There are so many sources of inspiration when it comes to creating cards to give to someone special …

It might come from seeing the amazing ideas of other cardmakers …. or the fantastic products we can use …. or the versatility of those products …. or just the things around us.

I’ve seen the Beautiful Branches Thinlits used in so many ways … and because I live on the coast close to the southern most part of the Great Barrier Reef, I was inspired to create a coral reef scene.

If you have been looking at the Beautiful Branches Thinlits and the coordinating Thoughtful Branches stamp set … don’t forget that you only have until August 31 to order them individually or as a bundle. Contact me for more details.


144328 Thoughtful Branches Bundle $90.75 AUD/$110.00 NZD
143539 Thoughtful Branches Photopolymer Stamp Set $47.00 AUD/$57.00 NZD
143538 Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies $54.00 AUD/$65.25 NZD


Armed with Night of Navy, Cajun Craze, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and of course, Whisper White … this is the scene.


The layers help to give some depth … and I discovered the recessed thinlit technique thanks to Kylie Bertucci.

The Cajun Craze coral reminds of the beautiful waters off Capri!

The fish can be found in the new Seaside Shore stamp set and the sentiment is from the continuing Garden in Bloom stamp set …. both in the current annual catalogue.



It has been far too long since my last post … too much work and not enough crafting!

This month I am holding two different Sunday classes … the first, on the 14th, is CARDS FOR THE BOYS.

With Fathers’ Day just around the corner, I thought we could play with some of the stamp sets from the 2016-2017 Annual Catalogue that are really well suited to the ‘boys’ in our lives … whether you want cards for Fathers’ Day or birthdays, there are plenty of sentiments we can choose from, to make your cards perfect for your special ‘boys’.


This card was inspired by a pop up panel card made by Nicole Schlack [Stampin Fee] … her instructions were in German … so that took some extra thinking … thank goodness for her photos.




I haven’t made a side step card in ages … it is a great card for creating perspective.


… and for the younger boys, we’ll make a couple of gift tags using the seriously cute frog from LOVE YOU LOTS Hostess stamp set and a dinosaur or two from the NO BONES ABOUT IT stamp set.

So … contact me if you would like to book your place for this class on 14th August …


1 Come along and enjoy making three cards perfect for a variety of occasions for the men in your life – $15

2 Enjoy the class and order the ONE WILD RIDE stamp set for $60 [wood mount stamp set] or $50 [clear mount stamp set] [incl. postage]

3.Enjoy the class and order the ONE WILD RIDE stamp set and the coordinating BEST BADGE PUNCH for $95 [wood mount] or $80 [clear mount] [incl. postage]



Now is time for you to look back through the 2016-2017 catalogue, take your current wishlist, make a list of products to order in July … and turn it into your very own BONUS during the DAYS of July!

For every $90 AUD you spend* between 7 July and 31 July, you’ll get a $9 AUD Bonus Days coupon that you can use between 2–31 August.

This is an amazing opportunity for you to get items from your wish list, whether you buy them now or with your coupons in August, so start planning .

This is the first time Stampin’ Up! has offered this type of promotion, and it’s a deal everyone will want in on … even me … yay!


… and you might want to save up those Bonus coupons to order … during August …



From August 2nd, you can order the THOUGHTFUL BRANCHES photopolymer stamp set [143539 – $47], BEAUTIFUL BRANCHES thinlits dies [143538 – $54] or the BUNDLE [144328 – $90.75].

Contact me if you have any questions about how you can maximise this opportunity!

NOTE: Bonus Days coupon codes will be delivered via email, so an email address is required to participate in this promotion. Emails with coupon codes cannot be resent, so make sure you save the email and write down the codes in a safe place so you don’t miss out on the coupons you earn.

*Participants will receive a Bonus Days coupon code via email for every $90 AUD they spend in a single order (catalogue price before shipping and handling).