Monday, 15 December 2014

Sneak Peeks: Occasions and SAB Catty - Lotus Blossom

One of the best parts of being a Demo with Stampin' Up! (and there are LOTS of best parts) is being able to order from our new catalogues early. Demo's at the moment, all over the world are currently able to order from the NEW Occasions Catty, plus earn Sale-a-Bration goodies!! Woo Hoo.

So I'm actually still waiting on my HUGE preorder box of new goodies from the Occasions Catty but I did get a small deliver of goodies last week and in it was one of the Sale-a-Bration freebies that I had earned, called Lotus Blossom.

O.M.G it is a beautiful 3 step stamping set, yep you heard me, 3 STEP stamping. I spent ages playing around with different colour combos, and let me tell you there are heaps of them. So after much stamping I finally put a few of the flowers together and made a card.

I have to admit, I;m totally in love with this card. Every time I look at it, I just think it's simply beautiful. So easy to make too. Oh and did I mention the Lotus Blossom stamp set is out of the Sale-a-Bration catty which means it's actually free with a qualifying order... Gotta love that!!

The little sentiment is from another stamp set out of the Occasions Catalogue called Painted Petals. All the other stamps in that set are beautiful, but I couldn't go past the sentiment, it's so cute.

If you would like a copy of the new Occasions and Sale-a-Bration Catalogue and don't already have a demonstrator send me an email and I'll be more then happy to pop one in the post to you. Australia residents only I'm afraid.

Have Fun,

Stamps: Painted Petals (OC) and Lotus Blossom (SAB)
Ink: Blushing Bride, Pear Pizazz, Calypso Coral and Crumb Cake
Cards: Pink Pirouette and Whisper White
Other: Painted Petals DSP and Rhinestones.

Port Craft Expo - Christmas Market

So the Port Craft Expo has finally been and gone and it was fantastic. The girls and I worked pretty much day and night on the lead up to the weekend long market and it was worth every hour of lost sleep.

I chatted and met with so many lovely people, sold lots of our gorgeous creations and hopefully met plenty of new cutomers.

I thought I would share some of the photos I took on the day of our beautiful stall and the goodies we made:

So if you popped down and visited us over the weekend, Thank You!! It was lovely to meet you and I hope we catch up with you again at a Class or a Party soon!!

Have Fun,

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Something special for Mum - White Christmas Shutter Card

It's getting to that time of year when we all start thinking about making and sending out our Christmas cards, but if you are like me and have all your family overseas, then we have to get organised a little bit earlier to beat the Christmas rush.

Now my Mum loves all my cards that I make. She's a huge follower of my Facebook page and always likes, leaves a comment and even shares my cards to her friends. When she comes to visit, she loves to come and make some cards with me, so that she has a stock of handmade cards to give to her friends too.

 Here's a photo of us taken when I visited her in India this year!!

Now my only problem is every year I have to make her a special, one of a kind, card that I know she will keep... no treasure, for the rest of the year. It also has to be something she hasn't seen before.

So today, I'm sharing her card and because she don't visit here often (thankfully) the secret is safe with all of you!

Do yo think she'll like it!! She, like me, lives in a hot country during Christmas and we both miss the cold, dark, snowy English Christmases. The main reason why I brought the White Christmas stamp set was because it reminded me of my childhood Christmas, so of course I had to use it on my Mum's card.

I have seen these Shutter Cards popping up all over the internet at the moment and I love to jump on board a bandwagon lol!!! They are so very simply to make and so effective. I cut out the little "Merry Christmas" banner and hung it up between two of the shutters to give it a little 3d effect. It still closes and fits into a normal size envelop, because it slides in between the panels.

Now I'm counting on you all to keep this little card a secret, just in case you run into my Mum. She's such a jet setter who knows where you might find her!

Have fun,
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Thursday, 9 October 2014

Mojo Monday 366 Contest

Today's card is inspired from the Mojo Monday Challenge and it also happens to be one of my Christmas class cards too. Nothing like two birds with one stone!

So lets take a look at the sketch:

Now I think my proportions are off just a little, because I decided I wanted to use the Partridge and Pear stamp set and that pear tree takes up a lot of space!!

I love the All is Calm DSP and I wanted to keep my colouring in the pear tree to reflect those cooler colours. Last time I used my new blendabilities to colour in with, where this time I used my Markers. I have to say I love both and I think it's because this set just colours so well. It's very therapeutic too.

I hope I've inspired you to drop over to Mojo Monday and give the sketch a try. It really gets the juices flowing!!

Have fun,


Stamps: Partridge and Pear
Ink: Memento Black
Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky, Lost Lagoon and Whisper White
DSP: All is Calm
Other: Subtle Markers and Silver Foil Cardstock,

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Happy I do day

Morning guys, I hope you all had an amazing long weekend. I know we did. Our gorgeous friends, who have moved to Western Australia for the next two years, had come back for a visit and of course we all had to get together for a catch up. It was honestly sooo much fun!! I will miss that little family when they go back next week.

So today I thought I would share a wedding card that I was asked to make for my friend Amy. She is one of my besties and a fellow cardmaker. A friend of hers was getting married but because of her super busy schedule, she said she was going to have to buy a card!?!?!? I of course then offered to make one.... I'm now wondering if the whole conversation was a ruse lol.

The inspiration for this card came from Pinterest (of course) by fellow Stampin' Up Demo, Inge Groot over at Stampin' Cards and Memories.

I really couldn't help but make the card girly and lovey dovey. Lets face it, wedding are for the girls more then the guys anyway. Can you tell how much I'm loving our new in-colour sequins?!? They are just the perfect little extra to add to any card and they fit perfectly onto one of our glue dots, which is awesome.

Well that's it for me today. My oldest is back to school tomorrow and I need to get the household out of Holiday mood and into School mode, but the best part is we are on the downward run to the summer holidays and Christmas... Woo Hoo!!!

Have Fun,


Stamps: Something to say, And many more and Hardwood
Ink: Crumb Cake
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Strawberry Slush, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla and Early Espresso
Other: Circle Framelits, Circle Punch, Hearts a flutter framelits, Silver Foil, Polka Dot Embossing Folder and In- colour Sequins

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Freshly Made Sketches #156

Good Morning Sunday, and what a beautiful day it is too. The family and I are just getting a picnic organised as we are off to the beach for the day. Now I have to admit, I'm not a huge fan of sand, but the kids love it and the beaches where we live are beautiful and pretty hard to resist.

Anyway before we go, I wanted to share a quick card that I made for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

When I saw the sketch, I knew straight away which stamp set I wanted to use. Oh and it's on sale at this very moment, but only until tomorrow, 6th October.

So here is the sketch:
Nice and easy isn't it. So i took the sketch exactly as, except I made it into a square card as my circle was too big for a rectangle card.

Pretty cute isn't it. The gorgeous big "it's your birthday" stamp is from the set called Big News and that's the set that is currently 20% off, along with 4 others stamps, until 6th October, in honor of World Cardmaking Day. I used my Subtle markers to colour in each of the letters to get the rainbow effect. I totally love my markers, they are honestly one of my best tools.

The little hearts and the "Seize the Cake" stamp are from another awesome stamp set called Something to Say which has a lot of gorgeous little sentiments.

Well that's it for me today. Remember you can see all the stamps by clicking on their names or visiting My Store. I hope you all enjoy your Sunday, no matter what you have planned.

Have Fun,


Stamps: Something to Say and Big News
Ink: Crumb Cake
Cardstock: Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder and Crumb Cake.
DSP: Subtle Paper Stacks
Other: Subtle Markers, Starburst Framelits, Circle Framelits, 1 1/4Circle Punch and Incolour Sequins.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Somewhere over the Rainbow

Yeah it's finally Saturday and even though its a super busy day for our household, I still love that weekend feeling and this weekend is even better because it's a long weekend... Woo Hoo!!

So to celebrate I decided to whip up a bright and cheerful rainbow, Saturday Night fever inspired card. Honestly it looks like this card stepped right off a dance floor.

See what I mean! It's totally, 70's disco lol. I have used lots of new goodies on this card, which I'm ashamed to say, have been sitting on my desk for a few weeks. I think I got a little bit carried away with all the new catalogues and ordered so much that I'm still getting around to using it all... first world problems I guess!

I absolutely love the background on this card and it's really easy to do. I've used some watercolour paper and a wet paintbrush. I squeezed the ink pads, when they were closed, to transfer some of the ink onto the inside of the lids and picked up the ink with the paintbrush.

Have a great long weekend everyone,


Stamps: Flower Patch
Ink: Daffadil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point, Old Olive and Versamark
Cardstock: Basic Black, Watercolour Paper and Vellum
DSP: Typset
Other: Hexagon Hive Thinlit, Four Feather Framelits, Gold Sequin Trim and Black Embossing Powder

Friday, 3 October 2014

Paper Players Challenge #215

Afternoon guys,

Wow I've been soooo busy. Trying to fit my life into 24 hours seems like a big ask lately, but it's Friday and not only have I got my Christmas Class cards finished and my Monthly Card Class completed, BUT I also got two sketch challenge cards done!! Honestly I'm just as shocked as you are lol.

 OK, I do have a very small, teeny, tiny confession... I used the sketches as my inspiration for my Monthly Card Classes. I had decided to give myself the challenge of not going to Pinterest for my cards this month and so I decided to check out this weeks challenges and well the rest is history!!

Anyway, lets see the sketch from the Paper Players this week:

I love this sketch and the guys on the Design Team have totally knocked it out the park this week, so much inspiration!!

Anyway, as soon as I saw this layout, I knew I had to use my little banner punch and the matching "Banner Banter" stamp set:

I really like how this card came together and it was super easy too. My girls will love making this one on Saturday !!

Have Fun,


Stamps: Banner Banter
Ink: So Saffron, Crisp Cantalope, Baked Brown Sugar and Coastal Cabana
Cardstock: Whisper White, So Saffron and Coastal Cabana
Other: Baked Brown Sugar Twine, Decorative Dots EF, Banner Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

WEEKLY DEALS WEDNESDAY: 10th Sept - 16th Sept.

 Some great punches on the weekly deals list this week. I'm loving the What's Up punch, perfect for Project Life and Scrapbook pages. Oh and don't forget to take a peek at the clearance rack too. Some great little Christmas gift ideas for such a teeny tiny price!! 

So pop on over to the STORE and grab yourself a bargain!!

Happy Shopping,

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper and Ribbon Share

Morning guys, well the sun is finally shining in my part of NSW and I really do think it feels like the first day of Spring is tomorrow!! Not that I can complain we've had a cold winter, but it just seems to have been a very, very, long one.

So to celebrate the return of what my daughter calls "The happier months" I thought I would organise, not only a Ribbon Share from the new annual catalogue, but I've also decided to try a Paper Share too.

A "Share" gives you the opportunity to have a selection of beautiful Stampin' Up! ribbons or DSP, without having to pay for a whole roll or pack of just one kind or colour.

Ribbon share- 9 shares of each available:

 So this time we have three NEW ribbon sets up for grabs:-

1/2" (1.3cm) Seam Binding Ribbon - p.g 207 (9 available)

You will receive 1 meter of each of the five colours ( Calypso Coral, Night of Navy, Soft Sky, Wisteria Wonder and Whisper White). The cost of this share will be $7.50 plus $1.70 postage (Australia Only).

1/4" (6.4mm) Cotton Ribbon - p.g 207 (9 spaces available)

You will receive 1 meter of each of the five colours (Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz and Pool Party) The cost of this share will be $6.50 plus $1.70 postage (Australia Only).

3/8" (1cm) Stitched Satin Ribbon - p.g: 207 (9 spaces available)

You will receive 1 meter of each of the 5 new in-colours  ( Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Moss Meadow and Tangelo Twist) The cost of this share will be $9.00 plus postage of  $1.70 (Australia Only).

**I will need to fill each group completely before placing the order.***

Designer Series Paper Share - 4 shares of each available:

OK, lets do the maths for the Designer Series Paper or DSP for short:

We have 8 different kinds of 12"x12" DSP in our annual catty @ $18.95 a pack, plus two specialty 12"x12" DSP at $21.95 each. To buy all 10 packs it would cost you..... $195.50 plus postage, Eeeek!!

But my share will be the following:
  • Each DSP and specialty pack cut down into 4 lots of 6×6″ paper.
  • you will receive 12 sheets of 6"x6" from each of the 8 DSP's,  That's 96 sheets of DSP
  • Price including postage will be $39.60 - Postage only within Australia I'm afraid
  • If you would like to add 12 sheets of 6"x6" from each of the speciality DSP, that would be an extra $11.50.
  • Total price for all DSP and Specialty DSP - 120 sheets of 6"x6" paper: $51.10 including postage (Australia Only)
That's a saving of $144.60!!! If you would like to only take a share of the DSP or just the Specialty DSP that's totally fine too.

**I will need to fill each group completely before placing the order.***

So if you would like to take part in any of the ribbon or DSP shares then please, EMAIL me today and I'll pop you on the list!! 

Have Fun,

Friday, 29 August 2014

Cute Gift Tags for cute gifts

I really love being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for so many reasons. We have so many perks, awards and recognitions that it makes it so easy to stay "active". But the one thing I love the most, is the friends you make and being part of such a wonderful family. And that's really what it feels like, whether it's within your Uplines team or at Stampin' Up! Conventions or with your own Downline. There are also a few FB pages that are demo only, where we all share hints, tips, advice and of course things we make.

Today's inspiration came from a fellow Aussie demo who I met through one of these FB pages. Bonnie Gillett , who is a super talented demo, shared these amazing gift tags that she had made using our new Little Letter Thinlit dies. As soon as I saw them I knew they would be perfect for Christmas and I had to make some for my upcoming Christmas Craft Market.

Gorgeous right!! They will look beautiful on a present under the Christmas tree I think. I used Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke for the plain cardstock and then I did one in the Gold foil (which is on the Weekly Deals list this week) and the other in Red Glimmer. The Little Letters cut through all the different cardstocks with no problems at all. Oh and lining them up and keeping them straight was easy peasy with the Magnetic Platform.

Of course, you know me, once I had made them in the "Traditional" colours I had to try them in what I call "Snow" colours:

This time I used, Night of Navy, Pool Party, Silver Foil and Silver Glimmer. Just beautiful!!

So I guess your wondering which stamp set I used to make the little sentiments. Well that is a super special set called Good Greetings and you can earn this set for free... yep that's right, FREE!!

The Good Greetings Stamp Set is absolutely FREE when you reach $300 AUD/$350 NZD when hosting a party! That's right, this brand-new stamp set is in addition to all the other exciting and generous benefits you get when you host a party from 28 August '14 to 31 October '14. This versatile stamp set covers holidays from Halloween to Valentine’s. 

So don’t miss the out on this stamp set. Contact a me today to schedule your own party!

Have Fun

Stamps: Good Greetings
Ink: VersaMark
Cardstock: Pool Party, Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Night of Navy, Red Glimmer, Silver Glimmer, Dazzling Diamond Glimmer, Champagne Glimmer, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Gold and Silver Foil.
Other: Little Stars punch, Little Letter Thinlit Dies, White Embossing Powder, Gold and Silver Twine

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Today is THE day - Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue

Morning everyone, the day has finally arrived and the new Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue is LIVE and available to order from!!

There is sooo much goodness in this catty and I'm totally in love with it all... in case you hadn't noticed lol.

So, grab a cuppa, pen and paper and pop on over to my Store for your first look at this amazing catty, oh and don't forget if you would like a hard copy and don't already have a demo, then let me know and I'll pop one in the post to you (Australia only I'm afraid).

Happy Shopping :-)

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue Count Down - Day 4

OMG can you believe we now only have 4 day to go until you guys can finally order from the new Holiday catty. Honestly it's chock full of beautiful goodies and I just can't wait for you all to be able to get your hands on it!!

Ok, today's card is a remake on the shaker card that I shared with you all back on Day 7. This card is made in exactly the same way, but I changed up the colours and the stamp set.

How gorgeous is that star from Bright and Beautiful stamp set. The whole set is so gorgeous and... well... Bright and Beautiful!! It's hard to see in the photo, but after stamping the star in Cherry Cobbler, I then used my stamp-a-ma-jig to re-stamp straight over the top in Versamark, which I then heat embossed with Iridescent Ice. It's super sparkly.

To fill the shaker, I pulled some of the gold sequins off the Sequin trim and also punched out some red glimmer paper with a hole punch. Oh and nothing goes to waste in my room, I used the gold tread which I had pulled the sequins off, to tie my three little sentiment tags together.

Well that's my card for today, tomorrow's card will still showcase goodies from the Holiday Catalogue, but it wont be a Christmas card!!! I know, shock horror lol. You'll just have to check back tomorrow to see what that's all about.

Have fun,


Stamps: Bright and Beautiful
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Gold Encore and Versamark
Cardstock: Gold Foil, Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White
DSP: Season of Style Stack (Clearance Rack)
Other: Gold Trim ribbon, Gold Sequins, Red Glimmer, Shaker Frames, Iridescent Ice, Circle Framelits and Window Sheets

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Short and Sweet Promotion - Time to join my team is NOW!!!

 What an awesome new promotion out today. But you gotta be quick to grab this little bargain.

If you have ever thought about becoming a Stampin' Up! Demo, if you would like to join my SU family, The Closet Crafters, then this is the time and promotion for you.

New recruits between 22-29 August, will receive extra Starter Kit product! That's right, you'll receive $255 worth of product in your Starter Kit, for just $ 169. Talk about a sweet deal!

Contact me today to learn how you can get in on this great deal, but hurry, it's only here for a short time.

Have a great weekend,

Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue Count Down - Day 5

Afternoon guys, I hope your weekend is a little warmer and drier then mine. After a few hours in the pool (my day job as a swim teacher) and with all the rain we've had today so far, I'm feeling a little bit soggy, thats for sure.

Anyway, lets get on with todays card! Today I'm sharing a card using the gorgeous Endless Wishes stamp set.

Now this was originally a one off photopolymer stamp set that Stampin' Up! offered over in America last year. Well is went sooo well, that it sold out within a few weeks. Some of the sets were even seen being sold second hand online for about $90 !!!!

It really is a cute set and I love it teamed with the All is Calm DSP and the cute little snowflake sequins.

I also used my Coastal Cabana Blendabilities to colour in the rhinestones to match the Coastal Cabana ink used for some of the snowflakes.

If you would like to get your very own hard copy of the Holiday catalogue, then please drop me an email and I'll get one out to you ASAP!!

Stay dry and have a wonderful Saturday,


Stamps: Endless Wishes
Ink: Silver, Coastal Cabana, Pool Party and Versamark
Cardstock: Coastal Cabana and Whisper White
DSP: All is Calm
Other: Silver Embossing Powder, Coastal Cabana Twine, Rhinestones, Silver Sequins, Circle and Scallop Circle Punch, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and Coastal Cabana Blendabilities.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue Count Down - Day 6

Yeah, we are one step closer to Holiday Catalogue Day!! I've decided it should so be a public holiday, so we can have a full day to drool over all the yummy goodness lol

Anyway, today's card was one that I made while taking the kids to a local indoor play centre. I was being a good mummy and letting the kidlits have a fun morning running around, while I took a little bag of supplies and got me colouring on. Now if you are one of my Instagram followers or a "Liker" on Facebook then, you would have seen the card that I finished and gave to the waitress as a Thank You. Oh and if your not a Liker or follower, then jump on board as you are missing out big time!!

So, today's card is using the new Christmas stamp called 'Partridge and Pear' and a lot of colouring with the Blendabilities - Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Crumb Cake and Daffodil Delight.

Gosh this set is super cute. It has this gorgeous Pear Tree image but also a sentiment for the outside and inside of the card!! I love sets that complete a card, but I actually didn't use those sentiments on this one. They were a little big so I grabbed the sentiment from 'White Christmas' instead and it fits perfectly.

I also teamed up the Gold Foil cardstock with the very glittery red Glimmer paper. This card is really gorgeous in real life, very shimmery!!

See you tomorrow for more sneaks.
Have Fun,


Stamps: Partridge and Pear, White Christmas.
Ink: Black Memento.
Cardstock: Gold Foil, Red Glimmer, Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla
Other: Gold Bakers Twine, Blendabilities,

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue Count Down - Day 7

Wow, can you believe we have a world Stampin' Up! first happening next Thursday (28th Aug)!! The new Holiday Catalogue is available to you to order from, at the same time as the rest of the world!!!

That's right, everyone gets to order from the catty at the same time... well actually us Aussies and New Zealanders actually get to order first due to our time zones... hee hee just a little sneaky right!

So to warm you up to this A.M.A.Z.I.N.G new catalogue, I will be showing you some Sneak Peeks every day this week as a kind of count down to the BIG day.

Todays little beauty is a CASE card from a gorgeous Demo called Louise Sharp. After seeing Louise's card, this card idea instantly popped into my head, oh and it uses lots of goodies from the "All is Calm" range, as well as one of our awesome new, photopolymer, stamp sets "White Christmas"

So much new stuff being used here!! I really just couldn't pace myself. The DSP is called "All is Calm" and the colours are really gorgeous. The snowflakes/sequins are stunning and perfect for my snowy scene. And the ribbon is in one of our new in-colours, Lost Lagoon. It's really lovely to use and perfect for tying bows.

You can see the stamp set "White Christmas" a little better in this photo. The set is soooo cute and I can't wait to show you some of the other stamps in it. It's also a photo polymer set, so being able to see straight through the stamp, took the guess work out of lining up the "Merry Christmas" banner.

Pop back tomorrow, to see another creation from this amazing Holiday Catalogue and if you would like to get your own hard copy of the Holiday Catalogue and you don't already have a Stampin' Up Demo, then pm me today !! (Australia only I'm afraid)

Have Fun,


Stamps: White Christmas
Ink: Memento Black
Cardstock: Lost Lagoon, Silver foil and Whisper White
DSP: All is Calm
Other: Circle Framelit dies, Window Sheets, Shaker Frames, 'All is Calm' sequins and Lost Lagoon Ribbon.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Weekly Deal Wednesday

 Ok so I know it's Thursday, but I'm only a little late with this weeks deals, but they are awesome and very much worth waiting for!!

As always, head on over to my store to get all the details, oh and while your there why not check out our Clearance List, there are some awesome specials at the moment espcially if you are thinking about Christmas cards already!!

Have Fun,

Saturday, 21 June 2014

ESAD Blog Hop - Retirement List

Hi guys, thanks for joining me in yet another awesome ESAD blog hop!! Today the girls and I have made cards that showcase some of our favourite and sadly missed retiring items!! I hope you enjoyed the delights that Claire had to share over on her blog. She's one awesome chick!!

The card that I have to show today was made using the soon to be retired Oh, Hello stamp set and our Designer frames embossing folder:

Cute hey. Maybe it's just me, but don't you hate it when you have a stamp set retire that you really feel you never used enough!! That's exactly how I feel about the Oh, Hello set.

Well that's it for me for today. Time for you guys to hop on over to visit Narelle, who's going to have something spectacular to share!!

Have Fun,


Stamps: Oh Hello, Express Yourself and Gorgeous Grunge
Ink: Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake and Gumball Green
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla and Calypso Coral
Other: Seam Binding ribbon, Designer Frames Embossing Folder and Crisp Cantaloupe Ruffled Ribbon.

1.  Narelle Hoggard

2.  Emily Campbell

3.  Kelli Gordon

4.  Kelly Kent

5.  Andrea Buckland

6.  Kathryn Ruddick

7.  Sally Williams

8.  Keryn Campbell

9.  Yvonne Walker

10.  Richelle Fletcher

11.  Teresa Leggo

12.  Clare Mcilhatton

13.  Chloe Evans

“What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and is a facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrators.

We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and
blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD
Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas & friendship and we're always there to help and support each other.

So if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I'll contact you with information on how to join our group.”

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Blended Blossom and Blendabilities

So since getting back from the Stampin' Up South Pacific Convention, or Inspire, Create, Share as it's now called, I have been brimming with new ideas, inspiration and so much craftyness there just hasn't been enough hours in the day!!

One of the freebies we brought back with us (and we brought back heaps of goodies!!) was a new stamp set called Blended Blossom and we were given a pack of the new blendabilites to use with it. The colour we got was Calypso Coral.

Ok so I'm going to state right here that colouring just isn't my thing. Honestly, even as a child I was a terrible colouring in'er... umm not sure if it's a word but lets go with it.

My first go with our new Blendabilities and I couldn't believe how easy it was to make the flower look 3D. I used the darker shade pen on all the parts of the flower that I thought would be dark or in the shade in real life. Then I edged some of those areas with the middle tone and finally "blended" everything with the lightest shade. So here it is:

Not bad for a first time. Now as much as I enjoyed colouring this flower, I'm still not convinced that this will be my "thing", BUT, and that's a big but. With our Blendabilities you can colour pretty much anything. Pearls, Rhinestones, Washi Tape, ribbon honestly the list goes on. Thats how I got my matching rhinestones on my card.

Now I guess you are wondering when YOU can get your hands on these little babies. Well at the moment we are hoping they will be ready for when the new Annual Catalogue goes live on 1st July, but it's a case of wait and see for the moment. Fingers crossed everything is ready in time.

Hope you get some craft on this long weekend, I know I plan too ;-)

Have Fun,

Stamps: Blended Blossom, Express Yourself
Ink: Pink Piroutte, Early Espresso
Cardstock: Pistacio Pudding, Pink Piroutte and Whisper White
Other: Little leaves Sizzlits, Calypso Coral Blendabilities, Rhinestones, Chevron Ribbon and Natural Trim Ribbon.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Stampin' Up! Occasional Catty ESAD Blog Hop - Card in a Box

Morning, morning, morning!! It's raining and blowing a gale here in Northern NSW, but don't worry it's a perfect day for a blog hop.... Yippee.

Today me and the ESAD girls are hopping our way through the new Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalogue. The catty itself is gorgeous so I know you'll be blown away by all the beautiful creations the girls have come up with.

Whether you have just arrived after viewing Liv's awesome creations or come to me as a frequent visitor, Hi, Hello and Welcome!!

OK, today I'm sharing another card in a box (I know, I know. Honestly it's an addiction) that I made for Mr 4's birthday, using the new Retro Fresh papers, the Just Sayin' stamps with the matching Word Bubble framelits. I have also changed the measurement of this CIAB to make it a little wider in the front and thinner on the sides, just to mix it up a little lol.

 Here's a close up of all the "filling":

Mr 4 LOVED it!! He said it's the best birthday card ever!!! How can you top that for praise.

Now for those of you who don't know what ESAD means, here's a little explanation:

stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and it is an
on-line group just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin' Up!

We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends, and
wonderful blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD
Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge,
ideas & friendship, and we're always there to help and support each

So if
you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand,
then please feel free to leave
me a comment with your Email address and I'll contact you with
information on how to join our wonderful group.

That's it from me today. It's now time for you to grab a cuppa and hop on over to Kathryn's amazing creations.

Have fun,


Stamps: Sketched Birthday, Just Sayin' and Banner Blast (SAB)
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, So Saffron, Coastal Cabana and Tangerine Tango
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Coastal Cabana and Baked Brown Sugar
DSP: Retro Fresh
Other: Word Bubble Framelits, Banner Punch (SAB), Bakers Twine, Champagne Glimmer CS, Scallop Circle Punch and Star framelit from the Circle Thinlits.

1.  Jenny Hayward

2.  Libby Dyson
Happy watercolor

3.  Yvonne Walker
Peaceful Petals

4.  Emily Campbell

5.  Delys Cram

6.  Gail Kirby

7.  Monique Fielder

8.  Sharlene Meyer

9.  Amity Knight

10.  Clare McIlhatton

11.  Ann Gelach

12.  Andrea Buckland

13.  Narelle Hoggard

14.  Keryn Campbell

15.  Sally Williams

16.  Liv Ingle

17.  Chloe Evans - YIPPEE HERE YOU ARE!!!

18.  Kathryn Ruddick

19.  Nikki Sadler

20.  Kelly Kent

21.  Alisha Watson

22.  Dianne Dunk

23.  Debbie Lamb

24.  Paula Reid

25.  Angela Harders

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Card in a Box - Baby Card

Morning everyone, today I have got a beauty of a card to share with you all. I'm not sure if you have seen the recent trend of Cards in a Box that seem to be all over Pinterest at the moment. Well I had to make a very special card for my friend who's just had a gorgeous baby girl. So I decided this would be perfect.

It's such a gorgeous card and can be decorated in so many different way too. Oh and did I mention it's really easy to make. Honestly it is!! The hardest part is trying to decide how to decorate it and what to use. My craft room currently looks like a hoard of two year olds got in there.

It also folds flat and fits in a normal size envelop. Just have to remember not to stick anything too far over the sides, otherwise they stick out too much.

There are lots of tutorials for this type of card, but a lot of the American ones are too big for our standard Aussie size envelop. I found this awesome tutorial from fellow Australian Demo, Tanya Bell. Her Card in a Box is absolutely beautiful and well worth popping over to take a look.

I really must point out a few SAB Sneak Peeks that I've used on this card. Firstly I have to point out that this beautiful paper is the SAB DSP called Sweet Sorbet. It's just such gorgeous paper and I can't seem to stop using it. The second sneak peek, is the little "Baby" banner I used. I have used the Banner Blast outline stamp (1 of 6 super cute little banner stamps) and the coordinating banner punch to cut it out with. The word "Baby" I got from another stamp set and I just lined them both up using my Stamp-a-ma-jig.

Well that's it for today. Only 2 more days until SAB starts and I'm so excited. I do still have a few dates available if you would like to book a workshop with me. Also if you would like a copy of the SAB catty or any of our catalogues pleased don't hesitate to contact me, if you don't already have a local demo.

Have Fun,


Stamps: Hearts a Flutter, Itty Bitty Banner, Papillon Potpourri, Banner Blast and Tiny Tags (R)
Ink: Calypso Coral, Pistachio Pudding, Pool Party and Sahara Sand
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Sahara Sand and Pool Party
DSP: Sweet Sorbet
Other: Banner Punch, Boho Blossom, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Small Heart Punch Little Leaves die, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Silver Glimmer, Hearts a Flutter Framelits and Rhinestones.