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.


Friday, 12 August 2011

Box Arm Card

Today's card is another that I'll be teaching in card making classes in my studio, and it's called a Box Arm Card.  It folds flat for putting into a standard envelope, and when you stand it up you pull out the "arms" to help make the stand.  Here's the card with the arms nearly closed:
Here's the card with the arms extended:
Here's a view from above, so you can see the arms:
And here's another variation:
I learned the technique in one of Helen's fabulous card making classes, and I've since found a tutorial online by Emma Fewkes.

The butterfly was created using the Beautiful Butterflies die in the Big Shot die cutting machine, which was then put into Stampin Up's Finial Press embossing folder and put through the Big Shot again to emboss it.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Center Stair Step Card

Hi there!

Thank you to everyone who visited our stall at the SA Papercraft Fair last Sunday, and thank you for the kind comments on my cards on display.

Today's card is one that was on display, and is called a Center Stair Step Card.  It's easy to make the actual card base, and then you can decorate it to suit the occasion.  This one would be suitable for a man's birthday or for Father's Day.

I'm teaching this card at a few classes this month, so if you are in the Adelaide area and would like to make this card, please let me know by leaving a comment below.


Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Faux Distressed Floral

Ever since I saw Darlene's video on making the distress ink look using Stampin Up die based inks, I thought I must try that myself.  I've been going to card making classes where they often use distress inks, but I didn't think of trying the technique with Stampin Up inks.

This card uses one of my favourite stamp sets, Fifth Avenue Floral for the flowers.  The background is created on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and uses Not Quite Navy and Old Olive inks applied with foam applicator tools.  The flowers and leaves were stamped onto another piece of Whisper White cardstock with Versamark, and embossed with white embossing powder.  Then the flowers were coloured using So Saffron and Pumpkin Pie ink and the leaves with Old Olive.  The leaves are from a non-Stampin Up set.  Once everything was dry I stamped the greeting from the Baroque Motifs set using Not Quite Navy and then drew stitching around the edges with the white gel pen.

I'm quite happy with the way this card turned out, and will be using this technique more often in the future.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Sense of Time - Time is Running Out!

Today's card is a variation on the Side-Step card, and is also known as a Dresser Card.  I've used the Sanded Background stamp, which is retiring at the end of August, and the clock is from the Sense of Time stamp set, which is also retiring at the end of August.

If you would like to order these stamps, you will need to do so soon, as some things on the Retired list have already sold out!  Email me to place your order. 

I know how hard it is to make cards for the men in your life, so this one would be suitable.  Let me know if you would like to make this card in a class!

Monday, 8 August 2011

Manhattan Flower Embossing Folder

A while ago I recorded a video making this card, which uses the Manhattan Flower embossing folder from Stampin Up.  Well, I tried recording a video, but I didn't like the way it turned out, and I made too many mistakes on it.  Never mind, I will get the hang of making videos one day, and then I'll share them with you!

Can you guess how I coloured the main panel?  I used Whisper White cardstock to start with, then applied Rose Red ink.  But how did I apply it and what did I use to apply it with?

I'll answer that question later this week.  If you like to take a guess, leave a comment with your name below.  I'll even have a little gift if you guess correctly!

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Cheers To You

Today's card uses another retiring stamp set:  Cheers To You.  This card is called an Awning card, as at the top it has a piece that looks like a shop awning.  It's made using shapes cut out with the Word Window punch, laid side by side on a backing strip of paper to hold them together.  It's a bit hard to see in the photo, but the awning does stick out a bit on the card.  Also, the drinks are not floating, but actually sit on a shelf that also sticks out of the card.  I coloured the drinks using the Stampin Write Markers, then applied a bit of glue and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.

Email me if you would like to order this set, it's only available as a wood mount set, and it costs $31.95.  After August 31 it will no longer be available.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Retiring Butterfly Stamp

Today's card uses the lovely All a Flutter butterfly stamp, which unfortunately is not in the new 2011-12 Stampin Up Idea Book and Catalogue.  So it will be "retired" at the end of this month.  I'm going to miss this one, as I've used it so many times.
The background is created by stamping a music stamp repeatedly on the panel, which is sponged to give it a distressed look.  The middle butterfly has been stamped twice - once on the background and again on a scrap piece of paper and cut out, coloured and layered on top of the background image.

Friday, 5 August 2011

Black Magic or Chalk Board?

Today's card started out as a Chalk Board Technique card, but ended up as a Black Magic Technique card.

The flowers were stamped with white craft ink onto black card, and then initially coloured with Stampin Pastels, which are chalks, giving a soft look.  After the card sat in my box for a while I decided it needed a lift so I went over the main image with watercolour pencils to make the colours stronger, then used the white gel pen around the edges. I added some white dots to the background images as well.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

SA Papercraft Fair this Sunday, August 7

Just a quick reminder for all you Adelaide card makers and scrapbookers that the SA Papercraft Fair is on again this Sunday, August 7 at the Marion Leisure and Fitness Centre, Oaklands Road, Morphettville.  It opens at 9.00 am and finishes at 3.00 pm.  Entry is $5.  I'll be there on the Stampin Up Stall, so come along and say hi!  I'll have some retired products for sale at bargain prices, and you may even get a sneak peak at the new Idea Book and Catalogue!  See you there!

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Another Because I Care card

Hi there!

Today's card is another one using the Hydrangea stamp from the Because I Care stamp set.  This set is one of the free stamp sets you can get for hosting a workshop/party (whether it be in the home or a catalogue party) or for placing an order of at least $300.  It's also on the Last Chance List as it will be retiring at the end of August 2011.
This is another design by the very talented Tamara Conroy.  We made this a while ago in our monthly get-together, and I gave it to my mum for Mother's Day.  I had to ask her if I could borrow it to photograph it as I had forgotten to do so before I gave it to her!  It's nice to know she keeps the cards I make...

This card uses some basic masking and sponging techniques to add colour.  The swirly vine is from the Vintage Vogue stamp set and the music stamp is not by Stampin Up.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Double Embossed Because I Care

I love the hydrangea flower in the hostess set Because I Care, because it can be coloured in different ways to give different effects.  This card is by guest artist Tamara Conroy, and uses a Double Embossing technique.

I also love how she has created the background using the flourish stamp from the Elements of Style set, which she has stamped with Versamark, embossed with white embossing powder, and sponged with Soft Suede ink.

Because I Care is a hostess stamp set in the current Idea Book and Catalogue, which finishes at the end of this month.

Monday, 1 August 2011

The Last Chance List is Here

Well, it's that time of year again, when we say goodbye to some stamps and accessories to make way for some gorgeous new ones.

You can download the list HERE.  You will need to have the catalogue handy and refer to the page numbers to see which stamps and accessories are going.  Some that I have that are going are:  Sanded (background), Eastern Blooms, Sense of Time, Garden Whimsy and Priceless.

Some items are discounted by up to 40%, so you'd better be quick as they will be while stocks last.  Email me to place your order.

Guest Artist - Tamara Conroy

Tamara is a very talented card maker, and has come up with another card that just makes you go:  "WOW!"  She made this one for her grandson's birthday.  She's done a fair bit of Punch Art on it, using the Owl Punch as well as others.  Isn't it just gorgeous!  I hurredly photographed this as she was leaving our monthly get together, so I apologise for the blurry photos.  The basic card construction is called a Tri-Shutter card.