Anna Wheaton - Independent Stampin' Up! ®
Demonstrator, Burleigh Waters, Q, AUSTRALIA
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December 31, 2010

Another (another) notebook!

Yes, just one more - a smaller one this time. I made this for my niece for Christmas. This beautiful, bright DSP is retired unfortunately!
Interested in a Valentine's promotion? Click on the side bar to read more!
Thanks to everyone who participated in the December Frenzy! What a great month of bargains.
Stay tuned for information about my Open House to launch Sale-a-Bration!

December 28, 2010

Sale-a-Bration is coming

Sale-a-bration begins January 25th. Earn FREE stamp sets! Contact me for more details or keep an eye on my blog for more information!

December 24, 2010

Scallop Envelope Christmas

One of my first Big Shot (everyone needs one of these) accessories was the Scallop Envelope die. I used it to make a little Christmas gift for my workshop ladies. If you went to the Bon Jovi concert instead, this is what you missed out on :-)
Stamps: Tiny Tags
Card: Close to Cocoa DSP, Real Red A4, Whisper White A4, Soft Suede A4
Ink: Real Red, Soft Suede
Tools: Big Shot Scallop Envelope die, Jewellery Tag Punch
Accessories: Gold Brad, Glue Dots, 2-Way Glue Pen

Merry Christmas to everyone. Thanks for visiting my blog!

December 23, 2010

Another notebook

This is a notebook I made for myself awhile ago. Scroll down to my previous post to see another. This one uses the Elegant Soiree DSP.

December 22, 2010

Thankyou Notebook

I love that a simple but beautiful and unique gift can be created using Stampin' Up! products. I bought this notebook for my upline as a thankyou. It was a plain brown style from Borders. But with a bit of DSP and ribbon and one of my favourites, the owl punch, I created what I think is a beautiful gift. I hope she likes it! This notebook is covered in the Woodland Walk DSP which has all sorts of images to suit the owl punch (his tummy uses this DSP too!)
Check back tomorrow and I'll show you a notebook using another colour combo.

December 20, 2010

An Ella card

My niece, who has had her cards on my blog before, sent me this beautiful card.... clever girl. Can you see her writing at the bottom left hand corner? Pretty neat for a six year old!?

December 18, 2010

Bag in a Box in a Bag

I'm back, with photos!

One of our projects at the December workshop was this Box in a Bag. The original was created by Di Gibbs, a SU! demonstrator in the U.S. It looks beautiful in the Jolly Holiday DSP and the project is quick and easy. Click here for the tutorial.
The tag uses the Dasher stamp - one of the a la CARTE single stamps. If you are a fan of the Scallop Circle punch, this is a larger one (6cm) available in the new Summer Mini. The Old Olive circle is punched out with the 4.4cm Circle Punch.
Stamps: Dasher
Card: Jolly Holiday DSP, Old Olive A4, Cherry Cobbler A4
Ink: Old Olive
Tools: Scallop Edge Punch, 4.4 cm Circle Punch, 6cm Scallop Circle Punch, Round Tab Punch (hidden behind the tag!)
Accessories: Wild Wasabi Double stitched ribbon (retired), Basic Rhinestones

December 17, 2010

No Photo

I am having trouble loading photos on my blog - doing everything the same as always but it's not happening.  So....just words for now.  December Frenzy on the picture to the right to read the specials.  I had sent out an email saying that some markers were no longer on special but, we  demonstrators have kicked up a fuss and ALL the markers listed on the flyer are still available at the discounted price.  People power!!  If you wish to place an order, email me on or phone 55 765 469.

If you haven't visited my blog before, scroll down for some photos of projects.. Hopefully, I'll work things out and post some more photos soon!

December 13, 2010

December Frenzy continues

One of the great buys of the December Frenzy is the Circle Scissors Plus (#112530) usually $54.95 now $32.97.  I have used other circle cutters before and this is the best I have come across.  Great for scrapbooking and cardmaking.

Features & Benefits
  • Quickly draws or cuts perfect circles
  • Adjusts to make circles from 1" to 6" (2.5 cm to 15.2 cm)
  • Easily cuts through paper and card stock
  • Large, 11" (27.9 cm) base with gripper feet ensures that tool doesn’t slip
  • Base
  • 2 cutting blades
  • Cutting handle
  • Adjustable drawing handle; will adjust to fit standard pen and pencil sizes; works great with Stampin’ Write Markers
  • Blade can be replaced without touching it
  • Includes instructions for cutting, drawing, and changing the blade
  • Replacement Blades available (sold separately; 3 per package)

To work the Circle Scissors Plus, you also need the Glass Cutting Mat (p 149 #112531) which is $37.95 and some repositionable adhesive such as Dotto (p145 #103305) for $24.95.

Want to know more????  Click below for a link to a great YouTube video

Look on my side bar for the December Frenzy flyer.  If you would like to place an order email me or phone 55 765 469.
Thanks!  Anna

December 12, 2010

Pun Fun

I have long admired the set Pun Fun for the simplicity of the images and the clever puns.  Love a good pun!  I have finally bought the set and thought it ideal for a set of notecards for Zac's teacher.  I used paper piecing for each of the images.

For each of the DSPs chosen for each card, I used that colour as the base of the card...mmmm does that make sense?

Here are some of the images close up.

I put the notelets in a pizza box with a belly band.

Stamps:  Pun Fun
Card: Variety of DSP with corresponding cardstock
Ink:  Black Staz On

December 10, 2010

Jaffa Sticks

I purchased these skinny treat bags from a fellow demonstrator and Zac and I had a great time making 'jaffa sticks' for his friends at school.  The jaffas just squeezed in.

This stamp set, Punches Three is now retired.

December 8, 2010

Teeny Tiny Sentiments for a Teeny Tiny Price

One of the fantastic bargains during December Frenzy is the set Teeny Tiny Sentiments (#119185, page 105 of catalogue).  Its regular price is $62.95, but during December it's selling for $31.48 - that's half price.  The set contains 24 stamps, in varying fonts which cover just about any occasion you could imagine.  Each can be stamped straight onto card stock or cut out using the Word Window punch (#119857),  Modern Label Punch (#119849) or 4.4 x 2.2 cm Oval Punch (#119855).

One stamp I use often is the "Hello Baby" stamp, and not for baby cards.  Using a Stampin' Write marker,  I ink up the "Hello" for quick note cards to friends and customers.

  • Click here to see previous samples from my blog that use Teeny Tiny Sentiments.
  • Scroll down to view the December Frenzy flyer.
  • Email me on if you wish to place an order.


December 1, 2010

December Frenzy and Summer Mini

December Frenzy means great discounts for you throughout December on a range of fantastic products.  Contact me by email or phone me on 55 765 469 to place an order.  Click on the flyer below to see a larger copy, click again to see it even larger. 

AND the NEW Summer Mini is out now also - click on the image on the side bar to view it.  I have been posting some samples of Summer Mini products so scroll down to check these out.

As always you can go to the Stampin' Up! website to view these special offers.

November 30, 2010

Summer Mini Sneek Peek - Itty Bitty Bits

If you like tiny, the Itty Bitty Bits in the new Summer Mini are for you.  Tiny stamps, tiny punches and tiny buttons which all co-ordinate.  This card was so much fun to make - it was not my design;  I copied it from a training video on the website, one of the many services we have access to as demonstrators.  Remember that the new SUMMER MINI is out on December 1st!  Check back at the start of the month for the link. list the components of the card....this may take awhile.
Stamps:  Itty Bitty Bits, Whimsical Words (retired)
Card:  Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, More Mustard, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Melon Mambo
Ink:  Soft Suede, More Mustard, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo
Tools:  Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, 1" Circle Punch, Heart to Heart Punch, 5 Petal Flower Punch, Floral Fusion Sizzlit die and Bigshot
Accessories:  Bitty Buttons

November 28, 2010

Summer Mini Peek - Aviary again

This simple card is made using the Aviary set from the upcoming Summer Mini.  The DSP is one of the hostess rewards.  I have had the pack for awhile but just opened it - the patterns are fabulous, in the new In Colors.

Stamps:  Aviary
Card:  Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade, Whisper White, DSP pack - In Color
Ink:  Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight
Tools:  Scallop Square Punch, Big Shot, Little Leaves Sizzlit Die

November 27, 2010

Summer Mini Peek - Simple Christmas

Here is a simple yet stunning card, so quick to put together.  The Summer Mini has a larger Scallop Circle punch, which you can layer behind the Scallop Circle punch we know and love.  Here, I have punched out some DSP with the Ornament Punch and layed it onto the new bigger scallop circle.  Some dimensionals give it a lift and add the the impact of white on white.  Dimensionals are a must have in anyone's kit and at $7.50 per pack (of 300!) they are very affordable.

November 26, 2010

Summer Mini peek - Aviary

I am still enjoying a browse through the new catalogue but it is almost time for the Summer Mini, released December 1st.  I'll give  you a peek at a few of the things on offer over the next few posts.

One of the darling sets available in clear or wood mount is Aviary - so cute.  I have been making a bunch of note cards for a mini market this weekend and used some of the images from this set.

This owl is so cute, SU! could sell him on his own.  I made the first lot of notecards with him in a cage but then decided he should be free so I just layered him on a couple of circle punches and the scallop circle punch.

Like the bag topper? - that's the Top Note die from the Big Shot.  It's designed to be a bag topper, but there are hundreds of other uses for it. 

Stamps:  Aviary (coming soon!), Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card:  Whisper White, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Tempting Turquoise, Tangerine Tango
Ink:  Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive
Tools:  1 3/4" circle punch. 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 3/4" Scallop circle punch, Word Window punch, Big Shot, Top Note Bigz die
Accessories:  Medium cello bags, Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Tempting Turquoise 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (retired), Mini Square envelopes (7.9 x 7.9 cm)

November 25, 2010

Christmas gift

I love making Christmas gifts.  This is for my son's music teacher.  Those Aldi chocolates on one side and gift tags on the other.  This is made using the Big Shot bigz xl die Box#2.  I assembled the boxes without folding the flaps down.  I trimmed the side flaps off and then glued the two boxes back to back.

November 23, 2010

Circle Circus

Looking for a versatile stamp set?  Circle Circus is one of my favourites.  It contains 10 patterned circle stamps of varying sizes.  Change the arrangement of the images and vary the colours and you can have a card that is masculine, feminine or for a child.  I saw this design on Allison Ohran's blog and reproduced it.

Stamps:  114375 Circle Circus (p 89)
Card:  Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink:  Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie
Tools: Scallop Circle punch, Modern Label Punch, Circle punches of various sizes
Accessories:  Gold Brads

Keep checking into my blog for some samples from the Summer Mini coming soon!

November 22, 2010

Asian Artistry

This beautiful stamp set is now retired but I love its images.  Using the Stampin' Write marker brush tips, it is easy to ink up parts of the images in different colours.  The Haiku DSP, also retired, matches perfectly.  I was asked to make a few sympathy cards and these images fitted the request. 
Stampin' Write markers are dual tipped: a fine tip for details and a brush tip for wider colour application.  They are only $5.75 each and available in all the colours.

November 20, 2010

Ornamental Christmas

If you haven't discovered the Ornament Punch yet, it's a beauty.  It cuts out the shape so cleanly, either around a punched image or out of some DSP.  This is a set of note cards I made which fit in the mini pizza box at the back.  These were a gift for a stamp-a-stack hostess.

If you'd like a demonstration workshop at your home, contact me on  There is no cost to you and you are eligible for hostess benefits, depending on sales.  Alternatively, if you have a group of six or more friends who love stamping, you might like me to run a stamp-a-stack for $20 a head.  These are a great way to get a group of friends together for a fun morning, afternoon or evening.

Stamps:  121502 Delightful Decorations
Card:  121681 Cherry Cobbler, 106576 Old Olive, 106549 Whisper White, 117159 Jolly Holiday DSP
Ink:  102277 Old Olive, 119669 Cherry Cobbler
Tools:  119847 Ornament Punch, 118402 Scallop Trim Border, 119873 3/4" Circle Punch
Accessories:  109054 Old Olive 1.6cm Grosgrain Ribbon, 107309 Mini Square envelopes

November 17, 2010


The Big Shot came to the rescue (again!) when I had to make a card for a young girl who won a speaking competition.  I didn't really have a stamped image to suit the occasion, so a simple word fitted the bill.
Yay Courtney!
All of these colours and the DSP are now retired.  Aren't they nice and bright?

November 16, 2010

Halloween on a budget

Nothing to do with cardmaking but I thought I'd show you my pumpkin.  We have carved a pumpkin in previous years but this year it would have cost me $25!! to buy a pumpkin.  Even Zac agreed that was too much.  Driving past the fruit shop a few days before Halloween I saw the price of watermelon.  "It'd be cheaper to carve a watermelon!"  I said to myself.  "It'd be cheaper to carve a watermelon!" I realised.  So we did....for $7.

November 14, 2010

Ella's creations

I am a little behind with my blogging as my computer would not let me load photos.  The last few posts have been using photos I had already loaded.  Now I am back on track but a little behind with my updates.

I ran a stamp-a-stack at my friend Lib's house the other week.  Her 6 year old daughter Ella, who has featured on my blog before, loves cardmaking and therefore... me.  :-)  This was hanging on the front door when I arrived.

Isn't she thoughtful and clever?  What a lovely message to receive.
Between stamp-a-stacks we did our own little workshop using the two-step owl, amongst other things. (I can never use just one tool!)  Ella loved it and I sent her some more punch outs in the mail.

This was a thankyou she sent me in return.

November 9, 2010

Jolly Holly

This is one of my stamp-a-stack designs which is so easy to put together.  The Jolly Holly DSP is gorgeous and co-ordinates beautifully with Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler - whatever did we do without Cherry Cobbler??
 The Christmas sentiment is from the Perfect Punches set.
And if you have little strips of paper left over, these can be lined up for this design.
Stamps:  Perfect Punches
Card:  Old Olive A4, Cherry Cobbler A4
Ink:  Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler
Tools:  Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch
Accessories: Old Olive 1.6cm Grosgrain Ribbon

November 8, 2010

Em's bag

Em's notebook and chocolate crayons were all presented in this little tote.  I used a Lauren Meader 'Around Town Tote template which can be downloaded here.  It was really easy to put together and I kept my first attempt pretty simple.

November 6, 2010

More for Em

I also used the Top Note die to make a topper for this gift:  Chocolate Crayons!  The tiny tag is from Tiny Tags of course - there's a punch to match!  Again, I used Soft Suede card and Marina Mist ribbon.

November 4, 2010

Owl for Em

The Two-Step Owl Punch is a must have!  (That and Baroque Motifs stamp set and...)  I made a little gift for a family friend.

This little notebook was so easy to cover.  I got the idea from Angie Juda's Chic n Scratch website.

Stamps:  Alphabet set (non SU! but you could easily do a name on the computer)
Card:  Soft Suede, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Elegant Soiree DSP
Ink:  Baja Breeze
Tools:  Two Step Owl Punch, Two Step Bird Punch, Modern Label Punch
Accessories:  Marina Mist Taffeta Ribbon

Keep checking in and I'll show you what else I made her.

October 27, 2010

A Blog of Chocolate

Friday is International Teachers Day.  I love these types of days where saying 'thankyou' or 'I appreciate you' is official.  We don't say thanks often enough but we are quick to complain when things go wrong.

I made thankyous for Zac's teachers who do a fabulous job every day.

The box is made using Box #2 of the Big Shot bigz xl dies.  I think Stampin' Up! and Aldi have had discussions because they sell a chocolate that fits perfectly into this box.  I have wrapped four chocolates in DSP for each box.

These are the chocolates - there are five in a pack which means one is left over each time you make a box.....Hmmm...what to do...what to do...

October 26, 2010

Geometrical = Masculine

This card is easy to prepare, you just need to be a patient gluer.  Stampin' Up!s square punched allow you to punch out plenty of shapes in a snap.  A line up of brads adds some polish.

Card:  Kiwi Kiss A4 (retired), Pacific Point A4, Baja Breeze A4, Riding Hood Red A4, Whisper White A4
Tools: Extra Large Square Punch, Large Square Punch, Mat Pack
Accessories:  Silver Brads

October 24, 2010


In the previous catalogue, you could buy these notelets and matching envelopes.  Now only the envelopes are available, which makes sense because you can easily cut your own notelets and therefore make them any colour you wish.  They are on page 123 of the catalogue and are 7.9 cm x 7.9 cm.  These mini cards use Baroque Motifs (everyone should own that set - even non-stampers!) matched with a variety of other stamp sets.  Don't you love the embossed butterfly?  That's run through the Big Shot.

October 22, 2010

Blushing Bride meets Punch Potpourri

I love Blushing Bride, one of the new In Colors; sort of a smokey pink.  Here, I have teamed it with Punch Potpourri, a Level One Hostess set, to make a cute little notelet which fits neatly into the Mini Square envelopes (7.9 cm x 7.9 cm) A stick on Basic Pearl adds a touch of elegance.  This was super quick to put together.

Stamps:  Punch Potpourri
Card:  Blushing Bride DSP, Whisper White A4, In Color Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink: Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz
Tools:  Full Heart Punch
Accessories: Basic Pearl

October 20, 2010

Bit of Bling

My nephew loves drawing and is always doing quick sketches.  He makes his own original cards by doing a striking black ink sketch on the front.  He did this sketch for my mum's birthday card - a grin with flashing tooth.  I couldn't resist grabbing one of the stick on jewels and adding it for a bit of bling.

October 16, 2010

Free ribbon for Christmas!!

An exciting new promotion begins today!  Get organised for Christmas with these fabulous Christmas bundles and get free ribbon!  Only while stocks last or until November 30th.

Create beautiful packaging and cards to fit any Christmas gift with exclusive products from Stampin’ Up!® 

This Christmas season there are two ways to get FREE exclusive ribbon: get one spool of ribbon when you purchase a Christmas gift-giving bundle (see below) and/or one spool of ribbon when you host a $550 workshop!

Gifted Bundle
Gifted Set (p21) and Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper (p126)
Wood-mount 124041: $66.90  Clear-mount 124042: $56.90

Welcome Christmas Bundle
Welcome Christmas Set (p26) and Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper (new)
Wood-mount 124045: $69.90 Clear-mount 124046: $59.90

Season of Joy Bundle
Season of Joy Set (p20) and So Swirly Stampin’ Around Wheel (p20)
Wood-mount 124043: $67.90

Delightful Decorations Bundle
Delightful Decorations Set (p25) and Ornament Punch (p147)
Wood-mount 124044: $72.90

For each bundle purchased you have a choice of a free spool of ribbon.

Check the web site for more information
If you are wanting to place an order, give me a call or email me at