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Stampin’ Up! Gold Sequin Trim Glamour & Mothers Day wishes

Happy Mothers Day to all you wonderful Mums.  I hope you got a sleep in and lots of love and hugs.    This is my FAVOURITE part of Mother’s Day – the big all in the bed cuddle (after they eat my breakfast in bed). 🙂

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This is me this morning enjoying the Autumn sun and trying out my Mothers Day gifty – gumboots. *love*  It sure does get wet up here in the Adelaide Hills and these beauties will get a good workout.

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Why not treat yourself to a little gift and swing by my online store? Check out the Weekly Deals and of course the Clearance Rack which is always being updated.

I was up to the wee hours last night working on a project for a presentation I’m doing a Stampin’ Up! South Pacific Convention… It’s now next week!!!  eeeeekkk! I got a great idea yesterday- at least I thought it was a great idea but then while I was working on it, like most of my ideas it turned into something completely different from what it started as. Am I going to show you???? Nope. Sorry I’m bound to secrecy until after Convention on the 20th to the 24th of May. But if you see me between now and then, I’ll be the one with the bags under my eyes burning the midnight oil.

Here is a little something I can show you. A card I made using my LOVE the Stampin’ Up! Gold Sequin Trim. Who doesn’t love bling right? I’ve teamed it up for a modern feel using the watercolour stamp from the Happy Watercolor stamp set in the Occasions mini. I know, I know, I’m totally wearing that set out!!! Here I’ve used my all time favourite Crumbcake card stock – oh Crumbcake how much do I love The? Let me count the ways.

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Thanks for popping by.

x Carolyn

Sketched Birthday & Weekly Deals…………and Moo Moo is back!

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Moo Moo is back!!! This was an AMAZING day in the Bennie Family. Moo Moo is my middle son Macauley’s very special toy that he’s had since he was a baby. One day late last year we realised that Moo Moo was gone. I mean really really gone. At first we thought he’d just fallen under the bed or was in a toy box but after a few weeks when he didn’t show up we all started to get worried. I turned the house upside down looking for Moo Moo, I would have brilliant idea in the middle of the night and be found digging through the linen cupboard (was he trapped inside a fitted sheet???) and to be honest the kids room got a super big clean out as I crawled under beds and riffled through wardrobes. But to no avail. Moo Moo was just plain gone.

Life without Moo Moo was hard. Macauley was in tears when Moo Moo missed Christmas and then our summer beach holiday – the pain of loosing this little fella was very hard for a loving 6 year old. I was a mess too…… I hated seeing my little man so sad. So after a lot of Googling I found another New Moo at a toy store in Queensland. Macauley was excited to have a ‘New’ Moo and the order was placed.

So with ‘New’ Moo now taking pride of place in Macauley’s bed we tried to move on and hoped that one day Moo Moo would come back to us – but to be honest I thought he was never going to come back, perhaps he somehow had been thrown out 😦 . Until………… My oldest son Finn was playing in the sand pit outside and let out a huge shout  “MOO MOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”  Yep, Moo Moo was found under a bush at the side of the sandpit. After us all dancing the happy dance,  Moo Moo was carried straight into the laundry and washed, and washed, and washed, then washed with fungal wash three times and scrubbed.

Below is a photo that shows pure happiness…….

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Now Moo Moo AND New Moo take turns in Macauley’s bed at night and life is peaceful and happy for my little man again. But you might ask how did Moo Moo find his way out to the sandpit…….. see below the culprit ………

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Fudge our 3 year old cavoodle.

Here she is looking very guilty watching Moo Moo in the washing machine. How do I know it was Fudge? Well that fact that the very next day I found her burying Moo Moo in a pile of the (now clean) washing AND just yesterday I could hear Moo Moo’s bell as Fudge carried him down the hall way!!! So naughty!!! While it would seem Moo Moo and New Moo have a stalker we now have to be put them up high every day for their own protection. LOL.

Now for a bit of creative inspiration. I made these two birthday cards using the Sketched Birthday stamp set for a couple of kids birthday parties my boys attended. Lots of sponge daubing and a little watercolouring made me very happy.

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Which colour way do you prefer? I love this set as it’s great for adults or kids. It’s a stamp set that gets a big all round work out not just a few images. I’ve also used the fab paper stack from the Occasions Mini Catalogue -Fresh Prints designer series paper. It’s really good value with 48 sheets of 11.4 x 16.5cm paper. There are 4 of 12 double sided designs so you have lots of different designs to mix and match.

I think I like this one on the left but I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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New weekly deals are out today…. just click on the picture below to take you to my online store and order. These deals will only last until next Tuesday. The Heat tool special is fantastic and I love my Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die!! Don’t miss out.

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Thanks for popping by.

Happy stamping

x Carolyn

 

 

 

May 6th Technique Class – Parchment technique

May 6th Technique Class – Parchment technique

20140421-112710.jpgJoin me for my next class May 6th at 10am and 7.30pm.
This will be a technique class all about the parchment technique.
We’ll be making 3 detailed and layered cards.
All supplies and tools included in the $25 fee. Tea, coffee and bickies provided.
Email me at carolynb@adam.com.au to book.

Happy Retirement – Ex Libris

Happy sad is how we feel about last week. My husband Chris’ boss retired after an amazing career and it was really sad to see her go. We are however happy that she is happy and excited about her new adventures.  Having been the most amazing mentor for Chris, Principal of our school and friend to all of us, the Bennie Family wishes you Alexandra all the very best.

The staff organised a lovely Retirement party on Friday evening and they asked me to make a card from them all to sign to go along with the gift. I’m not much into those HUGE cards that are often given for big groups, so a bit of creativity had to be put in place. The brief was: Purple and green, traditional and elegant…… and lots of space to write.

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I couldn’t photograph the colour quite correctly but I’ve used Always Artichoke and Elegant Eggplant as the colour combo. With a touch of Sahara Sand and Very Vanilla.

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I’m still loving the Spiral Flower Die and it’s versatility (remember this die is in the Occasion Catalogue that finishes June 30th – so make sure you purchase it prior to that date). I use a hot glue gun to secure the flowers to the page -that baby isn’t going anywhere!

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Inside I wanted to continue the Ex Libris feel, so I inked up the outer section of the stamp and then used a baby whip to remove any additional ink – leaving a soft edge and a great place to write. I sponged the centre with a little Sahara Sand ink and used the ink splotch from the stamp  set ‘Gorgeous Grunge’ from to add to the kind of dreamy feel of it. I also added the Memories, Dream and Happiness sentiment from the ‘Loving Thoughts‘ stamp set.

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I even used the back page for more room to write.

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I had a big thick card with no way of getting it into a normal envelope – so what’s a girl to do? I pulled out my Envelope Punch Board and made an envelope box with a cute matching belly band with the ‘Chalk Talk’ stamp set – I use this stamp set SO much. I thought it needed a bit of wow, so I’ve heat embossed the Always Artichoke ink with clear embossing powder and added a little Glimmer Paper too.

Thanks for popping by.

x Carolyn

 

Do you remember this?

Last year I held this class with the beautiful Stampin’ Up! Dress Dies. It was one of the most fun classes last year because ALL the ladies just loved playing with these dresses. Brings out the little girl in us all.  IMG_2228

 

I wanted to jog your memories as…….. drum roll………. this Dress Die is now on special….. it is AWESOME! Don’t miss out on getting it $10.74 off retail price. Was $42.95 and Now $32.21!!

Check out the other goodies on special until 11.30pm Tuesday evening. Send me an email with your order – or just head to my online store and order direct yourself – orders are delivered straight to your door.
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x Happy Stamping friends

Carolyn

A goal realised – Stampin’ Up! Managers Reception Invitation

A wonderful Invitation arrived in the post a few days ago – An Invitation to Stampin’ Up! Australia’s Leadership Day and Managers Reception. Not only was it gob-smakingly beautiful (those folk at Stampin’ Up! really know how to make things so perdy) but it was the realisation of a goal of mine – to be come a Manager in Stampin’ Up! and to attend the Mangers Reception in May 2014…………. and I did it!!

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As some of you might know, since July last year I’ve been on a journey with Stampin’ Up! that continues to astound, challenge and reward me. While I’ve been a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator for 5 years and loved every minute of it,  back in July I decided to really see what I can do with this business and it’s now my main business focus. The first goal I set was becoming Manager and in January I achieved it. Receiving this invitation makes it all feel very real.

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I can’t wait for May!! I’ll make sure to take lots of photos and show you what it’s all about. In the mean time if you would like to reproduce something like this invitation the following products will help you get the look. Click on the product photos and head to my online store to have them shipped directly to you, call me on 0401 857748 or email me direct.

Now……. for the next goal………. earning the Grand Vacation to Hawaii 2015!
Happy stamping my friends,

x Carolyn

Sale-A-Bration ends March 31st

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I love this stamp set – Petal Parade. It’s one of the free sets from the Sale-A-Bration range. I’ve also used the Decorative Dots textured impressions embossing folder .. now this one has grown on me and I’m now I’m seeing so many possibilities.

Today March 31st is the last and final day to get your orders in and receive your FREE Sale-A-Bration products. I can’t believe how quickly time has flown. If you want to make an order and get your hands on the freebies – just email, call 0401 857748 or head to my online store the end of the day (11.30pm) and make an order of $90 worth of products or more.

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x Carolyn

 

 

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