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Just Jawing for Fun

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Just Jawing Stamp Set

Tonight was the start of a new round of Stamp Club, and it was a great nightl I’ve known these ladies for a while now and they are soooo lovely – I’m rapt that I’ll be stamping with them once a month at least.

They had a bit of a laugh at me tonight because it is my dear son’s 9th birthday tomorrow – aargh – and I hadn’t made his card! Criminal, I know *lol*. But I had a good excuse. The stamp set I wanted to use only arrived TODAY.

So, to my Stamp Club girls, this is what I came up with about half an hour after you left tonight….

[Definition "jawing" (verb): to talk, jabber]

This is the Just Jawing stamp set, which is one of the products on the Gift Giving Guide. I wasn’t too sure about this set for me when I first saw it, but it has reeeeeeeally grown on me since Jenny Adams sent  me this amazing card a couple of months ago.


 Wow! That really opened my eyes to the possibilities.  

I was just teetering on the fence, so to speak, when my DH said to me last week (while flicking through the Idea Book, what a darling): "why don’t you have this set? I’ll buy it!". And he did! He actually paid me money for it and put in an order, which the kids thought was hysterically funny.


He’s right, though. I often   moan that I can’t make good boys’ cards, and I know this stamp set fits the bill perfectly. It’s great to have a bit of fun and mix things up a bit. Try a different style, technique or ‘look’.

Here I’ve covered the love heart eyes with white punched circles and added punched stars for the eyes. (I could have just left the ink off the heart-eyes but I didn’t think of that earlier )

It also makes great girls’ cards too… I’m picturing Pink Passion and black. Hmmmm, that might have to be the next card.

Anyway, better go because my big boy will be up bright and early in the morning to open his pressies.


Happy stamping,











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Faux Metal Curly Label Punch

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Just a quick post today to share with you this cute Faux Metal embellishment. I haven’t worked out yet what to do with it. Any ideas? 

I’ll turn it into something and post it here in a couple of days.

Faux Metal is a great technique. If you can emboss, you can create the ‘faux metal’ look. Just press your versamark pad directly onto your cardstock (I used Whisper White), then sprinkle on your embossing powder and heat.

Repeat this about 4 times so you’ve got a good thickish coating. While it’s still hot (and therefore soft) carefully push your uninked stamp into the surface and it will create a great impression! This picture is a bit shadowy so the image doesn’t look too clear, but in real life it looks great! Just like a metallic buckle!

This stamp and its matching punch are part of the Curly Label Punch Bundle (p153) which is one of the handy dandy items on the Gift Giving Guide. Click on the November Promotions tab at the top of this page for more details.

Happy stamping,


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Punch Art Monkey Card

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Punch Art Monkey Card

Julie from Julie’s Japes came up with a gorgeous punch art monkey, and posted a very cool tutorial on her blog. Great one, Julie!

My daughters (DD2 and DD6) LOVE punch art so I knew this one would be a big hit with them. And it was!

We used the monkey as a feature on their daddy’s birthday card this week.

The girls decided the monkey should be flying a kite, although I’m not sure if you can tell by this pic.

The tree was stamped in versamark and then Heat & Stick powder added to allow the yummy chocolate Fine Supernova glitter (p144 Idea Book & Catalogue) to stick. It is very sparkly in real life! 


Also making an appearance: On Your Birthday, Garden Whimsy and Thoughts & Prayers stamp sets, and the Walk In The Park DSP. Plus, plenty of punches!

Speaking of punches, you may have noticed that I had to make a few changes to my last post, which outlined the fab special for this month.

Yep, now it’s even better!!!

With every $85 purchase from the Gift Giving Guide you can now choose from either the Square Scallop Punch OR the Boho Blossoms punch.  Contact me for more details.

Happy stamping,


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Gift-Giving Guide BONUS: FREE Punches

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Edited: 4th November

VERY exciting news from Stampin’ Up! this month. The November promotion has been announced, and it’s FABULOUS!

When you spend $85 on products in the Gift Giving Guide – the one-stop shop for all your Christmas needs – you’ll get a FREE punch….

BREAKING NEWS: You now have a choice of punches that you can claim for FREE.
Choose between the Square Scallop Punch or the Boho Blossoms punch!!!

Click on the image below to open the Gift Giving Guide. 

Click to Open the Christmas Gift-Giving Guide

The Guide has: 

  • necessary basics like A4 Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss and Bold Brights cardstock
  • gift ideas for kids, teens, sisters, crafty friends and more
  • On Board 5"x5" Art Journal – just embellish and you have the perfect gift
  • Festive Real Red 12"x12" cardstock – perfect for bags and boxes, place cards and scrapbooking your favourite merry moments
  • Simply Scrappin’ kits – just the thing to tuck away for your scrapping friends’ birthdays
  • Simply Sent card kits which contain everything needed for the beginning papercrafter. This is a fantastic gift idea for your KK, your Mum or yourself!
  • Ribbons, ribbons, ribbons… yum! Need we say more?
  • and plenty of other great ideas.

Christmas Ornament made from the Square Scallop Punch

Even better news, there is no limit to the number of free punches you can earn. For every $85 purchased from the Gift-Giving Guide, you can choose either the Square Scallop Punch or the Boho Blossoms punch. 


I LOVE my square scallop punch. Hope you enjoy the following projects made with it… can you identify a few of the ‘out of the box’ uses for the square scallop punch????

Check back soon for different ways to use the Boho Blossoms punch.









Layering, punch art, a delicate scallop edging, angled, trimmed… and the list of ways to use the Scallop Square Punch goes on. Soooo much fun!!!!

Get in touch with me to place your order and start punching soon. All email and phone orders will get an extra little something from me: a couple of handmade items like the ones above, so you’ll always have inspiration you can refer to.

Happy stamping,

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Birthday Cards

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Jenny Adams

This week I was the lucky recipient of some beautiful cards instead of the usual bills and junk mail in the letterbox. Many of them were cards from my stamping friends.

It is always such a buzz to receive handmade cards. You can’t help but think about the time the sender spent making that card as well as the care, thoughtfulness and generosity of the maker. It also reminded me of why I love cardmaking as a hobby – and that I *really* should send more cards. I do have a habit of making cards but not getting around to sending them! LOL

Jenny Myerscough Lisa Beard
Janine Rawlins Juliana Main
Tracy the ESAD-SU Birthday Fairy :) Debbie Hand


And for a little chuckle, below are some gorgeous works of art that my 3 cherubs made – yes even the 2 yr old stamped a birthday card for Mummy. My son’s card is in the middle… he designed his own spring/pop-up card. Not sure if the photo does it justice but when I open the card the pink heart bounces. He even did the writing on the left side of the card so it wouldn’t ‘get in the way’ of the heart. Awwww. Little stampers in the making!

Tomorrow I’ll be back with a very exciting post. A NEW special offer just in time for the festive season… and it’s GREAT!!!!

Happy stamping,

All images copyright Stampin’ Up!. Cards made by (from top, left to right) Jenny Adams, Jenny Myerscough, Lisa Beard, Janine Rawlins, Juliana Main, Tanya Kitto, Debbie Hand.

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Stamping on Candles

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 Hi stampers! Well we’re back home from our visit to Melbourne yesterday for the Stampin’ Up Regional training day, and as expected it was a real hoot. A big hello to all the gorgeous, friendly, generous ladies I met there!

I don’t remember much from the morning because I was a teeny bit nervous (okay, petrified) about getting up on stage to do a Workshop Wow but that turned out to be a lot of fun too. Hollie from SU had left a message on my answering machine when we were in the UK, asking if I’d do a presentation, so by the time I got the message it had been sitting there unanswered for about a week! We finally caught up with each other and discussed options for a Workshop Wow, and candles seemed to jump out at us.

Here are the projects I demonstrated and displayed:

I’m typing up the notes (tips and hints for SU demo’s) that I based my presentation on, so if you would like a copy just click here to send a request. General technique information can be sourced from various online references, include SplitcoastStampers.

Decorating candles really is surpringly easy. Try it out and see how you go. If you muck it up, use that candle as your pracitice one until you get the hang of heating it for just the right time.

Happy stamping,

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