Sunday, August 10, 2014


Each member of the Creative Crew for August was given a day to post a challenge, mine falls this week and it's to make a WINDOW CARD.

Window cards can really be made in a variety of ways. You can cut a frame on the front of your card, punch a hole, use a framelit with an interesting shape to make a hole, or window. Honestly, the sky's the limit.

Here are a few samples to whet your appetite to make a WINDOW CARD. If you'd like to play along, all the details can be found here: AUGUST CREATIVE CREW CHALLENGES.

Thanks to my sweet, kind, lovely friend DEBRA. She made a few samples too ....

I love her card. That new lace background stamp looks like wallpaper, and the trees from Lovely as a Tree are shimmering behind the sitting room window. Snow is falling too .... and look at the lace blinds. Wow. My gorgeous friend is hugely talented. Thanks Debra!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Card File for Club

I ordered the new file tab thinlit dies from the 2014/15 catalogue and started wondering how I could use them. I came up with this easy project to make a card file. Perfect for storing our standard sized cards.

I think I'll be making these with my club girls this week. It makes a quick and easy project. Love that!

Here's my inspiration, from the Real Simple website. I think mine came out pretty close to the inspiration piece!

I have a word document with a quick dimensional tutorial. I hope to be publishing it shortly. If you want a copy NOW, drop me your email address in the comments section.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

June Creative Crew!

Welcome to June's Creative Crew! This month's theme is "Demos just Wanna Have Fun!" ... how fun is that? The Design Focus is to use our favourite colour. If you want to play along, make a card (or project) using YOUR favourite colour and use the keyword CCREW0614DF uploading to the SCS Gallery.

My colour of the moment is Coastal Cabana. Isn't it fresh and crisp? It screams seaside to me so what better set to use than the brand new "Sea Street".

The Octopus was stamped in Coastal Cabana classic ink, then I used the blendabilities to highlight certain areas. Did you know you could colour on top of our classic ink? Clever! Here's a close up of my shading. Need to practice ;)

The HOLIDAY FOCUS I chose for June's Crew is Father's Day. I'll be visiting my Dad this month (can't wait) so I made this card for him. It uses the lobster from the set, By the Tide. Dad loves the sea, and everything in it, and he loves to eat lobster. This one was coloured with our new Blendabilities so it's already cooked and ready to eat ... ha! I made the card long and lean, it's 7" tall and 2 3/4" wide.

My final project features my favourite item. Right now, it's the blendabilities. I LOVE THEM. I mean, truly, they are fantastic .... you really need to try them out. I'm no expert, so if I can make them look good, then anyone can. Here's my CAS birthday card. The colouring is the focal point of this card ... look at the tiny pearls. Yep, coloured with Blendabilities :)

Take a quick look at the pearls I used on the flower center. They are coloured with the darkest colour in the Coastal Cabana pack. How fabulous is that? Tailored colours on our embellishments. Not just pearls either, you can custom colour your rhinestones. Oh the possibilities ;)

Check out everyone's Creative Crew projects in the gallery on Splitcoaststampers. Play along with us, we'd love to have you!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


A quick post, it's way past my bed time! My friend Heide showed me a card by Dawn Griffith while we were chatting at work. It's quite a simple, but effective idea. You make a card 11" x 4 1/4", but you slice the top off the front to make a sort of half-card. Decorate the edge with pretty punched out shapes and hey presto! One of our colleagues got engaged at the weekend so this is for her. I hope she likes it.

Stamps : Flower Shop, Petite Petals & Perfectly Penned
Ink : Smoky Slate, Pink Pirouette
Cardstock : Shimmery White, Pink Pirouette, Smoky Slate, Silver Glimmer Paper
Accessories : Flower & Heart Punches, Rhinestones, Heart embossing folder, pink ribbon

Monday, May 12, 2014

Nautical Club

One of the benefits of being in a Stampin' Up Club is that you get your hands on the "new stuff" before it's available in the catalogue. This project is a 3x3 notecard 'box' made from the Stampin' Up Envelope Punch Board. If you don't have one yet, BUY ONE NOW. They are truly versatile! I made the 3x3 box with the help of this handy dandy tool from 'The Crafty Owl', an English demonstrator's genius invention. You key in the dimensions of the box you want to make, and it will throw out the dimensions and score lines. Brilliant!

 I love, love, love this nautical paper, so fun and summery! And the matching set "Sea Street" is the perfect accompaniment. I made a quick and easy belly band to hold the box closed, and added the new Coastal Cabana twine. Isn't it fab?
 Inside the box are 3 little notecards, all using the same stamp set and paper. I love it!

This is a very clean and simple idea, showcasing the fabulous product which I'm sure you can't wait to get your hands on ;) June 1st is the date ....

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Mother's Day Wreath

Who doesn't LOVE Pinterest? Full of inspiration for whatever is your passion. I saw this card by an English demonstrator, Julie Kettlewell. I love her work, and this gorgeous card just spoke to me. I needed a card for a friend to give her mother this weekend so I did a CASE of Julie's original. The small, solid colour flower in there is the new punch (available June 1st). Isn't it cute? I love how fresh and pretty this wreath is. 

The dimensions for this fold are : 11 x 4.25". Score along the long edge at 2.75" and 8.25". Then cut 2 circles using the circle framelits and scatter the tiny blooms from Petite Petals around the edge. One of the flowers is green, to give the impression of leaves. I did attach the wreath on the left hand side using dimensionals to make it look like it's hanging on the barn door. Great inspiration, Julie, thank you!

Stamps : Teeny Tiny Wishes, Hardwood, Papillon Potpourri, Petite Petals
Cardstock : Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Shimmery White
Ink : Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Strawberry Slush, Crisp Canteloupe, Crumb Cake
Accessories : Petite Petal Punch, Small Butterfly Punch, Trio flower Punch, Rhinestones, Circle Framelits

Friday, May 9, 2014

New SU Blendabilities

These poppies are coloured with Stampin' Up's new 'blendabilities'. THEY ARE AMAZING. I love how easy they are to blend, WAY easier than the Copic markers I own. I am so happy!!!!

Stamps : Pleasant Poppies
Ink : Memento Black
Cardstock : Cherry Cobbler, Pear Pizzazz, Shimmery White
Accessories : Button, BLENDABILITIES :)