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Stamping All Day

November 25, 2015

0053Once a year I hold an all day event at the Beachmere Retirement Village.  We begin our day at 9am and finish when all projects are completed.  We bring morning tea and lunch to share and all in all have a wonderful, although a little tiring day.

This year we made five projects – a Framed Art Piece, a Gift Box, a Tea Light Holder, a Triangle card, and a Bendi Fold card.

Since I haven’t shared a tutorial with you in a while I thought that some of you may be interested in making this framed art.  We created four panels, two each of two different sizes to fit on a full A4 sheet of Thick Whisper White card.  When I create these pieces, I try to use product from the current Holiday Catalogue.  The Christmas Tree panel was inspired by one that I found on Pinterest – isn’t it just adorable.  My frame is recessed so that I could add some dimension to the panels if required.  Would you like to create this project, well you can, simply click on the link below to download your instructions and then start creating.

Download your tutorial here.

I would love to see your finished samples.


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20% OFF! and Retiring List!

November 16, 2015


EDITED:  I believe this sale applies to the Australian and New Zealand markets only!

ToolKit_20-Stamps_Ecard_11.16.2015_EU_SPFrom today for just 5 days Stampin’ Up! has discounted selected stamp sets by 20%.  That’s a huge saving!.  Download the PDF to see which of your must have stamp sets are discounted.  You won’t be able to delay, order the ones you want immediately or miss out on this fabulous deal.  You can place your order directly at my online store.

ecard_HM-Retiring_dbws_11.23.15_SP_UKJust to add to the excitement Stampin’ Up! has released the retiring list for the Holiday Catalogue.  While this catalogue doesn’t end until the 4th January, products also have the disclaimer “while stocks last”, so if you want something from this catalogue, you need to purchase it as soon as possible to ensure you don’t miss out.  So download the PDF and shop to your hearts content and then visit my online store to place your order.

Have a fabulous time checking out the specials and be sure to visit my online store to place your order and don’t forget the discount only lasts 5 days.

Bye for now,


Another Birthday

November 10, 2015

My family seems to love having birthdays in groups and this past month is no different.  Last week was my son-in-laws birthday as well as my niece!  Thought I would share with you the card that I made for Jason.

I actually had a card sitting on my bookshelf which used this particular layout and I thought that I would use it again for Jason’s card.  I began by attaching Whisper White card to scored and folded Night of Navy card.  I stamped the striped image from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set onto Whisper White card using Night of Navy ink.  I sponged around the edges using the same ink, attached it to Night of Navy card and then to Whisper White card.Jasons-birthday-2015-4  I stamped the triangle image from the Dotty Angles stamp set onto Whisper White card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, sponged the edges with the same ink and attached it to Basic Black card.  The panel is attached to the Whisper White card over the Night of Navy panel.  I stamped the car from the Guy Greetings stamp set onto Whisper White card using the Memento Tuxedo Black ink and attached it to Basic Black card.  The image panel is attached to the card front using dimensionals.  Lastly I added three Basic Black Candy Dots from the Neutrals Candy Dots collection to the upper right hand corner.  Simple.

Jasons-birthday-2015It’s not hard to buy for either of my sons-in-law a bottle of their favourite bourbon or rum always goes down a treat and this year was no exception.  I used the two largest Banners Framelits Dies to cut Whisper White and Basic Black card.  I stamped “to and from” using the image in the Merry Everything stamp set and a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.   I also stamped the car again using the Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The tags are scored and a 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle is punched through the end.  This gives you a way to hang the tag from the bottle, no extra wrapping.   He did get a little something extra and once again I used the brown paper that Stampin’ Up! supplies in my orders to wrap it.

All in all it went down a treat.

Bye for now,


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November Class

November 5, 2015

001Thought you might be interested to see what projects we will be making in the November Class.   This is my last class for the year and it will be lots of fun.  We are going to make a Framed Art piece as well as 3 extra special cards.  You can use the framed art to update the one we made last year.  I am so excited for you to be making the Bendi Fold and Triangle cards.  There is something extra special and magical about making cards that are able to stand on their own and are not “flat”.

If you live in or near Narangba (Brisbane, Qld) and would like to attend this class, then check out my Classes and Workshops page where you can find the dates and all the other details you need.

Bye for now,



Turning 7

October 31, 2015

My granddaughter Jae celebrated her 7th birthday on Thursday.  How quickly she is growing up!   Like all little girls her age she loves the movie Frozen, so I used Pinterest to get some inspiration to make her a frozen card.  I embossed the Whisper White card using the Softly Falling Embossing Folder and attached it to scored and folded Soft Sky card.  I cut Soft Sky card using my Dress Up Framelits (retired but with 4 granddaughters I couldn’t let this one go) I trimmed the bodice, covered it in Versamark and sprinkled with Heat & Stick powder and Dazzling Details combined and then heat set it.  Jaes-7th-birthday-4I cut one more full dress and two more skirts and layered them together.  I added lots of Basic Rhinestones – a girls gotta have bling!  The greeting from the Petite Pairs stamp is stamped in Soft Sky on Whisper White card, punched using the Large Oval Punch and attached to a Soft Sky Scalloped Oval.  Inside I just added the second part of the birthday greeting and a piece of Soft Sky card embossed using the Softly Falling Embossing FolderJaes-7th-birthday-3Of course you have to have matching decoration on the gift bag, so once again I embossed Whisper White card using the Softly Falling Embossing Folder and attached it to Soft Sky card.  I stamped the greeting from the Happy Birthday Everyone Hostess Stamp Set onto Whisper White card using Soft Sky ink and cut it out using the largest Oval Collection Framelits Die.  The greeting is attached to the Soft Sky Scalloped Oval Framelit from the Oval Collection Framelits DiesJaes-7th-birthday I punched three flowers from Soft Sky card using the Petite Petals Punch, added a little dimension and a couple of sets of leaves punched from Soft Sky card using the Bird Builder Punch.  Lastly I added a large Basic Pearl to the centre of the flowers.  Her present included a small set of books which would not fit inside the gift bag so I used the brown paper that Stampin’ Up! supplies in my orders to wrap them.

I’m pleased to say that Jae loved her presents, card and gift bag.  Success!

Bye for now,



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A Pretty Box

October 21, 2015

022The bonus project for last month’s card class was this cute little Pillow Box.  Who knew they could be gorgeous and practical too!  The box pieces were cut from Kraft Card which is sold in 12″ x 12″ packs of 12 and is a little thicker than our normal card and therefore perfect for boxes.    Once you have cut out the box pieces you need to make sure that you have folded all the score lines very well, especially the curved ends which hold the box closed.  We used Fast Fuse to hold our boxes together which made it a very quick and easy.  024The front is decorated with half a Tea Lace Paper Doily and Natural 5/8″ Chevron Ribbon which covers the cut edge of the Paper Doily.  The ribbon is joined on the front of the box, again with Fast Fuse.  The flower is created by stamping the image from the Reason for the Season stamp set onto Garden Green card once and Cherry Cobbler Card twice using Basic Black Archival ink.  We cut out the whole Garden Green image, one full flower from a Cherry Cobbler image and a smaller section from the middle of the flower for the last Cherry Cobbler image.  The full Cherry Cobbler flower is attached flat to the Garden Green image and the smaller flower is attached to the centre of the full flower using dimensionals.  Lastly I added three tiny Basic Pearls to the centre of the flower.  The flower is attached to the front of the box using Fast Fuse.

I love this box and I am quite impressed at how large it actually is.  This will be gorgeous under my tree this year.

I’d love to hear what you think of my pillow box and if you have made any yourself.

Bye for now,


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October 17, 2015

Unfortunately I had to make a sympathy card this week and found some inspiration in the sketch challenge at Sketch Frenzy Friday.

I attached Whisper White card to scored and folded Sahara Sand card.  I inked the image from the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set using Wisteria Wonder and Wild Wasabi Stampin’ Write Markers, stamped onto Whisper White card and cut the image using one of the Circles Collection Framelits Dies.  I cut a Circle of Sahara Sand card and attached the image panel to it, before attaching the piece to the card front.  039I embossed a strip of Wisteria Wonder card using the Brick Wall Embossing Folder and attached it to the left hand side of the card front.  I inked “Thinking of You” using the Wisteria Wonder Stampin’ Write Marker, stamped onto Whisper White card and punched the image using the Large Oval Punch040 I attached the greeting to a Sahara Sand Scalloped Oval before attaching to the card front.

To decorate the inside panel I stamped the tree image from the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set onto Whisper White card using Wild Wasabi ink.  I embossed a strip of Wisteria Wonder card, again using the Brick Wall Embossing Folder and attached it to the bottom of the stamped card.

These cards are never fun to make but I think this has turned out very nicely.  What about you, what do you think?

Bye for now,


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