It’s a well known fact that i’m a DSP addict.  I love the stuff.  What this house needs is more paper – mutters my poor long-suffering husband each time a large brown box arrives that houses more paper!!!!

Each year I purchase the beautiful Christmas paper that Stampin’ Up! have and use it.  But there’s always that bit left over and it’s Christmas designs so what do you do with it?  Save it for next year when you know perfectly well that next year’s designs will be so ‘next year’ and you are not going to want to use these pieces.

I’ve found the solution!!!  Turn them over!  On the reverse side of S.U.’s Christmas designer paper are amazing designs that you can use every day.  MOTH and I received a spectacular photo of our grandson for Christmas.  I couldn’t wait to scrap it.  It was so beautiful and his eyes are so adorable. (well actually all of him is adorable).


Recipe for success: (Stampin’ Up! of course!)

DSP – Santa and Co

Cardstock -Old Oive, Real Red, Soft Suede and Marina Mist

Accessories – Various Buttons, Bird Builder punch, Curvy Label punch, Butcher’s twine

Thanks for visiting.  Don’t forget that it’s Sale-a-bration time.  Spend $90 and receive a free gift you can choose from a whole variety of goodies.  Want to see the new All Occasions and/or SAB catalogue?  Call/email me and I’ll post it to you free of charge.

Until next time

Stay happy and stay stamping


If you’ve dreamt about the perfect way to balance life/home/family/work then this may be the solution for you!  For just one week Stampin’Up! are offering 25% off the start up costs of beginning your very own business.

Stampin’ Up! facilitates you to have the opportunity to work from home.  SU allows you the freedom to organize your business, your way around your commitment to family and social life.

For the week between Tuesday November 25th and Tuesday 2nd December SU are offering the sensational opportunity to secure 25% off the starter kit, so the start up costs are just $126.75. For this amount you are able to choose $235 worth of Stampin’ Up! supplies  (that’s a 46% discount)  free postage, free business supplies and catalogues. In addition you will receive:

  • An extra 5% cash back on your sales during December (that’s in addition to the 20-32% already available as instant income)
  • The opportunity to preorder BRAND NEW products, and earn free product when the new Occasions Catalogue products are available for demonstrator pre-order on 5th December.

I joined Stampin’ Up! seven years ago whilst I was working full time. My job was a stressful one and I needed to be able to have that ‘buffer’ zone for me to escape to and be creative. SU provided that escape for me.  My intention was only ever to be a hobby demonstrator and enjoy the healthy discount on any product I wanted to purchase.  Gradually my friends also fell in love with the product and people began to ask to join SU with me as their upline.   Now that I’m retired from the workforce I am able to devote much more time to my SU and to the wonderful friends and relationships that I’ve been blessed enough to have made just by being a SU demonstrator.

So why join SU with me?

  • I am a now retired from the workforce and able to devote my time to my SU and my team The Bent INKlinations.  I am available and accessible.  Live remote from me?  Doesn’t matter.  I am always contactable by phone or email and in lots of cases able to personally assist you with beginning your business.
  • I love stamping,  making cards and scrapbook. I am a very active upline holding team training and get togethers in various areas.  These days take the form of business and technique training (as well as the obvious catch up chats, lunch and coffee!!!)
  • We all join SU for diverse reasons.  Whatever your reason there is a place for you in my team.  We have career demonstrators, part-time career demonstrators and pure hobbyist.  No discrimination between any of those roles and everyone is catered for and respected.
  • I enjoy assisting people to achieve their dreams – without being too intrusive.  You will receive as little or as much assistance as you require.  You’ll be a part of a very caring and creative group of women.  Not too large a team that you become a number, but large enough to enjoy all the company and creative ideas that we have, collectively.
  • The Bent INKS have their own team Facebook forum where we can show off our creations, ask questions (those questions that you wouldn’t be brave enough to ask elsewhere) and also that ‘soft place to land’ when things in life don’t quite go how you planned.  We are a diverse group of single, married, widowed, divorced, mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers.

Do you think you would like to know more information about joining SU with the Bent INKS?

Contact me for a joining package.  We can then make a suitable time to go through the package and answer any of those niggly questions you may have.

I had the opportunity to have a bit of a play in the studio.  It was way over due that I gave the side step card a go.  I think I may have made one some years ago, but they have made a bit of a come-back lately so I thought that I’d dive right into creating one using the DSP from Stampin’ Up! – Flower Pot.  It’s divine.  The colors took me right out of my comfort zone but I love the final result.


I thought this was the perfect opportunity to also use my poppy background stamp.  It’s amazingly beautiful to use and even lovelier to color.

Cardstock – Whisper White, Night of Navy, Tangerine Tango

DSP – Flower Pot (love. love. love)

Poppys colored with my stmpin’ write markers of Tangerine Tango, Garden Green, Daffodil Delight.

Thanks for stopping by, I’ve created some more fancy fold cards so stay tuned.



A SU Joining Special

If you’ve been toying with the idea of jointing SU then there’s no better time than this month, October.  Join my team now and you will receive a FREE pack of DSP each and every month for the next six months.  Our DSP this year is particularly gorgeous.  AND! have you seen the scrumptious stuff in the Seasonal Catalogue???  Call me now for your free copy.

(Specialty Designer Series Paper and Designer Series Paper Stacks not included.)

Everyone loves SU DSP and now you can have your very own collection and for FREE!

But wait! There’s more………don’t forget to click this link every Wednesday for your Weekly Specials.


Until next time, happy stamping,



It seems so long ago……….

It seems so long ago because it was!!!  Finally getting around to scrapping the only pic in existence of my turning 50.  I’m not that big on birthday cakes etc. but at the time we had a Brazilian exchange student who used any occasion for cake.  So with limited english skills she sourced the worst sponge cake I’ve ever laid eyes on. (and it tasted equally bad as it looked)  Nevertheless the thought was their and she and Tony didn’t have any trouble disposing of it.


Lots of gorgeous products used on this one!

DSP – Flowerpot, Cardstock – Crushed Curry, Garden Green, Stamp Sets – What’s Up!, That’s the Ticket, Bordering Blooms.

Until next time,



Don’t forget that each/every Wednesday you can come to this link and find out what is on special at SU.  That’s correct each Wednesday there are different SU products put out on special that you can purchase at my online shop and have delivered to your door.  But remember!  They only last for one week!




A Very Special Scrapbook Album

Well our wee Jilly is consuming lots of my time.    Her cruciate ligament became infected and the whole operation had to be done again !!  The prothesis needed to be removed and the knee joint irrigated.

So what to share with you?  Well then I remembered that I had been on a bit of a secret mission. Our #2 son, Tony has had a best buddy since Kindergarten (and they are now 30!) Chris proposed to his lovely partner, Paola recently, and they are engaged to be married next year.  Pao and I had colluded that she would send me some photos of herself and Chris together and I would create a scrap album of their time spent falling in love.

This is just one of the pages I did for them.  On most of the pages I left lots of room for Pao and Chris to journal their thoughts and memories of the photo times etc.  Pao surprised Chris with the album and it was greatly appreciated, apparently.  We love our Chris like a third son so it was a labour of love to do this album for them.

(just click on the photo to enlarge)

These photos were so bright and happy looking I wanted to create a layout that screamed FUN!  I think I nailed it.  What do you think?

Until next time




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