Global Design Project Colour Challenge

I saw these colours and knew straight away that I had to play along, what a delicicous colour combination! And most of you know by now that I love, love, love a challenge.

I have added some Crumb Cake and White to these colours and featured the Gorgeously Made Dies, paired with the Artistic Mix Decorative Masks.
I have used the Decorative Masks to first put a wash of the Azure Afternoon colour across most of the Basic White layer, and then using a different mask, have overlaid the existing colour with the three different colours, Azure Afternoon at the top, Blueberry Bushel in the centre and Berry Burst towards the bottom.

I am just loving the subtle effect that these Decorative Masks can be used for, and for some more dramatic effects as well. I have some more ideas to share using these, so stay tuned for that.
And in the meantime, if you are looking for more ideas using this great colour combo, head on over to Global Design Project where there are some gorgeous projects.

Happy Stamping

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Masterfully Made Simple

A simple card can have just as much impact as one that we have spent hours creating, and can give the receiver just as much joy.

This particular card took me quite literally five minutes to make from scratch.

Admittedly, Stampin’ Up! does make this very easy. My card features a strip of the beautiful Masterfully Made Designer Series, mounted it onto a piece of Pretty Peacock cardstock, and then onto a Basic White cardbase. So simple.

This is one of the Designer Series Papers that you can get at 15% off in June, so make the most of that.

Hope you are having a crafty day,


The Zoo Crew Jam Session

The musician in me couldn’t help but want to turn this Designer Series Paper into a jam session, and while I have made a card today, I may well end up using it for some scrapbook layouts.
The Zoo Crew Designer Series paper is just so cute, but the images are not all music related, there are all sorts of animals doing crazy things. Really fun DSP, and great for all sorts of papercrafting.

The background cardstock is Lemon Lime Twist which has been embossed with the Merry Melody embossing folder, and then distressed and sponged with black ink to give it more of a grungy feel.
The sentiment is from the Let’s Set Sail stamp set, which is the only stamping on the card.

This card is going in the Just Add Ink challenge, which for this week is…. Just Add Music.

Zoo Crew Designer Series Paper is one of the paper packs you can get at a discount of 15% off in June, it has the great black and white prints on the reverse of the animal prints, making it a very useful and versatile DSP. Definitely worth grabbing an extra pack this month. You can find it, and all the other DSP on sale by going to my online store here, or use your device to scan the QR code below.

Hope it’s your Best Day Ever,

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The salvaged card

Another short post tonight, I wanted to share a card that I started a week or so ago, but put aside because it just wasn’t going together.

Yes, we all have those, sometimes things just don’t feel right and don’t go the way we think they are going to.

My solution has always been to put it aside and do something different. My challenge has been, going back to those projects that weren’t working out, to try to finish them. And it’s one of the things I am determined to continue to do – complete those projects, and use the scraps and little pieces that are left over.

So my card was originally one that I was making to feature on the Wild Wheat Colour Creations blog hop, and it does have some Wild Wheat, but not very much.

My card features the Color and Contour stamp set along with the Elegant Eucalyptus embossing folder.

Don’t forget the fantastic joining deal that’s on during June. Reach out if you have any queries. In the meantime, happy stamping.


CASEing the Catalogue

Just a quick post tonight, to share a card I made this afternoon after a long day outside on a cold and gloomy winter’s day.

I have CASEd (remember what CASE stands for…. Copy And Share Everything) the card on Page 14 of the Annual Catalogue, but because I don’t have the Beautiful Balloons stamp set or Dies, I’ve used flowers instead.

Still beautiful, with bright and cheerful colours.

That’s all from me for today. Don’t forget the amazing deal if you are interested in joining Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator, and the awesome DSP special, both happening right now!

Happy stamping.


Foursquare Decorative Masks

I prefer to call these Stencils, I think that’s what they always used to be called. Whatever you prefer to call them though, these are an amazing and versatile tool for making all sorts of papercraft projects.
My card uses these masks, as well as the technique of masking to create a card that looks like it has three panels on the front, but is, in fact, just one piece of Basic White cardstock.

I have masked off the three sections first, and sponged ink through the Decorative Mask with Fresh Freesia, Coastal Cabana and Daffodil Delight inks using Blending Brushes.
I have then inked the image from the Quiet Meadow Stamp set with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, and masked off the outside of the three panels before stamping.
The images have been very lightly coloured using Stampin’ Blends, as have the Rhinestone Jewels.

I am having a lot of fun with these Decorative Masks, and I am also in the process of creating a Tutorial / Class featuring them, so watch this space for that.

Happy stamping!

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Stampin’ Up! Exciting Promotions in June

I love my Designer Series Paper, so I equally love it when there is a sale on DSP, which there is for the entire month of June 2023. 15% off!
Here is list of the gorgeousness that’s available at the discounted prices….

You can click here to go straight to my online store if you can’t wait to get your hands on some of the yummy new DSP.

AND if that’s not enough, you can join Stampin’ Up! as a Demonstrator, for only $169 you get $283 worth of your choice of products, free shipping and some business essentials to get you started.
Do you love crafting?
Would you like a discount on your craft supplies?
Then this is an amazing opportunity for you!

Stampin’ Up! is a wonderful opportunity to start your own business, in any capacity, whether that’s a full time business or a hobby, or anything in between.

On top of this amazing deal you will also get:
A minimum 20% discount off retail prices
Free catalogues to share with family & friends
Access to demonstrator only events
See new product releases & access to new products early, through exclusive pre-order opportunities.
And plenty more!!!
If you live in Australia, and you are interested in what is on offer, please feel free to reach out to me, I am happy to answer any questions you have.

I am looking to work one on one with more team members, to support you in whatever it is that you would like your Stampin’ Up! business to look like, and also have a supportive and active larger community that you would be part of.
If you are ready to get started, you can click the link here, or use your device to scan the QR code below.

I look forward to having you on my team.

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Colour Creations Stampin’Up! Wild Wheat

This week our Colour Creations Blog Hop is featuring Wild Wheat, and I have three different projects again this week. The first is a masculine card featuring the Wildlife Wonder stamp set, combined with a panel from the Fresh as a Daisy Designer Series Paper.

I have kept the card quite simple, just the panel of DSP on a cardbase of Basic Black, and the stamping straight onto the DSP. The ink colours used are Wild Wheat and Black, with a touch of Pebbled Path for the birds and at the base of the “wheat”.
I have created a free Tutorial for this card, just click this link to find it.

My second project is a Scrappy Tag, meaning a tag using up some of those scraps and bits and pieces that I didn’t want to throw out. I have used the negative from a Die cut from a previous project, sponged in Wild Wheat ink, plus little bits and pieces of DSP. The butterfly is die cut from a scrap of Crushed Curry cardstock, and I’ve added some In Color Dots in Wild Wheat.

And my final project is another card, featuring the Zoo Crew DSP.

I have used Stampin’ Write Markers to colour the flowers on the black and white DSP, adding in some Daffodil Delight and Coastal Cabana to brighten the colours a little. And I’ve used the Sending Smiles stamp set and matching Sending Dies.

Now it’s time to hop on over to the very talented Rachel Palmieri to see what she has created with Wild Wheat.

If at any time you find a broken link, please go to the blog of this week’s host of the Colour Creations Blog Hop Cathy Proctor, who will have a list of all of the participants in the Blog Hop, where I’m sure you will find a heap more inspiration.

Happy Stamping, and Happy Hopping,

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11 Ways to Reignite Your Crafting MOJO

Have you ever lost your Mojo?
I know I have.
I’ve lost it for short periods of time in the past, but around 18 months ago it went walkabout! Big time! for more than 9 months.

I hear some of you asking “what on earth is a Mojo?”
Good question. From a crafting perspective it means we’ve lost our innate creativity, that flow of ideas, and that feeling when everything just comes together. Sometimes it means just not doing any crafting. It’s a little like writer’s block, but for crafters.

If you would like one of the many dictionary definitions: “if are feeling depleted, overwhelmed, stressed out, frumpy, tired, bored or lethargic”.
Hmmmmmm. Anyway…… having gone through an excrutiatingly long period of being Mojo-less, I thought I would share the things that worked for me.
I’m sure there are more than 11, I just like that number. I’m also sure that it’s different for everyone but hopefully some of these might help you out.

1. Journal

Yes, I know, it seems to be the answer to everything these days. But it does work.
Write down what you are feeling and why, and be really honest with yourself. Make it specifically about creativity, what being creative means to you, what creativity does for you, just write anything that comes into your head and let it flow out of you onto the page.
There really is a type of magic that goes with the process of writing our thoughts and feelings, and it helps to clarify what is working and what isn’t.
Gaston Bachelard said, “How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream.
So dream a little, write as much as you can to clear the blocks.

2. What IS working?

Following on from the previous point, write down all the things that ARE going well, that are making you feel good, and give yourself a pat on the back for those things.
It’s so easy to fall into a pattern of believing that everything is going pear shaped just because you’ve lost your crafting mojo, but it’s usually not the case.
Find some positives in your life and be grateful for those, focus on those positives and tap into the feeling it gives you when you are thinking about them.

3. Make something!

Anything. No matter how simple, just create.
Make a very simple card.
Or a gift tag.
Buy a cheap notebook and cover it with pretty paper (then use it for journalling).
Anything to give you a sense of having done something creative, and made a start.

Here is my cheap notebook covered in some of the gorgeous Masterfully Made Designer Series Paper. So pretty!!
I don’t think it’s finished yet though, it may get a little more decoration on the front yet.

4. Make a Card, Send a Card.

Ok, that may seem obvious but so many of us seem to have a large stash of cards, because we make way more than we send.
But what are they doing sitting in your craft room?
There are a number of Random Act of Kindness (RAK) groups on the internet, as well as Birthday Card groups where people send other’s cards for their Birthday.
This was one of the things that really started to turn my Mojo-less state around – I wanted to use my creativity to give other people joy and happiness, and to inspire others. And having a stash of cards sitting in a cupboard wasn’t achieving that, and it got to a point where I was questioning why I was making cards. So I started sending them out. And I still do.
You could also put a card in a neighbours letterbox, or walk around your neighbourhood and put an anonymous card into random letterboxes.
Have fun with it. And get those cards out to people who will appreciate them.
Leave me a comment or send me an email if you would like to know about some of the RAK and Birthday Card groups that I am part of. They are global, so it doesn’t matter where you live.

5. Go out for a Walk.

Another of those things that seems to fix anything and everything, however in this case, while you are walking, look for creative inspiration, such as a colour combination, a layout, a pretty flower in a colour of one of your inks, a pattern…. just look at what is around you.
There are so many things in our world that can inspire us, we just need to see them, and be more aware.
Where I live, there is a person who owns a car in the extact shade of the new In Color, Boho Blue. It makes me smile whenever I see that Boho Blue car (I really do think it should belong to me!).

6. Use a Different Colour

I know I tend to go to my favourite colours when I am creating but it’s great to try out something different, pull out a colour that you hardly ever use and create something with it using that colour as a base.
It can be enough to get the creative juices flowing.
Or go back to Point 5 – Go for a Walk – and look at things with an eye to work out what colour ink they correspond with.
As an example, I was awake early this morning and watched the sky turn from inky black night sky to daylight. I watched all the beautiful colours come across the sky, and as the sun came up the sky had some Pool Party near the horizon, then Petal Pink, and Flirty Flamingo, Smokey Slate, Moody Mauve and Boho Blue.
Those are not colours I would have grouped together, but nature did.

7. Tidy Up your Craft Space.

Uh oh, yes I said it. Tidy it all up, put everything away so that you have a clean space to work from and know where everything is.
AND, keep it neat and tidy. Putting everything away at the end of the day (crafting session) means you can start the next session with a clean slate.

8. SELL Your retired and unused stamp sets and other craft items.

Yes it can be painful. If it is something that has special significance to you, or that you know you will use then definitely keep it.
But sell anything that you don’t think you will use.
Not only does it give you some extra cash to buy some new and exciting products (or maybe pay the electricity bill so that you can still turn the lights on to see, and therefore still craft!) but it also frees up space and allows energy and creativity to flow more easily.


Sorry to yell, and sorry to tell you this but scrolling really doesn’t help our creativity.
Our minds get bombarded with so much information in one go, that we are often overwhelmed by all the ideas, ads, information all coming in too quickly for our brains to receive and really process what we are seeing.
Even better, take a day or two away from all devices completely, including your TV and let your brain rest and recover it’s equilibrium. And it’s creativity.

10. Try out a new Technique or Learn something New.

That is kind of the opposite to Point 9 since you need to find a new technique if you are going to try it out, but I think you get where I am coming from.
Trying out something new is refreshing and helps to refine the steps we are taking to create whatever it is we are creating.
It could be a new skill that has nothing to do with crafting, but I found the process of learning a new stamping technique, or a new fancy fold, a great way to get back into crafting when things weren’t quite happening for me.

11. CASE

This time I’m not yelling. CASE stands for “Copy and Share Everything” (not what I thought when I first started in papercrafting which was “Copy and Steal everything” Ooops).
To CASE something can mean to copy it exactly as the other person has made it. But often we don’t have the same craft products that they have used so it can be a great exercise to copy a card or a scrapbook layout using the same layout or diagram, but perhaps changing the colours, or a different feature image, or some different embellishments, or perhaps make all of those things different so that you end up with a completely different card to the one you were CASEing.
It’s really important to remember though, to make sure that you always give credit to the creator of the original.

Other ideas:

– CASE the Catalogue. If you have a stamp set but don’t have any ideas for using it, start by CASEing a card using that stamp set from the catalogue.
Pinterest will also give you a huge number of options if you search by stamp set name, as will Split Coast Stampers.
– Copy a card you have made in the past that you liked but change one thing. Or maybe two.

Oh and I have thought of Point number 12 but I don’t want to change the title so I will just add it here…..
There are many card and scrapbook challenges online, colour challenges, sketch challenges, and they can be great fun to play along with and a wonderful way to get the creative ideas flowing.

So now you know the journey I have been on with my own creativity over the past 18 months. And it has brought me to a place now where I am ready to move forward. I’m not willing to play small any more. I’m here to share my creativity and inspire you to be creative and express whatever it is you want to express.
And I hope my tips may just help someone who is struggling to find that all important Mojo.
If you need a hand up, please reach out to me.

Happy stamping,

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Colour Creations Stampin’Up! Pebbled Path

This week our featured colour is Pebbled Path, which is another very versatile neutral, and I have used it to create a masculine card.

In the background I have used the Timber Embossing Folder, I thought it looked a little like ripples of water.

I have used the Let’s Go Fishing Designer Series Paper, and fussy cut the fish from the DSP.
If you know me well, you would know that I can not stand the thought of any animal being hurt, so my little fish were originally going to be strung up, but I couldn’t cope with that, so instead they are all swimming freely in the rather murky coloured water 🙂

Some Linen Thread, a couple of 2023-25 In Color Dots, and the stamped sentiment is from the Wildlife Wonder stamp set.
And just one other feature that I have used to give the main part of the card a framed look, is a border of a single scored line which I have done with the Paper Trimmer.

Next on our Blog Hop is the talented Kate Morgan.

If at any time you find a broken link, please head to the blog of this week’s host of the AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop Cathy Proctor, who will have a list of all the participants in the Blog Hop.

Happy stamping, and happy hopping,

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