Book Box Vintage(1) Cover

Vintage Book Box

By on 10/07/2015

Book Box Vintage(1) Cover This is the front cover of my latest book box.  This will be a class project that I will be running in August and again in September.  If you would like to register your interest in making this pretty Vintage style book box, please contact me by leaving a message below.

My classes are held in Croydon, Victoria. I usually run this type of project on a weekend so that our working friends can take part.  Classes usually run for around 3 hours.

More photo’s of the inside of the Book Box.

Book Box Vintage (2) InsideBB Vintage (8) small insert

This is a very enjoyable project to make.  I have used the Heart’s Ease Paper pack from Couture Creations.  The large image is from Pion papers.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tip For Posting your handmade cards

By on 08/07/2015

The slot on most paper trimmers is 1/4” wide. This just happens to be the maximum thickness allowed for cards and letters. When your card is ready to post simply slip it into the envelope, and slide it through the slot on your paper trimmer. If it fits… it ships! Otherwise add that extra postage or hand deliver.

To check the weight, use a digital kitchen scale. Be sure you have a scale that you can easily read once the mail is placed on it.  

Tips courtesy of artymaz

postage for cards and letters tip

Happy Stamping.


Today’s card

By on 30/06/2015

Today’s card again features the wonderful You’ve Got This Stamp Set from Stampin’ UP!  I’ve chosen a neutral palette for this card as I find that my classes really enjoy the combinations we can achieve with neutrals.

DSC02914I started with one of my Clear stamp blocks which I used as a stamp by inking it up with Tip Top Taupe (one of this year’s new In Colors).  I stamped this onto whisper white cardstock for my background then Versamarked my flower image and heat embossed in black embossing powder.

I used blender pens to move the ink around on some of my petals to add interest, and with a little bit of pretty lace (also from Stampin’ UP!) Voila.

I hope you like my card, thank you for visiting.  Your comments would be most welcome.


Card Samples 24.6.15Geisha Curvy Box

Anniversary Card

By on 25/06/2015

Dull morning here in Melbourne, but a perfect day for crafting, any day is good for crafting mind.

Spent a lovely afternoon with a friend yesterday making cards. Here is yesterday’s haul.  I have to thank the very talented Sandi MacIver for the delightful little Geisha box, fashioned from a Stampin’ UP! die called Curvy Keepsakes.

Card Samples 24.6.15Geisha Curvy Box

I was particularly pleased with the Anniversary Card, which has a finished size of 5 ¾” Square.  I used another Stampin’ UP! die to make this card.  I will add a list of products used at the bottom of this post.

Thanks also go to Kerstin Kreis for the layered card on the left, which I altered very slightly and added my own sentiments.

I hope you enjoy these creations.

  • Cardstock: SU (Stampin’ UP!) Basic Black A4, Crushed Silver, whisper white and Glitter paper (SU)
  • Curvy Keepsake Die (SU)
  • Striped Scallop Thinlets Die (SU)
  • Washi Tape (SU)
  • Designer Series Paper Stack SU
  • Stamp Set Timeless Love (SU)
  • Hearts Border Punch (silver hearts)
  • Flowers on Geisha Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (SU)
  • Wording on tall card Heidi Swapp

Please visit my shop if you are interested in purchasing any of the Stampin’ UP! items listed above at

Thanks for your visit.



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Last Rose of Summer

By on 23/06/2015

I pruned the last of the summer roses today.  This little one has hung in right until the last, but I had to get the job finished before the really cold weather sets in.  I finally found something that matches my old typewriter perfectly.Summer rose 1

I will enjoy this pretty rose for the next few days, can’t wait to see the buds in spring and do it all over again. The roses were particularly good this year.

Birthday Card for a treasured Friend

By on 21/06/2015

All products used for this card are from Stampin’ UP!

Carissa's card

How cute are these little critters?  The Stamp Set is called Barnyard Babies and I can see so many possibilities, I’m sure I will be posting more cards using this set.  The trees are made using the Stampin’ UP! tree punch.

If you would like more information about any of the products used to make this card please leave a message and I will get back to you.

Happy Stamping.

Just Can’t Resist – “You’ve Got This” Stamp Set

By on 03/06/2015

You've Got This silver (1)Today’s card was inspired by a card seen on Pinterest. It was created using all Stampin’ UP! materials.

The images are from a New Stamp Set in the just released Annual Stampin’ UP! catalogue and is called:  “You’ve Got This.”  More cards made with this stamp set below.

SU Card for Pinterest Board You've Got ThisMixing Stamp Sets for better results

I have implemented some of the new Stampin’ UP! In Colours in both of these cards, namely Watermelon Wonder and Mint Macaron.  They sound almost good enough to eat? I have used a different stamp set for the flower image in the green (Mint Macaron) card called “Butterfly Basics.”



All items used in the making of these cards are from Stampin’ UP!


  • If you would like to order any of the items I have used in the making of these cards, you can visit my website shop at and click on the Shop icon. Or you can contact me by leaving your email address below.
  • Would you like a copy of the brand new, released just yesterday, Annual Stampin’ UP! Catalogue? Leave a comment below with your email address and I will get back to you.
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Victorian Sewing Table

My Dad Made me a Victorian Sewing Box

By on 22/05/2015

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My dad recently turned 94, he is a veteran of WWII and also the Korean War.  I thought my dad could do pretty much anything when I was growing up.

Despite his years, he maintains good health and although he lives in England and I live in Australia, I have regular updates from my siblings and my Step mum Brenda.

Because I lived so far away from the family, my dad decided that he wanted to make me something that I would always be able to look at and remember him by.  He was always so clever with his hands.  He made furniture (in the early days out of necessity), as funds were scarce when we were growing up in London, England.  But I remember that although we lived in a council house, my friends always said that our house was ‘posh’ because of the things my dad built for us.

Although I don’t use my box for sewing, I have far too many supplies to fit inside, I do use it to keep my jewellery in. Each time I stop and look at the wonder that is this box I think of my dad toiling away in his workshop, doing all the marquetry and cutting the shapes.  It is a treasure and a family heirloom.  It’s even more amazing to think that my dad didn’t just make a box for me, he made one for my sister and one for our late mum, so three in total, all different and all equally lovely.  He actually posted my sewing box to me (even the box it came in was a work of art). I shudder to think how much it cost to post, and I do recall paying some duty too.

It is sad to think that my dad doesn’t remember making the sewing boxes.  Although he doesn’t suffer with Altzheimers, his memory is no longer able to recall them.  Brenda asked if I would send some pictures of my sewing box as she had just inherited one from my sister.  I duly sent the photo’s and although my dad enjoyed seeing them he didn’t recall making the box.  I do wish my dad remembered making the sewing boxes for us all, ageing is so cruel at times. I shall always be grateful for the treasure that he made for me

 Victorian Sewing Box

Victorian Sewing Box


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Art Journalling

By on 18/05/2015

SOME OF YOU MAY KNOW that I have kept journals/diaries for many years.  I like to write things down.  It clears my head, it’s like self administered therapy.  My kind of therapy.  I don’t have to go out and speak to people about my private life.  I simply take some time for myself and I start writing.  As the years passed and the diaries piled up, I began to feel more creative.  I wanted to add pictures, clippings from magazines, little sketches, some coloured pencil drawings etc. I noticed how much more interesting the journals were to flip through when I did this and I was hooked. I began to notice how the    time would fly by while I was lost in the process. I used  colouring pencils, watercolour paints, stamps and ink, washi tape and anything else that I could find.

I didn’t know until recently that what I was doing was called Art Journaling.  Hours spent on Pinterest has revealed some amazing Art Journaling.  I have a Pinterest board “Create With Barb” full of fantastic artworks by dedicated art journallers.

Kristal Norton  offers a free ‘Art Journaling 101’ course. Simply sign up and you will receive a daily email explaining everything. It is well worth signing up for.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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This is a fabric journal I made during an online course with Mary Ann Moss, I will provide a link at the bottom of this blog post. I used some scraps of Japanese kimono fabrics to make the cover, the inside I lined with calico which I stamped.  I quilted the whole thing together using embroidery stitches on my sewing machine.  I loved the process of making this album, I filled it with junk from my paper stash, used envelopes, programs for shows I had seen, die cuts, stickers, washi tape, photo’s and even notes from my now grown children.  I loved making this album and it is so unique.  I made pockets with transparent envelopes and put photographs and stamps inside, recipes and magazine pictures.  Anything goes really.Kimono Fabric Album pages Kimono fabric album

 Go to to see Mary Ann Moss’ work.  She has some very interesting and inspiring ideas on travel journals and you can buy her online courses to make your own.

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