Monday, November 21, 2011

Christmas photo card using Crayon rubbed embossing

Sometimes it's nice at Christmas time to send your loved ones a card with a family photo on it. This is a card that we made at a recent workshop which was quite a quick and simple card to do. We used the crayon rubbed embossing technique which I found a tutorial for here. And then cut the piece into a Top note shape using the Big shot die. Apart from that little process the rest of the card was very simple and straightforward!
The colours used are Whisper white, Real red and Old olive.
I hope this gives you a little bit of inspiration for your Christmas cards this year :)
Happy Stamping!
Love, Claire
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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Build a blossom

Time to take a brief detour from Christmas!  I received the Blossom Petals Builder punch as a bonus recently and have had lots of fun playing with it! Here it is teamed with the Build a blossom stamp set which is pretty much the perfect combo in my mind... as it is a 2 step stamping set and it co-ordinates with a punch! To top it all off I have used a Jumbo Stampin' around wheel along the bottom of the card. The ribbon is the super skinny 1/8" Taffeta ribbon in Daffodil delight. I am finding this ribbon can be just enough for a perfect final touch on a card :)
Colours used here are Elegant eggplant, Old olive, Melon mambo and Daffodil delight.
Happy Stamping!
Love, Claire
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Something for Christmas with embossing, markers and shimmer

More Christmas! Can't get enough of it really :)
Here I have used the Vintage wallpaper embossing folder to create that beautifully textured background and the lovely new Something for Christmas Alacarte stamp with markers. The colours used are Very vanilla, Old olive, Cherry cobbler and Real red.

I don't know if you can see in the picture, but I have used a little bit of the vanilla smooch spritz on this stamped and hand cut decoration from the Tree trimmings stamp set. It just adds a little shine to the card! 

Happy Stamping!
Love, Claire
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

CASEing Teneale Williams - Tree Trimmings Christmas Card

I really do admire Teneale Williams style! I found this card on her blog, here. It was such a lovely bright Christmas card that I just had to do my take on it... which wasn't a lot different really! I have subsituted all of the colours though. Teneale used Old olive, Baja breeze and Real red whilst I chose to use some of our current in colours - Lucky limeade, Pool party and Poppy Parade. My sentiment is also different as I used the current Teeny tiny sentiments stamp set on my card.
Hope you enjoy and go have a little look at Teneale's beautiful creations.
Happy Stamping!
Love, Claire
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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Christmas Tidings of Joy Sidestep card

It is almost upon us.... Christmas time!! It comes up so quickly, quicker each year I am sure (Hmm... starting to sound old, aren't I?!)
This is just a simple little card, although it might look complicated, it is only a matter of a couple of scores, cuts and folds and then you will have a lovely side step card ready to decorate! I used my Circle scissors to cut the two circles on the card and the Tidings of Joy stamp set. Click here for a tutorial on how to make the card base. The colours are Cherry cobbler, Not quite navy and Very vanilla.

When I saw this stamp set I just knew I needed it! I love how it focuses on Christ's birth as the central point of Christmas. It's such a precious time to remember God's wonderful plan for us all through sending his son Jesus Christ to earth for us. The phrase, "Oh tidings of comfort and joy"  is exactly what Christmas is to me - A comfort, knowing I am saved and joy that I can celebrate it and rest in that salvation when all else can seem lost at times. I hope you all have a wonderful lead up to Christmas! Have a think on what Christmas truly means to you.... 

Happy Stamping! 
Love, Claire

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Just Add Ink Colour challenge 91

Hi my Stamping Friends!

They have a very sweet Colour challenge going on over at Just Add Ink at the moment which is to use Blushing bride, Cherry cobbler and a Neutral of choice. I chose Very Vanilla.

This card was very quick to make using two of  the new Stampin' Up! hostess stamp sets. The stamp sets are called Simply Soft (the two step stampin' main image) and Precious Butterflies (the background and sentiment). I have also used the soft stitched ribbon in Blushing bride.

This is a really lovely colour combo and I might try to fit in another attempt this week, no promises but I will try!

Happy Stamping!
Love, Claire

PS I'm trying out a new view on my blog that Blogger have started... what do you all think?
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Something Traditional for Christmas

Here is a quick little card that we used at a recent workshop. I just love this Vintage wallpaper textured folder for the Bigshot and you may notice in the close up that the pattern pops a little on this card as we inked up the folder before doing the embossing (using real red - same colour as the cardstock). I really love this effect. 

Another popular effect I have noticed lately and that I have been using myself is this ruffled ribbon look. It's very easy to achieve - simply use a strong adhesive such as sticky strip by placing a strip on the card where you want your ribbon to go and then gather your ribbon by pinching it as you put it on the card. As long as you use a strong adhesive it works perfectly every time!

And the stamp we used is the Something for Christmas, one of the new alacarte stamps in the current Stampin' Up! catalogue. It's a very versatile stamp but here I've just used it with our Stampin' Write markers. 
The colours are Real red, Whisper white and Old olive.
Happy Stamping!
Love, Claire

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Friendship card using flirtatious fabric and Wisteria wonder

Following on from my pretty little hair accessories the other day is this card which also uses the Flirtatious Designer Fabrics from Stampin' Up! 
The base of the card is Wisteria Wonder and the darker purple ink and cardstock is Elegant eggplant. I have always loved using Elegant eggplant and the new In color, Wisteria wonder is a beautiful shade to pair with it.
The flower was made using the Originals blossom party die on the big shot and held together by a lovely little Wisteria wonder printed designer brad. 
Any questions, please just ask!

Happy Stamping!
Love Claire

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Flirtatious Fabric gifts

Hello girls!
I feel like I have released my inner girl in the last few days creating these sweet little items! She has been hiding since I gave birth to the first of three boys almost 7 years ago! LOL!
Seriously though, these were so much fun to make, so simple and so effective! I made this little head band and hair clips for a loyal hostess of mine who has 3 little girls. I have used the beautiful new Designer Fabrics from the current Stampin' Up! idea book and catalogue which was released in September. These colours and patterns are just so pretty and girly. This set of three patterns you see pictured are called Flirtatious.
The flower shapes are cut using the Originals blossom party die.

I had to purchase a glue gun for this project - wow, aren't they a fun tool to use! Hehehe! You might also notice in the picture the hair clips have the little Rhinestone brads and on the hair clip I have used the new printed designer brads in Wisteria wonder, one of our new In colours. So cute and fun - you just have to give this project a go!
If you aren't into such girlie colours the fabrics are also available in a range of other colours and patterns (check out the catalogue for details).
Happy Stamping.... or Happy Hair Accessory Creating!!
Love, Claire
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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Christmas Card Making Kits with Stampin' Up!

To make your Christmas card making easier this year Paula and I have come up with two card kits to help you make 20 cards and 10 gift tags. All the instructions, cardstock, ribbon, stamps and inks you need are in the kits. So not only will you be able to make beautiful cards with these kits but you can keep the stamps and inks to use on your other beautiful creations :)

Snow swirled Card making kit:
This first kit features the Snow swirled stamp set and the colours are Cherry cobbler and Old olive. You will receive the stamp set and two ink pads, Cardstock to make the 20 cards and 10 precut tags, Ribbon and full instructions on how to make the cards. All these items are yours for $102.10 including Stampin' up freight. If you are outside of the Cairns area please let me know your postcode and I can let you know how much it will cost for me to send your kit to you.
Suggested add ons for this kit are Dazzling diamonds glitter ($8.50) with the multipurpose adhesive ($7.50) or maybe some Rhinestone brads ($19.95 for 84).
Something for Christmas Card making kit:
Our second kit features the lovely new Something for Christmas Alacarte stamp and the colours are Real read, Lucky limeade and Concord Crush. You will receive the stamp and three Stampin' write markers (You can colour directly on to the stamp using the thick end of these markers and can use the thin end to write in your cards or do your scrapbook journalling), Cardstock to make the 20 cards and 10 precut tags, Ribbon and full instructions on how to make the cards. All these items are $59.60 including Stampin' Up! freight. I can also do a freight quote on this kit if you live outside of Cairns.
Suggested add ons for this kit is the Crystal effects liquid ($11.95) - you squeeze it on to the stamped image like glue and it sets clear and raised up like glass. And don't forget your adhesives. I would suggest Snail adhesive ($12.95 for a 12 metre roll or $8.50 for a refill) or Multipurpose liquid adhesive ($7.50).

If you are interested in either of these kits please just drop me an email at 
Happy Stamping!
Love, Claire

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Something NEW for Christmas

Hello my stamping friends!
Just thought I would pop in to share a card with you as it has really been too long between blog posts. Whilst I have been busy it hasn't stopped me stamping, but my dear camera has definetely died so I am relying on my trusty iphone as a camera and it really doesn't cut it with photo quality... so we are on the lookout for a new camera... but in the meantime I hope you can cope with some very average picture quality!
Here is one of the cards we'll be making this Saturday at our New catalogue Launch. I've used a brand new A la carte stamp here called Something for Christmas with the lovely Stampin' write markers directly on the stamp. Some gorgeous new Cherry cobbler striped grosgrain ribbon and the (new to me) Vintage wallpaper embossing folder in the Big shot.
I am running this launch with my friend and upline, Paula and she will be sharing another cute and New card with us all. If you haven't reserved your spot at this workshop yet then make sure you email or call me in the next day so we can make up your kits for you!

I have lots of new ideas here that I just have to photograph and then I can share with you all! Until then,
Happy Stamping!
Love, Claire

In with new and Out with the old...

Hi my Stamping Friends!

So have you had a chance to view the beautiful new Idea Book and Catalogue online yet? If not click here to have a sneaky peak. You'll need a big cuppa and quite a few moments of peace to browse the wonderful new colours, projects and stamps! If you'd like a hard copy of this beautiful book just send me an email and I can get a copy to you for $12.95 or free when you host a workshop.

I will have some lovely new projects to show you very soon but in the meantime I thought I would show you my list of old stamps for sale! This is my "Out with the old" sale so that I can clear some space for new things!

These stamps are priced to clear (most 40% off)!
All stamps are wood mount with light to medium use unless otherwise stated. Some have ink on the wood blocks which won’t affect the stamps use.
Used stamps have been kept clean and in good condition with stampin’ scrub and mist.
Stamp sets used: RRP Sale price
Merry Merry 112223 (08-09 IBC) 45.95 $27.60
All about Christmas jumbo roller (08-09 IBC) 109690 15.95 $9.60
Lovely labels 116390 (09-10 IBC) 24.95 $14.95
Weathered Background stamp 108948 (09-10IBC) 33.95 $20.35
Hello Again 117717 (10-11 IBC) 21.95 $13.20
Retro remix standard roller 115619 11.95 $7.20
Great friend 116889 31.95 $19.20
Happy Moments (Sale-a-bration) $15
Vintage Labels (Sale-a-bration) $15
Sweet little sentiments (Hostess 09-10 IBC) $15
Stamp sets new: RRP Sale price
Whimsical words (Sale-a-bration) NEW unmounted $20
Live like you mean it (Hostess 09/10) NEW unmounted $20
Silhouette Sentiments (Clear mount Hostess) NEW never opened $15
Sweet stems 29.95 $17.95
Ink pads:
Ink pads have had light use. Well inked. $8.95
Retired colours: Brilliant blue, Green galore and Taken with teal (shrink wrapped).
Current colours: So saffron and Elegant eggplant.
Stampin’spots set of 12 in the old Rich regals colour family $41.95 $25-
-Most of these spots are unused but I haven’t checked them all to see if they are still well inked.
Punches: - 1 ½”circle punch (not Stampin’ Up! but same as old punch design – same manufacturer) $15
T&C's: Postage is at purchaser's cost or items can be collected from me in Cairns. I will pack and ship as carefully as possible but I am unable to accept resposibility if the parcel is damaged or goes missing. Payment is by paypal or direct deposit.
If you would like any of the above items or need some more information please email me:
Happy Stamping!
Love, Claire

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Inkspirations challenge with our soon to depart Cheep talk

Hi girls!
I always love popping into the Inkspirations Challenge website to see what beautiful creations Keesh and the girls have come up with! It's not often that I am organised enough though to actually try one of the challenges, photograph it and then blog it! But this week (despite a broken camera - thank you iphone camera for saving the day) somehow, I have managed to get an entry into the challenge!
This week is a sketch challenge. Click here to see the sketch and what all the Design team girls have created!Link

I thought I would use one of my all time favourite Stampin' Up! sets called Cheep talk. I've also used a fave colour of mine, Baja breeze with Chocolate chip, Wild wasabi and a touch of pumpkin pie on the little bird. I often use this set with my markers to colour each part of the bird or branch in different colours.

I have used the same set to decorate the inside of the card with the sentiment: "You've got a friend in me!"
This is one of those fabulous sets with lots of little bits and pieces that work together really nicely. If this set has been on your wish list, remember that it will retire on August 31st or if it sells out earlier.
Contact me if you would like to place an order for any item from our current catalogue or the Last chance list by emailing me
Happy Stamping!
Love Claire

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Say Goodbye, Say Hello.....

In the world of Stampin' Up! Australia, August is the month we say Goodbye to so many of our favourites! The retiring list has been released and can be found here. If you would like to order any of these items please email me as soon as possible so that you don't miss out as these items are only available while stocks last! I will be placing an order this weekend if you would like to add to this you will only have to pay the 5% workshop order postage instead of the $5.95 postage.

Also, with our beautiful (I've seen it and it is!) new catalogue due for release September 1st you can say Hello to the new! Please email me if you would like to order a NEW Idea book and catalogue from me for $12.95. It will be to you as quick as the postie is! :) (We can distribute them during August!!) Or receive one for free when you host a workshop in September!!

I thought we could take a little trip down memory lane by revisiting some projects I have created with some of the retiring sets....

Great friend
Eastern Blooms
Bugs and Kisses
Hello again
Cheep talk

I hope this inspires! Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Upsy Daisy thank you card

Hi my stamping friends!!

I have a simple little card to show you today using one of my favourite techniques which is using your markers directly onto the stamp. It works beautifully with this big Upsy Daisy stamp.
The background on the So saffron and Peach parfait was achieved using the ink pad pressed lightly onto the cardstock.

If you have any questions, just ask! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stamping!
Love Claire
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Kindness with free buttons!

Hi my stamping friends!
I hope you are all feeling bright and chirpy today!
Don't you just looooove these bright little buttons? They look so sweet teamed up with the new A la carte Hello Blossoms stamp. I have used the old olive marker to just ink the stems and scallop base and then adhered 5 of these little Daffodil delight flower buttons on top.
Again, I have used the markers to colour the Kindness stamp from the Heard from the heart stamp set. The sentiment says: "Kindness comes in many forms but always from the heart". A very lovely sentiment! The ribbon used here is the luscious 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain ribbon in Old olive. This ribbon has a beautiful soft feel to it.
If you'd like some of these gorgeous buttons for free... then click here for the details and then send me an email to place your order!
Happy Stamping!
Love, Claire
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Monday, July 11, 2011

My beautiful friend...

This is a little card that I made for my best friend... She is one amazing lady having just given birth to her fourth baby! They have 3 little boys and have just finally had their princess as number 4! I am so happy for them! Love you Nat!

These cute little buttons and bright ribbon just makes me happy! This card was very much inspired by this card from Andrea Walford. I am a big fan of Andrea's work!
If you would like some of these pretty little buttons and ribbon then you can get them for free this month with an order over $100! Email me if you would like to place an order!

Happy Stamping!
Love, Claire

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Something pretty.... and some upcoming blog candy!

Hello my friends!

I have a pretty little card to share with you today. This was made for my Mum's birthday in late May. I just love making these sweet little flowers at the moment! I have used the square lattive embossing folder for the crumb cake base of the card and there are also some stamped flourishes from the Vintage vogue stamp set there too. The other colours I have used are Chocolate chip, Very vanilla, Blushing bride and Pear pizzazz.

Here you can see the flower up a little bit closer - it is made using the scallop circle punch. You cut the scallop circle into a spiral before winding it up into the flower shape. I must confess that I learnt this technique on youtube!

I have also noticed that I am coming up to my 100th blog post so I thought that it was high time I had a blog candy competition!! I will be back in the next couple of days with more information about how you can enter to win some free Stamping items!

Stampin' up! are also offering a great promotion this month. It is a free gift with purchase promo which means that if you spend $100 you will receive a free roll of ribbon and a set of 48 designer buttons (see picture below)! Click here for more information.

Please comment or email me at if you have any queries about this card or this months special offer.

Happy Stamping!
Love, Claire

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bring on the cake!

I had a lovely little workshop last Sunday for a fairly new customer, Tanya. We were meeting to make 3 cards together for $12. These are always fun classes because it allows everyone to try out a few different ideas and techniques and play with many of Stampin' Up's wonderful tools.

One of the requests for Tanya's workshop was a girlie birthday card. This colour combo came to me in a lovely way - I had some melon mambo cardstock out and just popped it on my desk with a few scraps that were already there which happened to be in Daffodil delight, Peach parfait and Regal rose! I found it to be such a fun and girly combo!

I have used the delightful and very handy Cupcake punch for this card. This is currently available in the mini catalogue as is the cute pom pom trim seen here in Tangerine tango and Daffodil delight. The melon mambo background and the cupcake base have been embossed in the bigshot with the polkadot folder.
Also in the mini is this fantastic Birthday greetings set called Bring on the cake. This is where the cute sentiment comes from and we also stamped Happy Birthday on the inside of the card and coloured it in using the Stampin' write markers.

Happy Stamping!
Love, Claire

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Our final Deal of the week for May!

Good morning my stamping friends!

Today I have for you our final Deal of the week for May! Some really fun things to play with here! Click HERE to view the catalogue online! Be sure to contact me by Tuesday May 31st if would like to order any of these cute products!

This Week's Deals:Link




Regular Price

Sale Price



Right on Track Stampin' Around Wheel





Retro Remix Stampin Around Wheel





Vintage Type Rub-Ons





Play Date Rub-Ons



Happy Stamping!
Love, Claire

Monday, May 23, 2011

Imagine the possibilities JAI colour challenge 68

There is a beautiful colour challenge over at Just add ink at the moment! The colours are Baja breeze,Pear pizzazz, Perfect plum and Whisper white.

I have wanted to try this inlaid embossing technique with the square lattice embossing folder for sometime now and am really pleased with the results!

I have used the Word play stamp set for the sentiment. Punches used were Boho blossoms, 2 step bird and eyelet border.

Happy stamping! love Claire

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Wish big

I had a bit of fun making this card! It's one of those bright and cheery cards perfect for a birthday and really very quick to make using the new cupcake punch. The colours are Whisper white, Tangerine tango, Tempting turquoise and Poppy parade. I just love the ribbon I have used on this card. It is available in the five in colours and it's such a soft and delightful ribbon to use.
The sentiment is from the gorgeous Word play set which is new to our Idea book and catalogue. I also used the Scallop circle punch and the 1 3/8" circle punch here.
I found it best to use sticky strip for the ribbon to ensure it stays in place. The scallop circle has been adhered using a stampin' dimensional to give it a little lift and I have used Tombow adhesive glue for the cupcake to stick it all together.

Happy Stamping!
Love, Claire
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