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Stampendous Sunflowers – An Aussie Blog Hop

Calling Aussies for this great competition run by the Australian wholesaler for Stampendous stamps. As I mentioned in my last post, I will be designing some inspiration cards for the regular blog hop competitions run by The Stencil Specialists.


This month we are featuring the brand-new set of stamps and dies featuring beautiful sunflowers. These stamps and dies are so easy to use – the dies take away all that painful fussy cutting, so you get more creative time.

Make sure you pop over to Julie’s blog, The Stencil Specialists and visit Dot Leathbridge’s blog Ink Art Designs to check out what they have created for the hop!

Contest details –
To enter please visit each blog post and comment on the January blog hop post. Each comment is one entry so comment on each blog and you will have three entries into the contest. Make sure you only comment once per blog. This competition is open to Australian residents only and the winner will be selected randomly by Julie after January 31st. The prize will be CRS5094 Sunny Vase Cling Rubber Stamp Set and DCS5094 Sunny Vase Die Set.

Good luck!

PS Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog so you will receive updates and sneaks for the next challenge.

Card making

Stampendous Sunflower Stamp & Die Set

My year is off to a creative start with some new products landing on my art table. First up are this wonderful new Sunflower stamp & die set by Stampendous. Check back on Wednesday to see how I have used them for The Stencil Specialists blog hop competition. Julie has invited me to design cards that will inspire you to create – woohoo…another reason to take time out for stamping and cardmaking!

Make sure you follow Julie’s blog here so that you can keep up to date with recent releases and product competitions featuring Stampendous products. We plan to run a new blog hop competition in the final week of each month which will be open to Australian residents only.

Out & About

Hello 2017!

The first week of January has come and gone and Brisbane is about to be engulfed in a record heat wave. Not quite as bad as parts of Queensland that are expecting temps over 45degC, but still horrid! I’ll be the one hiding in the air conditioning 🙂

January is usually a time for looking back and making plans. I tend to use time over Christmas for looking back on the year, January should be a time for new beginnings and excitement for the future. I found it interesting to look at the most popular posts from my Instagram feed, my #bestnine – so many of my favourite moments were captured. Hard to believe how busy 2016 was for me, I travelled to Sydney twice & also to France and Italy for holidays and art retreats. In-between, I was keeping busy by joining a bunch of photographic meet ups and I began teaching cardmaking and art journaling again.


I even got to run away to the circus while Cirque du Soliel’s Kooza was in town. Boy that was fun!

I’m not one for making resolutions or setting a bunch of goals, I’ve learnt that working to a list gets old after a while and limits what you can achieve. Perhaps it is because I achieved many of my life goals before I was 30, so had to find a way to keep interested in new challenges. Instead, over the past few years I’ve chosen a word for the year. Last year was adventure, the year before inspire and the one before that was create.

This year I’ve chosen NOURISH. I think I’m going to enjoy exploring what that might mean and making positive changes to the balance of activity in my days. Some weeks just got too busy last year and that is crazy making. But on the flip side – I never get bored!

Circle girl – she is still a work in progress

Creating art has become one of the biggest joys in my life over the past few years and I hope to talk more about that in the coming months. I recently applied for a new design team and it made me realise the variety of projects and things I’ve been involved with over the years. I didn’t make that team but that’s ok – it’s good to know I can still inspire people all over the world via this blog and my images on social media. Make sure you follow along with me via Instagram, I post almost daily there and often more regularly. It’s my go-to happy place.

How are you starting your year? Do you choose a word or make intentions/resolutions/goals? I’d love to hear from you.