Thursday, 23 September 2010

Awaiting my parcel!

Due to lack of funds I was a little late in ordering any new bits from the new catalogue. Having earnt some commission I have a small order awaiting arrival and I am trying to be patient but failing dismally! As soon as my stash arrives I shall start creating and then posting!

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Colour Renovation Colour Kits

If you have bought all the colour family bits in the past, the pens, the crayons, the Ink Spots, the Classic Pads etc there is a way to collect all the new colours, and receive new inserts etc to accommodate the the new colours.

They are called the Colour Renovation Colour Kits.

Click the picture below to download the Flyer and contact me to order any of these!

New Idea Book and Catalogue


Well it has been months since I have posted, I know. The last 12 months + have been a very difficult time on a personal level. My husband and I have separated, to be divorced, and I have been managing as a single mum of 3 boys in a country 11000 miles away from home.

Having said that I have had a tremendous amount of support from my family with my mum and dad coming out in shifts to be here for me and a fantastic group of friends. All these things has meant that I am feeling stronger and more able to face the day to day trials and tribulations. I am still at the start of a very long road to travel but the journey has begun now and it is a case of getting my head down and focus on the finish!

I cannot promise to be an avid poster but I hope that I can be better than I have been!

Needless to say we have our new catalogue out now - it is full of loads of yummy new products as well as the re-introduction of the more popular sets from the mini catalogues we have had over the last 18 months.

The biggest change of course is the Colour Renovation, we have lost many of our old colours but have gained so many new ones, 5 of the last In Colors have been reintroduced as core colours, we have seen the return of Wild Wasabi and River Rock, Kraft has been rename Cake Crumb and there are a few more brand new colours.

There are five new In Colours, we get to keep these for two whole years, next year five more will be introduced so from next year we will have 10 In Colours in total with 5 being replaced each year. I love this as before I felt I was just getting 'into' the In Colors when we had to say goodbye to them!

If you live in Australia and would like a copy of the new catalogue then EMAIL ME for more details.

In the mean time take a look at the catalogue online!

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Bit 'n' Pieces

Every month there is a Christmas Club at my home. A group of ladies come along and they make some things to get ready for Christmas at the end of the year. I do one project with them and they make two of them and then Claire does another project with them. So at the end of the evening they get to take at least two things way and more often than not four things!

As we have just go the Bigshot I thought the project I do should reflect this so I decided to use the Pillow Box Die. Each person got to make two boxes, one as in the picture below and the other one was red, it had an oval acetate window cut in to it and the whole thing was embossed with polka dots by the Polka Dot embossing folder. I can't show you a picture of that one as I had two, one I gave to Claire and the other I had to give to one of my ladies as one of my dogs stole hers out of her bag and ate it!!!

Project Recipe...

Stamps: Cute & Curly, Snow Swirled
Card: Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Ruby Red, Holiday Treasures DSP
Inks: Ruby Red, Old Olive
, Baja Breeze
Accessories : Curly Label Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip

Also every month there is a Technique Junkie Club. Each week the ladies learn two new crafting techniques, they get to make a sample which they can stick in their books along with instructions and they get to make a card for each of the techniques.

This was one I made a couple of months back. It was stamping and embossing on to Vellum card and creating a stained glass effect by colouring in directly with markers.

Project Recipe...

Stamps: Always, Short & Sweet
Card: Regal Rose, Always Artichoke, Whisper White, Vellum Card
Versamark, Always Artichoke plus Always Artichoke & Regal Rose markers
Accessories : Black EP, Heat Gun, Grosgrain Ribbon

This final card is made using one of the single stamps available in the new mini. The stamp is wood mounted and called 'All a Flutter". I used watercolour wonder crayons to blend the colours, I just used blue and yellow and when they blended you get the green.

Project Recipe...

Stamps: All a Flutter, Flutterby, Cottage Garden
Card: Not Quite Navy, Whisper White, Summer Sun, Old Olive
Black Stazon, Not Quite Navy
Accessories : Stampin' Dimensionals, Wide Oval Punch, Cutter Kit

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Our New Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue is now out!

Normally at this time of year we have a whole new Idea Book and catalogue but to try and get the global SU! market more in line we are keeping out current one until September. So to keep us all inspired SU! have given as an incredible mini catalogue filled with exciting new goodies!

So what is new....
  • Sizzix Bigshot and a whole heap of exciting accessories. How long have we waited for that? So now you can cut & emboss card and many other materials to all sort of shapes and patterns The price is really competitive even with postage and by the time you have purchased a couple of dies etc you will qualify for a level 1 hostess stamp set as well as $30 to spend on even more products in the catalogue - can't be bad eh?
click HERE for more info!

  • Clear-mount rubber stamps - yayyy! Solve all those storage problems without compromising on quality. Most stamp sets are not available to mount on wooden blocks but also come ready to mount on to acrylic blocks. The advantage is they are cheaper, they fit in a DVD sized box, you have better clarity of positioning. These stamps are NOT acrylic, they are still red rubber so the quality is just the same as the wooden ones.
click HERE for more info!
  • Acrylic Blocks - well of course you will need these to mount your stamps clear mount stamps on to. there are 9 different sizes to choose from or buy in bulk, get them all and get a discount! I have to say I wasn't going to get them as I have some old blocks from an age ago but when is aw them I had to have them. They feel really sturdy and have lovely curved edges and finger holds so they are easy to grip with, I love them, far better than my others!
  • A new punch style - another storage problem solved. there is no doubt that ASU! punches (made by EK Success) are one of the best around, if not the best. Like with all punches though storage is always the issue. you want them to be accessible but there is not an easy way to do it without taking up an awful lot of wall space. the new style of punch tackles that totally. You can stack them on top of eachother yet still see what each punch is. There is a locking mecahnism that holds them closed but once opened you can guarentee they will punch as well and as easily as the 'old style' punches. These are going to be a hit! There is also our first Two-Step punch that offers more than one image in just one punch.
click HERE for more info!

  • You'll also find in this catalogue a new level 1 and a new level 2 hostess set, some extra colours of 12x12 cardstock available in packs of 20 sheets.
  • 3 new In Colours - get card, inks, reinkers and ribbons to all corordinate!
  • 2 more gorgeous sets of Designer Series Paper
  • Window Sheets and Printed Widnow Sheets in 12 x12 size
  • A new Simply Scrappin' set
  • Beautiful designer hardware
  • Some more individual stamps
  • and of course many gorgeous new stamp sets - all of them are 'must haves' in my eyes!

Would you like your own copy of the new mini catalogue?

If you would like your own copy and you live within Australia, then email me your name and address and I will send you one free of charge. If you then order $119 of products or more from me I will give you a 10% discount* on your first order during the months of April & May.

*please note, shipping and handling will be calculated on the full price. e..g a $300 order will cost you $15 postage but you will receive $30 discount on the merchandise price. So the amount you will pay would be $285. Remember though if you do place an order of $300 you automatically qualify for the level 1 hostess benefits, $30 extra to spend in the catalogue plus a free level 1 hostess stamp set! That makes $330 worth of merchandise for just $285 plus the stamp set!!

How to order...

If you live in Australia you can order any current Stampin' Product through me and have it delivered to you door. There is a 5% shipping and handling cost to add to all orders $119 or over. Anything under that is sunbject to a $5.95 shipping and handling fee. All you have to do is email me!

Almost two months!!

Can you believe it almost 2 months since I last posted! We went away for a week towards the end of the school holidays and had no Internet and then we were frantically getting ready for the new school year and then I started work, the first time in almost 8 years!!!

In my life before kids I taught Biology, Chemistry and Physics to children aged from 11-16 years and then Biology, Environmental Science and some Chemistry to children aged 16-19years. It was pretty full on and required so much planning and preparation not to mention stress that after my second son was born I tried to stick at it for a while but then finally 'retired'. Sometimes I miss teaching the kids but I think what I miss most of all is the stimulation. I love science, I love understanding how things work and the thought of going back and studying for another degree seems quite appealing at times (in the same way as you think the grass is always greener on the other side but the reality is it isn't at all!!!).

Anyway the job I am doing now is just part time admin work, it fits around the kids beautifully, of course the pay is dismal compared with what I could be earning teaching but it really is nice to leave work and really leave it, not bring it home with me and have piles of books and assignments staring at me making me feel like I should be marking them all the time!! It has been a bit weird today, for the first time ever my husband worked at home and looked after the three terrors whilst I went to work - it was most bizarre!

So why do I craft? I don't really know, I have always loved art and crafting, it is the perfect compliment to science I think, a little bit of escapism. I enjoy creating beautiful things and get even more enjoyment from then giving these 'things' to someone else and seeing them enjoy it too - all sounds a bit cheesy eh?!

Anyway despite being pretty silent on the Internet I have had moments where I have been stamping and creating. Mainly as my classes are still running so I have to be prepared for those. When I was teaching and I had been doing it for some time I learnt the technique called 'Door handle Preparation'. this is basically when you decide what you are going to teach the moment you open the door and greet your class. I have to say some of my classes have been a bit like that recently, I have been designing the card just an hour before the ladies arrive and am still cutting it all as they seat themselves. I do finally think though I have reached a bit of a balance now and each day it is getting a little easier.

Hopefully in the next weeks I will be able to dig out all of my creations and post them up here, failing that I'll just have to make new ones!!

Thank you to all those that have contacted me to check I am OK and asking me to come back, it is nice that you have made the time to to make the effort - thank you so much!

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

I am back!

Back from our holiday where we had no internet connections for almost two weeks - yikes that was a shock!

Kids are on their second day back at school, my youngest has just joined his big brothers school in prep and looks totally adorable in his new uniform although to quote "the blazer sucks and I am not going to wear it". I'll leave that one for his teacher to battle!

I start real paid work next week, the hours are pretty good and quite flexible so I hope to be able to get on track with stamping again.

I have not sent an email round to my customers or posted one on here about


This is a fantastic offer that SU! run ever year, it is from now until the end of March. SU! produce four special stamp sets which you can get for free - yep you read right - FREE!

Click HERE to see the sets available

How do you get one (or more!)...

Well, you know your SU! wish list, yes that really huge one that always grows and never seems to shrink, well if you can see your way clear to purchase $100 worth of products from that list you can have one free stamp set chosen from those four. If you spend $200 you get to choose two free, if you spend $300 you get to choose three and so on.

If you host a SU! workshop and your your customers will get a free stamp set if they spend $100 on their order and if the orders amount to $600 or more then you as the hostess get a free stamp set too! How fab is that?!!!!

lets face it, their are very few of us in the craft world that couldn't find $100 worth of products from the SU! Idea Book & Catalogue, or the Summer Mini (see right hand side menu to view these publications) that we absolutely need and must have
and how many of us love a freebie?!

Anyway, if you would like to order and take advantage of this offer then

contact me!

Also don't forget to check the class and camp schedule for this year. I am currently taking registrations for the Technique Junkies Club and the Christmas Club and the end of Feb Stamp-a-Stack (SAS)

details for SAS found

Tuesday, 26 January 2010


Hi, I have been incommunicado for a few days and will be again tomorrow for a few days, I am staying at a friend's shack who has no mobile coverage or internet!!!

I have come back to find my web address has been bought by someone else. I have received no renewal warning so have no idea how this happened so if you are linking to my site, please use

Sorry for the confusion, I don't need this hassle right now!!

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Note Card Box

So here is a sneak preview of my new project, an episode of Dr Who inspired this project believe it or not!

I find the hardest thing of all is giving it a catchy title so if you can think of something better, please let me know. It is a little box that holds the SU! Note Cards (101950, 20 cards $9.50, p131) beautifully, there is a section of the envelopes, a section for the cards and a section for pens, stamps, etc. This is one of my prototypes, I need to change the cantilever system slightly so that it opens more and makes the bottom section more accessible.

I have not had ab opportunity to actually design cards and fill the box properly yet as it is so hot of the design press but I will!!!

I have taken photos at each step so will be writing a tutorial soon. the tutorial will be available in metric measurements and for all this Americans & Canadians out there I will also do it in Imperial to fit your note cards!!!

Monday, 18 January 2010

All quiet on the Western Front...

I know, i know I am still as bad at blogging as I was, I shall have to pull my socks up!.

I have had an interesting few days though! It was so funny on Friday, there was great excitement in our house when a duck and her four tiny ducklings came marching down our drive. I have no idea where she came from, there are no large bodies of water in the vicinity and we are almost 300m up a hill. I suspect with the rains we had a few weeks ago a small dam filled locally but with the hot weather it has dried out so she was off to find a new home.

We were a bit worried about her as there are lots of cats in our neighbourhood as well as feral ones, her little ducklings would not stand a chance. We decided to call the RSPCA who came out to collect her but she flew away and left her ducklings behind. They were safe in a cage thankfully as our cat was hovering around. I was in tears and spent ages on the Internet finding out how to rear young ducklings. I was so happy to see the mother arrive back, the RSPCA officer left me all the stuff to catch her so I tried again and failed two more times. On the third attempt I managed to catch her by letting her ducklings go, I knew she would be more reluctant to fly off with them with her. Whilst catching her all her ducklings fell 15ft from a neighbours balcony. They all seemed fine except one who looked very bent and quiet. The good thing was he/she picked up and we rushed them down to the River Derwent where there is a huge duck colony/gathering (whatever they are called) and released them. it was so lovely to see them swimming around together. I just hope the other ducks accept them OK, I haven't dared go down to see her again in case she is not there or any of her ducklings aren't with her. It took the whole day to sort this but I felt in the end very happy that we had taken the time to save her as there really was no hope for them walking through the bush here.

The weekend was pretty non eventful, the usual birthday party for one or other of the boys, Nippers on Sunday and today a friend put the first layer of varnish on our little Sabot, one of four which will have to go on and sanding between, it will be a long tedious job! Whilst he was doing that i decided to sort out my tools and screws etc. I tend to have two or three largish containers around the place where any odd screws, left over bits from packets you buy where you need one thing and can only buy packs of three etc. it was a huge job as a two containers came over from the UK so they are 4 years old!! I steadily worked my way through it all, I was ruthless with somethings, spent hours sorting out sizes and lengths of screws, stashed them away in labelled drawers etc - a job well done! It was one of those jobs no one else will ever notice but I know it is done so it makes me feel better!

The sorting frenzy continued on in to this evening, I have had a huge box of paperwork waiting for filing so I did that too. It has been building for 6 months - arghhh! I also sorted out the kids filing areas, I threw away some f the work books etc that I had kept then now wonder why! I kept all their certificates and the drawings that I like the most. It was very cathartic!

In amongst all of this I have managed to create a new 3D project. so watch this space. I haven't had a chance to edit photos etc but keep checking in as I will post in the next couple of day!

I have finally had a chance to look at my official SU! website. I haven't been able to change much on it as yet and not sure exactly how much i can change, so if you read something that sounds very cheesy, the chances are I didn't write it! What I have done though is add all the dates for the this years stamp camps and classes that I do with Claire as the InkyDivas!

Check the site out HERE

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Not being Pushy!

I just want to apologise for the Tutoiral post below, I am not being pushy - honest. I am just getting oprganised. I had a button made for tutorials to sit on the top menu bar and just needed to create a page for it to direct to so from now on I can add any tutorials I do to a central place!

But if you would like to purhcase one....... ;) lol


Terms & Conditions

These projects have been designed by me and I have spent many hours designing the projects, photographing and putting instructions together. For this reason I would appreciate if you would follow the guidelines below.

  • If you purchase a tutorial please do not redistribute it. If you have friends, customers or colleagues that would also like to make the project that you direct them here to purchase the instructions. I have purposefully kept the prices low so that it is feasible for people to pay.
  • If you wish to teach these projects in a class that is fine but you will need to contact me to obtain permission to hand out instructions, I can provide a significant bulk buy discount if you would like to print of a number of copies for classes.
  • Please do not use these projects to enter competitions or for publication
By Purchasing any of these Tutorials you are agreeing to the above terms and conditions.

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  • The prices on here represent the cost for me to email you a pdf document of the tutorial. I can provide bound printed instruction but the cost will be greater and there will be a postage fee. Please contact me if you would like more information. The documents I send out do work, if you have problems opening them it could be that you do not have the latest adobe reader, this can be downloaded free from, or there is an issue with your email provider. If you experience difficulties opening a tutorial then please do contact me and I will try and help you.
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  • Mini Stationery Book
This is a mini version of my my bigger stationery book only rather than just having two sections to place cards it has 3.  It takes 7.5cm x 7.5cm cards (3") and will hold 6 of these, 2 in each section.  There is room to also store 6  Stampin' Up! mini square envelopes.

 At this stage the project is only available in metric measurements, it will be available shortly in inches.


  • Mini Stationery Book $6


  • Note Card Box
This project has been designed to hold Stampin' Up! Note Cards. There are 3 compartments. When you open the box there is a compartment in the lid and on the base of the box there are two connected compartments. the top one has a lid to open and the top one moves over to gain access to the lower one by means of a cantilever system.

NB. The Imperial version of this will be available shortly!


  • Note Card Box $7.50 (Aus)

  • Stationery Book

  • Stationery Book $6.00 (Aus)


  • Card Storage Tote

  • Cards Storage Tote Tutorial $8.50 (Aus)
In the comments box please state if you would prefer this tutorial in inches or centimetres. If you don't make a choice the default will be in centimetres.