Avid Inkers get together

A little while back I met up with my Avid Inkers demonstrator group, and those of us who had attended Onstage in Auckland shared all our experiences and showed off our swaps and booty.  As usual we had fun together.

I led a project based on a fancy fold I hadn’t tried before called a Twist and Turn card.  I gave everyone a list of dimensions beforehand so they didn’t know what they would be making.  Here is a pic of what we all created.  Unfortunately, we hadn’t all quite finished.


I think we did pretty well, using a range of colours and productss. What do you think?

We did another project, led by the lovely Carolyn. She chose the new stamp set Daisy Lane using very soft colours and white embossing. Here are our samples.

Aren’t they gorgeous? Notice the new Grey Granite ribbon!

It’s nice to be back, sorry to be MIA again!

Thanks for stopping by………………………til next time,

Netty xx

Swap Card 4 – Best Catch Card

My final Onstage Live Card was designed as a male card for birthday or Father’s Day. I do realise that there are many female fishers out there but I often find it difficult to create men’s cards. I should have returned from Auckland and caught up with day-to-day jobs by now so I’ll share something live soon, promise!

I had a lot of fun making this card. I googled rainbow trout to make sure I had vaguely authentic colours and I think I succeeded. I love the way the dies cut the fish’s fins so that they can be popped up. You probably can’t see in the photo, but I added wink of stella to the fins to give them a little sparkle.


Stamps: Best Catch

Card: Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla

Ink:Memento Tuxedo Black, Watercolor Pencils – Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay

Tools: Catch of the Day Thinlits Dies, Layering Circles Thinlit Dies, Seaside TIEF, Aquapen

Embellishments: Wink of Stella, Old Olive Linen Thread

The stamp set, dies and Linen Thread are from the 2019 Occasions Catalogue and are available until 3 June. If you’re in Australia, I’d love to be your demonstrator and you can purchase all the products listed above in my online store. The link is in the “Shopping” pull down menu in the Header at the top of this page. You can always contact me if you need any help.

Thanks for dropping by, come back soon. I’d love to hear what you think of my cards. Click on ‘Comments’ at the top of this post if you’d like to leave me some love!

Netty xx

Petal Pink Meets Country Floral with Shimmer

Hi Stampers, Hope you are enjoying the lovely Autumn weather which is perfect for a Sunday. One great thing about living in Canberra is that, unlike most of Australia, we actually have 4 distinct seasons. Today is a lovely warm, still day but there is plenty of colour in the trees. I have a gorgeous Golden Ash tree in all its yellow glory in my sight as I write this.


Today, I would like to share a card that came together a bit by accident. I was looking at my gorgeous Petal Pink /Whisper White Variegated Ribbon and wondering what I should make with it, so the colour was a given. I also wanted to have a go at inking up my Country Floral Dynamic Embossing Folder. I smooched the inside of the top of the folder (the side with Stampin’ Up! on it, the inside surface of which is recessed) with the Petal Pink inkpad. Then I placed a sheet of Whisper White card inside and ran it through the big shot.

I cleaned the folder under a cold tap and dried it while waiting for the result to dry, then I used a sponge dauber to go over the white raised elements with Frost White Shimmer Paint. It looks so shimmery in life! I even swiped the vellum diecut with the greeting embossed on it.

To add to the shimmer and shine, I matted the art panel onto glossy white, then a Petal Pink card, added the gorgeous ribbon and white embossed the greeting (from the Botanical Bliss Stamp Set) onto vellum and diecut that using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. Finally, I added half a sprig punched from glossy white and a couple of pearls. This is such a pretty card, with all the shimmer and shine. Hope you like it too.


The Country Floral Dynamic Embossing Folder was available as a free gift during 2019 SaleABration but will be available in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.

The Frost White Shimmer Paint and the Sprig Punch carried over from the 2018-19 Holiday catalogue and are still available. All products used are available in my online store, except the Embossing Folder. To go there, click on ‘Shopping’ at the top of this page, then select ‘MY ONLINE STAMPIN’ UP! SHOP”. You can then create your own account with me. If you’re not sure about how to do this, I would be very happy to assist you. Just contact me. If you live in Australia, I would love to be your demonstrator.

Till next time..

Netty xx

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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