Thursday, December 23, 2010

2010 Christmas Cards

Now that I think most have received them I can now post these up. This year I used the ornament punch again but did something totally different. Here is my card from last year where I did an easel card. This year I decided to use some of our new products including the new shimmer paints and the new lattice embossing folder. I have also used some of the new wide striped grosgrain ribbon, the new scallop trim border punch and the new antique brads. This year's card was inspired by this one here using the 'inlaid technique' I think it's called. Not sure if you can tell from the pic but I have used the shimmer paints to create a glittered background (oh gotta luv glitter at Christmas time hey). To create this glitter look, you mix a couple of drops of the shimmer paint (I used the champagne one on the this card) with some Isocol rubbing alcohol (you can find this green bottle in the medical section in the supermarket) in a mist bottle or spray bottle (I get mine from Howards Storage World or you could use an old Stampin' Mist bottle) then shake it up and spray on to your cardstock and let it dry (doesn't take long).

Friday, December 17, 2010

Desk Set

This project has come from the enormously talented Jenny Moors. I purchased the tutorial from her and made one as per her colour choice and loved it so much I made another one in a different colour scheme for a close friend who loved it! I will definitely be making more of these. It contains a set of three cards with matching envelopes. Visit her blog for plenty of inspiration. Her tutorials are listed down the righthand side of her blog and are very afordable and easy to follow.
I have another idea for this so stay tuned for more next week in another colour combo.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Melbourne Regional Conference

Shame on me for taking so long to post but life has continued to be VERY crazy. Not long now until I finish work - YAY!!! Then you can expect to see a lot more on here - I PROMISE! Ok warning - this is a LONG post, sorry, trying to make up for lost time.

What I have for you today are the swaps I made for the recent regional conference in Melbourne plus what I received back from others when I swapped. This year for the first time instead of making 60 odd swaps all the same, I decided to break up the boredom and do three different designs. First was an ice cream cone using the new lattice embossing folder from the upcoming Mini Catalogue.
Next was a cute little Christmas wreath door made using the Welcome Christmas stamp set embellished with some Rich Razzleberry Ribbon and an antique brad for the handle.

and finally, my favourite, some little easel desk top calendars. You see I am a HUGE cup cake fan, just scan back through the posts to see more... so I thought this was a great idea.I purchase my little calendars from here. I have used the Simple Birthday Thanks stamp and stamped onto DSP then cut out, used my tombo adhesive glue and adhered them to some whisper white card to give them some strength, decorated with some ribbon and antique brads (luv these) and assembled onto the easel frame. Finally I decorated with some rhinestones or pearls.

Lastly here are the gorgeous swaps that I received back from everyone I swapped with.

I will be back soon with the completed make and takes from the conference, you see I have to finish them first LOL!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Christmas All Bundled Up Stampin' Up! Style

Christmas will be here before we know it so now is the best time to get organised and what better way to do it with some FREE ribbon from Stampin' Up!
Simply purchase any of the specially selected bundles below....
then you can choose one of the ribbons below for FREE!
Be sure to place your order soon to avoid disappointment as these gorgeous ribbons may run out very soon. This special is only available until the end of November. Call me today to place your order on 0414 400 841 or email me at

Saturday, October 23, 2010

It's that time of year again....

Yes another group of girls have now graduated and once again my house (the RED house at school) made some parting gifts for the year 12's in our house. (You can click here to see what we made last year) This year we made little boxes using the Top Note Die and made a little gift card to go inside sticking with the owl theme. Inside the card was a little quote (each girl had their own quote particular to them and their personality). The girls were thrilled with their little gift and I hope they treasure them for years to come. Each graduating box came with its own little tassle (in red of course), the card uses the owl from Fox and Friends and the sentiment is the Happy Grad Set. The graduating hat on the owl is stamped and cut out from the Great Grads set. Click here to see instructions to make the box. I have included a collage of the girls in production mode from one of our crafting sessions - the girls really love making them and look forward to it each year. I found the idea for these cute little graduation boxes here.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Black Magic

I can't believe how long it has taken me to post something new. Not that I want to make excuses but I have been flat out with my students preparing for exams, writing reports (who would be a teacher huh!) oh and am I allowed to have a holiday in there somewhere! Anyway I had to get my butt organised and work out what to do at stamp club on the weekend and this is what I came up with. It is a technique called black magic. Each month my stamp clubees (is this even a word - LOL) learn a new technique and make some cards using that technique. I found an idea for the tree card on SCS and then I wanted to use some of my new stamps for the other card and this is what I came up with. The swirl is from the gorgeous new set called Elements of Style. I always like to find ways to use my non-Christmas themed stamps for Christmas cards in a way they were not intended. The tree also comes from a non-christmas set called Lovely as a Tree. Anyway once I stamped the swirl on the card I decided to leave it as is and not colour it like the tree - I think the classic look looks just as effective. I am so in love with the new ribbon and the new sentiment set Curly Cute. Thanks for looking. Did you notice my new watermark?

Friday, September 10, 2010

NEW Colours, NEW punches, NEW embellishments.....

What more could a girl want right? It was the best day EVER yesterday!!! All my new goodies arrived. Let me confess.....I am in love with Cherry Cobbler! It is the most beautiful red I have ever worked with. Here are some of the projects for my New Catalogue Launch this weekend. I have used everything NEW on the card, the only thing not new is the Very Vanilla Cardstock. Colours used are; Cherry Cobbler (of course), Early Espresso, and Very Vanilla. I have used the new Scallop trim border punch, the new Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, the new stamp set Contempo Christmas, the new 1/8" Early Espresso Ribbon, some new Jolly Holiday DSP and lastly but most importantly some NEW BLING!!! The little birdhouse is made using the new Mini Milk Carton die and the Woodgrain background stamp. How cute is the Two-step Owl Punch? Stay tuned for more cute projects....

Saturday, September 4, 2010

New Post-it-note Holder

With the new catalogue comes the task of making all new samples with all the fabulous new products. So here is a taste of what I have been up to....this is a newer version of a post-it-note holder I made about a year ago here. This one uses the Greenhouse Gala DSP and the Friends Never Fade Stamp set. You may also notice a new punch - it's called the Modern Label punch. I have assembled some build-a-brads using some of the DSP and adhered them to some big shot flowers from the Birds & Blooms Sizzlit. Check back tomorrow for some more samples using this stamp set....

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Baby Bundle

Just when you thought I was all baby'd out after the baby shower a couple of weeks ago, I come out with this LOL. I found the idea here from the wonderfully creative Jackie Topa. Well the fact is two of my friends are very close to delivery and one has just had a little girl, so I am surrounded by babies and preggy tummies :) So of course I have to be prepared and make the cards to give them with their presents. I have used a new stamp set from the new catty called Baby Bundle. This is the cutest little set, well it's not really little as it comes with 16 stamps and is only $49.95 in wood mount or $39.95 in clear mount. I will make a boy one of these too to cover my bases for the babies still to come. Hopefully it will be my turn one day..... Thanks for looking.....

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The WAIT is over!!!!!!

The New Stampin' Up! 2010-2011 Catalogue is here and it is super exciting with so many gorgeous new stamp sets, embellishments, beautiful papers and of course dont forget the all new colour families. If you want to get your hands on the new products all you have to do is contact me for your own copy of the catalogue sent straight to your door for a small fee. Alternatively, you can get one for FREE with every $100 order or if you host your own workshop. Want more info? Call me today on 0414 400 841 or email me at Even better would be to reserve your place at my New Catalogue Launch on the 12th September where you can experience the new products first hand and make some projects with some of the new papers, stamp sets and embellishments. Watch this space for some ideas and samples using some of the new products.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Ornament Punch Flower Boxes

Here is a sneak peek at what I will be demonstrating tomorrow at the Paperific Show. They are roses made out of the ornament punch attached to little boxes that would hold several cards and envelopes or a gift for someone special. (learn how to make the roses here) The ornament punch is one of the new punches available in the new catalogue which goes live on Wednesday. Call me for your own copy sent to your door. I also have a poster on display with many cards using this punch, it really is sooooooo versatile. If you want to learn how easy these roses are to make, get on down to the show tomorrow and say 'Hi' and visit me and the other girls at the Stampin' Up! stand. Hope to see you there:)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Paperific is starting tomorrow!!!

Come visit our stand at the show over the weekend. We have an awesome display for you to see including some of the gorgeous new products that will be available from Wednesday next week. Come and be inspired by our gorgeous creations and have a go at our 'make and take station' or be blown away by our demonstrations. Pick up a showbag with the new catalogue plus some specials only available to attendees at the show all for only $10. See you at the show! Click on the picture above for more information.

Last minute further discounts - GET IN QUICK!!!

As the end of the month is fast approaching, Stampin' Up! have reduced even more the prices of some items that are discontinuing. Click here to see the list. Some punches and cardstock as well as Designer Series Papers are now 50% off. Don't forget once 1st September comes, this stock will no longer be available to purchase. Call me TODAY to place your order on 0414 400 841.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

All baby showered a WINNER!!!

Ok I know I said I was exhausted last night but I really mean it tonight. I have just got home from the baby shower and all was a HUGE success. Mum-to-be Penny was thrilled and totally blown away by the whole day. I am back to show you some pics of the prizes and the baby shower favours. I made 8 Mini Milk Carton boxes (idea found here) and decorated them for prizes and I made 26 Baby Shower favours (made some of these before, click here) for everyone to take home plus one BIG one for Penny to keep. Each Mini Milk Carton had a couple of Lindt Balls in them and the Baby Carriages each had a Freddo frog inside a baby sock in them. I have used a lot of new things which will be available from the 1st September in the NEW CATALOGUE. If you have not yet registered for my Launch Party, do so today to secure your spot and see all the fabulous new products. I am also annoucing the winner of the diaper cake guess. There is in fact 74 nappies. So congratulations to Dee who was the closest guess. Please email me at with your address details and I will send out your prize shortly.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Baby Shower Card

I am totally exhausted!!! Have spent all day finalising preparations for the Baby Shower tomorrow but I thought I would finish off with the baby shower card. Totally cased this card but feel terrible because I cant find the original - when I find it again I will link it here. I havent made a square card for like ages and had to dig up my square envelopes :) This card uses some retired DSP as well as some current (not for too much longer though) plus I have used the new stamp set Baby Bundle and the new Butterfly Embosslit (sooooooooo gorgeous) and the new Vintage Embossing Folder. The ribbon is from the ribbon promo earlier in the year plus a button that has also retired :( Am gonna miss some of these colours but am totally in love with the new colour reno - you are all gonna love it too. Cant wait to get my colour bundle and make some new projects with all the new colours. I have also used the Scallop Envelope Die.
I will post the winner from the Baby Shower Cake guess tomorrow (it's not too late to guess, click here to have a go and you may win some Blog Candy from the new Catalogue) as well as many other pics of various things I made for the shower - stay tuned......

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Baby Shower Cake

This is something I have been working on for a while, couldnt face it all in one sitting. I have just finished it, there is nothing like 'creating' on a Saturday night (ok I have no life alright, well I have a footy obsessed husband actually). This is for my SIL for her baby shower next weekend. I have also made a heap of baby shower favours but I will post them next week. Clearly we don't know what she is having hence all the yellow and green (oops I mean Certainly Celery and So Saffron hehehe) but it was a great opportunity to use all that ribbon I accumulated from the ribbon promotion earlier in the year. I have used the Fox & Friends stamp set plus the new Baby Tees Wheel. I decided to make it a rubber ducky theme cos it worked well with the colour scheme. I have stuffed it with bibs, socks etc.. I took inspiration from this one. Plus the bonus was with all the pics I took I decided to have a play with the Picasa Collage feature - so much fun :) It is super easy, might see what else I can do.....
I am going to offer some 'Blog Candy' as a little treat for a change. If you can guess how many nappies are in this cake, you will win a prize. It will be a pack of sample embellishments from the New Catalogue. The first person to guess correctly will win. I will leave this going for the week, if no-one has guessed correctly, I will award the prize to the closest guess.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Retiring Colours

Thought I would challenge myself tonight and use colours I don't normally use (I had not even opened the pack of cardstock for some of these colours LOL!) Since many colours are retiring I thought I would try a project using some of them. Colours used include Brilliant Blue, Taken with Teal (both retiring colours) and Tempting Turquoise. The DSP is from the Pink Flamingo Pack (50% off down to $8.48) and the verse is from Curvy Verses. This card also incorporates the Baby Wipe technique - my Stamp Club will be doing this technique on Sunday. You may also notice something NEW! The decorative border is one of the new GORGEOUS punches coming out next month, only two weeks to go - YAY!!! Don't forget my New Catalogue Launch Event on the 12th September. If you haven't registered yet, make sure you get in contact with me to reserve your place. There are still a few places left. Email me at or call me on 0414 400 841.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Another 40th card

This was so much fun to make. I must thank Crafty Cow for her awesome tutorial which made it so easy. Can you believe it is all made from punches! I guess you are wondering why Elvis? Well this guy I made the card for is an absolute Elvis mad crazy fan and he is a great guitarist. He plays his stuff often and I swear you would think it's the King himself! So I couldnt resist having a go at this - as we all know man cards are difficult to come up with at the best of times. Sorry I havent posted much for a while, I have had a lot going on recently, all will be revealed shortly. Mostly I have been preparing for my SIL's baby shower. Will show you all these cute projects in a couple of weeks. Plus I have been preparing for the upcoming Paperific Show. We will be revealing the all new and totally FABULOUS Stampin' Up! 2010-2011 catalogue. So get along to the show and see all the new things and pick up a showbag. Thanks for looking.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Going, going GONE!

Throughout the month of August is the last chance for you to get retiring products and many of those at discounted prices, some even up to 50% off. Click here or on the picture above to see the list. So dont wait until it's too late, place your order today before it's all GONE. Products are running out of stock quickly so dont delay. With every order over $100 I will send you a FREE copy of the new catalogue when it arrives or alternatively you could book a workshop so you can see all of the new fabulous products for yourself and your friends and have a fun afternoon creating together. September is booked out already. I have a New Catalogue Launch Party coming up on the 12th September. This is where you can get a taste of the new stamps, accessories, dies, papers and embellishments and take home a project made with some new products. Places are limited. Email me at or call on 0414 400 841 to secure a place.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Another Baby Shower....

This time for my other SIL Penny. Been working on these (nearly 30 of them) for a couple of days with some little helpers in my SIL Nicole and her husband Shane can you believe it - he loved it. I got this idea from one of the swaps I received at Convention, sorry cant remember who it was but the one I got was pretty pink, cant do pink ones for this shower as we dont know what sex the baby is yet so thought yellow and green would be the way to go or should I say So Saffron and Old Olive/Certainly Celery. These are made using the Scallop Circle Bigz Die. Folding the cardstock first you line it up just inside the edge of the scallops (i left four scallops outside the fold line) and run it through the BIG SHOT. I have then cut several of the same die with DSP and cut them in half and stuck to the bottom half of the carousel. I have used my circle punches for the wheels with some silver brads and then the Eyelet border punch for the trim. I have used the two oval punches for the handles and then tied some 1/4" Grosgrain for the bow. As there is not much room inside the invitation I created a simple little little fold so the invite opens up as you open the card - nift hey! Thanks for looking. Stay tuned for more baby shower projects as I am in the process of making a diaper cake and some baby shower favours.
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