Monday, September 7, 2009

September Stamp Club - Spring Card

For this months stamp club we made a spring card. This card is suprisingly easy and has a great wow factor. Here are the two samples I made for the club.
The first card is made with a Night of Navy cardstock base. The Designer Series Paper is from Urban Oasis. The cute frame was done using the Scallop Edge punch and the flowers are punched with the Boho Blossoms punch. The greeting is from the Oval All stamp set that is available in the Spring Mini Catalogue until 30 November 2009.

For the base of this card I used some retired paper that was from a Simply Scrappin' kit. I stamped the tools from the Totally Tools set onto Whisper White card, coloured them in with markers and added Crystal Effects to give the handles a three dimensional look. The greeting is from the Wonderful Favourite set and I embossed it in silver onto Ruby Red card. I sent this card to my dad for fathers day.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Non Christmas cards using Season of Joy

The first card was done using the Versamark resist technique on gloss card. The colours are Elegant Eggplant and Pretty in Pink.

The colours on the second card are Tangarine Tango and Pink Passion. I used the Double Rectangle punch to make the holes I threaded the Whisper White ribbon through. The greeting is from the level 1 hostess set, Best Yet

Christmas Cards

Here are a couple of Christmas cards using the Season of Joy set, Old Olive and Real Red card I made for a fundraiser. They needed to be simple cards for people to make. I've used the Eyelet Border punch on both of these.

Mason's 3rd Birthday Card

Once again I have reached for the Fishy Friends set when it came time to do a kids card. I know it's retired but I love it. I've been wanting to try one of these folded cards for ages and I'm happy with the result.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

I've been scrapbooking

Hosting the Stamp, Scrap and Chat nights has given me the motivation to get going on my scrap booking, which had taken a bit of a back seat since I got addicted to Stampin' Up! I have been working on an A-Z scrap book of Mitchell form birth to about 3 years old. Here are a couple of pages I've completed recently.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Stamp Club - Tri shutter card and variation.

These are the cards I made as examples for stamp club this month. I normally make a card or two using the technique and then the club members choose their own stamp set, papers etc from my supply. I prepared instructions for the first card and then made the second card as a variation and it turned out the second card was quite popular too.
I really wanted to do a male card this time as I find them quite a challenge but thanks to the Totally Tools stamp set this one was easy. The base card is Kraft, the Designer Series Paper I used is from Urban Oasis. I added a couple of brads and Jumbo eyelets and here it is. It's a bit difficult to see but I stamped the Birthday Wish twice. The first time in Kiwi Kiss then using the Stamp-a-ma-jig I stamped it a second time in Basic Black just off to one side so the Kiwi Kiss appears as a shadow. The middle whisper white panel is left blank for writing so I used the Mat Pack to punch some small holes in two corners to give it a bit of texture.
The Christmas card was made on a Kiwi Kiss background and the Designer Series Paper is Raspberry Tart. I really liked these colours together, a nice change from the strong Christmas colours of red and dark green. The stamp set for the front and the tree is Season of Joy, one of the most versatile Christmas stamp sets in the current catalogue in my opinion. The neutral card is Very Vanilla though it's difficult to see in the photo and the ribbon is Very Vanilla 1.6cm Grosgrain. I used a metal edge tag for the hanging ornament and added a punched image and a larger punched circle to complete it. The words on the back panel are from the level 1 hostess set Best Yet.

Welcome Lucy

On 24th July darling Lucy was welcomed into the world by her parents Sharon and Ben Webb. Here is the card I made to welcome her and congratulate her family. It is a mix of current and retired products. The current items I used are: Bunny and Duckling - Animal crackers stamp set; LUCY - Short Order Alphabet; Spotty paper - Pink Flamingo DSP; Base Card - Pink Piroutte card stock; Other card stock - Real Red, Cameo Coral and Whisper White; Ribbon - Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain. The background paper is from the retired Ginger Blossom DSP and the Welcome new baby is from the retired Level 1 hostess stamp set For a Friend. I embossed this in white on Real Red cardstock.

Super quick card

I needed a card in a hurry for a 6 year old boy and came up with this. I used circles and paper from a retired simply scrappin set. Using markers I coloured the skulls on the scary skulls wheel and stuck the eyes over to cover up the hearts on the stamp. The 'Happy Birthday to you!" is called Birthday wish on page 3 of the new spring mini. You can buy it individually for $13.95 plus P/H. I love it and have used it sooo many times already.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tri Fold Card for Chris

It was Chris's birthday a couple of weeks ago and I had a go at doing a tri fold card for her. The colours on the picture aren't showing quite true but they are Real Red, Cameo Coral and Green Galore for the leaves. The stamp set I used is Petal Pizzazz, one that I just had to have when the new catalogue came out. The card base is Cameo Coral and the paper I used is from the Pink Flamingo Designer Series Paper pack.
Sometimes it's difficult to get an idea of the designer series papers from the catalogue so our wonderful leader Gail Force 1 has made us all a sample book of each of the paper packs in the current catalogue, it's a much easier way to have a look at the papers before you choose. Feel free to contact me for a look if you are in the Berwick area.
Oh and by the way, we will be doing the Tri Fold Card at our stamp club get together on Wednesday 5th August. There are still a couple of places left if you are interested in joining. Send me an email to

Monday, July 6, 2009

Mitchell's Ben 10 Birthday

Mitchell turned 6 on Saturday and had a Ben 10 themed party so naturally that meant a Ben 10 card. Obviously there are no Ben 10 stamps so I came up with an unusual solution. I used some Ben 10 tattoos that Mitchell had won at Kiara's party and following the usual instructions, tattooed them on to gloss card. Then I made a never ending card using Always Artichoke card and Urban Oasis DSP. He thought it was pretty cool.

Never Ending Card - July Stamp Club

Last Monday some of the ladies from our group got together and Felicity taught us all how to do the Never Ending Card. This card is very cool. It's a square card and you open it up on the front then keep opening another three times until you end up back at the front again. We did it for the July Stamp Club project. For this one I used the Big Bold Birthday stamp set. The paper is some old Designer Series Paper in So Saffron. On page 135 you can see the So Saffron paper in new designs. There are also 7 other fantastic colours.

Dawn's Birthday Card

I made this card for my dear friend Dawn. You might remember she is the lady that likes bling so I thought I'd add a bit. Dawn sells bags and is also a lover of shoes so when I came across these charms some time ago I grabbed them specifically for her card. The card stock colours are Elegant Eggplant, Lavender Lace and Brushed Silver (page 130 of 09/10 Stampin' Up! Catalogue) I did the edges with the new eyelet border punch. This punch is fancier than I would normally go for but it was just so pretty I had to buy it. It looks gorgeous in Whisper White or Very Vanilla and if you put it through a crimper it looks like lace. To get the Letters onto the brushed silver card I stamped the letters in Versamark, then Elegant Eggplant ink and sprinkled them with clear embossing powder. Then I used my heat gun to emboss them. The Boho Blossoms Punch was used for the little flower under the bling hearts.

Warped sense of humour

Have you ever been sent an email with funny pictures and thought it was worth saving? I was once sent the picture below and decided I would recreate it and give it to a friend for his birthday. Well I thought it was funny!! I used All in the Family stamp set with the stamp-a-ma-jig to line up all the body parts and sponged around them.

Sunday, June 21, 2009


Once again I had a go at doing some challenges. The first one is a scrap page from the layout pictured left. I used the Urban Oasis Designer Series Paper and the Fifth Avenue Floral Stamp set. I added a Metal Rim Tag and some of the great new Designer Brads in the current catalogue. The colours are Kiwi Kiss and Baja Breeze.

The second challenge was a card challenge using the colours Rose Red, Perfect Plum and Old Olive. Now I like to use all of these colours but I would never have thought to put them together and I must say I really struggled with this challenge, but that is what they are all about, bringing us out of our usual style and stretching us. I'm pretty happy with the final result but it did not come easily to me. The cute little scallop buckle on the ribbon is from the Silver Hodgepodge Kit.

Faux Tile or Grid Technique for June Stamp Club

For this months stamp club we did the Faux Tile or Grid Technique. This is a really easy and effective technique and is simply created using a bone scorer or any other scoring tool and a ruler or cutter with a groove to help score straight. Once you have scored your card you can use either side and stamp, sponge or emboss it. The first card uses the Inspired by Nature stamp set and the colours are Old Olive, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla. The second card uses the Upsy Daisy stamp set. With this one I scored the card then stamped the Daisy's in Night of Navy then brayered over it with Ballet Blue. Then I covered the whole piece of card with versamark and clear embossing powder and heat embossed it. The greeting is from the Level 1 Hostess set Best Yet.

Finding your own style

When you have been making cards or scrapbooking for a while you may notice that your work has taken on a particular look or style. We each have our own style, mine as you will notice from my posts is quite simple. Dawn, one of the ladies in our social stamp and scrap group loves Bling and often adds lots of it to her cards. This card has been done by Helen in the style that we have come to know as a 'Dawn card'. I think it's a lovely card so thought you might all like to see it. Dawn uses double sided tape around the edge of the card and then sprinkles the glitter onto the tape, pressing down lightly to make sure it is attached. The stamp is from the Pretty Princess set form the 2008/09 catalogue.

Remember when it comes to papercrafting, there are no rules and even if you find yourself settling into a particular style, mix it up occasionally. If I see a card or scrap page that I really like I try to work out what it is about it that attracts me and then have a go at recreating something similar. Thanks to Helen Sucher for submitting this card to put on the blog.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Extra FREE products for Hostesses

That's right, Hostesses who hold a $600 or more workshop during the months of June or July will receive an additional $40.00 in hostess free dollars to be spent on any product from the current Stampin' Up! Ideas Book and Catalogue. This means not only does the hostess get to choose a level 1 or level 2 exclusive hostess stamp set for free and earn $70 worth of free product that they would normally earn for a $600 workshop, they get an additional $40 giving them $110 to spend. Gotta love that!

If you would like to host a workshop during June or July, please email me at and we'll arrange a time. Remember it's school holidays in June, some of your friends might be looking for a night away from the kids and if you host the workshop at my place in Berwick you don't even need to worry about how tidy your house is.

Some Birthday Cards

Here are a few birthday cards that I've made over the last couple of weeks.
Andrea's Hedgehog Card:
While most of the products I use are current Stampin' Up! products I do use other products when I'm creating for myself, and the cute hedgehog stamp is one I borrowed from my friend Dawn and is not a Stampin' Up! stamp. The other items used on this card are from Stampin' Up! The colours are Cameo Coral and Very Vanilla. The 'so Glad we're friends' sentiment stamp is from the level 1 hostess set 'Best Yet', the ribbon is very vanilla 1.6cm Grosgrain, the cute little silver buckle is from the Silver Hodgepodge set and I used the Scallop Edge punch for the right hand side.
Cheers to you:
This card was made for my dear friend Mark. I have used some retired Designer Series Paper and matched the colours. I think these are great colours for a mens card. The beer and 'cheers to you' stamp are from the 'Cheers to you' set and the ribbon is Choc chip 1/4" Grosgrain. I used a sponge dauber and choc chip ink to sponge around the very vanilla card.
Six year old boy card:
I used quite a few different techniques on this card. The water was done using the baby swipe technique while the sand was sponged using three different colours. The lovely whale is from the 'Pun Fun' stamp set. When I put this stamp set together I cut the sentiments off the main picture and mounted them on the side of the stamp, that way you can use the picture and the sentiment separately or together. I stamped the whale on watercolour paper with Stazon, coloured him in then cut him out. The star fish is from the retired 'Fishy friends' set. I just couldn't part with this set when it retired and still use it often for childrens cards.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Watercolour Mothers Day Card

After we had a play with the water colouring, we went on to do a card for Mothers Day. The card at the top is the one that I created using the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set and the background paper is from the Haiku pack of designer series paper. Everyone made their own card using colours and papers that they preferred and we ended up with some very different cards as you can see in the picture below.

Watercolouring - May Stamp Club

Water colour crayons, pencils, pens, ink pads and ink refills, there are so many different tools available for water colouring, it's often difficult to know which one suits you the best. So this month for stamp club we had a play with the different options. We started by stamping either the whale or the hippo from the Pun fun set onto watercolour paper and then practiced building up the colour to give our design a round look. I usually use three colours, starting with the lightest colour, then add a darker colour or more of the same colour to give a darker look. By building up the colour a bit at a time it is easier to get a more 3D look to the image rather than a flat look. I also showed how to use reinkers to do a colour wash background. I put a few drops of reinker into a paint palette and added water then using a brush gradually swiped each colour across until I had the effect I liked. I punched a small circle out of a post it note for the moon and stuck it on before I did the colour wash. Then I took it off and sponged a bit of colour on it to give it some texture. The grass is stamped with Inspired by Nature, one of my favourite sets from the new Stampin' Up! catalogue. I used 2 different green inks to give the grass a bit of difference. Eventually I will incorporate these practice samples into a card.

Andrea's visit

Hi all

It's been a while since I've posted but I have a good excuse. My girlfriend Andrea came to visit me from England and we spent 3 weeks being tourists. We had a wonderful time and as a local I was surprised how much we have to offer in Victoria. It had been a very long time since I had visited some of our wonderful attractions and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. In the time she was here we managed to visit St Kilda Esplanade market and Luna Park, Healseville Sanctuary, William Ricketts sanctuary, Melbourne city of course, Penguin Parade at Philip Island, Mornington Peninsula where Andrea went horse riding on the beach and we even went to Sydney for the day! The photo is of Andrea hand feeding the birds at Grants picnic ground in the Dandenongs.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Kiara's Rainbow Fish birthday card

This is my attempt at a rainbow fish card for Kiara's 5th birthday. I embossed the outline of the fish in silver on watercolour paper. I used water colour crayons and inks to colour the fish and did a wash with reinkers on the background.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Stampin' Up! Annual Convention 2009

Hi all,

I have just returned from the Stampin' Up! annual Convention in Canberra and had an absolute ball. All of the 9 members of our team were able to attend so we had just as much fun socialising as attending the Convention Events. We spent 2 days learning how to be better demonstrators, leaders to our downlines and just having heaps of fun. I have come away with motivation and inspiration. Above is a photo of me with Shelli Gardner the cofounder and CEO of Stampin' Up!
Keep checking my blog for photos and more information on what we saw and did at Convention.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

All in the Family Birthday Card

It's my stepfathers birthday on Good Friday and he and my mum are taking Mitchell to Eildon on Thursday so I made a card for Mitchell to give to him. The stamp set is All in the Family, such a cute and versatile stamp set. The base card is Pumpkin Pie and the matting is Close to Cocoa, the ribbon is 5/8 Vanilla Grossgrain and the cute little star brad is from the Silver Hodge Podge. I stamped Mitchell and Woody in Stazon on Water Colour paper and coloured it in using water colour crayons and stamp pad inks. The sign was stamped using Short Order Alphabet on Very Vanilla card stock and I swished over it with my aqua painter to give it a kind of smudged look, brushed the edge along a stamp pad to define it and attached it to the card using dimensionals. Hope he likes it.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Triangle gift box with easter eggs inside for stamp club members

I saw these cute triangle boxes on splitcoast stampers and wanted to try them. I had all this lovely Designer Series Paper that is now retired so I thought I'd use some up and make these boxes for my stamp club members. I think they are really cute and super easy to make. They had a couple of little eggs in them too, yum!

April Stamp Club - 3 cards

This month we did the babywipe technique and made three cards. We normally do 1 or 2 cards depending on how time consuming they are to make and the degree of difficulty but there are three great ways to use the babywipe technique and I wanted to show them all.

To do this technique you firstly take a babywipe, fold it in quarters and drip some drops of ink from your reinkers onto it. The area only needs to be as big as the stamp you are going to use if you are making your own stamp pad. The reinkers colours we used below are Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue and Pacific Point.

Card 1 - Baby wipe technique, create your own stamp pad

This is the first card we made. The stamp set is Eastern Blooms. We stamped the large flower onto the babywipe and then onto gloss card stock. Then we punched it out with the 5-petal flower punch. The blossom was done by colouring the stamp with markers. The branch is Certainly Celery and the blossoms are Taken with Teal. The main card is Taken with Teal and the ribbon and mount card are Certainly Celery. The 'Wish Big' is from the Short and Sweet set and was punched with the word window punch.

Card 2 - Baby wipe technique, swipe

This card has been made with two of the wonderful new 'in colours' Pacific Point and Tangarine Tango. I love both of these colours but then I tend to go for the strong colours. To do the background for this one just swipe the babywipe across the gloss cardstock. The stamp set used is Ocean Commotion and the 'Make a wish" is from the Big bold birthday set. The seahorse and Tangarine Tango ovals are punched with the large oval punch and the 'Make a wish' was punched using the word window punch.

Card 3 - Baby wipe technique, dabbing.

This is the third card we did. It is a very simple design using the new Cheers to You set. The card colour is Gable Green and the blue is Tempting Turquoise both from the Bold Brights colour family. The beer and 'Cheers to you' are stamped in Tempting Turquoise. To do the babywipe back ground you dab the baby wipe randomly on glass card.

Playing around with the baby wipe technique

I had decided we were going to do the baby wipe technique at this months stamp club so I was playing around with colour combinations and cards and this is one I ended up with. It was a little to detailed for stamp club with limited time but I thought I'd put it on here to show you all.

The card colours are black, bashful blue and certainly celery but it's a bit difficult to make out the colours on the scan because I used dimensionals to raise up the main design so the celery looks a bit grey.

Friday, April 3, 2009


As a demonstrator I get to join some great yahoo support groups. One of the groups I belong to is run by some very talented and energetic ladies. Not only do they run their own Stampin' Up! businesses and look after many downlines, they put a lot of time and effort into the group. One of the many things they do is set challenges for us to participate in if we want to. The idea of a challenge is to give us guidelines to work within and use colours, or stamp sets or layouts that we may not normally use and therefore stretch our creativity. The picture above is one such challenge. It is a sketch outline challenge. I have never participated in a challenge before but decided it was about time I gave one a go.