Using Brads in Scrapbooking, Card Making  and other Projects

Brads come in all shapes and sizes and are great to use on your scrapbook pages! They add colour, texture and charm to layouts and cards. Brads are one of those great embellishments that are functional and decorative.

How to use brads

1. First you will need a hole in which to stick the brad through. I use a paper piercer to poke the hole in the paper. You could also use a 1/16th ¨ hole punch or the tip of your paper snips.
2. Next you put the prongs of the brad through the hole and open up the prongs on the backside of the paper.

That is all there is to it! Brads are easy to use and require no special tools! That is one of the reasons these little embellishments have gained so much popularity!

Another reason for their popularity is that they are fairly inexpensive! You can stock up on lots of shapes and sizes. Use Deal of the Week to add some brads as embellishments for your projects.
There are many great ways to use brads on your layouts!

Most brads are shiny and perfect looking. If you like adding a rustic touch you can sand the top of your brads with sandpaper! This will scratch the brad up and if the colour is painted on it will allow the metal to shine through giving it that great shabby chic look!

If you find yourself in a pinch without the perfect colour of brad for your layout, do not fear!
Another trick for brads is to heat embossing the tops. Dip the top of the brad into ink and then into embossing powder. Heat with a heating gun and you will have a shiny embossed brad. This is also a great tip for getting the perfect colour to go with any layout!

Brads are certainly easy to use and very versatile! Stampin’ Up! Have a wide range of brads for you to use and have fun adding these great embellishments to your upcoming layouts, cards or other projects!

Here are some uses for brads:
1.     Connectors on paper piecing for moveable parts
2.     Attaching vellum
3.     Accents on journal blocks
4.     To “hang” things from
5.     Centre of flowers
6.     Centre of letters
7.     Spell out words (outline letters)
8.     Corners of picture mat
9.     Eyes of paper dolls
10.  Earrings for a paper doll
11.  Belly button jewel for a paper doll
12.  “Stone” in a ring
13.  Attach a fibre to a brad to make a yo-yo
14.  Attach elements on a page by wrapping wire or fibre
15.  To form “bullets” for a list of things
16.  As an accent on the tail of a letter
17.  In the hole of a tag
18.  Jeweled belt on a paper doll
19.  Buttons on a shirt
20.  Decorations on an Easter egg
21.  Decorations on a Christmas tree
22.  Purple – grapes in a cornucopia
23.  Lights on top of a police car or fire truck
24.  Centre of a pinwheel
25.  End of antenna on a bug
26.  Hair ornament on a girl paper doll
27.  The “dot” on an i or j
28.  Attach handle to a basket
29.  To attach fibres lacing something together
30.  Attach a sign to a post
31.  Centre of propeller on an airplane
32.  On serendipity squares
33.  Jewelled skirt on a paper doll.
34.  Dots on a ladybug
35.  As fillers
36.  Christmas bulbs on a tree paper piecing
37.  Eye on a frog
38.  Use to embellish the corner of tags
39.  Borders
40.  Titles
41.  Attach fabric or lace to paper
42.  Ends of a hammock
43.  Use on butterfly wings
44.  Buttons on a dress
45.  Shoe buckle
46.  Dots on a clown suit doll or paper piecing
47.  Sprinkles on an ice cream cone
48.  Sprinkles on a cupcake
49.  To attach a transparency or vellum
50.  Use your imagination!!!
Don’t forget there is a special deal this week on rhinestone brads.
(Approx 80 brads: 4 colours, 2 sizes)
Regular Price $19.95 SALE $13.97 (ends 11.30pm Tuesday  24/5/11)
(Approx 80 brads: 4 colours, 2 sizes)
Regular Price $19.95 SALE $13.97 (ends 11.30pm Tuesday  24/5/11)

Remember, your creativeness is only limited by your imagination. Keep smiling and until next we share …
All the tables had beautiful pink (Mambo Pink I think) cloths and gorgeous flower arrangements.
Leonie and I next to the 5th Birthday ‘Cake’ which everyone at Convention was asked to sign.

Leonie receiving her award from Shelli

Can you believe they actually rode real camel’s on stage? 2012 Incentive Trip is in Broome, Western Australia.

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

30% Off Selected Stampin’ Up! Accessories

We’re on to our third week of Stampin’ Up! Australia’s Deal of the Week Promotion.  Here’s this week’s specials:

Item Page Description Regular Price Sale Price
119750 137 Daffodil Delight 5/8” (1.6 cm) Satin Ribbon $16.95 $11.87
119963 137 Certainly Celery 3/8” (1 cm) Taffeta Ribbon $12.95 $9.07
109112 139 Square Fire Rhinestone Brads $19.95 $13.97
109113 139 Square Ice Rhinestone Brads $19.95 $13.97

We all ove bling and ribbon.
If you’d like any of these items at the sale price then email me right away to place your order.

Remember, there is no limit to the number of Deals of the Week items you may purchase and this deal finishes Tuesday 24th May at 11.30pm.(Please contact me before then if you wish to order any of these great products

Extra Hostess Benefits ….

You may be aware I was at the annual Stampin’ Up! Convention last week in Melbourne. It was here that they announced a wonderful new promotion just for our hostesses!
When you hold a Workshop between 23rd May and 30th June and your party sales total $450 or more you will receive a bonus $70 in Hostess Benefits! How cool is that??  So instead of $40 to spend you now have a minimum of $110 to spend!
So if you’d like to take advantage of this awesome deal contact me to book your workshop in.

Remember, your creativeness is only limited by your imagination. Keep smiling and until next we share …
I’m so excited to be part of the SUDSOL blog tour. SUDSOL is a forum for Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrators only from all over the world. I just love this group for all the fantastic inspiration shared through its community, creativity, business and library. If you’re a Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator, you can have a free 2 week membership so you can try before you buy. Once you are a full member you can earn your membership by contributing to the group. Why not click on this link and sign up for your 2 week trial absolutely free.
I have 3 projects I want to share with you today.
Aged Tile Sense of Time
·        Sense of Time stamp set
·        Ink – Whisper White; Early Espresso; Crumb Cake
·        Card – Confetti Cream; Early Espresso; Crumb Cake
·        Accessories: Snail adhesive

You can use any combination of colours for this card and make the measurements for each layer to suit your needs.
I used the Whisper White craft ink and the cog stamp to stamp down the bottom on the Early Espresso card. I inked the stamp up well and stamped across the card without re-inking. Heat set this or allow it to dry. (I was impatient so I heat set mine.)
Now to get the aged tile look I used the large clock stamp and stamped in Early Espresso. I then used the Crumb Cake ink with the cog stamp and stamped it randomly around the clock. Then you just need to cut that piece of car randomly to give a tile effect. You then need to ink distress each ‘tile’ with either the Early Espresso or Crumb Cake ink. Use snail adhesive to attach each ‘tile’ to the card.
This makes a fantastic male card and can be used for many different occasions. I made 50 of these for the Australian & New Zealand Stampin’ Up!® Convention in Melbourne (12 to14th May 2011). This card was a last minute addition to my swaps and I was up until 2.30a, finishing them. These cards were swapped out much faster than the card below.
Just For You
·        Ink – Rich Razzleberry
·        Card: Confetti White; Rich Razzleberry; Pretty in Pink; Bashful Blue; Old Olive
·        Textured Impressions – Perfect Polka Dots; Framed Tulips
·        Stamp set – Oval All
·        Punches – Oval; Scallop Oval; 5 petal flower punch; 2 step bird punch
·        Accessories – Dimensionals; Snail Adhesive; Multipurpose Liquid Glue; Frost White Shimmer Paint; Whisper White ribbon
Run your first layer of card through the Big Shot using the framed tulip textured Impressions folder.
Run you 2nd piece of Whisper White card through the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dot Textured Impressions folder. Ink distress this layer with the same colour ink as your 2nd layer (mine is Rich Razzleberry).
Stamp your sentiment on Whisper White the punch out with the oval punch. Layer that on top of Rich Razzleberry card that you have punched out using the scallop oval punch. Use a stylus or something that will give you a small dot and dip into a bit of the Frost White Shimmer Mist Paint.
To make your sweet peas, punch out 3 butterflies using the Butterfly Punch. Mix up the Frost White Shimmer Paint with rubbing alcohol (15 drops to about 30ml/1oz of rubbing alcohol and shake well) in a small spray bottle. Make sure you shake well and shake again while using. Spray the butterflies and then scrunch them up. While still damp fold the butterfly up – the smaller wings fold up to the larger wings. Now when you do this fold the smaller wings so there is a small gap between the top of each lot of wings. Now fold in ½ so the sets of wings kiss. Squeeze the bottom of this shape until you’re happy with the shape. While doing this you also need to curl the bigger wing out so it reveals the smaller wings inside.
Use the 5 Petal Flower punch to punch out 1 flower in old olive. Spritz this with the same mixture, scrunch up and then flatten out a bit. Cut each petal into the middle. This will give you the base of the sweet pea. Use the 2 step bird punch to punch out some leaves and spray these with the Shimmer Mist spritz.
Cut 3 thin stems from the Old Olive and then 2 very thin tendrils also from the Old Olive. When you cut the tendrils, wrap them around something thin such as the handle of a fine paint brush, to make them ‘curly’.
Now to put your sweet peas together you add some glue to the piece for the bottom of the flower and mould it around the front of the flower and into a thin ‘stem’. Adhere your stems to the card, add the leaves where desired and tuck the tendrils under the leaves, Adhere the sweet pea flowers to the top of the stems. Allow it all to dry and then pull at the tendrils until you have the desired look.
Now spritz the whole card again – this gives a wonderful glimmer look. Allow to dry.
Tie a bow from Whisper White ribbon and adhere and then adhere you sentiment embellishment.
I made 50 of these for Convention too – that’s 300 flowers, stems and flower bases; 100 tendrils etc. It looks great when it’s finished but there was a time I thought I had chosen too much to do.
My last share with you is a card I cased from one I saw at Convention.
Fathers’ Day Card


Stamp sets – Sail Away; Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Ink – Basic Black; Versamark
Card – Whisper White; Basic Black
Accessories – White embossing powder; Black embossing powder; Heat gun and Stamp-A-Ma-Jig
Cut your white and black card stock making the whisper white a little bit wider than your black so it will slip behind the black card and adhere.
Use your Stam-A-Majig and versamark ink to stamp the sail boat onto your white and black card – see sample. Use your embossing powder and heat gun to heat emboss your image. Layer your sail boat to card – white card with sail boat onto black card and black card with sail boat to white card mats. Adhere to card base and stamp sentiment where desired.
This is a quick easy card to make and I’m sure all the Fathers in your life will love it. We celebrate Fathers’ Day on the 1st Sunday in September here in Australia.
I hope you enjoyed these 3 cards. Now don’t forget to click on my link to join SUDSOL for a free 2 week trial and I’m.  sure you will want to stay.
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Here are some more photos of the ‘swap’ boards at Convention. Some awesome work created by some very talented paper artists.

Are you inspired by some of these lovely creations? Want to know more about Stampin’ Up!? Contact me today to find out about special promotions, purchasing products or becoming a demonstrator.

Remember, your creativeness is only limited by your imagination. Keep smiling and until next we share …
Just thought I’d share a few of the photos I took of the boards with all the swap samples on at Convention last week. There are just so many talented people out there and of course they are using only Stampin’ Up! current products.
 That’s it for today’s shares. I will share more tomorrow and make a slide show as well. Thanks for stopping by.
Remember, your creativeness is only limited by your imagination. Keep smiling and until next we share …

My post is late as I was having a fantastic time at Stampin’ Up! Convention in Melbourne. I had an awesome time, learnt a lot of new things. have over 90 swaps filled with great ideas to share with you. My friend and upline, Leonie, won an award and we received freebies. So all in all a fantastic time until I got to Sydney airport yesterday where I fell climbing up the stairs from the tarmac to the airport lounge to collect my baggage. One very kind man stopped to help me and needless to say I have one knee that is a mess but will heal in time.
Let me tell you internet connection in Melbourne wasn’t great, hence no post last Friday.

Big Shot (part 2)
Steel-ruled (Bigz, Bigz L, Bigz XL, Originals, and Movers & Shapers) dies
Cut through a variety of materials, such as card stock, Window Sheets, and On Board chipboard
Use with Cutting Pads; Multipurpose Platform not required
Chemically-etched (Embosslits, Sizzlits, and Textured Impressions Embossing Folders) dies
Cut through Designer Series Paper, card stock, or other thin materials
Designed to cut through one sheet of paper or card stock at a time
Use with Cutting Pads and Multipurpose Platform
See Idea Book & Catalogue for die images
Originals Dies
Die size: 12 x 14 cm
Use with Standard Cutting Pads
Bigz Dies
Die size: 14 x 15.2 cm
Use with Standard Cutting Pads
Use with Standard Premium Crease Pad for dies with score marks
Bigz L Dies
Die size: 15.2 x 22.2
Use with Standard or Extended Cutting Pads
Use with Standard or Extended Premium Crease Pad for dies with score marks
Bigz XL and Bigz XL Movers & Shapers Dies
Die size: 35 x 15.2
Use with Extended Cutting Pads
Use with Extended Premium Crease Pad for dies with score marks
Magnetic Movers & Shapers dies have moveable magnetic pieces that allow you to custom place a window in a card front
Magnetic Movers & Shapers die size: 5.9 x 6.2
Cutting Pads
Essential for cutting with any die
Can be turned over for twice the wear
Standard Cutting Pads (for Bigz, Embosslits, Originals, Sizzlits, and Textured Impressions): 22.5 x 15.5 cm
Extended Cutting Pads (for Bigz L, Bigz XL, and Movers & Shapers dies): 37.1 x 15.5 cm
1 pair per package
1 pair of Standard Cutting Pads included with Big Shot machine
Premium Crease Pad
Creates subtle fold lines when used with rule-based dies that have score marks
Standard Premium Crease Pad (for Bigz and Originals dies): 22.2 x 15.5 cm
Extended Premium Crease Pad (for Bigz XL dies): 34.2 x 15.5 cm
1 pad and 2 shims per package
Multipurpose Platform
Required for cutting with chemically-etched dies and dies from other manufacturers
Instructions on platform explain how to use it
Included with the Big Shot machine; not sold separately
For Your Information
When using Bigz or Originals Dies that have score marks, perforations, or lots of details, we recommend that you cut just one piece of paper at a time. Use the Premium Crease Pad with dies that have score marks for best results.
Steel-ruled dies have sharp edges—handle with care.
When cutting intricately-detailed images, paper (or other material) may become caught in the die. Remove carefully to prevent ripping.
Not all materials will work well with some designs. Experiment a bit with your dies and materials to make sure you get the cutting results you want.
Thanks for stopping by. If you would like to know more about Stampin’ Up! of their wonderful products, please contact me. Don’t forget about the Deals of the Week – contact me by 5pm Wednesday to place your order for those.
Watch out for some wonderful photos from Convention.
Remember, your creativeness is only limited by your imagination. Keep smiling and until next we share …

This Week’s Deals:

Item Page Description Regular Price Sale Price
120963 142 Stampin Pastels New Color Kit

$28.50 $22.80
115957 151 Thanks Embosslits Die $21.95 $17.56


151 Sweetest Stem Embosslits Die

113483 155 Pennant Bigz XL Die $74.95 $59.96

To order one of these items, please contact me. These items are up to 40% off and offer fantastic deal for your money. Don’t miss out

Weekly Deals # 2: Wednesday, 11 May 2011; 12:01 AM (AET)

Remember, your creativeness is only limited by your imagination. Keep smiling and until next we share …
I promised I’d share some projects I’ve made using the Big Shot. If you haven’t got a Big Shot, you don’t know what you’re missing. Order a Big Shot through me in May and receive free postage.
This card uses the Little Leaves Sizzlit. It’s quite versatile as you can use it as brances or individual leaves, clump them together or singley.
The samples below all use Stampin’ Up’s Textured Impressions Folders.
. Manhattan Flower
Square Lattice
Framed Tulip
Elegant Bouquet
 Vintage Wallpaper
Vintage Wallpaper
Manhattan Flower
Elegant Bouquet
Perfect Polka Dots
Elegant Bouquet
Vintage Wallpaper
I hope you can see many different uses for these wonderful Textured Impressions folders. Don’t forget if you haven’t got a Big Shot or if you would like to purchase any of the wonderful Stampin’ Up! products contact me for orders or assistance. Thanks for stopping by. I’m off to Convention this week and I hope to be able to post some updates from there.
Remember, your creativeness is only limited by your imagination. Keep smiling and until next we share …

Hi all 🙂 I’m so sorry this post is late. I went to a crop after work yesterday and stayed over. So I’m a little late. Next Friday I will be at the Stampin’ Up! Convention in Melbourne.  I’m really looking forward to it. Apart from convention, many of the ESAD (Extra Special Australian Demonstrators) will be going out for a dinner and to swap our cards at the same time. Thursday night, Lenoie and I are doing the trip around the sites of Melbourne (I’m taking a coat) and Friday night we’re off to the Tutankhamen exhibition. Saturday is awards night – no, I’m not getting one however, leonie is and I’m looking forward to the round up of convention at that special dinner. I fly home again on Sunday.
Now that I have explained about next week, I will try to organise my post for Friday , before I go so it should appear on Friday as schedules.

Big Shot, Dies, and Accessories (part 1)
Features & Benefits

Manual multipurpose die-cutting system

Use to quickly and easily create die-cut or embossed shapes, envelopes, tags, and baskets

Great for cards, scrapbook pages, home décor, and more

Cuts a variety of materials

Portable; no electricity required

Can be used with dies from any die manufacturer

Big Shot machine comes with 2 Standard Cutting Pads and Multipurpose Cutting Platform; all other dies and accessories are sold separately

Embosslits Dies

Cut and emboss at the same time

Die size: 5.7 x 6.4 cm

Use with Multipurpose Platform and Standard Cutting Pads

Sizzlits Dies

Small die size: 5.7 x 6.4 cm

Medium die size: 9.5 cm x 6.4 cm

4-packs (4 dies per pack) die size: 5.7 x 6.4 cm

Use with Multipurpose Platform and Standard Cutting Pads

Textured Impressions Embossing Folders

Designed to emboss a standard card front

Creates deep, bold embossed images

Die size: 11.4 x 14.6 cm

Use with Multipurpose Platform and Standard Cutting Pads

I love my Big Shot and use it in nearly every paper art creation I make. Tomorrow I will share some of the cards I have made using the above products. Next week I will finish the Big Shot Friday Focus.
If you would like to purchase any of these products, contact me today.

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