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 http://www.rosdavidson.typepad.com

Sue Madex http://www.madexcreations.com

Nikki Sadler http://www.inkyart.com.au

Di Dunk http://www.stampartbydi.typepad.com

Alisha Watson http://www.ratherbstamping.blogspot.com

Kathryn Ruddick http://www.katlodesigns.com


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.

Designer Series Paper Blog Hop!

Oh boy! How slack have I been lately? I haven’t blogged since last month’s Blog Hop – bad girl. But there are reasons – birthdays, sick relations & other various commitments.

Welcome to this month’s Blog Hop – you would have arrived from the gorgeous Tina Gillespie’s blog & would have enjoyed seeing her lovely creations I’m sure!

This month’s Blog Hop is based on our lovely Designer Series Paper packs – I have a couple of packs of DSP lying around, but couldn’t find them to play with, but I did manage to find one pack & I have also used the Brights Patterned Paper Pack.

I found this noticeboard on this lovely blog –  Anne Hayward .  One of my lovely Hostesses recently received this as a Thank You gift – on the note, it has special reminders incl. my birthday, upcoming dates for Stamp Club, new catalogue release date & more.

Cardstock: Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, Crazy Cajun & Chocolate Chip

Other: Greenhouse Gala DSP, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Dies,  White Gel Pen, Versmark, Crystal Effects, Map Pin (non-SU!) & Corkboard (non-SU!)

This is for someone special – that’s all I can say for now! Shhhh!

Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White & Rich Razzleberry

Stamp set: Thanks for Caring (Autumn-Winter 2011 Mini)

Ink: Tempting Turquoise

Other: Brights Patterned Paper Pack, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Dies,  1 1/4″ Striped Grosgrain Ribbon – Rich Razzleberry, Scallop Envelope Die, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Antique Brad, Window Punch & Ferrero Rochers

Thanks for visiting, now you’re next stop on the Hop is the lovely Judy May. I used to work with Judy many years ago & recently caught up her last nonth at our Australian/New Zealand Convention. Small world isn’t it?

Look forward to seeing you next month.

My Convention Swaps

After I registered for our Annual Stampin’ Up! Convention, about 6 weeks before it commenced, I was wracking my brain for a Swap idea.

As I am a Melburnian & Convention this year was held here – I was thinking of something Melbourne(ish) & decided to dress the Owl  up in AFL (Australian Football League) jumpers to represent the sport that alot of Victorians & Australians love.

Can you believe not one stamp was used in this Swap? I used mainly the Big Shot & the Extra-Large Two-Step Owl Punch.

Very cute! What do you think?

A new Challenge for Me!

I decided to “take the plunge” & delve into the wonderful world of Challenges – well one Challenge at the moment. Hopefully this will get my Mojo up & running again.

This Colour Challenge was set by Just Add Ink – http://just-add-ink.blogspot.com – anybody is welcome to participate & so this is my first time to submit a card.


One of my downline – Melissa – had a recent death in her family & I made this card, as a Sympathy Card . She loves these colours (except Whisper White), but she loved the card all the same.

Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White & Crumb Cake

Stamp Sets: Tiny Tags & Just Believe

Ink: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Old Olive & Rich Razzleberry

Other: Big Shot – Top Note Die, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Old Olive 1.6cm Grosgrain Ribbon, Linen Thread & Jewellery Tag Punch

Special cards for Special People!

A couple of milestones have happened in some special people’s lives recently & I made a couple of cards to remember the occasions by.

Firstly my gorgeous friend Mandy (& her hubby John) celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary – actually back in January. I caught up with Mandy about 3-4 weeks ago to give her the card & a lovely plant.

Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Brushed Silver & Shimmery White

Stamp set: None

Ink: Silver Encore (retired)

Other: Big Shot (BS) Polka Dot Embossing Folder, On Board Alphabet Soup (Chipboard), Timeless Type Junior Alphabet, Large Heart Punch, 1 1/4″ Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (Rich Razzleberry), Antique Brads & Crystal Effects

The next Special Card was given to Coral – she recently became a Grandmother for the 3rd time, but this time she is the Proud Nanna for a precious little Girl – Olivia Joy! I had seen quite a few of these cards around, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try one for myself.

It’s called an Onesie – found the very easy instructions here – http://laurenm.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/2008/02/05/create-your-own-onesie-card-tutorial-and-important-note-please-read/

Again I used some retired product.

Cardstock: Orchid Opulence  (retired) & Whisper White

Stamp Set: Punch Bunch (SAB 2011)

Ink: Rich Razzleberry

Other: Scallop Circle Punch, Ice Rhinestone Brads, 1 3/8″ Circle PunchTag Punch, Crimper & Garden Wall DSP (retired).

It was so much fun to make & it was accepted with lots of happiness & proudly shown off to friends.

Maybe I’ll pop back tomorrow with more creations!

Margaret  xxoo

My Regional Swap – 13 November

I didn’t have a clue what to make, for a Swap,  for this year’s Regional event. Over the past 2 years, I have made little cards & bookmarks – this year was I after something different.

I actually made a card front.  Thanks to be my new friend – Bertie – The Big Shot (that name just popped into my head) – made my job alot easier.

I used the Vintage Wallpaper &/or Polka Dot Embossing Folders, Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Scallop Trim Corner Punch, Basic Pearls, Glossy Cardstock, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Stampin’ Pastels, Elegant Eggplant & Very Vanilla cardstock – & Because I Care Stamp Set. Phew!

There’s the outcome!

The technique I used was called Shimmery Pastels.

Here is what you do:-

With your glossy cardstock, dab some (already shaken) shimmer paint over the glossy cardstock, using Glad Wrap. To quicken up the process – use your Heat Tool to dry it. Then using a dauber or sponge, dab into your Pastels & then onto the shimmery glossy cardstock.

The card definitely looks better in real life.

Thanks for visiting!


Margaret  xxoo