rich razzleberry – Miriam Thomas

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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

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A favourite card


Today marks Day 7 of my making amends promise! I hope you’ve enjoyed popping in each day to see the projects. 

For today I have a favourite for you.  I was inspired by a few things I saw at Convention to help bring this card to life.  I saw a divine card (created using the MEDALLION stamp set) on one of the display boards at Convention.  Unfortunately I don’t know who made the card but I loved it.   Shelli Gardner (SU CEO) also shared a gorgeous little box/ bag during a presentation on stage and I took elements from that I loved.

I wanted to add my own little “spin” to the inspiration I drew from Convention and used a stamping technique known as “EMBOSS RESIST” to create my card.  Here it is…….


STAMP SETS: En Francais Background, Medallion

CARDSTOCK: Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette, Basic Grey,

INKS: Rich Razzleberry, Basic Grey

OTHER:  Half back pearl from pretties kit, Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon,

TOOLS: Brayer, Crimper, Scallop circle punch, Bone folder

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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I’m back! Did you miss me? Well actually I haven’t been anywhere special since my last blog entry- I have just been INSANELY busy! To be honest I’m feeling a bit stressed and overwhelmed by how hectic it has been lately with  more adventures ahead……but hopefully things will start to settle down soon.  I’m sure you can all relate to feeling like this from time to time. 

I’m really sorry but I simply haven’t had time in the past few weeks to keep my blog up-to-date nor run any classes in my home.   I have had the best of intentions I have just been really time poor.    I am very excited to be heading off to Sydney in a few days time for the STAMPIN’ UP Convention.   It is a great opportunity to liase with other demonstrators from all over Australia (and even New Zealand) It is all about- Training, friendships, swaps, new products and ideas and even an Awards Night/ Banquet thrown in for good measure!   I will have lots to share about that when I return.  At the moment I just need to try and get myself organised so I can start getting excited!  So much to do and so little time!

For those who have been eagerly waiting for my newsletter I promise I will attend to that shortly after I return from Sydney.

Today I just wanted to show you a quick Mother’s Day card I whipped up for my Mum last week.    I also recently met some lovely ladies who made a variation of this card at an in-home workshop.  I have used the gorgeous FIFTH AVENUE FLORAL stamp set as well as the practical “Occasional Greetings” stamp set.  The colours featured on the card are Taken with Teal, Melon Mambo Rich Razzleberry and Kraft

Please be sure to check back tomorrow.  The next Stampamemory scrapbooking challenge starts tomorrow and I have my project to share with you



I think I have a new favourite Stampin’ Up! colour and stamp set.  Oh wow! I’m in love love love with the divine RICH RAZZLEBERRY.  It is a lovely rich deep colour- I can see myself using this on lots of projects- It is just gorgeous.    What’s great is that there is some gorgeous ribbon in rich razzleberry with a polka dot pattern.  I quite like the polka dot pattern but if it is not your thing you can simply flip it over and use the other side!

I have also fallen in love with the Medallion Stamp set! It is on page 17 of the Autumn Winter Mini and is only shown at 60% of the true size.  It is really beautiful and I can see loads of potential in this great stamp.   I just love it!

Here’s a card I made using the Medallion Stamp and rich razzleberry.  I also made use of the Rich Razzleberry Ribbon.   The photos just don’t the stamp and colour justice (It doesn’t help that I took the photo in bad lighting)

I couldn’t decide which orientation I liked best.  What do you think?


I used my Bigshot to cut out the tag using my SIZZLET 4-PACK DIES.  The greeting has been heat embossed in silver

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