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MDS Monday 88

October 31, 2014

I have been very busy creating projects for my All Day Class at the Retirement Village and haven’t had a chance to play along with any challenges, but this morning I made time to use the sketch challenge at MDS Monday.

MDSMonday-007I created my page using photos from my granddaughters birthday party at the local bowling alley.  The challenge was to use the sketch and have fun being playful and colourful.


I  used the Everyday Adventure Digital Project Life Cards – Digital Download to fill in the photo boxes on my page.   I love how bright and cheerful the colours are in this collection.  I added a few photos and some journalling but not too many embellishments.  My background is a paper from the Back to School Ensemble – Digital Download.   I recoloured the paper to match the blue in the bottom right hand photo box and changed the opacity so that it wasn’t quite as bright.

I love this page.  I also love how quick and easy it is to create with My Digital Studio.

Bye for now,


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Happy Birthday Jae

October 29, 2014

My granddaughter Jae celebrates her 6th birthday today.  You realise how old you are getting when you see your grandchildren growing up so quickly.

092I love making co-ordinated gifts for my family and friends, especially my grandchildren because they get quite excited to see what Nan has created.  Bless them!

093Anyway, Jae is like many youngsters her age and absolutely adores the movie Frozen.  I think she and her sister know every word to every song in the movie.  I wanted to create a card for her with a Frozen them and used my favourite medium to find this adorable Curvy Keepsake Box on PinterestSuzanne very kindly shared how she created her “Olaf” and I followed her directions to create my box.  We gave Jae some earrings and this was the perfect presentation box.  Thanks Suzanne.094

I decided to follow her idea and create a card with a punch art Olaf as well.  My background is created by stamping the “tree decoration” dots from the Festival of Trees stamp set using Versamark ink onto Whisper White card.  I embossed with White embossing powder and then sponged the whole area using Lost Lagoon ink.  I think it kind of looks like falling snow – maybe!!   The body of this Olaf is a 2-1/2″ Circle of Whisper White, the rest is as per Suzanne’s instructions.095

Inside the card, I created a mask and added more “snow”, leaving plenty of room for my message.  The tag is punched with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch1.  Again I masked the bottom of the tag and added some “snow”.  I wrapped Jae’s other present in the brown paper that Stampin’ Up! kindly supplies me with in every order.  I wrapped the parcel with Lost Lagoon Stitched Satin Ribbon and tied a knot.  I fed the tails of the ribbon through the tag from the back and pulled them tight.  This keeps my tag in place and adds a little more embellishment.

I’m pleased to say that the gifts and packaging met with complete approval from Jae and all the children.  Thank Goodness!

Bye for now,


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Hello December

October 27, 2014

017Can you believe how close Christmas is getting, not only are the shops (and the children) counting it down in weeks, but in days!  I’m not really organised, and haven’t even started thinking about presents.  However, I did make a start on my December Daily Memory Keeping Album (after all one has to get the priorities right!).   The Hello December Project Life Card Collection and matching Accessory Pack are perfect for creating this type of album.  The idea is that you document something from every day in December.  Now that sounds like a big deal but think of all the events that happen in December.  For me there are lot’s of end of year concerts and performances by my Grandchildren and then there is the tree decorating and the Christmas crafting.  Of course there is also the present wrapping and the Christmas baking too.   Not everything has to be about Christmas, there are always lots of things happening in our lives and it will be fun to see how much happens over the month.018

I purchased the 6″ x 8″ Cherry Product Life Album from the Holiday Supplement and two sets of  Variety Pack 6″ x 8″ Project Life Photo Pocket Pages.  I am going to the use the Hello December Card Collection and Accessory Pack to document my December.   I also have a few stamp sets which I think will be useful to complete this album – 25 Days, Project Life Remember This and Project Life Holiday Cheer.

This should be a fun album to look back on when my grandchildren get older.   Our Christmas will be busy this year as my sister, niece and her husband are going to be visiting from Western Australia to celebrate with us.

019Anyway, I have created the first page which I don’t anticipate will have any photographs, but I can always change my mind.   I have also gone through my pocket pages and added in a few of the cards from the Hello December Card Collection to make it easier to document the days.  Of course, because they are only slipped into the pockets I can certainly change my mind and re-arrange, according to when certain things happen.   So, from time to time I will share the new pages I create for this album, but you will have to wait till December.

I have never created this type of album before but I am loving that the Project Life by Stampin’ Up! products are making it much easier for me to keep up with my Memory Keeping.

Bye for now,


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Memory Keeping Fun

October 25, 2014

025Just wanted to say thank you to those ladies (and a couple of gorgeous kids) that attended my Memory Keeping night last night.  We had a blast getting together and getting some memory keeping done. I had created a 12″ x 12″ page that we completed together and which we can use to add a photo from either a Christmas past or maybe even this year. The fun thing about Project Life by Stampin’ Up! is that most of the Card Collections are available as Digital Downloads for My Digital Studio, so I was able to print out the cards so that everyone could make the same page. Such fun.0273

The cards are all part of the Seasonal Snapshot Digital Project Life Cards – Digital Download which is the same as the Seasonal Snapshot Project Life Card Collection that can be found in your Holiday Catalogue,.  I also used the Season of Style Pocket Cards -Digital Download to create the saying and the Wishing You Stamp Brush Set – Digital Downlaod to create the present.   Adding colour to the images is so easy in My Digital Studio.   The banner is created by cutting up two of the Seasonal Snapshot Digital Project Life 4″ x 6″ cards and creating the tails.  The card stock colours are taken from the colours used in the collection with the exception of the Early Expresso which I think tones in nicely with the colours used.  The background of our page uses the Stars Decorative Mask.  We sponged on Sahara Sand ink to create a starry background for our page.

I look forward to getting together again  to get our photos off the phone or computer and for me, out of boxes and onto pages and into pockects so that they can be enjoyed by everyone.

Bye for now,


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Holiday Supplement – Available Now

October 20, 2014

I’ve been a little quiet this week, as I have been laid up with a sore foot, but couldn’t miss out on some crafting yesterday because my pre-order from the Holiday Supplement arrived.

20141020_holidaysupplement_en-spStampin’ Up! has released this very mini catalogue with some exclusive Christmas crafting products.  My first creation is the very largest star from the Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit.  When I say large, I mean large, this star is around 15″ wide.  It was easy to put together because the pieces are all pre-cut for you.  I had to push out the die-cut stars and then attach the side strips – can you believe it, they already have the adhesive on them – yay!  It didn’t take long to attach them and then all of the additional pieces are die cut as well.


I simply cased the star on the front of the Holiday Supplement to create mine.  This kit contains enough product to complete 26 stars, only one of the largest star, but 5 each of the remaining 5 sizes.  You get beautiful wooden snowflakes in three sizes, silver sequins, gold small stars, gold accents and words, six bows, tags, flags and more.  These is also lots of Gold Baker’s Twine, so you can add bows to your embellishments.  Can you tell, I love this kit.

002My ladies are going to be making a few of these stars in different sizes in our Christmas Decoration Class in November.   They could easily be adapted to hang on your tree, they would look so cute, especially the smaller ones.

The catalogue also contains four stamp sets, one which matches our Star Framelit Dies and one especially designed to go with the Project Life Hello December Card Collection and Accessory Pack also in the Holiday Suppplement.  There is a fabulous Simply Created Watercolour Winter Simply Created Card Kit too.

There is one big catch to this Supplement and that is everything is only available WHILE STOCKS LAST, so do not delay, if you want anything from this catalogue then you need to order it sooner, rather than later.

You can view the catalogue online if you follow the link in my side-bar, if you don’t have a demonstrator, then contact me so that I can get a catalogue to you.

I’m sure you are going to love this catalogue, it really is fabulous.

Bye for now,


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Starry Birthday Card

October 16, 2014

Well here I am again, sharing a card I made after being inspired by one on Pinterest.  The three cards were shared by Darlene McCallum and I absolutely loved them.

I punched a strip of Whisper White card using the Confetti Stars Punch and attached it to Early Expresso card.  I scored and folded a piece of Crumb Cake card (14.8cm x 10.5cm, scored in half on the 10.5cm length) and attached the punched card piece.  I cut Crumb Cake card using the fourth smallest Star Framelit Die and attached it to the back of the scored card.  I cut three stars from Marina Mist card using the three smallest Star Framelit Dies.  They are stacked on top of each other using dimensionals and then attached to the card front so that they nest on top of the Crumb Cake star.  I attached one of the small Whisper White stars punched with the Confetti Stars Punch to the centre.  I stamped the greeting from the Petite Pairs stamp set onto Whisper White card using Early Expresso ink and punched it out using the 1-1/4″ Circle Punch.  I attached it to 1-3/8″ circle of Early Expresso card and then the card front.

046Inside I stamped the greeting from the Pictogram Punches stamp set using Early Expresso ink.  I punched a star from Marina Mist card using the Heart Punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch and attach over the stamped star.   It is a little tricky to open the card but there is plenty of room to add a personal message.

044I love this card and as Darlene suggests it would make a great name place card for a special occasion as well.

Let me know what you think.

Bye for now,


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A Christmas Case

October 13, 2014

I found this gorgeous card on Pinterest by Kreative Kristie and new that I could make it with current Stampin’ Up! product.   This is Kristie’s card.

1f3cd9cad31140488d3b30ae588383d6I stamped the same Hardwood Background stamp on Pear Pizzazz card using Garden Green ink.  I attached it to Whisper White card and wrapped the join with Pear Pizzazz 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon.  I wrapped Whisper White Baker’s Twine over the Cotton Ribbon and tied on one of the All is Calm Snowflake Embellishments.

026I attached the Whisper White card  to scored and folded Pear Pizzazz card.  I used “noel” from the Wonderous Wreath Framelit Dies to cut Pear Pizzazz card and attached it to the card front.

027Inside the card I stamped Pear Pizzazz card with the Hardwood Background using Garden Green ink, attached it to Whisper White card and wrapped it with the Pear Pizzazz 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon.  After I attached the panel to the inside of the card, I cut Brushed Silver card using the two smallest Star Framelit Dies – one inside the other – to create two stars.  I attached these to the inside of the card and added another small star punched using the Star Punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.

028I love this card and am so grateful to Kristie for the inspiration.  What do you think? Isn’t it Gorgeous?

Bye for now,


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