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Window Dressing

Published by under cards | Apr 09 2009

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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Pictorial Tutorial: How to Make a Scallop Frame

Published by under cards | Apr 04 2009

Today I thought I'd share a simple technique using punches to create raised 3D frames. You can see one I've used in this Birthday Cheers card.


How to Make a Scallop Frame (or any shape, for that matter!)

Punch a 1 3/8" circle from your cardstock

Punch a 1 3/8" circle from your cardstock


Save the punched circle for another project. This time we need to work on the negative space!

Save the punched circle for another project. This time we need to work on the negative space!


Turn your scallop circle punch over and insert cardstock from Step 1. Line it up carefully so that the empty circle is in the exact middle. Punch!

Turn your scallop circle punch upside-down and insert cardstock from Step 1. Line it up carefully so that the empty circle is in the exact middle. Punch!


And here you have the frame. Add tiny pieces of Stampin' Dimensionals around the frame and layer it over a stamped image for a great 3D effect.

And here you have the frame. Add tiny pieces of Stampin' Dimensionals around the frame and layer it over a stamped image for a great 3D effect.


Hope you've enjoyed my first little Pictorial Tutorial!


See you soon,

Birthday Cheers card: Baja Breeze, Basic Black, Rose Red cardstock, Cheers To You stamp set, scallop edge punch, scallop circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, black gingham ribbons, Rose Red double stitched 1" grosgrain ribbon

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Happy New Catalogue

Published by under classes,IB&C changeover | Apr 02 2009

The New Stampin’ Up! Idea Book & Catalogue is out!!!! 160 pages of fabulous new layouts and plenty of yummy new stamps and accessories.

Click to access the online Idea Book & Catalogue 2009-2010

Do you want one?

  • If you are attending one of my new catalogue classes this weekend, or you are a stamp club member, you will be collecting your very own copy soon! Limited spots available for the Sunday afternoon class at the Creswick Fire Station. Contact me for more details.
  • Book a workshop for your own free copy and the chance to clear some items off your wish list for FREE!
  • Order your own copy for only $12.95 plus postage.

I’m so excited about the classes coming up this weekend. Here’s a little peek at one of the projects we’ll be making… an Easter gift using the new In Color "Pink Pirouette" and the Fresh Cuts stamp set (the Easter Wishes sentiment is from Occasional Greetings). And yes, of course, there is chocolate!!! ;)

On Saturday morning I’m posting my first Pictorial Tutorial. The topic is punched frames which can be used as embellishments for cards or scrap pages. See you then!

Happy stamping,




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Final Week of the 2008-2009 Idea Book & Catalogue

Published by under IB&C changeover | Mar 25 2009

My neighbour (and stamp club member) Jodie made this gorgeous card using the retiring Touch Of Nature stamp set and For A Friend hostess set.  

 Touch Of Nature

She was inspired from the previous year’s Idea Book & Catalogue, and it reminded me of how much value the books are even after they have officially retired. They really are a great resource that will keep inspiring for years to come.  I love this card!

Excitement is building as the new IB&C is about to launch, but you still have time to snap up a retiring item or two before they are gone for good. Don’t forget that the Simply Sent cardmaking kits are 25% off, as are the rubons, chipboard and even most of the 12"x12" Designer Series Papers. Click here for current availabilities.

Can’t help but share another sneak peek from a yet-to-be-released-in-Australia stamp set, Fresh Cuts, and the new In Color called Kiwi Kiss. This was a card gone wrong that ended up totally different to the one I planned. It was pretty funny…. at one stage it was even in the recycling bin but I couldn’t bear to throw away one of the new Fresh Cuts Note Cards so it was reborn into this card…

Until next time…


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Sneak Peek

Published by under cards | Mar 19 2009

The release of the new catalogue is just around the corner, so I couldn’t resist teasing you with some new stamps and In Colours LOL. Having a sneak peek at the catalogue and access to new goodies is definitely a greak perk of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!!

(Above) Fresh Cuts stamp set and Fresh Cut Notes die-cut cards. Here I’ve used the new Pink Pirouette and Riding Hood Red.

This one is from an Aussie stamp set called Bloom Away. Hubby’s family are all in the UK so this set will come in handy for us. There are 3 native flowers in the set: waratah, gum blossoms and banksia. It’s Mothers Day in the UK this Sunday so I sent off the banksia card I made but forgot to take a photo.

Well that’s it for today. I better go… I think my new stamps are calling me.


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Stitches & Craft Show Update

Published by under general chat | Mar 18 2009

Well here I am back online after 6 days without internet access at home. Ughhh! We recluctantly had to change our service provider (technical reasons) which is apparently NOT an easy process for some!
Anyway, apart from having to catch up on 800+ emails, I am back on track and am happy to be blogging again – starting with an update on our Stitches & Craft Show adventure.
We had a great few days… I met loads of wonderful people, caught up with demonstrator-friends I hadn’t seen for a while and made some new ones too!
Here is a shot of the whole team after 5 days of spreading the word about our wonderful company Stampin’ Up!®
The Stitches & Craft Show Team
We have (from left) Lisa, Naomi, Leanne, Susan, Karen, Gail, Coral, Yvonne, Janine, Tina, me and Ramona. If you visited our stand chances are you chatted to one of us. There are still lots of people who are learning about Stampin’ Up! for the first time so it’s always fun to see their eyes light up and get excited. We know the feeling!
It’s been an exciting week for another reason. I received my demonstrator preorder of BRAND NEW stamp sets that will be making their debut in the 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalogue. WooHoooo!!!! They are soooo gorgeous. I have made a couple of cards (no surprise there ) so will be back tomorrow to share them with you.
It’s good to be back,
Enjoy these photos from our gorgeous Sample Wall at the Stitches & Craft Show…

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