Welcome to my blog!

Hi! My name is Alison and I am a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator from Brisbane.

I invite you to please visit some of my blog posts below and have a look at the projects that I've created with the wonderful Stampin' Up! product range.

If you would like a current Stampin' Up! catalogue please email me your postage details and I will send one to you absolutely FREE!

If you live in Brisbane or South East Queensland and would like to see some of the Stampin' Up! range and are interested in hosting a Stampin' Up! party in your own home, just call me on 0413 405 139 or email me and I can send you all the details. It is a great way of earning free stamps and Stampin' Up! product.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Stampin' Up! Australia - Color Coach #64 - Welcome to the CASEing the Catty Challenge Blog!

Crisp Cantaloupe #2



Welcome to the first challenge at CASE-ing the Catty. I am thrilled to announce that I am on the Design Team and can't wait see all the beautiful projects from my talented team members, and of course those of you following and playing along! :)

CASE - The acronym stands for COPY AND SHARE EVERYTHING. The latest Stampin' Up! ® Catalogue certainly encourages crafters to do just that as it is jam packed with amazing, inspirational projects.

The idea is to feature a section of the Stampin' Up! ® catalogue each week using the projects in the catty as inspiration.

You can directly CASE (Copy and Share Everything) or use a sketch/layout, colour combo, embellishment, just to name a few examples, as a springboard for your own creations.

Here's a Badge to paste to your blog:


  •   Create a new project for the current challenge (no back linking).
  • Mention CTC Challenges in your blog post and link back to the challenge blog so others can join in on the fun.
  • Let us know what project you CASED and make reference to the page of your country's catalogue where you got your inspiration. 
  • SUO products (retired or current) may be used in your projects for CTC Challenges. 

So let's go!

Here's my project:

I cased the gift box on page 16 of the catalogue. The Tag a Bag gift boxes (pg 201) are AWESOME and I always keep some on hand to decorate for last minute gifts. They are cool because they are pre-scored and cut so you just fold it together to make the box base, then the acetate tube slides over as the lid. Easy!

I added a flower made with the Spiral Flower Die as a main feature. I scrunched it up and separated the layers so essentially I had two spirals out of the one die and then I curled one up and then curled the second one up around it.....because the paper layers are separated, it gives a beautiful faux-suede look and it looks almost like a real flower!

In keeping with my Color Coach colours, I combined Crisp Cantaloupe with Soft Suede and Pink Pirouette. The Pink Pirouette can be seen on the little heart punch on the tag (from the Owl Builder Punch) and I scrunched up some brown paper (the stuff that we get in all our SU orders) and layered some Pink Pirouette paper strips on the top. 

I love this gift box as the decorations just sit on the top of the acetate, so even once the recipient opens it, the decorations stay intact and the box may be reusable. 

I really love the way this came together. :)

Hope you can play along with us this week and please leave a comment below and visit the Design Team...I know they would love to hear from you. :)

You can also visit my online store if you would like to order any of these supplies. 

Alison xx

Materials used:

Stamps - Label Love
Ink - Crisp Cantaloupe, Soft Suede
Cardstock - Crisp Cantaloupe, Crisp Cantaloupe DSP, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette
Accessories - Tag a Bag Gift Box, Paper Doily, Organza Ribbon, White Bakers Twine
Tools - Artisan Label Punch, Owl Builder Punch, Stampin' Trimmer, Fast Fuse Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Spiral Flower Die, Glue Dots. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Stampin' Up! Australia - Less Is More - The Very Hungry Caterpillar Card


The challenge at Less Is More this week is Adapt a Fingerprint on a One Layer Card. HOW FUN!!!!!

I knew exactly what I was going to do.....and that was The Very Hungry Caterpillar. 

The book just happened to be near my craft table when I saw this challenge come through, so it was quite the happy coincidence. :)

I took a Whisper White notecard and a selection of Stampin' Up! green inks....Gumball Green, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Garden Green and Lost Lagoon for a shot of blue tones. 

I inked up my trusty fingerprint and stamped the caterpillar pattern using different ink colours and overlapping and stamping off now and then. The caterpillar's face was stamped using Tangelo Twist and the feet and eyes drawn with a Baked Brown Sugar marker.

This card is going to the daughter of a friend of mine for her birthday so I thought the Wish Big sentiment would be appropriate and then it struck me that a butterfly in the background would complete the caterpillar's 'story'. Cute yes?

I hope you like my card. 

Alison xx

Materials used:
Stamps - My wonderful fingerprint!, A Dozen Thoughts (for the sentiment), Papillon Potpourri (for the butterfly)
Ink - Gumball Green, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Garden Green, Tangelo Twist, Lost Lagoon, Baked Brown Sugar Marker. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Stampin' Up! Australia - Color Coach Card #63 - Stampin' Up! I Like You - Thank You Card

Crisp Cantaloupe #1


For this card, I was inspired by the 'Distress Ink' look and the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. Instead of the second banner, I chose a heart shaped Crisp Cantaloupe element stamped with one of the flowers from 'I Like You'.

To get my "Distress Ink" feature panel, I inked up my acrylic block with Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding and Coastal Cabana. I then spritzed it with water so that little beads formed over the block. I then stamped my Whisper White card stock (punched into a tag shape with the Scalloped Tag Punch), blotted the excess ink and then let it dry. I flicked water droplets onto my tag to get some lovely mottled effects and then I stamped the same flower stamp that I used on my heart onto the edges of the tag. 

I love how the tag ended up - the colours blend beautifully and the random effect of water reacts so well with the inks and card stock. LOVE IT!

My Crisp Cantaloupe sequins that I ordered haven't turned up just yet, so I used some random cantaloupe-coloured sequins that were sitting in my 'bits & bobs' jar. 

Hope you like my card!

If you don't have a 2014-2015 Annual Catalogue yet, just email me and I will send you a copy for FREE! 

Alison xx

Materials used:
Stamps - I Like You (New Hostess Set)
Ink - Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana, Versamark
Cardstock - Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Sweet Sorbet DSP (for background mat layer)
Accessories - Sequins, Pistachio Pudding Ruffled Stretch Trim (retired), Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Bakers Twine, Wooden Elements Embellishments
Tools - Scalloped Tag Punch, Glue Dots, Heart Punch, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Paper Snips, Stampin' Trimmer, Stampin' Dimensionals, SNAIL

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Stampin' Up! Australia - Color Coach Card #62 - Stampin' Up! Sketched Birthday

Coastal Cabana #2



Today's card is based on a diagonal sketch layout from Clean & Simple Stamping.  

The color coach colours are Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral and Smoky Slate. The DSP is from Eastern Elegance which is some DSP from last years catalogue that featured Coastal Cabana. I liked the geometric pattern on it. 

The dots are from Perfect Pennants....the horizontal stamp isn't quite as wide as the card so I stamped it twice in a line - can you believe I stamped that without a stamp-a-majig..talk about lucky!

The stars were punched from Calypso Coral and then embellished with Smoky Slate candy dots. I threw on a couple more Rhinestone jewels for effect. :)

The sketch called for the sentiment to be across the top of the diagonal patterned piece but I just couldn't make it work so I opted for the dots and put the sentiment panel at the bottom.

Hope you like my card!

Alison xx

Materials used:
Stamps - Perfect Pennants, Sketched Birthday
Ink - Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate
Cardstock -Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Eastern Elegance DSP.
Accessories - Neutrals Candy Dots, Rhinestone Jewels
Tools - Stampin' Trimmer, Big Shot, Itty Bitty Framelits, Merry Mini Punch Pack (retired)

Monday, July 7, 2014

Stampin' Up! Australia - Color Coach Card #61 - Stampin' Up! Work of Art

Coastal Cabana #1


Addicted to CAS have a cool theme word at the moment - Sky!

I was messing around on some scrap paper with these color coach suggestions of Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie and thought that they looked like a tropical sunset over the sea.

I decided to use the stamps from the "Work of Art" stamp set like the paint brushes they resemble and painted this landscape using stamps only......pretty cool huh! I used a lot of partial stamp inking and stamping off....SO FUN!

I was SO happy with the result. 

I haven't put a sentiment on the card as I like the landscape the way it is and thought a sentiment would clutter the card too much. 

I think it would make a lovely sympathy card or even a thank you card. 

Hope you like my card! Can you believe this was done with just one stamp set! Work of Art is so versatile I tell ya! :)

Please contact me for a new Stampin' Up! catalogue if you don't already have one. I will send you one for FREE! 

Alison x

Materials used:
Stamp - Work of Art
Cardstock - Whisper White
Ink - Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie
Tools - Stampin' Trimmer, SNAIL

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Stampin' Up! Australia - Color Coach Card #60 - Stampin' Up! Flower Shop

Pistachio Pudding #2


I was asked to make a retirement card for one of the lovely people at work and I thought that the Color Coach combo of Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush and Smoky Slate would be perfect! 

I used a retired card kit (Simply Fabulous Simply Sent) for my base and then adorned it with Pistachio Pudding Designer Series Paper and a flower stamped from the Flower Shop stamp set + an embellishment, some ribbon, leaves and a sentiment banner stamped with the "Happy Retirement" stamp from Teeny Tiny Sentiments.

Do you like it!? It is certainly much 'prettier' than the cards I usually do....and there are a lot of layers, but it feels and looks quite special so I hope the recipient will like it. :)

By the way, have you got your new Stampin' Up! 2014-2015 Annual Catalogue yet?....if not, drop me an email and I will send you a copy for FREE in the mail (Australian customers only). 

Alison xx

Materials used:
Stamps - Flower Shop, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Ink - Smoky Slate, Pistachio Pudding
Cardstock - Pistachio Pudding Cardstock and DSP, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Vellum
Accessories - Simply Fabulous Simply Sent Card Kit (retired), In Color Boutique Details embellishment, Strawberry Slush ribbon, Smoky Slate ribbon (in kit)
Tools - Pansy Punch, Bird Builder Punch, 7/8 scallop circle punch, SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Sticky Strip. 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Stampin' Up! Australia - Color Coach Card #59 - Stampin' Up! Work of Art

Pistachio Pudding #1


Pistachio Pudding is teamed with Crisp Cantaloupe and Baked Brown Sugar for this color coach card. 

CAS(E) This Sketch have the cutest sketch this week but I couldn't come up with any kind of fun image to use, so I went with using the new Work of Art stamp set and referencing the heart in the sketch instead and using the brush strokes & sentiment as the 'creature'. 

The Paper Players have a 'Tic Tac Toe' challenge this week so I chose patterned paper, a shade of green (since I am using Pistachio Pudding) and thank you as my elements. 

I am sending this card to a customer who placed an order the other day. I hope she likes the card. I really like how this came together. :)

If you are wondering how I got the two shades of green, I stamped in Pistachio Pudding first and then did a second stamp next to it without cleaning my stamp. This technique is called "stamping off"...where you do a repeat of the stamp using the rest of the ink left on the stamp. You can get many shades of your colours this way. :)

Hope you like my card!

If you haven't already heard, the BRAND NEW 2014-2015 Annual Catalogue has just been released in Australia, so if you would like your very own hard copy for FREE to stick post-it notes all over, hug in bed and gaze at lovingly, then just send me an email and I will get one in the post pronto for you. :)

Materials used:
Stamp - Work of Art
Ink - Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar
Cardstock - Whisper White, Pistachio Pudding, Pistachio Pudding Designer Series Paper
Tools - Stampin' Trimmer, SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals. 
Accessories - none

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Stampin' Up! Australia - Happy New Year!!! The 2014-2015 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue has arrived!!!

Happy New Year everyone!!!

This salutation will apply if you are either:

a) an accountant.....


b) or a Stampin' Up! devotee like meeeee!

....because.........the new 2014-2015 Annual Catalogue is HERE!!!


click here to download pdf of catalogue (43MB)

There are tonnes of new goodies to behold.....and if I were you, I wouldn't delay on getting your order in with me since some items are proving to be popular already!

Make sure you have a look at the new In Colors, the gorgeous Blendabilities and the stunning array of new stamps featured throughout the catalogue. There's some cool new punches and Framelits too. 

You will also see Project Life pages and supplies to make your journalling and scrapbooking a colourful breeze. 

Please don't hesitate to call me (0413 405 139) or email me if you have any questions. You can order all SU product online at my store at any time. 

If you don't have a new catalogue yet and would like a hard copy of the catalogue to stick all your post-it notes on and keep beside your bed and hug at night (or is that just me!?)..... then email me with your address details and I shall send you a copy for FREE! I would love to be your Stampin' Up! demonstrator!

Plus, remember if you have a wish list as long as your arm, or would like to be your own boss of your creative business, or stamp with your friends .... there's never a better time to sign up  as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. Stampin' Up!'s Demonstrator Starter Kit is completely customizable! Build your Starter Kit your way! 

For just $169, you get:

•   Your choice of up to $235 worth of any current Stampin' Up! products!
•   A business supply pack valued at $80!.
That's a total value of $315!

...and you will get 30% off your first order (placed in the the first 45 days)...just think of all the goodies you can choose!

Can't wait to share all the Stampin' Up! goodness with you all....let's welcome the year in together! xxx

Stampin' Hugs & New Years Cheers!
Alison xx

Monday, June 30, 2014

Stampin' Up Australia - Color Coach Card #58 - Stampin' Up! Hardwood Christmas Card

Baked Brown Sugar #3


The color coach combo of Baked Brown Sugar, Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green say 'Christmas Card' to me....and I wanted to use the Hardwood stamp when I saw that the CASology challenge this week was 'WOOD'. 

Freshly Made Sketches have a beautiful CAS sketch that turned into a row of Christmas Trees...rather than the simple sentiment panel that I had in mind. :)

Btw, the Pennant Parade stamp set and the Champagne Glimmer Paper are retiring and today is the last day to order it so head to my online store if you need it. :)

Hope you like my card!

Alison x

Materials used:
Stamps - Hardwood, Pennant Parade
Ink - Baked Brown Sugar, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green
Cardstock - Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White textured & smooth, Champagne Glimmer Paper
Accessories - Essentials Wooden Elements (wooden circles)
Tools - Stampin' Sponges, Itty Bitty Punches, Petite Pennants Builder Punch, Paper Snips, Stampin' Dimensionals. 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Stampin' Up! Australia - Komodo Dragon Birthday


Yep - you read that right.....Komodo Dragon Birthday. :)

I was asked by a colleague at work to make a birthday card for her son .... "he loves Komodo dragons....can you do something with a Komodo dragon on it?!"

Um......well yeah I guess.....

Stampin' Up! doesn't have a Komodo dragon stamp. I don't own ANY Komodo dragon stamps!....are there any Komodo dragon stamps???

Anyway...that's where My Digital Studio comes in really handy. 

I just found an image of a Komodo dragon online, imported it into My Digital Studio and opened it in a project file. I then added a speech bubble with the birthday greeting. :)

I was very much inspired by this card by Patty Bennett....she had made the cutest squirrel card using a photo image and a speech bubble...with a cool wooden fence for the squirrel to run on. 

Patty was kind and generous enough to grant permission to me to share my card with you on my blog....I thank Patty for her inspiration! :)

The recipient loved my card by the way! :)


Materials used:
Stamp - Hardwood
Ink - Soft Suede
Cardstock - Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Accessories - photo, non-SU pewter brads
Tools - My Digital Studio, Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips

Friday, June 27, 2014

Stampin' Up! Australia - Color Coach Card #57 - Stampin' Up! Another Great Year

Baked Brown Sugar #2


The analogous colour on the Color Coach for Baked Brown Sugar is Soft Suede, so originally I was trawling my brain mojo for woodgrain type card ideas but I just couldn't come up with anything. 

When I saw this cool sketch at Deconstructed Sketches, I thought I would showcase "Another Great Year" on a centre panel with a backdrop of gorgeous DSP.....I hardly ever use my DSP and I thought this was a great way of making it the 'hero' of the card (that's a dorky "Masterchef" expression actually!).

Anyway.....graphic and clean won out over woodgrain and I'm glad. I like the way this turned out....I was going to use more stars in the corner to stay truer to the sketch, but the CAS got the better of me. :)

Hope you like my card!


Materials used:

Stamp - Another Great Year
Ink - Soft Suede
Cardstock - Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar DSP, Soft Suede, Silver Foil
Accessories - Silver Mini Brads
Tools - Stampin' Trimmer, Stampin' Dimensionals, Paper Piercer, Piercing Mat, Glue Dot

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Stampin' Up! Australia - Stampin' Up! Venetian Romance DSP


I made these cards a while ago when I was completely inspired by Catherine Pooler's card collaboration series (see it here). I adored her card that used the Venetian Romance DSP and all the gorgeous layering :)

Here's my take:

Hope you like them - I can't take any creative credit for these as Catherine's card was perfection to start with!

Alison xx

Materials used:
Stamp - Positively Chevron, Itty Bitty Banners
Ink - Soft Suede, Crisp Cantaloupe
Cardstock - Very Vanilla, Crisp Cantaloupe, Venetian Romance DSP, Vellum Cardstock
Accessories - Very Vintage Designer Button, Antique Brad, Gold Sequin Trim, Pearls, Gold Metallic Bakers Twine
Tools - Heart Punch, Paper Snips, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Itty Bitty Framelits, SNAIL

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Stampin' Up! Australia - Color Coach Card #56 - Stampin' Up! Longfellows

Baked Brown Sugar #1


I had such a lovely time exploring the last lot of In Colors that I thought I would jump onto Baked Brown Sugar and the other In Colors while I was at this end of the Color Coach. The colour combo for Baked Brown Sugar is Bermuda Bay and Crisp Cantaloupe. 

CASE Study have THE cutest card to inspire this week. I just love it! Less is More are also challenging their follows to use water colouring in a clean & simple style.

The CASE Study card features an adorable little dachshund so it prompted me to revisit a vintage Stampin' Up! set called "Longfellows". This card is one of the reasons that I will never part with Hostess sets....they are so rare, but often they are some of the cutest stamp sets you will ever see. The balloons are from "Pedal Presents" another vintage hostess set. 

Moral to story....

1. acquire all the SU Hostess sets!

2. Never part with them!

Here's my card:

Hope you like my card! It is going to a friend who LOVES dachshunds who also happens to be a mum-to-be!

Alison x

Materials used:
Stamps - Longfellows, Pedal Presents, Itty Bitty Sentiments
Ink - Stazon, Bermuda Bay, Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar
Cardstock - Watercolour paper, Very Vanilla, Baked Brown Sugar
Tools - Big Shot, Itty Bitty Framelits, Stampin' Trimmer, Fast Fuse (NEW!)