Sunday, 27 May 2018

Pinwheel Envelope Card

When I was planning my display for Onstage Sydney last April, I was looking for something a little bit different. Already my friend Carmela had shown me this card, made by The Paper Pixie. It is so easy but terrific for showing off both sides of designer series paper, so when this GORGEOUS 'Share What You Love' DSP was in my box of goodies to create Onstage samples, It was a definite on my to-do list.

I can't believe that I have almost used a whole packet of this paper, as it is 24 double-sided sheets. When Claire Daly asked me to present at a team training event, I thought it was a good opportunity to share this cute and easy fold. I will endeavour to share the measurements and instructions as clearly as I can, but contact me if you'd like to know more. You need to own an Envelope Punch Board or a Diagonal score board plate. The Envelope Punch Board is a really useful item, and would give the most diversity of use, if you need to purchase for this project.

  1. Cut a piece of DSP to measure 8 inches by 8 inches.
  2. Take your Envelope Punch Board and place paper at 3 inch mark. Score, diagonally.
  3. Rotate 90­­° and repeat for all 4 sides (please note, measuring at 3" each time)
  4. This leaves triangles, which need to be removed with paper snips.
  5. Next, score one edge of the flap at 1 inch. When the flap is pointing toward you, it is the right-hand side that is scored and folded. I like it to be flush with the right hand corner, which may be a little more than 1 inch.
  6. Beginning at the bottom, fold and tuck the pinwheels in, much like closing the top of a box.

These are some Pinwheel cards I made on Saturday using the new Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper. You can order this 12 inch by 12 inch double-sided paper from June 1st, either in my Online store, or email ( or ring me (0417 500 6810 to place an order, or request a new annual catalogue. I am holding a catalogue launch event on Saturday 30th June, so if you are able to get to South Morang on that Saturday afternoon, let me know.

Working smarter, not harder, I will use these envelope cards for my Catalogue Launch. What better way, to hide a mystery prize? I printed the prizes out onto Whisper White and cut with the largest of the Stitched Shape Squares. Next, using a larger square framelit, I cut one of the colours from the DSP and all had a 9cm by 9 cm square of Night of Navy. I enjoyed using the Balmy Blue ink for the vase, and memento black for the flowers. They belong to the new stamp set, Various Vases, designed by Mary Fish to mark her million dollars of sales.

Carmela was the only member of my team who was able to accompany me to the team training day, her first big Stampin' Up! event.

It's a very serious business, demonstrating to other demonstrators, but you should have heard them gasp when they thought I was about to cut, not score!!!!
Remember to get in touch if you have questions.

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Thursday, 24 May 2018

Art With Heart In Color Blog Hop

Tonight the Art With Heart team are sharing creative projects featuring the 'In Color' theme. Check out the new 2018 - 2020 'In Colors' and let's not forget the current 2017 - 2019 'In Colors.' If you would like a copy of the new 2018 - 2019 annual catalogue, contact any of the girls on the blog hop and we will get in touch with you.

I chose to try out the new Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on thick Whisper White and scattered spots of the 5 new colours, a very simple sentiment from Love What You Do, with a touch of  white tulle spotted ribbon behind.

 When new In Colors are released now, I get so excited! Mostly, I like our new offerings but sometimes there's one colour that I'm not comfortable with initially. Sometimes it ends up being a favourite. Funny isn't it? This year is even more exciting with a Color Revamp happening too, along with a slightly different ink pad mold. Two of my favourites returning are Coastal Cabana and Mint Macaron. The new purples look to be nice and fresh and bright too.

 Lovely Lipstick is a beauty, and I splattered some random spots using the ink and a stamp from Timeless Textures. The pens are from Crafting Forever, and I coloured with Stampin' Write Markers in Lemon-Lime Twist, Flirty Flamingo and snuck in some Melon Mambo while I wait to receive my new markers. The pen lines are balloon strings from a couple of different stamp sets,it's never going to matter which you choose. 'Words Are Never Enough' is a super sentiment from Rooted In Nature. It is the perfect phrase for many occasions.

For the last card, I mixed Crafting Forever with Jars Of Love. Those mason jars are so handy, I can't imagine how we would ever do without them. Fortunately, they are staying on for the next 12 months. It's so much fun to mix stamp sets together, don't you think. I'm hoping someone joins my team soon, because this would be an ideal card to welcome someone new to the team. Will it be you?

Now it is time to move on to see another amazing blog by the very talented Catherine Proctor.

If you lose your way, this list should help you to get back on track.
Monika O’Neill

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Pretty Kitties

This card has been a long time in the making, but I finished it off this morning, and a couple of hours later saw a notification that SUO Challenges has a two week challenge for Animal Critters. Sounds like it was meant to be.

 Four little kitties from Pretty Kitty were stamped and coloured  with pencils. The wall has had texture added with texture paste, the window frame cut using woodgrain paper and soon-to-retire Birthday Delivery provided the banner sentiment.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Delightful Daisies #GDP139

A couple of months ago I took the plunge and began chopping up my Designer Series Paper (DSP) and at first it was painful!!!! And in fact it was even more painful when I realised I need a half dozen 8" by 8" pieces for a project I am demonstrating this weekend. I just had to order some more, that was all there was for it!

The Global Design Team have a challenge theme ; Just A Note to Say.....
and that is exactly what these cards have been created for, paper hugs to send by mail.

This DSP is called Delightful Daisy (#144137) and at the end of the month, only a week or so away, it will be gone from our product line. Luckily the Daisy Delight stamp set and Daisy Punch are carrying over to the new catalogue, but they will not be bundled together at 10% discount any longer.

With these cards, I've used Lovely Words Thinlets and sentiments from Lovely Inside and Out. Both of these are retiring too, but until they do you can buy them in Australia bundled for $72.00. That is 12 stamps and 3 framelits (#145324). Having the DSP cut to size really speeds up the creation of a bunch of new cards. I cut mine 9.5 cm by 13.5 cm if I'm placing it on a contrasting card, otherwise it's a half centimetre bigger to go straight on a base.

Monday, 21 May 2018

In Colors For Onstage Sydney, April 2018

When I applied to be a Display Demonstrator at Stampin' Up!® Onstage in Sydney, I have to admit that I thought I would be getting some InColor products. I did - so I shouldn't have been disappointed, but it was a funny mix of product! There were 3 colours only, Pineapple Punch, Lovely Lipstick and Grapefruit Grove. I had an inkling of the other colours since I had a bag of clips with all five colours.

I felt quite unsure about what to make to showcase what I had. There were three rolls of ribbons, and 3 jars of powder, unlabelled but I suspected they were heat embossing powder. I rang head office to check before trying them. They embossed beautifully, with rich even colour. There are different flowers in Love What You Do, so I made small samplers to showcase them.

 Sticking with thick Whisper White card, the Petal Palette embossing folders gave another lovely texture to these cards.

These InColors are very bright and happy, the Blueberry Bushel and Call Me Clover are quite lovely too, especially now I have the ink and card for the whole five colours.

 Remember to add the Host code at checkout in my Online Store, and you will receive a gift from me.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Farewell Rose Wonder

Rose Wonder has been a wonderful stamp set, with such an array of sentiments for birthdays, weddings and bereavements. The framelits, if you are lucky enough to own a Big Shot, are fun, and sometimes frustrating! It was almost like doing a jigsaw puzzle, putting together this rose of many hues.

Rose Wonder Photopolymer Stamp Set

I think it would have been a big help if I'd used the Sissix self-adhesive sheets on the paper to avoid the messy glue situation!!!


The good news is that the stamps are reduced, but only until May 31st, unless stock runs out. Rose Wonder stamp set is $32.90 and the framelits are $54.00. You will find them in my Online Shop under 'Last-chance Products'. If you choose to purchase from me, and use the host code, you'll receive a gift from me.

Friday, 11 May 2018

Stampin' Up!® Day Of Service

Stampin' Up!® are holding a Day Of Service on May 16th and for a while I had been thinking about a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities. Ronald McDonald House Charities have accommodation attached to major women's and children's hospitals in major centres all over. Not only that, but there are professionals and volunteers to make these houses a home away from home for families. My family are fortunate enough to live close enough to the city, and my son says the recliner chair in his son's room is adequate for their overnight stays at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. So we haven't personally needed to avail ourselves of that service, but imagine a country-based family with a premmie or a child needing ongoing treatment?

When my paper situation seemed out-of-hand, after more than 7 years as a Stampin' Up® demonstrator, I began making up little quick and easy card packs. They fit nicely into a narrow basket and contain the basics for a card. You need to add a stamp, some ink and adhesive, so in many ways, my fund-raiser was semi-prepared when I made the decision.

The next steps were to approach my school Principal, and she readily gave permission. We then needed to find a place in the busy school calendar. Next week is national testing of our students, which makes it crazy, hectic and stressful for everyone, so it was decided to slot it in after the kids Mother's Day stall on Thursday morning. That is a non-working day for me so the only fair way that it would be a Day of Service. Samples were made at home, and stamps selected and added to my craft cart.

I was totally blown away by the experience! Our beautiful Business manager had made scones and provided jam and cream to go with them, the Principal announced the event over the PA system and a flood of people descended!!! I was flat out through that 30 minute session, and was very glad to have some time to sort and tidy once the teachers returned to class.Then I realised I'd forgotten to take any photos. I took a couple of pictures of the table and a partly-made project, in case I forgot again at the lunch-time session.

Mike was very pleased with his first ever card-making experience and agreed to share with you, while enjoying the delicious scones.

Carmen made a lovely Mother's Day card for her mother-in-law and has conceeded that she might try making some more cards. I hope she'll come over in the next school holidays for a fun session with another friend, who already loves to craft. Mother's Day cards and this retired sentiment were probably the most popular on the day, so maybe I'll need to think it through and hold it a week earlier next year. We've raised nearly $70, with a few more donations to be given on Monday.

I did not really market my business at this event, although I have left several Occasions and about-to-expire Annual catalogues in the staff room. At least people will be aware that I am available to do parties or purchase from.  It seemed fun for my colleagues. I hope it was.