Berry Basket Barrow

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Bouquet Berry Basket Barrow

I am so pleased with this latest little project that I managed to complete.  Some of you may have seen my Easter version of this barrow that I posted a day or so ago and I wasn’t really super happy with the ‘structure’ of the barrow, it was a little too flimsy for me so I set about refining my design and so so pleased that I think I have got a super little barrow now that can carry a whole truck load of goodness without her legs giving way!

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I really made this barrow as part of some Easter inspirations but it could be used for any event you like.  This version is chocked with flowers made using the Bouquet and Spiral Flower Dies from Stampin’ Up!  I wanted to be able to have the paper flower and also a treat so made a ‘platform’/lid’ for the barrow so you can still fill it with goodies.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Bouquet Berry Basket Barrow open

I have Easter Eggs in this sample (seem to have lots in the house at the moment) but this could easily be filled with Mum’s favourite chocolates for Mother’s Day, Christmas Candy … anything.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Carrot Berry Basket Barrow

This version is another Easter inspired one using those fun Lindt carrots, again taking advantage of the platform to hold them in place.  Now I do have a tutorial available in my store for those wondering.  BUT there are a couple of things you need to know:

1) You need to have the Berry Basket Die from Stampin’ Up! to make this project there is NO alternative for the basket given in the tutorial;

2) The tutorial ONLY has instructions for the barrow and the platform and provides some tips for decoration … it does not have a step by step guide to the flowers shown here. 

I hope you like this one and would so love to see your little barrow creations so don’t forget to share them by adding a link to your creations in the comments.

Easter is on the way!

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Berry Basket Barrow

Yes it is almost Easter time and I have been working away on this new project that I hoped to have the tutorial finished for today but my week-end kind of didn’t go to plan so this is more of a ‘sneak peak’ of a tutorial/project I will have ready hopefully to share in the next day or two!

This project uses the Berry Basket Die from Stampin’ Up! so you will definitely need that item to make this wheelbarrow other than that it is a fun project that can be used for all sorts of occasions … in fact I have a Mother’s Day version sitting in pieces in my craft room that I will share once the tutorial is also ready.

Well better get back to it!

Your Perfect Day

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Your Perfect Day

I am not too sure where my Monday’s keep going but I this is the second week I have been delayed with my Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge card!  I am about to go on holidays for a week soon so hopefully that will help with the tardy postings!  

Anyway here (finally) is my card for the sketch this week and as you can see I have taken the opportunity to ink up the gorgeous ‘Your Perfect Day’ stamp set from Stampin’ Up! to make a simple and very elegant wedding card.  I often find I don’t have many wedding cards in my ‘stash’ so thought this was the perfect excuse to make another one or two for the collection.  I love how easy it was to make a soft and elegant card with a simple strip of DSP (I used Something Borrowed), a strip of card stock (I used Pink Pirouette) and a length of lace (I used Sahara Sand Lace Trim).  

I can hardly believe I decided to hand cut out that cake but it totally worked for this design and I think worth the effort.  All I really did was stamp the cake in Sahara Sand ink and add highlights of Pink Pirouette with a blender pen.  I hope you will join us for the challenge this week, here is the sketch….

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Only weeks left of Sale-A-Bration

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Lotus Blossom

Undoubtedly Sale-A-Bration would have to be my most favourite time of the Stampin’ Up! year.  Yes even better then NEW catalogue time!  Why? Well for a huge number of reasons.  The first of which is new and exciting stamp sets, paper, ribbon etc and secondly you can get loads and loads and loads of stuff for FREE.  This card I am sharing today is one that I made a while back now and uses the lovely Lotus Blossom Stamp Set that is FREE during Sale-A-Bration.  I didn’t share this card when I made it as there were so so so many Lotus Blossom cards being shared as this stamp set has been a clear favourite this year.  But as Sale-A-Bration nears an end I thought it was time to share these super cute note cards with you.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Lotus Blossom group

As you can see I made more than one of this card …. they were so easy to put together and worked out to be just perfect a thank you cards.  I have used a quarter of a piece of Sahara Sand card stock for the card base and stamped the entire front of the card using the I Love Lace stamp set in Sahara Sand ink.  The Very Vanilla piece on the front of the card features the gorgeous Lotus Blossom in Blushing Bride and Strawberry Slush, one of my favourite combinations for this flower.  I have lightly smoodged around the panel using Crumb Cake ink and the only embellishment is a small piece of the adorable Sahara Sand Lace trim which is tied up using a length of the Gold Baker’s Twine with the gold thread removed.  I needed a cream thread rather than the white Baker’s Twine and removing the gold thread was the perfect solution.

With only weeks to go with Sale-A-Bration I wanted you to know that Stampin’ Up! has added a few more options to the list of FREEBIES.

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This is a great time of year to not only shop with Stampin’ Up! but also JOIN Stampin’ Up! In fact most of my Craft-T-Crew have joined during Sale-A-Bration over the years, the value is AWESOME.  So if you have a little (or big) wish list of Stampin’ Up! items, want to save money on your crafting and join a fun team of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around Australia contact me and I am more than happy to share what I love with you.

Sheer Perfection

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum

This week for the Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge I really wanted to have a little play with the new Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack that you can get for FREE with every purchase of Stampin’ Up! products over $90 (but only for another two weeks).  This vellum stack is so so so so gorgeous and you have probably seen loads of examples using the lovely butterfly sheet that comes in the stack but I wanted to use something different for my card this week.   So I have an Island Indigo card based and used my Banner Framelits to cut out the largest banner in the card front (not cutting all the way to the top though).  I then cut out a Garden Green insert using the largest and second largest of the Framelits.  I used a Rose Red Stampin’ Write Marker to colour the tops of the flowers on the reverse side of the piece of Sheer Perfection Vellum, adhered it behind the cut out window and then attached a full piece of Whisper White card stock to the back of the card front to cover everything up and make my flowers pop.

The Rose Red trim is from the Artisan Embellishment Kit and I have added a little Whisper White Cotton Ribbon thread through and tied in a bow to finish the look.  My greeting is from the Simply Wonderful Stamp Set which you can also get for FREE during Sale-A-Bration, stamped in Island Indigo ink and cut out using one of the little tags in the Handpicked Framelits Dies.  I really enjoyed making this card and took a leaf from my friend Alison (and fellow SU demo) in using the Stampin’ Up! Colour Coach to select my colours for this card and pretty happy with how it turned out.

Here is the sketch you need to join in the challenge this week.

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Happy Birthday Kyah

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Happy 14th

This week the card I have made for the Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge is actually the birthday card I made for my beautiful daughter who just turned 14!  This year it was very hard to decide what to get her for her birthday, however she had well and truly outgrown the bed we bought her when she was 3 so that was something we knew she needed.  So to make it a complete birthday present I enlisted the help of my sister to give her a total room make over and this week’s card uses the colours from her new room … Red and Black.

So with the fabulous sketch to work from I used a balloon from the Celebrate Today stamp set and cut it out with the coordinating Framelit from the Balloon Dies to create the “Happy”.  I then added a little strip of the delightful Stacked with Love DSP stack with some Real Red ribbon around it.  I cut out the numbers for the ’14’ using Red Glimmer paper and finished off the sentiment with using the “birthday” from the same stamp set in Memento ink.  I loved this card and here is the sketch so you can play along too this week.

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As a little extra I thought I would pop in some photos of the room make-over we did for her birthday, just over 2 days work but a big change from purple and wood feature room complete with bunk bed ….

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loads of Beanie Kids… 

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This is what she came home to after the first day … no entry!

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This is the finished product … it was all wrapped in the construction tape for her to ‘unwrap’ her new room.  A big blackboard on one wall with a new desk and chair.  You might recognise the Hello Life Project Kit from Stampin’ Up! above the desk.  This kit comes with Crushed Curry as the accent colour but I just changed it out for Real Red and it worked a treat!

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We even cover the door on her wardrobe with fabric to match in with the theme…

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Finally strings of fairy lights around the room and the ‘curtain’ behind the bed has loads of polaroid pictures I printed off from her camera, all hung with Stampin’ Up! clothes pins covered in coordinating Washi Tape.

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Massive effort but totally worth it!

More During Sale-A-Bration

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Just when you think that Sale-A-Bration can’t get any better Stampin’ Up! go and add four more MUST have items for this year’s Sale-A-Bration which ends in about three weeks time!  I for one was super super super excited to try out the new FREEBIES and have made some fast and simple cards using only two of the products you can get for FREE when you spend $90 on Stampin’ Up! product.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - For Being You Cards

Using only the For Being You Stamp Set and the lovely Baker’s Twine from the In Colour Accessory Pack I was able to make these five cards in no time at all.  I stamped the “Thanks” in Memento Ink so that I could use my Blendabilities to colour the letters in.  Now it is good to note that whilst Stampin’ Up! does not carry any Blendabilities from the In Colour Collection you can still get a pretty good match using the Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry and Bermuda Bay Blendabilities.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - For Being You Card Blackberry Bliss

Blackberry Bliss

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - For Being You Card Hello Honey

Hello Honey

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - For Being You Card Lost Lagoon

Lost Lagoon

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - For Being You Card Mossy Meadow

Mossy Meadow

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - For Being You Card Tangelo Twist

Tangelo Twist

To see what EXTRA goodies are available click here to download a copy of the flyer.  These new items are really ‘must have’s’ for your crafting collection and you only have a handful of weeks to get these ones for FREE.  Any questions or want to place and order simply email me.

Butterfly Basics – Flash Back Inspiration

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Butterfly Basics

I know it is not Monday and my card for this week’s Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge is setting some sort of record for ‘tardiness’ … let’s just say this week managed to run away from me at a rapid pace!  However I am here now to share this card I made for the challenge.

I wanted to also share where I got my inspiration from for this card and it was actually when I was going through some drawers in my daughter’s room when I found a card that we made at a Stampin’ Up! workshop long before I was a demonstrator.  

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Flash Back

This card was one of the reasons I started to fall in love with Stampin’ Up! … I was so taken with the use of a stamp set to great my own custom background paper and how the ink and cardstock just seemed to magically work together.  So I used this card as the inspiration in both my colours and technique for my card for this week’s sketch.

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So along with this sketch I had all the ingredients to make a fun and fast card.  My card has a Soft Suede card base simply paired with Very Vanilla card stock which was decorated using the Butterfly Basics stamp set from the 2015 Occasions Catalogue.  I used several of the images in this set with Soft Suede and Early Espresso ink (stamping off some of the images).  The card was finished with a greeting cut from Early Espresso card stock and the ‘hello’ from the Hello You thinlits.  The butterflies are punched using the Elegant Butterfly punch and some Very Vanilla card stock and some Natural Filter Paper.

So pleased with how this one turned out and hope you can find a little time this weekend to still join with this challenge.

Monday Lunchtime Sketch

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Mini Treat Bag Eat Cake card open

I think I may be slightly addicted to using my Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies for making super cute envelopes for my cards with yet another sample for you today as part of the Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Mini Treat Bag Eat Cake card

This little envelope/bag is made using some of the new Sweet Dreams Designer Series paper from Stampin’ Up!  This envelope is pretty cute just on it’s own but I did add a little label and a bow made from some of the White Juste Ribbon which is really fun to work with.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Eat Cake

The card itself is made from a piece of Whisper White card stock cut at 5″ x 7″ and folded in half.  The front is decorated using some of the lovely Sweet Dreams Designer Washi Tape … love how it coordinates perfectly with the DSP!  I have added more of the White Jute Ribbon for accent along with some Crisp Cantaloupe Baker’s Twine.  The image and greeting are from the One Tag Fits All stamp set that I have coloured with my favourite Stampin’ Up! blendabilities.  This was cut out with the Note Tag punch and mounted onto a tag stamped in Hello Honey ink onto Hello Honey cardstock and cut out by hand. 

So simple yet soooo sweet.  Here is the sketch so you can join us this week.

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Filter Paper Mini Treat Bag Envelope

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Filter Paper Mini Treat Bag Cards

Today I wanted to share with you a project I made as part of my recent presentation at the Stampin’ Up! Party Time event in Brisbane.  My presentation was on the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies by Stampin’ Up!, I ran a little short on time and had to rush through some of the projects on the day so thought I would post some of them on my blog.  

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Filter Paper Mini Treat Bag Lemon Love Life card

This little ‘envelope’ is made using the thinlits and Stampin’ Up! Filter Paper.  It makes a gorgeous semi-transparent envelop for cards and works perfectly with the A Happy Thing Stamp Set which you can receive for FREE during Sale-A-Bration.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Filter Paper Mini Treat Bag Lemon Love Life card open

A good sized note card fits in the envelop and I have a video below with all the measurements outlined.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Filter Paper Mini Treat Bag Lemon Love Life card inside

I often forget but thought I would also show you the inside of my card … I love to colour with blendabilities and colouring the inside just gives me more time to play.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Filter Paper Mini Treat Bag Bird Love Life card

 This is another version and the card I had planned to share at Party Time but ran out of time so wanted to share it here completed.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Filter Paper Mini Treat Bag Bird Love Life card open