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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


Salt Lake City Utah – Stampin’ Up! Convention 2013 – A trip of a life time begins





You know a lot can happen in a short time right? It wasn’t long ago I was posting saying I was about to leave to go to Utah as a guest of my friend Angela Sargeant on the Stampin’ Up! Australia’s Grand Vacation &  Stampin’ Up! USA Convention 2013 and now it’s almost 2 weeks since I’ve arrived back in Australia – and I’m still processing all of the amazing experiences and re-ajusting to life back home again. Gosh 5 star accommodation is a hard thing to give up!! Hehehe

I wanted to start to share with you some of the best bits of the trip by way of the photos I’ve taken, however the most amazing thing of any journey is the people and adventures you have. I left Australia with Angela my stamping buddy and returned home with a life long friend – truly the best part of my trip was the hours of traveling, shopping, eating and SO much laughter I’ve had with this beautiful lady. We also met the most fun and hospitable folks in Utah including the staff Stampin’ Up!, made friends with Demonstrators from all over the world including Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand. Not to mention strengthening friendships with our fellow Aussie Demos – oh my goodness there are some wickedly funny ladies out there!!

But as I can’t recount all of our adventures (and some I’ve been sworn to secrecy) I’ll just have to show you the photos instead. 🙂

Here am I on the flight out of Adelaide on my way to meet Angela in Sydney …. did I tell you I’m not a very happy flyer – but I refuse to let it stop me enjoying life. Still… I do look a little nervous right??



This is the beautiful Salt Lake City. Did you know that Salt Lake is where the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is based? These amazing buildings are the Mormon Temples visible from our hotel window. Just breath taking.

Does it look hot? YEP!! It was very, VERY hot and going straight from cold wintery Adelaide to the middle of the desert in summer in the US was a bit of a shock to the system. I’m sure missing that weather now though.

The whole town seemed to be happy to welcome Stampin’ Up!




This is the outside of the SLC Convention Centre… as you walk in the many doors a the bottom of this dome it triggers wooden chimes to start on the inside.


So this is a long line twisting around the hall ways of the Convention Centre…. folk  making their way into the starting session. Did I mention there were 6000!! or so Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators attending this year? The USA’s biggest yet maybe the result of it being Stampin’ Up!’s 25th Anniversary year of being in business.

This year was Australia’s biggest Convention too… we had 700 Demonstrators. Having now gone to both and LOVED both, I still think we’re very lucking in Australia as we have a lovely intimate Convention were we get the chance to catch up with friends and have a lot of time with the lovely US Stampin’ Up! staff.



I won a crowd prize (we call it Prize Patrol) on the very first day!! Happy gifty for me. 🙂 🙂 YEAH!!  Little did we know that EVERYONE would end up winning a Prize Patrol that attended – yep 6000 Prizes. The last 25 people to win, won EVERY STAMP SET out of the soon to be released Seasonal Catalogue!!!  How lucky were they???? OMG!!!

IMG_2912I like this photo of Angela and I…. just a few of the 6000 behind us.






The decorations were AMAZING.. and the displays PHENOMENAL.


I’ll post more photos of the displays in the next little while but here are a few to wet your appetite …






I also was lucky enough to meet some US Stampin’ Up! royalty :

Patty Bennett – so lovely




Tami White – sweet AND Stinkin’ Cute (seriously she is SO cute!!)IMG_2968

The oh so amazing Mary Fish




I also got to ‘sort of’ meet my ABSOLUTE favourite US Stamper Kimberly Van Diepen walking across the road. I know… It’s kind of weird stalking these ladies who are just like us – Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators, however they are a real inspiration and work so hard they deserve a bit of Fandom.

Have you had to get another coffee yet???? I know it’s a super long post but it’s fun I hope.

The Awards evening was inspirational. Some of the US and Canadian Demos are unbelievable with their achievements. So worth attending.

This photo is everyone heading to the ‘After Party’ once the awards were completed….. mind blown?


So Stampin’ Up! know how to put on a party!!! Acrobats…..



Cupcake girls …  I named Bad Cupcake girls IMG_3026

and Good Cupcake girl 🙂IMG_3022

said cupcakes!! Yummo!!


and whats a party with out party favours? Free 6 rolls of Washi Tape for all!!

Now I’d like to tell you we went straight home to bed….. but um NO!!! Guess what? Our Aussie Convention After party was such a hit this year that they bought in a band to rock out the US Convention After Party too!! So what self respecting Aussie couldn’t dance like crazy to the 80’s covers band? – and they just shouldn’t have played ‘ Land Down Under’…… we all did make a lot of noise…oi Oi OI!!  hehehe

So 3 days of US Convention finally, sadly came to an end. So many stamping goodies to bring home, business and creative learnings and memories to treasure.

Here is a shot off all the sparkly confetti falling from the ceiling at the end of the closing session.



Remember this little swap card I made?


These are all of the swaps I got in return……. I’ll give you a close up in the next while of a few really special ones.



I hope you enjoyed this blog post. Please leave a comment if you did as I love to hear from you.

If you’d like to find out more about being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator as either a fun hobby or as a business opportunity click here , I’d be happy to send you an information pack.

Happy Stamping & Remember to Live Life in the Sunshine

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

November Promotions – not one but TWO!

Two wonderful promotions this month from Stampin’ Up! I’m really excited about this….. read on……..

Been thinking of Hosting a Stampin’ Up! Party? Check this out!

Here are all the details:

Dates: 1 November- 16 December, 2012

Promotion Details: Hostesses who hold a minimum $650 party during the promotion period will receive a FREE collection of Classic Stampin Pads*-they can choose from Brights, Subtles, or Regals.  Plus, the free ink is in addition to the regular hostess benefits-INK-credible! A collection of Classic Stampin’ Pads normally retails for $79.95 before postage and handling is applied.

So contact me today to book a Party at your house with your friends. Lets make a Christmas Card or 2 together and you could be soon having a whole colour family of Stampin’ Up! Inkpads!!

Parties not your thing?  Gather orders from you and your crafty friends – qualifying orders will get the Hostess Benefits that way. (We call that a Catalogue Party). Email or call me on 0401 857748 if you have any questions about either a Party or a Catalogue Party.

Now the 2nd Promotion!!  


Email me or call me on 0401 857748

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