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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 Scrapbooking Colour Challenge


Our Stamp-a-memory challenge for May was to use the photo below as inspiration for our page.

I chose to use the colours in the photo for my inspiration and the colours I wrote down after my first glance were Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Melon Mambo and Kiwi Kiss.  These colours became the basis for my page, and I then went hunting for photos to go with them.

After much searching, I found these pics of my girls with their cousin Oscar for my page.  I love these photographs, so it was great to finally get them on a page.  My page layout is CASEd from a page in an old Creating Keepsakes magazine (March 2008).

Stamps: French Filigree, Sweet Summer (butterflies and bees in background), Notes and Details

Ink: Marina Mist, So Saffron, Melon Mambo, Crumb Cake

Big Shot: Top Note, Hearts & Brackets

Paper: Early Espresso, Marina Mist Prints, Whisper White, Marina Mist, Melon Mambo

Other: Marina Mist button, Spiral Punch, Kiwi Kiss button (retired), Kiwi Kiss striped ribbon (retired), Melon Mambo marker, sewing machine.

Thanks for looking!  You can see links to the rest of the design team projects at Stamp-a-memory.

Cards and retired items on ebay!


I’ve been decluttering my stamping area, and while I don’t seem to be creating much space I’m definitely listing a bunch of stuff on ebay.

At the moment I have a large (over 50 auctions) selection of my handmade cards, gift tags, retired Stampin’ Up! items and card kits created from retired items listed.  I’m adding more auctions every day this week (and probably for quite some time yet).  You can check out my auctions HERE if you would like to snag a bargain and help declutter my house 🙂

Here’s a pic of some of the Chrissie tags currently listed:





Sweet Sunday Hoopla


Yes, it’s that stamp set again! I’m really enjoying using Holiday Hoopla, and this time I’ve combined it with the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #86.

I’ve also developed a love for Poppy Parade – yes me, loving a bright red colour 🙂 Both the Poppy Parade and Pear Pizzazz DSP are from the Level 1 Hostess Pack.  You’ll need to host a workshop to get your hands on that!  The Espresso spotted DSP is from the Neutrals Stack.

Every card needs a button or three – these are the Early Espresso buttons from the Neutrals pack.  I stamped ‘Merry Christmas’ from the Christmas Greetings stamp set twice, once in Espresso and once in Pear Pizzazz for a shadowed effect.

Since I’m using Holiday Hoopla to death, I’ve organised a Holiday Hoopla stamp camp to get you organised for Christmas!  Check back tomorrow for more information.

More Apple Blossoms


…and my favourite butterfly too!  This card was one that I made for one of my downlines, who achieved a huge milestone in the last few weeks 🙂  Since she has the card now, I’m posting it here.

I happily took the opportunity to play with my favourite butterfly stamp again after a long rest.  That’s right – the Great Friend set is back in the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue.  If you missed out on this awesome set last year, here’s your chance!  The tall flower from Apple Blossom has been stamped in Whisper White craft ink onto Elegant Eggplant cardstock.  I’ve wrapped linen thread around this piece and added a button (because EVERY card needs a button or two 🙂 ).

A Carousel Christmas Class


I’ve been busy the past couple of days making samples for an upcoming class in December.  At this class we’ll be making a boxed set of 6 carousel notes, perfect to give as a Christmas gift.  The carousel notes will use products from the upcoming Summer Mini catalogue – have a look at the photo below and see if you can spot some of the new things!  All class info is on the Classes page, give me a call on 0425 815 857 if you’d like to book into it.

In other exciting news, the Herald Sun newspaper did a follow up story on Rocky our new puppy.  The story is on page 21 of today’s newspaper and has a pic of Rocky with our 3 girls.  (Talk about a stressful photo shoot!!!)

A new addition!


If you’re in Melbourne, you may have seen a story in the newspaper yesterday about 5 puppies who were dumped in a rubbish bin outside a supermarket.  Fast forward to approximately an hour after reading this story online, Steve, Sandy and I were on our way to the RSPCA to see/possibly adopt one of the puppies.  (It’s an RSPCA requirement that you take any existing pets with you to adopt another pet, hence bringing Sandy with us).

Obviously this story touched many hearts, as there were many, many, many people enquiring about these puppies.  We were lucky enough to be there at the right time, and are now the proud owners of a fluffball called Rocky.


Isn’t he cute?  And now I’m off to try and actually do some stamping – the house is quiet with Emma and both dogs asleep.  I may even break open my Summer Mini Preorder box 🙂

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Retro Fresh Notebook


Here’s the notebook I promised to show you last week.  The layout, colours, designer paper is taken directly from the notebook shown on page 11 of the current Idea Book and Catalogue.

mels notebook

And here is the Stampin’ Up! catalogue version:

SU retro fresh notebook

Mine is a little different because I didn’t want to wait for my On Board So Tweet Chipboard to arrive (yes, a little impatient here…)

I LOVED that the centre of the flowers were buttons in the sample book, so I made sure to use that detail on my book.  I stamped the images from Cheep Talk, cut them out, and adhered them using Tombow to make sure they stayed put!

The chipboard letters for ‘notes’ have been embossed using white craft ink and white embossing powder and also stuck down using Tombow.

If you missed my post from the other day, I’ve just used a 192 page exercise book from Kmart.  This size exercise book has a ‘square’ spine, rather than stapled pages.  I rounded the corners (only took a couple of minutes) and all of the designer paper and cardstock is adhered with sticky strip.

Internet dramas


I haven’t forgotten to post, my internet is playing up big time.  Seems that my ISP can’t handle ‘unusual’ weather conditions (like rain, in Melbourne!).

I’ll be uploading some cards over the weekend if I can get online long enough to upload the pics.  (fingers crossed this post will go through).