Teacher gifts- Decorated tins

As part of the gifts for my children’s teachers, I decorated some tins of biscuits.  I loved the old style map on the tins.   I thought the biscuit tins would be great for storing pencils or other stationery supplies once the sweet treats were eaten.

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I simply covered the existing tag on each tin with my own little tag.  The stamped greeting is from “Chalk Talk” (available through my online store- click on image)  I just love the matching framelits for this set!

chalk talk



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The paper bows were so simple to make using my Gift Bow Bigz L Die and my bigshot

gift bow bigz L die

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Secret Garden Cascading card

It is so refreshing seeing flowers starting to bloom- one of those things I love about Spring.  I wish I was more of a ‘green thumb’ but alas I seem to do better with paper flowers than I do the real thing.  Speaking of paper flowers,  did I show you my cascading card made with the “Secret Garden” Stamp set?

flower card

flower card 2

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If you are interested in the “Secret Garden” stamp set- please click on the following image to view it in my online store.

secret garden

To make life easier there is even a set of “Secret Garden” Framelits so you can cut out the flowers using your Bigshot rather than cut them by hand.

secret garden framelits

Delicate Doilies card

Today I have a gorgeous pop-up card to share with you.  It is one that participants made at one of my cardmaking classes some time ago and I promised to share it on my blog.

Here is the card closed……

pop card 3

Pull on the tab/ribbon and this is what you see!

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The main stamp set featured on this card is “Delicate Doilies” (Click on the image to view it in my online store)

delicate doilies

pop up card

I just love the antique brad I’ve used in the centre of the flower (Click on the image to view the brads in my online store)

antique brads

You are such an amazing friend- Bright Summery card


The weather has been so lovely and warm here lately! Perfect weather to share a bright, Summery card.  What makes this card even more fun is that it is ‘interactive!’

telescoping card 3

telescoping card 2


telescoping card


If you would like to replicate this card- the following supplies would come in handy and are all available in my online store.  Click on the images to find them in my online store

Floral frames Framelits

floral frames framelits



Daydream Medallions Stamp set daydream medallions



Amazing family stamp set

amazing family

Yippee! The brand new catalogue is now here

Yippee! The brand new catalogue is now live.  Go ahead and check it out! I Love! Love! Love! it and I know you will too!

2013 2014 su catalogue


If you would like me to post you a copy please let me know.  If you live locally then please drop in at any time between midday and 3pm on Saturday 6th July to collect your complimentary copy. (Contact me if you require the address)



Online orders are now being accepted through my store- OR please get in touch with me if you would like to contact me directly about your order.

brand new products




Ph: 0419 947 047

E: miriamthomas@westnet.com.au

One sleep to go!

There’s one sleep to go until the release of the brand NEW  Stampin’ Up Catalogue.  Are you excited? I know I am!   Please be sure to visit my blog tomorrow to view the NEW catalogue online.  If you would like me to post a copy to you- please get in touch with me.  (041 947 047 or miriamthomas@westnet.com.au)

If you live locally you are more than welcome to pop into my home to collect a copy of the catalogue this coming Saturday at any time between midday and 3pm.  Please contact me for my address.   If you have a busy day simply drop by to collect your catalogue OR if you have time stay a  little while and chat about the gorgeous new products.  I will have a selection of second hand stamps available for purchase at great prices and I am happy to collect orders from the new catalogue as well.

Only a few hours remain to order items from the retiring list.  Visit my online store to pick up any last minute items.

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One of the items I will miss are the simply Scrappin’ Kits.  Here is a page I’ve created using the Afternoon Daydream Simply Scrappin kit. Available in my store here  (for only a few more hours)


dandelion clock card


If you wanted to re-create a page like this here are the basic dimensions of the 12 x 12 page.

dandelion clock

I used a ‘quote’ as my title from the following stamp set called “From my Heart” (Click on the image to view it in my online store)

from my heart


Killing two birds with the same stone!



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 )
paper strip card


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!   :-)

Masculine Birthday cards- Paper at special prices!


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.

40 card





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.






Twin Love Scrapbook page

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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