October 2009 – Miriam Thomas

Month: October 2009

Wow Flowers

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Today marks the final day of October and the final day of the promotion where you can select “Wow Flowers” or “Starring you” at 20% off with every purchase of a Simply Sent card elements kit.  The beauty of these kits is that you can recreate the designs according to the directions or adapt the designs and make your own creations.

Here is a card I made using Flower Power card elements kit and the “Wow Flowers” Stamp set.  The ribbon and buttons are all included in the kit! What a neat way to sample some of the ribbons and buttons!?


and here is the inside of the card.  I have used the “Heart to Heart” Punch on the card liner.  Behind each punched out heart I placed some scraps of leftover paper

I have made quite a few cards out of this kit as I really love the nice bright colours- perfect plum, old olive, rose red, more mustard and whisper white.  I think I have just enough of the patterned paper and elements to create a scrapbook page. 

Tomorrow I will be able to reveal some information about the Promotion for November- so please be sure to check back tomorrow.

Happy Birthday Dad


It’s my Dad’s Birthday today.  He’s one of those guys who is terribly difficult to buy for.  For previous birthdays we have even gone to great lengths such as bought vouchers for him to go sky-diving- just so that we could buy him something he didn’t already have.  Well unfortunately this year I didn’t have any great ideas so the poor guy received a block of chocolate and a big wad of scratchies.  When we left his house today- only two remained and so far none of the scratchies were winners.  Keep your fingers crossed one of the remaing scratchies is a winner! 

Of course- it wouldn’t seem right to just hand him the block of chocolate.  Of course, it had to be presented “Miriam-style” 🙂   Yes I know! I know! I’ve shown these chocolate boxes before MANY times- but I just love them…… 



The base is “Basic Gray” and I have stamped the stars from the “Starring You” stamp set.  “Starring you” is one of the stamp sets that you can purchase for 20% off this month with every purchase of a Simply Sent Card Elements Kit  

……and lifting the ribbon to reveal the treats

Normally when I make these boxes I use the 150g blocks.  I was disappointed to find that you can no longer purchase them in the 150g size (I think the smaller size is now 110g)  I bought the family block size and used a 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock and had to adjust the measurements to make it fit.  What is great about this simple design is that once you know how to make them- it is oh so easy to use the block of chocolate to adjust the measurements. 

Here is a close up of the decoration at the front


The Happy Birthday Stamp is from the Spring Mini (which is only current for another 6 weeks- don’t miss the opportunity to order items from this catalogue!)    I have also used a stamp from the “Greetings Eight” Stamp set.  I stamped once on Kraft and then a second time on Baja Breeze. I cut the letter ‘d’ from the Baja breeze cardstock and attached it to the Kraft cardstock.  I have also used one of the lovely corduroy buttons from the Spring Mini Catalogue (again only available for a further 6 weeks!)

Anyway- I must go and prepare for the cardmaking class at my place tomorrow night.  I have a few spare spots available due to a few unavoidable cancellations.  Get in touch if you would like to secure a spot for yourself (First in best dressed 🙂 )


(08) 90917655

0419 947 047

Photos of my craft space


As promised I’ve got some photos of my craft room

Here is my little craft space- One of my favourite rooms in the house- the place that is affectionately known as “the tardis“.   

The room is filled with containers of different shapes and sizes- nothing seems to match- and I really need to give it a big sort through and clean up-  but it is my special space regardless.  We are looking at starting building on our block so I look forward to the possibilities with the new room in my new house….but in the meantime……  Here is my little space

This is the view as you walk in through the door


This is the view of the other wall when standing inside the room

and a little closer…

and a couple of my favourite storage options.  My Colour Caddy for my Stampin’ Pads and my Stampin’ Stack and store- with cute little containers for storing brads, buttons and other small embellishments.  I love them both!

And before I hop off my computer to tackle the washing and other chores- Here is sneak peek of my layout over at Stampamemory.  Click on the sneak peek to see the full article.

This month’s main event will take place in my home on
MONDAY 19th October
commencing at 7.15pm
We wil be making several cards including re-visiting two popular cards made in my classes and workshops.  One is lovely for the girls and the other is very masculine …..  Sound intriging?- come along and find out more!
The cost of this cardmaking class will be $15 which includes the cost of the materials that are prepared for you as well as use of the tools required to complete these cards.  Tea and coffee and a light snack is also supplied.
If you would prefer, there is the option of purchasing at least $90 worth of Stampin’ Up! products from me on the night and I will waive your class fee!
Bookings are ESSENTIAL.  This ensures that materials are prepared for you and that space at the table is reserved.  To secure your spot, please contact me by phone, E-mail or SMS by  Friday 16th October.
I really must get off my computer- as my craft room is looking atrocious and there is even mess in the living space that I must attend to immediately.  Pop back tomorrow and I will leave a blog post showing you my craft room  (when it is is tidy!   Not like it looks right now!)

Little Owl Box

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We are fast approaching the middle of October.  It made me stop and think about the fact that it only leaves a little over SEVEN weeks before the end of the Spring Mini Catalogue.  Yes- that’s right only a little over 7 weeks left to order the items from the Spring mini catalogue.

When I was ordering for myself, one of the Stamp sets from the mini that I found irresistably cute was the adorable “Forest Friends” Stamp set  The fawn and the rabbit remind me of Bambi and Thumper from the movie Bambi. (Page 12 of the Spring Mini Catalogue)

I have used the owl stamp from this set as the focal point on a tiny little box I made.  Isn’t it sweet? If you would like to make a little box like this you can order the supplies from me.  I am happy to also supply the little template to make this box.  Just get in touch with me to place your order 



Stampin’ Up!® has helped women make a difference in the lives of others by simply doing what they love to do…….sharing creativity. 
IF YOU BECOME A STAMPIN’ UP DEMONSTRATOR between between the 7th of October and 31st of  December 2009 you can start making a difference too!
For every person who joins, Stampin’ Up! will donate $5 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (AU) 
Most people I know have been touched by Breast Cancer and it is so lovely to know that by joining my team and becoming a demonstrator- you can help make a difference. 
PLUS…. until 31st December 2009, Stampin’ Up! will  give YOU a FREE pack of Raspberry Tart Designer Series paper and a Pretty in Pink Classic Stampin’ Pad to help you get started!
As a personal thanks from me for supporting this cause- if you join my team (either by joining directly under me OR under the guidance of one of the business builders in my team) BEFORE the 15th of NOVEMBER I would like to personally match Stampin’ Up!s donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation and also offer YOU the gift of any item from the current catalogue valued at $15. 

I would be thrilled to send you an obligation free pack of information that tells you about joining my team of Demonstrators .

In the meantime please click on the image of the starter kit below and you can read more information about becoming a demonstrator.  


October Special-

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World Card Making Day was on the 3rd of October, but Stampin’ Up! is celebrating all month long! From 1-31 October, when you purchase Rock Star or Flower Power Simply Sent Card Elements, you’ll get 20 percent off the coordinating stamp set!


Buy a Simply Sent Card Elements kit:

– Flower Power Card Elements (page 140) $30.95

– OR Rock Star Card Elements (page 141) $30.95


Get one of the following stamp sets at 20 percent off:

– Wow Flowers stamp set Normally $24.95 ONLY $19.96

– Starring You stamp set Normally $24.95 ONLY $19.96 

There is no limit with this promotion.  For every simply sent card elements kit you purchase you can recive a matching stamp set at 20% off so you can purchase one or two for yourself and perhaps for someone as a gift!  
These great card making kits come with project instructions (complete with photos) so you can create the cards displayed in the catalogue.   You can use the extra materials to create your own designs.  I have used some of the card elements and patterned paper from the kit in the following card
I also added a few items from my ‘stash’ such as the chipboard number (coated with fine supernova glitter and crystal effects and I used the “Happy Birthday” stamped image from the Spring Mini Catalogue)

Only THREE weeks remain to take advantage of this special- so please get in touch with my to place your orders!

E-mail: miriamthomas@westnet.com.au

Phone: (08) 90917655

Mobile: 0419 947047

Sweet Baby Cards


I know a few people who have had babies recently so I was inspired to make some more baby cards. 

 I have made baby cards before using this romper-style but wanted one to be perfect for a baby girl and the other ideal for a little boy.

For the little boy card- I used the 3.5cm circle punch to create a neck hole and holes for the leg.  I then used the 3.5cm circle punch and the scallop circle punch to add the trims around the neck and leg holes.

The little sheep on the front was made using the scallop circle punch and the five petal flower punch.  The punched flower shape has simply been cut in half.  The 3 petals forming the head of the sheep and the side with the 2 petals form the legs of the sheep. It is difficult to make it out in the image as the legs are partially covered by the sentiment saying “welcome baby”.


The girl card was made using the same general design, however instead of using the 3.5cm circle punch to create leg holes I simply made the edges drop to form a dress.  The eyelet border punch was used to create the trims on the bottom of the dress and on the arms


It never ceases to amaze how versatile some punches can be! If you would like to add the 3.5cm circle punch and scallop circle punch to your stash- please let me know.  I would be only to happy to have an order shipped to you anywhere in Australia as soon as possible!

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