cards, Challenges, Stampin' Up!


I know I am in the middle of sharing my stamping weekend projects with you but I have been so busy with Christmas cards and making projects for the upcoming fairs that I wanted to break out and make something else today.  I thought maybe a challenge!!!!

Challenges are great to take part in as they really extend your creativity and makes you think and try new things.  What challenge to do though??? I had the Global Design Project email fresh in my Inbox so why not have a go!! I haven’t had a chance to play along with these challenges at all yet – so TODAY WAS THE DAY!

This week’s challenge was a Colour challenge with the colours – Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron and Watermelon Wonder.  Well that takes care of the colours but you still have to work how what to do for the card.  What stamps? What techniques??  So many options.  You could choose another challenge to join in with as well if you like but I wanted to do some watercolouring. Here is my card that I came up with.

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I dusted off my ‘Perfect Peacock’ stamp. Do you know this was the first time to ink this up.  (Don’t tell anyone!).

I washed over the Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron and Watermelon Wonder inkpads with the Aquapainter on to Watercolour paper. When that was dry I stamped the peacock in Versamark and then Gold Embossed this.  The greeting from ‘Petite Pairs’ was embossed in Gold Embossing Powder too.  I didn’t want to add too much to the card as it would take away from the beautiful detail in the peacock. So I just added some little banners in Gold Foil and the Gold Vellum from the ‘Winter Wonderland’ Vellum Stack.  I finished this off with a bow from the Gold Cord. I pierced some holes in the bottom right corner too as it looked a little bare. It was all adhered to a Watermelon Wonder card mat and Mint Macaron card base.  (They look so much brighter though in the photo!).

I hope you like it?? Now I will just head over to the site to add this. Pop on over HERE to the site and you can check out all the other cards that have entered – and why not have a go yourself!!!!

I will be back with more Weekend creative projects next time.




I made a card today for a lovely friend who is getting married tomorrow! I thought it was safe to post it here as I don’t think she will be visiting any time soon.  I think she has other things to do. 🙂

She is having a black and white themed wedding so of course I had to make the card black and white.  For this card I CASED myself.  It makes life easy doesn’t it!!  This is the original card I made in Crumb Cake and Black.  Here is my black and white version.  Sorry about the lighting.  It is rainy and overcast today.


I used the ‘Everything Eleanor’ stamp set and ‘Petite Pairs’.   After I stamped the swirl on the white card I ran it through the Big Shot with the Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder.  I stamped the flower onto scrap white card and cut it out and then raised it up with dimensionals.  Then a few pearls and some white Organza ribbon adds the elegance factor.  I hope she likes it.  I do hope the rain stays away tomorrow though.  🙂

Have a stamping weekend.  I am making progress on my Convention swaps.  I might actually get them done this weekend.

Thanks for visiting.




I needed to make a card for a lovely friend of mine who recently moved in to a new place of her own.  After many years of personal issues it was really lovely to see her now finding her own way. The dilemma was what can  I use to make a card for her?? I usually do punch art for these occasions and I just went looking through my blog posts and realised I hadn’t shared any of them before. I don’t know how I missed that!! I decided to dust off a stamp I have had since before I joined Stampin’ Up! over 6 years ago. Previously I have coloured this with pencils or just inked in one colour.  Today I dragged out the Blendabilities for it!

So it’s not Stampin’ Up! and I can’t tell you the name of this stamp sorry.  It didn’t have the name or company on the block.  The rest of the card is all Stampin’ Up! though.  I thought I would show you the card still.


The base card is Marina Mist.  A second piece of Marina Mist was cut just slightly smaller than the front of the base card.  I cut a circle in that piece with a Circle Framelit and then this piece was embossed with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder.  On Whisper White card I stamped the image in Memento Ink and coloured this with various Blendabilities.  I adhered that piece under the embossed Marina Mist card and adhered it onto the card base.  The greeting is from Petite Pairs stamp set.  I coloured the “welcome” on the ‘Welcome Baby’ stamp with a Night of Navy Marker and stamped it on a strip of Whisper White.  I flagged the end of the piece and adhered that to the card with Dimensionals.  I added a Silver Metal Button and  Whisper White Twine bow.  I prefer using glue dots to adhere these. When it was done  I thought it was a little plain so added some Old Olive leaves punched with the 2 step Bird Punch.

Thanks for stopping by and indulging me today.  I hope life is good in your part of the world. 🙂




Yesterday we went to a wedding for a work colleague of Glenn’s.  It’s always interesting when you don’t even know the bride and groom!! It was a lovely wedding though.  The wedding invitation was in a Crumb Cake colour with black swirls. I knew for the wedding card I wanted to replicate this.  The stamp set ‘Everything Eleanor’ was dusted off. I have hardly used this set but it was one I loved when it first came out.  Here is the card.


It is hard to tell in the photo but I Heat Embossed the swirl, the flower and the greeting so it had a nice shine to it. The greeting is from ‘Petite Pairs’ and punched with the large oval punch.  I used the Crumb Cake Taffeta ribbon (retired) and some pearls to finish it off.  I thought it would be a bit heavy to have a Black card base so I matted the stamped piece in black cardstock and layered it on a crumb cake base.

I think the Bride and Groom will like it???

Have a good week this week.  I hope it is a creative week for you.  🙂

3D projects, cards, Stampin' Up!, swaps


A couple of weeks ago just before our last team meeting I realised I hadn’t done swaps yet.  These are not compulsory but I really hadn’t done any for a few months and yet another meeting comes by and I haven’t got anything to share.  What was I going to do??? It was a couple of hours before I had to leave.  I did a quick trawl on Pinterest.  Isn’t that your ‘go to’ site!!!!  I found some little Christmas tags that inspired me. So thought I would create some little simple tags similar to the ones I saw.

Here are the ones I created.  It is not the best photo as I was just dashing out the door to leave. I gave everyone a couple of them each.  I know it is only a small token BUT it was something.   I realised I didn’t even keep any for myself though!  DOH!


I used the Chalk Talk Framelits to cut the tags from Whisper White and Crumb Cake.  I punched out little shapes using the Merry Minis punch pack.  Did you know these were still available??? They are very cute.  I adhered these to the tags and added a Rhinestone on the ones cut from coloured card. Then I added a small greeting.  These ones are from Petite Pairs and Teeny Tiny Sentiments.  I added some co-ordinating twine to finish them off.  Job done in record time.  I will just have to be a bit more organised next time.  🙂 Have a great day in your part of the world.  It’s a lovely sunny day here.  I think Summer has hit us early.

Till next time,




I held a class a couple of weeks ago using vellum.  I think everyone loved the projects.  I will show you them eventually but I first wanted to show you this card.  This was a card I made as a sample of one of the ways of using vellum.  I used the Swallowtail stamp from the Seasonal Catalogue.  I love this big butterfly.  I am so glad it has made the new annual Catalogue.  I plan on doing a lot more with this one.

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I love the 3D effect with this.  It was purely unintentional but I like it!

I have used the Stained glass technique.  I stamped the Swallowtail stamp with Stazon on Vellum then coloured the back of the image with Pumpin Pie Marker almost to the edge of the image.  (Be sure to colour the back to give it a softer effect).  I used the Aquapainter to lightly blend the colour out at the edge and that lightened the colour.  I coloured the antenna with Black Marker also. I cut the butterfly out when it dried (that didn’t take long) and it curled up a little.  I was a little disappointed at first but then thought it added dimension to the image. I cut down the right side of the butterfly to fit the Whisper White mat (which I had already adhered to the Black mat and to the Pumpkin Pie Base card).  I adhered the butterfly on the right side and under the antenna and added a couple of glue dots under parts of the left hand edge just to adhere it down in places.  I added some Linen Thread and the greeting is from Petite Pairs.

I hope you like the effect.  I was pleased with how it turned out.

Some more vellum projects soon so stay tuned.

Hope your staying warm and dry for those on the East Coast of Australia.  It is wet AND cold!!!


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Did you love playing Dress Ups when you were little?  It was a lot of fun.  Dress Ups was my daughter’s favourite game when she was younger.  I just have to show you this photo.  This was her favourite dress she wore nearly everytime.  She just thought she was gorgeous – and she was (and still is!!!).  Here is Carlie about 3 years old in her favourite red dress.

Red Dress

I have been playing Dress Ups recently.  The Stampin’ Up! Dress Ups Dies.  Haha! You thought you would see a photo of me dressing up in some funny outfit.

These Dress Ups Dies are so much fun.  There is no end to the creations you can make.  I put together a few paper outfits.  I made this card up using one of the dresses. See the edge of the Razzleberry skirt?  I have used the Needlepoint Border Embossing Folder. You don’t need much more to layer the dress on.  I added a little piece of lace doily and the Honeycomb Embossing Folder.  The sentiment is from Petite Pairs.


When I cut the Black Dress Form out I realised the negative of the cut-out could be used.  Why waste it! So then I created a card using that piece.


I used a piece of Sycamore Street I had left over to back the black card, and I used a strip of Tangerine Tango from the Patterns Paper Stack.  I finished it off with a Tangerine Tango Button from Sale-A-Bration and the greeting is from ‘Fabulous Phrases.

Now excuse me while I go and play Dress Ups some more.  🙂




While I am on a roll with ‘Secret Garden’ cards I thought I would show you another one.  This card was inspired by this card here.

Here is my version.


The flowers are stamped in Midnight Muse onto Marina Mist card and cut with the matching Framelits.  The large flower was stamped a second time and the middle section was cut out and layered onto the large flower.  Yes, cut with scissors! The greeting is from “Petite Pairs” and stamped in Midnight Muse on to Whisper White. Then this was layered onto Midnight Muse card.  For the base I ran a piece of Marina Mist card through the Big Shot with the Honeycomb Embossing Folder and layered it on to the Marina Mist Card base.

I have been playing with some other stamps from the new Seasonal Catalogue AND Sale-A-Bration.  So much to play with at the moment!  I love to have you vist.  I hope you can visit again soon.




I wanted to show you this card we made a few weeks ago at a workshop.  Thanks Deb :).  I have been having fun with this stamp set ‘Scentsational Season’.  How easy is it when you have the co-ordinating Framelits??? – No scissors involved!!!

Here is the card.  I CASED this from Fiona Whitten on our Stampin’ Connection forum for Demonstrators.  I just changed a couple of little things.

I love the little window created with the tree.

I will give you the details:

CARD: Crumb Cake, Gumball Green, Very Vanilla, Be of Good Cheer DSP.

INK: Gumball Green, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler.

STAMPS: Scentsational Season, Petite Pairs.

OTHER: HOLIDAY Framelits, scallop oval punch, oval punch, Dotted Ribbon Punch, Rhinestones.

Just a couple of tips:

– Once you stamp and cut the trees, line them up on your card front so you roughly know where to cut the tree.

– It is easier to push the tree through the window at the front to position it rather than trying to line it up from inside.

Here is the inside of the card if you want to see.

The inside greeting is from Petite Pairs.

Thanks for looking.  My bed is calling me …….

Come and visit again soon,

Jenny x