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Dinosaur Extravaganza


My youngest turned 4 at the end of March.  It is so hard to believe that it was 4 years ago this little delight made his great entrance to the world.  The poor kid will forever be known as “the baby who arrived at home on the bathroom floor because Mum and Dad didn’t make it to the hospital in time”  He’s pretty cute though- isn’t he?

Prior to his birthday he told me that he wanted a birthday with “Dinosaurs, Dragons and Unicorns”.  I told him that might be a bit tricky and he should think about perhaps just picking one… we settled on DINOSAURS

First came the birthday invitations (featuring the stamp set called “Dinoroar” and also “Party this way

Then came the special day!

We had decorations to suit the theme and the birthday boy, “Luke-a-saurus”

…….and lots of Yummy Party food that fitted the Dinosaur theme (complete with labels I made using my Top Note Die in the bigshot and also stamped images from “Dinoroar”)

(It is hard to see in the photo but the pasta is shaped like dinosaurs)

(Just for the record no baby pterodactyls were harmed in the making of this party food)

(I’m probably not the most talented “Watermelon carver” but the kids knew what I was trying to achieve)

(The ‘brontosaurus bread” had little dinosaur shaped sprinkles on top- which you may have been able to see if I’d thought to take the plastic wrap off before I took a photo…..but I was more concerned about snapping a few shots before the hungry 4 year olds descended upon the food table)

A dinosaur party would not be complete without a volcano cake.  When it was time for the birthday boy to blow out his candles we added sparklers to the top.

Here is the birthday boy after blowing out his candles!

Luke had a lovely time handing out the ‘lolly bags’ at the end of the party

Luke even helped to cut out the “Fancy Favour Box” using the bigshot.  We made the handles using the strip from the “Tasteful Trim” Die

…..and of course the loot which included the traditional chocolate bars, sherbet sticks, candy rolls, party blowers, balloons and lollipops as well as dinosaur foam shapes, dinosaur stickers, dinosaur tattoos, dinosaur lollies and little dinosaur toys.

He had a lovely day and was spoilt with lots of lovely gifts.  There were even a few kids who went to the trouble of making lovely handmade cards for Luke.  One very talented Mum made the following gift for Luke

She’s very clever isn’t she?  She should accept some orders from people- don’t you agree.  (If you’re interested please get in touch with me and I can pass your details on to her 😉

I think I had as much fun as the kids did at the party just getting everything organised.  If there is anything you would like to know more about then please let me know!

Welcome Christmas


One of the “Christmas bundles” you can order to receive your FREE roll of ribbon is the “Welcome Christmas bundle”  You have the choice of ordering the clear mount set OR the wood mount stamp set.   This bundle includes the lovely “Welcome Christmas” stamp set as well as the “Christmas Cocoa Speciality Designer series paper” (which is only available during this promotion and is not in the Idea Book and Catalogue) 

 I have not seen the paper in real life yet but I have been told it is just beautiful with  gorgeous flocked designs.

I have used the “Welcome Christmas” stamp set to create the following Christmas card.  I used the  markers directly on the wreath stamp so that I could use several different colours in the one stamped image.  I later stamped out the word ‘joy’ and then cut the letters out using paper snips so that I could place them on top of the wreath.


I just LOVE the beautiful embossed image in the bottom right hand corner.  It reminds me of our little family tradition of the youngest child placing the Christmas Angel on top of the Christmas tree. 

Stamp Sets: Welcome Christmas, En Francais, Perfect punches

Colours: Garden green, Real Red, More Mustard, Whisper white

OTHER: Big shot and top note die, scallop circle punch, circle punch, real red grograin ribbon, clear embossing powder.

Happy thoughts make happy days”

This is a special card I made for a special friend on a very significant day!   I haven’t given it to her yet…so I hope she doesn’t sneak a peek before I have given it to her.  I liked the sentiment because I think that although it can be interpreted in many ways- it holds a special significance for me today.  Even at sad times- focusing on the happy moments and happy memories is very important.

I have used a few NEW items from the catalogue and actually ‘cased’ the design for my card from the front of the BRAND NEW catalogue.   The flower and sentiment is from the “Apple Blossoms” Stamp set which is a Level 2 HOSTESS stamp set (available when workshop sales reach $600)  I stamped the flower several times and then held the layers together with a small brad.

I have used a small amount of the “Greenhouse gala” Designer Series paper and Kraft (oops) CRUMB CAKE Cardstock (“Kraft” is now known as “crumbcake”  I  love the ever versatile “Top Note Die” and also used two of the embossing folders- “perfect polka dots” and “vintage wallpaper”

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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