I was playing with some new products from the 2016 Holiday Catalogue  yesterday.  I even got my colouring happening!! I wanted to try this new set the ‘Wonder of Christmas’.  There is not a lot around with this set yet but I am sure there will be soon. It is really sweet and I love the words in it too. I will show you the set below.  Here is the card first.

angels singing

I had in mind to do a choir of Angels.  This is a standard size card so I could only fit 3 but I am sure there were lots more Angels around right!!🙂 I stamped an Angel on Thick Whisper White card with StazOn and coloured it with the Aquapainter and Inkpads. I then cut it out and layed it onto a Whisper White card mat so I could see where to place the other Angels. I stamped 2 other Angels in Smoky Slate on to the Whisper White card.

The little stars in the set were stamped in Soft Sky on to the White card also.  This was adhered to a Cherry Cobbler card base.  The sentiment was stamped in Memento Black. The Angel was raised up off the card with Dimensionals.  The card was finished off with some Rhinestones and I added a little Wink of Stella on the wings but you can’t notice that too much.

What do you think?

It’s a great set.  Here is a little sneak for you.


It’s not long now until you can order from this Holiday Catalogue.  I think you are going to love it.  Don’t forget, if you still haven’t got hold of one yet and you are in Australia, let me know and I can get one sent off in the post for you.

holiday catalogue photo

Thanks for visiting.


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sale bright

I forgot to tell you in my last post.  I have now reduced the prices of my retired items.  I want them cleared out.  I am taking an additional 10% off the listed prices.

Head to the RETIRED PRODUCTS FOR SALE PAGE at the top of this blog and you will find the links.  Let me know if you would like any of the items.


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8 birthday

It’s my Stampin’ Up! Birthday today.  8 years ago I joined Stampin’ Up! Back then I was joining to get a great discount of these awesome products, hopefully earn a little income along the way and it gave me an excuse to craft away my day!! Hehe!!  Now while I love the discount and the free products I get, the best part is all the friends I have made. Along with my local customers and friends, I have friends now from all over the world that I wouldn’t have known if I hadn’t become part of this great big family.

So I am celebrating all my new found friends.  Thanks for coming a part of my life. You are very special to me and I mean that.  xx

To many more fun years of creating – and hopefully inspiring you.  Thanks for visiting me. I know there are hundreds of Stampin’ Up! blogs around.  So I appreciate you taking the time to visit me.  I hope that when you visit you might feel inspired and maybe encouraged.  I hope to brighten your day.

Do comment and say Hello.  Tell me where you are from.  I love to hear from you.

Thanks again,

Jenny x 


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sale bright

Thanks to those people who came along to my recent BOGO sale.  It was great to see some of my loved products go to new homes.  BUT I STILL HAVE SO MUCH LEFT!!!!

I have now reduced some of the prices so these are not eligible for BOGO (Buy one Get One Free), but I am sure there are some great bargains for you.  :)

These are only for Australian residents.  Sorry.

Click on my Page for “Retired Products For Sale” at the top and it will have the links there.

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Holiday catalogue promo photo

It’s getting close for the Holiday Catalogue to go live.  September 1st!  You will be able to view it online BUT who doesn’t love to flick through the catalogue and see the samples and the products close up.  I think you are one of those people am I right??

So, if you are a resident of Australia AND you don’t have a current Demonstrator then drop me a comment/email and I will drop one in the post for you.  I am starting to mail them out so make sure you are on the list.

Have a wonderful day,


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I have a little sneak peek for you today.  Very soon the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue will be Live. September 1st to be exact.  You are going to L.O.V.E. it!  I tell you there are so many exciting new products it is going to be hard to choose.  I am having a hard time to choose myself!

Have to say though when I first saw our sneak peek I just loved the cute little gingerbread in the Cookie Cutter Christmas set.  It was the first on my list – and the first thing to play with the other day when my preorder arrived.  It has the stamp set AND the matching punch.  It makes it so easy to cut those gingerbread and the other characters out.

So here is the card I made, because I couldn’t wait until later in the month.🙂

This is a Z-Fold card which you might have seen a bit around recently.  I have been waiting to try one of these folds and I thought the Gingerbread were just the thing to use.


Z-fold with Cookie Cutter

I thought the corner looked a little plain so I created a little Holly leaves and berries using the NEW Holly Berry Builder Punch.

This is the card when it is folded flat.

Z-fold card folded flat

Have you tried a Z-Fold card before?? There are a number of tutorials around the internet and some vary in size.  I based mine on Amanda’s version (craftyspa) HERE. You will find that Amanda’s tutorial makes 2 card bases from one sheet of cardstock. That’s OK if you want to do multiple cards or you are using the same colour card base for different cards. 

I adjusted the measurements a little and have them in Metric and Imperial for you if you wish to create just one card.

Square Z-Fold Card Tutorial (Based on Amanda Bates – Craftyspa)

* This makes one card.

1. Cut card t0 21cm x 13cm for your card base. (8 1/4″ x 5 1/8″)

2. On the long side score your card at 5.2cm and 10cm (2 1/16″ and 4 1/8″).

3. On the short side, cut your card at 10.5cm.  The thin strip you cut off will be your band.

*Doing it this way by cutting your card after you have scored saves you scoring the little strip.🙂

4. Cut your Designer Series Paper  – I have used the new ‘Candy Cane Lane DSP.  You will need 2 pieces: 4.8cm x 10.1cm (1 7/8″ x 4″) and 10.1cm x 10.1cm ( 4″ x 4″)

Plus a piece of Whisper White piece: 5.1cm x 10.1cm (2″ x 4″).

5. Adhere your Designer Series Paper pieces to each end sections.  Stamp your Whisper White piece with a sentiment as you like and then adhere that to the centre section.

6. To attach your band please take note of where to place adhesive.  You don’t want to run adhesive along the whole length. Place your card base down open and flat on the tabletop. Lay down the strip on to the card halfway down the card.  Work out where you want to place your adhesive. I find it helps to mark in pencil where to place it. You will want to place adhesive on the back of your strip just where it rests on the front section not where it lays on the white section. Then on the back of the strip on the last section.  I hope that makes sense??

Hope these instructions are helpful to make your own Z-Fold card.

Why not share your version with me.


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I was looking at my Butterfly Easel card the other day that I made some time ago and thought this would be a great card idea for the Thoughtful Branches.  So of course, I had to make it.  :)  Here it is for you.

Front view.

I have used the Sweet Sugarplum as the card base.  The tree is cut with Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper. The Designer Series Paper is the Playful Palette Paper stack.

Easel card front

Side View.

Easel card side view

The card folds flat for postage.  It measures 10.5cm x 10.5cm (4″ x 4″). So you could make an envelope with the Envelop Punch Board.


Inside of the card.

inside easel

I made up a tutorial for this Fold way back when I made the Butterfly Card.  You can find that tutorial HERE in this post. So go and check it out for you to make your version.

Thanks for looking.  I hope you can make a Triangle Easel card yourself.


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At card class this Saturday we are going to create some sweet cards using the Thoughtful Branches Bundle.  This is a great opportunity for you to play with it. Here are the details. If you can’t make it, card kit details are below.


We will create some different cards using the set PLUS there will be other samples on display.

WHEN: Saturday 13th August 2pm at my studio in East Corrimal.

COST: $15, or $20 to use my adhesives.

              Buy the bundle and get the class FREE!

Please RSVP by Thursday 11th August.

Here are the cards we will be making. Hope to see you there for some stamping fun. 

Let me know by emailing me or leaving a comment and I will get back to you.

Thoughtful Branches card class

Are you too far to come to class or you can’t make it?? Why not get the Card Kit?  You will need the Thoughtful Branches stamps and dies which you can order additionally from me.

CARD KIT TO STAMP AT HOME:    $15  Includes all materials but no stamped images or adhesives.

You can order this Bundle directly from me OR through my store.  Order HERE at my store. Bundle price is $90.50.  Australian residents only. 

**BONUS** – Receive a PDF of some bonus projects PLUS receive 2 VIS (Loyalty) points when you purchase this from me. 

Here is a reminder of the stamps and Dies for you.

Thoughtful Branches Thinlits

Thoughtful Branches Stamp set


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A customer called in last weekend and showed me a card she had made. She had gone to a class to do it.  (It wasn’t a Stampin’ Up! class and I don’t know who the original creator is). I loved the idea of the card so I had to make one. I had a little time to play around with it the other day. I call it a POP UP EASEL CARD. I used Confetti Celebration on mine.  I will show you the photos of the card (sorry, lots!) and then give you the instructions.

This is the front of the card.  The Rhinestones you see is what holds up the Easel part.  The balloons are suspended on strips of acetate in a folded crease.

Easel front

This is another view front on.  The Designer Series Paper is from the Playful Palette pack. The balloons are punched with the Balloon punch in Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Melon Mambo.  I sponged around the edges with the sponge and added a small star that from the stamp set.

Easel card

Side on view gives you an idea of the suspended balloons.  I punched 2 each of the balloons and adhered one to the front and back of the strip of acetate to keep it tidy.

You can see the side view and inside of the card with the sentiment that I will show you below.

Side view of Easel

The card can fold flat for postage.

folded inside

When it is folded flat it is a square card measuring approximately 15cm x 15cm (6″ x 6″) so you would need to make an envelope to fit but that is no problem with the Envelope Punch Board!


This is inside of the card.  I continued with the sentiments from the Confetti Celebration set.


You can see when it is open that the balloons can fold flat against it.  This is a trick too. Whatever image or shape you have suspended in the front crease, you need to fold it against the inside of the card to test it out first before you put it together to be sure that it will fit below the score line for when it is folded flat.  You can’t have it squashed in.🙂 Check the photo below to see what I mean. The balloons sit just below the score line.

Balloons lying flat

Now I will tell you how to make your own.


NB: I have included metric and imperial measurements.  For those following the Imperial measurements can you please just check these.  Maybe do a test run first. I am just concerned with all the “16th” measurements if they are correct.  :)

What you will need:

Cardstock for base 14.8cm x 29.8cm (5 7/8″ x 11  3/4″).

Designer Series Paper 14.4cm x 7.6cm (5 7/8″ x 3″)

Whisper White card (inside piece) 14.4cm x 6.6cm (5 7/8″ x 2  3/4″)

Scrap card for your suspended images (Of your choice.  I have chosen balloons for this one).

Acetate strips 1 cm x 4-5cm (1/4″ x 1  1/2″-2″) You will trim these as you make the card depending on where you want your images to sit.

To construct your Easel:

1. On the long side score your card at 2cm, 3cm, 4cm, 5cm, 6cm, 13.8cm and 21.6cm.

(3/4″, 1  3/16″, 1  9/16″, 2″, 2  3/8″, 5  7/16″ and 8 1/2″)  – Please check the measurements.

2. Fold on all the score lines starting as I have shown in the photo in a concertina fashion creating a “M” shape at the beginning and then after folding it as a Valley fold on the next 2 score lines. (ie folding it up towards you). I haven’t shown those folded in this photo.

scored card

3. On the back of the card, place adhesive behind each side of “peak” that is formed. in the “M”. Adhere these together.  Check the photo below. (sorry if it is a little unclear).    This is it turned back to the correct side of the card.  It now becomes more a “V” shape which will be your crease for your acetate strips.

folded piece

4. After you have stamped and punched your images adhere them to the acetate strips. I used Fast Fuse to adhere them but you could use glue dots or other tape. I punched 2 balloons so adhered one to the back and one to the front of the acetate strip. Check the length of the acetate strip with the image to see if it is the right length BEFORE you adhere them in.🙂 Trim the strip if necessary remembering you want to make sure they fit below the score line as I described above.

Place your adhesive (Fast Fuse or tape) along one edge inside the crease and adhere the acetate strips in place. Once in place then adhere the crease together. See the photo below.

Balloons suspended

5. Now you can create the front and the inside as you like.  I adhered the Designer Series Paper piece on the front.  The Whisper White piece I stamped and adhered inside.


I hope you can follow this.  Perhaps I need to start making videos.🙂  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask me.


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The delivery of my Thoughtful Branches bundle arrived today as I was creating. I had been waiting with anticipation for this set so I was excited. I had been deliberating what to make next so it arrived just in time!

I had been pinning ideas on Pinterest, so I could have CASED some but I wanted to see what I could create.  So here is what I made.


The Designer Series Paper is from the Playful Palette paper stack. The tree is cut from Early Espresso. I stamped the leaves in Sweet Sugarplum on the cardstock then cut it out with the Thinlits. The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso and then matted it on Sweet Sugarplum. I tried several colour card bases but then settled on the Thick Whisper White card base. I think that was the right choice. Before I assembled the card I wrapped around Thick White Baker’s Twine. I think I should have gone with the thinner white though. Too late then though🙂 It needed a little sparkle to finish so I cut the little birdie from Glimmer Paper.

There are so many elements in the stamp set and the Thinlits so it is very versatile. I think you would get lots of use from these making cards for different occasions. If you haven’t seen the set you can check them out in the previous post.

The bundle is $90.75. Of course you can get them individually but you can save 10% by buying the bundle. You can order this bundle from me. When you order from me You will also receive a PDF of some bonus projects PLUS receive double the VIS (loyalty) Points.

I am looking forward to creating more with these so stay tuned.


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