May 2009 – Miriam Thomas

Month: May 2009

Here’s a simple layout of my oldest son Jared with Daddy…… just hanging out!  Gotta love the simple things in life like happy times spent together- enjoying each other’s company.  Don’t they look so content….so happy!?

I have used the “Sweet Slumber Speciality” Paper pack.  (pg 133) This is the first time I have used this pack of patterned paper and I’ve gotta say I love Stampin’ Up!’s cardstock weight patterned paper. I have added a small amount of distressing to the patterned paper strips including using the distressor edge from the cutter kit, the mat pack to pierce holes, tearing, light crumpling and running the patterned paper through the crimper.   The chipboard letters (on board lots of letters pg 147) have been coated in a layer of Sahara Sand.  The jumbo pewter eyelets (page 148) were added using the crop-a-dile (page 155) On the top right hand side I have added brads from the build-a-brad kit (page 159)  You simply cut a circle of patterned paper (or a small stamped image) to fit on top of the brad base.  I punched out matching patterned paper using the 1/2 inch paper punch.   You then add the clear bubble to the top.  What is neat about this is that you can make your brad suit your layout or card  so easily and saves digging through craft supplies to find something that may complement the design! I can see myself using lots of these.

Today I decided to try Makeesha’s Colour Inspiration Challenge #7

I couldn’t resist using the gingham patterned paper from Bella Rose as one of the main features as I thought it was a good match for the gingham fabric on the bed coverlet.  I was inspired to use Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery and Tempting Turquoise.  I have used the Boho Backgrounds stamp set on the cardstock base and the greeting comes from Party Hearty! I love how the scallop circle punch is a great fit for this stamp.   

I think if the colour combo works so nicely on the bed it was definitely going to  make a nice ‘pretty’ card.  Hmm…… speaking of beds I must get off the computer to make my own kids beds before bedtime!

How Lovely!

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I received this lovely card from Gayatri who joined my team at the end of last month.  You will find her blog listed in my blog roll on the right hand side!  Thanks so much for the card and I really do hope you enjoy your time with Stampin’ Up!   Gayatri has used the Lovely as a Tree Stamp Set.   Don’t you just love the warm earthy colours?


and the inside of the card!

If you would also like to join my Team the special promotion where you can receive your starter kit for only $150 finishes in a week’s time!  You only have until the end of the month to get your paperwork to Stampin’ Up! Of course, there is always the opportunity to join my team at ANY TIME however the normal kit is $324.  It is still wonderful value at this price because you receive products valued at $560 (so 40% off)  But having said that- $150 is just an awesome price to receive your starter kit and then you can order in more items whenever it suits you!

Don’t forget that you can join my team whether you live close by or in another part of Australia.  If you have any questions about how things work- I am more than happy to answer them honestly and openly- with no obligation to join if you find that it doesn’t suit you! ( I’m sure you will find it hard to resist though!)

If you would love to learn more about Stampin’ Up and the Shelli Gardner (CEO)- please check out the following video clips

First impressions Video Clip

Meet Shelli

Bereavement cards are some of the toughest cards to make. Here is one I made during the week for a family friend whose daughter passed away- gone too soon.  It is heartbreaking to think that she was around the same age as me and leaves behind a young family.  She will be missed by many!

A special thanks to those who have got in touch with me to check whether I am doing OK.  Everything is fine- I just haven’t had an opportunity to update my blog.  I have been a tad unwell with a cold that has been lingering for a few weeks now and it has zapped my energy somewhat…..but all is well…and thanks for letting me know you have missed my blog entries.

I have a couple of cute cards to show you that were made for my kids’ friends from school for their birthdays.   These cute little cards are decorated at the front and then the panels open up to reveal space inside with a pocket to hold a special note, a gift card or in my case the gift of money. Take a look….. aren’t they sweet?

 Both cards are made with stamps out of the stamp set  “Crazy for cupcakes” (page 44)The more boyish card on the left has been made using the colours Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango,  Pacific Point and Riding Hood Red.  The one on the right also has Riding Hood red– but it has been teamed with Pink Pirouette and Chocolate Chip plus a touch of patterned paper from the Bella Rose Patterned Paper Pack. (pg 134) I also used the Eyelet Border Punch (pg 153) which I have been using A LOT lately!

I have been really enjoying using a touch of glitter lately so have added dazzling diamonds and the fine supernova glitter to the cards for a bit of BLING.

Oops- I almost forgot to show you the inside…










In a couple of workshops this month participants used the Crazy for Cupcakes sets to make their cards.  We even incorporated the Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe into the card.  I have seen this recipe circulating via E-mail and was reminded of this neat recipe at Convention.  For those who didn’t make it to a workshop this month, here is the recipe………..



4 Tablespoons flour

4 Tablespoons sugar

2 Tablespoons cocoa

1 egg

3 Tablespoons milk

3 Tablespoons oil

3 Tablespoons chocolate chips

A small splash of vanilla essence

1 large coffee mug


– Add dry ingredients to mug and 

mix well

– Add the egg and mix thoroughly

– Pour in the milk and oil and mix


– Finally add the choc chips and


– Put your mug in the microwave

and cook for 3 minutes on HIGH

The cake will rise over the top of

the mug but don’t be alarmed!

Allow to cool a little and tip

out onto plate if desired!


          ~ ENJOY! ~

Hi there everyone.  Well I’m back from Canberra Convention 2009 and have lots to share with you.  You might want to duck away and make yourself a cuppa so that you can sit back and relax before I launch into my update.

I arrived in Canberra to a very warm welcome from members of my team hanging out in the room finishing off their swaps and chatting.  A team member even went to the special trouble of preparing my bed so it was fit for a queen! (Thanks ever so much Kate!)  

First morning was an early start for me- especially with the two hour time difference.  I have been sick with a horrible head cold (that is unfortunately still lingering) but I wasn’t about to let that get in the way of having a good time!

Here we are arriving in the first day……(That’s me on the far right)

When we walked in through the entrance the place was buzzing with about 500 Stampin’ Up Demonstrators from all over Australia (and even a few from New Zealand) Upon check-in we received our lovely Convention Bag with goodies.  All attendees received two Stamp sets CIRCLE CIRCUS and TRENDY TREES as our complimentary sets.  We also had other goodies such as a pen, notebook, lip gloss and our name badges.  It was so lovely to be spoilt with gifts from Stampin’ Up!

After check-in we had an opportunity to swap cards and creations with other demonstrators.  I chose to make a 6×6 scrapbook page instead of a card.  The RASBERRY TART DESIGNER SERIES PAPER was the insiration for my layout as I thought it worked well with the colours in Erin’s fair dress-up outfit.  I made 42 mini layouts in total and my swaps disappeared in only a few minutes (and to think I was worried about coming home with my own layouts instead of swapping them for othe cards)  This what I made….



Although I kept to the same design- I varied the pieces of patterned paper and cardstock colours based on what I had on hand….. Please see the project recipe below for the items I used.

YES- they took longer to make than it took to swap (but in return I received a lot of wonderful ideas!)


Patterned Paper

Rasberry Tart

(Real Red, Rose Red, Cameo Coral, Pretty in Pink, Kiwi Kiss)

p. 133

Ink Colours

Regal Rose,

Rose Red,

Kiwi Kiss


Stamp Sets

Petal Pizzazz,

Life Definitions

Frames with a Flourish

p. 98

p. 123



2.5cm Double-stitched Grosgrain Ribbon-Rose Red

p. 150


Paper Trimmer

Paper Snips

Mat Pack


White uni-ball signo gel pen

Eyelet Border Punch

p. 155









Stampin’ Dimensionals

Glue Dots

p. 154

After swapping we got an opportunity to head into Memento Mall to purchase Stampin’ Up! logo items for ourselves.  I couldn’t resist the Bella Apron.  Here is the result of my little spending spree. 

We then entered the Royal Theatre for a general session where we heard from Shelli Gardner (Stampin’ Up Co-founder and CEO), Aaron Scott (Australia Regional Business Development Manager) as well as other staff from the US.   We also got an opportunity to watch Australian Demonstrators as they demonstrated projects just as they would in a workshop.

Check out the main stage/ presentation area. It  was great to be able to see projects being created on the two big screens.   I’m sure you would agree that no small detail was overlooked.

After lunch we then broke up into smaller groups to participate in our “Make and Takes” and other classes.  I must confess that I didn’t finish my “make and takes” as I was keen to participate in the optional class where we received great tips and advice for supporting our downline. 

The evening allowed an opportunity for more socialising and catching up with members of the team. 

Day 2 saw the day start with more classes.  One of my favourite parts was watching Demonstrators WOW us with fun techniques.  I can’t wait to share these ideas with you at upcoming workshops.  Have you booked a date with me yet?!

I thoroughly enjoyed watching Shelli Gardner demonstrate on stage.  It gave me an opportunity to understand why Stampin’ Up! is such a successful company that provides incredible support for its demonstrators.  Clearly Shelli is such a beautiful person who is incredibly passionate about Stampin’ Up!  This was one of the cards she made using some items from her signature collection.

I also made sure I got a few snapshots of the some of the display boards around the Convention Centre.

After a busy day we returned to the Convention Centre for the Awards and Recognition Banquet where we were spoilt with a lovely 3 course dinner


The room looked lovely with a special lighting display, tables decorated with flowers, seat covers and even a string quartet!

After the meal- the awards began.  Here is Shelli preparing to congratulate the demonstrators receiving awards.

It was wonderful to be able to applaud people in the team.  The most exciting part was bearing witness to my upline Claire Daly being recognised with several awards.  She received a sales award and was also ranked FIRST PLACE in RECRUITING due to her efforts in getting recruits off to a great start.  The highlight was her receiving an award for being the THIRD PLACE DEMONSTRATOR OF THE YEAR! What an amazing accomplishment.    I feel so inspired to share what I do with other people.   As I am only new as a demonstrator by comparison with those who received awards- I could help but feel inspired by those who received awards.  I can’t wait for next year’s Convention.  I see big things happening between now and then.

If you would like more information about hosting a workshop or becoming a demonstrator (whether that be to conduct workshops or just order products for yourself at a discount) then please get in touch with me. (08) 90917655  Mobile 0419 947 047

As I mentioned in my previous entry- YOU can join Stampin’ Up! for only $150!!!! This offer is available until the end of May only-  so if you think it is something that may suit you then please let me know as soon as possible so we can the process underway!   Not only will you get the opportunity to order products for yourself at a discount, you could build a business if this suits you.   You will have access to the demonstrator ONLY forums where you can ask questions, be supported and be inspired creatively.

One of the things I learnt over the weekend was how being a part of Stampin’ Up is largely about forming and building relationships with other people.  It was great to be able to spend some time with other demonstrators.  If you would like to be part of the team then please let me know!

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