Sunday, May 24, 2009


June 3rd Class

My next class will be held on June 3rd Wednesday in Gordon
Time: 10am or 7.30pm
Contact me on Ph: 02 6294 8734 / Mobile: 0416 420 852 or email me

May 28th Class
My recruit Ellen is holding a class on the evening of May 28th at 7.30pm at her place in Conder. Cost is $15 and you will be making 3 items
Contact Ellen on Ph: 02 6294 0869 / Mobile: 0421 609 953 or email her

Saturday, May 23, 2009

USA Memorial Day May 26 2009 Blog Hop Tour

The tour has ended but the links are still up at the end of this post,
 feel free to browse through them at your leisure.

I came across these websites that you may want to view
or choose not to that remind me of
Memorial Day.

(the above is very sad and made me cry the whole way through)

(the wife of a serving commander who deals with daily
living while her husband is away and makes some
awesome scrapbook layouts)

These are my cards I made in honour of 
that I will be sending to a serving Hero/Heroess 
somewhere in a war torn region which is sponsored by 

Stamps: Circle Circus, Warm Words
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Pacific Point
Paper: Night of Navy, Riding Hood Red, 
Kraft, Whisper White
Accessories: Whisper White, Night of Navy 
and Real Red grosgrain ribbons

I chose the Circle Circus Stampin' Up! stamp set
which is exclusive to the Australian market
This particular stamp has dots that make
up the circle. 
Like the armed forces each
dot represents a person who all work 
together to make it all happen.

Why am I participating in this US Memorial Day 
BlogHop Tour you may ask? 

My husband is a medically retired 
US Navy 2nd Class Petty Officer. 

I have always felt a connection to the 
Men and Women from all countries who selflessly
give up their lives to help try and save our world.
 They devote their lives and family 
making it a better place for us to live in.

I try and contribute in any way
to make their lives, during their service, happier.
My contribution is to make a card and 
enclose a letter to boost morale. 
I also make extra cards so the Men and Women 
of the armed forces can send
to a loved one back home.

My brother serves in the 

My future cousin-in-law is also serving in the 

Read all about how they feel when they receive our cards here, 
as you can see they truly appreciate all our efforts.

When the Australian troops were first sent over to Iraq
I also sent letters and cards and the feedback I got
showed how much they appreciated that folks back
home cared enough about them to take the time to create 
or write to them, it made their sacrifice and 
commitment all the more bearable.

The card above was made for a female
and the card below is made for a male

The tour starts 

12noon Saturday May 23, 2009 in US/Pacific converts to
5am Sunday May 24, 2009 in Australia/NSW

To see the next card on this blog tour, hop on over to 
She's used an awesome watercolour technique.
There will be a link from Lisa's blog to the next
blog. There are over 100 blogs participating.
The beginning of the tour starts here.

(click on the above paragraph to find out why)

Cards that are needed the most are:
and of course CHRISTMAS CARDS will be needed soon

If the BlogHop gets stuck along the way 
the blogs listed below are
taking part

  1. A Country Life, Keri
  2. The Paper Spa, Paula
  3. The Thrifty Scrapper, Tereza
  4. A Life Unrehearsed, Bonnie Rose
  5. Peachy Papercrafting, Martha
  6. Sideoats & Scribbles, Lisa
  7. My World, Shari
  8. Hero Club Blog, Hero Club Blog
  9. Jennifer McGuire Ink, Jennifer
  10. Tattered Tiara, Lisa
  11. The Wired Angel, Peggy
  12. Merry's Musings, Nora
  13. Just Dandy, Melissa
  14. There's No Place Like Gnome, Chris
  15. Prima, Prima
  16. Lilacs and Lupines, Karen
  17. K's Card Creations, Kathryn
  18. Riverview Stamper, Monica
  19. Kasmello is Scrappin, Kas
  20. Amy Catalogna, Amy
  21. Secret Agent Stamper, Anita
  22. I Like Markers, Marianne
  23. It's A Colourful World, Sandy
  24. Thinking Inking, Debbie
  25. My Little Inkspot, Lisa
  26. Diary of a Crazed Redhead, Sherene
  27. KJ's Stamp Pad, Kelly
  28. Understand Blue, Lydia
  29. Card and Page, Windy
  30. Welcome to My World, Erin
  31. Confessions of a Craft Addict, Sandy
  32. My Scrapbox, Donna
  33. The Chatty Stamper, Dawn
  34. Simon Says, Simon Says Stamp!
  35. Welcome to My World, Lisa
  36. Sweet Paper Treats, Karrie
  37. All Sam's Idea, Samantha
  38. There is a Stamp for That, Rebecca
  39. Crazy About Scrap'n, Laurie
  40. Papers & Polkadots & Paints, Susan
  41. My Craft Central, Tammy
  42. Vintage Papers, Nancy
  43. Deckle Dana, Dana
  44. Adorn It, Georgana
  45. In CASE You Missed It, Angela
  46. Paper Fun by Lysa, Lysa
  47. Creating for a Cause, Fabre
  48. Society of Stamp- and Scrap-aholics, Deborah
  49. SB Artist: Painting in the Dark, Susan
  50. Salon d'Arte, Susan
  51. SMB Design, Susan
  52. Bits & Pieces, Cathy
  53. Bethie J's Blog, Beth
  54. I am Dreaming of Castles, Lyneen
  55. Whispers and Wishes, Kaere
  56. Axes Designs, Magdelena
  57. The Profound Brunette, Melissa
  58. My Scrapbook Life, Corinna
  59. Dapple Designs, Tami
  60. Rusty Pickle, Rusty Pickle
  61. Imagination Starts Here, Tamatha
  62. Oh Bumble is Me, Margarita
  63. Finding the Joy in Each Day, Laura
  64. Stamp your Heart Out with Carollee, Carollee
  65. Scrap Happie, Sarabeth
  66. Chelsea's Creative Corner, Chelsea
  67. Creating Treasures, Tereza
  68. Firecracker Designs, Pamela
  69. Libby's Little Addiction, Libby
  70. Sunflower Studio, Leigh
  71. {2H Design}, Lauren
  72. Life on Altadena Avenue, Shelly
  73. Scrap Therapy, Dana
  74. Purple Princess, Tara
  75. Nichol Magouirk, Nichol
  76. MB, Melanie
  77. Amy Teets Designs, Amy
  78. That I Would Be Good, Deena
  79. Patty's Flickr Site, Patty
  80. Delovely Scrapbooks, Melissa
  81. Lucy's Cards, Lucy
  82. Simply Scrapping, Sarah
  83. The Blog of One Happy Mama, Kristina
  84. "Bill is Home", Kimber
  85. Wee Inklings, LeAnne
  86. Eva Marina Scraps, Eva
  87. Rainbow Crafter, Lida
  88. Life is Beautiful, Megan
  89. Oh Scrap!, Joscelyne
  90. Scrap Creations, Regina
  91. Inkerbelle, Isabelle
  92. Scrappin Out Loud, Angi
  93. This Little Card of Mine, Jana
  94. Back to Allen, Lisa
  95. Cards and Coffee, Anita
  96. Paper Grace, Lisa
  97. Jan's Art Friendzy, Jan
  98. However Although Thus Several Several, Mandy
  99. Kodiak Stamper, Cindy
  100. Stampin for the Soul, Pamela
  101. It's Me, KP!, Kelly
  102. Untamed, Sandra
  103. Pagemaster Designs Online, Michelle
  104. Wandering Star, Susan
  105. Scrappin Everyday Life, Stacy
  106. Art is My Sunshine, Brit
  107. Scrappin Along, Lucia
  108. Read, Write, Create, Lynsey
  109. Stampin with Blythe, Blythe
  110. Creating…My Style, Judy
  111. Tales from the Laughing Llama, Lianna
  112. Stamped Smiles, Vicki
  113. Stamping With Denise and Whimsy Stamps, Denise
  114. The Weekend Stamper, Kelly
  115. Kelli Stamps 4 U…and U can 2!, Kelli
  116. My Time, My Creations, My Stampendence, Lauren
  117. My Life in Collage, Mou
  118. Oodabug Alley, Charmaine
  119. Stamping Is My Therapy, Charlotte
  120. Creating Every Day, Suz
  121. I Just Wanted to Say…, Liza
  122. Pretty Pressings, Claudia
  123. Crafty Thoughts, Cathy
  124. Loni's Blog, Loni
  125. A Life So Simple, Heather
  126. Addicted to Creating, Christy
  127. Stamping Up a Storm, Bridget
  128. Splendiferous Creations, Lisa
  129. A Little of My Life, Anam
  130. Scrapbook Calls , Anam
  131. Greetings from Bufordsburg, Kathy
  132. The Crap that Goes On in My Life, Bethany
  133. All Things Alicia, Alicia
  134. Tartan Magnolia, Kay
  135. Dawn…A New Day, Dawn
  136. Homefront Blog, CFH
Latecomer List...these aren't part of the daisy-chain of the hop, but we don't want you to miss out on these!
  1. New on Monday: Hero Arts Challenge!!!
  2. Capture & Create, Ali Edwards
  3. The Classroom, Ellen Hutson
  4. Unity Stamp Co, 30% off SALE!
  5. Bits & Pieces, Cathi Zielske
  6. Stamping by Rachel, Rachel
  7. My Life with My Love Bugs, Christina
  8. Encouraging Impressions, Sarah
  9. Sea Garden, Seongsook
  10. Crafting in Croatia, Nina
  11. Karen Pedersen, Karen
  12. LMac's Catered Crop, Linda
  13. Blondins Blog, Sue
  14. Andi's Perfect Gravy, Andi
  15. Tilting at Windmills, Teresa
  16. Stamp Studio H, Holie
  17. Expressions by DA, Darlene
  18. Hooked on Stamping, Helen
  19. Troop support article, Beth
  20. CR8IVE ME, Maryellen
  21. Stampin with Serendipity, Pam

other Memorial Day cards I have seen

If you have designed a Memorial Day card 
and would like to be linked from this page, 
and I will link it to your blog

Laycock Designs made my signature

................coming up 10,000 visitor blog candy

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Blog Candy-Flower Pot cards-Embrace Life set


54 - L'Helene

43 - Ruth Fok

48 - Carol Jeffery


please email me with your snail mail address so I can send out your winner prizes. 

Well wasn't that an awesome tour, 
if you didn't get a chance to see it, click on the tour page
and you can see what my designs were.

The links are gone for this tour, 
so I hope you bookmarked all your favorites. 
Our next tour will be July 27 and 28.
It will coincide with the launch of the yearly US Ideas Book Catalog, 
so be sure to stop back here in July for updates!

Now for Blog Candy, this is the first time I am offering it,
we recently had a Stampin' Up! Convention right
here in Canberra, Australia on May 1-2 and was it 
AWESOME or what!!!

I picked up some goodies from Memento Mall,
these items are exclusive to Convention, so 
you get a chance to win something from the stash below.
You could live anywhere in the world and are
eligible to play, you won't know what you've won,
it will turn up in the mail, how cool is that.

All you have to do is enter comments on this page only and
you will be eligible to be in the draw, 
I will pick 3 winners and they will also 
receive one of the cards below.
P.S. you don't need to own a blog to be able to play,
you just need to be able to email me when you have won.

Go right to the bottom of this update and click on COMMENTS
only comments appearing on this page will qualify.

You have until Wednesday May 20th midnight to enter your comments. 
I have taken into consideration the time zone factor so it will be 
Thursday for me that I will draw the winner.

You will then contact me via email with your postal address
by Friday May 22, if I do not get an email from the 
winners by May 23, Saturday I will redraw.

Stamp Set: Embrace Life, Friendly Words Jumbo wheel
Inks: Perfect Plum, Kiwi Kiss
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Perfect Plum
Accessories: Whisper White 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, 
Dazzling diamonds on flower stamens
I got the idea for the imitation ribbons
from Sandi Maciver, she used the
small and large oval punches to make them.

Stamp Set: Embrace Life, Friendly Words Jumbo wheel
Inks: Perfect Plum, 
Paper: Pretty In Pink, Whisper White, Perfect Plum
Accessories: Pretty In Pink 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, 
Dazzling diamonds on flower stamens

Stamp Set: Embrace Life, Curly Label
Inks: Perfect Plum, Kiwi Kiss
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Perfect Plum
Accessories: Dazzling diamonds on flower stamens

.....a side note, I am pretty blown away by how many visitors I've had in the last 2 weeks, over 9000 visitors, I didn't know my little boring blog was viewed by so many. So to reward you all I am going to have more blog candy when I reach 10,000 visitors and I am going to put everyone who has commented throughout my blog, those that subscribe and all the followers into my draw for some more awesome prizes...who knows it might be vegemite for those that live abroad LOL

Friday, May 15, 2009

Stampin' Up Blog Tour #6 Stop #2

Welcome to the May 15th & 16th Blog Tour # 6, Stop #2
This tour features 22 stops!
Each blog will show case a beautiful project using items from Stampin' Up!'s
Spring-Summer 2009 Ideas Book & Catalogue.

Don't forget to bookmark your favourite blogs

as the links that make up this tour will disappear at

12 midnight Saturday May 16, 2009 in US/Eastern or
2 p.m. Sunday May 17, 2009 in Australia/Canberra

(I used Time Zone Converter to get the above)

My chosen stamp set is Fifth Avenue Floral

The above card is a favourite design I have seen all over the net
and I have been fortunate enough to get one as a swap at
our convention last week .
You will find the original card I cased here
I got the idea of the imitaion ribbon
things from Sandi MacIver, she used the
small and large oval to do that

My next card is a design and colour outside of my comfort zone.
I challenged myself to create inside and outside my comfort zone
and I'm pretty pleased with this one.

The inspiration for these cards came from Sandi MacIver
run on over to her blog she has some awesome ideas
that never fails to amaze me. Sandi is also a good friend.
That I had the privilege to meet in person for the first

Also inspiring me with this technique is Patty Bennett
she has some amazing designs too and a tutorial she made.

Crystal French from Denver is the originator of this technique,
I wish I had her blog or email to link to this.

Come back on Monday and I will add full details of the techniques,
recipes and links to the tutorials for the above cards,
right now I want you to enjoy the tour and bookmark
your favourites before the links disappear.


 Big Suitcase

I hope you enjoyed the Blog Tour of May 15 & 16th
I had a great time looking over all the blogs and getting
ideas to boost my mojo when it's lost (don't you get that sometimes?).
This tour consists of Tours 5, 6, 7 and the following
demonstrators participated
Tour 5

Tour 6
Tour 7