Sunday, May 31, 2020


There is a truly beautiful suite of products, in the upcoming Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue, called the In Good Taste suite.  It includes the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper of which you'll be seeing a LOT in my creations ... lovely earthy tones, and wood and stone designs.   The white painted-look paper I've used on today's card comes from that pack.  I dry-embossed the paper with the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder; love the subtlety of it.  Also included in the suite is the gorgeous Tasteful Touches stamp set; the focal flowers on my card, and the foliage stamped on the three smaller circles, are from the set.  The In Good Taste Elements include the wooden leaves, that I have coloured using Stampin' Blends (in Old Olive and Mossy Meadow).

Here's the colour scheme I decided on for my card:

... and here's the end result:

The Highland Heather circle, on which the flowers rest, was created by die-cutting (using Stitched Shapes dies) a circle from the painted-look DSP, then using a blending brush to apply Highland Heather ink.  The rhinestones were coloured with the Dark Highland Heather Stampin' Blends marker.  I stamped the sentiment, from Peaceful Moments, in Old Olive ink.  I used the Stamparatus, to stamp it a few times, to achieve a nice, dark, impression.

The flowers were stamped on Whisper White card, in Highland Heather and Crumb Cake inks, then coloured with matching Stampin' Blends markers.  I hand-cut two more flowers, and glued each coloured flower to another one, for stability, as I had to raise them up on Stampin' Dimensionals, to sit above the leaves.  I used Stampin' Blends to colour the wooden leaves, but left the sides of the leaves uncoloured, as I like the rustic look.

Hopefully this is all clear, but please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions!  Because I used so many new, yet-to-be-released products on this card, I've not provided any links to my online store.  I'll be able to do that on cards containing new product from 3rd June onwards.  This suite is one of my favourites in the new catalogue, and I hope to inspire you with lots more creations!

Saturday, May 30, 2020


Beautiful Friendship is a gorgeous stamp set, that lends itself beautifully to simple stamping.  Today's share is all about stamps, ink and paper - nothing fancy!  How about this for a gorgeous colour combination?

I stamped flowers and leaves on a piece of Whisper White card, that I'd cut with the largest Stitched Nested Labels die.  I then cut that piece in half.  The Balmy Blue panel has been embossed with the lovely, tactile, Country Floral 3D embossing folder - that, sadly, is retiring on 2nd June.  I stamped (in Balmy Blue ink) the sentiment, which is from the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set, and die cut it with a smaller Stitched Nested Labels die.  A bow in retiring ribbon finishes off the card.

Listed below are the Stampin' Up! products I used to make this card.  You can get to my online store by clicking on any of the thumbnail images below.  I'd love for you to shop with me for your Stampin' Up! products, if you live in Australia, and don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.

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Friday, May 29, 2020


I was about to go to bed the other night, when I was hit with the sudden inspiration to make a wedding card for a beach wedding.  I don't know why; I certainly don't know anyone planning to get married on a beach!  However, I couldn't sleep until I put my vision to paper ... and I love how it turned out.  I have used the retiring Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper, and my seldom-used Stitched Be Mine dies.

I adhered the floral paper, and the Pear Pizzazz textured-look piece, to the panel of Grapefruit Grove card.  I then used the sweet rectangular die from Nature's Thoughts to cut out a panel - and a second one in Grapefruit Grove.  I glued the two panels together, wrapped some narrow grosgrain ribbon around, then stuck the rectangle back into the negative space.  The added layer of cardstock lifts it up just enough to give a bit of dimension, without bulk.

The sentiment is from the Last A Lifetime set; I white-embossed it on Old Olive card, then cut it out using a Stitched Rectangle die.  Because the die was not as narrow (in depth, not width) as I wanted it, I then laid the die across the strip of card, and cut it again, both above and below the sentiment.  I hope this makes sense!  It gave me a nice shallow rectangle to perfectly frame the sentiment.

One of the dies from Stitched Be Mine cuts a stitched scalloped-edge heart, with the heart inside it cut separately.  After cutting it from Very Vanilla card, I embossed the inner heart with the Coastal Weave embossing folder - which, along with the DSP, ribbon, and all things Grapefruit Grove, will retire on 2nd June.

Listed below are all the products I used to make this card.  If you would like to buy them for yourself, and you live in Australia, I would love for you to shop with me (if you don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator).  You can access my online store 24/7, by clicking on any of the thumbnail images below.

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I could go on for days sharing all the floral designs in Stampin' Up!'s gorgeous new Flowers For Every Season Designer Series Paper.  Oh, wait ... I have!  There are so many beautiful patterns, and I'm just loving creating with them.

How's this for a pretty colour combination?  Whoever came up with the saying "blue and green should never be seen" didn't know what they were talking about!  😄

I stamped the sentiment (from the Parcels & Petals stamp set) in Night of Navy ink, and die cut the panel using the new Tasteful Labels dies - they're coming out on 3rd June, along with the papers, enamel dots, and ribbon on this card.  The ribbon is from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo.  It's super-soft, and lovely to tie bows from (and it reminds me a little of gauze bandages!).  The fern frond, from Positive Thoughts, was stamped in Versamark ink on Just Jade card, and embossed with clear embossing powder.  The sweet decorative border at the bottom of the spotty Misty Moonlight paper panel is from the Ornate Borders dies collection.

The Flowers For Every Season paper pack is certainly going to be well used in my craft room, over the coming year.  I am so looking forward to having the inkpads and markers in the new In Colours, to be able to do lots more matchy-matchy creations!

Thursday, May 28, 2020


This is the colour scheme I worked with, for today's creation:

In the absence of Bumblebee ink (which we can't order until 3rd June), I stamped the sentiment, from Tasteful Touches, using Crushed Curry ink.  I used my Stamparatus, to allow me to repeat the impression - I actually stamped it four times, to get a good colour intensity.  On the sentiment label, I stamped in So Saffron (stamped off on scrap paper, to reduce the ink intensity) one of the other gorgeous stamps from Tasteful Touches.  The two large flowers are also from Tasteful Touches.  I stamped them on Very Vanilla card, in Crushed Curry ink, then used my Dark So Saffron Stampin' Blends to add some subtle colour detail.

The "friend" is die cut, in Cinnamon Cider card, with the Well Written dies.  I've added Bumblebee enamel dots to the flower centres, and used a couple of different ribbons - Bumblebee gingham ribbon, and Vanilla Scalloped Lace Trim.  The sprigs, in Crushed Curry, Vellum Cardstock, and Cinnamon Cider, are from the Butterfly Beauty dies.  I cut the leaves from So Saffron cardstock, using Magnolia Memory dies.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020


I so love these gorgeous cards by Jacque Williams, and had a lot of fun recreating them.  I then decided to CASE the design, but mix it up a little, to show some love to the retiring Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper.

I liked Jacque's tip, about running the main flower panel (after stamping and colouring it) through the Subtle 3D embossing folder, then turning it 90 degrees, and embossing it again.  I hadn't tried this before, and love the linen effect it gives.  I used my Dark Old Olive Stampin' Blends marker to colour the Crinkled White Seam Binding.  The Light Black Stampin' Blends marker was used to add subtle background splatters (by flicking the brush tip lightly against the inside of the lid, from a little bit of a height).  I outlined the stamped image with the Light Gray Granite Stampin' Blends marker.

Listed below are the products I used to make this card.  If you would like to buy them for yourself, you can get to my online store by clicking on any of the thumbnail images below.  I'd love for you to shop with me, for your Stampin' Up! supplies, if you live in Australia and don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.

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