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‘Pants’ Bow Maker Video Tutorial – how to tie a perfect bow every time



‘Pants’ Bow Maker Video Tutorial – how to tie a perfect bow every time



I’ve been making this Bow Maker Template and showing my stamping friends how to use it for a number of years now… and over that time the template has moved from a plain white template into a ‘Pants’ Bow Maker.

Now along with the new name and cute little pockets and the like,  the way I explain how to tie the bows has changed too. How often have my stamping friends been in stitches of laughter trying to feed the ribbon through the pants crotch (teehee), round his knees and up to his pocket!!! LOL. It’s a great way of remembering a really easy method in which to make perfect bows every time.

Enjoy – and tell me what you think in the comments. 🙂 I LOVE comments – they make my heart sing.



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x Carolyn

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



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. 🙂




Or even a chocolate box tag……




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.


x Carolyn  

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Color Me Christmas – Stampin’ Up! Christmas Cards for kids






My 6 and 9 year old sons wanted to give Christmas cards this year to their school friends. Now I know from experience that kids usually get a Chrissy card, rip open the envelope and throw it in their backpacks never to be seen again. With this in mind I knew I need to do something a little bit different. 

The Color Me Christmas Stampin’ Up! Stamp Set – wood mount #131742 $35.95 & clear mount #131745 $28.95 is a great one – well worth buying now ready for next years kids cards. I bought the little coloured pencil sets from a cheapy shop and used the great value Seasons of Style paper stacks #132181 for colour and some spotty fun. 

Tip: Why not use clear envelopes (#102619 $8.95 for 50)? Shows off your special card keeping it protected and glossy. This way the card may even survive the backpack journey home. 😉

Now the kids will have a fun project to colour and pop on the mantle at home. 



Of course my boys didn’t get away with me doing all the work – they each had to write the names and ‘love from’ bits themselves. They enjoy being ‘Stamping Boys’.

Remember the Blitz continues… new products are being added all the time so make sure you check back.ecard_ClearanceRackBlitz_EN

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

Want to make this project? Click here to go to my Stampin’ Up! Online store now! 

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Or email me if you have any questions.

Happy Stamping & Live life in the sunshine. 🙂

x Carolyn Bennie

Stampin’ Up! Storybook Friends and watercolour


I was asked to make a card for a little girl in my son’s class who’s family is moving to France for 6 months. I was thinking if I was a little girl again what colour would I like to get a card in??? Well my answer was pink, pink, pink and pink. So that’s what I did. 🙂

How easy but super effective is this card?  I just cut strips of 1cm cardstock to the full width of your card. I’ve used my Stampin’ Up! Grid paper to line up my first strip of pink cardstock to make sure it’s straight.  I used my trusty Tombo Multi Liquid Glue which because it takes a couple of seconds to set –  I get a bit of wiggle room to make sure the card strip is level before it sets.

Stampin’ Up!’s stamp set Storybook Friends is a treat to watercolour. I do cheat a bit with my water colouring – by using the Stampin’ Up! watercolor paper the job is almost half done for me because it’s by far the best watercolour paper I’ve ever used. Make sure you use StazOn ink when you stamp your image. I used my Stampin’ Write Markers to colour by just adding a tiny bit of colour to the edge and then using the Stampin’ Up! Bender pens to move the colour around – gradually ‘pulling’ the bit of colour on the edge of the image out in little circle motions – this helps give the light to dark effect. Design Tip: draw an outline around your image in a contrasting colour. I’ve used Blushing Bride here but often I’ll use Sahara Sand or Basic Grey. It gives a shadow effect and makes your image pop. I’ve then punched out the little bunny I used with the Extra Large Oval punch.

A few Rhinestones from the Rhinestone Basic Jewels and some Bakers Twine and we’re just about done.

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Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

Stamp set: Storybook Friends – Woodmount #132079, Clearmount #126737

Cardstock: Real Red #119981, Melon Mambo #119980, Crisp Cantaloupe #131303, Pink Pirouette #116203, Whisper White# 106549

Ink: StazOn #101406,

Stampin’ Up! Write Markers: Basic Grey, Real Red #100052, Blushing Bride #131265

Stampin’ Up! Accessories: Extra Large Oval punch # 119859, Rhinestones #119246, Bakers Twine  Cherry Cobbler# 123125

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Happy Stamping & Live each day in the sunshine,

Carolyn Bennie xxxx

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Sunny days ……… and an urgent class reminder

First an Urgent bit of house keeping…..

Have you been thinking about booking into my Glitter Card Making Class on Thursday the 24th or my Christmas Card Stamp-A-Stack and Reindeer box on the 30th of November at 7.30pm ??? I’m making a list and checking it twice of all of the card, envelopes, ribbons and tools I need to buy for these classes and I’ll need to put that order to head office soon. So if you’d like to join in,  send me an email or call/txt me on 0401 857748 ASAP!!!! See full class details in the ‘classes’ tab at the top of the page.

Now back to the cards……This is one of my favourite cards I’ve made lately. I had the girls make this at our monthly Midnight Inklings Team meeting – lots of fun techniques but super easy. Just one layer but so effective and purdy.

The stamp sets I’ve used are retired – so I’m not going to worry writing up those names…. but do you want to know how I did the technique? It’s so easy and a great way to use one of your existing tools in a way you might not have thought about before.

To make the sky and square shape I’ve inked up an acrylic block (the ones you would normally adhere your clear mount stamps to) in Bashful Blue Ink and stamped directly to the cardstock. I’ve used Naturals Ivory cardstock- I love it as its so earthy and really good value for money for number of sheets per pack. Once I have a blue square image I used post-it notes to mask the bottom sides of the square, then I’ve sponged with Wild Wasabi green to make the grass. I’ve then stamped up the full flower stamp with my ink pad in Wild Wasabi green and taken my Blender pen and removed the ink from the petals…. the blender pen acts like an eraser. I’ve then used my Rose Red marker to add colour back to the flower and stamped on to the grass section. Such a fast way of getting multiple colours on a stamp.

The butterfly has been made using a stained glass technique. I’ve stamped the image using Stayzon black ink to some cardstock grade vellum. I’ve then turned the vellum over and used my markers and blender pen to add colour to the image. I stamped a set of antenna on the page and cut out the vellum butterfly. Turn the butterfly right side up and then adhered it to the paper with a couple of Mini Glue dots.

I’ve also been making some of these using a cute little bee ….. and I might like these even better. All tools and products used are Stampin’ Up! so make sure you email me if you want to make an order and make cute cards like these at home.

Thank goodness for some good weather finally. The garden is looking good and we’re all happy to be getting outside and enjoying the sunshine. I’m a bit proud of the garden at the moment so here is a photo…

Happy Stamping. x C

Sponges and Daubers

I’m a bit of a fan of sponging the edges of my cards and projects. Just LURV it…. and as my regular stamping friends would know – my second big love in this paper craft world behind stamping is ORGANISING!! So I’ve put together my love of stamping, sponging, organisation AND my little boy Macauley and what do you have????? BLISS!

I’ve got a bit of a collection of Stampin’ Up! sponges (that I always cut up into 1/4’s or even more) and daubers… because of holding classes over time, I’ve found that I often have 4 Chocolate Chip daubers and lots of others that I can’t identify. I’ve got busy and organised my sponges & daubers by enlisting Macauley to wash and dry them and then I’ve named them all. Now as I need a new sponge or dauber I grab my Dymo labler and make a label straight away. It’s great.

Here is a bit of a photo tutorial by Macauley on how we went about washing the sponges and Daubers.

The used sponges and daubers.

Here is Macauley (he’d just had a bit of a melt down and was just recovering from a bit of a cry). He’s showing us the ink filled sponge about to go for a dip in the sink.

Multi tasking and much happier 🙂

Drying the wet washed sponges in the sunshine and waiting patiently. Note that the sponges still a bit coloured but can now be used with another colour without messing up the new inkpad as most of the ink has been washed out.

The finished washed and labeled sponges and daubers. I’ve actually taken this to the next level since these photos and I now used the same coloured cardstock on the label that I’m going to use to ink the sponge with eg a Chocolate Chip coloured label attached to the sponge which I use for Chocolate Chip ink. So as usual, I’m always trying to find the ultimate organisation for stamping. 🙂

Happy Stamping everyone,

x C

Carolyn’s Craft Room

Hi Everyone,

Now I love organization almost as much as I love stamping! So when I get a chance to slink off to my craft desk and do a bit of tiding and re-organization, I can loose hours. My craft desk/room is still a work in progress, but I thought I might give you a sneak peek into one of my favourite spots in our house… stamping desk! It’s not alway tidy and it’s not always easy to get to (the kids seem to locate me even when I’m hiding) but it’s simply my ‘happy place’ when I finally get to sit there for a few hours.. time, worries and stresses just seem to disappear.

So here it is… now a few pointers.

See how I have the Stampin’ Scrub (black cleaning mat) open at my work space? I have it there so I can clean my inked stamps straight away and put them back in their containers and then the set away. This way my work spaces doesn’t get too messy. I get a bit muddled if the desk is too crazy. It’s so easy to  be busy making your project and suddenly find you’ve used every stamp set you own and now have a mountain of stamps to clean before you can start making a new project…. sound familiar? I can’t say I’m always perfect at cleaning straight away 🙂 .. but having the Stampin’ Scrub out and ready does make it so much easier.

The white board that’s propped up against the wall has Ikea rails screwed to it which makes a fantastic punch rack and the baskets holds lots of ribbons, adhesives etc etc etc

On the right hand side of my desk have have a spot for my Big Shot – my favourite tool of all time.  I’ve also set up my sewing machine to start putting stitching on my cards too. Of course my printer and underneath I keep all my catalogues and workshop supplies.

The filing cabinet is full of hanging files of cardstock. Each colour has it’s own file. I have the full size pieces loose in the file and any scraps (I keep nearly everything above 1cm square) in a plastic sleeve. It’s close to my work space and just below the ‘cutting’ space so the card stock is in easy reach and any excess can be put back straight away. I lurv my filing cabinet.

So I’d like you to meet my beautiful Stampin’ Write Markers and Aqua Painters…… yum yum yum…. I’ve recently added all of the new Colour Renovation Colours and they make me so VERY happy.

Now I really need to find a better storage method as standing them upright isn’t ideal. The need to lay on their side so both ends have ink reaching them. I’ll just have to keep looking for that perfect storage.. until then my gorgeous lady bird mug will have to do.

And now to a sneak peek. This is the latest stamp to get inked on my desk…. and we are going to be best friends. These little girls are from ‘The Nicest Things’ stamp set. They are challenging me as I’m being very ambitious and adding lots of different colours and I need to be very mindful of the colours bleeding into each other. I’ll keep you posted on the end result.

And lastly… this is the view I see of my cottage garden from my stamping desk.

Happy Stamping everyone.

X Carolyn

How to tie a simple flat bow

Tie a knot... left over right. Two ends should be facing in the north and south position.

Gather a small loop with the south facing end.

Wrap 'north pointing' ribbon around loop until end of ribbon is in the north pointing position again.

Push the middle of the 'north pointing' ribbon through the new loop you created when you wrapped the north pointing ribbon around the original loop.

Gently pull two loops into position.

Spend some time making loop size match and knot sit flat.

Snip ends of bow to points.

The completed bow.

Hope this helps you add some cute wee bows to your projects!!! Again, thanks to my handsome assistant Chris for his photo work…. (how excited was he to do this instead of watching the soccer?! hehehe   😉

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