Monthly Archives: September 2012

Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamp Launch Goodies

I have to start this post with an apology to everyone who came to the Thursday night launch – you missed out on these….

I ran out of time for baking for the first event and even though Wonder Husband did a wonderful thing to try and make up for it, it wasn’t quite the same. I mentioned to ‘his awesomeness’ that I hadn’t made the cookies so he took it upon himself to look up a recipe for plain cookies, whip up a batch and deliver it once the launch was underway. A lovely, lovely thing to do indeed but what he hadn’t realised was that the whole point of baking the cookies was so I could try out the new cookie stamps! Oh well, his cookies were delicious – if a little less attractive than I’d intended!

My lovely cookies only made an appearance at the Sunday launch. They’re made with the new Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps! I used the Sugared Shortbread recipe included in the pack and the ‘Holidays’ set of cookie stamps.

They were delicious and so much fun! Not to mention super easy – once I made up the dough all I needed to do was roll it into balls and then ‘press’ with the cookie stamps before baking. How cool is that!

You can spend a bit more time and roll the dough into sheets, press the stamp into the dough and then cut out with a round cutter for perfect edges. But who needs perfect edges when they’re so delicious they need to be sampled straight away!

Each set of stamps comes with 3 silicone stamps and a wooden handle. Everything is food safe and easy to clean. And only $29.95!

‘Holiday’ Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps – that’s the Jack-o-lantern image loaded onto the wooden handle!

‘Occasions’ Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps . (There’s three in this set too – the bunny is on the handle this time)

And the ‘Special Events’ Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps!


Catalogues are launched!

Thanks to everyone who came to my two Card Buffet catalogue launches – they were so much fun! For those who couldn’t make it, here’s a quick guide to everything that was on offer….

First up was the display of all the brand new products that we didn’t use on the day.

This was the chance to see things in the flesh and get a better idea of textures, sizes, quality, etc. than what you get from the catalogue – either in your hands or online.

First port of call for many was the In Colour station. Here you could collect your free sample bag and create an In Colour sample sheet using cardstock, markers and the brand new Ink Pads in the new firm foam style. There was also a free mini card to create using your choice of In Colours and the new Papillon Potpourri and Elegant Butterfly punch combination.

 Then there was the chance to pick up your new free catalogues and check out my upcoming classes.

 Then it was on to feature presentation – the Card Buffet!

This was a new concept for me and I loved it! Even better – it was a hit with everyone who came and tried it out too.

There were 8 cards to choose from and everyone could pick which ones they wanted to create. All they had to do was pick up the basket of tools and instructions, purchase the packet of consumables ($2-$5 each) and go find a spot to sit and create.

The Big Shot got a great workout with all those snowflakes, ornaments, christmas trees and labels framelits!

Most people created 2 or 3 cards, some even managed 5 0r 6!

Everyone who placed an order of $50 or more at the launch has gone into a draw for a share of the hostess benefits  – so several lucky ladies will find an extra something in their bags when their orders arrive!

Keep an eye out for future posts featuring the cards available in the card buffet.

And if you came along, leave me a comment and let me know what you thought!



Papillon Potpourri and Elegant Butterfly Free Mini Card

This is the free mini card you can make at my Catalogue launches – so even if you choose not to partake of the Card Buffet you can still go home having made a card.

This card is half the size of a normal A5 card and can be made in any of the five new In Colours.

And just in case you don’t make it to the launch, here are the basic steps:

  • Stamp two butterflies in black ink on the coloured cardstock of your choice
  • Punch them out.
  • Stamp antenna and a greeting on white cardstock.
  • Stick butterflies onto white cardstock with dimensionals.
  • Mat your white panel on matching colour cardstock.
  • Adhere to the mini card base.
  • So easy!



Stamp your butterflies in the middle of your mat. Once you’ve punched them out and covered them up with the white cardstock no one will ever know and you’ve saved yourself some cardstock!

Papillon Potpourri Wood $32.95 or Clear $25.95

Elegant Butterfly Punch $27.95 

If you’d like to come to my launch on Sunday 23rd September let me know. It’s any time from 2pm – 6pm but bookings are essential. See the previous post for more details.

And if you’d like to order the stamps or the punch it’s as simple as sending me an email. You don’t have to be at an event to order and everything can be shipped straight to you for just $5.95 or 5% – whichever is greater. And…if your order is over $300 you’ll also receive hostess benefits even if you haven’t actually been a hostess.



Come to a Catalogue Launch Card Buffet

To celebrate the launch of the two new catalogues this month I’m hosting a Card Buffet! Come along to this free event for your chance to have a play with all the new goodies.

Each date will include:

Free catalogues
Free package of sample products
Free mini card to create
Free product sheet to complete
Displays with sample projects
The chance to try out new products
Multiple prizes
Entry into the hostess prize draw for every $50 order
The option to partake of the card buffet

(Papaya Collage)

How the buffet works:

  1. View the range of projects to choose from.
  2. Select the ones you want to create.
  3. Purchase the ‘kit’ containing the consumable materials and instruction sheet. (Around $2 to $5 each)
  4. Locate the tools basket for that project.
  5. Get crafting.

Feel free to drop in briefly at any time or stay for the whole session and you can choose to make just one project or all of them. They will vary in skill level, products used and techniques – you may have spotted some examples of the types of projects you can create!

What you get from the launch is up to you. There’s no obligation to do the card buffet at all – there will be a mini card and a product sheet for you to get your hands inky with regardless. And I’ll be on hand to demonstrate and answer any questions.

  Thursday 13th SEPTEMBER

Any time between 7pm and 11pm


Sunday 23rd SEPTEMBER

Any time between 2pm and 6pm

Bookings essential. Click here.

(Googly Ghouls)

If you want to come along or you like the cards I’ve been creating, make my day and leave me a comment!



Shirt & Tie cards for dads

I was making some of these Shirt & Tie cards to sell  for Fathers’ Day while at my new market in Endeavour Hills recently when my family dropped by to visit. I didn’t think my boys were actually taking much notice of what I was doing – the free fairy floss, popcorn and jumping castles were more of a drawcard! But a week or so later I discovered that Zane (9) had felt inspired to make his daddy a Fathers’ Day card and this is what he came up with all by himself!

Zane told me he saw what I was making and knew Daddy likes to get dressed up so this is what he made. The idea, design and the making were all Zane – and I’m so proud of him!

In fact I was proud of both my boys who were so excited about giving Daddy a special day they could hardly sleep. Instead of going to bed they hid in their rooms and made presents and plans for a party that they put together for when we got up the next morning. They made signs and decorations, even Daddy-specific party games. They wrapped handmade presents and others proudly bought at the stall at school. I loved seeing them so engaged with the idea of giving and showing their dad that they love and appreciate him. We must be doing something right!

If you like the cards or this post, make my day and leave me a comment!




Totally Tools for my dad

Although the fabulous Totally Tools set is now retired I’d never actually used it to make my own dad a card. Considering this is the man who built his own impressive home – despite not being a builder or any form of tradie – I thought I probably should. So here’s the card I made for him for Fathers’ Day this year. It’s my take on the ‘spell it with shapes’ cards that have inspired me all over the place.

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I did a one-off market night at Koo Wee Rup last week and spent my time in between chatting and serving customers colouring and cutting all the tools out.

And here’s a close up of those tools, all watercoloured with Stampin’ Write markers and an Aquapainter. I love how the Basic Gray marker is just perfect for the metal parts. And although all the fussy cutting can take a while I find it really relaxing!

Farewell Totally Tools!

Totally Tools – retired

 And in case you’re wondering that woodgrain background came from the sadly also retired Well Worn Designer Series Paper pack. This was the first retiring DSP to sell out. It was hugely popular and wonderful for those tricky masculine cards.

Well Worn DSP – retired

While I’ll live with the very remote hope that it will one day return to the catalogue, I was heartened to discover that one of our new DSP packs contains woodgrain images:

Orchard Harvest DSP  – $18.95 in the Holiday Catalogue

(12″ x 12″ sheets – 2 each of 6 double-sided designs)

And, if that’s not good enough, we also have a choice of other woodgrain products:

Woodgrain Background Stamp (Wood) $30.95


 Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder – $13.95 in the Holiday Catalogue

(for use with the Big Shot or other die-cutting machine)

 Timber Stampin’ Around Standard Wheel – $10.95 in the Holiday Catalogue

(handle sold separately for $6.95)

So I guess those ‘woodworkers’ out there aren’t going to be disappointed at all!

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SEPTEMBER CLASS – Blooming With Kindness



When I planned this class I told everyone I would make something new and pretty. And I meant it. Here’s my soft and delicate antidote to all the masculine cards I’ve been making lately – three lovely cards featuring the new stamp set Blooming With Kindness. And all featuring something new and different. There are lots of new techniques to learn too – like the dry embossing by hand that gives the flower a raised look on the first card. It’s hard to see from the front in this photo…

…but if you look at it from the side you can see it really pop!

Then there’s the soft effect of the pillow background on the second card:

And a little sneak peak at another new stamp set and matching framelits dies:

The final card is quick and easy and showcases how a simple step like piercing holes can really lift a project:

And you’ll discover how easy it is to do with the brand new range of piercing templates. Here’s the Festive version from the Holiday Catalogue:

Festive Paper-Piercing Pack $13.95

 And finally, here’s a good look at the star of the show:

Blooming With Kindness Wood $39.95 or Clear $31.95

These cards would be perfect for any occasion – just stamp the greeting you prefer! And the designs and techniques will stand you in good stead for use with many other stamp sets too!




Thursday 6th SEPTEMBER 2012

8pm – 11pm


$20 per person or $10 with discount*


Friday 7th SEPTEMBER 2012

10am – 1pm


$20 per person or $10 with discount*

Children able to entertain themselves in the next room are welcome


Sunday 9th SEPTEMBER 2012

2pm – 5pm


$20 per person or $10 with discount*

Bookings Essential. Click here.


If you plan on coming to the class or just like my cards – leave me a comment!


Punch Art Bear for Daddy

It’s about time my new blog showed some of my creations, don’t you think!

I’ve wanted to use the ties from the stamp set Best Dad Ever on punch art since I first saw them. And this Fathers’ Day was my chance. I inked the striped one with markers and cut it out to add to the ‘Daddy’ bear card for ‘his awesomeness’, my Wonder Husband.

Best Dad Ever (Wood) $32.95 (Clear) $25.95

The bear was made using various Stampin’ Up! Circle and Oval punches. I’m really proud of this and so pleased because I didn’t go looking for inspiration first. I knew I was making a bear and just kept punching out shapes and rearranging, sponging, changing colours, etc. until I was happy with him. My big tip for ALL punch art projects is to sponge ink onto the edges of your shapes – it really does make a huge difference to how lifelike your creations look.

It’s also amazing how different he can look just by the placement of eyes, ears etc. And it’s funny but the skinnier versions looked younger too – even though all I was changing was the size of the main body! But doesn’t he look so huggable with his big round belly!

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The ‘Daddy’ letters were made using the now retired Timeless Type Alphabet Dies and my Big Shot. I had to use them because ‘Daddy’ and I had been talking recently about how much longer we’ll be Mummy and Daddy rather than Mum and Dad. Our boys are 9 and 6 so those days are probably numbered. Zane (9) recently announced that he would use the shortened forms because that’s what his friends do but he’s clearly forgotten about it and we’re not going to remind him!

Fathers’ Day this past Sunday was wonderful – it’s the first time in four years that I haven’t been working a market stall and leaving ‘his awesomeness’ and the boys to entertain themselves. And it was glorious Spring weather so we headed out to Point Nepean for the day, had a thoroughly good time, exhausted ourselves and came home very happy and, in my case, just a little sunburnt!

This photo was taken at sunset at the end of a pier – hence the addition of warm jackets on what was a stunning sunny day!

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Happy New Catalogue Day – Times Two

What better way to start off a new venture like this blog than with not one but two new catalogues.

The new 2012-2013 Annual Catalogue is now live.

2012-2013 Annual Stampin' Up! Catalogue Australia


 And so is the brand new large format bumper Holiday Catalogue.

2012 Stampin' Up! Holiday and Christmas Catalogue Australia

Have a browse, have a drool and then let me know if you have any questions or would like to place an order. Or even book in a new catalogue workshop at your place so that you can earn the goodies in there for free!

And if you don’t even know where to start then come along to one of my catalogue launches:

Thursday 13th SEPTEMBER

Any time between 7pm and 11pm


Sunday 23rd SEPTEMBER

Any time between 2pm and 6pm

Bookings essential. Click here.

Both launches include:

Free catalogues
Free package of sample products
Free mini card to create
Free product sheet to complete
Displays with sample projects
The chance to try out new products
Entry into the hostess prize draw for every $50 order
The option to partake of the card buffet – more details to come soon!

This is so exciting! I love this time of year! Enjoy!



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