Square Kiwi Baroque


SquareKiwiGlitterBrocadeOne of the images from Baroque Motifs really lends itself for square cards. When I first saw this years Double Sided Designer Series Paper, I just had to have Raspberry Tart. I’m just not into strawberries, but give me raspberries any day.

I have attempted to exaggerate as well as highlight the colour combination by using co-ordinating card stock in Rose Red and Pink Pirouette against the Kiwi Kiss stamped image.





After cutting out my focal image, I used the green glitter alternatively around the image before adhering it with a dimensional.


Lovely as a forest

Another set I have been wanting to get for a while is Lovely as a Tree.


My talented SIL Rebecca(also a demonstrator-in a different state) sent me a birthday card. (See above.) I liked it so much, I tried to CASE it. But yet again, my design plans didn’t work out. I used the same colours and DSP, but I didn’t have the same stamp set. So I pulled out Lovely as a Tree. I stamped it in Chocolate chip, but I didn’t like the way it looked. (It looked like bare trees in the middle of winter.) I added some Kiwi Kiss colour, changed the greeting and added some coloured brads instead. I think it turned out OK. What do you think?


12×12 Challenge


I completed my first challenge with the ESAD yahoo group last week. As you can see it was a 12×12 scrapbook page. The challenge is presented as a sketch layout and we can complete it any way we like.

A lot of my photos for the past couple of years are all digital. So I had to go digging well into old boxes to find ones that would do for this challenge.

I’ve used Chocolate Chip textured 12×12 cardstock, Red Riding hood cardstock, Old Olive cardstock, retired Bali BreezeDSP, and Bella Rose DSP. Stamps from Occasional Greetings and Lovely as a tree. Lastly a Star designer brad.

Popular Baroque

At the convention it was mentioned that there have been over 5000 Baroque Motifs sets sold throughout Australia and New Zealand. This is definitely one of the most popular sets around. It has such a timeless quality about it.

I have finally obtained my set recently. I am sure that most designs/layouts/combinations have been attempted by someone, somewhere at some-stage. Nevertheless, it was now my turn.


CreamyPinkCocoaBrocadeNow I must admit, I did sort of “CASE” this one from SplitCoastStampers. Although I changed the colours, changed which DSP I used and added extra paper piercing. So I am not sure whether it is a “CASE” or whether it is just inspiration.

The DSP is Candy Lane, teamed with Pink Pirouette, Close to Cocoa, Red Riding Hood, and Very Vanilla. I still don’t have any Red Riding Hood ribbon, so I coloured some Whisper White Grosgrain using sponge daubers and an ink pad.

Castle Cake





















One of the Birthday traditions we have for the kids is I make them a special Birthday Cake. This year Nathan (who turns 11) wanted a castle. Thank goodness for the Women’s Weekly cake books. Some years I have been able to make them exactly as the book states, other years I completely design my own, and once again this year I have taken one idea added a few extra from elsewhere and come up with something that is “CASED” but still Original.

Eleven chocolate sparkles









As I have said before, May is quite a month. it is also my son’s birthday as well. So I have been very creative, and needed to come up with three cards for his birthday. One from his sister, one from his Aunt, and one from us(mum and dad). The one above, is from his sister. Now, who would have thought that boys cards could have glitter? But the new Fine Supernova Glitter is available in five colours. The chocolate adds some pizazz to his card. I stamped non SU eleven in close to cocoa, the 2-way glue pen was fine enough to allow me to trace over the numbers and then I just sprinkled on the chocolate glitter and what a transformation!

The DSP is from the 6×6 pad that is a level 1 hostess gift. There is over 60 sheets in five colours and I am so glad that Stampin’ Up! is trialing alternative hostess gifts this year. The cute caterpillar is from the stamp set Bugs and Kisses.

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His Aunt forgot to send a card from interstate in time to reach Nathan for his birthday, so I agreed to make one for her. It gave me a chance to use one of the new “In Colours” Riding Hood Red. I am certainly liking this colour. I also got to play with a new stamp set called Starring You. It co-ordinates with the Simply Sent Card Elements.








Sometimes you have to experiment with colours that wouldn’t be your first choice. Brocade Blue, Kiwi Kiss and Sahara Sand is the combination that I feel turned out fine. Sometimes it goes against everything that we ever learn in fashion. “Blue and green should never be seen…”

The hedgehog is embossed in black. It stands out better against the silver brads. The brad in the middle is a Star Designer Brad.

Rock n Roll Angel Fish


MultiAngelFish.RockandRollI made this card for my DH on his birthday. I am still experimenting with Tangerine Tango, and certainly making the most of  “Ocean Commotion” for male cards. I combined two techniques for the fish. Firstly I used Sahara Sand, Basic Grey and Going Grey markers (from the neutrals set) to colour the fish, and then I used a technique called Rock and Roll to add a contrasting colour around the edge.







After cutting out the fish, I adhered one flat, another with a dimensional, and the third with a non SU dimensional which has a greater depth. This gives a greater 3D effect adding to the realism of the fish. Combine this with some DSP and an embossed greeting from the set Sincere Salutations and your finished.

Fresh Cut Notes


Lovenote.PPiroette.FreshcutHave you seen these “Fresh-cut Notes”? They are new this year. They co-ordinate with the stamp set “Fresh cuts” as well as the 5-Petal Flower Punch. They have a Laser cut flower image on the front.

Remove the cut out image and replace with whatever you like. I have cut a piece of Pink Pirouette card stock and placed it behind. I then stamped with one of the images from the stamp set “Fresh Cuts” and accessorised with ribbon and a brad. Very simple indeed.

Stamp Club

I need at least 5 people to JOIN a STAMP CLUB.

If you would like to learn a new technique, make some cards, build up your stamp collection and earn hostess rewards, (without inviting guests to a workshop), then my Stamp Club is the place for you.

I will give you a Ideas Book and Catalogue for FREE (retail value $12.95) and you agree to place an order of $60  per month for one year. (Actually it is only 10 months, as we take out December and January to ease the strain of the holidays.) For those of you who already have a catalogue, you can choose a free ink pad instead.

When it is your month to be “Hostess”, you earn hostess benefits starting at $300 in sales. You will earn $30 worth of FREE mechandise and a FREE exclusive hostess stamp set.

Just imagine… you can earn hostess benefits twice a year just by spending $60 a month.

So, how does this work???  Well, to thank you for your commitment to this club, I will hold a stamping session once a month. We will have fun and learn new techniques. I will provide materials to make two cards, so you can incorporate those new techniques and practice what you have learnt. You are welcome to bring your own supplies, so afterwards, while you are in the creative mood, you can catch up on any other cardmaking or scrapbooking you like.

If there are more than 5 people interested it will be less. That is 6 people will be $50 a month. 8 people will be $40 a month. And if there is 10 people interested it will only be $30 a month.

Further details will be provided once I have enough people to begin.

So what are you waiting for? Contact me and we can start sooner rather than later.

Mothers Day

May is also when we celebrate Mothers Day.

We all like to do something nice to make our mothers feel special. To make them feel as if they are the best person in the world, the only person who could love us unconditionally.

I believe that if I make something myself, it becomes that thing that is extra special. Maybe it is the love with which it is made.

I am not a big fan of Chrysanthemums, but  a lot of mums do. The Hostess set Autumn Flair has an image which on closer inspection could be used as a chrysanthemum. So I have used that image to create a card for Mothers Day.


MothersDayPinkHostessI have used only markers on this card. Markers to colour in, and markers to shade different parts of the image before stamping. All different shades of pink (Rose Red, Regal Rose, and Pretty in Pink).The centre flower is cut out and a dimensional is used to make it “pop” off the page.  The ultra soft images on the bottom of the card are by using Versamark. It leaves a “watermark” effect which can be subtle on the lighter coloured card stock. I have used the scallop edge punch as well.