The twins Ark

My friend’s daughter recently had twins & as twins come in ‘two’, I thought I’d make this little Ark as all the animals walked on in ‘twos’.  I then tried my hand at some punch art to make a card to go with the theme of the Ark. 

Gail’s daughter ended up in Intensive Care for around 9 days intubated & very sick, so I wanted to wait until she was home and healthy again to enjoy seeing this gift.  But silly me put it aside and delayed giving it to her.

So now I have given it to them, I can share it with everyone on here.


Here’s a couple of other angles of the Ark:


The roof comes off the Ark to allow gifts to be included, here is the roof off:

I could actually fit 2 little all-in-one outfits & 2 large bibs in this section and putting the roof back on, but you could add a toy or such and leave the lid off.

The Ark has been scored at 1/2″ spacing to give a wooden look, but the photos don’t really show that up sorry.  Of course I had to add all the animals in two’s.

Card: Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Whisper White

Ink: Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Riding Hood Red

Stamp:  Fox & Friends

Other: 1 3/8″ Circle, 1 1/4″ Circle, 1″ Circle, Dimensionals, Scorer

The creator of the Ark is Lynn Pratt & you can get her tutorial over on website. 

Here is my punch art card, I saw a giraffe a while ago but had to really test my memory how it was made as couldn’t seem to find the image again.  Thought they were cute and would suit a baby card but had to have ‘two’ since it was for twins.  As my giraffes ended up quite big I made my card larger than the normal (C6) size, its just under 7″ high.

Card: Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Whisper White, Close to Cocoa, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Pink Pirouette

Stamp: Seeing Spots, Congrats (retired)

Other: 1 3/4″ Circle, 1″ Circle, Word Window, 5 Petal Flower, Large Oval, Small Oval punches, Crop-A-Dile, 1/4″ Circle punch (non SU)

Now I want to make another one to keep for myself……….. just have to find the time!

Until later, happy stampin’


Another Secret Sister Gift

We are into another round of Secret Sister on the yahoo group Stampin’ Up in Oz & I’ve attached my June gift I received last week.

It consisted of a handmade box with 3 cards & a top note die bag containing some individually wrapped Lindt chocolates.

The box and cards:

The top note bag & chocolates…. yummy!

These gifts were made using Stampin’ Up products:

Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence, Old Olive cardstock

Cottage Wall designer series paper

Top Note die, Circle Scallop punch, circle punch

I’ll be back in the morning to show off one of my latest projects I made for my friend (and work colleague) daughter – who recently had twins.

Until later, happy stampin’


Sharing a Secret Sister Gift

Well I can’t believe I’ve been so slack in sharing these wonderful gifts I received from my Secret Sister in a swap I had been participating in.  May was our last month in the swap & hence it was our biggest gift swapped, we also had to reveal ourselves, I was very fortunate that my Secret Sister sending gifts to me was the wonderful Nikki Stalker

My first card:

My second card:

First part of my gift:

This box contained rhinestone brads – Wow!

Main gift:

Another view:

How lucky was I!!!!!  This gorgeous set of drawers all contained a different gift in each drawer -felt flowers, flower diecuts, hemp twine, linen thread, taffeta ribbon & metal edge tags, along with chipboard which was in the back section.  I was a little speechless with Nikki’s generosity & once again Nikki thank you!!

Now I’d better get back to a project I’m currently making.

Until later, happy stampin’


Stampin’ Up! Deal of the Week – Week 4

This week is the LAST of the fantastic Deal of the Week offers from Stampin’ Up!

This week’s specials are a selection of RHINESTONE BRADS (who doesn’t love some bling!) and RIBBONS.  So what better time than now to add to your stash with these great savings of a WHOPPING 40-45% OFF.

This special is running from now until Wednesday 30th June 2010….. yes that’s one extra day with this special!

Now to the offer:

Item Page Description Regular Price Sale Price
109113 149 Square Ice Rhinestone Brads $19.95 $11.97
109111 149 Circle Ice Rhinestone Brads $19.95 $11.97
109112 149 Square Fire Rhinestone Brads $19.95 $11.97
111848 150 Bashful Blue 1” double-stitched grosgrain ribbon $19.95 $10.97
109050 151 Certainly Celery 5/8” grosgrain ribbon $14.95 $8.97



(Approx 80 brads: 4 colours, 2 sizes)


(Approx 80 brads: 4 colours, 3 sizes)


(Approx 80 brads: 4 colours, 2 sizes)


(approx 9.1m)


(approx 13.7m)


So don’t miss out on these great specials this week.  If your happy to collect from me this will allow for a discounted shipping charge –  just add 5% for postage, or if you’d prefer to have the products delivered direct to you add $5.95. 

Remember this  is the LAST of the DEAL OF THE WEEK specials & only runs until WEDNESDAY 30th  JUNE 2010. 

I’ll be placing my order 8pm Wednesday (30th) so contact me prior to this by phone 0429 334 966 or email me to take advantage of this fantastic deal.

Until later, happy stampin’


SCRAPBOOKING – Ella’s Pink Lady & Elephants

I have been a scrapbooker for many many years, so thought I should start to show some of my pages occasionally.

I held a class last week with a sketch for the ladies to copy and these are two of my double page layouts to give them samples to see.

I apologise about the quality of the photos, but its hard taking them at night & trying to avoid the reflection of the overhead light but at the same time needing the light!

The first layout is of Jessica Watson’s boat – Ella’s Pink Lady.  I was in Sydney the weekend after Jess arrived back from her round the world voyage  (Stampin’ Up! Convention weekend) and lucky enough to see her boat moored at Darling Harbour.  How this young girl managed to sail unassisted around the world at only 16years of age in such a little boat is pretty amazing!  Even the little map I found on the internet to show her voyage  was tracked in pink!

Card/paper: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Tea Party designer series paper

Other: Heart to Heart punch, title cut with cricut

The second layout is of the Elephants at Taronga Zoo.  It was the same sketch but I wanted to fit more photos in so I changed some of the large photos for 1/2 size ones to show more of the elephants antics.  We had fun watching the elephants in their enclosure especially the 2 baby elephants – Luk Chai nearly 12mths & little Pathi Harn (originally known as Mr Shuffles) nearly 3mths.  Pathi Harn was the little elephant that made headlines as his mother Porntip couldn’t seem to deliver him and everyone had given up that he had died in utero.  But this elephant had a lot of determination to live, even with his slow start to life he’s starting to mimic all the other elephants now which is a good sign.

The next two images show how I added more images to the layout

Card/paper: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Tall Tales designer series paper (previous Summer mini)

Ink: Chocolate Chip

Stamp: Priceless, Animal Stories (previous Summer mini)

Hope you have enjoyed my first postings of my scrapbooking & I look forward to posting some more.

Until later, happy stampin’


Stamping 411 – SSC156

Hi again at last!!  Well I think my Mojo is finally starting to return & hence I hope to be back to posting again on regular basis….. I’m sorry I’ve been “missing in action” with my creations.  I’ve actually been doing a couple of scrapbook pages for a class I held last Friday & this has helped get me motivated again.  I’ll share my scrap pages tomorrow.

Here is the latest sketch over on Stamping 411, this got me looking through all my stamp sets for an image to suit the sketch & hence a few more ideas churning around in my head!

& here is my card

I’ve made my little butterfly have “free” wings, so only attached to the card along its body

Card: Orchid Opulence, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Whisper White

Stamp: Garden Whimsy, Fresh Cuts, Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel

Ink: Orchid Opulence, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive

Other: Dazzling Diamonds, Small Oval punch, Large Oval punch Dimensionals

I’ll also be back to show off a project later in the week that I’m making for my son’s girlfriend for her 21st next weekend, but its not quite finished yet & besides my finger is still recovering from slicing it open with my craft knife while I was trying to trim the paper….. yep I’m still suffering a pulsating ache in my finger along the cut which was quite deep…… thank goodness for steri-strips in pulling the cut closed.

Until later, happy stampin’


Stampin’ Up! Deals of the Week – Week 3

A new week a new deal coming from Stampin’ Up! 

DEAL OF THE WEEK 3 has some great STAMP SETS from the 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalogue with up to a MASSIVE 50% OFF!!  Wow how’s that for a deal!

This special is running from now until Tuesday 22nd June 2010.

Item Page Description Regular Price Sale Price
114263 34 A Happy Heart stamp set $41.95 $20.98
115792 57 Greetings Eight stamp set $49.95 $24.98
116330 78 Bella’s Bloom stamp set $24.95 $14.97
113009 97 Enjoy Every Moment stamp set $53.95 $26.98
114283 105 All Scallops stamp set $55.95 $27.98

But to entice you more here are the stamp sets……..



Normally $41.95

this week only $20.98



Normally $49.95

this week only $24.98



Normally $24.95

this week only $14.97



Normally $53.95

this week only $26.98



Normally $55.95

this week only $27.98

Remember this week’s special only runs until TUESDAY 22nd  JUNE 2010.  

So don’t miss out on these great specials this week.  If your happy to collect from me this will allow for a discounted shipping charge –  just add 5% for postage, or if you’d prefer to have the products delivered direct to you add $5.95. 

Please contact me by 6pm on Tuesday 22nd June – phone 0429 334 966 or email me

Until later, happy stampin’