Friday, 5 May 2017

Gate Fold Cards

Last week I did a class on gate fold cards.  It was great!

I chose a simple gate fold layout with the opening in the centre front, and a "belly band" closure with an embellishment on the front.

The ladies really enjoyed themselves.  To keep them rolling, I challenged them to make at least one more over the next few days.  With their permission, I'm sharing them here.

Please note they are all different brands of products.  I don't have a supply list, and because I'm an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I can't endorse other products.

But I would like to encourage you to get all your craft goodies out and have a play!
By Gayle

By Avril

By Avril

By Avril

By Avril

By Avril

By Avril

By Avril

By Avril

By Avril

And here's a couple of mine with some left over DSP.

I hope you'll see some ideas here that you can use.  Here's the dimensions to make this style of card:

Base Card
21cm x 14.8cm – essentially half a piece of A4
Score at 5.25cm from each end (in landscape view)

Mat – 4.75cm x 14.3cm
DSP – 4.25cm x 13.8cm

Belly Band
23cm x 3.8cm
Score at 6cm from each end


10.4cm x 3.3cm.  Cut 2 if you want to decorate the front and back

Happy Stamping!



Wednesday, 19 April 2017

April Card Making Class - Gate Fold

Next week's April card making class will focus on a gate fold style of card.

We'll be playing with the Oh So Succulent suite of products from the current Occasions catalogue.

Here's a sample

The Designer Series Paper has some lovely colours:  Calypso Coral, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, Sweet Sugarplum, Old Olive and Whisper White.

The patterns are lovely, with some small detailed and repetitive, like stripes and plaid, while others are soft and floral, echoing the designs of the succulents in the stamp set and framelits (bundle and save $).

If you'd like to join the class on Friday 28 April at 10:30am, please email me.  Space is limited so don't delay!

Click here if you'd like to order Stampin' Up! products.

Thanks for stopping by.
Happy crafting.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Onstage 2017 Swaps

Last weekend I attended our Onstage Local event at Luna Park in Sydney.
I decided 3 days out that I'd do some swaps, so I set about making a quick bookmark using the beautiful Flourish Thinlits, the Stitched Shapes Framelits and the Layering Circles Framelits.

As usual, it was a production line cutting all the pieces to get ready to assemble.

Those flowers took me ages to do because I made black ones for the front, and cut out the coloured ones for the back - 4 flowers per bookmark, 30 bookmarks.  Do the math......and it's 60 times through the Big Shot!  Thank goodness for Harry Potter.  I watched 3 movies!

My top tip for attaching the flowers to the stitched shapes piece: Get an old embellishment pot (like the ones we get with buttons in them) and put a squirt of liquid glue in the bottom.  Then, using a wedge of a sponge with a bulldog clip handle, dip into the glue and dab it onto the back of the flower.  You get just the right amount of glue without any mess.  And while I love my fine-tip glue pen, it would've been way to slow in a production line task like this one.
Finally, I love the way the bright colours work with black.  And the Wink of Stella....Pow!

Finished result, front and back, packaged into bags with my recipe on the back.  Love!

Now, how about what I got in's a sampling......

This is a tealight gift box from my upline Linda Dalke.  So pretty!

This clever creation is by Vanessa Chivers who credits Gosia Mackinnon's original design.
It's a clever use of the Detailed Floral Thinlits die, containing a battery operated tea light.

And doesn't it cast a lovely shadow? Imagine a bunch of these decorating a table for a  party.

A special treat box containing chocolate easter eggs is the creation of Cath Reed.
 Love the topper using the Foxy Friends stamp set.

This One Wild Ride stamp set looks great with the Brick Wall textured embossing folder as the background.  It looks like Tanya's added some ink before running it through the Big Shot becuase it really pops.  By Tanya Kane

Who doesn't love the Stylish Lady in Beautiful You.  A touch of sparkle from the glimmer paper and the Swirly Bird Thinlits takes it up a notch too, don't you think? By Rosie Spezzano

The Lift Me Up stamp set and co-ordinating Up & Away Thinlits has some great layering oppotunities, thanks Anna Wheaton

Love the copper embossing on this card by Nerida Carter.  And how cute is that little bee? 
Scissor charm by Anna Wheaton - a close up is on my facebook page at

What a great way to showcase a monotone design.  I love everything about this card.  All that texture is so pretty.  Thanks Charmaine Andrews
By Genna Gifford.  Love how she's hand drawn the outline around the flowers and the stitching with a Rich Razzleberry marker 
This cute little holder by Fiona Bradley hold two tea bags.  It would be a nice addition to a letter for a friend.  I know, I said letter, not email, right?!
This one layer card is so effective using Timeless Texture and Balloon Adventures stamp sets,
by Deb Krupa 
By Sandra Lill.  You can't see the detail as well on the photo, but Sandra has wet the paper then added Pacific Point ink and sprinkled some rock salt over the top.  It's made a lovely background.

If there's anything there that you like and want more info, message me and I'll try to help out with the supply lists that came with each swap.

Happy stamping!

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Gift Box Punch Board

The retiring list has arrived and there's some great savings to be had.  If you'd like to see what's on the list, click here and take a peek.  But be quick, as stock is only available until sold out, and will all retire for good on 31 May - some items will sell out way before then though.

The Gift Box Punch Board is an ordinary-looking piece of plastic that gives you extraordinary results. You have to see it in action to see how easy and fun it is to make beautiful boxes! Check out this short video and you can make some like the ones we’ve created that are perfect for a birthday or to make someone special—like your mum—really feel special!

The April Host Code for online orders under $250 is FDTHRUVD.  You will receive a special thank you gift from me if your order is between $50-$250.

If your order is over $250 (thank you!) please DON’T use the host code because you will automatically earn Stampin’ Rewards.

Happy Stamping!

Monday, 30 January 2017

So In Love with So In Love!

This suite of designer series paper, stamps and die cuts from the Occasions catalogue is totally gorgeous!  It features in my February stamp camp, which still has a couple of spots left if you'd like to join us.  Check out the class page for more information


I'd love to see you there.
Happy crafting

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Occasions to "Sale-A-Brate"!

While I was on holidays, this happened!
That's right, the new Occasions Catalog is in full swing, and being January that means Sale A Bration is here as well.  And that means FREE STUFF!

Head on over to my Stampin' Up! store to see all the goodies.  I haven't received my stash yet, but I will be playing along here as soon as I do.

Meanwhile, check out the calendar on my class page and book in for your craft fix in 2017.

Happy stamping

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Online Extravaganza Sale - Oh My Craft!

To purchase these amazing discounted products before the promotion ends, visit my online store here.

There are so many gorgeous items that you'll want to make a list......

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Stitched from the Heart

How cute are these Framelits?!

And we get to buy them early.........starting now!

But the really cool thing is that there are some current stamp sets in both the Annual and Holiday Catalogues that are a whopping 25% off till the end of November.....woo hoo!

Check them out......

So, get yours today by heading over to my Stampin' Up! store here.
If you're shopping in November, please use Host Code A7VTHE9S

Happy stamping :)


Saturday, 12 November 2016

Watercolour Words Stamp Set

This gorgeous photopolymer set features in my November technique class.  What's photopolymer? It's a transparent material that makes is easy to line up images for creating unique stamped projects.

I love this set because it is suitable for a lot of different occasions with it's different sentiments.  The font is really lovely, and it has a watercolour feel even when you simply stamp it with ink.

But by adding watercolouring to the images - especially the flowers, you can create something really eye catching - and that's what you'll learn in my class.  Visit the class page for more information.

And while I've got you here, take a closer look at the picture.  This is the cover of the stamp set box that you get when you purchase these stamps.  It shows you which are the best blocks to use with the stamps and this makes gathering supplies so much easier.

So, there you have it, another gorgeous stamp set from Stampin' Up!  Please email me to join in the class, but be quick, there's only a couple of spots left.
Happy Crafting
Karen x

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Open House!

The annual release of the retiring list signals the end of some of our favourite products.

Come along to my Open House on Saturday 23 April between 10am - Noon.

We'll have a cuppa and a biscuit and send these products off in style.

Bring your catalogue and you will be able to see some of the retiring products and samples if you'd like to order anything before they're going....going......GONE!

If you can't make it on Saturday and would like to order, you can do so on my website here.
Please use Host Code ZMA6WVCY.

Happy crafting

Monday, 18 April 2016

Lego Birthday Invitations

I'm happy with the way these turned out. 
Primary colours are easy to use and with Lego as the theme it couldn't be simpler. The blocks were made using a 1 1/4" square punch and a 1/2" circle punch. I used Stampin' Up!'s letter and number dies.  The "is" was made by inking up the word with a marker - it's from a saying stamp that's long-since retired.

I also decorated the envelopes because You should never have a plain envelope!

Now, I'm off to make my shopping list so I'm ready when the Retiring List is released tomorrow. 
Happy crafting