Monday, 31 December 2012

Stampin' Up! WEEK 3 Clearance Rack Blitz January 4th -10th My Top 5 Picks

Week 3 of the Clearance Rack Blitz has lots of great ribbons & stamp sets.  Please remember these items are priced to sell and they go REALLY quickly.  The 2nd blitz saw a lot of items sell out in a matter of hours!  It is important to note that these items are while stocks last and they don't last long.  I cannot guarantee you will get everything on your list but I promise to try :)  If you would like to send me your list with what you want then I will be prepared & might have more of a chance to get your choices.

Here are my top 5 picks for January 4 - 10th Clearance Rack Blitz. 

Wedding Sweet - Wood mount $46.95 now $17.95! Great if you are planning a wedding or make invitations.

Heard From The Heart $19.50  for either wood or clear.
Clearly For You - both wood & clear mount are $17.00 each.

1 1/4 " Striped Grosgrain Ribbon $10 - were $19.95
Available in : Daffodil Delight, Pretty in Pink, Basic Black, Not Quite Navy, Basic Grey, Marina Mist, Melon Mambo, Cajun Craze & Soft Suede.

Chantilly 1/2" Crochet Trim for just $5.25!

I wonder how popular these picks will be?   Most importantly - HERE is the link to the January 4th - 10th Clearance Rack Blitz!

Thanks For Looking,

Thursday, 27 December 2012

New Stampin' Trimmer

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas with your family & friends.  Did Santa bring you lots of nice things?  My kids had a great Christmas (*spoilt rotten*).  I only got one present this year, but boy was it a good one!
I was lucky enough to find the all NEW Stampin' Up Trimmer under the tree Christmas morning.   It has been on my longed for list for a while but it was not available here until recently.  I must say it is all I wished for & more.  I could rave on & on about it all day but it really is easier to let SU's own fun filled Brian Pilling show you its amazingness!

If you would like to see this tool for yourself then feel free to contact me for a demonstration.  If you would like to order your very own trimmer then send me an email or call me on 0411113530 & I will be happy to order one for you.  It really is a must have tool!  

Thanks For Looking,

Saturday, 22 December 2012

12 Weeks Of Christmas - LAST WEEK Candlelight Christmas Gift Card Holders

Week 12 - Phew, we made it - Yay!  How fun was that?  The best thing for me is I have all my Christmas cards, all my boxes, bags, gifts made for Christmas day.  Wow, Christmas day is only 3 more sleeps as my kids would say.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for visiting my blog throughout the year & to wish you all a Merry Christmas!

My last post for this series is a gift card holder.   It is based on the design of one I did in this post.  I changed the DSP but the design is exactly the same.  I used Candlelight Christmas DSP on these and also the very cute Mixed Medley Hostess stamp set  & 1 1/4" Scallop Circle punch which are all from the Holiday Catalogue which is ending January 31st.  I know I will definitely get a few packs of this DSP to put away for a rainy day ;)  See that ribbon - that is the 7/8" Cotton ribbon stamped with the Border Banter stamp set.  Yes, this is in the Holiday mini also.  I like to fray the edges, however you can see in the 1st photo I have a little No Peeking Reindeer one without the fraying.

Candlelight Christmas Gift Card Holders

No Peeking Gift Card Holder

Inside the gift card holder

Mixed Medley & Daydream Medallions Gift Card Holder 

Stamp Sets: Mixed Medley, Daydream Medallions, No Peeking, Border Banter, Wacky Wishes (Hostess main catty).
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Real Red, Candlelight Christmas DSP.  
Ink:  Early Espresso, Real Red, Lucky Limeade.
Cool Tools:  1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle punch, 1 1/4 Scallop Circle punch, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch, Sticky Strip, Word Window punch, Circles #2 Sizzix Die, Big shot ( for no peeking card), 7/8" Cotton Ribbon.

Thanks For Looking,

Friday, 21 December 2012

Clearance Rack Blitz 2 Update

Insert sad face here -> A LOT of the Clearance rack items have already sold out.  Yes, the sale started this morning, but boy they are selling like hotcakes!   These items are selling out VERY quickly so if there is anything at all you want please do email me ASAP.

Seems my Top 5 picks were very popular ;)

As of 9am this morning the following are sold out:

119801 In Colour 2010-2012 Stampin' Write Markers
122366 Mocha Morning specialty DSP
122359 Well Worn DSP
116386 Loads of Love
116384 Loads of Love Accessories
121518 Four the Holidays
117158 Patterns 2010-2012 In Colour
115780 Crazy for Cupcakes

AND as at 12pm 21/12/12 this is sold out too.

120609 Party This Way

I will keep you updated as the week goes on.  
Thanks For Looking,

Thursday, 20 December 2012

12 Weeks Of Christmas WEEK 12: A Gift Ensemble

This is my last week if the 12 weeks of Christmas Promotion :(  I have had so much fun creating for it I have decided to do a Saleabration version in the new year.

Here is a little ensemble my Stamp club girls made last week.  With Christmas upon us I thought we could look at ways to present gifts using our stamps, DSP & inks. I focused on Early Espresso, Very Vanilla & the Candlelight Christmas DSP.  The bag was easy. A quick roll across the front with the builder wheel, a snowflake and a bow made of tulle.  The card was even quicker.  I knocked 15 of these off in one go!  I just lined them up and wheeled away.  The kraft box was a little more difficult and required lining up but looked great.  **A word of warning when using wheels with words.  Stamp a sample 1st on a bit of scratch paper to check that the words are the right way up.

Gift Giving Ensemble
 We give a lot of wine as gifts so a bottle tag was needed to finish off the ensemble.  The one I made was given away so this is another of my creations based on that original version.  I used the Champagne glimmer paper on this one, unlike the original that only used Very Vanilla & Early Espresso.
Bottle Tag
I have had fun trying out some of the wheels this month.  I had previously overlooked wheels, however when faced with making 50 Christmas cards/tags/bags I decided they might be worth a try.  I must say it was well worth the investment of only $7.95 each.  Next time you are looking for a quick decorating stamp try the wheels as they are perfect for this job.

Stamp Sets: Choc Full Of Cheer, Snowflake Party Builder Wheel, Good Cheer Builder Wheel. 
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Champagne Glimmer paper, Candlelight Christmas DSP.  
Ink:  Early Espresso.
Cool Tools: Bigshot, Builder Wheels, Snow Flurry Bigz Die, Silver Brads, Delicate Doilies Sizzlits, Naturals Wooden Buttons, 1/4" Early Espresso Grosgrain Ribbon, Glue dots, Stapler,  1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 3 1/2" Early Espresso Tulle.

Thanks For Looking,

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Clearance Rack Blitz - My Top 5 Picks Week 2

I thought it might be nice to show you my TOP 5 Favourite Picks from the Clearance Rack Blitz for Week 2 December 21-January 3rd before it is released so you can plan your purchases.

 1. Four The Holidays Stamp Set 121518 (wood only) $12.50.
2. In Colour 2010-2012 DSP stack 117158 - a bargain at just $15.95 ( was $41.95!)

3. Well Worn DSP 122359 - this will be very popular so get in quick! 

4. My ALL TIME Favourite :)  Mocha Morning DSP 122366 with those lovely flocked pages & gold details. A bargain at just $9.50!

5. I {Heart}Hearts Stamp set  118571(clear) 117715 (wood)

To place your order Email or phone me on 0411113530 ASAP if you want anything off this list before it is gone forever!!!   It is important to get in quick as many items sell out really quickly, leaving lots of disappointed people!  I  will be placing the order for Week 2 on the 21st of December (day 1 to avoid disappointment) & am happy to take preorders before the date.  Just send me your wish list. 

Here is the link to all the weeks - feel free to click on the dates and print off the lists so you can plan your purchases before they sell out!  There is a link to last years catalogue there too.  

Stay tuned for next weeks Blitz Picks! 

Thanks For Looking,

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Clearance Rack Blitz - Reminder

There is only 2 more days left of the Clearance Rack Blitz Week 1! Email or phone me on 0411113530 ASAP if you want anything off this list before it is gone forever!!!   It is important to get in quick as many many items have sold out really quickly, leaving lots of disappointed people!  Here are some of my favourite picks:

Welcome Christmas wood 121584 (clear is sold out)
Welcome Christmas & Lovely As A Tree
Chateau Designer Printed 6 x 6 album 122468 & the ring page protectors 104521.

Beau Ch√Ęteau DSP 122357

Letters To Santa DSP 122349

The DSP is a steal at just $7.50! I am looking forward to next week's Blitz as there is lots more DSP on sale!  

Here is the link to next week's sale items starting 21st December - 3rd January

Here is the link to all the weeks - feel free to click on the dates and print off the lists so you can plan your purchases before they sell out!  There is a link to last years catalogue there too.  

Stay tuned for next weeks Blitz Picks! 

Thanks For Looking,

Monday, 17 December 2012

12 Weeks of Christmas WEEK 11 Island Indigo Christmas Lodge Tree

Well, I guess we are coming to an end of these posts since Christmas is only days away.  Yes DAYS away people!   I have one last Christmas card to share with you and it is one of my favourites.  The photo is a bit on the dodgy side and it doesn't show all the glitter sorry.

I know,  I have a slight addiction to the Christmas Lodge stamp set and also to flags & Island Indigo so I thought - Why not put them all together!  This is one of my Christmas cards I'm sending out to family & friends.   I used Island Indigo on the card and then "thumped" the stamp with a midnight muse marker before stamping, giving the image a 3D effect.  I then added Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  It sparkles at night & is so pretty but unfortunately the camera did not capture that.

Island Indigo Christmas Lodge Tree Card

Stamp Sets: Christmas Lodge, Greetings Of The Season
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Island Indigo, Midnight Muse, Festival of Prints DSP Stack  
Ink:   Island Indigo, Midnight Muse
Cool Tools: 1" Square punch, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, 

Thanks For Looking,

Saturday, 15 December 2012

12 Weeks of Christmas WEEK 11: For the Birds Christmas Cards

Whilst away on holiday last week, I spent a few hours of each day creating my Christmas Cards.  It was so nice to create without distractions of everyday life.  Some of my family & friends will be receiving one of these very soon.

I love the For the Birds stamp set and had set my mind on using this set for my Christmas cards this year.  Here are a few of the many cards I made using this stamp set.

For all these cards I used the Festival Of Prints Designer Series Stack which is such great value & it has so many pretty patterns.  For the cardstock I used Very Vanilla, Island Indigo & Cherry Cobbler.

Stamp Sets: For The Birds.
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Island Indigo, Cherry Cobbler.   
Ink:   Black Stayzon, Island Indigo, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake.
Cool Tools: Bigshot, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Window Framelits, Snail, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon, 1" Square punch.

Thanks For Looking,

Friday, 14 December 2012

Clearance Rack Blitz - Week 1

Stampin' Up! have taken some great products out of retirement for a Clearance Rack Blitz with discounts up to 70% off  - only while supplies last!  There will be different products on sale each week, for the next 4 weeks. This week there are lots of Christmas stamps, cardstock, inkpads, a few markers & ribbon spools all at bargain prices! So if you missed out on any of these items in the last catalogue, or if you just love a bargain, check out the list HERE (you'll need a copy of last year's catalogue for the page numbers). 

But you will need to get in quick. At these prices, they will sell out fast, in fact some have already sold out as we speak!   Just Email Me with your order, and I can have it delivered straight to your door ($5.95 shipped anywhere in Australia). Why not grab a few friends and organise a group package?  

Already as at 10:30am 16/12/12 these items have sold out:

  • 115902 Winter Post
    121492 Christmas Greetings
    115918 Happy Christmas Mate
    115820 Holiday Lineup
    121701 In Color 2010-2012 A4
    124291 Regal Rose 12 x 12
    124303 Wild Wasabi 12 x 12
    124293 Riding Hood Red 12 x 12
    120966 Basic Grey Marker
    125056 Cherry Cobbler Striped Grosgrain
    109034 Real Red Grosgrain
    109026 Very Vanilla Grosgrain
    104337 Gold Brads
    112968 Soft Holly Wheel
    111368 Old Olive Grosgrain
    115930 Many Merry Messages
    105211 Regal Rose Classic Stampin' Pad
    124278 Garden Green 12 x 12

If there is anything on the sale list you want then my advice is to get in quick as these items above sold out very quickly!

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

12 Weeks of Christmas WEEK 10 Candle gifts

Having just returned from a nice little pre-christmas holiday I am ready to get back into the swing of creating again.  I feel like I have lost my mojo after that little break, so the answer is to lock myself in my stamp room and to see if anything comes back.  Stay tuned for those results!

Wow! We only have a few weeks left of my 12 weeks of Christmas promotion.  How quick has that just gone by!  Well, as we come to a close I thought I would share a few quick gift giving ideas instead of a cards for a bit of a change.  I recently held a candle stamping class where we all stamped our favourite images onto church candles. It was hard to choose my favourite but here are a few.

Christmas Deer & Beautiful Season
Christmas Deer & Snowflake Soiree all wrapped up ready to be gifted.

Christmas candles are very easy to make once you get the hang of the melting process. I had so many options of stamp sets to use but these were my 3 favourite designs.

Stamp Sets: Christmas Deer, Snowflake Soiree, Beautiful Season, More Merry Messages.
Paper:  Non-SU Tissue paper & wax paper  
Ink:   Black Stayzon, Early Espresso, Midnight Muse, Real Red, Pacific Point, Marina Mist, 
Cool Tools: Rhinestones, Stitched Satin Ribbon, Seam binding ribbon, glitter, 2 way glue pen, heat tool. 

Saturday, 1 December 2012

A 60th Birthday Card - Female VS Male

As a nice change to all these Christmas projects I have made two different birthday cards.  My husband came home yesterday and requested two cards.  One female, one male - both needed for 60th birthdays next week.

I had an idea to use Everything Eleanor but when I sat down to make it it came out very different than intended & I ended up using Apothecary Art stamp set & Label Framelits instead.  Do you have this happen to you?

I really love Primrose Petals which is surprising as I was not that keen on it when it first came out.  I am an In Colour girl all the way and tend to reach for those before the usual colour families.

60th Female Card - Close Up

60th Female Card 
Then, to make the male version I wanted something a bit less "fluffy" if you know what I mean.  I haven't used the paper piercing mats before so I thought I would try using them on this card to add something different to the design.
60th Male Card Close Up
60th Male Card
For the male version I used some retired DSP called Elegant Soiree.  The Apothecary Framelits were a bit to rounded so I trimmed the top & bottom to give it a more masculine feel.


Stamp Set: Memorable Moments, Apothecary Art, Kindness Matters.
Paper:  Primrose Petals, Old Olive & Very Vanilla.  
Ink:   Black Stayzon, Primrose Petals, Old Olive
Cool Tools: Big Shot, Framelits - Labels Collection, 1" Square Punch,Dimensionals, Pearls, Champagne Shimmer paint (on butterflies), Blender Pen

Stamp Set: Memorable Moments.
Paper:  Baja Breeze, Soft Suede & Very Vanilla, Elegant Soiree DSP (retired). 
Ink:   Black Stayzon, Baja Breeze.
Cool Tools: Big Shot, Framelits - Apothecary Accents, 1" Square Punch, Dimensionals, Festive Paper Piercing Pack, Metallic Brads.  

Thanks For Looking,

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

12 Weeks of Christmas WEEK 9: Christmas Lodge Revisited

The Christmas Lodge stamp set is such a lovely set, I could not go through the 12 weeks of Christmas and post only one card made with this set.  Today I made a card using colours I would not normally associate with Christmas.  Ridinghood Red & Bashful Blue.  I pulled these colours from the DSP I was using from the Festival Of Prints DSP stack.  I have seen a similar card on Pinterest too using a similiar layout.

Christmas Lodge Banner Card
I used the Framelits Window collection and the 2 1/2" Circle punch.  I sponged the edges of the lodge circle in Bashful Blue ink and added a bit of snow by using a white gel pen and a bit of Dazzling Details.  The sentiment is from Petite Pairs.

Stamp Set: Christmas Lodge, Petite Pairs.
Paper:  RidingHood Red, Bashful Blue, Festival Of Prints DSP Stack.  
Ink:   Black Stayzon, Bashful Blue, White Gel Pen
Cool Tools: Big Shot,Perfect Polka Dots EF, Framelits - Windows Collection, 1" Square Punch, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch,  Dimensionals, Pearls, Dazzling Details. 

nks For Looking,

Friday, 23 November 2012

12 Weeks of Christmas WEEK 8: Christmas Handbags

How cute is the Sizzix Petite Purse?  When Stampin' Up released this die in their new catalogue I was really looking forward to making them.  I got to have a little play with it at Paperific this year and decided it would have to be mine & soon! The Bigz Petite Purse die is a great size for the big shot & although SU suggest you use the extended cutting & crease pads, I have found I can use just the standard cutting pads and get an excellent result.

I am making little Christmas handbags with some surprises inside for my class participants this month.  They would be lovely as table gifts on Christmas day or even little party favours.  Here are a few I have made recently using the Snow Festival DSP and Be of Good Cheer DSP.

Christmas Petite Purses

Snow Festival DSP purses

Left - Snow Festival DSP & Right - Be of Good Cheer DSP.
Stamp Set: None!
Paper: Be of Good Cheer DSP, Snow Festival DSP, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, 
Ink:  Real Red, Always Artichoke, Soft Suede.
Cool Tools: Big Shot,  Bigz Petite Purse Die, Boho Blossoms Punch, Merry Mini's Punch Pack, 1/8" Mini Brads, Dimensionals, Rhinestones.

nks For Looking,


Wednesday, 21 November 2012

12 Weeks of Christmas WEEK 8: Flocked Acetate Twisted Easel Card

When I first opened the Candlelight Christmas DSP I was a bit puzzled by what I could use the acetate flocked sheet for.  I let it sit there while I quietly worked my way through the rest of the pack, then this morning while cleaning my windows I had an idea.  I wasn't sure if it would work but thought it was worth a try!

I have seen a few of these twisted easel cards and have always wanted to try one.  I also had the Watercolour Winter stamp set I was dying to try out too.  So with all that in mind I got busy creating and here is what I came up with.

Twisted Easel Flocked Acetate Card 

Close up of the window effect
The little candle is a battery operated candle and flickers just like a real one.  It looks so lovely flickering at night.

Stamp Set: Watercolour Winter, Snowflake Soiree.
Paper: Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Candlelight Christmas DSP.
Ink:  Real Red, Always Artichoke, Soft Suede.
Cool Tools: Big Shot,  Framelits Window Collection, Dimensionals, Real Red 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Glue Dots, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Apothecary Accents Framelits.

nks For Looking,

Stamp-A-Stack 2012

We had a lovely time this weekend making all our Christmas cards for the holiday season.  Not only did we manage to make 12 cards in 4hrs but we had a lot of fun doing it.   Here are the other cards we made.

Holiday Collection Framelits Cards
Jolly Bingo Bits Joy Card
Holiday Colleciton Framelits Cards

There are a lot of different products used in these cards so I wont go into details.  The Holiday Collection Framelits Cards use the versatile Festival Of Prints DSP Stack which is such great value.  I have made 2 different versions in Cherry Cobbler & the other in Crumb Cake.

The Jolly Bingo Bits Card has been cased from the many I have seen on the internet.  I am not sure who originally designed this card so can't give them credit sorry.  It is a fun card using the Jolly Bingo Bits stamp set & circle punches. 

We also made the Midnight Muse Ornament & the Polar Party cards from the previous posts as I wanted a different colour selection to the usual red & green.  

Thanks For Looking,

Friday, 16 November 2012

Stamp-A-Stack Christmas 2012

I am running 2 Stamp-a-Stack classes this week for those of you who need lots of cards without the hassle of having to think up ideas and make them all at home.

There are 3 designs and you make 4 each of these cards.  Here is a sample of one of the cards you could be making this weekend!  There are still a few spots left in my Sunday 1-4pm and Monday 7-10pm classes.  If you would like to join us then email me at or phone me on 0411113530 to book your place.  I hope to see you there.

Stamp-A-Stack:  Christmas Blessings Ornament Card

Stamp Set: Ornament Keepsakes, More Merry Messages.
Paper: Whisper White, Midnight Muse.
Ink:  Midnight Muse.
Cool Tools: Big Shot,  Delicate Designs Folders, Dimensionals, Holiday Ornaments Framelits, Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon, Glue Dots, Rhinestones. 

nks For Looking,

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

12 Weeks of Christmas WEEK 7: Polar Party Peekaboo Card

After my last post I decided to make a simple card using another of my much longed for stamp sets - Polar Party.   I have loved this stamp set since the 1st time I saw it in a USA catalogue and was crossing everything we got it here in our catalogue.   I was so happy to see it made it!

For this card I used the cute little polar bear from the Polar Party stamp set and the sentiment is from More Merry messages.  I used my favourite embossing folder Lacy Brocade and cut out a little Label framelit and raised it on dimensionals.  Yes, I am the banner queen and I could not help myself from adding these under the sentiment made from the Snow Festival DSP and the Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack.

Polar Party Peekaboo Framelit Card
Stamp Set: Polar Party, More Merry Messages.
Paper:  Real Red, Whisper White, Marina Mist, Snow Festival DSP, Subtles DSP Stack.  
Ink:  Marina Mist, Real Red, Black Stayzon, 
Cool Tools: Big Shot, Lacy Brocade EF, Framelits - Labels Collection, 1" Square Punch, Dimensionals, Marina Mist 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon.  

nks For Looking,

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

12 Weeks of Christmas WEEK 6 : A Christmas Lodge

Well look at that we are halfway there!  Are you still here?? Can you believe Christmas is only 6 weeks away? I have not even thought about Christmas shopping so I think I had better start soon.

I saw a card like this on Youtube and thought "I think I could make something a bit like that."  It was made by Amy Celona,  and you know what I did manage to recreate it in my own way!  Youtube is a great resource for getting ideas for Stampin' Up! stamp sets - just type in the name of the set or style of card and up come lots of videos.

I have been desperately waiting for this stamp set to come here to Australia since it was released in the USA.  I love its huge tree and cute little snow covered lodge.  Ok, so we don't get snow here at Christmas but it is lovely just the same.This card is a sidestep (fancy fold) card.  My stamp club girls were wanting to make a few fancy fold cards and this one came to mind immediately.  I hope they like their versions of it as much as I did.  It is so much prettier in real life.

Hope you like bling because this card really sparkles and shines! There are quite a few different elements here.  I used the silver glimmer paper for the snowy ground cover & snowflake, Gumball Green for the ribbon and leaves of the branch.  It is so much prettier in real life as the camera just doesn't pick up all those sparkles.   

Christmas Lodge Side Step Card

Christmas Lodge Side Step card in Early Espresso.

Close up of all the bling
Stamp Set: Christmas Lodge.
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Silver Glimmer Paper, Candelight Christmas Specialty DSP. 
Ink:  Early Espresso, Gumball Green, Crumb Cake, Champagne Shimmer Paint.
Cool Tools: Big Shot, Snow Flurry Bigz Die, Delicate Design Folders,  3/16" Metallic Brads,  Paper Piercer, Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon, Glue Dots, 2 way Glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds.

nks For Looking,