Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Woodgrain Thankful For You

This card showcase a different way to use Embossing Folders. I have used the Woodgrain folder here as a stamp! Don't you love it when you realize what you have has multi purpose uses to it? First, sponge on the Whisper White layer any color combination you desire. I love the Coastal Cabana/Strawberry Slush/Daffodil Delight combo and I love the way it turned out in this card. Sponging is probably the coloring technique I fall back on time and time again. I'd love to show you how if you don't know what it is. Back to the card…next, you take the embossing folder of your choice and spritz water on the raised side. You want it fairly wet. Then lay your sponged piece on the side with no water, colored side up. Firmly press close the embossing folder together. Open the folder and voila, you will see the imprint of the folder's design on your sponged card. It gets more pronounced by the second, literally, as the card dries.

With such a pretty background, you won't need much to embellish the card. A simple Elegant Butterfly with a bit of bling and a banner bearing the sentiment from the Hostess set Good Greetings did it for me. It was just enough to enhance the card yet not detract from the background feature.  

Thanks for visiting today and I hope you let me know when you try out this technique.

Reminder that two promotions end on 31st October:

1) the free Hostess stamp set Good Greetings for hostess with qualifying order.

2) the Pick a Pack of Paper promotion for those who joins Stampin' Up! by 31st October.

Click here for more details, or contact me

***  Next Mum & Me class is Sat 1 November 2pm; and the evening Connect through Craft session is 14th November 7.30pm. RSVPs are open now. ***

Monday, 27 October 2014

Endless Wishes with Festival Of Trees

I CASEd this card from Irene Wardlaw, a fellow member of the wider Creative Inkers team.

My tweaks to the original card are:
1. using the Stampin' Up! water colour paper as the top layer - I love the texture of the water colour  paper and love the overall effect it added to the card.
2. substitute with aquapainters and ink as I don't yet own the Work of Art stamp set
3. I decided to omit the star
4. I used sentiments from Endless Wishes instead of Wondrous Wreath.

Thanks for visiting!

Now just a reminder that two promotions end on 31st October:

1) the free Hostess stamp set Good Greetings for hostess with qualifying order.

2) the Pick a Pack of Paper promotion for those who joins Stampin' Up! by 31st October.

Click here for more details, or contact me

***  Next Mum & Me class is Sat 1 November 2pm; and the evening Connect through Craft session is 14th November 7.30pm. RSVPs are open now. ***

Friday, 24 October 2014

Ovals Collection Framelits For Balloon

A fun patterned paper, card stock, a single stamp, a die or framelit shape - these are all the basic supplies required for today's card. How easy it was to put together. And I needed easy since I was making this card at 1am, lol! I was determined for my boy to have a birthday card handmade by me on his birthday :-)

The is a CASE of Brenda Quintana's card with my tweaks - not because her card needed any tweaking, but more because I don't have her supplies therefore had to substitute where possible.

The patterned paper is from the retired Birthday Basics DSP, and the stamp is one of the seven stamps that are included in the Everyday Occasions Card Kit. I totally recommend the awesome card kits that Stampin' Up! offers. Click HERE  to view the various card kit options that are available. They are not just for beginners, because they are just so fun to put together and besides, everybody, experienced or not, need cards in a jiffy oftentimes. And with the holiday and Christmas season coming up, the card kits would make great gifts. So be sure to check them out on my online store or email me your order. Allow 2 weeks shipping, so you want to get them early so as not to be caught out in the pre Christmas manic.

Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, 20 October 2014

Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit

Stampin Up! introduces today for the first time a Holiday Supplement. Click on the picture above to link you to the supplement online. The new products introduced in this supplement are only available while supplies last so if you find something you like, don't delay, contact me asap so I can put an order in for you.

My favourite item from the supplement has to be the Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit. This kit contains everything you need to create 26 three dimensional stars in a variety of sizes and patterns  - Christmas home decor all in a jiffy! Or use them as ornaments, place cards, tags, and more!

Watch the video below from Stampin' Up! that shows you how you can quickly put together these boxes. I flipped when I realized that they come all with adhesive in place already - how amazing is that? Watch the video to see what I mean…especially at about 1:38minute :-)

Incredible huh? Stampin' Up! has really thought through with this kit offering, I reckon. The Christmas season is fun to prepare for but with so much that we would like to do, a helping hand won't go amiss and that's what this kit is for.

Oh, and here's another video for more ideas on what to use this kit for:

Now suppose you love these stars but you would prefer them all to be in the same size or in different patterns/embellishments - after all stars are so versatile aren't they - perfect for birthdays, occasions where congratulations are in order, 4th of July celebrations if you are American - what then? No problem! You can easily create these stars with the Stars Framelits Dies. Contact me to get your framelits and let me show you how to make these stars.

Thanks for visiting today!

Friday, 17 October 2014

Gone Too Soon Community Event

Had a stamping bee here earlier this week to make these cards to go into the Welcome Packs. They are for a special event tomorrow - Gone Too Soon. This is a special free community event to acknowledge and remember babies and children gone from us too soon.
The event will include a short talk from tv presenter & author Catherine Sylvester, reflection areas, remembrance crafts, resources, lantern & balloon release and more.
Friends and family welcome.

On the inside of the card is a beautiful poem by Kimberly McIntyre:

A Mother's Love cannot be measured
by increments of time...
an entire lifetime of love can be squeezed
into a few brief miraculous moments 

A HUGE thanks to Stampin' Up! NZ for their generous support and contribution towards this community event. And a special thanks too to fellow SU demo Susan Wong for her time and support and encouragement.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Bright and Beautiful with the Faux Letterpress Technique

This card was first inspired by the Faux Letterpress technique I saw demonstrated by my Stamp Nation sista Catherine Pooler. Then, Stamp Nation also celebrated World Card Making Day on October 4th with an incredible series of challenges, one of which I was inspired to use the different shade of blues. The eventual card, as pictured above, was what I then used for a shoebox swap in our team training session last Saturday. A swap is a lot of fun - you prepare one design and depending on the number of people in the swap, you get that many number of different cards in return. A shoebox swap simply is a variation in that you have the supplies all ready in a shoebox or any kind of suitable container for others to make the card, and in return you get to make cards that others have designed.

I have had so much fun playing with this Faux Letterpress Technique - I have now made several cards with this technique that I will be sharing with you over the next few days. I would love to show you how it is done and even better, watch you be wowed by how you can very easily achieve the look yourself! Contact me on for class information or how about book a workshop? Get a few friends together to have fun connecting through crafting and work through some of your christmas cards to do list at the same time!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Welcome Baby Girl Cards

These were inspired by Monica Gale, a UK demonstrator. You can see her card here.
Quite a few families in our local homeschool group are having new additions this year so I will be looking more closely at all the welcome baby stamp sets from Stampin Up. When I made these cards, I had no current baby stamp sets, hence I pulled out the retired Curvy Verses from storage. I love that sentiment: "One baby, many happy hearts." So true!

Just a quick tip: while I like to use up every inch of the card stock, sometimes, when I punch out a shape, like the flower from the Blossom Punch, I keep in mind that I could use the "negative" side (see pic below) as well as the positive (the Blossom shape itself). For example, I could layer the negative over a piece of DSP or as in these baby cards, I used it as a matting layer.

Thank you for visiting today.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Stamp, Stock and Save Promotion Ends 6 October 2014

Stampin' Up! is excited about celebrating World Card Making Day on the 4th October 2014.

And at Stampin' Up!, no celebration is complete without a fabulous promotion! From 1 October til 6 October, you can save 15% on all single ink pads, select paper, envelopes and adhesive PLUS a 20%  on select stamps. Now is the time to stock up!

Place your order either by emailing me ( or click here to see the discounted products. Remember these fantastic savings are only until 6 October.

**** World Card Making Day : October 4th 2014 : Join me for a stamping fun session : Contact me now for further details  ****

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