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Wow…it’s been a busy month.  Sooo many wonderful products and sale-a-bration freebies – I have had far too much fun!   I’ve had a few workshops, enjoyed a craft night with my Canberra Demonstrator Group, Avid Inkers and this coming weekend, our group is hosting the Nautical Expressions Stamp Camp, using the stamp set that I’m highlighting in this post.   I can’t wait for Saturday!

It’s seems like ages since I have entered a challenge so I thought I’d combine a sketch challenge with a colour challenge and really stretch myself whilst making a masculine birthday card for a special family member.  For some reason, I find it more difficult when I try to combine two challenges.  I’m not sure why but here goes.

I’ve entered this card into the Just Add Ink Colour Challenge * and Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge.  Pop on over and have a go yourself. 

*Ooops – I popped on over to enter my card and found that I had missed the deadline by an hour – not to worry I still enjoyed the colour combo!

Stamp Set:
Open Sea, Sweet Cake (Autumn-Winter Sneak Peek – Available April 1)
Ink:  Early Espresso
Paper: Whisper White, Island Indigo, Early Espresso and Pool Party Patterns DSP
Fabulous Flourishes: Bakers Twine, Metallic Brads
Tools: Paper Cutter, Modern Label Punch, Mat Pack and Paper Piercing Tool, Paper Snips, Dauber
Sticky Bits: Snail, Dimensionals

Did you know that we say goodbye to the Summer Mini at the end of the month?  This is your last chance to order the Open Sea Stamp Set, Bakers Twine and many other fabulous products – click on the catalogue to the left for the deets.  And don’t forget Sale-a-bration also ends on 31 March so this is your last chance to get your choice of these fabulous limited freebies.  If you need supplies, contact me at

See you soon.

Triple Treat Flower

Gosh…what a week it has been! I can’t believe all of the things that have happened the past week and it’s been a bit of a roller coaster. Not to mention the non stop rain at the moment!  So…what do you do when it’s raining and you need to de-stress after a difficult week? Craft of course!

I’ve made a few items this weekend and I’ll share them over the next few days. The first is the birthday card below I made for my son’s gorgeous friend who turned 16 on the 29th. She is like a daughter to me so I wanted to create something especially for her. We tend to share our birthdays each year because mine is the 28th so it was nice that she could have her own day for this very special birthday. Mine was a big one too this year. 40 – I can’t believe it! Where does the time go?

Stampin’ Up! Supplies
Stamps: Triple Treat Flower, Happiest Birthday Wishes (Hostess Set)
Ink: Lucky Limeade Marker and Ink, Melon Mambo Marker, Early Espresso Marker and Ink
Card: Crumb Cake, Whisper White,
Paper: Cheerful Treat DSP
Fabulous Flourishes: Subtles Rose Red Button, Early Espresso 3.2 mm Tafetta Ribbon
Tools: Paper Cutter and score tool, Fancy Flower Punch, 5-Petal Flower Punch, 3.2cm Circle Punch
Sticky Bits: Snail, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots
Extras: Whisper White C6 Envelope

Inspiration for this card came from one I found on pinterest. If you are a member of pinterest you can follow my board here. If you are not a member, I encourage you to join. It costs absolutely nothing and there is a stack of inspiration from all over the world. One warning though…it is incredibly addictive!

Happy Crafting

Happiest Birthday Wishes

I was one super lucky demonstrator this month because, to my fabulous surprise, I received my first birthday card from Stampin’ Up! offering me an extra 15% off my first purchase for the month. So, this along with my usual discount, gave me 35% off anything I wanted – yipee – shopping time! Super excited…I ordered the collection of markers as my pressie from hubby (he loved the idea…of course). OMG! I couldn’t believe it when they arrived…soooo…pretty and they come in a fantastic storage box. They bring back memories of when I just had to have a brand spanking new set of textas every year at back to school time.

Today’s project is a shout out to one of my fab Inkydayz friends who is hosting a workshop during Sale-A-Bration. She loves Concord Crush and when I ordered my markers I chose the exclusive hostess Designer Series Paper – Cheerful Treat as one of my freebies.  Yep, demonstrators get the hostess benefits too!  This paper is so gorgeous and teams up beautifully with Concord Crush and one of my all time faves, Lucky Limeade.

I’ve entered this card in the latest Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge and used my brand new markers to stamp the multi-coloured sentiment. What do you think?

Stamp Set: Hostess Set Happiest Birthday Wishes
Markers: Concord Crush, Melon Mambo, Bashful Blue, Lucky Limeade
Card: Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, Concord Crush and Hostess Designer Series Paper, Cheerful Treat
Tools: Decorative Label Punch, Paper Cutter, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Dots Embossing Folder
Fabulous Flourishes: Concord Crush Stitched-Poly Ribbon

If you are interested in becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator so you too can earn a 20% discount off all of your supplies, receive monthly newsletters and access to demonstrator project communities to inspire you and earn cash, trips and free products contact me at for an obligation free information pack.  And remember you can be a full-time demonstrator, a hobby demonstrator or anything in between. The choice is yours.

Happy stamping!

More Everyday Enchantments Sneak Peeks

Fussy cutting is a technique that I don’t use as much as I should and I thought I’d come back to it today after stumbling upon another challenge blog, SU-Only Challenges

The best thing about fussy cutting is that you don’t need many supplies.  All you need is a set of small super sharp scissors, a steady hand and patience.  Used with Stampin’ Dimensionals, this technique gives your projects dimension and allows you to make the most of your stamp collection. 

I have entered today’s project into two challenges Mojo Monday and SU-Only Challenges.



Stampin Up Supplies
Stamp Set:
 Best of Everything
Ink:  Peach Parfait, Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede,
Paper: Peach Parfait, Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper, In Colour Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack (envelope) 
Fabulous Flourishes: 
Soft Suede 1cm Taffeta Ribbon
Sticky Bits:  Snail, Dimensionals
Tools:  6cm Scallop Circle Punch, 4.4cm Scallop Circle Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Paper Snips, Paper Cutter
Accessories: Very Vanilla C6 Envelope

And here is the Mojo Monday Sketch

If you would like to know how to make any of these cards or would like to order supplies, email me at  

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and happy stamping.

Everyday Enchantment Sneak Peeks

Ok…you got to love freebies but can I tell you the freebies that are soon to be released during Sale-a-bration are just so gorgeous, I can’t believe they are free! This sneak peak is the simply stunning Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper. It is so gorgeous and works with the latest in-colours, pool party, calypso coral and lucky limeade. This pack includes 12 sheets of 6 double sided 12”x12” pages and during Sale-a-Bration (starts 25 January) will be free when you spend $100.

I’ve entered this card in this week’s Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge.  Why not pop on over and take a peek.  The entries are simply stunning and give you stacks of inspiration to make the most of your stash!

Stampin’ Up! Supplies
Stamp Sets: Best of Everything, Petite Pairs
Ink:  Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Early Espresso
Paper: Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper (Sale-a-bration – available 24 January), Very Vanilla, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral
Fabulous Flourishes: Pearls, Every day Enchantment Organdy Ribbon (Sale-a-bration – available 24 January)
Sticky Bits:  Snail, Stampin’ Dimensionals
Tools: Circles Original Die, Textured Impressions Embossing Folder – Stripes, Paper Cutter

NEED COPIES OF THE SUMMER MINI AND SALE-A-BRATION CATALOGUES? If you are interested in becoming an Inkydayz customer, I’m happy to send them to you FREE.  If you are already an InkyDayz Customer, yours are on the way!

For your free Summer Mini and Sale-A-Bration catalogues, please email me your name and address (Australia only) to

See you next time for more sneaky peeks.

Happy stamping.

Two Final Spice Cake Shares to go…

What a crazy week last week!  I had such a great time sharing my creations for the Summer Mini Launch – I hope you enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed creating them.  The launch was a great success and I enjoyed a lovely afternoon with some fabulous women. I felt soooo calm and relaxed when I woke up this morning.

So…back to the subject of my post.  I have two final creations to share using Spice Cake (for the moment anyway!)

The creation below was the second make and take I shared with our Avid Inkers group.  For those of you who don’t know who the Avid Inkers are…well…this is our team of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators.  We meet monthly and I’ve got to say our meetings are the absolute highlight of my month.  We meet to simply create, share ideas and organise classes that we run in Canberra.  After Christmas, I’ll be sharing a fabulous class we are planning early in 2012 so be sure to check back for the deets.


Stampin’ Up! Supplies
Fancy Flower, Perfectly Penned

Card: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, More Mustard
:   Spice Cake Designer Series Paper

Ink: Crumb Cake, More Mustard
Paper Cutter, Fancy Flower Punch, 5- Petal Flower Punch, 1.3 cm Circle Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch
Finishing Touches: 
Basic Jewels Pearls (Again!  Can’t help myself)

Sticky Bits: Snail Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots

If you would like more information about this card, you are interested in joining Avid Inkers, or you would like to order Stampin’ Up! supplies email me at:

I’ll share the details of my last Spice Cake creation tomorrow.  It’s a super cute gift idea.  Last one…I promise!

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