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Melbourne Regional Swaps

Published by under cards | Oct 16 2009

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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Recycling in the Craft Room

Published by under 3D projects,general chat | Oct 14 2009

Sticky Cuts and Fine Supernova Glitter

G’day! So great to be back home in Oz, although our trip to the UK was fantastic and we were sad to say goodbye to our family and friends there. There’s nothing quite like your own bed though. KWIM? DD2 and DD6 decided they liked being on Greenwich Mean Time and wanted to stay on it… so that meant sleeping half the day away and wanting to party all night! *sigh* Don’t you love jetlag?

Thankfully we’re over all that now, and have settled back to our normal routines at kinder-creche, school, sports, work.. and stamping!

I’ve had about 5 workshops, classes and events since we’ve been home so although it’s been very busy it has also been wonderful to catch up with my lovely stamping friends/customers. Thanks for being such an fun, bright part of my life! xx

Stay tuned for our regular blogging posts, updates on Stampin’ Up! specials, coming classes and stamping tips and techniques.

The project today shows what you can do with a bit of recycling in the craft room 😉



What better excuse to use up those gorgeous Pretties Kit embellishments… afterall, you need the tin to decorate! LOL

Supplies Used: Sweet Sticky Cuts (p145 IB&C), Fine Supernova Glitter (p145), Pretties Kit tin (p149), Bashful Blue grosgrain ribbon (p151), Chocolate Chip wide grosgrain ribbon (p151), clear button (p151), Holiday Treasures DSP (p134).

Don’t forget to click on the "October Specials" tab at the top of this page to learn how you can choose a fab stamp at 20% off the regular price.

Happy stamping,



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Creative Colour Combo

Published by under cards,general chat | Sep 29 2009

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

Published by under cards | Sep 15 2009

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

Published by under cards,stamp club | Sep 11 2009

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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Free Ribbon

Published by under specials | Sep 01 2009







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