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What happens at one of my Midnight Inklings Team Gatherings???

 

Have you ever wondered what happens at one of my Midnight Inkings Team gatherings?? What do those ladies talk about and do??? Well of course you’ll have to come along to one if you really want to know ‘exactly’ but I thought I’d share the photos (there is a lot!) of the last gathering.

I wanted to do something special for my beautiful team so I made a special Easter display to inspire and reward them.

This is the final set up of my show and display table.

 

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I was a busy girl in my Stamping room for a few days prior to the Friday night gathering making these cute little milk bottle and goodie bags  (Stampin’ Up! style). Love my Stamping room *bliss*

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Midnight Inklings Stampin' Up! Team gathering -carolynbennieink.wordpress.com

 

What makes a goodie bag a bit more Easter….. a bunny tale!

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Now you know there had to be some chocolate in those bags …… and a few Stamping goodies too.
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These little punched out butterflies are really elegant – but great for a wedding too. Just a Whisper White cardstock punched out butterfly with a tiny Glue dot underneath.
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So I might have eaten a lot of these little M&M crackle eggs before they got into the bottle……… *blush*

Midnight Inklings Stampin' Up! Team gathering -carolynbennieink.wordpress.com I found some foam eggs on sticks at the local cheapy shop and dipped them in glue and then the Silver Glass Glitter. I used some Stampin’ Up! thread so all the colours matched – so very Stampin’ Up! … everything has to match right??

 

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With all of the food and Cranberry punch…. ready for the girls!!!!!
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Here they are!! Some of my AMAZING team. We had a great night… we even got some stamping done and lots and lots of chatting. Next month is Pizza and PJ’s team gathering – message me if you’d like more info on becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in my team. I can send you information via email or post. 🙂

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Of course I couldn’t go without making a little something for my boys to make them feel special too….. so here they are having their afternoon school treat  (chocolate eggs) with a butterfly on their drink straws as well. Such cuties. Mwha.

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Happy Stamping.

x Carolyn

 

My Stampin’ Up! USA holiday with the ‘This and that Journal’

I’m so excited to bring this project to you. Last year I was very lucky to be able to attend the USA Stampin’ Up! Convention and the South Pacific Stampin’ Up! Grand Vacation as a guest of my dear friend Angela Sargeant. For 10 wonderful days we toured Utah and then Las Vegas and had the most amazing time.

Of course through out my journey I collected all sorts of pamphlets, ticket stubs and photographic memories. Now in the past after a holiday I’ve not really known what to do with these little bits and pieces but this time I knew that I’d be making a ‘This and that Journal’. The ‘ This and that Journal’ or sometimes known as ‘smash book journaling‘ is a really great way to document your every day life or a special event or holiday with or personal anecdotes, photos, bits and pieces, drawings – really anything. It’s very personal and EASY.

Now those who follow my page know I’m not really a scrapbooker but I really enjoyed the process of this style of record keeping. The unstructured layout really appeals to me and I know it will be a book that I go back to and relive my travels over and over again through out the years.

I wanted a very USA feel to the cover. The I’ve just tied the ribbons on the the spiral binding and I love the texture it gives. The Epic Day This and That Stickers and Washi tape have played a really big role in the cover and throughout.

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I’ve popped in my very Australian swap card at the front and a photo I love of Angela and myself with the masses of other US Demonstrators behind us at SU! Convention. Was an exciting first day.

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The ‘This and that Journal‘ comes with some pockets for you to pop things to read later. Here I have a map of Salt Lake City and some little love notes I left for my little boys to read if they got sad without Mum (I’m please to say they had such a lovely time with their Dad and Grandma they didn’t have to read them until I got home and we cuddled on the couch all afternoon).

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Here I’ve used some Stampin’ Up! paper clips to add a pamphlet to the spiral binding – this way I can turn the pamphlet like a page and still open it up to read it. IMG_4539

I’ve left plenty of space for journaling (which I’ve added after the photos were taken) as my words and thoughts is what take this journal as a memory book to the next level. I love re- reading my diaries from my Husband and my back packing days prior to having children. I’m so glad we took the time to write those diaries an I know I’ll feel the same about my journal one day too. IMG_4540

Here is a menu from the welcome dinner on the Grand Vacation at Deer Valley Utah and a photo of the table setting. We were SOOOOO spoilt – Stampin’ Up! is really knows how to turn on a wonderful dinner. Again the menu is on paper clips (I’ve washi taped on the back a little to help it stay put), so I can flip it and add even more photos. I’ve also included a little flower that decorated out table gifts – yummy salted caramels. It also makes the journal more interesting then ‘just photos and writing’. IMG_4541

Finally I bought myself a very special momento of my US holiday and kept the ribbon to add to my journal and the little card too.
IMG_4542I have lots more pages of course but these are just a few to inspire you. I hope you liked them.

While some people take some glue and journaling markers with them to create as the go, some even have their journals in their handbags to have with them all the time to keep record of their daily life – I preferred to do it all at home in the quiet reflection of my craft room…. getting all misty eyed reliving the fun and laughs we had.

and do you know what I did when I finished?  Ordered another one!

Like to order your own? Just click here to visit my online store.

This and That Journal #131268 $18.95

Epic Day This and That Designer Series Washi Tape #131269 $8.95

Epic Day This and That Designer Stickers #131271 $8.96

So what do you think? I’d love you to leave me a comment – it makes my day to hear from you. 🙂

x Carolyn 

Stampin’ Up!’s Festive Flurry Wine Toppers – a touch of winter for an Australian Christmas

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The Stampin’ Up! Festive Flurry Stamp set has been the standout this Christmas season. A great stamp set for your collection to start prepping for next year early and avoid the last minute Christmas card rush.

Here I’ve used Festive Flurry -wood mount #131778 $69.95 / clear mount #131781 $55.95 and the co-ordinating framelits 132193 $42.95. Of course the best way of purchasing the two is in a bundle for just $95.95 in wood #133284 or $83.95 in clear mount #133285.

Stamping Hint : to make using the framelits easy peasy I’ve used Stampin’ Up!s Magnetic Platform #130658. Stamp or heat emboss your stamped image and then pop them on Big Shot Magentic Platform sandwiched between the cutting plates- the framelits will stick and not move about when you roll them through the Big Shot – die cutting your images beautifully.

To add the shine and give the project a boost I’ve used white and silver heat embossing powder then melted with the Stampin’ Up! Heat Gun. If you’ve never heat embossed before you are REALLY missing out. It’s just about as much fun you can have in paper craft.

I made these for my husband to give to a couple of work mates… he had enough space on the back for a hand written note as well. A lovely part about these tags is they also double as Christmas Tree decorations for years to come. The gift that continues after the wine is long gone. 🙂

 

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Or even a chocolate box tag……

 

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I hope your Christmas preparations are going well. I finished my gift shopping today (yay!)…. now the house cleaning and food organisation…… oh well. No rest until Christmas right?

Don’t forget to start preparations for Valentines day – take a look at the loved up cuties Stampin’ Up! has on offer …. it comes around so quickly after Christmas.

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x Carolyn  

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Christmas Card Making Class – December 5th

Would you like to give special Christmas cards this year made by your own two hands? That special card that stays on the mantle long after Christmas is finished and then gets popped away for safe keeping because it’s just too nice to throw away?  If so I’m running Christmas Stampin’ Up! card making sessions where you can make 8 or 16 Christmas Cards with envelopes on December 5th and I’d love you to join me.

The cards will be easy to make and the sessions fun, chatty and festive.  I hold these events every year and they’re always great fun and very popular with both experienced cardmakers and the ‘once a year at Christmas cardmakers’ …. so join in the fun and book now. :)

Here are the details:

We’ll be making: 8 Christmas cards (4 cards of 2 designs) with envelopes for $25
OR are you a fast worker and need lots of Chrissy cards? If so make a double batch (that’s 16 cards and envelopes – (8 of 2 designs) for $40. 

Date: Thursday 5th of December.
Time: 10am – 12 and the same class repeated at 7.30pm. – 9.30
Place: My house (address provided on booking)

Early booking is essential as I pre-cut all materials for your convenience 2 days prior to event.
All tools and materials provided plus tea, coffee and biscuits – to keep the creative juices going.

Here are the cards we’ll be making. Email or txt me on 0401 857 748 to book your seat – places will be limited.

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Christmas cards made by your two hands – beginners welcome

Would you like to give special Christmas cards this year made by your own two hands? That special card that stays on the mantle long after Christmas is finished and then gets popped away for safe keeping because it’s just too nice to throw away?  If so I’m running Christmas Stampin’ Up! card making sessions where you can make 8 or 16 Christmas Cards with envelopes on November 7th and December 5th (different designs on each date) and I’d love you to join me.

The cards will be easy to make and the sessions fun, chatty and festive.  I hold these events every year and they’re always great fun and very popular with both experienced cardmakers and the ‘once a year at Christmas cardmakers’ ….    ..   so join in the fun and book now. 🙂

Here are the details:

We’ll be making: 8 Christmas cards (4 cards of 2 designs) with envelopes for $25

OR are you a fast worker and need lots of Chrissy cards? If so make a double batch (that’s 16 cards and envelopes – (8 of 2 designs) for $40. 

Date: Thursday 7th of November and Thursday 5th of December ( different cards made on each date)

Time: 10am – 12 and the same class repeated at 7.30pm. – 9.30

Place: My house (address provided on booking)

Early booking is essential as I pre-cut all materials for your convenience 2 days prior to event.

All tools and materials provided plus tea, coffee and biscuits – to keep the creative juices going.

Here are the first cards we’ll be making next Thursday the 7th.  Email or txt me on 0401 857 748 to book your seat.

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x Carolyn

 

 

25% off 25 Stamps – Lets Celebrate Stampin’ Up!’s Birthday

25% off of current Stampin’ Up! stamps? Unheard of right? Not today!! Here are the 25 stamp sets that Stampin’ Up! have reduced by 25% for just 1 week.  Order from me NOW! These are hot.

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Order from today through to the 28th of October. Order through my online store 24 hours/ 7 days a week OR email me to get your hands on these cuties.

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Have a great day peeps.

Happy Stamping & live life in the sunshine. xxx Carolyn Bennie

Wedding Card and happy snaps

Hi All,

Thanks for popping by my blog. 🙂

A little bit of house keeping before I get to the good stuff. If you would like to receive updates on any blog posts I write, be sure to subscribe to my blog… just have a look over to the right side of this page. Are you on Facebook?? I have a fan page that has more fun stamping info, photos and fun stuff. ….. make sure you find the Facebook link to the right as well or search for me on my fan page called Carolyn Bennie – Stamping, Card Making & Papercraft. I’d love to see you join the fun.

NOW….. it was my beautiful nieces wedding yesterday and my husband Chris and I flew to Port Lincoln (or home town) to attend. I thought you might like to see some photos of the big day and of course the card I made too… here is  the all important card…

 

And the inside……..

 

I’ll blog all the deets about how to make this card in the next day or so 🙂

Here are a few photos of the big day and the happy couple.

 

And this is a photo of my husband Chris (wedding MC) and I at Fisheries Beach just out of Pt Lincoln on Saturday afternoon.

 

Hope you had a wonderful weekend like I had.

Lots of fun stampy stuff happening in the next few weeks in the lead up to Christmas.

Happy Stamping,

x Carolyn

 

 

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