So, So Slack! But I’m Back!

Hi Everybody

Don’t worry I’m still around, just haven’t been inspired to blog anything recently.

Not only have I been sick – recovering from bronchitis – now have the ever-lovely hayfever to tend with. School Holidays finished last week – but I’m finding that it’s hard to function lately. Maybe it’s a combination of getting back into the school routine & adjusting to daylight savings – which also started last Saturday. Aaaarrrrgggghhhhh!

I have a bit to organize for upcoming functions – but in the meantime, please enjoy checking out these projects, I made recently, for a Hostess.

I’ve had a mental block – but I think it’s the the new In Colours, but please excuse me, if they are incorrect.

Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz &  Whisper White

Stamp Set: Sincere Salutations & Cottage Garden

Ink: Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz & Concord Crush

Other: Extra- Large Tag Punch, Scallop Trim Corner Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Sponge Dauber & Greenhouse Gala DSP.

Cardstock: Whisper White

Stamp Set: Friends Never Fade

Ink: Pumpkin Pie

Other: Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Greenhouse Gala DSP, Clear Embossing Powder & Heat Gun

Cardstock: Whisper White, Real Red & Chocolate Chip

Stamp Set: Tiny Tags

Ink: Pear Pizzazz & Real Red

Other: Greenhouse Gala DSP, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain Ribbon, Hemp Twine, Jewellery Tag Punch, Two-Step Owl Extra-Large Punch & 1/16″ Circle Punch.

Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie

Other: Greenhouse Gala DSP, Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Circle Punch & Build-A-Brad

My Hostess was very thrilled with her Gift consisting of the above 3 cards & the card-holder.


Happy Stamping!

Margaret  xxoo


Vellum Scallop Circle Card

This is the card, that I gave to Melissa – along with her “unique” gift.

Cardstock: Kraft & Vellum

Stamp Set: Sincere Salutations

Ink: Chocolate Chip & Baja Breeze

Other: Scallop Circle Die (Big Shot), Manhattan Flower Embossing Folder, Lots of Tags, Rhinestone Brads, Embossing Powder, Daubers

I’m really pleased how it turned out!

Thanks for stopping by!


Margaret  xxoo

Autumn Tradtions Displays

Below are a close-up photo of each of the cards, I had made for the Craft & Quilt Fair recently.

This card I only used one stamp set & the leaves were cut out from the DSP. The ribbon is originally white, but I coloured it to match the DSP, by using the Ruby Red marker.

Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant & Whisper White

Stamp Set: Sincere Salutations

Ink: Ruby Red

Other: Autumn Traditions DSP, White Taffeta ribbon – coloured with Ruby Red Marker, Hemp Twine, 3/4″ Circle Punch, Scallop Oval Punch & Large Oval Punch

Love both of these Stamp Sets – unfortunately they are being retired, due to being Level 1 Hostess Stamp Sets. This card has used the “One Sheet Wonder” technique, whereby you stamp all over the cardstock, in any direction, then cut it up into rectangles. Very classy & easy!

Cardstock: More Mustard & Whisper White

Stamp Set: Organic Grace & Best Yet (both level 1 Hostess Stamp Sets) – both only available until 31 August 2010.

Ink: More Mustard, Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant & Ruby Red

Other: Autumn Traditions DSP, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch & 1 1/4″ Circle Punch

I love this stamp set – Eastern Blooms – especially great to use with our Markers.

Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Whisper White & Ruby Red

Stamp Sets: Eastern Blooms & Wonderful Favourites

Ink: Elegant Epplant

Other: Autumn Traditions DSP, Corner Rounder, Earth Element Brads, Filigree Flower Brad, Circle Rhinestone Brad, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, Markers:- Elegant Eggplant, More Mustard, Always Artichoke & Ruby Red

Cardstock: Ruby Red & Whisper White

Stamp Set: Fifth Avenue Floral

Ink: Ruby Red, Soft Suede, Always Artichoke

Other: Autumn Traditions DSP, Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Eyelet Border Punch

A bit of a different style Christmas card, rather than the usual Santa theme.

Cardstock: Always Artichoke & Whisper White

Stamp Sets: Medallion BG & Many Merry Messages (wouldn’t want to say that 5 times fast. lol!)

Ink: Always Artichoke & More Mustard

Other: Corner Rounder, Scallop Edge Punch, 1 3/4″ Circle Punch, 3/4″ Circle Punch, Rhinestone Brad

More photos on the next post.

Margaret  xxoo

My Customer’s Project

Yesterday, I held a class on making a Gift Bag with 5 matching cards & envelopes. Fantastic idea for a gift or even for yourself – then you have some cards handy to send out. My lovely customers loved the idea & thought it was very simple to make. I even had a brand new stamper (conned my walking buddy to join in) – I think she may be hooked.

Each of my customer’s were given a pack consisting of Designer Series Paper, Cardstock, Ribbon, Brads, Twine & Jumbo Eyelets – all co-ordinating colours.

Below is a photo of one of the outcomes. This customer generally doesn’t use bright colours – she is mainly an Old Olive or Earth Elements person, so I gave her something different to work with.

Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Summer Sun & Whisper White

Stamp Sets: Organic Grace (Level 1 Hostess), Butterfly Prints (Summer Mini), Priceless, Sincere Salutations & Fifth Avenue Floral (there are others, but I can’t quite see what she used)

Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Summer Sun & Yoyo Yellow

Other: Pink Flamingo DSP, Tempting Turquoise Grosgrain Ribbon, Corner Rounder, Circle Punches, Scallop Edge Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, jumbo eyelets, brown paper bag (non-SU!) & Bold Bright Brads

I think she did an outstanding job – don’t you agree??


Margaret  xxoo


Birthday Card for Special Lady

Below is a birthday card I just whipped up this morning.

I used the gorgeous Parisian Breeze Speciality DSP from the current Spring Mini (valid until 30 November 2009). I love this paper & the co-ordinating cardstock that goes with it.


Cardstock: Kraft & Whisper White

Stamp Sets: Always & Sincere Salutations

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss & Bashful Blue Stampin’ Write Markers & Chocolate Chip Ink Pad

Other: Parisian Breeze Speciality DSP, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, 1″ Circle Punch & Baja Breeze Ribbon (Valet Ribbon Originals)


Margaret  xxoo

The “Art of Embossing”

Last week I taught a class on the Art of Embossing.

We had a FUN time experimenting with Embossing Powder, Versamark, Heat Gun, various cardstock  & ink colours.

Below are some of the examples I showed the class:


I LOVE this effect – it’s called Emerging Colour!

Cardstock: Whisper White

Stamp Set: Priceless & Eastern Blooms

Ink: Versamark, Riding Hood Red, Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette & Elegant Eggplant

Other: Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Embossing Buddy, Double Rectangle Punch, Brayer & Elegant Eggplant Grosgrain Ribbon

Here is another sample – although not my favourite – it shows you can also used wording.


Cardstock: Whisper White

Stamp Sets: Priceless, Eastern Blooms & Sincere Salutations

Inks: So Saffron, Certainly Celergy, Riding Hood Red & Pink Pirouette

Other: Embossing Buddy, Heat Gun, Clear Embossing Powder, Versamark, Brayer, Riding Hood Red Double Stitched Ribbon, Hemp Twine & Real Red Brads



Margaret  xxoo