Friday, 19 December 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas....

to all my blog friends.  I'll be taking a short break in order to spend time with my lovely family, but look forward to posting more projects in January.

I'm very excited by the new Occasions Catalogue that launches January 6, 2015.

If you'd like a copy please contact me with your address and I'll post one to you. 
I will also have links to the new catalogue on this page

Best Wishes


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Visions of Santa

The Stampin' Up! stamp set: Visions of Santa is just so cute - I love it. I love the humour and the cute images. At a recent Christmas Tag making event I held we made a couple of cute and very quick little tags using some of the images from this set. 

The tags are made by cutting 2 inch strips of Real Red card and 1 and 5/8 of the red patterned paper that comes from the Santa and Co. Designer Series Paper. Both of these items an be found in the Holiday Catalogue on page 29.

After adhering them together, I used the Angled Tag Topper Punch to shape the top and punch the hole for the gold cord. The Santa images are stamped onto Whisper White card using Memento Black ink, and coloured with the gorgeous new alcohol markers by Stampin' Up! - Blendabilities. I've just added a cute gold button from the Gold Basic Metal Buttons (p. 41 of the Holiday Catalogue) and a couple of flags for the greetings.

When you combine these tags with a box made out of the Santa & Co. DSP, you have a beautifully presented gift. As one of the stamps in this set says: 
"Tis the season to be fancy!"


Monday, 1 December 2014

Stampin' Up! Stall at Old Bus Depot Markets

I know it's been ages since my last post but I have just been so busy with classes, parties, getting items ready for markets every Sunday, interstate travel to Gold Coast and Darwin, and babysitting 2 little ones 2 days a week. My days just fly on by... I'm not complaining, I just wish there were more hours in the day and that I was 25 years younger!

Very popular items at the markets this year have been these snowflake ornaments that are made out of Stampin' Up! Whisper White card, some of Stampin' Up! retired stamps and framelits and the gorgeous Dazzling Diamonds.

They take a lot of cutting out strips of white card stock, but they go together pretty easily and are fun to try all different sizes. I use the Tombow glue and some bull dog clips to hold the strips once they are curved, and hot glue to attach them to the centre round. Then I use a 2 way glue pen to draw around the edges of each piece of paper and sprinkle Dazzling Diamonds over the top. 

I am really enjoying these ornaments and hope you do too.

Until next time

Friday, 31 October 2014

Blendabilities Ornament

It's been a while between postings this month but I have still been doing plenty of creative work. Classes and workshops, plus preparations for our annual couple of months at the Old Bus Depot Markets here in Canberra, have kept me busy. Plus I've been renovating my office at home - a very slow process that should be finished by next week. 

I am so in love with Blendabilities by Stampin' Up! 

They have many benefits, no matter what your experience or expertise at colouring. 
For example, the colour goes on smoothly and you can add layer after layer of colour without the surface of the card stock being effected.
You get 3 different shades of the one colour so blending is simplified.
You can create different effects by referring to Art Movements such as Pointilism
you can work on a variety of different surfaces. 

Here is a card I made using the Christmas Bauble stamp by Stampin' Up! It is great for colouring and gives plenty of room to practice your shading techniques.

I used the Night of Navy set of Blendabilities for the colouring and punched out the centre of another image and raised it up with dimensionals. I also used the Silver Dazzling Details for highlights and a bit of glitter. This can be seen more easily in the next photo. 
The entire image is hand cut and adhered over a silver embossed sunray image from the Kinda Eclectic stamp set - also by Stampin' Up!

I've tried this image in a number of different colours but I think the blue is my favourite. 

If you would like further information or if you would like to order the products used, you may do so on my Demonstrator Business Website

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Christmas Card In A Box

I have a somewhat whimsical Card In A Box for you today. I started this project last year, but put it aside as it needed something else. With the release of the Holiday Catalogue by Stampin' Up!, I found just what I was looking for in the "Holiday Home" stamp set and matching framelits. 
You might recognize the lovely snowflakes from last year's Holiday Catalogue, and altho' the proportions are not correct, I do like the end product.

 This is how the card looks when it arrives in it's envelope. Flat, but creating a cute Christmas scene. Open it up and ......

you get a nice display to go on the mantel. 
It is a little hard to see all the details so I have a close up photo for you to see all the little extra glittery bits.

Hope you like it and get some inspiration to create your own Christmas scenes.
 The houses have been coloured with Stampin' Up! Blendabilities - the new alcohol markers that give a beautiful smooth application of colour whilst allowing for gradation of colour and shading. If you haven't tried them yet you should - they are brilliant. 

Until Next Time...


Saturday, 4 October 2014

Ornamental Pine with Blendabilities

My second "Blendies" Master class was on this afternoon and we enjoyed experimenting a little more with the Blendabilities. One of the techniques we used was colouring embossing powder with the Blendabilities. I saw a wonderful example by Billie Moan and thought I'd give her technique a try.

I used the Ornamental Pine Stamp set by Stampin' Up! 
Working on Brushed Silver card stock, I embossed the pine branch in white, coloured the the under part of the stem with the Medium Old Olive and the Dark Crumb Cake Blendabilities. I also added the Medium and Dark Old Olive to the pine needles. 
Next I heat embossed the pine cones over the top of the image and coloured them with  Bronze and Dark Crumb Cake Blendabilities. I love how this turned out.

You might be able to see some of the texture from the pine needles running through the top pine cone, but I built up the colour, then wiped it back with an alcohol soaked tissue, then added more colour. I love the texture!

Lots of fun for us today and this technique opens up lots of possibilities with other stamps.
The card is then matted onto Whisper White and Mossy Meadow card stock.

I hope you enjoy my card

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Quick Stamped Backgrounds for Christmas Cards

One of the cards I designed for the September Christmas Card Stamp A Stack uses the CHEERFUL CHRISTMAS stamp set that can be found on p. 15 of the Holiday Catalogue. I've also used the greeting stamp from the same set.

 It is a simple task to ink and stamp the image randomly over the page. Hint: stamping off the edge of the page gives you a better overall coverage.
You can add variety by stamping multiple times without re-inking thus obtaining different tones of the one colour. 

For this card I used Coastal Cabana, Memento Tuxedo Black and the Dark shade of Coastal Cabana Blendability (to colour the rhinestones)

I placed a Tea Lace doily to the right side of the card base, then matted the greeting onto Silver Foil. The corners were shaped with the corner rounder punch from the Project Life selection and the Rhinestones are coloured then applied aver the large black dots on the greeting stamp. A few strands of Pool Party Bakers twine have been tied in a knot and adhered with a glue dot. 

Very quick, very easy and very effective. I've made these in a variety of colours and will be making more as they are so much fun.

You can purchase any of the products used through my on- line store or feel free to contact me for further information


Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Blendabilities Pocket Card

I'm so in love with the new Stampin' Up! Blendabilities. I've always loved colouring and find them just so easy to create depth and texture on my projects.

This Tuesday at my regular Crafty Tuesday mornings, we created this versatile Pocket Card. I say versatile because all you need to do is change the greeting and it can become a card for any occasion.

Here is the card.

I've used the Cherry Cobbler range of Blendabilities and the usual method of starting with just a tiny bit of dark colour in the shadowy areas before blending the medium and light colours into each petal. I usually work on about 4 or 5 petals at the one time, and this gives you ample time to really enjoy the colouring process, while completing the project in a reasonable time frame. 

The leaves are stamped in one of our new IN COLORS - Mossy Meadow, and the colour variation is achieved by simply stamping off the image. ie. Ink the stamp, stamp once, then stamp again next to the first image WITHOUT re-inking the stamp. 

The Blended Bloom Flower and the leaves have been fussy cut with Stampin' Up Paper Snips and one side of the folder has been reverse dry embossed to add a little more texture contrast.

Please contact me if you would like any help with Blendabilities purchases or techniques. I offer free tuition to any customers who place an order for Blendabilities with me.


Sunday, 3 August 2014

Fabulous Stampin Up Big Shot Promotion

Wow, wow, wow! Stampin' Up! just keep the the great bargains coming!
Have you been saving for a Big Shot but think it will take a while to purchase accessories?
For August only...

PURCHASE A BIG SHOT and choose a BUNDLE from the selection below and you will get the bundle absolutely FREE! 
Save heaps as bundles include stamps and framelits.
Up to $230.00 value for just $149.95 (plus postage)

If you already own a Big Shot you wont be left out of the bargains as you can purchase any of these bundles for a 15% discount

This promotion is only available until August 31, 2014  so don't delay!

Contact me via my Demonstrator Business Website 
Email me, 
or place your order via my 

All on-line orders are posted directly to your doorstep. Postage is 5% of the total cost of the order, and I am always available for follow up instruction, classes and information

Best Wishes

Monday, 28 July 2014

Something For Baby Card

A new baby is always a joyous occasion and it is lovely to have some hand made cards to give to the new parents. Stampin' Up! have produced some great time saving bundles in the new Annual Catalogue and one of them is the Something For Baby stamp set bundled with Baby's First framelits dies. You'll find them on page 74 of the Annual Catalogue.

One of the features I like best about bundles with framelits is the time it saves with no laborious hand cutting. You can see from the photo how neatly the framelits cut out the images.


When you purchase both the stamps and the framelits together as a bundle you save 15% of the total price.

I used some of the patterned papers from the Designer Series Paper Stacks for a quick background. These papers are very useful patterns and come in each of the Colour Families - they mix and match beautifully too. 

This is the finished card using a single image. It was quick and easy to make and the same design can be used for each of the images in the set. 

If you would like to order any of these products please contact me or order directly at my on-line store

I hope you enjoy the card and get some inspiration for ways to use it yourself.

Until Next time,