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Still a Reason to Smile

Published by under cards,specials | Jun 29 2012

The limited edition Reason To Smile set has been hugely popular. So much so, that it has been on backorder a couple of times so far this month. (Don't worry if you're waiting for your copy to arrive, it's on its way and will come!)

LAST DAYS – Available until Saturday June 30


This two-step stamp set is easy to use and quite versatile: overlay both the solid and outline images to create a detailed image (as in the mini milk carton box above), OR use them separately as I have below.


Crumb Cake card base


Note card set with matching envelopes


3"x3" gift card in Crumb Cake, watercoloured directly onto the card base


Versmark-stamped background, linen thread bow



TIP: For a multicoloured image, use the wide brush-end of your Stampin' Write markers to apply ink in different colours directly onto the rubber (see Real Red and Old Olive flower above).



Just to recap, the Reason to Smile stamp set is only available until Saturday and there are two ways to get your hands on it:


1. FREE with a $125 purchase from any current catalogue. Just let me know if you'd like clear- or wood-mount.

2. Order it in CLEAR-MOUNT for $28.95* or WOOD-MOUNT for $35.95*. (* plus p/h)


Shoot me an email to place your order and I'll get it all delivered straight to your door, anywhere in Australia.

Happy stamping,

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Convention 2012: Swaps

Published by under cards | Jun 27 2012

One of the best things about our annual Convention for Stampin' Up! demonstrators is swapping finished projects with other 'demos'. This is seriously good fun!

This year I went off to Convention with a box of 3D projects and cards. It was all very good in theory, but I kinda underestimated how much extra room they'd take up in the suitcase (note to self: assemble 3Ds at destination next time or get a bigger suitcase! lol)

The pillow box handbags were created by adhering the lovely Stampin' Up! fabric to cardstock which I talked about back in this post. I loved them so much I thought I'd make a few dozen!


And here are some photos of us swapping on the first day of Convention.



Back at the hotel room we checked out each other's swaps and took photos of those we didn't get. It's all part of sharing ideas. Great stuff.

Here's just a small selection of the lovely swaps and special gifts I received from fellow demonstrators.


Of course there is no way any of us could swap with every demonstrator, but luckily for us Stampin' Up! put together lovely display boards so we could 'ooh' and 'aah' over all the great ideas.

Here are just a couple. Come along to Convention with us next year in Brisvegas as a demonstrator to see even more!


p.s. A quick hello to the lovely ladies I met on Saturday at our fundraiser event. I had such an enjoyable day and LOVE my teacups – hehehe.


Happy stamping,





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Upcoming Classes

Published by under classes | Jun 25 2012


Make 3 projects for $20: a card and matching envelope, 6×6 scrap page and this box!

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Book before 4th of July and save $5. Only $15 for the class.


15 mins from Ballarat, 25 mins from Daylesford, only a little over an hour from Bendigo. And if you feel like a day trip to the country we're only a 1 1/2 hr drive from Melbourne!

For those who missed last weekend's event, I'll be running more stamp days in support of Judith's Ride to Conquer Cancer fundraiser. More details to come, but if you'd like to stamp with me – and for a good cause too – then pencil in one of the following dates:

Monday 9th July @ 10am.  Edited: Sorry, Fully Booked.
** School holiday session – great fun for the creative kids. This class will be altered slightly to make it more suitable for "grown-ups with kids". Only $15 per person, or bring a friend/child and it's 2 for $20!

Sunday 15th July @ 2pm

Tuesday 17th July @1pm.


Contact me to reserve your spot, or keep an eye out for your July newsletter for more details. Not yet a newsletter subscriber? Click HERE to sign up for our free monthly newsletter.


Happy stamping,

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Stamping Day at Marong

Published by under events | Jun 18 2012

Support cancer research and join in the fun

Fun day of Papercrafting

with Devonshire Tea

Saturday 23rd June 2012


1pm – 3pm

Old Marong Shire Hall

(parking at rear)

Cnr Calder Hwy and Alternate Calder Hwy, Marong

$25.00   includes Devonshire Tea and all materials to make THREE projects on the day (card, gift box and 6×6 scrap page)

All proceeds will be donated to Conquer Cancer

Contact: Judith Wakeham on 03 5435 2500





I'm so excited to be supporting a wonderful lady in her efforts to raise funds for cancer research. I met Judith a few years ago through my Stampin' Up! workshops, and was inspired when she told me about her latest endeavour. Judith's niece is participating in the 2012 Ride to Conquer Cancer in Perth later this year but she is legally blind, so Judith is going to be her guide as they ride throughout the scenic Western Australia countryside. Wow! To help her raise funds to meet her goal we are having a stamping day… details above. It's THIS SATURDAY so if you'd like to join us please contact Judith on the number listed above. And if you would like to donate in any small way to Judith's efforts just click HERE.


Happy stamping,






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Canberra Convention 2012: Managers Reception

Published by under Stampin' Up! Convention | Jun 09 2012

As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of the special events at Convention each year is the Managers Reception. And this year Stampin' Up! took it to a whole new level.

A bus collected us from the Convention Centre after the sessions finished on Day 2 and took us to our mystery destination. We were told to bring photo ID and have no sharp tools or weapons on us! 🙂 Being Canberra, our nation's capital and home to many many government buildings, we had a good guess as to where we were going but it was a real treat to end up at Parliament House. Our function was in the Mural Hall, beneath the flagpole mast!

By daylight:



Boarding the bus to the 'mystery destination'


Back entrance. Beautiful at night:


We went through security and collected our pass (bags x-rayed, etc):


Managers Reception:




Each attendee received a handmade keepsake and a yet-to-be-released stamp set. Gorgeous, on both counts!




Thanks Stampin' Up for a great night.


I'll be back soon to share some gorgeous Convention swaps.

Wishing my fellow Aussies a lovely Queens Birthday long weekend.

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June Specials

Published by under specials | Jun 06 2012


I've come home from Convention simply buzzing with ideas and soooo many projects to share with you. Want to catch up for a fun Papercraft Party?

Some dates still available for June and July so you can take advantage of the extra hostess dollars.

For more info and to work out dates, contact me via email and I'll call you back.

Not quite ready for an in-person get together? Why not pass the catalogue around to your crafty friends and pool your orders. If the total combined orders come to at least $650 you'll get the full $190 in freebies. Woohooo.


Also this month….

A limited edition stamp set for FREE with a purchase of $125.

Or buy it separately so you don't miss out.

For more info click HERE.



Happy stamping,




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