Friday, 9 December 2011

Today is "Christmas Card Day"

Today celebrates Sir Henry Cole, who marketed the first commercial Christmas Card in 1843.

It is also an ideal day to get your Christmas Cards mailed.  Have you mailed your cards yet?  Have you finished making your cards yet?  If not, and you need about 10 quick and easy but elegant cards, why not book into my Stamp-a-Stack Christmas Card workshop tomorrow?  There's a few places left, so call me or email me today!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, 2 December 2011

December Frenzy!

Stampin Up's December Frenzy promotion means great savings for you!  30% to 50% off selected items.  All items are limited quantity at the discounted price, and experience shows that they tend to sell out, so if you've had your eye on any of these, don't wait too long to place your order of you may miss out!  They make great Christmas presents for you as well!

Item Page Description Discount Retail  Price Sale Price
120597 22 Welcome Christmas Clear-Mount Set 50% $39.95 $19.98
121584 22 Welcome Christmas Wood-Mount Set 50% $49.95 $24.98
117715 28 I {Heart} Hearts Wood-Mount Set 40% $42.95 $25.77
121528 35 Got Treats Wood-Mount Set 40% $40.95 $24.57
117699 42 Something Sweet Wood-Mount Set 40% $44.95 $26.97
116686 46 For Everything Wood-Mount Set 40% $47.95 $28.77
119163 67 Cottage Garden Wood-Mount Set 50% $32.95 $16.48
121508 72 Every Moment Wood-Mount Set 40% $31.95 $19.17
121480 74 Awash with Flowers Wood-Mount Set 40% $71.95 $43.17
121522 75 Friends Never Fade Wood-Mount Set 50% $31.95 $15.98
120618 75 Friends Never Fade Clear-Mount Set 40% $25.95 $15.57
121600 75 Ornate Blossom Wood-Mount Set 40% $19.95 $11.97
123551 88 Clearly For You Wood-Mount Set 40% $47.95 $28.77
123848 96 Chloe Stampin Around Builder Wheel 40% $9.95 $5.97
116911 126 Padded Envelopes (3) 40% $6.50 $3.90
119263 138 Poppy Parade 1/2'' Stitched-Poly Ribbon 30% $16.95 $11.87
119267 138 Blushing Bride 1/2'' Stitched-Poly Ribbon 30% $16.95 $11.87
119731 143 Regals Flower Brads 30% $16.95 $11.87
119730 143 Neutrals Flower Brads 30% $16.95 $11.87
118762 146 Distressing Essentials 30% $37.95 $26.57
103179 149 Craft & Rubber Scissors 30% $37.95 $26.57
112531 149 Circle Scissor Plus Glass Mat 30% $37.95 $26.57

 You can download the flyer HERE.

Email me with your orders today!

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Quick and Easy Christmas Card, take 2

Today's card is similar to yesterday's, but in red and gold.

Cherry Cobbler card stock was used for the base of the card, and the same colour ink was used for the sentiment.  The swirl has been embossed with Gold embossing powder, and the ornament is the same as on yesterday's card.  Here she has also added a strip of embossed white on white, another elegant touch.

Both are gorgeous cards, which do you prefer?  You may leave a comment below.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Quick and Easy Christmas Card

Hi There!

How are your Christmas cards coming along?  Here's another quick and easy one brought along by the talented and prolific card maker, Tamara Conroy.

I love how she has used the large swirl stamp from the Broque Motifs stamp set to create something to "hang" the ornament on.  The ornament was punched from metallic gold paper using the Ornament Punch, and then the shape was put through the Big Shot machine in the Finial Press embossing folder.  The sentiment is from the Many Merry Messages stamp set, and a few rhinestones were added to the swirls for a bit of bling.  She used Whisper White and Garden Green card stock, and Garden Green stamp pad.

What do you think?  I have another version of this, in red, which I'll post tomorrow.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Simple Christmas Card

Here's another card shared by the talented Tamara Conroy at our October get-together.

Supplies needed:
Stamp Sets:  Many Merry Messages (sentiment) and Autumn Days (pine cones)
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Garden Green, Black
Ink:  Early Espresso stamp pad, Early Espresso and Garden Green markers
Accessories:  Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, 1-3/4" Scallop Circle, 1-3/8" and 1-1/2" Circle punches, ribbon.  Border punch non-SU.

Another simple, yet elegant card that is quick and easy to make.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Guest Artist Tamara Conroy

Hi There!

Sorry for the long delay between posting card images.

Today's card is one brought along by the lovely Tamara Conroy to our October card  making get-together.

It's a simple design that is easy to duplicate and make lots of in a couple of hours.  This is based on a similar design by Jane Mercer.

Supplies needed: 
Stamp Sets:  Contempo Christmas (sentiment) and Autumn Days (pine cones)
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Garden Green, Black
Ink:  Early Espresso stamp pad, Early Espresso and Garden Green markers
Accessories:  Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, 1-3/4" Scallop Circle, 1-3/8" and 1-1/2" Circle punches, ribbon.

If you would like to make this card and need some supplies, please call or email me.  This is also one of the cards you can make in a Christmas Class in my studio.  I'll be running classes on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday afternoons through November.  Bookings are essential, so please call or email me.

It's a Sale to Die For!

 During November, get 10 percent off select Big Shot dies. Use these exclusive dies to create fabulous shapes, embossing, and more!
If you would like to take advantage of these specials, please call or email me.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

24 Hours until 12 Weeks of Christmas Ideas!

Make sure you're on my newsletter mailing list to receive the special Subscribers Only series of emails from October  5 of ideas for cards, gifts and tags and packaging.  Starts tomorrow!

Monday, 3 October 2011

Simply Stockings Christmas Promotion

Put a little cheer in your stockings this Christmas with a brand new coordinating stamp set and punch.  During October, purchase or earn for FREE by hosting a qualifying workshop!

Promotion Details:  Purchase the Stitched Stocking Stamp Set and Stocking Tag Punch early – before the debut of the 2011 Summer Mini Catalogue.  Stamp set:  wood mount $53.95, clear mount $42.95, Punch:  $33.95.
Host a $450 workshop, and receive the Stitched Stocking Stamp Set and Stocking Tag Punch for free.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

12 Weeks of Christmas Project Ideas start next week!

I'm currently working on getting the 12 Weeks of Christmas Project Ideas ready for next week.

This is a special Subscribers Only program where, starting from October 5, you will receive an email every week with a Christmas project idea.  Each email will contain a picture of a project, along with the supplies used to make it and instructions.  The projects for the first four weeks will be cards, then you will receive gift ideas for the next four weeks and then the final four projects will be tags and packaging.

If you are interested in receiving these free Christmas project ideas then please make sure you join my Mailing List by filling out the box on the right hand side of my blog.

These projects will not be posted to my blog, so make sure you don't miss out!

Happy stamping,

Monday, 26 September 2011

Had a blogging break...

The hardest thing about keeping a blog is being consistent with posts.  Scheduling posts in advance does help, but then sometimes the wheels fall off due to other commitments being more urgent.

Hopefully things will be back on track shortly...

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Slider Card

Hi again,

Here's the third in a series of cards I made in a class at a craft shop.  It's called a Slider Card, which when pulled reveals the greeting inside.

A bit wonky...

Monday, 12 September 2011

Gift Card Holder Card

Today's card is another that I learned how to make at a card class in a shop.  It's a card that contains a gift card holder inside, so when you open it the gift card pops up.  I probably should have put a gift card in it to show you how it works.  This one I'm giving to my sister-in-law, whose birthday is this month.

This one has several layers of paper and is a bit bulky when closed.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Cut-work card

I've been going through some of my cards that I made ages ago, and have decided to show some of them here on my blog.  They don't all use Stampin Up supplies, as I learned how to do them in a class in a shop where we had to use their supplies.

Today's card has an inside that uses cut-work, where you download a template from the internet and cut it out to give a 3D effect.  The front has a few beads and a dragon fly on it.  This one I'm giving to my niece for her birthday next week.

I hope she likes it!

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Stamping on Fabric

Hi there!

Today's card has a piece of cotton fabric that has been coloured using distress inks and the the images have been stamped with StazOn.  The stamps used are from the Inspired by Nature set, which is one of my favourites.

Something a bit different...

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Third Scenic Card

Today's card is the final one we made at a workshop a few weeks ago.

I think I might do a few more of these...

Monday, 5 September 2011

Anther Scenic Card

Here's the second card we made that I'm calling a scenic card, as we are creating a scene using masking techniques, blending tools and inks, and then stamping over the top using Staz-On.

Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.

Tomorrow I'll share the last card we made.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Trying a new technique

I went to a card class a few weeks ago where we created 3 cards using blending tools and inks, using masking techniques and stamps to build a picture.

Today's card is the first one we made.

Tomorrow I'll share another...

Friday, 2 September 2011

Mini Starter Kit only $169

During September, you can join the Stampin’ Up! family as a demonstrator for only $169! The limited-time mini Starter Kit-valued at over $310-comes with the high-quality products listed below:

$169 Mini Starter Kit
  • Easy Events Clear-Mount Set*
  • Pennant Parade Wood-Mount Set*
  • Basic Black Classic Stampin’ Pad
  • Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad
  • Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Pad
  • Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad
  • A4 Smooth Card Stock Assortment
  • Just Add Cake Designer Series Paper*
  • Chocolate Chip 1/2″ Scallop Dots Ribbon*
  • Notes Cards (20)
  • Clear-Mount Block C
  • Blender Pen (1)
  • SNAIL Adhesive
  • Business supplies
*New to the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalogue
Or, if you want the full Starter Kit, you can get it 20 percent off during September only! That’s over $610 worth of premium Stampin’ Up! products and business supplies for just $231.20! See what’s included in the full Starter Kit here.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

The New Catalogue is Here!

Today is the day that the new 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalogue goes live!  If you would like to pick up a copy of the catalogue, the cost is $10, or if you would like me to post it to you it will cost $15.  If you are on my mailing list you will also receive a gift certificate for $5 towards anything you want in the catalogue.
There's loads of fabulous new stamps and accessories, and some of the Big Shot dies (and the Big Shot itself) have come down in price!  Contact me today to get your copy!

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

8x8 Scrapbook Page – Embossed Vellum Floral Border

Here’s a simple border and coordinating embellishments for a quick and easy 8x8 scrapbook page.

STAMPS:  Fifth Avenue Floral (115796)
INK:  Versamark (102283)
CARDSTOCK:  Tempting Turquoise (108598), White Vellum Cardstock (106584)
ACCESSORIES:  White Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109132), Heat Tool (106586), Daffodil Delight (119677) and Pumpkin Pie (105115) Stampin’ Write Markers, SNAIL adhesive (104332)


  1. Create a page base with a piece of Tempting Turquoise cardstock measuring 8” x 8”.
  2. Cut a piece of vellum cardstock 2” x 8”.  Stamp the flower stamp with Versamark along the strip of vellum, overlapping the flowers slightly.  Sprinkle white embossing powder on the stamped images and heat with the heat tool.  Cut around the edges of the flowers with scissors as shown in the photo.  Attach to the top of the page with SNAIL.
  3. Stamp the other flowers with Versamark onto another piece of vellum, and emboss with white embossing powder.  Colour the back of these flowers using the markers, then cut out the flowers.  Attach to the corners of the page with SNAIL.
This page layout is so adaptable for any occasion by using different flower stamps, and you could colour the top border with markers if you wish.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Have you signed up for my Mailing List yet?

Hi there,

I'm changing my newsletter broadcasting service over to one with more features that will allow me to send you more tutorials and project ideas on a regular basis.  So now is the best time to sign up for my mailing list, so you will get all the benefits!

I'm preparing my September newsletter, which is due to go out on Tuesday 6th September, so be sure to sign up before then!  Just put your name and email address in the sign-up box on the side-bar and click on the submit button to get started.  As my thank you for signing up, you will automatically receive a free card tutorial.

If you are already on my old mailing list, you will still receive the September newsletter from the old broadcasting service, with instructions on how to change over to the new list.

Happy stamping!

Monday, 29 August 2011

Terrific Tri-Shutter Card

Today's card is the third card we made at our monthly card making get-together, and is designed by the super talented Tamara Conroy.  After seeing the work of art she created for her grandson's birthday, I asked Tamara if we could make one at our next get-together.

So here is the result - what do you think?

She made it a bit simpler in design so that Jenny and I could handle it as our first attempt at a Tri-Shutter card.  I think I'll have to make more of these, as now I know how they are made, it's not that hard to come up with other designs.  She did say to be careful not to have too many layers of cardstock on the middle sections as it makes it too bulky and too hard to fold.

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Sneak Peak from the new Catalogue

Here's a card designed by Jenny Soulsby for our monthly card making get-together.  This uses stamps from a brand new set from the 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalogue.  The Top Note Die was used in the Big Shot to create the panel onto which the bird in holly was stamped.

I coloured in the image with a blender pen and inks, but you could use watercolour pencils, watercolour crayons, or even pastels (chalk) to give different looks.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Clean and Simple Greenhouse Garden

Today's card is what could be called "Clean and Simple" as it doesn't have lots of embellishments or layers.  The stamp set used for the flowers is Greenhouse Garden and the colours used are Marina Mist and Pacific Point.  This was my contribution for our monthly card making get-together.  Tomorrow I'll show a design from Jenny Soulsby.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Double Twisted Easel Card with a Sneak Peak

Hi there!

Today's card is another Double Twisted Easel card, but this time it has a sneak peak at a new product available to order from September 1.  Can you guess what it is?  Leave a comment below and the first correct guess will win a $5 voucher towards any purchase from the new Idea Book and Catalogue!

Have fun!

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Email problems?

Have you been trying to email me at  I received a phone call yesterday from someone trying to book into a class.  I'm so sorry that my email address hasn't been working, I'll try to fix it as soon as possible.  I'm not sure why it doesn't work, are there any tech savvy people out there that can help?  I created the above email address to tie in with my domain name.

Anyway, in the meantime, I've just created a gmail account that I will use until I sort this out.  So if you would like to learn how to make any of the recent cards I've put up on my blog, you can email me at this address.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

New Catalogue Available!

The new Stampin Up Idea Book and Catalogue for 2011-2012 is now available.  Look at the boxes just outside my studio - containing catalogues and my pre-order of new products.
And look what was inside the biggest box...
If you would like a catalogue you can pick one up from me.  They normally sell for $10, but ask me how you can get one for free!

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Butterfly Spinner Card

These always get a reaction when you show people how the butterfly spins around and moves along the card.

The rest of the card has been kept fairly simple, to keep the focal point as the spinning butterfly.  To get the perfect channel for the mechanism to work, you really need the Word Window punch.  I'll be teaching this at a class on September 3, so if you'd like to make this card, email me to book your place!

Monday, 22 August 2011

Another Double Pocket card

Back again!

Today's card is a variation from yesterday, in that it has been resized to fit the standard Australian A5 card.  The patterned paper is retired, but the stamps used are in the current Stampin Up Catalogue.

If you would like to learn how to make these pocket cards, please email me to book into one of my classes!

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Double Pocket Cards - Revisited

Today's card is a re-visit of a card I've done before, with a slight variation.  I had sold some cards to some of the ladies in my aquarobics group, and had requests for more of the same cards.  You'll see these over the next couple of days.

This first one is a double pocket card, and I tried to remember how I did the original one, and then made this one up.  It turns out the original didn't have the paper pocket attached to a card base, and was folded a bit differently.

Tomorrow I'll show you another version of this card, re-sized to fit an Australian A5 size card.

The Beautiful Wings Embosslits die was used with the Big Shot machine to make the butterflies, and the paper is retired.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Tutorial - CD Gift Box

When you are giving a CD as a gift for a birthday or other special occasion, why not make an attractive gift box for it. You can decorate the box to suit the occasion.

STAMPS:  So Swirly Jumbo Wheel (109683)
INK:  Rich Razzleberry (115658), Old Olive (102277), Pumpkin Pie (105216), Versamark (102283)
CARDSTOCK:  Razzleberry (119981), Old Olive (106576), Pumpkin Pie (108601), Very Vanilla (106550)
ACCESSORIES:  Stampin Around Jumbo Handle (103661),Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die (118138), Petals-A-Plenty Textured Impression Embossing Folder (116824), Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (113439),Eyelet Border Punch (119853), Sticky Strip (104294), Stampin Dimensionals (104430), Sponge Daubers (102892)

1.       Cut a piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock to measure 10 ½” x 5 ¾”. Score at 5” and 5 ½” on the long side.  This forms the front flap and back of the box.
2.       Cut a piece of Old Olive cardstock to measure 7 ¾” x 5 ¾”. Score at ½” and 1” from both ends of the short sides and from the edge of one of the long sides.  This forms the pocket that goes inside the folded piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock.  See sketch below.
3.       Cut the 2 corners that have the double score lines and remove.
4.       Cut a piece away from the top long edge so that when the box is put together you can see the CD inside.
5.       Now you can decorate the pocket if you wish. I used the So Swirly Wheel inked with Versamark.
6.       Fold the 2 sides in at the score lines and attach Sticky Strip to the outer edges. Fold the bottom at the score lines and attach Sticky Strip to the outer fold.  Attach to the bottom of the Rich Razzleberry piece with the corners and edges lined up.
7.       Now decorate the front flap. Here I used a 5 ½” x 4 ½” piece of Very Vanilla cardstock that has been embossed with the Petals-A-Plenty embossing folder. Once embossed I used 3 daubers to apply Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie ink from the Classic Stampin Pads to the flowers in a pattern. The edges have been sponged with Rich Razzleberry ink.
8.       To make the embossed piece fit the front flap, cut a piece about 1” from the bottom – you will attach this to the bottom of the flap and the larger piece to the top of the flap, leaving a gap of about ½”.
9.       This will be covered with a 5 ¾” x 1 ½” strip of Old Olive cardstock that has been punched along both long edges with the Eyelet Border punch. Sponge the edges with Old Olive ink.
10.   Use the Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die to create butterflies in Pumpkin Pie cardstock, sponge the edges with Pumpkin Pie ink and attach to the front of the box with Dimensionals.

Friday, 19 August 2011

Lattice card

Hi there!

Today's card is a pretty one that's a little bit fiddly, but will impress anyone you give it to.  It's called a lattice card, where a window is cut out of the front of the card using a die in your die cutting machine, and strips of card, cut to about 1/4" wide are criss-crossed and woven over the window opening and secured on the back of the card with tape or glue.  Some punches were used to make the flowers, and the Scallop Oval punch was used for the mat underneath the sentiment.  Some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter was used as a bit of bling.

If you would like to make this card, please let me know and I'll include it in my next class! 

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Owl Thank You

Here's a quick and easy card to make.  The cute owl is from the Fox and Friends stamp set, and the panel is cut with the Top Note Die in the Big Shot.

A cuttlebug folder has been used on the background panel.  This card was designed by the lovely Heather Ford, the 4th member of our monthly get-together card making group.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Embossed Glossy Butterfly

Hi there!

I'm going to find it hard to part with this butterfly stamp after the end of August, when it retires from the Stampin Up catalogue.

Today's card is one designed by the lovely Jenny Soulsby, and one we made at one of our monthly get-togethers. It also uses a stamp from the Bliss stamp set, which was available in the last Sale-A-Bration promotion.  We stamped the flourish image onto White Glossy cardstock using Versamark ink, and then embossed it with gold embossing powder.  The cardstock was then sponged with different colours (can't remember which ones).  The butterfly was stamped onto Not Quite Navy cardstock in Versamark, then embossed with silver embossing powder, and cut out to mount onto the card with foam spots.  The Eyelet border punch was used to make the strip of brushed gold cardstock.

I'm just wondering if it needs anything else.... mmm.... do you have any suggestions?  If so, please leave a comment below.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Balloon card

Today's card uses a stamp from the set A Little Treat, which is really designed to be used with the Sweet Treat cups which you add to a card and put lollies or other yummy goodies inside.  This card is another one designed by the talented Tamara Conroy, and is one we made at one of our monthly get-togethers.

The stamp is inked using Stampin Up's brush markers directly on to the rubber, to give the different colours.  I also love the finishing touches to the inside of the card.  A shape cut with the Top Note Die in the Big Shot used on the front of the card, and the clouds are created by cutting masks with the scalloped oval and circle punches, and sponging around them with Bashful Blue ink.

If you would like to order any of the supplies used to make this card, please email me.

Monday, 15 August 2011

Faux Bleach Butterfly

Today's card uses the Faux Bleach technique to create the white-ish flowers on the card.  The stamps used are Upsy Daisy, and the butterfly is All-A-Flutter.  The butterfly stamp will be retiring at the end of August, so if you want one, you'll need to order it now.

I've also used alcohol inks to create the background layers, but you could achieve a similar look using regular die-based inks applied with a little rubbing alcohol on a felt pad or cotton ball.

I'm please with how this turned out, what do you think?

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Scallop Punch Flower

Today's card is a very simple design, as the focal point is the flower which has been made with several layers of patterned paper punched scallop circles.  The flourish is from the Elements of Style stamp set and the sentiment is from that old faithful stamp set, Sincere Salutations.
I decorated the inside of the card using the same stamp from Elements of Style:
And here's a closer look at the flower:

If you'd like me to show you how to make this flower, let me know by leaving a comment below.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Treat Box Cards

Hi there!

These treat box cards make a great gift for any occasion, and you can adjust the size of the box part to hold whatever treats you like, or tea-light candles.  At the recent Papercraft fair I had them filled with M&Ms, which seemed to disappear at the end of the fair!

This version opens like a card so you can write your greeting inside.

 This version has been sealed shut to form a pocket, then a tag is inserted into the pocket to write a greeting on it.
If you would like to learn how to make these, please email me to book into the next class.