Carols of Christmas Early Release

Carols of Christmas Early Release

Would you like to get your hands on product from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue?

Stampin’ Up! have just released the new  Carols of Christmas bundle, which includes the Carols of Christmas stamp set and the Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies (when you buy the bundle, you get the products at a combined 10% off). Both the stamp set and the bundle are available in wood mount and clear mount.

I love the super large greetings in this stamp set, and you are going to love the coordinating images and Framelits as these are perfect for embellishing your Christmas cards. Here’s a video, the stamp set and thinlits image, as well as some samples from Stampin’ Up!

Get ahead start with your Christmas Projects with this fantastic Carols of Christmas Bundle today. Shop online HERE


My Top Five go to items to create masculine cards

My Top Five go to items to create Masculine Cards

For some reason, many of us come up with a creative block when it comes to masculine cards, therefore, today I want to share with you my Top five (5) go-to items to Create Masculine Cards


Often the first stumbling block is colour. Colours for guys, especially in clothing, have truly evolved! Check out the men’s clothing department for inspiration. While you are there, take a moment to explore the different patterns in the fabrics. Here are some of my favourite colour combinations for Masculine Cards

Masculine Colour Combination #1

Masculine Colour Combination #2

Punches & Die Cuts

Punches and die cuts are a fun way to add interest to your projects.  Try looking for punches that you can use for a duel purpose.  For eg Fox builder punch will be great for a Masculine card but change the colours to soft subtitles and it will also be great for as a baby card.  This gives you flexibility and also helps you get the most out of your supplies .

I like to use border punches and the Ticket Tear border punch is perfect to add that interest for a masculine card.

My go-to embossing folders are the Pinewood Planks and Brick wall as these give the outdoor feel to a card.  But try using some of the other folders as well and think outside the box.  Like Polka Dot Basics and Petal Burst Embossing Folders.  When paired with correct colour combination these to will also give you texture for your masculine card

Patterned Paper

Patterned Paper is my first go-to item when creating Masculine projects, and Stampin’ Up! make it so easy for us by providing a Cardstock pack to match their Patterned Paper packs.  Currently in the 2017 – 2018 Annual Catalogue there are 3 patterned Paper packs that I like to use for Masculine Cards.

    • Wood Textures Paper Pack – This pack screams Masculine to me.  Those wood textures look amazing
    • Coffee Break – and I love the coordinating Cardstock pack as well.
    • Pick a Pattern – Took me a while to love this, but the patterns that have been used are great for masculine projects.


Picking embellishments can sometimes be a bit tricking as the go to flower elements and bows will not work here.  Try looking for embellishments and ribbon that have a natural feel to them.  Buttons are always a favourite of mine.  Here is a list of my favourite items from our 2017-2018  Annual Catalogue

    • Corrugated Elements – try changing the colour by sponging ink over the top
    • Hearts & Star Elements
    • Touches of Nature elements
    • Burlap Ribbon
    • Linen Thread


I love Background stamps they’re so easy to use and if I can’t find the perfect patterned paper than Background stamps is my next go-to item.

There are not a lot of Masculine Themed stamp sets available in the current Annual Catalogue but my go-to everytime is Lovely as a Tree.  This stamp set has been around forever, in fact it has been in every annual catalogue since Stampin’ Up! first opened in Australia back in 2006.

When searching for greetings, look at the fonts.  You don’t want curvy fonts for a masculine project, but some nice straight characters are best. For example, the fonts int eh “Guy Greeting” stamp set and “One Wild Ride” are perfect for your masculine project.  You can also create your own greeting using the Labeler Alphabet Stamp set

If you’re looking for more masculine project ideas be sure to check out this month’s Class-To go featuring Lovely as a Tree HERE

2017 Holiday Catalogue is Coming!

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner which means that the new Holiday Catalogue will be available 1st September 2017.

I will be mailing this catalogue out around early to mid August! It’s full of fabulous new stamps, embellishments and patterned papers (plus some cute new surprises)! You are definitely going to want a copy!

Would you like to receive a FREE copy of the Catalogue in the mail?  If you’re ok with me phoning you to confirm you have received your catalogue plus see if you would like to order anything then simply fill in this form below and I will be happy to pop one in the mail free of charge for you.  (Available to Australian Residence only) 

If you’ve placed an order with me in the past 3 months then you are are already on the list.

Holiday Catalogue Request Form


A Whole Lot of Lovely

A Whole Lot of Lovely

I’m loving the all new Designer Series paper that is available in this years catalogue, and A Whole Lot of Lovely is my current favourite.  So much so that I really struggled to bring myself to actually cut it up and use it.  But what good is patterned paper if it’s not used?

Whole Lot of Lovely

The one thing I love most about Stampin’ Up! patterned Paper packs is that the whole pack coordinates together, so there is no need to guess which colour will match perfectly with the pattern you have selected.

I’ve taken two patterns from the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper added a strip of Powder Pink Cardstock to hide the join of the two patterns meeting together.

Whole Lot of Lovely

My greeting comes from Birthday Blooms Stamp set, and I have die cut the greeting with the Stitched Shaped Framelits and Layering Ovals Framelits

Whole Lot of Lovely

Video Tutorial

You can view video tutorial below on how to create this card featuring the Whole Lot of Lovey Designer Series Paper


I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store.

Looking for more project ideas? Check out my Resource Library for other project ideas and techniques

Happy Birthday to a Special 3 Year Old

Happy Birthday to a Special 3 Year Old

This past week our little girl Bianca, turned three (3).  She has brought so much joy to our lives, and after trying for many years to start a family we will finally blessed with our only child Bianca. Although it has taken me many years to come to the grip that our family will no longer grow, but I have in turn learnt to be grateful for the wonderful daughter I do have and how she has blessed our lives.

Amongst all the winging and tantrums that are normal toddler would display, Bianca is has a gentle, kind, natured heart.  You will hear her often say “Are you OK Mummy?” which I reply “Yes, are you OK?”  She is so happy, and loves to sing, dance and play outside.

Her favourite things is Minnie Mouse and Bows.  She loves Minnie Mouse so much that she has just about everything Minnie Mouse you can think of, including her Bedroom suite, toys, dolls, bags, clothes, even her underwear.  You will often find her dressed as Minnie with a cute Bow in her hair.

For her Birthday cake this year, I wanted to recreate Minnie’s Red Bow and create cake toppers.  But, sadly I noticed there was no Red with White Polka dot patterned paper available in the current 2017 – 2018 Annual Catalogue. So I decided to create my own.

STEP 1: – to create the polka dots, I used the eraser end of a pencil and inked it in Versamark ink and randomly placed the polka dots onto a scrap piece of Whisper White Cardstock

STEP 2: Apply Clear Embossing powder and heat set with a Heat Gun

STEP 3: Using the Direct to paper technique, take your Real Red Ink pad and drag it across the Cardstock.  Once you have a good coverage of ink, wipe excess ink off with a Tissue and the dots will pop

Using my Bow Builder punch I was able to create little bows to use a cake toppers for Bianca’s Birthday Cake

Why not create your own patterned paper for your next project.

Redeem Your Stampin’ Up! Bonus Day Coupons!

Now is the time to redeem your Stampin’ Up! Bonus Day coupons as you only have until August 31st to do so.  Remember that you save NINE dollars for every coupon you have and yes, you can combine them on your order.  One of my customers just emailed me and said how much fun it was to enter all of hers and watch her total drop every time!

It’s SUPER easy to get your coupons applied, too.  Here’s a screenshot of what you will see when you place your order:

Just enter your code(s) in the box and click apply. And watch your total drop!

Go collect your Bonus Days Coupon Codes and redeem them NOW and get your goodies for less!

Earn a FREE Pack of Handmade Cards

Earn a FREE Pack of Handmade Cards

Over the course of my Stampin’ Up! career, you would not believe how many cards I make.  For every card you see on my blog, Facebook, YouTube, Online Classes etc – there are usually 3-4 versions of it. 

As you can imagine, I have a ton of cards sitting here! 

I am offering you the chance to earn a Grab Bag of Cards absolutely FREE !  

Each set of cards will include:

  •     5 handmade cards including enveopes
  •     No duplicates – all different!
  •     Randomly Packaged
  •     All hand stamped and designed by me!
To earn your grab bag for free simply place a $25 online order.  If your order is $50 you will receive 2 grab bags.  Be sure to select me as your demonstrator so I can send you your pack of cards.  
These are only available for orders placed between 1 – 31 August 2017 or while supplies last, so grab your Grab Bag of Cards while you can! Order Online HERE

Ultimate Masculine Cardmaking Guide

Ultimate Masculine Cardmaking Guide

Many people find it difficult to create masculine cards.  If you are one of them, then this “Ultimate Masculine Cardmaking Guide ​”  is for you.  Masculine cards are not just needed for Father’s Day, but throughout the year as well.  However, with Father’s Day approaching it is the perfect time to discuss this topic.


Creating cards for guys can be easy if you follow a few basic tips and keep it simple.  The items that are always in my card-making collection are cardstock, patterned paper, buttons, ribbons & Punches.  When designing a card for one of the guys in my life, I use the same basic supplies but with a little creative twist.



For your cardbase, select a neutral colour cardstock such as  Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Whisper White or Early Espresso.  These colours have a natural or organic feel to them and are versatile enough to use for any card design.  To create additional texture or interest, try dry embossing your cardstock.


Border punches are a fun way to add movement and dimension to paper.  For masculine cards, swap your favourite Decorative Ribbon border punch for a Ticket Tear border punch instead. And don’t forget that simple rounded corners can help make a design a bit more interesting as well

Patterned Paper

In selecting patterned papers, go for basic designs such as grids, stripes and check.  Also, subtle prints that are tone-on-tone make the colour pop instead of the design on the paper.

You can also reach for themed products that lend themselves to male topics or themes that relate to the person for whom you are creating for.


No card design is complete without embellishments.  A flower might be your typical go-to embellishment but that won’t work here. Consider using circles, stars or other geometric shapes.

For a really dynamic card, create a shape that is textured, using corrugated paper.

Embellishments such as these can be painted or inked to match your project perfectly.

Instead of adding rhinestones or basic pearls as a finishing touch, reach for buttons, which work perfectly on masculine cards.

Finally, swap our silk ribbons and laces for linen thread, burlap or baker’s twine.  wrapping twine around a card multiple times and tying into a simple bow finishes off a card as beautifully as ribbon.

Ultimate Masculine Card Making Guide
As you can see there are truly many options for creating masculine cards, and this was just a small sampling of the possibilities.  I hope this has helped nudge any creative block you might have with regards to masculine cards and that you are now inspired to create!


View more Masculine Project ideas in my FREE Resource Library HERE

Masculine Class To Go

Finding the perfect card & gift for a man is always challenging ….until now. Be ready for any occasion with this fantastic set of four masculine  projects.

This month’s projects feature 2 cards and 2 fun-fold cards.Each card is based on an original template and is created out of one sheet of Designer Series Paper making it a unique card & gift‐card holder‐ in‐one!

This card set is a fantastic way to use Stampin’ Up!’s double‐sided Designer Papers! Simply change up the stamp set and the Designer Series Paper collection and you’ll be able to use these templates over and over again for any event.

Learn more about what’s included in the class and to preorder your Class-to-Go kit HERE

Clean and Simple Thank You Card Idea

Clean and Simple Thank You Card Idea

This past week I got to do a lot of stamping – and it was wonderful!  I got to play with favorites items  from the new catalogue!  If you are looking for a clean and simple Thank You card idea, here is one for you!

Clean and Simple Thank You Card Idea (3)

I’m loving the new papers in this years Catalogue.  The papers are so gorgeous that you don’t need to add anything else to your card.

My sentiment comes from Thankful Thoughts Stamp Set and has been stamped using Memento Black ink onto a piece of Whisper White Cardstock

Clean and Simple Thank You Card Idea (3)

Tricks & Tips

  • Add colour to Rhinestone using a sharpie marker (or permanent marker)

Clean and Simple Thank You Card Idea (3)

Video Tutorial

Will show you how simple and easy it is to create a Clean and Simple Thank You Card


I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store.

Looking for more project ideas? Check out my Resource Library for other project ideas and techniques