About / Contact

Okay, so you want to know a little more about me, how I got here or why I am here?  Well, it’s quite simple really, I like to craft, colour, create and design.  And, one day after yet another long visit to a card shop trying to find ‘just the right’ card, I thought, ‘I could make this myself’.  So I bought some cardstock and pretty papers, measured up an envelope and cut the A4 card to fit (yes, it took me a while to work out that it was simply A4 card cut into two and folded in half to make a card) but that was quite a few years ago now.

I’ve been blogging here since 2010 and started my Youtube channel in 2012.  It took me a while and some encouragement to actually start but once I did it has shown me how supportive and wonderful this community is.

So what is it that you get from me?  I make cards, but rarely you may see some other papercrafty objects, though mostly it’s cards.  I post on my blog as often as I can and that’s usually two to three times per week.  On my Youtube channel I try to publish at least two videos weekly and on a good week you may even see more.

I like to try out new techniques and my fave things are stamping and colouring.  I like all mediums and will share all of these with you along the way.  I am very lucky to be on some fantastic design teams who support and encourage me.  I have also been published with the Australian Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft magazine.

You can follow me on my card adventure here,

My Blog

My Pinterest Page

My Youtube Channel

My Publications

If you would like to contact me with any questions or ideas please email me at
lostinpaperatyahoodotcom

Thanks for visiting and for all your lovely comments, they truly make my day!
Crafty hugs

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DISCLAIMER

All content in this blog is my own unless stated otherwise. It is fantastic if I have inspired you and I am happy if you want to use my designs for personal use but please link your design back to the original post from which you were inspired. Please do not use my ideas as your own or for profit.
As part of my commitment to design teams I do receive product and sometimes payment which I use to support my blog. I would only recommend products that I enjoy using myself.
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Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Happy Papercrafting!

62 thoughts on “About / Contact

  1. just a quick note to say I love your work and have found it so inspirational.
    I am new to card making but have done a lot of scrapping so am still a little lost with smaller scale.Please keep up the great work.

  2. I’ve been sitting here scrolling through your blog. And just wanted to tell how VERY talented you are. Your cards are so pretty, and so clever. You have such an eye for design!
    Thanks for sharing your art!

  3. Ooops. I’m sorry, it looks like I left a letter out of my own name, when I put my blog address in the comment form. Duh! I’ll correct that this time.
    Thanks so much for emailing me! I LOVE your cards!

  4. I have just discovered you wonderful blog. I just spent the last hour or so checking out all your great cards. Love you style and have found so much inspiration here.

  5. Hi Therese! Just wanted to take a moment to say thanks for all the inspiration you give me! I love your style and I often look here when I need a little boost. I also wanted to let you know that I totally CASE’d one of your cards to send to a friend (THANK YOU!!!!). I blogged a photo of my card, and linked back to your blog and the specific post. Here is my post: http://cindyscrappyv.blogspot.com/2011/09/wall-of-inspiration-etc.html

    Thanks again! Cindy ScrappyV

  6. Hi, Just wanted to thank you for your support and kind words on my Photograpy. It means a lot that you visit my blog. I enjoy your work and your blog.

  7. I WISH I WAS YOU : ) : ) I love love love your work. You are so talented and a wonderful inspiration to me. I just found you on “Mother’s Day” weekend in 2012 here in America. Can’t thank you enough for taking your time to share with us.

  8. Watched your Freckles video and was fascinated by your book for your colors. Did you create the pages or purchase them for download? Your coloring skills are fantastic and I wish I had your ability to color plan.

  9. Sitting here in Gardners, PA – USA scrolling thru your blog. I LOVE your cards. So creative! Just signed up to follow you by email. Must check out your videos. Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards/talent with me. Hugs!

  10. Hi Therese,
    I’ve recently found your blog and really enjoy your work. I wanted to take a minute to email you to invite you to be a Featured Designer on Paper Crafter’s Library. I would love to be able to introduce you and your work to our audience of 20,000+ avid paper and mixed media crafters.

    I would like to email you some information about our website and how our Featured Artist/Designer Spotlight works. You are also welcome to visit our site at http://www.papercrafterslibrary.com

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me.

    Sincerely,

    Andrea Walford

  11. Hi Therese,
    I’ve just starting following you and love your work. I see you have used Gamsol from Simon Says in a few projects. Did you actually order it online and have it posted?
    Thanks so much,
    Lindy

    1. Hi Lindy,
      I originally bought my Gamsol from ‘Scrapbook Boutique’ in Australia and from what I can tell stores will not post it overseas. Another similar product is called ‘Odourless Solvent’ which is a white mineral spirit and this can be found at either art or craft stores. Also ‘Zest It’ works very well.
      Hopefully these options help you.
      Thanks for your lovely comment
      Therese

  12. Hi there. Im a big fan of using YouTube for inspiration and today i found your channel and became your newest subbie. I wondered if i could ask your advice if you don’t mind. My parents are coming to perth in October for the month to visit various relatives and id love for them to bring me back some stamps from aussie companies that i can’t get here in the uk but im not sure who to look at or where to look. If you have the time could you give me any pointers. My email address is cardmarvels@gmail.com
    Thanks
    Hazel xx

    1. Hi Hazel,
      Thanks so much for your lovely comment. Here is a list of some Australian Stamp Companies.
      1. AnnaBelle Stamps – love these stamps (I have been on this design team for years but sadly it’s winding down – but that means you can save heaps, everything is reduced and they do sell overseas too).
      2. Darkroom Door – especially great stamps for scrappers and the most fab Australian animal sets too.
      3.Kaisercraft – these guys are very affordable and have a great range of stamps, paper and everything.
      4. Stamp-It sell their own brand of stamp as well as other companies – heaps to choose from and great quality.
      5. Kaszazz – I’ve not used these but they have some amazing products too
      There are online craft stores that sell some of these products and others you have to buy direct, so have a look around and see what you can find.
      Hope this is helpful. Have a great weekend! Therese

  13. Help! Which Prismacolor pencil set do you use? Premier, watercolor, soft core, sketch? I want to get the set you use because I love the look with the gamsol. Please advise. Thanks.

    1. Hi Sharon,
      I use the Prismacolor Premier 72 set (sometimes they use the word soft core in the advertising). It is a black tin with a bright coloured lady holding a bunch of grapes.
      Hope this is helpful. Hugs
      Therese

  14. Happy New Year, Therese! I wanted to say thank you again for the inspiration you’ve provided! I posted a card today on my blog that was totally inspired by your work and made sure to link back to your site. Thanks again! I really look forward to every post. Keep ’em coming, girl!

  15. Your coloring is very inspirational, i love your coloring with distress inks, i would like to know if there is any similar product that is budget frendly.
    I already bought Inktense pencils they work thesame, but they have chalky colors the effect is not that bright.

    1. Hi Urska,
      Thanks so much for your comment. If you already own Inktense pencils that is wonderful, these are one of the brightest ways to colour with watercolour. But you can actually use any of the inks that you own, even pigment inks can be coloured with a bit of water! A good option now is that you can buy ‘cube’ sizes of the distress inks and these are more affordable (and refillable) and can be used for so many different techniques. If you start with some primary colours you can even mix them to create your own colours.
      Hope this is helpful
      Therese

  16. Yes, cube size is great i will try it. I forgot to ask, which color medium do you prefer?
    Thank you, have a nice day. Urška

  17. First I want to say I enjoy watching your video’s. Your cards always put a smile on my face. I have two questions, first I noticed your stamp on the backside of your cards which is personalized. Where did you order your personalized stamp from? My next question, the color wheel you used in your latest card when you were deciding on your copic colors where did you order that from? I’m interested in getting both of these items.

  18. First and foremost, thank you so much for making your card videos and sharing them with us; yours are some of my absolute favorites to watch. Secondly, and this is kind of silly to ask, but I adore the watch you wear in your videos and was wondering where you got it from?

    1. Hi Ash, thanks so much for your lovely comment. My watch is made by DKNY and I bought it a couple of years ago at a Myers store when I was on holidays in Cairns (in Australia). Hugs Therese

  19. I like the simplicity and creative art in your cards. But, I also like the music in your videos – can you tell me where I can get it.

    1. Hi Joy, thanks so much for your comment. I have bought music from a few different sites (I prefer to buy royalty free music then I don’t have to remember to acknowledge anyone and i.e. get in trouble lol) I have mostly used jewelbeat and audiojungle. Sometimes it works out much better value to buy the ‘sets’ of music or there may be a few different versions included. Apparently premiumbeat are also good, they seem a little expensive, but I suppose that depends on how much you use it. Hope this is helpful. Have a great day, Therese.

  20. Hi Therese, I’ve been following you for a few years now, and I wanted to say how much I enjoy watching you create. I really enjoy your CAS style.
    I wanted to ask a question about the back of your card bases. I have a personalised stamp for my cards, the usual “handmade by” with some flourish detail, but was asked recently to include contact details. I’ve noticed on your cards they seem to be printed. Do you print on the bases yourself or have it done somewhere? Because I use 110lb Neenah it usually gets inked edges as it goes through my inkjet printer and was wondering if you could give me some advice or tips.
    Thanks, and keep up the fantastic cardmaking.

    1. Hi Melissa, thanks so much for your lovely comment. I use an inkjet printer to print out my A4 cardstock before I cut it down, I have a program called the Greeting Card Factory but any Word doc would be just as good (I use a royalty free image and include only my web address at the moment). When I print I use the ‘back’ tray or feeder to run my cardstock through as it’s too thick to come of from the bottom tray (I’m not sure if you have this as an option but it may help). I’ve been wanting a personalised stamp and have started to look into that but I wasn’t sure what extra information to include? I was wondering what were you planning on including on your card reverse? I don’t tend to sell my cards but have often thought of it as an option. Thanks yet again for taking the time to comment and for your visits to my blog and Youtube, your kind words have made my day. Hope you have a wonderful and crafty weekend, hugs Therese

      1. Thanks for the advice. I was actually thinking of buying a cheap laser printer to resolve my printing issues but also so I could try some foiling (I already have a laminating machine). I’ll check out the back tray feed on my inkjet.
        As for selling my cards, it’s a bit of a long story…We moved from Sydney to a little country town 7 years ago for a tree change and absolutely love it. Since being here, I started making and selling jams, relish and a few other condiments at my local Rotary markets and a few Shows and Fairs when they’re on. Since starting the market stall (almost 4 years ago) I added my cards and then created a facebook page to sell them as well. It was never my intention to turn it into a business, as it’s primarily a hobby, especially considering I still work and have 4 young children, but at least all my sales pay for the stall and craft supplies. When I looked into a personalised stamp I didn’t want to put too many personal details just yet, it was a bit intimidating to commit to putting myself out there. I had a stamp made with “Handmade cards by Melissa” with a pretty flourish, from Jemac Stamps, I think they’re in Strathfield http://www.jemacstamps.com.au and it was very reasonably priced. That was before I had the facebook page. Now I want to include either an email address or preferably the facebook page address rather than a phone number. If it was a “real” business I’d have all my details, but I’m not ready for that yet, already there aren’t enough hours in the day for everything lol.
        I have recently approached a local kids clothing/toy store (the only toy store in town) to sell a bunch of aged kids birthday cards and new baby cards, and one of the medical centre’s nearby (an hour away) has ordered another 30 sympathy cards to send to patient’s family when needed. All from a chance purchase by one of the doctor’s who bought a card when I was at Nimmitabel Show last January.
        Have a good weekend, can’t wait to see your next video.
        (sorry for the essay lol. I either don’t comment at all, or go overboard)

  21. Hi Theres
    I find your tutorials very interesting and love your colouring techniques they are fantastic.

    But I have a problem ….. With my shaker cards. After making the card I am finding my ‘bits eg Stars’ are getting caught between the layers ( not by the glue I’ve used) but between actual layers ….. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
    Karen in Brisbane

    1. Hi Karen, You could try using a dry adhesive (like a dotted stamp runner) and run it right along where the edge of the well is going to be, then you could attach the foam or tape layer and run a powder tool within the well to get rid of any of the sticky residue that may be within the well (this may help the adhesive run right up to the edge at least on one side of the shaker well. I’m not sure what else to try, I’m going to have to do a little thinking on this one. I’m sure that it happens to me all the time too, but it obviously hasn’t bothered me, but now that you have mentioned it… well maybe it will now lol. Thanks so much for you visit and your lovely comment. You live very close to me, I know that one day we crafty bloggers from Brissie and the Gold Coast will have to try and have a little get together! Have a great week, Hugs Therese

  22. Hey Therese,

    I am a subscriber to your YT channel and love watching your tutorials – I’ve learned a lot from you my dear!

    I am an “older” crafter (meaning my age) and have only been card making for about a year. I have been mainly dealing with my craft room so haven’t had a lot of experience making cards, about 10 to date, but I have such a passion for it. I am however physically challenged and it does, unfortunately, slow me down when I am creating but I still love it. In fact, because of health reasons, I was forced to give up my long time job (25 yrs) which I absolutely “loved” and I had a huge amount of respect for my employer. Long story short, it was extremely difficult for me to transition from working to staying at home, which happened back in 2006. Simply said, I was a very unhappy and lost woman, that is until I just happened to come across a card making video one day and I was simply “hooked”.

    My goal is to eventually have my own YT channel (only when I feel that I have enough to offer an audience, which will no doubt be a way down the road). It is important to me that I try to help (even if it is just one person) those who are lost in life as I was, which would include retirees, the physically challenged, troubled teens, etc., because Therese, this craft has truly saved my life! I can assure you it is ‘not’ about making money, and from what I’ve heard through the craft industry is that you would have to have a huge following just to get a bit of a return, so you see, I have no pressure there because that is not what my goal is.

    My question to you is (please forgive my lack of digital knowledge) what equipment would I need to get started? How much time is spent is creating, editing and uploading a tutorial? Do I need a tripod (I think that is a stand)? Is the tripod set over your PC/laptop? etc. etc.

    Therese, I have tried searching for YT videos about this topic, but I haven’t found one that explains it in simple terms or there just isn’t a video that explains the process of creating a YT video.

    Oh, and I just have to say I understand if you don’t have the time to answer my questions and I will absolutely take no offence.

    I love your tutorials Therese! I have to mention as well that it must be amazing living in Australia and honestly, it has always been a dream of mine to go there one day but I don’t think it will happen as it is a 22-24 hr trip for me (I live in Canada) and because of health issues, the trip would be very difficult on me.

    Anyway, thanks so much for your contribution to the paper crafting world and keep making those tutorials Therese!

    Cheers,
    Nancy Lynn Kenny (Monahan)

  23. HI THERESE,
    I AM NEW TO CARD MAKING AND JUST WANTED TO KNOW HOW DID YOU GET STARTED AND HOW DO YOU GET YOUR WORK OUT THERE.
    I REALLY LOVE YOUR CLEAN AND SIMPLE STYLE OF CARD MAKING.
    THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO MAKE THE TUTORIALS THEY REALLY INSPIRE ME.

  24. I have recently found your tutorials and I sort you out lol, I just want to say a huge !!!!!! Thank you for your tutorials , your cards are so beautiful and inspiring . I have just started dabbling in the world of tutorials , in a lot of areas like Brother Scan N Cut & Cricut die cutting machines , using vinyl , cards , scrapbooking etc, I’ve only done 4 tutorials. But anyway , I digress 😎, I also love the fact your a fellow Aussie 👍👍👍👍, I live on the Gold Coast. Anyhoo , I just wanted to say thank you.

  25. Hi Therese
    I love the layered circle card ! Where did you find the card ? I live in NZ .
    Congratulations on the super video. I must try asap !!

  26. I really enjoy watching other artists at work. I love the fact that I’m watching someone with a good old ausie accent for a change. Also someone that knows what their talking about, love watching you watercolour projects can’t get enough.

  27. Such an informative video on the framed bird/flower sympathy card. Thank you for making a video that is easy to watch and not waiting to see everything in regular speed!!!! You should teach others how to make them.

    1. Hi Myrna,
      The image (a cat holding a balloon) and the writing that I have on the back of my cards is computer generated from a card making program. I buy my cardstock A4 size, I pre-print and then cut them into topfold / landscape etc. cards ready to use. I would love to have my own stamp created and will do this one day when I get the chance, but til then this works well for me.
      Hope you have a great and crafty weekend. Thanks for the visit and comment.
      Hugs Therese

  28. Hi Therese. I’ve been enjoying your videos for Altenew and just found your own YT channel and blog. You are a talented artist and your videos are inspirational. Love your accent.

    1. Hi Beejay, I am so happy that you want to become a follower! You can follow my blog by clicking on the ‘sign me up’ button which is on the right hand side of my blog just below my picture.
      Thank you so much for your lovely comments and taking the time to visit, hope you have a great and crafty day, Therese

  29. Hi Therese, love your giraffe. I’m just up the road from you in the Gold Coast. 🇦🇺 Recent I just received my kaztelcraft stamps, and also got the dogs cats and birds. You’ve just given me some inspiration for a clean and simple card. Thanks heaps. Ali

  30. Hi Therese! I love your work! Can you please do a tutorial for the Altenew Flowers you just posted on your blog (the first card is the tea cups second is the pink flowers (Nov 15th 2016 blog post). This card is absolutely gorgeous!! Please do a VIDEO for this card 🙂

  31. Hello there. How do you store your dies and your stamps? It looks so tidy in your ‘corner’. I have watched a lot of your wee films, great that they are all very short 🙂 Love your ideas, and have a made a few of them allready. Love that you also have a good sence of humour too. 🙂 Hanne in DK.

    1. Hi Hanne,
      I have upgraded my storage system to one that is very similar to Jennifer MaGuires and it is working really well.
      Here is the link to her system http://www.jennifermcguireink.com/2013/06/video-clear-and-cling-stamp-storage-giveaway.html
      I have been using my new (but similar) room setup now for a few months and plan to share some photos and maybe a video of my room early in the new year.
      Thanks so much for your lovely comment and for taking the time to visit, Happy Papercrafting, Therese

  32. Hi, I’m a fan and I love your cards, but I want to ask an out there question…..I can’t find a retailer in Australia that supplies a decent range of PapertryInk Stamps! I know you sometime use them and I have looked on their site and the cost of postage is ridiculously expensive…..do you know where I can get specific stamps ie Feather Finery?

    1. Hi Jill,
      Papertrey Ink are only supplied by themselves (I kind of compare it Tupperware lol.) and that is why many international people don’t use their stamps, the postage is silly ridiculous in comparison to the cost of the item. I have bought from them in the past (but haven’t now for years because of the postage cost), one way around this is to share the cost with a friend, or if you know someone in the US or if you have one of those postage boxes in the US, then it can be forwarded onto you. (In saying this, I have found one random shop that has a couple of their items here in Australia, it’s called Auzz Trinklets n Krafts…. and I’m not sure if they have any stock there at the moment though, but I’ve never seen it anywhere else). Hope this helps, hope you have a great and crafty day! Hugs Therese

  33. Thank you for the tutorial. Your cards are very creative and different. I am just starting out so I have a lot to learn.

  34. Hi Therese just a quick drop in to let you know you had a win from one of the blog hops over at stamplorations. In the January wins, just in case you havent been contacted. Hugs Aileen

  35. I found your blog a few months ago and I just wanted to say thank you for all the hard work you put in.

    I love your cards, enjoy your sense of humour and listening to your beautiful accent.

    Take care
    Claire (UK)

  36. You make beautiful cards and I love your videos! One question – how do you prime your clear stamps when using Altenew inks? Thanks.

    1. Hi Julie, My ‘usual’ way to prime stamps is just to add ink and stamp them out a few times on some scrap paper (it’s kinda lazy but usually works for me lol). If it’s a bit stubborn or a real solid stamp then I simply run a cheap eraser over the top of the stamp before I add the ink or I ‘prime’ the stamp first with some versamark ink. I’ve also heard of people that run a very fine sanding block over top, like the ones you use for your nails, but I’ve not needed to do this. Basically the more the stamps are used the better they hold the ink. Hope these tips help, let me know if you are still having any problems, thank so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Crafty Hugs, Therese

  37. Congrats on the new Waffle Flower gig!! I am sure you will continue to inspire me using their products (and possibly send me broke… more stamps to fall in love with)!!! Thanks so much for all the work you put into your website and videos. I hang out for new posts/videos! Have a great day!

  38. I just found your site and was delighted to watch you create five cards with the Penny Black critters. What fun!! You are an inspiration, so I’ll be back for more ideas to use in my own cardmaking.

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