Stamping Techniques 101 – Monochromatic

Welcome to another International Blog Hop for the Stamping Techniques 101 Design Team ….


This month we are sharing Monochromatic Cards!

I have used the lovely Awesomely Artistic Stamp Set …


The colours I’ve used are Basic Black, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate and Very Vanilla and I’ve added in some Silver Embossing for good measure.

While the card looks involved here’s what I did …

  1. Score and fold basic black card base, adhere Basic Gray Layer, adhere Smoky Slate Layer
  2. On Very Vanilla stamp flowers in Smoky Slate top left and middle right on layer. Stamp splatter stamp (after stamping off first) around flowers.
  3. Cut Banners in Basic Gray and Very Vanilla. Cut thin strip and punch ends with Triple Banner Punch.
  4. Stamp Flower stamp on extra piece of Very Vanilla in Versamark. Sprinkle over Silver Embossing Powder, shake off excess and heat.  Cut out with Paper Snips.
  5. Using your cut out flowers as a guide stamp the small leaf and splatter stamp on vanilla banner.
  6. Stamp Frame in Basic Black on Vanilla and Friend inside Frame in Basic Gray. Cut out with Paper Snips.
  7. Adhere Banners to card with Tombow Liquid Multipurpose Glue.
  8. Adhere Embossed flowers to banner with dimensionals.
  9. Adhere Friend Frame to banner below flowers with Tombow Liquid Multipurpose Glue
  10. Decorate Embossed Flower with Dimensionals (optional)


I loved making this card and there are a few steps but they are fairly easy to do.  If you arent good with embossing then you dont have to emboss – simply stamp your flowers in Basic Grey as you want them to stand out from the flowers in the background.  You can still add the rhinestones to give it a lift.

I do hope you liked my card today and be sure to pop over and check the other Design Team Blogs for their Monochromatic cards.


Here’s the complete list of the Design Team …

Thanks for stopping by ..

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What Will You Stamp #66 – Tap, Tap, Tap

It’s time for another What Will You Stamp and this week we are stamping with Tap, Tap, Tap …


This is a set that I’ve looked at many times and passed over but now that I’ve sat down with it I have enjoyed the time playing with it and hope you like my card this week ..

TapFriendIt’s amazing how when you stamp and colour images it brings back all sorts of memories.

Memories of Secretarial College learning to touch type – you werent allowed to see the keys so they popped a box over they keys area with just enough room to pop your hands through. Then there were the early years in the bank when I was a Clerk/Typist – oh dear that was so long ago now and feels like a previous life.

Here’s the inside …


I simply stamped the stamp from Gorgeous Greetings and then stamped and punched out the letters for “Miss You”.

A huge thank you to Maria for sending these images so I could still play along.

Do you have Tap, Tap, Tap?  why not make a card and enter it over on the What Will You Stamp blog and your card could earn you a guest designer spot with the What Will You Stamp Design Team – we’d love to stamp with you!

Thanks for stopping by today and see you latte ..



Feel Good Friend

Good Afternoon!

I have another ‘retiring’ set card for you today – actually it uses two retiring sets being Feel Goods and Bordering Blooms


This one was super simple to make. I used one of the flower borders to create the bottom ‘patterned paper’ and then simply stamped the Friends sentiment up top.  It’s such a nice saying dont you think?

a Friend accepts us as we are

yet helps us to be what we should

How nice is that and so true of those special friends we have – I’m sure you know someone this sentiment describes. I know I do!

Both these sets are still available (at time of writing) so be sure you go grab yourself a bargain and dont forget all orders this week till Saturday night go in the draw for the awesome Hip Hip Hooray card kit (valued at $35 and makes 20 cards!)

Be sure to check back over the next few weeks as I’m highlighting some of the awesome retiring stamp sets and products.  Actually, when I made this one yesterday another two were made with Bordering Blooms so I’ll share those over the next week.

Thanks for stopping by and see you latte ..



Thanks Friend

Good Morning and happy Tuesday to you!

Now today is the last day of this week’s Weekly Deals and there’s lots to choose from – 15 items to be precise so be sure you dont miss out on those super bargains and shop now – maybe pick up something for Mum for Mother’s Day?

Today I have a sweet Tag Card for you using the Helping me Grow Stamp Set ..


This is a fun card to make and really is quite easy.  It was inspired by one of the samples in the Occasions Catalogue.

The technique I’ve used is a Colour Pull Technique and is quite easy using the blender pens – you just have to make sure you dont overwork it or your cardstock will pill.

Are you one of my Newsletter subscribers?  If you are you’ll get the tutorial for this card for free!  If you arent simply complete the form below and subscribe today and you’ll also get the tutorial for free – the newsletter will be going out later today.

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Botanical Stencil Card

Good Morning

Today I have a card for you that I cased from the uber talented Zoe Tant from UK. I love everything about this card – it’s quick, it’s easy, it’s stunning! It also made me want the corrugated cardstock!


I changed mine a little by using the Smoky Slate Cardstock for my base and the friend stamp from Endless Thanks.

The ladies made this last week at Marina’s party as one of their make n takes and they loved it – so thanks Zoe for the idea.

I love using this bundle as it’s great for all sorts of cards for both males and females! Did you know that this Bundle actually includes the Designer Series Paper Pack as well?  How cool is that?

The Bundle is $87.75 and you get the Stamps, Framelits and Designer Series Paper pack – you just need to add a pack of dimensionals and you’ve got yourself a free Sale-a-bration Item!  So not only do you save yourself 15% but you get a free set as well!  Winning!

Want the instructions?  Then simply head over to my Latte Project Sheets page and download it there.

Thanks for stopping by today and see you latte ..



Blooming with Blendabilities

Well today has been a forced lazy day with having sinusitis/hayfever issues which is ok as I’ve had a busy couple of days so its ok to take a slow one and that’s the beauty of having your own Stampin’ Up! business – you work when it’s right for you and if you need to take a slow day you can. 

I shared about my Blendabilities Private Class with a friend the other day and I’m here to share with you my second card we made at that class …

I loved making this card and even though it’s a bit time consuming to colour this big flower the end result is so worth it.  I love the white in the middle of the petals – it gives such a different look to colouring the whole petal in – which also looks awesome.  To get this look I work one petal at a time,  outline with my blendabilities marker and then use my Colour Lifter to get the shading. It does take some practice but I do love it.  

I also love this sentiment from Choose Happiness.  I am not going to tell you I bought this set just for that sentiment as that would be silly so I’ll have to make a card using the other stamps in that set as well just so you know I didnt! 

This card uses these products …

I love this Bloom with Hope Stamp set and it’s available to you when you Host a qualifying party or class.  

If you’d like to book in a party or private class with me all you have to do is get your friends together and I’ll bring everything you need to create some very lovely cards or projects of your choice and you just need a minimum of 4 friends for a class.  You’ll need to secure your date soon as November is filling up quickly – you could make some lovely Christmas Boxes or  Gift Bags complete with a gift tag.  

Contact me today to book your event and discuss what you want to make! 

Have a happy Sunday and thanks for stopping by … 


Twisty Monday Treats

Good Afternoon … firstly my apologies in the delay in posting this Monday Makes for you today.

I knew what I was going to make and it wasnt going to take that long … really it wasnt … well it didnt really … well not until I changed my mind soon after starting and thought “Oh I could do a video on this!’ If only ‘doing a video’ was as quick as ‘making the project you want to video’.  It’s not just the shooting of the video but then the editing, captions and saving. Then after all that there’s also the uploading to YouTube!

So while it’s uploading I’ve taken photo’s of the projects, edited said photo’s and now doing up my post and I have a feeling the ‘uploading’ is going to take a wee bit longer than to complete this post!

So this week we are ‘making’ with the Twisty Treats Gift Bags and Petal Parade – both available free during Sale-a-bration with a $90 order and here is the card I have made ….


Now I have to say that I really love how this one turned out and even love the brightness of it!  Do you see the polka dot layer?  are you wondering what paper or stamp I used?  Well it’s neither!  I simply cut up one of the Twisty Treat Bags and wrapped it around my Strawberry Slush cardstock and this is the effect you get – love it!  I saw it on Shelly Godby’s blog this morning and thought yeah thats another use for the bags! So thanks Shelly!

The card is quite quick and easy with elements from the Twisty Treats Gift Bag kit and Petal Parade – too easy – oh and the Hello Friend comes from the Peachy Keen stamp set.

Now with my second project I wanted to make something with the bags … something a little different and something you’d find useful so I hope I’ve achieved that for you … I’ve made some Twisty Treats Boxed Gift Bags ….


I’ve created a little box to sit inside these Gift Bags so that they will stand up by themselves.  I know when I give a gift I like it to stand up proud in its packaging and it really does make it so much easier to photograph!


How cute are these??  I love that they stand up and they are going to be perfect for my Scentsy parties!  I started Scentsy when they came to Australia and just love their Warmers, Waxes, Scents and everything else they have.  This Bag has a Scentsy Shower Gel inside – fits perfectly!


I’ve been a lover of Scented Candles for a long time and didnt think there’d be a difference in the smell from a traditional candle to the Scentsy Warmers but yes there is … the soot a regular candle puts in the air is astounding and I’m not surprised some say candles/scents give them asthma when its actually to soot not the scent that causes the trouble.

The Gift Bags above and below both have a Scentsy Wax Bar inside – Lilacs & Violets above and Blueberry Cheesecake below …


Oh my … I can just about taste that Cheesecake!  It really does smell as it tastes!  If you dont believe me let me send you a sample to try for yourself!

I do hope you like what I’ve created today and please be sure to stop by Libby’s blog for her Monday Makes – I do believe it has something to do with Chocolate … oh dear .. cheesecake and chocolate … I do believe I’ve put on weight just typing this post!

Yes we are still waiting for the video to upload .. I’ll have to learn how to get these video’s shorter and uploaded quicker … or maybe just not leave it till the last minute or 30 to do!

I’ll post now and pop back later to upload the video into the post … thanks for you patience and hopefully it will be worth it.

Thanks for stopping by ….