Sunday, December 30, 2007


Thankyou all for your lovely comments on my publishing debut. I could never give up ego would suffer terribly! LOL
This card has been made using the "Merci" Sale-a-Bration set (I tell ya, the worst thing about this year's sets, is deciding which one to choose!) Did I say "one"?? What am I thinking?! Of course you can't choose just one! ;-)
The colours I've used are Apricot Appeal, Tempting Turquoise and Rose Red, with just a dash of Certainly Celery. It's difficult making a card these days without the wide grosgrain ribbon. I can't wait until we get it in more colours! I've stamped in Very Vanilla Craft ink on the Tempting Turquoise piece. The main image has been stamped on watercolour paper in Black Stazon. I've coloured using markers and Blender pens, and added a turquoise brad to the flower centre. I nipped the edges with my Slit punch, and then sponged with daubers in Apricot Appeal. The little sentiment is from "Lots of Thoughts" (another Sale-a-Bration set). It fits perfectly in the Word Window punch. I've stamped the little heart from "Merci" in Rose red (stamped off once, so it's not too dark), and sponged the edges too.
I'll be placing an order on the 1st January, so let me know if you'd like to order $100 of Stampin' Up! goodies and get a Sale-a-Bration set for free. I can have your order shipped anywhere in Australia, and I take credit card too!

Friday, December 28, 2007

I'm famous! LOL

My Christmas present came in the mailbox a couple of days before Christmas...the latest Stamping and Papercraft magazine with one of my cards on the front cover! This is my first time published, so to say that I was excited is an understatement!
These are the 3 cards that they accepted...and I have more coming up in a couple of months! You can find a detailed description of how I made them in the magazine, but let me know if you have any questions! Oh, and I'll also do autographs if you ask nicely ;-) LOL

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Chocolat anyone?

You're probably all groaning at the thought of more food, if you've eaten anywhere near as much as I have over the past couple of days!
So, you might be relieved to hear that this chocolate is the non-fat's the Au Chocolat paper in the Summer Mini catalogue:
I've stamped on it with the outline flower from Bud Basics, and cut around it, and also cut out a flower centre using another piece of the paper. I stamped the outline flower again on Very Vanilla cardstock in Chocolate Chip ink, and then stamped the leaves in Certainly Celery (there was no need to mask, since the flower will be stuck over the top). The rest of the card is really simple: some more Chocolat paper, some lovely crinkly ribbon from the 'Flirty' Ribbon Originals (also in the Summer Mini), and a little 'hinge' embellishment made using the Word Window Punch and a circle punched from yet more of the gorgeous Chocolat paper.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Lots of Thoughts

I thought I'd start showing you some of the cards I've been making with the new Sale-a-Bration sets. This card is made using 'Friendship Blooms' and 'Lots of Thoughts'. It's amazing how many different looks you can create with the Friendship Blooms set (see this card here), and already I can see that 'Lots of Thoughts' is going to come in really handy. The greetings can be used complete, like I have here, and they fit perfectly in the tag punch, as well as the square and circle punches. The larger greeting can be used on its own, and it fits beautifully into the oval punch, and the small greetings can also be inked with a marker and used on their own and they fit perfectly into the Word window punch. So many options!
I've used markers to ink the stamp with 3 flowers on it from 'Friendship Blooms'. I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp a row of greetings, and then stamped one in Tempting Turquoise and punched it out with my Square punches.
This was such a quick card to make. The colours I've used are Marigold Morning, Tempting Turquoise and Rose Red.

Friday, December 21, 2007

My friends

Carte Postale is such a pretty set. It has so many pretty swirls and floral accents in it that make it really versatile. It also has some sweet French words Bonjour (good day or hello), Merci (Thankyou) Mon Amie (My friend) and Carte Postale (post card) that fit beautifully into the Word Window and Oval punches.
The colours I've used here are Cool Caribbean, Pale Plum and Whisper White. I've stamped the small floral motif in Versamark on the Whisper White piece and then sponged Taken with Teal and Pale Plum. I've stamped "Mon Amie" in Perfect Plum and sponged the edges with a dauber. For the square tile, I inked in Pale Plum, and rolled the edges into Perfect Plum. I then cleaned the stamp and inked it again in Cool Caribbean, rolled in Taken with Teal, and punched out the circular piece (I LOVE how the punches work so well with the stamps!). I also cut out the small flower in the centre for a little extra detail.
The brad in the centre has been covered with a glue dot and dipped in Dazzling Diamonds glitter for a touch of bling. I've mounted this on a Cool Caribbean square (sponged in taken with Teal), and then a Perfect Plum square. The ribbon I've used is gorgeous velvet ribbon from the "Flirty" ribbon originals in the Summer Mini Catalogue.
Here's a bit more of a close-up so you can see all the layering a bit better:

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Stem Silhouettes

This was the other make-and-take at my launch night. Yes, I do love that wide ribbon!! It has such presence on the card. Normally when you add ribbon, you need to tie it over a band of cardstock or patterned paper, but the wide ribbon stands on it's own so well. Here I've used Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Whisper White and Basic Black. Stem Silhouettes would have to be my favourite set from the new Summer Mini...such elegant simplicity! The main panel has been lifted up with Dimensionals, and the spine of this card is at the top, so the ribbon can be wrapped all the way around the card.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Bud Basics Bling

This will be a familiar card for those of you who came along to my "Out with the Old, In with the New" launch. It is a CaSE of a card I saw on Splitcoast by kysmom, with a few changes. I'm really enjoying using lots of white at the moment. It's such a fresh, clean look. I've paired it with Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip and Certainly Celery. I used the gorgeous Wide Grosgrain Ribbon from the Summer Mini (you'll be seeing me use LOTS of this!). I made my own bling using Stampin' Dimensionals with Dazzling Diamonds glitter dumped on top (very sparkly in real life!!) The sentiment is from the Stem Silhouettes set.
The Bud Basics set is such an easy set to use. The bold flower and the outline are designed to be 2-stepped, but as you can see here, they work very nicely on their own too!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

It's Time to Sale-a-Brate!

I've been having so much fun with my new Sale-a-Bration stamp sets, and I've been itching to show you. Now that those 12 days of Christmas are over, I can!
This is my favourite set "Friendship Blooms". It's just so pretty!
The best thing about it though, is that it's FREE! All you have to do is place an order for $100 from any current catalogue, and it's yours. Sale-a-Bration starts on the 1st of January, and lasts until the 29th of February – so you don’t have much time to make the most of this great offer.
Once Sale-a-Bration is over, these stamp sets will never be available again.
During the Sale-a-Bration Promotion, you’ll earn FREE stamp sets when you purchase products, when you host a Stampin’ Up! workshop, or when you sign up to become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.
All the details are in the Sale-a-Bration brochure. Let me know if you don't have one yet, and I'll pop one in the mail for you. It has lots of gorgeous samples and project ideas.
And for those of you in the Sydney area...
You're Invited!
I'm having an Open House on the 1st of January from 2pm-5pm, so you can come and try the sets for yourself. There will be nibblies and champagne, a Lucky door Prize or two, and make-and-takes. Email me to book your place!
Cardstock: Whisper White, Blush Blossom, Certainly Celery
Ink: Cameo Coral, Certainly Celery

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Twelfth Day of Christmas!

Well, we made it to Day 12! I hope it was worth the wait, or that you at least had fun along the way. Here it is. My Christmas Card...I made 100 of these to send to friends, family, past Workshop Hostesses and Loyal Customers and class attendees. I had quite a production line set up!
I cut all my cardstock to the right size first. This card opens so the spine is at the top...perfect to hang on a piece of string, so it's still the right way up! I stamped 'merry& bright' in Elegant Eggplant and punched them out with the Small Oval punch. The star has been stamped in Bordering Blue, which has been stamped off once. Next I stamped the little row of asterisks from "All in a Row" eye, I might add! I got pretty good by the 100th one! The 'branch' is the swirl from"Scribble This". Next I stamped the two ornaments, and I used a ruler to draw the string with my Bordering Blue marker, and drew the little bow by hand. Then came the task of putting them all together. There's nothing for it but to put on some Christmas Carols and sing along as you work (I'm sure this makes the cards come out better!).
I hope you like it, and I truly wish I could have sent one to all of you. Merry Christmas and thankyou all for your support!
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Not Quite Navy, Elegant Eggplant, Bordering Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Certainly Celery, Bordering Blue, Not Quite Navy
Stamps: Scribble This, Hung Up on the Holidays, All Year Cheer I, All in a Row
Other: Large Oval punch, Small Oval Punch, Rich Regals Markers

Not long to wait now!

Just a little bit longer, and then I'll show you the card for Day 12. I just want to wait until a few more people have received theirs....

In the meantime, I just wanted to share a Stampin' Up! Offer too good to refuse.
This is THE best Starter Kit Promotion I have seen since Stampin' Up! started in Australia. If you join Stampin' Up! during Sale-a-Bration (Jan 1-Feb 29), you can choose ANY stamp set (up to $80 value!) to add to the 5 sets that you already get in your kit. Plus, email me and I can tell you how to get an extra 10% off your Starter Kit, a saving of over $32!
January is also a great month to join because it is the start of a new quarter, which means you have 6 months to make your first quarterly minimum.
There are many benefits to being a Demonstrator, including coming to my classes for half price, buying your products at a discount, and receiving all the catalogues first, for free!
If you have any questions, or if you would like an obligation free Information Pack, just let me know!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

On the 11th Day of Christmas...

If the last card was "Inspired by", this one is an outright CaSE of this card by the lovely and talented Madonna. I liked hers so much that it just begged to be copied. I've made extensive use of the Holiday Thyme papers. There are 12 patterns in this paper and I don't think there is one that I don't like! I've cut out a poinsettia from one of the patterns and used Crystal Effects to make it all nice and shiny. The sentiment is "merry & bright" from All Year Cheer I, stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock and punched out using the Small Oval, and then mounted on a piece of Cranberry Crisp cardstock punched with the Large Oval. This "merry & bright" stamp just always seems to be the right size! The rest of the card is pretty self-explanatory. I've used Old Olive for the card base, and mounted the poinsettia on Bravo Burgundy cardstock.
Tomorrow is the last day! And the good news is that I mailed all my Christmas cards out yesterday, so some of you should receive yours today. I only wish I could have sent a card to everyone who has supported my business over the last year, but at least you'll all get to enjoy the virtual one!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Day 10

One thing I love about the Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalogue is that it has so many fabulous ideas in it that you need never come up with a single original idea! You can even change it around a little, and no one need ever know. This is one such example. If you have a look at page 31 of the catalogue, you'll see a card similar to this one. I was talking to a customer the other day about making these exact changes to that card, so then I wanted to make it to see if the picture in my head was how it would turn out!
I've used the Cranberry Stitched ribbon from the Spring Mini (no longer available *sob!*). The word 'Merry Christmas' is from "Many Merry Messages", stamped in black, and sponged in Always Artichoke with a Sponge Dauber. I used my leftover stockings from Teneale, and hung them on some Copper Cord, attached with Copper Brads. I used some of the Holiday Thyme paper (don't forget you only have a couple more days to order this!) for the bottom half of the card, and sanded and distressed the edges with my Sanding Blocks. The very bottom of the card has been stamped with the little sentiment from "Crazy for Christmas".
So there you go Glenys, is that what you had in mind too?

Sunday, December 09, 2007

The 9th Day

I think the worst thing about doing this 12 days of Christmas is that December's marching away before my eyes! I REALLY must get some Christmas shopping done...I never usually leave it this late!!
This card was from an idea of Sarah's (Lavandula), on our Elite forum. The card base is Always Artichoke, and then I've taken a piece of Bravo Burgundy, the same size as my cardfront and stamped all over it using the mistletoe stamp from "Peaceful Wishes". First I've stamped in Bravo Burgundy ink, and then in Very Vanilla. When it was dry, I tore along the bottom edge, and used my paper trimmer to cut it at about the 2/3 mark. I've attached it to my cardfront, leaving a strip of the Always Artichoke card base showing through. This saves fiddling with a little strip of cardstock. Ingenious idea Sarah!
I've inked up the top half of my 'Peaceful Wishes' stamp in Bravo Burgundy, using the edge of my inkpad, and the bottom in Always Artichoke. The finger-grips on the sides of our inkpads make it easy to do this without getting ink all over your hands or dropping your inkpad in your lap! I've stamped on Naturals ivory cardstock, and then mounted on Always Artichoke.
this is another card that it would be really easy to whip up a batch of, even though it's the 9th of December already!

Saturday, December 08, 2007

On the 8th Day of Christmas....

Some lovely shades of purple instead of the traditional red and green. Here we have my 2 favourite purply shades...Perfect Plum for the card base, and the bauble is Vintage Violet. I've used the branch from 'Peaceful Wishes', and stamped a background in Versamark. Then I've used the same branch, this time inked in Handsome Hunter, to stamp a bough for the bauble to hang from on Confetti White cardstock. To make the bauble, I stamped and embossed 'merry & bright' (from All Year Cheer I) in silver on a scrap of Vintage Violet cardstock, and punched it out using my 1 3/8" circle punch. To make the bauble hanger, I used the Double Rectangle punch and cut around it, and then attached it behind my bauble. A piece of Silver Cord, so it can hang from the bough, and an extra bow finishes it off.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Only 6 to go!

Are you totally over Christmas cards yet??? Notice that now I'm counting down. I think it's like the later stages of pregnancy, where it makes you feel like you're closer to the end if you count backwards!

This is a quick card I made using the 'Crazy for Christmas' set again. The colours this time are Ruby Red, Old Olive and Confetti Cream. I've used a Spectrum Inkpad to make this super quick and easy, but you could also use your markers, and then you could make the card in whatever colours you choose! the background is a little stamp from 'Fresh Fillers' stamped in Versamark ink. I've wrapped some gold cord around it (this would have to be one of the biggest bargains in the catalogue...did you know it works out at around 17c per metre?!) I made the little tag by inking up part of the 'Crazy for Christmas' greeting with a Ruby Red marker, and punching it out with my word window punch. The long needles from the Crafter's Tool Kit come in really handy for threading the cord with!

The Sixth Day!

I finally had a chance to play with some stamped images that the lovely and talented Teneale sent me. This set is called 'Gifts of Joy' and it was lots of fun to play with! The lovely and talented Claire (aren't I lucky to know so many lovely and talented people!) gave us a "Blushing Bride"challenge last week. We had to use something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue! So, I used OLD Olive, NEW ribbon from the Summer Mini (Wide Chocolate Grosgrain), BORROWED stamp images, and a BLUE snowflake! I've used some of the gorgeous "Holiday Thyme Paper" on this card (don't forget this is only available until December 15th!). I've taken my colours from the papers: Old Olive, True Thyme, Cranberry Crisp, with a dash of Bashful Blue, and then added a Big dash of Chocolate Chip (because let's face it, Chocolate is always good at Christmas!). I've watercoloured using Blender pens and my Inkpad lids, and added some shadowing for depth, and also some sponging around the edges. That zigzag "stitching" is done using the 'All in a Row' stamp set. The snowflake is part of the "Holiday Thyme" papers that I've cut out.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

The Fifth Day!

This is one for those of you who haven't even starting making their cards yet! It's my famous No Cutting Card, in it's Christmas garb! See this post for an explanation!
I've used 'Bouquet' Jumbo wheel on a piece of Kraft cardstock, cut to the size of my cardfront. If you wanted to make a whole batch of these, you would leave your sheet A4 size, and cut it in quarters after you had stamped. I love the Bouquet wheel. I can use it all year round as a florally background, and then colour it green and red, and viola it's a Christmas wheel!
I've used my Aquapainter and a couple of drops of re-inker onto my inkpad lid for a good depth of colour. I've added some highlights with the White Gel Pen (I can't tell you how many of these I go through... I use them all the time!)
The rest of the card is really easy. I've used Always Artichoke as my card base. Just tear off part of the front, and attach your Kraft piece behind the tear. It all looks nice and neat on the inside too. Liz has taken it a step further in this post on her blog, by using the torn-off piece too. Clever!
I've stamped Season's Greetings (from 'Many Merry Messages') in Whisper White ink, and coloured a couple of extra leaves and berries, and stuck them on with the 2-way glue pen as a simple little embellishment.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

The Fourth Day of Christmas

Another Simple Card in soft greens. This was also a card that had to be mass-produced for the Haemophilia Foundation. The card base is Mellow Moss, and the darker green is Always Artichoke. All the stamps I've used are from the set "Peaceful Wishes". This is one set that has had quite a workout this year! A lot of the stamps are suitable for the rest of the year too (the pinecone and branches, so I won't even have to pout it away when Christmas is over.
For the focal image, I inked up the branch in Mellow Moss, stamped off once onto scrap paper, and then rock'n'rolled the edges of the stamp in Mellow Moss again. This gave me a paler centre part of the image, so the greeting stands out more. I've stamped on Confetti Cream cardstock, which has a lovely fleck in it.
When we made this card at my Stamp-a-Stacks, we also used heat-and-stick powder and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to add some sparkle to the centre branch. There's nothing like a bit of sparkle at Christmas!

Monday, December 03, 2007

The Third Day of Christmas...

How about 3 hanging ornaments instead of those French hens??
Some of you may recognise this card if you've attended a workshop of mine lately.
I've wheeled the Orchid Opulence piece using the Twinkle wheel, by rolling it in my Versamark pad. TIP: make sure your pad is nice and inky, or your wheel will come out a bit patchy-looking. This has to be one of the most versatile wheels to use all year round! I've also made this card using Pink Passion instead of the Orchid, and it looks fab too!
When the Versamark is dry, paper pierce the top edge using your Piercing tool and mat pack. Next, stamp your ornaments on Whisper White cardstock. I've used Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise and Orchid Opulence inks. Stamp the strings in Going Gray ink. This is a softer alternative to black, when you don't want something quite as stark. It's a lovely silvery grey colour, which I also use a lot for shadows in my watercolouring. I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp my strings in the position I wanted them...well worth the little bit of extra effort! My biggest tip for this tool is to leave it out of it's box, right on your workspace, so it's no effort to get it out!
I made a wavy edge on the bottom of my Whisper White piece using the Cutter Kit. Just do a freehand wave using the cutting blade. Practise on some scrap cardstock first!
The final step is to use a Green Galore marker to ink "JOY" from the "Peace Joy Love" stamp in All Year Cheer I.
A bright and cheery card in some non-traditional colours!

Sunday, December 02, 2007

The Second Day of Christmas...

This has to be the most versatile Christmas set ever. It's called 'Crazy for Christmas' and has rows of little Christmas trees (shown here), presents, ornaments and a cute little message. The presents are great because you can use them all year, and if you turn the ornament stamp upside down, you have a row of balloons! Also, you can ink these trees using your markers, and leave off the tree trunks and you have a row of party hats! How clever is that? I just love a Christmas set that doesn't have to be sitting in a drawer for the rest of the year.
This is another simple card that I made 200 of for the Haemophilia Foundation. Colours are Not Quite Navy, Garden Green and Kraft. I've stamped in black Stazon on the Kraft piece, and watercoloured using Blender Pens and Inkpad lids. Then I highlighted areas using my White Gel Pen. I love the effect of watercolouring on Kraft cardstock. I encourage you to try it if you've never done it before! The little sentiment stamped down the bottom, and a piece of Silver Organdy ribbon tied in a knot finishes it off.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

12 Days of Christmas!

Before I get down to Business...THE SUMMER MINI IS ONLINE! (yes, I'm's exciting!) Go and have a look and tell me you don't love it. You can see it here. There are some gorgeous things in there, and I have lots to show you with my favourites Stem Silhouettes, Carte Postale, and Bud Basics. But for right now, I have something else in mind...

I know the 12 days of Christmas are supposed to start AFTER Christmas, and involve lots of birds and prancing men, but I'm doing my own version...there's not a partridge in sight, I promise! The 1st of December seems like an appropriate time to start showing you a Christmas card a day for the next 12 days, finishing off with my own Christmas card that I'll be sending out this year. The idea is that I'll actually have mine in the post to some of you before then, so as not to spoil the surprise. Maybe this will make me get a wriggle on!

So, card number 1!

This card is super easy and quick to whip up a whole bunch of, if you haven't even started yet ('Fess Up...I know there are some of you!). It's very RED and cheery. I've used Little Pieces, but it would work well with Big Pieces too, or Seeing Spots. The background is stamped in Versamark on the base card too, but it doesn't show up very well in the photo. I've used Big Deal Alphabet for the word 'joy' and some red gingham ribbon just tied in a knot and secured behind the Whisper White piece. How simple is that?

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Blog Candy Canes

Well, you've heard of Blog Candy, but how about some Blog Candy Canes! These are the Candy Canes I made to give out at my "Out with the Old, In with the New" Mini Catalogue Party. I found these cool hot pink and red strawberry flavoured Candy Canes that were just begging to be decorated. And I've put together a tutorial so you can make some too! Here's what you need (all Stampin' Up!©):
18cm x 5cm Whisper White Cardstock; Double Rectangle Punch; Tag Punch; Red Gingham Ribbon; Bone Folder; Terrific Tags, Holiday Wishes, Hung Up on the Holidays Stamp sets ; Inkpads (I've used Real Red and Pink Passion); Paper snips

1. Score Whisper White cardstock at 8, 9 and 10cm. 2. Fold along score lines and burnish folds with the Bone Folder.

3. Stamp tag from 'Terrific Tags' in Pink Passion, and Rock'n'Roll in Real Red. Make sure you stamp above the score lines.

4. Stamp reverse side with your greeting (the tiny greeting from 'Holiday Wishes' fits perfectly) Again, make sure you stamp above the score lines

5. Accordion fold the score lines so they are folded up inside the tag

6. Punch out tag, punching through all the layers of cardstock, but being careful not to punch the bottom edge.7. Fold out the middle section and punch through the 2 layers with the Double Rectangle Punch.

8. Use Paper snips to cut out the middle section.

This is what it should look like now:

Use the Double Rectangle Punch to punch through 2 layers at the top of your tag. Slide it onto your Candy Cane and tie ribbon through the holes to secure. Voila! Aren't they cute?!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Out with the Old, In with the New!

That's the theme of my Mini Catalogue Party tonight. It's going to be a fun night with a glass of bubbly and some yummy food, Prizes, Fantastic Specials, a Special Guest Stamper and even a goody bag to take home. I've still got lots to do to get ready, but I just wanted to pop on here to say that I have a couple of spots free, due to a couple of last-minute cancellations (it's that time of year I think!) so if you live in Sydney and would like to come, send me an email It's going to be a fun night! And the cost? It's FREE!
If you can't make it, just a reminder about the All in the Family promotion, which finishes in a couple of days (I'm offering this set at $59.15), and also the Spring Mini Catalogue which will also be gone. Let me know by November 30 if you would like anything!
Tomorrow I'll be putting up that tutorial I promised you earlier this week, so stay tuned!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


I think I over-compensated for the masculine card in my last post.... Here is the absolute polar opposite of a masculine card! I actually made the Lovely lilac scalloped piece first, to get it the right size, and the rest of the card was worked around that. I used my Corner Rounder punch (guard removed) to make the scallops. I've pierced the centre of each scallop with the Paper piercer and dotted the hole with my gel pen.
The main flower has been inked with Versamark and white-embossed. Watercolouring is so easy when you emboss. It forces you to stay in the lines! The leaves are actually petals from the large Scribble flower.
The background has been stamped on Pixie Pink cardstock in Whisper White Craft ink, and coloured with Blender pens. I just used the Blender pen to pull the ink from the stamped image, and fill in the larger areas for a soft effect. The sentiment has also been embossed with white powder. I mounted it all on a Certainly Celery card.
Hope it brightens your day! (it's pouring rain here...)

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Party, Party!

I've got a few last Spring Mini cards to show you, since this is the LAST WEEK of the Spring Mini, and then I'll be launching into full-on Christmas mode. I've even got a tutorial that I've been working on to show you later on this week, but it's a surprise!
I've had a busy couple of weeks, and this week I have my "Out with the Old, In with the New" Mini Catalogue Party on Wednesday night. It's going to be heaps of fun. There's a Special Guest stamper, free make-and-takes, prizes, Special offers and a goody bag to take home! I only have a couple of spots left though, so email me if you'd like to come! Then it's Jacob's 7th birthday on Thursday, so I think I'll be partied out by the end of the week.
This is one of those oh-so-difficult masculine cards, made easier with the help of the Round tab punch and the 'Tagger's Dozen' set. I used my trusty markers to ink the stripes individually and echoed the stripes by also inking the candles individually. Then I've echoed (lots of echoes here!)the asterisk candle flames with the 'twinkle' wheel, in Versamark ink, to give a tone-on-tone effect. I punched a window in the stripes with my square punch, and the "Birthdays are the Best" stamp fits perfectly in there.
cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Really Rust, Whisper White
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Really Rust, Mellow Moss, Brocade Blue
Stamps: Dream Come True (stripes), It's Your Birthday, Tagger's Dozen, 'twinkle' wheel
Other: Round Tab Punch, 1 3/8" square punch, Markers

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Find Joy in the Little Things

I think that really is the secret to happiness. There is so much joy to be found all around us, if only we learn how to see it.
This is another set I'm really going to miss when the Spring Mini disappears at the end of this month. This colour combination was inspired by this gorgeous card of Carol's. Make sure you check out her blog...she does lots of gorgeous stuff! This was an old Sketch challenge of Beate's that you can see here. The front of the card is just a half-flap, so it's a bit different to your everyday card!
I went a bit mad with the white gel pen on this one. I love that pen!!
Cardstock: Whisper White, Almost Amethyst, Pale Plum, Cool Caribbean
Ink: Pale Plum, Cool Caribbean, Certainly Celery
Stamps: Polka Dots and Paisley
Other: Large Oval punch, White gel pen (lots of!), Celery Ribbon, Paper Piercing tool and mat pack

Monday, November 19, 2007

Inspired by a Cushion!

Inspiration can come from the strangest places. My daughter Amy has a pretty cushion in her bedroom, and when I was vacuuming her room, I thought it would make a lovely card. So, that was the end of the vacuuming, and I sat down to make a card instead! Here's the cushion:And my challenge to you is go and be inspired by something unusual, and turn it into some Papercraft!

Cardstock: Cool Caribbean, Rose Red, Regal Rose, Old Olive, Whisper White
Stamps: Scribble This, Little Pieces
Other: Paper piercing mat pack, white gel pen

Friday, November 16, 2007

2,4,6,8 Box

I thought I should show you some more creations made using the gorgeous sets in the Spring Mini Catalogue before they disappear at the end of this month and I can't use them anymore *sob!* I'm really going to particularly miss Scribble This, Big Pieces and Polka Dots and Paisley.
Here's a little 2,4,6,8 Box that I made using Polka Dots and Paisley and the Petals Jumbo wheel. I demonstrate a lot of these at workshops and they always get a WOW. There's something magical about turning a flat sheet of cardstock into a 3D item. These little boxes get their name from the fact that you score your A5 cardstock at 2,4,6 and 8 inches. Amy Rysavy has a great tutorial on her blog.
I wheeled my Cool Caribbean cardstock in Tempting Turquoise ink first, then made my box, as per the tutorial. I always use Sticky Strip to assemble all my boxes. It's the only tape that holds them together securely. Then, I just added a quick Celery and White Grosgrain ribbon handle, attached with Tempting Turquoise brads. The Belly band (gotta love that name!) is just a piece of Tempting Turquoise cardstock wrapped around the box, and secured with Sticky Strip. Then I've popped a little embellishment on the front; I've stamped the dots from "Petals and Paisley" on a piece of Whisper White cardstock in Cool Caribbean ink. Then I've inked the flower using a Tempting Turquoise and Certainly Celery marker. I've also used my marker to ink only the word "joy" from "find joy in the little things". I mounted it on a piece of Certainly Celery, and then popped it up using Dimensionals.
It's a perfectly sized little box to pop a little stamp in for my Hostesses. Some little chockies in a Christmas-themed box would make a great gift!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

What do you want for Christmas??

Wouldn't it be lovely to find one of these under the tree on Christmas morning? I've used Holiday Thyme papers to decorate a Gift Certificate wallet. There's also a sneak peak of some fabulous ribbon that you might be seeing more of very soon! Here's an inside view (you'll have to imagine it's filled out to the amount of say....ooooh $1000 should do it! ;0)

This is Christmas shopping made easy, and makes a perfect gift for anyone crafty (that's you!). The best thing about it is that you'll have some $$ to spend during Sale-a-Bration in January and February, when you can earn stamp sets for free for every $100 you spend!
Just get your loved ones to send me an email with Gift Certificate in the subject line, and I'll take care of the rest! Or do your own Christmas shopping right now, and get one for someone you love.

And here's how to make your own!

1. Cut your A4 sheet to 21 x 25.5 cm
2. In Landscape orientation, score at 8.5 and 18.5 cm
3. Fold along score lines and burnish the creases with a Bone Folder
4. Add Sticky Strip to the sides of the bottom flap
5. Adhere bottom flap and slip gift certificate inside
6. Decorate outside with stamps/patterned paper of your choice
7. Tie closed with ribbon or belly band

Monday, November 12, 2007

Christmas Baubles

I have to confess I'm a bit in love with making these baubles at the moment! They're so easy, and really quick.
I've made mine using the new "Holiday Thyme" Double-sided Paper, which is only available until the 15th December, and for a special price too! Only $14.50 for a pack of 12 double-sided sheets! You can see the Promotion here. They also look gorgeous in vellum, with Silver or Gold Embossing on them.
We demonstrated and displayed these at the Penrith Papercrafts Expo, and they WOW'ed everybody. The lovely and talented Petronela was at the Show with us, and she has put together a fantastic tutorial to show you how to make these. Check it out here.
While you're at it, check out her blog She also has a Paper Bow Tutorial on there (if you were at Penrith, you might have seen her demonstrating these) and a Two Pocket Tote Bag Tutorial. What a clever cookie!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

All in the Family Baby

This is the last sample card I did for the Papercrafts Show. I made all of these projects (3 cards and 1 frame) in the space of a couple of hours. It's such a fun set to play with that I didn't want to stop! More Petals and Paisleys DS Paper here. Don't forget that the Spring Mini finishes at the end of this month, so you only have until November 30 to get some!
I did some more paper piecing here. The baby's face is actually that pale pink spotty paper I used in the background (I chose a bit without spots ;-) and her little suit is the other pink paper. I love the "Welcome Little One" message from seems to make it on to all my baby cards. A piece of pink gingham ribbon fishes it off.... Easy!
Cardstock Colours: Regal Rose, Cool Caribbean, Whisper White

A Happy Hello

This card actually started it's life as a scrap of paper. I wanted to see how difficult it was to stamp this set without the Stamp-a-ma-jig. What surprised me was how easy it was. I stamped this little lady just by eye-balling it, and it turned out so well that I had to turn her into a card!
Her dress has been Paper-pieced using Petals and Paisleys DS Paper. I stamped the dress on a scrap of the DS paper, cut around it, and stuck it over the dress that I'd already stamped on Whisper White. The background papers are also Petals and Paisleys, and I stamped the greeting from All Year Cheer I and punched it out with the Word Window punch, and used a Turquoise brad for an accent. I love how you can make the people do what you like; I've raised one of her arms in a friendly wave. I've used Whisper White as my card base for as fresh, crisp look. I coloured the girl and her cat using a Blender Pen and Inkpad lids. Colours are Certainly Celery, Apricot Appeal, Blush Blossom (for her rosy cheeks) and Tempting Turquoise.
In case you don't want to risk "eye-balling" it, here's a link to a tutorial on how to stamp this set using the Satmp-a-ma-jig:

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

All in the Family Christmas

A personalised Christmas Card! I think this must be someone else's family though...or maybe our dog is very dirty, and I've dyed my hair!
For the background, I've used various stamps from "Many Merry Messages" and "Peaceful Wishes", stamped in Mellow Moss ink on Mellow Moss cardstock. I've used Watercolour Paper for the main image, and the main greeting, matted on Buckaroo Blue cardstock. The word 'from' is actually the "From the Heart" message in All Year Cheer I, and I've just inked the word 'from' with a Basic Black marker. 'US!' is Classic Alphabet, and I've used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to add some shadows for depth. I've nipped the edges of the Mellow Moss cardstock with the Slit Punch (I've drawn a dot on the underside of my punch so I can line it up evenly each time), and then some "Vintage" brads in the corners.
Now, I don't think I'll be whipping up 100 of these for my Christmas cards this year, but I'll be doing a few for some special family members!

Monday, November 05, 2007

A Very Special Stamp Set

Click on the picture to see more detail
Stampin' Up! is running a very special promotion this month.
As many of you know, the Australian General Manager, Dave Abbott, recently passed away from a rare blood disease, at the age of 41, leaving behind his wife and 3 young children. Stampin' Up! being the incredible company they are have just released the stamp set called 'All In The Family' in Australia in order to raise money for Dave's family. 100% of the proceeds of the sale of this stamp set worldwide will be donated to Dave's young family - not just the profits but 100% of the sale price worldwide…. now that's a company with heart!
I would like as many of you as possible to be able to buy this set, so I will be passing my Demonstrator discount on to you. I won't make any money from it, but hopefully I can help raise some money for Dave's family.
You can see the stamp set, and a picture of Dave and his family here. The All in the Family stamp set will appear in the Idea Book & Catalogue 2008-2009 (which will be released in April), but has been pre-released to raise money for the Abbott family. The set will not be available again after 30 November until 1 April.

This Promotion runs from
1st - 30th November.
I am offering it to you at 20% off!
So, instead of $73.95, you'll pay only $59.15
(plus shipping and handling)

Email me if you'd like to buy a very versatile stamp set, and help out a family in need at the same time. I can ship anywhere in Australia for just $5.95.

Another way to help is to contribute directly to the fund. You may make a deposit into the following bank account:
Westpac Kent Street (branch)
283-285 Kent Street Sydney 2000

BSB: 032134 Acc. No: 132523 Contact name: Brano Plesko
As soon as I got this set, I couldn't wait to make my own Family Portrait.
I've stamped my family on watercolour paper in Chocolate Chip ink, and coloured with my blender pen and ink from the Inkpad lids (Buckaroo Blue, Cranberry Crisp and Mellow Moss, and a little Blush Blossom for our cheeks and Marigold Morning for my hair!). The Chocolate Chip ink bled a little (brown Stazon would be better, but I don't have any), so I'm claiming that it all adds to the artistic effect of watercolouring!

The lettering and embellishment come from the "At Home" Simply Scrappin' Kit. These kits make it so easy to make quick cards and scrapbook pages. I love the fact that the self-adhesive die cuts are cardstock, not just stickers, so they look really classy. Here's a closer look:
I've actually been a bit tricky and used the outside "frame" of the die-cut (the bit you usually throw out) and stuck it on vellum, and then trimmed around it. Waste not, want not!

I have 3 more projects using this set, which I'll show you over the next couple of days, so stay tuned!

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Finding Joy

A really quick post from me, just to say I'm here, but busy, busy, busy! It was lovely to meet so many of you at the Papercrafts Show at Penrith!
I'll pop back here and tell you how I made this card later on tonight, but hopefully in the meantime it will brighten your day! Have a great weekend!
Well, I'm back, not quite on time though, sorry! The weekend somehow got away from me.
Anyway, here's how I made this card (better late than never!).
I took Pixie Pink cardstock, and inked my Petals wheel on my Versamark inkpad. I actually tried using an un-inked cartridge and inking it up with Versamark, but didn't have much success with that, so now I prefer to use my inkpad. I then used a white gel pen to highlight some of the dots and flowers.
For the main image, I've used the flower from Scribble This and stamped in Versamark on Whisper white cardstock, and then embossed with white embossing powder. I've given it some "out of the box" treatment, and drawn a square around the flower, and trimmed it carefully with my papersnips. I watercoloured using an Aquapianter and ink taken straight from Pixie Pink and Lovely Lilac inkpad lids. I LOVE watercolouring embossed images...the raised edges make it really easy to stay in the lines! I used some gorgeous ribbon from "Sweet Shop" Ribbon Originals, adhered it with my teeny "Bambi" stapler. You can pick up a Bambi from K-mart for a measly $5 or so, and the staples look soooo much cuter on a card than the big office ones. A silver brad in the flower centre and a sentiment from "Polka Dots and Paisley" stamped in Pixie Pink, and you're done!


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