Birthday cards

Beautiful Stampin' Up! Peacocks

Hi lovelies,

Just a quick post today to share a couple of cute projects I have worked on over the last month. They weren't particularly time consuming projects, but I started a new job and had a couple of weekends away, so finding time to finish them was a bit of a challenge!

The first one uses the Flower Patch photopolymer stamp set on page 156 of the Stampin' Up! Annual catalogue.

The stamp set has a matching framelit set for easy cutting, and you can purchase the two products in a 15% off bundle, however for this project, because the shapes are so simple, I just hand cut them with scissors.

Flower Patch Peacock

The second project uses the gorgeous Perfect Peacock stamp from page 170 of the Annual Catalogue.

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I've brushed some Typeset Designer Series Paper with artist's Gesso, allowed it to dry, stamped the image with Jet Black Stazon, then done a very rough, light colouring with Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana and Crisp Canteloupe Markers, added some gold sequins from the sequin trim and layer onto Basic Black Card,, Gold Soiree Designer Series Paper and Coastal Cabana card.

Nice to have such gorgeous images to play around with.

If you're on my email newsletter list, look out in your inbox for my September newsletter where I have some other cards I have created in the last 6 weeks or so.  See you soon!


Retiring Products Blog Hop

Welcome to our final ESAD blog hop for the 2013-2014 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue, especially if you are coming to me from Andrea Buckland's blog - welcome.

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These retiring products have been among our favourites, so we thought we’d give them another good bash before they are no longer available for sale.

Which retiring products am I going to miss?

I've picked out three of my favourites from the last catalogue year - Betsy’s Blossoms Stamp Set, Bug Me Stamp Set and the really gorgeous Simply Fabulous Simply Sent Kit.

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But, before I show you more of my Bug Me Betsy Blossom Cards, you may be wondering :

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and is a facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrators.

We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas & friendship and we're always there to help and support each other.

So if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I'll contact you with information on how to join our group.

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I've had these little frames in my collection for a while and decided to fill them up with cheerfulness - I've loved Bug Me and Betsy's Blossoms stamp sets and will be keeping them in my stash as they are so useful and cute!

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Can you imagine these grouped on a nursery wall?

Or even without the frames, they'd make a super cute pack of note cards for someone special.

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If you've left me a comment and are ready to continue on the blog hop, click on her name here to go to Sally William's blog now.

Here's the list of participants in the blog hop. If you get lost or disconnected, you can always come back here and copy the next persons link in to your browser.

1.  Narelle Hoggard

2.  Emily Campbell

3.  Kelli Gordon

4.  Kelly Kent

5.  Andrea Buckland

6.  Kathryn Ruddick - YOU ARE HERE

7.  Sally Williams

8.  Keryn Campbell

9.  Yvonne Walker

10.  Richelle Fletcher

11.  Teresa Leggo

12.  Clare Mcilhatton

Cards For A Cure

Almost all of us have family members, friends and neighbours who have been affected by breast cancer. This widespread disease has also touched the lives of members of the Stampin' Up! family, and contributions to breast cancer research have been an imortant part of Stampin' Up!'s philanthropic outreach.

Stampin' Up! are currently selling Ready. Set. Send. kits through the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) and will donate $10 to NBCF for each kit sold. The Ready. Set. Send. kit features handmade cards and includes five thank you cards, five birthday cards and 10 envelopes.

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These fantastic card packs would make a great gift, but are awesome to have on hand when you realise you need a card in a hurry but don't have time to make one from scratch. Your recipient still gets a beautiful hand made card, and you get the satisfaction of knowing you supported a very, very good cause, the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Packs are only $19.95 plus postage (remember $10 goes to the NBCF) and you can order one or several packs online here.

Like to read the flyer?  Download Flyer_readysetsend_demo_5.1.2014

Order your Ready. Set. Send. card packs today and support this great cause.

End of March Madness!

Hey there!

Firstly, HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to VICKI MARTINEZ from Templestowe for winning first prize in our Prize Draw at the Melbourne Women’s Expo at the Royal Exhibition Building last weekend. Vicki wins a lovely basket of Stampin’ Up! goodies.

Did you know March is my birthday month? Not my joining Stampin’ Up! birthday – my actual birthday!

I’ve had a quieter start to this year thanks to focusing on a few family things (which luckily a business like Stampin’ Up! allows me the flexibility to do) but things are settling down now, and before my birthday month is completely over, I wanted to throw myself a bit of a Stampin’ Party!

Hence I am introducing - End of March Madness, starting with a Hip Hip Hooray party at my place next Saturday afternoon.

Hip Hip Hooray is an AWESOME new card kit from Stampin’ Up! It’s fully self-contained – ie, it has stamps, ink, card, bakers twine, card bases, envelopes, clips, dimensional dots & five sheets of funky self-adhesive die-cut cardstock stickers to make 20 fun cards.

Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit is perfect for people new to stamping or card making, and yet the finished cards are professional, fun and funky.

How does the Hip Hip Hooray Party work?

Register with me and purchase your kit ($34.95) via credit card, bank transfer or paypal – (I can email you a paypal invoice), turn up on Saturday afternoon by 2pm, then as a group we will sit down in my classroom, assemble our stamps, I will show you which pieces to stamp and help you assemble your 20 cards. There is plenty of room for 8 people seated comfortably and I have eight kits in stock so don’t wait, let me know today if you’d like to give stamping and card making a go and see what it’s all about.

If you’re shy, why not ask a friend to come with you? Places are limited to eight, so get in quick if there are two of you. I will throw in tea, coffee and a snack and you will go home with a smile on your face, 20 finished cards, a stamp set, ink spot and any leftover pieces from the kit, having had a very fun afternoon!

Did I mention it works out at only $1.75 per card for 20 cards! Bargain!!

Hip Hip Hooray

I need to know if you are coming as there are only eight places available, so please rsvp to this email, or phone me on 0418 361 931.

Again, the kit cost is just $34.95* per person, and you get everything you need to make 20 cards! We are going to have so much fun. My stamping room is at the back of my house and is very easy to find off Yarra Road in Croydon North, so don’t hesitate, reserve your place now.

Oh, and since it’s my birthday month, you are very welcome to bring me a birthday card! LOL

*If you can’t make the class, you can order a kit from my online store, however you will be charged $5.95 postage on top of the $34.95.

 What else is happening for End of March Madness?

I will be running several new classes over the next couple of weeks, as well as the 50-50 promotion.

What the heck is the 50-50 promotion?

The 50-50 board has 50 numbered squares on it from one to fifty. Every time someone orders product valued at $50 or more, their name goes on a square. When the board is full, a random number draw will decide which person receives a $50 gift voucher from me to spend on any current Stampin’ Up! products. The voucher is valid until the 31st July 2014 so you will be able to save it to order from the brand new catalogue in July if you like!

The Stamp Club girls met this week, and their minimum required order to be in Stamp Club is $50 each month, so all of the Stamp Club ladies have already got their name on the 50-50 board, once, twice or even three times depending on their order total.

Getting your name on the board applies to online orders, as well as phone or email orders, or orders placed at classes, parties or workshops.

So if you’ve been thinking of placing an order, now’s the time to so and get your name on the 50-50 board to be in with a chance to receive a $50 voucher.

New Classes:

Mega March Madness Birthday Bash Bundle Class

Want to learn to stamp and make cards in one really fun class where you get five hours of stamping time, detailed instructions and samples, to create up to 40 simple, fun cards AND take home nearly $150.00 worth of products?


Using the Birthday Bash Bundle on page 5 of the Sale-a-bration Flyer, we will get together in my stamping room - arriving between 9.30 & 10am, stamping until around 3.00pm on Thursday 3rd April (or alternate date : 10.00-10.30am until around 3.30pm on Saturday 12th April)

Your kit includes a full pack of Whisper White A4 cardstock (40 sheets), 40 envelopes, Bakers Twine, 5 x In Colour Markers, Rhinestones and two stamp sets which you get to take home.

Class suits beginners - or people who want to build up a quick stash of simple, fun birthday cards to have on hand.

Kits must be ordered and paid for before Thursday 27th March for the Thursday 3rd April class in order for kits to arrive on time. If you plan to attend the Saturday 12th class, kits must be ordered and paid for by Sunday 30th March in order to get the Banner Blast stamp set which is no longer available after the 31st March.

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How much does all this glorious papercrafting cost?

* Five hours of stamping
* Detailed instructions and samples
* A kit worth nearly $150.00
* Tea, Coffee & snacks

You might pay up to $300 for this elsewhere, but you won't pay $250, or even $200 for this fantastic class!

In true end of March Madness Style, I'm offering this class at a steal.

You won’t even pay $150, and you get to take home almost that amount in product!

This 5 hour class will be available for just $135 per person. That's only $3.35 per card for 40 cards and you'll have plenty of leftover supplies as well as a 5 beautiful Stampin’ Write Markers and TWO stamp sets to take home!

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I can take payment by credit card over the phone, online bank transfer or Paypal.

Register today, and please let me know if you already own the In Colour Markers or the Banner Blast stamp set, as we will substitute those for other items of the same value. You will also need to nominate Wood Block or Clear Mount stamp sets. If you order Clear Mount stamps, you will need to bring your own clear blocks to the class.

If you aren’t able to attend on a weekday, this class will also run Saturday 12th April.

I will send a reminder of these upcoming events in the next week, and my April Newsletter will be coming out in a week or so too. Don’t forget, Sale-a-bration ends on 31st March and I will be taking Sale-a-bration orders right up to close of business on that day.

See you soon with ink on your fingers!


Stampin' Up! Chalk Talk Choo Choo!

I love the Chalk Talk Bundle from Stampin' Up!

For our major craft shows in October last year, I created a whole poster of cards and a banner featuring this awesome set.

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Well, I haven't gotten bored with it yet! I'm still using it regularly and still loving it!

I was recently looking for some ideas to use Zoo Babies stamp set and I came across a super cute idea by Susan Campfield -

Of course the idea grew very fast from two carriages to one in each of the In-colours, but this time I decided to steer away from Baked Brown Sugar and use So Saffron instead.

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I just love how there are so many cute animals to choose from in the Zoo Babies set!

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These are really simple and fun to make and how cute would that look as the centrepiece at a kids birthday party - and at the end of the day each child gets to take a train carriage home!

If you haven't purchased the Chalk Talk Stamp Set or Framelits yet, did you know you can get it with a 15% discount if you buy both the stamps & framelits as a bundle?

You can order these items by emailing or texting me, or if you are a FB user, send me a private message. If you'd prefer to order them yourself, it's easy with our online shopping.

What are you waiting for? Get your Chalk Talk stamp set & framelits at 15% off by ordering the bundle today.



Cardmaking Ideas at the Papercraft Expo

Hey there!

I promised I would show off some of the bits and pieces from our beautiful Stampin' Up! stand at the Melbourne Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo last week.

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At the Expo, I demonstrated our new Spiral Flower Originals Die which is on page 32 of the Celebrate the Everyday Occasions Catalogue.

This die allows you to make the cutest flowers! One of my kind team members made a couple of sample projects and half a dozen spare flowers for our Create, Care & Share event earlier this month and it inspired me to make a few more samples and to take the die to the show to teach others what it can do.

This card was inspired by a wall frame decor piece I saw online, created by Cindy Hall at

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I've stamped the Swallowtail Butterfly stamp twice, lining it up on the reverse of the same piece of card, and colouring it with our fabulous Stampin' Write markers.

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The butterflies antennas are drawn onto the card base with the black Stampin' Write marker, and one wing is attached lying flat on the card.

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The Little Leaves Sizzlet creates the leaves to compliment the Strawberry Slush flower made using the Spiral Flower Originals Die.

I'll be back over the weekend to give you some more closeups of some of the show projects - in particular the heart box which has a Spiral Flower on the lid.

Six Sided Stampin' Sampler

I've been Stampin' Up! a storm this past week with a favourite, versatile stamp set, the Six Sided Sampler from Stampin' Up!

Six-sided Sampler Bundle

This is a terrific Stamp Set and Punch Bundle for any occasion.

  • Woodmount Bundle $63.50  Stamp set only $46.95
  • Clearmount Bundle $54.95  Stamp set only $36.95
  • Punch $27.95

I've made a couple of really simple cards, teaming the hexagons with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and a couple of greeting sets.

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Firstly some masculine cards - as it's really hard to think them up on the spot when you need a card for a male.

Then the card making ideas were just flowing, so I switched the colours and created half a dozen cards for some females who I had reason to think of this week.

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I just love these cards in Pistachio Pudding, Calypso Coral and Crisp Cantaloupe. I made 10 or 11 cards with these designs and also taought them at a class and a Stampin' Party. Very effective and fun, but I can think of plenty more people to send them too, so I might have to get the production line happening!

On Friday this week I will be participating in a blog hop where 25 Stampin' Up! demonstrators are going to show you a stack of projects made with Sale-a-bration products. Sale-a-bration starts next Tuesday, and we can't wait! I hope you'll join us on Friday from 10am for a tour of blog land to see some amazing creativity!


Cardmaking Ideas from 2013 to take into next year

Before I truly get into posting about Christmas cards, and all the projects we've been making, I thought I might just revisit some of our favourites from 2013.  When I look back, I realise what a creative year we've had with such beautiful papers, fabulous range of stamps, and not to mention all the inspiration from attending two Stampin' Up! Conventions in one year!

It's hard to come up with ideas for masculine cards, but with the Soho Subway Designer Series Paper, it's hard to go wrong! This tri-fold (or Gate card) is perfect matched with the Open Sea stamp set.

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The front is pretty much just the gorgeous printed paper and some Linen Thread. Then on the inside we have more of the DSP and a stamped panel for writing our message.

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This is quite a simple card, but I think any man would be impressed if he were the recipient.  I can't wait to try a few more like this in the New Year when the red and green and gold is all packed away!

I'll be back soon with some more cards from this year. See you soon.

Mocha Morning cards

Hi All,

Back again with more of last year's Mystery Box contents to show you! For February we had to make 4 cards, using our chosen paper pack (I chose Mocha Morning Specialty DSP) and the cards had to be for different occasions.

My first two cards were easel cards. For the next two cards I wanted to do at least one masculine card, and I also wanted to use the gorgeous clock stamp from the set Timeless Portrait.

Here's what I came up with :

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This time the black embossing powder came out - don't you love that clock?!?

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These projects were to be kind of special, so I didn't want to go for just a normal open & close card, which is why I chose the two easel cards to start with, and then this one is a quite simple tri-fold card.

It wasn't particularly masculine though - the scalloped borders saw to that, LOL! So my final card of the four had to steer away from frills and be more plain in design.

I really struggled to come up with something so in the end, I "cased" a card from Dianne Dunk which I really loved, using the tie stamp from the set Best Dad Ever. I added another layer to the background and switched the papers around, but I have used the same stamp set, colours and layout that Di used.

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I forgot to take a photo of it, but the inside of the card has a Very Vanilla panel with an embossed greeting in the centre of it. Oh, and another thing I did for all these cards was make the envelopes match!

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I guess you're beginning to wonder what the project was for the next month? Well, I'll be back to show you that soon too!

See you then!


Happy New Year!

Hi everyone and welcome to a whole new stamping year!

Did you get to have a break over the Christmas New Year period? And if so, did you manage to find any crafting time?

My work closed down for three weeks, but with all the family get togethers and things we had to do around the house, along with a short break away, I managed to squeeze in just two stamping days. They were very productive and fun days though!

I've been dying to get back into the swing of things and share some more creations with you. So here we go! Ready for some creative inspiration?

Mocha Morning Flocked Easel Card

As you know, last year I participated in the Twelve Month Mystery Box Challenge hosted by a group of my fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrators (one of the delights of meeting so many crafty people since I joined Stampin' Up!).

This card was one of the projects I made for our first monthly prompt which was to make four different cards for different occasions, but using the same papers and sort of creating a bit of a theme for the year.

This is an easel card with the front of the card scored on the diagonal, and the embossed flowers on the inside of the card used to "stand" it up. (Thanks Elaine Hannam for sharing the template with me!).

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The Designer Series Paper Mocha Morning was my favourite DSP from last year's Stampin' Up! catalogue - I am so glad I got an extra pack to see me through the year!

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The heat embossed stamped flower images are mounted onto the card with Stampin' Dimensionals so they act as a little catch for the folded portion of the card to rest against so it always stands up. Very nifty little trick!

There are three more cards from that month to show you, along with all the other projects which went into my Mystery Box for 2012. So, be sure to stick around over the next few days to see what else I created with the Mocha Morning DSP and my favourite Stampin' Up! stamps.

See you then!