Sunday, August 31

Lazy Sunday

Lazy Sunday alright, I slept nearly all day. I guess I needed to catch up after my busy week. I so love lazing around on Sundays.

For those of you who couldn't make it to the Stamp A Stack on Saturday, this is what you missed out on. We had a really fun afternoon with plenty of Tim Tams. OK, I'll put the recipe below for you.

Stamp Sets : Sanded background, Classic Backgrounds, Everyday Flexible Phrases
Ink : Choc Chip,
Card : Very Vanilla, Choc Chip, Sage Shadow, Really Rust
DSP : Outlaw (love it)
Punches : scallop circle, star, 1 1/4 "& 3/4" circle
Accessories : taffeta ribbon Choc Chip

Barque Background

I was so excited when this stamp arrived , I love it so much. We just had to used it at the Stamp a stack. It can be used for so many occasions. We clear embossed on Basic Grey card and it hardly needed anything else. We also used the So Many Sayings Set (level 1 hostess) for our sentiment. Doesn't it look great.

Stamp Sets : Barque Background, So Many Sayings
Ink : VersaMark, basic grey
Card : Basic Grey, Going Grey, Basic Black
Punches : large oval, small oval, word window
Accessories : Black grosgrain ribbon, black brad

Friday, August 29

So Swirly

Wow, this week is just flying by. It's Friday already. I went on a huge shopping spree earlier in the week and used all the gift cards I received for my birthday. So much fun. Two of my children had interviews for their new school for next year and baby Zach played up something shocking. He tried to destroy the principles office. As bored 13month old's do. And I made sure I fitted in lunch with the girls yesterday. My friend Sonya was able to come this week, it was so good to catch up with her. We just laughed & laughed. It's so exciting Sonya now has a blog for her Giggle Buttons business. So if you love using buttons on your scrap pages and cards or just want to have a giggle, just check out her site here.

Now the card I have to show you today was very quick and easy. I've inked the So Swirly wheel with VersaMark and heat embossed with white embossing powder. Very striking on the Blue Bayou card stock. I didn't think it needed much else so I just embossed a flower and layered it on the scallop circle punch. And added a bit of ribbon and a brad. All done, easy.

I popped the scallop up with dimensionals.

Stamp Sets : So Swirly wheel, Priceless
Ink : VersaMark
Card : Blue Bayou, Sky Blue, Whisper White
Punches : scallop circle, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" circle, corner rounder
Accessories : white grosgrain ribbon, silver brad, wheel guide, white embossing powder, embossing buddy, dimensionals
Don't forget to use the embossing buddy before you emboss. It makes a big difference.
If your coming to the Stamp A Stack tomorrow make sure you bring your adhesive and scissors. It's going to be fun.

Happy Stampin'

Tuesday, August 26

Sneak Peek - Stamp A Stack

Here is a sneak peek of one of the cards we'll be making at the Stamp A Stack for Men this Saturday. There are still a few seats left so you can still contact me to reserve your seat. I might even get some Tim Tam's for afternoon tea.

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Monday, August 25

Envelope Gift Bag

I really like this little gift bag, so easy to make. I cased it from Angie Kennedy-Chic n' Scratch . I've given this one to my niece, for her 13th birthday, and I popped a gift card in the envelope. It's hard to see but the envelope is stamped with the Paisley background stamp in Blush Blossom ink. And I coloured the white ribbon Groovy Guava.

Stamp Sets : Polka Dots & Paisley, Paisley background
Ink : Blush Blossom, Groovy Card
Card : Kraft, Groovy Guava, Whisper White
Punches : corner rounder
Accessories : plain white envelope, double stitched ribbon Groovy Guava, grosgrain ribbon white, brads, stamp a ma jig, dimensionals

Sunday, August 24

Celebrate You.

Here is another card using the layering ink technique. I had a lot of fun making these. I used the Priceless stamp set and the In Colour blues. I'm going to give this one to my Mum for her birthday, today. I hope you have a great day Mum.

Stamp Sets : Priceless, A little birthday cheer, Everyday flexible phrases
Ink : VersaMark, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky
Card : Gloss white, Whisper White, Soft Sky, Blue Bayou
Punches : scallop circle, 1 1/4" circle, word window
Accessories : Hodgepodge Styled Silver, Double stitched ribbon Blue Bayou, mini glue dots, dimensionals

More Priceless

Here is another one. I made a whole sheet at once, then just cut it up to make lots of cards. On this card I used the square punches to punch out the shapes. I think it kinda looks like a window.

I got a bit carried away with the doodling on this card. And I have embossed the flower and the greeting with white embossing powder.


Friday, August 22

Eat Cake - Bugs

This one is for my nephew's 6th birthday. I was going for the bright and fun look that 6 year old's love. I combined two great stamp sets, Eat Cake and Bugs and Kisses.

Stamp Sets : Eat Cake, Bugs and Kisses
Ink : Tempting Turquoise, Green galore, Gable Green, Only Orange
Card : Whisper White, Green Galore, tempting Turquoise
Punch : 11/4" circle
Accessories : Stamp a ma jig, Stampin' Write Markers Bold Brights, Grosgrain ribbon White.
Thanks for looking.

Thursday, August 21

Thinking of You

I had lots of fun playing on the weekend. I'd seen this technique before and had wanted to try it for a while. I don't know what it is called, but it's stamping in versamark then inking over the whole card (white gloss card) in a light colour then stamp again in versamark and ink in another colour and just keep going until your happy with the result. I did three layers. Each layer is a different colour. It works really well with a brayer. I haven't got a brayer yet (on my wish list) so I just wiped the ink pad across the card. In between each layer polish with a tissue. I was so happy with how this turned out I did a couple more with different stamp sets and colours. Which I will show you soon.

Stamp Set : Petal Prints
Ink : Versamark, Ruby Red, Cameo Coral, Summer Sun
Card : White Gloss, Whisper White, Cameo Coral, Ruby Red
Punches : Large oval, corner rounder
Accessories : white grosgrain ribbon, paper snips, dimenionals, tissues

If you know what this technique is called please let me know.

My order just arrived so I'm off to play for a bit until I meet the girls for lunch.

Enjoy your day.

Wednesday, August 20

Season of Joy.

Hi all, it's a bit warmer today so hopefully my fingers will work.

This is a 6 x 6 scrap page with a photo of my gorgeous baby, Zach. He was 11 months and crawling when the photo was taken. He's now 13 months and trying to run.

The stamp set is Season of Joy from the Spring mini cat. As well as the beautiful DSP Holiday Harmony. Only available until the 30th November.

Stamp Set : Season of Joy
Ink : Always Artichoke, Versamark
Card : Always Artichoke, Purely Pomegranate, River Rock, Very Vanilla
DSP : Holiday Harmony
Punches : slit, large oval
Accessories : double stitched ribbon River Rock, silver brad, Stampin Write markers
This one is much the same except I embossed everything and inked all the edgers.Then added styled silver hodgepodge hardware from the Spring mini cat.
Have a great day.

Monday, August 18

Merry - Jamie

Hi all, hope you had a great weekend. It was a lovely weekend here in Brissy. The wind stopped and the sun was out, not like today it's overcast and cold again. My feet are freezing.
This is a quick card I made for Christmas. I'll probably send it to a relie. It has a photo of my gorgeous 7 year old, Jamie on it. Incorporating photo's onto your Christmas cards are great to send to people you don't see often. The children grow and change so fast. I've used a red flower from the Die-Cuts Blooms (Spring Mini Cat) the star punch would work well too. I must make some.

Stamp Set : Season Of Joy
Ink : Old Olive
Card : Old Olive, River Rock
Punches : 1 3/8" & 1 1/4 " circle
Accessories: DSP Dashing, Die-Cut Blooms, grosgrain ribbon Always Artichoke, dimensionals

I keep pressing the wrong keys, my fingers are so cold. lol

Stay warm.


Friday, August 15

Stamp A Stack

With Fathers Day just around the corner this Stamp A Stack is dedicated to Men. We will be making 10 cards, 2 different designs and a surprise you can keep for yourself or give to Dad as a present.
Details : Stamp A Stack - Cards for Men
Date : Saturday 30th August 08
Time : 1.00pm - 4.00pm
Place : my house - Calamvale
Price : $18.00
Please bring your own adhesive and scissors. If your running low on adhesive let me know asap so I can order some for you.
Snail Adhesive $12.95 + postage = $13.60
Snail Refill $8.50 + postage = $8.90
I will provide everything else including tea, coffee and a light afternoon tea. If you would like to bring a small plate of something yummy, that would be great.
Spaces are limited so contact me now to book your seat.
My email : or leave a comment.
And I'll see you for a relaxing afternoon of Stampin' Fun.

Thursday, August 14

Mel's Colour Challenge

Mel's colour challenge this week was inspired by these beautiful flowers. The colours are Choc Chip, Garden Green, Pretty in Pink and Apricot Appeal. If you haven't seen Mel's blog yet, you can check it out here.
Here's my entry, I've used the Time Well Spent stamp set and the aqua pen to water colour the flowers. And popped one flower up with dimensionals. What do your think? Good colours for spring, which is almost here.

Close up.

Stamp Set : Time Well Spent
Ink : Stazon Black, Pretty in Pink, Apricot Appeal, Garden Green
Card : Water colour paper, Apricot Appeal, Choc Chip, Pretty in Pink
Punches : Corner Rounder, 1/2" circle
Accessories : Aqua pen, 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon Choc Chip, Grosgrain ribbon Pretty in Pink, buttons, dimensionals, paper snips, snail

Happy Stampin'

Wednesday, August 13

Hide & Seek

Time for a scrap page.

These photo's were taken at the park on the school holidays. One of kids took the photos, I don't know which one, they were all playing with the camera and most of the photos turned out great. Rebecca was trying to hide from the camera behind some poles. I think they found her.

I've used the Designer Series Paper - Dashing, not just a Christmas paper. And the Die Cuts Blooms from the Spring Mini, layered with flowers punched out with the 5 petal flower punch. I ink around all the edgers with a dauber. And to finish off I added a bit of Hodge Podge Hardware.
I bent and curled the edgers of the flowers to add more dimension.

Stamp Sets :Priceless, Jumbo Outline Alphabet, Rough Edge Alphabets
Ink : Real Red
Card : Very Vanilla, Real Red
Punches : 5 petal flower
Accessories : DSP Dashing, Die Cut blooms,Hodge Podge Hardware Style Silver,Grosgrain ribbon Real Red, dauber

Happy Stampin'


Tuesday, August 12

All in the Family

This is the card I made for Alex for his 14th birthday. He was my first baby and no matter how tall he gets he will always be my baby. Actually his height and strength come in handy quite often.

Stamp Sets : All in the Family, A Little Birthday Cheer
Ink : Choc Chip
Stampin' Write Markers : Sage Shadow, Really Rust, Close to Cocoa, Blossom Blush (cheeks)
Card : Very Vanilla, Choc Chip
Punches : Star, 13/8" & 11/4" circles
Accessories : DSP Outlaw, Crop A Dile, eyelet, Taffeta ribbon Choc Chip

Happy Stampin'

Monday, August 11

So Kind

I hope you all had a great weekend. Wasn't the weather beautiful. Did you watch the Olympic games opening ceremony? It was so amazing. I did have a little nap half way through, as it was on so late, but woke up in time to see the end. My hubby took the kids to the EKKA on Friday after school, they had so much fun. I had to stay home, Zach is too little to go yet. (what a shame)

Now for todays card. I really enjoyed making this card, I think it's so pretty. On this card I have clear embossed with the So Swirly wheel and white embossed the butterflies from the Priceless set.

Close up.


Stamps Sets : Priceless, So Swirly wheel

Ink : Versamark, Blush Blossom

Card : Whisper White, Blush Blossom

Accessories : Wheel guide, Metal edge tag, clear & white embossing powder, white grosgrain ribbon, Crafters tool kit, dimensionals

Today is my oldest son's birthday. I can't beleive my baby is 14. Where have the years gone. He shares his birthday with my sister. So Happy Birthday to you both.

I must make their cards today.

Happy Stamping


Friday, August 8

July Swap's

This is my card for the July Swap. We had to use Basic Grey without a sentiment. I've teamed the Basic Grey with Going Grey and Rose Red. The stamp set is True Friend.
I hope the girls enjoyed receiving my card as much as I enjoyed receiving there's.

I hope you enjoy looking at them.

July swap

And here are the cards I received. Aren't they great!

Nerine Purton

Gina Dart

Dannielle Fellows

Natasha Murray

Sharon Walsh

Julie Le Boydre

Thanks so much for swapping girls.

Thursday, August 7

Mel's 'Thumping Dad' Challenge

I'm so excited! I won Mel's Thumping Dad Challenge. (jumping up and down) I've never won a challenge before. (jumping up and down) Check out Mel's blog here to see all the entries. Thanks for a great challenge Mel and for picking my card. (jumping, jumping and more jumping)

Wednesday, August 6

Fishy Friends

I finally got all the baby cards posted.
This is one I forgot to take to Kristy's (sorry ladies)

Stamp Sets : Fishy Friends, Warm Words, Polka Dots & Paisley
Ink : Stazon Black, Soft Sky, River Rock, Going Gray
Card : Watercolour Paper, Soft Sky, River Rock
Punches : 1/2" circle
Accessories : Double stitched ribbon River Rock, Vintage brads, Dazzling Diamonds, 2 way glue pen, dimensionals

Fun & fast Notes - Baby

This is a cute little baby card using the Fun & Fast notes stamp set. I stamped straight onto the DSP and cut out then adhered it on top of another stamped image. Added a couple of buttons and a bit more DSP and it's done. Quick & Easy.

Stamp Set : Fun & Fast Notes
Ink : Basic Black, Bashful Blue, So Saffron
Card : Confetti Cream, Very Vanilla
Punches : 1/2" circle, corner rounder
Accessories : DSP Spring Showers, buttons bashful blue, blender pen, mini glue dots, paper snips

Baby Boy

Another baby card, this one I used the Crop a Dile to dry emboss the spots on the Barely Banana strip. So easy to do. And I stamped the star onto vellum and layered over the 'O'.

Stamp Set : Classic Backgrounds, Big Deal Alphabet, Jumbo Outline Alphabet
Ink : Bashful Blue
Card : Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Barely Banana, Vellum
Punches : Large star
Accessories : Crop a Dile, Silver brads, Stamp a ma jig, cutter kit, grosgrain ribbon


Special Wish

I've made this card by punching out the star's from the soft sky card and layering onto Kraft Card. Then I attached another stamped star to a tag threaded with ribbon and hemp twine. I really love these colours together. Recipe
Stamp Sets : Basic Backgrounds, Happy Everything, Everyday Flexible Phrases
Ink : Blue Bayou
Card : Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Kraft, Whisper White
Punches : large star, tag, horizontal slot
Accessories : Blue Bayou double stitched ribbon, hemp twine,dimensionals, paper snips


Tuesday, August 5

Pretty in Pink snail

I loved how this little card turned out, so simple, yet so cute. The colours are Kraft, Pretty in Pink and Rose Red.

For a bit of Bling, just add Dazzling Diamonds.

Bugs & Kisses - old olive

Here is the same card as an earlier post but using different colours. These colours are Old Olive, Summer Sun and Pumpkin Pie.

Bugs & Kisses - rose red

Here is another card using the Bugs & Kisses Stamp Set. This dragonfly is so cute. I've used the Stampin Write Markers to colour different parts of him and then cut out his wings and popped them up with dimensionals. The colours are Taken with Teal, Rose Red and Regal Rose.

Sunday, August 3

Alisa Tilsner's Colour Challenge #5

Three challengers in one weekend! I'm on a roll.
This one is from Alisa Tilsner check out her site It's fantastic.

The colours are : Choc Chip, Ruby Red, Summer Sun, Very Vanilla/Whisper White

And here's my entry. I have used the Stampin' Write Markers to colour different parts of the flowers and sentiment and the stamp set is True Friend from the Spring Mini Cat.

Stamps : True Friend
Ink : Choc Chip
Card : Choc Chip, Ruby Red, Very Vanilla
Punches: corner rounder, 3/4" & 1" circle
Accessories: Stampin Write Markers, 5/8" Grosgrain
ribbon, brad
Happy Stampin'

Taylored Expressions Cup Cake Challenge #27

I thought I'd give Taylor's challenge a try. This card is using the Simply Scrappin' pack Secret Garden. Gorgeous!
Stamps : None
Ink : None
Card : River Rock, Groovy Guava
Accessories : Simply Scrappin' Secret Garden, Double stitched ribbon River Rock, dimensionals

I can't believe I didn't use any stamps on this card!


Saturday, August 2

Mel's Technique Challenge

Mel's technique challenge this time is "Thumping Fathers Day". What! I have to admit I didn't know what in the world this meant. So I to jump onto Sptiltcoast Stampers to find out. I discovered that it is a technique where you "thump" two or more markers onto the stamp to achieve a very interesting look. I also discovered I did know of this technique, I just didn't know that it was called Thumping. I really love thumping because you get a different look every time. I thumped this poor bird six times and got six different looks.
I have thumped the poor bird with four colours, the background leaves with two colours and I even thumped the words. I have inked around all the edgers with a dauber for a soft old world look, then added a bit of paper piercing and a jumbo brad with ribbon. Gotta have ribbon.

Close up.

Stamp Set : Always
Stampin Write Markers : Choc Chip, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Not quite Navy
Card : Very Vanilla, Choc Chip, Creamy Caramel, Not quite Navy
Accessories : Crop a dile, Jumbo eyelet, Crafters Tool Kit, Daubers, Stamp a ma jig, 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon Choc Chip, dimensionals
I really enjoyed this challenge and I will Thump again.
Give it a try.
Have a great weekend.

Friday, August 1

Spring Mini Catalogue

You can now order from the Spring Mini, 1st August until the 30th November. Your going to love all the new stamp sets and accessories. I know I want everything in it. Click on the catalogue cover to view.

This is a quick card using the Blooms Die-cuts from the Spring Mini. I've just layered a few blooms, added a jumbo eyelet and rubbed on a couple of Rub On's. Added a leftover strip of Designer Series Paper and ribbon. Easy!

Stamp Sets : none
Ink : none
Card : Choc Chip
Accessories : Die-Cut Blooms, Prints DSP Old Olive, Grosgrain ribbon Real Red, Jumbo Eyelet. Crop a dile, Rub On's Cherished Memories, dimensionals.