Stamp Review Crew – Sunshine Sayings


Happy Monday & welcome to the Stamp Review Crew hop featuring the Sunshine Sayings stamp set (and matching framelits!).

Though this awesome hop is full of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators coming from different corners of the world, you’re in a bit of an Aussie patch at the moment!!!

I’m writing to you from the west coast of Australia – the south west corner in a country town called Bunbury.

If you’re not starting here, you’ve come from the gorgeous Nikki Spencer on the east coast of Australia – wasn’t her project lovely!

Don’t stop at this blog though, because after this you can click through to take you back east to visit Bruno’s blog.

I love the Sunshine Sayings bundle.

The font is just wonderful for the stamps & framelits and the ‘happy birthday’ is in high rotation on my cards because it fits so nicely in the Classic Label punch.

Since we’re showcasing the stamp set during these hops, I always try to make the stamps my feature.

With a set so heavy on words, than can be a bit of a challenge!

But there’s also the flower, leaf & stem stamps to use – so I did!

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They look just beautiful when they are stamped and then coloured with the same colour ink using an Aquapainter.

I straightened out the stem and used it to create a haphazard border.

And finished it all with the stamped & die cut sentiments mounted on vellum.

You can see the extra flower on the envelope – it’s so nice to make it all coordinate!  There’s also one on the inside of the card.

Thanks for hopping with me today.  Next up is Bruno who has put his creative spin on this bundle.


If you love the designs that the demonstrators are sharing, please leave us a comment – we love to know who’s visiting!

I’d love to know where you all visit from.  Cardmaking is such an international hobby – I’m always so humbled that the internet allows us to share with each other across such great distances!

Until next time,

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Colour INKspiration #02


Wow – didn’t the first week of Colour INKspiration go off with a bang???

Thanks for joining us. If you haven’t yet and want to see what all the hype is about, click here to request to join us on the Facebook page.

Here’s some of the basic details about the challenge –

The Colour INKspiration Crew! consists of a team of talented Aussie and NZ Stampin’ Up! ® Demonstrators that create projects based on Pinterest inspired colour swatches.

Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 pm (AEDT), a new colour swatch will be uploaded to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group and the Colour INKspiration Crew will get the ball rolling by providing inspiration for each challenge with a blog hop.

Then it’s over to you with a 12 day period for crafters to upload their own creations using the challenge colours.

If you have a blog, feel free to link back to it, but all entries will be via Facebook.  The design team will select 5 projects to be ‘design team picks’ and then the Facebook group will select an overall winner from this shortlist.

Challenge #2 is a mix of earthy greens & blues, a soft purple and the stark contrast of Whisper White.

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I {LOVE} the inspiration picture and have stored this away to use this as photo inspiration in the future.

Actually, how beautiful would one look in real life – I’ll have to see if my fave succulent supplier The Fairy Gardener can make me something similiar.

For these colours, I wanted to try them with the new Big on Birthdays stamp set from the Occasions catalogue.

It’s a 12 piece set with large sentiments and awesome fonts!!!

This card breaks a few of my colour ‘rules’ (I never use Wisteria, “blue & green shouldn’t be seen”) – but that’s what colour challenges are all about!!!

Wisteria Wonder for the flowers, Mint Macaron for the leaves, white background & Soft Sky card base.

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Once I’d finished the card, I decided it needed something to lift it – since the Wisteria is such a dark colour, especially in marker form.

So, I added Fine Tip Glue pen over all the flowers – creating a glossy finish.

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It looks awesome & was the extra pizzazz the card needed!

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What’s your tip for finishing touches?

Sometimes it’s the difference between a nice card and a gorgeous creation!

Next stop on the Colour INKspiration blog hop is the clever Jackie Noble!


If you can see yourself creating something the challenge colours, join us on Facebook to upload your entry.

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CASEing the Catty #101 Favourite Annual Catalogue Bundle


Hey there – thanks for joining me today for another CASEing the Catty blog hop.

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Today at CTC, we’re CASEing our favourite bundle from the Annual Catalogue.

The variety from the team is great – and reflective of how different we all are.  Which makes it a great hop!

From here, you can either go back to see what Julia has made, or hop on to see Monique’s creations.

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“Favourite” anything is always a challenge for me.  Who wants to choose just one of anything?

I know I drive Mr Papercraft insane when we go out for dinner.  I delightfully request (make him) that he orders something I like so we can share.  Who wants one awesome restaurant meal when you can have 2?

So… when it was another ‘favourite’ here at CTC, well…!!!  I love all bundles!

But, as I was trying to decide, this cute card caught my attention on the front cover.

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Jar of Love and Everyday Jar framelits are definitely a favourite in my stash.  I just love the creativity they offer!

My CASEd verison of the card included a colour change, sentiment change and embossing folder change.

The overall layout and design was too good to change!!!

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The catalogue is full of great tips & tricks – if you just look closely at the designs.

For this card, the original artist has layered stamped images with die cut images and added lots of texture.

I’ve done the same!

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Please (pretty please!) play along with us at CTC.  Upload your favourite annual catalogue bundle here – I’d love to see what you’re making!


Then, hop along to Monique to see what’s on her favourite list…


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Stamp Review Crew – Flourishing Phrases

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Hello!  It’s another Stamp Review Crew – the first for the new financial year and the first SRC hop featuring *NEW* products from the annual catalogue – how exciting!!!

I almost didn’t join in this hop as Flourishing Phrases didn’t quite make the cut for me (way too many amazing things to choose in the new catalogue!) – but thanks to one of amazing team members, I was able to borrow it for the occasion!  Thanks Kristel!

Flourishing Phrases comes in clear or wood…

… and has a coordinating thinlits set, which comes in a bundle, saving you 10%!


I’m last on the list today, which means you’ve probably hopped along from Sue and I’ll be linking you back to Mickey at the end of my post to complete the circle.

Each Stamp Review Crew hop is a round the world trip of creativity all focused on the same stamp set.  There’s always a range of creative ideas and something to inspire every crafter!

If you get lost or there’s a broken link, click on the header at the start of this post and it will take you to a full list of participants.

There’s lots of sweet & sensitive sentiments in this stamp set – which makes it great to have for those delicate occasions where you need just the right words!

But, it was the large flourish that drew me in.

I wanted to show it off in full effect – so I made a project set with a stamped candle and easel window card.

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It was mighty tricky to get good pictures of this project set because of the reflections in the window pane of the easel card.

Photography is not my forte!

What it looks like when it’s open…

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Side view…

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And when closed…

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The front & middle panel are cut using the Layering Squares Framelits.  How do you get a rectangle from a square?

Cut the first square at the top of your cardstock with an even border around the top & side edges.  Move your framelit to the bottom section of your cardstock and with the same border allowance, line it up with the sides you’ve already cut – and cut again.  This will give you a rectangle!

The colour combination for this card all started with the candle.  I wanted the flourish to ‘pop’ so I chose a trio of bold colours & a neutral to tie it all together.

Before this project, I hadn’t ever ventured into the realm of decorated candles.

I’m not sure why – it’s so easy and looks fantastic!!!

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How to:

  • Simply cut a piece of white tissue paper to the size of your candle circumference (the distance around the candle for the length x the height of the candle).
  • Stamp your images on to the shiny side of the tissue paper until you have the pattern you want
  • Lay the tissue paper around the candle and using your heat tool, gently melt the wax.  The tissue paper will absorb into candle and your stamped images will become part of the candle.

*** Note: watch carefully – melting the candle & tissue paper into each other only takes a matter of seconds.

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This project set would make a lovely gift using whatever stamp sets you have in your collection – but the flourish from Flourishing Phrases is a great size & design!!!

Thanks for sharing my maiden candle stamping experience.

Next stop is Mickey Roberts over at Paper Conversation where she is sharing her wonderful creativity with us!

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Beautiful Birthday Wishes – Pop Up Slider Card

I got many beautiful birthday wishes this year including some lovely handmade creations.  One of these was from a fellow demo & friend – Nicole Wilson – who made me a pop up slider card.  It was awesome, and as much as I loved it, I confess to taking it apart to see just how it was made!

And since then I’ve been making lots of pop up slider cards for special occasions.

It didn’t surprise me when a Google search for ‘pop up slider card’ revealed that the original designer was Dawn Griffith!  I love her work.  You can find her video tutorial here.

So, I’ve made lots of these over the past few months, but this particular version was made for a special friend – and it included so many of my favourite new Stampin’ Up! products.

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There’s Sweet Sugarplum (favourite colour), Jar of Love bundle (one of my favourite bundles) and Blooms & Bliss DSP (def in my top 3 DSP choices!).

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As usual, I tweaked the measurements to make the most of the DSP & Australian cardstock sizes.  So, my finished card front measured 4″ x 5-7/8″.

This meant that I had to make slight adjustments to the other pieces so it all lined up.  Good thing I like maths & numbers!

My adjusted pieces were:

  • Front (DSP) 4″ x 5-7/8″
  • Back 4″ x 7/8″
  • Scoring/cutting for the front panel 3/4″ from each edge
  • Scoring of DSP (middle panel): 1-1/4″, 3-3/16″ from bottom edge
  • Pull up piece (that sits in the middle of the card) 5-1/16″ x 3-1/16″
  • Pop up piece (that sits on the middle front panel) 2-1/2″ x 3-13/16″

Note: some of the measurements are slightly wacky – I think this is due to “loss” that sometimes happens when scoring & cutting.  If you follow the above measurements, it all works out in the end.  Alternatively, you might like to visit Dawn’s video tutorial to take down the measurements she uses.

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There’s something about this card that just tickles my fancy.  I think it’s the combination between the colours, the style and the overall sweetness that makes it one of my most favourite cards (ever) to come from my craft table.

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Thanks to Nicole for a fabulous birthday gift, to Dawn for her generous sharing of her ideas & designs and to Stampin’ Up! for putting together such an amazing line up of products for 2016.  Feeling the love tonight!  Kelly x

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Stamp Review Crew – Flower Shop

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Good morning!  It’s cold here (as you would expect during winter!) – what’s the weather like in your part of the world?

Today brings another Stamp Review Crew post and we’re taking you on a Flower Shop journey.  It’s another fabulous coordinating set with a stamps and a matching punch!!!


These hops go around (and around), so if you’re after the full set of inspiration, keeping clicking ‘next’ until you end up back here – or wherever you started.

Maybe you started with Betty over at Kitty Stamps – which means there’s a lot lot of fun to go!

Or maybe you started with Shana’s Stress-Free Stamping and I am your last stop – did you love all the projects???

Or maybe you hopped backwards and I’ve got that all wrong!

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No matter which way you go, these hops are so much fun, with lots of talented designers and there’s {ALWAYS} a heap of projects that are on my ‘CASE’ list.

Many thanks to Tanya for her tireless & super proficient organisation of the hops!

This project started for me as soon as I opened my packet of Affectionately Yours DSP.  It contains 2 sheets of 5 double sided designs and 2 sheets of amazingly fancy single sided designs.

My card uses one of the fancy designs.  Although possibly too beautiful to cut up, I wanted to show off the fabulous copper colour that’s new to the Stampin’ Up! range this year.

So, with my big-girl-brave knicks on, I cut the pretty DSP and made a Flower Shop spinner card using the coppery floral DSP & a copper embossed Flower Shop flower.

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The beautiful copper embossed flower up close…

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I’ve used money (2 x 10c pieces) to keep my flower on the circular track – but washers of the same size also work.


Many thanks to Cheryl who saved the day by sending me a copper embossed flower to finish my project.  I had it all planned out… but my embossing powder didn’t arrive in time!  I’m thankful for all the lovely stamping friends I’ve made simply by sharing a love of paper.

I wanted to show off the full effect of this card with a video.  This is my first time taking, editing & uploading a video.  It’s super simple, but gives you an idea how the spinner card works.

How to make your own spinner card:

  • Cut a piece of cardstock/DSP to fit your card base (mine is 3-5/8″ x 5-3/8″)
  • Run through the Big Shot with the circle framelit from the Sliding Star set or if you don’t own this, with 2 circle framelits (one large, one small placed where you want your ‘track’)
  • Remove the “O” shape left by the framelits and stick the remaining two pieces (your card front and circle) to your card base using dimensionals or foam tape.
  • Sit a coin/washer under the “O” gap created by your circle and card front.  Attach a dimensional to the coin/washer and place another coin/washer on top.  This will create a fixture that runs around the ‘track’.
  • Attach your flower (or other embellishment) to the top coin/washer with glue dots.

Did you notice the Sliding Star Framelits & Shooting Star stamp set in the new catalogue?  This cute little set lets you make spinner/slider cards with all the hard work done for you.  I’m working on some more spinner cards this week and will share soon!

Until then, keep hopping!  Next stop is Shana!  Kelly x

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Sunshine & Friendship

Today is the birthday of a very special lady.  She’s the type of person everyone should have in their life – bright, witty, amazing & kind to a fault.

She’s a fellow lover of paper, so I wanted to make something a little bit special for her.  Lucky I had new products to help!!!

I may have let out a small squeal when I saw that Stampin’ Up! was releasing a mason jar stamp set & matching framelit set.  Mason jars are super trendy and make great card subject.

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For this card, I used the Everyday Jars Framelits as a vase for my flowers.  To add that special touch I wanted, I used the framelit set to maximum potential and layered the shaker card piece in the middle of the jar while I was cutting it.

Add a piece of window sheet, some of the new Foam Adhesive Strips and some sequins (retired in this case but the colours worked perfectly!) and you’ve got a fabulous shaker jar.

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The floral component of my card comes from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits die set.  How lovely are the ‘swirly’ flowers?  And a ‘swirly’ butterfly… magic!

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The whole card comes together perfectly with the Blooms & Bliss DSP (perhaps my fave new DSP at this point… if a papercraft Mummy can have favourites!).

I’ve used the rip & flip technique to show off both sides of the DSP.  The colours, patterns and design are fabulous!!!

Happy Birthday to Liz – hope you have a great day, filled with all things wonderful including getting to play with your new birthday presents (glad you knew what you wanted).  You deserve it!  Kelly x

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