Timeless Portrait

September was the last month for the Secret Sister Swap so this gift has more Stampin’ Up product than past months.


As we’d just had the release of the new IB&C 2011|2012 we had new Designer Series Papers and I chose to use the Timeless Portrait pack. I actually forgot to even photograph this set before giving it to Julie so she graciously took photos for me.


SS Gift September


All the items have been decorated or made using the Timeless Portrait DSP. The bag has a cover which fits over the handles made using cardstock and then decorated. I’ve wrapped some DSP around a bottle, there’s a slider on the left, a small box and lid and then another items that’s been wrapped in dsp also.


Here’s a photo of what was inside them all.


SS September 1


We have 2 Stampin’ Wheel storage containers (1 standard & 1 jumbo), a textured impressions embossing folder, a sizzlits die, a stampin’ around wheel and the covered bottle is????? Can you guess??


Yes that’s right a refill bottle of Stampin’ Mist.


So that made up my final gift for the last round of Secret Sister Swap on Stampin’ Up in Oz.


Come back tomorrow for some more creations.


Till next time…..


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Ornate Love Letters

No this post has nothing to do with Love Letters as such but the ‘now retired’ Love Letters DSP and Notably Ornate Stamp Set.


This was my July gift to my Secret Sister, Julie Price.



I made a box using the Love Letters DSP and some Basic Black cardstock which I then decorated with images from the Notably Ornate stamp set. I’ve tied it all together with some Basic Black Satin Ribbon.


From memory the card was a sketch challenge at the time (no idea where from now though….lol). The sentiment is a retired Rub-On.


I cannot remember what I put inside but it was full of items that Julie had listed on her Wishlist for the swap.


I have one more month to share with you tomorrow so come back and check out her final gift.


Till next time…..


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JAI 73


This is my final week of being a Guest Designer over at Just Add Ink.

This week we were give a sketch.

I found this one a real challenge. I’m not overly happy with my results and plan on spending some time today recreating it with  a few different touches to see if I come up with something I’m happier with. I think if I could just have some ribbon in the colour I’d prefer to have used that would even have made a difference…… Oh well with any luck their might be some revamping of ribbon with the next IB&C which isn’t too far away really.

Here’s my end creation (so far).

Nikki Stalker

See what I mean?

I’m sure it would like nicer straight away if we had some ‘Not Quite Navy’ ribbon to replace the Very Vanilla. I’m also thinking I should have layer the smaller pattern paper piece onto Not Quite Navy rather than the Sahara Sand so that will be something I’ll change. I also have some other thoughts about changes too so we’ll see what I can come up with later.

Stamp sets: Word Play
Card: Not Quite Navy, Sahara Sand, Blueberry Crisp DSP
Ink: Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Very Vanilla 5/8” Satin Ribbon, Basic Jewels – Pearls.

Check back later today to see how my ‘revamped’ card turns out.

Edited to add:

Here’s my revamped card.


I’ve added some stitching, a layer of Not Quite Navy behind the print piece of dsp and changed out the Very Vanilla ribbon to some Not Quite Navy cardstock.

I don’t know what you think but I think these changes lift the card more than the original.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Till next time…..

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JAI #71–Black & White



This weeks challenge over at Just Add Ink is to use Black & White only in your creation and is Challenge JAI 71.




I’m really happy with how my card turned out this week, especially since it was a bit of a rush job as I’d left it ‘last minute’ to complete. I do mean ‘last minute’ too as I was making this card at around 11pm the night it was due to be submitted. That’s not usually like me but I’d overlooked it till around 2pm that day and had other things on with my family that afternoon and evening before I could sit down and create something. I’m just glad the idea and card all came together reasonably easy. The hardest part was deciding on what words/sentiment to put on it.


Anyway enough rambling, here’s my card.


Nikki Stalker


I went for a nice clean look with this card.


Stamp sets: Tiny Tags, Punch Potpourri (Hostess set)
Card: Basic Black, Whisper White, Neutrals Pattern Stack – Basic Black
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Two-Step Bird Punch, Jewelry Tag Medium, 5/8” Basic Black Satin Ribbon, Basic Jewels – Pearls, Two-Way Glue Pen, Snail Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Crochet Cotten (non-SU)


So what do you think??


Till next time…..


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Butterfly Thanks



Doesn’t this butterfly look great??


It’s an idea I’ve CASED from Kirsty Brown. Kirsty was one of the Australian Demonstrators at Convention who did a Workshop WOW presentation for us. You can check out the card she did for the presentation here. Kirsty used a technique on her card but I decided to just use some of our gorgeous Designer Series Paper instead. I will be making more though and will definitely put the rest of Kirsty’s presentation idea into another.


I’ve combined Kirsty’s idea with a challenge, surprisingly so, for my creation today. 


The challenge is from The Paper Players and is Challenge #50.



So would you like to see the whole card?


Here it is.




I’m not sure I like how the sentiment ended up on this one but it’s actually covering up a ‘first’ idea which I didn’t like at all.  You may also notice that the inside has an edge of the image stamped down the side and some of the DSP the butterfly is cut from along the bottom to carry the look through. 


Stamp set: Notably Ornate, Thank You Kindly
Card: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla, Love Letters DSP, Neutrals Pattern Stack – Very Vanilla, Regals Pattern Stack – Riding Hood Red
Ink: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Big Shot, Beautiful Butterflies die, Basic Jewels – Pearls, Very Vanilla 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, 2-Way Glue Pen, Snail Adhesive.


I’d love to hear what you think of my creation so please leave me a comment.


Till next time….


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