Thursday, 27 November 2008

Stampin' Up! Pretties kit and DSP

I had some free merchandise coming my way and as I have almost everything I want from the current IB&C I decided to get myself the pretties kit. Before i had overlooked it as I am not a 'pretties' kinda person but now I have it, i have been kicking myself at how silly i was not to get it before!

I have found loads of uses for just about everything in there but I have to admit to being pretty stumped by the hat pins until I had an inspiration. Well, actually I cannot believe that I invented this as I am just not that clever, I must have seen it somewhere, catalogued it in my little brain and not it has just popped OS if this is your little baby then please do leave a comment and take the credit.

I have to admit though that I think the reality is very few people actually 'invent' an idea totally, I know people can work independently and come up with the exact same idea. project or technique. For this reason I am somewhat flummoxed how people can copyright a card sketch or page layout as there is no truly original one I would have thought - oh well just me thinking out loud!

Anyway, once again i am rambling (that is what sleep deprivation will do to you!)

now this little Christmas decoration I am going to make is sooo simple and soo quick, it will take you just minutes to make it.

This is the equipment you need, Scallop Punch, Hat pin and some bling from the Pretties Kit, Tombow adhesive, bone folder.

Simply punch out six scallops from your DSP (I have used Bali Breeze here from the new Summer Mini) and simply fold them in half and press over them with the bone folder to get a firm crease

Layer them one on top of each other and adhere together with the Tombow Mono Multi (again from the new mini).

The all you do is put a crystal bead on the hatpin, place the hatpin down the 'spine' of your scallop pile and bring the back of the bottom scallop round to the top of the top scallop and adhere. I then placed a little metal bead and another crystal bead to the hat pin, fitted the end on it 'eh voila'!

Just add something to hang the decoration up with and you are done - too easy!

Stampin' Up! Summer Mini + Free Postage

OK, I now have these in stock and ordering can commence from the 1st December.

Check in here for a link to the online catalogue on the day but if you would like your own copy then email me with your name and postal address and I will post one to any destination within Australia.

Believe me when I say you will LOVE it, I am having to stop myself buying the whole contents of this catalogue!!

Anyone who receives a Summer Mini from me or orders through me will get


on any orders mailed to me before midnight (EST) 20th December* on any product from this catalogue.

*please note, orders received past 9th December cannot be guaranteed to be delivered before Christmas
and if an item becomes on back order I will inform you of it's estimated arrival time

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

A little worried....

OK, a lot...

It is almost midnight and our beautiful cat Ziggi has not come home yet. He loves being out during the day but he always comes home for his food a nosh and a sleep on our bed. I am getting myself in to a right stew now wondering where he is and if he is OK. It's been such a hot day today I suspect the snakes were out so I am worried he has been bitten or maybe he has been hit by a car.

He has only ever stayed out once before and I didn't sleep that night either - I am such a sook, I love my pets so much, they are a huge part of our family. Please pray my little man comes home!

Newsflash - he arrived home at 1am! Can you believe I was outside in my pjs, Uggs and a torch calling him - quietly so as not to annoy the neighbours too much! I can sleep well now!

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Stampin' Up! Christmas List Registry

Ok, so how many of you have browsed the catalogues and have created a wishlist as long as your arm and would love to get some of it for Christmas, but like me, you are kind of fed up with buying your own presents?

Well here is the solution, just 2 easy steps.....

  1. Register your wish list with me, I will store it with your name.
  2. Pass on my email address (or email me to get my phone number) to family, friends - significant others etc and ask them to mail/call me and I can help them to choose you a little something to open on Christmas day. The good thing about this is both you know and tehy know you will love it!
To ensure I can get all the orders out before Christmas the cut off date for this is Wednesday 10th December.

So don't dally - get everyone organised and start ticking off those items on your Stampin' Up! Wish List!

Remember, so long as the delivery postal address is in Australia I can take the order, payment can be processed by bank transfer, cheque (chqs must clear before order is fully processed), I can also accept any credit card payment via PayPal without the person requiring a PayPal account, they simply need an email address.

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Happy Christmas, Mate!

Well believe it or not I have made mine - finally! I actually started them a couple of months back. I just stamped loads of images on watercolour paper and every time I had a moment I coloured them in using markers and an aquapainter. I even took them to the hairdressers with me etc!

Despite going great guns at the start the enthusiasm kind of petered out and nothing was done with the images for weeks until now! Now the cards are very simple, aminly because I was making about 10 f each kind and I really could not be bothered to put any more work in to them, the water colouring took ages so that was my huge effort!

I chose this particular stamp set as most of the cards will be going over to family and friends in the UK (I don't send cards to people I see regularly as I can simply say "Happy Christmas" and save a few trees!). They believe we spend Christmas on the beach, little do they realise how unpredictable the weather here in Tas is and how cold it can be, we even had snow on the mountain on Christmas day a couple of years back! So, any way, I thought these cards would make them laugh as they are so 'Aussie' even down to the sentiment! I particulary love the surfing santa and suspect I will end up making more of those.

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Happy Christmas, Mate!
Card Stock: Basic Gray, Real Red
Inks: Selection of markers
Accessories : nestabilities (non Stampin' Up! product), water colour paper, dimensionals, white signo gel pen, 1/4" red grosgrain

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Happy Christmas, Mate!
Card Stock: Old Olive, Real Red
Inks: Selection of markers
Accessories : Nestabilities (non Stampin' Up! product), water colour paper, dimensionals, Dashing DSP

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Happy Christmas, Mate!
Card Stock: Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Old Olive & More Mustard
Inks: Selection of markers
Accessories : nestabilities (non Stampin' Up! product), water colour paper, dimensionals, 1/4" Always Artichoke grosgrain, Double Rectangle punch, Round Tab punch

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Happy Christmas, Mate!
Card Stock: Old Olive, Real Red
Inks: Selection of markers
Accessories : Nestabilities (non Stampin' Up! product), water colour paper, dimensionals, Dashing DSP, 1/4" Always Artichoke Grosgrain

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Happy Christmas, Mate!
Card Stock: Bashful Blue, Real Red
Inks: Selection of markers
Accessories : Nestabilities (non Stampin' Up! product), water colour paper, dimensionals, Summer Picnic DSP (Spring Mini)

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Last one of the night!

Now I have been feeling guilty having shown you some samples from the new catalogue when you can't get them right now so I decided to look back in the current Spring Mini and show you some of the things that can be done with those stamp sets.

I have not shared much with them as the mini came out right in the midst of my ill and busy stage when I did not do much so I shall try and make the most of them in the next few days.

One set I have totally overlooked is Tags for All, the reason I bought it, despite being one of the more pricey sets, is I knew I could just use it over and over again every christmas for the rest of my life and no one would really know!

The truth is people read the tag and then it is disregarded in favour of the present! These tags can be dressed up as much as you want or they can simply be stamped and left - too easy!

One thought I had is stamping them on an A4 sticker sheet and then simpley cutting them out and sticking them on the present - I have a feeling I will be doing this on Christmas Eve!

So these are the seven tags, for these I tried to limit the supplies I used so they were relatively effective yet quick to make. The only card stock I used was Real Red and Whisper White. The only inks I used were Old Olive, Real Red, Bashful Blue and Summer Sun Stamp'n'Wirte markers (don't forget the current great promotion where you can buy these markers separately until 30th November!) and Stazon Black ink.

I have also used elements of these tags to deocrate some gift boxes, simply use a circle punch and selctively punch out areas.

Ok, so now I am on a roll!

Actually am cheating now as these projects I made all the way back in September and never quite managed to get photographed etc.

I was given this idea when i visited Melbourne a few months back, i saw these quirky little book marks which were so ridiculously simple yet effective. The person selling them made his life even easier by simply putting a sticker on them for decoration, but you can guess it, I went one step further and stamped! This is just the beginning I can see!

These ones I have made for a friend, she has her own cafe and is often leafing through cookbooks so I instantly knew she needed some book marks and these should be made from the Tart'n'Tangy set from the current Spring Mini (I love this set!).

I made five in total and have attached them to a piece of black card stock so you can see them clearly.

They just fit snugly over the page and unlike the paperclip bookmarks they don't crease the page at all and due to some little magnets they won;t slip out either unlike a standard bookmark - good news!

here is a close up of one of them

I have used Crystal Effects on the pieces of fruit to life them up a bit and make them a little more mouthwatering!


and there's more!

Ok, so I couldn't resist playing a little more...There is this most gorgeous little set called Love Owl-ways it really is very cute - awwwww

Using the owl stamp I made this really cute little card (3" x 3") and matching envelope. I am not sure what is happening with my camera at the moment, I think it is over exposing everything as for some reason the colours look really washed out again what is that about a bad workman blaming his tools!!) The colouring on the owl is actually quite dense as I used Stamp'n'Write markers directly on to watercolour paper which gives a really intense colour - oh well you'll have to

I do love the little cards, they are such fun to make and really very sweet.


Don't forget if a new mini catalogue is coming out soon it means that everything that is in the current Spring Mini will no longer be available, that includes paper and ribbons as well as stamp sets etc. If you have been holding out on ordering something you love, don't hold on too long otherwise you may just miss out. I am gutted to be saying goodbye to some the DSPs in the that catalogue - tears will be shed!

Remember if you live in Australia you can order through me and have the products shipped directly from the SU! warehouse directly to your door. Orders below $120 are subject to just $5,95 shipping and handling and anything over that amount is %5 of the total amount.


to find out more information or to place an order.

Stampin' Up! Summer Mini

Oooh yes another sneak preview!

there is this most gorgeous set called Eastern Blooms with some rather delectable papers to go with it called Bali Breeze. The colours are outside my comfort zone to be honest but that is a GOOD thing!

So last night whilst playing I thought I would have a go and try and introduce some Designer Series Paper (DSP) in to my card making. (I am so terrible, I hate using it as it is so pretty, it is like Hodgepodge Hardware, as if I am going to put some of that on a card when I can keep it at home and just look at it!!)

Now the colours do not show true on the photo, they seem a lot more muted so you will have to believe me and have a look at your own card stock colours to see what they should be!

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Eastern Blooms (Summer Mini)
Card Stock: Certainly Celery, Taken with Teal & Whisper White
Inks: markers in Certainly Celery, Summer Sun & Taken with Teal
Accessories : Bali Breeze DSP, dimensionals, circle punches, 1/4" grosgrain

Do you think this would be a nice card to send to Eddy (see previous post)? It is quite a bright card but I am pretty sure I would not be offended to receive it as a sympathy card.

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think, I shall be posting the cards tomorrow so any feedback would be good.

Whilst still fresh... my mind I thought I would case a card I saw at the Stampin' Up! field training I went to in Hobart. The original card was by a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator from the north of the state, Martyn. I am not sure if Martyn is the only male SU! demonstrator or not but I am convinced he is the best - he is so creative!

I did take two pictures of this card, one all closed up and one open but somewhere in between the process of cropping, resizing, adding the watermark and creating a jpeg I lost one of them and really have not got the energy to go back and take another so there is only one picture of the card as a whole and one close up of an element.

So here is the card

It opens in a different way to most cards as in the front flap opens up and is held shut with a ribbon. It would make a beautiful wedding invite.

Here is the close up of the little element, for no other reason than I took a picture!

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Weathered background, Baroque Motifs
Card Stock: Always Artichoke, Not Quite Navy, Naturals Ivory
Inks: Close to Cocoa, Always Artichoke, Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Vintage Brads, Jumbo Eyelet. Always Artichoke 1/4" Grosgrain, dimensionals

When I made the card I had no reason to make it but sadly this morning I got a phone call from my mum saying my cousin, Julie, had just died. She is a few years older than me, as a young girl she developed a brain tumour. She was one of the first people to ever have chemo and have the tumour removed. She survived the operation but was brain damaged to a point, so very sad. Despite her problems Julie had a job for quite a long while and married Eddy and the two have been together for many, many years. I was bridesmaid at their wedding so they must have got married 28 years ago at least.

She has been a big part of my life in so many ways and although I have not seen much of her for many years due to me being here etc I always know how she is doing through my aunt (her mum) or my mum. I know that Eddy will be totally lost with out her and she will be missed by all her family. Sadly my aunt has had to say goodbye to a second child, no one should ever have to do that.

So this card will be sent to my aunt now and I shall make another one for Eddy. I feel so helpless o far away from them all but I know at times like this the family will all pull together and be there for each other.

Ribbon Spools

If you follow my blog you will know that I sell 2m length of Stampin' Up! Ribbon in colours of your choice. You can see here the actual details!

Anyway a customer/friends of mine ordered some of these and I totally neglected to put them in her bag when she came ot collect her order.

I felt awful so decided that rather than the usual presentation I would go that extra mile for her and make some miniature ribbon spools for her so here they are.

They are so sweet, I made them by creating a little contre piece to wrap the ribbon around and then obviously used the scallop punch to put on either side. I should have made the central bit a little smaller as you will see that 2m ribbon is rather a lot on such a small spool so it is kind of over spilling!

So Kim, when I see you next here are your ribbons and sorry for the delay!

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

A sneak preview!

I managed to grab a couple of hours today to play with my new bits.

This isd a very cute set, i love it for a number of reasons, mainly because I can colour it and also because it is cute!

Card Recipe..

Stamps: For Father (available in the SUmmer Mini from 1st December 2008), In the Spotlight
Card Stock: More Mustard, Chocolate Chip & Whisper White
Inks: Choclate chip
Accessories: Chcolate chip 1" double stitched ribbon (summer mini), brads, re-inkers for faux wood background, Earth Elements & Neutral watercolour crayons.

Monday, 10 November 2008

Stampin' Up! November Promotions

Individual Stamp'n'Write Markers now available!

Please note this offer has exteneded until 14th Decmeber due to popular demand!

This is fantastic as we have all lusted after the sets but often find it hard to justify the expense as they are one of our more pricey products (that is because they are sooo fab and are so versatile!)

So if you have a few fave colours you would like to collect now is the time to do it. All markers are priced at $4.95 (don't forget the 5% shipping and handling!) or if like me, you have the sets of pens but just one or two is looking a little tired then now is the time to replace them. They do last a very long time and can be refilled with the re-inkers, mine are just very tired due to use at craft fairs, workshops and stamp camps!)

Anyway, click on the picture below to find out which colours are available!

Please note this offer has exteneded until 14th Decmeber due to popular demand!

If you would like to take advantage of any of these offers and live anywhere in Australia then please contact me ( as I would love to help you with your purchases.

As a special to anyone who orders from the marker promotion I will send them an information sheet on many of the uses of markers so you can make the most out of your purchase.

Payment can be made by direct bank transfer or by credit card via paypal (you do not need a paypal account for this).

Stampin' Up! Field Training - Hobart

It has been great fun this evening as us little ole folks down here in Tas were visited by the Stampin' Up! crew from up the re in Botany Bay and even further away from the big US of A.

It was great to see other demonstrators from around the state although to be honest we didn't have much time to chat as there were lots for us to do!

It was double bubble as I was not expecting to get a stamp set, but when we arrived we were given a stamp set form the new Summer Mini catalogue and it is lovely, I was also one of the lucky few that got a set called Sweet Serendipity from the current Spring Mini as a door prize - thank you Stampin' Up!

We saw and learnt some awesome new things , sadly I was silly and forgot to take not only my camera but also my mobile phone so couldn't take any pictures at all to share but hopefully someone will send me The norm at these events is to make some swap cards to exchange (swap!) with other demonstrators, I did not have time to make any but some very generous, and talented, demonstrators were kind enough to give me one anyway! I shall share these later.

I also received my order today from the new Spring Mini and my plan for tomorrow is to actually spend a day playing - woohoo! (of course all the best laid plans etc....).

I have been slack in letting you guys in on the new promotions which started today so I shall do that now!

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Look what we got!

Just a few months back we took on a 12 month old Border Collie, she is the most adorable (adorb-a-ball' as my 4 yo says!) thing, she is naughty but just such a softy and she has fitted perfectly in to our family. As we always had at least 2 dogs in the UK it was lovely to finally get a dog here as it feels more like a home.

It took Ziggi, the cat, a little time to accept our new addition but now he is OK about it, there is no denying he would rather the dog just disappeared but I think in time there will be a little fondness between them! Anyway Gem is a very active dog, as all Border Collies are and one of the reasons she is so naughty is boredom so we decided to get her a playmate and here she is.

This is the latest addition to our family, following on with the theme that all our animals have to be black and white I would like to introduce you to Pepper, the 7 week old Cocker Spaniel puppy!

She is very black so very hard to take a picture of, but believe me when I tell you she is so darn cute and so tiny! I put a toilet roll next to her so you can gauge the size.

My youngest son came up with the name Pepper, of all the names it is the one everyone liked the most and it is quite sweet so it has stuck. She already responds to it - awww! Gem isn't quite sure what to make of her. She is desperately trying to get Pepper to play but Gem is a little heavy pawed and we have to keep an eye on her. The funny thing is that Pepper can hold her own and will give a yap at Gem when she has had enough. I think they will be great friends!

Monday, 3 November 2008

Another Christmas Bauble!

I was browsing the Internet yesterday and came cross a site by a UK SU! demonstrator, Margaret, who had posted a gorgeous little decoration she had made and she provided a link to the instructions.

She did warn it would take some time to do and as I love any form of origami I felt I had to give it a go.

You need to make 30 little kite units, I have used these individual units before to make other little boxes and designs but this is the first time I have seen them like this.

Not knowing what size squares to start with I tried 5cm squares, so I I cut myself 30 5cm squares from one of my fave DSPs, Wintergreen, and took myself to bed where I folded as I watched 'Eight Below' (I recorded it ages ago and never had time to watch it. So sad and so happy too, folding all the shapes stopped me from shedding a tear - I am such a woos!)

So here is what I made

It is very beautiful but i am not sure I would have the patience to do another at this

The biggest difficulty I had to the fact the fantastic quality of the DSP goes against using it for origami. It is perfect in the way it is double sided but it is just a little too heavy to achieve the really sharp folds you need when the paper is folded more than once. Proper origami paper is so much thinner.

Anyway, if you feel brave and would like to have a go at creating this then here is the link to the instructions. I would love to see any pictures of ones you make so please do email them to me!

Layered Embossing..

I have seen this on a number of cards on the net and have failed dismally to achieve it but the other day i decided to give it one last attempt and see how I got on and I was bowled over to find I could actually do it.

Now in my excitement of making the card and the expectation it would not work I did not take any photos of the different stage so I shall have to put them down as 'steps' and hope you can follow them.

Firstly here is the card, it is hard to see the effect so I have included a close up too.

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Garden Silhouettes (UK- Retired)
Card Stock: Always Articoke, Chocolate Chip, River Rock & Whisper White
Inks: Versamark
Accessories: Brayer, Embossing Buddy, Sponge, Clear Embossing Powder, heat gun, double circle punch, dimensionals and chocolate chip satin ribbon (summer mini)

All you Aussies out there will be wondering what stamp set I have used. I am sorry to say this one is not an Aussie SU! set, my mother sent it over from the UK last year for me, it was a level 2 hostess gift there, sadly it is now discontinued there. It is a beautiful set called Garden Silhouettes, it reminds me a little of the old set we had Stem Silhouettes which I totally adored too.

The reason I used this set is that it works with this technique well, but I shall repeat the technique on one of our sets today and hopefully post some pictures.

OK so I have waffled enough, how do you do it?!

Well believe it or not the central panel of the card started off as whisper white. I stamped the central image with Versamark having used my Embossing Buddy over the card and then embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder.

Using my brayer I brayered over in River Rock and sponged in some around the head of the flower where the brayer could not reach in.

This next step I think is how I got it to work, I then heated the card with my heat gun again, this made sure the card was totally dry and then I let it cool for a short time and wiped over gently with my embossing buddy again. (My previous failed attempts had stray bit of embossing powder everywhere which just blurred the overall effect and made it look messy)

With Versamark I then stamped the tall fern image and embossing with clear EP.

I then brayered over the card with Always Artichoke, sponged a little in an areas the brayer didn't cover, heated again , cooled, used my embossing buddy.

I then stamped the smaller fern with Versamark and clear embossed it and brayered over with Chocolate Chip and again sponged some in around the heads of the flowers.

Finally I gave it a final heat and then assembled the card.

Problems I encountered were the colours weren't true to the original. The River Rock was fine as the colour was the first one to be put down. The Always Artichoke subtly changed as it has River Rock as it's base but the difference was negligible. the biggest issue I has was originally my final colour was Close to Cocoa but with the other two colour beneath it the colour was very different. I couldn't get it to match any of my card stock so I decided to brayer again with Chocolate Chip in the hope that the dark colour would not be affected by those underneath. This seemed to work quite well.

Sunday, 2 November 2008

How Exciting!

I really have to stop reading my own blog, I keep reading the post I wrote a few days ago for my little Thomas and it makes me cry! That poem does it to me every time, I think especially the bit where it says "we had no voice to call you mum' as that is one of the things I hated the most, the total silence of it all. To all those that left comments, emailed me, texted me etc thanks so much for your support.

Well we are in November now, just Thomas' funeral date to get through now which sadly coincides with my mum and step-dads wedding anniversary and my step-dads birthday (I was not in a good place when we organised the funeral date!).

November brings good news for Stampin' Up! customers, we have a couple of fantastic offers starting on the 10th November. If you like markers and rub-0ns you'll be in for a treat.

Don't forget too that the current mini catalogue finishes at the end of this month so if there is something in there you have been wondering whether to get or not you need to make that decision fast!!!

I have been lucky enough tor receive a copy of the new Summer Mini from which I have been allowed to pre-order, so once my stash arrives I can start posting some pictures of my new creations to tempt you all (the good news is all these stamps are die cut too!!).

The Ribbon Offer is ongoing and will be added to as and when I take possession of all the ribbons myself!

Christmas Extravaganza!

Lynda Moss and Claire Harrison
(Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators)

warmly invite you to attend our

Christmas Extravaganza
Dazzling Decorations

When: Sunday 23rd November 2008
Where: Tolmans Hill
Time: Any time between 10am and 2pm
(The projects will take about 2 – 2 ½ hours to complete)
Cost: $25*

*You can also choose to pay $35 and we will include in your guest packet a pack of designer series paper (at a discounted price) for you to recreate your projects at home! For Christmas projects we recommend Wintergreen (p135 of the catalogue), Dashing (p136), East Coast Prep (p136), or Holiday Harmony (p19 of the Spring Mini Catalogue).

The Projects on offer!
We are planning an “Open House” format for the day. Guests are invited to arrive at a time that suits them (we know everyone is very busy at this time of year!) There will be four projects to make, each set up at a different “station”. You can take your time moving around each project, and of course we will be on hand to offer you all the help you need. You will need to allow 2 – 2 ½ hours to complete all of the projects. So what are the projects?

Well, our regular stamp campers will all have their Christmas cards well in hand by then! ;) So we are focusing on gifts and decorations.

1) A beautiful bauble made from designer series paper

2) Gorgeous gift tags to adorn your presents under the tree

3) Stunning paper bows to decorate your Christmas table or those larger gifts

4) A glamorous clear treat box to fill with chocolates or home baked goodies

There will also be other ideas for gifts, wrapping and decoration on display and a wide selection of instruction sheets and templates for you to choose from.

What should you bring?
Paper trimmer, scissors and adhesive
There will be drinks and nibbles available all day (please advise us of any dietary requirements).

So come and celebrate the festive season with us, and get those creative juices flowing!!

To book your place contact:
Claire on

Lynda on
By Monday 10th November 2008

**Please note!** Places are only confirmed on receipt of payment. We will then email your confirmation will full address details.

Looking forward to commencing our festive season with you, in style!
Claire Harrison
Lynda Moss