Die Cutting & Embossing

Craft Room Organising Tips

Project Craft Room Clean Out has made a bit more progress and I've put together a video to show you how I organise my embossing folder, dies and some patterned paper and frequently used cardstock that I want to keep close at hand.  

Now to tackle the rest of the place!! It is a bit of a never ending job isn't it.  Have you got any craft storage tips?   Pop a comment here or under the video if you'd like to share an idea.

Pinterest craft room organisation

Happy organising!

Cheers, Sue

Inspired By The Catalogue: Balloon Card


I've taken inspiration from the Occasions Catalogue for today's card.  This was one of the cards we made at February card classes.  (Keen to catch a card making class in March? Dates and details here:  Classes)

It features the Lift Me Up stamp set and coordinating Up and Away thinlits.  I love how you can cut each stripe of the balloon in different colours then layer the detailed balloon over the top.  See the different pieces there at the left in this pic.

Balloon bundle

Colours: I've used Watermelon Wonder, Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride, Pink Pirouette and White for the stripes then Basic Gray over the top for the detailed layer.  Soft Sky for the base layer and some cute clouds to finish. 

Balloon Options:  You can either keep the balloon basket on (such as in my card below) or you can snip it off and replace it with a little stamped note (see card above.)   There are a bunch of different balloon themed greetings in a snazzy font. 

Adhesives: I used the fine tip glue for this one.  You just need a little.  I'm not the biggest fan of liquid glues (I always seem to get them EVERYWHERE!) but I quite liked the fine tip glue for this project. 


Have you ever been in a hot air balloon?  I love watching them on the horizon from our back balcony on clear mornings.  John and I (and a little bump that was to be Hannah) went up in one in Canberra.  Such a smooth ride and so quiet.  A memorable trip and great views of our capital city.  

I'm enjoying creating with the balloon bundle.  Get the stamp set and thinlits as a bundle and save 10%.

Have a fabulous day.

Cheers, Sue

Shopping from home?  I love to shop in my PJs.  Here's the products I've used.

Product List


Making Pop Up Cards With Party Pop Up Thinlits

Everyone loves a pop up card - that nice element of surprise when you open the card always brings a smile to the face.  Now you can make them really easily with the Party Pop Up Thinlits.


And open it up ......


Tips and Techniques: Cut your card insert section, score it down the middle then place the Party Pop Up Thinlit carefully so the tabs line up with the score line. 



You can use the other thinlit as the pop up element too - it also has tabs marking the central line - one on the base and can you see the other tucked between two of the candles?


For my Big Shot sandwich I've put the magnetic plate at the bottom, the precision plate on top, then my cardstock and thinlit (cutting edge down) and finally one acrylic plate on top.  I find the precision plate handy for more intricate dies like this. 

Once you've run it through, time to get out the new Big Shot brush and foam mat.  Roll the brush over your thinlit a few times in different directions and voila - the little bits come out and no more 'ten minutes with the poker' poking bits out.  My new favourite tool I think!



Now fold all your score lines and adhere your insert inside your card, making sure to get the scored line tightly into the centre of your card. 


You can also use the elements on the front of your card.  At class in February we found the Fine Tip Glue super handy for sticking the fine lettering of Happy Birthday onto our card front. 


I loved using these and am hoping we might have some more pop up elements in future catalogues.  At class we were remembering those frog mouth type pop up cards some of us used to make when we were kids, or the spirals with a shape stuck on top.  Got any pop up memories?  I've always loved pop up books too. 

Happy Stamping!

Cheers, Sue

Mini Treats Bag and Butterfly Thinlit Note Cards


The mini treat bag thinlits are great for cutting patterned paper to quickly put together this little bag.  It is just the right size to fit a couple of our note cards in.  Or some other small treat. 

I made this one using the elegant Something Borrowed DSP.  This paper is in Sahara Sand and White.  I used some more on the little note cards I popped inside the bag. 



I've used the crumb cake note cards.  Quick and easy to add a panel of patterned paper, some ribbon trim and a butterfly.  That's the new white jute ribbon on the left and the beautiful sahara sand lace on the right.  The butterfly is in Early Espresso.


My extra, extra long 100th edition of my newsletter went out to inboxes overnight so keep an eye out for that.  If you'd like to get my newsletter with card ideas, memory keeping inspiration and all the latest Stampin' Up news - there's a sign up box at the top right here. 

Have a fabulous day. 

Cheers, Sue

Boy Birthday Card and Minecraft Cake

Jack turned 8 recently so I broke out my Little Letters thinlits to make him a birthday card. 


A quick and simple one in bright happy colours for my bright happy boy. 

Handy tip:  I laid a piece of washi tape over my letters once I'd spelt the words out.  Made it easy to pick them up and place them on my cardstock before running it through the Big Shot. 


See the writing down the bottom left and top right.  I did that with my new Alphabet Rotary Stamp.  Love it.  There's 13 rotating 'bits' for you to create your own word or phrase.  It has the alphabet plus some other characters and spaces.  I'm thinking "WHATEVER" might be a handy phrase for Hannah's upcoming 12th birthday card - ha ha.  Seems to be a frequently uttered response lately.  ;-)



Hannah made him a card using MDS - our digital creating software.  She's getting to be a real whiz with it and did this one all by herself.  I just helped with printing. 


This year we made Jack a Minecraft birthday cake.  John and Hannah made their delicious brownie recipe. 

I was in charge of cutting, assembly and decorating.   (With some help from Jack's minecraft figurines.)


It was a hit with the birthday boy.   


Have a fabulous weekend everyone! 

Cheers, Sue


In a creating mood?  Here's some of the things I used for today's card:

Stampin' Up: Big Shot Bundle Special

During August we have a fabulous Big Shot special for you.  Buy yourself a Big Shot and get a free stamp set/framelit bundle - 5 to choose from.  OR  If you've already got a Big Shot, get 15% off these 5 stamp set/framelit bundles. 

Big shot bundle special

That's a little hard to read isn't it.  Here's the bundles you can choose free with a Big Shot purchase (select one), plus the 15% off price in the last column if you've already got a Big Shot and/or are adding to your framelit/stamp collection.



Stamp Set



Sumthin' with Bubbly Words
Clear-Mount Bundle


Sumthin' Sumthin'

Word Bubbles

$ 54.25

Sumthin' with Bubbly Words
Wood-Mount Bundle


Sumthin' Sumthin'

Word Bubbles

$ 58.50

Decorative Goodies
Clear-Mount Bundle


Oh My Goodies

Deco Labels Collection

$ 62.75

Decorative Goodies
Wood-Mount Bundle


Oh My Goodies

Deco Labels Collection

$ 72.95

Celebrating Chalk Talk
Clear-Mount Bundle


Day of Celebration

Chalk Talk

$ 65.95

Celebrating Chalk Talk
Wood-Mount Bundle


Day of Celebration

Chalk Talk

$ 74.50

Flowery Daydream
Clear-Mount Bundle


Daydream Medallions

Floral Collection

$ 82.25

Flowery Daydream
Wood-Mount Bundle


Daydream Medallions

Floral Collection

$ 93.25

Bright & Beautiful Stars
Clear-Mount Bundle


Bright & Beautiful


$ 75.50

Bright & Beautiful Stars
Wood-Mount Bundle


Bright & Beautiful


$ 87.25

* Bright and Beautiful Stars is from our upcoming Holiday Catalogue which goes live on August 28th.

Not sure if you need a Big Shot?   Here is a little video from Stampin' Up showing all the things you can do with this super handy machine.  I LOVE mine and use it all the time.  A great investment if you love your papercrafts.  With the steel dies you can also cut fabric and a heap of other materials.  Our framelits and embossing folders are firm favourites with all my class regulars and customers. 


Shop-online-button-sueGet yours today: Find them here in my online store. 

  Big Shot August Sale Products

Happy Big Shotting!  ;-)

Cheers, Sue

Hexagon Hive In Red


We gave the new Hexagon Hive Thinlits Die a test drive at card making class last month.  Here's one variation.  This was another card where the choice of DSP or cardstock colour gave lots of variations.

Some tips for using the Thinlit - Big Shots can vary in terms of the amount of pressure they apply so experiment with yours.  I found with my hexagon hive thinlit I needed an extra layer of cardstock as a shim.  I placed it underneath the plastic cutting plate.  To help get the hexagon panel out of the thinlit we used a paper piercer and slid it into a gap after we'd poked out some hexagons and gently eased the rest of the panel out.  Take your time and be careful near the edges. Adding a layer of baking paper between the thinlit and the cardstock can help too.  



Other products featured:

Perfect pennantsPerfect Pennants Stamp Set

Occasions: Page 27

Wood $51.95  Clear  $41.95

To add it to your cart: Find it here

10 stamps in this set and it coordinates with the Banner Framelits.



Scalloped Tag Topper PunchScalloped Tag Topper Punch

Occasions: Page 35


Shopping online: Find it here.

Make a tag of any length.  Width 5cm.

I really love this one.   For this card I trimmed a little of the edges off the white tag and added a crumb cake one underneath for a double layer.


Fresh prints DSP stackFresh Prints DSP Stack

Occasions: Page 33


A pad of 48 double sided pages. 11.4 x 16.5cm

Colours: Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana, Real Red and Whisper White

Find it here online


March Stampin Up Card Making Classes In Melbourne

Hoping to catch a fun and friendly class this month?  We're filling up fast but there are a few seats left.  This month we're doing Masculine and Feminine and have some great projects to make.  Dates and details here - March Classes.    Hope to see you there.  We've had a few new faces at class in 2014 and look forward to a few more in March. 

Have a fabulous weekend.  A long one here in Victoria and in our place we're quite looking forward to some relaxing and chilling out.  Perhaps a spot of creating too - that's always relaxing. 

Get in touch if I can help with any stamping matters. 

Cheers, Sue

Festive Flurry Card

School holidays here so we've been spending lots of time in our jammies, pottering about outside, reading good books and generally relaxing.  Hannah and I had a bit of a play too with the Festive Flurry stamp set and framelits. Here's my card ....


I took my colour scheme (and that piece of patterned paper) from the Winter Frost Specialty DSP. Island Indigo, Coastal Cabana, Pool Party and Smoky Slate.  Some silver glimmer paper goes well too for a bit of a sparkle.

And I'm completely in love with those gorgeous Frosted Finishes embellishments. 


The greeting is from Special Season - very elegant I thought.  I used the edge of my scissors to add a bit of texture to the edge of the greeting panel.  (Which nicely disguised that it was cut a little wonkily with my scissors!)


Have you got one of the new Magnetic Platforms for the Big Shot?  They make using framelits so easy peasy. No more post it notes.


Hannah had a play too. We quite enjoyed a nice bit of mum and daughter craft time.


Here's Hannah's card.  She loves to raid my scraps box and see what she can put together.


Have a fabulous Spring day and I hope you get some creative time this week. 

Cheers, Sue

Products Featured: 

Something take your fancy?  Click the link to shop in my online store or phone/email through an order as usual. 

Festive Flurry stamp and framelit bundle.   Find it here in wood mount, or here in clear mount.

Festive flurry bundle

Frosted Finishes Embellishments - oh so pretty and sparkly.   Find there here.


Winter Frost Designer Series Patterned Paper -Find it here

Winter frost DSP

Perfectly Preserved: Card 1

Time to share some samples I think!  I've been having so much fun playing with my box of new catalogue goodies that I've forgotten to blog.  Let's kick off with 3 days of Perfectly Preserved Bundle (Holiday Catalogue page 29.)

Funny story with this bundle of stamps and framelits.  They flashed a pic of them up on the screen at convention and I thought, 'Nah, not for me.'  Then the presenter showed a bunch of gorgeous samples and I went from 'Nah' to 'Gotta have that jar' in a flash.  Quite often the way isn't it - you need to see it in action!


This card is a straight CASE of this one by Mary Fish from Stampin Pretty.  (LOVE her work.)  I quite like starting off with a CASE (or copy) of someone's design to get the brain into gear.  Sometimes I get halfway then start to tweak.   This time I just copied the card and that got me all fired up and ready to come up with my own.  (Come back tomorrow for that one.) 


The stamp set is a set of 14 and there's a coordinating set of framelits to help you cut out the main images easily.  Get the bundle and save 15%.   Page 29 of the Holiday Catalogue.

I'll see you tomorrow for another card featuring Perfectly Preserved plus the Orchard Harvest DSP.

Launch Update

Only 6 spots left Wedneday and 2 spots left Thursday for next week's launch nights.   Get in touch if you'd like to book in.  Details here.

Happy stamping!

Cheers, Sue

Elegant Bird Die Meets Mocha Morning: Christmas Cards

Time to share some of our Christmas In July class cards with you.  Today's card uses the Elegant Bird Die which I had not even noticed until Beth Stewart  showed us some beautiful cards featuring it at Convention in May.  Thanks Beth!


Some retiring products featured here - Many Merry Messages stamp set and the Triple Layer Doily Punch plus the always elegant Mocha Morning Specialty DSP. 

Here's another version - we had lots of choices for this one.


This one features the chunky champagne glass glitter on the wing.  We used the Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive sheets - stick some to cardstock, run through the die, then peel the backing off and dip in the glitter - too easy!

Other cardstock:  Crumb Cake base for the first one and Soft Suede base for the next two cards.  Also Very Vanilla cardstock embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder. And some lovely brads - neutrals glimmer brads and antique brads.  Plus some little ones for the eyes.

To make these cards we stuck strips of cardstock and DSP to a rectangle scrap of cardstock - we used gluesticks.  Then we ran this through the Big Shot with the elegant bird die (which will be back next month!)  Strip side down if you want your bird to face right and strip side up if you'd prefer it to face left.

And one more version before we sign off for today.  This one features a lovely fine dark brown glitter from a multipack.  Very sparkly. 


Retirement list orders are still coming in - it is not too late to order if something has caught your eye from the retired list.  (Unless it is one of the out of stock items listed above.)  Get in touch before the end of the month if I can help with an order.  We are experiencing a bit of a longer than usual shipping time. The warehouse crew are working overtime I believe to get them out as fast as they can but we might need to allow a few more days than usual while pacing for the postie!

Happy stamping!

Cheers, Sue