MIM #271: 2016 a la carte

Hi everyone, its been a long time between posts. Not much creating has been happening here so I wanted to break the craft drought by entering PTI’s last MIM of the year.

I chose to create a matchbook from MIM #237. I had a blast making it. A friend of mine is taking an overseas holiday shortly – her first overseas trip ever. She is an amazingly organised person who probably won’t forget anything but I figured a little precaution never hurt and decided to gift her a little emergency sewing kit.

So here is the outside of my matchbox, using the half and half die set and blue skies stamps. How perfectly does that cloud match the flap?! The inks used were PTI’s Orange Zest, Spring Rain and Blueberry Sky, as well as Tuskineko’s Mometo Rich Cocoa. 

The message and icon inside of the flap was using Clip Tips and Faux Ribbon. I wish I had a travel messages set. Anyway, all in all, this turned out well so I am pleased.

Till next time, happy weekend!

MIM #266: That’s a Wrap

Hi everyone. It has been ages since my last post. A lot has been happening. 

Work has been something crazy hectic during the week and the weekends have been spent single-handedly installed 3 ikea pax complete with shelves, drawers and glass doors. I won’t lie… those pax cupboards (the tall ones) are seriously heavy for someone my size. I’d suggest not being gung-ho about it and asking for extra muscle. 

Then I got cracking on an ikea bjursta expanding table in the craft room, along with some besta shelves. I must say that the walk in robe and craft room are incredibly like an ikea showroom… sans showroom neatness of course.

Anyway, wardrobe all built and loaded, craft table all levelled on my uneven sloping floor, and weekend happily underway, I thought to myself “better get a crafting before work on Monday lest I go insane”. 

So here is my crafty mini make. This is just the wrapper, sans present which is to be purchased from Etsy later. 

I used the Mini Blooms and Bigger Blooms set. My colleague is going to be having a baby hence the “so happy for you” sentiment. I filled the space with the large flowers and leaves first, then used smaller fillers for the rest of the space. Inks used were PTI’s Royal Velvet, Summer Sunrise, Bright Buttercup, Hawaiian Shores, Winter Wisteria, Green Parakeet, New Leaf, Hisbiscus Burst and Pure Poppy.

I am totally in love with this technique and will be looking for some larger sized paper over the next few days to see if I can make bigger wrapper sheets.

Thanks for stopping by… Hope you have an awesome weekend!

PTI MIM #258: Cover Plate Tags

I managed to squeeze a little bit of crafting in today and decided to play along with the cover plates tag challenge. A couple of issues arose straight up. Firstly, I don’t use tags. I feel that a card is an extension of a present. Like the present, it should filled with thoughts and feelings. This means writing proper messages. For me, a tag lacks that space. Secondly, the only tag die I have (which I use to make bookmarks) is on loan to a friend and grabbing it back is not an option.

So I decided to use the same technique on binder list die. I hope it passes muster. The cover plate used is from the garden guild kit, which I adore. Anyway, here is my make…

I think I might make a few more as dividers for the rest of my planner sections.

PTI August 2016 Blog Hop

Today is just a short post for the PTI August 16 Blog Hop…

I used the garden guild cover plate and cut out some flower sections from white card, mounting it on to some enchanted evening cardstock. I originally wanted to use smokey shadow as that seemed closer to the dark grey of the inspiration image but alas, I had none. The butterfly from the beautiful butterflies set was stamped in summer sunrise, layered with melon berry and hibiscus burst. Its less yellow in real life. The melon berry and hibisus burst on the summer sunrise makes beautiful pink-brown tones. I mounted this all on watercolour cardstock as it has beautiful texture. I haven’t decided if I will keep this as a postcard, or if it will get mounted on to an A5 melon berry card (as in the picture). What do you think? Postcard or mounted card?

PTI Create Along With Us August 2016

Today’s card is based on Betsy Veldman’s make for the PTI August release that you’ll see HERE. I needed to make a card for the neighbour. Super short version – she has a rooster. Slightly longer version – for the last 2 weeks, that reprehensible cassanova has decided that 4.30 am is the perfect time to break out his salute to the sun yoga move in front of his lady friends. Unfortunately, the neighbour is hard of hearing and hasn’t been hearing my door knocks (or the rooster really). So I thought I’d make her a card for her to read.


As I wanted something pretty happy sparkly, I used my Brilliance Inks with the The Sweet Life stamp set. The leaves were stamped with Lime and Gamma Green. To get the 3 different depths of leaf veins with one shade of green, I stamped my inks in different orders. The first set of leaves was gamma green veins with 2 layers of lime green background on top. The second is the lime green background, the gamma green veins and then the lime green background again. This gives slightly darker veins. Then the final one was with 2 layers of lime green followed by the gamma green veins, giving the darkest veins.

The rose was made of Pearlescent Orchid base, Rocket Red Gold second layer, and the Pearlescent Poppy on top. The hello was Pearlescent Orchid and Purple inks squidged on to white cardstock for an ombre effect then cut out with the hello die from the Wet Paint set. Heres a close up of the glimmer on the inks.


I used stitched square dies to cut the solid background square and then a paper guillotine to trim a polariod style frame with a larger stitched  square frame.

The sequins are ones that I’m testing to carry in a shop I hope to open later in the year. I’m totally in love with these sparklies. Sadly, I mistiok my Ranger crackle accent for the glossy one so there I have broken dew drops!

Anyway, off to write a suitably framed message to keep the rooster from showing off till 7 in the morning. Wish me luck (and tact).

PTI SAF 2016: Take 2

Whoo Hoo! I managed to get another card in at lunch time. Its so awesome working so close to home.

Actually, I did try colour blocking last night  and it is so not me. I know I should post the results on the off chance someone might like them and I get lucky to be picked to win a gift voucher, but that card was such an eyesore. I can now say that Andy Warhol and I are not the best of art buddies.

The techhnique that ticked my art box was the impressionistic flowers. I adore the soft look, the white outlines etc. Its funny but I used normal card for the flowers that I painted, and watercolour card for the base that I only stamped. But the texture of the base lends it an arty feel. 

The set I used was Pretty Peonies and colours were Raspberry, Hibiscus Burst and Pure Poppy. I used clear embossing powder instead of white as my first 2 attempts with white just looked messy, not impressionistic. Did anyone else have that issue?


Okay, so this was my lunchtime craft fix… maybe I might have time to squeeze in one more card tonight… Fingers crossed!

PTI July 2016 Blog Hop

I am totally loving the colours and textures of this month’s blog hop. The freshness of aqua, the bright pops of coral foiled by the deep crushed mint all framed in bright white and muted greys.

This is my take on the challege…


I finished the card just before work this morning, on a very dreary rainy day. So the photo is looking a bit washed out but with the hop closure looming (and work!), I don’t have time for a reshoot.

The frame is from the Fabulous Frames set while the florals and sentiments are from the Mini Blooms set. I used Colorbox pigment inks in coral, pink, light green and green for the frame and florals then went over the the flowers and leaves in PTI Pure Poppy and Green Parakeet ink with watercolour brush. I like the softened effect dye ink on pigment ink gives. I bent the Thanks sentiment to fit the frame – it was too long otherwise. I think it turned out very pretty in its arched form.

Anyway, I have to love you but leave you as work is a’calling. Maybe I’ll manage another card tonight for SAF 2016?!

PTI SAF 2016: Take 1

Late last night Australian time, PTI’s 2016 SAF kicked off with a bang. Too bad I was already snuggled deep into my blankets and certainly not willing to crawl out of bed on a cold winters night to make cards. When I woke this morning, it was lovely to view all the awesome videos and already posted makes whilst having a cup of piping hot tea.

I eventually dragged myself out of bed and towards the craft room. Once I was there, it was a little hard to pry me out. I started with the good intention of launching into SAF straight away, but got sidetracked when I realised I had new inks that hadn’t been catalogued into my ink chart. What if I ended up using one of them and it ruined a card???

So it was only after lunch I launched into some serious card making. I managed to make 3 cards today. Alas, it is already Sunday evening so while this post says ‘Take 1’, its possibly going to be the only take.

Without further ado, my cards:

This one is for the water colouring masterclass. I used the 2016 SAF Art with Heart, Just the Jar and Think Big. Colours used were Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, and Raspberry Fizz for the flowers, Green Parakeet for the leaves, Sring Rain, Blueberry Sky and Aqua Mist for the water, and Tsukineko Brilliance in Graphite Black. The card still needed some oomph so I went over bits with clear Wink of Stella (which you can’t see in the photo). 

This is my card for pointillism. Let me say that this is not not not a technique I like. This is my third card, the first two being disasters despite how long it took making those dots. In this third card, since the look is not my thing, I decided to make the points quite minimal and subtle. They are actually hard to see in the photo, but they are quite visible in real life. I used a stamp from Mini Blooms for the dots and the Friendship Jar set for the rest. The colours used are PTI’s Sweet Blush and Momento’s Angel Pink.

And my last card for this post is one for starry night. I didn’t want to break in new blending foams so the background was made from distress inks instead using Chipped Sapphire, Worn Lipstick and Grape Jelly. I used the Out of This World set – I really wish it had some birthday sentiments instead of those vague ones. It would make the coolest boy birthday set as the font is fabulous. Anyway, the rocket etc was coloured in copics.

All in all, I enjoyed my crafty day. It was nice in my batcave away from the world. Do you like solitude when crafting, or are you a group crafter?

PTI MIM 256: Spritzed Stamps

Have you ever made a card and just love it? Well, this is definitely one of them for me. I used the flower clusters from Mini Blooms. I covered the entire stamp with Harvest Gold, then spot coloured Bright Buttercup, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Green Parakeet and New Leaf. I spritzed it 3 times as I didn’t want it sopping wet, then blew on it to mix the inks while on the stamp. I stamped the same image twice to make a frame – it came out so pretty that I was almost afraid to put on a sentiment and ruin the card. 

I went through heaps of sentiments and eventually settled on the birthday sentiment from Signature Greetings II which I stamped in New Leaf. I had that whole ‘add more stuff or not ‘ moment and decided that simplicity is best. So I mounted the stamped/watercoloured panel on to some Memory Box card and viola a simple yet stunning card which makes me look like I’m a watercoloring champion. 

I chose Harvest Gold for the base as I knew it would mix well with oranges and greens. What other colour combinations do you think will look good?

PTI MIM 252: Gradient Watercolor Die Cuts

Building up on my first watercolour success, I decided to have a go at more watercolouring for this week’s MIM challenge. 

Perfect timing really as I have a card to make for the lovely Sanae who blogs  HERE. Her blog is full of beautiful hand made clothing, watercolours and candid writing. A few days ago, as part of her furoku subscription, I received a beautifully wrapped package with her newest book, a lovely hand made lavender sachet and some postcard prints of some watercoloured animals. I was rivetted by the story of her journey from normal worker bee to ill individual to awesome sewer/writer.


As Sanae seems very much a blues and greys person, I wanted my MIM card to reflect that. I water coloured on a gradient of greys, aquas and blues and splattered on some white perfect pearl. 

While the paper was drying, I stamped the Thanks sentiment from the Wet Paint set in watermark ink on to vellum and heat embossed with silver powder. When the paper dried, I die cut it using the quatrefoil die and stuck the tile bits on to white cardstock. I then matted the whole thing on charcoal cardstock, sandwiching one of the vellum edges between the white and charcoal card. Lastly, I rounded the edges of the sentiment to tie it in with the rounded egdes of the quatrefoil tiles.

All in all, the card turned out way better than expected, the effect quite a bit more grown up than most of the cards I’m used to making. I am in love with this new colour scheme and can see myself playing with it a bit more. Anyway, its a long weekend here in Western Australia so back to more card making!