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Our challenge over at Sunny Challenges & Creations is to use something from the Seasonal Catalogue before it retires – 30 June – & create a card, scrapbook page or 3-D item.  The list is endless.

I had so much going around in my head about what to do, so instead of going to create something new, I decided to pull out my “Another Day” Box – that is what Gwen calls it!!!!!!  Don’t you love that name?  I think it is a perfect name for that box that we all have sitting somewhere in our Craft Rooms.  Mine just happens to sit on my desk.  I often find myself going through it & finding “stuff” that I had completely forgotten I had started & didn’t finish.  My card is one of those!!!!!!

When the Catalogue first come out I was just so excited to find a sea set sitting there waiting just for me to get my hands on.  Anything to do with the beach & I am “gone”.  “By the Tide” was the first set I purchased.  In fact it was a purchase by itself & started playing as soon as it arrived, but then obviously didn’t finish it.  All I had to do was basically add the Base Card & that was it!  How easy was that?  Everything had already been done.


We would love for you to join us this week.  All you have to do is head on over to Sunny Challenges & Creations, check out what Kris & Alison have created.  Create your card, scrapbook page or 3-D item, post to your blog or on line group/forum & then head back & link with Mr Linky.
Until next time, Happy Stampin’

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Our challenge over at Sunny Challenges & Creations has been set by Gwen.  She has been very kind to us this week as there is no sketch, but we are requested to create a Card, 3-D Project or even a Scrapbook Page with a “Sympathy Theme“.

I actually completed my card for a couple of challenges ago, but when I went to post it, realised that I had the wrong challenge.  I have since used the card, so it is no longer in my possession.

I love the little rose which is in Stamp Set “Papaya Collage“.  It seems to suit any occasion & I have used it a lot of late.  In fact this is one of the cards we created in our Stamping Classes this month.

I love the clean simple look of the card. 

To grab the tutorial for your own use, please click on the link below –
Shop Online to purchase your supplies to create your own card
Don’t forget to head on over to check out what Gwen, Kris & Maria have created for this challenge.
Until next time, Happy Stampin! 

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Our challenge over at Sunny Challenges for the next fortnight is to create a card, 3-D project or scrapbook page with the theme of “Love“.  With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, this is the perfect time to create that something special for that someone special.  Again, we have no sketch to go by, so the field is wide open.

I have a wedding in the next couple of weeks & thought this the perfect opportunity to create a special card for the special couple.  Yep, it is in their colours & theme too!  I love Pink Pirouette & Not Quite Navy together.

I’ve used the sketch from Technostamper Monday Lunch Challenge to create my card except I turned it on its side.  It has been sometime since I played along with one of Mary Jo’s challenges.

My card is a little different in that there is no sign of any hearts or lovey sentiment of any kind. I think that is why it appeals to me that much.  Sometimes it is good to try & create something that is non-traditional.

I also used a sentiment from a great little stamp set in the current “Sale-a-Bration” catalogue, which I thought went really well with my card.  It is a little different than the usual “Congratulations” or “Best Wishes“, etc.


To see what the other girls have created, why not head over to Sunny Challenges & check out what Kris & Gwen have created.

Remember you have 2 weeks to create your project, so there is heaps of time.  Post it to your blog or on line & link back with Mr Linky.  We had a great response last week & selected 2 Rays of Sunshine.  Who knows, you could be our next one.

To print your own Tutorial, click on the link
Until next time, Happy Stampin 


… in sort of non-traditional colours……

Today’s card is one we created in our Crafty Creations Class early last month.  One of the ladies brought in a photo & asked if we could do something like it.  So I sat myself down & proceeded to recreate it using all Stampin’ Up! products.

There is lots of cutting, embossing, sponging & fun.

I am really happy with the way this card turned out & everyone was happy with their card.

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Short & Sweet, Barquoe Motifs (Both Retired)
Ink – Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery, Versamark
Cardstock – Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Chocolate Chip
Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots
Punches – Oval, Scallop Oval
Sizzlits – Top Note
Accessories – Embossing Powder – White, Sponge Daubers, Snail Adhesive, Tombow Multipurpose Glue, Rhinestones, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Heat Tool

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

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Where does the time go – the weeks just seem to fly by & before we know it – another week, another new challenge.  Yep, Sunny Challenges & Creations has a new sketch, so head on over to check it & the other entries.

This week, the sketch has been set by Kris & of course, the 2nd part of the challenge is to use the colours of – Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise & Daffodil Delight.  I will admit that I had a hard time using Tempting Turquoise, so I played it safe & added just a touch.  I think I may have pulled it off!

Measurements –
Base Card – Whisper White – 5 7/8″ x 8 1/4″ or 15cm x 21cm – scored & folded in half
Layer 1 – Melon Mambo – 5 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ or 14cm x 5.5cm
Layer 2 – Whisper White – 5 3/8″ x 1 3/4″ or 13.5cm x 4.45cm
Layer 3 – Daffodil Delight – 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ or 6.5cm x 6.5cm
Layer 4 – Whisper White – 2 3/8″ x 2 3/8″ or 6cm x 6cm

With my Eyelet Border Punch, I punched along one long edge of Melon Mambo & adhered this to the Base Card using Snail Adhesive.  I stamped my sentiment onto the piece of Whisper White using Tempting Turquoise Ink prior to running it through the Bigshot with the Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots.

I adhered to 2 flowers together & punched 2 holes in the middle of the smallest with my Handheld 1/16″ Circle Punch.  I threaded 2 pieces of Taffeta Ribbon threw both holes, adhered across the Embossed Whisper White, tucked ends under, tied a bow on top of the flowers & adhered to the piece of Melon Mambo.

I stamped my images onto the smaller piece of Whisper White using Melon Mambo Ink, run through the Bigshot, again using Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots & adhered to the piece of Daffodil Delight.  This piece was adhered to the Base Card using SU Dimensionals, as I wanted it to stand away from the card a little. 

I again adhered 2 different size flowers together & placed a Tempting Turquoise Brad in the middle & placed on the card with a SU Dimensional.

All in all a very simple card, but a clean & simple one (CAS). 

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Short & Sweet, Pocket Silhouettes
Ink – Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight
Cardstock – Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo
Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots
Punches – Eyelet Border, 1/16″ Handheld Circle
Ribbon – 1/8″ Taffeta – Daffodil Delight
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Tombow Glue, SU Dimensionals,
Brights Brads – Tempting Turquoise, Flowers

Now, head over to Sunny Challenges & Creations & check out what Kris & Gwen have created, go create your entry, come back & link to Mr Linky.  You could be the next Ray of Sunshine.
Until next time, Enjoy!


I’m finally back…….  It has been a couple of weeks since my last post.

I’ve created this card for my groups challenge – Patriotric Theme.  Without doing the colours of the flag or the Southern Cross, I decided to go with Black, Yellow & Red.  I only hope my trees look a little like the gums out home!  See what you think?

Base Card – Daffodil Delight – 5 7/8″ x 4 1/8″ or 15cm x 10cm
Layer 1 – Real Red – 5 3/4″ x 4″ or 14.5cm x 9.5cm
Layer 2 – Basic Black – 5″ x 3 1/8″ or 13cm x 9.5cm
Layer 3 – Whisper White – 4 7/8″ x 3″ or 12.5cm x 9cm
I stamped the tree image directly onto the Whisper White Card using Versamark Ink.  I then heat embossed the image using Black Embossing Powder
I punched the moon from a scrap of Whisper White Card & adhered it to the Whisper White Card.  Using my SU Sponges & Basic Black Ink, I sponged the bottom half, ensuring that the horizon wasn’t in a straight line.
I sponged the next layer using Daffodil Yellow, followed by Real Red Inks.  Once sponging was completed, I carefully removed the moon & rubbed a little White Shimmer Paint on the moon to make it look like there was a “man on the moon.”
I adhered the Real Red Card to the Base Card – Daffodil Yellow.  I then adhered the image piece of card to Basic Black Card & adhered it to the Base Card.  I coloured the Rhinestones using Basic Black Ink & applied a little Crystal Effects on top.
For my sentiment, I stamped it in Basic Black onto Whisper White Card, punched it out using my Oval Punch & then punched a piece of Daffodil Yellow with the Scallop Oval Punch and adhered to the base card.
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Lovely as a Tree, Short & Sweet
Ink – Basic Black, Real Red, Daffodil Yellow, Versamark
Cardstock – Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red, Daffodil Yellow
Punches – 1 1/4″ Circle, Large Oval, Scallop Oval
Accessories – Multipurpose Glue, Rhinestones, SU Sponge, Heat Tool, Crystal Effects
Until next time, Enjoy!

Note Cards…

I had to quickly make a couple of cards the other day.  I love these for notes to friends or customers.

I decided to use the current “IN Colours” & Fifth Avenue Floral Stamp Set, along with my Aqua Painter.  This is the end result.

Coloured Card – 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
Whisper White Card – 3 3/8″ x 5 3/8″
I stamped the images onto Whisper White using my Versamark Ink Pad.  After applying White Embossing Powder over the images, I heated these with my Heat Tool.
I then decided to colour the flower images using my Aqua Painter & to match the inks with the “In Colour” Cardstock
Once dry, I adhered the Whisper White to the Coloured Card Stock.
All in all, a great way to create some quick cards.  In fact, they were posted the same day & now it is back to the drawing board for more ideas.
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Fifth Avenue Floral
Inks – Blusing Bride, Peach Parfait, Concord Crush, Poppy Parade, Versamark
Cardstock – Whisper White, Poppy Parade, Blushing Bride, Peach Parfait, Concord Crush
Accessories – Embossing Powder – White, Snail Glue, Aqua Painter, Heat Tool
Until next time, Enjoy!

Thinking of You…

It has been a couple of days since my last post.  I have been busy out in the garden, but now it is just too hot again, so with all housework, etc completed, music in the backbround, Tennis on TV – sound turned down, and my stamps everywhere, I can play!  What better way to spend Sunday arvo, except the beach or maybe fishing!

The inspiration for this card comes from the new sketch over at Stamping 411 and I have combined my group’s weekly challenge where we have to make a Sympathy card – see Here for the 1st card posted.

Again Stamping 411 have supplied the measurements for the sketch –

Base: 11 x 4 1/4″, scored and folded in half at 5 1/2″

Layer 2: 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ *** note: this is an extra layer, you could skip this one.. 😀
Layer 3: 5 1/4″ x 4″
Layer 4: 3 3/4″ x 3″
Layer 5: 3 5/8″ x 2 1/2″

For my card I used the Bigshot, Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots – I am loving this folder, but you have probably guessed by now – and embossed Whisper White Cardstock

Taking a piece of Watercolour Paper, I randomly applied Shimmer Paint and allowed to dry.  If you are too impatient, this is where your Heat Tool comes in handy, but I am happy to do something else while waiting for Shimmer Paint to dry.  Wipe your Embossing Buddy over the Paper.  With your image, stamp over Watercolour Paper using Versamark.  While still wet, apply Embossing Powder – White, over the image.  Tap excess into your Tray, and heat image using your Heat Tool.  I love embossing as I love to watch the Powder change colour….

Using an Aqua Painter and Poppy Parade, colour your image.  This is the best part, as you can pick up the ink and with your Painter, lighten or darken your image until you are happy with the result.  I kept mine light as I wanted to keep the whole card very clean.  I then stamped my sentiment directly over the Shimmer.

I’ve found using Shimmer Paint, even the bright colour inks will look soft once stamped.  It also gives a completely different to Watercolour Paper.

Adhere this stamped paper to Poppy Parade Cardstock.  Adhere ribbon to the Embossed Whisper White RHS and adhere Poppy Parade to this piece of Cardstock.  Tie bow and adhere to card.

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Fifth Avenue Floral, Sincere Salutations
Inks – Poppy Parade
Cardstock – Whisper White, Poppy Parade, Watercolour Paper
Embossing Folder – Perfect Polks Dots
Ribbon – 3/8″ Taffeta – White
Accessories – Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Embossing Powder – White, Shimmer Paint,
Embossing Buddy, Aqua Painter, Heat Tool, Bigshot
Tip – Sentiments like “Thinking of You”, “For You”, etc make for great cards,
as they cover all types of occasions.
Until next time, Enjoy!

Best Wishes…

Another card which I thought I would post today.  My Technique Class this week is Brayering….  Although it is a very basic card, I love the colours and the way it has turned out!
I’ve taken the card design from an old card pre-Stampin’ Up!®, twigged it here & there, added & subtracted…..
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Upsy Daisy, Warm Words
Ink – Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black, Versa-Mark
Cardstock – Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise
Punches – Large Oval, Scallop Oval
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Grosgrain Ribbon – Tempting Turquoise, Brayer, Stamping Buddy, Powder Pal Tray, Embossing Powder – Black, Heat Tool
Non-SU – Rhinestones, Staples – behind the ribbon
If you click Here it will take you directly to a small Tutorial on how to do Basic Brayering….. 
Why not give it a go or better still book in for the class this Wednesday, 11 May @ 1.00pm.
Just so you are aware, this won’t be the card we will be making….  they will be posted after the class!

SSSC64 – Congratulations…..

G’day Stampers,
It has been a couple of days since my last post, but had some great news last Saturday night & as a result this is the card I come up with using the sketch SSSC64 from “The Sweetest Thing” –

Knowing that red was a must and what goes with red, but black & white!  Then not being able to decide between the sets “Embrace Life” or “Eastern Blooms” –  the flower from “Eastern Blooms” winning out in the end, as I just love how the Heat Embossing Technique works on this flower.
I’ve changed the layout of the flowers a little.
Card –
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Eastern Blooms, Wonderful Words
Ink – Basic Black, Versa-Mark
Cardstock – Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Pretties Kit, 2-Way Glue,
3/4″ Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon*, Embossing Buddy,
Powder Tray, Embossing Powder – White, Heat Tool
* Summer Mini-Catalogue 2010
Congratulations Dannielle & Chis!