Yosemite Layout

This is my favourite photo of Yosemite National Park. I’m still pinching myself that I got to see the amazing scenery on my US trip in November!

Coming from New Zealand, we have beautiful scenery of our own but Yosemite and the Grand Canyon were highlights of my trip!


This Layout was for my February class along with my previous post a few days. Technique was brusho and embossing paste.

I like to have a more involved Layout and a simple one.

The flower is fussy cut out of the Petal Passion DSP and altered with Brusho. The other stamps I used were Waterfront, Friendships Sweetest thoughts (OC) and Banners For You and Labeler Alphabet (AC)

I used a stencil/mask (brick wall one out of the Pattern party masks) with brusho to ‘stamp’ onto the Crumb Cake CS. The other mask I used for the shimmery white Embossing paste. The embossed piece was wet with brusho when I embossed it through the Big Shot and then dried.

I used the Layered Circle dies to tie it all in ..along with some black bakers twine.

The cute embroidery hoops were altered with brusho too!

Happy Stamping!


Dripping with Brusho!

I recently taught at my wider teams stamp camp this past weekend and I have lots to show you what I have been up to with Brusho!

Today I’m showing you my Brusho dripping technique and with the addition of Embossing paste over the top. I found that, if you just blot the brusho and use the embossing paste over the top, the colour comes through the embossing paste!

For my make n take (50 plus) I made a Layout. I knew that lots in this group werent scrapbookers so I made a card to show that this technique could be used as a card technique as well.

Here is the original LO. I used Camboge, Yellow and Brilliant red. This is a super easy technique..you just add the crystals to the top of the page..spritz with water and let it run down the page (hold the page vertical). Then, when you are satisfied with the look, blot with a paper towel and then add your mask and embossing paste. (I used Shimmery white)

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The flowers were stamped with Amazing You (SAB) and fussy cut out and I used brusho to colour. The diecuts are from the Celebrate You thinlits and the Petals and More thinlits. A few sequins to finish off of course!

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Not everyone is into flowers so I did a second Layout using the Prussian blue and yellow Brusho and turned it on the side.  I used just the white embossing paste for this one but still used the sequins.

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Finally, here is the card I made for those who wanted to do a card instead. I made this card as my swap so thanks Helen for taking a photo of it as I forgot to do so before handing them all out lol.

I used Lots to Love box framelits for this card and the Happy Birthday is from the We Must Celebrate stamp set.


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Check back in a couple of days as I have a new technique to show!

Happy Stamping!


Welcome to our February Blog Hop showcasing some Saleabration products!

Esad februarySaleabration is just once a year and with a purchase of $110 you can get free product from our Saleabration Brochure. New exciting products have just been added to the mix just this week so check it the new brochure out here.

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So I have lots of new products that I love in this second release..ooh the paper! But this stamp set called Eclectic Expressions caught my eye.

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I’ve only just started playing with this stamp set but here are a couple of cards I’ve done .using it.  First up a very CAS card and also using the new Trio of Ribbon (another SAB reward)

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.then I was thinking some of those splotches could be made into a background card like this!

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You can bet that I will be doing some more cards with this set..a very versatile set also for the scrapbooker in me!

Thanks for visiting and please click on the ESAD arrow for the next blog inspiration! The lovely Rachael Lewsley!




Heres a full list of the blogs on this blog hop if you get stuck.

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Sandra Mastello
  3. Courtenay Heuston
  4. Ellen Woodbridge
  5. Cheryl Algie
  6. Peta Stephen
  7. Nicole Wilson
  8. Maree McIntosh
  9. Kristel Rimmer
  10. Libby Dyson
  11. Leonie Schroder
  12. Jessie Holton
  13. Megan Lenske
  14. Delys Cram (You are here)
  15. Rachael Lewsley
  16. Kim Oliver
  17. Sharon Dalton
  18. Melinda Whittington
  19. Jenny Hayward


Happy Stamping!



We have a new medium available in our new Occasions Catalogue (pg 26) called Brusho. Its fab-u- lous and I love it!

I’ve been playing with it all alot and will be sharing some cards/projects  with you over the next couple of weeks and more after a stampcamp that I’m teaching at ..later in February.

So what is Brusho? It is watercolour ink crystals and comes in 5 colours currently from Stampin’ Up! One pottle will last a considerable time. Just pierce the cap with a push pin to make a hole and store in a box with either the pin in the hole or use a silica gel or moisture grabber in there. All you have to do is spritz with water and voila..the magic appears

Today, I’m showing you my Epic Celebrations card with a brick wall background I made with Gamboge and Yellow Brusho.  The sneakers and guitar I coloured with my blends.


Here’s the inside.

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I used Glossy card stock for this card. Made my background. Then with a stencil I sprinkled brusho over the top, spritzed with water and laid it over the background. Once dried, I sanded my cardstock back so achieve this weathered look.

Thanks for looking!

ESAD Occasions and Sale a bration blog hop.





Welcome to another ESAD blog hop! This time 20+ Australia and NZ demos are showcasing the 2018 Occasions and Sale a bration Catalogue/Brochure.

I’ve decided to concentrate on more Memories and More Scrapbooking and in particular using two free SAB (sale a bration) items (free withi a qualifying order of $110 NZD)

First of all ..I love the Sweet Soiree Memories and more card pack and me being me,  I spotted the Tutti Fruity cards and Envelopes and knew that a mini album was in the making!

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I started with this one..

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and then made a more detailed one.

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I still have leftover cards and envelopes so a third one might be on the cards (sic) too!

Here’s a collage of the insides. I haven’t put photos yet as I might give both of these as a gift!

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Here’s a video of both of them!



There is 20+ blogs on this blog hop and the next one on the list is ….Renee Lynch


If you get lost on the way ..check below for all of the links. Thanks for stopping by!

  1. Cheryl Algie
  2. Nicole Wilson
  3. Amity Knight
  4. Sharon Dalton
  5. Lou Kitzelman
  6. Carly Middleton
  7. Kelly Kent
  8. Kim Oliver
  9. Ellen Woodbridge
  10. Fi Cobbin
  11. Megan Lenske
  12. Barbara Williams
  13. Peta Stephen
  14. Maree McIntosh
  15. Delys Cram
  16. Renee Lynch
  17. Monique Fielder
  18. Cathy Pinchbeck
  19. Courtenay Heuston
  20. Leonie Schroder
  21. Libby Dyson
  22. Rachael Lewsley
  23. Jessie Holton

Stamping Techniques 101 Blog Hop- Blends


Welcome and Happy New Year everyone! This months Technique 101 Design Team Blog hop is about using Stampin’ Blends.

These alcohol markers are easy to use and blend beautifully. They are Acid and Lignin free.

You can find our range (so far) on page 31 of our new Occasions Catalogue (OC) If you are in New Zealand and would like a copy then leave me a comment or email me to get your hands on your free copy.

Here’s what you can do with them. ;

  • Colour line art stamped images
  • Colour ribbon, fabric, metal and wooden embellishments, patterned paper, acetate doilies, pearls, rhinestones and stickers,  No heat setting or sealant required!
  • Colour packagiing eg  Silver Gable boxes (pg 23 OC)

So with that in mind I coloured this image from the Friendships Sweetest thoughts stamp set (pg 34 OC)

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I used the new WW Narrow notecards and envelopes (pg19 OC)..aren’t they so cute?

I also coloured the Whisper White 1/4″ organza ribbon (pg 23 OC) with my Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blend.

Colours I’ve used are Smoky Slate, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight.

I decided not to put a sentiment on it. Would make a cute gift of a stack of them perhaps?

Next up is a card I used my blends to colour in a Petal passion embellishment and the Designer series paper as well to match my background (pg 23 OC)

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I also used Happy Wishes  which is a Sale a Bration stamp set (pg 19 SAB brochure) and Brusho (pg 26 OC).  I will be showing you tips on Brusho at a later date.

Colours used were Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Night of Navy

Finally, I’ve been scrapbooking …well,  pocket scrapbooking with Petal Passion Memories and More card Pack (pg 24 OC). This pack is mainly black and white (just like the Petal Passion DSP) so perfect for colouring in!

Having just been to the USA, Ive been keen to get my photos scrapbooked before I forget all the where/whys and hows! These Blends are acid and lignin  free so are safe to use with your scrapbooking. They do bleed through to the back of the cards so just cover that up with another card or a photo!

I sat down the other day and managed to 21 double sided pages ..I just have to journal and embellish!

Here’s my 3 page spread of my Yosemite National Park experience.

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I also altered/coloured in some of the cards/acetate to match my photos and altered a wooden star to match my colour scheme (pg 196 Hearts and Stars AC)

Stamps I used were Hand Lettered Alphabet (pg 180 AC) and Tabs for everything (pg 43 AC) and Waterfront (pg 48 OC). I also altered a wooden star to match my colour scheme (pg 196 Hearts and Stars AC)

The colours I used  were Calypso Coral, Old Olive, and Pool Party.

Heres a collage of all the details!

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  • For care of your blends, keep them horizontal.

I just use a couple of our wooden stamp cases (127551). These were omitted from the AC and can still be ordered along with the half case ones and clear mount cases.

  • Use only Tuxedo Memento Black as your stamping ink.
  •  start on small images.
  • Don’t over saturate the Cardstock or paper and a light touch will work for you!
  • Use the brush tip for larger areas of colouring and the smaller tip for details.

So that’s my tips…go and check out what the other Design Team have been up to using Stampin’ Up! Blends!

Next stop is Heikes’ Blog!



Happy New Year!

…and Happy new catalogue! The Occasions Catalogue that is! Sale-a-bration time too!

If you’d like a copy of each and live in  New Zealand then let me know?  In the meantime, you will find the pdfs on my sidebar.

Lots of yummy products in both catalogue/brochure and Im sure you will fall in love with some of them..the Saleabration freebies this year are the best yet!

I’ll be sharing some of those later but my favourite product in this Occasions Catalogue is Brusho.  I’ve got lots of techniques to show you with it and am having a wonderful play with this medium.

Here’s a card ..just using it randomly on one of our new Designer Series Paper (Petal Passion pg 23 OC)

The  stamp set is new and called Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts (pg 34 OC) and coloured with Pumpkin pie, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake  and Daffodil Delight Stampin” Blends.

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The new Whisper White 1/4″ Organza ribbon is lovely too! (pg23 OC)


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I used the diecut pieces for the inside of the card.

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Happy creating with these new products!