Thursday, November 19, 2009

Project #3

This is an improved version of a card I have already made. I introduced a few extra elements to show how the more advanced crafter can improve on an existing design to jazz it up a bit.


Cardstock: Real Red; Chocolate Chip; Whisper White
Ink: Real Red; Chocolate Chip
Ribbon: Real Red
Stamps: Sincere Salutations; Holly, Jolly Christmas
Other: Scalloped Edge; Crystal Effects; sponge daubers; hodgepodge hardware
Design notes
  • Use the sponge daubers to soften the edge. I particularly like the Whisper White sponged onto the Chocolate Chip cardstock to add that 'snowy' feel.
  • Stamp more than 1 Santa image and use dimensionals between layers to add a bit of pizzazz. I have added crystal effects to the buttons on Santa's shirt.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Project #2

I wanted to introduce both 2-step stamping and the use of a blender pen on this project. The flowers are from an old hostess set but they seemed to go so well with the Scribble wheel, as do most current flower stamps.


Cardstock: So Saffron; Whisper White; Chocolate Chip

Ink: Chocolate Chip; Regal Rose

Stamps: Scribble wheel; Springtime Stems

Other: Blender pen

Design notes

Cut a strip off the front of the card to expose the inside.

Use the blender pen to colour some flowers from the Scribble wheel image.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Craft Day - Project #1

I have been preparing for the last week or so for my first Craft Day and am thrilled that it went so well. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and I loved introducing new techniques and products to them.

Over the next few days I will show you the projects I designed for them to make and I have to say that I think they all did a wonderful job replicating these, in some cases even putting their own twist on the original design.

I did make one crucial mistake though by using stamp sets that had been retired ... silly me. Thankfully there are always more new and fun stamps being introduced so they are bound to find something else they like.

This first one is a very basic design and one I copied (partly) from the card on the cover of the current Idea Book and Catalogue. I love the crispness of this card and it was a quick and easy design to complete.


Cardstock: Whisper White; Chocolate Chip; Certainly Celery
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Ribbon: Certainly Celery
Stamps: Office Accountrements
Other: Mat Pack

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Original ... almost

A nice clean, simple design. I have not included a sentiment but one could easily be added to either the front or the inside. Again I have looked to the Idea Book and Catalogue for inspiration and although I haven't replicated what I saw exactly I have used a key element that caught my eye, in this case the split punch on the sides.

Cardstock: Chocolate Chip; Brocade Blue; So Saffron; Whisper White
Ink: Versamark;
Ribbon: Whisper White
Stamps: Office Accoutrements
Other: Slit punch

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Time for a Tree

I've had the 'Loads of Love' stamp set for a while now, but only recently purchased the matching wheel and foolishly forgot to buy the handle to match! So, I had to be imaginative and used a paint brush through the middle to allow me to roll it over a pad then onto my card. The image didn't transfer cleanly but I figure it will make do until my handle arrives.


Cardstock: Real Red; Glorious Green; Whisper White
Ink: Real Red; Glorious Green; Basic Black; Whisper White; Chocolate Chip
Stamps: Loads of Love; Time for a Tree

Design Notes

Don't try this at home ... a paintbrush through the wheel really didn't work so well, so make sure you remember to order a handle for your wheels!!

Gift Box and Card

I recently introduced a friend to Stampin' Up! and we had a great time creating this one afternoon. She did a great job and really enjoyed herself and I was inspired after she left to create a gift box to match.


Cardstock: Chocolate Chip; So Saffron; Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Stamps: Scribble This
Ribbon: Chocolate Chip

Bundle of Joy

My son's prep teacher is due to have a baby soon so the mum's wanted to do something special before she goes on maternity leave. I've made this card for everyone to put a message into, but had to be careful to be gender neutral as obviously we don't know what she is having yet!


Cardstock: Certainly Celery; So Safron; Whisper White
Inks: Chocolate Chip; Buckaroo Blue; Regal Rose; Versamark
Stamps: Scribble This; Punches Three (hostess reward)
Ribbon: Certainly Celery; Chocolate Chip
Punches: Scalloped Edge

Design Notes

I have run my 'Scribble This' wheel on a Versamark pad to give a more subtle touch. I have used a blender pen to colour one flower blue, and one flower pink then used Crystal Effects to gloss them up.

I have stamped 3 images and used dimensionals to give height to each layer. Again I have used Crystal Effects to gloss up the pram.

Holly Jolly Christmas

I love this santa stamp, he really is a happy looking fellow which sums up Christmas for me. I designed this card for a recent workshop aimed at beginners and it really was so easy to make. Keep a look out for a more advanced version of this as I jazz it up a bit for the more advanced crafters.

Cardstock: Real Red, Chocolate Chip
Stamps: A Holly, Jolly Christmas
Ink: Real Red, Chocolate Chip; Versamark
Ribbon: Real Red

Design Notes
I have adhered Santa with some dimensionals to give him some 'pop'; I have stamped the stars top and bottom with Versamark to give it a more subtle touch.

I'm baaaack!

Wow, it has been a loooong time since I did my last post. Shame on me! In my defence, life got incredibly busy but thankfully it has settled down and I am looking forward to committing more time to my craft.

On that note the following are some projects I have been doing. Hope you like ...

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Is that the postman??

Yes it is! I have had part of my package arrive from Stampin' Up! and finally have some more stock! So watch this space for some new creations in something other than blue or green (!), how exciting!

Idea book inspiration

Another creation using my limited supplies, but using a different stamp set this time. I got the basic idea from the 08/09 Idea Book & Catalogue book (pg 28) and had a bit of fun with it. I think the 'Thank you very much' text looks a little lost so next time I'll try adding another element underneath to build it up.

Design notes: I have trimmed all but 2.5cm off the front of a pre-folded card. I have then attached my alternative coloured cardstock and trimmed to size. The small circles on the top are made with a 1/4" circle punch and are then covered in Crystal Effects to give them a glossy appearance. The holes are created using the paper-piercing template from the Mat Pack.

Ink - Buckaroo Blue; Old Olive
Cardstock - Brocade Blue; Whisper White
Stamp sets - Office Accoutrement; Much Appreciated
Punches - 1/4" circle; Corner Rounder
Sundry - Mat Pack, Crystal Effects

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Getting jiggy with it!

Same stamp sets, different card. It is surprising how it gets easier once you have a base to work from. Again I had the challenge of limited supplies but it just goes to show that you don't HAVE to spend a fortune to produce great cards.
As before, I have run my jumbo wheel over the Buckaroo Blue inkpad but I got really 'jiggy with it' (!) when using Old Olive as I only have it as a jumbo ink cartridge! Would have been a lot easier with a stamp pad but at least I got the job done!

Design notes: I have used a Blender Pen to colour the big flower as well as the floral design on the card. I have stamped with Versamark over the 1st and 2nd card squares to add extra dimension.

Stamps - Scribble This; Much Appreciated
Ink - Buckaroo Blue, Old Olive; Versamark
Embellisments - Crystal Effects

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Thank You card

Yay, my first design for this site. As I have not received my kit yet from Stampin' Up! my mission with this card was to make it with limited stock, in particular no ribbon. I surprised myself with how difficult I found it to be, but think it looks OK anyway. Let me know what you think ...

Design notes: I didn't have a Buckaroo Blue ink cartridge for my jumbo wheel so ran the stamp over the ink pad instead

Stamps: Scribble This; Much Appreciated
Ink: Buckaroo Blue
Embellishments: Hodgepodge Hardware (pewter)

Friday, June 5, 2009

Earn FREE Stampin' Up! products

Host a qualifying workshop during June or July and get EXTRA hostess awards! To find out more click here or email me.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

I'm in!

I now have my demonstrator number and password so I have logged on to the Stampin' Up! website and had a little look around. It is a great site and has certainly inpsired me. Now all I need is my first delivery of goodies then the sky is the limit!

Sooo, if anyone is in my local area and would like to host a workshop just let me know!!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


Welcome to Stamp Magic! I have been a keen scrapbooker for almost 8 years now but since discovering Stampin' Up! I have become completely addicted to stamping and cardmaking. So I decided that I need to join this great team and have just signed up as a demonstrator!
Watch this space for samples of my work and news of what is happening with Stampin' Up!