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The 2014-2015 Stampin’ Up! Catalogue Is Here!

20140901_AC_en_AUCatalogue PDF
Catalogue Corrections

Here are some of the wonderful new pretties that you will find inside:

Welcome to Project Life

Get ready for a scrapbooking revolution with Project Life! It helps busy people (so basically all of us) document life using photos and journaling in a quick, simple, and fabulous way. We’ve partnered with Becky Higgins, creator of Project Life, to offer a complete line of elite products.

Becky explains, “It’s called Project LIFE because it’s about YOUR LIFE. Whatever your life is. Whatever your stage of life. Whatever your family circumstances. Whatever your lifestyle. Project Life is designed to help anyone and everyone get their pictures into a book.”  In a nutshell, it’s all about spending more time making memories and less time scrapbooking them.

Colour your world happy with the new Blendabilities!


This and That and Retro Ways to Keep your Memories

As a child and later in my teen years, I loved making my own journals to keep track of my ideas, thoughts, designs and memories and I often used writing to get through some difficult times during my life.  In those days, I used A3 project books which were pretty basic and I prettied them up by covering them with wrapping paper, photos, brown paper or painted newspaper and used coloured pencils, markers, paint, calligraphy, lettering and fabric to decorate my pages and photos.

So…when Stampin’ Up! announced the launch the This and That range, I was pretty excited as these products bring back so many memories of how I used to scrapbook.  Even more exciting…there’s no need to wait for the new catalogue…This and That is available through my online store NOW!  I’ve ordered mine and it’s on its way and I can’t wait to share my work with you.

In seven days, I will start the Michelle Bridges 12 week body transformation program and I am going to use my journal to keep track of my journey.  Every week I’ll post a page of my journal that represents a week of the ups and downs of this life changing journey.  I’m so excited about this program and am so ready to take back control of my health and wellbeing.  What better way to keep track of my progress…through my love of papercraft.

Ok…enough about me…to check out the exciting This and That range, simply click on the pic below.


Happy scrapping!



Baby Album Project Part 3

Well…this one took me longer than I thought but I finally finished the next two pages. I made my own DSP for this one using the three main colours, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight and Rich Razzleberry and the fabulous stamp set, Betsy’s Blossoms. This is one of my go to sets and I just love it. There are also a few sneak peeks a from the Seasonal Catalogue which is due for release on Feb 1 and the lovely Tangerine Tango Stripe DSP is a sneaky peek of one of the Sale-a-bration gifites. Woo hoo…only 1 sleep to go.

Baby Album Part 3 page1

Baby Album Part 3 page2

Stampin Up! Supplies
A Fitting Occasion, Itty Bitty Banners, Betsy’s Blossoms, Raining Flowers, Hearts A Flutter (Seasonal sneak peek)
Card: Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Window Sheet
Paper: Floral District, Polka Dot Parade, Sycamore Street (Sale-a-bration sneak peek)
Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight and Rich Razzleberry
Fabulous Flourishes: Paper Doily (Seasonal sneak peek), Tangerine Tango Ribbon (Sale-a-bration sneak peek), Daffodil delight Designer Button, Whisper White Bakers Twine
Tools: Itty Bitty Banners Framelits, Labels Collection Framelits, Hearts A Flutter Framelits (Seasonal sneak peek), Petite Pocket Bigz Die, Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Adorning Accents Embossing Folder, Boho Blossoms Punch, 1” Circle Punch, NEW Stampin Trimmer, Big Shot, Bitty Butterfly Punch (Seasonal sneak peek)

Oh…by the way…did I mention I will be hosting a launch class to celebrate the release of the fabulous Seasonal Catalogue? Be sure to save the date: Sunday 3 February at 2.00pm. I’m just finishing off the designs for the class and hope to pop a sneak peek of what we will be making and the class price by the end of the week.

Also…don’t forget to book your workshop so you can take advantage of Sale-a-bration.  Remember…on top of your usual hostess benefits, you also receive a free item for every $100 you spend.  The brochure of goodies will be posted tomorrow so keep a look out.

Happy crafting!


Baby Album Project

Hi ya peeps

I’ve been very quiet over Christmas but I have been very busy creating.  I’m working on a big project, a sweet baby album for a friend and I’m busting to give it to her.  This is my first album and I’m so excited about how it’s coming along.  It seems like it’s taking me forever but I am busy with so many other things at this time of year I’m fitting it in where I can.  I’m also taking my time with it as I want each page to be something truly special. The book will have 13 openings, 1 for each month as well as an opening to share newborn moments.  So…rather than wait for the book to be done and pop all of it up at once, I thought I’d share as I go.  Here is the first opening which is the welcome to the little one page.

Baby Album 1

Stampin Up! Supplies
 A Fitting Occasion (my new favourite set – it’s fabulous), One in a Million, Make a Cake, Bloomin’ Marvelous (woo hoo, Sale-a-bration Sneak Peek), Itty Bitty Banners,
Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Window Sheet
Floral District, Polka Dot Parade, Summer Smooches,
Fabulous Flourishes:
Vintage Trinkets, Sycamore Street Tangerine Tango Button (Sale-a-bration sneak peek number 2), Pearl Basic Jewels, Naturals Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, Tangerine Tango Scallop Dots Ribbon, 3.2cm Square Punch, Adorning Accents Embossing Folder,
1” Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Banners Framelits, NEW Stampin Trimmer

Yep…I do have the new paper trimmer – thought you might ask.  And while I’ve got you… I just have to say it… This paper trimmer is, by far, the best I have ever used!!!  I have been through around 8 and am with most of them.   Three are completely useless because of one reason or another, one broke about the third time I used it and I didn’t get the chance to return it.  Another broke the first time I used it and I did return it – Not happy Jan!!  One cuts crooked, one is my old Stampin Up one and it’s had a pretty good work out and the other is my large Dahl rotary paper cutter.  That one is in an entirely different league and I use it mostly for workshop and class prep.  I love it too!

You know when you find a product where you can really tell that someone has sat down and thought about all of the things that annoy them and then design it so those annoying features no long exist?  Bit like the Dyson vacuum cleaner actually.  Well that’s what Stampin Up! has done with this little beauty.  Here a video so you can see for yourself.

Now…back to the book…sorry…got a bit too excited about the trimmer there eh??  Here’s the second page…

Baby Album 2

I’ve made the album basics using envelopes and using an accordian binding made from Polka Dot parade.  I had no idea what I was doing but managed to get it together.  I would have liked the binding on the other side but as I’ve decided that this is my year to not take things soooo seriously, no biggie.

Do you like the tags made using the stamp set A Fitting Occasion?  How cute is the little elephant?

A Fitting Occasion

I started with Floral District DSP to give me an overall colour theme of Lucky Limeade, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razelberry, Baja Breeze and Rose Red. I’m going for three colour combos in each opening.  The DSP will tie it all together.  I’ll also be using co-ordinating patterns from other packs, including Sale-a-bration and new Seasonal catalogue sneak peeks so be sure to look out for those.  I’m using Early Espresso to break it up – mostly where I’m stamping sentiments as I think it gives a much cleaner look.  And lastly…Whisper White which I’m using for photo space.

Check back tomorrow, I’ll be posting the next set of pages for the first baby month.  One of my favourite colour schemes…Rich Razelberry, Baja Breeze and Rose Red.

Happy crafting!



Heartfelt Scrap Page

Gosh it’s so hot here tonight (oops…it’s now morning and the birds singing).  I can’t sleep when it’s hot so here I am blogging again.  I’ve made a promise to someone that I would post this project and I’ve been looking forward to sharing this one with you all.  I hope you enjoy.

Christmas Scrap page

You can see that this page is a 3D pop up page. Boy did I have fun working out how to make this.  I wanted to create something really different for the Stampin Up Sydney Heartfelt Event and found inspiration from a pop up scrap page that I found in one of my magazines.  Whilst searching through my photos I remembered (yet again) that I had never scrapped one of my son’s Santa photos.  I’m sure I’ve tried to scrap one of these photos every year  for the past 10 years and my son is now 17! That’s when the idea of making a 3D Christmas tree hit me.  I have no idea where it came from, but you know what happens when you have these bright ideas…you then have to work out how to make it happen.  And I’ve got to say, I’m a bit tenacious when it comes to bright ideas.  Just ask my work colleagues.  I know they love it when I pipe up and say ‘I have an idea’.  The eye rolling is fantastic and I know it means that my plan is simply awesome LOL. Anyway, I digress.  So… there I was in my fabulous craft room and I looked up towards my stash of trusty punches and the Full Heart punch seemed to call my name.  Ok…maybe I’ve been spending a little too much time in my craft room lately.   But, once I had that sorted, the rest came together.

Here’s a quick tutorial and list of supplies.

To make the pop up page

  • Score across the page at 9.5cm (3 ¾”). Using your bone folder, fold the page to get a nice crisp fold. Open out the page ready for your background paper/s.
  • Adhere your background paper/s in any layout you like. I’ve used 2 contrasting pieces of DSP for my layout. TIP: The most important part when adhering your background paper is to make sure you don’t adhere over the score line.  If you want your pieces to look like one piece across the score line (like mine), you need to cut your sheets where the score line is and adhere both pieces as close as possible to the score line.  This step is important as it will ensure your page sits nicely.
  • Now turn your page over and place the paper in your paper-cutter at 10.8cm (4¼“) and begin a vertical cut at 14.7cm (5¾”) from the top of the page down to 22.8cm (9”).
  • Keep your page in your paper-cutter and move your page to the right to the 3.5cm mark (1 3/8“).  Cut another vertical slit parallel to the first.
  • Score across at the top and bottom in between the parallel slits.
  • Score across again at 2cm from the top score line.
  • Turn your page back to the front and use your bone folder to make crisp folds so that the sections pops out towards you and the bottom of the page folds up.  The popped out section is where you will mount your photo when it’s time to do so (not yet – too much fun stuff to do first!).

To make the heart Christmas tree

  • Punch 9 hearts of one colour DSP and 10 of a contrasting colour.
  • Score and fold each heart in half.
  • Starting with four hearts, turn them over and using sticky strip, connect the hearts together.
  • Set aside and repeat with the contrasting set of 4.  Repeat with each colour so that when you have finished, you will have 2 rows of 4, 2 rows of 3, 2 rows of 2 and 1 single heart for the top (see project photo for a guide).
  • Attach a small piece of sticky strip to the fullest part of the heart at both ends of each row and on the single heart.
  • Take off the sticky strip backing and attach the first row to the page, lining it up approx. 2mm (1/16”) from the score line.
  • Attach all rows making sure your hearts are not flat.

I’ve cut the photo to suit the size of the page and mounted it on the pop out section, using snail.

Final Flourishes
You can decorate the rest of the page anyway you like but here’s what I have used:

  • Decorate your tree anyway you like.  I have used a mix of punched pieces of DSP and stamped card using the merry minis stamp and punch set.  I’ve then threaded each punched piece with a thread from the sweater trim. I’ve used glue dot to attach the garland to the tree.
  • Don’t forget your tree topper.  I’ve made a small version of the star using a 6.5cm (approx. 2 ½”) square of DSP (a link to video instructions are here).  I’ve used glue dots to attach this to the page.
  • For the garland at the top of the page, I’ve used the piece of sweater trim that I pulled a thread from. You can see that this makes the trim into links and I have used a single strand of the sweater trim to attach the decorations. I’ve attached this to the page using glue dots.
  • Sentiments – I’ve used the Heart of Christmas Stamp and stamped one in real red and another in Early Espresso.  I’ve then cut each so that I have two separate sentiments.  I’ve used dimensionals to attach.
  • Parcels – these are super fun to make.  I’ve simply cut two rectangles and two squares of DSP.  I’ve scored each side at 1/8” using the simply scored, and adhered to make faux boxes.  I’ve attached ribbons and strands of sweater trim to finish.

  Merry Minis, Heart of Christmas
Ink:  Early Espresso, Real Red
Card: Very Vanilla 12×12, Whisper White,
Paper:  Candelight Christmas Speciality Designer Series Paper
Tools: Full Heart Punch, Merry Minis Punch Pack, Paper Cutter, Simply Scored, Paper Snips, Bone Folder
Fabulous Flourishes:  Gumball Green Sweater Trim, Early Espresso and Real Red Tafetta 3.2mm Ribbon
Adhesives:  Dimensionals, Snail, Sticky Strip, Glue Dots

I hope you have enjoyed this project and if you have any questions please feel free to ask.  I’m always happy to clarify anything.  Also, if you do give this project a go…I’d love to see your creations.  Feel free to email a pic to me at or if you have a blog, pop a comment on my blog with a link to yours and I’ll head on over and take a peek.  Make sure you mention the project so I know your link is not spam.

Happy scrapping!


Scrapbooking Stampin Up Style

I don’t scrapbook much anymore but when I saw the latest scrapbook challenge by Ruth Clarke over at Just at Ink I thought it was time to enter my first ever Scrapbook Challenge so here is the sketch.

I’ve wanted to scrapbook this photo for years but I’ve never been able to find the right colours. So when I opened one of my new pretties, Patio Party, I knew I finally had it!!  This gorgeous paper, combined with Ruth’s inspiration made this page come together in a flash.

I’ve added a brand new flower that one of my Avid Inkers besties, Carolyn McPherson, shared with us at our monthly meeting.

Don’t you just love it?  The shimmer is super easy to make.  Simply pour a small amount of shimmer paint (around ½ cm) into one of the brand new Stampin Spritzers, fill up with Isocol and there you have it.  Fast drying shimmer spray.  I’ll be buying more of these let me tell you.  I can’t wait to try more combinations.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies
Stamp Sets:
occasional quotes (retired), outlined occasions (retired)
Ink: midnight muse
Card and Paper:  midnight muse card, patio party DSP
Fabulous Flourishes:  vintage faceted designer buttons, frost white shimmer paint, whisper white bakers twine, rhinestone brads (retired)
Tools:  paper cutter, 6cm scallop circle punch, 4.4 cm scallop circle punch, 3.5cm square punch, stampin spritzer, paper piercer
Non Stampin Up:  Isocol

Happy scrapping!


Vintage Scrapbooking

I made this page for display at Regionals last year and completely forgot to post it.  This was my first go at vintage.and my last post is inspired by his page.  It’s been almost a year since I was game enough to have another go. I’ve used fabric to make the ‘frame’ and used a log cabin quilting look.  No sewing, but it is a fairly fiddly technique.

The photo is of my wonderful Mother in Law, Lucy and my son Jake the day of his christening just over 16 years ago.  I made his cutey pie outfit for the day and used a heirloom sewing technique called smocking and hand embroidered the little bunnies on the yoke. I just love this outfit – he looked so cute.  Lucy is a very talented quilter so I wanted to make a page that represents an important part of her life.

Stampin Up Supplies
Card:  Crumb Cake 12 x 12, Very Vanilla
Vintage Vogue, En Francais
Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
Fabulous Flourishes: 
Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Victoria Crochet Ribbon, Antique Brads, Pearls, Twine, Deck the Halls Designer Fabric
Paper Cutter, Paper Snips
Sticky Bits: 
Glue Dots, Sticky Strip, Snail, Dimensionals, Fabric Adhesive Sheets

Happy Scrapping!

Stampin Up Scrapbooking

I just had to share this sweet little 6×6 page with you today. This page is one of the projects from my Up, Up and Away class that I held today. Don’t you just love cheeky two-year olds?  I just love the expression on my son’s face in these pics.

Stamp Set: Up, Up and Away
Card: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Neutrals Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack
Tools: Paper Cutter, Big Shot, Scallop Edge Punch, 1-1/4″ Circle Punch, 1-3/8″ Circle Punch, Small Heart Punch, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Dies
Fabulous Flourishes: White Bakers Twine
Sticky Bits: Dimensionals, Snail, 2-Way Glue Pen

Didn’t get to my class?  Well. I have good news!  This class is now available as a Stamps by Mail Class.  You can also order the PDF instructions.  Head on over to my Stamps by Mail page to buy now.

Need to add to your stash??  Order Stampin’ Up! products here.

Happy scrapping!

Reason To Smile Scrap Book Page

The following three projects feature the Reason To Smile Stamp Set*.  I love the simplicity of this set and as you can see it’s very versatile.  These projects have come from my Web-site.  If you haven’t visited, be sure to head on over as Stampin’ Up! add projects on a regular basis to give you even more ideas and inspiration.

Project Supplies:
Stamp Sets:  Letter It, Reason to Smile
Card:  Baja Breeze, Island Indigo, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi
Ink: Baja Breeze, Island Indigo, Wild Wasabi
Markers:  Baja Breeze, Basic Gray
Fabulous Flourishes:  White Bakers Twine, Neutrals Designer Buttons
Scallop Border PunchProject Supplies:
Stamp Sets: Loving Thoughts, Reason to Smile
Card:  Whisper White, Wild Wasabi
Ink:Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi
Fabulous Flourishes: White Bakers Twine, Neutrals Designer Buttons
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch 

Project Supplies:
Stamp Sets: Petite Pairs, Reason to Smile
Card: Daffodil Delight, Rose Red, Whisper White, Window Sheet
Ink: Early Espresso, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, White StazOn
Fabulous Flourishes: White Bakers Twine, Daffodil Delight 1/8″ Tafetta Ribbon, Bitty Buttons
Tools: 1/2″ Circle Punhc, 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch, Big Shot, Fancy Favour Bigz XL Die, Labels Collections Framelits 

*Get the exclusive Reason to Smile set FREE with a $125 purchase until 30 June 2012.  Email me at or click on the order tab above.
Happy long weekend!




Simply Scored Scrapbook Page

I don’t scrapbook much any more so I thought I’d create a page as part of my convention projects.  I created these projects to showcase the new Simply Scored and I was able to really make the most of this fantastic tool with this page.  I’ve used the tool to pleat the background paper, make the rosettes and make a little picket fence.


Project Supplies
Stamp Set:
Vintage Vogue
Whisper White 12 x 12, Pear Pizzazz
Paper:  Twitterpated
Ink: Basic Gray, White StazOn
Fabulous Flourishes:  White Bakers Twine, Champagne Shimmer Paint, Clear Rhinestone Brads, On Board Alphabet Soup, Baja Breeze Pleated Satin Ribbon, Designer Buttons: Twitterpatted and Neutrals
Tools: Simply Scored, Boho Blossoms Punch, Pinking Hearts Punch, Lace Ribbon Border Punch

I’m working on a gorgeous little project that I learnt during convention from the wonderful Stampin Up! trainer Sophie Zadeh  using this tool.  Sophie is one of the concept artists at Stampin Up and teaches us wonderful, yet simple techniques from the art world.  Her style is  gorgeous and I can’t wait to have a go and share this new technique with you – I just hope I can make it look as good as hers.  Be on the look out – you never know you might even see projects that feature products from the new catalogue.

If you would like book a Simply Scored workshop where you can learn some of these techniques or you would like to purchase the Simply Scored, email me at tania_willis@bigpond to place your order.  Check out the video here to see the Simply Scored in action.


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