Creative Inker’s Birthday Wishes

By | April 23, 2017

I am fortunate enough to not only be an Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, but also am part of the Creative Inker’s group.  This is a group of very supportive and social women with similar interests.  We get together on a regular basis at a number of different occasions such as Team Training, Stamp Camp, Extravaganzas and On Stage Events.

As part of this group, we have set a a Birthday Card Club where by we send each other birthday cards on their birthday.  Well, April is my birthday month and I received around 30 birthday cards in the post…… I bet the postie was wondering what was going.  I know my neighbours certainly did as we were away at the time and they were clearing our mail box.

So for today’s post I thought I’d show you just a few of the cards I received.  They are all wonderful but here are just a few examples.  So many different cards, different styles and colours.

In this day and age, sending a quick text or e-mail to wish people a Happy Birthday seems the easiest option, but nothing competes with receiving a beautiful handmade card in the post.  You can put in as much or a little effort as you wish in making your own cards.

If you think you would like to sign up with Stampin’ Up! and become part of the wonderful Creative Inker’s team then I would love to have you as part of my team.  If you have any questions (no obligation) please feel free to contact me HERE.

Happy stamping!


If you live in New Zealand all supplies used to create these projects can be purchased HERE.


Rose Wonder – Floating Watercolour

By | April 17, 2017

Today’s card I made quite some time ago but thought I’d share it with you as it is a good example (in my opinion) of the floating watercolour technique.  Plus it just happens to be a pretty card suitable for many occasions.

In this instance, I have heat embossed the rose from the Rose Wonder Stamp set using white embossing powder onto Shimmery White card stock.  This card stock has an ever so slightly sparkly surface and works well with watercolouring.  I have then spritzed it with water so that it pools within in the different sections of the image.  Using an aqua painter, I have picked up ink colours and dropped them carefully into each of the ‘pools’.  The ink colour will move by itself and fill in the segments and just seems to settle in the right spot.  It may look a little bit of a mess to start with, but once it is dry it all seems to come right.

The colours used for the rose were Night of Navy, Marina Mist and Tempting Turquoise and for the leaves Pear Pizzazz and Garden Green.  But you can use a variety of colour combinations for different result, each card will be different.

What about trying Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Calypso Coral, or Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry, for example.  There are not limits to possible colour options.

Once the image is thoroughly die, I have fussy cut it out and using dimensionals, adhered onto a Whisper White card stock which has been stamped with Timeless Textures and Smokey Slate, and mounted onto a Smokey Slate card base.


Happy stamping!


If you live in New Zealand all supplies used to create these projects can be purchased HERE.

Supplies used:-
Stamp set:  Rose Wonder, Timeless Textures
Cardstock:  Shimmery White, Whisper White, Smokey Slate
Ink:  Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Tempting Turquoise, Smoke Slate, Versa Mark

Miscellaneous:  White Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Aqua Painter Brush, Multipurpose Liquid glue.


Retiring Products & Discounts

By | April 11, 2017

It’s that time again.  Time to say ‘goodbye’ to some fabulous products and maybe acquire some of the retiring product at a discount.

Click on the graphic to see the current list of retiring products or click HERE.

There are a number of things I’ll miss including “Gorgeous Grunge”, “Petite Petals” (and matching punch), “Curvy Keepsake box” and many more.

Now that the retirement list has been released, items will disappear very quickly.  I would advise you to get in quickly to avoid disappointment.  Please don’t forget to use the Host Code, if you order is under $300.

Happy stamping!


Floral Phrases

By | April 9, 2017

Today’s cards uses Bermuda Bay (one of my favourite colours) cardstock, Inkpad and ribbon….. oh the joy of having colour co-ordinating products.  You never need worry about matching components of projects again.

This card is very easily created using the Detailed Floral Thinlits dies from Stampin’ Up!  The set includes three dies – two floral images and an outline image.  In this instance, I have only used the floral images on Whisper White card stock and then adhered to Bermuda Bay card base but you could use any colour of your choice.

The greeting is from the co-ordinating Floral Phrases stamp set which can be purchased as part of a ‘bundle’ with the Detailed Floral Thinlits. to save 10%.

To shift if up a notch, you can rotate the Details Floral Thinlet and use the edging die to create a slightly different effect.  

Which do you prefer?

Happy stamping!


If you live in New Zealand all supplies used to create these projects can be purchased HERE.

Supplies used:-
Stamp set:  Floral Phrases
Thinlits/Framelits:  Detailed Floral Thinlits

Card stock:  Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
Ink:  Bermuda Bay

Embellishments:  Bermuda Bay 1/8″ Stitched Ribbon
Miscellaneous:  Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Big Shot.

Butterfly Basics – Resist Technique

By | April 6, 2017

I must admit that the Butterfly Basics stamp set was another one of those sets that didn’t float my boat when i first saw it.  However, I must also admit that it is now probably one of my most used stamp sets, whether it be the fern image, the greetings or the mesh background image or any of the other stamps.

One of my favourite uses/techniques for this set I found on Ruth Trice‘s website.  It requires a fairly detailed image which is stamped using Staz On ink onto Whisper White card stock.  The image is then carefully ‘coloured in’ using the Fine Tip Glue Pen and left to completely dry.  You can then stamp or sponge as you wish with any colour.  It does pay to wipe with a tissue to remove any residual ink on the dry glue.

The area covered with the Fine Tip Glue Pen resists the ink creating a black and white focal image.

I used this technique to for my monthly 3×3″ thank you cards that I enclose orders place with me.

As you can see I have made a range of colours, which one do you prefer? Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry or Bermuda Bay?   I think mine is the Bermuda Bay.

Happy stamping!


If you live in New Zealand all supplies used to create these projects can be purchased HERE.

Supplies used:-
Stamp set:  Butterfly Basics
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Bermuda Bay
Ink:  Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Bermuda Bay

Miscellaneous:  Fine Tip Glue Pen, Multipurpose Liquid glue

So Very Much – Avant Garden

By | March 15, 2017

With only two weeks of Sale-a-bration left there is a rush to place qualifying order.  Please make sure you don’t miss out.

Last week, my daughter and I  attended her school camp.  To say it was a little damp would be an understatement.  Fortunately we didn’t have to be evacuated like other camps in the regional but some plans had to be changed.  And wouldn’t you know it, my daughter got a bee sting on the underside of her foot within two hours of arriving at the camp, but in true “get on with it” fashion, she didn’t let it stop her.

In saying that, she was very well looked after by the teachers and one in particular took extra care to make sure her wound was kept as clean and dry as possible under the circumstances.  So….. I thought I would send this teacher a card to let her know I really appreciated the help she gave my daughter.  Hence today’s card.

For this card I took inspiration from Linda Dalke and used two Sale-a-bration sets, So Very Much and Avant Garden.  I have stepped it up just a smidge with a little more stamping and adding a mat layer.

I have used Pacific Point and Wild Wasabai stamped onto Very Vanilla card stock.  To create the different tones of Pacific Point I have re-stamped without re-inking the stamp.  The greeting is heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder just that wee touch of bling.  Don’t forget to use your Embossing Buddy to ensure that you don’t end up with random spots of embosing powder.

Happy stamping!


If you live in New Zealand all supplies used to create these projects can be purchased HERE.

Supplies used:-
Stamp set:  Avant Garden, So Very Much
Card:  Very Vanilla, Pacific Point
Ink:  Pacific Point, Wild Wasabi, Versa Mark

Embellishments:  Gold Embossing Powder
Miscellaneous:  Multipurpose Liquid glue, Embossing Buddy

Dragonfly Dreams – Buzzy Bee

By | March 12, 2017

The Dragonfly Dreams stamp set is proving to be a very popular set, and for good reason.  It contains beautiful dragonfly images and the ability to create a water effect using stamps.  But did you notice the cute bee stamp?  The matching thinlits dies set also have a bee image.   I have a friend just loves bees and butterflies, and her favourite Stampin’ Up! colour is Daffodil Delight, hence my card today.

I have used Early Espresso to stamp the image randomly, (random is never quite that random but you know what I mean) onto Daffodil Delight card stock, layered with Early Espresso and then onto a Daffodil Delight card base.  The greeting is from the same set and is die cut using the Layer Ovals Framelits.  I have added a little Wink of Stella here but I think a layer of Fine Tip Glue Pen over the wings would add dimension and shine.

As per the description above, I very rarely use black ink.  I generally use Early Espresso instead.  Unless compared directly with something black it looks black without the harshness that black can sometimes present.

Happy stamping!


If you live in New Zealand all supplies used to create these projects can be purchased HERE.

Supplies used:-
Stamp set:  Dragonfly Dreams
Thinlits/Framelits:  Detailed Dragonfly, Layering Ovals

Card:  Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso
Ink:  Early Espresso

Embellishments:  Wink of Stella Glimmer Pen
Miscellaneous:  Multipurpose Liquid glue, Big Shot.

Balloon Adventures

By | March 9, 2017

A number of my customer are mothers with young children.  One lovely lady in particular has five children and between them and their friends there is always a need for birthday cards for children.

This month for our regular card class I show cased the Balloon Adventures stamp set.  I demonstrated a couple of cards using the stamp set and making “Balloon Pop-Up” thinlit dies and hope to show you those in the future.  The third card we made used stamp set without the matching thinlits.

Generally I tend to use more subtle colour combinations but given as I was aiming to create cards for young children, vivid colour combinations seemed to be the order of the day.  

For this card I have used Emerald Envy, Pacific Point, Watermelon Wonder and Crush Curry to stamp the balloons randomly over the Whisper White card stock.  The narrow strip is a piece of Party Animal Designer Series Paper (DSP) layer over a slightly wider strip of Emerald Envy.

Happy stamping!


If you live in New Zealand all supplies used to create these projects can be purchased HERE.

Supplies used:-
Stamp set:  Balloon Adventures
Thinlits:  Layering Oval Framelits

Card:  Whisper White, Emerald Envy,  Crushed Curry
Ink:  Emerald Envy, Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Pacific Point

Miscellaneous:  Multipurpose Liquid glue, Dimensionals

Cake Crazy

By | March 5, 2017

I must admit I completely missed this stamp set in the catalogue, or at least it didn’t register with me in the first instance.  However, while in Brisbane in November for the Stampin’ Up! On Stage Live event this set was demonstrated by our very own Emma Parkin-Wilson, New Zealand Country Manager for Stampin’ Up!.  Emma is a fabulous presenter and had us laughing like you wouldn’t believe….. no change there then.

You may not realise but the various stamps in the set combine to make multicolour layer cakes.  Great for birthday days, weddings….. anything really.

For this card I have used Flirty Flamingo, Watermelon Wonder and Daffodil Delight cardstock and inkpads with a little Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the flames to add sparkle and dimension.

I also found it easier to stamp the cake image and then trim the cardstock to fit and layer accordingly rather than have the exact size cardstock and hoping that I stamped in the right place.

You also have the option to replace a cake layer with a selection of words and still maintain the cake shape.  This way you can personalise your project to suit you and the recipient.

In this instance I have used Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight inkpads and cardstock.  Don’t you just love it when inkpads and cardstock match…. never a problem with Stampin’ Up!

Happy stamping!


If you live in New Zealand all supplies used to create these projects can be purchased HERE.

Supplies used:-
Stamp set:  Balloon Adventures
Card:  Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight, Pacifc Point, Bermuda Bay
Ink:  Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight, Pacifc Point, Bermuda Bay

Embellishments:  Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
Miscellaneous:  Multipurpose Liquid glue

Nailed It

By | February 28, 2017

In February, my husband and I celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary.  I must admit, I am not a mushy demonstrative person so cards for my husband particularly for Valentines and anniversaries can be a little challenging.

To be fair, masculine cards in general can be challenging but the new Nailed It stamp set really helps.

So, for an anniversary card, I came up with this.  I guess it could be used for birthday card, Fathers’ Day card…. really anything I guess depending on the message you choose to pop inside.

The circle has been die cut using the new Stitched Shapes Framelits.  These are not currently in a catalogue but can be ordered.  The set includes 4 different sizes of circles, ovals and squares and co-ordinate beautifully with the Layered Ovals, Circles and Squares which are available seperately.

For this card I have used the Nailed It stamp set and matching Build If Framelits (available as a bundle to save 10%) to create the tools and have used a little Fine Tipped Glue Pen to add glossy highlights on parts of the images to create a little texture.

You may also notice the texture on the top mat.  This has been done using the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  This is an extra thick embossing which really gives the image significant depth.

I hope hubby likes it.

Happy stamping!


If you live in New Zealand all supplies used to create these projects can be purchased HERE.

Supplies used:-
Stamp set:  Nailed It
Thinlits:  Build It, Stitched Shapes

Card:  Delightful Dijon, Basic Grey, Silver Foil card
Ink:  Staz On (on the foil card), Momento Black

Embellishments:  Fine Tipped Glue Pen, Hexagons Dynamic Impressions Embossing Folder
Miscellaneous:  Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid glue, Big Shot.