June 2012 – Miriam Thomas

Month: June 2012

Here’s a scrapbook page I completed for my daughter using the same basic layout as the page I shared on Saturday.  (You can view it here http://www.creationsbymiriam.com/?p=1949 )  This time I used the “Attic Boutique” Designer series paper from page 17 of the Autumn/ Winter Mini Catalogue.  I think it looks better in real life as it was hard to get the colours ‘just right’ when taking the photo…but I’m sure you get the idea.

This page was a sample for a recent scrapbooking class I conducted.  The participants used my plan below to create their pages.  All tools and materials were supplied.  Participants just needed to bring their own photos- making it excellent value…and lots of fun!  If you’d like to come along to scrapbooking class in the future then please get in touch with me to express your interest.  miriamthomas@westnet.com.au 0419 947 047

I was just browsing through some photos and stumbled across this Mother’s Day card from last month and realised I hadn’t shared it on my blog.

The card features the “Attic Boutique” Designer Series paper which is on page 17 of the Autumn/ Winter Mini Catalogue.  This mini catalogue ends on the 31st of July so please be sure to contact me if there is anything you would like to order from the mini.  I also have some dates available for party bookings and I can’t wait to hear from you!

I have a confession to make- I wasn’t all that excited by the paper when I first saw it in the catalogue but it just so lovely in person.  (Aside from the great time you have at party- one of the other great advantages is the opportunity to see the gorgeous products IN PERSON) I’ve made a scrapbook page featuring this paper so please be sure to pop back to my blog tomorrow to view it!

Little Man

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Today I have a layout of one of the important little men in my life!  How I love this crooked little smile!

The paper I used for this layout is from “Pocketful of Posies” on page 128 of the catalogue

You can see this paper pack includes quite a lot of colours including Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Poppy Parade, So Saffron and Whisper White.  I just selected the papers that included the colours Baja Breeze, Early Espresso and Soft Suede.  I can save the pieces with other colours and busy designs for another creation.

The title on this page has been made out of chipboard letters covered in patterned paper.  Once secured on the chipboard, it is so easy to sand back the edges of the paper using the “Distressing Essentials” Kit on page 147.  If you have any questions about this layout so you can recreate something similar then please do not hesitate to send me a message miriamthomas@westnet.com.au

Scallop Square bag

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Anyone who knows me well will know that I am someone who does not sew. I love handmade items (that goes without saying- right?) and I admire those who can sew! I just lack the ‘know-how’ and the talent to achieve that gorgeous end product.

I did some sewing in home economics at high school and the only thing I remember making was a mint green camisole complete with slippery fabric, fine detailed lace, ‘spaghetti straps’ and french seams.  That in itself is enough to turn a beginner right off sewing for life…… I am reluctant to sew buttons back on as I’m too concerned they won’t stay put and I would rather have my pants too long than attempt to hem them myself.  Even the whir of the sewing machine gives me flashbacks to that mint green fabric……  So you can imagine just how excited I was that I actually made something with fabric using a sewing machine!

I made use of the fabric from page 140 of the main catalogue.  We currently have 6 different fabrics available (5 in the main catalogue and one on the mini catalogue) I used “Deck the Halls” (121716).  The pack includes three pieces of co-ordinating fabric in an extra wide fat quarter for only $19.95

Are you ready to see the little fabric project  I made !?……………………. Here you go!

Again- thanks to Stampin’ Up! products I managed to make something that doesn’t look like a complete ‘dog’s breakfast’.  It may not be much- but I made it with my own two hands and a real sewing machine!

Using the Scallop square die and the bigshot I cut out a total of 28 squares to make my project.  You can easily cut through at least 8 layers of fabric in one pass using the bigshot and the scallop square die.

I then made use of the smaller scallop square die to cut out 14 smaller scallop squares out of cotton wadding.  I placed the cotton wadding between two pieces of SU fabric and used the sewing machine to sew a cross in the centre of each piece.  It was simply a matter of attaching the pieces together.  The beauty of this type of project is that it is supposed to look shaggy so it disguises my crooked sewing!

You could obviously use more squares and make this bag larger and add pockets, a flap, buttons or clasps or any of those other things that people who actually know how to sew can do!  I wasn’t worried about making mine all fancy- I’m just glad that mine didn’t fall apart when I put it in the washing machine!

If I can interest you in any of the fabric from Stampin’ Up! or you’d like to order a scallop square die to make a bag similar to this OR perhaps even a shaggy quilt then please do not hesitate to contact me to place your order!  miriamthomas@westnet.com.au 0419 947 047

Flirtatious Fun

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At a cardmaking class I held recently we made the following card.

I wanted everyone to see the gorgeous the Flirtatious Speciality paper in person and see how quickly and easily you can whip up a card when you have such gorgeous products to work with. That stunning Pumpkin Pie Doily is just a piece that has been cut from one of the laser-cut sheets!

As the paper is so gorgeous- we just let it shine.  However, it seemed a shame to not use the matching stamp set called “Delicate Doilies” so we stamped the inside of the card using the stamp set

With only a few months left of this current Stampin’ Up! catalogue it is worth bearing in mind that many products ‘retire’ and therefore become ‘no longer available’ to purchase.  This paper and stamp set are both items that you do not want to miss out on!  If I can help you out with ordering these products or other stunning items from the catalogue- please do not hesitate to get in touch with me!  Also if you’re interested in making cards like this then please consider coming along to one of my cardmaking nights.  You’ll see class details in the tab at the top

Well it has been some time since I’ve shared some ‘creations’ on my blog.  It doesn’t mean I haven’t been creating- that’s always important…… but it is about finding ‘balance’- isn’t it!?   I won’t start listing all the excuses as to why you haven’t seen much on my blog- it’s called ‘life’ We all have busy ones and I’m sure you can relate. But……today I have some stuff to share and I know I have more snapshots of some projects I’ve made recently so please keep an eye on my blog.

Last month we celebrated the birthdays of three of my four kids.  With so much on we struggled to find the time to have a party.  Don’t get me wrong I love planning parties for the kids but there just seemed to be so much happening at the time that we couldn’t decide on a date and venue.      I was quietly relieved that the kids all agreed that they would just like to have a few friends come out for dinner and have a “sleepover”.  Some people thought I was crazy to have so many kids overnight but fortunately we have the space in our home and honestly ALL the kids were SO well behaved.

So bearing in mind I was flat out at the time- Here are the invites that I prepared for each of the kids.  Don’t you love how the gorgeous paper from “Stampin’ Up!” does all the hard work for you?  Some patterned paper and a shape cut out using the bigshot and the framelits die and Voila- quick and easy invites!

DSP- “Frightful sight”

DSP- “Frightful sight”

DSP- “Sweet Shop”

I had grand plans for fun lolly bags- but ‘time’ wasn’t my friend! I ended up giving some guidance to the kids and then ended up ‘handing the reins’ over to the kids and this is what they arranged for their friends to take home!

Well it is about time I updated my poor neglected blog…..and what better way to end a blog hiatus with a bit of an update on the fabulous time I had at Stampin’ Up! Convention in Canberra.  At the beginning of this month I excitedly made the trip to meet with other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators including some gorgeous members of the team I don’t get to see very often.  It is so lovely to just touch base with everyone, share ideas, be inspired by fabulous presentations and be reminded of why I love Stampin’ Up! so much. Ok- I’ll admit it- it was also nice to have a bit of a break away from my four little darlings.

One of my favourite things about Convention is touching base with other demonstrators- although I didn’t take nearly enough photos of those lovely people.  I guess it is tricky when you are trying to manage “hellos” and big squeezes while also juggling Convention bags and goodies from Memento Mall

(Tina, Me, Kathryn)

(My lovely upline, Claire Daly and me)

There was a “Product Playground” to try out the lovely products and there were gorgeous swaps and samples everywhere.

This years theme was “I am” with the sub theme of “My way”. I’m sure I had the theme song stuck in my heads days later!   Many presentations took place on the large ‘mainstage’.

I always love hearing from Shelli Gardner (Stampin’ Up! CEO and Co-founder)

There were always flashing cameras catching photos of the fabulous ideas presented by talented fellow demonstrators from Australia and New Zealand as well as U.S. and Australian Stampin’ Up! staff

Main stage was also the place we had Prize Patrol.  There’s nothing like the offer of “FREE STAMPIN’ UP! products to get a room full of demonstrators excited.

I was fortunate enough to score some lovely brand spanking NEW products that will be available when the NEW catalogue is officially released in September. I’m a lucky gal!

Of course a Stampin’ Up! event would not be complete without a bit of creating.  I can’t understand why but I didn’t manage to finish my projects.  It may have been the fault of the crazy lady on the table

Who- me? Never! 🙂

Each year those who are Managers+ with SU have a special Managers’ Reception.  This year it was an extra special treat.  We jumped aboard a bus with ID and strict instructions not to carry any dangerous objects- not even paper snips.  Our bus driver was intent on keeping the mystery and drove us around in circles trying to confuse us before we eventually arrived at Parliament House. I must have still been seedy from the bus trip as I was pulled aside and checked for explosives.  I was either looking particularly dodgy that night or perhaps I was selected due to my ‘explosive personality’ (boom boom)  For fear of being rugby tackled to the ground by security I do not have any photos of inside Parliament House other than some lovely happy snaps with some Managers from the “Art with Heart Team”

From left to right Sue (my lovely ‘roomie’), Kathryn, Genna, Claire and myself

We even managed to snap a photo with the gorgeous Shelli

….and before heading back to our hotel rooms we were given a lovely gift each

The three day event ended with the Awards Banquet

It was at this time that the announcement was made that the next Grand Vacation will be in Salt Lake City- Home of Stampin’ Up! Swoon!  I would so dearly love to go!  Who knows! If enough of my lovely customers book workshops and place orders and fabulous people jump on board my team then I could experience the trip of a lifetime.   Every little bit makes a difference and you know how to find me if you would be kind enough to help me get me a few steps closer to getting there!

Lastly if you’d like to see a short video of highlights from the Stampin’ Up! Convention- I’ve linked to the highlights on my facebook page (click on the facebook image below) Please head on over to check it out (and please don’t forget to ‘like’ my page while you’re there!)

It is such a cold gloomy day out there- The perfect kind of weather to be staying indoors…..but not lazing around!  I was thinking of how it would be perfect weather to have a few of the girls around for a bit of crafting! A party indoors!

So……why am I sitting at my computer updating my blog and NOT at your place right now!  I just realised that I haven’t let you all know about the latest promotion from Stampin’ Up!  Why not book a party with me and I can entertain you and your friends?  It is the perfect weather to be indoors AND also the perfect time to host a party with the great offer from Stampin’ Up!

During June and July, when YOU host a party/ workshop that reaches $650 in sales you will receive an additional $90 in hostess FREE merchandise dollars-that’s in addition to the $100 they already receive for a $650 workshop!

Your Party Sales*

Regular Hostess Benefits

Additional Hostess Dollars

Total Hostess Benefits


$100 + 1 item at 50% off


$190 + 1 item at 50% off


$130 + 2 items at 50% off


$220 + 2 items at 50% off


$160 + 3 items at 50% off


$250 + 3 items at 50% off


$200 + 4 items at 50% off + 15% of amount over $1250


$290 + 4 items at 50% off + 15% of amount over $1250

*Minimum $650 party; party sales do not include shipping

Please contact me to book your party!  0419 947 047 or miriamthomas@westnet.com.au

If you find that’s not enough reason to smile then wait…..there’s more!

During June, YOU have the opportunity to purchase-or earn for FREE-an exclusive stamp set, available only through this special offer!

Get the “Reason to Smile” Stamp Set FREE when you spend $125 on any Stampin’ Up! products. Or purchase it at the regular retail price.



Retail Price

Free Item


Reason to Smile Wood-Mount Set





Reason to Smile Clear-Mount Set





If you’d like more information about the products used to create the samples shown above then please click the following link for more details


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