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Inspiration (aka Team Stamping Day Review)

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Well, it’s taken a few days to update the blog after the HUGE weekend!! An amazing day with my team on Saturday, a workshop with Carly and friends (‘wave’ to the girls) on Sunday followed by a work reunion. Monday gave me the chance to catch up with family in Melbourne. It was a rare opportunity to be in the big smoke on my own so I really made the most of it!

As promised, I’m here to share some of the fun we had on Saturday. What an amazing group of talented, creative, caring, funny and friendly demonstrators I have the privilege of knowing in my downline group of EurekaStampers.

EurekaStampers team day attendees

Thanks to Louise our budding photographer for taking this photo!
Back row: Ali, Anna, Jodie, Lorinda, Deb, Kathy, Simone, Maureen, Tracy, Maree – we can just see her hiding there, Kerri
Front row: Alicia, Wendy, Elissa, Juliana)

We exchanged our swaps first. Some fantastic new ideas and inspiration here….


After a chat and cuppa the very talented Maree from Clunes shared her amazing faux-button technique. Yes, she taught us how to make our own buttons using all Stampin’ Up! products which then make beautiful co-ordinated embellishments for our projects! WOW!

We also saw some great cards for blokes.

Tool Card 

Maree provided us with everything needed to make a clever bulldog clip photo stand! This is one of her finished products.


Tracy's brayer demonstrationWe had a yummy shared lunch (complete with stamped serviettes, much to Juliana‘s amusement), and then Tracy Penn from Berwick showed us some very effective brayer techniques.

She created a demo piece, and I had to laugh because it was the rooster stamp that I’ve been struggling to love. Well, the sample piece really caught my eye so I had to take it home. Stay tuned for a future blog post about this!

Maureen Crameri from Camperdown demonstrated a great mini album showcasing the ultrafine SuperNova glitter and heat & stick powder. And we all got to make one! Stunning.

Maureen's Mini Album

Juliana Main demoingJuliana Main (from Vic/NSW border) shared her WOW technique: Pulling Pastels. And it definitely was a WOW! She also gave us some scrapbooking tips to help us cardmakers   It’s true! If you can make a card you really can make a scrap page.

We also had a Tool Table set up. We played with all the tools in the catalogue, including the spritzer (to make a beachy bookmark), wheel guide (mitred corners), cropadile, etc, etc. Another make-&-take was a card from the Simply Sent Card Elements kit.


Finally there was the Punch Deck to make. Who doesn’t Luuuuuurve punches!




Pheww!! What a great day! Do you want to join us next time?

If you’ve been thinking about joining our fab group of papercrafters as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, ask for an obligation-free info pack.  We can get together and have a chat about how it all works.

Oh, just a quick reminder that our All Occassions Stamp-A-Stack is on this Friday July 31st. I can fit in just one more stamper! Email me to snap up the last spot.  

Happy stamping,



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Stitches & Craft Show Update

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Well here I am back online after 6 days without internet access at home. Ughhh! We recluctantly had to change our service provider (technical reasons) which is apparently NOT an easy process for some!
Anyway, apart from having to catch up on 800+ emails, I am back on track and am happy to be blogging again – starting with an update on our Stitches & Craft Show adventure.
We had a great few days… I met loads of wonderful people, caught up with demonstrator-friends I hadn’t seen for a while and made some new ones too!
Here is a shot of the whole team after 5 days of spreading the word about our wonderful company Stampin’ Up!®
The Stitches & Craft Show Team
We have (from left) Lisa, Naomi, Leanne, Susan, Karen, Gail, Coral, Yvonne, Janine, Tina, me and Ramona. If you visited our stand chances are you chatted to one of us. There are still lots of people who are learning about Stampin’ Up! for the first time so it’s always fun to see their eyes light up and get excited. We know the feeling!
It’s been an exciting week for another reason. I received my demonstrator preorder of BRAND NEW stamp sets that will be making their debut in the 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalogue. WooHoooo!!!! They are soooo gorgeous. I have made a couple of cards (no surprise there ) so will be back tomorrow to share them with you.
It’s good to be back,
Enjoy these photos from our gorgeous Sample Wall at the Stitches & Craft Show…

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Stitches & Craft Show

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The Melbourne Stitches & Craft Show is on again! The show runs until this Sunday 15th of March from its new home at the Melbourne Showgrounds.

Our group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators will once again have a stand, so make sure you stop by and say hello. I’ll be there (on and off) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

If you were a visitor to the Stitches & Craft Show, and this is your first visit to my blog then WELCOME! I hope you enjoyed your day at the show and learning about Stampin’ Up!, perhaps for the first time. Don’t forget to click on the tabs at the top of this post to discover more about classes and workshops, current specials, and how to get a discount on all your craft supplies. 

Bookmark this site and check back often as I keep you up to date on the latest news & specials from Stampin’ Up!, as well as share projects and ideas to keep those creative juices flowing.

Today’s shared project at the top of this post is a stunning card that a fellow team member and very creative lady sent me – Maureen Crameri (Camperdown). I love the unique fold on this card… hmmm I think this will have to be one of our stamp club projects in coming months.  This piccy might give you a better idea of how it opens…

How cute is that!!! Thanks Maureen for letting me share this on my blog.

We have a fantastic group of talented demonstrators from all over the state (and beyond!) covering Bendigo, Ballarat, Melbourne, Creswick, Daylesford, Kyneton, Deniliquin, Barham, Kerang, Colac, Berwick,  Camperdown, Maryborough… you name it!  Reminds me of the song "I’ve been everywhere man". LOL. If you are looking to make contact with a local demonstrator, or want to find out a little more about Stampin’ Up! just contact me.

Happy stamping!



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Bushfire Appeal

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Bodacious Bouquet Card Compendium 

So many of us have been affected by the tragic bushfires that hit Victoria this past week. We live in the middle of a state forest in Victoria, so bushfires are never far from our thoughts, but this is beyond anything that we could possibly imagine. 

We were incredibly lucky last weekend that our district was safe, but so many other small towns and communities – so similar to ours – weren’t as fortunate.

As a community of craft lovers, stampers and scrappers we can do something to help those who are trying to pick up the pieces by supporting Stampin’ Up! and the Red Cross in their generous fundraising efforts.  

Here are the details:

From now until 31 March 2009, Stampin’ Up! will donate 50 percent of the retail value of all sales from a select group of 10 stamp sets to the Australian Red Cross Victorian Bushfires 2009 Appeal.  I will also donate my commission, adding another 20 percent to the donation.  

This means that 70% of the purchase price (not just the profit) of the stamp sets listed below will go directly to the Australian Red Cross Victorian Bushfires 2009 Appeal.

Here is a list of the Bushfire Appeal sets:

 Stamp Set Item Number  Page Number in Catalogue  Retail Price 


112312 105   $48.95
Seeing Spots 
108909   89  $29.95
Baroque Motifs 
112380   98 $39.95
Live Your Dream 
114261   3
(Summer Mini Catalogue)
Looks Like Spring* 
108864   76  $58.95
The Snowflake Spot* 
108934   27  $39.95
Bodacious Boquet* 
108756   80 $58.95
Polka Dots & Paisley* 
110247   46  $35.95
G’day Mate* 
111973  115   $35.95
Be Happy* 
108744   51 $39.95


*The sets in blue will appear on the upcoming list of retiring products, so they will only be available for the Bushfire Appeal while supplies last. These are expected to be very popular.

As a heartfelt thank you for supporting this appeal, I am looking forward to giving you a handmade gift along with your order.

Email me for more details or to place your order.

I’ll be back tomorrow to share some of the projects I’ve been working on lately.

Happy stamping,



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Happy New Year

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Hello again and happy new year to my visitors! It’s great to be back and crafting again after a wonderful but hectic Christmas and New Year time.

We had a great Christmas. Hope you enjoyed yours! The kids were so excited to open their presents – hearing their squeals of delight was priceless (although 5.50am might have been a *little* early for squeals).

We went to Mum and Dad’s on Christmas morning, and spent the day there with family. Mum put on an amazing feast for us all – she’s truly amazing. Highlights for me were watching the kids opening their family presents outside in the beautiful sunshine, spending time with my sister and her gorgeous boys, and the walk we all went on after lunch.


Our stamp club for January was held on Friday. It was so lovely to see all the ladies again and to spend a bit of time stamping together. We did the Emerging Colour technique (above), using inks, the All In The Stars stamp set, clear embossing powder and the brayer. To finish up they all stamped a 2009 calendar bookmark.

Now a new month and a new Year brings lots of new treats from Stampin’ Up!

January marks the start of one of the highlights on the Stampin’ Up! calendar: Sale-a-bration.  Yes, free stamps! It’s the perfect time to book that workshop you’ve been planning to have 😉 

Do you have a copy of the Sale-a-bration brochure? Shoot me an email and I’ll get one in the post to you.

Happy stamping,

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I’m back!

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This post is not stamping related

Yes back to reality after being on the most amazing holiday… we just spent over a week onboard the superliner Pacific Dawn. It was the perfect holiday!

Let me indulge for a minute as I share some happy snaps. My next post will be back to the usual programming as I get all inky again 😉


Our home-away-from-home

Our home-away-from-home

Family photo in front of the Pacific Dawn

Me sipping cocktails on deck

Me sipping cocktails on deck

A warm welcome on the islands

A warm welcome on the islands

View of the ship from the island of Ouvea

View of the ship from the island of Ouvea

Good to be back,

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