All the good things…..

Did you know that…

‘The koi fish is symbolic in Japanese culture and is closely associated with the country’s national identity. The koi fish is a symbol of luck, prosperity, and good fortune in Japan. Swimming koi represent advancement and determination. Fish in general symbolize wealth and surplus, and the Chinese believe koi particularly represent good fortune in business and academics. Buddhists on the other hand see koi as representations of courage. Together in a koi pond, they represent love and friendship. ‘ Koi – Wikipedia

Koi Fish Meaning – General Symbolism
By Karen Frazier Feng Shui Teacher and Energy Healer

Many of the attributes of the koi symbolize several lessons and even trials individuals often encounter in life. The koi fish has a powerful and energetic life force, demonstrated by its ability to swim against currents and even travel upstream. Some of the characteristics associated with the koi include:

  • Good fortune
  • Success
  • Prosperity
  • Longevity
  • Courage
  • Ambition
  • Perseverance

So what did I use and how did I colour my Koi?

The stamp set used is ‘All the Good Things’, Stampin’ Up! and technique is ‘ Baby Wipe Technique. This stamp set is on the ‘Last-Chance Products’, so if you are wanting this set then order it now because it will be gone by June.

Click on the Image below for my On-Line Store and Last-Chance Products

The Products used-

  • Stamps- All the Good Things 146558 by Stampin’ Up! This is a ‘Distinktive Stamp’ – ‘Distinktive stamps create different opacities in a single stamped image for realistic depth and intensity’.
  • Cardstock- Bermuda Bay , Pacific Point, Whisper White
  • Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill- Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana.
  • Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies 148551

So what is the Baby Wipe Technique?

The Baby Wipe technique is where you make a stamp pad out of Baby Wipes. I use about 3-4 baby wipes folded in half and layered on top of each other. Make sure you have these sitting on a plastic surface such as the inside of a unused stamp case or a plate. (just in case the ink goes through, you don’t want it to damage the surface underneath). This technique works well when using solid stamp images.

Apply re-inkers to the baby wipes… I like to use 3 colours as you don’t want your colours to become muddy. The colours I have used are – Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana.

  1. Starting with darkest colour drop about 4 drops of ink in one spot, spacing them apart add more spots randomly. As the ink absorbs into the wipes it will spread so make sure you leave enough space for the next colour. You want to finish with an area bigger than your image.
  2. Add the next color next to the first spots leaving space for the lightest colour.
  3. Use the lightest colour to fill in the left over spaces.
  4. Tap your stamp lightly into ink and stamp onto your cardstock.

Every time you stamp the image it will be slightly different and that is the fun of it.

I love this technique and I’m sure you will too. If you have any questions please just ask and I will get back to you as soon as I can. All products used in this card will be listed below and is linked to my On-Line Store.

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Last Chance Products

WOW! Its here..The ‘Last Chance Products’ and the list is huge….
Select products from the 2019 occasions catalogue and 2018–2019 annual catalogue are retiring—and this is the last chance for you to get them!
Something things to remember….
* All WOOD MOUNT products will be deleted but some may be in the NEW Catalogue as CLING MOUNT
* These products are only ‘WHILE STOCKS LAST’ and will be discontinued after 3 June.
* Retiring host sets may be purchased using Stampin’ Rewards from a qualifying party only.

Do what I’m doing…Grab a marker or highlighter and go through me Catalogue and mark off which ones are deleted….Don’t leave it too long to order as some of these products will go very quickly..

Here are the links to the ‘Last Chance Products’ –
💙Annual 2018-2019 Catalogue…/AC%2018-19%20Retiring%2…
💙Occasion 2019 Catalogue…/OCC%2019%20Retiring%20L…

To order go to my On-Line Store – link below

Your space. Your way.

Whether you have an entire room or a small corner in your home for stamping, your creative space should be tailored to you. Our new product line, Storage by Stampin’ Up!, provides you with modular storage solutions that let you organise—and customise—your space your way!

Features and Benefits

Storage by Stampin’ Up! is designed to store and showcase your Stampin’ Pads, Stampin’ Ink Refills, Stampin’ Blends, Stampin’ Write Markers, Watercolor Pencils and other accessories. Here are some other features and benefits of Storage by Stampin’ Up!:

  • Keeps products organised, tidy, visible and trackable at all times.
  • Ensures that your Stampin’ Pads, Stampin’ Write Markers and Stampin’ Blends are all stored horizontally, as recommended.
  • Designed to be stylish, durable, compact, stackable and modular.
  • Blends in naturally with most home decor with its white neutral colour.
  • Stacks vertically and can be arranged to fit practically any flat workspace.
  • Easily assembled and disassembled for rearrangement and/or cleaning.

Just a bit of Romance…

It’s so nice when there is a bit of romance in the air.

This is a simple card to make with just a little stamping, some cardstock, two ink pads, Embossing folder, framelits and ribbon….plus a couple of tools.

So what did I use…..

  • Petal Palette stamps 145788
  • Wonderful Floral Framelits 148529
  • Lace Dynamic Texture Impressions Embossing Folder 148530
  • Cardstock – Night of Navy, Petal Pink, Garden Green and inside Whisper White
  • Ink Pads – Night of Navy & Whisper White Craft Ink
  • Petal Pink/Whisper White Variegated Ribbon 148776


  • Night of Navy Card Base cut at 10.5 x 29 cm, scored at 14.5
  • Petal Pink cut 2 (one for inside) 9.7 x 13.7cm.
  • Night of Navy cut 1 at 9.5 x 13.5cm – run through Big Shot with the Lace Dynamic Texture Impressions Embossing Folder. Using a sponge or dauber lightly rub Whisper White craft ink over the raised embossing to highlight. Adhere to Petal Pink cardstock
  • Whisper White (inside card) cut 9.5 x 13.5cm, stamp ‘Congratulations’ from Petal Palette stamps with Night of Navy Ink. Attach the Whisper White to other Petal Pink panel and adhere to inside of card.
  • With a scrap of Petal Pink approx 8 x8 cm stamp the sentiment in Night of Night Ink and run through the Big Shot with the Tag Die from the Wonderful Floral Framelits
  • Cut 3 sets of leaves in Garden Green cardstock using the leaf die from Wonderful Floral Framelits
  • Wrap a length of ribbon around card front tying in a bow on the left side.
  • Add dimensionals to back of tag and adhere to front panel, using Multi Purpose Glue adhere the leaves tucking then under the tag. I added some mini dimensionals to a couple of leaves to sit them up a little.
  • Add dimensionals to back of card front and attach to card base.

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God wanted to Brighten up the World….

God wanted to Brighten up the World……So he made you!

I wanted to brighten the world one card at a time ….or all in one card!

With this card I challenged myself to use colours that were “Bold and Bright”. I wanted to use a stamp set or thinlets that haven’t seen the light of day for a while. There was a lot of ‘ummmming and ahhhhhing’ in what I should do. But I kept coming back to Stampin’ Up! Flourishing Phrases and the coordinating Flourish Thinlet Dies.

The colours I used besides Basic Black (which will make most colours ‘Pop”) and Whisper White are the 2018-2020 In-Colours – Lovely Lipstick, Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch, Call me Clover and Blueberry Bushel. These are also colours I haven’t used a lot, not because I don’t like them. Because I do like them, and I love them more now.

If you look closely you will notice the flowers are sitting on a Basic Black mat. This was cut using the Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies found in the 2019 Occasions Catalogue.

Quick Tip…..

  • Cut cardstock into quarters (10.5 x 14.9 cm) adhere Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets to one side. Die cut your Thinlets from that Piece, peel of backing and adhere to card.
  • The Lovely Lipstick flower on top of Whisper White circle I only removed half the backing sheet by peeling back half way and trim away.That way id doesn’t adhere to work below. Or…use the Embossing Buddy and pat on the half that you don’t want to be stuck down.

Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlights

The theme for the month of March – Encouragement

I love the sentiment I used on this card because we are all precious to God and his love for us knows no boundaries. There is no better way to encourage someone but to share GOD’S BEAUTIFUL LOVE for us.

This card will be posted on Kylie’s Blog Highlights, so please visit her page and Vote for the cards you like and Please Vote for me too!

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Enjoy the simple moments…

Its so nice to take a moment, enjoy the quite times when everything around you is going a hundred miles an hour and your just sitting back watching the waves and the seagulls.

Global Design Project 178 Sketch Challenge

It’s time for a fabulous sketch challenge this week – there are so many great ways to interpret this sketch and make it your own. We know you’ll love it as much as we do! Here’s the sketch for this week’s challenge:

Make sure you go and check out GDP to see all the fantastic projects done by the Design Team and the other Entries in the Challenge. The Link is HERE

This week I have mixed things up a bit by using the image from one stamp set and the sentiment from another. The two sets come from the Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration Catalogue and you can get either one FREE when you spend $90 (AU) or spend $180 (AU) and get both for FREE

How to make my card..

Product required-

  • By the Bay stamp set 149739
  • Home to Roost149736
  • Early Espresso cardstock – Card base 14.5 x 21 cm, scoured at 10.5 cm & banner 9.7 x 1 cm
  • Pool Party cardstock – mat 14 x 10 cm & a small piece for under the banner 10.7 x .5 cm
  • Crumb Cake cardstock – card front 13.7 x 9.7 cm
  • watercolour paper 8 x 8cm
  • Very Vanilla cardstock – insert 14 x 10 cm
  • Stampin’ Pads – Pool Party, Balmy Blue, Smokey Slate, Daffodil Delight & Calypso Coral
  • Stazon Black
  • Aqua Painter
  • Stitched Shapes Framelits – 2nd largest circle
  • White Embossing Powder, VersaMark, Embossing Buddy, Heat Gun

How to-

  • Watercolour Paper – stamp seagulls all over using Stazon ink.
  • Loosely colour the image with inks using Aqua Painter
  • Cut using the Stitched Framelit circle
  • Stamp the seagulls also onto the Crumb Cake cardstock with the Crumb Cake ink.
  • Emboss the sentiment onto the Early Espresso banner with the White Embossing Powder and heat set.
    TIP: Don’t cut your Banner down to above measurements until after Embossing. I use a Post-it Note to help like a handle when positioning under the Trimmer so that I can get a narrow strip.
  • Adhere the Pool Party Strip/Banner to back of the Banner peeking out a little at the bottom. Attach Mini Dimensionals to the underneath of banner.
  • Adhere card together.

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Top Ten Winners Blog Hop

WOW……! What a Privilege!

Thanks everyone who voted for me. What a privileged it is, to be a part of ‘Kylie Bertucci’s International Highlights Top Ten Winners Blog Hop’ with all the other great winners.

The theme for this hop is – Encouragement.

‘Wonderful Romance’

Wonderful Romance stamp set is part of the Floral Romance Suite on pages 10 & 11 of Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalogue. Wonderful Romance Bundle 150592 also includes the Wonderful Floral Framlits Dies.

I love the sentiments used in this stamp set, as they are romantic but still encouraging. “ You are the Best Thing I never knew I needed “.

It is so encouraging to be told “your the best and I need you”

This floral image is beautiful and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to colour it with the Stampin’ Up! watercolour pencils and Blender Pen.

How to…….

I stamped the image onto Shimmery White cardstock with Memento Ink. Then after colouring cut using the framlits from the bundle…No fussy cutting here!

Rich Razzleberry and Blushing Bride cardstock was used for the card base and mat. The sentiment was stamped in Rich Razzleberry onto a piece of Blushing Bride Cardstock then cut using the coordinating tag framelit

Adding a few elements from the coordinating paper – Floral Romance Specialty Designer Series Paper 148586 and Floral Romance Seals 148789, along with the Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon finishes this card.

Thank you for visiting, I hope you have enjoyed my Blog post today. Below is the list of the others taking part in this Blog Hop. Click on the link to see each one and remember…. leave a comment so we know you visited.

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Happy, Happy Birthday

Love the bright colours used in this card and the fun and life that flows from it.

Global Design Project 176 | CASE the Designer

The challenge this week is to CASE a gorgeous card by Steffi Helmschrott from Germany.

CASE = Copy And Selectively Edit
When you CASE a project you can take what you like from the design and make it your own. It might be the stamp set – the colors, the layout, the theme, the images – whatever you like that has inspired you to make a card of your own.

Make sure you go over to Global Design Project and see all the wonderful projects made by the Design Team and the other entries to this challenge. To help you here is the link…Click HERE!

My Card……

This card I kept very simple using the colour and the embossed circles to be the focus of the card.

The five Stampin’ Up! colours – Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green and Pacific Point were all sponged and blended on Whisper White cardstock. Water was sprinkled on the cardstock to lift some of the colour to give more interest to the colours. The Basic Black card base makes the colours ‘POP’.

With white embossing powder I stamped and embossed the smallest circle from Stampin’ Up! Swirly Frames stamp set to mimic the circles on Steffi’s card.

The sentiment is built from words from the ‘Well Said’ Bundle found in the 2019 Occasions Catalogue. Combining both the stamped embossed words and Framelit words together. TIP: Adhere Multipurpose Adhesive sheets to your cardstock before running the framlits through the Big Shot.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. If you have any questions, please just ask. All the products used are listed below and are linked back to my On-Line Store.

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All the Good Things

This weeks Global Design Project is a ‘Theme Challenge’ – GDP#175 and the theme is ‘Down the garden path’. To see all the projects made by the Design Team and the other entries in the GDP#175 Challenge CLICK HERE

Now I’m not much of a gardener, I pretty much tend to kill anything I try to grow. But I do like to look at lovely gardens and last year my son took my husband (his father) and myself to the National Arboretum Canberra.

While there we went and saw the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection…….it was amazing. If you are ever in Canberra it is worth the visit. And I am glad I’m not the one to look after these magnificent little gardens.

Thankfully Stampin’ Up! have a stamp that I hope I can’t kill and it doesn’t need to be watered….and reminds me of that time we spent with Hayden in Canberra.

All the Good Things by Stampin’ Up!

146558 – Clear , 146555 – Wood

How have I coloured this stamp….

Instead of using just one colour on this stamp, I have used seven colours…that’s right SEVEN colours….HOW?

First off you have to use the ‘Stamparutus’ this cannot be done with out it. Why? Because you need to go back adding one colour at a time and this is what the Stamparutus allows you to do.

Secondly, I used a Sponge Dauber to add the link to the stamp.

So what colours and where…..

  • Pot – Cajun Craze and Fresh Fig used to highlight the edges and bottom of the pot.
  • Tree Trunk – Early Espresso
  • Leaves – Old Olive, Shaded Spruce and Tranquil Tide.
  • Added Gold Shimmer Paint to leaves also..(from Holiday Catalogue)

The card base is Early Espresso, a piece of Fresh Fig – embossed with the Subtle Embossing Folder and a strip of Designer Series Paper from the Nature’s Poem collection. The Stamped image was cut using the new Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies found in the Occasions Catalogue on page 28.

Thank you for reading my Blog, I hope you have found it interesting. All the products used are listed below and linked back to my On-Line Store. Any questions or comments leave in the comments below and I will get back to you.

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Dear Doily

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

For the first time I am participating in Kylie’s International Blog Highlights and you get to VOTE for your favorite projects. The top ten winners will get to be part of an International Blog Hop….. so please VOTE for my project.

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The theme for the month of February is – Encouragement

For this card I used the Dear Doily Bundle 150616 from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalogue. The Dear Doily Stamps are one of the New Cling Stamps which ‘CLING’ to your acrylic block and they really do stick….. Make sure you check out the video on YouTube by Stampin’ Up! on the use and care of the ‘Cling’ stamps.

TIP: put a small piece of Washi Tape on one edge/ corner of the stamp to help peal it off the block or out of the case.

I have made a short video showing how I made this card….From a simple way of doing the watercolour wash on the card front, using 3 Re-Inkers and Glad-wrap – So Saffron, Mango Melody and Flirty Flamingo. The use of the Stamparatus for the stamping.of the sentiments and the flowers. The large Doily Builder Thinlit used without the out side edge to make a window in card front.

Video Link…..

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