Monday Lunchtime Sketch


This week’s Monday Lunchtime Sketch was another great excuse to make a few more Christmas cards for this year.  This week however I wanted to do a more non-traditional colour combo and have often been inspired by those Christmas Wreaths made with colourful baubles and wanted to see if I could create one with my stamps.  So I used a the dots from the Wondorous Wreath stamp sets as well as some of the Dotty Angles to create a wreath in Melon Mambo, Coastal Cabana and Silver and then hand cut out my completed work of art.

A little ribbon and a greeting from the Endless Wishes stamp set and I was done.  here is the sketch so you can join in too this week …


Salt Dough for Christmas

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments

I know I have been a little slack with my blogging lately but I have been crafting heaps!  I have so much to share and show you but not sure where to start so thought I would do a quick little post on my experimenting with salt dough I have done this Christmas.  I have seen a few thing around with the old salt dough and decided that this year I was going to make some.  These first ornaments were my very first attempt at salt dough and were gifts for my Stamp Club ladies.  I made a few mistakes with this first batch but they still turned out reasonable enough to hand out.

The second batch I learnt from my mistakes and they turned out whiter, dried faster and were less ‘bulky’ looking.  In fact I was happy enough that I ran my last class for 2014 on how to make these for yourself.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Salt Dough Ornaments

The ladies that came along made quite a few of each of these as the mixture makes up heaps!  Now I know you are going to make some for yourself and whilst you can get the recipe easy enough off the week I have decided to put my tutorial (including the tips I learnt along the way) in my ‘Tutorial Store‘ for FREE so be sure to head over and download it.


Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Salt Dough Gift Tags

I lastly wanted to share with you the other thing I made from the salt dough this year which was these lovely little gift tags.  I used the Photopolymer Epic Alphabet stamp set and some Baked Brown Sugar ink and used some Burlap Ribbon strips to attach them to the gift bags for my Book Club friends.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Salt Dough Gift Tags with gift

And just in case you were wondering what was in the gift bag … some lovely homemade jam with edible glitter!!!!

Hope you are inspired to make some of these salt dough trinkets for yourself they are super easy and lots of fun.

Monday Lunchtime Sketch


For today’s Monday Lunchtime Sketch I decided to use a framelit that I haven’t used before and a stamp set that is new to my collection!  The camera framelit comes in the On Film Framelit set and whilst I have used loads of the framelits in that set, particularly the photo frame and film strip, I hadn’t found a use for the little embossed camera in the set.  However, today’s sketched just seemed perfect for it and I knew straight away that the lovely Flashback DSP from Stampin’ Up! would work well with it, especially the piece with the retro style camera’s on it.

Of course my colour palette was taken directly from the back of the DSP pack with Smoky Slate for the card base and a little touch of Real Red behind the DSP panel.  The cameras are done in Real Red and Crushed Curry.  My newly acquired @SoSocial Stamp set from Stampin’ Up! made for a perfect simple greeting to finish off the card stamped with a little StazOn ink.

Here is the sketch so you can join us this week too ….


Monday Lunchtime Sketch


For today’s Monday Lunchtime Sketch I thought I would do a Christmas card to officially ‘kick off’ the countdown to this wonderful time of year.  My card is a super quick and simple creation and literally took minutes to put together using some of my favourite framelits (stars and ovals), some 
Designer Series Paper and a little Glimmer paper.  As you can see this week I have practically copied the sketch exactly as it is and love how easy it was to put together.

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


Monday Lunchtime Sketch

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Tap Tap Tap

Today I wanted to share with you not only my card for this week’s Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge but also what this card is all about.

Some of you already know that my sister Wenna is a fabulous crocheter and crafter and sells some lovely creations at the local markets.  You can also see some of her cute projects on her blog –  Wen Crafting.  Recently see has started to stock some of her fabulous creations at the New Vintage pop-up shop that is run by a lovely local lady here in town.  Sandra stocks a range of gorgeously restored furniture and has recently been adding local handcrafted creations to the store and asked if I had any cards that would complement the handmade ‘new vintage’ feel of her store.  So I put together a little selection for her and thankfully she liked them enough that she is going to stock them in her pop-up shop!

I wanted to be able to provide Sandra with a good selection of cards so needed to get busy making about 50 for her in about a two weeks (and work full time) for a market event she was attending.  How did I do it so quickly?  Well, you all know how much I love my sketch challenges, I always seem to use the sketches each week to make a least a few different cards and I have a folder where I keep all of the past sketches as they are super for inspiration, especially when I have 20 minutes to make a card …. yes that happens more than you can imagine!  So with the help of some fabulous sketches I managed to get the cards completed and delivered on time and this ‘Tap Tap Tap’ card was made using this week’s sketch.

For the card I simply used a Crumb Cake base with a scrap of DSP for the background and the typewriter and keys stamped in Early Espresso ink.  With a little tearing, distressing and smoodging I had a fabulous little greeting card ready.  I love the Burlap ribbon as well as the thick Baker’s Twine for making vintage type cards so their addition was a must along with the button for the accent piece.

Now here is the sketch so you can join in the challenge this week too ….


Monday Lunchtime Sketch


I loved the sketch this week for the Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge (love them all really!), in fact it was one of those sketches that I made multiple cards for!  The one I am sharing with you was one of my favourites that I made, mainly because I think I am finally getting the hang of my Stampin’ Up! blendabilities and loving them to pieces.  The Blended Bloom stamp was one of the first I got from the new catalogue (actually got it at the Stampin’ Up! convention as a freebie!!) and the first stamp I used with the new blendabilities so it was used quite a lot in the early days of the catalogue but has sat for a while now without seeing any ink.  So this week I thought it would be good to bring it back out and give it another run with my Coastal Cabana blendabilities.

The great thing about colouring this stamp is that you really don’t need too much ‘extra’ to make a fabulous card.  All I added was a little Designer Series Paper, some Burlap Ribbon and a little stamping and this card was done.

Here is the sketch so you can join us this week …


Monday Lunchtime Sketch


I know that this post may seem a little odd for my timing but I made this card a few weeks back for the Monday Lunchtime Sketch challenge (just before Halloween) and didn’t really stop to think about when I might actually be posting this card on my blog.  So although Halloween is long gone I still wanted to share this card with you.  In fact, this is my first EVER Halloween card and I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.  

I have been doing a lot of colouring lately with my Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities and think that I am at least slowly improving in my skill level.  I wanted more stamp sets to colour and work with but found I had almost exhausted the options from the current Stampin’ Up! catalogue … then it ‘clicked’ …. MDS (MyDigital Studio)!  I am not really a ‘digital crafter BUT oh my have I started to ‘work’ this program to buy and print a whole range of retired images to use in my card making.

These little Greeting Card Kids were a stamp set that I never purchased when they were available but with MDS that is so not a problem, I only paid about $3 or $4 for these images and can print them in whatever size I need them which is just tooooo perfect.  So this little lady was printed with my normal old Ink Jet printer and then I sat and happily coloured for an hour or so (yes I am a slow colourer!).  All I had to do was add a little DSP and some ribbon and I was done.

Here is the sketch so you can join us this week ….


Star Treat Boxes

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Star Treat Box

Now that we have officially arrived in November the countdown to Christmas and my favourite crafting time of the year has begun!  Today I want to share with you some of the treat holders I am starting to make for this Festive Seasons.  These first ones are my Star Treat Boxes and are so easy to make using the Stars Framelits from Stampin’ Up!  Now if you haven’t yet got hold of these framelits you seriously need to as they are just soooooo much fun to make things with and you definitely need them to make these boxes.  The only other supplies are some cardstock, a score board and of course stamps and ink to decorate!

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Star Treat Boxes

I have kept the decorations for these boxes quite simple as I am a little pushed for time with a few projects on the go at the moment (yes I will be sharing them all here shortly!) but none-the-less I think they turned out pretty nice and would make great little ‘name plates’ at your Christmas dinner table as they even stand up!

Here is a quick tutorial so you can make some for yourself ….


Monday Lunchtime Sketch


With my Ronald McDonald House Charity Fundraising event now over I am finally getting a little more time for some other crafting.  However the one thing that I have been busy making is ‘thank you’ cards for all the lovely people who donated funds for our event and this is one of the cards that I made.  I love the new photopolymer stamp sets from Stampin’ Up! and use the Draw the Line set to create the background for this card using Crushed Curry ink on Crushed Curry cardstock.  With a Basic Black card base and some lovely Motley Monsters DSP the Crush Curry panel really ‘pops’.

The greeting for my card is from a great new stamp set of mine called #hello which I originally purchased for my daughter to use in her Project Life albums but I just love the “thanks so much” greeting and it all just seemed to work really well for the sketch this week on the Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge.  Here is the sketch for this week ….


Monday Lunchtime Sketch

TSSC338 group

For this week’s Monday Lunchtime Sketch I decided to use the sketch to make my October thank you cards for my Stamp Club ladies.  As you may have read in an earlier post here this month we focused on the Holiday Home Photopolymer Stamp Set by Stampin’ Up! and we had a lot of fun making not only Christmas cards but a range of other cards with this stamp set.  I usually try to make the thank you cards with the same set we use for the month that way the ladies get to see at least one more idea with the stamp set we are playing with for the month.


I loved the little tree from this stamp set but the other images that are in the set that you could use to decorate the tree seemed a little too ‘Autumn’ for what I wanted so a quick scan through my stamp collection and I found the perfect tree top!  Can you pick what stamp set I found it in?  It is the blossom from the Flower Patch Photopolymer stamp set!  I stamped it in Wild Wasabi ink onto water colour paper and then used my Aquapainter to colour the middle of the blossom in.  After letting it dry I stamped the tree in Early Espresso ink and the greeting from the Holiday Home set in Marine Mist ink.  I added a little Rose Red heart using the Owl Punch to finish the central image.  The little banner behind the image has the heart from the Holiday Home stamp set randomly stamped over it with Rose Red ink.  This is a 4″ x 4″ card on an Early Espresso card base with a layer of Rose Red card stock and some Marina Mist ribbon and Wild Wasabi DSP to finish it off.

Here is the sketch if you would like to play along too this week ….