70th Birthday

Unfortunately I ran out of time last week to join in with my fellow Colour INKspiration Crew members for the fortnightly colour challenge.  However, not wanting to miss out completed I decided to use this gorgeous set of colours to make my MIL’s birthday card and the colours worked sooooooo well.  

I had actually been looking forward to using this colour combination so I am glad I still found an opportunity to join in.  You can also join in but participating the challenge on the Facebook page.

As I often do, I decided to also use the wonderful Paper Craft Crew Sketch this week to help me complete my card and a great sketch it is.

It is hard to believe but I made this card with only one stamp set and I am so please with how it turned out.  The Number of Years stamp set and coordinating Large Numbers Framelits have come in handy so many times when I am pressed to make a card, these ones are truly a must in your collection.


Builder Birdcage Birthday

With the current Stampin’ Up! catalogue finishing in a couple of weeks I thought I would share a card today that uses one of the stamp sets that is retiring – Builder Birdcage.

I know that I will continue to use this lovely set long after you will no longer be able to purchase it so be sure to get your set before the end of May. 

This set is great for all sorts of occasions Weddings, Anniversaries, Baby Shower and of course Birthdays.  I have used the Hexagon Embossing folder from Stampin’ Up! for the background of my card and added a little stamped panel using the Writing Notes background stamp which also retires at the end of May.

This card is really very simple but I love that about it and the touch of Dapper Denim and Powder Pink (one of the new 2017-19 InColors) gives such a nice pop of colour to the finished card.


ESAD Eastern Palace Blog Hop

Welcome to another fabulous ESAD Blog Hop!

This Blog Hop is all about showcasing the fabulous Eastern Palace Suite from Stampin’ Up! that has been released a whole month early – yep you can get your hands on this fabulous bundle NOW!

I have seen so so so many wonderful uses of the stamps, framelits and DSP that are a part of this suite and have been inspired a million times over.  However, the one thing I haven’t seen much of is a vintage twist on this product suite … so that is exactly the challenge I set for myself using the Eastern Beauty stamp set and the coordinating Eastern Medallions Thinlits.

I really love the card I came up with by coordinating this new product with some existing favourites and our retiring Mint Macaron.  I have used a lot of the smaller images in the stamp set to create a background for my card stamping them in Early Espresso ink on Very Vanilla card stock.  I then used our sponges brayers and a little Crumb Cake ink to lightly ink over the stamping to give a little vintage feel.  The “thank you” greeting is also from this set and works so lovely with a vintage style card.

The dies in the Eastern Medallions Thinlits are so so so amazing and versatile I am sure by now you have seen many many combinations creating amazing patterns.  For my vintage card I needed a little ‘lace trim’ for the bottom of the banner with my greeting so used one of the circle dies teamed with a scallop from the Layering Circles Dies from Stampin’ Up! and I cut the circle in half and attached it behind the banner – a perfect lace trim.

My flower is also made using the Eastern Medallions Dies – yes even the center!  There is so much to like about this suite and I hope you have had found some more inspiration from this blog hop.  If you started this blog hop at the super talented Kelly Kent then you have reached the end of this fabulous hop, if not please be sure to continue to to hop around and see even more fabulous creations – click here to continue to Kelly’s beautiful project.

In case you missed anyone, here is the list of all the participants in this Blog Hop …

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Lou Kitzelman
  3. Nicole Wilson
  4. Kim Oliver
  5. Libby Dyson
  6. Cheryl Algie
  7. Peta Stephen
  8. Maree McIntosh
  9. Leonie Schroder
  10. Kristel Rimmer
  11. Jenny Hayward
  12. Narelle Fasulo
  13. Monique Fielder
  14. Ellen Woodbridge
  15. Rosalie Desmond
  16. Cathy Pinchbeck
  17. Juan Ambida
  18. Carly Middleton
  19. Mandy Depiazzi
  20. Jessie Holton
  21. Amity Knight
  22. Tanya Bell – you are here


Seasonal Layers Note Cards

One of the bundles I am most excited about sharing with my Stampin’ Up! customers from the upcoming 2017-18 Annual Catalogue is the wonderfully diverse Colorful Seasons Bundle.  This bundle has both the Colorful Seasons stamp set as well as the coordinating Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  To show case this new bundle and the five new 2017-19 InColors from Stampin’ Up! to my Craft-T-Crew I created a set of five 3″ square cards and I just love how each one turned out.

The sweet flowers in the bundle are just so perfect and look great whether your are using the image from the stamp set and stamping in two tones, like on this card, or using the thinlits to cut out the flowers!  This is the new Powder Pink matched with our Sweet Sugar Plum – so pretty!

This little deck chair Thinlit would have to be my most favourite die in the set and I can see it getting a super work-out in the coming months for sure.  Taking our Basic Black and teaming it with the new Lemon Lime Twist just makes for a stunning card don’t you think.  With a little DSP and some card stock scraps you can make  a super fast card.

Tranquil Tide works so nicely with some So Saffron and is the perfect combo for using the leaf image in the stamp set.  A few other favourite framelits (banner and stitched shapes) add a little interest too.

This little card is made with Fresh Fig and Crushed Curry with one of the fun greetings in the stamp set – along with the super cute drink and lemon wedge.  The little ribbon is the new Crushed Curry one in the upcoming catalogue too!

Finally I wanted to use the snowflake image in the set and decided to team the new Berry Burst with Dapper Denim – soooo cute.  The images in the set make great backgrounds with so many combinations and opportunities I can’t wait to make more.

Finally, I had to make one of the cute crates using the Wood Crate Framelits Dies in the new Wood Texture DSP – oh my!  Lots of new products and only a few weeks before you can get your hands on these as a customer.  Another benefit of being a demonstrator is getting to play with all the wonderful new products early.  Still more creations to come!

Eastern Palace – Early Arrival

So exciting to announce that from today you can now order a few SNEAK PEAK items from the upcoming 2017-18 Annual Catalogue from Stampin’ Up!  The Eastern Palace Suite from Stampin’ Up! is just gorgeous and from now until 31st May you can get your hands on some exclusive bundles – which include FREE product!

You have probably seen loads and loads of creations with this lovely new set and so I though I would show you a super quick and easy sample that can be made by pairing the NEW bundle with the Layering Circles Framelit Dies from Stampin’ Up!  This little Very Vanilla note card is a NEW product and they certainly make card making quick and easy.

My April customers will have this card tutorial in their mailboxes very very soon – but everyone can purchase these great value bundles.  Remember if you order your bundle through me and use the May Hostess code you will be on my mail out list for the end of May and receive fun Stampin’ Up! goodies from me!

I know you are going to LOVE this Eastern Palace Bundle from Stampin’ Up! as much as I do!

Crafting Forever – Pegs

Today I have another lot of cards made with the NEW Crafting Forever stamp set from Stampin’ Up! that will be available from 1st June 2017.  You may remember I used this set a couple of weeks ago for customer thank you cards.  Well, this time I have used the super cute little peg image in the set to make cards for my Craft-T-Crew gals as part of their quarterly packs.

I also have used three of the five new 17-19 In Colors from Stampin’ Up! to create their cards – Fresh Fig; Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist.  This set has a few great greeting and the one I used for the Craft-T-Crew gals was just perfect! 

This is a really simple card and so a great design when you have a few to make ….the only other supplies I really needed were my Stitched Shaped Framelits which, as you probably know, I used heaps!

Such a fun set and a fun card!


PCC241 – Berry Burst May Flower

Today I have a quick and easy card to share with you using the Falling Flowers stamp set from Stampin’ Up! and the coordinating May Flowers Framelits Dies.  The great news is both of these items are continuing in the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue … due out 1st June, and you can order them now if you don’t have them already!

I used the fabulous Paper Craft Crew Sketch this week but you will see I modified the sketch to suit my elements and I love how clean and simple (CAS) this card looks.

There are a couple of SNEAK PEAK items on these cards and I am sure you can spot them.  The obvious is that I have used two of the five new Stampin’ Up! In-Colors for 2017-18 – Berrry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist.  The are adorable together but also complement so many of our existing Stampin’ Up! colour suite … you are going to love them.  The other new addition to my card is the little enamel dots … Glitter Enamel Dots … they are so cute and exactly as the name suggests they are glittery.  I know I am going to use loads of these ones!


Colour INKspiration 08

After all the excitement of Onstage over the last couple of weeks I am finally getting back into a little bit of a crafting routine again which means back to the wonderful Colour INKspiration challenges and this fortnight the colours are so earthy and calming I really loved them together.

Along with the amazing colour palette I also took a little inspiration from the lovely photograph to create my card.

The cute little ducks reminded me of the beautiful Feather Together stamp set from Stampin’ Up! and knew immediately that I was going to use this stamp set for the challenge.  I also decided to keep my card very simple and try to resist using another other stamp set …. yes this card is made using only one stamp set and the four inks Delightful Dijon, Tip Top Taupe, Soft Suede and Early Espresso.  The “happy birthday” greeting is a long image but by partially inking up each word separately I was able to create the perfect layout for my card front.

The feathers are so fun to work with and each one of these on my card is made up of four individual images using the four colours in the palette …. I know the effect is stunning!

I hope you are enjoying the gorgeous creations from the team, it is now time to hop over to Elizabeth Gross’s blog to she her amazing project.


ESAD – Retirement Blog Hop

Welcome to another fabulous ESAD Blog Hop!

Today we are doing a ‘last hoorah’ to a few of our Stampin’ Up! favourites that will be leaving us in little over a month’s time (31st May 2017).

One of the things I always get a little sad about seeing go are the fabulous Dies from Stampin’ Up! so today I decided to make a card with a couple of my favourites that won’t be returning in the new Annual Catalogue.

This is a really simple little card that I made using the Tags & Labels Framelits as well as the Botanical Builder Framelits.  I cut out each of the little tags using a different piece of the Affectionately Yours Specialty DSP.  I then took four of the smaller images from the Botanical Builder set and cut out the center of seven of the tags.  The tag in the center I left untouched as it uses the lovely specialty copper paper from the DSP pack and the last tag is embossing in Copper Embossing Powder using the greeting from the retiring Designer Tin of Cards stamp set.

I used dimensionals to attach each of the tags.  You will see some tags have the center filled in directly, some have a piece of cardstock directly behind the cut out window and some are raised with the background filled on the card front (I used copper foil and some of the retiring Affectionately Yours Washi Tape).  Mixing and matching the centers, the backgrounds and the dimension really gives this card that extra little bit of interest.


There are so many wonderful creations in this Blog Hop with some wonderful Stampin’ Up! products that you will want to get before they go.  Next stop is over to the talented Richelle Fletcher’s blog to see here fabulous creation.

Here is a list of all the blog participating in this hop ….

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Kelly Kent
  3. Rachael Lewsley
  4. Courtenay Heuston
  5. Narelle Fasulo
  6. Kirrkie Terri
  7. Nicole Wilson
  8. Carly Middleton
  9. Libby Dyson
  10. Rebecca Jacovou
  11. Rosalie Desmond
  12. Megan Lenske
  13. Leonie Schroder
  14. Kristel Rimmer
  15. Tanya BellYou are here
  16. Richelle Fletcher
  17. Pauline Bennetts
  18. Mandy Depiazzi
  19. Ellen Woodbridge
  20. Monique Fielder
  21. Maree McIntosh
  22. Cathy Pinchbeck

Crafting Forever

My customer thank you cards for March are a little late because of my trip to OnStage in the first week of April ….. HOWEVER the great news was that at OnStage as part of the leadership meeting (CentreStage) I received a brand NEW stamp set from Stampin’ Up! which I decided was just too perfect not to use for my thank you cards.

The Crafting Forever stamp set from Stampin’ Up! will be available for everyone to order from 1st June in the new catalogue and I just know that crafters are going to LOVE IT!  It has a number of wonderful greetings as well as some fabulous images (you will see a few more cards using this set in the coming weeks).  It is perfect for using our water colour pencils, which is what I did for these cards.  I simply stamped my pot in StazOn ink and used the water colour pencils to add a little colour here and there then blended it all using my aquapainters.

I teamed the stamp set with the Playful Backgrounds stamp set from Stampin’ Up! and I think it is a perfect combination.  To get the paint swishes I used my Stampin’ Write markers in Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Pacific Point to colour the background image and covered my card front.

I loved making my customers cards each month and hopefully all the wonderful ladies that ordered from me during March will have these by now along with their little thank you gifts.  Now to finish off the April ones and get back on track!