Pun Fun, a Wish for Peace and my first Making Merry Monday's card ....
Elite Challenges Sneak Peeks ....

Inspired by Nature and Upsy Daisy ....

Hello from very chilly Melbourne. Definitely hot chocolate and stamping weather today!

Here's a few creations to share with you. I've had lots of reasons to send people cards over the last few weeks so have been very busy with card making and tutorial instructions for my customers.

This card uses the lovely Stampin' Up! silhouette set Inspired by Nature.

Insoired by nature olive 

First I inked up the stamp in Pink Pirouette, then wiped the ink of the stem and leaves (just with a tissue) and then sponged Old Olive ink onto the stems and leaves. I also sponged Bravo Burgundy onto the flower as a highlight. I have also added Dazzling Diamonds to the flowers using the 2 Way Glue Pen. The background was made by just stamping the entire stamp pad over the background lots of times. Here's the rest of the recipe:

  • Stampin' up! stamps: Inspired by Nature, Basic Phrases
  • Cardstock: Old Olive, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette
  • Ink: Pink Pirouette, Bravo Burgundy, Old Olive
  • Punches: Curly Label, Eyelet Border
  • Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds, Chocolate Chip Taffeta ribbon, 2 Way Glue Pen

This card uses the very popular Stampin' Up! set Upsy Daisy. Upsy Daisy congrats

I have used the Stampin' Write markers direct to rubber to colour the image. The colours I have used are Almost Amethyst, Elegant Eggplant and Old Olive. The image has been stamped off once and Crystal Effects has also been added for some dimension. The greeting underneath is embossed. Here's the full recipe:

  • Stampin' Up! stamps: Upsy Daisy, Cheer & Wishes
  • Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Elegant Eggplant, Almost Amethyst and Whisper White
  • Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Versamark
  • Accessories: Stampin' Write Markers, white embossing powder, Kiwi Kiss grosgrain ribbon, Crystal Effects

Finally here's two creations Josh came up with today while he was home with me on a pupil free day. He wanted to sit at the table with me and stamp and try out the different colours on the image. He watched a demonstration and then he went and stamped this all by himself. He loves the glitter, so he had to add some of that too!

Joshs cards

Don'tyou love the particularly interesting technique of the reverse opening card on the left, lol. I think his teachers will be impressed with his efforts on Monday. He certainly was as he has made me put them on my card display cabinet in case any of my stamping buddies drop in over the weekend and want to copy them - how cute!

One last thing - could you do me a favour? My fabulous friend Kerry and her family officially became Australian's last night. They have only been in the country (from the UK) a few years and have already been through the Black Saturday bushfires but their house was spared (although it came soooooooo close). Kerry is such a great person (glass is half full :) ) and super fun to scrapbook and make cards with. Could you pop over to her blog and welcome her and her family to Australia? Thanks!

Hope you have a lovely weekend, stay warm!

Claire xx


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Christine Blain

Claire, these are AMAZING, my friend! Love your techniques; you've inspired me to get my Upsy Daisy set out again (hmm, now to find the time....). Josh is one very clever boy, and yes, his reverse-opening card is very special - adorable. I love the colours Josh used; please tell him I think I'll copy the card on the right (when I get, or borrow, Inspired by Nature, that is!). Christine xx


I love both your cards, particuarly the effect you got with Upsy Daisy. Josh's cards are great too, the one on the left is for south-paws isn't it?

Sue Madex

Josh, what great cards you've made there. Bet your teachers are going to just love them.
Claire - that Upsy Daisy is a stunner. Haven't seen it done with that technique - really suits it. Love the colours.

Kerry S

Josh, those cards are beautiful, make Mummy leave them up until Thursday when I come over to stamp, so that I can CASE them.Claire I just love, love, love the Upsy Daisy one, such beautiful colour combo, I will be fishing out my eggplant cardstock now.Thank you for sending your friends over to my blog, it was such a nice surprise to find welcome to the country from people I don't know.


LOL Claire, Amy makes most of her cards with that reverse opening technique - I think it's to keep the recipient on their toes!

Michelle Habib

HELLO!! FABULOUS cards, esp love your colours with Upsy Daisy, and of course, Josh is obviously taking after his Mother's talents in the creative department. WONDERFUL cards - you'll be so proud of him!
Keep warm, and happy stampin'!

Sharlene Torres

You seem to always inspire us, but these are so eye-catching! Simple and stunning seems to be hard to achieve sometimes, you seem to get it every time!!

Keep on training up Josh - I see a future with SU in his future ...

Fiona Harrison

Lovely cards, I especially like the 'Upsy Daisy' one. I didn't like that stamp when I first started seeing it on US blogs but you Aussie girls do amazing things with it & now it's on my wishlist.

Fiona Harrison

PS Josh has certainly inherited his mother's crafting genes, do love the reverse opening one.

Judy May

Both of these are really stunning Claire! Josh's creations are pretty special too. I think I might have to cave in on Inspired by Nature :) Judy.

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