Kids Craft – Santa’s Workshop

Kids Craft – Santa’s Workshop

My 4 yr old daughter LOVES to craft.  Every afternoon after kindy the first thing she wants to do is make a card.  I love it how she is so interested in what I do, and wants to create alongside me.  In today’s post I’m sharing with you a quick and easy craft activity that you can do with your children this Christmas period.

This project uses Santa’s Workshop Memories & More Card pack, includes 50 double sided card in two sizes plus sticker sheets.

Pair the Santa’s Workshop Memories & More Card pack with the Memories & More Card & Envelopes.  The red colour is perfect match the the card pack and the best part.  They’re sized perfectly to use the Memories & More Card packs.

With these 2 products in hand and my favourite adhesive, Bianca was set.  She had lots of fun creating holiday cards for all her friends at Kindy.


Here are the projects she made, I love seeing where her creativity takes her.


Here’s a list of products that were used. Purchase any of these via my online store (click the link to shop online)

Share with me what you’re creating this Christmas?

Limited Time Only – Snowflake Showcase


Currently it’s 46°C here in outback Australia not quite sure what happened to spring, but summer sure is here, some snow would be good right about now.  Wait!….. it doesn’t snow in Western QLD (bummer).  The new Snowflake Showcase (limited time) will sure to cool things down this month.

Snowflake Showcase includes the following items

Here are some great project ideas using all items from the Snowflake Snowcase




  • Stamps – Snow is Glistening
  • Ink – Pear Pizzazz, Balmy Blue, Soft Suede, Versamark Ink
  • Paper – Thick Whisper White, Shimmer White, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate CS, White Velveteen sheets
  • Other – Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Snowfall thinlits, Snowflake Trinkets, Stampin Dimensionals, multipurpose Liquid glue, Aqua Painter, paper snips, White embossing powder, heat tool, rhinestones


  • Thick Whisper White CS: 8-1/4” x 5-7/8” (21 x 15cm) scored and fold at 4-1/8” (10.5cm) to create a cardbase
  • Shimmer White CS:  3-7/8” x 5-5/8”
  • Pear Pizzazz CS:  5″ x 4″
  • Whisper White CS: Scrap piece
  • Smoky Slate CS: Scrap piece
  • White Velveteen Sheets: scrap piece


  1. Create a wash with Balmy Blue Ink and Aqua painter on Shimmer White CS
  2. Stamp background with dotted image, using the stamp off technique
  3. Stamp the tree image onto Pear Pizzazz CS using Pear Pizzazz Ink, cut around the tree using paper snips
  4. Stamp the truck of the tree onto a scrap piece of whisper white cs and soft suede ink, cut around the truck with paper snips
  5. Stamp greeting onto scrap piece of Smoky Slate CS and versamark ink. Heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Die cut greeting with stitched shape framelits
  6. Die cut multiple snowflakes with Snowflake thinlit dies and White Velveteen sheets
  7. Add your tree to the shimmer white CS using Stampin’ dimensionals.  Add the tree trunk with liquid adhesive
  8. Add a scattering of snowflakes as shown in the picture
  9. Embellish with snowflake trinket
  10. Add your greeting with stampin’ dimensional.  Finish with a scattering of rhinestones.  You’re Done!

Order your supplies from the Snowflake Snowcase via my online store.

Quick & Easy Christmas Gift Tags

Quick & Easy Christmas Gift Tags

It’s the week before Christmas and you’re wrapping gifts when you discover you need more gift tags! Here are two quick-and-easy tag ideas you can create in minutes!

Quick & Easy Christmas Gift Tags

I first created my tag from a 2″ x 3″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock.  I’ve trimmed to corners on both sides and die cut my snowflake from the Trim Your Stocking Framelits.  The Greeting comes from Teeny Tiny Sentiments and stamped using Real Red Classic Ink.  To finish my tag I’ve stapled a piece of Real Red Ribbon to the top of the tag.

Video Tutorial 

I’ve created a video tutorial with all the measurements and and how I created this tag.  You can view the video below.

I also created a stepped up version by using the original tag and then I’ve added a 3″ x 2″ piece of Be Merry DSP

I’ve created a video tutorial with all the measurements and and how I created this tag.  You can view the video below.

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Finally I’ve taken the stepped up version of our gift tag and created a Christmas Greeting Card.

I’ve created my card base using Basic Black Cardstock, and added a piece of Merry Music Specialty Paper to the card front.  This paper is lightweight and printed with traditional carols in different languages.

I added a thin strip of Real Red Cardstock across my premade tag, with an additional snowflake before adding the tag to the card front with Stampin dimensionals


Video Tutorial 

I’ve created a video tutorial with all the measurements and and how I created this card.  You can view the video below.

Thanks so much for joining me for today’s project!   I hope you enjoyed learning how to make this gift tag and card.  Be sure to keep checking back, there are always new and fresh ideas going on here on the blog!

Quick & Festive Greeting Cards!

Quick & Festive Greeting Cards!

With Christmas just a couple of weeks away, many of us are looking for inspiration and ideas for creating Christmas cards that are not only quick to create but also result in a stylish, festive greeting. Yes, quick and stylish can go hand in hand! Assembly-line card making is one method that people often use for making Christmas cards in order to speed up the process. Some card makers shy away from this as they are looking for variety in their greetings. In this case, choose three or four different designs and complete them in assembly-line fashion. Assembly-line card making, if you are not familiar with it, is where everything is cut and prepped first, and then, one at a time, the cards are assembled. It truly does save time to do all the prep work in one big batch.

In this blog post we will explore three different quick and festive design options that could be completed in assembly-line fashion. We will also discuss some tips and tricks to help with the process and keep you on track and on budget! Time is ticking, so let’s get started!

The first place to begin is with the card base, the actual foundation. To keep it quick and simple, try to stick to a straightedge standard size greeting card.  A gatefold card can also be created with this basic size; however, that could be defeating the quick factor as you would have to make two scores and folds rather than one. Using these cutting methods can give some variation as well as be a little more budget friendly. Often odd-size cards require more postage, and the envelopes can be more expensive. A larger surface area can also mean a slightly higher supply cost.

Project 1

Printed double-sided patterned paper is a great resource for making quick and festive cards. In Project 1, I’ve used the Merry Music Specialty paper as my background.  I’ve stamped my greeting from Watercolour Christmas Stamp Set using Real Red Classic Ink to create visual interest and a center focal point. Die templates and punches are great tools to make shapes quickly and painlessly.

In order for a card to be quick to make, it is necessary to stay away from labor-intensive techniques. So instead of fussing with a multilayered and glittered embellishments, keep the vision, but instead, try to re-create it in a simpler, time-saving manner. The greeting on this card takes center stage without the labour.

To finish this card, add a coordinating ribbon, followed by a printed or stamped sentiment, and you have completed a quick and festive card!

Project 2


A design can easily be switched up by making small changes, like simply changing the orientation from a portrait-style to a landscape-style card as shown in Project 2. All of the same basic supplies have been used in just a slightly different way. Little changes can truly make a card look different.

Project 3

Our final card design in our quest for quick and festive greetings makes use of embossed cardstock. The other addition here is the use of multiple layers. The embossed cardstock gives a wonderful texture to the card and the multiple layers add dimension. Most of the layers are straightedge cuts, making it quick and easy.  The focal point on this card is as easy as it gets — stamped greeting die cut with the Stitched Fraemlits,  and add a piece of ribbon and a bow.

I hope that these quick and festive card designs and tips will have you merrily on your way to finishing or, maybe for some, starting your Christmas greetings

Non-Traditional Christmas Card

Non-Traditional Christmas Card

Today’s card features the Watercolour Christmas Stamp Set  from the current Holiday Catalogue, and we’re using non-traditional colours.  The Watercolour Christmas stamp set has lots of word and element stamps that you can combine to create your own sentiment design.

I stamped my greeting on vellum and embossed it with Gold Embossing Powder I love that it’s not too yellow. It’s a nice even gold colour.

The backgrounds were watercoloured and then embossed using Holly Embossing Folder 


Tricks & Tips

  • Run an embossing buddy over the vellum before stamping your greeting this will ensure the Embossing Powder only sticks the areas you need it to
  • Tape your watercolour paper to a solid surface (eg Clipboard) this will prevent the watercolour paper from warping

Video Tutorial 

I’ve created a video tutorial with all the measurements and and how I created this card.  You can view it on this link HERE.  Don’t forget to subscribe to my YOUTUBE channel so you receive notification of when I post a video to my channel.


I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store.
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View more ideas for Christmas Projects in my free Resource Library

Easy Christmas Card Making Ideas!

Easy Christmas Card Making Ideas!

If you are looking for easy Christmas card making ideas you are in the right place today! I’ve got one that is super simple, really pretty AND easy to make.

All you need is one (1) ink colour – I’ve used Versamark ink.  Some Gold Embossing Powder and your Layering Circle Framelits.  Too Easy.  I’ve created a custom background my repeatedly stamping my tree image from the Watercolour Stamp Set over the front of my Sahara Sand Cardstock base with Versamark ink.

Versamark ink is great that you can get a tone-on-tone effect by stamping it directly onto coloured cardstock.

I’ve cut the hole in the center of my card base using the Layering Circle Framelit Dies, and again in Real Red cardstock to create a border to frame my greeting.

The greeting from the Watercolour Christmas Stamp set (my favourite stamp set) in Versamark ink and then Heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.

Tricks & Tips

  • Run an Embossing Buddy over the Very Vanilla Cardstock before Stamping this will ensure that no Embossing Powder sticks to any unwanted areas

Video Tutorial 

I’ve created a video tutorial with all the measurements and and how I created this card.  You can view video tutorial below


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I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store.

Looking for more Thank You card ideas? Find more inspiration in my Resource Library

Are you on the list?  

Are you on the list?  

Are you on the list?  And I don’t mean the naughty and nice list, like you might think.  Are you on my mailing list? If you ain’t, here is what you are about to miss….

My ever popular 12 Weeks of Christmas email program will be kicking off in two weeks!  If you are not on my list, you won’t get my 12 free project tutorials teaching you how to make all kinds of holiday projects.  These emails go out every Monday commencing 2 October, tuck them away in a file folder in your inbox, or print them off and add them to an inspiration folder for later.  Your choice!

In order to get all 12 projects – here is what you need to do:

  • First – make sure that you are signed up for my newsletters by October 1st.  But why wait.  Do it now so you don’t forget
  • Second, – add me to your address book in your email
  • Third – sit back, and wait for the paper crafting goodness to arrive in your inbox in a few short weeks!

Here is the link to get on the list – fill out the form, check your inbox, and click the link in the email you will shortly have.  Once you do that, you will also receive my 5 Day e-course to Kick Start Your Creativity! that I am offering right now.

I will see you soon in my email series: DIY Christmas Cards, Gifts and More!

Carols of Christmas Early Release

Carols of Christmas Early Release

Would you like to get your hands on product from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue?

Stampin’ Up! have just released the new  Carols of Christmas bundle, which includes the Carols of Christmas stamp set and the Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies (when you buy the bundle, you get the products at a combined 10% off). Both the stamp set and the bundle are available in wood mount and clear mount.

I love the super large greetings in this stamp set, and you are going to love the coordinating images and Framelits as these are perfect for embellishing your Christmas cards. Here’s a video, the stamp set and thinlits image, as well as some samples from Stampin’ Up!

Get ahead start with your Christmas Projects with this fantastic Carols of Christmas Bundle today. Shop online HERE


Salted Watercolour Gift Tag

This technique is completely different than anything we have done before… and that makes it particularly awesome! I used watercolours with salt, which creates a reaction that produces amazing effects.


Salt is sprinkled on a wet wash and starts to gather the watercolour pigments. The wash has to be still wet but not too shiny. The effect will vary depending on the size of the grains of salt and the wetness of the paper.

Tip: Choose colours that are next to each other in the colour wheel that way they will blend nicely together.

I started with the lightest colour of ink (Tempting Turquoise). Press it a number of times onto a non‐ stick craft sheet (alternately you can use heavy weight plastic or wax paper). Make sure that your “pool” of ink is larger than the surface area of your tag.  Next, press the second colour of ink (Dapper Denim) 2-3 times onto the non- stick craft mat directly over the first colour of ink.

Spritz the ink on the craft mat with some water.

Take your tag (created out of watercolour paper) and place it onto the craft mat – in the pool of watered-down ink.  Using fingertips, gently press it into the ink for a few seconds.  Lift the tag and then re-press it onto another spot, repeating until you have as much coverage as desired.

While the tag is still wet sprinkle with salt and heat it with a heat tool and then brush off the salt


View Video Tutorial Below

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Heat Tool


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.

The Ultimate Christmas Stocking

They might be the least expensive items in your stocking, and often they’re last-minute picks, but that doesn’t mean that stocking stuffers can’t be just as thoughtful as the other gifts.  Spare yourself the predictable sock packs (snooze), underwear (boring), and ho-hum candy, and instead, check our list (twice!) for special gift ideas to create your Ultimate Christmas Stocking. 

Christmas Stocking and Presents

These creative gems show lots of appreciation with just a little something. So let’s take the guesswork out of the “hard-to-buy” and save your loved ones tons of time and energy so they can finish checking off your gift list with plenty of time to spare this year.


Every paper crafter knows that Adhesive is a must.  But which adhesives should you stock up on and why

Fast Fuse – this is my favourite adhesive I use for just about everything.  It’s great for adhering all items on your card and also a great adhesive to use for 3D projects.  The bonus… purchase the refills for just $11 which consists of 20m of adhesive.  That is just $0.55 per meter (a super great price)

Mini Glue Dots – Do you have a lot of embellishments on your projects?  Then glue dots are a must for your stocking.  These glue dots, have a strong hold and will hold a button, ribbon, etc to your project without falling off

Stampin’ Dimensionals – This is a must have, I love adding dimension to my projects and I honestly couldn’t live without Dimensionals.


Every project must have an element of bling, I use a lot of Rhinestones and Pearls so I will be adding these items in my stocking


There are so many different types of ribbon available it really hard just to select a few.  The ribbon / trim I use the most is Baker’s Twine and Linen Thread, so these will have be in my stocking first.  Followed closely by the Rushed Ribbon.  Love that silky look and feel and with over nine (9) metres per roll it’s great value for money.  I so excited I can’t wait to get my hands on this ribbon and create something.


How excited would you be when you pick up your weighted stocking from under the Christmas Tree?  Can only mean one thing…. there are punches in there!  Punches just add an extra special element to your project but with so many different styles and elements it’s really hard to decide which punch will add the most value to your crafting supplies.  But I love how easy they are to use, simply stamp your greeting, or image onto a scrap piece of cardstock and line up your punch and punch.  You now have a perfectly framed image or greeting.

Tip: Load up on some of these goodies pre-holiday season and stash them in a drawer or closet in your house so when another party pops up, you can grab, wrap, and go (yes, these are great for the holidays, but many of them double as amazing birthday and because I love you gifts, too). With a starting price at only $5.25, they won’t break the bank, and they are sure to make you feel loved and appreciated.


Putting up the Christmas Tree

We were going back home to visit family for Christmas and would be away for most of December and January.  So I thought why put up a Christmas Tree?  But at the same time, it’s Christmas and you can’t get into the Christmas Spirit without the Christmas Tree.

This year would also be the first Christmas that Bianca would be old enough to enjoy and participate, so I wanted her to experience putting up the tree and decorating it but at the same time I I also didn’t want Bianca pulling on the tree decorations and breaking them.  A friend suggested I make her a felt Christmas Tree.  This was so easy to make and Bianca had fun helping me do it also.

I created the base from Green Felt, folded it in half and draw the outline in tailors chalk then cut it out, and stuck it using Velcro dots to Bianca’s Bedroom Door

Felt Christmas Tree

Next I bought a couple of sheets of different colours of Felt to use for the decorations that I purchased from a local Lincraft store



Then came the fun part –  I used the Layering Circle Die, Star Framelits and Delicate Ornament thinlit dies and Big Shot machine to create all the decorations.  Bianca insisted in helping use the Big Shot by cranking the handle.  She did a great job.




Once they were all cut out we could put them on our Christmas Tree.  Bianca has fun each day redecorating the tree and I have piece of mind that nothing will get broken.

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Big Shot


For the Online Crafter

Save yourself countless hours of surfing the internet for information about products, techniques and project ideas – all the information you need is all in ONE place.  We offer a range of topic specific online classes to help YOU master a variety of different paper crafting techniques and skills.

Our videos are to the point, offer step-by-step instruction, and are chock full of information and “insider” tips. We’ll help you make the most of the supplies you already own, and give you the information you need to make sure that when you are investing in new products and tools, you’re getting bang for your buck! And because it’s all online, it’s accessible 24/7 allowing you to you learn WHAT you want, WHEN you want, ALL from the comfort of your own home.

We have a number of online classes available and more being added regularly.


If Online Classes are on your wish list this year.  Simply send an email to your friend or family member and advise them to order a Gift Certificate.

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For the Avid Crafter

The Big Shot is a must have for any crafter, it cuts it scores it embosses and you will find yourself using it over and over its perfect for card making, memory keeping, awesome 3D projects and even for gift packaging. It is so easy to use and it makes intricate paper crafting projects quick, simple and fun and this handy machine is made up of the highest quality components which means it is sturdy and built to last.  I know it all seems to good to be true but trust me when I say having a Big Shot is going to change your life.

Already have the Big Shot?  There are so many great and versatile dies you can use with all your projects.

  • Cut out the perfect stamped image with coordinating dies
  • Create boxes, bags, bows and more
  • Use embossing folders to add texture to your project


If these items are on your wish list this year.  Simply send an email to your friend or family member and be sure to include

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