Monday, 27 April 2009


On 3rd May Claire and I (The Inky Divas) have a stamp camp where we are making a little box with 4 cards to go inside it. We are both to have designed two sets, so on the day we will have four sets available for people to choose from (max of 4 per set!). Claire is super organised and no surprise to find I am not!!! I had designed one set already using the gorgeous Pocket Silhouettes set (see here), so yesterday I sat on my not unsubstantial backside and designed the second set!

The set, Always, was introduced for the first time last year in our Spring Mini. It is such a gorgeous set and I was so pleased to see it made it into our new IB&C. I couldn't not use it for this project and I thought it would team up beautifully with the new Bella Blue DSP! In the IB&C it says this DSP coordinates with Not Quite Navy - it doesn't, I am pretty sure it is meant to say Bordering Blue!

Anyway, enough chit chat here is what I created!

The recipes are pretty much the same for the all of them

Stamps: Always, Occasional Greetings, Always wheel
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Bordering Blue, Kraft
Inks: Kraft & Bordering Blue
Accessories : Vanilla & Cream Taffeta ribbon, Vanilla Grosgrain, scallop punch, circle punches, silver brads, mat pack, oval nestabilities, dimensionals

Big Boy Birthday....

Well last week my eldest son took another step towards being a teenager. Despite his age he is still quite young, that's the good thing about Tas, kids can enjoy being kids for longer than in many other places.

Of course his birthday list was totally unrealistic but I think he was happy in the end! The hardest cards I have to make are for family and close friends, I think it is because the expectation is too high and I crumble under the pressure. I am sad to admit that all the boys have cards from me missing for their birthdays - outrageous eh?!

Anyway, this year I did make him a card and as usual I am not very happy with it but he loves it. I didn't make it too grown up as he still likes little fluffy animals and all things cute!

I love the new Build-a-Roo set in our catalogue - very cute, there are all sorts of things you can put in her pouch and I am guessing any of the Loads of Love accessories will do just as well with her as well!

This card is C5 size (A4 folded in half!)

Card Recipe..

Stamps:Build a Roo, Jumbo Outline Alphabet
Card Stock: Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Summer Sun
Inks: Various Stampin' Write markers, Black Stazon
Accessories : large & small star punch, journaler, Bold brights brads, Grosgrain, watercolour paper.

Monday, 20 April 2009

So what is in your craft tote?!

So every crafter has a tote of some kind or another (often more than one!), I have had a fair few in my time but in the last 14 months+ I have settled with the same one and I love it. It contains everything I need personally plus everything I need for a workshop, all i need to take with me is some more card stock and some stamps and I am set!

My craft tote is Pink, a lot of my things are pink, not because I am a 'girly girl' but more because I have 3 sons at home and no daughters so I get very little time to be feminine so I have pink things!

The bag is made by a company called 'MiMi' and is really compact. the handles are long enough to go over your shoulders (although one handle no longer works thanks to one of my 'chewy' dogs!) and at the reverse it has one of those straps which hold it in place if you put it on top of a bag with wheels and a pull along handle.

When you open it up it has storage in the front, it is here where I store my Watercolour pencils, Stampin' Scrub, some acetate sheets to use a pallets for markers, some mini tidy trays, a small paper trimmer and a metal edge ruler. The side pockets hold pens, pencils and other 'crafty' accessories.

The back section is designed to take a heat gun and clear acrylic stamps. I prefer to keep my Crop-a-Dile there instead.

There is a plastic wallet which is stored in the back, I keep some neutral card stock in there, a colour wheel, SAMJ sheets and other bits.

The craft bag opens out, there is a small centre section which comes out, this is big enough to hold photos, cards etc, I choose to keep my spritzer in there as well as the rubber part of my brayer.

So what do I keep in each section?

In the top sections I keep watercolour paper, sticky strip, white ribbon and3D Dimensionals, on the other side I keep some daubers, sponges, spare trimmer blades and tombow adhesive.

In the second tier, on one side I keep my small punches, sanding block and mat pack and on the other side I keep bone folders, paper piercers, craft knives, paper snips and SU! Cutter kit.

On the third tier I keep a range of brads & jumbo eyelets, Sans Serif alphabet stamps, reinkers, copyright stamp, business cards, hemp twine, linen thread, an eraser, elastic bands to make brayer effects, and In Colour samples. On the other side I keep adhesives, 3 x snails, crystal effects, SU! glue stick, SU! 2 way glue, dazzling diamonds, embossing buddy and an adhesive erasers.

In the base of the box, I keep a full set of Stampin' Spots, a black Stazon, a Versamark, SAMJ, Stampin' Mist, neutral markers, blender pens a black journaler, a whisper white craft pad and a Basic brown Classic Ink pad and the brayer handle.

So you can see, I can pack a great deal in to my craft tote and I love it! I must try and get the handle repaired. I would love to her what is in your craft tote, I will post pictures and comments from people so leave a comment here or email me

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Tidying Up!

Well I spent some of yesterday and some of today tidying craft areas! I didn't tackle my huge 'cube' storage as by the nature of it being all open it always looks untidy even when it's organised but I tidied my desk and all the piles and boxes of things I wasn't quite sure what to do with!

It feels so much nicer, I just wish we were in the position to to completely fit out the office with bespoke furniture so it wasn't so thrown together but there are more essential jobs that need to be done!

This first picture is a general view of my desk

On the left of the picture, under my desk I have two filing cabinets that hold my SU! card stock.

To the right is my stamp storage area, that is soon to be replaced with some bookcases so they are not all stacked up on each other (drives me mad when you grab one and they all fall out!), on top of that I keep my Big Shot and some storage racks for my 12x12 papers and card stock.

The pink bag on the right is my most useful thing it is a really good craft tote (it was better before the dog ate one of the handles!). I keep everything I need in there for basic crafting, it has a full set of stamping spots, other inks, just everything, In fact I may do a separate post on that!

My main computer is a laptop which is attached to second screen which is fab as I can have so many windows open at once. I have a load of wooden drawer units from Ikea which I covered with some retired DSP. I keep meaning to label them but never get round to it. these hold things like inks, embossing powders, adhesives, dry embossing plates, watercolour pencils, gel pens, cellophane bags, foam pads etc

Right in front of where I sit I keep all my SU! bits, I have all the inks, ribbons, brads, daubers, sponges, markers as well as my catalogue, calculator and Stamp Index folder. Of course all the card stock is to hand in the filing cabinets to my left.

My punches are stored in a shoe holder that goes on the back of the door, I am off to Melbourne Ikea next week and intend to get so rails to put them on.

I have taken pictures of my punch storage and card stock organisation before so I shall just link to those rather than reinvent the wheel.

I wonder how long before it is all messed up again?!

Belated Birthday Card

Today I made a card for my eldest son's freind. it was actually his birthday about a month ago but on the day we ended up in hospital with our second son as he split his leg and was being put back together so our eldest son got dropped over for the sleepover with no card or present and it has taken me this long to get round to doing it!

I love the way you can personalise the All in the Family set to suit the individual. We have a new set of accessories this year too so I shall have to save my money for that! The lad supports the Aussie Football team, the Sydney Swans, so I coloured his clothing to look like the football strip of that team but from what I can glean from my son he doesn't play it, he likes to play handball instead! So I have him here in his footie strip, playing handball!!!

It is only a small card I suspect he won't keep it that long being as it was sooo late but I have made it to hold a gift card to a local electronics shop as he apparently likes his electronic games (as do all 11 year olds!)

This is what the card looks like inside, I folded it concertina style and used the word window punch to make a place to slot in the gift card.

Card Recipe..

Stamps: All in the Family, Family Favourites, Think Happy Thoughts
Card Stock: Real Red, Basic Black, Watercolour paper
Inks: Black Stazon, Real Red, Basic Black, Blush Blossom, Summer Sun and Close to Cocoa Stampin' Write markers.
Accessories : Large and small star punch, circle punches, dimensionals, black brad and word window punch.

Friday, 17 April 2009

A splash of colour

I was looking at some card galleries on the web last night and came across this most gorgeous card made by a UK demonstrator, Dawn.

I don't actually own that set (but may have to now!) so I used a set from out new cataogue, Sweet Stems along with a stamp from Eastern Blooms. I much prefer Dawn's card but here is my take on it! I should have taken Dawn's advice and used a Stamp-a-ma-jig to place the flowers where i wanted them to be so my distribution is nto as good as it could be!

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Sweet Stems, Eastern Blooms, One of Kind (for text)
Card Stock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Green galore
Inks: Various Stampin' Write markers, predominantly Bashful Blue, Summer Sun, Green Galore and Pixie Pink, Black Stazon
Accessories : large oval punch, wide oval punch, black gingham ribbon

More Bloomin' with Beauty!

Well here is a card I made the other day. I didn't really put much thought in to teh colour scheme, it was more me colouring in the image as I felt I wanted to and then seeing what colours I had used and pick out the card stock.

I have to say these are not colours I ever would have put together before but actually they work out OK!

Isn't that bee just the cutest?!

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Bloomin' with Beauty
Card Stock: Really Rust, Perfect Plum, Watercolour paper
Inks: Various Stampin' Write markers, really Rust, Whisper White, Black Stazon
Accessories : Scallop circle punch, circle punches, scallop edge punch, white signo gel pen, aquapainter, dimensionals


Well all my regular visitors will notice that the site has had a major facelift!

With the services of Emily, (Aka The Blog Fairy) a new background and tags etc have been deisgned. I gave her a fairly limited brief of what I wanted (or probably more what I didn't want!) and the first thing she came up with I loved, so here it is all shiny and new and I still love it!

I have been a bit negelectful of the blog of late and there is a lot of 'housework' to be done, but I shall be spurred in to action - once the kids go back to school!

So a big thanks to The Blog Fairy and I hope you all like it too, do leave a comment with your thoughts on it!

Thursday, 16 April 2009


When the new catalogue was released I was pleased to see that I was able to resurrect some of my 'retired' sets from the minis we had last year. The set, Bloomin' with Beauty, was one of these. I like this set as it has the most cutest bee in it and it is an image you can watercolour, which I love!

Now the picture below does not do the colours any justice, I meant to take the picture earlier today but forgot and then with the new daylight saving times it meant darkness was upon me before i knew what was what!

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Bloomin' with Beauty
Card Stock: Rose Red, Always Artichoke, Watercolour paper
Inks: Various Stampin' Write markers
Accessories : Hemp Twine, Rose Red DSP (retired), aquapainter

May Stamp Camp

Well I have been very slow in posting this on my blog, especially since we only have 2 spots left, but nonetheless here it is!

We are holding a Stamp Camp ('we' being the InkyDivas!) at the start of may. On this camp you will make a small magazine holder which is actually perfectly sized to store A6 cards (standard size!) and a few of these will be an ideal way to sort and store your cards - in fact I should make more myself!

You will also get to make four beautiful cards to go inside.

So we can reduce waiting time on materials we have decided that both Claire and I will design two boxes with cards each and four people will have a go at each design. This means it is basically first in, best dressed as to which box you make. They are all lovely so you will all be winners and if you would like to swap cards with eachother at the end so you get a sample of all the different cards then that is entirely down to you !

There are photos of two of the projects on the Inky Divas website which you can find HERE

if you would like to book your spot!


Visit my Demonstrator Website HERE to see the events. Look through each month to see what is happening.

Some of the classes are held regularly each month, the Techniques Junkie Club (TJC) and the Christmas Club, if you would like to become a regular member of one of these (or even both) then let me know.

All camps, classes etc will require booking in advance. More information will come out about camps nearer the time. Dates are subject to change.

To book a spot or ask me a question....


  • Autumn Winter Mini Catalogue- 1st April -31st August 2010,

Loads of new and exciting goodies in this one! Special offer is 10% discount* on any order $119 or over, placed through me in the months of April and May.

*Conditions of offer
  • the 10 % discount is on the cost of the merchandise only not shipping and handling
  • You can only use this offer ONCE

  • Ribbon Packs - If you would like a variety of ribbon colours but don't want to buy full rolls of each colour then have a look at my choices and prices for a selction of the ribbons.

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

A Rose is a Rose

I was lucky enough to earn a free stamp set from SU! and I could choose any one from the catalogue. I decided to choose one I ordinarily would not choose for myself so I chose one called A Rose is a Rose.

It is not that I don't like the set that I wouldn't choose it, more that I have not really anyone I would necessarily send a card to using that set. However...looking at what sonme other people have done with this stamp set I can see it's appeal, especially amongst many of customers so I decided that I would try it out!

It is one of the sets that is part of the "Definitely Decorative" range, that is sets that work brillaintly for card making and scrapbooking as well as for use on textiles, walls etc.

Card Recipe..

Stamps: A Rose is a Rose
Card Stock: Bravo Burgundy, Old Olive, Whisper White
Inks: Old Olive, Bravo Burgundy, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum
Accessories : Bravo Burgundy grosgrain, White Signo Gel Pen, Sponge, Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

This set takes two-step stamping to another level, it allows you to create a whole picture. I only used a few of the many stamps in this set to create this, there are 14 in the whole set so it makes it very good value.

The actual presentation of the flower was inspired by a design by Jules, a UK SU! demonstrator, I just created a different layout, different colours and as I have no DSP from the new catalogue that matches at this stage I made my own using stamps from the set. It makes it a little fussy but I think that is part of 'this style'.

For a little girl...

This is a card I made for a friend of my youngest son. She turned 5 years old, it is very rare that I get a chance to be girly and I actually decided to use a non SU! stamp for this one although everything else is!

This stamp is from Inky Antics, I stamped it with Black Stazon on watercolour paper and coloured it in with Stampin' Write Markers.

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Girl With Umbrella, Inky Antics, Short & Sweet (SU!)
Card Stock:Mellow Moss, Pale Plum, Whisper White
Inks: Black Stazon,
Accessories : Stampin' Write markers, mellow moss grosgrain, soft subtle buttons (retired), oval punches


Cupcakes are very 'in' at the moment so this new stamp set, Crazy For Cupcakes, is perfect!

I really wanted to use it to demonstrate a card at a workshop I did over the weekend and I remember seeing a lovely card made by an English Demonstrator, Monica, using this stamp set, so I based this card on hers, although it is different in many ways.

I decided to add a little cupcake to the top corner to balance this card out and decided it would be cute if you could see it from the insde as well. For this reason I punched a little hole out and had the cupcake mounted on the inside of the card so it pops through the front when the card is closed.

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes
Card Stock: Rose Red, Chocolate Chip, Water Colour paper, Rose Red DSP (retired), Whisper White
Inks: Black Stazon
Accessories : Circle Punches, wide grosgrain, aqua painter, Stampin' Write markers

Fresh Cuts...

Here is a card I made with another new stamp set from the new catalogue. the stamp set is called Fresh Cuts and the card coordinates with the stamp set, you can purchase 15 cards and 15 envelopes. The cards are 10.2cm x 10.2cm and have a flower punched out from the middle.

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Fresh Cuts
Card Stock: Fresh-Cuts notes, real red, basic black
Inks: Real Red, Basic Black
Accessories : Black grosgrain, 5 Petal Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, silver brad

Stationery Box

Of course I shall be starting this with an apology for being so awful at keeping up with my blog. I won't even begin to bore you with details but despite everything that has been going on I have found small amounts of time to do a small amount of crafting!

I did manage to get away for almost a weekend with some girl friends to the beautiful Bruny Island where we dedicated our time to eating and crafting!

I decided to make a stationery box whilst away as it is rare that I have enough time to concentrate on such an involved task as there is usually drop offs, pick ups, to do, gym classes, basket ball. cubs, swim lessons to get to and fights to break up not to mention keep up with washing and get the idea!

There are various templates for this stationery box on the Internet, this is the one I used. Although once I made it I realised it was too small to hold our envelopes so I will have to redesign the template!

As I wanted to limit the supplies I took with me I decided to use just one stamp sets, one set of Designer Series Paper and a few coordinating colours of card stock.

I used the new set Good Friend and the DSP Good Morning Sunshine. The coordinating card stock I used was Kiwi Kiss, Summer Sun and Chocolate Chip, along with Whisper White as the neutral!

Here is the box closed

and here it is open

The box has a little note pad, a place to put a pen, a little pocket to store stamps and I made four gift cards (7.5cm x 7.5cm), 4 gift tags and four C6 sized cards.

Here are the gift tags

the four gift cards

the music notes on this card were just drawn on using the fine liner end of a marker.

I was really pleased with this card as I thought 'outside the box', I used the bird's leg and the birds tail (stamped twice) to make this flower!

here are the four C6 cards

The 'Rik-Rak' style card stock on this card was made using the Scallop Edge punch, I always like to find out more than one use for each punch!

The box was really fun to make and I loved the final outcome but next time I think I will break the project up over a few days as by the end of the day I was a little 'over' the colours but I have to say that deciding to use just one stamp set really makes you use it in the most imaginative way. This set was so much more versatile than I first realised!

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

The New Idea Book and Catalogue....


Just check the link on the right hand tool bar, or even easier, check out below!

Don't forget that catalogues are avaliable from me, if you would like to place an order you can do so by emailing me, orders can be paid for by direct transfer or credit card over the phone.

Special Offer?

Of course there is, it is a new catalogue...

Ok, the offer is...

Any order over $100 will receive FREE postage - no limit!
Any orders will also put you in the drawer to to win a $30 voucher, redeemable on any product in the current catalogue through me. This offer is NOT through Stampin' Up! it is only through me

To qualify for this offer you must place the order between the 1st April 2009 and 11.59pm on the 15th April 2009. This discount applies only to orders placed via this site and not to workshops or classes held within that time.

Enjoy, there is lots of yummy products!