Sunday, April 25, 2010

Anyone for a Tango - Tangerine that is!!!

Hi everyone,

This week just gone I held a Textured Impressions class where my ladies got to play with the Big Shot and the Textured Impressions Embossing Folders. You may remember I had already posted a picture of two of the cards that we were making - you can see them here.

Well I have to say I completely forgot that we were making three cards and I had to come up with something at the last minute. I decided that we would used the Perfect Polka Dots folder for this third card and the Sizzlits Little Leaves die (exclusive to Stampin' Up!). I have seen a few cards that have used the positive and also the negative of the die (the bit that is left over when you take out the image you want waste not, want not is a great motto to go by).

I have also used a colour I don't think you have seen me use before - Tangerine Tango. Now it is rather funny because when I first saw this colour I had to have it - but have not used it until now!!!

I think that this makes a lovely quick card. Not too fussy and very easy to put together. I love Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Bashful Blue and Tangerine Tango together so will probably use this colour combination again.

Materials Used: (All Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Heard from the Heart (clear mount)
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Tangerine Tango
Ink: Tangerine Tango
Other: Polka Dot Textured Impressions Folder, Corner Rounder, Dimensionals, Stampin' Up! Little Leaves Sizzlit Die.

'Til next time


Saturday, April 24, 2010

A small Birthday Gift

Hi everyone,

This afternoon I am going to a birthday party. There will be 9 young children making Top Note boxes. Yes I have already cut, pre-scored and even put Sticky Strip on the boxes to make it easier for them. The girls will be using Pony Party and the boys Lots of Bots to decorate the boxes. In fact the girls one is just like the one I did for the Stampers Anonymous Blog Hop and you can see the picture here. I am taking my Big Shot along so that the kids can 'crank the handle' and make the top notes - they seem to enjoy this!!!

Well I thought I should also turn up with a small gift for the Birthday Girl so thought I would make a small pencil holder like you can find on Patty Lee's blog here. I adjusted the size a little and reworked the measurements into cm's. Now normally when I am working on something I tend to make up a 'proto type' in any old scrap cardstock I have, but this time my proto type is actually the one I am giving (probably due to time restraints). I was brave and cut up a fresh piece of Melon Mambo before I really thought about it. I should have either used a roller on the cardstock or stamped it but before I realised it I had actually put it together.

What do you think?

Here it is open with the pencils inside.

I think the next one I make will be two colours and maybe some dazzling diamonds for bling. You could make it out DSP like Patty Lee but I think it may be a bit flimsy. Although DSP for decoration would be good too.

Materials Used: All Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Party Hearty
Paper: Melon Mambo, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Bashful Blue, Melon Mambo
Other: Boho Blossom Punch, Silver Brad, Polka Dot Textured Embossing Folder, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Dimensionals.

'Til next time,


Friday, April 23, 2010

Mothers Day Blog Hop

Good morning everyone,

I hope you are ready for another ESAD blog hop! Better go and grab yourself a cuppa as you will be hopping for a while.

What is ESAD I hear you say?

ESAD stands for Extra Special Australian (and New Zealand) Demonstrators and it is an online group for just Australian and New Zealand Demonstrators.

We so love what we do and not only do we love to share it with our customers, friends and wonderful blog visitors but we share our love of what we do with each other as Demonstrators. We run swaps, challenges, tutorials, product know how and cyberstamps and we are always there to help support each other when it's needed.

So if you are a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to click here and join our wonderful group.

Now without further ado onto the hopping!!!

You may have arrived here from looking at the wonderful creations of ROS DAVIDSON but if you are just starting here don't worry you will be able to complete the hop by clicking on the name at the bottom of each post along the way.

When I first saw the Top Note Die (that is exclusive to Stampin' Up!) I just knew I had to have it. There are endless possibilities that you can use it for. I also immediately fell in love with the Manhattan Flower Texture Impressions Embossing Folder as it is so much like one of my favorite Stamp Sets Fifth Avenue Floral.

I have chosen to show case both of these in two separate projects.

The first one is a little purse. Now there are lots out there in cyberland which use the Scallop Circle Die for the 'flap' but not having the Scallop Circle Die I thought I would improvise with the Top Note Die as well.

I have used Pink Pirouette which is a lovely pale pink. The top of the bag has two layers. A standard Top Note as well as one that has been run through the Big Shot using the Manhattan Flower Folder and then cut down around the perferations. You may notice the Manhattan Flower's ridges are white whilst the cardstock looks slightly pink. Well I inked up the folder using my brayer and Pink Pirouette. I then placed the Whisper White Top Note in the Folder and ran it through the Big Shot. It transferred the ink to the Whisper White but where the ridges are the ink did not penetrate so they are still white.

Can you see it better on this photo?

Here is a side view of the purse.

The purse is held together with a small velcro dot. The Brad on the outside is a Build A Brad and I have used some Pink Pirouette DSP for the inside of the brad.

Materials Used (All Stampin' Up! appart from the velcro dot!!)
Stamps: None
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette DSP
Ink: Pink Pirouette
Other: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Manhattan Flower Embossing Folder, Build a Brad, Pink Pirouette 5/8" Ribbon, Crop-a-dile, Pewter Jumbo Eylets.

Next I have made a Photo Album. Now I saw one of these on Lynn Pratt's blog - but being a tight arse (did I say that?) I don't tend to purchase other peoples tutorials - so I had to make this up myself.

Now this would make a wonderful present at any time of the year - I can see endless opportunities to make this. Here is the outside. I have stamped the outside of the album with the Rose from Fifth Avenue Floral in Rose Red.

Here is the inside

You can fit 8 standard size photos into the album

Now you could embelish the inside with what ever you want but as I had not decided on the photos I wanted to put in it I have left it. There is also space to write on it if you want.

Materials Used: (All Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Paper: Rose Red, Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette DSP, Whisper White
Ink: Rose Red
Other: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Manhattan Flower Embossing Folder,  5/8" Regal Rose Grosgrain Ribbon, Word Window Punch, Scallop Oval Punch.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my offerings as much as I enjoyed making them for you. If you would like to leave a comment on this post that would be great. We are again offering Blog Candy for our Blog Hop. What you need to do is complete the blog hop until you get back to me. Once you've visited and commented on every blog then you will need to email Sharlene (with your full name) at who will then put your name into the draw for the blog candy. There will be one winner from New Zealand and one winner from Australia.

Now it is time for you to hop off to the wonderful creations of Steph Pike.

Oh and if you get lost here is a list of all the blogs taking part in today's blog hop.

Angelia Purdie -
Lisa Jansen - www.
Nicki Turner - www.
Angie Brown -
Andrea Buckland -
Ros Davidson -
Juliette Chapman -
Steph Pike -
Debbie William -
Nikki Sadler
Melissa Barkworth -
Jane Norrish -
Susan Joyce -
Keryn Campbell -
Gardenia Pepworth -

'Til next time,


Thursday, April 22, 2010


Hi everyone,

Just a quick one to apologise for being MIA (just incase you were wondering). I basically lost my Mojo and haven't come up with anything really to share - that is until tomorrow!!! ESAD (Extra Special Australian (and New Zealand) Demonstrators) have another blog hop going live tomorrow at 8.00am Sydney time. This time we are focusing on our new toy the Big Shot and have some lovely creations to show you. I have finally finished my items and I am happy with them I have to say - hope you think so too. You will just have to pop back tomorrow to check it out. In the mean time here is a sneak peek to get your appetite going.

'Til next time,


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge 146 on Thursday!!!

Hi everyone,

I have had a chance to make a couple more cards today - just because I can and not for any other reason. I love that!!!

Anyway I thought I might use the Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge.

It is sometimes good to step outside of your comfort zone and use colours that you don't normally use. Here I have used three of our colours that will be retiring come September Ruby Red, Summer Sun and Cameo Coral.

The ribbon on the bottom is White Taffeta ribbon that I have dyed using a dauber and my Summer Sun Ink Pad. How cool is that. It means that you can have any ribbon to match .You just have to wait until it dries before using it which can take a bit of time. I actually used my heat tool and it dried quite quickly and didn't burn. I suggest if you are going to do that then don't hold the heat tool too close or you might end up regretting it.

Materials Used: (All Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Petal Pizzazz, Short and Sweet
Paper: Cameo Coral, Ruby Red, Whisper White
Ink: Ruby Red, Summer Sun, Cameo Coral
Other: Scallop Edge Punch, Dimensionals, White Taffeta Ribbon dyed using Summer Sun, Yellow Rhinestone Brade from Circle Fire Brad set.

My second card is basically the same just using colours that I am more comfortable with.

It is a little more busy than I am used to - but it felt great to do something that is not normal.

Stamps: Petal Pizzazz, Short and Sweet
Card: Lovely Lilac (will be retiring come September), Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
Ink: Lovley Lilac, Almost Amethyst (will be retiring come September), Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink.
Other: Eyelet Border Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Certainly Celery Ribbon from Ribbon Bundle in 2009.

'Til next time,


Medallion makes a statement

Hi everyone,

Ever since I got the Medallion stamp I have wanted to create the card I am going to show you. Now the execution wasn't all that terrific - I think I will need to use the Brayer to ink the Medallion evenly as I seem to have an issue with the centre of it.

Kerry Bunting over at KB Papercrafts, did a gorgeous card in just Black and White. I love Real Red and wanted to use it for the centre of the medallion.

I used Versamark and heat embossed with Black embossing powder the main medallion. I then reinked the stamp with Versamark and then inked with Real Red and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder the centre of the medallion onto scrap Whisper White. I cut the centre out and popped it over the main medallion with dimensionals. A little Real Red Ribbon and a sentiment from Tiny Tags and you are done.

Materials Used: (All Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Medallion, Tiny Tags
Paper: Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark, Real Red
Other: 1/4" Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Clear embossing powder, Black embossing powder, Heat Tool, Medium Jewelry Punch, Black Brad, Dimensionals

I have a few more colour combinations floating around so you may see some more of these later.

'Til next time,


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mojo Monday - Baroque Motif meets Raspberry Tart

Hi everyone,

I normally don't enter challenges. I do however love looking at other peoples ideas. I haven't actually stamped just for me for a while. Organising workshops, classes, blog hops - so I thought I might sit down and try the Mojo Monday challenge. Now I know why I don't do them.

I am not entirely happy with this card. I have never used Cameo Coral but I do love the colours from Raspberry Tart, so I thought why not use them. This is what I came up with. Honest feedback would be really appreciated.

Here is the sketch from Mojo Monday.
 And here is my take on it.
Materials Used: (All Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Simply Said
Paper: Rose Red, Cameo Coral, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Raspberry Tart DSP
Ink: Rose Red
Other: Boho Blossoms Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Wide Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, SU! Lots of Tags Sizzlit die.

'Til next time,


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Pendant Park

Hi eveyone,

I seem to be on a role at the moment - posting nearly everyday. I can tell you this will not last :(

After looking through the latest ESAD blog hop last week I came across a lovely set of cards by the very talented Nikki Stalker using Pendant Park. Now this stamp set spoke to me as soon as I saw it in the Autumn Winter Mini that I think it was the first stamp set on my wish list. I can see no end of possibilites with it.

I do have to say I was insprired by Nikki and this is what I came up with.

I have used More Mustard, Old Olive, Real Rust and Close to Cocoa on the stamp.

I love the way it gives the Autumn feel (although it is currently 28C- 82.4F as I type this!!!).

'Til next time,


Monday, April 12, 2010

Cottage Wall Altered Clock

Hi everyone,

Don't you just love looking at all the wonderful ideas out there? I was 'blurfing' the other day and came across a Altered Clock at Trinity Designs. Having a cheap Ikea clock handy I thought why not give it ago - so here is my effort.

I love the Cottage Wall DSP that we have in the Autumn-Winter Mini and I think it makes for a great background for the clock. I have added some extra Butterflies from the Cottage Garden Stamp Set also available in the Mini catalogue.

I am now thinking I might have to make another trip to Ikea because I hear a Medallion Clock calling me!!!

'Til next time,

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Vintage Vougue, Meets Melon Mambo, Meets Candle

Hi everyone,

I have been asked to run a workshop for a customer, who wants to learn how to "stamp" on candles. Now for those of you who do not know how to do this there is a great tutorial on Splitcoaststampers (just click here).

Initially she asked for the Medallion stamp which is so beautiful but due to the size of the stamp we would need a 15cm tall candle (the costs start to mount!!!). So instead I have suggested we use Vintage Vogue. Now initially I thought I could use Baja Breeze but when you 'stamp' it onto the candle it comes out too pale and wishy washy. So I thought well there is no reason why Melon Mambo wouldn't look good. So this is what I came up with.

The candle is just short of 10cm tall (a much cheaper option).

Here is the candle in the box that I have made to go with it.

You have got to love the new Melon Mambo polka dot Ribbon to go with it.

'Til next time,


Saturday, April 10, 2010

Lots of Bots

Hi everyone,

Today DD5 is going to a 5 y/o birthday party for a boy who is in her Kindy class. She asked me if I would make him a card because 'they are nicer than the normal ones you get'.

So what do you do when you need to create a card for a 5 y/o who is a boy - turn to Lot's of Bots of course!!!

So here is the card. Pretty simple although a bit of cutting out involved. I  have used Faux Metal for the sentiment. I was going to include some brads but forgot but for a 5 y/o who won't really care I guess it doesn't matter!!!

Materials Used: (All Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Lot's of Bots, Vintage Labels (from SAB 2010)
Paper: Pacific Point, Whisper White, Riding Hood Red DSP
Ink: Pacific Point, Black Stazon, Riding Hood Red, Sahara Sand
Other: Dimensionals, Silver Embossing powder, Heat Tool, Blender Pen, Word Window Punch

'Til next time,


Winner of my Cottage Garden Card Set

Hi everyone,

The winner of my Cottage Garden set (see here) is Christine C. Can you please email me your full name and address so that I can send it to you. Thank you for playing along.

'Til next time


Friday, April 9, 2010

ESAD Secret Sister March Gifts Received - THANK YOU!!!

Hi everyone,

If you didn't already know I belong to a group called ESAD - stands for Extra Special Australian (and New Zealand) Demonstrators. We are an extremely busy and fun group. We participate in Swaps, Blog Hops, Ideas, Challenges the list is endless. So if you are an Australian or New Zealand Demonstrator why not go to and join in the fun.

I am currently involved with a Swap that goes for three months. We have a Secret Sister that we make items for, and also receive items from - a different person. The really cool thing is we don't know who we are getting our items from. Each month we spoil our sister with at least two cards and one small gift. The last month is the reveal month and we get to spoil our sisters a little more with the reveal gift. Anyway I want to show you the items that I received in March from my SS.

Here is the first card:

Isn't it just gorgeous. My SS has used one of my favorite colours Pink Passion. The background of the card has been stamped with the Baroque Background Stamp in what looks like Pink Passion Ink, then stamped again using the En Francais Background stamp using the Encore Silver stamp pad. Then she has used the Manhattan Flower embossing folder to add an extra dimension. Now if that is not enough she has used a favorite technique of Fake Metal. How lucky am I?

My next card was my Birthday card.

I think this is just amazing. She has used a Whisper White standard envelope as the card background. Pocket Sillouettes has been used and she has run it through the crimper. How cool is that. The rose is a favorite of mine from Fifth Avenue Floral and she has water coloured it.

Lastly this is the gift that I got from her.

How awesome is this. Using one of my new favorite colours Rich Razzleberry she had made a slider chocolate holder with some lovely Lindt chocolate inside (and yes believe it or not it is still there!!!). The flower on the Slider is from a new favorite stamp set of mine - Cottage Garden. She has stamped it using white craft ink and has also heat embossed the see through flowers. She has also made a little box using Cottage Wall DSP. The note cards inside are all beautiful and she has used the Crayon Resist technique on the flowers. I am so spoilt!!!!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

A Rose is a Rose

Hi everyone,

I have had a further play with A Rose is a Rose stamp set. This is a favorite stamp set of mine but hasn't seen much ink. Tonight I have a Mothers Day class where my customers are making a Fantasy Box (see here for a picture - although the DSP my be different) and this card.

This stamp set is a two step set and you definitely need your Stamp-a-ma-jig to use it but once you get the hang of it, it is soooo easy. If you are interested in attending this class then I do have some spaces tonight (8th April), but I also have three spaces left on Tuesday evening (13th April). So email me or call me (0407371558)to book your space.

Materials Used: (All Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: A Rose is A Rose, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Kiwi Kiss
Other: Mat Pack, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Dimensionals.

'Til next time,


Blog Hop Winners

Many thanks to all of you who took the time to leave comments on our blogs and let us know you liked the projects we created for you using products from the new mini catalogue. We hope we inspired you and showed you that creative opportunities are endless with all the new products.
Two winners of the blog candy have been drawn and the winners are drum roll please:
PAULA FULLER and LISA MARTINCongratulations Paula and Lisa! Would you ladies please email Kerry to notify her of your contact details so she can get your candy out to you in the mail as soon as possible.

Thank you once again.


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Cottage Garden and Cottage Wall - and a prize!!!

Hi everyone,

I just love this set Cottage Garden from the Autumn Winter Mini. As soon as I saw it I just had to have it. Anyway I have been having a lovely play with it and have come up with set of 4 cards and a tote bag to match.

I am offering this as a workshop class. For $10.00 you and your friends can make this. If you would like envelopes to go with the cards then the cost will be $15.00. Contact me to book your workshop.

Here is a close up of all of the cards.

For a bit of fun, the person to correctly identify all the new products out of the Autumn Winter Mini  catalogue used on these cards will get this set sent to them. If there is more than one correct entry then my DD's will draw the name out of a hat.  You have until Friday 9th April to enter.

I will update my blog with the receipe after Friday.

Edited to include Receipe - Note: * indicate products used from Autumn Winter Mini.

Materials Used: (All Stampin' Up!)
Card 1:
Stamps: Cottage Garden*, Heard from the Heart*.
Paper: Orchid Opulence, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry*, Old Olive, Cottage Wall DSP*
Ink: Orchid Opulence, Rich Razzleberry*
Other: Eyelet Boarder Punch.

Card 2:
Stamps: Cottage Garden*, Tiny Tags*
Paper: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry*, Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry*
Other: 1/4" Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, Medium Jewellery Punch*, Scallop Edge Punch, Silver Brad, Corner Rounder Punch

Card 3:
Stamps: Cottage Garden*
Paper: Rich Razzleberry*, Whisper White, Orchid Opulence, Cottage Wall DSP*
Ink: Rich Razzleberry*, Old Olive
Other: Sizzlit Lots of Tags*, Wide Oval Punch, Scallop Edge Punch

Card 4:
Stamps: Cottage Garden*, Tiny Tags*
Paper: Orchid Opulence, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Orchid Opulence, Old Olive,
Other: Corner Rounder Punch

Another ESAD Blog Hop

Hi everyone,

Just a quick one to provide you guys to a link for the second ESAD blog hop that just started this morning. As I participated last time I don't have anything to show you but if you start here (Stamp-A-Latte by Leonie Schroder), you will navigate around the second hop. Go on and enjoy there are a lot of very talented ladies out there.

I will back later on today to show you some of my new creations - but I am about to have 7 children descend upon me for their Mum and Me class.

'Til next time,


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Textured Impressions

Hi everyone,

I have to say I am so in love with the Textured Impression Embossing Folders from SU! for use in the Big Shot. Before I had the Big Shot I had another die cutting machine (same brand just a cheaper version), and used another brands embossing folders in it all the time.

We have two embossing folders that are only available to Stampin' Up!. Perfect Polka Dots (which I have used already on a couple of previous posts) and Manhattan Flower. If you like the Fifth Avenue Floral Stamp Set, then you are going to love this embossing folder. I am show casing the two embossing folders in my Technique Class later on in the month (Tuesday 20th and Thursday 22nd April - contact me to make a booking). If you can't make it to class why not book an in home workshop?

Here are two of the cards that we will be making.

'Til next time,


Monday, April 5, 2010

Mum and Me Class

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to show you what the kids are making at my Mum and Me class that I am running during the holidays. For $5.00 the kids will get to choose whether they want to make a card or a pillow box using Fox and Friends from the Autumn Winter Mini Catalogue. If they want to make both then the cost is $10.00. This class is aimed at children aged 5 and above. I have one space left this Wednesday (7thApril) and three spaces available on Tuesday (13th April). Contact me if you want to come.

To make sure that children could actually do this class I got my beautiful girls to have ago. Now DD5 did most of hers by herself and here is her result. I sandwiched the enevelope onto the Big Shot but she had no trouble cranking the handle!!!
Here she has used her favorite colours Lovely Lilac and Pixie Pink.

DD3 had a go too and despite the fact she could choose any colours she chose the same as DD5. Now with some help from Mummy (mainly just making sure that the stamp was inked properly), DD3 did a good job. She too had no trouble cranking the handle on the Big Shot. Here is her result.
I think I have two budding SU! demonstrators on my hands don't you?

For good measure this is what I made - just for a change of colour!!! Using Tempting Turquoise and Only Orange.

If you are unable to attend but think this would be a really good idea for your children to get involved in this wonderful craft, then why not think about booking me for a kids party? Prices start at $10.00 per child, this includes all the cardstock required and inks and you get me for at least an hour. I will also taylor the class to what you would prefer whether it be cardmaking, 3D items or scrapbooking. The more product used the more per child. I will travel anywhere within greater Sydney.

'Til next time,


Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter everyone

Hi everyone,

I hope you are not too full of chocolate just yet (it is only 9.20am in Sydney as I write this). The problem with Daylight saving ending and having small children is that they just don't get the whole extra hour in bed thing do they? Especially when there is a possibility of an Easter Egg Hunt. I am the type of Mum that likes to moderate what 'junk' the girls eat - but last year we ended up throwing over half of their Easter Eggs away (we only gave them one egg the rest were from friends and family). I am thinking that this year they can eat as much as they want and then hopefully they will feel sick (but without throwing up) and then they won't want any more for a few weeks. I can live in hope can't I?

Anyway I thought I would show you the cards that we are making this month in my Stamp A Stack classes. The first cards are from the very cute Fox and Friends set from the Autumn-Winter Mini. I originally planned these cards to use Earth Elements colours but after looking at Marelle Taylors cards I was inspired to change them to use Bold Brights (so not me!!!). Thanks so much Marelle for thinking outside of the box for me as usual!!!

Don't you think these are perfect for kids cards?

We are also making these lovely 4 cards using Fifth Avenue Floral.
Don't forget if you would like to make these cards my classes are on Tuesday 6th April at 7.30pm and also on Thursday 15th April also at 7.30pm. Email me or call me (0407371558) to book your place.

Anyway I hope you have a lovely Easter and take it easy.

'Til next time,


Friday, April 2, 2010

It is Share Time

Hi everyone,

As there is so much that you are going to want in the Autumn Winter Mini Catalogue, I am offering three types of shares. This is a way to reduce costs and sample more products at the same time (before you go all out and buy the whole lot!!!). I am offering three share options, Ribbon, In colour cardstock and DSP.

In colour Ribbon Share

Join in my Ribbon share and enjoy approx 3.4m of each of these ribbons for $15.40.

In colour Cardstock Share

Get a sample of each of the new in colours.
18 sheets (6 of each colour Melon Mambo, Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry) just $8.00

Designer Paper (DSP) Share

  6 x 6" paper share (12 6 x 6" squares of Cottage Wall and Autumn Tradition DSP) just $4.30.

Purchase one or all three. Note prices are for pick up only. If you want them posted postage is at cost.

Email me or call me to join in the fun.

'Til next time,


The Autumn Winter Mini Catalogue is here

Hi everyone,

You may have heard some of the excitment that has been buzzing around about this catalogue and yes it is all true (just look at the blog hops here and here for some of the wonderful products available).

This catalogue is full of some amazing stuff. The Sizzix Big Shot has hit town. For those not sure what one is it is a Die Cutting machine - and the most versatile on the market. We have some dies that are exclusive to Stampin' Up!, and you can create die cut shapes, envelopes, tags to mention a few with ease. This manual machine (yes that is right don't need to plug it into electricity for it to work) can cut cardstock, fabric, chipboard, plastic, acetate and more.

Stampin' Up! have also introduced our new Clear Mount stamps. You still get the same fabulous high quality rubber and foam that you have grown to love in our wood mount stamps but in a clear mount option. If you are new to stamping or need to save on storage space (like me!!!) then these may be the option for you. Like our wood mount stamps, our clear mount rubber stamps are also die-cut which makes it easy to start stamping straight away. Now for those of you who are wood mount all the way the stamps are available in both clear mount and wood mount - you just need to check the catalogue and write down the correct number when you order - and I know you will!!! (**Note the clear mount stamps are only currently available in stamp sets available in the Autumn-Winter catalogue. All other stamps in the main IB&C are still wood mount only)

To go with our Clear Mount stamps we have a range of 9 acrylic blocks that match all stamps in the catalogue. These blocks have a ridge around and actually have the same feel as the wood blocks (nice and sturdy in your hands).

We have also introduced three new punches in our new style which make storage much easier. The Extra Large two step Bird punch is to die for.

We have three new in colours - Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry and Soft Suede. These are available in our smooth A4 cardstock, Classic Stampin' Pads, Re-inkers and some lovely polka dot 1/2" grosgrain ribbon.

There are two new DSP packs available - Cottage Wall (co-ordinates with Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulance and Old Olive beautifully) and Autumn Traditions (co-ordinates with Soft Suede, Elegant Eggplant, Ruby Red, More Mustard and Always Artichoke).

There are also 15 new Stamp Sets available, not including the a la carte range, and the new Stampin' Around wheels. So much fun.

Check out the catalogue on line here or contact me to obtain your own hard copy for free.

Stay tuned for some Share options that I will have on my blog later on today.

'Til next time,


Thursday, April 1, 2010

Mothers Day Class

Hi everyone,

I hope you have all enjoyed the two blog hops that I have just participated in as much fun as I have. There are some super talented ladies out there who love their job and love to share their creations with you. If you haven't already done don't forget to leave a comment on the blogs in the hops to obtain some Blog Candy.

In all the excitement of the blog hops and the launch of the new Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue I have forgotten to post details of my Mothers Day Class. The class is scheduled for Thursday 8th April (7.30pm) and Tuesday 13th April (7.30pm). In this class we will be making a Fantasy Box using the gorgeous Bella Rose DSP and a matching card using A Rose is a Rose. The cost of this class is $20.00 and not only do you get to make these gorgeous items but you also get a copy of the instructions to make them again. The class is at my house in Bella Vista, Sydney. Address provided upon booking. Email me or call me 0407 371 558 to book your place. Spaces are limited to 8.

Here is a picture of the Fantasy box.

The card is almost the same as this one here - just the sentiment has been changed.
'Til next time,


ESAD Autumn/Winter 2010 Mini Blog Hop

Good Morning everyone,

I hope you are ready for the ESAD Blog Hop! Better go grab yourself a cuppa as you will be looking for a while.

What is ESAD you say?

ESAD stands for Extra Special Australian (and New Zealand) Demonstrators and it is an online group just for Australian and New Zealand Demonstrators for Stampin' Up!

We so love what we do and not only do we love to share it with our customers, friends and wonderful blog visitors but we share our love for what we do with each other as Demonstrators. We run swaps, challenges, tutorials, product know how and cyberstamps, and we are always there to help and support each other when there is a need.

So if you are a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to click here to join our wonderful group.

Now you may have arrived here from the extremely talented  Jenny Hayward, but if you are starting here don't worry you will be able to complete the hop by clicking on the name at the bottom of each post along the way.

Today I am going to showcase just the one Stamp Set, A Little Treat, along with a couple of the new in colours that they have given us. A Little Treat is the cheapest Stamp Set in the catalogue (apart from the a la carte selection) and no I haven't chosen it just because it is cheap (if you looked at my craft room you would realise that I have nearly every stamp set in the new mini catalogue LOL), but because it co-ordinates beautifully with the Sweet Treat cups. Yes these cool cups have been carried over from the Summer Mini to this new one so I am very excited.

My first card is a Snow Globe - yes it really is water inside the cup with a little bit of Dazzling Diamonds added!!!
Don't you just love the colour. It is called Melon Mambo and I think it is divine. The petals have been made by stamping the petal stamp in Melon Mambo onto Whisper White and then cutting them out. The beautiful polka dot Bashful Blue background has been made by running the card through the Big Shot (yipee!!!) using the exclusive Stampin' Up! Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder. The stalk is a just a little bit of Certainly Celery 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon. The leaves have been stamped using Certainly Celery onto Whisper White and then cut out. The sentiment is from a new Stamp Set Tiny Tags which co-ordinates beautifully with our new Medium Jewelery Tag Punch (which is a new design). The gorgeous Melon Mambo Polka Dot 1/2" Grosgrain Ribbon just finishes it off beautifully - even if I say so myself!!!

Materials Used: (all Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: A Little Treat, Tiny Tags
Paper: Melon Mambo, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Melon Mambo, Certainly Celery.
Other: Certainly Celery 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Melon Mambo Polka Dot 1/2" Grosgrain Ribbon, Medium Jewelery Tag Punch, Silver Brad, Clear Rhinestone Brad, Sweet Treat Cup, 1 3/4" Circle Punch (carried over from Summer Mini)

My next card is using the Hot Air Balloon Basket.
I have used the new in colour Rich Razzleberry to stamp the Hot Air Balloon. The Sweet Treat cup forms the Balloon and to make sure that the card isn't destroyed trying to get the lollies out I have made a slider which you pull up and attached some beautiful Rich Razzleberry 1/2" Grosgrain Ribbon to it. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Sentiments (you get 24 fantastic sentiments for all occasions in this set).

Materials Used (All Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: A Little Treat, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Whisper White
Other: Round Tab Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch , Sweet Treat Cup, Rich Razzleberry 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon.

Lastly I have made another card using the Hot Air Balloon - but to show you that you can make a similar card without the Sweet Treat Cups.
This time I have stamped the Balloon Basket onto a scrape of Whisper White using Melon Mambo and then cut it out. Layered it onto a base of Bashful Blue which has once again been embossed with Perfect Polka Dots, which has been layered onto Whisper White, then onto the Melon Mambo base. The Balloon is Old Olive using the Scallop Circle Punch. The sentiment is once again from Teeny Tiny Wishes and has been stamped using Melon Mambo and the punched out using the 1 3/8" punch.

Materials Used: (All Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: A Little Treat, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Old Olive
Ink: Melon Mamo
Other: Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Dimensionals.

Well that's all from me.

We are again offering Blog Candy for our Blog Hop. What you need to do is complete the blog hop until you get back to me. Once you've visited and commented on every blog then you will need to email Sharlene at who will then put your name into the draw for the blog candy. There will be one winner from New Zealand and one winner from Australia. So start hoppin' by going to the next blog being  Karen Dillon.

Oh and there will be another blog hop next week from some more Extremely Special Australian (and New Zealand) Demonstrators. I will leave a link on this blog so you can find your way there next Wednesday (7th April).

'Til next time,



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