October 2008 – Miriam Thomas

Month: October 2008

Happy Birthday Dylan


It was my GREAT nephew’s birthday on Saturday.  Now I say that not only because he is GREAT but also because he is my niece’s son- that makes him my great nephew doesn’t it!?  Well I hope so…..cause that would make me a GREAT Aunt.

Anyway- here is a card I made for his THIRD Birthday!  I hope you had a GREAT Birthday Dylan!

The paper is from the Spring Break Patterned paper pack which includes the colours- Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky and a touch of Whisper White The Stamp set used was from “Crazy for Christmas“- Yes ! Christmas! …. Isn’t it great that a Christmas stamp set has a stamp that is also great for other occasions!?  The images are coloured using markers and blender pens. The sentiment stamp is a from the Hostess set- “For a Friend”  The Blue Bayou double stitched ribbon added the finishing touch to the card!

Heritage layout


I thought I would share a simple layout I completed using only Stampin’ Up Products- but no stamping.  I did use some ink-but only inked around the edges of the cardstock and patterned paper using a sponge.  

The cardstock is Old Olive and the patterned paper is from the Secret Garden Simply Scrappin’ Kit.  The paper is 12x 12 but I wanted to mount it on the cardstock without losing too much of the flourishes around the edges.  I trimmed it a little and then ended up slicing the sheet towards the middle of the paper which allowed me to fit the paper into my printer for the journalling- and when I put the page together- I simply covered the join with some ribbon and cardstock stickers.  I used the Stampin Up! Spiral Punch to create the look of the section of journalling coming from a notebook.


Journalling reads:

This is my Maternal Grandmother’s family, however, at the time the picture was taken my Grandmother was yet to be born.  This photo was taken after the family travelled through the night from Hope Valley to Fremantle. Emily had been sick and it was expected that she wouldn’t live for much longer.  They left at 1am with John and Emma up front of the sulky and the girls and small children stretched out on a mattress at the rear.  The boys rode horses.  They faced the photographers at 10am.  It is interesting to note that after this journey, Emily survived this illness and lived beyond 100 years of age.

My Grandmother’s parents- my Great Grandparents- John and Emma Mortimer (nee Postans) were married in 1880 and had nineteen children- two of whom died in infancy.  The couple settled in the Rockingham area and in about 1884, John Mortimer purchased forty acres of land on the southern end of Long Swamp in Hope Valley.  He built his own home in Hope Valley and donated 3 acres of land on which the old Hope Vallety School (now demolished) was built.  The family earned a reputation for being industrious and legendary tales were recounted about John Mortimer’s strength.  It is believed that on one occasion in Fremantle he collected a wager by lumping several coils of wire over a prescribed distance. It was generally accepted that it would have weighed more than 305kg by today’s measurements.

When I look at this photo 103 years after it was taken, I can’t help but feel overwhelmed by the number of children pictured.  I feel like I am busy with four children and couldn’t imagine having nineteen.  When Jared was shown this picture he pointed out my Great Aunt Fanny (standing second from the left) and asked me when this photo was taken and why I was pictured wearing these clothes.  He wasn’t the first to notice the resemblence but it is amazing how a 6 year old child can see a family resemblence in a photo taken over 100 years ago. 

My lil’ Demo

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Thanks to everyone who attended my little demonstration on Sunday night- especially with it being the first night of daylight savings in WA and trying to get our little ones in bed an hour too early!  I hope you had a good time and weren’t too overwhelmed by all of the amazing possibilities Stampin’ Up! offers- I really didn’t know where to begin.   I look forward to catching up with you when you hold your own workshops.    I will definitely look at holding another demo at the beginning of December to ‘launch’ the new SUMMER Mini Catalogue- so stay tuned for details. 

Yes the Summer Mini Catalogue is released on the 1st of December- which I am really excited about- but it also serves as a reminder that it only gives you until the end of November to order products from the SPRING Mini Catalogue.  I would hate for you to miss out on any of the lovely products that interest you. 

Whilst I have not seen the Summer Catalogue ‘a little birdie’ told me that it doesn’t contain any Christmas stamps sets- so if you are interested in some of the lovely Christmas products from the SPRING mini- please just get in touch with me to place an order.

Some lovely Christmas products from the Spring Mini include……

On Board Trimmings p 18

Hand selected Accents and Elements p 19

Holiday Harmony Designer Series Paper p 19

Snow Burst Stamps Set p20

Tags for all Stamp Set p21

Season of Joy  Stamp Set p22

Speaking of Christmas- I demonstrated a Christmas card the other night.  I replicated the same design as the card I made for Dad for his birthday (from a previous entry)- but used Christmas colours such as “Real Red“, “Old Olive” “Very Vanilla” and “Always Artichoke

The other night I demonstrated how easy it was to add colour to stamped images using markers and blender pens.  I made use of a Stamp from “Pretty Princess” to show how easy it was to whip up a bright, fun Birthday card. The Pretty Princess stamp set is one of the stamp sets that are 20% off during Ocotober- only three days left to take advantage of that special!   The pattened paper is actually from the Holiday Harmony Patterned Paper Pack (Purely Pomegranate)– but it just goes to show how versatile the Stampin’ Up products are if I can use Christmas papers on a Birthday card.  

Stay tuned……

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Well…..I said I was hoping to get some projects completed…..however we ended up having a lazy Sunday at the markets instead.  I have a busy time over the next couple of days… so I’m not sure I will get an opportunity to upload some creations….but please stay tuned. There should be a few up within the next few days.

and….. Just in case you may have forgotten…..I just wanted to remind you all about the Get-together at my place this Sunday.  If you are able to make it along I’d love it if you could give me a call or send through an E-mail. I’m looking forward to catching up with everyone!


You know that when people start sending you messages to update your blog- that it has been too long between entries.  Jared started back at school during the week and Erin and Adam returned to Kindy (4 half days per week)  You would think that this might give me a bit more time to be creative but it also means that it is also back into swimming lessons, Kindermusik, dancing, therapy, playgroup and the various other activities. Busy, Busy, Busy.   Erin and Adam visited the Pre-Primary area of the big school on Thursday.  They will start full time school next year.  It is hard to believe that my three biggest kids will all be at full time school next year- and I will just have Luke at home with me during the day……. perhaps I might even manage to squeeze in a bit more scrapbooking.

My Stampin’ Up! order arrived during the week- unfortunately in two lots.  Well…not the fact that the order had to come in two boxes but the fact that the first box arrived and I opened it to discover that in only contained a small part of the order.  Fortunately the the following day the second box arrived. Phew!  I don’t think my Postie could understand why I was so excited.  Thanks for those who placed an order- I hope the ordering process was a postive one and that you get a lot of enjoyment out of your products.   I’ve added a little customer testimonials page for your lovely feedback.

Jared attended a birthday party this morning. I made a card using stamps from “Birthday Best”  This just happens to be one of the stamp sets that is available for 20% off the regular price for the rest of this month.   I sent Jared off to the party and realised I forgot to take a photo-so I made another one this afternoon while Luke was down for his sleep.  I used my Blender pens to blend the colour on the cupcakes and then added some Dazzling Diamonds.  It is hard to see in the photos- but in real life the sparkly glitter looks gorgeous. I used Dimensionals so that the cupcakes popped off the card a little more.  The colours are Rose Red, Pretty in Pink and Sky Blue.  On the front of the card I only wanted it to say “Happy Birthday” but the entire stamp actually reads “Happy Birthday today- Happy times all year!”  No problem- I just used the rose red marker to colour the words “Happy Birthday”.  Inside the card (not photographed) I used the entire stamp as a birthday message.

It is also my Dad’s Birthday today! Happy Birthday……Don’t worry I won’t reveal your age!  You can continue to pretend you are only 21!   It is so hard trying to buy a gift for Dad.  If there is ever anything he wants he  just goes and buys it for himself (usually in multiple of 3 too!)   

While I was stuck for a gift idea- I figured that at least I could make a start on the card.  I wanted to do some embossing on the card.  In the past when I have done embossing I have used a mini oven to melt the embossing powder- which is a nuisance to pull out and it isn’t very effective (which is why I don’t do it very often) During the week my heat gun arrived from Stampin’ Up! and I was so excited that adding embossing to my scrapbook pages and cards would be so much easier.  I had to chuckle to myself when Jason walked past and noticed the heat gun.  He asked where it came from and I told him it was a product I had purchased for myself through Stampin’ Up!  He just laughed at me when he said that he had a couple that looked just like it back at the workshop.  It turns out that he uses them in his work all of the time.  I laughed because it just goes to show how little I know about what he does and in addition to this I can’t help thinking of all the times I dragged out the silly mini oven and I could have borrowed one of his! Oh well- I have my own one now!  I’m sure you’ll see lots of embossing from me in the future.

Anyway back to Dad’s Birthday card…..I embossed the background using clear embossing powder and a stamp from Boho Backgrounds.  I have used the colours Really Rust, Creamy Caramel, Always Artichoke and So Saffron.  The die cut shape in the middle is from the Round Up Simply Scrappin’ Kit.  The sentiment stamp is from Party Punch (Level 1 Hostess Stamp Set)  I have also used the silver hodgepodge hardware.  I think it may have looked nicer in one of the other metallic finishes but I only own the silver set. (something else to add to my ever expanding wish list)   The main feature of this card is the fact that it opens at the centre.  When it is closed the edges meet but one side of the hodgepodge hardware isn’t attached allowing it to open at the centre.  Now we couldn’t end up deciding what to get as a gift for Dad- so I ended up getting a voucher.  I think I might make a little pocket inside the card to slip the voucher inside.


The only scrapbooking I managed to get done during the week was during the fortnightly session I attend at the LSS.  I’m not sure I like the page too much- but I think it is just the photo more than anything else. The photo is a couple of years old- which is why there are only 3 of my 4 kids pictured.  I made the tall flower embellishment using my cuttlebug…… with a hint of Stampin’ Up! Always Artichoke ribbon…. of course!    In this case most of the product is non-Stampin’ Up except for some Always artichoke ribbon, ink and cardstock and the round tab punch.  I like the way I can use up some of the products in my scrapbooking stash- and still manage to make use of all of my lovely Stampin’ Up products too!

I have a few more little projects in the pipeline…. Some Christmas card ideas and some scrapbooking pages I want to get done.  If the juggling act works then I will have them up on the blog either tomorrow or the next day- so please check back soon!

I just thought I would make a quick entry today with a card I made for my closest friend for a very special day on the 14th of October.    I had actually bought a card for this occasion a number of months ago-( I can hear the die-hard cardmakers gasping “You *bought* a card!”)    I liked the design of the card when I saw it and it seemed so fitting for the occasion.

Of course since purchasing the card- I started as a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator.  I still wanted to use the card- but also wanted to personalise it with something handmade.  The occasion is very special and it didn’t seem right to not add a personal touch…………. So……. I added a tab to the card and popped it inside this card holder I made.   I gave my friend the card yesterday (I hope she likes it!)   She even commented on how the card inside complemented the design of the card holder – which is what I had hoped to achieve- so I’m glad she noticed!

I hope she doesn’t mind me sharing the card holder here….

I used pieces from the “Secret Garden Simply Scrappin’ Set” and stamps from “Party Punch” and “Greetings Galore” plus some “Always Artichoke Ribbon” oh…….. and a little bit of ‘bling’ too! 

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I’m having a little get together at my place

on “Sunday 26th October” from 7.30pm




It is an opportunity to come and see the wonderful STAMPIN’ UP products that are available.  It will just be casual gathering where you have an opportunity to see what is available and ask any questions you may have.  It is not necessary to place any orders- but…………… I will make catalogues and order forms available if you are interested.  If you would like to order some products, I am happy to chat with you and help you make some choices.


I would love for you to feel as though you can come and see what is available without feeling pressure to order anything.   


You would be more than welcome to bring a friend along with you.


If you have stumbled across this blog or have been referred by a friend, please know that you would be very welcome to come along too.  Please don’t be shy!  I hope that you feel as though you can come along and meet other people who are interested in scrapbooking, cardmaking and other papercrafts.  Complete beginners are welcome too!


I might do a simple demonstration or two.  If there is anything that you would like to see demonstrated then please be sure to let me know.  If you would like to try out any techniques yourself, please consider holding a workshop with a few friends.


If you are interested in coming along- then I would really appreciate it if you could let me know by Monday 20th October.    Just get in touch with me if you need directions to my place.   


E-mail:            miriamthomas@westnet.com.au

Phone:            (08) 90917655







I’m SORRY to have not made a blog entry for a few days.  It is been a bit busy in our household and it is tricky trying to find the time to scrapbook or make cards with the little ones underfoot.  They want to play and create things and by the time they have had their fun and we’ve cleaned up- then it doesn’t leave time for me to make a mess and have some fun too! School goes back on Tuesday.  It has been nice having slower-paced days but the holidays have gone WAY TOO fast!   We have also been a little unwell with a virus- nothing major- a few high temps and bit of a cough- but we’re on the mend now.

Early this week I placed my first Stampin’ Up order- I have checked and the products have left Stampin’ Up! and are on their way here!  I will be eargerly awaiting the arrival of the products and will be sure to be in touch as soon as they arrive.  THANK YOU so much to those who supported me with your first order.   I really appreciate your orders and look forward to helping you out with your future orders.  I am especially grateful to those who are sharing the Stampin’ Up! experience with their friends and telling people about my blog.

I was recently chatting online with someone who was overwhelmed by the wonderful choice of products that Stampin’ Up! offers and wasn’t sure what to order.  I understand the feeling all too well and I just wanted to remind everyone that I will be placing orders regularly so feel free to spread out your spending. Did you know that with your permission I can even keep your credit card details encrypted in Stampin’ Ups secure system?- so all you need to do is let me know what you would like to order- I can pull up your details and pop an order in for you! It is all too easy with Stampin’ Up!  and don’t forget….if you DO decide to splash out…..all orders over $300 are eligible for host rewards!

I just wanted to re-cap the OFFERS available this month

– 20% off Simply Sent Card making sets- offer ends TOMORROW!

– 20% off selected Stamp sets to celebrate Stampin’ Up’s 20th Birthday (until the end of this month with any $20 purchase from the catalouge) 

– Half price postage for anyone who orders one of my “Scrapbooking Starter packs” during October. Don’t forget I am able to customise these to your needs! This is a personal offer- not a Stampin’ Up Special.

– Christmas Wish List Program- again this is something I am personally making available to people who  may like to receive Stampin’ Up! Products at Christmas time or give the gift of Stampin’ Up products.  I love buying/giving presents and it would be fun to be one of Santa’s helpers! Where possible free gift wrapping is available.

I almost forgot that I said I would upload my layout from the other day.  It is nothing exciting- but I said I would upload it- so here it is.   I took some photos of the layout today and let’s just say it is probably a bit too much Pumpkin Pie– but I wanted to tie it all in with Jared’s orange shirt.    I have been enjoying using some bright colours on my layouts lately- but this one was probably taking things a bit too far.    It is so nice to get some ‘old’ photos scrapped.  These photos of Jared were taken before Erin and Adam were born.

I have used lots of Stampin’ Up Products but I have also made use of a few other products here and there (white brad, orange buttons and thread)   The Patterned paper -“Spring Break” and Pumpkin Pie grosgrain ribbon are from Stampin’ Up! and I have used the “Enjoy Every Moment” Stamp Set from the Spring Mini as well as the “Big Pieces” Stamp Set.    I ran the “Not Quite Navy” cardstock through my Cuttlebug to get the embossed effect.  The Chipboard brackets on the title are from the “Three Thoughts” Card Set- coated in Whisper White ink.   I couldn’t resist using my round tab punch again.  I have mounted some of the pieces on the layout using dimensionals and I’m really lovin’ the White  Uni-ball signo Gel Pen that Stampin’ up has available in their catalogue.



I also completed another layout today that came together very quickly and I think it as the Patterned Paper from the Spring Break Patterned Designer Series paper pack and the ribbon from the Theater Ribbon originals that made it so easy.

Yes- I realise it is only the beginning of October but I am already thinking about Christmas!!! Call me crazy- but I like to be prepared!!!!!

I’m sure you will agree that in the lead up to Christmas you find that you always get caught up organising gifts for everyone else that you don’t even factor yourself into the equation.  I’m giving you the opportunity to feel special…… to be spoilt rotten…… and to receive some much-wanted gifts at Christmas time.     If you would like to take part in my “Christmas Wish List Program” then please read on… This is how things will work……..


1. You can browse through the catalogues and make a list of the the products you would love to receive for Christmas.

2. E-mail me your Wish list of products you would like to receive along with the contact details of the person who may be looking for inspiration for buying a gift for you.  (This may be your partner, husband, mother-in-law, sister- anyone you like who would normally buy you a gift for Christmas but may be stuck for inspiration)

3. I will then send that person a letter explaining that I am an Independent Stampin’ Up Demonstrator and that I would like to assist them with picking out the PERFECT present for the Special person in their lives.  I will include in my letter my contact details and how they can make payment arrangements with me.

4.  If you live locally I will have the products delivered to me and I will even wrap your gifts and make arrangements to discretely drop them off to the Gift-giver’s address just in time for Christmas.

If you live locally but your gift-giver does not then I can make arrangements to deliver the gift to your address (discretely of course) just in time for Christmas.

If you do not live locally then I can make arrangements for the products to be delivered directly to the gift givers home from Stampin Up.  Unfortunately I will be unable to offer free gift wrapping under these circumstances- but at least I will have made the Christmas shopping experience a pleasant one for the Gift Giver who simply needs to wrap the gift and give it to you at Christmas time.


If you are anything like me- I bet that as you were reading that you were thinking-“I would love to buy someone lovely Stampin’ Up products for someone” If that sounds like you then please read on….. 


1. You need to get in touch with me vie phone or E-mail with the Contact details of the person you would like to buy Stampin’ Up products for.

2. I will then phone or send a letter to the person letting them know that “someone in their life” would like to purchase Stampin’ Up! products for them for Christmas

3.  I will help the Gift recipient to select some products to the value you have indicated.  I am happy to guide them with their choices in keeping the amount to your prescribed amount without actually revealing the amount you wish to spend- if you wish.

4.  I will then contact you to confirm the order details with you and you can make payment arrangments with me.

5. If you live locally I can gift wrap the products and drop them off to you just in time for Christmas

If you do not live locally but your gift recipient lives locally then I can gift wrap the products and drop them off to your gift recipient just in time for Christmas.

If neither you nor your gift recipient lives locally then you are still able to participate in the program.   I will simply send the products directly to you from Stampin’ Up! Unfortunately I will be unable to offer gift wrapping under these circumstances- but how nice will it be for you to be able to give a gift at Christmas time that you know will be loved by the recipient.

If you would like to participate in my Christmas Wish List Program as either a Gift Recipient OR as Gift-Giver then it would be great if you could get in touch with me BEFORE  Friday 31st October.    This will then give me time to get in touch with everyone wanting to receive OR give gifts , order the products, gift wrap them and organise delivery before the Christmas rush.

I can’t wait to hear from you!  miriamthomas@westnet.com.au or 90917655

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