Step-it-Up Sunday #40 Celebrate 2018

Hi Friends,

Hope each one of you has had a wonderful week celebrating Christmas with all it’s festivities and sharing it with your nearest and dearest. Can you believe we are at the end of another year? I’m so grateful to all of you for your support throughout the year. 

A reminder that if you are after any of the retiring or discounted items in the Year End Closeout Sale, this ends on 2nd January and products are only available while stocks last. 

Our Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogue releases on 3rd January. This is a really great time in the Stampin’ Up calendar in which you can earn free product. Keep a look out for updates. Please make sure to  subscribe to my blog so I can notify you of updates and specials. If you wish to receive a catalogue, please contact me

Today’s card is about celebrating the new year as well as what we achieved and overcame in 2018. There are so many things to be thankful for and celebrate in life. 


These ready made foil edged card bases make it so easy to create cards without a fuss. They also come in gold edging. To create the background, simply stamp your different images. Don’t worry if the image goes on the silver edge as this can be cleaned up with a baby wipe.

Stamp the sentiment on Lovely Lipstick cardstock and punch out. Attach with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Add glimmer dots to finish the card. 


Stamp the sentiment on white cardstock and layer onto a tag punched from Lovely Lipstick cardstock which has been cut in half to fit behind sentiment. 

Cut a panel of Broadway Bound DSP and layer onto Gray Granite cardstock. On the reverse of the cardstock add 2 small strips of double sided tape. Attach your ribbon onto this then adhere the entire panel onto card base. Attach sentiment.


Heat emboss the images on card base and sentiment in Silver Embossing Powder. Layer as per instructions for Intermediate card. Stamp decorative strip on sentiment in Gorgeous Grape. In pencil, lightly mark the spots for punching the holes, then punch using the Detailed Trio punch. Weave ribbon through the holes and attach to card. 

Have a happy and safe new year. God bless you.

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Quick Make Pillow Box

How many of you are rushing around at the moment looking for gifts and then once you get that perfect gift, you want to find the perfect wrapping but you really don’t have hours to spend on it. Today I’ve got a cute little pillow box to share with you. These are ready made boxes which come cut and scored and all you need to do is fold them, add a little double sided tape to hold the bottom end together and it’s ready to decorate.

Pretty packaging that doesn’t take ages to come together is what today’s project is about. I filled these with 10 gift tags and gave it to the lovely staff who work in our canteen at school. They are always so helpful and friendly and do an amazing job.

Embellishing this was very quick. The doily looks really nice against the white dots on the box.  I then added a circle punched with that gorgeous glimmer paper which adds some Christmas sparkle.

The reindeer was coloured with Stampin’ Blends. I didn’t go to great lengths with the colouring as I wanted this to be a really quick project – you know Christmas – short on time – so many things to do etc. etc. To add sparkle to the bell on the bow, I added shimmer paint with an aqua painter which has no water in it so I could pick up the colour from the lid. 

You could fill this with jewellery, cash or any other trinket and it’s such a cute and quick packaging that you could get several done in a short time.


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Step-it-Up Sunday #39 Christmas Gift Box

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for stopping by today. I’ve been a little bit scarce with my blogging lately. Main reason – Christmas. I’ve been madly prepping cards and gifts.. In my day job, I work at a school in administration. I receive lots of lovely gifts and cards from the staff I work with. To share Christmas with all these lovely people, I make each of them a card – there are about 100 staff. Then there’s all the cards for the rest of the friends and my orders. No matter how much I prepare early, it’s still a bit crazy at the end.  

I’ve also made about 400 gift tags to give away as gifts. I thought these would make lovely teacher gifts for my daughter Cassidy to give her teachers. So today’s Step-it-Up Sunday shows you the gift packaging. The idea is made simple with our Gable Boxes. 


Cut a strip of Designer Series Paper to a width of 5cm. Wrap this round the entire gable box, adhering the edges with liquid glue as you fold it along the edges. There will be a gap as the paper doesn’t reach all the way around – make this the front of your project. You will cover this gap with your image.

Punch a circle from Tranquil Tide cardstock and then emboss it with the Swirls and Curls embossing folder. Attach with glue. Stamp and punch out the tag. Adhere with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Tie a bow around the handle. 


Add another layer to the focal point by die cutting a doily from the Spot of Tea dies. To make the glimmer paper go further, I die cut the smaller doily inside the larger one at the same time. This gave me a frame to use on this project and a second doily to use on another project. 


To step up this project, stamp and colour in the holly from the Peaceful Poinsettias bundle. Then die cut it. 

Fill this with gift tags, chocolates, mini soaps to give as gifts. 

Have a really enjoyable week. Hope your Christmas preparations go smoothly. 

Last 2 Days of Online Extravaganza

Tools and Inks

Stock up on the essentials during the last 2 days of the Online Extravaganza. 

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  • Adhesives
  • Applicators
  • Cleaners
  • Cutting tools
  • Embossing folders
  • Framelits and Thinlits
  • Ink Pads
  • Ink refills
  • Markers
  • Punches
  • Scoring Tools
  • Stamp blocks and cases

Step-it-Up Sunday #38 Santa’s List

Hi Everyone,

Today is exactly 1 month until Christmas. Did you all have a bit of a panic attack or are you cruising through your preparations because you are super organized?   I’m crazily creating cards and gift tags. This week we plan on decorating our home so that will be fun.

So in preparation for Santa, I’ve got a card featuring the fun, Signs of Santa bundle. Hope you are on Santa’s ‘nice’ list!


This card requires a few supplies. Stamp all over the Mint Macaron card base with the same coloured ink to create a background. I didn’t use the Stamparatus positioning tool. Instead I just randomly stamped all over.

The Santa is stamped in Black ink. When I stamped him, I was pleasantly surprised to find that his belt and shoes stamped in black so I didn’t have to colour them in.

So all you need to colour in is his suit and hat with the Dark Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blend and his face and hands in Ivory. Then die cut it. It’s very quick. If you don’t have a Big Shot, just fussy cut it.. 

The sentiments on the outside and inside are stamped in Black ink and then add some enamel shapes to complete this simple card.

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Add a panel of the Designer Series Paper to add a bit more interest to step this card up. The Santa’s Workshop DSP has flocking on one side so it’s textured. Another feature of this DSP is that the dies coordinate with it so you can cut the images without having to fussy cut – a win for those of you who may not like fussy cutting. 

The sentiment is layered and added with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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I’ve added a little scene to this card by adding a mountain with the Into the Woods die. Emboss this with the Softy Falling embossing folding. Stamp the treesin Garden Green and die cut then add the embossing paste. Toothpicks work well for this fine work and then you don’t have to worry about washing up as you can just throw them away.

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Don’t forget that our Online Extravaganza is on until 28th November. Various items from the Annual Catalogue at discounted prices. 


  • Stamp sets (clear-mount, wood-mount and photopolymer)
  • Project kits
  • Card kits
  • Kit refills
  • Memories & More
  • Punch box kits
Get them while stocks last!

Enjoy your week and keep creating. 

Paper and Embellishments Sale 23rd-24th November

6 Days. 3 Sales. 1 Spectacular Promotion.

Annual Catalogue massive 6 day sale commences tomorrow.

  • Bags
  • Brads and Buttons
  • Cards and Envelopes
  • Cardstock
  • Designer Series Paper
  • Embossing material
  • Glitter
  • Ribbons
  • Twine
  • Specialty Paper
  • Tags
  • Washi Tape

It’s our beautiful Designer Series Paper and embellishments on sale over the next couple of days. If you have used our paper you know that it is premium quality and the designs perfectly coordinate with our colours and stamp sets. Double sided papers give you options for projects. Specialty Paper is on sale too.

Card stock is a must have staple and Whisper White and Very Vanilla packs make great card bases. If you like to get a bit of variety, consider getting the mixed packs of card stock. 


Well, what can I say – I think ribbons are my best friend for embellishing cards. I get every one in the catalogue as I use them on tags, gift wrapping and it’s just so nice to add a little bow to projects. Brads and buttons add a lovely finishing touch. 

If you are after extra glimmer, there’s our embossing products and glitter.

Fancy packing your own treats and gifts? Decorate your own bags and present a complete homemade Christmas which your family and friends will love. 

To order, contact me on Ph: 0404-255-001 or click on the ‘Shop Online’ llink below using Host Code 7EDG3GZ2 (for orders under $250 retail).




Online Extravaganza Sale Starts in 3 Days

Online Extravaganza will commence on 23rd November and run for 6 days. There will be a variety of items on sale. Each of these items will be on sale 48 hours and then immediately after, the next list of items will be on sale. By the end of the 6 days, most of the items in Annual Catalogue would have gone on sale.

This is a fantastic opportunity to grab a bargain for yourself and stock up on tools and inks. This is so exciting. I’m making a list (and checking it twice!). So many items I want to get. What about some Christmas presents for those friends who like crafting? For the others who may like to dabble – how about a project kit? Stampin’ Up! offers several all inclusive kits and others where you need to add a few extra supplies. These are fantastic value and when they are on sale they are even better value. 

Call me on Ph: 0404-255-001 with enquiries. 

Broadway Bound Christmas

When I first saw the Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series paper I thought some of the papers would make great Christmas cards. The gold and stars in these papers just call out to be made into Christmas projects. I love the combination of black and gold and wanted to create this card in these non-traditional Christmas colours. 

To begin with, I heat embossed the deer in gold onto the black foil.

The card base is Basic Black, to which I adhered a piece of Designer Series Paper. The next panel was layered onto a piece of the Black foil cardstock. I love the glossy look that this adds to the card. 

Although it looks like it would take a lot of time, this is a very quick card to make. The DSP adds the glamour to it. I’m sure if you look at your packs of DSP you will find other ways to use them, other than the occasions they are intended for. It’s great to extend our stash this way. 

Happy creating.

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Sharing the Fun of On Stage November 2018

Last Saturday, I was able to attend the Bi-Annual Stampin’ Up! convention which was held at Hi-Sense arena convention centre, The day started at 4:15 am (yes, us crafters are a keen bunch) as the doors opened at 7:30 am. My wonderful upline Bec was so kind to drive me, Marla and Delani off to a fun filled day. We had registered for this event back in August so we were pretty excited.

On Stage is a chance for demonstrators to get together, make new friends, recognize each other’s achievements, get the first look at the new catalogue, see and create projects with new products.

This was the first event where the spoiler alert policy had been lifted so we had seen some sneak previews from demonstrators who were attending On StageLive in Orlando and we couldn’t wait to see what was on offer. We in turn could share with others what we had seen except the inside pages of the catalogue. So it was pretty exciting that I could share what went on at On Stage with you as soon as it happened which I did via my Facebook page. 

One of the fun things demonstrators do during On Stage are ‘Swaps ‘. If you choose to participate, you make a card or 3D item and swap items with others who have done the same. You could come back with a swag of great items and ideas. Due to time constraints I didn’t participate this year in Swaps. However, while we were waiting in the queue waiting to get in, lovely Amanda Walker from Ulverstone, Tasmania gave each of us a card she had made even though none of had anything to swap with her. She was truly representing the values of Stampin’ Up and sharing what she loved. 

Here is the beautiful card Amanda made.

Once we checked in, we received our name tags, achievement stickers and those of us who had ordered special 30th anniversary logo wear got to collect them. Then we settled ourselves at a table which was decorated with a ‘30’ in the centre, sprinkles, photos, a box with things for our make and takes and a stack of pretty blue boxes- 1 for each person at the table. 

We were all keen to see what was in those boxes but we waited until given the go ahead, which didn’t take long. We got a Stampin’ Up! tote, stamp set, logo pens and note books. 

The much anticipated Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogue were passed out and left us all drooling over the goodies inside. Prepare yourself as Stampin’ Up! have done it again! Great suites and products to help every type of crafter. 

Don’t the colours on the front cover look pretty?

Then there was prize patrol where we all got various stamp sets, a tool case, another tote – we were spoiled. The tool case is on the extreme right of the photo and will easily hold a stamp case. 

Through the day we had make and takes using the new products so here are my samples to give you a bit of a taste. There is something for everyone. 

If you would like a copy of the Occasions Catalogue please contact me and I’ll get one out to you. I would love to help you with product selection, projects or queries you may have. 




Tags and Tidings Class – Saturday 17th November

Join me for class this Saturday and create gift tags in time for all your Christmas presents.  There’s nothing quite like receiving a well wrapped present with a beautiful bow and gift tag to complete it.  

We will make 20 gift tags – 10 designs but each one will be different. 

Saturday 17th November

1pm – 5pm

Class cost $20

All materials supplied