A gift for my class ladies when we make a ‘Card in a box’

Next class is technique Tuesday on the 5th of August and have I got a treat for you!

We’re making a fun and intriguing project called a Card in a Box. These cards fold down to the fit in a regular sized envelope and then pop open to reveal the floral garden hidden inside. What’s more you’ll go home with hand written project instructions and a tools & product list -so  you’ll easily be able to reproduce your box at home over and over again.

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We’ll be co-ordinating this card with a beautifully decorated envelope and as a special gift to my beautiful attending class ladies we are also decorating a clear Stampin’ Up! storage case in which you will be able to transport your class projects home in and bring with you to all of our future classes – No more brown lunch bags! No more precious handmade cards being squashed in the car – or worse still sat on!! hehehe

Fun right? I have limited cases on order – so book now to secure your place at my Stamping Studio – and your gift!!! All at the regular class price.

First time stamper? Never been to a class? Not to worry – I’m here to guide you through the whole time – it’s what I love to do.

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When: Tuesday August 5th

Where: Just 20 minutes up the freeway to beautiful Balhannah. (Be warned – put aside an extra hour to visit legendary Bahannah by Design gift store and the Cocolat Cafe.) My address of My Home Stamping Studio will be provided on booking.

Time: 10am and class repeated at 7.30pm (approx 2 hours duration)

Cost: $25 includes all materials, use of my tools and light refreshments. Also your Card Carry Case Gift for this class.

Book: email carolynbennieink@gmail.com me, phone 0401 857748  or txt me now. I’ve ordered a limited number of Stampin’ Up! cases and there will be class limits. First time stampers welcome. :)

Card in a Box & Stamp case storage

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Remember to pop over to see the current weekly deals. This just 2 more days for these ones then new ones on Wednesday. Head to my online store via the shopping trolly or by clicking the images below.

Happy stamping.

x Carolyn

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This time last year…. Stampin’ Up! Grand Vacation

I’m a super sentimental type and I’ve been very reflective in the last few days about where I was last year at this same time. A year ago today I was with my wonderful friend Angela, who took me with her as a guest on the Stampin’ Up! Grand Vacation to the USA. We took in the Stampin’ Up! US Convention and then had the most fantastic time at the stunning ski resort St Regis Deer Valley. We were SO spoilt by Stampin’ Up!

A highlight was visiting Stampin’ Up!s Home office and then the following day visiting the manufacturing facility in Kanab Utah to see how the Stampin’ Up! products are made. This was a very special treat as only a very few had ever had this experience before. carolynbennie.com

 

Before I tell you about the visit to Kanab I must show you where we stayed…. if you ever ever get to Utah, The Saint Regis Deer Valley is like Heaven on Earth. We stayed in the hight of summer but I can only imagine how different and beautiful it would also be in the snow in winter. 5 star living really suits me – its hard to not LOVE!! carolynbennie.com

 

Below is the entrance to the Stampin’ Up! manufacturing facility with all the staff welcoming us. It was a super early start to get there… and a chartered plane ride and a long bus trip. I was worried it would be worth it but it was beyond expectations. I think seeing how everything was made was such a special experience and the staff made us feel so welcome. Aren’t all the Stampin’ Up! buildings beautiful?

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We arrived at lunch and of course they had the most beautiful bbq laid on for us. So much great food. The staff were amazing, generous, helpful and really excited for us to be there.

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I must introduce you to Stamper Girl. I made Stamper Girl and her friend a while ago as a Convention roomy gift – and they both decided to tag along to see Kanab! Here she is at lunch. Seriously even the paper napkins are purdy! carolynbennie.com

The smell of hot off the press rubber. Wow. What a sight for a stamper to see. carolynbennie,com

These are the templates/moulds that the lay the flat rubber on before they go in the ovens.carolynbennie.com

Stamper Girl is just checking the oven is at the right setting…. . a stickler for detail.
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This was such a surprise… this lady is mixing the dies to put into the foam pads. Hand mixing. Not a robot but a real human. carolynbennie.comStamper Girls is a super good listener.

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Look at all those wooden blocks about to go into sets. ** squeal** All the stamp sets are packed by hand. Almost half of the residence of Kanab work in some aspect of Stampin’ Up! manufacturing. It’s really a community.
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Stamper Girl does like to make friends… here she is with David Baugh (VP, Global Operations at Stampin’ Up!) – they got along great. ;) carolynbennie.com

Here the girls are saying hello to Pam Morgan (VP, Employee and Demonstrator Development at Stampin’ Up!). carolynbennie.com Oh card stock… how I love the.

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And here it all is… the finished product ready for shipping off to you and me to love and play with. carolynbennie.com

It was a big day for Stamper Girl – who I might say had a ball!!carolynbennie.com

To top of such a special day we had the opportunity to visit the Kanab playground Stampin’ Up! has built for the community. Guess what’s under the play equipment? Yep, all of the rubber offcuts!

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Such cherished memories and an amazing opportunity. Stampin’ Up! is the most amazing company and so are the friends you make while along the way.
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Happy stamping everyone.

x Carolyn

 

Need a super cute gift box? …. AND it’s Wednesday Deal day :)

My feet have not stopped running the last few weeks preparing for the Sewing, Stitching and Hand Craft Fair held here in Adelaide (see photos below). Preparing lots and lots of samples of new Stampin’ Up! products – its a hard life hey? Having to play with Stampin’ Up! goodies for a living is the best job ever.

I got to play with Stampin’ Up!’s new Blendabilities and the fab single stamp called Blended Blooms. I’m having so much fun colouring but you my friends know that colouring is my happy place…. and seriously that Hamburger Die is F.U.N.

Blended blooms Hamburger Box - carolynbennie.comI’m still have my ‘learner’ hat on for the Blendabilities but it’s good fun practising. I can also see the leaf image from the Kinda Eclectic stamp set is going to get lots of use.

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I have a Blendabilities Class coming up really soon… keep a look out for details.

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Here is our stall at the Sewing, Stitching and Hand Craft Fair. I worked with my good friend Alisa and we had a lot of laughs.

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****Reminder**** it’s Wednesday Weekly Deals day.. the deals this week are great. I’m crushing on the Cup Cake Punch and the Vintage Faceted Buttons. Click HERE to go and have a stickybeak at my secure site Online Store. Shop 24/7 and  have delivered straight to your door.

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Have a great day folks. Looking forward to seeing you again really soon.

x Carolyn

 

Bordering Blooms Video tutorial – Create a background pattern

So you might know I’m a bit of a night owl – my perfect life would be to stay up until 1 or 2am and sleep until 9am every day (blush). Well it’s school holidays at the moment and with Hubby up super early most mornings watching the World Cup and making the kids their breakfast, I’ve been able to stay up late, stamping and creating and then sleeeeeeep in. BLISS!!!  But the it’s all going to end really soon with the end of the World Cup and the holidays finishing up. *sigh* That is going to be a bitter pill to swallow…. if you see me with big bags under my eyes you know exactly why.

So while I’ve had all that creative energy I’ve put together another video tutorial on how to create a patterned background with the new Stampin’ Up! Photopolymer Border Stamps. These stamps are so fantastic and I know you’re going to love them as much as I do.

This card is made with the stamp set called Bordering Blooms. Really lovely crisp and elegant lines. Great for any occasion.

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Stamping Tip: I’ve made the little flag with a tooth pick – the perfect size for a card and flags are totally on-trend.

I adore Stampin’ Up! Photopolymer stamps. They just tick so many boxes. Photopolymer makes:

  • perfect and accurate positioning so simple – they’re clear and you can see exactly where to put them,
  • adhering to the acrylic blocks are a dream – they’re super sticky
  • cleaning your stamps is easy – clean as you would normally and wash with soapy water if they get really inky. Yes they stay sticky after washing!
  • storage is simple – keep out of direct sunlight
  • stamped images are crisp and perfect

Border stamps are just perfect for making backgrounds. Here I’ve used the Draw the line   border stamp to make this circle background for this framed piece – perfect for home decor.

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This curly flower is really sweet and a bit different. There is an excellent tutorial here on how to make them: http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2014/03/make-curly-paper-flowers/

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Here are the products I’ve used in these projects:

Thanks for popping by.
Happy Stamping

x Carolyn

New Product Play Class – Tuesday 22nd July

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Book for my ‘New Product Play Class’. We’ll be playing with the New Stampin’ Up! Hamburger Die, Photopolymer Flower Patch stamp set & coordinating framelits and the artistic Work of Art stamp set.

New Product Play Class
Date: Tuesday the 22nd of July (first week of term for us school mum ma’s)

Time: 10am and repeated at 7.30pm

Cost: $25 (or $15 with an order of $50 or more from a current catalogue or FREE with an order of $100 or more)
Includes: All Stampin’ Up! tools and supplies used to make 3 projects. Tea, Coffee and bickies.

BOOK NOW!!! Phone 0401 857748 or email carolynbennieink@gmail.com

Double your fun and bring a friend. It’s all about the laughs.

Chalk Lines Border Stamp – How to Mitre Corners

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Hey, how are you? Todays tutorial is all about how to use Stampin’ Up!’s  new Chalk Lines border stamp in a different kind of way. I’ve mitred a straight border stamp into a corner stamp!!!!  *cheer* I love the result and I really hope you do as well. Give this technique a try for yourself. I’d love to hear of your results.

 

Here is the same technique used with one of our fab Gift Card Enclosure Packs. Now these little beauties could easily be overlooked in that HUGE new Catalogue of ours, but they are so cute and perfect for a store gift voucher or the like. You’ll NNEEEEEDDDD some like I did. LOLChalk Lines Border Stamps- Gift Card Enclosure Card

Here is the Gift Card Enclosure Pack all tucked up and hiding its secrets. Decorate the outside as well – a little ribbon or Bakers Twine would work well. Chalk Lines - Gift Card Enclosure Card closed

Have you got your hands on our new 2014/15 Stampin’ Up! Catalogue yet? 249 pages of stamping and paper craft goodness filled with ideas, examples of colour combinations and styles! Better then a craft magazine just all filled up with adds.

Annual Catalogue 2014/15

Are you’re a local to the Adelaide Hills -Crafers West to Mount Barker to Lobethal? Call me and if all possible I’ll drop one off to you. They are just $5 (cost price) for local folk. If you’re a little further a field head to my Online Store HERE and order a Catalogue posted direct to you OR of course you can read the Catalogue online.. ..download to your iPad and have close at hand all the time.

Have a look HERE to see my new new new Customer Rewards Card information as well. My customers are the best – I truly value your support and I’d like to say thank you. Learn how. :)

Thanks for dropping in. See you again soon.

x Carolyn

Cards for a Cure – Friday 25th July – A very special class

Cards for a Cure – Friday 25th July – A very special class

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Almost all of us have family members, friends and neighbours who have been affected by breast cancer. This widespread disease has also touched the lives of members of the Stampin’ Up! family, and contributions to breast cancer research have been an important part of Stampin’ Up!’s philanthropic outreach.

And because Stampin’ Up! wants to help others like you, we have launched a new philanthropic effort in the South Pacific. We are currently selling Ready, Set, Send. Kits through the National Breast Cancer Foundation and will donate $10 to NBCF for each kit sold. The Ready. Set. Send. Kit features handmade cards and includes five thank you cards, five birthday cards and 10 envelopes.

You can order your Cards to complete in the comfort of your own home for Cards for a Cure Here online. Simple, easy to put together cards for everyone.

I’m holding a special class as a fun way to assemble these kits and enjoy each others company. This is a class for EVERYONE – non-card makers, experienced crafters, really anyone who would like to donate to a very worthy cause and make some great cards to have at home for a birthday or a thank you. Bring along a friend – it will be fun – promise. :)

Date: Friday 25th of July
Time: 10am and class repeated at 7.30pm
Cost: $20 (including P/h and all adhesives required)
Where: at my home & Stamping Studio

Orders and pre-payment for this event will be required by no later then 11h of July. Please contact me on ph 0401 857748 or email carolynbennieink@gmail.com where I will provide payment details.

It’s here! The new annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue live today!!

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The new Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalogue is just beautiful.  So many fun new products and beautiful stamps….. I have so many projects rolling around my head I just don’t know if a year is going to be long enough!!!

I love to colour. LOVE IT! So when I found out Stampin’ Up! was releasing a new line of alcohol based markers I was beyond excited. Blendabilities are fun and give super results. You’re going to love them like me I just know it. Have a look at this:

A product line I’m a bit worried about to be honest is Project Life. Why am I worried? Because I fear I might like it even more then card making!!!! GASP!!!!! It ties in a few of my loves – photos of my kids and my family, recording special moments like the art work they do and the certificates the receive and my words or journaling so they have a record of what I thought and felt. A record of their childhood. But MOST importantly it is SOOOOOO QUICK and easy. Combined with the beautiful products, colour co-ordination and creativity of Stampin’ Up!  - I’m SOLD!!!! Check this out:

Annual Catalogue 2014/15

Have a look at the Stampin’ Up! catalogue online today. Just click on the picture of the catalogue above. Make your wish list and then support me your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and start shopping by clicking here.  Who doesn’t love to shop for supplies to make their own handmade cards, boxes and memory keeping!

x Carolyn

Stampin’ Up! Australia Independent Demonstrator

To Join Stampin’ Up! Australia and my team – click here to find out more. And I am always excited by new demonstrators in my team!

 

 

 

Bordering Blooms & Chalk Lines – Photopolymer Border Stamps

As promised, here is the first card sample from my recent display of New Border Stamps at South Pacific’s Stampin’ Up! Convention 2014.  I’ve used 3 of the new In-Colors: Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss and my personal favourite Lost Lagoon.Border Stamps - carolynbennie.com I just love love the boarder stamps from the new 2014/15 Annual Catalogue – and Bordering Blooms & Chalk Lines are so versitile and purdy. The exciting thing about these stamps is they’re photopolymer!! They are completely clear and super sticky. You’ll love Stampin’ Up! Photopolymer stamps. They are perfect in every way. They stick to the acrylic block like nothing else and being totally clear, you can see exactly where you’re stamping so positioning is easy peasy. I’m a total convert and you’ll see me using them a LOT.

I wanted this card to have an Indian/Bohemian feel and to achieve this I’ve heat embossed with gold embossing powder on the Blackberry Bliss card stock and co-ordinated it with lush and rich colours and lots of sponging. I mounted the card front on a Soft Suede card because if you know me you’ll know I’m a BIG fan of brown. All shades and variations of brown. Perhaps because I was born in the 1970′s? ;)

After piercing with my paper piercer (a favourite tool of mine that is super cheap and always at close reach on my stamping table), I’ve hand sewn with Linen thread finishing off with a bow and a button.

All of these new In-Colors and stamp sets will be available to order from me as of 1st of July (just next week) from my online store or by calling me on 0401857748 or emailing carolynbennieink@gmail.com . Please let me know if you have any questions about the products I’ve used here today.

There are only a very few days left of the current Annual Catalogue – order any retiring stamps and accessories NOW here.

If you’ve been thinking of joining Stampin’ Up! and my Team the Midnight Inklings for the amazing $85 joining special you have only a 4 days left to do so. Contact me on 0401857748 or emailing carolynbennieink@gmail.com for more information or head to here to join right now online and start ordering your own products at 20% off straight away.

Enjoy your day & happy stamping.

x Carolyn

 

 

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