Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sunny Challenges & Creations meets Welcome Christmas

Hi everyone,

I have been very fortunate to be asked to be a guest designer for this weeks challenge at Sunny Challenges & Creations.

This week the challenge was to create a card with a window. Not too much of a brain test right? Nope it had me stumped for ages.

Knowing that I will start designing my Christmas Stamp A Stacks in the not too distant future (yep I know Christmas is a long way off but I want to know what has happened to the last 4 months that have flown by - besides I always start my Christmas Stamp A Stacks in July so that my customers have plenty of cards by Christmas) - I thought I would use Welcome Christmas for my window card. I love the stamp of the family dressing the tree and when I see it I always feel like I am peaking into their home through a window.

I have used the new framelits that are available in our current mini catalogue. They are so cool because you can see where you need to place them on your cardstock and they nest beautifully.

Materials Used: All Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Welcome Christmas, Petite Pairs
Paper: Real Red, Old Olive, Marina Mist
Ink: Marina Mist
Other: Big Shot, Framelits, Vintage Wallpaper TEF, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch.

Now why don't you pop on over to Sunny Challenges & Creations look at the gorgeous creations of the rest of the design team and then join in with the challenge.

Thanks for looking.

'Til next time,


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Printed Petals on a rainy day

Hi everyone,

It is still school holidays here so not much creating happening in my house. I have a heap of things I need to get done but I guess they will have to wait until next week.

I was lucky enough to whip up a couple of cards for upcoming birthdays using the set Printed Petals. I find you either love this set or you find it meh. This is my CASE of the card in the current catalogue (page 81).

I changed the colours and the sentiment but the layout is the same.

Materials Used: All Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Printed Petals, Heard from the Heart
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Ink: Rose Red, So Saffron, Baja Breeze, Pink Pirouette
Other: Big Shot, Scallop Square Duo Die, Perfect Polka Dots TEF, Itty Bitty Bit Shapes Punch, Basic Jewels Rhinestone.

Thanks for looking.

'Til next time,


Sunday, April 15, 2012

Butterfly Prints, Make a Monster. How is that possible in the same sentence?

Hi everyone,

Thought I would pop on here today before the next round of the Formula 1 Grand Prix starts, and show you some images of my kids class this week. I still have a couple of spots available so if you are at a loss with something to do with the kids these holidays contact me to book a spot. The class starts at 10.00am and the kids will get to make a treat/treasure box and a book mark. Cost is $10.00 per child.

I know I have used some retired product but I have a stash of it that needs to be used up. Here is a picture of the girls projects.

Here is a picture of the boys projects.

Thanks for looking.

'Til next time,


Thursday, April 12, 2012

"I feel the Need, the Need for Speed"

Hi everyone,

Sorry about the Top Gun reference for my blog post title but every time I see the name "Need for Speed" I always think of this quote.

Last night I had some of my lovely ladies come and make some cards using Need for Speed. Male cards are difficult because you can't pretty them up with a ribbon and bow and some pretty DSP. The set Need for Speed is perfect for male cards.

I stamped each of the images on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and then cut them out using a non SU! die (I know me bad but I really wanted oval shapes and our Sizzix dies just weren't the right size). I then stamped the images again on scrap Very Vanilla and cut them out and popped them up using dimensionals. this just adds a little more interest to the cards. The sentiments are all birthday ones and are from a variety of stamp sets - Curly Cute, Perfectly Penned, Bring on the the Cake and Happiest Birthday Wishes. The DSP is from the paper packs. The colours of card stock are Cajun Craze, Marina Mist, Always Artichoke, Basic Grey, Real Red and Sahara Sand. The colours of ink are Real Red, Marina Mist, Basic Grey and Always Artichoke.

Thanks for looking.

'Til next time,


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter - Everybunny

Hi everyone,

A very Happy  Easter to you all. I hope that your little ones didn't wake you up to early to do their Easter egg hunt. My girls aren't allowed to do it until after breakfast and naturally DH wanted a sleep in this morning. I am also a mean Mum as they aren't allowed to eat chocolate until lunch time - but I don't think they are too hard done by.

Today I would like to show you some items that I sent to my ESAD Secret Bunny this year. I used my current favorite DSP, Twitterpated, that you will find in our new Autumn-Winter Mini catalogue. If you would like your free copy then just contact me and I will send it out. Alternatively click here or on the sidebar to see it on line.

Firstly here is the card I sent. It uses the too cute set Everybunny that is available in our main catalogue.

I also made a box out of acetate and popped a dark chocolate Lindt Bunny inside.

I also sent some full rolls of ribbon and a tissue box holder all made out of the Twitterpated DSP. Here is the full selection.

Materials Used:
Stamps: Everybunny
Paper: Marina Mist, Blushing Bride, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Twitterpated DSP
Ink: Jet Black Stazon, Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Riding Hood Red, Marina Mist, Pink Pirouette
Other: Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Boho Blossom Punch, Basic Jewels Pearls, Framelits Die, Dotted Scallop Border Ribbon Punch, Perfect Polka Dots TEF.
Non SU!: Nestie Ovals

I do hope you all have a lovely Easter and are able to spend some time with Family and friends. Also take the time to remember the true meaning of Easter.

Thanks for looking.

'Til next time


Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Hi everyone,

A huge thanks to everyone who left comments on my blog during the ESAD Blog Hop. It is lovely to have some "love". Whilst I don't blog to get the comments, it is always lovely when someone stops by and leaves a comment - so thank you.

I am totally in "love" with the cute bunnies in the stamp set Everybunny. I am not one that likes to colour images. I never quite got the idea of "shading" at school, so normally my images look a little as my Mum would say "hows your father". I have however really enjoyed colouring in these cute guys and girl.

I made these tags for the school Easter Raffle. There are a total of 29 prizes, that is 26 class prizes and a first, second and third prize. So I sat down and made 29 of these. Well, to begin with I actually made 27 and then when I went to count them at 11pm realised I had to make two more. They look great on the prizes even if I say so myself!!!

Materials Used: All Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Everybunny
Paper: Crumb Cake, Lucky Limeade, Rose Red, So Saffron, Pale Plum, Whisper White
Ink: Jet Black Stazon, Soft Suede, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Perfect Plum, Marina Mist, Lucky Limeade - I think that is it!!!
Other: Aqua Painter, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Two Tags Die.

Thanks for looking.

'Til next time,


Sunday, April 1, 2012

ESAD Autumn-Winter Mini Blog Hop

Hi Everyone,

Sorry I didn't get around to showing you some cards made with the Topsy Turvey Celebration set, as I mentioned on my last post. Things just sort of went a bit pair shaped here and they didn't get made.

Well today is the first day of our new mini catalogue. Whilst I am always sad to see one finish it does mean that there is a lot of fun and new stuff to play with. Boy is there a lot of fun and new stuff to play with in this mini!!! I think I have purchased something off nearly every page.

Today the lovely ladies from ESAD are taking you on a blog hop of some of the gorgeous products available in the mini.

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 feel free to click here to join our wonderful group.

You should have arrived here from the very talented Jane Norris. If you haven't don't worry you can still complete the blog hop by clicking on the links at the end of each post. I have also included a list with all the blogs participating at the end of my post.

So go grab yourself a cuppa and sit back and enjoy, oh and please don't forget to leave a comment. We love comments.

I am predominately a card maker so when I look at a stamp set, I am always thinking and wondering if I can make at least four cards from the one set. Today I am going to show you a couple of stamp sets - Bright Blossoms and Loving Thoughts. I have also teamed them with the gorgeous Twitterpated DSP, pleated Satin Ribbon and I have also used the Edgelits Dies on a couple of the cards.

Here are the set of cards I made.

I have also taken individual pictures of the cards for a closer look.

Naturally you can't just have a set of cards without putting them in something so I made a wallet to fit them in.

Materials Used: All Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Bright Blossoms, Loving Thoughts
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Island Indigo, Blushing Bride, Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Grey, Whisper White, Twitterpated DSP
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Island Indigo, Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write, Island Indigo Stampin' Write, Riding Hood Red Stampin' Write
Other: Edgelits Die, Scallop Border Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Circle Punch from Itty Bitty Punch Pack, 3/8" Pleated Satin Ribbon in Pear Pizzazz, Riding Hood Red, Blushing Bride and Baja Breeze, Baja Breeze Seam Binding.

The next stop on the hop is the amazing Pauline Bennetts so hop on over to her blog and leave her some love.

Thanks for looking.

'Til next time,


Here is the list of all the blogs participating - just in case you get lost.

1. Tayna Bell -
2. Michelle Grech -
3. Jane Norrish -
4. Juliette Chapman - (that’s me!!!)
5. Pauline Bennetts -
7.Keryn Campbell -
8. Sharlene Meyer -
9. Theresa "Tess" Schirmer -
11. Michelle Halling -
12. Leonie Schroder -
13. Delys Cram -
15. Tina Hewett -
18. Alisa Tilsner  -
19. Nicole Mitchell-Stalker -
25.Nicole Derendorf -


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