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July 20, 2014

031My mother gave me some photos recently of myself as a baby.  My parents lived with my grandparents when I was born and the photos are taken in their back yard with their dog Sandy, who apparently was very protective of me.  It was perfect timing because we just been told of the release of Project Life and I decided to scrap the photos using the Pocket Pages Stampin’ Up! were going to be releasing.040

The new kits hadn’t been released but I knew what Pocket Page layouts would be available and because the photos were so small, I scrapped each of the 4″ x 6″ pockets like a small page.  I am so happy with the way the pages turned out.  The designer series paper I used (Epic Day This & That) is now retired and so is the embossing folder (Framed Tulips), but I love that you can make these types of pages quickly and simply or you can get a little fancy.

036I used MDS to create some of the 3″ x 4″ pocket cards. I also used the This and That Washi Tape to make the hearts and added a few pockets of embossed card in matching colours – our colour co-ordination makes this so easy.033

I have lots more photos that my Mum gave me and this style of scrapbooking is going to make it much easier for me to actually get them into albums.   I hope you have all had a chance to try out Project Life in some form or another.

Bye for now,


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Hello Again

July 19, 2014

Thank you so much to those of you who left messages for me hoping everything was ok after my last post.  Unfortunately my mother-in-law passed away last Sunday rather suddenly, although she had been struggling with Chronic Lung Disease for many years.

So now I am home and back to posting regularly again – maybe!  I was  able to hold my catalogue launch last Saturday with my lovely customers, friends and downline.   I had two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  I  have lovely customers who have all become great friends.  I spent some time explaining the new catalogue and some of the new products before letting everyone try their hand at using the new Blendibilities.

Blendibilities are such fun but you do need to know a couple of things about them before you start using them.  Firstly they are alcohol markers and because of this the lids are quite tight which can make them a little difficult to get off.  Once you need to close the lid again, you need to make sure that the tip of the marker is aligned correctly inside the lid and the best way to do that is to lay the marker and lid on the table and slide them together.  You also need to use the correct ink to stamp your image and for our Blendibilities that ink is Memento Tuxedo Black.  This is a water based ink and will not blend with the alcohol markers, so you won’t get any smudging.

0094Ok, so what did we make, well we made a very simple card using the Bloom with Hope stamp set which is a Hostess set from the new catalogue.  This set is perfect for use with the Blendibilites.  I have already shared a couple of cards using this set and I am sure you will see many more over the coming year

The Whisper White card is embossed using the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder and attached to scored and folded Basic Black card.  A strip of Basic Black card has both long edges punched using the Scallop Edge Border Punch.   A strip of Cherry Cobbler card is attached and the piece is wrapped with Old Olive 1/8″ Tafetta Ribbon before attaching to the card front.  The image is stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured using the Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Blendibilites.  Once coloured the image panel is attached to Basic Black card and then the card front.  0104So that everyone had plenty of time to chat, look through the catalogue and view new product, I prepared all of the pieces for the ladies to take home and assemble their card later.

One of the wonderful things about Blendibilities is that they come in sets of three – light, medium and dark.  So for even a beginner or a colouring challenged person like me, you can get a really lovely effect by blending the colours as you go.   Unfortunately, the complete range shown in the catalogue is not available yet, however, six colours (Cherry Cobbler, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Rich Razzleberry) and the Skin Tone assortment are available.  As well you can purchase the Memento Tuxedo Black ink and refill, and the Colour Lifter.  The Colour Lifter lets you add even more high light to your images by moving the colour around and creating highlights in your image.

I had lots of product to show the ladies and tried to present the product in a finished card or project.  Of course I had to display the Project Life range including the smaller size 6″ x 8″ album and the 6″ x 8″ pocket pages. The Blendibilities with a few cards made using the Bloom with Hope Hostess stamp set and the In This Together stamp set. I had a few of the new embossing folders and the fantastic new Little Letters Thinlets.

I hope you have had a chance to spend some time looking through your catalogue and see all the beautiful new product.  I think it is a gorgeous catalogue with lovely photos and great projects to get us all inspired.

So that’s it from me today and thanks once again for all your support.

Bye for now,


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Missing you

July 14, 2014

So sorry I haven’t been posting lately.  I have a few family issues to resolve but should be back with you very soon.

Bye for now,


Hooray for Project Life

July 6, 2014

Here is a project I cased to show that the Project Life Cards can be used for things other than pocket scrapbooking – how about making a card.  This card was inspired by one that I found by Patty Bennett on Pinterest.  I changed a few things but love the idea.

030I rounded the corners of the Everyday Adventure Pocket Card using the Project Life Corner Punch and attached it to the card front.  I stamped the greeting from the Geometrical stamp set onto the centre of the pocket card using Bermuda Breeze ink.  I stamped the triangle images from the same stamp set onto Whisper White card using Bermuda Bay, Strawberry Slush and Crushed Curry ink and punched them out using the matching Triangle Punch.  I attached them to the left hand corner using dimensionals.  I punched the flowers from Bermuda Breeze, Strawberry Slush and Crushed Curry card using the punch from the new Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  031I attached the flowers to the card front and added small Basic Rhinestones to the centre.  I also added one slightly larger Basic Rhinestone to the Strawberry Slush triangle.

Inside the card, I stamped triangles using the same inks, punched them out and attached them to a strip of Whisper White card which I trimmed the card to fit inside the card. I punched one long edge of a strip of Pumpkin Pie card using the Scallop Border Punch and attached the triangle strip to the centre before attaching the whole piece to the inside of the card.

This is a simple card but I love that using the Pocket Card was a quick way to add a greeting without having to create additional mats.  Thanks Patty for the inspiration.

So again I hope that you are seeing these Pocket Cards will be a wonderful addition to your Craft Room in many different ways.

Bye for now,


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Moonlight and Butterflies

July 4, 2014

005The large circle on the sketch at Technostamper this week made me think of the Kinda Eclectic stamp set.  I teamed it with the more of the Moonlight Designer Series Paper stack.

I embossed Whisper White card using the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder and attached it to scored and folded Hello Honey card.  I attached a piece of the Hello Honey coloured designer series paper to the left hand side of the embossed card.  I stamped the “starburst” image from the Kinda Eclectic stamp set onto Whisper White card using Mossy Meadow ink, cut it out using one of the Circle Framelit Dies and attached over the designer series paper.  I cut another piece of the designer series paper using a Banner Framelit Die and attached it to the lower edge of the card front.  006I stamped the dotted image onto Whisper White card using Sahara Sand ink and stamped the greeting over the top using Basic Gray ink and again cut it out using a Banner Framelit Die.  The greeting is attached over the DSP banner.  I stamped the large butterfly using Blackberry Bliss ink and punched it out with the Elegant Butterfly Punch004 I stamped the small butterfly using Sahara Sand ink and punched it out using the Bitty Butterfly Punch.  The butterflies are attached to each other using Glue Dots and then the card front.  I like to add a Glue Dot in the centre of the large butterfly and 1/2 a dimensional under each wing just to give it a little lift.  I added three Basic Rhinestones to the centre of the butterflies.

Inside the card I stamped the starburst image again using Mossy Meadow ink and the dotted image using Smoky Slate ink.

This is such a great sketch and I think the card is just gorgeous.  What do you think?  I’m also a little bit in love with the Moonlight Designer Series Paper stack because it has such lovely designs and colours.

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Another New Colour

July 2, 2014

032Well I hope everyone has had a great time looking through the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue.  Mine is pretty well thumbed already  and even though I have placed my first order, my wish list is still long.

I used the sketch from the current challenge at Create with Connie and Mary to create this card and to showcase another new in-colour.

I embossed Sahara Sand card using the Arrow Embossing Folder and attached it to scored and folded Lost Lagoon card.  I attached a piece of designer series paper from the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack to Lost Lagoon card which has one long edge punched using the Scallop Border Punch before attaching it to the card front.  I cut a banner from Blackberry Bliss card and attached it to the centre of the designer series paper.  033I stamped the shell image from the By the Tide stamp set onto Whisper White card using Blackberry Bliss ink and cut it out using the smallest Oval Framelit Die.  I attached it to an oval cut from Sahara Sand card using one size larger Oval Framelit Die.  The ovals are attached to each other and then the card front using dimensionals.034

Inside the card I stamped the shell image using Blackberry Bliss ink, masked it and then stamped the seaweed image over the top using Lost Lagoon ink.  Another strip of the designer series paper is attached to Lost Lagoon card with one long edge punched using the Scallop Border Punch before being attached to the stamped card.

I really love the way the Blackberry Bliss colour pops on this card, what about you?  Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Bye for now,


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A New Arrival

July 1, 2014

The 2014/2015 Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalogue goes live today.  It is a beautiful catalogue with some fantastic new products.  You’ve heard me spruking about some of them already.  What’s not to love, new stamp sets, new Big Shot accessories, Project Life, Blendibilities.  Add to that the pages in the catalogue which list what products you need to re-create the samples and then there are the easy, moderate and advanced stamper pages.  If you don’t have a catalogue yet, click on the photo below to take you to the page where you can download a PDF, if you don’t have a demonstrator, contact me to find out how to go about getting one (sorry limited to those of you who live in Australia).


You will recall cards that I made for my daughter and my aunty using Blendibilities.  Well I will have a few more to share with you soon, however,  I thought I would share with you a quick video to demonstrate how fantastic our Blendibilites really are.

Now not all of the Blendibilites that are shown in the catalogue will be available today but these colours are and the remaining colours will be available on the 1st August.  So for now these are the colours and accessories you can buy.

  • Cherry Cobbler   (Item 130995 – $20.95)
  • Coastal Cabana  (Item 131000 – $20.95)
  • Daffodil Delight   (Item 130998 – $20.95)
  • Old Olive   (Item 130999 – $20.95)
  • Pumpkin Pie  (Item 130997 – $20.95)
  • Rich Razzleberry  (Item 131003 – $20.95)
  • Skin Tone Assortment (Item 129370 – $39.95)
  • Memento Ink Pad (Item 132708 – $9.95)
  • Memento Ink Refill (Item 133456 – $8.95)
  • Color Lifter  (Item 129369 – $8.95)

And just because I am so excited about this new Project Life range of products, here is a quick introduction by our CEO Shelli Gardner and Becky Higgins herself.

So now what are you waiting for, download the catalogue, make your shopping list and visit my online store to place your order.  I know that my wish list is long and I will be sharing new projects with you soon.

Bye for now,



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