Thursday, May 16, 2019

Getting Together...

Last Friday I was lucky enough to travel out to Ballan, a beautiful part of Victoria, to share the day with Alison. We've known each other for a while, but haven't managed to get to each other's home for a stamp...?

Her home was in the middle of this gorgeous little town & the rain that fell during the day only added to the atmosphere of being all snuggly & warm while sharing ideas about SU! products and the new catalogue!!
Most of Australia has been in a draught for a long time, so the rain is absolutely welcome - I just didn't like the aquaplaning that occurred a couple of times as I drove the 35 minutes to Alison's home...eeek!!

Throughout the day we shared thoughts of the retiring stamp sets that are leaving us and of course, the new crisp catalogue that is just gorgeous!!

We eventually began to work with the new stamp sets, the new In-Colours & embellishments that we are able to purchase BEFORE the catalogue goes live, just one of the perks of being a SU! demonstrator!! 

To show off the new In-Colours of Rococo Rose, Terracotta Tile, Pretty Peacock, Seaside Spray & Purple Posy cardstock, it was Alison's idea to make a bookmark to hand out.

How good do they look :)

This helped us to settle in, to work with the Magnolia Lane & Woven Threads DSP & a few of the stamp sets. We used Good Morning Magnolia, Above The Clouds & the new Story Label punch.

You are just going to love them, there is such a range of themes & occasions throughout the catalogue - there is so much to drool over!!

I truly loved spending time with Alison, her husband, Tod and Poppy, their mini Schnauzer. 

Thanks for opening your house for me, Alison, I promise I will be back xxx

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Happy Birthday to me!!

It's my birthday, my 10th Stampin' Up! birthday this month, actually!!

I can't tell you how happy, blessed & grateful I am to be celebrating 10 year of fun, giggles, unreserved support, tears, hugs and of course, Stamping!!

I have learnt how to create items for an order, produce products that people want to buy & cards that make others want to create - all because of the people that are also involved with Stampin' Up!

So this month will see me showing you various items, photos, moments & products that have come about because of my decision to sign up as a demonstrator, choosing Mel as my Up-Line.

This is Mel, she immediately became so much more than an Up-Line. We now are an important part of each lives and families.

Over the years we have seen such a change in stamps, their images, the way they are made and the quality of the image they produce!

The one on the left is the first catalogue I was actively apart of & soon we are welcoming the 2019-2020 one & it's just stunning!!


Come back in a couple of days to see what my next post will be about - maybe some of my sadder attempts at making a card, some memories that make me smile & other goodies,

Jo x

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Learning The Reflective Technique.

As promised earlier this week, I am sharing how to do the Reflective Technique.

It's quite easy, but feel free to make the same amount of mistakes that I made, so I dont feel so bad, ok?

I used it to make this card, which I taught to my fortnightly class last week. And they enjoyed it - even though I left the acetate at home, oops!! I keep my Project Recipe in those clear document holders, so I cut one of those and we could continue with the project!!

So in order for you to do this technique, it's easiest to follow Maree's video, (she is a fellow Australian Stampin' Up! Demonstrator too!!)

I love her clear video, not just of the actual technique, but the relaxed way she teaches & shows off the various products!!

Thanks Maree, I'll be looking at more of your videos and work in the future :)

Keep Stampin' everyone, I can't wait to see what you have made...

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Staining Those Maccona Jars.

I showed off the Maccona jars that I coloured for my daughter's 18th party, last week, so this time I will show you how to stain them.

Here it is on the table, with the battery operated lights in it. I also had fresh leaves placed around the base of the jar, so that you  couldn't see the battery pack, but I didnt get a photo of that, unfortunately.

So the process of staining the glass is quite simple, it just takes patience & time.

All I did is make sure the labels are all removed & the gum from the jar is completely cleaned off & they are dry.

Next I dropped 3 drops of blue &5 of green food colouring in the bottom of the jar & then an amount of PVA glue. As I continued with each jar, I learnt how much to put in. It's easy enough to add more along the way, or even tip out what you dont need from each jar.

Then you simply roll the glue and food colouring around & around & around, until you get the coverage & colour that you want.

You can manipulate the glue to ensure it covers the whole area of the jar & just be cautious when you are near the neck of the jar, as it can tip out, obviously.

I preferred to not have any white showing, as I knew when it dried, it would simply be clear & not coloured, so I just took longer to ensure the glue & food colouring was mixed properly.

I loved the ombre effect & I almost didnt want it to dry clear... (Perhaps if I mixed white paint with it, it may not dry completely clear?)

And for some jars I added more green or more blue to the glue, so they were all slightly different, as you looked around the hall.

I stood the jars up-side-down on a cake rack & allowed the excess glue to run out, (or balance it on top of another jar, to use the excess glue for that one) & when it had stopped dripping, I simply tipped it the right way up, cleaned the mouth of the jar & allowed 48+ hours for it to dry.

Make sure you have a sheet of baking paper or similar under the drying rack, it's quite surprising how much drips off.

You can see here how the strength of each jar is different :)

The beauty of doing this is if you want the jars for another project, you simply soak them in hot water & the glue comes off!!

Thanks for reading my instructions on how to stain glass jars, be sure to show me what you make from my ideas too...

Stay crafting,


Sunday, April 28, 2019

ESAD So Long Old Favourites Blog Hop

Old friends are always hard to say goodbye to, arent they? And by old, I mean longtime friends, like one of our Mother's Group mums who lives in Hobart, Tasmania.
 It's always hard to say goodbye to her.. *sigh*

Thankfully, being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator means that while we are saying goodbye to some much loved products, we know that new ones are coming!! Just one of the many perks of being a demo!!

Another perk is being a member of the inspiring group we lovingly call ESAD. The details are below & you really cant put into words the warm n fuzzy feeling you get from being with such a wonderful group of like minded people!!

With the house-keeping stuff out of the way, let's get onto the reason we are here: what we have created to share with you... & you would have come from Siobhan's  blog. I must say that I've spent a bit of time looking at her work & it's stunning!!

I'm so glad you took part in the blog hop Siobhan, I love what you do :) Now, onto my work...

I loved this Bubble Over stamp set when I saw it & yet, I havent used it much at all?? And then this blog hop comes along & I drag it out & dust it off AND I"M LOVING IT AGAIN, go figure?

The fun of this set makes me smile. And weddings are meant to be fun, right, so this card had to be also...

Ive used Bubble Over, as mentioned, the Bottle & Bubbles dies, the Polka Dot Basics embossing folder with Lemon Lime Twist & Berry Burst cardstock.

Both of the main colours haven't grabbed me for 2 years & now I'm loving them too! Crazy, hey?

The only current items are the Whisper White & Basic Black cardstock, StazOn ink & Vellum, so I was pretty happy with how this worked out.

My next project came about because I participated in my first challenge over the weekend. The challenge presented was to make a card using Basic Black, Whisper White & a pop of colour.

It had me thinking, but after making the previous card, I had it worked out.

Here I teamed up Swirly Bird stamp set with the matching dies, Swirly Scribbles & Follow Your Dreams. I believe this technique is called "Inset", where you make a puzzle essentially with the various pieces...

My last creation I'm sharing is using the So Santa stamp set teamed with Botanical Butterfly DSP. I so want it to be summer again, as we begin to approach winter, I just yearn for the sun on my face, but maybe not as much as poor Santa, he could do with a hat for protection!!

And learning how to do the Reflective technique was simple & fun too - I'll share that this week, in another post, so be sure to come back :)

Of course, us demos wouldn't usually show off the light bouncing off the embossing powder, but I just had to show you how it looks like water, right!!

I've used more current items on this card: Balmy Blue ink & cardstock, Watercolor Pencils with the Aqua Paint Brush, StazOn Ink, Balmy Blue, Whisper White & Basic Black cardstock.

I do always enjoy using DSP differently to how it was intended, ie: butterflies on a card or scrap page...

The other thing I loved about this whole process was that I needed my 16 year old son to take the photos for me, as the camera on my Iphone is broken. So Kyle organised the way the light should be, how the card should be standing etc & took the photos for me - he did okay, didn't he!!
Thanks mate.

I hope you have enjoyed my items, I absolutely enjoyed the challenge of making them for you, be sure to come back for more inspiration sometime.

Click on the green sign here, to go to Peta's blog, tell her I said 'hi'...

Blog hop participant list, from here onward:

14. Jo Weedon -…/esad-so-long-old-favourites…
15. Peta Stephen -…/
16. Lisa Whitehead -…/
17. Rochelle Laird-Smith -…
18. Rebecca Scurr -…/so-long-old-friends/
19. Mandy Depiazzi -…/esad-so-long-old-f…
20. Denise Buetler -…
21. Monique Fielder -…/esad-so-long-ol…
22. Kelly Kent -…/esad-blog-hop-so-long-old…/
23. Sharon Dalton -…/esad-so-lon…
24. Rebekah Crisp -…/so-long-old-favo…
25. Maree McIntosh -…/esad-april-2019…

1. Bronwyn Eastley -…/esad-so-long-favourites-blo…/
2. Libby Dyson -
3. Katrina Duffell -
4. Lou Kitzelman -…/esad-april-2019-s…
5. Shannon Kissane -
6. Nicole Wilson -…/so-long-old-favour…
7. Delys Cram -…/esad-so-long-old-favourites-blog-h…/
8. Lauren Meiklejohn -
9. Cathy Pinchbeck -
10. Sandra Mastello -
11. Richelle Fletcher -…/esad-so-long-ol…
12. Rose Packer -
13. Siobhan Fitzsimmons -…/so-long-to-old-favourit…

Friday, April 26, 2019

Rachelle's 18th has kept me busy!!

In the middle of April, my husband & I celebrated our daughter's 18th birthday with her, family and friends.

There was such a lead up to it & even so, Im so glad that we had planned her party in the middle weekend of school holidays, it gave me even more time to get things done!! As it turned out, I was quite sick with a chest infection, so that week of no work allowed me to get things done in between coughing bouts & the occasional Nanna nap in the arvos helped to get me to the finishing line!!

These are the invites that I made Rachelle to send out a while ago, her choice of colours - aren't they great? Bermuda Bay & Whisper White with a flash of silver & bling are stunning together!!

So with the invites sent out, I began to work on some of the decorations for the tables. We had hired a hall & was having a catering company coming in with roast meats, vegies & bread rolls, so I didnt need to worry about that, yippee!!

I decorated the largest of the Maccona jars & used battery operated lights, to give off a soft look in the middle of each table - there were 16 or so to decorate!!

Did you know that you can remove the inner part of the lid & decorate that too? Luckily I did, because they finished the jars off!

And they turned out great!! The Bermuda Bay cardstock for the 18 & R was embossed with silver embossing powder while the Whisper White cardstock was sponged with Bermuda Bay & then placed onto the larger BB circle.
One of my younger sisters made Rachelle's cake, & it was the highlight of the dessert table!! The pop of purple looked amazing & the taste was fantastic!! Thanks Brooke!

The night went by so fast, that we didn't get many photos, (although there may be more when the disposable cameras are processed!!), but Rach had a great night with her family & friends!! The jelly shots cannot be mentioned for a while though!! LOL!!

We have 20 moths until our next 18th birthday party, lets see what Kyle's colour scheme etc will be, hey?

Tune in next week to see how I decorated the Maccona jars, they really are super simple & can be re-used again & again!!

Thanks for reading,


Sunday, December 2, 2018

ESAD December 2018 Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop

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Hello everyone!! How exciting is it to be apart of another amazing Blog Hop? It doesn't matter if you are a participant or a voyeur of all the great ideas for such a gorgeous Holiday Catalogue , (these products are available until 2 January, 2019!!), so you still have time to purchase them & create something for yourself!

Image may contain: text that says "What is ESAD? ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and is Facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrators. We love what we do and love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community through swaps, challenges, and sharing knowledge, ideas and friendship. We are always there to help and support each other. If you are a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand and would like more information on joining our group, please contact me via this blog."

So you will have come from Monique's stunning page, don't you just love how she has used the Sincerely Santa Project Kit in her creations? Thinking out of the (kit) box is fantastic!! (I've learnt a lot from her over the years of our friendship :)

Did you leave Mon a lovely comment about her work? Go on, make her smile...

And now you are here... On with the show, hey? I havent been active with my Blog, so Im happy to be apart of this one, in particular!!

Here is the first of 2 creations of my own...

Here, I've teamed up the Joyous Noel Designer Series Paper, (DSP) with the So Santa stamp set.  I just love that SU! have listened to us Aussies & have included products that represent our hot summer!!

Using Whisper White, Tranquil Tide & Sahara Sand cardstock, I was simply guided by matching  the DSP to our cardstock & markers - SU! make is so easy to co-ordinate!!

I also used Tranquil Tide, Powder Pink, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Sky, (watercoloured), Daffodil Delight & So Saffron markers to colour in our pasty Santa - hopefully that sun isn't too hot, right!!

Using the Mini Sequin Silver ribbon & our Rhinestones, it gives this card just enough bling!!

I then used a mat of Tranquil Tide with a base of Sahara Sand to finish off this project.

This new item is a card that Ive been looking at for a while now, but thought, "I couldn't possibly make that!!" It's called an Impossible Card & it's certainly not as frightening as I thought!! (Why do we make things to be bigger than they actually are?) Just use google to find a tutorial that you are happy to follow, to learn how to make it :)

I have always loved how the products from SU! have many different ways to be used! This DSP comes in the same packet as the Christmas papers from my first item & yet, this can be used for a completely different theme!!  How different are they?

I've used a base of Merry Merlot, Tranquil Tide & Very Vanilla cardstock, the Dandelion Wishes & Love What You Do stamp sets & of course, Rhinestones!! I sponged the Vanilla, as it was too stark by itself, so it needed to be softened a little. I also stamped off the flower image, so that it wasnt so strong.

I used the same layout on the back so that I have somewhere to write a message of love & support.

Once you work out the way to make this card, it's surprising how easy it is to put together - but it punches the WOW factor when you give it someone special!!

I know I will be making more of these!!

To keep the excitement going of this Blog Hop, you will be going onto Denise's blog to see her creations... Just click on the big green arrow to make your way there...
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If this doesnt work, for some weird internet reason, or you have lost your way, follow the links here...

Enjoy them all, dont forget to leave a comment & thanks for stopping by... x