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Kaleidoscope Highlights

Published by under 3D projects,Designer Series paper,team | Jan 13 2010

 Kaleidoscope Bag

The new Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper collection is one that you just have to see in person to really see it,  if you know what I mean! LOL. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, but the colours work so well together and it’s a fun paper that I find myself reaching for a lot.

I made this paper handbag after our Stampin’ Up! team day on Saturday, which was absolutely fabulous. Maree Kirby (Clunes) showed us how to make these bags and they were surprisingly easy! We swapped cards, stamped together and had an all-round great day! All the demonstrators in my group were invited and we had 25 on the day which was absolutely amazing considering we come from far-flung places around Victoria and beyond. It was fantastic to catch up with old friends and meet new ones too! The creativity in the room was soooo inspiring so I’ve got LOTS of things on my ‘to make’ list now, and some great new ideas for workshops, classes and of course my special Stamp Club ladies. 


This desk calendar also features the Kaleidoscope paper, and was made by Juliana Main. Check out Juliana’s amazing punch art creations on her blog along with another version of this desktop calendar.

Apart from being a Stampin’ Up! demo and a mum to 3 young kids I also look after my hubby’s books for his business, and unfortunately I’m buried in paperwork at the moment so I haven’t had too much time to play.  I can’t wait to finish so I can get back to more fun stuff 🙂

Happy stamping,

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Happy Moments Bag… A Sale-a-Bration Sneak Peek

Published by under 3D projects,team | Jan 08 2010


Sale-a-Bration is just around the corner, so I thought I’d share a fun project made with one of this year’s FREE Sale-a-Bration stamp sets. This one is called Happy Moments, and is cute cute cute! LOVE that birdcage stamp.  

 The Tangerine Tango bag (above) is one of the Make & Take projects that demonstrators in my group will be making this Saturday at our Team Day. But I couldn’t resist also doing one in the adorable Tall Tales Designer Series Paper, which is available now in the Summer Mini Catalogue.

The flower tag (above) is made by stamping the image twice and punching both pieces with a large circle punch. Then just adhere the two pieces together, punch a hole and tie with hemp twine. The advantage of doing it this way is that the tag is sturdier and the images are easier to line up.

A decorated regular white gift bag is a super-easy way to present a gift. Pop in a co-ordinating card and a little gift and you’re done.

If you’d like to get your hands on the gorgeous Happy Moments stamp set, then why not book a workshop to be held during the Sale-a-bration promotion? Chances are your friends and family wouldn’t mind earning one of these sets for free too, so it really is a great time to be a hostess. Contact me for more info.

Happy stamping,



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Happy New Year

Published by under cards | Jan 01 2010

Wishing my family, friends, valued customers,
team members and blog visitors a very

Happy, Healthy and Creative 2010.

Thanks for visiting my blog and keeping me inspired as always.

Happy stamping,


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Summer Mini Swap Samples

Published by under team | Dec 31 2009

 Last month some of the demonstrators in our team participated in a Summer Mini Catalogue swap (yep, that’s them in the slideshow). All the cards were made with stamps from the new Mini Catalogue and we swapped samples with each other. If you’ve been to a workshop or class of mine you’ll no doubt have seen my card box – choc-a-block full of gorgeous cards that I received in other swaps.

I am always so inspired and motivated after seeing the work of the creative ladies in our team of demonstrators.  Sooooo I’m REALLY excited that we’ll be getting together in a week when I host our next EurekaStampers team day. No doubt there will be many more amazing projects to share after that!

We do Make & Takes (no surprises there!) and some team members even get up and ‘wow’ us with cool techniques and project ideas. There’s swapping (of course), nice food and plenty of chatting with like-minded people. If you have been thinking about joining so you can enjoy all the amazing benefits of being a demo – including an invitation to events like our team day – just contact me and we can arrange a time to chat.

Here’s to a fabulous New Year!  Cheers!



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Sweet Treat Cups: Mailing/Posting Idea

Published by under cards | Dec 30 2009

Christmas is over, the kids are occupied with new toys and we are now ready to look forward to a brand new year. Bring it on! I hope your Christmas was as lovely as ours 🙂 

If you love the Sweet Treat cups, you might like this clever idea from my team member Juliana Main . She sent me this cute Christmas card, and made her own envelope from a sheet of A4 co-ordinating cardstock. To protect the card and the Sweet Treat Cup she lined the ‘envelope’ with bubble wrap. And yes, it arrived in great condition!

There are ready-made padded envelopes in the Summer Mini catalogue which are a great alternative if you need something fast, but I love this idea for a slightly more creative option. I love how you can co-ordinate the card and envelope so you can make it a complete package. I’m picturing Bashful Blue/Pretty In Pink envelopes for baby cards – might get started on one of those next.

To make these: 

1. Score an A4 sheet of cardstock at 13cm and 26cm. This leaves a nice 3 – 4cm flap at the back.

2. Decorate one long side with matching DSP or a Stampin’ Around wheel. Decorate the flap at the back too.

3. Line cardstock with bubble wrap if sending through the post (or you can leave out this step if you are hand-delivering).

4. Seal the sides and flap with Sticky Strip.

5. Send 🙂

Happy stamping,

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Merry Christmas

Published by under cards | Dec 25 2009

Wishing everyone a very

Merry Christmas

and a Happy, Healthy and Creative

New Year

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