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It Pays (more) to Have Fun

Published by under specials | Jun 01 2009

Stampin’ Up! announced a fantastic promotion this month to reward our workshop hostesses even more than usual.

If you’ve been to one of my workshops in the past you’ll already know they are heaps of fun. You get:

  •  a fun night out with friends,
  • a chance to relax,
  • to learn something new, and
  • to unleash your creativity

 AND we make really cute, practical projects that are more than a little special (I love spoiling my hostesses and their guests, yes there’s often chocolate involved! hehehe).

For hostesses, it’s even better! It gives you an opportunity to earn exclusive hostess stamp sets AND award dollars to spend on anything at all in the catalogue!

But the big news is that during June and July, workshops over $600 in sales will earn hostesses an extra $40 to spend. Yep, this is IN ADDITION to the normal benefits of at least $70 to spend plus a free hostess stamp set.  

There’s never been a better time to host your own workshop, so I have opened up a few more times/days to give my wonderful customers a chance to book one. If you’re interested contact me for your pick of dates.

I’ve had heaps of fun this week making cards using the hostess stamp sets. Check back tomorrow for some photos of these.

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Last Chance for Free Paper

Published by under Designer Series paper,specials | May 29 2009

Just a couple of days left until May is over! How fast is this year going??

May is officially Scrapbooking Month so if you’re a scrapbooker hopefully you’ve had a chance this month to complete a couple of pages.

I’ve started doing mini pages to fit in my 6"x6" album. They are quick and easy – far less daunting or time consuming than the bigger pages, and they still achieve the goal of recording precious moments. I usually add the journaling as a separate tag that slips in behind the photo. If ever I choose to convert them to 12×12, it will be a simple process of a little extra layering, finding a spot for the journaling tag and adding a few more embellishments.

6x6 scrapbook page


Circle Circus stamp set; textured cardstock in Yoyo Yellow, Orchid Opulence, Tempting Turquoise; Flower designer brads; silver brads; Tempting Turquoise narrow grosgrain ribbon.

As May draws to a close don’t forget you still have a chance to claim a free packet of 12"x12" Designer Series Paper with the purchase of 3 packs. Contact me if you’re interested. With 2 pages of each design in a pack, consider sharing with a friend. Designer Series Papers are great for cardmakers too, as they add that extra touch with very little effort, as you can see from the cards below. A little strip goes a long way!

Upsy Daisy with Urban Garden DSP

Upsy Daisy stamp set; Urban Garden DSP; Not Quite Navy cardstock and ink; Baja Breeze cardstock and ink. Projects CASEd from p75 of the Idea Book & Catalogue.

Also a BIG HUGE welcome to all the new demonstrators that have joined the team this month. The discounted ‘Scrapbooking’ Starter Kit has been a huge hit and I’m so excited to see so many very talented and creative ladies join in the fun. I can’t wait to meet all the new girls at the quarterly EurekaStampers team get-together in July.

Have a great weekend!



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New Class Schedule

Published by under classes | May 14 2009

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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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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