cards, Challenges, Techniques


It’s another Colour Challenge at Colour INKspirations group –  Colour INKspirations #18

The colours this round are so pretty. Powder Pink, Basic Gray, Sahara Sand and Sweet Sugarplum.

So of course the card had to be pretty right?  I hope my card is anyway.

I have been playing around with the Eclipse Technique lately.  You might have seen that around your blog travels.  To do the Eclipse technique: You stamp over your white card mat (or you could use a piece of Designer Series Paper).  Then cut your letters or shapes out from the piece.  Once the card (or Paper) is adhered to your card mat, the letters are then adhered back on to your card mat raised up with Dimensionals giving a 3D look.

This is my card I created using the colours and using the set Touches of Texture.

The “Just For” is stamped in Basic Gray from the Work of Art stamp set.  Check the dragonfly.  I stamped it on Vellum and coloured it in on the back with markers. Then went over it with the Wink of Stella pen.

You still have time to have a play.  Head -> HERE to join the Facebook group if you are not already a member there.  Challenges are great to take part in.

EDITED TO ADD:  I was picked in the TOP 5 at Colour Inkspirations challenge for this card.  So that is very exciting! 🙂

Thanks for looking.  Have a great day,



cards, Catalogues, Challenges, Christmas, Stampin' Up!


I had a little play today with the Colour INKspirations Challenge (CI17).  I have missed a few rounds lately so it was good to take time out to play.  I really like to have a go at these challenges as it really extends your creativity.

The Colours for this week are: Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist, Tempting Turquoise and Flirty Flamingo.  What fun, fresh colours!

I had in mind to use the Beachy Christmas set in the Holiday Catalogue.  I hadn’t got around to using this set yet.  And you don’t need to use this just for Christmas …

For this card I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #261

I was going to watercolour the houses with just a wash but then saw the Work of Art set.  One of the larger “block” type stamps covered over it nicely.  I did do a test run on scrap card to mist the colours after I stamped but I liked it better just to leave them.

The Flirty Flamingo card mat was embossed with the Sparkle Embossing Folder.  I added a strip of the Eastern Palace DSP.  I love that Lemon Lime Twist!  The sentiment I used was from Better Together set.

The clouds were from the Lift Me Up Bundle stamped in Pool Party.  I wouldn’t have necessarily stamped them in that colour but had to add it somewhere.  I did add some sparkle with the Wink of Stella pen.  It’s a bit hard to tell though.

Now when I made this I first used the Peekaboo Peach instead of the Flirty Flamingo.  So I had to put that one aside and redo it with Flirty Flamingo. Once I had finished the card I then went back and finished this one.  I thought I would show you that one too.

I used more of the Eastern Palace DSP.  I played around with the sentiment a bit to cut angles and all kinds of things but ended up just trimming it down and adding some doily underneath.  The sentiment is from Dragonfly Dreams.

I think I like this version better.  What do you think?

Thanks for looking.  I hope your weekend has been great and you have had a chance to be creative,


cards, Challenges, Stampin' Up!


I have to say this colour challenge was a hard one.  I don’t really like brown colours.  I might add just one of them to a card occasionally although I do use Crumb Cake quite a bit but that’s a soft shade! To get all these brown shades on one card was tough!  I have contemplated it over the past week and nearly didn’t worry about it but come on, this year is about facing challenges! 🙂

Here is the inspiration image with the colours for Colour INKspirations #08.

Cute image hey! but Delightful Dijon, Early Espresso, Soft Suede and Tip Top Taupe together – all on one card…  Seriously!

So I played around yesterday and managed to create something that I am kinda pleased about.

BTW: I am trying out a new place to take my photos.  What do you think??

The base card is Early Espresso and then a mat piece of the Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper.  On a piece of Shimmery White card I stamped 3 of the “block” images from ‘Work of Art’ set.  The first one is stamped in Early Espresso, the middle in Soft Suede and the 3rd one in Tip Top Taupe.  Then I lightly misted the card with water and tilted the card a little to let the ink run a little.  I gave a little assistance with an Aquapainter too in spreading the ink.  The “BIRTHDAY” is from ‘Crazy About You’ and stamped in Early Espresso.  

I dusted off my ‘Hello You’ Thinlits.  It’s been a while since I have used these – and they are retiring in less than a month!.  I cut a “happy” in Delightful Dijon and another in Whisper White and adhered them together just offsetting them a little.  They were then adhered straight on to the card with the Fine Tip Glue Pen. Before adhering the piece to the base I wrapped around some Linen Thread.  Then finished the card with some Early Espresso from the Brights Candy Dots (already retired).

Well I don’t think it is a TOP 5 finisher but I am happy with it and you just have to have a go don’t you. Taking part in challenges really stretches your creativity and I have really enjoyed doing them and taking time to stamp for myself.  Find out more about the Colour INKspirations Challenges HERE.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great weekend.  I hope there is some creativity involved for you. 🙂


cards, Personal Ramblings


Just a quick one today.  A few of you who know me or who follow me on Facebook know that a few weeks ago my gorgeous dog was attacked in a brutal dog attack.  It was pretty distressing and I am not going to go in to the details again here.  I still shudder thinking about it and I get all teary.  I wanted to show you the cards I made for some wonderful neighbours who helped me out on the day in so many ways.  They were just so wonderful.  I have to say it is one way to get to know the neighbours 😉

These were just simple little cards measuring 10cmx10cm (4″x4″).  I wanted to say THANKS for their help.


I have used Lost Lagoon and Hello Honey for the colours.  I used the ‘Work of Art’ stamp set.  The little paw prints are from the retired set ‘D is for Dog’.  That is one retired stamp set that I have kept. I thought it was a cute little touch.  I stamped the inside of the card with some paw prints too.  After all it was from Scooby and I.  One I added Gold sequins and the other I added Rhinestones.

Thankfully I can say that Scooby has made a full recovery after a little stay at the Vet and lots of extra TLC.  He doesn’t seem too troubled by his experience thankfully. Here is my gorgeous boy. I wanted to spare you the gruesome photos.  This is a cute photo of him taken a few months ago.

Sccoby and I

Thanks for stopping by and allowing me to share my little story today.

Have a wonderful day wherever you may be.


cards, Stampin' Up!


Today I had my Ronald McDonald House Charities Fundraiser. Thanks everyone who came today.  It was a lot of fun.  We played some fun games with a guessing competition plus a coin toss for some great Stampin’ Up! prizes.Of course there was some stamping. We made 4 cute cards so I thought I would share the cards we made today.


I will share each of them with you. Once again sorry for the lighting of the cards.  I think I need to check my camera settings!!! 🙂



Firstly, this one in Delightful Dijon.  This was actually the last card I made.  I was wanting to make 4 different cards showing many ways you can use this set.  I really didn’t know what to do but just wanted the tree on it’s own.  I will just tell you a little trick with the leaves on the tree.  I inked the leaves in Delightful Dijon and then used the Cherry Cobbler marker to “thump” on the leaves.  That is just tapping the stamp with the thick end of the marker onto the stamp to pick up some of the Cherry Cobbler colour on the leaves.  The rest of the card was fairly straight forward and using some of the gorgeous Delightful Dijon Dotted Lace Trim.

This next card. (terrible lighting!).  This card was inspired by a card by Patty Bennett. Colours are Bermuda Bay for the base card.  The strip of card on the left is Watermelon Wonder with a banner from Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper


This one was CASED from one of my stamping friends Rachael Lewsley – Thanks Rachael 🙂  I love the splodges from Gorgeous Grunge. Colours are Tip Top Taupe for the cone and then Mint Macaron, So Saffron and Blushing Bride for the “icecream scoops”.


This one was CASED from Chiaki on  Base card is Whisper White thick cardstock.  I cut the oval in the centre of the Pool Party card and then embossed with the Brickwall Embossing Folder. The scene is stamped on the white card base.  The stripes for the grass are stamped using the ‘Work of Art’ set.  I added the greeting by stamping in Memento Black and then cutting it using the Itty Banners Framelits.


I have shared a lot of cards using this ‘Sprinkles of Life’ set all week. Have you liked the projects??? There are so many ways of using this set.  It is incredible.

Now I am extending my special bundle offer for the stamp and punch until Monday.  

Purchase the ‘Sprinkles of Life’ set + Tree Punch for $64.  That is 10% off the combined price.

This is not available as a Bundle in the catalogue. You need to order this directly from me. This is not available through my Online Store.  Australian residents only. 🙂

Thanks for looking.  I hope you are enjoying your weekend??

Until next time,



cards, Classes


Another Christmas Stamp A Stack is this Friday. Have you been thinking about coming along but not sure.  Then if you are in the local area (Wollongong area) you really must join us.  We are normal – kind of! ;).  We do have a lot of fun and laughs at these classes.  Here are the details for you.

This Friday 10th October 10am or 7.30pm.

Cost: $15.  BYO: scissors and adhesives.

Please RSVP by Thursday so I can have your card cut all ready to go.

Here is what we will be making this week.



See you there or at another class very soon. 🙂