Petals & Paisleys

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Petals & Paisleys

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

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Jar of Love Thank You

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

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Crazy About You

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!

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

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.

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

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.

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

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?

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

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.

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

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!

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

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.

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

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.

PCCCS#197 – Awesomely Artistic

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Awesomely Artistic

I have a super quick blog post for you tonight with another card from the weekly Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch Challenge.  With all the NEW product hype this last week with Stampin’ Up!’s new catalogue I decided to buck the trend and ink up some old favourites for this card.  This card features the Awesomely Artistic stamp set from Stampin’ Up! and I still think it has to be one of my favourites from over the years, teamed with the Hardwood background stamp and some die cuts from the Botanical Builder Framelits I had the makings of one gorgeous little card.

My colour combination is Crumb Cake, Island Indigo, Mint Macaron and Blushing Bride with hints of gold embossing.  I did a little masking for the background Hardwood to get just the right look for my card and it took a little fiddling to get my embellishments just right but finally decided to punch out some small circles and emboss them with gold embossing powder to tie in with my label for the greeting.  All in all I am thrilled with this little card and didn’t stray too far from the sketch this week …



Join the Craft-T-Crew

2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalogue

Now that the brand NEW Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue is finally here I am sure you (like me) have a very very very long “wish list” full of all the wonderful new products that you simply can not wait to get your hands on – right?  If you haven’t seen the catalogue yet you can simply CLICK HERE to view all the products in my online store and start shopping.


Before you do, check out the amazing specials that are on for the month of June.



Got a big order? Or thinking of hosting a workshop?  

Simply place a total order of  $450 AUD or more in sales and receive $50 AUD in EXTRA Stampin’ Rewards. Remember, that’s ON TOP of the regular awards you would have got anyway.

Gather your friends and put in a group order – or if you are on the Sunshine Coast I would love to come and share a fun couple of hours with you to do a FREE make & take and show off the amazing products in the catalogue.  But if you have a big list that you are keen to tick off then place a single order over $450 and still get the extra benefits!

Bonus Stampin' Rewards Chart - for June 2016



Sale-A-Bration is usually one of the best times of year to join Stampin’ Up! but I reckon this is an amazing offer and a great reason to join my Craft-T-Crew during June.


Join my Craft-T-Crew this month and get two FREE stamp sets in your Starter Kit. That’s an added value of up to $178 AUD.

If you love to craft and love Stampin’ Up!, this could be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.  Joining Stampin’ Up! will give you access to all our products at a fabulous ongoing discount – who doesn’t love saving on craft supplies!  You also get access to training resources and secret stamping stuff that is for ‘demonstrator eyes only’. Joining my team will give you access to the Craft-T-Crew benefits – our team of demonstrators from all over Australia – like extra product samples, kits, FREE tutorials and more.  Not sure what the ‘catch is’ … secretly there is none – contact me for more info or sign up HERE.

PCCCS#196 – Time of Year

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Time of Year

I am really starting to get back into challenges and have decided to join the Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch challenge again this week, the sketch was just so fun I could resist!  I tend to often take a fair amount of ‘poetic licence’ with sketch challenges and just love how a sketch can get my mind racing with the different ways it could work for a card or project.  This week I focused on the new Time of Year stamp set from Stampin’ Up! which is one of the new hostess sets that is available in the new catalogue.  The banner greetings just seemed so perfect for this sketch!

I decided to use the small flower images from the set to add the splotch feature to my card front and loved how nicely it teamed with the Rose cut out from the Rose Garden Thinlits Dies.  Instead of the butterfly as the main feature I picked up the butterfly from the sketch to add as the smaller embellishment.  Instead of the circle from the sketch I decided on a smaller banner made using Vellum fitted my card better and allowed me to add the little extra sentiment that I needed.

So here is the sketch for this week … you will see what I mean about just using these sketching as the creative starting point.



Pineapple Sunday

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Pop of Paradise Pineapples

I tell you I am loving the new Pop of Paradise stamp set from Stampin’ Up! to pieces at the moment and I still haven’t inked up all the images in the set!  You may remember that I posted a fun card from this set last week featuring the leaves HERE.  This week I decided to use only two images from the set and use only one ink colour to create each card and these are the first two I made.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Pop of Paradise Pineapple FF

Using the new in-colour Flirty Flamingo, I “stamped off” the leave image before stamping onto a piece of Shimmery White card stock to create a back ground.  I then stamped the pineapple image in full Flirty Flamingo gorgeousness onto scrap Whisper White cardstock before hand cutting it out.  Adding a touch of the matching Ruched Ribbon really finished off this card perfectly.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Pop of Paradise Pineapple EE

I did the same think for the new Emerald Envy In-Colour, I still have the other In-Colours to create but think these might be just the perfect thank you cards for my May customer orders, so much fun to make!