cards, Catalogues


There are some gorgeous stamps retiring with this current Stampin’ Up! Catalogue.  I would hate you to miss out on them.  I will be focusing on a few of my favourites over the next few weeks in Friday Favourites.

The first card is using Awesomely Artistic.  I can’t believe this set is going.  I am not done with this set.

This is one project I made some time ago I thought I would share with you again.  I know a number of people have CASED or commented on this card since I posted it here and to Pinterest.

You can see the original post -> HERE.

You can find another project with this set on this post -> HERE. 

Watercolor Wings is another favourite.  I have had fun with this set.

I love these fun Collar cards.  This style of card is a great way to show off both sides of the lovely Designer Series Paper.  Do you have that dilemma?  Which side do you really show??

You can see the blog post for these cards -> HERE and it shows you how to make them.

Another fun style card I made with this set is the Half Fold Pop Up Card.


You can find the full post -> HERE with instructions.

You can find these products along with many more favourites stamp sets in my online store -> HERE.  Time is running out to grab any of these items so I would suggest you get on them SOON.  Don’t miss these.  I am sad they are going and I don’t want you to be sad that you miss out on them.


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cards, Personal Ramblings


OK, I know I have posted today BUT… I have to share this with you.  My Son Josh (19) often asks me ON THE DAY for a card. Well, yesterday he asked if I would help him make a card for a friend who is in hospital.  Oh my!! My heart skipped a beat….. 🙂

Finally this afternoon we got around to making it.  It was hot BUT this had to be done.  He had asked her the colours that make her happy and she replied with Forest Green, Navy, Mustard!!!! OK????!!!

I had already picked out the set ‘Rose Wonder’.  I thought the sentiments were very appropriate.  I picked a couple of other stamp sets out that I thought would be suitable AND would work with those colours.

Josh had an idea what he thought he might do.  I gave him a little direction with the colours AND I have to say scaling back a little on the stamping.  He was quite ready to stamp every stamp on there. 🙂  I also suggested raising up the sentiment.

So here is the finished card.


Night of Navy is the card base and then a mat of Crushed Curry.  The bush from ‘Awesomely Artistic’ is stamped in Mossy Meadow. I did add a little glitter with the Wink of Stella Clear Brush but it doesn’t show up very well in the photo.

Since it was a Night of Navy card base I suggested we have some white card inside.  So he stamped inside as well.


We used ‘Awesomely Artistic’ and ‘Gorgeous Grunge’.

Now he has given me permission to post this.  I am very proud of him.  He could have just got me to make one for him but I thought this is a tremendous effort.  He was very impressed with it all and of course loved the Big Shot.  Don’t we all!

So I hope you might stand with me and give him a round of applause for such a great effort – and for his thoughtfulness. 🙂 That’s my boy!

I will be back again soon.  Or maybe I will get Josh to make another card to share. 😉


cards, Christmas, Classes, Stampin' Up!



I hope 2016 is a wonderful year for you full of great health, happiness – and I hope lots of opportunities to create. 🙂

I am looking forward to another year of stamping. It always excites me at the start of the year when I think of the new discoveries in stamping and being able to share them with my lovely customers and  you my lovely readers. 🙂  I am also excited when I think of the new people I will meet to share all this creativity with.

Before I look too far forward though I thought I would look back at this past year at some of my favourite projects from the year.  I hope you will indulge me a little and enjoy recapping these – or seeing them for the first time.

I will add the link below each project to the original post so you can read about them.


I had fun making these Masculine cards with the ‘Adventure Bound’ Paper Stack.  See about them HERE.


A special 21st card.  Read about it HERE.


A fun Triangle Easel Card.  See the post HERE.


One of the first cards I made with this gorgeous set.  See about it HERE.


This is still one of my favourite cards. You can check it out HERE.

I had trouble limiting it to 5.  I have to throw in a Christmas card too. 🙂


One of my favourite Christmas cards. See it HERE.

Well those are my favourites BUT what did you think?

Here are some interesting facts from WordPress that you liked this year.

The most popular post in one day was my Convention Swaps on May 9th with 486 hits.  We are always interested in swap cards I think for their inspiration.


This is just one lot of them. You can read the full post HERE.

The most popular post continues to be my Tote bags.  These were made in 2012 but are still so popular.


The tutorial and the link can be found HERE.

and the more recent one HERE.

Thank You for being part of my journey this year.  I love sharing what I create and I am glad you like to visit.  Feel free to drop a comment now and then.  At least I know then I am not talking to myself. 🙂

Have a great 2016,


cards, Stampin' Up!


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. 🙂


3D projects, Stampin' Up!


When I was at the South Pacific Convention back in late April (yes that long ago!!), I had a play with the Gift Bag Punch Board.  This is a new punch board in the catalogue.  I am sure by now you have seen lots of fun bags and boxes using this new tool.  I haven’t got one but I recently assembled the bag I made. I wasn’t sure how I was going to finish it off I guess that is why it took so long. 🙂 I thought I would show you the finished result.

I used my favourite set ‘Awesomely Artistic’.  Check it out!


I stamped the blossoms and the “dotty” strip in Soft Sky on to the Soft Sky Bag base.  The sentiment frame was stamped in Smoky Slate on Smoky Slate card with the greeting stamped in Tangerine Tango.  This was cut with the Project Life Framelits.  The dragonfly was stamped in Tangerine Tango and fussy cut.  I had to add some Silver Metallic Thread loops.  I only just received that thread THAT DAY! Whoop!  I tied off the bag with the White Cotton Ribbon.

Check out a close-up of the thread loops.


Hope you like it?  If you do a quick search for the Gift Bag Punch Board you can find lots of different ways of using this board.  If you check out on Pinterest there will be LOTS more ideas. 🙂  Check out the Stampin’ Up! Youtube video below to see how easy it is to use.  (If you receive this blog post by email you might need to go directly to my blog post to view the video.  Sorry.  Sometimes the video links get missed)

Thanks for checking out my ‘Awesomely Artistic’ bag.

Have a great day,


cards, Catalogues, Classes


This card was the surprise card at my Stamp A Stack yesterday.  If you didn’t come you missed out!!! 😉  I thought I would show you today though.


This is using a new stamp set called ‘Awesomely Artistic’. The card was inspired by a card on Pinterest by Julia Quinn.  I changed the colours and cut the banners with the Banners Framelits. The little greeting frame is cut with the Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits. I don’t do a lot of Project Life BUT I have found these little framelits great for greetings. The “Wish Big” greeting is from ‘A Dozen Thoughts’ stamp  set.

Of course a dragonfly has to have a little sparkle. I added some Dazzling Diamonds to the wings.


I think this set has to be my most favourite set in the new catalogue.  I think you are going to love it so write it down on your wish list now.  Only a few days to go now until the new catalogue is out. Exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  🙂

cards, Catalogues, Stampin' Up!


Last week at Leadership at the South Pacific Stampin’ Up! Convention we were given this brand new set ‘Awesomely Artistic’.  I love this set. There are so many lovely elements so there will be lots of ways you can use this set. I really love the dragonfly. Yesterday I had a chance to play a little.


The base is Crumb Cake.  Other colours used are Rich Razzleberry and Blushing Bride.  The layout was loosely based on the clean and simple sketch #192. You can see that sketch in the PDF here.  (There are lots of sketches on this site that can help you out when you are stuck for ideas.  Check them out sometime).

This set will be available in Wood ($49.00) or Clear ($35.00) AUS.    I think it will be one to have on your wish list.

Have you ordered your catalogue from your Demonstrator yet??  If you are in Australia and don’t have a demonstrator yet then contact me to have a catalogue sent out to you.  This is just one of the lovely sets coming June 2nd!!!  Not long to go now.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope your day is inky 🙂