Category Archives: Challenges

Jaimee’s Birthday Card


Jaimee's Birthday Card


I just love the hostess stamp set ‘Pedal Presents’ in the Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue.  It is one of those sets that I think I will hang onto even after it has retired.  The bike is just too cute and all of the accessories to go with it, make one versatile stamp set.

As per usual when I need a card in a hurry, I turn to online challenges for inspiration.  I made this one a week or so ago, using both the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge and Colour Q challenges.  This colour combination is just stunning, I love the way that the Crumb Cake softens the Razzleberry designer paper.

Stamps: Pedal Presents, Typeset Numbers (long retired) and Happiest Birthday Wishes

Ink: Black Stazon, Rich Razzleberry, More Mustard, Bashful Blue and Crumb Cake

Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Crumb Cake Prints, Watercolour Paper, Pocketful of Posies DSP, Crew Kids Boy DSP (retired).

Other: Trio Flower Punch, Rhinestones, Circle Punches.



A Surprise Birthday Card


Chloe has a surprise birthday party for a friend tomorrow, and I’ve almost cleaned out my stash of cards.  I needed to come up with a card for Charlotte and since inspiration was lacking I have combined two challenges to create this card.  The first challenge was Colour Q #119 using Pretty in Pink, Going Gray, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo and Whisper White.  The second challenge was Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge #367.  Here they both are 🙂

Stamps: Pennant Parade, Delicate Doilies, Outlined Occasions (Sale-a-bration set, available Jan 25)

Paper: Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Subtles stack DSP

Ink: Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Pretty in Pink, Going Gray

Other: Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Petite Pennants punch, White Baker’s Twine, Blender Pen.

This gorgeous greeting set will be available during Sale-A-Bration – Jan 25 ~ March 31.  Isn’t it cute???



Clean and Simple Christmas Card


Back again, with the gorgeous colours from ColourQ challenge #98.  This time I’ve teamed them up with Fall to Layout #153 AND CAS-ual Fridays #15. 


I’ve created a card combining the colour challenge, the above layout AND kept it clean and simple!  In addition to this, the card features a sneak peek of a gorgeous vintage style Christmas stamp set from the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue.

How cool is this stamp set?  Even though this challenge was for Clean and Simple, I cannot wait to use this set on a layered, totally over-the-top Christmas card.

Stamps: Winter Post, Merry and Type

Ink: Crumb Cake, Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede, Whisper White Craft

Paper: Confetti White, Soft Suede, Island Indigo, Tropical Party DSP (retired)

Other: Scallop Trim Punch, Decorative Label Punch

I’ll be back tomorrow with another card using these colours – thanks for looking!


Just Add ColourQ


I was blog hopping and came across the latest ColourQ challenge, and totally fell in love with the colours.  Since my mojo has gone missing after 9 days straight of sick kids (Em has the bug now…) I decided to combine it with the latest Just Add Ink sketch challenge.








See those gorgeous colours???  They make me think of summer, it’s a distant memory in my brain but I cannot wait to see it again!  AND, they match my new blog colours!  I hope to pair these colours up with a couple of sketch challenges I came across today, but since the Just Add Ink challenge ends tonight, I chose to use that first.

I had to change the challenge as I don’t have any Bermuda Bay ink or cardstock, so I’ve swapped it for Tempting Turquoise.  There are a couple of new ink colours on this card, can you see them?

Stamps: Extreme Elements, Extreme Guitar

Ink: Soft Suede, Tempting Turquoise, Crumb Cake, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo

Paper: Confetti White, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Island Indigo, Hoppy Memories (from a retired Simply Scrappin’ Kit)

Other: Mat Pack, Tempting Turquoise buttons, Linen Thread, Crumb Cake Marker, Timeless Type Junior Sizzlit Alphabet.

Thanks for visiting!


Splitcoast Colour Challenge 335


Wow – three posts in a week, hope you have recovered from the shock of it all 🙂

It’s been a busy week here, two sick kiddos, several birthdays and one hubby with a squished new car {(luckily he wasn’t in it) – to the genius truck driver in the Bunnings Narre Warren car park, how on earth could you not see a bright red car???}

Anyway, I needed another 10th birthday card this week, and decided to use the Splitcoaststampers Colour Challenge #335 – Kraft, Red, Yellow (and green).  To make it even easier, I CASEd a layout from the brand new Stampin’ Up! catalogue.  If you have the catalogue in your hands, the card I CASEd is on the top of page 34.

Cool huh?  I was pretty happy with this card (although that WAS after a glass of wine…)  This one would be super easy to customise for the recipient in any colour and wheel.

Stamps: Solid Stripes, Bring on the Cake, Birthday Builder Wheel, Candle Crazy Builder Wheel, In Stitches Jumbo Wheel.

Ink: Crumb Cake, Riding Hood Red, So Saffron, Lucky Limeade

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Lucky Limeade, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White

Other: Scallop Trim Punch, Petite Pennants Punch, Timeless Type Junior Sizzlit Alphabet, Celery Brad, Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Ribbon from Dress-Up Originals (retired), bamboo skewer.


Princess Belle


Today you can go and check out another one of my scrap pages on the Stamp-a-memory site.  I’ve scrapped some photos from our recent trip to see 3 Disney Fairy Tales live on stage.

Many, many thanks go to our neighbour who dropped off a photo of Emma and I from the day, thus providing me with some inspiration for this month’s page (along with a plate of yummy choc chip cookies 🙂 ).    If you would like to see the full page, please click the link above to see my creation.

Splitcoast Colour Challenge #309


It totally figures that the week I decide to start playing along with the Splitcoast Colour Challenge, that it’s a doozy including a colour I have NEVER used!

This week’s challenge was to use Not Quite Navy, Daffodil Delight and Cajun Craze, together!  I’ve had Cajun Craze ink and cardstock since last year, and never used them.  Guess there is a first time for everything…

I decided that the best way to incorporate all of those colours was to find a stamp set that needed some colouring in.  Somehow I ended up using Morning Cup.  I really like this set, but don’t often find the occasion to use it.  It’s perfect to use when creating coffee/tea gifts, or for all occasion type cards.

My card base is Cajun Craze, and I stamped the top and bottom of it with the tiny tea bag image.  In the centre of the card I’ve stamped Solid Stripes in Whisper White Craft ink.  The edges of the card have been sponged using Whisper White.

This card made lots of use of my Bigz XL Pennant Die (have I mentioned before how much I LOVE this one???).  To create the Daffodil scallop trim, I cut one scalloped edge from the smaller pennant and then flipped my cardstock around and cut the other side.  To match the scallops up I lined up the perforated lines which are created by the die.

The Cajun Craze scallop circle is also cut from this die 🙂  I’ve also used the Hearts & Brackets die to direct attention to my focal image.  The stack of teacups have been watercoloured using ink and my aquapainters.

Thanks for visiting!

Inkspirations Sketch Challenge 55 ~ Hugs and Kisses


Valentine’s Day is on it’s way, and I’ve been trying to get organised and make some cards for my etsy shop.  I used Inkspirations Sketch Challenge #55 for this card layout, and I like it so much I think I’ll make some more!

For the avid Stampin’ Up! collectors among you, you might be wondering where I found this ‘hugs & kisses’ stamp.   You can find this stamp on the ‘I {Love} Love’ jumbo wheel.  I simply removed the rubber from the wheel, cut the wheel up into individual stamps and popped it on some EZ-mount to use it as a regular clear mount stamp.

The background tiles on this card are simply punched squares of Very Vanilla cardstock.  I stamped them with the dotted lines from the ‘Notes and Details’ stamp set.  After I did that, I inked up the whimsical heart flowers from ‘Love Defined’ with my markers and stamped them repeatedly across the bottom of the card.  It’s difficult to see in the pic, but I also stamped the heart banner image across the top row of squares.

I sponged the edges of everything with Crumb Cake ink, some ruffled Pretty in Pink satin ribbon and half back pearls complete the vintage appearance!

Stamps: Love Defined, I {Love} Love, Got Treats, Notes and Details, Confetti

Ink: Crumb Cake, Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Early Espresso

Paper: Early Espresso, Rose Red, Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla

Other: Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals, Curly Label punch, Half Back Pearls

Anniversary Mojo


I have had some fun playing around today with lots of different heart and love themed stamps.  It’s our 11th wedding anniversary today and I needed to make a card for Steve.  You could easily make this into a Valentine’s Day card if you wanted to.

I’ve used Mojo Monday sketch #174 for my card layout, changing the small accent pieces around a little.  I made a couple of different accent pieces like the heart/XOXOXO one at the top of this card – so you can expect to see the others over the next few weeks 🙂  This card also fits into the SU Creative Crew challenge on Splitcoaststampers for ‘Show us your Stampin’ Up! heart’.

The ‘XOXOXOXO’ stamp is from the I {Love} Love Jumbo Stampin’ Around wheel.  I’ve mentioned before that I love to buy the wheels and then cut them up for the individual greetings.  To do this, you just simply peel the rubber from the wheel, cut the images out using Craft and Rubber scissors and apply some ez-mount to the back of your image.  Then you can use them just like our regular clear mount stamps.  For the price of one jumbo wheel, I have a small container full of love themed greetings and images.


Stamps: Confetti, Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Tiny Tags, I {Love} Love, Got Treats

Ink: Crumb Cake, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Early Espresso

Paper: Confetti White, Crumb Cake, Sweet & Sour Specialty, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Whisper White

Other: Basic Rhinestones, Mat Pack, Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals, Crumb Cake Marker, Scallop Circle Punch, Lots of Tags Sizzlets, Curly Label Punch, 1 3/4″ circle punch.


The Creative Crew is here!


The SU Creative Crew is finally HERE!  That’s right, now you can head on over to Splitcoaststampers and view the entire Creative Crew Gallery.

Everyone is also welcome to join in with our challenges.  Although the challenges are only posted on the demo side of Splitcoast, I’ll be sharing them with you here over the next week or so.

I made this yummy, vintage style diary as part of the Designer Series Paper/Colour Focus.  For January this challenge is based on either using the Love Letter DSP or the colour scheme of Basic Black, Very Vanilla and Riding Hood Red.  Since I used only papers which had Black and Vanilla, I decided to add Pretty in Pink Satin ribbon just to be different 🙂

The first time I saw the gorgeous Easter Blossoms stamp set I fell in love with the silhouette image of the little girl.  I don’t make many Easter cards (probably 3 for mum to give to my girls! lol!), but just knew that I NEEDED this image.  There are quite a few ways to ink up this image without the basket – two of which are simple omitting using a marker or masking a section of the stamp when you ink it up (the sticky section of a post it note is great for this).

It does take a little time to mask off, but I have also seen many cards in which the basket has not been omitted and unless you know the set,  you would never think of it as an Easter basket.

I die cut a Top Note from Very Vanilla cardstock and sponged the edges *heavily* with Crumb Cake ink.  The background of my top note is stamped with a floral image from Elements of Style ink Pink Pirouette ink.  I stamped my little girl using Black Stazon, as I have an amazing ability to smudge Basic Black ink hours after I’ve stamped it…

They are a little difficult to see in the photo, but there are four layers of ruffles/scallop edges all cut from the Love Letter Designer Series Paper.  To make this job super simple, I use my Bigz XL Pennant Die.  I just lay all four pieces of DSP onto one of the pennant edges on the die and whizzed it through my Big Shot.  This is soooo much quicker than using a scallop edge punch for every individual piece, and there’s no lining up involved!

Anyway, if you have any questions about this project please feel free to email me.  Otherwise, head on over to Splitcoaststampers and check out our brand new gallery.  The Creative Crew has come up with an amazing assortment of projects, and all you need to do is join in!

REMEMBER: Challenge #1 – Create a project using either the Love Letter Designer Series Paper OR the colour combination of Basic Black, Very Vanilla and Riding Hood Red.

Upload your project to the gallery on Splitcoast and use these keywords ~ CCREW0111DF, CreativeCrew, SUO or SUM. The first keyword is for our Design Focus (which is this one!) and CreativeCrew is what creates our special gallery.  SUO means you have only used Stampin’ Up! products and SUM means Stampin’ Up! Mostly.

Hope to see you over there!