Monday, 23 February 2015

Easy Male Birthday card using Handcarved Background stamp - video

Here is a card I created for my darling husband's birthday recently. It was super easy to do, I had wanted to do something with the gorgeous and funky Handcarved background stamp (wood 134051, clear 134054), and I know my husband is not into vintage trains or ships.

I looked around on Pinterest, and there aren't many ideas for using this stamp, so I decided to go "Clean and Simple". I know many people struggle with coming up with ideas for male birthday cards, so I hope this easy one gives you some inspiration. You could always add a number for an age-themed card, or a couple of brads or candy dots.

Anyway, I filmed a video of me making it, showing just how easy it is.

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

Happy stamping,

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Stained Glass Butterfly Birthay Card - Video


I've just uploaded a video to YouTube showing how I made this birthday card using one of the gorgeous Butterflies Thinlits dies.

Stained Glass Butterflies Thinlits Dies birthday card

I used the Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper, which you can get for FREE with an order over $90 during Sale-A-Bration, which is on now until March 31.

This card was heavily inspired by one created by Ceal Pritchet. I changed the angle of the butterfly and made it pop out of the cutout panel.

If you can't see the video below, go to this YouTube link:

Happy stamping!

Weekly Stampin' Up Deals for 18 to 24 February 2015

Just a reminder that Stampin Up has an ongoing "Weekly Deals" promotion, with different products on special each week. It's a good idea to check back every week, as you might find something that is on your wish list at a reduced price for that week only.

Here's this week's specials:

You can go to the page on my online shop HERE

Happy shopping!

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

New Video showing 2 cards made with the watercolour backgrounds

Hi there,

I've uploaded a new video to YouTube, the third and final in the series on salt watercolour backgrounds and the cards I made with them.

Here's a link to the video:

For one I used one of the gorgeous Butterflies Framelits Dies from the Stampin Up Occasions catalogue.

I hope you enjoy watching the videos.

Happy stamping,

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Sheltering Tree Detatchable Bookmark Card

I shared this card with my Stampin Up Demonstrator friends at our monthly shoebox swap get-together, where we each provide materials and instructions for a card or other project using Stampin Up products.

This one uses the Sheltering Tree stamp set from the 2015 Occasions catalogue. The sentiment is from the Butterfly Basics stamp set in the same catalogue. The colours used are Old Olive, Early Espresso and Tangello Twist. The card base is Old Olive and the panels are actually Very Vanilla, although they appear almost white.

If you'd like to learn how to make this card, I'll be teaching this one at an upcoming card class, so let me know if you are interested.

Happy Stamping,

Monday, 26 January 2015

Diamond Gatefold card

This card was shown to us by my friend Jenny at our monthly shoebox swap get-together, where we each provide materials and instructions for a card or other project using Stampin Up products.

This card uses the gorgeous Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper from the 2015 Occasions Catalogue. The flower image is from the Butterfly Basics stamp set in the same catalogue, and I've also used the Hardwood background stamp on the triangle panels.

If you'd like to purchase supplies used to make this card, please go to my online store, or alternatively you may call or email me.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Clutch Purse Birthday Card

This card was shown to us by my friend Tamara at our monthly shoebox swap get-together, where we each provide materials and instructions for a card or other project using Stampin Up products.

Here is a fancy fold card that looks a bit like a clutch purse when closed, then opens up to reveal 2 panels of flowers.

The stamps used are from the Butterfly Basics set from the 2015 Occasions Catalogue, and I've coloured them using Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Blendabilities (alcohol markers).

If you'd like to make this card and need some of the supplies, please contact me or order online at my store - the button is in the sidebar on the right.

Happy Stamping,

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Corner Garden Watercolour Card For You - Video

I've uploaded the video that shows how I created this card, using a watercolour background that I created in an earlier session. I wasn't happy with how the background came out, so I wanted to cover up most of it with a stamp, and thought this background stamp would be perfect.

I stamped the image with VersaMark and then added white embossing powder, which was heat set using my heat tool. Then I coloured in the image using ink refills and my aqua pen, and a Daffodil Delight marker for the centres of some of the flowers.

Here is a link to the video:

And here is the video:

Happy Stamping,

Watercolour Bokeh Card

A while ago I had tried the Bokeh technique using ink refills to create a watercolour background on watercolour paper. The white circles have faded quite a bit since applying them, so it is a very subtle effect. Colours used are Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry and Tangello Twist.

The sentiment is from Perfect Pennants.

This is one of the techniques I'll be teaching in an upcoming class, so if you are interested, please let me know.

Happy Stamping,

Monday, 19 January 2015

Salt Watercolour Backgrounds technique video


I've managed to finish and upload a video to YouTube on creating unique backgrounds using water, salt, stamp pads or reinkers on watercolour paper.

If you can't see the video below, here is the link:

It took about 4.5 hours to upload, then I noticed the glaring spelling mistake afterwards. I don't think I'll reload it.

I've also filmed me making a card with the first background I made - the Corner Garden card I posted recently. Hopefully I'll get time to edit that and put that on YouTube as well.

Happy creating!

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Alphabet letterpress star birthday card

alphabet letterpress star card

Here is the other card I made for my brother's recent birthday. I made this one first, using a background I made a while ago after learning the technique on Stamp TV.  The design layout of the card is inspired by one done by Chris Parker-Barnes.

This technique will be featured in an upcoming class...

Happy Stamping,

Monday, 12 January 2015

Golf themed birthday card

Golf card

Here's one of the cards I made for my brother's recent birthday. He enjoys golf so I while I was looking for ideas on Pinterest I came across something like this and thought it would be suitable for him.

I made another card for my mum to give to him, which I'll share tomorrow.

Happy Stamping,

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Corner Garden Watercolour card for you

corner garden watercolour card

Here is my first card finished for 2015. I didn't plan this card, it sort of happened. I was trying out some watercolour background techniques on watercolour paper and created a few different backgrounds. I decided to stamp over the background and then colour in the image.

If you'd like to learn the techniques used in this card, let me know. If you live in Adelaide South Australia I'll be running technique classes soon. I have also shot a video of the creation of the card panel, but it hasn't been edited yet.

Happy Stamping,

Monday, 10 November 2014

What' on Your Christmas Wishlist?

The Festive Season is now underway! So it's now time to start thinking about what you want for Christmas.

Would you like some fabulous Stampin Up goodies, like a Big Shot die cutting machine, or Stamp and Dies bundles, or bling for your projects?

Well, good news, I'm now rolling out my annual Christmas Wishlist Program. If you want to take part, just send me an email with your phone number and the best time to call you, and I will help you get set up.

Happy Catalogue browsing!

Monday, 3 November 2014

Weekly Deals Reminder

It's worth checking the Weekly Deals from Stampin Up every week, as you never know what you will find there.

Here's the current one:

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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Stamp, Stock & Save Promotion

Stampin' Up! is so excited about this year's World Cardmaking Day, that we're having an amazing 15% off sale on some of your favourite products! From 1-6 October,  you'll be able to purchase select ink, paper, envelopes, and adhesive-all at a 15% discount! Select stamps are 20%!  Here's the list:
The easiest way to order is online HERE.

Happy shopping!

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

12 Weeks of Christmas ideas program starts tomorrow!

This program is a free gift to my mailing list subscribers.

Each week for 12 weeks you will receive an email containing a project idea for a Christmas card, gift, tag or wrapping, along with a list of supplies and the instructions to make it.

Weeks 1-5 will be Christmas cards, 6-9 will be Christmas gifts, and 10-12 will be bags/wrappings or tags.

Subscribe now so you don't miss out!

Monday, 29 September 2014

12 Weeks of Christmas Ideas starts this week!

The year is flying by, and it's hard to believe but it's time to start thinking about Christmas! If you need some ideas and inspiration for Christmas craft projects, then you will like the 12 Weeks of Christmas program.

People on my mailing list will receive a weekly email with a Christmas project idea, starting Wednesday October 1, for 12 weeks. There will be ideas for cards, gifts, bags/wraps and tags.

This program has been popular in previous years, so if you are not on my mailing list, then just click on the button in the sidebar so you won't miss out.

Happy Christmas Crafting!

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

My Favourite Things from Stampin' Up's 2014 Christmas Catalogue

The new Christmas catalogue has been available for a few days now, and you can download a PDF version for yourself here.

If you prefer a printed copy, you can drop by and pick one up with your next order, or send me an email or text message and I'll post one out to you.

As a Stampin Up Demo I get to preview each new catalogue early, and order things early to play with them before the catalogue "goes live". That's the theory anyway, but sometimes I don't have the chance to play with new products before they become available to everyone.

But I've seen lots of fabulous ideas using the new Christmas products on my Facebook groups and on Pinterest as well as blogs of other Stampin Up Demonstrators.

So in alphabetical order, here are my favourite things in the new catalogue:

1. Bright & Beautiful stamp set - 8 stamps, Wood $56.95, Clear $42.95
I know snowflakes aren't exactly Australian, but I've seen gorgeous cards and 3D ornaments made with these, they look especially beautiful embossed in gold embossing powder.

The star framelit dies match up with these too.
2. Christmas Bauble wood mount stamp, $18.95

Definitely one for colouring.

3. Festival of Trees photopolymer stamp set bundle - 13 stamps plus tree punch, $48.95. The stamp set on it's own is $27.95 and the punch is $29.95.

4. Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack $11.95 for a pad of 48 sheets of patterned paper 6 1/2" x 4 1/2".
 Very traditional Christmas colours.

5. Wondrous Wreath Photopolymer stamp set bundle - 9 stamps plus framelits, $74.50. The stamp set on it's own is $44.95 and the framelits set of dies is $42.95.
Well these are the ones I've got, so hopefully I'll share some projects made using these soon.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Watercolouring Bloom With Hope

Sorry for my absence from blogging, other things have been happening, so updating the blog has fallen down the priority list of things to do.

Today I'm sharing a card using the Bloom With Hope Hostess set from the 2014-2015 Annual Catalogue. I've stamped the flower onto Whisper White cardstock with StazOn black ink, and watercoloured it using my aqua painter and Lost Lagoon and Hello Honey inks. The card base is Lost Lagoon and the ribbon is the lovely 1/8" Basic Black taffeta ribbon. The splats at the top of the card are from Gorgeous Grunge, using Lost Lagoon ink.

I saw this card on Pinterest with a different sentiment. Lisa Poe is the original designer, and it was featured on Heather Van Looy's blog.