Thursday, December 30, 2010

Yay, more FREE stuff!!

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

SALE now on

The Stampin' Up December Frenzy has begun - check out my 'Specials and Promotions' page for details or visit

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


I've been doing my best to re-use all my 'baby containers' lately. Baby food jars have become tealight holders, baby food tins have been re-covered and stuffed with Hershies Kisses, and Formula Tins (the ones that don't make as storage tins in Matt's shed) get re-covered and filled with baking.
This tin is covered with Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper. I have also decorated it using my Scallop Trim Border  & Corner Punches. I've also sponged a frame and used Gold embossing powder to make it a little more 'Christmassy' .

Sign up for my Techniques Class in January to learn how to punch squares and rectangles using the Scallop Trim Punches.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Here is another of this year's christmas cards - this time from my Techniques class, where we covered how to use the embossing folders with the Big Shot, but leave a smooth section in the middle.

For this card I used the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder and Vintage Vogue set, which looks quite festive when teamed up with Pear Pizzazz and Real Red. I finished it off with a greeting from Teeny Tiny Sentiments.

To book into a Techniques class for next year e-mail me -

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Christmas Embossing

This is a technique we recently covered during my Techniques class - we used the Big Shot and ran the Whisper White cardstock through the 'Vintage Wallpaper' embossing folder, then heat embossed it using silver embossing powder.
I made up this card as an example of how this technique can be used on a project. I'm pretty happy with the result so will probably give this card away nearer chirstmas.... I've also added it to the 'Just Add Ink' challange this week.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Here's another Christmas card we made at a recent Quick Cards class. Over the last few classes I've been playing around and using stamp sets that are not necessarily Christmas sets to make Christmas cards (see pervious post using Lovely As A Tree).
For this card I used me 'So Swirly' Jumbo Wheel, the flower image from 'Priceless' and the greeting from 'Seasons of Joy'.
I also used the Scallop Oval and Large Oval punches, with a little bit of Dazzling Diamonds glitter to top it all off. Colours are Always Artichoke and Ridinghood Red.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I'll be away in December this year, so I'm getting ready for Christmas early...
Here are two cards we recently made in one of my Quick Cards classes. They were inspired by my fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrators - Paula Dobson and Jacque Pederson

For both cards I've used 'Lovely as a Tree' - a set I only recently bought but I don't know how I survived without it for so long!
If you'd like to book into a class or place and order simply e-mail me -

Friday, November 5, 2010

This is one of my favourite sets at the moment - Lots of Bots. I've used it for may occasions, including this first brithday card.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Silly Season

These are cute little cards that I made last year for the kids I work with, but they are suitable for anyone young at heart! They are quick and simple to make - you just have to make sure all the Santas end up in the cards, not your tummy! 
 I used: Seasons of Joy, Real Red Ink, StazOn White Ink, Real Red, Old Olive and Whisper White Cardstock, Scallop Circle punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch.
Have fun!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

This layout uses the 'Loads of Love' stamp set - one of the first sets I ever purchased and I still love it. It's great for male cards and even christmas cards (we'll be doing that in a quick cards class so I'll post an example of one soon...) but as you can see, it also looks great on a 12x12 layout!.

Monday, September 20, 2010

I'm loving these new In Colours.
This is a card we recently made in one of my Fancy Folds Classes. For this Side Step card I've used Pear Pizzazz, Concord Crush and Rose Red. I'm also loving the new Hostess Set - 'Fast & Fabulous'.

If you'd like to attedn one of my classes e-mail me to book your place -

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Here's another card using "Lovely as a Tree". This time I used a misting technique with Watercolour Wonder Crayons. The Photo Corner Punch frames the card perfectly.
This is a great value stamp set and is incredibly flexible. Available now - contact me today!

Friday, September 3, 2010

I have had this stamp set  - 'Lovely as a Tree' -on my wishlist for a long time. I finally bought it a couple of months ago and love it - there are just so many uses for it - so I'm really pleased that it's still in the new catalogue.
Here's just one idea... a Father's Day card ready for this Sunday.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

I loved the 'Choo Choo' stamp set ($36.95, Pg 62) and 'Right on Track' wheel ($14.50, Pg 62) when it was first released earlier in the year. I'm so pleased it made it back into the new 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalogue!
For this card I also used 'Trendy Trees' ($38.95, Pg 68). 
It makes a great kids card. 

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The New Idea Book & Catalogue is OUT NOW!

The NEW catalogue is oficially released TODAY! It's packed with gorgeous new products.
You can check it out online, or purchase one from me during September for $12 (RRP $15.95) + postage. 
Products are also on sale from today so call or e-mail me to place your order...! 

Saturday, August 28, 2010


I love these Sticky Cut shapes - they are so quick & easy, and who can resist a little bling!?
The Warm Words stamp set is also retiring this year, so order yours before the 31st August - contact me today 

Friday, August 27, 2010

I've been using up some of my DSP stocks lately - got to make space for all the gorgeous new packs in the new 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalogue!
These bags are very cute & ideal for just about anything... 

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Been busy!

I know it's not uncommon for me to leave it too long between updates, but this time I have a good reason - Abby arrived last week and has been keeping me very busy since then!
This photo was taken at 1 day old but she is now a week old.
She made a appearance after a long labour but weighed in at a very healthy 9lb2 (4.1kg)

These are the announcement cards I've been making. Luckily I had most of the work done ahead of time - hopefully I can find time to finish them off soon!! 

I've used Almost Amethyst, Lovely Lilac and Whisper White. I also used my Priceless stamp set and Whimsical Words for the insert.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Quick Cards Update

Short of cards for the men in your life?
For the next few months I will be including a 'male-inspired' card in my Quick Cards classes. Hopefully this will give you some ideas and a stock of 'male' cards for your collection.
This card uses the Curly Label Punch Bundle (inc. punch and stamp set - see below). The colours are Basic Grey, Brocade Blue and Night Of Navy. I've also used co-ordinating ribbon, brads and the crimper to embellish.

Please e-mail me with questions, orders, or for class bookings

Friday, May 7, 2010

Manhattan Embossing

These three little bags are made using paper lunch bags and are great for just about any gift! I decorated them using the new Manhattan Flower embossing folder with my Big Shot.
I wondered how many different looks I could achieve, so I had a little play around. For the pink bag I used sponges to gradually ink up the reverse of the embossed image, leaving ink on the raised petals.
The embossing folders are great value at just $18.95 - they are a good size too, with each folder measuring 11.4cm x 14.6cm

E-mail me today to order -  

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Baby Shower

I've been meaning to post this photo for a long time, but it's been sitting on my camera's memory card for a while.

What a cute idea for a baby shower - this 'nappy cake' was made by Julia Leece - a very creative SU! Demonstrator in our team.
Thanks Julia - it took pride of place in my lounge for some time!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Mothers Day

This is a great project for Mothers Day. I have used this Flower Pot on scrapbook pages in the past (see previous posts), but this mini version of the Flower Pot is also great for cards.
It has a pull-up section so you can add a message / greeting (see below).
I used my "One of a Kind' Stamp set and Boho Blossome Punch to punch out the flowers. I also used the 5 Petal Flower punch to make some leaves.
Cardstock is Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette and Certainly Celery. The DSP is Candy Lane.

If you would like to see a tutorial for a full size flower pot click here for Andrea Watford's Blog - she has a downloadable template for the flower pot, which I used but reduced in size to suit my project.

Give it a try this Mothers Day - have fun!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

More Vintage Vogue...

Ok, it's been quite a while since I blogged, and this card has been waiting to be posted here for quite some time! Here it is - Vintage Vogue again but still my favourite set. I used Always Artichoke and Rich Razzleberry, which matched beautifully with the Cottage Garden DSP I used.

This is a great way to embellish your cards and use up those scraps of DPS - the 2-Way glue pen is an ideal adhesive for these small pieces - no mess!

I have this set in the new 'clear mount' style, wich is great for me as it makes storage so much easier. Click here to read more about clear mount stamps or e-mail me to place your order -

Monday, April 5, 2010

I'm Loving Vintage Vogue

Below is an easel card using the new Vintage Vogue Set ($38.95) from the new Autumn-Winter mini catalogue (Click the image to your right to view the catalogue online)
I will be teaching Easel cards in my next Fancy Folds class in the 7th April - there are still a couple of places available so e-mail me today if you would like to come along...

I love this set as it's so versatile. I've got so many plans for it! It's also great for many different techniques so keep an eye on my blog for more ideas....

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Launch Party - You're Invited!

The launch of the NEW Stampin' Up! Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue is just days away....
As it's packed with so many new products I've decided to hold a launch party. This is a FREE event where you can see the new products in the flesh and even try them out with free Make & Takes. There will also be lots of samples on display, drinks & nibbles and prizes to win!

FREE shipping for any orders placed at the Launch Party
It will be very informal so pop along any time between 9am - 11am
Friday 2nd April

(RSVP would be helpful so noone misses out on Make & Takes or nibbles - )

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Egg-ceptional Easter Gifts

I made these little Easter Egg Bag Toppers last year for the ladies at work - they were all very happy with them so I thought I'd share them with you for this year.

You will need:
Chocolate Chip, Whisper White & So Saffron Cardstock (pg. 128)
Small Cellophane Bags (pg.130)
Tag Punch and Small Tag Punch (pg.152)
Greetings Eight Stamp Set (pg. 57)
Basic Black Ink (pg. 127)Stampin' Pastels (pg. 127)
Blender Pens (pg. 156)
Always Artichoke 1/4" Grossrain Ribbon (pg. 151)  

Fold a square of chocolate chip cardstock in half and attach to the top of the bag of eggs.
Wrap Always Artichoke Ribbon around the card, securing it at the front.
Stamp the Bunny image onto Whisper White cardstock and layer it onto So Saffron Cardstock - use the Tag punches to punch them out adn layer them together.
Attach to the bag topper covering the join of the ribbon. Colour the image using a Blender Pen with Pastels.
Add a button to embellish and stamp a greeting using White Stazon if desired.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Zoo Slider

I love these slider cards. They are actually surprisingly easy to make and are great for any occasion.
For this one I used my "Wild About You" set, with lovely bold colours - Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, Pumpkin Pie & So Saffron, but I've also recently made one using the Level 1 Hostess Set "Live Like You Mean It" - I'll post that one another day....
If you would like to make similar 'fancy' cards, please contact me to register for my Fancy Folds classes, which run every month and cost just $15. 

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Memory Box

This is a project we made in one of my fancy folds classes a couple of months ago. I started with a 12x12 sheet of cardstock (plus a little extra for the lid and for layering).

I love the way this can be displayed as a 12x12 layout in my album, or as a photo box on my bookshelf. It also has plenty of space for journaling or more photos. 

I also used my 'All In The Family' and 'Circle Circus' stamp set which work perfectly for this project.

Contact me today to join one of my classes

Monday, February 15, 2010

Love Is In The Air

I couldn't resist taking a quick snap of these 'rose buds' as I think they look great as a bunch. I held two stamping classes on Sunday so each of my customers has a little 'rose bud' gift. I hope everyone managed to get past the packaging as there's a Hershies Kiss inside!

I was taught how to make these just the other night by a very talented Demo from West Auckland Called Janine Pierce - go check out her blog for her other great ideas...
Thanks Janine!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

New Ideas for Hodgepodge Hardware

In the days before Stampin' Up! (and a number of other hobbies...) I used to make and sell jewellery, so when I saw this idea I couldn't resist!
It just so happens that last month I finally brought Hodgepodge Hardware, which had been on my 'wishlist' for months, so I had everything I needed...

You will need:
RubOns, Crystal Effects, 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Hodgepodge Hardware, Cardstock scraps and Craft & Rubber Scissors (or similar to trim the metal tags) 

What to do:

  • Cut scraps of cardstock to fit inside your chosen Hodgepodge Tag (I cut two as mine is double sided)

  • Embellish the scraps with your chosen RubOns.

  • Carefully adhere cardstock to the Hodgepodge Tag using Crystal Effects (Use 2 tags if you are making a double sided pendent like mine). Allow to dry.

  • Trim one end off the tag using Craft & Rubber Scissors

  • If yours is double sided, adhere the 2 tags back to back using Crystal Effects

  • Once dry, apply a layer of Crystal Effects to the surface on each side to protect your images and make them nice and glossy. Allow several hours to dry.

  • Thread ribbon through the hole and secure using the buckle from Hodgepodge Hardware set.

I think this would make a great pendent for a necklace, but am planning to give this one away as a bookmark.
I would love to see your versions of this project - e-mail me your photos and I'll publish them on my blog. There's also some 'blog candy' up for grabs for my favourite entry before the end of February...

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Hide & Seek Journaling

This is a layout that has been filed away in my scrapbook for a while...
I used a few tricks and techniques here, but the main aim of this page was to hide my journaling inside a little mini flower pot.
I've also used this flowerpot on a card front, which makes a great quick card, which we will be making in my next Quick Cards class on the 14th February.

E-mail me if you would like to sign up for this or other classes.