Ink and Inspiration Blog Hop #5

Ink & Inspiration Blog hop - Masculine Cards

Hi All,  Welcome to another ink and inspiration blog hop I’m Stephanie and you are visiting my blog in Australia! Today’s theme is Wedding or Anniversary cards!

I wasn’t sure where to go with the one, believe it or not I have not done a huge amount of wedding or anniversary cards recently……but I’m really happy with how this turned out!!

It’s really pretty in real life it’s soft and romantic, well I think so anyway!

Sunshine sayings - Congratulations card

The card itself is super simple to put together, to start I mounted up a panel of the gold foil paper attached to a piece of whisper white cardstock and popped up on dimensionals. Next i grabbed a piece of water colour paper and smooshed some Pink Pirouette and Flirty flamingo ink all over it. I had watered it down a fair bit so it was nice and runny! Once it was dried I cut out a piece using a square stitched shape framelit.

While I was over at my big shot I cut out the heart from the gold foil and the congrats our of pink pirouette cardstock. I edged it in Flirty Flamingo and then went over the whole thing with my wink of stella pen so it looks really sparkly in real life!

I then gold embossed the sentiment on a strip of whisper white cardstock and cut like a banner on both ends. Of course once I finished the card it needed a little bling so I added a few rhinestones to finish off the card!

I hope the projects you’ve seen here on my blog today have inspired you & brightened your day. You are currently visiting (your name). Please see the list below & hop through all of the people on the list to see all our projects. You don’t want to miss any!”


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Sunshine Sayings Clear-Mount Bundle

Sunshine Sayings Clear-Mount Bundle


Elegant Eggplant Dragonflies!

A lovely friend asked me to d a special birthday card for a friend of hers, it was the perfect opportunity to make me get back into the craftroom! I tell you know I struggled a bit to start with and I spent far longer then I would like to admit to fiddle around and come up with this card!

But I am actually really happy with how it turned out!

Dragonfly dreams in Elegant Eggplant!

The brief was pretty easy purple, and dragonflies so I had lots of freedom to play with!

The card itself was pretty easy, I simply mounted some whisper whtie cardstock on the the gold foil card. I stamped the splotches in elegant eggplant. I then cut out the smaller dragonfly and usesd a sponge dauber to add some versamark and gold embossed. Super simple but looked pretty cute!

Hopefully I’m back in my craftroom on Sunday to get ready for my stamp a stack on Monday night!

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So I have been trying to get all my ducks in a row after being sick and unfortunately I have been very unsuccessful in achieving my goal! Between work, kids, Stampin’ Up! and getting to the gym I have been pretty unsuccessful at all of them! I am currently on school holidays so have done up a massive calendar for all the kids dates, races and other important details so that’s one thing sorted.

I am getting my eating back on track so hopefully I won’t feel so sluggish in the near future so the other things start to fall into line! I’m hoping my mojo returns soon!

Lately I hyst haven’t had the interest to get down in my stamp room, I’d rather lie on the couch and watch TV instead of creating, and that’s not like me! So help a girl out where do you do for inspiration! Link below in the comments so I can go check it out!!

Speak soon (hopefully)


Another from technique class on Monday

Sometimes a technique doesn’t have to be difficult to be effective. This particular technique will work with any 2 step stamp set! Depending on the look you are going for you can either stamp in versamark for a soft, subtle look or in the colour matching your cardstock for a more vibrant, obvious look!

I’ve used versamark on my sample and I love the way it worked out!

Peekaboo peach monocromatic background technique

It was so simple to create this card, I simply used a big clear block and placed all my images on it in a cluster. inked it up and stamped 2 or 3 times to cover the entire front panel. I then grabbed the 2nd step stamps and inked up in whisper white and stamped. I had a few open spots and wasn’t sure what to fill them with so I improvised and stamped with the lid of one of my markers and the lid of my reinker bottle….anything can be a stamp!

The rest is super simple, I just white embossed my sentiment on velum attached it to the card and added some rhinestones cause you’ve got to have some bling, right?

What have you stamped with that’s not a stamp?

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Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad

Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad


A card of many techniques!

We had technique class on Monday night, I pulled out the embossing paste once again! Gosh I love that stuff! For something a little different I made a mask using the die out of Oh So Eclectic and some thick acetate! It worked an absolute treat!

Oh so Eclectic technique card! see more at

We also did a little splattering on the card front, I am still missing my gorgeous grunge stamp set terribly but this technique worked really well to get some fine splatter on my cardstock, I actually used my markers to do it and the marker came out unscathed! Pretty effective hey? Then to finish it off I inked up the leaves with Lemon Lime twist and then inked around the edges with a sponge dauber and Tranquil tide ink.

It all came together so easily and i just love the how it turned out!

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Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker

Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker


Merry Patterns Host Promotion

We all love free stamp sets don’t we? And hosting a holiday catalogue event is always fun—and Stampin’ Up! just sweetened the deal with the exciting Merry Patterns Host Promotion. If you host a party with $450 in sales by 31 October, you’ll earn the FREE Merry Patterns Stamp

Check out some of the samples from Stampin’ Up! to help you get a head start on making beautiful Christmas cards and projects with your ‘merry’ new set. You don’t have to host a traditional party, if you’d like to collect orders from friends and submit a catalogue party that’s fine to! If you are interested contact me and we can work out how it will work for you!

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Bec’s Projects from launch day!

As you know our  launch days are usually run by Bec, Lou and myself. This time Lou couldn’t be apart of it as her daughter was away representing Queensland in a fencing competition. So Bec and I ran this one together this time! We did 4 projects each. My 4 were cards and if you missed that blog post you can find it here. Bec did 3 cards and a 3D item which was so cute!

Here are Bec’s 4 projects from launch day. For her 3D project she used the little test tubes from the holiday catalogue, they are so cute and are food safe so you could fill them with some M&M’s or other small treats!

Aren’t they just so super cute? I love them all!

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What you missed…..

I as I mentioned yesterday our launch day was a big success! We had a few less ladies then normal as there were quiet a few grandfinals on and the dreaded flu kept some away as well! But we still had a great time and as per usual the food was divine. Yes I know some of you only turn up for the food lol!

Holiday Catalogue Launch day 2017

As you can see there was heaps to do and lots of samples to look at! We also had a table of cards to make up for a very special friend who is battling leukaemia, I’ve had a few ladies ask if they can also add a card to our board so I am holding it open a little longer. If you are coming along to class on Monday night the cards will be set up there ready to make or if you’d prefer you can make your own and send it to me and I will make sure Piper gets them!

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Recap on launch day!

On Saturday 2nd of September we had our much anticpated Holiday catalogue launch party! It was an absolutely fabulous day! I had planned to  do a big write up  on Sunday but with Father’s day I was slightly side tracked!! So I’m going to have to do it in a few installments!

Firstly today I thought I would show you the 4 cards I designed for the day! I’ve used all new sets from the new Holiday catalogue!  Click the link and go and check it out, I can assure you it’s worth it!!

If you have any questions or would like to come along to a class and make some similar cards or maybe even these ones just let me know and I’ll book you in!

I look forward to seeing you in the future!


The Holiday catalogue is live!!

The long awaited Holiday catalogue is here! As per usual Stampin’ Up! have out done themselves with a wonderful selection of holiday products! Click on the link to be taken to the online catalogue and have a look for yourself! I’d love to hear what your stand out favourite is from your first look through!

Mine so far is the Season like Christmas check it out and see if you agree with me!

If you live in Australia and don’t have a demonstrator and would like your very own copy send me a message and I’ll get one out to you!

If you’ve seen something you love and want to place an order straight away jump on over to my online store and you can place your own order or you can e-mail me and I can do it for you!

Have a fabulous Friday and enjoy looking through the new catalogue!




Today’s the last day to use bonus day coupons!!

I know it seems like a long time ago but remember back in July when you could earn $9 coupons for every $90 spent?

Well tomorrow is the last day you can cash them!

So remember if you have one and want to use it, tomorrow is the day to use it! Visit my online store and place your order or send me an e-mail and I will get it placed for you!

Please don’t forget because once the promotion is finished, it is over!!

Hope to hear from you all soon

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A little Christmas Glitz for you!

Can you believe Christmas is not far away?  Here’s a card I created using the new Add a Little Glitz stamp set out of the new Occasions catalogue which is absolutely jam packed with Christmas sets!

The set itself so cute and has so many fun elements in it! This card it pretty simple and I’ve used some pretty traditional Christmas colours!

Christmas Glitz made by Steph at

When you make Christmas cards do you use traditional colours?

Our launch day is fast approaching (It’s this coming Saturday eeek!) There is lots of Christmas cards to be made so it’ll be a great start on your Christmas card stash! Don’t forget to RSVP if you are coming along!

If you can’t make it but would like your own copy of the new Occasions catalogue shoot me an e-mail and I’ll get one out to you!

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Ink and Inspiration blog hop #4 – Photo Inspiration

Ink & Inspiration Blog hop - Masculine Cards

Welcome to the fourth Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop. You are currently visiting me Stephanie Pike from Australia. This month’s theme is using a photo for inspiration!

#IIBH Inspirational photo

 I personally don’t use this product so hadn’t seen the tube before but how pretty is it? Almost makes me want to go and give it a try lol! I loosely used the layout and the colours as my inspiration and this is what I came up with.

I had lots of fun making this card, and excitingly the inspirational photo enabled me to use my favourite colours, Lemon lime twist, Pool Party and Bermuda Bay it was win win!! It certainly made my creating easier!!

The card it’s self was pretty easy to create, I was hoping to get a video done showing how I created the card but it’s been raining all afternoon and without natural light the video was dark and dreary, so check back on Saturday and I’ll get one up for you!!

I hope the projects you’ve seen here on my blog and through the blog hop today have inspired you & brightened your day.  Check out the list below & hop on through all of the awesome crafters on the list to see all our projects. Trust me you don’t want to miss any!

Don’t forget to RSVP for our new catalogue launch on the 2nd of September it promises to be lots of fun! If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me!

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A case of the catalogue…..a great place for inspiration!

I’ve always said our catalogues are far more then a way to shop for our awesome products, they are also a place to find inspiration when the mojo has taken a little holiday!

I often visit the catalogue when I’m starting to craft, {especially when I don’t want to get side tracked by the internet lol} pinterest is a time suck if there ever was one!

Anyway moving on, I was flicking through the catalogue and this image on page 25 of the main catalogue caught my eye and I thought I love that I’m going to make it!

It was super easy but turned out so pretty! I stepped it up slightly as in my opinion was missing something….a little bling perhaps??

I’ve used this set a few times and this particular flower is fast becoming my favourite and I just love the font on the sentiments!

This was another card that was on the table Monday nights stamp a stack! Would you have chosen to make this card?

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Fabulous flamingo in flirty flamingo…..and a few other colours!

Oh my this stamp set is so cute to work with! I just love it, it’s a bit different and so fun to work with!

It’s actually a 3 step stamp set and it did take me a few tries to get the effect I was going for but boy did I have making this card!!

Fabulous Flamingo congratulations card for more details visit

This was one of the cards we made at last nights stamp a stack and it was a big hit! My ladies where spoilt for choice last night I had 8 different cards out for them to choose from, (they make 3 of 3 designs) each week I add another couple of designs and take off the old ones! Our next stamp a stack is on the 25th of September, so if you’d like to come and join the fun let me know! You can book in by clicking on the link on my side bar!

Also while we are talking about booking in please if you are coming along to our new Occasions Catalogue launch on the 2nd of September please click the link below and RSVP. This really helps us out with planning and ordering to ensure there is enough goodies for everyone!

I hope to see you all there!

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