Carousel Notes Purse

Another hot day here today, so I am getting in early to post this while it is still bearable in my craft room.  I do have a ceiling fan but not air conditioning in this room, so on a day like it will be today, I can’t sit in here for long periods.  Yesterday I took some supplies out to the dining room where I could sit in air conditioned comfort, and made a Carousel Notes Purse for the hostess of one of my upcoming workshops.  She is starting to get into scrapbooking so I thought this was an ideal gift for her.
If you haven’t come across these purses before, you can go to Janine Tinkleberg’s site, otherwise know as Jan Tink at Stamps, Paper, Scissors.  She is a hugely talented lady, and I love browsing her blog.  The tutorial for the Carousel Notes Purse is here.  I have made a couple of these in the past, they always look gorgeous and are really quite easy to make.

Cardstock: Carousel Notes and Envelopes, Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Holiday Treasures DSP.

Accessories: Riding Hood Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Old Olive 6.35mm Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Circle Punch, 3.5cm Circle Punch, Crop-a-Dile, Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets, Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware (retired), Velcro Dots.



This is what the inside looks like.  I have left it quite plain so that she can do the stamping and decorating to match her photos.  Inside the envelope pockets (behind the two large squares) are two more carousel notes which slide out for more photos.

Well, stay cool everyone and try to get some stamping time in! 🙂



Images copyright 1990-2009 Stampin’ Up!


Challenge #3

Jayne’s Challenge #3 was to make this gorgeous little Watering Can, which looks even cuter in real life.  I love this one!  It was lots of fun to make!
Actually I think all Jayne’s challenges this weekend have been fantastic and a great way to get us all creating, although I do admit that I am a bit over pink! 🙂  Time to make something using a different colour!

Stamp Set: Sweet Stems

Cardstock: Pink Pirouette Patterns and Raspberry Tart Designer Series Papers.

Inks: Rose Red.

Accessories: Paper Snips, Gold Brads, On Board Batch of Blooms, Tombow Glue, Sanding Blocks, Crop-a-dile, Dazzling Diamonds.



I would like to thank Jayne for all the work that she put into the Cyberstamp, I know she has raised quite a bit of money, but please, if you can, go over to her website and donate something, even if it is only a couple of dollars, it all makes a difference in the fight against cancer.

Some Family Time and a Hostess Gift

My blog posts have been few and far between recently, so I do apologise to those of you who are regular visitors.  I have been spending a little more time with my family and doing things together as a family, which has been lots of fun.  This is one of the reasons I just love being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator – I decide how much time I want to put into my business and when.  It is good to know that I have that flexibility but can still earn an income while I stay at home with Jamie.  Yesterday the three of us went for a bit of an excursion up to Black Mountain Tower.  For those of you who do not live in the Canberra area, this tower sits on top of Black Mountain which is quite central in Canberra and the views across the whole of Canberra are just amazing.  We can see the tower from parts of our house and Jamie is always asking about it so we thought it was time to go and have a look up close.  Here are some photos taken from the tower. 








I did however, hold a workshop on Saturday afternoon, and just thought I would share with you the Gift that I gave to my hostess, Debbie.  I did have fun making this, as it is a little different!  The design on the outside of the container is embossed with silver embossing powder, and heated, as you normally would when embossing on cardstock.  Be aware though, if you want to try it at home, the versamark on metal can be very slippery so it is easy to slide the stamp around creating a blurred image.  And the metal gets quite hot when you heat the powder!  Not necessarily a bad thing in this cold winter weather 🙂  And I did, of course, fill it with chocolates before I gave it away.  Can’t have a container without chocolates!  Hope you enjoy them, Debbie, and thanks for an enjoyable afternoon of stamping.

Stamp Sets: Baroque Motifs, Great Friend (available 1st August 2009).

Inks: Versamark

Accessories: Silver Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon

Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990-2009 Stampin’ Up!

Envelope Gift Card Holder

Here is the next in the series of projects using the Sweet Nothings Simply Scrappin Kit.  This one was made for Makeesha’s Make it Monday series, which you can find out more about on her website,  The instructions for making this project is there too.

These are really quick and easy to make and you can use them for heaps of things.  I have made some little gift cards to go inside mine, but they would be great for giving cash or gift vouchers, and I’m sure you can think of lots of other ideas too. 

Stamp Set: Say it With Scallops

Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Patterned Papers and Stickers from the Sweet Nothings Simply Scrappin Kit.

Inks: Riding Hood Red.

Accessories: Envelope, Circle and Square Scallop Punches.


Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990 – 2009 Stampin’ Up!