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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


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

Scrapping Grandma and Grandpa pages

Back to my scrapbooking today. This was a page all about my mothers parents who have now both past away. I wanted to do something with a simple kind of elegance, where the hero of the page was the photo. (I learnt that ‘hero of the’ page/room bit off of the TV show the Renovators – anyone else watching that??? Hehehehe)…..  I think it kinda worked…. what do you think??
 Now some of this papers on this page are discontinued *sad face* but the buttons and Antique brads which really add the interest to the page are sill available. I used my trusty Birtha Bigshot to make that cute little envelope, with the tuft of lace and scalloped edge punch to vintage up the little note card. Hope you had a lovely weekend… it’s really feeling like spring is on it’s way here – so sunny!!!

I’ll be back in a while with a tour of my new stamping desk……. and remember I have my brayer class this Thursday- so contact me if you would like to join in. x C

What’s a Product Share?

A few people have asked me about my Product Share I’m running ….. so I thought I’d better explain a bit better. 🙂

So what’s a product share? A great way of having lots of different stamping/scrapbooking accessories without having to buy huge quantities of them all. In the latest Stampin’ Up! Summer Mini Catalogue there are 2 different sorts of lace ribbon, cute little safety pins and antique brads (I just LOVE these), clear different shaped buttons and 3 different types of pattern papers (full size are 12 x 12 inch). By going into shares with 3 other people you can buy all of these things and split them 4 ways. I do all of the divvying up and cut the scrapbook papers into quarters (perfect size for cardmaking 6×6 inch). Individuals pay $29 for their portion.

Let me know if you’re interested. I need groups of four people to go ahead.

In this card I’ve used some of the lovely lace ribbon and Antique Trinkets (safety pin and antique brads) that I’m offering in the Product Share – just to give you a taste. I’ve cased this card from the amazing American Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen (I’m a bit of a fan!! *blush* hehehe). I’ve changed it up a little bit but it was actually just great to keep as true to the original as possible and learn from the master. Email me if you want info about the other products I’ve used in this card.

Happy Stamping,


‘Bliss’ Sale-A-Bration Video Demonstration

Hi Everyone,

I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about what I’m going to do with my ‘Bliss’ free Sale-A-Bration stamp set when it arrives (Yes, I’ve checked the post box a few times today….Patience is not one of my virtues) and then I spied this little video from Stampin’ Up! and the lovely Shannon West (who by the way comes to Australia to do training every year for our annual Stampin’ Up! Convention….. and I must say she’s just one of those people who you want to be friends with!! Some people radiate good energy and she is definitely one of them.) Anyways………..

Check out this great little video and get inspired for your Sale-A-Bration projects. Then send me an email or call me and place your order.

  • Orders $100 or over will qualify for one of the free stamp sets!!
  • But remember if you spend $200 you’ll be able to order TWO free stamp sets….
  • $300 and order THREE free stamp sets
  • or $400 and get all FOUR free stamps sets!!!!

And if you’re ordering $400 worth – why not have me and a few friend together at your house for a fun evening of stamping and card making and gather some extra orders – Hosting a workshop of $600 or more will also qualify you for a further free Sale-A-Bration set too!!

Click on this link and have a look that the Bliss set and the other three sets available.

Happy Stamping,
Carolyn xxx

Slider Card – Elements of Style

Hi Everyone,

Today is the very last day of the school holidays. 😦 My teacher hubby has already been back at school last week in ‘teacher prep’ week and my oldest son Finn is excited about starting year 1 tomorrow and seeing his buddies again. Macauley, Archer and I will be keeping the home fires burning (actually it’s meant to be 42 degrees tomorrow – so maybe I should say keep the home air-conditioner cranking!!) but all of this means back to routine and that’s not such a bad thing. We’ve had a great holidays though.

I was having a play with one of Makeesha Byl’s tutorials for a slider card and this is my version. I’ve changed it up just a bit using the beautiful Every Moment Stamp Set with the addition of clear embossing and some water colouring. I’ve also used my trusty Top Note Dies from with the Big Shot. Love that Top Note Die – so versatile.

Do you see the lace bow?? That’s from the Summer Mini catalogue and I LOVE it. Just love vintage (if you haven’t noticed 😉 …….. Remember you can order products out of the Summer mini and if you spend $100 on product you can also get your Sale-A-Bration free stamp set.  My free set is on it’s way as we speak – so hopefully I’ll have you something to show you real soon.

Happy Stamping,

Carolyn xx

Collage vintage- Carolyn Style

Now that’s two words that look great together ‘Collage’ and ‘Vintage’!!

I made this card for a class and I have to admit it was a bit self indulgent. I just lurv vintage…it just makes my heart sing. So many of the things I love in the one spot on this little number. Embossing, vintage brads, ribbon, twin…… the list goes on.

The  main stamp set is the new Artistic Etchings (a very yummy stamp set out of the 2011 Ideas Book and Catalogue Vintage Suit), and of course my favorite Tiny Tags (can’t stop using that set & the matching jewelry punch) and All a flutter.

So if you love vintage like I do….. you’re going to love this.

Next weeks class…… “a little bit fancy” and vintagey!!

Hi All,

Sorry the blogs been a bit quiet of late. Life is just so busy.

I thought I’d give you a bit of a sneak peek to one of next weeks Stamping and card making class projects. It’s a work in progress and inspired by a very talented  demonstrator called Bronwyn Eastley at (check out her lovely work).

Why not come along to next weeks classes and see how it turns out?

When: Wednesday, 22nd of September
Time: 9.30am & class repeated at 7.30pm
Cost: $20 (please bring correct money as I have limited change)
What do you get: 2 to 3 projects, Use of all my tools and supply of materials for projects, tea/coffee and light refreshments.
Where: address provided on booking
RSVP as soon as you can – limited seats available!!
Happy stamping. XXX Carolyn
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