Carols of Christmas…and joy to the world from Stampin’ Up!

One of my favorite songs at Christmas is

‘Joy to the World”

and even though this stamp has been deleted, I couldn’t help but use it along one of the stamps from Carols of Christmas.

Every year Stampin’ Up! give us some of the most wonderful stamps, that are uniquely theirs. In their catalogue you will find every product you will need and they all co-ordinate with each other.

It’s what I love about Stampin’ Up!…

To see Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue and you live in Australia contact me or HERE on my Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator page.

This card I have created as this weeks entry in the Global Design Project 102 | Sketch Challenge



There are a few things I would like to share with you about this card…..


  • Ornament Stamps are from the Carol of Christmas Stamp set 146036
  • As I said before unfortunately the sentiment Joy to the World is no longer a current Stamp.
  • The Black and White Designer Series Paper used on this card is from the soon to be released Holiday Catalogue….can’t wait for that to be available. If you want a copy give me a call and I will get one into the mail to you (only in Australia)
  • The Bakers Twine I have coloured myself..This is a very easy thing to do and doesn’t take much time at all…so

How did I do that..

You will need…Bakers Twine – white, easy to dye

Re-Inker – Old Olive (Stampin’ Up! have re-inkers in all of their colours..see I said they bwere great)

small dish – I used a lid from one of there containers that the buttons come in

Something to stir the ink with – I used a Stylus

Water – small amount

Paper towel and a water proof mat – as this can become messy.

  • Cut a length of Bakers Twine that you require, making sure you have given yourself plenty for shrinkage.
  • Dampen the Twine so that it adsorbs the dye easier
  • Add a few drops of re-inker to container and add a few drops of water and mix…the more water you add the lighter the colour you will get.
  • Wrap twine around a couple of fingers to make a ring of thread – easier to handle and add to ink. I used a stylus to stir the twine and ink around making sure the twine is soaking up the ink
  • Add more ink if you need a darker colour and when happy take up and place on paper towel, pat dry (this is the messy part.) Hang to dry or use your heat gun to dry.


I did this twice the first one I didn’t add much water so I have a very dark piece of Bakers Twine…the second one (which is the one I used) is lighter and more variegated in colour.

This can also be done with some ribbons…test it first to see if it will take the dye. The Bakers Twine being cotton will dye very well, where as if there is no cotton may not dye. Because this is only going on a card only the dye has not been set, so may run if wet.

Make sure you go over to GDP web page and have a look at the wonderful work done by the Design Team and others taking part in the challenge.

To help you find them HERE is a link

All the products I have used today you can find in my store here are the links to my store, through those products.

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl – Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.


Peace on Earth…

Today, my husband and son (No:3) have gone to Campbelltown, the other son(no:4) is at work…so I have the house too myself for a few hours. So I have been having fun playing with new products and different techniques.

The first product I have been playing with is the new Embossing Paste 141979 and Pattern Decorative Masks 144103 that Stampin’ Up! brought out in this years Annual Catalogue. It is so easy and fun to use, make sure you have a look at the great video by Stampin’ Up!  HERE

I ended up making 2 card fronts, one using the medallion mask and another with the diamond mask. I left the paste white and used night of Navy cardstock as my card front. This was then attached to card bases cut from Whisper White Cardstock.

The other is the Carols of Christmas Stamps 144804 from Stampin’ Up!….in this set I used the “Peace on Earth” Stamp and I used three colours to to colour the stamp.

How did I do this....

I started by inking up the top portion of the stamp with the lightest colour. in this case being Flirty Flamingo. Then I inked up the next 2/3’s of stamp with Bermuda Bay. The bottom part of the stamp I inked up with Night of Navy and as Night of Navy is the darkest colour it didn’t matter that I was going over the Bermuda Bay. Using the Bermuda bay Stampin Write Marker I blended the lines a little. A couple of breaths onto the stamp to re-moist the ink again and then stamp onto cardstock.


Using the largest circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies 145372, I cut out the Peace on Earth with the Big Shot 143263.

Using Flirty Flamingo, Bermuda Bay cardstock and a NEW Designer Series Paper (soon to be released) I layered some banners and adhered to the card front. The Peace on Earth was attached with dimmensionals.


I made this card as part of the Global Design Project Colour Challenge #101


Make sure you go over to GDP web page and have a look at the wonderful work done by the Design Team and others taking part in the challenge.

To help you find them HERE is a link

All the products I have used today you can find in my store here are the links to my store, through those products.


Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl – Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

Carols of Christmas from Stampin’ Up!

Carols of Christmas….its has taken me a little while to like this Stamp set, but now I’m working with it ….I’m loving it.

At present you can purchase this Bundle as a Pre-Order for the soon to be released 2017 Holiday Catalogue from Stampin’ Up!.


Over the past couple of weeks I have watched a few videos by other local Demonstrators on using this set and really enjoyed learning a few new techniques.

One of these was done with using the new Glossy Cardstock 144241

I have completed 2 cards using this set and will be basing my Card Class on this next month.



Class Date – 8th September

Time 10 am or 7.30 pm

Place: Moss Vale

Bookings required 0408 868 771

Cost – Purchase the Bundle 146037 Through me and receive the class FREE


Class $20 per person.


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Merry Christmas

I Would like to wish you all a


and a


Thank you for coming along on my Blogging journey for 2016

I pray that you have a SAFE and Joyous Christmas season


Here is a few of my Favorite cards that I competed in 2016


See you in 2017

Paper Stars, Christmas Decorations


This is a FUN little Christmas Decoration that I have been making for the past 3 months and selling in a local shop – @Highlands Handmade and they have been very good little sellers. they use up all that left over sheets of Designer Series Paper. Not suitable for card stock as it is too heavy.

I saw this originally on Pinterest as Scandinavian Fabric Stars and thought if it can be done in Fabric …I can do it in Paper. so with a few minor changes here it is.

The Instructions can be found in my Tutorials or Click the link below.


Happy Star making and a MERRY CHRISTMAS




Hello December……Cont

Welcome again to my Blog.

Last week I started working on my Hello December 2016 project Life Album and sharing that with you.

Have you started yours yet?

In my blog last week I stated that “Today I started sorting my cards and planning where I’m going to place them…but I know this will change as I work my way through December.”


It didn’t take long to start changing things, once I printed some photos. You have to stay flexible if you are doing your album this way…I am following a page plan that was shown to me by another Demonstrator. I like the look of the finished album but I think it would be by far easier to put in you photos first and then your cards as your are working with your photo’s rather against them. Doing it the way I’m doing I’m making the photos fit rather than finding a page that fits the photo.

The recommended steps to follow are.

  1. Place photos into pockets
  2. Put cards into pockets
  3. Journal
  4. Decorate with embellishments

But I’m going to keep going with what I have and see where this takes me.

Tip 3

I always work with “post it notes”…as events happen I write it down and stick to the page where its going. this way when you print your photos you know what page to put them


Tip 4

Print your photos as you go…its a lot easier to remember what happened 2-3 days later than 4 weeks down the track.

Tip 5

Stay flexible to move Pocket pages around to suit photos


Global Design Project 065 | Colour Challenge

Good Morning…

Welcome again to my Blog.

Its Global Design Project time again and this week is a

“Colour Challenge”



What a great colour combination with 2 very strong colours.

As soon as I saw this I knew what I wanted to do and these colours work with this seasons Christmas papers from Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP).

My favorite stamp for this Christmas has to be the Merry Mice…they are just so adorable.


This card is a very simple and quick card to put together.

What you require is…

Base – Crumb Cake 10.5 cm x 29.6 cm (1/2 A4 cut length wise), scored 14.8 cm

Early Espresso 10 x 14.4 cm

Candy Cane Lane DSP 9.5 x 13.9 cm

Crumb Cake 5 x 13.5 cm

Real Red 8 x 10 cm

Shimmery White 8 x 10 cm

The little mouse was so easy to do..

  • Stamp image on Shimmery White and using the Early Espresso Ink Pad
  • With the blender pen gentle draw out the colour from the stamped image to give him some highlights
  • Using the Oval Layering Framelits – cut the largest scalloped framelit in the Real Red, then with the size smaller in the straight edge framelit cut out the mouse. This will sit perfectly on top of each other. Adhere these two pieces together, I used the Multipurpose Liquid Glue as gives me the extra movement to get them both in the correct place
  • Use the banner Punch to cut a banner from the Crumb Cake and stamp your sentiment in Early Espresso
  • Layer the Early Espresso cardstock and DSP and adhere to the card front.
  • Glue the banner onto the card lining the top of banner with the top edge of DSP.
  • Add Dimensionals to the back of the mouse and adhere on top of the banner

Anther simple card to be sent to someone special for Christmas.


Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl – Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

Hello December 2016

How do you document your Christmas…..

For the past 2 years I have been using the Project Life Hello December Card Collections

and Accessory Pack.

Christmas Project Life Album 2015
Christmas Project Life Album 2015

This year is no different…in the Seasonal Catalogue on page 31 you will find the 2016 Hello December 2016 Card Collection, Accessory Pack, NEW Album and NEW Pocket Page Variety Pack 2.

The card collections has 71 cards in 2 sizes (7.6 x 10.2 cm & 10.2 x 15.2 cm) that just slip beautifully into the Pocket Pages. There are card for the days of the week, cards for journalling and cards that are just for decoration.

The Accessory Pack has all the embellishment you need to decorate you pages including small 5.1 x 5.1 cm cards, a stamp set, red foil numbers, sticker sheets, wooden shapes and washi tape.

The Album for this year has the beautiful and bright Emerald Envy down the spine.

The Variety pack 2 is new to the collection and offers a different range of pocket pages and can be used in conjunction with the others available.


I am doing my album to be a pictorial Journal of all the events that happen throughout December for family and I.

Today I started sorting my cards and planning where I’m going to place them…but I know this will change as I work my way through December.

As we go through this month I will give you up dates on how its coming along and will post a few pictures. I will also add tips along the way of how and why I have done curtain pages.

My first tip is..

Tip 1.

The Hello December 2016 card Collection and the Accessory Pack are part of the Year End Closeout Sale…and its while stock lasts. So don’t leave it too long to order yours. Go to my SHOP here or from the top of page and order directly with Stampin’ Up! You don’t want to miss out.

Tip 2.

Once you have your cards and if you are Memory Keeping by date add your dates (from Accessory Pack) to the 7.6 x 10.2 cm cards that have been printed for this purpose


Have added a video to show yow you this great collection.

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl – Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

Old Memories……

Yesterday, my son Robert  was having a chat to his Dad about one of his subjects, Modern History. I reminded them that we have an old suitcase in the shed with lots of bits and pieces from Europe, brought over by my Father in-law.

My husbands family came from Croatia and moved to Australia after the War.

So we went in search for this suitcase…..

We found an old suitcase (thinking it was the one we were after), we cleaned it up and brought it inside.


It was so funny because here was my 17 yr old son looking at this case and wondering how to open it.

“Are there keys?”

He had never seen a suitcase before with locks like this.

So I showed him how it opened and had a good laugh…how times have changed.

Unfortunately it wasn’t my father in-laws case but it was my mother in-laws.

We found her sewing box, old costume jewellery, photos and some Bibles (written in German and Croatian). We also found my husbands school records which he had thought were thrown out years ago.


But the treasure we did find was my mother in-laws cook book, with all her hand written recipes.

What a find….but they are all written in Croatian. Now I just have to get translated.


Last year my husband wanted to have a Croatian Christmas with traditional food and we didn’t know where this cook book was. So I down loaded recipes from the internet and we gave them a go.

It was a fun Christmas Lunch  and it was great trying different food to what we would normally have. I made sure that we took photo’s of me making these recipes and of them on our table for Christmas lunch. And put these photos into my 2016 Christmas Project Life Album…they are a great reminder.


So this year if I can get these recipes translated in time…I maybe able to make some of these goodies for Christmas lunch this year too…

So whats the reason behind all this..

Memories are great, get them out of those old suitcases and share them. take photos and remember the stories.

A great way to do this is through Memory Keeping and Project Life.

Project Life gives you a simple way to get photos into albums so you can tell the stories and share with family and friends.

Go to my shop and check out the Seasonal catalogue for this years Hallo December Project Life Card Collection,  Accessory pack, 6 x 8 Emerald Envy ASlbum and Pocket pages.

This is only available until 3rd January 2017

To find out more about project life contact me and attend one of my classes where I can help you to get started.



Global Design Project #062 | Sketch Challenge… Joy to the World

Joy to the world
The lord is come
Let earth receive her king
Let every heart prepare him room
And heaven and nature sing

This is a song we sing at Christmas when we celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus…..

It is a song that brings JOY to my heart at the thought

of the coming of our King.

Christmas is not only about gifts and food

its about the JOY in knowing Jesus Christ was Born.


The challenge by Global Design Project this week is a Sketch Challenge.


My card today I have kept very simple.

 I love plaids in the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack

(it must be the touch of Scottish in me).

And this card needed only a simple statement

“Joy to the World”.

  This stamp can be found in the Tin of Tags Stamp Set..

it is such a wonderful set which I have used a number of times.


I have kept the colour palette to the same colours as in the plaid,

using the black to add pop to the Garden Green and Crumb Cake.

The Dazzling Diamonds adds that bit of BLING!


Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl – Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.