Same Design – Traditional Christmas Colours…



Hi there,

I recently featured a circle Window Card in delicious icy Winter Frost DSP colours, and here is the traditional version.  I’ve used Cherry Cobbler and Gum-ball Green, with a gold embossed ornament as the feature image.

Ornament Window Card

Stampin-up Window Sheets are the only product I can recommend for creating this embossed window as all other acetate I have tried has melted and warped when subjected to heat embossing.  Here is a closer look:

Ornament Window Card Close


I love the crispness of the stamped and embossed image – I can tell you I used an awful lot of embossing buddy powder to make sure there were no stray gold embossed bits on my window! Love these traditional Christmas colours! I have created quite a few of these for an order I am filling, and the Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler combination are equally gorgeous.  Once I’ve finished them I will share pics of the other colour combinations with the Season of Style DSP.

Thanks for stopping by!


Window Cards with Circle Framelits and Window Sheets


Morning Girls!

I have another Christmas card to show you today – I have been having a great time creating windows in my cards with circles.  I have actually used an old Fiskars circle cutter for this card, but having just received my delivery of Circle Framelits last night, the next one I make is going to be an awful lot faster and easier!  My DSP is Winter Frost and the image is from Festive Flurries, stamped in versa mark (carefully so it does not smudge) and covered with Silver Embossing Powder.  Be sure to liberally apply your embossing buddy over the acetate before starting so that your embossing powder does not stick where it shouldn’t 🙂 and lastly, make sure you move your heat tool around while embossing and be sure to have it very hot before you start to avoid warping the acetate too much.


Festive Flurry Window Card


My card base is Bermuda Bay – Divine colour!

Thanks for stopping by x


A Favourite Card Layout – Squared Off

A while ago I posted this card and said it was a layout I would definitely use again…Well I did and here it is:


I chose a square card this time, and my trim and embellishments are slightly different but it was just as quickly put together and IMHO, just as successful 🙂

I have recently started converting my large wood mount background stamps (this one is En Francais) to clear mount with mounting foam.  I found using the background stamp as clear mount on an acrylic block just makes it much easier for stamp placement. Particularly in this case where the stamp is smaller than the card stock piece – I was able to get it fairly central without using my stamp-a-ma-jig.


Can you see the hint of DSP inside the card? I just added a Very Vanilla Mat with a 2 cm piece of DSP on the right hand side – It just finished it off nicely.

Here is another variation on the layout, with Comfort Cafe DSP as my colour inspiration:


Cajun Craze, Early Espresso and Very Vanilla make up this very striking colour combination. My sentiment is from the Loving Thoughts stamp set.


I love how this ribbon bow contrasts to the wood grain look button.The button is from my stash (probably almost 20 years old! – that counts as vintage right?) The Flower stamp  is from Apothecary Art Stamp Set and is embossed in Early Espresso.

As always it’s a pleasure to have you visit my blog 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!


Loving Crisp Cantaloupe

Hi Girls,

One of my favourite things about a new Stampin’ Up! Catalogue is the big reveal of the new In Colours.  This year definitely did not disappoint – my card today features one of these – Crisp Cantaloupe and I’ve teamed it with the absolutely stunning Smokey Slate – another new addition to the colour families this year.

Isn’t the Smokey Slate chevron ribbon gorgeous?  My little flowers are stamped in white embossing powder on the Smokey Slate Card Stock and the background stamp is the Very Vintage Wheel Stamped in Smokey Slate Ink onto DSP.


I just love a stamped envelope and the wheel images often lend themselves well for this purpose.

I’ve recently started mounting my Stampin wheels, that is making a cut at the join with my craft knife, tearing the rubber carefully from the wheel and mounting it to self adhesive clear mount foam (available in the current catalogue).  This converts the wheel to a clear mount stamp and means I can place the images exactly where I want it.  In the case of this wheel I love the butterfly and it isn’t always possible to judge where it will come out when I wheel it onto my project.

Thanks for letting me share this project with you today and hopefully you get some time at your craft table this weekend!


Watercolour Emboss Resist Card

Hi Girls,

Every now and then I see a technique that I am dying to try, and Emboss Resist with water colouring is one of these techniques.  I’ve created cards with Emboss Resist and sponging before, but after seeing a card recently by the talented Tracey Wilson which featured layer upon layer of stamping, embossing and water colouring, I decided to spend an evening in my craft room experimenting with a similar look.

This is the first design I created.  I’ve used white embossing powder here and the background stamp is En Francais.


And a close up:


I found the key to this look was layer upon layer of colouring and to stamp the background last when the water colour paper is still damp to encourage it to smudge a little and soften.

Here is the second design, using Pool Party embossing powder:


The stamp set with these gorgeous birds is called Clearly For You.  Isn’t the Coastal Cabana Card stock mat just the most gorgeous colour?  I love in particular how the En Francais script has bled.  See?


Thanks as always for stopping by…


Chalk Talk Bundle and the Chalk Board Technique

Hi There,

My first order from the new catalogue just had to be the Chalk Talk Stamp Set and Matching Framelits – I was dying to try the ever so popular Chalkboard Technique.  The first card I designed was for our stamp club on Friday night which is really just a fancy way of saying my friends and I get together to chat, eat and stamp 🙂  This is the card we made last Friday:


My colour combo is the new in colour Coastal Cabana, Basic Black and Whisper White.  Here is a closer look at the “Chalkboard effect:


My stamp is from Chalk Talk and it is perfectly cut out with the matching framelit.  I’ve chosen a textured black card stock and used versa mark and white embossing powder to create this cracked chalky effect. I’ve also sponged the edges with Whisper White Craft Ink. My dry embossed background is created using Co’redinations card stock and sanding the embossed sections back to their white core – cute!

On Saturday night my boys and I had a quiet few hours of stamping together and I worked on this design:


A little less ribbon and a little more chalking in this design! The larger image and the small heart are both from the same Chalk Talk stamp set. I didn’t ink the black edges with white, just opting for a cleaner look.  The main colour here is Strawberry Slush (another new in colour). A closer look:


Isn’t the heart gorgeous? I love it’s sketched look.

And here is another colour combo using Pistachio Pudding (yet another new in colour!)


Switching to the Argyll embossing folder gave this a really different look and a suede feel to it after sanding.  And close up:


I hope my designs have inspired you to try this chalkboard technique – have fun!


One Stick Layering – Save Time and Adhesive!

Hi Girls,

I had an idea for making a card with many layers of coordinating pattern paper, but knew that putting the card together would be very time consuming and use a tonne of adhesive… So I thought I’d try layering the strips on top of each other, sticking only the bottom side and encouraging the layers to stand out.  I love the dimension that resulted.  Here is the card:


And here is a close up of the layering effect:


Wouldn’t your heart just break covering up all that Gorgeous Glimmer Paper! I used a framelit to die cut from the middle of that mat, as well as a modern label punchie and small heart or two before sticking it down.  I’ll use those pieces for another card or two later!

Thanks for stopping by!


Distressing Dots Making Another Appearance…

When new goodies arrive from Stampin’ Up! I often give my favourite new item a good ole’ bashing 🙂 My new background stamp Distressed Dots is definitely one of those items! If you love this stamp and don’t own it yet, there are only 2 weeks left before it retires from the catalogue so best you send me your order soon!


With this card I have stamped it in White Craft Ink onto Regal Rose cardstock and heat set it with my heat tool (craft ink takes  a while to dry but produces a really nice subtle look.

This central stamp is from Fun and Fast Notes.  Although that set is already retired, Easy Events is a similar stamp set available now in the current catalogue.

I’ve coloured the cake image with my Stampin’ write markers and then added champagne shimmer paint on top with my blender pen.  I like the toned down effect.

As always thanks for stopping by!


Happy Mother’s Day Mum!

I whipped these cards up yesterday for my dear Mum and Mother – in – Law using a very retired and sought after Parisian Breeze Cardstock weight DSP…that I love! So I only bring it out for special occasions 😉


This one is for my Mum:

IMG_2336And for my MIL:


I am really into layering elements at the moment so I kept the layout really simple topping it off with the large bloom from Secret Garden embossed in white and sprayed with shimmer spray (as per usual!).

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a fabulous Mother’s Day!!!!!


Pretty Chipboard Butterflies

My lovely friend Chelsea turned 14 this week and I made this card especially for her 🙂


If you have Glimmer paper in your stash you also have a sheet of very nice chipboard that comes in the packaging.  I love creating my own chipboard butterflies out of this – I simply cut it to size and run it through my big shot using my Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die here, creating a chipboard butterfly , then a patterned paper one and glue them together with my glue stick.


I love layering them this way – for the smaller butterflies I used my Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die here

And of course I finished the inside of the card with another butterfly and more ribbon and patterned paper:


Aren’t these colours just perfect for a teenage girl?  My card base is Soft Suede and I’ve used Pool Party as my highlight colour.  And I’ve finished the card off with a generous spritzing of shimmer spray (made from mixing shimmer paint with early espresso reinker and Isocol).

Hope you enjoyed my project today – you can order butterfly dies from the Stampin’ Up! Online store through the links above – just be sure to create an account and use the Demonstrator Directory to choose me as your demonstrator to receive preferred pricing 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!