Stampin' Up! have created this video to show you a fabulous technique with a fun tool that is perfect for any stamper. It's a Stampin' Write Marker! It inexpensively expands your ink selection—allowing you to stamp images in any colour (or colours) you choose!

Here's a project I've created using the same technique.  The Stamp Set I have choosen is Choose Happiness and I've coloured my greeting using Crumb Cake and Basic Black Stampin' Write Markers.

Choose Happiness Journal {Stamp Club Mar 15}

Here's the video tutorial you can watch on how I created this project

So why not give this technique a try, you can purchase the Stampin' Write Markers in my Online Store HERE


2, 5, 7, 10 Box

Creating Gift boxes has never been so easy.  Look what you can make with just one (1) sheet of Cardstock!  Great gift box to use for any occassion, why not fill one with Easter Eggs ready for an Easter Treat.  You can view the video tutorial and a copy of the template below.

2,5,7,10 box

Download a copy of the template HERE

2, 5, 7, 10 box template

 If you enjoyed today's project, and would like to see more projects and tutorials each month then it's time to join my Online Stamp Club.  When you join my online stamp club you will receive 3 Exclusive video tutorials each month teaching you the creative process from start to finish.  We'll explore new techniques and different ways to use your Stamping products including card making, off the page projects and gift ideas.  

online stamp club marketing flyer MarchClick HERE to learn more about joining my online Stamp Club and start creating today!


Thank you Treat Pouch

Do you have an excess amount of Designer Paper that you're not sure what to do with?  Today's project is very simple and quick to mass produce, and it all starts with a 6" x 6" piece of Designer Paper.  Watch the video below as I show you how to create this cute little gift idea.

gift pouch

I loved today's project, quick and easy.  Would you like to see more projects and tutorials each month?  When you join my Online Stamp Club you will receive 3 Exclusive video tutorials each month teaching you the creative process from start to finish.  We'll explore new techniques and different ways to use your Stamping products including card making, off the page projects and gift ideas.  

online stamp club marketing flyer MarchClick HERE to learn more about joining my online Stamp Club and start creating today!


12 Days of Christmas – Day 12

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas my True love gave to me…..

Reindeer Food – Basically you’re just putting random stuff in a little baggie and calling it Reindeer food, the poem on the bag is what I love (In case you’re on a screen where you can’t see the picture)

Sprinkle this reindeer food outside tonight,
The moonlight will make it sparkle bright.
As the reindeer fly and roam,
This will guide them to your home.
12 days of Christmas
I've added Oats and Seeds to my Cellophane Bag, and added edible coloured sugar as it says in the poem, the moonlight will make it *sparkle*.  
12 days of Christmas
Just put your reindeer food in little baggies (Stampin' Up! Cellophane bags will do)  and punch a hole in the corner and tie on the tag, or do as I did here and punch two little holes and pull the ribbon through.
I created my tag in My Digital Studio and cut out using my oval framelits then lightly sponged the outside in Pear Pizzazz Classic ink to match the ribbon I used.
12 days of Christmas
Then tie a bow in the front
12 Days of Christmas