Birthday Boxes

Yesterday was a public holiday here in Canberra, and was also my lovely sister’s birthday.  She was very, very lucky because I used some of my new goodies from the Autumn / Winter catalogue to make her card and gift box.
This first box is one I made for the gift from my Mum to my sister, and it matches the Tri-Shutter card from this post.  It uses Pink Pirouette and Riding Hood Red cardstock and inks, as well as Kiwi Kiss Ink, and features A Rose is a Rose Stamp Set.  The ribbons are not Stampin’ Up! but are from my large stash!

The second box I made to hold a photo frame.  The frame was from one of the $2 shops and cost me…. $2! But shhhhhh don’t tell my sister that.  I have used the Planter Box Rub-ons to decorate it and am quite pleased with how it came out.  I did try to take a photo of it out of the box but it didn’t turn out very well, but you get the idea.
And the box is made from Orchid Opulence cardstock for the base, clear acetate for the lid, and the belly band is made from the absolutely divine Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper.  I have also used the Cottage Garden Stamp Set for the three little flowers that decorate it.  And don’t forget, you can order these both from 1st April, although personally, I don’t know how you can stand to wait that long! 🙂

There is a matching card to go with this box as well, but I thought I might keep you in suspense a little and save it until tomorrow!!

So until then, happy stamping,

Vintage Labels

Firstly, I would like to thank everyone for all the lovely comments I have received over the last two days, it is always good to get comments on my blog and know that other people are getting inspiration and ideas from my projects.
I do hope you enjoyed all the wonderful projects on your way around the blog hop, I certainly did, and now have many more ideas and new things to make 🙂  I think I need to find an extra day each week, just to fit in all the new projects I want to make!!

And now I would like to share another project which features the wonderful Vintage Label Stamp Set, and one of my all time favourite stamp sets, A Rose is a Rose.  This time a card, with a matching bag and candle, just perfect for giving to someone special.

Stamp Sets: Vintage Labels (Only availabe during Sale-a-bration), A Rose is a Rose, On Your Birthday.

Cardstock: Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, Pink Flamingo DSP.

Inks: Basic Black, Real Red, Kiwi Kiss.

Accessories: Basic Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/4 inch Circle Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Paper Snips, Paper piercing tool and Mat Pack, White Tissue Paper, Heat Gun.

Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes
Images copyright 1990-2010 Stampin’ Up!

Happy Australia Day, and happy stampin,

No excuses…..

… I have just been a slack blogger! 🙂

I am going to show you a card today which I made quite some time ago, which uses the Kissing Technique (and no, you don’t need to kiss the stamp for this technique! or even worse, the ink pad!! 🙂 ), which adds some little extra detail to the image.  This particular technique is one we will cover in my Technique Stamp Club which will be starting in February.  As with all my classes, there will be limited places available so you must let me know if you are interested in joining us for this club. You will find more details about this club and other things happening in 2010 on my Stamp Club and Upcoming Events pages.


Stamp Sets: Weathered Background Stamp, A Rose is a Rose.

Cardstock: Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Whisper White.

Inks: Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Kiwi Kiss

Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Paper Snips, Paper piercing tool and mat pack, Dimensionals, Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon.

Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes
Images copyright 1990-2009 Stampin’ Up!

Mojo Monday on Tuesday!

I thought I would have a go at this week’s Mojo Monday sketch.  If you want to know more about Mojo Monday, just click here to go to there blog.  They have a new sketch at the start of each week, plus some gorgeous card ideas.

This card features the “Faux Seersucker” technique (bit hard to see properly in the photo) which we are going to learn at my upcoming “Bella’s Roses” Card Class on the 24th September, so if you would like to learn this clever but easy technique, contact me to book in for the class by emailing

I definitely like this card better in real life than in the photo! 🙂

Stamp Sets: A Rose is a Rose, Fresh Cuts.

Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Bella Rose Designer Series Papers.

Inks: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Corner Rounder Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Crimper, Sponge Dauber, Paper Piercer and Mat Pack, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon.

Hope you get to do some stamping today!


Sweet Nothings – Tri Shutter Card

I have decided to see how many yummy things I can make with my Sweet Nothings Simply Scrappin Kit.  Now that I have started using it, I don’t want to stop! 🙂  So here is the next in the series.  It is called a Tri Fold Card, and I first saw these cards when Leonie Schroder,  a fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, posted one onto one of the yahoo groups I belong to.  I thought it was just so clever and beautiful that I thought I had better have a go at making one.  They do look a bit complicated but are not really.  Thanks Leonie, for the inspiration to try something very different.  If you would like to have a try at one of these cards, the instructions can be found here.

Stamp Sets: A Rose is a Rose, For Your Birthday.

Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Patterned Papers and stickers from Sweet Nothings Simply Scrappin Kit.

Inks: Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Kiwi Kiss.

Accessories: Craft Knife, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Dazzling Diamonds, Dimensionals.

While I was taking a photo of this card, one of my lovely four legged helpers, Catey, decided to “help”!  I thought you would like to see her too 🙂

In reality, she probably just wanted to sit on my lap and purr, which she likes to do a lot, but it does make it very hard to stamp and make cards etc with her there!  But she is a lovely girl!

Anyway, back to Sweet Nothings, I am making it my own personal challenge to see how many things I can make from one Simply Scrappin Kit, although I will be supplementing it with some cardstock, but using as many of the papers and stickers to make a lot of different projects.  So stay tuned, and lets see what else I can come up with. 🙂 

Hope you are all having a lovely, relaxing Sunday.


Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990-2009 Stampin’ Up!

Sweet Nothings

The Sweet Nothings Simply Scrappin’ Kit was at the very top of my wish list when the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue came out in April.  These kits are fantastic for quick and easy scrapbook pages but are also great for making cards with.  This particular kit has been sitting there since my first order from the new catalogue and I have been looking at it and admiring it,…. and looking at it, and admiring it,  but I didn’t want to actually use it because then I wouldn’t have it etc etc.  Well, last night I decided to stop being silly and actually use it, so I made a card and a scrap page.  And I have to say the kit didn’t disappoint.  I am really happy with how both have turned out.  And I have heaps and heaps of the kit left still to admire and look at, and then make some more things with 🙂

The photo in this scrap page is of myself and my lovely husband Doug on our wedding day.

Stamp Sets: Baroque Motifs

Inks: Whisper White Craft Ink

Cardstock: Basic Black 12 x 12 Textured, Whisper White, Patterned Papers and Stickers from the Sweet Nothing Simply Scrappin’ Kit.

Accessories: Black paper lace from my own stash (ie Not Stampin’ Up!).

Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990-2009 Stampin’ Up!



And here is the card I made with the same kit.  Again it was really quick and easy to make, since all the design elements are included in the kit and they all go together so beautifully.  If you haven’t used one of these kits for either scrapbooking or cardmaking, I highly recommend you give it a try, there are seven different designs to choose from, so contact me to order one from anywhere in Australia.

Stamp Set: A Rose is a Rose.

Inks: Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red.

Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Papers and Stickers from the Sweet Nothings Simply Stampin’ Kit.

Accessories: Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensionals.

Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990-2009 Stampin’ Up!


Yes, I have been missing in action for a few days now, but I do have an excuse! 🙂  I have been busily preparing for the Stampin’ Up! convention which was held here in Canberra on Friday and Saturday (1st and 2nd May), and wow, what an amazing couple of days it has been.  Now my head is just spinning with the ideas and information.  And one of the really fun parts of convention (and indeed many other papercrafting get togethers) is doing “swaps”, where all the participants prepare numerous cards which we then swap with one another.  It is a fantastic way to get new ideas and see stamp sets and accessories used in ways that we may not have thought of.  More ideas to keep my head spinning for weeks!  And it is, of course, a wonderful way to meet and get to know some of my fellow stampers. 

I just thought I would share with you the cards I made for my swaps.  I did three different designs based around the same idea, and in all made 100 of them to swap.

Stamp Sets: A Rose is a Rose, On Your Birthday.

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Mellow Moss, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette.

Inks: Mellow Moss, Riding Hood Red, Always Artichoke.

Accessories: Crimper





The details for the second card are pretty much the same, except for the addition of some of the gorgeous Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, and some paper piercing.


And for the third card I have used the spiral punch, Mellow Moss Taffeta Ribbon, and the Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the two colours in the rose.


Artwork by Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990-2009 Stampin’ Up!