Friday, 24 December 2010

Narelle's Christmas Wreath

This was an advent wreath that my sister, Narelle made, (she is my very first downline!)

It was in one of the CSP Magazines recently by Marelle Taylor.

Narelle saw it and decided to have a go at making it.

The little envelopes were made using the "scallop envelope" die through the Big Shot, one of the small circle punches was used as a backing for the numbers.

Inside the envelopes at the back a "sweet treat cup" was inserted,

inside the sweet treat cup, rub ons or stamped images were placed.

A Christmas message was stamped on the opening inside flap of the envelope.

Inside the "sweet treat cup" was of course a sweet treat.

The envelopes were tied with 1/8" taffeta ribbon and some 1 1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon was used around the wreath for further decoration.

The envelopes were attached to the wreath using a hot glue gun.

The wreath looked splendid.
Narelle brought it up from Canberra with her to share the treats with us.
We had to eat all the treats in one go on Christmas Eve.

How lucky am I to have such a creative downline and sister.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Merry Christmas from my friend Felicity

A handbag with chocolates - how lucky am I!

This beautiful hanging Christmas ornament in a box.
How gorgeous is it.
I will have to get Felicity to show me how to do this one.

Thank you Felicity for my beautiful gifts.
I am extremely spoilt and lucky.

Christmas Gifts - I am spoilt

This is a "chocolate and coffee stick" box I received this morning from my friend Gemma.
How lucky am I.
Don't you just love the "bow", I will have to learn how to do this myself.
Merry Christmas...Gemma.

My daughter - Olivia's Christmas Card

This the card I have made for my daughter, Olivia, for Christmas.
I have used "Snow Swirled" stamp set and done a blit of "blinging" using Dazzling Diamonds.
Livy has also had a very successful year this year. It was her first year at High School and she received the most wonderful report. She was moved up in to "A" stream in the second half of the year. She changed Dance Studios at the end of Term 1 and is really enjoying her new Dance school. She had a focal part in her Classical Ballet dance in her end of year concerts. She qualified for NSW Country Championships in both Long Course and Short Course for swimming.
I am so proud of her, she is growing into a beautiful young lady.

My kid's Christmas Cards

This is my son Matt's Christmas card. I made a waterfall card for him using "Delightful Decorations" and "Seaons of Joy" stamp sets.
Matt has completed Year 11 and started his Year 12 work. He had a hugely successful year, he came 1st in the year in Industrial Design-Timber, 3rd in Maths and 4th in Modern History. He was made a Senior Prefect. He had huge succes with his swimming this year, at school he got through Zone, Sydney North, CHS (where he medaled in the 100m Backstroke) and then to All Schools.
Outside of school he made Age Nationals and also Open Nationals, he had a week in Brisbane in July swimming with all the top swimmers and really enjoyed this experience.
As you can see I am one very proud Mum.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Merry Christmas to All

I have been so busy I haven't had time to do much blogging of late.
I just wanted to share the cards I made for my family, being my Mum and Dad, my sister and her husband and my brother and his wife and family.

The colours don't show up as nice as they are in real life. I used Marina Mist, Real Red, Pear Pizzaz and Whisper White. It is quite an easy card to make and looks really effective. The stamp sets I used were "Delightful Decorations" and "Many Merry Messages".
I'll be back tomorrow to show you the cards I made for my kids, Matt and Olivia.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Cardmaking Stamping & Papercraft Magazine

I am so excited, I have been published!!! I received my CSP magazine in the mail the other day and when I opened it up something fell out of the magazine and I saw the "Readers' Gallery" item.

I thought to myself, "that card looks like one I created, someone has copied my card". Then I looked up at the list of names and there was MY NAME! What a shock. So here is my bragging moment. A picture of the page of the magazine and a picture with my card on top of the cover of the magazine. It is the TIps & Techniques issue, keep your eye out for it.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

December Frenzy Promotion

Get great Stampin' Up products up to 50% off during our December Frenzy sale.

Sale runs from 1st to 29th December.

Click on the link

to view these great specials. If you'd like anything from the "December Frenzy" flyer just email me at

Summer Mini Catalogue 2010

The Summer Mini Catalogue is now here. Click on the link to view the new mini catalogue. The "Summer Mini" runs from 1 December to 31 March 2011. Contact me at if you'd like to place an order from the new "Mini".

Sunday, 28 November 2010

More Christmas Cards

These cards have been made using "Seasons of Joy" stamp set. This set is in the "Dress up Christmas Promotion" which ends the 30th November. If you would like to place an order for any of the stamp sets on the "Dress Up" promotion, email me prior to the end of November.

Christmas Cards

A couple more christmas cards. The first one I cased from Melissa Garland. It uses Lovely as a Tree and Dasher. I love the way that he looks like he is running through the woods.

The second card is a cased card from Regionals last week, the demo didn't put her details on the back of her card. It is a lovely simple card that looks quite effective.

Gift card Holder

Here is a snazzy Gift Card Holder I made for my sister for her birthday. I used the Butterfly Prints stamp set and co-ordinating butterfly punch and the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder. This stamp set worked perfectly with the Bodyshop Gift card I got her with the "Nature" theme. Now Narelle is a SU demonstrator herself, it seemed pointless to give her SU products!!!! Although you can never have too much Stamping products.

Stampin' Up Regionals Sydney

Last Saturday I attended the Stampin' Up Regional meeting in Sydney at the Sofitel Wentworth. It was a great day of catching up with fellow demonstrators, sharing swaps,doing some make and takes and listening to guest demonstrators talk about various topics. The above 3 photos were 3 of the make and takes we did, I am yet to make the 4th one. We received the "Every Moment" stamp set for attending regionals. This was not a set that I had on my wish list but we learnt tricks about watercolouring and it is a lovely little set to do watercolouring with. I will be running some Watercolouring classes in the New Year with this stamp set.


Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Stampin' Up Regionals

I am off on Saturday to the Stampin' Up Regionals at the Sydney Wentworth.

I am really looking forward to the day.

I have finally finished making my swaps that I will be taking with me.

Here is a peek at them.

A Christmas swap using a non-christmas stamp set, "Scribble This" and the new Elegant Bouquet embossing folder.

This swap I have used the new "Just Believe" stamp set.

I have stamped with bleach trimmed the card with some ribbon and cardstock edged with the new Scallop Trim Border punch, stamped the sentiment and used the Spritzer tool on the sentiment (photo doesn't show this properly).

I have made 30 swaps, so I look forward to receiving 30 swaps from other demos.

Never Ending Card

Recently my sister, Narelle was up from Canberra for a few days.

Narelle is my first downline.....yay me!!!

She is totally addicted to stamping and cardmaking and now has her own little group of ladies that come along to her Stamp Club and she is running SAS and classes

(not so daunting when you have teacher training behind you).

Anyway, Narelle went off to a class in Canberra to learn how to make a

"Never Ending Card".

The card is amazing.

We got together while Narelle was up and made one using Stampin' Up stamps and card.

The first photo is the front of the card.

You open the card up and the 2nd photo is the first inside of the card.

You then fold that section open and the 3rd photo is the third inside of the card.

You then open up the next section and you have the final layer of the card - the 4th photo.

One more fold and you are back to the beginning of the card - the 5th photo.

Back at the beginning of the card.
This is such a cool card to look at and play with, it just keeps folding and opening, folding and opening, it never ends - ie, The Never Ending Card.
I plan on running a "Never Ending Card" class early in the New Year.

Medallion Stamp

I borrowed the "Medallion" background stamp from my friend Gemma a couple of weeks ago and had a play with it. I cased the technique used here from the very talented Linda Higgins.

The technique involves stamping the Medallion stamp in Versa Mark. Then with your sponge daubers and pastels you dauber colour over the versa mark. Darker colours I found didn't work as well as they seemed to smudge. You only need to gentle dauber the colour.

Such an easy technique and makes a beautiful quick card.

I now have the Medallion Stamp!!!