Home for Christmas – Stamp A Stack

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Home for Christmas Stamp A Stack Gift Bag

I know that it is only October but believe me Christmas will be here soon enough and so it is time for my Annual Christmas Stamp-A-Stack and this year I wanted to share a sneak peak at what we are making in my November class.  Every year my Stamp-A-Stacks have 12 cards (with envelopes), three of each of four different designs and generally a box or card holder to keep them all in.  This year I opted for a gift bag instead of a box, for two reasons: 1) once all the cards are mailed off you can use the bag for a Xmas gift and 2) I wanted to show just how versatile the Gift Bag Punch Board is!  Yes you can make a gift bag that holds our Australian C6 envelops and cards and it is super super super easy.  This little bag is very simply decorated but I wanted to make sure I made the gorgeous Poinsettia flower the feature and I think I have succeeded in that. 

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Home for Christmas Stamp A Stack Gift Bag and cards

The gift bag is very generous and holds all 12 decorated cards with envelops.  I had such fun creating these cards using the Home for Christmas DSP and some of the wonderful Stamp Sets from the Stampin’ Up! Handmade for the Season Catalogue.  I still have one or two spaces left for this class so if you are interested … here at the details…

When:  Sunday 8th November, 1pm

Where: Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia 

Cost: $35 

What to bring: Nothing extra needed.

Not able to make it in person? I do have the complete tutorial available in my Tutorial Store, the gift bag will have a free video tutorial uploaded soon, just need to find some time to make and edit it!

Just some of the supplies I used:

Stampin’ Up! Dr Who Tardis

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Dr Who Tardis

Today I wanted to share with you some photos (well okay a lot of photos) from a special Exploding Box birthday card that I made my nephew for his 10th birthday this weekend.  Now in case you didn’t pick it, he is a bit of a Dr Who fan so just knew I had to ensure that I did my research for this project and have all the ‘details’ just right.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Dr Who Tardis CU

This included making sure I had the right ‘signs and symbols’ for the right era of tardis … yes there is more than one tardis depending on the timeframe of the show!  Thank goodness for ‘Google’ to keep me on track!

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Dr Who Tardis Top

The top of the tardis lifts of to reveal a folded inside with loads of panels and pockets.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Dr Who Tardis Lid off

I think this does prove that ‘it is bigger on the inside’!  

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Dr Who Tardis Open

So with the lid off the tardis ‘explodes’ open to reveal it’s contents and I decided to put in a whole bunch of classic Dr Who quotes for him to enjoy … again “thank you Google!”.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Dr Who Tardis Open Flat

I have laid it flat to you can better see the quotes which were all typed by my lovely daughter so that they would fit the 4″ x 4″ side panels as well as a few smaller quotes for the folded corners.


Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Dr Who Tardis Open Tags

Each pocket held a tag which we all got to write our individual message on for the birthday boy.  

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Dr Who Tardis Back

Now I did say there were a lot of photos and I couldn’t help but finish on a photo of the back of the box to prove I did decorate all four sides of the box LOL!

I don’t have a tutorial for this as I made it in under 2hrs with a party deadline looming so didn’t have time to photograph and write details but I do have some tips to share:

  • Basic box is from 12″ x 12″ cardstock, scored at 4″ on all four sides
  • Fold along the lines and create diagonal folds for each of the corners
  • Side panels for the tardis are four pieces cut at 4″ x 6″
  • Adhere the side panels for the tardis to the 4″ x 4″ side of the box along the base and two sides so that you create four internal pockets
  • The ‘doors’ for the tardis are 8 pieces cut a 5-1/4″ x 1-1/2″
  • To cut the windows in the doors I used the smallest of the Square Collections framelits – lined up the edge of the framelit on end of the panel cut a square, move the framelit so the edge lined up with the inside of the previous cut square .. continue till all for windows are cut out
  • Use ink to slightly darken the side panels to add the cut out door panels on top
  • Vellum is adhere to back side of door panel
  • Top of tardis is made from 5-1/2″ square, scored at 3/4″ on each side
  • A second piece at 5″ square, scored at 1/2″ and 1″ on all side is adhere on top again
  • Light is two small Vintage Designer Buttons
  • Light cover is 1/2″ circle made into a slight cone.

Not great instructions but all I have so hope it helps a little.

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Sprinkles of Life Cupcake

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Sprinkles of Life Birthday

I am a little late with my Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge card this week after a very very very busy weekend with my ‘Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea’ fundraising event I hostessed (lots of photos from this event to come shortly).  But I am here now with a super fun and easy card that I made using the new Sprinkles of Life stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  I love this stamp set not only because it is super value at $37, it has soooooo many images in this set it is amazing, but also because it is the charity stamp set this year with $3 from every set sold being donated directly to Ronald MacDonald House Charities by Stampin’ Up!  Now as if that isn’t enough of a reason to get your hands on this stamp set but it also coordinates perfected with the Tree Builder Punch from Stampin’ Up!  this makes quick easy card making a dream.

For my sample this week I used some Watermelon Wonder card stock for the card base and added a layer of Bermuda Bay that I stamped the sprinkles image all over.  A touch of the super cute Cherry on Top DSP with the balloons provided a great background mat (as well as the colour combo for my card!).  The cupcake base was stamped on Pool Party card stock and a Watermelon Wonder cupcake top.  I had to add three candles to this cupcake as this card was for my niece’s 3rd birthday.  

As you can see I have turned the sketch upside-down for my card as it just seemed to work better for me.  So remember the sketch is just a guide to get your creativity flowing, I hope you have time to play along with us this week.


Supplies used:

Love Ya!

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Simple Floral Wings

I have been lucky enough to sneak in a few crafting sessions in the last week or so around my crazy work schedule so have had the chance to play with a few new products!  So as this weekend is my anniversary I decided that amongst my playing I needed to made a card for my lovely husband and this is what I came up with.

Now, like most men, my husband is not too concerned about me spending hours and hours and hours creating a work of art for his card and so this year I decided to take a simple Notecard from Stampin’ Up! and decorate it with the Floral Wings stamp set which is one of the new Hostess Sets available in this catalogue.  The greeting ‘Love Ya’ really says it all for me and the image was just so perfect, a single rose in a vase!

We are heading away this weekend and so am pretty sure I am safe to post this card here on my blog and I won’t ruin the surprise!


Farewell to Stippled Blossoms

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Stippled Blossom

For this week’s Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge I thought I would have a final play with some of my favourite Stampin’ Up! products that are retiring today.

I have loved the Stippled Blossoms Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up! – even the fussy cutting of the flower!  For my card I used a Smoky Slate card base and added a Blushing Bride Layer that I embossed with a brand NEW embossing folder called Boho Chic.  I added some of the retiring Moonlight Designer Series Paper for the feature layer.  I then used Blushing Bride and Strawberry Slush ink for the two step flower, hand cutting it out.  

An elegant butterfly matched with a small butterfly for one element and a small heart button with some Smoky Slate ribbon for the other.  A few scattered Smoky Slate Candy Dots (I love these things) and a “Happy Birthday” greeting finished this card off for me.  Not everything on this card is retiring but a lot of things are and today is the last day to get these ones if you don’t have them already.  Be sure to use the links below to go to my on-line store and grab these ones before they go.

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


Awesomely Artistic

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Awesomely Artistic

I am so excited to share my card for this fortnight’s Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge – I absolutely LOVE this card!  

For me, one of the most rewarding things about being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is the friendships I have made over the years and some of the most special are those friendships I have made with my downline team (aka The Craft-T-Crew).  This group of ladies is spread far and wide across Australia and a lot of them I have never even met face to face!  But I am so grateful to each and everyone of them and love to send them ‘Crew packs’ every quarter.  This quarter I made them each a card using not only the sketch for this week but also the NEW stamp set I received as part of the Manager’s Reception this year at Convention called Awesomely Artistic.  

As most of you can see I love dragonflies so when this set was handed to me I let out an audible *squeal* and new instantly this would feature for my card to my crew as soon as I arrived home from convention.  So with very little delay I arrived home and made this card using a Bermuda Bay card base and the Circle Framelits to create the focal image, it is hard to tell but the background piece is Blackberry Bliss cardstock.  I didn’t have any of the new Delight Dijon card stock or DSP which I knew would work with these two colours but I did have some Crushed Curry DSP which was close enough for me.

I only used one stamp set (so unlike me) and embossed my little dragonfly in gold embossing powder, added a little Linen Thread behind him and place him fair in the center of the card.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Awesomely Artistic group

Here are a few of the cards ready to send out – I really really really loved making them and know my ‘crew’ loved receiving them (thanks for the lovely emails ladies!).  I am always excited to add new crew members and share my love of Stampin’ Up! with them …. it is so easy to join and totally worth it!  If you are someone who loves to craft Stampin’ Up! may just be for you, contact me and I will be more than happy to have a chat with you about becoming a ‘crew’ member!


Stampin’ Up! You’ve Got This!

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - You've Got This

Hope your weekend is going well and unlike me you have had some crafting time.  However, I still do have a card to share with you using some of the new stamp sets coming up in the 2015-16 Annual Catalogue as well as a new In-Colour – Mint Macaron.

Using a Mint Macaron card base and some Whisper White card stock I made this card in a matter of moments and totally loved how it turned out.  This was an idea that was shared at the Stampin’ Up! South Pacific Convention at the Gold Coast and I decided to used the You’ve Got This stamp set but to swap out the greeting with the “you’re in my thoughts” greeting that is in one of the new Hostess stamp sets called Best Thoughts.  I am not too sure how well you can see but I also added just a touch of the lovely new Lace Trim in the coordinating Mint Macaron at the bottom of the greeting which was just the right amount of “pretty” to finish my card off.

Now to see if I can make time to recreate this card in all the other new In-Colours for 2015-16.

Painted Petals

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Painted Petals Thank You Card

This month our Stamp Club is all about the gorgeous Painted Petals stamp set from Stampin’ Up! and so of course my ‘thank you’ cards for the girls just simply had to use this set.  Now our cards we are creating in class are way more detailed but when you need to make a few cards quickly it is best to go with CAS (Clean and Simple) which is the way I decided to go!

With little 3″ x 3″ Whisper White card bases I added some of the cute ‘dots’ across the bottom of a piece of 2 3/4″ square piece of Crumb Cake cardstock using Crumb Cake ink and added this to the front.  My greeting uses some of the flower images stamped in Crisp Cantaloupe ink on scrap Whisper White cardstock then I stamped the “thank YOU” greeting over the top in Crumb Cake ink before punching it out with the 1 1/4″ circle punch.  This is just attached to the card front with a dimensional.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Painted Petals Thank You Cards

Here are some of them ready to hand out – spoiler alert for those ladies that haven’t got these in the mail yet with your project kits, they will be in the post this week.

Bohemian Designer Series Paper

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Bohemian DSP

In case you haven’t heard … the NEW 2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue is on it’s way (starts 2nd June) and it is jam packed with so many wonderful new products.  My pre-order (yes another great advantage of being a demonstrator) has not quite arrived but I do have some new product that we received at the Stampin’ Up! convention at the Gold Coast to share with you.

This card is made with Rich Razzleberry cardstock as it is one of the coordinating colours in the new Bohemian Designer Series Paper.  My card is so simple, all I did was add strips of this gorgeous paper to a card front, stamp my greeting (from another new set called Awesomely Artistic) in Rich Razzleberry ink, smoodge around the edges, added a touch of ribbon and then attached this with dimensionals to my card base.

This is the card we are making this afternoon in my Craft-T-Crew session – sorry to spoil the surprise gals, but don’t worry we are making two cards today with new goodies *yeah!*.  I love new product and can’t wait to show you more so stay tuned.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - 2015-16 Catalogue

ANNUAL CATALOGUE MAIL-OUT: I am about to mail out NEW catalogues to all my customers next week so please make sure you email me or message me to make sure you are on my list - you are really going to love this catalogue!


Mini Triangle Gift Box

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Mini Triangle Gift Box Convention Swaps

Today I wanted to share with you the second of my two swaps that I created for the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Convention and this one is my 3D swap.  As anyone that follows my blog knows I absolutely LOVE creating 3D projects with my Stampin’ Up! products and so no convention swap session would be complete for me without offering up a little box or trinket.  As you can see I made quite a few of them and hope that by the time you read this post I have most of them swapped to new homes.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Mini Triangle Gift Box Convention Swap - Bermuda open

This box is quite tiny and for my swaps I managed to fit a small Werther’s Original Cream Candy inside but was running a little short on space for instructions so I placed a QR code on the bottom of each box which takes you to my YouTube channel for the video tutorial that I am also including here.  I really wanted to share with everyone just how fun they are to make so I hope you enjoy the video.

For my swaps I used the lovely Birthday Bash Designers Series Paper and mixed and matched the paper with coordinating ribbons from my stash along with the super fun greetings found in the A Round Array stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  So if you swapped with me at convention this year, which one of my little fun boxes did you end up with?

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Mini Triangle Gift Box Convention Swap - Tangerine

My Tangerine Tango ‘thank you’.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Mini Triangle Gift Box Convention Swap - Curry

A little Mossy Meadow ‘kindness’.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Mini Triangle Gift Box Convention Swap - Coral

Polka Dots that make you ‘smile’.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Mini Triangle Gift Box Convention Swap - Confetti

Confetti fun!


Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Mini Triangle Gift Box Convention Swap - Bermuda

Or maybe the Crushed Curry ‘for you’.

Which ever box you ended up with,  I hope you like it and thank you for swapping with me at convention!