Hello 2016 – Short Christmas sabbatical is over – now for some Crafting FUN

By on 11/01/2016

Some of you may know that as well as a crazy crafting lady, I am also a Stampin’ UP! demonstrator.  I have been a demonstrator for over four years now and I still love and enjoy all of Stampin’ UP!’s amazing products. Recently a new “Occasions” catalogue was introduced (Jan 5th) and if you haven’t seen it yet, please do yourself a huge favour and contact your demonstrator (I am in Croydon North, Victoria if you don’t have a demonstrator nearby), and have her/him send one out to you.  This catalogue is a beauty. You will notice there is also a smaller catalogue in the picture, this is the Sale-a-bration (SAB) brochure. During Sale-a-bration promotion, which runs from 5 Jan until 31 March, if you spend $90+ on products from the current annual catalogue and/or the new Occasions catalogue, you can choose one FREE product from the SAB brochure. Stamp sets, vellum stacks, Designer Series paper packs, SU Project Life card collections. All beautiful and only available during Sale-a-bration.

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Today, I’m going to talk about one of the bundles I purchased. If you buy Stampin’ UP! ‘bundles’ you save 15% on the combined total of the products.  A nice saving on co-ordinating products.

The “Number of Years” bundle consists of a Photopolymer Stamp Set called “Number of Years”  (containing 29 stamps) and the matching Framelit dies. Bought seperately these would cost you over A$100, but purchased as a bundle, they will cost you $85.75. To view these items in my online shop go to www.barbaraannpaperarts.stampinup.net

Speaking of Bundles, this pretty catalogue is packed with them, and that gives you many opportunities to save on your favourite products.

Number of Years Bundle 50th card

Above is an example of a simple 50th Birthday card made with the “Number of Years” bundle.

Tomorrow I shall be sharing a wedding card I created with the gorgeous “Love Blossoms” suite of products which also includes bundled products.  (Think ‘more’ than Valentine).

Decking the Halls and what went well this year.

By on 21/12/2015

Santa waking up

I have to tell you, I have really enjoy rediscovering all the Christmas decorations stored so carefully away each year. This little Santa waking up from his slumbers has been part of our family for almost 35 years and we all love him.  His little bed houses all sorts of goodies, chocolate mainly!  You can’t see it, but to the right on the end of the bed, there is a little  sleeping puppy.  This is so cute.

I have been lucky to be able to take the month of December off from my classes, so have enjoyed finishing off some projects, not least of which has been all those Christmas cards we made in classes this year.  I have written them all, made envelopes for some, and they are now on their way, just a few stragglers still to do, but it is a load off my mind. Stampin’ UP! envelope punch board and envelope paper have been some of my favourite things this year.

Xmas cards ready to goEnvelope punch board

My most popular class project this year would have to be this Book Box. I combined the box with handmade flowers which I purchased on etsy.  You can stand this book box upright or it lays flat as shown. It makes a lovely decor piece placed on the table for an afternoon tea.  Some of the happy Book Box ladies pictured here too.

Flower boxFlower Box Group

My most popular Pin on Pinterest (which has been repinned over 50 times) is this trio of Stampin’ UP! “Christmas Cuties” Cards. Initially I thought this stamp set not to my usual taste, however, I’m so glad I bought it and it just goes to show that it is worth stepping out of your box sometimes and trying something different. And just a heads up that this stamp set is being retired and is on the Stampin’ UP! End of Year Sale at a great price.  If you want to check it out just click on the Shope online button above and have a browse.  There is a lot to check out.

Christmas Cuties Cards for web (1)

Some firsts in 2015 –

  • I ran my first Stamp-a-stack classes this year.
  • I started a blog – this is going reasonably well, but requires more planning for more regular posting.
  • Created a Business name – Create With Barb
  • Started Pocket letter swaps with friends in USA and Australia
  • I won a prize in a facebook competition – a beautiful 2016 planner.  Thank you Notemaker.

All in all it’s been an interesting year so far, and it isn’t over yet. I hope you are anticipating a fun Christmas with family and friends, and more crafting in the new year.  I shall be posting a list of upcoming classes and workshops very soon.  Hope to see you there.

Happy Stamping.





Stampin’ UP! Year End Sale

By on 11/12/2015

We will have more products on clearance for our Year-End Sale December 10, 2015-January 4, 2016! 60% OFF select products. While supplies last.

It’s the end of the year, so we’re cleaning our inventory and making room for new products–and we’re offering you some great savings while we do it! We’re adding more products to our clearance rack and discounting select items from the holiday catalogue. (Products on the Holiday Retiring List are now discounted up to 40%.)

During the Year-End Sale, you can find ALL discounted products in one location in my online store: under the ‘Year-End Sale.’ So don’t fret if you don’t see the category “Clearance Rack” on the online store right now–it has been integrated into the Year-End Sale.


  • Promotion Dates: December 10, 2015-January 4, 2016.
  • No minimum purchase required.
  • No refunds or exchanges on Year-End Sale items.
  • Items offered during the Year-End Sale are while supplies last.
  • Online customers can add non-Year-End-Sale items to their order.
  • Year-End Sale orders are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders of $250.
  • Following the Year-End Sale, some remaining items may stay in the Clearance Rack. Other items may be removed from the Clearance Rack to be added at another undetermined time.
  • Orders must be placed online. Barbaraannpaperarts.stampinup.net

My favourite picks:

Christmas Cuties Stamp Set:  My Pinterest post of the cards I made using this set has been repinned 54 times at last count.

Diagonal Plate for Simply Scored:  If you have the Simply Scored Scoring tool, you need the diagonal plate, especially at this price.  It sits on top of your Simply scored tool for easy diagonal score lines at 1/8″ intervals. Great tool, great price.

Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit:  My feeling is that at this price this kit is going to go very fast indeed.  If you want one (and I’m ordering mine now) get in quick.

Square Framelits:  Great for matting your cards, without measuring anything.

All of the Punches, but particularly  the Tag Topper Punch and Little Labels punches set of three small punches.

Don’t forget Stampin’ UP! products make great gifts for crafty friends too.

Happy Bargain hunting.

Happy Friday

By on 20/11/2015

Happy Friday imageHaving spent a lovely day with a friend making cute little box cards and catching up on each other’s news. Hers being all about dresses and catering and outfits and all the other things that go with a beloved daughter’s wedding. There were photo’s and trips to be shared over cups of tea and crafting. Perfect way to spend Friday.

When I had farewelled my friend later that afternoon I returned to see whether anything interesting had transpired on my facebook page. Imagine my surprise when I found a message advising that I had won a prize from a company called Notemaker. I follow their blog because I simply love stationery, and they have some of the most gorgeous stationery imaginable.

They were offering a 2016 Planner from the Rifle Paper Co., All I had to do was finish this sentence. “I will be organised in 2016 when…….” I finished my sentence with the words…. “I actually know what day of the week it is!” I find myself more and more in this predicament. It happens a lot on Thursday’s when I am sure it is only Wednesday but I am just as bad with Fridays, always assuming it is only Thursday.

My office has a perfectly good calendar (two in fact). I have my computer which clearly shows the date but not the day, unless I click on it to find out., I do that sometimes, but clearly not often enough!

So finally not knowing the day of the week has paid off. I do look forward to receiving my prize some time next week and thank Notemaker for making me the winner.

If you would like to go over and browse through some of the beautiful items available from Notemaker here is a link to their website. http://www.notemaker.com.au/ you can also follow them as I do on facebook.  Enjoy.

An Exciting and Busy Few Days – Global Stampin’ UP! Event “On Stage”

By on 18/11/2015

This past weekend I attended the first ever global Stampin’ Up! Event “On Stage” at the Melbourne Convention Centre.  This event has been run simultaneously around the world at various locations. It was great to be part of this Stampin’ UP! first because you only get one of those as you know!   The pace at this event was very fast but of course we got a chance to sample some brand new products that we will be able to share with our customers soon.

First of all here is a look at the front cover of the new Occasions catalogue.  I can’t show you inside as yet, but feast your eyes on the covers.

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During the event we had the opportunity to use some of the soon to be released products.

Make and Takes On Stage x 4 (1)

I think you will agree that these cards are really vibrant and fun, I can’t begin to tell you about all the wonderful new things that this catalogue is going to bring and besides I’m not allowed yet.  Believe me there is much happy crafting to come in 2016.

If you would like a copy of the brand new Occasions catalogue and the Sale-A-Bration catalogue, please leave me a comment with your details and I will post one out to you as soon as I have them.  Don’t forget to leave your email address so that I can let you know about upcoming specials and promotions.


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Christmas Cards have been on the Agenda for Classes Recently

By on 07/11/2015

class samples 29 10 15This is Just a small sample of the cards I have created in recent weeks.   Classes have been going well and we have been busy working on our stack of Christmas Cards for the upcoming Festive Season.

This post is a picture gallery of the cards we have made.  I hope you enjoy them.

I hope to get back to posting more regularly in the coming weeks.

Christmas Cuties Cards for web (1)These cards feature the Stampin’ UP! Christmas Cuties stamp set and have proved very popular on my Pinterest page. Thanks everyone for pinning my cards.

Christmas card jingle all the way1 (2)This card on the gorgeous Cherry Cobbler cardbase uses the Sleigh Ride Edgelits, again from Stampin’ UP! and available in the current Holiday/Occasions Catalogue. There are three cute edgelits in the set featuring trees, houses and a horse and sleigh, the possibilities are endless with these edgelits.  There is a matching stamp set called Jingle All the Way too.

Stamp a Stack

Stamp a Stack

I ran a stamp a stack class during October and everyone created four of each of these three designs.  The class was very popular and I have another planned for November (see sidebar for dates.  If you are reading this and you would like to make 12 cards similar to these, and you live near Croydon, Victoria, why not come along and see what we are making this time.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.

snomen lineup 29.10.15 class (1)This cute Christmas card features a now retired but favourite stamp set called Holiday Lineup.  I think you will agree these are some of the happiest snowmen you will ever see. I kept this card simple with minimal colouring using Bermuda Bay Markers from Stampin’ UP!  The outer edge embossing folder is currently available in the Holiday/Occasions catalogue and is called Boughs and Berries.  Matting and card base in Basic Black Cardstock.

I have been busy making mini albums and boxes and box cards and will post some more pictures in the coming days. I have also done several Pocket Letter swaps which is my new passion at the moment.

I hope you like this small selection of my cards.  As always if you live in the Croydon area of Melbourne and would like to learn to make pretty cards please consider joining one of my friendly groups.

I would love to read your comments.

Dad's letter from Putin and Medal

Another Proud Moment For My Family

By on 31/08/2015

As my nephew Daniel said, “It isn’t every day you get a letter from Vladimir Putin” – But that is just what happened to my dad recently.letter from Vladimir Putin and Dad's medal

He was awarded “The Commemorative Medal, Marking the 70th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War” (WWII). Presented to those serving in the British Royal Navy and their allies the Navy of the Soviet Union.  I don’t think my dad will be able to wear many more medals without falling over from the weight.  Fortunately he also has a set of much smaller dress medals for most occasions.

Feeling Proud.  My dad is 94 years young.


Pyramid Jazz Box1

It’s A Mystery – But I’m so pleased with it.

By on 12/08/2015

Pyramid Jazz Box1

When I started making this Pyramid Box, I wasn’t sure what it was going to turn out to be.  I saw one on a website called Scrap happens here, but there were no instructions. In fact the lady was using it simply as a box to choose names from scraps of paper that she had placed inside. however, I wanted one so badly that I decided to try to make one. and here it is. Pyramid Jazz Box two Sides Open with crystal

This is a picture showing the box with two sides open. I decided that my box would be a small stand for all sorts of small items.  This photograph shows it with a small crystal Pyramid, but I had other ideas too.

Pyramid Jazz Box with Tuba Top View I found this little tuba on ebay and thought it would be perfect seeing that my box was decorated with vintage G45 Jazz design paper.

I shall be running classes to make this little box in September and October,  so if it is something you would like to try, let me know by leaving a comment below. One of my students is going to make her’s in a Japanese style and has purchased a small doll dressed in geisha to stand in her box. Can’t wait to see what she comes up with.

Inchies Framed (5)

Creative Paper Crafts – Framed Inchies

By on 22/07/2015

I have a yellow typewriter and I often hide it away because it goes with absolutely nothing in my house.  It’s a good looking typewriter so I would like to display it in some way.

This weekend I was flipping through a copy of Daphne’s Diary, a favourite magazine. Now I don’t like to waste things and Daphne’s Diary is full of great crafty articles, free stuff and beautiful artwork. So I decided to get some use from it other than flipping through the pages and admiring the work of many talented crafters.

I was inspired by a piece of artwork I saw on Pinterest a great source of inspiration.  I set to work with a 1″ punch.  I punched out a whole bunch of pretty squares from just one page of the magazine and ended up with around 20, which I sorted until I found 9 that I thought worked well together.  I chose the background paper based on some free paper received in the DaphInchies punched squaresne’s Diary magazine (it matched my typewriter perfectly).

I punched 9 slightly larger squares and adhered my chosen ‘Inchies’ to one corner, trimming them down so that I had a thin border of Stampin’ UP! Crushed Curry Cardstock around each square. I chose a contrast Cardstock in Midnight Muse, a favourite Stampin’ UP! Cardstock now sadly retired.

This is a simple and economical way to display your artwork, and it’s really fun to make.

Inchies with typewriter (1)Products used to create my framed Inchies:

Stampin’ UP! Punches 1″ and 1¼”

Cardstock: Crushed Curry and Midnight Muse (r)

Magazine and patterned paper to match your layout.

Leave a comment to let me know what you think.

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