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Watercolour Wings Triple Pop Up Card

As this blog post goes live, I’m excited to be spending the day hanging out with some friends for some much needed therapeutic crafty time. It’s been a big few weeks in all aspects of life so I’m glad for a little bit of time to catch up and craft for fun! And this what today’s card is… FUN!

This card was another addition to the June Technique Class and June Stamp Club using some of the new in-colour inks as well as the gorgeous new DSP, Naturally Eclectic. I wasn’t drawn to this DSP immediately, but it is absolutely stunning in person! I’ve combined with with the stamp set Watercolour Wings which has been around for a catalogue or two.

There were two versions of this card; one using the new Lemon Lime Twist & Emerald Envy colours and then another using the new Fresh Fig and Berry Blast colours.


The card is very simple on the outside using one butterfly and a simple white circle from the Stitched Shape Framelits, however that is because when you open it, that is when the magic happens!


How stunning is that! What a beautiful surprise for the recipient when they open the card. You won’t believe how easy it is! Check out Lyssa from Song Of My Heart to see how easy this is for you to re-create at home. The best thing is, it is possible with loads of different images, not just butterflies. I do love it on the white insert… however with the lime card, I stuck down the butterflies before I realised I’d forgotten to put an insert in my card! Never mind, the recipient will know, no different. 😛

If you’ve got Watercolour Wings in your stamp collection, grab it out and get creating! You won’t be disappointed when you make this card!

Happy Crafting,

Create at home using these products:

Big Shot


Glue Dots


By | July 1st, 2017|Categories: Birthdays, Blog, Cards|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

This Little Piggy #2

Ha! I told you I was obsessed with this stamp set and he would appear again… this time we’re talking about “when pigs fly”! Well, I’m  here to prove to you that pigs can fly as you’ll see on my card today! Not only is the stamp set This Little Piggy being featured again, I’ve used the awesome new embossing paste on my card too!

You’ll notice that the clouds look like they have some “dimension” to them; they also have some texture with the new embossing paste. For my card, I have coloured the paste using a Soft Sky re-inker to give it a pale blue colour. Check out the video below to see the embossing paste in action.

Here is a closer look at the clouds & piggy…

You’ll see that my clouds have some “lines” through them – I wasn’t too bothered by this as I felt it gave the clouds more dimension however, it was purely by accident though! It was me not paying attention and scraping the paste evenly. The more I’ve played with the paste, the less I’m getting lines.

Similarly to the first This Little Piggy blog post, I’ve stamped the flying pig on shimmery white cardstock with black archival ink and then coloured it in using an aqua painter and the new Powder Pink ink for his body and head and then Soft Sky ink for his body.

The gorgeous sentiment is from the new hostess stamp set Dare to Dream which has various words that you can mix and match to make the perfect greeting for any card.

I really hope you add the embossing paste to your next Stampin’ Up! order… it is a great addition to any card and there are fantastic accessories (palette knives and decorative masks) for you to create simple and effective cards quickly.

Happy Crafting,

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This Little Piggy….

This Little Piggy went….. to market! That’s what the stamp I’ve used on today’s card makes me think of. Makes me think that this cute little piggy is taking a wander in the sunshine down to the local market. Strange I know!

If you recall my Top 5 new product blog post a little while ago, you’ll know that the This Little Piggy stamp set certainly made it in there. If you missed the post, you can check it out here. I’ve had a blast playing with it since I received it and can’t wait to play with it some more.

Whilst the piggy is cute and the focus of today’s card, I want you to focus on the background. I just love it! and no… it’s not a piece of Designer Series Paper… it’s a design I created myself using glossy cardstock and stampin’ ink pads! Yep, that’s it! So simple yet so effective.

The background is called “faux woodgrain” and I’ve created it using Crumb Cake and Soft Suede ink pads. I just couldn’t get over how easy the technique was and how different the background can be, each time you do it! I’ll definitely be using this technique again! You can create this easily at home by following a tutorial from Carolyn Bennie.


Powder Pink is a new 2017 – 2019 in-colour and is the perfect “pig” colour. I’ve used an aqua painter to colour in the image for my card and using a little bit of the new Tranquil Tide in-colour for the grass and stem of the flower, again using an aqua painter. I never used to be much of a “colourer” but I think these little piggies might just convince me otherwise!

Happy Crafting,

P.S. I added the flower form the new Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set. I stamped it in the gorgeous new Berry Burst ink and popped it up on a new mini stampin’ dimesional (these are amazing!) to make it pop off the card.

Create at home using these products:

Big Shot


My Top 5 Products – 2017/ 2018 Stampin’ Up! Catalogue!

I have a different kind of post for you today! No creations as such, but I’m sharing with you my five favourite products from the new 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! catalogue. Each year I love to do this to share with you what I’m loving and hopefully highlight a product or two you might have missed! (Who I am kidding? We all read the catalogue from front to back numerous times, so highly unlikely we’ve missed anything!)

So… the amazing products that have made my Top 5 this year (in no particular order are…)

  1. This Little Piggy Stamp Set (page 48)

I haven’t been this excited about a stamp set since the infamous “donuts” got released a few years back! As soon as I saw the piggies I knew they would be in my first order! They are just the cutest and are suitable for loads of occasions! Stay tuned in a week or so for some cards I’ve created for an upcoming class and stamp club.

2. Embossing Paste (page 201)

I would have skipped right past this had some fellow demonstrators not showed their excitement from seeing a sneak peek at the Stampin’ Up! Onstage event. I’ve had a quick play with the product for an upcoming class and club and it adds such great texture to the card (and you can colour it!!!). Even Mr. INK and Master INK were impressed. And it is such a steal at $11.50 per tub!

3. Tabs for Everything Bundle (Stamp Set & Circle Tab Punch) (page 43)

Like to be organise? Like to plan? Like to “tab” your catalogue so you can quickly find products?… then this bundle is the one for you! Comprising of a very versatile stamp set than can be used on cards as well as “tabs”, this stamp set is one that has endless possibilities! My first port of call with this set though is tabbing my catalogue! I’ve only done this once before and it really does make finding this so much easier!

4. 2 1/4″ Circle Punch (page 207)

A simple item but I never go past a new circle punch! I love the ease of a circle punch and how every single time it is a perfect shape! I can never cut anything with my paper snips that resembles a circle! lol! So I was very excited to see another circle punch to add to the collection. I even own two 1 3/4″ circle punches because they get used so much!

5. Striped Treat Bags (page 195) 

I’m mad for a treat bag! They make packaging a card or a small gift so easy when you’re strapped for time! I’ve loved all the treat bags Stampin’ Up! have sold, however there is something a little bit extra special about one with gold stripes! You can dress it up or dress it down so it suits every single occasion you may have on your calendar!

I’ve tried to showcase a little bit of everything in the catalogue; stamps, packaging, punches and tools! Be sure to pop back to my blog over the coming months to see these products appear. I’m sure they’ll be featured more than once! Would love to hear what your favourite products us so feel free to comment below.

Happy Crafting (with your new products!)

By | June 18th, 2017|Categories: Stampin' Up!|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

What Will You Stamp? #117 – Beetles & Bugs

We’ve had a “bugging” good time this week for the What Will You Stamp? challenge (#wwys117) using the Beetles & Bugs stamp set from Stampin’ Up!

I myself have been under the weather with a “bug” (otherwise known as sinus, ear and chest infection!) so Mr. INK and I thought this was a good stamp set for me to be creating with this week. As I’ve been unwell, I haven’t been able to sit at my craft desk to create, so today I have some simple (yet cute!) cards for you using this set and some “bug puns”. Do you know how hard it is to create or find bug puns? I’ll tell you… HARD! I created my “puns” using the Labeler Alphabet and the Brushwork Alphabet stamp sets. I love the ‘look’ of the labeler set; and the fact you have 2 fonts in one set is a bonus!

I love little cards like my project today because you can make whatever size you like! All you need to do is ensure the length of the card is double the width… that way you’ll get a perfectly square card.

The card sizes I created were:

  • “I heard your caught a bug” card – 4″ x 8″ (scored at 3.5″)
  • “Love Bug” and “Bugs & Kisses” cards – 3″ x 6″ (scored at 3″)
  • “Sorry to bug you” card – 3.5″ x 7″ (scored at 3.5″)

Only a quick post from me today but don’t forget to check out all the What Will You Stamp? Design Team Beetle and Bug creations over on the WWYS? blog. There are lots of creepy crawlies waiting for you!

Happy Crafting,

What Will You Stamp? #115 – Beautiful You

Hi There! This week over at What Will You Stamp?, we’ve been challenged to use the very popular the “Beautiful You” stamp set. If you’re a Stampin’ Up! fan, I have no doubt you have seen many creations made with this stamp set throughout your googling or Pinterest looking ventures. There have been so many wonderful creations with the stamp set, I didn’t quite know where to start or what to create.

For some reason, the lady with the umbrella was the stamp in the set that caught my attention. Initially she made me feel like she was “sad” however, I also wanted to show how versatile stamps could be and used her to create a card and “shower her in love” (you’ll see what I mean shortly!).

I created 3 cards for today’s challenge to show you different ways you can use the same stamp. The cards have the same layouts, I’ve just created them in different colours and with different accompanying stamps to create a different tone or theme to the cards.


I love the simplicity of these cards. I did try colouring the lady in, but I found I much preferred her in plain black with the colour focus being on the theme of the card.

A quick post from me today for #wwys115; if you own the Beautiful You stamp set, why don’t you stop by the What Will You Stamp? Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created and participate in this week’s challenge yourself. We love to be inspired by you and your creations.

Thanks for stopping by today… I hope you like the cards I’ve created today… would love to hear if the rain, sunshine or heart one is your favourite.

Happy Crafting,





Ice-Cream and Beer… Poppin’ Box Cards

I’m SO excited to share with you today’s cards! The April Technique class was all about ‘Poppin’ – cards that pop! And today’s card was definitely the show stopper. Whilst it took a little while to complete in class with the 11 attendees, it was certainly worth the time and effort.

I’ve got two versions of this Poppin’ Box Card; an ice-cream version using the Stampin’ Up! Cool Treats suite and then a manly beer version using the Stampin’ Up! Mixed Drinks stamp set.

Cool Treats

This was the version of the card that we made in class. 11 wonderful ladies put their skills to the test to create this fun and “cool” interactive birthday card. How fruity and delicious are the colours used in the stamping and the designer series paper on the box. They are Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Watermelon Wonder, Pear Pizzaz, Peekaboo Peach and Early Espresso. Even their names are tasty treats!


You’re probably wondering where the “box” in photo 2 came from… well this is where we “POP”! Watch the short video below to see how much fun this poppin’ card is for the recipient to receive!

Thats’s right… it pops right on up and out of the tray!!!

Mixed Drinks

As I mentioned above, I’d made 2 versions of this card.. unfortunately, I don’t have a poppin’ video for this card, but it pops exactly as the one above does, the design and stamps are just different. I actually think this one is my favourite and is an awesome masculine card. So much so that… I never give my husband’s best mate a card for his birthday… however this year it was a “big” birthday for him, so I wanted to knock his socks off and I knew he would love the extra surprise that a poppin’ box card brings.


These popping box cards are so much to make! Don’t be daunted by them. Once you get your score lines and folds in the right spot, assembly of the box itself is pretty easy, as are the tray and the wrap. The awesome Gemma over at Made by Gemma has some great YouTube clips (Part 1) (Part 2) to step you through how to make the box and tray/ wrap as well as some templates that you can download and print to ensure all your lines are in the right spot!

I hope you give this fun card a go. If you do create one and get stuck at any time, you are more than welcome to contact me. I’d love to hear/ see that you are being inspired and taking some time out for yourself to create.

Happy Crafting,