Wednesday, April 30, 2008


Here are some more cards made by the fabulous Kelly. Kelly and I both like to colour, as she has done in this one. This is a cute set.
Supplies -
Stamp: Unfrogettable
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi (top card) and Purely Pomegranite textured cardstock, Whisper White
Ink: Stazon
Accessories: Whisper White narrow grosgrain ribbon, pencils, blender pen

HAPPY with a dog

This is a very simple card, but I think effective. I love the bright colours against the gloss white, and the little dog finishes it off. It also uses very little paper.
Supplies -
Stamps: Big Deal Alphabet, All in the Family (for the dog),
Cardstock: Glossy White, Whisper White (I stamped the letters on the WW off-cuts and then cut them out)
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Only Orange, Ballet Blue, Real Red, Green Galore, Basic Black
Accessories: Paper Snips, Red Gingham, dimensionals (for letters), glue dots (to adhere ribbon).

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Oh, So Lovely

I loved this card when I saw it on a Canadian stamper's blog, by the name of Renee Van Stralen (see link to Stamping for Sanity), I just had to try to recreate it. It is done with a new Australian hostess set.
Supplies -
Stamp: Oh, So Lovely
Ink: Stazon, Creamy Caramel (for sponging around edges of cardstock)
Cardstock: Groovy Guava, Whisper White, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky
Accessories: Aqua Painter, Groovy Guava, Blue Bayou, Wild Wasabi and Purely Pomegranite ink (dipped my blender pen in to pick up colours), slit punch, Blue Bayou double stitched ribbon, sponge.

About a Boy

I went to a scrapbook workshop yesterday. Thanks to Sharon from The Scapbook Scene in Burwood, for sharing her talent. We used the Cosmo Cricket "Cogsmo" range of paper and embellishments. The day started a bit slow, as we had to match all the die cuts with the chipboard, but it was well worth it I think. I decided to do an small book album for my "middle child", as being a middle child myself, I am conscious about him not often being first. I intend to eventually do similar albums for my other two children as well.

We actually put this album together with chipboard and cardstock, so easy and cheap! This was an actual scrapbook 12 x 12 page we did, which will go in ds6's baby album.
I love how the big blue eyes of the robot match ds6's. The brads were fantastic, they look like phillips and flathead screws, which matched beautifully. I learnt about using archival ink (or can use Stampin' Up! Creamy Caramel) to sponge around the edges and sanding the edges of photos, to give a grungy look, which I love.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Garden Whimsy

This is another favourite set of mine from the new catty. There are so many designs you can make with it. These cards were created by the fantastic Kelly Gray, my friend and fellow demonstrator. It is so simple, but gorgeous.
Stamp set: Garden Whimsy
Top card -
Ink: Groovy Guava, River Rock
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Groovy Guava, Whisper White
Accessories: Narrow White Grosgrain ribbon.
Bottom card -
Ink: Blue Bayou, River Rock, Soft Sky
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Textured paper Blue Bayou, Whisper White

Monday, April 21, 2008


I went to see Dragon perform on the weekend. Remember the Aussie 80's band who sang April Sun Cuba, Rain, Young Years, Are You Old Enough? I love 80's and although I never saw Dragon back in their era, I always liked their music. Of course the lead singer, Marc Hunter died in the 90's, but they have re-formed. The only original was Todd Hunter (Marc's brother). Marc was there in spirit I'm sure!

Well, it was quite funny really. I must have been one of the youngest people there, except for the people who brought their children! It was funny to see 50 something olds showing more cleavage than I would have ever shown and another woman out cold being carried out of the venue by her partner! Hmmm, some things never change! It was a great night with lots of laughs and singing along.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Boatloads of Love

I loved this set as soon as I laid eyes on it in the new catty. It is a good one to combine with Loads of Accessories. I used dimensionals on the smoke puffs to create a 3D effect.
Stamps: Boatloads of Love, Loads of Love Accessories
Cardstock: Blue Bayou, Wild Wasabi, Saraha Sand, Whisper White
Ink: Stazon
Accessories: Aqua Painter, Crayons, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Dimensionals, corner rounder (for scalloping), mat pack (for holes along the bottom).

Thursday, April 17, 2008

New Stamps

I was so excited to receive my new stamps and accessories from the new catalogue when I got home from Brisbane and have been hanging out to use them.

This is a cute card made from the stamp set "Voila!". I like the gingham ribbon used as a tea towel. It was inspired from a design I saw on Splitcoastampers.
Stamp sets: Voila, Looks Like Spring (for pattern on pants)
Cardstock: Whisper White, pretty in pink, SU Designer Paper
Ink: Stazon, Tempting turquoise (for the sentiment)
Accessories: scissors, aqua painter, crayons, scallop punch, dimensionals, brads, black gingham, SU designer ribbon and circle punch to edge the corners of the designer paper at bottom.
My most favourite set from the new catalogue is the one I used for this card.
Stamp set: Baroque Motifs
Cardstock: Pretty in pink, certainly celery, old olive, whisper white
Ink: Old Olive, Regal Rose
Accessories: Rhinestones brads, pink gingham ribbon, scallop punch, dimensionals

Scribble This

This is the card I make for the Convention in Brisbane. Most demonstrators make a number of cards with the same design so that they can swap with other demonstrators. This card was made with:
Stamp: Scribble This
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Really Rust, Old Olive and Very Vanilla.
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Aqua Painter, Earth Elements Crayons, mat pack (for the small holes along the bottom), and Dimensionals (I stamped the flower on separate cardstock, cut it out and mounted it on top of the main image.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Lovely as a Tree

One of my favourite stamp sets is Lovely as a Tree. 3 of my most favourite swaps from the Convention were made with this set. The first sample below was made by my upline, Yvonne Campbell (and I am not just biased!), it is gorgeous! The benefit of the swaps is also that the demonstrators who made their swap provide the project recipe. So here they are:

Ink: Basic black, so saffron, apricot appeal, ruby red, old olive (for sponging)
Card: very vanilla, more mustard, ruby red, apricot appeal
Accessories: earth element markers, crystal effects
This card was made by Janine Grocott. I love the idea how Janine has stamped the image twice to give the impression of ghosted trees.
Cardstock: Glossy white, brocade blue, pumpkin pie, old olive
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, versamark
Accessories: clear embossing powder, heat tool, Spring Flower Bouquet punch, markers (close to cocoa, pumpkin pie, really rust, old olive)

This one was done by Jean McKenzie, using the shaving cream technique (see tutorial on Splitcoasters website (see my link)). Jean has made this as a Christmas card for something different.

Card: brocade blue, night of navy, whisper white

Ink: Night of navy, versamark, regal rose

Accessories: Dazzling diamond glitter, heat and stick powder, heat tool

More swaps

Here are all the swaps I received from other Demonstrators at the Convention in Brisbane. It was great to see stamp sets used in ways I hadn't imagined. I will have these with me at workshops for awhile to show them off!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

My Birthday!

I am 21 again today! I have had such a lovely day. It started with my 3 kids waking me up this morning and giving me cards (handmade of course!). I then had the day to myself. So, I had a facial and then caught up with my family. My brother washed my poor car for me, cos it was a disgrace from the dust storm we experienced a couple of weeks ago. I then visited a scrapbook shop and bought some gorgeous papers. I've booked in to do a boys album workshop in a couple of weeks, so I will be sure to post some photos from this! Thanks to all the well wishers. My favourite pressies would have to be the Pretties Kit from the new Catalogue (thanks Mum!) and some stamp sets from my kids and D. Also love the DVD I got from my brother of Death at a Funeral (funny movie if you haven't seen it).

Will be posting some more photos shortly.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Stampin' Up! Convention in Brisbane

Well I had such an exciting weekend. It was truly one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I went to the Stampin' Up! Australia Convention in Brisbane on Friday and Saturday. I learnt soooo much, some of which I would love to pass on to you. I was so excited for my talented and lovely upline, Yvonne Campbell, who won Number 15 Demonstrator in all of Australia, out of 1,458 demonstrators! What an achievement. I would urge anybody to check out Yvonne's blog (see link) and you will see the talent I refer to. It was so deserved. Here is a photo of Yvonne with the flowers and prizes she received. Well done Yvonne! I feel so lucky to have you as my upline!
On Friday morning we all received 2 free stamp sets, a lovely bag and some other small freebies. We got to make some cards and a scrapbook page with the freebies (pictured above). We were shown lots of fantastic techniques. Yvonne presented one of the sessions, which she of course did brilliantly (despite her nerves!).

I met so many lovely ladies on the weekend at the Convention from all over Australia and New Zealand, thank you to everyone, but especially Yvonne Campbell, Sharon Dale (sorry if I snored!) and Claire Daly.


My name is Leanne. This is my first ever blog! I didn't even know what a blog was a little over a year ago! Boy how fast technology develops and becomes part of our day to day life.

I will try to post something every couple of days. It might be about my day (if its interesting!), or photos of some creations I have made (cards, scrapbooking, off the page stuff), or even inspirations I have found on the internet.

I have 2 boys, nearly 11 (ds10) and nearly 7 (ds6) as well as a daughter who is nearly 5 (dd4). They are the most important things in my life.

I also study law, as well as politics and policy. I am due to finish my law components this year.

The part you will be interested in is that I love to create. I am mostly into cards and scrapbooking. Stay tuned for lots of photos.