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Extending the Circles Thinlits Cards - A4 measurements for Australia

The Stampin' Up! Thinlits Card dies have literally been flying off the shelf! They make the cutest little flip cards. 

Today I wanted to show you how to cut your cardstock to make an extra flap on the right hand side. This project was adapted from a video I saw by the very talented Patty Bennett in the US. I'll give you the link to the video and to Patty's blog at the end of the post.

Thinlits Circle Card extended A4
The measurements here are adapted to an A4 sheet of cardstock, so that you can get two cards from an A4 sheet, s opposed to one card if you follow the directions in Patty's video but use A4 cardstock. The flap ends up slightly smaller, but still plenty big enough to fit nicely under the circle and the folded piece on the left.

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Inside it looks like this. The centre panel is designed to fit a 2" x 3" photo (the top and bottom piece are 1/2 Mosaic Punch piece). I cut the white piece for the pho mat 5.3cm x 8.0cm. The flap on the right is for a personal greeting. This is 5.2 x 13.5cm, and the piece of the DSP at the bottom is 5.3cm x 2.0cm The circles are cut with the 2 and 1/2" circle punch which is a perfect fit for the Circles Thinlit card.

Pinterest measurments

To have the card turn out this way, my measurements were: 13.8cm x width of A4 piece of cardstock which is 21.0 cm. 

This means you can cut two cards from an A4 piece of cardstock. The width also allows for the card to be placed under the left section of the Circles Thinlit die, and over the top of the section on the right so you get a scoreline instead of a cut. Here's how it went into the BigShot. The front section about to go into the BigShot has the card flush up against the front of the Thinlit. The Magnetic Platform really helps keep things in place.

Extended thinlit bigshot A4

Here's how it looks when it comes out of the BigShot.

Extended thinlit bigshot A4

This is what it looks like folded.

Extended thinlit bigshot A4
This is what it looks like decorated. I used the Festive Flurry stamp and Framelit bundle (15% off if you buy them together) along with the Winter Frost Designer Series Paper pack.

Thinlits Extended Festive Flurry Winter Frost
I hope this helps you make your own Thinlit Circle cards with 2 cut from an A4 sheet. As I mentioned this project was adapted from a video by Patty Bennett . You can also find Patty's video along with a lot more videos and project ideas with the Thinlit Card Dies over on my Thinlits Pinterest Board.

Thanks for popping by today. See you back here again soon,


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Stampin' Up! Australia Specials for November 2013

Stampin' Up! released their special offers for November a couple of days early, so I get to do the same! Here's all the news:

stampin up australia november specials
We have two great Christmas gift box bundles available at a 20% discount from the price of the individual components.

Holiday Tag It Decorative Box Bundle - $34.95 (View and Purchase Here in the Online Store)

stampin up australia gift boxes


Holiday Tag It Extra Large Box Bundle - $32.95 (View and Purchase in the Online Store)

stampin up australia specials
We also have a great deal for anyone into Digital creating using the My Digital Studio software package which you can download for free for 30 days. Even after that it is just $24,95 for the full program.

Download the Free 30 Dy MDS Trial Here

Purchase the MDS Program for $24.95 Here

MDS Seasonal Sale

Once you have purchased the program or downloaded the free trial, you will find you already have elements to play with. new digital downloads are released every week though! We also have a sale on until the 30th November where you can get 30% off selected seasonal downloads, perfect for end of year gifts and cards. You can check exactly what's on sale in the MDS Seasonal Sale section of the online store.

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  • Customer reward program 
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  • Opportunity to win stamp sets, vouchers or product most months
  • Free tutorials and technique instructions

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Stampin' Up! Australia: The Envelope Punch Board

I'm not usually a gadget girl, but I have had lots of fun playing with the Envelope Punch Board! This has just been released for sale today to Stampin' Up! customers in Australia. Here are some projects I made with it, using the Soho Subway Designer Series Paper.

Stampin Up Envelope Punch Board Australia

It can make all sorts of nifty things, but was primarily designed for creating envelopes in 60 different sizes. Coordinating your patterned paper with your cards looks so cute. Here are a couple of mini gift cards I made. I wanted to keep the cards flat and simple, so they would fit in the gift box I was making.

stampin up gift card envelope punch board soho subway
soho subway dsp stampin up

The gift box was made using a video by Kellie Gettlefinger I saw on Pinterest (you can check out my collected samples and videos in my Envelope Punch Board PinBoard on Pinterest) .

Soho Subway DSP

Envelop Punch Board Box Stampin Up

Epb envelope box 4x4 soho subway open
My final project was a file folder card with the Envelope Punch Board, using the instructions in the video by Patty Bennet. I found this simple to do and will be making lots of these I think! I also added a matching envelope. I love how you can make the envelopes so easily for so many different sizes of cards. Just love that grungy vintage Soho Subway DSP too!

File folder card envelope punch board stampin up


File folder card soho subway close up epb
AS you can see the Envelope Punch Board is makes much more than just envelopes! There are lots more project ideas on my Pinterest Board for this tool. It's available for purchase and posted to anywhere in Australia for just $31.95 plus $5.95 postage and handling. You can either  buy it in my online Stampin' Up! store, or order it by email.

Envelope punch bord
If you love the Soho Subway Designer Series Paper, that is available for purchase in a pack of 12 double sided 12x12 sheets (2 each of 6 designs). You can order here in the online store, or again by email.

Soho Subway DSP stampin up

I hope you enjoyed todays projects, See you back here again soon for some more more creative fun.


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Scrapbooking and Mini Album Using Thinlits Card Dies

The Stampin' Up! Thinits Card Dies were released in Australia this week. We all know they make snazzy cards, but did you know you can make mini albums and scrapbook page elements with these too? Here's some projects I did for Stampin' Up! and the Scrapbooking Memories blog with a travel theme. 

First up a 12x12 page with hidden journalling and photos:

scrapbooking thinlits card dies

SM layout 1

and here it is open, showing the hidden sections (the bit clipped down, and the pull tab on the right hand side):

SM layout 4

Next up, a photo mini album. Just love how this turned out! 

SM mini album 1a

All the extra little bits and pieces that go with the Thinlits dies are perfect for inside the album too.

Thinlits Card Dies mini album
Thinlits Card Dies Mini Album
I got the dimension in the custom alphabet, by cutting the letters out (using the Typeset Alphabet Die in my Bigshot) in chipboard first, and then in the coordinating cardstock and adhering them together. That way you can have custom chipboard letters in all the Stampin' Up! colours.

make your own thickers
Finally, a matching card! 

Thinlits card dies stampin up
If you would like to recreate these projects, here are the Stampin' Up! Supplies I have used. You can purchase them by email, or in my online store. If you are making your first purchase in my online store, make sure you tick 'allow demonstrator to contact me' when you set up your profile. That way I can pass on all my cool customer only benefits!

Thinlits Card Dies

  Thinlits pic

I Am Me Designer Series Paper Pack (12 sheets, 2 each of 6 double sided 12x12 designs)

I am me DSP

Around The World Stamp Set  (images coordinate with the images in the Designer Series Paper)

Around The World

Typeset Alpha Die for your BigShot or other die cutting machine

Typeset Bigz Die

Hope you have lots of fun with these projects. See you back bere again soon,


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5 ways with Stampin' Up! Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set

With the 25% off 25 stamps special on until October 29th, I wanted to bring my fave Christmas stamp set back into focus. This gorgeous Ornament Keepsakes stamp set is 25% off ths week. It's available in wood mount or clear mount either by email or online  (if you purchase online, tick the 'allow demonstrator to contact me' box when you set up your profile, so I can send you information about customer benefits exclusive to me).

Ornament Keepsakes stampin up 

Here are five ways I have used this gorgeous stamp set. As you can see it is super versatile! In this card I have teemed it with Flowering Flourishes and Greetings of the Season stamp set. Each of the ornaments are covered with Dazzling Diamonds for extra sparkle.

stampin up ornament keepsakes

In this card, I have inked up the stamp in Almost Amethyst and then sponged some Perfect Plum ink around the outside (using a sponge dauber) before stamping.

stampin up ornament keepsakes
This card is a bit more vintage. I have used Coordinations Cardstock which I have sanded, and have also added some spongeing, lace and antique embellishments. I have also used the circle stamp as an extra layer on this rnament.

stampin up ornament keepsakes

This one is clean and simple using Encore gold ink for the greeting, and Elegant Eggplant for the ornament.

Ornament keepsakes 2

Finally, is another vintage ornament, this time embossed in Early Espresso Embossing Powder.

Ornament keepsakes

You can also make gorgeous ornaments from this stamp set. This instruction document from Stampin' Up! shows you how. You can download it here:  Download Paper Ornaments from Stampin Up

Psper ornaments by su
Hurry - grab this stamp set or any of the other 24 sets you fall in love with for 25% off while the sale is on. Ends October 28th at 11.50 EST. View and purchase online HERE. be sure to tick 'Allow Demonstrator to Contact Me).

Hope you are having a happy and creative week,


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