Card in a box!

Have you heard about the Card in a box? Well I have to tell you it is all the rage at the moment in paper crafting circles. They are literally popping up all over the place. There are some excellent tutorials on YouTube that give you the technique for the box. They are not hard to make and are a lot of fun to decorate. The one I used was by a fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrator Tanya Bell. You can view her tutorial here.

I have made two boxes. The first picture shows one I made for a Summer Challenge. You had to create anything (card, scrapbook layout, 3D project etc….) that reminded you of Summer. In the photo you will see I’ve included some of the steps I took to decorate the box.

Summer ChallengeThe “Summer” was done in MDS  (My Digital Studio) and I all the other images were from the Stampin’ Up! Bug Me stamp set. The bees and dragon flies are covered in Crystal Effects and the dragon fly also has ultra fine glitter on the wings. They are suspended using strips of clear sheet so they actually move around a bit. The wings on the bees are stamped and then embossed on vellum. You will also notice some embossing and punches.

The first box I made is pictured below. I used Stampin’ Up!’s backyard basics stamp set and matching Framelits dies as well as the 25th anniversary Best of butterflies set (my personal favourite of the anniversary sets). The sentiment is from the Express Yourself stamp set (a hostess set). I also used some of the beautiful Venetian Romance designer series paper.


These cards were great fun to make. They also fold flat and can be placed in an envelope to give or post. All the products used were from Stampin’ Up! so if you have any questions please feel free to email me or leave a comment. I hope you feel inspired to have a go yourself.

Happy Creating!

Chantini ♥


Posted in Backyard Basics, Backyard basics framelits, Big Shot, Bitty Butterfly, Bug me, Challenges, Cloudy Day embossing folder, Crystal effects, Designer Series Paper, Elegant Butterfly, Embossing, Embossing Folders, Express Yourself, Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, Kindness Matters, My Digital Studio, Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder, Punches, Rhinestone, Stampin' Up! 25th Anniversary, Techniques & Tools, Vellum | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Creative New Year!

Since creating makes me happy I wish you all a Creative New Year!

Despite the fact that it has been a while since I posted I have still been creating. A lot of my creating is done late at night or should I say early in the morning! I love the quietness of that time and I can concentrate and see where my creativity takes me. As many people start the new year by sorting and tidying their work areas I thought I would share mine. P1020633

As you can see I  like to have things close by. Everyone is different. You have to make your space work for YOU. How is your space set up? Feel free to post a photo in the comments. I’d love to see. We can always get inspiration from each other.

So to start the year I thought I’d post some of the things I’ve created over the past months. I hope you find some inspiration here. Most of the products used are Stampin’ Up! (generally current but some retired). You will also find some digital projects using the My Digital Studio program.


P1020406The above card uses the masking or painter’s tape technique. I’ll be doing a blog on this in the coming weeks. It is a lot of fun and you can get some excellent results.





anniversaryThe above anniversary card was done in My Digital Studio by Stampin’ Up!







The frame and card above are a hybrid of My Digital Studio and products.

Tag card


blog picture A little Sale-a-bration sneak peek above!

MDS Challenge 1

Friends together

A couple of My Digital Studio scrapbook pages

Hopefully you will find something here to get  you started for 2014. If you have any questions about anything in my blog please ask. I’d love to see your creations so please feel free to post photos in the comments. Also please feel free to let me know what you would like to see in future posts.

Happy creating!

Chantini ♥

P.S. Keep an eye out for Sale-a-bration – it is almost here !

Posted in Antique Brads, Apothecary Accents framelits, Bakers twine, Big Shot, Chalk Talk framelits, Clean and Simple, Clockworks, Designer Frames Folder, Designer Series Paper, Embellishments Artisan Kit, Emboss Resist, Embossing, Embossing Folders, Ex Libris, Flower Trim, Gorgeous Grunge, Hello Doily, Itty Bitty Banners, Kindness Matters, Labels Collection Framelits, Lacy Brocade, Lattice Die, Lovely Romance, Masculine Cards, My Digital Studio, Papillon Potpourri, Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder, Postage Collection, Punches, Retirement Products, Rhinestone, Ribbons, Sale-a-bration, Scrapbook, Seaworthy, Simply Sketched, Stampin' write markers, Trim & Embellishments, Vintage, Washi Tape | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Spring is in the air …..

I love Spring! Lovely sunny days, plants and flowers coming to life after the Winter, the beautiful scent of my orchids, blossoms on the fruit trees, new life everywhere. One of my favourite flowers, and I have many favourites, is the Camellia. Layers of soft delicate petals against glossy foliage. Today’s card was inspired by this most beautiful flower.


I wanted that delicate soft look so I used the Stampin’ Up! Creped filter paper. Using the Big Shot and the Floral Frames Collection (the second smallest flower) I cut out 12 flowers. I then lightly spritzed each flower using daffodil delight, melon mambo and calypso coral. This gave each petal a slightly different look. Some parts of the petals were left white. I then layered each piece and held them together with a small brad. You won’t see the brad so you can use any colour. Each layer was then scrunched tight and very gently pulled back out to get the desired look. I then spritzed the whole flower with champagne mist (retired) to give it a shimmery finish.

P1010392To make the card I layered The Framed tulips embossing folder over a couple of pieces of pear pizzazz card I’d embossed with the lacy brocade folder (retired). Cut out a frame using the Labels collection framelits  glued this on top. I then cut out a set of leaves from the Little leaves sizzlits. I distressed the leaves and embossed veins using my tweezers and sponged the top with old olive. I then put a couple of drops of Crystal effects to form dew drops and left it to dry. I also put a couple of drops on the flower.


The sentiment is from the pursuit of happiness (retired) set and has been punched out with the Decorative label punch. I also punched out a second label, cut it in half and attached it behind the sentiment to add a little bit of colour. Once the leaves were dry I attached them to the card, placed the flower on top and stuck down the sentiment. A little Rhinestone finishes off the sentiment.

This last photo shows the colours in the flower. I have it sitting on some real leaves (all credit to our wonderful God for His creation).


Technical note: to make up spritzing colours I fill a Stampin’ Spritzer bottle with rubbing alcohol (available at supermarkets or chemists) and a about 10 drops of the desired Classic Stampin’ Ink refill. You can adjust the colour as needed but I find that you can always do more spritzes to get a stronger colour. The rubbing alcohol dries quickly so you can get on with your project.

I would love to hear what inspires you. Feel free to leave a comment. If you would like any information or have any questions about anything in the post please email me or comment.

Inspiration can come from many places. So why not go out in the sunshine, take a deep breath and see what inspires you.

Happy creating!


Posted in Big Shot, Champagne mist, Creped filter paper, Crystal effects, Decorative label, Floral Frames Collection Framelits, Framed tulip embossing folder, Labels Collection Framelits, Lacy Brocade, Little leaves sizzlits, Punches, Pursuit of Happiness, Rhinestone, Spritz, Techniques & Tools, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Vintage “Hello, Doily”!

I recently spent an afternoon creating with a friend. One of my favourite things to do. I had just purchased the Stampin’ Up! Hello, Doily stamp and wanted to give it a test run. Well what fun did we have?!! We created three cards using different techniques. All have a lovely vintage feel. Click on the photos to zoom in on the detail.


P1010306The above Oval Framelits card – we stamped the doily image onto vellum using the white craft ink. Using the back of the image facing out (what you see) we lined the vellum with Pacific Point card stock and used a beautiful brad for the centre of the doily. This is such a soft pretty card.

P1010301For the above card we stamped the doily image with VersaMark ink and embossed it with white embossing powder. Then using the emboss resist technique we sponged in Crumb Cake to make the image look 3D. I absolutely love this effect. Finished off the doily with the smallest Floral Frames framelits and an Antique brad. The sentiment is from the Loving Thoughts stamp set. A wee bit of embossed Old Olive card and a few pearls.

P1010303And finally probably my favourite for the day. Again we did the emboss resists as above. Stamped the En Francais background in Crumb Cake and sponged the edges of the card. Stamped the doily in Cherry Cobbler on Crumb Cake card and used the Dress Up framelits to cut out the dress. Then cut the top of the same dress out to make the jacket with matching  pocket. We then added some Flower trim, pearls, tulle ribbon, seam binding ribbon and love tag to the card. The sentiment is again from the Loving Thoughts stamp set.

I hope you find inspiration from these cards. They were lots of fun and a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

If you have any questions please feel free to email me or leave a comment. I love to hear from you.

Happy Creating!


Posted in Antique Brads, Big Shot, Designer Builder brads, Dress Up Framelits, Embellishments Artisan Kit, Emboss Resist, Embossing, Embossing Folders, En Francais, Floral Frames Collection Framelits, Flower Trim, Hello Doily, Lacy Brocade, Loving Thoughts, Oval Framelits, Ribbons, Techniques & Tools, Trim & Embellishments, Vellum, Vintage | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A moment of wonder!




What is Something for Everyone? Read on as details are at the end of this post……….

Don’t miss out!



Do you remember the first time you put stamp to paper? I was reminded recently when my granddaughter made her first image. I think the photo speaks louder than words!

tahlia delighted 1st stamping experience“I can do it!” and “It worked” she exclaimed! Little Miss not quite 3 (at the time) wanted to do “Mummy’s craft”. Once set up she was happy for hours. Is that how you feel???

I thought I’d share some of the cards I made for all our recent birthdays. Little Miss above turned 3 and loves ballet. So that made the theme for her card easy. Anything pink or purple and pretty.

P1000948My daughter also had a birthday. I used my favourite Stampin’ Up! Artisan Embellishments Kit and Antique Brads.

P1010056The Pool Party card stock has been run through the Big Shot using the largest scalloped heart from the Hearts a Flutter framelits die and then embossed using the Lacy Brocade embossing folder. The Flower trim and Organza Ribbon have been hand dyed using Pool Party ink. The Island Indigo card stock has been scored behind the sentiment. The sentiment is from the Apothecary Art stamp set and has been stamped on vellum and layered on Pool Party card stock.

P1010054A closer look at the details. I know my daughter loves the big Very Vanilla rose from the Artisan Embellishment Kit so I had to include that in the design.

P1010055 Every year Stampin’ Up! bring out a new catalogue. This year it will be released on the 1st of July. What this means is that many of the items in the current catalogue along with the Seasonal Catalogue will be retiring.

To view the retirement list for stamps click here  Stamp_Availability-AU

To view the retirement accessories list click here Accessories_Availability-AU

These items are only available until sold and some are already gone. So if you are wanting anything please contact me as soon as possible. The Artisan Embellishment Kit used in the card above will be leaving us. This is your last chance to get one!

Finally here is a card using more retirement stamp sets: Kindness Matters, Elements of Style and Artistic Etchings. I love these sets and will be sad to see them go. P1010193I’d love to hear from you so please leave a comment. If you wish to order anything or have any questions please email me

I look forward to hearing from you ♥

Happy Creating!


P.S. Pop over to my facebook page and drop me a line

Posted in Apothecary Art Stamp set, Artistic Etchings, Big Shot, Dying with Classic Stampin' Ink Refills, Elements of Style, Embellishments Artisan Kit, Embossing Folders, Flower Trim, Hearts a Flutter, Kindness Matters, Lacy Brocade, Retirement Products, Ribbons, Seasonal Catalogue, Vellum | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Playful Whales for a Happy 1st Birthday!

May is a bit of a mad month for me. We have Mothers Day and heaps of birthdays! The advantage of all this is I have lots of cards to share with you. Today I thought I’d share the card I made for my one year old grandson. His sister turned 3 just three days before him so they had a combined sea themed birthday party. So my design was inspired by the theme.

I will show you the card at the end of the post because there are a couple of techniques I will share with you first.



The sea needs waves. So I decided to use the scalloped skirt edge from the Dress Up Framelits die and cut out rows of little waves. I needed several rows for the idea I had. Once I had my rows ready I scrunched them up and distressed them and then separated the two ply Stampin’ Up! card stock into separate pieces. This gives you a rough side and a shinny side. I alternated these to make the waves.  I used white craft ink and sponged bits on the edges to make it look like white foamy water. 

P1000940I then decided I wanted to use the blue striped part from the Patio Party DSP paper but the piece I had was too thin to hold in place on the trimmer. So using a stick on note to hold it in place I was able to trim the part I wanted to use. Stick on notes are great for holding all sorts of items in place when doing craft. They are also great for holding framelits in place when running them through the Big Shot.

P1000936Once you run the trimmer blade over it you have the perfectly cut piece you need!

P1000937So all I needed now were some whales using the Happy Whale clearlits die, a few clouds using the Cloudy Day embossing folder, a piece of Real Red stitched grosgrain ribbon, a Happy Birthday using the Itty Bitty Banners stamp set, a number “1” glued to a red banner and run through the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, a couple of small black brads for the eyes, a bit of glue and here you are:


Happy whales playing and having fun. This is just what every One year old needs!

I hope you enjoy this card as much as I did creating it. It was a lot of fun and although I had a simpler idea in my head when I started I am really happy with the results. I can think of heaps of ways to use those waves!

If you would like to know more about any of the items I used or the techniques just drop me a comment at the end of this post. You can also email me or head over to my Facebook page and leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you.

All the products used in this post are from Stampin’ Up!  You can browse through the catalogue here or drop me a line if you would like one posted to you (Sorry Australia only).

I hope to be back real soon with more cards from my May birthdays.

Happy Creating!











Posted in Big Shot, Cloudy Day embossing folder, Designer Series Paper, Dress Up, Embossing Folders, Happy Whale Clearlits Die, Itty Bitty Banners, Masculine Cards, Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder, Ribbons, Seasonal Catalogue, Uses for sticky notes | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Scrapbook Love ♥

I’m sorry it has been a couple of weeks since my last post but by dear husband has cancer and has just started chemo (for the first time). It has been a bit up and down as I’m sure those who have been through it will understand. During  his sleeps I have been creating. I generally find this a good way to relax. Last weekend a challenge was put up by one of the groups I belong to. It was good to have a focus to the creative process.  We had a sketch with some instructions. I decided to do a scrap page using a lovely photo taken of us by a friend the weekend before chemo started. This is the result:

P1000988All the items on this page are Stampin’ Up! products. Some of them have retired and are no longer available. With sketches you don’t have to follow it exactly but it gives you the bones to get started. If you check out the sketch you will see how different the two are but you will be able to see the basic bones. Once again I have used some of my favourite Artisan Embellishments Kit.


P1000985The Very Vanilla 12 x 12 card stock really works well as the background. I also used the large heart stamp from the You are Loved stamp set. I coloured it in with Stampin’ Write Markers and then ran it through the Big Shot using the scalloped heart from the Hearts a Flutter framelits dies. The same dies were used to cut out the smaller hearts. The Tea Lace paper doilies and Flower trim have been hand dyed.


I hope you find some inspiration in this project. You can use it as a sketch to create something yourself. I’d love to see what you create so please email me a photo or the link. Part of what I love about sharing is also being a part of a larger community of artistic people. I’d love you to share.

There are several promotion on at the moment so check out the Stampin’ Up! website. A new annual catalogue will be coming out for the 1st of July so that means that a whole lot of lovely items from the current catalogue will be retiring. Once these are announced the product sell out very quickly. So if there is something on your “wish list” don’t delay. If you would like the retirement list or a new catalogue sent to you when available please email me or leave a comment. (Australia only – sorry 😦 ).

Look forward to hearing from you.

Happy Creating!


Find me on FaceBook







Posted in Big Shot, Challenges, Dying with Classic Stampin' Ink Refills, Embellishments Artisan Kit, Flower Trim, Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Ribbons, Scrapbook, Seasonal Catalogue, Stampin' write markers, Vintage, You are Loved | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments