Mini Tutorials, Technique

DYI Varicolour Ink Pad

Sound interesting huh! i had some fun making my own DYI Varicolour Ink Pad using a baby wipe, some reinkers and a plastic tray.

DYI Varicolour pad (800x677)

So here it is! I folded up a couple of baby wipes and placed them on a plastic tray. This is important because the ink WILL make its way through the wipe with use. I learnt this the hard way but did manage to get the ink off the table top : )

Next add drops of various colours of reinker  on the wipes in a random pattern trying not to leave any gaps in the middle.

Then stamp! When you have finished with it throw it away or you could try popping it in a snaplock bag for next time?????

DYI Varicolour sample (763x800)

Here is what it can look like when you stamp with it. I tried using a roller with it too.

DYI Variclour roller sample (800x589)

Pretty cool huh! Tomorrow I will show you what I did with the bottom sample……

Cards - Birthday, Cards - General, Cards - Get Well and Sympathy, Mini Tutorials, Simply Scored

Simply Scored Cards Plus Bonus

Better grab a coffee boys and girls cos this is gonna be a long one!!

 Right are you all set? Today is the first day of the new Autumn Mini Catalogue which is full of brand new goodies!! You can view a copy online by clicking the picture in the right hand column or Email me! to get a paper copy.

I am going to showcase my favourite new tool the Simply Scored Scoring Tool!

This card uses a brand new punch too, the Blossom Punch( 125603 $41.59 on page 21) It even has a matching stamp set. Look at the beautiful even score lines in that background!

This time I used the Simply Scored Scoring Tool to create Scored frames both on the card and on a frame I slipped partially behind darling Tess. I used one of three new Designer Series Paper packs – Attic Boutique ( 125407 $22.95 on page 17) – to make the flowers and background inside the frame of the card. We also got some fab new  Texture Impressions Embossing Folders called Adorning Accents  – 125601 on page 9 –  I used a scalloped one on another piece of the Attic Boutique paper and then hand cut around it although there is a coordinating  Adorning Accents Edgelits dies set that will cut it with a tiny scalloped edge on the scallops. Sorry, bad explanation so you will just have to look at the Mini to see what I mean!

This last card is a really fun one with lollipops on it. I have again used the Simply Scored Scoring Tool to make a grid pattern background also to make a border on the Whisper White cardstock matting the Baja Breeze embossed strip. Yes that is  another of the embossing folder borders in the set. Its a set of 3 for $20.50 so not bad value at all. The cute paper is from another of the new DSP packs – Sweet Shop 125408 on page 23 which is $29.95 It is  a specialty pack and features some embossed papers including the heart one Ive used here.

Did you notice the “bite” out of the lollipop?? Before I cut the sticks I scored in a line to give them a slightly raised look, which is a bit hard to see in the photos, and then cut the strips.

And now for the bonus just because Im an awesome person : ) and very modest too you know I have created a 4 page PDF of  info, tips and pics to help you get the most from your Simply Scored Scoring Tool. I havent gone into making boxes at all but have lots of ideas for how to make background papers, including diagonal ones and frames so click here to download your copy. I hope its helpful. Of course if you would like to order your own Simply Scored Scoring  Tool  feel free to give me a ring or Email me! to place your order.

PS if you would like to have an In Home workshop for you and some of your friends to try out some of the new product then now is a great time to book!!

Cards - General, Mini Tutorials, Technique

More Sweet Summer Inspiration


This is another card I made using the shimmer paint I coloured with  Peach Parfait and Concord Crush. I also got to use my new Elegant Lines Textured Impressions embossing folder too. I tried a wee trick I had seen which worked but I think would be better with thinner ribbon. Take a look at this

I added a strip of ribbon across the card and tucked the ends behind then formed a “bow” loop.

Then its as simple as punching a hole where you want the centre of your bow to be, popping the brad over your “bow” loop and feeding the legs of the brad through the ribbon strip and the hole. Open out the legs and attach the card piece to your card layers and front. Pretty simple eh! and it makes such a tidy bow.

Mini Tutorials, Technique

Make the Most of your Mask

Ever heard of masking?? It’s a great technique to know and I often use it. I made some “designer paper” using this technique  which I will show you how to do. It is a simple paper but you can make it as complex as you wish.

 All you need are some stamps, sticky notes, ink pads  and cardstock.

Choose which image or images you want to be the main feature and stamp those onto the Sticky notes so that when you cut around the image there is some of the sticky on the back of it. This will be your mask.

Next stamp your main images where you want them.

Now your ready to stamp on the filler images. Place the mask over one main image at a time. And stamp away moving the mask (or making more than one) to cover each main image until all the paper is covered 

And when your finished it could look like this

Now you can add finishing touches like colouring parts of it or adding sparkle or Crystal effects to gloss over some bits.

P.S I used the branchie stamp from Sweet Summer, the new SAB set, and the heart from Priceless for this paper. Remember Sweet Summer is only available for limited time and you can only get yours by placing  a $120 or by hostessing an in home workshop with sales of $700 or more.Email me!

to find out more

Christmas, Mini Tutorials

Ornament custom top card

Done in Real Red and Certainly  Celery this  is the third of my swap cards using  Contempo Christmas  Stamp Set. This is a side fold card made from  half of an A4 piece. Stamp and punch out ornaments and arrange along top edge and then cut along card (front and back) to match silhouette. Stamp out another set of ornaments and match to the back of ornaments on the INSIDE of the card. I used the Paper Piercer to outline the bottom edge of the row of ornaments on the front of the card. Tie ribbon and add another stamped punched ornament with knotted ribbon bow popped up with Dimensionals. Stamp Sentiment on front and inside. Stamp an ornament on the inside lower corner too.

Cards - Birthday, Cards - Get Well and Sympathy, Mini Tutorials, Paper Flowers, Punch Art

Inaugural South Pacific Punch Art Blog Hop!!!

Hello and welcome to the Inaugural South Pacific Punch Art Blog Hop!!!
We are a bunch of Stampin Up demonstrators from New Zealand and Australia who love our Stampin Up punches. We have gotten together to showcase a selection of the punches you can purchase from Stampin Up. We know we will inspire you and encourage you to use those punches in new and beautiful ways. Please leave a comment and let us know what you think to go in the draw to win some yummy scrummy punch art blog candy (offer not available to SU demos).

This is gonna be a long one so grab yourselves a cuppa if you havent already and prepare to be AMAZED! Mildly Wow-ed would be OK too. LOL

With any luck you arrived here from the incredibly talented Clare Mcilhatton so you will be right into the swing of things.

I have chosen 4 punches yes FOUR! Scallop Square 119884 and all of our hearts, Small Heart 117193 , Full Heart 119883 and Heart to Heart 119881

So lets start off with the Scallop Square. I’m going to share a few nifty tricks to get more from your punch

Stamp first and then with your punch upside down line it up diagonally over the words to centre them. Punch, then just snip off the top and bottom. Pop a brad in the “bubble” at each end and you have a classy wee label

Extend the Scallop Square by joining two together to make it wider.

A mini Word Window again stamp before you punch. Check it out on the card with the bust babe below.

I seem to have had a bit of a thing going with paper flowers of late  so here are a few more. The marigolds are made from the Small Heart, the Camellia and Cosmos from the Full Heart. All of the flowers centres are created using flowers from Boho Blossoms Punch. Over the next few days I will share the projects I have made with them and if you ask very nicely in the comments section HOW to make them too.

Each petal is half of a small heart! The trick is to colour the pointy end of each petal and then when they are all stuck in place and dry, the tweaking with tweezers. I used a toothpick and Tombo Mono multi glue which I just squeezed out onto a bit of scrap paper so I could pick up tiny bits for each petal. Each flower is formed onto a base of either a small circle or flower  shape. To shape the petals, fold the side of each petal up and then a quick sideways tweak in the centre. the central flower is snipped in towards the centre a little between each petal and then tweaked down the centre of each petal.

The White background for this card is embossed with the Petals-A-Plenty embossing folder. The leaves are from the two-step bird punch and to mimic Marigold leaves I have snipped in along one edge to make them feathery.

I made the camellia with the Full Heart. I used the hearts whole, shaping and curling the tops  over and then a firm tweak with the tweezers to add a crease down the centre of each heart. The middle of the flower is made up of 3 of the multi pointed flowers from the  Boho Blossoms Punch. I just snipped in almost to the middle lots of times in each petal then mounted them on top of each other to get the fluffy look.

The “Clematis”/”Cosmos” flower is made from the Full Heart cut in half. The ends were randomly trimmed with the Scallop Square to give the tattered look to the edge. Then it was just lots of tweaking with the tweezers to shape the cardstock.

This is my first Top Note Box  I used the gorgeous Sunny garden DSP to create a patchwork top and used the extended Scallop Square sentiment I showed you earlier.

Side view you can see the Vintage Vogue swag along the box and the added dimensions of the flower.

Last but not least here is my sister’s Birthday Card.  I managed to use all three heart punches for this one. Happy Birthday Sis! and as the card says “Call me when its time for cake!” that’s  the little mini Word Window I showed you up above which I mounted on two leftover bits of Scallop Square. The post of the sign is another mini word window!

P.S just a note to all you blog readers out there cos I would hate for you to be under any false impressions.  Although I represented the sentiments on the card as from me I am not nor have I ever been a Busty Blonde Babe! Just so we are clear on that.

Here is a pic of all the bits you need to make my lovely lady

To enter for the Blog candy Prize you must comment on each blog post and then Email Clare! with your full name by 10 am Friday 5th November when she will draw a random name as the winner!

Just in case you get lost here are all the bloggers in order. But right now you are off to visit Pauline Bennets Happy Hopping

1. Karen Southwell –  www.kareniescrafts.blogspot.com

2. Carol-Ann Torrie  http://queen-of-scraps.blogspot.com

3  Sally Williams          http://www.sallycancraft.com/

4   Julia Leece –                    http://www.juliascards.blogspot.com/

5    Amy                                  http://ladybugsanddaisychains.blogspot.com/

6   Melissa Davies                   http://beedevinedesigns.blogspot.com/

7  Michelle Dyson                   http://www.stampinkpaper.blogspot.com

8     Clare Mcilhatton               http://craftycowcreations.blogspot.com/

9      Lisa Bullock                     https://daffyscrapper.wordpress.com

10   Pauline Bennetts –       http://paulinebennetts.com/stampede/

11  Tia Routledge                   http://craftingwithtia.weebly.com/my-blog.html

12  Emma Kirton                 http://www.emmakirton.blogspot.com/

13 Angie Jones                      http://angiescraftfusion.blogspot.com/

14 Andrea Buckland        http://creatingcardswithandrea.blogspot.com

15   Steph Gray                        http://stampinsteph.wordpress.com/


Mini Tutorials, Paper Flowers, Punch Art

Left over circles into pretty flowers

If you had a go at the roses from my last post you will have had some punched out circles left over. Well I hate wasting things so I make them into a more stylised looking rose/flower.

First of all you need to cut your circle like one of those snake coils we used to make and hang from the ceiling as kids. Ok for those of you who had a sheltered childhood see the picture below.

Have fun ladies I would love to see some of your creations so feel free to email me a pic

Gift, Mini Tutorials, Punch Art

Punch Art Hutch Dresser

A very uninspired title today but Ive got a cold and I feel yucky! Luckily I think what I have to show you is a little more inspiring. I signed up for this recipe swap thing and so I needed a place to write my recipes. I made myself a wee 6X6 album but what to put on the front? I didnt have an suitable stamps BUT I had just made a little something else. I cant show you that yet as it was for an ATC swap and hasnt made it to its recipients yet. Rest assured when it does I will show you that too.

Theres what I came up with for the cover

An old fashioned Hutch Dresser. Ive always wanted one of these and I even have a blue and white tea service I could put on it. Really theres not a lot of punch art in this but I think it counts. The door panel, legs and top rail were all created with the Curly Label punch. The door knob and top rail decoration were stamped using the heart from Short and Sweet ad the punched out with the smallest heart on the Heart to Heart Punch. The plates and bowls were stamped with the flowers from the Tag in  Cottage Garden which I coloured with a marker so as to only get the flowers.  The punch was a 3/4″ Circle and for the bowls I just trimmed to shape. The base of the Cupboard was 2 1/2″ wide  X 3 1/2″ high and the top section 2″ wide  X 2 1/4″ high. I used the eyelet border to add a wee table runner accent. I added strips to the top section for sides and shelves and rounded the top corners on both sections. Each piece was inked in a darker shade to better define it. I added Crystal Effects to the hearts, plates and bowls to give them a ceramic kind of look.

A little touch of old fashioned living! Have a great Day