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Sweet Treat Cups: Mailing/Posting Idea

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Christmas is over, the kids are occupied with new toys and we are now ready to look forward to a brand new year. Bring it on! I hope your Christmas was as lovely as ours 🙂 

If you love the Sweet Treat cups, you might like this clever idea from my team member Juliana Main . She sent me this cute Christmas card, and made her own envelope from a sheet of A4 co-ordinating cardstock. To protect the card and the Sweet Treat Cup she lined the ‘envelope’ with bubble wrap. And yes, it arrived in great condition!

There are ready-made padded envelopes in the Summer Mini catalogue which are a great alternative if you need something fast, but I love this idea for a slightly more creative option. I love how you can co-ordinate the card and envelope so you can make it a complete package. I’m picturing Bashful Blue/Pretty In Pink envelopes for baby cards – might get started on one of those next.

To make these: 

1. Score an A4 sheet of cardstock at 13cm and 26cm. This leaves a nice 3 – 4cm flap at the back.

2. Decorate one long side with matching DSP or a Stampin’ Around wheel. Decorate the flap at the back too.

3. Line cardstock with bubble wrap if sending through the post (or you can leave out this step if you are hand-delivering).

4. Seal the sides and flap with Sticky Strip.

5. Send 🙂

Happy stamping,

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Merry Christmas

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Wishing everyone a very

Merry Christmas

and a Happy, Healthy and Creative

New Year

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Christmas Wreaths

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My lovely friend and fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, Debbie Hand, came over the other day and showed me some great projects using techniques I hadn’t seen before. She kindly gave me permission to show them here. This wreath (above) is actually made from a strip of Designer Series Paper with one side shaped using the Scallop Edge punch. The row was then folded concertina style and curved with the scallop edge on the inside to create the wreath.


This wreath is made with the lavendar stamp from Pocket Sillhouettes (p72 Idea Book & Catalogue). Debbie learned this technique from another demonstrator at our Melbourne Regional training day a few months ago (sorry, not sure who that was but I’ll try to find out). Debbie punched a circle and adhered it to the centre with repositionable adhesive to mask the inner circle, before stamping the lavendar all around. Remove the paper, and voila! Love it.

It really makes you think, doesn’t it? I love discovering out-of-the-box uses for our stamps and other tools. I have some more amazing projects to share from my talented stamping friends, including a stunning paper star and a pop up card! Check back soon!


Just released! This has been updated to include Terms 1 and 2, 2010. These classes are very popular and tend to book out, so if you are interested in any of them please contact me early to reserve a spot.  

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For Everything and Chit Chat Rubons

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Hi and thanks for visiting. Over the past week or two I’ve been highlighting different stamp sets from the new Summer Mini Catalogue. If you are visiting this blog for the first time, feel free to look back over past posts for ideas and inspiration on ways to use all the new goodies.

Today our card features the versatile For Everything stamp set, along with a phrase from the Chit Chat rubons.

Did you know that Stampin’ Up! rubons work on our grosgrain ribbons? They actually work on quite a lot of things!

I often leave the sentiment off my cards so that I can put the appropriate wording on when I need it, so these Chit Chat rubons are perfect. A very quick and easy way to finish off a card.

Don’t forget I’m taking bookings for workshops in January (get yourself a FREE pack of Sweet Treat Cups during January) and Sale-a-bration in February and March. The bookings are coming in, so contact me soon to get your preferred day.

Happy stamping,



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For Everything

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This is my favourite stamp set from the new Summer Mini catalogue, and not just because I was able to earn it for free (another perk of being a demonstrator)!

This is a Matchbook Fold card. My upline Janine showed me how to make it, after she did it as a Make & Take on her trip to Noosa with Stampin’ Up! a few months ago. I hadn’t done a matchbook fold before (shock!), and recently CASEd this design for our team swap of card samples.

Come back tomorrow for another card featuring the beeee-utiful For Everything stamp set.

Happy stamping,



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‘Circle Scissors Plus’ from Stampin’ Up!

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Hi stampers.

Today I’m sharing a simple little project made with the NEW tool available from Stampin’ Up!: the Circle Scissors Plus. With this tool you can cut out circles up to 6 inches in diameter, you can cut rings and….. it also draws circles because it comes with a marker attachment!

 It took just a little practice for me to get used to it, but it really does work well. I love how it can cut out rings to make perfect little frames for scrapbook pages and Off The Page projects. 

For best results:  
– Use with a glass cutting mat (such as the one in the Summer Mini catalogue) to prolong the life of the blades
– Use a little bit of Dotto repositionable adhesive to hold the cardstock in place.
– When cutting rings, always cut the inner circle first. Then – without moving the cardstock or circle cutter – adjust the measurements and continue cutting.
– The markers work beautifully with the this tool. Just insert the marker into the Marker Attachment, so the tip of the marker is *just* sticking out, then tighten the grip so the marker is held firm.
– Use a light touch (thanks for Steph and the other demos on the ESAD-SU forum for Stampin’ Up! demonstrators for helping me with this technique tip). If you push too firmly the cutter might slip. Easy does it.

Today’s project features a glass jar that has been lying around my house for a while, and I thought I’d try to pretty it up. In addition to using the Circle Scissors Plus to make this project, I also used the gorgeous Kaleidoscope DSP and the new butterfly punch.


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