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Beachy Little Christmas

I really love the fact that we have a Christmas stamp set perfectly suited to our Australian December climate!

This card was featured at my recent class.  I added the gold foil, stamped the gold embossed sentiment and then the white embossed tree.  Once they were heat set I added the extra shell images in Crumb Cake.

Any questions please let me know.  Supplies are listed below!

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Beachy Christmas

I was so excited to see the new stamp set “Beachy Little Christmas” in the new Holiday Catalogue, I always love having a Christmas set that suits our summer festive season and I look forward to using it as much as possible.
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This is the design I created for launch.  I love colouring with our Watercolour Pencils.  I’ve stamped the design with Memento Ink on Watercolour paper and then blended the pencils with a blender pen.  Don’t forget to add a light outline in grey around your image to help to add some dimension.

To add more interest to your embossed background add some ink directly to your embossing folder.  For my card I added the ink onto the side of the embossing folder where the design would emboss down into the cardstock, this helped to shade the wood grain and make it look even more realistic.

I hope you like this set as much as I do!
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Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Christmas Inspiration!

For a card maker September is the perfect time to start making your Christmas cards.  The brand new Stampin’ Up! catalogue is now here and it is full of Christmas inspiration, just like this card that I have copied here (you’ll find one very similar in the catalogue). This was one of the cards we made at our launch…

This is a very easy card to make.  Use Shimmer White yardstick (it is more tolerant when watercolouring than Whisper White.

Start by patting the card stock with your Embossing Buddy (to reduce static on your paper) then stamp the “Merry Christmas” sentiment with Versamark and add White Embossing Powder and heat set. On scrap paper stamp the “from our family to yours” part of the stamp with Calypso Coral and trim it down (this will be added to your card front, I popped mine up on dimensionals, the mini dimensionals are perfect for this).

Do a wash of Calypso Coral with your Aquapainter, allow to dry and then stamp the snowflake image with Calypso Coral.  Add diecuts from the new framelit set, the fine tip glue pen is perfect.  Add some rhinestones. Done!
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Teacher’s Gifts!

I promise myself every single year that I will not be making gifts at the last minute….and then BAM – life happens!

So here we are the last week of Primary School and I’m crafting like a mad person yet again!

I was inspired by a project by Brandi Cox, she packaged a small collection of cards with a window sheet and kept the focus on the cards themselves – I modified her ideas to come up with this one of my own.

My stack of cards was bigger and so I’ve scored my cover differently.  You can use our Stampin’ Up! window sheets.  Otherwise if you have some acetate that will do the job too.  Any thick clear plastic packaging is suitable.

I’ve cut mine at 6 1/2 inches by 11 5/8 inches (16.5cm x 29.5cm).

I’ve scored it to wrap around my pile of envelopes and cards at 11.5cm, 13.5cm, 25cm and 27cm.  You can score your cover differently depending on the height of your pile of cards and envelopes, for my pile a 2cm width works well.


As a photo of score lines on clear plastic is as helpful as shovelling snow in a blizzard here is a second photo illustrating the score lines on cardstock to help you get your orientation correct.


Once you wrap your acetate cover around your cards you will tend to find that if it fits snugly it will tend to stay put nicely.  A little bit of washi tape on the back can help to secure it and in my project will coordinate nicely with my cards.


That cute little stamp that I put on all my envelopes is from “Better than E-Mail”.

I then made a basic belly band (I didn’t score the belly band, I just wrapped it around. My bow was made with a Big Shot Bigz Die that I have had in my collection for a long time.  The tag was made with the “Merry Tag Framelit” dies, I’ve stamped the sentiment from “Tin of Tags” with versamark and Emerald Envy Glitter Embossing Powder.


The trick with using this Glitter Embossing Powder is to heat set it from the underside of your paper, don’t direct the heat on the glitter from the top.  Watch it really carefully as you heat, you should see it get more glossy as the actual embossing powder melts.  Make sure that you shake your container before use to keep a good distribution of the powder through the glitter mixture.  Don’t over heat it as you may lose some of the glittery shimmer.

I’ve threaded some thick white bakers twine under the belly band and around the cards to prevent the cards from slipping out the side and to attach the tag to.

I think this gift is perfect all year round for anyone.  I think it would make a great gift for work colleagues as even if you don’t craft yourself I would think that most people like to give cards.  I will also be making these packs for my hairdresser, postal delivery lady and beauty therapist.  My packs for these important people will be all occasion cards that can be used all year round.

Oh and the cards that are inside? Very simple cards featuring washi tape, inexpensive and quick!


If you have any questions please let me know!

Choose your own class!

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I’m offering a fun class that you get to design for yourself. Choose 4 cards that you would like to make and you can come along and make 3 copies of each.  You may even choose to limit the variety and make more of your favourite cards, it is up to you.  What ever you decide you will leave with 12 cards.  Look out for the little number on each photo to describe your choices to me.



$30 per person

These classes will run

Saturday October 22 10am

Tuesday 25 October 10am or

Friday 28 October 7pm.
Light refreshments included!


Christmas Class!

I’m excited to share my projects for my next class, either Friday 2nd October at 7pm or Thursday 8th October at 10am at my studio in Albany Creek.  The class is $30 and light refreshments are included.

Please RSVP to to reserve your place.


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