Is it … shabby, chic or vintage?

I have just finished my two layouts from last Saturday/Sunday classes with Delys Cram.  Have decided that this style does not come easily to me.  I think I am more of the balanced and precise school of scrapbooking (think this comes through in my cards as well).  I love seeing layouts and cards like this but when it comes time for me to use this style something in me says no, you can’t do that it is scruffy and undisciplined!  Perhaps I just need more practice and as teenagers would say - ‘loosen up’.  What do you think?

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PS:  On the health front – went to Oncology on Wednesday and they have now set up an appointment for me on the 6th July to fly down to Wellington for a PET/CT scan.  Really not looking forward to this as I know what is involved having had one previously when they sent me to Melbourne.  Hoped I wouldn’t have to do this again!  Depending on what they find they will then give me options as to what they can or can’t do.  Surgery is the main option at the moment (this would be the 7th op in as many years) but I am not making any decisions on this as I need to know what sort of surgery.  I am very, very reluctant to have a repeat of the last op, particularly if it involves having to have another ileostomy bag.  Don’t think I could handle that again.

Anyway, I’d better not jump the gun – just wait and see what eventuates after this scan.  You would think it would get easier each time, but I find it is harder to accept and deal with.

Anyway, still lots to look forward to – Regional Seminar on the 10th July so hope to see some of you there.

Deals for June - Week 4

We girls like a bit of sparkle and bling, don't we?  More importantly, we like to put it on our cards and scrapbook pages - makes just the right finishing touch. Check out this final week of June specials and stock up while you can.

The page number refers to the Idea Book & Catalogue, if you don't have your own copy the online catalogue can be viewed HERE.


Regular Price

Sale Price

Square Ice Rhinestone brads
$23.50 $14.10
Circle Ice Rhinestone brads
$23.50 $14.10
Square Fire Rhinestone brads
$23.50 $14.10

Bashful Blue 1" double-stitched grosgrain ribbon

$23.50 $12.93

Certainly Celery 5/8" grosgrain ribbon

$17.95 $10.77

You will need to place your order with me before 10 pm Monday 28th June. Shipping costs are 5% if you're happy to pick up from my place  -  otherwise 5% or $9.95 minimum delivery to your house.

Mark the date
Christmas in August - CIA is back
: Saturday August 7th 1-5pm
Where: West Harbour (NOTE this is a different location to the norm).
4 projects, 50 ladies, afternoon tea, handout & door prizes all for only $35 - plus any orders over $50 on the day receive a $10 credit to spend. Please note your place is only reserved when payment is received in full. This event is starting to fill up already so don't forget to reserve your spot.

Play Day

On Saturday all demonstrators belonging to Jacque Pedersen’s “Creative Inkers” extended group (downlines of downlines of downlines etc!!!) had a really great “play day”.  Thanks to Jacque for organising this, Paula for showing us how to make really stunning sponged cards, Julia for reminding us of all the neat tricks we learned from Shelli at convention, Joanne for showing us how to “Dress for Success” and keeping us in fits of laughter, and last but not least, Delys for showing us how to create memorable eye-catching scrapbook pages.



This is one of the sponging cards we made.  Well it’s not actually a card, but a bag designed by Paula.  It’s so effective – really striking.

Congratulations to all those demonstrators who received flowers, recognition and in some cases a cash reward for all their hard work.  These were awards given out by Jacque and I think we should all recognise the hard work that she puts in too.

A small group of those of us that are lucky to be downlines of Karen (the WOW PaperKRafters) gathered at her place on Sunday morning for breakfast - yummy blueberry pancakes!!  We were then given a hands-on scrapbooking session with Delys before she headed off home again.  There’s no limit to the way you can use Stampin’ Up products to create fantastic layouts.  Thanks Delys for all the inspiration – my enthusiasm for scrapbooking has been revived.  (I will post my pages here when I finish them – I never seem to finish anything in classes these days, must be old-age!!)

Hearts and flowers

I’m probably like a lot of you – have to buy all those wonderful new stamp sets but somehow never have time to use them all.  Well I have decided to remedy that and try to make a card at least every other day using stamps I haven’t used at all or haven’t used more than once.  Two cards I have made over the last couple of days feature the Cottage Garden, Always and Heard from the Heart stamp sets.

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I do love that Top Note die – it is so versatile and as a background really shows off the hearts beautifully.

Deals for June - Week 3

What a fantastic deal we have this week.  Just check out these stamp sets - up to 50% off the normal retail price. 

The page number refers to the Idea Book & Catalogue, if you don't have your own copy the online catalogue can be viewed HERE.




Regular Price

Sale Price



A Happy Heart stamp set





Greetings Eight stamp set





Bella’s Bloom stamp set





Enjoy Every Moment stamp set





All Scallops stamp set



You will need to place your order with me before 10 pm Sunday 20th June. Shipping costs are 5% if you're happy to pick up from my place  -  otherwise 5% or $9.95 minimum delivery to your house.

Don't forget to check back here next Wednesday for the deals for Week 4.  Happy stamping everyone.

No excuses …

No I haven’t really got any excuses for not finishing off my convention posts.  I haven’t even taken the photos of all the lovely swaps I received.  Perhaps I should just redirect you to Karen’s site – she is more on the ball than me, hee hee!!

Now this is a workshop I held 9 days ago – see I’m not to be relied on for my prompt postings!


This is the box I did as a demonstration.  I wrapped some bath bombs in cellophane, tied with a bow and put inside.  I gave this box to the hostess.  I used the lovely Baja Breeze cardstock which I am really glad is going to be one of our new colours.

I made the flower by punching out the DSP twice with the round scallop punch, then cutting in between each scallop to make a petal.  I then used my paper? to break down the fibres so that each leaf curled slightly.  I then used the five petal flower punch to punch out the centre flower using the contrasting DSP colour.  I finished it off with one of the lovely flower brads.

Below are the 2 different orientations of the make and take.  They had a choice as to which orientation they wished to make.  The credit for this design has to go to Anabel Welch as it is one she did quite a long time ago but I thought it was such a nice simple little card for a workshop and also introduced them to the double stamping and the two square punches.

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Deal of the Month – Week 2

One of my favourite items are the beautiful designer series papers (double sided).  I can’t resist buying these even though it is going to take me forever to use them up.  Now you can buy some of these beautiful designs for a very special price – check these out.

Item Page Description Regular Price Sale Price
112470 132 Haiku Designer Series paper $19.95 $11.97
113976 132 Pink Flamingo Designer Series paper $19.95 $12.97
113992 133 Tea Party Designer Series paper $19.95 $11.97
113975 133 Raspberry Tart Designer Series paper $19.95 $12.97
114037 133 Sweet Slumber Specialty Designer Series paper $27.95 $18.17

The second deals of the month are from 9 June through to 15 June but to make sure your order is placed in time I will need to receive it before 10 am on the 15th June.

Check these gorgeous papers out on my Stampin’ Up site - or if you would like to own your own catalogue, please contact me.

1st deal of the month

This week’s deals:


Regular Price
Sale Price
Scallop Square punch
Trio Flower punch
Boho Blossoms punch
Scallop Oval punch
*From Carryover flyer

This deal only runs for 1 week and orders must be placed with me before midday on the 8 June.  Great prices so don’t miss out – this is an over 35% reduction.

I will be posting Deal #2 next Tuesday so keep watching.

Thanks for popping in to catch up on what is happening in my life. I enjoy sharing my love of stamping and cardmaking and invite you to have a look at the projects I have made. You are welcome to take my ideas and use them in your own creations.
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