Everything ABC’s Blog Hop Letter Q

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Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop! For this hop we will be featuring the letter Q. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their # element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda’s blog ~ Scrappy Therapy

If you came from Catherine Nowak ~ Catscrapbooking you are on the right track!

Q is for Quilts!

Q is for Quilt pages

I have finally settled into my new home and am able to quilt again, While unpacking I came across these prints that had never found their way into an album – now they will. I decided to use Quilt for my Q and give you two simple 9 square quilt blocks to inspire you with just 4 pieces of cardstock. I have used one sheet of paper fundamentals. on coordinating colour cardstock and two pieces of White for the base of the pages. In this case I chose the Juniper design from the Whimsy Paper Fundamentals Assortment Z2033 and Juniper cardstock,. I have also  have used Juniper ink on the project.

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My classroom students have completed this project in blue, purple and more. The results are stunning because of the textured side of this cardstock and the print pattern on the reverse. You can ‘quilt’ your page in a number of ways.

First of all you will need at least 18 3 inch squares – 9 from your Printed Fundamentals and 9 from your plain. From leftover Fundamentals cut 8 1/4 inch strips to border your pages.

Use your embossing folder to add interest and texture to your plain card stock. I have used Quatrefoil Z1926 on this design which happened to be the same as was on the printed one.

Left hand side

Left Side

I cut two of the squares in half making 4 half triangle blocks. You might also want to distress edges etc before you stick them down, Adhere to the page – On the left at 1 inch in and allow about 1/4 inch gaps. On the right 1/2 inches in and no gaps.

Right Side

Right Side

Once YOU are pleased with the arrangement adhere your blocks. It is now time to ‘Quilt”

Fast way 1 – Stamp it. Use Stitch Wonder Stamp set


Stitch wonder stamp set C1564

Fast way 2 – Almost as fast and a bit more fun –

Use the Stitch Guide Ruler Z1852 and the piercing tool. Mark out the holes. Join the dots with your Fine liner. On the glossy side of the fundamentals you can rub some of this away with a baby wipe leaving the result more subtle. For permanent stamping on this side of the paper use Stazon Ink.

Stitch Guide and ruler Z1852

Fast way two

Fast way two

The therapeutic Way – Stitch it!

Use the stitch guide, dig out your embroidery floss and do the actual stitching following the holes you have made using the stitch guide. You can cross stitch, straight stitch and stitch shapes onto your work.

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I have used all three on the page on the left. On the right instead of stitching I decided to add lace. I first rubbed the lace with Juniper ink using the dauber, then adhered it to the page with Modge Podge. Liquid Glass

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Embellish! Once your photos are on grab your Liquid Glass Z769 and embellish with whatever you have in your stash. I have used lace, buttons, zigzag(that was Grandma’s!) and brads. My Heart button is a cheap wood piece I found in my stash. I inked it and then covered it in liquid glass. Allow plenty of drying time – 24 hours – if you do one of these on paper or wood!

My class enjoyed this project, I hope you do too! Please leave a comment below 🙂

Supplies used are available from Jen’s Creative Clasroom. Shop online. Join the Monthly Virtual Gathering to go in the draw for host rewards.



Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is Stephanie

In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy

New Classroom, New classes and workshops

Hi dear reader!

I am back in earnest now after my awesome trip away, (more posts on that to come as I get pages done!) and my need to find a new home. I found a place that has just the right space for me, the dogs and 6-8 students for regular classes.

Jen’s Creative Classroom is already open on Tuesdays and every other Friday, with specific project classes and there are more class times to come. Here is a peek at the new classroom!

plenty of sunshine by day

Plenty of sunshine by day

A little display corner

A little display corner

My storage cabinet with completed and on the go albums, products and cardstock.

My storage cabinet with completed and on the go albums, products and cardstock.

The blank wall I can fill with samples from upcoming WOTG kits and SOTM projects

The blank wall I can fill with samples from upcoming WOTG kits and SOTM projects

Students from Tuesday night enjoying class.

Students from Tuesday night enjoying class.

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Classes are $15. In the classes pictured above customers are learning new techniques each week. We have done shaving cream marbling, embossing, and quilt pages. (Watch for the next blog post for more about them!)

We also are now full to the brim in our Monthly crop here in Mildura. Dubbed Sunraysia Scraps, this monthly workshop is run in our local Sunraysia Function Centre and we are moving to the big room now! I am very grateful to all my team members and customers for helping to make this event grow! The pictures below are from our New Product Launch which was an awesome success.

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For a complete and up to date calendar of classes be sure you are on my mailing list. You can also follow me on Facebook and see events posted a few weeks in advance. Be sure to prepay to reserve your table for a guaranteed kit and table space, as well as having the advantage of the 20% OFF for preregistration.

I hope if you are from Mildura to see you at classes or workshops so I can help you get your projects done. Stay tuned for news on Card Making classes!

jenny sig


Everything ABC’s Blog Hop Letter P – Pathfinding

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

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For this hop we will be featuring the letter P This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their # element will be featured in their post. If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda’s blog ~ Scrappy Therapy   If you came from Tracey Pierce – Papercrafting Princess  then you’re on the right track!


Hello and welcome! For this post I wanted to use Paper, and have double the P by selecting the awesome new Pathfinding WOTG kit.  I love earthy colours and this collection meets that need very well.


I have a grateful heart so the stamp set enabled me to express that and for the ‘seasons’ sentiment I am reflecting on the seasons of life for my parents rather than Autumn, the obvious focus of this collection.

Pathfinder WOTG Supplementary layout

Pathfinder WOTG Supplementary layout

I also used the new woodgrain embossing folder Z1996 to add dimension to the goldrush cardstock. Be careful with this one – you do need to follow the grain of the paper. If you are still struggling wrap the piece in glad bake before embossing. To find the grain, watch this video.

Here is the main WOTG layout I completed.

Pathfinder double page ready for photos of my Grandsons first day in my new home.

Pathfinder double page ready for photos of my Grandsons first day in my new home.

I used the pumpkin to suggest a sweet little pumpkin growing up…(really he is cheeky!) I made this layout with photos I took on the same day I created it which was my grandson’s first visit to my new home. I have not yet printed the photos, but I have the page ready to go. I altered some of the B and T colour placement and cut different words with my Cricut than ‘Autumn’ which is the title in the WOTG instructions.

There is a new feature in our WOTG kits which is an alternate layout image for those of you without Cricut machines which makes these good value kits even more simple to use. You can choose the Cricut design, the non Cricut design, or change it up as I have here.

A handy hint for you is to use Bonding memories glue for the Overlay and title pieces. If you use the new All purpose  mat Z2045 while doing this you can simply wipe away the excess glue!


I have also added some dimension to pieces by rubbing a little ink on stark spaces and use a fine liner to add stitching lines. I am not a fan of completely plain papers so this is a quick easy solution for that.

I am in LOOOVE with some new embellishments we have too.


These gold gems come supplied in Pathfinder WOTG but are also sold separately – item number Bling Gems Gold Z2023 These are also available in other colours! (see p 171 of your Annul Inspirations)

CTMH Products used in this project are all available for purchase online from Jen’s Creative Classroom

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is Lauren Moore – CTMH Craftings

In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy for a complete list of participants!

New Product Feature – Chalk it up!

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I will confess right now for those of you who don’t know. In my formal job I am a teacher. Being a teacher is in my soul. Mother tells me I used to play ‘school’ with my little brother. So when CTMH brought us a paper pack and a Picture my Life pack called Chalk it up naturally even at 51 I am excited and also quite nostalgic since we do not use blackboard and chalk anymore. Who can remember a teacher who was really good with her artwork on the chalk board? I wonder if these are the reasons why chalk boards are currently also popular decor items!

Now if you really like this new Chalk it up kit it is the kit currently included in your Consultant kit!

new consultant kit – just $130 plus $19.50 P and H contains $500 worth of product including Chalk It Up WOTG AND Tthe Fore Always PML KIT! You get inks, blocks, embellishments, a n E size alphabet stamp set, some markers, some washi and more!

The Chalk It Up WOTG kit gives you all the instructions you need to create this page layout

Here is some additional some artwork I have done with Chalk it up WOTG and Chalk it up PML.

Pages and cards using the Chalk it up collection

Pages and cards using the Chalk it up collection

You can see the papers on page 26 of the Annual Inspirations Idea Book or check them online here. Contact me (see below)  if you would like a hard copy of the new Idea Book. I have also used the Chalk It Up Picture My Life Z2018 program on the page layout. This makes for speedy decoration of a page!

You can see the WOTG kit (workshop on the go kit) on page 28-29 and the host rewards stamp Better With a Friend D1608 is on page 11. You will not find this stamp online as it is exclusive to our gathering hosts. Be sure to talk to me about our broad range of gathering options.

I have also used the lines, titles and graduation cap from the Teacher Appreciation Stamp D1612 on this page layout.

At this time of the year with Year twelve students only 12 weeks from graduating now is the time to get organised with your school graduation photos and thank you gifts for teachers. Teachers do not often get a thanks but they sure do appreciate it when they do. There are some ideas in the Idea Book for you to follow. The bunch of pencils is an awesome ideas as I remember forever handing students a pen or pencil because they ‘forgot theirs at home’! 

You will find the Great Job stamp set C1588 and card on page 32.You can use this stamp set to congratulate your child or anyone else for that matter, on a job well done! I am going to be teaching the techniques from the card displayed in the idea book at my Tuesday Technique class.

I have also used the owl from this month’s Stamp Of The Month What a Hoot S1408. This stamp set is only $5 with every $75 order.

To view and purchase any of the products in this range of artwork click the links below to head to my online store to place your order. Be sure to join my August Online Host gathering  to go into the draw for the host rewards at the end of the month! (you could get Better with a friend for free!)

Here are some more ideas with Chalk it Up

Shadow box frame put to use to encourage your child’s success


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What a hoot! CTMH Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

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If you have arrived here from Mandy’s Blog, Hall of Indulgence, then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.

I have been having a hoot of a time with this month’s stamp of the month! This stamp is for ‘owloween’ but being a Dinky Di Aussie I do not relate much to this event in the calendar. However, I love what we can do if we explore a little outside the box with this stamp set and am very excited to use this in my teaching this month!  I have created a journal page in my Bluebird My Crush Book. Z1856 with the results. I would like to share with you my project….soon…which features August Stamp of the Month What a Hoot! S1408  available exclusively throughout August for $24 or for just $5 when you spend $75.

Take a really good look at the shapes and designs and ignore halloween feel and you have the fun owl stamp, some really crazy eyes (and hats!)  that you can put on a set of funky glasses, use as flowers on stems or in groups of circular shapes to make flowers or random stamp a background! There is a stamp clearly intended to be a batwing….well not for me. A smaller batwing stamp also gets a different treatment. I had so much fun coming up with this after thinking about looking through ‘rose coloured glasses’ with the eyes, or thinking ‘outside the square’ with the shapes and designs I hope you enjoy what I have come up with – a ROSE!

Wise Owl Crush Book journal page

Wise Owl Crush Book journal page

This is one very wise owl indeed taking time to smell the rose! I also of course got to play with our awesome new Shin Han Touch Twin Markers and my Messy Mat! (all purpose Mat z2045 ) 

The owl,stamped in black on white cardstock,  is coloured by first layering in the base colour and then while wet (work fairly quickly) add some darker shade then cross the two together with the same colour as the base. I have also used the markers to draw stems, the grassy bottom and color the little stamped flowers. The eye glass piece on the owl was stamped separately and is hinged on with a brad so you can move the glasses on or off.



Another example

Another example

The Rose is the larger batwing stamp stamped with the new Thistle colour. I stamped a number of these on a 6×6 white  card. I fussy cut these and daubed the edges with thistle to darken them. I curled some using the Quilling  tool Z1795.


I then began layering them onto a white base. I put three rows of the new Duck Easy Stick Z3033 (love it) on scrap card and layered petals wing edge up! I added more adhesive if needed being careful not to adhere the top side of each piece. This was so I could roll more if I needed to.The smaller batwing, carefully placed back to back forms wings for a butterfly. I just drew in the body,


I wanted a little more shade between the rose petals so I used a technique I have seen on videos with the messy mat. Simply make an impression on the mat with your inkpad to get a small amount of ink on the mat. Put a drop of water in it. Pick it up both water and ink colour with a paint brush and brush it into the inside of the petals. Wipe the mat when you are done. (You could also go back in with a water colour pencil and soften with a wet brush…but I wanted to use my new messy mat:)


The leaf image was stamped in black. coloured with the green marker, then I used pear z2197  ink on a dauber to darken the edges after cutting them out. I cut some in half to make the ground for my pieced image.

The title, journal card and the eye glasses all come from cards in the awesome new For Always Picture My Life kit. Z2022 . I have used our lovely Marvey Uchida Lepen Z1979 to both journal and outline on my page. I use White Z2163 pigment ink to stamp ‘Wise’ using the new Hand Written Print E1030 alphabet stamp set and ‘owl’ comes from the stamp of the month. Yes, I did CUT the ‘owl’ word from ‘owloween’ for this purpose! I had heard of that being done but was never game to do it myself but I really wanted the font option for the chalkboard title. Remaining white on the title was achieved with the Chalk Marker pen. z1767

This journal page reflects how I have to look at things sometimes to stay sane. I hope you have some sense of the fun I had creating it. Try making flowers with the stamps on this set. You will enjoy the process if not the outcome!

August Stamp of the Month What a Hoot! S1408  is available exclusively throughout August for $24 or for just $5 when you spend $75 from your consultant. I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Monika, A Sprinkle of Glitter to see her sparkle on What a Hoot. I would love for you to leave a comment before you head off!

Supplies used to create this page