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Expanding Christmas Card / Mini Album and tutorial using Stampin' Up! Circle Card Thinlet Dies.

This project was a real labour of love and I LOVED how it turned out. Ever since I saw the new Stampin' Up! Thinlet Card Dies, I have had this expanding Christmas card in mind. I wanted a real WOW card that I could include all sorts of things like decorations, greetings, personal messages, photos and even a pocket for a family newsletter. There is plenty of room and more in this card.

thinlet card dies stampin up extended expanded mini album
There are 14 different areas on this project to decorate as I added in some extra bits to make it work like I wanted. This is just a teeny sneak peek of part of the expanding card.

stampinup thinlet card dies expanded extended mini album
Best of all, the 10 page tutorial with lots more photos, all the cutting and assembly instructions plus measurements for everything is yours FREE with your purchase of either Thinlet card dies from me. You can purchase them by email or in my online store (if you buy them in my online store and this is the first time shopping with me, you MUST tick the box which says "Allow my Demonstrator to contact me" when you set up your account, otherwise I can't send you your free tutorial).

Buy just the Tutorial

If you already have a demonstrator or you are a demonstrator yourself and would like to use my project in an in person class or workshop (not online in any way please) you can instead buy the tutorial for just $5.00 in my tutorial store and it downloads immediately. Visit my Tutorial Store now.

If you would like to purchase either of the card Thinlets (this project is based on the Circle card Thinlet, here is what you get in each pack). Visit the Thinlits page in my online store.

Picture of thinlets card dies
Here's a cool video showing more about the Thinlit card dies (my expanded card has way more space than this though. 



Have lots of fun with the Thinlit card dies!


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25 percent off stamp sets
To celebrate Stampin' Up!'s 25th Birthday this week, there's an awesome one week sale. Get 25% off 25 great stamp sets! Check out what's on special and place your order online by visiting the 25% off page in my online Stampin'  Up! store. One week only- sale ends October 28th.  If you use the October hostess code, you will also go in the draw for free product vouchers from my mystery hostess draw. I am also happy to take orders by phone or email at any time.

October Hostess Code: XS6KW34W 


Adding some glitter and bling to Christmas with Lovely as a Tree: Glitter Panel Stamping Technique.

I call this stamping technique The Glitter Panel Technique, but I made that up so there may well be some more technical name for it :) Either way, it's one of my favourite techniques. It's perfect for Christmas too as it adds lots of sparkle to your Christmas cards. 

First, here's a close up picture showing the glimmer. As you can see the Stampin' Up! Dazzling Diamonds covers the entire panel.

stampin up lovely as a tree christmas card

Here's the complete card. I created some additional texture with embossing the base card layer. adding a Champagne Shimmer Paper snowflake and using different textures of ribbon and trims.

stampin up lovely as a tree dazzling diamonds

Try the Glitter Panel Stamping Technique

If you like this technique, it's super easy to create!  Here's what you do step by step:

  • Stamp your image onto cardstock (I used Whisper White). I also sponged a little behind the trees to create a sky.
  • Cut your stamped image to size.
  • Cover the entire image with Versamark ink (I stamp the pad onto the cardstock and make sure there is good coverage).
  • Cover the entire image with Stampin' Up! Heat and Stick Powder and shake off the excess back into the container.
  • Heat with your Heat Tool.
  • While the Heat and Stick Powder is still hot (so straight after you turn the heat gun off), sprinkle Stampin' Up! Dazzling Diamonds all over the image and shake the excess back into the container.'
  • Give the image a quick blast with the Heat Tool to set the Dazzling Diamonds (about 5 seconds once heated should do it, too much can make the coverage flaky).

I hope you have lots of fun with this technique!

Have a fabulous week and see you back here soon.


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Four quick and simple handmade Christmas cards using Stampin' Up! Best of Christmas.

Are you loving the Stampin' Up! 'Best of 25 Years stamp sets which are being released each month to celebrate Stampin' Up!'s 25th Anniversary? I am! I can't wait to see what's released each month. These sets bring together some of the favourite images from the last 25 years, and each set includes one new image in that category too. So far we have had Best of Flowers, Best of Butterflies, Best of Birthdays, Best of Shelli and Best of Christmas. They are just $25.95 each set (available in clear mount only) and you can check them all out here in my online store.

Best of Christmas Pnterest Ad
Today, I'm playing with Best of Christmas (pictured below) and showing you four quick and easy cards you can make using cardstock and paper you may already have at home. I'll list all the products I have used at the bottom of the post and link to where you can purchase them in my online store if you are interested.

Stampin' Up! Best of Christmas

For this first card (above), I have stamped the ornament greeting in Cherry Cobbler ink and punched it out with 2 1/2" Circle Punch. The paper is from Season of Style paper stack (pictured below) and a bargain at $11.95 for 48 cardfront size double sided sheets of Christmas paper which perfectly coordinates with our cardstock). Cardstock colours are Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler. I have used some of our Cherry Cobbler Bakers twine to tie around a brad at the top of the ornament. We also sell a punch that matches this ornament shape, and a stamp set that has 5 other ornaments. To get the pierced shape on the inside of the circle, I used our Essentials Paper Piercing Pack.

In the card below, I have stamped the image in Black Stazon (which is waterproof) and then coloured using a Blender Pen and the inside of my Cherry Cobbler, Crumb cake and Old Olive inkpads. This time I embossed the Cherry Cobbler cardstock in my BigShot using the Northern Flurry embossing folder (pictured below). My greeting is embossed with white embossing powder and comes from Petite Pairs stamp set.

Stampin up best of Christmas

In the card below, I have heat embossed the image using gold embossing powder, and used the Essentials Paper Piercing Pack again. The greeting is done the same way as the card above.The embossing folder I have used on the Cherry Cobbler cardstock for these cards is Petals a Plenty (pictured below), which looks very much like Poinsettia flowers to me.

Stampin Up best of Christmas australia

This final card uses my favourite image from the set. I have watercoloured in the same way as card two, but using Cherry Cobbler, old Olive and Sahara Sand. This time I used a border punch instead of embossing on the Cherry Cobbler cardstock.

Stampin up best of Christmas australia
Here's a look at the main Stampin' Up! products I have used to make these cards. If any of these products interest you, you can order them from me anywhere in Australia (either by email or by shopping online) and they will be delivered straight to your door.

Best of Christmas Stamp Set (view here in the online store). 

Best of Christmas stampin up australia
Season of Style DSP Paper Stack (48 double sided sheets, cardfront size) (view here in the online store)

  Stampin Up christmas paper australia 2013


Northern Flurry Embossing Folder (view here in the online store)

Northern Flurry embossing folder stampin up australia

Petals a Plenty Embossing Folder (view here in the online store)

  Petals a Plenty stampin up embossing folders australia

Blender Pens (view here in the online store)

  Blender Pens stampin up australia

Essentials Paper Piercing Pack (view here in the online store)

  Essentials Paper Piercing pack stampin up australia


I hope this has given you some inspiration for some handmade cards this Christmas. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate you chose to spend some of your time today here on my blog. Have a lovely day and I hope to see you here again soon.


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Stampin' Up! Rev Up The Fun masculine cards

Today it was 'the big race' in Australia, the Bathurst 1000 on the V8 Motorsport calendar. This is a bit of a huge thing if you are into motorsport in Australia. So I thought it was only appropriate to have a play with Stampin' Up!'s Rev Up the Fun stamp set. This set is perfect for men, boys and teenagers who love cars and motorbikes (quite an audience then don't you think?).

For this first one I have combined Island Indigo, Crushed Curry and Real Red. I have also used Off the Grid single stamp (another one perfect for male cards) and the chevron stripes were cut using the Tasteful Trim Bigz die for the Bigshot. This great die cuts 4 different shaped trims 12" long. Love it!

Stampin Up Rev Up the Fun

For this second card using Rev Up the Fun, I have used the I Am Me Designer Series Paper and the coordinating colours Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Real Red and Basic Gray. I've also used one of the arrow clips from Hang Up Cute Clips.

Stampin Up Rev up the fun I am me DSP

Here's  a quick link to some of the main products used in these cards. You can shop for these products and lots more 24/7 in my Stampin' Up! online store.

Rev Up the Fun Stamp Set (Woodmount or Clear Mount)

Rev up the fun

Off The Grid Stamp

Off The Grid

I Am Me Designer Series Paper Pack

I am me DSP

Join a Cardmaking or Scrapbooking Club by Mail

If you are really into cardmaking or scrapbooking, immerse yourself  in my monthly by mail clubs. You will learn lots more including new techniques and designs and get free product along the way. All the details of the cardmaking club here and scrapbooking club here.

Join for $25

Join stampin up for $25

If you don't like waiting, get all the cool stuff early and at a discount when you join Stampin' Up! I welcome hobby and returning demonstrators. It's fine if you don't want to do workshops. You set your own pace, but i'm happy to help you with ways to earn some income from Stampin' Up!  if that's what you would like. Right now, for just another 8 days, you can join for the lowest ever joining fee of just $25, in celebration of Stampin' up!'s 25th Anniversary. Get all the step by step details of how to sign up easily on line HERE.

Hope you have a fabulous week. See you back here soon,


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