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Ribbon & Envelope Trick

Published by under techniques | Aug 19 2012

Welcome and thanks for visiting.

Today I have a nifty ribbon and envelope trick to share with you. We've used it here on a gift voucher envelope.


[Did you know that one of the popular services I offer is personalised Gift Vouchers? For more info on these, see the bottom of this post.]


Gift Vouch and Slider Envelope

Voucher envelope is made from another lovely print in the Timeless Portrait DSP pack.


Yummy tied ribbons and lovely bows look great but can be a pain to untie and redo.

Especially if you're taking the contents in and out every few minutes to admire!


Today's trick is more like a creative workaround. It gives the illusion that the ribbon is wrapped all around the envelope, but in fact one end is open  for easy access! 

To do this, simply cut the ribbon a few centimetres longer than needed. Neatly tuck the ribbon ends inside the opening on the front and back, and adhere inside. Attach a 'faux bow' to the front.  As a result, the voucher (or card) can be removed without the need to untie ribbon!

Click to enlarge




Here is a similar way of adding ribbon to the front of a pillow box:






Have fun with this, and let me know what you think. Any questions or comments? Just click on the comments link below.



Gift Vouchers are great to get…

Do you have a birthday coming up? Anniversary?

A Stampin' Up! shopping spree in the form of a Gift Voucher might be just the thing to make you smile on your special day.

Choose what you want.

Take your time (vouchers valid for a full 12 months, so you can wait for the next new catalogue… or shop right now!)


…And also great to give.

Do you have a special friend who loves to craft?

One-of-a-kind decorated envelopes and gift vouchers are all part of my service. 

Save time. No need to go to the shops, fight traffic or battle the queues. Just fill out this form and I'll do all the work.

Save money.  Includes free postage of the voucher to anywhere in Australia.


Perfect for Christmas too (let your KK know)!



Just contact Simone, or order vouchers online by completing THIS FORM.



Happy stamping,

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How To: ‘Timeless Portrait’ Framed Art

Published by under 3D projects,Designer Series paper | Aug 14 2012

Today's share project is a decorated picture frame with an embellished insert panel.

Read on for a quick tutorial.


This project was the basis of a class I taught last month at Melbourne's Craft & Quilt Fair. My first foray into craft show classes!



How To:

1. Remove back of picture frame, and cut Designer Series Paper (DSP) to fit the size of your frame.

2. Embellish DSP as desired – we used Basic Jewel Rhinestones so it was very 'blingy' in real life. 

3. Stamp images from Pennant Parade (p37 Aus/NZ Idea Book & Catalogue), and punch with the Pennant Builder punch. Layer, and join pennant pieces with Bakers Twine.

4. Tie or adhere banner into position. Our frame had a gap of approx 2cm between the back and the glass, so we had plenty of room for raised embellishments and lots of Dimensionals. Remember to take into account how much space you have behind the glass before sticking everything down.

5. Adhere DSP panel to back of frame (to stop it sagging behind the glass) and reassemble frame.

6. Decorate outer frame with paper flowers, rosettes or punched shapes. We put tiny adhesive-backed rhinestones in the centre of our flowers – for added sparkle!

TIP: This project is a great way to use beautiful papers with large, bold images, such as those found in Timeless Portrait.

Remember that all the Designer Series Papers in the current catalogue are retiring at the end of the month, so this is your last chance to get them



Well, craft fair season is well and truly upon us here in Victoria.

A big hello to all the lovely crafters I met last month at the Craft & Quilt Fair in Melbourne, and in only TWO WEEKS we'll be at Paperific!

I'll be there on SATURDAY 1st of SEPT. Come and say hello!


Happy stamping,






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Published by under general chat | Aug 13 2012

No stamping in today's post, but definitely stamping-related.

Wow! Wow! Wow! I just got the hugest surprise of my life when this amazing box was delivered.

I quite literally have never received anything like this in my life (and made the poor delivery lady check to see if she got the right house!). Even the kids were speechless for a few seconds.

And inside was the most incredible display of roses, lilies and chocolates. And you wouldn't believe who they were from…


… the team at Stampin' Up!


Inside was a beautiful note recognising a promotion I had last month, but I was a bit teary so it took a while to read it properly. lol

Just want to say – again – what an amazing company Stampin' Up! is. The Demonstrator Support girls are so thoughtful, they love cheering us on and really look after their demonstrators!

A HUGE and very heartfelt thanks to our Stampin' Up! South Pacific team.

It's been an amazing and very fun 4 years & 11 months and I can't wait to see where the next few years will take us.




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More on Melbourne’s Heartfelt Event

Published by under events | Aug 11 2012

Wow – what an amazing start to August! Sooo much excitement with the huge Retired List sale and sneak peeks of upcoming catalogues.


I ALWAYS love being a demonstrator, but at times like these I know I HAVE TO be one!

AusPost delivered some lovely BIG boxes filled with the yummiest new products and new catalogues – the best ever! Getting new stuff early is definitely yet another perk to being a demonstrator.



I have to share a couple more happy snaps from last weekend's Heartfelt Stampin' Event in Melbourne.

This was probably one of my favourite projects of the day. Kathryn Ruddick's gorgeous scrap page (thanks for letting me share this here Kathryn).



And this card by Andrea Stork totally blew me away. * Sigh *. Such creativity.


Juliana Main was demo'ing all the WOW things you can do with a certain type of new and ama-a-a-a-zing cardstock (you'll find out on 1st Sept!)… very cool.


And, finally, here's another project I showed during my Gift Wrapping & Packaging presentation:


Early Espresso tulle flower with Vintage brad, and pop-up tag



Almost 20 items have sold out already from this month's huge 'Retiring Products' sale. But the great news is there are still plenty of bargains to be had.

My newsletter subscribers would have seen my version of the Retiring List Highlights – which included some of the biggest discounts on the most loved products. [Subscribe here]

But seriously… 75% off the Candy Cane Christmas designer fabric?  Was $19.95 now $4.95. Oh my. I LOVE this fabric.

Same deal for the gorgeous Deck The Halls designer fabric.

Embellished Deck The Halls tea towel made by fellow team member Lorinda. Click to enlarge.


This makes me fall in love with the Deck The Halls fabric all over again.


Ok, this turned into an epic post! Thanks for sticking with me… feel free to make my day by leaving a comment  🙂

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and happy stamping,



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Melbourne’s Heartfelt Stampin’ Event

Published by under events | Aug 06 2012


Stampin' Up! came to town on the weekend. Yay!

It was the first ever 'Heartfelt Stampin' Event' in Australia and was a FUN, innovative and relaxed day of inspiration and ideas at Melbourne's Exhibition & Convention Centre.

We've had Regional demonstrator Training Days for about 6 years now, but this year Stampin' Up! decided to shake things up a bit and open it to all friends of SU: customers, demonstrators… anyone!

There were mirrored booths where we could watch amazing creations take shape before our eyes…

Demonstration booth

'Product Playground' (love that name!) where we could get our hands on some of the brand NEW yummy surprises coming to our catalogues….

Product Playground

And inspiration boards and stage presentations…



Above: Felicity Fernandez's mini 'Burberry' bags. Check out more of her stunning creations here.

Above: Pam Jorgensen's heartfelt 'Friends' frame


And all attendees got their hands on the brand NEW catalogues that will go live next month. You could hear the squeals of excitement!!!

This year I was invited to do one of the stage presentations… and I chose one of my all-time favourite topics: Packaging and Wrapping Ideas. I was VERY lucky to get my hands on some of the new products last week and spent time totally lost in my own little world, creating and crafting. And making a big mess!

Here's a little peek at one of my projects… will post more photos soon.

Triple stack of Kraft boxes, wrapped in Espresso tulle dotted with adhesive pearls


I'll talk more about the new goodies after 1st of September when both the new Annual Catalogue and festive Holiday Catalogue go live… but for now, a special thanks to all those who helped make the Melbourne 'Heartfelt Event' such a great day. And big inky hugs for my guests and stamp club friends who came along for the day. xx


UPDATE: Looking for some great bargains on the Retiring List? Some items 75% off!!! Click here for links, and for the up-to-date list of sold out items visit my Facebook page.


Happy stamping,

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Retired List

Published by under specials | Aug 01 2012


It's here! With only 1 month to go before the NEW catalogue goes live, this is your LAST CHANCE to grab some of your fave Stampin' Up! goodies before they're GONE for good.

Remember that all products are ONLY AVAILABLE WHILE STOCKS LAST. I will process your orders as soon as I get them, but sometimes products do unexpectedly run out – especially when they are marked down in price!!!








Just a couple of quick notes about the retiring lists:

  • You'll see that ink pads are on the list. Don't worry! We will still have ink pads, but they'll be reformatted with new firm foam pads.
  • There are some GREAT savings to be had, with many products substantially reduced in price. Remember everything is available only while supplies last.
  • Remember that the 2010-2012 In Colors will not be available in the new catalogue. If you've got Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, Concord Crush or Blushing Bride inks then you may want to get a reinker. These tend to run out quickly.
  • Contact me via email or phone (0411 642 038) to place an order and I'll process it straight away.
  • Any questions? Just ask!




Happy stamping,

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