Monday, November 8, 2010

Christmas Stamp-a-Stack

Hello everyone. Yesterday I had my Christmas stamp-a-stack and these are the three cards we made. All the ladies had lots of fun making them and were all so keen to get into more at home. The first is using Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Very Vanilla cardstock with the Contempo Christmas stamp set. The Very Vanilla Background was put through the Big Shot using the Petals a Plenty Embossing Folder. I just love this one and use it far too much. A few stick on bling was added to finish off the bauble.
This was my favourite. Using the Welcome Christmas Stamp Set and the Music Notes Wheel I came up with a Country feel type of card for Christmas. I have also used the Sleigh Bells Ribbon which is part of our special at the moment (see earlier post below). It goes beautifully with this type of card. Other materials used are Naturals Ivory cardstock, Jolly Holiday DSP, Always Artichoke cardstock, spritzer tool, crumb cake ink pad for the family image and Early Espresso for the words. I also snuck in the image from Autumn Days on the artichoke piece of cardstock at the bottom using the same colour ink. Most of the pieces were roughed up using my distressing tool. I love this type of look.
I've used our new shimmer paint "Champagne" and turned it into a shimmer mist and sprayed it all over the Cherry Cobbler background before starting with this card. Black embossed the Dasher stamp and added a couple of tiny tags with silver cord (courtesy of Spotlight) to finish it off. A bit of fiddling but certainly worth the effort. Lovely and sparkly this one.
I've made a few Christmas cards this year. Stay tuned over the next few weeks for my posts.
Happy Christmas Stamping.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Dress Up Christmas

Christmas is nearly on our doorstep - AGAIN and from now until 30 November, Stampin Up is offering a Christmas Special to it's customers. FREE Ribbon is yours when you purchase certain bundles of items from the current catalogue. One of the items is new to us and doesn't appear in the catalogue - Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper. We all love new stuff don't we. And the ribbon is not in the current catalogue either. Visit my website to find out all the details. Happy stamping Tina

Friday, October 1, 2010

Enjoying my Morning Cup

Hello everyone, this is another new set from our new catalogue. It's called "Morning Cup" and it's gorgeous. Lots of stamps to choose from including cups, mugs, stacked cups, coffee pots, tea pots and even a little tea bag with a few words thrown in here and there as well. There is also a corresponding wheel called "Take a Sip".
I took inspiration from this card from Kirsty Brown. I have used my water pen to colour the image which was first stamped in Stazon Ink on watercolour paper. I've used a few new items as well:
  1. Circle Scissor Cutter
  2. Marina Mist ink and grosgrain ribbon
  3. Antique Brads
  4. Scallop Trim Border Punch
  5. Modern Label Punch
  6. So Safron DSP from the Soft Subtles Paper Stack.

If you would like to make this card just give us an email and I could help you with your order.

Happy Stamping


Saturday, September 25, 2010

Fast & Fabulous

This is a new Hostess Stamp Set for the current catalogue called "Fast and Fabulous". It is another 2 step stamp set which I love using. They allow you to achieve so many combinations of images by either using the bold stamp on its own, with its corresponding outline or with just the outline on its own. I have also used our single stamp called "All a Flutter" and I have stamped this on Vellum, cut it out and bent the wings up to give the illusion that it is alive and has just landed o the flowers. The Very Vanilla card stock has been run through the Big Shot using the Top Note Die a number of times. Just reposition the points each time you put it through to get this lovely medallion shape. Happy Stamping Everyone Tina

Friday, September 24, 2010

Friends Never Fade

Recently I had my new Catalogue Launch with a bunch of lovely ladies at my home. Some new and some old friends. We all had a lovely night and one of the cards we made was this one. This is a new set called Friends Never Fade. I used Crumb Cake (old kraft), Pretty in Pink, Whisper White card stock with some Hemp Twine and Bravo Burgundy Ink. I destressed the smaller piece of Crumb Cake by screwing it up, ripping some edges and using the destressing tool to rough up the edges. Then using a sponge I coloured up the edges with Bravo Burgundy ink. The images on the Pink background were stamped off before inking up the pink paper to get the lighter version of ink. I'll post the second card we made soon.
Happy Stamping

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Newsprint New DSP

I'd like to take the credit for this card but alas it is a creation by my mum Lorraine. She wanted a card for her friend's birthday and thought she would try out the new Designer Series Paper called "Newsprint". Doesn't look too bad does it. There are lots of nice new DSP's this year in our new catalogue. If you would like to see the catalogue you can click on the link in my sidebar or if you would like a hard copy just let me know. Happy Stamping Tina

Friday, September 3, 2010


Well it's September and it's the party month to party. We have our new catalogue to buy from and for this month 1st to 30th September when you join Stampin Up all new Demonstrators will get the In Colour Collection (5 stamp pads, assorted A4 Cardstock and Markers). $89 worth of product for Free on top of all the marvellous products you get simply by joining us during the month.
If you would like to know more about joining my team and collecting your free In Colour Collection click here for more details or just send me an email here.
It's a great time to join!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Glittery Circle Circus

Another Circle Circus card for you today. This has a bit of bling as I have put Chocolate Glitter on the large circle in the foreground. (sorry I couldn't get a glittery view).
This is another simple card you can whip up in a hurry.....
Both these sets are being continued in our new catalogue due to start on September 1. If you would like a copy, please let me know......
Also If you are wanting to attend my Catalogue launch, please contact me as places are filling up but not chocas yet....
Happy Stamping

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Circle Circus

I made this card recently for a workshop demo. Circle Circus is a very versatile stamp set as you can use it for almost any occasion including male cards which we all find a little challenging sometimes. I stamped the large circle a number of times on white cardstock using Tangerine Tango and So Safron, then using various size circle punches and the scallop circle punch I layered them up for a different effect. Another simle card Happy Stampin Everyone Tina

Friday, August 20, 2010

Lots of Blue Bots

I'm having lots of fun with this little set at the moment - "Lots of Bots". Lots of boys birthdays coming up and just been. I've used my blender pens to colour in the centre robot, cut him out with the 1 3/8" circle punch and mounted him up on dimensionals. A little bit of tearing on the Real Red Cardstock and just a simple greeting at the bottom. I also added a silver brad just to finish it off.
Very simple but very effective.
Hope you are all excited about the new Catalogue. You should be....... it's jammed packed with great stuff. Only 12 more sleeps.....
Happy Stamping Everyone

Friday, August 13, 2010


It's that time when we say farewell to some of our favourite stamp sets and accessories from Stampin' Up! You have until the end of August to order anything that is retiring as they will not be available again.... If there is something you want, please let me know your order before the end of August. Items are going fast and run out day to day. click here to see the entire list. Happy Stampin Tina

Monday, July 26, 2010

Paper Purse

Hello everyone. Yes it has been too long between posts. I have no excuses. Slack is probably the only word for it. And if you are speaking with my husband he would tell you "Twilight" was the reason for my slackness. LOL Anyway, I have put up some photos of a little paper purse we made at the last class I had. This is a lovely little gift for someone special. If I have some more interested in the class I will do it again because it was a great night and everyone left with a different purse depending on the Designer Series Paper the chose. I used the Bella Rose paper for mine and teamed it with Riding Hood Red and Kiwi Kiss card stock. There was a few different paper techniques used for this including one called "faux suede". What you do is distress the paper until it splits apart. Screw it up, strip it with your bone folder, put it through your crimper and screw it up all over again. Keep doing that till it splits at the edges and then very carefull pull the paper apart and you get a piece that resembles suede. Have a try. Hope you are all well. New catalogue out on 1st September. If you would like one, please let me know. Happy Stamping Everyone. Tina

Thursday, June 24, 2010


It has been a wonderful month full of specials from Stampin' Up! our last deal of the week is specials on our Rhinestone Brads, Certainly Celery Grosgrain Ribbon and Double Stitched Bashful Blue Ribbon. What a fun month it has been, getting a new special every week. This is our last deal for the month, and it's time to accessorise with BLING and ribbon! 40-45% off!
109113 Square Ice Rhinestone brads normally $19.95 Sale Price $11.97
109111 Circle Ice Rhinestone brads normaly $19.95 Sale Price $11.97
109112 Square Fire Rhinestone brads normally $19.95 Sale Price $11.97
111848 Bashful Blue 1" double-stitched grosgrain ribbon normally $19.95 Sale Price $10.97
109050 Certainly Celery 5/8" grosgrain ribbon normally $14.95 Sale Price $8.97
If you want to grab these bargains, please let me know by next Tuesday.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Deals of the Week #2

Stampin' Up! have another great deal for us this week. You can take 35 - 40% off Selected Designer Series Papers.
Raspberry Tart DSP $11.02 per pack
Sweet Slumber DSP $14.92 per pack
Haiku DSP $10.17 per pack
Tea Party DSP $10.17 per pack
Pink Flamingo DSP $11.02
This special runs through till next Tuesday 15th June.

Sunday, May 30, 2010


Now is a very exciting time at Stampin' Up!
From now until the 31st July, Stampin’ Up! are giving a 20% discount off the already discounted price for the Starter Kit. That means you are getting $570.00 worth of fantastic products that usually cost $324.00 for the never before seen price of $259.00. So if you have been looking at the catalogues and have a wish list as long as your arm (and your leg), then this could be a wonderful way to turn that wish list into your order.
The “Stampin’ Memories Add-on” is an optional add-on for $75 (RRP $140), a great choice for those who want to fully showcase Stampin’ Up!’s Stampin’ Memories line.
As well as getting all these fantastic products in your kit (and you are able to choose your own ink colours and stamp sets of equal value), the other benefits of becoming a demonstrator are many:
1. 20% discount off all products. 2. You earn 20% from all your customer’s orders. 3. You get the benefit of finding out all the news and get early previews of Stampin’ Up! Products and Catalogues with the ability to order early.
Best of all you will become part of my team and get my full support whether you are only interested in getting discounted products for your hobby or wish to start your own exciting business. If you are interested in this terrific offer, please contact me by the end of July and I will guide you through the easy process of signing up online.
Happy Stamping and Creating

Thursday, May 27, 2010


Well it would have to be the best time ever and nearly the worst. I had such a great time at the convention learning heaps of new ideas, meeting lots and lots of wonderfully friendly ladies and getting to know our team members much more personally. We had a team get together on the first afternoon in our room and enjoyed swapping cards and 3D items with each other. A perfect way to get new ideas.
Then we had a fire alarm on the first night 1.30 am. We had no idea what was happening and some of us thought to grab warmer clothes but others just ran. It was a false alarm but very few of us were amused. By the time we got back to our rooms and settled down just dropping off to sleep at 3.30 am the alarm went off again and we were out on the streets of Sydney again but this time well prepared.
I had so much fun meeting women we admire on the internet. I had the opportunity to have my picture taken with Shelli (the CEO and cofounder of the company).
We also had the privilege of sitting with Shelli and her husband Sterling for Dinner on the Awards Night. Very enjoyable.
The incentive trip destination for next year was announced and all the deserving demonstrators will be off to Fiji. I was picked out of the audience along with other unsuspecting guests to dance on stage with the Fijians. Lots of fun and laughs for everyone. Won't be living that down for a while.
Well it went very quickly but we were very excited to learn that it will be in Melbourne next Year and will run for three days not two. Bring on Melbourne.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Cottage Garden Gift Set

This is the card gift set we did in our stamping class just recently. It uses the gorgeous new Designer Series Paper "Cottage Wall" and the new stamp set "Cottage Garden". I based the colours around those used in the Cottage Wall papers, Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence, Pale Plum and Old Olive. There was also a few other new items like the Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Ribbon and the Sizzlits 4Pack Dies "Lots of Tags" There was a little bit of cutting out of flowers and butterflies but some ladies think that is quite therapeutic. I don't mind as long as you have the right scissors and they are SHARP. All the sentiments used were from the Teeny Tiny Sentiments set in the current Autumn mini catalogue.
This card is probably my favourite
And this was the lovely little box I designed for them all to fit in along with their envelopes. It has a flat over the the front and I used some stick on Magnetic Strip as a fastener.
This would be lovely as a gift to someone with blank cards inside or once you have given all the cards away individually you can use the box as a gift box for something little.
Happy Stamping Everyone.

Friday, May 14, 2010

My Mum's Mother's Day Card

Hello again. As promised I've got for you today the card I made my own mum for Mother's Day. I've used Very Vanilla and Regal Rose colours with the Fifth Avenue Floral and Teeny Tiny Sentiments Stamp Sets. The background is made using the new Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Folder which runs through your Big Shot.
To make the flower, I versamarked the rose image onto Very Vanilla card and then heat embossed white embossing powder till it becomes shiny. Then I used regal rose ink with the water pen and slowly build up colour. I coloured two images and then cut out one to layer up and make the rose look more lifelike. Voila.
Talk to you again soon.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Cottage Garden Class Sneak Peek

Here is a sneak peek at part of the Cottage Garden Class for next week. Isn't it gorgeous. I really like these colour combos of Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry (our newest In Colour), Orchid Opulence and Pale Plum. The stamp set works beautifully with the Cottage Wall Designer Series Papers which are available now in our Autumn Winter Mini Catalogue. I know its a bit mean to only show you some of the picture but there are some ladies out there who don't like to see what they are about to make in my classes. I promise I will post a full picture of the whole class after next weekend. If you would like to come the class is on Friday at 7pm 14/5/10 and again on Saturday 1pm 15/5/10. Cost is $15.00 and includes all supplies. Just bring your craft scissors for some cutting out of flowers. Look forward to seeing you. Tina

Mother's Day

A very happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there and I hope you have a wonderful relaxing and peaceful one.

Today I have made a card for my husband's Mum. She loves Ballet Blue and I threw in a bit of Certainly Celery as well. This is the Vintage Vogue set which is quickly becoming my favourite. I have also added a half pearl from the Pretties Kit to finish it off. Certainly Celery ribbon is gathered across some sticky strip to give the ruffled effect. I'll post soon the card I made for my mum. I haven't had a chance to take a photo yet.

All the best for tomorrow.


Friday, May 7, 2010

I'm Back

It has been too too long between posts. My only excuse is that I've been very busy with life in general and getting my business up and going as well as juggling the family. I'm off to my first stampin up convention in two weeks to Sydney and I just can't wait. I've made about 130 swaps and looking forward to swapping and meeting lots of friends in the process. I have today worked out how to link this blog with my Stampin' Up Blog so from now on you will get the same information on both sites (another reason why I haven't blogged much).
We have the new Autumn Winter Catalogue out now and here are some samples I have come up with.
In a few days you can go to the project section of my Stampin' Up Website and check out these cards in more detail.
Well I hope I have my self sorted out now and I hope to post much more regularly for you in the future.
Happy Stamping everyone

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Good Neighbours

I just love this little house set from the current Sale a bration promotion at Stampin Up. I saw this card here on another lady's blog (thankyou Kirsty) and decided I would change it a little for a card for my mother-in-law's good friend for her Birthday. They were neighbours for many years and I thought this was quite fitting the occasion.
SALE A BRATION runs through to the end of March so if you would like this set, all you need do is place an order with me for at least $100 and you can get it FREE.
Happy Stamping

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Girl's Night In

Last Friday Night I was invited to a friend's house down the road for a little get together with some mums from my son's Prep Class last year. I have never really gone out like this for drinks and a chat so I was delighted to be invited. I had such a good time getting to know them all better and having a good old laugh about life in general. I thought I would give Jane a Thank You card for the lovely evening and whipped together a simple but quite "classy" card. I haven't used my "Cheers to You" stamp set for some time so I dusted it off and brought out the Blender Pens to create this.

I used Bravo Burgundy and Barely Banana for the drink and flooded the whole glass area with Crystal Effects to give the glasses a touch of reality. Mounted the picture with Barely Banana and Bravo Burgundy cardstock and used dimensionals to give it a lift.

I then decided in needed just a little bit more without going overboard so I had a go at scoring some simple lines around the image to finish it off. The "thank you" are words from the Happy Moments Sale a Bration set which worked a treat.
It felt good to use a set that has been at the bottom of a pile for a long time. Happy Stamping Tina

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Popping Pastels

For many months now, some of my ladies who attend my card classes have asked me to show them how to use their Pastels. I finally got around to showing them on Friday and this is what we created. I must admit it was a bit of a challenge for me. I was having lots of trouble getting inspiration. Then I noticed the card on the front of the Stampin' Up! Pastel Box and the ideas flowed from there.
I have used the Flower Fancy Stamp Set to decorate an image which I incorporated on a card, gift box (design from Papertrey) and book mark. Iused only the background stamps of the large flower, the small flower, large and small leaves. The colours are Cameo Coral, Certainly Celery, Mustard for the flower centres and highlighted the flowers with Regal Rose and Ruby Red with a dash of Sage Shadow on the leaves. I threw in a bit of ripped So Safron Cardstock on the corners with ripped velum at the back to finish off the cardfront. The words are from the Sale a Bration Set "Whimsical Words". I started by stamping the flower image with Versamark Ink and using my daubers, gradually built on the colours starting with the lighter colours first. I then used a cotton bud to dab the darker colour onto the flower edges to give depth and create shadows. I will be holding this class again on February 19th if anyone is interested. Simply contact me here to RSVP.

Happy Daubing


Friday, January 15, 2010

Having a Play Around

It was my friend's daughter's birthday recently and I bought her a dress. I decided I would make the card using the patterns and colours in the material. I chose Cameo Coral, Elegant Eggplant, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue and So Safron.
The stamps were a mixture from the For Everything set, the Retro Remix Stampin Wheel and the heart from the I {heart} Hearts set (all of which are available from the Summer Mini Catalogue. I also threw in a bit of hand drawing to make the flowers resemble those on the dress a little more. To achieve the white areas I used the white Gel Pen. The large purple flower was made using the flower punch and a flower from the Boho Blossums punch and finished off with a rhinestone brad. I was pretty pleased with the result. Not my usual kind of work but it was fun. Let me know what you think.....
Happy Stamping

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