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Christmas Wreaths

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My lovely friend and fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, Debbie Hand, came over the other day and showed me some great projects using techniques I hadn’t seen before. She kindly gave me permission to show them here. This wreath (above) is actually made from a strip of Designer Series Paper with one side shaped using the Scallop Edge punch. The row was then folded concertina style and curved with the scallop edge on the inside to create the wreath.


This wreath is made with the lavendar stamp from Pocket Sillhouettes (p72 Idea Book & Catalogue). Debbie learned this technique from another demonstrator at our Melbourne Regional training day a few months ago (sorry, not sure who that was but I’ll try to find out). Debbie punched a circle and adhered it to the centre with repositionable adhesive to mask the inner circle, before stamping the lavendar all around. Remove the paper, and voila! Love it.

It really makes you think, doesn’t it? I love discovering out-of-the-box uses for our stamps and other tools. I have some more amazing projects to share from my talented stamping friends, including a stunning paper star and a pop up card! Check back soon!


Just released! This has been updated to include Terms 1 and 2, 2010. These classes are very popular and tend to book out, so if you are interested in any of them please contact me early to reserve a spot.  

Happy stamping,


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On Board 5×5 Art Journal

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On Board 5 x5 Art Journal

This is a fun little project and makes a great gift idea for kids and tweens. You could even wrap the undecorated journal in cellophane, along with a few basic craft supplies and it would be a much-loved gift for a creative person to personalise.

The On Board Art Journals (p147 Idea Book and Catalogue) feature sturdy  .079 guage chipboard covers on front and back, complete with 20 sheets of Very Vanilla cardstock. That means you can stamp IN it and ON it too!




You can use it for scrapbooking, collecting recipes, sketches, writing,making to-do lists, jotting down quotes, taking notes, gift album, and a thousand other uses. If you want to add pages of any colour, use Stampin’ Up!’s Spiral punch and insert the pages. Stamp it, cover it, decorate it,and make it your very own.

Don’t forget that an $85 purchase from the Gift Giving Guide will earn you a free punch such as the Boho Blossoms punch (that’s where the flower embellishment came from!). This journal and the spiral punch are both on the Gift Giving Guide, along with cardmaking basics like Whisper White A4 cardstock.

If you’d like to order some On Board 5×5 Art Journals as Christmas gifts, contact me and I will organise everything – including the gift wrapping! But not the decorating – I’ll leave the fun stuff up to you. ūüôā 

Happy stamping,

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Faux Metal Curly Label Punch – Part 2

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I found a use for the faux metal punch piece I shared in the last post….it’s now a Gift Wrapping embellishment!

It’s a little… unusual, I know! But I had a ball making it AND I know just who I’m going to give this to for Christmas, which is even better.

See the twill tape? I love this stuff!! You can stamp on it and sponge on it and even emboss it and use rubons on it (so I’ve heard… that’s still on my ‘to do’ list). This time I used the Soft Holly wheel and rolled Chocolate Chip ink down the length of the tape to add to the festive feel. 

The Twill Tape is great value too and you get 3 different widths and over 8 metres of the stuff. That’s a lot of twill! See p150 of the Idea Book & Catalogue or contact me for details.

Happy stamping!


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Christmas In July Part 2



As promised, here are some more samples from our Chrismas In July class which will be on this Sunday in Creswick.

All these cards feature the Season of Joy stamp set (p31 Idea Book & Catalogue) and the very versatile Holiday Treasures designer series paper (p134). Don’t you love how the look of a card can be totally altered just be changing the orientation from portrait to landscape? (See cards above) Ahhh, it never ceases to amaze me!!!

(I’m easily amused, I know ūüėČ ) 


To reserve the last spot in the Christmas In July class email me, and you’ll be able to join us for some festive fun (yep, 5 months early!)

Happy stamping,

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Christmas In July

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Season Of Joy dazzling diamond card

"It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…." in my craft room, that is! Christmas is still a loooooong way away (thank goodness) but it’s never too early to make a start on this year’s Christmas cards.

I’m holding a class this Sunday on just that very topic, so I’m feeling kinda festive at the moment ūüôā It’s a Stamp-a-Stack event so everyone will go home with plenty of cards and inspiration. And a few little surprises!

Here are some of the projects my special guests will be making…

The blue cards feature the Snow Swirled stamp set, and even though it doesn’t show up in these pics there is sparkling Dazzing Diamonds on the tips and centres of the snowflakes.

These cards below feature the very funny Holiday Lineup stamp set and not-so-common Christmas colours. Fun cards.



And a close up of these funny fella elves…


This class has been booked out for the past month BUT due to an unexpected cancellation there is a spot (possibly two) available. Contact me ASAP if you are interested. More details here.

Check back tomorrow for more samples!

Happy stamping,

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Wrapping it up

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Well, the cards are (finally!) done and sent, pressies bought and wrapped so now it’s time to sit back and enjoy Christmas.¬† Yaaaay.

Yesterday I spent the day cooking with the kids. They got to pick all their favourite foods and we had so much fun Рand made a huuuuuge mess, but hey that was half the fun.  Cupcakes, fruit pies, choc-dipped fruit and more.

I even found some time to decorate this little ‘double-pocket bag’ that my friend Keah showed me how¬†to make. I decorated the front with the ‘roo from Happy Christmas Mate, using Real Red and Old Olive cardstock and ink to tie in with the stripes on the Dashing designer series paper. It’s the perfect size for a gift voucher and matching¬†gift card.

Hope you have a safe and very merry Christmas, and enjoy the¬†festive time spent¬†with those we don’t see often¬†but¬†especially those we see and love¬†every day.

Ho ho ho,

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