Friday, 24 July 2015


Hello Stampers

Recently I have had a lot of interest in the "Card-in-a-Box" cards and I have made a couple of special ones myself lately.  I have become the proud Grandma of grand baby # 3 recently and thought that I would make a special "Welcome Baby" card for my Son and Daughter-in-Law and, not to forget my gorgeous Grandson who has just welcomed his baby sister home in the last few weeks, I made a special "Best Big Brother" card as well.

 This Baby card was made using mainly the "Something for Baby" Stamp Set which also comes as a bundle with the matching Framelits.  These framelits make this task of cutting out each pop up item a breeze. I also used a couple of retired stamp sets - Label Love for the "cutest baby ever" on the front and "Baby Bundle" for the wee little onesies and teddies but you can put any baby type items in as the pop ups.  I also used some retired Designer Series Paper (DSP)  to decorate the box. The "Sweet Li'l Things" DSP would be perfect though.

These cards lie flat to post in a normal C6 envelope and then pop open and stand up to display. Love, Love, Love them.

This card above was for my gorgeous Grandson Tyler and he just loves Dinosaurs!!  So much when he goes out he just has to wear everything that has Dinosaurs on it. So the "No Bones About it" Stamp Set in our latest Annual Catalogue is just perfect. I used a number of the dinosaurs in this stamp set as well as the leaves and the wording which went just perfectly with the theme.  I used the retired "Back to Black" DSP as this design just looks like the dinosaur footprints but you could use the current "Go Wild" Designer Series Paper Stack and this is on sale this week till Tuesday in the Weekly Deals so head on over to my shop and pick some up before it all sells out.

I did have to"fussy" cut the dinosaurs and the leaves out myself though as there are no framelits or punches to help with this :(

I used Soft Sky card for the box and some of the animals.  I used Night of Navy as well as Mossy Meadow and Smoky Slate Inks.

Once you have made a couple they really do not take much time at all to put together and give hours of enjoyment.  Tyler takes his card everywhere he goes and even takes it to bed some nights :):)

I am not good at videos so I must thank Sandi MacIver from Portland, Oregon for this wonderful, and easy to follow, video on how to make these fabulous cards-in -a-box.

Happy Stamping 
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Monday, 20 July 2015

My Life Story......more pages

Hello Stampers

I am still working on my Project Life "My Life Story" Album and am just about finished now so here are a couple more pages as I go along.

The Stampin' Up! Project Life Variety Pocket Pages pack for the 6" x 8" ( 15.2 x 20.3 cm ) Album does not include any full page pockets so I made my own pages using a piece of cardstock the same size as the page and adding a couple of the sticky page "clips" from the "Let's Get Away" accessory pack. 

This is my Mum and Dad's wedding in 1948.  I love seeing the wedding fashions in this era :)

I also added a few little embellishments to take away that really plain look on these pages below and added a bit of journalling as well.

These albums just come together so quickly.  I love them!!

Happy Stamping 

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Thursday, 16 July 2015

Hello Stampers

New Weekly Deals are here!!!  Check them out and be quick if there are goodies that you have been waiting for as they are selling out fast!!!  Limited numbers available as they are really terrific reduced prices :)  Only available till Tuesday 21 July or unless sold out before. Just click on the image above and shop online at my store any time of your day.

Happy shopping

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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Page 2 and 3......My Life Story

Hello Stampers

Back again with "My Life Story" and page 2 and 3.  I have done a few pages about my Mum and her family.  My Mum actually did very well taking and keeping pictures of her family so I managed to have enough to learn quite a bit about her life.  She was born in 1924 and the pics show exactly the sort of lifestyle her family lived without any of the luxuries that we know today.

Once again I kept it simple and added just a little embellishment to enhance but not take away from the actual photos.  The "Family" word is made using the Little Letters Thinlits and a little stamping here and there and a candy dot or two.  I used Bermuda Bay card for backing on this page.

Also keeping with the "simple" theme the next page as my Mum gets older and her time as a Quartermaster Sergeant in the Australian Forces.  I intend to find out more about this part of her life but need to find the right site to do my research.  Here I used Crushed Curry card as a backing for these pics and a little bit of journalling leaving space for more info as it comes to hand.

In between "My Life Story" pages I have been making a few "Cards-in-a-box".  I have had a request for ones featuring flowers so this is what I came up with....

This is a great way to use up your stash of Designer Series Paper (DSP) .  I have quite a lot of retired DSP so I am happy to use it in making these cards.  When they are laid flat they fit into a standard envelope for posting.  Postage may cost a wee bit more as they will be thicker than your standard card but way worth it.  This first card is a generic "For You" card using the Flower Shop Stamp Set and the Petite Petals Stamp Set in Daffodil Delight and Tangelo Twist

This next one uses Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum and Elegant Eggplant as well as Blushing Bride and Rose Red.  The back whisper white piece is for your message.  I have used the Flower Patch stamp set and matching framelits which make the cutting out of these flowers and leaves a breeze.

There are many tutorials on utube for making these cards so if you want to make one yourself pop on over and check them out or if you want me to make one for you, and are in Australia, I can do that too for any theme.  Just send me a quick email here

Happy stamping

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Friday, 3 July 2015

My Life Story.....

Hi there Stampers

Hmmm you read my Post Heading and say to yourself...."I don't really need to know your Life Story..." but I do this out of a need for me and to share along the way  :):)

Firstly let me ask 3 questions:-

1/  Do you have old family photos tucked away somewhere in your house in a shoe box or other container?

2/ If you asked your children "What Primary School did I go to?" and they answer "I haven't got a clue!!"

3/ You are looking for a quick and easy, yet creative, way to document your ancestry/life

If you answered YES to any or all of these questions then "My Life Story" hopefully, will show you how easy it is and also give you inspiration to start one of your own.  I am also going to run classes to help anyone along if you are in Australia and near the Sunshine Coast or would like a day trip to the Sunnie Coast and learn how to use Stampin' Up!s Project Life to make "Your Life Story" as well.

So over the next wee while I will take you on this journey with me

I have started with an Espresso 6" x 8" (15.2 x 20.3 cm ) Project Life Album, the Variety Project Life Photo Pages to suit, and a retired Accessory Pack (Everyday Adventure)  in addition to the current "Happy Times" Card Collection and Accessory Pack and "Let's Get Away" Card Collection and Accessory Pack.  You could use the 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5cm ) Album but I just wanted a cute and compact version of "My Life"...a bit like me I suppose hahahaha

I did want to call this my "Eulogy Album" but my daughter had a shocked look on her face when I told her so I changed it to "My Life Story"

So I started with my Family Tree.  I found this template online just when I Googled Ancestry and there are many different designs to choose from.  As you can see there are still a few boxes empty  as these are unknown to me and to find out more that is another venture which takes a lot of time and money.  So I am happy with this info so far and if my children wish to find out more they have somewhere to start.

So I have begun my story with my Mum whom I did not know a lot about and she died when I was 10 years old.  I have found out a little bit more since starting this album :)

Yes that is me on the left I think about 11 or 12 months old?  So you can keep your album as simple as this or embellish more if you like.  I will probably add more as I go but I do want to keep it fairly simple.

I have used the Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits Dies to cut some of my photos and backing cardstock to fit perfectly in the little pockets and also rounded the corners of the cardstock and some of the photos.  This little corner punch is an essential for neatening up the corners.

So until next time and another page in my Life Story :)

Happy Stamping

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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

June Birthdays

Hello Stampers

Well here it is July already!!!  Half the year has gone!!!  Is it just me or are the years going faster and faster???  Whew my June just flew by and I had quite a few birthdays in June (including mine on the 26th ) so I thought I would share with you all the cards I made for my June birthday peeps :)

A card for a friend using Summer Silhouettes and Butterfly Basics Stamp Sets on Very Vanilla and Soft Suede cardstock

A teenage friend using Build a Birthday and Itty Bitty Banners Stamp Sets on Watermelon Wonder and Whisper White cardstock and also made the envelope using the new In Color Envelope Paper.

My wonderful Son-in-Law using the Guy Greetings stamp set as well the retired set called In the Family on Whisper White and Night of Navy cardstock and also using some retired "Maritime" Designer Series Paper to tart  up the envelope a little :)

My Bestie's son whose birthday is the same day as mine- even though he turned 31 I just had to use the "No Bones About it" stamp set as he really is a bit of a kid :) on Mossy Meadow, Whisper White and Tip Top Taupe cardstock

My Bestie's grandson using Celebrate Today stamp set and the retired set called "I Dig You".  He just loves his trucks and diggers. I used Soft Sky, Whisper White and Pacific Point cardstock.  The number 2 is using the new Little Numbers Thinlits.  The envelope is decorated with a balloon using the Balloon Thinlits or you can get both the stamp set and the Framelits in a Bundle and save 30%

A good friend and ex-workmate - here I used the current Hostess set "Floral Wings" and the greeting from "Amazing Birthday" stamp set.  I stamped the greeting on the envelope front and again on a scrap piece of whisper white twice (once in Mint Macaron and once in Night of Navy) and a little cutting and placing on the butterfly with glue dots and walah!!!

So now I have to get on to my July birthdays :):)

Happy stamping