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A Dinoroar Birthday

Hi there, I wonder if it is as wet as your house as it is at mine today?

Here are some birthday cards that I made  for younger ones with the Dinoroar stamp set  Mind you, one has already gone to a boys birthday party today and he is 15!

Here it is made Friday and gone today:

So Saffron

So Saffron

I have also used Tangerine Tango and Pacific Point as well.

Here is another that I hope goes to a boys home too:

Tempting Turquoise

Tempting Turquoise

I didnt want to leave the young ladies out so kept the same sketch but varied the colours to try to tailor for girls with the same stamps (my personal challenge besides using Brights)

Melon Mambo

Melon Mambo

And another “girlie” Dinoroar Birthday Card!

Rich Razzleberry

Rich Razzleberry

I really dont use the Brights Collection enough but with the help of the Colour Coach from Stampin Up and also the Paper Stacks, they really do help with coordination. Here is the final card I made in the Dinoroar set while I was playing around:


I watercoloured again as I love, love, love to do this and the leaves are cut from the new Secret Garden Framelits, I love them all

Thank you again for stopping by I really appreciate it and all the lovely comments that I receive.

“May the Stamps be with You!”







A Box of Cupcakes!!

Hi and yes I agree, it has been quite a while between posts. I am going to try try try this year I promise to post a lot more in the future than i have in the past. first up this year I reproduced a project that I really loved doing and I did this in 2009. To find out how I reproduced the set, you will need to go here

Meanwhile this is my interpretation and how lucky was I to keep that stamp set which is called ‘Simple Birthday Thanks”. (pic) Sorry readers its retired now, but they crop up every now and then on ebay.

Boxed Cupcake Cards

Boxed Cupcake Cards

These boxes have been designed for our postage envelopes not the US  ones and it just gives a little more room to play with on a card front with our A4 and A5 sizes. Here are the cards inside:

cupcake card - pretty in pink

Pretty in Pink Cupcake

So delicious looking and it doesnt show up but the base of the cupcake has been through the crimper to give the impression of real cupcake papers (patty pans).

Another cupcake:

So Saffron Cupcake

So Saffron Cupcake

Here is another view of the boxes:

Another view of the boxed Cupcajke Cards

What a treat and a gorgeous gift. I have made a few now to try to sell at the markets.

Thats about it for this post, come back soon and I will have more as this last week especially the past few days my mojo is really going insane and I have a load of pictures of cards to take edit and upload. Birthday Male, Female, Mother’s Day, Easter, Wedding and also baby. ………. stay tuned

“May the Stamps be with You”.



Fabric Covered Notebooks

Hi all and welcome back!

I am so glad you could stop by for another look around.

This time I have some fabric covered notebooks I want to share, some have been made out of fabric gifted to me while others have been made using various Stampin’ Up! Designer Fabric.

Orchard Harvest

Orchard Harvest

This one I have used the coordinating stamp set with the fabric and stamped on calico after I had run the piece through the small scallop square duo die. I have then sewn this piece onto the front but have used some fabric adhesive behind so it wouldnt move while I was sewing. Our luscious new stamp pads allow for fabric stamping, although I wouldnt recommend this if you were washing it all the time.

Twitterpated - Appliqued front cover

Twitterpated – Appliqued front cover

I had pieces of fabric left over from a quilt I have been making (pics soon) and it was great how this red blended so well with this fabric. Again the red piece was affixed using the iron on fabric adhesive the flower is cut with the Big Shot and the Fun Flowers Die. All of the notebook covers are padded.

Fabric Covered Notebook - Twitterpated - Inside

Twitterpated – Inside

Just the inside showing the coordinating fabric from this suite of fabric from Stampin’ Up!

Spice Cake

Spice Cake

Here is one with the Spice Cake Fabric and the butterflies were made with our lovely Butterfly die using the Bigshot. Showing how versatile both our Big Shot machine and the dies really are. As I am not very proficient at sewing yet, I have chosen to sew the butterflies down through the middle rather than trying to follow the outline. People really like them at the markets and a few I have given away this Christmas for gifts.

Another post another day. So many pictures to share with you so a few at a time. Until next time….

“May the Stamps be with You”.


Christmas Glitter Snow Globe Wands

Hi and thank you for stopping by.

Today I thought I would post about my Christmas Glitter Snowglobe Wands. I saw this idea late last year and it was too late to make them for Christmas. I made some this year and they look fabulous.

Christmas Glitter Snow Globe Wands

I took these to the markets to sell over the Christmas season. Those of you that know me really well, know that I am not a glitter person as I dont really like how this medium seems to drift all over the house once the bottle is opened. Inside the sweet treat cups is Dazzling Diamonds and around the edges of the wands are in the Champagne Glitter Glass. I have put this over cherry cobbler and old olive and its amazing how the cardstock colour acts with the glitter.

Here is how I transport them to the markets so everything isnt glittery (cant say the same for my space on the floor though and for that I am sorry)

Christmas Glitter Snow Globe Wands – Ready for Transportation

There are too many for one of the A4 snaplock bags to seal so I used a couple. You might be able to see how I have displayed them in this picture that I took on the day of the Handmade Expo Market at Morayfield.

The wands in part of my stall.

The wands in part of my stall.

There they are right next to the flowers on either side in little pots with small stones in them (couldnt find any sand in a hurry) to stablize them. They kept tipping over all the time.

I will dedicate separate posts to the other items you can see but thats all for now with the Christmas Glitter Snow Globe Wands.

Until next time….

“May the Stamps be with You”



Fun with Fabric – Pin Cushions

Hi and whewww, what a long time between posts and so much has happened. I will spare you all the details but will stop on highlights of my journey over the last couple of months.

I attended the Brisbane Stampin’ Up! Heartfelt Event early November and then put in a massive order. While at the event Ruth Clarke had a wonderful spot on stage and I couldn’t wait to get home and kick on. Here are the pin cushions that she demonstrated. You can find all the information about how to make them on Ruth’s Blog.

Here are my Hat Pincushions.

A group of them

Ruth advised keeping all those glue dot inserts. Great idea to do this as they are the perfect size for the top of the hat and to contain the stuffing. I had saved a couple as I saw a cute box that Shelley made at convention one year and was going to make them when I had enough. The pincushions really took my fancy and could hardly wait to get a start on them when I got home as I said. Here are a few more:

This one is made with some of the "Timeless Portrait:" Designer Fabric from Stampin' Up!

This one is made with some of the “Timeless Portrait:” Designer Fabric from Stampin’ Up!

I admit, I did run out of inserts quite quickly as I decided they were so cute and would make lovely gifts either for friends or family and my family suggested they would look great and would do well at the markets. I was lucky enough to be around one day when a roll of fabric was finished and I asked what they were doing with the insert. They gave it to me. When I got home I discovered it was the same diameter as the glue dot insert so I got out the hack saw and cut a few. They worked a treat!!  Here are another couple:

Blue and Brown Tones.

Blue and Brown Tones

I just love how the Faceted Buttons and Pearls look together with the crotchet ribbon.

I hope you enjoy looking at these. They are so gorgeous and look lovely on the table at the markets and I sold a couple. Until my next post…..

“May the Stamps be with You”


ESAD Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to another Blog hop from ESAD. What an exciting time of the year for us as demonstrators with not one but the release of 2 catalogues on September 1. I am sure you are enjoying the blog hop round this time just as much as I am. Thank you for visiting, you may be starting here or have come from Chloe’s lovely blog. Either way take the time to have a cuppa and leave some comments, we love hearing from you.

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and it is an on-line group just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin” Up! demonstrators. We so love what we do and not only do we love to share it with our customers, friends, and wonderful blog visitors, but we share our love for what we do with each other as demonstrators. We run swaps, challenges, tutorials, product know-how, and cyberstamps, and we are always there to help and support each other when it is needed. So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand, then please feel free to click here to join our wonderful group.

I know that its all about the holidays and Christmas, but I found the whole Orchard Harvest Suite offered on pages 28, 29 and 30 of our holiday catalogue very hard to pass by so I decided to use these in my blog entry for ESAD today. First up, how fantastic to walk into the local Target a couple of weeks ago and I found these lovely, great quality, face towels that just happened to match Lucky Limeade, More Mustard and Island Indigo. Here is what I came up with and yes I did case the idea from the catalogue but hey they make wonderful gifts and look lovely.

Face Towels

Face Towels

I still cant believe how lucky I was to be able to match the cardstock so closely. You cant give gifts without cards so I made coordinating cards and made sure to stamp the envelopes.

Matching Cards

I have had a lot of fun with these as you can just use the framelets directly onto the the DSP or stamp images with the matching Perfectly Preserved stamp set. The use of the Bakers Twine and Linen thread start to give these cards a really ‘country’ feel and I am sure they are going to make wonderful gifts. I also did my launch last week, it turned out fairly well so to showcase off some of the rest of this suite, I decided to do up a couple of jars of preserves bought from the local supermarket. How lovely will these look with a packet of crackers in a basket for more gifts. They just looked so cute, I couldnt leave them out of my post.

Fabric Covered Jars

Last but not least, I have a money tin inside that I am putting spare change in for spending money at Convention next year. I found the tin I bought from the $2 shop a bit boring and the same as all the rest on the shelves and I really wanted to showcase the wonderful DSP off a bit more at my launch so I covered my tin and made a matching little notecard to go with it.

Altered Tin and Matching Note card

It looks so much better amongst my stash than that boring $20 note that was on the side of it.

I just want to say thank you again for dropping by to have a look at my projects for the Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop from ESAD. Its now Sharlene’s turn to show you what she has created for our blog hop. If you get stuck at any time, I have a full blog roll below to help you on your way. Please leave some comments we love to know we have all had visits to our blogs and we hope we can provide some more inspiration for your crafting.

Until next time

“May the Stamps be with You”

xx Tess xx

Blog Roll

1 Chloe Evans

2. Theresa ‘Tess’ Schirmer  (you are here)

3. Sharlene Meyer

4. Ann Gerlach

5. Corina Beyer

6. Nikki Sadler

7. Andrea Buckland

8. Keryn Campbell

9. Michelle Grech

10. Christie Kunkel

11. Joanne Kechagais

12. Kathryn Ruddick

13. Michelle Halling

14. Juliette Chapman

15. Narelle Hoggard

16. Delys Cram

17. Libby Dyson

18. Yvonne Walker

19. Alisha Watson

20. Jane Norrish

21. Kylie Clemmence

22. Kristine Giampietro

23. Monique Fielder

24. Tanya Bell

25. Sam Simpson

The ESAD Annual Catalogue Blog Hop

Hi and thank you for popping in. You may have Hopped here from Pauline’s blog or maybe starting here. Either way, I am sure you will enjoy all the lovely projects and ideas we have on offer today. Grab a cuppa, its going to be a while looking through them all!!! I couldn’t think of another way to relax and spend some time looking at them all.

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and it is an on-line group just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin Up demonstrators.

We so love what we do and not only do we love to share it with our customers, friends, and wonderful blog visitors, but we share our love for what we do with each other as demonstrators. We run swaps, challenges, tutorials, product know-how, and cyberstamps, and we are always there to help and support each other when it is needed.

So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand, then please feel free to click here to join our wonderful group.

I chose my projects around page 60 of our wonderful new catalogue. This encompasses the new stamp sets, Storybook Friends, Life Shared and Two by Two and also the gorgeous new DSP Storytime. I fell in love with these at our Stampin’ Up! Convention way back in May!! So here are my projects and ideas, enjoy:

Red Wagon Gift Card Holder

This box was made with the Fancy Favour Die and easily fits 6 3 x3 gift cards and envelopes.

Gift Cards from the Red Wagon

I wanted to use all the stamps and there 6 lovely images to stamp and of course watercolour (crayons).

Storybook Friends – Lamb Gift Card

Storybook Friends – Puppy Gift Card

Just some close ups of the little gift cards.

A few more of my ideas came flowing out:

Altered Clipboard and Pen

I couldnt resist cutting into the DSP its just so gorgeous and I made sure to insert some DSP into the pen barrel. Now onto some cards that I have been playing with this week too:

Storybook Friends – Fox

Mr Fox with some DSP and Linen Thread.

Storybook Friends – Kitten and Duck

I stamped and watercoloured on some of the DSP in this one and was inspired to do this after seeing the mess in my craft space.

Two by Two – Quilt Card

Excuse the crooked photography on this card and I really didnt have time to rephotograph it. I wanted this one to look a bit like a quilt.

Life Shared

Last but not least, the Life Shared stamp.

I love using all these products and I am sure that these can be adapted for all those school days that are just begging to be scrapped as well.

I have a blog roll listed below so if you get stuck you can always come back and click on one of the links below. Otherwise I will pass you on to the wonderful Sharlene, I cant wait myself to see what she has been up to this time.

Until my next post,

“May the Stamps be with you”


Blog Hop Roll

1. Chloe Evans

2. Pauline Bennetts

3. Theresa ‘Tess’ Schirmer (you are here)

4. Sharlene Meyer

5. Ann Gerlach

6. Corina Beyer

7. Nikki Sadler

8. Andrea Buckland

9. Keryn Campbell

10. Kathryn Ruddick

11. Richelle Fletcher

12. Jane Norrish

13. Michelle Halling

14. Juliette Chapman

15. Tanya Bell

16. Alisha Watson

17. Narelle Hoggard

18. Rebecca Scurr

19. Delys Cram

20. Yvonne Walker

21. Libby Dyson

22.Kylie Clemmence

23. Monique Fielder

24. Karen McGoldric

25. Sam Simpson

Thank you again for stopping by and please leave some comments for me and the other participants. We love to hear your feedback.