PCCCS #212 – Pun Intended Camera Birthday


I have been busy making a few birthday cards for the friends of my children and have been forgetting to get photos but today I did!  My daughter’s friend is a keen photographer so she wanted a camera card for her birthday and the one in the Pun Intended Stamp Set by Stampin’ Up! was just perfect for making this card.  For my colour combo I decided to get inspiration from one of my favourite Challenge sites – Paper Craft Crew and this week’s colour challenge was so fun and just perfect for a teenage girl.


My card was fairly simple to put together and I really enjoyed playing with the camera image to create the fun background using all the colours.  The embellishments for this card are quite plain, a little Night of Navy plain bakers’s twine, a 1 3/4″  Crushed Curry circle with the “snappy birthday” greeting stamped in Emerald Envy, framed by a banner cutout in Tangerine Tango.

Petal Burst – PCCC221


It is that time again where I am in a mad flurry getting my ‘Thank You’ cards sent out to all my customers who placed orders with me for their Stampin’ Up! supplies.  I love making these cards every month, one of my favourite things to do but I often get a little stuck for inspiration on what to make.  That is where I rely on the wonderful sketch challenges that are around and for this round of cards I have joined in on the Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch for this week.


A super fun sketch with so many different options but I finally decided on this design using the Blooms & Bliss DSP from Stampin’ Up! as the base to get my colour combination as well as the type of embellishment I went for at the top.  I love the copper foil and think it does so well with the Flourish Thinlits.  My first go at this card was a little flat because I just used a plain Island Indigo background piece but once I embossed it with the Petal Burst embossing folder the card really came to life so decided to go with it as my final lay out.  

In case you are wondering my little copper accent dots are simply the middle from the Flourish flower, I had one from cutting the flower out and just used up scraps of copper foil to cut two more to complete the look.  For those who have ordered this last month, look out for one of these in your mail box soon.

Flourish Acrylic Block Stamping


Another fun and super easy technique to share as part of my Exclusive Craft-T-Crew Technique Club – this time it is an old favourite “Acrylic Block Stamping”.  This technique is so easy and every time you stamp the block you get a different (an unique) background for your card.  One you create your background you can either stamp a focal image on it using black ink or, like I did for this card, you can use dies to add an accent image.

For this card I cut out the Flourish image from the Flourish Thinlit Dies from Stampin’Up! and removed the cut out image, I replaced the image with another one cut from Basic Black card stock to add a pop of colour and I love it.  This card is one of the first ones that I have never put a greeting on the front of and it was indeed a little strange but I just really liked how it all looked so balanced that I decided to instead add my Happy Birthday greeting to the inside.

A stunning and yet so simple creation and the best bit is I have that wonderful coloured flourish image cut-out to use on another card!

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Cookie-Cutter Reindeers


Over the next few weeks I will be posting a few quick blog posts like this one as my ‘Technique Club’ – exclusively for my Craft-T-Crew team members – gets underway.  

We are trying out some different a whole load of stamping techniques – some are brand new whilst others are a  little bit of a trip down memory lane but it is so much fun to try and apply the older techniques with our new stamp sets and dies.

This week we are starting with the Reverse Spotlight Technique, the girls will all receive a full page with a sample and instructions to store in a  6″ x 8″ Project Life Album so we can keep adding to our collection of ideas – a great resource to keep going back to for classes and workshops.

For each technique I will also do a quick blog post with my card sample using this technique and I have used the Cookie-Cutter Christmas stamp set and coordinating punch to do a little Christmas themed card and I love how it turned out.

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Petals & Paisleys

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I am so excited that my Stampin’ Up! preorder has arrived and one of the first things I was keen to use was the new Petals and Paisleys Suite of products.  These are going to be a real favourite of mine with so many possible combinations to come up with using the coordinating stamps, framelits, Speciality DSP, Ribbon and Copper Foil Sheets that all make up this wonderful range.

I absolutely love the Specialty DSP so decided to use it as the feature for this card and enter it into the Paper Craft Crew Challenge this week #206 DSP.  A simple card but loved how it turned out using the copper foil sheets to cut out the gorgeous flower image and an embossed greeting using some Copper Embossing powder really tied this all together.

PCCCS#204 – Jar of Love

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I know I am a little slow in joining the ‘Jar of Love’ crazy – but this stamp set from Stampin’ Up! is just delightful and I am truly hooked.

I decided to use the sketch from the Paper Craft Crew Challenge this week to create another customer thank you card and ink up my Jar of Love.  This week I have gone with the colour combination of Basic Gray, Soft Sky and Peekaboo Peach which I was really happy with in the end.  The colours where simple a result of me starting this card by inking up the jar (Basic Gray), adding some water to the jar using a little masking technique to get a higher water level (Soft Sky) so I could finally add my fish (Peekaboo Peach).  So really a colour combo by accident but went with it and pleased with the final look.

For the sketch I need to add an accent on the right hand side and without a perfect piece of DSP to use (hard to believe when my drawers are overflowing with DSP) I decided to emboss some of the little fireflies with clear embossing powder and use my Peekaboo Peach ink pad to add the coloured strip.  Embossing is so easy and allows you to create that perfect accent piece to match whatever you are working on – love it!

I added a few bubbles to the background using the image from the Perpetual Birthday stamp set and finished with a little greeting.  I hope my customer likes this card – I really do.



PCCCS #203

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Thoughtful Branches Thank You

It has been a long while since I posted but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been creating, it just means that I have moved house and have no internet at my new address and there are no ‘free ports’ available so I won’t be able to get internet in the near future 🙁


However, with some work arounds I still want to try and post a few things every now and then including my card for this week’s Paper Craft Crew Challenge.  This sketch was just too enticing not to have a good and an even better excuse to give the new Thoughtful Branches Bundle by Stampin’ Up! a whirl!

  Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Thoughtful Branches Thank You Cards

I really loved how the card came out, the colour combo had me a little worried but in the end Pool Party, Peekaboo Peach and Calypso Coral turned out to be perfect together – who’d of thought! The Serene Scenery Paper Pack is not usually my type of DSP but the gorgeous wood panelling is just too cute don’t you think?  There are lots of little elements to this card from the Pool Party ribbon and linen thread on the tag through to the cute enamel element on the leaf.  Can you tell I really love it?  In fact I decided that these would be my customer thank you cards this month – so if you have put in order in with me in June look out for one of these little gems in your mailbox soon.  Each has it own custom make envelop because they are 5″ square a custom envelop is the only way to go!


PCCCS#198 – Colour Challenge

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There is a fun colour challenge this week for the Paper Craft Crew Challenge and a colour combination I don’t think I would have ever tried on my own, but that is what a challenge is all about right?  


The challenge provided three colours Mint Macaron, Calypso Coral and So Saffron and then allows you to add a fourth new ‘In-Colour’ … oh my the decisions!  I loved how the colours looked with each and every In- Colour but finally settled on Emerald Envy for this card.  You may have noticed that I slightly obsessed with the new Layering Squares Framelits, I just can’t stop using them and they worked out so nice to so case the colours for this challenge. 

I used the second smallest Scalloped Square and then mixed and match up the design using contrasting images punched using the Tree Builder Punch.  The greeting is made using the Crazy About You Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up!, it hasn’t been inked in a little while but love how many different greeting combinations are in this one set!

A really simple card for the challenge but I loved every minute of making this one, especially exploring all the new possible colour combinations.  


ESAD 2016 Annual Catalogue Blog Hop

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What is ESAD? ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and is a facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrators. We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas & friendship and we’re always there to help and support each other. So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I’ll contact you with information on how to join our group.

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If you are following this Blog Hop around you may have come here from Rebekah’s blog, don’t worry if you missed it you can go back using the button above or just follow on at the end of my post till you get back here ….

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Pop of Pink Gift Set

I am so excited to be sharing this fun project with you today as part of the ESAD 2016 Annual Catalogue Blog Hop!  I have loads of fun new Stampin’ Up! products featured in my Hot Chocolate Gift Box and coordinating note card, let’s get into it!

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Pop of Pink Gift Box

This cute little gift box is so simple to make and just the perfect size to hold a hot chocolate stick, a Lindt chocolate as well as some mini marshmallows … the perfect winter warming treat!

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The Pop of Pink Specialty DSP is just amazing and for this project I only used the Melon Mambo and Gold Specialty sheets to match the contents of my gift.

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The new Layering Squares Framelits Dies are a fantastic way to add windows to gift boxes so you can see all the goodies inside, which are often just a pretty as the box!  I love how they all layer together so perfectly.  To finish the box I embossed a little greeting from the ‘Oh Happy Day’ Card Kit with Gold Embossing powder, attaching it with a Stampin’ Dimensional allows for it to also act as a closure using a little Melon Mambo Twine.

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The great thing about this box is not only how easy it is to make but also the fact that it lays flat for storage, meaning I can make a few to have on hand and they take up no space at all!

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Pop of Pink Gift Card

Of course every gift needs a coordinating card and I used some more of the Pop of Pink DSP to make a mini shaker card to continue the style and theme of the gift box.  I am totally in love with the new Foam Adhesive Strips and find myself making more shaker cards than ever now.  The new Sprinkles punch creates perfect little additions for the shaker, for this card I used Gold Foil and some scrap Melon Mambo.

I hope you enjoyed my project today, please be sure to continue on in the Hop to see what Maree has created.

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In case you get lost in the ‘hop’ here is a list of all the fabulous participants ….

Monster High Birthday

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Monster High Birthday Card

My gorgeous niece turned 4 this past week and can you guess what she is into right now?

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She has just discovered Monster High so I set about creating her a special card for her birthday.  It took a little messing around to get the card just right but I am so glad I persevered with it.  The fun thing about it is that is an easel card … which I just love.

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I will admit the little MH shield was a small challenge but I just could resist adding it as the new Time of Year Hostess Set from Stampin’ Up! has the perfect banner to recreate the MH logo!

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There is a little space on the inside of the card front for our greeting and of course had to make a custom envelop to pop it in and stamped her name to finish the look.

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Now for those you who also find themselves with little (or big) Monster High fans I have made a template for this card which includes all the pieces for the card, even the little shield and I am offering this one for FREE in my Tutorial Store.  Just click the Tutorial Store tab and scroll down until you see ‘Monster High’ and as always if you have a Silhouette Cameo machine the cut file (.studio) is also available just email me.