December 2008 – Miriam Thomas

Month: December 2008

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!

My kids have been invited to quite a few birthdays lately.  I didn’t realise how many people we knew celebrated their birthdays in December.  As I have been so busy I have found myself whipping up a birthday card moments before we rush out the door- and as a result I don’t have a photo of the cards. Here are two cards I have actually remembered to photograph….

First one is for a little playgroup friend who turned THREE.  Gotta love that “Pretty Princess” stamp set for litle girls and of course the card would not have been complete without some Dazzling diamonds glitter.  The colours are “pretty in pink” and and “soft sky“.  I also made use of two of the new punches from the summer mini- the scallop edge punch and the scallop square punch.  Her name was stamped using the school book serif alphabet


The second card I have to show was for my niece, Hannah who celebrated her 12th Birthday yesterday- Happy Birthday, Hannah!

For this card I combined the ‘old’ and the ‘new’- The patterned paper “Summer Picnic” is from the “Spring Mini Catalogue” (interesting choice of patterned paper for the SPRING mini when the name of the paper range has the word SUMMER in it! 🙂 At least I don’t feel so bad using it at the beginning of summer!)   The stamp set and punch is from the NEW SUMMER Mini- I used the stamp set “Friendly flowers” as well as the scallop edge punch.  The main colours in this card are old olive, real red, and bashful blue

The kids enjoyed helping to decorate our Christmas tree earlier this month and I took a few snapshots.   They’re not the best photos but I was more concerned about making sure that the delicate ornaments weren’t being destroyed- so I ended up popping the camera aside and just focussed on the tree……and the kids.    Erin had been quite unwell with a virus of some sort (as you can tell by how miserable and ‘washed out’ she looks in the photo) but still wanted to be in on the action.-

I took a few photos of the angel that sits ‘almost’ at the top of the tree.  We have one large angel that sits on the tree and a smaller angel that I recall being on our family tree when I was a child.  I knew that she was ‘old’ but I didn’t know her ‘story’, so when doing some Christmas cooking with Mum I asked her more about the angel.  It turns out that she was the first ‘shop bought’ Christmas decoration that Mum and Dad had when they were first married.  This means that my little angel is about 45 years old.  Mum and Dad couldn’t afford a tree so she proudly sat on top of a branch of a gum tree. The tree was decorated in little stars that had been cut out of cardboard and coated in glitter.  Later my grandfather made a Christmas tree out of a broom handle and wire with some crepe paper adding that special ‘greenery’.  She later sat upon a ‘shop bought’ Christmas tree throughout my childhood.   I wish I had snapshots of her sitting on her former homes.  At least I now have a snapshot of her on OUR tree.  Who knows whose tree she might end up sitting on in the future


Oh no! I’ve done it again…..I promised I would be back soon to post photos on the blog and just haven’t had a chance to do it! I’m sure you can all relate to how busy things get right before Christmas.  Here they are……..a bit later than I expected but at least it is still before Christmas.  My Christmas cards have all been posted and if you are reading this and yours hasn’t arrived in your letterbox yet….then please close your eyes!


After  helping the kids to make their own cards for their 60 odd school mates and knowing I would need to make the same if not more for family and friends and get them in the post prior to Christmas…….. I decided that I wouldn’t make things too complicated.  I decided to stick to three main colours, Real red, Kraft and Certainly Celery (or more specifically the patterned paper prints in certainly celery)  I used the “Paisley” background stamp and the “Season of Joy” Stamp set.    It has become a bit of a tradition for me to include photos of my four best creations on the front of the card- so I obviously wanted the photos to be the main feature

I included the following quote inside each card

Christmas- that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia.  Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance- a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved “~ Augusta E, Rundel

I just wanted to touch base and apologise for the lack of blog entries- I’m sure you can all relate to the chaos before Christmas.  I made all my Chirstmas cards on Sunday and finally got around to taking some pics this afternoon but I have a few jobs that I need to get done while little ones are sleeping so I don’t have time to post today but……….. I will be back tomorrow with some photos.  I’m getting there!

One of my previous entries was titled “Crazy for Christmas” and I had to name this entry “Crazy for Christmas” as well- not because I have more cards to share made with the the “Crazy for Christmas” set but because I am still a bit “Crazy for Christmas”- such crazy times leading up to Christmas and just generally going a bit crazy!  

I’m sure most people can relate to feeling like there are not enough hours in the day.  The next week or so we will have the School End of Year Concert, the Kindy Christmas concert, costume preparation and photos for Erin’s dancing concert, activity break ups, birthday parties…..and that’s just the stuff for the kids!   

Yesterday the kids and I made over 60 cards for their friends for school.  I don’t have a photo to share because the kids were eager to hand them out today.  I also made a start to my own Christmas cards- still plenty to do though!   Give me a couple of days to find some time to get them finished and allow me time to get them posted out and then I will share some on the blog (I would obviously prefer people to get their cards in real life BEFORE they appear on my blog 🙂 )

Yesterday I was chatting with someone about what I do (as you tend to do when you are so passionate about it!!!) She said that she had visited my blog and that it was such a shame her friend lived ‘out of town’ as she was sure her friend would love to purchase Stampin’ Up! products.   Of course I let her know that is perfectly fine- I am able to process orders from people living anywhere in Australia and have them shipped to anywhere in Australia directly from Stampin’ Up!  I thought I would get on my blog today and remind everyone of that!  

The conversation also prompted me to think that it would be worth mentioning that people from ‘out of town’ can also join me in selling Stampin’ Up! products to people in their community.  The team that I am part of is largely based in Melbourne but it simply a matter of hopping on the phone or jumping online and asking questions and seek and offer support.  Of course, people who live IN town would be just as welcome to join me on the team too-but I just didn’t want people to think that just because they don’t live in the same town as me- that they can’t be a part of the team.  I’d love it if you wanted to be a part of the Stampin’ Up Family regardless of whether or not you live in the same town as me!

If you have any questions about becoming a demonstrator then please get in touch with me!  I’d love to help you out!

A few things that you might be interested to know……

  • People can decide what type of demonstrator they would like to be- some people just want to enjoy the discount on their supplies and other people are dedicated to building their own businessees and accomplishing personal career goals.  Of course there are always people who are somewhere in between!


  • There is a requirement that you sell a minimum of $500 worth of product each QUARTER (which is very easy to do- even if you were just purchasing products for yourself!)   


  • The Starter Kit is $324 and you will receive over $560 worth products and business supplies.


  • As a demonstrator you will be able to access ‘demonstrator only’ forums to ask questions, seek support and share ideas!


  • Join in January or February during Sale-a-bration and you are able to select an additional STAMP SET (up to the value of $79.95) absolutely FREE

I can’t wait to hear from you! Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions

Crazy for Christmas

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One of the stamp sets that is on special this month is a set known as “Crazy for Christmas”  It features 4 long stamps- one is a row of Christmas trees, a row of presents, a row of baubles and a Christmas sentiment that reads “Merry and bright-Ho Ho Ho! -’tis the season-joy- deck the halls”. 

What I like about this set is that you can create different cards using a simple design and just varying the colours used.  It is a great set to use when you have lots of Christmas cards to make but you don’t want to ‘re-invent’ the wheel and come up with a totally different design for each card.  Just minor variations- make for a unique card.

During December, if you spend $20 on regular merchandise you can select “Crazy for Christmas” for 20% off- making it only $35.96.

This afternoon I made a few Christmas cards using this stamp set- Each card uses a piece of ribbon, a scrap of patterned paper and at least one scrap of cardstock.  I just varied the design slightly for each card to make them all a little different.


For the first card- I used the Wintergreen patterned paper (with the colours Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery, Sage Shadow and Soft Sky)  I used the mat pack to add the row of holes along the cardstock to tie it in with the pattern on the paper.  The image is stamped in Stazon Black ink and coloured using markers and blender pens.

The second card also uses paper from the Wintergreen Patterned paper pack– but it looks very different to the first card- don’t you think?  On this card I stamped the image in Sage shadow onto Soft Sky cardstock.  The main feature of this card is the addition of dazzling diamonds glitter to the baubles and the snowflake design on the patterned paper.  It is hard to see in the photo- but looks quite effective

I also used glitter on the third card- where I have used the Holiday Harmony Patterned paper and a snow flake stamp from “Season of Joy” (both of which were in the SPRING Mini Catalogue so they are no longer available) and I stamped the image in Always Artichoke and added the sentiment across to the top.

The fourth card also makes use of the Holiday Harmony patterned paper. The colours in this card are Always Artichoke, Purely Pomegranate and River Rock.  I mounted the coloured image using dimensionals but also inked around the edges in River Rock using a SU sponge– to give it added dimension.

The final two cards are made with paper from the Dashing Patterned Paper Pack.  I love the colour combination of Real Red, Old Olive, River Rock and Very Vanilla.  On the final card I used the Cutter Kit which has a seven sided distressing tool to distress the edges of the old olive cardstock (The Cutter kit also has a cutting blade, a scorer and a perforator- all on a key chain- quite a nifty little collection of tools that can fit in the palm of your hand)

The other neat thing about the “Crazy for Christmas” Stamp set is that it is very versatile! You can use the row of presents on a Birthday card, even the baubles could become balloons or lollipops if stamped upside down!  

If you would like to order “Crazy for Christmas” or some of the other December specials- or ANY other SU products please let me know!  If you would like to make some Christmas cards- I am more than happy to help you select some products.  Please just get in touch with me!

Don’t you hate in when you see a great idea somewhere surfing the internet- but you forget to bookmark it and then can’t remember how to find it!? Well that has happened to me! I saw a great idea for turning the Carousel Notes (page 5 of Summer Mini Catalogue) into a “Bag-a-lope” (for the uninitiated- a “Bag-a-lope” is a little bag made from an envelope)

Fortunately I had committed enough to memory to create my own- I think the ones I saw were made by either a US or Canadian stamper and the ones I made were inspired by hers- but I don’t think mine were as ‘detailed’.   

I thought they would make great little gifts for my kids’ teachers.  Erin and Adam are in the same class- but they have one Teacher, two Education Assistants as well as Adam’s “specials needs” assistant.  Fortunately Jared only has one teacher- but then I realised at the last minute that he has a student teacher in his classroom at the moment so I whipped one up for her too!

Before assembling the bag-a-lope I used chocolate chip ink to stamp images from the “Live your dream“stamp set onto the chocolate chip envelopes. I then scored and folded to create the bag-a-lope.  (If anyone is interested in learning how to make a bag-a-lope- then I would be more than happy to show you how in a workshop setting!!)  I used the soft sky, wild wasabi and groovy guava carousel notes to create the top of the bag-a-lope.  I added a large circle of paper cut out from the Afternoon Tea Designer series papers onto the caraousel notes before scoring and folding them and securing them in place.  (By the way the Afternoon Tea paper work beautifully with the “Live your dream” stamp set.) On the front of the bag-a-lope I used several circle punches as well as the scallop circle punch and a stamp from the “Friendly flowers” set.  The “thanks” sentiment is also from the “Live your dream” stamp set. 

To create the little label on which the sentiment  sits- I used my square scallop punch and then trimmed off two edges.  (Again this would be something I could show you in a workshop setting!)  The Bag-a-lope was finished off with a piece of chocolate chip ribbon.

If my my memory serves me correctly the other stamper used her bag-a-lope to hold some co-ordinating cards.   I wanted to include some chocolates in mine.  As I hadn’t made the bag-a-lope to fit the chocolates I had to make the chocolates work with the bag-a-lope.  I ended up covering the “Cadbury moments” in the matching patterned paper and then securing each piece to some cardstock and tying some ribbon so that they would stay in place.  There was enough room in each bag-a-lope for the chocolates and a special magnet and keyring for the teachers.  The children gave each teacher and assistant a bag-a-lope containing their goodies as well as a gold star shaped Christmas tree decoration in a star-shaped mini platter with a gold edge.  I hope they liked their gifts!


Summer mini goodies

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The other day I got a chance to have a play with some of the goodies from the Summer Mini Catalogue.  I really love the Designer Series papers in this catalogue and used some lovely rose red patterned paper from the Bali Breeze set to create a nice bright card for my daughter’s little friend for her birthday party on Tuesday.  It was a great match for the wrapping paper I had used to wrap her gift.

I also got a chance to use my two new punches- the scallop edge punch and the scallop square punch.  The scallop square punch has a co-ordinating stamp set.  I used one of the stamps from this “Say it with Scallops” set, however the greeting on the stamp says “I just can’t thank you enough”  but I wanted it to say ‘Happy Birthday”  I simply used a marker to colour directly on to the stamp and made sure I didn’t colour the sentiment.  I later added “Happy Birthday” from another stamp set (Birthday Best) and lined it up inside the square using my Stamp-a-ma-jig.

The SU chipboard brackets are from a SU card-making kit.  I simply coated them in ink and then two way glue and dipped them into glitter- dazzling diamonds.  In the photo- the glue hadn’t had time to dry properly….but I love how sparkly and girly the glitter came up!

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