Large Letter – Wild Flower Meadow

By | 27/09/2017

In previous posts I have mentioned the Creative Inkers’ Birthday club, whereby we send each other birthday cards.  I recently acquired the Large Letter Framelits and was just itching to have a play.  What better opportunity than to personalise a birthday card.  

Using the Large Letter Framelits, this card can easily be adapted to use any name (provided the name isn’t too long).  Equally you can stamp any image.  In this case, I have used some of the smaller stamps from the Daisy Delight stampset to create a wild flower look.

Once I had stamped the card front I laid out the letters on grid paper to ensure they were straight and equally spaced then placed washi tape across all other letter to hold them in place.  Then carefully laid the ‘washi taped’ letter onto the card front and run it all through the Big Shot.Large Letters Framelits Dies

To elevate the letters up, I die cut another three of each of the letters in Old Olive and carefully glued them together placing the stamped letter on the top and then place the letter stacks back into the card front.

Besides using names, you could use “Mum”, “Dad”, “Sister” and “Aunt” for example. The options are endless.

Needless to say, this card is not a standard size (8 x 4″) so the Envelope Punch Board came in really handy to make my own envelope to fit this card perfectly.

Happy stamping!


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

Supplies used:
Stamp set:  Daisy Delight
Framelits:  Large Letters
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry

Miscellaneous:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Trimmer, Big shot

Clear Tiny Treat Boxes

By | 12/09/2017

Have you ever needed just that little something, whether it be a modest gift, a table favour for a wedding or baby shower just to name a few.  Well, maybe Clear Tiny Treat Boxes could be the answer.

These great treat boxes come ‘flat packed’ and you just need to assemble them and decorate as you wish.

In this instance, I have cut a piece of DSP (Designer Series Paper) 15 x 5cm, scored at 5 and 10cms, popped inside the treat box, filled with treats and then topped with a bow made using the Bow Builder Punch.

This would be perfect for a baby shower, or wedding favours maybe even a teacher gift for the end of the year.

There many different options for decorating these lovely little boxes.  Perhaps wrap with ribbon and add a tag or stamp and punch a lovely flower.  For my second example I have used the Daisy Delight stamp set and punch.  You really can achieve fabulous results with minimum supplies.

Happy stamping!


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

Supplies used:
Stamp set:  Daisy Delight (Annual Catalogue)

Cardstock:  Blushing Bride, Whisper white, Daffodil Delight
Designer Series Paper:  Fresh Florals, Delightful Daisy
Ink:  Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight

Miscellaneous:  Clear Tiny Treat Boxes, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Dimensionals, Bow Builder Punch, Daisy Punch

More Good Tidings

By | 08/09/2017

I really have had fun playing with this stamp set.  At the time of making this card the set had only just become available to demonstrators so there were no projects on the internet using this set.  Often I get inspiration from other demonstrators but in this instance, that wasn’t an option.

I started with the “Sheet Music” background stamp, then the holly and finally the greeting.

The holly and the berries have a 3D effect which is created using the two step process.  Placement of the second layer can be a little tricky but the use of a Stampa-ma-jig made it easy.

To make the greeting pop just a little, I covered the stamp with Versamark, then Real Red Ink before stamping it onto the card and then adding clear embossing powder and heat setting.  This gives it a shiny, embossed finish.

The 3/8″ Metallic-Edge ribbon is just lovely.  In this instance I have used the Very Vanilla with the Gold Trim but you can also purchase Whisper White with silver trim.

Happy stamping!


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

Supplies used:
Stamp set:  Glad Tidings (2017 Holiday Catalogue), Sheet Music (Annual Catalogue)

Cardstock:  Very Vanilla
Ink:  Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Sahara Sand, Versa Mark

Miscellaneous:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Trimmer, Gold Embossing Powder, Dimensionals

Good Tidings

By | 04/09/2017

For once, I am preparing a post three weeks in advance.  Reason being that in just over a week or so I need to have prepared 21 swaps for the next Creative Inkers’ Team Swap.  For this swap we have to use at least one item from the new Holiday Catalogue but at the time of preparing this post we were not permitted to show new product just yet hence the delay in posting.  I wasn’t sure what to do for this swap as I needed to keep my expenditure down.

It turned out to be an interesting challenge and I am pleased with the results so far.  I have come up a card in two different colour combinations.  I’m not sure which one I will choose for the actual swap.  Let me know which one you prefer?

Soooo, I chose the new Glad Tidings Stamp set which using the two-step stamping technique creates a beautiful holly leaf and berries.

For the first card, I have used traditional colours – Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Always Articoke (this is a first for me – never knew quite where to use this colour before) and Gold Embossing Powder on Very Vanilla cardstock.

The holly was stamped directly on the top layer of the card.  The greeting, on a seperate piece of cardstock, die cut using the Stitched Framelits and layered with dimensionals.

The second card also used Very Vanilla card stock and Gold Embossing Powder but for the rest I have used several ink colours from the Neutrals range to create a sepia effect.

Sahara Sand and Crumb Cake for the leaves, Soft Suede and Early Espresso for the berries.

I still don’t know which I prefer….. normally I would assume I’d like the more traditional colour combination but I really quite like the Neutrals.

Then I got to thinking….. what other colour combinations could you use?  Shades of grey and blue, maybe?  That would probably look cool.   Either way, that is the advantage of making your own cards.  There are no rules and if you want to change out the colours, why not?

I actually came up with another card but I’ll save that for another time.

Happy stamping!


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

Supplies used:
Stamp set:  Glad Tidings (2017 Holiday Catalogue)

Framelits:  Stitched Shapes
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede
Ink:  Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Versa Mark, Always Artichoke

Miscellaneous:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Trimmer, Big Shot, Gold Embossing Powder, Dimensionals

2017 Holiday Catalogue is HERE!!

By | 02/09/2017


Christmas may be over three months away but now is the time to start thinking about those fabulous Christmas project.  Whether it be beautiful handmade cares, Christmas Tree decorations, gifts or home decor our new 2017 Holiday Catalogue has it all.  And it doesn’t just stop at Christmas, there is so much more.

To download a copy please click on the catalogue image or click HERE.

Stampin’ Up! has put together a number of videos detailing some of the new products.  Here are just a few, click on the image to view videos:

The “Be Merry” kit contains all you need to make 12 festive rosettes to hang on you Christmas tree, you just need to provide the adhesives.  This would make a fabulous holiday time craft project.

To help store those precious Christmas memories why not use our Memories and More scrapbooking supplies along with our “Merry Little Christmas” Memories and More Card Pack.  This card pack comes with a variety of different sized, double sided card that fit neatly into our pocket pages to create easy, safe memory keeping pages. 

Want to make your own Christmas cards but don’t want to have to purchase lots of supplies, why not try the new Stampin’ Up! “Watercolor Christmas Project Kit”?  Just add a Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad and adhesives and you are set to go.  Also great for those last minute creations in the few weeks before Christmas.

That is just a taste of some of the fabulous new products available in the new catalogue.

If you live in New Zealand all the product mentioned here and in the catalogue can be purchased HERE.

Happy stamping!


Wisteria Wonder – Number of Years

By | 29/08/2017

When I was first married, we lived in a house that had a large patio with a pergola overhead.  Growing over this pergola was beautiful old wisteria.  Early spring it would gradually become a mass of pale purple (mauve, lilac).  It would look glorious for a week, then the spring breezes would hit and the petals would fall like a gentle snow.  Beautiful.

A while ago when I was ‘surfing’ the web I came across THIS post from Esther Howard and it brought back those lovely memories.  I just had to CASE it.

And as you may have noticed with the previous shaving foam posts, once I find something I really enjoy, I tend use it a lot.  In this instance, I found myself stamping the inside of the card as well.

Later I was thinking…. ‘what shall I do for my July Thank You cards…… oh I know, I do some more wisteria’.  This time, I not only stamped the card and the insert, why not the home made envelope was well?

You might notice that the 3×3″ so called “Thank You” card says “Happy Birthday”.  I tend put a card like this in with any of my orders with the view that my customer will use the card themselves and ‘share the love’ as it were.  And we all tend to be more likely to send birthday cards instead of thank you cards.

These are all very simple cards that use card stock, stamps and ink.  What could be simpler?

I appreciate that I may have got a little carried away, but I really enjoyed making these cards and envelopes so why not.

Don’t think it hasn’t cross my mind to try other colours…. I will try and resist the urge.

Number Of Years Photopolymer Stamp Set

The Number of Years photopolymer stamp set is easily over looked as being a ‘numbers’ stamp set however there are also a number of other images that can work together to make beautiful floral images.  The various different flowers combine with the ‘greenery’ to create a colour bouquet.  Once of my favourites that I haven’t used for a while.  So it was good to be reminded of other ways to use this set.

You can also purchase the ‘Large Number Framelits’ which will neatly die cut the numbers, the small flag and the banner.

Happy stamping!


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

Supplies used:
Stamp set:  Number of Years
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizazz, Lemon Lime Twist, Elegant Eggplant

Miscellaneous:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Trimmer, Envelope Punch Board, sponges.


Daisy Delight Birthday

By | 07/08/2017

I do love the way Stampin’ Up! encourages casing projects.  (CASE = Cope and share everything).  The other day I came across THIS post from Stampin By Hannah, and she had in turn cased the card from THIS post by Teneale Williams.  Each card is basically the same but we have all added our own little tweek to it.

This simple card shows off one of the sheets from the lovely Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper beautifully.  This is a lovely pack of  double sided paper combining floral images and simple patterns.

Layered onto Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight and then topped with Vellum Cardstock, torn at the bottom and some Baker’s Twine it makes the perfect base for the  ‘Happy Birthday’ greeting.  In this instance I have cut the greeting twice, once each with Night of Navy and Daffodil Delight and ever so slightly off set them.  I believe that make the greeting stand out just that little bit more.

You do have to be careful with Vellum as any adhesive you use will show through and be quite visible.  To reduce this, I have adhered the greeting onto the vellum before attaching to the card.  That way I was able to put a few spots of adhesive behind the greeting to secure it to the card.  It may not be obvious but the edges of the vellum are completely free.  The Baker’s Twine not only looks great but it helps to hold down the top of the vellum.

The ‘Happy Birthday’ is a thinlit available for purchase by itself or as part of a bundle with “Happy Birthday Gorgeous” stamp set to save 10%.

Happy stamping!


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

Supplies used:
Stamp set:  Daisy Delight (available as part of a bundle to save 10%)

Thinlits:  Happy Birthday
Designer Series Paper:  Delightful Daisy

Cardstock:  Vellum, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White (for the insert inside the card)
Ink:  Night of Navy (for the insert inside the card)

Miscellaneous:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Trimmer, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Baker’s Twine

Daisy Delight Window Box

By | 04/08/2017

One of my favourite suites in the new 2017/18 Annual Catalogue is the Delightful Dasiy suite.  The combination of a cute stamp set and matching punch are fabulous and even better still, are available as a bundle thus saving 10%.  Then adding the beautiful Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper, Double Stitch Ribbon and topped off with Facet Gems….. what can I say.

So when I came across THIS project from Angela’s PaperArts, I just had to give it a go.

This project also uses the Window Box Thinlits (also a favourite) but it has been extended to be taller.  The thinlits set also includes a selection other dies that can be added to create detail on the box which is what I have done on alternate sides.  For the ‘other alternate’ sides I have layers some of that lovely Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper onto Whisper White Card stock and then onto the Daffodil Delight box.

The top of my box is a little different to the original as I have stamped and punched three daisies.  Thank goodness for the matching punching which saves on the ‘fussy cutting’.  Topped of with leaves die cut using thinlits from the Rose Garden thinlits set and gold Faceted Gems.

Happy stamping!


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

Supplies used:
Stamp set:  Daisy Delight (available as part of a bundle to save 10%)
Punch:  Daisy (available as part of a bundle to save 10%)
Thinlits:  Window Box, Rose Garden

Cardstock:  Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Pear Pizazz
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder

Miscellaneous:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Gold Faceted Gems, Stampin’ Trimmer, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Carols of Christmas – Early Release

By | 02/08/2017


Carols of Christmas Clear-Mount Bundle

As you may know, any new demonstrators joining SU! in July received an extra bonus of free products and this included amongst other things, the Carol of Christmas stamp set.  Now SU! have announced the early release of the Carols of Christmas bundle which you can now purchase in advance of the issue of the upcoming Holiday Catalogue.

This set includes some lovely stamped images and coordinating thinlit dies to create fabulous projects whether it be cards, memory keeping or home decor.  The choice is yours.TH_Video_Carols_Xmas_ENG

The stamp set is available in either wood mount or clear mount (both red rubber).

For project ideas please feel free to check out THIS video directly from Stampin’ Up!

Happy stamping!


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

Lift Me Up

By | 13/07/2017

This project seems a little different to my usual projects.  I’m not quite sure what is different about it.  Maybe it is the colour combinations?  But then again, it is red, white, blue and yellow…… or should I say Real Red, Whisper White, Night of Navy, Soft Sky and Daffodil Delight.  Nothing strange about that either.  I don’t know what it is, maybe you do.

If I was to do this card again, I would probably switch the Real Red and Daffodil Delight card stock around.

Anyway, the balloon is die cut using the Up & Away thinlits and the greeting is from the matching Lift Me Up stamp set.  Up & Away Thinlits Dies

Once again, the background is done using the Embossing Paste and the cloud mask.  It adds texture that is, perhaps, not apparent in the picture.

For something different the Up & Away thinlit set can be used to make a really cool mobile for a child’s room.

If you would like to know more about this stamp and die set you may find this video interesting.

Happy stamping!


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

Supplies used:-
Stamp set:  Lift Me Up
Thinlits:  Up & Away

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Soft Sky, Night of Navy, Real Red, Daffodil Delight
Ink:  Night of Navy

Miscellaneous:  Embossing Paste, Embossing Masks, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Multipurpose Liquid glue, Dimsenionals, Triple Banner Punch.