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Handy Technique for Swirls and Flourishes

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Here’s a simple but effective technique to try with all those beautiful stamps with swirls and flourishes…

Stamp the image in StazOn black, then add colour to selected areas with the sponge dauber after smooshing it into your ink pad (here I’ve used Bashful Blue). Finish up by highlighting the details with a StampinWrite Marker (Mellow Moss above). Hmmm, will have to go try this with my So Swirly jumbo wheel. I can just see it down the side of a scrapbook page… (hmm, thinking, thinking)

Before I go, I just want to say hi to the lovely ladies who attended the Christmas In July class on Sunday. What a great way to spend the afternoon! I’m now taking names for the next class: the All Occassions Stamp-a-Stack, on Friday 31st July at 7pm. Spots are filling fast so if you are interested contact me to reserve your spot.

Simone Bartrum

Snow Swirled stamp set (p30 Idea Book & Catalogue), sponge daubers (p156), Ink and co-ordinating cardstock in Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Mellow Moss and Whisper White)

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Flower Pot Card

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How sweet is this?! I got a lovely surprise in my letterbox from my Secret Sister! I don’t know who she is but I know she is a very talented papercrafter and she has great taste in Designer Series Paper (I LOVE the Bella Rose papers).

Secret Sister is an initiative of one of the demonstrator forums I’m on (ESAD-SU), where we are each allocated a different ‘sister’ to send little cards and surprises to – it’s a bit of fun, and who doesn’t love to get happy mail?

Lots of reasons to be happy this week. My mum came out of hospital after a number of operations, and she’s doing really well. Speedy recovery Mum!!

School holidays started in Victoria this week, so good luck to all the mums and grandmums reading this blog ;) 

Happy stamping,

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Faux Silk

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Faux Silk

Today I’m sharing some cards made with the Faux Silk technique, which was our focus this month at Stamp Club. Faux Silk is a deceptively simple technique that uses very few extra supplies: tissue paper and a glue stick is all you need. I LOVE the effect!!!

Here is a brief How To:

1. Stamp your image in StazOn Black ink onto tissue paper. Water colour as usual.
The cards above feature the Level 2 Hostess Set Echoes Of Kindness, watercoloured with Kiwi Kiss, Pale Plum and Perfect Plum inks using a blender pen.

2. Scrunch the tissue paper! Yep, screw it up into a ball (very therapeutic!)

3. Gently open the tissue paper to flatten it. There will be creases all over the tissue paper.

4. Cover a piece of cardstock using the Stampin’ Up! glue stick (it has square edges which makes it very easy to reach right into the corners).
The cards above use Whisper White as the base cardstock.

5. Stick the tissue paper to the cardstock. Trim and layer to your card front.

If you’re keen to get the Echoes of Kindness stamp set, don’t forget the fantastic Hostess Promotion for June and July. With qualifying workshop orders of $600 or more you could earn yourself this set for FREE plus at least $110 worth of Stampin’ Up! products of your choice (it’s usually $70 but for now you can grab an extra $40!). 

Contact me to organise a workshop, OR if that’s not your style why not host a catalogue party? Your own purchases plus orders you collect from your stamping buddies combine, and you keep the hostess benefits! Very easy.

Happy stampin’ (and faux silk-ing),

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Sweet Always

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These cards feature the yummy Sweet Always DSP (designer series paper).

This is an easy cardmaking technique as it uses up strips of paper, and is very quick and simple. The DSP coordinates perfectly with Choc Chip. Regal Rose, Pumpkin Pie and Pink Pirouette.


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Organic Grace

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Organic Grace 'Get Well' card

Organic Grace is a beautiful set that is available exclusively to hostesses (it’s a Level 1 hostess set). It’s been really popular too! This week I had a play with it, and discovered that you can make a great variety of cards.

The Get Well card has been created in natural colours from the Earth Elements family: Old Olive, More Mustard and Ruby Red. The sentiment is from Thoughts & Prayers stamp set, which was sponged around the edge then punched out with the new wide oval punch.

Two scallop circles punched from Ruby Red cardstock were joined to create a mat for the Get Well Soon sentiment.

 Hello card

Little Miss 5yo picked the colours for this Hello card – doesn’t it change the whole look of the card! I love this combo of Tempting Turquoise (which I admit I very rarely use!), Rose Red and So Saffron. The scraps were put to use to create these 3×3 inch gift cards below.

Gift Cards




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Window Dressing

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Happy Easter stampers!

We are just about to head off for our annual camping-in-the-middle-of-nowhere trip. No running water, no electricity, no phone – love it!!! We come home covered in dirt and smelling of campfire smoke, but with a much greater appreciation for all the comforts of home!

A big "Hello" to all the ladies who joined me last weekend for one of the New Catalogue classes. The catalogue is a BIG HIT – the new stamp sets, accessories and In Colours were given a big thumbs up!

The card above is a fun project we made at Stamp Club, and features the gorgeous Level 3 hostess set called Window Dressing (p22 IB&C).

The window was snipped out and layered over a co-ordinating cardstock panel. We coloured the window with markers, mainly Close To Cocoa (same as the cardstock base) and Creamy Caramel. This was all mounted over the separate ‘windows’ with Stampin’ Dimensionals so that it is very 3D in real life. We scored and folded the shutters a little and even colored the back of the shutters with markers for a more finished look.  The sentiment is from Curvy Verses (p116 IB&C). The background stamp is called Weathered, and was stamped in Versamark on the Cocoa card.

This card was heaps of fun to make and kind of reminds me of a treehouse! I’m thinking of doing a Window Dressing class so stay tuned for more details after Easter.

Alma’s version in Barely Banana (above) and Jodie’s in Brocade Blue (below).



Hope you have a lovely Easter!

See you next week.




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