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Stamping on Candles Pt2: Mirror Imaging

Published by under 3D projects | Oct 21 2009


I’ve had lots of emails this week about a technique I demo’d at Regionals, where you create a matching pair of candles by mirror imaging. It seems I forgot to put them in the photo on the last post, so here it is today. Very very easy technique (gotta love that). The tissue paper is so thin that when you stamp on it the ink often goes right through onto the scrap paper! The advantage of this is that you can flip the tissue paper over and the reverse is just as clear as the front, with no loss of quality or colour intensity. Fun! I’ve finally finished the hints & tips sheet, so let me know if you want a copy.

There are still a few spots left in our Christmas Card class for next Friday evening, October 30th. And a new stamp club is starting on the 2nd Friday evening each month, from November 13th – very limited opportunity so get in quick if you are interested in joining a fun group of ladies each month for some R&R. It’s a great opportunity to learn new techniques, develop your stamping skills, have a laugh, and take some time out for you.

I’ll be back soon with some great project ideas that team members shared with me at Regionals, and also the Secret Sister final update! I’ve been taking lots of photos and have heaps of cute things to share.

Happy stamping,

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Stamping on Candles

Published by under cards | Oct 18 2009

 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

Published by under cards | Oct 16 2009

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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Recycling in the Craft Room

Published by under 3D projects,general chat | Oct 14 2009

Sticky Cuts and Fine Supernova Glitter

G’day! So great to be back home in Oz, although our trip to the UK was fantastic and we were sad to say goodbye to our family and friends there. There’s nothing quite like your own bed though. KWIM? DD2 and DD6 decided they liked being on Greenwich Mean Time and wanted to stay on it… so that meant sleeping half the day away and wanting to party all night! *sigh* Don’t you love jetlag?

Thankfully we’re over all that now, and have settled back to our normal routines at kinder-creche, school, sports, work.. and stamping!

I’ve had about 5 workshops, classes and events since we’ve been home so although it’s been very busy it has also been wonderful to catch up with my lovely stamping friends/customers. Thanks for being such an fun, bright part of my life! xx

Stay tuned for our regular blogging posts, updates on Stampin’ Up! specials, coming classes and stamping tips and techniques.

The project today shows what you can do with a bit of recycling in the craft room 😉



What better excuse to use up those gorgeous Pretties Kit embellishments… afterall, you need the tin to decorate! LOL

Supplies Used: Sweet Sticky Cuts (p145 IB&C), Fine Supernova Glitter (p145), Pretties Kit tin (p149), Bashful Blue grosgrain ribbon (p151), Chocolate Chip wide grosgrain ribbon (p151), clear button (p151), Holiday Treasures DSP (p134).

Don’t forget to click on the "October Specials" tab at the top of this page to learn how you can choose a fab stamp at 20% off the regular price.

Happy stamping,



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Creative Colour Combo

Published by under cards,general chat | Sep 29 2009

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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My First Homemade Cards

Published by under cards | Sep 15 2009

When this post is published I’ll be on the other side of the world visiting rellies and friends in the UK! Don’t you just love modern technology?! I’ve set up a few scheduled posts like this one, but will also be on with some ‘live’ posts too.

I recently came across a pile of cards I made just after joining Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator. For a long time I had very limited supplies and very limited knowledge! But I vividly remember having soooo much fun, and learning more with each card.



This week marks my 2nd anniversary of joining Stampin’ Up! as a demo. What an amazing ride!

I really enjoy what I’m doing, and love the new friendships that I’ve made with team members and my very special customers. It has also become a profitable part-time job, which I certainly never planned on when I joined. My style and tastes have changed, as you can probably tell from these cards *wink* but I still love creating with paper, ink and glue!

In a few weeks many of the Victorian demonstrators will be gathering in Melbourne for our annual regional training day (yes, we stamp together!!). I’m so looking forward to catching up with some of the girls in my team.

If you’ve thought about taking your papercraft hobby to the next level and want to know a little more about becoming a demonstrator and the benefits of joining my team, just send me an email and I’ll get an info pack posted out to you.

Happy stamping,


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