Colour INKspiration #24

I know it has been a little while since I played along with the Colour INKspiration challenges – however I simply could not resist this colour combo, I have been looking forward to it for a while now. I am a fan of the non-traditional Christmas colours so Tranquil Tide Pool Party, Cherry Cobbler and Blushing Bride totally screamed Christmas cards for me … and the super cute trees in the inspiration image confirmed my design.

Using the Merry Mistletoe stamp set from Stampin’ Up! I had so much fun creating these cards for some lovely and amazing friends of mine – who I hope have received these cards by now. 

You will see I added an additional neutral colour to the palette using Crumb Cake as my card base and touches of shine with Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and silver mini sequins … they just worked so nicely with this colour combination.

There are so many wonderful creations from the design team that I am sure will inspire you to join in our challenge, over at the Facebook site, and you about to see yet another amazing creation over at the uber talented Nicole Wilson’s blog.  


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Fruit Basket Handbag Cards

One of my favourite things to do when I get a new Stamp Set is to find a way to use that is not the ‘intended use’.  It is just my way of feeling like I make my stamps go just a little further for me.  So when I got the Fruit Basket Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up! as part of the Tutti Frutti Suite to work up for OnStage at the Gold Coast I knew there would be people who would not be fans of fruit bowls but I knew it would be hard to resist a cute handbag!

So I turned the little wire basket image in the stamp set upside down and used my Stampin’ Blends to colour in a pattern.  I also used the watermelon skin image from the set to make a handle and the closure on the red bag is the punched watermelon shape from the new Itty Bitty Fruit Punch Pack.

The greetings on both these cute note cards is also in the Fruit Basket stamp set …. so yes you can get a whole new look to your projects using the same stamp set.


OnStage Team Gifts

Even though it is over a month ago now I thought I would do a quick share of the team gifts I made for OnStage 2017 at the Gold Coast.

Using the fun Tutti-Frutti DSP I made some quick 3″ gift cards.

To coordinate with some Pizza Boxes I decorated with watermelon shapes cut with the Itty Bitty Fruit Punch Pack … so sweet!

Inside the box was a Tutti-Frutti Coast that I made for each of my Crew members.

The coast features the same pattern of DSP as the card and box and is made using a circle of DSP a circle of black felt and a circle of Window Sheet.  The three layers as blanket stitched together using some Bermuda Bay Baker’s Twine.

So a couple of tips if you would like to make some coasters for yourself.  Print of a circle with evenly spaced dots and mark these onto your circle of window sheet.

Use a hole punch to punch out each of the marks then with the Baker’s Twine threaded onto a darning needle you can pass it easily through the felt into the hole in the window sheet.


Partridge in a Pear Tree

Another day another Tutti-Frutti share and this time it is a little Christmas inspiration for you.  I used the pear from the Itty Bitty Fruit Punch Pack to create my own version of a Partridge in a Pear Tree.  Using just Lemon Lime Twist, Melon Mambo and Whisper White card stock with a touch of Silver Foil you can create a simple and fun Christmas card to share with your family and friends.

I thought I would also share a little tip for getting the tops on your pears with minimal effort … adhere the two colours for your pear together first – here I used Lemon Lime Twist for the pear and Melon Mambo for the stalk, then line up the punch to get perfect pears with stalks already in place … EASY!

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Tutti-Frutti Succulents

I know you are going to feel a little overwhelmed with all the Tutti-Frutti inspired cards and creations I will share this week as part of my OnStage presentation but it is so hard to only pick one or two to share.  I will try and put a few together in the following blog posts but thought I would share my succulent card with you today.

This was one of my favourite creations using the new Itty Bitty Fruit Punch Pack – I love a little punch art.  I used the wire basket from the Fruit Basket Stamp Set and added a belly band to make it look a little like a wine barrel.  For my succulents I used the pineapple and strawberry punches – can you tell which are which?

I stamped the pineapple image from the Fruit Basket Stamp Set on to Pear Pizzazz card stock and cut it out with the punch to make the tall cacti on the left, turning the two pineapples upside down and hiding the “top” of the bottom pineapple behind some strawberry leaves cut from Sweet Sugarplum card stock.  The cacti in the middle it several pineapple tops adhered together from Always Artichoke card stock.  The small cacti on the right is again inking up the pineapple images but cutting it out by hand to get a larger plant.  The little cacti flower is a negative piece from the Detailed Florals Thinlits.

A little smoodging and these little guys help me to stop missing the Succulent Suite that Stampin’ Up! used to have and a great non-fruit use for the Tutti-Frutti Suite [Available 3rd January 2018].


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Tutti-Frutti OnStage Display

I am so excited that I can finally share all the projects that I created for the Stampin’ Up! OnStage Event at the Gold Coast over the weekend.  I was so so so lucky to be asked to demonstrate the new Tutti-Frutti Product Suite and had the best time creating a whole range of projects with the products.  I will have more posts to cover each of the different projects in more detail – it is hard to see everything in this one photo!

But one thing that a lot of people seemed to like was the little FlipBook I created to showcase the suite.  It is essentially made using Thick Whisper White cardstock and Washi Tape – super easy!

Each page has an item or two from the Suite and some details including the product number so ordering is super easy.

I stamped out the images using a little colour to easily find those super fun little fruit images.

The shaker pocket is a fun way to show all the coordinating colours for the DSP in the Suite as well as the fun shapes themselves

But there is plenty of room in the FlipBook to so each individual punched image both stamped and punched and punched from plain cardstock.

A little sample of each of the embellishments

And finally flip up swatches of DSP so you can see all the designs and colours in one easy flip.

I had an absolute blast presenting this sweet and I know that you are going to love using it and you too will discover your inner “Tutti-Frutti”.

Colour INKspiration #21

I am so pleased I found a little crafting time this past week to play with the fun colour palette for this fortnight’s Colour INKspiration Challenge.

There are so so so many options with this wonderful combination of Peek-a-boo Peach, So Saffron, Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz and Soft Sky.  In the end I decided to use the Quilt Builder Framelits to make an almost stamp-free thank you card. 

The only stamping on my card is the sentiment (from the One Big Meaning Stamp Set) which I actually stamped in Versamark ink and embossed with clear Embossing Powder.  I love how clear embossing on cardstock gives a whole different tone to your cardstock!

By mixing the Quilt Builder with the Stitched Shapes and Layering Squares I ended up with a really cute ‘handmade’ layout  feature that I love. 

The finishing touch was to add a little needle, thread and spool element to fill the space in the greeting. 

There is so much inspiration from the CI Crew for this colour combination and if you are following the hop around it is time to head over to the wonderful Monique Fielder’s blog to see her beautiful creation.


Lovely Words

Every quarter I have the absolute pleasure of sending out Craft-T-Crew packs to my small (but wonderful) team of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.  This means I get to also make them a card to send with there goodies and this is the card from the last quarter that I made.

It is the first time I have made a 3″ square tri-fold card and so was really happy when it turned out the way I was hoping.  My colour palette was very bright using Calypso Coral, Lemon Lime Twist, Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay teamed against Very Vanilla … but I think I got the balance right in the end.

The card has to be opened all the way up to see the inside message which adds just that little bit of extra detail to the card.

These were so easy to put together and, as always, I totally love making each and everyone of them for my amazing crew of stampers.  If love Stampin’ Up! and, like me, purchase the products fairly regularly you may want to consider joining up – even if it is just for a discount on your products – I would love to have you on my crew and get to send out even more happy mail every quarter!

Please feel free to email me anytime and I would be happy to help you with any questions you might have ….


Stampin’ Up! Anniversary

One of the things I have enjoyed the most about being with Stampin’ Up! over the years has been being apart of the most wonderful group of demonstrators and making friendships I could never imagined.  The biggest and best of these friendships is in my very own Craft-T-Crew team of demonstrators.  I am so excited when a new team member joins … even if it is just to get discounted Stampin’ Up! products (I mean that is why I started!).

So I can hardly tell you how excited I am that one of my ‘Crew’ has just celebrated five years with Stampin’ Up! as part of the Craft-T-Crew and I simply could not let this milestone pass without a Stampin’ Up! card and gift.

The card was inspired but something I saw on Nikki Spencer’s blog a little while ago and decided it would make the perfect layout for Sam’s achievement card.  I decided to use Flirty Flamingo, Tranquil Tide and Sahara Sand as my colour combination and finally used my Daisy Delight Bundle.  It is a little hard to see but the front Tranquil Tide panel is raised up on dimensionals so that the “5” is inlaid.  I couldn’t seem to find the greeting I wanted to use, congratulations or happy anniversary just didn’t seem right, so I used my Labeler Alphabet to stamp my “wow” and “years” to complete the card.

I have a very special little gift inside of this pizza box that I picked out for Sam to celebrate and symbolise our stamping time together.  These pizza boxes are so cute and just a breeze to decorate.  I used the exact same layout as my card and using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set meant I could also personalise the gift box and have everything seamlessly coordinated.

I love my Craft-T-Crew gals and have a few more about to hit the big 5 year celebration mark so look out for even more blog post very soon.  It is going to be a busy few months but the most fun.

If you are a crafter and have been thinking about joining Stampin’ Up! but just not sure I would be more than happy to have a chat with you and of course love for you to join our wonderful team of stampers. 


Colour INKspiration #19

Welcome back to another fabulous Colour INKspiration challenge and this week the combination is so bright and vibrant it just screamed CAS (Clean and Simple) for me …

I wanted to use all of the colours: Daffodil Delight; Basic Gray; Smoky Slate; Garden Green on a feature panel and used two of my favourite Framelit sets to create this little arrangement. I added a little faux stitching to the feature panel along with some twine threads held in place with a few staples. I then built the rest of my card around this panel.

I then built the rest of my card around this panel adding an embossed panel and a piece of Smoky Slate with a little ‘stamp off’ pattern and a tiny Garden Green Trim.  A very simple card but I just love how it turned out.

I hope you think about joining in this fun challenge – pop over to our Facebook page we would love for you to join in the fun.

It is not time to hop over to the wonderful blog of Julia Quinn and see her adorable creation with this colour combination … you are going to just love it.