Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop

Hello & Welcome to another exciting Blog Hop. This month we are showcasing the absolutely gorgeous Holiday Catalogue. I’m loving the new style of the “Seasonal Minis” which are now not-so-mini, that’s why they are now called “Seasonal Catalogues”. They also last for 5 months instead of the usual 4 months – we have one extra month to enjoy them even more. They even have more pages full of lovely products.

I’m sure you would have enjoyed checking out the super-talented Tina Gillespie’s creations – she is so  talented, isn’t she?

Here is a list of other Crafty Demonstrators participating in this month’s Blog Hop:

Tina Gillespie

Margaret Knoops    (ME!)

Nikki Sadler

Christine Blain

Here are my creations – hope you enjoy them.Image

I’ve used the Core-dinations Cardstock – Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso & Gumball Green – each colour is available separately in a 12″x12″ pack of 12 sheets ($11.95). This cardstock is sandable & gives your creation an antique distressed look. To obtain this look, you will also need the Stampin’ Sanding System (which consists of a sanding block – 2 grits – fine & very fine – you also receive some sandpaper refills).  This task can get dusty, so there is also a Dusty Buddy you use to wipe up the excess “dust” – the Dusy Buddy is also available in this Catalogue.

The Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details is so easy to use – it’s just like Glitter but sticky. Make sure you don’t put any other project on top of it, until it dries completely – Yes, I’ve learnt the hard way.

This cardstock works extremely well with our Embossing Folders. I have created 3 little tags (which could be used for any occasion).

Cardstock: Naturals Ivory, Core-dinations – Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso & Gumball Green (which is a new In-Colour 2012-2014)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso & Gumball Green (I’ve just daubed the edges – which can be seen just slightly)
Other: Stampin’ Sanding System (pg 6), Lacy Brocade Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (pg 6), Dust Buddy (Pg 6), Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details  (pg 23), Argyle Embossing Folder, Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder, 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon – Gumball Green, Raspberry Ripple & Summer Starfruit.
Here’s a gorgeous card using the Snowflake Soiree stamp set (pg 5). I usually don’t like using Snowflakes on a card, but this set is very subtle & elegant – I love it!
Cardstock: Pool Party, Whisper White, So Saffron & Night of Navy
Ink: Pool Party, So Saffron & Night of Navy
Stamp Set: Snowflake Soiree
Other: Jewellery Tag, Basic Pearls & Whisper White Bakers Twine
Finally, this is a little decoration I made using the Snow Festival Designer Series Paper (pg 10). It’s basically made from a  5 little squares measuring 3″ x 3″ squares & folded different ways. It folds altogether to create a little gift that can be sent in the mail or as a lovely decoration on your Christmas Tree. It also uses 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon & a Bitty Button.
Thanks for stopping by on our Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop – next stop is the ever-so-lovely Nikki Sadler.

Fundraiser for Amy – Retired SU! products Sale!


Retired Stampin’ Up! product sale

Friday 5th October : 1pm-4pm & 7pm-9pm

Contact me for address details: – Ferntree Gully, Vict

Ph: 0413 723 627

Amy is 10 years old & has a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma.

Amy still wants to attend school & is determined to achieve her dreams of one day becoming a Scientist.

In order for us to raise some funds & assist Amy & her lovely Mum Brenda (who is one of Margaret’s customers)

we will be having a SU! Retirement Product Sale.

There will be stamp sets, ink pads, ribbons, punches, re-inkers – just to name a few.

All sales final at this event and no exchanges or refunds given.


Entry: Gold Coin Donation

Refreshments: Gold Coin Donation



Thank You!

Margaret Knoops & Sheridan Tate

New Annual Catalogue

Hello & Welcome if you have arrived here from the gorgeous Nikki Sadler’s blog & a BIG HELLO to the NEW Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue Blog Hop. This new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue only runs until the end of June 2013, then our Annual Catalogues will run the length of our financial year (July-June) – easy to remember isn’t it?

Not only do we have an Annual Catalogue, but we also have a Holiday Catalogue (these were formerly known as the Mini) – well, I can tell you they ain’t “mini” any more – they are the size of the main catalogue & a few extra pages too. But I’m not here to talk to you about the Holiday Catalogue (come back here next month for some ideas) – this month we are showcasing the Annual Catalogue.

September has been a bit busy for me so far – not only have I celebrated my birthday this month, but also had a new Catalogue Launch Party with my lovely downline Sheridan, celebrated my 20th Wedding Anniversary & am about to go away for an overnight stay in the city with my hubby. So I sincerely apologize that my contribution to this month’s Blog Hop is very minimal – but I think you can understand why.

I have used the new yummy In-Colours & a new stamp set called Gently Falling – which you can find on page 86. I’m trying to expand my stamp collection to include more male-friendly sets. Hope you like what I created.

Cardstock: Midnight Muse & Naturals Ivory

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green & Primrose Petals

Stamp set: Gently Falling

Other: 2012-2014 In Colours Patterned Paper Pack, 1cm Stitched Satin Ribbon:- Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse & Raspberry Ripple

Thanks for popping by – your next stop on this Blog Hop journey is the talented Tina Gillespie.

Enjoy the rest of your Hop!

Margaret xx

Pucker Up!!

Sorry Blog for neglecting you! It has been a r-e-a-l-l-y long time since I last posted – just over 10 months.

Today I am part of an awesome Blog Hop with a bunch of very creative & talented Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators, including the ever-so-talented Sue Madex, whose Blog you would have arrived from.  This month we are showing you various techniques, that can be used on your cards, scrapbook pages or 3D projects.

I LOVE this easy technique, that I am going to show you. It’s called Kissing – with a twist – it’s used with a Big Shot Embossing Folder. This technique works best with a solid  image stamp – not an outlined image stamp.

These are the basic products you need – light coloured ink pad, darker coloured ink pad, solid image stamp, embossing folder & a brayer.

You need to ink up your stamp using the light coloured ink pad (eg. Wisteria Wonder), ink up the inside of your embossing folder (either debossed side or embossed side – both sides work well) with the dark coloured ink pad (eg. Elegant Eggplant) using your Brayer, with your stamp which has been inked, press stamp onto the inked embossing folder, lift off & stamp onto either Very Vanilla or Whisper White cardstock.

What you will see is a pretty pattern highlighted on your image. Check out my design below.

The purple flower is created by using the embossed side of the folder & the blue flower below is using the debossed side of the folder.

Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White & Regals Patterned Paper pack

Stamp Sets: Button Buddies & Inspired by Nature

Ink: Lucky Limeade, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, Wisteria Wonder & Elegant Eggplant

Other: Antique Brads, Scallop Circle Punch, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder & Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder, 1/8″ Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon.


Hope you enjoyed learning the Kissing with a Twist technique & now your next stop on this Blog Hop is the gorgeous Nikki Sadler.


Here is a listing of the other lovely ladies participating in this Blog Hop:

Ros Davidson

Sue Madex

Nikki Sadler

Di Dunk

Alisha Watson

Kathryn Ruddick


Thank you!


Margaret xx





Just Add Ink 88 – Just Add a…….Die Cut

How appropriate I needed to create a Wedding Card for a lovely couple, who have been together for an amazing 25 years & finally “tied the knot” yesterday. Congrats Rachael & Steve!

This week’s Challenge at Just Add Ink was to create something using a Die Cut. Here is my lovely creation.

Cardstock: Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride & Whisper White

Ink: Early Espresso

Stamp Set: Tiny Tags

Other: Tag Punch, Basic Pearls, Scallop Circle Die, Manhattan Flower Embossing Folder, Full Heart Punch, In-Colours (2010-2012) Patterned Paper Pack, Chiffon fabric (non-SU!)

The happy couple are away on their honeymoon, but this little card will be waiting for them in their mailbox upon their return.

Just Add Ink 84 – Colour Challenge

Oh my! I can’t believe it’s been over 2 months since I last blogged. I have a very good excuse – I have been on the hunt for an aged care facility for my elderly aunt & boy, have I learnt an awful lot of information on aged care & the costs involved. Finally I have found one & my 89yo Aunt has settled well into her new “home”.

I have also been “out of the swing” of stamping & creating – but now that the new 2011-2012 Ideas Book & Catalogue commenced 10 days, & I have 2 Hostess Workshops coming up, I thought I had better get my Mojo back & look out for ideas.

I love this week’s Just Add Ink’s challenge – it’s a colour challenge where we could only choose Whisper White & one other colour.

I chose Soft Suede as my “other” colour & love what I came up with – hope you do too!

Cardstock: Soft Suede & Whisper White

Stamp Set: Creative Elements

Ink: Soft Suede

Other: Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Neutrals Patterned Paper Pack, Basic Pearl & Dimensionals

Thanks for popping in!

Gift with Purchase Promotion

From 1-31 July, get a FREE exclusive bundle of ribbon and buttons when you spend $100 on your choice of Stampin’ Up! products. That’s a $31.95 value!

Bundle includes:

  • White 1/4″ (.63 cm) grosgrain ribbon with repeating flower designs. Approximately 1371.6 cm.
  • 48 flower buttons. Sixteen each in 3 colours (Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Pacific Point). Approximately 1/2″ (1.27 cm).

That’s it! Free adorable accessories with a minimum purchase.


Here is a little card I made recently for my lovely Hairdresser – it was her 40th Birthday, but also I mucked up on an appointment – turned a week too late. Ooops!

Cardstock: Whisper White & Daffodil Delight

Stamp Set: Pocket Silhouettes

Ink: Pear Pizzazz

Other: Note Cards, Pacific Point Patterned Paper, FREE ribbon & button bundle