Artisan Design Team Blog Hop – Tiny Keepsakes Bundle & Tags, Tags, Tags Bundle

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The 2019 Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team are hopping for the final time this year.  It wasn’t until I started typing that it felt real and realised that year has gone by in the blink of an eye! I’ve had the BEST time with these fabulous and very creative gals.  We may’ve even had more than a few laughs. Actually, truthfully we’ve had a ton of laughs……mostly at me when Jackie was involved…… For the bottom of my heart I want to thank them all for their friendship, support, love and fun times and also a big thank you to Stampin’ Up! for this amazing opportunity xxx


The projects I’ve created for our final hop have been made with the Tiny Keepsakes Bundle and the Tags Tags Tags Bundle.

Next year we have a wedding in the family.  As the best aunt ever, I decided I would play around with wedding favour ideas just in case I’m asked to provide some. If not, then I’ll offload them throughout the year with a Ferrero Rocher inside them.

I’ve created two different types of favours cut with my Mini Curvy Keepsake Dies because I couldn’t decide which I liked best – Crumb Cake Cardstock or Vellum Cardstock.

For the Crumb Cake ones, I added a Whisper White Cardstock tag cut with my Trio of Tags Dies.  I added a sentiment stamped from the Mini Keepsakes Stamp Set on Crumb Cake Cardstock and cut with my 1″ Circle Punch.  I took a strip of Gold 3/8″ Metallic Edge Ribbon and wrapped it around the box and tied a bow on top. Because I couldn’t stop there with embellishments, I added some Braided Linen Trim, a vellum sprig and created some roses and leaves to pretty up my tags.

The vellum boxes have been created in the same way as the Crumb Cake ones. For these ones, I added a Crumb Cake Tag and the sentiment stamped on Whisper White Cardstock.

The roses have been made by punching a Blushing Bride Cardstock 1 1/2″ Circle.  I then used my scissors to cut in a circular motion until I got to the centre of the cardstock.  I scrunched up the circle in my hand to loosen the fibres and rolled it in to shape. Tombow Liquid Glue is the best thing to hold these roses together.  The leaves have also been created with the 1 1/2″ Circle Punch.  Once the Mossy Meadow circle was punched, I then used the same punch to cut out three leaf shapes from each circle.  All roses and leaves have been adhered to my tags with the holder of everything – Tombow Liquid Glue.

The next hop along the way is the very talented Rochelle Blok. She has created the sweetest projects that you will want to see.

2019 Artisan Design Team Blog Roll:

Angela Meiritz-Reid

Ashley Van Camp

Aurélie Fabre

Emma Goddard

Jackie Aitken

Jennifer Picard

Kaylee van Es

Lauren Alarid

Maike Beimler

Manuela Geiswinkler

Mikaela Titheridge

Narelle Farrugia

Rochelle Blok

Stesha Bloodhart

Sylwia Schreck

Tanya Rees

You may’ve seen my earlier post with some exciting news for 2020.  In case you didn’t, I shared that I was chosen to stay on the Stampin’ Up! Artisan Team for 2020!  Still can’t quite believe it, but seing my photo in the grid below kind of makes it more real!

I’m beyond thrilled to be creating with this amazing team.

Products Used

Cardstock: Thick Whisper White Cardstock, Crumb Cake Cardstock, Vellum Cardstock, Blushing Bride Cardstock, Mossy Meadow Cardstock

Stamp Set: Tags Tags Tags Stamp Set

Ink: Black Memento Ink

Other Products:  Mini Curvy Keepsakes Box Dies, Trio of Tags Dies, Braided Linen Trim, Gold 3/8″ Metallic Edge Ribbon, Tags, 1 1/2″ Circle Punch, 1″ Circle Punch, Sprig Punch, Tombow Liquid Glue

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Dear Doily

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Doilies. Who would’ve thought I’d be in love with them like I am?  I’m sad that the Dear Doily Bundle will be retiring when the new catalogue comes out in June.

A long time ago, I created vintage-y cards and used only Neutrals Cardstock.  I veered from this style to a more cleaner style, but wanted to re-visit vintage for my projects today – not completely vintage, but a vintage feel with the colours I’ve used, texture I’ve added and my use of doilies.

I created two cards and a pillow gift box with this bundle.

For my first card, I embossed the Crumb Cake card base with my Lacy Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I added a circle of Fresh Fig Cardstock behind my lace doily cut with my Doily Builder Thinlits Dies.  I then took my Fresh Fig, Pear Pizzazz and Powder Pink Markers and directly coloured the flower stamp from Dear Doily Stamp Set.  After huffing on it with my breath, I stamped it on Whisper White Cardstock.  These flowers are so easy to cut out when there are matching dies – no fussy cutting!  I then stamped the small doily in Fresh Fig Ink and punched out with my circle punch.  I added an edgelit of Pear Pizzazz Cardstock and a torn piece of Powder Pink Cardstock.  The sentiment I’ve used on my card is also from the Dear Doily Stamp Set.

I added a lot of layers to this card, so I kept a white background to let all of the elements be the focus.  This time I stamped the small doily in Fresh Fig Ink directly to the card base.  I then added the fresh fig backed doily, the flowers and the two-part sentiment.  The second part of the sentiment is embossed on Crumb Cake Cardstock.

I am loving these little Kraft Gift Boxes.  Super easy to decorate and are perfect when you realise you have no wrapping paper…..that’s me every time…..

I added all the same images and elements to my pillow box that I’d given to my cards.  I then added some Whisper White Flax Ribbon and some Linen Thread to create a bellyband that I tied at the top of the pillow box.

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Just Add Ink #439

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I’m counting how many days I’ve got left to start my Christmas shopping and am almost starting to panic – I swear I’ve lost a week of December.  I did however, manage to whip up a gift box for this weeks Just Add Ink challenge at least.

When you’re time poor after having had a shocker of a day at work and running behind with a Just Add A Gift Box Challenge, I can recommend these fabulous little Kraft Pillow Boxes. They’re already assembled and all you have to do is pretty them up!

Starting from the pillow box up, I added a belly band of Basic Black Cardstock, a strip of Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper (available during Sale-A-Bration), a Whisper White circle punched with my 2 1/2″ Circle Punch, a Lemon Lime Twist label cut with my Pretty Label Punch, a strip of Basic Black Cardstock with angled ends, a strip of Whisper White 5/8″ Flax Ribbon and this fabulous sentiment from Butterfly Gala Stamp Set (available in the 2019 Occasions Catalogue).

These sweet little butterflies I’ve adhered to my gift box aren’t stamped images unbelievably – they’re actually fussy cut images from Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper. These saved me stamping and colouring time. Just what I needed when I was running behind.  I then added a Linen Thread double-bow and a Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequin to finish off my gift box.

If you need inspiration for those last minute Christmas Gift Boxes – pop over to Just Add Ink and take a look at the projects the team have created.

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2018 Stampin’ Up! Onstage Event Roomies Gifts

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I have just spent the past weekend with amazing friends at our local Stampin’ Up! Onstage Event in Melbourne.  This year Stampin’ Up! is celebrating 30 years and I have to say we were a little bit spoilt by this amazing company.

I roomed with 4 fabulous friends from the Just Add Ink Design Team – Nikki, Patrice, Kim & Jan. Even though the event is only a one day event, we stayed for two nights.  Even then, two nights didn’t seem long enough as we only catch up once a year, and we have way too many things to chat about to fit into two nights.

My roomies gifts were given in these tall gift boxes I created.  When I’m stuck for 3D ideas, I visit Pootles for her fabulous tutorials.  I found the following tutorial that fit my gifts perfectly!


What to give for roomies gifts was on my mind for ages.  This year my mum gave me the idea of giving Raspberry Drops made in Sovereign Hill. Sovereign Hill is a tourist attraction depicting the gold rush in the goldfields from the 1850s. I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned I grew up in a little country town called Creswick, located about 15 minutes outside of Ballarat.  These Raspberry Drops are what I remember from growing up and visiting Sovereign Hill.  I have to thank my dad for buying them for me as I ran out of time before Onstage to drive from Melbourne to purchase them.

The boxes I’ve created are made from Sahara Sand Cardstock.  For extra support and decoration, I added strips of Basic Black and Whisper White Cardstocks to each of the four sides of the boxes.  The lid of the boxes is made from Basic Black Cardstock.  I decorated the top of the boxes with a mixture of thinlits from Flourish Thinlits Dies and my favourite flowers from Petal Palette.  I then added some Rich Razzleberry Velvet Ribbon and some Black Cord. The sentiment I’ve used is from a set called Waterfront – I really felt this sentiment fit for the weekend we had.

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Onstage Team Gifts Part Two

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Yesterday I shared some gift boxes that I created for the Just Add Ink girls for Stampin’ Up!s Onstage Event last year.

I made the following gifts for my roomies.


My big shot got quite a workout with all the flowers, leaves and sentiments I cut, but I propped myself on the kitchen table and watched TV at the same time.  The bags I’ve used are Chevron Tag a Bag Gift Bags and the flowers and leaves are cut with Botanical Builder Framelit Dies.  The sentiment is cut with Hello You Thinlits.

If you’re wondering what’s in the bag – look below.  I found the cutest foldable rubbish bins on ebay.  They’re the perfect size for my desk and for when I hold workshops.

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Onstage Team Gifts

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I made some gifts for my fellow Just Add Ink Design Team members for Stampin’ Up!s Onstage Event last year (yes, last year).  I only just found the photos and thought it better late than never in sharing them.

The Clear Tiny Treat Boxes are filled with chocolate eclairs and ferrero rochers.  I chose these chocolates because of the gold packaging – they matched the gold spots on the designer series paper from Pop of Pink Specialty DSP.  I added a strip of Basic Black cardstock and then a strip of Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon.  I then tied a bow with some Gold Ribbon, added a strip of gold sequins and used a glue dot to adhere them under the flowers.

My flowers are from my favourite (but soon to be retired) stamp set called Penned and Painted.  I stamped the flower in Basic Black and the centre is stamped in Sweet Sugarplum and Blushing Bride.  The outline of the leaves is also stamped in Basic Black and the centre is stamped with Pear Pizzazz and Always Artichoke.  To finish them off I added a “For You” sentiment from a stamp set that I can’t quite remember at the moment – because it was last year and my memory is shocking……

I hope you like them.  I’ll be back tomorrow with some more gifts that I made for the same event.

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Just Add Ink #270

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This weeks Just Add Ink inspiration pic is all about Christmas.  If you’re like me and leave everything until the last minute, this challenge will hopefully inspire you to get going early on your Christmas projects.


I received my Stampin’ Up! Gift Bag Punch Board a few weeks ago and thought it was time to give it a go.


While I had the papers and stamp sets out, I decided to make up some simple gift cards to go with my gift bag. They measure 7cm x 7cm when made up.  They are busy, but not as busy as my gift bag as people don’t tend to keep gift cards and I didn’t want to waste the ribbon or bling!



Our team has created gorgeous inspiration for you – so head over to Just Add Ink and check them out. While you’re there, we would love you to join us with this challenge.

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Just Add Ink #257

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We have a new challenge for you at Just Add Ink.  This week is inspiration picture week and I found the following pictures that I hope will inspire you.


I LOVE these colours and knew I wanted to make a vintagey tag.  I found some scrap pieces of DSP that I could use.  No matter how much DSP I try and use, my piles of it never seem to diminish.


We would love to see what you create with this challenge – head over to Just Add Ink and take a look at the inspiration from the Design Team.

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Pals Paper Arts #230 & Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #332

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I saw the challenge at Create with Connie & Mary was to make a Gift Card Holder and decided I could make a head start on my Christmas gift card/money holders.  I’ve combined this challenge with the colour challenge at Pals Paper Arts – they’re the perfect colours for Christmas!



I have a confession – I’ve never used this retired Stampin’ Up! Christmas Stocking Die before. I’m hoping I’m not the only one that buys products thinking I’m going to use them – only for them to sit in the cupboard for possibly 3 years??? I made sure I used my new Gift Card Envelope and Trims Thinlits Dies.  I stamped the envelope with Endless Wishes in Baked Brown Sugar and the sentiment is from my Wondrous Wreath Framelits Dies. Quick and easy!

PPA230 & CCMC332


And look! I made more than one!



PPA230 & CCMC332-2

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The Creative Blog Hop

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Something a little different from me today.  I’m participating in the Creative Blog Hop – a continuous hop that happens every Monday where creative people all around the world share a little bit about themselves and their creative processes.  As part of the Blog Hop there are four questions to be answered and then at the end, we get to tag other crafters, that will then repeat the process the following Monday.

I’ve been tagged by one of my fellow Just Add Ink Design Team members – Nikki Spencer.  I met Nikki through blogland but got the opportunity to finally meet face-to-face in May of last year at our Annual Stampin’ Up! Convention.  She, along with all the girls at JAI, made me feel so welcome and instantly part of the team.  Nikki is incredibly talented and I’m in awe of her gorgeous creations.  Head over to her blog and check out how talented she is.

1. What am I working on now?

Being on three design teams, I’ve always got design team samples on the go.  After that, I’ve got my favourite challenges that I love playing along with –  lately there doesn’t seem to be enough time to enter them all.  Also after having a conversation with my mum on the weekend I decided it was time to start working on my Christmas projects as she has an upcoming market that I want to help out with.  So with that in mind – I’ve created the projects below (it was only as I was uploading my photos did I realise how hard Smoky Slate and Soft Sky were to photograph!).

2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?

I had to think about this one long and hard…..  I don’t even really know what my genre is as I’ve been mixing it up lately.  Originally I thought my style was vintagey/shabby chic, but lately I’ve been creating with a bit more of a cleaner style.  With all of my cards, I do tend to over-layer (don’t think that qualifies for it’s own style though!).  Who knows – by Christmas I may even change it up and become a Clean and Simple designer! lol.  I guess my style changes for the different challenges I enter.

3. Why do I create what I do?

I’ve been creating for about 6 years.  Before this, I had no interest in anything crafty, so it still surprises me that I’m addicted to this hobby. I head out to my craft room every chance I get and find it relaxes me.  I finally have “my time”.

4. How does my creative process work?

I find my inspiration from challenges.  I’m always searching for a great sketch or a pretty colour combo – if I can, I try and combine both of these together.

Here’s some Christmas cards that I’ve been working on:




Here I’ve created a gift tag and a gift card/money holder:


Here’s a close up of the gift card/money holder made with the envelop punch board.  They’re so quick and easy to whip up.


I was on a roll with Christmas projects and decided to create a simple gift tag with leftovers that I had sitting on my desk.


Now this is the part where I send you off to the next person on the blog hop – but unfortunately I didn’t find anyone to hop to.  If there’s anyone out there that would like to join in, let me know and I edit this post and have you join in for 29th September.

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