Pretty Butterflies

Firstly, thanks everyone for all of your lovely comments, it is lovely to hear from some old friends, and some new ones!  I had a really relaxing weekend and am feeling a heap better today.  And I did some stamping over the weekend, so things are looking up!
Here is one of the cards I made over the weekend, I really enjoyed making this, and it is so pretty in real life.

The details are a little hard to see in the photo, but I have stamped the swirl from Baroque Motifs straight onto the Whisper White Card base using versamark ink, then used Heat and Stick powder and Dazzling Diamonds to give it a very pretty sparkle!  There is a strip of the wonderful new In Colour Rich Razzleberry down the right side, and some of the Cottage Wall DSP, both of them scalloped with the Scallop Edge Punch.  I have also used the same DSP for the butterflies which have also been punched out.  And the greeting is from On Your Birthday using Rich Razzleberry ink.  A pretty easy card really, and a good way to use up some of those scraps of cardstock.
And on the subject of punches, don’t forget that tomorrow is the last chance to four punches at 30% discount.  Contact me for more details or to place an order.  Payment and orders must be placed with me no later than 5pm tomorrow, and I can ship your order to anywhere in Australia. 
Hope you get some stamping done today!

Sale-a-bration Blog Hop

It’s time for another blog hop from the ESAD (Extremely Special Aussie Demonstrators) group, this time to celebrate the start of Sale-a-bration. And this time we have even more blogs taking part, which means more ideas and more inspiration for you. So I hope you have fun on your way around.
My project today is a Scrapbook page using the Vintage Labels Stamp Set. I wanted to do a page in a “vintage” style, and have used a masking technique to create a border with the stamp. I will be adding a small journalling block underneath the photo, but I like to keep my journalling a little private, so you don’t get to see that bit! 🙂

Stamp Sets: Vintage Labels (Only available during Sale-a-bration), Baroque Motifs.

Cardstock: Basic Black, Naturals Ivory, Belle Bleu Designer Series Paper.

Inks: Basic Black Classic Ink and Marker

Accessories: Wide Oval Punch, Sponge Dauber, Black Brads from Vintage Brads.

Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes
Images copyright 1990-2010

That’s it for me for now.  Next stop on your way is Christie Wallace from Christie’s Creative Corner.  And if you would like to be in the running for some blog candy, make sure you leave a comment for us all.
And if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator from Australia or New Zealand and you would like to be part of this terrific group, just click on the ESAD link above and it will take you to our home page.
Enjoy the journey! 🙂

Bella Bleu Card

The Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper is another which I just adore but have hardly used, so again, I thought it was time I used some instead of admiring it 🙂  I tried to make a card in a vintage style, since I think this paper lends itself particularly well to vintage, and also because I don’t do a lot in this style.  I’m not really sure if I succeeded, but I like the end result anyway.  Hope you do, too.

Sorry this is such a short post, but it has been a busy day (again), but I will be back soon with more cards.


Stamp Sets: Baroque Motifs, Pocket Silhouettes.

Cardstock: Kraft, Not Quite Navy, Bella Bleu DSP.

Inks: Not Quite Navy

Accessories: Scallop Square Punch, Sponge Dauber, Vintage Brads, Kraft Tafetta Ribbon.

Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990 – 2009 Stampin’ Up!

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!

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!

The Rose

I was lucky enough to win the Fifth Avenue Floral Stamp Set at the recent Stampin’ Up! Convention at the start of May, and have to admit that I have hardly used any of my other sets since I got it.  I have used it for bleach stamping, embossing and also in this card, watercolouring.  I used a fairly tradition approach to watercolouring for this particular card, but if you are interested in seeing some done in a different way using the same stamp set, why not have a look at Larisa’s blog, she has made an absolutely stunning card and I am sure it will inspire you to try out something different.

The colours for my card today, were from a colour challenge set by Alisa Tilsner, a fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  Once again, these colours are not ones I would think to put together myself, and took me a little while to get used to, but they look stunning together.  The colours are Rose Red, Perfect Plum, Old Olive and Whisper White.  So why don’t you have a go and make a card with these colours, it is a great way of seeing things in a different way and creating something you might not have done otherwise.  I’m not entirely sure that I have ever seen a rose in these colours, but I think it worked out ok.  And yes, the rose has been coloured using Rose Red ink with an aqua brush, and because I have used quite a lot of water in places, it has made quite a pale pink.  And then I have used Perfect Plum (again, washed down quite a lot to blend it in) in the centre.

Stamp Sets: Fifth Avenue Floral, Baroque Motifs.

Cardstock: Whisper White, Rose Red, Perfect Plum textured, Watercolour paper, Holiday Treasures Designer Series Paper.

Inks: Rose Red, Perfect Plum, Versamark, Black Stazon.

Accessories: Clear Rhinestone Brads, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Embossing buddy, Powder Pal, White Taffeta Ribbon, Paper snips, Dimensionals.

Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990-2009 Stampin’ Up!

Wedding Card

The original idea for this card came from Gay Hunter, a lady who started off doing some of my classes and has become a customer and friend.  She came to me one day saying that she needed to make a Wedding Card for some friends and wondered if I would help her with it.  She had an idea for the design, which we tweaked a little, and here is the end result.  I think it is absolutely stunning as a wedding card, so well done Gay, don’t stop with this one, I’ll have to get you on here more often as my “Guest Designer” 🙂

I do apologise for the photo, it was taken at night as turned out a bit glarey, but you get the idea!

Stamp Sets: Baroque Motifs, A Wish for Peace

Cardstock: Whisper White, Brushed Silver

Inks: Versamark

Accessories: Silver Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Powder Pal, Heat Tool, Paper Snips, Dimensionals, Ribbon from Gay’s personal stash!

Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes and Gay Hunter

Images copyright 1990-2009 Stampin’ Up!