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Today I have a number of great FREE resources for you that I hope might help you in your creating. I mentioned it in this week’s video.

So help yourself.

Head to the link I have shared and download them to your computer ready for you to refer to often. Or you can PIN these images to Pinterest for later.

2021-2023 Incolor Comparison Chart

See how the new 2021 Incolors compare with other current colours.

Check them out -> HERE.

Colour Co-ordination Charts

A great resource to help you with some colour co-ordinating when you create your next project. Head -> HERE

Paper, Ink, Marker Chart

They are available for all the colour Collections. Print the chart off and mark off the colours you have so you can keep a track of what you have. It’s a great way to see them at a glance having the chart.

Head -> HERE.

Project Tutorials

I have a large number of Projects and Techniques on this blog for you to access. Many you will find under the tab at the top of the page under ‘Free Tutorials’. Some I have still to update so also click on the TAG in the right hand column of Techniques or 3D or Fun Folds. Whatever you would like to see.

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And also Subscribe to my newsletter list to receive a project tutorial each week to help inspire you in your creating.

Facebook crafting group

Come and join my ‘A Stamping Journey’ Facebook group where we share what we have been doing and occasionally have a challenge. Head -> HERE.

Happy creating now with lots of colour inspiration,



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cards, Stampin' Up!, Techniques, Videos


For today’s video I wanted to create some Recessed Panel cards to share with you. In the video I show you how to make one version but I have some other variations to share too. Have you tried this technique? It’s a great way to showcase some beautiful papers.

Check the video. I have the other cards to share with you too.

This is the card created in the video. I think when I looked at it after I should have cut the top curve higher to showcase more of the paper. You just don’t think of that in the middle of filming. 🙂

This one is the same version using a different print of the Pansy Petals paper. I used the Basic Borders Dies to create the curves in both of them.

Instead of curves you could make straight cuts in the card. For a difference though cut the card vertically. This one uses the Hand-Penned paper.

What about adding the pretty papers on top of the recess. This is a great way of showing that beautiful paper. This one uses the Art Gallery Designer Series Paper. For this I cut 2 angle cuts in the bottom right corner of the paper and added strips of the Poppy Parade card behind to highlight it.

I hope you get to create these soon. Choose whatever way you like to.

If you are in Australia and need supplies to create your projects then you can stop by my store anytime -> HERE. Please use the Host Code: 7VNBHHYT

OR you can contact me directly on 0439 844574

Happy Stamping,


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Today’s Friday Flicks is a Fun Fold creating a Single Step card. I couldn’t help but use the new Butterfly Brilliance bundle – Oh! and the gorgeous Butterfly Bijou Designer Series Paper.

I have made this fold before quite some time ago. It is still re-pinned so many times on Pinterest and many people head back to my blog to see it. I thought it would be good to freshen it up. You can see the original card -> HERE.

Check out the card. It is a bit hard to capture it in photos. It folds up easily to mail too.

Single Step Butterfly Bijou Card

I have the measurements for the card and all the different pieces further below. They are available in Metric and Imperial.

Here is the video which is now on Youtube. (Have you subscribed to my channel yet?)

If you are receiving this blog post update via email the video may not show. Click on the title above and it should take you to the blog post.

Here are the measurements.


** Cut card to 28cm x 10.5cm  (11″ x 4 1/4″)

On the long side score at 3.2cm, 6.3cm, 10.8cm 15.2cm and 21cm     (1 1/4″, 2 1/2″, 4 1/4″, 6″ and 8 1/4″)

For back panel piece: Cut card 10.5cm x 10.5cm (4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″)

** The mat pieces are:

Back mat piece – 10.1cm x 10.1cm (4 1/8″ x 4 1/8″) DSP piece 9.7cm x 9.7cm (4″ x 4″)

Middle mat piece – 10.1cm x 4.1cm (4 1/8″ x 1 5/8″) DSP piece 9.7cm x 3.7cm (4″ x 1 1/2″)

Front mat piece – 10.1cm x 2.8cm (4 1/8″ x 1 1/4″) DSP piece 9.7cm x 2.4cm (4″ x 1″)

** To fold the card:

With the narrowest scored section on the left end start folding it concertina style.  On the score lines fold into a mountain fold, then next one a valley fold, then a mountain fold, then a valley fold, then a mountain fold.

This is the folded piece from the previous project just to show you how it is folded.

I hope you get to make one of these fun cards. They really are super easy.

If you are in Australia and need any supplies for your creating, head over to my store -> HERE

Be sure to grab that Butterfly Bijou paper. This paper is only for a limited time.

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a great weekend,


Stampin' Up!, Techniques, Tutorials, Videos


Have you seen the new Stampin’ Up! Blending Brushes?? I have had mine for a couple of weeks but have just pulled them out this week. I have been having so much fun with them. How soft and delicate are the bristles!! They are lovely.

On yesterday’s Facebook Live I used the brushes on the card and shared some tips in using them.

The edited video is now on Youtube. I will add it below too. If you are receiving this blog post via email it might not show up so head to my blog or you can go to Youtube directly.

I will be sharing some more cards with the Blending Brushes very soon so watch out for them.

A couple of tips with using them though. You will want to treat them differently than the sponges or the Daubers.

  • When picking up the ink from the inkpad you will want to “rub gently” not dab like you might with the sponges.
  • Dab off a little on scrap paper first. I do this with the sponges anyway.
  • When applying ink to your card move in a circular motion with light pressure.
  • Hold the brush down towards the brush head.
  • If you are sponging the whole card start off the edge of the card and work lightly in.

I hope these tips help. I will put together a video soon sharing some cool ways of using the brushes.

Here is the card from the video. I have used the Dragonfly Garden on the card.

On the Dragonfly I stamped the “solid” wing stamp on the wing outline in Blushing Bride and then coloured just the tip of the wings with the Soft Seafoam Stampin’ Write Marker or you can use the Stampin’ Blends.

The Blending Brushes are available in my store now -> HERE. for $21 AUD

Thanks for visiting today,


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Wednesday’s WOW! #118. You might have heard about some new White card that Stampin’ Up! has. Today let’s check it out closer to see how the Basic White compares to the previous Whisper White.

Sadly the previous Whisper White card and other products ended. So a frantic dash was made to source a new card. It was important that the new White card performed to the expectations that we as crafters need for all the stamping and techniques we do.

The new Basic White card seems to have passed the quality tests and it is now available in cardstock and envelopes and great to use for all your stamping, great for colouring with the Stampin’ Blends and for many of the Techniques you love to do.

I don’t need to say too much more about it as you can check out how it performs and with a little more explanation in the video -> HERE.

If you need some new White cardstock it is now available in my store.

Basic White -> HERE. Thick Whisper White -> HERE.

Keep on creating,


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Another card with you using the A Touch of Ink stamp set. This card is one we made at class a couple of weeks ago. It was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest. I didn’t save the actual card so I can’t remember the original creator. I changed it up a little.

Two Step A Touch of Ink

With the A Touch Of Ink stamp set I love that it is a 2-step stamp set. You can colour the line art images but you have the great option of using the solid image stamps to “fill” the images.

For this card stamp the leaves on white card with Just Jade and use the Soft Sea Foam to colour the leaves with the solid leaf stamp. I ran the white card through the Subtles Embossing Folder and wrapped around some White Baker’s Twine.

For the hummingbird, stamp in Memento Black. To colour it I inked up the solid stamp with Flirty Flamingo. Before stamping I used the Daubers or you can use a sponge to lightly add ink on the edges. On the top I inked with Poppy Parade. Along the bottom edge of the bird I inked with Pumpkin Pie. Then stamp on to the white diecut circle. If you find the Flirty Flamingo too dark then before inking the edges lightly stamp off the bird on to scrap paper.

The sentiment on this is heat embossed with Silver Embossing Powder and diecut with the Messages Die.

I don’t want you missing out on this gorgeous A Touch of Ink stamp set. It’s only available for one more month. This is a Level 2 Sale-A-Bration choice. When you order over $180 you can choose this set.

As an added bonus this week I have a little special.

When you order over $180 you can choose the A Touch Of Ink stamp set (or you can choose any other of the products too). As a Thanks to you I will send out to you 2 card kits that you can create your own cards with as well as a sample of the lovely Oh So Ombre paper.

If you are in Austalia I would love to help you with your orders. You can contact me directly on 0439 844574 or head to my store -> HERE. Please use the Host Code: CJ7PPUEC

Have a great day,


Catalogues, Stampin' Up!, Techniques


For Wednesday’s WOW! #116 I have a little tip for you with the Many Messages stamp set. What I’m going to tell you is … cut that stamp!

Yes I know it is pretty horrific to cut in to the rubber on a stamp. Why did I cut the stamp though??

When I first got the Many Messages stamp I realised it is one big stamp. Yes I was in a hurry when I ordered and didn’t read the catalogue properly. That’s ok though. 🙂

I loved many of the sentiments on the stamp but I didn’t want to ink the whole stamp or most of it to get the one sentiment. And I didn’t want to have a multiple of sentiments sitting around waiting to be used.

So … I cut it up.

With all the sentiments now separated I could use whatever one I wanted to.


First adhere the backing sheet (stickers) with the words on it on to the stamp. To do this, only remove half of the backing sheet. Line it up with the stamp and only put the one half of the sticker on to the stamp and press it down to smooth it out. Then peel off the other half and adhere the rest of the sheet.

When cutting the stamp, have the rubber of the stamp facing up so you can see the actual stamp. Cut carefully around the words being sure to leave an edge. It is better to cut them with the rubber side up rather than following the sticker as you don’t want to cut any of the words off. Use sharp scissors and take your time. After they are all separated you can then go back to each one and trim and straighten any of the edges.

The stamps can be stored directly on to the inside back of the case.

Another note on the Messages Die since we are talking about this. Don’t be limited just to the stamps in the Many Messages stamp set. Although they are a bundle and work together there are many other stamps you would have in your other stamp sets where the sentiments would fit in some of these spaces in the die. Check them out and see what you can find.

I hope you find these tips helpful when using this stamp set and the Die. You will find it so much more versatile.

The Many Messages Bundle can be found in my store now -> HERE.

Or you can contact me directly if you need help.

Have a great Wednesday,


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For Wednesday’s WOW! #114 I wanted to show you the effect you can create by colouring the Embossing Paste. This paste is not something I have used a lot of but it is so cool!

Embossing Paste is available in a 118ml or 4 fl. oz. container. You can use the paste to add extra texture to your projects which is fun. Use it with the Palette knives to add the paste directly by smearing it on your project or through the Decorative masks which are available.

Stampin’ Up! carries the regular White Embossing Paste as well as the Shimmery White Embossing Paste. The extra sparkle in the Shimmery White paste adds that little extra to your projects.

This one below is the Shimmery White one although it is hard to see the sparkle.

As an extra step why not add a little reinker to the paste. Simple smear some on the Silicon mat or even a block. Add one or 2 drops of reinker and mix. Then you can add it directly to your project. Be sure to rinse off the paste straight away on your mat or block that you have used.

Check out the project below. Some Soft Suede ink refill has been added to the paste and then smeared through the mask. It has been applied to the Soft Suede card so gives an textured sparkle in the same tone as the card. Pretty cool right. 🙂

This project uses the Peaceful Boughs stamps and the Beautiful Boughs Dies.

So why not grab some texture paste and not only add the paste on your projects but colour it with the reinkers for some co-ordinated colour.

These are available in my store now. In Australia? why not head along to grab some now. Head -> HERE.

Thanks for visiting for another fun tip today for Wednesday’s WOW!

Happy stamping,


cards, Catalogues, Christmas, Techniques


Shelli, (Stampin’ Up!’s wonderful co-founder) has stated that there should be no naked envelopes. 🙂 I’m guilty of that all the time I have to say. What about you?

I have discovered these fun products in the Holiday Catalogue to dress up our envelopes. They look really fancy. For Wednesday’s WOW! #113 – Why not dress up your envelopes with the Ornamental Envelopes Bundle.

I think these products are overlooked in the catalogue. The ornaments in the Ornamental Envelopes stamp set are gorgeous but I really wanted to focus on the Envelopes Dies.

Below is the Ornamental Envelopes Bundle.

Check out the Envelopes Dies closer though.

 The Envelopes Dies consists of 12 dies. 4 Envelope liners, 1-2 decorative edges, and some other elements to diecut in to your paper liners or directly on to the envelope. It also has the dies to cut the ornaments from the stamp set too. The Largest die measures 6-3/16″ x 2-1/2″ (15.7 x 6.4 cm).

So how do you use these dies?? Check out the samples below.

On this one create a decorative wrap for your envelope. How fancy is that?? You can line inside the envelope as well.

Not just line the inside but you can make a pretty decorative liner for inside. How sweet! Or you can diecut the outside and add a liner inside of pretty paper that you can see through the edge.

For this one below I am not sure but I think that for the envelope a mask was made with one of the decorative dies and some coloured texture paste has been added through the mask. This adds to the festive feel.

If you want to dress up your envelopes with the Ornamental Envelopes Bundle or even just the Envelopes Dies you can check them out and order them in my store -> HERE

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Or you can contact me directly by email at jghayward@yahoo.com

Happy Wednesday,


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Wednesday’s WOW! today #112. I want to share with you how to create the lovely sponged backgrounds.

I don’t know about you but I have been enjoying creating these backgrounds a lot lately.

Here is a tip from our Stampin’ Up! Catalogue.

The great tool to use for these backgrounds is the Sponge Brayers.

To use the Sponge Brayer build up the ink on the Brayer to roll over your project. I have shared this technique in a few videos recently. You will find those on Youtube or scroll back a few posts to catch them.

One tip I tell people when rolling to collect your ink is to not roll back and forward on the inkpad. It’s a “roll and lift movement”. Roll gently over the ink pad, lift the roller and roll again gently. Keep repeating this until you get the amount of ink you want.

When rolling on to your card it’s a good idea to start off the edge of your project and roll gently onto your card. Repeat building up the ink on your inkpad and roll on your project again starting off the card. Keep building up as much colour as you like.

The Sponge Brayers come with 2 handles and 4 sponge rollers. So it’s good to have a different Sponge for a different shade of colour. You can see them in store -> HERE

For creating your backgrounds you could also use the Sponges or use the Sponge Daubers but I think the Sponge Brayers are more effective as they cover a larger area at a time.

TIP: To create your “horizon” as shown in the projects above, place a piece of paper over a section to create a lined edge before you start rolling. Then if needed change your paper around to mask the edge again from the other direction to roll. Or on these cards they have elements stamped.

The stamp set used for these projects is the Sending Sunshine set seen -> HERE.

I hope you have a go at this technique. It’s a fun one to build up your coloured background.

In Australia? If you need any products to get creating these projects please stop by my store -> HERE. Thanks for your orders. Or you can contact me directly on 0439 844574.

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Happy “rolling” 🙂