cards, Personal Ramblings


Today for Friday Favourites is a very special one.  I am sad to see the  Thoughts and Prayers set retiring.  It has been a much loved and very well used set, although I haven’t used it for a little while now.  This was one of the first sets I bought when I joined Stampin’  Up! nearly 10 years ago.

I had to take a photo of the stamps.  Not only was it a wood mount set only but it was double-mounted (or even triple-mounted!) which some sets were at the time.  I have to say I am glad that Stampin’ Up! have moved away from this idea.  It does make it a little harder to stamp like this.

I went back over some cards I had made with this set.  Many were for Sympathy cards.  I think that is why this set is so special.  The cards were often for loved ones at a very difficult time.  I went searching on my blog but in the early days I hadn’t tagged my posts at all so it was  hard to find some posts.  I found some photos in my computer files that I thought I would share with you.

Remember this was early days some even before the Big Shot and some photos were even scanned!!! Bear with me here. 🙂


If you haven’t got this set already then please grab it now.  The sentiments are beautiful and the flowers are simple but elegant.  It is certainly one to have in your stash.  You can even choose clear mount now ($36 AUS).

View and order it in my store -> HERE.

Thanks for reminiscing with me with this set.




This is another card that we made at our stamping get together last week with Andrea and Leonie.  I am finally getting a chance to show you.  I don’t know where the time is going to this week!  Andrea bought a sample of this card along and we all wanted to make it.  I loved the masked edge to it. I’m not sure where it was CASED from.  I will have to check back with that.

ADDED: Andrea just let me know where this card was CASED from.  This is by Kim and can be found here.

The area was masked and then the tree from ‘Lovely as a Tree’ stamped several times.  Sometimes it was stamped and then stamped again to get a fainter second image.  Then the area was sponged with Old Olive.  The masks were removed.  I then added the greeting and some twine.  The button is a clear button (now retired) that I added some DSP to underneath, then cut around it.  I thought this would make a lovely sympathy card.

You can’t see from this but we added some Champagne shimmer paint to the stamp and then stamped it over the top to create some sparkle.  You can see it a bit here.

This is the inside of the card.  I stamped the trees along the lower edge and the message is from ‘Thoughts and Prayers’.

This card was very timely as 2 of my friends lost their Dad’s last week, so I created another one and sent them on their way.

You may have heard by now that the Stampin’ Up!  Convention is starting tomorrow.  Unfortunately I won’t be there, BUT I am getting together with THE bestest stamping buddies for a ‘Convention’ of our own.  Should be a blast.  Stop by soon and I will show you “some” of the things we get up to.

Thanks for stopping by.  See you again soon.

Jenny xx

cards, Stampin' Up!, Techniques


Wow!  It’s been over a week since I have been back here.  What a week it has been!!!  Between running around with banks as our credit card had been swiped last weekend, organising the rides for the school fete that was on yesterday and organising my own stall, I had a funeral to go to and my husband left his job. Also, Stampin’ Up! announced huge discounts to their clearance sale before the end of the catalogue finishes tomorrow and my phone has been running hot with orders.   Today I have been at the orthodontist for my daughter as she got her plate fitted on her mouth.  Apart from all that, I really have no excuse!

I thought I would come up for air for a minute and show you some more cards with retiring products.  It’s only 2 days until the new catalogue goes live.  How exciting!  These cards I did at a class a few months ago.  I am a bit behind, aren’t I???  These were for a Fun Folds class.  We did the Joy Fold card.  The tutorial to create this card can be found here.  I used the bright and funky “Pink Flamingo” DSP.  We used the direct to rubber technique with the markers to colour the tree from “Thoughts and Prayers”.  This was done twice and then a circle was punched with the 1 1/4″ circle punch from one  and then layered on a 1 3/8″ Pink Passion circle and then on a Gable Green scallop circle. This scallop was raised up with dimensionals to allow the flap to tuck.  Note:  Only add the dimensionals to one half so you can fit it under!!!!!  The edge of the white card was sponged with Pink Passion.

Here is the inside:

This time the tree image was inked up with the Pink Passion stamp pad and stamped onto whisper white.  The edges were sponged in Pink Passion again.  The greeting on the inside and outside was from the set “Teeny Tiny Sentiments”.

The 2nd card we did was the criss-cross card which can be found here.  This was another bright and funky card using the “Kaleidoscope” DSP.  For the inside card I cut a top note from Whisper White, added a tab using the circle tab punch.  I sponged the edges with Tempting Turquoise and the small flowers are from “Cottage Garden”.  On the front of the criss cross pocket I added a strip of Pink Passion, then crimped a strip of Tempting Turqoise.  The greeting is from the Hostess set “Best Yet”, then punched out using the circle punches and scallop circle.  These were layered and raised up with dimensionals.

Lots of retiring products on these cards.  I must run now.  I will be back in a few days with the new catalogue.  Whoo Hoo!  There are so many exciting new things in there.

Till next time, take care. xx

cards, swaps


Where is the time going? The weeks are flying by.  I haven’t been able to post as frequently lately.  I have been very busy.  Saturday was the Sydney Stampin’ Up! Regional event.  This was my first one and it was so exciting!  It was great to meet up with lots of demos and be inspired by so many creative people.  One of the fun parts is swapping with other demos.  It’s great getting lots of new ideas.  I can’t show you the other swaps just yet, but I can show you mine. 

This card was inspired by a card I saw on Splitcoast, but now I just can’t find it.  I have been through there so many times.  So, let me know if you see one similar 🙂

Card: Elegant Eggplant, Rose Red, Old Olive, Whisper White.

Ink: Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant Inkpad and Marker.

Stamps: Thoughts and Prayers, Upsy Daisy.

Other:  1 1/4″ Circle Punch, Large Oval Punch, Sponge, Dimensionals, Crimper.

After I stamped the tree from Thoughts and Prayers, I masked a circle and sponged lightly in the circle with the Elegant Eggplant Ink.  Then used the fine point on the marker and dotted around the circle.  Ipunched 2 ovals from the large oval punch and layered them under the Whisper White oval that I had stamped the greeting on.  I mounted them up on dimensionals.  I crimped the Rose Red strip and swiped the Elegant Eggplant inkpad over to pick up the ink on the crimped edge.

Hope you like!!  🙂

Must run.  Stop by again soon.

cards, Challenges


I can’t believe it’s been a week since I last posted.  Sorry about that!  I don’t know where this week has gone to.  I have been busy doing lots of creating.  I will show you those soon.  I managed to squeeze in some time to do Keesh’s colour challenge for this week.  The colours were:

This is the card I created.  It was inspired by a card on page 157 of the 2009-10 Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalogue. What a great resource that is! It is quite a simple card, but it still seemed to take me a while!  Lots of fiddling around.  I was pleased how it turned out in the end. It is not the clearest photo though, the lighting is not really good, or maybe it’s my camera, perhaps more likely my photography skills 😉


I stamped the tree from ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ in Old Olive ink on Old Olive cardstock.  I stamped the swirly tree branches from “Trendy Trees’ in Not Quite Navy onto Very Vanilla Cardstock.  I like how that turned out. This piece was mounted onto Not Quite Navy cardstock and I added a scalloped strip of Choc Chip card.  Adhered it to the card with Choc Chip Grosgrain ribbon.  Then I added a greeting from ‘Trendy Trees’ in Choc Chip, a Choc Chip designer flower brad and some paper piercing.  A simple card!

Thanks for looking!  School Holidays start here tomorrow but I will try to get back here a bit sooner than last time!!!!

Have a good day xx



Just a quick post as I am heading off to a funeral for my Uncle who recently passed away. It will be good to see family that I haven’t seen in over 10 years. It is just sad that it takes a funeral to do that.

I made a very quick card, nothing fancy.  This stamp is from the SU ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ set.  It has some beautiful word stamps that is just ideal for sympathy cards.  Sympathy cards can be hard to make sometimes!

Yvonnes Card 2_0002

Stamps: Thoughts and Prayers.

Card: Night of Navy, Creamy Caramel, Whisper White.  Urban Garden DSP.

Ink: Night of Navy, Creamy Caramel.

Other: Dimensionals, Wide oval and Large oval punch, sponge, paper piercer, stapler, Ribbon (non SU).

Unfortunately the paper piercing didn’t come out too well in the scan.  Sorry about that!  I thought I was a bit clever though. Since I didn’t have a creamy caramel inkpad to sponge around the edge of the oval  I drew on some acetate with my marker and then picked up the ink with my sponge that way.  It worked just as well!!!!

Thanks for Looking and have a good day!!

3D projects, cards


I saw this cute little box at Ness’ recently.  It is different to the Triangle boxes I usually make so I wanted to check out how to make one.  After much searching I came across the instructions for something similar here at Splitcoast.  I copied the base instructions to make the lid too but I made the sides of the top a bit longer so I could scallop the edge.  I used the beautiful Rasperry Tart paper to go with the Regal Rose cardstock.  The flower on the top I came across also at Splitcoast here and wanted to make one straight away.  I thought it would go well on top of this little box.  Here is how you make them.  They are crinkle paper flowers.  Aren’t they cute!  The button I used is not an SU one,  just one I had lying around and it matched perfectly.



Cardstock: Regal Rose, Real Red, Whisper White, Raspberry Tart DSP.

Ink: Regal Rose.  Real Red and Old Olive markers.

Stamps: Best Yet, Short and Sweet.

Other: Wide and Large Oval Punch, Circle Tab punch, Scallop Border Punch, Mounting Tape,  Sponge, Red Grosgrain ribbon, Red button and pink thread (not SU).

I filled this box with chocolates and rhinestone brads for a lovely friend’s birthday that was yesterday.  I’m sure she won’t be looking today to spoil the surprise, so it is safe to put this here today.  I’m going to have to make another one to keep myself though.  I don’t think mine will come with chocolates though!

This is the card I made to match.  This is using the beautiful set ‘Thoughts and Prayers’.  It is a very simple card.  I inked up the branch with markers, sponged around the edge of Regal Rose cardstock for the base and I added a red rhinestone brad and red grosgrain ribbon to finish it off.


Thanks for looking.  Enjoy your day!