Saturday 22 December 2012

Challenge time again at The House

The new Designer’s Choice Challenge over at 
The House that Stamps Built is a colour challenge 
Use two or more shades of Blue.

I even named my card for this challenge - Blue Blue my card is Blue.

Here is what I came up with.

The card base is white and topped with dark blue cs and I distressed the edges. I followed with a lighter  blue and embossed it with CB Textile folder. I also sanded the surface to bring out the white then distressed and tore a few edges. 
I then layered the same dark blue paper, distressed the edges and curled one corner. The white cs on top has been inked in a very light blue with SU Vintage Vogue stamp set.
I stamped the small flowers in a dark blue on the white cs and cut out a further 2 the same and popped them on top.
Finished off with some sprigs from my MS punch and added a larger lighter blue flower which has dots of liquid pearls and a touch of glitter around the centre.
Added a small piece of light blue ribbon and a tiny sentiment from Gina K's stamp set Stippled Nature.

This is a closer view of the light blue flower which show the glitter a little more clearly. 


Since this will be my last posting till the New Year I would like to wish all my blogger friend a 
Very Merry &  Safe Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Thanks so much for all your comments throughout the year. 
They are so encouraging and appreciated. Ina.

Sunday 16 December 2012

Repeat Impressions Sketch Challenge D1212

The House That Stamps Built

Over at one of my favourite craft sites The House that Stamps Built -  the Current Sketch Challenge is 


Here is what I made .

I made it simple starting off with brown cs. The flower is from Repeat Impressions Iris Window
I used cream cs as a background after embossing it. I also used dp and inked edges with Tim Holtz Peacock distress ink. The iris was also inked with the same colour. This was backed by dp and embossed. I added a button and twine to the cream strip. The iris flower has startdust and purple stickles added for a glittery effect and the leaves I added dimentional magic for a little shine. Finished with 3 pearls. 

Sunday 25 November 2012

Repeat Impressions Challenge.

I have been having so much fun with the challenges over at The House That Stamps Built and this latest one was right up my alley. I love making non traditional Christmas cards maybe because it is the height of summer here in Australia and I like cool colours or in this case I love the colour mauve.
This is the link to follow to see what gorgeous cards talented the design team made and also check out the entries.

Products I used for this card
  • Mauve card base topped with a lighter coloured mauve paper which I scored. 
  • The irredescent cream card stock was embossed with a Christmas Holiday Cuttlebug Folder. 
  • The poinsettia is from Spellbinders in an irredescent mauve. 
  • Added MS fern and Marianne die flourish. 
  • Spellbinders Label stamped with Gina K stamp.
  • Cream backing on lace.
  • Rhinestones positioned around the flower and sentiment.
  • Lightly sprayed with silver mist to add a little bit more sparkle.
Thanks for looking and would so appreciate it if you leave a comment for me. 

Tuesday 20 November 2012

Give Thanks Designers Choice Challenge

Another challenge I was keen to enter over at The House That Stamps Built is 
Anything That Gives Thanks

Since we don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in Australia I couldn't pass up this challenge to make a Thank You card. There are always so many friends/family that we could thank for all sorts of reasons. So I put hands to paper and came up with this little design. Sure hope you like it.

I used the following items on this card.

Cream shimmery card stock topped with mottled beige paper which was embossed from Sizzix Holiday Trees. I used Spellbinders Labels 20  for one of the contrasting colours and lightly inked the edges. The green paper is also shimmery card stock cut out with Spellbinders Fancy Tags 2 and embossed with a butterfly folder and popped. Sentiment is from SU. Cut out 2 butterflies and popped them also. 
Added pearls and ribbon to finish it off.

Monday 19 November 2012

What If Sketch Challenge over at The House That Stamps Built.

Over at the House That Stamps Built 

the current sketch challenge below is running.


This is my interpretation 

Products I Used

  1. White card stock for base and layers.
  2. First layer is embossed with Swiss Dots and inked lightly with Antique Linen Distress ink.
  3. Second layer is also embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder.
  4. Spellbinders Label 20 has been cut embossed and inked around edges and stamped.
  5. Stamped image is from Repeat Impressions Flowering Vine and embossed with worn lipstick distress powder. Flower centres dotted with dark chocolate liquid pearls to match the small frame behind the main image..
  6. The matching coloured backing has bottom border cut with MS Punch.
  7. Added coloured twine and tied to finish.

Friday 16 November 2012



Hi everyone!  Thanks for popping in to check out our November blog hop!  

The Blog Hop with Sean & Regina is now featuring Gina K. Designs stamps only for our monthly blog hops. 

There are some amazing new stamp sets by Gina K. Designs that were released in October and I am  sure you will be inspired in the upcoming November release as well! I can't wait to see what's NEW!

I for one started making my holiday cards some time ago but the lure of great challenges saw me venture away from them for a while.
 I badly need more of Gina's great stamp sets as my collection just started this year and I have a long way to go.

The blog hop designers have been busy creating a card/cards that we hope will inspire you to create some beautiful Christmas and winter themed cards for your family and friends.  

Enjoy yourself as you venture through the holiday hop! 


This month, we are honoured to be joined by Rebecca Oehlers, a Gina K. Designs Illustrator who has created some beautiful stamp sets for Gina K. Designs available in the Stamp TV Store!
 Becky’s style is really fun, crisp and clean.They are used to make wonderful cards with just the right message or can be used to add some fun to your scrapbooking pages.  In addition, Becky is one of the best card designers and artists in the craft world

Becky is a member of the Gina K Designs Illustrator Team.Go to Becky’s blog to look at the great things she has been up to AND view the card samples she has created with her newest stamp set “Mistletoe Memories” that was released during the Stamp TV October Release Party.  Becky’s blog address is:  

So now here are a few of my Christmas cards I have been working on. As I said earlier my collection of Gina's stamp sets is in it's infant stage and Christmas ones (but I am working on adding more for sure) I have just a few  - but you don't need masses to create great things with what you have got - just imagination and I hope I have captured a little in what I have done.

 For my first card I started with basic white cs. I embossed the silver paper with Sizzix Holiday Frame. The heirloom ornament was heat embossed in purple by Zing glittered the middle and popped. You can see the glitter in the close up on the photo below. Added to the Heirloom Ornament is a small mauve bow to finish. No sentiment required. The Gina K stamp set I used for the ornament is Heirloom Ornament Set.

 Below is a simple card using the Cuttlebug embossing folder from Winter Wonderland. I have heat embossed the row of poinsettias and dotted the centres with yellow liquid pearls. Added a red frame behind so the flowers would stand out. This stamp is from Melanie Muenchinger's Holiday Basket. I added 2 different ribbons to the back. Sentiment is from Gina K's Fanciful Tags. 

 Another simple card also had an embossing folder from the Winter Wonderland Set. I cut 2 different Spellbinder dies - one for the backing and the front one has been heat embossed from the Gina K duo Merry & Bright. Sentiment is also from the duo. I popped both die cuts and added a little green ribbon which I gathered slightly for effect. Cut both coloured paper on the bottom corner.

This card is nearly the same as above only I changed the backing paper and embossed the stamp directly onto the paper. Added a little bit of gold bling here and there and a snowflake to the top of the baubles. I did spritz it in silver but has not shown up in the photo.

 So there you have it - My contribution to this great blog hop. 

If you came from the talented Penny's Blog you are going great. Your last stop on this amazing journey is to hop over to see what Sherian has been busy making for you. I am sure you will be pleased.


Hope you are enjoying the hopping with all of our friends!   

The rules are simple -  no change from my other design teams rules and they are - 
  1. Visit each participating blog on the list below. 
  2. Leave a comment for the blog host designer.
  3. Become a follower of each participating blog.
If you follow rules 1 – 3, you will be eligible to win the grand prize of a Becky Oehlers stamp set from Gina K. Designs.
At the end of the hop, a random winner will be chosen for the Blog Hop Grand Prize using comments and followers from each blog. We have decided to keep the hop open from Friday – Monday.  We do this because some people that want to participate need more time to get through the entire hop.
 The deadline for leaving comments is Monday, November 19 at 8pm CST.  The winner will be chosen and announced on Tuesday, November 20, 2012.

The blog hop designer team for this month are as follows:

Sean Fetterman 
Regina Hardy
Lee Murphy
Becky Oehlers
Lori McAree
Kyra Sanders (Ky)
Kay Simmons
Penny O’Dell
Ina Grehanß YOU ARE HERE!
Sherian Dixon
Please leave a comment for the blog hop design and sign up/follow each hop designer to be eligible to win the grand prize stamp set!

Thank you so much for hopping with us!!! 
Have a great week end!

Saturday 10 November 2012

Hosting a Challenge over at StampTV

I was given the honor of hosting a challenge over at my favourite craft site and would love you to go check out what it is. I had a lot of fun working out what my challenge would be.  

This is one of the cards I made as an example for my challenge.

This is what I asked members to do.

For my challenge I would like you to use A FEW OF YOUR FAVORITE THINGS. We all love Gina's stamps our embossing folders and dies so these 3 things will be used on your card.
But there is a twist - can't make it too easy for you. Gina has some beautiful FREE paper here and you will need to tell us which one you chose and use it on your card. Also because you have used a machine to die cut you need to add something hand cut too.
And this is how I made my card.
 I used Gina's paper - The Great Outdoors Straw Burlap and embossed it with a Darice Embossing Folder. Spellbinders Labels 20 and Floral Ovals for my dies and also used MS punch. The stamp I used is from Whimsical Wishes and stamped onto Peachy Keen paper. Cit out several by hand and popped. Also used Peachy Keen for my Labels 20 cut out. The sentiment is from Springtime Silhouttes. Added pearls to the flowers and lace ribbon and a button to finish it off. 

I know it has been a long time since I posted but just getting back to normal after  my holiday break. 
Will be back soon as there is another blog hop I am involved with and will update you on this real soon .

Tuesday 25 September 2012

I'm on Holidays

Just a quick update to let you know I will be away on holidays for a few weeks but will be back soon and keen to get back into card making again.
Catch you all again soon.

Wednesday 22 August 2012

Blog Hop Winners

Hello my blogger friends. First of all I would like to thank you for taking the time to comment on my cards and all the other host/hostess blogs. I hope you picked up some inspiration from the lovely cards on show. I am splitting up my cards for 2 winners.


Angie - you have won the first card you liked with the gold mist and the sentiment stamp.

Jennifer Restivo - my newest follower - you have won the gold embossed card you thought was stunning and the halloween embossing/die folder.

Please email me at with your snail mail address so i can post out your prize.


Thanks again for checking out my blog.

Friday 17 August 2012

Blog Hop Update

Hi everyone!  I have updated the blog logo for August.  :)AUGUST BLOG HOP

Due to unforseen curcumstances Zenita Barnes Smith is unable to participate in this blog hop. Thanks for your understanding. Ina.

Welcome to the August Blog Hop

Hi everyone!  I have updated the blog logo for August.  :)


Hello Everybody!
 Last month we saw the first blog hop with Sean and Regina. There were some awsome prizes and I was lucky enough to receive one of them. 

Thanks for coming to play along with us in our August Blog Hop. This blog hop is featuring cards and sentiments celebrating FALL. 


Scrapbook Stamp Society is our blog hop sponsor. The overall winner will receive digi's from our sponsor. Please visit them at 

Some of our blog hop host/hostess designers will be offering blog candy on their blog sites so don't forget to visit his/her blog (and leave a comment) to be eligible for bonus blog hop prizes.

 As I live in Australia it is Winter here but I have made 2 cards which depicts the
As i live in Australia it is WINTER here but  I have made 2 cards that depicts FALL COLOURS as it would be here for our Autumn which has the falling leaves and crisp cool breeze in the air.

My first card has white base card and I stamped various leaves (from unknown stamp name sorry) with Tim Holtz distress inks. I used Victorian Velvet, Frayed Burlap and VersaColour Olive. The main image has been backed with popped brown cs The small orange dots are from SU Beyond the Basics. The sentiment is from a GinaK stamp.  I finished this card off by spraying the whole card with SU Champagne Mist to make it "glow"
I would like to thank Tanya Cordingly for the inspiration behind the making of this card. 

The second image (below) is a close up to try and show you the shimmer of the gold sprayed mist.


My second card has black card stock as the base. I topped it with a fawn mulberry paper which has gold swirls. The autumn leaves are cut out with a CB maple leaf die. The designer paper at the back is from the Fall Harvest Mat Pad from KCompany. The main focal image is a CB Fall embossing folder and the paper is burnished copper and backed again with black card stock.

Now it is your turn to blog hop with all of our friends!  The rules are simple:

1.     Leave a comment on Sean's blog first

(and become a follower to enter a chance to win the grand prize from Scrapbook Stamp Society)

2.     Go down the list of blogs visiting all of them (see below).  Leave comments on their blog pages to be eligible for bonus blog candy from select blog hosts. The blog hop host/hostee offering bonus blog candy will indicate that he/she has a bonus blog candy prize so read their blog post carefully. Each blog will have the name and blog address for the next host/hostess in line for the blog hop. Our Number 2 is Regina at

3.     At the end of the hop, a random winner will be chosen for the Blog Hop prize from our sponsor and select blog hop hosts for Bonus Blog Candy.  The deadline for leaving comments is Monday, August 20, 2012 at 8pm CST.   Winners of the Grand Prize and bonus Blog Candy will be announced Tuesday, August 21, 2012.

The Blog Hop participants are as follows:

Sean Fetterman
Regina Hardy
Zenita Smith
Melissa Cash
Sharri Seffens
Linda Anderson
Kay Simmons
Donna Rinckel
Ina Grehan
Roxie Nitti
Aixa Mercado
Jennifer Restivo
Tracy Palmer

******** BONUS BLOG CANDY HERE ********
Please sign up and leave a comment to be eligible to win blog candy here!
I am giving away the 2 cards I made, the small sentiment stamp and also a CB embossing/die cut with Halloween on it.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  Now go to Roxie's at