Monday, November 20, 2023

On line ONLY! Designer Series Paper ' One Horse Open Sleigh'

Display of a Scenic DSP Sheet

Here I have made a really Simple Christmas Card. With the DSP 'One Horse Open Sleigh'
1. Fold Card In Half. For the beginning of a simple Card
2. Front Section of the card I have folded in half again and scored.  Use this like an according card.
3. Find the 6" x 6" DSP Sheet you want to use and cut into three Panels to fit the card.
6.  The folded front section of the card I have a Added a greeting and a little Daffodil Delight Colour sponging to the inside with a greeting.


Thursday, July 27, 2023

Stampin' Up! Paper Florist Dies

 Paper Florist Dies

These lovely Flowers Made with the Paper Florist Dies.  There are many more creations to come.

A selection of some of the dies and flowers which I have created.  The Poppy flower which is in the top photo is made with the large petals using a base to attach them too!

  • first I have cut the petals and bases out.  Then I run them through a embossing folder to give some texture this tend s to help the paper hold shapes. I mainly like the texture of waves or old folders that add texture running up and down petals with a little spray of water.
  • Then I end up using my embossing tools to add shape and contour to the 
  • flower I am making.
  • The Die set has many petal and base shapes which give you a choice for many types of blossoms you can make.
  • I also use my Stamp and Pierce mat for shaping with the embossing tool.  By  gently stretch the paper with the grain and adding shape you put give into the bias of the cardstock which helps it hold the shape you are adding to it.
  • Then on areas I want to hold the shape I add some PVA Glue which helps the shape set in your blossom petals or base.  You must of course leave these to dry which could be anything from 1/2 hour or maybe a couple of hours.
  • Then I begin to shape my blossoms and complete them.  
  • After I have completed them I add my colour not saturating the  blossoms or they will lose their shape. Just adding the colour to edging and centres.  If you want a solid colour probably the best thing to do is to make the blossom with the coloured cardstock instead of drowning the blossom as then it will loose its shape.
These are just a few of my tips but I find these vary handy when making my blossoms.

I have used our White Shimmer Paper and washes of water colour to create these little beauties.

Happy creating have a wonderful weekend.


These flowers are only a sample of what this set can make.
love Carolyn xx

Friday, July 21, 2023

Cheerful Daisies Item No. 161290

 Cheerful Daisies

Cheerful Daisies  -  Stamp Set 161290

  • This beautiful Bundle has served many ideas going through my head.  I was given a lovely swap at our State S.U. Get together in Tasmania at the end of May 23.  I was so impressed with the sample that I asked Betty Bultman if I could use her techniques she used in the card front.  I came up with quite a few different examples as I played with this !  Above is the double Z Card.  which I thought would be a beautiful Example of this design.
  • Then I used a thin Accordian Fold Card which I also found quite interesting especially with all the extra room for writing a note or message.

  • Inside the card all the space for writing a small letter or note.
  • Here is a close up of the design.


  • The White Daisy was stamped with versa mark clear onto the Card stock front and then Heat Embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.
  • The rest of the flowers were 1st and 2nd Generation stamped which means stamped off before being used on the card front once or twice.  To give the images as a shadowed look.  I did the same with the foliage.  
  • After finishing the foliage etc.
  • I stencilled on some bricks from one of our  Retired Masking Stencils, then  I used a dauber and added some sponging around the edge of the card. This gave the card a aged appearance which took away from the starkness of the white edges.
  • Just finished off the card the way I wanted and here is a lovely project for a weekend.
  • Enjoy.

love Carolyn.


Saturday, July 8, 2023


Clearance Rack

Some Amazing Bargains


Monday, July 3, 2023

Plenty of Designer Series Paper

Plenty of Designer Series Paper?   Well here is what you can do a Concertina Card using up your DSP.
Made like a small book this card has a few pages so as you can tell a story, or send a beautiful message.  Send a lovely greeting or just tell some one how much you miss them.

 Then of course line the flap of your Envelope with beautiful paper to match.

Have a wonderful week!
Carolyn. xxx

Thursday, June 29, 2023

Floating Design on Gate Fold Card.


Irresistible Blooms

This Beautiful On Line Stamp Set and Dies Irresistible Blooms is a gorgeous Die and Stamp Set.  Only available by buying on line or through your demonstrator.  Love the Dies with the Frames and additions to page. I have made the card so that the back ground is stamped and coloured and then I have added a floating Design on top of the back ground.
The card Stock is Parakeet Party Colour one of our new in colours.  Bright and beautiful. Hoping that spring will be on its way soon.

Our winter has been cold and gloomy but still have more than half of it to go.  So need to lift the spirits. The Irresistible blooms you can smell the perfume of the flowers and the colour warms the heart.
I have made a gate fold on front of card.
On the inside have embossed a margin around the white cardstock and have stamped and coloured a flat design.  Once the design is dried I added the cut out leaves and flowers on dimensionals to the back ground design giving it a beautiful floating  border around edge..

On the front of the gate fold is a Book Mark Corner Page finder.  This can be taken off to use a Book Mark.  I placed it on there to be used as a little gift. 
I also have been doing a little quilting the last few weeks to make my little grandson a lovely little over spread for his bed for his birthday.  Will show you a pic when finished.
Have a wonderful week enjoying your art and crafts.
love Carolyn.

Book Mark on the Corner of Front of Card

With out Book Mark on Corner.

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Rain or Shine

 Rain or Shine

A little Book Character!

This gorgeous little Book Card was made with the Rain or Shine Suite  - 160556
Bundle - Stamps and Dies  -  160551
Specialty DSP 160540
Loose Daisy Embellishments  - 160555
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