Monthly Archives: December 2013

A White Christmas in Melbourne!

It was for us! His awesomeness outdid himself this year creating a winter wonderland with a view of snow from every window, four large Christmas trees (and 3 small ones) and over 3000 twinkling lights.

Wonder Hubby had volunteered (yes, volunteered) to host my family’s Christmas Day gathering this year, with over 40 people, and he was determined to do it right. Being an insomniac, most of the work was done at night and there were many mornings where me and the boys would awake to the sight of something new appearing either inside the house or out. The results were amazing!


But what really blew me away was this video, recorded on Christmas Eve, just after Father Christmas had visited:


Can you tell he feels just a tad guilty about emigrating from the UK and being away from his family at this time of year? I hope they enjoyed his little glimpse into Christmas at Gifford HQ, oh and the dozens of photos he uploaded to Facebook throughout the day too!

I hope you all had as wonderful a time as I did and are now equally enjoying the ‘recovery’ too!



Santa’s List Pop Up Projects 2

Here I am, back with another Stamp Club project featuring Santa’s List.

You can find the first one here.

This time the project was both a card and a box all at the same time!

It looks simple enough all tied up and flat…


But when you take off the ribbon and gently pull it open… SURPRISE…there’s Santa poking out of the chimney!


Once again, he was watercoloured using an Aquapainter and ink pads. And there’s enough room behind him to add some tags, a gift card or even a small gift.

This Box Card is much easier to make than it looks. You use a single piece of A4 cardstock and no adhesive. Once you get the folds in place and your decorations on, it turns this…

Into this…


Here are the details of the stamp set again:

Santa’s List (Holiday p31)
Wood (131808) $27.95
Clear (131811) $21.95

Merry Christmas to you and your families.

Have a wonderful, jolly time!


Santa’s List Pop Up Projects 1

I love, love, love, this stamp set from the current Holiday Catalogue. And I especially love to watercolour that jolly Santa image. 

Santa’s List (Holiday p31)
Wood (131808) $27.95
Clear (131811) $21.95

In my final 3D Stamp Club for the year (and for this round of the club, sob, sob) we made two projects featuring a watercoloured Santa. And both of them had pop up surprises.

This card was the first one. Santa is so perfect for the feature the card barely needs any other embellishment at all.

When you pull the tab at the top, Santa slides back to reveal the rest of the message…

And once it’s open you can leave it in place to display in easel mode or fold it flat to fit into an envelope.

You can write your message on the back or on the rest of that red tab so it too is revealed when the card slides into place.

I’ll be back shortly with the other project – there’s plenty more of Santa to see yet!



Clearance Rack Update

The clearance rack is now going to be a PERMANENT feature of the online store.

New products will be added at any time so make sure you keep an eye out for some super deals on temporarily returned retired stock.

When it launched a few days ago some of the products flew out the door but there are still plenty of bargains to be had.

Click on the button below to check them out.


Some of the bargains include:

Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch
(122464) WAS $44.95
NOW $17.99

Candy Wrapper Bigz Die
(120890) WAS $55.95
NOW $33.59


Cheerful Treat Designer Series Paper  – Previously HOSTESS ONLY!
(122381) WAS $18.95
NOW $7.59

Rich Razzleberry Ink Pad (old style)
(115658) WAS $11.95
NOW $4.79


Scallop Dots Ribbon – Marina Mist 9.1m
(122986) WAS $14.95
NOW $5.99





Festive Flurry Sliding Cracker Card

This Cracker Slider Card was designed as part of last month’s Stamp Club and has proved extremely popular. We even made a matching envelope using the Envelope Punch Board.

The card is quite a complicated and time consuming one to make but your efforts pay off by the bucketload when you see the look on someone’s face as they open it to reveal a hidden message.

Or you could hide a gift card in it for an even bigger smile!

The secret to the smooth mechanism is….believe it or not…strips of plastic bag! You really have to get your hands on it in person to understand what I’m talking about but the movement of the ‘slider’ is so gentle and effortless and definitely not what you’d expect at all from a card.


The decorative details were made using the Festive Flurry stamp set and matching framelits in the gorgeous cool colours from the Winter Frost papers in the Holiday Catalogue.

Festive Flurry Stamps and Framelits
Get it as a bundle for 15% Savings 
Wood (133284) $95.95
Clear (133285) $83.95
Also available as separate products (see the Holiday Catalogue)


And here’s a final close up of that flurry on the front:


I’ve had a lot of requests to teach this in a general class but I’m afraid I just can’t fit it in before Christmas. If you like what you see though, let me know, and if I get enough interest I might just be persuaded to design a similar non-Christmas card for an upcoming class.




Brand New Clearance Rack

It’s back!!!! There’s a clearance rack sale starting tonight with retired products at up to 80% off!

We don’t know any more than that yet, but if it’s anything like last year a lot of products will sell out fast!


The sale is strictly limited and ONLY WHILE STOCKS LAST, so make sure you get in quick.

Once it’s live you can place your order online by clicking the button below. If you haven’t ordered though my site before make sure you give yourself time to set up an online account so you’re ready to go as soon as the sale is live!

Otherwise, email or call me on 9705 2553
with your order and I’ll place it for you.
Don’t delay and miss out!

There is no minimum order.
There is no special requirement.
Anyone can order at the discount prices.

  • Orders can be shipped directly to you and postage is $5.95 or 5%, whichever is greater.
  • Online orders require a credit card.
  • If ordering offline through me, payment is due at time of ordering.
  • Credit card payments and cash will secure your order immediately.
  • Orders paid with cheque or direct transfer will be placed when the money has cleared.
  • Hostess benefits apply to ANY orders over $300 even if not placed during a workshop!

I’ll try to send out another update tomorrow when we have more details, but for some items that may be too late so keep an eye on the online shop from midnight tonight!


Club Penguin Puffles Aplenty!

It was birthday time at our house once again and for Devon’s 8th birthday party he chose a Club Penguin theme. Well, more specifically, a Puffle Party theme. You might have to be the parent of an 8-year-old to understand what that is! Here’s a clue…


Puffles being round and fluffy I was a bit stumped about how to turn them into themed goodie bags for his party. So I took inspiration from Zane’s earlier Minecraft Party and thought outside the BOX!



We used the now retired Fancy Favour Box die and this time left the curvy edge on to represent the crazy hair. Then all that was needed were a couple of punched shapes for eyes and a hand drawn mouth. Devon loved them and so did his friends.


We carried on the Puffle theme with coloured Puffle Cookies…


And of course a Golden Puffle cake! I thought this was going to be a disaster – why on earth did I think I could ice such jagged edges without it falling apart! But we got there in the end and the last minute addition of the black outlines saved the day. Although I thought they were going to melt away and start dripping down the cake! Here’s the end result:


…which Devon took great delight in massacring when it came time to take a knife to it!



I do love working with the boys on their birthday themes. And I will be rather surprised if I don’t find myself working on at least one Doctor Who themed party next year! All ideas gratefully accepted.




A Whole Lot of Love

– Exclusive products to show you care!



These products, including stamp sets, treat bags, cards and cute little monster valentines will only be available for a limited time.

Click on the images below to download the flyers for more details:


Let me know if you’d like to purchase these products 
or order them using the direct link below.

OR CALL 03 9705 2553 OR EMAIL

Here’s a quick look at just a couple of the products:

Sweetheart Treat Bags $8.95 for 12

Monster Hugs $9.95 for 18 – available as girls or boys!

Flowerful Heart Wood Mount Stamp $16.95



Best of…Love

As part of Stampin’ Up!s 25-year anniversary celebration we’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 December set helps share the love…
Best Of Love:

132987 Best of Love
(available in clear-mount only) $25.95

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’‘Best of Christmas’‘Best of Birthdays’ and ‘Best of Sale-a-bration‘ are still available too!



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