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The last day

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Today is the last day  of the 2008-2009 Idea Book and Catalogue and the current Summer Mini.  It is sad to see so much ‘retiring’ but at the same time I am so excited about the official release of the NEW Catalogue tomorrow!!!!  I am SO excited and my personal wish list is almost as long as my arm!

If you would like to order anything from the current catalogue please get in touch with me before 4pm today!  Otherwise I will look forward to receiving your orders from the NEW catalogue.  Please call me on (08) 90917655 or E-mail orders through on  If you are interested in hosting a workshop at your place- please get in touch with me to book your date.

I will make another blog entry later today with lots of little projects I have done recently but haven’t had the time to upload onto the blog.  Check back this evening!

I used the Afternoon Tea Designer Series Paper, chocolate chip cardstock and scallop edge punch to create a gift for one of my recent Hostesses- just one of those additional ‘perks’ of hosting a workshop- and I love giving gifts so it is my pleasure to be able to do this.  

When I first signed up as an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator I was initially only interested in ordering products at a discount for myself.  Knowing that the minimum I needed to spend as a hobbyist was a mere $500 every 3 months I knew this would be quite manageable.  I had no idea I would enjoy the opportunity of sharing Stampin’ Up with others so much!  It is so wonderful to meet new people who share my enthusiam for this beautiful range of products and I love the opportunity to be able to spoil my hostesses with free stamp sets and merchandise that they can select for free.  This really is so much fun!

Here’s card I made that features some heat embossing.  It is a versatile technique used by scrapbookers and cardmakers alike!

and a little closer


For those unfamiliar with the technique you will need an ink like Versamark or Stampin’ Up! s whisper white craft ink, some embossing powder and a heat tool.  The reason why you need versamark or the craft ink is because they are slow-to-dry and give a surface that the embossing powder will stick to.   

The following card has had Heat embossing used in FOUR places. 

1. For the background I have used the POLKA DOT background stamp, Versamark and CLEAR embossing powder.

2. For the word ‘friend’ (from the “Friendly Flowers” stamp set) I have used white craft ink and white embossing powder 

3. For the chipboard accent I have covered the entire piece of chipboard in patterned paper (sanded off the edges) and covered the entire surface with versamark and a coat of clear embossing powder and

4.  I even managed to change the colour of the brads in the centre of the flowers by heat embossing!

If you would like to try out some embossing for yourself- I can help you to order some products that will allow you to include some heat embossing on your scrapbook pages, cards and other projects.  If you live locally I am more than happy to demonstrate heat embossing at a workshop in your home.   Please just get in touch with me (My contact details are available on the “contact details” page)

and………….. “that’s what it’s all about!”  No I’m not referring to words in the “Hokey Pokey”……  I am referring to a really lovely E-mail I received from a Hostess on the weekend.

I really love sharing “Stampin’ Up” with people whether that be through my blog, online forums but best of all- through face-to-face contact with people.  I conducted a workshop on Friday and the following day I received a really lovely message from my hostess and it really made my day.  Several days later it is still making me smile!  It is wonderful just having the opportunity to share what I love with other people- and I don’t expect any special thanks.  Then you have moments like this and it makes you think “Yep- that’s what it’s all about!”  

 I just wanted to share it with you (and I have also added it the customer testimonial section of my blog)


Hi Miriam

I wanted to thank you so much for the effort you made for my recent Stampin Up workshop. I was overwhelmed watching you dazzle the crowd with techniques and wonderful products! We enjoyed making the bag-a-lope, and taking advantage of using the punches, stamps and very beautiful range of new release papers.

You made our evening enjoyable, relaxing and much fun – thanks so much

The added bonus of getting everyone together on Friday night for the workshop now means I can take advantage of the sale and shop for free using the credits from the guest sales…lovely!

Keep up the great work, thanks for sharing your creativity with us



 Here is the little “Hostess Gift” I made for her….. featuring the scallop edge punch from the Summer Mini along the edge of the flap!


Only 5 sleeps to go until the official start of Stampin Up!’s


  • What is Sale-a-bration?  

The short answer is………. it is all about FREE product!!!!!!!!!!

Every year Stampin’ Up! gives customers, hostesses, and new demonstrators the opportunity to earn fantastic, FREE, limited-edition stamp sets they’ll enjoy for years to come. 

  • How does Sale-A-Bration work?

When you spend $100 on Stampin’ Up! merchandise, you’ll receive a Sale-A-Bration stamp set absolutely FREE!!!!! There’s no limit-for every $100 you spend, you can select another FREE Sale-A-Bration stamp set!  There are FOUR special sale-a-bration sets you can select from.    Please let me know if you would like to view the catalogue. 

When you host a workshop of at least $600 (before shipping), you’ll receive a FREE Sale-A-Bration stamp set in addition to all of the regular hostess benefits!  You’ll receive a second set when your workshop sales readch $1200.  How generous is that?

New Demonstrators
During Sale-A-Bration, anyone who joins as a demonstrator can choose any stamp set–a value of up to $79.95–from the 2008-2009 Idea Book and Catalogue  for FREE!   I’d really love for you to join my team- so if you are keen to become a demonstrator yourself- then please get in touch with me!

  • Will any Sale-A-Bration sets be in future catalogues?

Part of the appeal of Sale-A-Bration is the limited availability of these stamp sets. These products are exclusive to this promotion and will never be offered again.





  • When is Sale-a-bration?

The Sale-A-Bration promotion starts on the 1st of January and runs through to February 28th–  so don’t miss your chance to earn free products!


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Yesterday I finally started some of my Christmas shopping- even staying up until 2am wrapping presents!  I’m not quite finished but it is great to make a start.   Now today I get to do some “unwrapping”.  I get to reveal the fabulous specials available during the month of December 

Spend $20 in catalogue merchandise and qualify to purchase the following items at 20 percent off regular price.

Item #  Page #  Description  Regular Price  Discount Price 
  108790    27  Festive Favorites stamp set    $45.95    $36.76 
 108772  28  Crazy for Christmas stamp set  $39.95  $31.96
 110244  29  Snow Flurries stamp set  $20.95  $16.76
 108930  43 Tag Time stamp set   $53.95   $43.16 
 108869  111 Many Merry Messages stamp set   $64.95  $51.96
 103604  133  12″ x 12″ Days-to-Remember Calendar  $20.95  $16.76
 104144  133 6″ x 6″ Days-to-Remember Calendar   $18.95  $15.16
 109663  138  Winter Bright Simply Scrappin’T  $36.95  $29.56
 112670  143  Three for You Punch Box  $85.95  $68.76
 109055 146 Very Vanilla 5/8″ grosgrain ribbon   $14.95  $11.96
 109050  146  Certainly Celery 5/8″ grosgrain ribbon  $14.95  $11.96
 103372  147 White Square Aluminum Metal Edge tags   $7.50  $6.00

There are some nice products there that would allow you to create some Christmas cards (Don’t worry- there’s still time to order and get creating for this year- I haven’t started my Christmas cards yet!)  OR order some products now and have them ready for next year! (I know some of you reading this can definitely relate to that!)  The Winter Brights Simply Scrappin’ Kit could also be used to make cards- or to scrapbook this years Christmas photos.   

The “Punch for you” Set comes in a lovely tin so would make a lovely Christmas present- there’s even a few “Stocking fillers” that would be nice! 

If you would like to take advantage of these specials then please get in touch with me.  With the craziness of Christmas it may be difficult to schedule a workshop booking this month- but I am still placing regular orders- so please get in touch with me if there is anything you would like to order.   

Speaking of workshop bookings, my calendar is already starting to fill with people wanting to hold workshops in January to take advantage of the AWESOME savings during Salebration.  If you would like to book a date for your own workshop- then please let me know!

Lastly, please don’t forget that I am able to offer you Vouchers for you to redeem during Salebration.  If you would like to give or receive the gift of a Stampin’ Up Voucher for Christmas- then please get in touch!

Happy Birthday Emma

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Well the 31st of October was another birthday in the family-  Not unusual in a large family.  It also marked the end of the 20% savings on the selected birthday stamps sets.  These stamps sets are still available to order- but at full price.  At the moment there are no Stampin’ Up specials available- but Stampin’ Up! are such a generous company that I have no doubt there will be something exciting around the corner….so stay tuned.  

This is probably a good opportunity to point out what good value Stampin’ Up!’s products are- even when there isn’t a special happening.  One of my favourite things about Stampin’ Up! is the fact that the stamps are sold in co-ordinated sets.  You can use one or several of the stamps from a set and you can be confident that they will ‘work’ together.  When you look at how many stamps you get in a set- you know that you are getting good value.   Then you just have to look at the patterned paper packs and the rolls of ribbon- oh I could just go on and on.  Then off course, any time an order goes over $300- you are able to pick a FREE stamp set and select $30 worth of merchandise for FREE! (You don’t have to ‘host a workshop’- if personal sales exceed $300 you can select some goodies for FREE- and of course if you would like to host a workshop- please do not hesitate to get in touch with me)

Anyway- back to Emma’s birthday.  I wanted to make use of my “Short and Sweet” stamp set that I purchased for myself during the 20% off selected birthday stamp sets.  Even at its regular price it is excellent value with sentiments such as “Very merry”, “Love you”, Wish big” “Best wishes”, “Thank you, and “Welcome baby” plus 6 mini stamps that co-ordinate with the sentiments and could be used as a background or a border.  It is wonderful value at only $29.95 (on page 118 of the idea book/catalogue) 

I wanted to make a card that had fresh ‘spring colours’.  Christmas is just around the corner (52 days I believe) and I have no doubt I will be working with various shades of red and green so I wanted to work with something completely different.  I picked out the Groovy Guava ribbon from the Sherbet Ribbon Pack.  I really like the ribbon but groovy guava isn’t a colour I would normally go for- so the challenge was to find some colours that would work.  I used one of the stamps from “A little bit of happiness” (Hostess Set) and just randomly picked three colour I thought looked nice together and started colouring the image.  When it came time to match the cardstock I discovered that the three colours I used to colour the stamped image were So Saffron, Always Artichoke and Bashful Blue which are the main colours from the Le Jardin Patterned Pack.  I thought I was being random and spontaneous- but apparently not- so I slipped a bit of patterned paper onto the card too!

The edges of the Groovy Guava ribbon is wrapped around the cardstock layers and secured at the back of the cardstock- At the last minute I decided I wanted to add the Always Artichoke ribbon  (a favourite of mine at the moment) but I had already stuck down the layers of cardstock so I couldn’t secure the ribbon in the same way- so I sliced a little slit into the spine of the card.  The Always Artichoke ribbon was then fed through the spine and wrapped around the front and tied in place.



After completing the card I made the observation that the card could just as easily have another sentiment on it (such as ‘thank you’) and not necessarily be a birthday card.  I also realised how it bears some similarities to the birthday card I made for Dylan- which wasn’t my intention- I guess it is one of those things that happens from time to time when you don’t have a design in mind and just start putting things together.

Hosting a workshop

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Before I became an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I ‘hosted’ a catalogue workshop.  Fortunately some friends of mine also ordered some products and it helped my sales reach a level where I could receive FREE stamp sets as well as hostess awards that allowed me to select products from the catalogue for free.   

The FREE hostess stamps are not available for purchase by regular customers.  You need to be a host and sales need to reach a certain level.  The minimum sales to be eligible for the FREE HOSTESS sets is $300 and awards increase as the sales increase.   There are certain sets you can pick from and I selected “Party Punch”  I have used one of the stamps from the “Party Punch” set in the brightly coloured birthday card below

If you would like more information on being a host and getting extra goodies- please do not hesitate to get in touch with me!

Now speaking of birthdays…. I have some news to share about that soon! Stay tuned!

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