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The New Catalogue is HERE

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Woo Hoo! It's here! CLICK HERE to download the brand new 2010 – 2011 Idea Book & Catalogue from Stampin' Up!

CLICK HERE to download the supplies list.

Contact me to arrange for your very own copy of the IBC to be sent to you. There's nothing quite like snuggling up on the couch with a hot cuppa as you flick through the pages.

I'm taking bookings NOW for all Christmas Workshops. Dates are filling fast, so contact me to secure your chosen date.

And if you've been thinking about joining Stampin' Up! – "will I? won't I?" then oh my goodness you are going to be very excited about the Free Gift you'll get when joining us during September…. NEW 'IN COLOR' PRODUCTS (markers, ink and cardstock) to the value of $84.90. Seriously, wow. Click on the orange "Join Today" circle on the right sidebar for more info.

Happy stamping,

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Last Chance. Last Day.

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Well, this is it! Today is the very last day that any of us can order from the 2009-2010 Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalogue.

We've all been blown away by the EXTRA 50% off bargains that were announced a few days ago. Not surprisingly these have been hugely popular and some items have already sold out. The good news is that there is still time to snap up some bargains but… you snooze, you lose! lol.

I've gone through the updated list with a fine-tooth comb, and my picks of the bargains (that are still available at the time of writing) are in the table below.

To order: Phone 5345 1592 or email me.

For a full list of retiring items please click HERE.

Remember that the following Stampin' Up colours will be unavailable after midnight tonight:

Rich Regals: Bordering Blue, Handsome Hunter, Brocade Blue, Ballet Blue, Taken with Teal.

Bold Brights: Pink Passion, Glorious Green, Pixie Pink, Yoyo Yellow, Orchid Opulence, Lovely Lilac, Brilliant Blue, Green Galore, Only Orange, Gable Green.

Soft Subtles: Almost Amethyst, Barely Banana, Pale Plum, Sage Shadow, Blush Blossom, Mellow Moss, Apricot Appeal, Lavender Lace.

Earth Elements: Ruby Red, Cameo Coral, Summer Sun, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Really Rust.






The rest of the family will be out tonight at the Fabulous Fathers Night (Dads and kids) at school, but I'll be home ready to lodge your last-minute orders.

It's a bit exciting, isn't it?!

Happy stamping,

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One day to go…

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Hi there! Just a couple of quick reminders…

  • This month's special of 20% off selected two-step stamps finishes on Saturday 31st of July. If you want to place an order it might be best to phone me on 0411 642 038.
  • The end of July is also the end of the discounted Starter Kit for anyone who wants to join Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator and take advantage of the many benefits that being a 'demo' brings.

Also a quick NEWS FLASH that seriously exciting times are ahead! On the 1st of August the LAST CHANCE LIST will be released. This is a list of all the items that will be discontinued when our current Idea Book & Catalogue expires at the end of August, so it really will be your last chance to grab these items. I've been a demonstrator for a few years now, and I have seen first-hand how quickly some of the Last Chance List items sell out. Yep, very quickly. If there is anything you want off the list, contact me and I will place the order straight away. Check back here on the 1st of August for more information.

Today's card share is some happy mail I received from a lovely friend and team member, Maureen Crameri. Maureen and I are looking forward to going on a trip to Hamilton Island in a couple of months, with our hubbies and about 25 other demonstrators who earned the Incentive Trip this year. I suspect Maureen knows of my love for the Cottage Garden stamp set and this colour combo, don't you think? LOL.

Happy stamping,

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A Passion for Papercrafts… and a bit on the side

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Hi there. Hope you've found some time lately to be creative and enjoy some 'me time'. As I mentioned in my last newsletter… it's soooo important. I know I feel really stretched if I've been running around doing a million-and-one jobs, and sometimes I just need a couple of hours of quiet relaxation by stamping a card or scrapbooking a happy occasion.

If you're a regular to my blog you'll know that I have another hobby: patchworking and quilting (although it definitely takes second place to my love of paper!). After finishing my last big quilt I've only made a couple of small projects, so decided to spend the past week getting my next project organised. It's an applique quilt with lots of texture, and I'm using the Big Shot on it… so fun! I love how you can use so many different materials with the Big Shot, like vinyl, balsawood, felt, acetate, sponge, and plenty more. NO, I'm not putting those on the quilt! LOL

I think the hardest thing with quilting is getting everything set up, the blocks measured and cut, fabrics chosen, etc. Oh cardmaking is so much easier!


Anyway, I did have a great day on Saturday visiting the Craft and Quilt Show in Melbourne. It was my first craft show in ages where I wasn't working on a stand, so I took the chance to have a good look around. So many inspiring projects, and I couldn't help but notice the fresh use of colour. I recognised many of the new colours we'll be getting in September with Stampin' Up!'s Colour Renovation… they appeared everywhere in different fabrics and textiles, wool, stitcheries and clothes. It has made me more excited than ever about the freshening of our available colours.


Now, if you have a 'passion for papercraft' then you'll want to mark August 27 – 29 in your diary. Melbourne Paperific is on that weekend and I'll be there with other demonstrators sharing new techniques AND you'll get a chance to do Make & Takes. It will be a great time to visit being the end of one catalogue and the start of a new one. It's at the Melbourne Showgrounds (so it's very handy for those of us in regional areas). 

Today I thought I'd share one of our recent Stamp Club projects. Usually the afternoon and evening groups do the same projects, but not this past month. One group had done Waterfall Cards before, and the other group hadn't but I didn't want them to miss out. Our topic for both groups was Two-Step Stamping, of course, so everyone learned how to use the stamps that are 20% off this month, such as this one, "A Rose Is A Rose".


There are lots of great online tutorials if you want to learn how to make these cards (just look up "Waterfall Cards"). I learned how to do these from Keryn, one of the talented girls in my downline, at our last Team Day. I can't believe I hadn't made them before, because I thought they were too hard! Not at all, give them a try!

And here's the page all stamp club members made for their Technique Journal.


Happy stamping! I'm off to finish preparing for the arrival of a new family member. More details tomorrow!


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Doing the 2-Step in a Cottage Garden

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Hi there 🙂 Welcome, and thanks for stopping by my blog today.

I know I've gone on and on about this Cottage Garden stamp set here on my blog… but I just love this set! LOL

Today's card share is a really pretty yet simple layout using Cottage Garden and featuring the delicious Rich Razzleberry, Pale Plum and Old Olive colours. A beautiful combo!

We're doing this card at a workshop this week (wave to Tanya and friends). Hmm, I think I might even add a touch of Dazzling Diamonds glitter. Yep, off to do that now.

Bargain Alert: Cottage Garden is 20% off until the end of July! How great is it that we can get this set for less than $20 for the unmounted version!

Happy stamping,

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Cheep Talk

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I love this little birdy from the Cheep Talk set. He's cute, and this stamp set is so easy to work with. And it's currently 20% off as part of this month's Two Step Stamp special! We are using this set at workshops during July (see cards below), and it's popular with everyone – beginners and experienced stampers alike. Here are a couple of simple cards perfect for beginners. They use the same supplies, but one is landscape layout and the other is portrait.

I love how this little guy even looks great as a simple no layer card…

Clean And Simple _ Cheep Talk



I haven't had a chance to update you on our fab Team Day which was on Saturday. Our little country town didn't know what hit it. 😉 We had a lot of visitors that day all in the name on Stampin' Up! with team members coming from NSW, from the other side of Melbourne, and lots of other regional towns in Victoria. I'm so amazed that our 'little' group of EurekaStampers now number 50, and what a lovely group it is.

This is my fave photo, even though it cuts a few of us out ;( 
(but oh it was fun to watch Debbie jump up on the table to take this shot).


We did our own version of Prize Patrol (door prizes/lucky numbers), did Make & Takes using new stamps from the yet-to-be-released 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalogue, swapped and generally had a lovely time. My favourite was watching some of the girls in our team get up and do demonstrations and interesting techniques. Lots of "wows" there!

We don't often get the chance to see each other face to face so it's always special when that happens. Thanks girls for making it a great day.

Stop press: You still have time to join Stampin' Up! while the Starter Kit is only $259 (from 1st of August it will be back to $324, which is still a bargain mind you) More info here. Join up with me or one of the team members in my group and you can join us at our next team day!


We are nearly at the end of school holidays here in Victoria – and it's cold and freezing. We've got both our open fires crackling away and the central heating on too! It's been great to spend extra time with the kids although I think we're *all* ready for school to go back on Monday! I'll be back to regular blogging again from next week.

Happy stamping,


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