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Petal Card Double Punch – Mini Box

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Petal Card Double Punch boxes

The Petal Card double punch creates a unique and distinctive punched shape.  I'm often asked all sorts of questions about this punch so today I thought I'd share a couple of fast facts.

  • It's called a 'double punch' because it does two actions… it punches and creates score lines all in the same move.
  • It's not the kind of punch that you can flip over to line up your stamped image. In fact, you can't see anything except metal when you turn it upside down because of its unique cut-and-score action. But it's the perfect size to add an inchy image (1 inch square) layer, as we did in these cute boxes above. The images were from the Level 2 hostess set called Cute By The Inch.
  • The punched shapes create all kinds of mini cards, mini envelopes and mini boxes. They are the perfect size for a chocolate or a cute little teeny tiny gift.

At the stamping day we had at my place the other week we made these boxes by joining FOUR punched shapes side by side, then joining the end tab to the first tab. Fold the bottom in to close the base, and you're done!


Joining TWO punched shapes creates a different kind of box… an even smaller one!

Got any other ideas? I'd love to hear them, and will share them in a future post.


Now while I'm here, a big thanks to Andrea Buckland who graciously gave me the Stylish Blogger Award. I'm not sure I'm deserving, but thank you Andrea.

As per the rules, I'm to link to 8 other bloggers (which I'm yet to do… but it's on my ToDo list!) and share 8 things about myself. Hmmmm, let me see…

1. I've been married for 14 years and have 3 kids (10, 7, 4).

2. I love stamping and papercrafts in general, but am also a quilter and have a serious infatuation with fabric.

3. I am an Apple Mac-loving convert. 

4. I have Hashimotos thyroiditis.

5. We're 'tree-changers'. We moved from the city 5 years ago and have loved every minute of living in a small town 'out in the country'.

6. I used to work in publishing (writing TV guides for the daily papers).

7. I've been a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for coming up to 4 years, and it's the best job I've ever had. 

8. I'm scared of slugs. They give me the heebie-jeebies.


I hope you've been enjoying some quiet and creative moments of late. I've been busy busy busy, but that just makes the relaxing time even more special. Okay, the truth is I've been playing with beeeee-uuu-tiful new products that will be available from next month when the Autumn-Winter Mini catalogue is released. (One of the benefits of being a demonstrator is that we get to pre-order goodies from yet-to-be-released catalogues!) Mmmmmm.

The good news is there's still 2 weeks left of Sale-a-bration. And 2 weeks left of the Summer Mini catalogue.

Two weeks!?! Where has the year gone!

Happy stamping,

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How Big is Mini?

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After I posted this card to my blog last week I had some questions about how the Mini Library Clips compare to the library clips in the Clip Assortment pack (both are on p139 of the Idea Book & Catalogue).

Mini library clip

Even though the measurements are in the catalogue sometimes it helps to see them next to each other….

Eek, sorry about the lighting! The measurements are in centimentres, but I guess you worked that out.

I'm totally loving the Mini Library Clips (on the left) and have been using them A LOT. They are so teeny tiny CUTE and come in four great metallic colours!!!


I'm just putting the finishing touches on the March newsletter which I'll send out tomorrow. This month we talk about different things you can do with ink refills, there's an inspirational project of the month, and this month's Mojo Booster Links are to videos! There's also a very special 'Special' for my fabulous customers. If you don't already have a demonstrator and would like to subscribe to my newsletter, just enter your email address up there in the top right hand corner of my blog where it says Subscribe!

Happy stamping,

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2 3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch Now Available

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2 3/8 Scalllop Circle Punch

We're happy to announce that the extra-large Scallop Circle Punch in the Summer mini catalogue is now ready for ordering.

This punch has been unavailable since late last year, and I know a lot of people have been waiting for this great news! Well, the warehouse is stocked and we're all standing by, ready to help you get this great punch in your hot little hands.

Happy punching…and stamping,

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Faux Postage Technique

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I host two Stamp Club groups each month at my place for stamping and step-it-up techniques. These girls are the highlight of my stamping month! They have become wonderful friends, and I love trying to find new and interesting techniques for them. It helps to keep me on my toes!

I had a request recently from one of the experienced stampers to do "Faux Postage"! I'd seen a few samples but had never tried it myself, so it was fun on lots of levels.

The Faux Postage technique recreates the look of postage stamps as the focal image on your card.

There's a great tutorial over at SplitcoastStampers, but the template is designed for US Letter sized paper. I adjusted the measurements a little and made a few simple changes so the numbers now reflect the price of the local stamps here in Australia – 60cents.

You can download the Aussie version HERE.

Just print  the template on A4 cardstock (I used Stampin' Up!'s Whisper White cardstock… perfect for stamping on) and cut around the edges with pinking shears or decorative scissors that most of us have lying around the house.

Here's another version that we did at stamp club.

The trick is to find an image that will fit neatly in the small space – about the size of a postage stamp! In the example above we used the Level 1 stamp set Silhouette Sentiments.

The stamps from the Level 2 hostess set from the current Summer mini – It's The Thought – are also PERFECT for this technique!

I cut the images and sentiments apart so I can use them together or separately, and even cut the words apart so I could position them on my block just the way I wanted. Too easy!


And before I go… just a quick hello to the lovely Level 1 girls in my team of Stampin' Up! demonstrators who joined me on Sunday for a stamping/social day. It was absolutely wonderful to have so many of you in my home and share some inky fun with you. xx

Happy stamping,



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Sale-a-bration Set: Bliss

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Bliss stamp set

Today I'm sharing some truly gorgeous cards that feature 'Bliss' – the very popular Sale-a-bration stamp set that is now available.

These were from the SUDSOL swaps that I received earlier this month. Many thanks again to their creators for letting me share their projects here!

Above: Sharlene Torres.

The stamp sets Bliss and Occassional Greetings (the "for you" sentiment)  were paired together for Sharlene's card. You can't beat black, white and a touch of red for a real WOW colour combo!

Above: Bron Heslop.

The sentiment is layered using the Modern Label punch and Lots of Tags Sizzlits die, all Stampin' Up! products. I LOVE how different Stampin' Up! dies and punches layer so beautifully. Such a great way to add co-ordinating colours on your stamped projects.

Above & below: Jane Norrish

The beautiful Chantilly Lace Crochet Trim is the perfect touch on this Soft Suede and Baja Breeze card. 

Thanks again to the talented NZ/Aus SUDSOL girls for swapping with me!

I'll be back later this week to share the Faux Postage technique and a FREE downloadable file!

Happy stamping,

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Sale-a-bration Stamps: Punch Bunch

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Today I'm sharing cards featuring the fun stamp set Punch Bunch. This set coordinates with five of our favourite punches (including the scallop circle and owl punch – which would have to be two of my MOST used punches!).

Thanks to our artists from the SUDSOL swap for giving me permission to share their cards here.

Above: Susanne Collins.

In Regal Rose, Soft Suede and Blushing Bride colours. I'm loving the new Square Lattice embossing folder!

Above: Helen Johnson.

Showcasing the gorgeous Elegant Soiree Designer Series Paper.

Above: Liz Hicks.

I love all the texture on this card, thanks to the Crimper, strips of ribbon, and the eyes which were created by inking Basic Rhinestones with black StazOn!.

Liz used the On Board Chipboard (Mix & Match) to create a template for the tree.

Above: Kris McIntosh.

The Scallop Trim Border Punch creates a fabulous edging. Beautiful!

I've got plenty more beauties to show you so check back soon, or better yet simply SUBSCRIBE to the blog to get updates straight into your Inbox!

Happy stamping,

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