March 2013 – Miriam Thomas

Month: March 2013

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Only hours remain to take advantage of the extra 25% off the starter kit.  For only $169 you can select $294 worth of Stampin’ Up! products  PLUS you get a business kit with catalogues and order forms and so forth…..and just for good measure for anyone who takes up my offer to join my team on this last day of the promotion then I will throw in a ‘welcome gift’ of $40 worth of products of your choice.  You can read more about it on the ‘join my team’ page which includes the link to signing up online.   Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions!



10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Blast off!


It is the start of the ‘birthday season’ in our household.  The first birthday for the year is Luke and he will be turning 5 years old tomorrow!   I’m in disbelief that my ‘baby’ will be FIVE! As his birthday falls over the Easter weekend he celebrated with a party with his friends on Wednesday.  I was quite rapt when he requested an alien/ space themed birthday.  Luke has quite a vivid imagination and I was worried his ideas would be a bit too ‘out there’ for me to achieve but I knew I could pull off a space themed party- especially as I had the “Blast off” stamp set and “Outer space” wheel sitting on my stamp shelves ready to be used.

blast off


outer space wheel

I obviously started with the invitations.   I didn’t want to have too much cutting out or anything too fussy/ time consuming so most of the stamping was on a single layer of whisper white cardstock.



At this point I hadn’t even considered a colour theme- but when I stumbled across as a space themed tablecloth and a space shuttle pinata I decided I would go with blue, orange and yellow (and black and white)- or in stampin’ up colours Pacific Point, Tangerine tango, and Daffodil delight.    I managed to find lovely paper lanterns and stars to decorate the backyard



luke party

Of course, all of the party food was linked to the theme and I used the petal cone die to make rocket shapes and the Apothecary accent framelits to make labels for the food items.

mini meteorites

more alien cupcakes


milky ways


star cookies

space rocks


saturn rings


planet balls

hot meteorites



alien slime

alien face biscuits


food tables 3

food table

food table 2


alien cupcakes


I made little cupcake toppers using the “Blast off” stamp Set, circle punches and scallop circle punches




blast off cupcakes

alien cupcakes 2


There was so much left over food.  At least some people stopped to enjoy the sugar feast

adam at luke's party



Luke LOVED his birthday cake

luke and cake 2


singing happy birthday


luke and cake


If laughter and excited squeals is anything to go by, then the kids all had a great time.  We played traditional games such as pass the parcel and musical bobs.  They went hunting in the backyard for planet tokens.  Those who managed to find Saturn received a prize.   I found a great rocket that the kids enjoyed colouring in


luke in rocket


They also had fun with the Space Shuttle Pinata




pinata 2


There were smiles all round! 🙂


erin at luke's party


Of course, no 5 year old birthday party would be complete without a fun loot bag to take home


party loot


Here are the “Loot bag” contents.  I must confess that I think I have just as much fun as the kids trying to find items for the loot bags to fit the theme.

loot bag stash


Luke tells me his party was AWESOME and he is already looking forward to his 6th birthday party! I need to make it through the next 3 kids’ birthdays in April and May (as well as Jason and my birthday too) before I start thinking about his 6th birthday.   🙂


Were you one of the people who considered joining my team? You might be interested to know that the he ‘special’ has been continued until the end of March.  For only $169 you can join my team and select $294 worth of merchandise in your starter kit.  Please let me know if you have any questions.   You can also find more information if you click on the tab at the top that says “Join my team” Here’s the online link for signing up…..

Exciting news!

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I’m thrilled to let you know that I can now offer ONLINE ORDERING.  Any time you would like to place an order you can simply visit my blog and click on the button that says “Shop now”  This will take you to a page where you can place your own orders online.  Of course, you are still more than welcome to contact me the traditional way and I can lodge your orders on your behalf but it is such a handy little option for you.  You are still eligible for stampin’ rewards when you reach at least $300 when ordering.

shop now


In other exciting news- we now have “My Digital Studio”.  This is a great option for those who enjoy creating on their computers.  I am still finding my way around this new option and you can too- with MDS trial for FREE  (30 day free trial)

my digital studio



Have you seen the gorgeous pinwheel die on page 33 of the Seasonal catalogue?  I think it is adorable and used it for the following card.  I’ve also used the cloudy day embossing folder in the background as well as the needlepoint border embossing folder!

The sentiment on this card comes from the “Delightful dozen” stamp set (page 141 of the annual catalogue)
pinwheel card

This card was one that we made at a cardmaking class last month.  I’ve got more classes coming up in the next couple of months.  Why not consider booking into some of them?  Everything is supplied and the cards are designed for you so you can come along and learn some new techniques or try out something new!


Cardmaking Class (Various occasions) RSVP: by 2nd April

Scrapbooking class RSVP: by 16th April

Cardmaking class (Various occasions) RSVP: by 19th April

Cardmaking class (will include a Mother’s Day Card)RSVP: by 23rd April

Scrapbooking Class RSVP: by 30th April

Daytime Cardmaking Class (10am) RSVP: by 3rd May

More details will be found on my facebook page as each date approaches, however you are invited to begin booking your spots by E-mail of phone. All classes will be 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start except for the Daytime class 10am Tuesday 7th May. All classes will cost $25 and all tools and materials will be supplied.  (There is also the option to spend $125 on merchandise on the night and you can attend the class for FREE)  Tea, coffee and a light snack will be offered.
RSVPs are essential as I need to ensure I have enough supplies and seating for all participants. Where possible, I ask that you RSVP as early as you are able, as I require adequate time to prepare materials for all participants. Can I please request that if you book a spot and can no longer attend that you contact me at your earliest convenience as this may allow me to offer the spot to people on my waiting list.



I just love how butterflies just add a little piece of elegance to a card.   For more details about any of the products I’ve used on this card please be sure to get in touch 🙂

butterfly card


Stamp sets: En Francais (pg 129),  Papillon Potpourri (pg 115)

Bigshot Dies: Apothecary Accent Framelits (pg 191),  Fancy Fan Embossing Folder (pg 189)

Punch:  Elegant Butterfly Punch (pg 184)

Extras: Paper Doilies (pg 5 of the mini catalogue)  Rhinestone Jewels (pg 175)

More Love!

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I wanted to make a Wedding card- but wanted to steer away from Wedding bells and brides- I just wanted this card to be all about “LOVE”

The main focus of the following card is the GORGEOUS patterned paper pack in the mini catalogue- the “More Amore Speciality Designer series paper”  The gorgeous large heart has actually been cut out from a full 12 x 12 sheet of paper from the pack.

oh happy day card


The finishing touches on this card are the little tag with the greeting and the butterflies which come from the “Bloomin’ Marvelous” stamp set.  (Only available for another 11 days- FREE with any $100 purchase!)

SAB- bloomin marvelous


I must admit that I cheated- I didn’t cut anything by hand.  The butterflies have been punched out using the butterfly punch on page 13 of the Mini catalogue and the tag and scalloped love heart were cut out using the “Hearts a flutter” framelit dies on page 11 of the mini catalogue.

Just because!

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The time has whizzed by so fast- Did you realise that only 11DAYS remain to choose your FREE saleabration items with every $100 purchase!?  I must admit that I thought we had more time up our sleeves.  11 days! eek! Don’t miss out on your free items!

I’ve used a stamp from 2 different FREE sale-a-bration stamp sets

Here are the stamp sets.

vintage verses

SAB- bloomin marvelous


just because


To view the other FREE offerings- please click on the following image





This is a card I made for one of my brothers for his birthday earlier in the year!  The stamp from “Feeling Sentimental” reminded me so much of the tardis.
tardis card



The “Feeling Sentimental” stamp set is one of the items you can select for FREE with every purchase of $100- but you must get your orders in before the 22nd of March to select your freebies.  View this stamp set and the other offerings by clicking on the following image



swallowtail For today’s card, I tried out a technique I’ve been meaning to try for ages.  It was so easy yet effective that I think I’ll be doing it over and over again.


1. Heat emboss the image into cardstock.  In this case I used the Swallowtail stamp set and black embossing powder on rich razzleberry cardstock

2. Fill a blender pen with bleach

3.  Use the blender pen to colour inside the embossed lines of the image.  For my card, I just dabbed here and there rather than colouring smoothly.

4.  Allow the bleach to dry out and remove the colour from the cardstock.

5.  Attach your image to your card.


The “Thanks” sentiment is from the sale-a-bration stamp set “Vintage Verses”- One of the items available for FREE with a $100 purchase….but only until the 22nd of March

vintage verses


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