Monthly Archives: February 2014

Hip Hip Hooray – A Brand New Card Kit!

Everything you need to make ALL these cards.

For just $34.95.

Hip Hip Hooray!

It really is that easy. The only thing not included in the kit is the scissors (and I can help you with that too if you don’t have a good pair)!

I love the colour scheme for this kit!

Don’t you think it would make a fantastic gift for someone wanting to start making their own cards? It’s the perfect solution if they don’t yet have much in the way of tools and supplies.

Kit Contents Include:

  • Cardstock for 20 cards
  • Envelopes for 20 cards
  • 3 piece Hip Hip Hooray Stamp Set
  • Clear stamp block
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Twine & Clips
  • Basic Gray Stampin’ Spot (mini ink pad)
  • Adhesive Die-Cut Embellishments
  • Full Colour Instruction Brochure

Included Hip Hip Hooray 3-piece stamp set


 Or  let me know you’d like to purchase one.



February Give It A Go Class

Come along and make a card like this one and
have fun with one of our newest colours – Bermuda Bay!

What are the
Give It A Go Classes
all about?

 $10 Per Person

Wednesday 26th FEBRUARY
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.



Love You To The Moon Wonder Hubby!

I love Valentine’s day! So does Wonder Husband. We know it can be overly commercial but just can’t resist the excuse to indulge in something that lets us demonstrate how we feel for each other. Not because we’re supposed to because it’s February 14th. Not because the marketers want us to splurge on presents. Not because we expect it or demand it of each other. But because it feels good. It’s an excuse to be happy. It’s a reason to stop and think and not let the daily routine be our focus. And we make sure our boys see us making a fuss of Valentine’s Day too so they see there’s nothing wrong with declaring your feelings and letting them show. So we took them with us for a special Valentine’s dinner out – an early sitting so as not to disturb those wanting a more traditionally romantic dinner. Well that, and because we had plans to cuddle up on the couch and revisit When Harry Met Sally once we’d got them into bed!

Here’s the card I made for His Awesomeness this year using a series of hearts cut from the Hearts Collection Framelits. His response when I gave it to him was ‘It’s a bit pink isn’t it!’ This was said with a smile but it was in all seriousness. Here I was deliberately going for blue/green shades so that despite the imagery it wasn’t overly feminine and his colour blindness left him thinking it was pink! Seriously. He sees this as pink. Just as well he likes pink!


And here’s a close-up of the of the details. There’s paper piercing using one of our fantastic templates, sanded back Core’dinations cardstock, sponged ink, strings of bling and the new metallic Baker’s Twine. I went to town on this one and enjoyed every second of it! 


The stamp is from an already much-used set from the new Occasions catalogue:

Love You To The Moon (Occasions p25)
Wood (133140) $42.95
Clear (133143) $33.95

And before I go I have to share the card His Awesomeness gave me. He saw it in the shop and couldn’t believe how apt he thought it was for the two of us!




My Awesome Cool Kids

And Awesome Swaps!

I took part in a card swap recently. This is where a group of demonstrators get together to create a number of copies of the same card on a particular theme and send them off to a coordinator who sends back a whole pile of different cards made by all the other participants. It’s a great way to get ideas and samples in different styles without having to buy all the products. This one was for the new Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogues. Here’s my contribution:


I took my colour inspiration from the Retro Fresh suite of products in the new Occasions catalogue. And I used the Hardwood backround stamp along with the Cool Kid set that I HAD TO HAVE the moment I first saw it.

Cool Kid (Occasions p29)
Wood (133122) $41.95

Clear (133125) $33.95


I also used the new Scalloped Tag Topper Punch – a new favourite tool that can be used for soooo much more than making tags! More on that later.

Scalloped Tag Topper Punch (Occasions p35)
(133324) $39.95

Also available in an Angled Top shape

And now for one of the reasons I HAD TO HAVE the Cool Kid stamp set – I knew my boys would love it! I just didn’t know how much.

After I’d made my pile of swaps there were various bits of leftovers on my desk. The instant my boys saw them they were asking to have them. They often ask to have things that I’m creating and are used to getting a negative answer because they want things I’m making for a specific purpose. So their jaws dropped this time when I said yes. They weren’t going to wait for me to change my mind and pounced on my desk to set about creating something from their new-found treasure.

Here’s Devon’s… 


And Zane took advantage of being slower to get done and used up everything else he could find: 

It was one of those moments where my heart just swelled that they were getting so much enjoyment from joining in with something that I love to do.

Can you tell that I love my job?



Best of…Greetings

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 February set has everything covered…
Best Of Greetings:


133485 Best of Greetings
(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’ , ‘Best of Sale-a-bration‘,  ‘Best of Love’ and ‘Best of Brides & Babies’ are still available too!



Sweet Sorbet Whichever Way You Look At It

Same card, 10 different looks!

You may have seen this card from my February class using the Sweet Sorbet DSP from the Sale-a-bration range


Well here it is again, and again, and again…all I’ve done is changed the choice of patterned paper from the Sweet Sorbet pack. Believe it or not, all the patterns made it look like the card had been designed especially to coordinate with it.










There are 12 different patterns in the pack and only 2 of them didn’t work very well with this design – both were pretty monotone and didn’t include either the Pistachio Pudding of the card base or the Summer Starfruit in the thread and the scallop circle. But I thought 10 out of 12 was pretty amazing and it meant that my class attendees had lots of choices when making their cards. Can you spot the patterns I didn’t use?

Until 31st March you can get this 12″ x 12″ paper pack for free when you spend $90 on products from any catalogue!

Learn more about Sale-a-bration here.




Sale-a-bration Class Flip Card Video

Want to see what’s inside?

As promised, I’ve recorded a video to show you how the Thank You Flip Card from this month’s Sale-a-bration Class works. It’s pretty basic but it gives you an idea of what it’s like in real life. Thanks to Zane for being the extra pair of hands I needed! I’ll just need to turn off my Mummy Eyes for a moment and not notice the state of his fingernails!




FEBRUARY CLASS – Sale-a-bration

3D projects using Sale-a-bration products!

This is your chance to try out some of the goodies you can get for free if you spend $90 or more on Stampin’ Up! products before the end of March.

Find out more about Sale-a-bration here.


So come along and make these three 3D projects –  there’s a swing card, a multi-fold card and a cute little 9-square thank you note.


Thursday 6th FEBRUARY

8pm – 11pm


$20 per person


Friday 7th FEBRUARY

10am – 1pm


$20 per person

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

Click here to book now


Here are the three projects in a little more detail. First up the swing card:

 In addition to the Sale-a-bration papers, stamps and thread, the card uses the new Circle Card Thinlits Die.

Circle Card Thinlits Die (Online)
(133480) $55.95

 Here’s a look at the other side of the ‘swing’ part. Not a fan of the pattern on the paper? No worries, the same card works with almost all of the patterns in the Sweet Sorbet pack!
And a close up of the stamped greeting on the front:

Then we’ll be making this Multi-fold Card:
We’ll be making our own patterned paper for this one using the Petal Parade stamps.
And the close up shows a stamp from the You’re Lovely set. One stamp, stamped three times and layered together:

Finally, here’s an idea inspired by a swap I got while on the Grand Vacation in Utah. German demonstrator Silvia Werner gave me a sweet little blank version using the then new In Colours.

I knew I wanted to use it to send a message and was over the moon to discover that the one I wanted to use had exactly the right number of letters.
This is a tricky one to understand from still images so I’ll be back soon with a quick little video on how it opens and folds. 

Bookings essential




Create & Chat Group on tomorrow!

 This new group has been a bit on and off over the Christmas/Holiday period but is now ready to kick off again tomorrow. Everyone is welcome!


 Make a card (like the one below) 

Meet new people 

Make time for you! 



Just $5.00 per class.
Only an hour in your busy schedule.
No experience necessary.
No tools required
Loyalty rewarded with free classes.


The group will be held every fortnight on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month.
Choose   10am—11am   OR   8pm—9pm


 OR grab some friends and suggest a time that suits you better. I’m willing to start a new group if there are three or more starting members.


To book into the Tuesday MORNING group
(10am to 11am) use this button:  

Bookings essential


To book into the Tuesday EVENING group
(8pm to 9pm) use this button:   

Bookings essential



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