14 September 2011

Want to be a Demonstrator?

Have you have been thinking about joining Stampin’ Up! ? 


During September you can join as a demonstrator for only $169. 

The limited Mini Starter Kit is a great investment.



Join me and share your creative inspirations with some great new and old friends.

If you want more information send me an email or give me a call.


Talk to you soon  …….. Meg x

Just Because…

Hi everyone,


The title of this blog just seems right at the moment just because……. it’s the title of my card…..it just how things are at the moment…..it’s just my excuse and it’s all Just Because.


Last weekend I attended the Stampin’ Up! Regional meeting and it was lovely to catch up with friends, talk, stamp and just tune out of everything else for a while.


There was lots of inspiration and excitement with the launch of the new catalogue this month. 


One of the things I have purchased is the Delicate Doilies stamp set and the co-ordinating DSP Flirtatious Specialty. 


The colours in this DSP are lovely : Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Pretty In Pink, Daffodil Delight, Wisteria Wonder and Whisper White.


There is a also a 2 Doily Laser Cut double sided sheets in the pack.


I had been looking at the challenges this week and I have completed a card for the Just Add Ink Challenge using the Melon Mambo Doily Laser Cut Sheet from the DSP Pack.


The Just Add Ink Challenge is to use White plus ONE other colour!


So I have used Melon Mambo and Whisper White.





Here is my card:




Stamp set: Delicate Doilies,  It’s Your Day

Card: Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Ink: Melon Mambo

Accessories:  Flirtatious Speciality DSP, Clear Rhinestone Brads, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive


A simple card and you could put any note on the inside and send to someone Just Because.


Until next time…Meg x

25 August 2011

Touched by Nature

Hi everyone,


How has your week been going?


Mine has been quite good but the weeks seem to go so fast lately and we are nearly in September – Christmas will be here before we know it!


My card below is a combination of a couple of challenges:



Inkspiration Sketch Challenge # 83





Colour Create Challenge # 77


which is inspirational colours of Blue, Green, White, Red & Brown from the picture below as well the optional extra – Texture.


I have used Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz and Baja Breeze.









I have added a touch of texture with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder on the Pear Pizzazz.






The sketch challenge was great as I love layers.  - Well what do you think?





Stamp set: Nature Walk, Teeny Tiny Sentiments

Card: Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobbler, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede

Accessories:  Lace Ribbon Border Punch, Word Window Punch, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Silver Brads, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive


Hope to see you back soon…. Meg x


19 August 2011

Cupcake Time

Hi everyone,


Back again with a mixture of the old and the new.


The current Idea Book & Catalogue will be replaced on 1 September with our new catalogue and you can get some of the items we are saying good bye to by clicking here to review the retired list.


So for this challenge I have mixed the old with the new – some DSP that is only available until 31 August with the new the Create a Cupcake stamp set that teams with the Cupcake Builder Punch.


The sketch layout is from Mary Jo’s website and her Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge # 187.




And this is my card:






Stamp set: Create a Cupcake

Card: Real Red, Pacific Point, Whisper White
Ink: Pacific Point

Accessories:  Celebrations DSP, Cupcake Builder Punch, Mini Glue Dots,Paper Piercing Tool & Mat Pack, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive


I love the bright colours in the DSP and the cute little cup cake.


Leave a comment let me know what you think.


Till next time…. Meg x

Back and Pretty in Pink

Hi everyone,


My goodness it has been AGES!!!!!!!!!!! since my last post and to be honest I haven’t stopped.


Between completing wedding invitations, boxes, name place cards, decorating wishing well/candles and thank you cards  PLUS

Changing workplaces and working for my old workplace for a few weeks after I finished PLUS

School Holidays PLUS

Completing some Workshops PLUS

as you can all appreciate life in general has been crazy so something had to give and it has been my posts and my crafty creations.


But during the past week I found the Paper Players Challenge Colour Challenge # 59 – All Pretty In Pink :


Rose Red, Regal Rose and Pretty in Pink




I have also used the sketch layout from Ala Card Monkey site – I really like the challenge of this layout. 



I am happy with the end result and I have used some of the new product from the new Idea Book & Catalogue.  Like the Lace Ribbon Border Punch and the Button Buddies and Creative Elements stamp sets.






Stamp set: Just Believe, Creative Elements,  Button Buddies

Card: Pretty in Pink, Real Rose, Rose Red, Very Vanilla
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Real Rose, Rose Red

Accessories:  Lace Ribbon Boarder Punch, 3/8” Pretty In Pink Taffeta Ribbon, Mini Glue Dots, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive


What do you think? 


Well I am off to make a cup of tea so until next time, keep well…… Meg x

09 June 2011


Hi everyone,


Back with a new card to share and I have taken inspiration from two challenges:





A sketch challenge from Just Us Girls













A sentiment challenge from Paper Players








A colour challenge from Meighan (LOL):


Night of Navy, Riding Hood Red, Early Espresso and Very Vanilla.



I used Night of Navy for the base of my card and then I added an embossed piece of Riding Hood Red cardstock.  The embossing folder used is the Elegant Lines textured impressions embossing folder.


The butterflies are from the Beautiful Wings and Beautiful Butterflies Dies and I have used the Stampin’ Pastels Night of Navy to create a touch of shading on the two Very Vanilla butterflies.


I have used the Circle Scissor Plus to cut out the large two circles.  The large circle is from a sheet of the Botanical Gazette DSP.





Stamp set: Perfect Punches

Card: Night of Navy, Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla
Ink: Riding Hood Red

Accessories:  Botanical Gazette DSP, 3/8” (1cm) Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin‘ Pastels, Sticky Strip, Scallop Oval Extra-Large Punch, 1-3/8” x 5/8” (3.5 cm x 1.6 cm) Oval Large Punch, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Dies, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Dies, Basic Pearls, Elegant Lines Embossing Folders, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive



I am really happy with the end result – what do you think? 


Please come back soon….. Meg x

08 June 2011

For You


Hi everyone how was your weekend?


Mine was great!  I caught up with a friend of mine I have know since were 5 years old and every time we catch up it is wonderful.


Our children all played together and it was nice to get away for the weekend.  I think sometimes we forget to stop and just enjoy times like this.


That was my weekend but now on to the card I have created for two challenges.


The sketch challenge from Create with Connie and Mary and the current Play Date Cafe Challenge.



Create Sketches Square-011


From the picture inspiration at the Play Date Cafe I have used Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz and and Very Vanilla.


I have used Riding Hood Red for the base of my card and I have also used some of the Botanical Gazette DSP from the Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue.






Stamp set: Nature Walk, Clearly for You

Card: Riding Hood Red, Old Olive Very Vanilla
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Pear Pizzazz

Accessories:  3/8” (1cm) Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, SNAIL Adhesive



I used a dauber to add a touch of Cherry Cobbler to the edges of the DSP.


I love the image of the butterfly on the DSP, they just seem to be flying in the background.


Thanks for visiting again, please come back soon.


Until next time keep creating…. Meg x

02 June 2011

Happy Birthday

Hi everyone,


I have created a birthday card using the colour challenge from Create with Connie and Mary and the sketch layout from Sketch Frenzy Friday.


Both challenges can be seen below:


Color Coach-004 



I have used Riding Hood Red for the base of my card and I have used the lovely butterfly from the Strength and Hope set.


I have flipped the sketch and replaced the bow with the butterfly.






Stamp set: Strength & Hope, Perfect Punches, Just Believe

Card: Peach Parfait, Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla 
Ink: Peach Parfait, Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze

Accessories:  1-3/8” (3.5 cm) Circle Large Punch, 2” x 1-3/8” (5 x 3.5 cm) Oval Extra Large Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, 3/16” (0.5 cm) Corner Small Punch, 3/8” (1 cm) Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive



I found the colours to put together a little challenging – LOL,  but I am pretty happy with the end result.


What do you think?  Keep creating…… Meg x

31 May 2011

It’s Black & White with a Splash of Green

Hi everyone,


How was your weekend?  Hope your week is off to a good start!


I did go to the movies with my Mum and saw “Water for Elephants” – it was a very good movie but I the circus master was a very cruel man! 


I know that they say that the book in normally better than the movie but for this movie I do not believe I could read the book.  I must say the elephant in the movie was beautiful – as beautiful an elephant can be !


On to crafty things and I have a card to share with you.


The colours have been inspired by the challenge at The Play Date Cafe – It’s Black and White with a touch of Green.


The sketch layout was from Sketch Frenzy Friday – this sketch has closed but I liked the simplicity of it:













I have used Basic Black for the base of the card and I have embossed the Whisper White in the Big Shot with the Elegant Lines embossing folder.






Stamp set: Clearly for You, Pocket Silhouettes

Card: Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz

Accessories:  1-3/8” (3.5 cm) Circle Large Punch, 1-3/4” (4.4 cm) Scallop Circle Extra-Large, 1-1/4” (3.2 cm) Basic Black Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, White Uni-ball Signo Gel Pen, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive



This was a really quick card to do and I just love the large striped grosgrain ribbon.


What do you think?  Leave me a message if you get a chance and visit again soon! 



Meg x

26 May 2011

Cottage Friend

Hi everyone – how are you going for Thursday?  I am well, feeling great and looking forward to the weekend.


We have our fortnightly girly get together this Friday where we probably do more talking then crafting but it is a great way to wind down and catch up.


Also I am going to the movies with Mum this weekend to see ‘Water for Elephants’ – a girly flick  and we will catch up with Dad for dinner after the movies.


So speaking of girly things, I have created a card that fits into three current challenges:


The first is the very Girly Challenge from the Friday Mashup Challenge - Ribbons, Pearls and all things Girls – what a beautiful little girl!


The second challenge is from SUO challenges – Flowers for May.  You can visit this site to see this challenge if you click here.


The last challenge is from Paper Players and is a Sketch Challenge # 48:




I have used a colour combo of Melon Mambo, Basic Grey and Old Olive with Very Vanilla, as well as the lovely Vintage Vogue stamp set.


I cannot believe a few months ago I was struggling to think of ways to use this set!  I have used this lovely set so many times lately.


For that extra touch I used some of the Chantilly 1/2” Crochet Trim.





Stamp set: Vintage Vogue

Card: Melon Mambo, Basic Grey, Very Vanilla
Ink: Melon Mambo, Basic Grey, Old Olive

Accessories:  Textured Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folders, 1/2” (1.3 cm) Chantilly Crochet Trim, Circle Scissors Plus, Sticky Strip, Rhinestone Brads, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive



What do you think ?  Leave me a comment if you get a chance and let me know.


I think the sketch challenge really suited the girly theme.


All the best…. Meg x

25 May 2011

Finally another post & challenge

Hi everyone,


I haven’t had a chance to send a post for a while as I have been to the Stampin’ Up! Convention in Melbourne and it was GREAT!


Had a wonderful time, met so many crafty people, exchanged ideas and it was so worth travelling to Melbourne and experiencing the cold and wet but I must say I also got to see my Sister and her family which was an added bonus :)


As you know, you then come back home you get back into routines work, school, life in general but along the way unfortunately pick up a cold.


So I was not feeling the best over the weekend but I am much better now and back on board.


Now on to my card creation…..


I have used the colour challenge from Just Add Ink and the sketch challenge from Create with Connie and Mary:





I have used Baja Breeze for the base of my card and I have created a card for Child’s Birthday.  It is my youngest niece’s birthday next month so I think I will give this card to her.


I have used the Fox & Friends, Party This Way & On Your Birthday stamp sets as well as some of the texture embossing folders in the Big Shot.





Stamp set: Fox & Friends, Party This Way, On Your Birthday

Card: Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz, Perfect Plum, Whisper White
Ink: Certainly Pear Pizzazz, Perfect Plum

Accessories:  Textured Square Lattice & Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folders, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Word Window Punch, 1” (2.5 cm) Circle Medium Punch, 1-3/8” (3.5 cm) Circle Large Punch, 3/8” (1 cm) Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, 1/2” (1.3 cm) Pear Pizzazz Stitched-Poly Ribbon, Mat Pack for Paper Piercing, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive


This was an unusual sketch but this is why you call them challenges!


In the end I think both the sketch and the colours have worked well together and I am sure my niece will enjoy this card for her 4th Birthday.


Until next time…. Meg x

06 May 2011

Thank You

Hi everyone,


Another week gone and the weekend is here and I have another card to share with you. 


The colours are from the Scrapmaster’s Paradise Color Combo # 98 challenge – visit Scrapmaster’s Paradise by clicking on the image.





The other inspiration is from the Paper Players Challenge # 45 - Birds, Bees, Flowers and/or Trees # 45.


I have also used Paper Players sketch from last week as inspiration for the card and you can visit Paper Players by clicking on the image.




The base of my card is Chocolate Chip cardstock and the Tempting Turquoise cardstock has been embossed in the Big Shot with the new Framed Tulips Textured Impressions folder.


The Chantilly Crochet Trim has been layered on the Chocolate Chip Scallop Trim Border Punched cardstock.





Stamp set: Occasional Quotes, Eastern Blooms

Card: Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise, Very Vanilla
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise

Accessories:  Chantilly 1/2” (1.3 cm) Crochet Trim, Framed Tulips Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Scallop Trim Border Punch, SNAIL Adhesive



I have not used the Eastern Blooms stamp set for some time but I think it suited this card and the sentiment from the Occasional Quotes Hostess set adds that little touch.


Thanks for have a look around, please come back soon…… Meg x

04 May 2011


Hi everyone,


It’s the middle of the week and I don’t know about you but things are so busy.


But as you will appreciated, we always need a bit of my time and with my time tonight after finishing some chores, I have created a new card to share with you and the card uses two challenges.


The first is the current colour challenge # 148 from Create with Connie & Mary and the other challenge is the sketch challenge # 137 from the Clean & Simple site.


Color Coach-002



The colours from the colour challenge are wonderful, they have co-ordinated so well.


For the sketch I have used the lovely swirls image from the Baroque Motifs set for the main part of the card.  I had forgotten how much I love this stamp set !







Stamp set: Baroque Motifs

Card: Wild Wasabi, Perfect Plum, So Saffron, Whisper White
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Perfect Plum

Accessories:  Eyelet Border Punch, Antique Brads, Basic Rhinestones, SNAIL Adhesive



I have added one of the Antique Brads to the card and I have used the Eyelet Border Punch to add a little bit more to the side of the card.


What do you think?  I really like the end results and the colours look so good !


Leave me a comment if you get a chance and please visit again soon……. Meg x

03 May 2011

Upsy Daisy Challenge

Hi everyone,


Just a quick post to share with you a card I have created for the Diva Coffee Break Design Sketch Challenge # 225 & the colour challenge # 39 from ColorLab.


Here are the challenges below and you can view the sites if you click on these images.




The base card is Pumpkin Pie and I have used Very Vanilla as the neutral card stock.


I have also rotated the sketch and my card and use the Upsy Daisy stamp set.





Stamp set: Upsy Daisy

Card: Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Very Vanilla 
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry

Accessories:  3/8” (1 cm) Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Mat Pack for Paper-Piercing, Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive




Unfortunately I did not have enough room for the sentiment on the front of the card but I will add that on the insert inside the card.


A quick card, I like it – if you want to let me know what you think, please leave me a comment.


Until next time….. Meg x

30 April 2011

Hello Blossoms Sketch

Hi Everyone,


Time has been on short supply this week :)      so I have not had a lot of time to create very much.


But I should get back into the swing of things over the weekend.


Although I had a chance to create a new card using the Hello Blossoms stamp set for the Card Patterns Sketch #112 challenge and the ColorQ colour challenge.


Both are below and you can visit the sites if you click the images:




I have twisted the sketch and changed it a little as this stamp set has the sentiment in the flowers.


I also stamped the image twice, the first one was on Whisper White cardstock in Kiwi Kiss ink and the second on Whisper White cardstock with Baja Breeze ink.


Both pieces of  the Whisper White cardstock were the same size prior to being stamped on so I cut them down the middle and then matched the images up to get the two tone effect.







Stamp set: Hello Blossoms

Card: Always Artichoke, Pear Pizzazz, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Ink: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss (Retired)

Accessories:  5/8” (1.6 cm) Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Always Artichoke Grosgrain Ribbon (Retired), Mat Pack for Paper-Piercing, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive



This was a quick card to make with this great sketch layout.


Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.




PS - This little stamp set is such great value and is currently available Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue which you can view via the link on my blog or if you would like a copy of the mini catalogue email me and I will send one to you.



Take care….. Meg x

25 April 2011


Hi everyone,


It’s Anzac Day today and a day were Australians and New Zealander’s remember all our fallen soldiers.  It is the anniversary of the first major military action which was fought by Australian and New Zealand forces in the First World War.


ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps and if want to know more about the ANZAC’s and the history of Australia Day you can visit the Australian War Memorial if you click here.


My card below has just one word on it.… happiness.


The sketch for this card is from Sketch Frenzy Friday and the colours from ColorLab’s current colour challenge:






I have used Pink Pirouette for the base of the card and the petal image from the Printed Petals stamp set.





Stamp set: Printed Petals, Priceless, Warm Words (retired)

Card: Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Ink: Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Pink Pirouette

Accessories:  Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, Distressing Tool from Cutter Kit, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive


A simple card with soft colours.



On today, I am happy and thankful for every soldier and what they have done and continue to do for this country.


This is a day of remembrance of all the good and bad times, ones that make us cry and ones that make us laugh with happiness.



Take care and keep safe, please visit again soon…… Meg x

Time goes by….

Hi everyone,


Hope the Easter Bunny found you - he visited our place and I think I have had my fill of chocolate ----- well for now that is    :)


This post has been created as I have a new card to share with you.


I have created the card below using the Create with Connie & Mary sketch challenge # 147 and the colour challenge from Utah Divas International.


Both challenges are below for your to see and visit:


Create Sketches Square-010



I have used the Sense of Time stamp set which I do not use often and I have used Basic Black for

the base of my card.





Stamp set: Sense of Time

Card: Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Grey, Basic Black

Accessories:  1/4” (6.4 mm) Basic Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Mat Pack for Paper-piercing, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive



I added the saying from the Sense of Time stamp set:


“An unhurried sense of time is in itself a form of wealth – Bonnie Friedman'” 


…… what a true words. 


How often do we run around and forget to slow down and appreciate the small things that mean so much.


I hope you have time over the next few days to get a chance to slow down, relax and get a chance to enjoy some of the small things around you and your family.


Take care….. Meg x

23 April 2011


Hi everyone,


It has been an interesting week, I have been in Melbourne and on the return trip unfortunately we were delayed about 2.5 hours getting back to Sydney on Tuesday night.  As there had been a Security issue in Sydney earlier in the day.


At one stage we were told that we would not get back to Sydney before curfew (that’s 11 pm) but we did get back with about 15 minutes to spare.


So many people were inconvenienced and some have only just been reallocated flights, so I cannot complain too much.


With the late return on Tuesday night and trying to squeeze in 5 days of work into two on Wednesday and Thursday, I have not had a much time or energy to do any crafting.


But this evening (Good Friday), I have managed to create a quick card for the following challenges:


Card Patterns Sketch 111




and Flutter by Wednesday open challenge and with this challenges there is always a need for a butterfly but for me that is not hard :)


and Just Add Ink – Mateship/Friendship for Anzac Day challenge


My card has some of the wonderful Elegant Soiree DSP and I taken the colour inspiration for my card from this paper which is Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla and Basic Grey.





Stamp set: Great Friend, Hello Again

Card: Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake,
Ink: Soft Suede, Baja Breeze

Accessories:  Lots of Tags Sizzlits 4-Pack Dies, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive



I have used Soft Suede for the base of my card and the friendship sentiment from the Great Friend stamp set.


I had forgotten about the Lots of Tags 4-Pack Dies which go through the Big Shot and make a quick label for any card or creative project, so I am happy to have used it in this card.


Let me know what you think by leaving a comment and don’t leave it too long before your next visit.


Have a great Easter!  Meg x

18 April 2011

Free like a Butterfly…

Hi everyone,


How are you going?  I am well and happy that I can share another card with you.


Today I have created a card for two challenges:


  1. a colour challenge from Create with Connie & Mary # CCMC146 and
  2. then a sketch layout from Clean & Simple # 135!


Both challenges are below for you to see and you can visit the sites if you click on the images.





I must admit this colour challenge took a lot of thought, as the colours are bright colours.


In the end I  decided on using Real Read for the base of the card and with some Very Vanilla in the mix, I think the end result is quite good!





Stamp set: All a Flutter, Sense of Time

Card: Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Very Vanilla
Ink: Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie

Accessories:  Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Nestabilities, 3/16” (0.5 cm) Corner Small Punch,  Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive



I love this butterfly image from the All a Flutter stamp set – this is a single image that can be purchased out of the current catalogue.


Please leave me a comment if you get a chance but remember to spend a little time creating !!!


Until next time….. Meg x