It’s nearly time….

for the release of the Spring Mini Catalogue, and if you haven’t seen it yet, you are in for a treat!  There are lots and lots of gorgeous new goodies to be had, heaps of fantastic stamp sets and lots of new accessories, including some new papers.  If you would like one of the mini catalogues, feel free to contact me with your postal details and I will send one out to you.  But remember, you can’t order from it until the 1st August 2009.

However, those of us who are lucky enough to be Stampin’ Up! demonstrators are able to pre-order the products so I have been able to have a play and thought I would give you a bit of a sneak peek.  I have made a few different things and will show you some of them over the next week or so.  But you won’t get to see it all, I will be saving some for my mini catalogue launch party on the 8th August.  Make sure you contact me to book in for that one, it is a good way for you to try out some of the new stamps and accessories before you buy.

So, the first one is a scrap page.  It is a CASE (copy and share exactly) – except this one is not exactly the same (which seems to happen most of the time when I case something)…. anyway, it started out being a CASE of the scrap page on Page 4 of the mini catalogue, and uses some of the new Designer Series Paper and also the new stamp set called “Great Friend”.

The photos are of our beautiful cat Shadow, who passed away nearly 12 months ago, and who we miss heaps!  She was a sweet natured girl, who purred all the time and loved our company as much as we loved hers.  You may recognise her, she has pride of place on the home page of this blog! 🙂  Doing some scrapbooking of the photos of Shadow has been quite difficult and emotional for us all, but therapeutic in a way, and to me, that is exactly what scrapbooking is all about.  It helps us to evaluate and deal with the bad and the good that happens in our every day lives, helping us to put those memories down on paper, rather than hiding them away in the corners of our own minds.

Stamp Set: Great Friend (Available 1st August 2009)

Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Basic Grey, Walk in the Park Designer Series Paper (available 1st August 2009).

Inks: Baja Breeze, Basic Grey.

Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, Basic Grey Taffeta Ribbon, Laughter and Love Rub ons, Urban West Rub ons (retired), Paper snips, Piercing tool and Mat Pack.

Images copyright 1990-2009 Stampin’ Up!

Double Layout Scrapbook Page

Another scrapbook “challenge” from one of the stamping yahoo groups I belong to, this challenge was a double page layout sketch.  And again, I really enjoyed completing this challenge, it fell into place really easily, and I have spent a very relaxing couple of hours today completing it.

The photos are again from our trip to Fiji in 2004.  I like to leave out the journalling when I put my scrapbook pages up here, as I like to keep some things private 🙂 but I do generally go back and add the journalling in at some stage.  However, I often don’t use a lot of journalling on my pages, sometimes just the date and place of the photos, and other times I feel there is a need for more information.  But like all things in scrapbooking, there are no rules, so do what you want to do with your scrapbook pages!

I have been doing quite a lot of stamping in the past few days, so I will post again tomorrow with some cards.  Until then, happy stamping!


Stamp Set: Fifth Avenue Floral

Cardstock: Bordering Blue Textured, Basic Grey Textured, Whisper White, Urban Oasis Designer Series Paper.

Inks: Kiwi Kiss, So Saffron, Basic Grey marker

Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack, Paper Snips, Blender Pen, Marker.

Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990-2009 Stampin’ Up!

Scrapbook Sketches

I often use sketches to begin the design process of my scrapbook pages, and this is one I particularly like.  In fact, I like it so much that I have made two pages using the same sketch.  It is interesting to see just how differently the two pages have turned out, considering that the layout is pretty much the same.

On this first page, I have done some watercolouring straight on to the Designer Series Paper.  First, I stamped the images in Stazon and then  watercoloured using a blender pen, just using a small amount of ink and as little blending as possible to make sure that paper wasn’t damaged by the watercolouring process.

Stamp Sets: Lovely as a Tree, Eastern Influences.

Cardstock: Old Olive, Good Morning Sunshine Designer Series Paper, Baja Breeze Carousel Note.

Inks: Black Stazon, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Brown, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red.

Accessories: Blender Pens, Scallop Edge Punch.

Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990 -2009 Stampin’ Up! 



This second page uses one of the Stampin Around Wheels, which I have rolled across the patterned paper before adding the photos. I then stamped the small trees using the rock and roll technique, and two step stamping, onto Confetti White cardstock and cut them out.

Stamp Sets: Trendy Trees, Funky Forest Wheel.

Cardstock: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Confetti White, Good Morning Sunshine Designer Series Papers, Kiwi Kiss Carousel Note.

Inks: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red.

Accessories: Stampin Around Wheel, Handle and cartridge, sponge daubers, piercing tool and mat pack, white gel pen, scallop edge punch, paper snips, rub ons (retired).

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!

Fiji Sunset Scrapbook Page

I have been a bit slack recently with both my blog posts and doing more scrapbooking, so I thought I had better do both in one hit! 🙂

This scrapbook page is the result of a sketch which I received as part of a “challenge”, and while I really liked the sketch, it wasn’t a really straight forward, simple one (well, not for me anyway!) so I was a little apprehensive about completing it and entering my work.  However, once I got started, it all fell into place very easily.  I think it helps that Stampin’ Up! have so many gorgeous patterned papers, they make scrapbooking just so easy.  Anyway, to cut a long story short, I won that particular challenge, to my complete surprise.  There were many other gorgeous entries.

And yes, I did cut all those little flowers out by hand 🙂

The photos were all taken when my husband and I were in Fiji for a holiday in 2004.  The sunsets over there were just magnificent and very memorable, I really don’t think these photos do them justice, but they serve as a reminder of all the times we sat drinking cocktails in the pool, or sat in the open air restaurant eating our dinner, and watched the sun set over the sea.  Hmmmmmm might be time to go back for another holiday 🙂

Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black, Whisper White  and Real Red (for the Title), Pink Flamingo Designer Series Paper.

Ink: Summer Sun, Pumkin Pie.

Accessories: Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack, Rub Ons, Sponge Daubers, Computer and printer for the Title, circle punches, paper snips.

Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990-2009 Stampin’ Up!

Garden Whimsy Scrap Page

The more I use the Garden Whimsy stamp set, the more I like it. Here, I have used it in combination with one of the new sets called Pocket Silhouettes, and also some of the beautiful new designer series papers.  In case you hadn’t noticed, I am really loving faux stitching at the moment, so you will find it on a lot of my cards and scrap pages, including this one 🙂  And if you would like to learn this easy but effective technique, just contact me about my upcoming classes.

Stamp Sets: Garden Whimsy, Pocket Silhouettes.

Cardstock: Old Olive Textured, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Raspberry Tart Designer Series Papers.

Inks: Rose Red, Cameo Coral, Old Olive.

Accessories: Markers, Paper piercing tool and Mat, White Gel Pen, Paper Snips, Bashful Blue 2.5cm Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, White ribbon from Dress Up Ribbon Originals.

Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990-2009 Stampin’ Up!

Holiday Treasures 6 x 6 page

With the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue, comes a whole new range of Designer Series Papers, which are all absolutely beautiful.  Don’t ask me to choose a favourite, I couldn’t choose just one!  However, the one I have used for this next scrap page is definitely one of my favourites, it’s called Holiday Treasures, and I love the gorgeous, rich colours and beautiful flowers. 

So if you would like to see these new papers, and have a play with them, maybe make a scrap page or a card using them, why not sign up for some of my upcoming classes.  Just contact me for more information, email me

Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Bravo Burgundy, Whisper White Textured, Holiday Treasures DSP

Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, Paper Snips, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon.

Artwork copyrigh Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990-2009 Stampin’ Up!

Happy, wonderful You – Scrap Page

I am finally starting to recover from this very nasty ‘flu, although I have to admit today that the windy weather and dust clouds over Canberra are probably not helping my cough.  But at least I am feeling well enough to sit and do some scrapping 🙂  So, I have two posts for you today, both of them scrap pages!

The first are some photos of my gorgeous smiley little boy, Jamie.  These photos were taken in Nov 2008.  This page came together really easily, and I like the simplicity of it.

Stamp Set: Cheery Chat (retired).

Cardstock: Brocade Blue 12 x 12, Whisper White, Jersey Shore Designer Series Paper (retired).

Inks: Brilliant Blue

Accessories: 3.5cm circle punch.

Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990-2009 Stampin’ Up!

Photo Boards

I wish I could claim this cute idea as my own, but I like to give credit where credit is due, I found the idea on the blog of the very talented Makeesha Byl, and I thought they were such a good idea that I just had to try it out.  These would be wonderful gifts and are really quick and easy to make.  Plus you can change the photo any time you like. I have used a magnetic clip at the top of mine so that it can go on the fridge or a metal strip, or you can put a backing on to it so that it will stand up.  And because they are so quick and easy to make, why not do a couple of different ones?  With so many different gorgeous Designer Series Papers available, plus new ones coming in the new catalogue in April, you can easily find colours and designs to fit your decor.

I am running a class on Wed 1st April at 7.30pm where I will show you just how easy they are to make, so check the details out on my Upcoming Events page and book in soon so that you don’t miss out.

This first photo is of my sister Lesley, holding my son Jamie when he was only a day or so old.

Then, same photo board, different photo…… this photo is of one of our beloved cats, Scat.







Products used: Stampin’ Up! DSP Apple Cider, Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware, Double Stitched Ribbon in River Rock, paper snips, dimensionals, adhesive.  Chipboard sheets available from craft shops and magnetic clip from BigW!




Same photo, different photo board!  This time using DSP Summer Picnic and Red Gingham Ribbon.



Artwork by Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990 – 2009 Stampin’ Up!


Sorry about the blurry photo, I will try to take another tomorrow in the daylight!

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!