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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 Congratulations & Why are my team are called the Midnight Inklings?

When I started with Stampin’ Up! as a Demonstrator I joined just like so many other people for the great 20% discount on all the products. Little did I know it would give me such a wonderful opportunity to meet so many new friends – stampers & paper crafters, customers, fellow demonstrators and a really special and growing group of ladies – my fabulous team the Midnight Inklings. I’m really so very lucky. My team the Midnight Inklings are such a great bunch of ladies.

I wanted to show you a card I made for a couple of the team this last month who promoted within Stampin’ Up! I really enjoyed making this card. I’ve used the stamp set Happy Congratulations  (# 133044 $28.95 wood mount and #133047 $22.95 clear mount)from the new Occasions Catalogue  it might just be my current favourite.

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Here I’ve used a water colouring technique where I’ve first stamped the outline image with Staz-On black ink then added the coloured lantern image onto the water colour paper. I’ve then spritzed water on the image and it’s then run in I think a really soft and beautiful way. I’ve added a bit of 2-Way Glue and Dazzling Diamonds glitter. The colours I’ve chosen are directly from the Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper.

Now a few of you have been asking why my team is called the Midnight Inklings? Well when I started with Stampin’ Up! (almost 5 years ago) I had 2 children under 4 and another soon on the way. The ONLY time I could stamp in any peace and quiet was burning the midnight oil late at night. When the first of my team started to join we found that we were all in the same boat – thus the Midnight Inklings. While my children are now 9, 6 and almost 4.. I still find I stay up really late at night stamping in peace. When is your favourite time to craft? I’d love you to leave a comment and tell me.

This made me laugh and really resinated with me as a Midnight Inkling.


x Carolyn

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

To purchase any of these items from me click the Shopping Guy below to shop at my online store.


Happy Stamping & Live each day in the sunshine,

Carolyn Bennie xxxx

Your Stampin’ Up! Australia Independent Demonstrator

Two by two – Watercolour baby card




Hi Folks,

Here is a little card I made for some dear friends of mine who had their 3rd little baby girl recently. I’ve been so excited about giving this stamp set ‘Two by Two’ a go as I love to watercolour and colour in general. I had lots of fun using my watercolour pencils which are now sadly retiring. *sad face* but I suppose this will just give me more opportunity to play with my markers and blender pens!! A silver lining in every cloud.




Here is the stamp set ‘Two by Two’#126788 and at only just $15.95 its a bargain! Click on my shopping trolly over to the left to go to my online shop and purchase yours any time 24/7.

It’s school holidays here at the moment and I’m just loving spending some time with the boys and really relaxing. Hope you’re well wherever you are. *wave*

I have lots of stamping specials in points of interest coming up in my next post……. 🙂 Exciting times at Stamping Up!

Happy stamping,

x Carolyn



Bordering On Romance – Happy Birthday Mum!!


It was my gorgeous Mum’s Birthday the other day and I wanted to make her something special. My new set ‘Bordering on Romance’ instantly sprang to mind as it gave me the opportunity to do a little bit of watercolour (one of my favourite stamping techniques).

The base of the card is actually done in Grey and not the black the photo is showing. Can you see I stamped on the envelope too?

I’ve even made the inside of the card pretty.

I almost like the inside better then the front.

Have a great day. Happy Stamping.

x C


Inkspirations Challenge #92 – The Nicest Things

I’ve been busting to try out this technique for days after seeing photo of a piece of art on Pintrest (a website I’m a bit obsessed with at the moment!!). The technique had the image of a person on newsprint where you can see the newsprint on everything except for the peoples skin.

I’ve used our beautiful the little girls image from our ‘The Nicest Things’ stamp set  and the ‘First Edition Speciality’ designer series paper.  I also thought I’d play along with the Inkspirations Challenges blog which has a colour challenge this week using Cherry Cobbler, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla and Sahara Sand.

Here is a little tutorial on the ‘Stamping on newsprint’ technique:

I’ve run a piece of the First Edition DSP through my Big Shot machine with my Top Note Bigz Die. I’ve then stamped the little girls image in VersaMark and then covered in Black Embossing powered and heat set with my Stampin’ Up! Heat Tool.

I’ve used Craft White ink on a dry Aqua Painter pen to cover all of the skin on the little girls (and cover the newsprint) and then coloured the skin with my Blush Blossom Stampin’ Write Marker.

I’ve then added colour to the rest of the image using my Aqua Painters and my Classic Stampin’ ink Pads. (Using ink from the pads in the lids as a palette)… and a few touch ups with my markers.

I’ve then surrounded the whole image in grey to make it ‘pop’ out off of the page.

I’ve then gone over the faces of the girls with my black Stampin’ Write Marker ‘journal tip’ end. Now in hindsight I should have used a non water based pen as the image was still a tiny bit moist and the black ended up a little bit fuzzier and not as crisp as I wanted – and therefore the faces not as delicate. A learning for next time. 

And here is the finished card. What do you think? I’ve used my FAVOURITE Vintage wall paper embossing folder and sponged it with ink to distress it a little. I’ve also used the new yummy Seam Binding ribbon in Cherry Cobbler. 

Would you like to see more tutorials like this one?  Let me know if there are any techniques that you would especially like to see me make.

Happy Stamping,

x C

Because I Care – With Sympathy Card

My lovely neighbour lost her sister recently and I put together this card using the ‘Because I Care’ Hostess stamp set.

I’ve water coloured using Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navey and Old Olive. I love using the Clasic Stampin Pads lid as the pallet and my Aquapainter for my brush. The Aquapainters are a brush that holds the water inside them and you just squeeze the water out as you brush. Then when your finished with each colour – give a squeeze and paint on your blotting paper, then move on to the next colour you want to paint.

I’ve ‘cased’ my card from a beautiful card that one of my stamping hero’s Teneale Williams showed on her blog. Teneale is such an inspiration to me. See Teneale’s card here

x C

June classes – Purse note-card gift set

Hi Ladies,

I’m currently taking bookings for my June card making class. I have a special little Purse and note-card set this time …. it’s sooo cute. I’m just giving you a teaser with the photo…. You’ll have to wait until the class to see the 3 cute note-cards that go inside. If you would like to join me please email or give me a call.

Here is the project and the details of the class:

Date: Wednesday 22nd of June

Time: 9.30am and repeated at 7.30pm (duration approx. 2 – 2 1/2 hours)

Cost: $20 – include all supplies to make your cards and the use of my tools. The laughter, relaxation and fun is free!! :)

Please book ASAP as all card stock and supplies will need to be ordered and pre-cut, so I must know numbers.

Email me to book in.

Late Cancelations for classes
Bookings and payment are essential as spaces are limited and to allow for kit preparation and ordering of supplies. Cancelations for any reason within 3 days of the class will now still require payment. I am happy to provide you with your kit with some stamping completed, so the cards can be made at your leisure at home. Thank you for your ongoing support of my ‘stay at home mum’ business. I do hope you understand the necessity to make sure my business remains viable.  🙂

Scrapping Sunday

It’s a rainy and cold day here in Balhannah today. We have the fire on and I’m enjoying the company of my Mum who has been staying with us for a couple of weeks after looking after my oldest boys when I went to Convention. I love my Mum and I’m going to be super sad and a bit low tomorrow when she’s gone home. 😦

Here’s another layout from my Mum’s 70th album. This one is me as a baby with Mum and the other page is my little family now. I just love Elements of Style stamp set. Some of my favourite colours are Crumb cake and Baja Breeze….. so this layout was just so very me.

Every Moment – Happy Birthday Janet!

Hi All,

It’s a grey steamy old day here in Balhannah … kinda the calm before the storm in 1st birthday party prep for my little Archer’s first birthday on Sunday. I always over do it and this event will be no different. I’ll make sure I post some photos from his ‘Teddy Bears Picnic’.

On another birthday front – it’s my lovely Mother In-Law Janet’s birthday today.. Happy Birthday Janet. Mhwa.

I saw this card on a great website I’ve been following called ‘Clean&Simple’ and I discovered it was made by a wonderful fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator called Judy May (have a look at her original creation at her lovely blog!!) and I just HAD to reproduce it. It was soooo good.

That’s the great thing about card making – you don’t always need to ‘re-invent’ the wheel…. but it is sure nice to give credit where it’s due and acknowledge  the original creator.

Hope you like my version! I just love this stamp set. Every Moment is so lovely to water colour. I’m also loving using some of my Design Series papers and of course my Big Shot and dies for the labels and cute wee butterfly.

Happy Stamping,

x Carolyn

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