July 2011 – Miriam Thomas

Month: July 2011

Check out that adorable little face! It’s hard to believe that little guy is now 7 years old! How time flies!  Speaking of time flying- please don’t forget that TOMORROW is your last opportunity to order items from the Autumn/ Winter Mini Catalogue.  It’s not too late to place your orders! I am happy to receive calls or E-mails from you with you orders until 8.30pm (WA time) tomorrow.  All orders over $100 are eligible to receive the FREE ribbon and buttons bundle!

My layout today features the lovely Autumn Spice Speciality Designer Series paper that I have shared on other projects recently. Tomorrow is your LAST chance to order this lovely paper before the catalogue finishes and these items are no longer available!


Another item that is in the Mini Catalogue that finishes tomorrow is the “Motor Cycle” stamp set.  This versatile single stamp is so much fun for MALE cards and layouts.  I used this stamp set on a card for one my nephew who celebrated his birthday this month.

The colours on this card were inspired by the patterned paper I’ve been using recently! I’ve used the stamp set called “Extreme Elements” to create a background.  Initally I felt quite intimidated by using this stamp set.  I loved the ‘look’ that is acheived but thought it would be tricky.  Honestly it is SO easy to create a grungy/ boyish look with this stamps set.  I think the colours worked nicely with the metallic cardstock base.  Do you like the birthday greeting on this card?  This stamp is one from a set of 13 birthday greetings called “Bring on the cake!”  You’ll see it on page 13 of the Autumn/ Winter Mini Catalogue!   Did I mention that the Autumn/ Winter Mini Catalogue ends tomorrow? 🙂

Today I have yet another layout to share with you! I’m ABSOLUTELY lovin’ being able to get back into my scrapbooking….in case you hadn’t noticed that already!!!!  I really love working in my new “studio” (sounds fancier than a ‘craft room and sorry still haven’t taken photos…but I will…soon! )   Yesterday the layout I shared with you had a very ‘vintage’ style but today I’ve gone for fun and bright….and VERRRY pink!  

The patterned paper on the base (the layer on top of the Kraft/ Crumb cake cardstock) and also the patterned paper strips under the title are from the “Sweet Stiches Designer Series Paper Pack”.  This paper pack is on page 6 of the Mini Catalogue that ends on the 31st of July.  If you’re liking the decorative patterned paper then check out the “Nursery Suite Speciality” paper pack on page 124 of the main catalogue.  You receive 2 pieces of this Regal Rose decorative paper as well as 2 sheets of a decorative blue paper and matching papers that are perfect for baby pages!

The title is made with chipboard letters from “On Board Alphabet soup” page 135 of the Main catalogue.  To work with the colours in the patterned paper I simply pressed the letters into my “Rose Red” ink pad.  The flower on the left hand side is also chipboard and comes from “On Board Mix and Match“.  In this case I’ve used a combination of ink as well as covering the chipboard in patterned paper.  I love how the chipboard in these packs come ‘raw’ so that you can coat them and colour them to suit your projects perfectly!

To finish off my page I added some paper daisies (page 140) , clear buttons and self adhesive rhinestones  (page  140)  Ah gotta love a bit of bling especially for those girly pages!

…In my thoughts…


Here’s another layout I completed recently-although I’ve used another old photo waiting to be scrapped.  This photo was taken over 5 years ago.   

I wanted to make use of the some of the papers in the “Botanical Gazette” Designer Series patterned paper pack before they are no longer available at the end of this month.  You will find this patterned paper pack on page 15 of the Autumn/ Winter Mini Catalogue.  I love the vintage feel of these papers.  The layout came together really easily as I used a sheet of paper as a base that was already inked around the edged giving a ‘distressed look’.  Most of the other elements on the page are images that I cut out from other pages in the pack.

I did use a few stamps though!  I made use of the “Very Vintage” Wheel (page 96 main catty) across a strip of paper towards the bottom of the layout.   The frame image is from the “Notably Ornate” Stamp set (page 95 of main catalogue) and the sentiment inside the frame is from “Word Play”

This card was inspired by “Super Mario Bros” Two of my three boys are HUGE fans (and I’m sure the youngest will be when he gets a little older)   Of course, many of their friends are also “Super Mario” fans so it made sense to make a birthday card using that as a theme.  The cute little mushrooms are from the FUNKY FOUR stamp set

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Bundle includes:

  • White grosgrain ribbon with repeating flower designs.
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I decided to take part in a challenge over at Stampamemory.  The challenge was to use a sketch for inspiration.  I really loved the layout of the sketch but had already picked out a photo and the orientation of my photo didn’t suit the sketch so I simply flipped the sketch.  Here’s my interpretation…. 


PATTERNED PAPER: Autumn Spice Speciality Designer Series paper (page 21 Mini)

BIG SHOT ALPHABET (for title) :  Simple letters alphabet (page 154)

OTHER: clear rhinestone (page 139), scallop trim border punch (page 148), fleurettes (page 140), cherished memories rub ons (retired)

Here in WA it is approaching the end of the school holidays.  Having a little break in our normally busy routine has given me an opportunity to do some sorting out in my craft room.  My room is too messy to photograph and share with you today but hopefully I’ll get it tidied up properly in the next couple of days and I’ll share some snaps. (I’ve been promising pictures to a few people! 🙂 )  Even though I don’t have craft studio photos to share-  I’ve managed to get some scrapbook layouts done which I look forward to sharing those with you.

Here’s a layout of my oldest son.  The photo was taken a number of years ago- but as I don’t scrap chronologically I don’t mind! In fact it is quite nice to look back on the photos and think about how much the kids have grown and changed.

The patterned papers featured in this layout are from the “Autumn Spice” Speciality Designer Series Paper pack.  I’ve had lots of fun playing with the colour combinations and great patterns in this paper pack but the thing I love most about it is that the paper is textured and is heavy-weight like cardstock.  If you’d like to check out this pack it is on page 21 of the Summer Mini Catalogue (link on the right hand side)  If you would like to purchase this gorgeous pack of paper please keep in mind that it is only available until the 31st of July so please be sure to contact me with your order as soon as possible!

I had lots of fun using the patterned paper to cover some chipboard pieces from the “On Board Mix and Match Set” (page 135 of the main catalogue) Aren’t those trees cute!?  There is a great mix of other chipboards shapes in the pack and it is SO easy to customise them to suit your project simply by covering them in patterned paper or just pressing them into your ink pad!


The stamped sentiment it’s good to dream” is from a stamp set called “RAZZLE DAZZLE” (page 69 of the main catalogue)

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