Amazing Cardmaking Ideas

Looking for super pretty, super simple ways to use your Stampin' Up! products?

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Sometimes it's as easy as a few coordinating colours, a scrap of Designer Series Paper, a pretty border Framelit, some pre-cut bits and pieces out of your "unfinished project bucket" and a card base.

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I'd be happy to get that in the mail!

Got any colour coordinated scraps lying around that you can make into a card today?

Lots of Happy Card Kit

Colouring with Alcohol Markers

I was absolutely delighted that the self-contained Lots Of Happy Card Kit carried over into our Annual Catalogue this year, along with it's refill kit.

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It truly is one of the most gorgeous card kits I have ever seen. And even though it comes with it's own beautiful Watercolour pencils in the kit, I just love, love, love that it can also be coloured with our Stampin' Blends - the alcohol markers.

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The kit contains sheets of pre-printed, die-cut images ready for colouring, either with the pencils in the kit, or with your own favourite colouring tools.

I started with the dark Old Olive Stampin' Blend, then moved onto the lighter one. Here's a look at how I colour.

Step 1. Add a touch of the darkest colour into the corners of the image.

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Step 2. Blend in the lighter colour to the dark.

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Step 3. Keep going until you've coloured the whole sheet - or need to stop for coffee (or wine) . . .

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Step 4. Change colours and start doing the flowers and berries! (okay, so maybe don't have wine . . . LOL).

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Step 5. Just keep colouring, just keep colouring, just keep colouring!

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It's amazing the variety you can create with just 7 of the Stampin' Blends.

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Step 6. Get SERIOUS and change the colours up!

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Step 7. Stand back and admire your colouring!

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Step 8. Now it's time to pop them out of the sheet and assemble a stack of beautiful cards!

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 Oh! and don't you just LOVE the lined envelopes and vellum leaves that come with the kit too?

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You know you need this kit (and a refill) to start colouring right now, don't you?

 Click on any of the thmbnails below to order today - or come and see me at the kiosk at Chirnside Park Shopping Centre tomorrow to see the finished cards and the Stampin' Blends in person!

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We'll be at Chirnside from 9am until 5pm so call in and say "hi"!


Blocked Colour Technique

Stamping & Cardmaking ideas

Sometimes we forget that we don't have to just stamp on white card and colour in . . .

The Stampin' Up! colours make such gorgeous combinations, why not use blocks of coloured cardstock behind your stamped image?

These projects are Artist Trading Cards (ATC's) 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" cards that fit into footy card swap folders, and I had fun playing around with different combinations to see which one I liked best.

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On the right you can see the pretty colour combination I chose. The middle image I have inked the stamp using the Old Olive and Calypso Coral Stampin' Write markers direct to the rubber.

The left hand image is inked in black, then I've done a tiny light-handed touch of watercolour to the flowers and leaves to bring them out from the background.

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For the left hand image here I chose a greeting stamp as the main image with the leaf sprig stamped in Mint Macaron behind the scallop circle. The 2nd card has the panel attached at an angle for variety and in these 3 cards I have used a black journalling pen to draw a fine outline around the main panel to lift it off the background piece.

Very small changes but giving you quite different looks.

And how did I do the colour blocks to start with?

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I cut 1/2" strips of card stock and adhered them to heavy photocopy paper. I chose photocopy paper instead of Whisper White card just in case I decided to cut some of it out with Framelits - it would be easier with the thinner base layer, even though most Framelits will cut through 2 layers.

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I then used my trimmer to trim them down to the size I required for the fronts of my ATC's.

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Ready to stamp on and experiment with.

Why not try blocking some colour card behind your stamped images on your next project? And let me know how you go! I'd love to see your finished results too.


Stampin' Blends Colouring

Card Making Ideas - Alcohol Markers

When the new range of Stampin' Up! Alcohol Markers - Stampin' Blends - came out in November last year, I couldn't wait to get my hands on them and give them a go.

I have a couple of favourite stamp sets for colouring with them, and one of those is Bella and Friends, the cute little puppy set in our Annual catalogue.

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How adorable are these cute little guys?

This is a super simple card - the main item requiring more than a a couple of minutes was the colouring which is so therapeutic! 

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You can easily see all the Blend combinations available online in my shop by clicking on the thumbnails below.

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Have you tried the Stampin' Blends yet? Why not order a couple of different colours today and have a play with colouring your favourite outline stamped images with them?

Simple Packaging Ideas

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These days we give (and receive) lots of gift cards or vouchers rather than physical presents.

In our house we like to top those gift cards up with some stocking filler type gifts too and for me, it seems really important to then go to some effort in packaging these tiny token gifts so the recipient can see that some effort has gone into it.

It's kind of the opposite of tying a bow around a new Masserati . . . and no, I'm not planning on doing that for anyone this Christmas LOL.

The packaging doesn't have to be complicated. These shiny gold striped treat bags from Stampin' Up! are perfect for adding a tag and a bow and creating a very elegant gift. There are 10 bags in a pack and they are food safe if you are into baking Christmas goodies!

The tag(s) in this case are so simple - layered squares of white cream and gold with the initial of the recipients name cut in gold foil card adhered to the top. Easy!

Why not give simple gift packaging a go next time you have a trinket or treat to give someone? 


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Mini Album - Santa's Workshop

Hey there papercrafters!

I promised some friends I would add a few details of my latest project here to the blog, so hopefully you can get enough information from it to give this project a try yourself.

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My project inspiration came from a gorgeous album I saw on Instagram. You can see it here.

Start with Chipboard for your covers - 3 pieces, front, back and spine.

Connie's album is 9.5 x 9.5 cm. I found chipboard which was 11 x 15.4 cm so I decided my album was going to be 11 x 11 cm so I'd only have to do one cut in each piece with the steel ruler and craft knife. The off-cut of one piece then also became the spine, so there was little wasted.

I selected the piece of designer series paper which was going to form my cover  - I had a stack of 6" x 12" pieces from my team product share - and I laid the chip board pieces on it to see if it would wrap around like when you are covering school books.  It was pretty much the perfect size leaving about a 2cm fold on all four edges, with about 1/2 cm between the pieces to allow the covers to fold in. If you butt each piece of chipboard hard up against the next one the DSP will tear when you try to close the book - you need to leave a gap so it's flexible.

I applied double sided tape all over one side of each piece of chipboard then placed them sticky side down on the DSP. Then fold in the edge pieces, sticking them down as you go exactly if you were covering school books. You can see a bit of what that looks like in the photo below.

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Next up was the concertina fold which forms the mechanism of the spine. The pocket pages are each attached to one of these tabs.  I made the tabs 1cm deep and 0.5cm apart.  In effect that meant scoring the Whisper White card at 4cm, 5cm, 6cm, 7cm, 7.5, 8.5, 9.5, 10, 11, 12, 12.5 . . . or at intervals 1cm, 1cm, 0.5cm, 1cm, 1cm, 0.5cm, 1cm, 1cm, 0.5cm etc until you have as many tabs as you need. I could have easily fitted one more in this spine so I had 7 pages, but I was happy having the extra 1cm on each end.

Attach this into the cover with Tombow Mono Liquid Glue or Tear'n'Tape.

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I then attached 2 lengths of Poppy Parade ribbon to the inside of each cover and cut 2 squares of Poppy Parade card to cover the make sure the spine mechanism is more strongly attached to the cover. I then added a diagonal DSP pocket to each cover using that gorgeous flocked striped paper from the Santa's Workshop Designer Series Paper pack. It is such heavenly paper!

 Next step is the pages and Oh Happy Day! because I made the album covers 11cms, I could get away with cutting my A4 card stock in half lengthwise so I had two 10.5cm x 29.7cm pieces. I used Garden Green, Poppy Parade, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry and Gray Granite.

Score at 10.5cm, and 21.1cm, then trim off the end so you just have a 2-3cm flap for joining the piece in a loop.

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The fun part was coming up with the decorating and I knew I wanted to use lots of the cute images from Santa's Workshop DSP and also from the Memories and More card pack.  Rather than trying to plan each page out one at a time, I find it easier to just cut a stack of images and coordinating papers then mix and match them.

Out comes the trusty Big Shot, because guess what!! Yes, the DSP is designed so that the images also fit the set of Santa's Signpost Framelit Dies which in turn matches the stamp set - HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH!!

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How Awesome is that!! Depending on how you line them up on the platform, you can cut up to 6 images at once!

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I used matching pieces of patterned paper from our 6"x 6" Designer Series Paper Stacks - Crushed Curry, Poppy Parade, Coastal Cabana and Garden Green and also added a couple of ovals of Whisper White cut with the Layering Ovals Dies and the Stitched Shaped Framelits.

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This shows you just how simple it can be.

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Next I selected Memories and More cards to be the basis of the pull out tabs would be hidden inside each of the pocket pages, matched them up with card stock to make them 10cm x 9cm and punched a tab for each one.  I also went back over each page and insert tab to see if there were any glittery die cut stickers in the Memories and More kit that I could add to the each page to embellish it without over-doing it.


With the pages all finished it was time to attach the pockets to the spine of the album. I run a thin bead of Tombow Mono Liquid glue on each side of one tab (one at a time) and slide the pocket page over the tab, centering it vertically in the album, then hold it in place for a minute or so until the glue grabs, before moving on to the next one.

I then let is sit overnight before inserting my pull out tabs into each pocket too.

And Voila!

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Last night I created a Facebook Live presentation of the finished album on my Facebook Business page. If you would like to see it, click on the photo below.

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All of the products in this project are currently available through my online shop, to shoppers anywhere in Australia.  Click on the thumbnail images below to go straight to the item to order your own, or contact me if you need help. 

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Thanks for reading all this way!! Remember, if you need help with this, check out the video for a closer look, and send me a message if you need more information. Talk soon!


Christmas Crafts - Cardmaking


The Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue is chock full of gorgeous Christmas and Halloween papercrafting products. For us Stampin' Up! demonstrators, each time a new catalogue comes out, we say this is the best one ever, and I hate to say it, but this is truly the BEST ONE EVER!

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If you live in Australia and would like a hard copy of this catalogue mailed out to you for free, please get in touch. If you live somewhere close by me (Croydon VIC) and would like to pick one up, sing out.



We will definitely be organising some crafty get togethers to work with some of these gorgeous products and make our Christmas projects, so look out for those details in coming weeks.

In the meantime you can start shopping online by clicking on the picture at the top, or leave a comment if you would like to get a hard copy of the catalogue to browse through and stick sticky notes on!

Talk soon,


#loveitchopit scrapbook layout

We were at our little casual kiosk last Friday at Chirnside and I was talking to a lady about the Large Letter stamps and Framelits and as we didn't have a set or even samples with us, I opened my phone to show her some samples on my blog from the layouts I prepared for On Stage in Sydney in April . . . 

Only, I couldn't find them.

Oooops!  I think we got so busy after On Stage with renovating, then going to Italy, then getting ready for the new catalogue, Christmas in July, the garage sale, and our Alaskan trip, that I just plain didn't get around to sharing the photos!

So, I better share some!

I found this gorgeous artwork on Instagram by Leonie Neal-Dawson, which instantly gave me ideas for a #loveitchopit layout - a theme based on the very popular concept devised by Kylie Bertucci to USE up your Designer Series Paper instead of just stashing it for a rainy day.

The colours were similar and the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper was screaming to be chopped and used (or just kept forever to maybe wallpaper a room one day . . . )

I had a few scraps leftover from the cards I had been making for my On Stage Presentation, so I literally just started laying them on a background of Blackberry Bliss 12 x 12 card stock and chopping more.

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If your eyes are good, you can see that I also sponged the edges with Mint Macaron Ink just to lift each piece from the one next to it.

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And if you look really closely, you can see the pencil line I ruled 1" in from all four edges of the Blackberry Bliss cardstock to frame the collage. I started by adhering the DSP pieces along the lines like a frame then gradually filled it in.

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I loved this result so much that I didn't really want to cover it up with too much decoration, so at this point I decided to make it a double page layout, with the 2nd page being much simpler.

Texture was added to a couple of corners with the Embossing Paste and masks.

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I decided to add journaling by printing separately on Whisper White card so it stood out from the background. 

The heading was cut from Basic Black card using the Large Letters Framelits.

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Do you like how I created the hashtag?

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The next step was just filling in the gaps with some extra texture and layers, so I decided to cut some flowers from one of the sheets of DSP and add some punched leaves and a bit of vellum.

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This was such a fun artwork to create! And I just loved working with the beautiful Share What You Love Papers.

This paper pack contains 24 sheets - 4 each of 12 double sided designs, in a heavy weight paper with a beautiful pearl sheen on 4 of the designs.

I am well into my second pack of it having used so much in my On Stage presentation for Stampin' Up! It's in our annual catalogue along with all the other supplies if you would like to create a layout like this.

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August - Birthday Month!

Wow! There are just SO many birthdays in August!

Before I left to go on the Alaskan Incentive Trip, I looked ahead on my calendar and scheduled posts on my team Facebook Group for all the birthdays while I was away and up until late August. Phewww! There is close to one birthday every single day and on some days 3-4 people.  August sure is a busy birthday month!

With that in mind, and the fact that I am HOME from an amazing holiday made possible through Stampin' Up!, LET'S CELEBRATE!!

Who likes FREE colours?

New Ink Pad assortment

Earlier this year, Stampin' Up! announced a colour renovation, introducing 10 new colours and bringing 6 previous In Colors into the main colour collection. These 16 colours retail at $208.00 but if you order them as one item you save $21.00 and pay only $187.

As part of the August Birthday Month Celebration, if you order this bundle of inkpads in the next 9 days, before 31st August, you will also receive free from me the Watercolor Pencils Assortment #2 (valued at $21.75).

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These beautiful colours are only available in August while stocks last, so don't wait, order the Ink Pads soon and receive your free pencils!



Did you know Stampin' Up! has 4 colour families making up our 40 standard colours, and that each of these colour families is available as a discounted bundle of 10 ink pads?

Instead of paying $130 for 10 ink pads, the colour families are $117.00.  If you order one of these 4 colour families in the next 9 days, you may also select an 11th ink pad of your colour choice FREE as an August Birthday Month gift from me.

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Many of you have a few Stampin' Up! Classic Ink Pads already, so if you are not wanting 10 or more new ones, I also have an offer for you!

Order 4 or more Classic Ink Pads before the end of August and your August Birthday Month Gift is a 6" x 6" sampler pack of new Designer Series Paper from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue.  All of the papers this year are SO gorgeous and you will love having a handful of sample sheets to whip up some quick cards with.

Contact me via email or come and see me at the casual Kiosk outside Coles Supermarket at Chirnside Park Shopping Centre this coming Friday 24th August so I can help you place your order and give you your hard copy of the Holiday Catalogue!

Talk soon!


Share What You Love - Crafting Forever

Stampin' Up! had some organised swaps on our Alaskan Cruise for which we prepared 26 identical cards before we went, handed them in to the Stampin' Up! staff in the Stamper's Base Camp when we got onboard Explorer of the Seas, and on day 4 or 5 of the cruise we able to pick up a bag of "swapped" cards to take home, containing 26 cards designed and created by other Cruise Achievers.

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I used a few different tools and products for my swaps including the Tailored Tag punch for punching the elongated hexagons of Share What You Love Designer Series Paper.

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The base layer of the card is pretty straight forward. Punch 7-8 hexagon shapes with the punch, then starting from the bottom of the card front, layer them up the card with a tiny 1-2mm gap between each one. I used the grid paper and a clear plastic ruler to make sure they were lined up straight.

Die cut flowers and border were attached with Fine Tip Glue Pen and Velvet Trim stuck down with Tear'n'Tape.

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The Stamparatus got a workout next.

By cutting the A4 card in half lengthwise (10.5cm x 29.75cm) I was able to use the Stamparatus and it's magic 1" step markers to stamp 4 of the jar of paintbrushes images on each piece of card (remember, I had to make 26). I stamped 2 one way, then flipped the card around and stamped 2 more at the other end facing the other way - you'll see it in another photo further down :)

I had to make sure there was enough space between each one to cut out with the oval Stitched Shape framelit, so using the Stamparatus was perfect.

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Having stamped the images in Black Stazon, leaving the stamp in exactly the same place on the Stamparatus, I then inked it using the Stampin' Spots (Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay, Berry Burst and Soft Suede) and gave it a very heavy spritz with water. Not just 2 quirts but 5 or 6 squirts. You can see in the photo how wet it is.

One of my downline team members Karen Lincoln showed this technique at our team night many months ago after she learnt it from (I believe) Tandra Boyers.  It's a really fun technique that really appeals to my creative, love of wet-on-wet watercolouring, messy side!

In google searches the technique has been named Stamparatus Slap technique, though for some reason my brain keeps calling it Stamparatus Splat technique, so excuse me if I mix and match the two . . . I meant the same thing!

After spritzing, you then want to bring the plate up to vertical, then give it a good slap (or splat) down onto the cardstock. Not so that you break it, but let's just say it may not be a good technique for 2am if you co-habit LOL.

Your images won't quite look like mine above, because the original Stamparatus Slap technique does not have the Stazon stamped image underneath. I stepped it up to include the black outline as I wanted a little more definition underneath, knowing that I was going to make my coloured part really wet. And the Designers Series Paper includes black, so I wanted them tonally closer rather then the pot of paintbrushes looking a bit wishy washy (no, not Washy Washy LOL).

This one possibly wasn't quite wet enough for my liking, as you want to get little splatters or splashes across the card. I made them wetter and wetter as I went along.


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At this point, I decided to add more colour to the pot the brushes are sitting in, and like any good old fashioned kids water colouring books - you know the ones with the lines of colour already on the image and all you needed was a brush and a jar of water, and you spread the colour as you wet it - you can do the same here. Just drag the colour that's already on there. Or if you are like me, and want some intensity and love the blobby wet on wet look, scoop up some extra Soft Suede ink from the lid of your inkpad using the Aquapainter and swoosh that on.

I also touched up the tips of the paintbrushes on some of the images.

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After setting these aside to dry for a while, it was time to cut them with the oval Stitched Shape Framelits.

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These closeups give you a much better view of the splats and splatters from the technique.

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I really love how these came out, and I have to also take a moment to heartily thank Jenny Wren and Alisha Watson for spending hours with me on the Saturday night before the cruise, punching, sticking and trimming so I had these finished to take with me.

I think the Share What You Love Designer Series Paper with it's pearlescent finish on several of the sheets is one of my favourite paper packs from Stampin' Up! in the nearly 11 years I've been using their paper.  If you would like some of your own, or to buy any of the other products I have used on this fun project, click on the thumbnail below and it will take you right to that item in my online store. 

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