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    Sage Showers

    Most of you would know that I am a great admirer of Beate’s work. Well today I decided I would have a go at her Weekend Sketch Challenge

    Sage Showers This is what I made … its a very simple sketch to follow and makes a lovely card – think I might have to make some more of these. It also used up a few of my scraps too!

    Just about everything I have used on this card will finish at the end of March so if you would like to make this card you will need to orders these things soon!


    Stamps: Sage Advice
    Cardstock/Papers: Chocolate Chip Cardstock, Whisper White Cardstock, Spring Showers designer series papers
    Inks: Stazon Jet Black, Close to Cocoa, Brocade Blue

    Accessories: Bluebird grosgrain ribbon, stampin dimensionals, Stampin Pastels

    If you do decide to make a card from this sketch dont forget to upload it to the challenge folder in the gallery at Split Coast Stampers

    All good things …

    must come to an end … or so they say!

    March sees the end of two very special catalogues.longtimefriendcalendar2008

    Firstly, the Summer Mini Catalogue finishes on 31st March and I have really enjoyed promoting this Catalogue as it has such lovely stamp sets and accessories in it – and all very reasonably priced. You have probably noticed one of my favourite sets from this catalogue is Long Time Friend which I’ve used in this calendar along with Sage Advice for the saying. This set is so easy to colour and you just cant do anything wrong with it. Its perfect for cards or gifts like this calendar. Also, Sage Advice is a great buy with 4 great quotes and 4 images its great value at $47.95.

    The other book that is finishing this month is the 2007 Idea Book & Catalogue. However with this book finishing it also means that we are getting a brand new Idea Book & Catalogue and I am rather excited and anxious to see the new products that will be coming in this book.

    As you know the retirement list was released last week and there are many sets that are being retired that are some of my favourites. To celebrate those sets retiring and to give them one last hurrah I am offering 10% off all retiring stamp sets from the 2007 Idea Book & Catalogue during March. Now a lot of the favourites are selling out already so if there is something you’d really like you may need to be quick to get it as once the stock is sold out it will not be replaced or replenished.

    pocket tag in pinksIf your wish list is long you might like to consider holding a demonstration and using your free money earned on purchasing more of the retired stamp sets. If you do hold a demonstration during march you will also receive a bonus classic ink pad absolutely free from me.

    If you don’t have time to hold a demonstration during March but would still like to take advantage of these offers why not consider holding a Catalogue Party? to do this simply pass the catalogue around to your friends and collect orders and payments and once the orders total more than $300 you are entitled to a free Level 1 Hostess set and $30 to spend for free – if your orders total more than $300 your benefits also rise and you can view the table on page 11 of the Idea Book & Catalogue or online here

    This card was made using the Pocket Fun stamp set which is great for making cards for both boys and girls – very versatile! I’ve also used the Spring Flowers Designer Series Papers, Antique Brads and the Mixed Bouquet stamp set – all of which will be retiring come 31st March.

    All email orders received and paid for before 20th March will also receive the 10% discount on retiring stamp sets as well as receive a special Easter bonus in your order.

    Dont forget to email me and reserve your copy of the new 2008 Idea Book & Catalogue so you can be one of the first to receive the new catalogue.

    Ready for Retirement?

    Well to say the least “I’m not!!” lol but it appears quite a few of the Stampin Up stamps and accessories are!

    WWC In Full BloomStampin’ Up! have released the Retired List of stamps and accessories in the current Idea Book & Catalogue making way for the new 2008 Idea Book & Catalogue which will be released 1st April 2008.

    The list was released earlier than expected so if you are on my mailing list you would have received it a few days ago. If you would like to be placed on my mailing list then please email me and I will put you on there.

    The list is now on the Stampin Up website and you can view it here

    The list is updated on a regular basis with the products that have run out and will not be replaced so if you would like a copy of this list please email me at any time as they will not be reflected on the list available to customers on the Stampin Up website.

    Sadly, a few of my favourites are being retired including ‘In Full Bloom’ which I used to make this card. Its been a favourite of mine for a few years now so its sad to see it go.

    As a special and a thank you to my loyal customers any retired stamp sets you purchase from me during March I will give you 10% off the price of that Stamp set – shipping & handling will still be calculated of the full price of the stamp set.

    Also, if you hold a demonstration with me in March I will give you a bonus Classic Stamp Pad in the colour of your choice (conditions apply)

    Here are a few cards featuring some of the retired stamp sets.

    Maddona & Child UntoUsPurple


    Plum Tulips

    Bleached BouquetBloom Thinking of YouRoses - Warm Wishes


    Using your scraps

    We have been talking on one of my groups about the different ways to store your scraps or off cuts and what system is working the best. I’ve tried the file folders and ziplock bags and have found my current method the most productive so far.


    I use a set of stationery drawers to pop my off cuts into and have a drawer for each Stampin’ Up! Colour family and another each for patterned papers and neutrals.

    They are on my table so they are handy when I’m working to just pop the extra bits straight in the drawer and also if I’m looking for a small piece in a particular colour i know which drawer to open and rummage through.

    The picture here isn’t that great but you can get the idea of how it is set up and what I’m talking about – well sorta anyways!
    Your scraps and offcuts will come in handy when your layering, using punches, doing mosaics and the like. You can even run them through a crimper to make faux ribbon or thru the shredder for extra purty packing for presents & such.

    6x6loveUEmily 1The other night I went through my patterned paper drawer and had enough in there to create this little 6×6 layout.

    Mind you scrapping photo’s of this little cutie is that hard to do! I have just used the papers from the ‘Loves Me’ Designer Series Paper pack and a couple of stamps. These papers are in our Summer Mini Catalogue which finishes at the end of March so if you’d like some email or ring me to order them today – who could go wrong with pink & brown??

    I cut strips 6×2 and used my corner rounder to make the different edges on them and then layered them over the top of each other and there it is – even the little circle embellishments are from the same paper pack which I have punched out with the 3/4″ circle punch and ‘lifted’ them with stampin dimensionals.

    Makes a very quick and easy page – and with a smile like that who needs to write anything other than “love you”.

    Your scraps can be used on anything and really should be used more often – besides you want to make sure you get your money’s worth when buying a pack of cardstock or patterned papers as you really dont want to be throwing it into the recycling.

    Using your scraps can add a little touch to cards too and here are a couple of samples to show you what I mean. 

    4x4offcut       4x4lovedots


    Now my soft subtles drawer is getting a little full so think I might have to go and make up some cards to use up some of those off cuts!

    Now I’m sure you have heard what these scrapbooks are all about and if you’re anything like me you keep saying “yeah I really should start one of these”! Well today I did! some 2 years after I first said I would – hey you cant rush these things now can you?

    If you have absolutely no idea what I am talking about then take a stroll over to Angie Pedersen’s site at where she tells you all about it.

    BOM Page 1

    These are the earliest photo’s I can find of me – I have no doubt that back in the early sixties the taking of photographs to document every breath and every step was not the done thing like it is now.

    I was recently at my nieces’ wedding and my brother asked if I’d taken enough photo’s – now its obvious his wife and daughters aren’t ‘real’ scrappers or they’d take a photo of everything that moved too!

    I only took 500 photo’s – well my Sister in Law did ask me to take some pics for them! So not only do they have photo’s of the wedding party, the vows, the exchanging of the rings and ‘the kiss’ but they also have close ups of hands, earings, rings and bows on dresses – and not to mention the chook that got out!

    I know one day they will be appreciative of all those photo’s!
    Ok back to my book of me … sorry … I thought since I was ‘recollecting’ my early days I would use the lovely Recollections Designer Series Papers. I have also used the Dream Come True stamp set. If you look closely you will see the words “Love stretches your heart” along the bottom and up the right side “and makes you big inside”. I havent used this set much since receiving it at convention last year but thought those words went well with the layout.BOM Pocket

    Here you can see a close up of the pocket on the page. I’ve decorated it with gathered grosgrain ribbon from the Flirty Ribbon Originals in the Summer Mini Catalogue.

    The brown flower was actually a pale blue so I just dyed it with the Close to Cocoa Classic Ink pad and popped a button in the centre.

    You will also see Ive used the ‘dream come true’ stamp on the pocket as well.

    BOM PocketnTagThis last photo is just showing the tag that is inside the pocket and details the birth, time, date and such and anything else my mum could remember.

    Some of the details I wont share here on the blog as I dont want you to bring up your brekky or spurt your coffee all over your lovely monitor!

    On the back of the tag I’ve just done some journalling about the photo’s, where and when they were taken as I know I wont be around forever and I do hope that one of my girls will adopt my love and passion for stamping and papercrafting.

    I do hope you like this layout and what I’ve done. I am quite happy with it as I prefer the simpler layouts as you can tell as I don’t like the busy ones that seem to detract from the photo/s.


    Tag Time!

    Well I’ve been tagged again, I know I have been tagged before and now think I really should respond – sorry to the previous taggers 🙁

    This time I was tagged by Julie – one of my bloggin buddies from Sisterhood8 of the Blogging Stampers!

    Here’s the rules ….

    • Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
    • Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself on your blog, we all want to know them.
    • Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

    Ok so Seven things about me ….

    1.  No matter how hard I try I always have a messy desk.
    2. I love to create in the wee hours of the morning (or is that night) when everyone is in bed and its sooo quiet.
    3. I love my coffee machine my hubby got me for Christmas
    4. I booked my flights to Brisbane yesterday for Stampin’ Up! Convention in April
    5. I love the fact that I can be home for my kids when they get home from School & I love that Stampin Up! allows me to do that!
    6. I miss my babies that are in Heaven and ‘talk’ to them every day
    7. I have been blessed by Stampin’ Up! and all the friends its brought into my life!

    Now I think I’ll tag ….

    Ok girls now its your turn!

    Who would have thought …

    Who would have thought that giving your daughter a mobile phone would have such a lovely result!

    Yes I know she is only 10 but there are times when I am 5 minutes from home when the girls are coming home from school – not very often but it does happen – and you really do not know what is going to happen and when do you?

    OK so let me tell you what happened last week. I had given Caitlyn the phone the previous week and it was my old pink mobile which i got her a pre-paid card for. It was Thursday and Valentine’s Day and we were coming home from their gymnastics tryout. Caitie pipes up with “when I get home I’m going to ring Daddy and remind him its Valentine’s Day and to get you a present” Well I laughed so hard I had to bring myself back to reality as I was driving the car at the time! I told Caitie that mummy and daddy don’t normally give valentines presents … mummy gives daddy a card and that’s about it. Did I mention that my hubby isn’t the most romantically inclined person? and he rarely buys me presents – I usually do my own shopping at Mother’s Day, Birthday & Christmas. Mind you he did surprise me with an espresso maker & coffee bean grinder and two packs of coffee beans for Christmas. So going back to Caitie, I told her not to waste her money with her card as Dad wouldn’t do that. When we got home I was tired so I did ring him to ask him to pick up dinner – thats as close as I’d get to a Valentines present! Well unknown to me Caitie did ring him and he arrived home with Fish & chips and as I was dishing it out he said ‘oh I left it in the car’ … silly me thought he was talking about his mobile as he’s always leaving it in the car when he gets home and he waltzes back inside the front door and says “Happy Valentine’s Day Honey!!” well my jaw must have dropped ten feet as this is what he handed me …

    valentine flowers08

    So as you can imagine I was (and still am) rather shocked but also feeling very blessed as well. Now remember I said we don’t normally give gifts for Valentine’s? Well I had been going to make some items for hubby to have on his desk at work and apparently he only uses one pen so that meant the caddy would have been a waste of time so I had the coasters covered and thought I’d just make him a calendar however I didn’t have it finished so after the yummy fish and chips I took myself to my table and made two of the coasters into a calendar for him which he assures is on his desk – maybe I should ask for photographic evidence?valcalendar

    This is the calendar I made for him … I’ve used the Au Chocolat papers and the saying is from Small Sayings both from the Summer Mini Catalogue. I attached the two coasters using my lovely Bind It All machine and the hearts are die cut using the Cuttlebug with the Cuttle Kids heart dies.

    I also gave him a Valentine’s Day card and did it in “non Valentines” colours – meaning no red or pink as this was a challenge for the Sisterhood 8 of the Blogging Stampers group. I quite enjoyed doing the non traditional colours for Valentines day and hope you like them too.

    valentine A nice simple card which really does say it all … the verse is from the Love Matters set and again uses a strip from the Au Chocolat papers – both from the Summer Mini Catalogue.

    If you would like more information on the products I’ve used or would like to purchase any of the papers or stamps then please do not hesitate to contact me.

    My tip for the day …

    Well its a known fact that one should not rely on their memory when preparing for a class and I am living proof! So my tip for today is

    Check your Diary!

    I have been working on these cards this week in preparation for my Stamp a Stack on Saturday – I go to my diary today and it says “Longtime Friend” and “Touch of Nature” I’m like nooooooooooooooooo it cant be … it seems that my sister is having Longtime Friend and Stem Silhouettes for her Stamp a Stack next week!

    Mixed Stem SAS

    I got the idea for these lovely cards from Jayne Mercer – a lovely lady and friend who does such awesome work! When I saw them on her blog I thought oh how stunning and simple – a great combination for a Stamp a Stack! Jayne used the Whisper White Craft ink on her cards where I have used the versamark – I love the subtle watermark versamark gives and if you decide its not enough you can just ‘pop’ the images with some Stampin’ Pastels – how easy!

    MossBrown Stem SAS

    As you can see here the cards are stamped on the base and there are just two layers and two ink pads used. The wide grosgrain just makes these cards!

    Now you may like to make this set of cards and a gift bag or box to put them in as a class – contact me today and we will get you booked in!

    The set used is Stem Silhouettes (not to be confused with Touch of Nature) and is in the Summer Mini Catalogue, as is the wide grosgrain ribbon, which finishes 31st March so if you would like to buy this gorgeous stamp set or the ribbon you will need to do so before the end of March.CocoaBrown Stem SAS

    However, if you buy it before the end of February and your order comes to $100 (before postage & handling) you can then choose one of the Sale-a-bration sets for free! and who doesnt want free stamps??

    For more information on the classes and workshops I offer please either email me or ring me and we can discuss and time and date that suites you!

    Why not ask me about buying the Stamps, Inks, Ribbon and cardstock in a kit? complete with instructions and the template for a box or bag.

    Spread the Love award

    Wow … I cant believe it … Kelly (Sisterhood8 of the Blogging Stampers) has awarded me the “Spread the Love” award – what an honour!

    spread the love award

    I always see the various awards on other people’s sites but this is the very first time I’ve been awarded one and I’m very deeply touched to say the least!

    This award is to spread blog love to others through support, comments and really all-around blog love. I love so many blogs and I do try to keep up with most of them but I have so many bookmarked now its hard to keep up! But what a great award to not only receive but to empart on other blogs of like-minded stampers!

    So in the true spirit of Blog awards I would now like to ‘share the love’ and send this award to ……

    • Kerri Hunter – a fellow Aussie Stampin Up demonstrator and since join Stampin Up I have made many many new friends and some closer than others but share a strong friendship with Kerri (and its NOT cos she works for Mars Confectionery) – she is a special lady and a dear friend.
    • Beate Johns – she is one very awesomely talented lady! A Stampin Up demo from Florida and does a lot of work on splitcoaststampers and another good friend. I love everything she creates and when I grow up I want to stamp like her!
    • Sharon Davis – this lovely lady has the same upline as me and we have become good friends since joining Stampin Up! Her work is amazing and I dont know how she finds the time to do all she does with a full time job, Stampin Up and all those kids!!
    • Marelle Taylor – this ladies’ work is truly amazing and I just love visiting her blog to catch up with what she is up to and what she has been doing. She is so very talented and I am blessed to call her a friend too!
    • UDI Blog – now this is only a new blog but they have ladies that post daily here it originated from a group set up specifically for Stampin Up demonstrators to share, learn and encourage each other. The founder Maxine Conrad is a wonderful lady who has started all this up and I can see the blog becoming an awesome tool for creativity and inspiration. I am honoured to be one of the regular contributors and if you think you’d like to be a part of the demonstrator forum let me know and I’ll send you the details.

    So girls enjoy the award and pass it on!!

    Happy Hello!

    Well I thought I’d share this card I made as a sample for an upcoming Stamp-A-Stack. My customer asked for cards using Longtime Friend and Stem Silhouettes from the Spring Mini Catalogue so today you get the one from Longtime Friend.

    Longtime Hello

    I just love Longtime Friend set as it just screams colouring and I love to colour with my Water Color Wonder crayons – they are so easy to use and give a great result everytime – especially with an aqua painter and now that they come in the family sets they are more affordable. If you would like to see the water color wonder crayons in action ring me and we can book in a workshop for you and your friends.

    I had the basic idea of what I wanted to do for the card – being its for a stamp-a-stack it needed to be kept simple yet effective when finished. I tried different ideas and techniques for the pink layer and then it dawned on me to use a plain piece of pretty in pink cardstock but run it through the crimper!

    crimped hello

    This one shows the crimping better and just gives a little more elegance to the card – as does the black layering – adding black to any colour gives a card a little more elegance and makes the other colours ‘pop’

    Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Basic Black and Whisper White
    Ink: Jet Black Stazon
    Stamp Sets: Longtime Friend, Lots of thoughts
    Accessories: Water Color Wonder Crayons, Crimper, Celery Grosgrain ribbon, Tag Punch, double rectangle punch, stampin dimensionals and aqua painter.
    I sure hope the ladies like this card as much as I liked making it!