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Thank you cards

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A little while ago I wanted to thank a couple of special people and these are the cards I made for them.  I used a selection of the Cottage wall designer series papers and the “Thank you” stamp from the “Fresh Cuts” stamp set.


The main feature in the centre is a die cut shape called “Sweetest Stems”   When you run this die through your bigshot, not only does it cut out the shape but it also embosses it.  You can even flip it over so that the image is ‘debossed’

STAMP SETS: Fresh Cuts

CARDSTOCK: Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence, Old Olive Whisper White


PUNCHES: Oval, Scallop Oval, Eyelet Border Punch

OTHER: Bigshot and “Sweetest Stem” Die



When I first saw the Autumn/ Winter Mini Catalogue I just knew I had to get my hands on the “Pony Party” stamp set.  I thought it would be absolulely perfect for little girly projects for my daughter! I used it to create invitations for her birthday but have also had fun creating cards for other people using this stamp set.

For the following card the pony is completely covered in DAZZLING DIAMONDS glitter (although it is hard to tell in the image below!)  The little scene was created using the butterfly and flower stamp sets in the set and just a few squiggles with my markers!   I’m already onto my second roll of that divine Rich Razzleberry Ribbon and I expect I will probably order another roll (or more) before the end of August (when it will no longer be available)

When I created a gift card using the PONY PARTY stamp set I decided to create a unicorn instead of a ‘pony’.  I stamped the wings from the stamp set onto vellum and totally coated them in two way glue to attach the dazzling diamonds glitter.

If you have a little girl in your life who loves to create- You’ve got to get her this stamp set…..and even if you don’t have a little girl to give this to- why not buy it for yourself!? 🙂   The stanp set is great value at only $34.95 for the wood mount set and $25.95 for the clear mount set.  If you host a workshop you could easily receive this stamp set for free (amongst other things) so please be sure to let me know if you would like to host your own workshop!

Well I’ve made it to the second day and I have kept my promise! Thanks for popping back to visit my blog.  Here are the invitations I made for my kids birthday party way back in April.   They had a fantastic time at a Rollerskating Party and were so thrilled to be able to share their party with family and also friends from school!


My twins, Erin and Adam are in the same class at school.  I made a combination of both “girly” and “more boyish” invitations.  In both cases I selected a stamp set and stamped the image onto coloured paper and then cut out the image (in a technique known as “Paper Piecing”)

Here is the “girly” version made with the PONY PARTY stamp set (pg 22 of the mini) and the Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper.

and here is the other version made with the SOCK MONKEY stamp set (from the main idea book and catalogue)  The patterned paper I used came from a Simply Scrappin’ Kit.

Here is the invitation I made for my older son Jared to give to his school friends.  For his invitation I used the LOTS OF BOTS Stamp set on page 23 of the August/ Winter Mini Catalogue.  I coloured the image using markers.

Now of course- I also made the lolly bags for the party so please check back tomorrow to see those!


From now until the end of July you can order from a selection of TWO STEP stamp sets and receive a 20% discount




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Loads of Love





Big Bold Birthday**





A Rose is a Rose**





Playful Petals**





Cheep Talk





Wonderful Favourites





Tiny Tags (wood-mount)





Tiny Tags (clear-mount)





Cottage Garden (wood-mount





Cottage Garden (clear-mount)



*From 2010 Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue

**Retiring stamp sets!

One of the important things to note is that three of the stamp sets on the list will definitely be retiring at the end of August so I would strongly suggest you consider ordering if they happen to be stamp sets on your wish list.

Cottage Garden is one of the stamp sets on the list and you can find it in the Autumn/ Winter Catalogue.  It is designed to co-ordinate perfectly with the Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper.  If you scroll back a few blog entries you will also see a mini scrapbook page that I created for Convention using these supplies

I have used two images from the COTTAGE GARDEN stamp set on my card below.  In this case I didn’t use the two step stamping technique.  I used the outline flower on the background of the card and then used the solid image in the centre of the squares.  If using the two step stamping technique instead I may have chosen to stamp the solid image in a lighter colour and then added the outline image directly over the top.  It’s great to have options- isn’t it!?

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!



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Sincere apologies

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I am really sorry about the lack of blog entries from me lately.  It has been birthday central in our place lately.  As you would have read in a previous entry my youngest celebrated his birthday at the end of March.  Since then I have had my birthday and my husband has celebrated his birthday.  Just the other day my twins turned 6 and very soon my oldest child will have his 8th birthday.  This weekend we will be having a birthday celebration so I have been busy, busy, busy, making invitations and birthday cakes etc.  I promise I will have some projects to share soon.  In the meantime… please head on over to the Stampamemory blog to see my most recent layout and the other lovely layouts from the Stampamemory Design Team

Here’s a sneak peek.  Please click on the image to see the full blog entry 🙂

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