Friday, December 23, 2011

More Wedding ideas....

You may remember the wedding collection I posted last month, well I have been putting together some other ideas using the same black and white theme.
I got the idea for this funky folded invite here. I have used the new wedding stamp set Marry Me and embossed it with black embossing powder. The scallop oval has been embossed with the vintage wallpaper folder with the Big Shot and then sprayed with vanilla shimmer smooch spritz. I have given her an engagement ring using a rhinestone and a little glitter on her veil edging and for her tiara. The flowers around the edge come from the set You are Loved and the inside invite uses the Love Blossoms wheel and the trim is using the dotted scallop ribbon border punch.
I also did an alternate cover for the pocket invite I posted last time. This one uses the textured Vanilla Cardstock with the belly band using the lace border punch, some black satin ribbon and an antique brad.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

2011 Christmas Cards

This year I decided to do two designs, both taking a little longer than expected but at least they are now done, here's hoping people actually receive them by Christmas day :)
The first one uses a technique called ribbon weaving, perfect for a wreath I think. You can see a tutorial here. I used 1.5 metres of Garden Green grosgrain ribbon for this one. I have used the glitter paper for the berries and an antique brad for the door handle. The door has been stamped using the Woodgrain background stamp. The sentiment comes from Curly Cute, I really love that set. The second one (inspired by this card) is a Big Shot overload - man I love that machine! I have used the tulips embossing folder for the outside, the tasteful trim die for the pattern piece at the bottom, the two tags die and the perfect pennants die with the welcome christmas stamp embossed with cherry cobbler. The sentiment comes from Snow Swirled. And finally I have punched a star from the red glitter paper. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Stamp Club Update

My Stamp Club recently finished up for the year and I realised that I had not posted October's projects either so today you will see what we did in the last TWO stamp clubs for the year. Firstly, in October we focused on Christmas and here are the two cards we made. I taught my members the Partial Embossing technique using the petals-a-plenty folder. Tutorial found here. One of my fellow demos (thanks Jane) taught me this technique at a show earlier in the year and I thought it would be perfect to save up for this card. The other card uses some of the new folders in this years catalogue and the new embossing powder in Cherry Cobbler. I also used the Letters to Santa DSP and the new Stocking Punch. More recently this month we did some special cards using the telescoping technique. You can see a tutorial for this technique here. All my ladies loved both lots of cards and some used them as their Christmas cards this year for the their family and friends. Lastly, in addition to the telescope cards we made, I put together this cute little snowman (thanks to Becky Roberts for the idea) It used a battery operated tea light candle for his nose - isnt it cute! Due to the success of my stamp club and many requests to join I now have two clubs running for next year. Thanks for visiting today.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Wedding Collection - ESAD Summer Mini Catalogue Blog Hop

Welcome to my blog today for a special event - the ESAD Summer Mini Catalogue Blog Hop! You may have come from Christie's blog if you are doing the hop, make sure you click on the link at the end of the post to see more of our creations at the next stop.

What is ESAD? ESAD stands for 'Extra Special Australian Demonstrators' and it is an online group just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin' Up! demonstrators. We so love what we do and not only do we love to share it with our customers, friends and wonderful blog visitors, but we share our love for what we do with each other as demonstrators. We run swaps, challenges, tutorials, product know-how and cyberstamps, and we are always there to help and support each other when it is needed. So if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand, then please feel free to click here to join our wonderful group.
So what have I got for you today? It is a cute little wedding collection including an invitation, favour and place card. I got this cute idea from my friend Madeline Morcelo, she originally designed this as a gift card wallet (it was a project part of an Inkspirations4U Summer Edition) but I thought it would make an awesome wedding invitation. I have used the new You are Loved Stamp set and matching Love Blossoms wheel from the New Summer Mini Catalogue relelased TODAY. It is intended as a Valentine's set but I think it works really well for weddings too. I have also used the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, the Neutrals DSP, Black Satin Ribbon and Scallop Oval punch. The favour was made using the Pillow Box Die. I cut it using cardstock vellum through my Big Shot. I then used the Parlor Prints Background stamp with VersaMark and embossed with black embossing powder. The hearts were hand cut on the belly band of the invite. I have used envelopes (cut off at approx. 5") to create the pockets and punched the half circle with the 1" circle punch. These hold the invite in the top and then the acceptance and registry info in the bottom two pockets. You could have as few or as many pockets as you need.Here is another collection using the same stamp set and wheel. This time I have created an invitation with a matching favour using the Fancy Favour Die and a place card (dont look too closely at my horrible handwriting) with a trim using the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch. This collection was inspired by Yvonne Campbell. Thanks for visiting today, now you can head off to Jenny Hayward's blog to see what she has been up to. Thanks for joining in the fun of the hop......

Friday, November 25, 2011

Swap from Regional Conference

Here is the swap I made for the recent Stampin' Up! Regional Conference in Melbourne. I wanted to use some of the new products in the upcoming Mini Catalogue being released on December 1 (yes this is your sneak peek) and these include the new glimmer paper, and the Postage Stamp Punch. There are lots more beautiful things that you will love and great timing for Christmas. I also do gift vouchers if you would like them for friends and family. If you would like me to send you a FREE copy of the Summer Mini Catalogue, just drop me an email with your address to
I wanted to have a Christmas theme for my swap and I thought the glimmer paper would be perfect for this. I have also used the top note die in the background as well as the itty bitty punches and triple layer bouquet punch for the bows on the presents. The presents are punched from the GORJUS Mocha Morning Specialty DSP, it has some beautiful papers in it that have flocking, not sure if you can tell from the pic (it's so nice to touch). Thanks for visiting today. There will be more sneak peeks coming next week PLUS I have a super surprise on December 1st so dont forget to come back and visit again soon.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Baby Mania

It seems I am surrounded by babies recently so I must make baby cards to keep up. Here is a boy and girl version of a card I CASED from cant remember where sorry. Some of these things are retired on the girl version but the boy one uses some cute images from the new Baby Bundle Stamp Set. I have used my Big Shot letters and large Scallop Circle Die. I used my Circle Scissor Plus to cut the inner circle and the Polka Dot Embossing Folder for the background.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

November is a BIG DEAL!!!

If you glance over the pages of my blog, you would see evidence of the Big Shot on nearly every project. Why? Because I love it so much and am, dare I say, "addicted". If you have ever thought about taking the plunge and getting one of your is the time. November is Big Shot specials month. There is a special starter bundle plus a great selection of dies and embossing folders all available at 10% off. PLUS the extra bonus from me is lots of creative ideas to use your machine once you get it. So dont think about it any longer, think of the all the gorgeous gifts for Christmas you could create for all your friends and family, and who doesnt love receiving a handmade gift? This special is only available until November 30. You can email me at or phone on 0414400841 if you would like to order your very own. Click here for more info.

Inkspirations4U project

I am very honoured to be a designer for Madeline and her team over at Inkspirations4U. This round had a Christmas theme and this time I decided to create a Christmas Card Organiser. I included a template for recording the cards sent and received over the years. It was super cute and had pockets made from full sheets of DSP to keep your cards in ready to send. I used the Big shot for the letters and decorated using the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch and the new Vanilla Velvet Stitched Ribbon. Thanks for visiting today.

Creative Jenny

One of my Demo team is so talented but she doesnt have a blog so I asked her if she didnt mind if I posted the gorgeous card (and matching envelope) she made for my new baby boy on my blog. I love how she made the card to match the colours in the beautiful blanket she gave him. Super Cute Jenny, thanks so much.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Build-a-Bear Fun

Have been wanting to play with my Build-a-Bear dies for ages and it wasnt til my friend Denise had a go that then I was inspired....I loved her Pirate so much that I totally CASED it then I needed a girly one so made this can see my FAV Wisteria Wonder in use again :)

Stamp Club September - New Products

Ok, now this post is WAY overdue (Sorry Roanne and Nikki). The focus for stamp club in September is always the release of the new catalogue and I thought these cards showcased some of the exciting newbies, including the new 'In Colors' and the new 'Mocha Specialty DSP'. I have also used some of the new stamps inlcuding Kindness Matters, Best of Everything, Forever Young and Four Frames. Cant forget those embellishments, I have also used the new Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border and the Lace Ribbon Border punches, and the GORJUS new Ruffled Ribbon in the new Wisteria Wonder (definitely my FAV new colour). Now to post last months stamp club......

Monday, September 26, 2011

I'm an Auntie again!

And another excuse to make cute baby cards. Our little William now has a cousin. My brother and his wife had a little girl on the weekend, little Ava Jessica. I have been wanting to make one of these telescope cards for ages. When I saw this, I just couldn't resist and what better way to show off the new Little Additions stamp set - I just love it! I used ALL but 2 of the 21 stamps in this set. So I got busy recreating just changing a few colours for a girl theme. Here is a link to the tutorial if you wanna make one, super easy but love the WOW factor. I really love the new Mini Silver Brads too - too cute!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Got my Mojo back....

Ok I know its been a while but I have a VERY VERY good excuse....I am happy to announce that our little baby William was born late July and hence I have been a little distracted of late. Motherhood is FULL ON! However, I am glad to be back in my craft room doing some creating. I have recreated this gorgeous cute box from one of the projects created by Martha Lucia Gomez over at the latest Inkspirations4U. I am a designer for this group that is run by the fabulous Madeline Morcelo. I put this project together to showcase some of the beautiful new Designer Series Papers, Stamp Sets and Big Shot Designer Frames as well as the gorgeous new seam binding all from the NEW Idea Book and Catalogue just released this month. The paper on the front panel is from the new Mocha Morning Specialty Papers, it has flocking on it and I soooooo love it! Can't go wrong with butterflies if you ask me, this little beauty comes from the new Creative Elements Stamp set. If you too would like to recreate this beautiful box, come join the Early Fall Edition of Inkspirations4U and enjoy many other great project ideas. Look forward to seeing you in there.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Baby Shower Thank-you Cards

I have finally got these finished -YAY! Now to get them in the post before the baby arrives.... I have been thinking and planning the announcements and got distracted with them but I forced myself to get these out of the way today and now my reward is to do the annoucements - yay more work LOL! I have stuck with the Baja Breeze theme but I have used some retired DSP. Everything else is current. I used the scallop trim border punch and matching corner punch to complete the frame. The sentiments come from Sincere Salutations and Tiny Tags. I have used my absolute favourite ribbon - the White Organza Ribbon and embossed the middle panel with the Polka dots embossing folder. Once again I can't complete a project without using my Big Shot. In the centre of the rattle you will see one of the button embosslits and I embossed the rattle handle with white embossing powder as well as as the 'baby' tag. Lots of work here but all worth it.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Stamp Club #5 - Bleaching

When Kirsty Brown demonstrated this technique at Convention in May I was so inspired and couldn't wait to give it a go. She called her presentation 'Bleaching and Butterflies', her two favourites apparently. Well I love butterflies too so she had my attention straight away. After stamping for nearly 15 years it sometimes takes a bit to get a 'WOW' out of me these days but this was so simple yet sooooooooo impressively effective. I made a special effort to make sure I taught my Stamp Club ladies on my last club meeting before I take a break to have my baby. I treated them plus made them work a little harder than normal and we did THREE fairly time consuming cards mainly cos I wont see them for a few months. The first card was the one Kirsty showed first as part of her presentation. I loved this instantly as anyone who knows me knows I LOVE PINK!!!! And.....I love the Elements of Style stamp set which is perfect for this technique The butterfly card she made was my absolute favourite. The ladies didnt make this one but I demonstrated it for them. Kirsty has a great little tutorial on her blog you can check out to make this too. I CASED a couple of other examples for them to make. The sail boat one was here. They always want masculine card ideas. We did this one as a Father's Day card as I wont see them until after Father's Day now and the beautiful Manhattan flower card was one of Frenchies here. Frenchie also has a great video tutorial for her card. Some tips if you decide to try this technique, I used White King regular bleach in my aqua painter (label your aqua painter as bleach and dont use it for anything else). I tried the lemon scented one but it didnt work as well. Also, if you are not going to use your aqua painter for a while empty it out and use fresh bleach each time you use it to maximise the effect. Always try on scrap paper first, each colour of cardstock bleaches differently so try several colours to see which bleaches the most vibrant.

Stamp Club #4 - Double Embossing

This technique has popped up a lot lately and I have seen it called 'Embossed Embossing' too. This is the technique my Stamp Club ladies did in May - yes I know took me a long time to post... Anyway I sought inspiration from my lovely Secret Sister from last year, Jane Norrish. Jane made a beautiful example that I couldn't resist to CASE. My ladies loved this example also. The first card uses the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder and the second one uses the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder. For the first card we used Versamark ink and black embossing powder whereas on the second one (inspired by this card) we used the Versamarker and clear powder to show the two different options for this technique....

Sunday, June 12, 2011

UStamp Blog Hop is here and it's FREE!!!

What a great way to spend the long weekend here crafting and creating. UStamp is having a FREE event this weekend. A lot of the talented designers have put together various projects for all of us to download. I fell in love with Lorri Heiling's project as soon as I saw it and I knew the perfect opportunity to use it. Two of my friends have recently moved into new places they bought and I thought these would make lovely housewarming cards.... Lots of punches used here plus my Little Leaves Sizzlit for the Big Shot. So get along to Lorri's blog and get hopping and you too can create these cute cards plus dont forget to check out all the other creative designers :)
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