Thursday, February 27, 2014

My First Spotlight Card

Faux Stitching Technique

As it is my turn to be the Spotlight Designer this week over at

I have decided to share one of my favourite techniques called Faux Stitching. Although this is not a NEW technique, it is one that I fall back on a lot. If things get a little confusing, I have inserted the link to Splitcoast Stampers, where I first learnt this technique.

  • Paper piercing pad or mousepad
  • Paper piercing template or Plastic Ruler
  • Paper piercing tool or Darning Needle works just as well
  • Marker or gel pens
  • Cardstock

  • Step-by-Step

    Step 1

    Place cardstock piece on top of the paper piercing pad.

    Next, place the clear paper piercing template over the cardstock piece to be stitched.Use the paper piercing tool to poke holes in cardstock, using the piercing template or ruler as a guide.

    Step 2
    Use a marker or gel pen to connect the pierced holes in your cardstock. This will form stitch marks. Make sure to pause at each hole so the hole is highlighted with marker. This helps to form a more realistic stitched look.

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

    Hello There

    I made this card for the challenge over at Stampin Royalty this week. I shuddered when I saw that this challenge was a 'Clean and Simple' type of project. So while I was out watering my garden, I thought that I could use my washi tape. (Never opened). And, yes, there you have it, my very first clean and simple card that I actually like. Oh, and the best thing about this card, is it took longer to print out the image, than it did to make the whole card. I think I may make a few more of these and have then ready for those occasions when you just want to send a card because, you can.

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

    Bedtime Stories - Sketch Challenge

    Over at we have a little sketch challenge for you to try. I must admit, following a sketch makes card making so much easier for me, as I tend to move things around a lot, before sticking them down. Although, I have been known to pull cards apart after I have stuck them down to move things around. For this challenge I have used A Random Fan digital stamp called Bedtime Stories. She is so cute. I have used some colours that I do not usual use when it comes to card making. I thought I would venture outside the square a little.

    Week 3 - 2014

    Week 2 - 2014

    Monday, February 24, 2014

    A Random Fan Blog Hop

    There is some exciting news over at "A Random Fan and we’re having a blog hop to help celebrate.
    We are elated, ecstatic, all worked up to a frenzie to share that some of the adorable A Random Fan images are now available as rubber stamps. 

    I have used "Travel Bug" which is one of my personal favorites.
    Hop to all the blogs to see if your favorite has been made into Rubber.

    If you arrived here from  Eva please continue to Martine.
    Otherwise please start with  A Random Fan.   Here are all the blogs, just incase you get a little lost along the way.

    A Random Fan

    Paula (You are here)

    We have some wonderful projects to show you today so please make sure you hop on over to everyone.
    A Random Fan rubber stamps are available for sale at CC Designs Rubber Stamps!  

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

    It's your birthday

    For this card, I went to My Design Studio from Stampin Up to find the stamps I was looking for. I printed the stamps in the colours (re sizing) below to match the theme at Stampin Royalty this week. I think that this stamp set is called "on the go?"

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

    Party Animal

    It has been so long since I have played with either of these challenge blogs. Actually, I can not remember the last time. So, having said that, I thought that this little fellow from A Random Fan - Party Animal would be perfect for the sketch and colours.

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

    Floral Congratulations

    For Stampin Royalty this week we have another picture inspiration for you. From this picture I decided that more flowers and doilies were in order. I think my card is based on the small picture of the dining setting on the bottom right hand corner. Basically everything that I have used for this card has been discontinued, but having said that, you can substitute the colours if you want.

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

    Love is in the Air

    Here is my card for the new challenge over at A Random Fan this week. We are focusing on Hugs and Kisses - Valentine theme this week. I have used Gemmas' Secret Crush. Which is available on the blog.

    The supplies I have used for this card are all Stampin Up, unless stated.
    Card stock : Close to Cocoa, Whisper White, Red Riding Hood, Pink Pirouette
    Large Heart punch.
    Copic Sketch markers for the colouring &
    my old faithful Brother Sewing Machine

    Check out what the other girls have come up with on the blog. Have a go at making something yourself and post it on the challenge. You could have a chance to win some of Sherrys' amazing images. 

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

    Love Love Love

    This week at Stampin Royalty we have a (love) challenge for you to try. Here is my card for the challenge, luckily for me one of my star pupils sent me some instructions on how to make this amazing rose for the front. Thank you Shirley.

    I used Strawberry Slush card stock and Designer Paper for my card and made the flower using my 5 petal punch. The sentiment is from the Sale-A-Bration set called See Ya Later from Stampin Up. The leaves and doily are an old die I had kicking around my craft room.

    Monday, February 3, 2014

    Cover Page for 2014

    Here is my cover page for my 'project life' or 365 photo or whatever the real name is for this style of scrap booking or memory keeping. I think I will go for pocket pages. I decided that the garden would be the best to highlight on the cover because I spend a lot of time in the garden over the Summer break.
    Although I have finished my 2013 album, I have decided that although it looks good, it took up way too much time to do each page. I am going to try and simplify my album and pages for 2014.