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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). 🙂

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.



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. W


Thanks for popping by.

x Carolyn

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


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…….


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 ………

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.


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.



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.

Thanks for popping by.

Happy stamping

x Carolyn




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.

Happy Retirement - Ex Libris

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.

Happy Retirement - Ex Libris


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!

Happy Retirement - Ex Libris

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.

Happy Retirement - Ex Libris

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

Happy Retirement - Ex Libris

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


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!! Managers Invitation Stampin' Up! Australia

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.


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

It’s so pink & pretty!! – Fringe Scissors & Kindy update

One of my very first purchases out of the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalogue was the new Fringe Scissors #133325 $16.95 – the possibilities just really appealed to me. A lot of people have said they’ve just totally overlooked them in the catalogue but that’s really a shame as they are F.U.N.

Have a look on page 31 of your Occasions catalogue for the Fringe Scissors. If you don’t have a catalogue and I’m your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator of choice then please send me an email and I’ll post you out one straight away. - Fringe Scissors Stampin' Up!

  • So I’ve used 4 different shades of Stampin’ Up! pinks range here.. Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Strawberry Slush and Rose Red.
  • Each strip was 10.5cm wide and 5cm long.
  • I’ve snipped in with the Fringe Scissors until about 1cm from the edge but I’ve not been too ‘perfect’ about it as the top got covered by the piece above.
  • I’ve used my favourite adhesive Multipurpose Liquid Glue to stick it all together and give me a bit of time to position  it all straight before the glue sets. $6.95 #110755.

The lovely ribbon is in Whisper White and called ‘Organza Ribbon‘ #114319 $9.95 for 13.7m.

The sentiment is from the Perfect Pennants Stamp set and I’ve used the matching Banner Framelits to perfectly die cut it out. You can get these in a bundle in wood for $83.25  #134815 or clear mount $74.95 #134816. When you buy a bundle its a 15% saving.


Kindy update…

So things are MUCH better. If you’ve been travelling the journey with me of my littlest son starting kindy you’ll know it’s been a rocky road. But we finally seem to be getting somewhere. There are now smiles as we head to Kindy and no tears. YAY!!!!

He does still tell me his favourite part of the day was ‘when I picked him up’ but I’m starting to wonder if he’s just toying with me and knows the way to my heart. All my boys (and Husband) are sweet talkers.

I’m so relieved. We just want them to be happy right?

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


My Top 10 Stampin’ Up! Occasion Catalogue Picks

The Occasion Catalogue is here and I’m really loving all the new products. As hard as it’s going to be to narrow it down,  I thought I’d share with you My Top 10 Occasion Catalogue Picks.

1. So Very Grateful stamp set #133050 wood mount $39.95. #133053 $31.95 clear mount. 


You’ve seem me use it a few times so far and have lots of more ideas for this one. So beautiful to colour but also versatile – and I really like that in a stamp set. It earns it’s keep.

2. Fringe Scissors #133325 $16.95


Use them for making flowers or grass or embellishing boxes – I’m looking forward to finding lots of fun uses for these. Who can have enough scissors??

3. Gold Sequin Trim #132983 $8.95


Oh bling bling bling. Wow factor with minimal effort or cost.

4. Perfect Pennants Stamp set and Banner Bundle


Bundle stamp set and Framelits: Wood mounted #134815 $83.25. Clear mounted #134816 $74.75 . The stamp set and framelits  are also sold separately as well.

I love a bundle because it’s a 15% discount to buy them together and I straight away know how to use the stamp set on the page. Also I love the variety of sentiments used. I’m a big banner girl.

5. Spiral Flower Die #129379 $29.95


You’ve already seem me use them for next week’s class (have you booked in yet??)… love the ease and beauty. Takes all the hard work out of making handmade flowers. I’m looking forward to trying this with felt too.

6. Abersand Textured Impressions Embossing Folder #132970 $13.95


It’s on trend and it’s F. U.N. With the ‘&’ (that’s what an abersand is by the way – yes I learn’t something new) being such a big format the cards can be simple and really young and cute.

7. Mini Memories Simply Created Album kit #133332 $23.95


This would be the perfect gift – either just as it is (a kit) or you could make it up for a special keepsake gift. Everything comes with it – so the guess work is done for you and it’s all about the fun of putting it together with your photos and memories.

8. Happy Watercolor stamp set & Watercolor Wonder Designer Note Cards & Envelopes



Stamp set #133188 wood mount $51.95 #133191 clear mount $41.95. Note cards & Envelopes #133362 $22.95

Ok so I’m being a bit cheeky here as that’s actually 2 items. But they work really so well together  and I couldn’t resist. The Note cards (20 printed cards and envelopes) are all ready for you to just stamp and little message on. Truly you will wow your friends (they are going to think you’re an artist!! LOL). The Happy Wonder stamp set is lovely.*sigh* and a mix of modern and natural stamps makes it great for a variety of recipient age groups.

9. Scallop Tag Topper Punch #133324 $39.95


I’ve been speaking to lots of mum’s – especially school aged kids and they are telling me that tags are all the go to add to gifts for their kids friends birthday. Quick and easy. I also like that a tag can really make a gift of cookies or a block of chocolate look like something AMAZING.

Drum roll………

10. Retro Fresh This and That Journal # 132998 $18.95


This is a MUST HAVE. I love the ‘Retro Fresh This and That Journal’ and all of the matching accessories that can be purchased to go with.. Washi Tape, Stickers, Journaling Tags and the Rotary Stamp. Not to mention the Designer Series Paper. Keep your everyday life journaled or a special memory. It’s my absolute fav way to scrapbook/smashbook.

Hope you liked my top 10.

If you would like your own Occasions catalogue and I’m your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator of choice email me and I’ll post you one OR click here for the online version.


Remember all sales of $90 or more at the moment and until March 31st qualify for Sale-A-Bration FREE products.


Shop at my online store now or anytime that suits you.


x Carolyn

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