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A stack of gift cards.

I had a heap of downline and customer packages to go out last week and I wanted to make some gift cards to go with them. I can't believe how quickly these came together! I made 20 cards in less than an hour.

washi tape cards stampin up

I have used  the Stampin' Up! mini square envelopes, and cut the cards 6.5cm x 13.0cm and scored in the centre. Then I stamped one of the must have Gorgeous Grunge stamp set images, added some random strips of the bright and happy trio of Gingham Garden washi tape, then added the Bitty Butterfly and rhinestone. My greeting is from Six Sided Sampler, but you could use any greeting you had.

stampin up gorgeous grunge
Love how the envelope liners turned out! This is the smallest of the 3 shapes in the Envelope Die Framelits. Just a note about these framelits. At the moment these are 25% off, because Stampin' Up! wanted to slightly change the shape of the largest Framelit. Personally I didn't notice anything was wrong with it, so I think its a great buy. Oh how I LOVE that chevron print in our paper stacks, and the other 3 great prints!

Mini envelopes with liners
Here's a closer look at the Stampin' Up! products I have used to make these cards. You can click on each picture if you want to see a larger image.

Gingham Garden Washi Tape (View or order here in the online store)

Washi tape
Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set (View or order here in the online store)

Stampin Up Australia
Bitty Butterfly Punch (View or order here in the online store)

Bitty butterfly
Envelope Liner Framelits (View or order here in the online store)

stampin upEnvelope liners
Brights DSP Papaer Stack (View or order here in the online store)

Brights paper stack
Six Sided Sampler Stamp Set (View or order here in the online store)

Six sided sampler stamp set

Daffodil Delight Ink Pad  (View or order here in the online store)

Daffodil delight ink pd
Melon Mambo Ink Pad (View or order here in the online store)

Melon Mambo Ink Pad
Island Indigo Cardstock (View or order here in the online store)

 Island Indigo

I hope this has given you some ideas to get crafty this week! Have a fabulous happy week :) See you back here again soon.


New Stampin' Up! Scrapbooking Club for Australia

This is something I've wanted to do for a couple of years, a Stampin' Up! scrapbooking club!

I don't know about you, but I'm a better person when I scrapbook. It's such a great feeling to finish another page and know you have recorded those memories, whether they be travel, family, children, family history or memories just about you. My family love to look through our scrapbooks too. Scrapbooking is such a personally rewarding thing to do.

stampin up scrapbooking
Here's how to Sign Up and how my Scrapbooking Club will work:

  • You get emailed instruction for 5 12x12 layouts each month, including exact size of photos, page elements and details of any extra embellishments I have used. This is a traditional scrapbooking club (so paper and real printed photos - not digital. Most pictures will be standard sizes which are easy to print though.
  • There will also be tips about design, my favourite scrapbooking supplies and techniques for using stamps in scrapbooking.
  • Prior to each month, I will let you know which DSP and cardstock colour I have used in my samples, and exactly what size photos I have used.
  • You will also get a small envelope with some extra Stampin' Up! bits and pieces to use on your pages each month.
  • To participate, all you need to do is purchase 1 pack of 12x12 cardstock and 1 pack of Designer Series Paper from me (just $28.90 plus postage) each month with a 6 month commitment.
  • There will also be an opportunity each month to win some of my favourite scrapbooking supplies, by adding any optional items to your order.
  • You can register and get started any time from today, up until 25th October. To register, just complete and submit the form below. I will then be in contact with instructions for month 1. The First 10 people to get started by placing their monthly order will receive an extra free embellishment gift!


Here are some other pages that I have completed in the past, so you can get an idea of my scrapbooking style.

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stampin up scrapbooking

stampin up scrapbooking
Can't wait to have you join me in the club! Or ....

Join My Team as a Hobby Demonstrator and get all the Scrapbooking Club inspiration fr FREE.

If you are really passionate about Stampin' Up! and saving money on your scrapbooking and papercraft supplies, why not join my team instead? As my level 1 team member you will get all my monthly scrapbooking layout designs to look at, plus you get free postage on your starter kit and over $60 free product (because you get to choose $235 worth of product of your choice for just $169 and free postage). All the details HERE or email / call (03 9735 2946 / 041 212 0498) at anytime to chat about this great opportunity.

Here's to creating and documenting fabulous memories!


Step by Step Tutorial: Triple Layer Card using Regarding Dahlias Stamp Set and Emboss Resist Technique.

I've had this card in my head since I purchased the new Regarding Dahlia's Stamp Set from the 2013 Stampin' Up! Australia Annual Catalogue. I could see straight away the set would be perfect for a triple layer card and the emboss resist technique.

Stampin Up Regrading Dahlias emboss resist triple layer card

The colours I have used are Strawberry Slush, Rich Razzleberry, Early Espresso, Naturals Ivory and Gold. 

Regarding Dahlias Stampin Up

Here's a step by step photo tutorial to show you how I made this card. Any of the bolded products are available to purchase in my online store.

Step 1: Cut three pieces of Strawberry Slush Cardstock (Available HERE) for your layers. Sizes are:

  • Outside layer: 3 7/8  x 5 5/8 inch (or 9.9 x 14.3cm)
  • Middle layer: 3 3/4 x 4 7/16 inch (or 7 x 11.3 cm)
  • Centre layer:1 11/16 x 3 1/2 inch (or 4.x x 8.9 cm

triple layer card tutorial

We will be using the Regarding Dahlias Stamp Set for the emboss resist, Clear mount set is available HERE and wood mount set HERE.

stampin up regarding dahlias
Step 2: Adhere the three layers one on top of the other (with the smallest piece on top) using only a small spot of repositionable adhesive as they will be pulled apart again soon. Stamp the Dahlia stamp randomly over the three layers in Versamark Ink (available HERE). Cover with clear embossing powder and shake off the excess. Once all the excess a shaken off, heat with a heat gun. Don't worry that you can see some unstamped areas over the joins - thi s will disappear once the mat layers is added.

  • Tip: When covering with embossing powder do it a couple f times from different directions so you get the best coverage over the joins. 
  • Tip: Rubbing an Embossing Buddy over your cardstock before you emboss. This removes any traces of natural oils from fingertips etc that might attract embossing powder to stick where you don't want it to. These are cheap and you can buy one HERE  in my online store.

Stampin up regarding dahlias
Step 3: Gently separate the layers and lay flat on your working surface (make sure it is protected with scrap paper). Get out your brayer (a brayer is a rolling soft rubber tool that takes up ink and allows you to transfer it to your project. Quality is important for ink uptake. You can view our Brayer HERE in the online store). Brayer Rich Razzleberry Ink (HERE) over the three layers (you really only need to brayer around the outside edges of the two largest layers, but I only remembered that after I finished brayering!). The clear embossed areas resist the ink. Leave the ink to dry for a little while and then rub a paper towl over the embossed areas (this really makes the embossed colour pop).

  • Tip: For good brayering technique, roll your brayer back and forward in your ink pad (length of brayer across the ink pad sideways) and roll onto your card. You will need to do this several times to get good even coverage. The ink always looks much darker when you brayer it but dries lighter. 
  • Tip: Clean your brayer by holding it under cold running water. Allow to dry on a soft cloth and store back in the box so the rubber doesn't get damaged.

how to use a brayer
Step 4: Reassemble the three layers, again only using a small amount of repositionable adhesive. In this step we will introduce another colour to add a little more visual interest. I am using  a Stampin' Up! set I use all the time in stamping and scrapbooking, Flowering Flourishes (available HERE in clear mount or HERE in wood mount)/ I am using Early Espresso ink (my favourite brown ink, available HERE) and stamping a few flourishes randomly onto the areas that aren't embossed (you can stamp over the top of these, just rub it off with a paper towel after the ink has had time to dry on the cardstock).

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Step 5: Pull the layers apart and mat each one with a thin mat (1-2mm) of Gold Foil Cardstock (available HERE). Reassemble the layers. This time you are assembling them permanently. I used Snail Adhesive (available HERE) to adhere the largest piece onto a C6 size Early Espresso card (1/2 sheet ofA4 cardstock folded in half and scored with a bone folder makes a standard C6 card). Early Espresso cardstock available HERE. This is a yummy deep earthy brown. My favourite Stampin' Up! brown by far! I adhered the top 2 layers onto the layers below using Dimensional foam dots (Available HERE) to give some dimension to the card.

Stampinup regarding dahlias
Step 6: To make the label greeting, I gold embossed one of the 4 greetings which come with the Regarding Dahlia's stamp set (same process as clear embossing in Step 2, but using Gold Embossing Powder (available HERE) ) .I cut the greeting out using the Modern Label Punch (available HERE) and the gold piece behind is done by cutting the two edges from a gold foil shape cut with our Artisan Label Punch (available HERE) and adhering them to the back of the greeting. I adhered this to the card using Dimensional foam dots s well.

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That's it! I hope that has been helpful for you to learn some more stamping and card making tricks, so you get the best value from your purchases. 

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Hello, Lovely

Today's creation is another shabby chic card using the Afternoon Tea DSP and one of my fave elements stamps in the 2013 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue, Hello, Lovely. Those that know me know this is a saying I use frequently so I was so excited to see it on a stamp!

Stampin Up Hello Lovely
I love the look of the greeting stamped directly onto one of the more neutral sheets of paper in the Afternon Tea DSP range. I have stamped in one of the colours that coodinates with this paper range, Wisteria Wonder. I have also used Wisteria Wonder cardstock to mat the Decorative Label punched shape (this punch matches the stamped image as you can see.

Decorative Label Punch Tip: To create the mat, just punch a Decorative Label in Wisteria Wonder, cut it in half horizontally, cut out the spiky bits at each end of the cut edge and then use that to mat the top and the bottom.

Stampin Up Hello Lovely Afternoon Tea DSP
As I mentioned this stamp set is totally awesome. You will get so much use out of it. I've already made stacks of cards and also some scrapbook pages using this set. just LOVE it and who woldn't want to get a card saying "Hello, Lovely".

Find the Hello Lovely set in my online store. Click HERE for the clear mount version and HERE for the wood mount.

Hello Lovely
This set matches perfectly with our Decorative Label Punch (picture below and HERE in the online store) and also the 1" Square Punch (HERE in the online store)

  Decorative Label Punch

Hope you are having a happy day. See you back here again soon,


Chalk Talk Thank you Card using scraps of paper.

Today's quick card was made using up some strips of Pink Pirouette paper from the DSP paper stacks (love the new patterns in these especially the Chevron!). 

Pink and grey thanks

I just flagged the ends with my paper snips, and layered them onto a paper doiley which was stuck onto a base card of Smokey Slate. The front of the card had been embossed with our Chevron embossing folder. The tag is from Chalk Talk (get this at 15% off) and the colours I have used are Smokey Slate, Pink Pirouette and Coastal Cabana.

Hope you have a happy and creative week. I am having fun today putting together my samples and free crd kits for the 3 projects I send my 'by mail' stamp/hostess cub ladies each month. LOVE how this months projects are turing out! Lots of gold and silver. My next 'by mail' club starts in November if you would like to receive the 3 complimentary projects each month (instructions AND the cardstock and embellishments for each project) and the minimum $50 free merchandise. All the details here.

Be back tomorrow with more creations,