Statement of the Heart

"To love what we do and share what we love,as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments... in this we make a difference!"

Wednesday, 30 July 2008

RAK - For Karen

This card is beautiful, but it's not your ordinary card.  To check it out in full you need to check out Karen's blog The INKredible Journey.  Karen was very lucky to receive this card from a Napier Demo, Pauline.

Saturday, 26 July 2008

Inspiration - Altered Notebook by Jacque

I saw this Notebook on Jacque's blog earlier but didn't have time to post it as we were rushing off to Hockey.  So now I'm home and thawing out I've got a few minutes to post before the girls start demanding lunch.

One of the things I love about stamping and SU products is you can personalise everything.  Jaque has done a beautiful job of this notebook, she's turned some cheap and plain into something special.  For more details, check out Jaque's blog Stamp Happy.

Friday, 25 July 2008

Inspiration - Kwerner Challenge Entry by Judy

Isn't this so pretty??  I love the girly colours.  Judy's made this card for the current Kwerner challenge.  I love these challenges but just don't seem to find the time to take part.  Check out Judy's blog for more details.

Saturday, 19 July 2008

Inspiration - Always by Sharlene M

This is another of my favourite stampsets from the NEW Spring Mini, Sharlene's made this very cute card. I love the soft colours she's used. Don't forget you can order products from the Spring Mini from the 1st August - not long now! Check out Sharlene's blog Magpie Creates

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Inspiration - Janine's family stamping

While surfing around all the NZ demo blogs on the weekend I came across a lovely post on Janine's blog. It shows the cards that she and her children made for her husbands birthday. I thought it was so lovely to see cards that her children hade made themselves for their dad. As it's the holidays it might be fun to see what your children can create for someone they love. Remember not to be to precious about our stamps (I am soooo guilty of this) at the end of the day they can be cleaned and as long as the children are supervised your ink pads are fairly safe. It's worth it to see how proud they are of what they make.

Inspiration - Stevie's Wheeling

if you have been an observant little demo, you will have noticed a new blogger on our list.... Stevie has just started her blog, and there is some really great stuff on there already.
I think that the way she has used an SU wheel on this layout combined with colouring the images looks fantastic.
To see more of Stevie's creations, go and check out her blog

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Inspiration - Bloomin' with Beauty by Sarah

I think any card made with this stamp set would be beautiful but what Sarah's done with it is gorgeous!  I love how she's coloured and layered it.  To get the recipe and full instructions on how Sarah made this card, check out her blog thINKing Stamps.

Inspiration - Best Friends Layout by Michelle

OK so I'm a little biased towards this layout because the photo includes my daughter Baylee.  What I find amazing is both Michelle and I have a same photo but the layout and colours we've chosen are completely different.  Michelle's done an amazing job and I think the simplicity keeps the focus on the photo.  Check out the rest of Michelle's blog O 2 B Stampin

Saturday, 12 July 2008

Inspiration - Michelles Box in a Bag

Isn't this just FAB!!!! I spotted this on Michelles blog "O 2 B Stampin" .
Wouldn't this be great as something to demo in a masculine theme for Fathers Day, filled with as Michelle used fudge or similar?
Michelle got her instructions from Paula Goffs Blog.
To see the Michelles recipe and more of her fantastic cards and projects go visit her blog

Inspiration - Bloomin by Sharlene

So here's a sneak peak at one of the stamp sets available in the Spring Mini (starts 1 August). I love pretty much all the stamp sets in it, including the wide satin ribbon, the rub ons ... ok pretty much EVERYTHING. This stamp set is top of my wish list.

Sharlene has pre ordered it and made this card along with a couple of other beautys. To see the others and check out how to WIN this SET FREE! check out her blog Stamp With Sharlene.

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Inspiration - Fall Flowers Set by Kim

I love the muted tones in this card from Kim. Even better, she has a whole set of cards, envies and a box to put them in on her blog! Jump on over to INKin Fun to see the rest of the set!

Monday, 7 July 2008

Inspiration- One for the Boys by Sharlene M

I love this card!  The colours are fantastic together, until I got the new IB&C in April I would never have thought of putting these colours together.  Check out Sharlene's blog Magpie Creates to see her matching scrapbook layout and for her recipe.

Inspiration - A Cute Bundle by Tracy

Ok it's not really a bundle, but she has made a bunch of cards.  You'll have to keep checking her blog as she posts them.  This is just the first and it's adorable!  I can't see what else she's made.  I love this set, it's my favourite for baby cards.  Check out Tracy's blog Stamping All Seasons.

Saturday, 5 July 2008

Mini Pizza Box Tutorial

Hi everyone, I came across this Mini Pizza Box the other day and I wanted to share it with you all as it's so cute but so easy.  Email me at with your Mini Pizza Boxes and I'll upload them.

Cut an A4 piece of card to 6" x 11"
Score along the pink lines at 1" 5" 6" & 10" widthways and 1" & 5" lengthways.
Cut along the purple lines up to the score lines.
Fold and tape tabs and all done!

Thursday, 3 July 2008

Traces Christmas Criss Cross

This is Tracy from over at Stamping Seasons criss cross card for the criss cross challenge.
I love festive favourites, and I think you have to agree Tracy's card is FABULOUS!

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Inspiration - Scallops by Sharlene T

Here's a very cool card by Sharlene.  I love the colour combo she's used and the large circle and scallop she's done.  If you want to know how to do the large scallop, it's really easy, just check out her blog Stamp With Sharlene, for instructions.

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Trudi's July Challenge Entry

Thanks Louise's for this month's Challenge. 

Baroque Motifs 09a

Stamps - Baroque Motifs

Ink - River Rock, Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip

Card - River Rock Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip

DSP - Brocade Backgrounds

Accessories - Tab Punch, Scallop Punch, Choc Chip Wide Grosgrain, Vintage Brads.


Doncha just love that Wide Chocolate Chip Grosgrain - I can't wait to get my hands on the satin ribbon in the new mini!!!

July Challenge - CrissCross Card

Your challenge, should you wish to accept, is a criss cross card, I am going to be doing a sketch every month starting in August. I thought I would ease you all into it nice and slowly with an easy first one, so hence a criss cross. I have loaded a picture so those of you that may not know what a criss cross is can have a look. Also if you need some instructions here are some really good ones.

It would be great if everyone (including you Aussies that visit) could have a go, it would be a nice way to share ideas, and see some new "faces" on here.

You can email me a picture of your card here and I will upload it.

I look forward to seeing what you all come up with.