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Punch Art Monkey Card

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Punch Art Monkey Card

Julie from Julie’s Japes came up with a gorgeous punch art monkey, and posted a very cool tutorial on her blog. Great one, Julie!

My daughters (DD2 and DD6) LOVE punch art so I knew this one would be a big hit with them. And it was!

We used the monkey as a feature on their daddy’s birthday card this week.

The girls decided the monkey should be flying a kite, although I’m not sure if you can tell by this pic.

The tree was stamped in versamark and then Heat & Stick powder added to allow the yummy chocolate Fine Supernova glitter (p144 Idea Book & Catalogue) to stick. It is very sparkly in real life! 


Also making an appearance: On Your Birthday, Garden Whimsy and Thoughts & Prayers stamp sets, and the Walk In The Park DSP. Plus, plenty of punches!

Speaking of punches, you may have noticed that I had to make a few changes to my last post, which outlined the fab special for this month.

Yep, now it’s even better!!!

With every $85 purchase from the Gift Giving Guide you can now choose from either the Square Scallop Punch OR the Boho Blossoms punch.  Contact me for more details.

Happy stamping,


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Gift-Giving Guide BONUS: FREE Punches

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Edited: 4th November

VERY exciting news from Stampin’ Up! this month. The November promotion has been announced, and it’s FABULOUS!

When you spend $85 on products in the Gift Giving Guide – the one-stop shop for all your Christmas needs – you’ll get a FREE punch….

BREAKING NEWS: You now have a choice of punches that you can claim for FREE.
Choose between the Square Scallop Punch or the Boho Blossoms punch!!!

Click on the image below to open the Gift Giving Guide. 

Click to Open the Christmas Gift-Giving Guide

The Guide has: 

  • necessary basics like A4 Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss and Bold Brights cardstock
  • gift ideas for kids, teens, sisters, crafty friends and more
  • On Board 5"x5" Art Journal – just embellish and you have the perfect gift
  • Festive Real Red 12"x12" cardstock – perfect for bags and boxes, place cards and scrapbooking your favourite merry moments
  • Simply Scrappin’ kits – just the thing to tuck away for your scrapping friends’ birthdays
  • Simply Sent card kits which contain everything needed for the beginning papercrafter. This is a fantastic gift idea for your KK, your Mum or yourself!
  • Ribbons, ribbons, ribbons… yum! Need we say more?
  • and plenty of other great ideas.

Christmas Ornament made from the Square Scallop Punch

Even better news, there is no limit to the number of free punches you can earn. For every $85 purchased from the Gift-Giving Guide, you can choose either the Square Scallop Punch or the Boho Blossoms punch. 


I LOVE my square scallop punch. Hope you enjoy the following projects made with it… can you identify a few of the ‘out of the box’ uses for the square scallop punch????

Check back soon for different ways to use the Boho Blossoms punch.









Layering, punch art, a delicate scallop edging, angled, trimmed… and the list of ways to use the Scallop Square Punch goes on. Soooo much fun!!!!

Get in touch with me to place your order and start punching soon. All email and phone orders will get an extra little something from me: a couple of handmade items like the ones above, so you’ll always have inspiration you can refer to.

Happy stamping,

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Birthday Cards

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Jenny Adams

This week I was the lucky recipient of some beautiful cards instead of the usual bills and junk mail in the letterbox. Many of them were cards from my stamping friends.

It is always such a buzz to receive handmade cards. You can’t help but think about the time the sender spent making that card as well as the care, thoughtfulness and generosity of the maker. It also reminded me of why I love cardmaking as a hobby – and that I *really* should send more cards. I do have a habit of making cards but not getting around to sending them! LOL

Jenny Myerscough Lisa Beard
Janine Rawlins Juliana Main
Tracy the ESAD-SU Birthday Fairy :) Debbie Hand


And for a little chuckle, below are some gorgeous works of art that my 3 cherubs made – yes even the 2 yr old stamped a birthday card for Mummy. My son’s card is in the middle… he designed his own spring/pop-up card. Not sure if the photo does it justice but when I open the card the pink heart bounces. He even did the writing on the left side of the card so it wouldn’t ‘get in the way’ of the heart. Awwww. Little stampers in the making!

Tomorrow I’ll be back with a very exciting post. A NEW special offer just in time for the festive season… and it’s GREAT!!!!

Happy stamping,

All images copyright Stampin’ Up!. Cards made by (from top, left to right) Jenny Adams, Jenny Myerscough, Lisa Beard, Janine Rawlins, Juliana Main, Tanya Kitto, Debbie Hand.

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Stamping on Candles

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 Hi stampers! Well we’re back home from our visit to Melbourne yesterday for the Stampin’ Up Regional training day, and as expected it was a real hoot. A big hello to all the gorgeous, friendly, generous ladies I met there!

I don’t remember much from the morning because I was a teeny bit nervous (okay, petrified) about getting up on stage to do a Workshop Wow but that turned out to be a lot of fun too. Hollie from SU had left a message on my answering machine when we were in the UK, asking if I’d do a presentation, so by the time I got the message it had been sitting there unanswered for about a week! We finally caught up with each other and discussed options for a Workshop Wow, and candles seemed to jump out at us.

Here are the projects I demonstrated and displayed:

I’m typing up the notes (tips and hints for SU demo’s) that I based my presentation on, so if you would like a copy just click here to send a request. General technique information can be sourced from various online references, include SplitcoastStampers.

Decorating candles really is surpringly easy. Try it out and see how you go. If you muck it up, use that candle as your pracitice one until you get the hang of heating it for just the right time.

Happy stamping,

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Melbourne Regional Swaps

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Ooh how exciting! I’m just putting the finishing touches on swaps that I’ll be sharing this weekend at our Melbourne training day for Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

I’m soooo looking forward to catching up with friends and fellow demo’s, and meeting some of the new girls in our group for the very first time!

Some of my regular stamping friends (aka customers) are looking forward to the new swaps as much as I am!

Here are my swaps, well some of them at least…

Melbourne Regionals Swaps 2009

This design is CASEd from the Spring Mini Catalogue and features the Good Cheer stamp set. One of my lovely hostesses requested this at a recent workshop, and I loved it so much that I bought the stamp set and have made *quite* a few. I changed the dimensions a little so the card will fit into our standard C6 envelopes.

Good Cheer Christmas Card

Well, I’d better go pack and get ready. We have an early start in the morning and a *big* day ahead.

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Creative Colour Combo

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Elegant Eggplant and Almost Aeythyst

Hello from Wales! Just thought I’d drop in and say hello, and share a couple of projects.

Our Secret Sister program is coming to an end, so all participants are now learning the identity of their mystery pen-pals. I have been sending to Lisa, a lovely demo in NSW. The projects above were part of last month’s goodie bag I made for Lisa, and include the watercolour roses that Patty Bennet shared on her blog.  Hmm, I think this might be a fun project for this month’s Stamp Club technique.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this colour combo of Elegant Eggplant, Almost Amethyst and just a touch of Mellow Moss. One of my team members suggested this combo recently (thanks Maureen!) and I’ve been hooked ever since.

I’ve enjoyed sending Lisa cards and goodies over the past 3 months, and now I’m looking forward to finding out who has been sending to me so I can thank her properly!

We are having a lovely time visiting family and friends here in the UK and doing a touch of sightseeing.


We’ve spent most of our time in the Rhondda Valley in south Wales, going for lovely walks and enjoying the amazing views.

We also ducked over to England a couple of times and were lucky enough to stay with friends in the stunning Cotswolds region (with a trip to Oxford), and also returned to the beautiful fenlands of Suffolk and Norfolk in the east – DH and I haven’t been there in over a decade. A highlight was introducing our children to their cousins for the first time.

Today we had lots of fun at Legoland before returning once again to Wales.


 It looks like my scheduled posts haven’t been working, so I’ll try to fix that up.

Don’t forgot the free ribbon promotion ends on 30th September. There’s still time to get your last minute orders in by emailing me. Your goodies will be sent from the warehouse straight to your door. Also, stay tuned for a great October promotion which I’ll be announcing shortly.

Bye for now,

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