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New Class Schedule

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Hi stampers!

I came home from Convention on a creative high and spent the past week or two making lots and lots of cards, boxes, cards, totes… and more cards! I didn’t even have time to blog. Ok, well, I did have to catch up on the washing and ironing, etc, but we don’t have to dwell on that. LOL.

Bella Rose Card Gift Set from the Mothers Day Class


On Your Birthday stamp set and Bella Rose DSP

Sour Cream Container with Bella Rose DSP aka Sunny Boy Container


I also got all our calendars in sync and have scheduled the next lot of Classes – they are going to be so much fun.

 Click here to download the NEW CLASS SCHEDULE

The first round (January – May) was a bit of a test, just to see if anyone would come. Well, every class was booked out! I have listened carefully to all the ideas that my lovely stamping friends gave me, and have come up with some very practical but enjoyable class topics. I hope you find something that grabs your interest. Contact me to reserve your spot.

Below is a super simple card made with the fabbo new Curly Label Punch Bundle (p153 IB&C) of stamps and punch. Oh, the possibilities with this one….!!  

Best Wishes card featuring the Cute & Curly punch bundle and Bella Rose DSP

 I love making a little peek-a-boo window and adhering the sentiment on the inside. It’s easy to line up too: just shut the card and attach the punch shape through the gap.


Window view

Happy stamping!



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Bella Rose Notepad

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Covered NotepadHere’s a little project I enjoyed making during the week, using the gorgeous Bella Rose Designer Series Paper.

It’s a handy dandy notepad, covered in Riding Hood Red cardstock and decorated with a few embellishments.

The Cropadile had no troubles punching through the entire thing to make a hole in the upper left-hand corner. A metal hinged ring was inserted through the hole, then Tafetta ribbon (in white and Riding Hood Red) was tied to the ring. 



An interesting technique was used to add dimension and feature to the rose, which was fussy cut from the Bella Rose DSP. I will be demonstrating this technique at my next Class, on Friday 8th of May (in Creswick, Vic).

Here’s a closer look…

At the class we’ll be making a gorgeous card compendium which you can personalise with different sentiments, and comes complete with FOUR cards and stamped envelopes. It’s a perfect gift for Mum (Mothers Day is on 10th of May!!), or that special friend who treasures your hand crafted projects.

Here is a sneak peek:

If you’d like to join us on Friday 8th May (7pm start) contact me to reserve your spot. It’ll be a fun night!

Have a great weekend,




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Happy New Catalogue

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The New Stampin’ Up! Idea Book & Catalogue is out!!!! 160 pages of fabulous new layouts and plenty of yummy new stamps and accessories.

Click to access the online Idea Book & Catalogue 2009-2010

Do you want one?

  • If you are attending one of my new catalogue classes this weekend, or you are a stamp club member, you will be collecting your very own copy soon! Limited spots available for the Sunday afternoon class at the Creswick Fire Station. Contact me for more details.
  • Book a workshop for your own free copy and the chance to clear some items off your wish list for FREE!
  • Order your own copy for only $12.95 plus postage.

I’m so excited about the classes coming up this weekend. Here’s a little peek at one of the projects we’ll be making… an Easter gift using the new In Color "Pink Pirouette" and the Fresh Cuts stamp set (the Easter Wishes sentiment is from Occasional Greetings). And yes, of course, there is chocolate!!! 😉

On Saturday morning I’m posting my first Pictorial Tutorial. The topic is punched frames which can be used as embellishments for cards or scrap pages. See you then!

Happy stamping,




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Card Share

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CLICK HERE for retiring items that have sold out (or close to it) . The list is too long to paste here! 

A quick hi to all the lovely ladies who joined in the class on Friday night. We made a number of projects using all retiring sets. It was a great night so thanks again for coming!

Oh and a quick reminder that I’m taking bookings for the VERY EXCITING next class where you’ll get to try out some NEW goodies from the 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalogue (yet to be released). It’s on Sunday 5th April. $15,  which includes a FREE copy of the new catalogue!!!

I’ve had a little peek at some of the new rubbah we’ll be getting next month and all I can say is yuuuummmmyyyyy. (Have I mentioned I love little birds??)



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Countdown to Retirement

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No, I’m not retiring. LOL

But there’s only a few days left before the official "Retiring List" is released by Stampin’ Up! (approx. March 1st). The List tells us which stamps and accessories won’t be making it to the new catalogue. From previous years’ experience  I can tell you that some of the items sell out almost as soon as the retirement list comes out… especially the In Colours (think ‘re-inkers’)!!!  Sooooo if you are planning on getting something let me know ASAP.

There are just a couple of spots left for next Friday’s Retirement Party class but I’d love to fit you in so contact me and I’ll put your name on the list. We’ll be making an assortment of projects using retiring stamps and accessories. Don’t forget the free grab bag that all attendees will get! Oohh who doesn’t love free stuff! 🙂  I’ll be back next week with photos of some of the projects we’ll be making (once the retiring list is out), but I CAN tell you that the 12×12 designer series papers will be replaced by a new assortment.

All Designer Series Papers will be retiring to make way for new designs

Until then, here is one of my fave card layouts using papers from the 2008-2009 Idea Book & Catalogue. What a simple yet effective way to put a card together. The only stamping on this card was the sentiment – the rest is part of the Le Jardin paper embellished with items from the Pretties Kit! Too easy.


Have a great day!

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New Classes

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Isn’t he cute? I love this little hedgehog fella from the Fun & Fast Notes stamp set (p41 IB&C). This is a Lip Balm Holder I made for my lovely hostess and fellow stamping addict (*wave* to Felicite and the Kyneton girls).

This is one of the projects you’ll be able to create yourself in a gift-making class I have planned for later in the year…



Over the last few months, I’ve had more and more requests to hold regular classes. So here it is! The first class schedule is ready and I’m so excited to launch it. 

Click on the link below to open the document.

Download Class Schedule

I am keeping class sizes small so that you can have the time and space to enjoy the session.  If you are interested in booking a spot let me know ASAP as it really is a first in-best dressed situation.

These classes will all be held in Creswick, but as always if you and a group of friends would like to run your own classes we can set up one for you.

After the new catalogue is released in April (wooHoo – are you excited yet?) I’ll announce some more classes. You can always check my Workshops & Classes page for details.  Stay tuned.

 Happy stamping!



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