It’s been a wet day here today.  Just the day for some creating.  I have wanted to use this technique with ‘Blended Bloom’ since I received the stamp at Convention a couple of weeks ago.  So it was nice to have some time today.

I will explain the technique below but this is the card I finished up with.


I have used the Stained Glass technique on the flower.

To do this, I stamped the flower in Versamark on Vellum and added White Embossing Powder. This was then heat embossed.  Then I turned the piece over and coloured on the back of the image.  It gives a soft, subtle image.  The colours I used were Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Daffodil.  I cut the image out free-hand after it was done.

One thing I learnt (again) while making this card is to really think the card through at the beginning. I chose those colours because I really liked them but when I looked at my card supplies when I went to put the card together I only had the smallest piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock which was salvaged from another project that wasn’t completed AND the ribbon was a scrap of ribbon I had lying around. I managed to make it work though – I think!

I stamped the image from the ‘Postcard’ Background stamp in Bermuda Bay and added a few splodges from ‘Gorgeous Grunge.  I wrapped around my little scrap piece of Bermuda Bay Taffeta Ribbon and layered it on my scrap of Bermuda Bay card mat.  This was layered on a Whisper White Card Base.  The greeting is from ‘Perfect Pennants’.  I stamped one in Bermuda Bay and stamped one in Daffodil Delight on Daffodil Delight cardstock and cut them both out and layered them.  I added some Rhinestones to finish it off.  (I am still not sure of those though yet!).

So Thanks for looking at my card salvaged from scraps and hopefully showing off this gorgeous flower.  I hope you have had or are having a creating day wherever you are and whatever the weather.

Until next time,


cards, Stampin' Up!, swaps


YAY! I am a little excited.  By the time you read this I should be in Melbourne ready for the South Pacific Stampin’ Up! Convention.  There will be so many inspiring new ideas, some sneak peeks of new products and best of all meeting up with Demonstrators from Australia and New Zealand. It’s great to finally meet face to face after chatting and sharing comments online on various groups.  There are so many inspiring Demonstrators around here.

Another fun part of Convention is swapping.  It’s a great way of getting new ideas and seeing different ways of using a stamp set or other tool.  I thought I would share the swaps I made today.

The first one is CASED from a clever Demonstrator (Michelle) on a Facebook group I am on.  I loved the idea of it.


This is such a clever idea but so simple!!! Just cut the sheet of card length ways, score in half, then on one half cut it in half. Done!!  Decorate as you like.  I will show you photos of them individually.  Sorry about the lighting.  It was bad weather when I took the photos a couple of weeks ago and I have only just noticed, but it gives you an idea.


CARD: Crumb Cake with Whisper White, Fresh Prints DSP STAMPS: Flower Shop, Petite Petals, Perfectly Penned Plus Adhesive Pearls.


CARD: Coastal Cabana with Whisper White, Fresh Prints DSP STAMPS: Flower Shop, Petite Petals, Perfectly Penned Plus Adhesive Pearls.


CARD: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Modern Medley DSP STAMPS: Flower Shop, Petite Petals, Perfectly Penned. (I did add Adhesive Pearls to these ones, but  I had to grab the one that I missed to take a photo of it!!)

Here is a view with it open to give you an idea.


The next card was CASED from Dawn Olchefske. I can’t find the card on her blog.  I think I found it on Pinterest????  This is a clever way of using the Circles Thinlets Die.  A great retro card for the Birthday Boy???


CARD: Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White.  STAMPS: Music Notes Wheel, Gorgeous Grunge. PUNCHES: 1 3/4″ Circle, 1 1/4″ Circle, 2 step Owl Punch, Chevron Border Punch.

I will show you my swaps I receive back next week.  They are always great to check out.  Have a great week.  I know I will 🙂


cards, Masculine


I made a special Thank You card on the weekend.  My husband had a really bad Mountain Bike accident 2 weeks ago.  Fortunately there were no broken bones but a few other injuries and stitches.  This Thank You card is for his mate who he was riding with.  I am so thankful for all he did on the day and continually does for us.  I added a Gift Card with the card but this “Thank You” doesn’t seem enough.


The card had to be manly and I was careful with the colour choices.  No red was to be seen!!  I used Gorgeous Grunge and Chalk Talk.  It was finished off with a ‘Hung Up Cute Clip’ (p 170 of the Annual Catalogue).

The last couple of weeks have been crazy.  I have just now managed to get to my stamp room again to create. It is such a good feeling to escape and stamp!!!

See you again soon,


cards, Masculine


I know that we are in the Christmas season but I had to show you this card.   Yesterday Josh received his HSC marks.   For my overseas readers this is the mark achieved from the final exams at High School.  The mark determines the University courses they can apply for.  Josh achieved an awesome result and we are very proud of him.  He worked really hard.  So I wanted to let him know.  This is the card I made for him yesterday.


I have used the stamp set ‘Tag-it”.  Did you know that Stampin’ Up! will donate $3 from the sale of this stamp set to Ronald McDonald House Charities.  Isn’t that great!  I stamped it first in Island Indigo and then with Versamark and embossed it in silver.  Then cut the trophy out and adhered it on to the stamped image.  I added a small Rhinestone in the middle.  I think it is still OK to have bling on a boys card, don’t you think??

Once this was done it was all  layered on a Silver Glimmer circle punched with the 2 1/2″ circle punch.  I embossed a strip of Pool Party card with the ‘Alphabet Press’ Embossing Folder and layered a strip of silver glimmer paper underneath. I stamped the base card with ‘Gorgeous Grunge’ before assembling it all together.

Here is a close-up.


OK, back to Christmas preparations.  We have only just got the tree up, there is still shopping to be done and presents to wrap.  Better get back to it!


cards, Techniques, Tutorials


Have you kissed lately??? Your stamps – what else would I be talking about!!!  Here is a recent ‘Kissed’ card I made using the’ Butterfly Collection’ wheel.


I have used Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie.  The other stamp sets I have used are ‘Gorgeous Grunge’ and ‘Oh Goodie’ which is a sneak peak at a stamp set in the upcoming Holiday Catalogue.

This card was inspired by a project in last month’s Demonstrator magazine.  I really liked the effect so I thought I would give it a go, and I thought I would share with you how to do it too.  So, let’s get kissing!!!


1. Firstly, take an Embossing Folder with a small print on it.  I have used the Square Lattice folder.  Run a piece of scrap Whisper White card through it.


2.  Ink up your wheel and run your wheel over the card.  Alternatively, ink a solid image stamp and stamp on the embossed card.  This is taking off some of the ink on your wheel or stamp.  OK now you are thinking,  Why can’t you wheel or stamp directly on to the Embossing Folder.  You can but it doesn’t give you such a defined impression.  Try it and see.  (I did!!).  It really pays to do the extra step.


3. Run your wheel over a second piece of Whisper White card that you are using for your finished card.  You will see the embossed print on your stamped image.


4. For the finished card above, I inked up the wheel in Pumpkin Pie and repeated the steps.  That is I ran it over the scrap Whisper White.  You can use the same piece you already used it doesn’t matter as you are just wanting to take off some of the ink.  Then wheeled it over another strip of Whisper White card.  I cut the middle row of butterflies out and adhered them over the Melon Mambo piece I had previously inked.  (As in Step 3).


For the card I finished it off with some black Taffeta ribbon.

I hope you like this technique.  Now go and get kissing your stamps – and Embossing Folders.

Have a great weekend,