AWHT Blog Hop, Feminine, Male card, Retiring Product

2017 Retiring products: Art with Heart Blog Hop

AWHT Blog Hop

Today I am participating in a blog hop along with the super talented ladies in the Art With Heart Team. We thought it would be fun to share some projects using our favourite retiring products from both the 2016-2017 annual and 2017 occasions catalogues!

Select retiring products have discounts of up to 50% off but are only available until sold out. Be sure to place orders before the sun sets on these items on 31 May. You don’t want to miss out – ask me how!

This time of year is so bittersweet with the release of the retiring list! It’s so exciting to think that the new Annual Catalogue is just around the corner (and as Demonstrators we have already seen what is to come!!),  but we also have to say goodbye to some of our favourite products. We always try and guess which products it could be, or ones that would be missed personally, but sometimes they catch you by surprise.

So for today’s blog hop I wanted to use my very favourite products and use them to make cards for both female and male to show you their versatility. These products can be used and paired in so many different ways and if you have been thinking about them, then I wouldn’t hesitate. I can tell you I don’t think I can let them go out of my stash 😉

AWHT retiring products blog hop

First up I have the female version of my card and treat holder. I had originally intended to share a project using some Occasions products that are retiring, but when I looked carefully at the retiring list and saw some old faithfuls on there I quickly changed my mind.


I started by choosing two of the 2015-2017 In-Colours that are retiring; Mint Macaron and Tip Top Taupe. I then paired them with Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake. I used the Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on the Mint Macaron cardstock. I then used the Gorgeous Grunge stamps (using the second generation stamping method) in the Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride and Mint Macaron. I also used these same colours to stamp and then punch the Petite Petals. To make the Petite Petals pop I placed them on a foam mat and used the bottom of my piercer to gently draw a circle and the petals curl up! I love to use this trick! I glued them down the bottom of the white card.
Using the Endless Birthday Wishes stamps I stamped the “happy birthday” and punched it out using the Decorative label punch. I then punch another Decorative Label with the Tip Top Taupe, cut it in half and glued it to the back of the stamped one to make a faux mat. I centered this embellishment on the white card and then mounted that on to the Tip Top Taupe mat and attached this to the Mint Macaron embossed piece using Dimensionals.

AWHT Retiring products blog hop - card inside
The inside also us stamped using the Gorgeous Grunge, like on the front of the card. I also used some left over Petite Petals in the top left and bottom right of the card.
The retiring products I have used are:
Mint Macaron ink
Tip Top Taupe card
Endless Birthday wishes stamp set
Petite Petals clear stamp set
Petite Petals punch
Decorative label punch
Gorgeous Grunge stamp set
Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

AWHT Retiring Products Blog Hop - Male

For the male version of the card I again started with the Tip Top Taupe as the base. I used a Pumpkin Pie mat. I must say that I always find male cards a bit more challenging than female cards, so this card changed a few times in the process of making. I made my own patterned paper by stamping a piece of Pacific Point card using matching ink, with “birthday boy” from the Endless Birthday Wishes set. I then used the Gorgeous Grunge set again on the Whisper White card, using second generation stamping. The “happy” is from the Hello You Thinlit dies. I die cut this in both Whisper White and Basic Black and slightly off set them to give the appearance of a shadow/ 3D. The word BIRTHDAY was stamped using Wild Wasabi ink and the Labeler Alphabet stamp set, I then used Dimensionals to attach to the card.

The retiring products I have used are:
Tip Top Taupe card
Endless Birthday wishes stamp set
Gorgeous Grunge stamp set
Hello You Thinlit dies

AWHT Retiring Products Blog Hop

The last thing I wanted to share were my little treat holders! They were so easy and quick to make. I started with a strip of Tip Top Taupe, measuring 2″ x 8″. I scored on the long side, at 3.5″ and 4.5″. I then punched both ends using the Tag Topper punch.

For the female version I punched a window using the Decorative label punch and then cut a small piece of acetate to go on the inside of the holder. I decorated the holder using the Petite Petals again and a piece of Whisper White twine to hold it all together.

For the male version I ran the front section (up to the first score line) with the Lucky Stars Textured Embossing folder. I punched a piece of Pumpkin Pie card with the Decorative Label punch, and die cut a piece of Wild Wasabi with the ovals framelits and Whisper White with with Stitched Oval framelits. I glued the two ovals together and attached them on to decorative label diecut using Dimensionals, with a piece of white ribbon between. The sentiment is using the Endless Birthday wishes again in Wild Wasabi ink.

The retiring products I have used are:
Tip Top Taupe card
Endless Birthday wishes stamp set
Petite Petals clear stamp set
Petite Petals punch
Decorative label punch
Lucky Stars Textured Embossing folder

Thanks for stopping by I hope you have enjoyed my projects today using some great classics, the next blog in the hop is the very talented Catherine Proctor! Enjoy!

art with heart Next Blog

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

1. Catherine Proctor
2. Ros Davidson
3. Tina Gillespie
4. Monika O’Neill
5. Rebecca Jacovou
6. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
7. Rachel Palmieri
8. Kate Morgan
9. Judy May
10. Rachel Woollard
11. Claire Daly
12. Andrea Roberts

Thanks for stopping by,


Birthday card, Children, Male card

Everyday Hero & Cake Crazy

Hello! It’s been awhile! I’ve taken some time off crafting to help my Mum move out of her house and into a new one. It was quite the job, but now that she has settled in (minus some more boxes to unpack 😉 ) I can get back to crafting.

So today I’m sharing my latest creation for a 5-year old cool dude using the Everyday Hero set teamed with the Cake Crazy sentiments! I think these two sets are great together and have a few more ideas I would like to try with this combination!

Everyday Hero_watermarkEveryday Hero inside_watermark

Products used:

Hope you have enjoyed this card.

Have you seen the Occasions catalogue? You can see it online here

Sale-a-bration has almost finished. For every $90 you spend you get to choose a free product! But hurry – as it finishes at the end of March and some items are almost sold out! To see the Sale-a-bration catalogue you can find it here and the second release products here.

Have you thought of becoming a consultant yourself? For the price of $169 you can choose $235 worth of product! PLUS while Sale-a-bration is on you get another two stamp sets of your choice! For more details head here.





The Online Extravaganza!!


Have you seen my Facebook Post about the online Extravaganza? This is a special one -week sale! Not only are there some great specials to be had this week (ranging from 10% to 40% off selected products including Christmas products too!!), but for TODAY only there is a 24-hour flashsale.

Is there anything that has been on your wishlist that you have been eyeing off? I know I have quite a few things on my wishlist. Today’s only specials include;

  • the Embellished Ornaments and Delicate Ornament bundle
  • the Enamel Shapes bundle
  • the Gift Bag punchboard
  • the  Gift Box punchboard
  • and the complete set of Ombre Inkpads!

I can tell you that the Embellished Ornaments and Delicate Ornament bundle are simply stunning.

You can make your own cards, gift cards or even decorate your own wrapping paper in time for Christmas.

I’ve got the Gift Box punchboard on my Wishlist, so that is going straight into my online shopping basket today.

To see all of the 24-hour specials click here

For the rest of this week’s specials click here

Until next time!


Beginner, Products, Tools, Uncategorized

My Top 10 Products for starting out

So maybe you have been eyeing off Stampin’ Up products for awhile, or maybe you have just discovered Stampin’ Up and you might be wondering where to start. The Stampin’ Up! catalogues are wonderful and full of great ideas and products, and of course you might already have started a wishlist! But with all those fabulous products you might have begun to feel a bit overwhelmed (along with all that excitement). So I’m here to help! I have a compiled a list of Top 10 products which I think  are awesome for starting out in papercrafting. Now of course you don’t need all these 10 products to start, you might already have some things at home or you might want to substitute one of my suggestions for a different product. And believe me you can certainly build your tools and supplies up over time! 😉

So in no particular order here are my Top 10…

#1 Basic Black Ink Pad
To start out in stamping of course you will need some ink. I suggest starting with Stampin’ Up’s Basic Black Ink Pad. You can colour stamped images in with pencils, markers, etc. Black is always a “safe” colour, co-ordinating with any other colour. Now Stampin’ Up has 50 colours (49 ink pads, as there is no Very Vanilla ink), so there are numerous colours and combinations to suit our tastes and projects. But don’t be overwhelmed – you don’t need all the colours at once!! hehe

Our ink pads have a flip top design to keep the lid attached, but out of the way whilst it is in use. This design also means that your ink pad will be stored correctly, all ink pads should be stored face down to keep the ink at the top – Stampin’ Up! have thought of that for you, so simply keep your ink pad flat, with the front of the pad facing up, your ink will be upside down inside so it’s nice a juicy and ready to use. Our inks are fast drying too!

#2 Teeny Tiny Sentiments

Now that you have got some ink you will need something to stamp! This is where the Teeny Tiny Sentiments set comes in! With 24 sentiments you are covered for all of the major occasions! Don’t be put off by the size of these stamps, they may be tiny, but they can be very effective. And there are some ways to make these stamps appear bigger (keep your eye out for an upcoming post!). So this little set can get you through for awhile.

If you want an alternative, check out the thoughtful banners set which has a matching punch to add to the impact of your cards!

#3 Whisper White cardstock

And now you will need some cardstock to stamp on. Our cardstock comes in the same range of colours as our inks (50 colours remember!), so everything co-ordinates and you don’t have to worry about trying to match inks to papers, or patterned papers. Which is why Stampin’ Up! is so awesome!

But to start out with you can’t go past Whisper White. The one that I have linked to here is our lovely thick A4 cardstock (270 gsm cover weight). This makes a wonderful, sturdy base for all of your cards. It’s acid free so you can use it in scrapbooking and not have to worry about your photos too.

There is another pack of Whisper White cardstock which is a little bit thinner (you can find this here) which you can use for layering on the front of your cards. You get 40 sheets in this pack and this can help your $$ go further! And of course if you are in to scrapbooking or papercrafts we also have 12″x 12″ cardstock!

#4 Stampin’ Up! Trimmer


To trim that cardstock you could invest in our Stampin’ up! trimmer. This trimmer is so clever. It can trim cardstock up to 12″ (or 30.5cm for those of us in Australia), just flick out the extendable arm. It has markings in both inches and centimeters and a grid to help you line everything up straight. BUT not only can it cut, but it can also score! This makes it the perfect companion for cardmaking. You can cut and score your card bases in just seconds!! There is also a storage compartment of the back to store extra blades. I’ve had quite a few trimmers over the time and this is seriously the best for making small cuts, which in some trimmers is basically impossible! I really need to do a blog post on this trimmer alone!
#5 Clear blocks


Stampin’ Up stamp sets come in a range of options. There are wood-mount stamps which are permanently attached to woodblocks, you don’t need to do anything with these apart from ink them up and use them.

The other two options are clear mount and photopolymer stamps, both of which require clear blocks. Stampin’ Up! are quite clever and helpful and on the front of the case of stamps sets there is a suggested block size. There are 9 sizes to choose from so you can buy the ones to suit your sets. If you want a block that can get you through a few stamp sets to start off with I would suggest Blocks C or D and if you get the Teeny Tiny Stamp Sets I would suggest getting Block G. If you are using a block that is quite a bit larger than your stamps, just be careful not to rock (move) your stamp while you are stamping.

In general I prefer photopolymer as they are bit cheaper, you can re-use your clear blocks and you can also see through the image to where you are stamping, which ensures better placement!

So we are halfway there now…these first 5 have given you the basics and give you a great start to papercrafting. The next 5 are great to build on your supplies to give your cards that extra touch!

#6 Adhesives


Now you need to put your cards or projects together you are going to need some kind of adhesive. Glue is glue right? Well yes, but there are so many options and some adhesives are better suited to different projects or supplies.

To start with I suggest the Tombow liquid glue. This glue is versatile for cards and other projects too. You can use the fine tip for smaller items and the larger tip for more glue coverage. A little bit of this glue can go a LONG way (believe me I speak from experience – so don’t be heavy handed with this glue. Just don’t! A small fine line around the edge of a shape is plenty.

Other adhesives that you can consider are the snail tape – which is so quick to use, the fast fuse – for a really strong hold, tear and tape and mini glue dots – for those smaller embellishments.

# 7 Stamp Sets with matching punches


Stampin’ Up offer a HUGE range of stamp sets and some of these come with options to cut out the shapes. The easiest of these options are punches. And the fabulous thing about this is you can use the stamp set by itself, the punch by itself or the two together which can give you all sorts of different looks.

Now the one I have suggested here is the Petite Petals, because I don’t think you can go wrong with flowers. You can use one flower for an accent, or many flowers to create the main focal point. This stamp set can also create an effective background (like making your own patterned paper!). This set has 6 different flowers that can give a variety of looks; elegant, modern or brushstroke.

Stampin’Up! also offer other co-ordinating options including framelits and dies. These use a machine called a Big Shot. Whilst there is an outlay for the machine and dies initially you can get so much use out of this machine! You can even emboss your cardstock or Designer series paper to add a textured look to your projects. It makes crafting super quick and easy and the effect it gives, is just amazing!! Now I know that this isn’t in everyone’s budget, especially when you are starting out, so punches are the perfect option to help add layers and effect to your project.
#8 Colour Markers


Those beautiful stamp sets I’ve suggested above need some colour. The best way to do this is of course with ink. But I know that can be overwhelming, so to help you stretch your budget further you could buy markers. I suggest these lovely markers from the Brights collection which covers a lot of your basic colours and just look fun and happy! Just colour your stamp and “huff” over the top before you stamp on your paper. This will give you a different look than a normal ink pad. These markers can of course also be used to colour in an image or write/ draw with.

We are almost there! I’m saving my favourite two for last! Now I’ll be honest…you don’t “need” these, but really you do!  haha

#9 Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals


These seemingly, funny shaped stickers are THE BEST! You can add interest to any card with one of these. Simply pop a dimensional on the back of a shape, or cut out sentiment and voila instant 3D effect!! The petite petals are the perfect punch to use them on too.

It’s rare if I don’t use at least one of these babies on a card! hehe.
#10 Wink of Stella


Glitter! Need I explain more? haha. A quick brush of this on a shape and you have instant glam and interest. It is beautiful! Stampin’ Up! has two different brushes – clear and gold. My favourite is clear! It dries much quicker than normal glitter glue and is of course less messy too.

And there we have it – MY top 10 products for starting out. I hope you have enjoyed this post and it has given you some ideas on where to start! All of the links should direct you straight to my store to make it easier for you.

If you need any help or advice, just contact me!

Happy papercrafting!




Hello and welcome to my blog!

I am an Independent Demonstrator for Stampin’ Up! in Melbourne, Australia. I look forward to sharing my creations and crafting thoughts with you.

I thought I would start off with some creations I made for a Christmas in July class. I LOVE Christmas (to the point which I am sure some of my friends and relatives roll their eyes…haha). I love that everything is so creative around Christmas from decorating your tree, to making cards and presents, to baking and of course the music! Not to mention it’s also the time of year when you catch up with everyone. Everyone always seems happier and more helpful too (that is if you avoid the big shopping centres..haha!)

So, this of course was a great excuse for me to do a Christmas themed card class! Being a new demonstrator I don’t have a huge collection of stamps (yet) so I set myself the challenge to use as many “ordinary” sets as I could and show how versatile Stampin’ Up! sets can be.

For the class I had 11 ladies making 4 cards each. It was a lot of fun…

Card #1: A Trio of Reindeers

Trio of Reindeers Christmas Card. Owl and Tree Builder Punches. Teeny Tiny Sentiments. Stampin' Up! Australia Papercrafts with Andrea
Stampin’ Up! Australia Papercrafts with Andrea #christmascards #christmas #owlpunch #reindeer #rudolph #teenytinysentiments

This card uses:
* Owl punch
* Tree builder punch
* Teeny Tiny Sentiments
* Crumb Cake cardstock
* Whisper White cardstock
* Real Red cardstock
* Basic Black cardstock


To get the two colours on the one stamp I used
* Garden Green ink (using a post it note to cover the dots)
* Real red marker to colour the dots (while we have the Occasions catalogue you can also get the real red marker in a 2 pack with a Crumb cake marker)

I also used a white gel pen for Rudolph’s nose.

Card #2: Swirly bird baubles 

Swirly Bird Bauble Christmas Card. Stampin' Up! Australia. Papercrafts with Andrea. Snow Place stamp set
Swirly Bird Baubles – Papercrafts with Andrea, Stampin’ Up!

I cased this one from Pinterest. The original came from Stamping Mom

I changed to colours to make a different colour palette than the usual Christmas colours.

* Swirly bird stamp set
* The sentiment was from the Snow Place stamp set
* Inks – Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, Smoky Slate, Pool Party and Sweet Sugarplum
* Cardstock – Whisper White and Smoky Slate
* A Sponge dauber was used around the Whisper White layer

Card #3: Foxy Friends Reindeer

Foxy Friends Reindeer Christmas Card - Stampin' Up! Australia Papercrafts with Andrea. Foxy friends, Teeny Tiny Sentiments, triple banner punch
Foxy Friends Reindeer Christmas Card – Papercrafts with Andrea, Stampin’ Up!

Ok, so this was my favourite!! Don’t you think the reindeer is cute?!

* Foxy Friends Stamp Set
* Teeny Tiny Sentiments Stamp Set
* Cardstock: Whisper White (40pk), Crumb Cake, Real Red, Garden Green
* Inks: Garden Green, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Tuxedo Black Memento
* Circle Dies I used the retired set for this one, but here is the new set
* Triple Banner Punch

Card #4, well.. tag actually! Snowman tag:

Snowman Christmas Tag - Stampin' Up! Australia. Papercrafts with Andrea. Snow Place stamp set.
Snowman Christmas Tag – Papercrafts with Andrea, Stampin’ Up!

Snow Place stamp set
* Scalloped Tag topper punch
* Inks – Tuxedo Black, Soft Suede, Pool Party
* Markers – Pumpin Pie and Marina Mist
* Aqua painters


I hope you enjoyed looking at the cards we made in the class. Next time I will share with you the cards I made for display at the class for extra inspiration for my customers.

Did you know that the Occasions Catalogue started September 1st? Have a look at it here.

And of course you can see the Annual Catalogue here.

Right now there are also weekly specials where you can buy selected items from the Annual Catalogue at 25% off! See the specials here.

Until next time, happy crafting!!