Sewing, mending, costume making?

Today I am appealing to all of my friends and family, who like me, grew up in a family where you learned to sew a button back on, you learned to stitch a fallen hem back into place, you mended the holes worn in the knees of jeans. You stitched teddy's ear or arm back on and you stitched the lace back on dolly's dress when the manufacturer's glue gave way.

Sewing Box 2

If you had that kind of mother/grandmother/favourite aunty influence in your life, then like me, somewhere in your house - likely the laundry cupboard, or maybe in the bottom of the linen cupboard where the sewing machine is stored, you also have a mending box, whether its a traditional old style sewing box filled with tangled embroidery threads and buttons that came off long forgotten shirts or dresses, scraps of bric a brac and old quilt fabrics, pins, a needle threader, maybe even a thimble . . . 

Or you might have one of those streamlined, every coloured cotton under the sun cheap plastic mending kits that you can get in the supermarket - usually in the same aisle as the washing powders and the ironing aid (the what?? yes, I know!!).

Mending Kit

Pretty funky!

Maybe like me, you are the blending of a couple of household's and you have one of each style!

And like me, I bet you absolutely hate those cheap nasty plastic scissors with the round blunt end that come in the supermarket kit and don't cut anything, and also like me, I bet you are constantly frustrated when you go to your "good" sewing box, to get out your "good" scissors, because you need something fine and sharp . . . 


Because somebody borrowed them and nobody knows who, and somebody forgot to put them back and nobody can find them! Aaaaagggghhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!

I know that you know what I'm talking about! And if you do find them, they're either in little Johnny's crayon box all gunked up with some gluey stuff that's going to take a whole bottle of Eucalyptus oil to remove, OR, they are on the potting shelf near the shed and have been used to open several bags of potting mix because they're nice and sharp, right? Not anymore!

And like me, you go back and use the cheap nasty plastic scissors in the plastic mending kit, and you hack your way through the ribbon or the thread or the lace fraying the edges and sigh and say, "One day I will get a new pair of nice scissors for my sewing box . . . "

Today I am here to save you!!

It's time! And it's so easy - you don't even have to get in the car and drive to the shop!

You know that I am a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, and that Stampin' Up! sells a vast array of rubber stamping, cardmaking and scrapbooking supplies? Well, guess what? We also sell a super nice, very fine, very sharp pair of scissors!

Paper Snips

If you live in Australia and order these online from me, Australia Post will deliver them to your preferred address. They have thin, precision-ground stainless steel tips,  2-1/2" (6.4 cm) blades and include a safety cover for the blades.

Now you know you definitely want a pair for your sewing box, and if you are still helping younger ones with school projects, cutting and pasting pictures out of magazines to illustrate their projects, fussy cutting flowers, butterflies, motorbikes to adorn their school book covers, then you know you definitely need a second pair so you have one for threads, ribbon and lace, and one for paper!

And while we are talking about sticking pictures on projects, tell me about the state of the gluepots in your house?

I am traditionally a hoarder of glue. Especially white PVA liquid and woodworking glue. Every brand under the sun, every different size and shape bottle, cos you never know when you're going to need it . . . and all of them, clagged up at the top or congealed or separated. I did a clean up of our laundry cupboard not so long ago.  Maybe I kept one or two (Ssshhhhh!!) but I threw out a stack! They were useless!

Is it time you did a throw out? You know you are never going to get around to hacking those bottle in half with a knife and scooping out the glue to use up that way, don't you?

Stampin' Up! has a fantastic white liquid glue, in a bottle with a super fine tip so you can just get a tiny amount - and that's all you need. It's great for paper, felt, craftwood, buttons, feathers, card, egg carton dinosaurs, sequins . . . while you are ordering your one or two pairs of Stampin' Up! Papersnips, why not get a nice fresh easy to use liquid glue too?

Tombow Liquid Glue

Why am I appealing to my non-stamping, non-cardmaking friends and family today?

Well, my lovely stamping customers have been amazingly supportive, and over the years they have bought a lot of supplies from me, and still do so with my monthly classes, stamp club and other events. This month (September) is the last month of the Stampin' Up! year, and over the past 11 and a half months I have been working to try to achieve the Stampin' Up! Annual Incentive Trip. It's not a competition you can win, it's a point system much like Fly Buys, where each sales dollar of products ordered from me over the year, accrue to earn me points towards the trip.

There are two weeks left to earn points and I am so, so close. But I need to give a bit of a push, so I am reaching out to the sewing box owners and the mums and grandmum's who help with kids homework projects and the dad's that fix things with wood and leather, and makers of dance costumes and Book Week costumes . . . . I have brilliant scissors and glue that will be perfect for all of you and you can order online without even needing to leave the house!

I just need another $1,300.00 in product sales and I can say to Tony that I am taking him on the trip of a lifetime - an Alaskan Cruise courtesy of Stampin' Up! If 20 or 30 of my friends and family order a pair of scissors (or two) and a bottle of glue, that's going to make your sewing box happy, and it's going to really help me reach my goal by the 30th of September.

You can click on any of the images to order them online.

Thanks for reading my little story today!


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10 for 250 VIP Group update!

Late in August I started the most amazing offer I have ever come up with, full of free and extra goodies for you lovely stampers and to help me get enough sales before the end of the Stampin' Up! year (30th of September - yep, this month!) to earn the 2018 Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip - an Alaskan Cruise for Tony and I.

To make this unique and first time ever offer work, (and guarantee me a place on that cruiseship) I need 10 amazing people to become 10 for 250 VIP's. I had 4 people sign up in August, now I  need just 6 more. Just 6 people.

Three (3) people will get a half price item (any item from the current Stampin' Up! catalogues), seven (7) people will each receive $45 in free product and one person will receive a $250 Stampin' Up! shopping spree.

Click on the picture below to get all the details, and email me today to say you want to be in it!



Note: If we don't get 10 people in total, every participant will still receive at the very least, $25 extra product.

Watercolor Christmas Project Kit

When I first glimpsed this kit in the Holiday Catalogue, I kind of thought, "Cute, but ho hum . . . "


THEN . . . I saw one of my lovely team members creating cards from the kit while she was on our casual kiosk at Chirnside Park Shopping Centre, and I changed my tune! These cards are so bright, cheery AND EASY TO MAKE!

The kit contains all the pieces you need to create 20 cards, 5 each of 4 designs. And did you notice the gold foil envelope inserts? Oh MY!! they are the shiniest gold paper inserts you ever saw!


And there is a co-ordinating stamp set with cute Christmas sentiments, as shown in the pictures above - OR you could use Christmas greetings already in your collection.

I ordered the kit for myself, and shared it at last week's We Create Wednesday class. The pieces included are great, and you don't have to stick with just the designs in the kit, you can come up with your own projects using the pieces.

Watercolor Christmas Stampin' Up (2)

We made 3 of the cards from the kit, and we added extra gold stars using retired star punches, gold foil card and some gold glimmer paper, and on the red card we added the cute mini tinsel trim.

Then . . . we stepped away from the kit designs and cut up one of the cards, to make a matchbook cover instead.

Watercolor Christmas Stampin' Up (1)

The Matchbook Cover holds a sheet of Stampin' Dimensionals, and because this little gift can be used any time of the year, we went away from the Christmas Greeting and stamped "For You" instead. This particular sentiment stamp comes from the Thoughtful Branches stamp set which was an amazingly popular limited edition set we had for a short time last year.

The other thing I did differently is stamp the greetings with Tranquil Tide ink instead of Basic Black which is what the kit suggested. I think the dark green is so much nicer than a black greeting.

Last week I featured lots of the product bundles from the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue and offered a small extra item with every bundle ordered. This week I am looking at all the gorgeous bundles in the Holiday Catalogue and since my sales goal for the 2017 Stampin' Up! year continues until the end of September, I am going to offer some beautiful ribbon to anyone who orders the 3 products below.

See the cute striped ribbon in the photo of the matchbook cover? It's $12.00 for a roll of 9.1 metres. I will send half a roll, (4.5 metres) to anyone who orders the Watercolor Christmas Project Kit, Watercolor Christmas Stamp Set and Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin' Pad during September. 

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Order online by clicking on the thumbnail pictures above, and when I receive confirmation of your order, I will post out your ribbon separately.

Just keep Stamping!!


Cardmaking Ideas for Men #GDP103

GDP103_Theme_For_HimI hear the same thing so often, and I agree! It can be a real struggle to find products and come up with cardmaking ideas for masculine cards. So I love that the Global Design Project team has inspired and motivated us with a masculine themed challenge this week for #GDP103.


My latest masculine card idea inadvertently came from my husband a couple of months back, for a card that I could give him. I tucked the idea away secretly in a safe space in my brain and let it perculate for a few weeks, so I could make it into his 2017 birthday card.

So where did the idea come from?

Apron Template

A couple of months ago, Tony did a weekend leathermaking course and he came home with a borrowed template to make a leatherworkers apron. I helped him make his own template - funny how I had all the right tools in the stamping room, along with a steady enough hand to cut all the curves freehand with a craft knife . . . 

He was so rapt with the finished template, it got me thinking, this year I could get away with making him an "Apron" birthday card. And so, I did!

Leather Apron Card (1)

I used a full A4 sheet of our Soft Suede Card Stock, cutting 2 each of 1cm wide strips from the long side of the A4 card for the straps before scoring the remaining card in half for the apron.

I used one of our Oval Framelits to draw a pencil line for the curves at the top of the apron, and since I was not at home at the time, I cut the curves just with my Paper Snips.

I then sponged the edges of the card, straps and pocket with Soft Suede ink and one of our sponge daubers.

I hand drew the stitching with an Early Espresso Stampin' Write marker and stamped the tools from Guy Greeting Stamp Set on Sahara Sand card with Soft Suede ink and cut them out with the Paper Snips too.

Leather Apron Card (2)

I cut an insert from Whisper White card for the inside and stamped it with the same tools and words from the Guy Greetings Stamp Set.

Leather Apron Card (3)

I softened the straps by running them over my bone folder (like you do when you are curling ribbon) to break all the fibres in the paper, then scrunched each one up tightly and smoothed it out again. This helped to ease the card into an envelope without having to actually bend the straps, or leave obvious crease marks in them.

Leather Apron Card (4)

I told Tony he was getting the best birthday card ever, and by his reaction, I think it must have come pretty close!

I'm so glad that the timing of his birthday / Father's Day worked in so well with this week's Global Design Project #GDP103 Theme - All About HIM. I wouldn't have wanted to post the photos of his card BEFORE I gave it to him LOL!

His birthday is extending out for another week anyway as one of his gifts was a Paddock to Plate Long lunch which we are going to enjoy this coming weekend. Let's hope the weather has warmed up a little by then! In the meantime it's perfect stamping weather, so I'm going to keep stamping! So many stamps! So little time!

If you'd like to come and stamp with me, I am planning a stamp afternoon in my stamping room on Saturday 16th of September - weekend after next. Look out for further details to come out in the next day or two.

Stampin' Up! Product V.I.P.'s



I am currently running a very special VIP 10 for 250 challenge.

I'm looking for 6 more people to place orders totalling $250 of product - when 10 spaces are filled, 1 of those 10 people will receive a $250 Stampin' Up! shopping spree. You can place your own $250 order to claim one of the spots, or gather orders from friends and as a $250 hostess you can claim a spot.
If your wishlist has been growing since the Annual Catalogue came out in June, now's the time to grab some of those items because until the end of August I'm offering a stack of extra freebies to the first 10 people who order $250 of products.
If 10 people place $250 orders before the end of this month three (3) people will receive a half price item - any current catalogue item - could be a Big Shot, or a set of Framelits, a bundle. AND seven (7) people will each be able to choose an extra $45 (minimum) in product for free. 
Also, once all the orders and Stampin' Rewards are claimed, all 10 buyers names will be entered in an online random name selector and the person chosen will receive an extra $250 Stampin' Up! Shopping Spree!! Yes, that's right! Another $250 to spend on your favourite Stampin' Up! Products! 
What are you waiting for? Four spaces have already gone and there are just 6 left. Get in touch and I'll help you with your order.

The Nitty Gritty!
If ordering online, be sure to include this Host Code PZHD26P6

Failure to include the Host Code means your order will not count in the 10 and you will receive just $25 in Stampin' Rewards instead of $45 or a half price item.
Can you imagine what you can buy with a $250 shopping spree?

Reward products can be selected from the current Annual Catalogue, or from the new Holiday Catalogue which starts on September 1st.

Shop online right now! 

When you shop online, I receive an email with your order total. As soon as the 10 for 250 challenge is full, I will use the random number selector to pick a winner!

(Not open to entrants from ACT or SA due to gaming restrictions in those states).


Every year Stampin' Up! offers an amazing all expenses paid Incentive Trip to demonstrators and their partners. We earn the trip by accruing "Flex points" (kind of like Fly Buy points) by undertaking certain activities all year, these include our product sales, recruiting new team members, leading our team, participating in Stampin' Up! run promotions.

I achieved the 2013 "Grand Vacation" and Stampin' Up! took Tony and I to Utah for the most amazing holiday! We loved every minute. This year, the trip on offer is an Alaskan Cruise, and I am working so hard to try to achieve it. I'm getting closer by the day, and am miles ahead of where I was this time last year. I would dearly love to achieve this trip, and every single order you place counts. That's why I want to reward you in return!

Don't forget, if 10 people place $250 in orders, all of the 10 people will get extra free products or a half price item and ONE of those people will get a $250 Stampin' Up! shopping spree from me!

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Cardmaking with Coordinating Product Bundles

Coordinating products sure do make cardmaking easier for successful, eye-catching projects.

Yesterday I looked at 5 Stampin' Up! product suites that include product bundles and a range of coordinating papers, ribbons and embellishments. Today I give you 5 more, each with a free gift if ordered from me by the end of August.

1. Celebration Time Bundle (page 81).

Celebrate Time Bundle

Buy the Celebration Time Bundle together with the Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper and receive a gift of 2 metres each of 4 gorgeous sparkly ribbons - the Basic Black, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party and Powder Pink 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon.

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2. Oh So Eclectic Bundle (pages 132 & 133)

These are such beautiful coordinating products. Every card I have made with this product suite so far, I have loved because the products compliment each other so beautifully!

Oh So Eclectic

Buy the Oh So Eclectic Bundle, together with the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper and the Naturally Eclectic Card Overlays and receive 2 metres each of luxurious Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon in 4 colours

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3. Colour Theory Suite (pages 146-147)

The beautiful Colorful Seasons Stamp Set and Seasonal Layers Thinlets Dies are complimented perfectly with several coordinating products including paper, ribbon, glitter dots and Memories and More Cards.

Color Theory Suite

Buy the stamp & thinlet bundle, along with the Colour Theory Designer Series Paper Stack and receive a packet of the Glitter Enamel Dots as your free gift

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4. Wood Textures Suite (pages 158-159)

I adore these country style designs with the warmth of natural timber - so cosy!

Wood Textures Suite

Order the Wood Words Bundle and the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack and receive a roll of the delicious versatile Copper Trim as a gift.

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 5. A Little Wild Bundle (page 108)

These dear little animal stamps make gorgeous swing tags when teamed with the Little Loves Framelits Dies - perfect for welcoming a new baby.

A Little Wild Bundle

Purchase the bundle, along with the Bundle of Love Cardstock Pack and a packet of Linen thread and receive as your gift 2 metres each of the gorgeous Ombre Ribbon, so soft and gentle for your baby gifts.

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 The Fine Print:

All items can be purchased separately as well.

Click on the items to shop online. Or contact me direct to order. If you order online, your free gift will come separately from me after your order is finalized. If you order direct with me, your gift will be enclosed with your order.

My 50-50 promotion is still running. Anyone who orders one of these bundles (total product value around $100 mark) will get 2 entries in the 50-50 promotion - ie 2 chances to win a $50 Stampin' Up! gift voucher.

Yesterdays' Post with 5 other bundles.

Cardmaking success with Stampin' Up! Product Bundles

Do you sometimes get stuck with your card-making ideas, because even though you have an idea in your head, sometimes the products you have in your stash just don't quite go together?

Eastern Palace products

Stampin' Up! Product Suites ensure product co-ordination problems are a thing of the past!

Stamp sets have matching cutting tools, papers have co-ordinating patterns and even images to cut with the same tools, ribbons and embellishments compliment the colours in the product suite. It's a real win, win and sure makes creative cardmaking a whole lot easier and whole lot more rewarding with the stunning results.

You can get everything you need in some awesome 10% off bundles to create gorgeous papercraft projects, plus, because I am trying really hard to reach a sales goal which will a) help me advance in demonstrator title, and b) help me earn more points towards the Stampin' Up! annual Incentive Trip, if you buy one of these bundles with the listed coordinating product from me, before close of business on 31st August, 2017 you will receive the pictured extra coordinating items for free, from me as a little thank you.

1. Eastern Palace Product Suite (page 18-19 of Annual Catalogue)

Eastern Palace products 1

Buy the Photopolymer Bundle plus the Specialty Designer Series Paper, receive the beautiful Gold Vinyl Stickers as a free gift. 

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2. Coffee Café Product Suite (page 30-31)

Coffee Break Suite

Buy the Photopolymer Bundle, plus the Designer Series Paper, plus the Corrugated Elements, receive 2 metres each of the Soft Sky, Crumb Cake and Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbons to really enhance your projects

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3. At Home Bundle (page 54)

At Home Bundle

Buy the At Home Photopolymer Bundle plus the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and receive at packet of Boxwood Wreath Embellishments to hang on those doors and make them look so Christmassy!

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4. Birthday Memories Suite (pages 68-69)

Birthday Memories Suite

I just love that the Birthday Delivery Bundle includes stamp set, Framelits and Designer Series Paper and that many of the images in the paper can be cut with the framelits! Buy this bundle along with the Balloon Honeycomb Embellishments and receive 2 metres each of the 4 coordinating Stitched Edge Ribbons - that's 8 metres of ribbon in Old Olive, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie and Rich Razzleberry. 

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5. Happy Birthday Gorgeous Suite) (pages 76-77)

Happy Birthday Gorgeous Suite

For Gift Packaging, gift tags and gorgeous greeting cards, you can't go past the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Suite. Order the Stamp Set and Thinlets Bundle, together with the luxurious Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper and a roll of Berry Burst Fine Woven Ribbon to tie your packages and receive a packet of matching Mini Gift Bows. So Cute

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Don't you just love all the delicious product coordination? I know I do! It sure makes creating easier.

If you would like to order any of these product bundles, you may contact me direct or click on the image to be taken to the online shop to order for yourself. If you do order online, your free gift (listed with the bundle items) will be mailed to you separately from me after your order is finalized.

Don't forget I am also running a 50-50 board at the moment, so anyone ordering one of these bundles will have their name on the 50-50 board twice and will have 2 chances to win a $50 Stampin' Up! gift voucher.

I will be back tomorrow with 5 more fun product bundles to keep you creating successfully!

Making Merry Monday #9

Whooops!!! Well, it's not Monday!

But it's only just a little bit after, right? LOL

And I did do a Facebook Live video solely for Making Merry Monday!

Here it is! WATCH VIDEO


I'll be back tomorrow with lots more bundles of products from the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue to share with you - with some Freebies I am offering this month!

Buy the Carols of Christmas Bundle here. 

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Favourite Colour Combinations

ArtWH Fav Colour

It's another Thursday evening blog hop with my stamping friends on the Art With Heart Stampin' Up! Team and we are exploring our favourite Stampin' Up! colour combinations.

Choosing the right colour scheme can be essential to your design and with Stampin’ Up!s stunning collection, there are 50 colours to choose from. There’s sure to be some combinations that work really well together and you can take inspiration from.

If you are starting here, or if you've already been hopping through the blog roll, welcome. I would love you to leave a comment at the bottom before clicking on the arrow to go to the next blog. You can do a full circle of the blogs and come right back here, just by clicking the "Next" arrow at the bottom of each one.

Art With Heart July 2017

Recently I have been playing with the colour combination Night of Navy and Whisper White. These two are a power packed pair of colours on their own, but I LOVE how together they can be combined with nearly every other colour! 


And one of the loveliest things to do is apply our favourite colour combinations to brand new Product Suites, or look at the colours in new packets of Designer Series Papers and discover gorgeous new colour combinations that you may not have thought of yourself.

I have loved experimenting with the Oh So Eclectic Product Suite which includes stamp set, framelits and beautiful Designer Series Paper, which really lends itself to Night of Navy and Whisper White base cards with a pop of colour.

Oh So Eclectic cards

Oh So Eclectic card 1

Z-fold card

 Using Night of Navy and Whisper White as your base sure makes an elegant, bold statement, no matter which other colour you add to the mix.

I'd love to know what you think, so please leave a comment and then it's time to continue on the blog hop to the blog of the very talented Andrea Roberts. Click on the arrow to go there.

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Making Merry Monday#8

Hey there!

Can you believe its Monday again?

And its almost over! Just sneaking in a really quick Making Merry Monday.


Our lovely Stamp Club ladies got to create a couple of Z-fold cards last week to compliment the other Be Merry Christmas Cards I had finished earlier.

They made an awesome display at our casual kiosk on Friday.

I'll be putting together some Christmas card stamp-a-stacks for coming weeks.

Let me know which weekday you can attend.