Monthly Archives: October 2013

New Thinlits Card Dies

Yay, they’re here!!! These are another product I first saw while I was in the US and have been waiting and waiting to get my hands on them for myself. Now finally I can.

In just one step these dies make fantastic, shaped cards that flip. There are two designs to choose from and they both come with an array of accessory dies to help you decorate your cards.

Thinlits Card Die – Circle
(133480) $55.95


Thinlits Card Die – Label
(133479) $55.95

Additional Information:
• The Circle Card Thinlits Die comes with 10 total pieces;
the Label Card Thinlits Die comes with nine total pieces.
• Card base: Unfolded: 15.2 x 14 cm Folded: 10,8 x 14 cm


Coordinating Products:

Label Card Thinlits Die:
• Happy Day Stamp Set (130294 (W) or 130297 (C) )
Circle Card Thinlits Die:
• Worth the Wait Stamp (item 131091 (W) )
• Five-Way Flower Stamp (item 131088 (W) )

Both card dies pair well with:
• Oh, Hello Stamp Set (131931 (W) or 130733 (C) )
• Yippee-Skippee! Stamp Set (131341 (W) or 131344 (C) )
• Really Good Greetings Stamp Set (130330 (W) or 130333 (C) )
• Regarding Dahlias Stamp Set (130324 (W) or 130327 (C) )


This was the first flip card I made…

Subscribe for free today and let me know you’d like this one. 


It’s hard to see the ‘flipping’ part in photos but here are a few more views to give you a better idea. This is the inside…

And this is the back – with a special space to write your message to the recipient…

This great video from Stampin’ Up! gives you an even better idea of how the cards work:




New Envelope Punch Board now on sale

My favourite new tool is now available for purchase – the Envelope Punch Board!

I love how easy this makes making envelopes, boxes and more! It comes with instructions for 66 sizes of envelope in both inches & centimetres, it’s own scoring tool with handy storage spot and a reverse punch for rounding the corners. All in one board – yippeee!!!!

Envelope Punch Board
(133774)  $31.95

I first got to see this at the US Convention back in July…where I took this photo of the fabulous display of just how many different types and sizes of envelopes it will help you make:

I got my hands on it to have a play just a couple of weeks ago. And now I can finally show you some of the things I’ve been making:

I discovered how to make crackers in all shapes and sizes – and I loved my wedding one so much I expanded on that theme and made some other co-ordinating proejcts too. The little boxes are sooooo easy and you don’t even need any measurements.

And of course, it makes Envelopes!!! The two Perfect Plum ones in the picture below show the biggest envelope it will make – and the smallest, which is just perfect for this iTunes gift card.

Note the lined one – I just used the next envelope size down and layered them together. Easy!

And the Strawberry Slush one is an envelope box – perfect for using with cards with lots of dimension on the front, or for a nice little set of gift cards.

 Watch this video to see how easy it is to use:




25% off 25 stamp sets – 1 week only!

Celebrating 25 years of Stampin’ Up!



Ends Monday!


When shopping online,
use hostess code FPTU2XB2 
for your chance to win
a share of the hostess benefits!

Or email me your order directly and I’ll give you a call to arrange payment. I can accept Visa, Mastercard, Direct Transfer, Cash or Cheque.

Postage is 5% or $5.95, whichever is greater.
Delivered to your door Australia wide!

Click image for a printable flyer with
all the discounted stamp set images

Or scroll down to see them all here…

Hello, Lovely (p22)
W (130240) was $56.95 now $42.71
C (130243) was $45.95 now $34.46

Lots of Thanks (p29)
W (129687) was $39.95 now $29.96
C (129690) was $31.95 now $23.96

 Crazy Mixed-Up Love (p30)
W (131068) was $34.95 now $26.21
C (131071) was $27.95 now $20.96

Itty Bitty Banners (p30)
W (132022) was $27.95 now $20.96
C (126257) was $21.95 now $16.46

Label Love (p33)
W (130619) was $42.95 now $32.21
C (130622) was $33.95 now $25.46

That’s The Ticket (p33)
W (131946) was $39.95 now $29.96
C (128075) was $31.95 now $23.96


Oh, Hello (p34)
W (131931) was $44.95 now $33.71
C (130733) was $35.95 now $26.96

Yippee-Skippee (p37)
W (131341) was $32.95 now $24.71
C (131344) was $25.95 now $19.46

Zoo Babies (p54)
W (130453) was$48.95 now $36.71
C (130456) was $38.95 now $29.21

Cuddles & Kisses (p56)
W (131913) was $44.95 now $33.71
C (127314) was $35.95 now $26.96

A Dozen Thoughts (p59)
W (131056) was $46.95 now $35.21
C (131059) was $36.95 now $27.71

Gently Falling (p65)
W (128430) was $69.95 now $52.46
C (123804) was $55.95 now $41.96

Gifts of Kindness (p83)
W (130441) was $44.95 now $33.71
C (130444) was $35.95 now $26.96

Betsy’s Blossoms (p87)
W (131955) was $49.95 now $37.46
C (126006) was $39.95 now $29.96

Bright Blossoms (p89)
W (128424) was $28.95 now $21.71
C (125497) was $22.95 now $17.21

Apothecary Art (p107)
W (128415) was $60.95 now $45.71
C (125527) was $48.95 now $36.71

Gorgeous Grunge (p109)
W (130514) was $42.95 now $32.21
C (130517) was $33.95 now $25.46

 Happy Day (p112)
W (130294) was $37.95 now $28.46
C (130297) was $29.95 now $22.46


Hearts A Flutter (p124)
W (131922) was $44.95 now $33.71
C (129252) was $35.95 now $26.96

Morning Post Alphabet (p131)
W (132042) was $81.95 now $61.46
C (126592) was $65.95 now $49.46

Snowflake Soiree (Online)
W (127922) was $51.95 now $38.96
C (127925) was $41.95 now $31.46

Jewish Celebration (Online)
W (128042) was $44.95 now $33.71
C (128045) was $35.95 now $26.96

Ornament Keepsakes (Online)
W (128048) was $60.95 now $45.71
C (128051) was $48.95 now $36.71


Christmas Star Single Stamp (Online)
Clear only (134813) was $16.95 now $12.71
Use Clear Block F (118483) $28.95
– which is 12.4 x 15.2cm! This stamp is HUGE!!!!

A Gift For You Single Stamp (Online)
Clear only (134765) was $8.95 now $6.71
Use Clear Block C (118486) $11.95 – which is 5.1 x 5.7cm
Coordinates with Label Bracket Punch (132153) $27.95

Click for a direct link to the sale.

Remember, when shopping online, 
use hostess code FPTU2XB2 
for your chance to win 
a share of the hostess benefits!

Or email me your order directly and I’ll give you a call to arrange payment. I can accept Visa, Mastercard, Direct Transfer, Cash or Cheque.

Postage is 5% or $5.95, whichever is greater.
Delivered to your door Australia wide!

Feel free to ask me any questions.




October Give It A Go Class – Sponged Sunset

Come along and make a card like this one and
learn how to create a striking sunset!
(The greeting has retired but there are plenty more to choose from!)

What are the
Give It A Go Classes
all about?

 $10 Per Person

Tuesday 29th OCTOBER
10am – 11.30am
8pm – 9.30pm

Bookings Essential

If you want to come along please make sure you click the button above and follow the prompts to book your place.


Note: Anyone who would like to make a card like this at their own home workshop just let me know.



More Washi Tape ideas

I’m still having fun playing with Washi Tape and thought I’d share a few more things I’ve tried out. First up are some fridge magnets:

I had some photo paper with a magnetic backing, designed to go in my printer, so I just stuck some strips of Washi tape on it and carefully cut around the edges. The result is strip magnets that are strong enough to hold single pages of paper on my fridge. It looks like I’ve used Washi to tape the paper up there but of course I can use just the one piece over and over again.

Tape It
Wood (130712) $46.95
Clear (130715) $36.95

I wanted some magnets in colours that we don’t yet have in Washi Tape so I used the Tape It Stamp Set (given to me straight off the production line at the factory in Utah) to stamp directly onto the magnet paper in whatever colour I chose. And you just cut it out with paper snips. So simple!

Another great use for Washi Tape is to attach vellum:

This fantastic medium is notoriously difficult to adhere because you can see right through it. This & That Washi Tape to the rescue! Now my Joy To The World stamped sheet sits so nicely on top of my Pretty Print embossed background.

And finally, here’s one I was just having fun playing with to see how it went together. I used the Gingham Garden and This & That Washi Tape sets. I’m not entirely happy with the end result but I did love the discovery that you can stamp directly onto the Washi Tape surface!



Home Office Make & Takes

Back in July when I visited the Home Office in Utah we got the chance to sit under the atrium and get creative. There were four Make & Take projects, with plenty of fantastic new ideas to keep us busy – and a bunch of free products for us to keep! I said back in August that I’d show you them so it’s about time I did.

All the projects featured one of the Hostess sets from the Holiday Catalouge:

Perfectly You Hostess Set
Wood (131874) $21
Clear (131877) $17

And all projects also made use of the new Whisper White Notecards & Envelopes in a variety of creative ways.

Whisper White Notecards & Envelopes
(131527) $9.95
Cards 12.7 x 8.9cm, Envelopes 13 x 9.2cm
20 of each

The first project I made was a little sleeve and four mini cards:
 And here it is all closed up:

The next project was actually the first time I had a go with Washi Tape. And, as you can see, this one inspired one of the projects in my August class:

This is what it looks like all closed up:

The final project I made I actually had to finish off when I got home. I got the stamping and masking done but I hadn’t cut things out or assembled it.

My favourite thing about this project was the discovery that you can make the Basic Black/Very Vanilla papers in the Modern Medley pack match any project you like simply by sponging colour over the Vanilla sections. Brilliant!

Modern Medley DSP
(126926) $18.95
12″ x 12″. 2 sheets ea. of 6 double-sided designs.

And the fourth Make & Take I’m afraid I have no idea about. I think it was some sort of box but I didn’t even get anywhere near that table!



Frosted Finishes Jewellery

I just had to share how easy it is to turn our new Frosted Finishes embellishments into jewellery.

Making these earrings was as simple as using a pair of pliers to add a pair of hooks. And I’ve had comments on them every time I’ve worn them!

Who do you know who would love a pair of these in a handmade gift box for Christmas?

Frosted Finishes Embellishments
(132150) $11.95
12 pieces. 1.9cm

I promise you, photos do not do these little gems justice!

And with each one only costing about $1 and earring hooks easily available in craft shops for even less, you could churn out 6 pairs for under $15! Wow!

Send me some photos of your creations using these adorable little things!

Don’t forget you can get your hands on them in real life at my Winter Frost class this week!


Best of…Birthdays

As part of Stampin’ Up!s 25-year anniversary celebration they’re releasing some favourite stamp images from the last quarter century and combining them into 11 sets, which will be released one per month until April 2014. Even better, along with some great classic images from our previous catalogues there will be ones that never made it to Australia AND each ‘Best of’ set will also have a never-before-seen image!


The October set is the super fun set
Best Of Birthdays:

132929 Best of Birthdays
(available in clear-mount only) $25.95

Happy Birthday To You stamp coordinates with Extra Large Oval Punch 119859 $29.95
Clear Block advice: B, C & G

This set will be available until 30th April 2014 unless sold out earlier.


Let me know if you’d like to purchase this set

or order it online using the direct link below:

Remember ‘Best of Flowers’, ‘Best of Butterflies’

‘Best of Shelli’, and  ‘Best of Christmas’ are still available too!



OCTOBER CLASS – Winter Frost Suite

Sparkly, Shiny & Bright!

This class features three special cards showcasing products from the Winter Frost Suite – the Festive Flurry stamp set & dies, Frosted Finishes embellishments and the Winter Frost paper stack.

Festive Flurry Bundle – 15% Savings 
Wood (133284) $95.95
Clear (133285) $83.95
Also available as separate products (see the Holiday Catalogue)

Thursday 10th OCTOBER

8pm – 11pm


$25 per person


Friday 11th OCTOBER

10am – 1pm


$25 per person

Children able to entertain themselves in the next room are welcome!

Click here to book now

In this class we’ll be making three cards in a cool silver, white and blue colour scheme. One with a 3D snowflake: 

I’m loving those Expressions Thinlits for greetings!

 One card has a peekaboo window:

And a completely gorgeous Frosted Finishes embellishment!

And the final card has a spinning snowflake centrepiece!

Believe it or not, those snowflakes are embossed in Pewter, it’s just the gorgeous sunshine reflecting off it that makes it look gold!
Mmm, love that silver ribbon too!




Extra Hostess Benefits in October!

This month when your order reaches $400 you’ll get an extra $25
to spend on whatever you want from any current catalogue.

Valid for workshop, personal and online orders!

$400 orders get $85 instead of $60
$500 orders get $105 instead of $80
$600 orders get $125 instead of $100 (plus anything you want for half price)
For more benefits see p201 of the Annual Catalogue 

If you want a weekend workshop you’ll need to get in fast – slots are in short supply in October.
Plenty of weekday/weeknight dates available.

Or host a virtual workshop online.
Pool orders with your friends and get the benefits without the hassle.

Contact me to find out how!

Join Stampin’ Up! for just $25

Fantastic new promotion

starting on 7th October

For 2 weeks only you have the chance to become a demonstrator for the lowest price ever! 

Get discounts on all your purchases

Get access to loads of  exclusive craft ideas

Get started in your very own business

– do it for yourself but not by yourself!

The $25 Starter Kit includes:

$26.95 worth of Stampin’ Up! product (it must be more than $25, but not more than $26.95)

Business pack which includes

  • A box of annual catalogues
  • A package of the current seasonal catalogue
  • Getting Started DVD
  • Starter Kit Business Brick
  • Customer postcards

Go the Join My Team tab above for more information.


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