Cath Thorne Independent Demonstrator Stampin Up Australia

Monday, December 9, 2013

Clearance Rack Sale & Stampin' Up! News


The Clearance Rack Blitz begins today. Retired products—up to 80% off—will only be available while supplies last. Find out more here.
Overview of Clearance Rack:The purpose of the Clearance Rack is to clear out the inventory of surplus items that have been retired. Many of these retired items will be offered at a substantially reduced price. 
• Clearance Rack items are only available while supplies last. Items will be removed and new items will be posted depending on inventory levels. There is no set time for availability.
• All sales of Clearance Rack items are final. No returns or exchanges will be accepted, except in the case of defective product.



This month sees the release of another stamp set in the Best Of series, celebrating Stampin' Up!'s 25th anniversary.  Here's a flyer showing the contents of the Best of Love stamp set:

This set of 6 stamps is clear mount, $25.95, and  available only until the end of April 2014 (unless sold out prior).


Ahead of Valentine's Day, Stampin' Up! has released some delightful products that are available to buy only between now and 27th January 2014.  Even if you don't celebrate/acknowledge Valentine's Day, these are lovely, versatile products that you're sure to get use out of.

There are two stamp sets and one single stamp, a pack of cute treat bags scattered with love hearts, a card and envelope set, and some kits to make adorable paper monsters.

Here are the stamp images:



 Just in case your Christmas isn't entirely wrapped up yet, I thought I'd share these super quick and easy ideas that Stampin' Up! have created.

If you have any question about this or would like some help with orders or to find out about how to join my team feel free to contact me. (03) 9561 9085 or email:

Monday, October 21, 2013

Fun new projects with some fun new tools ...

Wow, don't you think this is an exciting month for us with all the new Stampin' Up! things going on....... 


I'm loving this clever way for us to make some interesting looking cards without having to work so hard at it... these are dies that cut this type of swing card for you with just one run through your Big Shot.

There are two sets of thinlits available, at $55.95 each.  This includes the die to cut the card shape, as well as 8 or 9 other smaller dies which you can use with your swing card or as embellishments for any of your cards/scrapbook pages.

You can find them in my online store here.

** 25% OFF STAMP SETS (25 OF THEM!)**

From today, until 28th October (that's one week only), Stampin' Up! is offering a 25% discount off 25 popular stamp sets.   Here's a comprehensive list, with pricing:

If you'd like to order any of these stamp sets, please contact me or click here to: visit my online store.

NB: This special is current only until 28th October.

Special Launch Date 29 October - 


I can't wait for the launch of the new Envelope Punch Board, it is exactly what I've wanted for ages. Not only can it create envelopes of 66 different sizes, this tool can also be used to create boxes as well as file tabs on the edges of paper or cardstock!  And as well as that has an inbuilt corner rounder as well.. I love it when I can get so many uses out of my tools!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Box Making Tutorial & Super Special Sign up offer...

Great Tutorial for making 5 boxes from one sheet of paper....
I found this fabulous tutorial for making some cute little gift boxes, which I thought would be so handy as I start to wrap and organise Christmas gifts... not that I'm willing to acknowledge that Christmas is just around the corner yet. :)  Hope you enjoy this tutorial.

Super Special Sign Up Deal... 7-21 October ONLY!

Whether you want to be a demonstrator and run your own business or just sign up to support your own hobby at a discount price.. come chat with me and I'll help you access all the fun and support of my team.. for the most unbelievable sign up price ever... this offer is only available 7-21 October, 2013 ... if you want to know more I'd be delighted to answer all your questions: (03) 9561 9085 or email me if you prefer:

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Blending Stampin' Write Markers.

I have been asked a few times recently how to use the Stampin' Up! Markers to get an effect something similar to the Copic Markers effect and how I manage to get the colour to blend together, so I have put together a little list here of the colours I blend together when I'm colouring in stamped images. I start by colouring the whole area in the lightest colour and then shade where the shadow (i.e. the darker area) would be in the middle colour and blend it using the lightest colour. Once I'm happy with that I then use the darkest coloured marker just in the places I want to be dark such as the edges which would be furthest away from the light source (i.e. where it would naturally be the absolute darkest) with the darkest colour, again using the lightest marker to blend it.

Here is the chart I have put together with the colours I usually blend together... for these colour swatches I have imagined the light source is at the bottom right of the screen so that is where the lightest colour would naturally be... getting darkest at the top left of the colour swatches:

The instructions for the skin .... (which it turns out are too small to read here unless you are Superman!)  ....  say to use a small acrylic block and scribble on about 2/3 of it with the Soft Suede and then on the remaining 1/3 of it with the Calypso Coral. Use the blender pen to combine the colours and then use a scrap piece of paper to lose some of the intensity of the colour before using the blender pen to colour a very light version of the mixed colour to your stamped image. (Adjust the ratio of these two colours to get a more or less brown toned colour.)

When finished colouring the skin tone you can clean the block and then using just Calypso Coral from the block onto your blending pen, again use scrap paper to lose the intensity of the colour before using it, add just to the cheeks as a hightlight.

If you haven't seen me colouring recently, this is a great video that I found online that explains how to colour in using the markers.... (Note: Where I use the acrylic block to scribble some marker on before picking it up with the blending pen this video shows using the plastic box the markers come in to scribble out some marker colour .... really you can use any non-porous surface you have to hand for this purpose.)

Now, remember that the Stampin' Up! markers are water based so stamp your image using Staz-On ink first so that the stamped image does not bleed. Also, if I had remembered to buy some Watercolor Paper when I put in my last Stampin' Up! order it would have made my life much easier... but I persisted with the regular Whisper White cardstock and was happy with the blended colours.... why do anything the easy way? lol So, grab out your markers and come play along with me... this is one of those techniques that gets easier with practice. Share with me what you have made.... I love seeing what you create.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Technique Classes & Some Current Specials

Hey, I thought you'd like to see the technique classes I've run in the last little while ... we've had such a fun time ... here is a quick recap .... in a few days I'll share with you the layouts that I've done that use these techniques ...........

This is a great butterfly bundle special offer available until September 30.... Click here to see it: Butterfly Bundle

And the brand new 'Best of' Stamp set for this month is a Christmas themed one... Click here: to see all of the 'Best of 25 Years Stamp Sets.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Festive Flurries Gift Tag & New Holiday Mini Catalogue

Isn't this Festive Flurries Gift Tag just so beautiful? I can't wait to make one..... I think it might make a really lovely embellishment touch on some scrapbooking pages of some winter fun photos I have taken of the kids in the last little while too don't you think?

These new products and more can all be found in the new Holiday Mini Catalogue which is out now:

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Friends by choice

I love having a week off... I get to spend some time to create just for me ....

This is a fun layout for the kids and also happens to team up some favourite colours...... any time I use any form or orange I really struggle... but I was happy with how the Pumpkin Pie went together with the Pool Party and the Pear Pizzazz ... I'm really enjoying Pear Pizzazz... I hope you are too.

To help me overcome my fear of orange, I used this color combination from CAS - Colours & Sketches:

Except of course I used Pear Pizzazz ... the beautiful Pear Pizzazz.

I teamed up this color combination with this sketch inspiration from Scrapbook Challenges:


Well... a kind of sideways version of the sketch... which just adds to the fun.... if you lay down and squint at the screen you'll see it. ;)

Have some fun with one or both of these challenges, and as always share the results with me... I love seeing your creations.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Scrapping another walk

Another page in the hiking themed album ....

Hope you enjoy this project. I used this color combination from Blog dos Desafios:

I teamed up this color combination with this sketch inspiration from Scrap Friends.. all about Scrapping:

I really like this sketch... have a go for yourself and see what you create.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Horsing Around........ Colour & Sketch Challenge

I'm really enjoying the new colour range in the new catalogue... here is a layout that I did last night ....

Hope you enjoy this project. I used this color combination: 

I teamed up this color combination with this sketch inspiration:

I made a few changes just to make it my own, as the project seemed to take on its own life, you know how it is, but I just love how starting with a sketch gives you the basic form of a project which just needs some of your own creative flavours added... this is such a great starting point on the days when you just feel a bit creatively challenged ...... have a go at creating something with this color combination or this sketch... or both......and share it with me... I'd love to see what you create.

Oh and hey... did you know the July stamp of the month set is butterflies... don't you just love how elegant butterfly images are?  You can click on the image below to go to see the set at my online store if you would like some more detail:

Monday, July 1, 2013

New Catalogue time!!! ... and a stamp sale

The wait is over... the new catalogue is up and running now... click on the catalogue picture to view the online catalogue or look at the products at my online store:

2 July 2013
Whereas the new catalogue is live now, you will notice that in the 2013-2014 annual catalogue, we offer the Stampin' Write Marker New Color Kit (item 130034, page 163) to help you update your Many Marvelous Marker pack. Now, we've sweetened the deal. For a limited time, from 15 July until 31 October, you can buy any of the new colours in the pack or on their own! Go on, fill in the missing pieces in your collection or buy the whole lot.

$49.95 AUD/$59.95 NZD      
Stampin' Write Marker New Color KitBermuda Bay, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Wisteria Wonder
$5.95 AUD/$7.25 NZD
Bermuda Bay Stampin' Write Marker
$5.95 AUD/$7.25 NZD
Blushing Bride Stampin' Write Marker
$5.95 AUD/$7.25 NZD
Calypso Coral Stampin' Write Marker
$5.95 AUD/$7.25 NZD
Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Marker
$5.95 AUD/$7.25 NZD
Island Indigo Stampin' Write Marker
$5.95 AUD/$7.25 NZD
Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Marker
$5.95 AUD/$7.25 NZD
Pool Party Stampin' Write Marker
$5.95 AUD/$7.25 NZD
Smoky Slate Stampin' Write Marker
$5.95 AUD/$7.25 NZD
Soft Sky Stampin' Write Marker
$5.95 AUD/$7.25 NZD
Wisteria Wonder Stampin' Write Marker

I bought myself the whole set of Stampin' Write Markers recently and I'm loving playing around with them..... so the new markers are definitely on my must buy list........ and I will definitely be adding the few I don't already have when the individual sales start on 15 July...... hmmm now what will I buy today?

Here are some projects which can all be made using Stampin' Write Markers either as markers or direct to the stamp and then stamping with them.......



To check out any or all of the things in our new catalogue all grouped in easy to find categories  .... why not explore my online store:

 (from my online store you can click on the headings in the menu bar on the left side of the screen)

Or if you want to chat about any of this you can phone me (03) 9561 9085 and (0418) 351 978. Email: either to chat about this or to book into one of my classes or host your own in home demonstration to play with some of the products yourself with a few friends. 

Friday, June 14, 2013

New Catalogue Project ...................... and a challenge

The new Stampin' Up! catalogue is all set to start July 2, 2013.... but being a demonstrator means we get to see everything early and even get to play with some things in the pre-release.... I felt sure you would want to see something we've been playing with! ;)          

I thought this could be made into a scrapbook page too... don't you? Imagine that I've stamped up kind of 3/4 of the page on the diagonal like this with this June 2013 Best of Flowers stamp... added a central mat to it and then the embellishment created here with the stamps and framelit set from the new catalogue... add some photos..... perfect. 

Grab a card you love and 'upsize it' to adapt it to a scrapbook page... or the other way around.... grab a scrapbook page you love and shrink it down and adapt it to a card.

Show me what you end up creating ........ let's be inspired to be creative together. :)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

News and What's Going on This Week...

Get in quick... only until June 15thselected digital content 25% off!!  ... click here to have a look at digital content.

Newest Digital Downloads


As part of Stampin' Up!'s 25 year anniversary celebration, they have brought back some favourite stamp images from the last quarter century and combining them into five sets. Each month from now until April 2014 a new set will be released. Along with some great classic images, each "Best of" set will also include a never-before-seen image!
Some things to note:
  • All Best of stamp sets will include 3-5 images, including a never-before seen image, and will be priced at $25.95.
  • All Best of stamp sets are available in Clear-Mount ONLY
  • Best of stamp sets are available till April 2014 or while stock lasts
  • The stamp images may be sized differently from the original stamp sets.
  • The red outline around the lone flower stamp coordinates with the 1 1/4" scallop circle punch
Contact me to order your best of flowers stamp set today or click here to shop online and purchase the best of flowers stamp set.


From now until 31 August 2013 (or while supplies last) Stampin' Up! are offering you five single-image stamps for you to choose from!
  • You can find the stamp item numbers on the flyer.
  • Single stamps can be ordered in the online store, click here to order yours.
  • These won't be sent in our typical cases or packaging; they'll be packaged in cello bags. If you'd like a case for your stamp, you can buy our Clear-Mount Stamp Cases that come in packs of four.
  • This offer is available for clear-mount stamps only.
  • The stamps won't come with a Clear-Mount Block, and you'll need to purchase a block separately if you don't already have one. They all use block E.
  • There's no limit on how many stamps you can purchase.
  • These stamps are only available through 31 August 2013, so get them while you can!
Get one or all of these never-before-seen stamps!
Basic label $11.95 (132669)
Boutique blossom $13.95 (132663)
Hello, hello $13.95 (132675)
Woo hoo! $11.95 (132661)
Sunshine $9.95 (132671)
Please email me if you would like to pre-order your brand new catalogue for just $5 during June. (+ postage if you live too far for me to drop it off for you.)

Scrapbook Page with Hearts-a-Flutter

Products Used:
Spoiler: Smoky Slate  Inkpad which goes on sale 2 July 2013! Love it.

1. Trim Crumb Cake cardstock to 11.5" x 11.5" and edge with Early Espresso ink using sponge dauber.
 2. Trim Tempting Turquise cardstock to 5.5" x 11.75" and edge with Early Espresso ink.
3. Cut 1.5" x 11.5" from a separate piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and trim with Scallop Trim Border punch. Edge with Early Espresso Ink. Attach this about 1.5" up from the bottom of the Crumb Cake cardstock.
4. Cut a further 1" x 11.75" piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. Edge with Early Espresso Ink. Attach to the top of the Tempting Turquise cardstock.
5. Attach the Tempting Turquise cardstock about 1/2" up from the bottom of the Very Vanilla strip.
6. Using Crystal Effects attach a strip of Flower Trim at bottom join between Tempting Turquise and Very Vanilla cardstock as shown.
7. Use a little sticky strip behind the Crumb Cake cardstock to attach the Natural Linen Thread and then using Basic Black stamp some of the Hearts a Flutter stamps to line up with the thread. Using Crystal Effects stick some little bows where the Thread meets the edge of the cardstock as shown.
8. Stamp some hearts using Basic Black and some using Smoky Slate Inkpads and die cut using the Hearts a Flutter stamps and die set onto Tempting Turquise. Edge with Early Espresso Ink. Mount these randomly over the top of the stamped bunting images.
9. Attach the Crumb Cake cardstock centered onto a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and attach photos as shown.
10. Stamp the large heart and the angled bunting stamp using Basic Black and edge using Early Espresso onto Tempting Turquise cardstock. Attach these together.
11. Use Sticky Strip behind the page to attach a double piece of twine and use dimensionals to mount the assembled heart/angled bunting embellishment at the join of the pieces of twine as shown.
12. Stamp a heading in Early Espresso ink.

Things to remember this month:

Retiring Products list is up until July 1st, while stocks last. Many things at big discounts. Click here to go to the Retiring Products List.

Seasonal Catalogue is on sale until June 30.

New catalogue is available now for pre-order and new products go on sale July 2. Email me for a new catalogue $5 during pre-release. $7 from July onwards. (All prices plus postage if you are not in my local area.) Email me for a new catalogue...

To keep up to date with what I have going on see my blog: