Monday Lunchtime Sketch with a little “love”

Challenge #239

Time again for another new challenge for the Late Night Stampers group as well as another Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge and this week the two challenges just worked sooooo well together that I combined them for my card.  Firstly the challenge for the LNS group is all about “love” so weddings, valentines, anniversaries etc and the sketch from Mary Jo for the TSSC was just screaming hearts LOL!  

I also promised to come back with a better attempt at my ‘Flowerfull Heart’ stamp as I don’t think I really did a good job with my first creation using it.  This card is soooooo much better and really show just how beautiful this stamp really is.  It is available to order now and for only $16.95 I think it is just such as great stamp to have.  I have used only Coastal Cabana and white for this card with a little dry embossing and just a hint of Silver Glimmer paper for the little heart.  Much happier with my attempts this week!

Hope you can join in the fun of either challenge (or both like I did!), here is the sketch to get you started ….


Good As Gold

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Good as Gold group

I hope you have all had a lovely relaxing Christmas break!  I took some down time from the computer and crafting to spend a little more time cooking, eating, watching movies and enjoying my family and friends.  But I am back in the computer and craft room now and wanted to share with you the few cards I had to quickly whip up on Christmas Eve.  I needed some thank you cards for orders that arrived Christmas Eve and wanted to deliver to my customers.  Believe it or not I didn’t have any thank you cards around so with the new SNEAK PEAK ‘Good as Gold’ card kit from Stampin’ Up! (another FREE item available soon with Sale-A-Bration) I was able to create 8 simple but stunning cards in no time at all.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Good as Gold for you

The kits are great and contain absolutely everything you need (except a little adhesive) and honestly you don’t even have to think about how to assemble them as the kit has instructions and photos of the cards to follow. That is exactly what I did, placed the gold liners in the envelopes, attached the pre-cut banners to the card fronts and tied on the twine and gold elastic!

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Good as Gold thank you

The only extra thing I did was adhere the little gold stars that ‘pop out’ of the gold banners onto the fronts of my envelopes (I couldn’t throw them away).  Love this kit and the colour combination is just so sweet.

Monday Lunchtime Sketch


Today I wanted to share with you more of the SNEAK PEAK goodness from the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration.  This is the card I created for the Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge this week and it features more of the wonderful Sweet Sorbet DSP.  The stamp set for this card is the ‘You’re Lovely’ set which is yet another FREE one from the catalogue. I was searching high and low for a colour challenge that I could grab a combination from to help me with this card and it seems like nearly all colour challenges this week have a ‘Christmas’ spin on them  … go figure LOL.  However, I was desperate to do a little non-christmas number so luckily colourQ had a uber-fabulous combo for me: Baked Brown Sugar, Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Summer Starfruit and White …. Love it!

This is the sketch….


and here are those colours …


Flowerfull Heart

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Flowerfull Heart


This card is something I did for a Just Add Ink colour challenge, funny thing though I took so long to work out how to get the colours in the challenge  (Blushing Bride, Soft Sky, Calypso Coral and So Saffron) to work together and not look offensive that I actually missed the submission deadline LOL!

However, I still thought you might like to see the card as it features the Flowerfull Heart Stamp from Stampin’ Up! which is currently available as part of the Whole Lot of Love Valentines Special.  This stamp is truly beautiful and I can see sooooo many other uses apart from Valentine’s Day like Mother’s Day and even a Wedding Card would look fabulous with this image.  I will come back with a better sample of this stamp but this one on this card is embossed in clear which gives a lovely texture.  I embossed a second image on Soft Sky and hand cut out the little flowers for some added dimension.

Not my best effort but I think I finally got those pesky colours to ‘play nice’ together LOL!

All Dotty over Sweet Sorbet

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Sweet Sorbet

Yes I am back again with another little creation using the SNEAK PEAK items from the upcoming 2014 Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration.  I have used yet another piece of the fabulous Sweet Sorbet DSP for this card as well as the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder …. gosh move over Perfect Polka Dots this folder is GORGEOUS!!!!

I have actually used an old sketch from a Monday Lunchtime Sketch challenge that I missed a few weeks back LOL and really the ‘not straight’ look is something that gives me heart palpitations so this was a tricky sketch to work with.  However I always enjoy MJ’s sketches so decided to try it out with a black card base and kinda happy with the outcome.  The twine around the “hi” is also from the Sale-A-Bration goodies, it is in the Sweet Sorbet Accessories Pack.  This twine is a lot thicker than the Stampin’ Up! Baker’s Twine and I for one love love love using it!  This is the Pool Party colour but you also get Summer Starfruit and Crisp Cantaloupe in the pack.

PCCCS072 – Some Sweet Sorbet



I officially started on my three weeks Summer Holiday this week and for me this means an opportunity to fit in just a touch more crafting!  One of the things I never get time for during the year is to participate in ‘challenges’ (apart from those I am on the design team for).  So with a little more time up my sleeve I have a couple of challenges that I want to join in on.  This first one is the Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch.  I love this sketch and decided to use it to have a play with some of the SNEAK PEAK Sale-A-Bration products that Stampin’ Up! has in store for 2014 for you all.  Apart from Christmas, Sale-A-Bration is my most favourite crafting time of year and the next one, which starts 28th January is absolutely jammed pack with gorgeousness!

So for this little creation I have used some of the lovely Sweet Sorbet DSP and then used a flower from the Petal Parade Stamp Set and finally the “hi” banner (with matching punch) and little bitty flowers from the Banner Blast Stamp Set.  The colour combo for the DSP is ADORABLE!!!!  All of these items can be yours for FREE (one with every $90 spend between 28th January and 31st March).  

Stayed tuned this week for more SNEAK PEAKS from the Sale-A-Bration for 2014!

Bell Christmas Trees

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Xmas Trees with Gift box

The project I am sharing with you today is one that was totally inspired by the Hersey’s Kisses trees that Brenda Quintana (aka Qbee’s Quest) has instructions for on her blog.  I totally loved the idea but had two major problems 1) It is very tricky to get Hersey’s Kisses in Australia (especially in my regional town) and 2) nobody I know really seems to like them! However, I did find some chocolate bells at my local Aldi store that I thought I could substitute for the kisses … slight problem, there were a little larger then a ‘kiss’ so had to do a little modification to Brenda’s original tutorial to make my bells fit.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Xmas Tree with Gift box open

For my first lot of trees I decided to made a little gift box for the ‘trunk’ so that I could fit in an extra little gift.  These first few were for my ‘Book Club’ girl friends.  They went over a hit and thought that you may like to make some too, so have done a video tutorial for you here:

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Bell Xmas Trees boxed CU

These are just so easy to make that I decided to use these for my annual ‘Thank You’ gifts for my local Post Office staff.  So I set about making another 9 tree tops (no gift box bases) and then made a little tray to deliver them in to the staff tomorrow morning on my usual parcel pick up run.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Bell Xmas Trees boxed

All lined up they look really cute, now I just have to deliver them without being tempted to eat the little chocolate bells!!!

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Bell Xmas Trees boxed side

Hope you enjoy my ‘version’ and if you are in the market for making these ones with the Hersey’s Kisses then Brenda’s tutorial is the way to go.

Monday Lunchtime Sketch


I made this card for the Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge and was inspired to use a particular colour combination as this was a gift for someone. So with the brief of “pink, green blue and grey” this is what I finally came up with.  I used all the colours from the Stampin’ Up! Subtles collection as I knew that they were designed to go together, then it was just a matter of working out which colour should go where.  This only took a few attempts and then I finished the card using the flowers from the Secret Garden stamp set and the greeting from the Label Something Stamp set.

Here is the sketch so you can play along too!  


Quick and Easy Christmas Cards

Challenge #238

Every now and then you need to get a card made in a rush but you still want it to be something special and this week the Late Night Stampers challenge it exactly about that.  So with a brunch to go to yesterday and in need of four christmas cards I set about making this little Xmas Tree using the Season of Style Washi Tape from Stampin Up! With a Naturals Ivory card base, a layer of the Season of Style DSP and some squares of cardstock and I was on my way.  The trunk for the tree is the branch from the ‘Take Care’ stamp set … I just used a post-it note to mask off the top portion of the Crumb Cake cardstock.  The beauty of this card is that your Washi Tape can be all random and uneven (i.e. you can do it really quickly) and it all adds to the overall effect of this care.  Here is the little group I whipped up in under an hour …

Challenge #238 group

Lace Christmas Tree

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Lace Folded Christmas Card 1

This card is for my lovely friend Nancy Dawson and thanks to her email this morning I went and dragged out a template that I had forgotten I had.  This is what I call my ‘Lace Xmas Tree’ template and really it is because it is based on the ‘lace paper folding’ techniques that you use to ‘braid’ card stock.  You may remember and earlier ‘Circle Braid Template’ I shared here or the spine braided card here.  Basically, this Christmas Tree uses the same technique of cutting along a few lines and then folding to create a pattern.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Lace Folded Christmas Card

It is a really simple look but getting those cut and score lines to match up ‘just right’ can be a little tricky.  So I have created a template for you in my ‘Tutorial Store’.  Just click on the tab on the top bar and scroll down until you see it under ‘Lace Xmas Card’ (my tutorials/templates) are alphabetically listed).  The final look of your Christmas Tree can be as simple as you like or you can really ‘step it up’ to get something really special like this version.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Embossed Lace Folded Christmas Card

I have a video to show you how to score and fold the tree just in case you need a little hint or two on how this one comes together.  

Thanks to Nancy for the prompt and hope you enjoy making this one!