Monday, December 14, 2009

Stampin' Up Inventory Clearance Sale!!

Until January 24th, but only while stocks last, you can grab some AWESOME discounts on a great list of stamp sets, Designer Series Paper & accessories!
Want some examples???

Jumbo Outline or Big Deal Alphabets $39.98 each (usually $77.95)
Life Definitions $68.21 (usually $90.95)
Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware $43.46 (usually $57.95)
Wonderful Favourites $29.96 (usually 39.95) this has got to be the bargain of the year-I don't know if many of you have looked at this stamp set, but it is a set of 23!!! Absolute Bargain!

Click >>HERE<< to see the full list, then contact me QUICK so you don't miss out!!
(All products on the list can be found in the main catalogue)
Happy browsing : )

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Inkspiration challenge #16

Whoa! Just scraping in by the skin of my teeth!!! I've been wanting to play along with more of these challenges,but other things have had to come first. Not today though, I scrapped on & off throughout the day until it was done.

Makeesha's colour challenge was Taken with Teal, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie & Whisper White. Yay, I had all the colours & some cute photos of Will to scrap from my brothers wedding last month. These words sum up the photos perfectly (I think so anyway!) Laugh like no one's listening Dance like no one's watching Live as if heaven is right here on earth. ( I played around on the computer and printed onto white cardstock)

cardstock:whisper white, taken with teal, pumpkin pie, real red.
DSP: pumpkin pie from 'Hoppy Memories' scrap kit & taken with teal *retired
Accessories:mat pack, white gel pen, build a brad, kaleidoscope buttons,bright delight rub-ons, 'Flirty' ric rac *retired, spiral punch, journalling pen, sticker strip/ribbon from Hoppy Memories kit, embroidery thread

Sorry about the quality of the photo, I will take a better one during the day & replace!


Hope you haven't got the song stuck in your head now (like I have!) As you may have guessed it's nearly Sale-a-bration time again, that's right FREE stamps!!!
There are 4 to choose from/earn; Happy Moments, Good Neighbour, Vintage Labels, Whimsical Words
As a demonstrator I get to buy a SAB set early & create lots of fun samples to show you all, I have just ordered Whimsical Words, but there are a couple others I could make use of too!! I look forward to showing you lots of fun samples soon...

For every $100 you spend you can choose a FREE limited SAB stamp set & if you host a party with sales over $600 you (the hostess) get a FREE limited SAB stamp set, as well as all the other fabbo hostess benefits!-too easy!

Promo runs from January 25th until March 31st, so check your diary and ring me to schedule a party for either before or after your fabulous holiday break! (or maybe even both! there's lots of time for more FREE stamps)

I will be organising a get together, probably after all the silly season silly-ness, so everyone can see & play with the new summer mini products & see what's in store for Sale-A-Bration 2010!

If you don't have a new summer mini catalogue just let me know & I'll get one out to you : )

Friday, October 16, 2009

Just a quick note...

Hi all, just a quick note to let you all know Stampin' Up have been working their magic once again & have come up with a 'Christmas Gift Giving' guide.
You willl find ideas for neighbours, cardmakers, scrapbookers, kids & teens and some always handy stocking stuffers!!! What's even better news is that if (when!) you spend $85 from the guide you will receive a free scallop square punch (valued at $30.95) This offer is not limited to one per order either, for every $85 you spend you get a punch! There's another present off the list! This fab offer starts November 1st & finishes December 14, so make a list & check it twice, then contact me for some freebie fun shopping!
I've also got some cards to show, but I'll put those up when Buster goes back to bed!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

White Rose, Real Saffron

Ok, super quick post...Here's my card for Makeesha's colour challenge.

The colours are Real Red, So Saffron, Regal Rose & Whisper White.

The photo's a bit dodgy, will se if I get time to take a better one! My rose butterflies were stamped in white ink, clear embossed & covered with fine glitter. I also stamped the butterfly image onto the saffron paper (under the rose butterflies) & clear embossed.

Gotta run- need to make my costume for tomorrow nights netball wind-up...should be lots of fun..... Vegas, here I come!!!!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sharing is Caring!

Hi folks! Wondering if anyone out there is interested in a couple of Stampin' Up! product shares I am organising...
  • In Colour Ribbon share - page 150 (5/8" or 1.59cm Striped Grosgrain Ribbon) $19.50 per share, receive 2.25 metres of each colour {have 2 sharers, need 4 more to complete share}

  • Build-A-Brad share - page 149 $9.50 per share, receive 6 pewter & 6 antique brass brad bases & 12 adhesive acrylic bubbles. {have 2 sharers, need 2 more to complete share}

  • Designer Buttons share - page 151 $10.30 per share, receive 1 of each colour/design from both Bouquet & Latte button packs (that's 10 from each pack) {need 3 to complete share}

That's all for the shares right now, but if they are popular I'll get some more started.

Stampin' Up! have a deal going for the month of September-spend $100 or host a workshop with $600 in sales and receive an exclusive ribbon bundle* for free!

*Bundle consists of 9.1 metres of Certainly Celery 5/8" poly-twill & 9.1 metres of So Saffron 5/8" grosgrain.

Thanks for visiting : )
Stay tuned for upcoming classes, deals & projects!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Inspiration Challenge #11

Wow, 6 weeks since I was last here!

I'm joining in the fun of Makeesha's Inspiration Challenge. This time just a picture, not a sketch or colour combo-just a picture...hmm. Here it is-What would you do with it?

Here's my attempt...

For this one I tried out a new stamp from Kasazz, Cafe Silhouette-pretty cute!
I used So Saffron patterned paper from Walk in the Park, Baja Breeze & Basic Black cardstock, 'just because' from Everyday Celebrations (I think that's the name of it!) brads, piercing, all mounted with dimensionals on a white bazzill cardstock base.

Onto the next one...again white base, this pretty Basic Grey DSP is also from Walk in the Park, I've stamped the cup onto white bazzill & watercoloured, mounted with basic black a bit of baja ribbon & some brads.

Thanks for looking- what do you think, too plain or does it pass???

Monday, June 1, 2009

Sketch Challenge 1,2 & 3

Makeesha has another challenge on her blog, this time a sketch. I had fun playing with new stuff, including my 'nesties' - I love them!
I obviously enjoyed the sketch because I made 3 cards using it. I used a bit of creative ad-lib when it came to the shape of the panel, after all, I did want to try out my nestabilities.
Here's the sketch

and my cards...

Stamp sets: Always, Sanded BG

Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White

DSP: Choc Chip, Urban Garden

Ink: Baja Breeze, Pink Pirouette, Choc Chip

Ribbon: Choc Chip, Pink (non SU)

Other: Piercing, Nestabilities Labels 4 & Circle Die

Stamp sets: Always, Tres Chic BG

Cardstock: Basic Grey, Basic Black, Baja Breeze, Whisper White

DSP: Urban Garden

Ink: Baja Breeze, Grey(non SU)

Other: Scallop border punch, silver brad, Nestabilities Oval & Scalloped Oval Die

Stamp set: Arr! Piratey (The Cats Pajamas)

Cardstock: Kraft, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Basic Black

DSP: Riding Hood Red, Pacific Point

Ink: StazOn, Pacific Point, Riding Hood Red, Creamy Caramel, Pumpkin Pie, Grey

Other: Ribbon, Nestabilities Circle Die

I am excited to announce that I have just signed up to be a Stampin' Up demo!! I tried to conjur up the Stampin' Up demo magic for these cards-I hope I have succeeded. I like them, so I guess that's the main thing : ) Thanks for looking x

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Colour challenge take 2!

Back again, I got to make another card for Keesh's colour challenge this afternoon-YAY! This time I got the colours right & used vanilla instead of white.

It's not a good photo but the weather is very grey & overcast here today. Not to mention the awful dust storms, but we did get 4 mm rain so that should settle the dust! I used my "new" Natural Beauty stamp set (see last post) & my leafy branch cuttlebug folder. I found a button in the stash that is very much sage shadow(not that it looks it in this photo) and I punched my Florentine edge punch top & bottom of the choc chip piece. Oh & I roughed up the edges of the vanilla & rust squares.

Inkspiration colour challenge #7

This is a colour challenge from Makeesha Byl. I'm not a big fan of Really Rust but I am a fan of Makeesha's work so I thought I'd tough it out & have a go. Plus I needed a present for my Nanna's birthday & after playing around with this stamp set & colours, I thought a little stack of these would be nice for Nanna : ) I was at a Stampin' Up party the other day & Helen was practically giving away some of her old sets-I was lucky enough to have the first look in the bag & snavelled up this set "Mixed Bouquet" & also the "Natural Beauty" set. Lucky, Lucky! So, here are the colours & my card(s). I also used my Bouquet roller & versamark for the background & a bit of piercing along the bottom of the choc chip piece.

I got a bit excited about having ALL the colours for this challenge (I'm usually missing something!) In all my excitement I started madly stamping a piece of white card instead of vanilla-I'm going to make some more cards to go in with Nanna's stack of cards & will definately use vanilla! I just might get my "new" Natural Beauty set inky for the next lot....stay tuned!

Monday, April 27, 2009

K-Dub's 50th colour inspiration challenge

This one is dedicated to Kristina Werner & the wonderful challenges she comes up with each week. I certainly haven't entered all 50 of her colour challenges but I do like to have a play when I can! She is very generously offering some awesome prizes for this momentous occasion along with RULES!! Only one entry per person (so make it your best work she says!) & no extra colours added to her colour challenge, which was brown, red, yellow, turquoise & white.
That's it-no exceptions!

I had a bit of trouble photographing this one & have been trying all afternoon to get it right - it's getting to that time of the day when I just have to give up & get everything in the house sorted for tonight & tomorrow. Anyway on to the card-this colour combo stumped me for a while & I have several half made brown, yellow, red, turquoise & white 'creations' laying around!
I rolled the turquoise base & brown piece with the Petals jumbo roller in Versamark,although it's a little hard to see on the brown piece in the photo. The stamped image is from Angie Delarie, stamped in brown & coloured with brown, red, yellow & turquoise chalks & a blender pen. This piece is mounted up on some foam dimensionals with 'wonderful' stamped onto it & a sweet little red flower button. Oh & some ribbon, a little piercing around the brown scalloped piece & a bit of faux sewing with a white gel pen.
I am wiping my brow-phew, I think too many colours for me to get my little head around! But I did it! Now do I try to finish those 'creations' I have laying around or go back to my safe colour combos?

Friday, April 17, 2009

I'm a Verve Challenge Champion with Mojo!

As I mentioned last post there are some challenges happening for the release of new Verve stamps. While I don't own any Verve stamps I won't say no to a chance at winning some!

3 sketches & a colour challenge...

For this card I used River Rock, Blue Bayou & Choc Chip. Stamped the Bouquet roller with Versamark,added some paper from Spring Fling & made a paper flower with 5 scrunched & sponged layers.
Basic Black base, Basic Grey-top half embossed with swiss dots folder, some Flirty pink paper on the bottom half, brads, sponging etc etc! oh & the stamps are from Always set.

This one was fun! I bought some clear stamps from "the Cats Pyjamas" a little while back & this was the first time they got inky...Colours are Kraft, Blue Bayou & Real Red. The background swirls is a stamp from 'Judikins' I inked it with Versamark & swiped Bayou over it. After that I added some accent with a white gel pen.

For the colour challenge I used the Mojo Monday sketch #82 for inspiration....Kraft base, some Heidi Grace paper, a little soft sky & the stamps are Pink Paislee - 'Retro Spring'

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Viva la Verve 1,2 & 3

I don't know what's going on...I've managed to clean the house, do the grocery shopping & found time to stamp! WOO-HOO!! These cards are for a challenge over on They give you a sketch challenge with a {twist} Let me tell you some of the {twists} are doozies! First sketch with a {twist} of using a sentiment stamp only

I used the 'Yummy' set from Stampin' Up. Colours are Not Quite Navy,Real Red & Kraft and the paper is from the Ginger Blossom pack. A little bit of bling & some sweet silk ribbon-all done!

Sketch challenge 2 with a {twist} of using background stamp(s). This was a good one for me because I love those big stamps! (i only have 3 of them-but I do love 'em!) I used Tres Chic & Wild Hearts. I also used the words from Friendship Blooms & a heart stamp from Judikins.
I did use a little creative license on this sketch & left out the panel with the scalloped top & rounded bottom-I added the scallop border along the top of the card & used a nestabilities die shape which kind of gives that rounded shape...

And the 3rd sketch challenge had a {twist} of a colour combo. This is one of those doozies I mentioned earlier...wait for it...More Mustard, Summer Sun & Baja Breeze!! First of all I thought "YUCK!" Then I thought "Oh, what a shame, I can't do that challenge-no Baja Breeze" (phew) Then I read-if you don't have these exact colours, just improvise. Now I'm back to thinking "Yuck!" Oh well, I umm'd & ahhh'd for a while (still thinking yuck!) But in the end I must admit I am really quite happy with the end result. While I won't be racing out to buy a whole pack of more mustard or summer sun cardstock, I will try to use the small amount I do own! I improvised with some blue bazzill instead of the Baja Breeze & added in some Choc Chip, Sahara Sand & White and used my Paisley background stamp, Petal Prints & Lots of Thoughts. What do you think of the end result? What is your least fave colour?

I think there is a 4th challenge to finish out the month-stay tuned...

I found some more cool challenges on the Verve blog, with some sketch & colour combo challenges plus a chance to win some sweet Verve stamps-I'm off to have a little play....

Saturday, April 11, 2009

I'm back with Mojo and OCCC

Did ya think I'd disappeared off the planet?? I was starting to wonder myself! Life has been crazy busy around here lately & I don't really know where the last 3 months have gone...Ok, that's a lie, I do know where they've gone-they've included trips to perth, hospital visits, couple of days work a week which also means daycare, housework,throw a couple of weddings in for good measure!, buying more of the farm we live on, I think we had a holiday back in Feb! and most recently, I had my 4 wisdom teeth taken out on Thursday.
So, NO stamping for me : ( Actually I did get to a stamp night a few weeks ago-I made 4 or 5 cards but before I could put them up here Mum 'borrowed' them for some ideas, Hi Mum, yes you can keep them!! I decided yesterday that I was going to stamp & found there was a new mojo monday sketch out-it took me ALL day but I did it!

Here's the sketchI used the Always stamp set for this one & the little heart is from In the Spotlight (hostess set).I also used my Paisley background stamp & some ribbon & brads out of the stash. Card base is Chocolate Chip, Paisley is Soft Sky on Soft Sky. I've stamped the bird, hearts & always on Kraft with Choc Chip & Purely Pomegranate with Close to Cocoa/Choc Chip sponging on all but the bird.

For my next card (2 cards in one night!!) I followed a sketch challenge from Our CreativeCorner For this one I used a new fave background-Tres Chic & Embrace Life. I started with a black base, layered with Basic Grey stamped with Tres Chic in Versamark. A little bit of paper from the Ginger Blossom pack, some peircing & a bit of bling.I also used my Border punch-Florentine.

Here is the OCC sketch challenge

And here is my card

Have a great Easter-hopefully I can replace munching on chocolate with stamping!!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Makeesha's New Year sketch

Makeesha is back from a break away from blogging & all revived to inkspire us all once again-yay! Here is her sketch, with a chance to win a tin of the new Felt Fusion flowers from Stampin Up! so very generous of her isn't it???

It's a good one isn't it? Here's what I created...

I started with an always artichoke base & embossed with swiss dots. I stamped a piece of river rock c/s with my Paisley BG stamp in river rock ink. Punched a piece of white c/s with my new Fiskars border punch-Florentine, top & bottom & wrapped with a length of ribbon. I stamped the little bird from Celebrate Everyday once on white & again on some of the leftover paisley/river rock piece. I cut out the river rock bird & mounted her up with foam dimensionals, also coloured her heart & flower band with purely pomegranate. Sponged the edges with river rock & mounted on river rock then purely pomegranate c/s. I punched out a 1" circle of pomegranate & a 3/4" circle from the paisley/river rock piece, attached an American Crafts flower & a button from the stash. I originally stamped 'just because' straight onto my paisley piece (once it was all stuck down & I knew as i was doing it I would regret it...) didn't like it-too flat, so I punch out a round tab out of the paisley/river rock piece & stamped 'thank you' onto it. It slid in nicely under the panel & I left the tab open for a bit more dimension, you can kinda see a shadow in the photo. I like...You like???

Viva la Verve 1 & 2

I found some challenges (with a twist) over at splitcoaststampers
on the verve forum- here is week 1 & week 2
Viva la Verve 01(week 1) sketch had a 'twist' of hardware, I got so carried away with my card, I nearly forgot to put some metal on! I have used Heidi Grace papers, Blue Bayou Stampin' Up cardstock & White Bazzill, Good Things Grow & Blooming with Happiness stamp sets. I wrapped a piece of pink ribbon around the long panel with a metal pinwheel & attached a couple of Making Memories photo corners on the top panel. I mounted the Good Things Grow stamped image onto a 'postage stamp' die cut & some foam mount tape. The sentiment in the bottom corner reads 'may your day bloom with happiness'.

Viva la Verve 02 (week 2) had a 'twist' of bling

For this one I started with a piece of Bazzill Bling cardstock-nice & sparkly! Embossed a panel of silver with "Diamonds in the Rough' bug embossing folder, mounted on black bazzill & bordered with Heidi Swapp bling frames. The larger panel is white with sponging all around the edges & flower-doesn't show up too well in the photo.Stamps are some new Basic Grey acrylic stamps I picked up on the weekend-very cute & had to ink them up as soon as I got home (nearly!) I also used my new Fiskars border punch on the black mat of this larger panel & also the bling frame. The butterfly was stamped in white onto the bazzill bling c/s& cut out, with a touch of 'pixie stick' glitter-also new! and the flower & surrounds has a dusting of some glittery concoction, also a bit hard to see in the photo. I finished it off with some piercing in the corners &
mounted it up on foam for some dimension. Here is a bit of a close up...

Friday, January 9, 2009

Verve Challenge Champion!

Here are the other 3 challenges from the Verve 'Looking for Love' release-fingers crossed I might be lucky enough to win something...

and because I got all 4 challenges completed before the deadline, I'm apparently a Verve Challenge Champion! I think that means there are more chances to win stuff!