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Hamilton Island Incentive Trip

Thanks 2 U

Wow! I'm totally blown away with the lovely emails and messages I received after my last post. Thank you so much for the love and support and most of all friendship.

I think I'm more shocked than anybody that I've actually earned the Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip! If you're not sure what this is all about, this is how Stampin' Up! explains it…

Every year, Stampin' Up! rewards the achievements of qualifying demonstrators with an amazing trip to an extraordinary locale where attendees participate in fun activities, relax in luxury, and – of course – stamp!

When I joined as a demonstrator just on 2 1/2 years ago I really only planned to buy at a discount and make cards as a hobby. I had heard about the Incentive Trip and was in awe of the achievers when I attended my first Convention in Brisbane in 2008. It seemed a world away from where I was.

Well, fast forward 2 years and here I am, still pinching myself. It just goes to show that ANYone can do this!

I can only say how incredibly blessed and grateful I am to have an AMAZING team who are now very special friends, some of the most wonderful and creative customers (aka stamping friends) and an incredibly supportive family. And, I'm so grateful to be working for (can I really call it 'work'?) a company that is so generous.

*big hugs*

thanks 2 u

On to today's project… I'm excited to share this box set of cards made using the 2U Card Elements & More set (p142 IB&C) which I was recently given as a gift.


Thanks 2 U box set

I loved working with this kit. Everything is included to make the sample project (the carousel card at the top of this post) but you can still change things around to make unique projects by adding some extra cardstock for example. Isn't it great how everything co-ordinates? I used some extra Ruby Red cardstock and DSP to make the box to hold the cards, and textured Chocolate Chip and Tempting Turquoise cardstock for the square card below.


Square Thanks 2 U card


Don't forget we only have just over a week left of Sale-a-bration. We're in the final days of Stampin' Up!'s big FREE STAMPS giveaway, but it's not too late to claim your free set (or get another one!). And if you've been thinking about joining up, I'd love to have a chat  with you about how it can fit in with your life. Until the end of March, you can choose an extra stamp set (to $79.95 value) with the already great value starter kit!

Happy stamping,

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I did it! I did it!

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Today I'm doing the big Happy Dance!

After three long years and some blood, sweat and tears I have

can you guess, can you guess????


to keep you in suspense just a minute more, here's an original card I made to celebrate



finished my first proper quilt!

Ok so maybe that bit of news wasn't very exciting, but it is to me *LOL* and I just had to share it!

I enrolled in a patchwork and quilting course a few months after we left Melbourne and moved to regional Victoria, mainly so I could get out of the house and do something different (I was pregnant at the time). I learnt how to hand-piece a sampler quilt, and this week I finally finished hand-quilting it! No work of art, that's for sure, but you've got to start somewhere!

New Beginnings Quilt



Our group of Creswick Quilters are holding our first ever Quilt Show this weekend in the Bill Huntley room at John Curtin Aged Care, Creswick. It's for a great cause, as all proceeds go to the hospital. I'll be there on Saturday if you want to drop by and have a giggle at us. Phew, soooo glad I finished mine in time!

Now let me see, there was some more news…. now what was it?

oh THAT's right….

did I mention that I earned the Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip to Hamilton Island this week?


Thank you Stampin' Up!

I'll have a lot more to say on that on Sunday after the quilt show is over 🙂




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New Gift-Giving Class

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Just a quick one today… I'm excited to let you know about a new time for the next gift-giving class:

Mothers Day Class
Sunday May 2nd
2pm – 4pm
Class Fee: $20 (all materials supplied)

We'll be making a beautiful gift made from the heart… something your mother, sister or special friend will treasure. Or keep it for yourself!

More details will follow, but as many of my regular attendees know these classes are very special and do tend to book out so I wanted to let you know this new date straight away.

Now I can't go without sharing a card, can I! Nooooooo!

Ok, well this card has a bit of a history. The rooster part was made at one of our team days last year (Tracy demonstrated how to apply More Mustard ink to glossy cardstock with the brayer)  and I just knew I'd use it! This one's for you Tracy 🙂

Happy stamping,

May 2nd Mothers Day Class booking request




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More Pop-Up Fun

Published by under cards,Paperific,Sale-a-bration

peanutsliderHello! If this is your first time visiting, welcome… feel free to look around and  subscribe (check the top right sidebar) so you’ll always be kept up to date.

As promised in my last post, I’m sharing a couple more pop-up cards that were on display at my class last weekend. All the ladies did a great job of the pop-up cards, and keeping up with the pace. Yep, we covered a lot of info in those 2 hours!

This slider card above features the stamp set called That’s Funny (p55) and those “complimentary peanuts” that give us a chuckle. It reminds of the days when Lonestar Steakhouse at Chadstone had complimentary nuts in big barrels, and the shells were all over the floor! Anyone else remember that?

And open…

peanut slider open

And below we have another type of pop-up; one which has an additional insert that you can embelish.


Well here we are in March already which is our final month of Sale-a-bration. Have you got your free stamps yet? This really is a great time to stock up on snail adhesive refills, Whisper White cardstock (sooooo perfect for stamping on), and other basics so you can choose another free set!

If you are dropping by Paperific this weekend, stop by the Stampin’ Up! stand and say g’day. I’ll be there on Saturday and Sunday, along with a bunch of other lovely demo’s. We’ll have free Make & Takes and demonstrations all day, and lots of project ideas to inspire.

Happy stamping,


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Valentines Day

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Stampin' Up! Valentines Card

Happy Valentines Day!

Card features: Candy Lane DSP (p135), Chocolate Chip cardstock, Valet Ribbon Originals (p150), chocolate Fine Supernova glitter (p145), Sweet Sticky Cuts (p145).


Happy stamping,

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Happy Moments Sale-a-bration Make & Takes

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Happy Moments Sale-a-bration Stamp Set, by Stampin' Up!

[*big wave*] Hi, thanks for visiting.

Today I’m sharing some of the Make & Take projects that my workshop guests will be making during February. There is a choice of colours, and it’s a simple yet practical layout.

We’re using the wonderfully versatile Happy Moments Sale-a-bration stamp set – free with purchases over $100. We’ll also get to play with the gorgeous PolkaDot background stamp and some punches. There’s also a touch of watercolouring there, just for fun.




If you’d like to make these projects, it’s really easy. Just get in touch with me and we can organise a class or workshop to suit your needs. It’s soooo much fun.

Come back on Valentine’s Day to check out some projects that share the love!

Happy stamping,


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