Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Hi everyone,

Time to show you some more retiring products. This time I used the Christmas set Gifted. Now this is a really good set for gift tags (probably why it was called Gifted in the first place), but I have decided to use three of the stamps and make them into cards. These cards are part of my Christmas Stamp A Stack this week so if you are interested in making these cards contact me to book your spot. Also note this stamp set is 40% off on the Retirement list so instead of the normal price of $49.95 WM or $ 39.95 CM it is now $29.97 WM or $23.97 CM.

Other retiring product used is the Striped Grosgrain Ribbon. Now this style of ribbon is staying but unfortunately the colours of Real Red, Early Espresso and Old Olive are retiring. The Real Red and Early Espresso are reduced to $14.96 each on the retirement list if you would like to get your hands on some before they go. The Old Olive is the normal price of $19.95.

Thanks for looking.

'Til next time,


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Contempo Christmas meets Monday Lunchtime Sketch

Hi everyone,

I have managed to make a card for Mary Jo Prices (Techno Stamper), Monday lunchtime sketch. I often think I should get off my bum and enter more challenges and then I forget and the challenge closes. This time I am actually in time.

This is the sketch that we were given to work from.

Here is my take on it.

I decided to turn the sketch on it's side and ink up Contempo Christmas. I really think I need to practice more with my Stampin' Write markers I am not so happy with the way the pot turned out.

Materials Used: All Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Contemp Christmas, Tiny Tags
Paper: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Jolly Holiday DSP (retiring)
Ink: Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler and their Stampin' Write Makers
Other: 1/8" Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon, Scallop Trim Boarder Punch, Basic Rhinestones, Medium Jewellery Punch, Dimensionals.

Now this is a blog hop so don't forget to click on the other images to have a look see what other clever people are doing.

Thanks for looking.

'Til next time,


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Simply Said meets Stamping 411

Hi everyone,

I said I would be back today with another set that is on the retirement list and another challenge entry.

This time I am using the gorgeous set Simply Said and the Stamping 411 challenge. Over at Stamping 411 you must use Stampin' Up! product - no problem here as I don't have another product to play with and I would want to anyway. Whilst this set has retired in the US it is still current here in Australia until the end of this month.

Materials Used: All Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Simply Said
Paper: Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Perfect Plum, Hostess Level 1 DSP pack, Whisper White
Ink: Perfect Plum, Jet Black Stazon, Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write, Perfect Plum Stampin' Write, Blushing Bride Stampin' Write
Other: Scallop Trim Boarder Punch, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, 5/8" Whisper White Satin Ribbon, Big Shot, Polka Dot EF, Dimensionals, Basic Pearls.

I hope to be back tomorrow with another retiring stamp set for you to look at.

Thanks for looking.

'Til next time,


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Friends 24-7

Hi everyone,

There is a new challenge blog on the block and it is called Sunny Challenges & Creations. It is run by three Australian Demos who are very talented. This is their second week. Unfortunately I didn't get to play along last week. This week the challenge is to use the set Friends 24-7 and combine it with a sketch that they have provided. The really cool thing is that if you have lost your Mojo then this challenge blog is the way to go, as they provide the sketch and stamp set - all you have to do is come up with a colour combination and a card.

Here is my entry this week.

I love the flourish from this set and I have inked it with Baja Breeze and then rock n' rolled it with Soft Suede. The DSP is from Elegant Soiree (I am so going to miss this DSP). The base card is Baja Breeze and the mat is Crumb Cake that I have run through my Big Shot using the EF Elegant Lines.

Friends 24-7 is one of the stamp sets on the retiring list so if you don't have it but want it I would suggest that you do something about getting it!!!

I will be back tomorrow with another stamp set that is retiring and another challenge that I am entering.

Thanks for looking.

'Til next time,


Monday, August 8, 2011

Sense of Time

Hi everyone,

I thought I would pop by and show you a set of cards that I have made using the soon to be gone set Sense of Time. I will be very sad to see this set go. It is my go to set for male cards.

These cards are part of my Stamp A Stack this week along with the Great Friend cards that I showed you in the ESAD blog hop. Click here to check them out.

I still have spaces this week on both Wednesday and Thursday if you would like to come along to class. You get to make all 8 cards for $30 ($25 if you bring your own adhesive). So contact me to book your space.

Thanks for looking.

'Til next time,


Saturday, August 6, 2011

ESAD Retirement Blog Hop

Hi everyone,

I haven't been very active on my blog of late. I have so many ideas swirling around in my head but unfortunately when I sit down to create it just doesn't happen.

Well today I am part of an ESAD Retirement List Blog Hop. With lots of wonderful goodies retiring at the end of this month we have decided that it would be a great idea to show case some of our very soon to be missed items. Don't forget that once the 1st September comes around this products will not be able to be purchased from Stampin' Up! so if you want anything you should think about ordering now.

What is ESAD I hear you ask?

ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and it is an on-line group just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin' Up! 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 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 it is needed.

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

You may have come here from the incredibly talented Monique Fielder but if not and you are starting here don't worry. As this is a blog hop just click on the link of the next person at the end of each post and you will complete the circle. There are 25 wonderful blogs for you to visit. So go and get yourself a coffee, sit back and enjoy!!!

Today I have decided to showcase two stamp sets. The first is Great Friend and I have teamed it up with the gorgeous specialty DSP Sweet & Sour. Now this is a DSP I wasn't sure on to begin with but nearly 12 months later I will be sad to see it go. Likewise with Great Friend. When this set appeared in a Spring Mini back in 2009 I wasn't sure of it. Then I just had to have it but unfortunately it has been sadly neglected until now:-(

I have made 4 cards and a matching cardholder to hold them in.

The cardholder front.

The cardholder open with the cards and envelopes inside. Due to the ribbon on the cards this cardholder holds 4 cards perfectly.

Materials Used: All Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Great Friend (retiring)
Paper: Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla, Sweet & Sour Specialty DSP (retiring)
Ink: Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive
Other: 5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon (retiring), 5/8" Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain Ribbon (retiring), Mat Pack, Paper Piercing Tool,  Elegant Bouquet EF, Polka Dot EF, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Wide Oval Punch, Scallop Border Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch Decorative Label Punch, Dimensionals.

The other set I have decided to use is the lovely Christmas Set A Wish for Peach. I love this set and have used it lots. I particularly like it in blues although I have experimented with Always Artichoke and River Rock. For my items today I have decided to use Night of Navy and Marina Mist.

If you look closely at the cards you will see that I have used the Framed Embossing Technique. Such a cool technique and one that I will be using in this months Christmas Stamp A Stack - in fact if you come to class you will get to make these cards. You may also notice that the dove looks like it is two different colours. I have used the Rock and Roll technique by inking the image in Marina Mist and then carefully rolling the outside edges of the image onto Night of Navy. A simple technique that gives it that little bit extra. The Church image has been inked in Marina Mist and then I have used a sponge dauber to apply Night of Navy to the centre tree. I have also added some bling by applying two way glue and dazzling diamonds to the images.

I have also 'stamped' the Church and Dove images onto candles. I have made a little gift box to pop them in and keeping with the theme have used Night of Navy and Marina Mist again.

Materials Used: All Stampin' Up! (apart from the candles and tissue paper used!!!)
Stamps: A Wish for Peace (retiring), Four the Holidays, Many Merry Messages
Paper: Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Whisper White
Ink: Marina Mist, Night of Navy
Other: 5/8" Marina Mist Grosgrain Ribbon (retiring), 5/8" Night of Navy Grosgrain Ribbon (retiring),Vintage Wallpaper EF, Polka Dot EF, Finial Press EF, Two Way glue, Dazzling Diamonds, Clear Rhinestone Brad,  Dimensionals, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Write.

Now that you have seen what I have created it is now time for you to hop off to see the lovely creations of the talented Rebecca Scurr.

I will be back with more items from my many sets that are retiring (sob).

Thanks for looking today.

'Til next time,



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