Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Dianne's drawers

This was the gift I made for my Secret 'Santee'. 
 In the 'Naughty' drawer was Hershey Kisses chocolates and in the 'Nice' drawer some lovely embellishments from the new Summer mini catalogue. In the 'Sparkly and Bright' drawer was crochet trim and glitter in little pots.There was another part with patterned papers and Rafaello white chocolates.
I found the tutorial for these drawers on Splitcoast Stampers - such a great resource.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Welcome Christmas

Last week was fun for stampings sake.
We had our annual Christmas Party for our Stampin' Up! team. You can choose to participate in a Secret Santa gift giving thing or not and I did so the first thing was to send a Christmas Card to the person you've been given - can you call them a Secret Santee?
I decided to use the Welcome Christmas stamp set as it's so beautiful. I love the silhouette images and thought it's like looking in through a window and peeking at another family sharing a special moment - perhaps it's the voyeurist in me!
SO that's where the inspiration for this card came from. It took quite a while and my first feedback was from hubby 'wow that's busy!' - gee thanks!
and it's quite outside my usual style but I am quite happy with it.
I'll be back later with the gift I made.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

December frenzy is on now!

Stampin' Up! have announced some fantastic specials for this month.Some wonderful stocking stuffers  and bigger gifts too - things that maybe you've had your eye on for a while that at these prices are hard to resist!!

Item Page  Description  Retail Price   Sale Price
119181  39  A Little Treat Wood-Mount Stamp Set  $21.95  $10.98
120018  39  A Little Treat Clear-Mount Stamp Set  $15.95 $7.98
119189   40  Tote-Ally Tess Wood-Mount Stamp Set   $37.95   $26.57
111255   43  Daisy Dash Jumbo Stampin’ Around Wheel $15.95 $9.57
121482   56   Baby Bundle Wood-Mount Stamp Set   $49.95 $34.97
119161   72   Autumn Days Wood-Mount Stamp Set  $38.95   $19.48
120012   77   Pendant Park Clear-Mount Stamp Set   $27.95   $13.98
113031   88   Tart & Tangy Wood-Mount Stamp Set   $21.95   $15.37
115806   91   Fresh Cuts Wood-Mount Stamp Set   $38.95   $27.27
115946   102   Wonderful Favorites Wood-Mount Stamp Set   $39.95   $23.97
119167   104   Heard from the Heart Wood-Mount Stamp Set   $38.95   $23.37
119185   105   Teeny Tiny Sentiments Wood-Mount Stamp Set   $62.95   $31.48
116681   161   Kind Heart Wood-Mount Stamp Set    $11.95   $5.98

105115   118   Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker   $5.75   $4.03
105106   119   Certainly Celery Stampin’ Write Marker   $5.75   $3.45
100045   119   Pretty in Pink Stampin’ Write Marker   $5.75   $3.45
105114   119   So Saffron Stampin’ Write Marker   $5.75   $3.45
105111   119   Bashful Blue Stampin’ Write Marker   $5.75   $3.45
105108   119   Regal Rose Stampin’ Write Marker   $5.75   $3.45
105109   120   Bravo Burgundy Stampin’ Write Marker   $5.75   $3.45
100069   120   Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker   $5.75   $4.03
100082   121   Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker   $5.75   $3.45

103104   122   Small Cello Bags   $7.50   $4.50
111325   140   Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware   $57.95   $28.98
112530   140   Circle Scissor Plus   $54.95   $32.97  

Email me to place an order.
Click on the flyer to go to a larger copy.


Tuesday, 30 November 2010

last day to get free ribbon

Today is the last day to get FREE ribbon to use on all your Christmas cards, crafts and gifts. Email me to take advantage of the special offer.  
This card was made using Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla cardstock, Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso Ink, the Ornament punch, Delightful Decorations stamp set, Jolly Holly DS paper, Scallop Trim punch and the sentiment is from Occasional Greetings.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

into your heart

I think this stamp set is so sweet I just love the (very 1950s) image of the family around the tree placing the star on top! Such a lovely moment to think about. We here are excited about setting up our tree, decorations and lights and it's only one week til we can - though we might start early on Sunday while we have time!

These are cards I've done at workshops this month so I've used the stamp set and NEW designer Series paper and FREE ribbon you can get with this months special bundles.
Email me to get yours!
Ingredients: Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper (NEW), Soft Suede, Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White, brads, Dimensionals, Real Red 3/4" Polka Dot grosgrain ribbon (FREE), Mistletoe ribbon originals (FREE)

Friday, 12 November 2010

elegant birthday

Elegant Lines is such a beautiful Textured Impressions folder from the Stampin' Up! IB&C. It is so easy to make elegant cards with it. 

I put the Baja Breeze cardstock through the Big Shot using the folder sideways so I had the blank space at the bottom. The ribbon then covers over the edge of the impression and joins underneath the sentiment. I punched along the bottom edge using the Scallop Trim punch which allowed room to see a bit of the inside of the card. Using the Elegant Soiree DS paper that matches I attached a strip to the bottom edge of the inside that also has one edge punched with the Scallop trim punch. The sentiment from Perfect punches is a really simple finishing touch. 

Monday, 8 November 2010

contempo ornament

Isn't this ribbon just stunning?
I tried a few different things on this card and am quite pleased with the result though it's not my usual style. The Contempo Ornament set caught my eye - it's such a beautiful design on the ornament and a stylish font for the greeting. The Vintage Wallpaper Impressions Folder for the Big Shot is hard to go past - it looks good on anything just about!. For a change I used Soft Suede and Cherry Cobbler with Whisper White for the highlights.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

just believe

I so love this stamp set "Just Believe". It was the first one to get on my wish list from the new catalogue.  
I think it is so easy to do simple and elegant cards with it - just love it.

Teamed up with a stamped paper gift bag - so easy to give lovely gifts.


Ingredients: Crumb cake, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Old Olive,

Saturday, 16 October 2010

FREE RIBBON! Dressing Up Christmas Promo

Create beautiful packaging to fit any Christmas gift with exclusive products from Stampin’ Up!®
This Christmas season there are two ways to get FREE exclusive ribbon: get one spool of ribbon when you purchase a Christmas gift-giving bundle and one spool of ribbon when you host a $550 aus/$600 nzd workshop!

Gifted Bundle
Gifted Set and Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper
Wood-mount 124041; $66.90   Clear-mount 124042; $56.90 

Welcome Christmas Bundle
Welcome Christmas Set and Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper
Wood-mount 124045; $69.90  Clear-mount 124046; $59.90

Season of Joy Bundle
Season of Joy Set and So Swirly Stampin’ Around Wheel
Wood-mount 124043; $67.90

Delightful Decorations Bundle
Delightful Decorations Set and Ornament Punch
Wood-mount 124044; $72.90

You choose one of these Ribbons for FREE with each bundle purchased.

115608 | Real Red 3/4" Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon retail value $19.95
116792 | Mistletoe Ribbon Originals retail value $21.95
116795 | Sleigh Bells Ribbon retail value $15.95
113099 | Riding Hood Red 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon retail value $19.95

 Valid from 16th Oct to 30th Nov2010. Email me to place your order.

Friday, 15 October 2010

Blue Monsters and 1 y.o.'s = a dangerous combination

WOW! there has been so much going on I feel like I've hardly been able to breathe!
School holidays held some thing new every day and we had Joshua's 1st birthday party and my mum staying so it's been full on in our house and I've hardly touched the computer let alone my blog!
Much to show though.
The New Catalogue launch was a great success. The winners of the Lucky Door prize were Elva and Erika - "E" was obviously the letter of the day. Which reminds me of Joshua's birthday party -we had a Sesame Street party the invitations were using the characters I'd made in this post.
 But more of that later...back to the launch. We had the goody bags ready to go and the cupcake picks looked very cute but I forgot to take a photo - was too busy demonstrating the make and takes, showing samples, giving out the special offers and goody bags to remember!
 I have managed to do a fair bit of creating and should be back with more soon. 

In the meantime here are the cupcakes we had at Josh's party

and his birthday cake.

It was big cupcakes pushed close together and iced as one and then two extras iced as the googly eyes on top. I saw the idea online and thought it was very clever.

But the funniest part of the party was that we had a real Cookie Monster in our midst!

 If you look carefully you'll notice that the big cookie was gone by the time we sang Happy Birthday! We have no confession but an eyewitness testifies to seeing Josh's great Uncle munching on a  rather large cookie early on in the party!!!! How funny!

Here is the birthday boy and his cousin enjoying Pass the Parcel.  

And opening presents with Great Aunt and Grandma {I love this photo}.

Needless to say the boy had a great day and the rainy weather didn't bother us.

The jelly cups were a hit however come with a warning ~ combine a Cookie Monster jelly cup with a Cookie Monster blue iced cupcake and, believe me, you do not want to see the effect of that on a nappy the next day!
Back with more later. 

Thursday, 23 September 2010

New Catalogue Launch Party!

On Saturday I am hosting my New Catalogue Launch Party. 

Come and enjoy some bubbly and cupcakes while you check out Stampin' Up!'s new goodies. There will bee some very Special Offers, you'll be able to join in a make and take (or two!),
there will be a goody bag to take home and you might even win a Lucky Door prize!

When: Saturday 25th September

Time: 2:30 - 4pm

Cost:$10 payable on the day ( includes a copy of the new catalogue and a gift voucher)

RSVP Friday 14th Sept Midday

If you cant make it along but would still like a copy of the new catalogue email me. They are $15 including postage to you and you will receive a gift voucher with it!

Hope to see you Saturday!

Monday, 13 September 2010

neighbourhood wheel

My nephew and his wife, {Hi Mark & Lauren (actually Happy Birthday Lauren!)} have moved into their first house together and had a house-warming which we couldn't attend unfortunately. 
The best gift I thought I could send to them were thank you cards. 

The Neighbourhood wheel which is in the new Stampin' Up! catalogue is very cute and a perfect choice. 

I also got out my SAB set Good Neighbour and teamed with the Funky Forest wheel it worked great for variation. 

I played around with various colour combos and enjoyed raising some images up on Dimensionals.

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Always a Cute Bunny

My niece made this card while she was staying with us recently while her mum while she was in hospital. Isn't it gorgeous?
She just loved making it and the sentiment was just perfect for her mum. 
The inside is full of creatures from Fox and Friends - we had to make sure she left room to write in it!

Ingredients: Always, Forest Friends, Polka Dot Impressions Folder, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Going Grey (retired)

Friday, 10 September 2010

Boho Blossom punch wreath

I've received my box of goodies from the new catalogue and am working on lots of delicious new samples but to tide you over here is a design inspired by a card in the new catalogue made using the Boho Blossom punch. 

These three wreaths have all been made using the two smaller flowers from the punch and I have embellished each a little differently. You can't see but I've stamped the background with stamps from the Season Of Joy set.

One I have punched the smallest flower in real Red and cut it into quarters which gives the four hearts. I then used Crystal Effects all over it to give the shiny effect.

Another I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch little berries out of red cardstock and glued them on in  threes.
And finally I stamped the small flower from Season of Joy and cut them out to embellish.

Ingredients: Season of Joy stamp set,  Boho Blossom punch, Old Olive, Kiwi Kiss (retired) Real Red

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Fantastic Starter Kit Special

Join Stampin’ Up! during the month of September and get a complete set of In Colors – that’s Classic Stampin’ Pads™, Stampin’ Write™ Markers, and an assortment of card stock – completely FREE along with your demonstrator Starter Kit. The Starter Kit has over $415 aud/ $590 nzd worth of stamping and business supplies and is always a great deal at only $289 aud/ $339 nzd. Add the value of the free In Colors ($84.90 aud/ $100.90 nzd), and there is no better time to become a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!

Stampin' Up!'s new Idea Book & Catalogue

Stampin ' Up!'s new Idea Book & Catalogue is here. You can view it online if you click here.
 It's full of wonderful things that you can now order.
Email me to order from it or get your own copy.

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Stampers Anonymous Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stampers Anonymous SU blog tour! Tonight we are delighted to show you projects using products from the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalogue.

You may have just come from Kerry Bunting's blog but if you are starting here, don’t worry … you can make the complete tour just by following the links at the end of each post. There are 14 stops along the way and please feel free to leave some comment love along the way …
At the end of each post there will be a link to take you to the next stop on the tour.
So grab a hot choc, scroll down, click on and enjoy!

I've started with two of my favourites sets from the new catty. The 'Woodgrain' background stamp - isn't it just fantastic? I can see this being very useful - especially for cards for the men. I stamped it in Chocolate Chip ink on Soft Suede cardstock.
 Then  I've stamped the sentiment from 'Sparkly & Bright', the cute new Christmas Stamp set, on a piece of Old Olive cardstock in Chocolate Chip and the background sparkle stamp in Old Olive. Then using my 2way Glue pen sparkled it up with some Olive Fine Supernova glitter. I stamped the reindeer in Chocolate Chip and coloured the nose with my Real Red marker and getting out my 2way glue pen again covered Mr Reindeer in Chocolate  Fine Supernova. Well with a name of 'Sparkly and Bright'  it is just asking for glitter right!?!

I punched him out with my 1 3/4" circle punch and then layered 2 round tabs in Real Red behind.
Easy really!

Next I wanted to try a fun card that the boys would love. I've kept with Sparkly & Bright and made a viewfinder card. When you turn the white (and sparkly) tabs the different images from the stamp set rotate.
We start with Mr Claus himself.

I've used a Build-a-Brad as the splitpin that holds it all together and allows the white piece to turn. Santa's face just fit perfectly in the circle for the Brad.

Next we have the stocking

the tree

Mr Reindeer again

Hope you've enjoyed my rather Christmas focused efforts!

Now you’re off to enjoy the wonderful creations of Lorna Casha. Thanks for stopping by!

If you happen to lose your way here’s a list of all participants.
1. Fiona Harvey
2. Juliette Chapman
3. Kerry Bunting
4. Kirrily Matthews
5. Lorna Casha
6. Marelle Taylor
7. Meighan Wheller
8. Melissa Gillis
9. Michelle Marchant
10. Nikki Stalker
11. Sally Williams
12. Sam Coppack
13. Sandy Quail
14. Sharon Wilson

Big Deal and Outlined alphabets farewell

I am so sad to see these alphabets go - last day to get them! They are so versatile and have served me well and will continue to to I know! My nieces in QLD recently had birthdays and I had these Pukka Notepads put aside for them so sat down with another niece to create personalised covers for them.

I just love Stampin' Up!'s Manhattan Rose Embossing folder for the Big Shot. It is just so completely elegant and easy and quick - a winning combination. I used the Outline alphabet for Eliza-Jane's one and finished it off with the Build-A-Brad using a flower from the 'Always' stamp set. Colours Baja Breeze and Regal Rose.


Then for Tianna's I wanted a brighter, bolder more fun look so used the Big Deal alphabet and Polka Dot Embossing Folder in the Big Shot.
I stamped her name in yellow first then filled them with the small flowers from the Cottage Garden stamp set in Rose Red and Baja Breeze. 

I then stamped the name again in Versamark over the top roughly and embossed with clear embossing powder. Using my brayer I rolled Rich Razzleberry all over the and wiped the excess off the letters to reveal the flowery name - cute!   And finished with a Build-A-Brad using another flower from Cottage Garden in Baja Breeze. Colours Rose Red, So Saffron, Baja Breeze and Rich Razzleberry.
I'm loving the Build-A-Brads - they are lots of fun to use.
Come back at 9pm tonight to do a tour of the new catalogue with our team Blog Hop.

Monday, 30 August 2010

in my soup!

Animal Crackers is one of the cute stamp sets leaving us on the Last Chance list. How cute is this little giraffe - hard to go past! 
I had fun with the scraps from my DS papers. I think this might have 2 different types on it. Urban Oasis is the green and Windsor Knot is the brown and yellow striped pieces. I just outlined the giraffe with markers to give colour to the image.
Animal Crackers $34.95
 Urban Garden DS paper is a crazy 50% OFF at $8.48
Windsor Knot is 25% OFF at  $12.71
Email me to place an order.


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