The importance of writing letters and cards

The importance of writing letters and cards

Last week I was delighted to finally meet in person someone I’ve admired from a distance for a great for many years…our former Governor General, the Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO.

Quite unexpectedly, I found myself sitting next to Dame Quentin at a literary lunch to launch her new book, Dear Quentin, and I’m happy to report she was even more inspiring in person. As much as I would have loved to take a selfie with her, it really wasn’t the done thing, so a photo of her signing my copy of her book will have to surfice.

Over two hours we chatted about so many of the important and interesting issues she is passionate about, but the main thing that I took away from our conversation was a reinforcement of the importance of writing and sending cards and letters.

I must admit I am really shocking at sending cards and letters. I love to make cards but often forget to send them in time or only realise it’s someone’s birthday when Facebook tells me so!

Meeting Dame Quentin in person has inspired me to lift my game…after all if she managed to write and send over 50 letters a week while holding down one of the most important jobs in the country, I really should remember to send birthday and Christmas cards!


When I decided to scrapbook this occassion I immediately knew which product I had to use…the gorgeous little envelopes framelits in the Love Notes Framelits Dies, (on sale now) and part of the Sealed with Love Bundle. These are both retiring on 31 May.

The sentiment I used for this page fits the occasion perfectly and is another retiring product, the Endless Thanks stamp set. There really couldn’t be a more fitting sentiment for the former GG then “Thank you for your service”.

Another product that was just perfect for this page is the pretty label punch (it will be available to order from 1st June) in the new annual catalogue. I cut it in half and used it either side of the menu, then stamped it with a beautiful stamp from the retiring Sealed with Love stamp set (on sale now) and also in the retiring  Sealed with Love Bundle.  I love how they look like they were made to go together!

I hope you’re feeling as inspired as I am to write more letters and cards.

Until next time, happy crafting!

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Art With Heart Blog Hop Retiring List

Art With Heart Blog Hop Retiring List

Today I am participating in a blog hop along with the super talented ladies in the Art With Heart Team. We thought it would be fun to share some projects using our favourite retiring products from both the 2016-2017 annual and 2017 occasions catalogues!

Select retiring products have discounts of up to 50% off but are only available until sold out. Be sure to place orders before the sun sets on these items on 31 May. You don’t want to miss out – ask me how!

Such an incredibly versatile product

My beautiful sister-in-law recently turned 50 and instead of a party she decided to take a well-deserved holiday to Thailand. So when we finally caught up over the Easter break it was the first time I’d seen her since her birthday and I wanted to make her something personal to mark the occasion.

For this scrapbooked wall art I used several of my all-time favourite retiring products. Botanical Builder Framelits are the most versatile Stampin’ Up! product I have ever used. It is actually impossible to make a bad card with this set! If you don’t already own them, now’s your last chance to buy them…and they’re on special! They work with any colour card stock and are just so incredibly beautiful, easy to use and versatile.


I’ve used the matching  Botanical Blooms polymer stamp set (also so versatile and on sale) and my favourite retiring in-colour: Tip Top Taupe.

This is such a great neutral…don’t you love it here with the whisper white and tip top taupe ink stamped on it?

The lovely blue ink is Marina Mist – I’ve only recently purchased this colour and it’s truely love at first sight.

Other gorgeous retiring products I’ve used here are the Love & Affection stamp set (stamped in Tip Top Taupe) and the 2016-2018 In Colour Enamel Shapes (in Dapper Denim).

For the matching card and envelope I used the retiring Crumb Cake Note Cards & Envelopes stamped with stamps from the retiring Love & Affection stamp set (another favourite!) in retiring Tip Top Taupe and the ever lovely Whisper White. I embellished the little flower stamp with the retiring Gold Glitz Dazzling Details.

Luckily the linen thread and the sentiment (on the wall art and on the card) from Beautiful You are not retiring. Boy am I going to miss all these retiring products!


Now it’s time to see what the talented Ros Davidson has made.

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:



1. Catherine Proctor – you are here
2. Ros Davidson
3. Tina Gillespie
4. Monika O’Neill
5. Rebecca Jacovou
6. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
7. Rachel Palmieri
8. Kate Morgan
9. Judy May
10. Rachel Woollard
11. Claire Daly
12. Andrea Roberts

Thanks for stopping by!

Art With Heart Easter Blog Hop

Art With Heart Easter Blog Hop




Today I am participating in a blog hop along with the super talented ladies in the Art With Heart Team.

We thought it would be fun to share some Easter projects, seeing as Easter is only about 3 weeks away!

Saleabration is a great time to join or place a $90 order to get extra free items – ask me how!

Blog Hops are full circles, so you can start hopping here and then at the end of each post is a link to the next one. There is also a list of participants at the end in case of any broken links. Now let’s get started!

‘Punch and Framelit Art’ Easter Bunny

The Stitched Shape Framelits are one of the most versatile products I have ever bought from Stampin’ Up!

I love how the set includes 4 different sizes of 3 different shapes and they work with so many sentiments, stamp sets…and even on their own.

But (until now) I’d never thought of using them in punch art.

Sweet Sugarplum Stitched Rabbit

For my first Easter card I decided to give my rabbit Sweet Sugarplum ears to match the beautiful background paper from the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper.

Can you guess which punch I used for her ears?

I’ll give you a hint…I also used the same punch to make her crunchy carrot.

Believe it or not, it’s the Festive Flower Builder punch!

Both the inside of her ears and the carrot were made out of the long, moustache shaped piece of the punch. For the ears, I cut that piece in half, and for the carrot I punched it in Calypso Coral cardstock and then simply folded it over.

The little green carrot top is made from the cross piece of that punch as well–I punched it out in Old Olive card stock and simply folded it in half on an angle.

Here’s a close-up to show you how I also curved her ears forward to add even more dimmension

Her body and ears are made from Tip Top Taupe card stock and her nose is cut from the Owl builder punch.

The eyes are stamped with another incredibly versatile set, Cookie-Cutter Christmas. When stamping the eyes I just made sure I only inked up the the eyes and not the nose, because I wanted to use the cute little heart piece from the Owl Builder punch for her nose.

And don’t you just love her whiskers, made with the Stamping’ Up! Linen Thread? 

Mint Macaron Stitched Rabbit


Well, I had so much fun making my sweet sugarplum rabbit I decided to make her a friend.

This time I used a different sheet of paper from the Succulent Garden Designer as the background paper and then dies and stamps from The Oh So Succulent Bundle to give him the appearance of hiding in the shrubbery.

He looks a little bit shy and a little bit cheeky, doesn’t he?


Mint Macaroon, Old Olive and Tip Top Taupe is one of my all-time favourite colour combinations.

For the sentiment on this card I used one of the free Salebration stamp sets, Any Occasion. It actually fits perfectly into the Duet Banner Punch, making for a quick and easy sentiment to finish the card off. 

Get More Out of Your Craft Supplies

Have you ever tried to use your framelits as punch art?

This was my first attempt and I’m thrilled with the result. I really enjoy discovering another use for what was already an incredibly useful and versatile set.

And as a sewer and quilter I just love how quickly and easily the Stitched Shapes Framelits add texture and give my cards that hand-stitched look.

Next up on our blog hop is the incredibly talented Ros Davidson. I can’t wait to see what she’s created!

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

1. Judy May
2. Catherine Proctor
3. Ros Davidson
4. Rebecca Jacovou
5. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
6. Claire Daly
7. Kate Morgan
8. Monika O’Neill
9. Tina Gillespie
10. Rachel Woollard


Thanks for stopping by.

I hope you has as much fun reading my blog as I had creating it.







Stamping’ Up! Beetles and Bugs Birthday Card

Stamping’ Up! Beetles and Bugs Birthday Card

Beetles and Bugs Birthday Card for Boys

Today I’m excited to bring you a blog hop with some of the awesome ladies in the Art With Heart Stampin’ Up! Team.

Today we focus on the kids in our lives, from birthday cards to party ideas.

Sale-a-bration continues and this week we have three new additional items you can earn for free with a $90 order – ask me how!





As soon as I received my Occasions catalogue I knew I was just going to have to have the Beetles and Bugs stamp set. It instantly evoked memories of coming to the big smoke (i.e. Sydney) as a child and going to the Australian Museum with my parents when we put on our Sunday best and caught the train into the city.


As a child from the country, Sydney was total sensory overload!

We’d have lunch in a smart coffee shop in the city, visit the David Jones Food Hall and we were allowed to chose just one thing from the Nut Shop in the Strand Arcade.

There was always something new and exciting to see in the Australian Museum, but my favourite part was the insect collection. I think I loved the wide wooden drawers the insects were stored in as much as the insects themselves!

My love affair with beetles and bugs has continued to this day…as long they’re not in my house!




Stamp Sets for Boys Can Be So Hard to Find!

…which is why I love this set so much!

As a mother to two boys I instantly knew this stamp set would be incredibly useful. It’s also very versatile because beetles and bugs come in so many different colours, which means you can use any Stampin’ Up! ink you like with this set.

When making this card I decided to try a colour I hadn’t used before – Peekaboo Peach – and I just love how well it co-ordinates with Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White and Basic Black. I’ll definitely be using Peekaboo Peach again.

I used the layering circle framelits with basic black card stock and window sheets to make my magnifying glass and I’m really pleased with how realistic it looks, however it’s hard to photograph the ‘glass’ in the centre of my magnifying glass. Here’s a close-up to give you a bit of a better look.

The sentiment is from the Number of Years stamp set and because it is a photopolymer stamp I was able to bend it to exactly fit around the curve of the magnifying glass. The tiny number 6 is from the incredibly useful and versatile Labeler Alphabet stamp set.

Little Boys Always Love a Surprise!

The Party Pop-up Thinlits die would have to be one of my all time favourite dies to add that ‘wow’ factor to all of my birthday cards.

Both my boys would have loved to receive this card when they were younger…in fact I’m sure that even as teenagers they would still secretly love it today!

I hope you enjoy the versatility and ‘boy friendliness’ of the Beetles and Bugs set as much as I do.

Thanks for stopping by!

Now it’s time to see what the incredibly talented Alisha Watson has created by clicking on the next blog hyperlink below.


If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:



  1. Rachel Palmieri
    2. Tina Gillespie
    3. Ros Davidson
    4. Rebecca Jacovou
    5. Claire Daly
    6. Catherine Proctor
    7. Alisha Watson
    8. Kim Dallinger
    9. Kate Morgan
    10. Rachel Woollard
    11. Monika O’Neill
    12. Tania Johnson




AWHT Blog Hop: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

AWHT Blog Hop: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas


Today some of the Art with Heart Stampin’ Up! team girls have created some amazing Christmas projects to inspire you with the theme, It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! We have tags,  gift bags, teacher gift ideas, decorations and many more fun projects to create this holiday season.

You’ve arrived at my blog from Kathryn Mangelsdorf (there’s a list of all the participants at the end of this post in case you missed any).

Blogs are full circles, so you can start hopping here and then follow the link at the end of each post to go to the next one.

‘Easy Peasy’ Washi Tape Advent Calendar


I don’t know about you, but I’ve always loved advent calendars.

There’s something quite magical and childlike about counting down the days to Christmas, and let’s be honest…is there any child who doesn’t love starting each day in December with a little sweet, a tiny toy or a coin?


Personally, I’ve never liked commercial advent calendars that feature a cartoon superhero character and contain cheap, nasty chocolate. I mean if you’re going to indulge, you may as well eat the good stuff!


It’s so much nicer to make your own advent calendar because you can co-ordinate the colours you use to your Christmas theme or house décor…and you have the freedom to fill your calendar with whatever you want. And it’s also a lovely way to create your own family Christmas tradition.

When my children were little they’d get a 50 cent coin in their calendar every day, along with a small sweet or candy cane. Then on Christmas Eve they would use half their coins to buy a present for their brother and the other half would be donated to the charity buckets when we went to look at Christmas lights.

This lovely family Christmas tradition came about from my homemade advent calendar.

Make this calendar as a surprise for your kids or make it together


…it’s super easy to make and you can adapt the design to use the craft materials you have

…it’s reusable, year after year, because washi tape can repositioned multiple times, so once you’ve opened the boxes you can refill and reseal them again the following year

…it’s an upcycling project that re-purposes an item item every home has…old toilet paper rolls

…its design is flexible, you can display your calendar so many different ways

…it’s super cute and really fun to make!

Here’s what you’ll need

  • 24 old toilet paper rolls (if you want to display your calendar as 5 rows of 5 boxes you will need to make an extra box and number it 25 to be opened on Christmas morning)
  • Washi tape of your choice
  • Matching cardstock
  • Number stamps
  • Punches or die cutting machine and dies
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Embellishments, such as twine, ribbon, etc

Begin by turning your toilet paper rolls into curvy boxes to hold your advent surprises. Press one end down with your thumb to the halfway point and do it with the facing side. Repeat with the other end and do this for all 24 (or 25) rolls.

At this stage you can fill your calendar with whatever you want: coins, lollies, tiny toys, craft projects, candy canes or even Christmas tree decorations.

Once your boxes are filled the fun really begins. I’ve wrapped mine with five gorgeous rolls of Candy Cane Lane Washi Tape, which all co-ordinate together.

Wrapping the boxes with washi tape is super easy to do.

  • No glue needed as the washi tape is self-adhesive.
  • No scissors required, you simply tear the washi tape
  • No problem if you make a mistake—just peel it back and reposition it!

The final countdown!

Once I’d wrapped all my boxes in Candy Cane Lane washi tape I then made a variety of numbers from 1-24, using the Large Letter Framelits Dies (these are on sale @ 20% off, $43.20, from 21-28 November!), the matching Number of Years Stamp Set and the Labeler Alphabet stamp set, which has 2 styles of letters and numbers.


I also used the co-coordinating stamp pads in Real Red, Whisper White and Crumb Cake and embellished the boxes with Linen Thread, Cherry Cobbers Baker’s Twine, Cherry Cobber metal thread, Kraft Rope Trim, Mini Pinecones Embellishments and Mini Jingle Bells.


I just love how all the Stampin’ Up! Products co-ordinate and especially how the new Stitched Shape Framelit dies can be layered with the circle punch or the layering squares framelits, or simply have the numbers stamped or glued onto them.


How will you display your advent calendar?

Will you display it on a wall (simply attach with bluetack or mini glue dots), layered on a tiered cake stand or stacked in a vase or a bowl? One of my personal favourite ways is to attach it to the wall in the shape of a Christmas tree.


However you decide to display your calendar and whatever you chose to fill it with not only will your children will love their personalised advent calendar…

…but it will also become a beautiful Christmas decoration in its own right.

You’re currently on my blog – Catherine Proctor.

And the next is blog is Judy May.



If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

  1. Rebecca Jacovou
  2. Ros Davidson
  3. Kathryn Ruddick
  4. Kate Morgan
  5. Rachel Palmieri
  6. Claire Daly
  7. Mary Kelly
  8. Monika O’Neill
  9. Tina Gillespie
  10. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
  11. Catherine Proctor
  12. Judy May
You can visit these blogs in any order, but make sure you visit them all because, believe me, you certainly won’t want to miss any of these blogs!



Online Extravaganza Sale time!

Online Extravaganza Sale time!


Don’t you just love a sale?

Especially when it comes right before Christmas, allowing you to stock up on your Christmas card-making supplies; buy discounted gifts; purchase items you’ve had on your wishlist for a while; or maybe even give Santa a helping hand to pop a little something special in your own Christmas stocking!

Today only the following products are on sale, up to 35% off RRP!


You can purchase all of them from me here.

There is also a bunch of products heavily discounted, up to 40% off that are on sale 21-28 December. And to top the week off there’s going to be another 24 hour sale on November 28! Here’s the full list of discounted products, including the products on sale during the 24 hour sales both today and on the 28th November: online-extravagana-product-list-sp

Just between you and me I might have placed a sneaky order for the gift bag punch board and a couple of other stamp sets and punches I’ve had my eye on for a while.

What do you think you will order?

Until next time, happy crafting!


You can shop online with me 24/7 HERE

For inspiration you can follow me on Pinterest, Facebook & Instagram.

Looking for a free catalogue? Find out more HERE.

Want to get extra discount every time you order and be the first to see and order new product? Find out more about being a hobby or business demonstrator HERE.

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