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Photopolymer Stamps (completely clear stamps) now available



Stampin’ Up! searched long and hard for just the right material to be able to introduce completely clear stamping. They’ve found it! I’m excited to announce that with the release of the upcoming 2014-2015 Annual Catalogue, will have wood-mount, clear-mount AND photopolymer stamps. Our top-quality photopolymer stamps stick extremely well on our acrylic blocks, are durable, and the transparent nature of these sets makes it easier to line up your images without the need of a guide. This is a feature that is particularly helpful with alphabets, borders, and backgrounds! Photopolymer is clearly a great choice.

Will you want to wait until the catalogue comes out to try this great new product? Of course not! So, beginning 1 May, Stampin’ Up! are introducing two exclusive photopolymer stamp sets: Show & Tell 1, and Show & Tell 2.

These great new photopolymer sets are designed to be used together. Even better, you can order both sets in a bundle that comes with an amazing online class-featuring tons of great project ideas using Show & Tell 1 and 2.

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Head to my online store and order now…….. I’m excited by these. 🙂



x Carolyn


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.


Midnight Inklings Stampin' Up! Team gathering

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*

Midnight Inklings Stampin' Up! Team gathering

Midnight Inklings Stampin' Up! Team gathering


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

Midnight Inklings Stampin' Up! Team gathering


Now you know there had to be some chocolate in those bags …… and a few Stamping goodies too.
Midnight Inklings Stampin' Up! Team gathering


Midnight Inklings Stampin' Up! Team gathering


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.
Midnight Inklings Stampin' Up! Team gathering


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 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??


Midnight Inklings Stampin' Up! Team gathering


With all of the food and Cranberry punch…. ready for the girls!!!!!
Midnight Inklings Stampin' Up! Team gathering

Midnight Inklings Stampin' Up! Team gathering



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. 🙂

Midnight Inklings Stampin' Up! Team gathering

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.

Midnight Inklings Stampin' Up! Team gathering


Happy Stamping.

x Carolyn


May 6th Technique Class – Parchment technique

May 6th Technique Class – Parchment technique

20140421-112710.jpgJoin me for my next class May 6th at 10am and 7.30pm.
This will be a technique class all about the parchment technique.
We’ll be making 3 detailed and layered cards.
All supplies and tools included in the $25 fee. Tea, coffee and bickies provided.
Email me at to book.

Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals – week 3



Two posts today – yep, it’s been a BIG day!
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Each Wednesday in April Carolyn Bennie Ink and Stampin’ Up! will bring you a new set of deals on a selection of fantastic products. Be sure to check back each week here to my blog page or my Facebook page to see whats on sale and take advantage of these great deals before they’re gone!

These are the deals this week… (remember this weeks deals just last for this week… we get a fresh batch next week.)

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Head to my online store, email me or phone me 0401 857748 to order….. and don’t leave it until the last minute. 😉

x Carolyn


Project Life & Stamping Up!

Picture this….. it’s early morning…….I’m snoozing as it’s school holidays….. My phone was beeping like crazy. My Stampin’ Up! friends are messaging me with BIG Stampin’ Up! news…… “Wake up Carolyn, you’re missing everything” one message even said!! Then I see it…. Project Life and Stampin’ Up! are collaborating with a new Project Life Scrapbooking range. *Faint*

I’ve never really been able to ‘get into’ the traditional form of scrapbooking – although I do see the attraction (I’m just too time poor and tend to overcomplicate things). But the Becky Higgins’ Project Life line has always been very inviting…. and now  its going to be available through Stampin’ Up! Yep, co-ordinating Becky Higgins products with Stampin’ Up! colours and inks.

What an awesome opportunity for Stampin’ Up! and Demonstrators. We even get to have a early play with the Project Life Stampin’ Up! products – I can’t wait. If you can’t to, why not JOIN Stampin’ Up! and my team to get your hands all inky prior to the July release scheduled to become available with the new Australian Stampin’ Up! annual catalogue 1st of July 2014.

With the Blendabilities (Stampin’ Up!’s new range of alcohol markers) and lots of new and exciting products set for release in the  next few month – now is an fantastic time to become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and start your new business or get your hobby with a great 20% discount, all while finding a fun group of like-minded people to craft with.

My team the Midnight Inklings are a fast growing, energetic and creative group of ladies who love to socialise and share ideas and helpful advice on line and in person if possible and we’d love you to join in the fun. email me or call me on 0401857748 and I’ll send you an information pack for free.


To learn more about Project life and Stampin’ Up!’s collaboration head on over the Becky Higgins & Project Life website 


More news on this as it happens. Would you be interested in having Project Life get togethers as my house? That sounds like fun!

Happy Stamping,

x Carolyn


Digital Downloads day – Gorgeous Grunge and others

School holiday time here and my kids just got back from the cinema after watching the new Lego movie. I’ll be listening to a blow by blow account of the movie all day ….. wish me luck!

Here are the latest Digital Downloads from Stampin’ Up! for all of you digital scrapbooking and digital photography folks. Here is a taste of this weeks batch.

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Every Tuesday Stampin’ Up! Australia releases new Digital Downloads that you can purchase from my online store. Here are an example of this weeks:

To download MDS just head to my online store – it just costs $24.95 to download OR try it for free on the 30 day FREE trial. Then the world really starts to open up… are SOOOO many ‘digital downloads’ (think of real world items like papers, punched shapes, stamp images etc etc) to purchase to create with. These digital downloads are really not very expensive – so you can freshen up your MDS all the time.


There are loads and loads more Digital Downloads to look at – just head on over to my online store.

CM554TDid you know you can get a 30 Free Trial of MDS? Download, have a play and THEN decide if you want to pay. 

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.

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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


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