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!

Valentine’s Card for Men

I recently had a request to design a male Valentine’s Card for a group of ladies.  I struggled with this at first, my husband and I do usually exchange cards on Valentine’s Day but we don’t place much significance on it.  I also don’t have many stamp sets which have hearts or “happy valentine’s” greetings on them, so I had to come up with something using what I currently do have.  I hope you like the end result.  I also made a small matching box.  We made a similar box at last year’s Stampin’ Up! training night here in Canberra, but I altered it slightly and made it from one piece of cardstock instead of two.  Much easier for my class of beginner stampers and box makers.  And it is just the right size for a couple of chocolates or a small gift.

Stamp Sets: Hello Again (Summer Mini Catalogue), Best Yet (Level 1 Hostess Set), Boho Backgrounds.

Cardstock: Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip Patterns DSP.

Inks: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze.

Accessories: Heart Punch, Word Window Punch, Paper Snips, Markers, Sticky Strip.

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

Enjoy your day.

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,

Watercolour Pencils

My lovely and supportive husband gave me some watercolour pencils for Christmas this year (Stampin’ Up! ones of course!), and I just love them, even though I haven’t had enough time to really get to know how to use them properly yet.  But you can be sure that you will be seeing quite a lot of them in the near future, as I do more experimenting.  Anyway, this card was a nice, simple one for my first play with the pencils.  I have stamped the images onto some scrap pieces of watercolour paper with black Stazon, then coloured inside each image using the pencils.  I have then blended the colours together using the Aqua brush, which really brought out the gorgeous, vibrant colours.  I hope you like it!

Make sure you check out my Upcoming events page for classes for February, and hope you get some stamping time this weekend.

Stamp Set:For Everything

Cardstock: Night of Navy, Watercolour Paper, Kaleidoscope DSP.

Inks: Night of Navy, Back Stazon.

Accessories: Watercolour Pencils, 1 1/4 and 1 3/8 square punches, Aqua Brush.

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

Happy New Year

I hope the holiday season has been kind and enjoyable, and that you have all had plenty of time for some stamping!
Because I have been so busy with other things that I really haven’t had much time to stamp at all.
So today I am going to share two Christmas Easel cards that I made, and then I can move away from Christmas, at least for a few months 🙂

The first is the card I made for my gorgeous little boy, Jamie, who would have been just devasted if I hadn’t made him a card for Christmas.  And of course, the card just had to have a train.  He loves his card, and has to have it up on the coffee table so that he can look at it all the time.

Stamp Sets: Trendy Trees, Choo Choo (retired), Right on Track Stampin’ Around Wheel (retired), Occasional Greetings.

Cardstock: Pacific Point, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Whisper White.

Inks: Basic Grey, Real Red, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Basic Black, Chocolate Chip, Going Grey, Versamark.

Accessories: Markers, Stampin Around Handle, Paper Snips, Two-Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Rhinestone Brad.

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

The next card is again an Easel card, which I made for my sister and her husband.  For the image in this card I have used the stained glass window technique on the vellum, only I have reversed the vellum and coloured the embossed side, instead of colour behind the embossing. This gave it a really nice subtle effect.

Stamp Sets: Snow Swirled, A Wish For Peace.

Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Vellum Cardstock, Ski Slope Designer Series Paper (retired).

Inks: Versamark, Close to Cocoa, Real Red, Yoyo Yellow, Garden Green, Baja Breeze.

Accessories: Markers, White Embossing Powder and Heat Tool, Rhinestone Brads.

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

Well, I promise that I will bring you something other than Christmas cards very soon, and I look forward to catching up soon for some stamping time with all of you.
And don’t forget to check out my Upcoming Events page for classes starting in a few short weeks time, and send me an email if you would like to book in.

Merry Christmas!

Just popping in today to wish all of you a wonderful Christmas.  I will be taking a bit of a break from all things stamping and blogging for a few days at least, so I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year as well. 

 And just to get you all in the Christmas spirit, here is a cute Christmas decoration I made using all Stampin’ Up! products.  The idea for this came from the wonderfully creative Carol Dunstan, and they are really quite easy to make.

Punch Flowers

I am currently busy making Swaps for our regional Stampin’ Up! training night which is on this coming Wed evening.  Last year I went up to Sydney for this event as they didn’t have one here in Canberra, and it was fantastic.  I came home full of new ideas and inspiration.  So I am excited to be attending again this year without having to travel.  I will show you the card I made for the swaps later in the week.
Here is a cute card made with easy punched out flowers which look much more complicated than they really are.  All I have done is punched out two flowers using the scallop circle punch, one in white and one in the pink DSP.  Then I have cut into each side of the scallops to create petals and layered the white and the pink together.

Stamp Set: On Your Birthday

Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Sweet Always Designer Series Paper.

Ink: Basic Black

Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Clear Rhinestone Brads, Soft Subtles Brads, Flower Fusion.

Until next time, happy stampin’!

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

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!


Our Creative Corner Sketch Challenge

Wow, two posts in two days!!  I have been in need of some inspiration of late, so I thought it would be good to use a challenge to get the creative juices flowing.  So I have used this week’s Sketch challenge from Our Creative Corner. It is worth having a look at some of the gorgeous ideas, inspiration and work that is on their blog, so why not head on over there and have a look.
Here is this weeks sketch:

I thought I would continue to get into the Christmas Spirit, and to use some of the products from the current Spring Mini Catalogue which finishes in a few short weeks, at the end of November.
I have used my crimper on the piece of Riding Hood Red cardstock to give it some height and texture but it is a little hard to see it in the photo.  I tried to make it more obvious by taking the photo on an angle but don’t think that has worked well either. So you will just have to take my word for it 🙂  And I just had to add some of my favourite paper piercing, of course 🙂

Stamp Sets: Tree Trimmings, Season of Joy, Christmas Classics.

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red, Ski Slopes Designer Series Paper (only available until end of Nov)

Inks: Riding Hood Red, Versamark.

Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Small Star Punch, Mat Pack and Piercing Tool, Crimper, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Scallop Oval Punch (also only available until end of November 😦 )

Artwork 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!