Secret Garden Scrap Page

Today’s page has been one of those that I have struggled with for quite a while.  I wanted to use the Secret Garden Simply Scrappin’ Kit for a scrap page as I think the colour combination is gorgeous, so when I came across this old photo it was the obvious choice.  But for some reason it just wouldn’t come together, and I am still not entirely sure that I am happy with it, but maybe I am just being fussy! 

Yes, the photo is of me, a very long time ago!! 🙂

Stamp Sets: Live Your Dream.

Cardstock: Whisper White, Almost Artichoke, and papers and stickers from Secret Garden Simply Scrappin’ Kit.

Inks: Cameo Coral, Old Olive.

Accessories: Markers, Paper Snips, Moss Gingham Ribbon.

Artwork by Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990-2009 Stampin’ Up!

Folded Flower

As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I receive a monthly newsletter from the company which includes some fantastic ideas and tips, and this card was inspired by an article on using punches and doing some really easy paper folding.  It was a lot easier than I thought it would be and very effective, especially when using the double sided Designer Series Papers.

Stamp Sets: Live Your Dreams

Inks: Versamark

Cardstock: Barely Banana, Chocolate Chip, Blush Blossom, Designer Series Paper (DSP) Spring Flowers, and Prints DSP in Certainly Celery.

Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, Large Clear Rhinestone Brad (from the Pretties Kit), Double stitched Ribbon in Wild Wasabi.

Artwork by Chris Parker-Barnes

Images Copyright 1990-2009 Stampin’ Up!

Yayyyyyy… another post!

Now that things are starting to settle down after the silly season, I am finally finding some time to do some stamping etc and of course wanting to do something with all the gorgeous photos of my gorgeous little family which I have taken over the past few weeks 🙂   So some scrapbooking has been the order of the day, and what better way to start than with my lovely Jamie’s 3rd birthday photos.  He just loves having his photo taken, and is often making funny faces in the photos so sometimes it is a challenge to get a “normal” face.  I often find myself sneaking up on him, camera in hand, trying to take him by surprise so that he doesn’t have time to form a cheeky face, but I rarely succeed!  And “smiling” involves crinkling up his nose and closing his eyes tight so telling him to smile doesn’t exactly work either.     But…. on his birthday, he was so busy having fun that he forgot all about the camera, and here is the end result.  Such a cute boy! 🙂  I have yet to add the journaling but would rather not share that side of some of my scrap pages.  I had a lot of fun creating this page, and used heaps of different Stampin’ Up! products.

The Birthday BoyStamp Sets: Itty Bitty Background, Birthday Best, Live Your Dream.

Inks: Whisper White Craft Ink, Chocolate Chip, Ballet Blue.

Cardstock: Ballet Blue 12″x12″, Whisper White, Designer Series Paper Summer Picnic (from the 2008 Australian Spring Mini Catalogue).

Accessories: Corner Rounder Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Stampin’ Write Markers, Stampin’ Pastels, On Board Lots of Letters, Rub-ons, White Gel Pen.

Jamie wasn’t really sure what all the fuss was about leading up to his birthday, he was just really interested in getting more presents.  And when I told him he would have a birthday cake, he said he wanted to help make our chocolate cake that we buy from Aldi.  He loves to help me with the cooking.  Easiest birthday cake ever! 🙂


Artwork by Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990-2009 Stampin’ Up!

Like the layout!

I really liked the layout from my previous post so decided to make a set of cards using basically the same layout, just using some different colour combinations.  I have made two and have a third one half made so I will share that one with you later.  So, here they are….  I hope they inspire you to do some stamping and experiment with colour.

Stamp Set: Live Your Dream

Cardstock: Almost Amethyst, Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, Confetti White

Inks: Almost Amethyst, Wild Wasabi, So Saffron

Accessories: Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware (from the Spring Mini Catalogue), Matt Pack and Piercing Tool, Dimensionals.

Artwork by Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990 – 2008 Stampin’ Up!



Stamp Set: Live Your Dream

Cardstock: Basic Black, Rose Red, Barely Banana, Confetti White

Inks: Rose Red, Regal Rose, Barely Banana, Sage Shadow

Accessories: Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, Light Pink Gingham Ribbon, Urban West Rub Ons, Matt Pack and Piercing Tool, Dimensionals.

Artwork by Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990 – 2008 Stampin’ Up!


I did do some stamping over the weekend and made some cards, but nothing really seemed to be working.  I thought I would do some experimenting and try some different things to what I usually make, but nothing seemed to turn out quite right.  Maybe it is because I am a little weary.  We had a thunderstorm on Saturday night and Jamie was really scared.  I think it is the first time he has been really aware of the thunder and he just wanted me to hold him while we sat on his bed… for two hours in the middle of the night.  I then had to work all day on Sunday so I came home with aching feet and feeling very worn out.

So, now that I have had my complain for the day…

I have made a birthday card today for a special lady by the name of Mary.  Mary is my Mum’s carer.  Mum had a fall about 12 months ago and broke her hip.  Mary goes to Mum’s place every morning to help her with her shower.  I actually think that Mum is quite capable of having a shower on her own now but just enjoys Mary’s company!! 🙂 So this is the card I made for Mary to go with a bottle of bubbly!  Hope you enjoy it Mary 🙂


Stamp Sets: Cheery Chat, Live Your Dream

Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Textured Cardstock in Cameo Coral, Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, and Designer series Paper Spring Flowers.

Inks: Cameo Coral, Summer Sun, Old Olive, Always Artichoke.

Accessories: Groovy Guava Double Stitched Ribbon, Vellum, Sponge, Vintage Brads. 

Artwork by Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990 – 2008 Stampin’ Up!

Sneak Peak

For those of you who didn’t get to the Regional Training Seminar in Sydney last weekend, here is one of the make and take projects we got to make using our brand new stamp set Live Your Dream.  This set won’t be available until December so try not to get too impatient.  But I love it, it is a really versatile stamp set (like so many of Stampin’ Up!s stamps) and I can’t wait to see what else will be in the new Mini Catalogue. 

I just had to put this on my blog and show you what a gorgeous little boy I have, and yep, you guessed it, he is cheeky as well as cute!

Stamp Set: Live Your Dream

Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip, Groovy Guava, Whisper White

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, Groovy Guava

Accessories: Soft Sky double-stitched ribbon, Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon.

Images copyright 1990–2008 Stampin’ Up!