Thursday, August 25, 2011

Clearly for You

The 'Clearly for You' stamp set is so delicious and, with twelve stamps, the combinations go on and on. Here I have only used two of them - the small background and butterfly underneath the 'Beveled Windowpane' and again the butterfly on the embossed panel.  The embossing folder I used is 'Framed Tulips.
The greeting is from the 'Perfect Punches' set of six.
Ribbon and Linen Thread finish off the card.
All products are by Stampin'Up!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Lovely as a Tree Squash Card

This Squash Fold card incorporated 'Ribbon Stamping' on twill tape, 'Sponging', 'VersaMark Watermark Stamping' and 'Watercolour Misting' techniques.
I used one of my favourite stamp sets 'Lovely as a Tree', Cajun Craze, Basic Black & Confetti Cream cardstock, Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke & VersaMark inks.
The measurements and instructions came from the very talented Dawn Olchefske.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Acetate & Tissue

The inspiration for this card was came from Michelle Zindorf, using the 'Acetate & Tissue' technique.   It really was good, but messy, fun to make and my class members really got stuck into this one with enthusiasm.
This technique lends itself well to the 'vintage' look that I like a lot.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Second Look at Shelli's Design

This is one of Shelli Gardner's card layouts.
Shelli used different DSP and stamp set, ones we don't have yet here in New Zealand.
My card uses the 'Faux Linen' technique.

I loved the way all the elements came together and realised I could use the layout with two of my favourite stamp sets 'Sense of Time' and 'Sanded' background.  Unfortunately these sets are retiring soon - but no way am I parting with them!

A truly inspired card layout stands the test of time!
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What we have been up to

I have been such a lazy blogger!
Here are a few of the things me and my Gorgeous Girls have been up to.
More to come - I promise

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Free Exclusive Product Bundle

From 1-31 July, Stampin’ Up!® is giving you a FREE exclusive 
accessories bundle when you spend $120 NZD 
on your choice of Stampin’ Up! products. 

Bundle Includes: 
•   One spool of white 1/4" (6 mm) grosgrain ribbon with     
     repeating flower designs. Approximately 13.7 m. 

•   48 flower buttons. 16 each in 3 colours (Daffodil Delight,  
     Melon Mambo and Pacific Point). Approximately 1.3 cm

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Technique Class

On the last Sunday of each month I hold a Technique Club with my 'Gorgeous Girls' Group.

The techniques we are using are available for purchase from Tania Kronberg and have Basic, Intermediate & Advanced techniques (120 in all!!).
In the first class the GGs were given their packs: Two 6" x 6" Books, Technique Lists, Instructions for 120 techniques and sample pictures for 120 techniques.
During the first class we covered one of our books (the other to be taken home for covering).
The GGs were give free reign of my craft room and came up with some beautiful book cover designs - a testament to their creativity.
Here are Mary Beuker's two books:

We also made three cards covering seven of the techniques. 
Each club member takes home an information sheet detailing the stamp sets, card stock, ink & accessories used for each card and the techniques covered during the day.
These and more cover designs will be spotlighted in the days to come.

Saturday, June 25, 2011


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I made this card for a friend's husband who has just had a hip replacement!

The Google image perfectly matched the Stampin' Up! Baja Breeze cardstock.

The background stamp I used is from the French Foliage stamp set - I love those splodges, and the message, 'Imagine the Possibilities' is from the wonderful Word Play stamp set.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sweet Summer

I hope you are still using your sale-a-bration stamp sets.
Unfortunately our New Zealand "Sweet Summer" has gone, and so has the stamp set, but for those of you who have it and are looking for inspiration, give this a try.

For me this card has just enough vintage appeal without being too fussy, using tone-on-tone stamping for the three background pieces and a crisp image that can so easily be achieved by using Stampin' Up's Whisper White card stock.  There really is nothing like it for achieving that professional look we all strive for.

Add Crumb Cake card stock, tearing, a smidgen of sponging, a Jumbo Eyelet and Stampin' Up! ribbon and there you have it - all thanks to Jessica Luther, Expressive Designs.

I guess my next blog should be an Autumn card before it is too late...........  Mmmmmm  "French Foliage".

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


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This is a stamp I thought I would never use!
Now I think it is amazing and I love using it.
I cased this idea from Carrie Gaskin - Artistic Avenger
and just changed and added a few things.

Supplies all by Stampin'Up!

Stamp Sets:        Motorcycle - a la Carte Single Stamp, 
                   Sentimental Journey

Card stock:        Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Naturals Ivory,
                   Specialty Designer Series Paper
Classic Ink Pads:  Marina Mist, Basic Black

Tools:             Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Big Shot,
                   Mat Pack & Paper-Piercing Tool

Other:             Jumbo Eyelets, Black Embossing Powder,
                   Hemp Twine, VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad 

Monday, May 16, 2011

Strength & Hope


I really love the 'Strength & Hope' stamp set.  
Not only is it beautiful and versatile but for every set sold Stampin' Up donates NZ$2.00 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
For more information visit

Card Stock:     Very Vanilla & Concord Crush
Stampin' Pads:  Sahara Sand & Concord Crush              
Ribbon:         Whisper White Organza (dyed with C/Crush)
Shimmer Paint:  Champagne  Mist

Contact me to buy any or all of the above products.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Just Because card

This card idea is from the Stampin' Up Impressions magazine which is available only to Stampin' Up Demonstrators.  It was a delight to make and went down really well at my last class.

Note the double embossing used on the Newsprint Designer Series Paper and the heat treated, dyed ribbon.  Both great techniques.

Stampin' Up products used:

Notably Ornate Stamp Set;
Pear Pizzazz and Rich Razzleberry Card Stock;
Newsprint Designer Series Paper;
Basic Black and Sahara Sand Classic Stampin' Pads;
VersaMark Pad;
Black Stampin' Emboss Powder;
White Organza Ribbon dyed with Rich Razzleberry ink;
Antique Brads;
Big Shot;
Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

To buy any or all of these products contact me and I will be happy to help.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mother's Day

This beautiful Mother's Day Card was made by guest stamper
Val McGunnigle.

Stampin'Up Products used:

Nature Walk Stamp Set;
French Foliage Stamp Set;
Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die;
Framed Tulips Textured Impressions Embossing Folder;
Certainly Celery Card Stock;

Monday, March 28, 2011

Presto Patterns

Peach Parfait, Old Olive & Whisper White card stock work well together for me.

Add ‘Presto Patterns’ Specialty Designer Series Paper from the Summer Mini Catalogue and the ‘Elements of Style’ stamp set together with Old Oliver ink pad and WOW!
Don’t forget the Stampin’ Up! Summer Mini ends on 31st March, so contact your Demonstrator if you don’t want to miss out.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Shelly's Card

I have wanted to case Shelly card for a long time now and it went down really well at my last workshop.

I used Stampin’ Up! :

Marina Mist, Whisper White and Crumb Cake cardstock
A to Z background stamp & Just Believe stamp set
White Embossing Powder for the flowers
Chocolate Chip & Marina Mist Ink Pads

Monday, February 21, 2011

Punched Posies

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I really love the Punched Posies level 2 Hostess Set in the Summer Mini Catalogue. It's a set of 8 stamps. The 4 larger stamps can be punched out with Stampin' Up!'s matching punches (not included), so the set really lives up to its name.
This very quick and simple gift tag uses
Stampin' Up! Whisper White and Basic Black cardstock. The image was stamped using Sahara Sand ink, punched out using the Scallop Circle Punch, and finished of with one of the Basic Pearls.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Better Late Than Never - Creative Challenge @ Stamp Camp

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At Jacque Pedersen's Creative Inkers Stamp Camp in Rotorua a couple of weekends ago we had a 'Creative Challenge'.  Each table was given the same cardstock and a choice of Sale-A-Bration stamp sets (they come FREE when you spend $120) to come up with a co-ordinated project.  In this and the following posts I will show you what can be achieved when you have 20 minutes to come up with an idea and produce the goods. 

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Elements of Style

Rich Razzleberry was not one of my favourite colours, but with tone-on-tone background stamping teamed with Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive and Whisper White cardstock, plus a dash of Basic Black ink, this really works for me. Credit goes to Gail Beezley whose June Card Kit of the Month instructions I purchased online.  The stamp set is "Elements of Style" and has become one of my favourites.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Box Card

Back in the land of blog.

Box cards are surprisingly easy and are sure to impress.
This one is made using Pear Pizzazz cardstock, ink and ribbon and Circle Circus and Just Believe stamp sets - all by Stampin' Up 

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