Technique focus – Miriam Thomas

Category: Technique focus

Some of the stamp sets in the catalogue are great to use directly on your cardstock base.  Other stamp sets lend themselves well to “Paper Piecing”.  This involves stamping your image and then cutting it out and attaching it to your card.  I find I will often stamp onto different coloured papers and when you build up the image to a completed image it will include lots of different colours. The best scissors by far are the PAPER SNIPS in the main catalogue.  If you do not have a pair of these scissors you MUST get yourself a pair!

Here is a simple example of “Paper piecing” using the “Build a roo” stamp set to create a bright, fun card for a child’s birthday.  You can see where I have stamped and cut out the kangaroo, balloon and even the child’s name.  You could even add things like a joey in the pouch.

This card was an irregular shape so I had to make my own envelope using a matching sheet of designer series paper

I find that making envelopes can be easier than people think. You can discard any confusing measurement conversions and you simply use your completed card as a guide of where to fold and cut.  It is just a matter of leaving flaps on all four edges of your card and then folding them over.  Honestly it is that easy!

I started by folding my designer series paper in half and made sure my card would fit inside the fold


I then used my paper trim to cut the paper down to the size of the card (of course leaving room for flaps) I used the paper trimmer and bone folder to add fold lines.  So that your card will fit nicely inside your envelope don’t forget to leave about 5 millimetres (1/2 cm) between the edge of the card and where you make your fold lines.

I find  it can look effective to use a corner rounder punch on some of the corners of the flaps.

Add sticky strip the flaps you have created and secure all but one end (The end I left open for this envelope was one of the shorter ends)

Pop your completed card inside

and seal to close

Too easy! 🙂

One of my favourite patterned paper packs is Raspberry Tart.    I have a few projects to share where I have used the Raspberry Tart paper.  Isn’t it yummy?

The first is a waterfall card.   I have used predominantly Rose Red and Regal Rose cardstock with a touch of Kiwi Kiss cardstock.  One of the things I love about this paper is the variety of patterns and how you can get a totally different effect if you used a different balance of colours (Eg Use a piece of Kiwi Kiss cardstock as your card base instead)  I simply punched the butterflies I had out of scraps on my workspace-  Oh- and if you haven’t heard the news yet- The butterfly punch is staying!!!  It was featured in the Summer Mini Catalogue- and I am thrilled to let you know that it is still possible to order this punch even though it isn’t displayed in the main catalogue or New Autumn Winter Mini Catalogue.

The next project is a little gift bag.

It is easy to assemble a cute little bag like this- in a few simple steps

Step 1: Cut your designer series paper to 30cm x 18cm

Step 2: Score lines (using your bone folder) at 13cm and 17cm

Step 3: On both sides of the bag- trim in 4cm at both fold lines.  (For this type of bag I like to trim the tabs in on angle so that the tabs sit nicely when the bag is assembled)

Step 3.  Mark points on each of the 4 outer corners (on the short side) at 1cm from the edge.  You could use a pencil but I prefer to just leave a little dent in the paper using my bone folder.

Step 4:  Score a line from that 1cm point down to the bottom of the tab.  I have drawn a white dotted line to make it easer to see the fold lines.

Step 5: Place sticky strip on two of the large triangular tabs to hold your bag in place. 


I cut the handles for this bag using my Circle Scissors Plus-  I was so thrilled when I found out that this item would also be available in the Autumn Winter Catalogue.  If you had this item on your wishlist and didn’t get an opportunity to order it before the end of March- it is still available.  Be sure to get in touch if you would like to order your Circle Scissors Plus and Cutting Mat. 

Rather than discarding the circle made when cutting the handles- I turned it into a tag

The Beautiful stamped image on this tag is from the Razzle Dazzle Stamp set that featured in the Summer Mini Catalogue that finished at the end of March.    I’m sorry to tease you with a stamp set that you aren’t able to order but I wanted to show how the off-cuts can be turned into something lovely too!

I have another little item I wanted to show you but I can’t seem to find the image on my computer! I will be sending out a newsletter next week so I will be sure to track down a photo and include it in my newsletter (complete with measurements)  If you are not already on my newsletter list- please be sure to sign up to receive your copy (box on the right hand side)



The following card/ gift card holder has been made using the “Whimsical words” stamp set and also “Happy Moments”  Both of these stamp sets are available for FREE with every purchase of $100 from the main or mini catalogue.

The technique used on this card is known as “Emboss resist” 

1.  Stamp randomly over the white cardstock in versamark ink

2.  While the ink is still wet- sprinkle white embossing powder over the stamped areas

3.  Tap off any excess

4.  Use a heat tool so that the embossing powder melts.  (It will be difficult to see the stamped image- but you will definitely be able to feel the embossed areas as they will be raised)

5. Select 3 ink colours and collect 3 sponge daubers.  Using the sponge daubers apply the ink in circles

6.  When the white area has been completely covered the image underneath will be revealed

7.  Using a tissue or paper towel- rub over the entire area so that the white embossing shows through clearly.

Here are some more Easel cards for you.

This time I started with a 10cm by 20cm piece of cardstock.  I then scored at 5cm and 10cm.  Just as I did for yesterday’s card I folded on the score lines to create a base and a triangle  I took a second piece of cardstock cut to 10cm by 10cm and this was adhered to the front. The card front was decorate with the GARDEN WHIMSY STAMP SET  I used a technique known as MASKING to create the butterfly image on the front.  (If you want to know more- please drop me a line at  If you live locally this is something I could come and show you and your friends at a workshop!)

Here is the side view

I had so much fun making these- I made another few and added some FINE SUPERNOVA GLITTER using 2 way glue

Easel cards

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I have seen plenty of examples of lovely EASEL CARDS online and wanted to make my own.  The idea would be quite neat for a calendar, a quote book or even a scrapbook page.  I like the way the main piece stands up so nicely.

To make these I cut a piece of A4 cardstock lenthwise. I took one half and scored this piece it at the A5 mark on the paper trimmer and scored again at approximately 7.5cm.  I then folded on the score lines to create a base with a triangle.  I then took the remaining piece of cardstock and cut it in half to create the card front.  The trick to these cards is to add an item such as a brad, button or raised cardstock to help hold the Easel in place


Here is the view from the side where it is easier to see the base and the triangle

I used the divine FIFTH AVENUE FLORAL STAMP SET as well as the matching URBAN OASIS Designer Series Paper

Here is a close up of the embossing on the flower and greeting

Check back tomorrow because I have more Easel cards to show you in a different size.

Before I sign off- don’t forget that only 4 weeks remain for your to receive your limited edition SALE-A-BRATION Stamps set for FREE with every $100 purchase.  I can’t wait to hear from you with your orders!

Valentine’s Day isn’t far away- so I’ve been practising my ‘kissing tecnhnique’– No not the kind that involves your lips (I’m pretty good at that already)  I mean the stamping technique known as the ‘kissing technique’  It is quite simple really….

You need two stamps-

Generally a stamp with a flat/plain image (in this case I used one of the frames from “Framed with love”)

PLUS a high patterned stamp (I used the flourish from “Baroque Motifs”)

I inked up the frame in Going Grey ink and the flourish in Real Red.  I simply ‘kissed’ the stamps together.  I then stamped the frame stamp onto the cardstock.  What do you think?

This card has lots of fun elements including a Basic grey frame that has been pierced using a paper piercer and mat pack, a watercoloured skunk (from “Pun Fun”) as well as cute hearts stamped and punched from “I {heart} hearts” and the Heart to Heart Punch.  Those who know their Stampin’ Up Circle punches well would notice that I’ve used the largest circle punch (New in the summer mini)  It is too large for the scallop circle punch to be visible around the edges of the circle.  I created my own scallop edge using the scallop edge border.  (Contact me if you would like to know the ‘secret’ for doing this!)

For a bit of added fun…. On the inside I included the ultra cute “Like-o-meter” stamp from the Summer Mini Catalogue.  I haven’t coloured it in yet- I might just have to see how I am feeling on the day! Just Kidding!

As you can see I used more heart shapes from I {heart} hearts on the inside.

Are you wondering what the piece is at the bottom?  I used a stamp from “Framed with love” so that I can include a token on the bottom.  It means that my Valentine can tear the token off the bottom of the card when he would like to redeem the offer.  Hmm- I’m not quite sure what I am going to offer on the token just yet!

As many of my blog readers know- I am a member of the Stampamemory Design Team- a website dedicated to scrapbooking using Stampin’ Up! products.  Today marks the launch of our bi-monthly challenge-  This month I am very excited to be sponsoring the challenges and will have the honour of selecting the winner and awarding the prizes!

So what do you need to do to take part?  For full details please go to Basically you need to complete a layout that meets the challenge requirements.  The layout needs to be uploaded to your blog OR an online gallery (if you don’t have a blog) and then linked to the STAMPAMEMORY WEBSITE.

You will have until Friday 15th January, midnight to get your entries in and I will be thrilled to announce the winner on Sunday 17th January


SAM embellishment 



“Scrapbook a Christmas Photo. I have such a stockpile of photos from Christmases past and know that there are many other scrapbookers who can relate to this. Complete a scrapbook page from Christmas 2009 while the memories are still fresh in your mind OR pull out one of those Christmas photos that have been sitting waiting to be scrapped.”

For my layout- I am actually using photos from 2006- Photos that have been sitting waiting to be scrapped for 3 years…..better late than never!!!! (……..and one day I will find the time to go back and do their FIRST Christmas LOL!)   On a more serious note that is one of the things I try to keep in mind when scrapbooking.  I try not to be too concerned about “catching up” but rather enjoying the process and scrapbooking what inspires me at the time. 

Anyway- enough of my rambling… Here is the layout…. My oldest son, Jared with Santa (He was 4 years old at the time)

…………and my reluctant 2.5 year old (at the time)  Don’t get me wrong…He was thrilled to see Santa…..just not quite as thrilled about staying still for a photo

You might think you’re seeing double….and in some ways you are.  Yes- I used the same general layout, colours and elements I simply used different photos and each layout will go into their separate albums.  (Why re-invent the wheel?)

Here is a close up of the title.  The cardstock, patterned paper and cardstock stickers all come from the “I Wish” Simply Scrappin’ Kit.  I have simply added some styled silver Hodgepodge Hardware (on special this month), some polka dot ribbon (from the Summer Mini) and a rhinestone brad.  On the background I also used the “Snow Swirled” Stamp set which is designed to work beautifully with the “I wish” Simply Scrappin Kit and also the flourish from “Baroque Motifs” (a personal favourite)  The year has been stamped using “Calendar Alphabet & Numbers”

Here is a close up of the baubles. I was hoping it would look as though the baubles have been suspended by the thread.   I have simply poked two holes in the cardstock base- one at the top of the ribbon and the other right  on top of the baubles.  This gives me two points so that I can feed the thread through from the front of the cardstock to the back of the cardstock and then back through the second hole to the front again .  I have tied the thread at the front and made a little bow.   

Please be sure to head on over to to see more inspirational layouts from the design team! I can’t wait to see what YOU create!




Recently I had some lovely customers come to my place and create a gorgeous Mini Album using their choice of Simply Scrappin’ Kits.  I know there were lots of people who were unable to make it on the night so I have decided to offer you an ONLINE class.  This Mini Album would make an IDEAL gift for friends, family, teachers, grandparents at Christmas time!  This project is ideal for beginners as well as experienced scrapbookers looking for a nice, easy project to get the creative juices flowing!

For a small fee I am happy to E-mail you a copy of the instructions so that you can complete your own mini album at home.  The instructions are quite comprehensive with no less than FIFTY photos showing you how you can create your own mini Album.

You have the option of ordering a Kit with materials which includes the FULL PHOTO INSTRUCTIONS (at a discounted price) for only $70

OR You can simpy order the INSTRUCTIONS for ONLY $10

If you are reading this and you are a SU demonstrator OR you already have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator then you are more than welcome to order the instructions from me- however please order your products to complete the album from your own Demonstrator.  Customer loyalty is something that is VERY important to me.  I value the relationship between customers and their demonstrators and would prefer to see you order from your own lovely demonstrator.    Of course, if you don’t have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator servicing your needs- then please drop me a line.  I would be more than willing to help you out and I can make arrangements for products to be shipped to you anywhere in Australia.

Overseas residents are welcome to order my instructions, however I am unfortunately unable to provide supplies/ product for people not living within Australia.

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One of the cards we created recently at one of In-Home Cardmaking workshops was a Tri-shutter Christmas card.  We used the Winter Post stamp set and Holiday Treasures patterned paper. The ladies looked at the sample and gulped but when it came time to make their card, they realised it wasn’t nearly as difficult as it first appeared.

Here’s the card

Now C’mon admit it- Did you gulp in amazement?  Yes?  Good! That’s the reaction you want when your recipient opens their card.  Now pick your jaw up off the ground and I will show you just how simple this card is to make!! 

Start with a piece of cardstock that is 30cm x 15cm

Score fold lines at 5cm, 10cm, 20cm and 25cm (Using the scoring blade on your paper trimmer or your bone folder)

Use your paper trimmer to cut along the PURPLE lines in the following illustration.  (The purple line is measured in at 4cm from the each edge)  The paper trimmer available through Stampin’ Up! allows you to position the blade so that you can commence cutting at the 5cm score line and stop cutting when you reach the 25cm score line.   The paper cutter is only $39.95 (pg 155 of the catalogue)  If you don’t own this paper trimmer please let me know and I would be happy to process the order for you!

You now need to fold your card into position.  If you look at the following photo (taken from above) you will get the best idea of how the pieces should be positioned.


Here is card again folded into position ready to go into an evelope


To decorate the card- the following measurements may come in handy (This is especially for you L  🙂 )

Cut your cardstock mats to the following sizes

2 pieces that are 14.5cm x 4.5cm

4 pieces that are 3.5cm x 4.5cm

1 piece that is 6.5cm x 9.5cm

2 pieces that are 6.5cm x 4.5cm

2 pieces that are 3.5cm x 9cm

The patterned paper needs to be cut according to the following measurements

2 pieces cut at 14cm x 4cm

4 pieces cut at 3cm x 4cm

1 piece cut at 6cm x 9cm

2 pieces cut at 6cm x 4cm

2 pieces cut at 3cm x 9cm


I hope you have fun creating your own Tri-shutter card!

Great Friend-

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One of my FAVOURITE sets from the Spring Mini would have to be “Great Friend”.  I think it is the kind of stamp set that is great for cards and scrapbook pages.  I just love a set that is versatile!


Here is a card I designed using this GREAT FRIEND STAMP set and also “Walk in the Park” designer series paper from the SPRING MINI. (Only a little over 3 weeks until this mini catalogue finishes)   When inking up the butterfly I used Pretty in Pink Ink.  I then used a sponge dauber dipped in Regal rose and tapped this around the edge.  It is my cheaters way of doing the “rock and roll” technique 🙂

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