Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Dashing Away

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I just love our a la Carte Dasher Stamp & at only $18.50 he is a bargain!  Here a couple of projects we have made in recent classes featuring Dasher.

This is quite a simple card using Concord Crush & Basic Grey Card Stock.  The back panels have been stamped with the new Sassy Sparkles Jumbo Wheel.  I cut the 2 circles with Circle Scissors (which are on special for only $40.77).  Dasher was stamped in Versamark, coated with a mixture I made up of Clear Embossing Powder & Silver Stampin' Glitter & then heat set.  For the finishing touches I used our fantastic stick on Rhinestones ($11.50 for 150!) & the lovely Whisper White Organza Ribbon.

I love this Dasher gift bag featuring the reflection technique & sponging.  The card stock I have used is Marina Mist, Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black & Glossy White.  I have also used the Gifted stamp set to make the label.  Reflection cards are so easy to make yet look so amazing that everyone thinks you are really clever!  If you would like to learn how to make them please Contact Me

Happy Stamping
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December Frenzy

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Wow - have you ever seen a more amazing sale!  I sure hope Santa reads this list & checks it twice!  That would make me one very happy stamping addict.

Get great Stampin’ Up! products up to 50 percent off during our December Frenzy sale–1-29 December only!  I have highlighted the specials that are 50% off in red.

Item        Pg   Description                                                  RetailPrice         Sale Price

119181   39   A Little Treat Wood-Mount Stamp Set                      $26.95          $13.48
120018   39   A Little Treat Clear-Mount Stamp Set                        $21.95          $10.98
119189   40   Tote-Ally Tess Wood-Mount Stamp Set                    $45.95          $32.17

111255   43   Daisy Dash Jumbo Stampin’ Around Wheel               $19.50          $11.70

121482   56   Baby Bundle Wood-Mount Stamp Set                       $59.95          $41.95

119161   72   Autumn Days Wood-Mount Stamp Set                      $46.95          $23.48

120012   77   Pendant Park Clear-Mount Stamp Set                        $36.95          $18.48

113031   88   Tart & Tangy Wood-Mount Stamp Set                      $26.95          $18.87

115806   91   Fresh Cuts Wood-Mount Stamp Set                          $46.95          $32.87

115946   102   Wonderful Favorites Wood-Mount Stamp Set          $47.95          $28.77

119167   104   Heard from the Heart Wood-Mount Stamp Set         $46.95          $28.17

119185   105   Teeny Tiny Sentiments Wood-Mount Stamp Set      $75.95           $37.98

105115   118   Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker                        $6.95             $4.17

105106   119   Certainly Celery Stampin’ Write Marker                   $6.95             $4.17

100045   119   Pretty in Pink Stampin’ Write Marker                       $6.95             $4.17

105114   119   So Saffron Stampin’ Write Marker                           $6.95             $4.17

105111   119   Bashful Blue Stampin’ Write Marker                         $6.95            $4.17

105108   119   Regal Rose Stampin’ Write Marker                          $6.95             $4.17

105109   120   Bravo Burgundy Stampin’ Write Marker                   $6.95             $4.17

100069   120   Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker                      $6.95              $4.17

100082   121   Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker                          $6.95             $4.17

103104   122   Small Cello Bags                                                     $9.25              $5.55

111325   140   Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware                        $70.50            $35.25

112530   140   Circle Scissor Plus                                                  $67.95            $40.70

116681   161   Kind Heart Wood-Mount Stamp Set                        $14.50            $7.25

Click Here to download a printable copy

Page numbers refer to the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalogue

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Summer Mini - Catalogue

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Wow - It's here!  Welcome to the new Summer Mini-Catalogue.  Not only are there amazing new products, but we even have some new Hostess Sets!  You can purchase from the Summer Mini from 1 December 2010 - 31 March 2011.

Click on the picture below to view an on-line copy or Contact Me to receive your own personal copy for free.

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Meet the Team

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Hi everyone, I thought it was about time you met some of the team (Plus our fabulous overall Team Leader Jacquelyn Pederson set us a challenge to link 5 Team Members on our blog!).  If you click on the names, you will go straight to that persons blog - so have fun surfing for new ideas!

We had a full team training at Jacque's today & my swap won the WOW prize!  As you know I really love bling & you can't get much more bling than this card!

This card was actually quite simple to make.  The colours are Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso & Very Vanilla.  Firstly I inked up one side of the Petals-a-plenty folder with Versamark & ran it through the Big Shot.  Next I sprinkled the card with Heat & Stick Powder, heated it, added Champagne Stampin' Glitter & heated it again.  Before layering, I added the Whisper White ribbon.  The embelishment uses the Punch Pal stamp set, Gold Embossing Powder & the Merry Details Sizzlet.

I have just been promoted to Senior Supervisor & knowing my love of bling, my lovely upline Julia Leece gave me this cool hand wash pump - only trouble is, my friend Vivian also loves bling & it has her name on it!

The above pictures are of one of my new Down-Lines Callena & myself at our local Herald Island Market.  Callena  has made a really cool felt book for small children using the Big Shot, make sure you go have a look.

I have 2 other Down-Lines as well.  Barbara is a very creative crafter, particularly with off the page projects.  She also runs stamping birthday parties for kids, so if you have children or grandchildren with birthdays coming up, keep her in mind!

My newest Down-Line is Stephanie.  She doesn't have a blog yet, but she is also very creative & I'm sure you will seem some great creations from her soon.

I also need to mention our super cleaver computer expert Karen.  Not only does she produce amazing craft work, but she slays dragons & rescues us when we muck up our blogs!  Thanks Karen

To finish off, I have included a few of the items I made to sell at the market.  If you would like more details on them, please Email Me.

The bookmarks are made using the new Owl Punch

Happy Stamping
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Monday, October 18, 2010

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Wow, can you believe that Christmas is just around the corner?
Stampin' Up! has just released this fantastic Christmas bundle special.  All items are on a "while stocks last" basis - so get in quick!

Buy one of these bundles or hold a workshop with sales over $600 and you get to choose one of the  exclusive ribbons below for FREE!

The Cocoa Designer Specialty paper is exclusive to this promotion.  It is really lovely with flocking & metalic features.  At the moment we can order it separately for $23.50 + 5% shipping, but this may be a bug, so if you would like to order just the paper, contact me ASAP!

The colours in the paper are: Real Red & Soft Suede


Wood-Mount Item

Wood-Mount Price

Clear-Mount Item

Clear-Mount Price

Gifted Bundle

Gifted Set p21 and Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper p 126





Welcome Christmas Bundle

Welcome Christmas Set p26 and Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper





Season of Joy Bundle

Season of Joy Set p126 and So Swirly Stampin’ Around Wheel





Delightful Decorations Bundle

Delightful Decorations Set p 25 and Ornament Punch p147




*Bundles and ribbons available while supplies last

Choose from these ribbons:



Retail Value

Mistletoe Ribbon Originals



Sleigh Bells Ribbon



Riding Hood Red 1-1/4” Striped Grosgrain Ribbon



Real Red 3/4” Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon



This picture shows you the Sleigh Bells ribbon at the top & the other 2 are the Mistletoe Ribbon Originals.
You can see the Polka-Dot ribbon on the photo at the top of this page & the Riding Hood Red ribbon is the same style as the 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain on p137.
For further details click here
Or Contact Me
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Bad Kitty

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It was my sister Debbie’s 40th Birthday a couple of weeks ago & we had an Eighties Theme with compulsory fancy dress.  We had an absolute ball with 80’s music, food &  no “adult” supervision!

Debbie was really into pink & grey in the 80’s, so I chose those colours to make her card.  She also loves cats & wine, so I think this was rather appropriate!  I did get the original idea for the cat from a US Demonstrator, unfortunately I can’t find the link again to give her credit.

P1010081 Debbie also likes bling, so Stampin’ Up!s new self adhesive Jewels ($11.95 for 150) were perfect for kitties collar.  The pink card is our new Blushing Bride & I have also used Basic Grey & Concord Crush. The Designer Series Paper is one of my favourites Lap of Luxury.

Taking my creative streak a bit further, I decided to make the cake as well.  Now I am not a baker & certainly have had no experience icing cakes!  Sticking with the 80’s theme, I decided to try making a Pac-Man cake, after all it is only a round cake with a wedge cut out for a mouth, what could possibly go wrong?!  The cake itself was perfect, but nobody told me that adding food colouring to white chocolate will make it go hard & lumpy!  With much perseverance & food colouring all over my kitchen, here is the result.

P1010084I made the ghosts by covering polystyrene balls with  royal icing.

I guess you want to know what “we” looked like!  The picture below shows me (excuse my wonky face, I’m not drunk it is just from the remainder of my Bells Palsy) In the middle is my other sister Rose & Debbie is on the end. 


It was lots of fun back combing our hair & using heaps of hairspray like when we were 20, shame the mini skirts didn’t quite look as good!

Until next time

Happy Stamping


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Monday, September 13, 2010

Elements of Style

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Elements of Style ($39.95 clear mount, $59.95 wood mount) is my new “favourite” stamp set!  I love water colouring & this set is just perfect for it.  It also has a really adorable hummingbird.



I stamped the flower image on Water Colour Paper using Black Staz-On  & then added “splashes” of colour using Tangerine Tango & Poppy Parade Stamp ‘n’ Write Markers. Next I blended the colours using an Aquapainter. The flower centres are coloured with Daffodil Delight & the leaves with Wild Wasabi & Pear Pizzazz.

Haven’t Stampin’ Up! come up with some fantastic names for our new colours?!  My favourite colour at the moment is Poppy Parade which I have used for the card base.  The finishing touch is some gorgeous new Whisper White Organza Ribbon.

Happy Stamping

Ann Wills

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A Fluttering By…

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This card is made using 2 stamps from the Autumn mini that are carrying over to the new catalogue.  I did CASE this idea from a lovely US Demonstrator, but have changed it slightly.  Unfortunately I can’t find the link to her blog now, so my apologies for not linking your blog to mine.

P1010062I have only used Whisper White & Basic Black because it gives the card more impact.  The stamps used are the Medallion ($40.95) & the All a Flutter butterfly stamp from the a la Carte selection.  Naturally I had to add some Dazzling Diamonds to the wings!  The slightly crooked greeting (that’s what happens when you stamp while watching TV) is from the very versatile Teeny Tiny Sentiments ($75.95 wood mount or $60.95 clear mount for 24 stamps).

P1010064To finish the card off, I stamped a pair of butterflies on the inside.  Keep reading my blog for more projects using the All a Flutter stamp coming soon.

  Happy Stamping

Ann Wills

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Oh La La!

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I just love this new Artistic Etchings Stamp Set.  It is so versatile – you can use it for backgrounds, scrapbooking, travel, vintage – just let your imagination go wild!  This 6 piece set is priced at just $40.95 or wood mount or $32.95 for clear mount.

P1010051This card uses only 3 colours – Very Vanilla, Real Red & Basic Black.  The background texture is created using the new Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder ($19.50) & the Top Note Die ($52.50). {please excuse the reflection, I had already bagged this card before I remembered to take a photo!}

P1010043This card features a really effective but simple masking technique.  Firstly I stamped the images in Black Staz-On.  I then masked each image & sponged from the edge of the mask inwards.  Finally I embossed the whole layer using the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder

Happy Stamping

Ann Wills

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Hello Baby!

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I don’t normally buy the baby stamp sets – I make my sister buy them instead because she has a new & used baby gear shop (Potential Unlimited in Northcote Point) – but when I saw the new Baby Bundle Stamp Set and the Baby Tees Jumbo Wheel, I just had to have them!

P1010066 I made the card itself using the Movers & Shapers Die in the Big Shot This die not only cuts out the perfect size card, but you can also change the window shape & move the window to where ever you want it on the card.  Don’t you just love the wee baby peeping out the window!

Open the card & there you find the invite details.


Baby Bundle is available in the new catalogue from 1 Sep.  It is a 16 piece set (including a teddy bear!) and is priced at  $59.95 for wood mount or $47.95 fro clear mount (that’s only $3 per stamp, what a bargain!)

The next card features the Baby Tees Jumbo Wheel ($19.50).  I used the Top Note Die in the Big Shot to make the “frame” & the Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder to create the textured background.  I then used the wheel to stamp the base image.  I then rolled the wheel on another piece of Whisper White Card Stock, coloured the images using a blender pen, cut them out & used Stampin’ Dimensionals to make them “pop”. The finishing touch is a drop or two of Crystal Effects & of course some Dazzling Diamonds.


Happy Stamping

Ann Wills

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I'm Back!

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Hi Everyone.
Sorry for the long absence.  I recently split up with my Husband & I lost my creative ability & motivation for a while.  Don't worry it is back now!  Not only that, but now I can make papercraft projects at any time of the day or night without worrying about disturbing anyone - fantastic!
There have been so many exciting developments at Stampin' Up! since the last time I blogged, it is going to take me a while to catch up.
The most significant change is our Colour Renovation.  One of the things I have always loved about Stampin' Up! is their colour families.  It makes crafting so much easier when you know that your inks, cardstock, designer paper, ribbons & accessories are all going to match perfectly.
With the Colour Renovation, the colour families are being completely re-designed and modernised.  Unfortunately that means that we will be losing a number of colours, but don't worry as they are being replaced by exciting new colours.
We will now have 40 base colours in the 4 new families - Brights, Subtles, Regals & Neutrals.  Each year, 5 In-Colours will be released to keep the palette fresh & they will stay in the collection for 2 years.  This means that by 2011, we will have 10 In-Colours.
Any way, enough chatter, click on the links above to see the new colours.  These will be available for purchase once the new catalogue is released on September the 1st

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Out With The Old, In With The New

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Can you believe that the time to order from the Summer Mini Catalogue has just about come to an end?!  You only have until 31 March to place your orders for anything you would like from this catalogue.  Remember, if you spend $120 or more before 31 March you will also qualify to choose a FREE Sale-a-Bration stamp set!  Some of the products from this catalogue may go into the next main catalogue due out in September, but I can’t guarantee it, so if you have fallen in love with something ………. order it now!

Of course with the Summer Mini ending, you will soon be able to view the new Autumn/Winter Mini – and boy is it exciting!  I had to buy just about everything (woops!)  We finally have the long awaited Big Shot and I have to tell you it is awesome.  I have used other die-cut machines, but nothing compares to the Big Shot – it is so quick & easy.

We have new In-Colours (Razzleberry, Melon Mambo & Soft Suede) and of course lots of new stamps and accessories.  You can now also purchase your stamps in either wood mount OR clear mount – stay tuned for more.

I will be giving you some sneak peaks over the next few days.  If you would like a copy of the new catalogue please Contact Me.

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Isn’t this gift box just adorable?  I made it using the new Fancy Favour Die.  It only takes a couple of seconds to run it through the Big Shot & it is all cut out & scored, ready for you to decorate.  You will notice a new colour, this is Razzleberry – my new favourite.  I have also used a new stamp set Cottage Garden & a new Jumbo Wheel, Very Vintage.

Happy Stamping

Ann Wills

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It’s Magic!

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For those of you who didn’t manage to attend our Team Extravaganza the other week, I have posted the tutorial for the Magic Card I designed & taught.  It is a lot easier than it looks and you can let your imagination run wild with your choice of stamp sets.

This is the Card closed

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Now how do you do that I hear you ask?

Here’s the tutorial

Magic Card

Designed by Ann Wills

Instructed by Ann Wills & Julia Leece


· Friends 24-7

· Friendly Words Jumbo Wheel


Baja Breeze CS (1/2 an A4 cut lengthways + Scrap for Tab) Whisper White CS (20cm x 13 & 13¾ x 9½ cm)

Acetate Window Sheet (12½ x 7 ¼ cm) Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon (30 cm)

Watercolour Paper (2cm strip cut from side) Water Colour Wonder Crayons (Bold Brights & Earth Elements)

Sticky Strip Mini Glue Dots

Staz-On Black Ink Pad Chocolate Chip Ink Pad

Chocolate Chip Jumbo Cartridge Baja Breeze Ink Refill


Stamp-A-Ma-Jig (SAMJ) Stamping sponge

Stampin’ Around Wheel Guide & Jumbo Handle Aqua Painters & Blender Pens

Curly Label, 1” Circle, Round Tab & Corner Rounder Punches Crop-A-Dile

Crimper Heat Gun

Handy towels & plastic plate


1. Use Wheel guide & Jumbo Friendly Words Wheel to cover 1 side of the large piece of Baja Breeze (BB) with Chocolate Chip (CC). Fold in ½ on score line.

2. Using the Curly Label Punch, push it as far as it reaches from the bottom of the front of the card & punch hole. Line punch up from bottom again so that it joins the 1st hole & punch again. Repeat from the top of the card. You should end up with a large hole in the shape of the Curly Label Punch.

3. Sponge all outside edges of BB card with CC.

4. Ink up the bird from Friends 24-7 in Staz-On black & stamp in the middle of the Watercolour paper.

5. Stamp bird on SAMJ sheet. Place acetate over Watercolour paper, then place SAMJ sheet over this. Line up the 2 birds & place SAMJ handle. Remove SAMJ sheet & stamp bird on the acetate (be careful not to rock the stamp or it will smudge).

6. Colour in the bird on the paper using Water Colour Crayons & Blender Pens (you need to make the colours quite bright).

7. Using an Aqua Painter, pick up some BB ink off a palette. You can vary the colour by adding more water. “Wash” around the outside of the bird. Add more ink to make it darker if you wish. If it is too wet, wick up water with a handy towel. Speed up drying with a Heat Gun.

8. Crimp scrap of Watercolour paper & cut to width of card. Tie knot in ribbon & adhere to crimped paper using glue dots. Adhere this to front of card with ribbon ends adhered to inside front of card

9. Fold the larger piece of Whisper White (WW) in ½ & use a piece of Sticky Strip to adhere together down long side as close to the edge as possible to make a pocket. Adhere Sticky Strip to both long sides on one side of the pocket. Adhere to inside front of card over ribbon ends.

10. Use 1” Circle to punch ½ circle in front of card where the pull tag will go.

11. Use Corner Rounder Punch on all corners of the other piece of WW. Stamp greeting in the middle & sponge edges in CC if desired. Adhere to inside of card using SNAIL.

12. Align the 2 bird images & adhere together with folded Round Tab & Sticky Strip. Punch hole in Tab with Crop-a-dile & thread through ribbon.

13. Slide acetate between the pocket & card front & the watercoloured image in the pocket. Pull it out – Magic!


Happy Stamping!

Ann Wills

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Crazy For Cup-Cakes

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Cup-cakes are so “trendy” right now – & what’s not to love about them, they look good & taste even better!

This month at my Stamp Club meeting, we made a card featuring our fabulous “Crazy for Cupcakes” Stamp Set.  I got the idea from a class I went to at Jacquelyn Pederson's but I mad a few alterations.

The insert with the tab at the top has an Emergency Chocolate Cake recipe.  I also played around with this as the original recipe was a bit dry & hard.

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Of course we had to “ice” the cup-cakes with Dazzling Diamonds & the cherries were made to “pop” using Crystal Effects.

Emergency Chocolate Cake

4 Tbsp Flour

1/2 tsp Baking Powder

4 Tbsp Sugar

2 Tbsp Cocoa

1 Small Egg

3 Tbsp Milk

3 Tbsp Oil

Splash of Vanilla

3 Tbsp Chocolate Chips

Mix all dry ingredients in a large mug.  Pour in all wet ingredients and mix well.  Add Choc Chips & mix again.  Microwave for 2 1/2 –3 mins.


su 058 (Small)This is a cool card that my fabulous Up-Line Julia Leece made for my birthday.  Aren’t the colours great?  She has used the Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper that is in our current Mini-Catalogue.

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine’s Day

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I hope you all had a great day & that some of your partners remembered!  Mine didn’t, but at least he remembered my birthday this year!  This is the card I made my husband for Valentine’s day.

valentines 004 (Small)I used Basic Black, Riding Hood Red and Vellum card stock & also Riding Hood Red Designer series paper.  I had lots of fun with this card.  I stamped the triple heart image from the I{Heart}Heart Stamp Set in black on red CS & in red on vellum and cut them out using the Heart to Heart Punch.  I also used the Full Heart Punch – so much easier than cutting them out by hand!  The sentiments and the swirls are rub-ons from Laughter & Love & Chit Chat.

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Making the inside was the fun part.  I used the 1-3/4” Punch to punch a black circle & then cut it into a spiral (a bit like the spirals we used to make with Minties wrappers). The outside of the spiral is attached to the bottom of the card with a glue dot, I then put a glue dot on the top of the middle of the spiral & closed the card.  When you open the card you then have a “spring” to attach all of your other hearts to & the recipient gets a nice surprise when they open the card.

Happy Stamping

Ann Wills

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Monday, February 1, 2010

It Must Be Love

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This weeks challenge on Just Add Ink was to make a project using hearts.  I decided it was about time I did a scrap-book page as I have been a bit slack with them lately.

I was going to add another page to my wedding album, but I didn’t have any large photos & my printer was out of ink, so I used this one of My Step-Daughter Megan and her Husband Hamish – yes that is a beer bottle in his hand!


su 052 (Small) I wanted to keep it simple to focus on the photo, but I love the elegant effect the flourish from Baroque Motifs gives when it is embossed in silver.

I’m not a person that likes a lot of journaling on my pages, so I added their name & the date with White Gel Pen the “friend” stamp from the  I{Heart}Heart stamp set, which I think says it all.

The heart border along the photo was made using the Heart to Heart punch and the large silver heart was cut out using the Full Heart punch.

Happy Stamping

Ann Wills

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Bloomin’ Lovely

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Wow it is hot!  I have just been to the Warehouse to buy a tiny desk so I could put my computer in my bedroom as it has an air-conditioner so I can actually do some work.  It’s not really big enough for crafting, but we’ll see.

Today's card was inspired by a wonderful Dunedin Demonstrator, Megan McDonald.  If you would like to try making these flowers, Megan has created a brilliant Tutorial.

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I was really pleased with the way the flowers came out and although a bit fiddly, they are quite easy.  The dark flower is made from Rose Red Card Stock & the 2 pink ones are made using Very Vanilla CS that I have coloured with Regal Rose ink, sponges & sponge daubers. I have concentrated the colour in the centre of the lightest one & on the outside of the darkest one. They were all sprayed with water, as it definitely gives them a better appearance. I used the Crimper and 5-Petal Flower Punch to make the leaves.

The card itself is made from Very Vanilla & Always Artichoke CS.  The background is stamp with the script stamp from the Rustic Rooster Hostess Set.   I have also used Sincere Salutations, Frames with a Flourish, Very Vanilla Ribbon, Large Grommets & Rhinestone Brads.

You couldn’t post this card unless you made a box for it to go in, but it is lovely card to give someone for a special occasion.

Happy Stamping!

Ann Wills


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Friday, January 29, 2010

Gone Fishin’

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One of my fantastic fellow demonstrators, Patrice Halliday-Larsen has got us all excited about making Circle Cards.  Have a look at her sample on her blog Create With Stamps.  The original idea came from Jackie Topa, one of my favourite US demonstrators.  Have a look at her Tutorial on how to make these cards.
This is my first attempt, so it is not exactly as I envisioned it, but it is still quite cute.  I have used the C is For Cat, Pocket Silhouettes & Bird on a Branch Stamp Sets.

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This is such a fun card to make & one we will be doing in up coming classes.
Happy Stamping
Ann Wills
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Monday, January 25, 2010

Just Add Ink Challenge

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Just add Ink is a fantastic new challenge site run by a group of Australian & New Zealand Stampin’ Up!  Demonstrators, with challenges open only to Kiwis & Australians.

Be sure to have a look at there blog and why not challenge yourself and enter!

The first challenge is a colour challenge using the following colours:

Now these are not normally colours I would choose to use together, but that is what a challenge is all about – to get you out of your comfort zone & to start thinking creatively.

Here is my entry, it is an Easel Card.  We will be using this fold technique to make a card in classes later this year.

colour challenge 002 (Small) The Stamp sets I used are Pun Fun ($68.95) & Starring You ($28.95).  I also used the following punches: Star ($24.95), Wide & Scallop Oval ($35.95).

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Of course nothing says stars like Dazzling Diamonds!






Happy Stamping

Ann Wills

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Friday, January 22, 2010

I {Heart} Hearts for Haiti

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One thing that really makes me proud to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, is how they always help out with good causes.  Last year we raised funds for the bush fires in Australia and for breast cancer, now we are raising funds for American Red Cross’ Haiti Relief and Development Fund.

If you have a look at our Founder Shelli's Blog, you will see that SU! in the USA have already made up and distributed 5,000 Hygiene Kits.

It is so sad watching the news every night and seeing all Haitians who’s lives have been disrupted or taken due magnitude 7.0 earthquake that devastated Haiti on 12 January, 2010.

If you would like to lend a helping hand, here’s what you can do:

From now until 28 February 2010, $2 from every I {Heart} Hearts stamp set you sell will be donated to the American Red Cross’ Haiti Relief and Development Fund. The Red Cross is already well-established in Haiti, and this money will be used to provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need.

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I love this set.  I haven’t had a play with it yet, but when I do, I will put up some samples.  The great thing is, that it co-ordinates with the Full Heart and Heart to Heart Punches ($35.95 each).

If you would like to purchase this set and help out with Haiti Disaster Relief, please Contact Me.

Happy Stamping

Ann Wills

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Fresh-Cut Frenzy!

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This month for Stamp Club we used the Fresh-Cuts Stamp Set ($45.95) and Fresh-Cut Notes ($20.95).  The note cards are such fun to play with.  You can just let your imagination run wild – you don’t even have to use the Fresh-Cuts stamp set if don’t want to.  They are a great idea to make up as a gift, in fact as each pack comes with 15 note cards and 15 matching envelopes, you could make a few gifts sets from each pack!

Each card has a die-cut flower in the middle with little petals that you can push out.  It also matches the 5-Petal Flower Punch ($35.95) so you can have lots of fun embellishing them.   We also decorated the inside of the cards and the envelopes too.  Below are some of the samples I made.

fresh cuts 008 (Small)

fresh cuts 013 (Small)In this black and white example, I have used the punched out petals and a black 5-Petal Flower punch-out to make the spiral flower on the card.  Black & white is always so effective.

fresh cuts 012 (Small)fresh cuts 011 (Small) 








fresh cuts 010 (Small)


This card was a bit of fun.  I used the colours from the Tall Tales DSP ($19.95/pack) for inspiration and the giraffe stamp from the matching Animal Stories Stamp Set ($28.95).  I used Crystal Effects ($13.95) to “pop” the spots on the giraffe and the centres of the flowers.  I also punched a giraffe head from the DSP and used it in the Build-a-Brad ($22.95/pack) in the centre of the flower.

The following are some examples made by my club girls – didn’t they do a great job!


fresh cuts 002 (Small)   Shafresh cuts 004 (Small)

Julia                                           Sha’s Sister fresh cuts 005 (Small)fresh cuts 006 (Small)









Happy Stamping

Ann Wills

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