Stampin’Up! First Frost Sponged Background Card

My fabulous team of Stampin’Up! demonstrators get together for a full day of stamping whenever a new catalogue is released. Yesterday we spent a fun day creating 17 new cards, most of them using products from the new Holiday Catalogue. Each demonstrator creates a card, makes up kits for creating the card and brings everything along to Team Day in a shoe box for our shoebox swap.

My card featured the new stamp set First Frost. I love this stamp set because to me it is not over the top Christmas. It also lends itself beautifully to creating cards that are for other occasions. When buying a stamp set you should always think about how many uses will you get from the set. You should be able to tick off at least five occasions or techniques you can do with a stamp set in order to know you will get fabulous value for money from your new purchase.

The card I created not only shows off a different technique it is also a non Christmas card. Two ticks for the one card!

First Frost Sponged Background Card

To create my card I sponged Powder Pink, Soft Seafoam, Mint Macaron and Gray Granite inks onto Whisper White card. The First Frost images were then stamped onto the sponged background using Soft Suede, Pear Pizazz and Mossy Meadow inkpads.

Linen thread was wrapped the sponged card piece before being mounted onto Pear Pizzazz card strip and then this was adhered to Soft Seafoam cardstock. The sentiment from Cake Soiree was stamped in Soft Seafoam ink and a couple of adhesive backed Soft Seafoam sequins were added for some bling!

The colours I chose for the sponging were chosen from the colour range used for the co-ordinating Frosted Floral Designer Series Papers. You have to see these papers in real life to appreciate how beautiful they are.

Thanks for dropping by my blog. If you would like to order any of the products I used to create this card and you reside in Australia, you can click on the link to my Online Stampin’Up! store just to the right of this post.



Dashing Along Fold and Twist Card

I am covering two aspects with this post. Firstly my September Class is creating a wow card – a Fold and Twist Card.  This card will get you lots of compliments as your recipient reveals their lovely card. Secondly the card features the Stampin’Up! special offer Designer Series Paper – Dashing Along.

This paper is only available in September when you place a product order for $400 Aust (after Bonus Coupons have been applied). Get together with some friends and make a group order to reach the target amount and share the paper between you.

Here is the card sample I have made to show off the papers as well as my class.


Fold and Twist Card
Fold and Twist Card open

Class dates – Thursday September 20 – 7.30pm

Friday September 28 – 10am

Saturday September 29 – 1.30pm

Email me if you would like to make a booking. Class fee is $25 BYO own adhesives and trimmer.

The sentiments for this card from the new Holiday catalogue stamp set – Timeless Tidings 148939 Love this stamp set! You can view it if you click on my Shop Now button. In case you weren’t aware the new 2018 Holiday Catalogue is now available to order from. Don’t have a copy and live in Australia? Then email me with your address and I will send you one. Or view online.



Tarnished Foil Impressions Card

August Classes are in full swing and along with demonstrating the Black Ice Technique, my class attendees are also learning the Tarnished Foil technique. The various Stampin’Up! dynamic embossing folders deliver a wonderful effect for this technique.

August Class
Tarnished Foil Impressions Card

This particular card used the Woodlands embossing folder. We had a lot of fun creating this technique in class this morning and some gorgeous cards were created. I’ll post some more samples soon.



Black Ice Technique – August Class

For my August classes I am teaching tow techniques that give an amazing result to your cards. the first technique is Black Ice. I have so much fun creating my sample cards using this technique.

Here is one of my samples.

The other technique is Tarnished Foil. I’ll post a sample card in the next couple of days.

If you would like to come and play with a new technique, my class dates are –

Thursday August 30 at 7.30pm

Friday August 31 at 10am

Saturday September 1 at 1.30pm

Class fee is $25 when you bring along your own adhesives and tools. to book send me an email –



Well it is nice to be back!

In this age of technology we get so dependent on our computers, so much so that when my computer went to heaven back in May I was totally adrift. I have been focusing on my Facebook Business page as this was so much easier to do than to spend hours resubmitting passwords for all the lost bookmarks, finding lost bookmarks and let’s be honest, once you get out of the habit of doing something it takes a big effort to restart.

So here I am aiming to re-establish myself on my blog and share with you my creations.

The Blended Seasons bundle which comprises of the Blended Seasons stamp set 149019 and the Stitched Seasons framelits149013 are a special release by Stampin’Up! available only in the month of August. This bundle, or the individual items can be ordered separately, are a must for anyone who loves to colour or wants a stamp set that covers all seasons of the year and occasions.

Here a couple of cards I’ve made using the stamps and coloured with Stampin’Blends.

Blended Seasons
Blended Seasons / Stitched Seasons

The stamp set has some lovely images for colouring and the framelits have stitching detail on the inside of the die and outside. This means you can create a stiched detail to a cut out section of your card or page.

Visit my online store  if you would like to see the stamp set or dies in more detail. Remember these products along with an exclusive release of new watercolour pencils are only available for the month of August.

Well first post completed! Now to practise what I preach and continue blogging at regular intervals – my plan is at least once a week if not more frequently.



Love What You Do CASE Card

Stampin’Up! currently have the Early Release bundles available from the Share What You Love Suite, which includes the versatile stamp set Love What You Do. These bundles are being made available ahead of the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue release.

I’ve been having a lovely time creating with the Love What You Do stamp set. One card I made is a CASE of the card that matches the Just Getting Started Bundle. This bundle contains the basic requirements to make this card. The bundle includes the stamp set, Very Vanilla cardstock, Grapefruit Grove and Old Olive inkpads, a clear large stamping block and a free pack of Very Vanilla notecards and envelopes. You can see the available bundles here.

Here is my CASE’d card. Very quick and easy to create.

If you are just getting started on your stamping journey this is a great way to get the basics and start creating.



Stampin’Up! Share What You Love Suite Class Samples

Time to share my class creations for my upcoming New Annual Catalogue Product class. In this class we will be creating items using a range of new products from the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue. So stamps, dies, papers plus if you have wondered what makes the new Stamparatus the bees knees of placement tools, we will be creating with this as well. I am sure it will be added high up on your wish list once you try one out!

Stampin’Up! have done a prerelease of one of the new upcoming catalogue suites –  the Share What You Love Suite. This gorgeous range of products includes stamp sets, papers, embellishments, ribbon, embossing folder and cardstock. There is a range of bundles available to purchase to suit Beginner card makers, Intermediate card makers or those of us who are avidly serious about papercrafting and just “Gotta Have it All” bundle. Each bundle also contains free product for you! Take a look at the bundles here.

In my May Class we will be creating cards using the Share What You Love bundle. We will make these three cards as a quick and easy stamp-a-stack. These are just a small part of what you will create in this fun and exciting class!

Stamp-a-stack class cards

You will love these gorgeous Share What you Love Designer Series Papers with their pearlescent embossing. Pearl features heavily in this suite to coincide with Stampin’Up!’s 30th Anniversary which is a Pearl Anniversary!

Class Details

Would you like to come along to my class? Contact me for further details.

Dates are – Thursday May 24 at 7.30pm

Friday May 25 at 10am

Saturday May 26 at 1.30pm

Classes are held in eastern suburb of Melbourne.

I’ll be sharing more cards made with this suite in the next few days so please come by again. I also share card samples in my newsletters. If you live in Australia and would like to receive it then send me an email request to





Stampin’Up! Beautiful You Acetate Window Cards

My April classes are featuring Acetate Window cards. I am having a wonderful time going through my catalogues to see which stamp sets are suitable to use for this technique. The Beautiful You stamp set just had to be used to create one of my sample cards. Also an excellent note to remind myself that every stamp set we purchase should have at least five occasions or technique uses that it can be used for in order to make a set a worthwhile purchase.

We do get so caught up in using new stamp sets from newer catalogues that we forget about what sets we already have from the current Annual Catalogue. Speaking of the Annual Catalogue, good news this stamp set will be carrying over into the upcoming 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue.

So here is one of my sample cards. This is the Night of Navy version.

              Acetate window card

Here is the Rich Razzleberry version. Both are lovely I think!

              Acetate window card

Class dates will be –

  • Thursday April 26 at 7.30pm
  • Friday April 27 at 10am
  • Saturday April 28 at 1.30pm

Class fee – $30 if using my adhesives and tools – $25 if you have your own kit and trimmer. Classes are held in Mt Waverley.

Anytime you see something on my blog you like and want more information about it, please click on My Online Store tab, where you can view products and find out more about them.

Thanks for visiting!




Swirly Bird & Swirly Scribbles Meet Embossing Paste

One of my favourite cards from my embossing paste class last month was this pretty card. For this card I actually heat embossed the embossing paste. For this particular card I used silver embossing powder.

When heat embossing on embossing paste the best results come from allowing the paste to dry for a few hours ( if it is a very warm day ) or overnight. If you heat set it while the paste is fresh you will find the paste goes all bubbly as the moisture in the paste expands into steam.

I love the effect created of the silver brick wall and the trellis effect of the Swirly Scribble diecut piece “growing” up the wall. The addition of the small flowers from the Swirly Bird stamp set finished the whole card off beautifully.

The background folded card and matt are Smoky Slate although it looks off white in the photos. The diecut vine is Soft Suede and the flowers were stamped in Berry Bliss and Old Olive inks.

The sentiment comes from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous photopolymer stamp set. this has become my go to stamp set when I want a birthday greeting, it gives you so many great options for greetings and in two sizes.

Thanks for checking out my new look blog!



April Class – Acetate Window Cards

This month my Technique class will feature creating cards with an acetate window. You will achieve a lovely card with a unique see through window to highlight your greeting or chosen image. I have loads of ideas for cards to create as samples for this class!

Here is my first card sample.


The stamps, dies and papers in the Petal Passion Suite work beautifully to create this card. I used Stampin’Blends to colour the stamped image.

Class dates will be –

  • Thursday April 26 at 7.30pm
  • Friday April 27 at 10am
  • Saturday April 28 at 1.30pm

Class fee – $30 if using my adhesives and tools – $25 if you have your own kit and trimmer. Classes are held in Mt Waverley.

To book please email me  –

Last Day of Sale-a-bration for 2018

A card to sign off Sale-a-bration for 2018 which ends at midnight tonight – March 31. It has been a fun three months of creativity using the lovely Sale-a-bration free products.

This card is one I made for my embossing paste classes this month using the Eclectic Expressions stamp set that was a free set in the second round of Sale-a-bration offers.

It made a terrific masculine style card using these colours of Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso and Marina Mist. I pulled out my old Stampin’Up! colour coach cards to come up with the colour combination. A very handy tool that used to be in the Annual Catalogue.

With the embossing paste I was intrigued to see that the paste picked up the ink colours as I wiped it back and forth across the stencil giving the card a truly unique appearance.

If you like the stamp set you have until midnight tonight to earn it for free with a $90 Aust order. Click on the Shop Now button to go shopping!



Stampin’Up! Embossing Paste – March Classes

For my March classes I am going to share with you the fun you can have creating card designs using Stampin’Up! embossing paste and stencils.

Here are a couple of my samples for the class.  The first card is using embossing paste as it comes from the tub and applying using Stampin’Up! stencils.

The next card has had the embossing paste tinted with colour and you will learn this technique in the class.

Think you would like to learn how to create cards with a media background? We will also add Dazzling Diamonds and embossing powder to the embossing paste to create some terrific cards. Interested?
Then here are my class dates:- Thursday March 29 at 7.30pm
                                                                           Friday March 30 at 10am
                                                                           Saturday March 31 at 1.30pm
Class fee is $30 and includes your very own tub of Stampin’Up! embossing paste to take home and keep on creating. As I have to order your paste before classes please book your place by Thursday March 22.
Please bring your own kit of adhesives, scissors, tapes, dimensionals and paper trimmer to class.
To book email me –
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Eclipse Cards – February Stampin’Up! Class

Getting my new blog site up and running is taking a bit longer than anticipated but it will happen soon! For now I will continue posting on my current site and this post is all about my February Classes. This month I am very excited to be teaching how to create an Eclipse Card. These cards became extremely popular at the end of last year after the solar eclipse happened in the northern hemisphere. I love how you can create a really personalised card using this technique. I know I am going to have a lot of fun creating my class samples for this class and sharing them with my class attendees.

Here is one of my class samples using the Stampin’Up! stamp set Wood Words.

Would you like to learn how to create this style of card?  Can you think of an occasion when one of these cards would be perfect to give? Then book into my February classes.

February Class Dates – Thursday February 22 at 7.30pm

                                     Friday February 23 at 10am

                                     Saturday February 24 at 1.30pm

Class fee $30 if using my tools and adhesives, $25 if you bring your own tool kit (trimmer, adhesives, scissors etc.)

Email me to book your place –

Classes are held in Mt Waverley and are limited to 8 attendees per class.



Four Panel Card – Stampin’Up! Lift Me Up Bundle & Naturally Eclectic DSP

Another birthday in our household, this time my eldest son! Time was on my side, so on on my day off I got to and created this card for him instead of reaching into my big box of class and blog samples.

I ordered the bundle of Lift Me up stamps and Up and Away thinlits last year when they were released in the 2017 Occasions catalogue. Thank goodness they carried over into the current Annual catalogue! Due to my very bad habit of ordering stamps I love and ordering too many to be able to spend my time creating with, the bundle has sat on my desk for a year awaiting it’s turn for stardom on my blog.

Yesterday I saw my chance and went for it. By happy coincidence when searching through my Designer Series Papers I found that there is a sheet of perfectly patterned paper in the Naturally Eclectic pack of DSP that works spot on with the hot air balloons in the Lift Me Up stamp set.

 The paper has the appearance of water colouring , so you get the effect without all the effort! When stamping the balloon I inked it all up in Emerald Envy then with a tissue wiped away the ink from the basket area and added Early Espresso marker to get the two colour image. The same process for all the other balloon images.

Also check out the Glitter Epoxy Shapes used as an accent. The glitter in them is blue and green perfect for my card. You will find these fun new accents in the 2018 Occasions catalogue.

Here is my card in it’s full inner four panel glory. The final panel has the hot air balloon die cut using the Up and Away thinlit die.

To make the card extra special for DS I added the banner from the Guy Greetings stamp set and added “son” from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set. Of course the card was a big hit with my eldest. I’ll have to come up with another card just as worthy for my youngest son’s birthday next month now!

I really enjoy making the Four Panel Cards as you can use so many of your ideas for a card on the one card! Try one out some time and see what you think. I’d love to know how you go so leave a comment below.



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