Monday, 1 June 2009

New Blog Header

I can finally show you the baby card I made for a friend of mine. It took me 5 weeks or so to give it to her but finally I can share it with you.

The little duck is from a punch class called Simply Punches I signed up for a couple of months ago that Heather Summers held online. Isn't he cute. She has just started a new class today called Simply Punches Three.

You can't see it very well but I hand stitched round the edge of the top layer. The DSP I used is the new textured, coverweight cardstock called Sweet Slumber. The colours I used are Not quite Navy, So Saffron, Baja Breeze and Whisper White. The stamp set is the level 1 hostess set Punches Three.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Warning Very Girly Card

Here is a card I made last night with my new stamp set A Kind Word. I just couldn't wait to do a very girly card using it. The colours used are Pink Pirouette, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue and Blush Blossom. I used the sentiment from the On Your Birthday stamp set, I also used the En Francais background stamp and the number 5 is from a retired number set.
The accessories I used to make this card are the Small Oval Punch, Boho Flower Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Aqua Painter, Water Colour Paper, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, Pink Pirouette Ribbon and Pink Pirouette Patterns Designer Paper. Oh I almost forgot, I used my going grey marker to outline the image after I coloured it, that helps to make it pop off the page.
I have more to share with you but I have to prep for classes and a workshop so I better leave it for another time.

Thursday, 7 May 2009

A Rose is a Rose

Here is a card we made at a stamp-a-stack I held last weekend. It is made out of a Stampin' Up! envelope and I saw the idea at last years Stampin' Up! regional training. I am not sure who originally came up with the idea. I have used the fantastic set A Rose is a Rose as well as the On your Birthday stamp set, Bella Rose DSP, Kiwi Kiss Satin ribbon and the colours Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Old Olive and Kiwi Kiss.

Friday, 1 May 2009

I Love Flowers

For this card I have used the colours Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Grey and whisper white. The new stamp sets used are Fifth Avenue Floral and On Your Birthday. I have also used a Baja Breeze button from the Button Bouquet Designer button pack and Basic Grey Taffeta Ribbon.
This card was inspired by this card by Dawn at Dawns Stampin Studio.

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  • Schoolbook Serif Alphabet (RRP $77.95)
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  • Pumpkin Pie Classic Inkpad (RRP $11.95)
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  • Recruit Brochures (20)
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  • Hostess Benefits Form (10)
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This month at Stampin' Up! they are offering you a great promotion to help build up your patterned paper collection.When you buy 3 of our DSP packs* you can get a 4th of your choice for FREE!! There is no limit to how many you can get free, for every 3 you buy you get 1 free it really is that easy! *Excludes the Patterns Collection & Specialty Designer Series Paper

Thursday, 30 April 2009

The end of School Holidays

Sorry I haven't been posting much. My kids have been on school holidays so I have had less time to post to my blog. Here is a card I made last week using one of my new stamp sets called Inspired by Nature. I coloured the stem directly onto the stamp with an old olive marker then added colour to the flower directly to the stamp using sponge daubers starting with Summer Sun, then Cameo Coral, Ruby Red and then Bravo Burgundy. I thought the Echinacea flower was perfect for a get well card.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

CASED Faux Wood

This card has been CASED from this card by Karen. Thanks for such a great idea. This card is actually for my brothers birthday. I know it has flowers on it but he looks after gardens in his job so I thought it was very fitting to have a fenced garden on his birthday card. It was his birthday today so hopefully he already has his card and I can safely show it on here.This is the same card but I have changed the colours slightly and changed the base card to make it a girly version.

The stamp sets used are Upsy Daisy and Pocket Silhouettes. Colours Summer Sun, Lavender Lace, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, More Mustard, Bashful Blue (sky) and Cameo Coral on the girly one. Tag Punch for the fence.

I have some other cards to show but I have to give them to the people they are for before I can show you on here.

Friday, 3 April 2009

NEW Stuff!

I have been so flat out this last week and it doesn't look like there is any chance of it slowing down next week either so I thought I would at least get some pictures up on here of what I have made with the new stuff! If you have any questions about what I have used please let me know. I have used some of the new In colours and boy do I love them already!

Thursday, 2 April 2009

It's Here

You can now order from the new 2009/2010 Stampin' Up! Catalogue.

Contact me to get a catalogue or view it online now here.

I will be offering product shares this year if anyones interested you can email me at with the subject "product share".

5/8” Striped In Colour Grosgrain Ribbon Share – for $19.50 you will receive 2 metres of each of the following colours;
Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss and Tangerine Tango.
(8 places available)
Once the share is filled I will order the products and distribute them. If you live outside of Dubbo there will be a postage fee.

Designer Brads Share – for $11.25 you will receive ¼ of each pack of the 4 types of Designer Brads;
Flower, Filigree, Circle and Star Designer Brads.
(4 places available)
Once the share is filled I will order the products and distribute them. If you live outside of Dubbo there will be a postage fee.

Designer Series Paper Share No1 – for $16.95 you will get ¼ of each pack of 4 different Designer Series Papers, (24 sheets of 12” X 6” Designer Paper)
Raspberry Tart, Bella Rose, Urban Garden and Bella Blue.
(4 places available)
Once the share is filled I will order the products and distribute them. If you live outside of Dubbo there will be a postage fee.

Designer Series Paper Share No2 – for $16.95 you will get ¼ of each pack of 4 different Designer Series Papers, (24 sheets of 12” X 6” Designer Paper)
Sweet Always, Good Morning Sunshine, Urban Oasis and Washington Apple.
(4 places available)
Once the share is filled I will order the products and distribute them. If you live outside of Dubbo there will be a postage fee.

Patterns Designer Series Paper Share – for $16.95 you will get ¼ of each pack of 4 different Patterns Designer Series Papers, (24 sheets of 12” X 6” Designer Paper)
Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red and Pacific Point.
(4 places available)
Once the share is filled I will order the products and distribute them. If you live outside of Dubbo there will be a postage fee.

There is no limit to how many places you take in the shares or how many types of shares you join. If you want to take 2 places of the Designer Series Paper share for example you will get a Full 12 X 12 sheet of each pattern in that share for $33.90.

Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Tonight is the Night we say Goodbye

Tonight is the last chance you have to order from the 2008/2009 Catalogue and the Summer mini catalogue. Here is a gift voucher holder I made. It is kind of symbolic of this transition. I have used the retiring Natural Beauty stamp set along with the new In colours from the new catalogue. I have also used the chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon that will be returning due to popular demand. You can't see it very well in the photo but I have also used the En Francais background stamp.

Monday, 23 March 2009

Good Bye "For Father" and "In the Stars" (sniff)

I can't believe that these two sets didn't make it to the new catalogue. I will definitely be keeping them in my retired stamps draw because I love them. Here is a card I made the other day for my Brothers birthday. I first saw the technique faux woodgrain here I did mine differently though because I scored my lines using my paper trimmer with the scoring blade attachment and I sponged my colours onto the more mustard cardstock instead of dragging the ink pad on the cardstock. What ever way you do it the result is very cool.
Colours used were Not Quite Navy, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Very Vanilla (retired), Black Stazon and Basic Black. I used my Aqua painter and water colour crayons on water colour paper for the tool box. The accessories are stampin sponges, earth element brads, the large star punch, snail adhesive and dimensionals.

Sunday, 22 March 2009

More Cards with Retiring Stamps

Here are a couple of cards using stamp sets that are retiring. The stamp sets are By Land and Canvas background stamp. One of the cards is also using the retiring In Colour Blue Bayou.
There is only 9 more days to order from the Retire List and the Summer Mini. It is sad to see so many favourites retiring.

Friday, 20 March 2009

So Very Tired

I am really tired and need to go to bed but I thought I would put something on here for you all to look at. It is a card using the Embrace Life stamp set.

Now don't fall off your chair. Yes I have used two Bold Brights colours, shocking I know. The colours are pixie pink, Orchid Opulence, Whisper White and Basic Grey.

Updated Retired List

These items are now sold out as at the 20th of March 2009!

Item Number - Product Description - Availability

107565 - Flip Flops - Unavailable
109020 - Wild Wasabi Classic Ink Refill - Unavailable
109015 - Soft Sky Classic Stamin' Ink Refill - Unavailable
109016 - River Rock Classic Stampin' Ink Refill - Unavailable
109017 - Purely Pomegranite Classic Stampin' Ink Refill - Unavailable
100381 - Earth Elements Eyelets - Unavailable
100378 - Soft Subtle Eyelets - Unavailable
109019 - Groovy Guava Classic Stampin' Ink Refill - Unavailable
108748 - Best Friend Numbers - Unavailable
107212 - Mateys Map - Unavailable
105320 - Basic Eyelets - Unavailable
103195 - Gifts Galore - Unavailable
107561 - Garden Annuals - Unavailable
109610 - Confetti Simply Scrappin' - Unavailable
104279 - Leaf Prints - Unavailable
110255 - Bundle of Joy - Unavailable
112402 - Short Order Numbers - Unavailable
109018 - Blue Bayou Classic Stampin' Ink Refill - Unavailable
111852 - River Rock A4 card stock - Unavailable
108720 - Ahoy, Matey - Unavailable
108747 - Best Friends Alphabet Upper - Unavailable
111851 -Soft Sky A4 card stock - Unavailable
101259 - Black Hemp Twine - Unavailable
108740 - Bareback - Unavailable
106662 - Daisy Field - Unavailable
108638 - In Color 12"x 12" card stock - Unavailable
111850 - Wild Wasabi A4 card stock - Unavailable
108746 - Best Friends Alphabet Lower - Unavailable
NEW AS AT 12/3/2009
104065 - Fishy -Unavailable
106610 - Basics Outline - Unavailable
107482 - Lily Pad - Unavailable
105316 - Rich Regal Eyelets - Unavailable
111853 - Purely Pomegranate A4 Card Stock - Unavailable
103280 - Embossing Kit - Unavailable
109185 - Jersey Ribbon Originals - Unavailable
New As at 20/3/2009
108923 - Stipple Rose - Unavailable
104156 - Flitting By - Unavailable
109186 - Theater Ribbn Originals - Unavailable

The following items are running low in stock:
105445 - Soft Subtle buttons - Low Quantity
103981 - *Earth Elements & Neutrals buttons - Low Quantity
100900 - Gift sacks - Low Quantity
108763 - By Land - Low Quantity
112253 - *Dad's Day - Low Quantity
108849 - It's Your Birthday - Low Quantity
105531 - Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware - Low Quantity
112391 - Everything Baby - Low Quantity
112310 - Fabulous Flowers - Low Quantity
107464 - Rough Texture - Low Quantity
107465 - Speckled - Low Quantity
107467 - Birthday - Low Quantity
112272 - Classic Backgrounds - Low Quantity
108929 - Symbols of Solicitude - Low Quantity
112316 - Forever in My Heart - Low Quantity
105446 - Rich Regal Buttons - Low Quantity
112229 - ABC Images - Low Quantity
108857 - Linen - Low Quantity
108998 - Beautiful Life - Low Quantity
110248 - Polka Dots & Petals - Low Quantity
108765 - Cheery Chat - Low Quantity
NEW AS AT 9/3/2009
106523 - Five-In-One Card Cover Envelope Template - Low Quantity
110730 - *Pockets & Pieces Office Accents - Low Quantity
108722 - All I Have Seen - Low Quantity
108944 - Unfrogettable - Low Quantity
105515 - *Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware - Low Quantity
104829 - *Light Blue Gingham Ribbon - Low Quantity

NEW AS AT 12/3/2009
103978 - Earth Elements Buttons - Low Quantity
100900 - Gift sacksGift sacks - Low
NEW AS AT 16/3/2009
112300 - Elegant Notes - Low
112216 - *Keep Christmas - Low

108874 - Mostly Flowers - Low
104061 - Star Studded - Low
109170 - *Pumpkin Pie Prints Designer Series paper - Low
105532 - Aged Copper Hodgepodge Hardware - Low
111860 - Blue Bayou A4 card stock - Low
112666 - *Lifelong Notes Simply Sent - Low

Please if there is something on this list you want, order as soon as possible to avoid missing out.
You can email me on and please put RETIRED LIST ORDER in the subject line so I don't miss your order. Thanks.

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

I Have the New Catalogue!

By some miracle my 5 boxes of pre-order catalogues arrived yesterday! How exciting. I can't wait till April 1st so I can order!

Monday, 16 March 2009

In Colour Peek #1 Pacific Point

Here is an easy card I made the other day for a friend of mine who needed a baby boy card. I have used one of the new In Colours that will be available in April, Pacific Point. I have to say I love it already. The card was inspired by a card by Marelle. You can see her card here.

Stamps - In the Stars, Short and Sweet, Big on Spring, Congrats (SAB Set).

Colours - Pacific Point, Bashful Blue, Whisper White.

Accessories - Scallop Edge punch, Scallop Square punch, Paper Snips, Markers and snail adhesive

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Butterfly Card

Here is a card I made for my sister-in-law's 30th birthday. I have used a butterfly stamp (Stampin' Up! of course) that retired a long time ago that I borrowed from a friend of mine. I don't know the name of the set.

I embossed the image and sentiment with black EP. The butterfly is on SU watercolour paper and coloured using an aquapainter, ink, markers and sponges.

Colours - So Saffron, Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie, Cameo Coral, Blush Bloosom, Whisper White

DSP - Le-Jardin and So Saffron prints DSP (retired)

Accessories - Heat tool, Black EP, Water colour paper, circle punches, taffeta ribbon, dimensionals, snail adhesive, Aquapainter, sponge daubers, sponges and markers

Sunday, 8 March 2009

I Love Eastern Blooms!

What can I say, I love Eastern Blooms! Here is another card using this set.

Stamp Set - Eastern Blooms

Punches - Three for You punch box, 1/4 inch Circle punch, Scallop Edge Punch

Colours - Apricot Appeal, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White and Lavender Lace

Accessories - White Gel Pen, Elegant Eggplant 1/4 inch Grosgrain Ribbon, two way glue pen and snail adhesive

Saturday, 7 March 2009

Some more Workshop Samples

Here are two 7 X 7 scrapbook pages that I did last year using products from the Summer Mini Catalogue. Most of the things from this catalogue are due to retire at the end of March (somethings may make it into the new catalogue but we wont know what till it is released). So if there is something you like you need to order it this month or you may miss out.
Colours - Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Groovy Guava (in colour) and Soft Sky (in colour).
Stamps - Time for you, Friendly Flowers, Live Your Dream.
Designer Paper - Afternoon Tea DSP
Accessories - Blender pen, Basic Brown ink pad, snail adhesive, chocolate chip marker (for journaling)
Punches - Scallop Circle, Oval, Photo Corners, Scallop Edge and 1 3/8 Circle punches.
You are still able to get the in colour ink pads (reduced to $7.46) and some of the card stock but they won't last long (river rock and soft sky A4 packs are now sold out).

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Donation Amount for the Bushfire Appeal

Here is an anouncement that was on the Stampin' Up! website today,

"We're thrilled to report that to date, with the sales of the Bushfire Appeal stamp sets, we'll be able to donate $58,131.68 to the Australian Red Cross Victorian Bushfires 2009 Appeal."

Wow that is just fantastic. Thanks to all the people who have help make this happen by purchasing the bushfire appeal stamp sets.

Monday, 2 March 2009

Bold Boy Birthday!

I made this card today for a birthday party we were going to. I find it hard to do boy cards but this one came together very quickly. I was going for a fairly clean minimal look and I think it works but I am not really use to doing things like this. If I try it again I may do some sort of background stamp on the base card but then again that may not look right.I have used the By Land stamp set which sadly is retiring this month and the In the Stars stamp set that is in the Summer Mini (Love this set so versitile).

I have embossed the car image on basic grey card stock with versamark and black EP and embossed the happy birthday in white EP on Basic Black cardstock. The star has been stamped using Real Red (the colour is much brighter in real life) and then I punched it out using the large star punch. I have used dimensionals to pop up the car image and the star.

Don't forget to keeping checking the list of stuff that has sold out in my previous post because I will continue to update it as things sell out.

Saturday, 28 February 2009

Bye Bye Sale-A-Bration and In Colours

Today is your last chance to earn Sale-A-Bration stamp sets and also to guarantee your order of the 2008/2009 In colour products.
Below is some samples I used in workshops this month. They mostly use Sale-A-Bration and Summer Mini sets. The scrapbook pages are 7 X 7.

Colours - Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Whisper White and Basic Black
DSP - Spring Break, Bali Breeze
Stamps - In the Stars, Happy Happy Birthday Wheel, Loads of Love
Punches - Large and small Star punches
Accessories - Blender Pen, Jumbo Wheel Handle, Snail Adhesive
Colours - Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Rose Red, Soft Sky and Whisper White
DSP - Spring Break, Bali Breeze
Stamps - Polka Dot Punches, Yummy, Happy Happy Birthday Wheel, Eastern Blooms
Punches - 5 Petal Flower and Spring Flower Bouquet punches
Accessories - Signo White Gel Pen, Jumbo Wheel Handle, Snail Adhesive, Earth Element Brads and Dimmensionals.

I am off to work out what I am going to order before time runs out. If you have any last minute things you need to order please contact me before 9pm tonight. Remember tomorrow the retire list will be released so check back here for the details.

Friday, 27 February 2009

Bush Fire Appeal Update

Thanks to all of you who have ordered sets from the bush fire appeal list.
Stampin' Up! have advised us today on the demonstrator website that to date, with the sales of the Bushfire Appeal stamp sets, we'll be able to donate $34,653.80 to the Australian Red Cross Victorian Bushfires 2009 Appeal. This appeal has only been running for two weeks so that is a great result.
Remember we still have another month that the appeal will be running to increase this amount so I will keep you up to date with the progress. Thanks again for your support of this worthy cause.

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Card Box Set

This is a gift I made for a friend of mine last year for her birthday. I made it in November but never put it up on my blog so I thought I would show you now. Better late than never! It uses a lot of items that are in the Summer Mini Catalogue as well as some of the In Colours that will be retiring soon. I have heard that 4 of the 6 In Colour Ink Refills are on back order so if you need In Colour items you would be better off ordering them before the end of February so they are not already sold out by the time the retire list comes out.The card box contains 4 cards with matching envelopes and 3 gift tags. The designer paper is Afternoon Tea DSP from the Summer mini. The stamps I have used to make this card box and cards are Live Your Dream, Friendly Flowers, Say it with Scallops, Occasional Greetings and Sincere Salutations. The punches are Scallop Edge, corner rounder, the two squares, large and small oval and small star Punches (I used the creative memories tag punch to make the gift tags). The colours I have used are Soft Sky, Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White.

If you are interested in making something similar to this and have a group of about 5-6 people why don't you contact me and book a class.

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Something Different

I had a bit of a play the other day in the hope of coming up with something different. This is the result. I have used the tractor from the By Land stamp set (p63) and coloured directly on the stamp with the really rust, chocolate chip, basic grey markers and stamped it onto whisper white CS. I then cut it out, traced over some of the edges with the chocolate chip marker and used dimensionals to pop it up a bit (I put some summer sun CS in the tractor window). The backgound was done using a Brayer with creamy caramel ink at the bottom, soft sky at the top (lightly sponged with brocade blue) and then I made a mountain shaped mask out of computer paper and used my sponge dauber with chocolate chip ink to do the mountains and with another scrap piece sponged the tracks in the soil.
To finish it off I went round the edge of the picture with chocolate chip using the sponge dauber, mounted it on really rust then on a summer sun card base. The sentiment is a rub-on from the last mini catalogue. I think thats it. I hope I haven't forgotten anything.

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

I'm Back......Did you miss me?

Well here I am. Yes I know I have been gone for a long time but I will try and make up for it. I had two workshops last week both using the same cards so here they are.

In this card I have used the flower stamp from the Eastern Blooms Set and stamped in in regal rose and rose red. I have then punched it out using the 5 petal flower punch and layered them on top of each other (I didn't come up with this great idea, I saw this nifty trick here I then put a dimensional in the centre of the flower and dipped it in dazzling diamonds (also an idea from the talented Marelle
The branch with little flowers was coloured directly onto the rubber using chocolate chip, rose red and regal rose markers and stamped on whisper white CS and the small flower on the background has been stamped using versamark. The patterned paper is from Bali Breeze DSP in the Summer Mini. To get the sentiment just where I wanted it I used my Stamp-a-majig! (The curvy edge was made using a Creative Memories Curvy Cutter).
For this card I have again used markers to colour directly onto the rubber. The colours are Ruby Red, Old Olive and Cameo Coral and I have used the Summer Mini set Live Your Dream (which is one of the bushfire appeal sets). The sentiment is from the say it in scallops Summer Mini set which i have inked up in cameo coral the rolled the edges in ruby red. I then stamped the small butterfly from the Live Your Dream set in the corner in ruby red then punched it all out using the scalloped square punch. I have used Craft CS for my card base and used the scalloped edge punch to make a decorative edge. The Designer paper I used here is from the Ginger Blossom DSP pack (also in the Summer Mini).
Well I hope you liked these cards. Remember that there is only 4 more days to take advantage of Sale-A-bration so get your orders in to get your free sale set.

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Bushfire Appeal

My heart goes out to all the people who have been devastated by the fires that have ravaged parts of Victoria. I can't imagine what they are all going through.

Stampin' Up! wants to help and have set up a Bushfire Appeal.

From 12 February through 31 March 2009, when you purchase any of a select group of 10 stamp sets, Stampin' Up! will donate 50 percent of the sales of these sets to the Australia Red Cross Victorian Bushfire's 2009 Appeal.

These are the sets:

Stamp Set Item Number Page Number in Catalogue Retail Price

Priceless 112312 105 $48.95
Seeing Spots 108909 89 $29.95
Baroque Motifs 112380 98 $39.95
Live Your Dream 114261 3** $55.95
Looks Like Spring* 108864 76 $58.95
The Snowflake Spot* 108934 27 $39.95
Bodacious Bouquet* 108756 80 $58.95
Polka Dots & Paisley* 110247 46 $35.95
G'day Mate* 111973 115 $35.95
Be Happy* 108744 51 $39.95

*These sets will appear on the upcoming list of retiring products, so they will only be available for the Bushfire Appeal--while supplies last.
**In the Summer Mini Catalogue.

To help Stampin' Up! sell as many of these sets as they can and therefore donate more to the Bushfire Appeal I will be offering a 10% discount on orders that contain one or more of the selected sets from now until the end of February. Remember that it is also Sale-A-Bration at Stampin' Up! till the end of February so with each order of $100 of merchandise you will earn a free Sale-A-Bration limited edition stamp set as well.

Friday, 16 January 2009


Sorry I haven't posted for a very long time but we have had a family tragedy in the past month and I have not felt much like making things or posting. Today I will just post a picture of something I made in December but I won't be posting any details at this stage. It uses stuff from the new Mini Catalogue and a sale-a-bration set.