Moon Lake Get Well

Hi there

Masculine cards are more in demand in my house since my husband joined Rotary. Unfortunately, the need is always 'right now' and yesterday I managed to turn the Moon Lake duck card from a birthday to a get well in double quick time.  So, I'm going to try and get ahead by building up my stash of male cards. I really like the 'Moon Lake' stamp set from the Occasions Catalgoue for masculine cards . This time I have used the boat and tree image to create a water scene with ink pads and an Aqua Painter.

I used my new Argyle embossing folder for the first time to add some texture at the top and left the Crumb Cake base show at the base. The Early Espresso candy dots finish it off.



Project Details
Stamps Moon Lake, Delightful Dozen, Serene Silhouettes (Inside)
Card stock & Papers     Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Water Colour paper
 Ink Stazon Black, Early Espresso, Lost Lagoon, Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi, Mossy Meadow, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Basic Gray
Accessories Neutrals (Early Espresso) Candy Dots
Tools     Argyle Embossing Folder, Big Shot, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" Circle punches, Dimensionals, Aqua Painter, Stampin' Sponges

Thanks for looking!

A New Year and New Toys!

Hello, hello

Happy New Year!  I hope you enjoyed the holiday season.  Summer holidays are in full swing here in Australia, so I hope you are getting some time to craft.

Yes, it has been way too long since my last post. December turned out to be a whirlwind; between preparing for my Christmas Craft market, followed by 10 days in Western Australia visiting family and friends, a few days home and then 2 weeks in New Zealand for Christmas and New Year. We had a fabulous time in Northland in the North Island of New Zealand. I can highly recommend it as a holiday destination. It is subtropical, so warm and the scenery is stunning. 

I finally have a couple of cards to share using the new 'Butterfly Basics' stamp  set from the fabulous new Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalogue. This is definitely going to be one of my favourites and I'm sure it will be one of yours too if you like colouring. Both cards use the same layout with some of the fabulous 'Irresistibly Yours' DSP from the Saleabration Catalogue.  This is a set of white on white designs that allow you to create emboss resist backgrounds using your favourite method.  This time I have used a sponge and ink pad to colour the 2 panels, but you could also spritz or brayer them.  You can get this DSP FREE with an order of $90 (before postage) - you can click on the catalogue in the sidebar to see the other free products available during Saleabration.


The flower spray was coloured with Pink Pirouette Blendabilities (or 'Blendies' is less of a mouthful!) with a touch of Rich Razzleberry and Wild Wasabi for the foliage.  I love these lighter colours, both of which are new in the Occasions Catalogue. I sponged Sahara Sand ink on the left hand panel. This card is for a lady in my husband's Rotary Club.


The colour combo on this card gives it a more vibrant look. I have sponged So Saffron ink on the left panel and coloured the floral spray with the new Soft Sky and Wild Wasabi Blendies. I also used a touch of Night of Navy on the shading. The butterfly and greeting also come from the 'Butterfly Basics' stamp set. The touch of Sahara Sand lace is also new in the Occasions catty. This card is for a special friend having a milestone birthday. 

Project Details
Stamps Butterfly Basics, Delightful Dozen
Card stock & Papers     Strawberry Slush, Whisper White, Irresistibly Yours DSP (SAB), Bazzill White Linen, Marina Mist
 Ink Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, So Saffron, Marina Mist
Accessories Pink Pirouette Seam Binding Ribbon, Sahara Sand 7/8" Lace Trim, Basic Pearls
Tools     1 1/4" & 1 3/8" Circle punches, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, Bitty Butterfly punch, Owl Builder punch (heart), Ovals Collection Framelits, Big Shot, Blendabilities (Pink Pirouette, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Sky, Night of Navy, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight), Sponge dauber, Dimensionals.

Thanks for looking!

Masculine Get Well

Hi there

With my husband being the president of his local Rotary Club this year, I have been asked for more masculine cards recently. This time, it was a get well card. I went to my current masculine 'go to' stamp set "Wetlands" and with some inspiration from Pinterest, I created this card. It is very 'flat', which is unusual for me. I had to resist the temptation to add more embellishment, however, I like the clean lines of it.

I made a mask with the Squares Collection Framelits to create the sponged background. I suggest you cut your mask the exact size of your finished piece to make placement easy without further trimming being needed. The images from 'Wetlands' were stamped after the mask was removed.  The background colours are Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake, Marina Mist and Soft Sky.


This is the inside of the card, where I have done some 'freehand' sponging to ground the goose image from 'Wetlands'. To me, decorating the inside of the card is one of the things that makes a handmade card 'special' and it doesn't take that much longer when you already have everything out on your desk.



I think I will be making a few more of these to have in my stash.

Project Details
Stamps Wetlands, Delightful Dozen
Card stock & Papers     Marina Mist, Early Espresso, Whisper White
 Ink Early Espresso, Baked Brown Sugar, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Soft Sky
Accessories None
Tools     Squares Collection Framelits, Big Shot, Stampin' Sponges, Stampamajig

Thanks for looking!

Blendies Bloom


Hi there

Have you tried the new Stampin' Up! 'Blendabilities' alcohol markers yet?  If you like colouring (which I find very therapeutic), you will enjoy the lovely shading and blending of colours that you can achieve with these markers.  All 13 sets of markers listed in the Annual Catalogue are now available for purchase.

One of the the best things, in my opinion, about the Blendabilities is that you get 3 shades of the colour (light, medium, dark) in each pack. This makes the process of getting started must easier. Just choose your favourite Stampin' Up! colours from the range and you are good to go.  

You can use the Stampin' Up! Whisper White card stock as the base (or other Stampin' Up! card stocks for that matter), but you need to stamp your image in Memento ink to ensure don't get any 'bleed' from the markers. You will also stain the tips of the markers if you use Staz On ink.  The other tip I have for you, is to make sure your stamped image is fully dry before starting to colour. Give it a quick blast with the heat gun if you want to colour your stamped image immediately.

You will find lots of  tutorials on the Internet giving advice on how to colour with Blendabilities. There has been much discussion about the pros and cons of going light to dark or dark to light with your colours. Both options seem to produce good results, so I think it is really a matter of preference. I prefer to start light and then add extra colour gradually, until I'm happy with the result. Even the 'Subltes' Blendabilities are very bold colours, so I feel that starting with the lightest colour will give you more control over the final result. If you are starting out, choose a medium sized line image and stamp it a few times on a sheet of Whisper White and try out both options to find which works best for you.

I have finally managed to get one of my coloured 'Blended Bloom'  images onto a card. I have used the new 'I Love Lace' background stamp, which is so detailed, to contrast with the bold flower. The rest of the design is very simple, with some Basic Pearls coloured with the lightest Calypso Coral Blendabilities to finish it off. Being able to colour your rhinestones and pearls to match your project is an added bonus of the Blendabilities!



Project Details
Stamps Blended Bloom, I Love Lace, Express Yourself (Hostess, retired), Peaceful Petals (retired)
Card stock & Papers     Crumb Cake, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White, Subtles Backgrounds
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Accessories Basic Pearls
Tools     Banners Framelits, Big Shot, Blendabilties (Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Skin Tones, Crumb Cake), Dimensionals

Happy colouring!

Get Well Wishes

Hi there

It has been way too long since my last post, so I hope things will return to normal soon.  I had a great time in W.A. catching up with family and friends (waving Karen and FionaBye ).  Lots to do when I got home, with an old school friend of my husband coming to visit as well.  After having a nice time visiting my Mum and being able to go out and do a few things for the first time in 18 months, I got the bad news that she had fallen in the bathroom and broken her ankle and leg. So after getting on her feet again after 3 knee replacements, she now has her other leg in plaster for the next 6 weeks. 

This card is for Mum, hopefully to cheer her up as she is still in hospital at the moment. I have used lots of new products from the recently released Annual Catalogue.  Unfortunately, I had to take the photo in artificial light, as I was rushing to get it in the mail.


There is lots to love in the new Annual Catalogue, but the new paper piercing templates that match the Framelits make it easy to add extra interest to your project. The Primrose Petals stitched satin ribbon is lovely to work with and coordinates well with Rose Red if you want something a little lighter in colour.

Project Details
Stamps Summer Silhouettes, Thoughts & Prayers
Card stock & Papers Rose Red, Bazzill White Linen, Polka Dot Parade DSP, Whisper White
 Ink Wild Wasabi, Rich Razzleberry, Rose Red, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso
Accessories Primrose Petals Stitched Satin ribbon, 2mm flat back pearls (not SU)

Window Frame Framelits, Beautiful Wings Sizzlit, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Festive and Essentials Paper Piercing Packs and Tool

Thanks for stopping by.

Thinking of You


 You may have guessed that I’m really enjoying the new products from the Autumn/Winter Mini Catalogue.  There isn’t much on this card that isn’t out of the new catalogue!

 I have made this card for my Mum who is back in hospital in Perth to have her knee replacement done for a second time.  This is one of those horror stories of hospital acquired antibiotic resistant infections that has taken 15 months to resolve (hopefully).  She had surgery on Monday but woke up to find that they decided not to go ahead until they did more pathology on ‘stuff’ they found in her knee.  She has to wait another 5 days to find out whether there is still an infection present.  I hope this card will brighten her day.

The base card is Pale Plum which I think is a great coordinating colour for the new Cottage Wall DSP. It is a lot softer than Orchid Opulence and matches really well with the pattern on the DSP.  Unfortunately, Pale Plum is one of the colours we will be losing as a result of the Colour Renovation (more on that later) that will occur with the release of the new 2010-11 Idea Book & Catalogue in September.  Don't worry there will be plenty of time to stock up on the retiring colours.

The centre panel is based on the Top Note die cut from Whisper White. The vine from Vintage Vogue has been stamped in the corners.  The sentiment panel is a tag cut using the Big Shot and the Lots of Tags die set. I cut a second tag from Whisper white and cut out the oval and stamped it and popped it up in the centre. The bird was cut with the new XL Two Step Bird punch. You can cut the shapes from one piece of card or DSP or the individual shapes from smaller pieces. The full details of the products used are below.


Card Details



Vintage Vogue, Sincere Salutations

Cardstock & Papers

Rich Razzleberry, Pale Plum, Whisper White, Kraft, Cottage Wall DSP


Rich Razzleberry


White Taffeta ribbon


Sponge daubers, Big Shot, Top Note Die, Lots of Tags Die, Eyelet Border punch, Dimensionals, White Gel Pen

 I hope you enjoy your weekend.