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Stampin’ Up! dolls go to Brisbane Convention

I’m really lucky to share my experiences at Stampin’ Up! Convention with some beautiful friends and this year I wanted to make them something really special to keep in their craft rooms even after Convention was over. I’ve made some little rag dolls before for gifts before – so I thought this would be fun for my Convention buddies.

Would you like to see them??

I made each of them as a bit of a reflection of each of the real life girls with their hair colour and coloured stockings that I thought suited them best. … of course I also made one for me too. 🙂

Meet the Stampin’ Up! Dolls….


Here is poor ‘Alisa’ on getting her legs sewn on. Don’t worry, she didn’t scream too much 😉

A NUMBER of nights later sewing (I’m not a fast sewer)…..

Meet Miss Alisa…


Miss Angela…..


Miss Natalie….


and the ever so shy Miss Carolyn 🙂IMG_2316

The whole bunch.


I’ve used Stampin’ UP! Designer Series fabric for their legs/stockings and stamped with White Stayz On on the apron.


Here are a couple of fun picks of Miss Carolyn on her way to Convention and out and about. (You have to have a bit of fun in life right??!!)

Here we are at the Adelaide Airport – Miss Carolyn is about to stowaway in my handbag.


A quick cuppa before the first morning of Convention with roomies Miss Alisa an Miss Angela….


The first session is about to start!!!! Miss Carolyn is excited!!


LOVE Stampin’ Up! Convention. Love the people, love the crafting and LOVE Stampin’ Up!


Hope you enjoyed this bit of fun. Remember to socialise with me on Facebook and like my page and make sure you check out the Retirement Specials – great stamps and accessories some up to 50% off then buy at my online store by clicking on the little shopper dude below.


Happy Stamping & live life in the sun. 🙂

x Carolyn

Stampin’ Up! 25th Anniversary Convention – Swaps

Hi Folks,

I’m on holidays with my family in Queensland after having attended an AMAZING few days at Stampin’ Up!’s 25th Anniversary Convention last week.  Chris, the boys and I are having an absolute blast at Seaworld, Movieworld and later in the week Waterworld.

Stampin’ Up! Convention was SO good. I think the best I’ve been to so far and it was actually my 5th so that’s really saying something. Lots of giveaways (I’ve got a lot of new stamp sets ready to get inked up when I get home), my head is bursting with creative inspiration and business tips, amazing new friendships formed and existing ones strengthened…. And I danced my feet off at the new Awards Night After Party – oh my goodness was that ever an awesome party!

Next year Convention will be held in Melbourne from the 22nd until the 24th of May – I’d love you to join my team the Midnight Inklings and come along and experience 700 plus women enjoying what makes them happy… STAMPING!  Email me or call me on 0401 857748 to chat and find out more information about all the perks of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, the great business opportunity that you might be looking for or simply the 20% discount on all Demonstrator purchases.

When I get home to South Australia I’ll be back to normal blogging with more photos and ideas from Convention but I wanted to share with you ASAP my Convention swap (a card front you swap with others – that way you end up with lots of samples of others work, techniques and inspiration). I hope you like it!!  There is a special feather on it called a Hymn Book Feather and the card is made using the technique Emboss Resist.



Do you love my feather? Like to know how to make the feather and card? Leave me a little comment lovin’ to let me know and I’ll put a little tutorial together.

Remember to Like and Share my business Facebook page too as I update this page almost daily with all things stamping.

Happy Stamping everyone,

x Carolyn

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Happy Stamping,

x Carolyn

Festive Friday # 33 Layout Challenge – using up my Designer Series Paper

I’ve been concentrating on using up some of my Designer Series Papers and retiring items this month as I just know when the new Stampin’ Up! Catalogue becomes available next month, I’ll neglect all of these papers – and that’s such a shame as they are SO YUMMY!  Look at this Designer Series Paper (background) and the sentiment, both are retiring and will be unavailable for purchase after this month.

Nicole has set the girls and myself on the Festive Friday Design Team a Layout challenge this week. Here is the layout:

Have you ever got a bit ‘stuck’ with your card making? Not sure where to start? A layout challenge is a great way to get rid of any loss of card making mojo. Why not give making a card with this layout a go? Take a photo and send it in to Nicole – she might feature it on her blog or you might even win the weekly challenge? See what the other girls are doing on the Festive Friday site. 

Card Recipe

Card Stock – Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Designer Series Paper – Letters To Santa

Ink – Early Espresso

Stamp Set – Contempo Christmas

Accessories – Victoria Crochet Trim Ribbon, Antique Brads

Tools – Bird Builder Punch, Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder, sponge daubers, glue dots & adhesives

Happy Stamping,

x Carolyn

Retired List – Going, going……. GONE!


It’s that time of the year Peeps where the current Catalogues days are numbered and we begin to start looking forward to new goodies. BUT before we get there, don’t miss out on ‘THAT’ stamp set you’ve been lusting after or ‘THAT’ accessory that will soon be history…. maybe even get a bargain or two?

Check out the Stamp Set list & Accessories list links below. Remember, things are selling out really quickly and it’s first in best dressed…. cos’ when they’re gone, they’re gone for good.

Contact me ASAP with your Retired product order.

Stamp Set Retired list

Accessories Retired list

If’ you have any questions drop me an email, I’m more then happy to answer any questions you might.

Happy Stamping,

x Carolyn

Thoughts of you – Crumbcake love

Sorry for being MIA lately. I’ve been just so sick with a horrible flu and then of course all the troops got it as well. While there is still a lot of coughing and the chemist is still getting lots of our money on medicines… there does seem to be a bit of improvement.

Here’s one of the cards I made in my teams recent cyber stamp. I love this style of card and I spotted the original layout on Pintrest although this card is very different to the original starting point.

Lots of things to like about this card and two of my personal favs… buttons and Crumbcake cardstock. Not to mention beautiful retro DSP Twitterpated and lace ribbon. LOVE.

Hope you and yours are well where ever you are.

Happy Stamping,

x Carolyn

Convention Canberra 2012 in review – finally. :)

I can’t believe it’s been almost two weeks since Canberra Stampin’ Up! Convention. I had such a wonderful time and I’m sad it’s over (maybe that’s why I’ve been avoiding blogging this one?). Still, the one good thing about Convention being over is the planning and excitement for the next one….. Brisbane 2013 May 23rd to 25th!!!

By the way, I’d get a cuppa if I was you, this is a long post.

I think the very best thing about this year’s Convention was getting to share it with two of my beautiful downlines and members of my team the Midnight Inklings- Lisa Roberts and Natalie Ewart. Seeing the whole thing through the eyes of first time Convention attendees makes it even MORE exciting. Here we are at the Awards Night Dinner…. we scrub up alright don’t we? 🙂

I’m getting a bit ahead of myself though ….. best I start at the beginning. I HATE FLYING!!!! But I refuse to let that stop me enjoying life, so I fronted up to the airport ridiculously early and got the worst part of the weekend over with. Here is the death trap ,  I mean plane, I travelled in.

Once I arrived in Canberra I was picked up from the airport by my wonderful friends and roomies Angela Sargent, Alisa Tilsner and Darlene Wyatt. After some ‘precision driving’ 😉 we hunted down some late night dinner and I was able to pick up my Convention bag at the final minute…… and oh, what a fab bag it is. SO many pockets and it fits on the top of my rolling craft back PERFECTLY! I’ll post a photo of that soon. Here is Alisa Tilsner modelling my bag.

and the inside……

After lots of talking and catching up we went to sleep… late. Not to worry, Darlene and I had a great sleep and when I eventually turned over and checked my phone I was HORRIFIED to find it was 9.30am and Convention had already started and we were late for swapping. After a few expletives, a very quick shower and no breakfast consumed, Darlene and I found ourselves and Nat and Lisa at the National Convention Centre. We also met then one of the most lovely and lively ladies you’ll ever hope to meet, the delightful Alison Barkley *wave* (hello Alison). We also checked out the very exciting Memento Mall …

Now it doesn’t look very busy does it? This was like the calm before the storm, the following photo was taken the next day on a ‘quiet’ moment in the Mall…

There was SO much pretty things to see…. check out a very small selection of these wonderful sample cards and 3D items.

All the sessions on the Main Stage, Breakout Sessions and classes were great. I’ve come away inspired creatively, in my business and for me personally. The feeling in the Main Stage is electric and the fantastic WOW presentations by my fellow Demonstrators just blow my mind. It’s hard to imagine where they get all of these wonderful ideas from.

Singing? Yep, these are the very talented girls from the Demonstration Support Centre. Great voices.

The gals waiting for the session to start.

On Friday night Nat, Alison and I went to the optional ‘I Am Creative’ class. All I can say was it was fantastic but thank God for Natalie Ewart otherwise I would have got nothing done. I think about 2 weeks of Convention of preparation caught up with me and I was useless. Thank you Nat!!!!!!!

There are so many things announced  – not least of all the increase of our annual Catalogue of an extra 30 pages and further alignment of it’s release to the US Catty – so we’ll have almost everything they have now and sooner then ever before. Also next year the Grand Vacation (previously the Incentive Trip) is to the Stampin’ Up! home office in Utah USA – which is sort of like the ultimate in all stamping trips. The other goodies I’ll let you know as soon as I can. 🙂

Of course a personal highlight for me was winning the Stampin’ Up! Convention Commercial Video Competition for the second year in a row. Check it out if you haven’t seen it.   It’s been really lovely hearing everyone’s reactions. I’m so happy to have given folk a good laugh. Thank you for your comments and especially the wonderful reaction that the crowd gave when my commercial was shown on the day on stage. *blush* A very special and biggest thanks goes to my amazing husband Chris, who puts up with me insisting on doing this for the last couple of years and then having to edit and act in it too! Not to mention he really gets nothing out of it… of course he is always welcome to use my stamping desk, lets face it, it’s close and handy in the bedroom!! LOL.

Here I am with some of my stamping buddies:

The Dream Team. My wonderful friends Alisa Tilsner, Natalie Ewart, me, Lisa Roberts and Angela Sargent. Such a fun bunch of chicks! Where on earth is Darlene and Alison though???!!!! Up at Momento Mall again? 🙂 Big Congrats to Alisa and Angela on their amazing achievements this year. They are a true inspiration.

This is some past roomies of mine who I never get to spend enough time with. Lisa Ryder and Leonie Shroder. *mwha*

The lovely Juliann Williams. An absolute doll I met on my very first Convention and I love catching up with her every Convention and Regionals here in SA.

and finally my lovely friend Nicole Derendorf.

I think this might just be my favourite Convention yet. Which is great news as that means they are just getting better. If you’d like to join in the fun next year, I’d love you to join my team and make the trip to Brisbane with us.

A last little photo…. after we all parted ways on the last day I had a few hours on my own before my death trap  plane home, I found something VERY exciting at the local Target…….SQUEAL!!!!!!  Breaking Dawn Bella and Edward!!!!

Yep, I’m a Twilight Tragic. Hehehehehehe!!!

Happy Stamping,

x C

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