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Baby Cards

Published by under Paperific | Jun 19 2009

A friend asked me to make some baby cards, so I had lots of fun with one of the cutest sets of all time (in my humble opinion!): Wild About You.

Recognise the lion’s mane? Yep, it’s one of the felt flowers from Flower Fusion Too (p144 IBC).

On Saturday I’ll be at Paperific with some other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators doing what we love to do… making cards and talking about stamping! There’ll be Make & Takes all day long, as well as demonstrations. Make sure you come and say hi!

If you’re visiting this blog after meeting me at the show then Welcome! Thanks for dropping by. If you’d like more info about anything we chatted about at Paperific, or just to say hi, then drop me an line and I’ll get back to you in a jiffy.

Happy Stamping,

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Faux Silk

Published by under cards,stamping techniques | Jun 13 2009

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

Published by under cards,Designer Series paper | Jun 09 2009

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

Published by under cards,Hostess Stamp Sets | Jun 07 2009

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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It Pays (more) to Have Fun

Published by under specials | Jun 01 2009

Stampin’ Up! announced a fantastic promotion this month to reward our workshop hostesses even more than usual.

If you’ve been to one of my workshops in the past you’ll already know they are heaps of fun. You get:

  •  a fun night out with friends,
  • a chance to relax,
  • to learn something new, and
  • to unleash your creativity

 AND we make really cute, practical projects that are more than a little special (I love spoiling my hostesses and their guests, yes there’s often chocolate involved! hehehe).

For hostesses, it’s even better! It gives you an opportunity to earn exclusive hostess stamp sets AND award dollars to spend on anything at all in the catalogue!

But the big news is that during June and July, workshops over $600 in sales will earn hostesses an extra $40 to spend. Yep, this is IN ADDITION to the normal benefits of at least $70 to spend plus a free hostess stamp set.  

There’s never been a better time to host your own workshop, so I have opened up a few more times/days to give my wonderful customers a chance to book one. If you’re interested contact me for your pick of dates.

I’ve had heaps of fun this week making cards using the hostess stamp sets. Check back tomorrow for some photos of these.

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Last Chance for Free Paper

Published by under Designer Series paper,specials | May 29 2009

Just a couple of days left until May is over! How fast is this year going??

May is officially Scrapbooking Month so if you’re a scrapbooker hopefully you’ve had a chance this month to complete a couple of pages.

I’ve started doing mini pages to fit in my 6"x6" album. They are quick and easy – far less daunting or time consuming than the bigger pages, and they still achieve the goal of recording precious moments. I usually add the journaling as a separate tag that slips in behind the photo. If ever I choose to convert them to 12×12, it will be a simple process of a little extra layering, finding a spot for the journaling tag and adding a few more embellishments.

6x6 scrapbook page


Circle Circus stamp set; textured cardstock in Yoyo Yellow, Orchid Opulence, Tempting Turquoise; Flower designer brads; silver brads; Tempting Turquoise narrow grosgrain ribbon.

As May draws to a close don’t forget you still have a chance to claim a free packet of 12"x12" Designer Series Paper with the purchase of 3 packs. Contact me if you’re interested. With 2 pages of each design in a pack, consider sharing with a friend. Designer Series Papers are great for cardmakers too, as they add that extra touch with very little effort, as you can see from the cards below. A little strip goes a long way!

Upsy Daisy with Urban Garden DSP

Upsy Daisy stamp set; Urban Garden DSP; Not Quite Navy cardstock and ink; Baja Breeze cardstock and ink. Projects CASEd from p75 of the Idea Book & Catalogue.

Also a BIG HUGE welcome to all the new demonstrators that have joined the team this month. The discounted ‘Scrapbooking’ Starter Kit has been a huge hit and I’m so excited to see so many very talented and creative ladies join in the fun. I can’t wait to meet all the new girls at the quarterly EurekaStampers team get-together in July.

Have a great weekend!



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