Friday, November 27, 2015

#GDP012 CASE the Designer

This week at Global Design Project we  had to CASE one of the designers, Brian King. I am a huge fan of Brian's, a silent visitor to his blog and facebook page and an avid pinner as well! This is the card we were to CASE:
As always Brian likes to keep it clean with lots of layers and I have done the same. I have kept the square card and the layers, elected to go monochrome and changed the images.

Project Recipe
Stamps: Jingle all the way
Ink: Pool party and pacific point
Card: Pool party, pacific point and very vanilla
Accessories: Sleigh ride edgelits and Home for Christmas DSP

Friday, November 20, 2015


This week's theme at Global Design Project is Christmas! Definitely my favourite time of the year. Summer weather and long school holidays and time spent with family and friends. Not to mention a great opportunity for crafting!

The paper for the Christmas trees on these tags was created using reinkers and water spritzer on a sheet of plastic. The vanilla cardstock in then placed on top of the ink pattern, press down, peel off and allow to dry. I then cut them out with the perfect pines framelits, covered with crystal effects and a little glitter sprinkled on top.

Close up of one of the tags:
 And this week's theme:

Project Recipe
Stamps: Wondrous wreath 
Ink: cherry cobbler, old olive and daffodil delight reinkers. Gold and silver encore. Whisper white craft and cherry cobbler.
Card: Very vanilla and wild wasabi
Accessories: Perfect pines framelits, crystal effects, dazzling diamonds glitter. Cheery cobbler seam binding ribbon, old olive grosgrain ribbon (retired) and gold baker's twine

Friday, November 13, 2015

#GDP010 Sketch

I love this week's sketch from The Global Design Project. I am slowly getting my Christmas cards done with all their challenges! Here is the sketch to work from:
Project Recipe
Stamps: gorgeous Grunge and Cozy Christmas
Ink: Real red and gold encore
Card: Mossy meadow, real red, very vanilla
Accessories: Home for Christmas dsp, red glimmer paper, gold baker's twine, mini gold brads, and petite petals punch

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

#GDP008 CASE Kylie

This week's challenge at Global Design Project is to CASE one of the designer's cards, Kylie Bertucci which is shown here:
I loved the layout of this card and the colours, but just made a few changes to create my own Christmas card.

Project Recipe
Stamps: A Cosy Christmas
Card: Tip Top taupe, cherry cobbler and thick white cardstock
Ink: Tip top taupe
Accessories:  Tip top taupe lace ribbon (so gorgeous), 2 1/2 inch circle punch and star dust stickle (gotta have a bit of sparkle)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

#GDP006 Sketch

A sketch challenge this week at Global Design Project and another Christmas card done. The images from the Home for Christmas dsp are just great for cutting out to add to a card or gift tag. Here is the sketch used this week:
Project Recipe
Stamps: Wondrous wreath (sentiment)
Card: Pacific point, pool party and real red
Ink: Versamark and gold encore
Accessories: Gold embossing powder, gold sequin ribbon, Home For Christmas DSP and 13/4 inch circle punch

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


This week's challenge at Global Design Project is to CASE one of the designers cards from a previous challenge. The card chosen is by Louise Sharp.

The idea is to draw ideas from the card and then make it your own. I decided to go with the neutral colours and the Christmas theme, but I really wanted to use my new Christmas stamp set from the holiday catalogue.

Project Recipe
Stamp set: Peaceful pines
Card: soft suede, very vanilla, crumbcake and gold glimmer paper
Ink: soft suede and versamark
Accessories: iridescent ice embossing powder, ovals frameleits and perfect pines framelits

Saturday, September 19, 2015

GDP#002 Christmas

My first Christmas card made this year using the sketch challenge from Global design Project. Only about another 40 to go!! Unfortunately, I was too late to enter this week's challenge but I still wanted to show off the card.

This is the original sketch.
My Project Recipe
Stamps: Wondrous wreath and Gorgeous grunge
Ink: Rose red, pear pizzaz and wild wasabi
Card: Thick white card, rose red and whisper white
Accessories: Wondrous wreath framelits, wild wasabi thick baker's twine (retired) and gold foil.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015


Global Design Project is a new challenge and design blog featuring Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world! Each week brings a new challenge and fabulous cards and projects from these leading demos, some of whose blogs I have admired and visit regularly.

The first challenge is colour and here is the inspiration board:
I didn't have any dsp featuring these colours, so I made my own using the spot splatter from gorgeous grunge and the 3 colours featured. I did a half sheet of A4 so I have enough left over for another card.

I am looking forward to each week's challenge and inspiration from the design team. I hope to participate regularly.

Project Recipe
Stamps: You've got this, Gorgeous grunge and Circle of Spring 
Ink: Smoky slate, so saffron and pink piroette
Card: smoky slate, saffron, pink pirouette and whisper white
Accessories: clear embossing powder, pink pirouette ribbon (retired), 11/4 inch and 13/8 inch circle punches

Monday, August 24, 2015

Retreat Weekend

Just back from a fabulous weekend away with crafty friends, Fiona, Amanda, Tania, Sharon and Ruth. We had a lovely time chatting, crafting and just enjoying a bit of time for ourselves away from the pressures of family and work. The card and matching gift box above are what we all created Saturday afternoon. We used the new thick white cardstock for the card base, it is so much more stable than regular cardstock.

Project Recipe
Stamps: Garden in Bloom, Watercolour wings and Wetlands
Ink: pool party, island indigo, crushed curry, delightful dijon, early espresso and black  stazon
Card: whisper white, pool party and crushed curry
Accessories: gift bag punch board, whisper white taffeta ribbon and self adhesive rhinestones

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Clean and Simple for Just Add Ink

Just Add Ink have a colour challenge this week. It has been a while since I have had a chance to do any challenges but these colours really appealed to me so I wanted to have a shot at it.

This card turned out nothing like I first imagined in my head! I originally did a sponged/watercolour background on the white card, but it turned out a bit too much colour so I ditched it. I was then going to use a number of bigger butterflies, but didn't like that look either! What I was left with was clean and simple with lots of white space!

Project Recipe
Stamps: Butterfly basics and Circle of Spring
Card: Crumb cake, smoky slate, whisper white
Ink: blackberry bliss and bermuda bay
Accessories: crumb cake seam binding ribbon and relf adhesive rhinestones

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Party Invites

My son Patrick and I have our Birthday's only a few days apart and we are having a family get together so I need invites suitable for a teenage boy and me. This one combines in colours from two different years, yellow for me and blue for Patrick!

Project Recipe
Stamps: Build a Birthday
Card: delightful dijon, lost lagoon, real red and whisper white
Ink: crumb cake, delightful dijon, lost lagoon and real red
Accessories: alphabet dies (retired).

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Colour Challenge for Just Add Ink

This week's challenge at Just Add Ink is colours, which are pink pirouette, night of navy and gold. The gold embossing of the corner garden stamp shows up so well against the dark of night of navy.

Project Recipe
Stamps: Corner garden background and backyard basics (sentiment)
Card: pink pirouette, night of navy and gold metallic
Ink: versamark, night of navy
Accessories: gold embossing powder, gold sequin trim and scallop border punch (retired)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

New Catalogue

The new catalogue is finally here. It is packed full of new stamp sets, new colours and accessories. Make sure you take a look either on the Stampin' Up! website (click on the catalogue in the right hand column) or on my online store site.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

New Catalogue and Products

Look what I have!! New catalogues and products. Stamps, incolours, ribbons and even a punch!!
If you want to get your own copy of the catalogue, then book a seat for my Launch Party.

When: Monday 1 June at 2pm (public holiday)
Where: my place

We will be having afternoon tea and making something using new products for the catalogue. Each attendee will receive a free copy of the catalogue and a sample of the new in colours.
Just add a comment or send an email and I will add you to the list!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Aussie Crafters April Challenge

I made this card for one of my favourite facebook groups Aussie Crafters as part of the April Snazzy sketch challenge. I was honoured to be asked to be a guest designer for this month's challenge. You can find more details here at A Stitch back in time blog which belongs to the head of the design team.

Project Recipe
Stamps: by the seashore
Ink: pear pizzazz and soft suede
Card: island indigo, pear pizzazz and natural white
Accessories: 1 1/4 inch circle punch, adventure bound paper stack, corner rounder punch, blue glitter

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Bloom with Hope

Sketch challenges are my favourite of all the different types of challenges. There is so much freedom to choose your stamps and colours, while having half the design work done for you! And the team at Just Add Ink have come up with a great sketch this week. I have an A5 art book that I draw the sketches in so I can use them again in the future.

Project Recipe
Stamps: Bloom with hope, Work of art (sentiment), I love lace (BG)
Card: Hello honey, blackberry bliss and natural white
Ink: hello honey, blackberry bliss and mossy meadow
Accessories: labels framelits, scallop tag topper punch and daffodil delight seam binding ribbon

Monday, March 23, 2015

Workshop card

I made this card using a leftover card kit from Friday night's workshop. It is very similar to the one we made on the night, but a little simpler. I love the richness of this year's in colours.

Project Recipe
Stamps: Butterfly basics
Ink: mossy meadow and blackberry bliss
Card: smoky slate, blackberry bliss and natural white
Accessories: Blackberry bliss ribbon

Sunday, March 1, 2015

JAI Sketch challenge

It has been ages since I have done any challenges, but this is the first weekend off in a long time that I haven't found myself with a hundred things to do. I love this sketch from Just Add Ink and thought the big butterfly would be perfect. I have coloured with blendabilities. These are so easy to use, it didn't taken me long to work out how to colour and blend to great effect.

Project Recipe
Stamps: Swallowtail and butterfly basics (sentiment)
Card: pumpkin pie, daffodil delight and whisper white
Ink: Black memento and gold encore for a bit of sponging on the edges
Accessories: pumpkin pie and daffodil delight blendabilities, honeycomb embossing folder

Monday, February 16, 2015

More Butterflies

The more I use this set, the more I like it. This time I have teamed it with the butterfly thinlits. These can be bought as a bundle in the new Occasions catalogue. If you haven't got your catalogue yet, just let me know and I will get it to you with the Sale A Bration catalogue.

Project Recipe
Stamps: Butterfly basics and I love lace (BG stamp used on the butterfly die cut)
Ink: Pear Pizzazz and perfect plum
Card: Pear pizzazz, perfect plum and naytural white
Accessories: burlap ribbon, hemp twine, butterfly thinlit, polymer clay and flower mould

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Butterfly Basics

This card is for Matt's grandparents 65th Wedding Anniversary. The background is created by using the aqua painter and a spot of re-inker.

Project Recipe
Stamps: Memorable moments and Butterfly basics
Card: Old olive and natural white
Ink: black stazon, old olive and pool party
Accessories: hemp twine, gold baker's twine and beautiful wings thinlits.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Lotus Blossom

I just wanted to show off  the new Lotus Blossom stamp set. This is only available for a short time and is a Free Sale A Bration set, only available when you spend $90 with Stampin' Up!.

Project Recipe
Stamps: Lotus Blossom and Butterfly Basics (sentiment)
Card: Strawberry slush, pistachio pudding and whisper white
Ink: strawberry slush, pistachio pudding and mossy meadow
Accessories: All abloom dsp stack, ruffled ribbon (retired) and retro fresh washi tape

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Occasions Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration

Double the excitement today!! A new catalogue for all your Valentines, Easter, Mother's and Father's Day and so much more!

Add to that SAB!! For every $90 you spend, you can pick a FREE item from the SAB Catalogue. Choose from stamps, papers, embellishments and so much more!

Check out this link to my Online store to see all the fabulous new products and SAB items.