Monday, 14 October 2019

Blog Hop #011

Welcome to another Stampers Anonymous blog hop. This month we have used a sketch as our starting point.

And here is what I came up with. 

I've used the Beautiful Friendship stamp set. Along with Gray Granite cardstock as my base.
I've stamped the first layer of Gray Granite with the Birch background stamp using white craft ink, then sponged over some more ink to soften the look of the Gray Granite.

Then I layered a piece of Rococo Rose cardstock, which I have embossed using the Subtle embossing folder, and then distressed the edges.

I've then stamped on Very Vanilla card stock using Old Olive, Balmy Blue and Rococo Rose inks.

All topped off by a little bit of my favourite linen thread. I can never get enough of this stuff!

Hope you've enjoyed my card, please hop along with you're headed over to the gorgeous Sharon Wilson

See you next time! 
xo Manda

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Stampers Anonymous Blog Hop #009

Hello and welcome to our 9th team blog hop!

You've probably popped in here to my blog via the blog of the fabulously creative Nikki a very big welcome to you! So glad you are here and hopping along to see all the gorgeous creations from my fellow team members.

This month we were inspired by colour....5 colours to be precise!

This was a REAL challenge for me. I must admit that I found it quite difficult to add in the Basic Grey. 

Here is my take on the challenge. 

It was the first time this stamp set has seen ink, and I think I'm really going to love using it. 

I used the no line water colouring technique. Where you stamp in a lighter colour (I used Sahara Sand) and then using inks and an aqua painter to water colour the stamped image.

I also sponged the base layer of Basic Grey with a tiny bit of the Whisper White craft ink. This just helped to 'soften' the colour off a bit. You can just see the slight difference to the Basic Grey circle, which has the sentiment heat embossed on it, and they little torn strip of Basic Grey which is sitting on top of the Sahara Sand DSP (don't you just love that gingham!)
And all topped off with a little pop of Grapefruit Grove grosgrain ribbon. 

Now "hop" on over to the fabulous and lovely Melissa Gifford to see what she has created this time around.

And if you want to pop back to see Nikki's work again...

Thanks for stopping by!

xo Manda

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Stampers Anonymouse Blog Hop #001

Welcome to (hopefully) the first of many blog hops put together by the wonderful Stampin' Up! team that I am very lucky to be part of....Stampers Anonymouse.

If you are interested in joining this fabulous team, I would be happy to have you join us. Just contact me and I will give you all the information you need to become part of this wonderful team.
Trust me, you won't regret signing up!

You would have landed here at my blog most likely via the fabulous Marelle Taylor's blog.  I am quite sure that you were wowed with her fabulous creation!

So this is the sketch for this months challenge

And here is what I created with the sketch. 

And here is a list of the goodies I used to create this fun and very simple card.
  • Crumb Cake cardstock
  • Real Red cardstock
  • Garden Green cardstock
  • Santa's Workshop DSP 12 x 12 (148012)
  • Sprig punch (148012)
  • Festive Farmhouse elements (147890)
  • Shimmer Paint - Champagne Mist (147044)
  • Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets (147801)
  • Real Red Stampin' Blend (I used this to colour in the clear epoxy dot!) (147934)
I hope you liked my card. 

Now onto visit the very talented and very sweet Kristy Davy

Enjoy going all the way around the hop!

See you next time.

xx Manda

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Global Design Project #162

I'm back again...after a couple of weeks of not participating in the Global Design Project challenge, I finally had chance this week to join in.

So here is the sketch.

 And here is my take on the sketch challenge.

I made a little gift bag using our gift bag punch board, which I then embossed using our new Subtle embossing folder. As the name suggests, it gives a subtle effect, but I do love a bit of texture, so it was an easy sell for me!

Contact me if you are in Australia and would like to place an order.

Until next time!

xx Manda

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Global Design Project #159

It's school holidays here in Australia, and I've had such a great time in the studio over the last week. The weather here in Sydney has been quite miserable, so I don't feel so guilty about indulging in some "stamping therapy"

So onto this weeks challenge over at the Global Design Project. This week the challenge is a theme, and the theme is "Fall in Love" 

And here is my entry for this week.

I was totally inspired by Steffi Helmschrott's entry into this weeks challenge. I absolutely LOVE Steffi's work, it is simply stunning!

Thank-you once again to the team over at Global Design Project for another fabulous challenge this week #GDP159

I used all Stampin' Up! products, which I have listed below.

-Painted Harvest stamp set
-Swirly Frames stamp set
-Crumb Cake cardstock & ink
-Soft Suede cardstock & ink
-Very Vanilla cardstock
-Pear Pizzazz ink
-Wood Textures 6x6 DSP
-Linen Thread
-Wink of Stella 

Please feel free to contact me if you'd like to place an order for any Stampin' Up! products, or if you'd like a catalogue mailed out to you.

Thanks for stopping by.

xx Manda

Monday, 8 October 2018

Global Design Project #158

I'm back once again...after a big blogging hiatus to take part in this weeks challenge over at the Global Design Project.

This weeks challenge is a sketch of my favourite types of challenges.

So here is my entry.

I have used the following Stampin' Up! supplies.

Sahara Sand cardstock
Tranquil Tide cardstock
Subtle TIEF (textured impressions embossing folder)
Frosted Floral DSP
Hearts Come Home stamp set
Tranquil Tide velvet ribbon
Iridescent Boxwood Wreath embellishments
Champagne Mist shimmer paint
White embossing powder

Have a great week!

xx Manda

Tuesday, 17 April 2018


I was very excited to wake this morning to the news that I was one of the selected winners over at the Global Design Project this week. 

See my previous post for details of the challenge...

But here is the card and gift card I made for it. 

Now onto this weeks challenge!


Saturday, 14 April 2018

Global Design Project #133

It's been a busy few weeks here, and the highlight must have been the chance to attend OnStage local here in Sydney. 

It took place at Luna Park last Saturday, and we had a BLAST!!

It is my idea of heaven, being in a room full of approx. 400 other people who are also Stampin' Up! demonstrators.
As this is demonstrator only event, I always feel so very lucky to be able to attend, and we are absolutely spoilt rotten by Stampin' Up! We get to take home SO many new goodies, and of course the much awaited annual catalogue. And we also get the opportunity to purchase new product before anyone else!

And I got to chat with Stampin' Up! CEO...the gorgeous and very sweet Sara Douglass. And here is a little snap of her and I together last Saturday.

So if you too would like the wonderful opportunity to attend an OnStage event and have lots of fun along the way, craft, meet new friends and get your hands on new product...please contact me, I'd love you to join my team, I promise you won't regret it!

I will share with you some new creations I have made using some new product in another post soon.

But over to this weeks Global Design Project challenge.

This week we have a colour challenge...and as usual, I had a lot of fun creating it. And chose to use one of my most favourite stamp sets in our annual catalogue Coffee Cafe.

I made a full sized card and also a gift card to go with it.

 And I "lightened up" the Night of Navy starburst shape by gently sponging it with some Whisper White craft ink, as I felt like it needed to be slightly lighter than the tea cup.

(just like this!)

And you might even spy a new type of twine on this little gift card.

Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!


Friday, 2 March 2018

Global Design Project #127

A new week...another challenge over at the Global Design Project

And this weeks challenge is a theme challenge. The theme being Sale-a- bration!

Oh how I adore Sale-a-bration time at Stampin' Up!

For those of you who don't know, Sale-a-bration is the time of year with Stampin' Up! that when you purchase $90 worth of product, you get to choose a freebie...yep that's right...a freebie!!!

For this card I have used the "Amazing You" stamp set....which is a SAB (Sale-a-bration) stamp set. Which means you can earn this stamp set for FREE is you place a qualifying order of $90 or more.

This stamp set is simply stunning, and I'm pretty sure it is one that I will be using quite a lot.

I chose to stamp on watercolour paper, so I could use our fabulous ink and aqua painter to achieve that soft watercolour effect, which I love so much.

Thanks for stopping by!