Monday, May 30, 2011

Botanical Gazette DSP

The new Botanical Gazette designer series paper is so beautiful, I find it scary to cut into any of the sheets. Strangely enough it's starting to disappear though... hmmm! These two projects have been designed for a future workshop, where we will be making both the card and gift box.

I will be showing the girls how to use the Big Shot machine to make this gorgeous little pinched box and the butterflies that are on both projects. I really enjoyed designing these and can't wait to share them!

Create a Cupcake!

I have been asked to prepare a purple and pink card for an upcoming workshop and this is what I ended up with, using Rich Razzleberry and Pretty in Pink:

Hmmm, not sure, I might try a different pink (I think it's too soft with razzleberry) and you might see this post again!

Using bleach and Embossing

We were shown some amazing techniques at the recent Stampin' Up! convention in Melbourne. One that I just had to try was bleaching and embossing. Kirsty Brown showed us how to achieve a beautifully vintage look by embossing images and bleaching them. Here is my take on her workshop wow which I am demonstrating at a workshop later this week:

I used the Happiness Shared flower and black embossing powder to achieve this look.

The greeting is Sincere Salutations which looks lovely on this card.

If you'd like to book a workshop and make some gorgeous projects like these, my email is!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

This Week's Deals- get in quick!

It's time for week 3 deals from Stampin' up!

119750 page 137 Daffodil Delight 5/8'' (1.6 cm) Satin Ribbon was $16.95 now $11.87
119963 page 137 Certainly Celery 3/8'' (1 cm) Taffeta Ribbon was $12.95 now $9.07
109112 page 139 Square Fire Rhinestone Brads was $19.95 now $13.97
109113 page 139 Square Ice Rhinestone Brads was $19.95 now $13.97

These specials are only available until next Tuesday!

To get any of these items at these great prices just email me at or call me on 0421226332. You can have them delivered anywhere in Australia (a postage fee applies)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Stampin Up Exciting Announcements!

I have had an amazing time at the Stampin' Up! Convention in Melbourne and I have so many new ideas to show you. I have lots of photos, tips and techniques so I am looking forward to getting back into my craft nook and blogging all of my exciting creations!

But there are two really exciting bits of news for you...

If you hold a June workshop with me and achieve sales of $450 (including shipping and handling) you will receive a total of $110 to spend instead of $40!
Call me on 0421226332and I will book you in for your workshop!

Also, new demonstrators no longer require an ABN to join! So it’s even easier to join and begin saving 20% on the amazing products Stampin’ Up! offer, as well as gaining the opportunity to share what you love and earn an income doing so.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

May Deals of the Week- week 2

It's time for the second week of our May specials! You can grab some Stampin' Up! products for up to 40% off! Here's the list-

Regular Price
Sale Price
Stampin Pastels New Color Kit (19)
Thanks Embosslits Die
Sweetest Stem Embosslits Die
Pennant Bigz XL Die

Get in quickly and grab a bargain! You can email me at or phone 0421226332. Payment can be made by credit card anywhere in Australia and products can be delivered Australia wide.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Old-Time Feel Cards and Matching Box

Here's a cute little card box and set of four cards that I demonstrated at a recent workshop. The hostess got to keep these (isn't that a great reason to host a workshop?) and she loved them.

I used the neutral paper patterns stack, a range of neutral cardstock colours and real red for this set.

These cards match in colour scheme but have a range of stamp sets, techniques and tools used to make them. There are infinate possibilities when playing with Stampin' Up! products.

I hope you enjoyed my creations! If you are interested in hosting a workshop anywhere on the Central Coast, call me on 0421226332 and some cards just like these can be yours!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Swaps for Convention!

I am flying to Melbourne next Thursday to be a part of this years Stampin' Up! Convention. I have enlisted the help of all of my amily to take care of my little boy, which is a mammoth effort of shifting him around! Convention, by the way, is where demonstrators from around Australia and New Zealand converge in one area- this time Melbourne- to stamp, stamp and stamp (and learn new business tips and get inspired)!

I have made my swaps for Convention and wanted to share them with you. I made two designs, and depending on how much time I have next week, I may make a couple more.

Here's the one I started on Saturday:

I love the set Happiness Shared and used this to create a backdrop of flowers, as well as the sentiment in the oval. I used the Colour Spritzer Tool which looks awesome. Here they are, all bagged up and ready to swap:

Here's the other design I began yesterday and finished today:

I used my fvourite hostess set, Birthday Bakery, for this card. Here are all of them together:

I am so excited to get to Melbourne and swap my cards with other talented demos!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Wedding Scrapbook Page

Today I worked on scrapping a page for the Facebook page Scrap Addicts Challenge (a new site started by some friends, go and check it out!).

I love this photo so it's taken me a while to be brave enough to scrap it, I think I might make a few changes before it finds its way to an album. I used the top note die and the scallop punch to create the embellishment, with some retired beads in the centre of the flower.

A clip and some marina mist ribbon balances the photo I think.

I hope you enjoyed my page!

May Deals Of The Week!

Stampin' Up! is offering some great specials this month. Each week they will be releasing a list of products that can be purchased for that week at a great reduced price! This is a fab chance to grab a bargain.

This weeks specials from the Idea Book and Catalogue are:

Regular Price
Sale Price
Tag Alongs Wood-Mount Set
More Monkey Accessories Clear-Mount Set
More Monkey Accessories Wood-Mount Set
Cottage Garden Clear-Mount Set
Cottage Garden Wood-Mount Set
Compliments to the Chef Wood-Mount Set

These special prices are only available from the 1st to the 7th of May 2011, so call me on 0421226332 to have your oder shipped anywhere in Australia!

I will be grabbing myself a set of Cottage Garden stamps for sure, it's a lovely versatile set. This is a pic of this stamp set:

Stay tuned to see next weeks' deals!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Mother's Day Gift Baskets

I have found a way to package my Mother's Day presents for this year, using a paper basket that you can find in many tutorials on the web. Usually, the instructions use a 6x6 piece of paper for a very cute but teeny basket, so I changed the dimensions to 9x9" and made them slightly larger to fit my Mother's Day goodies in. It's such an easy basket- score at 3" on each side, make four cuts (up to the first score crossover line on one side so all four cuts run parallel to each other) then fold and staple! Easy.

The subtles paper patterns stack designer series paper is so gorgeous for this project. I also used the stamp sets Well Scripted and Birthday Bakery which I thought looked great together. I used an aqua painter to colour the image by squishing my ink pad while closed to collect some ink on the lid of the ink pad to piant with. The Big Shot Ovals die was used for the large ovals and the scallop edge punch was used on the cards.

I had a great time making these and I hope the recipents enjoy how they're wrapped just as much as what's inside them! Thanks for having a look!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Petal Pizzazz in purples

Today I worked on a flower card for a friend. The colour scheme is elegant eggplant, bashful blue, crumb cake, chocolate chip, very vanilla, old olive and rich razzleberry.

That's a lot of colour going on- but I love how it all looks together and I love this stamp set. I cut out each individual leaf and flower and slightly ruffled their edges to create a 3D look.

I also decorated the back to even out the weight of the card. I hate it when my cards fall over because the front is too heavy!

Stay tuned to see how I used this stamp set for my Easter projects soon!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Create a Cupcake!

The brand new Autumn Winter mini catalogue is hot off the press and features so many gorgeous products! The Create a Cupcake stamp set and Build a Cupcake punch are so sweet. I have been using them this week in preparation for a future workshop which is going to be a lot of fun.

I love this set, it is so cute! The punch makes it come together so easily and it looks great combined with the perfect polka dots impressions folder.
This pillow box is just big enough to hold a Freddo Frog or some coffee sachets for a friend.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my latest creations. To book your own workshop where you could make equally gorgeous projects with your friends, just give me an email at! Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Sweetest Stem and Top Note Scrapbook page

I have been busy making some samples to use at future workshops this week. I love scrapbooking using 6x6 size as it's more affordable and less space to worry about! This one uses river rock, elegant eggplant and concord crush, including the neutral paper patterns stack which is so much fun to use.

I used a little bit of certainly celery to bring out the greens in the river rock (a neutral not often used but I love the almost green of it!)The top note die peeks out as a balancing flourish. I made a scallop flower and stamped using Circle Circus to give it more texture.

I haven't added any writing or a title because I plan to give this page away in a future workshop (minus the picture of myself and my lovely cousin of course!)

I hope my page inspires you to create some 6x6's yourself!

Friends Never Fade birthday card

I absolutely love Stampin Up's Friends Never Fade set and the matching Greenhouse Gala and Ornate Blossom products. They were perfect for this birthday card. I used the rock and roll technique for the stamped image on this card, using marina mist and certainly celery, as well as crumb cake and very vanilla.

I get so much use out of my scallop edge border punch which again features here. The marina mist ribbon combined with a button and some linen thread finishes it off nicely. To order any of these products, you can call me on 0421226332 or email ! I hope you enjoyed my card.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Autumn Winter Catalogue starts today!

Stampin Up's brand new and beautiful mini catalogue is officially here! If you'd like to see the catalogue, click here. This time it features a theme of sewing stamps, paper and products, as well as cupcakes, chocloate, nature inspired products and more! You can order from me anywhere in Australia, just call 0421226332 or email!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Happiness Shared

Wow! It certainly has been a while. I have no good reasons for being so slack on the blogging front, so my apologies! Ah well.

Today I have been very busy making lots of cards for upcoming events- here is the first one I'd like to show you, using a beautiful stamp set called 'Happiness Shared'. It retails for just $23.95 for a set of four stamps which is an excellent price! I used it to create a vintage feel card for my brother in law's engagement.

I used Stampin Up's watercolour paper and used a paint brush liberally to apply ink staright from my ink pads. I also used a sponge dauber to add more colour to the edges. A stamp from the Sale-a-Bration promotion called 'Bliss' is peeking out from the ripped corner- this stamp set is free with any purchase of $100- but only until the end of March!

If you'd like to order any products anywhere within Australia, give me a phone call on 0421226332.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Silhouette Sentiments

Today's card is a birthday card- always handy to have one around and I've been a bit short of them lately! I used Just Add Ink's sketch challenge 52 for this one and I must say it turned out better than I expected.

The colours I used for my card are Stampin Up's very vanilla, crumb cake, night of navy and early espresso. The antique brad looks great with the gorgeous satin ribbon and I used the big shot for the oval shape. The stamps are from a set called Silhouette Sentiments- which you can get for free when you host a workshop with sales of just $300!

This card has quite a few layers so it does become a bit heavy- I combat this by adding a layered decorative strip to the back of the card to even out the weight to make it stand up better.

This one came together quite easily and I am really enjoying it, but I'm off now to
mother's group so I'll see you later!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Summer Scrapbooking

I am finally getting my teeth into the huge pile of scrapbooking ideas that I have for all of my son's photographs- he's seventeen months old so I'd better get moving- he'll be sixteen before I know it!

This one is from the Stampin Up Convention last year, using my son's photograph that was taken at daycare by a professional photographer.

Although I never ever put butterflies on anything, I do quite like this butterfly and it has made me warm to them. I especially like the saying stamped on the butterfly.

The colours used are gorgeous and summery- poppy parade, baja breeze, soft suede, whisper white and old olive.

The other one I wanted to show you is my own design, using the scrumptious Tart and Tangy stamp set-

I used peach parfait, bashful blue and real red here as the colours co-ordinated nicely with my son's shorts. This is a photo taken after 'Rainbow Day' at daycare, one of my favourite pictures of my son from his first year. A simple but cute scrapbooking page.

These two are six by six pages- a great way to save time, cut down on costs and make the project more managable! This is an excellent way to start scrapbooking- Stampin Up offers some gorgeous albums in both the 12x12 and 6x6 sizes, starting from $38.95. I'm using the 6x6 linen post album for these projects.

Remember that you can order any of these supplies through me, book a workshop where I come to your house for some fun with friends, or you can come to one of my classes!

Birthday Card for Hubby

Here's a bright, fun card I made for my husband's birthday next week, using Stampin Up's In Colours peach parfait and poppy parade:

I used the heart and pie images from 'Every Little Bit' and the sentiment from 'Well Scripted'- only available in the summer mini for a short time! Lots of glitter applied with heat n stick powder and crystal effects makes the images jump off the card. The scallop border punch and the paper piercer on either side of the card finishes it off.

I had fun making this one!

Anniversary card

This week I have been busy stampin'- but haven't had my camera to show off all my hard work! I got it back today finally. It's my five year anniversary this month so I made a card for my hubby using the latest Mojo Monday sketch:

I had quite a difficult time choosing colours and making it look like an aniversary card but at the same time appropriate to give to a man! I hope I succeeded. My husband likes antique things so that's what I was aiming for. I used marina mist, crumb cake and early espresso, with the "flowers never fade" stamp set.

I hope you like it- and I hope he does too!