Friday, September 27, 2019


We have something a little different for you in the way of a challenge this week at #tgifc231.  We are asking you to take inspiration from page 12 of the Stampin' Up! Annual catalogue!  To join in with your own project, just click on the banner below to upload your work on the challenge site.

I have to fess up.  I don't have a single item from this suite in my stash!  Shock, horror!  I didn't need it though, as it's all about taking inspiration from it, not having to recreate it.  I took my cue from products that were used to create the samples on this page and pulled out my embossing paste, palette knives, masks and all the lovely 201-2021 In colours and got to work.

I killed two birds with one stone, as I had recently been asked to make a wedding card for a bride that doesn't like flowers!!  I don't think leaves count as flowers, do you?  Besides, there is enough sparkle on this card for any bling lover to forgive me if they do!

I used the mask in two ways.  I sponged Seaside Spray ink randomly over my white card base before laying the polka dot mask down and sponging again, leaving random dots everywhere!  After that, I used a palette knife to spread Shimmer Embossing paste through parts of the mask again.  That is so hard to photograph, but it is lovely and sparkly!  Then I threw a whole heap of sequins at it too!

The Colourful Seasons stamp set and coordinating dies brought the rest of my card together in snap.  Not only does this fit the challenge brief, but I now have my wedding card order filled too. Win-win!

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!


Welcome to the September Fancy Friday blog hop.  If this is your first visit to our hop, g'day!  We are a group of past and present Stampin' Up! Artisans who love to craft together once a month and bring you plenty of inspiration. 

There are so many beautiful floral stamp sets in our current catalogues that it was hard to choose a favourite!  I recently saw a technique, Dry Embossed Vellum, by the wonderful Jennifer McGuire, and I knew the Floral Essence Stamp set would be perfect for this technique. 

I learnt a few tricks from Jennifer when using this technique that help keep the Vellum flat, the ink from smudging and how to hide any adhesive!  I won't share her tips, just visit her website and watch her video here.  The vellum gives such a soft look to the project, perfect for a floral masterpiece!  This wasn't a quick card, as you do need to take care not to puncture the vellum when working with it, but I do love the white outline look you get on a solid stamped image!  To score my vellum, I used the scoring stylus attachment on my Take Your Pick tool!  Brilliant.

You can also trace outline stamps as I did with the leaves above.  It adds loads of lovely texture!  Your next stop on the Fancy Friday hop is Cathy Caines and I am excited to see what she chose as her favourite floral!

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!

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!