Colour INKspiration – Woven Hi

We had so many wonderful creations with last fortnight’s Colour INKspiration palette that I can hardly wait to see what everyone will come up with using this new suite of gorgeous colours.

There are some amazing creations from the design team showcasing this combination so be sure to stop in on all the blog for some amazing inspiration.  Then, if you haven’t already, join in the fun over at the Colour INKspiration facebook group here.

I decided to try a new technique for the challenge and something I had not done in a long time – paper weaving!  This technique is super easy and lots of fun to do.  Essentially I started with two 3″ square piece so card stock, one in Gold Foil and one in the Irresistibly Floral DSP.  I used my sponge brayers to add the Calypso Coral and Pool Party ink to the DSP – which is so fun and so easy to do.

I have a little tutorial on how I did the weaving in case you want to try this one for yourself and not too sure where to start ….

I hope you have provided a little inspiration for the Colour INKspiration colours this week and can’t wait for you to hop over to Kim Oliver, our Guest Designer for this challenge, to see her gorgeous project with these colours.


Thanks A Bunch

For my February “Thank You” cards for my customers I really wanted to showcase the lovely Basket Bunch Bundle from Stampin’ Up! and create a simple ‘non-easter’ themed card … and I hope I have achieved that!

I used this week’s sketch from the Paper Craft Crew as I was immediately drawn to the simplicity of the sketch and just knew it would be the perfect layout for my gorgeous basket of flowers.

There is a LOT of die cutting in my card this month but I LOVE using my BigShot so really enjoyed making these cards for my amazing customers to send out with their monthly gifts.  All of the little flowers and leaves are also coloured using a Blender pen from Stampin’ Up! which makes it so easy.  I really wanted to try and restrict my supplies for this card so you may notice that I used one of the honeycomb Easter Egg dies from the Basket Bunch Bundle to create the little focal point behind the greeting.

Now to get these in the mail along with the goodies …. the end of March is nearly here so I had better get a wriggle on!


Alice in Wonderland Birthday

Today I finally get to share with you some very rushed (and I now realise not very good) photos I took of the birthday card I created for my 16 year old daughter’s birthday last week-end.  I finished this card very late at night and was madly packing for the weekend away so hastily snaps some photos which unfortunately are a little dark on the wood background.  Hopefully you can still see this creation.

A lot of these items are either retired Stampin’ Up! products or things that I created with the computer, it was really hard to get an ‘Alice’ theme with the current Stampin’ Up! products that I had on hand.  However, looking back through the catalogue I think I could have bought a few things if I planned my card making time a little better! Next time LOL!  

I made a pocket card using a piece of 12″ x 12″ Kraft cardstock, I cut it in half at 6″ and then scored it at 2.5″ and 6 5/8″ to make the folds.  I cut a point in the 2.5″ panel to make it look like an envelop and added a pocket to the inside of the remaining smaller panel.

I used the colour palette from the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack as it had the perfect harlequin pattern for the Alice theme.  As part of the party weekend I made a little present schedule for the gift giving, with 16 presents (of course for turning 16) to open over the entire weekend.

Even the schedule was Alice themed with the White Rabbit’s watch signifying a present to be opened.  She kept track of the schedule by adhering a “Queen of Hearts” heart onto each clock when a present was opened!

One of the first presents she opened for the weekend was her Alice inspired “Eat Me!” jars made using the Cupcakes and Carousels Embellishment Kit.  I LOVE this little kit and it made turning these very inexpensive glass jars from K-Mart into Alice treats sooooooo easy.  Filled with her favourite lollies they were definitely at hit!


Colour INKspiration – Congrats You Two!

Today I am so thrilled to share my first official post as a designer with the Colour INKspiration Crew as part of the 5th Blog Hop!  I did know last fortnight that I was on the team but it just feels a little more official this time and I can’t tell you how excited I am.

Now for those that don’t know, Colour INKspiration  is a Facebook site that has fortnightly colour challenges with over 1000 group members these is so much inspiration to take in.  This fortnight the colour palette is one that totally makes my heart sing, in fact I love this combination I think I will make another card with this combination this week.

My card for the challenge was inspired by the gorgeous photos as well as the beautiful colours.  I immediately grabbed my Jar of Love stamp set from Stampin’ Up! as those cute flowers reminded me of the flower from that set.  I also happened to be in the need of a wedding card for a work colleague, so with my flowers and palette that is exactly what I did.  There are a lot of layers to this card but I just couldn’t seem to stop adding elements! 

The one ‘extra’ I did do was add another neutral to the colour palette, Early Espresso, just to give me some contrast as all my elements were getting a little lost, but with the addition of a hand cut heart in Early Espresso (also stamped with the Hardwood image in Early Espresso) I had a great backdrop for my delicate flowers.  You may not see it very well in the photo but the little Soft Sky and Sahara Sand leaves/branches are covered in Clear Wink of Stella and just give that extra added touch of shimmer to the final look.

I hope you get some inspiration from my card this week and of course all of the wonderful creations from the design team.  I am so excited for you to hop by and see the amazing project by the wonderful Nicole Wilson … her creation is simply beautiful this week.


Pisces Birthday

At the start of the year there seems to be an endless stream of birthdays for our family and it also seems for the friends including my children’s friends.  Today I am sharing with you an ‘astrological’ inspired card for a 16 year old who is a Pisces star sign.  Now this card looks very simple I know so I am a little embarrassed to say that it took me the best part of a day to complete this card (with drying and thinking time LOL).

The basis for this card was to take the constellation of Pisces and make it into a card.  I knew I wanted it to look like it was in the night sky of course so decided to use my aquapainter and the Night of Navy re-inker from Stampin’ Up! to create an abstract-ish background.  Now for those that know me you will totally understand how hard it was for me to just let the ‘colours flow’ on the water colour paper and even harder to purposely flick splotches of ink over the paper!!! After I let the inked up back ground dry I next added some random white dots to the background with Whisper White ink and the Gorgeous Grunge splotch image.

Now all I had to do was add the constellation, easy right?  Well, I used the above image that I found on the internet and traced it onto the front of the card, I used my white gel pen to mark the dots and embossed them with white embossing powder to make them stand out just a little more.  Once all the dots (stars) where in place I joined them all up with my white gel pen to get the finished constellation.  I used a Stampin’ Write Marker to add the little Pisces symbol and then used the Labeler Alphabet set from Stampin’ Up! to complete the front.  Adding a little Silver Glimmer paper as a matt for the card front really finished it off nicely.

I was a challenge for me this one but happy with the end result of my effort.


Thankful Life

A quick Sunday night share for you with a “thank you” card I made using the Thankful Life Hostess stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  I haven’t used this stamp set much but loved it when I saw it in the Occasions Catalogue so it was one of the first ones I purchased.  The main intent of this set is to use two-step stamping to create a simple vase with flowers along with a set of lovely greetings.  However, I decided that the multiple images that are in the set for making the bunch of flowers also make an amazing background – not that is not a new DSP it is the stamped images, aren’t they just beautiful?

I did struggle to keep this card simple – which was my first intension, but with the help of the sketch this week on the Paper Craft Crew Challenge site, I was able to create a card I was super happy with in the end.


Colour INKspiration: Hexagon Box Tower

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I am so excited this week to be a Guest Designer on the new Colour INKspiration challenge site and joining the wonderful Colour INKspiration Crew for their 4th blog hop as they reveal all the creations to inspire you for this fortnights challenge colours. 

Joining in on the challenges is super easy all you have to do is click here to join us and then share your wonderful creations using the fun colour palette each fortnight.  

Now you may have come here from the lovely Paula Dobson’s blog and already be part way through the hop so I am really hoping I have done justice to this week’s amazing set of inspiring colours …


After having a little play around I finally decided to play to my strengths this week and go for a 3D item and one that I have actually been busting to make ever since I first saw the Window Box Thinlits Dies from Stampin’ Up! in the new 2017 Occasions Catalogue.

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I am sure you have seen the amazing projects that people have been coming up with using these Dies and most of them are ideas that I also immediately thought of – double height and width box versions, cutting the box horizontally etc.  but the one other thing I also wondered was whether they would make a quick easy way to create the old tower boxes we used to make by hand – you know when we used to make individual origami square boxes and then placing them in a wrap with a lid on top?

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Well as it turns out, yes they do!  The Window Gift Box die makes it super fast and easy to create the boxes for your stack and the measurements for the wrap are also amazingly simple. 

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For this version of the box I decided not to include a lid as my treats just looked so much better peeking out the top of the stack  but adding a lid is a cinch and I will have another post later this week with an example of that version.

I also decided to make a video on the basic construction of the tower boxes in case anyone wants to try these for yourself – it is a little long (much longer than any other video I have made) as I decided to include a few extra tips for the Window Box Thinlits as I went along …

Now you must pop over to Bronwyn Eastley’s amazing blog to check out her amazing creation for this fortnight’s colour combo ….

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Happy Valentine’s Day

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I am a little early with my Valentine’s Day post (only a few hours though) but wanted to share the card I made for my husband this year with you before I forgot to.  Lucky for me he is not a daily visitor to my blog so this one will still be a surprise for him in the morning.  

Now I bet you are thinking that this is a most unusual Valentine’s card – where is the red right?  Well this year I wanted to do something a little different from what I usually make for my husband (my Mini Sandwich Box was very traditional a few years ago).

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So I used the colour palette for this fortnight’s Colour INKspiration to really test out my creative muscle.  I mean not even a red hue in sight no pink, blush, purple – nothing.  BUT I did love this colour combination and something I knew I could use to make a very unique and personal card for hubby.  I even decided to use my Easter stamp set from Stampin’ Up! Basket Bunch for my two little chick images – they are cute aren’t they?

I don’t actually have any Valentine’s Day type stamp sets, dies or accessories so you will see that my supplies list is a very ‘non-valentine’ assortment indeed!  I was pretty excited to see that the Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up! not only had the perfect greeting for my card but also the ‘bar’ image which made a great background and showed off the colour combination wonderfully.

You may be wondering where I got my other “love” elements from for this card, easy really.  The heart is from the Mini Treat Bag Die, which I embossed with Woodgrain – sweet, and the arrow is made using the arrow shaped paper clip from the Project Life Paper Clips Thinlits.  The banner for my greeting is the ‘sash’ from the T-Shirt Builder Framelits – yes I love my dies!  It just goes to show you how versatile your supplies can be even when you don’t think you have anything!


This week’s Paper Craft Crew Challenge is LOVE so also thought it would be great to submit my card for this week … wonder how many other cards won’t use red LOL.  


Designer Tees – Gift Card and Holder

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Today’s share is another version of some cute A6 notecards that I have been having a lot of fun making lately.  I also wanted to share how I make a little holder that fits at least six of these cards with envelops.

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The holder is super easy to put together and can be made from a standard piece of A4 card stock.  I have made a quick video tutorial for you which is at the bottom of this post.

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This set of cards is based on the Designer Tees Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up! which you can get for FREE during Sale-A-Bration.  The fun greetings in the set make it just perfect for little note cards.

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My note cards are made just by cutting a standard piece of cardstock into four pieces – and folding each piece in half.  You can actually make all the cards and the holder from 3 pieces of card stock – how awesome is that!

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Each of the cards is so simple, using only a piece of DSP and a coordinating piece of one of the current Stampin’ Up! In-Colours as a matt.

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One little tip I would also like to share is that you can save on your card stock even more if you punch out your ‘badge’ shape from the matting piece before you assemble you card

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-no one knows it is missing when you put it all together.

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Each of the greetings is stamped onto scrap Whisper White cardstock and punched out with a circle punch – even the train one, you just have to add the little “I think I can” back over the top.

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The cards look great either portrait or landscape and really come together so simply and easy with only a few supplies.

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I made the envelopes for each card using a piece of 6″ square paper and my Stampin’ Up! Envelop Punch Board.  Hope you enjoy the video and enjoy making this for yourself.



Special Reason Cards

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It is the end of January already – can you believe how fast 2017 is already flying by?  The end of the month is always an exciting time for me because it means I get to make my lovely customers a special thank you card and get to send out some awesome happy mail.  This is the card I have made for my customers who have purchased with me during January and I love it!


I got the inspiration for the card from the Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge, as usual with me I used the sketch to get my starting point and modified it to fit with my stamp set and the creativity of how everything worked together.

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I made two different cards this month, well two different colour combinations for the flower really.  You see I couldn’t decide whether I liked the Calypso Coral cut out over the Sweet Sugarplum flower or the Sweet Sugarplum cut out over the Calypso Coral flower – the end result was a few of each.

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These cards use a few of my framelits from Stampin’ Up! including the Stylish Stems, Layering Circles and Banners, I just love my Big Shot when it comes to making cards.  I even used my framelits to create the mask for the woodgrain center on the front of the card.  I really enjoyed making these cards and can’t wait to get the wonderful goodies in the mail to my customers tomorrow.