Happiness is stamping with friends!


I’m a little rusty!

Hi again!

I am so happy to be posting a card … I managed to get two stamped last night … even though I was SUPPOSED to be cutting packs for my Saturday class!!! 🙄 Yesterday was one of those days where all my great plans went out the window. (YET AGAIN!) I don’t really know why … a couple of phone calls … a visit from my mum … kids distracting me … and once again … I hardly got anything done! So … before I went to bed … I was determined to create something to show you. But … I’m a little rusty!!! … This is all I could put together late at night! …

I noticed that this LONG TIME favourite stamp set is in the new US catty … so I have my fingers crossed that it won’t be retired from the Aussie catty this year, either!!! This truly is a set that gives so much variety … and even though I haven’t pulled it out in a while … I always love using it!!! I also haven ‘t used my Kaleidoscope papers for a while either … and remembered again how much I love these funky bright colours! Made me feel like Spring was on the way … IF ONLY!!!! 😉

Well … I have procrastinated long enough … I am definitely off to cut those packs now! I will try and get back tomorrow with one of my STAMPnGIGGLE projects! C U soon! Stampin’ hugs xxx






Readers Choice Colour Inspiration #3

Hi everyone!

I was doing a bit of blog hopping recently and noticed that one of my blog friends had just done a KWerner Colour Challenge! Now … I used to visit Kristina’s blog quite regularly to do her colour challenges … until she decided to have a break. I had checked back several times to see if she was back … and finally gave up! But … Kristina is back & so are her colour challenges!  This is not the current challenge … but I was quite taken by this combination .. and thought I would give it a try!  (Click on the pic to view all the samples for this challenge!) I also used a FAB layout from the Taylored Expressions Sketch Book (#46).  You will find the link for the whole sketch book in the sidebar on this web page! Here is what I came up with …

So … a little different from my “usual style” (whatever that actually is!!! 😉 ) But … it is kinda sweet … don’t you think? The bow is the “no tie brad bow” that I showed you recently on my scallop circle card. This idea was also inspired by a card on SCS by “Freshayer_2”. Hope you all have a nice day … I really need to cut stamp club packs NOW!!!! (grin) Stampin’ Hugs xx





Butterfly Delight

Hi everyone!

I know you are all dying to see the pansy card … BUT … I did this Colour Q challenge a couple of days ago … and need to get it posted before the deadline! Now … I would NEVER have thought to put these colours together! (What is wrong with me???) 🙄 But … as soon as I saw this colour combo … I fell in love with it. This is a big surprise to me … because I think in the whole time I have been with SU! I might have used Bravo Burgundy …. hhhhmmmm …. maybe 3 times??? But … this combo was just irresistable. Perhaps it was the cute flower design that caught my eye??

So … this card also features the “floating watercolour” technique (minus embossing) that we used to create the pansies last night. I wanted to try it on a focus piece for this card as a display sample. I think it worked quite nicely as a feature background. Oh … and … sorry about the shadows on the card … I tried photographing outside this time. Still need to work on my photography skills! 🙄

This card was also created for the ESAD-SU Wk 10 sketch challenge … but dumb-spud me … only read 1/2 the challenge … and didn’t realise that along with the sketch … there was a specific colour combo, too!!! DUH!!! So … I have learnt my lesson. I don’t know if I will have time to do that challenge now … especially seeing this afternoon is DEFINITELY scrapping day! Off to get started now! Stampin’ Hugs xxx



Kaleidoscope Fun

Hello girls!

Click pic to visit Swap Sisters

I took a few minutes during my class prep yesterday to do the latest Swap Sister Challenge!!! FINALLY!!! There is just not enough time to play … is there! But … I clicked on this challenge … and immediately HAD to try it! So … here is the Swap Sisters COLOUR challenge (Apr 4) for this week …

Click pic to visit Stamping 411

And … I teamed this challenge with the latest Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge #145 … which was a FAB sketch for the DSP I had in mind! Sometimes a card just “falls into place” quite easily … and the end result is really pleasing!!!  So … here is my card …

And … with those colours … how could I resist another play with my Kaleidoscope DSP. This is the first time that I have used a complete pack of DSP! This was the last (part) sheet that I had left of the whole pack!!! You all know how much I love these papers. But … not to worry … even though they are now “retired” (Summer Mini ’09/’10) … I did manage to order a 2nd pack before they disappeared!!! 😀 😉 So … plenty more to play with! 😀

I still have a little organisation to do for Friday … and with a shopping trip to Miranda with my girls tomorrow … I really need to get it done! C U soon! (I hope!) 😀

OH … AND … I MEANT TO TELL YOU … THE SECOND HALF OF THE AUTUMN/WINTER MINI CATTY BLOG HOP BEGINS TODAY … CLICK HERE TO BEGIN -> Sonia Garbutt. Don’t forget to follow it right around until you get back to Sonia’s blog … leave a comment on every blog … and then email Sharlene at stampwithsharlene@hotmail.com to let her know that you have left a comment on each blog post … and Sharlene will add your name to the draw for the Blog Candy!  And … if you missed the first half of the blog hop … then click here … and you will find my post! Follow the links around to view all the participating blogs. So many FAB ideas for new Catty products! Have fun!




OCC Sketch + JAI #10

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend! Wasn’t it hot!!! It is so lovely to be having that last burst of summer … before we succumb to the winter cold! (Not that we can complain about our mild winters … here in Shellharbour!) It was quite draining watching Sandy play his first trial soccer match on Saturday afternoon in the heat … and then afterwards, Gav & Shane played in their trial match too!  I don’t know how it happened … but Sandy’s 1st div team was playing against a 2nd div team … and by the end of the match … I just wanted to go and give the opposing team’s goalie a big hug! He was so upset … to let 14 goals in!!! But … truly … it wasn’t an even match and I just felt so sorry for the other team! Next time I think they need to let a FEMALE organise!!! And … somehow there was a mis-communication with Gav & Shane’s team TOO!!! Our 1st div team turned up to play first … but the other team sent their 2nd div to play 1st … which meant that G&S’ team (2nd div) played the 2nd match against the other team’s 1st div! I think they did pretty well to lose 4-0! So … soccer season is upon us!!! Round 1 starts the weekend after Easter. (Sandy keeps reminding me to call it “football” … but since Shane has been playing from 6 years old … I have always called it soccer!!! Do we really have to call it “football” … I am so used to calling rugby league “footy” … very confusing for a NON sporty mum!!!)

Anyway, I didn’t mean to blether on … I did pop by to show you a quick card … and then I have to run and do the newsletter!


This card is based on two current challenges … click on the pics … to view more gorgeous samples for these sketches!






OCC Sketch Challenge for Mar 27 & Just Add Ink Colour Challenge #10

You can see that I have tipped the sketch layout onto it’s side! Just a little “tweaking” of the sketch … and I did add a tiny bit of Certainly Celery to the Colour challenge. I hope that is allowed!!! 😉 Only 3 days to take advantage of my 10% off for Summer Mini items!!! Don’t miss out … before they disappear. (Including this gorgeously sweet stamp set!)

Gotta fly … Sandy has “An Outback Evening” at school tonight … poetry reading and aboriginal dance!!! (Can you hear Gav’s groans??? – he hates poetry reading!!!) 😉 😀  But … we have to go and put a smile on our face … and clap our 11 yr old … and make him think we are enjoying his performance. I also have to do the soccer run this arvo … Gav isn’t able to … so with soccer & poetry … I won’t have MUCH time at all to get the newsletter done today!!! … So … I am scurrying off now!!! 😀

Have a nice day! Stampin’ Hugs xxx




Reminder: Summer Mini – only 5 days to go!!!

Hello again!

I hope you have pulled your Summer mini catty out … because I wanted to remind you … if there is anything you have your heart set on purchasing … then NOW is the time to order … before your favourite “wish list” items disappear forever! Do you want to stock up on the gorgeous Kaleidoscope papers? Then … don’t miss out … EMAIL ME NOW with your order!

This 6″ x 6″ photo layout was created using some of the Summer Mini products. It is a bright and happy page to add to my demo album! Just a simple page … the Kaleidoscope DSP helped supply some of the embellishments … a fancy tag & pretty flower designer brad … and a nice border created using the Retro Remix wheel stamp made a really Q&E page.

And … don’t forget … if you have been thinking about joining SU! … even if just to get the 20% discount on ALL your purchases … there are only 5 days left for you to get an extra stamp set (up to value: $79.95). So … now (during the last few days of Sale-a-bration) is a FAB time to join SU! I am happy to help get you started on your adventure.



Summer Mini & SALE-A-BRATION ending soon!

Hello to all my very special blog friends!

I just wanted to pop by and remind you all that the Summer Mini & our SALE-A-BRATION promotion is ending on March 31! So … you just have 8 days to order those products that have taken your fancy! And … if you spend $100 you can earn a sweet FREE stamp set!

So … before we finally lose that last burst of our summer … why don’t you buy a couple of those Summer sets … that just bring a smile to our faces! Here is a card created with my FAVOURITE Summer Mini stamp set! (I did happen to earn this one FOR FREE – one of the benefits of being a demonstrator!)

Click on the pics above to view promo details and catalogue Pdfs.

Love Love Love this sweet set “For Everything”. I am finding it sooooo versatile with so many elements that can be used in so many different ways! Did you notice how Clean and Simple this layout is??? That’s because it is a CAS sketch design …

I love popping by this blog for great ideas for Q&E cards! And … they always keep their challenges open … so you can add your sample to the links at any time! Now … I am really keen for you all to sample some of the delicious items in the Summer Mini before they disappear (perhaps forever!) Why not take advantage of this great offer ……

SPECIAL OFFER: 10% discount on Summer Mini Catalogue items … orders MUST be placed by 8pm Tuesday 30th March (Sydney – Daylight Savings time!) Don’t miss out! Email me with your order TODAY!  (Offer only available by purchasing through Andrea!)

Hope you have a great day! I am off to prepare for my holiday play date!  …. Stampin’ Hugs ….. xxx






Days to Remember Calendar


Welcome to a new week … and I am honestly hoping it might be a little quieter than the last couple! Only 2 weeks until the holidays! I better get cracking on organising my Autumn Mini showing! I am planning a nice de-stressing day during the hols for some stamping and playing! Skye has her 1/2 yearly (Yr 12) exams over the next 10 days or so … so I am trying to keep our house calm and quiet! 😀 That should be an advantage for me also! 😉

Anyway … enough rabbiting! I mentioned on Saturday that Debbie had suggested that I do a post showing all 12 months of my perpetual birthday / anniversary calendar together! So … here they are! 😀


I’m sorry I have been a little neglectful of my lovely friends … I just haven’t had a chance to do any blog hopping over the last few days … so I will have some catching up to do! But … for now … off to do the newsletter … and to catch my breath a little! And … one of these days … I will get to stamp again! At the moment I have only been able to create at random moments. Surely life will quieten down a little??? Have a great day!!!

Stampin’ Hugs xxx