Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Shelli Gardner doing what she does best- SHARING

Shelli Gardner is the CEO of Stampin' Up! and a wonderful caring, sharing lady.  You couldn't meet a lovelier person. See what Shelli is up to in the US by clicking HERE
Its what Stampin' Up! is all about. To Love What We Do And Share What We Love.

Friday, December 2, 2011


Yes! December Frenzy is here again. Check out the great specials that Stampin' Up! has to offer.  Products are up to 50% off.  Have you been eyeing off a stamp set.  Perhaps you had better check to see if it is on the list. Click here to see the December Frenzy list. Dont forget to email me if there is anything you wish to purchase.  Perhaps you would like to buy something for that someone special.  If you hurry you can have your order by Christmas.
Come on! What are you waiting for? Click to see. I am sure you will be surprised.
Bye for now and thanks for popping by :)

Monday, November 28, 2011


I'm back already.  I have a couple more cards I wanted to show you.  The first one was made using the new Designer Frames.  I dont normally make long cards but when I  designed it I felt it needed three oval frames instead of two.  I have used:
Cardstock - Confetti Cream, Bravo Burgandy
Stamp Set - Perfect Punches
Ink Pad - Bravo Burgandy
DSP - Paisley Petals
Accessories - Big Shot, Designer Frames folder, Wide Oval Punch.
I must play around with this as I was not too happy with this card.  I would like to do something a bit more brighter.  Perhaps that will be my next challenge.  Watch this spot!

The next card is the first one I made when I found the Side Spring Card on Beate Johns blog.  For this one I have used the Flirtatious DSP.  I have cut the doily sheet up and just used a portion of 1 circle (if you know what I mean).  I can then use the other part for another card.  I just carefully cut around and left the other piece still in the sheet. The instructions are on the next post or you can click here for the tutorial. I have used the following for this card:-
Cardstock - Concord Crush
Stamp Set - Happiest Birthday Wishes (2 of 2)
Ink Pad - Concord Crush
DSP - Flirtatious
Accessories - Rhinestones, Circle Scissor Plus,
Scissors to cut around stamped image.


Hello there!  I am here at last.  It has been a whole month since I have updated my blog.  I am so sorry about that.  I just have been so busy as I am sure you all have.  This time of year is just crazy.  One of the highlights in the past month was to see Dolly Parton in her Better Day tour.  What an entertainer! The minute she was on the stage she had the crowd going.  First song was Jolene so we were all pumped and singing away.  For 62 years of age she has still got what it takes.
Our eldest grandson has been accepted into Guildford Grammar School and he had his orientation sleepover last weekend.  I went along with our daughter and spent a good deal of time at the school on the Sunday and Monday.  Our grandson seemed to have enjoyed his stay and was quite chatty on the way home with all the news of what went on.  I guess we will have a few trips back and forth to visit and pick him up over the next five years.
I've had a few workshops so prepping has taken a lot of priority over my time which I love.  Isn't it great when you HAVE to spend time doing something you LOVE!  If only everyone could do what they love for a living. Well I guess I had better make up for lost time and put a few extra pics and ideas on my blog. 
First of all here are the projects we made at our last workshop.
The first one is the Side Spring Card.  I cased this idea from Beate Johns from Splitcoast Stampers.  A lovely clever little idea. You can find the tutorial here. I have adjusted the sizing because as you know our A4 cardstock is of a different size than the American one.  (unless you are using 12 x 12) I have cut mine down so that I can get two cards from one A4 sheet of cardstock.  Have a look at Beate's gorgeous baby card that she made. 

We also made this patchwork card. I have seen this card a few times on various blogs and it didnt really catch my eye until one of my customers showed me a card she had made.  Hers was of a similar nature and I thought "well if you like that one then you will like this one". So I decided to alter it to a christmas theme.  For this card I have used the following:
Cardstock: Old Olive, Early Espresso, Whisper White Ink Pad: Early Espresso
DSP: Letters to Santa
Accessories: Big Shot, Petals A Plenty, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Scallop Circle Punch.
The Early Espresso cardstock measures 6.2 x 6.2cm (cut 2)
DSP measures 3.2 x 3.2cm (cut 8) If it is a patterned DSP be sure your pattern goes the same way as you place each piece down.  A great way to use up all that scrap DSP.
This card is very easy and quite affective.  I hope you like it.

Our next project was Susan Joyce's swap at our Stamparoo Stamp Camp.  This was one of my favourites and of course all the girls loved it.  I did not have the stamp or ribbon that Susan used but it still looks nice.  For this project I have used:-
Cardstock:- Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake
Ink Pad:- Early Espresso, Versamark
Stamps:- Delightful Decorations, Beautiful Season
Accessories:- Dauber, Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Ornament Punch, Paper Piercer, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Pearls
We had a lovely evening at our last Stamparoo get together at Ngaire's.  It was our last one for the year and the time just goes and there is never enough time to catch up with everybody.  Before we know it its time to go home.  Pat Carr brought along some lovely projects she had been working on for her daughters wedding which was last weekend.  Pat had made these gorgeous Placecard holders in Black, Pink and white.  Of course everyone just loved them and soon Pat was making little templates so that we could go home and make them.  We promised we would not put them on our blog until after the wedding.  Well now it is after the wedding and I am about to put my cased placecard on my blog. I decided to stick to the Christmas theme. I must stress that the pattern idea came from Pat. (very talented lady). Thanks Pat!  My ladies at yesterday's workshop loved them. I too was doing templates for them. For my placecards I have used the following:-
Cardstock:- Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Very VanillaInk Pads:- Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler (sponging)Accessories:- Big Shot, Petals A Plenty embossing folder, 5-Petal Punch (for flower & leaves) Unfortunately I do not have the punch for the middle flower so I cut that out by hand. Champagne Shimmer Paint mixed with alcohol. Computer to print out name. The cardstock is 12cm x 6 cm. Base card for name is 4.2cm x 7.2cm. Glue or tape left side at the bottom and fold top left corner down to front. Glue or tape bottom right side and fold left side over to right side. This will form a pocket. The top right coner does not get glued down. This one forms the other leg to hold the card holder up.
For my last project I had seen this on Splitcoast Stampers and it was by Brenda Quintana.  My hostess wanted to do gift tags and Christmas cards for her workshop so I went online checking out all sorts of tags I could find.  I came across this idea and thought it would be great for a little gift for her. You can find the tutorial here. Imagine the possibilities with this little project. Birthdays, Christmas, Note card holders etc.  I have used the following items for this project.
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Whisper White, Old Olive, Real Red.
Ink Pad: Early Espresso, Old Olive, Marina Mist, Real Red
DSP: Letters to Santa
Accessories:- Crochet Trim Victoria, Crop-o-dile, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint mixed with Alcohol. I bought some old tassels and broke them up and used the strains of cotton for the tags.   Well I guess thats about it for me.  I am off to put my thinking cap on for my next workshop.  Hopefully will be back to update my blog in no time at all. Its been a lovely weekend.  The weather has been just perfect.  They forecast rain tonight and you know how much I love the rain. Hopefully it will help the fire victims down south near Margaret River.  My thoughts go out to them.  What a horrible shame. Its not even summer yet. 
 I will leave you with various Christmas gift tags I have made, some of them cased from various blogs and others my own design. Bye for now and thanks for popping by :)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Cards From Long Ago

I just had to post these lovely cards that someone kindly loaned to me.  They are wedding invitations and I think RSVP cards and they date back to 1911-1916.  It is amazing to see that in those days there were such delicate embossing tools. It is difficult to show how small they are so I will give you the dimensions. To the right, the card on its own is 6 x 5cms.    In the photo below, the cards at the top of the picture are 8 x 10cms and two laying down are 6 x 9cms. Thank you Gail for lending me these very special cards. They are gorgeous.

Monday, October 17, 2011

October 11 Workshop

Hello once again,
Well Christmas is drawing closer and closer and other than making Christmas cards at my workshops I have not really thought about it. I see the christmas decorations are all out in the shops.  I swear each year slips by faster than the year before.
Our October workshop went well.  We made a Christmas decorative gift box which was made with the Mini Milk Carton Die. Susan Joyce showed us how to make the little gift box with the lid which prompted me to make this little item. I noticed that Susan had also shown these on her blog previously and I found the instructions on how to make it on KB Papercrafts. You can adjust the size of your box as well so you can have it tall or short depending on your choice. They are so easy to make and once you make one you can make a whole lot ready for your Christmas gifts for work buddies etc. You can see I also made one using Concord Crush & the new Flirtatious DSP.
The next card was one I made using the Well Worn DSP and have put it through the Square Lattice Folder using the Big Shot. (My lovely Big Shot that I received at half price, what a bargain and it is quieter than my old one). This card is very, very simple and one that you can whip up in a few minutes. I used for this card the following products:-
Cardstock: River Rock, Early Espresso
DSP: Well Worn
Stamp Pad: Early Espresso
Stamp Set: Perfect Punches
Accessories: 1/4" Grosgrain Early Espresso Ribbon, Round Tab Punch, Extra Large  Oval Punch.

The last card was one I received in the 2011 Convention Swap from the very talented Cathy Clark.  I just love the colours.  This happens to be one of my very favourite stamp sets, French Foliage and for those of you who know me I just love autumn colours. Unfortunately since this card was made and unknown to me until last night that the Brushed Copper no longer exists.
This card was made using the following products:
Cardstock: Basic Black, Cajun Craze, Brushed Copper, Brushed Gold, Always Artichoke
Stamp Pad: Basic Black
Stamp Set: French Foliage, Heard From The Heart, Woodgrain
Accessories: Word Window Punch, Black Brads.
I really enjoyed making this card and thank Cathy for such a gorgeous idea. Love it!
We always have cuppa and cake at half time and this time once again the girls were guinea pigs with a new recipe.  I found this recipe in the free Coles Spring magazine. It was a Pineapple Upsidedown Cake.  The recipe was easy but take a tip from me. Do not use a spring cake tin. I dont know why I used it but I lost some of my juice while cooking. Anyway it did not take away the lovely tasting cake that it eventuated into. I think it was one of my best at my workshops. I think the girls will agree as well.  The cake did stick slightly in the middle when I turned it out but I managed to salvage it. I am sure you can find the recipe online if you cannot get one from your local Coles store. If not email me and I will send you the recipe.
Well thats it for now for me. I am going to catch up on all the kits I hve left over from over the years instead of having them laying around as they have done. I made 17 cards on Saturday night along with dropping keys off to our son after his trip to Bali. They were there when the Earthquake happened and they said it was very scarey.
Anyway must go. Thanks once again for popping by :)

Friday, September 30, 2011

Party This Way

Hello fellow stampers once again!
Its my grandson's birthday today and he is now 13 years old.  Time flies dosen't it!  I wont be seeing him today and he asked me to keep his card here until he arrives tomorrow from the country so I sat up until 2.30am this morning making his card. Lucky he didn't want it earlier.  This card was made using retired products but I thought I would post it anyway as the idea is there. I wanted a nice bright card and was waiting for my Big Top Birthday DSP to arrive but it hasn't arrived yet hence the discontinued DSP. 
For this card I have used the following products:-
Stamp Set: Party This Way
Cardstock: Real Red, Daffodil Yellow, Very Vanilla (1 balloon)
Inkpads: Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Versamark
Accessories: Hoppy Memories Simply Scrappin DSP,
Real Red 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Real Red Marker,
B'Day Party Rub Ons
I have made this into a slider card. I will put the instructions up soon so keep watching if you have not already made a slider card. Can you tell where I got my inspiration for the colours. If you check down a bit further you will see our Make & Takes from Perth Regionals last weekend. The colours are so bright, its enough to cheer anyone up.

I was having a little play with the Flirtatious DSP and saw a card make on Andrea Walfords 12 weeks of Christmas and decided to use a similar approach to this card. Its very simple and did not take any time at all.
The following was used:Stamp Set: Heard From The Heart
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Ink Pad: Pumpkin Pie
DSP: Flirtatious
Accessories: Big Shot, Square Lattice Folder,
Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint diluted in rubbing alcohol,
Whisper White 5/8" Organza ribbon.
Its amazing what a difference it makes when you put your DSP through the Big Shot with a folder. It depends if you want the sharp clean image or not.
I best be on my way as I have some shopping to do for tomorrows birthday party.
Thanks for popping by:)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

2011 Perth Regional Make & Takes

Well here I am again already.  I spent the afternoon making my Make & Takes from Regionals. I think this years Make & Takes are the best we have had. There were lots of different ideas on how to use the Under The Big Top Stamp Set. I am sure once you see these beauties that you will also like to have a go at making them. I just love the little Circus Box which holds four little cards along with the envelopes. It was made using the Scallop Envelope Die. The next one is so cute with the bear in the ballerina costume. I originally thought this was a mouse until today. After I read that it was a bear I looked to see if it had a mouse tail and of course it doesn't.  Anyway whatever it is, its cute.  The last one is a scrapbook page and full of colour. I have not got a photo to put on it as yet.  I will have to find some clown who will want their face on it. LOL!
Im off again to try out some of the new ideas we saw yesterday so its bye for now.
Thanks for popping by :)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

2011 Perth Regionals

Hello fellow stampers!
What a day I have had.  We had our annual Stampin' Up! Regionals today in Perth.  The day was fun filled with many WOW demonstrations. The day went too quickly for my liking. Registration was from 8am.  It was so quiet walking through the big double doors of the resort but as we started heading up the stairs we could hear a beehive of activity going on upstairs. Demonstrators doing their swaps and catching up on old friends and fellow stampers. We had two new demonstrators on our table and it is always lovely to meet new friends. Thats what it is like with Stampin' Up! I have never been in a business that so many of us share the passion of the product we sell. I always think it must be wonderful being a singer as their job is to sing and that is what their passion is. This is how I feel about Stampin' Up! It is on my mind almost every minute of the day (in a good way). How many people get to experience that in their everyday life. Anyway back to the meeting we had today. We had the chance to watch and listen to some very talented people today who showed us some very interesting projects. I am sure each and everyone of us today learnt something new. Cate Lynch showed us various ways to use the Wheels. Sarah Klass dazzled us with her glitter and granny plastic lace ideas.  Andrea Buckland showed us her patchwork cards using the new fabric. Miriam Thomas gave us a lot of ideas on how to use the Petite Pockets. Ngaire Anderson gave us a fantastic demo on how to hold a workshop. Cathy Clark gave a fabulous demo on how to make various flowers with the punches. Gorgeous! Then we were shown how to make a bow using a huge garden fork by Amanda Maycock. The bigger the fork, the bigger the bow. Of course we had to use a normal dinner fork and it was very easy. The list goes on. Here are a few pics of the swaps that were doing the rounds today. I have also included my two swaps. The first one is using a few different techniques. I made this card with the following products:-
Stamp Sets: Oval All
Ink: Concord Crush, Old Olive, Whisper White
Cardstock: Concord Crush, Old Olive, Whisper White
Accessories: Big Shot, Polka Dot & Framed Tulip folders, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stamp Block, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Crystal Effects, 2 Step Bird Punch, Eyelet Border, Scallop Circle Punch, Whisper White 5/8" Organza Ribbon, 1/2" Circle Punch.
The Whisper White cardstock is in one piece. To achieve the result of having the Polka Dot centred on the card you will need to cut some scrap cardstock approx 6cm x the width of the folder. You can use the backing of the DSP but you will need them to be stuck together to form a pad about 1/2" thick. Place your cardstock into the folder and lay the pad over the top of the folder centred and run it through your big shot. I used the Big Shot without the plates. Have a play and you will work out what is best for you. Once that was done I then used my Framed Tulip Folder and lined up one end with the pattern along the last row of dots and only put the card through at that particular point and wound it back again. (hope this makes sense). I then did it again on the other end.  For the flower I punched two pieces of card using the Scallop Circle Punch. I then scored from top to bottom all the way around between the petals and then cut to the centre only once. I then folded concertina style and joined the two together with tape and sponged with Whisper White Ink using a dauber. The rest looks pretty self explanatory.
The next card is shown in three different colours. I even tried Basic Grey and Sahara Sand but I didnt like that one. For this card I have used the following:-
Stamp Set: Creative Elements (one of my very favourites)
Ink: Pear Pizzaz, Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi
Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Scallop Circle Punch, Tempting Turquoise Marker, Very Vanilla 1/8" taffeta ribbon, Pearls, Dauber, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint mixed with rubbing alcohol.
For the piece using the scallop circle punch I cut a piece of Very Vanilla 10.5 x 4.3cm. I put one end of the card into the actual cutting section of the punch using something sharp to lift up at the end so that it does not catch, punch. Do the same at the other end and you have a lovely double ended scallop. I rock n rolled with the butterfly. For those of you who do not how to Rock n Roll. I stamped the butterfly first witht he Pear Pizzaz and then rolled the edges of the stamp onto Tempting Turquoise. Always start with the lighter colour ink first as you dont want to ruin your stamps and it also gives the image that depth you need. I sprayed the butterfly with the Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint mixed with Rubbing Alcohol (from the Chemist) and then placed some pearls on the body section. I used Pear Pizzaz and Tempting Turquoise to colour my Very Vanilla ribbon. This was done by putting the ribbon onto the stamp pad and using a dauber to hold it down and pulling on the ribbon.
The other two cards were made using Crumb Cake & Sahara Sand. Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight.
Well thats it for now as I am quite tired after a big day out and need my beauty sleep. I hope you have fun trying out these few techniques and I will be back soon with some more.
Thanks for popping by:)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

September Workshop

Gosh its a wintry day today. I have the heater on and sitting in my craft room getting ready for Perth Regionals. I decided I needed a break so here I am updating my blog. We had a lovely little gathering at our Workshop yesterday. Lots of laughter as usual. Always a laughter when a certain lady attends and we all love her to bits. I am sure you know who you are. I have decided now that it is getting close to Christmas that I will add at least 1 christmas card to our set. I love this one. I found the idea of the Pointsettia from Connie Babberts blog. Thanks Connie!
The Pointsettia is made using one of the leaves from the French Foliage Stamp Set.
For this card I have used the following:-
Stamp Sets: French Foliage, Snow Swirled
Ink: Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Real Red (flowers), Always Artichoke, Whisper White, Basic Black
Accessories: Big Shot, Polka Dot Folder, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint mixed with rubbing alcohol, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Pearls & Always Artichoke 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon
With the Basic Black cardstock I punched out a circle 1 3/4" to place the petals onto. I have used 14 petals for my flower but some of the ladies in the workshop used only 12 and it looked just as good.
Its all pretty easy.  I cut out my petals while watching tv when I was getting my stamp camp swaps ready. It took me two nights to cut them out.
The next card was one I have designed myself. I orignally made the card using the brown tones but decided to use a bit of colour for my ladies. Funny though, they liked the Soft Suede one best.
Here they are.  The top layer was made using the Scallop Circle Punch on both ends of my cardstock. The piece was 4.3 x 10.5cm.  You place one end of the card in through the cutting section of the punch not where you would normally place it. Slide the card in just past the scallop cutting edge and be sure to line up the card and punch. Do this for the other end as well. You may have trouble sliding the card through so I used one of those things that you use to score with the little ball on the end. I cant think what it is called right now. You can use anything that is pointy. Just lift up the end as you slide and it works wonders.
Here is my recipe for the card.
Stamp Set: Creative Elements ( I love this set)
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Tempting Turquoise
Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Scallop Circle Punch, Very Vanilla 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon (I ran it across the Pear Pizzaz and Tempting Turquoise stamp pads to get a different effect). Pearls, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint mixed with rubbing Alcohol (used on butterfly), Daubers, Tempting Turquoise Marker. With the brown toned card I used Soft Suede and Crumb Cake colours.
The last one is a very quick and simple card also cased from the net but again I cannot remember who it was I cased it from. I promise to check next time when copying over to my files that their names come out readable. I have used the following products for this card.
Stamp Set: Lovely As A Tree,  Three Little Words.
Ink: Cajun Craze, Sahara Sand, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White.
All you need to do is using your stamp pad to swipe it along your cardstock. Do this for all three colours and then stamp your image onto the coloured area and put a sentiment and hey presto! you are done. You can either use the Basic Black Ink or you can emboss it with Black Embossing Powder. I kind of like it just with Basic Black and it makes for a very quick card if you are in a hurry.  Try using Christmas colours and a bit of glitter and you can have your Christmas cards made in no time.

Everyone seemed to love the cake I made this time. Its actually called Apricot Loaf but I dont know why as there is no Apricots in it. (Unless All Bran once had apricots added to it)
Here is the recipe in case you would like to try it. Its so easy! You do need to prepare the day before.

1 cup All Bran
1 cup milk
1 cup brown sugar (firmly packed)
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup SR flour
Mix All Bran, milk, brown sugar & honey into a bowl, stir, cover and place in fridge overnight.
Add flour and mix well.
Place in a loaf tin (greased & lined with greaseproof paper) and bake in moderate oven for 1 hour. Mine was ready in 45 minutes so keep a check on it. Once it is cooked place on cooling rack and spread butter on your slices and yummy! there you have it.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

GOODBYE 2010/2011 HELLO 2011/2012 CATALOGUE

Yes! We've said our goodbyes to retired products in the 2010/2011 Idea Book & Catalogue but introducing new products in our new 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalogue. There are lots of gorgeous stamp sets, punches, dies etc. Just click on the icon to the right and it will bring you to 169 pages of the new catalogue in full colour.   Take note on page 7 of the new hostess dollars and special priced items on the pages to follow. We have five new In Colours which will stay two years. We have kept the In Colours from last year for another year. If you are into fabric then check out page 140 to see our Designer Fabric. Did you know that you can use the Dies to cut your fabric using the Big Shot? Imagine how much time you would save cutting with the Big Shot instead of by hand. Your shapes would all be exactly the same size and nice clean crisp cuts.
There are lots of new ideas as well to help you decide on your projects. If you dont want to look at the catalogue online then all you need to do is contact me and I will have one posted or delivered to you so that you can sit at your leisure with a cuppa and browse. I am off now to have another browse. Will be back again soon. Thanks for popping by:)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Stamparoos 2011 Stamp Camp at Swanleigh

Well here I am again and the stamp camp is all over. I left straight from work and headed to Swanleigh.  We all met between 5-6pm at the Hamilton house and found our bedrooms and made our beds and then headed up to the Dining room for dinner. Its always lovely to catch up with old friends and meeting the newbies from Stampin' Up! There were 22 of us this year. Quite a considerable drop from last year but it was very relaxing and enjoyable. We were able to do our Shoebox Swaps at leisure.  Some of the ladies left earlier than others to hit the sack.

The few laggers left the library (where we held our stamping etc) at around 12.40am including myself. I was not tired at all and could have gone on longer. I ended up getting to bed at about 1.45am. I hardly slept as I was worried I might sleep in as breakfast was to be held at 7.30am in the dining room. After breakfast we went back to the library to carry on our Shoebox Swaps.  Morning tea came around at 10.30 then lunch at 12noon.

We then came back to the library and Skip did her presentation. Skip's card is shown here using the new Creative Element Stamp set which is in the new catalogue. I love this set and it has to be my favourite from the catalogue.  I love the way Skip has used the set and colouring. We also learnt how to use the Scallop Die so that we had a nice little scalloped edge at the bottom of the card. Thanks Skip!

It was my turn next and I used Love Letter and made a Slider card. My ladies from my monthly workshops at home made this card last week. I just love the DSP Love Letter but unfortunately it is disappearing at the end of August so if you like this one too you will have to be quick to order it before time is up. 

Sue Joyce showed us how to make a little gift box from the Mini Milk Carton Die.  We all found it very easy to make and a good workshop WOW! I can see I am going to have to order this die.  Thanks to you as well Sue for your presentation. We all finished our cards etc just in time for dinner. I went home before dinner so that I could take my hubby out for his birthday. We ended up going to the local tavern where they always have delicious food and then headed off to Hillarys to San Churros where I introduced Peter to Churros. I had a lovely hot chocolate and we shared 6 Churros.  Whoa! Too many as I began to feel ill after leaving the shop. I ended up on the couch once we got home as I really did not feel well. I have been so looking forward to visiting San Churros since it opened over a year ago.  I dont think I will be visiting again real soon. Anyway I really enjoyed the Stamp Camp. Next year I WILL stay two nights.
Next is Perth Regionals which we all look forward to each year. I missed last year as Peter and I were away in Qld travelling. I leave you with a lovely photo of our gorgeous Ngaire who organised the stamp camp and some of the cards we made at the camp.
See you again soon and thanks for popping by:)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Stamparoos 2011 Stamp Camp

I am all packed (my craft gear is packed at least) ready for the Stamparoos Stamp Camp 2011. These camps always have you guessing what you will end up bringing home. We pack our necessities that we have asked to bring and wonder what these little pieces of cardstock will turn into before we come home again. Mmm! What colour to bring and whether the DSP will match. Oh well.  Its all in the learning and of course the first one is always meant to be a sample to go by to make more. Hopefully I wont be coming home as tired as I was the last two camps. Its my hubby's birthday on the Saturday and I hope to be home bright and cheerful for him. I know one time I came home I walked in the door, dropped my bag and said hi and that I was heading straight for bed. Yes you guessed it. We dont get much sleep on these camps.  We try not to go too far into the night. Thats pretty difficult for us stampers.Anyway thought I would get you interested in seeing what I will be bringing home on Saturday night. I was hoping to stay an extra night but as I said before its hubby's birthday and I cant be too selfish. He keeps telling me to stay the extra night but its one day you can never take back.
Will see you soon with pics from the camp. Hopefully some great new ideas, especially knowing that is it a Christmas theme.  See you soon and thanks for popping by:)

Saturday, August 13, 2011


I just had to post this. You can see more Its quite an interesting site. If you dont like your job and you love to stamp then quit your job and join us at Stampin' Up! I can tell you its so much more fun! :) Thanks for popping by:)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Sense of Time

Hello fellow stampers,

I am enjoying my RDO today and it is going way too fast. Its been sunny with a few showers. I just love the showers. Its so cosy! I am going to miss winter when it goes but I guess we have quite a bit more of the wintry season to go yet.
I have been trying to catch up on birthday cards etc today.  I was using a temporary glue tape and found that once I had finished my project that I had not quite taken all the glue off and of course the ink does not stay where the glue has been. You are probably wondering why I would be using temp glue on the side I am showing. Well the otherside did not work out so I turned it over and forgot that I had the glue on there. Mmm! I thought then that I would have a play with it and see what I could come up with. You can see by the scrap piece at how accurate it is when you take the tape off. I thought then I would cut out an oval shape with my Ovals Dies and place this over my card. I then taped over the oval shape onto the card beneath. When I pulled the oval shape off it gave a shabby look. I quite liked it. I had the Sense of Time stamp set on my desk and decided to use that one and this is what I came up with. I have used Not Quite Navy, Cajun Craze, More Mustard and Very Vanilla cardstock. Stamp pads I have used are Not Quite Navy, Cajun Craze and More Mustard. I used a dauber to apply my ink. I have also used the Square Lattice folder on the Not Quite Navy cardstock. I am thinking now that I should have cut out the clock instead of leaving the cardstock in a rectangle shape. Oh well!  If you are one for not too many layers of card when making your projects you could run the tape around the edge of your card. This would  give the effect of another layer of cardstock to your project.


You will find below the Box Card that we made at Ngaires for my folded card night. I know that some of you were not able to attend and I have posted out the instructions but to see it would be a help also.

I had to make a thank you card and found this idea in Cardmaking, Stamping & Scrapbooking magazine. I have used Love Letter DSP for the flower. Using my Scallop Circle Punch to punch out five pieces. I then scrunched them up and unfolded then held them together with an old button I found in my tin. I also used the Two Step Bird Punch for my leaves. I have used a retired stamp set, Stem Silhouettes (one of my favourites) for the background.

Remember that this is the last month for purchasing products from the Goodbye list.  This will be the last time that you see these items up for sale. Unfortunately the stamp set I have used today, Sense Of Time is also leaving us. Please dont hesitate to let me know if you wish to purchase any products. I wouldnt want you to miss out on that favourite stamp set you have had on your wish list.
Well I am off to have a cuppa now so will catch you next time.
Thanks for popping by:)