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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.

teacher tins 1

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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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


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 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

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



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.






So….a quick flick through some photos on my computer and I’ve realised a whole month has passed since we celebrated Jared’s 11th birthday and I still haven’t added some photos from his party.  Time just seems to move at lightning speed these days!

In fact it is  hard to believe how fast the past 11 years have flown by

My ELEVEN year old

my 11 year old


before party


(picking out some music while he waited for guests to arrive)

I created his invitations using My Digital Studio.  (You can download a free trial of this super program here)

jared invites

The evening consisted of lots of music, lots of loud laughing and chatter, silly photos, dancing and happy faces!

I kept the “guest gifts” pretty simple.  It was mainly 11 and 12 year old boys who attended and I wasn’t sure how well “lolly bags” would go down with that age group.    Instead I covered chocolate bars in wrappers that I created in My Digital Studio and matched the design to the invitation.

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I also purchased some large lolly-pops and kept the ‘decoration’ super simple.


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My scallop circle punch is one of my ‘go to’ items especially for creating simple tags like thise above.   Please check out this punch and other punches in my online store here

I would loved to have made some ‘novelty’ party food but instead kept things pretty simple to appeal to the pre-teen age group.    The guests had savoury finger food, BBQ sausages in bread, pizza, soft drink, lollies and other nibblies.  I couldn’t resist making one small tray of ninjabread men just for a bit of  laugh.

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getting ready for party


The kids basically entertained themselves for the evening.  It was nice to sit back and just watch the kids enjoy themselves.  Most of the evening seemed to look like this….



The guests also had a bit of fun with our homemade “Photobooth”.  I snapped lots of crazy shots.  Here’s a small selection of shots…..

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Jared's 11th birthday cake_edited-1

I purchased some novelty candles that kept lighting up again over and over that got quite a few laughs!  Jared tells me his party was “Seriously epic”

jared birthday cake_edited-1


Phew- and that’s our household’s birthdays over for another year! 🙂

It is only a month before the new catalogue is officially released! Although that is incredibly exciting- it also means that we will see a lot of gorgeous products retiring from the current catalogue

something for everyone


Click here to view the list of retiring stamp sets

Click here to view the list of retiring accessories


Please contact me if there is anything you would like to order before it is SOLD OUT.  Alternatively you may wish to shop online through my store (This is a great way to view all of the retiring products)

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It is hard to believe that it has been a week since I’ve returned from the Stampin’ Up! Convention in Brisbane.   I had such a lovely time.  There is nothing quite like being in the company of like-minded people enjoying what Stampin’ Up! has to offer.  A week of cocktails and evenings out for dinner and great company instead of the school run and endless piles of washing is always a bonus too!


I arrived in Brisbane at what would have been 3am WA time and I got no more than 1 hour’s sleep on the plane after a journey that started at lunchtime the day before.    Fortunately there was lots of fun and inspiring stuff to keep me (mostly) awake for the day at our Leadership sessions.   On that first evening we had a special Manager’s Reception where we were treated to an absolutely divine meal and showered with lovely gifts.   Most of all I just enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with lots of lovely friends

Claire and Miriam manager's reception


miriam and sue

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(L-R Kathryn, Kylie, Claire, Genna, Me and Sue)

name in lights


empty dinner plate


sue and miriam

(I mentioned like-minded didn’t I?)

leadership night

In the  days that followed we had inspiring presentations,  ‘break-out classes’, opportunities to see NEW products up close, sessions in the main theatre, displays, memento mall, prize patrol (give aways) award presentations and even a live band and dancing at our ‘after party’.  I received a Leadership award.  It is always so lovely to congratulate other demonstrators on their awards too.   We were rapt to see sneak peeks of new products and even got our hands on the brand new 2013-2014 Catalogue.  (Don’t worry it won’t be long before I will be able to share it with my lovely customers and friends)

the stage


memento mall

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memento mall 2

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displays at convention

flowers on display

miriam and claire leadership awards


One of the highlights for me is seeing CEO and Co-Founder Shelli Gardner presenting on stage.  I always love her warmth and inspiring projects.   It is no wonder Stampin’ Up! has just moved from strength to strength in the past 25 years.  I left Convention inspired to “Be the Difference”.

shelli's scrapbook pages


shelli's life is good journal

I’m already looking forward to catching up with everyone next year

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(Claire Daly and Me)

awards night 2

(Miriam Thomas, Kylie Bertucci, Sue Madex)

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