My Craft Room.

I have been in the process of tidying up my craft room for some time now, but I think I have finally reached a place where it is in a workable format.  I started this project 13th December 2016.   My Craft Room was not in use, as a craft room, for about 6 years, it had become my junk room for my craft supplies, and other things.

the mess 2
  My Junk Room  13/12/16

The mess start date 13/12/16



I have been battling against depression for such a long time, that I kept a lot of stuff in this Junk Room, probably a lot of rubbish, but none of it could be thrown out, just in case. In case of what I don’t know, I never found out, but kept nonetheless.  Some chairs and boxes have already has been removed from the room so I could get in.  I had to move everything out of the room, before I could start to clean it up, and moved into the hallway near the front door, entrance to my house.

Front Door and hallway Storage 14/12/16

The front door was blocked for a couple of days during the cleanup process.  There is also a new dining table, under all my stuff, that needs to go into our dining room.  That table has been there for 8 months or more.


I cleared the floor, vacuumed and mopped it as well. Moved some of the furniture around, so I could put in some more storage items.

I went to Ikea and purchased this great 5 x 5 box storage unit, yes I also had to put it together, I started it, and with the bribe of me cooking tea, my husband and son finished it for me.  Great huh!

The dining room has been my craft room for the past 6 months.  I have most of my paper crafting things in the dining room, and where did we eat our meals?  We ate in front of the TV, on the couch.  As you can see my craft stuff is all over the place in the dining room, on the chairs, table and floor, organised chaos.  Entertaining was something we did not do, shame of my home.  I took these photos just before clearing this area and with Christmas interrupting my progress, then New Year, and we had to go away at that time, so 4th  January  2017  was my restart cleaning of craft room.

My Dining Room Craft Free 9/1/17

Over the next week I ordered a big bin from the counsel, to get rid of all the junk we did not need. The table in the dining room was one of our things we threw out, along with all the junk I had been hoarding in my room.


I cleared most of the stuff away into my room and also into the hallway, but not blocking the door any more. I put most of the things into my new storage unit and around the place as neatly as I could.

With everything in the room, I still needed to organise things so I could move around the room to craft and also have easy access to my supplies.  January 9th 2017 and my craft room still needs some urgent TLC, but is workable at a push.

I went through all the stacks of files on my desk and threw out lots of paper. Stored my magazines in the magazine storage boxes, that were all empty, not anymore. Threw out most of the boxes I was hanging on to, just in case?   I also went through all my paper stash and reorganised the way it was stored. I went through my embossing powders and glitters, and put them into new containers.  Yesterday and today, 27th January 2017 I fixed my storage for my dies, embossing folders, embellishments, paints, pens, coloured pencils, ribbons, lettering stickers, rub-ons,  die-cuts,  etc. Still need to fix the storage for my stamps, but this is always a work in progress.

Dining room now

Dining room can be used again, even when my Husband does his paper work.  My craft room is great, I would love a bigger work space, but it’s what I have and it’s a much better area now!  I love it!

Using everything

This is where the power point is, my heat gun, laptop and music all get plugged in here.  In this space are my 2 dressmaking dummies and a nice 3 drawer trolley (from Ikea) to put my paints, crayons, markers and pencils in.


I have a 2 x 4 box unit which stores all the craft items that I’m not using so far;  jewellery making, sewing, dress making, knitting, crochet, fashion design course stuff ( I completed my Cert IV in 2014), and a few other bits.  My CD’s are stored in the boxes on top of the black unit as well.

Paper strorage

The 9 drawer unit I also bought from Ikea, I put my cardstock in it, it’s 28cm x 45cm, not the right size for 30cm x 30cm papers, but great for pre-cut cardstock, A4 card and scrap paper.  My Cuttlebug lives on top with my Paper Trimmer.  On the floor I have empty storage containers, in front of my filing cabinet.

Using every surface

On top of my Filing cabinet is my 30 x 30 storage unit with a couple more boxes, for 30 x 30 storage on top of that,  My Chameleon Pens are next to it as well.

Storage on desk

My Aunt found these great little jars, from the $2 shop, that all screw together, they come in 2 different sizes, small and large.  I have used the small ones for my glitter and sequins.  The large ones I’m using for my embossing powders, and flowers.  They all connect together with the screw top lid screwing into the base of the jar, and they are against the wall in the middle of my desk. There is various other bits on my desk as well, but in between the jars is an old DVD storage rack, a wire on from Ikea, I use this to keep all my 6″ x 6″ cardstock pads, and the odd papers I might be using at any one time.  My foam sticky tabs are on top of the stack of pads in a container. My desk is quite tidy at the moment, I’m not working on anything yet, until tomorrow.

This is my Craft room for now. It’s always a work in progress, if I update anything, I’ll show you.  I will show some of my storage solutions in detail at a later date, but for now this is it.





Enchanted Tea Party Cards


Well I have made some cards from The Enchanted Tea Party range for Nicky P Papercrafts. I didn’t think it would take me very long to do this, but designing cards for others to make takes time and you also have to make sure that the card can be made easily.  Once I started, i had so many ideas of what I wanted to do, and unsure where to start. One at a time slowly, slowly and the ideas flowed and all went well.

Enchanted Tea Pot
Enchanted Tea Pot.

This is my First card, a shaker card, with glitter and microbeads as the shaker bits.

This is the Inside of the Enchanted Tea Pot Card.

The second card called The Mad Hatters Hat. The technique is Burnishing Glitter, love this it feels a little like velvet and even looks a bit like it too. The bird in the background is also made using this technique.

This is my third card, called Mad Hatters Tea Party, another shaker card using sequins as the filler.

Time for a cup of tea 1

This is the 4th card,  the layout inspired by my aunts monthly card making kits from  I like this one very much as it’s more about paper piecing and layers.


The detail in the teapot and cups I drew over the top of these with some Faber Castell markers, to add dimension and depth.

I have one more work in progress which I will show what I have made so far, but it’s nowhere near finished.

work in progress 2
Hanging keys, with a wonderful medium called texture paste.

This was a great gift to be able to make these cards and have enjoyed making each and every part of them. I hope you like them too.  If you would like to learn how to make these cards, come to my class at Nicky P Papercrafts, on the 10th February, limited places available.


My First Assignment

Nicky P Papercrafts is where I will be starting my new job on Monday 23rd January 2017. I will be helping, or aiding the other lady who teaches classes there, and if things go to plan, I may also teach classes. I was given a new range of paper and dies from Couture Creations called Enchanted Tea Party.  A very beautiful range of papers that I will design cards for future classes. I have the samples and here they are.

Enchanted Tea Party 6″ x 6″ Pad and 12″ x 12″ Pad
Enchanted Tea Pot Die
Tea Set Die

Aren’t these Gorgeous? I will put my cards up next week, when I know which ones will be used in the classes.  I have designed 1 which is a shaker card, and about to start another which is using a burnishing glitter technique. Another technique I want to try with embossing powder,  if it turns out I think it will be great. So watch this space for more.

Cards made 2016

wish you were here hedgehog
One of my favourite stamps from Penny Black, which I have owned for about 16 years, always makes the perfect card. I stamped on white card stock with black ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I coloured with watercolour pencils, fussy cut and shaped then stuck to the card with foam tape. A gold sentiment stickers are then added to finish off.

Love Card Making magazine issue 13

Hibiscus fun white
Card 1.     The magazine has free embossing folders, stamps and dies.
Hibiscus fun Colour
Card 2.    The 2 cards are both made from the bonus sets called Tropical Blooms.

I dry embossed Card 1, with the embossing folder from Tropical Blooms on to white card.  On another piece of white card I coloured it with Tim Holtz distress inks using Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, Mermaid Lagoon and Faded Jeans.  I’ve got a few different stamps of Hibiscus flowers from Stamp It , and stamped them using Pickled Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade. I embossed the newly coloured card with the embossing folder and coloured the raised parts with Faber Castell Big White Pen. I had some of the coloured card left over from Card 2, I die cut the flower shapes out of it and stuck them, over the flowers on the embossed white card, with foam tape. The next step was to use some stick on gems from Kaiser Craft Rhinestones in Lime Green. Framed each card with a fresh hint of blue for Card 2. and purple for Card 1. Loved how these cards turned out. Oh yes with Card 1. I coloured over the coloured leaves and flowers with Zig Wink of Stella clear brush pen, adds a slight hint of glitter, pretty!  These cards are made similarly but have 2 completely different looks. Same Same but Different!

I love all the tropical flowers, hibiscus being very high on my list, and this Tropical Blooms pack is a great bonus from the Love Card Making magazine, sold in all good News Agencies.




Joining the Team

I’ve been busy for the past few days, dropping my daughter off at friends places for sleepovers, trying to organise my craft room, dropping my son off to friend get togethers, catching up with my brother and his beautiful partner, while in Perth, having a craft making day with my lovely Aunts, and off to a job interview. Wow what a week, so busy and not being able to stop.


I’m in the process of putting my craft room in order.  For the past 6 months I have been using my dining room as my craft room and there has been boxes of crafting supplies around me on the floor next to my chair, and by Christmas my craft supplies were nearly overflowing into the other rooms. Now my craft room has been cleared, and I have bought some storage solutions from Ikea.  I have cleared away everything from my dining room and am in the process of putting things in order in my newly refurbished Craft room.

A post on the “My Favourite Things” Facebook Page by Rebecca Commons asking ” if there is an app to keep inventory records/database, so if I want to make a card and typed in flower or baseball, it would show all the items in my stash”. So I read through all the posts for this subject and found out that the most common app that everyone was happy with is called ‘Evernote’.  I’m now trying this app, so if and when I have worked it all out I will share this with you. If you want to learn more, search the MYT facebook page for Rebecca Commons’ post.


I replied to a newsletter sent to me in my email, looking for someone who is creative to help out in her store, to join her team. I went on an interview today, I took some samples of my work along with me, and after me gushing with such happiness about my love for craft and all the techniques I love.  An hour or so later,  I was so happy and excited to be employed,  doing cardmaking as a job, is a dream come true.  I am now part of the Nicky P Papercrafts team. So I will be showing more things to do with my new job, on this blog as well. Sharing the rest of my journey with you. It’s going to be a lovely ride for me and I hope you enjoy it too!






Summer Take a Break

Another insert from Cards made in 2016.

Summer Take a break

I used the Elizabeth Craft stickers in black called Maritime, and put on to glitter foil then on to acetate. I coloured with the Sakura Glace pens. I cut out the glitter foil from around the net and cables of the boat so it remained clear.  I found this lovely page from Kaiser Crafts Sandy Toes collection in the small 61/2″ x 61/2″ pad called Hello Summer.  Perfect for this little boat and helps to make the most serene scene.

My Crafting Journey

My Blog is for me to share my crafting journey with all of you out there who simply love craft as much or maybe more than I do.  I have been crafting all my life, from crocheting and knitting with Grandma, Aunty, Mum and friends as a child. Moving on to art at school and enjoying drawing and painting as another hobby.  I painted animated characters on  panel board for my Aunt which she got cut up to make jigsaws for homeless children. I was in my early teens creating and really enjoying it at such an early age.  My best friend lived up the road from me and we crocheted big square blankets, to keep us warm in winter, another enjoyable pastime. Drawing and painting came back again as a big part of my life after I finished school, enjoying arts and crafts at TAFE. Printmaking, Etching, Design were some of the skills I learnt whilst there, loving every moment.

Work, Marriage and children take up a big part of my time, but while I was pregnant with my first child, I found my first card shop in a suburb called Subiaco.  It was called Inkquisite, great name, and they had classes to pick up ideas of how to make creative cards with some awesome techniques and tools.  Like printmaking but on a much smaller scale, Stamping oh what fun.  That was back in 1998, dabbled a little bit more when the kids were very young,  yes I have 2 children. This time I found Scrapbooking, and it’s the perfect outlet to label all the special child memories you collect over the years.  I went to crops, friends places, and enjoyed every moment. 2007 was a big crafting year for me, went to the first Scrap It at the Burswood convention centre, loved the whole thing, such fun, a crop that we paid an entry fee, and all monies raised went towards the McClusker Foundation to help out people with Alzeimers Disease.  Fun for all and prizes galore.

2009 finding myself very unwell, depression, but still unsure how to deal with the day-to-day workings of life, craft was still there to help me through each day, if only just a little, it helped.  When in hospital to deal with this problem, the doctors and nurses also promoted craft to help pass time. I found some new outlets, and some great new techniques, craft being a big part of my life in hospital.

Jump forward to 2016 and finding family that I am so Thankful to reconnect with, and finding out that they love the crafting I love, was a dream come true. With my family,  my craft,  and new doctors helping me during the year, I have finally woken out of my deep sleep to find that Craft is my Muse.  So now I would like to show others that Craft is a great weapon in the fight against depression, and a beautiful inspiration for all to enjoy.