Fifty Shades of Grey anyone?

And now for something a little different… this card is for your inner goddess ladies, hehehe.

I must say I had a good laugh making this card.  I had the idea the other day then forgot about it – today I was shuffling through papers and saw the grey cardstock and it came back to me.  I knew exactly what I was going to do with this one and I was delighted to find I had some patterned paper suitable for the tie.  The tie was done using origami folding although I will admit to cheating and using a bone folder to help me flatten the creases since I used thick patterned paper rather than origami paper which is so much thinner.  I haven’t had a chance to photograph the steps to making the tie so I’ll do that this afternoon hopefully then the plan is to post the instructions over the next few days.

The greeting “Laters Baby” was done on the computer.  I do have small alphabet stamps but yeah, I got a bit lazy and in this case I think the typewritten style along with the clip (clamp? cough) work well with the tie.

Anyway, I’ll be back with the folding instructions for the tie but in the meantime if you have any questions about how I made this card please feel free to email me.

Oh by the way, you might have noticed I’ve filed this card under the category “Twilight Inspired”.  For those who don’t know the background story, Fifty Shades of Grey was originally written as a Twilight Fanfic.  Fanfic (fan fiction) is basically stories about characters or settings written by fans of the original work, in this case Fifty Shades of Grey was written with the character names Edward and Bella although the story has obviously been changed around.  The original fanfic which was called Master of the Universe was so hugely popular that it was then published as Fifty Shades of Grey.

Hope my card gave you a bit of a laugh today ;)

And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card:

Cardstock & Paper:
Cherry Cobbler cardstock
Basic Gray Textured Cardstock
Designer Series Patterned Paper Stack in Neutrals and Regals (Basic Gray & Cherry Cobbler)
Whisper White cardstock (no Vanilla here!)

Bone Scorer
Computer & Printer to print out the greeting (printed in grey)

Clips Assortment

SNAIL adhesive
Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dots)
Sticky Strip (to stick down the tie as it was a bit bulky)

Breaking Dawn Gift Box

Have you seen Breaking Dawn yet? I imagine if Bella and Edward had Wedding Favours (Bonbonerie) then this box with the black & red theme would work well.  Although it seemed that in the movie a large number of guests colour-coordinated themselves in soft purple colours, red & black still screams Twilight to me.

And look at this… the pattern is also very reminiscent of Bella’s bedding from the Twilight movies

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And if you can see past that gorgeousness that is Edward Cullen you can see the bedding pattern in the background.

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By now you’re probably thinking I’m a bit weird to notice all this.  But it’s just a “Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator” thing to notice things in the shops, movies and wherever you go that remind you of a particular stamp or colour.  I’m forever seeing t-shirts and cushions and other home items with Stampin’ Up! style images like bird cages, swirls and crowns and similar flower designs.  Of course it’s difficult to pass by clothes without saying “ooh, love that Cherry Cobbler top”, rather than “ooh love that red top”.

Aaaanyway.  The box that I created above was super super easy to make.  And not sure if it’s even possible to tell in the photo but the box is made of fabric so it’s really beautiful to hold and touch – but still very quick to make.

Gift Box Instructions:

1.  Take a piece of white cardstock and cut it to fit the Box #2 die (this will be a sheet of A4 cardstock cut down to be narrower).

2.  Cut a piece of Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to measure the same as your white cardstock, peel off one side of the protective covering and place it over your cardstock.

3.  Peel off the other side of the protective covering from the Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet and place your fabric (cut to the same size) on top.

4.  Now you have your fabric backed by cardstock it’s easy to run through your Big Shot using the Box #2 die to cut out the box shape.

5.  The box comes out in one piece with scoring so simply fold and assemble your box – there’s only one place to add a little adhesive (Sticky Strip) to keep the box together.

6.  Decorate your box as you please.  I’ve tied some Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding around the box and stamped a frame, punched it out, wrote “for you” on it then adhered it to the box.

Easy! Done in less than 10 steps :D

And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card:


Rubber Stamps:
Four Frames

Cardstock & Paper:
Whisper White Cardstock

Inkpad and Other Colouring Items:
Cherry Cobbler Inkpad
Black marker to write message

Big Shot
Box #2 Die
Decorative Label Punch

Timeless Portrait Fabric
Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding

Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets
Sticky Strip

Twilight Christmas Card

We wish you a Twilight Christmas, we wish you a Twilight Christmas and a happy new year! LOL.  Okay it’s a bit early for all that but since I went to the movies last night and saw New Moon I was inspired to do a Twilight Saga inspired Christmas card today.

dazzling christmas

As usual I made my Twilight inspired cards to amuse myself.  I love trying to figure out how to use my stamps to make them fit into a certain theme and it’s particularly stretching the creativity to come up with a Twilight Christmas card (well it was for me anyway).  Anyone who’s watched the movie will get the ‘dazzling’ line bit… “do I dazzle you?”.  After watching New Moon last night I think the inside of the card should say “just watch out for paper cuts!” LOL.

So here’s Edward in all his sparkly glory presenting Bella in her famous red truck a Christmas present.  But seriously, if you’ve got Edward who needs any presents ever again???

Hope you like my Twilight inspired Christmas card. I’d love to tell you about New Moon last night but I don’t want to give anything away.  I’ll just say that I absolutely loved it (thank goodness) and can’t wait to see it again next week.  Surprisingly there were some funny lines but the funniest thing was listening to the Twimums giggle during the kissing scenes and giggling again when Jacob took his shirt off. LOL, too funny.

So let me know, are you going to see New Moon?

All products used to make this card are by Stampin’ Up! and available for purchase through me at

Rubber Stamps:
Loads of Love (Truck, Christmas Tree and the “wishing you a” and “Christmas” sentiment. “Dazzling was handwritten”)
All In the Family (Edward)
Loads of Love Accessories (gift – only part of the stamp image was used)

StazOn Jet Black
Baja Breeze (to watercolour Edwards Shirt and to sponge around the watercolour paper)
Watercolour Crayons (to colour the rest of the scene)
Real Red Marker (to write the word ‘Dazzling’)

Cardstock & Paper
Watercolour Paper
Old Olive
Very Vanilla
Baja Breeze
Real Red
Ski Slope Designer Series Patterned Paper

Fire Rhinestone Circle Brads (only used the tiny red ones)
Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (for Edwards face and arms)


SNAIL Adhesive
Stampin’ Dimensionals
2-Way Glue Pen (to adhere glitter on Edward)

Bella’s Truck

So I was sitting here watching Twilight on my Mac for something like the 500th time and I was inspired to make another one of my Twilight cards.  I enjoy making Twilight-inspired cards as they amuse me greatly :D

Anyway, it occurred to me while I was watching the movie that I had a truck stamp that would work perfectly as Bella’s Chevy.

forks or bust

So I whipped out the watercolour paper, StazOn inkpad and the truck from Stampin’ Up!’s Loads of Love stamp set and set to work in front of my computer while still watching the movie.  After stamping the image I coloured it in using watercolour crayons then cut it out.  The background is Creamy Caramel ink sponged roughly (my daughter told me she could see the circles from my sponge dauber but I wanted it to look like a bit rustic) then Garden Green for the grass and Sage Shadow for the sky.  The trees are from my absolutely most used stamps ever, Lovely as a Tree, and they were stamped in Garden Green and sponged in Certainly Celery.  I know, I’ve used something like 8 colours on this card but somehow I think it all works okay.  After the background was done I mounted the car onto it using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The sentiment was done on my computer – I could have used some alphabet stamps but I was feeling lazy so I just typed them up then printed onto Very Vanilla cardstock and punched it out.  The sentiment was then mounted onto Close to Cocoa cardstock and it didn’t quite look right mounted onto a square piece of card so I carefully cut it out following the shape of the punch.

So I hope my card has inspired you – maybe to make your own Twilight card or just a card using a truck and your own sentiment that has some special meaning for you or the person you’re giving your card to.  This card was really out of my comfort zone so go easy on me! LOL.

All products used on this card are by Stampin’ Up! and are available for purchase through me at:

Rubber Stamps:
Loads of Love (truck stamp)
Lovely as a Tree

Jet Black StazOn
Creamy Caramel
Garden Green
Sage Shadow
Certainly Celery

Cardstock & Paper:
Watercolour Paper
Very Vanilla
Garden Green
Close to Cocoa
Basic Black
Real Red

Watercolour Crayons (Real Red, Basic Black, Going Gray)
Paper Piercer and Matt Pack
Sponge Daubers

Designer Label Punch

SNAIL Adhesive (for cardstock
Stampin’ Dimensionals (to pop the truck and ‘Forks sign’ up)

A masculine card with a twist of Twilight

Another card for the Twilight fans out there, if hope you like it and that it gives you a giggle.  If you’re not a Twilight fan and you’re scratching your head over this card then please pretend that instead of ‘tofu’ that the message on the card reads “For You”. ;)


It’s a bit cool here today in Sydney, seems like Winter is really on it’s way and using these colours on my card warmed me up somehow.  I love the rich tones and I feel that the colours go well with the theme of my card.  If you’re wondering how I did the centrepiece of the card, that’s gloss cardstock which I sponged with ink and sponge daubers.  I simply dabbed my sponge dauber into my Sahara Sand inkpad and then using a small circle motion, I sponged ink into the centre of the card.  I was going to use a template to get a perfect oval in the middle then decided I wanted it to look more natural.  The outside of the main image is sponged again with a sponge dauber but this time Ballet Blue ink… an odd colour combination over all with the other colours but I think it works well.  After I sponged the gloss cardstock completley I went over the edges of the cardstock again just to give definition then stamped the script (En Francais background stamp) using Sahara Sand ink over the top of the background – I only stamped it lightly though so that it wouldn’t be too bold.  Next I stamped the tree image (Le Jardin Botanique stamp set) in Almost Artichoke and the (rein)deer from the Winter Post stamp set is stamped in Bravo Burgundy.  Actually, after I stamped the deer I dabbed it’s body a little with a blender pen so that it would look more ‘furry’ rather than a solid image… just to give it some texture and then under the deer I used a blender pen with some Almost Artichoke ink to ‘ground’ it so it didn’t look like it was floating.  So then the main image was adhered to a piece of textured Sahara Sand cardstock.  The word “tofu” was printed out on my computer as out of all the alphabet stamps I have (around 30 of them… cough, cough), I couldn’t find the size and font I wanted to match my card so I just typed it on my computer and printed it onto Very Vanilla cardstock then adhered it to the oval bookplate.  So, under the main section of my card is a piece of Almost Artichoke cardstock and Mellow Moss cardstock.  You’ll notice the Artichoke and Moss cardstocks are distressed, I did this using Stampin’ Up!’s cutter kit.  A little while ago Kathryn and Julie asked me about the Cutter Kit and this is one way to use it – to distress cardstock. Yes I could have used my fingernail to do this but I find that apart from it being damaging for your nails, you seem to bend the cardstock more than distress it if you use your nails, so I like to use the Cutter Kit for that.  As an aside, I will make some more cards using other parts of the Cutter Kit to show you what else it can do but this is a start.  Back to my card… the base of the card is Bravo Burgundy textured cardstock and I’ve also added some piercing to the top and bottom corners as some added interest.

Here’s a list of all the products I’ve used on my card, let me know if you have any questions – of course I also supply all these Stampin’ Up! products, so if there’s something you’d like then feel free to email me on

Le Jardin Botanique stamp set (tree)
Winter Post stamp set (deer)
En Francais background stamp
White gloss cardstock
Sahara Sand textured cardstock
Bravo Burgundy textured cardstock
Almost Artichoke cardstock
Mellow Moss cardstock
Very Vanilla cardstock (just a scrap to print the word ‘tofu’ onto it)
Sahara Sand, Ballet Blue, Almost Artichoke and Bravo Burgundy inkpads
Sponge Daubers (to sponge colour onto the main image and also sponge ink onto the edges of the green cardstocks)
Styled Silver Hodgepodge (bookplate)
Earth Elements brads (Artichoke brad)
Hemp Twine
Cutter Kit (to distress edges of cardstock)
Crafters Tool Kit (Paper Piercer and template to make holes)
Blender pen (to add texture to the deer and add grass under it’s feet)

Why am I covered in feathers?

So what do you do when there’s dramas around you?  Amuse yourself of course.  And so I did, by making this card:


Okay, I admit it’s not an original sentiment, but neither is Happy Birthday, and it cracks me up so that’s good enough for me. LOL.  For those of you who haven’t read “Breaking Dawn”, my apologies, you just won’t get the joke.  But for all the Twilight fans out there who have read all the books, this one is dedicated to you!

Background to this card: One of my very kind and generous blog followers sent me a lovely card in the mail yesterday and it was so nice to get ‘fun mail’.  And not only did she send me a card (thank you Tegan!!!) but she also sent me a heap of stamped images.  So the feather image is one that Tegan sent me – I have no idea what brand the stamp is but talk about cooincidences…  I was thinking the other day how I wanted a feather stamp and now Tegan sent me this image!

I’m not sure what Tegan used to stamp the feather but it looks like a golden brown to me.  I coloured in the feather using a blender pen and inkpads.  I then sponged the edges of the card and mounted it onto another piece of cardstock on which I had stamped the script background.  The words “I’d rather be on Isle Esme” were typed on the computer, changed to brown then printed onto white cardstock, punched out with Stampin’ Up!’s Designer Label punch and adhered into a piece of Styled Silver Hodgepodge.  Notice that I snipped the end off the right side of the silver frame as I didn’t need/want the tab on that end.

Hope you like my card and for you Twilight fans out there I hope it’s given you a giggle. ;)

Products used to make this card: (everything by Stampin’ Up! except the feather image)

Feather stamp (unknown brand)
En Francais background stamp
Close to Cocoa inkpad
Creamy Caramel inkpad
Bravo Burgundy inkpad
Baja Breeze cardstock (also Baja Breeze textured cardstock)
Close to Cocoa textured cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
Styled Silver Hodgepodge
Linen thread
Stampin’ Dimensionals
SNAIL Adhesive
Crystal Effects (to secure the sentiment to the inside of the silver frame)

Game on!

The husband and I enjoy getting together with our neighbours for barbeques and dinners, we always have a lovely time and the kids enjoy running around until all hours of the night.  They’re a fun lot and last time they were over here we ended up playing the board game Music Scene-It which ended with a lot of laughs.  I’ve been thinking about having another fun night over here and toyed with the idea of this time doing an invitation and this is what I came up with.


Anyone see my inspiration for this? ;)

So the squares are textured white cardstock which I cut up in 2cmx2cm squares.  The knight and pawn and the words “game night” are from Stampin’ Up!’s stamp set called Game Night.  The knight was stamped in Versamark on black cardstock then white embossed and mounted with Stampin’ Dimensionals to give it ‘lift’.  The pawn was stamped in Riding Hood Red ink on white cardstock then clear embossed several times and cut out.

I quite like the way this card turned out – different from the usual, fun yet serious.

So how many of you guessed where I got my layout/theme idea from? ;)

Twilight Saga Inspired

I was in fits of laughter making this card, I had so much fun.  So this card is for a friend and now that she’s received it I can reveal it on my blog.  You’re probably wondering why I’d say ‘Bite Me’ on a card to a friend… well she’s been teasing me unmercifully about my Twilight Addiction and she also happens to be a Buffy fan, so I knew she’d appreciate the humour in my card.

The ribbon in the centre of the card (for those few people not into Twilight) is a play on the cover from Eclipse.  The quote “Bite Me” is from (the yet to be published book) Midnight Sun and was said by Edward (hot Vampire) to Emmett (his brother).  There’s also a ‘bite’ mark on the bottom left made by the Scallop Circle punch and to add more to the theme I lined the inside of the card with red cardstock so you can see the red peeking through the bite mark.

Hope this gave you a bit of a giggle… I know I was in fits making it. LOL

Products used to make this card: (all products by Stampin’ Up! and available for purchase through me at

Lovely Letters Alphabet stamp set
Basic Black textured cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
Real Red cardstock
Real Red inkpad
Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon
Scallop Circle Punch
1 1/4″ Square Punch
1 3/8″ Square Punch