'Shine bright like the stars' - card

#motivation #diamond #galaxy

You know they say shine bright like a diamond, well I prefer shine bright like the stars, because when you think about, diamonds need some light to shine, whereas stars shine brightly all on their own! In fact, they light up the entire universe!

This card is a personal favourite of mine, yes, ok, it may have something to do with the fact I love astrophysics... but who doesn't love galaxies! Also it is quite easy to make a bunch of these in one go!
I cheated a little with the note cards this time. I bought a note card pack from Kmart and printed the sentiment onto the note card (if you have a laser printer you could do some foiling for the sentiments). Of course you could write the sentiment onto the card directly, but I don't have the neatest handwriting so printing my sentiment was the best way to go.
For the galaxy diamond I used watercolour paints, shimmer mists and white paint. I first painted splotches of navy blue and purple and added hints o…

'Flowers for mum' - card

#mother's day #flowers #rose gold

Mother's Day is almost here, so I thought I'd share a card that is similar to the one I'm going to give to my mum, hopefully she doesn't read this post before then...

I saw this gorgeous 12 x 12 paper with rose gold flower details in Kaisercraft the other day and I just needed to use it on this card! I used 5 x 5 inch piece for the background and fussy cut a few details for the centre of the card (I used a white 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 inch note card for the card base). I wanted to keep it simple and elegant by limiting the colours I used - rose gold, lilac and white.
I die-cut two stitched squares (one a little larger than the other), and then I die-cut a heart from the smaller square. I wanted the heart to be subtle compared to the other pieces in the centre, so I kept the squares white-on-white. I adhered the smaller square to the centre of the larger square using some foam tape to add some dimension. Along with the fussy cut rose gold de…

'Just to say thank you' - card

#thank you #patterned paper #die-cut inlay

Hey everyone! So here is a thank you card that you can easily customise. It is very easy to make a bunch of these in one go so you will never run out of cards 'just to say thank you' :)

You can use the negative space of one card to make another card, which is exactly what I decided to do. I used a 5.5 x 4 inch white top folding note card for the base of both cards. Using a patterned paper of your choice, cut it down to 5 1/4 x 3 3/4 inch piece and adhere it to the front. I used a piece of paper from a paper pad I bought from the reject shop. Yes, the reject shop. They have a few paper pads by 'The Craft Stall' that have some very pretty patterns.
For the sentiment I first die-cut a frame from both white and black card stock using a project life die. Then I die-cut the 'Thank you' from the middle of these frames; make sure not lose any of the pieces. 
Tip: to make sure you don't lose any of the small pieces push out…

'Without you I am blue' - explosion box

#explosion box  #challenge  #kaisercraft #indigo skies

On a cold and rainy day I love staying indoors and listening to music whilst watching the rain. I just feel so calm. I think the mood board of Kaisercraft's April blog challenge captures this feeling.

For this challenge we can create any project so I decided to make an 'Miss you' themed explosion box using Kaisercraft's 'Indigo Skies' collection. I am in love with this paper collection, and yes, ok, my favourite colour is blue, so I may be a tad biased... but these papers are just gorgeous!

The structure of this explosion box is very similar to the basic 4x4 inch explosion box, except there is only one layer. To decorate the outside of the base, I cut four pieces of 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 inch from patterned paper and adhered these to each side. 
For the lid, I cut one 6 13/16 x 6 13/16 inch square for the top and four 1 1/4 x 6 13/16 pieces for the sides. I decided to add some tulle, pearls, flowers and butterflies…

Explosion box - Basic structure of 4x4 inch

#explosion box #tutorial

Hey everyone, so in the past I've been asked by quite a few people how I make my explosion boxes, especially the dimensions I use. I usually make explosion boxed with 3 layers, so that is the one I will be showing you step by step how to make.

For the basic structure you will need:

12 x 12 inch cardstock (outer layer)
11 1/2 x 11 1/2 inch cardstock (middle layer)
11 x 11 inch cardstock (inner most layer)
7 1/16 x 7 1/16 inch cardstock (lid)

For each of the 'layers' you need to score at 4 inches from the edge of the cardstock. Now you will need to cut off the four corner squares for each layer (note these cutouts should be 4 x 4 inches).

For the lid you will need to score at 1 1/2 inches from the edge of the cardstock, the four corners squares should be 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches (note the centre square is 4 1/16 x 4 1/16 inches, this extra 1/16 of an inch is to make sure that the lid slides on and off easily). Now you will need to cut one edge of the cor…