It’s About Time

Well I think it’s about time we had another Stamp-A-Stack. It has been a quite a while!

Wouldn’t you like to stamp a bunch of cards that could be used for any occasion. At this stamp-a-stack we will be making 6 cards: 2 each of 3 designs. All of which you get to take home.

I would love you to come along.

Date: 26th July 2014
Time: 6:30pm
Place: My place (the Shed) contact me for details.
Contact: email or phone 0418612096 to book your seat
Cost: $20
Supper is provided and the heaters will be on to keep us toasty warm. 🙂 
Catalogues are also up for grabs if you don’t already have one!

Retiring Lists are Here!

The Stampin’ Up! year is coming to an end which brings along with it the retirement of lots of stamp sets and accessories ready fro some exciting new product.Take advantage of some great specials to get those items from your wish list before they retire for good.


Stamp Set List

Accessories List

Don’t forget if placing your order online to choose me as your demonstrator so that you receive your VIP prices.



Dates: 14 December, 2012-21 January, 2013 (while supplies last)

Over the next four weeks Stampin’ Up! is temporarily taking over 100 items out of retirement and offering them to us at drastically reduced prices. The discounts are up to 70 % off retail prices.

Only available while stocks last!! So you will need to get your order in early.

There are 4 different sales, one each week. Just click on the links below to view the products and their great prices.


View last year’s catalogue to reference information about the products that are on sale:

The Fine Print

  • Feel free to order both Clearance Rack and non-Clearance Rack items on the same order-we’re flexible like that.
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this special offer – go nuts!
  • Qualifying Clearance Rack orders are eligible for hostess benefits. Bonus!
  • Clearance Rack Blitz items are only available while supplies last for each time period they’re on sale-so don’t wait! Sorry, but there are no refunds or exchanges on Clearance Rack items.

So call (0418612096) or email me to get your order in ASAP to take advantage of these great savings.

12 Weeks of Christmas

The count down begins on the 4th of October. Yes there are only 12 weeks till Christmas. This year we will be celebrating Christmas at my house.

For all my lovely newsletter subscribers, this year I am sharing lots of creative fun and craft ideas with you that I will be using this Christmas to decorate my house and table and my Christmas Cards.

What does this mean??

Every week for the next 12 weeks you will receive a Christmas instalment. In it there will be ideas for Christmas cards or gifts or bags, tags and wraps. There will be instructions of how to make these items. Here’s a sneak peak.

Christmas Box Snow Flurry Die

All of this is FREE and all you have to do is be a newsletter subscriber.

It’s easy, just enter your name and email address into the sign up box on the top right of my blog and you will start to receive the 12 weeks of Christmas newsletters.

Those who are already subscribed will automatically erceive the 12 weeks of Christmas.

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter and pass this on to friends so that they can sign up too. I wouldn’t want you to miss out!!

Happy Stamping!

Important Change to 2012-2013 Catty Launch

Hi Everyone,

Just a little change to the launch time for the new catalogue. Due to a change in time for singing at the Albion Park Spring Fair with the Wollongong Harmony Chorus, I have had to change the time for the afternoon launch on Saturday to 2pm. I hope that is Ok for everyone.

I still have some spaces available at both the afternoon and evening(7pm) launch if you would still like to come along. Just give me a call or email me. 🙂

Don’t forget that you will be getting your new catalogue and if you place an order you can share in the hostess benefits.

Happy Stamping


Update: What’s Gone


The retirement list hasn’t even been up for a week yet and already some items have already sold out.

These include

Stampin’ Scrub Replacement Pads
Peach Parfait ink refill
Dotto refill
Concord Crush ink refill
More Mustard Marker
3/16″ Gold Brads
Pear Pizzazz ink refill
Poppy Parade ink refill
Stack & Store Containers
Blushing Bride A4 Card
Confetti White Card
Circle Scissor replacement blades


So don’t delay in getting your order in today!

Retired Stamps

Retired Accessories

Basic Card Sizes

I suppose that it is easy for me to cut my cards because I have done it so often and it wasn’t really till the other day when one of the ladies asked me about them that I thought about how hard it was for me when I first started. This post will be filed under the Tool Tips Section of my Categories on the side bar of this webpage so that you should always be able to refer to it.

Australia’s A4 card measures 29.7 x 21cm. This is different to the American A4.

You will get 2 card bases out of one piece of card.

Card Base: Cut at 14.8cm and then score down the middle at 10.5 (these fit into a C6 size envelope)

I usually put a layer on top at 13.8 x 9.5cm (4 per a4 sheet)

Another layer that works well from the card stock is 7cm by 9.9cm that will get you 9 pieces from a piece of card. Cut lengthwise at 7cm then 9.9cm along each strip.

Of course i will have more layers on my cards, but this should get you started.

Happy Stamping!

Christmas in July!!!!!

Yes, I know it is not Christmas, but it sure is cold enough today for it to be Christmas. The sun was beautiful, but the wind was quite crisp. And Yvette has made some pumpkin soup for dinner which I am really looking forward to. So it is now the time of year to get ready for Christmas and what better way to do that, than to make some Christmas cards.

On Saturday I held my first Christmas Stamp-a-Stack for the year. This is one of the cards we made.

Blue Snowflake Christmas Card

It is a shame the shimmer doesn’t show up very well in the picture. To make this card you would need a selection of different sized snowflake stamps. Then you need to use three different shades of the same colour inks. In this case I used blue, but I think that rich razzleberry, regal rose, pretty in pink and pink pirouette would make a gorgeous pink card. The sentiment needs to be quite bold so that the pattern in the snowflakes do not overpower it. This is layered onto Brushed Silver card (124918 $13.95 pk 10) and then onto whisper white (106549 $15.95 pk 40) and sprayed with frost white shimmer paint (116854 $11.50) made into a spray with rubbing alcohol.

Come and make some Christmas cards like this one at my next Christmas Stamp-a-Stack on Saturday 21st of July at 1pm. Call 0418612096 or email me to book !

July School Holiday Classes

  • Are your kids looking for something different to do during the school holidays?
  • Do you know some kids that like making things?
  • Do you remember hearing “Mum I’m bored” last school holidays?

If you answered yes to one of those questions then how about booking them in to my kids school holiday classes. This school holidays I will be running three different classes which involve ‘more stamping’ as per request and lots of making.

Class 1: Card making

How would you like to make some cards that you can give to your friends and relatives and say “I made that!” In this class we will be creating cards using stamping, colouring, glueing, die cutting, masking, heat embossing, dry embossing and more! Click on the Paypal link below or email me or phone me (0418612096) to book your place in my classes.

School Holiday Card Making Class Projects

Cost $20 for two hours of crafting fun! 
Date: 4th July
Age 6-11  – 10am – 12pm
Age 10 – 18 – 1:30 – 3:30

Class 2: Notebook

Create your very own A5 size notebook which you can use as a diary to keep all your secrets in, or for whatever you like. You could even make it as a gift for a friend. In this class you will create your very own book from scratch. You will make the covers, bind the book and decorate the covers with stamping, embossing, die cutting etc. You can choose what colour to decorate your notebook. A sample is pictured below. Either click on the paypal link or email me or phone me (0418612096) to book your place in my classes.

July School Holiday Notebook Class

Cost $25 
Date: 10th July
Age 6-11  – 10am – 12pm
Age 10 – 18 – 1:30 – 3:30

Class 3: Scrapbook

Just the thing for keeping your memories in as you can store precious photos and stories in your own bound and decorated scrapbook. This class will involve creating the pages, binding the album and decorating the pages with stamping, die cuts and bling ready for you to place your photos and journalling. You can choose your colours and embellishments to decorate your pages. So click the paypal button below or email me or phone me (alison 0418612096) to book your place in this class.

Scrapbook with hidden journalling pages

Cost $25
Date: 12th July
Age 6-11  – 10am – 12pm
Age 10 – 18 – 1:30 – 3:30

If any of those classes appeal to your child then book them in today by either clicking on the paypal button above or by emailing me or give me a call on 0418612096.

If you have a group of friends that would like a class on a different day, call (0418612096) or email me to arrange a class especially for you.

Bookings for these classes are essential as places are filling up fast and supplies need to be prepared. Classes are held in Kanahooka (Dapto) and details of address etc will be provided upon booking. All classes are taught by a qualified teacher and experienced paper crafter.  Light refreshment will be provided.

New !!! $169 Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit!!

Beginning in May!!

Stampin’ Up! will be offering a new, fully customizable Starter Kit at a lower price of $169! and it is now easier than ever to join.

MORE CHOICES: When you purchase the starter kit, you can choose up to $235 of ANY (yes, ANY) current Stampin’ Up! quality products. So you can customise your starter kit to what you want and what you are interested. You can craft it your way!!
 You’ll also receive a business supplies pack to help get you started for free (valued at $80).
The total value of the kit is over $315 and as a bonus shipping is also FREE!
This is a fabulous deal, whether you are a hobby stamper or want to be a business demonstrator!
In addition to filling the Starter Kit with your favorite Stampin’ Up! products, you’ll enjoy Stampin’ Up! demonstrator discounts and benefits. If you select me as your upline, you’ll become part of my growing, friendly community of stampers.
Think about it . . . great deals, exclusive resources and new stamping friends with no pressure to sell or hold workshops (but lots of advice and support if you do).
READY TO GET STARTED? CLICK HERE to order your kit on-line and become part of my Stamping Alley team and the Stampin’ Up! family.
Questions???  Email me  I am here to help you.
To order Stampin’ Up! products please e-mail me at

National Year of Reading: What are you Reading??

This year is the National Year of Reading and so I thought I would share with you some of the books that give me inspiration for making cards. One of my favourite things to do as a teacher is to read books to the children, something I never tire of and the kids seem to enjoy discovering books with me also. They think I’m nuts because I put on all the voices and read loud or soft depending on the story and make hand gestures and act bits out. Fun!!!!My Dearest Dinosaur

This book, My Dearest Dinosaur, is by a fabulous Australian author called Margaret Wild. She has such a way with words as shown in this little excerpt

“My dearest Dinosaur, such news! The eggs have hatched and we have seven little ones. I wish you could see the wriggly, tiggly rascals.”

Donna Rawlins is also a great illustrator who I was lucky enough to see at the National Library a few years ago. It is fascinating to find out how they make their illustrations for their books and she was so sharing with her work and her methods.

This story is written in journal form and in the classroom I like to get the children to imagine they are dinosaurs (lots of play acting and miming) and to write a journal entry for what they would be doing as a dinosaur.

Here is the card that this book inspired.

Dinoroar Tyrannosaurus

Dinoroar is such a wonderful stamp set for kids or for those ‘fossils’ that may appreciate receiving an old dinosaur card. 🙂

This card is one of my ageabilities series of cards. At present it does not have an age on it, but if you want to order this card from me, then all you need to do is specify the age of the recipient and I will add the age for you.

Stamp Set: Dinoroar, French Foliage,
Card: Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive
Inks: Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black
Accessories: Bigz Die Circle Die, 2 1/2″ circle punch

I hope you enjoyed dinoroar and I hope that you celebrate the National Year of Reading and read plenty of books to your kids.

What was/ or is the book you most enjoy/ed reading to your children?? Leave a comment and we’ll see what peoples favourites are.

Have you seen the new mini catalogue yet?

Last night I held the launch of my new Autumn/Winter mini catalogue and we used my favourite stamp set from the new mini, Bordering on Romance.

We had a lovely time stamping two wonderful cards (stay tuned for later posts) and eating a lemon coconut cake. There were two lucky door prizes, this was one of them. Lucky I took a picture of it before I gave it away….

Candle decorated using bordering on romance stamp set from the Autumn Winter Mini Catalogue

Stamp set: Bordering on Romance
Inks: Basic Black, Poppy Parade, Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight.

If you would like to play with some of the wonderful new goodies in the mini catalogue, if you would like to earn free product from the catalogues, then email me to book your workshop.

Happy stamping!

How do you Use your Baby Wipes

I no longer have any babies in my household, but baby wipes are so useful. Especially for stamping. And I don’t mean just for cleaning up messes.

This card was made using the baby wipe as a stamp pad technique and the medallion stamp.

Medallion Baby Wipe Stamp Pad Technique

Doesn’t it look elegant? It was so quick to make too.

Stamp: Medallion

Card: Regal Rose, Rich Razzleberry, Glossy White

Inks: Rich Razzleberry, Regal Rose, Pretty In Pink

Accessories: Paper Snips, Old Stamp Container, Baby Wipes, Vintage Brad, Dimensionals, Rich Razzleberry Satin Ribbon

Rainbows of Beautiful Butterflies

Here is a really simple card made with the Big Shot Sizzlet Die, Beautiful Butterflies that was one of our cards at our recent Stamp-a-stack held on St Patrick’s Day (hence the rainbows).

Rainbows of Butterflies


Supplies for this cardcan be ordered through me. I also have some kits left over from this eve for sale for $3 so feel free to email me to get your kit with all your pre-cut card.

You will need: Big Shot, Sizzlet die Beautiful Butterflies, black stampin write marker, adhesive

Then you too could have rainbows of butterflies!!

Don’t Let This Be You!!

Sale-a-Bration Ending Soon

Sale-a-Bration is ending soon.

Don’t Miss out!!!!

Last SAB order goes in before 10pm 31st March

Big Shot and Chocolate Mmmmmm!

So what does the Big Shot have to do with Chocolate?

Easter of course!!

Still confused?? By using my Big Shot machine I was able to easily make this adorable little Easter Basket just big enough to hold some chocolate Easter Eggs. MMMM!

Easter Basket

The Big Shot made it so easy.

Do you know that you can cut up to 8 layers of fabric at once? You can only do this with the Big Shot Dies (not sizzlets). For the basket I cut 4 layers of fabric at once. I cut a 5cm strip of material and then folded it concertina style, placed it over the small scallop square of the Scallop Square Duo Bigz Die. Voila! 4 pieces exactly the same size. The edge of the scallops formed the edge upon which to place my sewing machine foot when sewing the scallop squares together.

I’m definitely planning on making more of these. They can not only be used as easter baskets. Wouldn’t they look lovely on the coffee table with some lollies in them at Christmas or Birthdays? I’m planning on using mine to hold supplies at my workshops to showcase the gorgeous Stampin’ Up! Fabric.

Oh and I have to mention (upon pain of death), that my daughter Chantelle (the budding photographer) took these photos of the Easter Basket for me. 🙂

Happy Stamping! (or in this case sewing)


 Big Shot 113439 $149.95
Scallop Square Duo Die 120903 $$39.95
Designer Fabric Flirtatious 122335 $19.95

Stamping Rainbows

What better way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day than to stamp rainbows. Lots of rainbow coloured cards that is. Thanks to all who attended the Stamp-a-stack last night. In between all the talk and laughter and tears (from the laughing) we all managed to make some bright and cheery balloon birthday cards.

rainbow balloon birthday card

Party This Way is such a fabulous stamp set which includes the sentiment so you can make cards using only one stamp set. And the card wouldn’t have been complete without all that bling? Stay tuned for the kit to make this card!!

Stamp Set: Party This Way
Inks: Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black
Accessories: Dimensionals, Basic Jewels Rhinestones, Paper Snips, Modern Label Punch, Stampin Write Markers


Sale-a-Bration Time Running Out

Did you know that Sale-a-Bration ends at the end of this Month? And so does your chance of earning some exclusive Free stuff that is only ever available till the end of this month.

It’s easy to earn Free Stuff. All you have to do is place a $100 order with me from the Main Idea Book and Catalogue or from the Summer Mini Catalogue before 10pm on the 31st of March and you can earn yourself some free stamps, paper, ribbons or brads.

All you have to do is email me with your order!

Ruffled Ribbon Fresh Vintage

I made this card with the Sale-a-bration stamp set Fresh Vintage. It is my favourite Sale-a-Bration Stamp set because I just love how versatile the stamps are. You can use the stamps as both the main image and the background as I have in this card. I hope you get your Sale-a-Bration stamp set.

Stamp Set: Fresh Vintage, Easy Events
Card Stock: Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral
Accessories: Pool Party Marker, Calypso Coral Marker, Lucky Limeade marker, Pearls



Have You Got Your Favourite Family Recipes All In One Place??

No?? Nor have I. But it is one of those things that is high on my To Do List. This Recipe Folder is fabulous for storing all those recipes in one place. I have one of these planned for each of my children (Shhhh, don’t tell them, I want it to be a surprise).

Recipe Folder

The folder is plastic, so it is splash proof which means you can have it right on your bench while cooking without having to worry about it getting spoilt.

Watermarked Recipe Pages

Each recipe page has the swirl as a watermark (can only just see it in the picture) and to protect it, it is placed inside a plastic sleeve.

Isn’t the artwork just beautiful! I am biased here. My daughter Yvette drew it and painted the swirl for me. I then mounted it on Stampin’ Up! Cardstock in Basic Black and Real Red. The Flowers are some old Pretties Kit silk flowers that I have died Red. I also sprayed the flower with some Shimmer Paint to give it some sparkle. I used a pearlised bead for the centre of the flower (the half pearls were too bulky to go in behind the plastic). I also used some Black satin Ribbon to finish it off. Wouldn’t it be great to hand down all those tried and true family recipes to your kids in something as beautiful as this.

What is your favourite tried and true recipe that you would put in a recipe book like this one? Post yours in the comments section of this post.

Happy Stamping
Stamping Alley
Independent stampin Up Demonstrator


Hi Everyone,

I’d like to take the opportunity to welcome you to my new blog. It is still very much in the process of being built, so please forgive it’s infancy. In the mean time please feel free to browse around and post a comment. The more the merrier!!

I would love for this site to become the go-to place for you where you can find all sorts of information on stamping, scrapbooking and off-the-page stuff, not only for paper, but hopefully to integrate other fun creative materials as well. I love sewing and knitting and all other crafts as well and can’t wait to integrate it all into the papercrafting stuff I do.

There will be hints and tips and how-to tutorials on all sorts of crafty stuff. I am also building a store for this website where you will be able to purchase tutorials, card kits, stamping kits, e-books and handmade products and embellishments.

There will also be an events calendar where you will be able to find all my classes and crafty events. Who knows, I may even delve into the video world.

In the mean time, you can click on the link and enter your email address to sign up for my mailing list. You will receive an exclusive free tutorial when you sign up. Also you will be the first to find out about my events, specials and promotions, and there will be tutorials and hints and tips especially for my newsletter subscribers.

Thanks for looking
Happy Stamping
Alison Charlton
Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator