Watercoloured Rose Wonder

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Rose Wonder Birthday with Coffee Mug

Like me, my sister is just a little crafty and therefore is one of those people I know will appreciate the hours of toil that can sometimes go into a handmade card.  So for her birthday this year I came across this gorgeous tea cup in a little boutique shop in Montville and immediately knew that I not only had to buy the cup for her but also needed to somehow replicate the cup and matching gift box’s imagery.  So after a few ‘failed attempts with some watercolour paper, aqua-painters and mild frustration I finally created her this card for her birthday.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Rose Wonder Birthday

The flower is from the Rose Wonder Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up! and was stamped in Island Indigo ink onto Whisper White paper.  I them used my blender pens with a whole heaps of different inks including: Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Lost Lagoon, Pool Party and Soft Suede to colour and shade the rose until it sort of matched the cup.  Now I also wanted to somehow incorporate the sweet leaves and branches from the gift box onto the card and so decided to take a plain piece of Whisper White card stock and my Aqua-painter and FREEHAND them.  Oh my … now I am definitely not an artist but I really do like the finished result and kind of think that my ‘less than perfect’ drawing skills lend to this type of watercoloured design.  The sentiment is also from the Rose Wonder set and this was cut out using the label from the coordinating Rose Garden Thinlit Dies.  I did the ol’ double mounting technique to get the border around the greeting, a small piece of ribbon and I was done.

Her birthday was actually back in January but I haven’t been able to see her to get her present to her until now so thought I would finally share this one here for you all to enjoy.

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English Garden Hi

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - English Garden

Today I wanted to share with you the card I made to welcome the newest member of my Craft-T-Crew, Judy.  I love it when a new crafter joins my team of wonderful ladies and I am always super excited to send them a welcome kit packed with Stampin’ Up! information, some wonderful Stampin’ Up! products and a little kit or two get them crafting away.  I also always send a handmade card of course and this is the one that is on it’s way to Judy.  However, in my excited haste to get her parcel away I forgot to pop the card into the satchel so it is on its way in a separate envelope … two lots of happy mail!

This is such a simple card, only needing a handful of supplies to create it.  I used the gorgeous English Garden DSP as my inspiration with three ¾” strips of some of the coordination designs that are in the pack providing the colour scheme: Soft Suede; Mossy Meadow and Blushing Bride.  The “hi” was stamped using my favourite ‘go to’ letters in the Layered Letters Alphabet and embossed in White embossing powder for that added extra ‘pop’.  The card just needed one little embellishment so I quickly whipped up a flower using the amazing Botanical Builder Framelits, these are the best flower building set I have had in ages and totally adore every flower I make with them.

I look forward to putting together a few more Welcome Packs for new crew members with a little over a month left of Sale-A-Bration there is never a better time to join, even if you just enjoy purchasing Stampin’ Up! supplies for yourself … ask me about it!

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Flip Flop Shaped Card

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Botanical Gardens Flip Flop

Yes I have been at it again … another shaped card!  However, I have had this design in my ‘ideas’ book for AGES and just never really had the inspiration I needed to get it down.  That was until I met the Botanical Gardens DSP and Botanical Builder Framelits from Stampin’ Up!  These new products available in the Occasions Catalogue really add the last piece to the puzzle for me to bring this design to life and this is what I finally came up with and I kind think it is really neat. 

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - #happybirthday Flip Flop card

Of course, with all my designs, I am never really happy unless I can get a few different ‘looks’ from my patterns  so I experimented with some stamping and using ribbon for the strap instead of the card stock template.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Embossed Flip Flop Card

A little embossed sole for the Flip Flop also looks fabulous.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Canvas ribbon Flip Flop card

And of course I had to make something for the boys too with this little Early Espresso number complete with a canvas ribbon strap and …

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Canvas ribbon Flip Flop card back

corrugated grip on the sole!   I know super cute right?

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Frangipani Flip Flop card

Last but not least is my pink frangipani inspired number, I do love a pink Flip Flop don’t you?

I love that this card is so versatile and it also fits perfectly into a standard C6 envelop which means postage is a breeze!

So of course I have the template available to purchase in my Tutorial Store and if you purchase it and are lucky enough to own a Silhouette Cameo, like me, I also can send you the .studio cut file for FREE.  I have put together a little instructional video for you so you can see how easily this one comes together ….

Craft-T-Crew Mail Out Time

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Crew Packs

At the risk of sounding like a broken record I wanted to do a quick post about one of the many things I love about being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator – my Craft-T-Crew!  I am truly lucky to have a wonderful group of ladies in my Stampin’ Up! team, a lot of whom have joined up as demonstrators (like me) just for the discount and have found themselves loving every minute of it.

I have Crew Gals all over Australia and once a quarter I send them a little something in the mail and yep January is mail out time.  The photo about is some of the contents ready to stuff into envelopes and mail off.  Sorry Craft-T-Crew gals should have started with ‘Spoiler Alert!’ as these have only just left my house this morning and you won’t have them yet!  My team gets access to all my tutorials for free all the time and usually get a sneak peak of new creations I am working on and this quarter there is a super NEW little project kit in their packs.  Can you spot it?  Yes, there is a template available for others to purchase – there will be a post and video about it tomorrow hopefully.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Flowering Fields

I also (of course) send them a little card with their packs and this one was super quick (which is important when you have a few to make!) to do. I have used the Notecards from Stampin’ Up! and stamped the background with the large watercolour image in the Perpetual Birthday Calendar Stamp Set in Wild Wasabi, Pool Part and So Saffron.  The flower is from the Sale-A-Bration stamp set Flowering Fields which you can get for FREE with every order of $90 or more for a limited time – it is stamped with Memento Ink along with the greeting from the Floral Wings Hostess set.

Speaking of Sale-A-Bration, my favourite Stampin’ Up! time of year, it is a great time to join up as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator – in fact loads of my Crew joined during a Sale-A-Bration.  Why is it so good?  Well during Sale-A-Bration, you can become a demonstrator for just $169 AUD and choose $60 AUD more of FREE products for your Starter Kit. Plus, the kit ships for free!


If you are someone, like me, who loves Stampin’ Up! products and are just not sure if being a demo is for you, just drop me an email or give me a call and I would be happy to tell you not only how easy it is to be a demo (you can just hit the ‘Join My Team’ button on my blog) but also all of the reasons why you would want to join up and especially between now and 31st March.


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Clean and Simple Rose Garden

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Rose Garden Thank You

Yesterday I shared with you a video tutorial for getting a few new looks from the Rose Garden Thinlit Die from Stampin’ Up! and today I wanted to share with you the card that was inspired by this weeks CAS Colour & Sketch Challenge blog using this technique.

I really enjoyed playing along with the colour challenge last week so thought I would try this week’s sketch challenge and it was just perfect for my little play with the Rose Garden Thinlits.  You can see some of the detail of how I created this card in the video I posted yesterday here but basically I have just used a Basic Black card base and selectively cut out the large rose and one leaf from a Whisper White overlay piece.  I then added a portion of the three leaves from the die to finish my image ‘cut out’.  I cut an extra large rose from Cherry Cobbler card stock and the leaves from Garden Green yardstick.  With a little hand cutting I had a beautiful rose inlay card, all I needed to do was to add the “Thank You” greeting from the Rose Wonder stamp set and I was done.

I love how easy it was to create the exact image I wanted with a little Big Shot manoeuvring and the smallest amount of hand cutting.


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Rose Garden Thinlits

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Rose Garden Birthday 2

I have always loved the thinlit dies that Stampin’ Up! produces and the new ones available in the 2016 Occasions are no exception.  In fact I think that the Rose Garden Thinlit Die is my absolute favourite thing from the new little catalogue (I know hard to have a favourite really!).

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Rose Garden Birthday

But in my usual way I am always trying to see ‘what else’ I can get from my purchases, especially thinlits and dies, so had to have a little bit of a ‘play’ with Rose Garden to see what I could come up with.  Now don’t get me wrong the dies in this set are gorgeous just they way they are but I did want to mix and match my leaves a little more but really didn’t want too much ‘bulk’ to my cards (I send A LOT in the mail!) so I had a play and am very happy with the end result.  This cards I am sharing today are just a couple of some I came up with and I have also done a video tutorial for you to see just how easy it is to get this look.

I have others (one which you can see in the video) which I will post a full picture of tomorrow so be sure to come back and take a look.

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New 2016 Occasions Catalogue

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Coffee Time Cards

Well the new 2016 Occasions Catalogue from Stampin’ Up! is out and ready for ordering!  I for one have been thoroughly enjoying the new gorgeous products that are in this wonderful catalogue, you may have seen a couple creations already on my blog.  This week I have been busy mailing out catalogues to my customers and of course no ‘mail out’ is complete without a cute little card to accompany it.  

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Coffee Time WW Card

So I quickly whipped up a few cards to celebrate one of the things I (and many others) love to do with a new Stampin’ Up! catalogue – relax and have a nice cuppa!

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Coffee Time MM Card

All of the products in these cards are featured in the new Occasions Catalogue and work so well together – of course you wouldn’t expect anything less from Stampin’ Up!  I have used the same base design for all of the cards and just changed out the colours based on those in the lovely Have a Cuppa Designer Series Paper Stack – Bermuda Bay; Melon Mambo; Crushed Curry and Wisteria Wonder.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Coffee Time BB Card

Each card has a coffee mug cut using the Cups & Kettle Framelits Die – these framelits are AMAZING and so so many bits and pieces in there I have yet to explore all the options but can’t wait.  I then used the “coffee” greeting from the Balloon Celebration Stamp Set and my trusted Alphabet Rotary stamp to make the “time” to complete my greeting.  The background was ‘grunged up’ using the super versatile Timeless Textures Stamp Set.  The cute little heart above each cup was cut from the framelits set using the DSP stack, one from each of many different designs to choose from.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Coffee Time CC Card

The card was super fun and easy to put together and all I needed was a little coordinating ink and paper to finish each car.  The inside is also stamped (of course) and for this I used the heart image in the A Nice Cuppa Stamp Set – stamping off before placing the image inside the card.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Coffee Time inside Card

I think I managed to cram quite a few new products into these little guys but totally worth it for the finished product.  I am off now to post all of these wonderful catalogues.  Please let me know if you would like a copy of the catalogues, I think I have got everyone but if you are new and would like a copy, yes you can order from me anywhere in Australia and I would love to send you a little something in the mail!


Stampin’ Up! Beautiful Ride

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Beautiful Ride moving card

With our new move to the Sunshine Coast late last year it is about time I got around to sending out our change of address cards to let family and friends know how they can reach us.  I was really excited to see the Beautiful Ride Stamp Set by Stamping’ Up! in the new Occasions Catalogue (available for ordering until 31 May) as it was just tooooo perfect for our Moving Cards.

With a little help from the CAS Colour & Sketches Challenge blog, where I got my wonderful colour combination – Marina Mist, Pool Party and Smoky Slate – I set about making a super quick and easy card at I needed to make quite a few of these ones.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Beautiful Ride moving cards

Here are the first dozen or so ready for mailing this week and on second thoughts the little bit of fussing cutting around the luggage at the top was probably not the ‘quick and easy’ I imaged it to be LOL!  But I do love that I was able to add a couple of sets of bags to the roof of the adorable bug, the one set just didn’t seem to do justice to the mammoth amount of stuff we actually have had to move!  With a little masking I think the two sets looked just perfect.  I also loved that this stamp set has the “We’ve Moved” greeting as part of the options, made my life easy.

I enjoyed making these, which is lucky as I think I have a few more to do this evening and the added bonus is that I only needed one stamp set, two ink pads and a few scraps of paper, love it!

Stampin’ Up! Hardwood Birthday

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Hardwood Birthday Card

January marks the start of the birthday year with a lot of early New Year celebrations in our family.  First cab off the rank is my Father-in-Law, who I usually make a “fishing themed” card for, however this year I have gone for the “hardwood” theme and tried my hand at a little fancy Parquetry for the feature on his card.  Now this seemed like a great idea when I first thought of it … and I even had some inspiration to work from (thanks to the internet) …


I figured the closest colour combo would be Tip Top Taupe with Smoky Slate for the stamped Hardwood image from Stampin’ Up!  The cutting was not too bad as all I had to do was cut squares that were 3/4″ and strips that were 1/2″ wide to match the pattern.  I started with an Early Espresso base measuring 3-3/4″ square placing the first square right in the center and then off I went!  It may only be a little panel but just perfect for a 4″ square card.  To finish off I really wanted a very simple greeting, so as not to cover too much of my handy work, so went for the Amazing Birthday stamp set and think it turned out pretty neat.

Mini Album for All Occasion Card

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - English Garden Mini Album Card 1

Today I wanted to share with you a card I just finished for my MIL but this is no ordinary card.  You see somehow we (just I am putting my darling hubby in on this one too!) have managed to missed sending a birthday and Mother’s Day card last year … I know, this is just awful for a card maker and all.  But somehow, either with miscommunication or other strange unexplained circumstances, we missed it!  So I need to do a “make up” card and decided to hit that last four events all together i.e. birthday, Mother’s Day, Christmas and New Year … so I thought a ‘mini album’ was the perfect solution and found a great idea over on the October Afternoon blog.  I used the basic principle for my album and made this version with just one sheet of 12″ x 12″ English Garden DSP.  I cut it into half until I had two 6″ x 12″ pieces and follow the instructions I found (mine only had two lots of pockets), yes I even pulled out my sewing machine to sew the pages together.  I decided to cover my seam with a piece of Tip Top Taupe (3/4″ x 6″ – score down the middle).

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - English Garden Mini Album Card pg1

I folded the internal pockets alternating between the ends that the tags peek out of just for something a little different.  I basically used the colours in the DSP (so love that) to add tags, which I made using card stock pieces that were cut at 5-5/8″ x 2-1/2″ and fashioned them with the Curvy Corner Trio Punch and the good old Corner Rounder Punch.  

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Each pocket is for the different event and there are even two extra panels just to write our messages on.

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As some of you may have noticed I have been a little absent over that last few months, mostly due to a big move with new town, new jobs etc but the great news is I am settled in and back crafting and blogging again … more to come!