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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Stamp Out Type 1 Diabetes

On Saturday we help our Stamp Out Diabetes Fundraiser to raise funds for a cure for TYPE 1 DIABETES.

My daughter Alisha was just thrilled – we raised $1,535 for her JDRF Walk team – "Alisha's Angels" so she is now only $900 short of her target.

Over 50 people attended. They made 5 papercraft projects, had a scrumptious afternoon tea and won door prizes & raffle prizes. Everyone enjoyed it so much we will most probably be holding the event again next year.

This fundraiser would not have been possible without the help of some very good stamping friends who I only got to know once I became a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. Marlene, Jodie, Joy and Tahnee are 4 very special ladies and I am so grateful to have them in my life!

I must also give thanks to:

Stampin' Up Australia
Fern Gully Stamps, Fern Tree Gully
Allans Bakery, Kilsyth
Bakers Delight, Croydon
Tulky's Cafe & Bar, Mooroolbark
Switchback Hair Studio, Chirnside Park
Coles, Chirnside Park,
Safeway, Chirnside Park
Terry White Chemist, Chirnside Park

And everyone who came and made the day the success it was!


a parent with a passion for a cure

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A little bit of BLING........

I am absolutely wrapped with how this card turned out. It grew from a colour challenge posted by my upline, Claire Daly for members of her team.

The colours I have used are Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Baja Breeze, Poppy Parade and Blushing Bride.

The stamp set is Punch Potpourri - a Level 1 Hostess Set from the 2010-2011 Catalogue, so if you just have to have it – call me to book a workshop where you can earn it for free.

One great thing about this set is that each image has a coordinating punch. In the case of this card I have used the Boho Blossoms and Two-Step Bird punches. The other coordinating punches are Butterfly and Full Heart. All four punches retail for $33.95 each.

The sentiment is one of 24 greetings in the Teeny Tiny Sentiments stamp set.

I have also used the Big Shot and one of Stampin' Up!'s exclusive Dies - the Top Note Bigz Die which sells for $42.95, some 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon in Daffodil Delight and BLING...... Stampin' Up!'s new self adhesive Rhinestones.

Finally - a bit of daubering, the new Scallop Trim Border Punch ($30.95) and some Dimensionals have helped me make what I think is a really lovely card.

Hope you like it too......

Till next time.

Fiona :)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

My Scrap Space

I'm a member of a Stamping Forum and some of the ladies on this forum have been posting pictures of their scrap spaces. A few have stated that theirs are too messy to show..... and Tan said she wants to see messy – so here is one VERY MESSY scrap space just for you Tan!

The photos have only been taken tonight so the light is not too good. And I must thank my daughter Alisha for taking the photos for me.... with HER camera!

My space doesn't always look like this.... but most of the time it does!

This is the view that greets you when you walk in our front door. (That's my hubby Kim playing COD on the left).

On the right against the wall is a whole lot of Jelly Baby stock that I need to get back to JDRF by the end of the month (Emily – I hope you are not looking at this.... but it is merchandise from Tassie and Colac that's why you haven't got it yet). There is also a box of "junk" from the study..... don't let me get started on that room!

This is my Desk – made by my lovely husband Kim......

This is the area to the right of my craft desk. There is meant to be a walkway through to the door to the pergola (behind the curtain) but more often than not it's full of "stuff". At the moment that "stuff" includes a whole lot of junk from Alisha's room destined for a friends garage sale.

This is the paper storage unit I bought for $40 from a scrap book store closing down sale.

I currently store my punches in this trolley which I got from Cosco.

This is my other shelving – also made by Kim. The wall panel and wire baskets were brought from the closing down sale I mentioned above.

So..... this is where I create...... and this is why we have decided to build a room above the garage just for me (though Kim says when I get sick of stamping and scraping he'll turn it into a games room with a pool table.... good luck with that !)

We have the plans, we have the permit.... Kim just needs to get his but into gear and get it built!

Thanks for droppping in.

Fiona :)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Stamp Out Diabetes

Stamp Out



Join us for an afternoon of crafting fun and help us
stamp out Type 1 Diabetes.....

Date:     Saturday 20th November 2010
Time:    12:45pm for a 1pm start till 3:30pm
Venue: Oxley College, Life Ministry Centre, Kids Hall
              Old Melbourne Road, Chirnside Park
              (Opposite Bunnings)
              Upon entry go straight through the roundabout and it's on your right.
Cost:    $20
BYO:    Scissors

5 Craft Projects
Intimo Display & Sales
Afternoon Tea
Heaps of Door Prizes
Raffles Galore
(bring cash for Lucky Tickets - no credit card facility available)

To book your seat ring Fiona Ryan on 0438 141 114.

Payment is required to secure your seat (Cash / Direct Debit)

Net Proceeds to JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes Team – Alisha's Angels

Free Ribbon........

Everyone loves a freebie.....and from now until 30th November 2010 Stampin' Up! has some beautiful Christmas Ribbon that they'd love to give to you for FREE.

There are four limited-time ribbons to choose from:
  1. Mistletoe Ribbons Original – retail value $21.95
  2. Sleigh Bells Ribbon – retail value $15.95
  3. Riding Hood Red 1 ¼" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon – retail value $19.95
  4. Real Red ¾" Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon – retail value $19.95
And there are TWO ways that you can earn your free ribbon:
  1. Simply Host a Workshop with qualifying sales of $550 (you still get the usual Hostess Benefits), or
  2. Purchase a Christmas Gift Giving Bundle. There are three to chose from – I've detailed them here: 

    • Gifted Bundle* $66.90 - Gifted Stamp Set (IB&C page 21) & Holly Jolly Designer Series Paper (page 126)

    • Welcome Christmas Bundle* $69.90 - Welcome Christmas Set (page26) & Christmas Cocoa Speciality DSP

    • Season of Joy Bundle $67.90 - Season of Joy set (page 20) & So Swirly Stampin' Around Wheel (page 20)  

    • Delightful Decorations Bundle $72.90 - Delightful Decorations Set (page 25) & Ornament Punch (page 147) 

*Also available in Clear-Mount

Click here to go to the Stampin' Up! Home page to find out more.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Christmas SAS

It's not that long till Christmas, so it's time to Stamp A Stack of Christmas cards.....

 We will make 8 cards, 2 each of 4 designs using some of the products from the 2011 Stampin' Up! Catalogue. We'll be using the new "Contempo Christmas" stamp set, and some of the beautiful double sided DSP "Jolly Holiday".

If you would like to come, please contact me to reserve your seat. Places are limited to how many I can fit comfortably around my kitchen table – so about 6.

Date: Saturday 30th October 2010

Time: Any time from 1:45pm for a 2pm start. (Allow 2-3 hours to make all 8 cards)

Place: My place in Mooroolbark. (Address provided when you book. Call 9727 3992)

Cost: $25 (all inclusive – just bring yourself, a smile and some enthusiasm for stamping!) 

Please Note: No credit card facility is available for payment of classes. Cash only.



Saturday, September 25, 2010

KISS – Keep It Simple Stamper.....

I was surfing the net (again) looking at ....guess what.... cards and scrapping blogs ......and I came across this one – 365 Cards, where they post challenges EVERY DAY!

Today's challenge is - Keep It Simple - and as soon as I read it I knew EXACTLY which stamp set I would use if I took them up on the challenge....and I did. Here's my card:

I used one of the new Level 1 Hostess Stamp Sets- Birthday Bakery – which you can get for free with a qualifying workshop. I stamped an image and greeting in Black StazOn on Whisper White cardstock and coloured bits of the image using my Blender Pen and all of the new In Colours – Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, Concord Crush and Poppy Parade. The card base is Poppy Parade and I've also used a strip of Pear Pizzazz.

Thanks for popping in to see what I've been up to.

Happy Stampin'

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Thinking of........

Just Add Ink have a challenge this week to "Just Add Sympathy". Here's my entry:

I've used the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set, and some torn paper from the new DSP – Love Letters. I've also punch a circle from the same DSP using the 1/2" Circle Punchand a "Build a Brad" to make the brad.

A very simple card..... quickly put together wth one stamp, a brad, paper and ribbon.
Happy Stampin'


Thursday, September 2, 2010

A “Thank You” Printed Petal

I was thinking the other day that the launching of a brand new catalogue deserves something a little my thank you cards for orders delivered during September are not going to be cards....they are....... Thank You Bookmarks. Here is a picture of some of them.....

I've used one of the new stamp sets from the 2011 IB&C that I got at Convention back in May. It's called Printed Petals and you'll find it on page 74. It retails for $34.95.

I've inked the image with Tempting Turquoise and stamped it on some Whisper White cardstock. I only just bought this ink pad and I just love it. It's so bright and has a real summery feel – don't you think? It makes me think of clear blue skies on a hot summer's day.

The flowers have been punched out with a square punch and layered on a strip of Melon Mambo which has just the right vibrancy to coordinate beautifully with Tempting Turquoise. A bit of Tempting Turquoise ¼" Grosgrain Ribbon and there you have it – A fun bookmark to use on those lazy days over summer when you're lying in the sun (with suntan lotion on of course), reading a good book. Ahhhh.... BLISS!

You'll be please to know that Whisper White and Very Vanilla cardstock is still available in packs of 40 A4 sheets. The pack costs $15.95 which equates to 40 cents per A4 sheet. Coloured Cardstock can be purchased in "Colour Collections" or "Individual Colours".

Colour Collection Cardstock:    20 sheets x A4 (2 of 10 colours) for $13.95 which is just 70 cents per A4 sheet.

Individual Colour Cardstock:    24 sheets x A4 (single colour) for $13.95 which is only 58 cents per A4 sheet – even better value!

12 x 12 Cardstock is also available. Check out the IB&C for more information or give me a call. I'm here to help!

Unfortunately you can no longer purchase Tempting Turquoise ribbon..... but don't despair because with some Whisper White Ribbon and some Tempting Turquiose Ink you can colour your own.

Happy Stampin'


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The 2010-2011 Idea Book And Catalogue

It's finally here - the 2011 IB&C is offically launched.....except I have to wait until midday to place my order!

If you are anything like me then as you look through this new catty your wish list will grow..... and grow and grow and grow. You'll want everything, - from new stamp sets, DSP, ink, ribbon and brads to bigshot dies and punches.

If you'd like to get some of your Wish List for FREE - contact me to book a workshop where with just $300 in workshop sales you can start checking off those wish list items.... AND get a level 1 Hostess benefit!

To view the catalogue online click here.

If you would like your own copy of the catalogue, then just call me. They are $12.95 - $15 if delivered by Australia Post.

Happy Readin'

Fiona :)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

A Scallop Circle Flower......

I've seen many of these flowers in Blogland and have been meaning to make some for a while now. So for my Thankyou Cards for August orders I've whipped up a few in Riding Hood Red. I've teamed them with Not Quite Navy and Very Vanilla – a colour combination which I think is quite striking. What do you think?

All you need to make these flowers is a Scallop Circle Punch and a Crimper – both of which you can get from Stampin' Up!

I've used two stamp sets for this card, both of which are in the Autumn Winter Mini which runs til the end of this month - Teeny Tiny Sentiments (page 24) and Vintage Vogue (page 16). The Large Oval Punch and Scallop Oval Punch frame the greeting nicely. Riding Hood Red and Not Quite Navy ink (to coordinate with our cardstock of course) and a bit of bling (Clear Rhinestone Brad in the flower) and it's done!

Til next time.

Fiona J

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Helping Hudson..... a WHEELY great cause!

It's true when they say that a little goes a long way, and I'm here to tell you about how a simple purchase of some fun -filled paper craft tutorials can give freedom to a little boy!

Hudson is 2 ½ but unlike most children his age, he has had a tough little life!  Doctors realised he had an incomplete brain before he was born and as a newborn he was discovered to be legally blind.  Hudson has recently been diagnosed with both Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy! His mobility has been hindered severely by his disabilities; however his family and friends wish nothing more than to give him the chance to get moving on his own. Hudson needs a special Wheelchair/Walker, called a Kid Walker. This device will help get him mobile, allow him to play with his brother and sister, interact with other children his own age and give him independence in his day to day life!

This is where the stamping world really comes into play! When a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators are asked for help they come to the rescue, ink and paper in hand, to work miracles. This is what has happened around Hudson over the last few months. First with his mum's direct team, and then spreading out across Australia and New Zealand and over in to the US, the UK and Canada! His story has touched so many people so it's time to share it with you all!

There is a HUGE online stamping event taking place, called Helping Hudson -A Wheely Great Cause! The organisers have been working really hard, securing support, tutorials and donations to get this event underway. There are going to be three weeks of stamping fun for you to join in – come back as often as you can, there will always be lots more to see, do and learn. It kicks off on the 1st August and will run right through until the 22nd. You'll find it at:

When you come on over to the blog you'll find out all about Hudson, his family and his cause! But, more importantly, you can DO SOMETHING TO HELP HUDSON, at the same time as helping yourself learn how to make some great new paper craft projects. How? By purchasing bundles of tutorials kindly donated by Stampin' Up! demonstrators the world over. Each bundle has 10 fun-filled tutorials for just AU$10! And there are six themes to choose from: Bags & Boxes, Christmas, Kids' Birthdays, Projects for Men & Boys, Punch Art & Scrapbooking. There's even a FREE bonus bundle if you buy four or more. WOW how exciting! All proceeds go directly to help Hudson.

(The Helping Hudson Crew will also be posting some awesome challenges throughout the three weeks. For a small donation you can join in and be in the running for some FANTASTIC Stampin'Up! Prize packs, kindly donated by Stampin' Up! Australia (Aussie participants only). Also, keep your eyes peeled for challenges over at Just Add Ink and Stamp A Memory too)

And we would love you to help spread the word too. Check out the 'Spreading The Word' page at the site for all you need to know to get the word out to as many people as you can.


Fiona :)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Raspberry Tart and Chocolate.........

Mmmmm..... sound yummy doesn't it. Does it look yummy too?

I made this last night for a friend – Dawn. A few of us were going out for lunch today to celebrate her birthday but wouldn't you know it – I have a sickie home with me so I can't go. Luckily a few of the girls are dropping by on the way to lunch to pick it up and give to Dawn for me.

It's a matchbox, made in Regal Rose. The outer sleeve is covered in Raspberry Tart. I really love this Stampin' Up! DSP – I love the colours and will be very sad to see it go come 1st September when our new Catalogue comes out. But at the same time I am so excited to know that there will be NEW pattern paper to play with!

And guess what's inside this little matchbox......yes CHOCOLATE! (I sort of gave it away with the blog title didn't I!)

They are actually 3 Hershey Nuggets wrapped in Raspberry Tart. These nuggets areoften mentioned on American SU Demonstrator blogs, and I didn't think you could get Hersheys in Australia. But I went to Cosco yesterday for the very first time with a friend who is a member (thanks Leanne!) and they were there. I just HAD to get some!

I then created a miniature Easel Card to attach to the matchbox. I have seen this idea on many blogs during my cyber travels..... can't really attribute the idea to any one person, though I did get the template for the matchbox here from Beth Warner. Isn't this just a cute little prese!

Hope you like this..... and I hope Dawns does too!

Til next time,

Fiona :)

Friday, July 2, 2010

Chalkboard Technique using Stampin’ Pastels

This month our Art with Heart Team Forum Technique Challenge is to make something using the Chalkboard Technique.

I looked at the suggested video by Dawn Griffiths. I think I had seen it before. I just LOVE Dawn. She is the person that first introduced me to Stampin' Up! (via the interent). Here is the link to her video.

 Anyway – I hadn't actually tried this please take that into consideration when looking at the two cards below. I used the Pick a Petal and Vintage Vogue stamp sets, Whisper White Craft Ink and of course, my Stampin' Pastels.

For this one, I don't think I had quite enough ink on my stamp..... and I think it's a pretty plain card, but then I was focusing on the technique....(please excuse the slant of the card - it is straight... it's what the card is resting on that is a problem. I really need to do something about setting up a good place to take photos of wha I make!)

I much prefer my second card, even though the colours aren't nearly as vibrant as the first. The detailed stamp design meant it was difficult to rub out the chalk around the stamped image, so I ended up rubbing it out all over..... and I was quite happy with the effect.

 What do you think? Leave a comment and let me know. I love getting comments on my posts cause then I know someone is actually reading them!

This was an easy technique, but the rubbing out was a bit time consuming..... but when you get in that crafting zone you don't really notice the time do you?

Hope you like it. Perhaps you'd like to try it yourself. If you do, send me a picture and I'll post it on my blog so others can see how truly talented you are!

Till next time.

Fiona J

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Butterfly Punch meets Very Vintage

I felt like playing with my Butterfly Punch yesterday so with it and a few supplied I came up with this:


I really love how inking the edges softens the tone of both plain and patterned cardstock. Originally when I put this card together I didn't ink the DSP or the Baja Breeze cardstock – but it looked too stark, too harsh. So I got out my Sponge Dauber and my Chocolate Chip Ink Pad and lightly daubered the edge of both the DSP and cardstock.... and can you see the little bit of Dazzling Diamonds on the butterfly.......


To make this card you will need the following Stampin' Up! supplies:

Ink – VersaMark, Chocolate Chip
Card Stock – Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip
DSP – Parisian Breeze (from the Spring 09 Mini)
Accessories – Clear Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Dazzling Diamonds, Two Way Glue Pen, Dimensionals, ¼" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Butterfly Punch

Happy stampin'

Fiona J

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A Challenge

 Well..... for the first time ever I am taking part in a Just Add Ink Challenge. This week the challenge is to use the following colour combination:

I did a thank you card as I recently had my hair done – a real makeover – shorter and PURPLE....(who knows I may even get around to taking a photo and finally putting a photo of myself up here on my blog!) I have had so many compliments (even from males) that I just had to make a card to send to my hairdresser to say "thank you.... I LOVE MY HAIR!"

To make this card I've used Teeny Tiny Sentiments from the current Autumn Winter Mini - it has so many different sentiments, most of which you can use with the word Window Punch (just love that punch!) I've also used Echoes of Kindness – a level 2 hostess set, some ribbon and brads

 I made a matching envelope as the card is 4" x 4" and even stamped inside the card.

Hope you like it.


Monday, June 21, 2010

A Ruby Red Thank You.....

I had a workshop yesterday morning at our local basketball stadium with some basketball mums whilst our kids trained for 1 ½ hours (yes – that's how long they train for when they play "Rep" basketball). I asked whether we could use a meeting room instead of just getting together in the kiosk area and was told we could so I thought I would make a thank you card to express my appreciation.

I used the colours of Ruby Red, Basic Black and Whisper White as our team colours are red, black and white.

I stamped the gratitude definition from "Life Definitions" (lots of useable definitions in this set – great for scrap booking pages as well as cards) and I used "Eastern Blooms" for the flower which I stamped in "VersaMark"& "Ruby Red" and then clear embossed. I didn't have any Ruby Red Ribbon so I used my "Ruby Red Marker" to colour some "Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon". After decorating a white paper insert my card was ready....... (sorry about the photography!)

Until next time.......

Fiona :)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A Stampin’ Up! Promotion

Stampin' Up! has just announced a fantastic promotion.
From now until the 31st July 2010 you can purchase the Starter Kit for only $259. That's a 20% savings of the normal price of $324. So, if you have been thinking of becoming a demonstrator just call me and we can discuss this fabulous opportunity.
 Just think:
  • Of the fun you can have sharing what you love with others.
  • Of the delight on someones face when they stamp for the first time
  • Of the friends you will make – customers and other demonstrators
  • Of the product that you can purchase at a discount
  • Of the rewards and incentives you can earn as a demonstrator
  • Of earning the 2011 Incentive Trip to Fiji – yes - Fiji
  • Of the home based business you can build around your family commitments (if you want)
Your Stampin' Up Experience is what YOU make of it – it can be as full on as you want.... or not want... it's completely up to you.

So do yourself a favour and become a part of the Stampin' Up! family.......

Call me now on 03 9727 3992.

Happy Stampin'

Fiona J

Long time no hear.....

Yes – it's been an incredibly long time between posts.... and it's not like I haven't been creating – I have. But you know..... sometimes life gets in the way and other things must come first. In this case it is the fundraising I do for JDRF with their Jelly Baby Campaign. When we are in the thick of it it's a full time job!

Anyway, I thought I would post some pictures of some of the projects I made for the Hostess night I mentioned in an earlier post:

 Hope you like them


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Forum Challenge

I have made cards for a couple of the monthly Art with Heart team forum challenges.

For the Colour Challenge (Pink & Grey) I have used Whisper White, Pixie Pink and Going Gray cardstock and Basic Grey DSP. The stamps - Teeny Tiny Sentiments and Vintage Vogue - and die from the Lots of Tags Die - are all from the new Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue.

It doesn't show up very well in my photos but the flower centres all have a bit of Dazzling Diamonds

The second card is based on a sketch:

I have used the Movers and Shapers Die and the Curly Label Punch. The card base is Blush Blossom and I've clear embossed Ruby Red cardstock that I've rolled using the Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel and Ruby Red Ink. The greeting is from the Level 1 Hostess Set – Best Yet. A couple of Mellow Moss strips and it's done!

Happy Stampin'


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Happy Birthday Emily......

A JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) friend - Emily - has just turned 30 and had the big 30th birthday party on Saturday. Kim and I were unable to attend but I made her a card that she should have received in Friday's mail. But I had the number of her unit wrong.... so she'd didn't actually get it until last night! (I am so thankful to Australia Post for getting it there!!!) It's now safe to show it to you all - I didn't want to post it here until Emily had seen it first in the "flesh".

I used two stamp sets - Cottage Garden from the new mini and Priceless (which my upline Claire has let me borrow - Thanks Claire!). The coordinating DSP paper Cottage Wall was a no brainer as was the coordinating Ink in Rich Razzleberry and Orchid Opulence. I used Old Olive for the card base and jazzed it up a bit with the Rich Razzleberry Polka-Dot Ribbon and a tab made with the Curly Label Punch.

It's the first time I've made a card like this – it's called a Criss-Cross Card and the inset pulls out. That's where you write your greeting. It's so cute and fits in a standard sized envelope.

Hope you like it - I know Emily did!

See you soon

Happy Stampin'


Friday, April 16, 2010

A fun time with the Big Shot

On Tuesday I had a few of my hostesses over to have a look at some of the new products from the Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue, which is just jam packed with lots of new product which I just know you are going to fall in love with.

We had a couple of hours of crafting, coffee and chocolate...and a few laughs. It was a very enjoyable way to spend a Tuesday.

These are three projects that they were able to make:

A cute little gift bag made with the Big Shot and the Top Note and Movers & Shapers Curly Label Dies and the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. All three are exclusive to Stampin' Up!.

And you know one of the best features of the Curly Label Die  - it coordinates with the Cute & Curly Punch Bundle. Good thinking Stampin' Up!

The  bag was made from Melon Mambo cardstock, one of the new In Colours. Of course we just had to use the Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Ink Pad and Polka-Dot Ribbon too.

We used the Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel for the background and the large flower from Vintage Vogue and one large Clear Rhinestone Brad. I gave each lady a small empty cello bag to use with their gift bag once they decided who they were going to give it to. The gift will show through the curly window of the bag. How cute is that!

This was a VERY simple small gift card using the new Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch, which at $30.95 is a steal! When you punch your paper you actually end up with 3 images, so you can mix and match paper colours and textures to suit. You could even use the images separately.

We used Basic Black for the bird and inked the edge of its wing with Whisper White and adhered it with a Stampin' Dimensional.  And yes - you are correct - we have used Melon Mambo again..... Don't you just love that colour!

This card was made using the Cottage Wall DSP and Rich Razzleberry Cardstock. The Inks were in Old Olive, Orchid Opulence and the new Rich Razzleberry.  The greeting was stamped with Heard from the Heart and the flower with Cottage Garden (which coordinates with the Cottage Wall DSP and Flower Fantasy Printed Window Sheets)

All the stamp sets we used were the new Clear Mount stamps. Made it VERY easy to see where we were stamping and still produced the great sharp image that you expect from Stampin' Up!.

I hope you like these projects. If you are interested in making any of them, or in getting "up close and personal" with the Big Shot, then just call me on 9727 3992 or email me at

Thanks for dropping in.


Sunday, April 11, 2010

Carry Over Product

Good New Stampers.......Some product from the Spring 2009 and the Summer 2009-2010 Mini catalogues are still available to purchase.

Click HERE to see the products online and call me if you would like to place an order.

Fiona :)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A New Mini

I've been away for a little while - went camping with family and friends to the Tara Valley National Park near Yarram. Had a great time but missed being able to post details of Stampin' Up!'s new mini catalogue on April 1st - the Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue. So here it is, albeit a few days late.

If you click the picture at right you can view a pdf file of the catalogue. It's full of new product including the BIG shot (with exclusive dies), new punches (with new punch design) and new stamps (now available in clear mount as well as the traditional wood mount).

If you would like to earn one of the 2 new Hostess stamp sets then give me a call on 9727 3992, or email me (see contact details at left) to book a workshop.


Saturday, March 27, 2010

Just so you know......

I am still alive and kicking.... barely..... did some damage to my ribs last week playing basketball. Extremely painful, especially when I sneeze, cough, laugh or breathe deeply. I had an x-ray and they are not broken, however the doctor cannot rule out a hairline fracture. Bruised or fractured.... it really doesn't matter there is no treatment..... and either way it will apparently take some weeks until I am back to normal.

Anyway - that's not why I haven't posted lately... it's because it's JELLY BABY TIME. That's right, JDRF is gearing up for the 2010 Jelly Baby Campaign which raises funds for research for a cure for TYPE 1 DIABETES which my daughter Alisha has. I help coordinate the Schools and Volunteers program here in Victoria and in Tasmania with the help of a small (there are 4 of us) group of very dedicated and passionate mums. So I have been busy preparing letters, forms, flyers, fielding phone calls, faxes, and many emails from those schools and supporters who are happy to take part in the campaign this year.

During May - if you go to Amcal or Safeway/Woolworths, please don't walk past the Jelly Baby themed merchandise without buying something.... and if merchandise is sold at your place of work or child's school - please buy some. May be you could sell some at your work - if you are interested, send me an email (see left) to find out more.

I am VERY excited about what's happening in the stampin' world next week - a new mini. That's right - the Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue comes out on April 1st. Given the Easter break, I won't be posting again until April 6th, but tune in then to view the Catalogue online.

Happy Easter...

Fiona :)

Monday, March 15, 2010


I made two cards last night for some of the March challenges on the Art with Heart demonstrator team forum.

The colour challenge revolved around white, black, grey and yellow. This is what I came up with:

To make this card you will need the following Stampin' Up! supplies:

Stamp Set - Whimsical Words (SAB set)
Ink - So Saffron
Card Stock - So Saffron
DSP - Basic Grey (Level 1 Hostess), Pattern DSP - So Saffron
Accessories - , Clear Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, So Saffron Brad, Scallop Circle Punch, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon

The other challenge was a sketch challenge.

I am really loving the Echoes of Kindness Stamp set and colouring with my markers and/or Blender Pens. It really is SO easy to do.

To make this card you will need the following Stampin' Up! supplies:
Stamp Set - Echoes of Kindness (Hostess Set)
Ink - Certainly Celery &Apricot Appeal Markers, Staz On Black
Card Stock - So Saffron, Certainly Celery
DSP - Apricot Appeal (Level 1 Hostess),
Accessories - Dimensionals

Thanks for dropping in!

Happy Stampin'

Fiona :)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Chalks & Blender Pens

At one of my workshops this month, a couple of ladies purchased the Stampin' Pastels and Blender Pens, amongst other goodies. I've also had many customers choose the Whimisical Words Sale-a-bration stamp set as their "freebie" . So I thought I'd make a card sing these and Fun and Fast Notes - a  stamp set which hasn't had that much time on my craft desk. This is what I came up with.

I've used Kraft and Not Quite Navy Cardstock and Bella Bleu DSP. The greetng from the SAB Whimisical Word stamp set punched out nicely with the 1 3/8" circle punch, which I then mounted on a punched scallop circle. I really do LOVE the way Stampin' Up! punches can be used with MANY stamp sets....

The Stampin' Pastel colours I've used on the cake image are Not Quite Navy, Rose Red, Elegant Eggplant and Garden Green. I applied these with a Blender Pen. The greeting was inked with Not Quite Navy and Rose Red markers.

A little bit of Kraft Taffeta Ribbon and it was done!

Thanks for dropping in to see what I've been making.