Creative Christmas

Hi Crafty friends,

I’ve been playing with the Crate Paper Falala 6×6 paper pad, and have made so many Christmas cards! But the papers are good for lots of different types of cards, so I’ve been playing around with some other ideas too, including the lovely rose die from Altenew.

So here’s a Christmas card, and a couple of bonus cards for your enjoyment. For full details, as well as how to pick up the papers in a kit with all kinds of bonus goodies, you can check out the Shop and Crop Scrapbooking blog. If you’d like a discount on the kit, use the code DL5 for $5 off the regular price in the store.

If you’d like to see more of my cards, pop over to my Instagram account and have a look.



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Crafting hacks to make the most of your supplies

There are so many lovely crafting supplies out there, aren’t there? And we see the beautiful stashes and swatch charts of people who do craft for a living, and it can be easy to get dissatisfied with what we have and always be wanting more. And yet we are called to contentment, not envy by Jesus.

Sometimes though, we have more than we realise, if we just look at things creatively. So here are a few hacks to help you make the most of what you have.

This post features cards made with stamps from the Sonshine Stamp Co.

  • Hack 1

Layer your inks

One of the ways we can get around not having the exact colour of ink we ‘need’ is to layer inks to create new colours. This card was made using just three colours of ink, a pink, a bright yellow and a blue to create the rainbow that you see.

Each of the coloured stripes is double stamped, using either two of those colours, or a double stamping of the same colour. If you look closely, (or not so closely at a couple of the stripes), you can see the two colours are slightly offset. I didn’t use any fancy stamping equipment for this card, just a regular stamping block, so the alignment isn’t perfect.

  • Hack 2

Use inks to colour your paper.

I couldn’t find the colour of paper I needed to mount the panel on, so I used white, and ran the yellow inkpad that I used for the middle candle around the edges to colour the paper. Now it’s a perfect match with the centre of the card.

  • Hack 3

Layer your stamps.

I’ve used the paint stripe from the the “Swirls and Stars” set, and stamped the candle from the “Emmanuel” set over the top.

  • Hack 4

Use the backs of your stamps.

For the next card I’ve used the paint stripe from the “transform” stamp set. This stripe has a butterfly in it, which I love, but I didn’t want the butterfly for this particular card, so I used the back of the stamp. This card also uses hack 1. I’ve only used three different greens, but have stamped them in different combinations to get a multitude of shades.

(Hey, did you spot the ant? I photographed this outside so you could catch the shine)

  • Hack 5

Don’t forget the small stamps.

Often we order sets based on the larger images we like, but the stars on this card above are two of the tiny images on the “Immanuel” stamp.

This card also used hack 2. I used silver embossing powder to colour my paper to match the card.

  • Hack 6

Think outside the box.

This final card is one I’ve shared before, but it shows that stamps can be used for wildly different things to their original purpose. Here, I’ve used the ice creams from the “sweet treat” set to make the jellyfish. So really, when it comes to using your supplies, the sky’s the limit!

I hope this post inspires you to have a fresh and creative look at your supplies, and I’d love to see what you create.

Until next time, stay well, stay content.



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Love you lots

Hello everyone.

I’m on the Sonshine Stamp Co. Blog today, sharing a card that I made using one of their newest sets called “Transform”

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I’ve combined watercolour, and coloured stamping to make this card. Full details and the story behind the card are on the Sonshine Stamp Co blog.

The sentiment stamp is from Kennedy Grace Creations.

If you’d like to see more of my cards, you can see them here.

Until next time, may you be surrounded by those who love you lots!




Spring Crocuses!

Good Morning Crafty Friends and Welcome to Kennedy Grace Creations September Blog Hop

It’s crocus time somewhere in the world, but here in Australia I’m not letting the fact that it’s spring stop me from sharing these beautiful crocuses. The stamp set is called Friendship Blessings, and it has some beautiful sentiments as well as this delicious image.Kg blessings crocus

I stamped and heat embossed the gorgeous crocus image in white. I used watercolour paper so that the paint would flow over the paper for the effect I wanted and not just sink straight in. I used Distress Inks in Seedless Preserves and Wilted Violet for the flowers and the leaves are a mix of Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, and Pine Needles.

First I smooshed a little of the inks onto my craft mat. Then I painted each flower (and a bit beyond) with clean clear water and dropped in some wet ink, allowing it to run beyond the borders, strengthening the colour inside the flower if needed. I then dried the panel before doing the leaves. I used the same principal with the Twisted Citron ink for the leaves, allowing it to flow freely. I carefully added small amounts of the other green inks within the lines. Once the panel was dried once again, I spattered on some concentrated inks. The ground is a little Scattered Straw ink painted loosely.

I found a piece of pale lilac cardstock in my stash and used that to layer the image onto the card. The sentiment that I chose to use is actually set with the words above each other but I carefully cut the sentiment apart so I could use it in a horizontal setting. If I want to go back to the original layout, I just need to place the two halves vertically on the stamp block, and they’ll fit together like a puzzle.

Finally, I added some of the new Kennedy Grace Creations sequins in Chantilly Cream. I love the way these sequins reflect the colour of whatever they’re near. I expect I’ll be using these a lot in the future!

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We are so happy you have stopped by and joined us for this very special event. Our newest release of Stamp and Sequins is now live and available for purchase in the store.

We will be giving away a prize package to one lucky winner.

All you have to do is join us for hop and leave a comment on each project. The more you comment the more chances you have to win.  The winner will be announced on Monday.

We hope you have enjoyed this release and will hop along to see what our talented designers have made using the Stamps and Sequins from our September release.

Your next stop is the lovely and talented Beverly. You should see what she can do with these stamps!

Just in case you miss some one along the way I have included the entire hop for you!

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Thank you for stopping by today!

If you’d like to see more of my cards, feel free to check out my Instagram feed.

Until next time, may your flowers bloom all year around.








Garden Gnomes and Sunny Days

I’m over on the Sonshine Stamp Co blog today with a cute card made with the Harvest Stamp set. Why not head over and have a look? Here’s a sneak look at (half of ) the card!

This was really fun to colour, and I’d just been thinking I’d like to do a little scene on a card when this set arrived in a happy mail package. Perfect timing!!

If you’d like to see all of my cards, why not head over to my Instagram page and have a little peek?

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Until next time, may your days be sunny, and your seeds all grow!


Conjuring up Sunny Days

It’s been so cold here in Southern Australia. I’ve just got back from a quick trip to Ballarat, where the weather was positively icy! Yay for a great hobby like card making to keep me warm, and lovely summery images to help me remember what summer is like.

I’m up on the Sonshine Stamp Co. blog today, sharing this card.

You are so sweet

Feel free to pop over and have a look. They have really sweet stamps.

If you would like to see more cards, feel free to visit my Instagram account here.

God bless, have a super sweet week.



Muse -Photo Inspiration

Isn’t this a fabulous photo?

It’s by photographer Vanessa McKeown, and  I just loved the clean lines and colours. I was particularly taken with the beautiful icy pink, but didn’t have any cardstock in the right colour. So I swiped some card with my Milled Lavender distress ink mini cube. The card was streaky at the beginning, but as it dried, it evened out into a beautiful clean finish. I decided to represent the 100s and 1000s with a shaker element, and die cut circles to mimic the avocado. As the card was coming together I wasn’t sure that I liked what was emerging, but once I added the sentiment, the card took on a different look, and I was much happier. I think that, despite the pink, this is a card I could give to a man.

If you enjoyed this card and would like to see more, feel free to check out my Instagram account here.

Until next time, happy crafting, 


Muse – Decor Inspiration 

Hello crafty friends!

Here’s an update on the class I’m taking at the moment. 

For day two of Altenew’s Muse class, the inspiration was decor. Here’s the tag I made:

And here’s the inspiration image from Pinterest. I used the teal clock, the rectangular frame and the white rug at the bottom as my inspiration, and my all time favourite Altenew stamp as the focal point. 

If you’d like to see more cards, feel free to check out my Instagram feed here.

Happy crafting,


Photoplay papers cards

I had a chance to play with the Photoplay “So Loved” collection this week, and enjoyed mixing and matching the papers. Here’s a little look at two of the cards I made. If you’d like to see all the cards, or see more about how I made them, check out this blog post over at Shop and Crop Scrapbooking.

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I used vellum for this shaker card instead of the usual acetate. I love the soft look it gives to the window.

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If you enjoyed these cards, and would like to see more, feel free to visit my Instagram page here.

Until next time, happy crafting. Practice kindness.

Muse – Fashion Inspiration

I’m really enjoying the “Muse” class over at Altenew at the moment. I’m interested in how other designers translate inspiration into a finished project, and Carissa Wiley is doing a great job of taking everybody through the process she uses. The first day’s challenge was to take a fashion inspiration and turn it into a card. The image I chose was this red flower bohemian dress on Instagram.

I took the design elements of the strip at the bottom of the dress, the colours and pattern, and the slope of the models shoulders to create this card.

What an interesting process to do in such a structured manner. This is a fairly literal interpretation of the design and I love the way it echoes the inspiration photo.