Archive | September 2009

My brother’s birthday and LAST DAY RIBBON BUNDLE

Well, this month has been FULL!!  Have you found that too?  What is it about Spring and September? LOL! 

Anyway, at the beginning of the month it was my brother’s birthday.  We had a fun night out with him and his wife’s family, although our kids were a bit overexcited by the end of the evening!!  This is the card I made for him. 

You know, I think this is the first time I’ve ever used Brilliant Blue cardstock!  But WOW, this colour combo really impressed me – Very Vanilla, Close to Cocoa and Brilliant Blue.  The inspiration for the card came from Live Laugh and Stamp with Karen here … what a gorgeous card!  Thanks, Karen 🙂


All of the Very Vanilla cardstock you see is textured cardstock, which I’m addicted to!  I’ve used the stamp set, Think Happy Thoughts, such a versatile set!  And then I’ve paper pierced the middle strip with my mat pack.  The big star brad is from the Star Designer Brads, which are a quality bargain at only $11.25!!

And it’s the LAST DAY of September, already!  Which means it is the LAST DAY for Stampin’ Up!’s Gift with Purchase Promotion EXCEPT customers have outperformed even Stampin’ Up!’s most optimistic estimates, and Stampin’ Up! have RUN OUT of inventory of this special item.


So, because Stampin’ Up! are simply awesome, they have announced they are offering a replacement item for anyone who places a $100 order TODAY!! Any order placed before 11.50pm today will qualify for the ribbon bundle and will receive a spool of Chocolate Chip 1″ (2.5 cm) double-stitched grosgrain ribbon (item 111849; p. 150) and a spool of Rose Red 1″ (2.5 cm) double-stitched grosgrain ribbon (item 111846; p. 150).

So, that’s $39.90 worth of ribbon FOR FREE after spending $100!!  You must place an order with me today to take advantage of this incredible offer.

Thanks for looking 🙂


Bella Rose Purse

It was my sister’s birthday on the 17th (just gone) and I had made this purse for her gift.  Lee lives on the Gold Coast, so she doesn’t see us very often and I thought a couple of pictures of us would be nice for her to have.  So I spied this bag on the net made by Gretchen Barron (thanks for the super inspiration!!) and I then altered the measurements of the purse to fit my photos.  The purse, or handbag, was perfect for my sister as she loves bags!


I used textured cardstock for the entire card, except for the Bella Rose Designer Series Paper and the thin panels on the inside of the purse.  The paper colours are Basic Black, Pink Pirouette and Whisper White.


The stamp set I used is a Rose is a Rose and it was stamped using Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Old Olive and Kiwi Kiss.  The coordinating wheel, Bella’s Border was used on the thin panels.  Of course, the coordinating Pink Pirouette striped grosgrain ribbon worked perfectly for the handle and the Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon on the front of the purse coordinated with the rose leaves inside the purse.


The Eyelet Border punch helped layer the photos and decorate the front of the purse.  Plus, the other punches I used to layer the two sentiments to the purse were the Scallop Circle, Designer Label, Large Oval,  Oval and Scallop Oval.


The sentiment stamp sets I used were Sincere Salutations and Short & Sweet.  A rhinestone brad and Pink Flower Designer brad helped decorate the sentiments.  And, for the final decorations, on the front of the purse I used a Button Bouquet Designer Button and a gorgeous Stampin’ Up! clip at the top of the purse.  And I paper pierced the strip of Textured Pink Pirouette cardstock.


Thanks for looking 🙂

Fun & Fast Notes

This is a card I made as one of the “ideas” for our Watoto fundraiser.  We didn’t use it, although you will see we did make something similar. 

This card used the colours Basic Grey, So Saffron, Baja Breeze and Kiwi Kiss.  The stamp set, as the title suggests, is Fun & Fast Notes.  I often forget how useful this stamp set is!  On the So Saffron cardstock, I’ve used the tone-on-tone effect using the Scribble jumbo wheel in So Saffron ink.

I love the Baja Breeze ribbon – it looks great!


Thanks for looking 🙂

Watoto Card Making Fundraiser

Wow, it’s been a little while since I’ve blogged!  I do have lots to show you, but I hope you can be patient for more, as I’m away again this weekend to Canberra for my step-Nan’s 90th.   And I have a BIG project to complete before I go.

Let me show you a few photos from our SUPER fundraiser on the weekend.  I’m very proud of my friend Michele, who did a remarkable job putting this event together.  And we couldn’t have done it without the help of Alison, Kara or Julie either.  I’m blessed to know such lovely ladies 🙂

This is the hall with everyone hard at work …


At the front, we had the Silent Auction …


With some awesome donations …


that were won for a bargain!!


There was a table devoted to Watoto …


And the opportunity for everyone to write a note to the Women of Watoto, to touch a person’s life, and have that note taken over to Uganda this Thursday …


Then there was the RAFFLE … again, I was chuffed that one of my friends, Jenne, won 4th prize in the raffle!  Well done, Jenne!


There was our display …


And the donations that could be bought (and were sold in a highly successful FUN auction at the end of the day, if they hadn’t already sold) …


There were also lucky door prizes (well done, Janelle!) and “under the chair” prizes (well done, Lee!).

What a great day!  I hope everyone who came along enjoyed the day!  Thank you so much for your support.  Without your participation, we could not have raised over $1700!!!  Thanks so much again.  What a tremendous achievement.

I’ll post up the cards we made shortly …

Thanks for looking 🙂

Flight of the Butterfly birthday

A long, long time ago (well, it seems like it!), I was lucky to stamp Sharon’s Flight of the Butterfly stamp set.  Sharon is one of my lovely team members and her cards are gorgeous!  Thanks, Sharon!!  Check out Sharon’s superb talent here

Anyway, I stamped lots of butterflies and then waited for the right card to put them together.  And this card is for my lovely cousin’s daughter, Brooklyn, who just turned 4.  Brookie had a great birthday party last week and the kids all had a ball.  And the best part?  Seeing Brookie open her presents, wow, ALL the kids loved that part!


I love this colour combo – Elegant Eggplant and Pink Pirouette, it’s subtlely striking.  And, I think, the Pretties Kit pearls are a classic girlie touch. 

Don’t you think the sentiment is profound …  if nothing ever changed there would be no butterflies?  Wow.

Thanks for looking 🙂

Happy Father’s Day

I hope that all the Dads have a lovely Father’s Day with their kid(s) today – enjoy!


This is the card I made for my hubby last night.  It always amazes me that I’m able to make a card for my hubby, and he remains oblivious even though I’m right under his nose!!  While Daddy sleeps in this morning, Bella added her name inside.  The boys aren’t quite up to writing names yet! 

I’ve used the stamp sets Cheers to You and Wonderful Favourites for this card.  It’s a really simple design and layout and I love the colours, which I based around the gorgeous Parisian Breeze DSP – Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze and Whisper White.  Gotta love those stripes!

Thanks for looking 🙂

Watoto Card Making Fundraiser – 19 Sept 2009


Card Making Fundraiser

Every day, we have the opportunity to influence a child’s life in some way.  This card making fundraiser is to raise awareness and funds for orphaned children of Uganda.

Watoto Child Care Ministries RESCUES orphaned and vulnerable children and RAISES them to be leaders in a broken and war-weary nation which will REBUILD a nation.  You too can help in this special mission to raise funds for a house to be built – a home for a “house mother” and eight children.

What are we Doing?

  • We will be making 8 different pre-designed cards using a variety of rubber stamp sets, colour and accessories on the day.  You will receive everything you need to make the cards.
  • You will learn new techniques and tips.
  • There will be demo boards with a variety of projects for your viewing.  So bring your camera!
  • Purchase raffle tickets to be in for a chance at winning over $2,000 donated in products, plus lots of other great fun!  Look at the great Stampin’ Up! product that you need come along and win …


and then there are all these other goodies you need to win too …



Come along for a great morning and bring a friend, or two, or three, or four!! LOL 🙂


When: Saturday, 19 September 2009

Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm

Where: Blue Mountains City Church, Multi-Purpose Centre (next to Fire Station), 172 Rusden Road, MOUNT RIVERVIEW NSW 2773

Cost: $20 per person (to make eight cards)

Other: All card materials, tea, coffee and light morning tea provided.  Stampin’ Up! products used on all cards.

Registration is required as places are strictly limited.  Registrations close 14 September 2009.


Please contact Rachel Capps on 0413 487 331 or

Registration is essential!  Register online here or contact Rachel

Learn more about Watoto HERE 


Major awesome donation from:


Other awesome businesses who have made donations:

* Loganberry Lane  *  Blue Tongue Lizard Café  *  Glenbrook Butchery  *
*  Glenbrook Garden Centre  *  Abcoe Bulk Food Warehouse  *

We look forward to seeing you there,

Rachel, Michele, Alison, Kara and Julie