November 2009 – Miriam Thomas

Month: November 2009



Recently I had some lovely customers come to my place and create a gorgeous Mini Album using their choice of Simply Scrappin’ Kits.  I know there were lots of people who were unable to make it on the night so I have decided to offer you an ONLINE class.  This Mini Album would make an IDEAL gift for friends, family, teachers, grandparents at Christmas time!  This project is ideal for beginners as well as experienced scrapbookers looking for a nice, easy project to get the creative juices flowing!

For a small fee I am happy to E-mail you a copy of the instructions so that you can complete your own mini album at home.  The instructions are quite comprehensive with no less than FIFTY photos showing you how you can create your own mini Album.

You have the option of ordering a Kit with materials which includes the FULL PHOTO INSTRUCTIONS (at a discounted price) for only $70

OR You can simpy order the INSTRUCTIONS for ONLY $10

If you are reading this and you are a SU demonstrator OR you already have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator then you are more than welcome to order the instructions from me- however please order your products to complete the album from your own Demonstrator.  Customer loyalty is something that is VERY important to me.  I value the relationship between customers and their demonstrators and would prefer to see you order from your own lovely demonstrator.    Of course, if you don’t have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator servicing your needs- then please drop me a line.  I would be more than willing to help you out and I can make arrangements for products to be shipped to you anywhere in Australia.

Overseas residents are welcome to order my instructions, however I am unfortunately unable to provide supplies/ product for people not living within Australia.

 Click on the following Paypal button to order your Kit which includes

  • A Simply Scrappin Kit valued at $36.95 (Please indicate your preferred kit when ordering)
  • Snail Adhesive valued at $12.95
  • Sticky Strip valued at $12.95
  • and your FULL COLOUR PHOTO INSTRUCTIONS (With 60% Discount Normally $10)

MINI ALBUM KIT (Instructions and Product)

Choose your Simply Scrappin’ Kit

It is assumed that you have basic tools such as a paper trimmer and bone folder.  If you would like to order additional items then please send me a message at OR call me on (08) 90917655 or 0419 947 047



MINI ALBUM INSTRUCTIONS (Instructions only- No products included)

One of the cards we created recently at one of In-Home Cardmaking workshops was a Tri-shutter Christmas card.  We used the Winter Post stamp set and Holiday Treasures patterned paper. The ladies looked at the sample and gulped but when it came time to make their card, they realised it wasn’t nearly as difficult as it first appeared.

Here’s the card

Now C’mon admit it- Did you gulp in amazement?  Yes?  Good! That’s the reaction you want when your recipient opens their card.  Now pick your jaw up off the ground and I will show you just how simple this card is to make!! 

Start with a piece of cardstock that is 30cm x 15cm

Score fold lines at 5cm, 10cm, 20cm and 25cm (Using the scoring blade on your paper trimmer or your bone folder)

Use your paper trimmer to cut along the PURPLE lines in the following illustration.  (The purple line is measured in at 4cm from the each edge)  The paper trimmer available through Stampin’ Up! allows you to position the blade so that you can commence cutting at the 5cm score line and stop cutting when you reach the 25cm score line.   The paper cutter is only $39.95 (pg 155 of the catalogue)  If you don’t own this paper trimmer please let me know and I would be happy to process the order for you!

You now need to fold your card into position.  If you look at the following photo (taken from above) you will get the best idea of how the pieces should be positioned.


Here is card again folded into position ready to go into an evelope


To decorate the card- the following measurements may come in handy (This is especially for you L  🙂 )

Cut your cardstock mats to the following sizes

2 pieces that are 14.5cm x 4.5cm

4 pieces that are 3.5cm x 4.5cm

1 piece that is 6.5cm x 9.5cm

2 pieces that are 6.5cm x 4.5cm

2 pieces that are 3.5cm x 9cm

The patterned paper needs to be cut according to the following measurements

2 pieces cut at 14cm x 4cm

4 pieces cut at 3cm x 4cm

1 piece cut at 6cm x 9cm

2 pieces cut at 6cm x 4cm

2 pieces cut at 3cm x 9cm


I hope you have fun creating your own Tri-shutter card!

Merry and Bright…….

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I must admit that I am someone who loves traditional Christmas colours but of course there are so many ways to make non-traditional colours look “Christmassy”

Here is a card I have created using non-traditional colours. 

The card base is Tempting Turquoise with Rose Red, Old Olive and Whisper White.    To create the background I have stamped an image from “Frames with a Flourish“.  The rest of the card is comprised of images from “Season of Joy“.  The gorgeous swirly Christmas tree has an edge of Fine Supernova glitter.  Do you like how straight I managed to get the strip of Turquoise glitter?  No! My hands are not that steady! I placed a piece of sticky strip across the cardstock. When you peel the top layer it reveals the perfect sticky surface to adhere the supernova glitter!

Cards with a frame

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I have a few cards to show you today that were all created with a “frame” around the main image in the card.  Creating a frame like this allows you to add another “layer” of colour without having to add too many layers of cardstock.    It is not unusual for me to create a mat by putting one piece of cardstock on top of another.  The reality is that most of this cardstock won’t be visible.  By creating a “frame” like this- you can cut away the centre piece that may not have been visible and use it on another card.

The first card is for a friend who turns 40 soon.  He actually celebrated his 40th birthday on the weekend- and had the celebrations early due to the chaos that surrounds the silly season.  To be honest- I think his 40th marked the beginning of the silly season.  I am embarrassed to admit that I actually had a mild hangover the following day (the first one in a long time! )  I don’t think I had too much to drink though- I think it was just the mix of drinks I had.  Anyway- I had a great time but enough of my rambling…..Here’s the card

Stamp sets: “More Thoughts” and “On Your Birthday”

Cardstock colours: Basic Black, Basic Grey

Patterned paper: Walk in the Park, Urban Garden

Other: Onboard Timeless Type Chipboard, Silver Jumbo Brad, Metal edge tag

Tools: paper cutter, Paper crimper, corner rounder punch


The second card is a simple elegant Christmas card.  A mask and a sponge dauber was used to create the Christmas baubles in Bravo burgundy ink.  The Very Vanilla ribbon and a simple elegant greeting from “Occasional Greetings” finished off the card nicely.  I have used an item from the yet to be released Summer Mini Catalogue.  Can you pick what I have used?

The final card for today is another Christmas card made using the “Spotlight on Christmas” Stamp set.  I just love the Poinsettia in this set (which fits nicely on the 5 petal flower punch)   Poinsettia’s always remind me of Christmas and I love them because of the lovely rich red of the flower (One of my favourite colours)    Most people I know are familiar with poinsettia’s being small potted plants, however my parents have a large shrub in their front garden with a big well established trunk.  My Dad seems to chop it back reguarly but it always comes back with a lovely bloom of rich red flowers.  Anyway- back to the card

I used a mask again to create the border around the edge of the card and also on the poinsettia’s on one of the whisper white squares.

Can you believe that only a month remains before Christmas!?  It’s not too late to make your own Christmas cards.  Please get in touch if you would like to order some items.  Please don’t forget that ONLY FIVE days remain of the Spring Mini Catalogue.  The next mini catalogue does not contain ANY Christmas images so if there is a Christmas set that you fancy- please be sure to get your order in within the next 5 days before the Spring Mini items are no longer available!

Party Hearty


Party Hearty is such a fun versatile set for Birthday cards.  Here is a fun birthday card I made using the PARTY HEARTY stamp set and a variety of punches (scallop circle, scallop edge, tag punch, circle punches, word window)  The colours were inspired by the “Pink Flamingo” designer series paper. 

This is what comes in the set- If you would like to add it to your collection- then please be sure to get in touch with me


Great Friend-

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One of my FAVOURITE sets from the Spring Mini would have to be “Great Friend”.  I think it is the kind of stamp set that is great for cards and scrapbook pages.  I just love a set that is versatile!


Here is a card I designed using this GREAT FRIEND STAMP set and also “Walk in the Park” designer series paper from the SPRING MINI. (Only a little over 3 weeks until this mini catalogue finishes)   When inking up the butterfly I used Pretty in Pink Ink.  I then used a sponge dauber dipped in Regal rose and tapped this around the edge.  It is my cheaters way of doing the “rock and roll” technique 🙂

Mini Album Class

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Are you a scrapbooker looking to complete a simple album to give as gift? Are you completely new to scrapbooking and looking to make a start on a simple project? Are you a seasoned scrapbooker looking for a nice easy project to be re-inspired by?

This class sounds like the one for you!

WHAT? Mini Album (Explosion album/ Box Album)

WHEN? Monday 23rd November

TIME? 7.15pm

For this class you will be required to purchase a kit of items to make your mini album.
The kit will cost $70 and comprises of:
– YOUR CHOICE of Simply Scrappin’ Kits (pg 136- 138 of the catalogue)
– PLUS Full photo INSTRUCTIONS (Available from 23rd Nov)
– PLUS use of class tools (paper trimmer, punches,etc)
There will be enough supplies in your kit to make a second mini album OR several layouts AND/OR several cards. 
TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CLASS AND ATTEND ON THE NIGHT IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOU CONFIRM YOUR SPOT AND PAY FOR YOUR CLASS KIT BY THURSDAY 12th NOVEMBER (Preferably BEFORE)   This will allow time for me to order your class kits.  I am unable to have spare kits on hand so you must order your kit BEFORE the 12th Nov.
If you are uncertain OR unable to make it along on the night- please feel free to order a kit regardless.  All customers who purchase the bundle of products will be supplied with full photo instructions that will allow you to complete the project at home in your own time!
More helpful information about this class 
You will need to bring along a selection of photos to complete your album.  It must be possible to crop the photos to 9-10cm square OR SMALLER.  You may need anywhere between 10- 25 photos
When making your choice of Simply Scrappin Kits (from pages 136- 138 of the catalogue) please be sure to select a kit that will suit the photos you have in mind. Just as a few examples- Either of the “Rock a Bye Kits” would obviously be perfect choices for a Baby Mini Album.  Petal Party would make a bright fun mini album about a special little girl in your life. Sweet Nothings has nice colours for a girl but also contains lots of statements suitable for Engagement photos or Wedding photos. You could even select the ‘I wish” Christmas kit and use a selection of Christmas photos!  
If you’re not sure what photos to include please take a look at the wording on the die cuts for your preferred kit.  They might provide the inspiration for the type of photos you will include.
To make your album ‘eye pleasing’ you will want to try and select photos that will work with the colours in your preferred kit.  If the colours in your photos won’t work- please considering converting your photos to black and white for this project. 
These albums would make great personlised gifts for the Grandparents! (and because you can make two albums out of each kit you will have enough supplies for BOTH sets of grandparents!)
(Please note that the bundle of products includes the Simply Scrappin Kits that are on the Christmas Gift Giving guide.  If you would like to add a further $48.05 worth of products from the gift giving guide you will be eligible to receive either a FREE scallop square punch OR a FREE Boho Blossoms punch- valued at $30.95)  
To order your bundle of products please use the paypal button- Or get in touch with me to make payment arrangements!

Choose your Simply Scrappin’ Kit

(Australian residents ONLY)

Woah- The Countdown to Christmas has begun! It is hard to believe that it will be Christmas day in less than 50 days.  I plan to make Christmas cards for family and friends.  I know not everyone is as eager as me- but I’m sure you can think of special people in your life who deserve the gift of a handmade card!

Come along to my cardmaking night and make 4 cards for those special people in your life!

When?   Monday 16th November

Time?   7.15pm

Where?  MY PLACE (Please contact me for details)

Cost?    ONLY $15 OR purchase a minimum of $90 worth of products (Must be ordered and paid for on the night!) and I will waive your class fee

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL! I only prepare enough materials for those who have booked a spot in the class.  So that I can ensure I have enough time and materials for preparation of class materials it is essential that you CONFIRM your spot by FRIDAY 13th NOVEMBER.

Here is an example of a card we have made at one of our previous cardmaking nights


STAMP SETS: Baroque Motifs (pg 94 $39.95), Tree Trimmings (Mini pg 21 $24.95). Many Merry Messages (pg 159 $64.95)

CARDSTOCK: Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White

PATTERNED PAPER: Holiday Treasures (pg 134 $16.95)

OTHER: Real red Grosgain Ribbon (pg 151) $14.95, Dazzling Diamonds

The lovely Tree Trimmings Stamp set we used for this card- is from the Spring Mini which is only available for another 26 days!   I think it is excellent value at only $24.95.  If you would like to order this stamp set- please be sure to let me know.  

Oh my! How can I have forgotten to tell you!? – I have seen the NEW SUMMER MINI!  (Yes- one of those perks of being a Demonstrator!)  Oh my gosh! Start tucking away some savings- you’re going to need it for this mini catalogue!  The Mini is due for release to customers on the 1st of December! Unfortunately I can’t tell you what is in it but…. I CAN let you know that it contains NO Christmas stamps sets or papers.  If you are interested in Christmas stamp sets or papers I would advise that you check out the selection in the current SPRING MINI CATALOGUE- which finishes at the end of NOVEMBER!

I just wanted to let you all know an important update to the Christmas promotion.

As you already know you, Stampin’ Up! has great gift ideas for all the special people in your life.  They have compiled a gift giving list with ideas for teens, neighbours, scrapbookers and cardmakers.

When you purchase $85 worth of products from the Christmas Gift Giving guide you are eligible to receive a FREE scallop square punch valued at $30.95.  Wow! Buy a gift and you receive a gift- or if you already own a scallop square punch you can give one away as gift!   In exciting news released yesterday it was revealed that you now have the choice of a FREE scallop square punch OR a FREE Boho Blossoms Punch!  

Check out the gift giving guide below and if I can help you out with Christmas shopping- please be sure to let me know!

and now for something a little more feminine.




The patterned paper is “Walk in the Park” (available for only 4 more weeks before the Spring Mini ends)  The Rose is from “Fifth Avenue Floral”  I heat embossed the outline and then used regal rose and blender pen to watercolour the image.

The ribbon is Baja Breeze Double-Stitched Grosgrain.  The greeting (from “Fresh cuts”) is enclosed inside a label holder from the Hodgepodge hardware tin.  I have used the Eyelet Border Punch to add a nice feminine trim on either side of the patterned paper.

…….and again I used the Heart to Heart punch inside the card.  What a simple yet effective way to create a nice feature inside the card!

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