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I have no excuse other than I was on a roll the other day when I was playing with the Everyday Enchantment paper and Sale-a-bration (read: freebie)  Elementary Elegance stamp set.  I may as well show you the rest of  the cards that I made and have it over and done with.  These cards all fall into the “lemon-squeezy” section of “easy”.  This next card I did in every colour way that the patterned DSP offered. I liked this combination the best :).  I think if I wanted to spend some more time on it, I would have used Versamark to stamp on a background pattern. But it seems to have survived okay without it.

And this one falls into the super-squeezy section of easy . . .

Once I discovered a trick for making scalloped squares without too much maths (“turning the corner“) it seems to feature in a lot of my cards these days.  🙂 I don’t know if you can see in the photo, I’ve popped up the birthday greeting on a punched-out curly label which fits neatly inside the scroll-y, elegant frame. Can lemon squeezy get any easier?  I don’t think so.

Okay, off you go and make some lemonade!

Till next time,



I’m still loving the Everyday Enchantment Sale-a-bration freebie papers and am using them with everything that I am doing at the moment.  I had a different design in my head when I was making this card, but I think I got distracted halfway through and forgot what I was doing.  It’s missing a little something . . .

I will just have to go and play some more until I get it right. What a pity 😉

Do you remember me telling you about the other card I made with the Everyday Enchantment DSP here. I posted a picture of it on a group forum and the cheeky Madonna Dunn asked “Is that for me?”.  Well, as she had asked so nicely, I just had to send it to her. I mentioned that she sent me back a gorgeous card.  Well, she’s taken a lovely picture of it and has posted on her blog here.  As I mentioned before – I LOVE IT.  I think I need to send out more cards, if this is what I get in return. I love some card Karma.

Hope you’re having a great Tuesday.


Here’s a card that I have made for my mother-in-law’s upcoming birthday. Along with embossing and fussy-cutting, there’s lots of love in there.

I’ve also used the new coloured embossing powders from Stampin’ Up! (Melon Mambo and Wild Wasabi) for the floral embellishment on the front page , which compliments the “Beyond the Garden” DSP. The colours just ‘pop’, don’t they?

 I learnt a new trick with my Top Note Die while making this card and, just quietly, I’m feeling a little pleased with myself. The front flap of the card is part of the card, rather than a separately attached ‘feature’. So here’s a tip for all those old dogs trying to learn some new tricks. To make the front flap: when making my ‘sandwich’ for the Big Shot I have the bottom plate, then the Top note Die and then the card stock strip (148mm x 297mm), then place only half(ish) of the cutting plate on top as you don’t want all of the Top Note shape to cut out. Once your shape has been cut, you may need to trim your card  stock a fraction to make a standard size card, but not much.  This is what it looks like standing open.

I hope that makes sense – For me it is one of those visual things, so if you would like pictorial instructions let me know and I will do some 🙂  All the goodies that I used for this card are available in the new Summer Mini Catalogue and all purchases over $100 qualify for free Sale-a-bration goodies.  Contact me if you would like to know more.

In the meantime, Happy Birthday Mater!

Keep inky!


Can I just say that I love freebies. Stampin’ Up! have loads of wonderful goodies available for a limited time every year. It’s that very special time of the year called “Sale-a-bration“. Which is great, except the limited time part. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. This year I have fallen in love with the Everyday Enchantment DSP, and I never want it to end.  I will just have to buy some more goodies to get some more freebies *grin*

Here’s a little creation( it has flown the coop to the lovely Mads in Queensland) that I have used the aforementioned DSP in the background on one of the hearts. The paper is so gorgeous that it needs little more done to it to make a lovely card. Can you see the texture on the middle heart? I punched a heart out of DSP, adhered it to some vanilla card stock then ran it through Black Betty (my Big Shot) in the “Lattice” embossing folder.

And in return she has sent me a visions of vintage-y purple gorgeous-ness.  I want to make cards like she does when I grow up.

More cards soon. But until then, keep inky,


It seems like that all that preparation for the  Christmas in July extravaganza exhausted me and required an extended blog-break to recuperate! And now not only has it looked like Christmas, it’s been Christmas and now it’s starting to look like Easter (was that hot cross buns I spied in the shopping basket today? Who put them there? Not me, your honour!)

Well, I certainly don’t have any Easter offerings for you today but I do have some of the Christmas cards that never made it into a post or out into the mail (so do all these left-overs mean I have made a start on next years’ cards?).  This first little fella was part of a swap that I coordinated that involved some fellow stampers from a Facebook forum I belong to.  After making 15 of them, I realised that this is not a chap that I would want to mass-produce unless I was taking some long-service leave from my day job to get it done.

I’ve called him my $300 Santa because of all the different punches I used to make him up.  He required 9 different punches and the Circle Scissors (that was for his 3″ round belly!).  He looks like he’s been on a bit of a binge on biscuits, milk, beer and all the other nibbles that all the good little children leave out for him!  I originally saw this Santa on Valita’s blog and I hope I have done her original creation justice.  What this woman does with punches is truly amazing, and I can only hope that I could be half as talented with a punch as she is!

Well, I best be off to find some more things to show you. I am sure they’re around here somewhere.  I’ll be back as soon as I can, I promise, and it won’t be 6 months before I come back.


I stocked up on the Pink Flamingo Designer Series Paper when it was on special last year.  I just loved it.  I loved it so much I hardly ever used it.  It’s so bright and cheery and just makes me think of lovely tropical holidays (not that I’ve had many, or any in fact :)) But at the very least it makes me think flowery shirts, grass skirts and exotic cocktails in big glasses with umbrellas sticking out of the top.  What does it make you think of?

Anyhoo, when I was trying to decide what to do with all this paper (see previous post regarding using up my stash) I decided cover some notebooks for the girls in my class at the local community centre, so that they could take notes in class . . . .

. . .and I can see “my” paper when it comes to visit me in class! win-win! 🙂

More stash used in the next post, show and tell next time,


My name is Michelle and I hoard paper. It wasn’t until the recent floods* and some of my stash got decidedly soggy that I decided that I had to use it or lose it.

My problem is that the prettier the paper is, the more likely I am to not use it.   We know this crafting caper is all about the paper, but gosh darn it, I seem to have so much of it!  I’m like a squirrel, hiding it away for a paper winter.  So what’s a girl to do? “Stick it on stuff”, I hear you say.  Okay, that’s what I did. Do you want to see what I did?


A Kaiser desk organiser (now all I have to do is organise the desk)

I just love this (now retired and no longer available) paper and just wanted to see it in all its glory, so haven’t adorned this piece with anything other than the paper, I didn’t think it needed it.  But I may change my mind.  A whole lot of flowers have turned up in the clean up and they will need to have something done with them pretty quick smart. 🙂

Till next time, (with more hoarded items stuck on something 🙂 )


*When I say “flood” I don’t mean it in the way that Brisbane or country Victoria flooded, I just mean more water in the garage than I would have liked after a day of heavy rainfall.

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