Thursday, 27 December 2012

Finishing Some Unfinished Projects

I had a very productive day today just spending time finishing off some of the projects which we started at the Brisbane Heartfelt Event in November.

It was just nice to be able to create something non Christmas and to have all the instructions to follow so that there was not a lot of thinking involved.

However, I must have relaxed a bit too much as one of the projects needed a vellum envelope to be created for the cards - but as I don't own the Scoring Tool (yet) - still on my wish list - I didn't quite get my dimensions correct - so no envelope for me.  They still look cute tied up with the Baker's Twine though.

 So here are the finished projects.  I am loving the Clockworks Stamp Set and the gorgeous colour combination chosen by Stampin'Up! of Basic Grey, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, More Mustard, Gumball Green, Very Vanilla.

There were four projects included.  These being:

6" x 6" Scrapbook Layout
"One in a Million" Notebook
Clockworks Note Cards (Should have had a vellum envelope)
Two Tags Box with Notecards

Monday, 24 December 2012

Merry Christmas

Well it has been a very big year for me, particularly the last few months where I have been attending a lot of markets, fetes, fundraisers and craft shows.  I would like to thank everyone who visited me at these events and supported my little business.  I am looking forward to another great year  in 2013 and would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year.


Decorated Gift Bags

I recently found some of these cute little brown paper bags in my stash of goodies - it's amazing what you find that you have totally forgotten you had.  Anyway, I decided to decorate them up as Christmas Gift Bags.  I am really pleased with the way they turned out.

I just used various bits and pieces that I had left over from all the crafting I have been doing over the last few months for the markets etc that I have been attending.

I think I shall be making more of these in the future.

Supplies used:  Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso Cardstock, Glimmer Paper, Seam Binding, Ribbons, Various DSP,  Snow Flurry Die, Doily Die 

Clearance Rack - Sale

Stampin'Up! are having a massive sale of selected retired products from last year's catalogue.  There are some fantastic savings to be had and I have added links to each week's list for you to check out.

Items are selling out fast, so if you would like to place an order, please check out each list and email me your order as soon as possible, so that I can place the order as soon as each week is open for ordering.

Here are the links for each week's specials.

21 December - 3 January                      4 January - 10 January                  11 January - 20 January

All items are from the previous year's catalogue and I have also added the link to the online catalogue for your convenience here 2011/2012 Catalogue.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Gingerbread Men

 I am loving the cute little Gingerbread Man from the Scentsational Season Stamp Set.  It makes creating these cards and cash/gift card wallets so easy, especially when they have matching framelit dies.  For even greater value you can purchase the Scentsational Season Bundle (Stamp Set and Holiday Collection Framelit Dies) and save  15%.   Also, just a little hint, I have been creating the little santa hats by using the bird's wing from the Bird Builder Punch.  So much easier than cutting them all by hand.

Supplies used:

Card:  Cardstock - Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vintage, DSP - Be of Good Cheer, Ink Pads - Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Stamp Sets - Scentsational Season (Merry Christmas from a retired set), Punches - Word Window and Modern Label, Dies - Holiday Collection Framelits, Houndstooth Embossing Folder, Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine, Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details

Cash/Gift Card Wallet:  Cardstock - Whisper White, Real Red, (Retired DSP), Inkpad - Real Red, Stamp Sets - Scentsational Season (Merry Christmas from a retired set), Punches - Word Window and Modern Label, Scallop Trim Border, Houndstooth Embossing Folder, Holiday Collection Framelits, Bird Builder Punch, Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine, Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details.

Friday, 7 December 2012

I Have Gone Santa Crazy

I have been creating lots of cute little punch art Santas for various projects for the markets.

Here they have been made into Christmas cards and I have also attached them as toppers for the lollies.

All you need are a few punches and you too can create these little cuties

The punches I have used are:  Ornament (Beard), Extra-Large Oval (Head and Hat), Large Oval (Pink Face), Bird Builder (Moustache), Itty Bitty Shapes Circle (Nose, Mouth, Eyes and Pom Pom).

Don't forget that Stampin'Up! also has these great little Cellophane Treat Bags in their Annual Catalogue.  Perfect for all sorts of goodies.  These ones I have filled with M & M's.  I have also filled some with White Snow Balls (Snowman's Poop) and Chocolate Bullets (Reindeer Poop) making great stocking fillers for the kids this Christmas.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

A Basketful of ???

Well I have been so busy creating more Christmas Goodies for the next couple of markets that I will be holding a stall at.  Here is a little preview of a basketful of .............. (what do you think they are?)

If you guessed "Lindt Chocolate Sliders" then you would be correct.  There are 24 here all ready to be filled with their yummy Lindt Chocolate.  Now to get them filled without eating any of the chocolate myself will be the hard part.

My wonderful upline taught me how to make these chocolate sliders a few years back and they have proved to be very popular as little gifts.  I have given these as teacher and sport coaches gifts etc for the last few years.

Christmas Baubles - the Stampin'Up! Way

I just wanted to share with you the gorgeous little Christmas Baubles that I have created from polystyrene balls, our brown packing paper which we get in every order from Stampin'Up!,  some cardstock, glimmer paper and a bit of white ink.

What do you think?  Are they cute or are they cute?

I saw these gorgeous little baubles on display at the recent Stampin'Up! Heartfelt Event and we were also shown how they were basically created in one of the demonstrations on the day.

I fell in love with them and knew that I would be trying to create some of these little beauties this year for Christmas.  Stampin'Up! had also created large ones as well.  They aren't exactly the same as the ones created by Stampin'Up! but I am really happy with the way they turned out.

I have created two different colours - one has Champagne Glimmer Paper, Crumb Cake Cardstock and Pearls and the other has Silver Glimmer Paper, White Cardstock and Pearls.

I must say my photo does not do them justice.

If anyone would like one I still have a couple for sale.  They are $4 each.

Supplies used:  SU Brown Packing Paper, Cardstock - White, Crumb Cake, Glimmer Paper - Champagne, Silver, Ink - Craft White, Miscellaneous ribbon, silver string, string and pearls, Die Snow Flurry. 

Gold Coast Potters Association Market

I had the most fabulous day out at the Gold Coast Potters Association Arts & Craft Market last Sunday.  There were so many talented crafters there and I met a lot of very friendly people.  I really enjoyed my day there and sold out of quite a few of my Christmas goodies.  My mum came along and helped out in the stall (thanks mum) and I also had a friend (also Tracey) with me selling her beautiful handmade jewellery.  Here are a couple of photos of my side of the stall, the jewellery side of the stall and a photo of Tracey and I just before opening.  Thank you so much Gold Coast Potters Association for a wonderful day.

Wow - Christmas Is Almost Here

I can't believe that today is the 1st December and Christmas is only 25 days away.  Oh dear, I have forgotten all about the advent calendar this year.  It is still packed away in its box.  Also the first day of summer and boy it is another hot one here.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Art & Craft Market this Sunday

I will be at the Gold Coast Potters Association Christmas Art & Crafters Market this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  I am so looking forward to seeing all the great stalls that will be there and I have been creating lots of lovely Christmas Gifts for my stall.  Why not come along and start your Christmas shopping with some handmade gifts.

Brisbane Heartfelt Event

What a fantastic day we had at Stampin'Up!'s Brisbane Heartfelt Event.  Here is a picture of the lovely Heidi (my good friend and team member) and myself all very excited and ready to spend the day having fun.

It was a very big day of learning and being inspired and we have come home with so many great ideas - we just need the time to get creating.

I was amazed to find that when I uploaded my photos from the day I only had 144 photos - I could have sworn I took at least 500 - and I am so looking forward to going through all the photos of samples and getting into creating some of the fantastic ideas.

Stampin'Up! have asked us to mention our favourite item from the day and really I have to say it is so hard to pick just one thing.  Everything was fantastic but if I have to pick one then I think I choose the fact that this year it was so much easier to get a really good look at, and some great photos, of all the samples, both from Stampin'Up! and Demonstrators, as it was less crowded due to half the attendees being in classes at one time and the other half able to wander between the Make n Take Tables and the Product Playground and Demos etc.

I can also now share  the gorgeous name badge that was created for us by our Team Leader Petronela.   We received our badges at our team meeting the Friday evening the week before this event and I have just been wanting to share it all week.  Now I can.   It was just gorgeous although a little bit worse for wear after our outing.  Luckily I did take a photo before wearing it for the day.

I will be back with some more bits and pieces from the Event very soon, but now I have to be off creating for my next market which is on this Sunday.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Christmas "Petite Purse" Treats

How cute are these little purses created with the new Petite Purse Bigz Die.   I created these little goodies for the craft market I attended last weekend and they were very popular.  Inside is a little choccy.

I also had an order to provide 300 of these little bags (I didn't have to put them together - just die cut them for the customer who put together herself).  Took me quite a few hours to do this many.  Who knew that I had so much cardstock on hand and look at all the scraps left over.

Partially Finished
All finished and packaged up ready to deliver

Look at all those scraps

Saturday, 10 November 2012

November Stamp Club

Today I am sharing with you the two projects we created in this month's Stamp Club.  This month I decided that I should pull out some of my Christmas Stamps from previous years.  I do have a very bad habit of using all my newer stamps and forgetting that I have some older stamps that are equally as  beautiful.

For our first card I decided to use the Snow Swirled stamp set with the new Pewter Embossing Powder.  This combination gave a really beautiful and fine image.  For a slightly different look to sponging, I swiped around the edges of the card stock with the versa mark ink pad and embossed as well.  The sentiment has also been embossed.

The colours I chose for this card were Very Vanilla, Soft Suede and Raspberry Ripple which I think make a lovely combination.  The sentiment is from the new More Merry Messages stamp set which has lots of versatile  sentiments.  Using this one a lot.

Supplies used:  Cardstock - Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Raspberry Ripple, Stamp Sets - Snow Swirled, More Merry Messages, Inkpads - Versamark, Embossing Powder - Pewter, Very Vanilla Seam Binding, Scallop Trim Border Punch

Our next project was a cute little Gift Card Holder.  There are many versions of these little holders around.  I decided to decorate the holder using my very favourite Christmas Stamp Set from last year Beautiful Season.

We stamped the image in Soft Suede and then coloured the image using the Blender Pens.  The Merry Christmas sentiment is from the very versatile set Teeny Tiny Sentiments - I have just stamped it and cut it out close to the words.

Inside is the little section where your gift card is held.  I cut this section out using the Decorative Label and Word Window punches. I also added another sentiment on the inside.  This sentiment was also from the Beautiful Season set.
Supplies used:  Cardstock - Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Stamp Sets - Beautiful Season, Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Inkpads - Soft Suede, Riding Hood Red, Wild Wasabi, Labels Collection Framelits, Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, Punches - Decorative Label, Word Window

Friday, 26 October 2012

October Card Class

Yesterday we had card class and these are the cards and little gift item we created.  All of these projects are very easy (yes even the red christmas card) and look great for Christmas.  I  had just received my new Northern Flurry Embossing Folder in my Stamp Club order and went a little crazy using it for 3 of the projects.

Our first card we simply embossed the white cardstock with the embossing folder, added some pearls and a little Shimmer Paint to highlight the embossed image, stamped our Christmas Sentiment and pop dotted onto our base card of Midnight Muse.

Supplies used:  Cardstock - Midnight Muse, Whisper White, Inkpad - Midnight Muse, Stamp Set - More Merry Messages, Embossing Folder - Northern Flurry, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Pearls

Next we created a Chocolate Gift Holder using the Labels Framelits and embossing.  This one was measured to fit a small Mars Bar.   Tag created by stamping a saying from the Tags til Christmas Stamp Set and just the words cut out and then mounted onto cardstock punched with the Postage Stamp punch.

Supplies used:  Cardstock. Inkpad, Embossing Folder all as above, Labels Framelits, Postage Stamp Punch, Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon, White Twine, Stamp Set - Tags til Christmas, Small piece DSP and hole punches 

This card was created by rolling the background with the music wheel, stamping the tree and reindeer in versamark ink and embossing in gold.  We then tore the edge of our card stock and added the other images and finally inked the edges and then the entire card front with Crumb Cake and Soft Suede Ink.  Our sentiment was then stamped and lace ribbon added before adding the prepared piece to the front of a base card which had again been embossed with the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder (on my sample I added shimmer paint but wasn't too keen on the effect so we didn't do this).

This card would look really lovely using the beautiful Christmas Tree in the Christmas Lodge stamp set, but as I don't have this set I used the Lovely as a Tree set instead.

Supplies used:  Cardstock - Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Inkpads - Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Versamark, Embossing Folder - Northern Flurry, Stamp Sets - various images from Lovely as a Tree, More Merry Messages, Elements of Style, Joyous Celebration, Music Notes Wheel, Victoria Crochet Trim

Our final project.  This one has been around for a very long time.  Thought I would re-create it with some of the new colours, stamp sets and punches etc.

It is a little bit tricky getting your squares adhered together in the right order but once that is worked out - very easy.  Would also make a great table decoration or some of the girls thought nice hanging decorations.

Supplies used:  Cardstock - Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red, Snow Festival DSP, Inkpads - Riding Hood Red, Wild Wasabi, Punches - Extra Large Oval, Decorative Label

Monday, 15 October 2012

Birthday Card Compendium Book

I have also just completed this order for a Custom Made Birthday Card Compendium Book.

I have created this one using Floral District Designer Series Paper and matching colours of Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Baja Breeze.

The stamp set I have used on the front cover is one of the new stamp sets. Betsys Blossoms,  available in the Annual Catalogue.

I have uploaded further photos of this book onto my Facebook page, which you can access if you click here.

Getting Ready for Christmas Markets

Well we all know Christmas is just around the corner and I will be attending some markets and fetes leading up to Christmas.  With this in mind I have been creating lots of goodies to take to these outings.  Here are just a few of the little gift cards I have been creating with the Scentsational Season, Ornament Keepsakes and Joyous Celebrations Christmas stamp sets, all available in the Holiday Catalogue.

Here is the list of venues I will be at over the coming months.

November 3rd - Golden Crest Manor Craft Fair

November 25th - Gold Coast Potters Association, Benow Arts and Crafts Market

Early December - The Upper Market, Coomera

I have also put my name down for a stall at the Nerang High School Arts & Crafts Market to be held on 24th November - just waiting on confirmation.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Stamp Club Creations

We started our new Stamp Club this week and these are the projects we created in the Stamp Club workshops.

I am really loving the Holiday Frame Embossing Folder so wanted to create another card using it.  I am also loving the Ornament Keepsakes stamp set and co-ordinating Dies.  Did you know that you can purchase these two items as a bundle and save 15% on purchasing them separately?

The sentiment is also from a new stamp set More Merry Messages.  Just love this Merry Christmas - what a gorgeous font.  The colours I have used are very simple - Whisper White and Midnight Muse.

Supplies used:  Cardstock - Whisper White, Midnight Muse, Inkpad - Midnight Muse, Stamp Sets - Ornament Keepsakes, More Merry Messages, Dies - Holiday Ornaments Framelits, Holiday Frame Embossing Folder, Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon

Our next project was to create a set of three gift cards.  I have seen a number of different ideas for gift cards recently using the very versatile Scentsational Season stamp set.  Again, you can purchase the stamp set and matching framelits dies in a bundle at a saving of 15%.  I particularly liked the gift cards I had seen which incorporated Crumb Cake as the base card and decided to keep it simple by stamping and die cutting various images to be attached to the front of the card with a simple sentiment.  Very sweet little cards which you can whip up in no time at all.

Supplies used:  Cardstock - Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Inkpad - Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Crumb Cake, DSP - Snow Festival, Stamp Sets - Scentsational Season, Merry Christmas Sentiment from Teeny Tiny Sentiments,  Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine, Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details

Although we didn't create this project in the workshop I also decided to create a little box to hold the gift cards using the Two Tags Die.  I am pretty happy with the way it turned out, although I didn't follow any instructions so it was a bit of trial and error working out the right sizing etc.  Still I think it is a very cute little gift card holder.

Supplies used:  Cardstock - Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Inkpads - Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Snow Festival DSP, Stamp Sets - Scentsational Season and Joyous Celebration, Dies - Two Tags, Holiday Collection Framelits, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Cherry Cobbler Scallop Dots Ribbon, Organza Ribbon, In Colour Brad, Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Tulle Ribbon Christmas Cards

I have been having some fun creating cards with the new Scalloped Tulle Ribbon.  Still haven't tried the Christmas Ornament on the front of our Holiday Catalogue - which is the main reason I just had to have the Tulle Ribbon - but that is next on my To Do List.

My first card I took inspiration from the card and the jar shown on page 7 of the Holiday Catalogue.    I decided to combine the two pieces together and kept to the basic colours of red and white with a touch of green.   I used the Joyous Celebrations stamp set which I think I will be getting a lot of use out of this Christmas.

 I am loving the simple and clean look.

Supplies used:  Cardstock - Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Ink - Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Stamp Set - Joyous Celebrations, Embossing Folder - Holiday Frame, Punches - Extra-Large Oval and Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border, Cherry Cobbler Scalloped Tulle Ribbon, Gemstone

My next card is another simple design using very much the same supplies - just different colours and adding in the stunning Champagne Glimmer Paper.  This card I made as a 4" x 4" and used the colours of Very Vanilla, Early Espresso and Soft Suede Tulle Ribbon.  Again, inspired in part by the card shown on page 6.

Supplies used:  Cardstock - Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Champagne Glimmer Paper, Ink - Early Espresso, Stamp Set - Tags til Christmas, Embossing Folder - Holiday Frame, Punches - Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border, Decorative Label, Soft Suede Scalloped Tulle Ribbon

Saturday, 29 September 2012

New Birthday Card Compendium Book

I have been playing with Smilebox with my latest creation.

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Friday, 28 September 2012

Last Card created in Class

Sorry didn't have time yesterday to finish my post about the cards we created in class.  This was our last card and it is a case of the Christmas Card in the Stampin'Up! Holiday Catalogue  (page 7).  The only differences are that I have used punched card stock for the red trim and I didn't use any glitter.  Such a pretty card.  I am so loving the simplicity of this design - I think some of these will be my Christmas cards this year.

Supplies used:  Cardstock - Gumball Green, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Ink - Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Early Espresso, Stamp Set - Joyous Celebrations, Holiday Frame Embossing Folder, Gemstones

Thursday, 27 September 2012

September Card Class

Sharing with you today what we created in Card Class today.  Thought we would start on our Christmas cards as everyone keeps saying it is only 12 weeks until Christmas.

Our first card was very simple using strips of the lovely Be of Good Cheer Christmas Papers and die cutting an ornament with the Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies.  The ornament has then been partially embossed with the Holiday Frame Embossing Folder.  Finishing touches have been added with twine, some bling and our sentiment.

Supplies used:  Cardstock - Garden Green, Very Vanilla, Be of Good Cheer DSP, Ink - Gumball Green, Stamp Set - Joyous Celebrations, Holiday Ornaments Framelit, Holiday Frame Embossing Folder, Cherry Cobbler Twine, Gemstones

Our second card uses the very cute Gingerbread Men from the Scentsational Season stamp set.  Actually another very simple card to create as this stamp set also has co-ordinating Framelits Dies as well.  Again we have used the Be of Good Cheer Christmas paper.  Love that red striped paper.

The sentiment stamp has come from the very well used and loved Teeny Tiny Sentiments set.

Supplies used:  Cardstock - Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Be of Good Cheer DSP, Ink - Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Marker - Cherry Cobbler, Stamp Sets - Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Scentsational Season, Holiday Collection Framelits, Dotted Scallope Ribbon Border Punch, Old Olive Scallop Dots Ribbon

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Paper Players Challenge #113

I have created today's card for Paper Players #113 - Clean and Simple Challenge from Nance .  When I saw this challenge I thought perfect, I can use the Petite Pennants Builder punch, which made creating the banner so easy.  I have also used my favourite Christmas Paper from the Be of Good Cheer DSP range.  The sentiment is from  a retired stamp set.

Supplies used:  Cardstock - Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Be of Good Cheer DSP, Stamp Set - Tags til Christmas,  Punches - Petite Pennants Builder and Small Oval, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Mini Brads, Pearls

Sunday, 16 September 2012


Thought I would give this week's challenge at Just Add Ink a go as it is a colour challenge and I liked the sound of using Pink Pirouette, Real Red, Whisper White and Old Olive together.  These make such a pretty colour combination.  As the Tea Shoppe stamp set was sitting on my desk at the time I decided that this is the one I would use (first decision made).  The bow at the top is actually part of the Scalloped Tulle Ribbon which I have cut down (it is actually Cherry Cobbler colour but still fits in well).   I have been creating flower rosettes with my Tulle Ribbon which I will share with you soon.

Supplies used:  Cardstock - Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Real Red, Old Olive, Inks - Real Red, Pink Pirouette, Stamp Sets - Tea Shoppe, Punches - Decorative Label, Extra Large Oval, Scallop Trim Border, Embossing Folder - Square Lattice, Cherry Cobbler Scalloped Tulle Ribbon and Pearls
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