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Totally Tools tips for Fathers Day

Published by under cards,stamping techniques | Sep 05 2010

It's Father's Day today here in Australia, so today's tips are about one of our blokey stamp sets: Totally Tools. There are 5 stamps in this set, each with a different tool and witty sentiment.


Sometimes I like to use my image stamps separately from the words, and although there are a few techniques that enable you to do that quite easily (such as masking), sometimes I like to split-mount my stamps. GASP! Yes, I cut them! It's ok, they don't feel a thing. 😉 

Split mounting simply means that you cut the image and the words apart, so you end up with 2 pieces of rubber stamp not one. The pieces are adhered to different parts of the wood block, so can be used separately.

And yes, I know it would seem like it won't work being stuck on the curvy edge of the block (I thought it wouldn't work too and it was kind of an experiment!),  but it does actually work and the words come out crystal clear. Where possible, I would normally adhere the word to the flat end of the block, but this particular set had very long sentiments.

So now we have 10 stamps for the price of 5!


How to make the tools:



1. Stamp tools with jet black Stazon ink.

2. Colour the images as desired. I used the Basic Gray and Real Red Stampin' Write Markers. Then apply Crystal Effects, our clear craft lacquer which you can find on p144 of the NEW Idea Book and Catalogue (it's only $11.95 for a bottle, and is acid free).

3. Leave your images overnight and then cut them out. Use as handy embellishments on your cards, scrap pages or OTP (off the page) projects.

Crystal Effects looks great on the buttons Sizzlits die-cuts (p152 IB&C), on vase and glass images, as dew drops on leaves and flowers and plenty of other uses too!

Happy stamping,


P.S. Non Stamping Related: A big thank you to so many of you – customers, team members and demonstrator friends – who've contacted me over the past 24 hours about the floods we've had here in our little town. We've very grateful that our house is on high ground so we are ok, but it was a surreal experience seeing our main street totally flooded and heartbreaking knowing that so many people here in our own community have lost everything. 

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The New Catalogue is HERE

Published by under cards | Sep 01 2010

Woo Hoo! It's here! CLICK HERE to download the brand new 2010 – 2011 Idea Book & Catalogue from Stampin' Up!

CLICK HERE to download the supplies list.

Contact me to arrange for your very own copy of the IBC to be sent to you. There's nothing quite like snuggling up on the couch with a hot cuppa as you flick through the pages.

I'm taking bookings NOW for all Christmas Workshops. Dates are filling fast, so contact me to secure your chosen date.

And if you've been thinking about joining Stampin' Up! – "will I? won't I?" then oh my goodness you are going to be very excited about the Free Gift you'll get when joining us during September…. NEW 'IN COLOR' PRODUCTS (markers, ink and cardstock) to the value of $84.90. Seriously, wow. Click on the orange "Join Today" circle on the right sidebar for more info.

Happy stamping,

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Last Chance. Last Day.

Published by under cards | Aug 31 2010

Well, this is it! Today is the very last day that any of us can order from the 2009-2010 Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalogue.

We've all been blown away by the EXTRA 50% off bargains that were announced a few days ago. Not surprisingly these have been hugely popular and some items have already sold out. The good news is that there is still time to snap up some bargains but… you snooze, you lose! lol.

I've gone through the updated list with a fine-tooth comb, and my picks of the bargains (that are still available at the time of writing) are in the table below.

To order: Phone 5345 1592 or email me.

For a full list of retiring items please click HERE.

Remember that the following Stampin' Up colours will be unavailable after midnight tonight:

Rich Regals: Bordering Blue, Handsome Hunter, Brocade Blue, Ballet Blue, Taken with Teal.

Bold Brights: Pink Passion, Glorious Green, Pixie Pink, Yoyo Yellow, Orchid Opulence, Lovely Lilac, Brilliant Blue, Green Galore, Only Orange, Gable Green.

Soft Subtles: Almost Amethyst, Barely Banana, Pale Plum, Sage Shadow, Blush Blossom, Mellow Moss, Apricot Appeal, Lavender Lace.

Earth Elements: Ruby Red, Cameo Coral, Summer Sun, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Really Rust.






The rest of the family will be out tonight at the Fabulous Fathers Night (Dads and kids) at school, but I'll be home ready to lodge your last-minute orders.

It's a bit exciting, isn't it?!

Happy stamping,

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Breaking News: Half Price Punches

Published by under Paperific | Aug 27 2010

Just a quick one today but I'm SO excited to let you know about some new last-minute extra-special SPECIALS that have just been announced. Yes, this one surprised all of us!

Punches and stamps at 50% off – these are NEW discounts that were only announced late this week, and are in addition to the many other specials that have been going throughout August.

The shelves are getting cleared to make way for new products, and these have got to go!

EDITED: Table removed. Specials have expired.


These are selling out very quickly so I'm placing Customer Direct orders as soon as orders are received. This means that the orders will be sent straight to your door (Australia only) and you'll get them in just a couple of days.

To place an order please do so via email or call me on 5345 1592.

Also, a big hello to the lovely people I met today while demonstrating on the Stampin' Up! stand at Paperific. What a fabulous day and an absolute pleasure to talk 'stamping' with so many creative people!


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Final Week of the Last Chance List

Published by under specials | Aug 22 2010

(That's Funny stamp set, Warm Words Stamp set – both on the Last Chance List)

The Last Chance List has been updated again, indicating which retiring products are running low in supplies and which have already run out. Now's the time to check the supplies of your cardstock and ink refills, as some colours won't be continuing in the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalogue. Click on the Retiring Colours link in the right sidebar for more info.

Click Here to download the latest version.


Low in stock:


Greetings Eight (p57) – This set is currently 50% off! $24.98

Nursery Necessities (p61) – $56.95

Eastern Influences (p77) – $33.95

Playful Petals (p86) – $39.71

Weathered (p109) – $33.95


Forever Flowers standard wheel (p46) – $11.95

Bella's Border standard wheel (p78) – $11.95

Illuminated standard wheel (p108) – $11.95


I Wish Simply Scrappin' Kit (p137) – This kit is currently 25% off! $27.71

Rock-a-Bye Boy Simply Scrapping Kit (p137) – $36.95


Check the list for full details

Happy stamping,

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Owl Together Now… and a Sneak Peek

Published by under IB&C changeover | Aug 19 2010

Owl Together Now

CLICK HERE to download the Last Chance List of retiring products. Updated 18th August.


I've been having lots of fun lately playing with some of the sets that won't be available when the new Idea Book & Catalogue is released next month.

It's sad to say goodbye to some of our old favourites, but we have to make way for all the yummy new goodies that are coming our way! The retiring items are on the Last Chance List (click on the link above to check the latest – note: some of the items are already sold out, and others are running low).

Today I'm sharing some owl cards. I love owls!!!

Up top we have the owl from Owl Together Now (on the last chance list) sitting over an opening punched from the 3.5cm circle punch. This next one is a simple one-layer card, also featuring Owl Together Now. The frame was created by masking the centre with scrap paper and stamping over with a background stamp. Hmmm, is that a sneak peek of a NEW stamp available from next month???

Owl Together Now

 Yep, it sure is!!! And you are going to LOVE it.

And here is another owl. This time, it's one of the fun rub-ons from the Bright Delights pack of rub-ons (p139 IB&C), also retiring. The rub-on was applied to a window sheet, which was cut to a circle and adhered to the front of the card. The white ring was pretty easy to make, thanks to the Circle Scissors, and conveniently covered the edges of the window sheet.

Oh and that background stamp looks great with the 2-step bird punch too. (oops, bit blurry sorry)

Hope you've enjoyed these cards – a mix of the old and new! You can click on them to view a larger image.

Happy stamping,

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