Beautiful Basics

Hi everyone! My kidlets have been back at school for a week now – time to take a deep breath and head back into our usual routine.

I know, I did say I was going to post my Washi Tape cards next, but I’ve decided to show you one of the cards we made at my last Technique Thursday Class instead, for two reasons. One, I think it’s beautiful (can I just say how much I love this stamp set and matching framelits) and two, I need to pop it in the post. By tomorrow, it will be winging it’s way to a very special birthday girl – my Mum.

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  • Stamp Sets: Backyard Basics, Bring on the Cake
  • Inks: Summer Starfruit, Tangerine Tango, Calypso Coral, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
  • Cardstock: Vellum, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede
  • DS Paper: Epic Day This and That
  • Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Blender Pen, Sponge, Dimensional, Heat Tool
  • Big Shot: Backyard Basics Framelits, Ovals Collection Framelits

I’ve made the butterfly on this card using a technique called Stained Glass – stamp and emboss your image on the front of your vellum, and then colour with ink on the back – markers worked best on an image this size. Then I used the matching framelits to cut the butterfly out. I’m so happy to have these framelits – cutting out on vellum can be tricky, but this time Bertha Big Shot did all the work for me, and it makes it look like I have phenomenal scissor skills!

I’ve used my blender pen to not only soften the lines between each colour on the butterfly, but also to do some very subtle colouring on the beautiful lily images on the card. They were stamped with Summer Starfruit, and then I’ve dragged some of the colour back in with my blender pen. It’s a nice technique to use with a line stamp when you don’t want to stamp in black and then colour in.

Just a reminder also, that there’s an SMS open house on this Saturday – if you’ve got some crafty project that you’ve been meaning to get finished, bring it along! You can email me at for my address details.

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Thanks for taking a peek today!




Magical Birthday Wishes…

No, I haven’t dropped off the planet! Since I last posted, we’ve been to Canberra and back, Claire Bear has joined Brownies, and participated in her very first campfire singalong (I still have Ging Gang Goolie stuck in my head), Bella Boo has turned 4 and had a very exciting Octonauts party in the park, and I’ve been getting organised for my Christmas Stamp a Stack day on Saturday 5th November. Right now, I should be in the kitchen baking 100 chocolate muffins for the Halloween canteen at Claire Bear’s school on Friday! And, along with all these other things, my niece Hannah celebrated a very Happy Hogwarts Birthday, and turned 10.

I wish I could have attended her party! Because my sister and brother-in-law work in the hospitality industry, they had access to a huge screen to show the first Harry Potter movie on, complete with a cart of treats with Honeydukes inspired lollies, and a long Hogwarts inspired banquet table for the birthday feast.

I did help with a bit of decorating while we where there in Canberra – drawing the Hogwarts school crest on a huge piece of card, and helping ‘stamp’ the brick wall onto paper (with a car washing sponge!) so that the guests could ‘magically’ go through Platform 9 3/4 to the party area. I’m waiting to see some photos from the party, and I’ve told my sister to hang on to all the props, just in case Claire Bear or Bella Boo become Harry Potter fans like their obsessed mother 😉

Hannah loves Hermione and was getting dressed up as her for the party, so we bought her a hand-carved ivy wooden wand (with ‘essence of dragon heartstring’)  from Alivans in the USA, and a copy of ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ for her birthday – essential items that Hermione wouldn’t be seen without! She was given those gifts while we were visiting Canberra so they would be ready for the party, but I did send her a card in the post last week (not Owl Post unfortunately) that she could open on her actual birthday.

  • Stamp Set: Pony Party
  • Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede, Blush Blossom, Versamark
  • Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Soft Suede, Early Espresso
  • Big Shot: Top Note Die
  • Accessories: XL Two Step Owl Punch, Embossing Buddy, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Sponge Dauber, Tombow Glue

Sorry about the quality of this photo – I just remembered to take a quick pic with my Iphone before I popped it into the envelope! This Hermione Card has been cased from a US Demonstrator who used My Digital Studio to create them – you can see them here on her blog Creative Aubservations. My Hermione card is pretty much the same – I’ve used the same elements I think – the Top Note die for her hair outline, and the largest circle from the owl punch for her eyes. I’ve made some slight modifications, by sponging in her cheeks using a sponge dauber and my Blush Blossom marker, drawing in her hairline with a Soft Suede marker, and adding some sponging here and there to provide definition. I thought the sentiment from Pony Party was perfect for a Harry Potter card!

I’ve finally got new batteries for my camera, so you’ll be getting posts on a more regular basis this week. I’m lining up a whole heap of Christmas inspired projects to share with you, so we can do a countdown to Christmas!

I’ve still got a few places left at my Christmas Stamp a Stack – here are the details, in case you’ve missed them! You can email me at to book your spot – I will need to know by 1st November at the latest so I can have all the cardstock pre-cut and decide on what Christmassy treats to bake!

At my Christmas Stamp-a-Stack, you’ll make 12 cards, 6 each in two different designs, and a set of 12 gift tags. All you need is provided – pre-cut cardstock, all materials and embellishments, adhesive and envelopes for the cards, along with a cuppa and Christmas themed light refreshments, to get us in a Christmassy mood.

The class will be set up so you can construct the cards in an assembly-line format, with full instructions and a list of materials to create more later if you wish.

You can choose to come to either the morning session – 10am to 12 noon, or the afternoon – 2pm to 4pm. Please let me know which session you prefer when you make your booking.

The cost of each session is $25 and places are limited to ensure individual attention. Warning – Christmas Carols will be playing, so if you don’t like ’em, bring your ear plugs!


Thanks for taking a peek today!


A Barnyard Party

Hidey Ho, Happy Stampers!

You might have seen this quick post I did about playing with my punches to make barnyard animals. Well, here’s the card they go with. The birthday girl should have this card by now, so all can be revealed!


  • Stamp Sets: Party This Way
  • Inks: Wild Wasabi, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Rose Red, Daffodil Delight, Poppy Parade, Baja Breeze
  • CS: Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, Peach Parfait, Soft Suede, Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Pretty in Pink, Very Vanilla
  • Big Shot Accessories: Circles No.2 Die, Lattice Embossing Folder, Bigz Island Floral Die
  • Punches: Two Step Owl, Word Window, Cropodile, Scallop Circle, Scallop Edge and the Trio Flower
  • Other Accessories: Stampin’ Dimensionals, Linen Thread, Two Way Glue, Circle Ice Rhinestone Brads

This is the first time I’ve made a side step card, and it was so much fun! You can find a link at Splitcoaststampers on how to create your own. A little fiddly and time consuming, but definitely worth it for this little girl – I know she’s going to have a wonderful time at her farmyard birthday party.

Seeing it’s ‘Birthday Card Frenzy‘ over at Shelli Gardner’s Creative Challenge page, I decided to enter this ‘farmyard frenzy’ card as well – pop on over and see all the amazing creations that people have come up with.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!


Happy Birthday Queen Shannon

Stampin’ Up! Convention is on today in Melbourne and I’m not there 😦

But, I couldn’t help not being involved somehow! A little bird called Teneale told me it’s Shannon West’s birthday today. Shannon is one of the Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Trainers from the US, and because she’s over here on her birthday, and not at home with family and friends, a whole bunch of Aussie SU! demos decided it would be lovely for as many people as possible to make her a birthday card – let’s hope our shower of cards doesn’t put her luggage over the limit!

Here’s mine – it’s another of my Faux Linen cards – I really hope she likes it!

  • Stamp Sets: You’re a Gem, Bliss (SAB set), Musical Notes Wheel, Tiny Tags
  • Ink: StazOn Black, Crumbcake
  • CS: Whisper White, Basic Black, Glossy White
  • DSP: Greenhouse Gala
  • Accessories: Victoria Crochet Trim, Basic Pearls, Distressing Essentials Kit

I’m so sorry I’ll be missing her presentations – one of last years extolled the virtues of owning a Snuggie (she was using it to demonstrate marketing principles and meeting customers needs, but the examples she showed were hilarious!)

If you’d like to see her in action, here she is on YouTube demonstrating the Bliss stamp set – isn’t she cute?

I hope she has a wonderful birthday over here in Australia. If you’d like to learn how I achieved the effect on Shannon’s birthday card, I’ll be doing another Faux Linen class on Wednesday 22nd June – just send me an email letting me know you’d like to attend.

Thanks for taking a peek today.


Inklings BlogHop – you’ll think all your birthdays have come at once!

It’s the first of April, which means new stamps to play with – huzzah! Welcome to the INKlings’ Team’s Autumn Winter Mini Catalogue blog hop. You may have arrived here from Liz Halbisch’s blog, or just be visiting me, but whichever way once you’ve checked out my creations you can continue the hop through the link at the end of this post to the next team member.

With a new Mini Catalogue out today, we thought it would be a great time to showcase the gorgeous new products to all our blog readers. You can check out the new mini catalogue online here, or if you’d like your very own copy (and you know you do) please email me today and I’ll pop one in the mail for you.

Want to win some Blog Candy? Simply leave a comment on each blog before midnight AEST 3rd April, and then email Kari and let her know you’ve done so and you’ll be in the running for some fantastic handmade cards plus other goodies. (Sorry, Blog Candy prize is only available to Australian residents, and is not available to SU! Demonstrators, but you’re more than welcome to leave us some love!)

Now, when I first opened the new mini, the very first stamp set I put on my ‘really truly must have that one’ list was Bring on the Cake. Now, you may be thinking ‘how boring’, as it’s only a sentiment set, but I get so excited about building a card around the style of a sentiment. Based on the font and layout, they have a personality all their own.

So, for your viewing pleasure, I now have five – count them, five! – birthday cards to share with you, each with their own distinct personality!

Card No. 1 – Fun and Funky

  • Stamp Set: Bring Out the Cake
  • Ink: Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Poppy Parade
  • CS: Early Espresso, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight
  • DSP: Greenhouse Gala
  • Big Shot: Circles No.2 Die
  • Accessories: XL Bird Punch, Stampin Dimensionals

Wish I could find funky striped candles like that for my birthday cake!

Card No. 2 – Bright and Cheery

  • Stamp Set: Bring Out the Cake
  • Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade, StazOn Black
  • CS: Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade, Whisper White
  • DSP: In Colour Stack using Poppy Parade
  • Accessories: Brights Button Collection, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Do you like my ‘double decker’ pinwheel? I knew I wanted to do a pinwheel for this card, but sometimes it’s hard to stick a button in the middle of them, due to the height of the centre panels. I was taking a peek around the internet, looking for some inspiration, and came across this tutorial by LisaEDesign on YouTube – these are so easy!

Card No. 3 – Old School

  • Stamp Set: Bring on the Cake
  • Ink: StazOn Black, Riding Hood Red
  • CS: Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red, Basic Black
  • DSP: Love Letter
  • Accessories: 1 1/4″ Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Brights Button Collection, Linen Thread, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Don’t you love that ‘old school’ pointing hand image? I’ve got so many ideas for this stamp!

Card No. 4 – Shabby Chic Mother of Pearl

  • Stamp Set: Bring on the Cake, Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel
  • Ink: StazOn Black, Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Blushing Bride, Crumbcake
  • CS: Glossy White, Blushing Bride, Soft Suede
  • Accessories: Frost White Shimmer Paint

I love making cards using the mother of pearl technique, but they’re so hard to photograph! This has a beautiful sheen in real life, and I think it matches the tone of the birthday sentiment really well.

Card No. 5 – Classic Good Looks

  • Stamp Set: Bring on the Cake
  • Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
  • CS: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso
  • DSP: Greenhouse Gala
  • Big Shot: Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder
  • Accessories: Antique Brad, Mat Pack and Piercing Tool, Scallop Circle Punch, Frost White Shimmer Paint (mixed with rubbing alcohol to make shimmer spray), 1 1/4″ Striped Grosgrain Ribbon

I love using Daffodil Delight and Early Espresso together – a perfect partnership.

I hope I’ve convinced you how absolutely vital this stamp set is to your collection – and I’ve only used six of the stamps in the set – there are thirteen lovely birthday sentiment stamps for you to play with in this set! If you have any questions about the techniques I’ve used to make my cards please don’t hesitate to email me!

Well, that’s all from me. Next stop on the INKlings’ Team Blog Hop is Kari Hughes – I know she’ll have something fabulous to show you. Have fun and don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog to win some great Blog Candy.

Thanks for taking a peek!


My inky fingers are back online, just in time for tea!

Whew! It feels so good to be typing on a full sized keyboard again. I did try posting once with my Ipod, but I’m afraid it was just all too frustrating. I’ve missed my little blog!

Anyhow, I thought I’d share some photos of the Farewell Tea Party I held for the end of the Summer Mini on 20th March – remember, there’s only one day left to order, and then those stamps won’t be available unless they make it into the main Catalogue for 2011-2012. And before you ask, no, I don’t know which one’s will make it – it’s always a surprise. That’s why new Idea Book and Catalogue time is such fun!

Ok, back to what I was talking about. Here’s a photo of our scrummy afternoon tea.

On the menu were vanilla cakes with orange, lemon, rosewater and vanilla bean icing, and rosewater flavoured Parisian macarons (eat your heart out Adriano Zumbo!). Not perfect I’ll admit (a few cracked shells here and there) but they tasted delicious! Please note the trés chic ‘goodbye to summer’ handbags each guest got to take home, using the Island Oasis DSP (which were, of course, filled with yummy chocolate!)

I’m going to share two of the cards we made at our tea party, using my two favourite stamp sets from the Summer Mini.

  • Stamp Sets: Aviary, Party this Way
  • Ink: Poppy Parade, Basic Grey
  • CS: Whisper White
  • Big Shot: Square Lattice Embossing Folder
  • Accessories: Corner Rounder Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

These little birds are so cute! I’ve made a whole heap of gift cards with these recently, most of which I’ve given away. I know I’ll be using this set a lot over the next few months. And the lattice embossing makes it just that little bit more interesting. It’s also fun to play around with which bird fits in which cage!

For our second card, we made an Easter themed one. It’s already less than a month away, can you believe that! And if you like making Easter cards, please don’t miss out on this beautiful set. Even if you don’t, the blossom branch stamp in this set is soooo beautiful – I already have so many ideas for cards using this one.

  • Stamp Set: Easter Blossoms
  • Ink: StazOn Black, Blushing Bride, So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze
  • CS: Whisper White, Basic Black
  • Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Scallop Circle Punch

I love making clouds with the Scallop Circle punch – it’s so easy! Punch a circle out of scrap cardstock, and then use it to mask sections of your image while you sponge around the edges. Much easier than cutting out actual clouds! I’m afraid the photo doesn’t do that blossom branch justice – it’s so detailed and beautiful, and very easy to colour using your markers or blender pens.

Thanks for taking a peek today! And don’t forget, if there’s something you want to order from the Summer mini, there’s only one day to go!



In the spotlight…

That’s the technique we’ll be covering tonight at my Tuesday Technique Class. Spotlighting is a great one to know if you have beautiful outline stamps you want to use, but don’t have time (or don’t like to!) colour the whole image in.

Here’s the card we’ll be making this evening.

  • Stamp Set: Birthday Bakery
  • Ink: StazOn Black, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Blushing Bride, Pretty in Pink
  • CS: Confetti White, Riding Hood Red
  • DSP: In Colours Designer Series Paper Stack in Blushing Bride
  • Accessories: Basic Black Satin Ribbon, Brights Button Collection, 1 1/4″ and 1 3/8″ Circle Punches, Two Way Glue, Dazzling Diamonds

If you live in the inner west area of Sydney, and you’d like to know more about my Technique Classes, why not send me an email to I’ll have all the details of my Autumn Classes up later this week on my Class information page on this blog.

If you can’t come on Tuesday evenings, but would still like to learn, let me know – you may be able to attend a class at my home in Summer Hill on another week night (or during the day during school hours if you don’t mind a bit of toddler aged company), or I could come to your house. I need at least two attendees to run a class.

So, if you live outside the inner west area of Sydney, and have a group of friends who’d like to get together for a regular stamping class, let me know – I’m sure we could work something out!

Thanks for taking a peek today!