Indescribable Gift Pop Out Swing Card

I am sad that the pretty blossom stamp set Indescribable Gift is not continuing on into the 2015 Annual Catalogue as I love this stamp. It is such a pretty sketch to colour and creates beautiful cards. So as a farewell to it here is my card from my classes this month using this lovely stamp.

 I used water colour cardstock to stamp my image on in black Staz-On ink and then watercoloured the picture using my aqua painter and ink pads. Once coloured I added the Smoky Slate outline around the images to make them “pop” off the page and give the picture some dimension.

Colours used for colouring were Bridal Blush, Pear Pizzazz and Soft Suede. Cardstock is Pear Pizzazz and Blushing Bride.The sentiment stamp comes from Fabulous Four 134171.


Here is the card when open. The pop out swing card is a really easy card to create and will receive a lot of wows for your creativity from the recipient!

Enjoy the last look at this stamp set and if you need to have it yourself then head to my online store and order it as from midnight June 2nd it is no longer available. codes are below to assist with ordering.



Washi Tape Card

 When I was at Convention earlier this month I received a swap from the very talented Marelle Taylor. Marelle, like myself always put a technique into her swaps and hers this year was terrific. As soon as I was back in my room that day I was deconstructing it to see how she had made it!

Once I was back home I made the cards below for my Team Meeting that month for my down line demonstrators to create as a make and take. So below is the first one.

 I love how it uses washi tape in such a new way and I was so intrigued as to how the butterfly was reversed. Read on and I’ll let you know how it’s done! Now the card above and below are done with washi tape from the current 2014 catalogue and these are both on the Retiring List of products from that catalogue.

Now this one is a sneak peek using new 2015 washi tape from the 2015 catalogue that goes live on June 2nd.

 Now how to create this piece – Stick washi tape across the top of your cut card piece and make sure it wraps under the card about a third of the way, round the corners using a corner rounder punch. Punch out the butterfly using only half the punch, flip the punched half over and you will have it covered with washi tape, position it to the side of the washi panel and mount both on your embossed card with dimensionals foam shapes. the sentiment is stamped using black Staz-On ink and done before mounting the panel onto the card.

      And here is Marelle’s original card that I received as a swap. You can read her post on her blog here.

 I love it when I get inspiration from the swaps I receive at Convention – thanks Marelle for the great swap!

Enjoy recreating this card and check out the links below for the items required for making this card which you can order in my online store.



I Think You’re Great Stamp Set Sneak Peek

I had a lovely weekend working with my team of demonstrators at Picture to Page Show. The stand looked great and everyone loved the ideas we ad on display. Plus I love the excitement when customers come rushing up to the stand to get their brand new 2015 annual catalogue! We had a lot of very happy customers! You can see the stand on my Facebook page.
Below is one of my sneak peek cards from the new catalogue using a new stamp set called ” I Think You’re Great” 138712.
A very quick and easy card to create. The splodge stamp used for the background comes from Awesomely Artistic 139950.
Card – Lost Lagoon and Very Vanilla
Inks – Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey and Blackberry Bliss
Extras – Gold bakers twine, dimensionals
The countdown is on – June 2nd the 2015 Annual Catalogue goes LIVE!

Celebrate Today Make & Take Cards for Picture to Page Show

Next weekend here in Melbourne, my team and I are exhibiting on the Stampin’Up! stand at the Picture to Page Show at Cardinia Cultural Centre, Pakenham.  We will be selling the NEW 2015 ANNUAL CATALOGUE so make sure you come and see us! We will be running a make& take and these are the cards you can create using the Celebrate Today stamp set and Balloon framelits from the Occasions catalogue. If you purchase these two products as a bundle you will get them at a 15% discount plus as a show special we will give you free postage. Now that is a great deal!

The top card is created using two of the 2015-2017 In Colours – Cucumber Crush and Mint Macaron. Love the Cucumber Crush it is such a vibrant green!

For show details visit here.

My team and I look forward to seeing you there!



Stampin’Up! Awesomely Artistic Crayon Resist Card

My big, brown box of Stampin’Up! preorder goodies arrived yesterday and I have been busy playing. I’ve got loads of new cards to show you but where to start? I think with my favourite creation so far!

When we had our Managers Reception at Convention Stampin’Up! gave us a beautiful stamp set fro the new 2015 Catalogue titled “Awesomely Artistic” 139950is the code you need for ordering when the new catalogue goes “live”on June 2nd. This stamp set would rate as my favourite from the new catalogue so how lovely of Stampin’Up! to have chosen that set as our gift!

My “sister” demonstrator Julia whom I shared a room with at Convention made me a pretty card using this set and I will show it off to you in another post. Here is the card I made Julia to thank her for being a terrific roomie and for spending her Convention time with me.

I am rather keen on making Crayon Resist cards at the moment. You may have seen the one I did last month using Four Feathers stamp set. I thought I’d give it a go with this new set and I am quite pleased with how it turned out.

I was going to put a sentiment on the card front but it just did not look balanced so I left it plain and added the “Friend framed sentiment to the inside of the card. This stamp set has so many lovely images – dragonfly, two fern frond stamps, flowers, a great little splatter image plus a frame stamp that works with one of the Project Life framelit sets.

When you get your new catalogue make sure you have a good look at this lovely set of stamps.

Cardstock is Mossy Meadow, Basic Black and Whisper White

Inks are Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, and Staz-On black

Extras – white crayon, tissues

I’ll be back with more new creations over the next few days.



Single Layer Sponged Clean & Simple Card

Here is another of my display cards from the recent Paper Arts Show. Always love a quick easy card and this one is a terrific example of that.

Colours used to sponge are retiring In Colours Strawberry Slush and Crisp Canteloupe and current In colour Hello Honey.

The stamp set is An Open Heart 134999

Card is Whisper White, Basic Black and Strawberry Slush.



Stampin’Up! Convention Gold Coast , Australia 2015 Day 3

         All great things come to an end unfortunately, and so we reached the last day of Convention but at least we had clear skies!!!

Morning session saw a great presentation by Carrie Cudney on using the new Hostess sets for your workshops. The samples were gorgeous!

Don’t these cards make you itch to get stamping????
Brandy Harmer then gave us a demonstration on the new gift bag punch board. I was not keen on this when I saw it in the Demonstrator Resource Centre but after Brandy’s presentation – you guessed it, the punchboard is now on my shopping list!

At Convention a demonstrator just has to have a photo in front of the Convention theme board – so here’s mine!
 Before lunch on the last day we asked Stampin’Up! photographer Tom to please take a team photo of my team who were at Convention. Isn’t this a great photo and it was posted on the Stampin”up! South Papcific Convention photo page. Thanks Tom for a fabulous photo!
Last seesion we had Bonnie back to tell us all about the new Bohemian Borders Suite of products. 
here is a clean and simple card created using the Boho Chic embossing folder.
Bonnie also showed off a new product which had caught my eye in the catalogue and intrigued me – the Cotton paper Assortment. Page 148 of the new catalogue. I love the flower Bonnie created with this paper! I’ll be trying this out as soon as my preorder arrives!
One last surprise from Stampin’Up! to finish off the session and 2015 Convention, an all attendee giveaway of Bohemian DSP and Fast Fuse! I adore the colours in this paper pack – lovely peacock colours I reckon! I am now a master of using Fast Fuse after several plays with it at the Demonstrator Resource Centre!!

Remember those koalas I kept posting about, well it became a bit of a game to get a photo of them all ( they are dotted all over the Gold Coast so I only saw a few of them!) so just I had to share the Mickey Mouse koala with you! That’s the rear end of the Wonder Woman koala in the background!

Nice sunny pic by this koala unlike the one the night before after awards night and we stood in the howling gale and took a group shot, we looked very windblown!!!!!!

 And so to our last night on the Gold Coast, a sunset photo! A big thankyou to my lovely team of demonstrators who joined me at Convention. I hope you had as fabulous time as I did. I loved spending time with you all and I look forward to doing it all again in November here in Melbourne!

Stampin’Up! South Pacific Convention Day 2

On day two we woke to this – gales and horizontal rain!

Bare feet and rolled up pants was the only way to walk to and from Convention and save our shoes from a soaking!

Here is another one of the koala statues that I mentioned in my last post. This one was inside the Convention Centre – out of the rain!!! that’s the Convention bag I ‘m holding.

Sara Douglas did a wonderful stage stamping demonstration highlighting the new 2015 Ronald McDonald House Charity Stamp set – ” Sprinkles of Life” 139971. When you purchase this set Stampin’Up! will donate $3 from the sale to RMHC.

Sara displayed several lovely cards created using this stamp set. A definite MUST buy! Plus there is a co-ordinating punch – Tree Builder.

More lovely samples from the morning session. This one showcases the Build a Birthday stamp set.


A great example using the new In Colours.


Make and Take session.

Another of the pretty cards from the Tins of Cards Project Kit.

Can’t get enough of these new In Colours. I’m hoping my preorder turns up tomorrow to start playing with them!

 A wet walk back to our apartment to change for Awards Night and a taxi ride back to the Convention Centre in our finery. I made a stage walk for a milestone award but the night belonged to my downline Tracy Penn! Placed second for sales in Australia, earning a Performance Bonus and the Incentive Trip! I am so thrilled for you Tracy and your success! Well done!

Simone Bartrum also had a successful night being awarded the Incentive Trip. Simone joined my team nearly 8 years ago. She has had a wonderfully successful Stampin’Up! career!  I am so proud to have both of you as my downlines. You are fabulous demonstrators and you have a terrific team of demonstrators! Enjoy Hawaii next week!

The Photo Booth is a fixture at the After Party now! It’s always fun dressing up and striking the pose! This pic was taken side on as we set our pose. Love these girls – my Convention roomies!

Now you have to be quick with these photo booths – 3 photos taken in quick succession, I wasn’t quick enough to remove the glasses! But I do like this photo!

It was a super fun evening of entertainment. And we still had another day of Convention to look forward to!



Stampin’Up! South Pacific Convention 2015 Day One

The first day of Convention dawned with showers but occasionally there was blue skies! Each day to get to the Convention Centre we walked past these artistic koalas painted in different designs and characters. These koalas are located all around the Gold Coast. That’s the Gold Coast Convention Centre across the road.

Sara Douglas opened our first session and she was fabulous!

Our first All attendee Giveaway was a roll of Fast Fuse with a sticker reminder about the upcoming OnStage events. Best news – we have an OnStage Local happening in Melbourne in November! Definitely plan on being there!

The lovely Bonnie Farley had the fun job of taking us on the new catalogue tour. There were soooo many lovely new stamps and products that my wishlist was huge before I’d even got my hands on my own hard copy! Here are the pretty new Incolours for 2015-2017. Love the name Tip Top Taupe.

The new kits in the catalogue are amazing. Here is one of the cards from the Tin of Cards Project Kit. Love this kit!

 The Water Wings stamp set looks lovely here done in the new In Colours.

Carrie Cudney shared some gorgeous projects created with the new In Colours. I wish I had the time and space to show the all to you but then nothing will be a surprise for my Catalogue Launch! Below is the ten current 2014-2016 and 2015-2017 In Colours all lined up together. They go so well when all placed side by side.

The Demonstrator Resource Centre had displays galore showing off new products and Demonstrator Booths. My roomie Sandra Collett was one of the demos doing a demonstration. She did a great display showing off the new embossing folders.  The new Designer Series Papers are divine and I know this rose print is going to feature very soon on one of my creations! Love it!!!!

Swaps are always the order of the first day of Convention! I had only 27 to swap after an unfortunate spill accident on my desk where I waterlogged half my swaps. It was not a pretty sight!  You can see my swap here  I love this swap I received from one of my class ladies Sharni Green.

Our team organised a lovely evening dinner and we arranged to do a Team swap based on two inch square samplers. Theme was “Party” to be created in Brights colours. Here is our collection of swaps – 40 of them! Can’t wait to get them framed. My swap was created using “Be the Star’ stamp set, stamped in Tempting Turquoise and Bermuda Bay. A lot of fussy cutting to create it. Four layers of stars for 40 samples – you do the math! They looked fabulous!

By this time of night we were experiencing a major downpour and South East Queensland was preparing for  floods. It rained and rained and rained!
Day two to come very soon!

Stampin’Up! South Pacific Convention Leadership

Settle in for my blog update all about last weeks amazing Stampin’Up! South Pacific Convention held on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

I arrived on the day before Leadership to sunny skies and was very pleased to find our booked apartment was on the 31st floor of The Meriton.

I knew bad weather was on the way so I made the most of the gorgeous weather to make sure I had some photos of the fabulous views!

As my roomies arrived and took in the view they were delighted! It was so much fun to catch up with my “sister” demonstrator Julia from Sunshine Coast, my downline from Melbourne Nicole and Sandra from Christchurch NZ who I met at Convention 6 years ago and we have been good friends ever since.

Being with Stampin’Up! has given me so many wonderful friendships and Convention is always the time to treasure those friendships.

Pillow gifts are of course one of the fun moments of the first night of Convention!

Leadership Session started for us Wednesday afternoon and you just have to have your photo taken by the Inspire, Create Share welcome sign!

Sara Douglass, Interim Stampin’Up! CEO welcomed us to our session and gave us an inspiring talk on how to succeed in our Stampin’Up! businesses.

The evening saw us off to Managers’ Reception. Stampin’Up! always come up with an awesome experience for us at these events. This year we were treated to the Outback Spectacular, a fabulous show which honours the role of the High Plains horsemen and their horses. Here I am with my “sister” demo Julia.

I am very proud of my downline team of Managers and above. They are a great group of ladies!

To finish off this post I had to include this photo of the border collies from the Outback Spectacular. I used to have a black and white border collie so seeing these two beautifully trained dogs brought back some lovely memories.

Come back for my next installment!