Retreat Project #4

Hi friends

I’m back today with another project from retreat.  This one is a really cute little project.  I have my friend Wendy Taggert to thank for lending me her instructions on how to make this gorgeous little box.

Unlike the previous projects this one isn’t cherry cobbler, vanilla and black.  I used Venetian Romance DSP to decorate this box.  My friend Mel and I made one of these each together and despite what the instructions said they weren’t as easy as we were led to believe.

Take a look at what I created…..

Retreat stepped drawer box closed


The colours used to decorate this box are Calypso Coral and Very Vanilla.  I know the box doesn’t look too exciting in this photo but it’s the inside that is the “WOW” factor.

Retreat stepped drawer box open


How cute is that?  When opened these four little shelves all pop out.  They all fold in underneath each other when you close the box.  I thought this little box would be just the thing for a little girl to keep all her special jewellery in, what do you think?  It will also look good on a display table at a market.

Retreat stepped drawer box lid


Mel kept her’s nice and simple and only had the DSP wrapped around the box but I just had to add some bling.  This is how I decorated the lid.  I love the “lollie” with the diamente embellishment in the middle.  I also added the strip of Calypso Coral card stock around the body of the box.  I am still contemplating adding some more decorations but haven’t decided on what exactly yet.  If I do add more I will be sure to take more photos and show you how I changed it.

Again, thanks for visiting I would love to hear your thoughts on my projects.

Thanks for visiting.

Tina x

Retreat Project #3

Hi again

Today I am heading off to a baby shower for one of my crafty friends (more lovely projects to show you later), but before I do I wanted to show you the next project I created while at retreat 2013.

You may have noticed in the previous two posts that the colour scheme has been the same, cherry cobbler, black and vanilla.  Well that is because they are the colours of my craft room and as I am displaying these items in there I wanted them to match with all my other decor bits and pieces.  Plus I wanted some coordinating items to put together at market stalls to create a theme so to speak.

So with that said you can probably guess the colour scheme of this next little project.  Yep cherry cobbler, black and vanilla.  I really love how well these three colour’s go together.  My friend Mel Dunstan made one of these little brag books while at retreat and when I saw it I just had to make one too.  Both books ended up looking completely different when they were finished.

This is my one.

Retreat brag book closed


I used retired DSP to cover the book which has a suede feel to it.  Again, I created some more roses to decorate the corner and added some pearl swirls.  The clasp is made up of three brads (also retired) and some cherry cobbler bakers twine.

Retreat brag book openOn the inside of the book each page is decorated with matching DSP (also retired…sorry).  I love how this little book has turned out, especially as I didn’t have a template to use, all I did was look at Mel’s book and copy the basic design and then went to town with decorating it.

This gorgeous little book will be great for sticking photo’s of my grandbaby in or photo’s of my two fur babies.

Don’t forget to pop back tomorrow to see what project #4 is.

Thanks for visiting,

Tina x


Retreat Project #2

Hello, hello

Well my hubby and I are enjoying a relaxing day watching the AFL grand final on television.   Even when our football teams aren’t playing it’s always a big day in our house.

As promised I am back again to show you the next project I made at retreat this year.

This is a simple project but my objective this year was to make projects to…

1. Decorate my craft room

2. Have projects to display at a market stall.

So with this in mind I decorated this little “create” sign I picked up at Spotlight.

Retreat create sign

Firstly I painted the sign in white acrylic paint then I stamped my Stampin’ Up! music wheel in black Stazon and rolled it over the letters.  It’s not perfect but I love how it turned out.  I was actually surprised that this worked, as I was a little nervous as to how it would look.  I then made some more of my roses (from yesterday’s post) to decorate the letters.  I added a couple of punched little butterflies with pearls through the abdomen and added some cherry cobbler and black ribbon behind the red rose.  I wanted to add more to this but didn’t want to over-awe it so that you couldn’t read the sign.  It’s really simple but I am very happy with how it has turned out.

I have this gorgeous little sign on one of my display shelves in my craft room to remind me to “create” more often.

Again, I will be back tomorrow with another project to show you.

Thanks for visiting.

Tina x


Retreat project #1

Hi friends

Well I have finally got around to photographing my projects that I created while away at retreat this year.  I didn’t make as many projects as last year but those I did make were a lot more time consuming and I am over the moon about them all.

These first two photos I am showing you are one’s that weren’t originally on my list of projects to complete, but we were set a challenge and I decided to join in.  Shannean our host challenged us to create a name tag and decorate a box that we were given in our fabulous goodie bag.

The box I had was black so the colour selection was really simple of me.  I choose to use Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla card stock.  I have this fantastic Sizzix die that makes it really simple to make roses.  I just love it so I decided roses were going to be my theme.

Take a look at what I made.

Retreat name badgeThis is my name tag and of course it co-ordinates beautifully with the box I decorated.  Thanks to my amazing upline Michelle Zahra for writing my name so lovely.  She has much nicer handwriting than I do… 🙂

Retreat rubbish binThis is the box I decorated.  The roses go all the way around on all four sides.  As you can see I also used a LOT of pearls.

This little box is meant to be used as a litter bin while card making but I just think it is too lovely to use as a bin, so I have it on my shelf as a display instead.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing the first two of my retreat projects.  I would love to hear your comments.

I will be back tomorrow to show you another one, so watch this space.

Thanks for visiting.

Tina x



Golden Wedding Anniversary

Hi friends,

Well this will be my last post until after the weekend.  I am heading off tomorrow for a three day stamping retreat.  Woo Hoo

The card I am showing today is one I was asked to make at very short notice for a friend at work who’s in-laws were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this past week.  As this is known as the golden anniversary of course I had to use lots of gold.

I cased this card from Yvette Ashe, I just love her stuff.

P1020710I changed it a little bit like I always do.  I made the flower out of glitter card and boy was it difficult the glitter card is really thick and in the end I turned to the hot glue gun to get the thing to stay together.  All the stamped images have been embossed with gold embossing powder.

I’m wrapped with how it turned out and so was my friend.

I have had the day of work today to finish off my 36 swaps for this weekends retreat.  I have only just finished them at 5pm, and I still have to go and pack up my craft room and try to fit it into my car to take it with me to retreat.  I will be back next week to show you my swap.  I am really happy with how it turned out so I hope all the ladies receiving it will like it too.

Thanks for visiting.

Tina x


Another Best of 25 Years Stamp Sets

Hi again,

A new, holiday-themed collection of single stamps is now available! The holidays will be here before you know it, and these holiday-themed single stamps may be just what the budget-conscious stamper needs. There are eight different stamps to choose from, six of which coordinate with Framelits dies or punches

Single Stamps

Here are the details….


  • You can find the stamp item numbers on the flyers.
  • Single stamps can be ordered in the online store.
  • These won’t be sent in our typical cases or packaging; they’ll be packaged in cello bags. If you’d like a case for your stamp, you can buy our Clear-Mount Stamp Cases that come in packs of four (item 119105).
  • This offer is available for clear-mount stamps only.
  • The stamps won’t come with a Clear-Mount Block, and you’ll need to buy a block separately if you don’t already have one. The recommended block sizes can be found on the flyer.
  • There’s no limit on how many pieces you can buy.
  • These holiday-themed stamps are only available through 31 January, 2014, so get them while you can!

So pop on over to my blog and start purchasing these fantastic stamps.

Thanks for visiting



White Wedding part 2

Hi friends

Like I said yesterday I am back again today with a second white wedding card to show you.  As I mentioned yesterday my friend Kay asked me to make her a white wedding card with bling.  A long time ago we had been about this white card I had found while blog hopping.   So when I started making the wedding card I was a bit vague on which card Kay wanted.

This is the first card I made for her, then I had second thoughts and wasn’t too sure this is the one she was referring to.  So as you saw yesterday I made a second white wedding card.  So now Kay has a choice of which card she would like.

I cased this card from Tracey Hanshaw.  I did change it just the tiniest bit.  Kay said she wanted a white wedding card with bling, and boy does this card have bling.  There is lots of silver glimmer paper and diamentes.

P1020712If Kay doesn’t choose this card then I will keep it for another occasion.

Thanks for visiting.

Tina x


White Wedding

Hi again,

Do you remember this old Billy Idol song?  I used to love that song when I was a teenager in the eighties.

A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine asked me to make her an all white wedding card, for a wedding she has in September.

I remembered an all white card I found a long time ago while blog hopping and thought it would be perfect for my friends occasion coming up.

I did change it a little bit but the general design and shape are the same as the original.  If I remember correctly I think the original card was made by Genevieve Valdes.

Here’s my version.

P1020711I used a lot of big shot accessories for this card and no stamps at all.  I also sprayed the entire front of the card with white glimmer paint mixed with alcohol.

Not sure if you can see all the shimmer but believe me the card is gorgeous in  real life.  I am really happy with how the card has turned out and I hope my friend is just as happy.

All products to make this or many other cards or scrapbooking pages can be purchased from my Stampin’ Up! blog at,  and delivered straight to your front door.  You can also join my team from the blog if you would like to take advantage of all the amazing bonuses available to Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

Please leave me a comment if you feel the need, but remember please be kind.

I will be back tomorrow with another white wedding card I have made recently.

Thanks for visiting.

Tina x


Vanilla Wedding Card

Hi friends!

Sorry for the break in blogging, a lot has been happening here.  My husband has been to Brisbane for hand surgery and is now recuperating at home.  Shannean’s annual Stampin’ Up! retreat is coming up very very quickly (next weekend actually), and my swaps still aren’t finished.  Very unusual for me I usually have them completed weeks before.  I have been busy making cards for orders too, which I’ve had quite a lot of lately.

Today is one of the cards a friend asked me to make.  She has a wedding coming up in late September and wanted a card for the happy couple.  As it’s a second marriage for both the bride and groom she didn’t really want a white classic wedding card.

I found a card made by Kathy Tanner and thought it was just gorgeous so thank’s to Shan, who leant me the stamp set I was able to recreate Kathy’s card.  I did change it a little bit as I only used Very Vanilla and Soft Suede card stock.

P1020698I just love the cream rosette ribbon from Stampin’ Up! and the Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon goes so well with it.  I stamped the hearts in Soft Suede ink on Very Vanilla card stock first then stamped them again in Versamark on Very Vanilla card stock and embossed them with white embossing powder.  I then fussy cut them out.

I wish I had a string pearls small enough to go around both of the hearts, I think it would’ve just looked really good.  Finally I stamped the Mr & Mrs from the Teeny Tiny Tags stamp (retired now) and punched it out with the mini tag punch and tied it to the rosette ribbon with twine.  I also added a pearl inside each of the roses in the rosette ribbon.

My friend just loved the card and I hope the bride and groom do to.

I will try to post another card or two between now and next weekend before I go away.  Hopefully when I get back from retreat I will have lots to show you.

Thanks for visiting.

Tina x