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Convention Wrap-up

Published by under Stampin' Up! Convention | May 05 2009

(Swaps received at Convention 2009, above)

Day 2 of Convention was fantabulous!!

We spent the morning in our smaller group, learning and being inspired, then gathered together for another yummy lunch.

It was a beautiful day so we sat on the steps of the Convention Centre and soaked up the rays. During lunch I had one of those ‘wow’ moments, when I stopped to realise how many hundreds of women (and a couple of men) had come from all over Australia and New Zealand to share our love of papercrafts in general, but especially for Stampin’ Up!. You know, I always thought I was the only one who could spend hours in the stationery aisles of shops! LOL. It was so wonderful to meet like-minded people and put faces to names/websites. Oh and the creativity!!! It was sooo inspiring!!!

We gathered for more Workshop Wows and inspiration. It must have been scary for the demonstrators to go up on stage in front of their peers, but they all did such a great job. Thank you!


 We ‘frocked up’ and returned to the Convention Centre in the evening for one of the highlights of the weekend… the Awards Night. It was a night of celebration as demos were recognised for all their hard work over the past year.

I was lucky enough to go up on stage for a couple of awards, as were two of the lovely demonstrators in my group. Congratulations Maureen and Juliana!!! A highlight was learning that my very own upline, Janine Rawlins, was one of the top demonstrators in the whole country – number 20 in fact! She also won an all-expenses paid trip to Noosa in August for her and her hubby Nick. Well done Janine!

The absolute best part of being at Convention, was the giggles and fun I shared with all the girls in our group. In the words of a stamp set, it was Priceless.

Now that I’m unpacking and getting ready for another great year with Stampin’ Up!, I’m already looking forward to convention next year – in Sydney!


(Our group on the Awards Night, with Aaron Scott, Manager Stampin’ Up! Australia)



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Stampin’ Up! Convention

Published by under Stampin' Up! Convention | May 01 2009

What an amazing weekend!

Here we are in Canberra, for the annual Stampin’ Up! convention for Australian demonstrators. It is soooo exciting!!

Today was the first day and we spent the whole time being inspired, catching up with friends, chatting to the company exec’s and seeing the most incredible projects. We swapped loads of cards and I have received some absolutely stunning ones that I can’t wait to share with everyone when I get home. Yes, we even did some stamping! What a surprise 🙂

Below are some happy snaps from Day 1.

Photos: The amazing Shelli Gardner (Stampin’ Up! co-founder and CEO), Aaron Scott (Aus manager), our beautiful Stampin’ Up! bag that was filled with goodies like stamps, pen, lip balm, etc, and finally a pic of Shelli and I.


Shelli Gardner on stage



Aaron Scott and family



Convention bag



Shelli and me


I’m here with some other demos from my team and we are having an absolute blast. Our group photos are on another camera so I’ll have to upload them tomorrow.

Want to join us????  Come with us next year – you’ll love it!! And if you’ve loved the products for a while and have been thinking about joining Stampin’ Up! then NOW is the time. An amazing promotion was just announced, offering a special starter kit for the reduced price of only $150!!!! You get heaps of products, discounts off all future purchases, the opportunity to earn some money and/or support your habit – oops, I mean hobby, AND next year you could join us for Convention 2010! You’ll also receive a welcome gift from me! 

I’ll be posting more details soon, but in the meantime visit then contact me to set up a time for a chat and cuppa.


Simone 🙂



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Bella Rose Notepad

Published by under 3D projects,classes | Apr 26 2009

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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Window Dressing

Published by under cards | Apr 09 2009

Happy Easter stampers!

We are just about to head off for our annual camping-in-the-middle-of-nowhere trip. No running water, no electricity, no phone – love it!!! We come home covered in dirt and smelling of campfire smoke, but with a much greater appreciation for all the comforts of home!

A big "Hello" to all the ladies who joined me last weekend for one of the New Catalogue classes. The catalogue is a BIG HIT – the new stamp sets, accessories and In Colours were given a big thumbs up!

The card above is a fun project we made at Stamp Club, and features the gorgeous Level 3 hostess set called Window Dressing (p22 IB&C).

The window was snipped out and layered over a co-ordinating cardstock panel. We coloured the window with markers, mainly Close To Cocoa (same as the cardstock base) and Creamy Caramel. This was all mounted over the separate ‘windows’ with Stampin’ Dimensionals so that it is very 3D in real life. We scored and folded the shutters a little and even colored the back of the shutters with markers for a more finished look.  The sentiment is from Curvy Verses (p116 IB&C). The background stamp is called Weathered, and was stamped in Versamark on the Cocoa card.

This card was heaps of fun to make and kind of reminds me of a treehouse! I’m thinking of doing a Window Dressing class so stay tuned for more details after Easter.

Alma’s version in Barely Banana (above) and Jodie’s in Brocade Blue (below).



Hope you have a lovely Easter!

See you next week.




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Pictorial Tutorial: How to Make a Scallop Frame

Published by under cards | Apr 04 2009

Today I thought I'd share a simple technique using punches to create raised 3D frames. You can see one I've used in this Birthday Cheers card.


How to Make a Scallop Frame (or any shape, for that matter!)

Punch a 1 3/8" circle from your cardstock

Punch a 1 3/8" circle from your cardstock


Save the punched circle for another project. This time we need to work on the negative space!

Save the punched circle for another project. This time we need to work on the negative space!


Turn your scallop circle punch over and insert cardstock from Step 1. Line it up carefully so that the empty circle is in the exact middle. Punch!

Turn your scallop circle punch upside-down and insert cardstock from Step 1. Line it up carefully so that the empty circle is in the exact middle. Punch!


And here you have the frame. Add tiny pieces of Stampin' Dimensionals around the frame and layer it over a stamped image for a great 3D effect.

And here you have the frame. Add tiny pieces of Stampin' Dimensionals around the frame and layer it over a stamped image for a great 3D effect.


Hope you've enjoyed my first little Pictorial Tutorial!


See you soon,

Birthday Cheers card: Baja Breeze, Basic Black, Rose Red cardstock, Cheers To You stamp set, scallop edge punch, scallop circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, black gingham ribbons, Rose Red double stitched 1" grosgrain ribbon

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Happy New Catalogue

Published by under classes,IB&C changeover | Apr 02 2009

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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