September 2010 – Miriam Thomas

Month: September 2010

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World cardmaking day is a holiday especially for card makers around the world so that we can celebrate the creativity of handmade cards and the personal connections that they create betwen friends and family.  It is also a great opportunity to make a start on your cards for upcoming celebrations such as Christmas.   Cardmaking Day isn’t just for experienced crafters.  It is also a lovely way to introduce beginners to the joys of creating handmade cards. 


World Card making day is celebrated on the first Saturday of October and I am celebrating by having a get together at my place on the Saturday evening 2nd October

TIME:    Please arrive at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. 

COST:   $15 with ALL materials and tools supplied to complete your cards
You also have the option of ordering a minimum of $90 worth of products (from the current catalogue) on the night and I will waive the class fee.  Please note that to be eligible for this offer, orders must be paid for on the night by cash or credit card. 

All attendees will receive a small gift on arrival.


All attendees have the opportunity to win just by coming along

You can receive additional entries for the following………

– Bringing along a friend or friends who hasn’t attended a workshop or class this year (You must book a spot for them when you secure your own booking)
– Bringing along a “Beginner cardmaker”  (again you must book a place for them)

– Placing an order on the night

– Securing a date for your own workshop on the night

and so on……

If you can’t make it on the night you can still receive entries to the draw by placing an ‘outside order’ and/ or encouraging your friends to book a spot and come along (They simply need to mention your name when they contact me to book their spot)

The selected Prize pack has an estimated value of OVER $150 and includes:

–  a 12 pack of Stampin’ Spots
–  2x patterned paper packs
–  1 x pack of rub ons
–  2 stamp sets and
–  1 x pack of plain cardstock

 There may also be other small random prize draws so come prepared for a FUN filled night.  I will have catalogues available and also any remaining second hand stamp sets available on the night- so please come prepared for these types of cash only sales.  Orders from the catalogue can be paid in cash or credit card!

BOOKINGS ARE ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL as this allows me to ensure I have enough seating space and small gifts as well as allowing me to prepare enough materials.  PLEASE SECURE YOUR SPOT BY Thursday 30th September. 

Tea/coffee/ water and a light snack will be supplied.   If you would prefer to bring along something else to snack on or drink please feel free to do so!

Last weekend one of my children attended a birthday party for one of his best mates at school.   Now bear in mind that it is not uncommon for me to make a card for someone and forget to take a photo. Well in this case I was SO impressed that I had rememberd to take a snapshot of the card before I got my son to write in it.  As soon as my son saw it he said “Mum- there’s no ‘e’ in his name”.   Eeek! I had made a card with his name on it and spelt it WRONG!!!!!  My son suggested that I just give it to him anyway and apologise for spelling his name wrong.  He even entertained the idea of stamping “I’m so sorry” but that obviously wasn’t going to happen any time this century! 🙂

So…… I started another card from scratch and kept this card instead  (Thank goodness for the BIGSHOT!!!!) 

….  Perhaps one of the kids will be invited to another birthday party for a child whose name is “Corey” spelt with an ‘e’.

STAMP SET: Curly Cute

BIGSHOT AND BIGSHOT Dies: Simple letters alphabet, Big Bold Cupcakes  

OTHER:  Scallop Trim Border Punch, Paper crimper, dazzling diamonds

Although there is lots of excitement surrounding the release of the new catalogue- it also marks the time that I must say goodbye to the ‘retired stamp sets’ that I am no longer able to demonstrate with at workshops and classes.  I wish I could just keep them all but I simply don’t have the space and deep down I know they won’t receive the use and love they deserve- it makes far more sense to see them go to good homes!

I have sorted through my collection and have made the tough decision to sell the following stamp sets. 

Please note that I have listed a suggested price- but this should be used as a guide only.   Feel free to negotiate with me on the prices (particularly if you would like to purchase more than one stamp set)

If you are interested in purchasing any of these second hand stamp sets please contact me to let me know which selections you have made and  a suitable time to drop off your stamp sets and collect payment.  I’m afraid that it will be a case of ‘first in best dressed’.     Payment for these stamp sets must be either direct deposit into my account OR cash in person.  If you do not live locally I am more than happy to post you the stamp sets to you anywhere in Australia for the most reasonable price possible!

I recommend that you ‘get in quickly’ as last time I sold my second hand stamp sets they “went like hotcakes” and there were many people who were disappointed to have missed out!









LIVE YOUR DREAM $20 (one stamp missing from original set)












Happy Anniversary


Today Jason and I celebrate our 11th Year of marriage.  At this time 11 years ago I was probably arriving at the church! Yes I was late….. but it wasn’t my fault!!!  Yes it was Grand Final day but everyone was in such happy spirits!  We had such a lovely day! What happy memories! Here is the simple card I made for Jason.   The sentiment just says it all for me!

STAMP SET: “Word Play”

PATTERNED PAPER: Patterns in Cherry Cobbler and Marina Mis and Love Letter Designer Series Paper

CARDSTOCK: Crumb Cake Base, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Black

Today  I haven’t seen much of him at all.  We have probably spoken for a grand total of 3 minutes today.  He is busy down at our new place sorting out some of the cabling before they start on the Colourbond and Gyprocking (hopefully next week)  It is not the most romantic way to spend the day but we will probably just order in take away and crack open a bottle of bubbly this evening.  At least when our 12th Wedding Anniversary comes around next year we will be settled in our new place.

Here are a few pics showing where we are up to now…….



I hope all the Dads have enjoyed a lovely FATHER’S DAY today.  Of course,  I couldn’t let the day go by without sharing a “Father’s Day Card”.  It gave me the opportunity to have a little play with the NEW NEWSPRINT Designer Series Paper in the BRAND NEW catalogue


COLOURS: Not quite Navy, Soft Suede, Basic Black

DSP: “Newsprint”

STAMP SETS:  Circle Circus, Teeny Tiny Sentiments

OTHER: Circle punches, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing folder, cutter kit, Curly Label Punch

With the release of the NEW 2010/ 2011 Catalogue comes the NEW Colour Renovation.  The New catalogue contains some new regular colours as well as new “In COLOURS”.  I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my new cardstock and inkpads and was delighted to stumble across the following “tool” on the Stampin’ Up! Website.  Not only is there the opportunity to VIEW the new colours you can have a ‘play’ with the colour combinations- by clicking on the colours and applying them to the sample cards…  Click on the following link to see what I mean…..  It is not quite as fun as making a card or scrapbook in real life but it’s LOTS of fun and I will probably have to continue to play with the colour combinations on this ‘tool’ while I wait for my parcel to arrive!

Now if you are like me and keen to receive the NEW IN COLOURS you might also be interested in the following promotion…….


Join the “In Crowd” And get FREE In Colors!

If you join Stampin’ Up! as a Demonstrator any time between now and the 15th October then you will receive ABSOLUTELY FREE- a complete set of “IN COLOURS”.  Yep that’s right! You will receive Classic Stampin’ Pads, Stampin’ Write Markers and an assortment of cardstock in the NEW IN COLOURS.    Your new In Colours will be shipped with your “Starter Kit”  This starter kit is already EXCELLENT VALUE at only $289 for items valued at over $515.  Then of course- if you add the FREE SET OF INCOLOURS- you will receive the in colours valued at $84.90 AT NO COST!   There really is no better time to join my team!

If you are interested in becoming a demonstrator, please be sure to get in touch and I will be happy to answer in questions you may have!    You can even join online via my demonstrator business website.  (Click on the image below)

Happy thoughts make happy days”

This is a special card I made for a special friend on a very significant day!   I haven’t given it to her yet…so I hope she doesn’t sneak a peek before I have given it to her.  I liked the sentiment because I think that although it can be interpreted in many ways- it holds a special significance for me today.  Even at sad times- focusing on the happy moments and happy memories is very important.

I have used a few NEW items from the catalogue and actually ‘cased’ the design for my card from the front of the BRAND NEW catalogue.   The flower and sentiment is from the “Apple Blossoms” Stamp set which is a Level 2 HOSTESS stamp set (available when workshop sales reach $600)  I stamped the flower several times and then held the layers together with a small brad.

I have used a small amount of the “Greenhouse gala” Designer Series paper and Kraft (oops) CRUMB CAKE Cardstock (“Kraft” is now known as “crumbcake”  I  love the ever versatile “Top Note Die” and also used two of the embossing folders- “perfect polka dots” and “vintage wallpaper”


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I am thrilled to announce the NEW Idea Book and Catalogue for 2010/ 2011 was officially released TODAY!

Click on the image above or the catalogue cover on the right hand side to view the catalogue online……but first………visit the ladies and grab yourself a drink and a snack because once you start viewing you’re not going to be able to move away from the computer screen!  The catalogue is filled with lots of Yummy NEW products (and a few familiar favourites too!)  

If you would like your own copy of the new catalogue – please be sure to get in touch with me! For only $10 (normally $12.95) you can have the convenience of being able to carry your own catalogue around in your handbag and read it in bed before you go to sleep.  (I bet there are a lot of people who are relieved to read that they are not the only ones who do this with their catalogue)

I can start accepting orders from the new catalogue TODAY so if there is anything you would like- please be sure to get in touch!   You might even like to host your own workshop to receive some of the FREE Hostess Stamp Sets!   I will look forward to hearing from you!

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