Sunday, 16 September 2012

Things that me go awwwwww....

Today's card combines two challenges; Mojo Monday and Papertake Weekly. For the Papertake Weekly challenge, the things that make me go "awwww..." are liquid pearls, Magnolia stamps and the little girl who this card is for! :)


Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Marina Mist, Regal Rose, Whisper White. Xpress Blend-It card
Paper: Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe Collection
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, Stampin' Up! Regal Rose
Tools: Stampin' Up! Postage punch, Heart to Heart punch
Stamps: Magnolia Tilda with lace jeans, Stampin' Up! Pretty Postage
Embellishments: washi tape, liquid pearls

Here are the links to the challenges:

Mojo Monday - Challenge 258
Papertake Weekly - Things that make you go awwww...

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 15 July 2012

A note of thanks

I've been a tad bored while I'm on holidays, but  on the plus side, it's given me a chance to try some new ideas that I have come across while blog-surfing. This project is a shadow-box card for the current SUO Challenge, which is to create a Thank You card.

The card opened out:

The belly band:

I didn't design this template, so you can find the original set of instructions that I used here, and if you are more of a visual learner, here is a link to a YouTube video tutorial.

Materials used (all Stampin' Up!)

Cardstock: Old Olive, Whisper White
DSP: Paisley Petals
Ink: Early Espresso, Old Olive
Stamps: Just Believe
Tools: Simply Scored, Decorative Label punch, Modern Label punch, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Corner Rounder punch

Here is the link to the challenge:

Thanks for stopping by :)

Yoga Tilda

Today's project is a mini pizza box for the Just Magnolia challenge; a bingo card. I picked a vertical line consisting of wings, pink, pearls/bling.

Here is the belly band

Side view of the box


Cardstock: pink (Bazzill?)
Papers: Crate Paper, Copic Xpress It blending card
Stamp: Yoga Tilda
Ink: Copic markers
Tools: liquid pearls, Spellbinders ovals and lacy-edged oval, washi tape, Martha Stewart Butterfly punch, Kindy Glitz (on the butterfly wings, it's hard to see in the photo)
Tutorial for the pizza box is here

Here is the link to the challenge: Just Magnolia: Challenge 165 - Bingo card

Thanks for stopping by :)

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Another Baby Card!

So there seems to be something in the water at the moment; I have so many baby cards to make! I think I might switch to bottled water for a while, just to be safe ;)

Today's card is for the sketch challenge over at Just Add Ink. I have now discovered that my camera has more than one setting, and that there is a fabulous program called that allows me to touch up pics that need some tweaking (even in alternate photo settings!) ;) lol So my pics today are a little different to my "point and shoot" pics so far. I have a looooong way to go, but I'm off to a decent start :)

I have CASEd a card I received when I got married, as well as a sample from the current Stampin' Up! catalogue. I have used the sketch on the outer panel.

Here are some pics of the insert

Here is the card and insert together

The products used are all Stampin' Up! unless specified:

Cardstock: Pool Party, Whisper White, (non-S. Up!) X-Press Blend cardstock
Ink: Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Pool Party,  (non-S. Up!) Memento Tuxedo Black, (non-S. Up!) Copic Markers
Stamps: Delicate Doilies, Teeny Tiny Sentiments, (non-S. Up!) Bambino digi
Tools: mini library clip, Modern Label punch, Decorate Label punch, 1" Circle punch, Corner Rounder, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder
Extras: Basic Pearls

Here is the link for the challenge:

Just Add Ink - Challenge 123 Just Add A Sketch

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Mmm... Cupcakes

This card was inspired by the latest challenge over at Simply Stampin. It was a sketch challenge this week.

All products used are Stampin' Up!

Cardstock: Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black
Stamp Sets: Create A Cupcake, For Everything
Ribbon: Marina Mist
Tools: 1" Circle Punch, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (on the Pacific Point cardstock, it's a little hard to see in the photo)

Here is the link for the challenge:

Simply Stampin - Challenge 64

Thanks for stopping by :)

Just For You...

Today's card is for the Just Add Ink Challenge - Just Add Delys challenge. There were so many beautiful choices to CASE on Delys' blog that it was hard to choose just one! However, I picked a card from the Just Add Yellow challenge back in May.
Here is the original card by Delys:

And here is my CASE:

All products used are Stampin' Up! I have used Pool Party and Whisper White cardstock, the Precious Butterflies Hostess Stamp Set (for both sentiment and butterflies), Pool Party and Basic Black Ink, and Rhinestones. I fussy-cut the butterflies and rounded the corners of the card for some extra softness.

Here is a link to the challenge:

Just Add Ink #122: Just Add Delys Cram

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Regally Royal

Hard, hard, hard challenge, hey?! Fortunately for me, I wanted to make a British-themed card for a very lovely teacher at my daughters' creché who hails from England, and turned 60 recently.

I have used ALL Stampin' Up! product here!!!

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Real Red, Pacific Point, Whisper White
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Fresh Vintage (now retired, from the Sale-A-Bration promotione earlier this year)
Punches: Modern Label, Decorative Label, Corner Rounder
Embellishments: Rhinestones

This card is for the Simply Stampin' Challenge, I took inspiration from one of the DT members, and also my upline Deb Fearns, and used the very british colours of red, white and blue.

Here is the challenge link:

Simply Stampin' Challenges - Simply Stampin' Theme Week

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend!

New baby

This card is for a friend of mine who recently had a baby. I was so nervous, as it's only the second baby card I have made.

I have made a criss cross card, and the tutorial is here.

Here is what the inside looks like

Ingredients are:

Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Pool Party and Very Vanilla, X-Press Blend It,
DSP: Kaisercraft Sweet Nothings
Dies: Magnolia Doo-Hickey Lace, Spellbinders Ovals and Scalloped Edge Ovals, Tim Holtz File Tab edgelit
Punches: Corner Rounder and Stampin' Up! Modern Label
Ink: Tim Holtz Antique Linen, Stampin' Up! Early Espresso
Embellishments: pearls, Christina Re buckle and white ribbon
Image: Bambino digi, and Stampin' Up! Fresh Vintage

I would like to enter my card into the Just Add Pearls challenge over at Just Add Ink.

Just Add Ink - Challenge 121: Just Add Pearls

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your long weekend :)

Friday, 11 May 2012

Simply Stampin'

This card is for the current Simply Stampin' Challenge. I heard about this challenge blog from my lovely upline Deb who is now a designer over at the blog!

This week's challenge is a sketch challenge. I love sketches, as they can get you out of your comfort zone and trying combinations you didn't think would work!

Ingredients (all Stampin' Up!):

Cardstock: Soft Suede and Whisper White
DSP: Attic Boutique
Stamps: Faith In Nature (Hostess) and Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Ink: Soft Suede, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive
Other: Modern Label Punch

Here is the link again for the challenge: Simply Stampin' - Sketch Challenge

Thanks for stopping by!

Mother's day card, take 2!

Today's card is for my MIL. I wanted to keep it simple and feminine without looking too girly! I've never made a card for her before, but we get along quite well so I hope she likes it! :)

Close-up of the very cute Miss Melinda blowing kisses

Ingredients list:

Stampin' Up! Blushing Bride and Whisper White cardstock (plus X-press Blend It card for the image)
Copics, and Stampin' Up! Basic Black ink, Memento Tuxedo Black (for the image)
Stampin' Up! Modern Label punch
Pink Petal Liquid Pearls
Kaisercraft lace
French Script Washi Tape
MME Vanity Fair paper

I would like to enter my card into two challenges:

Papertake Weekly - Cute, Cute, Cute
Anything Goes - Things With Wings

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Mother's Day

I can't believe it's been over a month since I posted!! Woops! In my defence I have had a lot of other commitments, especially from my university studies. I have been making cards, I just haven't had time to post them. And even then, I haven't made as many cards as I would have liked :)

Today's card is for the Just Add Ink challenge - Just Add... Mother. I have been wanting to try an easel box card ever since I saw it in my card magazine. I have made the little note card to go inside it as well, and there is a bookmark from my girls to go in too :) This project is for my beautiful mum, who is absolutely awesome if I do say so myself!

Please excuse the printer and blinds in the photo! I have found that the best place to take photos of my projects is in my study/craft room, however I ran out of time to photograph through the day!


Stampin' Up! Pool Party and Crumb Cake
Kaisercraft These Days paper and die cuts
Kaisercraft Chanteuse die cut
Liquid Pearls (starting to become a bit of a signature of mine!)
Brad (possibly Bella?)
Sticky strip and normal adhesive
Kaisercraft lace
Stampin' Up! Teeny Tiny Sentiments (shoutout to my lovely upline Deb Fearns for this stamp set)
Stampin' Up! Modern Label Punch
Stampin' Up! Early Espresso Ink
Stampin' Up! blingy bit

Thanks for stopping by! Here is the link again for the challenge:

Just Add Ink #116 - Just Add... Mother

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Le Jardin

I've been on a bit of a card-making roll this last week! :)

This card is combining two challenges; Papertake Weekly Challenge and Creative Card Crew Challenge.

Papertake Weekly's Challenge was a bingo card! I love these challenges, so much fun! I chose the middle row; Ribbon, Free, Punched Shapes. The ribbon is Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake Seam Binding scrunched at the top, my sentiment is punched using Stampin' Up! Scalloped Edge punch and Decorative Label Punch, and my free was to make an easel card.

Creative Card Crew's challenge was vintage, so I used some lace, the gorgeous Stampin' Up! Attic Boutique DSP (due for release on 1 April) and Whimsey Stamps Le Jardin Seed Packets.

Other products used were: Stampin' Up! Blushing Bride and Whisper White cardstock, Martha Stewart Scalloped edge punch, and staples to secure the lace. I also used Whimsy Stamps Ticket stamp set and Tim Holtz Ticket Strip die, Stampin' Up! Old Olive and Early Espresso inks.

Links for challenges:

Eyes In, Look Down - Papertake Weekly Challenges
Vintage - Creative Card Crew
Thanks for stopping by!

Nature Walk

Today's card is using my absolute favourite Stampin' Up! stamp set; Nature Walk. I have wanted this stamp set since I attended a workshop in June last year, and I FINALLY have a set of my own!

I have combined two challenges today; Just Add Ink and Stampin' Up! Only Challenges.


Cardstock: Old Olive, Early Espresso, Blushing Bride, Whisper White
Ink: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Tempting Turquoise, Read Red, Old Olive, Basic Black
Stamps: Nature Walk, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Extras: Stampin' Up! Bling, Modern Label Punch

Here are the links to the challenges":

Challenge 110 - Sketch Challenge - Just Add Ink
Challenge 41 - Just Think Spring Or Autumn - Stampin' Up! Only Challenges

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Orange You A Great Friend!

So a quick post today, my two little girls both have a touch of gastro, and I'm worried I've caught the bug!

This card is for Papertake weekly challenges, and this week's theme is a sketch. If you follow the link you will see the sketch.

I have to admit, this stamp is a bit quirky for me, however I actually got it at a heavily discounted price, and figured that she was such a cutie pie, even if I used her once, I would get my money's worth. Now having coloured her, I'm in love with her! So watch out family and friends, there may be an Olivia Orange card heading your way ;)

When I sat down to colour her, I was stuck for ideas on what colour her dress and hair should be, as not every girl can work orange. Lucky for me, a google image search was the answer! So if you pop over here, you can see the original card by the very talented Michelle Doyer. As you can see, we coloured the dress in similarly, but I chose to make Olivia a brunette with grey sparkly shoes.

Here is a close-up

And of course, the ever-important ingredients list:

Cardstock: Bazzil and Stampin' Up!
DSP: My Mind's Eye
Stamp: Kraftin' Kimmie Olivie Orange (also includes sentiment)
Ribbon: unknown, as it came in a kit
Punch: Stampin' Up! Scalloped Oval
Ink: Memento Ink, Copics (contact me if you would like the specific colours used), Atyou Spica, Copic Multiliner, Gel-pen
Xpress Blend-It card

Here is the link for this week's Papertake Weekly challenge:

Sketch #65

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to be back later in the week with some more projects!

I'm famous!!

Just wanted to share a quick post with you before my card for today. As mentioned in my previous post, my card "Le Romantique" was CASEd from Colleen Boshoff who happens to be a designer over at the Zest blog. After making my card, I emailed the head designer of the blog, to show her my version of Colleen's card.

Imagine my surprise when MY CARD was the feature card on Friday's post!! I have to admit that I was starting to get a bit frustrated with myself, and feeling like I was wasting my time (and money) on a hobby that I felt I didn't have much talent for, so it was a real confidence boost that someone thought my card was worthy of a mention.

So massive thanks to Philippa and the team over at Zest blog for brightening up my day! :)

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Le Romantique

One more card for the weekend! :)

The inspiration for this card came from the very talented Colleen Boshoff! Colleen made a beautiful Joy-Fold Card and I couldn't resist CASE-ing it!

Here is my card:

Here is inside the card:

Ingredients list:

Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Soft Suede, Blushing Bride, Whisper White
DSP: Graphic 45 Le Romantique
Stamp: unknown (sorry)
Ink: Stampin' Up! Basic Black
Ribbon: Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake
Pearls: Stampin' Up!

I would like to enter my card in some challenges:

Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz, Challenge 119 - Valentines
Cute Card Thursday, Challenge 203 - Pink Valentine

Thanks for stopping by!

Anything Goes... Challenge #60

Well after an insane week I managed to scrape in a few cards this weekend! Nothing like celebrations to help "find the time" to craft ;)

This card is one I made for my eldest daughter's little friend. I personally find cards for strangers difficult, as I'm not sure how some people will receive a handmade card, so I kept this one fairly simply. To help me, I used the challenge over at Anything Goes which was a bingo card of crafty options. It was a really late hour that I started this card, the night before the party, so I picked a horizontal line, consisting of: 2 or more stamps (see ingredients list), Your Choice (2 or more cardstocks), Die cuts/Punches (see ingredients list).

Here is my card! (Quick segue, I FINALLY figured the key to taking good photos of my projects! The perfect place to take them is of all place, MY PRINTER which happens to sit right next to the window in my craft room. So during daylight, I can play with the blinds to get the perfect angle of light) :)

So ingredients list:

Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Blushing Bride and Whisper White
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Delicate Doilies and Create A Cupcake
Ink: Stampin' Up! Regal Rose and Melon Mambo
Punch: Stampin' Up! Scalloped Oval punch

Here is the direct link for the challenge:
Anything Goes... Challenge #60

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, 4 February 2012

All because two people fell in love...

For something different today, I have a scrapbook layout! Before I head back to study on Monday I am furiously crafting; trying to cram in as many projects as possible! :) Last night I managed a scrapbook page (not this one), plus two cards! Have to be happy with that effort!

Anyhoo, this page is for Anything Goes Challenge blog, the current theme is "To The One I Love", and also the Sassy Scrapper February Sketch Challenge. I have been so slack scrapbooking my wedding photos. I've had this particular photo in my study for MONTHS and I just kept moving it around to a different spot each time. So I finally bit the bullet and scrapped it.

I have no idea what most of the materials used are, as I am also trying to cull my stash before I go shopping again ;) but the flowers are prima, DI is Brushed Corduroy, papers are Bo Bunny, Kaisercraft, Graphic 45 and I think Basic Grey? Cardstock is Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip, and I've used liquid pearls for the flourishes.

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the rest of your weekend :)

Anything Goes - To The One I Love

Sassy Scrapper

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Mojo Monday #225


I managed to sneak in another card before the weekend finished! Today's card is for the current Mojo Monday sketch challenge. It's a card I made for my eldest daughter's little friend who recently had a birthday. This card is a bit spesh for me, as I used my FIRST EVER Magnolia stamp! I have to admit, it took me a while to warm up to Magnolia stamps, and the last few months I decided I HAD to have one! So after much scouring online, I found the very gorgeous Midsummer Tilda stamp who is just me down to a T; a hippy chicky ;)

Unfortunately, my photography skills leave a bit to be desired, as the photo depicts her looking a bit "flatter" than in real life, but overall, I was happy with the results!

Here is a close-up of Tilda

The cardstock is Stampin' Up! Blushing Bride, Marina Mist.
DSP is Crate Paper Emma Shoppe collection
Stamp is Magnolia Midsummer Tilda, coloured with Copics (let me know if you want to know what colours I used)
The sentiment sticker is a random one, but I think it might have been Jasart? I'm trying to clear out my stash at the moment! :)

Here is the link for the challenge:

Mojo Monday #225

Thanks for stopping by, have a great week!

Friday, 27 January 2012

Fancy a cuppa?


Thanks to Australia Day on Thursday, I managed to score myself a five day weekend from work! Gotta love that ;) So when my husband and eldest daughter headed off to the movies, I took advantage of my baby's nap-time (which ended up being three and a half hours - SCORE!), grabbed a handful of craft goodies and jumped to it!

Today's card is actually for my Stampers group meeting tomorrow in Canberra - ACTSA. A great group of ladies who get together once a month and craft, chat, eat, drink and be merry! Each year we have a theme for creating cards and Artist Trading Cards, and this year's theme is "My Favourite Things". January's theme is "My Favourite Drink". I have to say, of all beverages besides water, my favourite would have to be a good old-fashioned homemade iced coffee! Which came in handy because I just happened to have the Hot Off The Press "Fancy A Cuppa" stamp set that I've never used.

Here is my card:

The inspiration for this card came from several challenges, Just Add Ink, Challenge 102 - CASE-ing Kathy Tanner I used a sketch that Kathy has used on three cards. It definitely took me out of my comfort zone, as I usually dislike panelling. This is the first time I've looked at Kathy's blog, and it is wonderful! As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, it's always nice to find a blog where the main supplies (if not all) are Stampin' Up! as it gives me inspiration (and an ever-increasing wishlist).

The second challenge that I used was Cute Card Thursday - Challenge 201, You're A Gem It wouldn't be one of my cards if it didn't have some form of bling, and in this case, surprise, it's liquid pearls ;)

The final challenge is Craft Your Days Away Challenge 37 - Distressing Another favourite challenge blog of mine! And an excuse to use my favourite technique, distressing!!

So right about now an ingredients list would help! ;)

Cardstock: Stampin' Up! chocolate chip & river rock
DSP: Kaisercraft vintage timeless
Stamp Set: HOTP Fancy A Cuppa
Punch: scalloped edge oval punch (I trimmed the second die-cut so it looked like a plain oval)
Ink: Stampin' Up! early espresso & Tim Holtz DI brushed corduroy
Ribbon: Stampin' Up! chocolate chip scalloped edge grosgrain ribbon (I used the other side, without the spots)

Here is the direct links again for the three challenges:

Cute Card Thursday - 201 - You're A Gem

Just Add Ink - 102 - CASE Kathy Tanner

Craft Your Days Away - 37 - Distressing

Finally (Sorry for the really long post!) here is a sneaky peak of my ATC offering! Hope you like! (The splodge on the bottom is only a reflection of the flash off the DM, it's not actually on the ATC)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Top Tip Tuesday Challenge #68

Hello again! Two posts in one day! :)

This card I made using one of the two sketches on offer over at Top Tip Tuesday!

This sketch was so much fun to play with! As I had not long ago purchased Cottage Garden stamp set from Stampin' Up! and I was keen to find a project I can use it on. So when I was "challenge-surfing" I thought this sketch lent itself perfectly to the stamp set.

I've used Blushing Bride cardstock, Cottage Garden stamp set (including sentiment), a daisy edge punch, and some bling in the corner. The inks used are all Stampin' Up! Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, and Basic Black.

Here is a close-up of the sentiment, how cute is it?! I love sentiments that go beyond the usual basics.

My TIP for this week is when stamping a stamp that has an outline and silhouette (as shown with the flower in my card), stamp the silhouette so that it is "off" the outline and not matched up perfectly. It adds some character, and you don't have to be stressed about getting it to align perfectly.

Here is the link for the challenge:

Top Tip Tuesday Challenge #68

Week #190 Sketch Saturday


Today's card is using a sketch from Sketch Saturday's current challenge. I needed a few challenges to get those creative juices flowing again! Lol

The stamp set is Stampin' Up! Faith In Nature (hostess only), the cardstock is Old Olive and Very Vanilla, the ink is Basic Black, and the DSP is Paisley Petals (all Stampin' Up!), punched using a Martha Stewart scalloped edge-dotty-punch. I used a corner rounder to give the card a bit of 'oomph', and some liquid pearls in the top corner.

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Thursday, 19 January 2012

A not-so-short hiatus!


I've been so busy with work, study & family that I have been neglecting my little blog! If it wasn't for a link from my lovely Stampin' Up! upline, Deb, I probably would still be neglecting it! :)

Here is a card I made a while ago!

This card was made using Stampin' Up! Melon Mambo and Regal Rose cardstock, I forget the name of the embossing folder, some lace and a Sweet Pea stamp that I coloured using Copics. It was my first attempt at colouring a portrair-style stamp so I was really happy with how it turned out! (Truth be told, I was even reluctant to give it away, but it went to a very special girl; my eldest niece) :)

Thanks for stopping by and I'll do my best to post a few more cards! I have a constantly-increasing pile of Stampin' Up goodies just begging to be used!!