Step-it-Up Sunday #39 Christmas Gift Box

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for stopping by today. I’ve been a little bit scarce with my blogging lately. Main reason – Christmas. I’ve been madly prepping cards and gifts.. In my day job, I work at a school in administration. I receive lots of lovely gifts and cards from the staff I work with. To share Christmas with all these lovely people, I make each of them a card – there are about 100 staff. Then there’s all the cards for the rest of the friends and my orders. No matter how much I prepare early, it’s still a bit crazy at the end.  

I’ve also made about 400 gift tags to give away as gifts. I thought these would make lovely teacher gifts for my daughter Cassidy to give her teachers. So today’s Step-it-Up Sunday shows you the gift packaging. The idea is made simple with our Gable Boxes. 


Cut a strip of Designer Series Paper to a width of 5cm. Wrap this round the entire gable box, adhering the edges with liquid glue as you fold it along the edges. There will be a gap as the paper doesn’t reach all the way around – make this the front of your project. You will cover this gap with your image.

Punch a circle from Tranquil Tide cardstock and then emboss it with the Swirls and Curls embossing folder. Attach with glue. Stamp and punch out the tag. Adhere with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Tie a bow around the handle. 


Add another layer to the focal point by die cutting a doily from the Spot of Tea dies. To make the glimmer paper go further, I die cut the smaller doily inside the larger one at the same time. This gave me a frame to use on this project and a second doily to use on another project. 


To step up this project, stamp and colour in the holly from the Peaceful Poinsettias bundle. Then die cut it. 

Fill this with gift tags, chocolates, mini soaps to give as gifts. 

Have a really enjoyable week. Hope your Christmas preparations go smoothly. 

Last 2 Days of Online Extravaganza

Tools and Inks

Stock up on the essentials during the last 2 days of the Online Extravaganza. 

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  • Adhesives
  • Applicators
  • Cleaners
  • Cutting tools
  • Embossing folders
  • Framelits and Thinlits
  • Ink Pads
  • Ink refills
  • Markers
  • Punches
  • Scoring Tools
  • Stamp blocks and cases

Step-it-Up Sunday #38 Santa’s List

Hi Everyone,

Today is exactly 1 month until Christmas. Did you all have a bit of a panic attack or are you cruising through your preparations because you are super organized?   I’m crazily creating cards and gift tags. This week we plan on decorating our home so that will be fun.

So in preparation for Santa, I’ve got a card featuring the fun, Signs of Santa bundle. Hope you are on Santa’s ‘nice’ list!


This card requires a few supplies. Stamp all over the Mint Macaron card base with the same coloured ink to create a background. I didn’t use the Stamparatus positioning tool. Instead I just randomly stamped all over.

The Santa is stamped in Black ink. When I stamped him, I was pleasantly surprised to find that his belt and shoes stamped in black so I didn’t have to colour them in.

So all you need to colour in is his suit and hat with the Dark Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blend and his face and hands in Ivory. Then die cut it. It’s very quick. If you don’t have a Big Shot, just fussy cut it.. 

The sentiments on the outside and inside are stamped in Black ink and then add some enamel shapes to complete this simple card.

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Add a panel of the Designer Series Paper to add a bit more interest to step this card up. The Santa’s Workshop DSP has flocking on one side so it’s textured. Another feature of this DSP is that the dies coordinate with it so you can cut the images without having to fussy cut – a win for those of you who may not like fussy cutting. 

The sentiment is layered and added with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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I’ve added a little scene to this card by adding a mountain with the Into the Woods die. Emboss this with the Softy Falling embossing folding. Stamp the treesin Garden Green and die cut then add the embossing paste. Toothpicks work well for this fine work and then you don’t have to worry about washing up as you can just throw them away.

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Don’t forget that our Online Extravaganza is on until 28th November. Various items from the Annual Catalogue at discounted prices. 


  • Stamp sets (clear-mount, wood-mount and photopolymer)
  • Project kits
  • Card kits
  • Kit refills
  • Memories & More
  • Punch box kits
Get them while stocks last!

Enjoy your week and keep creating. 

Paper and Embellishments Sale 23rd-24th November

6 Days. 3 Sales. 1 Spectacular Promotion.

Annual Catalogue massive 6 day sale commences tomorrow.

  • Bags
  • Brads and Buttons
  • Cards and Envelopes
  • Cardstock
  • Designer Series Paper
  • Embossing material
  • Glitter
  • Ribbons
  • Twine
  • Specialty Paper
  • Tags
  • Washi Tape

It’s our beautiful Designer Series Paper and embellishments on sale over the next couple of days. If you have used our paper you know that it is premium quality and the designs perfectly coordinate with our colours and stamp sets. Double sided papers give you options for projects. Specialty Paper is on sale too.

Card stock is a must have staple and Whisper White and Very Vanilla packs make great card bases. If you like to get a bit of variety, consider getting the mixed packs of card stock. 


Well, what can I say – I think ribbons are my best friend for embellishing cards. I get every one in the catalogue as I use them on tags, gift wrapping and it’s just so nice to add a little bow to projects. Brads and buttons add a lovely finishing touch. 

If you are after extra glimmer, there’s our embossing products and glitter.

Fancy packing your own treats and gifts? Decorate your own bags and present a complete homemade Christmas which your family and friends will love. 

To order, contact me on Ph: 0404-255-001 or click on the ‘Shop Online’ llink below using Host Code 7EDG3GZ2 (for orders under $250 retail).




Online Extravaganza Sale Starts in 3 Days

Online Extravaganza will commence on 23rd November and run for 6 days. There will be a variety of items on sale. Each of these items will be on sale 48 hours and then immediately after, the next list of items will be on sale. By the end of the 6 days, most of the items in Annual Catalogue would have gone on sale.

This is a fantastic opportunity to grab a bargain for yourself and stock up on tools and inks. This is so exciting. I’m making a list (and checking it twice!). So many items I want to get. What about some Christmas presents for those friends who like crafting? For the others who may like to dabble – how about a project kit? Stampin’ Up! offers several all inclusive kits and others where you need to add a few extra supplies. These are fantastic value and when they are on sale they are even better value. 

Call me on Ph: 0404-255-001 with enquiries. 

Broadway Bound Christmas

When I first saw the Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series paper I thought some of the papers would make great Christmas cards. The gold and stars in these papers just call out to be made into Christmas projects. I love the combination of black and gold and wanted to create this card in these non-traditional Christmas colours. 

To begin with, I heat embossed the deer in gold onto the black foil.

The card base is Basic Black, to which I adhered a piece of Designer Series Paper. The next panel was layered onto a piece of the Black foil cardstock. I love the glossy look that this adds to the card. 

Although it looks like it would take a lot of time, this is a very quick card to make. The DSP adds the glamour to it. I’m sure if you look at your packs of DSP you will find other ways to use them, other than the occasions they are intended for. It’s great to extend our stash this way. 

Happy creating.

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Sharing the Fun of On Stage November 2018

Last Saturday, I was able to attend the Bi-Annual Stampin’ Up! convention which was held at Hi-Sense arena convention centre, The day started at 4:15 am (yes, us crafters are a keen bunch) as the doors opened at 7:30 am. My wonderful upline Bec was so kind to drive me, Marla and Delani off to a fun filled day. We had registered for this event back in August so we were pretty excited.

On Stage is a chance for demonstrators to get together, make new friends, recognize each other’s achievements, get the first look at the new catalogue, see and create projects with new products.

This was the first event where the spoiler alert policy had been lifted so we had seen some sneak previews from demonstrators who were attending On StageLive in Orlando and we couldn’t wait to see what was on offer. We in turn could share with others what we had seen except the inside pages of the catalogue. So it was pretty exciting that I could share what went on at On Stage with you as soon as it happened which I did via my Facebook page. 

One of the fun things demonstrators do during On Stage are ‘Swaps ‘. If you choose to participate, you make a card or 3D item and swap items with others who have done the same. You could come back with a swag of great items and ideas. Due to time constraints I didn’t participate this year in Swaps. However, while we were waiting in the queue waiting to get in, lovely Amanda Walker from Ulverstone, Tasmania gave each of us a card she had made even though none of had anything to swap with her. She was truly representing the values of Stampin’ Up and sharing what she loved. 

Here is the beautiful card Amanda made.

Once we checked in, we received our name tags, achievement stickers and those of us who had ordered special 30th anniversary logo wear got to collect them. Then we settled ourselves at a table which was decorated with a ‘30’ in the centre, sprinkles, photos, a box with things for our make and takes and a stack of pretty blue boxes- 1 for each person at the table. 

We were all keen to see what was in those boxes but we waited until given the go ahead, which didn’t take long. We got a Stampin’ Up! tote, stamp set, logo pens and note books. 

The much anticipated Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogue were passed out and left us all drooling over the goodies inside. Prepare yourself as Stampin’ Up! have done it again! Great suites and products to help every type of crafter. 

Don’t the colours on the front cover look pretty?

Then there was prize patrol where we all got various stamp sets, a tool case, another tote – we were spoiled. The tool case is on the extreme right of the photo and will easily hold a stamp case. 

Through the day we had make and takes using the new products so here are my samples to give you a bit of a taste. There is something for everyone. 

If you would like a copy of the Occasions Catalogue please contact me and I’ll get one out to you. I would love to help you with product selection, projects or queries you may have. 




Tags and Tidings Class – Saturday 17th November

Join me for class this Saturday and create gift tags in time for all your Christmas presents.  There’s nothing quite like receiving a well wrapped present with a beautiful bow and gift tag to complete it.  

We will make 20 gift tags – 10 designs but each one will be different. 

Saturday 17th November

1pm – 5pm

Class cost $20

All materials supplied


Simple Card Layouts Using Dashing Deer

I’ve got 2 cards to share with you using basic sketches and  incorporating the Joyous Noel Designer Series Paper. This has got to be one of my favourites in the Holiday Catalogue. With it’s beautiful colours and copper accents it’s so luxurious and has some lovely patterns.

I wanted this card to showcase the lovely DSP so I used it in different ways. 

Embossing folders are a quick way to add some texture and depth to your card and I’ve used 3 on this card. The Woodland folder tied in with the deer and the Corrugated folder is one of my favourites. The deer itself has been embossed and looks quite regal in Merry Merlot. Even simple layouts can be brought to life with Embossing folders. 

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The next card has the same deer but I used the Peaceful Poinsettia bundle to enhance this card. The leaves are the offcuts from  the border die in that set. I also used some elements from the Soft Sayings card kit – label and leaves. 

You will notice that I have heat embossed the sentiment in gold. This was a sentiment I already had made and thought it looked good on the card. When I think about it now, copper embossing powder would have probably worked better but it looks ok and I’ve gone with it. So that’s how the card ended up. 

The popularity of the Joyous Noel Designer Series Paper is such that it is on low inventory and may not last the entire Holiday Catalogue sale period. So, if you want to get your hands on it, order some today so you don’t miss out. 

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Step-it-Up Sunday #37 It’s Your Day

Hi Friends,

It’s been a while since I have posted with any of my creations. The last couple of weeks have been quite a bit of an emotional and busy week in our home and card making got put aside for a while. There were good times and sad times and as families we all go through this.

My daughter’s Granny went Home to be with the Lord and we went interstate to be with our family during this sad time. She was a beautiful lady with lots of love to give and one who loved looking after those whom she came in contact with. We got to spend some time with her in March and we are so grateful for that.

Stamping Flair, Granny

We also had my nephew visiting from Vancouver and we had some great family time together.

Yesterday, was a fantastic day with On Stage convention, celebrating Stampin’ Up!’s 30th anniversary. I hope to do a post this week featuring some of the photos and fun times that I had there will fellow demonstrators. The new Occasions Catalogue is filled with beautiful products and you are in for a treat.

My cards today feature the Seize the Day stamp set. The sentiments in this stamp set are for encouragement and resilience and this image of someone at the top of the mountain is one I especially love because it shows strength and courage.


This Basic card just uses ink and paper and can be created in minutes. Stamp the trees in Granny Apple Green and the mountain, birds and sentiment in Early Espresso. Cut a strip of Designer Series Paper and flag the edge with paper snips. Adhere over the stamped image. Card complete!



To step this up, I have spotlighted a section of the image.


Die cut a circle from Whisper White cardstock and apply a little bit of glue to the back. Leave it to become tacky then attach to the panel of Whisper White cardstock cut to 9.9×14.2cm. Now stamp the trees and the mountain on top of the circle and base layer. You will need to apply extra pressure to ensure the stamp reaches all edges as it is going over 2 pieces of cardstock.

Lift the Whisper White circle off and attach to Night of Navy circle then attach with Stampin’ Dimensionals to the Whisper White panel. Attach entire piece to a Night of Navy card base.



To add more detail and interest to this card, sponge some Pool Party and Pear Pizzazz onto the Whisper White panel to fill in the background. Attach baker’s twine around the strip of DSP.

Die cut and punch leaves and arrange around the sentiment to add dimension .

Hope you have a really great week.

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