Dress to Impress

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - High Heel Party Invites group

That was the instruction for the guests invited to my recent birthday celebration when they opened their very sparkly invitation from me.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - High Heel Party Invites

I wanted to make an impression with my birthday invitations this year and decided to ‘recycle’ a template I had in my stash that is still very very very popular in the Tutorial Store, my High Heel Shoe card.  However I did do a little tweaking to the pattern to create the shoe for the front of the invitations.  My shoe was cut from Melon Mambo cardstock then embossed with a mixture of pink glitter and clear embossing powder … soooo sparkly!  I added some stars stamped in silver ink from the High Five stamp set along with embossing the ‘Party Time!’ greeting in Melon Mambo embossing powder.

This card had a perforated pulled tab at the bottom and when the card was opened …

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - High Heel Party Invite open

there was a confetti flinger mechanism inside, filled with silver and pink confetti.  I made the insides of my invites with MDS and loved how easy they were to design and of course were perfectly coordinated with the rest of my card.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Origami Flower Pot

I also did the decorations for my party and these little pots of origami flowers where some of the things I had prepared for the room.  Of course all matching in with my black, pink and silver theme.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Origami Flowers

They looked so lovely bunched together and added a night touch of bling to the room.  I also made a photo booth for the evening which was loads of fun and had an amazing cake made by Amber at The Cake Garden which also featured some of my origami flowers.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Birthday Cake

 The silver ‘T’ on top of the cake is obviously for me, ‘T’ but you may be wondering what the ‘Zr’ on the front is all about … well I am a science girl at heart and if you look up the atomic number of zirconium it will all make sense!


Monday Lunchtime Sketch

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Worm Wishes

I had fun making the card for this week’s Monday Lunchtime Sketch challenge, particularly colouring in the cute little worm from the Time to Celebrate stamp set that you can get as a Hostess exclusive stamp set in the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalogue.  

I have made a 4 1/2 ” square card for the challenge this week using Bermuda Bay card stock as my card base and adding a little piece of the Confetti Celebration DSP across the bottom.  I used some of FREE ribbon that you can get during Sale-a-Bration from the Best Year Ever Accessories Pack to trim across the middle of the card.  The little Strawberry Slush banner is cut from one of the Thinlits in the Mini Treat Bag set of dies that are new in the Occasions Catalogue.  

I used Smoky Slate ink to stamp the worm before I coloured him with the Bermuda Bay Blendabilities because I didn’t want a heavy outline but maybe I could have used a darker colour to make him ‘pop’ a little more …. just have to make another card and do more colouring (yeah!).

Here is the sketch this week so you can join in the fun too …


A little bird told me …..

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Hello Love

Today I wanted to quickly share a super cute card with you that I made for a friend’s birthday this weekend.  This is actually CASED from a card that a fellow demonstrator Tracy Holmes created and share on a Facebook group that we both belong to.  I loved the idea and though it was so darn cute that I simply had to recreate it as soon as the next birthday card was needed.  Lucky for me that was only about a week.

I am not too sure what Tracy used to colour her birds but I am in love with my Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities so I used them and was soooo happy with the result.  All the stamps for this card came from one stamp set called ‘Hello Love’ and the little line that they are all sitting on is just hand drawn with a Project Life journalling pen.

Every now and then I love a simple card and this was simple and super fun!  Thanks for the inspiration Tracy!

Monday Lunchtime Sketch

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Painted Petals

Time for another great Monday Lunchtime Sketch challenge and my card this week is a whole bunch of new things from both the Occasions Catalogue for 2015 as well a FREEBIE from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue.

For this week I have used a Sahara Sand card base and cut away the front of the card with one of the File Tab Edgelits (an oldie but a goodie!).  I have used a piece of the new Designer Series Paper from the Painted Blooms set and then used some Crushed Curry ink to stamp some of the flowers from the coordinating Painted Petals stamp set over the DSP to give it some added dimension.  I have trimmed the bottom edge of the DSP with a piece of the Coastal Cabana ribbon.  You can get this ribbon for FREE as part of the Best Year Every Accessory Pack during Sale-A-Bration (ask me how).  I have stamped the dots from the Painted Petals stamp set in Calypso Coral ink and punched them out with the circles in the Owl Builder punch so that they match the small circles in the Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers pack that are new in the Occasions Catalogue.  

Lastly, the ‘thanks’ is stamped in Crushed Curry ink and is from another new stamp set called Crazy about you!

Hope you like my simple but cute card this week and hope you play along with the challenge this week, here is the sketch …


Stampin’ Up! Occasions Play Date

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Occasions Collection

I just wanted to stop by and do a really quick blog post about a super fun afternoon I have had playing with new Stampin’ Up! goodies and I didn’t organise a thing!  As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator I am usually in the thick of preparing workshops, designing projects, cutting up kits and writing tutorials but today for a change I was able to go along to a catalogue launch by one of my Stampin’ Up! downlines Michele and it was fabulous fun!

Michele had us creating four projects this afternoon using a whole bunch of fabulous new products and as I have been so busy over Christmas and New Year this was almost my first ‘real play’ so I was soooooo excited.  I am not sure which was my favourite by the matching Butterfly card and Berry Basket is certainly pretty wonderful don’t you think?

Thanks Michele, you did a great job and it was a wonderful afternoon, this catalogue has just soooo much gorgeous stuff to play with.  Now, Michele has a blog called ‘MMM … Stampin’ Time with Michele’  which she is just starting to build and with projects like these she will be sure to have some great creations to share on her blog so please drop by and have a look at her blog sometime.


Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalogue 2015

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Build a Bouquet cover shot

The wait is over, the new lovely gorgeousness of the new 2015 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalogue is here!  I have done a little ‘ode’ to the Catalogue with my recreation of the cover that I made using the Build a Bouquet Kit.  This is what the Catalogue looks like …

Occasions Catalogue 2015

Not an exact replica but I am pretty happy with how my Bouquet turned out.  I had so much fun making this project and was even more delighted that I could give this to a fellow crafter for her birthday on the weekend!  The kit comes with supplies to make the 40 beautiful flowers as well as ribbon and tags for gift giving!

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Build a Bouquet cover shot top

This is a view from the top of the bouquet, I just love how it turned out and finally here is a shot all squished in my photo booth with the coordinating card that I shared in my post yesterday.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Build a Bouquet Gift

Now if you need a copy of the new Catalogue be sure to email me (yes you do need this one) in the meantime you can view it on-line here and stay turned for some more samples and project from this catalogue that is jammed packed with totally beautiful Stampin’ Up! products.

Also remember that Sale-A-Bration also starts today so for every $90 you spend you can choose an item from the special SAB catalogue for FREE (you can view that catalogue here), what a great time of year for crafting!!!!

Monday Lunchtime Sketch

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Irresistibly Yours

Time for another Monday Lunchtime Sketch and some more SNEAK PEAK items (well only one more sleep now!) from the new Occasions Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration items from Stampin’ Up!  This week I decided to have a little play with the Irresistibly Yours Specialty DSP that is one of the FREE items from Sale-A-Bration this year.  In a word ‘FABULOUS!’  this paper is so versatile and takes seconds to colour to match whatever you are working on.  I will come back tomorrow and show you the project that this card was made to coordinate with but it was a birthday card for a good friend of mine.  That is one of the great things about the weekly sketch challenges I always have a great ‘go to’ source of inspiration when I need a card in a flash!

This week’s card not only uses the Irresistibly Yours DSP but also the lovely Spring Flowers Embossing folder from the Occasions Catalogue for the embossed Pool Party strip.  A touch of Crisp Cantaloupe for the greeting and some pearls coloured with my blendabilities and my card is complete.

Hope you have time to join in the challenge this week, here is the sketch … 


Monday New Catalogue Sneak Peak


For this week’s Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge I was determined to have a played with just a small selection of my Sneak Peak items that I ordered from the upcoming 2015 Occasions Catalogue from Stampin’ Up!  As a demonstrator I get to order from this fabulous catalogue a whole month ahead of it going ‘live’ (6 January 2015) and I must say this is probably one of my most favourite ‘perks’ of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  

I have ordered a bunch of product from this catalogue and to be honest this is one of the BEST EVER catalogues from Stampin’ Up! and found it so hard to know where to start playing with all the gorgeousness in it.  So for the card this week I finally settled on the Indescribable Gift Stamp Set for the main floral image and coloured it with the new Pink Pirouette and Wild Wasabi Blendabilities.  The image is on a piece of Pink Pirouette card stock that has been embossed with the new Spring Flowers Embossing Folder which is a little hard to see because most of it is covered but it is so pretty.  The Sahara Sand Lace Trim at the top of the card is also a new addition as well as the greeting at the bottom which is from the Crazy About You Stamp Set.  There is nothing about this card that I don’t love and I can’t wait to play a little more when my work slows down a little over the Christmas holidays.

I do have copies now of the Occasions Catalogue and the Sale-A-Bration brochures, so please drop me an email and let me know the best way to get these to you.  They make great holiday reading I promise!

So I suppose I should give you the sketch this week so you can pay along to.  I think this is the first time I have completely flipped a sketch on it’s head but it worked for me, let’s see what you can come up with ….


Monday Lunchtime Sketch


This week’s Monday Lunchtime Sketch was another great excuse to make a few more Christmas cards for this year.  This week however I wanted to do a more non-traditional colour combo and have often been inspired by those Christmas Wreaths made with colourful baubles and wanted to see if I could create one with my stamps.  So I used a the dots from the Wondorous Wreath stamp sets as well as some of the Dotty Angles to create a wreath in Melon Mambo, Coastal Cabana and Silver and then hand cut out my completed work of art.

A little ribbon and a greeting from the Endless Wishes stamp set and I was done.  here is the sketch so you can join in too this week …


Salt Dough for Christmas

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments

I know I have been a little slack with my blogging lately but I have been crafting heaps!  I have so much to share and show you but not sure where to start so thought I would do a quick little post on my experimenting with salt dough I have done this Christmas.  I have seen a few thing around with the old salt dough and decided that this year I was going to make some.  These first ornaments were my very first attempt at salt dough and were gifts for my Stamp Club ladies.  I made a few mistakes with this first batch but they still turned out reasonable enough to hand out.

The second batch I learnt from my mistakes and they turned out whiter, dried faster and were less ‘bulky’ looking.  In fact I was happy enough that I ran my last class for 2014 on how to make these for yourself.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Salt Dough Ornaments

The ladies that came along made quite a few of each of these as the mixture makes up heaps!  Now I know you are going to make some for yourself and whilst you can get the recipe easy enough off the week I have decided to put my tutorial (including the tips I learnt along the way) in my ‘Tutorial Store‘ for FREE so be sure to head over and download it.


Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Salt Dough Gift Tags

I lastly wanted to share with you the other thing I made from the salt dough this year which was these lovely little gift tags.  I used the Photopolymer Epic Alphabet stamp set and some Baked Brown Sugar ink and used some Burlap Ribbon strips to attach them to the gift bags for my Book Club friends.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Salt Dough Gift Tags with gift

And just in case you were wondering what was in the gift bag … some lovely homemade jam with edible glitter!!!!

Hope you are inspired to make some of these salt dough trinkets for yourself they are super easy and lots of fun.