Cardmaking – Miriam Thomas

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Love of my life

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Here is a card I made for the love of my life…… I had to whip it up quickly prior to a lunch date so I’m glad the gorgeous Stampin’ Up! products allowed me to create it in only a matter of minutes.   He accidentally left the card on the table when we had finished lunch.  Fortunately we realised and rushed back to the restaurant before they had cleared our table.  Phew!

love card


Main Supplies used:

Simply Fabulous Simply Sent $22.95  There’s enough to make 8 laser edged cards complete with envelopes and embellishments.  I obviously just used one and added my own supplies.   Click on the image to view it in my online store

simply sent



Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper $18.95

venetian romance dsp


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It is so refreshing seeing flowers starting to bloom- one of those things I love about Spring.  I wish I was more of a ‘green thumb’ but alas I seem to do better with paper flowers than I do the real thing.  Speaking of paper flowers,  did I show you my cascading card made with the “Secret Garden” Stamp set?

flower card

flower card 2

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If you are interested in the “Secret Garden” stamp set- please click on the following image to view it in my online store.

secret garden

To make life easier there is even a set of “Secret Garden” Framelits so you can cut out the flowers using your Bigshot rather than cut them by hand.

secret garden framelits

Today I have a gorgeous pop-up card to share with you.  It is one that participants made at one of my cardmaking classes some time ago and I promised to share it on my blog.

Here is the card closed……

pop card 3

Pull on the tab/ribbon and this is what you see!

pop up card 2

The main stamp set featured on this card is “Delicate Doilies” (Click on the image to view it in my online store)

delicate doilies

pop up card

I just love the antique brad I’ve used in the centre of the flower (Click on the image to view the brads in my online store)

antique brads



Some visitors to this blog might think my days are spent swanning around in my studio playing with stamps and paper all day creating loads of cards and scrapbook pages  Gosh- I WISH!  My papercrafting is one of my passions and although it is very important to me- as well as being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator-  I am a busy Mum of four busy kids, a wife, a homemaker, a part time Primary school teacher, and a volunteer.   Like many others- my time is precious and it is limited.  So…..if I can find a way to make things ‘easier’ then I do!

Now…..Some people are “cardmakers” and some people are “scrapbookers”.   Some people- like me- like to dabble in BOTH.   Rather than trying to squeeze ‘both’ things into my life, I try to find ways to ‘overlap’ the two crafts.  One way I do that is to use a cardmaking design and turn it into a scrapbook page and vice versa.  The saying “killing two birds with the same stone” comes to mind.    Let me show you what I mean……

Here’s a card I have created with strips of paper from the Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper Pack (View it in my online store here )
paper strip card


I have simply taken the same idea and then converted this card design into a scrapbook page.



Sometimes it is wise to just keep it simple- and not over- complicate things.  Don’t you agree?   With my little tip in mind, take a look through the catalogue and I’m sure you will find inspiration for lots of scrapbook pages in the card designs and vice versa!   🙂

A lovely friend had an adorable baby girl last month and this is the card I made for her.

baby girl card

While I had my Stamping gear out and in use I also  made a Little boy version too!

baby boy card



STAMP SETS USED ON THESE CARDS and available from my online store

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“Baby Prints”

baby prints


“Parlour Prints”

parlour prints


THREE of the colours used on these cards will be retiring at the end of next month- “Pretty in pink”, “Bashful Blue” and “Certainly Celery”  Be sure to snap up these colours before they retire!

Sometimes I find myself really pressed for time- don’t we all!? However, I still enjoy making my handmade cards so I’ve got to find little tips and ideas that allow me to make my cards and fit that around my busy lifestyle.   It is times like these that I will do something like take one card design and complete different cards based on that one design.  Not sure what I mean?  Take a look……

Here’s one card I have made.   I’ve used some of the ‘Tea for two’  Designer Series paper and some stamped images. (Retiring colours Baja Breeze and Certainly Celery)
this too shall pass

A simple change of colours and stamp sets…but still the same basic design and we have a different ‘look’ all together (Retiring colours- Not quite Navy, River Rock and Lucky Limeade)

daring adventure


and again….. (Retiring colour Bashful Blue)

jar card


On each of these cards I’ve used at least one of the colours that will be RETIRING at the end of the June.  Already some of the reinkers for these colours have sold out! If you would like to order some of these colours before they are gone forever….please contact me as soon as possible

Colour Refresh colour refresh 2



STAMP SETS USED ON THE CARDS ABOVE (Not to scale)  These stamp sets are all available for sale.  You can contact me for more information OR order through my online store.

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PAPILLON POTPOURRI (pg 115) Product code 123757 (w) 123758 (c)

papillon potpourri

FLOWERING FLOURISHES (pg 121) Product code 126365 (w) 126367 (c)

flowering flourishes

FROM MY HEART (page 139) Product code 126555 (w) 126557 (c)

from my heart

DARING ADVENTURE (page 104) Product Code 122600 (w) 122602 (c)

daring adventure

PERFECTLY PRESERVED and matching FRAMELITS (Cannery Set) From Holiday catalogue

Product code 126690(w) 126692(c) Framelits Product code- 127822

perfectly preserved


I hope all the ladies enjoyed a lovely Mother’s Day yesterday.  I have a nice relaxing day.  My husband made me pancakes for breakfast and I received some lovely handmade cards, gifts, cuddles and kisses from the kids.  We popped in to visit my husband’s Mum and then had lunch with my Mum.  Here is the card I made for Mother’s Day……..
dress card


I really enjoyed playing with the “Dress up” Framelits.  They are so easy to use..but really effective.  I even took these dies and my bigshot into school and my Pre-Primary class made Mother’s Day cards using these framelits.

dress framelits


These framelits could obviously be used on a variety of different cards- for a variety of different occasions.  Just as an example, if you cut the dress a little longer it could be made into a Wedding gown.  Of course- a simple change of sentiment or patterned paper can change the ‘look’.


dress card 2

dress card 3

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”)

erin invite 3


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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’.

craft room small

erin craftng small

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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party food 1 small

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party food 3

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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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the aftermath small

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.

lolly bags small

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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!


Today I have two male cards to share with you- Something ‘cute’ for the little boys and something a little more’ grungy’ for the older ones.

Here’s the one for the little dudes.  I just love the adorable image on this one from a stamp set called “Little Friends”.  When I created this card I applied Soft Suede Ink to the embossing folder before running it through the big shot.   This created an interesting effect where the ink was transferred to most areas of the cardstock except the raised areas!

Just love, love those polka dots.  What do you think!?

birthday card little boy



My next card was a bit of an experiment.  It was one of those cards I created in a big hurry and I just layered and stuck things down and hoped for the best….the end result is something I thought would be suitable for the older boys.

boy birthday card


In this second example I stamped on the grey background piece before embossing and added lots of splodges of platinum glimmer paint.

Today I have two cards to share with you featuring the “Patio Party” Designer series paper.  Midnight Muse, Baja Breeze, Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit and Whisper White are the colours you’ll find in this lovely pack of paper!     I quite like the colour combo and I’m really lovin’ that lovely Midnight Muse colour I’ve used on the base.   I let the strip of patterned paper do all the talking!  For this card I whipped out my Simply Scored Board to create the rosette on the front.  My new style butterfly punch is getting a bit of a workout too!

For the second card I wanted to shared with you today, I stamped an image from the co-ordinating “Make a cake” stamp set and coloured the cake in colours from the designer series paper!  A bit of bling finishes it all off!

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