April 2010 – Miriam Thomas

Month: April 2010

Sincere apologies

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I am really sorry about the lack of blog entries from me lately.  It has been birthday central in our place lately.  As you would have read in a previous entry my youngest celebrated his birthday at the end of March.  Since then I have had my birthday and my husband has celebrated his birthday.  Just the other day my twins turned 6 and very soon my oldest child will have his 8th birthday.  This weekend we will be having a birthday celebration so I have been busy, busy, busy, making invitations and birthday cakes etc.  I promise I will have some projects to share soon.  In the meantime… please head on over to the Stampamemory blog to see my most recent layout and the other lovely layouts from the Stampamemory Design Team

Here’s a sneak peek.  Please click on the image to see the full blog entry 🙂

The “Lots of Bots” stamp set on page 23 of the new Autumn/ Winter Mini is a fun set for the boys!  I simply coloured the robot in with my markers to complete this fun, bright Birthday card.

STAMP SETS: “Lots of bots”,   “Starring you”

CARDSTOCK:  Not quite navy, Kiwi kiss, Real red, Pumpkin pie, Whisper white, Baja breeze

OTHER: Paper piercer, mat pack and white gel pen for faux stitching; Corner rounder punch, Clips Assortment,  Real Red Polka dot ribbon Top note die in Big Shot

I think I have a new favourite Stampin’ Up! colour and stamp set.  Oh wow! I’m in love love love with the divine RICH RAZZLEBERRY.  It is a lovely rich deep colour- I can see myself using this on lots of projects- It is just gorgeous.    What’s great is that there is some gorgeous ribbon in rich razzleberry with a polka dot pattern.  I quite like the polka dot pattern but if it is not your thing you can simply flip it over and use the other side!

I have also fallen in love with the Medallion Stamp set! It is on page 17 of the Autumn Winter Mini and is only shown at 60% of the true size.  It is really beautiful and I can see loads of potential in this great stamp.   I just love it!

Here’s a card I made using the Medallion Stamp and rich razzleberry.  I also made use of the Rich Razzleberry Ribbon.   The photos just don’t the stamp and colour justice (It doesn’t help that I took the photo in bad lighting)

I couldn’t decide which orientation I liked best.  What do you think?


I used my Bigshot to cut out the tag using my SIZZLET 4-PACK DIES.  The greeting has been heat embossed in silver

I have just posted a layout on the Stampamemory Blog.  Here is a sneak preview.  If you click on the image it will take you to the Stampamemory Blog where you can view the full layout

Over at the Stampamemory Blog there is still time for you to take part in this fortnight’s challenge.  You can see more details here…….   http://www.creationsbymiriam.com/?p=1199

If you enjoy scrapbooking or you are looking to make a start as a hobby- be sure to check out my Scrapbooking Kit that I have available.   More details here……  Click on the image for details of ordering my bundle of products complete with instructions



In recent days, Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators have received the very exciting news that Stampin’ Up! are undergoing a Colour Renovation. 

For over two years, Stampin’ Up have done extensive research including investigating colour trends in the fashion, home décor, and crafting industries, and have conducted focus groups involving demonstrators and Stampin’ Up! experts.   I am thrilled to reveal to you the new trendy colour palette you will be able to work with commencing with the new catalogue in September 2010.  I am so excited by the changes I just couldn’t wait to share the news with you!

The new colour palette is organized into four collections.  They will be known as Subtles, Brights, Regals, and Neutrals. Now isn’t that much easier to remember!? You will see 25 of the current SU colours remaining, and ten past In-Colours returning as core colours, and the addition of five new core colours.

Check it out! Ta da!

You’re probably wondering why I am telling you this now- but I am so excited I could burst.    Isn’t the new colour palette yummy!?!!!   I also wanted to give you plenty of warning so that if there are retiring colours you would like to order to add to collection of cardstock or inkpads then you have plenty of notice before they are gone forever.

The colours retiring at the end of August 2010 include the following….

I am you are as excited by this news as I am!

One of my favourite patterned paper packs is Raspberry Tart.    I have a few projects to share where I have used the Raspberry Tart paper.  Isn’t it yummy?

The first is a waterfall card.   I have used predominantly Rose Red and Regal Rose cardstock with a touch of Kiwi Kiss cardstock.  One of the things I love about this paper is the variety of patterns and how you can get a totally different effect if you used a different balance of colours (Eg Use a piece of Kiwi Kiss cardstock as your card base instead)  I simply punched the butterflies I had out of scraps on my workspace-  Oh- and if you haven’t heard the news yet- The butterfly punch is staying!!!  It was featured in the Summer Mini Catalogue- and I am thrilled to let you know that it is still possible to order this punch even though it isn’t displayed in the main catalogue or New Autumn Winter Mini Catalogue.

The next project is a little gift bag.

It is easy to assemble a cute little bag like this- in a few simple steps

Step 1: Cut your designer series paper to 30cm x 18cm

Step 2: Score lines (using your bone folder) at 13cm and 17cm

Step 3: On both sides of the bag- trim in 4cm at both fold lines.  (For this type of bag I like to trim the tabs in on angle so that the tabs sit nicely when the bag is assembled)

Step 3.  Mark points on each of the 4 outer corners (on the short side) at 1cm from the edge.  You could use a pencil but I prefer to just leave a little dent in the paper using my bone folder.

Step 4:  Score a line from that 1cm point down to the bottom of the tab.  I have drawn a white dotted line to make it easer to see the fold lines.

Step 5: Place sticky strip on two of the large triangular tabs to hold your bag in place. 


I cut the handles for this bag using my Circle Scissors Plus-  I was so thrilled when I found out that this item would also be available in the Autumn Winter Catalogue.  If you had this item on your wishlist and didn’t get an opportunity to order it before the end of March- it is still available.  Be sure to get in touch if you would like to order your Circle Scissors Plus and Cutting Mat. 

Rather than discarding the circle made when cutting the handles- I turned it into a tag

The Beautiful stamped image on this tag is from the Razzle Dazzle Stamp set that featured in the Summer Mini Catalogue that finished at the end of March.    I’m sorry to tease you with a stamp set that you aren’t able to order but I wanted to show how the off-cuts can be turned into something lovely too!

I have another little item I wanted to show you but I can’t seem to find the image on my computer! I will be sending out a newsletter next week so I will be sure to track down a photo and include it in my newsletter (complete with measurements)  If you are not already on my newsletter list- please be sure to sign up to receive your copy (box on the right hand side)



Happy Birthday Luke


My youngest celebrated his second birthday last week.   Two years ago he made his rather unorthodox arrival at home in our bathroom and he has kept us on his toes ever since.   I have no idea where the last two years have gone.  His birthday crept up on me quickly and at the last minute I decided that we need to have a little celebration for him. 

We took some cupcakes to Playgroup on the day of his actual birthday

I simply stamped lots of images from the NEW “Fox and Friends” stamp set.  I then punched out each image using the scallop circle punch.  I attached each image onto a toothpick and popped them in the centre of each cupcake.  Seriously – it wasn’t even a 10 minute job!   The kids had a great time licking the icing off the cake as they twirled the cake toppers in their hands. 

Here’s a close up of the adorable owl


…..and here is the adorable birthday boy. 

He has been singing Happy Birthday to himself for days and has LOVED the attention- I think he will get a rude shock later this month as my husband and I and two of our kids all have birthdays in April (followed by my oldest child’s birthday in May)

Later in the week- family and a small handful of friends gathered for another little celebration.  I whipped up some super-simple lolly bags.  I created a super simple topper for each cellophane bag.  Again I used the Fox and Friends stamp set- however this time I punched out each image using the circle punch and then attached each image to a coloured scalloped circle.   

Yes it probably looks like there was an extensive guest list- but there wasn’t- I simply have a large family with lots of kids!

Now- those who know me well will know that I like bright colours- but I don’t normally use the colours from the “Bright Bolds” colour family.  (I generally use colours from the other colour families)   This is the cake I made for Luke and I’m sure it will give you a good indication as to why I decided to use “bold brights” this time

Happy Birthday little guy! I hope all of your birthday wishes come true!

It’s time for the Stampamemory Challenge again! Have you considered taking part?  For this fortnight- you can go into the draw to win the adorable Fox and Friends Stamp set.  For full details of the challenge please head over to http://www.stampamemory.com

The design team members were challenged to complete a “Baby Layoutusing non- traditional colours.  Here is my layout.   This is my bubba who celebrated his second birthday last week  (More about that in a blog entry later this week)  It only seems like yesterday that he was this small

How neat that the New Autumn Winter Catalogue contains the Bigshot Die Cutting machine.  This meant I was able to create a title for my layout using a cardstock colour to perfectly match my layout.  I love how I can create a long title without worrying about running out of extra letters.  You’ve really got to get yourself one of these!!!!


CARDSTOCK: Real Red, Not quite Navy, Basic Grey, Always Artichoke

PATTERNED PAPER: Riding Hood Red patterns, NEW Autumn Traditions Designer Series Paper,

OTHER: Stampin’ Up Little Leaves Die Cut, Two Step Bird Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Soho Designer Hardware, Stampin’ Up! Timeless Type Junior Alphabet

For more inspirational ideas please check out Tanja and Di’s layouts.  I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Little tags

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Sale-a-bration is over- but I have a few little projects that I had planned to share with you and didn’t get a chance.  Although these FREE stamp sets are no longer available I thought I would share to hopefully serve as a bit of inspiration to those who may have earnt these free stamp sets during sale-a-bration.

I used the whimsical words stamp set along with the good neighbours stamp set to create the following tags.  The colours were inspired by the Tall Tales Designer series paper (now retired)  I have placed the tags in a little cellophane bag.


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The Easter Bunny is yet to visit our place.  I think the Easter Bunny is waiting for all the kids to have their breakfast and have a shower before jumping the fence into our backyard.   I keep reminding the kids that the Easter Bunny isn’t going to visit if they keep checking outside.  🙂   While we wait for the Easter Bunny- I thought I would take a quick moment to share a couple of Easter projects.

The  first is an Easter card

The Easter eggs on the front have been simply punched out of patterned paper using the wide oval punch I think that adding a bow of pretty in pink taffeta ribbon adds a special touch.  I wanted it to look as though the Easter eggs were nestled in the garden and wanted to stamp a background that reflected that.  I used the two images from the “Thoughts and prayers” stamp set.  The greenery you see the eggs sitting on is actually the tree stamped upside down.  I have applied a very small amount of dazzling diamonds to the centre of each of the flowers at the top- it is hard to make it out in the photo but I think it adds a little special something to the card.

The second project is a milk carton containing mini easter eggs.

The milk carton base is the lovely “Elegant Eggplant” colour. 

I started with a piece of A4 cardstock and trimmed it to 24cm x 21cm (NB- sketches not to scale)

I then added score lines so that I could easily fold and assemble the box.  I scored so that there was a 2cm tab on the top and the side.  I then scored at intervals so that each side of the carton was 5.5cm.  To match the dimensions of the sides I also scored the bottom so that it was 5.5cm.  The other measurements are shown in the image below

I then trimmed of the rectangle on the bottom left hand side as I find this a nuisance when assembling the box.  I then trimmed along the bottom flaps using my paper snips (indicated with blue dotted line in the image below)  Using a ruler and a bone folder I then added score lines on the sections shown in green

It is simply a matter of assembling the box using sticky strip and decorating as desired.  I hope you found these measurements useful.  

I hope my lovely blog readers enjoy a lovely Easter today.  I’m hopping off to go and spend time with my family.

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