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Dream Journal

Published by under Big Shot | May 29 2012

Dream Journal


Dream Journal

Stampin' Up! On Board Journal, Beautiful Butterflies die, Scallop Square die, On Board Sheets (Chipboard), Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch, Trinket Keys, Ruffled Ribbons, Sweet Shop DSP (Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue), Calypso Coral & Lucky Limeade textured cardstock, Jelly Bean Brads (Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue)


  • TIP: Adhere DSP (Designer Series Paper) to chipboard before running it through the Big Shot. I use the Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets as my method of choice. Very easy to use. More details and instructions on p155 of the Australian/NZ Idea Book & Catalogue.



Message from Simone:

I'll be at Stampin' Up!'s annual Convention for the rest of the week, but you can still contact me on my mobile or via email. I may just take a little longer to get back to you. 

Also, there's still time to get a FREE pack of gorgeous patterned 12×12 DSP every month for 2012. Yes seriously. BUT you must join Stampin' Up! before the end of May which is…. almost here! I still can't believe this amazing offer. You can also get one free pack when your order 3! More info here.

Happy stamping,





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Little Princess

Published by under cards | May 22 2012


I borrowed my girls' favourite stamp set for this card (Stampin' Up!'s Little Princess)… perfect for the little princesses in our lives.


Click to enlarge


This card features:

– Lots of pinks (including Pretty In Pink, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, Rose Red and Blushing Bride – all from Stampin' Up!),

– A generous helping of bling (rhinestone jewels and Dazzling Diamonds glitter) and

– just a touch of scented embossing powder – now available in our Australian Stampin' Up! Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue in 3 fun scents: vanilla, melon and cherry.

Where's the smell-a-vision when you need it?




Things are a bit crazy here at the moment – only a little over a week until I'm heading off to Canberra for our annual Stampin' Up! Convention. Yaaaayyy!! Soooo can't wait to catch up with friends and hear all the news, learn about upcoming products and generally have way too much fun.

Don't forget: still a week to go for free Designer Series Paper! Let me know if you want some and I'll get it sent straight to your door.

Happy stamping,









Reason # 8 Why I Love What I Do: The little conversations I have with the kids while we make cards together.











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Join the Paper Party

Published by under Designer Series paper | May 01 2012


Can't believe May is here already! But the start of a new month is the start of an exciting promotion for us here… Free Designer Series Paper!
(Designer Series Paper is also known as DSP in the Stampin' Up! world – in other words, the patterned 12×12 paper packs in lovely coordinating colours and designs, 12 full double-sided sheets in a pack!).


During May you can get free Designer Series Paper in one of two ways:


1. Buy 3, Get 1 Free!

Get ONE FREE PACKAGE (value $18.95) when you buy three. No limits.


2. Join Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator with the NEW LOW-PRICE STARTER KIT ($169), and get a FREE PACKAGE of DSP every month until the end of the year!

Yes, that seriously is over $130 worth of paper, on top of the great value starter kit contents! You can read more about the new starter kit here.


I looooove using DSP because I know it's going to coordinate with my inks and cardstock. Here's a card I made recently using the Attic Boutique pack of DSP from the new Autumn-Winter mini catalogue. I love this combo of the papers, and was inspired by various cards I saw recently on Pinterest created by Debra Currier, Chiaki Haverstick and others.

Attic Boutique has big bold papers, as well as some softer ones like these….


Time for me to stock up on more lovely new papers I think.

Enjoy the rest of your day!




Contact me for more information about any of today's big announcements.


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Spotlight On: Lovely as a Tree

Published by under cards | Apr 30 2012


Lovely as a Tree is one of those stamp sets that has been around for a long time… but there's a reason for that!

It's such a beautiful and versatile set.

Lovely As A Tree

Many new stampers I've met over the years have fallen in love with this golden oldie. We used it recently at a Workshop while doing a few different techniques, including 'Thumping' and 'Faux Leather'.



If you've had this set for a while, dig it out and have another go. Now there's a challenge for you. 🙂  


And if you don't have this set, you can find all the details on page 68 of the current Idea Book & Catalogue.

I can arrange for delivery to your door if you want this for your own – contact me for more information (and for a little surprise when placing your order).


Hope you have a great week. Things will be a little different here this week with the two oldest kiddlets at camp. Our littlest Miss has mum and dad all to herself and is planning on making the most of it! 

Happy stamping, 








Thinking about having a Workshop?

Want to get together to play with new Stampin' Up! products?
Has it been a while since your last workshop?
Have you been toying with the idea of hosting your own?

Being a hostess means:

– you can earn free products!
– you can help choose the Make & Takes or demonstration products
– you get a free thank you gift from me
– you and your friends can learn new papercrafting techiniques = more confidence!

I've got a couple of dates available for May workshops, and am also now booking for June and July. Contact me for more info.


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Top 3 Framelits Tips

Published by under Big Shot,cards | Apr 25 2012

The new Apothecary Art stamp set and matching 'Labels Collection' Framelits dies are two of my most favourite Stampin' Up! products EVER! So quick and easy, and the results are great every time.

They really are a wonderful treat in the new Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue.


Happiest Birthday - Apothecary Art stamp set

Black heat embossed frame from Apothecary Art, watercoloured with blender pen and ink, Wisteria Wonder flagged banner, Vanilla panel embossed with Stripes embossing folder, on a Sahara Sand base.

Click to enlarge.



Framelits Tip #1

The best tip I could pass on is to use Post-It notes (aka 'sticky notes') to hold Framelits in place over the stamped image. 

Begin by stamping your chosen image from the gorgeous new Apothecary Art set, then line up the matching Framelit over the top ensuring an evenly-spaced border. Secure it with a sticky note so the frame won't shift while the 'sandwich' is rolled through the Big Shot.

Even better, keep a stash of post-it notes with your Framelits so they'll always be where you need them.


Framelits Tip #2

Cut a Magnet sheet to size, and slip it in the plastic wallet that the Framelits come packaged in.

By doing this, the metal Framelits won't slide around in the wallet and it's much quicker to find the correct one. (click to enlarge image).

Don't have any magnet sheets? Grab some old fridge magnets instead (the advertising kind – they seem to be multiplying on my fridge!) and attach them to a cardstock base.


Framelits Tip #3

To help with easy identification of the different sized dies in the set, think of the largest die as No.1, the next size down as No.2, all the way through to the smallest being die No.6. (Or the other way around, if that works for you.) You can add a label to the coordinating Apothecary Art stamps so you'll always know which die to grab. For example, this label fits perfectly in die # 4.



For more information, or to order your Apothecary Art stamp set and Framelits (with prompt delivery to your door) – contact Simone.

Oh, and don't forget to check out my newly-revived Facebook page and 'like' it for all the latest news.

Happy Stamping,




P.S. We had a fun time away camping recently… but I didn't take any craft gear this time, and must say I was itching to get back to it.
We all had a lovely break though, with happy hour all day by the campfire and the kids just ran around or rode their bikes the whole time. Gotta love this gorgeous country of ours.

Thanks for making my day by leaving some comment love below 🙂

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Easter Treat Revisited

Published by under easter | Apr 05 2012

Easter Treat Holder

The bunny image is from Stampin' Up!'s The Nicest Things stamp set


This is a project I've shared here before, but it's such a simple and cute little one I thought it timely to revisit.  

To make: trim Early Espresso cardstock to 7cm x 16.5cm. Score long side at 7cm and 9.5cm.

Attach a little treat to the inside base, then fold along score lines and join at the top with ribbon or a mini library clip. Add feature panel to the front, as we did in the Easter project above. Or it could be great as a place setting marker.

Easter wishes to you all, and safe travels if you're on the road this Easter.

Happy stamping,


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