There are lots of things happening to share with you at the moment with specials and extra bits.¬† You really want to see inspiration though don’t you?? ūüôā¬† I have a quick card to share with you today.¬† This card was one of the cards we made at last week’s Christmas Stamp A Stack.¬† Everyone loved the richness of it.¬† There was a lot of cutting and embossing to it but once that was done the card came together quickly.¬† Especially when they had 3 of these to make!

The card base is Cherry Cobbler with the card mat embossed with the Swirls and Curls Embossing Folder.  There was a bit of punching with the Sprig Punch in Old Olive and Shaded Spruce.  The only stamping was the sentiment which is from the Wishing You Well set.  Of course, the beautiful leaping deer from the Detailed Deer Thinlits. 

This card was inspired by one by Jo Anne -> HERE. 

Thanks for visiting me.  Have a great day,




The 2018 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue goes live September 5th – this Wednesday.¬† Watch this space ūüôā¬† I have been creating up a storm with some of these products and I can’t wait to share them with you.

This weekend I will be holding my Holiday Catalogue Launch events.  If you are a Wollongong local then do come along.  Lots of fun and Christmas creating.  Here are the details.

WHEN: Friday 7th September 7pm OR Saturday 8th September 2pm.  Held in my studio in East Corrimal.

COST: $15 includes 2 projects, refreshments, a small gift and don’t forget the fun.

PLEASE RSVP by Thursday 5th by emailing me or dropping a comment here.

Can’t make it?¬† Request a free catalogue to be mailed to you. (Australian Demonstrators only).

Look forward to seeing you there.



Do you know someone who would like to learn to stamp and make cards OR perhaps it’s been a while and you have lost your MOJO.¬† We are getting Back To Basics this week.

In this class we will talk about stamps, inks and paper.  We will go through some tips to help you get the best results when you stamp. We will also create 2 cards.

WHEN: Friday 31st August 7pm    or    Saturday 1st Sept. 2pm.

Cost: $15    RSVP: Thurs. 30th August.

This is one of the cards we will make.

Do you know someone who might like to try this?  Please pass on the details to them. 

Are you feeling a little lost in stamping yourself?  Why not join us.

Please RSVP by Thursday 30th by emailing me at jghayward@yahoo.com or commenting here and I will get back to you.

I look forward to seeing you there,



I started making this sign before Christmas at a team meeting and as usual hadn’t finished it. I put it aside and actually forgot about it.¬† When I was clearing up things the other week I found it and thought it must get finished.¬† So yesterday, although it was Mother’s Day here I did get some time to indulge in a little creating for me and got about doing it.

I thought you might like to see it.  Nothing fancy but I thought it would  be nice to hang in my studio to welcome all the lovely stampers that come along to classes.

This is using the Eclipse technique with the Large Letters Framelits and the Touches of Texture.

This is the length of an A4 sheet of white but I have cut the width to about 15cm (6″) I think.¬† I backed the Whisper White card on some thick card from the Foil Sheets packaging we get and then backed that on some Silver Foil.

I think I will add some sparkle with the Wink of Stella pen??

I have classes several times per month in the Wollongong area so come along, and bonus – you can see this in real life and get to have some creative fun with all my other lovely stampers. ūüôā

Thanks for visiting,



Card Class is on this Friday 18th August 10am and 7pm.

Come join in if you are a Wollongong local.  I have 3 great projects to share with you using the Carols of Christmas bundle.  This is one of the cards we will be making which was featured last week on my blog.

Here are the details.

COST:  $20 class only 

$85 which includes the Carols of Christmas bundle (in clear mount) and class greatly reduced in price at $7!!

BYO: Scissors and adhesives.

PLEASE RSVP by Wednesday 16th.


I have been sharing quite a few cards lately using the Oh! So Eclectic Bundle which includes the Oh! So Eclectic Stamp Set and the Eclectic Layers Thinlits.  (You can see them in the catalogue on p 133 and p213).

One thing with the Eclectic Layers Thinlits you may not realise is that some of the dies only emboss while others cut.  Some of the dies layer together to cut the outline and a detailed inside or you can use one on their own. It can be a little confusing  so I put together a little handy guide that is just the size to keep in the packet with the Thinlits so I can see at a glance.  I thought I would share that with you.


1) On the card on the left it shows some of the detailed shapes.  There are 2 different dies to create this shape; the outline die and a matching detailed die.  I find it easier to fit the detailed die inside the outline and cut them all together.  It is so much easier.  The outline die can be used on its own to cut the stamped image from the co-ordinating stamp set.

On this card too it show the dies that will create the dry embossed effect.   These dies will not cut.

2) On the card on the right it shows the diamond pattern.  I love the effect you get with this on cards.  Now if you are really patient you can cut sections of this diecut to create some other interesting shapes that you can add to your cards.  I am sure there are so many other combinations too.

In this Thinlits set there is also 2 leaf shapes you can cut to work with your flowers.

I hope that you might find this guide helpful.  Let me know what you think.

Hope your weekend is going awesome and you have time to steal away and create.




I wanted to show you the card everyone got to make at my Open House events last weekend.  I think everyone was happy with their results.

I wanted to showcase the Colorful Seasons Bundle as I had been playing a bit with it lately.

This card was inspired by a card by Patty Bennett.  You can see her card HERE.  I loved the idea of the sponged moon effect.

The card base was the lovely new Incolor Berry Burst with the Powder Pink.  Instead of the ribbon that Patty used I added a scallop edge in Powder Pink using the Scallop Thinlit in the set.  I added a little sparkle with a strip of the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.

To create the Sponged moon effect.  Take a piece of copy paper cut to the size of the Whisper White card.  Cut a circle using the Layering Circles Framelits to the left of the copy paper piece.

Place the piece of paper over the Whisper White card and carefully start sponging the Powder Pink ink inside the circle. Gradually making your way in to the centre of the circle. It is good to leave the centre a little lighter. ¬†TIP: If you haven’t used any removable adhesive on your paper then you need to hold the paper in place carefully with your fingers at the circle edge. ¬†Sponge in to the circle. Slowly move your fingers as you work around the circle to hold the paper down. ¬†If that makes sense??

Then take the Berry Burst inkpad and sponge a small section in the lower left corner.  Then you can remove the piece of copy paper, stamp your sentiment and tree branch in Early Espresso and some flowers in Berry Burst.  Assemble your card together, then cut a chair (love that chair!) in Berry Burst and some small flowers in Powder Pink.

Thanks for stopping by today. ¬†Have a super stampy day/night wherever you are. ¬†Don’t forget to stop by and say HI. ¬†Tell me where you are from. ¬†I love to read how far this travels.



For this week’s Stamp A Stack class we will be using some of the retiring products. ¬†Come and join in the fun if you are in the Wollongong area.

This Friday 28th April at 10am or 7pm.

COST: $15 ($5 extra to use my adhesives).

BYO: scissors and Adhesives.

PLEASE RSVP: Wednesday 26th.

Can’t make it? ¬†Get the kit by mail. ¬†Includes all materials. Does not include stamped images. ¬†You can substitute with your own stamps. ¬†$15 plus postage.

Hope to see you. ¬†Let’s give these products one last Hurrah! ūüôā


It was my last class for the year today.  That is a bit sad but it gets to a crazy time of year with end of school activities and preparations for Christmas.

Before the class today I took a video of what is happening in my classroom and shared it on my Facebook Business page.  I thought I would share it with you.

Thanks for joining this stamping journey with me and for your visits to my blog.

I am excited to continue to share stamping with you all in 2017.




I have shown you a couple of ‘Baby Bear’ cards now but I realised I hadn’t shown you the Colour Cards for the bears that I made up some weeks ago. ¬†You might have seen some similar around your blog travels but I thought I would make some to show my ladies¬†coming to my classes so they can see the difference.

Just a couple of notes before you see the colour cards.

~If you are not sure already, when I mention stamp the colour off, it means to ink up the stamp and lightly stamp on some scrap paper to lighten the colour.

~Each of the stamps in the ‘Baby Bear’ set have numbers. You will notice the more solid stamp has #1 next to it, the next more patterned stamp is #2, the more detailed¬†pattern is #3. ¬†You might find that some people stamp in reverse order so the darker colour first which would be #3 and then work backwards to the lighter colour ¬†Play around yourself to see what you feel more comfortable with and what way gives you the better effect. ¬†I found going from #1 with the lighter colour up to #3 with the darker one to be work fine.

~When I note the number below the colour card that denotes the number on the stamp. eg. #1 is the numbered 1 stamp.

~When stamping the bear some people have said they have had trouble lining up the bear for each stamp. ¬†What I found that helps is when you ink up and go to stamp the 2nd stamp, I line the inked image up with the stamped one by lining up it’s bottom and then lining up the ears. ¬†I have found that helps a lot. Hope it might help you.

bermuda bay

#1 Soft Sky, #2 Pool Party, #3 Bermuda Bay.

blushing bride

#1 Blushing Bride (stamped off first), #2 Blushing Bride, #3 Flirty Flamingo.

soft suede

#1 Crumb Cake, #2 Soft Suede (stamped off first), Soft Suede.

sweet sugarplum

#1 Sweet Sugarplum (stamped off first), #2 Sweet Sugarplum, #3 Rich Razzleberry.


You can play around with all different colour combinations.  What colours have you done? I would love to know.

I do love¬†this bear. ¬†It is very cute and I love the detail of it’s fur.

Thanks for visiting me today.