Taking another break

I am taking another break from stamping and blogging for a while, but might just surprise you every now and then with one of my projects. So here is a quick and easy card, made using the Sunny Days Simply Scrappin’ Kit from the current mini catalogue, and a retired greeting stamp which I have coloured with markers.

I am available to take orders by phone or email, and don’t forget about the great deals this month, with 20% off Two Step Stamps (see details in previous post).

Happy stamping,

Top Note Christmas Card

Is it me? Or does any one else just love the Top Note Die from Stampin’ Up!?  I think this has to be one of the most versatile and useful dies that I could possibly own for my now most beloved Big Shot 🙂  This card was so easy to make.  I used the “I Wish” Simply Scrappin’ Kit, which includes these gorgeous Designer Series Papers, which are only available in the kit.  The green paper was run through the Big Shot using the Top Note Die and then the Bauble is also a sticker out of the kit.  The only stamping is the greeting, which has been embossed with white embossing powder.

Stamp Set: Christmas Classics

Cardstock: Real Red, I Wish Simply Scrappin’ Kit

Ink: Versamark, Chocolate Chip Marker

Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note Die, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool.

And that’s it!  Pretty easy, huh?

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

Petal Party

If you weren’t there, then you really missed out on a good afternoon on Saturday.  We made 16 (yes, that does say sixteen) cards in the afternoon, all using the Petal Party Simply Scrappin’ Kit.  We had lots of fun and had heaps left over from the kit to take home for more card making or scrapbook pages, or whatever takes your fancy really 🙂  I just love these kits, everything goes together beautifully, the cardstock, Designer Series Papers and gorgeous Die Cut Stickers, to make beautiful cards or scrapbook pages.

I won’t show you all 16 of the cards we made, just a couple.  But if you did missed out, make sure you have a look at my Upcoming Events page or give me a call or email to make sure you don’t miss out on any more of the classes that are coming up.

Card 1:

Stamp Set: Fresh Cuts

Cardstock: So Saffron, Whisper White

Ink: Basic Black

Accessories: DSP and Stickers from the Petal Party Simply Scrappin’ Kit, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch.

How easy is that!

Card 2:

Stamp Set: Occasional Greetings

Cardstock: Old Olive and So Saffron

Ink: Basic Black

Accessories: DSP and Stickers from the Petal Party Simply Scrappin Kit.

(Sorry, the photo came out a little crooked!)

Both cards are Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes

and Images copyright 1990 – 2009 Stampin’ Up!

Once again I find myself apologising for the being MIA for so long, but I have had quite a lot going on.  I recently found out the my Mum has had a return of the cancer that she had removed around 4 years ago only it has spread into other areas of her body.  She has decided not to have treatment for it, mainly because she saw how sick treatment made my Dad before he passed away.  So we are busy doing all those things that we try not to think too much about at other times, like updating wills etc and making sure everything is in order.  It is a difficult time for her (and the whole family) as she lives on her own, and we don’t know how long it will be before she gets too ill and weak to be on her own.

On a more positive note, lots of stamping and workshops have been on the go, which is giving me some good things to focus on as well. And as always, my Mum is very supportive of my stamping business and would want me to continue through thick and thin.

But I do have lots of cards etc to share with you so I will try to get back real soon and post some more.

In the mean time, happy stamping!


Envelope Gift Card Holder

Here is the next in the series of projects using the Sweet Nothings Simply Scrappin Kit.  This one was made for Makeesha’s Make it Monday series, which you can find out more about on her website, http://www.makeeshabyl.com.au/  The instructions for making this project is there too.

These are really quick and easy to make and you can use them for heaps of things.  I have made some little gift cards to go inside mine, but they would be great for giving cash or gift vouchers, and I’m sure you can think of lots of other ideas too. 

Stamp Set: Say it With Scallops

Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Patterned Papers and Stickers from the Sweet Nothings Simply Scrappin Kit.

Inks: Riding Hood Red.

Accessories: Envelope, Circle and Square Scallop Punches.


Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990 – 2009 Stampin’ Up!



Sweet Nothings – Tri Shutter Card

I have decided to see how many yummy things I can make with my Sweet Nothings Simply Scrappin Kit.  Now that I have started using it, I don’t want to stop! 🙂  So here is the next in the series.  It is called a Tri Fold Card, and I first saw these cards when Leonie Schroder,  a fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, posted one onto one of the yahoo groups I belong to.  I thought it was just so clever and beautiful that I thought I had better have a go at making one.  They do look a bit complicated but are not really.  Thanks Leonie, for the inspiration to try something very different.  If you would like to have a try at one of these cards, the instructions can be found here.

Stamp Sets: A Rose is a Rose, For Your Birthday.

Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Patterned Papers and stickers from Sweet Nothings Simply Scrappin Kit.

Inks: Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Kiwi Kiss.

Accessories: Craft Knife, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Dazzling Diamonds, Dimensionals.

While I was taking a photo of this card, one of my lovely four legged helpers, Catey, decided to “help”!  I thought you would like to see her too 🙂

In reality, she probably just wanted to sit on my lap and purr, which she likes to do a lot, but it does make it very hard to stamp and make cards etc with her there!  But she is a lovely girl!

Anyway, back to Sweet Nothings, I am making it my own personal challenge to see how many things I can make from one Simply Scrappin Kit, although I will be supplementing it with some cardstock, but using as many of the papers and stickers to make a lot of different projects.  So stay tuned, and lets see what else I can come up with. 🙂 

Hope you are all having a lovely, relaxing Sunday.


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!

Beautiful Butterfly

This beautiful butterfly is just one example of some embossing that I will be teaching at one of my upcoming classes. Please see my upcoming events page if you would like to know more.

Stamp Sets: Natural Beauty, Three Thoughts

Cardstock: Close to Cocoa,Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Watercolour Paper, DSP from Round Up Simply Scrappin’ Kit.

Inks:  Chocolate Chip, Versamark, Really Rust, Sage Shadow.

Accessories: Vintage Brads, Mat Pack and Piercing Tool, Scallop Circle punch (for the inverted corners), sponge, clear embossing powder and heat tool.

Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990-2009 Stampin’ Up!

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!

Brag Book in a Box

This brag book is one I made for my sister-in-law Lorraine.  Lorraine was meant to be coming to visit us last week, but had to stay home as the bushfires in Victoria were only about 1 kilometer from her front door.  Our thoughts are with all of those in the Mirboo North area who lost their homes, fortunately Lorraine still has her home, although they have not been given the all clear yet.  News reports of heavy rain in the area have been incorrect, they received only a few spots of rain and they are still in danger of the fire turning if the winds pick up again.

This brag book is made using one of Stampin’ Up!’s Simply Scrappin’ kits.  These kits are great if you want to have lots of co-ordinating papers and stickers, everything matches beautifully making it so easy to make beautiful scrapbook pages, brag books and cards, and there is enough in each pack to make heaps of things.  I think I might give myself a challenge of seeing just how many I can make out of one kit! 🙂

Stamp Sets: Simple Delights

Cardstock: Confetti White, Chocolate Chip, and cardstock, patterned papers and stickers from Simply Scrappin’ Kit Round Up.

Inks: Chocolate Chip.

Accessories: Scallop Punch, Word Window Punch, Vintage Brads.

Artwork by Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990 – 2009 Stampin’ Up!