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Beginners Stampin’ Kit

What items would be in my Beginners Stampin’ Kit?


I have had mostly new Stampers joining in my classes, since starting classes here in Mount Isa.

People often ask me what items that they need or should order first? There is no rules to this – just like stamping but these would be my suggestions on where to start.

This got me to thinking – What would I recommend as a basic starting Stampin’ Kit?

My Top Items would be:

1. Paper Snips (103579) $17 AUD
2. Bone Folder (102300) $12 AUD
3. Stampin’ Trimmer (129722) $50 AUD
4. Snail Adhesive (104332) $10 AUD
5. Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430) $6 AUD
6. Stampin’ Scrub (126200) $30 AUD
7. Stampin’ Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394) $8 AUD
8. Note Cards and Envelopes – Whisper White (131527) $10.50 AUD
9. A Set of Stampin’ Write Markers (Various) Abt $51 AUD
10. A Stamp Set of your Choice

With this basic kit you should be on your way to unleashing your creativity. There would be no waiting for Mary three seats down who is hogging the scissors or the Snail.

At the moment if you were to buy this kit you would get at least TWO Free items from the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue – That might be another stamp set or some cool paper or embellishments to add to your cards.

You can order these Items by contacting me direct or order online

Sale A Bration Class in Mount Isa, Queensland

Our first class for 2017 launched the Sale A Bration and Occasions Catalogues.

Class for 2017 Started with a bang! Watercolor Pencils, Framelits and Color Combos

We made the following projects:

The first card highlights the new water color pencils as well as the Inside the Lines Designer series paper (which you can get for free during Sale a bration). Who doesn’t love to color, each of the girls colored different things on this card. Get in QUICK the Watercolor pencils are selling FAST! I would hate for you to miss out.

I discussed ways to find inspiration – talked about where to go on the web. A color challenge which is where the inspiration for this card came from. You can easily google Stampin’ Up! Color Challenge and a heap of ideas will pop up. Try something new and get some new color combinations into your projects and cards.

At each class I try and teach a new skill or technique. We learnt about Framelits when cutting out the balloons for this card. Be Sure to check out a blog post coming to you soon. It will explain what Framelits are and how awesome they are.


If you are interested in classes they are held Monthly in Mount Isa and I would love for you to join us. Check out the links above or email me if you would like more information. I would love to see you find the creative bones that you may be hiding out or have been forgotten about. We are a friendly bunch and class is at an easy to access venue in Mount Isa.

Next Class is Sunday Feb 12th from 1-3pm. Cost is $25 and as its close to Valentines Day it may be a love theme!

Check out the Class tab above which details classes for the year and get your RSVP in so your spot is saved. EMAIL ME NOW

Occasions Excitement

Occasions Excitement 2017

Occasions catalogue is here!

There is nothing like the excitement of a new Stampin’ Up! Catalogue.

This one has got me super excited.

There are so many great things that excite me and inspire me to get into the craft room.

I thought that I would outline my Top 5 Buys:

My 5 Must haves of the Occasions Catalogue are:

Watercolor Pencils (p24) 

I have missed this in my life – There is so many cute projects that you can make with these babies. They are super versatile – use them on their own, with blender pens, with aqua painters or on watercolor paper.


Lift me up Bundle (p10)

There are so many projects that run thru my head when i look at this cute bundle.

This set will allow you to make many ‘just cos” projects.

The Sentiments in the stamp sets are just great and can be used for many occasions.

Birthday Bright Project Kit (p13)

New to stamping or limited on time then this is a MUST HAVE.

This will allow you to pump out the birthday cards so that you will always have one on hand for those emergency situations.

Beautiful You (p24)

Versatile stamp set of the year!

I can see water colors in pastels, stamping with brights for a bolder effect and special cards for the girls in my friendship circle.

The sentiments in this set would be great additions to project life pages.

Urban District (p47)

Last but not least – Its always tricky to make male cards and this set meets that demand.

The Embossing folder with those hexagons reminds me of checker plating on the back of utes!

Can I slip in just one more??

The Lace Doilies on p51 are super cute!

Very Vanilla on one side and Whisper White on the other – its going to be great for all those vintage products!

Whats in your top 5?

Do you agree with me or not? Comment below and let me know – maybe I have missed your favorite and need to study the Occasions more. Let me know 

Sale-a-bration is here for 2017

During Sale-a-bration (4th Jan -31st March 2017) you have not just one but THREE ways to earn FREE products: Shop Host or Join.

For each qualifying order ($90 Aus) you’ll earn a free Sale-A-Bration item – including orders from the new occasions catalogue!

Plus for each qualifying workshop that you host you’ll earn even more Stampin’ Rewards for your party sales.

Finally when you join my team you earn and extra TWO FREE STAMP SETS in your starter kit

Contact me today to start earning Freebies or shop online!

Click on the graphic below to see the freebies you can earn.

Sale-a-bration, Free Products, Sale 2017, Host, Join and Shop

Technique know how

Have you ever looked at a card and wondered how did they make that look like that? Or Wow that looks good but never be able to make it myself. It’s probably using a technique and I would love to show you how. Did you know that each month my newsletter includes a new technique? Why not sign up now and start learning?

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We all begin somewhere

First Card

We all start somewhere – This is my first card!

Beginning Stampin’ Up! Classes in Mount Isa, got me to thinking about when I first started my Stampin’ Up! Journey. This is my First card. Some of you may not know this story but some of you have been here since the beginning.

My Stampin’ Up! Story began on the back porch of a friends house. She showed me a Catalogue and I fell in love. The next day I went to a class with my friend. At the class, I knew I wanted it all and was hooked. I had resisted the urge to do Scrap booking before as it would require too much “Stuff”. Now I have a room dedicated to my collection of “Stuff”.

That moment on the back porch, is over eight years ago. I still get as much joy from making and giving a hand made card as I did back then. In that eight years i have made lifelong friends, I earn some extra cash and get to see the smiles on people’s faces when they say YAY I MADE THAT!!!

Send me an email and show me your First Card – Maybe sometime I will share my first scrap booking page it isn’t so pretty!!

Look out for my future posts about my items that beginners need to start their creative adventure.

Saleabration is coming and it will be a great time to buy a beginners pack as once you spend $90 you get to choose a freebie!! Saleabration is a great time to Join Stampin’ Up! as a Demonstrator – Maybe you will be just like me and want it all or love teaching others as a Demonstrator. Maybe you just want to be the first to know about whats coming or join in on the events that Stampin’ up! hold.

Looking for Ideas to get creative? Follow Me on Pinterest

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Pinterest – How do I describe this?


Its a place online that sucks you into a void of creative wonder, don’t approach unless you have at least half an hour spare.

You can see pictures of anything from Scrapbook pages, Card designs, 3D Projects, memory keeping ideas to Bon Jovi and what to make for dinner tonight.

I have a huge number of pins to explore with loads of ideas.

There is a board specifically dedicated to the God “Bon Jovi”.

Why not click on the pic above and be linked to my page and click to follow me.

I love receiving pins too so feel free to tag me or send me pins.

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What is an In Home Workshop?

In Home Workshop. Relaxed fun with friends while being creative

A In Home Workshop, is a relaxed fun creative time in the comfort of your own home.

All it takes is getting a few of your friends or family together and leave the rest to me.

Benefits to you include: Exclusive Host Only Products, Free Stampin Up Rewards, you get to keep all the cards that I demonstrate and its an easy activity to have some fun with the girls (or guys!)

I live in Mount Isa, Queensland and I available for In home workshops around Mount Isa.

If you are not in the Mount Isa area we could try an online workshop instead.

We could have a catalogue party as an option too.

Get in touch with me via email

12 Weeks of Christmas 2016

Are you aware we are less than 12 weeks to Christmas? Have you even thought about handmade cards, presents or gift wrapping?
If you are member of my mailing list – Get ready to start receiving my 12 weeks of Christmas Emails – Cute Projects and Great Ideas to get your creative mojo on!
If you are not on my mailing list – join up now.
Feel free to tag a friend or share this post so your friends don’t miss out!

12 Weeks of Christmas

Do you love Ribbon?

RibbonDo you love ribbon as much as me?

This week I posted on my Facebook page a couple of questions. One was a simple Embellishments or Ribbon?

I thought hands down the winner would have been ribbon but it wasn’t.

I own a box of ribbon that I have had since I was a child. This box is full of ribbons that belonged to my Mother and Grandmother. There is different colors and thickness of satin, patterned and plain ribbon, pieces of lace and the occasional button. I was sometimes allowed to wear one in my hair to school or I just played with them when i was sick in bed.

I still have that box of ribbon, but it has grown to include ribbon I have collected. Some of the original ribbon in on quilts or craft projects. Some has been given away on handmade birthday cards or scrapbook pages.

I would love to know if you treasure and love ribbon as much as me. Maybe you have a stash of handed down ribbon. Do you have a box of ribbons that you love?

Swanky Envelopes using paper WOW!

I love that I can make my own envelopes that match the cards that I have created.

Use the Envelope Punch Board to make different sizes to suit your projects. Its so quick and easy! You can make the envelope any size to fit too

Envelope paper can be found on Page 176 in the Catalogue. It’s available in the “In colors” and is great value.

Would love to see what color combos you make and the different sizes you make with this cute paper. It can be ordered here 

Its in on the Top 10 list for sure! Don’t you think that’s pretty swanky?

Swanky envelopes


Time of Year Card

Thinking of you

Being a Stampin Up! Hostess gives you the chance to order Hostess only stamp sets. This card uses one of the hostess only stamp sets – Time of Year.

The great thing about this set is that you can alternate the greetings. I would love to see what cards you make with this set.


Stamp Set:

Time of Year (Photopolymer 141790)


Watermelon Wonder (138323)

Cucumber Crush (138324)

Night of Navy (126970)


Daffodil Delight (131259)

Cucumber Crush (138333)

Watermelon Wonder (138333)

Paper: (including cutting dimensions):

Whisper White Cardstock (106549 –  12.5 cm x 8.5cm, plus spare for birthday piece)

Watermelon Wonder (138341-  A4 Piece cut in half length ways)

Affectionately Yours DSP (141632- 14cm x 10.5 cm)


Flirty Flamingo Ruched Ribbon (141426) 3cm piece

1 inch circle punch (119868)

Bone Folder (102300)

Snail Adhesive (104332)

Stampin Dimensionals (104430)


1.      Fold the Watermelon Wonder Card stock in half along the long side and crease well with a bone folder to create your card base.

2.      Attach the Double sided paper to the card base with snail

3.      Ink up the Thinking of you greeting with the night of navy ink and stamp towards the top half of the white card stock.

4.      Ink up the words “on your” with cucumber crush and stamp it about a third of the way down the left hand side of the white card.

5.      Ink the watermelon wonder and stamp the birthday greeting banner. Cut this out, apply the ribbon to the back and stick to card with stampin dimensionals.

6.      Using Markers ink up the small three flowers and randomly stamp on the blank areas of the white card stock.

7.      Stick white card stock to main card.

8.      Post it or give it away!

Vanilla Lace Trim – How I love vintage

Vanilla Lace Trim – How I love your Vintage look






Very Vanilla Lace Trim is on page 179 of the Catalogue and is $12.25AUD/$15NZD with product no 141672. On the roll there is 4.6 metres and the  lace is 1/2″ or 1.3cm wide

It would look lovely on the vintage quilt that I am working on. Can you imagine what you could do with it? I would love to see what you make with it.




Very Vanilla lace trim is cute and sweet. While it isn’t handmade bobbin lace (another one of my craft delights),

It deserves a place in the Top 10 Must haves.

I just love the Vintage style and this lace fits my love! I picture many vintage projects and gifts with this.

Lace is an easy way to add style to your projects. Tie it, loop it, wrap it, cut it. Stampin’ Up has the styles you love in the colors you want.

Vanilla Lace Trim