Happiness is stamping with friends!


Milestone Birthdays and Acetate!

50th Birthday LL'14 (3)Hi bloggies!

I am off to Queensland tomorrow with my mum & my sis to visit my other sister for her 50th birthday! So … If I am not around for a few days you will know why! It was also my mum’s 75th birthday in July … so this is to be a double celebration. I don’t think I have shared the cards I made for either birthday yet?

50th Birthday LL'14 (1)This first one is for my little sister! She is 2 1/2 years younger than me … and when I saw this fab design … I just new I had to try it for someone special. It is a little hard to photograph … so I took several views so you could get the right effect! There is NO stamping on this card! But … it is really pretty IRL! Card Inspiration: HERE!

I love the pretty papers on this card! The colour combo is gorgeous! They are from a SU! paper stack pad called “Fresh Prints”.

Language of Love MumB Jul'14 (5)My second card was original NOT an acetate card … but I decided to put the layout onto acetate. Then … I decided to make it into my very first easel card. Yes!!! I know it may seem incredible … but … I have NEVER done an easel card before!!!

Language of Love MumB Jul'14 (1)As if I wasn’t challenging myself enough … I just HAD to add some Crystal Effects to the little hearts! Mistake! :( The colours ran … but … alas … it was too late! The card was already together and finished! But … my mum was pleased with it just the same! Again … it was a little hard to photograph! Card Inspiration: HERE!

The pretty “Hearts A Flutter” heart was the perfect “stop” for the easel card. I just wish I could contain myself and keep things a little more simple sometimes! :roll:

Petite Pairs JA'14 (4)So … I just thought I would add a bonus acetate card that I made back in May for Julie’s birthday.

Petite Pairs JA'14 (1)This was also a Pinterest discovery! But … I did change it up a little! The sparkly silver glimmer card is a big winner on this one … for sure! Card Inspiration: HERE!

Well … thanks so much for popping by! I need to go and get some packing done! Will pop back after I return from my trip to Toowoomba! (I arrive home Sunday night.)


Andrea Gold Black Heart


Stamping Day!

Holiday Home (4)Hi bloggies!

Like my blog tagline says … “Happiness is stamping with friends!” A week or so ago I spent a whole day with my special friend (& m-i-law to my eldest daughter), Julie! We decided to make the day (grand)KID FREE … so that there were no distractions and we could sit and stamp to our hearts content. We had such a lovely time. Julie’s eldest daughter was our “maid” for the day … and cleaned up after lunch and cooked dinner! :) We had fun playing with some of the new SU! goodies that Julie had ordered. Our first card was an attempt to conquer the blendabilities … and we were thrilled with the result!

Holiday Home (1)Holiday Home (3)Julie found this fab card (via Pinterest) created by Martha Inchley. I needed a “happy new home” card … and thought this design was just perfect! We adapted the original design so it looked less like a Halloween card by changing the orange theme to green. We still wanted to give the card a night time feel … so went with darker colours & shadows! The colouring took a little trial and error but I think we achieved a great effect in the end! Thanks, Martha for the inspiration! :) This set is called “Holiday Home” and is in the latest SU! Holiday Catalogue! It has matching dies to make it super easy to put this card together!

Flower Patch (4)Our second card was another using a newbie photopolymer SU! stamp set called “Flower Patch” … also with a matching framelits set! Julie definitely has an eye for the goodies in the new cattys! I hadn’t considered either of these sets … and now am sure to rethink my next order!

Flower Patch (1)Flower Patch (3)This card is almost a direct CASE from the original card created by Leena Girsa. Julie had also pinned this one … and we loved the colour combo so much that we had to keep ours the same! Another super quick and easy card! Julie added pearl jewels rather than the rhinestones … and her’s had a lovely soft feminine classy look! I had to go for the bling (of course!) But … have now ordered some pearls to replenish my stash! The sentiment is from a SU! set called “Four You”.

Pansy Flourish (4)Our third card was another discovery by Julie on Pinterest. I have traced this one back to Splitcoaststampers’ “bfindlay” … but can’t find the original on a blog. Here is the Pinterest link! –> CLICK HERE!

Pansy Flourish (1)Pansy Flourish (3)I used Julie’s pretty SU! pansy punch & matching stamp set called “Flower Shop” along with the SU! “Petite Petals” stamp set & punch! Both set combos that I don’t have … but again … am adding to my wish list! ;) Julie used a different set for the main flowers but funnily enough … we both chose similar colour schemes from completely different paper packs without even realising what the other had chosen! Such a pretty design … and another Q&E card!

Now … you would think with such Q&E cards … we would have smashed out more than 3 cards in a day of stamping … BUT … we did need time to TALK, too! Julie was showing me some of her recent creations and we took quite some time checking out the new cattys together! It was so lovely to chill out and just spend time sharing something we both love doing! I arrived home several hours later than I expected after being convinced to stay for dinner … but it was such a lovely day together! I do hope all my blog friends have someone in their lives who shares their love of stamping? Happiness is ……. Hugs xxx

Andrea Gold Black Heart



Bokeh Inspiration!

Bokeh - SU! Perfect Pennants(1)Hi bloggies!

I have been a little frustrated … no internet for the last week!!! Yes … we ran out of downloads and were severely restricted because of the $$$ for the over usage! And … then … the new month for limits ticked over on the 4th & I haven’t had a chance to blog since then! But … finally … here I am!

I have seen a few examples of BOKEH cards around in blog land recently! I was a little intrigued as to where the term “Bokeh” came from and (as is my habit) I decided to ‘GOOGLE’ it to find out! Apparently it is a photographic technique! Here are a couple of photos I found online showing how it looks …

So … these pics do explain how this technique came about. I wonder who originally created the card making version? The cards that inspired these were from Dawn Woleslagle and Paula Dobson. There is a “how to” video in Dawn’s post. Anyway … I decided I just had to try this technique out … and was rather tickled with the results! This was my first attempt …

Bokeh - SU! Perfect Pennants(2)Bokeh - SU! Perfect Pennants(4)A pretty soft pink / mauve combination … using watercolour paints and Whisper White ink for the circles. The sentiment and banner are stamped with Versamark and embossed with “Heat & Stick” powder & (ret. SU!) fine pink glitter. The stamp sets for this card are SU! — Perfect Pennants & Gorgeous Grunge.


Bokeh - SU! Hearts a Flutter (5)My second card was using a similar layout … this time in blues & greens … giving a pretty aqua look …

Bokeh - SU! Hearts a Flutter (1)Bokeh - SU! Hearts a Flutter (6)Stamp sets: SU! “Hearts a Flutter”, “Happy Anniversary” (ret. SU!) and the Verve “Plain Jane – Scroll” plus a tiny hint (flowers on the banner) of “Cottage Garden”. All the stamping is gold embossed. The background colours are done using watercolour paints.



Bokeh - TE In the Word (4)And … my third sample … was inspired by Paula’s darker version.

Bokeh - TE In the Word (1)Bokeh - TE In the Word (3)I found this pretty sparkly silver washi tape at Kmart! It came in a pack with pink, too! It is really pretty IRL … although a little hard to tell in the photo! The stamp set is a brand new one from Taylored Expressions called “In the Word”. I love their choice of bible verses in this set! I am going to find it really useful. I bought a couple of sets & dies … including this gorgeous tag (set of 5 sizes) just a week or so ago. Imagine my surprise when the parcel arrived 7 days after I ordered them! All the way to Australia!!!

So … the kids have started arriving for Father’s Day dinner … so I had better go and be sociable! See you again soon! Hugs xxx

Andrea Gold Black Heart




Flower Fun!

Hibiscus card LB'13 (3)Hi bloggies!

I am finally getting through some of the back log of card photos that I have been storing up for months … but as fast as I blog them … I am getting more done! :) Anyway … another multiple card post today. Hope you are enjoying these posts! I have chosen some flowery cards today … to brighten up a grey wet miserable rainy day!

Hibiscus card LB'13 (1)Hibiscus card LB'13 (4)My first card today is a summery card using the Verve Hibiscus stamp. I love this little cutie! I am longing for summer. It was a surprise to look out of my kitchen window this morning … when it was pouring with rain … and notice that one of my hibiscus bushes in the back yard has just started flowering again! :) It was a little ‘sunshine’ in an otherwise gloomy day. I did have a lovely snuggle with the grand kids under a blanket in front of the TV watching ABC for kids … and Seth even fell asleep on my lap! :) So … it might have been gloomy outside … but inside it was just the best! I have added a tiny bit of sparkle to the centres of each of the flowers. This colour combo is really pretty IRL! The flowers are coloured using markers and each is ‘fussy cut’! Took a little while … but well worth the effort! (A die for this stamp would be lovely!)

Kind & Cosy Alice'13 (3)

My second flower card today is another BRIGHT one! :wink:

Kind & Cosy Alice'13 (1)Kind & Cosy Alice'13 (4)I found this set of punches recently and have been using them for a set of mini cards that I am working on. I do like how happy this card is! Another pretty colour combo … and of course … some bling! The stamp is from the sweet “Kind & Cosy” (SU!) set. There is some dry embossing on the white strip to add a little more interest.

And … a quick bonus card I made for my sis-in-law for her birthday earlier this year using the Prickly Pear – “Butterfly Tree” stamp! Isn’t it lovely!

B'day KD Jan'14

Well … off to bed! I have an early start tomorrow … with Sandy’s school state athletics carnival in Sydney tomorrow. (1 1/2 hour drive there and we have to be there by 8.15am!)  We have had an exceptional amount of rain in the last two days … and our front paddock filled up nearly to the road height again! (I have only seen it do that once in the 14+ years we have been here! — Check THIS POST if you are interested. Was it really 3 1/2 years ago??? ) It is supposed to rain again tomorrow … of course!!! Sandy spent his school athletics carnival out in “gale force” winds … his zone carnival was a rainy day … and now this state one is going to be another wet one! With all the wonderful sunshiny weather we have had this winter … you would think we might have had ONE nice day to sit and watch him compete! :shock: It will be miserable … but that’s what mums do … isn’t it! :wink: Take care if you are anywhere affected by the rain! Hugs xxx

Andrea Gold Black Heart

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Pail & Shovel Aug'14 (4)Hi bloggies!

I actually did a 2-in-1 challlenge!!!! 2 challenges in 1 card! Do you realise it is 18 months since I have done a challenge! I just checked … Feb 6, 2013 to be exact!!! Really???? Where has that time gone? Anyway … you will understand … I AM a little rusty … but here it is …

Pail & Shovel Aug'14 (1)My starting point was the fabulous colour choices from “One Layer Simplicity” …  (This is my first card ever for this challenge!) … And I combined this with the lovely layout at an all time fav “Clean & Simple”.

Pail & Shovel Aug'14 (3)You can see I have used a couple of the new SU! in-colours … “Lost Lagoon” & “Hello Honey” along with “Night of Navy” … colours picked from the “Shades of Summer #3″ colour swatch at OLS. I don’t have any oval frames … so chose a different shape … but the layout is similar to the CAS design. I am wishing I put a BIG sentiment across the frame … but was in a bit of a hurry to get the OLS challenge done because it finishes today … and so … didn’t check the layout properly! The cute bucket and spade is a great die from Cottage Cutz called “Pail & Shovel”! I have two CC dies … and definitely will be adding more to my wish list! They are so cleverly designed!

Well … I am off to do some grocery shopping done and get my week organised! Sandy has state athletics this Wednesday (4 events) and I need to re-organise grand kid minding, pick ups, etc etc. I hope to go along … but need to get myself organised first! Have a great week! Hugs xxx

Andrea Gold Black HeartPail & Shovel Aug'14 (2)


Enchanting Paris!

Paris B'Day LL'13 (3)Hi bloggies!

Are you like me??? Do you dream of visiting Paris one day? Whenever I see something French … suddenly I have the most amazing and sexy French accent … oh wait … that is just inside my head!!! (grin) I think in reality it would probably sound like Pepe Le Pew! (more grins!) Well … I have a couple of stamp sets that are distinctly French. Pity I have little idea what to do with them! But … I did try ……

Paris B'Day LL'13 (1)Paris B'Day LL'13 (4)Cet ensemble de timbre est tellement mignon … This stamp set is such a cutie! I did do high school french … way back when! But … I have to be honest … I googled that translation!!! (wink) I must get this set …  Penny Black’s – “A Day in Paris” … out again and have a play! I have just stamped and sponged some ink around to give the effect of a scent. The images are stamped with black ink and coloured with markers. Card recipe below! 

Here is another birthday card I made for my sis back in March …

Christine Mar'14 (1)Christine Mar'14 (2)Another “French” looking set … or perhaps it is just the name of the set that makes me think that?? “Language of Love”! (SU!) I think you can just see the soft heart stamped behind the white one and a row of heart below. I used the Illuminations ink for this one … it is a really pretty soft watermark look. I think it might be more effective using a background all over stamp. I tend to use the same old embellies when I do my card making … but have added a pretty ribbon rose and a sweet key charm to this one! Must remember to use these more often!

And … just one last card for today …

Carrie Mar'14This was for my niece’s birthday (also in March) … the day before her mum’s! I dragged out an old faithful stamp set for the background for this one! “Simply Said” … one of the first SU! sets I ever bought! I teamed it with some pretty “Sweet Sorbet” DSP and some bling … and voila! (giggle … I know more French than I thought!) :)

Working on some card packs to sell … one of these days I will get them up online for you to see! I have to be happy with them first! Hope you all have a great weekend! Soccer is off … so it is nice to have the boys home this afternoon! See you all later! Hugs xxx

Andrea Gold Black HeartParis B'Day LL'13 recipe

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A Couple of Wedding Cards …

Falling Hearts T&JB'13 (3)Hi again bloggies!

Just wanted to say a very big thank you to Kim & Lynda for all the sweet encouragement via their blog love recently. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and say hi and let me know what you think about my latest creations! It is always a thrill to get the feedback. Sharing a couple of wedding cards today …

Falling Hearts T&JB'13 (1)Falling Hearts T&JB'13 (4)This first is super sweet … but I do love the crisp white with the silver sparkle behind … peeking through the die cut hearts! The sentiment is silver embossed with a frame of more silver sparkle! Super easy and fun to make! You can find a card recipe for this one at the end of this post!


………………………………………………………………………………..Wedding-Marriage Feb13 (4)My second wedding card today has some GOLD embossing this time … on the image and the sentiment …

Wedding-Marriage Feb13 (1)Wedding-Marriage Feb13 (3)This time the heart background is done using an embossing folder. I have layered white card on vanilla shimmer card — a soft but very elegant effect. and added a sweet gold & white ribbon. Another easy but pretty card. Both cards are a longer and narrower shape than the normal size card — the first is top fold and the second is side fold. I need to remind myself to do this more often! I do love this size!

It has been fun getting to post a little more frequently … I hope you are enjoying catching up on some of the little creations of the past few months! Still plenty to come! Have a great day! Hugs xxx

Andrea Gold Black HeartFalling Hearts T&JB'13 recipe


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En Francais CAS

En Francais Engagement (3)Hi bloggies!

Another quick and easy card today … and another that has been sitting in my files for months! I have had a lot of wedding & engagement cards to make recently and have found some fabulous inspiration around in cyber space! There are some wonderfully clever crafters out there!

En Francais Engagement (1)En Francais Engagement (4)This background stamp “En Francais” (SU!) is definitely a favourite of mine. It always gives such an elegant look to a card. I am also a HUGE fan of the soft seam binding … must get remember to use it more often … I love the look. I really like the contrast of the Vanilla Card and the soft Crumb Cake with the blingy red glimmer paper. Works so well together! Card Inspiration: HERE! (from Better Homes & Gardens Magazine!) There is a card recipe for this one at the end of this post! FYI: Card recipe has a link to original design … but when you type in link to your web browser … change the “#page=27″ to 11 instead of 27! I checked the link … and it picks a random page to open. You do need #page=11!

Here are a couple of other recent engagement cards that I made …

This first one was such a quick card to make … with rainbow hearts & a background stamp … not much to it but soooo effective! The little locket with heart trinket was a pretty finishing touch. If anyone can tell me where I can buy some more of these silver half pearls (self adhesive) I would really appreciate your help! Card Inspiration: HERE!

Tim&Bec Mar'14And the second has only the tiniest bit of stamping … and some pretty die cuts in foil and glimmer paper. I have also used some of the SU! foil vellum. It gives such a soft and feminine look to the background of the card.

Tim&Bec Mar'14bWell … it is a cold, rainy, miserable winter’s night … and I am keen for bed! Might have something to share with you tomorrow! Hugs xxx

Andrea Gold Black HeartEn Francais Engagement recipe