Anna Wheaton - Independent Stampin' Up! ®
Demonstrator, Burleigh Waters, Q, AUSTRALIA
Phone 07 55 765 469 Email: Blog:

December 30, 2016

Playing with Numbers

I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas!!  I am getting back into the swing of things - I miss being creative!  It's something I never get tired of.

I have had lots of reasons to use numbers on cards lately so thought I would show you some of my creations. 

Our neighbour's grandson turned 1 just before Christmas so I made this simple card.  The colours of the Festive Birthday DSP were a perfect combo- Emerald Envy and Tempting Turquoise. 

It's so easy to create cards for specific occasions using the Number of Years stamp set.  Here's another, again using Festive Birthday - this is a really festive colour combo!?

And then a more sophisticated combination of black and silver for a 70th card.  No stamping of the numbers required this time - the numbers were cut out of Silver Glimmer.

The Number of Years stamp set and matching framelits are a great investment for card making and scrapbooking.  I love the watercolour look of the stamps and the framelits are useful on their own!

If you would like to order anything, visit my online store or email me at

Thanks for stopping by!


December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Wishing my blog readers (yes, you two!) a very merry Christmas!  Thanks for 'stopping by' regularly!

See you in 2017!


December 19, 2016

Recognise this card???

This card would look familiar to someone out there. 

And that's because you made it!   For Cards for Troops.  But it has been returned to us...with a message!

Dear Anna
My name is Keiran V____ and I am one of the officers in the Australian Contingent in Juba, South Sudan.
I wanted to thank you for your kind gesture of sending blank Christmas cards.  It measn a lot to myself and the other contingent members to know we are thought of and not forgotten at this time of year.
It will be a very different Christmas experience sharing with colleagues from the other United Nations countries supporting this mission.  I hope the Christmas goodwill will aslo be apparent within the local population.
The group of about 20 Australians will be sharing a Christmas BBQ roast and a Secret Santa so we should be able to have a fun Christmas day, even if we don't have family nearby.
I hope you have a very merry Christmas.  Thanks again for the cards.
Warmest regards,
Keiran V______

We have great response this year to our biggest output of cards!  We also received an email recently.

UNOFFICIAL Good Morning Anna,

My name is Petty Officer Jon S______ and I am currently deployed on the ANZAC Class Frigate, HMAS Arunta, in the Middle East Area of Operations.

We received a bag of mail yesterday and the awesome cards that you and your team have made. In my 15 years in the Navy I have never received anything like this from volunteers at home, and I have had a few Christmas's away.

What a fantastic gesture. It is 0530 in the morning and I am going to use some of your creations to send a Christmas message home.

I have 2 children, E_____ who is 8 and F____ who is 2. I'm sure they will enjoy going to the mailbox to find such a nice card for them.

Just knowing that there are people such as yourself makes these deployments worthwhile.

Once again, thanks very much for your lovely gifts. The crew on the ship will no doubt love sending these precious gifts home to their loved ones.


Thanks and regards,

Jon S______

Petty Officer Boatswain
HMAS Arunta
FFH 151

So thank you to all of you who have come to our working bees to make cards!  How lovely it is to work together on such a worthwhile cause!

Since you have done a lot of reading... how about you check out a Stampin' Up! video.  This is one of the Sale-a-Bration items that you could earn with each $90 you spend during Sale-a-Bration.
I'll have this one ready as a sample at my catalogue launch!

Thanks for stopping by!


December 17, 2016

Don't forget and a sneak peek

Long time no blog!  I have had the busy-ness of finishing up the school year plus a family holiday at Caloundra where the only paper craft I did was a completing a jig saw and reading a book!  I needed a change of pace!

Now I am back and in the swing of things....

Don't forget that our Holiday catalogue is drawing to a close....  It is heading to the beach and putting its feet up on January 3rd.  That means that the Year End Closeout will also be over .  Don't forget to check out the specials HERE.  And have a look through your Holiday Catalogue for anything you might like to order!

Of course, that means a new catalogue is coming starting January 4th.  I was able to purchase new products during Onstage and as a demonstrator, we get to buy purchase from the new catalogue a month early!  So my pre-order has arrived and I have been having a play.

I love dinky sets - and this set called Custom Tee called me by my name. There's a matching set of T Shirt slogans in the new Sale-a-Bration catalogue so you can expect to see lots of these little T shirts popping up! 

I love making these single sided note cards for when I need to write a quick word to customers or friends.

And of course, it's hard to send a boring envelope (in fact it should be illegal!) when you have a whole bunch of stamps and inks to choose from!

I will have these and other samples 'in the flesh' at my catalogue launch!  I live in Burleigh Waters on the Gold Coast.  Come stamp with me!

Sale-a-Bration and Occasions Catalogue Launch. 

SATURDAY January 14th
at my home in Burleigh Waters, Gold Coast
9.30 – 11.30
or 2 till 4

 Come and see the new products and samples from the new catalogue. 
Join in the make and takes. 
Get free products with your qualifying order.
Lucky door prizes

Thanks for stopping by!

December 6, 2016

Last class for the year

Today is my last class for the year!

I love packaging inexpensive things to make them look extra special.  That way you can give gifts to others without breaking the bank.  The love comes through in the packaging!

These pouches are super easy to make and are a cute little pocket for tucking a chocolate.

Have you spotted the acetate boxes in the Annual Catalogue? They are hidden away on page 176 and they are called Clear Tiny Treat Boxes.  They are 5 cm squared!

We created lids for these ones using the Presents and Pinecones DSP and co-ordinating cardstock.  We topped them with a bow made using the Bow Builder Punch.

Our third project was another box - with an insert this time.  Again, we created a fitted lid but inside is an insert to hold a coffee pod...
Or a candle decorated with washi tape.
Our last project involved...chocolate.  Silly really as we are having quite the heat wave today!  I loooove wrapping Aldi chocolates, as many of you know.
Here we wrapped two 'Merci' chocolates with Presents and Pinecones dsp and slid them into our 5.1 x 20.3 cm cello bags.  The topper is made with the Cheerful Tags Framelit die and its Here's to Cheers stamp set.

I have had such a fun time running classes and events this year.  I am looking forward to a break and to starting up again next year with my Catalogue Launch!
Sale-a-Bration and Occasions Catalogue Launch. 
SATURDAY January 14th
9.30 – 11.30
or 2 till 4
 Come and see the new products and samples from the new catalogue.  Join in the make and takes.  Get free products with your qualifying order.
And in the meantime, remember that we have our Year End Close Out!
Click HERE to visit my store and check out the bargains.  If ordering online, please use the hostess code SN9FZTWD.
Thanks for popping by!

November 30, 2016

A cards for troops thank you

Many of you contribute each year to the creation of many beautiful Christmas cards for Australian soldiers.

Some of our cards have made it to Sudan and we have received a thank you email.

Dear Anna,
                    Thank you so much for your generous gift of Christmas cards for myself and my fellow deployed Soldiers and Officers in Sudan.
It came as a surprise to find a delivery with such skilfully made cards for use to send our love to our families at this time of year.   I know it shall come as a surprise to my wife and family to get a card from me, as we usually find ourselves running out of time and missing delivery deadlines.  At present mail is taking up to two months to arrive from Australia, so I'm wondering (fingers crossed) that the return mail shall be quicker.
Merry Christmas to you and your family and thank you once again.

Kindest Regards,
J5 Plans Officer
Operation ASLAN 

November 29, 2016

Tag, You're It! Stampin' Up!s Tin of Tags

As you are making your Christmas cards, don't forget that the packaging of gifts can be fun too!

On Saturday I held my Tin of Tags class.  I provided the stamp set and the ladies in attendance bought the tin.

I had already assembled my tags so that they had samples....

The kit is fantastic and the stamp set is even more 'fantasticer'.  I love that it includes stamps that can be used all year round.

Because I had assembled my kit already, but had to run my class, I made my own versions...  When you have a few punches and die shapes you can pair them with stamps to create your own tags, inspired by the originals.  I had enough washi tape and sparkle left over to embellish!!  Lots of our stamp sets have watercolour 'swooshes' which were a perfect solution/substitute.

Same same but different!

How much time do you have?  I'll show you the full set. The original tag is the one at the top....

The Tin of Tags would make the perfect gift assembled or unassembled.  You get three of each tag so you could even make them up, divide them into three sets and package them as three gifts.  Then YOU get to keep the tin!  (I know you had  your eye on it!)
The stamp set is also on special this month  $37 down to $27.75.
Contact me to order or visit my online store to order.  The current hostess code (entered in the shopping basket) is PHMHSNWT.
Thanks for stopping by!  Tag, you're it!

November 24, 2016


A quick sneak peek.  We made this card at a recent team meeting.  It showcases watercolouring AND a new die coming in January.  We all have a love affair with butterflies and now Stampin' Up! is giving us DRAGONFLIES!  (oh and a bumble bee but more on him later..)

Mark your calendars - I am having a launch for Sale-a-Bration and the new Occasions Catalogue on Saturday January 14th.  Two sessions, 9.30 till 11.30 and 2 till 4.  You might see the bumble bee.
Thanks for stopping by!

November 22, 2016

So what is on sale??

This week is our Online Extravaganza and if you are anything like me, you need PICTURES to help you get excited.  These items are on sale until Monday November 28th.  Scroll down to see all the goodies plus some special specials (?) available on the 28th.

So here goes....

And on the final day - Monday the 28th, the following are on special for 24 hours only.  Don't leave it till the last minute to place your order.  Let ME get up early to snap up the bargains on your behalf!
OK...and we need to finish with something pretty.....  I have a monthly team meeting for Hobby and Business Demos.  Part of the fun is a creative challenge each month.  We made masculine cards and tags this month and one of the prizes was for best use of embellishments.  Cathy won although I haven't told her yet!  Here is her prize.  Do you think I am setting a good example of restrained embellishment use??
If you have a big wish list, why not join my team??  I have a lovely group of ladies and a mixture of hobbbiests and businessists (ok that's not a word, but you get it..)  For $169 you choose any products to the value of $235 AND you get to be part of The Lorikeet Stampers!    Contact me for more details by phoning 07 5576 5469 or email me at
Thanks for stopping by!  Oh and don't forget to order!