Family – Miriam Thomas

Category: Family

In my last blog entry- I shared Adam’s Angry Birds Birthday Party . The day after Adam’s party we had a party for his twin, Erin.  This was a GIRL ONLY EVENT!  Even her 3 brothers had to spend some time outside with Dad while the girls enjoyed some crafty entertainment….much to their disgust! (Having said that all the boys- including Dad were allowed into the craft classroom after the party and were allowed to get creative too!)

Erin enjoyed the afternoon with a group of really lovely young ladies.  They were beautifully behaved the entire time! What a gorgeous bunch!

Here is the invitation that went out to her guests (Created in “My Digital Studio”)

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A SNAPSHOT OF SOME OF THE DECORATIONS (Luke asked me why Dad and I hung up ‘lots of those things you use to wash yourself in the shower’….Hmmm I guess some of them looked a little like a ‘shower puff’)

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The girls were invited into my ‘craft classroom’ (that I use for adult classes) for a bit of creative ‘girly time’.

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Each guest made a bracelet, a little purse to carry the bracelet and an ice cream card.

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They cut out the purses using a die and my Bigshot. Aren’t they cute!?  The ice cream on the front of the card was cut out of the shapes on the petal cone die.

I’m pretty sure they all enjoyed themselves and they all did such a wonderful job! 🙂

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We got so distracted that we ‘almost’ ran out of time for the party food.  I had just enough time to throw the party food on the table before the parents arrived to collect their children.  Please excuse the photos….it was my intention to make it look ‘pretty’ but in the end it was just placed on the table randomly and the sun was in an awkward position to take decent photos.

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The main food was of course- Ice Cream! All the girls were able to make their own ice cream Sundaes.  (I think a few were so ‘creative’ that they went home with a belly ache!) There were a variety of toppings to create their own ultimate Icecream Sundae! The other party food included cupcakes, sherbet cones, purple butterfly shaped biscuits, fairy floss, ice cream ‘cake pops’, marshmallows, popcorn, lolly teeth and other tasty treats!


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I must admit that I wasn’t entirely happy with how the cake turned out! I’m not one to make too much of a fuss of a birthday cake.  I am normally one to just  throw on some icing and lollies and hope for the best…..but I’m not sure I pulled it off this time! I just didn’t get the balance of colour right! I was hoping the chocolate on the icecream would be a deeper turquoise, the purple icing darkened over time and the pink wasn’t ‘pink enough’ (I used most of the food colouring on the red part of Adam’s cake the day before oops! )   At about 11pm I wasso disappointed that I was very close to starting up the oven to bake another cake and Jason convinced me that it would be crazt- reminding me that it only takes a moment to sing “Happy Birthday” and then the cake is cut into pieces!  No-one seemed to mind that I didn’t bake another cake.

ERIN BLOWING OUT THE CANDLES ( I can’t believe she is NINE!)

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Each guest took home the items they had made, a bag of lollies (decorated by Erin using retire Stampin’ Up! papers that matched her theme perfectly) plus a small wrapped gift containing a journal and shower gel, lotion etc all wrapped up with gorgeous Stampin’ Up! ribbon.

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It is our final family birthday this month (All 6 birthdays are within a 6 week period) – I must give some serious thought to what I’m going to do for Jared’s birthday in about 9 days time!


10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Blast off!


It is the start of the ‘birthday season’ in our household.  The first birthday for the year is Luke and he will be turning 5 years old tomorrow!   I’m in disbelief that my ‘baby’ will be FIVE! As his birthday falls over the Easter weekend he celebrated with a party with his friends on Wednesday.  I was quite rapt when he requested an alien/ space themed birthday.  Luke has quite a vivid imagination and I was worried his ideas would be a bit too ‘out there’ for me to achieve but I knew I could pull off a space themed party- especially as I had the “Blast off” stamp set and “Outer space” wheel sitting on my stamp shelves ready to be used.

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outer space wheel

I obviously started with the invitations.   I didn’t want to have too much cutting out or anything too fussy/ time consuming so most of the stamping was on a single layer of whisper white cardstock.



At this point I hadn’t even considered a colour theme- but when I stumbled across as a space themed tablecloth and a space shuttle pinata I decided I would go with blue, orange and yellow (and black and white)- or in stampin’ up colours Pacific Point, Tangerine tango, and Daffodil delight.    I managed to find lovely paper lanterns and stars to decorate the backyard



luke party

Of course, all of the party food was linked to the theme and I used the petal cone die to make rocket shapes and the Apothecary accent framelits to make labels for the food items.

mini meteorites

more alien cupcakes


milky ways


star cookies

space rocks


saturn rings


planet balls

hot meteorites



alien slime

alien face biscuits


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food table

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alien cupcakes


I made little cupcake toppers using the “Blast off” stamp Set, circle punches and scallop circle punches




blast off cupcakes

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There was so much left over food.  At least some people stopped to enjoy the sugar feast

adam at luke's party



Luke LOVED his birthday cake

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singing happy birthday


luke and cake


If laughter and excited squeals is anything to go by, then the kids all had a great time.  We played traditional games such as pass the parcel and musical bobs.  They went hunting in the backyard for planet tokens.  Those who managed to find Saturn received a prize.   I found a great rocket that the kids enjoyed colouring in


luke in rocket


They also had fun with the Space Shuttle Pinata




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There were smiles all round! 🙂


erin at luke's party


Of course, no 5 year old birthday party would be complete without a fun loot bag to take home


party loot


Here are the “Loot bag” contents.  I must confess that I think I have just as much fun as the kids trying to find items for the loot bags to fit the theme.

loot bag stash


Luke tells me his party was AWESOME and he is already looking forward to his 6th birthday party! I need to make it through the next 3 kids’ birthdays in April and May (as well as Jason and my birthday too) before I start thinking about his 6th birthday.   🙂


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!


I hope you’re not all “Christmassed out” because I have a few more Christmassy things to share with you.  Yesterday I finally finished packing up my Christmas tree and got it out of the house for another 11 months.  I have packed away the Chrissy cards….but before boxing everything away I snapped a few photos of some handmade cards that I received at Christmas time.

The first card was made by Liisa- It was the first handmade card to hit my letterbox and I was so chuffed that she had gone to so much trouble….  Liisa has used the Christmas stamp from the  “Cute and Curly” Stamp set punch and the matching curly label punch.  I think the Riding hood red striped grosgrain ribbon really finishes the card off- don’t you agree?


The second card was made by one of my best customers (and she also happens to be my sister 🙂 )  Linda has used the “Season of Joy Stamp” set and a selection of some of my favourite prints from the “Holiday Treasures” and “Ski Slope” Designer series paper packs.   I love layered cards- and think she has done a wonderful job!

The third card was made by Gail. I just love the use of the “Snow Swirled” stamp set to create these adorable baubles.  Gail created a trim with the Eyelet border punch and each ‘bauble’ was punched out using the scallop circle punch.

Gail also made this adorable box filled with little Santa chocolates and a lovely Christmas decoration.  This was a little gift that Gail had made for a little present exchange game at Playgroup.  The game involved making the choice between selecting a pressie from under the tree OR being able to “steal” a pressie from anyone else who had already made a selection.  Lucky ol’ me was last to have a turn so I was able to select any present I liked.  I am sure you will agree that it was worth “Stooping to stealing” just to be able to bring this home with me!

I’m sure you will agree that I am very lucky to be surrounded by such creative people!

With the Summer holidays bringing a change of pace to our little household I managed to find some time for some scrapbooking.  I have snapped a few photos to share with you…so please be sure to come back tomorrow.




My Christmas cards


Ahhhhh! – I hope everyone enjoyed a lovely Christmas yesterday and relaxing Boxing day today.  One of the kids asked me why it was called Boxing day and I told them it was because our house was filled with lots of boxes.   (It is only a white lie because the origins of “boxing day” does involve boxes- just not the mountains of boxes in our house!)   We still have lots of packaging around the house…and even gifts still inside the packaging and LOADS of toys and gifts that don’t have a home yet….I’m really not sure where I am going to put it all.  Next we are hoping that we will be celebrating Christmas in our new house (that we are building just up the road from here) Keep your fingers crossed for us!

Well- now that Christmas Day is over and (hopefully) everyone has received their cards then I can finally post my Christmas cards here.  This year’s design happened quite by accident.  You see I like to incorporate a photo of my kids on the front of the card.  This year I had 4 separate photos that I arranged in two rows of two photos (like a window with 4 window panes)  I had seventy images printed off but when I went to make my card I realised it was too large to fit on my card front nicely (and still be able to add a bit of embellishment)  I decided to make an INTERACTIVE card instead.  I cut each photo out individually and added them to a strip.  When you pull on the bottom tab the photos flip over one by one.

Here are some images to show you what I mean.  Heres is the front of the card…


Pull gently on the tab and the photo starts to flip up and over

Keep pulling down on the tab and the second photo is revealed…….

Up goes the second photo…..

……and the third photo is revealed

Keep pulling and the fourth and final photo is revealed.  The Christmas message on the tab has also been revealed.

Here are just some of my cards waiting for me to add my Christmas messages and address the envelopes! I hope everyone who received a card was able to work out how to flip the photos over.  (Jason- my helpful husband thought I should include operating instructions on the inside!) 



The truth is that it wasn’t that tricky.  I would be more than happy to show you how! I have quite a few spots available for January.  If you book a workshop I would be happy to show you and your friends how to make a variation of this card.  January is also a great time to book a workshop because there are loads of stamps sets drastically reduced until the 24th of January!  Check out the savings to be made!!!  If you aren’t able to host or attend a workshop in January and would like to take advantage of these great specials, please feel free to give me a call or send me an E-mail.  I would be more than happy to process an order for you and I can have it shipped to you anywhere in Australia! OR (08) 90917655 or 0419 947 047.

Before signing off- here is a photo of my 4 cherubs with Santa!  Those with 4 children can appreciate just how tricky it is to get a photo with all 4 kids looking in the general direction of the camera.  Aren’t they cute?

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I have a couple of layouts that were published in the current issue of SCRAPBOOKING MEMORIES. The one with this cover……..

I have been SOOO busy with various events in the lead-up to Christmas that I haven’t even had a chance to sit down and have a proper browse through the magazine (I’m sure you can all relate to the craziness during the silly season) Still the same- I wanted to take a few snapshots and share my little piece of news with you.

There is one layout of Adam on page 45

and one of Erin on page 100

I’m sorry they aren’t the best shots- Best to view them in the magazine itself! 🙂



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!

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Well- We’re back from our little get away.  We had a nice mix of relaxing times hanging out at the hotel- swimming in the indoor heated pool and staying indoors snuggled up watching movies on the cool days and out-and-about enjoying fun times, playgrounds and shopping on the warmer days. 

Here are our four little cherubs in the hotel room!   Boy oh boy it is so tough trying to get four little people looking at the camera AND smiling.  No-one (including me) had the patience to keep trying for ‘that perfect shot’ but here they are…… Aren’t they adorable?

While we were away, we also spent some time visiting some display homes for some ideas for the new home we will be building.   (We have our block- now we need to decide what we’re putting on it!) It was lovely to receive lots of compliments from the consultants on how well behaved the kids were while we browsed at the display homes.  Anyway, our heads are swimming with lots of great ideas- Keep your fingers crossed we can get our ideas down on paper so that they fit on the block and also within the budget! 🙂   Let’s just say my creating room and a games room with enough space for my friends and customers are high on the list of priorities!   Exciting times!

We still have another week of school holidays here in WA- and I need to jump off my computer- but I will be back later on (when the kids are occupied OR asleep in bed) to add some more stuff.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  I hope everyone enjoyed a lovely day today- regardless of whether or not you celebrate Valentine’s Day. 

It would seem that my husband is a ‘hopeless romantic” ……………. no I mean that literally- he is a HOPELESS romantic. No roses! No chocolates!  He decided today would be a great day to “spoil” me with a Wii Fit!   Not the most romantic gift…….but I must admit it was quite fun! (and that is saying a LOT for someone like me who is not normally ‘into’ things like game consoles)

I should give him a little more credit though….shouldn’t I!?

– He remembered it was Valentine’s day……………….without a single reminder frpm me- (Thank goodness for all of the advertising everywhere!)

– He has listened to me griping and arrived at a solution all on his own.  He has listened when I have griped about the fact that it is difficult finding the time to get to the gym with kids and it is too hot to walk in the afternoons with daylight savings.  He has found a great solution to “finding thirty” without having large pieces of gym equipment in the house.  It goes to show he does listen when I “have a whinge” and although it wasn’t a “romantic” gift- it was definitely unique and thoughtful! 

– He bought me a card- Yes it was a little ‘racey’ but he thought it was apt and at least the last line of the card didn’t read “I’m so glad you’re my husband!” (Yes one year he bought me a card that had that as it’s last line- obviously he didn’t read right to the bottom….and I’ve kept the card so I can taunt him every year!)

– He took me out for lunch today (Yes it was just a “counter meal” at a pub and we had the 4 kids in tow- but we enjoyed ourselves!)

– He remembered the bottle of red wine which I am half-way through!  I’m looking forward to finishing it when the kids are in bed!

– We really had a lovely day- as a family enjoying laughs and each other’s company- with no need for chocolates and red roses

And really……at the end of the day….. it is not about one day in the year.  It is about the everyday……….. and I couldn’t ask for a better husband or father for my children! I am so lucky to have him!

But seeing as it is Valentine’s Day- I thought I would share a little heartshaped basket made with Real Red Cardstock.  The background cardstock is stamped with Versamark using the flourish stamp from “Baroque Motifs”.  This just happens to be on the list of stamp sets where 50% of sales goes to the Bushfire appeal!   I just LOVE LOVE LOVE this versatile stamp set.  The front of the basket is stamped with the heart stamp from “A Happy Heart”  I have used black embossing powder for this lovely little heart stamp.  The basket is filled with “goodies” that are inside Stampin’ Up’s cellophane bags.  These cellophane bags come in three sizes (50 bags per package) and can be found on p 133 of the Idea Book and catalogue.


Please check back tomorrow- even though Valentine’s Day will be over I want to share another little Valentine’s Day project we created at a workshop last night.  (I forgot to photograph it and now it is too dark to get a decent photo so I will put one up tomorrow!)  Stay tuned! 🙂

Live your dream


“Live your dream”- what a nice sentiment and it sums up how I see my life.  4 beautiful children, a loving, supportive husband, living in our own home in the area we love (even if it is too small for us ;-)) , wonderful friends oh….and not forgetting a room full of Stampin’ Up goodies. What more could a gal want?!  I get to have my children around me, we can get busy creating together or I can find some “me” time and it is wonderful to head out in the evenings and on weekends to run workshops with people who share my passion!  What a life! 

I used the stamp set “Live your dream” to create the following card.  It features the “Afternoon Tea” Designer series paper.  The general layout was inspired by a Christmas card created by my gorgeous upline, Claire.  I used a totally different stamp set, patterned papers,etc.  Of course, my card doesn’t look anywhere near as lovely as her card but I wanted to have a play with the general layout/ design.


Today I got to “Live my Dream” getting messy with the three biggest kids.  They each received a little woodwork kit from Santa. We made them in stages this afternoon.  First assembling them with glue and then waiting for the glue to dry, painting and then waiting for the paint to dry and then popping on the stickers and waiting for Daddy to come home!  Of course, the waiting in between wasn’t much fun and they were bursting with pride when Daddy came home to admire their creations (Thank goodness we got rid of the traces of paint on the outdoor setting before he got home!)

Here are their little creations!

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