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Stamping on Candles

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 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

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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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Creative Colour Combo

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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

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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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Made for Each Other

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Just a quick one tonight. I wanted to share a couple of cards we made at stamp club today. They were inspired by an article in this month’s issue of Australian Cardmaking Stamping & Papercraft, Vol 15 No 4, and a great collection of 10 Quick Cards designed by Shelly Stakis. 






These cards feature the Upsy Daisy stamp set and co-ordinating Urban Garden DSP (designer series paper) – they are just made for each other! Colours used are Not Quite Navy, Kiwi Kiss, and a hint of Baja Breeze. 

By the way, it’s good to be back and blogging again. My computer had a total meltdown this week so I’m now back online with a brand new hard disk drive. Amazingly we were able to save all files but I lost every one of my bookmarks. Still, I’m not complaining. It could have been a lot worse!

Now I’m off to finish packing. We’re going on a little trip but I’ll be posting as usual – I’ve got a big backlog of projects to share with you. Hey I might even throw in the odd holiday snap!

Happy stamping,

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Fresh Fish

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Something to bring a smile to your face today.

Stamp sets: Just Beachy, Basic Phrases. Ink: Brilliant Blue, Bashful Blue, Stazon Black. Cardstock: Brilliant Blue, Whisper White.

I was inspired to make this card after checking out Michelle Zindorf’s stunning works of art on her blog. Ok so I’ve got a looooong way to go, but this was a first effort! LOL

It is amazing what Michelle can do with a brayer and clear embossing powder. WOW!!! Make sure you visit her tutorials. Actually, ‘WOW’ doesn’t even begin to describe it!

Check back tomorrow for some exciting news about Stampin’ Up!’s September promotion!

Happy stamping,

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