Wednesday, July 30

Thank You

I'd like to give a big thank you to everyone who checks out my blog. I hope you get some inspiration from my creations. I know I have lots of fun making them. And a special thank you to Karen for awarding me this Brilliant Blogger Award. Wow! I'm speechless.
Now I think I'm supposed to pass it on so.... this is hard, there are lots of great blogs I like to visit.... 20 minutes later, ok the award goes to Sam and Debbie, I couldn't pick just one.

Thank You so much.



This card was very quick but very effective. Of all the baby cards I've made lately I think this is my favorite. The word says 'celebrate'.

Stamp Sets : Basic Backgrounds, A Little Birthday Cheer
Ink: Soft Sky
Card : Kraft, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Punches : large star
Accessories : hemp twine, crafters tool kit
I then made a 6 x 6 scrap page based on the same design.

I've just added a bit of Styled Sliver Hodgepodge Hardware from the Spring Mini Catalogue.

Happy Stampin'

Tuesday, July 29

Spring Mini Catalouge

The Spring Mini Catalogue is on the way. Starting 1st August through to the 30th November. It's full of fantastic new Stamp sets, designer papers and more.

One of the perks of being a demonstrator is that I get to see and order from the Spring Mini a whole month before anyone else.

If you would like a free copy just let me know and I'll send one out to you.

Happy Stampin'


Monday, July 28

Bugs and kisses

Here is another baby card we made on the weekend. This one shows different loading techniques using the Stamp & Write Markers.

Stamp Sets : Bugs & Kisses
Ink : Creamy Caramel
Card : Kraft, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Accessories : White Grosgrain ribbon, Stamp & Write Markers Soft Subtles, staples, mini glue dots, dimensionals


Basic Backgrounds

On the weekend I had a workshop with Baby cards being the theme. So I have had lots of fun making baby cards lately. I picked the Basic Backgrounds stamp set because it is so versatile. This set will make great cards for Fathers Day, Christmas, Children, and of course Babies.
In the 'Welcome little star' card below, we embossed the star on vellum and then punched it out with the large star punch, which fits perfectly. We also embossed the word 'welcome' with white embossing powder to make it stand out more. The card base is stamped with Versamark.

Stamp Sets : Basic Backgrounds, Warm Words, Rough Edge Alpha, Everyday Flexible Phrases
Ink : Versamark, Bashful Blue
Card : Vellum, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Punches : large star, small & large oval
Accessories : White embossing powder, embossing buddy, heat tool, silver brads
This card was really fun to make, and I think it looks quite good.
Thanks Kristy for a great afternoon, and for keeping us toasty warm with your fire place.
Happy Stampin'

Friday, July 25

Season of Joy

I love this set so much I had to play with it as soon as I got it. It's called Season of Joy and it's one of the gorgeous new sets in the Spring Mini Catalogue. You'll be seeing a lot more of this set.
The colours are from the In Colour range, Wild Wasabi and Purely Pomegranate and don't you just love the satin ribbon.

Stamp Set : Season of Joy
Ink : Wild Wasabi
Card : Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate, Whisper White
Accessories : Satin ribbon Purely Pomegranate, Crafters tool kit

On this card I have clear embossed the flowers and flourishes and added silver brads.

Stamp Sets : Season of Joy
Ink : Versa mark, Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate
Card : Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate
Accessories : clear embossing powder, embossing buddy, heat tool, silver brads, dimensionals

Thanks for looking


Wednesday, July 23

Mel's Colour Challenge

Brilliant Blue, Gable Green, Yoyo Yellow and Whisper White are the colours for Mel's colour challenge. This was a real challenge for me, as I had never used these colours together before. So here it is. I used silver embossing powder for the fish and some bubbles and coloured him with an aqua brush.

Stamp Sets : Fishy Friends, Fishy Wheel, Circle of Friendship
Ink : Versamark, Brilliant Blue, Gable Green, Yoyo Yellow
Card : Whisper White, Brilliant Blue, Gable Green
Punches : 1 1/4", 1/2" circles
Accessories : wheel guide, aqua brush, metal edge tag, silver embossing powder, white grosgrain ribbon,dimensionals

Sneak Peak!

The new Spring Mini Catalogue will be arriving soon. As a demonstrator I get to see it and order from it before anyone else, just one of the perks. The new Stamps Sets are so... yummy, gorgeous, fantastic, I just love them all. It also has beautiful new Designer papers and ribbons and so much more, I could go on and on. But you'll just have to wait.

Here's a sneak peak of the cover.



The new Spring Mini Catalogue is on the way. It's full of fantastic new stamps sets, Designer Paper's and so much more. This is one of the gorgeous set from the Spring Mini Cat. There are eleven stamps in this set, including a beautiful big heart. Love it. For something a bit different, this card opens from the centre with the scallop circle overlapping both sides.

Stamp Sets: Always
Ink : Blue Bayou, Soft Sky
Card : Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Punches : scallop circle, 1/18" circle, 1/2" circle, horizontal slot
Accessories : double stitched ribbon Blue Bayou

Hope you like it.

Monday, July 21

Happy 1st Birthday

I can't belive it, my baby is turning one tomorrow. The last 12 months have gone so fast. We had a bit of a party for him on Sunday and he had a big nap right in the middle of it. We had to wait for him to wake up to do the cake. Again the amazing Maree made this giant Elmo for us. It has so much red food colouring in it. The kids and some Adults, were buzzing all afternoon.

Zach deciding which part to eat first.

Zach eating Elmo's eye ball. Yum!

Rose Red Buds Basic

Another cute card using the Buds Basics stamp set. In this one I have stamped the flower and leafs straight onto the patterned paper and cut them out. The white gel pen works well to make fake stitching.

Stamp Set : Buds Basic
Card : Rose Red, Regal Rose, Whisper White
Ink : Rose Red, Basic Black

Accessories : DSP Prints Rose Red, Button, Hemp Twine, White Gel Pen, Crafters Tool Kit, paper snips

Happy Stampin'

Saturday, July 19

Bud Basics

Hi, I hope your all having a great weekend so far. I had to brave the supermarket today, not fun , it's always so busy on a Saturday. Anyway here's the card.
This was a fun card to make and easy with the Basic Outline Wheel. Love using the wheels.

Stamp Sets : Bud Basics, Basics Outline Wheel
Ink : Whisper White, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Going Gray
Card : Whisper White, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Going Gray
Accessories : Gingham ribbon black, button black, brads black, wheel guide, dimensionals
Happy Stampin'


Friday, July 18

Thank you

I had a lovely surprise in the mail yesterday, this beautiful card from Mel.
Thank you for thinking of me Mel.

Color Inspiration Challenge #16

I thought I'd try Kristina's colour inspiration challenge #16. The colours are gorgeous, even though I'm not fussed on pumpkin pie I do like how these colours look together. A huge amount of people enter Kristina's challenges so we'll see how I go.

Here's her blog which is fantastic, have a look.

This is my card for Kristina's challenge. The colours are Very Vanilla, Soft Sky, Certainly Celery and Pumpkin Pie. I've used the Boho Backgrounds Stamp Set with lots of circle punches. The ribbon is taffeta Very Vanilla.
Happy Stampin'

Thursday, July 17


While blog surfing the other night I came across a great card made by Diane Barnes, and I just had to have a go at making it. I really like how she used both oval punches, it kind of gives it a retro feel. I changed the greeting ( Outlined for Fun) and one of the colours. The colours are Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Old Olive and Ruby Red.

I love to use punches and always get excited when I find a new way to use one.

Thanks for the great idea Diane.

Wednesday, July 16

You're Invited

My gorgeous son Jamie just had his 7th birthday. He didn't have a party this year so I thought I would show you the invitations from last year. ( We did meet some friends at the park during the holidays and had a cake for him and his friend that is a girl, but not his girlfriend.) It's post card style, and in bright traffic light colours that was the theme of the party. I used the Eat Cake stamp set. The alphabet and number sets have since been retired. The colours are Real Red, Old Olive and Summer Sun.

This is a photo of the cake a very clever Maree made for Jamie and his girl friend. It's a very yummy dinosaur and was devoured very quickly. It was a great day. Thanks so much Maree.

Bye for now.


Tuesday, July 15

Super Starter Kit Savings

July and August are a super time to join the Stampin' Up! family. From 1st July through to the 15th August, when you become a demonstrator you"ll receive $25 off the already low-priced Starter Kit. That means $560 of Stampin' Up! products and supplies for just $299. Normally the starter kit is $324. Click here for more info.

There are all kinds of reasons for joining the Stampin' Up! family. To get a discount on products for yourself. To earn a bit of money to pay for your addiction. To run a home based business that fits in with your family and lifestyle. Or even to just get the starter kit at a great price.

For me it was a combination of things, I needed something for me, something to do that wasn't house work or involved children. Something I could do from home while looking after my baby and still be there for my other children after school and on the holidays. I wanted to do something that I love doing. And of course I wanted to get fantastic products at a discount.

Joining the Stampin' Up! family was exactly what I was looking for. I get to stamp and be creative every day. I get amazing support and help from Stampin' Up! head office. I have meet so many fantastic people. I am having so much fun.

If this is something you've been thinking about now is a great time to get started. Join my team and I will give you all the help and support you need.

Happy Stampin'


Sunday, July 13

Mel's Button Challenge

I've had a very productive day today, I've caught up on all my blog surfing and finished the card for Mel's button challenge. Lucky for me she extended the deadline, thanks Mel. At first I didn't know where to begin with this challenge, so I pulled out a stamp set I hadn't used for a while. Looks like Spring. Then it started to come together. I used a very simple design with my favorite colour combination (at the moment) Kraft and Soft Sky. There is a button tied to the centre flower with linen thread and I inked around the edge of the large flower with Blue Bayou.

Stamp Sets : Looks like Spring, Stem Sayings
Ink : Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Versa mark
Card : Kraft, Very Vanilla, Soft Sky
Punches : Spring flowers bouquet
Accessories : Button, Linen thread, dimensionals
Happy Lazy Sunday

Saturday, July 12

Christmas in July

Hi everyone, I hope you are enjoying the school holidays, only two days left for my kids then back to school. My computer has been down for the last week so I've had more time to play with my stamps. It's so awful not having a computer, I didn't realize how much I use it until now.

I promised my Aunt who lives in Darwin that I would do Christmas in July, so I hope she like these.

These are all using the Christmas Tree from the Fun & Fast Notes stamp set. The second two cards have the Dashing Designer Series Paper, which is great for a bright, fun Christmas. Ive coloured the trees in a bit with a blender pen and added ribbon and brads. The second card I've placed red eyelets for the baubles using the Crop-A-Dile. (Any excuse to use it.) And the third card I have inked around the edgers. The colours are very vanilla, real red, and old olive.
Enjoy the holidays.

Friday, July 4

Pick a Peal

I've been playing with the Pick a Petal stamp set. I love this set , you can do so many things with it. In this card I've stamped the petal and flower centre onto patterned paper and cut out. I've used a button to highlight the flower centre. The words "for you" are from the Happy everything set. The DSP is Spring Flowers, I'm so glad this is back in the Catalogue, It's one of my favorites.

Stamp Set : Pick a Petal, Happy Everything
Ink : Chocolate Chip
Card : Chocolate Chip, So Saffron
Punches : 1" circle
Accessories : DSP Spring Flowers,Hemp Twine, button very vanilla, mini glue dots, dimensionals

It's school holidays here in Queensland and I am enjoying sleeping in and lazing around all morning.

Happy Holidays


Thursday, July 3

Poppin' Pastels

My friend Julie, who's in the swap group, made this card using the poppin' pastels technique. I really like it. She used the Wanted stamp set, which is on my wish list. Funny how my wish list keeps getting longer, not shorter. Anyway, nice work Julie. Can't wait to see what you come up with for next months swap.