Thursday, September 29, 2011

Summer Solstice meets Stamping 411

Hi everyone,

Very hectic here at the moment. Day 4 of the school holidays and I am climbing the walls!!! Today my youngest is at pre-school (thankfully they don't close over the holidays), so for once I am not telling my girls to "calm down", "stop hitting each other", "be nice to your sister".

I managed to get a bit of stamping done and decided to go with the latest sketch challenge at Stamping 411. I don't make a lot of square cards (probably due to the fact that I don't like wastage), but here you are.

A rather simple card apart from the cutting but as I have mentioned before I like to cut. No sentiment as there wasn't enough room. The card itself is a 4" X 4" one. Check out the other lovely cards over at Stamping 411. There are some very clever people out there.

Materials Used: All Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Summer Solstice
Paper: Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz DSP
Ink: Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz
Other: Circle Scissors Plus, 5/8" Organza Ribbon, Two Way Glue, Dazzling Diamonds, Dimensionals.

Thanks for looking.

'Til next time,


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Merry & Type

Hi everyone,

Wow it has been a little while since I have been on here. Don't know how much I will get done over the coming days and weeks as school holidays are about to start and I am determined to actually spend some time with my gorgeous girls being a proper Mummy. I am hoping that I will be able to some crafting for the remainder of the day and night and a bit tomorrow and over the weekend, so I will be able to show you some ideas.

Last night I had my Christmas Stamp A Stack where you get to come along and make 12 Christmas cards. The idea is to have all your Christmas cards made by the beginning of December so you don't have to worry about them. Last night we used the gorgeous set Snow Swirled (click here) to see the cards, along with a new set from the new catalogue called Merry & Type.

I focused on the main bauble image for these cards. I wanted to have different colours for the baubles so I stamped the images several times in the different colours so that I could cut out the extra baubles to stick onto the main card image. I have to apologise for the ribbon. When I made these cards I didn't have any of the new Riding Hood Red Taffeta ribbon so I used some that I had left over from a couple of years ago. The new Riding Hood Red Taffeta doesn't have the white along the outside of the ribbon.

Materials Used: All Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Merry & Type
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Always Artichoke, Island Indigo, Very Vanilla
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Always Artichoke, Island Indigo
Other: Big Shot, Finial Press EF, Decorative Label Punch, 3/8"Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon (retired from 2009).

All in all three simple but effective cards I think!!!

Thanks for looking.

'Til next time,


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Happiest Birthday Wishes

Hi everyone,

Thought I would pop by and show you the card I made my Hubby for his Birthday. As I previously mentioned I have great difficulties in making masculine cards.

I am so very thankful that one of the DSP's this year has a real masculine feel. Well Worn it is called and you can get a pack of 12 sheets of DSP for just AU$18.95, (that is only $1.58 a sheet). The colours that go with Well Worn are Cajun Craze, Not Quite Navy, Early Espresso, River Rock, Soft Suede and So Saffron - all just gorgeous male colours.

I basically cased this card from the Idea Book & Catalogue. The only thing I would change would be the ribbon. If I had it I would have used Not Quite Navy Taffeta ribbon rather than the 1/4" Early Espresso. I think it would fit in better. I have used the Hostess Set Happiest Birthday Wishes which is just $42 WM or $34 CM with your free hostess dollars. Want to know more about how to get your free hostess dollars just contact me.

Materials Used: All Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Happiest Birthday Wishes
Paper: Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy, Cajun Craze, Well Worn DSP
Ink: Cajun Craze
Other: 1/4" Early Espresso Grosgrain Ribbon

Thanks for looking.

'Til next time,


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sweets for the Sweet

Hi everyone,

Just a quick one today. I am feeling like crap. Managed to get through winter without a cold and only felt slightly off for one day, but alas spring is now here and I have managed to get a cold. I can't blame it on hay fever as I don't suffer from it.

I thought I would show you a set of cards that I am doing this week in my Stamp A Stack class. If you would like to see the other ones click here.

I decided I wanted to do something a little fun. Now I can't take credit for some of the ideas on these cards. I have CASED at least two from cards I have found that some of the US demos did on the Alaska Cruise.

I am running my class tomorrow night (yes I will be well enough - it is amazing what Codral can do for you) and also on Thursday night. Please contact me if you would like to come along. You get to make 8 cards in total including all product and envelopes for $25 (or $20 if you bring your own adhesive). Everything is pre-cut so all you have to do is stamp and put your cards together.

Thanks for looking.

'Til next time,



Monday, September 12, 2011

Posy Punch

Hi everyone,

Firstly let me say a huge thank you to everyone who stopped by my blog over the weekend and to all the lovely comments I got. I have to say that my fellow ESAD ladies are very talented and clever. I certainly have some lovely new ideas to CASE now.

I thought I would pop by and show you another card that I had at my launch party a couple of weeks ago. This was one of the make & takes that the ladies made. It is using one of the new Hostess sets Posy Punch. I love it when a stamp set co-ordinates with our punches and this one co-ordinates beautifully with the Flower Fancy Punch, the 1" Circle Punch and also the 3/4" Circle Punch.

I have used the new 2011-2013 In Colors of Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party and Calypso Coral. Wisteria Wonder works wonderfully well with Elegant Eggplant too. Don't you just love the new Lace Ribbon Border Punch? So delicate.

Materials Used: All Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Posy Punch (Hostess), Curly Cute.
Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder
Ink: Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral
Other: Big Shot, Elegant Bouquet EF, Lace Ribbon Border Punch, Flower Fancy Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Dimensionals.

Thanks for looking.

'Til next time,


Saturday, September 10, 2011

ESAD New Catalogue Blog Hop

Hi everyone,

Welcome to our latest ESAD blog hop. This time we are focusing on product from the new Idea Book & Catalogue. There are 20 of us on this hop so I suggest you get yourself a coffee (or tea) and sit back and relax whilst you hop around. This time we are offering BLOG candy. All you need to do is leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop and then email Sharlene and provide your name, email and location (ie Australia or New Zealand). If you are a winner Sharlene will contact you to obtain your address. Sorry but SU! Demonstrators are not eligable for the blog candy but please leave comments.

Before I show you my offerings just a little housekeeping.

What is ESAD?

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 feel free to click here to join our wonderful group.

You should have arrived here from the talented Monique Fielder, but if you are starting here don't worry. As I have already mentioned this is a blog hop so all you need to do is click on the links at the end of each post to hop to the next blog. I have included all the blog addresses at the end of my post just in case you get lost.

Today I am going to show you 4 cards and a box that I have made using the really cute set Up, Up & Away along with the Hostess only DSP Cheerful Treat. Don't be put off by the fact that I mentioned Hostess Only DSP. To qualify all you need to do is place an order of $300 or more to get hostess dollars that you can use on either Hostess only product or any other product in the catalogue. How cool is that? 

There are few new products on these cards not including the paper and stamp set. The Stripes and Houndstooth Textured Impressions Embossing Folders have been made to feel very welcome with my other folders. The new Perfect Pennants Die is perfect for adding a mat to circles and I just love the new Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch.

Materials Used: All Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Up, Up & Away, Posy Punch (Hostess - used for the centre of the flower)
Paper: Bashful Blue, Lucky Limeade, Concord Crush, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Cheerful Treat DSP
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Melon Mambo, Concord Crush, Bashful Blue, Melon Mambo and Concord Crush Stampin' Write Markers
Other: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Stripes EF, Houndstood EF, Perfect Pennants Die, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Square Punch, Dimensionals.

Here is a box that I made to fit the cards in. It fits four cards and envelopes perfectly. This could possibly make a cute little gift set.

Anyway that is it from me today (normally I do have more to show you but time has run out on me and so has Miss Mojo!!!). Please hop on over to the very talented Debbie Lamb and see what she has to show you.

Don't forget about the blog candy and as promised here is the full list of participating blogs. 
1. Keryn Campbell - 
2. Michelle Halling - 
3. Richelle Fletcher - 
4. Sharlene Meyer - 

5. Monique Fielder -
6. Juliette Chapman -
7. Debbie Lamb -
8. Leonie Schroder -
9. Tanya Bell - 
10. Kelly Nelson -
11. Kari Hughes -
12. Christie Kunkel -
13. Ann Gerlach -
14. Sharlene torres -
15. Mel Sharp -

16. Nicole VanSteelandt Derendorf -

17. Andrea Buckland -
18. Michelle Grech -
19. Narelle Hodges -
20. Sally Williams

Thanks for looking.

'Til next time,


Friday, September 9, 2011

Flower Fest Birthday

Hi everyone,

Yesterday was my Besties  Birthday. Unfortunately  I wasn't able to spend the day with her but we are going out tonight for dinner and a good laugh.

Here is the card that I made her. Lots of cutting which I love to do but my bestie doesn't.

I have already fallen in love with the new Seam Binding. Here it is in Cherry Cobbler - it is just yummy!!!

Materials Used: (All Stampin' Up! unless otherwise indicated)
Stamps: Flower Fest, Petite Pairs
Paper: Sahara Sand, Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette DSP
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade
Other: Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Dimensionals. Nestie Circles.

Thanks for looking.

'Til next time,


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Delightful Decorations meets Sunny Challenges

Hi everyone,

Wow two posts in two days. I know shock horror. Today I want to show you a card that I made for the Sunny Challenges & Creations blog challenge (what a mouthful!!!). This week the challenge was to use a wheel  and combine it with a sketch.

Here is the sketch.

Now I don't know about you but my wheels have been very much neglected of late. The wheels are a great way to add a background (or even a focal point) on a card or scrapbook page. When looking through my wheels I realised that most of mine have now retired. The ones I have are ones that I tend to use with my Christmas Cards.

Here is my card.

I love traditional Christmas colours but I also like this combination of Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive and Whisper White. What do you think?

Materials Used: All Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Delightful Decorations, Sassy Sparkles Jumbo Wheel
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive
Other: Ornament Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Extra Large Oval Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Big Shot, Polka Dot EF, Scallop Border Punch, 1/4" Rich Razzleberry Grosgrain Ribbon, Basic Jewels Rhinestones.

Why not pop over to the Sunny Challenges Blog and try your hand at this weeks challenge.

Thanks for looking.

'Til next time,


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Delicate Doilies

Hi everyone,

No I don't mean the type of doilies that Nanna and Great Nanna used to have all over the house, although have you ever looked at how beautiful they actually are? A lot of work goes into them to but anyway I do digress.

One of the new sets I had to have (just for me) was the set Delicate Doilies. Now when I was blurfing I found a really cool site by Chat (aka Nitestamper on SCS or blog Me, My Stamps and I. I just love her style and I loved what she did with this card here. Who would have thought to have used Soft Suede for the doilies?

Naturally when I got my set I decided to CASE her including the colours, so here is my version.

Materials Used: All Stampin' Up! (apart from the large circle).
Stamps: Delicate Doilies, A Word For You
Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Soft Suede DSP
Ink: Soft Suede
Other: Big Shot, Lace Ribbon Border Punch, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Polka Dots EF, Basic Pearls.

Thanks for looking.

'Til next time,


Monday, September 5, 2011

Pennant Parade

Hi everyone,

Well I hope you have recovered from Fathers Day. We had a rather full on day travelling all over the countryside but it was well worth it.

I thought I should probably start to show you some projects made using some of the lovely new products available in the new cattie. I am waiting patiently for Mr Delivery Man to bring a delivery of more goodies to play with but alas I don't think he will be here until about 5pm and then there will be little chance of having a play before 9.30pm tonight. (Sigh...)

Anyway thanks to being a demo I got to pre-order some lovely new items. It is so much fun being able to play before the cattie comes out. Here are a couple of cards that were from my Open House for the launch of the new cattie. I have used the set Pennant Parade.

Firstly here is one of the make & takes that my lovely ladies made.

It is a 3.5" X 3.5" card. I know it doesn't fit into any of our standard envelopes but I just thought I would like to make a smaller card for a change. I have teamed the stamp set with some really cute new DSP called Just Add Cake. The sentiment is also from Pennant Parade.

Materials Used: All Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Pennant Parade
Paper: Wiled Wasabi, Poppy Parade, Whisper White, Just Add Cake DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, Poppy Parade
Other: 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Scallop Trim border Punch, Medium Jewellery Tag punch, 1/4" Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals.

This second card is one that I made for a Catalogue Scavenger Hunt. Basically I made three different cards and got my ladies to go through the new cattie searching for answers to questions that I had written about the cards and a few other questions. It got them to look through the cattie although I think a couple of the ladies thought that it was race!!! LOL.

This card uses two of the gorgeous new In Colours - Wisteria Wonder and Lucky Limeade. I have a feeling that I will be using a fair amount of these colours.

Materials Used: All Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Pennant Parade, Happiest Birthday Wishes (Hostess set)
Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade, Pretty in Pink, Stampin' Write Markers in Pretty in Pink, Wisteria Wonder and Lucky Limeade.
Other: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Finial Press EF, Petite Pennants Builder Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Dimensionals.

Still waiting patiently for Mr Delivery Man - I really hope he comes today due to the fact that my items were shipped on Friday. It's just like waiting for Christmas!!!
Thanks for looking.
'Til next time,

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Happy Fathers Day

Hi everyone,

Well I hope that everyone has been spoiling their Dads, Hubby's or Partners today as it is their special day.

Naturally we need to make a card for them to go with their gifts and this then brings out the OMG what am I going to make? Masculine stamps are few and far between and unfortunately a few that were in our last mini catalogue were not carried over to our new main catalogue.

I have three cards to show you. This first one is for my Dad.

This one shows the stamp Sail A Way that was in the last mini. Now although it has not been carried over to the new catalogue it has not been retired yet - so I guess I can get away with it!!! The Jumbo Eyelet unfortunately has retired but I managed to get a little stash before they all sold out.

Materials Used: All Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Sale A Way, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White, Marina Mist DSP
Ink: Jet Black Stazon, Night of Navy
Other: 1/4" Night of Navy Grosgrain Ribbon, Jumbo Eyelet, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Big Shot, Square Lattice EF

This next card is for my Father in Law. My Hubby and I got married 20 years ago on Fathers Day. My Hubby is one of 4 boys and I remember when my FIL made his speech at the reception he said that he and my MIL had been without a daughter for the last 20 odd years but now they finally had one. So needless to say my FIL has a very special place in my heart.

I have used the much neglected set Pendant Park. I just love the tree and for some reason this set always drops to the bottom of the pile. I actually inked the tree up using three different greens and my trusty daubers (although it is a little difficult to tell!!)

Materials Used: All Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Pendant Park, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Always Artichoke, River Rock, Early Espresso, Always Artichoke DSP, Very Vanilla
Ink: Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Garden Green
Other: 1/4" Early Espresso Grosgrain Ribbon, Jumbo Eyelet, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Big Shot, Square Lattice EF

This last card is one that I made for my girls to give to their Daddy. Note I made this card at 7am this morning whilst my DH was having a sleep in!!!

Rather than using the Pennant Parade set I dragged out my Party This Way set for the banner. I did use my Petite Pennant Builder Punch to punch out the banner. An easier way of doing things than having to cut them out like I have done before!!!

Materials Used: All Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Party This Way
Paper: Crumb Cake, Real Red, Pacific Point, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Pacific Point
Other: Hemp Twine, Petite Pennant Builder Punch, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Big Shot, Square Lattice EF, Top Note Die, Timeless Junior Alphabet Sizzlets, Movers & Shapers Punch Windows Star.

I am now going out for lunch with my sister and my Dad which will be great.

Hope you all have a great day.

Thanks for looking.

'Til next time



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