Thoughtful Branches limited-time bundle

For a limited time, August 2-31st you can purchase the exclusive Thoughtful Branches bundle, if you have Bonus Days coupons from shopping in July you can use those to go towards the purchase of it. It is a super versatile bundle that would suit many, many occasions all year round.

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The bundle features a fabulous thinlits set

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Plus the co-ordinating stamp set (hint you can also cut the apple image out with your Tree Builder punch if you don’t want to use the thinlit).

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Don’t forget if you purchase them as a bundle you will save 10% and supplies are whilst stocks last, available form August 2nd.

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Angel Policy & new stamp set

Stampin’ Up! have just released a beautiful new stamp set called “I Stamped This” and is a collection of 16 rubber stamps and is available in wood mount #137049 $44.00 or clear mount #144274 $31.00 from now until the end of the current annual catalogue on May 31st 2017. This set is the perfect way to let people know that you have created something just for them, be it baked, sewn, stamped or just because!

137049GTwo of the images comply with our Angel Policy (as does the ones from the “Better Than Email” stamp set) where:

Stampin’ Up! welcomes artists who would like to use our stamp images in their own handstamped craftwork that they produce to sell. Therefore, we give permission in the form of a limited licence to use any Stampin’ Up! stamp images for the purpose of creating craftworks for sale under the following criteria:

  1. Each craftwork created for sale must be personally and individually hand-stamped by the selling artist and may not be reproduced or copied in any form by any means-graphic, electronic, or mechanical-including photocopying. Mass production, assembly-line construction, production by workers for hire, or syndication of hand-stamped craftwork for sale is strictly prohibited.
  2. All of Stampin’ Up!’s images are copyrighted, meaning that they may not be copied without permission. To help protect the rights granted by these copyrights, all craftwork created for sale using Stampin’ Up! images must be marked with one of the images from the official Stampin’ Up! Limited Licence stamp sets shown in the Idea Book & Catalogue.
  3. There are no quantity limits on for-sale, hand-stamped craftworks that abide by the restrictions as stated in this policy.
  4. Completed, hand-stamped projects may be sold at competitive and non-competitive permanent retail locations, as well as temporary craft events, community fundraisers, and over the Internet. In selling hand-stamped projects, the seller must make it clear that the items are hand-made, and not a product of the company. The seller may indicate that the supplies used are from Stampin’ Up!, but the Stampin’ Up! logo may not be used in any way for the sole purpose of promoting the sale of hand-stamped projects.
  5. Stampin’ Up! images may not be used to create logos or trademarks.
  6. Persons creating hand-stamped items for sale are responsible for complying with any state, territorial, or local business and tax regulations.
  7. Persons participating in this Angel Policy assume all liability for suitability of their work and agree to indemnify Stampin’ Up! and its artists from disputes arising from their work.
  8. Stampin’ Up! Australia Pty. Ltd. is incorporated in Australia as a Proprietary Company. The company is headquartered in Sydney, Australia. The laws of the State of New South Wales and the federal laws of Australia shall govern this policy. The District Courts of New South Wales and the Federal Courts situated in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, will have exclusive jurisdiction over any proceeding arising from this policy. Any failure by Stampin’ Up! Australia to enforce any of its rights will not constitute a waiver of such rights.
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Baby Bear

How realistic does this baby bear stamp image look? He’s such a beautiful vintage bear and he is doubly special as he was my OnStage prize in Sydney so he was my beautiful gift for being a demonstrator, Stampin’ Up! really are very generous.

I went a bit crazy making things with him for my catalogue launch party, but this was the first card I made with him that I sent to my uplines as they didn’t get to go to the Sydney meeting for different reasons and I was sad that they missed out.


The bear I prefer to stamp from darkest to lightest inks and were Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede & Crumb Cake and the bow & sentiment were done in Marina Mist and Dapper Denim.




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To Chalk Marker or Not to Chalk Marker?

Have you ever made a card and then couldn’t decide whether to add a certain embellishment or not? Normally the result of the addition is a clear yes or no as to if  it improves the final card or not……but in this instance the final verdict is still out!

I was making some thank you cards which means that they would either have a Crumb Cake or Whisper White base as I do tend to favour the notecards for this type of thing and I just used Basic Black ink so as not to overcomplicate things using the new Flourishing Phrases.


I liked the clean look of the card, but then decided to add some contrast to the card with the Chalk Maker pen (because well it was on my desk at the time) and then I couldn’t decide if the card looked better with or without the Chalk Marker – what do you think?


I do have an aversion to naked envelopes, so I added some flowers to the front and my new favourite little stamp for Better Than Email to the back – how true is that sentiment!


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Bonus Days!


Did you get everything you want from the new annual catalogue yet? Since it only came out a month ago, you probably still have some items on your wish list, and
we have some great news for you! For every $90 you spend in between 7 July and 31 July (before shipping and handling), you’ll get a $9 Bonus Days coupon that you can use 2–31 August. This is a great opportunity to shop from your wish list, whether you buy your favourite products now or later in August with your coupons!


  • Promotion Period: 7–31 July 2016
  • Redemption Period: 2–31 August 2016
  • An email address is required to participate in this promotion; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered via email.
  • It is strongly recommended that participants both save emails containing their Bonus Days coupon codes AND write down the coupon codes in a safe place. Codes cannot be resent if the email is lost, and lost codes cannot be recovered.
  • Bonus Days coupon codes can be redeemed for any product, excluding Starter Kits.th_social1_bonusdays_demo_july0716_us
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iPod punch art

So I might have a backlog of a few posts – I realised last night when I was having an insomniac moment that I am a couple of years behind with my blogging! I do 40 weeks of Crafternoon Tea classes a year which involves 4 projects each week and have between 5-18 people attending (averages 10), plus team meetings, private classes, fundraiser projects, stamp-a-stack, swaps for convention, custom work, thank you cards………… you can see I’m pretty much creating around 2000 items a year and I’m lucky if I’m blogging 50 of the projects a year……so I’m open to how to resolve this dilemna if you have any suggestions!

Anyway this was a project from like 3 years ago, but I found the punch art card when I was cleaning up last week so thought I’d share it with you now.


Even though the sentiments on the card have long retired, I’m sure you could replace it with something similar.


Have a good week & happy stamping.


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Sprinkles of Life Medley

Opps so I had a heap of blog posts from the last annual catalogue that I forgot to schedule amidst the melee that has been my life for April/May – good news is that things are settling down and our senior instructor is now out of hospital so I’m not working 7 days a week at the moment (three and a half weeks of that was sufficient thanks) & hoping to get some more craft done & maybe even blogged!

I was thrilled to see in the new annual catalogue that the Sprinkles of Life stamp set is carrying over, not at the Ronald McDonald House Charity set again, but just as a normal part of the catalogue. Here are a few of the items I made with it last year, that I didn’t blog, some are CASEd and some are original .

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I can’t wait to order the new Ronald McDonald House Charity set, My Hero, it looks amazingly versatile and great value at $37 for clear mount or $50 for wood mount!


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Annual Catalogue Launch Party

Come along for a wonderful afternoon/evening full of fun and creativity on Saturday June 11th. Get a copy of the new 2016-2017 Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalogue, be inspired by displays, participate in 3 make ‘n takes, see new products being demonstrated, enjoy refreshments, go in the draw for door prizes, have lots of fun & more!

Sessions are 12-2pm, 3-5pm & 6-8pm

Cost is $10 and payment prior to the event is essential – numbers for each session are strictly limited. Payments can be done in person, direct debit or PayPal

Annual Catalogue Party Session Time

If you cannot come to the Catalogue Launch Party, but still wish a copy of the catalogue, please let me know and I will mail it to you, there is an $8 cover charge for the catalogue to cover their mailing cost (this will be refunded to you when you place your first order over $50 with me) you can pay on the below link and I will get it in the mail to you ASAP.

NB: This is a customer only event, if you are a current Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator you are welcome to come along to my team meeting at 7pm on Thursday 30th of June where we will be discussing all of the new Catalogue items as well as having the opportunity to complete the same make & takes.

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Paint the town red, blue, yellow, orange or green!

I made a birthday card for my talent sister-in-law in March and as she is a mixed media artist (you can check out her website here) I thought I’d make her a card in basic black and real red ink featuring  the hostess set Love You Sew, only available until the end of March.


Then I made a second one in multi colours just for fun!


What colour would you like to paint the town in?


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Chocolate Cherry Ripe Slice Recipe

So a huge favourite at Pizza & Papercrafting evenings and Catalogue Launch parties is this gluten free chocolate cherry ripe slice. It’s made by my wonderful friend Sue, who has generously shared the recipe with others and gave me permission to share it here as well.

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3 eggs, lightly whisked at room temperature

2 cups desiccated coconut

1 cup castor sugar

100g packet glace cherries, finely chopped

icing sugar to dust

  1. Preheat oven to 18o’C (160’C fan-forced)
  2. Grease and line a 30x20cm slice tin with baking paper
  3. Place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high in 30s bursts, stirring until melted and smooth.
  4. Spread the melted chocolate evenly over the base of the pre-prepared pan & chill for 10 minutes or until set.
  5. Combine egg, coconut and sugar in a bowl. Store in cherries. Pour over chocolate in pan, level surface. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden. Cool completely in pan (slice will firm)
  6. Dust with icing sugar to serve.

I do tend to just add the entire packet of cherries which is more than the 100g, so mine contains a bit more fruit than the original recipe, although this does vary depending upon assistance rendered by my young chef assistant!


Check out the next dates for events here and you might get lucky and get to taste this in person!


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