Pictogram Punches with a Retro Twist


I had so much fun with the challenge this week for Try Stampin’ On Tuesdays as not only was there a sketch but an added little colour challenge of ‘yellow, orange and brown’.  At first I was pretty sure that the colour combo was not going to work for me at all but with a little Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist and Baked Brown Sugar I was on my way to a little ‘retro’ inspired card. 

This week also gave me a chance to play with the Pictogram Punches stamp set that I have recently gotten and it was so fun to use.  I love all the itty bitty punches that Stampin’ Up! produces and the new Itty Bitty Accents Punch pack have fast become firm favourites in my collection with the little flower just so versatile coordinating with loads of stamp sets in the catalogue including this one.  

As you can see I again used the FREE Good Greetings stamp set and this one is really a must so if you want to get one for yourself contact me about having a workshop at your place so I can not only show you some fun Stampin’ Up! projects but may also get yourself this stamp set for FREE.

Here is the sketch for this week and love to see your creations.



Monday Lunchtime Sketch


I just love my Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge time, this challenge gets me creating every week and always pushing me to try new tools, ideas or products and this week is no exception.  I have only just purchase the Striped Scallop Thinlit from Stampin’ Up! after seeing so so so many wonderful creations on the internet.  So with mine arriving just last week I decided to break it open for this week’s challenge.  The colour combo for this week is from the Colour Coach and is Sahara Sand; Rich Razzleberry and Strawberry Slush, yes I added the extra Soft Sky because as I was putting this one together I thought it needed just a little ‘lift’ of colour.

I also just received the Bloom with Hope hostess set and the new Good Greetings Stamp Set (you can get this one for free for every $300 order with me from now till the end of October!).  I used my blendabilities to colour the flower and then hand cut it out which was the longest part of making this card but everything else was so straight forward.

Hope you have time to join in the fun of the challenge this week..


Gift Box Punch Board – More than square boxes!

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Gift Box Punch Board Rectangular Gift Boxes

Today I wanted to share with you a bit of a challenge that was set for me by some of my fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators.  

Most people know that I love a 3D project or two and the only other thing I might love a bit more than that is working out how to stretch my crafting $ and find multiple ways to use the wonderful products that Stampin’ Up! sells.  It’s no secret that I am in love with my Envelop Punch Board from Stampin’ Up! (aka EPB) and have used it to create not only envelopes (as per it’s primary purpose) but also loads of boxes, tags and fun cards.  So when the new Gift Box Punch Board was released by Stampin’ Up! in the Holiday Catalogue I was NOT sold, I had my EPB and couldn’t see me ever needing/wanting the new kid on the block.  This was something I shared with my fellow demonstrators in an on-line forum and in no time at all I found that the challenge was set for me to see what I could come up with … but I didn’t have the board, I didn’t need it.  The very next day my downline Michele dropped hers off and now I had no excuse.

So long story short … once I finally gave in and picked up the board I was hooked.  I now have ooooodles of creations using the Gift Box Punch Board (aka GBPB) and even combing it with my ol’ EPB for added versatility.  So today I am sharing the first of many projects with you and this is one is a good one to start with as once you ‘step outside’ the written instructions on the GBPB base plate you soon realise that the possibilities are endless and what better place to start then making rectangular boxes …..

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Gift Box Punch Board Rectangular Gift Box

I made a whole bunch of these as my monthly Stamp Club gifts with a rectangular chocolate on the inside!  Boxes were made with left over green card stock I hand and the video shows you exactly how to make these.  I hope you enjoy the start of what may be many posts on my new friend the GBPB.

NB: As always a big thank you to all the wonderful SU friends I have that continue to encourage me to challenge myself ... oh yeah and also 'enable' my craft spending habit LOL ... you know who you are!


Stampin’ Up! Festival of Trees

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Festival of Trees Pocket Card

Today I wanted to share with you a creation we made in Stamp Club this month.  I do often forget to share the wonderful Stamp Club creations we make each week but thought I might try to blog some more about the project we make. This month we are featuring the Festival of Trees stamp set from Stampin’ Up! along with the coordinating tree punch (that you can save 15% if you buy together in a bundle!).  This pocket card had a lot of layers and different individual pieces to it but was relatively simple to put together and turned out just lovely.  The Typeset DSP from Stampin’ Up! is super light weight and really lovely to craft with.  The ladies also commented on how soft the Venetian Crochet Trim is … it sits so lovely on the card.  The little tree was stamped in Always Artichoke ink and the greeting was in Real Red and is from the More Merry Messages stamp set.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Festival of Trees Pocket Card open

Here is a photo with the insert out of the card and you can see there is plenty of room for your message or even to attach a gift card if you like.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Festival of Trees Curvy Keepsake Box


As usual we made a coordinating gift for the card and this one was SUPER quick with the new Curvy Keepsake Box Framelit.  Decorating with more of the stamped DSP tied these two project together as a gift set.  Using the Curvy Keepsake Box Framelit last night we got to talking about the ‘different’ ways you could use the die to cut out card stock and we came up with some fun ideas that I will try and make over the coming weeks and share in a video with you because I think that a lot of you may be asking the same questions about this framelit.

Just a quick share today but want to start sharing more of my creations from club as we do have a great time creating them.

Monday Lunchtime Sketch


I used this week’s Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge to create a first birthday card for my niece and decided it needed to be as bright and colourful as possible.  I used a Melon Mambo card base with a small strip of the new Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper down the side and of course used this for my colour palette for the card.  The main panel is made using the “1″ from the Metro Type Alphabet Photopolymer stamp set from Stampin’ Up! and is so easy to do as the photopolymer allows for perfect placement every time.

To finish off I used the fun greeting from the Sweet Stuff stamp set from Stampin’ Up! and did a little special trick where I stamped it in Versamark ink then sprinkled different coloured embossing powders over the wet Versamark to create a multicoloured greeting that really ‘pops’.  Now to package up everything and get it in the mail!

Here is the sketch for the challenge this week, hope you have time to play along.


Try Stampin’ On Tuesdays


This week’s sketch challenge for Try Stampin’ On Tuesdays is super simple and was just perfect for a card I needed to showcase some of the fun things you can make with My Digital Studio(MDS).  I held my first ever MDS class on the weekend and had a lot of fun showing the ladies all the cool stuff you can do with this program.  We made a full card but I also showed how them how to make some customised Epoxy Dots to use as embellishments on cards (like this sample) or for scrapbooking (like in Project Life).  The card itself is just a quarter of a piece of Whisper White card stock to which I have added the Beach House Washi Tape from Stampin’ Up! on the front.  My epoxy dots were 1″ so I made a whole bunch of different images to punch out with my 1″ circle punch.

TSOT183 Group

So simple and so much fun and super easy to coordinate the colours in the Washi Tape using MDS to colour my images with Real Red, Pool Party and Crushed Curry. I think I may just have a few MDS ‘converts’ in my Stamp Club …. thanks for asking me to run the class girls I am glad I did, it was a lot of fun!

Here is the sketch so you can join along the challenge this week.


Monday Lunchtime Sketch


Well after missing last week I am back on deck with a card for the Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge and this was a fun card to make for a special friend of mine on the birth of her second daughter.  I made some other things for her to go along with this card but will share them in another post later this week.  The colour combo for this card is Pool Party, Crisp Cantaloupe and Calypso Coral which is nice for a girl if you want to step away from the traditional ‘pink’ card.  The Calypso Coral background is embossed with the Large Polka Dot embossing folder and although you can’t see it too well it does add a nice background for the card.

For the sketch I took a fair bit of poetic licence this week and across the top I have used some of the new Pool Party Cotton Ribbon and hung a pair of booties over it (instead of the two banners in the sketch) but it is kind of the same right?  I used the “it’s a girl” greeting from the A Dozen Thoughts stamp set and the main image is from a really fun greeting set called Bravo.  Here is the sketch so you can join in the fun this week too….


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.  

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Garden Party Happy Birthday Card Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Garden Party Happy Healing Card Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Garden Party Hooray Card Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Garden Party To You Card

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.