big shot – Miriam Thomas

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Sincere apologies for my lack of blog entries lately.  As always, it can be tricky balancing blogging with living life.  April is a busy time in our household with lots of birthdays including  our twins who turned 9 years old on Sunday 28th April.  They each had a party with their friends and also a family BBQ.  As their birthday fell in the WA school holidays they got to celebrate with friends a little early.  Here are some snapshots of Adam’s Angry Birds/ Gamer Birthday party.

Firstly the invitation.  I created Adam’s invitation using MY DIGITAL STUDIO which is a Stampin’ Up! product for creating digital projects.

Adam invite final

If you would like to try out this product- You can download a free trial from my online store.  Just click on the button that says ‘shop now’.  The full version is only $24.95 and includes lots of great content.  Try it out and let me know what you think!

Anyway- back to the birthday party.  I didn’t use a lot of Stampin’ Up! products for Adam’s decorations but I can assure you that my Stampin’ Up! PAPER SNIPS got a good workout (It is great that my kids are now at an age where they are lots of help with the party preparations! Thanks for your help with all of the cutting!)


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OPENING THE GIFTS….with a little bit of ‘assistance’.   Thanks so much to the party guests for all of the lovely gifts for Adam!

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The entertainment included an ‘off screen Angry Birds Game”- complete with a slingshot.  Erin blew up and tied lots of green balloons and Jared drew bad piggies faces faces on them

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We also had a game where we popped “Goomba” balloons”, a  Mario pinata and “Pin the moustache on Mario” Game

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angry birds pizza small

bad piggies in blankets small

bad piggies jelly small

bird food small

cookies small

incredibly angry birds small

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(The labels for the food items were cut out using my Bigshot using the Petal cone die and Apothecary Accents Framelits)


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and finally……the PARTY FAVOURS

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Call me crazy but I love all of the birthday party preparation.  I was even crazy enough to hold a party for Erin the following day.  Stay tuned for pictures!

I love giving presents!   Have I mentioned that before?   🙂 At the end of the year I love to give a present to my children’s teachers.   I know how hard they work and want to be able to offer a small token of my appreciation.   For today’s post I wanted to share some gifts I made for my children’s Teachers.

First the thank you card


STAMP SET: (A la Carte) -Triple Treat flower; (Hostess Set)- Perfect Words

PUNCHES: Decorative label punch, Fancy flower punch, 5 petal flower punch

BIG SHOT ACCESSORIES: Little leaves sizzlet die, Many Thanks sizzlet die,

EMBELLISHMENTS: Designer printed brads (In Colour), 1 cm ruffled ribbon

COLOURS: Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Wisteria Wonder

I also made matching boxes to hold a gift! I used the Petal Cone die for the first time and I love love love it! It is one of those Bigshot dies that I flicked past in the catalogue (pg 160 by the way) MANY times and just didn’t see the potential!

What was I thinking!?

This die is fabulous and I can’t believe I didn’t realise the possibilities!  The petal die can be left open or folded- and even when folding it there are lots of options depending on whether you attach the tabs or not!   It also cuts out little labels when you pass it through the bigshot so you can add a sentiment or someone’s name!   This die would be fabulous for lolly bags for child’s birthday party, they would make gorgeous decorations on the Christmas tree (that could be filled with goodies).  You could even flip them over and make them into witches hats for a Halloween party or spooky themed party!  You need not even make them into a box- you could just use the panels to make a love heart shaped card!    You really need to get your hands on one of these dies (Just ask me and I’ll pop in an order for you!)  In the meantime- here is what I made!

I made a few more bits and pieces for the small gifts at the end of the year.  Please be sure to check back tomorrow!

By the way- if you want to contact me to order your petal cone die my number is 0419 947 047 or

Don’t own a bigshot yet?  Why not consider contacting me to book a workshop and I will do all I can to help you earn a discount on a bigshot.  Just by hosting a $600 workshop you could receive a half price bigshot as well as  $100 hostess dollars for you to select whatever you like out of the catalogue for FREE.

One of my ‘go-to’ items in my craft room would have to be my BIG SHOT.   It cuts out shapes, letters, numbers- not only in cardstock but fabric, chipboard and other materials too! It embosses- and for some dies even cuts and embosses at the same time!  I love it- love it- love it!

If you have a Big shot- I’m sure you can understand why I love it so much and I’m sure you can appreciate the value in this month’s promotion.  For the month of November you can receive a 10% discount on a selection of big shot dies!

Page Item Description Retail Price 10% Off Price
156 117332 Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslits Die $21.95 $19.75
156 114515 Flower Burst Embosslits Die $21.95 $19.75
157 114517 Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Embossing Folder $14.95 $13.45
157 116824 Petals-a-Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing Folder $14.95 $13.45
157 119277 Elegant Lines Textured Impressions Embossing Folder $14.95 $13.45
158 113440 Buttons #5 Sizzlits Die $9.95 $8.95
159 113466 Pillow Box Bigz Die $36.95 $33.25
159 114507 Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die $39.95 $35.95
159 120903 Scallop Square Duo Bigz Die $39.95 $35.95
160 115953 Mover & Shapers Punch Windows $54.95 $49.45
160 120893 Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die $69.95 $62.95
160 121810 Petal Cone Bigz L Die $59.95 $53.95

If you don’t have a Big Shot- Then I have the solution for you!  Get 10 percent off the exclusive Big Shot Bundle!  Christmas is just around the corner and it is the perfect time to get in touch with to find out how you can have one of these wrapped under your Christmas tree!  The Big Shot Bundle includes the following:

Page Description Retail Value 10% Off Price Item
155 Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine $186.85 $168.16 128944
156 Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslits Die
157 Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

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I’m quite a fan of cupcakes…….to eat and also to feature on cards! I simply ran my “Big Bold Cupcake” dies through my BIGSHOT to create this card



The stripey patterned paper is from the “Travel Journal” Designer Series Paper which is in the Summer Mini.  This mini finishes at the end of March so if you would like to order this paper please be sure to contact me as soon as possible.  It makes great paper for holiday photos (as it also features images of planes and maps) Check it out on page 17 of the mini!

The “Wish Big” Sentiment comes from the “Word Play” Stamp set and I also used “Grunge Rock” (page 22 of the Summer Mini) to add some ink on the background paper!

Yes It is Day 6 and I’m nearly there! I promised 7 days straight of blog entries and I’m nearly there! I can hear the round of applause from here! LOL!   I know you’re popping in to visit but please don’t forget to leave a comment or send me a message via E-mail 🙂

Today’s project is a fun and simple project inspired by one of Bonnie Thurber’s demonstrations at Convention.  We received the “Share a Cup” stamp at the Manager’s Reception and I couldn’t wait to get home to assemble and use it!  I loved the idea of creating a stack of cups using the MASKING TECHNIQUE.  I also created a cute little box using the scallop envelope die and my bigshot.  I have seen many variations of these boxes but thought this shape would be the perfect size for a little gift OR completing more of these little cards and popping them inside the box. 

Well I’m back from Convention…. I haven’t been away all this time of course- Just limited computer time since my return…..but I know you don’t want to hear any excuses about how busy I’ve been- You just want to hear about Convention- don’t you?

For those who are unaware- the Stampin’ Up! Convention is a once a year gathering of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.  There are social and training opportunities as well as an awards night.  This year I believe there were about 500 demonstrators in attendance for the Convention in Sydney.

Before Convention began I had a full day in Sydney for a bit of much- needed rest and relaxation.  I had a very cruisy day with my upline, Claire Daly and a late lunch with some other members of the team. 

On the Thursday night before Convention officially commenced there was a special Reception for Managers (and above)  It was nice to meet with the US and Australian staff in an intimate setting and mingle with other Stampin’ Up demonstrators.  As a special gift we were greeted with the most enormous mugs.  They were filled with a big scoop of melted chocolate and frothy milk- the most delicious hot chocolate! Just divine!  These mugs were SO huge that rather than being concerned about a ‘milk moustache’ I was concerned about getting milk froth on my forehead.    See what I mean!!!

All Managers in attendance received a mug to take home.  It was gift wrapped with the Matching “Share a cup” Stamp set from the Autumn- Winter Mini.  Stampin’ Up! are such a generous company!










The gifts didn’t stop there.  All demonstrators who attended the Convention received a bag containing yet to be released stamp sets. We received three stamp sets in total as well as some yummy rub-ons.    Now I wish I could share those stamp sets with you- however I can’t show them until the release of the new catalogue on the 1st of September!  One of the things I really love about being a demonstrator is being able to see the new products that are available before they are released to everyone else!  🙂  (If this is something that sounds appealing please be sure to ask me for more information about becoming a demonstrator too!)

One of the great things about getting together with other Demonstrators is the opportunity to share ideas with each other.  One of the ways this happens at Convention is through “swaps”.  We all make some samples using Stampin’ Up products and “swap” these with other demonstrators.  Most people make a card but I tend to make ‘mini scrapbook layouts’.  Originally I didn’t think I would have the time to make any swaps before I left but at the last minute I chopped up some designer series paper and ran some dies through my bigshot and decided I would make some swaps after all!   In the end I sat in the hotel foyer assembling my swaps and enlisted the help of my roomie Sue Madex to secure the ‘project recipes’ on the back.  It was all a bit of a rush and to be honest with you- I was not competely happy with how they turned out.  I wish I had the time to add a bit more detail- at the very least sponge around the edges of the cardstock but alas things didn’t work out that way…but at least I was able to share in the buzz of swapping at Convention.  Here are the 6 x 6 layouts I created….


STAMP SET: Cottage Garden

CARDSTOCK: Kraft, Rich, Razzleberry, Old Olive, Orchid Opulence, Whisper white

BIGSHOT and DIES: Stampin’ Up! Top note die, Sizzlets Lots of tags, Stampin’ Up Little leaves

Over the next couple of days we watched talks and demonstrations and participated in ‘make and takes’ Here is Shelli Gardner (CEO) during one of her presentions on stage.  

There was also lots of eating and drinking and chatting.  One night at dinner we were even treated to fireworks.

Now although the fireworks were a ‘blast’- the biggest ‘bang’ for me was the Dinner and Awards Banquet on the final night.  When the doors opened we were greeted by the paparazzi as we walked the red carpet. (Thanks for the pic Sue- I wasn’t prepared for this kind of welcome and didn’t have my own camera handy!)


The table centre pieces were to die for.  Beautiful glass bowls filled with tulips and a candle.  The photo really doesn’t do them justice.

I was so thrilled to be able to share in the night and witness my upline, Claire Daly and also my sideline/ fellow team member Sue Madex walk the stage to receive their awards.  I was so proud to be sitting next to Claire when it was announced that she was Australia’s Top Demonstrator of the Year.    How amazing is that!? It was so lovely to see all of their hard work recognised like that!

I got to ‘walk the stage’ to receive a sales award and also a ‘recruiting’ award.  I was absolutely blown away when it was announced that I was Australia’s first “RISING STAR”  (Top NEW Demonstrator of the year)

It was so nervewracking having to stand on stage for a photo- I was so blown away I didn’t even think to turn sideways for a more flattering photo LOL!   I will share the pic if you promise not to laugh.    This is me on stage with Shelli Gardner (Stampin’ Up Co-founder and CEO), Emma Parker Wilson (NZ Manager) and Aaron Scott ( Regional business development manager, Australia)

Here is the gorgeous Sue and I after the Awards night with our roses, certificates, pins and goodies (Yes more yet to be released STAMP SETS)

As I’m sure you can imagine I had such a wonderful time away and I have so many great ideas to share with you.  If you are keen to book a workshop and see some of the products in action then please be sure to get in touch!



(08) 90917655

0419 947 047

I am so thrilled that the Autumn-Winter Catalogue is NOW HERE and I can start receiving your orders.  You can view the catalogue by clicking on the cover on the right hand side (or below)  I must warn you- before you open it- you might like to collect a tissue so that you can wipe the drool from chin as you browse- There are lots of beautiful products to drool over in this new catalogue.

There are three exciting things I would like to let you know about




Firstly the Clear mount stamps…….

Starting with this new mini catalogue you will see the introduction of Stampin Up!s new CLEAR MOUNT stamps.  You will still have the choice to order the wood MOUNT stamps if this is your preference.    The stamps themselves are still the high quality rubber stamps that you know and love so there is no compromising on the quality of the beautiful stamped images.  The difference is that they can be mounted on clear blocks.     So why clear mount you ask?  Some advantages include…….

– the fact that they take up less space when stored.  Each set of stamps comes in a slim line DVD case with the images on the cover.

– it is easier to see where you are stamping

– You can create collages of spell out words by placing more than one stamp on the clear block at a time.


STAMPIN’ UP have also released a NEW DESIGN OF PUNCHES

The new mini catalogue contains 3 new punches with a slimline design.  These punches are easier to store and have improved punching leverage.  There is also a lovely two step bird design.


Another exciting product in the catalogue is the BIG SHOT die-cutting machine.   You can create die-cut shapes, letters, envelopes, tags and boxes with ease. In some cases the machine will even add the fold lines.   You can cut over 50 different types of materials in this machine and also use embossing folders in the machine to create lovely textured images.

If you are interested in ordering any products from the new mini- please be sure to let me know.  If you would like to see these products in person please be sure to come along to one of the workshops in my home OR why not consider hosting your own workshop.




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