Offcuts of Polished Stone

When I make backgrounds such as the Polished Stone background you saw in the last post, I tend to cut out my card stock equal in size to a card front. That way I have “off cuts” I can also play with.

This is what I came up with, when playing with the “off cuts”. I still used the stamp set Baroque Motifs as well as the same colour combination of Pink Pirouette, Pale Plum and Rose Red. I just used entirely different layouts for both cards.

I changed the words and the accessories to include Rhinestone Brads and Designer Brads, even changing the centre brad to highlight the colour combination further.

Polished Baroque

A While ago, I finally managed to purchase some Glossy white card stock and ink refills. I had eagerly wanted to attempt the “polished stone” background.

One of my favourite all-rounder stamp sets is Baroque Motifs. The large swirl stamp is extremely useful. It lends itself to all types of styles and occasions. You can use it for backgrounds or the main image (as I have done here).

Here is a very girlie card I made for my Sister’s Birthday. The colours I have used include Pink Pirouette, Pale Plum and Rose Red. In case you have forgotten, Pale Plum is one of the retiring colours, and will only be available until sold out, even if that means before the release of the new Ideas Book and Catalogue in September 2010.

Baby Nephew

During May we proudly welcomed another Nephew into the world.


I had come across a cute Non SU ribbon bundle in the shape of the bibs.

What a perfect opportunity to use them now.

Teamed up with Very Vanilla, Barely Banana, Bashful Blue and Brocade Blue card stock. The Duck image was taken from the set in the retired Summer Mini catalogue “Wagon Full of Fun”. Lets hope it makes a return in the new catalogue out in September.

All you need to add a dash of colour is some blender pens and ink, whether it be from an ink pad an ink spot or a marker.

Very Vintage Birthday

In the new Autumn-Winter mini catalogue, there is a new jumbo roller stamp called “Very Vintage”.

I have used it here as a background for this birthday card.

I have also stamped one of the flower images from the hostess set “Echoes of Kindness” onto Blush Blossom card stock and added some extra colour using Blender pens. 

I am really liking the new “In Colour” Rich Razzleberry. It teams up very nicely with Basic grey.

Big Shot embossing

Stampin’ Up! have finally listened to all our requests for the “Big Shot” and released it in the new Autumn-Winter mini catalogue.

The Autumn-Winter mini catalogue runs for five months and is available from April 1st thru to August 31st 2010.

As well as the Big Shot itself, there are also a variety of cutting dies and embossing dies to go with it.

The one I have used here is the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. It is a great all-rounder that has indefinite uses.

I have teamed it up with one of the new “In colours” that is available with the mini catalogue. It is called “Rich Razzleberry”. It has coordinating cardstock, ink pads and ribbon. One of the new Designer Series Paper “Cottage Wall” also features this colour. At the bottom of this card you can see the DSP.

I have used a similar design for this card. Embossed card stock at the top, DSP at the bottom, and ribbon in the middle.

The great thing about this ribbon is that you can use both sides with different effects. You can also use the different sides of the DSP with different outcomes as well.

 Because of the co-incidental placement of images on the DSP, I have used that as my inspiration for slightly changing the position of the main stamped image. And to balance that added some punched hearts from coordinating card-stock.

If you would like to know more about any of these products, contact me today, and I can send you some info and even organise a class as well.


I know I am a bit late with this one, but I still wanted to share it. There is a new set called Wagon Full of Fun. It is in the Summer Mini Catalogue that finishes in a couple of days on 31st March. I was a bit slow in ordering it, as I only received it a couple of weeks ago myself, but I like the variety of stamps that it comes with. It is a great all-rounder set.

The first image I wanted to play with was the Flowerpot. I also decided to attempt to watercolour it as well. It is not a perfect job, but watercolouring takes time to learn. Learning how to add dimension just by altering the depth of colour, is a skill within itself. (But that’s just my opinion).

I also took the same image and changed the colours. Now I must admit, I don’t really like yellow. I will pick any other colour first before I pick yellow. I also have a hard time teaming it up with other colours as well.

But I think I did an OK job here. What do you think?

Simply Friends

This is my creation for this weeks Clean and Simple  Sketchtastically 83 challenge. It has given me an opportunity to ink up my new set “Vintage Vogue”. This is a new set, due to be released on April 1st with the introduction of the Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue.

One of the other inclusions in the Mini Catalogue will be 3 new “In-Colours”.

I have used one of them here, it is called Rich Razzleberry, teaming it up with Pale Plum and Whisper White. I have also used the background stamp “En Francais”. The vintage look really lends itself to the rock and roll technique used on the flowers.

I carried thru the idea with this card, by changing the Base card and adding extra bling. Rhinestone Brads given a great focal point on the flowers, as well as the dimensionals giving the flowers added depth.

Clean and Simple Life

Well, I have discovered a new site called Clean and Simple. So today is my first ever online challenge participation. This is such an easy layout, I just had to have a go. I really like the end result.

Today is very much a day of first’s. It is the first time I have used this Hostess set “Live like you mean it”. It is only a level 1 Hostess set, so it is very easy to achieve with a workshop, or as some of my regular customers have found out this month, just with a qualifying order.

It is the first time I have used my new Bold Brights Markers. I have used 4 different colours, including Gable Green, Green Galore, Pixie Pink and Pink Passion. The Bold Brights colour range is the least used by me. My 10year old daughter just loves all the bright colours, but I just always go for something else.

And it is the first time I have used my new Eyelet Border punch. It is such a lovely alternative to the scallop edges.

Three Worms

This is my creation for my Nephews 3rd Birthday.

What little boy doesn’t like worms?

I have used three colours in the Polished Stone technique and highlighted these by making each of the worms a different colour.

The worms are from the set “Bugs and Kisses”

Farewell Christmas

Now I promise this will be the last post for Christmas 2009.

But I just had to post my two favourite cards. I embossed So Swirly on to a large piece of cardstock, turned it over and randomly stamped one of the bauble images the back. Then I cut it out and turned it over to match in with the other stamped image.

My all time favourite for this year is this card. It was inspired by a card I received as a swap at the Melbourne Regionals, by a demonstrator named Bridget Harrison.