Non-Tradional Colours…

… is the challenge over at LateNite Stampers Weekly Challenge this week, so I’ve decided to play along.  This is our card we created in my Volunteer Class the other day.

This challenge suits me down to the ground, as I love non-traditional colours for Christmas, although you wouldn’t think so by all the Christmas Cards we’ve created in our classes this year.

Supplies –
Ink – Crumb Cake
Cardstock – Very Vanilla – 106550, Tangerine Tango – 116206, chocolate Chip – 108599
DSP – Everyday Enchantment – SAB 2012
EF – Woodgrain – 127821
Ribbon – Crochet Trim – Retired
Dies – Top Note – 113463
Accessories – Snail Adhesive – 104332, Stampin’ Dimensionals – 104430, Pearls 119247, Brads – Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack – SAB 2012

Free Tutorial by clicking on the link below
Until next time, Happy Stampin’


In one of Technique Classes last month, we used the great stamp set “Swallowtail” & applied it to the technique – “Split Negative“.

I was really happy with the way this card turned out, as it is a little different to what I’ve seen using this technique.  I wanted to try a couple of non-traditional colours instead of the black & white that is usually the ones used for this technique.

Today’s card is one with a bit of a surprise inside.

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Swallowtail – 129216, Express Yourself (Hostess) – 129216, Papillon Potpourri – 123759
Cardstock – Whisper White – 106549, Pink Pirouette – 116203, Always Artichoke – 108610, Window Sheets – 114323
Ink – Pink Pirouette – 126956, Sahara Sand – 126976
Punches – Modern Label – 119849, Word Window – 119857, Bitty Butterfly – 129406, Elegant Butterfly – 127526, Scallop Edge Border – 119882
Dies – Top Note – 113463
Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots – 117335
Accessories – Simply Scoring Tool – 122334, Pearls – 119247, Snail Adhesive – 104332, Sticky Strip – 104294, Stampin’ Dimensionals – 104430

The 2nd card will posted in a couple of days.

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Feel Better Soon…

I found out that one of my ladies & friend who comes to our Technique Class spent some of the school holidays in hospital.  I created this one especially for her. 

In fact I’ve add the “Swallowtail” Stamp sitting on the shelf for some time, but just couldn’t get an idea in my head to use it.  I have seen some lovely work using this stamp, but I don’t usually use a stamp until an idea pops into my head. 

Determined to use the stamp & not really knowing what I was going to do, I grabbed the stamp, a couple of colours & played.  I’m happy with the result.  It is a very simple, easy card, but effective at the same time.

Thanks Bronwen for getting me to use this lovely stamp & hope you are feeling much, much better.

Supplies –
Stamp SetSwallowtail – 129216, Express Yourself – 130339
InkPool Party – 126982, So Saffron – 126957, Soft Suede – 126978
Cardstock – Whisper White – 106549, Pool Party – 124391, So Saffron – 108611
Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots – 117335
PunchesWord Window – 119857, Modern Label – 119849
BigzTop Note – 113463
Accessories –  Big Shot – 113439, Snail Adhesive – 104332, Stampin’ Dimensional – 104430

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… on finding each other.

This is the lovely sentiment from Stampin’ Up!’s “A Word for you“.  It is also the sentiment I stamped onto this great little card.

Today’s share is the card we created in Crafty’s Creations Class this arvo.  Of course, everyone’s was very different, but that the great thing about all having the same kit & each creating their card by adding their personal touch.

I would never usually combine Basic Black & Regal Rose together but I wanted a bit of a dramatic effect & think it has worked.  Of course, the strip of Pearls along the top & the touch of Certainly Celery adds dimenion & colour to the card.

Inside card…
Tutorial for you to copy & print –
Until next time, Enjoy!

Holiday Christmas Ornament….

… is what we created in our Technique Class on Sunday last.  This lovely ornament is the one featured on the cover of Stampin’ UP!’s Holiday Catalogue.  It has been seen around the traps so often & think just about everyone has created one or something similar to it.  My ladies wanted to create this from the first time they saw it on the cover, so we set aside one of our Sundays to do just that.

Now, me being me, I didn’t copy from anyone, as I don’t go to “You Tube” & I am not one for reading instructions.  I sort of went by my nose to create it & am happy with the result.  I did forget to add the Thread to my sample, but that doesn’t take away from the whole ornament.

If you would like to create your own before Christmas, email me – – & we can arrange a class purely for this ornament.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

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It was my turn to set the challenge over at Sunny challenge & Creations.  This week we had to use something from the new Holiday Catalogue plus use the sketch provided.  Now the product could be in the way of Glitter Paper, Embossing Folder, Tulle, DSP, etc.  There are so many wonderful new products that this should be an easy challenge for everyone.

My card didn’t turn out exactly how I had it pictured, as I sort of forget to do a couple of things while creating it.  Fingers crossed, I get time to do another during the week.

Measurements –
Base Card – Primrose Petals – 8 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 21cm x 15cm
Layer 1 – Very Vanilla – 5 5/8″ x 4″ or 14cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – Early Expresso – 5 1/2″ x 3 7/8″ or 13.5cm x 9 cm
Layer 3 – Champagne Glitter Paper – 3 3/4″ x 3/4″ or 9.5cm x 1.5cm
Layer 4 – Very Vanilla – 3 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ or 9.5cm x 6.5cm
Layer 5 – Primrose Petals – 3 3/4″ x 1/2″ or 9.5cm x 1cm

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Ornament Keepsakes
Ink – Primerose Petals
Cardstock – Very Vanilla, Early Expresso, Primrose Petals, Glitter Paper
DSP – Candlelight Christmas Speciality
Punches – Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border, Boho Blossoms
Embossing Folders – Perfect Polka Dots
Dies – Holiday Ornaments
Ribbon – 3/8″ Stitched Satin – Primrose Petals
Accessories – Sticky Strip, SU! Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, Pearls, Mini Glue Dots

I run the piece of Early Expresso through the Big Shot using Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots, prior to adhering to the piece of Very Vanilla with Snail Adhesive, adhered a piece of Ribbon across it & then finally to the Base Card – Primrose Petals.

I cut the middle from the smaller piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock by running it through the Big Shot  using one of the Dies from the Holiday Ornaments.  The piece of Champagne Glitter Paper was attached to the left hand side of the piece with Sticky Strip, the piece of Primrose Rose Cardstock punched using the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch & adhered to the right side of the piece with Snail Adhesive.

I stamped the matching ornament image onto a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock measuring a little smaller than the top piece – 3 5/8″ x 2 3/8“.  I then placed SU! Dimensionals to the wrong side of the die cut Very Vanilla Cardstock, ensuring they were around the outer & inner edges, but not that they could be seen.  I then adhered this piece to the stamped image, ensuring the images were correctly aligned prior to permanently adhering.

I created a Rosette by cutting a 12″ x 1/2″ piece of DSP & scoring every 1/4″ with the Simply Scoring Tool.  I folded this concentina fold, glued together with Hot Heat Gun & adhered to the middle of the stamped image, again, ensuring that the Rosette was placed in the middle.  I punched a small flower from the Glitter Paper with the BoHo Blossoms Punch, adhered to the top of the Rossette & added a Pearl to the middle of the flower.

To finish the card, I tied a small bow & adhered to the top of the Ornament with a Mini Glue Dot.

We hope you will join us this week.

Until next time, Happy Stampin!

Gift Card Holder…


I found this tutorial for a Gift Card Holder over at Created by You, which is owned by the very talented Sharon Field.  It looked so interesting & lovely that I thought I would give it a go.  I’ve used all my new products from SAB.

Of course, I adjusted mine a little so that it could fit our standard envelopes in Australia.  since creating this one, I’ve played around with it a bit & did a couple of different things to it, but more about that in the next couple days.

I wanted to use the matching ribbons that come in SAB but didn’t look any good on the Lucky Limeade, so back to the drawing board for me.

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Fresh Vintage, Elementary Elegance
Ink – Calyspo Coral, Soft Suede
Cardstock – Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Very Vanilla
Embossing Folder – Square Lattice
Dies – Top Note
Ribbon – 3/8″ Ruffled – Pool Party
DSP – Everyday Enchantment
Punches – Curly Label
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Tombow Glue, Stampin Dimensionals, Bigshot

Until next time, Happy Stampin!

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Sunday morning brings the start of a new challenge over at Sunny Challenges & Creations, so we hope you will join us this week.

It was my turn to bring the challenge this week & boy, did I have a hard time creating my card….  Along with the sketch, we have to use the colours of Pink Pirouette & Early Expresso.

Measurements –
Base Card – Early Expresso – 8 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 21cm x 10.5cm – Scored in the middle & folded in half
Layer 1 – Pink Pirouette – 4″ x 1 1/2″ or 10cm x 3.5cm
Layer 2 3 4 – Pink Pirouette – 2 3/8″ x 1 7/8″ or 6cm x 4.8cm

I inked my wheel in Early Expresso Ink & run it down the long strip of Pink Pirouette before adhering to the Base Card – Early Expresso with Snail Adhesive.

I run 2 pieces of Pink Pirouette through the Bigshot using the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder & adhered 1 piece to the bottom & 1 piece to the top of the Base Card.

For the middle piece, I inked another wheel in Early Expresso Ink & run it over the 3rd piece of Pink Pirouette & adhered to the Base Card with Snail Adhesive.

I stamped my stentiment onto Whisper White using Early Expresso Ink, run it through the Bigshot using the Ovals Die, sponged Early Expresso around the edge, stamped the flower image over the top before adhering to the Base Card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I am not sure if I like the effect of the oval edge, but I suppose it will grow on me!

I stamped 1 large flower & 1 small flower onto Whisper White with Early Expresso Ink, cut around both flowers, adhered the small to the large flower with Stampin Dimensionals & then to the Card, again with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I appied a Basic Pearl to the centre of the flower

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Vintage Vogue, Well Scripted
Ink – Pink Pirouette, Early Expresso
Cardstock – Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Early Expresso
Dies – Ovals
Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots
Wheels – Very Vintage, Friendly Words
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Pearls, Bigshot
Don’t forget to visit Sunny Challenges & Creationsto check out the cards Kris & Shirley have created. 
Until next time, Enjoy!

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My brother’s brithday card has turned into a female card!!!!!  When selecting my stamps, I accidently picked the stamp set on my desk.  This will teach me to put my stuff away after I finish using them…..  Ummmm back to the drawing board for him.

The card is for the current challenge over at Sunny Challenges & Creations, so why not hop over & see what Kris & Gwen have created using the current sketch & Theme “Celebrations“.  Yep, this is really easy – all sorts of celebrations pop into my head, including weddings, birthdays, engagements, christenings, the list goes on.  We would love for you to join us this year…..

Now only did I select the wrong stamp set, but after completing my card, I discovered I had done it upside down & back to front…..  Yep, always check the direction of your card PRIOR to adhering your layers….  Anyhow, not to be beaten, I cut the Very Vanilla Cardstock around the edge so that only Riding Hood Red was showing & created another base!!!!!!

As for the colours, you ask……  I grabbed my trusty Colour Coach for this sketch, starting with what  was Riding Hood Red & the combinations for that.  I have just finished creating the card & looked at the Colour Coach again, only to discover I had been going by Riding Hood Red AND Cherry Cobbler…..

You know the olnly saying – “things come in 3’s“…………

Measurements –
Base Card – Very Vanilla Cardstock – 11 7/8″ x 4 1/4″ or 30cm x 10.5cm – Scored in the middle & folded in half
Layer 1 – Riding Hood Red Cardstock – 5 5/8″ x 3 7/8″ or 14cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – Soft Suede Cardstock – 5 3/8″ x 3 3/4″ or 13.5cm x 9.5cm

The Riding Hood Red Cardstock was adhered to the Base Card – Very Vanilla using Snail Adhesive.

Inside & Envelope…

I run the piece of Soft Suede Cardstock through the Bigshot using Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots.  I cut a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock about 5 3/8″ long x 3/8″ wide, adhered it to the top of the embossed piece & adhered the piece of Riding Hood Red Ribbon along the middle, tucking ends under prior to adhering to the Base Card.

For my Ribbon, I dyed a piece of Whisper White Grosgrain using Riding Hood Red Ink & Sponge.  This was set aside to dry prior to adhering to the thing piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock.

For the larger circle, I run the Circles #2 Die through the Bigshot & again using the Embossing Folder – Square Lattice.  This was adhered to the card with Multipurpose Glue.

I cut a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock from the Circles #2 Die, stamped one image in Soft Sude Ink, one in Early Expresso Ink, while the last in Basic Gray, which was stamped off prior to stamping onto the Very Vanilla Cardstock.  This is where I couldn’t understand why I was using Basic Gray all of a sudden.  Answer – I was on the colour selection of Cherry Cobbler!!!!

I stamped an extra image onto a scrap of Very Vanilla Cardstock using Riding Hood Red & Early Expresso SU MarkerDazzling Diamonds was applied to the centre with 2-Way Glue prior to adhering over top of one of the images with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The whole piece was adhered to the embossed circle with Multipurpose Glue.

My sentiment was stamped onto a scrap piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock with Riding Hood Red & punched using the Modern Label Punch.  Don’t you love it when all the stamps match the punches????

Now for a card full of errors & mistakes, I think it come up ok!!!!  Miracles do happen!!!!

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Friends Never Fade
Ink – Riding Hood Red, Soft Suede, Early Expresso, Basic Gray
Cardstock – Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red, Soft Suede
Ribbon – 1/4: Grosgrain – Whisper White
Punches – Modern Label
Dies – Circles # 2
Embossing Folders – Perfect Polka Dots, Square Lattice
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, 2-Way Glue,
Multipurpose Liquid Glue, SU Markers, Sponge
Until next time, Enjoy!


I hope you are not getting tired of my scrapbook pages, but I am really enjoying getting back into it again.  It certainly helps when you have been supplied with beautiful photos to work with.
This photo was taken by my niece, Dannielle.  It is of her twin sister “Amber”.  It is such a beautiful photo which captures her to a “T“, that I had to put it to paper!
I don’t usually copy layouts, but liked this one so much that I did copy the majority of it, but then started doing my own thing to finish it off.  I’ve taken the layout from the current Catalogue 2011-2012, Page 102.  That is the great thing about Stampin’ Up! Catalogues.  Not only are they full of products, but brilliant ideas as well!  Stuck for ideas, head straight for any of the catalogues.
I cut the piece of DSP prior to layering it onto Marina Mist Textured Cardstock.  The larger piece of DSP was then adhered over the top.
I punched a piece of Soft Suede Cardstock using my Bigshot & the Circles #2 Die.  I punched a piece of Marina Mist Cardstock using my 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle & adhered the 2 together prior to adhering onto the DSP.  I didn’t mat my photo this time & it is taking some time for me to get use to, as I always do this.  It gives a different look anyhow.
I grabbed 3 different size flowers – could be Stampin’ Up! but am not sure, adhered together prior to adhering to the top of the Scallop Circle.  The photo was then adhered to the page.  I found a couple of coloured Rhinestones laying around in a bottom drawer & stuck one to the middle of the top flower.  These things pop up everywhere!  I have even found a couple attached to the dog from time to time!
A piece of Marina Mist Cardstock was punched along one side with the Scallop Edge Border Punch, adhered to the edge of the photo before a piece of Soft Suede Cardstock was adhered over th etop.
I punched a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock using my Modern Label Punch, wrote Amber’s name & year with the Basic Black SU Marker & adhered to the piece of Soft Suede Cardstock.  I applied 2 of the Rhinestones to either side of the label.
I then adhered a piece of Crocheted Trim across the bottom of the photo, tied a bow, attached a Rhinestone Brad to the centre & adhered using a Mini Glue Dot.
Tip – Don’t be afraid to adhere “stuff” to your photos.  You will be pleasantly surprised of the result!
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Nil
Ink – Nil
Cardstock – Textured Marina Mist, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede
DSP – Beau Chateau
Punches – 2 3/8: Scallop Circle, Modern Label
Dies – Circles # 2
Ribbon – Crochet Trim – Victoria
Accessories – Rhinestone Brad – Light Blue, Flowers, SU Marker – Basic Black,
 Snail Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots
Non-SU – Flowers, Blue Rhinestones
Until next time, Enjoy!