Gift for a Friend!

My Lovely Friend – Rosie – is recovering from a major operation. She is currently at a rehab centre doing physio, exercises & generally recovering from the operation.

I remember when I was in hospital last year & at times, you can go “bonkers” from not doing the “normal” things in our life. To make the time go fast, or seem to, I decided to make Rosie her own Gift Bag with cards inside – ready for when she needs to send out “Thank You” cards or whatever.

So below is my creation & matching cards:

Cardstock: Rose Red & Very Vanilla

Stamp Sets: Pocket Silhouettes, Garden Whimsy, Inspired by Nature, Organic Grace (Level 1 Hostess), Always & Hello Again (Summer Mini).

Ink: Old Olive, Kiwi Kiss & Rose Red

Other: Raspberry Tart DSP, Rose Red 1″ Double-Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Jumbo Eyelets, Scallop Square Punch, 1 1/4″ Square Punch, Photo Corners Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Slit Punch & Hemp Twine


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


It’s when “Good Neighbours” become Good Friends!

Hi Everybody!

Below is 3 creations using the Good Neighbours Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set – which you can get for FREE with a minimum $100 order. There are also 3 other wonderful sets to choose from.

The first card is very plain – I was experimenting with my Stampa-ma-jig

Cardstock: Whisper White, Bravo Burgundy & Old Olive

Stamp Set: Good Neighbours

Ink: Old Olive & Bravo Burgundy

Other: Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch & Stampa-ma-jig

This one reminds me of the old terrace homes surrounding inner Melbourne.

Cardstock: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red & Whisper White

Stamp Sets: Good Neighbours & Tres Chic BG

Ink: Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss & Tangerine Tango

Other: Dimensionals, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Word Window Punch & Stampa-ma-jig

This one would have to be my favourite – very retro I think!

Cardstock: Basic Black, Silver (Brushed Metallics), Old Olive & Whisper White

Stamp Set: Good Neighbours (can you see which part of the stamp set I used)

Ink: Elegant Eggplant

Other: Silver Brads, Earth Element Brads, Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, Linen Thread & Playground Buttons (Summer Mini), Stamping Sponges & of course the Stampa-ma-jig

Hope you enjoyed seeing my creations & thanks for looking!

Margaret  xxoo

Mojo Monday 122

Hello & Welcome to my Blog!

Below is my Mojo Monday card – I ‘ved used colours I wouldn’t normally use. But I love the way they work well together.

The flower design isn’t actually a stamp – it’s a sheet of Designer Series Paper & I’ve just trimmed it to suit. Quite effective, don’t you think?

Cardstock: Whisper White & Basic Black

Stamp Sets: Inspired By Nature & Butterfly Prints

Ink: Basic Black

Other: Urban Oasis DSP, White Gel Pen, Basic Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Oval Punch, Oval Punch, 1 3/4″ Circle Punch, Butterfly Punch & Gold Brads


I really enjoyed making this easy card – hope you enjoyed looking at it.

Thanks for passing through!


Margaret  xxoo

Gift Bag with Matching Cards

As you know, for Christmas, I gave some relations, a Gift Bag with some general cards enclosed. They LOVED THEIR GIFTS! Woohoo!

Anyway, I thought I would make another Gift Bag – but this time, enclose 5 matching cards.

Below is what I came up with – including 5 very different cards.

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy & Kraft

Stamp Sets: Butterfly Prints (Summer Mini), Something Sweet (Summer Mini), Hello Again (Summer Mini) & Best Yet (Lvl 1 Hostess)

Ink: Baja Breeze, Sahara Sand, Not Quite Navy & Certainly Celery

Other: Bella Bleu DSP, Not Quite Navy Grosgrain Ribbon, Jumbo Eyelets, 1 3/4″ Circle Punch (Summer Mini), 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, Star Punch, Butterfly Punch (Summer Mini), Chunky Glitter, Earth Element Brads, Scallop Edge Punch, Corner Rounder, Scallop Circle Punch, Vellum & Hemp Twine (Phew! – that must be it!)


Keep an eye for class dates next month – where I’ll be teaching this fabulous little gift idea!


Thanks for stopping by!


Margaret  xxoo


Mojo Monday 120

I recently advised my customers that I would be taking a break from cardmaking, during the January school holidays, but as you can see, I just couldn’t resist trying this week’s Mojo Monday design.

I used the Pink Flamingo DSP – honestly, I’m not a huge fan of this paper, but had a few lonely sheets lying around – so thought I would put them to good use.

Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White & Tempting Turquoise

Stamp set: Eastern Blooms

Ink: Versamark

Other: Pink Flamingo DSP, Scallop Edge Punch, Hemp Twine, 3/4″ Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (Summer Mini) & Playground Designer Buttons (Summer Mini)


What do you think of the paper flower? Cute hey?

One the perks of being a Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator, is that we receive a monthly Impressions magazine & it shows us many new techniques to be used on cards or scrapbook pages or gift ideas.

Watch This Space! As I’ll be announcing class dates, to show how to make many different styles of Paper Flowers.

Stay Tuned!


Margaret  xxoo

Last, but not least!

OK – these 2 remaining cards have the Parisian Breeze Speciality DSP (retired Spring Mini). I’ve just started to really like this pack of paper & now it’s gone – sorry!

Cardstock: Baja Breeze

Other: Butterfly Punch (Summer Mini), Ice Rhinestone Brads, Baja Breeze 1″ Double-Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Hemp Twine (love this product) & Parisian Breeze DSP.


Cardstock: White Vellum

Stamp Set: Butterfly Prints (Summer Mini)

Ink: Baja Breeze

Other: Butterfly Punch (Summer Mini), Baja Breeze 1″ Double-Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Hemp Twine & Parisian Breeze DSP.


Well there you go, hope you enjoyed my collection of cards – let me know which one was your favourite.

Until next time!



Margaret  xxoo