Stampin’ Up! Retirement Blog


Thanks for arriving……  You may have arrived from Nicole‘s blog or maybe you are starting here.

Well, unfortunately this Blog Hop did not go to plan.  I had a little, alright a BIG moment there where my blog was OUT OF ORDER……argh, what a nightmare.  Thanks Lou for your help and guidance.  Safari is not my friend.

I have joined the ESAD Blog Hop for the Retirement List projects.  I was flicking back through my previous blog hops and this was my first out in the wide world blog hop, two years ago.  I have since become a little addicted, so watch this space because there are more on the way (and they are exciting ones too…… catalogue anyone!)


Well I just wanted to highlight some items which I am definitely going to miss, something you may have skipped over in the excitement of getting the Retirement List.

I will list the items for you to refer to:

  • Adhesive Remover – This little $6 beauty has saved me on more than one occasion.
  • 5/8″ Organza Ribbon – I may or may not have stock piled this ribbon.  It is so versatile and you can colour it any colour to coordinate with your project.
  • Blusing Bride Glitter Paper – Why, oh why, what will I do!
  • StazOn Inkpad and Reinker – Still working out how I feel about this and what my solution will be 🙂

Now onto my projects.  I just used the Love you Lots Hostess Stamp Set to create four 10x10cm gift cards.


I coloured the Elephant and Mouse with the Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils and used an Aqua Pen to blend the colour.


Again, coloured using the Stampin’ Up! Watercolour Pencils along with the Aqua Painters (I think I will miss the froggie the most)


The Ladybirds are coloured using the Stampin’ Write Marker in Real Red.


And, although it doesnt show very well on the photo, the background has been watercoloured and then I used the Blender Pen to colour the Echidna.

Well, I hope I have inspired you to dig out the Stamp Sets you may not have used and get some ink on them before they are retired.


The next Blog on your journey is Libby Dyson.

Blog Hop Participants:

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Kelly Kent
  3. Rachael Lewsley
  4. Courtenay Heuston
  5. Narelle Fasulo
  6. Kirrkie Terri
  7. Nicole Wilson
  8. Carly Middleton
  9. Libby Dyson
  10. Rebecca Jacovou
  11. Rosalie Desmond
  12. Megan Lenske
  13. Leonie Schroder
  14. Kristel Rimmer
  15. Tanya Bell
  16. Richelle Fletcher
  17. Pauline Bennetts
  18. Mandy Depiazzi
  19. Ellen Woodbridge
  20. Monique Fielder
  21. Maree McIntosh
  22. Cathy Pinchbeck

CTC118 Challenge

I have bitten the bullet and joined my first ever challenge. The CASEing the Catalogue Crew have a Sunday challenge which runs each week Sunday 7pm to Saturday 7pm. 

This weeks challenge was to CASE a project from pages 32 – 45 of the Occasions Catalogue “Cool Treats Suite”. 

I have only inked the Day at the Beach set a couple of times and thought this would be a great project to try out my new Stampin’ Up! Watercolour Pencils. 

I think it is quite cute!  

Here is the product list, which links directly to my online store, should any of the product interest you. 

Remember with any order greater than $90, you can choose a great free, I will say that again, FREE product of your choice from the Sale-a-Bration catalogues. 

Product List

Day At The Beach Clear-Mount Stamp Set


Watercolor Pencils


Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad


So Saffron A4 Card Stock


Whisper White A4 Card Stock


Dapper Denim A4 Cardstock


Linen Thread


White Stampin' Emboss Powder


Versamark Pad

Suite Sentiments Clear-Mount Stamp Set


It’s all about Occasions and Sale-a-bration

Oh my, oh my… can we contain our excitement?  It is nearly that time where we say goodbye to some favourites from the last three months and we fall in love with a whole lot of new toys.  As a Stampin’ Up! demonstator, I feel very lucky to be able to share some new stamp sets and accessories with you, and know that you will be drooling over the new catalogue, just like me.  Don’t forget, you can start ordering from the new Occasions Catalogue on 4th January 2017 (only 24 sleeps to go!).  I have again joined the ESAD Blog Hop, I think these are so much fun and they give me so many ideas.  You may have started here, or may have hopped on by from Leonie.  Make sure you follow Leonie on Facebook, she is a regular poster and provides me with a lot of inspiration.  Thanks Leonie.

My first project is using the Hey, Chick stamp set from Sale-a-Brations.  My friend and downline just fell in love with this set, and so I thought what better stamp to use for her Christmas Card.  I used the Stitched Shape Framelits in two sizes to allow me to mount the smaller piece (whisper white) onto the Animal Party DSP from the Occasions Catalogue.  The Emerald Envy, with the streamers really make the chickens pop!  (Please note, the Stitched Shape Framelits will be available in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue released in June 2017).  The same look could be created with the Layering Circles, Squares and Oval Framelits (available in the annual catalogue).  The buntings, from the Birthday Bright (Occasions Catalogue) stamp set is stamped in Emerald Envy and Real Red.
I have included close ups of the cute chickens for you to enjoy!
 And here is a quick photo from the inside of the card……

My Hubby and I spent the afternoon at a Food Truck Carnival today, and I was totally inspired to create my next card.  This is exactly what I was viewing while trying to choose what to have for lunch.  Tasty Trucks will be perfect for watercoloring with the new Water Colour pencils, however, I haven’t received these yet and used the Stampin’ Write Markers instead.  I love the vibrant colours as much as I think I will love the water colouring effect.

And finally, I would like to say thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my post, it really means a lot to me.  I have combined some Sale-A-Brations with Occasions catalogue products in my final project.  This is a bright and cheery Thank You Card.  I must admit, I am a huge fan of Crushed Curry (but it did take me forever to start using it).
This cute card has been created using the So Very Much stamp set from Sale-a-Bration, along with the little bee from Dragonfly Dreams in the Occasions Catalogue.  I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to create the Crushed Curry shadowing.  I must say, this script is very nice and I can see so many possibilities for this stamp, whether it be a one stamp wonder, or by stepping it up by stamping a shadow for instance.  Here is a close up of the script.

You may be wondering who or what is ESAD?  ESAD is a group of fun Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators located in Australia and New Zealand.  If this sounds like a group you NEED to be a part of, please contact me.
The next stop on this Hop is the very talented Megan.  Click on the arrow to continue, or you can follow on from the list below.
Thanks for stopping by…….
13. Carly Middleton  <— You are here 🙂


ESAD Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop


This Blog Hop, is featuring projects using the Holiday Catalogue, which remains current until 3rd January 2017.   I enjoy being part of the ESAD Blog Hops, I find it so inspirational and love the way the team at ESAD are so willing to share ideas, techniques and advice.

“What is ESAD?” I hear you ask………


You may have started the Blog Hop from here, or you may have joined from Megan’s post.  I am sure you would have found some great ideas from Megan.  Grab a cuppa, because this is one of the best Hops I have been involved in, 27 inspirational posts full of ideas!

Now onto my projects……..

The theme of this Blog Hop is our favourite products, well, I must admit my first project uses product which I haven’t used until today.

The Here’s to Cheers is such a novel idea, and I really had to buy the bundle as I could see it has such potential for those last minute gifts as well as host gifts over Christmas, (you know the ones, where you pop into the bottle shop on the way to friends because you cannot turn up empty handed and you have run out of time.)

Just spreading cheer this Christmas is perfect for the bottle topper.  All of the stamps in Here’s to Cheers coordinate beautifully with the Cheerful Tags (available in a bundle to save 10%).  I simply stamped in Real Red Ink onto Whisper White Card stock and mounted onto a Real Red 2″ circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  This was finished with Silver Glitter ribbon for added sparkle.


A quick and simple tag was next on the agenda.  This would look so cute taped to a small gift wrapped in plain wrapping.  It would add a big pop of colour.  Don’t you love the silver foil filigree?  It really shows some dimension.  I used the fine tipped glue pen to adhere this to the inside of my tag.  I think Emerald Envy is a great Christmas Green.


For my final project using the Here’s to Cheers stamp set, I made a little gift bag with the Gift Bag Punch Board,  to present chocolates or maybe even some shortbread.  I plan on making one for each of the guests at our family’s Christmas Day celebrations.  We all know that we can never eat all the delicious food on Christmas day, so why not have some classy way of taking it home!  I have again dressed up the tag with the Combo Glitter Ribbon and think the Sweet Sugarplum and Silver combo is gorgeous.  I will also have some gusseted cellophane bags to put the treats in before putting into the decorated gift bag.


The second stamp set I am featuring uses the Paisley and Posies stamp set.  Paisley is so on trend right now.  I was at a wedding in Chapel Street in South Yarra yesterday and the shop window next door was focusing on paisley – men’s shirts, ties and even ladies patterned stockings.

I really am enjoying stamping with our 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! In Color range at the moment.  I love the way they all coordinate so well together, and I keep hearing Bonnie say – she didn’t think they worked well together – I must say I don’t often disagree with Bonnie but on this occasion…..well sorry Bonnie!

I used a selection of the stamps and created my own Designer Series Paper (a.k.a. DSP).  I used Smoky Slate and Rich Razzleberry, along with Emerald Envy, Dapper Denim and Sweet Sugarplum.  For the band, I used our Sponge Brayer to layer the Sweet Sugarplum ink onto Whisper White, as I was hoping for a bit of darker colour.  It think this worked.


I hope I have been able to give you some inspiration.  It’s now time to Hop on over to Nicole’s Blog.  Don’t forget to trip all the way around.  In case you get lost along the way, there is a list of the participants below.  I would love for you to leave a comment also.  Thanks for stopping by.   🙂

Product List

Here's To Cheers Clear-Mount Bundle

Paisleys & Posies Photopolymer Bundle

3/8" (1 Cm) Glitter Ribbon Combo Pack

Sponge Brayers

Sweet Sugarplum A4 Cardstock

Emerald Envy A4 Cardstock

Real Red A4 Card Stock

Whisper White A4 Card Stock

Silver Foil Sheets

Dapper Denim Classic Stampin' Pad

Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad

Sweet Sugarplum Classic Stampin' Pad

Smoky Slate Classic Stampin' Pad

Rich Razzlebberry Classic Stampin' Pad

Emerald Envy Classic Stampin' Pad

Big Shot

Big Shot Magnetic Platform

SNAIL Permanent Adhesive

Fast Fuse Adhesive

Stampin' Dimensionals


Our Blog Hoppers:

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Kelly Kent
  3. Chloe Evans
  4. Jackie Noble
  5. Josie Dean
  6. Libby Dyson
  7. Rebekah Crisp
  8. Rebecca Jacovou
  9. Andrea Buckland
  10. Leonie Schroder
  11. Delys Cram
  12. Rose Desmond
  13. Cathy Pinchbeck
  14. Peta Stephen
  15. Monique Fielder
  16. Narelle Fasulo
  17. Nerida Carter
  18. Courtenay Heuston
  19. Megan Lenske
  20. Carly Middleton  <—- You are here
  21. Nicole Wilson
  22. Renee Lynch
  23. Nicole Osborne Ashton
  24. Amity Knight
  25. Rachael Lewsley
  26. Cheryl O’Bree
  27. Tanya DeRoy

Speedy Recovery Card

It’s been such a long time since I have posted.  It was great to be back creating cards. 

Just a quick post today. My hubby had a total knee replacement today and so I thought I’d make a special card, just for him and to add some cheer to his next few days!

It’s not a great photo, but I hope you are able to see it well enough. I was inspired by Julia’s Cards and you can see her original post here

I’ll be back to post again soon.

Stamp Club

With our new Stampin’ Up! catalogue being released next week, I used Stamp Club today as a free reign…….

On one table sat all of my retiring stamp sets and I explained that we would be using Pinterest to inspire projects…….

I myself didn’t stamp but loved watching the girls interpret their choices.

Thanks Monica and Kylie for letting me share your creations.

Created by Kylie

Created by Kylie (card front)

Created by Kylie (inside card)

Created by Monica

Created by Monica

Created by Monica


If you would like a copy, please let me know, and I would be happy to send you a copy.  I can be contacted on 0431 466 255 or via


I have travelled to the sunny Gold Coast for Stampin’ Up! OnStage 2016. Stampin’Up!  is holding events around the world – all on this weekend. 


The event in Salt Lake City started at about 4am our time and I have been fortunate enough to be able to watch some Periscope videos as recorded by some US demonstrators.

Click here to see the Periscope of all 900 demonstrators arriving in auditorium in Salt Lake City.

I’m currently sitting in my Gold Coast apartment waiting for the rain to clear. 


My downline Kate and I are going to be doing a bit of a wander round the shops today before our big #OnStage2016 event tomorrow.

I may not be able to share alot with you…..but I will be receiving a shiny glossy version of the new Annual Catalogue for 2016/2017.  Stampin’ Up! policy doesn’t allow me to show this in pictures until later in the month, so watch this space.

Anyway, just a quick post for today.

And now for another Botanical Bloom

At first, I didn’t really need to purchase this stamp set and coordinating frailest, but boy oh boy am I pleased I did!

I have made so many cards with this set now, I think it is a keeper.  The set offers so much versatility, don’t forget to tell me what you think by leaving a comment below.


Looking back at all of my creations using this set, I have tended to use the same colours (unconsciously).

I really do love the deep tones of the Regal Collection and Cherry Cobbler does tend to be my go to colour.  On this card, I used the Note Tag Punch for the sentiment, layering the Whisper White over the Cherry Cobbler for a little accent.  To carry through the centre of the flowers and finish off the tag, I added two It’s My Party Enamel Dots in Daffodil Delight.

You could really create any coloured flower, however I think by coordinating the Cherry Cobbler with the Pool Party adds a lighter touch to the card.



Cards by Carly – Pakenham

Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator

Product List

Cherry Cobbler A4 Card Stock


Whisper White A4 Card Stock


Pool Party A4 Card Stock


Old Olive A4 Card Stock


It's My Party Enamel Dots


Note Tag Punch


Sky Is The Limit Wood-Mount Stamp Set


Botanicals For You Wood-Mount Stamp Set


Rose Garden Thinlits Dies


Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad



blog hop March

On the 5th of January, Stampin’ Up! demonstrators around the world were super excited.  In just a few days we will be super sad as we are about to say……. Goodbye! to all of the wonderful goodies (freebies) within the 2016 Sale-A-Bration catalogue.  So, just in case you have been sleeping under a rock, Sale-A-Bration is the time of the year where for any purchase of $90 (in Australia) you can choose a free product.  These products are exclusively chosen and brand new for the Sale-A-Bration festivities.

I have again joined the Team at ESAD for a blog hop.  You may have started at my post, or you may have hopped on over from Jackie Noble.  What did you think of her project, wasn’t it snazzy?  I have been following Jackie’s blog for a little while now and always find a lot of inspiration.


OCC &amp; SAB 2016 Blog Hop ESAD Info

I think this Sale-A-Bration promotion has been my favourite in my 4 years of being a Stampin’ Up! (c) demonstrator.  If I was to create a list of my favourites from the 2016 promotion, it would look something like this:

•  Botanicals For You Stamp Set

•  Memories in the Making Project Life Specialty Card Collection

•  Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper

•  Hello Stamp Set

But, my most favoured items are the Honeycomb Happiness and the Metallics Glitter Tape.  My project today is going to use both of these items (and I hope it spurs you on to think about different ways to use Washi Tape of all descriptions).

Seeing as this blog is going live on Good Friday Eve, I immediately thought of creating a cute Easter card, with the chick being the centre of attention.  Now, isn’t the chick just the cutest thing you have seen in a long time?

Although she is stamped onto Shimmery White Card Stock, I have been reading and seeing projects where you can also use the Winks of Stella pens just like Aqua Painters.  I am really happy that the photo has picked up the sparkles left by the Winks of Stella (clear) pen.  I picked up Daffodil Delight and coloured as if I was aqua painting.  It is a bit clever, because my Winks of Stella has not held onto any of the colour.


And seeing as I was unable to choose just one favourite items from the 2016 Sale-A-Bration, I also included the Metallic Glimmer Tape to add a special sparkly border to my card.

As explained on a previous blog, I am making a concerted effort to also decorate the inside of my cards.  On this occasion, I have carried through the theme, although, I didn’t include any Winks of Stella this time, I used the Aqua Painter with the Daffodil Delight.


Well, thanks for visiting, and I would love to hear your thoughts, so please feel free to leave a comment.


Your next stop on the hop is Barbara Williams.  I wonder what she has in store for you.

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Product List

Metallics Glitter Tape

Honeycomb Happiness Wood-Mount Stamp Set

Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush

Aqua Painters

Jet Black Stazon Ink Pad

Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad

Tangerine Tango Classic Stampin' Pad

Basic Black A4 Card Stock

Shimmery White A4 Card Stock

Easter Lamb Wood-Mount Stamp

Stampin' Dimensionals

SNAIL Permanent Adhesive


Please take a trip around and visit the whole blogging ESAD team:

1. Emily Campbell

2. Rachael Lewsley 

3. Monique Fielder

4. Kathryn Ruddick 

5. Nicole Wilson

6. Amity Knight

7. Kelly Kent

8. Lou Kitzelman

9. Pauline Bennetts

10. Narelle Fasulo

11. Jackie Noble

12. Carly Middleton   <—  You are here! 🙂

13. Barbara Williams