January 2010 – Miriam Thomas

Month: January 2010

Again- I have the pleasure of awarding the prize for the SAM Creative Challenge on the Stampamemory Blog 

Take part in this challenge and you will be in the running to receive a roll of real red polka dot ribbon and playground designer buttons from the Summer Mini.  Entering is easy!  For full details on the Challenge please go to http://www.stampamemory.com

You will have until Friday 29th January, midnight to get your entries in and I will be thrilled to announce the winner on Sunday 31st January


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Theme: Summer Fun. What does Summer mean to you? What is a typical Summer activity for you? Pull out those fun summery photos and scrap a layout that screams summer. Be sure to use lots of bold bright colours! 

Well- when I set this challenge I had grand plans of scrappin’ lots of photos of the kids during the summer school holidays.  Time slipped away and I didn’t get a chance to get some current photos printed before the deadline for posting this challenge.  I went to plan B and I went digging through the boxes of photos I already have printed and figured that I was certain to find some summer photos in my stash.  It was fun to reminisce as I was digging through the photos and I ended up deciding on a photo of my oldest son.    He turns 8 towards the middle of this year but in this photo he was about 1 and a half (about the same age as my youngest son now)  Interestingly the last scrapbook page I completed for the Stampamemory site was my daughter at the same age (Note to self- You should really scrap a photo of the CURRENT one-and-a -half-year-old before HE turns 8!)

Anyway- here is the layout of my little darling enjoying the summer sunshine!  I must admit that I am more of a Winter person but I do love the long lazy summer days when the kids can spend hours playing outside. 

As per the challenge requirements I used lots of bold bright colours! The background piece for this layout is a sheet of REAL RED cardstock.  I have picked out sheets of brightly coloured paper from three different designer series paper packs.  The Summer sun flowery paper and real red flowery paper are both from the PINK FLAMINGO DESIGNER SERIES PAPER PACK (Just as a sidenote- this pack is available at the discounted price of $12.71 -normally $16.95 until the 24th of January)

The old olive patterned paper (with the leaves) is from the PETAL PARTY Simply Scrappin Kit and the remaining sheet of patterned paper come from the URBAN GARDEN DESIGNER SERIES PAPER PACK.

My title was created using the JUMBO OUTLINE ALPHABET SET.  This alphabet stamp set is a recent addition to my stamp set collection that I purchased for the amazing price of ONLY $38.98 (before demonstrator discount) Up until only a few days ago- this stamp set was available at a 50% discount as part of the Inventory Clearance sale.  Unfortuantely SU have sold out of the square cut sets so it is no longer available at the discounted price as part of the sale.  So you’re probably wondering why I am telling you this when the discount no longer applies.  I guess I just wanted to let you know that it is worthwhile getting in quick before these sorts of items sell out.    There are other items on the list- Click on image below for the list and let me know if there is anything you would like to order!

Anyway the JUMBO OUTLINE ALPHABET is still available but the price has returned to $77.95.  I still think it is excellent value at this price as there is SO much you can do with the set.  You can use it for your titles on your scrapbook layouts and also for your own wording on cards.   For my layout I stamped the outline letters in white craft ink onto the patterned paper.  I then sprinkled on white embossing power and used my heat gun to melt the embossing powder.  I then cut out each letter using my paper snips.  The embossed area forms a nice edge on each letter but still allows the patterned paper to show through.   Here is a close up of the title


You will notice in the bottom right hand corner I used a white jumbo grommet from the Summer Mini. (page 17) You don’t need any special tools to fix these in place.  You simply push the prongs into your patterned paper and fold the prongs back.  I placed a “Build a Brad” in the centre of the grommet.  I don’t think I’ll ever tire of these “Build a brads”- I love how you can punch out a circle of patterned paper to match the rest of your layout or card!   

Anyway- be sure to check out the other inspirational ideas at http://www.stampamemory.com and make some time to create a layout for the challenge!

As promised I said I would be back to announce the winner of the SAM Creative Challenge.   I am thrilled that I have the special role of being able to select the winner of the first SAM Creative Challenge for 2010.  I love being able to give gifts and prizes! (I think it is one of the reaons I really love being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator) If only it were easy to make a decision about who receives the prize!……..

Firstly I would really like to thank everyone who participated.  I hope those who participated will join us again for the next challenge and I look forward to even more participants for the next challenge.  SAM Creative Challenge #2 will be announced tomorrow so be sure to head over to http://www.stampamemory.com for details of the challenge.  I will also be posting my challenge inspiration here on my personal blog too!

Now for my decision………   (Drumroll please)!

The Winner of the SAM CREATIVE CHALLENGE #1 is



Here is a sneak preview of Elise’s layout.  You can check out the full image on her blog by clicking on the image below!


I like the way Elise added ‘interest’ to her layout with the special little features on her page such as the buttons and use of the round tab punch and interesting technique with the title.  In particular I liked the ‘crumpled/ distressed’ paper behind the button as well as her adaptation of the border on Beth’s layout.  Great layout Elise.  CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!   Please get in touch with me so that I can make arrangements to have your prize posted to you!



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Friends 24-7


As I am sure you can imagine- not every card or layout I ever create ends up on my blog.   Obviously there is the time issue but there are some things I like to keep to share with my loyal customers when I see them in person when they host workshops.

On the other hand- there are projects I plan to share on my blog and then I get busy and it slips my mind.  The following card is one of them!  I created this card some time ago.  Members of my team received variations of this card a few months ago  (By the way- For  more details about joining my team click on the “Become a demonstrator” link at the top of this page)    I really love how it turned out and photographed with the intention of sharing it with my blog readers.  I only just stumbled across it on my computer while I was looking for another photo.  Oops!

Better late then never- I guess!  


I used the FRIENDS 24-7 Stamp set


STAMP SETS: Friendly Words Wheel (page 81) Friends 24-7 (page 81)

CARDSTOCK: Kraft, Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive

INK: Versamark, Creamy caramel, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Perfect Plum

OTHER: Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, White gel Pen

ADHESIVE- Snail and Dimensionals

TOOLS: Paper Trimmer, Paper snips, Cutter Kit (to distress the edges)

Don’t forget you can order all the items to create cards (or scrapbook layouts, or boxes) through me.  You can either order the products directly through me and I can have your order shipped to your anywhere in Australia.  You can also host a “workshop” or “catalogue party” and select from “hostesses only” stamp sets and select free merchandise of your choice (depending on sales)  Sound interesting?…. ask me for more information!


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Just a quick update to let you know that entries for SAM CREATIVE CHALLENGE #1 have now closed!  You can check out the wonderful entries HERE Please be sure to check back tomorrow for the announcement of the winner!



For those who were interested in grabbing themselves a great deal on some discounted stamp sets through the INVENTORY Clearance sale I just wanted to advise that TWO stamp sets – “Jumbo Outline Alphabet” and “Just Riding” are now no longer available at the reduced price. 

These two stamp sets are still available however Stampin’ Up have sold out of these in the square cut variety (meaning you have to cut them out before mounting)  They are available in the die cut variety (no cutting required- just peel off and mount) however they have returned to the regular price

If you would like to take advantage of the discounts on the other stamp sets while they are still on sale- please get in touch with me as soon as possible to avoid disappointment



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January classes

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I will be holding TWO classes in my home during January.  Book your spot as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!

During this class we will be making three items suitable for females- a feminine ‘Interactive’ card, a little gift bag and a gift tag
COST: $15 OR purchase at least $90 worth of products on the night and I will waive the class fee (Order must be placed and paid for on the night and is non-transferrable)
** Bring along a friend who is completely NEW to my workshops and classes and you can BOTH attend the class for only $12 each
Please secure your spot in this class by booking before Saturday the 16th of January
FRIDAY 22nd January
During this class we will be making two cards and a gift bag.  The items will have a “love theme” so will be suitable for Valentine’s Day or occasions such as Weddings. 
COST: $15 OR purchase at least $90 worth of products on the night and I will waive the class fee (Order must be placed and paid for on the night and is non-transferrable)
** Bring along a friend who is completely NEW to my workshops and classes and you can BOTH attend the class for only $12 each
Please secure your spot in this class by booking before Monday 18th January!
YOU ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND ONE OR BOTH CLASSES.  PLEASE NOTE THAT BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL.  This allows me to prepare materials and ensure there are enough places for participants.


Tea/coffee and a light snack provided.  If you would prefer to drink something other  than tea/coffee (such as wine) then please feel free to bring your own.

I am STILL really enjoying these butterflies…..as you can see!  Here’s a bright card made using Party Hearty with some butterflies added just for fun!

STAMP SET: Party Hearty, Flight of the butterfly

CARDSTOCK and INK COLOURS: Pacific Point, Riding Hood red, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Perfect Plum, Summer Sun

PUNCHES: New Butterfly Punch, Tag Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Circle punches, Scallop edge punch

OTHER: Clear Rhinestone Brad, White gel pen

We have had some very hot days recently and it has made me feel really hot and bothered.  In an attempt to lift my mood I decided to scrapbook a nice BRIGHT layout.  I went looking through my paper racks for inspiraton and then remembered that I had some leftover pieces from a FLOWER POWER CARD ELEMENTS pack.  I loved the colours in the cardmaking pack and when I made some cards using it- I remember thinking to myself how it would make a nice fun, bright layout!

I decided on the nice BRIGHT patterned paper, cardstock stickers, old olive cardstock scraps as well as the More Mustard ribbon, buttons and brads from the cardmaking kit as the starting point of my layout.  The kit doesn’t contain 12 x 12 cardstock so I used a piece of Elegant Eggplant cardstock as my background and went from there.

I then remembered that the FLOWER FUSION Felt flowers would be a great match for the colours in the patterned paper so I whipped them out and decided to use those in combination with the cardstock sticker elements.  A felt that a few rhinestone brads in the centre of some of the flowers would really finish things off.   Don’t you love it when things come together so easily!  Just one of those things I love about Stampin’ Up! – the awesome colour co-ordination of the products!

I have a bit of a ‘thing’ for butterflies at the moment- I can’t help it….especially with the release of the new butterfly punch in the Summer Mini Catalogue that co-ordinates perfectly with stamp sets such as “Butterfly Prints” (Summer Mini) and “Flight of the butterfly” (Main catalogue)

On my layout I used one of the stamps from “Butterfly prints”- the butterfly with gorgeous swirls as well as the stamp with the quote.  I used my stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect placement inside one of the frame stamps from “Frames with a flourish” I also used the heart from from “A Happy Heart”.  Here is a close up……


I didn’t stop there….I had enough leftover cardstock elements and patterned paper to complete a second layout.  Head on over to Stampamemory to see the other layout http://www.stampamemory.com (Don’t forget that Sam Creative Challenge #1 finishes on the 15th of January if you were thinking about entering the challenge!)  Here’s a sneak preview! (click on the photo to see the full layout)

There are some images stamped images in the catalogue that I think look great mounted on a circular background.  The skull from “Just Jawing” is one of them.  I was so pleased to see the CIRCLE SCISSORS PLUS in the Summer  Mini Catalogue because it makes cutting circles a breeze.  You can cut circles with a diameter of 2cm right up to 16cm.

I  used “Circle Scissors Plus” and “Just Jawing” to create a card for one of my son’s school mates

CARDSTOCK: Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Black, Whisper White

INK: Basic Black

PATTERNED PAPER: Good Morning Sunshine

STAMP SET: Just Jawing

OTHER: Pacific Point Ribbon, 8mm Brads (From the Retired Spring Mini Catalogue but these Brads are STILL AVAILABLE!)

TOOLS: Paper trimmer, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Snail Adhesive, Circle Scissors plus, Small star punch, Small circle punch

Butterfly prints

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Here’s a simple little card that I made in December.  My twins Erin and Adam attended the party of a sweet little friend from Pre-Primary.  I often wonder what would be the most “acceptable” thing to do with regards to “gift-giving”.   Should I buy two presents so each child can give a gift or do I spend a little more on one gift from both of them?   When we attend birthdays for family or friends I only ever buy one gift from the whole family but I wonder whether I should do things differently for ‘school friends’  After all when they are invited as guests they are usually invited as separate guests with their own separate invitations and separate goody bags etc.       I’m sure other parents of twins can relate to the dilemma…..or perhaps I just overthink things!

Anyway….In the end with the chaos in December I ran out of time to make two cards and buy two gifts.  My last minute solution was to make a card with two pockets.  Each pocket housed a gift card- one from each child who attended the party.

Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of the inside of the card but…. here is the front

I used a stamp from BUTTERFLY PRINTS and punched it out with my NEW Butterfly punch (Have you been in touch to order YOUR butterfly punch yet?) I also used pieces of patterned paper from the KALEIDOSCOPE Designers Series paper pack from the Summer Mini Catalogue

As many of my blog readers know- I am a member of the Stampamemory Design Team- a website dedicated to scrapbooking using Stampin’ Up! products.  Today marks the launch of our bi-monthly challenge-  This month I am very excited to be sponsoring the challenges and will have the honour of selecting the winner and awarding the prizes!

So what do you need to do to take part?  For full details please go to http://www.stampamemory.com Basically you need to complete a layout that meets the challenge requirements.  The layout needs to be uploaded to your blog OR an online gallery (if you don’t have a blog) and then linked to the STAMPAMEMORY WEBSITE.

You will have until Friday 15th January, midnight to get your entries in and I will be thrilled to announce the winner on Sunday 17th January


SAM embellishment 



“Scrapbook a Christmas Photo. I have such a stockpile of photos from Christmases past and know that there are many other scrapbookers who can relate to this. Complete a scrapbook page from Christmas 2009 while the memories are still fresh in your mind OR pull out one of those Christmas photos that have been sitting waiting to be scrapped.”

For my layout- I am actually using photos from 2006- Photos that have been sitting waiting to be scrapped for 3 years…..better late than never!!!! (……..and one day I will find the time to go back and do their FIRST Christmas LOL!)   On a more serious note that is one of the things I try to keep in mind when scrapbooking.  I try not to be too concerned about “catching up” but rather enjoying the process and scrapbooking what inspires me at the time. 

Anyway- enough of my rambling… Here is the layout…. My oldest son, Jared with Santa (He was 4 years old at the time)

…………and my reluctant 2.5 year old (at the time)  Don’t get me wrong…He was thrilled to see Santa…..just not quite as thrilled about staying still for a photo

You might think you’re seeing double….and in some ways you are.  Yes- I used the same general layout, colours and elements I simply used different photos and each layout will go into their separate albums.  (Why re-invent the wheel?)

Here is a close up of the title.  The cardstock, patterned paper and cardstock stickers all come from the “I Wish” Simply Scrappin’ Kit.  I have simply added some styled silver Hodgepodge Hardware (on special this month), some polka dot ribbon (from the Summer Mini) and a rhinestone brad.  On the background I also used the “Snow Swirled” Stamp set which is designed to work beautifully with the “I wish” Simply Scrappin Kit and also the flourish from “Baroque Motifs” (a personal favourite)  The year has been stamped using “Calendar Alphabet & Numbers”

Here is a close up of the baubles. I was hoping it would look as though the baubles have been suspended by the thread.   I have simply poked two holes in the cardstock base- one at the top of the ribbon and the other right  on top of the baubles.  This gives me two points so that I can feed the thread through from the front of the cardstock to the back of the cardstock and then back through the second hole to the front again .  I have tied the thread at the front and made a little bow.   

Please be sure to head on over to http://www.stampamemory.com to see more inspirational layouts from the design team! I can’t wait to see what YOU create!


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