Wednesday, August 31, 2011


I was thrilled to be asked to make a presentation at the SU Big Day Out in Auckland last weekend, so of course I did a card in my favourite style - brayer and sponging!  I was also lucky enough to have two of the new In-colours to play with (Lucky Limeade and Wisteria Wonder) and teamed with the Forever Young stamp set, I knew just the look I was after.

I have actually used four techniques on this card - brayer, sponging, masking and direct to paper.  It has a real whimsical feel about it so the Imagine sentiment from Word Play was perfect for my needs.  I have teamed the artwork with the new In-colour ruffled ribbon in Lucky Limeade - a really delicious ribbon!

Monday, August 29, 2011


I have just returned from a fabulous Stampin' Up! event in Auckland and want to share a project I presented on Saturday to my fellow demonstrators that attended.  I was challenged to make a "manly" card using a delicious DSP called "Mocha Morning", which is available from the 1st of September.  I have teamed it with quite a few new favourites - Forever Young stamp set, Glimmer Brads and Stampin' Up! Gold card stock.

I love this Clock and knew I wanted to 3D it somehow.  I have layered the clock face three times and put acetate behind the top layer to give the impression of a glass face.  The original stamp has three pendulums beneath the clock.  I chose to make my own using hemp twine and the new Neutrals Glimmer Brads.

Mocha Morning DSP has all my favourite Neutral colours and I was spoilt for choice as to which design to use.  I chose this one simply because it worked so well with the Gold card stock.  I was thrilled how this card turned out - for a change it was just as I imagined it!!

Friday, August 26, 2011

JAI #82 - From your Stash

This week at JUST ADD INK, you get to use something you have hidden away in your stash and haven't used for some time!!  This is a great challenge!  I have dusted off a stamp set called "Coast to Coast" which hasn't seen ink for about a year!

Killing two birds with one stone here, as this is my BIL's Birthday card too.  He is an ex-sailor, so anything to do with the sea appeals to him. 

I have kept it pretty manly with wide grosgrain ribbon and an antique brad, which looks like a compass.  I have also used the Lattice embossing folder in my Big Shot to add texture to the main card.  I have stamped a birthday sentiment on the inside.

I can't wait to see what the rest of the Design team are guilty of leaving on the shelf!  Be sure to pop over to JUST ADD INK for a looksee and join in!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


A wee while a go I designed a project for Ustamp with Dawn and Friends, featuring a brayered technique using the Stampin' Up Lattice embossing folder.  Last weekend, my Stamp Club ladies recreated this set using Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Chip Inks from the SU range.  Such a quick wee project to make, but a great way of gift giving.

If you would like to make these projects too and have a step by step tutorial to use over and over again, then book this class with me.  This is just one of many classes I can bring to you.  Simply gather a few friends and enjoy your own private class in your own home.  Email ME for more details.

Monday, August 22, 2011


I came across a sweet little tutorial the other day - A pop up tutorial by Lori Heiling, and just had to try it myself.  A super cute little card that comes together very quickly.  I like quick at the moment!!

I opted to put a belly band around the top of my card to help keep it closed, and used that to put the Birthday sentiment on.

Simply slide the belly band off and open the top of the card.  Up pops a Birthday Cake!  How cute is this card?!!

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Well, have I had an interesting week!!  I just had to share this photo taken from our deck!  So what, it's just snow right?!!  Wrong - it's SNOW!!  We don't get snow!!  Even on the worst day of winter, we don't normally see this white stuff. 
It has been a challenging week though.  Watching cars slip and slide outside our place and having to get towed, once they lost traction.  People abandoning their cars, and walking the rest of the way home.  Couldn't even get out to work on Tuesday!!  Never thought I could use "snowed in" as an excuse for the boss!!

So I spent my day off making a card that I thought was very fitting on this occasion!  I love the sentiment stamp "Remember When", because this is a card I intend keeping, to remind me of this incredible event!!

I have used Concord Crush as the card base and the new In-colour, Wisteria Wonder for the snowy background.  Of course, I pulled out my Brayer for this card.  I am so glad I have something (apart from a cold) to remember this incredible winter by!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


I am going to tease you all with a sneak peak stamp set called "Creative Elements".  I made this Birthday card for Julie (downline) a few weeks ago.  I wanted to use a new set Julie didn't have, so she could keep it as a sample if she wanted to!

I chose to stamp the images on Naturals Ivory cardstock.  A robust cardstock that stands up well as a card base.  I don't know why I waited so long to get some - it is gorgous to work with!  I stamped in Early Espresso and Cherry Cobbler.  Coloured the flower with a blender pen, fussy cut, then added to the card with another new product - a Glimmer Brad.   Another clean and simple card!

Friday, August 12, 2011

JAI #80

I hope you will join us this week at JUST ADD INK for this fabulous sketch challenge we have for you!

I loved the sketch when I saw it and knew I wanted to do a double fold card that you could latch closed.

I have also used a stamp set I have admired for some time and only just ordered for myself - Greenhouse Garden.  Such a gorgeous Two-step stamp set!  I don't own a much in the way of floral stamps, so I really enjoyed playing with this set!  I also teamed it up with my Colour Sprizter tool for added texture to an otherwise plain card front.  I have used new Glimmer Brads on the front and wrapped Early Espresso ribbon around them to close the card.

I chose Early Espresso, Pretty in Pink and Whisper White for my colours and carried the image over to the inside of the card.  I have also used my trusty Mat Pack and piercing tool to outline the white panels.

I hope you find inspiration in this sketch challenge too and join in the fun this week at JUST ADD INK.  The Design team have come up with beautiful samples for you to oooh and aaah over too, so be sure to pop by for a look!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


It's my BIL's Birthday today (waving at you!!) and he is a total plane nut!!  So when it came to designing his Birthday card - it had to have a plane on it!!  Unfortunately this set (Sentiment Journey) is retired, but I can still play with it myself!

I got out my trusty sponges and cloud template and created the clouds in Bashful Blue and Marina Mist, after first masking off the plane contrail.  I then stamped the plane image and sentiment in Basic Black.  I kept the rest of the card simple with plain matting in Basic Black, the Word Window Punch for a little side detail and the addition of White Brads for some embellishment.

Of course, I think a card is made just that much more special when you carry the theme to the inside too.  Again I sponged just a few clouds around two sides,, leaving room for a message to be written.  I have no doubt that he will love this card!  I get such a kick out of tailoring a card for a specific person.

I hope you had a wonderful day BIL!!

Friday, August 5, 2011


One of the many benefits of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is the monthly Stampin' Up! magazine "Impressions" that I recieve in the mail.  I really look forward to this publication each month as I get so many great ideas from it, along with business tips and tools I can apply to my own SU business.  This month, there was a fabulous idea to create your own stencils with punches from the Stampin' Up! range.

I love the simplicity of this card and it was really quick to make, but it packs a real punch wih the 3D flower on the front!  If you book a worskhop with me, I will show you and your guests how to make this gorgeous card.  Not only will you make a sample for yourself, but you will get the stencil to keep too!

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Demo yourself, I would love to talk to you!  Simply email ME with your contact details.  I would love to tell you more about the Stampin' Up! opportunity and the many benefits you will recieve and earn!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


I thought I would try to make a card that had no layers, bling, or accessories of any kind.  I have simply used a card base of Whisper White.

I love how this has turned out!  The only other thing I used besides ink and stamps, was heat embossing for the snow on the tree.

Luckily for me, Lovely as a Tree is a set that is not retiring!  But plenty of others are!  Be sure to check out my Specials and Promotions page for the Last Chance List and get your orders in to me before time runs out and they disappear forever!

Monday, August 1, 2011


The mini catalogue has now retired and we are getting ready to say goodbye to the 2010-2011 Stampin' Up! catalogue.  I had to have one last play with the Autumn Spice Designer Paper and made these gorgeous Tote Bags for the Craft Market next weekend.

 Don't they look gorgeous in that paper?  I love these little Totes!  They look so sofisticated.  It is hard to believe they are made out of paper!!  I got this template from Adela at Creations by AR.  She has the most wonderful designs for sale!

But Autumn Spice is not the only thing retired or retiring with Stampin' Up! 

During the month of August Stampin' Up! are clearing away the old to make way for the new!!  Some items are discounted by 40%!!

You can view the Last Chance List HERE.  So many gorgeous products going, never to be seen again.  So if you have some of these items on your wishlist - email me your order now!  Orders are accepted only while stocks last.