Monday, September 16, 2019


I am just a little bit excited to be teaming up with the lovely Alisa Tilsner from South Australia and we are going to be known as Stampin' Down Under.  

We are planning some fun classes for you in the near future!  In the meantime, we are getting our feet wet by bringing you some short (there's only two of us, ya know) blog hops, starting with this one!  We have both picked a card the other has made and CASE'd (Copy And Selectively Edit) it, creating our own versions!

 I loved this sweet card Alisa designed because it showcased watercolouring and the beautiful new stamp set called Nature's Beauty.  For every Nature's Beauty stamp set sold here in New Zealand, $4.50 is given back to mental health organisations!  I love that we can all help in this area of our health system just by buying this set!

My version is watercoloured just as Alisa did, but then I flipped my card, added a few more card strips, including copper foil for a bit of bling.  I also stamped my entire card base, tone on tone, with a snow image to create visual texture.  But I didn't stop there, I was on a roll!

My next card features the beautiful fox image, using the same watercolour technique, I brought in some more copper foil, added a few more layers and a little Bakers Twine.  I also stamped the snow image again, but only over part of the base this time, before adding texture using the Subtle Embossing Folder.  Phew - I threw the whole catalogue at this one!

I have had a sneaky peek at the card Alisa has created using one of my own as her inspiration.  Her take is rich, warm and vibrant so make sure you hop on over to take a look!

If you want the supplies to recreate my project, I would be delighted to be your demonstrator.  Click on the pictures below to shop my New Zealand store 24/7!

Friday, September 13, 2019


Good Friday evening to you all!!  It's TGIFC time and I really hope you will join us for this lovely sketch challenge this week!  Just click on the #tgifc229 banner below to go to the TGIFC website and upload you own take on the sketch and see what goodness the Design team have for you too!

One of my very good friends is about to become a Granma to a beautiful wee girl very, very soon and I hadn't found time to make a card to welcome the sweet new arrival, so this ended up the perfect challenge.  I love it when I can kill two birds with one stone!

I reached for the Little Elephant stamp set to create this card, it's perfect for new babies, and kept my colours to a minimum with just Gray Granite and Petal Pink.  While this set is so stinkin cute, I have hardly used it.  It felt so good to get it all inky again.

The wee babe is a girl and I wanted a really soft and feminine feel to my project.  The Tufted 3D embossing folder looks like a down filled mattress and I just want to snuggle up on it!  What young lady doesn't like pearls?  There are 40 pearls on this one card (you just counted them, didn't you?!) and I coloured each with the Dark Petal Pink Blends marker to match my card base.

I love the cute factor on this card and can't wait to give it to the new parents when baby arrives.
You can recreate this card too with the supplies listed below.  Simply click on any picture to shop with me!

If you want the supplies to recreate my project, I would be delighted to be your demonstrator.  Click on the pictures below to shop my New Zealand store 24/7!

Thursday, September 5, 2019


Welcome to a brand new month with the Creating Kindness Design Team.  This month we are exploring our Ink Refills and the different things you can do with them.  We are also being joined by my lovely friend Tami Hewlett from the US as our guest designer!  I am excited to see what Tami has for us!

I was desperate to play with new product from the Holiday Catalogue that went live yesterday for my project and I settled on the gorgeous Christmas Gleaming stamp set, which I heat embossed in white on Shimmery White Card.   I thoroughly wet my card front before dripping Granny Apple Green reinker all over it.  I used an Aqua painter to move the colour around and a paper towel to sop up some of the colour as well.  I then dripped Pretty Peacock reinker in a few places as well, but not nearly as much, since it is a really dark colour.  I spritzed more water in places to move the colour and left some really dark areas where the card was drier.

I left my card to dry naturally, but you could use a gentle setting on your heat tool to speed it along.  I then buffed over the white embossed images with a paper towel to brighten them.  I kept my sentiment small intentionally.  I didn't want to lose any of that gorgeous background!  A little bit of Silver Foil, Thread and a few Rhinestones completed my not quite traditional Christmas card.  Do you like these colours or are you more of a traditionalist at Christmas time?

Next up on the hop is my very talented friend, Lou Kitzelman in Australia.  I know she will have a fabulous idea for ink refills for us all!

Blog Hop Participants
1.       Tami Hewlett - Guest Designer – USA
2.       Charlet Mallett – USA
3.       Tanya Boser – USA
4.       Paula Dobson – New Zealand
5.       Lou Kitzelman – Australia
6.       Marcy Denning – Canada
7.       Cheryll Miller – Australia
8.       Jay Soriano – UK

If you want the supplies to recreate my project, I would be delighted to be your demonstrator.  Click on the pictures below to shop my New Zealand store 24/7!