Thursday, 28 June 2018


Welcome to the latest Ink and Inspiration blog hop. You are currently visiting Rosalie Desmond from AUSTRALIA. I hope you enjoy this months project. Our theme for this month is - Birthday Surprise. 

For today's theme I decided to take the opportunity to add a masculine card to my stash. Birthday cards are the most used card type in our house and I often struggle to come up with ideas for the males in our lives. 

The card I have created fits into a standard size Australian envelope which makes it cheaper for posting. To change it up a little from a standard fold, I have created a twisted easel card and used the sentiment "celebrate" bumped up with dimensionals, to hold the front of the card in place.

I stamped some of the images from Artisan Textures in the chosen colours to create background and let word framelits and coloured card stock to do the rest of the work. The colour choice comes from this months Stampin' Up! Color Challenge facebook group. The colour combo is  Pacific Point, Smoky Slate, So Saffron and Real Red.

I hope you enjoy the blog hop.

Happy crafting,


Artisan Textures 146573
Celebrate You Thinlits 146840
Happy Birthday Thinlits 143700

Monday, 25 June 2018


Welcome to the latest Christmas Challenge Stamp-a-thon.  This is a collaboration between four Stampin' Up! Demonstrators friends. Ruth Trice 'Artful Stampin' from the UK, Denise Garrison 'Lady Bug Stampin' from USA, Ellen Woodbridge from Australia and myself. . The Challenge is set on the 25th of the month, each month has a different theme. The challenge this month is to make at least 4 Christmas Cards or projects using the current theme - TEXTURE .

This month I was inspired to create these cards. 

Sometimes it is nice to use a non occasion specific stamp sets for Christmas. I had fun playing with the Bubble Over stamp set and the sentiment is from Itty Bitty Greetings set. 

For the "texture" in my creations I have used Shimmery White embossing paste, using a bubble template that I created using the bubble component of the matching dies. To add further texture and to finish off the card I added some Silver metallic thread. 

Be inspired every month with our Christmas Challenge and come and join along. 
Be in the draw by participating and gain tickets each month you join in. Prizes to be won in each region. 

Bubble Over 145868
Bottles & Bubbles Framelits 145663
Itty Bitty Greetings 146667

Wednesday, 30 May 2018


On the weekend I had my first ever catalogue launch.

The launch gave some of my customers a chance to not only get the new Annual Catalogue into their hands but gave them an opportunity to see and touch some of the new products in person.

We played a few games, formulated wish lists, admired the catalogue, had some laughs and everyone went home with a prize from the new catalogue.

I displayed a few sample projects from some of the suites  so everyone could get some ideas of how the products could work for them. 

We even had a couple of make and takes, because we can't talk about a crafting catalogue without actually doing some crafting, right??

Until next time, Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, 29 May 2018

2018-2019 Designer Paper Shares

As requested I will be running paper shares for the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue. 

Each share includes:

84 Sheets of 6” x 6” Designer Series Paper

You will receive: 

1. Tea Room Specialty Designer Series Paper - 6 pieces
2. Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series Paper - 6 pieces
3. Share What You Love Specialty paper - 6 pieces
4. Twinkle Twinkle Designer Series Paper - 6 pieces
5. Under the Mistletoe Designer Series Paper - 6 pieces
6. Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper - 6 pieces
7. Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper - 6 pieces
8. Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper - 6 pieces
9. Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper - 6 pieces
10. Best Route Designer Series Paper - 6 pieces
11. Garden Impressions  - 12 pieces
12. Tropical Escape - 12 pieces

Want a bigger share? No problem, just put yourself down for the number of shares you require.

Why would you want a paper share? - people love papers shares for a few reasons. For some it gives them an opportunity to sample many papers without having the expense of owning each as a full pack before the decide on their favourites. Other Crafters use the share to give them a little, of a lot of different packs because they don’t always use DSP or don’t craft a lot. 

All orders must be placed before the 30th May and must be paid for. I will place the order for all the DSP on June 1. Once I receive the stock, I will then cut and package your share and either contact you for direct pick up or send via Australia Post (please note: prices do not include postage). 


Welcome to the forth Christmas Challenge Stampathon. This month the theme is "Sparkle and Shine". Use foil, embossing or any other form of sparkle or shine to your Christmas crafting project.

This months challenge runs from 25th May until the 24th June.

This time I decided to make some corner fold cards using the Star of Light stamp set and the Starlight thinlits. 

Corner cards look very effective but are actually very easy to make. I have made a YouTube video to show you how simple they are. 

For added sparkle and shine I used silver foil paper and silver heat embossing to add that extra Christmas glitz to the cards. 

Christmas Challenge Stampathon

Ruth Trice 'Artful Stampin' from the United Kingdom
Denise Garrison 'Lady Bug Stampin'  from the US
Ellen Woodbridge  and Rosalie Desmond from Australia

Be inspired on the 25th of every month with our Christmas Challenge.

Our aim is to make Christmas crafting less stressful by doing a little each month throughout the year. If you choose to join in, not only will you be ahead on your Christmas craft but you will also be in the running to win a prize towards the end of the year. All crafting levels are encouraged to apply. Winners are chosen at random. There will be one major winner from each market. The more months you complete the challenge, the more entries you will have!

If you would like to join us in the challenge or would like some inspiration from other people's entries, you will find the Christmas Challenge Stampaton 2018 on facebook.

Thursday, 26 April 2018


Welcome to the Ink and Inspiration blog hop. You are currently visiting Rosalie Desmond from AUSTRALIA. I hope you enjoy my project. As crafters we use so many tools for so many different reasons. Some, such as scissors are a must have and others, such as a bone folder, you can work without, but they do make crafting so much easier.

One of my favorite tools is the Envelope Punch Board. While this board isn't one of those necessary items, it is very useful. Not only can it make envelopes of varied shapes and sizes, but you can also use it to make many other projects as well. One of my favorite features is the back side of the board, which has a corner rounder! This added feature means that I don't need to own a corner rounder punch, which saves me from spending more money on a separate rounder. I love multi use tools.

Envelope Punch Board 133774

If you do a google search for "Envelop Punch Board", you will see just how versatile this board is. You can make boxes, file folders, bonbons, envelop boxes, paper cups, baskets, tags, bows, gift bags, mini envelope albums, gift card holders, envelopes and the list goes on and on.

As my son's 9th birthday is coming up next week and he is a Pokémon fan I had the need to create a holder for a character card that we have purchased for him. So using the Envelope Punch Board to create a Gift Card Holder was a perfect solution.

I used the Large Numbers Framelits and the Layering Oval Framelits to decorate his gift card holder. The punch board creates a tab which is used to close the holder and keep the contents inside.

The envelope punch board makes this project quick and simple to create.

I hope you enjoy the blog hop and have a chance to see a variety of tools that you can incorporate in your crafting.
Happy crafting,


Welcome to the forth Christmas Challenge Stampathon. This month the challenge is to make at least 4 cards using the theme "Black, White and a Pop of Colour".

This challenge is right up my alley, I love using black and white in my projects. As soon as the theme was chosen I had it in my head that I wanted to have a silhouette. So I pulled out one of my favourite set of Christmas framelits, Santa's Sleigh (which will not be carrying over to the next Annual Catalogue) and Petal Passion Designer Series Paper and got to work.  Well as it goes with papercraft, sometimes the idea that is in your head doesn't always work in practice. So my idea was simplified, but I am still happy with how these turned out.

My design is simple and clean. This means that if you are needing to make multiples or are wanting to gift Christmas cards sets, then this may be a design for you.

The Petal Passion DSP is not designed as Christmas paper, but many of the designs are universal. Sometimes it is good to think outside the box and use products in a different way than they were intended.

I chose real red for my "pop of colour" but any colour would work.

Remember that these framelits will not be in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue, so they are only available until stocks last. If you wish to  purchase the Santa's Sleigh framelits or any other Stampin' Up! products and live in Australia, go to my Shop via the Shop now button on the side.

If you would like to join us in the challenge or would like some inspiration from other people's entries, you will find the Christmas Challenge Stampaton 2018 on facebook.

Happy crafting,

Santa's Sleigh Framelits 140278
Petal Passion DSP 145589