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.

hugs card-2

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.



Hello friends.

I’m up on the Sonshine Stamp Co. blog today, sharing two cards that I made using the Floral Stamp set and Copic colouring. Here’s a sneak peek. If you’d like to see the whole cards, and see how they were made, head over to the Sonshine Stamp Co blog and check them out. Which do you prefer? The flowers or the single cactus?

bloom cactus close up


bloom flowers closeup

If you’d like to see more of my cards, have a look here.

Until next time, God bless and be kind to each other,


Celebrate – Sonshine florals

Hello! I’m back again with another card using the Sonshine Florals stamp set. celebrate-buds.jpg

There are so many beautiful flowers in this set, but I’ve chosen just one of the smaller images to highlight, using repetition to create a patterned paper.

I coloured the images with Copic markers to give the lovely vibrant colours that you see.

The small dots are in a teeny tiny corner of the Names of God stamp set, and the word “celebrate” is from this stamp.

I’m really enjoying the fun style of the Sonshine stamps, and already have a couple more projects on my desk that use them!

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

Until next time, happy crafting. Be a blessing to those around you.

Donna xxx

Whimsical Wreath

Hello friends.

I’m up on the Shop and Crop blog today with couple of cards, including this one, which uses their June challenge sketch. It’s a soft whimsical sketch, that I really enjoyed working with. You can see the original blog post here.

June challenge

Here’s a closeup of the detail.June challenge closeup

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

Until next time, happy crafting. Don’t forget to be kinder than necessary.

Donna xxx

Sonshine Florals

Hello crafty friends!

Today I have a card to share with you that I made with the gorgeous whimsical flowers from this stamp set from Sonshine Stamp Co.


Last weekend we went to watch my son play hockey. We do a lot of that, actually! He’s hockey crazy, and quite good at it really. This time we had several hours between games, so while he hit a ball with friends (because you can never have too much hitting balls, right?) I sat in the warm clubhouse with this stamped image and a small selection of watercolours.

It was interesting because my husband was there too, so he kept popping in to see how it was going. I don’t think he’s ever seen me create before. I usually craft while the boys watch movies, and they see the finished product only. His comment? “It’s quite involved, isn’t it?” I’m not sure what he imagined I was doing!!

I stamped the flowers in pale distress ink, not bothering to mask. I used a mix of colours, depending on what colour the flowers would be in the end. If you look closely, you can see where the ink lines still remain in a few places, but they are so faint that I think it was worth the time saved in not masking. I added a cloudy sky once the flowers were painted, and finished off with a piece of Washi from my stash. The sentiment is a lawn fawn die, which I cut in two colours and offset slightly to give a shadow effect.

Watercolour thanks Sunshine

Here’s a closeup of the offset sentiment.

Watercolour thanks sunshine closeup

I really look forward to using this stamp set over and over. I look forward to sharing the results with you! If you’d like to see more of my work, feel free to check out my Instagram account.

Until next time,