October 2010 – Miriam Thomas

Month: October 2010

Between now and the end of November Stampin’ Up have a great Christmas promotion where you can receive FREE ribbon.  I love the look of ribbons on cards but it is also great to use the ribbon to create beautiful packaging to fit any Christmas gift!

So how can you receive your FREE ribbon!?

  • Get an exclusive package of ribbon for FREE when you purchase a Christmas gift-giving bundle!
  • Get an exclusive package of ribbon for FREE when you host a $550 workshop!

Choose from these bundles:

Description Wood-Mount Item/Price Clear-Mount Item/Price
Gifted Bundle
Gifted Set and Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper
124041; $66.90 124042; $56.90
Welcome Christmas Bundle
Welcome Christmas Set and Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper
124045; $69.90 124046; $59.90
Season of Joy Bundle
Season of Joy Set and So Swirly Stampin’ Around Wheel
124043; $67.90
Delightful Decorations Bundle
Delightful Decorations Set and Ornament Punch
124044; $72.90










Choose from the following limited-time ribbons when you purchase a Christmas gift-giving bundle or host a qualifying workshop:

Item Description Retail Value Cost with qualifying purchase/workshop
116792 Mistletoe Ribbon Originals $21.95 FREE
116795 Sleigh Bells Ribbon $15.95 FREE
113099 Riding Hood Red 1-1/4″ Striped Grosgrain Ribbon $19.95 FREE
115608 Real Red 3/4″ Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon $19.95 FREE

The Bundles and ribbons are available only while supplies last.  Please be sure to get in touch with  me to book your workshop or to place your order for a “christmas bundle” and receive your free ribbon!

Well………….I’m back from a visiting Hamilton Island– a little piece of heaven amongst the Whitsunday  Islands.   

I attended the Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip as a guest of the lovely Claire Daly and I it was such an amazing experience that I have no idea where to begin.   It was so lovely to share the trip with Claire! I know I’ve told you already- but it is worth repeating…..Thanks SO much!

I arrived home Monday night and it took some time to adjust to being at home after all of the lovely relaxation.   I finally got an opportunity to sit at my computer and upload my photos and then I was struck down by the awful gastro virus that is doing the rounds at the moment.  All is well now- fortunately!  I’m sorry for the delay in telling you all about the Stampin’ Up!  Incentive Trip to Hamilton Island. 

I guess the best place would be to start is the beginning.  I arrived on the island on the third flight in my journey absolutely knackered after travelling on the ‘red eye’ flight.    After meeting and greeting at the Reef View Hotel Claire and I went up to our room on the 18th floor. 







After scanning the lovely room Claire and I burst out onto the balcony to check out the gorgeous view 









Here is a shot of me on the balcony

Eek! Don’t look down!  Oh hang on that’s a very pretty view! 

Yes- each morning this is the divine view we could see from our room.

After checking out the room we went up to the “hospitality suite”- A special area for the demonstrators to meet and mingle and devour copious amount of ‘candy’ from the US.  The US staff were even kind enough to supply little bags so that we could fill the bags and take a little stash back to the room.  Unfortunately I didn’t think to snap photos of those- I was probably too busy filling my face! 🙂

It was on this first visit to the Hospitality suite that we got a sneak peek of the upcoming Mini catalogue.  I am not allowed to reveal what was inside but I should probably warn you to save some pocket money for the release of that catalogue.  Don’t worry you only have to wait until the 1st of December to be able to see it yourself!

In the evening we met in the lobby to await instructions for the surprise venue for dinner.   The next thing we knew fire engines pulled up with half-naked dancers, loud music and fireworks going off on the beach. It didn’t take us long to realise that the “Show” wasn’t for us but rather another large group staying at the Reef View Hotel.   Instead we journeyed across the island on a pathway lit by torches to this beautiful setting…….

We sat at the table with the lovely Kim Gavarra and Maureen Crameri and their partners.  Unfortunately I don’t have a photo of us at the table.  I do have a shot of the gorgeous flower arrangement that was on the table

…..and I also snapped a shot of the “visitor” to our table- a Possum that tried to scramble up Kim’s legs?  He was such a lovely colour that we comtemplated requesting adding a new colour to the Stampin’ Up! colours.  How does “Possibly Possum” sound?

 I noticed lots of people taking shots of the beautifully presented food but I didn’t think of that until AFTER I had devoured it all.  Oh dear!

After dinner we snuck into the event for the large group staying at the hotel and got to watch “Guy Sebastian” perform on stage.  We knew he was on the Island as he was on the same flight from Sydney and it turns out that his ‘entourage’ were actually sitting in the same row as us (and also behind us) and probably heard us chatting about him in the flight.  ooops!  Anyway…….Here is my photographic evidence. 

The following day we had a suprise trip out to the Great Barrier Reef with Fantasea.  Just looking at the boat before boarding was enough to make me feel seasick 🙂

The trip there wasn’t exactly the most pleasant boat ride I’ve experienced.  Let’s just say I made friends with the Toilet Bowl and had to be ‘rescued’ from the toilets by one of the staff.  She suggested I sit right at the back of the boat where I started to feel ‘human’ again.  It turned out I probably had the best seat on the boat.  Many other people were stuck inside the boat with lots of people around them making use of the ‘barf bags’.

When we arrived on the pontoon I relaxed on the sun beds and recovered from the trip before going snorkelling on the reef.

The “stinger suits” were just stunning….. Kind of a cross between a telly tubby outifit and ‘stig’ (from Topgear)  Here are some of the ‘snorkellers’ splashing about enjoying the views on the reef. 


Fortunately for you all- I don’t have any shots of me wearing my stunning “stinger shot”….Although Karen Scott and myself did try snapping photos of ourselves in the water using the underwater camera however I’m not sure how successful our attempts would have been!

The boat ride back to Hamilton Island was far more pleasant.  I assumed my position right up to the back of the boat from the beginning of the journey this time…

The following day I enjoyed a sleep in- a very rare treat and then went to my appointment at the “Wurmadaylin Day Spa“- an even more rare treat!  I thoroughly enjoyed the pampering session and left feeling as though I was floating on a cloud!   The indulgence continued in the evening with cocktails and a lovely dinner at the Italian restaurant.  This time I remembered to take a shot of my yummy dessert BEFORE I started eating.  Tiramisu anyone?

We braved the water again on Saturday.   After the ‘adventure’ on Thursday I think there were quite a few people surprised to see me board a boat again. 

This time it was more like a speed boat ride and I didn’t feel the least bit sick 🙂

Here is an action shot of the gorgeous Sue Madex (doing her ‘windswept’ look) and her husband John 🙂

Here we are arriving on “Chalkies Beach

Some people went snorkelling but I enjoyed strolling up the pristine beach.  It was nice to just feel the sand between my toes and admire the gorgeous views

Here is a photo of Claire enjoying a moment of solitude on the beach! The views were just breathtaking!

…..and here are the Lovely ladies- Linda Higgins and Vanessa Webb enjoying the beach

We hopped back on the boat and made our way to Whitehaven Beach.   The water was lovely as was the pristine silica sand.  I couldn’t resist going in for a dip.  Here are a few members of the group performing a synchronized swimming routine

Sue, Claire and I took a break from swimming for a photo on the beach


…..and here is a shot of the rest of the gang who enjoyed the little adventure



When we got back to the Island I took a moment to just stroll around the island and find some little souvenirs to take home for the kids.  It really IS a beautiful place and it would be lovely to go back again one day with Jason and the kids.  I’m sure they’d love it!













For those of you who are unaware- the main mode of travel on the Island is by GOLF Buggy.  Claire and I managed to spot Angie whizzing around the island on the a Golf Buggy and we suspect she was probably tying up lose ends for the evening’s adventure.  Angie, along with Kelly Sue were the lovely US staff members who organised the details of the trip and made sure that nothing was overlooked.

On our final night we met in lobby again to find out that we were taking part in a Golf Buggy Rally.  The adventure saw us travelling all over the island collecting clues.  Claire and I were teamed up with Pam Jorgensen and her partner Dennis. 

Here is a shot of Pam collecting her clue from Dave Baugh

and Claire stopping for a moment outside the beautiful chapel on the island

Here are Alisa Tilsner and Vanessa Webb collecting their clues from Emma Parkin-Wilson at one of the Buggy Rally stops

Here are some of our fellow competitors Teresa Dabrowski, Tanya, Debbie Yeomans and their trusty driver







Even though the “Buggy Rally” was a competition we made sure that we stopped to admire the scenery.

It looks as though Sue Madex’s husband, John was taking the competition very seriously in this picture.  It looks as though he is studying the questions very hard.  I wonder if he was trying to work out the names of the New in-colours 🙂  

The last clue for the evening lead us to the final pitstop in our journey.  The beautiful Yacht Club.  Isn’t it stunning?

Claire and I sat at the table with Jacque Pedersen and her daughter and we were able to share the lovely company of Shelli Gardner (Stampin’ Up! CEO and co-founder) and her husband Sterling.  It was a lovely evening and so wonderful to be able to chat with Shelli- who is a huge inspiration to all of us who love Stampin’ Up!

I was so grateful to be able to enjoy the experience of attending the Stampin’ Up Incentive Trip.  A huge thanks must go out to be very supportive husband who stayed at home with kids and nursed them all through the gastro bug before ending up sick himself….all while I was enjoying an indulgent relaxing trip away.  (Don’t worry I got to experience the joys of the bug myself when arrived home)

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I am supposed to be getting myself packed and organised for a trip away
to Hamilton Island courtesy of Stampin' Up!
I have been invited as a guest of Claire Daly and I am soooo EXCITED!!!!!
I just thought I would take a break from
packing to let you know about one of my upcoming classes



CHRISTMAS CARDS AND TAGS- Thursday 28th October

Make a start on your Christmas cards and tags or make a few special cards for a few special people at Christmas time

Where? My place (Address provided when you book your spot)

Time?  7.15pm for a 7.30pm start

Cost?  $15 (or order at least $90 worth of product on the night and I will waive the class free. 

Bookings are essential as this allows me to ensure that I have enough seating space and materials for all participants.  Please contact me to secure your spot as soon as possible. PH (08) 90917655 or 0419 947 047 E-mail miriamthomas@westnet.com.au

New participants are always welcome.  Please feel free to bring a friend!

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!

Just to get you in the spirit- I have a Christmas card to share with you.  I have used my Big Shot and Top note die…..  Don’t you just love the gorgeous Christmas papers from the new catalogue?  I have used the “Contempo Christmas” Stamp set!   It is hard to make it out in this photo but I have also added some clear embossing to the black cardstock-on the left hand side using the matching contempo wheel!


Anyway- I must get back to this packing!!!!!

I have fallen in love with the gorgeous butterfly dies in the new catalogue.  There is the “Beautiful butterflies Bigz Die”  (pg 154) where you can cut out 6 lovely butterflies in one pass through the Big shot.  There is also the “Beautiful wings embosslits die” on page 151.  Not only does it cut out the butterflies but is also embosses them!  Love Love Love them!!!! I have used a combination of these butterflies on the card below.  The butterflies would not be complete without the beautiful NEW stick on rhinestones!  You just HAVE to get yourself some of these!

The base of the card is the gorgeous NEW Pink…… Mmm! Blushing Bride– is definitely MY kind of pink.  It is a lovely soft, dusty pink! The base of the card has a piece of “Sweet and sour speciality designer series paper”  on it.  This pack of DSP has gloss on one side of each sheet.   I love the embossed effect and it inspired  me to add an embossed section of my own on the bottom left hand corner using the absolutely gorgeous “Just Believe” stamp set.  I wanted the embossed area to be rose red- but alas we don’t have rose red embossing powder so I inked up the stamp in versamark then took this stamp and inked it up with a layer of rose red ink BEFORE stamping it onto the paper.  I then sprinkled on CLEAR embossing powder- and then TA DA rose red coloured embossing!

I completed this card for a young girl who celebrated her birthday recently….however I just checked out Just Add Ink Challenge # 38 and realised that it meets the criteria for the challenge.  To check out the other beautiful creations with pink and bling please go to http://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/

A card for you


Last weekend we celebrated World Card making Day.  On Saturday night I had a group of lovely ladies come and join me at my place for a night of cardmaking, chatter and of course LOTS of fun!    We even had a special prize draw- but quite a few of the ladies had already left by the time I drew the name! Don’t worry your names all went into the draw as promised!!!! Congratulations go out to Hannah who was the winner of the main prize!

This is one the cards we made. 

We made use of my newly aquired Magnetic Movers and Shapers Die to cut and score the cardstock.  The die even cuts out the curly label area on the right hand side.  The neat thing about this die is that you can move the little magnetic curly label shape so that it cuts anywhere on the card! Very neat!

We used the Woodgrain background stamp on the main piece of cardstock and the Greenhouse Garden stamp set to form the panel of flowers on the left hand side.  The technique we used to create the two colours on the flower is known as “Two step stamping“.  We stamped the flower in daffodil delight and then stamped over with a moe detailed second image using early espresso.

There were lots of people who expressed interest in attending this workshop but for various reason were unable to attend.  I just wanted to remind you that later this month I will be having a “Christmas cards and tags workshop”.  Keep an eye out on my blog for more details………..

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