Friday, July 31

Sneak Peak

Only one more sleep to go until the Stampin' Up! Spring Mini Catalogue is released. So exciting.
Here is a sneak peak of one of my favorite stamp sets in the Spring Mini Catalogue. I made this card for Zach for his 2nd birthday. He loves trains so much especially Henry from the Thomas the tank engine shows.

I think Ill get a lot of use out of this set with three boys who have all loved trains.

Tuesday, July 28

Guest Artist Leanne Durrington

My guest artist today is Leanne Durrington. Leanne is a good friend and a very creative card maker. She made this gorgeous Spinner card for Jamie for his birthday. Isn't she clever! The star not only slides along the card, it also spins. And I love how she used chunky glitter on some of the stars. Boy's love glitter too and Jamie was very impressed. Thank you Leanne.
Leanne does not have a blog but she enters my monthly challenge quite often so we'll be able to see more of her creative cards.

Speaking of challengers, only a couple of days left to get your challenge entries in. I can't wait to see what you come up with.
Have a great day.

Thursday, July 23


Hi, hope your all having a great week. I've had a lot of things going on this week so this will be a quick post.
This is a 8x8 scrap page of my gorgeous baby. I've used my new toy again the crimper with the scallop edge punch. DSP Good Morning Sunshine, large oval punch, photo corner punch and paper piercing. The colours are baja breeze, pacific point and kiwi kiss. I love how these colours combine perfectly with Zach's swimmers. I've used a few different alphabet stamps and a chipboard "a" inked and covered with crystal effects, making the title, "Zach". I also used the Warm Words stamp set.

I'm off to sports day tomorrow, always lots of fun. Fingers crossed the weather is good.

Thanks for checking in.

Tuesday, July 21

Lynda S

A call out to Lynda S.
Lynda you have left some great comments on my blog and I would love to check out yours but the link isn't working for me. Can you please let me know you blog address.

Thank You.

Saturday, July 18

Inkspirations Colour Challenge # 10

Now here is a colour combo I can work with. Inkspirations Colour Challenge # 10. Love Keesha's challenges. I went with a kinda vintage feel with Dreams du Jour stamp set, with lots of inking edges and piercing. Wrapped up with a bit of twill tape and a Filigrane brad.

Stamp Sets: Dreams du Jour, Sanded background
Ink: rose red, mellow moss, always artichoke
Card: very vanilla, mellow moss, always artichoke, rose red
DSP: raspberry tart
Punch: scallop circle (cut in half)
Accessories: blender pen, twill tape, hemp twine, dauber, piercing mat and tool, filigrane brad, dimenionals
So what do you think of the blogs new look? My daughter looooves it, I'm not so sure. It's so different, guess I'll live with it awhile and see...

Enjoy your weekend.

Friday, July 17

Colour Inspiration #56

The colours Kristina's picked for her Colour Inspiration #56 are colours I haven't combined before, so it was a real challenge for me. I had come across a technique call Smackin' Acetate and thought it might work for Kristina's challenge. The Smackin' Acetate is the coloured background behind the red daisys. This is a really fun technique and I didn't even need any acetate. Here is the link to see how it's done.
I know I'll be playing with this technique again. Anyway I'm not sure about this card, the colours just aren't me.

Stamps: Upsy Daisy, Polka Dot background, Happy Everything
Ink: ruby red
Markers: pumpkin pie, so saffron, certainly celery, brocade blue
Card: certainly celery, ruby red, whisper white
Accessories: red rhinestone brad, flower from the pretties kit,, 1" double striped ribbon, white gel pen, dimensionals

Have a great day.

Wednesday, July 15

Congratulations Julie Hansen

A very big Congratulations and welcome to Julie Hansen a new Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. I'm so very excited to have Julie join the team. I have only known Julie for a short time but I love her already. I love her humor and the conversations we have, her values and honesty. Julie is a fantastic paper crafter her projects are amazing, I'm looking forward to seeing more of her work when her blog is up and running. (I'll keep you posted) I may even get her to enter my challenge. I can't show you her welcome card yet, the main reason being that I haven't made it yet :)
Anyway Julie, congrats and I wish you all the best as you embark on your stampin' journey.
Enjoy the ride.

Dreams du Jour Pocket Card.

Here is another pocket card this time using the Dreams du Jour stamp set. I love the butterfly and bought the set just for the butterfly, but since having it, I'm really liking the other images. The DSP is Urban Garden, I think the colour combination of Basic Gray, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze and Not Quite Navy is gorgeous.

Stamp Set: Dreams du Jour
Card: basic gray, whisper white, baja breeze
DSP: Urban Garden
Ink: basic gray, baja breeze, kiwi kiss
Punches: eyelet border, corner rounder, 1 3/8" circle, 1/2" circle
Accessories: blender pen, satin ribbon kiwi kiss, crop a dile, dimensionals

Monday, July 13

Inkspirations Sketch Challenge #10

Makessha has a great sketch challenge this week. I thought I'd join in. I've used the gorgeous bird from the Good friends stamp set with the Friendly Words wheel, wheeled over the top. The greeting is from Friends 24-7 stamp set. The circles are punched from DSP Patterns Pink Pirouette then I added a couple of half pearls and a felt flower and finish off with a bit of piercing.
If you would like to join in the fun or see the other entries click here.

Friday, July 10

Friends Scrap Page

It's Friday already, It's only a few more days until the kids go back to school. Yeh! Don't get me wrong, I do love having the extra time to spend with them and the sleeping in is wonderful, they just wanta eat all the time and it seems like a lot more house work needs to be done when their home. You know what I mean! Little Zach will miss them terribly when they go back.
So I finally got some computer time. Today I have a 8x8 scrap page to show you featuring the gorgeous Friends 24-7 stamp set, Friendly Words Wheel, the new eyelet boarder punch and die cut flowers Blooms Again. I wheeled the Friendly Words wheel over the die cut flower then scrunched it up and inked the edgers to give it a distressed look. I really like this effect. Then I used the eyelet border punch for the strip above the DSP and also to make a sweet corner for the bird image. We had a lot of fun making this at Lisa's.

Stamp Sets: Friends 24-7, Friendly Words wheel
Ink: VersaMark, creamy caramel, not quite navy
Card: kraft, not quite navy, very vanilla
DSP: Bella Blue
Punches: eyelet boarder, oval, large oval
Accessories: die cut Blooms Again, silver brads, kraft taffeta ribbon

I better go and check on the kiddies and see what their getting into. It's very quite, too quite....
Thanks for checking in.

Monday, July 6

Upsy Daisy Pocket Card.

Hi hope you had a great weekend.
I'm so excited to announce the new Spring Mini Catalogue is coming out on the 1st August. As a demonstrator I get to see it a bit earlier ;) and I can tell you that your going to love it. The new stamps are gorgeous and I love the new DSP's and I can't wait to get the new punch. You know how I love punches. Anyway just contact me to book your Spring Mini workshop Email: . I have some great projects in mind using the new products.
Today I have a pocket card to show you. We had fun making these at Margaret's workshop. We used the Upsy Daisy stamp set, one of my favorites, with sponging for the background.

Stamp Set: Upsy Daisy
Ink: basic grey, baja breeze, not quite navy, pink pirouette
Card: basic grey, whisper white, pink pirouette, baja breeze
Punches: round tab, corner rounder, wide oval, large oval, 1 1/4" circle
Accessories: pink pirouette ribbon, white grosgrain ribbon, hemp twine, sponges, crop a dile, dimensionals

Friday, July 3


I've just added my sample cards to the challenge #10 post. So just scroll down a little to have a look.

Leah's Monthly Challenge #10

I had so much fun making the Dino invites I thought I would stay on that theme for the monthly challenge. The inspiration picture is a dona cover Jamie received for his birthday from his Aunty Karen. She is so good at picking linen and Jamie just loves it.

The colours are: Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss and Whisper White.
If you don't have these colours just use something similar. Use the pic as your inspiration for a card, scrap page or 3D item.
Then email me your creation to or leave a link in the comment section of this post to your creation.

All entries are due in by Friday 31st July 7.00pm. So you have plenty of time.

Here are my sample cards. This first one I've used Ocean Commotion and Cute and Curly stamp sets and I've used the crimper for the background. I love it, I've been crimping everything in sight.

This next card I've used the Crazy for Cupcakes set putting crystal effects on the flame and sprinkles. It's much like the cupcakes we had at Jamie's party :)

Have fun with it.

Thursday, July 2

Dino Disco Party.

We had such a great time yesterday at Jamie's Dino Disco Party. Especially Jamie. I can't believe he's now 8 years old.
I have the invitation from Jamie's party to show you today. Isn't he cute. The colours are Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, Baja Breeze and Pacific Point. These were lots of fun to make. The pattern for the Dino came out of a very old Paper Crafts magazine Sept 06. Doesn't everyone keep all their craft mags!
Happy Stampin'