August 2012 – Miriam Thomas

Month: August 2012

Book week dress ups!


My kids love Book Week dress ups but with 4 kids to get organised I like simple, easy ideas! This year I think I nailed simple and easy!

Adam suggested the following idea…… Thing 1 and Thing 2 from “Cat in the Hat” (by Dr Seuss)

Here is a close up of the panels on their shirts.  I cut the felt circles by hand and simply pinned them to their shirts.

The letters and numbers were cut out using my trusty Bigshot.  I used the Simple Letters Alphabet Bigz Dies which retire in the catalogue on the 31st of August.  They are being offered at a 25% discount and are now only $119.96.  Please let me know soon if you’d like to order a set of these alphas to cut out unlimited letters out of an assortment of materials.  As you can see here I have cut out felt.  They’d also look great cut out  of fabric and to make a personalised library bag.   Of course, I’ve used them heaps of times for my scrapbook pages.  They would also be great in a classroom for sight words, posters, practising spelling words, etc.

With the simple and easy idea in mind- I just secured them with a few dots of liquid glue from the catalogue.  It doesn’t look like the letters will be coming off the felt circles in a hurry!

Jared wanted to dress up as Greg Heffley from “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”. His outfit was simple- A white top and black shorts and a backpack.

I was also able to use my Bigshot to complete the finishing touches for Jared’s super simple costume.  I used the same lettering for the felt word on the diary.  I also ran a piece of yellow foam through the Bighshot with my circles die to create a piece of swiss cheese.  For those who have read the book (or seen the movie) you’ll understand what I mean when I mention the words “Watch out for the Cheese touch!”

As the saying goes “There’s no show without Punch” so here is Luke dressed up too.  His Kindergarten didn’t have a dress up day for “Book Week”, however they had a special theme day called “Wacky Wednesday” and they had to dress up in a crazy outfit. I didn’t use any Stampin’ Up! supplies for his outfit but I had to include him too!

Here are my four lovely people all dressed ready for dress up day at school this morning. Don’t they look fab? 🙂

Oh and when we arrived at school it was a lovely surprise to see that Erin and Adam’s costumes complemented their Teacher’s costume perfectly!


Come and collect your COMPLIMENTARY copy of the new catalogues, view a selection of the new products and some new samples! There may be a small selection of second-hand stamp sets and retired papers (from retired catalogues) available for sale at a discount.

If you are busy- You can pop in for 5 minutes and collect your COMPLIMENTARY catalogues OR you are welcome to stay a little longer and try out the new stamp pads, ask me some questions and drool over the new goodies in the catalogue. I am happy to collect orders on the day if you’re keen.

WHEN? SATURDAY 1st September
WHERE? Address supplied when you register your interest
TIME? Call by anytime between 12.30pm and 3.00pm

Although you are welcome to come at any time during the advertised times, please contact me to so that I know you are coming and also so I can reserve your copy of the catalogue. Please RSVP as soon as possible so that I can ensure I order enough catalogues to cater for demand. (If you cannot come on the day, please contact me to reserve your copy and I will arrange delivery)

Please call me (08) 90917655 Email me OR send a quick text 0419 947 047 to  let me know you plan on coming along!

I dig you

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“I dig you” is one of those incredibly adorable little stamp sets that is great for little boys.  As my 4 year old son would say- “Check it out!”

Fun stamp sets for boys make for fun little birthday cards for boys.  What do you think of this one?

My kids love receiving little notes in their lunch boxes.  It is something I haven’t done in a long time but this is the sort of thing I mean.

The little envelope for the little note has been created using the Petite pocket die

as well as the “Just Add Cake” Designer Series paper (available for $11.37 until the 31st of August unless stock runs out beforehand)

Using the “Dinoroar Stamp set” I also made a 10cm by 10cm card.

I was able to use the Petite Pockets Die to make a larger size envelope.  I love it when you can make your Bigshot dies even more versatile.  Here are the two cards side by side so that you can compare the sizes

To make the larger size envelope it is simply a matter of folding your paper or cardstock in half BEFORE you run your die through the bigshot.  You place the fold so that it is just inside the blade of the bigshot die so that the folded side doesn’t get cut out.  Hmm- This is one of those things that I would probably be able to show better you at a workshop or ‘party’.  I don’t have step-by-step photos but hopefully the following two images of how it looks after a folded piece has gone through the Bigshot will help to explain what I mean

You may recognise the cute little stamped dinosaurs from my youngest son’s birthday party.  If you didn’t see my blog entry then please check it out by clicking on the following link

Sympathy card

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Sympathy cards are so hard to make because at the time you need to make them you certainly don’t feel like it.  Therefore it is worth having one on hand….and then you can keep it in storage and hope that you don’t have to give it away.

Here’s one that I have made

It features the colours Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade and Concord Crush.  These are 4 of 5 colours that will retire in two weeks time.

STAMP SET: Summer Solstice

DSP: First Edition Specialty Paper

OTHER: Petals-a-plenty Embossing folder, Labels Collections Framelits

Yesterday, I shared a scrapbook layout I made using the “Country Club” Simply Scrappin Kit. Here’s a card I made using some of the cardstock and die cut self adhesive cardstock stickers from this pack.

I also used one of my all time favourite stamp sets called “Extreme Elements”

I Love love love this stamp set for adding a bit of ‘grunge’ to male cards or layouts.  Sadly it will be retiring at the end of this month so if you’ve ever considered adding this stamp set to your collection then please contact me to place your order.

By the way- did you happen to notice a bit of a sneak peek of some new products that will be appearing in the new catalogue? 🙂

How to create a scrapbook page in SEVEN simple steps!

Step 2: Grab your copy of the catalogue and turn to page 132

Step 3: Look at the image at the top of the page

Step 4: Take out your “Country Club” Simply Scrappin Kit

Step 5: Grab your photo

Step 6: Copy the example on page 132 (and add a little bit of your own personality if you like)

Step 7: Stand back and admire your work

This is what you get……

Oops! I forgot Step 1: Contact Miriam Thomas Independent Stampin’ Up Demonstrator to order your “Country Club” Simply Scrappin’ Kit for only $29.21 (normally $38.95) Available until the 31st of August (unless it sells out beforehand)

The Simply Scrappin’ Kit contains 8 sheets of cardstock, 6 sheets of designer series paper and loads of self adhesive die cut stickers so you will have plenty left over for more scrapbook pages and/ or cards.  If you check back tomorrow I will share a card I’ve made that uses some of the pieces from the Country Club Simply Scrappin’ Kit.

Before I close- I have something important to mention…..This page makes use of the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet that you can use to cut out an unlimited number of titles using your Bigshot machine.  Normally this set of alphabet dies is $139.95 and is worth EVERY cent, however it officially retires at the end of August and therefore WAS available until then for the special price of $104.96. Yep- I wrote ‘WAS!’ Sadly it has already sold out.  Don’t miss out on any other favourites on your wish list.  Please check out the retiring list by clicking on the image below and selecting to view either the accessories or stamp sets

Flirtatious Box

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I made a little gift a little while ago using the Fancy Favor Box Die which is on page 160 of the catalogue.

It is pretty cool that you can run this die…..

Through this fab machine

and get this……

It was made with a little assistance from this GORGEOUS fabric that is called “Flirtatious”

and decorated with flowers cut from the following die called “Fun Flowers”

The little box is the perfect size for the Note cards that you can find on page 126 of the catalogue.  $9.50 gets you 20 pre-scored cards and 20 little envelopes

Don’t forget to stamp those sweet little envelopes too…..

If you have any questions about the products I have used, please do not hesitate to contact me! I’d love to help you!

Card by Jared


I can’t take any credit for the card I am sharing today.  This card was made by my son.  He has a few characteristics that remind me of my myself and he has obviously ‘inherited’ my love of making cards….but shhh …..don’t tell his mates!

He did this completely unassisted.  He selected his own cardstock and patterned paper and it was completely his own design.  The only suggestion I made was to make use of the “Just perfect” alphabet stamp set.  This stamp set is one of my favourite alphas.  I’ve used it on quite a few scrapbooking layouts and cards and it one of those stamp sets that I am sad to see retiring from the catalogue.  Fortunately for me- I have this stamp set that I can keep forever but if you would like to get your hands on one- please get in touch with me as soon as possible as it won’t be available after the 31st of August (or before if stocks sell out before the 31st)

Another product retiring from the catalogue that is featured on this card is “Big Top Birthday”. You know what you need to do if you must have this patterned paper pack

I’m starting to clear out my craft room and need to make some space for some pre-loved stamp sets.  If you’d like to give my stamp sets a new home, please contact me.  They tend to go fast so get in quickly!

“Apple Blossoms” (Clear Mount Stamp set) ONLY $15 (Comes in DVD style case)

“Bella Toile” Background Stamp (Mounted on wood Size approximately 15.5cm x 12.5cm) RRP $33.95 ONLY $20

“Congrats” stamp set WOOD MOUNT ONLY $15 (Comes in plastic case) SOLD

“Forest Friends” Wood mount (Wood block for tree approximately 4.5cm x 5.5cm) RRP $24.95 ONLY $15 (Comes in plastic case) SOLD

“Framed with Love” Wood mount (Block for love heart approximately 4.5cm x 5.5cm) ONLY $22 (Comes in plastic case)

“Frames with a Flourish” Wod mount (Wood block for rectangular frame approx 7.5cm x 5cm) (Comes in plastic case) RRP $64.95 ONLY $40

“Good Neighbours” Wood blocks approx 3.5cm x 3.5cm (Comes in plastic case) ONLY $15 SOLD

“Like-o-meter” Single Stamp (Wood block approx 7.5cm x 7cm) ONLY $7

“Lots of Bots” Clear Mount Stamp set (Tallest robot approx 3.5cm x 6cm) RRP $23.95 ONLY $15

“Occasional Greetings” My dear kind and wonderful friend wood block is approximately 6.5cm x 5.5cm RRP $60.95 ONLY $40

Punched Posies Wood Mount Set ONLY Wood block for solid flower is 5.5cm x 6.5cm ONLY $22

“Sprinkled Expressions” Wood mount stamp set block for heart shape is 5cm x 5.5cm ONLY $15

Stem Sayings Wood mount stamp set (Block approximately 9cm x 2cm) ONLY $15 SOLD

Tart and Tangy Wood mount stamp set Wood block for strawberry is approximately 4cm x 4cm ONLY $15

Vintage Labels Wood mount blocks approx 5.5cm x 5cm ONLY $15

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