Monday Lunchtime Sketch


This week’s Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge gave me a great excuse to break open my new ‘What’s your type?’ Photopolymer Stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  I was really not too sure about this stamp set when I first saw it but after having a little play with this one I do like how versatile it really is with endless possibilities for stamping.  For this week’s card I used an old favourite for my colour combination with Island Indigo and Melon Mambo.  The only embellishment is just a little of the Melon Mambo cotton ribbon which finishes the card off nicely.  The photopolymer allows you to line up the images so effortlessly making this card very easy to put together.

Here is the sketch so you can play along too this week…. 


My supplies …

Stampin’ up! Holiday Homes Bundle

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Holiday Home Stamp Club

I am super excited about my next month of Stamp Club which is featuring the Holiday Homes stamp set from Stampin’ Up! as well as the coordinating Homemade Holiday Framelits!  This is what we are making for the October classes and was so pleased to be able to expand the possibilities with the stamp set and framelit bundle to create some cute projects other than ‘Christmas’ ones.  Although this set is just perfect for holiday cards I needed it to do a little more given that I make projects and cards all year long.  So will a little playing around and some fun techniques I came up with these sets.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Holiday Home Arrow Card and Gift Box Set

Houses make great arrows and tags and another fun version of a box created with the Gift Box Punch Board.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Holiday Home Cut Away Card and Gum Holder Set

A ‘cut away’ card using the house framelits and a fun gum holder.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Holiday Home Note Pad and Christmas Card set

Of course I had to do a Christmas project with a simple card and a great little note pad for the fridge for those Xmas to do lists!

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Holiday Home Retro Card and Gift Box Candle Set

One of my favourites this month is this little retro set with a ‘circle top’ box and another label created using those houses!

I hope the ladies are ready for a great month of crafting ahead and for those of you who don’t live close enough to come to stamp club I have the whole set of tutorials for these projects for sale in my ‘Tutorial Store‘ (the project set is called ‘Holiday Home Class’ and is on the second page of the store, scroll to the bottom and hit ‘next’).

Bloom With Hope

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Blom with Hope

I am lucky enough to be home on holidays for two whole weeks these school holidays and have been doing a little spot or two of crafting amongst gardening and laundry renovations.  With the first week almost gone I am pretty pleased with how much I have achieved, who’d have thought that working full time takes up so much time LOL!

So with all 8 projects designed for my October Stamp Club I thought I would reward myself with a little dabble in some creative challenges that are around this week.  So I popped over to the Paper Craft Crew Challenges (one of my favourites) and grab a fabulous sketch then was in search of a colour challenge and found the perfect photo inspiration on Just Add Ink (another awesome challenge site).  So armed with two fabulous challenges for inspiration this is the card I created.

The colour combo for this card was taken from the photo at JAI using Pink Pirouette, Coastal Cabana and Melon Mambo with a touch of Calypso Coral for the flower centers.  The choice of stamp set Bloom with Hope was also from JAI and then all I had to do was follow the fabulous PCC sketch for my layout.

Happy to have had time to ‘play’ this week and hoping I may be lucky enough to join in a few more challenges before I head back to work in a little over a week.

Xmas Shaker Card and Gift Box

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Festival of Trees Shaker Card

Today I wanted to continue with the sharing of our Stamp Club creations for this month and I have a super fun shaker card made with the Tree and Confetti Stars Punches in some very non-traditional Christmas colours (Strawberry Slush and Coastal Cabana).  I have made loads of shaker cards in the past and always use the spare rubber from around my stamp sets as the foam to add the dimension needed for these cards to work.  You can use Stampin’ Up! dimensionals if you like but I do like a good bit of recycling to save on costs when I can.

Stamping T! - Festival of Trees Window Box

We made a gift box to go with this card and used the new Gift Box Punch Board from Stampin’ Up! adding a window to the front of the box.  This is something that the ladies really liked and adds yet another dimension to the boxes you can create with this board.  I am getting around to creating a video on these variations soon I promise.  If I have time, maybe even this week I will get the camera out and upload the extra ideas I have.

Monday Lunchtime Sketch


Time again for another fabulous Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge and as always I enjoy my little ‘Monday Creativity Hit’ with the sketches Mary-Jo prepares.  This week I opened the new Colour Me Autumn DSP and decided it was time to make a little creation with it.  So as always I used the colours provided by Stampin’ Up! on the DSP as my colour palette and used a Soft Suede card base with two piece of the DSP as the feature.  The new Colour Me Autumn Washi Tape made a great band across the bottom of the card, all I did was place two strips of it onto a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock to get the width I wanted for the card.  The greeting is stamped in Blackberry Bliss and is from the Hostess Stamp Set Hello There, I love this greeting and find myself using that stamp set a LOT!

To finish off the sketch I had to use three little elements on the left hand side (the circles) and I am not really a ‘button’ kinda gal, which would have been my first choice so I had to think outside the box a little and decided that the lovely Natural and Old Olive Two-Tone Trim from the Holiday Catalogue was worth a try.  After playing around with a range of knots, bows and swirls I finally settled on these cute little ‘messy knots’ which I came across by accident when I was cutting and trimming the trim and I love them.  They add just the right touch I think so overall I am pretty happy with how this one turned out this week.

Here is the sketch so you can play along this week too….


Pictogram Punches with a Retro Twist


I had so much fun with the challenge this week for Try Stampin’ On Tuesdays as not only was there a sketch but an added little colour challenge of ‘yellow, orange and brown’.  At first I was pretty sure that the colour combo was not going to work for me at all but with a little Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist and Baked Brown Sugar I was on my way to a little ‘retro’ inspired card. 

This week also gave me a chance to play with the Pictogram Punches stamp set that I have recently gotten and it was so fun to use.  I love all the itty bitty punches that Stampin’ Up! produces and the new Itty Bitty Accents Punch pack have fast become firm favourites in my collection with the little flower just so versatile coordinating with loads of stamp sets in the catalogue including this one.  

As you can see I again used the FREE Good Greetings stamp set and this one is really a must so if you want to get one for yourself contact me about having a workshop at your place so I can not only show you some fun Stampin’ Up! projects but may also get yourself this stamp set for FREE.

Here is the sketch for this week and love to see your creations.



Monday Lunchtime Sketch


I just love my Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge time, this challenge gets me creating every week and always pushing me to try new tools, ideas or products and this week is no exception.  I have only just purchase the Striped Scallop Thinlit from Stampin’ Up! after seeing so so so many wonderful creations on the internet.  So with mine arriving just last week I decided to break it open for this week’s challenge.  The colour combo for this week is from the Colour Coach and is Sahara Sand; Rich Razzleberry and Strawberry Slush, yes I added the extra Soft Sky because as I was putting this one together I thought it needed just a little ‘lift’ of colour.

I also just received the Bloom with Hope hostess set and the new Good Greetings Stamp Set (you can get this one for free for every $300 order with me from now till the end of October!).  I used my blendabilities to colour the flower and then hand cut it out which was the longest part of making this card but everything else was so straight forward.

Hope you have time to join in the fun of the challenge this week..


Gift Box Punch Board – More than square boxes!

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Gift Box Punch Board Rectangular Gift Boxes

Today I wanted to share with you a bit of a challenge that was set for me by some of my fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators.  

Most people know that I love a 3D project or two and the only other thing I might love a bit more than that is working out how to stretch my crafting $ and find multiple ways to use the wonderful products that Stampin’ Up! sells.  It’s no secret that I am in love with my Envelop Punch Board from Stampin’ Up! (aka EPB) and have used it to create not only envelopes (as per it’s primary purpose) but also loads of boxes, tags and fun cards.  So when the new Gift Box Punch Board was released by Stampin’ Up! in the Holiday Catalogue I was NOT sold, I had my EPB and couldn’t see me ever needing/wanting the new kid on the block.  This was something I shared with my fellow demonstrators in an on-line forum and in no time at all I found that the challenge was set for me to see what I could come up with … but I didn’t have the board, I didn’t need it.  The very next day my downline Michele dropped hers off and now I had no excuse.

So long story short … once I finally gave in and picked up the board I was hooked.  I now have ooooodles of creations using the Gift Box Punch Board (aka GBPB) and even combing it with my ol’ EPB for added versatility.  So today I am sharing the first of many projects with you and this is one is a good one to start with as once you ‘step outside’ the written instructions on the GBPB base plate you soon realise that the possibilities are endless and what better place to start then making rectangular boxes …..

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Gift Box Punch Board Rectangular Gift Box

I made a whole bunch of these as my monthly Stamp Club gifts with a rectangular chocolate on the inside!  Boxes were made with left over green card stock I hand and the video shows you exactly how to make these.  I hope you enjoy the start of what may be many posts on my new friend the GBPB.

NB: As always a big thank you to all the wonderful SU friends I have that continue to encourage me to challenge myself ... oh yeah and also 'enable' my craft spending habit LOL ... you know who you are!


Stampin’ Up! Festival of Trees

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Festival of Trees Pocket Card

Today I wanted to share with you a creation we made in Stamp Club this month.  I do often forget to share the wonderful Stamp Club creations we make each week but thought I might try to blog some more about the project we make. This month we are featuring the Festival of Trees stamp set from Stampin’ Up! along with the coordinating tree punch (that you can save 15% if you buy together in a bundle!).  This pocket card had a lot of layers and different individual pieces to it but was relatively simple to put together and turned out just lovely.  The Typeset DSP from Stampin’ Up! is super light weight and really lovely to craft with.  The ladies also commented on how soft the Venetian Crochet Trim is … it sits so lovely on the card.  The little tree was stamped in Always Artichoke ink and the greeting was in Real Red and is from the More Merry Messages stamp set.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Festival of Trees Pocket Card open

Here is a photo with the insert out of the card and you can see there is plenty of room for your message or even to attach a gift card if you like.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Festival of Trees Curvy Keepsake Box


As usual we made a coordinating gift for the card and this one was SUPER quick with the new Curvy Keepsake Box Framelit.  Decorating with more of the stamped DSP tied these two project together as a gift set.  Using the Curvy Keepsake Box Framelit last night we got to talking about the ‘different’ ways you could use the die to cut out card stock and we came up with some fun ideas that I will try and make over the coming weeks and share in a video with you because I think that a lot of you may be asking the same questions about this framelit.

Just a quick share today but want to start sharing more of my creations from club as we do have a great time creating them.

Monday Lunchtime Sketch


I used this week’s Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge to create a first birthday card for my niece and decided it needed to be as bright and colourful as possible.  I used a Melon Mambo card base with a small strip of the new Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper down the side and of course used this for my colour palette for the card.  The main panel is made using the “1” from the Metro Type Alphabet Photopolymer stamp set from Stampin’ Up! and is so easy to do as the photopolymer allows for perfect placement every time.

To finish off I used the fun greeting from the Sweet Stuff stamp set from Stampin’ Up! and did a little special trick where I stamped it in Versamark ink then sprinkled different coloured embossing powders over the wet Versamark to create a multicoloured greeting that really ‘pops’.  Now to package up everything and get it in the mail!

Here is the sketch for the challenge this week, hope you have time to play along.