Anna Wheaton - Independent Stampin' Up! ®
Demonstrator, Burleigh Waters, Q, AUSTRALIA
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November 30, 2010

Summer Mini Sneek Peek - Itty Bitty Bits

If you like tiny, the Itty Bitty Bits in the new Summer Mini are for you.  Tiny stamps, tiny punches and tiny buttons which all co-ordinate.  This card was so much fun to make - it was not my design;  I copied it from a training video on the website, one of the many services we have access to as demonstrators.  Remember that the new SUMMER MINI is out on December 1st!  Check back at the start of the month for the link. list the components of the card....this may take awhile.
Stamps:  Itty Bitty Bits, Whimsical Words (retired)
Card:  Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, More Mustard, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Melon Mambo
Ink:  Soft Suede, More Mustard, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo
Tools:  Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, 1" Circle Punch, Heart to Heart Punch, 5 Petal Flower Punch, Floral Fusion Sizzlit die and Bigshot
Accessories:  Bitty Buttons

November 28, 2010

Summer Mini Peek - Aviary again

This simple card is made using the Aviary set from the upcoming Summer Mini.  The DSP is one of the hostess rewards.  I have had the pack for awhile but just opened it - the patterns are fabulous, in the new In Colors.

Stamps:  Aviary
Card:  Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade, Whisper White, DSP pack - In Color
Ink:  Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight
Tools:  Scallop Square Punch, Big Shot, Little Leaves Sizzlit Die

November 27, 2010

Summer Mini Peek - Simple Christmas

Here is a simple yet stunning card, so quick to put together.  The Summer Mini has a larger Scallop Circle punch, which you can layer behind the Scallop Circle punch we know and love.  Here, I have punched out some DSP with the Ornament Punch and layed it onto the new bigger scallop circle.  Some dimensionals give it a lift and add the the impact of white on white.  Dimensionals are a must have in anyone's kit and at $7.50 per pack (of 300!) they are very affordable.

November 26, 2010

Summer Mini peek - Aviary

I am still enjoying a browse through the new catalogue but it is almost time for the Summer Mini, released December 1st.  I'll give  you a peek at a few of the things on offer over the next few posts.

One of the darling sets available in clear or wood mount is Aviary - so cute.  I have been making a bunch of note cards for a mini market this weekend and used some of the images from this set.

This owl is so cute, SU! could sell him on his own.  I made the first lot of notecards with him in a cage but then decided he should be free so I just layered him on a couple of circle punches and the scallop circle punch.

Like the bag topper? - that's the Top Note die from the Big Shot.  It's designed to be a bag topper, but there are hundreds of other uses for it. 

Stamps:  Aviary (coming soon!), Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card:  Whisper White, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Tempting Turquoise, Tangerine Tango
Ink:  Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive
Tools:  1 3/4" circle punch. 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 3/4" Scallop circle punch, Word Window punch, Big Shot, Top Note Bigz die
Accessories:  Medium cello bags, Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Tempting Turquoise 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (retired), Mini Square envelopes (7.9 x 7.9 cm)

November 25, 2010

Christmas gift

I love making Christmas gifts.  This is for my son's music teacher.  Those Aldi chocolates on one side and gift tags on the other.  This is made using the Big Shot bigz xl die Box#2.  I assembled the boxes without folding the flaps down.  I trimmed the side flaps off and then glued the two boxes back to back.

November 23, 2010

Circle Circus

Looking for a versatile stamp set?  Circle Circus is one of my favourites.  It contains 10 patterned circle stamps of varying sizes.  Change the arrangement of the images and vary the colours and you can have a card that is masculine, feminine or for a child.  I saw this design on Allison Ohran's blog and reproduced it.

Stamps:  114375 Circle Circus (p 89)
Card:  Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink:  Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie
Tools: Scallop Circle punch, Modern Label Punch, Circle punches of various sizes
Accessories:  Gold Brads

Keep checking into my blog for some samples from the Summer Mini coming soon!

November 22, 2010

Asian Artistry

This beautiful stamp set is now retired but I love its images.  Using the Stampin' Write marker brush tips, it is easy to ink up parts of the images in different colours.  The Haiku DSP, also retired, matches perfectly.  I was asked to make a few sympathy cards and these images fitted the request. 
Stampin' Write markers are dual tipped: a fine tip for details and a brush tip for wider colour application.  They are only $5.75 each and available in all the colours.

November 20, 2010

Ornamental Christmas

If you haven't discovered the Ornament Punch yet, it's a beauty.  It cuts out the shape so cleanly, either around a punched image or out of some DSP.  This is a set of note cards I made which fit in the mini pizza box at the back.  These were a gift for a stamp-a-stack hostess.

If you'd like a demonstration workshop at your home, contact me on  There is no cost to you and you are eligible for hostess benefits, depending on sales.  Alternatively, if you have a group of six or more friends who love stamping, you might like me to run a stamp-a-stack for $20 a head.  These are a great way to get a group of friends together for a fun morning, afternoon or evening.

Stamps:  121502 Delightful Decorations
Card:  121681 Cherry Cobbler, 106576 Old Olive, 106549 Whisper White, 117159 Jolly Holiday DSP
Ink:  102277 Old Olive, 119669 Cherry Cobbler
Tools:  119847 Ornament Punch, 118402 Scallop Trim Border, 119873 3/4" Circle Punch
Accessories:  109054 Old Olive 1.6cm Grosgrain Ribbon, 107309 Mini Square envelopes

November 17, 2010


The Big Shot came to the rescue (again!) when I had to make a card for a young girl who won a speaking competition.  I didn't really have a stamped image to suit the occasion, so a simple word fitted the bill.
Yay Courtney!
All of these colours and the DSP are now retired.  Aren't they nice and bright?

November 16, 2010

Halloween on a budget

Nothing to do with cardmaking but I thought I'd show you my pumpkin.  We have carved a pumpkin in previous years but this year it would have cost me $25!! to buy a pumpkin.  Even Zac agreed that was too much.  Driving past the fruit shop a few days before Halloween I saw the price of watermelon.  "It'd be cheaper to carve a watermelon!"  I said to myself.  "It'd be cheaper to carve a watermelon!" I realised.  So we did....for $7.

November 14, 2010

Ella's creations

I am a little behind with my blogging as my computer would not let me load photos.  The last few posts have been using photos I had already loaded.  Now I am back on track but a little behind with my updates.

I ran a stamp-a-stack at my friend Lib's house the other week.  Her 6 year old daughter Ella, who has featured on my blog before, loves cardmaking and therefore... me.  :-)  This was hanging on the front door when I arrived.

Isn't she thoughtful and clever?  What a lovely message to receive.
Between stamp-a-stacks we did our own little workshop using the two-step owl, amongst other things. (I can never use just one tool!)  Ella loved it and I sent her some more punch outs in the mail.

This was a thankyou she sent me in return.

November 9, 2010

Jolly Holly

This is one of my stamp-a-stack designs which is so easy to put together.  The Jolly Holly DSP is gorgeous and co-ordinates beautifully with Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler - whatever did we do without Cherry Cobbler??
 The Christmas sentiment is from the Perfect Punches set.
And if you have little strips of paper left over, these can be lined up for this design.
Stamps:  Perfect Punches
Card:  Old Olive A4, Cherry Cobbler A4
Ink:  Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler
Tools:  Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch
Accessories: Old Olive 1.6cm Grosgrain Ribbon

November 8, 2010

Em's bag

Em's notebook and chocolate crayons were all presented in this little tote.  I used a Lauren Meader 'Around Town Tote template which can be downloaded here.  It was really easy to put together and I kept my first attempt pretty simple.

November 6, 2010

More for Em

I also used the Top Note die to make a topper for this gift:  Chocolate Crayons!  The tiny tag is from Tiny Tags of course - there's a punch to match!  Again, I used Soft Suede card and Marina Mist ribbon.

November 4, 2010

Owl for Em

The Two-Step Owl Punch is a must have!  (That and Baroque Motifs stamp set and...)  I made a little gift for a family friend.

This little notebook was so easy to cover.  I got the idea from Angie Juda's Chic n Scratch website.

Stamps:  Alphabet set (non SU! but you could easily do a name on the computer)
Card:  Soft Suede, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Elegant Soiree DSP
Ink:  Baja Breeze
Tools:  Two Step Owl Punch, Two Step Bird Punch, Modern Label Punch
Accessories:  Marina Mist Taffeta Ribbon

Keep checking in and I'll show you what else I made her.