Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Botannical Birthday

Hey Stampers
                       Birthday cards are one of the cards I feature most in my classes.  Everyone who comes to class can make use of an extra Birthday card in our stash.  I try to make a mixture throughout the year, masculine, feminine, kids, fun, bright, floral... you name it we've probably covered something pretty close.  For this card I decided to make use of the Botannical Blooms Bundle from the Occasions Catalogue, the papers, stamp and framelits all co-ordinate and are such fun colours and shapes.

Stamps: Botannical Blooms, Petite Pairs
Ink: Cajun Craze, Archival Basic Black, Pear Pizzaz, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow
Card: Hello Honey, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Botannical Gardens DSP
Big Shot: Magnetic Platform, Botannical Builder Framelits
Punches: Ornamental Tag Topper
Accessories: Sponge Dauber, Gold Metallic Bakers Twine, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Tear Tape Adhesive

Wishing you inky fingers and happy stamping,


Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Love is in the Air

Hey Stampers
                       As you know Valentines Day is coming up shortly so I thought I'd make a "love" inspired card using the new stamp set Balloon Builders from the Occasions Catalogue.  I received this stamp set free for attending the Stampin' Up! OnStage Local Event in Perth in November.  This is one of the lovely perks of attending Stampin' Up! events. 

I always find Valentine's a little bit unusual not having a partner.  So I usually end up making cards to share the love as they say with friends and let them know they are special to me.  I also challenged the ladies that receive my newsletter to make a "love" themed card, romantic, friendly whatever form of love you express in papercrafts.  So here is my version...

For inspiration for the card layout I used the  Mojo Monday #432 sketch.  I really love using the sketches from Mojo Monday.  The card details are below:

Stamps: Balloon Builders
Card: Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Ink: Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip
Punches: Triple Banner Punch
Accessories: Adhesive Tape, Dimensionals

Wishing you inky fingers and happy stamping

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Sky is the Limit

I really like the "Sky is the Limit" Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set, as soon as I saw it in the catty I knew I had to have it.  I like the font for the greetings and the airplane image is so versatile.  I have seen lots of beautiful cards made with this set and am seeing lots of brown and blue colour combinations.  I decided I wanted to try something a little different.  So I used a combination of Elegant Eggplant, Smoky Slate and Basic Grey balanced with some Whisper White.

Stamps: Sky is the Limit (SAB), Timeless Textures
Inks: Smoky Slate, Basic Grey, Elegant Eggplant
Card Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Elegant Eggplant
Big Shot: Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder
Accessories: White Jut Ribbon 1 1/4", Sponge Daubers, Paper Snips, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Adhesive, Dimensionals
Cheers & Happy Stamping

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Back into Blogging

Hi All, sorry for the long hiatus lets just say that life - and a cute little dog got in the way of blogging the last few years.  The plan is to get back into the swing of blogging and sharing some of my creations and providing a little bit of inspiration. 

This card is one we recently made at our monthly Stamp Club.  It is my nod to Valentines Day this year, and more along the lines of "sharing the love" with anyone who matters rather than specifically romantic love.

Stamps: Going Global, Enjoy the Little Things
Inks: Sahara Sand, Archival Basic Black
Card: Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Basic Black, Going Places Designer Paper Stack
Punches: Washi Tape, 2" Circle, 1" Circle
Big Shot: World Traveler Embossing Folder
Accessories: Sahara Sand Lace Trim, Adhesive, Dimensionals

Cheers and Happy Stamping

Friday, 1 February 2013

Seasonal Catalogue

Good Morning All
                            There's a brand new Seasonal Catalogue in town, so check out all the yummy goodies.  A good time to grab a cuppa and have a seat for a bit and look it over.  This Catalogue is jam packed full of delicious and delightful stamp sets, framelits, punches, ribbons, papers and so many other products. 

My favourite accessory so far is the Vanilla Flower Trim Ribbon and My Favourite Stamp set is By the Tide.  Let me know what your favourite product in the catalogue is...

Click here on Seasonal Catty to check it out or have a look to my sidebar on the left for a link.

Thursday, 31 January 2013


Hiya All
            Yep it's that wonderful time of year again Sale-a-bration lets get the new year off to a wow of a start with some more fabulous new goodies from Stampin' Up!  So if you're new to Sale-a-bration(SAB) here's how it works the promotion runs from 22nd January - 22nd March 2013.

Spend $100 on products and receive a FREE yes that's free item out of the SAB Catty... this year there are even more products than ever before.

Host a party and earn FREE products in addition to your already lovely Hostess Benefits

Join the Stampin' Up! Family and get an extra 25% in your Starter Kit due to Stampin' Up! turning 25 this year!!! Wow they are sharing the Birthday presents around that's for sure.  So that means a total of $294 worth of Stamping products for only $169.  Oh my gosh that's a whopping $125 worth of product FREE.

If you haven't seen the SAB Catalogue yet check it out on my blog to the left of this post or contact me to get a hard copy.  It's best viewed with a cuppa and some yummies...chocolate works best for me.

Spooky Birthday

Hi All
         Sorry for the intermission I've got no excuses I've been on holidays and have been slack on my blogging.  Whoopsie.  But here's a Spooky Birthday Card that's kinda cool... at least I think so.

Project Recipe:
Stamp Set: Googly Ghouls, Sassy Salutations (Inside Greeting)
Ink: Basic Black
Card: Lucky Limeade, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Twitterpated DSP
Big Shot: Chevron Embossing Folder
Accessories: Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit, Striped Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals, Paper snips, Adhesive, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Monster Mash

Hi All
         Hope you had a fabulous Christmas and New Year!  With all the rush and the my gorgeous daschund Adam I haven't had a chance to get to my computer let alone  But better late than never here is a project we made at the Monster Mash class last year.  It is a Frankenstein box which I CASED from Dianna Gibbs check out her version here.

For those of you that know me I'm not overly into Halloween.  However I simply loved some of the sets in the Holiday Catalogue and came up with the idea of a Monster Mash themed class.  It's perfect for a boy's birthday party.  The Frankenstein box can be filled with ghastly treats...or the regular kind lol.

Project Recipe:
Ink: Soft Suede
Card: Wild Wasabi, Basic Black, Whisper White, Silver
Punches: Round Tab (Retired), 1 3/4" Circle, 1 1/2" Circle, 1" Circle
Big Shot: Top Note Die
Accessories: Soft Suede Marker, White Gel Pen, Stampin' Trimmer & Scoring Tool, Stampin' Sponge, Adhesive and Dimensionals

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Ferrero Rocher Flowers

Hi All, hope your week is going fantastically well.  I have some very exciting news to share I have a new addition to my family... a sweet Miniature Daschund named Adam.  He's just over a year old and oh so cute, he's a bundle of energy and keeping me hopping.  So far I haven't managed to take a good photo of him as he's not still long enough... maybe I'll try when he's sleeping.  I've had him just over a week which is why I'm a bit late with this post.

Here is the pot of Ferrero Rocher flowers I made up for the Albany Show, these were my adult version of the Chupa Chups.  The Ferrero's were not as big a hit as the Chupa Chups but I've had fun finishing off the leftovers :O).

I've covered an old metal pail with strips of Retired Bronze Card stock and tied a Midnight Muse Bow around the front.  I've hot glued a bamboo skewer onto a 3/4" circle and adhered to the back of the flowers and then pushed them into Florist Foam in the bottom of the pale.

Project Recipe:
Card: Comfort Cafe DSP, Soft Suede, Midnight Muse, Cajun Craze, Pool Party, Summer Starfruit, Retired Bronze card stock
Big Shot etc: Floral Frames Framelit
Punches: 3/4" Circle
Accessories: Hot Glue Gun, Adhesive, Retired Tool Kit for Anywhere whole punch & hammer,  Midnight Muse Ribbon,

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Chupa Chups up Close

Hiya Everyone, I'm back again and it's been a nice quick turnaround.  One of my best sellers this year at the Albany Agricultural Show was Chupa Chups.  I'm sure lots of you have seen samples out and about in blog land.  Some of the ones I came across were Tanya Bell and Theresa (Tess) Shirmer) aren't they just gorgeous.  I CASED the general idea from these ladies and added my own creative twist.

As you can see I've used the Fun Flowers Die to cut out my flowers, I've then Embossed them using the Elegant Lines Embossing Folder and then sponged the edge for extra dimension.  I've tied some retired ribbon, Striped Wild Wasabi and Certainly Celery Grosgrain to make the leaves and hold the petals up to the chupa chups.

The "vase" I've made by adhereing two Fancy Favour boxes together and adding a belly band of Daffodil Delight card stock, Summer Smooches DSP and Rich Razzleberry Taffeta... mmm just describing it makes me drool.  I've filled the boxes with florest foam and poked straws of varying heights into the foam and then added the Chupa Chups 

I wanted the combination to be bold and bright so I used mainly the brights collection colours and a few in colours thrown in.  Many chupa chups were consumed in the making of this display... lol more than I have eaten in years, I even found the new Magic - Sherbert filled Chupa Chups yummo!!! 

Project Recipe:
Ink:  Brights Collection, In Colours
Card: Brights, In Colours, Summer Smooches DSP
Big Shot etc: Fun Flowers Die, Elegant Lines Embossing Folder
Accessories:  Sponge Daubers, Retired Tool Kit (for anywhere hole punch and mat), Retired Wild Wasabi Striped Ribbon, Retired Certainly Celery 5/8" Grosgrain, Retired Rich Razzleberry Taffeta

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Toy Library Stall

Hi All, hope you've had a fantastic weekend with all this lovely sunny weather!  It's been so nice to enjoy the days with a bit of sunshine.  As usual I've been keeping busy and haven't had enough time to keep up with everything.  Thanks to all the lovely ladies who visited me at the Albany Agricultural Show last weekend and the Toy Library stall the weekend before.  It was a lot of fun doing these events and a few late night hours getting ready. 

Here's a look at my set up for the Rainbow Coast Toy Library.  They had a group of ladies all their with trestles set up to raise funds for the local Toy Library.  They held a raffle, to which I donated $50 of items, they also had Cadbury chocolate boxes to sell along with the efforts of all the stall holders.  The day was co-ordinated by Belinda *hi and wave* one of my hostesses.

Here's a quick look at my stall for the day.    It was a lovely day and hopefully the Rainbow Coast Toy Library received some good support.

I had Chupa Chup flowers,Candy Cane pockets, Christmas Punch Art Embellishments and a variety of cards to sell.  I also did up a pretty jar of Ribbons for "Guess how many metres of Ribbon".

I just love how the Chupa Chups came together, they make such an attractive display.  Here's a look at the Christmas Embellishments and some of the item's to show how you can use them in your crafting

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Vintage Love

Hello Everyone,

Hope you are having a fantastic week!  It's sure been fun and fast so far.  You might be wondering at the title of this post but it combined two of my favourite elements of this card.  The Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder (I just can't get enough of it) and Love.  This whole card was made with Love in mind, as it was for my parents Wedding Anniversary recently.  I simply loved the sentiment which is from a retired Hostess set called Occasional Quotes.  Congratulations Mum and Dad for making it to this milestone!

It always amazes me how a couple can make a connection in a moment and the legacy from that connection can live forever through their children and grand children.  Most often when I think of this I think of my grand parents.  How if they hadn't made the connection they did or had turned away at any stage.  Their whole family 6 children, 16 grand children and umpteen great grand children wouldn't be who they are today.   

Well that was a bit deeper and more philosophical than I'd planned.  But I decided to go with it... I hope you will too

Project Recipe:
Stamps: Occasional Quotes (retired), Creative Elements
Ink:  Always Artichoke, Raspberry Ripple
Card: Whisper White
Big Shot etc: Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Apothecary Accents Framelits
Accessories: Basic Pearls, Blender Pen, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Special Occassions

Hiya Everyone,

Phew what a week, not quite sure how I managed to fit everything in this week and there's probably a half a dozen things I've forgotten at  Do you ever get like that?  I find I get so much more done when I've got a full slate at work and home.  But when things are quiet time just meanders and I don't get through my chores... 

One thing I don't forget however are those special occasions that occur.  Even though I am the master of the last minute card.  I've had a few of them recently, a very special birthday for Miss Peggy *hi & wave*.  My parents also had a special Wedding Anniversary this year.  So I have a few cards to share for those occasions.

If your like me your a master at the last minute card, even if I'm organised and have a card made and ready.  I always think that I can make one just that bit more special if it's at the last

Project Recipe:
Stamps: Memorable Moments, Stippled Blossoms
Ink:  Blushing Bride, Rose Red, Lucky Limeade, Old Olive
Card: Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Twitterpated DSP
Big Shot etc: Window Frames Collection Framelits
Punches: Scallop Trim Border
Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Basic Pearls, Paper Snips, Dimensionals

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Black & White

Hiya All,

I'm back again in record time too.  What is it about the Black and White colour scheme that always seems so elegant.  It is really so simple to put together but it is always so striking.  One of my challenges for last months Stamp Club was a wedding card.  For some reason wedding cards usually bring on a case of card makers block, but this time I knew just what I wanted to do.

I really love the Loving Thoughts sentiment stamp set it's so versatile and I love how the letters flow.  It's sure been getting a work out.  I couldn't resist the Basic Black/Grey Striped Satin ribbon that's in the Holiday Catalogue p26.  I wanted to make a project with it that wasn't Halloween related and this was just perfect.

Even though it's a bit hard to see the Delicate Doilies are layered one on top of the other, Large, Middle sized and then smallest.  No that's not dust specks on the camera lens those little specks on the black are actually the sparkle from the Shimmer Spritz.  Sorry that's just my poor photography skills... lol.

Project Recipe:
Stamps: Loving Thoughts
Ink:  Basic Black
Card: Whisper White, Basic Black
Big Shot etc: Large Delicate Doilies
Accessories: Basic Black/Gray Striped Satin Ribbon, Rhinestone Jewels, Shimmer Spritz Isocol & Frost White Shimmer Paint), Adhesive, Dimensionals

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Elegant Butterfly

Hey All, sorry it's been a while since my last post.  I've got plenty of photo's and projects to show you and hopefully I'll be able to get them into blogland shortly.  I've been flat out recently with classes and life in general.  I've had a trip up to Katanning to welcome my folks home from a spot of travelling and for my niece Jaymee-Lee's birthday and my folks Wedding Anniversary.

Plus all in there I've been getting ready for some stalls I'm having shortly one 2nd November for the local Toy Library at North Road Shopping Centre.  The second is the Annual Albany Show stall that Cathy Clark and I hold together.  I'm juggling quite a few balls at the moment please forgive me if I am not keeping up with my blogging.

Well enough news it's time to get to the good stuff a card...  Here's a card we made at Stamp Club recently it uses one of my favourite new punches from the Annual Catalogue, the Elegant Butterfly Punch.  I love it so much it's so beautiful and well elegant pardon the pun.

Project Recipe:
Stamps: Petite Pairs
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry
Card: Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Rich Razzleberry, Floral District DSP
Big Shot etc: Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder
Punches: Elegant Butterfly, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, 1 1/4" Square
Accessories: Basic Pearls, Tombow Glue, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Betsy's Blossoms

Here's a sweet little gift bag made from a C5 Envelope, the bag was designed to hold 3 little gift cards and all 4 projects were made using the Betsy's Blossom Stamp Set.  The gift bag is one that I've made many time's over although usually I use a C6 envelope.  You simply cut the top flap the one with the resealable tape off.  Score each side and bottom of the envelope and fold the corners out to make the gift bag.  You can make handles using ribbon for bigger bags, or for smaller bags use a Library Clip (yes they are retired, but hopefully you still have one or two in your stash).

Project Recipe:
Stamps: Betsy's Blossom, Creative Elements
Ink:  Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, Baja Breeze
Card: Whisper White,
Punches: Blossom
Accessories: White C6 Envelope, Simply Scored, Basic Pearl, Baja Breeze Seam Binding Ribbon, Library Clip (retired), Paper snips, dimensionals, adhesive

Monday, 8 October 2012

It's Spool Time

Hiya All, sorry I'm a bit late posting this week, my computer is on the fritz.  It's being extremely slow and difficult.  It's taken me 45 minutes plus to send a simple email tonight so I'm going to bite the bullet and take it into the computer tech guys and hopefully they can work some magic for me.

This months promotion is called "It's Spool Time" and it's all about ribbon. Simply spend $60 on Stampin' Up! products and receive a spool of Stitched Satin Ribbon in one of the 2012-2014 In Colours. A nice way to get all the colours would be to get 5 friends together and each spend $60 and you can get all 5 colours of Ribbon and share it out between you. You'd each get 1.8metres of Ribbon in each of the colours plus the hostess will receive $50 in Hostess Dollars to spend.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Catty Launch Continued

I'm back again with the lucky last card from the Catty Launch.  I'm making up for lost time with the blogging so get set for a few more surprises.  The first card is one I CASED from Kylie Leusciatti's shoebox swap.  It gave me some inspiration at just the right time. 

Kylie CASED her card from Mary Fish so check out Mary's original card at her blog Stampin' Pretty.

Project Recipe:
Stamps: Loving Thoughts
Ink:  Midnight Muse, Soft Suede
Card: Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Soft Suede, Comfort Cafe DSP
Big Shot etc: Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder
Punches: Scallop Trim, Blossom, Boho Blossom, 1 1/4" Square
Accessories: Simply Scored, Sponge Dauber, Basic Pearl, Vintage Crochet Trim

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Snowflake Wonder

I'm back again as promised with one of the projects we made at the Catalogue Launch.  It's no surprise here that we don't get snow at Christmas here in Australia.  I think that's why I'm so drawn to snowflake's because it's something very rarely seen.  As soon as I saw the Snow Flurry die in the Holiday Catalogue I knew that it was on my MUST have wish list.

The card we made was a CASE from a class I went to in Vancouver with the very talented Kari Metzger.  As we didn't have snowflake dies or punches I had no way to recreate this card for a class.  Check out Kari's original card below.  I couldn't find the right post on her blog with pictures so I took a photo of the one I made at her class.

It's such a gorgeous card and inside it's a pop up card too, you can't quite make out all the inner workings but it's still pretty.  If you like Kari's style check out her blog at The Stampin' Grounds.

So now that you've seen my inspiration here is the card that we made at the Catty Launch.

Project Recipe:
Stamps: Tiny Tags
Ink:  Early Espresso
Card: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Very Vanilla
Big Shot etc: Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, Snow Flurry Die
Punches: Jewellery Tag
Accessories: Stampin' Pierce Mat, Piercing Tool, Sponge Dauber, Vintage Trinkets, Crumb Cake Scallop Tulle Ribbon, Dimensionals.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Core'dinations & Watercolouring

Here's one of the cards we made at the Catty Launch.  We did a bit of watercolouring using markers on the gorgeous Hostess Set Summer Afternoon.  The set is perfect for watercolouring as it has all the markings that show where the light and shadow go for the watercolouring.  We simply used a the lightest shade of a colour ie the Crumb Cake to colour in the swing and then used the darker shade Soft Suede to mark the hightlights.  We also used the new Apothecary Accents Framelits and the new Core'dinations Card.

Project Recipe:
Stamps: Summer Afternoon (Hostess)
Ink:  Early Espresso
Card: More Mustard, Early Espresso Core'dinations Card, Very Vanilla
Big Shot etc: Apothecary Accents, Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder
Punch: Scallop Border
Accesories: Sponge Dauber, Natural Cotton Ribbon, Sanding Block, Markers: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, More Mustard, Certainly Celery, Gumball Green, Bashful Blue