Searching for the Flamingo
125 Sleeps until Christmas
Tied Up … with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch
Pop of Paradise
Thoughtful Branches Limited Time Bundle
Bonus Day Coupon Promotion
July Class Schedule
Fuss Free Friday with Swirly Bird
Colour Challenge at Global Design Project

Searching for the Flamingo

Hi again … here is my second project using the Pop of Paradise stamp set this month.

Searching for the Flamingo

This card was inspired by a piece of clothing. It’s funny where inspiration comes from. There is a bit of fussy cutting involved, but the end result is well worth the effort.

The flamingo image from Pop of Paradise stamp set (Wood Mount or Clear Mount) really does create a Pop of Pink amongst the tropical greenery. He shelters behind the circle of Window Sheet, incorporated into the circular opening in the z fold card front.

Guest Designer Dianne Rippon

There are lots of hidden elements to this card. The Pop of Pink Designer Washi Tape entices you to lift up the front flap to find more Monstera leaf elements.

Behind the Z Fold Flap

Once the card is fully opened, the full riotous effect of the lush jungle becomes apparent … you can almost hear the frogs and insects! 🙂

Fully Open Flamingo Card

Here is a closer look at the inside panel.

A Closer Look

For a full set of instructions to create this card, simply leave a comment here and we will get one emailed right out to you.

In the next project I will feature the pineapple image from Pop of Paradise… this set is full of fun images!

125 Sleeps until Christmas

Haha … sorry! I usually hate people reminding me how close Christmas Day is. However this year I am going to change that countdown somewhat!  In Cheryll’s word, it is only 100 days until Christmas!! That’s how long I am giving myself to be organised for Christmas this year!  My goal is to have everything organised, cards made and purchased, gifts purchased and wrapped, baking planned.

Oh, is that skepticism I see on your faces?? Surely not!! 🙂

Holiday Catalogue 2016

Anyway, the first step is …. planning my main Christmas card design! The Holiday catalogues are here and they will be mailed out or delivered this week. If you would like to ensure you are on the Catalogue list, leave a comment here or email me.


Once you have your catalogue, let me know which stamp set or dies or papers appeals to you most and I will help you work out a plan to get all your cards made well in advance.


Now is also the time to start thinking about whether you would love someone to give you Stampin’ Up! product for Christmas. If that sounds like a great way to get some of your wish list ticked off, let me know. I can start letting your loved ones know how to go about organising a special “surprise” Christmas gift for you from them this year. I can even organise gift wrapping and a handmade card to go with the gift for those super busy people.

Let’s get organised!!!


Tied Up … with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch

Hello all … Dianne here. Thank you Cheryll for asking me to be a guest designer this month. I am honoured to take part in the Sense of Whimsy blog.

As Cheryll mentioned, I have seen crafts come and go over this time and yes, I have tried my hand at many. For instance, does anyone remember the Hobbytex craze? Paint in a tube – quite revolutionary at that time. You could paint on anything. It was quite expensive back then. I saved up to buy everything in the range because I had to have it all … I guess some of you will relate! 🙂

For the last 10 years, my favourite crafts are scrapbooking, card making and all things paper craft and I now teach cardmaking and memory keeping. I have been using Stampin’ Up! products for a few years now and I believe they are some of the best quality products around.

Now after my nostalgic trip down memory lane, let’s move onto my first project featuring the Pop of Paradise Stamp Set (available in Wood Mount or Clear Mount).

Guest Designer Dianne Rippon

This card features one of the papers from the Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper pack and the Melon Mambo Thick Baker’s Twine and has an interesting scalloped closure.

Pop of Paradise Opening the Card

Get out your best ruler to measure the card for punching the Scalloped Tag Topper tabs. These tabs form the closure element for the card … slip the Baker’s Twine through the slots and tie in a bow.

Pop of Paradise fully open

Once you untie the Baker’s Twine bow, the card opens up to reveal the same Thinking of You greeting stamped in Melon Mambo ink on the inside of the card, positioned carefully so it sits behind the scalloped tab. Plenty of room for a handwritten greeting, just remember to ensure that it doesn’t protrude from behind the top flap when the card is closed.

Close up of the heart greeting feature

The Thinking of You heart is stamped and embossed with clear embossing powder before being die cut with the Sweet & Sassy Framelits dies.

I unravelled some of the thick baker’s twine into many threads, and then wrapped them around the layer above and below the heart for a less bulky finish.

Pop of Paradise card and envelope

A pretty envelope completes the package.

Leave a comment to receive a PDF tutorial for this project … and don’t forget you can purchase the products to create this card from Cheryll by visiting her online shop. Cheryll says to remind you that the Rewards code for this month is 4XKFXJQA … if you add this rewards code to your order, you will receive an extra gift at the end of the August.

Here is the supplies list:
Pop of Paradise Stamp Set (Wood Mount 141578 or Clear Mount 141581)
Melon Mambo Classic Ink Pad 126948
Versamark Pad 102283
Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper 141648 
Melon Mambo Cardstock A4 119980
Whisper White Cardstock A4 106549
Whisper White C6 Envelope 106588 
Melon Mambo Thick Baker’s Twine 141689
Sweet & Sassy Framelits Dies 141707
Scalloped Tag Topper Punch 133324
Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder 109130
Embossing Buddy 103083
Heat Tool 129056

Don’t forget to check back for more projects over the next few days.

Pop of Paradise

Dianne is the Sense of Whimsy guest designer for August … I am so honoured that she has designed some lovely projects for me using the Pop of Paradise stamp set.  I met Dianne through our mutual love of crafting while I was in Mackay and we immediately “clicked”.  Our friendship remains strong even though I now live on the other side of the country!

Dianne Rippon

Dianne is a long time crafter … you name it, she’s turned her hand to it! From jewellery making, creating a tiara for her daughter’s wedding, through to fabric painting and polystyrene Christmas decorations, Dianne has tried it. She has been scrapbooking since before “scrapbooking” became a word too many years ago to mention, and over the last ten years has settled into papercrafting as her hobby of choice.

Dianne LOVES papercrafting! She teaches cardmaking and memory keeping, and her construction projects are superb. That is papercraft construction, not building construction! Although I am pretty sure that if Dianne decided to construct buildings, they would be very artistic, perfectly aligned and beautiful.

Dianne will be posting her projects over the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for her on the blog and if you get a minute, leave her a comment to make her feel welcome!

This is the Pop of Paradise stamp set, which Dianne will be featuring in her projects.
Pop of Paradise

This one is a rubber stamp set in Wood Mount ($47.00) or Clear Mount ($33.00).




A quick reminder that my BOGO sale of my discontinued stamp sets and other items is on this weekend … Friday 5th August and Saturday 6th August at my studio in McLaren Vale.  10:00am to 4:00pm both days. Give me a call on 0438 464451 or email me for more details.  Drop on by, have a browse and a cuppa.  I will be here! 🙂

For those of you who are not local to me, I will be putting all items up on the blog over the weekend.

So what is a BOGO sale?  For every $ value you purchase of retired stock, you can order current product from the Annual Catalogue, for just the cost of the postage.  So basically you get a free $1 in current stock for every $1 of retired stock you purchase.

The good news is that you can use your Bonus Days Coupons against your order as well.

What is not to love about this once a year Sense of Whimsy sale!



Thoughtful Branches Limited Time Bundle

Thoughtful Branches Thank YouI am still in Canberra, and amongst lots of crafting time, I have been playing with the Thoughtful Branches Photopolymer Stamp Set and the Beautiful Branches Thinlits dies … available individually or as a bundle between 2-31st August, 2016. Click here to see the stamp set and dies (scroll down past the Bonus Days Voucher special).

Thoughtful Thank You Island Indigo

The tree top leaves stamp from this set is a fantastic image in it’s own right, however when you pair it with the co-ordinating die, magic happens!  In this card, I mixed it up with Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper and Mint Macaron cardstock.

I stamped the leaves in Mint Macaron ink on Whisper White card, then die cut. I wondered if layering the white die cut onto white card would lose some of the impact, however it gives a lovely texture to the stamped leaves and letting the die cut hang over the edges of the white card reinforces the effect.

Thoughtful Branches Greetings

I love the font used for the greetings in this set … Thank You, Sympathy, Thinking of You.

Using another design in the same Designer Series Paper set, I created an alternate colour way in the same card.

Thoughtful Thank You Card No 2

In this card, the leaves are stamped in Island Indigo ink onto Whisper White card before being diecut with the co-ordinating thinlit. Such a pretty DSP.

Die Cut Leaves

The thinlit that cuts out the leaves looks quite complicated, but it cuts beautifully using the Big Shot Precision Base Plate and the Die Brush. Adhere the leaves with a very light touch of Multipurpose Liquid Glue. So easy!!

Thoughtful Thank YouThis time I used the Thank You greeting.  This greeting is all on one line, however I cut it into two separate words so I can fit the greeting into a variety of spaces.

Have you earned a $9 Bonus Days Voucher in July yet? Place an order for $90 worth of product in July and you will receive a $9 Bonus Days Voucher. This credit voucher can be used in August, so you could use it towards the purchase of the exclusive Thoughtful Branches Stamp Set and the Beautiful Branches Thinlits dies.  They will be available individually, or as a bundle at a 10% discount. So don’t wait … you have one more week to place a July order and get that credit voucher!!

To place an order online, visit my online store … if you use the monthly Hostess Code HZJEX9FV when ordering, you will receive a share of the rewards at the end of the month.  Not sure how to order online? Give me a call on 0438 464451 or email me at cheryll@senseofwhimsy.com.au.


Bonus Day Coupon Promotion

Bonus Days Header

Stampin’ Up!® have launched an exciting and new promotion for July.

For every $90 you spend between 7th July and 31st July 2016, you will receive a $9 Bonus Coupon which you will then be able to redeem in August.  You can earn multiple coupons and you can apply multiple credits against the one order in August.

If you are ordering via my online shop, use the Hostess Code for July HZJEX9FV and also receive a gift from me at the end of the month.

If your order is over $250 DON’T use the Hostess Code, as you will qualify for your very own Stampin’ Rewards!  Plus multiple Bonus Days Coupons!!

If you are a part of my monthly product club, DON’T use this Hostess Code, you have your very own Hostess Code which has been emailed to you separately for greater rewards. Club members also get the Bonus Days Coupons for every $90 ordered, and you can apply the coupons to your orders in the August!

What am amazing offer!  Remember that you will need to ensure that you have a valid email address recorded when you place your order online as the vouchers can only be received via email.

Questions?  Give me a call on 0438 464451 or email me at cheryll@senseofwhimsy.com.au

But wait, there’s more!

Stampin’ Up!® are offering a BRAND NEW Stamp Set and Die bundle which will only be available exclusively in August!  And it is GORGEOUS!  Sorry about the yelling 🙂  … but I love, love, love this set.

Thoughtful Branches Header

Firstly it is trees … I love trees, they are so versatile. And then the greetings with that amazing font. It is a wonderful stamp set, and of course the dies are to die for! 🙂

Okay, enough silliness … I guess you want to see it.

Beautiful Branches Thinlits

Thoughtful Branches Stamp Set

So remember, this set will be available from 2nd August, and you could use your Bonus Days Coupons when you order the set in August! 🙂

I am off to order my set right now … because I am a Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator, I get to pre-order this fabulous bundle, and get it at a discounted price … and I get a Bonus Days Coupon because it is $90.75 for the bundle!!

So if you were considering joining Stampin’ Up!®, then this is a great time to do it because you could also get your hands on this set early … you could even include it in your Starter Kit purchase (which is $169, and you get $235 worth of product of your choice). Remember, being a Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator does not mean you have to sell anything or have parties. You can join simply to get great product at a discounted price. Click here to find out more, or better still give me a call on 0438 464451 or email me at cheryll@senseofwhimsy.com.au.  I would absolutely love to have you join my Inks and Whimsy team. 🙂



July Class Schedule

July is always a busy month for me. It is always a special month, when I get to spend time with my two very special friends, Grace and Michelle, in Canberra.
Although I will be away mid month, I have scheduled some classes in July.  Here is my July class schedule. If you would like more information on any of these classes or would like to book in for any of the dates, please email me or call me on 0438 464451.

Class Schedule July 2016

Download a copy of the schedule here.



Fuss Free Friday with Swirly Bird

It’s Fuss Free Friday … and Swirly Bird stamp set is a great set to be fuss free with.

Fuss Free Friday with Swirly Bird

I have utilised the Global Design Project Sketch Challenge #042 for the layout of this card. Here is the sketch.

GDP042 Sketch Challenge

I used the Swirly Scribble Thinlits for the circular element and all the stamping on the Whisper White layer is done with various images from the Swirly Bird Stamp Set. Super quick and easy to create multiples. And don’t forget that the stamp set and dies are available as a bundle at 10% discount on both.

The greeting is from Thoughtful Banners stamp set, cut into banner shapes as per the sketch. And instead of a heart feature, I have used Swirly Bird flowers and leaves to create a floral feature.

Peekaboo Peach Close Up

I used Peekaboo Peach and Rich Razzelberry in this card, but decided to try some different colour ways  …. here is Take 2.

Fuss Free Friday Take 2

The Pool Party ink creates a lovely contrast to the Rich Razzleberry swirl and background card.

Swirly Bird Close Up

The curved banner is from Thoughtful Banners stamp set, punched out with the Duet Banner Punch … grab these two as a bundle at 10% discount on both.

The third card uses Island Indigo with the Pool Party ink … and a slightly different layout.

Island Indigo Colour Way

So many different possibilities … this will make a great standby card when I need something in a hurry.

In the end, I chose this version for my submission to the Global Design Project Sketch Challenge.

GDP042 Peekaboo Peach Square

Sketches are great to call on when you need to create a card in a hurry.  Check out what the GDP designers and other participants have created this week over at Global Design Project.


Colour Challenge at Global Design Project

Colour Challenge Global Design Project

I am playing along with Global Design Project Colour Challenge #041 today. Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White and Night of Navy are really gorgeous colours to create with!

Swirly Bird for GDP041

Swirly Bird stamp set is a firm favourite … every time I use it, I love it even more. And how striking is this great colour combo from GDP for their colour challenge?

There is a reason that the swirly bits are trimmed out and raised up on the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals … originally this card was all one layer. However, I forgot to take the excess ink off the embossed areas and ended up with a large inky fingerprint right in the middle of the card. Rather than ditch the card altogether, I trimmed out all the stamped goodness and layered those bits onto a fresh white layer. This gave me the opportunity to add some Sweet Sugarplum splatter as well.

GDP041 Swirly Bird Close Up

I was really happy with this save! 🙂

Inside the card

Carrying the same images through to the inside of the card finishes the card off nicely.

Colour Challenge at Global Design Project

This is a fabulous colour combination that I have noted to use more often in the future. Check out what everyone else has done with this Colour Challenge over at Global Design Project this week.

Swirly Bird Stamp Set is my featured stamp set for June and July … purchase Swirly Bird stamp set from me in June or July and receive the four card kits plus tutorials featuring this set for free. And don’t forget that Swirly Bird Stamp Set and the Swirly Scribble Thinlits are available as a bundle at 10% discount on both. Purchase online here, email me your order, or give me a call on 0438 464451.

June Featured Product


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