Monthly Archives: September 2013

Gorgeous Grunge Love

I’m in love with the new Expressions Thinlits Dies in the Holiday Catalogue! It makes it so easy to cut out a greeting with the Big Shot. The set has three words so you can choose from ‘love’, ‘thankful’ or ‘merry’!

I’ve seen lots of tips where they suggest putting a sheet of wax paper between the die and the cardstock to make it easier to get out. I haven’t tried this but I have to say I didn’t find it too tricky to get out anyway. The dies all have little holes in them and if you gently poke through with a toothpick, a paper piercing tool or even the end of your paper snips it releases it enough for you to gently coax the diecut out. I think the trick is to be patient and not expect it to jump out on it’s own.

I can tell already that my set is going to be getting a good workout!

Expressions Thinlits Dies
(132171)  $42.95

This card was made for his awesomeness for our recent 12th Wedding Anniversary. I wanted something bright and featuring blue, green and silver – our wedding colours. The greeting is from our new silver foil sheets – I cut several from the middle of the mat so that nothing was wasted!

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To get the extra colour from the Gorgeous Grunge stamping I spritzed the stamp with water before stamping each colour once, then dried it all off and stamped the matching colour again over the top. It was just the look I was after.

Gorgeous Grunge
(130514)  Wood $42.95
(130517)  Clear $33.95

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Washi Tape Take Two

While designing this month’s Washi Tape class I tried out all sorts of ideas, including a couple of variations on the cards we ended up doing. I thought you might like to see what the alternatives were.

There was this variation on the Pocket Card:

This version uses the Six-Sided Sampler stamp set and the Hexagon punch with the This & That Washi Tape.


Here’s a reminder of the class card using Flower Shop and the Pansy punch:


And in the class we made this card using Tape It and the Witches’ Brew Washi Tape:

And here’s a Shaker version of the same card:

This time I used the Washi Tape to add a layer of Window Sheet over the feature panel and sprinkled in some Champagne Glass Glitter to shake around inside it!



Brand New Single Stamps For Christmas

These gorgeous new stamps are the perfect addition to our holiday range
– there’s definitely something for everyone.

Note the size of blocks needed, some of them are HUGE!!!!

All will be available in clear mount only.
If you don’t already have them, the clear blocks are sold separately.

Only available until January 31st 2014!

Because these stamps are sold separately they’ll come in a cello bag rather than a box. If you’d like to get a clear mount box to store them in, they’re available in packs of 4 for $9.95 (119105)

There are eight NEW stamps to choose from
(and six of them coordinate with framelits or punches!)

A Gift For You (134765) Clear $8.95
 Use Block C (118486) $11.95 – which is 5.1 x 5.7cm
Coordinates with Label Bracket Punch (Holiday p37)

Cheers (134769) Clear $9.95
Use Block D (118485) $13.95 – which is 7.3 x 6.8cm

Magical Season (134777) Clear $9.95
Use Block D (118485) $13.95 – which is 7.3 x 6.8cm
Coordinates with Chalk Talk Framelits (p187)



Be Merry (134767) Clear $15.95
Use Block E (118484) $19.95 – which is 8.7 x 11.3cm
Coordinates with Chalk Talk Framelits (p187)

Joy and Love (134771) Clear $11.95
Use Block E (118484) $19.95 – which is 8.7 x 11.3cm
Coordinates with Deco Labels Collection Framelits (p186)

Prince of Peace (134811) Clear $11.95
 Use Block E (118484) $19.95 – which is 8.7 x 11.3cm
Coordinates with Deco Labels Collection Framelits (p186)

Wonderful Blessing (134779) Clear $15.95
 Use Block E (118484) $19.95 – which is 8.7 x 11.3cm
Coordinates with Circles Collection Framelits (p186)

Christmas Star (134813) Clear $16.95
 Use Block F (118483) $28.95 – which is 12.4 x 15.2cm

Please note, stamps shown above are not to scale.

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or order them online using the direct link below.



Dictionary Dad!

I had lots of fun experimenting to make this card for my dad for Fathers’ Day. I had no idea what I’d end up with when I started out but I wanted to have play with making a background using reinkers and water.

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I simply dropped a few droplets of Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight ink onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock then spritzed it repeatedly with water. And I mean repeatedly! The droplets were diluted and blown around the cardstock, merging and mottling as they went. The cardstock got so wet I had to dry it off with a heat gun. And the colours soaked through so much that there was no longer an identifiable difference between back and front!

Word of warning, this is one messy process!!!!! The ink splatters up from the card when you spritz it, it soaks through everything and you get very inky fingers if you touch the wet cardstock.

I really wish I’d taken a photo of the background piece before I’d done anything else to it because it really didn’t look like much. A bit of a murky mess with some bright patches here and there. I nearly ditched it as a failure. But, as I’m always telling people, you should NOT judge a background before it has a foreground. You’ll never be happy with it while you’re focusing on the imperfections that will disappear once there’s something else to catch your eye. So I thought I’d better give it a chance. And that’s where Dictionary came to the rescue.

(130348) Wood $30.95
(130351) Clear $24.95


To turn this mess into a card I simply stamped the fabulous Dictionary stamp in stamped off Basic Black ink, then added some sponged edges, some Big Shot letters and some twine. With a tiny bit of White Gel Pen to finish.

I was really pleased with the colourful, masculine, card that came out of it. And I think Dad was too. Even though he forgot why I would be giving him a card at all!



Carry Over Products for Christmas


Did you know that some products from last year’s holiday catalogue are still available?


Click image for a printable version of what’s still available!

There are stamps, framelits and punches that you haven’t missed out on.

Scroll down for a look ore click on the image above for a printable version.

Greetings Of The Season
(128030) Wood $27.95
(128033) Clear $21.95 

Ornament Keepsakes
(128048) Wood $60.95
(128051) Clear $48.95
Coordinates with Holiday Ornaments Framelits

Holiday Collection Framelits
(127816) $42.95
Coordinates with Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set

Snowflake Soiree
(127922) Wood $51.95
(127925) Clear $41.95 

More Merry Messages
(126400) Wood $56.95
(126402) Clear $45.95 

Jewish Celebrations
(128042) Wood $44.95
(128045) Clear $35.95 

(127970) Wood $44.95
(127973) Clear $35.95 


Merry Minis Punch Pack
(126882) $29.95

Let me know if you’d like to purchase any of these
or order them online using the link below.



Best of…Christmas

Well it’s that time of year – Christmas is definitely coming.

The September set is the festive

Best Of Christmas:
133384 Best of Christmas
(available in clear-mount only) $25.95
Merry Christmas coordinates with Christmas Ornament Punch #132152
Clear Block advice: D, C & B
This set will be available until 30th April 2014 unless sold out earlier.
Let me know if you’d like to purchase this set
or order it online using the direct link below:

Remember ‘Best of Flowers’  and ‘Best of Butterflies’ 

and ‘Best of Shelli’ are still available too!



Magnificent Maple Daddy


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One of the perks of being above Manager level with Stampin’ Up! is that I get a free bundle of goodies every time a new catalogue comes out! My Holiday Catalogue bundle included Magnificent Maple. I’ve been missing my favourite French Foliage so I was more than happy to get a leaf replacement!

Magnificent Maple
Wood (131868) $16.95

I made this card for my boys to give to their Daddy on Fathers’ Day. Wonder Hubby is an outdoorsy type of guy and loves nature images. And he’s British with an affinity with the US so I felt completely justified in using Northern Hemisphere imagery on a card made in Spring!



15% off Butterfly Punch & Stamps

Papillon Potpourri Stamp Set
& Bitty Butterfly Punch Bundle

Wood (135312) $51.77 (Save $9.13)
Clear (135311) $45.82 (Save $8.08)


Note, this offer applies to the smaller butterfly punch. The Elegant Butterfly punch  (127526 $27.95) also coordinates with this set but is not included in the bundle.

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Who wants to try a bit of Washi Tape Wonder?

This fabulous new product range from Stampin’ Up! is so much fun. The possibilities really are endless. And now that we’ve got two new sets in the Holiday Catalogue there are 12 different rolls to choose from. Here they all are in one of our Tag a Bag Gift Boxes decorated with the Season of Style range of tapes.

Thursday 5th SEPTEMBER

8pm – 11pm


$20 per person


Friday 6th SEPTEMBER

10am – 1pm


$20 per person

Children able to entertain themselves in the next room are welcome!


Sunday 8th SEPTEMBER

2pm – 5pm


$20 per person

Click here to book now

We’ll be making a gift card holder and two cards…

The gift card holder is lightweight and has hidden wires so is perfect for hanging on a tree. It’s made from one of the Tag A Bag Gift Bags and is just the right size for a credit card style voucher.

 The first of the cards uses both the Tape It stamp set AND the Witches’ Brew Washi Tape trio. This is going to be for my teenage niece’s upcoming birthday – shhhh, don’t tell her I told you!
Tape It
Wood (130712) $46.95
Clear (130715) $36.95
This faux Washi Tape stamp set allows you to create the Washi Tape look in whatever colour you like. And you’ll never run out of your favourite style!
And the final card is a pocket-style one inspired by one of the Make & Take projects from my visit to the Stampin’ Up! Home Office in Utah. Here’s what’s inside:
 And I’ll have a few more Washi Tape projects to show you at the class so book your place now.
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