Card Challenge.

While I was in Canberra at the SU Convention – I met a lovely lady by the name of Marelle Taylor.  After talking to her I have been really inspired to try some new things.  I also have been looking at her Blog and her work quite a bit too.

Recently she posted a Challenge.  It was to take a layout from the Catalogue and have a go at Creating your own thing from it….so this is what I did.


So this is my version of the Card that is on Page 49 of the 2009 – 2010 Ideas Book & Catalogue.

I have another too.  But this is one from Page 21 of the 2008-2009 Ideas Book & Catalogue.  DSC04547-1


It’s My Birthday today……

So I thought I’d share the hand made cards I have been given.


From Nadine & Rob (so that would be me in the middle)


From Michelle &  Family (see I got Diamonds)


From Janet & Family (and flowers)


From Kim & Family (and secret notes)


From Tanya Kitto – AKA the Birthday Fairy from ESAD (An Australian SU Demonstrator Group)….. (And truck loads of gifts).


From Sarah (And lots of Love too).

So have you worked out how old I am yet? 

I’ve had a lovely day with heaps of surprises….the sun was out and Sarah and I pottered around together.  She helped me to fill the Tea Bag Jar, refill the toilet rolls and do some gardening.   Then when Neil got home we had Chocolate.  So a pretty perfect day.

Card Classes

Memo Block Class

Tonight the Girls came over to play with some Memo Blocks. 

Firstly we stamped on the Blocks and teamed them up with a Beaded Pen.  As you can see there were quite a variety of colours and patterns.


Jenny said – it was a fabulous night had by all.

Then we used a Selection of Designer Series Papers to make a box for the Memo Blocks.  Don’t they look great!


Janet said….they were quick and easy.

Michelle said – Once you’ve got the folding done – it’s easy.  A Good Gift Idea.

Card Classes

New Stamp Sets

With the NEW 2009 – 2010 Stampin’ Up! Catalogue having just come out in April – AND having just attended the Stampin’ Up! Convention in Canberra…I’ve got a few new things to play with – Stamp Sets, DSP, In-colours and punches.

So I decided my first class in May would involve using some of my newly aquired products.

These are the Cards we made.DSC04437-1

This Card uses Pocket Silhouettes and the Holiday Treasures DSP.  This is a very versatile and cost effective Stamp Set.  I’m really enjoying playing with this Set.

Card:  Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White.

Ink: Chocolate Chip

Accessories:  Old Olive Ribbon, Small Oval Punch.



I love these colours.  They are the new In-colours.  The Pacific Point Blue is so beautiful and vibrant.  On this Card we used a sponge to colour the Twill Tape with Kiwi Kiss Ink.

Card:  Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White.

Ink:  Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango.

Accessories:  Word Window Punch, Twill Tape, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch,  Scallop Edge Punch.

Special Thanks to AlexaFren & MamaScraper.


Not a Card….


I know this is not at card or paper craft but I wanted to share it with everyone.  Perhaps you can use it for card inspiration?

My Mum made this piece of Embroidery for me.  She made it over a period of 2 years.  It’s called Stump-work.  Mum made it for my Birthday – which is not really until the end of May but because I visited NZ recently she gave it to me early.

It’s designed by a lady from Australia – Jane Nicholas.

The Flowers & Berries are called Bittersweet – so the Plant flowers first then they turn into the Berries.  The Caterpillar actually turns into the butterfly too.DSC04203DSC04202DSC04206-1


Stampin Up! Convention 2009

Canberra was the location for the Stampin’ Up! convention this year.  And that is where I have been for the past few days.


What a blast!

There must have been at least 400 – 500 Demonstrators from all around Australia & New Zealand all together sharing what we love.  There were so many Highlights I’m not really sure where to begin.

We were all given a Beautiful Convention Bag with Pens, Pins and Paperwork inside.


We all made a selection of Cards that we swapped with each other.  This is not only a great way to add to your own card samples but also is a lovely way to meet or introduce yourself to the other Demo’s present.

These are the Swaps I put together.

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Here they all are spread out on the kitchen table before I went to Canberra


The following days were filled with wonderfully inspiring workshops – there were a range of topics all of which were designed with encouragement and creativity in mind.  There were so many ideas, card designs and techniques to take in.  Great things to sink your teeth into.  So watch this space for my interpretation of it all over the next few months.


Stampin’ Up’s Co-founder Shelli Gardner was also there.  Along with many of the US & Aussie Home Office Staff.  I really loved rubbing shoulders with Shelli as you can see in this pic.  Shelli is such a beautiful and gracious lady.  And funny too!


I was also happy to meet a lady that has been my Secret Sister for the past few months – Sue Joyce.  Sue only lives about 2 hours away from me but having sent her Happy mail for the pas few months it was great to finally meet her.


The Conference was topped off with a lovely Dinner and Awards night.  This is where NZ & Aussie Demos are recognized for their massive achievements in the SU world.  I just am blowen away by what these ladies do and achieve.  I really enjoyed meeting and talking to them too.  Here’s a pic of my Upline Sarah receiving one of her Awards.


So…I’m not sure if you can tell or not – but probably the over-rinding thing I got out of the Convention was the Friendships and Connections I made with other Demos across Australia & New Zealand.  It was just fabulous.  I’m already looking forward to the next one which is an entire year away.