Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Last chance $1000 email workshop sale

I've got an exciting little offer for you all! With Sale-a-bration and the Summer Mini Catalogue both in their final weeks I thought I would give you an opportunity to double your Sale-a-bration freebies!
When you participate by placing a $100 order (+5% postage) not only will you receive the Sale-a-bration set of your choice but you will also receive an extra freebie from the list below!
If you spend $200 you receive 2 Sale-a-bration sets and 2 items from the list below!
Don't forget that the gorgeous Sale-a-bration sets are only available until the end of March and will not be seen in future catalogues so if you love them this is a great chance (and your last chance) to get your inky fingers on them!
So, place your order by Tuesday March 30 to receive your choice of Sale-a-bration set for free plus one of:
  • Level 1 hostess set - Your choice
  • Level 1 hostess set - Your choice
  • Level 1 hostess set - Live like you mean it
  • Whimsical words stamp set (SAB)
  • Happy Moments stamp set (SAB)
  • Good neighbours stamp set (SAB)
  • SAB set - your choice
  • $30 credit
  • $30 credit
  • $30 credit

Depending on the number of participants the prizes available may be adjusted accordingly but you will still get your free SAB set and one extra item as listed above. I will draw the prizes out of a hat on March 30th.

Please email me at to place your order which can be paid for by direct deposit or credit card. Orders must be emailed to me by March 30th.

Please click on the catalogue images to the left to view the main Idea book and catalogue and Summer mini catalogue and the Sale-a-bration banner above to see the lovely sets available for free.

Happy Stamping!! Love, Claire

Friday, March 12, 2010

Just add Easter

Thank you to the Design team over at Just add ink this week... you've given me the perfect excuse to buy the first Easter choccies of the season! This weeks challenge is to Just Add Easter! How could I make this sweet little Easter gift basket (designed by Makeesha Byl) without filling it up with yummy, choccie, Easter goodness? That just would not have been right...

I also thought this challenge was a brilliant excuse to crack open the newest colour ink pad and card stock in my collection.... Razzleberry! It's one of the luscious new In colours from Stampin' Up! that will be available from April 1st!

These little baskets are really so quick to make. It's simply a matter of a couple of scores, cuts, adhering and putting the handle on with some brads. You can see Makeesha's tutorial on this box complete with measurements here.

I used the wide oval punch to make my little Easter eggs and the sentiment is from the Chit chat Rub ons available in the current Summer Mini Catalogue which is such a great little set of rub ons with a sentiment for EVERY occasion!

I have used clear rhinestone brads throughout this project which pair so nicely with the flower images from the Vintage Vogue stamp set which will be available from April 1st!

Supplies used:

Stamp sets: Vintage vogue

Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Old olive

Cardstock: Rich razzleberry, Old olive, Whisper white, Cottage Wall DSP

Tools: Paper cutter, Bone folder, Mat pack (for piercing), Clear rhinestone brads, Chit chat rubons, Wide oval punch, Scallop circle punch, Scallop edge punch, Paper snips (scissors).

Happy Stamping! Love, Claire

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Little girl bird-day card!

Hi girls!
Bird-day - get it? Haha.... ahhh... (I'm so funny...)
Just a sweet little girly card to share with y'all using one of my favourite sets, Cheep talk. I made this for a little friend of ours who had her birthday party on Saturday and turned three! Happy Birthday Ruby :)

Supplies: Stamp sets: Cheep talk and Vintage Labels (SAB set available til Mar 31)
Ink: Pink passion (original and stamped off for the lighter pink), Green galore (marker) , Close to cocoa (marker)
Cardstock: Pink passion, Green galore, Whisper white
Accesories: 1/4" Pretty in pink grosgrain ribbon
Happy Stamping! Love, Claire

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Another entry for Just Add Ink colour challenge

Hi girls!
I think I found this colour challenge at Just Add Ink such an, um, challenge that I just had to overcome it! I had to give it several goes to make something work! So this is my second entry for this colour challenge - I went for a brighter birthday card look. I have just assembled my Happy Moments Sale-a-bration set recently and thought this little present stack would look cute if all the gifts were different colours. So I used versamark to stamp on Pink passion, Green galore and Tempting turquoise and then cut out each present and adhered using a stampin' dimensional to make it pop out a little.

It certainly is a bright little card! But I guess that's perfect for a Birthday!

Supplies used: Stamps: Happy Moments, Sprinkles
Inks: Basic black, Versamark
Cardstock: Green galore, Pink Passion, Tempting Turquoise, So saffron, Whisper white.
Tools/accesories: Tempting turquoise 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon, Circle scissors, Scallop circle punch and 1 3/8"circle punch.
Happy Stamping! Love, Claire

Saturday, March 6, 2010


Here is my entry for JAI7 - A colour challenge using Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise, Pink Passion and So Saffron. I love all these colours... on their own or with other colours... but together this is a tricky little combo! They are all quite strong colours so it is easy to go a bit gaudy with this colour combo. I hope I have done it justice!

This is a little close up of the emboss resist technique I have used. I heat embossed the upsy daisy image using clear embossing powder on glossy card stock. I then brayered the Pink Passion ink over the image and wiped the ink off the daisies with a tissue.

And here is my completed card! I really love using the whimsical words stamps on my cards at the moment. There is a sentiment in there for every occasion (almost!) and the swirly writing is so easy on the eye.

Supplies used: Stamps: Upsy Daisy and Whimsical words (sale-a-bration set only available til March 31)

Ink: Pink Passion

Cardstock: Whisper white, Glossy, Tempting turquoise, Green galore

Tools: Eyelet border punch

Happy Stamping!

Love, Claire

Thursday, March 4, 2010


There have been times in my life where I have kept a gratitude journal. You just record 5 things each day that you are thankful for. I haven't done this for ages but my dear friend Natalie has reminded me of this in her recent blog post and so I thought I would take up the challenge and do my own Thanks x 20 list of the things I am thankful for.

  1. I am thankful that I've had my husband home for a few days...

  2. ...and that now he is at work doing something he loves

  3. For Ethan (my 5yo) changing his behaviour at school after some correction from the teacher and Julian and I.

  4. For Ethan's school and teacher.

  5. For Levi (17 months) who is just so cute.

  6. That my family is healthy.

  7. That we have a little home to call our own

  8. That I just found 20 minutes for some quiet time with God.

  9. That my sister visited last week.

  10. That I have 'work' one day a week with an organisation that I believe in...

  11. and that Julian can look after Levi whilst I do that work.

  12. That I can have fun, meet people and earn money whilst doing a craft that I love.

  13. That I can be home with my boys.

  14. No matter how far spread across the country and the world my family is, we all love each other.

  15. For the trials we've had that have taught us much.

  16. For friendships God has given me here in Cairns.

  17. For my Dad and the reconnection we have had via phone calls recently

  18. ThatI can look forward to the fact that Julian and I are going out to dinner sometime soon.

  19. For this yummy pizza slice from bakers delight that I am eating for lunch!!

  20. For my friend Natalie who inspires me with her faith in so many ways!

  21. And just had to add one more - I am thankful to have over 20 things to be thankful for!

Go and give it a go, you'll remind yourself how blessed you are!

Love, Claire xo

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Just Add Ink challenge #6

This is my entry for this weeks sketch challenge at Just Add Ink. This is the first time I have used my new Weathered background stamp which I won in the first week of Just Add Ink's launch blog candy. (Thanks girls! It's great :) )
I also had to ink up three sale-a-bration sets for this challenge! I have used Happy Moments, Vintage labels and Whimsical words. It's a slide card where the insert slips in the top of the card which is like a pocket.


Cardstock: Tangerine Tango, Old olive, More mustard, So saffron, Very vanilla (sounds like dinner or dessert!)

Inks: Old olive, Chocolate chip, Pumpkin pie.

Stamps: Weathered, Whimsical words, Vintage Labels, Happy Moments.

Other: Old olive grosgrain ribbon, Wide oval punch, 1 3/8"circle punch, linen thread, mat pack, sponge daubers.

I hope this is a little inspiration for you! Happy Stamping.

Love, Claire

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

My distraction!

I'm sorry it's been so long between posts! But I have the best excuse!! Last Monday morning I awoke to what I thought was my mobile phone alarm clock waking me at 6am... but no! It was actually my little sister Laura who lives way, way, way down and across in Perth calling me. At first I was a little perplexed at why she was calling so early especially when she suggested I hop out of bed to put the kettle on! At least until I realised that she was calling from my front door! Yes, that's right my precious little sister hopped on a plane and flew 4 hours through the night arriving at 4am and waiting patiently to the acceptable hour of 6am to come visit me in Cairns! It was such a special surprise. We had the whole week together and enjoyed doing the school run together, shopping, coffee-ing and seeing a movie and going out for dinner. It was great.
Now, If you click on this precious photo I am sure you'll notice something else new... braces *sigh* oh well they are just short term to finish straightening some stubborn teeth - they went on last Friday and they hurt like crazy... I can't wait to get them off already!
But to stamping.... you'll have to be patient! I will be back I hope very soon with some cards to share with you but in the meantime why not go try out the challenge at Just Add Ink... it closes tomorrow at midnight - quick hop to it! I am!!
Happy Stamping!
Love, Claire