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Carolyn’s take on Stampin’ Up! Boho Chic – Ex Libris & Sale-A-Bration Banner Punch

I’m a bit of a hippy chick at heart – love the style Boho Chic  and this got me thinking… is there a Boho Chic style of card making? Here’s my take on Stampin’ Up! Boho Chic card making… Boho chic


My inspirations came from:

  • Indian inspired soft furnishings, satins, and tassels.
  • Rich colours of deep reds, pinks and eclectic patterns … and gold. Gold is really in at the moment and suited this style perfectly used sparingly.
  • I also love that Boho Chic embraces things that are a little worn and comfortable, so I made my card a little distressed and aged looking.

I’ve used a variety current Designer Series Papers from the Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalogue and the Free Sale-A-Bration Flag Punch to create these cute little banners. (Spending $90 at the moment on any Stampin’ Up! products will earn you Free gift with purchase). 

The background stamp is the beautiful Ex Libris #131992 wood mount $37.95 & #129496 clear mount $29.95.. and the sentiment is the from the Million & One stamp set #126377 clear mount $22.95 and wood mount #126375 $28.95

I’ve also used to give the aged look the stamp sets Gorgeous Grunge and En Francais.

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I love a good bow and this Chevron ribbon #130012 is beautiful to tie.

Tip – when you’ve trimmed your ribbon tails run a lit match along the cut edge to seal it. Boho chic

This card is for my beautiful big sister Glenys.  It’s her birthday today so I wanted a really pretty inside for the card as well – with still lots of room to write my note. Glenys is also a bit of a hippy chick so I hope she likes this card. Boho chic


So what did my desk look like after I made this card????? Not so good………….. I just hate working in clutter but I was SOOO in the zone that I hardly noticed.






But it couldn’t stay that way for long. I had to clean it up ….. all ready to start again next time. 🙂



So, I used a lot of fun Stampin’ Up! goodies to make this card and I’ve not mentioned all of them – so feel free to email me if you have any questions.

**Remember we’re half way through Sale-A-Bration already… if you’d like to get a group of friends together for a Stampin’ Up! Party it’s not too late or perhaps order from either my online store or by sending me an email  you’ll be able to enjoy a Free gift with purchase with every $90 you spend.

Take a look at the Sale-A-Bration catalogue by clicking on the picture below. 

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So what do you think?? Do you like Boho Chic stamping?

x Carolyn


Superman Punch Art – A Super Hero 4th Birthday


Calling all Super Hero’s – it’s a 4th birthday party!!

Yes it’s been a busy week of partying, birthday festivities and even injuries at the Bennie household and today is the big day –  it Archers 4th birthday. I just can’t believe he’s really 4 and even though I know he’s not a baby anymore, he’ll always be my baby right?  🙂

**WARNING** – This is a ‘get a coffee’ post folks – it’s a longen….. Read on for party photos and injury updates…

Archer’s Super Hero birthday party (which we held last Saturday) has been a year in the making; in that Archer has spent hours and hours talking about what sort of party he wants and changing his mind over and over and over again. A Star Wars party, dinosaur party, Batman party -it’s almost changed on a daily basis. Finally (thankfully) we settled on a Super Hero party.

I was excited about a Super Hero party for lots of reasons, great party games, great cake making potential and of course…….. fun Punch Art Superman. YAY!

So below is a layout of the punched pieces prior to me putting my Superman together. As you can see I’ve used the Extra-Large Oval Punch #119859 $29.95 for the body, arms & legs and the briefs. I’ve used the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch #119850 $29.95 for the head and hair, the 2-1/2″ Circle punch for the cape (reloading it in to the punch to cut out the bottom bit). I’ve then punched a few smaller circles  and made a few free hand cuts to. I also have a confession. I can’t remember how I made the boots…. yup, I must have been in the throws of creativity and now I’ve been looking at all my punches and I can’t work it out. I do know whatever the original punch I’ve reloaded it in to the Full heart punch #119883 $29.95 to create the top of the boots and cut off the bottom to make the toe section. So if anyone can work it out what the original punch was- PLEASE leave a comment and let me know. Hehehe.


So here he is – so cute. So so cute.

I’ve Sponge Daubered little rosy cheeks with Blushing Bride coloured ink and used a black marker for his eyes. I’ve also sponged all around the outside of the body pieces to give him a bit of a 3d look. I free handed the S for Superman.


The Stamp sets used are:

A Fitting Occasion for the sentiment # 131952

Perfect Pennants #133230 for the star background and the spots too.

I’ve used a retired ‘4’ Die and then applied Crystal Effects to the top to give it a bit more Kaboom.


SOoooooo… the cake.  I do love to make my kids special cakes so I can usually be found in the early hours of the morning prior to the party making some crazy huge themed cake. I found one I liked on Pintrest (love Pintrest – make sure you check out my Pintrest page there too) and then went crazy. My kids don’t really like the taste of the fondant that can be used to decorate with so I’ve used butter icing for the blue sky and then just fondant for the clouds and buildings and removed them for eating. While I’ve made cute little figures before for other cakes out of icing, I’ve found that the kids really like to have a toy that stays with them long after the cake is gone, thus the bobble headed Superman.


We had a blast at the party. We created a ‘Super Hero Academe’  for the 7 little 4 & 5 year olds that attended – with my husband acting as the Super Hero Instructor and me running around making the magic happen behind the scenes. They started at the front of the house all dressed in their costumes and were given their instructions on becoming a Super hero and their empty Super Hero bag (party bag) which they filled up along the way with chocolates, balloons etc etc


They had to crawl through scary tunnels and then dangerous spider webs….


Have a super fly over the city to check for villains……


Then practise their Spider Man web shooting skills on some nasty ‘big brother’ villains hiding in the bath tub… (oh man there was a lot of silly string in the bathroom after that – thanks for cleaning that up Trish).


They had to detonate bombs – (don’t panic just stomping on balloons), scare bad guys with super bubble blowing devices and make their own special super masks (Yes, I had to get some paper craft in there somewhere).

So all in all they had a HUGE time. Was I tired after????? OH YEAH!!!!

And for the injury?? Well with an hour before the party to go I could be found laying on the floor in the kitchen feeling all faint with my hubby desperately trying to stop my thumb from bleeding. Seems ‘someone’ (hubby Chris) had put a broken coffee mug in the rubbish bin and not wrapped it up – but don’t worry I found in while pushing down some paper- the hard way. Ouch! Of course the show must go on and with 7 little kids about to arrive all costumed up and ready to party there was no time for stitches. I have to tell you though it’s been making crafting a little tricky but I think its on the mend now.


So thanks for popping by and reading this really long post. I’d love to hear from you so please leave a comment and swing by my online store or send me an email if you have any questions.

x Carolyn


Arrgh it be me Pirate Stampin’ Up! Thinlit Die card


Arrggghhh!!!! Hello Maties!!!

Shiver me timbers! My 6 year barnacle-covered little jim lad had a birthday party to go to this week with a Pirate theme. I’d been playing with my new Stampin’ Up! Thinlit die and got an idea for a Pirate card using thee die that worked out well I think.

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Sail ho! What do ye think? Ahoy! I’d love to hear yer feedback so please leave a comment with yer thoughts.

Ahoy! Thar be two different Stampin’ Up! Thinlit dies available. I’ve used thee Circle Thinlit die here in me Pirate card. Order 24/7 with my online store.  or email me matey


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Alas! Tis time I go. Thanks for popping by. I promise I wont talk like a pirate in my next post! 😉

x Carolyn

Stampin’ Up! Sketched Birthday


Here’s a cool card idea that’s easy and bright. I’ve used the beautiful Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper Birthday Basics  and a favourite stamp set of mine new to this years Stampin’ Up! Annual CatalogueSketched Birthday.

Design Tip: I’ve picked up the colours used in the Designer Series Paper (DSP) to use to colour my stamped image and co-ordinate the matching ribbon. There is just no point redesigning the wheel especially when Stampin’ Up! have done all the hard work and printed the names of the colours used in each of their DSP’s next to the items price in the catalogue.  Using the co-ordinating colours and embellishments just makes your project look so professional.

Helpful Hint: Extra Bling needed? After stamping the cupcake image in StazOn black ink. I’ve coloured the image with Stampin’ Write Markers and Blender Pens. I still just felt the cupcake needed a tiny bit more bling, so I covered the ‘icing’ with Crystal Effects – Stampin’ Up! adhesive/lacquer then a sprinkle of Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter.  Top with a rhinestone for ultimate bling.


It’s a bit cute isn’t it?? I gave this one to my very special friend Jo on her ‘big 40th’ birthday. She likes a more modern card and bright colours. I think I can give myself a tick on all fronts here. 🙂 I’m not one for big numbers on the front of a card – but if you like them you could easily replace the cupcake for a number (or two!).

Stampin’ Up! Products used in this handmade card:


Crumb Cake; Raspberry Ripple; Whisper White – (see Stampin’ Up Catalogue starting page 140)

Designer Series Paper – Birthday Basics #130145 $18.95

Stamps: Sketched Birthday #130423 Wood mount $51.95 and #130426 Clear mount $41.95 (you’ll need clear mount blocks to use)

Ink: Stampin’ Write Markers – In Colors #126856 $25.95

Adhesives: Crystal Effects #101055 $13.25; Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 $6.95

Punches: Corner Rounder Punch #119871 $11.95; 1 3/4 Scallop Circle Punch #119854 $29.95

Accessories: Rhinestone Basic Jewels #119246 $10.95; 3/8″ Ruffle Stretch Trim Ribbon # 130021 Crisp Cantaloupe $15.95

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Or email me if you have any questions.

Happy Stamping & Live life in the sunshine. 🙂

x Carolyn Bennie

Female & Mothers day card making class – May 2nd

This is so exciting…. I’ve been playing with the new Stampin’ Up! Framelits ‘Dress Ups‘. It’s super fun – and I’m not embarrassed to say it’s just like being a little girl again dressing up dolls *love it*

If you’d like a play too, come along to my next card making class on Thursday the 2nd of May. Make either Mothers day cards or Female birthday cards – it’s up to you. Take a look at what we’re making…



Date: Thursday 2nd May

Time: 10am and class repeated at 7.30pm

Cost: $20 (this includes all materials, use of my tools and tea, coffee and biscuits).

Email me to book in to a class or call me on 0401 857748. Address details provided on booking.



Happy stamping everyone.

x Carolyn

An Elegant Butterfly punch birthday party

Hi All,

A few weeks ago it was my ‘big birthday’ – yes my 40th. 🙂 I had a really wonderful day and I thought I’d share some of the creative elements of the day.

Firstly, I bought these lovely white lanterns and added LOTS of punched out butterflies from a variety of the Stampin’ Up! range of Designer Series Papers. I’ve used 2 punches, the Elegant Butterfly punch #127526 and the Bitty Butterfly punch #129406 both retail for $27.95 each. (If you’d like to order these punches its easy -just click on the shopping cart icon to the left of screen). I’ve just used my trusty hot glue gun to fasten them to the lanterns. Pretty right?


butterfly lanterns at a distance

I also wanted a way to capture all of my friends with a photo on the day – so I set my hubby to joining 3 old doors together that we had left over from renovating our house and then I just went to town sticking lots of the butterflies to the doors. Add a few props and some old frames and a ‘photo booth’ was created.

the photo booth

We sure got some wonderful photos – here I am being a bit of a clown before the party started.



This is my favourite photo of the day – by beautiful boys. Love them SO much.

my boys in frame

See – paper craft can come in all shapes and forms. I think it was fitting that it played such a staring role in by birthday as Stampin’ Up! and all the friends and wonderful creative times I’ve had have really given me such happiness.

Happy stamping everyone,

x Carolyn

Secret Garden Invitation – Ex Libris

Hi Everyone,

Today I’d like to share my birthday invitations I made for my 40th birthday. Yes 40! I truly can’t believe I’m 40 but there you go. If you have good health and good luck you get there – I’m lucky to have happiness too so I have the trifecta.

Although I can’t say with any honesty I’m excited about leaving my thirties behind (as they have been very good to me) I thought it was an opportunity celebrate life with a party. I’m having my party at a beautiful garden so the idea of a secret garden party came to me. I knew instantly the stamp set I wanted to use Ex Libris pg 128 of the Australian Stampin’ Up! Catalogue $ 30.95 # 126600. I found some lovely simple keys on Ebay and the rest came together very easily.

I’m loving the current incolours and I’ve used Gumball Green, Island Indigo and a couple of my old favourites Crumbcake and Early Esspresso with a base cardstock of Very vanilla. The butterflies are from the stamp set Papillon Potpourri pg 115 $25.95c 123759.  I’ve also used the splodges from the French Foliage stamp set on pg 86 $27.95c # 121166 for a little bit of an aged effect (like me – LOL).

Its a little hard to see in the photo but I’ve misted some Champagne mist mixed with Isicol rubbing alchohol to make a
shimmer spray which I’ve sprayed on the piece of Very Vanilla (under the key section) and on the butterfly down the bottom that was punched out and raised up on a dimensional.




I hoped you liked them. If you did please leave a comment as it makes sharing my creations just that little bit more fun. I’d also like to get to know some of you out there…so please say hello and tell me where you’re from.

Remember to find my Facebook Fan page too…. I’m adding little hints and tips over there all the time. Love for you to join in and show the love. 🙂

Happy Stamping,

Carolyn x

The birthday that never really started but took forever to finish!

Hi Everyone,

A few weeks ago it was my littlest babies birthday. Yes, Archer turned 3! He’s been talking about it for weeks and we’d been really looking forward to his ‘Wiggles Party’. Well things didn’t go so well…. the day before his birthday he became super unwell with gastro and spent the day laying on my lap hardly playing with his new toys at all. 😦 We held out hope he would rally for his party by the weekend but as the time loomed we realised he just wasn’t going to be well enough and we had to cancel… well post-pone. Hard concepts for a 3 year old and his brothers of 5 and 8 to understand – but considering, they took it really well. So the cake that I had been up until 2am making the night before was put in the freezer, the decorations left hanging for a week and they party was shelved while the little man recovered.

A week later …. a week of illness and  a 3 year old asking almost hourly when he’s party was and we finally got to party day. 12 children, party games, slip n slide, party food and party bags and we got to the end of the birthday that never really started but took forever to finish.  Everyone had a blast – especially Archer. Yeah!!!!!

But what about the card I hear you ask????  I love making special cards for my childrens’ birthdays – usually they tell me what they want and being a MASSIVE Wiggles fan you can guess what Archer wanted right? Yep The Wiggles.


I’d love to tell you exactly how I made this but I have to admit I kinda winged it using every punch I have and trimming with my scissors!!!! and don’t ask me why the wiggles have afros LOL.

Then of course I had to make a Wiggles cake….. this is what I came up with .. and yes I handmade the Wiggles with fondant….



and a close up of that sleepy fellow Jeff…


and finally one of the birthday boy Archer. Happy birthday my little man. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


Happy Stamping everyone.

x Carolyn

R2D2 – punch art card


Hi All,

I’m on the bus going to work….. i just love my ipad!!! Its such beautiful weather today, I wonder if i can convince the boss to let me work outside today?? lol.

A quick post but I thought I’d share a cutie little card. It’s punch art, it’s great for that little (or big) sci-fi fan in your life and its super cute!!

I’ve cased this card and will add in the credits to the original creator later ( can’t quite manage that on the bus).

Have a great day everyone.

Happy stamping,
X Carolyn

** here is the link to the original card I cased. 🙂

Spider Embossing Folder- ‘ Oh no the Spider 8 it!’

Hi Folks,

I hope you’re enjoying your weekend. Thanks for popping by my blog.

I’ve had a wonderful day at the local swimming pool with my 2 year old Archer and good friends enjoying the lovely warm weather. So glad that summer is finally here!

My oldest son went to his best buddies’ 8th birthday party yesterday ….. so an ‘eight year old’ card was in order!!. I bought the Spider Web Embossing folder with boys birthdays exactly in mind ….. so it was time to take it for a test run.

Two things of note with this card. Firstly the spider (a Red Back spider local to this part of Australia) was made using a variety of circle punches and a few strips of Real Read & Basic Black cardstock. I’ve then covered them all up with Crystal Effects Stampin’ Up! lacquer . It takes a while to harden so I made the spider in the morning and left the rest until the afternoon.

Once I had run my piece of Basic Back cardstock through the Big Shot using the Spider Web Embossing folder ($13.95 pg SU! 2012/13 annual Catalogue), I then got out my Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Ink ($18.95 pg 23 of current Holiday Catalogue) and rubbed it over the raised web on the paper to get the effect of the silvery spider web. Cool hey? Great effect.

I die cut a number 8 with the Big Shot and ran it through the embossing folder too…. just to give the effect that it had been caught in the spiders web.

I love it…. I think I have to come clean and admit I do kinda love punch art. 🙂

Happy Stamping everyone.

xxxx Carolyn


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