Card Day for Compassionate Friends

Hi Stampers

Last weekend I held a card day to introduce local members of a group called The Compassionate Friends (TCF) to papercrafting with Stampin’ Up! There were 4 ladies who were new to card making and to Stampin’ Up! as well as a couple of seasoned cardmakers.

TCF is a worldwide family of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents offering support and friendship to each other. It began in the UK in 1969 and the ACT and Queanbeyan chapter has been operating since 1991. Its symbol is a butterfly.

For more information about the organisation click here


I created 2 cards for the class. The first used the Butterfly Gala Bundle, which I thought was very appropriate for the group. The second was a floral birthday card, using the Beautiful Day stamp set, which I thought would have wide appeal.

Below is a photo of the cards made on the day. It was very interesting that, although everyone had the same pieces of cardstock, ink and stamps, there were many variations of the original cards. The ladies enjoyed the day and I will hold more days in the future.

Supplies Used:

  • Stamp sets: Butterfly Gala, Beautiful Day
  • Colours: White, Black, Grapefruit Grove, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry
  • DSP : Botanical Butterfly (free during SaleABration)
  • Tools: Swirls & Curls TIEF, Butterfly Duet Punch
  • Embellishments: Organdy Ribbon (free during SaleABration) , clear Rhinestones.

Thanks for sharing your Saturday with me. I hope you liked my cards. If you live in the Canberra region and you’d like to share a card day with some friends, click on the Contact Me button at the very top of this page and I’ll organise to bring a class/party to you. Have a great weekend and come back soon.

Netty xx

80th Birthday Card

Hi Stampers

Welcome back to my blog. I have something a little special to share with you today. A friend’s husband turns 80 next weekend and I wanted to make an explosion box card for him.

When the Classic Garage Suite appeared in the 2019 Occasions Catalogue, I knew that I would be using the stamps and dies for his card as he is an avid car buff.

This is how the card/box looks unopened. As well as the Geared Up Garage stamp set, I have used greetings from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous set and the retired Perfect Pairings set.


I used four colours for the car after researching the original colours of the car. Above is the Mango Melody and below is the Granny Green Apple. The car on the lid is Poppy Parade. I used other elements in the Stamp Set and coordinating Die Set on alternate panels.


This is how the card looks when it is opened. Another Poppy Parade Car and a Pineapple Punch one. I also added an 80 cut from Gold Glimmer Paper using the (sadly) retired Large Numbers Framelits Die Set.


Here is another Shot with the lid in the centre of the open card.

Geared Up Garage Cling Bundle [150610] $84.50 Happy Birthday Gorgeous Photopolymer Stamp Set [143662] $37.00 Basic Black A4 Card Stock [121688] $14.75 Poppy Parade A4 Cardstock [121694] $14.75 Very Vanilla A4 Card Stock [106550] $17.00

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I hope you like my card/box. I hope the birthday boy likes it too!

Thanks for sharing some of your Sunday afternoon with me. Come back soon.

Netty xx

Lacy Bouquet For You Card

Hi Stampers

Thanks again for dropping by.

This card is so pretty. The Lacy Dynamic Embossing Folder creates texture that is beautiful just on its own.

Colours are Sahara Sand, Petal Pink and Garden Green. Again, this was a joint card between Vicki and myself. I love the ribbon from the Occasions Catalogue. It is soft like seam binding. Vicki pounced on the flowers with some Powder Pink ink on a sponge and I tied the bow from Linen Thread. Vicki then added the pearls.

Hoe you’re having a great day!

Netty xx


Product List

Beautiful Bouquet Photopolymer Stamp Set [143666] $47.00 Bouquet Bunch Framelits Dies [143659] $50.00 Lace Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder [148530] $17.00 Petal Pink/Whisper White 5/8″(1.6 Cm) Variegated Ribbon [148776] $14.00 Linen Thread [104199] $8.75

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Lovely Lovely Lattice

Hi Stampers

Thanks for dropping by!

This card came together by itself really. I wanted to colour the image from the Lovely Lattice Stamp Set after it had been white embossed on Crumb Cake Cardstock. I was thinking of a technique where you colour white then add colour.

Then I saw a beautiful card by Emma Goddard, a British member of the 2018 Artisan Design Team. She white-embossed images from the All That You Are Stamp Set on Sahara Sand Card and coloured them with watercolour pencils. The result was vivid and beautiful. I have shared it on my business Facebook page with a link to her blog. There is a link to my page at the bottom of the sidebar at the right.

The colours I used are Balmy Blue, Gorgeous Grape and Rich Razzleberry. Flowers were stamped and coloured on a scrap, then fussy cut and 3D’d on another panel of Crumb Cake which had been stamped and white embossed with the same image. I added a White Glossy card mat to tie in with the Embossing and a few pearls and decided not to add a greeting.

I was really happy with how the card turned out. I’d love to know what you think.


Product List

Lovely Lattice Cling Stamp Set [149730] $0.00 Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies [148551] $61.00 Watercolor Pencils [141709] $27.75 Pearl Basic Jewels [144219] $8.75 White Stampin’ Emboss Powder [109132] $8.75

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I hope you are enjoying your day.

Netty xx

Foil Framed Thinking of You Card

Hi Stampers

Thanks for popping by. Actually I’m on holiday at the moment but I scheduled this post to appear in my absence!

This card is one that was TOTALLY my own idea, which is unusual really. Usually I build on the ideas of others or just copy them. Why reinvent the wheel? So, I think I’ve done good, don’t you? I’m pleased with myself, anyway.

I used the luscious Grapefruit Grove Foil Sheets (FREE During SALEABRATION) and cut a frame using the Stitched Rectangle Framelits. The I added texture using the Lace Dynamic TIEF. The stamped images are from a hostess set in the 2019 Occasions Catalogue called Just Because, which I stamped on Sahara Sand card. I stamped the plant pot onto the Foil using Stazon ink and fussy cut it and the flowers. The images were coloured using the watercolor pencils. The flowers and the Foil Frame were 3D’d using dimensionals.

I love the way the foil changes colour with the light, especially the plant pot.


Product List

Grapefruit Grove & Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheets [149712] $0.00 Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies [148551] $61.00 Just Because Cling Stamp Set [148786] $22.50 Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 [149014] $21.75 Jet Black Stazon Ink Pad [101406] $15.75

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I hope you liked my card. I would love to hear what you think. If you live in Australia and don’t have a demonstrator, I would love to be your demonstrator.

Bye for now.

Netty xx

Lacy Butterflies in Heather

Hi Stampers

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and check out my blog.

Today’s card uses the exquisite new Lace Dynamic Embossing Folder. The embossed panel of Highland Heather was sponged with Whisper White ink. A length of Highland Heather Organdy ribbon was added along with some silver thread and butterflies which were punched from the Botanical Butterfly Designer Paper (FREE with AUS$90 purchase during SALEABRATION) with the Butterfly Duet punch.

The greeting is from the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set and was stamped with Versamark and white embossed on vellum. It was cut with a Layering Circle Framelit.

The card was inspired by the lovely Balmy Blue one on the cover of the 2019 SALEABRATION Brochure.

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Product List

Lace Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder [148530] $17.00 Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper [149622] $0.00 Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack [149623] $0.00 Layering Circle Framelits Dies [141705] $58.00 Beautiful Bouquet Photopolymer Stamp Set [143666] $47.00

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Hope you liked my card. I would love to hear from you!

Come back soon!

Netty xx