Stamping Joy ~ Nerida Carter

Stamping Joy ~ Nerida Carter

Monday, September 26, 2016

Caravan card ideas

When you need a card for a family leaving on a caravanning holiday ...
and you don't have a caravan stamp?
Pinterest ....
Then let the ideas percolate awhile, as you take a morning walk and this is what I came up with.
I think it would do for a farewell card, a retirement card, happy travels, enjoy your trip kind of card.
I've used my Big shot machine to cut out a large oval and textured it with the brick wall embossing folder.  The door is punched with my Stampin up! Large Oval punch in Night of Navy cardstock and the window is Soft Sky cardstock. 
The wheel is cut with two circle punches in white and black card.
The rest of the items are made from paper scraps: Irresistably yours for the blind and flag.
The door handle and blind pull are Pool Party enamel dots.
I've finished my road side scene with some grey sponged road and olive green grass fringed with my sharp paper snips. 
Thanks also goes to Wanda for the inspiration and challenge :)

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Star of Light and Santa's Sleigh are coming to town

In case you haven't noticed we have a new Seasonal catalogue full of gorgeous new stamp sets and Christmas related embellishments, patterned papers, ribbons, bling and glitter.
I am planning a Christmas launch party and you are welcome to come and try out some new stamp sets, punches and papers.
One of my favourite bundles this year is called "Star of Light" and it comes with star images and a delightful set of Framelits dies. Every year I like to add a new Christmas decoration to my Christmas tree and this one might the one for 2016!
Copper foil bling on one side, silver bling on the other and a set of silver bells on the bakers twine at the bottom.
This year's catalogue has gorgeous new Christmas trinkets and embellishments (24 ginger bread men, holly and bells) plus there are pine cones in copper and 60 silver / red bells in a pack. If you're like me, you only need a small share of 60 bells and 24 pine cones and 24 trinkets, so I have organised a third share of each for just $12. 
Email me at if you'd like to join a share.
My card today is one of the very addictive to make z-fold cards.
I've decorated the base of the card with " Candy cane lane" designer series paper.
When closed you can see the copper foil die cut shapes. The intricate Santa's sleigh, Christmas tree and a couple of copper stars.
I am so impressed with the delicate dies and how easy they are to pop out, using the new slightly thicker big shot platform. 
Don't you just love these z cards how they open to reveal a hidden reindeer. I've tied their reins to bows with gold cord held on with glue dots. So handy those little adhesive spots for holding bits together.
Do you Live local to me on the Central Coast? You're welcome to join my catalogue launch.
Check stamping joy on Facebook and come along to my next class.

Friday, September 02, 2016

A Thoughtful branches collection.

Ah the end of winter, always a relief to know that those cold nights are almost at an end.
In the meantime I thought I'd share a collection of cards I've made using the gorgeous "Thoughtful branches" set or bundle.
Firstly a wedding inspired card. Two birds in a white tree on white irrestibly yours embossed paper tied with a silver ribbon on slate grey cardstock.
Now just as a contrast there's this one, using the same products with the help of a sponge brayer in Sweet sugarplum, Perfect Plum and Wisteria Wonder ink.
How different does it look with a black tree and colour behind.
 And then I tried a Christmas tree which could be a great masculine card ( with a different sentiment).
There's a Christmas tree (pine tree) which was crying out for a silver metallic star on top and the new Candy Cane Lane patterned paper.
Here's one I copied from the stampin up! designers then gave it a bit of grunge stamped again on the Irresistably yours paper.
The leaves are die cut and the words are also from the thoughtful branches set.
How simple is this "I hope you feel appreciated" card. A trunk and two layers of tree leaves. I just love crumb cake, Early Espresso and Always artichoke ink colours together.
Two more cards, so different using different colours and different images from this set.
This bundle makes the most gorgeous hydrangea flowers in either white, purple or blue. Can you imagine this in multiple layers and blue purple colours?
My favourite is the double z thank you tree using these gorgeous leaves and Serene scenery patterned paper stack.
 From another angle.
And from above.
There are versatile images and words for thinking of you, thank you, for you, appreciation and Christmas cards, I know I mentioned that!
Don't you love this limited edition stamp bundle? And the good news is that this bundle IS available after August but only WHILE STOCKS LAST!
Send me a text or an email and I will place an order for the stamp set, or the Framelits, or the bundle.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

August special edition stamps

It's August, and while it's cold in Australia right now, I am already thinking of Spring!
What do you think of?
Well it could be the cold white stark trees of winter, or the deliciously bright orange of orange trees heavy with fruit, or gifts in brown paper packages for birthdays or weddings.
For this month only we have a special stampset called "Thoughtful Branches".
It includes stamps of trees, leaves, birds, branches and lots of useful words.
And for those with a big shot you can enjoy a full set of matching Framelits to cut them out and layer the images too.
What I like most is the Christmas tree images, that I want to start using in my classes this month.
And the tree top doubles as a flower head... Thinking hydrangeas.
As we speak my bundle of stamps and Framelits are in the mail on their way to me, if you'd like to order a set you can message me at or place an order at the online stampin up shop, select Nerida in NSW as your demonstrator and you can order and have your supplies shipped direct to your door. 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Case the catalogue July!

It's case the catalogue July... Yep it's official, when in doubt of what to stamp, create, or make and you have a gorgeous new catalogue at hand, there's no excuse not to copy and share some of the designer-delicious creativity.
One of my favourite ways to get started is to choose a number between 10 and 200 and open the catalogue page to that number and copy one of the card ideas on that page.
Here's page 50, the dove in black and pale blue grabs my attention.
I have the Serene Scenery patterned paper pack with the patterned wood design, bakers twine and a silver doily. That's a pretty good start.
Instead of the dove image, which I don't have, I'm thinking feathers...
"Feather together" comes out in blue and pink and purple, a few scraps of card from my table.
You can copy it exactly or ad lib with what supplies you have.
Feeling confident now, loving the Thinking of you sentiment from Feather together, I Turn to page 108..
 When you can't decide which card to copy first, why not combine the background of one and the layout of the other? 
I've used crumb cake ink on crumb cake cardstock then cut a rectangle of white for my feathers as per the bottom left pool party card. Really simple and effective.
What will you case (copy and share) from the catalogue? 
Still not sure where to start? Hmm front page is another inspiring place to start -
Now you're feeling inspired, go ahead, copy and share something this week...
Need to place an order? 
During July, we have a bonus offer going. 
When you spend $90 in one order on any stampin up product, you Recieve a $9 voucher to spend in August. 
Everyone (even me) loves a voucher for free product. Send your order by email to or Facebook me at Stampingjoy - contact Nerida 0468877125.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Stampin' up Launch party

What a busy week it's been? 
The new 2016-17 Stampin' Up! Catalogue is now live and we have celebrated the release of some gorgeous new products.
There are so many great new stamps, inks and tools - it was hard to know where to start.
I am absolutely loving these New patterned papers called Affectionately Yours. There's a whole suite of products in this theme - a stamp set, copper embossing powder, copper foiled designer series paper, copper dotted washi tape and Floral affections textured embossing folders.
Everyone who came to the catalogue launch received a covered notebook featuring the affectionately yours papers and ruched ribbon.
We made three projects. A post-it note holder and two cards...
... show casing a new technique or two.
We tried some watercolour stamping with blocks and markers, a little bit of masking and lots of stamping!
We laughed as we tried to remember the latest in colour names...
Pickaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugar Plum, Dapper Denim and Emerald Envy.
How will you remember those?
And there's a new card making kit with everything you need to make 20 cards including the ink, the stamp set, the clear block, adhesive and envelopes.
"Oh Happy Day!" Card kit is $61 which means when you've made all the cards you still have the stamps, ink and block, plus left overs to make some more of your own. I am taking mine with me when I go on holiday so I can make a card where ever I go... Even if it's just over to a friend's place for the morning :)
So we are all set with our new caty, our post it notes and inspiration to start creating.
Here's a pick of the lovely ladies who celebrated and created with me on Tuesday.
If you're wanting to join us to make cards, we get together on the first Tuesday of the month in Gosford NSW. And we're planning a Wednesday catch up in a fortnight's time, 22nd June.
You can order from the new caty through the online shop at
Just make certain you select Nerida from NSW as your demonstrator, and use the 
hostess code: 2XMJP2ZK
Please remember the code so that I can share all the hostess gifts we earn with everyone who orders.
Or email your order to 

Friday, June 03, 2016

Birthday Blossoms

It's Stamping Technique Friday... Featuring the stampset "Birthday Blossoms" and the Fine Tip Glue Pen!
This technique is slowly spreading over blog land and the paper craft forums I visit. As far as I can tell it started with a talented lady named Ruth Trice at
This is Fine tip masking and this is how it works: 
Firstly stamp your line image in Basic black archival ink on your cardstock.
Let the ink dry, this is a slightly slower drying ink than water based ink.
Apply Fine tip glue to the petal areas you want to "mask".
Fine tip glue is a clear glue that dries hard and will resist any coloured ink. A bit like clear embossing powder but it doesn't need heating just a bit of time to dry.
Set aside your "masked" flowers for an hour or maybe less. Go have a cup of tea perhaps, or a brief nap?
When the glue is dry you can lightly sponge ink over and around the flower image.
The glue resists the water based ink and because it's clear it shows the cardstock underneath.
Stamp a sentiment, attach a punched flower and glue it to the card front.
A very simple technique with effective results!
Card recipe:
Stamp set - Birthday Blossoms
Ink - Basic black ink, Sweet Sugarplum
Cardstock- Crumb Cake cardstock
Tools - Blossom punch, Fine tip glue pen, sponge dauber.
Need to order?
You can text or phone Nerida on 0468877125
Or email 
I also run card making classes in GOSFORD NSW. Our next class is on 
Tuesday 7th June 2016 at 10am.