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I had some creative time yesterday just to play.  It was so good.  I don’t have a lot of occasions to do this for a whole day.  Good for the soul 🙂

After I made some customer Thank You cards (which I will show you next post) I could play with the Botanical Builder Framelits.  I only got the framelits recently.  I was NOT going to get these.  Nup,  I don’t need them, BUT I saw so many gorgeous things created that one day they slipped in to my order on Hostess rewards.  Just one of the many perks being a demonstrator. 😉

So I thought I would show you what I made.  I think I only touched the tip of the iceberg here.  So much to make with them.

I saw this idea on a Facebook group I am on to use the leaf border as the centre border on a card.  I thought that was clever. Have to say though it was harder to work out than it looked – and maybe cut the right side of the card!  Here is the first card.  I am still not too sure of it. I thought I would show you anyway.


The base in Sahara Sand and the Designer Series Paper piece is from the ‘It’s my Party’ Paper Stack. I think the colour of the DSP leaves it looking a little flat. I cut a piece of Mint Macaron card slightly smaller and then cut the leaf edge from the centre.  Just check which way you need to cut it first!!!

The sentiment is from ‘Birthday Blossoms’ set stamped in Black. I added some Rhinestones but still thought it was missing something.  After I cut some flowers for another card I added a flower to the top right.  The flower is in white and I sponged the edges. I don’t know, what do you think?  Missing something?

Well after making this card I tried another one this time in Island Indigo.


I do like this version better.  Maybe it’s a bit brighter? I added some Adhesive Pearls to this one.  The sentiment is from ‘A Dozen Thoughts’.  This might work for a wedding card?

When I made the Mint Macaron version above I first cut it wrong.  Rather than waste the piece I thought I would make another card.


I added the strip along the bottom of a Whisper White mat which I had embossed with the ‘Softly Falling’ Embossing Folder.  The card base is Mint Macaron.  This sentiment is also from ‘Birthday Blossoms’ which I cut with an Oval Framelit.  The flowers were cut in White and then sponged with some smaller Mint Macaron ones in the centre.

I can’t wait to get back to playing with these some more to see what else I can make.  Lots of versions layering and sponging!!

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I can finally show you this card.  A friend who is also one of my downlines had a baby boy back in January.  I have only got to see her recently so now I can show you the card.

baby blue

I found the idea for the window card on Pinterest but I changed it around and made it larger into a standard size card.  The window was cut with the Square Framelits. The Designer Series Paper was the ‘Perfectly Artistic’  Sale-A-Bration paper which is now no longer available.  Well it was when I made the card 😉

The cute little suit is from ‘Something For Baby’.  It is so nice to have the matching framelits too.  No cutting!!  The greeting is from ‘A Dozen Thoughts’, stamped and then punched with the Oval Punch.  I cut a red banner using the ‘Itty Bitty Framelits’.  I cut the banner in half and adhered this to the back of the oval to make it larger. The red gives it a “POP” I think.  I added the red Candy Dot to the bib.  I am still unsure, maybe it should have been a Tempting Turquoise one?? Sometimes you second guess yourself.

Here is the inside.

baby Insdie _ 2

I added a piece of Whisper White to the bottom inside.  I stamped the duck in the Tempting Turquoise too. The greeting is from Sale-A-Bration set ‘Sky is the Limit’ which is no longer available either. 😦  I stamped it and then cut the greeting with the ‘Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits’

I think it has the cute factor.  What do you reckon?? 🙂

Thanks for visiting today.

Have a great day.  The weather is turning chilly now.  I am sad that Summer is leaving us but it is a relief to have cooler nights to sleep better.


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How was your weekend?? Monday comes around too quickly doesn’t it!! I have another 2 projects from out Stamping weekend.  These are with the set ‘Six-Sided Sampler’.  I don’t own this set so it was good to use it. Both these cards were unashamedly CASED.  I am not sure the original creators but they were from Pinterest I believe.

First one uses the set ‘Awesomely Artistic as the main images.  These are stamped on Smoky Slate cardstock and matted on Early Espresso and Island Indigo is the base.  The flowers/blossom is stamped on Whisper White card in Island Indigo and fussy cut around.  The centre of the leaves/flowers are coloured with Blender Pens and then I used a Daffodil Delight Marker in the centres.  This was raised up off the card with Dimensionals. The hexagon shape from ‘Six Sided Sampler’ set is stamped in Whisper White craft ink.  The ink is so wet so you just need to touch the inkpad very lightly.  I just eye-balled to line up the hexagons but you could use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig if you like.  I am just a bit lazy and didn’t bother getting it out!!!  The centre of 2 of the hexagons are coloured in with the chalk marker.  I finished it off with some Linen Thread and then Dazzling Diamonds on the dragonfly.


This next card was the last card we made on the weekend.  We literally had about 15 minutes left but just had to make this.  It was a bit stressful to be honest as the clock was ticking. So I just stamped and punched and then headed home to finish assembling it back home.  I chose to make mine in Watermelon Wonder.


I have also used ‘Papillion Potpourri’ stamp set and the greeting is from ‘A Dozen Thoughts’.  The greeting is cut with the little label from the ‘Mini Treat Bag’ Thinlets. Some of the hexagons are raised up and some adhered directly onto the doily.

I have just a couple of cards left from our stamping weekend.  I am really excited to get more stamping done with the new holiday products though.  One thing at a time hey!!!

Thanks again for visiting.  I do appreciate it.  Do stop by and say Hello. 🙂


cards, Sale-A-Bration


Last post I shared a video from Stampin’ Up! colouring the new ‘Sheer Perfection’ Vellum sheets. Have you checked that video out yet???  I have been playing some more with these sheets.  I love the patterns on them.

For this first card I have layered 2 of the sheets together.  Underneath is the small dotty sheet with the flower sheet over the top.  I layered this on Smoky Slate and the base card is Calypso Coral. The flower is from the set ‘Crazy About You’.  I stamped it twice in Calypso Coral and then cut around one of the smaller flowers to layer on top.  The greeting is from ‘Teeny Tiny Sentiments’. Honest opinions please – I am really not sure about this card but I thought I would show you anyway.  What do you think???


I don’t often use Pear Pizzazz as a colour but I have taken to it recently.  For this second card I cut out the centre from a piece creating a window using the Deco Labels Framelits then I adhered a piece of the leaf patterned vellum that that had been coloured with the Pear Pizzazz Marker. This is very easy to do but just be sure to colour ON THE BACK OF THE VELLUM. 😉  The whole piece was then adhered to a Pear Pizzazz card base. I added a few little butterflies “fluttering by” stamped from ‘Papillion Potpourri’.  To colour them I picked up some ink from the inkpads with my Aquapainter. Then I wrapped around some of the Whisper White Thick Baker’s Twine underneath the greeting from ‘A Dozen Thoughts’.  I was much happier the way THIS one turned out.



Less that one week to go to get your Free Sale-A-Bration Free choices.  Just $90 order and you can pick any of the Sale-A-Bration items – and don’t forget the new recent additions to the Sale-A-Bration pickings.  So many choices! But please don’t delay because come next Wednesday it is TOO LATE 🙂  HERE is the link to the Catalogues and flyers for you to check out if you need them.

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I have a few baby cards to make at the moment and the set ‘Something For Baby’ has just arrived in time. If you have baby cards to make this set is great.  I will tell you about the set below but I will show you the card first.



I have used Marina Mist and Real Red on this. I cut the little baby suit using the ‘Baby First’ Framelits from the Marina Mist card and then embossed it with the ‘Alphabet Press’ Embossing Folder.  This folder is ideal for a cute baby type  card. I wrapped around some White Baker’s Twine.  On a piece of Whisper White card I pierced the baby suit from the ‘Eclectic’ Piercing Template set and adhered that behind the Marina Mist card.  I adhered it all to the Marina Mist Base card.  I stamped and cut the little tie in Real Red and adhered that with Dimensionals. (Don’t just think of this tie for baby cards what about for Dad for Father’s Day???).  The tie adds a cute little touch. The greeting is from ‘Itty Bitty Banners’ and cut with the matching Framelits.

In the catalogue (p74)  this is available as a bundle which is just fantastic as you save 15% off for the bundle ($80.50 W and $68.75 C).  The Piercing Template is on p 218 is a great asset for this set and has piercing templates for the Tag Topper Punches, Star Framelits, Word Bubble Framelits and the Chalk Talk set.  A very versatile Piercing Template set at only $13.95.

In cutting the Baby suit out for this card and a second one I didn’t want to waste the off-cuts so I made up some other cards similar to this.


The heart is punched from the 2 step Owl Punch. The Marina Mist piece at the bottom has been embossed with the ‘Alphabet Press’ Embossing Folder again. The greeting is from ‘A Dozen Thoughts’ and punched out with the Word Window Punch.  I punched out a second one in Real Red and then cut it in half and layered it behind the white sentiment.


This is a little card measuring 10cmx10cm (4″x4″).  The heart is punched from the ‘Itty Bitty Accents’ Punch Pack.

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the blog world.  If you are in the US, wishing your a Happy 4th July. 🙂


cards, Personal Ramblings


The last couple of weeks/months have been really busy.  My Mum was married on Saturday so there has been a lot to do in preparing for the wedding and starting to pack up her house to move.  It was a great day on Saturday though and I am very happy for them both.  Now I know there is a lot of excitement with the new products from the Occasions Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration but I thought now was a good time to show you the invites and cards I made for them before it gets too much later.

Firstly, the engagement card.  I bought the set ‘This Day Forward’ especially for my Mum.  She loves birds and I knew that she would like it for the invitations as well.  Of course, I was assuming I was making them though! I will just tell you in advance in case you don’t work it out, my Mum likes blue!!! 😉

I started using the set for the Engagement card.


Is is hard to tell but I stamped the image in versamark and Marina Mist ink and then clear embossed it.  I matted it on Silver Glimmer Paper.

See the border??? This has been created with the Chevron Border Punch.  I cut 2 strips and punched along them.  Then I flipped one over and wove one through the other.  I saw this idea on my blog travels somewhere.  I added some Rhinestones in the centre and around the image (although they seem to look a bit black in the photo). Then I tied around some striped organza ribbon which is now retired.

Here is the Wedding Invitation.  I needed to keep it simple as there was not a lot of time.  These needed to get out before Christmas so it was crazy for a week or two.


I was going to heat emboss the image again but that was going to take too long.  After I stamped the image I embossed the bottom edge with the hearts from the Adorning Accents Embossing Folder. The “You’re Invited” is from the set ‘A Dozen Thoughts’. This piece was then matted on Marina Mist card.  I added a white Taffeta ribbon bow and a Rhinestone.  For the card base I cut an A4 piece of card vertically and then scored it half way.  I embossed the inside edge with the hearts once again.  I cut the front bottom edge with the ‘Adorning Accents’ Edgelits.   I forgot to take a photo of the inside but I had the wedding details on a separate piece of paper and attached with 2 silver brads at the top.

Now for the wedding card.  It was 3 days out from the wedding and I thought maybe I should get the card made.  So of course I used ‘This Day Forward’ again.  I didn’t have a lot of time to make one but I was pleased with the end result.


I stamped the image with versamark and Marina Mist and added clear embossing powder and heat embossed this.  Along the bottom edge of the card I dry embossed this with the ‘Delicate Designs’ Embossing Folder.  I added some white organza ribbon.  The sentiment from the set was heat embossed as well and then I cut a banner shape from one end.  This was raised using Dimensionals.  I added 3 Rhinestones to the hearts.

The inside was just kept simple.


OK, so just a couple of family pics.  If you are friends with me on Facebook you would have seen these so I don’t want to bore  you too much with these again.

Here is my Mum and her new husband.


I have to add my gorgeous girl.  Carlie was Bridesmaid and she looked beautiful!


Thanks for looking.  Hope I didn’t bore you too much.  All this was a whirlwind done in about 3 months. So I might just come up for air now – maybe!!!!  This year is turning out crazy.  Never fear though creating is what keeps me sane – or saner!  I will endeavour to share my projects with you as best I can.  I have been having fun playing with all the new products so I will show you some of them soon.


3D projects, cards


I am loving playing with the new Envelope Punch Board.  It is so easy to use and makes such great little boxes and treat holders.  This was one of the first projects I made using the Punch Board. Forget the envelopes (although it is fantastic for that) I thought I would make a box.



I had seen a few card boxes using the Envelope Punch Board but being US sites they don’t fit the Australian and New Zealand card sizes,  SO  I played around with the measurements to make them fit our cards.  For all my Australian and NZ friends I thought I would share them with you.  Here goes.



Cut card 25.4cm x 25.4cm.  On the Envelope Punch Board line the left hand edge of the card to the 12.7cm mark.  Punch and then score.  Move card along to the 9.5cm mark and punch and then score.


Turn card 90’.  Line the score line up with the score line notch on the punch.  Punch card and then score.  (See the photo). Move along and line up the next score line, punch and then score.


Turn card 90’.  Line up score lines and punch and score as before.  Turn 90’ again, line up score line, punch and then score.

Round corners using the corner rounder of the punch.   Place the card so a flap is at the top.  Cut off the small tabs at the top.  At the bottom, cut up on the small score line on the small tabs.  Trim off the bottom flap to straighten the edge.  This gives a neater appearance when you fold it up.  Add Sticky Strip to the tabs and under the sides on the bottom flap.


Stamp the card box before assembling if you wish.  The Belly Band around the box to hold it closed is 5.5cm wide by 29.8cm.  You could use a magnet to hold the box flap closed if you wish.

For this box I used the set Mixed Bunch and stamped it in Pistachio Pudding and Coastal Cabana.  It is hard to see but I also stamped over it with Illuminate too.



Here is a close-up of the card too for you to see.  It is a little blurry as I just cropped the photo from above.  Sorry,  I realised I hadn’t taken a photo of the card by itself.


I stamped the Whisper White card with the Pistachio Pudding and Coastal Cabana.  I stamped a flower in Coastal Cabana on scrap white card and punched it out and also punched out a flower from Pistachio Pudding Card.  These were raised up off the Whisper White card which had been layered onto a Pistachio Pudding mat with a Coastal Cabana card base.  The greeting is from ‘A Dozen Thoughts’.

I hope you can make up a card box yourself.  With Christmas fast approaching it might be a nice gift idea.

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We are officially celebrating Stampin’ Up!’s 25th Birthday this week. Receive 25% off 25 selected stamp sets.  These are only available for one week only until October 28th.

See them all here.

Here are some cards with some of the discounted sets on offer.

One with Betsy’s Blossoms I made last year using Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit and Rasperry Ripple.


‘Oh Hello’  Another earlier card. I used the ‘Tea for Two’ DSP and added a Lace Doily.  The flower was coloured with Tangerine Tango and Lucky Limeade Markers.


This is a card I made just today using ‘A Dozen Thoughts’.   I needed to make a card for a reply to a wedding for Glenn’s Nephew and his Partner.  I didn’t want to just email a reply.  The colour and the hearts were inspired by the Wedding Invitation.  The Background stamp is one from ‘Clockworks’.  I punched hearts out using the large Heart Punch and cut one from the Gold Foil Sheets and I punched one from Blushing Bride.  They were both embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.


There are so many more fantastic sets so go and check them out now.

You can Email or phone your order to me.

OR shop Online here using the Hostess Code:  Q73ZV3E3



I loved the new set ‘Flower Shop’ in the catalogue.  Do I really need another flower stampset??? OH YES!!!! I love the flowers in this set AND to have a matching punch.  Awesome! No fussy cutting these pretty babies!  I have been playing around with this set recently.  Here is one of the cards with the gorgeous In Colors.


The sentiment is from ‘A Dozen Thoughts’ which I have been playing with.  I punched the sentiment out with the Curly Label Punch.   Don’t you love the ribbon?  This is the Ruffle Stretch Trim in Crisp Cantaloupe.

I will tell you though punching the flowers out can be a little frustrating as they are not symmetrical. It takes a little fiddling to line it up each time.  I found a couple of videos on my blog travels to help line up the stamps in the punch.  The one I saw was by Connie here.  You can stop by there and check it out but  I have done out a written tutorial for you if that helps.


1) Make a mark at the bottom edge of your flower punch.  Punch a flower from scrap card.  When you take it out of the punch, don’t turn the punch-out around.  Lay it down and make a mark at the bottom of the punch.  You know that point will always be to the bottom.


2) Stamp a flower on White card.  Line the punched flower over the stamped flower until you get it to match up.  There are particular markings on the punch and flower that enable you to see where it fits best. You have an extra divet in the flower so look out for that. (By doing these steps it enables you to see where to line it up each time so you don’t have to try turning it and twisting it in all directions each time! Believe me I know!!).  Once you have the place then mark that on the stamped image.


Here I have just pulled the punched out flower up so you can see what I mean.

3) Place the stamped image over the stamp to line it up with that.  (You could probably just place the punch-out over the stamp but it can be a bit easier having the stamped image to go by).


Once you have it lined up, place a mark on the stamp with a permanent marker like I have shown.  You know this goes on the bottom of the punch each time.

From the top of the block.


From the side of the block: You can do this whether it is wood-mount or clear-mount.


4)  Now when you stamp the flower, stamp it with the mark on the rubber stamp closest to you ie at the bottom.  Pick up the stamped image and punch out straight away without turning it.

5)  You will need to mark each of the stamps in the same way.  This does take a little time initially but believe me, it saves a lot of time and frustration each time you stamp!!!!

ANOTHER TIP: I have marked the rubber insert in my clear case with marks so that when I put the stamps away I don’t have to turn and twist them each time to get them to fit the right way.


I hope this is helpful to you.

Just a note on the card above too.  This is a little sneak of one of the cards you can make in my card kits being released later this week.  Stay tuned for more details.  🙂

Have a good day,