30 April 2013

Red, White & Blue Christmas

When you have challenges they are meant to take you outside of your comfort zone and this week at Holly Jolly we are challenge you go very Non-Traditional.


Our challenge is for you to make a Christmas project using:


Red, White and Blue


You know when every I say those colours I think of the rhyme at school which goes:


Red, White and Blue the boys kiss you…. LOL


Oh the things you randomly remember!


But back to the challenge, everyone one on the Design Team has created something totally different and I for my card I have mainly used Red and White with just a touch of blue.


The layout of my card is inspired by the current Less is More challenge, so I have gone very CAS.


Here is my card





Stamp set: First Christmas, Come to Bethlehem

Card: Cherry Cobbler, Midnight Muse, Whisper White
Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Accessories:  Eyelet Border Punch (retired), Square Lattice Embossing Folder,Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive




Below is the Less is More sketch:







I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:


Less is More Challenge - #117 sketch

Love to Create Challenge – # 63 Punches and/or Dies

Amusing Challenge – Anything Goes

Eclectic Ellapu Challenge – Anything Goes







Thanks for visiting my little crafty corner and if you get a chance please come over to Holly Jolly and say ‘hi’ and show us what you have created.


Keep well…… Meg

28 April 2013

Joy Fold Card

Cindy is hosting the new challenge over at Come and Get It and this week we want to see what wonderful


Joy Fold Cards


you can create.


If you have not created a Joy Fold card before here is the link for the tutorial over at Splitcoast.


The colours for my card have been inspired by the Tea for Two DSP, just loved this paper and the colours. 


The colours I have used are Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, So Saffron plus some neutrals Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake.


Here is the outside of my Joy Fold card:




and the inside is simple and clean with a little butterfly







Stamp set: Perfect Punches

Card: Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, So Saffron, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake
Ink: Calypso Coral

Accessories:  2-3/8” (6 cm) Scallop Circle Punch, 1-1/4” (3.2 cm) Scallop  Circle Punch, Extra Large Oval Punch, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, Tea for Two DSP, Enchantment Brad (retired), Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive




I have layered the flower on an extra scallop circle and the flower has been added the front of the card with dimensionals.  The top fold is kept close as the edge is under the scalloped flower.


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:


My Time to Craft Challenge – # 219 Use Kraft

Pumpkin Spice Challenge – # 17 Nature

Stamping With Dragon Challenge – Spring has Sprung

Stampin for the Weekend Challenge – Die Cuts and/or Punches

AUD Sentiments Challenge – #79 Happy Birthday

Paper Pretties Challenge - #24 Fabulous Folds

Creative Card Crew Challenge – # 34 Handmade Flowers



Enjoy your week and have fun creating those Joy Fold cards!


See you next time……Meg

27 April 2013

Inkspirational Sketch

There is still time to join the Inkspirational Sketch Challenge this week and we would love to see your interpretation of the sketch.


I have used a gone very girly when creating my card for the challenge.








Stamp set: Everything Eleanor, Blooming with Kindness

Card: Red Rose, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Naturals Ivory (retired)

 Ink: Rose Red

Accessories:  2-3/8” (6 cm) Scallop Circle Punch, 1-1/4” (3.2 cm) Scallop Circle Punch, Little Leaves Sizzlits Die, Apothecary Accents Framelits Die, Enchantment Brad (retired), Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive









This is the sketch













I haven’t created flowers using punches for ages so I am now working on using the punches to create some other colour flowers.


At the last minute I remembered that I had the leave die cut in my stash which I have not used for a long time and it was perfect for the leaves.



I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:


Dilly Beans Challenge – Think Pink

Shelly’s Images Challenge – Flowers

Creative Belli Challenge - #168 Spring

The Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge – Anything Goes

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge - #112 Flowers

Oldie But a Goodie Challenge – Make It Girly

Sweet Stamps Monthly Challenge – Stamp your own Background

Sweet Stamps Challenge - #114 Use 3 of any item (used leaves)

Use It Tuesday Challenge - #54 Flowers for Mum



Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thank you for visiting my little creative corner….Meg

24 April 2013

Pink Plus One

It’s Wednesday, middle of the week and time to share with you a card I created for the Crafty Creations current challenge.


This week we are challenging you to :


Use Pink Plus One 


Pink and one other colour excluding neutrals, I decided on Chocolate Chip and Regal Rose.


The layout of my card is inspired by the current sketch at Crazy 4 Challenges.


I used the new Hearts a Flutter Framelits Die and Hearts a Flutter stamp set.  I just love dies and punches they make things so easy and quick.


I added a bow and a butterfly and some embossing too.


Here is my card












Stamp set: Hearts a Flutter, Occasional Quotes (retired)

Card: Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Ink: Regal Rose

Accessories:  Hearts a Flutter Framelit Die, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, Very Vanilla Ribbon (retired), Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, Pearls, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive








I could you this card to send to a friend to let them know I am thinking of them or even a sympathy card.  I just love the sentiment “I’m here for you….”


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:


Crazy 4 Challenge - #C4C182 Sketch

Craft Room Challenge – So Sentimental

Pause Dream Enjoy Challenge – # 8 Friendship



Thank you for visiting, enjoy the rest of your week….Meg

23 April 2013

HJ Embossing with Ribbon

This week’s challenge at Holly Jolly is hosted by me and I have chosen the theme challenge to be

Embossing with Ribbon.


The embossing can be dry embossing or heat set embossing and ribbon well we all have ribbon that we find in our stash.


So I would love to see you join us and get a start on your Christmas cards too!


For my card I have heat embossed my Christmas Tree image with clear embossing powder.  I first stamped in Island Indigo Ink and then quickly added the clear embossing powder.


You can see the how the image is darker with the embossing powder because the sentiment Season’s Greeting is just stamped in the Island Indigo ink.


The layout for my card was inspired by an older sketch at Sketchbook Saturday.  Love the Clean and Simple look of the design.


Here is my card:





Stamp set: Snow Swirled

Card: Island Indigo, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Ink: Island Indigo

Accessories:  Scallop Edge Border, Island Indigo Ribbon, Vanilla Ribbon (Non-SU), Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive


I am hooked on the Island Indigo at the moment so my card is very non-traditional colours.


I would like to add my card to the following challenges:


Patties Creations Challenge – # 65 Make It Sparkle

Love to Scrap Challenge – # Cut It Out (Die and/or Punch)

QKR Stampede Challenge – # 35 Punches and/or Dies

4 Crafty Chicks Challenge – # 138 Trees

DRS Designs Challenge – # 66 Bows

Sweet Stampin Christmas Challenge – # 5 Use Kraft

Christmas Cards All Year Round Monthly Challenge – O’ Christmas Tree



Enjoy the rest of your week and take care….Meg

21 April 2013

CAGI Colour Challenge

Just a quick post to share with you our new challenge over at Come and Get It this week.


We have a colour challenge – Brown, Pink and Gold.


I decided to use Chocolate Chip with Pink and have gone for Rose Red as it is a darker shade of a Pinky colour.


For the Gold I raided my Embossing Powder stash and found some Glitter Gold Embossing powder.


I have gone for a very CAS card and at first was going to add something more but the more I look at the card the more I like the simplicity.


Here is my card







Stamp set: Everything Eleanor, Loving Thoughts

Card: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Ink: Rose Red, Versamark, Chocolate Chip

Accessories:  Gold Glitter Embossing Powder (Non SU), Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive


It looks a lot more sparkly in real life but you can see a few sparkles in the photo.


I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:


Totally Gorjuss Challenge - #180 Embossing

Stampin For the Weekend Challenge – Friendship

Paper Crafting Journey Challenge – Use Sentiment

Addicted to Stamps Challenge – 3 41 Anything Goes

Pennys Challenge - #123 Use Sentiment

Twisted Tuesday Challenge – # Use one from list + Twist add Chocolate



Have a wonderful week and keep safe…Meg

17 April 2013

Inkspirational CASE

New week and it is a Wednesday – well that means time for a new challenge over at Inkspirational.


This week it is time for a CASE.


For my card I have used Island Indigo with Whisper White and Basic Black card stock  and I love the combo.


Here is my card:





Stamp set: Serene Silhouettes

Card: Island Indigo, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Island Indigo

Accessories:  Delicate Designs Embossing Folder,
1-3/4” (4.4 cm) Scallop Circle Punch, Island Indigo Satin Ribbon, 1-3/8” (3.5 cm) Circle Punch,  Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive


Here is the CASE card:












So what would you create?   We would love to see at Inkspirational.




I would also like to enter my card into the following challenges:


LEJ Designs Challenge - #49 Emboss It

One Crazy Stamper Monthly Challenge – Black White and 1 more colour

Lexi’s Creations Challenge – # 88 Add Lace and/or Ribbon

My Craft Spot Challenge - #95 Anything Goes


Enjoy the rest of the week…Meg

16 April 2013

Cheeky Christmas

Just a quick post to share a card I created for the new Holly Jolly Challenge which is Humorous Christmas.


This challenge is sponsored by Bugaboo and I have used one of their images to create this simple but Humorous card.


I have gone with a mixture of traditional colours Gumball Green & Cherry Cobbler but teamed it up with Midnight Muse.  Sounds different but I am happy with the combo which just happened by fluke.


I have used some of the Satin Gumball Green Ribbon and the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder.  Plus just one Rhinestone.








Stamp set: Bugaboo Crabby Cathy – Naughty Christmas

Card: Midnight Muse, Cherry Cobbler, Non-SU White
Accessories:  3/8” (1 cm) Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Water Colour Pencils, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive



I would like to add this card to the following challenges:


C.R.A.F.T Challenge - #202 Christmas

Little Miss Muffet Challenge - #58 Anything Goes



Have a wonderful week and keep safe…Meg

14 April 2013

Children’s Birthday Wishes

Hello, hope you have had a great Sunday.


We have a beautiful day here in Sydney with lovely sunshine, light breeze – almost Spring like.


Our new challenge over at Come and Get It is Children’s Birthday cards and it is sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps.


I have used one of the Sponsor’s images and I have gone for a bright and happy card.


I raided my stash and found some bright paper I had brought ages and ages ago and teamed it with some retired SU paper.


I have been spending the afternoon playing with water colouring and have used my Watercolor Pencils to colour in my image.  It is a shame the Pencils are being discontinued, I am just getting used to using them.









Stamp set: Bugaboo Balloon Girl

Card: Midnight Muse, Pumpkin Pie

Accessories:  So Saffron Ribbon (retired), Watercolor Pencils, Aquabrush, Non SU Paper, Retired SU DSP, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive












I am loving using Ribbons at the moment so I added the ribbon at the end along with some bling.


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:


QKR Stampede Challenge – # 34 For a Child

Digi Stamps 4 Joy Challenge - #64 Anything Goes

Ruby’s Rainbow Challenge – Happy Birthday

City Crafter Challenge – Happy Birthday

Love to Scrap Challenge – 3 Recipe (3+Layers, 2 Papers, 1 Image)



Have a wonderful week, keep safe and keep creating….Meg

Inkspirational Photo Challenge

Hi everyone,


Well we have a wonderful new Photo Challenge over at Inkspirational.


I have gone very pink in my card and created the background on the Very Vanilla Cardstock by adding marker colours to a clear block with some water.  I haven’t used my markers for a while so it was good to try a few different colours to see what created the best background.


It took a few goes to get the right background but I like the one I eventually settled on.


The image is from the Serene Silhouettes stamp set and has been stamped in Chocolate Chip ink.

The lovely ribbon is the Two-Tone Ribbon Pink Pirouette/ Rose Red.


Here is my card







Stamp set: Serene Silhouettes

Card: Raspberry Ripple, Very Vanilla
Ink: Chocolate Chip

Accessories:  Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Two Tone Ribbon, Regal Rose, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive






Here is the inspirational photo:






I love the image to me it just seems to capture a lovely spring day.


I would like to add my card to the following challenges:


Bloggers Challenge – Emboss Me

Card Crafters Circle Challenge – Die Cut and/or Dry Embossing

Simply Create Too Challenge - #35 Use your stash

The Stamping Chef Challenge – Girly Girl

Whimsical Design Challenge – Emboss It

Whimsy Inspires Challenge  - #58 Pretty in Pink

Kaboodle Doodles Challenge - #166 Use any shade of Pink

Melon Headz Challenge – Make it Girly



Thanks for visiting my little craft corner and I hope to see you again soon…..Meg


11 April 2013

Sent with Love Special Offer




During this limited-time offer, you can purchase the exclusive Sent with Love Stamp Set or Sent with Love Designer Series Paper - or bundle them for a special 20% discount!

The Sent with Love Stamp Set and Sent with Love Designer Series Paper are only available during this special offer. After 15 June, they'll both fly away!


You can view the flyer online – just click here



131847 Sent with Love Clear-Mount Stamp Set* $33.95 AUD/$39.95 NZD
132182 Sent with Love Designer Series Paper* $18.95 AUD/$22.95 NZD

132851  Pretty Bundle* is 20% off retail value!

*Bundle includes the Sent with Love Stamp Set, Sent with Love Designer Series Paper, and Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine $46.25 AUD/$55.25 NZD



Email me to place an order or click HERE to Shop Now!


Watercolour Pencils & Crayons Discontinued


Due to unforeseen problems with our supplier of for Watercolor Wonder Crayons and Watercolor Pencils, Stampin' Up! have decided to discontinue these two products.

These items are only available while supplies last. So you will need to be quick to get them before they're gone!



101879: Watercolor Pencils
119802: Subtles Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons
119803: Regals Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons
119804: Brights Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons
119805: Neutrals Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons


To place an order you can Email me or click HERE to Shop Now.

Colour Refresh

Stampin' Up! love to keep their colour palette up to date and on trend, so it's time for a freshen up!

The upcoming 2013-2014 annual catalogue will include 10 new colours (most of which are returning In Colors from previous years)!


We are welcoming back some of your favourites, moving some colours around, and introducing three brand-new colours, so take a look!




In a nutshell, we are losing 10 colours - Regal Rose, Pretty In Pink, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Bravo Burgundy, Not Quite Navy, More Mustard and River Rock.


Products in these 10 colours are available only while stocks last from today (inks, refills, cardstock, ribbons etc).

If you need to stock up on any of these items, I would recommend ordering fairly
quickly based on prior experience!

We are also gaining 10 colours - Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral, Pool Party and Island Indigo are all sticking around. We are welcoming back Blushing Bride, Soft Sky and Pear Pizzazz. And we'll be meeting brand new Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry and Bermuda Bay.

You can see a video showing the new colour families HERE

Change is great and I love colour so this is very exciting but I a little sad to be loosing some of the colours like Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery and More Mustard.

If would like to place an order you can Email me or click HERE to Shop Now.


Any questions just let me know.  Meg

10 April 2013

CCC - Not Square

Ok it is Wednesday and time to share the new challenge details over at Crafty Creations.


This week we would like to see anything but squares! 


I have decided to create a box, rectangular no square and I created this box using the Scallop Envelope Die, which is just so versatile!


Anyway I found this box at Paulies Papier and also pinned it on Pinterest here is the link.


I have added my little spin on the box and added some of the Tea for Two DSP to the sides and used the Scallop Circle Punch.


Here is a side view of the box











and here is front view















Card: So Saffron, Island Indigo
Accessories:  1-3/4” (4.4 cm) Scallop Circle Punch, Tea for Two DSP, 1-1/4” (3.5 cm) Circle Punch, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon (retired), Scallop Envelope Die, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals, Sticky Strip & SNAIL Adhesive



I suppose you could add some treats to the box or I am thinking some smalls cards?


I really like to paper and at this stage did not add any sentiments but maybe later I may add a tag with a small message.


I would like to add my little project to the following challenges:


LEJ Designs Challenge – # 48 Show us Ribbons

Party Time Tuesday Challenge – # 115 Anything but Card

UnstampabeBelles Challenge - #22 Anything but a Card

Milk Coffee Challenge – Anything but Square


Enjoy the rest of your week and if you get a chance please come over to Crafty Creations and check out what the rest of the Design Team have created.


Take care….Meg

09 April 2013

Creative Christmas

Hi everyone,


It is Creative Folds time over at Holly Jolly this week.


Yep that is right we would love you to show us what wonderful Christmas fancy fold creations.


I normally pin/bookmark so many ideas and I found this Double Z Fold tutorial on Splitcoaststampers and decided to give it a go.


Wow I could not believe how easy the tutorial was and how quick it was to create my card.



Below are some pictures of the card closed and opened.











Stamp set: Perfect Punches,

Card: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Ink: Real Red

Accessories:  Candlelight Christmas Speciality DSP, 2-3/8” (6 cm) Scallop Circle Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, 1-3/4” (4.4 cm) Scallop Circle Punch, Cream Ribbon (Non SU), Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive









If you have not tried this fancy fold yet, give it a go and let me know what you come up with or post it to our challenge at Holly Jolly this week!


I would like to also add this card to the following challenges:


Delicious Doodles Challenge – # 30 Folds (more than one)

365 Cards Challenge – Day 96 Christmas in April

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge – # 119 Use the word Christmas

Shelly’s Images Challenge – Use Scallops

Jingle Belles Rock Challenge - Bling

Card Mania Challenge – # 18 Punches and/or Diecuts

Creative Stamp Friends Challenge – #74 Punches

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge – # 142 Fancy Folds




Well that it is it from me for the moment, have a great week and thanks for visiting….Meg

07 April 2013

CAGI Sketch

Over at Come and Get It, Judy is hosting our new challenge which is a sketch challenge.

If you are a frequent visitor to my blog you will know that I love butterflies and they appear on most of my creations.

Well Judy’s sketch inspired me to use butterflies but I have used the new Bitty Butterfly Punch to my butterflies this time.

I have also used a sheet of the DSP from the Print Poetry papers and cut it out to create this little border.

The colours I have used Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple and Summer Starfruit and these colours all appear in the Print Poetry Papers pack.

The background stamp is the En Francais which has been stamped in Midnight Muse ink and the sentiment stamp is from one of the stamps from recent Sale-a-Bration called Vintage Verses.

Here is my card:


Stamp set: SAB Vintage Verses (retired), En Francais
Card: Midnight Muse, Very Vanilla, Raspberry Ripple
Ink: Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse
Accessories:  Bitty Butterfly Punch, Print Poetry DSP, Summer Starfruit 3/8” (1 cm) Stitched Satin Ribbon, ,Pearls, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive

Here is Judy’s sketch:

I am really happy with this card and the more I look at it the more I like it. 

With the sentiment that I have used it could be for a birthday, cheer me up card or even a Mother’s day card!

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

2 Sisters Challenge – # 138 Anything Goes
One Stop Craft Shop Challenge – # 223 Birthdays
CCEE Stampers Challenge – # 1314 Things with Wings
Creative Moments Challenge - #14 Things with Wings
Country View Monthly Challenge -  #2 Butterflies
Vickie’s Monthly Challenge – Anything Goes
The Crafting Cafe Monthly Challenge – Let’s Celebrate

Wishing you all a wonderful and safe week, keep creating and we would love you to visit at Come and Get It if you get a chance……Meg

03 April 2013

Inkspirational Colour Challenge

I just want to share with you the lovely new colour inspiration we have for your over at Inkspirational this week. 


The colours are Pink, Yellow and Slate, so the Stampin Up! colours that I have used are Wisteria Wonder, Pretty In Pink and So Saffron.


I have used the new Honeycomb Embossing Folder, I think I am hooked on Embossing Folders, I think they offer some great choices to your cards.


I have not used the En Francais background stamp for ages so that has been used and I have added some of the lovely two tone Pink Pirouette/Rose Red Ribbon from the Seasonal Catalogue.


Below is my card but there is heaps more inspiration over at the Inkspirational blog.







Stamp set: En Francais, Stacks of Wishes, Papillon Potpourri

Card: Wisteria Wonder, So Saffron, Very Vanilla
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Pretty in Pink

Accessories:  Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Two Tone Ribbon, Rhinestones, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive



Here are the pictures form the blog:




I love the quote on my card all to do with friendship:


fun times, through thick & thin, good pal, shoulder to lean on, secret keeper – Friends Forever



I would like to enter this card into following challenges



City Crafter Challenge – # 153 Anything Goes with Twist (via Linda’s Blog – Embossing Folder)

Loves Rubber Stamps Challenge – # 46 Anything Goes

Paper Take Weekly Challenge – Anything Goes

Emma’s Crafty Monthly Challenge – # 15 Butterflies

Lexis Creations Challenge - #87 Punches and/or Dies

Creative Corner Challenge – Anything Goes

Wags n Whiskers Challenge – # 100 Friendship

Word Art Wednesday Challenge – # 74 Anything Goes



Enjoy the rest of your week and take care…..Meg

02 April 2013

Christmas Music

Hi everyone,


Back to normal after the Easter break which was lovely and sharing a new challenge over at Holly Jolly this week.


This week we would love you to add some Christmas Music to your project.


I do not have any Christmas music stamps so I went and had a look on line and found a music sheet image for “Hark The Herald Angels Sing”.  Unfortunately I cannot remember the exact address but the image is perfect for the challenge.


I tried to get that sort vintage look with some Soft Suede ink and dauber.  The baby image is a retired stamp set called First Christmas.


I have added a button, some bling, thread, lace and a ribbon also.  I felt I needed something more so I found some white lace I have had for ages and daubered Soft Suede ink to change the colour.


Here is my card:





Stamp set: First Christmas

Card: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Pretty in Pink
Ink: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede

Accessories:  Natural Linen Thread, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon (retired), Lace (Non-SU), Scallop Trim Border, Subtles Designer Buttons, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive




Well another card to add the Christmas Stash for the end of the year and this time a little bit Vintage to be different.


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges


Amusing Challenges – Anything Goes

Allsorts Challenge - #200 Vintage

Catch the Bug Challenge – Anything with Cardstock and Bling

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge – #118 Based on Christmas Carol/Song

Crafty Ribbons Challenge – # 42 Anything Goes with Ribbon

Paper Crafting Journey Challenge – Ribbon or Lace

Rhedd  & Rosie Challenge - #3 Vintage/Shabby



Please stop by Holly Jolly if you get a chance and say ‘hello’.


Have a wonderful week…Meg