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It’s here….. the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue


Finally the Stampin’ Up!  Catalogue is here!

Grab a cuppa and check it out!

Would you like a paper copy? Email me today and I can have one posted direct to you for just $9.95.

To place an order online click here 

Or email me if you have any question.

Happy Stamping. X Carolyn

An Elegant Butterfly punch birthday party

Hi All,

A few weeks ago it was my ‘big birthday’ – yes my 40th. 🙂 I had a really wonderful day and I thought I’d share some of the creative elements of the day.

Firstly, I bought these lovely white lanterns and added LOTS of punched out butterflies from a variety of the Stampin’ Up! range of Designer Series Papers. I’ve used 2 punches, the Elegant Butterfly punch #127526 and the Bitty Butterfly punch #129406 both retail for $27.95 each. (If you’d like to order these punches its easy -just click on the shopping cart icon to the left of screen). I’ve just used my trusty hot glue gun to fasten them to the lanterns. Pretty right?


butterfly lanterns at a distance

I also wanted a way to capture all of my friends with a photo on the day – so I set my hubby to joining 3 old doors together that we had left over from renovating our house and then I just went to town sticking lots of the butterflies to the doors. Add a few props and some old frames and a ‘photo booth’ was created.

the photo booth

We sure got some wonderful photos – here I am being a bit of a clown before the party started.



This is my favourite photo of the day – by beautiful boys. Love them SO much.

my boys in frame

See – paper craft can come in all shapes and forms. I think it was fitting that it played such a staring role in by birthday as Stampin’ Up! and all the friends and wonderful creative times I’ve had have really given me such happiness.

Happy stamping everyone,

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

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