cards, Catalogues, Onstage, Stampin' Up!, Techniques


Last week I shared one of my Onstage Swaps.  You can head back a few posts if you missed that.  Today I thought I would share my second swap.  It is good to have 2 different ones.  It gets a bit tedious making so many of one card.

For my second swap card I used the Butterfly Duet Punch with the Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper. 

I made some in each of the colours in the Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper.

The card layout was similar to a card we made for Craft Alive a few months ago.

Here is a close-up for you of a couple of the cards.

Firstly Highland Heather and then Lemon Lime Twist.  The sentiment is from Colorful Seasons.

Check the butterflies though.  I saw the idea for this on Pinterest.  I thought I saved it and now can’t find it.  I will find it later I am sure

What I did though was sponge ink on strips of Shimmery White card so you get a little sparkle with it too.  Simply sponge 2 colours of ink in lines along the strip. See this below.  This was just a selection of the strips.  I did lots of sponged strips.

Once done punch the large and small buttefly using the Butterfly Duet Punch.  There were lots of pretty butterflies.  I did have fun making them.

Hope you like the cards. Thanks for visiting.



cards, Catalogues, Techniques, Tutorials


The gorgeousness just keeps on coming for Sale-A-Bration.  Yesterday was the 2nd release of fantastic, beautiful new free choices that you can receive with your qualifying orders. I think you will love them.  I do. 🙂  If you haven’t seen them yet then I will show them to you in the next couple of posts.

Today I want to show you the gorgeous Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper. To be honest it really doesn’t do it justice in the catalogue but you can see them in this image.

Last week I shared a video on my Facebook page showing the sparkle and shine of this paper.  It truly is just gorgeous!  If you didn’t see it head to my page -> HERE and scroll down a little to see it.  You really must.

Today I was playing around with it.  I have seen some images of it this past week inking it so thought I would give it a whirl.  I have to say it just lifts the gorgeousness to a whole new level.  This is the finished card I made.

I posted a video on Youtube of how to colour this gorgeous paper.  It was a very quick video but might give you some idea.

Here it is for you.

If you like a visual of this then it is simply a matter of rolling over it with your sponge roller and inkpad.  It does take some time but it is worth it.  I did dab some ink on with my inkpad too.  You can do that if you get a bit impatient. Then roll over it with the roller to smooth it.

On my card to finish I cut the “celebrate” from the Celebrate You Thinlits and added the “YOU” stamped on Powder Pink.  I found that a better match with the inked paper in the end.   I finished it off with some Black Baker’s Twine and cut a vellum leaf from the Flourish Thinlits.

Hope you like it? I really think you need this paper.  It is a free choice now added for Sale-A-Bration when you have a minimum $90 order.  It doesn’t take much to get to $90 by the time you grab a stamp set and stock up on your paper and adhesives.  What about the sponge rollers?  Do you have them?

I look forward to playing more with this paper so stay tuned.

Have a great weekend,



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I love the ‘Swallowtail’ stamp in the current Seasonal Catalogue.  It is a large stamp but the detail in the image is beautiful and although it is big it can create some really “arty” cards.  I have been playing around with it a little recently.  Here is one card which has been really popular with my customers.  This card was inspired by a card I saw on Splitcoaststampers.


For this card I sponged the stamp firstly with Island Indigo inkpad in the centre of the butterfly.  To do this I just picked up some ink on my dauber and dabbed directly on the stamp. Then I daubered on Lucky Limeade ink towards the outside of the wings and then right on the edges of the wings I daubered on Pool Party.  I love the gradation of colours.  I am so going to miss these colours in a couple of months.  I adhered the white card to the Lucky Limeade base card which was folded at the top.  I wrapped around some Island Indigo Bakers Twine and added a button.  The sentiment is from ‘Teeny Tiny Sentiments’ and was stamped in Island Indigo.  I think it probably should have been stamped a little lower but never mind now.

I hope to show you some more  cards using this stamp over the coming weeks.

Have a great week.  I look forward to you stopping by again soon.  Why not say ‘Hi’ and leave me a comment.  It is always nice to hear from you.


cards, Challenges


I thought I would show you a card I created with some of the ‘remains’ from my last marathon card making effort.  I went for another vintage style card.  I came across a new challenge blog and thought I would give it a go.  The site is here at Jac-inks Papercraft challenges.  They have just started up so why not give them a go.  Their first challenge is a colour challenge with Neutrals plus 1 other colour.


 I salvaged one of the Crumb Cake bases I had discarded.  This had the swirl from ‘Elements of Style’ stamped in Crumb Cake.  On the Very Vanilla Card I stamped the ‘French Script’ in Crumb Cake and stamped the flowers in Soft Suede.  I scrunched up the card tightly and reopened it, then scrunched it again.  After I opened it out again and flattened it slightly, I swiped some Crumb cake ink over it to pick up the ink in the creases.  I sponged Crumb cake around the edges.  I scrunched up some Baja Breeze card and inked the edges with Soft Suede.  I debated so long “To tear or not to Tear”????  I kept tearing a bit off the Vanilla card and a bit off the Baja Breeze and a bit more on the Vanilla.  In the end I had to stop or I wouldn’t have anything left!!

 I wrapped some Victoria Lace around the card and cut out a tag with the ‘Lots of Tags’ Die in Baja Breeze and stamped on the text from “Elements of Style”.  I punched a circle with the 1 3/8″ in Crumb Cake.  These were then both sponged with Soft Suede.  I raised these up with dimensionals.  I added some pearls and a Vintage Tag with ‘L’ (for Life) in Soft Suede.  This one certainly didn’t take as long as the last one!

I hope you like it???  I think I will go with some simple cards for a bit.  These vintage style cards are hard work – on the brain!!!

Thanks for looking and I hope you visit again soon.  I have some more Sale-A-Bration cards to show you.

Jenny xx



I had time to stamp for myself the other day which was so nice. I have been inspired by all the beautiful cards created with the Vintage Vogue set from the current Autumn/Winter mini. As yet I haven’t got that in my collection, so I played around with what I had. Here is the end result.  WARNING:  Anyone with an aversion to pink (*Lynda*) should look away now!!!

I stamped the leaf from “Fresh Cuts” in Pretty in Pink around the edge of Whisper White card and then sponged the edges.  I did the same with a smaller piece of Whisper White.  On this piece I stamped the words from Cottage Garden in Rose Red.  I inked up the Sanded background in Pretty in Pink ink and kissed the solid flower from Cottage Garden set.  This gave a different effect to the flower.  I inked up the small flowers in Rose Red and cut the larger one out and adhered this to the centre of the flower.  I raised up the flowers with mounting tape.  With the ribbon I adhered sticky strip along a strip of white card and ruffled up the Rose Red grosgrain ribbon onto it.  I added some glue dots on the outside to help hold it into place.  I then adhered the strip onto the card.  I did the ribbon separately as I was a bit worried about messing up the whole card if I got the ribbon stuck on wrong.  You could stick it straight on if you were feeling brave!!

Here is a close-up of the flowers.

To finish off, the inside:

I hope you like my version!!

Happy Stamping!  🙂

Convention, swaps, Uncategorized


Are you ready for more swaps??? If you have been around a few blogs you might be sick of them by now.  Anyway, I thought I would show you mine.

This is the first one I did.  I watercoloured the leaves and dragonfly with the inkpads and blender pens.

Stamps: Embrace Life, Organic Grace, Teeny Tiny Sentiments.

Cards: Ruby Red (some were Riding Hood Red), Old Olive, More Mustard, Whisper White.

Ink: Old Olive, Ruby Red.

Other: Sponge, Blender Pen, Word Window Punch.

I would have liked to mount the dragonfly, or added some Dazzling Diamonds on his wings,  but with so many I passed on that!  It is just a simple card.

Here is a close-up of the dragonfly.

This is my other swap card I did.  I’m still not sure if I like it, but it got to the point I couldn’t change my mind anymore.

Stamps: French Script, Cottage Garden.

Card: Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence, Old Olive, Whisper White.

Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive.

Other: Crimper, Eyelet Border Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, sponge, Crystal Effects.

Here is a close up.

After I sponged the flowers and adhered them together, I added a drop of crystal effects to the centre.

So, what do you think????

I have a couple of other cards that I was contemplating on.  I will show you those soon.  For now, I must run!!!

Happy Stamping! xx



Firstly, I want to thank everyone who has stopped by my blog in the last few days with the ESAD Autumn Mini Catalogue Blog Hop. Thank you for all your encouraging comments. I can see everyone will be getting their Circle Scissors out now!!! LOL I hope you were inspired by all the lovely creations on the Hop!

On Sunday I took some time out from preparing for upcoming classes and workshops to do some stamping for ME!! That is a very rare thing for me to do. It was so nice to stamp something just for the fun of it!

I inked up my new clear mounted set “A Little Treat”.  I have seen on different blogs creating a sky by sponging and I have been wanting to try it for some time. I thought it would work well with this set. If you want to see how to do it just pop over to my good friend Andrea and see.  I just used 3 scallop circles for my clouds.  I really like the effect the sponging creates.  I love sponging it is so relaxing!!! I sponged the sky on 2 different Whisper White card pieces.

I stamped the tree from “Thoughts and Prayers” in Old Olive ink to the bottom of the smaller White pieces. I stamped the basket firstly on Ruby Red card in Ruby Red ink and then on Chocolate Chip card with Chocolate Chip ink. I cut the different parts out to create the coloured basket.  I adhered this to the smaller Whisper White card. I layered them onto the larger whisper White and then to the Ruby Red base.  I stamped the greeting from “Sincere Salutations” on Baja Breeze Patterns DSP and punched a circle with the 1 3/4″ circle punch.  I sponged the edge of the circle with Chocolate Chip ink and adhered this over the basket to create the balloon. 

A fun project!! I hope to get to use this set again very soon.  It works so well with the Treat Cups too.

The next leg of the ESAD Blog Hop will continue tomorrow (7th).  I will put details up tomorrow for you to join in.  There is more blog candy up for grabs, so don’t miss out.

Thanks for stopping by 🙂



On Tuesday I had a family holiday stamping time with my MIL, SIL and her friend, and niece Megan (Hi Megan!!!). I wanted to show you what we did. I used the SU ‘Lovely as a Tree’. I don’t have this set but I borrowed it and had a lot of fun!!

For the first card I wanted a masculine type card. On the Choc Chip base card I stamped the leaf randomly over the card with Choc Chip inkpad. I stamped the large pine tree in Choc Chip onto Very Vanilla and then without reinking stamped it again to the right of it. Then I inked it up again and stamped it off on scrap paper and then stamped it to the right of the first one. I tore the bottom edge and then distressed and inked the edges in Choc Chip. I adhered this to Certain Celery cardstock. On the Certain Celery mat I had distressed the edges and inked them with Choc Chip also. I stamped on Happy Birthday from ‘A Little Birthday Cheer’ Set. I adhered both of these to the Choc Chip base. I stamped off 2 leaves onto scrap Vanilla card and then cut them out and mounted them with dimensionals. It is a very simple card.


The second card was based on the very talented Michelle Zindorf. Check out her blog she does some awesome work. I stamped the trees in Basic Black. I punched a circle in a post-it note with the 1 3/8″ circle and stuck it on to create a mask. I then sponged around the trees with Baja Breeze, then Night of Navy and Black right on the edge. The grass was sponged with Old Olive and then the gone over with the Old Olive Marker at the grass line. The sentiment is from ‘Short and Sweet’ stamped in black. It was then mounted on Black and then Old Olive.


Hope you like!!!!