Monday, 22 January 2018

What Will You Stamp 152? #WWYS152

What Will you Stamp Challenge number 152.
I hope that you like what I can come up with for these awesome challenges.
I hope more of you join in with these great stampset challenges as they are fun!

Ribbon of Courage

Well I think that everyone is touched by cancer at some point in their life.
My story is my beautiful dad was diagnosed with a rare type of sarcoma about 12 years ago! I was devastated and thought that this is it I'm going to lose my dad...... he had radiotherapy for months and he has had the all clear for a few years now. 

I chose yellow for my card as yellow is the symbol of Sarcoma.

  • Stamps: Ribbon of Courage
  • Ink:  Daffodil Delight
  • Card: Whisper White and Daffodil Delight
  • Tools: Support Ribbon Framelits with the Bigshot
  • Embellishments: Dimensionals & 1/4" double stitched daffodil delight ribbon

To See the other cards in these challenges or to enter in this challenge head on over to

Alisa's build a Card Challenge

Hi there and welcome to my blog.
The very talented Alisa Tilsner has started to do a build a card challenge again on her Stampers Group page.

Step 1 - stamp and image and colour it in.

Step 2 - create a background panel. This could be DSP, a stamped background, or technique background. Needs to match your main coloured image.

Step 3 - cut out your stamped image and choose a shape background for it to be mounted to. 
Don't adhere anything just yet though.

Step 4 - stamp a sentiment on card (or emboss on darker card etc) trim into a banner. 
Again, don't adhere anything just yet.
I forgot to take a pic of this step

Step 5 - assembly time. Find a card base.
Arrange all your components as you wish on your card. 
Add some embellishment/ribbon/bling if desired

I apologize for the picture quality of the instruction pics they were taken on my phone.

The Completed Card

I have done this challenge in a scrapping page (black and white background and the rose flowers) but I need to complete and add a picture to it.

  • Stamps: Magical Day & sentiment from Perennial Birthdays
  • Ink: Smokey Slate, Dapper Denim
  • Card: Smokey Slate, Myths and Magic specialty DSP, Whisper White, Bermuda Bay 
  • Tools: Magical Mates, Lots of Labels & Stitched Shapes framelits with the bigshot
  • Embellishments:  Dimensionals, Wink of Stella, Bermuda Bay shimmery ribbon (saleabration) and silver sequins 

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Matt's Challenge #mattschallenge

My gorgeous friend who I have been lucky enough to meet through this wonderful hobby of mine
Renae Crosby has a lovely hubby Matt.
Matt (or Matty) loves to set a challenge with Renae's craft supplies.
It all came about when Renae was feeling she had lost her mojo.
Matt grabbed a few of her Stampin' Up! supplies and plonked them in front of her and that is how Matt's Challenge was born.

Here is the current challenge

We have to make a card using all of these items that Matt has picked plus we can add to it.
* Rich Razzleberry Ink
* Layered Leaves Embossing Folder
* Hardwood background Stamp
* Vellum

Here is what I came up with

I really love the subtle background of the hardwood stamp.
This effect was achieved by using a sponge and lightly sponging the ink on the stamp.

  • Stamps: Beautiful Day, Hardwood & sentiment from Party Pandas
  • Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Versamark and Sahara Sand
  • Card: Shimmery White, Whisper White & Vellum 
  • Tools: Layered Leaves with the Bigshot, White Stampin Emboss with a heat tool & aqua painter
  • Embellishments:  Dimensionals & burlap ribbon

Join in on this challenge and post your pic Matts page with the hashtag

Monday, 15 January 2018

What Will You Stamp 151 #WWYS151

What Will you Stamp Challenge number 151.
I hope that you like what I can come up with for these awesome challenges.
I hope more of you join in with these great stampset challenges as they are fun!

I sent this card to my downline Rachel in October last year for her birthday.

It was pretty simple to make the background using watercolour paper and reinkers for that bold background look. I just placed a couple of drops onto a wet acrylic block, sprayed lightly with water and then pressed onto the watercolour paper.

The rose image was coloured with an aqua painter and ink from the inkpad then fussy cut and mounted on the background (which has been stamped and embossed in copper with the background image from the stampset)

  • Stamps: Graceful Garden & Sentiment from Best Birds
  • Ink:  Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Versamark and Fresh Fig
  • Card: Fresh Fig, Watercolour and Shimmery white
  • Tools: Copper Stampin' Emboss with the heat tool, acrylic block and spritzer with water
  • Embellishments: Dimensionals

To See the other cards in these challenges or to enter in this challenge head on over to

Sunday, 14 January 2018

ESAD 2018 Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-bration blog hop

Welcome to another wonderul ESAD blog hop!
I am so lucky to be in this group of talented demonstrators (friends) and I hope that you enjoy all our projects from the upcoming Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogues!

You have  come from Cheryl's gorgeous project

This is a set I never thought I would earn through Sale-a-bration and I am glad I did get it as it is gorgeous for any type of card.

I repeated the image on the background with Basic Grey to add depth to the card.
The top layer of the image was stamped 3 times and fussy cut and pieced back together to form the flower image.
  • Stamps: Sentiment from Perennial Birthday & Heartfelt blooms (sale-a-bration)
  • Ink:  Smokey Slate, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi and Pumpkin Pie
  • Card: Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie & Whisper White
  • Embellishments: Dimensionals and Basic Grey Shimmer Ribbon (sale-a-bration)

Ok so I have been super busy and this post will be a little picture heavy here is what else I have been up to (these items are from the Occasions catalogue).

Mini Post it note holders and pens are always a hit!

and little desktop calendars.
 Yes Yes I have fussy cut again.... you know I love it!
  • Stamps: Magical Day
  • Ink:  Dapper Denim and Lemon Lime Twist
  • Card: Dapper Denim, Lemon Lime Twist, Basic Grey, Myths and Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Tools: Stitched Circles Framelits with the bigshot
  • Embellishments: Dimensionals & mini calendars (not su)

Up next is Amity to wow you with her project!

Blog Hop Participant List
2. Nicole Wilson - YOU ARE HERE!

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Colour INKspiration #25

What is Colour INKspiraton? – a Facebook based bi-monthly colour challenge.
Anyone with Facebook can join in.  You don’t need a blog and you don’t need to be a demonstrator.
I have joined in these challenges and love them as Colour challenges for me are actually a real challenge.
 Click here to join the Facebook page which now has over 1750 members and see what it’s all about.

Here’s some of the basic details about the challenge –
The Colour INKspiration Crew! consists of a team of talented Aussie and NZ Stampin’ Up! ® Demonstrators that create projects based on Pinterest inspired colour swatches.
Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 pm (AEDT), a new colour swatch will be uploaded to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group and the Colour INKspiration Crew will get the ball rolling by providing inspiration for each challenge with a blog hop.
Then you have a 12 day period to upload your own creations using the colours provided.
If you have a blog, feel free to link back to it, but all entries will be via Facebook.  The design team will select 5 projects to be ‘design team picks’ and then the Facebook group will select an overall winner from this shortlist.

You have come from the amazing Rose's project

Colour INKspiration 25

Welcome to a new year and a fresh challenge from the colour INKspiration Crew!
These gorgeous colours were chosen by Tricia Raineri.

I just earned Epic Celebrations through Sale-a-bration and thought it was the perfect set to use with this colour combo!

Great card for a teenager boy or girl! I had nearly forgotten about the Foil Frenzy Paper as I have only used it on one card!

With a hint of a neutral colour (black) it pops when the guitar is embossed with white embossing powder. As usual I did do a bit of fussy cutting with the guitar and the black border around the punched sentiment.

  • Stamps: Epic Celebrations (Free on a $90 AUD spend)
  • Ink: Versamark, Night of Navy and Lemon Lime Twist
  • Card: Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist, Night of Navy, Basic Black, Foil Frenzy Specialty DSP, Myths & Magic Glimmer paper and Petal Passion DSP
  • Tools: Lots of Labels Framelits with the Bigshot as well as the 1 1/4 circle punch
  • Embelishments:  Dimensionals

Next up is the ever so lovely Tanya

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Stampin Up Saleabration 2018 blog hop

Welcome to 2018 and my first blog hop for the year!
We have lots of creativity to share with you featuring Sale-A-Bration 2018 and Occasions products. 

Here is what I made using the Myths and Magic Specialty Designer series paper, teamed up with the new Myths and Magic Glimmer paper and the gorgeous Shimmer Ribbon Pack from Sale-a-bration.

For anyone who knows me I do love a box card and love to make them! This one came straight to me when I saw the images in the new Occasions Catalogue.

I also love to fussy cut and these gorgeous Mermaids were cut from the
Specialty Designer Series Paper!! 

It is very hard to photograph shimmery, shiny, glittery cards as they do not come up well in photos, but this is such a glimmery card!

  • Stamps: Sentiment from Perennial Birthday and Bubbles from Magical Day
  • Ink:  Dapper Denim and Bermuda Bay
  • Card: Dapper Denim, Whisper White, Myths and Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper & Myths and Magic Glimmer Paper
  • Tools: Magical Mates Framelits Dies with the bigshot
  • Embellishments: Dimensionals, Shimmer Ribbon Pack & Sequins

Don't know what Sale-A-Bration is all about? It is an annual event where exclusive products are earned for orders placed. A minimum $90 (AUD) purchase is required.
You can earn as many Sale-A-Bration products as you would like.

If you are ready to place your Sale-A-Bration order (In Australia) and don't already have a demonstrator, I would be happy to help you out!

I hope you enjoyed my creation, make sure you keep hopping along to see all the other beautiful Sale-A-Bration projects!

Click on the "NEXT" button above to visit Shirley Merker's blog.

If you get lost here is the complete list of demonstrators in the hop

If you are in Australia and were thinking of joining this awesome company as a business or for your own discount you are welcome to join my team of crafters the “INKYPINKS”

The joining special throughout sale-a-bration is just $169 (AUD) for $235 worth of product and $80 worth of business supplies! (fully customisable by you) As an added bonus join during our SALE-A-BRATION SPECIAL Choose TWO additional FREE stampsets valued up to $174!!

Here is a card that I had made earlier that gave me the idea for the cards above.