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Spotlight On: Lovely as a Tree

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Lovely as a Tree is one of those stamp sets that has been around for a long time… but there's a reason for that!

It's such a beautiful and versatile set.

Lovely As A Tree

Many new stampers I've met over the years have fallen in love with this golden oldie. We used it recently at a Workshop while doing a few different techniques, including 'Thumping' and 'Faux Leather'.



If you've had this set for a while, dig it out and have another go. Now there's a challenge for you. 🙂  


And if you don't have this set, you can find all the details on page 68 of the current Idea Book & Catalogue.

I can arrange for delivery to your door if you want this for your own – contact me for more information (and for a little surprise when placing your order).


Hope you have a great week. Things will be a little different here this week with the two oldest kiddlets at camp. Our littlest Miss has mum and dad all to herself and is planning on making the most of it! 

Happy stamping, 








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Top 3 Framelits Tips

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The new Apothecary Art stamp set and matching 'Labels Collection' Framelits dies are two of my most favourite Stampin' Up! products EVER! So quick and easy, and the results are great every time.

They really are a wonderful treat in the new Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue.


Happiest Birthday - Apothecary Art stamp set

Black heat embossed frame from Apothecary Art, watercoloured with blender pen and ink, Wisteria Wonder flagged banner, Vanilla panel embossed with Stripes embossing folder, on a Sahara Sand base.

Click to enlarge.



Framelits Tip #1

The best tip I could pass on is to use Post-It notes (aka 'sticky notes') to hold Framelits in place over the stamped image. 

Begin by stamping your chosen image from the gorgeous new Apothecary Art set, then line up the matching Framelit over the top ensuring an evenly-spaced border. Secure it with a sticky note so the frame won't shift while the 'sandwich' is rolled through the Big Shot.

Even better, keep a stash of post-it notes with your Framelits so they'll always be where you need them.


Framelits Tip #2

Cut a Magnet sheet to size, and slip it in the plastic wallet that the Framelits come packaged in.

By doing this, the metal Framelits won't slide around in the wallet and it's much quicker to find the correct one. (click to enlarge image).

Don't have any magnet sheets? Grab some old fridge magnets instead (the advertising kind – they seem to be multiplying on my fridge!) and attach them to a cardstock base.


Framelits Tip #3

To help with easy identification of the different sized dies in the set, think of the largest die as No.1, the next size down as No.2, all the way through to the smallest being die No.6. (Or the other way around, if that works for you.) You can add a label to the coordinating Apothecary Art stamps so you'll always know which die to grab. For example, this label fits perfectly in die # 4.



For more information, or to order your Apothecary Art stamp set and Framelits (with prompt delivery to your door) – contact Simone.

Oh, and don't forget to check out my newly-revived Facebook page and 'like' it for all the latest news.

Happy Stamping,




P.S. We had a fun time away camping recently… but I didn't take any craft gear this time, and must say I was itching to get back to it.
We all had a lovely break though, with happy hour all day by the campfire and the kids just ran around or rode their bikes the whole time. Gotta love this gorgeous country of ours.

Thanks for making my day by leaving some comment love below 🙂

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Big Top Suite… and Circle Punch Tips

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 Big Top Suite


We may be in Autumn now, but I've been doing some serious Spring cleaning in my craft room!

While going through my shelves and boxes, I found some great projects from past Stampin' Up! events that I haven't yet shared. 

Today's project is from our last Regional Training Day (I attended the Melbourne one), and features the fun Big Top suite of projects. This suite includes a stamp set, a bright and bubbly packet of Designer Series Paper and there's even adhesive die cuts in the range.

Believe it or not, this train carriage was created from two die cut shapes using the Scallop Envelope Die. So clever. The wheels are simply layered circles, adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Inside the carriage is a set of 4 little 4"x4" cards and envelopes, perfect for adding to a gift.

Big Top Suite: Elephant Card


Circle Punch Tip: The corners on the white layer were made by simply punching a notch using a small circle punch. So simple, but such an effective technique. Different sized circle punches will create different results.


We also made a scrap page:

Circle Punch Tip: The colourful banner was also made with a small circle punch. This time, the circles were folded in half over linen thread and adhered with mini glue dots.

This little clown image is a classic – he always makes me smile.

I love attending these Stampin' Up! sponsored events. Not only do we stamp and make pretty things like these projects, but we also learn new techniques and get sneak-peeks of upcoming goodies. There are giveaways and lots to inspire us, not to mention spending the day (or a few days, in the case of Convention) with like-minded guys and girls.

Now I'm the first to admit that I tend to spend far too much time chatting at these events, so I've been known to bring my projects home to finish. Thank goodness we get comprehensive instructions and colour photos so it's no drama. Of course, I can't help myself so tend to change things a little from the original design. But isn't that part of the fun? 🙂

Happy stamping





 Notes from Simone:

  • Ever thought about joining Stampin' Up! so you can come along to demonstrator-only events? There's still time to get the starter kit for $40 off PLUS a bonus stamp set of your choice for free. More info HERE.
  • For more info about the Big Top Suite of products, check out page 32 of the current Australian Idea Book & Catalogue. Contact me if you'd like more info or want to place a Stampin' Up! order.


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Craft Show – Door Prize Winner

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 Stampin' Up! at the Bendigo Picture to Page show

A huge hello to all the fabulous people we met over the weekend in Bendigo at the first local Picture To Page papercraft expo.

The organisers and everyone involved agreed it was a great success, so it looks like we'll be making it a regular fixture on the calendar! That's great news for regional Victoria – it's exciting when these kind of events come up to us for a change. I'll let you know dates and times as soon as they're available.

Just a quick announcement… Congratulations to Norma Wilson, the winner of our fabulous door prize.

Norma won a craft tote filled with Stampin' Up! goodies.


3D Display at the Stampin' Up! stand

If we met you at the show, we'd love to hear from you. You can get in touch by phone or email, and as always you're welcome to leave a comment here on my blog.

Did you come to the show? What did you think?


Happy stamping,

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French Foliage

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Tear-Front Layout featuring French Foliage stamp set

We had a fabulous evening on Friday at our 'All Occasions Stamp-a-stack'. It was a lovely group of ladies who shared some giggles and an inky night as we stamped and punched and did all sorts of fun stuff.

Everyone made 8 cards, including a couple of these.


French Foliage


Little difficult to see in the photos, but we stamped images from French Foliage (p69 Idea Book & Catalogue) collage-style in Versamark, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede inks. A little tearing and layering, and finally some misting with homemade shimmer mist (made from rubbing alcohol and Champagne Shimmer Paint mixed well in a fine mister bottle), finished them off nicely.

We had a few bright cards, kids cards and floral cards on the night, so it was nice to throw something a little more muted into the mix. Some of the ladies used this as a Sympathy card or male birthday cards.

French Foliage: Wishing You A Happy Birthday


Can't believe February is almost over! That means we're one sixth of the way through 2012 already. I know!


Happy stampin'





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Birthday Gift Wrap Tip

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Remember when your age was the most important number in the world?

My youngest daughter recently had a big birthday so now proudly holds up 5 fingers at every opportunity.

Inspired by this, we've been adding big chipboard numbers to her friends' birthday gifts. So much fun! We made the chipboard 5 shown here from the On Board Sheets (p155 Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalogue) and the fabulous Simple Numbers Bigz dies with the Big Shot.

We stamped directly on the chipboard with ink to match the ribbon, and wrapped the gift in simple paper.


Quick and easy but it sure gets a big smile from the littlies.


Happy stamping,

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