Saturday, July 28, 2012


Today I'm taking part in a blog hop, with 7 other friends who are also Stampin' Up! demonstrators in Australia.  The theme of our blog hop this time is "masculine projects" - right up my alley!

You may have come from Sue Madex's blog, but if not, you can catch up with Sue's creation once you've 'hopped' around the circuit (list of participants is at the end of my post).

I've made a couple of cards using Stampin' Up!'s Frightful Sight Designer Series Papers.  I love the colours in these papers - Basic Black, Basic Grey, Cajun Craze and Old Olive.  They get me out of my usual habit of gravitating towards browns and blues for male cards.

First up is a card I made for hubby's nephew, whose birthday was last week.

To make the 'medallion' for around the sentiment, I used my Scallop Circle punch, rotated the punched shape and punched again (to 'sharpen' the rounded scalloped edges), then snipped the edges by hand to give the shape a less uniform look.

Stamps: Up,Up & Away
Card: Basic Gray, Cajun Craze, Whisper White, Basic Black, Old Olive
DSP: Frightful Sight Designer Series Paper
Ink: Cajun Craze and Old Olive stampin' pads, Basic Gray stampin' pad and marker, Sahara Sand stampin' pad and marker, Jet Black Staz-on inkpad
Other: Timeless Type Alphabet dies, 1/4" Circle punch, 1 3/8" Circle punch, Scallop Circle punch, paper snips, Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die, Color Spritzer tool, Stamp-a-ma-jig

My second card is perhaps suited to an older male - I think the background paper makes it look a bit conservative (despite my use of the ever-cool Extreme Elements stamp set!).

Stamps: Extreme Elements, Texture jumbo Stampin' Around wheel, Happiest Birthday Wishes
Card: Basic Black, Whisper White
DSP: Cheerful Treat Designer Series Paper
Ink: Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Basic Black and Basic Gray stampin' pads, Jet Black Staz-on inkpad
Other: 2 1/2" Circle punch, Perfect Pennants Bigz die, Top Note die, Basics Glimmer brads, sponge daubers, Mat pack and Paper Piercing tool

Next on the blog hop today is Kathryn Mangelsdorf - you must check out what she has made, and continue on to visit all 8 of us.  We'd love some "comment love", so we know you've been to visit!

Here's a complete list of everyone taking part in the blog hop today:

We hope you get some inspiration for cards for the boys and men in your life!

Friday, July 27, 2012


We have got to the end of the week, and I realised that I'm fast running out of time to enter this week's challenge at Sunny Challenges & Creations.

I have never tried the Reflection Technique, so I really wanted to give it a go.  I had an idea to use the Ornate Blossom stamp as a water lily/lotus type flower (sorry for my floral ignorance!).   This is the first time this stamp has seen ink!!  I first inked up the stamp using my Pretty in Pink stampin' pad.  I added colour with markers, and stamped onto Whisper White card.  Using my aquapainter and stampin' pads, I added a bit more depth of colour to the flower.

 The end result of my reflection stamping is not quite what I had in mind, but I'll leave it as is, and chalk it up to experience!  I think because I chose a lighter colour ink (Pretty in Pink) to stamp on the acetate, the mirrored image was a bit patchier than I'd hoped.  Perhaps it was just my bad stamping.  Anyway, here's the card I came up with for the challenge, that closes in a few short hours!

Stamps: Ornate Blossom, Friends Never Fade, Trendy Trees
Card: Rose Red textured, Whisper White, Pool Party
DSP: Pool Party Patterns Designer Series Paper
Ink: Versamark inkpad, Jet Black Staz-On inkpad, Pretty in Pink stampin' pad, Regal Rose stampin' pad and marker, Rose Red stampin' pad and marker, So Saffron marker, Pool Party stampin' pad
Other: Aquapainter, Labels Collection framelits dies, Word Window punch, Basic Rhinestones, Pool Party ruffled ribbon, sponge dauber, Scallop edge punch, mini glue dots, acetate


This week at Just Add Ink, Jodene has come up with a gorgeous inspiration pic to set our creative juices flowing!

The elements that stood out to me, when I first saw this photo, were the pink and orange flowers - Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink and Pumpkin Pie, in "Stampin' Up! speak"!  So, I have a rather  PINK creation to show you today. 

I have used one of the die-cut doily paper sheets from Stampin' Up!'s Flirtatious Specialty Designer Series Paper, and adhered it to a panel of Pretty in Pink doily paper from the same selection.  A few punched-out flowers, bright buttons and little leaves finish off my card.

Stamps: Curly Cute
Card: Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Lucky Limeade
DSP: Flirtatious Specialty Designer Series Paper
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Pretty in Pink stampin' pads
Other: Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch, Melon Mambo dotted scallop ribbon, Brights buttons, White baker's twine, Sweetest Stem embosslits, Scallop Edge border punch, sponge dauber, mini glue dots, Tombow liquid glue, 3/4" Circle punch, Anywhere glue stick

We'd love to have you play along with us.  You might take inspiration from the flowers, or the colours, or any element in the photo.  Check out the rest of the Design Team's gorgeous creations, for even more inspiration!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


There is only one week until Stampin' Up!'s Autumn-Winter Mini catalogue finishes.  This Mini contains some fabulous new products, that have become "go-to" items in my stash.  I'd like to share with you a card we made in my classes this month, that focussed on products from the Mini catalogue.  The card design is very simple, but I think showcases beautifully how well Stampin' Up! do the "matchy-matchy" thing! 

We white-embossed one of the flower stamps from Mixed Bunch, onto In Color cardstock.  The Blossom punch perfectly punched out the shape, and the flower centre is decorated with a cute Jelly Bean brad.  Check out how the ruffled ribbon and baker's twine match the cardstock and brad - cute, don't you think?!  The card also features a scalloped edge cut using the new Adorning Accents Edgelits dies (love them!).  We had a play with the new Diagonal Plate for the Simply Scored scoring tool, too, to add a bit of texture to the card.

Here's the card my class attendees made, using Calypso Coral:

Stamps: Mixed Bunch, Curly Cute
Card: Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Whisper White
Ink Versamark inkpad, Jet Black Staz-On inkpad
Other: Blossom punch, Jelly Bean brad, Mat Pack & Paper Piercing Tool, Simply Scored Tool and Diagonal Plate, Calypso Coral ruffled ribbon, Calypso Coral Baker's Twine, Adorning Accents Edgelits die, stampin' dimensionals, Tombow liquid glue, mini glue dot

I made similar cards in the other three In Colors that feature in the Jelly Bean brad designs.  Here is the same layout in Pool Party:

......   and Wisteria Wonder:

.... and, finally, Lucky Limeade:

I varied my diagonal scoring a bit, so you can see what a difference a little change can make.  I love these cards, and think they'd make a nice little gift set - don't you?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


I have made another card for this week's Dynamic Duos challenge:

My original plan was to create a card with a glossy Poppy Parade-coloured flower ... but the Crystal Effects I applied to my coloured image didn't want to dry.  It's now a full two days ... the flower is dry and ready to be added to a card! 

When I applied Crystal Effects over the centre of the flower, that I'd coloured with a Basic Black marker,  the ink bled, giving a soft, cloudy look that I really like!  To draw the eye in, I added a cute Kaisercraft Sparklet to the centre.  The layers behind the flower have been embossed with my Square Lattice embossing folder, to complement the texture of the flower centre.

Here's the finished card:

Stamps: Flower Fancy, Field Flowers
Card: Basic Black, Whisper White, Poppy Parade
DSP: Basic Black Patterns Designer Series Paper
Ink: Versamark inkpad, Poppy Parade stampin' pad and marker, Basic Black stampin' pad and marker
Other: Black embossing powder, Crystal Effects, Large Oval punch, Bird Builder punch (small heart), Basic Black scallop dots ribbon and taffeta ribbon, Square Lattice embossing folder, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch, Fun Flowers die, sponge dauber, mini glue dots, Kaisercraft Sparklet, embossing folder (not SU!)

Monday, July 23, 2012


This week at Dynamic Duos, there is a GLORIOUS colour combination!

Poppy Parade is a gorgeous orangey-red, that looks really elegant with black.  In addition to the colour challenge, we have the option of using punches on our project.

I had an idea in mind, using a bold, glossy flower - but I covered the flower in Crystal Effects over 24 hours ago, and it's still not dry!  It's a bit chilly here at the moment!  So, "Plan B" kicked in, and here's what I came up with:

...... and a close-up of the cute bow I created, courtesy of my new Bow-Easy (now I see what the fuss is about!):

Stamps: Flower Fancy, Just Believe
Card: Poppy Parade, Basic Black, Whisper White
DSP: Mocha Morning Specialty Designer Series Paper
Ink: Poppy Parade stampin' pad and marker, Basic Black marker, Versamark ink pad
Other: Black embossing powder, Basic Black satin ribbon, In Color Glimmer brad, Mat Pack and paper-piercing tool, Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, Lace Ribbon border punch, Corner Rounder punch, butterfly punch (not SU!), mini glue dots

Well, I certainly 'went to town' with the "dessert option" of punches - I used 5 punches on this card!

If my glossy flower ever dries, I'll see if I can come up with another card for this challenge .... but in the event I don't, at least I had fun with this one!

Friday, July 20, 2012


This week at Just Add Ink, Mae has challenged us to use Black & White PLUS ONE. 

Tangerine Tango is a colour that doesn't see much light of day at my place, so I challenged myself to use it for this challenge.  I came up with the idea for this project when I couldn't sleep one night this week, and it came out pretty much how I'd envisaged it.  Miriam Thomas shared on her blog how to make a box using four of Stampin' Up!'s Petite Pocket die cuts.  Perfect - I have barely used my Petite Pockets die (another of the many products I just HAD to have!).

I cut four Petite Pockets from Basic Black cardstock.  The next step was to emboss each one using Stampin' Up!'s Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, that had been inked with Versamark (I just rubbed the inkpad over the raised surface of the embossing folder before inserting the cardstock).  I then randomly sprinkled White and Tangerine Tango embossing powder over the dry-embossed card, and heat-embossed it.

Here's a close-up of how that turned out:

Here is the box, containing a flower arrangement made from embossed flowers (I was on a bit of an embossing kick with this one, wasn't I?):

I was really pleased to discover that the large flower from the Printed Petals stamp set fits perfectly inside the new Blossom punch.  I've hardly used that stamp set, but will now get some more mileage from it, because I do love a stamp that co-ordinates with a punch, y'know!  On Whisper White cardstock, I stamped five flowers in Versamark ink, and used Tangerine Tango embossing powder on three of them, and Black embossing powder on the other two.  The flower centres are also embossed (in the reverse colours); they're one of the smaller flowers from Printed Petals, that have been punched out using the 1" Circle punch.  I used Jet Black Staz-On ink to colour the skewers (messy, but I achieved the desired result).

Here are the 'ingredients' I used:

Stamps: Printed Petals
Card: Basic Black, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango
DSP: Basic Black and Tangerine Tango Patterns Designer Papers (tied around 'stems')
Ink: Versamark inkpad, Jet Black Staz-On inkpad
Other: White embossing powder, Tangerine Tango embossing powder, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, Petite Pockets die, Basic Black satin ribbon, Tangerine Tango Scallop Dots ribbon, sticky strip, Blossom punch, 1" punch, Beautiful Wings embosslits

Make sure you visit the Just Add Ink website, to see the variety of projects that the Design Team have come up with - you'll love them!

Monday, July 16, 2012


I'm on a bit of a 'baby card' kick at the moment, and had an idea that works for two of my favourite challenges.

Dynamic Duos has this gorgeous, soft, colour combination as the challenge this week:

and Sunny Challenges & Creations' challenge is to use circles on a papercraft project:

Here's the card I made, combining these two challenges:

Stamps: Fox & Friends, A to Z, Confetti, Short & Sweet
Card: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze and Crumb Cake stampin' pads, Versamark inkpad
Other: 1 3/4" Circle punch, White embossing powder, sponge daubers, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Baja Breeze seam binding, Pink Pirouette taffeta ribbon, Whisper White taffeta ribbon, Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, mini glue dots

My boys are back at school, after 2 weeks holiday (actually, the eldest had almost 4 weeks, since he went on a Central Australia trip with school in the week leading up to the holidays), so the house is very quiet today!  As much as I love the holidays, I do like to get back into a 'normal' routine - although soon you might have to remind me I said that, as we get busier and busier, leading into cricket pre-season!!

Friday, July 13, 2012


Mae has a great sketch challenge for us, at Just Add Ink this week.

I don't often make square cards, but used this sketch to make a card for my sister-in-law who turned 50 recently.  I am blessed to have three wonderful sisters-in-law, who I love dearly.  Sharon, the recipient of this card, really saved my life when I was struggling desperately with being a new first-time Mum - something I will never forget.  I put a lot of love into this card!

There's a bit going on, but all the detail is thanks to Stampin' Up!'s beautiful Vintage Vogue stamp set.  I've stamped the vine image on the background paper, using Crumb Cake ink, and the small flower is stamped in Soft Suede ink.  The vine image was stamped again on the larger of the two Framelits dies, and the sentiment panel was created with a NEW stamp set that will be coming out in our Annual Catalogue in August.  Those of us who attended Stampin' Up! Convention in Canberra in May were lucky enough to receive the fabulous Memorable Moments stamp set, consisting of numbers 0 to 9 inclusive, along with a few greetings and a frame stamp that co-ordinates with the Labels Collection Framelits dies - woohoo!  LOVE any stamps that co-ordinate with a punch or die, and I have been longing for some number stamps.  This set will get a lot of use, I'm sure.

Now that I've completed the card, I can see the sentiments are a bit wonky - but, hey, that's the charm of hand-made cards, isn't it?!

The larger flower was inked up in Crumb Cake ink, and "rock and rolled" in Rich Razzleberry ink.  A smaller Soft Suede flower was cut out, added to the top, and secured with a glimmer brad. 

Stamps: Vintage Vogue, Memorable Moments (available 1st September)
Card: Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede
DSP: First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper, Rich Razzleberry Patterns Designer Series Paper
Ink: Crumb Cake stampin' pad and marker, Soft Suede and Rich Razzleberry stampin' pads
Other: Labels Collection Framelits dies, sponge daubers, Color Spritzer tool, Brights brads, Basic Glimmer brad, Basic Pearls, paper snips, Stampin' dimensionals, Lace Ribbon border punch, Crumb Cake seam binding, Soft Suede taffeta ribbon

Make sure you check out the samples made by my talented fellow Design Team members here.  We'd love to have you join in the challenge this week!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


I wanted to make some baby cards, but was a bit short on ideas, so thought I'd Google images using the stamp set I'd chosen.  I had a bit of a giggle when a few of the cards that came up were mine - it hadn't even occurred to me to look over cards I'd made, for inspiration! 

I really liked the way Janine Rawlins used the Baby Bundle stamp set on this card, so that was my starting point.  I stamped the cute little images on watercolour paper using Jet Black Staz-On ink.  The 'boy' card was coloured using Stampin' Up!'s Watercolour Wonder crayons, and the 'girl' card was coloured with inkpads and an aquapainter.

Stamps: Baby Bundle, Curly Cute
Card: Bashful Blue, Whisper White, watercolour paper
Ink: Jet Black Staz-on inkpad, Bashful Blue stampin' pad, Crumb Cake stampin' pad
Other: Pinking Hearts border punch, Bashful Blue satin ribbon, sponge dauber, Watercolour Wonder Crayons (Brights Collection), aquapainter, blender pen, mini glue dots

Stamps: Baby Bundle, Short & Sweet
Card: Crumb Cake, Pretty in Pink, watercolour paper
Ink: Jet Black Staz-on inkpad, Whisper White craft stampin' pad, Crumb Cake stampin' pad, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose and Daffodil Delight stampin' pads
Other: Pretty in Pink scallop dots ribbon, Twitterpated buttons, aquapainter, mini glue dots, tab die (not SU!)

I had a lot of fun making these sweet cards (colouring is so therapeutic, isn't it?). 

Monday, July 9, 2012


I had a chance last night to make a card for this week's challenge at Sunny Challenges & Creations.  It has been weeks since I've played along, and I've missed taking part!

Vicky has come up with this sketch, with the added challenge of using Chocolate Chip and Old Olive:

I pulled out my hardly-used Language of Friendship stamp set for this one.  Whilst I do love any stamp sets that co-ordinate with punches, I have to say this one is a bit "off" in its measurements - if I want to punch the bird perfectly, the wing gets chopped off a bit, and if I want to punch the wing perfectly, the bird has a bigger border on one side than the other.  I know I could overcome this by stamping and punching the bird and wing separately, but I didn't actually think of that until I was typing this blog post .... so, forgive the oddly-punched bird!

Stamps: Language of Friendship, Trendy Trees
Card: Old Olive, Very Vanilla
DSP: Chocolate Chip and Old Olive Patterns Designer Series Paper, Jolly Holiday DSP (retired)
Ink: Old Olive and Chocolate Chip stampin' pads
Other: Labels Collection Framelits, Bird Builder punch, Decorative Label punch, Old Olive satin ribbon, Brights button, Lucky Limeade baker's twine, Basic Pearls, sponge daubers, mini glue dots

Sunday, July 8, 2012


It has been a few weeks since I've played along at one of my favourite challenge sites, Dynamic Duos.  Time management hasn't been my forte lately (okay, ever), and I've not managed to juggle things as well as I had for a while there!  I'm pleased to say that I had a fairly productive time in my craft room yesterday, prepping for upcoming classes, and making a couple of much-needed cards.

Here's the yummy colour combo at Dynamic Duos this week:

I hadn't used Rich Razzleberry for a while until, funnily enough, I'd just made a card with it before seeing this challenge.  (You'll have to wait a week to see that one, though - keep an eye out!)  So, twice in one day I've rediscovered my love for this gorgeous colour.

Here's my card for this challenge:

Stamps: Awash With Flowers, Heard From the Heart
Card: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Old Olive textured
DSP: Rich Razzleberry Patterns Designer Series Paper
Ink: Versamark inkpad, Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive stampin' pads
Other: White embossing powder, Old Olive scallop dots ribbon, Brights glimmer brads, Beautiful Wings embosslits, Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die, Mat Pack and Paper piercer, White gel pen, stamp-a-ma-jig, mini glue dots, sponge dauber

Friday, July 6, 2012


The theme at Just Add Ink this week is WINTER, which is very apt as I type out this post on a miserably cold, very wet, Melbourne day!

My first thought was to make a snowy scene for a Christmas card, but I decided against that.  Christmas falls in Summer down here in the southern hemisphere (although Melbourne is generally a bit mild and showery on Christmas Day .... but you have to expect the unexpected with Melbourne's weather!).  I have instead created a little scene with Trendy Trees - one of my cute, neglected, stamp sets.  There's a light snowfall happening, courtesy of the Confetti stamp set, and I've used silver glass glitter to represent scattered snowflakes on the ground.

Stamps: Trendy Trees, Confetti, Sincere Salutations
Card: Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink: Whisper White craft stampin' pad, Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi and Garden Green stampin' pads, Basic Black stampin' pad
Other: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Crumb Cake taffeta ribbon, Mat Pack and Paper Piercing tool, sponge dauber, XL Oval punch, Designer Frames embossing folder, Tombow liquid glue, Silver Glass Glitter, mini glue dots

Make sure you check out the rest of the Design Team's samples, for some winter inspiration.  We hope to see you playing along with us!