cards, Catalogues, Stampin' Up!


Today I am looking at the Crazy About You set that is retiring.  I have had fun with this set over it’s time.

This one we did as a Stamp A Stack card back a few years ago.  In Night of Navy and Calypso Coral with Crushed Curry for the sentiment piece.    I added a little strip of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper too.  I think we did this in another colour combinations but I can’t seem to find that one. I think it was Daffodil Delight instead of the Calypso Coral. I do like this colour combo though.

I think this one was a Make and Take at a few workshops.  This one was in Primrose Petal and Pear Pizzazz.  Having the diecut words for these cards just gives it a little more dimension.

This one was a card sample.  This was quite some time ago with Lost Lagoon and the 2 step Bird Punch for the leaves.   The background is the Hardwood background stamp which is inked in Crumb Cake.  The sentiment is from Butterfly Basics. 

The flower stamp matches so well with the Flower Medallion Punch (also retiring, $31 AUS). No hand cutting this baby. 🙂

The words in the Crazy About You set are very versatile for so many different occasions. You can also get the ‘Hello You’ Thinlits ($41 AUS).

You have less than one week now to get any of these retiring products.  Be quick now!  Stop on by my store to order.  Please use the HOST CODE: 2WNURG3N

Crazy About You  W $90  C $68 -> HERE

Hello You Thinlits  $41  -> HERE

Flower Medallion Punch  $31  -> HERE

Have a wonderful weekend,



cards, Challenges, Stampin' Up!


I have to say this colour challenge was a hard one.  I don’t really like brown colours.  I might add just one of them to a card occasionally although I do use Crumb Cake quite a bit but that’s a soft shade! To get all these brown shades on one card was tough!  I have contemplated it over the past week and nearly didn’t worry about it but come on, this year is about facing challenges! 🙂

Here is the inspiration image with the colours for Colour INKspirations #08.

Cute image hey! but Delightful Dijon, Early Espresso, Soft Suede and Tip Top Taupe together – all on one card…  Seriously!

So I played around yesterday and managed to create something that I am kinda pleased about.

BTW: I am trying out a new place to take my photos.  What do you think??

The base card is Early Espresso and then a mat piece of the Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper.  On a piece of Shimmery White card I stamped 3 of the “block” images from ‘Work of Art’ set.  The first one is stamped in Early Espresso, the middle in Soft Suede and the 3rd one in Tip Top Taupe.  Then I lightly misted the card with water and tilted the card a little to let the ink run a little.  I gave a little assistance with an Aquapainter too in spreading the ink.  The “BIRTHDAY” is from ‘Crazy About You’ and stamped in Early Espresso.  

I dusted off my ‘Hello You’ Thinlits.  It’s been a while since I have used these – and they are retiring in less than a month!.  I cut a “happy” in Delightful Dijon and another in Whisper White and adhered them together just offsetting them a little.  They were then adhered straight on to the card with the Fine Tip Glue Pen. Before adhering the piece to the base I wrapped around some Linen Thread.  Then finished the card with some Early Espresso from the Brights Candy Dots (already retired).

Well I don’t think it is a TOP 5 finisher but I am happy with it and you just have to have a go don’t you. Taking part in challenges really stretches your creativity and I have really enjoyed doing them and taking time to stamp for myself.  Find out more about the Colour INKspirations Challenges HERE.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great weekend.  I hope there is some creativity involved for you. 🙂


cards, Challenges, Stampin' Up!, Techniques


I had a little play today.  I am trying to make a little more time for my own creating.  So I played along with the Colour INKspirations challenge.  This is a Facebook group that has recently started. Here is the colour palette.


Don’t these look yummy – and so cool after the hot week we have had here this week.  So I made not one but 2 cards! I was on a roll.

Here is my first card.


This one uses the set ‘Day at the Beach’.  I have had this set for a while now but this was the first time I have inked it up.  I have used the Shimmery White card to stamp the iceblocks on. (I think in some countries you call these icelollies??) I tested other paper to stamp them on but I found the Shimmery White worked best.  The Thick Whisper White just warped too much even though you can watercolor on it at times.


I inked one iceblock at a time then used the aquapainter to colour it straight away pulling some of the colour in from the image lines. I also added some more colour by picking it up off the inkpads with the aquapainter.  I think a big part of watercolouring is patience.  Let the images dry and THEN go back over it adding more colour with the inkpads and aquapainter and building up the depth of colour if you want to.


The stamped piece is layered on to Sweet Sugarplum card and then to a Mint Macaron card base. The “spots” are from the ‘Timeless Textures’ set to match each iceblock.  It was hot here so they melted quickly. 😉  I added a nice sparkly HAPPY from Silver Glimmer Paper with the ‘Hello You’ Thinlits the birthday is from ‘Crazy About You’. It has been some time since I have pulled these out.  Of course, I added some Rhinestones for the bling factor. 🙂


My 2nd card is using the gorgeous ‘Detailed Floral Thinlits’. 


Cut 2 pieces of Whisper White to slightly smaller than your card base.  On one piece of card cut the 2 Detailed Floral thinlits dies. The smaller die at the top the larger die at the bottom.  On your second piece of Whisper White you will sponge your colours on. Take one colour at a time and sponge a colour in different places over the card. Then take your next colour and move on to each colour.  You can go back over the card at the end to fill in patches or add more intense colour in parts.

Here is the finished panel I had when I was finished. (Maybe I should do a video on this???).



Using your Fine Tip Glue carefully add the glue to the back of the cut panel and then adhere the 2 pieces together. TIP: I find when using this glue that it runs very quickly. You don’t need to squeeze the bottle.  When I have covered the piece in glue I turn it over onto scrap paper and press very lightly just to take off some of the excess glue so it doesn’t ooze out from under the piece when you are sticking it down.

Once done I adhered this to the Blushing Bride card base. Since I had the Hello You Thinlits out I cut a Happy from the Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper.  The “for you” is from the Crazy About You set again.  I stamped that on to Blushing Bride card and punched it out with the Classic Label Punch. The piece was sponged around with Blushing Bride ink to add some highlights.

Hope you like them.  Have a great day. 🙂


cards, Techniques


Just a quick post for you. Back to more projects from our Crafty Weekend. It has been some time since I have done this type of card. Here is this one for you.



I have used ‘Crazy About You’ stamp set and ‘Hello You’ Thinlets to make this card in Mint Macaron and Soft Suede.  This is a JOY FOLD card.  It is very easy to make.  It is a basic size card but cut your card vertically and score halfway. The front flap is cut in half.  Then a smaller folded card is adhered to the inside and they overlap when folding.  If that all makes sense??? You can find a tutorial to make your own on Splitcoaststampers HERE.  It was fun to make.  I must make another one again very soon.

Today I have been playing with some new toys from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue.  I will share them very soon.

Enjoy your day whatever you may do.

Come and visit again soon,


Stampin' Up!, swaps, Techniques


I have always been fascinated in the Shaving Cream technique but I haven’t got around to trying it. I think it is the mess!  The shaving cream and reinkers and ….. Just too hard!  SO, when I came across THIS technique on Splitcoaststampers a few weeks ago when I was looking for a different technique for a class, I thought I could really try this one.  Here is the card I made.


The layout for the card was INSPIRED from Deb Currier from  I changed a few things around and I created the Shaving Cream flower.  I loved the effect.  Here is a close-up. (OK a little blurry!)


I don’t usually share a tutorial for the Technique Classes I do but this technique is so cool I just wanted to share this with you my lovely readers. Of course, you can read about it at the Splitcoaststampers link above too.  It is a bit like the Kissing technique if you have tried that.


1. Choose 3 co-ordinating ink colours. I have used Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise and Melon Mambo.  I found the darker colours didn’t blend well and just looked messy 🙂

You will also need 2 stamps: One solid image stamp and one patterned stamp.  I have used the flower from ‘Crazy About You’ and the honeycomb pattern from ‘Butterfly Basics’.

2.  Ink up your solid image stamp with the lightest colour. Don’t stamp it on your card yet.

3. Ink up your patterned stamp with one of the other ink colours. Press it on to your solid image stamp and give it a slight twist.  Clean your patterned stamp and ink again in the same colour.  Press on to your solid stamp on the other part of your stamp and give a little twist.  See the photo below.


4. Clean your stamp again and ink your patterned stamp with the other ink colour.  Turn your solid image stamp 1/4 turn.  Then press your inked patterned stamp on to the stamp and give a little twist. Clean your stamp.  Ink it again in the same colour and stamp on the other part of your solid image stamp and give a twist.


5. Now give your solid image stamp a little huff to re-moisten the stamp and then press on to your piece of card.


It gives a really cool effect.  Don’t you think???

I really loved the effect so I made some tags up using this technique for our team swaps last week.


Here is a close-up.


So why not give this technique a try.  It is so cool and each time will work out different.

Have a happy, stampy weekend 🙂


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.

Thanks for visiting me today,



cards, Catalogues, Stampin' Up!


Last Saturday I had my Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Catalogue Launch.  It was a great time with 2 different times scheduled.  I think we all had a great time.  Why wouldn’t we?? We are creating and having a few laughs (always good for the soul!!).  I thought I would show you the projects we did.

Firstly, this card uses the new Chalkboard cardstock and chalk inks. (p 25 of the Occasions Catalogue). The chalk inks come in 3 colours at the moment – Aquarmarine (green), Rose Coral (pink) and Yellow Citrus (yellow). This card was CASED from Pinterest.  I have used the Sale-A-Bration paper ‘Best Year Ever’. The chalk inks match nicely with this paper.  I used the ‘Big Day’ stamp set. Another Sale-A-Bration Free choice!


To give an idea how the Chalkboard cardstock looks I stamped the images on different card for comparison.  You might get some idea from the photos but I have to say it is much better in real life. 🙂

I used the same chalk ink on each of these cards – the Rose Coral chalk ink pad. The first one on the left the image is stamped on regular Basic Black cardstock, the middle one is stamped on the chalkboard paper on the rough side.  The one on the right ( I know I didn’t write on this one.  I thought I could use it on a card later), is stamped on the shiny, smooth side of the Chalkboard paper.  This is important.  You will notice the 2 different surfaces to the card. You must stamp on the smoother side. You get a much more crisper image.


This card was CASED from Pinterest also and is using ‘Crazy About You’ stamp set.  This is stamped in Strawberry Slush and Pistachio Pudding.  The greeting is in Smoky Slate and the “you” is from the ‘Hello There’ Thinlets from the Silver Foil.


Of course, we can’t forget the Goodie Bags I gave to all the guests.  These were inspired by a project on Pinterest.  I used regular brown lunch paper bags and decorated them with the ‘Butterfly Basics’ stamp set and the Butterfly Dies.  The sentiment is from the Sale-A-Bration set ‘Simply Wonderful’.  I coloured part of the “THANKS” with the blender pen and inkpads.  The Designer Series Paper is from the Painted Blooms DSP.  Absolutely gorgeous paper! The tags were attached with a cute little peg.



So I bet you wish you could have joined us!! If you are local you will have to make sure you are here next time 🙂  It was great fun.

If you haven’t seen the Occasions or Sale-A-Bration Catalogues yet then there is a link in the right hand column that will take you there.  If you would like your own copy (and you are in Australia), then let me know and I can send one your way.

Thanks for stopping by today,




I shared some cards in the last post made with Blackberry Bliss and Crazy About You.  I decided to create some more the other day while I still had everything out.

This first one was CASED from Pinterest by Melissa Davies.  I love the simple one layer nature of it. (Apologies for the poor lighting.  The weather has been rainy and overcast most of this week).


The leaves are stamped in Pear Pizzazz.  See the flower?? I have stamped the flower 3 times and layered them.  The first flower was punched with the Medallion Flower Punch.  The 2nd and 3rd ones I cut the flowers down smaller following the lines of the flowers.  One smaller than the next. I added a Baker’s Twine bow to the centre with glue dots.


The second card was CASED from Pinterest also but I don’t know who the original creator was I am sorry.  The card base is Pear Pizzazz and has a Blackberry Bliss mat.  The flowers were stamped twice directly on the Whisper White card with Pear Pizzazz leaves.  I stamped another flower on scrap white card and punched this out and raised this one up with the mounting tape.  Just a tip for stamping the leaves particularly the one under the raised flower.  I placed the flower on the card and I could then see the best position for the leaves. Another white twine bow was added to the centre.  I added a little butterfly punched from Blackberry Bliss using the Itty Bitty Butterfly punch.  A little bling is always nice to finish the card off!



Thanks for stopping by again.  I do appreciate your visits.  Please say Hi. It’s nice to know I am not just putting these up here for myself.  Hey! I have already seen them 😉

Stop by again soon,





I had a little time to myself the other day and wanted to create a card – just because.  I pulled out this new stamp set ‘Crazy About You’. This set is great as it has a couple of flower images and a leaf image as well as 30 different word stamps that you can team together if you like or use them with the ‘Hello You’ Thinlets now available.  If you buy them together as a bundle you save 15% on the price too.

So here are the 2 cards. P1150830

I made the one on the left first.  The DSP is from the pack ‘Painted Blooms’.  I embossed the Whisper White card with the Spring Flowers Embossing Folder (another new addition in the Occasions catalogue). Before adhering these to the Wild Wasabi card base I wrapped some Wild Wasabi Baker’s Twine 3 times around the card. The flower was stamped in Blackberry Bliss and punched with the new Flower Medallion punch.  I punched a couple of “leaves” from Wild Wasabi card from the punch as well. (I thought later it would have been nice to sponge the edges of the leaves with ink but I didn’t think of that at the time).  The greeting was from the ‘Crazy About You’ Stamp set.  They are 2 individual stamps.  As mine were Photopolymer I placed them on the clear block together.  I checked they were straight by stamping on scrap paper first.  Once stamped on Whisper White card I punched them with the Oval punch and then punched some Wild Wasabi card with the Scallop Oval.  I added a little Rhinestone for the bling factor to finish.

I made some more cards on Saturday with this set using Blackberry Bliss.  I will show you those next post so stay tuned.

Until then,

Happy Stamping 🙂

cards, Masculine, Stampin' Up!


I just have to share these cards I made yesterday.  I am not great at making male cards.  Aren’t they hard to make???  The new Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper Stacks in the Occasions Catalogue makes creating them so much easier.  Actually there are a lot of great “male” sets in this catalogue.



The prints in the stack are beautiful.  You really don’t need too much more with them on your cards.  I have used the new ‘Hello You’ Thinlets and the ‘Crazy About You’ stamp set with them and kept the embellishments very simple.  I was thinking of putting Candy Dots on them but didn’t get around to it.  I don’t think it needs them really.  I like the clean look.

Here they are individually.





The Adventure Bound Stacks are great value at $11.95.  (p 40 of the Occasions Catalogue).  You get 48 sheets – 4 each of 12 double-sided designs.  Sized right for the front of your cards.

Adventure bound

You can get the Thinlets and Crazy About You set as a Bundle. (p 31).  For Bundle price W $112.95  C $94.25  Photopolymer $72.95.  They are available individually too.

Hello You          Crazy About You

So if you have a hard time with cards for the boys then grab one of these stacks.

Thanks for stopping by today,