Friday, August 16, 2013

Stamp Camp "Stamp Fairy" Gifts

One more post for the night and then it is off to bed for me!

The "Stamp Fairy" likes to visit everyone at Stamp Camp regularly when they aren't looking and reward them with a little token of appreciation for coming along.  I think the Stamp Fairy must have a bit of a sweet tooth as a lot of goodies involved some form of chocolate -- which is always welcome isn't it??????

The booty included:

a covered tissue box on the bed as a Welcome
A little "Dress" box with a chocolate
A name card holder with you guessed it a covered chocolate bar
A monogrammed note pad
Some chocolate chip cookies
A cup and coaster
A wooden spoon set in chocolate to make a hot chocolate with ( I know more...)
A nail file
A cute little bag of M&M's  (well at least it was only a little bag!)

Now if only I could find a "Cleaning Fairy" life would be sweet!

Up to Date

Well that wasn't too difficult - I am now up to date!  I am actually sitting down with my hubby and my lovely little niece and nephew and this is the difficult part - watching the Friday night football.  Get out the thermometer, I must be sick.  There has to be better things to do with a Friday night!

Anyway here are this weeks cards we made. 

This was a quick simple Fathers Day or Birthday card using the Six Sided Sampler set mixed with Gorgeous Grunge that is going to be very popular I am sure.  I was devastated when French Foliage went but Gorgeous Grunge is a pretty good substitute.  We used the co-ordinating Hexagon punch - just love it when there is a matching punch.  The words are from Teeny Tiny Sentiments.  The colours are Basic Black, Whisper White with a splash of Island Indigo.

I finally got around to experiment with colouring the Crepe Filter Paper!  The flower petals were cut from the Floral Frames Dies and coloured with Rasberry Ripple and Primrose Petal.  We stappled the layers together, scrunched them to make them look like a flower and added a large pearl.  The leaves are the large Oval Punch trimmed on one end to make a point and coloured with Old Olive. 
The card is Shimmer White and the script is from the gorgeous Background Builders stamp set.  When I first saw this set in the Catalogue I thought they were the builder wheels and was sooooo pleased when I realised it was a stamp set as they are so much easier to use.  I think this set will be another one of my new favourites.

There were a few steps to this card.  We used the script stamp from Background builders and then the splotches from Gorgeous Grunge to create the background in Crumb Cake, Primrose Petal and Pear Pizzaz.
We ran a strip of Primrose Petals CoreDinations cardstock through the Honeycomb Embossing folder and then given a light sand.  The new Deco Labels Collection labels are in Pear Pizzaz and Very Vanilla.  The My Friend words are from Six Sided Sampler and the flowers are made with the 7/8 inch scallop circle punch and the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Bunch.  The leaves are from the Bird Builder punch and with a bit of bling added here and there I think it makes a lovely girly card.

Stationery Kit

We made this gorgeous Stationery Kit just after Stamp Camp.  It holds 4 cards and matching envelopes and is another great little gift for those difficult to buy for people. Who doesn't need a lovely card for a special occasion. 

The papers are from the Quarterfancy Specialty DSP pack.  The stamps are from the new Mosaic Madness set and we used various word stamps to fit different occasions.  The flower on the front is the Scalloped Circle punch layered with a brad from the Antique Brads.

A Little Sampler of Stamp Camp Projects

I held my second Addicted Stampers Stamp Camp in July and it was such a fun weekend I can't wait for the next one.  Hang on did I say that!  If you missed out this year get your diaries out and book in for next year.  Block out the weekend of 29th - 31st August and tell the family you are taking some time out for you.
The photos below are just a few of the projects we made over the weekend. There were many funny stories from the weekend but the rule is "What happens at Stamp Camp, stays at Stamp Camp".  So if you want to join in make sure you save the date.

A great way to present a block of chocolate as a gift for a teacher, or for the hostess of a dinner or anyone who loves chocolate.  I can't believe that I only had to buy one block and it managed to make it all the way to Camp and actually made it home again, uneaten!  Believe me for a block of choccy to last more than a day in my house is unheard of.

Heart shaped gift box with tags.  Great gift or use the tags and keep the box to decorate your desk with some post it notes.

A cute little picnic basket.  Fill it with matching gift cards and another great little gift for someone special.

This was a little tricky to photograph but it is a lovely little Clam Shell box.  They make great small gift boxes and can be decorated for any occasion.
There were many other goodies that we made but sorry, you had to be there.  Hope to see you at the next one!!!

It has been so long

I cannot believe that I haven't posted since MAY! Where has that time gone!!  I feel bad but when life gets too hectic something has to give and for me it was my blog postings.  So much happened at once with the retirement lists, then the new catalogue and then I had my second Stamp Camp to get ready for in July.  Not to mention all the other normal day to day things.

I had been keeping all of the class projects aside with every intention of posting them but to be honest there are just too many so I have made the call to skip them and start again.  That was quite liberating.

Regarding Dahlias was one of the first stamp sets that caught my eye in the new Catalogue.  It looks awesome in colour but also striking in black and vanilla. I am also loving all of the papers from the Modern Medley pack.  I have added some Crochet Trim ribbon and a bit of paper piercing around the vanilla oval and it was a quick card.

This was another quick card using the Mosaic punch and some of the Soho Subway pack.  I used the Naturals White and Early Espresso cardstock.  The words are from Teeny Tiny Sentiments.  They are layered with the Word Window Punch and the Modern Label Punch.  The little brad on the centre Mosaic is from the Vintage Trinkets.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Retirement Lists

There is only one month to go until we can get our hands on the new Catalogue!  Before that happens though, it is time for you to grab any last minute things that you must have from the Retirement Lists that have just been released.  From previous years experience many items sell out quickly so don't wait too long to order anything that you want to get.  There are already some things on the Accessories List that have sold out!

Get yourself a cuppa and take a look at the lists.

Stamp Set Retirement List

Accessories Retirement List

You can ring your order through or email it to me and I will let you know if there is anything that has sold out when I place your order.

Good Luck everyone, I hope you don't miss out on anything!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mothers Day!!!!

To all the wonderful Mothers out there, I wish you a very special Mothers Day.  Hopefully you are enjoying a lovely day with your loved ones being pampered. 

For those of us who no longer have our Mothers with us, cherish all the wonderful memories.

Happy Mothers Day!

No card today as it is an official day of rest for me but doesn't Mother Nature send us incredible beauty to enjoy.

Thursday, May 2, 2013



I am getting excited!  In just 4 months I will be running my second Stamp Camp.  Now I know that 4 months seems like such a long way away, but we all know how quickly time goes by.

Last years Camp was so much fun so if you missed out - don't miss out again!

It’s time to book yourself a weekend to kick back, relax and just craft until you drop! Come along to the peaceful surroundings of Merroo Christian Convention Centre, Kurrajong Heights from 26th – 28th July 2013 for a fun filled stamping weekend!

Included in this amazing weekend will be:

* Instructed classes (materials provided)

* Shoebox Surprises (materials provided)

* Two competitions (optional)

* Free time to complete any UFO’s

* Twin bed accommodation with private ensuite

* All meals from supper Friday night to lunch Sunday

* FUN FUN and more FUN

* Lucky Door Prizes

* Surprises

The cost will be $260 per person. A payment by installment option is available to help you spread the cost.

All monies must be paid in full no later than 25th June, 2013. Direct deposits can be made and account details will be supplied once you have confirmed you will be attending.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions and feel free to pass this info on to anyone you feel might be interest.

Hope to see you in July!!!!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Class Card Catchup

Well my plan to keep my postings up to date at the beginning of last term didn't last very long but at least I had good intentions.  I won't make any rash statements for this term but hopefully I won't get too far behind.
As there are so many cards to catch up on, I won't put all the details of each one, but if you would like any further information on any of these, please feel free to contact me and I would be only to happy to help.
Once again my photography isn't too crash hot so some of these cards look much better in "real life".
This first card was made from Shimmer White which is definately one of my new favourites.  I love a white card and this just gives a little bit of class with the slight shimmer.  The stamp set is Oh Hello which didn't grab me at first but I have grown to like it.  There is more from this set coming up.  The colours are Lucky Limeade and Island Indigo.  I will miss these two colours when they retire!  the words are from Blooming With Kindess.

I have wanted to do an Awning card for so long and finally got around to doing one.  It is such a cute idea and you can make a 'store front' for so many different stamp sets.  The colours are Pool Party, Island Indigo and Lucky Limeade.  The stamp set is Happy Hour.

This card looks so much better when you are actually looking at it.  This photo really doesn't do it any justice.  The card is Cherry Cobbler, Shimmer White and Sahara Sand.  The stamp is from Lacy & Lovely which is a set I have only just bought and I am wondering what took me so long to notice it.  I mixed Irridescent Ice and Cherry Cobbler embossing powders together to get some sparkle and it looks gorgeous.  This is a very quick and simple card but looks quite striking.  You will have to trust me on that one due to my lacking photography skills

Sadly this is another card that really does look so much better than it does in the photo. I used Shimmer White and Sahara Sand.  The stamps are from Lacy & Lovely and the embossing folder is Elegant Lines.  Add a few pearls and another quick card done!

This card used the lovely Pool Party Core-dinations card stock from the current Mini.  The paper is from the In Colour DSP paper stack.  The words are from Petite Pairs and the flowers were made using the scallop circle punch.  We used the Labels Collection Framelits dies.  The 1 1/4" scallop circle punch is perfect for making card size flowers and it has been carried over into the current Mini catalogue.
This is one of my favourite cards that we make last term.  Black and white cards always look striking.  This one has used Basic Black and Shimmer White - told you it was my new favourite!  The stamps are from Secret Garden and Summer Silhouettes and we used the Secret Garden Framelits Dies to cut the flowers. The embossing folder used was the Fancy Fan which is just so cute.   Add a little pearl and finished!

This card loses some of its appeal in the photo but the rustic look of the Neutrals White is so effective.  French Foliage is one of my favourite stamp sets and I have seen that it is on the US retirement list that has just been released and I am so disappointed.  I am hoping that we dont' lose it!
The colours are Cherry Cobbler even though it looks like an orange colour in this, Early Espresso and Crumb Cake.  An antique brad, bit of ribbon and some paper piercing and another quick and simple card.

I had a request for the Chalk Board technique so here it is.  It sounds so technical but it really is very simple.  We used Craft White ink on a tissue and rubbed it over Basic Black card stock.  Really, how simple is that.  It is a little difficult to see the full effect from this angle but I created a little "shelf" that the cupcake is sitting on.  After all, blackboards at school had a little shelf for the duster and chalk to sit on.

Now where did I get the zig zag stamp from?   It isn't actually a stamp but the simply Scored Borders Scoring Plate from the Mini Catalogue.   I masked off one of the lines and used it as a template to sponge over.  I wanted to show a different way to use the Plate other than just an embossing plate.  The colours are Summer Starfruit and Rasberry Ripple.  The punch is Petite Pennants Builder and the stamps are from Pennant Parade.

This card is a great way of using up scrap pieces of patterned paper.  The colours  re Elegant Eggplant and Wisteria Wonder.  The papers are from the In Colour DSP pack.  The stamp is from Tiny Tags and we used the Jewelry Tag punch.  The leaves are from the Bird Builder punch.  The flower is made using the 1 3/4" and 1 1/4" scallop circle punches.  Add a pearl and finsihed.

Here is Oh, Hello again.  We had a week of quick, simple cards and this was one of them.  The card is Rasberry Ripple and the words are from A Word For You. The flower is made from the 7/8 scallop circle punch that was in the Sale-a-bration cataloge.  Add a bit of paper piercing that actually lifted this card from being very ordinary to looking a little special.  Bling always helps lift a card and done.  This really is a quick card.

This was another of the quick cards.  Shimmer White again! and Basic Black.  The gorgeous flower is from Blooming With Kindess and we embossed it using White embossing powder.  The circle is cut using the 3" circle die for the Big Shot and the ribbon is the White Organza ribbon.


I made these 3 cards to show that you can use the same layout with different colours and change a few simple embellishments and you get a different look.  We didn't actually make these ones in class.
Well that is last term caught up!  Phew, it really is much easier to post more often so my apologies for the over load.  Once again, I am happy to give you more details on any of these if you want to know anything in particular.
Lets see how long it takes me to get this weeks cards posted after my last class for the week on Friday.  Thanks for taking the time to look over my blog and don't be afraid to leave some feedback, I love to hear from you!!!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Hostess Bonus

There is only one thing better than the FREE hostess $$$ that you can earn when hosting a workshop and that is EXTRA FREE hostess $$$$.  Stampin' Up! have announced a great promotion!

If you host a $400 party (or place a $400 group or individual order), you'll earn an additional $60 in FREE products! So that's $120 in freebies!! 


you can join my team and get an additional $60 in your Starter Kit!

Dates: 15 April-30 May, 2013 (yes, it ends the day before the last day of the month)

Book a date now so you don't miss out.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Colour Refresh

Stampin' Up! has announced that they will be refreshing their colour range in the new Catalogue released in July! You will recognise a lot of the colours as they are returning from previous years.  Some are colours that were released in the US but not in Australia so it will be exciting to see these for the first time.

If there are any products that you think you need to stock up on before they go, I would suggest that you order them quickly.  In the past, retiring colour products have sold out very quickly so don't miss out!

I am looking forward to getting my hands on some of the new colours and will have samples as soon as I can.

Take a look at this video showing you the complete new colour ranges.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Beyond Plaid

I normally have a lot of trouble creating male cards but this is the second week this term we have made cards for the men in our lives.  The new Beyond Plaid and Dapper Dad stamp sets from the current Mini are great for mens projects but we did do one girly card using the Beyond Plaid just to show that it is versatile.

This first card was created using Beyond Plaid in various colours. We used Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler and Soft Suede.  The words are from Memorable Moments cut out with the Ovals Framelits Dies and mounted on a Decorative Label Punch shape.  I had a bit of a facination with the Paper Piercing tool this week and each card has some paper piercing in it.  I think I might have over done it a little for one week!

I wanted to show that you can use the Beyond Plaid set for both Male and Female cards.  I did see a card similar to this when I was trawling the internet one night but I didn't save a reference to it so for whoever sparked off this creation, thanks for the inspiration.  If I come across the site again, I will come back and make and acknowlegement.  The card is done in Rose Red and Whisper White.  The hearts are from the Hearts a Flutter and Hearts Collection Dies and the words are from Teeny Tiny Sentiments.  A gemstone just adds to the girly bling look.

Teh bow tie is my favourite stamp from the Dapper Dad set but I am looking forward to using the shoe and watch to see what I can do with them.  We stuck with the same colour scheme of Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede, Not Quite Navy and Whisper White.  The printed paper is from the Neutrals DSP pack and a little paper piercing to finish it off.  It is very difficult to see in the photo but the middle tie has a little silver brad in the knot as a tie pin.
Not sure what I have in mind for next weeks class but it might be time to go girly!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Secret Garden & Summer Silhouettes

The new mini has lots of goodies that I just had to have in it.  One of the great new "bundles" was the Secret Garden bundle.  Not only do you get a stamp set but you also get the dies to match at a discounted price!  I just love all the new dies.  If you can't have a punch for every shape, the next best thing is a die to do the cutting for you - there should be more!!!

All the cards this week were done in Shimmer White cardstock.  This one used some Pool Party DSP.  We stamped the flowers with Pool Party.  We cut out a flower from the front panel of the card and then stuck it to the inside of the card giving a window effect.  The other two flowers were raised up with dimensionals and pearls added to all the flower centres.  Simple card but better in real life.
This was our second card done with the same Secret Garden flower.  Firstly, we stamped the flower onto the card in Pink Pirouette.  We then stamped them onto watercolour paper in Rasberry Ripple and watercoloured them.  The little flowers are from the Flower Trim ribbon on page 5 of the Mini and the words are from Bloomin With Kindness.

This card used the Summer Silhouettes set.  The words are from Teeny Tiny Sentiments.  The colours are Melon Mambo and Lucky Limeade. 
All three cards were very quick and simple to make but looked like a bit of effort had been put into them.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Dressed For Valentines

One of the things from the new Mini that I had to have was the All Dressed Up Bundle.  It comes with a stamp set and Framelit Dies to compliment.  We only used the dies for this card and I can't wait to experiment with different styles.  The colour combo for this card is basic black, cherry cobbler and very vanilla.  The paper is from one of the DSP Stacks, with some basic pearls to dress it up.  We used the Stripes Embossing Folder on the vanilla layer but sadly it doesn't show up in the photo very clearly.
As it was getting very near to Valentines Day we had to be prepared.  Not everyone has a Valentine or wanted to do anything specific so I tried to keep our projects a little neutral so they could be used for other events.
This little gift box was made from the purse die.  You cut 4 of them and with a few little alterations, stick them together and this is what you are left with.  Cute!  We used the Hearts A Flutter Dies, a bit of DSP, a tag and a little bling and it could be used for anyone!

The new Mini has 3 new colours in the Core'dinations Card Stock.  We used the Pool Party for this card with Island Indigo and Very Vanilla.  The Honeycombe Embossing folder is also from the new mini and is just so striking.  The words are from the Vintage Verses Sale-a-bration set done on a tag from the Apothecary Accents Framelits.  The little hearts are from the Owl punch and the DSP is from the In Colour DSP Pack.

A Little Treat Jar

Every year a group of friends go away for a wonderful weekend at Somersby.  A very good friend of ours parents have a small property there and it is always such a lovely getaway.  We have been going there for about 12 years now and we always come home so relaxed and not wanting to eat for a few days as there is always far too much food.
I like to give a gift of something handmade each year as a small token of our appreciation for such a fantastic weekend.  This year, I did a jar that I got at Woollies and filled it with Choccies.  I covered it with a strip of Rose Red cardstock that was embossed with the Elegant Lines Embossing Folder.  The ribbon is the two tone, Pink Pirouette/Rose Red from the new mini. The tag is done with a combination of punches and Big Shot dies and the little flower is the gorgeous Flower Trim ribbon from the new mini.
I created the "Gerbera" oon the lid using a die that sadly didn't come to Australia but I was lucky  enough to be given one.  There are many layers to create the look but you could do something similar with any of the flower big shot dies.  Under the flower is the Scallop Circle Bigz Die and a button from the brights collection.
This really turned out to be more of a pressy for the lady of the house as it is quite girly but I was really pleased with how it turned out and she absolutely loved it!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Unwanted Comments

Sadly, lately I have been receiving many unwanted comments that are clearly spam.  I have had to change my settings so that I can now moderate each comment.  Do these people really think that we would be silly enough to click on sites that refer to hemaroids or pieces of the male anatomy????

I now have to investigate how I can block these people somehow or look at changing my blog as I don't want to risk anyone accidently having access to these peoples links and getting viruses on their computers.

If you have any experience in this, I would love to hear from you and how you managed to stop it.


Friday, February 8, 2013

Feeling Sentimental - SAB

I did say that I was going to start the year off doing the right thing and keeping my blog up to date, so at least week 1, I will live up to that dream.  Classes returned on Tuesday and it was great to catch up with everyone again.  There was lots of chatting so it was a little difficult to get the classes going but we managed to get everything done and catch up on everyones holidays.  That's the beauty of being a woman, we can talk and work at the same time!!!!!  Sorry to any males who check in.....
Stampin' Up! run a fantastic promotion at the beginning of the year called Sale-a-braton (SAB) and it means that you can earn extra FREE stuff - too cool.  For every $100 you spend you can choose a FREE product from the SAB brochure and this year there are 19 great products to choose from.  If you haven't seen a copy of the brochure, let me know and I will make sure you get a copy.
This is my favourite set from this years promotion, called Feeling Sentimental.  It is awesome for male cards and if you have any Dr Who fanatics that you know, this is the set for you!
This first card used Night of Navy, Real Red and Very Vanilla cardstock.  Night of Navy and Real Red ink, Itty Bitty Banners, Houndstooth EF, 3" and 31/2" circle Bigshot dies, 1" and 3/4" circle punches and the Basic Designer Button is from the new Mini Catalogue that you must see also.  We also double stamped and mounted the actual "wheel" part of the image to make it pop.
The second card, which really didn't want to photograph any better than this used the Penny Farthing stamp.  We used Basic Black, Real Red, Very Vanilla cardstock and some of the First Edition DSP.  The ribbon is Basic Black 1/8" taffeta ribbon.  It is simple but effective.  You can't see it but we double stamped and mounted the large wheel and handle bars with dimensionals to give the card some dimension.

This card also used the Night of Navy, Real Red and Whisper White cardstock.  The Real Red is the new Core'dinations cardstock so that when we embossed it with the awesome new Honeycomb Embossing folder we could sand it and give it a rustic look.  I am just loving the new core'dinations range and we have 3 new colours in the new Making A Difference Mini Catalogue.

We used the Telephone box image or Tardus if you are a Dr Who fan.  We double stamped this also and cut out the windows from the second image and then mounted it over the original image.  We then painted over the windows with Crystal Effects to make it appear like they were glass windows.  Sorry this was too difficult to capture in the photo.

Hopefully, I will be this organised again next week and get my photo's up quickly.  If you want to know any more about any of these cards, please contact me.  If you want to come along and make your own creations, book inot any of my classes, I would love to meet you.

Friday, February 1, 2013

It has been far too long between posts

I have been so very bad but did not realise just how bad!  I can't belive the date of my last post was in September LAST YEAR!!!!!

I don't have a really good reason for not posting other than life just took over in the last term of 2012 and day after day my poor old blog site just got ignored.  I had such good intentions - I actually have a box full of the cards we made through out the term but just never got to take photo's. 

I promise to lift my game and get back to regular postings and I may - no promises - post some of last years projects.

My classes begin on Tuesday so stay tuned.  There are also some great promotions going so I will have to get those posted also.    I have  booked dates for my second Stamp Camp so will put up details on that so you can book it into your diaries.  Maybe with this awful weather that seems to have set in for the weekend I will be able to get a head start.

I apologise to those of you who have kept checking in for an update and I promise to be a better blogger this year.

Thanks for checking in.