cards, Catalogues, Challenges, Techniques


I didn’t get to the Stampin’ Up! Onstage event this weekend for a number of reasons which was sad BUT I did get to hang out with my beautiful girl for Brunch and a movie and we had a lovely family wedding yesterday AND as a bonus I got to stamp today. ¬†So while I missed all my stamping buddies and all the sneak peek into the new catalogue I had a special weekend. ūüôā

This Colour INKspirations Colour challenge has been running for the last 3 weeks but I haven’t had a chance to look at it and to be honest I was a bit daunted as to how to put¬†all those colours together!

This week’s colours for Challenge #06 were Night of Navy, Pool Party, Calypso Coral and Gold. ¬†Yep! I would not normally put those colours together.

Here is what came together today.

It’s hard to tell by the photo but the front of the Night of Navy base card is actually cut and the sponged strip is set behind the cut section¬†rather than layering it on top. To do that, I cut down on the¬†left side of the Night of Navy card to leave a small border. I then adhered the sponged panel behind that on the left.¬†Then with the portion of card I had cut off I cut it down to about 3cm (just over an inch). I adhered that over the sponged piece on the right. I hope that makes sense?? ūüôā

To Create the Sponged Panel:

On a piece of Whisper White firstly wipe over the piece with the Embossing Buddy. ¬†Stamp your dragonfly from Dragonfly Dreams with Versamark and then add Clear Embossing Powder and heat with your Heat Tool. ¬†Using sponges and starting at the bottom sponge over Night of Navy ink, then Pool Party in the middle and Calypso Coral at the top. ¬†Ink up the “spots” from Timeless Textures with Versamark and then add Gold Embossing Powder and Heat. ¬†

After adhering the piece to your card as described above stamp the “dots” from Dragonfly Dreams in Night of Navy ink down the right hand side of the card base. ¬†On a strip of Whisper White stamp the sentiment from Dragonfly Dreams in Versamark and then Gold Embossing Powder. ¬†Add some loops of Gold Thread behind the sentiment and add that to your card with Dimensionals. ¬†Cut some small dragonflies from Gold Foil and add 3 to your card.

I actually didn’t think I would get a card done for this challenge so that was a nice accomplishment for the day. ¬†Hope you like it.

Have a great week,




cards, Challenges, Stampin' Up!


I had a little play yesterday. ¬†I was supposed to do so many other things but really ……. ¬†ūüôā ¬†I wanted to have a try at the new Colour challenge at Colour INKspirations. ¬†I wasn’t sure if I would get a chance later this week and I missed last week. ¬†This is the colours for this week.


I had been contemplating these colours all weekend and really wasn’t sure what to do with them. ¬†I haven’t used Elegant Eggplant in YEARS!! ¬†It was one of my “go-to” colours a long time ago. So I dusted that off and then looked at my stamp shelf to see what I could use. ¬†The Definitely Dahlia stamp was one I hadn’t used in ages either. ¬† After looking through Pinterest for a few minutes. ¬†(Really only a few minutes. ¬†You have to control yourself there!). ¬†I was inspired to create a multi coloured flower. ¬†So here is my resulting card. ¬†I am still not sure of it but here it is!



The Dahlia – For the ‘Definitely Dahlia’ stamp I first inked it with the Crushed Curry, then sponged some Delightful Dijon in the centre. ¬†The idea then was to sponge the Elegant Eggplant on the edges. ¬†When I first did this and stamped the Dahlia the purple went a brown colour. ¬†That was not what I wanted! ¬†So after cleaning the stamp I repeated with the Crushed Curry and Delightful Dijon, then with a tissue I wiped off some of the Crushed Curry on the edges. ¬†Then with a sponge I went over the edges with the Elegant Eggplant.

After stamping it, some of the colour was a bit faint to what I would have liked (it’s an old inkpad) so I went over the image with the Elegant Eggplant Marker to touch it up. ¬†I then went over it with the Aquapainter just to smooth it over.

The Dragonfly –¬†The patterned Dragonfly from ‘Dragonfly Dreams’ set was stamped with Black Stazon onto clear Acetate and then cut using the ¬†Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits. ¬†I adhered that on to the card with Glue Dots.

To Finish –¬†¬†Stamp over some “dots” from ‘Gorgeous Grunge’ with the Crushed Curry. ¬†I tied around some Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine a few times around the card. ¬†The sentiment is from the¬†‘Dragonfly Dreams’ set. ¬†The card is layered on to the Elegant Eggplant card mat and then on to a Thick Whisper White card base. ¬†Always bling to finish with the Rhinestones right. ūüôā

So what are your thoughts?? Certainly not as good as some of the stunning cards entered for this challenge BUT you just have to have a go.  Check out the amazing cards and you can join in yourself if you like.  Head over HERE to join on Facebook.

Get your Dragonfly Dreams Bundle or the Definitely Dahlia at my store HERE now. 


cards, Catalogues, Sale-A-Bration, Stampin' Up!


The last few days I have been busy getting ready for my Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Review this weekend.  Lots of creating happening Рeven in the heat! I will get to share some of them shortly but I really wanted to share this one first.  I was happy with the result.

I have used the Delicate Details stamp set.  A free choice for Sale-A-Bration this year when you order over $90! This was my first pick for Sale-A-Bration but I have only just managed to ink it up.

Mint Macaron_dragonfly

I used one of the stamps to create a lacy effect by stamping in Memento ink onto Whisper White card. I lined each one up by eye.  I have to say that was a little nerve racking!  You could use a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig (SAMJ) or similar tool.  I always forget to pull my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig out. (or lazy!).

Once I stamped them – ¬†and breathed a sigh of relief – I then inked up the card. ¬†I haven’t got the sponge rollers yet so I used the brayer which is now retired. Funny that, my brayer is in the same box as my SAMJ. ūüôā ¬†I used Mint Macaron ink to add the colour gradually going from dark to light.


A dragonfly was cut from the Copper Foil Sheet. It looks a bit more gold in the photo. The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed with Copper Embossing Powder on to a strip of Whisper White.  I cut a banner end with scissors.  It needed a little something underneath so I cut a thinner strip from the Copper Foil and cut the end of that too.

The inked piece was added to a Mint Macaron card base.  Before I added the Dragonfly I twirled around some Copper Thread and added some Pearls to finish.  The sentiment was raised up with Dimensionals.

You can check out the Dragonfly Dreams Bundle HERE at my store.  It is $81.25 AUS. Maybe grab an inkpad or some cardstock to take you over $90 and you can grab the gorgeous Delicate Details set from Sale-A-Bration FREE (or grab one of the other great Free products).  Check out the Sale-A-Bration catalogue by clicking on the link in the right hand side bar.

Have a lovely day/night. ¬†It is a little cooler here today and rainy which is nice so I am off to my stamp room again. ūüôā


cards, Challenges, Stampin' Up!


Two posts in one day! How about that. ¬†I hadn’t intended to post again today but this afternoon I had a little play time and made a card for 2 challenges and need to post them before it is too late. ¬†So here you go.

This card is for a Facebook colour challenge group I have just joined. ¬†This is the Colour INKspirations. ¬†The colour challenge this week is Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron and Daffodil Delight. ¬†For this card I also played along with the Freshly Made Sketches #269 Challenge. Check the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches ->¬†HERE. I have to say once you have colours to use and the sketch it doesn’t take that long to put a card together.

This was the final result.


The card is fairly straight forward. ¬†To incorporate the Daffodil Delight I stamped the “spots” down the left hand side. ¬†I find Daffodil Delight a hard colour to work with but managed to use this here. ¬†I have used the set Dragonfly Dreams and the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits.

To create the Dragonfly:  The dragonfly was made in 2 steps so I thought I would tell you about it.  Firstly, stamp the dragonfly wings stamp onto Mint Macaron card with Mint Macaron ink then cut it out with the Dragonfly outline Thinlits.  Then cut a detailed dragonfly out from Bermuda Bay card.  Adhere these both together by sticking just the body part together so you can raise the wings up.

To add a little sparkle I went over the Mint Macaron wings with the Wink of Stella pen and I added some Bermuda Bay sequins to finish the card off.

Here is a close up of the Dragonfly wings so you can see the sparkle.


Check out the stamp set and the Thinlits.  You can buy them as a bundle (save 10%). Available for $81.25 AUS.  Grab a pack of cardstock perhaps and there you have your $90 and you can go and grab a Sale-A-Bration choice for FREE! Awesome!  You can head to my store HERE to check it all out.


Thanks for visiting and I don’t think I will post again today. ūüôā

See you soon though,