The following card was taken (cased) from our latest catalogue.  I wanted to point out that the catalogue not only showcases Stampin Up! products  but it also has LOTS and LOTS card samples.

Take a look at page 82.


Ok, can you spot the differences?  Casing doesn’t have to be exact.  The flowers are the same!   (There was a lot of stamping of flowers and then cutting them out.  The large flower alone, has four layers!)

STAMP SET:  Flower Fest

BASE:  Early Espresso
Leaves:  Certainly Celery
Sentiment:  Very Vanilla
Flowers:  Cherry Cobbler.
3/4″ circle, 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle, Spiral (retired)
INK:  Early Espresso, Wild Wasabi
EXTRAS:  Glue Pen, Glitter, Sponge, Scissors


So what is different with this one?  I used Designer Series Paper instead of the Embossing Folder.  Also a different sentiment and a bit of ribbon.  Background stamping on this card by using the butterfly that comes in the stamp set I used.

So…next time, if you want some inspiration, have a look in your catalogue! I did.


No not Christmas in July

BUT I thought it would be a good idea to start creating Christmas cards, so that my Ladies will be ready for Christmas.  Before we know it, it will be Christmas!!

When making Christmas cards, it is better to be able to make them on-mass.  To do this it is wise to use a simple design. This one is quick but looks like it took a lot of time.

STAMP SET:  Season of Joy
INK:  Cherry Cobbler
PAPER:  Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Old Olive,
PUNCHES:  Ornament, Decorative
EMBOSSING FOLDER:  Elegant Bouquet
CHALKS:  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
EXTRAS:  Big Shot, Tombow, Cotton Buds

Tomorrow, hubby and I are off to Sydney to catch up with our son and his family.  (Can’t wait to give the 2 grandsons, lots of hugs and kisses, spoiling them and “cooking with Nana”. reading bed time stories and them showing us how to turn on the TV and playing DS games!!  🙂 )

I have a few birthday cards that I have made, which I will post while away.

My granddaughter turns 6 this week, so here is the card that I made for her.  I used all SU items except the stamp set…. that I bought in England when we were over there last year.

Water Colouring using our water colouring paper.  (Notice I used my vellum butterflies.  Also the next picture will show how I used Shimmer Paint on the water-colour).

As we will be away for her birthday, we celebrated last night.  She loved all her gifts and was oh hum about the card!!  Well, she’s only 6 and she does have her priorities!  My daughter keeps all the cards, so I know one day she will appreciate the time and effort her Nan made to create a card for her……..

Till next time, have fun ‘playing’.



Let’s Twist!

Looks like a normal card.  Right?  Well it’s not……. 🙂

IT’S A TWISTED CARD!  The Ladies, in both my classes last week, were so quiet!  Not much chatting going on!  It is not a complicated card but there was a lot of cutting out to do.  Mmm…..Give a woman a pair of scissors and it is silence!   (Don’t tell the men)

For the front of the card we used the technique of MASKING.  So masks had to be cut out.  The flowers inside the card had to be cut out too.

Another view

OK…. I used Vellum butterflies (again).  Just love them.  This one has a sparkle!

This give a view of showing how the flowers seem to be behind the main one.  That’s masking!  Ah, isn’t the butterfly beautiful?


Two Edges punched.  Method for stamping the foliage – ink and stamp twice or three times without re-inking.


Use Whisper White Ink to stamp  the flowers and let dry before cutting.

Stamp sentiment.  Place flowers around the lower edge.

Notice that all the flowers are attached at different heights.

STAMP SETS:  Curvy Verses, Great Friend, Fast & Fabulous (level 2)
INK:  Real Red, River Rock, Whisper White, Marina Mist, White Shimmer Paint
PAPER:  Pacific Point, Real Red, Whisper White, Marina Mist,
PUNCHES:  Scallop Trim Border, Scallop Trim Edge, Large Oval,
DIE:  Beautiful Wings

Phew….. Now I think this post deserves a comment or two, don’t you?  (Off to do the housework -yuk)



I have had to make a few personal Sympathy cards over the last few weeks.  What does one say in these sad moments for those who are left behind? I let my cards speak for me.

I used Confetti Cream and Early Espresso which I felt was suitable for making these cards.

CARD #2 


I just love using Butterflies and they are a wonderful embellishment for a Sympathy card.  Don’t you think?

Off to the USA

I was asked to make a card that could be signed by everyone in our Church.  (We are not yet, a mega Church 🙂 )  A congrats card for a former attendee who is now living  in the USA.

So this is what I came up with.

BASE:  Peach Parfait, A4,  Scrap for 3 flowers.
Layers:  Cajun Craze , Scrap for 2 flowers
Layers:  Metallic Gold
Scraps for Leaves (Two tones of green)
STAMP SETS:  Fifth Ave, Well Scripted

INK:  Cajun Craze, Chocolate Chip
PUNCH:  2 Step Bird (leaves), Scallop Edge
NOTE:  For the leaves, the 2-Step Bird punch or sizzlits leaves can be used.

I hope she likes it!



I have told the ladies in my classes, that this year I am stepping out of my comfort zone as far as colours are concerned.  So this is the colour combo that I came up with for this JOY FOLD CARD.  Hope you like!

STAMP SET:  Birthday Bakery (Hostess Set, level 1),  Block Size: C, H
INK:  Black Stazon, Pear Pizzaz, Peach Parfait
PUNCHES:  Boho Blossoms, 1/4″ circle (centre of flowers), Scallop Trim Boarder, Scallop Trim Corner
EXTRAS:  Big Shot, Aqua Painter, Crystal Effects, Tombow, Shaping Tool

Melon Mambo:  4″ x 4″; 1″ x 4 1/4″ 
Peach Parfait:  Base = 6 1/4″ x 4 1/4″  (Score at 4 1/4″) Layer – 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
Whisper White:  2 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ 
Pear Pizzazz:  3″ x 6″ (Score at 3″)
DSP:  Melon Mambo:  4″ x 1 3/4″

Inside of the card, showing the JOY FOLD

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Happy Valentine’s Day

I hope you all received something from your loved one.  I am on a diet (again) so I didn’t get any Chocolates!  No flowers as I am having a HUGE sinus problem. (So hot and dry in Perth)  BUT Hubby and I went down South for a long-weekend!  We had a great time – will post pictures sometime this week.

I did make my darling a card!

I liked the colour combo of Real Red, Basic Grey, Designer Series Paper – Neutrals

The inside had lots of HEARTS too.  My darling has my heart! 

SNEAK PREVIEW of tomorrow’s card….  Come back and see my colour combo (So out of my comfort zone!)  There will be instructions on how to make this card and the ‘fold’.  See you then.