She did it!

Our eldest daughter (Jessica) has health problems and had to give up uni after completing 2 years.  Against all the odds and difficulties she has experienced, she went back to uni and finally graduated this year with a BSc (Hons) Animal Science.  Two oh so proud parents of two talented daughters – how lucky are we?






The digital scrapbook animal elements I used are from Let Me Scrapbook’s “Farmer’s Market”.  The grass border was an element amongst my collection – apologies to the designer for not noting her name. The graduation cap was from a kit by Harper Finch.  The silhouette of the graduate girl was by Altered Amanda.  All the wordart was created by me.

If you would like any information as to how I created this card please contact me.


Making The Most of All Your Resources

I’m all for making the most of my digital resources.  Not only do I collect digital Scrapbooking kits, I also collect digital Project Life/journal cards and other printables and templates.

I have some fantastic free digital Christmas themed chocolate bar wrappers by Paty Greif which I used as Christmas card fronts (on the left hand side below) and the cards I created are on the right.  All I did was add some text and elements using Photoshop Elements 13.  Also I made the lower white band on Santa a little wider:

Santa.jpg    santa card Nathan

snowman.jpg   Snowman card Ben

penguin.jpg   penguin w holly

Very quick and very easy Christmas cards!

If you’d like to make use of these chocolate bar wrappers, you will find them here (click on picture):


Apologies – I don’t know wwhat the following link is but I can’t get rid of it 😦

Where has the time gone?

I can’t believe it’s nearly 2 years since I last posted!  So much has happened.

My dear Uncle Bill in Australia (who I made the Get Well card for) passed away last April but my Mum and I were lucky enough to visit him in January and spent precious time with him.

I haven’t made any cards in this time – just lost my mojo.

Today’s my dear Mummy’s birthday and I just had to make her a card.  Here it is:





I created this card using the following products:

  • “Spring Blush” digital scrapbooking kit from JoCee Designs
  • Yellow paper from “Color Me Happy” digital scrapbooking kit also from JoCee Designs
  • Ribbon from my stash
  • Glittered the edge of the yellow with an orange Sakura gelly roll pen
  • Used my Brother Scan N Cut to cut out the bird and butterfly elements on the front of the card.
  • 300gsm smooth white card by Papermania
  • 120gsm white paper by Navigator
  • Sakura Gelly Roll pen – orange
  • Epson XP960 inkjet printer
  • MS Publisher
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 13

I started by opening a new document in MS Publisher

  • orientation: A4 landscape
  • margins:none
  • – added a vertical ruler guide to show where the fold in the card would be.  As I was using A4 sized card, the centre fold was at 14.85cm.

I dragged the birds & birdhouse paper from “Color Me Happy” onto the document and sized it, then cropped it to fit on what would be the front of the card – to the right of the ruler guide.  I then printed this on A4 300gsm smooth white card and set aside for later.

Using Photoshop Elements 13, I opened the banner with flower cluster, then added the text “It’s your birthday!”.  I use PSE as I’m able to manipulate elements easier – it has far more options for this kind of thing than MS Publisher.  I selected the text tool and then typed in the greeting, then clicked on the “warp text” button text.png selected the “flag” option and manipulated the text until it was the correct shape for the banner .  I then saved the banner as a .png (portable network graphics file).  I find it useful to create a new file on my computer desktop to save any elements to for the current card I’m working on.

Next, I opened a new document in MS Publisher and dragged the banner (with text that I’d just created), the orange paper, yellow paper, bird and butterfly elements onto the document.  I cropped the yellow and orange paper to the size I wanted (the yellow will be matted onto the orange when I finally put it all together).  I then inserted a text box and typed ” a little birdie told me” using a font called “Always In My Heart” in the centre of the yellow card and dragged the banner underneath and played with the positioning until I was happy.  I also sized the bird and butterfly to the required size.  I then printed these off on A4 300gsm smooth white card.

I would just like to point out that there are many free fonts available on the internet from sites such as “DaFont”, “FontSpace”, etc.  “Always in My Heart” is available free on both these sites.

As I’m lucky enough to have a Brother Scan N Cut, I cut out all 4 pieces.  I then used a Sakura Gelly Roll pen in orange to glitter the cut edges of the yellow card.  I matted the yellow onto the orange card with double sided adhesive finger-lift tape and added the bird and butterfly using the same.

Going back to my card front, I adhered the ribbon using extra strong pink double sided tape.  Then using adhesive foam squares to add dimension, I added this to the front of my card over the ribbon.

I always create an insert for my cards and I did this by opening another page in MS Publisher – again landscape A4, no margins and dragged the flower cluster element into position and added the text, changing the colour so it matched the flowers in the cluster.  Finally, I stuck the insert into the card with double-sided adhesive finger-lift tape.

I am so pleased with the result and I’m sure my Mum will be delighted!  JoCee’s designs are so “clean” – I just love them – and they helped get my mojo back!

I think I’ve included everything you need to know, but if there’s anything you’d like to ask me about creating a card digitally, please contact me.

Another Get Well Card

You will have seen from my previous post that my sister-in-law suffers with bad health.  We didn’t know it, but, she has been gravely ill and in intensive care (my husband’s family aren’t the greatest communicators 😦 ).  At the same time we received this news, I also had news from my parents that my Uncle in Australia has been quite unwell, so decided to make the same card for both precious members of our extended families.

Using a digital scrapbooking kit “Happiness” from one of my most favourite designers, Dawn Inskip, I created this card:


How the card was made:

Using MS Publisher, I dragged one of the papers onto the canvas and re-sized it by “grabbing” one of the corners so it measured 14.85 cm x 14.85 cm (see my post “An Abundance of Birthdays” for details of how to set it out on an A4 sized canvas).  I placed my “Created with love” logo in the middle of the opposite side of the canvas (this will be the back of the card).

The tag and bird on the branch are elements in the kit – the nice thing about using things from one kit is that they all co-ordinate.  I added a shadow to the bird on the branch and a butterfly in Photoshop Elements and created the word art using the font “Chalk-Hand-Lettering-shaded”.  I then placed this topper in MS Publisher, together with 2 more birds on branch and printed them all on 300gsm coated card.  I cut the elements out and cut out just the wing of one of the birds then layered the bird using self-adhesive foam squares.



I fastened the completed topper to the card using brown brads with my Silent Setter by provocraft (a must as I’m a night owl and don’t want to wake my family by hammering 🙂 )


I created the insert – just a simple greeting “Get Well Soon” using the same font as above and completed it by going over the greeting with a teal coloured Sakura Gelly Roll glittery pen.

???????????????????????????????And now I’m off to the Post Office!

I think I’ve included everything you need to know, but if there’s anything you’d like to ask me about creating a card digitally, please contact me.



Get Well Card

My sister-in-law is seriously ill with kidney failure which went undiagnosed for years, doctors thinking her symptoms were due to diabetes.  As she lives quite a distance from us, it’s not very easy to visit, so I wanted to send a card to let her know we were thinking of her.  Thankfully, she’s still with us!  I made this card in 2011 – quite a simple one, but leaves enough space to write a personal note.





How I created the card:

  • As you can see, I created the card from white 300gsm A4 card folded in half.
  • The design I used for the card front is from a digital kit by Brine Design called “Wish Your Heart Makes” which the designer generously offered free via the Quality DigiScrap Freebies in 2011.  I’m not sure if it’s still available, but this is one of a few good sites to download free digital scrapbooking kits.  I printed this on to photographic paper as I wanted a gloss finish.  I now use a gloss coated card “Trucard”.
  • To make the dandelion on the topper, I just cut 3 circles of vellum and glittererd them with glitter glue.  When they were dry I cut into the centre of each layer then glued them on top of each other.  I glued a strip of green paper (for the stem) onto some white card, then glued the circles into place.  At this point, I “tickled” the edges of the paper circles to make the edges stand proud.
  • In the “Wish Your Heart Makes” kit, there are some elements which I used on the outside of the insert to carry the theme through.
  • I made the wordart using font “Mr & Mrs Popsicle”.

Christmas Card Ideas

With Christmas fast approaching, I thought I’d share with you some of the cards I’ve made in the past.  I love using kraft card as a base and I’m thinking of creating this year’s cards with kraft card too.






These three square cards were made using papers and elements from “Christmas Gift” by Digital Anemona; I made the Santa card topper on the central card from a kit “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” by Let Me Scrapbook


The card above (which I made for my parents) was made using “A Homespun Christmas” by Starynight Graphics. 

The xmas tree topper was made using a digital stamp by Pink Petticoat called “Flirty Christmas Tree”

???????????????????????????????The robin Christmas card is made using a digital paper called “Berries” from the “Tis The Season” collection by Pink Petticoat but I’m not sure if it has been retired or not as I can’t see it on their website anymore.  The robin topper was made using a digital stamp by Pink Petticoat from the “Bobbing Along” collection, which was adhered to a rectangle of “A Homespun Christmas” by Starynight Graphics. 

All the scalloped tags/toppers were made using my Nestabilities dies and my trusty Cuttlebug.

The red twill/ribbon was something I salvaged from a purchase of tea towels which were tied together with this… I’m always on the lookout for “freebies” or think laterally as to how things can be used in my crafting! 🙂

As always, I look forward to your comments and am only too pleased to answer any questions you may have.



“Ruby, Ruby, Ruby, Ruby. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh”

In case you didn’t know, this is my favourite Kaiser Chiefs song.  Takes me back to the time when I took my eldest daughter to the “alternative” clubs with her friends…. lovely memories!

Anyway, the reason I thought of this title is because my cousin Lynne and her husband Chris celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary last Sunday, their Ruby Wedding Anniversary!  Here is the card I made for them…

  • I added a square of white pearlescent card (just smaller than the white card base) which I’d placed inside an embossing folder and run through my X-Cut Xpress.
  • I then took a length of red satin edged organza ribbon and threaded it through a diamante heart slider.  Tucked the edges behind the pearlescent card and glued into place, then attached to the front of the card base with self adhesive foam squares so it stood just proud of the base.



I created the insert with greeting “Happy 40th Wedding Anniversary!” with Clicker Script in MS Publisher and added a scattering of digital rubies from my digital stash .  I added spots of glitter to make them sparkle.


I always like to add something to the front of the insert and just created a dot trail and swirls with my Quickie glue pen then sprinkled a pinky-red glitter.


I’m very pleased with the result – a beautiful, elegant anniversary card!

If there’s anything you’d like to ask me about creating a card digitally, please contact me.

An Abundance of Birthdays!

Around this time of year, our families have an abundance of birthdays and anniversaries.  I have made a pretty birthday card today and felt is was apt for both my Aunt in Australia and my friend, Jan.


I used the following materials:

  • A4 white Trucard 300gsm (coated on 1 side)
  • A4 white paper 120gsm (by Navigator & available at Costco in the UK – not sure about USA)
  • Digital Scrapbooking kit “Indian Summer” by Gennifer Bursett.  This kit contains beautiful painted flower designs.
  • Digital label by Ellie Lash from her kit “My Favorite Things”
  • “Happy Birthday” sentiment wordart by SasDesigns from her kit “Perfect Party”
  • My trusty Epson R1900 printer

Before I started making the card, I had to re-colour the wordart so the colours complimented the roses in the digital paper and as the “T” in Birthday was exactly the same colour as the label it didn’t show.  I did this using Photoshop Elements.  I also added a pink shadow to the wordart which helped the “T” stand out more.  I also added a shadow to some lace trim in the “Indian Summer” kit to make it look more realistic when added to the front of the card.

With all the re-colouring and shadowing done, I assembled the card (a 14.85mm square) in MS Publisher by dragging the paper onto the white canvas and aligning it to the top corner.  This has to be resized by clicking and dragging on the bottom left corner and if you do this at 100% zoom it makes it easy to size to 14.85mm.  It’s also useful to have it set up to “Snap to Guides” in the Arrange section.


At this stage I cut out the card along the edge of the design, which then leaves the greeting on a seperate piece of card.  This is handy if you want to add glitter glue or Glossy Accents, etc.  Wait for any of these products to dry before trimming the greeting.  It’s then a case of just cutting it out and adhering to the base with dimensional foam squares.

The inside of a card is just as important and I always use a thick (at least 100gsm) paper to print my greeting.  I use the line tool to indicate where the fold of the card and the bottom cut-line will be, which makes the placement of the greeting easy.  Here’s another screenshot:

Screenshot inside

The line tool where the fold will be is shown above, but I also add another at 14.85 horizontally if making a square card just to make sure the greeting is placed correctly.

I am really pleased with the end result… quite a quick card for me!

???????????????????????????????Please contact me if you would like any tips/help in making a similar card.  I’ll be only too pleased to help.

How Quickly Time Flies

Yep… August again; where did the last year go???

My mother is a fabulous needlewoman – both machine stitching and hand embroidery.  I’ve tried my hand at both but they just weren’t for me, anyway, I could never create anything as beautiful as her creations.  She has even made a wonderful Christening gown and bonnet (which has been worn by all the babies in our family since made in 1989) ALL by hand – yes, including seams… she’s very talented!

Here’s the card I made for my Mummy this year:


I used cream pearlescent card and paper.  The overall size of the card is just under 6″ square (actually 14.85mm sq).

  • Printed a design from Pink Petticoat from their “Perfect Papers” set (the rosebuds – I love these) onto the paper.
  • Printed Pink Petticoat’s sewing machine digital stamp from their “Material Girl” set and the greeting (using fonts Courier and Clicker Script) onto pearlescent paper.  Coloured these rosebuds with pearlescent chalks.  Also printed the cotton reels onto the pearlescent card and wound pink and green embroidery thread around them.
  • Made a scalloped square matte using my Pazzles Inspiration Electronic Die Cutting Machine.  I stuck down the sewing machine to the scalloped square then machine stitched a border in pink.
  • I then assembled the card using double sided sticky tape, foam squares and attached two buttons with superglue.

A special personalised card for a special Mummy!

If there’s anything you’d like to ask me about creating a card digitally, please contact me.

Variation On A Theme – Another Pop-Up Box Card

I was recently commissioned by a man to make a 27th Wedding Anniversary card for his wife and thought you might like to see what I made:


They are both crazy about cats, so chose to work with a digital scrapbooking kit called “Cute Cats”  by designer So Digitally Me.

The idea came to me as the man’s wife loves to receive Tiffany boxes (I wonder why???), so thought I’d work with the box theme and the colour.  The original colour of the background paper was a pastel green, so I had a little help from Photoshop Elements to recolour this to the blue.

The thing is, I’m not perfect and made a huge mistake.  I thought it was their 26th Wedding Anniversary and it was only when I sent pictures to him that he reminded me it was their 27th!  We did joke about adding “+1” as they both have a fantastic sense of humour, but it was easier to rectify than I expected.  As I’d used silver glitter number peel-offs on white pearlescent card, the 6 came off really easily and I replaced it quickly with a number 7!

Here’s the original with 26 years on the heart: