Friday, July 30, 2010

more circles!!

here is a 6"x 6" scrap page using the #2 circle die again. This time is used the paper weight vellum and once I put it thru the machine I crunched them up. The great thing with this die is that you can cut all your circles at once - so I cut the 15 circles in one swipe thru the Big Shot! cool eh!!
I sponged both the vellum and the edges of the textured Whisper White cardstock. The stamp is from Life Definitions. The other colour I used was good ole Old Olive.
Have a great weekend - hopefully I will be posting again in the weekend.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Big Shot #2 Circle Die Flowers

man what a mouthful of a title! But I couldn't think of a better one! hehe
These flowers were made using the #2 Circles Big Shot die. I love the fact that the Big Shot will cut so many different things - here I have used vellum, felt and denim and you can cut all your circles at the one time, so much easier than punches! The two lower flowers are actually broaches, they have pins on the back. The one on the card can be peeled off as it is just attached to the card with Velcro. So the card is a gift as well as a card! How cool is that! There are soooooo many other mediums you could use for these flowers plus heaps of different was to use them. I think they would be awesome on a scrap book page. So why not come to my class on Wednesday the 4th August to find out. Check out the times and other information on the Class schedule page at the top of this blog.
ps - you will have to wait a little longer to find out about the cool denim bag!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Just Add Ink Challange #27

this week the girls over at have come up with a sketch challenge. It is such a cool sketch that I thought I would show you how versatile a good sketch can be. I created all four cards using the same sketch. Now before you all leave a comment about how crooked one of the squares on the last card - I only noticed it as I was loading them up and thought 'what the heck' but I kept it in anyway - might put a little smile on someones face! LOL
You can interpret the sketch in many ways. One I used circles and turned the sketch on it's head. Another one I changed the squares to the flowers. Then you can go from a 'kiss' card (kiss- keep it simple sister! lol) or to a very fussy card.
Next time you are stumped for a card, google sketches and see what you can create - or even easier join us add 'just add ink'!
thanks again.

Birthday Birds

this sweet card is for a sweet young girl who's turning 5 today.

It's made from punches. I used three circle punches for the body, and the two step bird punch for the 'parents' wings and the branch part for the little birds wing. I used the photo corner punch for the birds becks. Also the hats are created by punching out a circle then cut a wedge. I just drew the legs on. I love the 'little family' that you can create with this idea.

The little sentiment is from the current level one hostess set in the Autumn-Winter mini - you can earn the whole set by hosting an event/workshop with orders or personally order yourself a minimum of $350 worth of products.

Contact me today to discuss what we can host for you.

Friday, July 23, 2010

stamping on silk scarves

This week at class we stamped on silk scarves. This is so easy and so much fun. They make lovely presents, esp. when presented in the decorated boxes that we made. I have used the 5th Avenue & Vintage Vogue stamp sets.
If you would like to learn how to do this contact me today to book in workshop or a class at your place. If you would find it easier you are welcome to have your workshop at my place in Albany - you just invite your friends, bring a packet of biccies and I will do the rest - and you still get to keep all the free hostess benefits for qualifying sales.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

the last trendy bag

here is the last of the three bags that I made to show you. It's made using the Urban Oasis DSP and Kiwi Kiss textured card stock and ribbon. They are all very cool fun to make and use - this one would be great for a gift card or vouchers etc. I used the Oval All stamp set from the Summer Mini Catalogue and I am hoping it will come back in the new Idea Book & Catalogue that is coming out on the 1st September.
I will be holding a launch party on Sunday the 12th September at 1.30pm to celebrate the new catalogue. It will be a fun afternoon to see the new catty, try some new products, prizes, giveaways etc. This is a FREE event so why not market it in your calender. The first 10 people to book their spot will receive a voucher! SO email or phone me
Wait till you see what I have to show you tomorrow! We are stamping on scarves today at classes - there is still time come along tonight from 7.30pm and join in!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

a very chic black tote

believe it or not this is just made from textured card stock! Isn't it the cutest! I wish I had a real bag like this - this one is only about 3 inches high so best not to take shopping but maybe to carry chocolates around! lol
This is another design by Becky Roberts I used a Stampin' Up! white gel pen to make the stitching. I think it's the stitching that really makes this tote 'pop'. I have spent A LOT of time looking for the best white gel pen and discovered that the one that we sell is the BEST of the BEST. It has great coverage as you can see how well it works on black. The little clasp brad is from the filigree brad set - yummy eh!
I still have one more to show you tomorrow! see you then.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

my love of handbags!!!

many of you who know me know that I love HANDBAGS and anything relating to them - yes I know another addiction of mine along with chocolate & PAPERCRAFTS!! So to be able to make a paper crafted handbag that could hold chocolates has me in a spin!!
This is one of three handbags that I made the other day. I bought the tutorial from a very talented lady called Becky Roberts - go and visit her wonderfulness at her blog
I used the lovely Cottage Wall DSP along with yummy Rich Razzleberry card stock and the largest pearls from the Pretties Kit. I have two other handbags which I will show over the next few days so be sure to visit me again.
Happy Sunday!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

cicles with circle circus

A version of this card was shown to us at a recent training session. Isn't it neat!! The stencil is made from the circle Big Shot die and then I sponged thru it followed by stamping in Stazon thru it with the Circle Circus stamp. I tweaked it a bit to finish it off two what Sophie demonstrated but I think it gives it a real Retro look. It's great to see the same set used in different ways.

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Cicle Circus Collection

Yesterday I had a fun day crafting with a friend and fellow Stampin' Up! demo Bron Helsop and we made our own DSP (Designer Series Paper) using the Circus Circle stamp set and the yummy in colours -Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo & Soft Suede. We decided we would make the lovely album set that was shown to us at our Auckland Regional Training by Sandee Everette. This cool WOW project is made using the scallop envelope die and the wonderful Big Shot machine. The album is 6 envelopes tied together with ribbon and the little wallet that holds it is made using 2 envelopes. We made a card to match - aren't they cute!!
If you would like to have a go at making a project contact me and we can sort out a class for you.
We made another card too with the great Circle Circus set so come back tomorrow to see that one.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Diorama Cards

I have been wanting to make one of these cards for a while and in the weekend my upline Jacque Pederson demonstrated one and I was inspired to create one too!! Well actually I have made three now hehe!
This one I made for a friend and fellow demo Yvonne for her 50th birthday. I used the colour challenge (#25) over on Just Add Ink as a starting point - may as well enter a challenge while creating! Remember to click on the blinkie on the right hand side to go direct to the Just Add Ink blog.
So the challenge was to use Rose Red, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede & Elegant Eggplant. So I used the lovely Vintage Vogue stamp set and Very Vintage Jumbo wheel. I coloured some of the wheel stamp in with Rose Red and Elegant Eggplant, sponged the edges with Rose Red and used the roll technique to get the flowers looking like that. I added some pearls from the Pretties Kit, a bit of Elegant Eggplant ribbon (can you see it at the back?) These cards are a little difficult to take photos of due to the layering but I hope you can get the idea. I had to stamp an envelope to match too! Always add's a nice touch.
I have two more samples of these diorama cards - so come back tomorrow!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

a couple more samples

here are three more samples of my Medallion stamp cards. The Soft Suede one I wheeled the Very Vogue wheel inked with Soft Suede over the versamarked Medallion stamp instead of using the spritzer.
The next one is Regal Rose and Elegant Eggplant and the last one is Not Quiet Navy and Real Red.
I hope you enjoyed my production line of Medallion Stamp cards - I, even after producing some many (and trust me I made 5 of the Grey one while practising for the presentation) I still LOVE the Medallion stamp - and I will find more awesome ways to show its beauty!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

a sponged version

here is a different version of the embossed resist card I showed yesterday. Again I covered the Medallion stamp with versamark then spritzed Rose Red and Regal Rose markers in to it. Then stamped it and covered the image with clear embossing powder and heat set it.

This time I sponged over the image with Old Olive and a little around the edge of the card. Added a Old Olive bit of ribbon and a salutation (my second favourite word behind embellishment! lol ) and shes done.

Thanks for visiting - I still have more versions to share of this technique.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Brayer Resist Medallion Card

I have been waiting for AGES to be able to share this card. I designed it nearly a month ago but had to wait till today to show it to you as I presented at the Auckland Stampin' Up! Regional Training for demonstrators as a WOW presentation. Firstly I was thrilled to be asked - only two of us out of the 60+ guests were ask, and even more flattered that the 'powers that be' thought it was good enough to present.

What I did to create it was cover the Medallion stamp with versamark, then spritzed Basic Grey and Going Grey then stamped it on to the card and part on the envelope. I covered this with clear embossing powder and heat set it with a heat tool.

Then I brayered Going Grey over the embossed images, and wiped over Medallion image with a tissue or paper towel to remove any ink on the shiny image. I tore the edges of this to reveal the white core to age it up. I inked up the flap on the envelope too.

I layered it up with a stamped image from the Rustic Rooster (hostess set) set and then on to a Basic Black card. A bit of taffeta Basic Grey ribbon and a salutation from Teeny Tiny Tags on some scraps and its done.

I have made a few variations of this and I will share them over the next few days.


Friday, July 9, 2010

Baby Girl Card

I love making baby cards for people, they are just so cute!! This card is for the daughter of a friend of mine in Tauranga who's due to have her baby girl TODAY!!! I had hoped she would deliver the baby yesterday when it was my daughters birthday.

To make the card I stamped "Fox and Friends" in the three colours and cut them out leaving a wee tag at the bottom, and then covered it with Crystal Effects. This way I hoped to make them look like balloons.

I also used the Lots of Dots Big Shot embossing folder, added the matching bow and then layered it up.

I hope I hear soon when the baby's born, I am hopeless at waiting! lol

Thursday, July 8, 2010


I am still loving these market or canopy cards. Here's a great one for a man. I used Soft Suede and Almost Artichoke which was the first time I have used that combination! lol
The beer mugs are from the Cheers to You set, the frame is from Frames with a Flourish. The word 'cheers' is made by using the 'cherish' word stamp from Baroque Motifs - I inked the letters using a Stampin' Write marker pen starting with the first three letters and then using a Stampin'-ma-jig added the next 'er' then finally the 's'!
The ribbon is the non spotty side of the Soft Suede ribbon out of the Autumn-Winter mini catalogue and the brads are from the Antique collection.
The puffy frothy on the beer is a product that puffs up when heated with a heat tool. It's not a Stampin' Up! product but it just NEEDED to be used! lol
It's great to have a masculine card in my stash - ready for the next birthday!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


I am having the time of my life - not only do I earn money to feed my craft addiction I have met some amazing people! Why not join Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator and have a ball like me.

Who wouldn't want to never have to scrimp and save from the family budget to buy paper craft supplies again??? I get access to the most awesome tutorials and ideas from a number of sites around the globe. I have been to Sydney to the Australasian Stampin' Up! convention, I am going to a Regional training this weekend, I get to have some sort of training at least once a month too.
You can also join just to receive the generous discount that Stampin' Up! offer, if you don't want to take workshops or classes you can still enjoy the discount. There is a minimum amount of purchases to keep current - just $600 every three months. So maybe between yourself and a few friends this wont be a problem at all!

Till the end of June you can join Stampin' Up! as a demo for only $299 which is a $80 saving. For that you receive:

Four stamp sets*
Stampin’ Around wheel*, handle, and cartridge
Assorted card stock A4*
Single colour card stock A4*
Four Classic Stampin’ Pads*
Basic Black Classic Stampin’ Pad
VersaMark Pad
Stampin’ Pastels
SNAIL Adhesive
Blender pens
Craft & Rubber Scissors
Stampin’ Scrub and Mist
Business supplies
*Suggested items. Select alternatives at the same or lower price. Talk to your demonstrator and see the Starter Kit Order Form for details.

WOW that is over $655 worth of goodies for just $299!! Plus if you join my team I have a range of bits and pieces to get you started as well.

SO why not contact me today to find out more!!!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Just Add Ink #24

Over at the Just Add Ink site (click on the blinkie on the right) there is a cool sketch that is this weeks challenge. So I thought I would kill two stones today - I would enter the challenge and also make a card for my daughters 13th birthday which is on Thursday.

I wanted a card that said something a bit special as she leaves her childhood behind and enters teenagedom! Originally I was going to give her the Always Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze card I made the other day as it says 'Always on my mind, forever in my heart' which is what my children are, but then I wanted something not so somber so I went with the words from the Birthday stamp set that says 'LIVE, LAUGH & LOVE' which is really what every parent would want for their child.

I stamped my favourite Medallion stamp with Pink Pirouette on to Kraft (soon to be called Cookie Crumb) then stamped the words in Regal Rose on Pink Pirouette and cut them out. Added the button with linen thread and layered it on Pink Pirouette and Kraft again. I hope she likes it! In real life the pink is brighter than the photo, I don't know what the weather is like where you are but in Auckland, New Zealand today is very dull so taking photos is a bit difficult. Esp. at 8am in the morning !! lol
Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope you have a super day!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Punch Art Fun

One of the sites that I visit often is Swap Sisters - just click on the Swap Sister 'blinkie' on the right to go to their site. Once a week we had a punch art class on line. This is where using the chat function we get taught to make a project. We never know to start with what we are about to create - just a list of what supplies to have on hand for the class.

Well last week we created these lovely two! Ain't they the cutest!! Who wouldn't love Teddy Bears dressed up as Micky and Mini Mouse!!! lol I love how we created the bow in the girl Teddy with two tiny hearts and a small circle. To do the detail on the eyes and nose I just used the white gel pen that Stampin' Up! sell. Such a neat pen!!

If you are interested in sharing and caring with other crafters who love Stampin' Up! products then come over to join us.

Sunday, July 4, 2010


one thing I really love to do is looking at other peoples blogs. There are soooo many talented people in the world of paper crafts. I enjoy looking at blogs from all over the world and have made friends with these creative people thru cyber space. Unfortunately at the moment I can't seem to get to some of the blogs that I follow, I don't know why this is happening but I just wanted to let you know that I am not being rude if I don't leave a comment, basically I just can't get to it!!
I will get my teenage son to see if he can work out why - isn't it handy having one of those at home! lol Speaking if which last night my son's rock band had a gig, it was the first one for the 3 new band members although Aaron has done a few before. He even invited his 'little sister' on to the stage to sing one of the songs. The band writes all their own music and Kelly often writes their lyrics which is pretty good as they are all under 16! I was a very proud mum that's for sure. I will post a pic later today - so you know who will be rocking the music charts in a few years!! lol look out for "THE THIRD SYSTEM"!!!!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Always on my mind

I love Baja Breeze and Chocolate Chip together!!

I don't know why they go so well together but they just do!!

All the stamped images on this card are from the set Always. I stamped the image in versamark first then onto the coloured ink, so after I stamped it I covered it in clear embossing powder and heat set it. It just seems to give it some more depth. I did a bit of sponging with the Baja Breeze.
The top of the card is embossed with the Big Shot Lots of Dots embossing folder. A bit of Chocolate Chip DSP, a big Chocolate Chip bow and it's all done!
The sentiment says - Always in my mind, forever in my Heart - which is such a lovely statement. I did originally start to make this card for my daughter who turns 13 this week but she saw me making it so I will have to sneak in and make another card for her - but the sentiment would still be the same! :)
Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

A Rose for You

who doesn't love getting roses????

I am sure you are like me and LOVE getting roses! This set called 'A Rose is a Rose' is one of the sets that Stampin' Up! has on special at the moment. Isn't it beautiful - it's so easy to get the depth of colour as shown here.

On Whisper White I stamped the base colour - Regal Rose - then the out line stamp I stamped in Versamark then in Rose Red. Using my Stampin'-ma-gig I stamped it over the base. Then I quickly covered it with clear embossing powder and heated it with the Heat Tool. While it was still hot I dipped it in the clear embossing powder again and reheated it. This just gives it a greater gloss. I did this for the leaf too. I used Old Olive and Kiwi Kiss for the leaf. The background DSP is one from Bella's Rose and the card is based on Kiwi Kiss. The sentiment is from the Hostess Set Sweet Little Sentiments. I stamped it and then cut each word out separately. I did some sponging around the DSP and I put it thru the Lot of Dots Big Shot embossing folder.

If you would like to order this or any other of the sets listed in the previous post, contact me ASAP