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Book Now: New August Class – Thoughtful Branches

Published by under cards | Jul 09 2016



Next month an awesome new stamp set and Thinlits die bundle will be making a brief appearance. Available for a limited time only, I’m predicting this 23 piece stamp set and 9 piece coordinating dies will be hugely popular so you won’t want to miss out.  I can’t wait to get my hands on it (luckily I don’t have to wait long – another perk of being part of Stampin’ Up!) and have already organised a couple of classes using this gorgeous bundle.


Best of all, you’ll be buying the bundle as part of your class fee! You will learn how to use these stamps and dies and will take them home at the end of class.


Bookings are open now for the following dates:

Thursday 18th August 1pm 
Sunday 21st August 2pm 

 >>>> Reserve your spot <<<<


Cost of the class is $95 which includes the exclusive Thoughtful Branches stamp set and thinlits dies bundle of products, valued at $90.75+p/h. Everything is supplied including adhesives, and you’ll even enjoy a cuppa and afternoon tea while you create.  Classes are held in beautiful downtown Creswick, in central Victoria not far from Ballarat and Daylesford.

Bundle includes 23-piece stamp set and 9-piece coordinating Thinlits dies. See them here.


Thoughtful Branches stamp set and thinlits bundle

Handy Hint:
Are you earning Bonus Days vouchers this month? Save money by putting the vouchers towards the Thoughtful Branches bundle and class!
Can’t wait to see you in class!
Happy stamping,



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New Bonus Days credit vouchers: Earn in July – spend in August

Published by under cards | Jul 07 2016



Have you got everything you want from the new annual catalogue yet?

Since it only came out a month ago, you probably still have some items on your wish list, and we have some great news for you!

For every $90 you spend between 7th – 31st July (before shipping & handling), you’ll get a $9 Bonus Days voucher that you can use in August on any item you want!

The best part is you can earn as many vouchers (aka coupons) as you want.  The sky’s the limit!

This is a great opportunity to shop from your wish list or stock up on essentials. Once August rolls around, you’ll have fun shopping again with all your Bonus Days vouchers.



How fantastic is this?!

Remember if your order is over $250 you will ALSO earn Stampin’ Rewards on your order… starting from a minimum of $25 in free product!

>>>> Shop here <<<<

As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Happy stamping,



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CTC 82 – Stampin’ Up! Christmas

Published by under cards | Jun 12 2016

CASE-ing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop

Welcome back to the weekend CASE-ing the Catty blog hop, where each week the CTC crew look at one section of the annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue and CASE (Copy and Selectively Edit) a project.

This week we are looking at the Christmas section on pages 26 – 37. 

Here is my project…

Peaceful Pines in Marina Mist, Pool Party and Emerald Envy. Something a bit different! From (CTC82)

And this was the inspiration from page 29…


I kept everything pretty much the same except for the colours. I used Marina Mist, Pool Party and Emerald Envy for the trees.

Now that’s a different look! I know, I know, trees generally aren’t blue. But hey it’s a card so it can be any colour we want! 😉


I have to tell you… I was thrilled to bits to see that we’re starting to look at Christmas. We are 6 months out, but I plan on making a (little) stack of Christmas cards each and every month between now and the big day.

How awesome will it be to have them all ready come November/December!

Are you with me?

Well if you are serious, then think about joining me for my Christmas in July stamp-a-stack classes. You’ll have a fun 2- hour crafting session with everything supplied, and will leave with the start of your 2016 Christmas card collection! Cost is only $20, and numbers are limited so contact me if you would your spot reserved. We’ll make a selection of different cards using exciting new products and some of my all-time-favourites.

Sessions will be held on:

  • Sunday 10th July at 3pm
  • Tuesday 12th July at 1pm
  • Friday 15th July at 7pm

Classes are held in central Victoria (near Ballarat/Daylesford)




Next up on this week’s blog hop is the lovely Monique. Just click on the link below to check out her creations.

If you get lost along the way, just click HERE to visit the Case-ing The Catty blog.


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Don’t forget we are looking for new design team members! Click here for all the info.


Happy stamping,


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CTC 81: Birthdays – Confetti Celebration meets Blooms & Bliss 

Published by under General | Jun 05 2016

CASE-ing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop

Hi friends, It’s great to be back with the CTC crew again. I really missed creating while I was away on our big trip, so it was a joy to be back in the craft room this week.

This week we are CASEing (copy & sharing) from pages 10 to 25 of the new annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue.

Its all about one of our favourite card making topics. BIRTHDAYS!

You may have joined me from Monique’s blog, or you can start here. Either way, just keep hopping around and you’ll see lots of lovely projects to inspire you.


Haven’t seen the catalogue yet? Download it here.


Let’s get straight to the card:

CCTC81: Confetti Celebration stamp set meets Blooms & Bliss designer series paper. Check it out at (June 2016).


I was inspired by the layout of a card on page 10. Here it is on the left:


I used some of the new papers and accessories that I was lucky enough to get last week on the Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip, namely the pretty Blooms and Bliss designer series paper and the new In Color Doilies (see above).


The stamp set used is the one on page 12, called Confetti Celebration. What a great set! I love the adorable row of lights which you could fill with bright colours, or just use them as a subtle background using Versamark ink like I’ve done here. The balloon and star are also versatile images. And of course the sentiments and happy birthday messages are always handy.

I can see that I’ll be using this set a lot.


Design Team spots now available:

Are you interested in joining a design team featuring Stampin’ Up! products? We are looking for Australian or New Zealand demonstrators to join the CASE-ing The Catty Crew. Simply join in the challenge this month (click HERE for the link) and let us know you are interested! 


To continue on this week’s blog hop click on the next button below and you’ll be magically transported to Kathryn’s lovely blog.


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Have a fabulous week!

Happy stamping,







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New Stampin’ Up! Australia Catalogue & June Specials!

Published by under catalogue,specials | Jun 01 2016

2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalogue

It’s here! The wait is over.

The 2016-2017 annual Stampin’ Up! Catalogue is now live. 

Click HERE to download the pdf (note – it’s big!). 


CLICK HERE to view all the products in my online store and start shopping.

But before you do, check out these awesome specials that are on for the month of June only.


June is an epic month for ordering from the new catalogue!

Whether you’re a host of a workshop or simply an avid shopper with a big wish list, simply place a total order of  $450 AUD or more in sales and receive $50 AUD in EXTRA Stampin’ Rewards. Remember, that’s ON TOP of the regular awards you would have got anyway.

Gather your friends and put in a group order. Or invite me over to do a free make & take and have some crafty fun while earning Stampin’ Rewards. Or simply check off all those items at the top of your wish list and place a single order over $450. Believe me, it’s not hard to do with so many gorgeous new products.

Bonus Stampin' Rewards Chart - for June 2016

Tip: This might be a good time to think about joining Stampin’ Up! too. Did you know that Stampin’ Rewards (aka host benefits) can go towards the cost of the starter kit? So you could potentially join for little or no cost. Contact me for more details.  

You Are Remarkable

On the topic of joining, check out this MASSIVE bonus for joining my Stampin’ Up! team in June:


How awesome is this?!

Join my team this month and get two FREE stamp sets in your Starter Kit. That’s an added value of up to $178 AUD, depending on which stamps your new recruit chooses.

Tip: Check out the Stamp Set index from page 202 to choose the higher priced sets as your freebies. You’ll see the price next to the title and page number. This is a great way of getting the best value from the current promotion. 

If craft is a big part of your life, this could be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. Sometimes the stars just align. Joining the Stampin’ Up! family will give you access to all our products at a fabulous ongoing discount – potentially saving you loads of money over the coming years, as well as access to training resources and secret stamping stuff that is for ‘demonstrator eyes only’. Joining my team will give you a VIP pass to the EurekaStampers – our team of demonstrators from all over Australia. As my direct, you’ll have me as your biggest supporter and cheerleader, coach, and crafting buddy. I have helped dozens of crafters get started, from purely hobbyists who enjoy buying from themselves, to business demonstrators who have achieved great success and kicked many personal goals. I’d love to welcome you to the team too! Contact me for more info.

Be part of something amazing


Happy stamping,





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CTC 76: Have a Cuppa

Published by under cards | May 01 2016

CASE-ing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop

Have a Cuppa Suite, by Stampin' Up!


This week we’re looking at the Have a Cuppa suite of products on pages 34 – 37 of the Occasions Catalogue.

The gorgeous A Nice Cuppa stamp set and coordinating Cups & Kettle Framelits are retiring! Nooooooo……

The good news is the bundle is still available in Australia (as of today) although I know in some other markets around the world it is already sold out.

So Aussies, you still have a chance to add these stamps and dies to your collection – buy them together for a 15% saving!


What I love MOST about this bundle:

  • the adorable little spoon, knife and fork framelits… Oh my goodness, they look amazing die cut from silver foil paper
  • The coffee cup die!
  • The little heart-shaped steam – gorgeous cut out in vellum
  • The sweet little tea bag stamps
  • It’s unique! These are the kinds of dies that people search for after they are no longer available. Don’t miss out – you’ll regret it!

Here is my project, based on the cute treat bag on page 34.

Cups & Kettle Framelits - Treat Bag.


And here was the inspiration. I kept it mostly the same. We made this project in a few classes and events recently – a fun and practical project.



Join the challenge

This year we are doing a monthly challenge and I’d love for you to join in. If you’ve been inspired by our blog hop, just add to the linky tool in this post which will run for the whole of the month.


A temporary good bye…

This will be my last CTC post for a few weeks, as we are about to head off to Europe for the Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip. My hubby, kids and I will join qualified demonstrators from around the world on an amazing Mediterranean Cruise to Spain, Italy and France. Don’t forget to follow my Stamping With Simone Facebook Page for updates on our Stampin’ Up! cruise adventures.


Next stop on the hop is the lovely Monique Fielder, you can check out her work here or click on the Next button below.

Happy stamping,





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