Recently I showed you a number of cards using the Butterfly Collection wheel.  With the Blog Hop last week I never got to show you another one I had made.  Here it is.  I have to say this card didn’t end up how I started but I think it is OK!


I was going for a shabby/vintage look.  I think I realised when I was making this that I just don’t do vintage all that well.   I used some of the gorgeous Venetian Romance DSP.  This is just beautiful paper.  This was layered on to a Pistachio Pudding card base.  Before adding the paper I adhered some Pistachio Pudding Ruffled ribbon under the Lace and wrapped it around the paper.  I cut a Labels  framelit from Pumpkin Pie and then embossed it with the stripes  Embossing Folder.  The Butterfly wheel was rolled over some Very Vanilla Card and then cut with the Butterfly Bigz Die. I layered a butterfly punched with the Elegant Butterfly punch and added a Clear button and a Whisper White twine bow.  The greeting flag was stamped from the Itty Bitty Banners stamp set and cut with the Bitty Banners Die.  The end result was Ok.  Not sure if it is vintage enough though.  I love the softness of Pistachio Pudding.  I think it is my new favourite colour.

I hope you have enjoyed these cards with the Butterfly Collection Wheel.  If you missed the other cards  I have made with this wheel, then head back a couple of posts to catch them.

Thanks for visiting today,




I hope you have had a great weekend.  School went back for us today after the Summewr holidays, and of course the Summer weather arrived!!!  It is still so hot here now as I write this so I’m not hanging around here long.  I just wanted to show you these couple of cards using some of the gorgeous papers and stamps you can get during Sale-A-Bration.

A couple of weeks ago we had a team stamping day at Ness’.  Unfortunately not many could make it but we had fun.  These cards were based on samples that Ness had done.  I have changed them a little.  They are not my usual style but they certainly show off the beautiful papers.  These are using one of the Sale-A-Bration sets “Fresh Vintage”.

There is a bit of distressing with this one with sponging, curling, tearing and spritzing (although that is a bit hard to see!).  The ‘Sweet Friend’ is from the stamp set “You are Loved” in the Summer Mini Catalogue.

For this one there is a bit more sponging going on again.  I have to say that pennant is a bit wider than I would have liked but it is covering up a little “whoopsie”  😉 We all have those don’t we!!

Thanks for visiting.  I do appreciate you stopping by.  I love to hear from you too so don’t forget to drop in a comment and say HI.

Until next time,




It’s that time of year to get started on Christmas cards.  It doesn’t seem that long ago that I packed up all my Christmas stamps from last year.  The year has flown by.  This card I have to show you today is using a very new stamp set.  The Stitched Stocking Stampset will be available in our upcoming Summer Mini Catalogue out on December 1st.  Since we all need to get our Christmas cards done now Stampin’ Up! have released this set as a special promotion during October.  You can order the Stamp set for $53.95 (wood mount) or $42.95 (clear mount), plus there is a matching punch.  Isn’t that great!  It saves you cutting out all those little bits by hand.  The Stocking Tag punch is available for $33.95.  BUT, you can get the BOTH for Free!  How????  Hold a workshop and if the sales are over $450 (not including Shipping and Handling) you get the both for Free!.  How good is that!  So you just have to have a workshop now don’t you?????

On with the card.  I went for a vintage style for this one.

I ran a piece of Very Vanilla card through the big Shot with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder and sponged over the edges with Crumb Cake Ink.  I layered this on Crumb Cake card and tied around some lace (my very last piece of this by the way.  Have to order some more).  Then I adhered this onto a Cherry Cobbler base.  I sponged a smaller piece of  Very Vanilla Card with Crumb Cake and stamped on the greeting in Cherry Cobbler from Teeny Tiny Sentiments.  I stamped the stocking twice on scrap Very Vanilla card and punched out the top and sole pieces of one stocking and raised them up with mounting tape over the other one.  I mounted this on the Very Vanilla card piece with mounting tape.  I applied Glass Glitter on the top part of the stocking with some multi-purpose adhesive.  It is a bit hard to see the shine of the glitter.

This is a very simple card really.  You know this stamp set and punch are great not just for creating Christmas cards.  You might have discovered other ideas in your blog travels.  I hope to try some other fun ideas with this soon, so I hope I can show you some of them.

So have you started your Christmas cards yet?????  It might be time to start!

Thanks for stopping by.  See you soon,

Jenny x



We have had a wet, cold long weekend here.  Just the weather for staying indoors and creating but I haven’t really had a lot of free time.  We have been running around all over the place!  I wanted to show you a card I made recently for a special baby.  My lovely friend Andrea has just become a Grandma!!  Whoo Hoo!  I had to send a card to mark the occasion.

I ran Pretty in Pink card through the Big Shot with the Perfect Dots EF.  I wrapped around some Vintage Lace before layering this on Soft Suede and then on a Pretty in Pink card base.  I stamped on a ‘B’ (for Bree) on the vintage tag and tied this on to the lace.

I sponged around a piece of Very Vanilla card with Soft Suede and adhered it to a piece of Soft Suede mat.  I inked up the “Baby Tees” wheel on watercolour paper and coloured one with Pastels.  I cut around it and mounted it on to the Very Vanilla card.  The greeting is from ‘Teeny Tiny Sentiments”.

I couldn’t forget the inside.

 I sponged around a piece of Very Vanilla card with Pretty in Pink and adhered this to the inside of the card.  I used the Scallop Trim Border punch and punched along the edge of the Pretty in Pink piece of card and adhered that over the Vanilla.  I stamped out ‘Bree’ with the alphabet stamps (from the Calendar Alphabet & Numbers set) in Soft Suede and punched it out with the Word Window punch.  This was sponged in Pretty in Pink and raised up with Dimensionals.

I liked the end result.  I was trying to go for a Vintage style and I think I achieved it.

Thanks for looking.  Hope you stop by again soon,

Jenny xx



I created this card a couple of months ago but only now have a chance to show you.  There has been so much else to show you! I made this for a special friend for her birthday.  I was inspired by a card I saw on Splitcoast Stampers.  I just added to it and I wanted to make it green – her favourite colour!!

On Very Vanilla card I stamped French Script in Crumb Cake and sponged the edge in Crumb Cake.  I stamped the flowers from Just Believe in Old Olive.  The Crumb Cake piece I ran through the Big Shot with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder. I wrapped around some lace and added an antique brad.  For the sentiment I inked up just the flowers from the greeting box in the set in Crumb Cake, stamped them off on scrap paper then stamped them on Very Vanilla card.  Then I stamped the greeting in Old Olive.  This was punched out with the scallop oval punch.  The edge was sponged in Crumb Cake too.  I punched out a circle in Old Olive with the 1 1/4″ circle punch to add behind the greeting.

Now my lovely friend Andrea is going through a hard time at the moment so drop by her blog here and send her some love.  I am going to show you another card I made recently for her next time so come and visit again soon.

Jenny xx

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

cards, Techniques


Do you have days when a card just doesn’t come together??? When anything you do, doesn’t go right and you have to redo it??? Do you look at the card and think “I just don’t know what is wrong”???  This was one of those cards.  It has just taken me 2 days to complete it.  I think I have redone every part at least once!  Maybe the heat was getting to me.  Well, I finished it!  I could have tossed it so many times but I was determined to see this through.

It started out as a card for this week’s sketch challenge at Inkspirations.  I had been wanting to try the faux tile technique and thought this would be good with this sketch.  After stamping and colouring (twice!), I cut the card up to 1″ squares and realised they were too small for the challenge.  I tried to make it work and it  just wasn’t happening.  So, I gave up on the idea of it for the challenge but wanted to complete the card – eventually getting there!!  Enough of the sorry saga you just want to see the card.

The flowers from ‘Elements of Style’ were stamped in Stazon on Very Vanilla  card measuring 3″x3″ (7.5cmx7.5cm).   They were then coloured using the Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery and Always Artichoke Markers.  I spritzed the card with the Crumb Cake marker, then cut it in 1″ (2.5cm) squares.  I then covered the squares in Crystal Effects to give it a glaze.  It is a bit hard to see in the photo.  You need to leave it overnight to dry properly.  It was after I covered it in Crystal Effects I realised I should have sponged the edges.  I just touched them up a bit with the Crumb Cake ink.  I then adhered the squares to a Certainly Celery mat and then Pretty in Pink. 

For the card base I stamped the swirl from the stamp set in Crumb Cake and sponged the edges.  I redid this 3 times.  The first time it didn’t come out right.  The second time I realised I cut the card wrong.  (That’s ok, I have used that on another card!)  This card opens upwards, so I wrapped around some Victoria Lace around the bottom edge.  The label is cut with the Big Shot in Pretty in Pink and the edges sponged.  I  had to do that a second time too!  The greeting is from “Fresh Cuts”.  (Thats a set I haven’t used for a while).   I stamped it in Pretty in Pink onto Very Vanilla and punched it out with the small oval punch.  The edges were sponged in Pretty in Pink too.  I adhered them with mounting tape and stuck some Adhesive pearls on it.  Phew!! I WAS DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I couldn’t even think about doing the inside of the card then. 

Sorry about the ramble.  I hope you kept up with all that!  That was a marathon card.  I have another card that I made later while I had all the stamps and ink out.  I will show you that tomorrow.  I’m done.  It’s exhausting just reliving it!!!!!

Take some time to stamp today – you deserve it!

Jenny xx

cards, Catalogues


Sale-A-Bration 2011 begins TODAY!  This is one of the most exciting times in the Stampin’ Up! year because YOU get FREE stamps!!!  How can you get the FREE stamps????

– For every $100 order between today and March 31st you can select an exclusive Sale-A-Bration stamp set with your order.  I think the big problem will be which one to choose!!  

– Hold a workshop or a private stamping class with you and your friends.  When the orders from this exceeds $600 then you can select a SAB stamp set for yourself.  If you live nearby, I would love to get together with you and your friends and show you some great projects that you can create with these stamps. 

– Join Stampin’ Up! during Sale-A-Bration and you can select a stamp set up to the value of $79.95 from the current Catalogue for FREE!  This is a great time to join!

 There are some great stamp sets this year.  If you would like to see the Sale-A-Bration brochure then click on the link in the right hand column under Catalogues.  OR, I can mail one to you.  Just email me at

The last few weeks I have been playing around with some of the stamp sets (another little perk with being a demonstrator!).  This is one of the cards I created.  Using the stamp set ‘Bliss’, I went for a vintage feel.  Still trying to get a grasp of this style, but I enjoyed creating it.

This set has so many great images to create a Vintage effect.  On Very Vanilla card I stamped in Soft Suede and Crumb Cake.   The edges were sponged in crumb cake.  I think I should have done some spritzing too when I look at it again.  I adhered the piece to a  Soft Suede mat and distressed the edges.  On the Crumb Cake base, I stamped the flower randomly over it.  The butterflies were stamped in Baja Breeze onto scrap Very Vanilla card and cut out.  I stamped a greeting from ‘Teeny Tiny Sentiments’ and created a flag notch with the square punch.  The rosette is created with the Victoria lace from the Summer Mini.  I just ran a straight stitch with a needle and thread and gathered it up and then shaped it into a circle.  I finished it off with a couple of stitches to secure it.  I added a Vintage brad to the centre before adhering it to the card with mounting tape. 

I will show you some of the other cards  I have been creating shortly, so pop back again soon.   Until next time, Happy Stamping!

Jenny xx