Sunday 15 December 2019

Clean and simple seaside baubles

Today I have three more clean & simple Christmas card ideas to share with you that are perfect for last minute creating - which I soooo need to do.

They all feature the Christmas Gleaming stamp set & punch bundle, Stampin Blends markers, plus another of our newest in-colours, seaside spray. This is a beautiful pale blue that's difficult to capture on my camera.

Friday 13 December 2019

JAI 486 inspiration challenge - sparkly mistletoe

How is your Christmas card creating going? If you're finished, congrats! I'm totally not done so this week's Just Add Ink inspiration image challenge was a good opportunity for one more.

Thursday 5 December 2019

Tuesday 3 December 2019

Christmas Catalogue Retirement News

The Stampin' Up! Christmas-Holiday Catalogue retirement list has been released so it's time to check it and make sure you've gotten everything you need before the catalogue period ends on January 2.

Check what's retiring and staying around on the lists below or go straight to my store to shop.
Thanks for using my host code 32FPG4GA when you shop online with me for orders under $250 only. You'll earn at least your own Stampin' Rewards for orders over $250.

Saturday 30 November 2019

Christmas Card class - Gleaming Baubles

Hello! I'm getting back to Christmas today with more of my November class cards using stamps, punches and paper from the Brightly Gleaming suite.

I love shine and baubles for Christmas so this suite was an easy choice. It's very easy to work with too and hard to put down. You'll see lots more of it over the next few days.

Today's cards show how you can get double duty from the same piece of paper and punched shapes to help you create lots of cards quickly with a different look.

Friday 29 November 2019

JAI 484 colour challenge - birthday boy

If pastels are your thing you'll love this week's Just Add Ink colour challenge. Check out this soft and pretty combination of balmy blue, blushing bride, highland heather and smoky slate.

My card is perhaps an unexpected way to use them - a birthday card for my darling man using the fun Animal Outing stamp set - but you have to shake it up sometimes. 😁

Tuesday 26 November 2019

Simple Christmas Stars

Hello! Today's card is another using So Many Stars. It shares a few elements of yesterday's card but is simpler & quicker to make. This is a very good thing if you're mass producing Christmas cards.

Monday 25 November 2019

More Christmas Stars

November had been a busy month for classes and other normal life stuff and I've only just had a chance to take photos of all the cards I've made. Here's one from my first Christmas class using the So Many Stars bundle.

Tuesday 19 November 2019

Basics and Bundle bargains: 20-22 Nov only

Check your supplies today and get ready to stock up on basics and bundles for 3 days only - Wednesday to Friday this week (20-22 Nov). Save on selected cardstock, single & collection ink pads, and selected stamp-die-punch bundles.

Friday 8 November 2019

JAI 482 sketch challenge - Pretty bauble

It's a sketch challenge week at Just Add Ink and who doesn't love a good sketch. This one is definitely a fun one with so many options.

I've been obsessed with the Christmas Gleaming stamp and punch bundle over the last couple of weeks (not that you've seen them those cards on my blog yet) - you have to love a bauble, but I used it again for today's card, teamed with a fave sentiment from So Many Stars.

Friday 25 October 2019

JAI 480 technique challenge - Christmas stars

So our new challenge at Just Add Ink is to just add a technique. Oh the choices! I decided to combine two of my favourite techniques - heat embossing-emboss resist with a brayered ombre-graduated background - with my favourite Christmas-Holiday catalogue bundle, So Many Stars.

Monday 21 October 2019

Sweet bunny belated birthday

Today I have another sweet card to share with you using the Cuckoo for You stamp set and bundle. It's similar to this hello bunny card I shared in my last post. This time the bunnies are celebrating the birthday of a friend and teamie, albeit a little late.

Friday 11 October 2019

JAI 478 Just add H - for Hello

It's letter challenge time at Just Add Ink and this week Tina has challenged us to Just Add H to a project. Take a look at the sweetness of the Cuckoo for You stamp set I used to make the happy little card for a friend & teamie.

Friday 27 September 2019

JAI 476 inspiration challenge - Floral birthday with blends

It's inspiration image challenge week at Just Add Ink and I can definitely say this one was a challenge for me. I loved this tulip and colour filled challenge image - nature always combines colours beautifully so of course I had to go floral.

Friday 13 September 2019

JAI 474 colour challenge - Floral celebration card

I love a good colour challenge and this week at Just Add Ink the lovely Jo has given us a beautifully rich combination of rococo rose, blackberry bliss & mossy meadow.

These immediately said florals to me so I got to work with the pretty, new Bloom and Grow stamp set & die bundle and this is what I made.

Thursday 12 September 2019

For the cutest 3 year old birthday girl

There are few things funnier & cuter than a 3 year old little person & today's card is for one of the sweetest kids, and daughter of one of my dearest friends & teamie.

Sunday 8 September 2019

Hot air balloon tri-fold card for guys

Today's card share is the second card we made at my cards for guys class, and is another tri-fold card, this time made with the Above the Clouds stamp set & punch bundle.

Thursday 5 September 2019

8 more guy cards with A Good Man

I have eight more guy cards to share with you today - yes eight!

Playing with the A Good Man stamp set was so much fun that I made lots of cards with it, mostly variations on a theme. Some have similar folds, colours, layouts to the first two. It's amazing what you can create by mixing & matching.

I hope you enjoy seeing them all and they inspire you to use some of the ideas to make your own versions. You'll find all the supplies at the bottom of the post to order what you need.
Let's get this project & photo fest on the road.

Wednesday 4 September 2019

Paper paper everywhere & free

Hooray for patterned paper & freebies! The offer you all love is here until September 30th. 
Buy 3 packs of selected patterned paper and choose a 4th pack FREE.

Choose from 9 regular packs of 12x12 inch paper plus the Pressed Petals Specialty paper pack (which has 24 12x12 sheets). Mix and match the packs & number of packs you want - no limits.

Get started with Christmas creating

September means it's time to get creating for Christmas - you know it will be December before we know it, so start early and make it fun.

Luckily, the Stampin' Up! Christmas-Holiday Catalogue is here & you'll find all you need for a creative Christmas to suit your time, energy, budget & style.

Not just for Christmas - You'll find Halloween goodies if you're so inclined. Even better, many of the stamps, dies, embossing folders, papers and accessories are perfect for all year round creating. You'll see many of these in my top picks listed below.

Can't wait to start? Shop it all in my store now!

Sunday 1 September 2019

Two folds - three cards for guys

Ideas for cards for guys always seem to be top of the list of trickiest and most requested cards, so the good news is that I have three guy cards to share with you today, and more to show you next time too.

These were the first project options from my August class, using the A Good Man stamp set. They include many of the same elements, but all have a twist to give a different look. Each person got to choose which version to make & customised it to suit the recipient using the images & sentiments they wanted.

 These also received my darling man's seal of approval so I hope you like them too & feel inspired to try making them for your favourite guys. So let's get started. There are LOTS of pics.

Friday 30 August 2019

JAI 472 sketch challenge - Perfectly Plaid Christmas tree card

It's only five days until the 2019 Christmas-Holiday Catalogue begins (yay!) so I'm counting down with a Christmas card made with some of my faves, and the new Just Add Ink challenge sketch.

Tina came up with this week's sketch and I think it's a goodie with all sorts of possibilities.

Thursday 22 August 2019

Friendship card with Free as a Bird

Today I have another sweet birdie card to share with you, made with Free as a Bird - this one for a dear friend.

Friday 16 August 2019

JAI 470 Just add no stamping - starry double easel 18th

I'm happy happy happy to be sharing a starry 18th birthday project for today's new Just Add Ink challenge - just add no stamping. No stamping!? No problem I say.

I'd been hoping we'd have stitched stars in the Christmas-Holiday Catalogue (starting 4 September), & was super excited to see there's a FABULOUS bundle called So Many Stars. I was able to pre-order the bundle (you can too when you join SU this month) and thought it would be perfect for the no stamping challenge. I also added a fancy fold - this time a double easel card in landscape mode.

Friday 2 August 2019

JAI 468 Just add C - Magnolia centre step card

It's Friday and new challenge time at Just Add Ink, and this week could possibly be the easiest challenge ever...

Card? But no, that's really tooooo easy. I came up with a ton of C's but decide to make one of my all time fave folds - the centre step card - using a mix of the beautiful Good Morning Magnolia stamp & die bundle teamed with the Free as a Bird stamp & die bundle.
You may spot some other C's too.

Friday 26 July 2019

JAI 467 sketch challenge - blended floral friend card

I had a bit of time to play today & got to make a card for week's new Just Add Ink sketch challenge - I love when that happens.😃 This is the challenge sketch we're using, created by the lovely Lou Kitzelman.

And this is what I made, again using the beautiful Free as a Bird stamp set - this time with no birds.

Friday 19 July 2019

JAI 466 inspiration challenge - Christmassy birds

It's been a been a while between Just Add Ink challenges and any cardmaking for me lately. I needed to take a break after my dear Mum's passing, however I've been decluttering my stamp area & feeling like I'm ready to start stamping again, so the good news is that I have a card to share with you.

This week's Just Add Ink challenge is to use this image as our inspiration.

Inspiration challenges are usually my most challenging, but I kept the card clean and simple, using the theme, colours and layout in the image as my inspiration, & it seemed to come together. This is what I've made. What do you think?

Monday 10 June 2019

New Stampin' Blends colours & chart - start colouring

So excited to see 6 more colours join our Stampin' Blends alcohol marker collection in the new 2019-20 Annual Catalogue. This means 36 of our current 51 colours are now available in Stampin' Blends. Hooray!

Tuesday 4 June 2019

Hooray for a new year of creativity

Hooray hooray, today's the day we welcome our new 2019-20 Annual Catalogue - 213 pages of new ideas and inspiration to help you create & share projects you love for everyone you care about. Creativity is calling!

If you're new to stamping & Stampin' Up! start with our new Experience Creativity Brochure, Inside you'll find quick and easy products, project ideas & easy ordering options. This brochure includes exclusive stamp sets you won't find in the Annual Catalogue too.

Friday 31 May 2019

Farewell Needle & Thread - Now on Sale

Just three days until June 3rd when both the 2018-19 Annual Catalogue & 2019 Occasions Catalogue end - already I now! 

Today I'm sharing some of what I love about the retiring Needle & Thread stamp set & Needlepoint Elements die set. Just in time too as both the stamps & dies are 15% off here in Australia from today until they disappear forever on June 3rd.

Retirement Last Days - Discounts & Everything is Rosy

How did it get to May 31st already? That means it's the last day to order your fabulous Everything is Rosy Medley. Everyone is loving this gorgeous suite so get yours too before it's gone.

Saturday 18 May 2019

Three Tea Together pop up cards

I'm back today to share one of my fave Tea Together card projects... or four. I totally have the lovely Lou Kitzelman to thank for this fun pop up design. As soon as I saw Lou's Tea Together cards using the Gingham Gala paper pack I knew I had to try them too.

I chose to use the gorgeous All My Love paper pack for my cards. The patterns & colours in this pack are just beautiful & work so well with the Tea Together stamp set.

Tuesday 14 May 2019

Two cards for Tea Together

Hello friends :) You might have noticed it's been a bit quiet here lately.

Some of you know my dear Mum passed away mid March, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's. In April my darling man & I had some time out travelling around New Zealand, and going to Stampin' Up! Onstage in Auckland. Then earlier this month, our darling girl turned 18 so we celebrated her milestone. All this means I've had little time or head space for stamping or sharing here on my blog.

I do however have quite a bit of sharing to catch up with, from earlier in the year so I'm starting with a couple of cards made with the Tea Together stamp set & coordinating Tea Time dies. This is timely, as Mother's Day was yesterday, and my Mum loved her cup of tea & always in a china cup or mug.

Monday 25 March 2019

Botanical Butterfly cards - last week to earn your paper free

Family commitments have made it a bit difficult to share lately but I'm trying to write posts of my backlogged Sale-a-bration projects as I have time this week, before Sale-a-bration ends on 31 March.

Today I'm sharing four easy cards I made back in January using mainly the Sale-a-bration Botanical Butterfly designer paper pack - get it free with a $90 purchase until 31 March if supplies last that long.

I've also used Rectangle stitched framelit dies on all cards, Stampin Blends alcohol markers, and  a few different stamp sets-bundles for the sentiments.

Friday 15 March 2019

JAI 448 Just add J - Joy fold birthday

This week our new Just Add Ink challenge is to...

So, what J's could I think of? Jeans (love to wear but no), jedi (cool but no), jewels, jolly, jars, jelly?  Then I remembered a fancy fold from way back - the  joy fold fold. I don't know why it's called a joy fold but it's definitely a fun card. Here's what I made using the Hello Cupcake free stamp set...

Friday 1 February 2019

JAI 442 sketch challenge - Tea Together

So it's time for a new Just Add Ink challenge and this week it's a sketch challenge. Yay!

I was intrigued by the swirly elements. They made me think of the large stitched pattern die in the Needlepoint Elements die set (also in the Needle & Thread stamp & die bundle), so I teamed this with the pretty teapot stamp from the Tea Together stamp set as my central element represented by a circle in the sketch. This is how it turned out.

Sunday 27 January 2019

In review - Simple Waterfront scenes

Today I'm looking back to two easy to make cards I made with the clever Waterfront stamp set. I made these for a masculine card class last year, and also for my darling man on Father's day.

Monday 21 January 2019

Double easel card - Botanical Butterfly Sale-a-bration freebie

Last weekend we celebrated a special '0' birthday with a lovely friend so a celebratory card was a must too. I'm still loving the double easel card so I made this very fluttery version.

It may look familiar as
I took my inspiration from this double easel card I'd made for my darling man's birthday.
Here it is closed...

Friday 18 January 2019

JAI 440 Just add something new - blog hop!

Our first challenge at Just Add Ink for 2019 starts today & we're celebrating with a full team blog hop. Fun! You may have arrived here from the lovely Rochelle Blok's blog & gorgeous project, or popped directly here. In any case, a very warm welcome to you.

Wednesday 16 January 2019

Hinged sampler for your Stampin' Blends markers

Just popping in quickly to share another fun & useful way to use my Stampin' Blends colour chart shared in this post. The chart has been really popular and I'm so happy you're finding it useful.

Tuesday 8 January 2019

New Stampin Blends colours & chart update

Great news! Our new Occasions Catalogue release adds 2 more new Stampin' Blends colours to our range. This means you now have a total of 30 Stampin' Up! colours or 60 marker shades to create beautiful coloured images.

To help you keep track of all the available shades and how the colours look together, I've revamped my Stampin' Blends Colour Chart pdf documents.

Thursday 3 January 2019

Occasions Catalogue & Sale-a-bration is here!


Happy new year and hooray for a new year of creating. Our all new Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-bration launches today and that's definitely worth celebrating.

You'll find something for everyone and every occasion in the Occasions Catalogue - new stamps, bundles, papers, punches, dies, accessories and more.

During Sale-a-bration - 3 January to 31 March - you'll get fabulous free goodies when you shop, extra Stampin' Rewards, and even more value with our Starter Kit options. The brochure pdf shows you all you need to know, including suggested purchase options that work with free items.
Update 15 Feb: Sale-a-bration brochure 2 added - more options available now.

My paper catalogues are in the post to current customers. If you're in Australia and don't have a current Demonstrator, contact me to request free copies.

Read on for all you need to know about the Occasions Catalogue & Sale-a-bration.