What a wonderful day we’ve had. Lovely sunny weather at just the right temperature and I was able to have some time to create.
Mothers’ Day is on 12th May here in Australia this year, so we have a bit of time to get our cards made. I decided to join a Mothers’ Day card front swap through Stampin’ Connection. So, that’s what I’ve done today. All the cards are suppose to be the same but somehow they all end up looking different.

You can see that even these two look different – it’s the placement of the stamps and butterflies. I really enjoyed making these.

  • Whisper White – card base plus 9.5 x 6.5cm
  • Early Espresso 9.5 x 13.5cm
  • Baja Breeze 9.5 x 8cm


  • Early Espresso – sentiment
  • Certainly Celery – flower/stem flourish

Punch – Scallop Border use on Baja Breeze
  • Teeny Tiny Sentiments
  • You Are Loved


  • So Saffron – flower centres
  • Pink Pirouette – for 1 set of flowers
  • Baja Breeze for other set of flowers


  • Big Shot & Beautiful Wings Embosslit
  • Stamp-a-ma-jig
  • Jewels – Basic Pearls
  • Snail; Dimensionals; Mono Multi Liquid Glue

I’ll share with you the whole 8 card fronts for this swap.

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for a technique tutorial

Remember, your creativeness is only limited by your imagination. Keep smiling and until next we share …
I’m running a bit late with this week’s tutorial. However, I’m sure you’ll find it useful. I find lots of friends and relatives are always asking for copies of photos which I burn to a CD. This week’s tutorial shows you how you can make a quick and cost effective holder for the lucky recipient.
 This is what it will look like completed
Stamps – Vintage Verses (Sale-a-bration 2013)
Designer Series Paper (DSP) – Sycamore Street
Card – Island Indigo and Pool Party
Ink – Island Indigo
Big Shot – Framelits Labels
Adhesive – Sticky Strip, Snail, Dimensionals

Cut a piece of card 5 1/8″ x 11″ and score at 2 1/2″ and 7 1/2″ along the 11″ side

Cut your remaining card to 3 3/8″ x 7 1/8″ and score at 1″ on each short side

Fold in the 1″ score flaps and use your bone folder to get a good sharp crease on each side and place sticky strip along the edges

Adhere to base of card stock as shown below. The flaps will actually adhere to the back of the card.

Cut your DSP as follows

  • for back 4 3/4″ square
  • front flap 4 7/8″ x 2 1/4″
  • inside front flap 2″ x 4 7/8″

Adhere the DSP as desired

This is the view of the holder ‘back’ laid out in full
This is a view of the back with the front flap up

Stamp a sentiment on the inside as shown.

Make a belly band by cutting a strip of card 11″ x 1″ and score at 3″ and 8 1/4″. Place sticky strip on the ends and adhere together by overlapping the ends.
Make your sentiment piece. I used Island Indigo ink to stamp the sentiment and cut it out with the 2nd smallest Framelit – Label. I then traced the Framelit onto Island Indigo and cut by hand to give me a mat under the sentiment. Adhere the sentiment piece to the belly band.
Slide on the belly band and you’re finished.

I’ve used some Sale-a-bration items in this tutorial. Don’t forget Sale-a-bration concludes on 22 March, so contact me to place your A$100 order to pick a free product from the Sale-a-bration flyer.

Thank you for stopping by. If you have time I’d love to read your comments. I’ll be back again on Thursday with a technique tutorial.

Remember, your creativeness is only limited by your imagination. Keep smiling and until next we share …

This is the card I shared with you earlier in the week. I said I’d be back to explain the colouring technique of the flowers.


Card – Whisper White
Stamp set – Secret Garden
Big Shot – Secret Garden Framelits
Ink – Versamark; So Saffron and Real Red
Embossing Powder – White
Other – Heat tool; Sponge daubers, Embossing buddy; Tissue

Wipe over your card with the Embossing Buddy. This helps ensure there’s no static left to encourage the embossing powder to migrate to places you don’t want it too.

Ink up your chosen stamp with Versamark

Stamp the image on the Whisper White card.

Now tip the embossing powder over the image so it has a good coating of powder. Be careful when picking the card up after embossing, that you don’t put your fingers all over the embossed parts. (Want to ask me how I know?)

Give the card a slight tap to get rid of excess embossing powder. Return embossing powder to its container.

Heat set the image with your heat tool. Please ensure you have the image facing away from you on a downward angle so you don’t burn yourself.

Make your sandwich for the Big Shot and framelit.

I place the framelit with the cutting edge down so I can see where it’s going to cut around my stamp.

Grab your sponge dauber and give it a good inking up with the So Saffron ink

Now you’re going to start in the centre of the flower and with a circular motion add colour to the centre

It doesn’t matter if you go outside the centre or over the lines. (We’re not in Kindergarten learning to colour in)

Now repeat with Rose Red Ink until your flower is covered. You can go back and add some more So Saffron if you wish. Make sure you work in a circular manner.

Use the tissue to wipe off any excess ink or ink that may be on the embossed lines.
That’s it – so easy. Now add it to a card or make some more.

I wasn’t very careful with my stamping or cutting out – back to Kindergarten for me. Anyway, you get the idea and it’s a bit of fun.

Now I know lots of people store their Framelits in Stampin’ Up!®’s Clear-Mount Stamp Cases. I have limited space and need to travel a fair bit to do parties etc, so I need to cut down on space. I leave my framelits in their cases and transfer the framelits sheet with the Sticky Strip on it to the outside of the pamphlet but still inside the case. I trace around each framelit in permanent pen and also write the number of framelits per packet on that same side.


This also helps my customers see eactly what they’re looking for or buying. It’s worked well for me, so just thought I’d share.

That’s it for this week’s Technique Thursday. I’m glad you popped by and hope you can pop back again soon. If I can help you with any aspect of this tutorial or with purchasing product please contact me.

Remember, your creativeness is only limited by your imagination. Keep smiling and until next we share …

Tuesday Tutorial – Box in a Bag

 This is so cute and could be made for any number of occasions. It’s also very easy and quick to make.

Card – cut 14 x 9.5cm (51/2″x33/4″); then 2 pieces cut 1.5 x 28cm (1/2″x11″)  and some scrap
DSP – cut at 7.5 x 27.8cm (3″x11″)
Ribbon – cut at 20cm (8″)
Sticky Strip
Scallop Oval Punch
White Signo Gel Pen
I used Pretty in Pink; Tea for Two DSP and Pretty in Pink Scallop Dotted ribbon.
Start with your 14×9.5cm (51/2″x33/4″) card and score 2.5cm (1″) on each side
 Cut the corner tabs as shown.

Add sticky strip and adhere the tab to the adjacent side, forming the box

Now you should have your completed box.
Take your piece of DSP cut to 7.5 x 27.8cm (3″x11″) and add sticky strip where shown in the picture below 

 Gradually remove the long red liner of the sticky strip and attach the DSP to the box

Remove the short piece of red liner to seal the bag. So now you should have your bag in a box.

Now take the punch and punch out 2 scalloped ovals of card. Cut them in half giving you 4 pieces to work with

Use the White Signo Gel Pen to draw on some faux stitching on each piece. Take your 2 strips of card (1.5 x 28cm) (1/2″x11″)  and add faux stitching on one side and red sticky strip on the other side

Slowly remove the red liner from the sticky strip whilst adhering the strip of card stock to the top of the bag and then to the bottom of the bag as shown below.

Now add some sticky strip to the ends of the ribbon and to the back of your little pieces. I actually went back to the little tabs and added sticky strip across the top as well. 

 Now adhere your ribbon to the bag and place a little tab over each end of the ribbon.

Your bag is finished. All you need to do is embellish it the way you would lik. This little bag will take your 7.5 x 7.5cm (3″x3″) notecards and it would make a lovely hostess gift too.
Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you will pop back again soo. Don’t forget Technique Thursday.

If I can help you with any of the products I used or you would like to know about classes, parties or the Starter Kit, please contact me.

Remember, your creativeness is only limited by your imagination. Keep smiling and until next we share …
I know I said I’d be back yesterday to share some photos of the fundraiser. However, I took my camera and clean forgot to take photos. It was a good afternoon and I’m sure all the ladies enjoyed themselves. A big thank you to Roz White for organising and hosting ‘Afternoon Teal’ which raised funds for Ovarian Cancer Support.

This month’s club projects reflect Easter. However, I thought I’d add a ‘spring’ type project as that signifies new life as does Easter. I know here in Australia we’re heading into Autumn but I just love the Secret Garden bundle – stamp set and Framelits.

Just thought I’d quickly share the 3 projects we’re making in my club night on Friday 1st March 6.30 to 9.30pm at the Richmond CWA Hall in West Market Street, Richmond NSW. Phone me for more details.


  • If you attend your first club night in March or April, you can come free of charge. Just let me know by Wednesday  27 February (for March club) or Wednesday 3rd April) for April’s Club Night.
  • Bring a friend (who hasn’t attended club before) and you come for half price and your friend is free.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have time to pop back tomorrow for Tuesday Tutorial.

Remember, your creativeness is only limited by your imagination. Keep smiling and until next we share …
Well, it’s taken me a while to finish these as I had trouble locating the clips I wanted for the pens. The looks and questions you get when you wander into a big hardware chain and ask for particular items, is just amazing. I once asked for a heat gun and the assistant said: “What does madam’s husband need to do? Is it a big job or a small job?” Well madam was nun too impressed and bit her tongue while explaining it was for madam and not her husband. The reply: “Well madam needs to take great care when using such tools.” I won’t tell you what madam felt like doing with the tool in question. In the same chain of hardware stores I asked for a cordless heat gun and was told they didn’t stock them by the male assistant. A female assistant said she thought they did, so male assistant went off to find them and was quite surprised when he did eventually find them and thanked me for asking. Luckily there are far more broad minded assistants these days but you do still get very quizzical expressions thrown at you.  Well enough of hardware store chatter and on with my share for today.

These are the finished ones, so far. They’re easy to make and are good for bits of card or Designer Series Paper (DSP)  that are not quite big enough for anything else. I have purchased quality white board markers as the cheap ones really only last for a few messages. Plus I wanted to make sure the pens would fit into the cord clips I had purchased from the hardware store.
The butterflies are 3D and a mix of the double sided DSP I used inside the frame. The DSP is really just to add interest to the frame. You could just as easily add a photo or anything else by removing the back of the frame and placing your different selection of artwork under the galss and putting the frame back together.
The middle frame has my favourite owl from Stampin’ Up!® Owl Punch and the last one (right) would make a good party gift or a whiteboard for the children – “don’t forget to do your homework”.
I have a few other ideas for frames that I will post at a later date.
Thank you for stopping by today. Pop back late tomorrow when I hope to upload some photos of the “Afternoon Teal” fundraiser I’m participating n tomorrow. It’s to raise funds to support research into Ovarian Cancer. There are about 30 ladies attending and I’m donating all the product for the make and take as well as 10% of sales and a door prize. I’m really looking forward to the afternoon.

Remember, your creativeness is only limited by your imagination. Keep smiling and until next we share …

Well, today I tried to get a couple of projects finished. That was until I lost my Framelits Labels. I looked everywhere and couldn’t find them, so emailed a friend to see if I could borrow hers. The place I hadn’t checked was the bag I have already packed for the Afternoon Teal fundraiser on Sunday. Yes, there they were. I’m seriously beginning to worry about my memory.

A couple of weeks ago I started re-purposing the great Clear-Mount Stamp Cases you can buy through Stampin’ Up!®

 These great cases have a clear plastic sleeve on the outside that wraps around the front and back which allows you to decorate them for particular themes, people or just as gifts.

Here’s the completed one showing the closed front view
Clear-Mount Stamp Cases
Designer Series Paper  – Sycamore Street (Sale-a-bration)
Ribbon – Sycamore Street – Pool Party and Island Indigo  Satin style 6.4mm wide (Sale-a-bration)
Card – Whisper White scraps and  Rich Razzleberry cut to approx. 12cm high and 20 cm wide
Punch – Large Oval; 7/8 scallop circle and 1″ circle
Stamp set – Madison Avenue (Sale-a-bration); Apothecary 
Big Shot – Framelits Labels Collection
Ink _ Raspberry Ripple and Summer Starfruit
Adhesives – Red Sticky Strip, Snail and Dimensionals
Markers – Pool Party, Island Indigo and Summer Starfruit
Stampin’ Up!® pen (from 2012 Memento Mall)
Non – Stampin’ Up!® – Small note pad (from the dollar type stores; giant plastic paper slide and Command round cord clip.
  • I stamped the 2 floral pieces from the Madison Avenue Stamp Set onto Whisper White card using Raspberry Ripple ink for the larger floral and Summer Starfruit for the smaller. I stamped 2 of each and layered then together using Dimensionals. I used the Pool Party ribbon on the front of the case and 1 of the layered floral pieces.
  • On the inside I’ve used the floral stack again on a giant plastic paper clip which is slipped inside the Rich Razzleberry pocket. To form the pocket I took a card front of Rich Razzleberry and trimmed about 2.5cm from the top, folded it in half and adhered it together using Red Sticky Strip. I used the Large Oval punch to punch a ‘slot’ which is now hidden by the paper slide with the floral embellishment.
  • On the opposite side I’ve used the Apothecary stamp set and stamped in Rich Razzleberry on Whisper White. I’ve used the markers listed above to colour the flowers. I then cut the card 1 size larger than usual with the Framelits Labels and then folded that in half. I have added Red Sticky Strip to the back of the folded label. I punched holes through the front of the Apothecary label and the notebook. I’ve threaded the Island Indigo satin ribbon through from the back of the notebook and out the front of the Apothecary label and tied a bow. This makes the notebook removable or replaceable.
  • Lastly I’ve used a Stampin’ Up!® pen clipped with the round cord clip.
So, that’s it. I think it would make a lovely gift. Now I sort of know what I’m doing, I think the other 3 I have started will be finished quite quickly.
I will be selling these at the Combewood Market in Penrith (N.S.W. – Australia) on 14th April 2013 from 10am to 3pm. Entry is a gold coin donation.

If you’d like to know more about the products I’ve used or if you’d like to purchase products, please contact me or phone me on 0410 315 786

Remember, your creativeness is only limited by your imagination. Keep smiling and until next we share …

 Baby Wipe Swipe

Have you ever had one of those ideas in your head and when you try to create it, it doesn’t work out as well as you had thought? Well this is such a card. I always tell people in my classes or at parties, “there’s never a mistake, it’s a creation”. Well this is my creation.
I had read several ways of doing this Baby Wipe technique and this is just one of them. I must also say the baby wipe I used wasn’t very moist so that may or may not have a bearing on the outcome.

Re-inkers – Bashful Blue, Marina Mist and Island Indigo
Card – Island Indigo, Glossy White and Whisper White
Ribbon – Blue Jean
Punches – 7/8 Scallop Circle and 1: Circle
Ink – Versamark and Basic Black
Embossing Powder – White
Stamp sets – The Open Sea, Perfectly Preserved and Ciao Baby
Adhesive – Snail and Dimensionals
Baby Wipes

Drop re-inkers in a row on your baby wipe. 

Notice how it bleeds into the baby wipe? You only need a couple of drops. Next time I would space mine a little further apart and only use 1 drop of each colour – I was a little heavy handed.

Now simply take your wipe and swipe it down a piece of glossy card stock. It should leave you with a striped background. Now I wanted to create an ‘ocean’ look so I ended up swirling my baby wipe over the same section of card to get the desired effect.There is no need to re-ink each swipe, your colors may change a little to give you a different look each time.

Now using the ‘stem’ from Perfectly Preserved and Versamark ink stamp a few stems to give you a sort of sea spray effect. I didn’t use my embossing buddy on purpose as I wanted some embossing powder to stick to the surface to give a sea spray effect. I also used a brush to brush some of the powder off before heat setting. That broke up the lines a bit.

I then stamped the ship from The Open Sea set in Basic Black ink. I stamped at an angle to give the idea of a sea swell. I added the ribbon and the sentiment to finish it off.
So, that’s my first time doing the Baby Wipe technique. I did like it but have a few ideas and a bit more experience for next time.
Thank you for stopping by my blog today and I hope to see you back here soon.

Remember, your creativeness is only limited by your imagination. Keep smiling and until next we share …

This is yesterday’s card that 30 ladies will make this Sunday whilst raising money for Ovarian Cancer research. Now it’s easy and simple because I have 30 people making it and I’m unsure of the experience these ladies have had in creating. I promised you I’d change it up, which I did early this morning. So here is the ‘same’ card again with a bit of a difference.

I used the same supplies. I ink distressed the sentiment with Primrose Petals ink and layered it on top of some Pool Party. The Pool Party card was a scrap which I cut into a neat rectangle and used our Stampin’ UP!® corner rounder to alter the shape slightly.
I also decorated the inside of the card and the envelope.

Other Ideas:

  • Place the sentiment on an angle
  • Use the Framelits Labels to create a mat around the Very Vanilla – cut the Very Vanilla as normal and then use the same size Framelit and trace around the outside of it to make it a little larger thus giving you a mat.
  • Tie a Vintage Faceted button to the ribbon whether it has a knot or a bow
  • Choose different coloured inks

I’m sure you can come up with many more ideas.
Thank you for stopping by again today. I appreciate your visits. Now pop back again tomorrow for a Technique that I will share.

Remember, your creativeness is only limited by your imagination. Keep smiling and until next we share …

 More Amore & Core’Dinations

Well this week’s tutorial is a very easy one. On Sunday I’m giving 30 ladies the products to make this card. It’s for a fundraiser called ‘Afternoon Teal’ and is to raise money for Ovarian Cancer. I am donating all the product plus 10% of sales.

Card – Pool Party, Very Vanilla and Core’dinations Primrose Petals
Designer Series Speciality Paper – More Amore
Big Shot – Framelits – Labels Collection and Textured Embossing Folder – Hexagon
Ribbon – Primrose Petals Satin Stitched ribbon approx. 25cm
Ink – Basic Black
Stamp set – Vintage Verses (Sale-a-bration 2013)
Adhesive – Snail, Dimensionals and Mini-Glue Dots
Cut the Pool Party card for your card base and crease in centre
Cut Core’dinations Primrose Petals 6cm x 14cm and tun through Honeycomb Textured Impressions folder in the Big Shot and then lightly sand over the pattern
Cut the More Amore Speciality DSP yo 4cm x 14cm
Adhere the Honeycomb Primrose Petals first and then the More Amore with a little overlap
Stamp the sentiment on the Very Vanilla and then run through the Big Shot using the 2nd smallest of the Framelits – Labels Collection.
Place 4 dimensionals on the back of the sentiment piece and adhere to card where desired
Tie the ribbon into a bow and trim the ends. Adhere to card with a mini-glue dot.

Now as I’m doing this with 30 ladies whom I don’t know I’ve kept it simple. However, they all get to stamp and they all get to use the Big Shot. I think they’ll be happy with the card. Pop back tomorrow as I’m going to change it up and give it a WOW factor with a few little tweeks of the design and some additions. So I hope to see you back tomorrow. Please leave a comment if you have time.
Don’t forget Thursday is Technique day – I’ll have a new technique to share with you.
If you need any Stampin’ Up!® products, please don’t hesitate to contact me (Australian residents only). This month is also a great month to join my team as an Independent Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator – ask me how.

Remember, your creativeness is only limited by your imagination. Keep smiling and until next we share …