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!


Onstage – Make and Takes

As a crafter at heart one of my favourite parts of the Stampin’ Up! OnStage events is the time we get to sit and be creative with fellow demonstrators.  I simply love spending time stamping, cutting and chatting …. and getting to try out all the new Stampin’ Up! goodies.  By now you may have already seen the project we made but just thought I would share my cards on my blog anyway.  In particular, you may notice I used a little poetic licence and changed up my first card using the alternate side of the DSP … love it!

This cute little fox and banner is actually from the new DSP Birthday Memories …. the Birthday Friends Framelits Dies cut out the images on the DSP perfectly.  No more fussy cutting, at least for this paper.

The last card is made using some of the cards from the new Color Theory Memories & More Card Pack.  It is so fun to use the preprinted cards for projects other than scrapbooking.  Matched with a little stamping, they make a quick and easy card.

Swirly Scribble Rose

Now that I am back from OnStage I also wanted to share with you the card and gift I made for my Kiwi roomie Amy Beswarick.  We had a fun couple of days … loads of laughs and totally look forward to being able to do it all again!

I made this cute little card using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits to make a cute rose.  I used the small and large ‘scribble’ cut in Real Red cardstock.  I then adhered these to a piece of Watermelon Wonder cardstock and cut around the outer edge.  The little leaves were cut in Wild Wasabi and smodge with a little Pear Pizzazz ink.  The greeting is from the Bookcase Builder stamp set from Stampin’ Up! which fits perfectly in the Layering Ovals Framelit Dies.  The front of my Wild Wasabi card was embossed using the Petal Burst Textured Embossing Folder and a for a little something different I used the de-bossed side for my card.

This card was inspired by my gift for Amy which was a coffee cup with a crochet warmer (made by my talented sister!).  It has little red flowers on it so wanted that to be the theme of my gift.  I did pop the coffee cup in a large cello bag and made a matching bag topper using just the smaller scribble Thinlit.


Twine Bangles

I have just arrived home from a wonderful weekend away in New Zealand at the Local OnStage event for Stampin’ Up! and wanted to share with you some of the gifts I made for my Stampin’ Up! friends.  

Those of you who follow my blog regularly will know that I love a good 3D craft and often make things a little ‘outside’ the box with our gorgeous Stampin’ Up! products so making a bangle was the perfect project for me.  I used our wonderful Stampin’ Up! twine to wrap some cheap bangles as my gift and they were so simple to make.

Now I couldn’t just give the bangles without some lovely packaging …. so with a little help from my sewing machine I make these adorable gift pouches using our Kraft cardstock and some of the fabulous Glassine Sheets.  I cut the Kraft cardstock 4″ wide and 6″ tall (you get 6 from one sheet) and score it at 4 1/2″ and used the leaf die from the Botanical Builder Framelits set to create the lovely top.  The Glassine Sheet is cut to fit the front at 4″ x 4 1/2″

I made a few in Blushing Bride but also decided to make some in Night of Navy which looked just as lovely …

You can use any bangles you like but I used the Indian Bangle you get in bundles for about $4 which worked really well.  The twine is just held in place with a little super glue (the brush type is easiest to use).

I made the packaging for the Night of Navy bangles in exactly the same way as for the Blushing Bride ones but just swapped out the colours I used for the little banners.

The finishing touch was the greeting using the fun Scenic Saying Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up!  I loved making these gifts and was so glad I was able to give them to a few of my wonderful Stampin’ Up! friends.


Baby Card – PCC236

For those that watched my Paper Weaving video last week you may recognise the “Hi” on the front of this little 4″ square note card.  When I made the video for the Colour INKspiration post here I really hadn’t planned how I would use the sample I demonstrated for the video and in-fact I was really stumped as to how to use this gorgeous paper woven hi.  That was until I had a look at the Paper Craft Crew sketch Challenge for this week and it was a perfect solution.

A friend of mine has just had her first baby and I wanted to send her a little card so decided to combine my paper woven “Hi” with the “little one” sentiment from the Feather Together stamp set from Stampin’ Up! – perfect!  Fortunately the colours in my paper weaving were the perfect baby colours so with the help of the fabulous sketch I was able to get this card finished in no time.  I was afraid I was never going to find a home for my “Hi”.  If you missed the instructions on how to paper weave they are in my previous blog post here.


Colour INKspiration – Woven Hi

We had so many wonderful creations with last fortnight’s Colour INKspiration palette that I can hardly wait to see what everyone will come up with using this new suite of gorgeous colours.

There are some amazing creations from the design team showcasing this combination so be sure to stop in on all the blog for some amazing inspiration.  Then, if you haven’t already, join in the fun over at the Colour INKspiration facebook group here.

I decided to try a new technique for the challenge and something I had not done in a long time – paper weaving!  This technique is super easy and lots of fun to do.  Essentially I started with two 3″ square piece so card stock, one in Gold Foil and one in the Irresistibly Floral DSP.  I used my sponge brayers to add the Calypso Coral and Pool Party ink to the DSP – which is so fun and so easy to do.

I have a little tutorial on how I did the weaving in case you want to try this one for yourself and not too sure where to start ….

I hope you have provided a little inspiration for the Colour INKspiration colours this week and can’t wait for you to hop over to Kim Oliver, our Guest Designer for this challenge, to see her gorgeous project with these colours.