Four Feathers


I am running a little late this week with my blog posts but finally putting up my Try Stampin’ On Tuesday card for you to see.  I really love the colours in this card with the combo of Lost Lagoon, Pear Pizzazz and Pool Party (straight from the Stampin’ Up! colour coach too!).  I am still playing with my Holiday Catalogue pre-order and the feather is from the new Four Feathers Stamp Set which I can see me getting some good use out of.  I used marker pens to colour the feather then hand cut it out so that it fitted nicely onto a Lost Lagoon feather I cut with the coordinating Feathers Framelit Dies.  All I needed was a touch of Woodgrain and some DSP and I had a fun card to send to one of my lovely Stamp Club ladies!

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


Monday Lunchtime Sketch


This week’s Monday Lunchtime Sketch is so fun and super easy with the new Festival of Trees Stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  Especially when it comes with a coordinating tree punch!  I have had very little time to play with all my new Holiday catalogue pre-order between work and classes this last couple of weeks but  that is why I love being on design teams because it actually allows me time to create something just ‘because’.  This card was super fast to create but really fun as I love the photopolymer stamps and this one will fast become my ‘go to’ set this Xmas I think.

Anyway here is the sketch so you can join in the fun this week too ..


Garden Party Stamp-A-Stack

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Garden Party StampAStack


This weekend I had a fun Stamp-A-Stack class using the lovely new ‘Garden Party’ stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  In total I had 15 ladies do this class either here at home or by mail (those will be posted Monday!) so you could say that this was a popular class.  The colour palette for this set was Baked Brown Sugar, Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz which just work so well together.  In total the ladies made 12 cards, three of each of the four designs as well as a gorgeous gift box that fits one set (four) of cards with a coordinating envelope.  

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The box is made using the Envelope Punch Board and it has a lid made from Window Sheet.  All boxed up these turned out just so lovely!

For those interested I do have the tutorial from this class available in my ‘Tutorial Store’ and remember Craft-T-Crew gals you can get this one for FREE like all my other tutorials.  Ladies ‘by mail’ look out for your kits early next week.

Monday Lunchtime Sketch


I was a little torn for my card this week for the Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge … why?  Well I have just received my Sneak Peak Holiday Catalogue preorder from Stampin’ Up full of Xmas goodness and really really really wanted to play with my new toys BUT I also welcomed a new member to my Craft-T-Crew this week and wanted to send her a lovely welcome pack and card (of course).  Now I couldn’t really send a new crew member a Xmas card could I?  So this is what I came up with instead, a perfect non-Xmas use of one of the new stamp sets and coordinating framelits from the Holiday catalogue!  The little house is from a set called Holiday Home and it has Homemade Holiday Framelits to cut out each of the little houses in the stamp set perfectly.

I used Memento ink to stamp the house so I could colour it with my Blendabilities, which I LOVE!!!!  I used the Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight and Crumb Cake sets.  The card base is Rich Razzleberry and I have added a small strip of Blackberry Bliss cardstock and Park DSP on the left hand side of the card with a small strip of Daffodil Delight ribbon.  The greeting I used is actually from the And Many More stamp set and I only inked up the “welcome” from the “Welcome Baby” stamp in Chocolate Chip ink.

I hope my new Craft-T-Crew team member loves this card as much as I enjoyed making it for her!  Welcome to the team Jenny!

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


Gold Soiree


I had so much fun making the card for this week’s Try Stampin’ On Tuesday sketch challenge.  As you may have noticed I have been getting loads of new goodies from the Stampin’ Up! 2014-15 Annual Catalogue and this gorgeous Gold Soiree DSP is just so lovely that I have super keen to use it.  This challenge provided the perfect opportunity to show case just a small selection of the paper in the pack.  The bonus is that this paper coordinates perfectly with a few of the new stamps sets in the catalogue including Hello Darling which I used for this card.

I used a Garden Green card base, a colour I haven’t use in a little while, along with Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding and Garden Green markers to colour the beautiful flower image.  The Garden Green candy dots and Gold Ribbon were the perfect finishing touches to this card.  The only slightly tricky part was cutting out the circle recesses in the DSP so that may stamped image was perfectly framed but other than that I loved putting this card together this week.

Hope you have time to join in the challenge this week and here is the sketch.


Monday Lunchtime Sketch


Time again for another Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge and this week I decided to use the sketch as a little inspiration to start working with the Flamingo Lingo stamp set.  Along with a few of my Craft-T-Crew team members we are holding a Ronald MacDonald House Fundraising Event later this year (Saturday 25th October to be exact!) and so I needed to ink this stamp up so I can start to get a sense of what projects we might like to do for the event.  This card uses a Basic Gray card base with a little embossed panel of Smoky Slate.  The decorations are quite simple with a strip of Old Olive card stock around the top that was cut using the Scallop blade in the Rotary Trimmer arm .. love it!  The two stamps from the set were stamped in Melon Mambo ink and the top one has the matching Scallop Oval punch whilst the bottom one coordinates with one of the Bitty Banner Framelits.  A simple card but love the final look.

Here is the sketch …


As an aside if you are in the Bundaberg area (or up for a trip here) on the weekend of the 25th October and would love to be kept in the loop with all the details of this upcoming fundraiser leave me a message or email me and I will add you to our mailing list.  We have a limited number of places at this event so you will need to get your name on the list when the tickets go out early September.  Can’t wait to continue playing with this stamp set and come up with some more fantastic cards and projects to share at the event.  

Bordering Blooms and Hello Darling

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Bordering Blooms And Hello Darling

I know I often go on about how I love Stampin’ Up! because of one key thing it seems to do better than anyone else ‘coordination’.  Usually I talk about matching paper, ribbons, ink, buttons etc.  But today I wanted to also say how much I love that Stampin’ Up! also ‘cross-coordinates’ between stamp sets!  What do I mean?  Well this card is made from two stamp sets that are new in the 2014-15 Catalogue: the floral strip is from Bordering Blooms and the greeting is from Hello Darling but see how the flowers are exactly the same in both images.

The Bordering Bloom set matches with a few other stamp sets too including Flower Patch and Garden Party.  This is just that little something extra that makes creating with Stampin’ Up! products sooooo easy and why I love them to pieces!

So for this card today I have used a Sahara Sand card base with a layer of Island Indigo that was embossed using the Lovely Lace embossing folder.  The image on the side is backed with a strip of Tangelo Twist and the flowers were all coloured with a blender pen and Tangelo Twist, Island Indigo and Old Olive ink.

Monday Lunchtime Sketch


Time again from another awesome Monday Lunchtime Sketch and I had such fun creating this card using my new Blendabilities from Stampin’ Up!  I also got to break open a new stamp set that I was inspired to buy because one of my customer’s ordered it and I just had to have it to … Today & Everyday.  This stamp set has three fun images to colour and this little scooter was so forgiving and easy to colour.  I used the Coastal Cabana Blendabilities for the main part of the scooter and the Skin Tone Assortment for the seat finishing off with a light Daffodil Delight for the light.  The tyres were coloured using the standard Stampin’ Up! markers in Basic Black and Basic Gray.  I used the Silver Stampin’ Dazzle Marker to colour the handle bards and tyre rims.  So basically a few different colouring tools from Stampin’ Up! got this job done nicely.  I really wanted the scooter to be the start of this card so used a Crumb Cake card base using a small strip of the Lullaby DSP and a panel of Hello Honey card stock embossed with the Large Polka Dot embossing folder for the background.  The circles framelits and a circle punch helped to frame the image perfectly.  The final hurdle for the sketch was the two little banners and I must say I added a little poetic licence here and used them for the greeting popping them on the top of the image instead of behind like in the sketch but this just worked so much better for me.  The greeting is such fun and comes from the Hostess Set Hello Love.

So here is the sketch so you can play along with us this week ….



Flower Patch Thinlit Card

Challenge 254

This week the challenge for the Late Night Stamper Group is to make a ‘Card that Moves’ and I was really running short of time over the weekend to get my design contribution together BUT then I remembered that we have the Circle Card Thinlits from Stampin’ Up! and I could make a moving card with the turn of my Big Shot handle!  Since I was already playing with the Flower Patch Stamp Set and coordinating Flower Fair Framelits I decided to use them on this card along with some of the lovely All Abloom DSP .  I added a little extra pocket to the card by extended the end of the card outside the limit of the die.  So easy to do and loads of video tutorials on how to do this.

Challenge 254 open

To finish the pocket I punched the top edge with the new Hearts Border punch and added a little more of the All Abloom DSP.  The DSP helped me to get my colour combination (of course) which was Pistachio Pudding for the card base, teamed with Mossy Meadow, Strawberry Slush and Daffodil Delight.  To hold the card closed I used a little of the Strawberry Slush Ruffled Ribbon from Stampin’ Up! which has retired now but, like most of you I am sure, I have a small stash that I will continue to use because this stuff was just the best ribbon ever!

Hope you have time to play along for the challenge this week and make a card that moves!

Stampin’ Up! Perfect Peacock

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Perfect Peacock Framed

I have had such a fun weekend of stamping both on my own and also with some fellow stampers in my monthly Sunday class.  Which means I have loads of new creations to share with you over the coming weeks but thought I would kick off with my favourite creation from the weekend which is this Perfect Peacock Stamp than I coloured with my Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Perfect Peacock Framed CU

This project was so hard to photograph and really it does look lovely ‘in the flesh’.  I think it took me close to 2 hours to complete this piece but I am sure a lot of that time was ‘thinking time’ trying to decide on colours and how to get the shading just right.  But the bottom line is that I am off to buy more photo frames tomorrow as I now want to make a few more as gifts because this one just turned out too nice to stop at only one for me in my craft room  Even if you are not a fan of ‘colouring’ I think you would be amazed at how much you would enjoy working with this stamp and the Blendabilities.