Man Thanks

I don’t do man cards. Well I didn’t. If ever there was a male birthday in our family or cards to make for Dad or Grandad etc. I’d get the kids to do it. They love making cards as much as I do but it’s still a bit of a cop out.

Recently I decided there was a man I needed to thank. He’s no relation so sadly, I didn’t think a card from my kids would cut it. There was nothing for it but to charge on in and make a man card!

I started with a card from the Moments Like This Project Life card collection. There are some really great neutral cards in that collection with black and white stripes and letters. I chose a striped card. My idea was to build on this background by playing with some ink and making, well, a bit of a mess.


I kinda loved it! Messy look achieved! And then the plan that I had for it didn’t really work…


Boo hoo. I really should have thought that through better! Oh well… It’s now in the unfinished project pile waiting for a new use. And I started again. Luckily, there are quite a few suitable cards in the collection!

Once I had re-made my background, I cut ‘thanks’ out of it using the Little Letters Thinlit dies. And to go with my messy look, I did not even make them straight. Nope. I call it the ‘lazy’ technique. Then I added some stitching, some Chevron Ribbon (well the back of it anyway), some burlap and a little flag. Here’s how it ended up…

Man Thanks featuring Moments Like This PLxSU card collection. Details @ Thanks featuring Moments Like This PLxSU card collection. Details @

Will you look at that? I CAN make a man card. Oh no. Now there are no more excuses.

Thanks for reading… now go and play and get messy!

Jess x

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CASEing the Catty… is AWESOME

We’re CASEing the kids section this week at A task which I found surprisingly difficult given I have 3 boys. For some reason I only own one stamp set in the whole section so selecting a card to CASE was more difficult than I thought it would be. At first, I was going to use the MDS lunch box notes (you should check them out – they’re so cute) but then I decided on the ultimate stamp for kids… one that I made WITH my son.

My Mr 6 is very crafty and is also very much into all things Lego and The Lego Movie. When I suggested we design a Lego man stamp, he thought it was great. I started to draw it out onto the rubber but then he asked if he could have a go. We erased my work (so easy when you’re drawing on rubber!) and he got to work. Once he was finished, I used the rubber carving tools from the Undefined kit to carve it for him.

I then decided to CASE the robot card on page 86 of the (South Pacific) catalogue but replaced the featured stamp with our new Lego man. I grabbed a little Lego dude from our collection and copied his clothing and face. I found the best accompanying stamp >>>AWESOME<<< on the Make Note Rotary Stamp. If you’ve seen the Lego movie, you’ll know why it was just perfect!


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Hope you enjoyed this week’s creation. I’m so thrilled that my initial hesitation in CASEing the kids section turned out featuring the best kids stamp ever – one that a kid made!

Make sure you visit the challenge blog and play along too!




I Love Lace… and perfect pink bundles

Upon my return from convention, I heard the delightful news that some friends had (finally) had their baby girl. Sweet Charis was ‘only’ two weeks late, so a much anticipated arrival. What a perfect card to use my brand new Manager’s Reception gift, the I Love Lace background stamp. It is just SO gorgeous and delicate.

To create the background, I embossed the stamp with clear embossing powder and then sponged with Pink Pirouette creating an ombre effect. A touch of Rose Red in the top corners gave it a little bit of extra oomph. The bunny was stamped and then masked to protect it from the sponged background. A vellum banner made a subtle greeting.


I Love Lace... and perfect pink bundles. Details @


Just can’t wait for Charis cuddles!



P.S. Need a card for a special occasion? Did you know that you can comission me to make one for you? Or even better, host a workshop and I’ll come around to your place armed with supplies and I’ll teach you and your friends to make your own! Contact me for more information.

Homemade Yum in a Box

I love to give little gifts! I think it’s partly because I love to receive them but partly because then I also get to package them up in cute ways!

A friend is due to give birth in a week and I thought she could use a bit of energy packed homemade yum to get her through the last days of waiting. My little balls of chocolatey goodness were wrapped in cello and then placed in a kraft box (although you can place food directly in as the boxes are food safe – bonus). I used a dauber to ‘paint’ little spots all over the box with Whisper White craft ink. Some Crushed Curry chevron ribbon tied around the box made it oh so cheery and I stamped my homemade yum tag in Rose Red. Note: The Friendship Preserves stamp set has just been included on the North American retiring list so there’s a good chance we will follow suit here. Make sure you order it now so you don’t miss out! Click on the stamp set image below.

Some butterflies in Bermuda Bay finished off the project with a tail of Gold Sequin Trim (yes, again!).

Now for the best part – the giving!


Homemade Yum in a Box. Details @




It’s May today!

Happy May. It’s starting to get cooler, wetter and darker here in Melbourne and before too long, it will be winter. Winter is not my favourite, so I decided to whip up a card featuring some of my favourites from the catalogue┬á – the I Am Me suite – to cheer me up. I just love that suite but haven’t used it as much as I would have liked to, so today’s the day. I also haven’t participated in a challenge for a while and one popped up in my Facebook feed that I thought I’d have a go at. It’s a Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge (PCCCS #91)….



My idea was to use one of the speech bubbles from the new Hip Hip Hooray kit as a template. I sponged around one in Pool Party for sky. I also used the hip hip hooray sentiment from the kit and the ‘away we go’ is from the Around the World stamp set which is part of the I Am Me suite. The awesome designer series paper dictated the colour scheme and the embellishment colours. I am loving the Natural 5/8″ Chevron Ribbon and it complements the starburst so well.

Hip hip hooray, away we go. Details @

I will be so sad when this designer series paper retires. I must make the effort to use more in the next couple of months!

Jess x


I {heart} chevron

Have I told you chevron is my thing? I just LOVE it! You know how in every new catalogue there’s a stamp that you just cannot live without and no matter what happens, you’re ordering it on day 1? For me, that stamp was Positively Chevron – my must have. It’s such a fun stamp and so useful. These first cards were a batch of thank you cards I made using tinted spritzers and watercolour paper. Just drop a couple of drops of re-inker into a spritzer and spray directly onto the stamp. Repeat with the desired amount of colour. You can get your wood mount stamp nice and stained with this technique! Ah the horror. I can hear some people falling off their chairs right now! You could protect your wood mount block with washi tape if you wanted to. Then simply stamp onto watercolour paper. You can see from my cards that some areas have bled a bit where there was more ink and in some areas, there is no ink at all. I love this effect. There is no right or wrong and they turn out differently every time. Thanks to Shannon West for demonstrating this at convention last year.



This next project was the first card I made with Positively Chevron. Yes, it has taken me a long while to post it up. I’ve since made quite a few using this technique. I embossed the chevron using white or clear embossing powder and then sponged colour on. This way you can achieve the ever popular ombre effect or blend as many colours as you like. Why wouldn’t you finish it off with some chevron ribbon to match?

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