Back from holidays!

Yes I have been away, having a lovely holiday with my beautiful family in Darling Harbour, Sydney.  We did have lots of fun at the aquarium, Sydney tower and heaps of other things to do and see in the area.  And although it is lovely to be home, I have to admit that now it is quite difficult to get back into the routine of everyday life.

Firstly, today is your last chance to make the most of those fantastic deals on Rhinestone brads and ribbon.  The rhinestone brads are such a great way to add a little extra bling to your cards and scrapbook pages, and at that price you can get some in each shape and colour.

Also, due to the recent announcement from Stampin’ Up! about their colour renovation, some items are starting to run low.  At this particular time there is very little Close to Cocoa cardstock left, so if you like this colour you need to contact me asap to place your order.  There will not be re-runs of colours now, so once they run out they will no longer be available.  So if you have a favourite colour that is retiring, don’t leave it too late, better to place your order early to make sure you can get it before it runs out.

And so to a card!  I have been doing some watercolouring recently and this was one of my experiments which I was quite pleased with.

Stamp Sets: Seaworthy, Fresh Cuts (greeting), Weathered Background.

Cardstock: Bordering Blue, Confetti White, Watercolour Paper.

Inks: Black Stazon, Bordering Blue, Not Quite Navy, Kiwi Kiss, So Saffron.

Accessories: Aqua Painter, Twill Tape, Small Grommets (retired).

And stay tuned for a new promotion from Stampin’ Up! for July, with more great deals.
Happy stamping,

No excuses…..

… I have just been a slack blogger! 🙂

I am going to show you a card today which I made quite some time ago, which uses the Kissing Technique (and no, you don’t need to kiss the stamp for this technique! or even worse, the ink pad!! 🙂 ), which adds some little extra detail to the image.  This particular technique is one we will cover in my Technique Stamp Club which will be starting in February.  As with all my classes, there will be limited places available so you must let me know if you are interested in joining us for this club. You will find more details about this club and other things happening in 2010 on my Stamp Club and Upcoming Events pages.


Stamp Sets: Weathered Background Stamp, A Rose is a Rose.

Cardstock: Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Whisper White.

Inks: Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Kiwi Kiss

Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Paper Snips, Paper piercing tool and mat pack, Dimensionals, Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon.

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

Father’s Day

Just a very short post today, but I thought I would share a card I made today for Father’s Day.  For those of you in different countries, we celebrate Father’s Day this coming weekend, the first Sunday in September.

I really like these colours for a male card, they are nice and earthy and masculine. It is a little hard to see in the photo, but I have used the Weathered Background stamp over the main card base to give it a little more texture and interest.

Hope you like it, and I will try to be back tomorrow with another card.

Stamp Sets: Lovely as a Tree, Weathered, Occasional Greetings.

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip.

Inks: Always Artichoke, Close to Cocoa, Versamark.

Accessories: Linen Thread, Spiral Punch, Scallop Circle Punch (to make the inverted corners), Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack, Markers

Spring Song

I have made a couple of cards recently using the new Spring Song stamp set, and thought it would be good to use it for a man’s card.  I was really pleased with the way this card turned out, that is, until I put the greeting on it, and now I am cranky because not only is it crooked but it is not centred either! 😦 must have had a bad day that day 🙂  But I thought I would post it anyway, just so that you can see that I have those days too.  He really is a cute little bird though, don’t you think?

Stamp Sets: Spring Song, Weathered Background, Occasional Greetings.

Cardstock: Basic Black, Kraft, Confetti White.

Inks: Basic Black, Versamark.

Accessories: Piercing Tool and Mat, 6.35mm Grosgrain Ribbon in Basic Black, Distressing Tool from the Cutter Kit.

Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990-2009 Stampin’ Up!

Card from the new Catalogue

Well, I am unwell again!  I don’t think I actually got over my last bought of illness, and now have a full on ‘flu.  Jamie had it last week and seems to be picking up everything going around from preschool, and of course I always seem to get everything he has – nothing like sharing it around the family!!  I am really disappointed because I had so many things that I wanted to get done over the Easter break, and now find myself spending a large part of it in bed.  However, I can’t stay in bed for long without feeling the need to get into those new stamp sets 🙂 they are just calling out to me!  So I have tried to keep it simple by CASEing (or doing an exact copy) of a card from the New Catalogue.  But typically when I try to case something, it doesn’t turn out the same!

Anyway, this is from Page 79, using the Spring Song stamp set.  I just knew I had to get this set as soon as I saw it, but this is the first chance I have had to play with it.  And with so many beautiful new stamp sets I have to admit that I am having problems deciding which one to use on any given day. 🙂 

I hope all of you have a safe and enjoyable Easter, and it’s back to bed for me!

Stamp Sets: Spring Song, Weathered Background stamp, On Your Birthday.

Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Kraft, Confetti White.

Inks: Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive.

Accessories: Markers, Colour Spritzer, Distressing Tool from the Cutter Kit, Paper snips, Chocolate Chip 1.6cm Grosgrain Ribbon, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Linen Thread, Latte Buttons.



Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990-2009 Stampin’ Up!

Uncertain Times

I found an article on our Stampin’ Up! demonstrator website today about how, in these uncertain times, many people are turning to handmade gifts, cards, tags and wrapping.  With people trying to simplify their lives and keep as much money in their pockets as possible, many are turning to projects they can make in their own homes instead of finding entertainment outside the home.  So why not join the trend?  Do you have a cupboard full of photos that you would like to organise and put into a scrapbook?  I run classes in both card making and scrapbooking, and can also show you how to make boxes, bags……… pretty much anything you want to make 🙂  I also offer free introductory workshops in your home, where I can show you and a group of your friends just how easy and cost effective it can be for you to make your own cards and gifts for your loved ones.  Please contact me on 02 62597412 or 0408639475 or send me an email at if you have any questions or would like to book in for a class or workshop.

So, on that note, here is a card I made today to send to my father-in-law in Tasmania for his birthday later this week.  I was feeling really uninspired about making a card for a man, so did a bit of blog surfing, and came across a card that I thought was perfect on Larisa’s blog, so I CASED it! 🙂  Hope you don’t mind, Larisa.  The colours are great for a male card, and all from the Earth Elements colour range. (Contact me if you would like more information on Stampin’ Up!’s clever colour combinations).

Stamp Sets:  Weathered, In The Spotlight, Three Thoughts.

Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel.

Inks: Chocolate Chip, Summer Sun, More Mustard, Really Rust, Ruby Red, Creamy Caramel.

Accessories: Sponge, Markers, Piercing Tool, Scallop Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Circle Punch, Vintage Brads.

Artwork by Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990 – 2009  Stampin’ Up!