Sunday, February 28, 2010

Fancy Fold Technique Class

Hi everyone,

As promised here are two of the cards that we will be making at my Fancy Folds class next month (Thursday 11th March and Tuesday 16th March - both at 7.30pm). We are actually making three cards a "Stair Step", "Tri-Shutter", and "Joy Fold". Here I am showing the Stair Step and Tri-Shutter cards.

These cards are more 'blokey' than I normally produce but it is often hard to come up with a masculine card so maybe these will inspire you. 
For the Stair Step card I have used the Cake from Fun and Fast notes and coloured it in using my blender pen and ink pads. The first sentiment is from Wow Flowers - a really good buy at only $24.95. The present stamp is from SAB Happy Moments and the back sentiment is from SAB Whimsical Words. I have used Creamy Caramel as my base and used the background stamp Polka Dot with VersaMark. A little Pumpkin Pie and Elegant Eggplant complete the card.

The Tri-Shutter card has been inspired by the fabulous Marelle Taylor. I really love what she did with the Vintage Lables and Windsor Knot DSP, so I had to have a go.

Here is a picture of the inside of the card.

For this card I have used Sage Shadow cardstock, Windsor Knot DSP, along with a  little Chocolate Chip, So Saffron and Old Olive cardstock. The stamps are from SAB Vintage Label. Ink used is Chocolate Chip and a little Old Olive (on the front of the card).

Don't forget to contact me if you would like to book into my class. Once again I am at Bella Vista (Baulkham Hills), and the cost of the class is $18 if you use your own adhesive or $20 if you use mine. For that you will get instructions how to make the cards again and the envelopes to put your cards in.

I am hoping to show you the Joy Fold card tomorrow.

'Til next time,


Saturday, February 27, 2010

Playing catchup.

Hi everyone,

I have had a couple of busy days but things are settling down so I can now focus on my upcoming classes this week and next week.

It is still not too late to book in for my Stamp a stack this Tuesday evening (2nd March 2010) at 7.30pm, if you are interested. Cost is $18 if you use your adhesive or $20.00 if you use mine. For that you will get to make 8 lovely cards using at least two different stamp sets, along with envelopes and any other embellishments required. If you think about it, that works out at approx $2.50 per card and you get the lovely warm feeling when you give the card that you made it - now that is priceless!!! Places are limited to 8.Contact me to book your spot. I am at situated in Bella Vista (Baulkham Hills), and address will be supplied upon booking.

I am also running an Easter Project Class this Thursday evening (4th March 2010) at 7.30pm, and again on the following Tuesday evening (9th March 2010) at 7.30pm. Cost for this class is $20.00 and you will get to make the 4 items that appear in the picture below. I am just about full on Thursday but still have spaces available on Tuesday. Once again contact me to book your place.

Please note the small box will change colours from Pretty in Pink and Almost Amethyst to So Saffron and Certainly Celery.

Stay tuned for tomorrows post when I will show you what you will make at my Fancy Folds Technique Class.

'Til next time,


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

My Nephews' Birthday Cards

Hi everyone,

Thanks to all of you who stopped by my blog on the hop yesterday. Also a big thankyou to those who left comments. It is nice to get comments on your work - something I need to try and make sure I do more of.

Anyway this weekend just gone we celebrated my nephews' birthdays. There is three years difference in age but their birthdays are only two weeks apart - so their Mum and Dad hold a joint family birthday party for them each year.

My eldest nephew has taken a liking to cooking so I bought him some cooking books, an apron and some wooden spoons. That meant that there was only one option for his birthday card and that was to use Voila! This time I have teamed 'my little fat chief' with the sweet treat cups.

Materials Used: All Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Voila
Card: Kraft, Whisper White, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise
Ink: Black Staz On, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Sahara Sand
Other: Sweet Treat Cups 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Round Tab Punch Dimensionals.

This next card is for my younger nephew. As I had used Sweet Treat Cups for his big brother I had to do the same for him. I used the standard gumball machine from Something Sweet.

The sentiment is from the SAB set Happy Moments.

Materials Used: All Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Something Sweet, Happy Moments.
Card: Kraft, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Whisper White.
Ink: Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise, Only Orange, Certainly Celery
Other: 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Small Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Round Tab Punch, Dimensionals.

'Til next time,


Monday, February 22, 2010

Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop

Hi everyone and welcome to the 2nd Stampersanonymous blog hop. This time we are showcasing stamps from Sale-A-Bration. These stamp sets are free (who doesn't love a freebie?). To qualify you just need to purchase Stampin' Up! product to the value of $100 and you will receive one of 4 stamp sets free. Purchase $200 can get 2 stamp sets free etc. Remember you only have until the 31st March 2010 to get these stamp sets and no they cannot be purchased!!! Contact your demonstrator (or me if you don't have one), to place your order and get these stamps.

You may have arrived here from the fabulous blog of  Marelle Taylor, but if not that is OK you can complete the tour by clicking on the links at the end of each post. There are 9 stops along the way and we hope that you will visit us all and enjoy our creations we have to show you. Please feel free to leave a comment - as we all love comments. So sit back and enjoy the ride.

My first offering to you is using the stamp set Happy Moments. I love this set as it has crisp clean lines and is perfect for getting out your blender pen, Stampin' Write Markers, aqua painter or even your Stamin' Pastels.

Here I have made 4 standard cards using all of the main images.

I also made a tote bag to place the cards in - perfect for a gift.

I stamped the images in Black Staz On and the got out my trusty blender pen and ink pads to colour in the images.

Materiels Used:
Stamp Set: Happy Moments.
Cardstock: So Saffron, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze, Whisper White.
Ink: Regal Rose, So Saffron, Rose Red, Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze, Black Staz On.
Other: Dimensionals, Large Oval Punch, Small Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Spellbinders.

Next I have used the stamp set Good Neighbours. Now there is so much you can do with this stamp set and I will show you more later in the week but for now here is a small box I have made. I found the instructions on how to make this box at PaperSmiles. It is so cute and easy to make. You can't see it but the handle has been punched using the scallop edge punch. Please forgive the photography but I had no natural light left and the shadows are shocking so I was unable to get a decent picture of the handle. This little box would be great to put a couple of choccies in to welcome the neighbours.

Materiels Used:
Stamps: Good Neighbours
Card stock: Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White.
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss.
Other: 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Dimensionals.

Lastly I have two more cards using the set Whimsical Words. Whilst this set has no pictures the sentiments are fantastic and can be added to many other images that we have in our IB&C. In these cards I have decided to let the sentiments be the focal point of the card. To make the "flower" around the Wide Oval's, I cut a piece of A4 cardstock lengthways - about 2 cm's wide, and then used the Eyelet Border Punch to punch all the way along. I then ran the card through the crimper so that it would be easier to "bend" the card around the oval.

Materiels Used:
Stamps: Whimsical Words
Cardstock: Whisper White, Brocade Blue, Regal Rose, Brocade Blue and Regal Rose DSP from Hostess level one gift.
Ink: Regal Rose, Brocade Blue.
Other: Wide Oval Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Crimper, Dimensionals.

Here is a list of the other blogs in the hop incase you get lost.

Marelle Taylor
Juliette Chapman
Fiona Harvey
Nikki Stalker
Lorna Casha

Robyn Irving
Ruth Bishop
Sally Williams
Chary Belfield

Anyway that is it from me. I hope you have enjoyed looking at my creations. It is now time for you to 'hop' off to Fiona Harvey's blog to see what wonderful creations she has for you.

Thanks for stopping by.

'Til next time,


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A Rose is a Rose

Hi everyone,

Just a quick one to share a card I have just made. I made it for my SIL's Mum who isn't very well at the moment. She is a special lady and I thought I should make the effort to make something nice.

Well this card uses the stamp set A Rose is a Rose. I have only just aquired this stamp set and I can see a lot more cards being made with it. Just a warning you definitely need your Stamp-a-ma-jig (or stamp positioner) for this set.

Materials Used: (All Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: A Rose is a Rose, Thoughts and Prayers
Card: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Bella Rose DSP
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss
Other: Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Scallop Boarder Punch, Dimensionals.

'Til next time


Monday, February 15, 2010

Party Hearty Pop Up Card

Hi everyone,

This is the third card that we made at my Pop Up technique class this month. I am still running the class on Thursday evening (18th Feb), so contact me if you would like to learn how to make this card along with the other two which you can see here .

If any of you follow Marelle Taylors blog you will be familiar with this front layout (see here). Anyway here is my take on it.


This is the inside of the card.

I have been wanting make this style of pop up since I saw it on Splitcoaststampers. It is fun and easy to do and gives your card the WOW factor when it is opened.

Anyway as I mentioned I still have spaces for my class this Thursday evening at 7.30pm. Cost is $20.00 for all three cards. You get to take a technique sheet with you so you can reproduce the style of card at home again. Contact me   to book your spot. Address provided upon booking.

Materials Used: (All Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Party Heart,
Card: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, and Riding Hood Red DSP.
Ink: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red.
Other: Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch.

'Til next time


Tart and Tangy

Hi everyone,

This stamp set is on loan from by best friend Sam (Hi Sam!!!). It is a stamp set that I have been eyeing up but for some reason have just not purchased it. I have been thinking about making several different types of cards with a matching tote that you can give as hostess gifts, or as RAK's. This set is perfect for this (also an excellent set for a Stamp A Stack if you need any ideas or for a beginner class - mmm might just have to remember that), as the shapes are basically the same and can be punched out using the circle punches, so no need to worry about getting the stamp in the middle of the cardstock, or worry about extra cutting (wow that was a long sentence).

So here is the first of my cards and matching tote that you will see over the coming months.

Here is a close up of the matching tote - which was made out of one sheet of standard A4 cardstock.

I used my Stampin' Write markers to get the different colours on the cherries and apple.

Nothing quite like a clear and crisp card and I love Whisper White for that. You may notice that there are no sentiments on the cards. I think that adding a sentiment would clutter them too much and then you can't use the cards as 'just because' cards.

Materials Used: (All Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Tart and Tangy
Card: Whisper White, Old Olive, Real Red
Ink: Old Olive, Real Red
Other: Old Olive, Real Red, Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write markers, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Word Window Punch, Dimensionals.

'Til next time


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Easter is coming early

Hi everyone,

If  is is not hard enough to have just recovered from Christmas, the shops are now full of the next holiday to tempt young tummies. For us in the paper craft world it is fantastic - lots of wonderful ideas floating around, but I do feel for those who just can't get excited. Anyway just a quick one to show you what I have been up to recently. I have a workshop coming up where the hostess wants 3D items and an Easter theme. So here is what I have come up with.

I have used the stamp set "A good Egg". It is fun and cute and there are a lot of possibilities using this set.
Materials used:
Stamps: A Good Egg and Egg Hunt Roller
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Almost Amythest, Certailnly Celery, So Saffron, Whisper White
Ink: Black Staz On, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery.
Other: Only Orange and So Saffron Stampin' Write Markers, Word Window Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Small Cellophane Bag, So Saffron Ribbon (from Ribbon Bundle last year), Dazzling Diamonds (yes it is there on the egg - looks better in real life!!!)

If you too would like to host this as a workshop just let me know. Email me to arrange a date and time. Don't forget that it is a great time to host a workshop during Sale-A-Bration - a chance to earn more free goodies and who doesn't like free goodies? Oh no DH has just arrived home and is wondering where his dinner is...

'Til next time


Saturday, February 6, 2010

I {Heart} Hearts

Hi everyone,

I have had the chance to make two cards today. (Woo Hoo!!!). I have used the I {Heart} Hearts stamp set which I just got this week. It is a stamp set that I really wanted but was not sure if I would actually use it past Valentines Day. When Stampin' Up! announced that they would donate $2.00 from every I {Heart} Hearts stamp set sold until the 28th Feb 2010, to the Haitian Disaster Relief, I just knew I had to have it. Since Stampin' Up! announced this, over 7500 I {Heart} Hearts Stamp Sets in the US, Australia and NZ (and Greenhouse Gardens stamp set for Europe) have been purchased by our wonderful customers. If you would like to also assist contact me to purchase your stamp set - the order number is 117715 and price is $42.95 (I will waive the postage on this item).

Anyway onto the cards. Here is the first one in traditional Valentines Day colours of Real Red, with a bit of Chocolate Chip for good measure!!! Mmm wish it was real chocolate!!!
With this card I have used the Stamping off technique where you stamp your image and then restamp it again without re-inking it. This way you several shades from the one stamp pad. The sentiment is from Whimsical Words (a Sale-A-Bration stamp set that you can get for free when you spend $100.00 on Stampin' Up! product).
Materials Used: (All Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: I {Heart} Hearts, Whimsical Words
Card: Real Red, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Real Red
Other: Corner Rounder Punch

Here is the next card.

Here I have used Pretty in Pink for my base card, with Real Red for the matting. Inks used are Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Pretty in Pink and Close to Cocoa. Once again the sentiment is from Whimsical Words. Don't forget to contact me to place your order for I {Heart} Hearts and whilst you are at it, add a little more to your order to get your free Sale-A-Bration stamp set.
Materials Used: (all Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: I {Heart} Hearts, Whimsical Words
Card: Pretty in Pink, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Pretty in Pink, Real Red, Chocolate Chip.

'Til next time,

Want to have a fun night with friends once a month?

Hi everyone,

Just a quick post while my family are still asleep (ahh the peace and quiet!!!)

I am starting up a Stamp Club to run from April to November (8 months). We will meet once a month and one person in the Stamp Club will get to play 'Hostess' for the month and recieve all the Hostess benefits. For this to work I need at least 8 people (already have 3 very lovely ladies) who will commit to spend at least $40 per month (before postage) on items from the catalogue. In return you will get your class free (including product used), a copy of all the mini catalogues and main catalogue for free, learn techniques that I would not normally demonstrate and of course a night of fun and laughter!!!

If you have a group of friends that you think might interested contact me so we can move forward with the planning of the Stamp Club!!

'Til next time


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Twist top box

Hi everyone,

Yes another post - that's two in two days!!! I have been playing around with a twist top box by Becca Feeken that I found here. Now that tutorial has been made for a 12 X 12 piece of cardstock. Not having too much of that size floating around I wanted to make it for a standard size A4 sheet of card stock. It is just another take on a 7's box in that you score in landscape at 7cm, 14cm, 21cm and 28cm. Then score in portrait at 7cm and 14cm. Anyway here it is:

Materials used: (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise indicated)
Stamps: Best Yet (Level 1 hostess set)
Card: Close to Cocoa and Candy Lane DSP, Riding Hood Red
Ink: Riding Hood Red
Other: Riding Hood Red Taffeta ribbon, 1 3/8" Sqaure Punch, 1 1/4" Square Punch, Square Scallop Punch, Crop-a-Dile, Nestabilities Classic Heart.

'Til next time,


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I have been M.I.A

Hi everyone,

Sorry if you have missed me, but I have to appologise for being M.I.A. I have been working on some new projects but not entirely happy with any of them yet. I have also been working on up coming classes so I don't have the last minute panic of I was supposed to have done that but forgot to!!!

Anyway my eldest (DD5) starts Kindergarten tomorrow. She is very excited and can't wait. I can actually hear her still 'stuffing' around in her bed. I thought I would make her a card (not that she will really appreciate it but at least it will go in her scrapbook for a reminder). Stampin Up! don't have a DSP that is anything like her Summer uniform so I have used Bravo Burgandy as that is the colour of her Winter uniform. Yes her hat is white - why would they make the hat white? The girl is based on a girl I found whilst searching for inspiration, and I appologise now for not giving due credit as I have lost the website. Please let me know if you know who did it originally and I will of course give due credit.

I think she is quite cute. What do you think?

Materials Used (all Stampin' Up!, accept where indicated)
Stamps: None.
Card: Whisper White, Blush Blossom, Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, Bravo Burgandy, Creamy Caramel, Lavender Lace.
Ink: None
Other: Round Tab Punch, Large Oval Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Word Window Punch,
Cuttlebug embossing folder.

'Til next time.



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