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There's not much that's better than getting up and wandering into the craft-room in your PJs, then creating a card for someone special before you've even had breakfast. I have an almost endless supply of shiny things to help my creativity and will happily share with you. 
If you are just stopping by to see what I've created then I hope my little corner of the interweb interests you and inspires you to find your inner junkie.

Saturday, 24 September 2016


Work has had it's crazy moments again over the past few weeks and, although I've had plenty of time to play, I have been a bit exhausted.  

This week, however, I had a few mornings where I was working in the office at home and had plenty of time to play before I needed to clock in.

When the new Holiday Catalogue came out I was drawn to the Starlight Thinlet Dies.  These were another winner in my book as they didn't shout Christmas as much as winter and the holiday season, fairy dust and magic and our very own Southern Cross. I had never intended to buy the Star of Light stamp set as the wording is quite religious and not my cup of tea at all. However, after having a play at a recent SU! gathering of like-minded crazy craft ladies, I decided to purchase the bundle and boy am I glad I did.

This one is still a work in progress...

I will post some more over the next few days as I have plenty of time to get into the Den of Inkstickquity and create.  For now though, I am going outside to enjoy some of this amazing Spring sunshine.

Until next time...

Happy Stampin'

Friday, 16 September 2016

Variations on a theme...

For our Crafty Capers session this week I decided we should make the card I had created for the ESAD Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop.  

I just love using the Pretty Pines Thinlet Dies.  They are so crisp and look amazing.  I did find that I needed to a add shim for the longer pine bough die this time as my plates are a little worn.  I use a folded piece of cardstock for the best results.  The other dies cut perfectly using the magnetic or standard platforms.

I pre-cut all pieces - the pinecones in Early Espresso; Pine boughs in Cucumber Crush and Garden Green; Mistleoe in Pear Pizazz;  Ribbons in Red Glimmer Paper.  We then put our bunches of boughs and pinecones together using the Fine Tip Glue pen and mounted using Stampin' Dimensionals.

We stamped our banners using the Banners for You Bundle in Cherry Cobbler onto Crumb Cake and mounted on a Red Glimmer Paper Banner with Dimensionals.

I stamped Happy Solstice again on mine and we used Christmas from a retired set.

We then mounted it all on a matte in Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper and mounted that onto Cherry Cobbler with a Crumb Cake card base.

We made two more cards using some Crumb Cake Note Cards I purchased a couple of orders ago.  I intend to use these for a Holiday Card class later in October but thought it would be a perfect time to make a couple of smaller cards using the same theme.

This time we used the Warmth and Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack for our top matte and trimmed with a band of Red Glimmer Paper.  I am so in love with the seasonal papers this year.  They are very versatile and this particular set of designs will be really useful for masculine cards all year round.  

As always, if you want to place an order or know more about any of the products used, please get in touch.

Until next time...

Happy Stampin'

Sunday, 4 September 2016

ESAD Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop

Hello lovely friends

I am so excited to be part of the ESAD 2016 Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop.   

I just hope I have put all the right bits in all the right places so you can HOP around and see all of the amazing creations on view.

As some of you know, we don't celebrate Christmas in our house so I was thrilled when I saw the new Holiday Catalgoue had a selection of sets that could be used for Solstice cards.  

My instant favourite was the Pretty Pines Thinlet Dies and I couldn't wait to get my hands on them.  

I layered Cherry Cobbler and the new  Candy Cane Lane DSP onto a Crumb Cake card base. The pine cones, boughs and mistletoe are cut from Early Espresso, Cucumber Crush, Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz .  I added some Red Glimmer Paper and some tiny pearls for bling.  I have a selection of these left from packs of Pearl Basic Jewels and love that they are a perfect size for the mistletoe.

I stamped using the banner from the Time of Year hostess set and the Labeler Alphabet
  then cut with the Bunch of Banners Framelits. The letters in the Labeler Alphabet set are the perfect size for using with the banner bundle and punch and, being photopolymer, means you can manipulate them to fit just about any shape.  You also get more than one of each letter which makes is super easy to make up names and other words.

I am really rather pleased with my creation and hope that you can take some inspiration from this and the other wonderful entries in our Blog Hop.  Just click on the arrow below to navigate your way around.

Until next time...

Happy Stampin'


Blog Hop Participants:
16. Liv Ingle

Thursday, 1 September 2016

It's here...

Finally the day has come when YOU can order goodies from the

and that's not all...

Several of you told me how disappointed you were that the Weekly Deals had gone.  At the time I promised you something even better and you have been so patient waiting for BETTER to arrive.  

Well that day is here too... From today until the 22nd September have some super cool SPECIAL OFFERS for you.  

Each set of offers runs for one week, just like the Weekly Deals used to do. Just click on the banner above to check this week's specials and let me know what you want to order.

Don't forget to stop by on Sunday to take a look at the amazing ESAD Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop

Until next time...

Happy Stampin'

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Crafty times...

I had a wee bit of time in the Den of Inkstickquity over the past week.  

I have been busy creating my entry for the ESAD Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop (which I can't show you until the 4th September).

This morning I had some time before work and created something to take with me to a demonstrator gathering I will be attending next weekend. 

We had to use new goodies from the Holiday Catalogue and I just love how this card turned out.  I know exactly who it will be sent to after the weekend and can't wait to hear what they think.

Until next time...

Happy Stampin'

Friday, 19 August 2016

Photos as promised...

A couple of the projects that came out of the Den of Inkstiquity this week.  Hoping that work has settled enough to let me get my entry into the Blog Hop done during the week.  We also have our Crafty Capers session today so will have some more pics for you later.

Cased from one of the ESAD Facebook Group ladies.  
I can't find the post right now but will add her name when I do.

Another goodbye card for one of my lovely Au Pairs.  
Have used something old, something new, something borrowed (non SU) but nothing blue.

Until next time...

Happy Stampin'

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Hi, yes I'm still here...

Wow, the last two weeks have flown by.  I have a couple of big work projects on the go and My Darling has been off work so we've been gaming and generally lollygagging around (and crafting of course) 

I have been in the craftroom quite a bit and enjoying the new products I was lucky enough to be able to pre-order from the Holiday Catalogue.

I can't wait to be able to show you the catty.  It's simply gorgeous, as always.  If you want a copy please email me or message me on the Facebook page and I will reserve a copy for you.  

Facebook has details of a couple of catalogue launch sessions too.  I will demo a brand new stamp and die set I know you will all love and have a make and take for you. There's a small charge of $10 per person to cover the cost of materials and spaces are limited to 6 per session so get in quick.

I'm also going to be taking part in a special Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop on Sunday 4th September, so keep your eyes out for that.  I love catalogue blog hops because they are so inspiring and full of ideas to get your started with the your shiny new stash.  I feel quite nervous about taking part as the ladies from ESAD are all really rather good.  I'm still very much a noob at this cardmaking lark and, at this stage, can only aspire to be as creative and talented as they are. 

I will pop some pics up for you a little later when I've got them cropped and watermarked.  I still haven't worked out a good way to achieve that on my phone or tablet.

Until next time...

Happy Stampin'

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Just Add Ink

... and lots of Pink

Waking up early has it's advantages.  A day in the craft-room is always great but when your day starts at 3.30 a.m. there is time for extra wonderful things to happen.

I turned on my phone, with a view to calling Mum, and this week's challenge email from Just Add Ink tinkled into my inbox.   

This week's colours were a bit of a coincidence as I already had Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper and Very Vanilla and Chocolate chip card-stock on my desk ready to make a birthday card for someone who is very special to me.  I wanted to use the Glimmer Paper with the Flourish Thinlits as I just know this lady will love the sparkle.

I wasn't sure how I was going to work Sweet Sugarplum into my design but I set to work and created the card I had already planned.  (I will post pics when it's been received).

I didn't manage to work Sweet Sugarplum into this one so, after my card was finished, I began tidying my craft space with a view to coming back later to make something that met the challenge criteria.  

As I was picking up the off-cuts from beside my Big Shot the next card came to me.  I dashed off and made my banana, soy and LSA smoothie and set to work.

This is what happened...

If you want to see what the design team came up with, or have a go yourself hop on over to the Just Add Ink Blog and take a look

Until next time...

Happy Stampin'

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Lazy weekends.

What do you do when the weather is like it has been this weekend? 

In between visiting new babies I stayed inside and played in my den of inkstickquity.

I've been looking for some better storage solutions for some of the equipment I use regularly.  My first job was to find a way to sort my daubers.  I've been playing with this for a while and I found some storage boxes from Bunnings a while ago that seemed ideal.  Yesterday, I spent a lot of time with Word and RGB codes that I found at various sites on the internet and made some labels.  Unfortunately, some of the codes were not quite right so I left them white but otherwise I think it looks pretty good.

Until next time...

Happy Stampin'