Closed version of the card with the belly band.

I’ve decided I need to try some new folds. Pat Huntoon from Technique Junkies has a great CD called “Fancy Folds & Motion Paper Craft”. It has some fantastic step by step tutorials and is well worth purchasing. One of the folds is the Short Graduated Accordion Card. . It’s very easy and I added the belly band as an extra.

This view shows the card partially opened and with the belly band.

Card – Chocolate Chip; Very Vanilla
DSP – Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack – Neutrals
Stamp set – Just Believe
Ink – Chocolate Chip
Stamp ‘n Write Markers – Chocolate Chip; Pretty in Pink; Wild Wasabi
Punches – Word Windoe; Modern Label; 1 3/8″ circle’ 1 3/4″ scallop
Adhesive – Dimensionals; Snail

Here’s the card completely open.

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The colours aren’t good on this 🙂 I guess that’s what happens when you are still up in the middle of the night and trying to get a photo 🙂
Stamp set – Happiest Birthday Wishes
Card – Very vanilla and Baja Breeze
Ink – Baja Breeze
Ribbon – 5/8″ Whisper White satin
Big Shot – Elegant Lines textured impressions folder
Punches – Large Oval; Decorative Label
Adhesive – Snail
This is quite a quick card to make and I think it looks quite elegant. Mind you it looks much better in the ‘flesh’ than here.
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I just love Stampin’ Up!’s range of A la Carte  stamps and this one is called Elizabeth (as it’s my name sake it must be a great stamp :))
I used my Stamp-a-majig to position the sentiment.
The butterfly is made in both card and vellum and the wings will sit up, to make it look quite 3D. I’ve used pearls down the centre of the butterfly.
I’ve also embossed the card to add some texture.
Card – Whisper White; Concord Crush; Wisteria Wonder; Vellum
Ink – Elegant Eggplant
Big Shot – Beautiful Wings Embosslit die; Finial Press
Stamp sets: Elizabeth; Just Believe
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Vellum Paper & Card
Used here on top of the butterfly as an embossed layer.
Features & Benefits
20 sheets per package
17-lb. text weight (paper)
43-lb. text weight—heavier than most vellum card stock (card)
Perfect as an overlay or a window
Acid free, lignin free
Translucent white
Perfect for elegant projects such as wedding announcements, shower invitations, holiday cards, and other special-occasion greetings
Beautiful when used with embossing folders
Quick Trick
Use pads, markers and Watercolour Wonder Crayons directly on the vellum.
For a muted, stained-glass look, emboss an image on the front of the vellum, and then colour it with Stampin’ Write Markers or Watercolour Wonder Crayons from the back.
Used in this tea light candle holder – it’s attached behind the ornament punched piece
Other Products to Use with Vellum
Stampin’ Write Markers
 Watercolour Wonder Crayons

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My apologies for not posting – lots on and no time. However, I have a great card to share with you today.

Card: Whisper White – A5 for card base and a piece 7cm x 8cm for the snowy hill
          Bashful Blue – 8cm x 11.2cm
          Certainly Celery and Chocolate Chip – use some of your scarps
Snow Swirled stamp set
Ink – Certainly Celery
Textured Impressions Folders – Petals a Plenty and Framed Tulips
Punch – Cup Cake
Ribbon: 5/8″ Whisper White Satin and a small length of White DMC embroidery floss
Adhesive – Snail and 2 way glue pen
Other – clear button; rhinestones; Dazzling Diamonds glitter; Frost White Shimmer Paint; Rubbing alcohol; sponge dauber; Big Shot, crimper

Place the front of your card into the Framed Tulips Textured impressions folder and through your Big Shot. Try and centre the width of the card before embossing.

You can see at the bottom of the card there is more space than around the other edges, so just trim a bit off to give even space around all edges.

Take your piece of Bashful Blue (8×11.2cm) and run it through the Big Shot with the Petals a Plenty folder.
Mix up a solution of frost White Shimmer Paint and rubbing alcohol and spritz the piece of embossed Bashful Blue. (I use about 30ml of rubbing alcohol and 15 drops of shimmer paint – mix well and use in a well ventilated area). Allow to dry.
Take your Whisper White (7 x 8cm) and rip it on the diagonal as this will form your ‘snowy’ hill. (I rip towards myself so you get a ‘fury’ type edge with the fibres of the card exposed). Dampen the ripped edge and your fingers and roll the ripped edge towards you – this just gives a bit more texture and interest to the card. (You can see in the next photo the effect)
Adhere this to your Bashful Blue card. Cut a length (about 11cm) of Satin Ribbon (just place a bit of snail on the ends of the ribbon) and adhere to the back of the Bashful Blue card. See photo below.

Now make the tree trunk by punching out just the case from the Cup Cake punch. I usually just use a strip of scrap – you need it just longer than the punch so you have a bit of a handle to hang onto for placement of the card for punching.

Now place the punched piece into your crimper and crip across the width so the crimp lines are vertical. Adhere to card with the scalloped edge on top. Make sure you leave a little bit of space near the scalloped edge so you can slide the tree under it.
To make the tree, use the Certainly Celery card and ink to stamp the image. You can cut it out now or wait until you have embellished it. I cut it out last but noticed I lost some glitter doing it that way. Use the 2 way glue pen and trace on the dotted swirls on the tree – you need to work quickly so the glue doesn’t have time to dry before sprinkling on the glitter). Sprinkle the Dazzling Diamonds Glitter over the tree and remove excess. Place rhinestones in the centre of each ‘flower’.
Using a sponge dauber load it with Frost White shimmer paint and ‘ink’ up a snow flake and stamp randomly on the white hill and tree trunk too if you like.
Aghere the tree to the card.
To finish off the bow, you need to do the following:
Use the embroidery floss and tie it around the ribbon which will scrunch the ribbon up a bit and make it look like you have actually tied a bow – see below. Do not trim the floss yet.

Using another piece of the 5/8″ Whisper White satin ribbon tie a bow and use a mini glue dot or mono glue to adhere over the floss. Now bring the floss up and tie a knot in the centre of the bow. Do not cut the floss yet.

Thread the ends of the floss through your button and tie a knot. Now you can trim the floss to the desired length.

So that’s the front finished. For the inside of the card I used some more Whisper White card – I trimmed one to 8cm x 11.2cm and stamped just a portion of the tree in Certainly Celery and adhered it to the left side of the card insides. On the right hand side I trimmed the card so there was a nice neat ‘white’ border evenly around the edges. I used a sponge dauber and Certainly Celery ink and ink distressed the edges of the card and stamped the sentiment in the centre (I used the Stamp-a-majig to help me place the sentiment where I wanted it. It also helped me get it straight 🙂

If you would like to make this card yourself, please contact me to purchase the products or to book a workshop or to find out when I’m doing this card at one of my workshops.
That’s it for this tutorial.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Please feel free to leave a comment. Pop back soon as I have 2 more cards to share this week and of course there’s Friday Focus.

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2-Way Glue Pen

Features & Benefits:

  • Permanent or temporary bond 
  • Dries quickly 
  • Great for adhering glitter 
  • Blue when wet; clear when dry 
  • 10 grams Chisel tip 
  • Washes off skin with soap and water 
  • Acid free

Quick Trick
Need a temporary bond for a stencil or mask? Or do you need a permanent bond for a card or page? Look no further than the 2-Way Glue Pen.
1. Wet bond (permanent bond): While the glue is still blue and wet, immediately make the bond. Use a wet bond when you apply glitter.
2. Dry bond (temporary): Apply glue lightly and wait for the adhesive to dry (it will become clear). Use this method when masking or positioning stencils. When you are finished, you can remove the bond easily.

For Your Information
To start the 2-Way Glue Pen, push the tip in a few times and allow the glue to saturate the tip (the tip will turn blue). Always replace the cap after use.

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Welcome to the ESAD 2011 – 2012 Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catologue Blog Hop. You will be amazed at what all the Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrators have come up with to share with you today. Now if you’ve been following the blog hop from the beginning, you have probably arrived here from
Nicole VanSteelandt Derendorf’s blog, if not don’t worry just scroll down to the end of this post to see all the blogs involved in the hop.

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and it is an on-line group just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin Up demonstrators.

We so love what we do and not only do we love to share it with our customers, friends, and wonderful blog visitors, but we share our love for what we do with each other as demonstrators. We run swaps, challenges, tutorials, product know-how, and cyberstamps, and we are always there to help and support each other when it is needed.

So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand, then please fee free to click here to join our wonderful group

Here is what I have to share with you today. My first project is a little ‘basket’ that will hold lots of different things but some chocolate would be nice.

Card – Very Vanilla
Designer Series paper – Timeless Portrait (122352)
Ribbon – Old Olive 5/8th” satin
Stamp Set – Tags til Christmas – SET OF  9 (W125022 or C121169)
Punches – Hand held Punch, Scallop Square & Ornament
Classic Stampin’ Ink – Cherry Cobbler
Stampin’ Markers – Old Olive & Cherry Cobbler
Other – Snail Adhesive; Linen Thread; Rhinestone
These are so quick and easy to make. Fill them full of your recipient’s favourite chocolate of sweets.Here’s another view –

My second project to share today is a Christmas card featuring some glitter – you can never have too much bling at Christmas.

Card – Whisper White, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler
Stamp set – Merry & Type
Stampin’ Markers – Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
Classic Stampin’ Pad – Basic Black
Big Shot – Framed Tulip Textured Impressions folder
Other – Glitter, 2 way glue pen, ribbon, adhesive

Here’s one more look at both of my projects

I hope you like the 2 projects I have shared with you today. Now don’t forget to visit all the other blogs in the hop and scroll down to see how you can win some blog candy

1. Keryn Campbell
2. Michelle Halling

3. Richelle Fletcher

4. Sharlene Meyer

5. Carole Stedman

6. Monique Fielder

7. Juliette Chapman

8. Debbie Lamb
9. Leonie Schroder

10. Tanya Bell

11. Kelly Nelson

12. Kari Hughes

13. Christie Kunkel

14. Ann Gerlach

15. Sharlene Torres

16. Mel Sharp

17. Dani Fender

18. Nicole VanSteelandt Derendorf

19. Elizabeth Dyson

20. Andrea Buckland

21. Michelle Grech

22. Narelle Hodges

23. Sally Williams

We are offering Blog Candy and there will be 2 winners – one from Australia and one from New Zealand.  Rules for the Blog Candy are 
1. You must visit and comment on every blog in the blog hop 
2. Once you have completed the Blog hop you must email Sharlene ( and advise her of your  Name, email & location. If you win then you will be contacted for your mailing details. 3.Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators are not eligible to win Blog Candy

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You’ve just got to love Stampin’ Up! products. They brought out the clear mount blocks to go with the clear mount stamps, so everything teams together. I love the Clear Mounts as they are easy to transport (you can take more with you to workshops or on holidays) and they are so easy to use.
Clear-Mount Blocks

Features & Benefits

Made from high-quality, sturdy acrylic

3/4″ thick with letter etched on side for easy identification

Available in nine sizes:

  • Block A (3 x 3.2 cm)
  • Block B (4.1 x 4.9 cm)
  • Block C (5.1 x 5.7 cm)
  • Block D (7.3 x 6.8 cm)
  • Block E (8.7 x 11.3 cm)
  • Block F (12.4 x 15.2 cm)
  • Block G (6.4 x 1.9 cm)
  • Block H (11.3 x 4.1 cm)
  • Block I (14.9 x 5.7 cm)

The acrylic block bundles include one block of each size. Clean most inks from acrylic block using Stampin’ Mist 
All the clear-mount block sizes you’ll need for one or more images. High-quality, sturdy acrylic. Each block etched with a letter for quick identification. All four sides of blocks are grooved for easy gripping. Clear-mount stamps sold separately. Stamps in the catalogue are shown at 100% to make it easier to match your stamps with the right blocks

For Your Information

To adhere the stamp to the clear block, press it on the block using moderate pressure and hold for a few moments.

Stamps will adhere best to a clean block. Although you don’t need to clean the block after each use, you’ll need to clean it occasionally so the stamps adhere well.

You can remove most ink stains from the block using Stampin’ Mist.

Do not use StazOn cleaner on the blocks. StazOn cleaner will leave an oily residue on the blocks, making it difficult for stamps to adhere to the block. Avoid staining the blocks with StazOn ink.

Clear Block Caddy

Features & Benefits

Helps you organise clear-mount blocks

Holds 1 of each clear block size that we offer

Foam insert holds each block in place; separate foam insert goes between blocks to protect them when caddy is closed

Finger holes in foam insert make it easy to remove blocks from caddy

Opens flat

Built-in handle; easy to carry

Use this compact caddy to hold one of each size of our clear-mount blocks. Foam insert holds blocks in place with finger holes to easily remove blocks. Additional foam insert sits between blocks to protect them when caddy is closed. Caddy opens flat for easy access to blocks. Caddy shuts tightly and locks and includes a built-in handle for easy carrying. Clear blocks sold separately.

Now if you have Clear Mount Stamps, you then need to buy the Clear Mount Blocks and some Stampin’ Mist spray to clean the stamps and the blocks.
Of course if you have a number of blocks, why not buy the new Caddy? Contact me today to order or find out more about Stampin’ Up”.
Thank you for stopping by. Now don’t forget to pop back tomorrow at 1pm (AEST) to see what I have made for the ESAD blog hop. I’m also off to Regionals tomorrow and will take my camera with me so I’ll be able to share with you when I get back.

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My goodness, time seems to be flying. My lovely DH said yesterday it’s only 16 weeks until Christmas. Is he right? So in view of that, I am sharing with you a Christmas Decoration – Tea Light Candle Holder. WARNING: DO NOT USE A NAKED FLAME IN THIS DECORATION – USE ONLY BATTERY OPERATED TEA CANDLES. I wouldn’t like anyone to have an accident while using this, so please be careful 🙂
A4 card stock – Cherry Cobbler
Vellum – 2 1/2″ square
Platinum Shimmer Paint
Sponge dauber
Snail adhesive
Scallop Trim Border
Ornament Punch
Circle punches – 1″ and 3/4″
Red sticky strip
Delightful Decorations Stamp set
Battery operated tea light candle

  1. Trim A4 cardstock to 5 3/4″ x 11″
  2. On long side score at 3″, 5″, 8″ and 10″
  3. Turn and score at 2″
  4. Cut to the 2″ score line and cut a small wedge off each piece so when folded it is easy and neat.
  5. On one of the wider panels, trim back to 3/4″. Fold this up and then punch your shape into that panel. The punch should reach beyond the bit that is folded up, so you are only punching 1 thickness of card. Make sure you try and centre it in the panel.
  6. Use the Scallop Trim Border punch and punch along the top edge of the box. Trim the scallops off the smallest section. Use a sponge dauber and dip it in some of the Platinum Shimmer Paint and dab the paint over the scallop edge. Use post-it notes to mask/give you a defined edge. Wait for it to dry and do the other side. (I didn’t do that but will later as I think it will make the finished project look much better.
  7. Adhere the Vellum to the inside of the box and position it equally over the ornament punch – ise Snail adhesive.
  8. Using the sponge dauber and the platinum shimmer paint ink up your stamps from Delightful Decorations and stamp onto the left over Cherry cobbler you have. You will need 2 large and 4 small. Punch the shapes with the circle punch so that your have 2 x 1″ and 4 x 3/4″ images punched out. Place dimensionals on the back of each and arrange as desired. Place rhinestones in the centre of each shape. I used larger rhinestones in the larger images and smaller ones in the smaller images.
  9. Use red sticky strip to fold up the bottom edges to make your box. I fold mine up without tape first and mark with white pencil which edges need tape. I then apply the tape and stick it all together.

Your project is now complete. Other ideas to make this project WOW:

  • While the Shimmer Paint is still wet, you could add glitter or embossing powder and heat set
  • Before putting it all together, put your card through your Big Shot and your favourite textured impressions folder
  • You could also stamp on the Vellum using one of the Shimmer Paints
  • Decorate each side.
  • Use a different stamp set
  • Use flowers dyed with your favourite re-inker, chalk etc.
 With the Tea Candle light

I hope you like this project. It is quick and easy and quite effective. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you’ll pop back again soon.
On Saturday (Aussie time) I will be participating in a Blog Hop to celebrate the 2011 – 2012 Idea Book and Catalogue. The hop is being hosted by ESAD (Extra Special Australiasian Demonstrators) and there will be Blog Candy. What better reason to pop back then, but to be in the draw for some blog candy.

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Gorgeous, dainty cotton flowers.

Add a floral flair with these white cotton paper daisies. Colour, dye, stamp on them,

or add other adornments to make them unique. 

  • 40 daisies per package
  • 10 each of 4 sizes: 1.6 cm, 3.2 cm, 5.4 cm, and 7.6 cm
  •  Whisper White
What can you do with them? They can be:
  • stamped
  • coloured
  • dyed using Stampin’ Pastels, Watercolor Wonder Crayons or Classic Stampin’ Ink
  • spritz with the shimmer paint
  • stamp off and then colour with pastels or lightly sponged on ink
 You could use:
  • Classic Stampin’ Ink
  • Mini Glue Dot
  • Multipurpose Liquid Glue
  • Stampin’ Pastels
  • Watercolor Wonder Crayons
  • Stamps with simple images or text
  • Stampin’ marker with the Colour Spritzer tool
How to use:
To adhere Paper Daisies you can use:
  • a Mini Glue Dot
  • brad
  • Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
To colour Paper Daisies
  • add a few drops of Classic Stampin’ Ink to a small container of water; stir. (Add more ink for more saturated colour.)
  • submerge flower in the coloured water. Remove flower and let dry before using.
  • use the colour spritzer tool and stampin’ markers
  • make up a solution of shimmer paint (15drops to approx 30ml of rubbing alcohol)

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