Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Please email me if you are interested in joining my monthly snail mail swap. Ideally looking for 6-10 ladies interested in making cards and sending them out to others on the list. Would like to organise one for December - to be posted by no later than the 19th.

Keeping with the Christmas theme you would need to make a christmas card that includes Real Red in the card.

Email me your contact details if you would like to participate in the swap- and I will inturn email you the list of participants by Dec 1st.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

My Creative Space

Ok so after years of dreaming about my ideal creative space I have finally cornered the back of the lounge room as my craft area. It is sectioned off with the lounge and while I do not have the exact storage pieces I would like I have managed to make do. This week seen my dear 2 yr old climb onto the back of the lounge and while I thought everything was out of his reach he proved my wrong by emptying an entire container of embossing powder over the lounge and glitter on the floor.

I proptly logged into ebay and scored a bargain on 5 filing cabinents that each had 2 stationary draws and best of all they were lockable! So I have spent the last few days rearrainging and now have hanging files in the filing draws, a cabinent for each colour family and a file for each colour. Talk about obsessive compulsive!!!

The best thing is so far the 2yr old has stayed out of my creative haven. I will take some photos tomorrow hopefully and post them.

Popsicle Cards

Ok these were incrdible quick and easy to make not to mention fun. They would make great invites for a pool party.

Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Read Red, Whisper White
Stamp Set: Tart and Tangy
Accessories: Circle punch, scallop punch, pop stick, real red and certainly celery grosgrain ribbon. Bold Bright marker pens.

Handbags and wallets

Ok so I had some fun this week making handbags and money wallets

This handbag was made from Basic Black Cardstock, which I scored diagonal pattern on one side and clear embossed. I then added aqua diamontees to the front.

I made these handbags for Karen and one of the girls in her downline who I met at regionals. I placed one each of my cards I made to swap and one of the wallets in it. The bag was made from Pink pirroutte cardstock, the patterened panel was from the level 1 hostess 6x6 paper pad. The handle was made from apricot appeal.

This is the money wallet in brown.

I made this money wallet for my cousins christening. I used pink piroutte card stock Bold Butterly stamp set and non SU paper for the lining. I also made a co-ordinating card the size of a money note so we could write a message on it.

Cards for Regional

Ok so I attended training in Sydney recently and was lucky to catch up with the talented Karen Robinson who is my upline's (Mel) Upline. I had a great day at my first Stampin Up! event and came away with some great new ideas, as well as some lovely swaps. In a world that is so often caught up in itself it was lovely to take time out and spend it with like minded women who were so friendly and giving. Below is some of the cards I made to swap.

This little card proved to be very popular. I used whisper white cardstock, The reindeers were done using my fingerprints in Chocolate Chip ink. I drew the antlers and faces using markers. Wording was done in Real Red. ( Many Merry Messages)

This is a great quick one layer card. When you have a 2yr old and a 4 month old I am constantly on the look out for quick easy cards that still look great!

With this card I tore a strip of cardstock and used this to mask my white area while I sponged the baseful blue on lightly. When the strip was removed it created a torn look.

Cardstock: Whisper White.
Stamp Sets: Many Merry Messages and Lovely as a tree.
Ink: Baseful Blue and Hansome Hunter.
Accessories: Sponges

Cardstock: Whisper White
Stamp Sets: Just Beachy and Simple Sayings
Ink: Lovely Lilac and Orchard Oppulance
Accessories: White grosgrain Ribbon and square gem(non stampin up)

I love this lil card its perfect for a little grubs party invite.
I added googly eyes to the caterpillar to give him some extra character.

Cardstock: Glorious Green, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Glorious Green, Staz On Black
Stamp Set: Bugs and Kisses and Sincere Salutations

A Wedding Card. I am loving the chocolate chip and Tempting Turquoise combination at the moment. The best thing about this card is that you can change the colours to suit those of the wedding and bridal party.
Cardstock: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Stamp Set: For the Bride
Accessories: Tempting Turquoise grosgrain ribbon.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Scrapbooking - pregnancy

These pages are from Josh's Scrapbook album which I am slowly getting up to date. I seem to have all these pages half done, that just need one or two things to completely finish them off, I lack the discipline though to sit down and finish them off once and for all.

Scrapbooking- Christmas

Ok so I used Handsome Hunter ink, Whisper White card stock, the paper is Stampin Up but not sure of the name. Many Merry Messages, Season of Joy and Jolliest Time of the Year.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Scrapbooking - Horses

Ok this is my first scrapbook layout in about 12 months! I said I would have Josh's album up to date by the time the new baby came, hasnt happened, so Im now hoping that by Christmas I will not only have Josh's album up to date but started on Zach's!

I used the Bareback stamp set, very vanilla and chocolate chip. Paper was not from stampin up.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Baby Announcement

Ok so not exactly stampin up but I thought I would post it anyway as the crown sticker used can easily be replaced with a stamped image. I had every intention on doing just that but stickers were just so much quicker. I did use Night of Navy and Bashful Blue cardstock.

More Convention Swaps

Here are the last 2 cards I made for convention this year.

This one was made using the Pun Fun set. Basic Black, Real Red cardstock. Bold Brights markers and shaving cream technique for the planets. Silver punched out stars.
This one was made with the Animal Crackers set and Polka Dot background.
Whisper white and bashfule blue cardstock and white ribbon.

Pretty Princess

Ok I tried making a more complex card, rather than the simple ones I have been doing. I used the pretty princess and on the spot stamp set. Wording was done using All Year Cheer. Colours are Whisper White, Pink Passion and Orchard Oppulance. Also used bold brights markers, ribbon and scallop edge punch.

Quick, Simple Cards

OK so with an active 2 year old and a newborn,time is not something I have much of these days. I have been doing quick simple cards and scrapbooking layouts. The following cards are really simple using whisper white card stock,various bold brights markers and ribbon.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Baby Zach

This gorgeous lil addition to our family is the reason I havent been able to post anything lately or create any new projects.
Baby Zachary Hogan was born 9th July 2009 at 9.18pm weighing 3.5kg.

Easter Card

This is an easter card I did with a group of kids.
So swirly wheel for the background, itty bitty backgrounds on the eggs and A good egg for the chicken. I cut out the oval eggs with my cricut.

Convention Cards

Here are 2 of the cards I made for Convention this year. That my lovely upline Mel swapped for me seen as I couldnt make it.

I used Chocolate chip, tempting turquiose, whisper white.

I used real red, basic black, whisper white, metalic silver paper for the stars. I used various inks and circle punches to create the planets. Various stampin up markers to colour in the rocket.

Saturday, March 7, 2009


This is a card I did awhile ago so I cant quite remember the colours, but it was done with sponging and the cherish stamp set. At the time I didnt have a butterfly stamp set so I just printed these two off the web and cut them out.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Late Christmas Card Post #3

More Christmas cards from Stamp-A-Stacks I held.

This one was using whisper white card and real red. Real red grosgrain ribbon, 3 small star brads and the stamp set Season of Joy.

This one I used Brilliant blue, real red whisper white. Stamp sets were many merry messages and holiday lineup another stamp set from the states. The snow background was done using white craft ink and the stamp set is The Snowflake Spot. I coloured in the snowmen using blender pens and various colours.

Late Christmas Card Post #2

Again using the stamp set from the states its called deer friends and was a hostess set from the fall-winter 2008 range, so swirly wheel, sponge and scallop punch, colour was Night of Navy.

Colour was Garden Green. Wording stamp set was Many Merry Messages.

Wheel was called Snow - purchased from the states and colour was Not quite Navy.

Late Christmas Card Post

Well after diggin through my card stash I found some I had made with my xmas stamp-a-stack classes that I hadnt yet photographed.

The basics: Whisper white card stock, purely pommegranite, scallop punch, sponge, so swirly wheel and a stamp set I purchased from the states. It is Stampin Up!

This one was made using real red and a wheel I purchased from the states that has the names of Santa's reindeer.

This one is using close to coco and the reindeer wheel.

I love these cards as they are so quick and easy to make and perfect for stamp-a-stacks.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Mels Feb Challenge

Ok so i've been really slack of late and havent uploaded anything that cause I havent done anything. So it was nice to get back into it with Mel's Feb swap.
It was a layout challenge.
Stamps sets used: Botanical blooms (sab)
Symbols of solitude
Colours: Bravo burgandy, very vanila, basic black, always artichoke.
Ribbon: Grosgrain very vanilla and basic black