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Sticking with my theme...

The last few creations I've made have been in a colour combo I'm absolutely loving right now - Ruby Red, Kiwi Kiss and Bella Rose papers. It's just so fresh and light. Girly without being too much (at least in my mind). So with that in mind here's the very first perspex card I ever made. Now I only made it last week, but I held off showing you all until after the blog hop.

What do you think? It was very easy to make. The only tricky bit it thinking about where you are placing the glue so you can remember to cover it with another embellishment on the other side.

Paper: Bella Rose
Cardstock: Ruby Red, Kiwi Kiss, Very Vanilla
Stamps: Always
Ink: Ruby Red
Ribbon: Kiwi Kiss
Other: Perspex sheets

Thank you

Thank you is such an easy word to say, but sometimes we forget to use it. I want to tell people in my life I appreciate them more and more, so I'm trying to use both my words - my thank you's - and my cards - gifts - to show those around me how much I value the relationship we have.

Here's a simple thank you card I made for a friend this week. I took the idea from another card I'd made and swapped out the colours to use pinks - her favourite. I also used the little bird stamp from one of the sale-a-bration sets as she LOVES the bird stamps.

Let me know what you think. Do you love it?

Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
Paper: Bella Rose
Stamps: Happy Moments
Other: Stamp markers in brown and pink, pink riboon

Blog Hop

Welcome to the 2nd Stampers Anonymous SU blog tour! This time round we will be showcasing the Sale-A-Bration stamp sets. The Sale-A-Bration stamp sets are FREE sets you can earn for every $100 purchased till 31st March. These stamp sets are not available for purchase so if there is one, two, three or maybe all 4 you would like then you need to contact your demonstrator or me (if you don’t already have a demonstrator) and place an order before you miss out.

You may have just come from Ruth Bishop's blog, but if you are starting here, don’t worry … you can make the complete circuit just by following the links at the end of each post. There are 9 stops along the way and we hope you will visit each one to see the wonderful creations we have to show you!

At the end of each post there will be a link to take you to the next stop on the tour. Feel free to “share the love” and leave a comment! So sit back, relax and enjoy!

I chose to use the set Whimsical Words to show you what you can do wit…

New favourite

Ok so it's a tough call because I absolutely love the stamp set 'always', but I think I've found a close second in the sale-a-bration set 'happy moments'. The images are just so crisp and clear. And it features this adorable little bird. Here's what I made last night for a very dear friend of mine.

I used a very simple blue and brown combination and focused on simple techniques like layering, and using coordinating papers to tie it all together.

Here's the front of the card:

An angle shot so you can see how I've double stamped the image and raised it up using dimensional:

Close up of the layering. Adding extra layers of plain whisper white can be really effective:

If you're interested in learning how to make cards like this enrol in one of my classes. Not only do you get a chance to make cards or projects and learn new skills, but you get to check out my samples from my blog and see how you can make these simple, but stunning cards too.

If you love th…

Sneak peak at a class

Yesterday I promised a sneak peak at what we'll be doing in Tuesday nights class - a Stamp-a-Stack. Well here it is. My favourite stamp set at the moment is the Always set. I love the intricacy and versatility of the stamps in this set. They go with everything, and have a great vintage feel when you stamp in chocolate chip ink.

The cards we make will vary slightly to these as I've already got some ideas on stepping them up to the next level. In addition to getting to use some amazing stamp sets, well be using some great coordinating papers with these cards.

If you want to join me next Tuesday at the class email to register your place. For $20 you'll make and take 8 cards and envelopes home, learn some new skills, and have a great time crafting.

Cardstock: Whisper White
Papers: Bella Blue
Stamp set: Always
Ribbon: Chocolate Chip
Ink: Chocolate Chip

Late last night....

Last night my sister-in-law (who is awesome) came over to craft with me. She couldn't make next weeks Stamp-a-Stack but didn't want to miss out on her paper therapy time with me. We had a lovely time playing with some of the new stamps I have just bought - including some from the Sale-a-bration catalogue and I wanted to show you what she made.

You'll have to excuse the bad photography - did I mention it was late? I think she did an amazing job with these cards. She learnt several new techniques, and even better gave me the opportunity to show you some of the cards we will be making in next weeks class.

In addition to making 4 cards similar to those featured above, tomorrow I'll be showing you a sneak peak of the other design we will be making. Stamp-a-stacks are a great way of stocking up on cards (you make 8), learning some new techniques, and also having a lot of fun. You don't need to have any experience as classes are suitable for beginners to advanced. I…

Double trouble

Last night I decided to get a little creative. I had a card to make that a lot of people would need to sign. I didn't want to just up-size a standard card so I decided to take on a challenge to make a double tri-shutter card - eek! Well apart from doing my head in with the folds I wasn't actually too bad. Up close the card looks absolutely amazing. In my photos... well let's just say I need a lesson on product photography :-)

I kept the colour palate simple - as the card is for a man - blues and greens - and didn't stamp too much. I love how it came out and can't make to make another version in different colours. This is definitely making the list for a future project class.

Card closed up:

Card fully open (lots of white to write messages):
Closer image of some of the panels:
Closer image of the other half:

Cardstock: Certainly Celery (or something very like it - it was in a big pile with other scraps), Old Olive, Not Quite Navy
Inks: Old Olive, Not Quite Navy

Completed my first class!

I had my very first class today and I just wanted to share my excitement with you all. 7 wonderful ladies attended and we made 3 gifts for Valentines day or the someone special in our lives. For those of you who know me well, you'll know I didn't sleep much last night and was up at the crack of dawn super excited setting up. Here's the day in pictures - except that I got too excited and busy when everyone arrived so there are no photos of us!

The table all set and waiting for the girls to arrive:
Stampin' Up goodies and demos to look through:

Cupcakes - Stamping is hard work your know!

The final product:
We used the following:
Cardstock - Ruby Red, Basic Black, Whisper White
Stamp sets - Boho Backgrounds, Warm Wards and Always
Ink: Basic Black and VersaMark
Ribbon: Real Red & Rafia

I'm super excited for my next class on Tuesday night - a Stamp-a-Stack. I've still got places available so email me at if you'd like to come along. We'l…

Wonderful to be home

Coming home after a business trip away is just wonderful. Everyone is happy I'm home (especially hubby), but the warmest welcome always comes from my 2 beagles - Sammy & Leo. After 10 days away Sammy's greeting today would melt the hardest of hearts. She was so happy to see me and couldn't stop her whole body from wagging while howling at me in great delight. It's a great welcome home.

You may have noticed I've shared some similarly themed projects over the last 10 days. It's because I've been on the road and I've been blogging projects I made before I went away. Rest assured I'm at the end of those photos now and you'll start seeing some fresh projects coming your way. I'm particularly looking forward to the weekend - not just because it's my first class - but also because of the huge box of Stampin' Up goodies I just unpacked. I can't wait to show you what I have and go crazy with new cards and projects. But until th…

First class fast approaching

My first class on Saturday 13 February is fast approaching and I'm really excited. We're going to be making 3 projects - some simple, some a little more detailed - but all perfect to give to a loved one or valentine. I still have 1 more place left at the table. If you're interested email me at

Here's a little close up of the gift bag we'll be making. We'll be using slightly different stamps but the same colour scheme. Isn't it cute!

Happiness is....

Happiness is different things to different people. It can be very deep and be the relationship you have, your family, your home life. Or it can also be the simple things - the first sip of coffee in the morning, a sunny day, a beautiful flower. In my case it can be the down right silly situations which bring about immense happiness.

Those of you who know me well will know that I don't switch off very easily (if at all). I have a small (debatable) dependency on my laptop and nexus one (phone). Whenever there is a problem or I can't get online, I have a small tendency to head towards a meltdown. (Ok so you're laughing at me now and calling me a control freak - I know, I know...)

You can imagine my happiness after a weekend of not being able to access my laptop how delighted I was when it was fixed in 2 minutes on my return to the office. Happy dance does not begin to describe my excitement. So in honour of the happiness I've been feeling all day I wanted to show yo…

Cherish the thought

Has anyone noticed I seem to have an obsession with simple words in my projects lately? They are all from the same Stampin' Up ® stamp set - Warm Words. I love them because they capture a feeling - happiness, wonderful, cherish.... There are 8 in all to capture every moment. Sometimes its simply a feeling they evoke when I see them, which reminds me about an attribute of the person I'm giving the card to.

As I've been away from home now for a week I find that I'm really missing family and friends, but most of all I'm missing my wonderful husband. Cherish is a word that sums up how I feel about him. I cherish him because he's a wonderful, kind, caring and generous man. I cherish him because he encourages me so much. I cherish him because he challenges me to be better and to do more. So today's card is dedicated to him. Hope you like it.

Front of card:

Inside card:


I'm currently traveling in the US and have had the opportunity to catch up with some old friends and make some new ones. Old friends are wonderful, the know where you've been and can give you some perspective on how far you've come - especially when you haven't seen them for a while. It's been refreshing to share with these women and hear what's been happening in their lives and how much they have grown in the last year. And it's been wonderful to have them speak into my life and encourage me in my growth and where I'm going.

So today in honour of these wonderful women I want to share this card. I made it a few weeks ago thinking about how blessed I am to have wonderful friends and colleagues in my life. Today as I post it I just want to say thank you - for all that you have given me.

Front of card:

Close up of accent: