Monday, 15 August 2016

Thoughtful Branches Bundle from Stampin Up!
As soon as I saw this stamp set and thinlits bundle I knew it would become one of my favourites. It's only available for a limited time, so if you want it you need to act now or you'll miss out!

Here is a class I did recently using the bundle:

The bundle includes a gorgeous tree die that cuts beautifully with the Precision Base Plate, and the perfect canopy that can also be a hydrangea. This also cuts beautifully with the Precision Base Plate in the Big Shot die cutting machine.

I stamped the blossom onto Whisper White cardstock using Perfect Plum ink, and then sponged over the top with Wisteria Wonder ink to give the two toned effect. The stem and leaves were cut out of Pear Pizzazz cardstock.

For this card I created a watercolour wash background on Shimmery White cardstock, and masked off the bottom portion of the card. The sentiment is from the Wetlands stamp set.

I've started my Christmas cards early this year, with this one. I've sponged the background, stamped the different trees in Chocolate Chip ink, and stamped the leaves twice on the middle tree to make it fuller and stand out more. The word Peace is cut out of gold foil using one of the Christmas Greetings thinlits, and the rest of the greeting comes from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set.

I'm happy with how these cards came out, and have seen lots of other ideas using this stamp set and dies bundle.

If you'd like to purchase any of the supplies used, please go to my online shop.

Happy stamping,

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Bonus Days with Stampin' Up!

I’m so excited about Bonus Days! This is the first time Stampin’ Up! has offered shopping coupons!

Here's how it works: For every $90 you spend in an order from now until the end of July, you'll get a $9 Bonus Days Coupon which you can use on anything you want in August!

You can either place your orders directly in my ONLINE SHOP or if you prefer, through me via email or phone order.

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Bonus Days Stampin' Up Promotion starts July 7

If you're about to put in an order for Stampin' Up products, just hold off until tomorrow, when this promotion starts...

Check back tomorrow for all the details!

Start creating your shopping list now!

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

All-occasion cards using Artistically Asian from Stampin' Up!

Artistically Asian
I've made some cards using Stampin' Up's Artistically Asian stamp set, 3 were designed by Helen Clifton, this one I came up with myself, inspired by her designs.

I used Stampin Up brush markers to colour directly to the rubber of the stamp to get the shading on the blossoms and the leaves, although the leaves don't show the colour variation in the photo, sorry (we've had wet and dreary winter weather here for days). Gold embossing powder was used for the Japanese symbol.

Supplies used:

Artistically Asian stamp set
Petal Burst embossing folder
Gold Foil sheets
Basic Black cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
Real Red cardstock
Stampin' Write markers: Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush and Emerald Envy

Here are the 3 cards designed by Helen, created by me using the same stamp set, plus other products:

The background stamp on the last card is from Hero Arts.

I think these are peaceful cards, suitable for lots of different occasions. I have a friend who especially likes Asian themed cards, so these will be for her.

If you'd like to order any of the Stampin Up supplies used on these cards, please go to my SHOP.

Happy Stamping,

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

New Stampin' Up! Catalogue - the best one yet!

Wow, is this the best Stampin' Up! catalogue ever? I think it is, there are so many fantastic goodies in this one that will be on everyone's wishlist.

You can download a PDF version of the catalogue HERE.

If you see something you like, you can order by emailing me or browsing my online shop HERE
If your order reaches $250 you qualify for Stampin' Rewards of 10% of your order

For June only, if your order (or if you collect orders from your friends) reaches $450 or more you will receive an extra $50 in rewards - that's $95 in free product and you choose anything you like.
The best deal is to join my team in June - for just $169 you select $235 of ANY product you like, plus TWO FREE STAMP SETS OF ANY VALUE. This could mean over $200 in free product. You can join just to get the starter kit and save some money on purchases afterwards. If you want to take it further you can, it's up to you.

Happy shopping!

Monday, 4 April 2016

Handmade greeting cards using DIY Texture Paste and Stampin Up stamps

Back in February I did a class taught by the fabulous Helen Clifton where she showed us how to make our own texture paste that dries quickly so that you can make a card in a short amount of time.

As preparation for the class I watched a few YouTube videos on how to add colour to texture paste, so I knew which supplies to take along.

At the class Helen made the texture paste using the following recipe:
  • 1/4 cup talcum powder
  • 1 tbsp white glue (aquadhere)
  • 1 tbsp white acrylic paint
These are mixed together with a few drops of water until it is the consistency of toothpaste.

Here are the first 2 cards I started in class and finished at home:
DIY texture paste examples
I coloured the white texture paste by rubbing an ink pad onto my craft sheet, then adding the white embossing paste to the ink with a small spatula.

Then I taped a stencil to the card panel, and picked up the embossing paste and smoothed it over the stencil. Once it was fully covered I removed the stencil, which was washed straight away, and put the panel aside to dry, which was really only a few minutes. These smell nice due to the baby powder that was used. I guess if you want to make male cards you might want to use a more manly-smelling talcum powder.

The card on the left uses Stampin Up's Happy Patterns Decorative Masks (138313) and the card on the right uses a stencil by Balzer Designs. The greeting on the card on the left is from Stampin Up's Botanicals For You special Sale-a-bration set, and for the card on the right I used the word stamp from Crazy About You and the hello die from the Hello You Thinlits Dies from Stampin Up.

I was inspired to make my own batch of texture paste at home and make some card fronts/panels using different colours and stencils.
Stampin Up Happy Patterns stencils

Stampin Up Dots and Stripes stencils texture paste and stencils texture paste and stencils on Navy cardstock texture paste and stencils
I used up the whole batch of texture paste to make these 12 panels, which are A6 size for a standard card front.

I have yet to make cards with them, but when I do I'll post them to my blog and Facebook Page.

Have you made cards using texture paste? If so I'd love to see them. You can send them to me via email and I'll feature them here on my blog!

Happy Stamping,

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Blended Bloom with watercoloured background birthday card Blended Bloom birthday card
This card started out as a technique background using Ken Oliver Color Burst powdered paints. I created a number of panels on watercolour paper using different colours. Some I spritzed with water first, then sprinkled the paint powder on to get a reaction, some I put the paints on dry paper then spritzed the paper.

Once dry I used the Blended Bloom stamp from Stampin Up and Black Archival ink to stamp the image over the panel. I was thinking of giving the Zentangle treatment to the centre flower, but I tried a different idea I saw from another Stampin Up Demonstrator. I used a permanent fine tip black marker to add the detail.

The  watercolour panel is shorter than a standard Australian A6 card front so I stamped the diagonal stripes onto the card base, then mounted the watercolour panel on the top. The sentiment is from the Flower Patch stamp set. It has been stamped and embossed with white embossing powder on the black piece of cardstock. A few rhinestones to finish the card off.

I gave this card to my card teacher friend for her birthday, she loved it.

If you'd like to make this card yourself and need supplies, please contact me by email.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Flower birthday card using Botanical Blooms from Stampin' Up!

Flower birthday card using Botanical Blooms from Stampin Up

Hi there!

It's been a while since I updated my blog, sorry!

Here is a card I created for a class using the Botanical Blooms stamp set and matching Botanical Builder Framelits Dies from Stampin Up.

There are 3 other cards to make in this class, and different sentiment stamps can be used to adapt the cards to any occasion.

Here is a sneak peak:

The next date for this class is Saturday 27th February in my studio. Cost is $25, all materials supplied. To book into this class, please email me.

Happy Stamping,

Monday, 25 January 2016

Save the date for the next SA Papercraft Fair!

Just to let you know I'll be at the Stampin' Up stall at the upcoming SA Papercraft Fair on March 13. We are just starting our preparation for the Fair, working on what to demonstrate and what to have as a "make and take". We will be showing products from the new Stampin Up Occasions Catalogue, as well as from the special Sale-A-Bration Promotion and our current Annual Catalogue.

I hope to see you there!

Happy Stamping,

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Chocolate Block cards for any occasion

I first learned to make a chocolate block card at a class run by the very talented Helen Clifton a couple of years ago. I've since made different versions, as when I show them to friends they want me to make some for them.

Here is the latest batch made for a friend.

3 chocolate block cards

I decided to make one look like dark chocolate, one milk chocolate, and one white chocolate.

dark chocolate block card
Here's a closer look at the "dark chocolate" one. I used Early Espresso cardstock from Stampin Up for the card base and layers of chocolate squares.

milk chocolate block card
This one is the "milk chocolate" one, that uses the appropriately named Chocolate Chip cardstock from Stampin Up.

white chocolate block card

This one is the "white chocolate" one, using Very Vanilla cardstock from Stampin Up.

I'm happy with how these turned out, but they do take a while to make, cutting up all the individual pieces.

Happy Stamping,

Monday, 18 January 2016

Balloon Builders Mouse birthday card

At our December get-together we each chose something from the new Occasions Catalogue, which was released on January 5. Jenny chose the cute Balloon Builders set, which contains various shapes which you use to create balloon animals and more.

It's a bit hard to see in the photo but there are cloud images stamped with Whisper White craft ink.
I've listed the supplies used below, if you wish to order anything, click on the images to go to my online store.

Happy stamping,

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Friday, 15 January 2016

Birthday Blooms 3D Corner Card

Birthday Blooms corner card

At our December get-together my fellow Stampin' Up Demonstrator friend Tamara showed us how to make this gorgeous card. This card uses one of the stamps from the Birthday Blooms set in the new Occasions catalogue. We stamped this with black StazOn ink onto Shimmery White cardstock, and then used an aqua painter and inks to colour in the flowers and leaves.

The construction of the card makes it stand up like a box, but then easily folds down flat for posting in the mail.

Would you like me to show you how to make this type of card? Then why not book into one of my upcoming classes.

Supplies used are listed below, which you can order online or by email if you'd prefer.

Happy Stamping,

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Thursday, 14 January 2016

Rose Garden Happiest of Birthdays card

One of the great things about being a Stampin' Up Demonstrator is that we get to preview new catalogues before they are released.

So, when I first saw the new Occasions catalogue in early December last year, one of the first things I put on my wish list was the Rose Garden Thinlits Dies. I could see so many options you can do with these.

Here I made the die cut in Whisper White cardstock, and coloured it using a few different colours in the Brights collection of inks, using a version of the "smooshing" technique. I prepared a background panel by sponging a couple of pale blues onto Whisper White cardstock, then flicking some water drops on it to get the spots.

I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the flower die to the sponged panel, then mounted it with foam tape onto a white card base.

I'm happy with how it turned out. This card was my contribution to our December monthly get together. If you'd like to order any of the supplies I used for this card, please click on the corresponding image below to be taken to my online store.

Happy Stamping,

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Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Free Stamps and more during Sale-A-Bration

Now is the best time to order new stamping supplies from Stampin' Up, during our Sale-A-Bration promotion.

Why? Because for every $90 you spend on products from the new Occasions catalogue or current Annual catalogue (check them out by clicking on the image in the right hand sidebar) you get to choose a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure (click on the cover image above to download a PDF).

Items in the Sale-A-Bration brochure are FREE, they cannot be purchased, and are exclusive to this promotion. 3 of the items, on pages 16-19, are only available until 15th February.

These two samples use the Sky is the Limit stamp set, one of the limited edition sets. Great for cards for guys.

There are also great bonuses for hosting a party during Sale-A-Bration, and for anyone joining Stampin' Up as a Demonstrator. If you'd like more details about these, please let me know.

Happy shopping and stamping!

(both catalogues are shown on the right column on my blog and can be downloaded as a pdf by clicking the catalogue cover) you can choose a FREE - See more at:
(both catalogues are shown on the right column on my blog and can be downloaded as a pdf by clicking the catalogue cover) you can choose a FREE item - See more at:
(both catalogues are shown on the right column on my blog and can be downloaded as a pdf by clicking the catalogue cover) you can choose a FREE item - See more at:
(both catalogues are shown on the right column on my blog and can be downloaded as a pdf by clicking the catalogue cover) you can choose a FREE item - See more at:

2016 Occasions Catalogue by Stampin Up

Have you seen the new Occasions Catalogue Yet?

2016 Occasions catalogue

You can download a PDF version by clicking on the cover image above. If you prefer a printed copy, just let me know and I'll post one out to you. Or if you are local to me you can pick one up when you next drop by my studio.

There's loads of gorgeous ideas in the catalogue, and I'm especially loving the Botanicals suite of stamps, Designer Series Paper, and dies. I've already posted a card I made using a couple of the dies in this set, no doubt there will be more to come.

The catalogue runs through to 31st May 2016.

To order from the catalogue, please email me with your order, or you can order through my ONLINE STORE

If you prefer to order online, please use the following host code for any orders in January 2016 to receive a share of the host goodies: PMKPDC2B 

If your order is over $90 you will be eligible to choose one of the FREE Sale-A-Bration goodies. If your order is over $250 please don't use the host code above as you will earn your own host goodies.
Happy Shopping,

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Happy Home It's a Good Day card

This lovely card was shown by Tamara at our monthly card swapping get-together last week. We used the cute Happy Home stamp set from the new Occasions Catalogue by Stampin Up, together with the Hearth & Home Thinlits Dies for the double window. The valance was made using the banner punch, and afterwards we used the clear Wink of Stella glitter brush on the banner pieces to add a subtle bit of bling. Unfortunately it doesn't show up well in the photo but it is much nicer in real life.

The background scene was stamped in black StazOn ink, then sponged with Pear Pizzaz and Soft Sky inks. I coloured the child with Daffodil Delight and Real Red markers from the Brights set, and the kite was coloured in with Pumpkin Pie. A little touch of Melon Mambo with the marker on the trees and the tiny flowers finished the colouring.

I've listed supplies below. If you'd like to order anything to make this card, please click on the images below to go to my online store.

Happy stamping,

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Monday, 11 January 2016

Party Pop-up Thinlits Dies Birthday Card

This card was Jenny's contribution to our monthly get-together for this month.

She chose the Party Pop-up Thinlits Dies from the new Occasions Catalogue, together with paper from the It's My Party Designer Series Paper stack.

The birthday cake die on the front of the card is actually 3 layers of die cuts, and I glued them together using the fantastic Fine-Tip Glue Pen. A piece of contrasting DSP is behind the dies. The inside of the card is another piece from the DSP stack.

The good thing about getting together with stamping friends is that we get to make cards using stamps and dies that we don't own but someone else in the group does.

Happy stamping,

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Sunday, 10 January 2016

Botanical Blooms Happy Birthday Card from Stampin Up

Botanical Blooms Happy Birthday card
I love the new Botanical Gardens Suite from Stampin Up's Occasions Catatalogue. I ordered the bundle and got the Botanical Blooms stamp set, Botanical Builder Fremelits Dies, as well as the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper (as a Stampin Up demonstrator, I get the perk of ordering new goodies before the catalogue is released).

I've already seen lots of lovely ideas using these stamps and dies, and my card is inspired by one I saw by Emma Goddard. I used a different sentiment and small flower stamp to hers.

This is the first card I have finished for 2016, and was my contribution for our monthly get-together with my Stampin Up friends.

The supplies used are listed below, if you wish to order anything, just click on the images (Australian residents only).

Happy Stamping,

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Friday, 1 January 2016

Why I'm not buying any more Designer Series Paper in 2016

12 x 12 DSP stash

6 x 6, 12 x 12 and 6.5 x 4.5 DSP stash
The above pictures show just the Stampin Up Designer Series Paper (DSP) that I have in my stash. The top picture shows about 4-1/2" of 12" x 12"piled on the table. The bottom picture shows 6" x 6" stash on the left, next to the 12" x 12", and retired 4-1/2" x 6-1/2" stash on the right.

This does not include the specialty vellum, foil, or glitter cardstock I have as well. It also doesn't include the half-sheets of upcoming DSP in the new Occasions catalogue that starts on January 5, which I received in a share...

I think I have enough patterned paper to last a while, don't you?

Anyway, here's why I'm not buying any more DSP in 2016:

  • I struggle with using patterned paper on cards and scrapbook pages - I think it looks busy 
  • I prefer to create my own backgrounds on cards using different mediums and techniques 
  • I like embossed backgrounds - both dry embossing, and wet embossing
  • I like creating stamped backgrounds with small stamps in a pattern or random
  • I have enough to last me a long time - I also have patterned paper from a couple of other companies...
So, what am I going to do with all of this paper this year?
I've thought of a few ideas:
  • Of course I'll be using what I can in cards and 3D projects for giving to people for birthdays and special occasions
  • Make more cards for sale or as gift packs
  • Cut up some 12 x 12 to 6 x 6 to make packs to sell at the craft fairs
  • Use them in classes
  • Give away 6 x 6 packs of assorted sheets with every order over a certain amount (still need to work out the amount)
How much paper patterned paper/DSP have you got in your stash? Do you buy patterned paper because you like it or are you disciplined enough to only buy when you have a project in mind?
Happy papercrafing!

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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