Friday, November 9, 2012

Elegant Christmas Class Sneak Peek

Here's a sneak peek from my upcoming
Elegant Christmas Class
next week.

You will make 4 ornate cards for 
four special people in your life.

Or if you can't part with them, 
you could send them to yourself!

Details here

Hope you can join us!

Rejoicing with You

Here's a variation on the card from the last post,
this time using the Rejoicing With You set.

Quick and easy cards look glamourous when you add
a bit of gold and some texture from an embossing folder.

The greeting is from the Mixed Medley hostess set.

Come to Bethlehem

Here's a card from my recent
Classic Christmas class.

Come to Bethlehem stamp set
Rich Razzleberry cardstock and ink
Whisper White cardstock
Brushed Gold cardstock
Lacy Brocade embossing folder
Decorative Label Punch

I love that you can stamp straight onto the brushed gold cardstock.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Classic Christmas Class

My Classic Christmas class has been 

rescheduled to tomorrow night!

It’s less than two months till Christmas! 
Time for making Christmas cards! 

I’m running some classes in November to help: 

Classic Christmas

Make 8 elegant cards using traditional designs 
– holly, poinsettias, pine cones, angels and Bethlehem scenes.

Cards designed specially for this class, 
all quick and easy, suitable for all levels.

Learn about 2-step stamping and watercolouring.

Everything provided, just come and relax (child-free!)
(minimum class size of 3 people, maximum of 8)
Cost: $25.00

Wednesday 7th November 7.45-9.45pm
at my home in Sydney.

To book: email me Pay at the time of the class.

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Christmas Card Class - Wednesday 31st October

It’s less than two months till Christmas! 
Time for making Christmas cards! 

I’m running some classes in October and November to help: 

Classic Christmas

Make 8 elegant cards using traditional designs 
– holly, poinsettias, pine cones, angels and Bethlehem scenes.

Cards designed specially for this class, 
all quick and easy, suitable for all levels.

Learn about 2-step stamping and watercolouring.

Everything provided, just come and relax (child-free!)
(minimum class size of 3 people, maximum of 8)
Cost: $25.00
Wednesday 31st October 12.30-2.30pm
Wednesday 31st October 7.45-9.45pm
at my home in Sydney.

To book: email me Pay at the time of the class.


Stay tuned for future classes in following weeks, details to follow.
Winter Wonderland – snow-themed Christmas card class
Elegant Christmas – beautifully ornate cards for special recipients!
Christmas Ornaments – make beautiful ornaments to keep and/or give
Christmas Gifts – quick and easy gifts to give during the Christmas season to teachers, friends, hostesses …

If you are interested in attending any classes please email me to let me know your availability, I have several days and nights free each week and would like to include as many people as possible.

Stampin’ Up! Promotion!


During October Stampin’ Up! is running their Spool Time promotion!
There are a few days left before October 31 to take advantage of this special offer!

Just spend $60.00 or more and receive 
FREE one of the gorgeous stitched satin ribbon 
in your choice of one of the In Colors!
RRP $15.95!!
Raspberry Ripple
Primrose Petals
Summer Starfruit
Gumball Green
Midnight Muse

I’m loving this ribbon – it’s so shiny and pretty.
For every $60.00 you spend you receive a spool of ribbon!
Don’t miss out!  Emailme with your order from the 2012-13 Annual Catalogue or the Holiday Mini Catalogue before 31st October.
Or order at the class on Wednesday. 

Friday, September 28, 2012

Catalogue Launch Goodies

I thought you would like to see the goodies

that those who attended my Catalogue Launch night


First up was a sachet of fancy coffee or hot chocolate,

with a cute holder.

I love the mug design from the Scentsational Season set,

with the steam rising from it.

I popped a brad in the top of the pack 

(where it doesn't affect the freshness of the contents)

so it can swivel open to show the sachet:

They also received a post it note pack

Using the Happy You pinwheel stamp

which says "hip hip hooray"

which seemed appropriate, as we were all 

excited to see the new catalogue!

Inside were arrow-shaped post-it notes,

perfect for highlighting wish list items.

 And finally, what's a goodie bag without chocolate?

Decorated with some scraps of 

Twitterpated DSP and a Tiny Tag "4You"

stamped tag.

As well as individual bags there were 

Lucky Door Prizes and giveaways.

We had a great night and everyone 

LOVES the new catalogue!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Happy You Friend Card

The Happy You hostess stamp set is so quick and fun to work with.

Cute images are paired with one-word greetings

so all you need is to add some colour!

I painted the image this time using ink, markers and the Aqua Painter.

Then I used the Blossom Punch to make a quick mat for the image.

Loving the Gumball Green with the gumboots!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Betsy's Blossoms

This is one of the cards we made at my

Catalogue Launch Party,

back on the 7th September.

It features the new Betsy's Blossoms stamp set,

the five new In Colors for 2012-2013,

and the sweet small scallop punch from the Holiday mini.

Quick and effective.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Snowflake Card

Even though we have Christmas 

in the middle of summer, 

and we're nowhere near snow in winter,

I just couldn't resist the Snow Flurry die

from the Holiday Mini.

I've always loved snowflake designs.

This die is amazing, 

it cuts the most spectacular snowflakes 

that can be layered to create a 3D effect.

I also used the Adorning Accents Edgelits die

to create a sweet scalloped edge.

In the background I sprinkled more snowflakes,

from the Snow Swirled stamp set,

and stamped in Whisper White

with a touch of silver Dazzling Details 

at the centre of each.

Greeting from Tiny Tags.

* * *

I can't believe it's just three months until Christmas!

Have you started to plan your Christmas cards and gifts?

Email me to order products,

and keep an eye out here for upcoming Christmas classes

starting again next term.

Nature Walk Bee

I can't get enough of the Nature Walk set at the moment.

This is a card I made on the weekend

for a friend's birthday.

Nature Walk (bee and foliage)
Perfectly Penned (greeting)
Early Espresso ink
Old Olive ink
Blender Pen
Marina Mist Stamp n write marker
So Saffron Stamp n write marker
DSP (retired)
Marina Mist Card
Pearl Basic Jewels

HUGE Craft Sale!

Each year the Stampin' Up! team I'm in 

holds a massive Craft Sale,

where we sell off retired products 

and other crafty goodies!

(So we have room for this year's 

fun things!)

This year's sale is going to be 


Saturday 13th October

from 9.00am-1.00pm
Kings Langley Scout Hall

James Cook Drive, Kings Langley

Come along and find some bargains!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Storybook Friends Hello


I've been so busy running Stampin' Up! events
(amongst other things)

that I've not had time to blog.

But now it's school holidays

I've got some time to catch you up 

with all my stamping projects.

Including this cute card I made just this afternoon.

I've loved the Storybook Friends stamp set from the moment 

I saw them, so when Stampin' Up! gave me an extra

birthday discount

I decided to buy this sweet set.

I love the old-fashioned images, 

and I love watercolouring them.

The set arrived this morning

and I'm already putting it to use!

After I stamped and coloured the duckling

 I used a scrap of happy stripes

from the Storytime DSP

and a flower-shaped button sewn on with twine\

to up the cute factor.


Storytime Designer Series Paper
Stayzon black ink
Watercolor Wonder Crayons
Aqua Painter
2 1/2" circle punch
Wild Wasabi card and 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
So Saffron card
Watercolour paper (not SU!, I can't find mine anywhere!)
Storybook Friends DSP
Scallop Edge punch
Brights Designer Buttons
Cherry Cobbler twine

Edited to add:  After I posted this card I checked 
this week's CASE Study Challenge
and lo and behold I had coincidentally used 
some of the same elements as the inspiration card!
The stripes, a cute image, a stitched button ...
So in I jumped!
Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

A Little Bit British

Inspired by London 2012

and the Queen's Jubilee,

here are some more cards from my 

A Little Bit Vintage class last week.

Loving the Finial Press folder
with crumb cake ink.

Loving the crowns

... lots of distressing and a little bling.

Saturday, August 18, 2012


One of the cards from last week's

A Little Bit Vintage class.

Featuring the rose stamp from

Elements of Style

with a greeting from Ovals All.

The background is Beau Chateau DSP, 

and that set the colour scheme of

Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla.

I think Pink Pirouette and Certainly Celery are colours 

that can be used directly on this type of image,

over the shading, as I've done here,

to add some subtle colour.

I'll be running classes again in September, stay tuned.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Nature Walk - JAI 131 Challenge

Today I joined the Just Add Ink Colour Challenge.

These were the colours I could use:

I've always liked Garden Green,
usually on Christmas cards.

Using it as a feature colour with neutrals
was a little more tricky!

It's windy here today,
and a bird's nest fell in our garden, 
inspiring me to use one of my 
favourite sets, Nature Walk,
and feature the bird.

I embossed the background using Finial Press, 
first rubbing Crumb Cake ink on the folder.
(I will miss this folder so much when it retires in two weeks!)

Actually this is a soft little nest that fell another day, that I kept.
Today's one is quite large and has some orange rope woven in!

I also used stamps from Elements of Style and Teeny Tiny Sentiments.

Inside is a greeting, this card will be for Dad.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Apothecary Art 60th Birthday Card

Apothecary Art Birthday Card
This is the card I made

for my sister-in-law's 60th birthday.

I couldn't show you last week,

because I hadn't given it to her yet!

(not that she probably reads this blog, but you never know ....)

Sue loves anything blue and traditional, 

so I thought she would like this combination.

I have to say I was heavily influenced by this video 

and learnt to colour with 

watercolour crayons and a blender pen

for the first time.  

I've always used water with the crayons before, 

which works best on watercolour paper.

But this technique works well on the normal

Whisper White card.

I had a lovely relaxing time colouring the roses and background,

then added background stamps,

embossing, die cut numbers, lace, button and pearls

 This stamp set (with matching dies) has disappeared now 

with the end of the Autumn-Winter mini,

but I have a feeling we'll be seeing it again very soon!

Stamps: Apothacery Art 
Established Elegance
Big Shot: Framelits dies, Finial Press embossing folder
Not Quite Navy, Crumb Cake,Old Olive & Whisper White cardstock
Stayzon Ink, Not Quite Navy and Crumb Cake stampin' pads
Watercolour crayons 
Sahara Sand marker
lace (from my stash)
Designer Buttons: brights

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Baby Card

A quick baby card for a sweet baby

using the versatile Baby Bundle stamp set.

Colours: Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, 
Certainly Celery and Pink Pirouette.

For the ribbon I ran a Regal Rose then a 

Certainly Celery marker along a white grosgrain ribbon

and voila - a perfectly coordinating striped ribbon!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Christmas in July!

Christmas in July!
You're invited to come and make Christmas cards!

Be an early bird and make 8 beautiful (but easy) Christmas cards.

All tools and supplies provided

Wednesday 25th July - 7.45pm-9.45pm
OR Friday 27th July - 10.00am-12.00 noon

Location: Hornsby in northern Sydney

Cost: $25.00

This is a child-free relaxing time for everyone,
so please make your own arrangements
to have any children minded.

Places are limited so don't miss out.
Email me now to book!