Wednesday 31 March 2010

Art With Heart Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue Blog Hop


Welcome to the Art With Heart Team Blog Hop! Who are the Art with Heart team? Led by Claire Daly there are over 80 demonstrators across Australia ... if you want to be come part of this great team just email me for more details. We have a great team forum, Business Building Club and heaps of support from like minded demonstrators.

This will be a monthly event happening on the last day of every month. You may have just come from Ros Davidson's blog, but if you are starting here, don’t worry … you can make the complete journey just by following the links at the end of each post. There are 14 stops along the way and we hope you will visit each one to see the wonderful creations we have to show you! If you leave a comment on each and every blog and then email Nikki at, your name will be put into the hat to win some beautiful blog candy. There is a deadline of 72 hours to leave your comments and only non SU demos are eligible to win the candy - although we'd love all visitors to leave some comments please.

For our third tour we decided upon an Autumn- Winter Mini Catalogue theme. You'll be able to see some great ideas from the new mini catalogue available from tomorrow. At the end of each post there will be a link to take you to the next stop on the tour. It would be fantastic if you could leave a comment on each blog! So grab a cuppa, and set off on what we are hoping will be an inspirational journey!

My favourite stamp set from the new catalogue is Fox and Friends. It's a great animal set perfect for children's cards and projects. I've made a gift tag set and matching purse.

I've made the set using the NEW In Colour Melon Mambo. It's a lovely hot pink colour that works really well with neutrals. You could just as easily make a matching set for a boy by swapping the Melon Mambo for Pacific Point.

I've kept each tag the same except for the stamped image. They also coordinate with the box and would make a lovely gift for someone special.

Cardstock: Melon Mambo (new), Kraft, Very Vanilla
Stamp Set: Fox and Friends (new)
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Other: Melon Mambo 1/2" Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (new), Chocolate Chip 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Circle Punch, Paper Crimper, Dimensionals, Paper Snips, Circle Cutter, Sticky Strip

Well, that’s all from me. Now you’re off to enjoy the beautiful creations of Kathryn Lowe.

Here is a list of all the blog participants just in case a link gets broken:

Ros Davidson

Tina Gillespie

Kathryn Lowe

Sue Madex

Gayatri Murali

Di Dunk

Kristine Thompson

Christine Blain

Kathryn Mangelsdorf

Tanja Westwood

Judy May

Kim Meiklejohn

Nikki Sadler

Claire Daly

Catch you later,


Sunday 28 March 2010

Lion Punch Art


Tuesday night at Swap Sisters we learn how to use our Stampin' Up! punches to make punch art. This week we learned how to make lions and pandas, and then challenged to use them on a card. My panda hasn't found a home on a card yet, but my lion has.

Isn't he cute!

Card stock/DSP: Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip Patterns DSP
Stamps: Happy Moments
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel
Other: LOTS of punches, Very Vanilla 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals, Stampin' Write Journaler, Brown Brads (non SU)

Don't forget the Art With Heart Blog Hop on the 31st.

Catch you later,


Friday 26 March 2010

Trendy Trees


I was quite keen to have a go at the latest sketch challenge at Card Patterns. It's quite a challenging sketch:

See what I mean? Those wavy lines are a doozy! I decided to go for a fairly literal interpretation.

Nice and simple! I really love the Garden Green/Chocolate Chip colour combination. I think it works well with the Trendy Trees stamp set.

Card Stock/Paper: Garden Green Hostess Patterns Pack II DSP, Kraft, Chocolate Chip
Stamps: Trendy Trees
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Garden Green
Other: 1/4" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Paper Piercer, 1 1/4" and 1" Circle punches, Circle Cutter and Wavy Trimmer (both non SU)

Don't forget the Art With Heart Blog Hop on the 31st!

Catch you later,


Thursday 25 March 2010

Petal Party Bunny Fancy Pants


Again, my apologies for not posting much lately. I've returned to university to do the final course in my degree and have been working hard to get my first assignment finished. It's at the 'final tidy-up' stage now, so I thought I'd have a break from study and get stuck into some crafting.

A few weeks ago I won a free pass to the current UStamp With Dawn round, called Spring Soiree. Thank you so much to Gardenia for giving me the pass! Gardenia took part in the previous UStamp round and was clever enough to be chosen as a guest designer for this round. I can't wait to see her project!

The project I though I'd try this afternoon is called Bunny Fancy Pants. It's a cute little Easter basket that was designed to look like overalls. Too cute!

Check out the cute little fluffy bunny tail on the back!

I did buy some easter eggs to put into the basket to make it look nicer and more easterish. Let's just say that study and chocolate go together in my house, and getting my assignment done was more important than a pretty picture!

Card Stock, DSP, Stickers: Petal Party Simply Scrapping Kit
Other: Sticky Strip and a cotton ball.

There's lots more projects, but I'll have to wait for the long weekend to be able to do most of them. In the meantime, come back on the 31st for the third Art With Heart blog hop. We're focusing on products from the new Autumn/Winter Mini, which will be available to buy from the 1st April.

Catch you later,


Sunday 21 March 2010

Classic Stars Birthday Card


We are off to a birthday party today for a very special little boy who is turning 1. Isaac goes to a playgroup with my son, run by a wonderful organisation that helps special children reach their potential.

Here is the card I made for him:

I wanted to use a bit of symbolism in this card. I used stars to remind Isaac that he can reach for the stars, and the lion to give him the courage to do so. The symbolism is probably a bit lost on a 1 year old, but it's there anyway.

Card Stock: Pacific Point, Real Red, Whisper White
Stamps: Fox and Friends (new), Classic Stars Jumbo Wheel
Ink: Versamark, Ruby Red
Other: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Die, Dimensionals

Catch you later - we're off to party like a 1 year old!


Friday 19 March 2010

Echoes Of Kindness for a sick friend


A very good friend's husband had surgery this week, so I wanted to make a get well soon card for him. I wanted to use Echoes Of Kindness, and this week's sketch over at Card Patterns suited it perfectly.

See what I mean? The long panel was perfect for the flower image I wanted to use.

It was also a chance to do some water colouring, which I haven't done for a while. I've been playing with my blender pens a lot lately, but it was nice to get back to water colouring.

Card stock/Paper: So Saffron Patterns DSP, Ballet Blue, Watercolour Paper
Stamps: Echoes Of Kindness (level 2 hostess)
Ink: Ballet Blue, Garden Green, Black Stazon
Other: Chit Chat Rub Ons, Very Vanilla 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon

The Chit Chat Rub Ons are a fantastic buy. For $19.95 you get over 160 sentiments in both Chocolate Chip and Whisper White. Hurry though - they are in the Summer Mini Catalogue which ends at the end of the month. There's no guarantee they'll be available after that!

Catch you later,


Thursday 18 March 2010

Whimsical Words Birdie


I've been a little quiet of late. There's been lots happening that has prevented me from blogging as much as I'd like. I guess life's like that! You'll be seeing some of the reasons why I've been quiet in April, but it's all very hush hush til then!

I did get the chance last night to do some crafting, so I thought I'd give the Inkspirations challenge a go. This week it's a colour challenge:

I haven't ever used Taken With Teal before, but the other colours are old favourites. It's great being pushed to try new things every now and then!

I used birdie die cuts that I was gifted by a friend. They are the same as the new Extra-Large Two-Step Bird Punch available soon in the upcoming Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue, just a little larger. I also used the Sale A Bration stamp set Whimsical Words. There is less than 2 weeks left of SAB, so hurry if you don't want to miss out on this set. They will never be available for purchase after SAB.

Card Stock/DSP: Regal Rose Hostess Patterns Pack II DSP, Regal Rose, Taken With Teal, Whisper White
Stamps: Whimsical Words, En Francais Background
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose
Other: Regal Rose 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Chocolate Chip 1" Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Chocolate Chip Flower Brad (retired), Sponge Dauber, Oval Cutter (non SU)

Catch you later,


Sunday 14 March 2010

Melon Mambo Flower


I just thought I'd pop onto my blog quickly this morning to show you a card I made with some of the upcoming Autumn-Winter Mini products.

For this card I used Melon Mambo card stock and ribbon. Melon Mambo is a colour that I over looked at first because I was pretty excited about Rich Razzleberry. However, once I got some of the ribbon and card stock I was keen to have a play. In fact I've used it before I broke out my Rich Razzleberry!

Isn't it a great colour! I love that it has a matching ribbon which is double sided. This means you can have it polka dot side up, or plain side up and get a totally different look.

The new Autumn-Winter Mini begins on the 1st April. Sadly this also means the end of the Summer Mini and Sale A Bration. If you haven't put your orders in for either of these two catalogues you need to get cracking!

Card stock: Melon Mambo (new In Colour), Green Galore, Whisper White
Stamps: Happy Moments
Ink: Green Galore marker
Other: Melon Mambo 1/2" Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (new) Paper Crimper, 1 1/4" circle punch (to make the leaves)

Catch you later,


Wednesday 10 March 2010

Pun Fun New Baby


When I became a Stampin' Up Independent Demonstrator recently I got to choose some new stamp sets for my starter kit. Pun Fun was one that I chose. I kind of regretted it as soon as I did because it wasn't one that I thought I'd ever use. Boy was I wrong - it's a great set and I've used it HEAPS! This week I used it on a card for Makeesha's Inkspirations Sketch Challenge #19.

I decided to make a new baby card using the very adorable hippo stamp.

The Hippo, bow tie and balloon are all paper pieced. I stamped the image onto the Whisper White Card Stock using Stazon ink, and then again onto Going Grey and Pink Pirouette card stock, cut out the bits I needed and stuck it all together. You could easily do the same in boy colours.

Card Stock: Whisper White, Going Grey, Pink Pirouette
Stamp Set: Pun Fun, Best Yet (hostess set)
Ink: Stazon, Pretty In Pink
Other: Pink Pirouette 1 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals, Pink Velvet Ribbon(non SU) and white brads (non SU)

The very lush Pink Pirouette Ribbon is in the current Summer Mini catalogue which finishes at the end of March. Contact me if you'd like to buy some!

Catch you later,


Happy Moments Birthday Card


This week's challenge at Just Add Ink was a colour combo:

Another bright combo! This one included one of my favourite colours - So Saffron.

I kept this card fairly simple to balance out the brightness. The Green Galore present is paper pieced, the rest are coloured in So Saffron using a blender pen.

Card Stock: Whisper White, Green Galore, So Saffron, Tempting Turquoise, Pink Passion
Stamps: Happy Moments
Ink: Stazon, So Saffron
Other: Paper crimper, Blender Pen

Remember, you only have 'til the end of March to earn this stamp set FREE with a $100 order. Click on the Sale-A-Bration brochure on the right to find out more.

Catch you later,


Easter Punch Art


Last night the Swap Sisters held on online tutorial. The very clever Melissa guided us through the process of making punch art Easter Bunnies. We were then challenged to incorporate them into a card or layout. Here's my effort:

Awwww! Isn't he cute! For the basket I punched out the shape, trimmed the top off it and then scored it in 2 directions to get a basket weave effect.

Card Stock: Whisper White, Regal Rose, Basic Black, Creamy Caramel, Certainly Celery
Ink: Regal Rose, Black Stampin' Write Journaller, White Signo Gel Pen
Other: Oval Cutters, Circle Cutters, Scallop Square punch, Word Window Punch, Top Note Die, Certainly Celery Ribbon, Bone Folder

Can anyone guess where and how I used the Word Window punch?

Catch you later,


Sunday 7 March 2010

Swap Sisters Challenge #6


I recently joined a special group of ladies called Swap Sisters. Each week a challenge is set for the Sisters to complete. This week the challenge was a sketch challenge.

The group's founder, Sue Denning, said we could use the sketch to create a card, layout or 3D item. She also said she thought a 3D item based on the sketch would be very tricky. Challenge accepted, Sue!

I decided to make another shadow box. You can see my last one here. This one was quite a bit of a step up from the last one though!

Cardstock: Kraft, Pretty In Pink, Certainly Celery
Stamps: Dreams De Jour, Jumbo Outline Alphabet
Ink: Regal Rose, Certainly Celery
Other: Certainly Celery Twill ribbon (retired), Pretty In Pink flower brads (retired)

Remember, you only have until the end of March to purchase items from the Summer Mini Catalogue. Also, all orders over $100 until the end of March will receive a FREE Sale A Bration stamp set. Contact me if you wish to place an order:

Catch you later,


Saturday 6 March 2010

Stamp A Memory Challenge #5


The current challenge over at Stamp A Memory was set by Sue Madex. She asked us:

Do you have a famous quote that means a lot to you? Or perhaps a funny quote from a family member or friend that you'd like to record? I've got scribbled down quotes from my two munchkins that always make me laugh.

Include a quote on your layout for this challenge.

The quote that immediately popped into my head was something my children ask me regularly - 'Can you see me with your mummy eyes?' I'll explain soon!

The quote has a lot of meaning to me and my family, and I was really keen to incorporate it into a layout but I had one fairly major problem. How do you photograph something that doesn't really exist? It came down to having to do a layout with no photos! Eeek! I thought about this a lot more and decided I would try a progressive layout. I thought this would be a good way to fill my page despite the lack of photos.

Here is the first part of the page: a 6 inch layout with the quote included. Can you see me with your mummy eyes?

Next, I incorporated the 6 inch layout into an A4 layout. I have never scrapped in this size, so I found it a bit tricky to get my head around.

The journalling reads:
I can't remember exactly how it began, but it was probably after one of the children got in trouble for doing something they thought I couldn't see. My answer to how I could see them was MUMMY EYES. Now I get all kinds of questions - what are they made of, where are they, and how do they work? But the question I get asked most often? Can you see me with your mummy eyes?

You see? Mummy eyes are how I know what my children are up to even when I can't see them. All mummies have mummy eyes!

Here is the final 12x12 layout:

I kept the final layer fairly simple, as the flowers in the A4 layer were quite busy.

Here is a close up of the flowers. They are popping up everywhere lately! I made the 3 large ones and then decided to make 3 smaller ones to fill in some of the gaps around the large ones. I used the largest flower in the Boho Blossoms punch for the smaller flowers. They look a bit like lotuses (sp?) because they are fairly spiky.

Cardstock/DSP: Garden Green, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Sweet Always DSP, Hostess Patterns Pack II DSP
Stamp sets: All In The Family, Jumbo Outline Alphabet, Short Order Alphabet, Always
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green, Rose Red, Ballet Blue, Stazon, Rose Red Marker
Other: Scallop Circle Punch, Scallop Border Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Curly Label Punch, Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon, Brocade Blue 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon, Blender Pen, white brads and buttons (both non SU)

Thanks for hanging in 'til the end of this post!

Catch you later


Thursday 4 March 2010

Washington Apple Best Yet


I am totally loving Pumpkin Pie right now. It's a great colour and perfect for male cards. I thought the sketch for Card Patterns Challenge #53 was perfect for a male card too.

I used the last of my Pumpkin Pie ribbon on this card, but luckily I have an order coming in soon with a whole new roll!

Card Stock/DSP: Washington Apple DSP, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Bashful Blue
Stamps: Best Yet (hostess set)
Ink: Pumpkin Pie
Other: Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon, circle and square punches.

Remember, Sale A Bration finishes at the end of the month. Contact me if you'd like to place a $100 (or more!) order to earn a FREE stamp set.

Catch you later,


Wednesday 3 March 2010

Happy Moments Birthday


This month marks the final month of Sale A Bration. Once March is over the 4 stamp sets will be gone - they will not be in any future catalogues. With this in mind, I decided to use one of the 4 sets - Happy Moments - to make a card for Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #58.

My first instinct was to reach for girly colours, but I decided in the end to go for a more masculine colour scheme.

If you're interested in earning this stamp set, or any of the Sale A Bration stamp sets for FREE (with a $100 order), please email me now: To check out the SAB sets, click on the SAB catalogue image to the right.

Card Stock: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Not Quite Navy
Stamps: Happy Moments
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Black Stazon
Other: Pumpkin Pie 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, blender pen, circle cutter, star punch (non-SU)

Catch you later,


Tuesday 2 March 2010

Vintage Labels Congrats


This week at Just Add Ink the challenge is a sketch:

Did I mention how much I'm loving the variety of challenges these talented ladies are coming up with? Loving it LOTS!

My inspiration for this card came from the very talented Anne-Marie, who is new to stamping but creates some absolutely gorgeous stuff. I loved the card she made where she silver embossed the stamped image with silver EP on black cardstock - just stunning.

Card Stock: Basic Black, Going Grey
Stamps: Vintage Labels (current SAB), Congrats (retired SAB)
Ink: Versamark
Other: Silver Embossing Powder, Heat Gun

Catch you later,


For Everything in Bright Bolds


I was very busy preparing for the Art With Heart Blog Hop, but now that it's (almost) over I've got back into some challenge cards. The first one I decided to try was Stampin' Royalty Challenge #8. This time the challenge was a colour challenge:

Wow! After my Soft Subtles Easter projects this colour combo was pretty full on. Then I thought to myself that it would only be full on if I used heaps of every colour. If I picked one main colour and used the others as accents it wouldn't be so bad. Here's what I came up with:

Now I have 2 confessions to make: I cheated a little and used Whisper White cardstock because the only ink I have in the colours was Summer Sun and it wouldn't really show up on anything except white. I also used YoYo Yellow cardstock instead of Summer Sun. That was an 'oops' that I didn't notice until I was packing up and realised I hadn't opened my Earth Elements card stock. Oh well...

Card Stock: Green Galore, YoYo Yellow, Only Orange, Pixie Pink, Whisper White
Stamps: For Everything
Ink: Summer Sun, Basic Black
Other: Chit Chat Rub Ons, Scallop Border Punch, Dimensionals

Catch you later,