Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas Wreath

I wanted to have a go at making my own wreath this year. I bought a styrofoam ring and covered in brown paper which I then distressed with ink so that I could then stick leaves and flowers to the circle. I cut out the leaves and flowers from templates I got from Penny Duncan.

Close up of one of the poinsettas. After cutting these out I then painted the petals and leaves with champagne glimmer paint.

Project Recipe
Ink: Early espresso, old olive, whisper white
Card: Old olive, more mustard, cajun craze, early espresso, always artichoke, cherry cobbler and wild wasabi
Accessories: champagne glimmer paint, self adhesive pearls, dimensionals, cherry cobbler seam binding ribbon

Friday, December 2, 2011

December Frenzy and a Summer Mini


Get great Stampin' Up! products up to 50 percent off during our December Frenzy sale--1-31 December only!

Check out the great deals available for this month only at Stampin' Up!. Click here for a full lists of stamp sets, accessories and tools that would make great Christmas presents for you! So if your husband or family is having trouble deciding what to get for you, organise your own! Email me and I will have your gift shipped direct to you.

Also now available is the Summer Mini catalogue. If you would like a copy send me an email. I will put a link on the side of the blog so you can have a look at it.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas Trees

I saw these beautiful ornaments on Penny Duncan's blog a few weeks ago and just had to give them a go. I cut them out on the Gazelle and then it was a matter of just layering all the pieces. I covered the dsp with Crystal effects and dazzling diamonds so they really sparkle in the light.

Penny suggested they be used for gift tags, but there was a lot of layers involved for a tag and at over 5 inches long, probably a bit big too. But the kids really wanted to make some too, so we made some smaller ones without so much detail.

Project Recipe
Cardstock: Old olive, cherry cobbler, choc chip
Ink: Old espresso for distressing the dsp layers
Accessories: Letters to Santa dsp, Vintage wallpaper and stripes embossing folder, crystal effects and dazzling diamonds.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Christmas with a Twist

I warned you all the cards this weekend would be Christmas themed! This is the Stamping 411 sketch challenge for this week. The technique is called Embossing resist and is quite easy to do. Just stamp your image with versamark onto dsp and then clear emboss. I then brayered ink over the top and wipe off over the embossing, the ink will just wipe straight off leaving the image with the dsp showing underneath. For those who were reading this morning I only have 12 cards left to make!

Project Recipe
Stamp: Medallion BG and Perfect Punches
Ink: Riding hood red and Old olive
Card: Riding hood red, old olive, whisper white and early espresso
Accessories: Letters to Santa dsp, elegant lines embossing folder, small scallop circle punch, clear embossing folder and Victoria lace ribbon.

JAI Bah Humbug!

I am in Christmas card making mode this weekend. I always like to get my cards sent the first week of December, which starts in a couple of days. So far I have 6 cards made,only another 34 to go!! The challenge from JAI is to make a Christmas card without using a Christmas stamp set or Christmas dsp, but you can use a Christmas greeting. I decided to make the greeting the focus and embellish around it.

Project Recipe
Stamps: I (Heart) Hearts and Heard from the Heart
CArd: Rich Razzleberry, lucky limeade, gold metallic and whisper white
Ink: Always artichoke and rick razzleberrry
Accessories: Polka dot embossing folder, gold embossing powder, champagne glimmer paint, small heart punch

Monday, November 14, 2011

Sketch Challenge

I love this sketch from Stamping 411. It can have as many layers as you like and would be so easy to adapt to a scrapbook layout. It is probably a bit hard to tell in the photo, but I have clear embossed the flowers and the used some glitter as well to give a bit of sparkle. I used the flourish stamp which I inked with marina mist and then stamped off twice before stamping on to the sentiment layer.

Project Recipe
Stamps: Elements of style and Heard from the Heart
Card: Soft suede, pink pirouette, marina mist and very vanilla
Ink: Marina mist and not quite navy
Accessories: Beau chateau dsp, clear embossing powder, dazzling diamonds

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Christmas Challenges

I decided to do two separate challenges today, one a colour challenge from Just Add Ink and the other a sketch challenge from Stamping 411. It was only after I had finished both cards and wondering whether to do two bog posts on separate days when I realised I had used the same sketch for both cards! Serves me right for having my sketch book open while I was making both, lol.

Project recipe card one
Stamps: Snow Swirled
Ink: Cherry cobbler and early espresso, versamark for embossing
Card: blushing bride, cherry cobbler, soft suede and whisper white
Accessories: Beau Chateau dsp, pink taffeta ribbon, champagne glimmer brad, champagne shimmer paint, decorative label punch, clear embossing powder

Project recipe card two
Stamps: Dasher and Perfect punches
Ink: Cherry cobbler
Card: Cherry cobbler, riding hood red, silver metallic and whisper white
Accessories: Scallop circle punch, riding hood red taffeta ribbon, silver glimmer paint, circles embossing folder (gift from my secret sister!)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Guilt Free Crafting!

Hooray!! A day of crafting without feeling like I should be doing something else.  I finished all my homework, no work today, the house is clean and the kids are at school, even Matt is busy with other stuff. So today I have got not one but two cards using the layout from this week's challenge at Just Add Ink. The first uses one of the new hostess sets and the hostess dsp.

The second is a Christmas card which is looking good to be the design I will use for all my cards this year. I will just alternate the colours and use different sheets of dsp.

Project Recipe card 1
Stamps: Precious Butterflies
Card: Pink pirouette, melon mambo, concord crush and whisper white
Ink: melon mambo, concord crush, lucky limeade
Accessories: Cheerful Treat dsp, scallop trim border punch, Beautiful wings sizzlit, white organza ribbon, versamark and clear embossing powder, gold smooch spritz

Project Recipe card 2
Stamps: Dasher and Snow Swirled
Card: Riding hood red, old olive and whisper white
Ink: Early espresso
Accessories: Letters to Santa dsp, scallop trim border punch, versamarker and gold embossing powder, red hood red taffeta ribbon

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

James' Birthday..my baby is 6!!

How did he get so big so fast! Happy Birthday James, I hope you have a lovely day with your friends.
The layout and colours for this came from Stamping 411. The stamp set is called from Sunny Fun and it really does make me think of summer (which we are supposed to be heading into) and swimming (lessons which the kids are doing at the moment).

I used the Stripes embossing folder for three reasons; 1. I thought the stripes were a good contrast for the circles, 2. I am hoping it gives the look of a beach towel, and 3. I just got it and it was begging to be used, lol!

Project Recipe
Stamp sets: Sunny Fun, Short and Sweet
Card: Baja breeze, so saffron, calypso coral and whisper white
Accessories: Stripes embossing folder, marina mist ribbon, 11/4" and 13/8" circle punches, Lots of tags sizzlits, tempting turquoise mini brads, blender pens and ink pads for watercolouring

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Butterflies Everywhere!!

I saw this layout in a magazine and thought it was so pretty with the butterflies looking as though they had just taken flight. The magazine had used an Anywhere Punch, which I don't have, so I thought it was a perfect opportunity to use my new toy: a BossKut Gazelle, which is an electronic cutter  you connect to the computer to cut any shape you want! All the supplies are still Stampin' Up!, the gazelle is just a tool. Like a very expensive pair of scissors, lol!!
Project Recipe
Stamps: Fifth Ave Floral
Card: Pool  party, certainly celery, blushing bride and whisper white
Ink: Daffodil delight, melon mambo, pumpkin pie, tempting turquoise, pool party and blushing bride
Accessories: black marker, self adhesive rhinestones

Monday, October 3, 2011

Christmas Sketch

I am still working on the final design for my Christmas cards this year. I love the Christmas paper in the catalogue this year, especially the traditional colours but with a dash of the unexpected! And check out that beautiful ribbon. The layout has come from Stamping 411 Saturday sketch.

Project Recipe
Stamp: Tree Trimming
Card: Riding hood red, old olive, early espresso and whisper white
Accessories: Letters to Santa dsp, white organza ribbon, 1/4" circle punch, gold glitter

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Hostess Promotion!!

For the month of October only you can receive this stamp set and matching punch for FREE as a Hostess of a workshop with $450 in sales. This is in addition to the normal hostess benefits. The stamp set and punch will be available in the Summer mini catalogue, but can be ordered now to help you get an early start on your Christmas cards! Just give me a call to place an order or book a workshop.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Beau Chateau DSP

When I first saw this DSP in the new catalogue I loved the colours, but didn't like the pattern..couldn't see past the chickens! Then I got to see the whole pack for real and discovered it actually matches the Elements of Style stamp set which is one of my favourites! So even though there was one sheet of dsp I didn't like, there was 5 sheets I did.

The sketch comes from the ladies at Stamping 411. This card is going to my sister Susan who is having a Birthday this week.

Project Recipe
Stamp Set: Elements of Style
Card: Soft suede, marina mist, pink pirouette and very vanilla
Accessories: Beau chateau dsp, elegant lines embossing folder, self adhesive pearl, little leaves sizzlet, chantilly lace ribbon and 1" circle punch

Saturday, September 10, 2011

ESAD New Catty Blog Hop

Hooray! The new catalogue is here!! That would be the Stampin’ Up! 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalogue and it is full of beautiful stamps and accessories.
What is ESAD?
ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and it is an on-line group just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin Up demonstrators.
We so love what we do and not only do we love to share it with our customers, friends, and wonderful blog visitors, but we share our love for what we do with each other as demonstrators. We run swaps, challenges, tutorials, product know-how, and cyberstamps, and we are always there to help and support each other when it is needed.
So if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand, then please fee free to click here to join our wonderful group
It doesn’t matter if you have arrived from Sharlene Meyer's blog or just starting on the hop, it is a circle that you just follow the links to navigate around.
Recently I went on a retreat with my Demonstrator group (Great Southern Inkers) where we made lots of beautiful things with new products.
One of the things we had to do was a Shoe Box swap where we provide all the products to make a card inside the box. Of course being crafters even the box has to be decorated! This set is called Forever Young and is black heat embossed. I also used the lace ribbon punch to create a band all the way round.
New to the catalogue is fabric. I bought some with no idea what to do with it until one of the Demos (Sharon Tunbridge) at the retreat got us to decorate the art journal with it. This fabric set is called Flirtatious.
The final item is a gorgeous little purse created using the scallop envelope die cut, shown to us by Megan Lydeamore. the DSP is Flirtatious speciality.
Now continue the hop to Monique Fielder and all her gorgeous creations.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

JAi Challenge

It has been a while since I have done a JAI challenge, but with Father's Day cards to make and very little inspiration I needed a sketch to get me started. The colours came from Stamping 411 colour inspiration. The stamp set is one of the new Hostess sets from the 2011-2012 Catalogue.

Project Recipe
Stamp set: Faith in Nature (new), Short & Sweet
Cardstock: Choc chip, more mustard, whisper white and pool party (new incolour)
Ink: choc chip and pool party
Accessories: Polka dot embossing folder, Choc chip scalloped ribbon (new), circle scissor, circle die, scallop oval and large oval punches.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

New Catalogue!!

New Stampin' Up! Idea book and catalogue starts today!! I have put a link over on the right for you to take a look at the catalogue, but if you want to see it for real you will have to come to my launch. Email or text me for all the details. Next Saturday (10th Sept) I will be participating in a blog hop showcasing products from the new catalogue, so make sure you stop by for a look.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

New Catty Sneak Peek

So after last week's retiring blog hop, here is a little glimpse at what is in the new Catalogue. I used the sketch from Stamping 411 to show off some new products I was lucky enough to receive this week.

Stamps: Forever Young (new) and Heard from the Heart
Card: River rock, basic black, cherry cobbler and very vanilla
Ink: Basic black, river rock and cherry cobbler
Accessories: Timeless Portrait DSP (new), Lace ribbon punch (new) and self adhesive pearls.

Saturday, August 6, 2011


One final farewell to our favourite Stampin’ Up! products which will no longer be with us after the 31st August. I hope you are enjoying looking at all the great ideas and creations from some very talented Demonstrators!
What is ESAD?
ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and it is an on-line group just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin Up demonstrators.
We so love what we do and not only do we love to share it with our customers, friends, and wonderful blog visitors, but we share our love for what we do with each other as demonstrators.  We run swaps, challenges, tutorials, product know-how, and cyberstamps, and we are always there to help and support each other when it is needed.
So if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand, then please fee free to click here to join our wonderful group.
I have created a 20 page scrapbook album for my older sister Susan who became a Nana for the first time earlier this year. I decided to do 8”x8” layouts as these are the perfect size to fit a 6”x4” photo which are easily printed at a load of places.
However, I don’t have any baby stamp sets and didn’t want to buy any because I don’t think I would get the use out of them. So I decided just to get some Nursery Suite speciality dsp and matching Quick Accents.
I wanted to keep the layouts simple as my sister is not a scrapbooker and didn’t want her overwhelmed and not use the album. I also left plenty of blank space on each page for journalling.
By using 8” layouts I only needed to use A4 cardstock. So all I bought for this album was the Nursery Suite dsp and the Quick Accents. Everything else came from my stash, just some buttons, ribbon, brads and bling. And after 20 pages I have enough leftovers for another 20 pages!!
To go to Monique Fielder's blog just click here.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Sketch Challenge

I have two cards for the challenge this week from Stamping 411. The first I made for my boy Patrick’s Birthday in a couple of days.


The second card is most definitely a girlie card all pink and flowery..


I love the Lap of Luxury dsp and will be sorry to see it retire in a few weeks.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

July Gift with Purchase Promotion

This month spend $100 or more with Stampin' Up! and receive both the ribbon and buttons shown above. Colours are daffodil delight, melon mambo and pacific point. Just what we all need to brighten up these cold winter days. The ribbon is approx 13.7m and buttons are 1.3cm round. Total value $31.95 yours for free!!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Sail Away

Can you tell I have finished studying for a few weeks? Two cards in a week! Another challenge, this time from the ladies at Just Add Ink. I was going to give this card to Matt for his birthday next week, but then remembered that I had used this image for his Anniversary card. While he wouldn't care, it bothers me, so this will be going to one of my nephew's who is also having a birthday next week. This was such a quick and easy card to make that I think I will do a few extras to have stashed away!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sketch Challenge

Apologies to everyone, it has been ages since I have posted anything. I have finally finished all my study for the next few weeks so hopefully I will be able to do a lot more stamping. This is the first thing I have created for about a month (except for yesterday's workshop). After so long away from my craft desk it was easiest to start back with a challenge and this one is from Stamping 411. I also decided it was time to make a start on my Christmas cards. I chose two in colours; poppy parade and pear pizazz  and teamed them with a bit of gold embossing and gold spritz.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Twist Top Box

This cute little box was one of the challenges at UnConvention a few weeks ago. To see how it was made click the youtube link here. It was much easier than it looks and is a good size for all sorts of goodies.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Hostess Promotion!!

I love it when Stampin' Up! rewards Hostesses for having a workshop and this is one of the best ever! If you host a workshop between now and June 30, you can earn an extra $70 in hostess dollars on top of the usual hostess reward!!! All you need is $450 in sales including postage to get the extra dollars. So instead of $40 in rewards for a $450 party you would get $110 plus a level one hostess set!!!!

If you would like to book a workshop just send me an email!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

UnConvention 2 and SSC 203

I have combined two challenges for this one. The first is a colour challenge from UnConvention of concord crush, melon mambo and pink pirouette. The second id this week's sketch from Stamping 411.

Project Recipe
Stamps: Butterfly prints and Short & sweet
CArd: concord crush, melon mambo, pink pirouette and whisper white
Ink: Melon mambo and basic black
Accessories: Square lattice embossing folder, large oval and scallop oval punch, pinking hearts border and corner punch, white taffeta ribbon and self adhesive pearls

Saturday, May 14, 2011

UnConvention Punch Art

THis week is the Stampin' Up! Convention in Melbourne for Demonstrators. For those of us not able to attend, ESAD have an UnConvention online for us to chat with each other and complete creative challenges. THis card is for the punch art challenge. I have used the heart punch to make the blue hydrangeas at the front and the butterfly punch for the pansies.

Project recipe
Stamps: stems from Scribble this and 5th Ave floral
Card: So Saffron, certainly celery and whisper white
Ink: bashful blue, certainly celery, perfect plum, so saffron (all sponged) and wild wasabi
Accessories: heart punch, butterfly punch, 1/8 punch, 1/4 punch, tulips embossing folder, pastels, self adhesive pearls, white gel pen and black marker

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Deals of the Week are Back!!

Stampin' Up! Deals of the Week are back for the month of May! Starting today and each successive Wednesday from the 11th SU! will be discounting items from the main Idea Book and Catalogue. Deals are announced on the Customer and Demonstrator sites at the same time, so although I will put them up here each week, for full details see Stampin' Up's website.

So what are this weeks deals?

So if you wish to place an order just email or call me!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Challenge #200

Congratulations to the ladies at Stamping 411 upon reaching 200 challenges! I have only discovered this blog over the last few months, but I love their Saturday challenges and Thursday techniques.

Project Recipe
Stamp set: Nature Walk and Short & sweet
Card: Daffodil delight, pumpkin pie, old olive and whisper white
Ink: Pumpkin pie and old olive markers, cajun craze, daffodil delight, pumpkin pie, old olive ink pads
Accessories: daffodil delight pompom trim, crimper, blender pen for water colouring butterfly

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Autumn Swap

Another gorgeous set from the Autumn mini, this one I have done for the swap for my Demonstrator group.

Project Recipe
Stamp: French Foliage and Basis Phrases
Card: Soft suede, sahara sand, cajun craze, old olive and whisper white
Ink: Soft suede, cajun craze and old olive
Accessories: twine, 1 1/4' and 13/8' punches, spritzer

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Not Sure about this One!

I combined two of the challenges from Stamping 411 to make this card. I used the colours from the Friday challenge and the Saturday sketch. I was hesitant about putting this up on the blog as I am not very happy with it. I am not keen on artichoke as a colour (or even as a vegetable, lol!) and I think the card looks a bit dull and flat.

Project Recipe
Stamp: Medallion and Heard from the Heart
Ink: Rose Red, always artichoke, crumb cake and choc chip
Card: Choc chip, crumb cake, always artichoke, rose red and whisper white
Accessories: Choc chip taffeta ribbon (retired), Antique brad, scallop trim border punch and water spritzer

Easter Basket

 I made this basket using the Big Shot mini milk carton die. Although I started using the instruction by Amanda Coughlin I changed it a bit by keeping all four sides on each carton to make an eight-sided box rather than Amanda's seven-sided box. While you could make this without the die, it certainly saves time and effort by having the sides pre-cut and scored.

Project Recipe
Big Shot: Mini milk carton die, Beautiful wings embosslits, little leaves sizzlits
Cardstock: Kraft, very vanilla, old olive, daffodil delight and melon mambo
Accessories: melon mambo pompom trim, self adhesive rhinestones, Botanical Gazette dsp and gold brads

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Nature Walk

This week's sketch challenge at Stamping 411 gave me a good reason to show off another stamp set from the Autumn mini as well as the matching dsp.

Project Recipe
Stamp Set: Nature walk and Oval all
Card: Marina mist, so saffron, cherry cobbler and very vanilla
Ink: so saffron, soft suede and cherry cobbler
Accessories: Scallop circle die cut and big shot, lots of tags sizzlits, scallop trim border puch, Botanical gazette dsp, so saffron and marina mist ribbon, large oval punch

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Dedicated to my Mum xx

Another Saturday Sketch Challenge from the ladies at Stamping 411. I love the simplicity of this layout.

The stamp set is from the upcoming Winter Mini which starts on Friday 1st April. It is called Strength and Hope and is very special as $2 from the sale of each set goes to Breast Cancer Research. As those who know me well, my Mother died from this disease almost 16 years ago, so this one is in memory of my Mum.

Project Recipe
Stamp set: Strength and Hope
Card: Choc chip, regal rose, daffodil delight and whisper white
Ink: regal rose, sahara sand and choc chip
Accessories: daffodil delight ribbon, polka dot embossing folder, beautiful wings sizzlit, large oval punch and scallop oval punch.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sketch Challenge 195


I have been thinking about this sketch from Stamping 411 for the last 2 days. I couldn’t decide what stamp set or colours to use, finally deciding on dsp first and building from there.

Project Recipe

Stamp: Every moment and Oval all

Card: Baja Breeze, sahara sand, pear pizzaz, so saffron, whisper white and garden green

Ink: black stazon, not quite navy, baja breeze, pear pizzaz and so saffron

Accessories: Greenhouse gala dsp, pinking hearts corner and border punches, chantilly crochet ribbon, little leaves sizzlit, beautiful wings sizzlit, large oval punch, scallop oval punch.

Friday, March 18, 2011

I Did It!!

I set myself the goal of making 4 cards today and I did it!! The first one you have already seen.

Number 2

baby girl

This one is for nephew and his wife who are expecting their first baby any day now. And yes we do know it will be a girl!

Number 3

sc fan club

Black, white and a dash of colour. That was the challenge set by the Splitcoast Dirty Dozen.

Number 4

sc 324

Splitcoast sketch 324 provided the layout and Isobel chose marina mist as the colour. I  was originally going to go with flowers, but the blue colour changed my mind, lol.

JAI 60

It has been weeks since I have done a Just Add Ink challenge, I just never seem to get time to do a lot of craft these days. Between work, study and family my craft seems to come a very lowly fourth on the list of things to do. Something I am rectifying today. I have the day to myself with the kids at school and Matt working on a computer in another room so I set myself the goal of doing 4 cards today. This is number one! Stay tuned for more (hopefully, lol).

Project Recipe
Stamp Set: Every moment
Card: Rich razzleberry, old olive, crumb cake and whisper white
Ink rich razzleberry, black stazon, old olive and soft suede (watercolouring)
Accessories: dsp (retired), elegant lines embossing folder, lots of tags sizzlits and rich razzleberry ribbon

Sunday, March 6, 2011

SSC 193

Stamping 411 have come up with another great sketch this week. I don't normally do square cards because I can't find envelopes to fit them properly, but I really liked the way this one has turned out. The photo doesn't show it well, but I have watercoloured the petals with elegant eggplant and pretty in pink pastels and a blender pen.

Project Recipe
Stamp set: Scribble this
Card: Basic grey, concord crush, pretty in pink and very vanilla
Ink: Concord crush
Accessories: vintage wallpaper embossing folder, lap of luxury dsp,victoria crochet ribbon, pink taffeta ribbon, circle fire rhinestone brads, pastels and blender pen.

Monday, February 21, 2011

SSC 191

I love the sketch challenges from Stamping 411. I have been wanting to try the 'faux pressed flower' technique since I first saw it a couple of months ago, however I had to wait til I had the square lattice embossing folder. This simple technique gives a great result for just the effort of a bit of cutting out.

Project Recipe
Stamp sets: Vintage Vogue, Element of Style and Occasional Quotes
Card: Old olive, melon mambo, elegant eggplant and whisper white
Ink: melon mambo, elegant eggplant and old olive
Accessories: eggplant ribbon and square lattice embossing folder

Friday, February 18, 2011

Wedding Money Gift Holder

wedding 1

We are all off on a road trip tomorrow for a family wedding. As the couple are heading overseas for an extended period straight after the wedding the request was no gifts but money would be appreciated. This is a trend that seems to be getting more common and so I created this card and money holder in one item.

wedding 2

Apologies for the quality of the photos, they were taken after dark.

Project Recipe:

Stamp set: Artistic Etchings

Cardstock: silver metallic, marina mist and whisper white

Ink: Platinum shimmer mist and marina mist

Accessories: Antique brads, pinking hearts punch, scallop oval and large oval punch.