Thursday, 19 November 2015

Jolly Christmas Sleigh Ride

I've been busy creating in the studio, inspired by the Holiday Style Online Card Class. Still on Day 1, this one is inspired by Debbie Hughes' Clean Layers card with the watercolour background.

I used Stampin' Up's Shimmery White cardstock for the watercolour background, first taping it to a board so it doesn't warp, and using Pool Party, Island Indigo and Tempting Turquoise inks. Before painting the background I stamped the snowflake images from Jolly Christmas in Versamark, and used white and silver embossing powder.

As I don't have a snowflake edge die I used the Sleigh Ride Edgelits die for the top layer. The greeting comes from the Festival of Trees stamp set.

If you are in Australia and would like to order any of these supplies to make this card, just click on the corresponding image below. If you use my November host code 2AK969DG, you will also receive a little embellishment pack in the mail from me!

Happy stamping,

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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Wonderland Joy

I've been doing another class over at Online Card Classes, this time the Holiday Style class. There are so many fabulous ideas and inspiration it's always hard for me to keep up with all the tutorials.

This is the first card I made from Day 1 - Clean and Simple Cards. Inspired by Julie Ebersole's Simple Scene card, I used the gorgeous tree stamp from the Wonderland stamp set by Stampin' Up. For the sentiment I used the large Joy stamp from the Berry Merry stamp set. I added the Santa sleigh from a retired set.

The sparkly snow flakes don't show up well in this photo.

If you are in Australia and wish to order any of the supplies I used on this card, just click on the corresponding image below. If you use the November host code 2AK969DG you will receive a little embellishment pack in the mail from me!

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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Holiday Catalogue Retiring List out already for 2015

We’re saying goodbye to retiring products from the holiday catalogue; but before we do, we’re giving everyone an opportunity to order their favourites. Retiring products will only be available until 4 January, or while supplies last.

Click HERE to download the PDF of items retiring.

Click HERE to go to my Online Store to order your goodies before they're gone.

Don't forget to use my Host Code 2AK969DG before November 30, you will receive a free embellishments pack from me!

Monday, 16 November 2015

I've been a bit slack with my blog lately, but for very good reasons...

It looks like I haven't shared any of my creations on my blog since July, for a couple of reasons...

  1. It's easier to take a photo of my creation with my phone, upload it straight to my Facebook page from my phone, and add a quick blurb about it directly on the phone. If I decide to write a blog post about it, I have to fire up the old laptop, transfer the photo to the computer, wait until the browser opens, login to my blog, write a post, upload the photo, add tags and then publish (this takes a lot longer to do than uploading to Facebook).
  2. My mum went into a nursing home temporarily in June and became a permanent resident there at the end of July, until she passed away on October 9. Then we had relatives coming from interstate and overseas for the funeral.
  3. If you have received my newsletters this year you have heard that I had overseas visitors in June as well, which was enjoyable but tiring, and all the extra driving put strain on my back and I've been having frequent treatment since then to get over it.
  4. My mojo has been erratic lately, and it's been hard to get motivated to work in the studio on my own.
But anyway, here are a few of my creations which I shared on Facebook:


I hope you get inspired by these ideas, some of which I get from other people, or I have made at our monthly team get-togethers. 

Happy Stamping,

Stampin' Up! has 17 stamp sets at 20% off! 4 days only!

I can’t believe it–Stampin’ Up! has 17 stamp sets on sale at 20 percent off for just a few days. This rarely happens, so check it out here and get your stamps ordered!

Stamp sales are the best sales, and this one is no exception! Save 20 percent off retail on select stamp purchases 16-20 November.

  • Dates: 16-20 November 2015
  • The 20 percent discount only applies to select stamps.
  • Bundles are not eligible for this promotional discount, but they will retain their current 15 percent Bundle & Save discount.
  • There is no limit to how many discounted stamp sets can be placed on an order.
  • There is no minimum purchase required for this promotion.
As a little extra incentive, if you order through my online store (click on the button below) and use Host Code 2AK969DG, you will receive a free embellishments pack from me!

Happy shopping,

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Just a few hours left...

Before the first email in my 12 Weeks of Christmas Ideas goes out to my mailing list subscribers.

Have you joined my mailing list yet? If not, put your details in the sign up box on the sidebar.

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

12 Weeks of Christmas Ideas starts tomorrow!

It's that time of year again, when I send out my free gift to my mailing list subscribers. Each week, you will receive an email containing a project idea for a Christmas card, gift, tag or wrapping, along with the instructions. This is ONLY for mailing list subscribers and you have 24 hours before the first email goes out on Wednesday September 30, 1 pm Adelaide SA time.

To sign up, just put your details in the box on the sidebar on the right hand side:  --->


Sunday, 27 September 2015

Holiday Catalogue favourites

Here are some of my favourites from the Holiday catalogue - if you wish to order any of these items, just click on a picture to be taken to my online shop.

If you haven't yet seen the Holiday Catalogue, you can download a PDF version HERE

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Background Check class day 1 using Amazing Birthday stamp and Happy Patterns Decorative Masks from Stampin Up!

Today I tried one of the techniques from the Background Check online class to create this card, and I'm happy with the way it turned out.

Here are the supplies I used:

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If you're in Australia you can order any of the supplies above by clicking on the image to go to my online store.

Other supplies:  Baby wipes.

I love the way the stencil embossed, and the baby wipe removed some of the colour from the background sponging.

I hope to create more cards during the class.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Treat bag made with Fry Box die and All About Sugar stamp set from Stampin Up! - Video

It's been a while since I made a video, so here is the first in a series on treat bags and boxes made with the various tools from Stampin Up.

Here is the link if you can't see the video:

Supplies used:
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Monday, 29 June 2015

Get 2 extra stamp sets for free if you join Stampin Up by June 30!

If you're anything like me, papercrafting is a big part of your life. If you'd like to find a way to either get goodies at a discounted price and/or subsidise your spending on craft supplies by selling to your crafting buddies, then why not think about joining Stampin Up?

Many people (including me) join Stampin Up to get the best quality product at a discount. I've been a Demonstrator for over 8 years now, and have had lots of fun doing what I do. I've not found it difficult to meet the minimum required to maintain my status, and I enjoy getting together with friends and new people to share ideas and create things. I'm also a member of a couple of private Facebook Groups with other Demonstrators and we get to share more ideas.

For the month of June 2015 only, Stampin Up is offering 2 free stamp sets when you join. You still can choose the content of your starter kit, which has a retail value of $235 for just $169.

The quickest and easiest way to join is online, and you can do so HERE.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Which Stampin Up products from the Occasions Catalogue are NOT being carried over into the 2015-2016 Annual Catalogue?


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So make sure you order them before they are all gone!
Click on the pictures above to go to my online store.
Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

The Retirement List is Out! Grab your favourite stamping supplies before they are all gone!

All good things must come to an end. And so it is with some stamp sets and accessories, as well as the 2013-2015 In Color range.
It's a little earlier than previously hinted, but that is because the current Annual Catalogue is now retiring on the 2nd June, not the 30th as the cover indicates.
There are some items up to 50% off, and all the My Digital Studio range is 30% off, as it will be retiring at the end of May.
Remember everything is while stocks lastYou can see the retiring products here.

If you wish to purchase any of the retiring products, please email me or to to my online store.

Happy shopping!

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Sheltering Tree 4 Seasons Card

This is a 4 seasons (in Australia) card using the gorgeous Sheltering Tree stamp set from the Occasions Catalogue. Where I live in Australia the grass goes brown in summer, and is green in winter when the deciduous trees are bare. We really don't get any snow where I live, only very occasionally (about one day every few years) it is cold enough to snow in the Adelaide hills.

I hope you like it. I've also shot some video on how I made this card, and I'll upload it to my YouTube Channel as soon as I've finished the editing.

Here are the supplies used to make this card. If you'd like to order any of them, please click on the images below.

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Happy stamping,

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Bokeh Background Celebrate Card - New Video

Hi there,

I've finally finished editing the 3rd video in my series on the Bokeh background technique. You can watch it here:

If you can't see the video, here's the link to it on YouTube:

Supplies used:
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If you'd like to order any supplies, just click on the images below.Happy stamping,

Last Day of Sale-A-Bration!


Today is the last day to place your order to get your freebies! Simply order $90 or more of gorgeous stamping goodies, and then choose from the freebies available. Head over to my Online Store and start shopping!

Did you know that you can join Stampin’ Up and be a hobby demonstrator, or a career demonstrator.
Join Stampin’ Up!  and benefit in the following ways -
  • Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit has a retail value of $235, but is a steal at $169
  • You can Customise the kit with your choice of stamp sets, ink colours and more (of equal or less value).
  • You can Sign Up On-line.
  • Receive 30% off your first order of $300 Retail (in your first 45 Days) or more plus qualify for all the usual hostess benefits. – Please note this will be ending soon to make way for our new exciting Compensation Plan.
  • Enjoy 20% off all your orders.
  • You are able to view and order select new stamps and products one month in advance of new catalogue releases!
  • There’s no obligation to sell or hold workshops and no penalty if you decide to drop out.
  • $440 in total retail sales is required per quarter to remain active BEYOND your first FULL quarter. This total includes your own purchases and customer sales (based on retail prices).  The next full quarter finishes June 30th.
  • No Annual Fees to pay.
  • You’ll have access to a myriad of project ideas on the Demonstrator Web Site and in the bimonthly Impressions newsletter.
  • Become part of a world-wide stamping family!
  • Get together with other stamping friends who share ideas and "get it"
  • Want to earn extra income through your stamping passion?  I’m here to help you succeed when you are ready.
Don't forget to Join the Fun by 11.50 pm Australian Eastern Time (Sydney), 11.20 pm Adelaide time.

Happy shopping!

Monday, 16 March 2015

New Video - Bokeh Background cards part 2

I've just uploaded part 2 of the 3 part series of videos on the popular Bokeh Background technique for cards.

Here is the link to the video:

Here is the video:

Happy Stamping,

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Bokeh Background Techniques using Stampin Up inks - first video in a 3 part series

I've just uploaded a new video to YouTube showing one way to create a card using the Bokeh background technique.

Here is the link to the video:

Here is the video:

Supplies Used:
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Other supplies: Fun Foam, painter's tape, Scotch Advanced Tape Glider

If you are in Australia, you can purchase Stampin Up supplies through my online store:

Look for the next 2 videos in this series over the next few days...

Happy stamping!

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Butterfly Basics White Embossed and Coloured on Black

This is another project made at our monthly get-together of my fellow Stampin Up Demonstrators.

The images from the Butterfly Basics stamp set were stamped onto Basic Black cardstock with VersaMark ink, then embossed with White Embossing Powder. They were then coloured with Calypso Coral and Old Olive Blendibilities markers. The butterfly was stamped onto Whisper White cardstock with Calypso Coral ink and cut out with the matching shape from the Butterflies Thinlits Dies. The greeting was stamped onto Whisper White cardstock using Memento Black ink.

The main panel was matted onto Whisper White, then Calypso Coral cardstock and onto a Basic Black card base.

Here are the supplies used for this project. Please note that at the time of writing, the Blendabilities markers are unavailable while a manufacturing problem is being dealt with.

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If you'd like to purchase any of these supplies, please click on the corresponding image to go to my online store.

Happy stamping,

Friday, 6 March 2015

Gorgeous Chalkboard Butterfly Thinlit Die on Floral Frames card

At our monthly get-together of Stampin Up Demonstrators we made this card using my favourite Butterfly Thinlit die on a card made using the Floral Frames collection of Framelits.

The butterfly is cut out of the new chalkboard paper, and is coloured with the new chalk inks.

Here is a close up view:

And here are the supplies used (except for the background stamp, which is retired):

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If you'd like to purchase supplies to make this project, please click on the image above to go to my online store.

Or you can make this card at one of my Thursday crafty chat group get-togethers.

Happy stamping!