Designer Series Paper helps Sandie get Ready For Christmas!


This weeks blog hop is all about using Stampin’ Up’s gorgeous Designer Series Paper. I have made a Christmas card which uses both the Be Merry Designer series paper and the Ready For Christmas Bundle.

I’m not giving instructions for this card as it is one of the ones we will be making at my Christmas Card class on the 28th October.  I still have a few places in my afternoon class and if demand is there I am happy to do a morning class on the same day! The class is $15 and remember every 4th class is free! Contact me if you are interested in booking in.

Now back to the DSP.  Sometimes I use this paper as a simple mat but today it has become part of the scene. One type of paper is used for wallpaper and another type for flooring.  This paper is normally $19.25 but just for the month of October you can buy three packs of DSP and get a 4th for free!

To see the paper on offer click here:

DSP Special Offer
And to shop contact me or click here:

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Now for the card! I love this one. All that is missing is some sparkle and as soon as I find my Wink of Stella I will be adding some!

Hope to see you on the 28th!


Please visit the other girls in my team to see how they have used DSP this week:






And Now For Something Completely Different…….

This year I have been avoiding the thought of Christmas like the plague. This is not at all like me. My daughter has shamed me into buying the first of my Christmas gifts and I thought I may as well wrap them. I have lots of Christmas paper but had always wanted to make my own so I thought why not?

You can get a 12 metre roll of sturdy brown paper from Kmart for $5.

I cut a section approximately a metre long and had a look through my stamp set.  I decided to go with a retired set “Visions of Santa” just because it looked like fun. I picked my colours and got myself all set up.

I first stamped all my red Santas, followed by all my green Santas and lastly my sentiment. 

Once I had this I stood back and had a look and felt that there was just too much blank space. I didn’t want anymore hairy Santa legs so I used a stamp from the Eastern Palace set to fill in any glaring gaps.

The last step was to wrap my two gifts.

This was really a quick project. From start to finish, including writing this blog took around 30 minutes. 

If you want to give it a try a little birdie tells me we will be making a sheet of paper at my all day Getting Ready for Christmas workshop on the 25th November. You will also make at least 8 Christmas gifts. You will go home with instructions so you can make more of them at home. And I will even feed you! all this for only $40.

Interestedly? Send me an email

And the finished product:

Four From One Mask

The theme for this weeks blog hop was to make four cards using one mask.  I will confess I was tired from a long day at work when I made the cards and I had a few smudge issues so I got a bit inventive to hide them!

Where to start? Step one was to cut and score two pieces of Whisper White card so I ended up with four cards. 

The next step was to cut a piece of white card slightly smaller than the card front. I then used my Big Shot and a thinlet from my Eastern Palace bundle to cut a mask in this piece of card.

Now the tricky bits! Using a small amount of adhesive or removable adhesive stick the negative of the mask on the front to one card

And the cut out piece to another card.

And then the fun part! I grabbed some stamp sets that had flowers in them and some colours I like……..

I like to mount all my stamps before I start so I can just grab them when I need them. Then you simply stamp the flowers around the border of the mask making sure to over lap the edge of the mask. 

This looks especially effective with two step stamping.  Keep stamping around the outside of the mask.  Once you are finished carefully peel off the mask. Your first two cards are almost finished…..just add a sentiment and if you were sloppy like me try to cover your smudges with some background stamping! 😝

Now you should have your two masks and two blank cards.  Carefully lay the negative mask on a card front and stamp a sentiment.  Then lift the mask and place some dimensionals on the back and pop it onto the card. 

For the last card I stamped a Watercolour Wash background, put some dimensionals on my mask and stamped a sentiment. 

I really did have a lot of fun making these easy cards.  If you would like to see what other ladies in my group did with this technique click on the links below!

Remember you can buy all the supplies used here at my shop:

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Get Free Designer Series Paper Packs!

Up until the 31st October 2017 Stampin’ Up has an awesome deal.  Buy three packs of Designer Series Paper (DSP) and get one for free!  This saves you almost $20!  The following packs are available:

Catalogue Item Description Price
Annual (p. 189) 144180 Just Add Color Specialty Designer Series Paper $21.00
Annual (p. 189) 144137 Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper $19.25
Annual (p. 189) 144118 Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper $19.25
Annual (p. 188) 144111 Be Merry Designer Series Paper $19.25
Annual (p. 188) 144163 Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper $19.25
Annual (p. 188) 144155 Coffee Break Designer Series Paper $19.25
Annual (p. 188) 144185 Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper $19.25
Annual (p. 188) 144110 Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper $19.25
Annual (p. 187) 144168 Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack $17.50
Annual (p. 187) 144193 Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack $17.50
Annual (p. 187) 144177 Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack $17.50
Holiday (p. 29) 144629 Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper $19.25
Holiday (p. 49) 144613 Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper $19.25

DSP is great for card making, scrapbooking and any type of paper craft.

All you need to do is click hers and shop away:

Or contact me to book a class in your home – you could get all the paper your heart desires for free – ask me how.



How to store those ink pads……

Until about an hour again I stored my ink pads in a Stampin’ Up storage tower. However my tower was full and I needed a new way to store them. The only alternative I had was to stop buying ink and that wasn’t going to happen! 

I searched Pinterest for ideas and tried to bribe people to make me a storage cupboard but no one wanted to help. Finally an idea popped into my head.

A quick trip to office works and I was the proud owner of 6 of these babies……

First step was to fold them all flat and find a nice thick piece of cardboard to use as a ruler. Using a Stanley knife I cut the magazine holder down to ink pad size…..

Step two is to flip it over and cut the other side down to ink pad size…..

What I now had was six smaller boxes. 

You may ask why six? Easy. One for each colour family and one for the In Colours and one from retired colours. I did underestimate how many retired pads I had so I will need to go buy one more magazine box tomorrow. They now take up far less room on my desk and I can see all my colours at once!

What am I known for?

Anyone who visits my craft room comments on how annoyingly organised it is. To be truthful sometimes I do like to hang out in there and reorganise….it’s like a hobby of its own!

My recent project has been to organise a better way to store my stamp sets and the matching thinlets. Before I undertook this task they were just slotted in next to each other on my shelf but it just looked messy to me.  For those who don’t understand her is a matching stamp and thinlet set:

When you open up the thinlet pack you get a flat card with metal shapes attached:

Generally to use thinlets you stamp an image and then using a die cut machine like a Big Shot you use the thinlet to cut it out. In the olden days we used to have to stamp an image and then fussy cut it out……this took forever! This picture shows how the thinlets are made to be perfectly matched to a stamp:

Now for my organisational method. I visit a $2 shop and buy a large magnet sheet. Sometimes you need to visit a few shops to find them. The can usually be found in the crafting section.

These sheets are adhesive backed:


I cut the sheet in half so I have enough for two stamp sets and stick one half in the inside cover of the stamp set:

The last simple step is to remove the thinlets from their packaging and sit them on the magnet strip. It is so easy and sits on the shelf so much better!

And the finished view:

Everything neat and today and in its place! Make sure to follow my blog so you get notified once a new post goes up!


Get ’em Whilst They Last!

Its that time of year again when Stampin Up clears the decks for new stock!  If there is something you have had your eye on now is the time to get it!

The quickest way to get your order is through my Stampin Up webpage:

Of course you can email me at but remember once these items are gone – they are gone so ordering directly through the website is the easiest way – plus it gets posted directly to you!

The retiring items are available here……

lease let me know if you need any help!