cards, Stampin' Up!


I think this set from the new Occasions Catalogue is going to be very popular.  Don’t you love this big swirly ‘Happy Birthday’?? I stamped this in Black Stazon on some of that free ‘Sweet Sorbet’ DSP that you can pick up during Sale-A-Bration.  Gotta love FREE DSP!!! LOL  I layered this on Raspberry Ripple card base and Summer Starfruit mat.  I added some little banners from the set ‘Banner Blast’ in Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals and Summer Starfruit.  Now this set also has a co-ordinating punch to cut those little banners.  No hand cutting!!! These are another free choice with Sale-A-Bration.  So many choices!!


I added the little cupcake from the stamp set ‘Another Great Year’.  How cute is this.  I punched it out with the 1 1/4″ circle and then layered it on a 1 3/8″ circle in Raspberry Ripple.  I have a close-up.

Now don’t look too closely at the colouring.  I coloured the cupcake with the Aquapainters and inkpads.  I didn’t realise how bad it was until I saw this photo.  Sorry about that.  I wanted to show you the sparkle though on the icing.  Does it look good enough to eat???


Have you checked out the new Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration brochure yet??? You can view it online in the link in the right hand column  OR do you want your own copies to drool over?? Drop me a message and I will get one in the post ASAP.

Until next time, Happy Stamping.


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Another project I wanted to share with you today are these cute little gift bows I made to sell.


There were 3 little gift bows per card.  I thought they would be cute for people to stick just straight onto a card or gift box. To sell them I adhered them to card that I had stamped with the Postcard background stamp.   I have to say though they didn’t sell well.  I think I should have had some samples of cards or gift boxes with them on to show how to use them.  Next time!  Here are some close-ups of them.



I used retired DSP to make the bows.  The original idea came from Karen’s blog here.  She has the measurements there but I will give them to you in Imperial and metric.

Large Bow

Cut 4 strips:

1″ x 8 1/2″  (2.5cm x 21cm)           – Fold loops over and secure ends to create a circle.

1″ x 6 3/4″ (2.5cmx17cm)               – Fold loops over and secure ends to create a circle.

1″ x 5 1/4″ (2.5cmx13.3cm)           – Cut a ‘V’ from each end. This is your tail piece.

5/8″x 3 1/2″ (1.6cmx8.9cm)         – After layering all the pieces, wrap this piece around the middle and adhere.

Small Bow

3/4″ x 7″ (1.9cmx17.8cm)                     –  Fold loops over and secure ends to create a circle.

3/4″ x 5 1/4″ (1.9cmx13.3cm)              – Fold loops over and secure ends to create a circle.

3/4″ x 4″ (1.9cmx10cm)                       – Cut a ‘V’ from each end. This is your tail piece.

1/2″ x 2 1/4″ (1.2cmx5.6cm)              – After layering all the pieces, wrap this piece around the middle and adhere.

Oval Bow

Punch 4 Extra-large ovals.                  With 2, fold over and secure the ends with adhesive.  Don’t crease when folding though.  With the other 2 ovals cut a ‘V’ from one end of each of them.   Layer them to form a bow.

These don’t take  long to create and is a great way of using up those little bits of DSP you have lying around.

Are you enjoying these posts?? I have one more post to share with you tomorrow on Craft Fair projects.  See you again then,


3D projects, My DIgital Studio


In today’s post  on Craft Fairs I thought I would show you some Gift Ideas that I made to sell.

Firstly, some little notebooks.  I found these at a local discount shop.  I was going to cover them but time was running out.  I think this was one week out to the Craft Fair! The notebooks had a plastic type plain cover so I decided just to stamp directly on them.  They are not as exciting as I could have done BUT ……


I used Black Staz On and stamped images from ‘Timeless Talk’.  They were simple but cute!

Next I made some Whiteboard Frames.  Another idea from my Internet travels.



For these, I just grabbed some photo frames and you can use whiteboard markers to write directly on the glass.  For the insert inside I used different pieces of DSP that I had.  I created the heading using MDS and printed this on Whisper White card.  I added a trim from card punched with the Scallop Border punch.  I cut some butterflies using the Butterfly Bigz die and and Beautiful Wings Embosslits and adhered them to the front.  They make really nice gifts in no time.

Some more projects tomorrow so come back and visit.


PS. One more Week to Sale-A-Bration and the new Occasions Catalogue starts.  I am mailing out the catalogues now. Drop me a message if you want them mailed out to you.

cards, Workshops


It’s been a bit quiet here don’t you think?? Well don’t you worry I haven’t been sitting around doing nothing.  Life is at a super crazy pace.  With the end of year activities, Christmas preparations and family stuff there hasn’t been a lot of time to stop.  I have hardly been on the computer at all! It’s late but I thought I should share something this week.  This is a card we have been doing at my parties over the last month or so using the very popular ‘Festive Flurry’ set and the popular Christmas colours this year of Island Indigo and Pool Party.  It is simply stamping and layering the different sized snowflakes.


For the bling factor I added a large Rhinestone to the centre. The greeting is from ‘More Merry Messages’ which is on the Carry-over list.

One time when I made this card I stamped the wrong size snowflakes. Ooops!! Not to worry.  No point wasting them.  I just created another card layering them in a different way.


I will be back soon.  I have some fun projects that I can’t wait to share with you.  I think after this weekend things might be a little clearer – maybe – hopefully!!

Come and visit soon and check it all out.  Have a great weekend everyone. 🙂

For my US visitors, I hope you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with your lovely family and friends.


3D projects, Stampin' Up!


The Envelope Punch Board is one HOT item at the moment.  I have been having so much fun with mine.  Last week I made this Christmas Bon-Bon.  I shared it on my Facebook Business page and realised I hadn’t shown you all yet.  (If you haven’t LIKED me on Facebook yet, make sure you look me up so you don’t miss out on some of the projects I post).


These are so easy to make.   You can whip up a few of these at a time.  They will be great filled with some treats to give out at Christmas.  You can find the video on how to make these here.  I have used the lovely ‘Season of Style’ DSP.  For the tag I have used ‘Chalk Talk’ stamped in Gumball Green and the Christmas Bauble is from the ‘Best of Christmas’ set.  Here is a close-up of the tag if you want to see it.


So have you got your Envelope Punch Board yet??? If not, why not???  You do have to have one you know! Don’t just think they are for envelopes!

We have a wet Monday here but that is good.  The ground is so dry.  We so need the rain.

Thanks for stopping by,


3D projects, cards


I am loving playing with the new Envelope Punch Board.  It is so easy to use and makes such great little boxes and treat holders.  This was one of the first projects I made using the Punch Board. Forget the envelopes (although it is fantastic for that) I thought I would make a box.



I had seen a few card boxes using the Envelope Punch Board but being US sites they don’t fit the Australian and New Zealand card sizes,  SO  I played around with the measurements to make them fit our cards.  For all my Australian and NZ friends I thought I would share them with you.  Here goes.



Cut card 25.4cm x 25.4cm.  On the Envelope Punch Board line the left hand edge of the card to the 12.7cm mark.  Punch and then score.  Move card along to the 9.5cm mark and punch and then score.


Turn card 90’.  Line the score line up with the score line notch on the punch.  Punch card and then score.  (See the photo). Move along and line up the next score line, punch and then score.


Turn card 90’.  Line up score lines and punch and score as before.  Turn 90’ again, line up score line, punch and then score.

Round corners using the corner rounder of the punch.   Place the card so a flap is at the top.  Cut off the small tabs at the top.  At the bottom, cut up on the small score line on the small tabs.  Trim off the bottom flap to straighten the edge.  This gives a neater appearance when you fold it up.  Add Sticky Strip to the tabs and under the sides on the bottom flap.


Stamp the card box before assembling if you wish.  The Belly Band around the box to hold it closed is 5.5cm wide by 29.8cm.  You could use a magnet to hold the box flap closed if you wish.

For this box I used the set Mixed Bunch and stamped it in Pistachio Pudding and Coastal Cabana.  It is hard to see but I also stamped over it with Illuminate too.



Here is a close-up of the card too for you to see.  It is a little blurry as I just cropped the photo from above.  Sorry,  I realised I hadn’t taken a photo of the card by itself.


I stamped the Whisper White card with the Pistachio Pudding and Coastal Cabana.  I stamped a flower in Coastal Cabana on scrap white card and punched it out and also punched out a flower from Pistachio Pudding Card.  These were raised up off the Whisper White card which had been layered onto a Pistachio Pudding mat with a Coastal Cabana card base.  The greeting is from ‘A Dozen Thoughts’.

I hope you can make up a card box yourself.  With Christmas fast approaching it might be a nice gift idea.

Thanks for visiting me today,




One of the great things about Stampin’ Up! is the people you meet.  I have made friends not just locally but in so many countries that I would not have otherwise known.  I am so blessed to call them my friends.  Recently  I made a card for a special blog friend in the US that I have got to know over the last few months.  I sent her a card and a little bit of Australia.

Before I show you the card I will show you the gift I sent her.

I forgot to take a photo of it before I sent it so I have just taken it from her blog.  Sorry Patti I hope you don’t mind??? 🙂

Australia Tea Towel

I sent her a Tea Towel with the Kookaburra and Rosellas.  I thought she might like to see the visitors I get to my garden.  I didn’t realise HOW wrapped she would be though!!  The tag is from Chalk Talk and is stamped in Pistachio Pudding and Crisp Canteloupe.

Here is the card I made for her (after the first one went missing somewhere between here and there).


I have had this ‘Ex Libris’ stamp for nearly a year and haven’t used it yet.  (Hangs my head in shame).  I inked the stamp in Pistachio Pudding and then sponged over it in places with Crisp Canteloupe then stamped it on Whisper White card.  The greeting is from ‘A Dozen Thoughts’.  (One of the stamps you can get for 25% off until Monday).  I stamped this on a piece of Whisper White and flagged the ends then sponged the edges in Crisp Canteloupe.  For the label on the card I stamped the stamp again on Whisper White.  If you look at the stamp it has a label on it which is larger then our Decorative Label Punch.  I cut around the inner line of the label and then sponged it with Pistachio Pudding.  I added a flagged strip of Crisp Canteloupe underneath the label.  The butterflies are from Papillion Potpourri.  I stamped the smaller ones in Crisp Canteloupe and used a blender pen to slightly colour the centre.  The large butterfly was inked in Crisp Canteloupe and sponged in Pistachio Pudding.  Then I added some Dazzling Diamonds with the 2-way glue pen.  It does look so sparkly in real life.


Now I received a special package from Patti.  Check this out!!


Some delicious Maple Candy!! Who Hoo!  AND a beautiful book of Vermont where she lives. Throughout the book she had added post-it notes with little notes of the area or where she had been.  It made it so special.  What a beautiful part of the world!

Then a gorgeous card.


This is using the set ‘Gently Falling’ which I don’t have so that is lovely.  The ‘Just for You’ is from ‘Label Love’ and was stamped then embossed in White Embossing Powder.  Finished off with one of Patti’s specialty bows.  How special to receive a treat like this from across the other side of the world.  You must go and visit Patti and say  G’day.  Stop by Patti’s Stamping Studio here.

Thanks for visiting.  See you again soon.


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,