Anna Wheaton - Independent Stampin' Up! ®
Demonstrator, Burleigh Waters, Q, AUSTRALIA
Phone 07 55 765 469 Email: Blog:

December 23, 2011

A Christmas Surprise

Remember our various Cards For Troops initiatives throughout the year?  Our 200 cards were sent off under the name of "Lorikeet Stampers".  Yesterday I received a letter from Afghanistan thanking us for our efforts.  What a wonderful surprise!

Thanks to all the ladies who contributed homemade cards to this cause.  Let's do it again next year.

I hope we all take a moment at Christmas to remember our Australian soldiers who are serving overseas and cannot be with their families at this special time.  A few homemade cards is the least we can do to show them we are thankful!

Can I take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Thanks so much for your interest and encouragement throughout 2011.


December 16, 2011

Soft and Subtle Baby

I have been making some sample cards for my upline and the latest batch have been some baby cards using the Nursery Nest product suite on page 52 of the catalogue.  I thought I would sneak one of the cards onto my blog.

I still have trouble putting my Aviary birds into the cages. 

Need some inspiration?  The samples in the catalogue are perfect and you'll find co-ordinating DSP to go with the stamp set.   I bought the set last year.  Who'd have thought to use it for baby cards?

Have you spotted the new glimmer paper in the Summer Mini?  It comes in red and silver and is so beautifully sparkly.  It's easy to punch from and it doesn't 'shed' glitter as you use it.
I've used it on the tag detail here.

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Stamps:  Tiny Tags, Aviary
Card:  Blushing Bride A4, Perfect Plum A4, Whisper White A4, Nursery Nest DSP, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink:  Blushing Bride, Basic Grey, Perfect Plum, Pear Pizzazz
Tools:  Big Shot, Polka Dot TEF, Perfect Pennant Bigz L Die, Jewellery Tag Punch
Accessories:  Whisper White 1 cm Taffeta Ribbon

December 14, 2011

Petal Cone Christmas

Our last class for the year was Christmas boxes and one of the projects was this Christmas cone, using the Petal Cone die.  It is so very easy to put together and the scallop detail under the petals is an elegant touch.

We added a Christmas flower to the front using the Fun Flowers die. I have had Shimmer paint on my table for ages and had read about mixing it with rubbing alcohol to make a spray.  So we tried it on our flowers.  See the shimmer?  It was a beautiful Christmasy touch!  (Looks even better in real life.)

I am using my cones for presents for two little friends of mine.  The pressie is under the shredded paper and must remain a secret.  But did you spot the little box in the top?

I saw the idea for these on Mary Fish's blog.  They are made using the Petal Card Double Punch.  Four of these shapes punched out and glued together make the cutest little box you'll ever see.  The images come from Jolly Bingo Bits and are cut out using the new 1" punch from the new Summer Mini.  Two Dove chocolates fit perfectly inside.
The Jolly Bongo Bits set has every Christmas image imaginable and I can see me using it a lot in Christmases to come.

If you are interested in coming to my classes, they are held in the Burleigh Waters area.  Phone me on 55 765 469 or email me at

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Petal Cone Gift
Stamps:  none
Card:  Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive A4
Ink:  Shimmer Paint
Tools:  Big Shot!, Petal Cone Bigz L Die, Fun Flowers Bigz L Die, Paper Piercer
Accessories:  6.4 mm Grosgrain Ribbon, Clear Rhinestone Brads

Teeny Box
Stamps:  Jolly Bingo Bits
Card:  Lucky Limeade A4, Whisper White A4
Ink:  Real Red
Tools:  Petal Card Double Punch, 1" Square Punch
Accessories:  3.2 mm Real Red Taffeta Ribbon, Jingle Bells (non SU!)

December 11, 2011

Library Classes

I have recently done some classes at the local libraries to introduce ladies and one gentleman to cardmaking.  I kept the designs simple as I knew some would not have made cards before.  I have blogged similar designs before but thought this was a good 'set'.

I found my daisy card holder at Myer.

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December 7, 2011

Happy Graduation

Maisie, the daughter of a customer and friend is finishing primary school this week.  I remember those mixed feelings of excitement and sadness.  I made her this card to wish her luck.

The owl is dressed for the occasion again!  Does he ever get it wrong?

Stamps:  Medallion, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card:  Only Orange, Yoyo Yellow, Kaleidoscope DSP (all retired)
Ink:  Only Orange
Tools:  Owl Builder Punch,  Jewellery Tag Punch, 6.4cm Circle Punch
Accessories: Mini Brads

I apologise for the blue background.  My son has been using my camera and has changed some settings somehow!

December 5, 2011

Not a card

I know it's a bit unusual to post a pic of a pair of scissors.

Anyone who comes to my classes knows that these are my scissors.  They are the scissors that are passed around when some extra cutting power is needed.  They are the scissors that cut ribbon when no other scissors will.  They are Stampin' Up!s Craft and Rubber scissors...and they are mine.
BUT you too could own a pair of scissors just like these as they are just one of the items reduced in our December Frenzy.  They are 30% off, so instead of paying $37.95, you pay $26.57.
If you have been wishing for a pair of scissors like mine...if you would like my scissors to be your scissors, contact me to place an order.

Thanks for stopping by!


December 4, 2011

December Frenzy

It's that time of the year to save on selected stamps and accessories. Click on the link to the left for a closer look at our December specials.

December 2, 2011

Christmas Frame

I am really excited to show you this project for two reasons.  One:  I actually finished it before Christmas and Two:  it turned out exactly as I wanted it to.  You know how sometimes you have an idea in your mind of how something should look and the end product is nothing like it?  Well, this finished up just right.  I saw the idea on Nancy Riley's blog a year ago.  Have a look at her version by clicking HERE (but finish looking at mine first!)

Here it is...  It looks even better in real life and there's bling here and there to give it Christmas sparkle.

I took the glass out of the frame for the photos.  Scroll down for some close ups.  Love the Very Vanilla bird against the Cherry Cobbler.

This stamp set of the Nativity scene is a favourite for me this Christmas. 

Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding ribbon adds a touch of softness on the wreath.

I have used a Glimmer Brad for the centre of this flower.  The 3D Christmas tree is made using the Pennant Parade stamp set.

Sadly our star punch punches have retired.  The flower is made using the Doily Triple layer punch.

We can't forget Rudolph, made using the Owl Builder Punch.

And, of course, the owl himself, dressed in his Christmas waistcoat.

I had a great day today, running a free cardmaking class at the local library.  Some of the ladies had never made cards before and all of them did a fantastic job.  If you are one of those ladies popping in to see my blog, welcome! And do pop in again!

Thanks for stopping by!