Wednesday, October 31, 2012


It's Halloween tonight and that means little Munchkins knocking on the front door ready for lollies!  While Halloween is still a new concept in New Zealand, I know it is huge overseas.  We are slowly joining in!

I love the Halloween stamp sets available to us this year.  I just had to have a play around with this wee cutie "Toxic Treats".  I have used my Stampin' Write Markers to ink up the stamps, that way I could pick out only the images I actually wanted, omitting some of the fancier scroll work.  I have also used the new embossing folder "Spider Web" to create the raised image on the card base.

And for the little Munchkins?  Lollipops of course! Unfortunately, this little stamp is retired, but it made Lolli decorating quick and easy!

Happy Halloween to you all!

Sunday, October 28, 2012


Back to my first love - sponging, after trying out quite a few different techniques lately.

I teach a monthly Techniques Class and needed to broaden my techniques horizon, hence the practice!  However, today we are going back to basics.  This is the card my lovely ladies will be doing as they brush up on their sponging technique!  So many more techniqes have a level of sponging to them and I can't wait for my ladies to graduate on to these more challengeing techniques.

Stamps: So Sorry, Serene Silhouettes
Cardstock:  Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
Inks:  Riding Hood Red, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron
Accessories: 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Post-it-notes, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Sponges, Snail

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Well, actually ink in this case!  With a straw - you get the picture.

I came across this cool technique on Pinterest by the very clever Kay Kalthoff.  I went to her site and watched her video and just had to find a straw right way to try it myself!  Luckily, I had a lone straw floating in the back of my junk draw.  Never throw anything away!

It is really incredible how the ink layers you put down resist each other, but they do!  Since you smear a dark ink over the whole piece to finsh, I was seriously in doubt.  Had to try it for myself, lol

Want to try this technique for yourself?  Just click HERE to see Kay's awesome video.  Thanks Kay!!

Of course, I have also used the gorgeous Primrose Petals Stitched Satin Ribbon which is just one of five colours you can earn FREE with every $70 order you place with me before the end of October.  Not too many days left on this great value promotion - email me quick so you don't miss out!

Monday, October 22, 2012


I thought I would try my hand at a new technique I have been seeing around lately.  I am really pleased with the results of my first try and wanted to share it with you.

To achieve the background, I simply coloured an acrylic block with four Stampin' Write Markers and then spritzed lightly with water.  This allows the colours to blend together and once stamped on your cardstock, gives a real water colour effect for your background.  I then simply stamped over the top with a solid image.  You don't need to be a water colour artist to achieve this look.  It is so easy!

Stamps: Fabulous Florets
Cardstock: More Mustard and Very Vanilla
Inks & Markers: Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede, Moer Mustard and So Saffron

Monday, October 15, 2012


Happy Birthday Diane!  I made a card especially for you!  I hope you like it, lol

I was so excited to see Greeting Card Kids in the new Stampin' Up! catalogue and it was first on my wishlist.  This cute wee set is fabulous for watercolouring and that is just what I did here.  I have kept this nice and simple again, letting the image do the work although I did add a wee bit of texture with the embossing and ribbon.

Stamps:  Greeting Card Kids
Inks:  Real Red, Sahara Sand, Pool Prty, Island Indigo, So Saffron, More Mustard, Soft Suede
Cardstock:  Real Red, Sahara Sand,
Accessories:  Watercolour Paper, Aqua Painter, Basic Rhinestone, Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon, Adorning Accents Embossing Folder

Saturday, October 13, 2012


Since I came up with a such a quick card the other morning (see my last post), I figured why not do another CAS using the same simple design, but flip it instead!

I could knock out a batch of these quick cards and they would all look so different with the vast selection of stamp sets available with Stampin' Up!

Maybe both these cards have inspired you too?  Why not get that stamp set you have on your Wish List but haven't ticked off yet!  Give me a call or email me your order.  Don't forget - just spend $70.00 and recieve a FREE spool of the new In-Colour ribbon if you order before the end of October!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


It's not often I get time to make a quick card in the morning before I leave for work, but I did this morning!  While checking out my regular blog haunts I came across a challenge at Casology and straight away I knew what I wanted to do.  I also challenged myself to do it in under 10 minutes!  Quick, simple cards are not easy for me to do!

The challenge this week is to use "LEAF" as your guide.  Of course, I love Stampin' Up!'s French Foliage set, so that was what I used, with a mix of an Old Olive and Soft Suede colour pallet.

I also used some twine and a new Naturals Designer Button just to add a bit more dimension, while still keeping it simple.

Stamps:  French Foliage, So Sorry
Inks & Markers: Old Olive, Soft Suede
Cardstock:  Old Olive, Soft Suede and Confetti White (now retired)
Accessories:  Naturals Designer Button, Twine, 1 3/8" Square Punch, 1 1/4" Square Punch, Tombow Multi Adhesive

Sunday, October 7, 2012


I have one last Heartfelt sample to share with you - A Scrapbook page!  Yes, that's right, from one who struggles with these projects!  I really challenged myself with this one.  I had the beautiful Snowflake Soiree stamp set to play with, but since we don't have a winter Christmas I was really stumped about what to do with it.

Luckily for me, I had taken lots of photo's of the snow we had here in Upper Hutt last Winter.  We don't normally get snow at all here so this was a really BIG event.  What better way to remember it, then with a page?

I used the Emboss Resist technique on the Whisper White page, stamping snowflake images in Early Espresso, Crumb Cake and Baja Breeze, then stamping some in Versamark and heat embossing those images in clear embossing powder.  I then brayered the same colours all around the edge of my page, gradually fading back to white towards the middle.

I picked colours from the photo to team with some of the lovely Stampin' Up! Designer Papers.  A little bit of red from the flaxes for a bit of Bam on the page!  I also used the Snow Flurry die, from our seasonal Holiday Catalogue to cut out Glimmer paper.  I coloured the Glimmer paper ever so slightly in Baja Breeze and Crumb Cake.

This page is not completely finished.  I want to put the title "Brrr-it's cold outside" on there yet.  Just need to get my hands on some more delicious SU goodies to complete it!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


Another wee project I Brayered for Stampin' Up!'s Heartfelt event was this Christmas Frame.  I have used non traditional Christmas colours though - Soft Suede, Summer Starfruit, Primrose petals and Midnight Muse.  A pretty unlikely combination, but it worked!

 I enjoyed doing this because now I have a framed piece of artwork for my home at Christmas.  It was actually a few of my customers that suggested some of my cards were just too nice to send and should be framed first.  Thanks for the vote of confidence guys!

Monday, October 1, 2012


 It’s not quite warm enough to hit the pool yet, but be sure to take advantage of the ‘spool’—Stampin’ Up!’s ‘It’s Spool Time’ promotion, that is! During October, get a FREE spool of Stitched Satin Ribbon with every $70 purchase—choose your favourite new In Color or earn all five!  Purchase $140 and choose two - there are no limits!

Dates: 1-31 October 2012

Promotion Details: At Stampin’ Up!, it’s spool time! For the month of October, get a FREE package of 3/8" (1 cm) Stitched Satin Ribbon—a $19.25 value—for every $70 you spend!
Choose from the following ribbons:

Retail Value
126848 Ribbon Gumball Green 3/8” (1 cm) Stitched Satin $19.25
126847 Midnight Muse 3/8” (1 cm) Stitched Satin Ribbon $19.25
126844 Primrose Petals 3/8” (1 cm) Stitched Satin Ribbon $19.25
126845 Raspberry Ripple 3/8” (1 cm) Stitched Satin Ribbon $19.25
126846 Summer Starfruit 3/8” (1 cm) Stitched Satin Ribbon $19.25