Scrapbooking again

Yes, I have finally started to do some scrapbooking again, after well over a year of being scrapbook-less.?.?..  either through complete lack of inspiration or just the need to do other things. 
I have used a sketch challenge from Our Creative Corner for my scrapbook page today.  I think I will have to make a card using this sketch too!
I am doing a set of pages looking back on all of the things that we have been through, both positive and negative, over the past 12 months, so most of the journalling will be out of sight. 
Once again I have used the Everyday Enchantment DSP for this page, and also the Fresh Vintage stamp set. 

We are in the process of moving house at present, so there may be some gaps in blogging for a couple of weeks, but I intend to keep stamping and scrapping in between days of moving and cleaning, so I will try to keep posting my creations.
Happy stamping!
PS Here is the sketch:

“My Thoughts” Card

I am very happy to be able to tell you that the long spell of hot weather we have been having here is at an end, as of tomorrow.  And while it has given me an excuse to stay in doors in the middle of the day and do some stamping, it is starting to get to everyone.  So the cooler weather will be a relief.
And on top of that, kids are all back at school tomorrow.  For us homeschoolers, that means we get the parks, playgrounds, beaches and zoos etc back to ourselves, to visit without heaps of other people there.  They become “our” parks again 🙂  That’s not to say we avoid other people, but some things are just much more enjoyable when you can take your time, browse, play and just spend as much time as you want to without rushing and pushing.

Anyway, today’s card uses more of the Everyday Enchantment DSP, along with the Field Flowers stamp set, which is my absolute favourite set.  And I have used the Big Shot and Top Note Die (another favourite), along with some sponging and faux stitching.
I had best go and do some stamping while I have the chance – park day tomorrow!!
Happy stamping!

Just Add Ink Challenge

This week’s challenge from Just Add Ink is a fantastic one, and it is to find a card on Kathy Tanner’s blog that inspires you and create something based on it.  So, I have made my card based on the layout that Kathy used for her card, and also the watercolouring.  And if you can’t find inspiration on Kathy’s blog, then there is just no hope for you!
I haven’t done any watercolouring for a long time, so it was time to get the Aqua brush out!
The stamp set I have used here is Simply Soft, a hostess set, and the papers are from the current mini catalogue, called Spice Cake.

Well, that’s it for today. I do have plenty more stamping to share with you, but another day!  We are all suffering from lack of sleep here due to the heat (no air conditioning!) so time to head off to bed to try to catch up.  Also time to move to a new house with air conditioning!  Stay tuned……
Happy stamping!

Everyday Enchantment

Firstly, let me wish all you Aussie’s a Happy Australia Day!
Just a quick post today, to share another card made with the gorgeous Everyday Enchantment papers.
Often, when I am lacking inspiration (which seems to be happening regularly at the moment) I go to the blog of the very talented Jenny Moors, Stamping Moments.  Jenny does some fantastic and very reasonably priced stamp classes, and when I need that bit of inspiration, I buy one of her classes and just follow along with her instructions.  Most of the time, it gets me back into the flow of things.
So, this particular card is part of her Fresh Vintage stamp class, although as often happens with me, not quite exactly the same!
So thank you Jenny, for your ongoing inspiration. 
The card uses the Fresh Vintage Stamp Set and of course, the Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Papers, both available from the Sale-a-Bration catalogue.
Happy Stamping!

Sale-a-Bration is here!

This time of year is always exciting for us in the Stampin’ Up! family, because it’s Sale-a-Bration time!  Every year, Stampin’ Up! bring out a range of new goodies that are only available during the Sale-a-Bration promotion, and they are always gorgeous, however I do think this year they have done especially well.  Not only lovely stamps, but papers and accessories too (rubbing hands together) – love it!

You may have noticed that I like my patterned papers – just a little bit.  Ok, if you must know, I am completely addicted to them, and have rather a large stash. However, I am determined to use them!

So, what about this paper, isn’t it just gorgeous?  I love the old-fashioned look about it and the combination of colours.  It’s called “Everyday Enchantment”, and like the co-ordinating stamp set (“Fresh Vintage”), it is exclusive to the Sale-a-Bration promotion, so won’t be available after 31st March. 
The colours are Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Lucky Limeade, and a touch of Peach Parfait.
I have used the Finial Press and Designer Frames Embossing folders, and just masked off the edge of the oval frame to make sure the inked image stayed inside the oval.  The stamp was inked with markers, and the edges of both ovals sponged with some Poppy Parade ink to give the edges some definition.

If you would like to know more about how you can get yourself some of these gorgeous but exclusive products, feel free to contact me and I’ll give you the details.
In the meantime, happy stamping!


Busy, busy….

It’s been a while since I have had time to stamp – Jamie and I had a quick trip up into the Flinders Ranges to go on the steam train that runs out of Quorn, called the Pichi Richi Railway.  We had a ball!
But back home and back to life including stamping!!
Today’s card is another Clean and Simple Stamping sketch (FTL 162), and again I have used one of the new Designer Series Papers, this time Just Add Cake, which I have combined with the stamp set Up, Up and Away!

I am not entirely happy with this card, I think I should have done the second balloon in orange instead of green, just to brighten it up a little.
The balloons have both been stamped onto the white cardstock base, and then I have stamped a second one, cut it out and layered it over the top of the first.  It is probably a bit hard to tell from the photo, but this does give the card some nice depth.
I hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather (well, it is here anyway!).
Happy stamping,


I have used the very pretty Flirtatious Speciality DSP for this challenge from Sketch Frenzy Friday, it is just gorgeous paper for those girly cards.

The colours are Pretty in Pink, a touch of Melon Mambo and a new favourite for me, Wisteria Wonder.
The greeting comes from the Up, Up and Away! stamp set, which is going to be a very versatile and useful set. (Watch this space!!)  And of course, a little bit of necessary bling, with some half back rhinestones.
That’s it for me for today.  Happy Stamping!

Sketch Frenzy Friday

I know it’s not Friday – although with the lifestyle we lead, sometimes I have no idea what day of the week it is! 
Sketch Frenzy Friday have some great sketch ideas to use for your card making, and I have used the sketch from last weeks challenge for this card.
The yacht is from the Seaworthy Stamp Set (page 79 of the catalogue).  I have used markers to ink the stamp up, and then done some very light watercolouring using a blender pen.  The greeting is from On Your Birthday (page 107), and the DSP is Well Worn – fantastic papers if you are making cards for the men in your life. 
I will be back tomorrow with some more inspiration using the new DSP – they are all so beautiful, I could spend all of my days making “stuff” with them! 🙂

Happy stamping!

Top Note Bag

I thought I should make a bag to go with my Domestic Goddess card from my last post, I like making these, they are so cute, and really quite easy, as long as you have a Big Shot, of course.
Well, I’m keeping this short and sweet today, it’s a public holiday here and there are some things that we want to go and explore today.  So, happy stamping!

Domestic Goddess!

No, that wouldn’t be me….. there are too many other things to do in life, like stamping for instance!  However, I love the colours in the Domestic Goddess Designer Series Papers, really bright and cheerful, and work in perfectly with this weeks colour challenge from Just Add Ink.

The colour combination is Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Calypso Coral and Whisper White.  Now, two of those colours are brand new In-Colours from Stampin’ Up! and I don’t have any inks for those colours yet, so that did make this a bit of a challenge.  But I have used the DSP and the Ruffled Ribbon, then stamped the image in Crumb Cake.  The stamp is the individual stamp called Share a Cup.

Hope you are having a great Friday.
Happy Stamping!