Monday Lunchtime Sketch


Time for my Monday Lunchtime Sketch offering and I am so pleased with my card this week as I totally left my comfort zone and played with stamp sets I honestly don’t use and accessories I only think of using but never seem to master!  I actually started this card by choosing my greeting because the sketch had a big greeting on it I wondered what stamp set was going to actually be up to the job, Million & One was just perfect!  The script on this stamp set is just so pretty and screams for being embossed … well at least I think it does.  The trickiest part of the card was to decide what little ‘scatters’ I wanted down the side … I knew what I didn’t want.  I wanted to stay away from stars, flowers and hearts ….. and if you know my style this made it hard for me.  I was going to grab my trusted Gorgeous Grunge, that I love to the moon and back (SU please don’t take this set away from me!) but in the true sense of a ‘challenge’ I searched for something else.  I thought that the little pieces in the Clockworks Stamp Set (that I haven’t used in almost 12 months) would work a treat and stamping with Gold ink they were just the right amount of accent without being over the top.

I finished off this card, continuing the gold theme, with the Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape and Gold Sequin Trim but of which I had bought to do a gold themed card but never had any success with them working together but think I finally got it!  The card base is Whisper White, the matting is a piece of Brushed Gold and of course all the stamping is on Whisper White.  Now to find the perfect recipient for this one …..

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


Final Farewell to Sale-A-Bration

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Farewell Sale-A-Bration

It is almost over, well today is the last official day of Sale-A-Bration for 2014 and so I thought it only fitting to do a final post with a project that features some of the free items that you are able to get with every $90 in product ordered between now and 11:59pm today LOL!  This project is actually also a little sneak peak at something that we are going to be making in my April Stamp Club (sorry club ladies, should have posted ‘Spoiler Alert’).  This little ‘upcycled’ can is something I saw on Kerry Timm’s blog and decided it was a great way to showcase some of the fabulous items from Sale-A-Bration this year.

This little gift uses the lovely Sweet Sorber DSP, the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder as well as the Twisty Treats kit.  The fringe scissors are a feature for April’s Stamp Club so are used on this project too, along with the Spiral Flower Die which I love to pieces (now that I have the hang of it!).

So if you haven’t gotten your hands on any of these lovely SAB items today is the last day to do it.  You can either email me or hop straight on line and select me as demonstrator to get your order in today!

Happy Day Box & Cards

Happy Day Box & Cards

Today I have another fabulous project to share with you from Craft Project Central, this time Holly Krautkremer is the talent designer responsible.

This pretty fun box and card set is so bright and cheery. It is easy to assemble and it would make the perfect gift for a friend, family, co-worker or neighbour. This project would be great for a class too show casing the Happy Day Stamp Set and Eastern Elegance Designer Series Paper. It will be sure to brighten anyone’s day!

To get the full instruction to this project and all the other ideas you have seen this month just head over to Craft Project Central and sign up, it’s not too late to join in.

Woo-Hoo Owl Card & Gift Box

Owl Card & Gift Box

So excited as today is the day I finally get to share with you my little creation for this month of Craft Project Central.

It has been a while since I was part of this team and was thrilled to be asked back so new I just had to create something brand new and exciting to share.  This cute little Owl gift set is what I came up with.  The owl shaped box is easy to make and big enough to hold quite a few chocolate treats!  The great thing is that you can open and close the box as many times as you like and your little owl will still look great.  So an owl box deserves an owl card to go with it right?  I thought so, and created a second owl perfect for a card front.  The gift set is perfect for the owl lover we all know but it would also make a great baby shower or celebration gift.

Pop over to Craft Project Central and grab my tutorial along with all the other great ideas that I have been posting about this month.

A splash of colour!


This week I have combined the sketch from the Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge with the theme from the Late Night Stampers Challenge which is all about spring and created this fun and bright card.  This is the type of card I just love to make: quick, bright and just a touch of “wow”.  My colour combo is Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie and Coastal Cabana.  I have been playing with my fringe scissors from Stampin’ Up! in preparation for my Stamp Club next month and just can’t seem to put them down!  I have found sooooo many ways to use them and of course I have to try everything I can.  The flower is from the Simple Stems stamp set in the Occasions Catalogue and I did take a while to get this stamp set but love it to pieces now I have it.  The little “hello” is from the Perfect Pennants stamp set also in the Occasions cattie! 

Here is the sketch so you can join in the fun this week …



Mini- Cup Treat Holder and Gift Bag

Mini Cup Treat Holder & Gift Bag

Today’s project on Craft Project Central is from another of my favourite people, the ubber sweet Nancy Dawson.

When you need a quick remembrance gift for friends or family this project fits the bill. The mini-cup holds candy treats, small gift items, a Keurig coffee cup or whatever you choose!   This tutorial also features a coordinating card, envelope and gift bag.

To get this and a load of other fabulous projects all you have to do is to sign up for the March edition of Craft Project Central.

Good as Gold Card Kit Set

Good as Gold Card Set

Today’s project on Craft Project Central is from one of my favourite people and fellow Aussie Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, the lovely Kris McIntosh.

This set of cards and presentation box are made using the Notecards and embellishments from the Good as Gold Card Kit from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue.  You will be able to cut the Notecards up to create the designer series paper for the cards and box.  The Happy Watercolor stamp set works really well as the focal point for the cards.  The presentation box is created using the Envelope Punch Board.  You will have five cards and most of the embellishments from the Good as Gold Card Kit leftover for more creations, or you could make two sets and give one away!

To get this and a load of other fabulous projects all you have to do is to sign up for the March edition of Craft Project Central.

Dahlia Flower Wall Art and Card

What a fantastic project Christy Fulk has put together for the March edition of Craft Project Central.

Dahlia Flower Wall Art

This Dahlia Flower Wall Art will brighten up any room in your home.  It is very easy to customize the colors to match the colors in any room.  Multiples of this art can be made, and hung together, to cover a larger space on a wall.  The card coordinates with the wall art, and makes a perfect duo when making it as a gift.  This would make a great class, too.

Don’t forget to get your subscription for this months edition of Craft Project Central.

Try Stampin’ On Tuesdays


This week there is another fun sketch for the Try Stampin’ On Tuesday challenge and I wanted to try out a colour combo I had seen someone else do which was Crushed Curry, Midnight Muse and Pear Pizzazz.  Not normally colours I would put together but I do like how they somehow just work.  So I flipped the sketch on it’s side and used the new Simple Stems stamp set from Stampin’ Up! to create the focal image for this card.  I inked up the image once and then stamped it three times so that each time the image got a little lighter.  I then cut out each of the layers from the three tones of Midnight Muse to get my final flower.  I love candy dots and may have gone just a touch overboard with them here but they are just so easy to use and add the perfect hint of colour.

Here is the sketch so you can play along too …


Monday Lunchtime Sketch


I am running a little behind with my card this week for the Monday Lunchtime Sketch challenge but I do have a fabulous excuse!  I spent the week-end away with my lovely family for my daughter’s birthday and only arrived home late last night, I was too busy unpacking, washing and preparing for school and work today that it totally slipped my mind.  However I have made it, finally, into my craft room and took all of 5 minutes to whip up this card for the challenge.  I decided that with only two more weeks of Stampin’ Up!s Sale-A-Bration I needed to get a wriggle on in using all the lovely Designer Series Paper I have managed to get for FREE so far.  The piece for the background of this card is from the Sweet Sorbet DSP and just reminds me of a ‘safari’ theme.  So with that in mind I grabbed my Zoo Babies Stamp Set and created this fast and easy thank you card.

Here is the sketch that was my inspiration…


On a final note … It seems like whilst I was away over the week-end that my ‘Tutorial Store’ was “deactivated” for some reason (hmmmm I don’t think I will ever understand how technology can be so wonderful but yet so frustrating at the same time!).  Thank you to those lovely ladies that emailed to say something was ‘not quite right’, I had limited internet access but jumped on first thing this morning and reactivated the plug-in and happy to report we are ‘back on line’.  Apologies to anyone that had difficulties and thank you for your continued patience, lovely emails and most of all support!