June 2013 – Miriam Thomas

Month: June 2013



Some visitors to this blog might think my days are spent swanning around in my studio playing with stamps and paper all day creating loads of cards and scrapbook pages  Gosh- I WISH!  My papercrafting is one of my passions and although it is very important to me- as well as being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator-  I am a busy Mum of four busy kids, a wife, a homemaker, a part time Primary school teacher, and a volunteer.   Like many others- my time is precious and it is limited.  So…..if I can find a way to make things ‘easier’ then I do!

Now…..Some people are “cardmakers” and some people are “scrapbookers”.   Some people- like me- like to dabble in BOTH.   Rather than trying to squeeze ‘both’ things into my life, I try to find ways to ‘overlap’ the two crafts.  One way I do that is to use a cardmaking design and turn it into a scrapbook page and vice versa.  The saying “killing two birds with the same stone” comes to mind.    Let me show you what I mean……

Here’s a card I have created with strips of paper from the Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper Pack (View it in my online store here )
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I have simply taken the same idea and then converted this card design into a scrapbook page.



Sometimes it is wise to just keep it simple- and not over- complicate things.  Don’t you agree?   With my little tip in mind, take a look through the catalogue and I’m sure you will find inspiration for lots of scrapbook pages in the card designs and vice versa!   🙂


People often comment that they find masculine cards difficult to create.    I find that the key is selecting the right colours and most card layouts will work.   I have a couple of masculine cards to share with you today.   For the first one- I have simply created a card with an almost identical layout to a card I created some time ago. (Check it out here)  Interestingly, the paper I have used is actually from quite a feminine pack of paper called “Twitterpated” , however I have obviously selected the more masculine designs from this pack of paper.

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The “Twitterpated” designer series paper has been reduced to only $9.48 (Originally $18.95)  Click on the image to see the paper in my online store along with other items from this suite. The retiring list finishes on the 1st of July- so get in quick.





For the second card I have used papers from the “Fan Fair” Designer Series Paper pack.

male card


This patterned paper pack includes both feminine and masculine colours and designs making it very versatile.  This paper pack has also been reduced and is now available for $11.37.  Click on the image to view this patterned paper pack and other items from the matching “Fan Fair” suite.    Again- don’t forget that the retiring list finishes on the 1st of July- so get in quick.






The precious little people in the following scrapbook layout turned 9 years old a couple of months ago.  Some days it feels like only yesterday that they were little ones cooing and smiling and rolling all over the floor.

twin love layout


The papers used in this layout retire at the end of the Seasonal catalogue TOMORROW 30th June- There’s still time to grab a pack of this gorgeous paper- Just click on the following image to visit my online store!

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So….a quick flick through some photos on my computer and I’ve realised a whole month has passed since we celebrated Jared’s 11th birthday and I still haven’t added some photos from his party.  Time just seems to move at lightning speed these days!

In fact it is  hard to believe how fast the past 11 years have flown by

My ELEVEN year old

my 11 year old


before party


(picking out some music while he waited for guests to arrive)

I created his invitations using My Digital Studio.  (You can download a free trial of this super program here)

jared invites

The evening consisted of lots of music, lots of loud laughing and chatter, silly photos, dancing and happy faces!

I kept the “guest gifts” pretty simple.  It was mainly 11 and 12 year old boys who attended and I wasn’t sure how well “lolly bags” would go down with that age group.    Instead I covered chocolate bars in wrappers that I created in My Digital Studio and matched the design to the invitation.

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I also purchased some large lolly-pops and kept the ‘decoration’ super simple.


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My scallop circle punch is one of my ‘go to’ items especially for creating simple tags like thise above.   Please check out this punch and other punches in my online store here

I would loved to have made some ‘novelty’ party food but instead kept things pretty simple to appeal to the pre-teen age group.    The guests had savoury finger food, BBQ sausages in bread, pizza, soft drink, lollies and other nibblies.  I couldn’t resist making one small tray of ninjabread men just for a bit of  laugh.

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getting ready for party


The kids basically entertained themselves for the evening.  It was nice to sit back and just watch the kids enjoy themselves.  Most of the evening seemed to look like this….



The guests also had a bit of fun with our homemade “Photobooth”.  I snapped lots of crazy shots.  Here’s a small selection of shots…..

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I purchased some novelty candles that kept lighting up again over and over that got quite a few laughs!  Jared tells me his party was “Seriously epic”

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Phew- and that’s our household’s birthdays over for another year! 🙂

It is only a month before the new catalogue is officially released! Although that is incredibly exciting- it also means that we will see a lot of gorgeous products retiring from the current catalogue

something for everyone


Click here to view the list of retiring stamp sets

Click here to view the list of retiring accessories


Please contact me if there is anything you would like to order before it is SOLD OUT.  Alternatively you may wish to shop online through my store (This is a great way to view all of the retiring products)

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It is hard to believe that it has been a week since I’ve returned from the Stampin’ Up! Convention in Brisbane.   I had such a lovely time.  There is nothing quite like being in the company of like-minded people enjoying what Stampin’ Up! has to offer.  A week of cocktails and evenings out for dinner and great company instead of the school run and endless piles of washing is always a bonus too!


I arrived in Brisbane at what would have been 3am WA time and I got no more than 1 hour’s sleep on the plane after a journey that started at lunchtime the day before.    Fortunately there was lots of fun and inspiring stuff to keep me (mostly) awake for the day at our Leadership sessions.   On that first evening we had a special Manager’s Reception where we were treated to an absolutely divine meal and showered with lovely gifts.   Most of all I just enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with lots of lovely friends

Claire and Miriam manager's reception


miriam and sue

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(L-R Kathryn, Kylie, Claire, Genna, Me and Sue)

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sue and miriam

(I mentioned like-minded didn’t I?)

leadership night

In the  days that followed we had inspiring presentations,  ‘break-out classes’, opportunities to see NEW products up close, sessions in the main theatre, displays, memento mall, prize patrol (give aways) award presentations and even a live band and dancing at our ‘after party’.  I received a Leadership award.  It is always so lovely to congratulate other demonstrators on their awards too.   We were rapt to see sneak peeks of new products and even got our hands on the brand new 2013-2014 Catalogue.  (Don’t worry it won’t be long before I will be able to share it with my lovely customers and friends)

the stage


memento mall

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memento mall 2

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displays at convention

flowers on display

miriam and claire leadership awards


One of the highlights for me is seeing CEO and Co-Founder Shelli Gardner presenting on stage.  I always love her warmth and inspiring projects.   It is no wonder Stampin’ Up! has just moved from strength to strength in the past 25 years.  I left Convention inspired to “Be the Difference”.

shelli's scrapbook pages


shelli's life is good journal

I’m already looking forward to catching up with everyone next year

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(Claire Daly and Me)

awards night 2

(Miriam Thomas, Kylie Bertucci, Sue Madex)

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