Get Your Santa On …

Good Morning and welcome to the weekend! 

With just under 8 weeks till Christmas it’s time to start making those dreaded lists and getting things done like Christmas Cards and starting on that Christmas Gift List. I’ve already held a couple of Christmas Card classes however I have just scheduled more for November for all those who have just realised it’s less than 2 months away! 

Here’s a sweet card made with the Get Your Santa On stamp set which I’ve coloured with the Blendabilities ….


Ho Ho Ho

These cards are quick and fun and super easy to make … I’ve used the Notecards for these – you should by now realise I love the Stampin’ Up! Note cards and envelopes and they are such great value as you get 20 cards and envelopes for just $9.95.  They are are great size too if you need to make a few cards!  


Christmas is …

I love this little guy and for these cards all you really need is …

So how would you like to get cracking on some Christmas Cards??  I have three classes in November for you to choose from …

November 15 at 1pm – Christmas Stack o’cards 
Make 10 Notecards for $20 – plus you’ll recieve enough cards to make another 10!  They will be 10 different cards for you to make so you’ll have plenty of variety for your family and friends! 

November 19 at 11am – Christmas Stamp A Stack
Make 8 full cards for $25 – You’ll make 2 each of 4 different designs and your kit will include the envelopes!  All cards will be easy enough for beginners and I will be here to help you if you need it. 

November 23 at 1pm – Christmas Stamp A Stack
Make 8 full cards for $25 – You’ll make 2 of 4 different designs and your kit will include the envelopes so you can stamp them to match your cards! 

In all my classes you receive everything you need to make all your cards and I guide you step by step so if this is the first time you’ve made a card it wont be a stressful experience – it’s fun, easy and very rewarding to give someone a card you have made yourself and Christmas is the perfect time to start this tradition! 

I’d love for you to come along and have some fun – why not bring a friend along with you so you can create together.  If this is your first class with me you’ll get $5 off your class fee plus if you bring a friend you’ll get it at half price and she’ll get $5 off her class cost! 

Now maybe you cant make it on those dates but still want to do the class. Why not get 4 of your friends together and I’ll bring the class to you!  I have special benefits for my hostesses so be sure to ask me about those when you book.  

Also, you may live further than I can travel in a morning so for you I’m offering the class by mail for just $25 for the Notecards Class or $30 for the Stamp A Stack Class or free with a $100 order – you’ll receive instructions and kits. It could be that you have all you need then you can get the tutorials for just $10 or get them free with a $60 order! 

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to book in early for these classes as places are limited.  If one class fills I will add another if required. 


12 Weeks of Christmas – Hybrid Christmas Layout


For this week’s project we have a gorgeous Hybrid Christmas Layout created by the lovely Virginia! Why hybrid? well because it uses both traditional and digital images on the layout.

I have made use of digital stamps.  This stamp set is no longer available to purchase in rubber, but I love it so much I was very happy to know it is still as a digital download.  I love that once you purchase digital images you have them for ever!  

Joyful Christmas

Also, as my printer is an inkjet, ie water based ink, it is perfect for printing out stamp images to colour in with Blendabilities. I’ve used the Poinsettia and Leaf from the  Joyful Christmas digital stamp Brush set (product code135269).   There are two ways you can get these to print out.  You can either use the software My Digital Studio that Stampin Up have at a fabulous price of $24.95. Or you can  use your Microsoft Word programme.  Which ever way you want to use, you need to print out using a inkjet printer on Whisper White A4 card stock.  I worked out how many I wanted to colour in and went from there.

I used my trusty Blendabilities  to colour in the Poinsettia  in two sizes and the leaf in 3 sizes. It’s a good idea to put print out as many as you can fit on the A4 sheet, that way you are not wasting any card stock. I coloured them with Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Daffodil Yellow and Smokey Slate Blendabilities alcohol ink markers.  The lightest of the Smoke Slate being used to help give more shading and depth to my colouring. 


Next after colouring them in, I cut them out with my paper snips.  Now if you are fortunate enough to own an electronic die cutting machine and are comfortable using it’s print & cut functions, then by all means, use it to cut them out. After I cut them out, I gave the backs of the coloured & cut out image a bit of ‘burnishing’ with the stylus from my scoreboard and my bone folder too.  I put my Stampin Piercing mat underneath as cushioning.  As you can see, it’s made them more 3D looking.
Images coloured with Blendabilities

Images coloured with Blendabilities

I took my three rolls of Washi Tape (Watercolour Wonder set) and put a strip of each along two edges of the 12×12 so they crossed over in the bottom left hand corner.  These three Washi tapes are perfect for any occasions but really shine on a Christmas layout.  I layered my black and white photo onto Cherry Cobbler card stock.  Next I used the paint splatter stamp from Gorgeous Grunge and some Cherry Cobbler ink and stamped around some of the background. I then placed the coloured in images around my sheet of 12×12 Whisper White card stock till I had them right where they looked best adhering them with several dimensionals & strips of snail adhesive.
For the year 1994, I used some cork stickers from the Project Life Seasonal Snapshot Accessory pack. Using the finest of the Project Life journaling pens, I did a little journaling between the lines of the washi tape and tah daah, all done, here it is!
Hampson Christmas 1994

Hampson Christmas 1994

Want a full copy of the tutorial on how I created this layout including how to print out from either MDS or Microsoft word? Simply contact me at and I will sent you it in PDF format!

Week 5 Latte Girls Bundle ….

Get all this for just $70 plus shipping & get the Washi Tape for free!

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to pop over to Virginia’s Blog and leave her a comment for her layout! 


Lost your Mojo?

I regularly get people asking me what to do when you lose your mojo and the discussion came up again this past week and today I was talking on my Latte Girls forum and explained how I wanted to do a card using Festival of Trees and the All is Calm Designer Series Paper and noticed there are so many online at the moment and I just wanted mine to look a wee bit different than the rest.  

Now usually when I’m stuck or have lost my ‘mojo’ I head to the challenge blogs for ideas and my favourite one is Mojo Monday – they have a new sketch every Monday you can use as inspiration and they also have a dedicated page on their blog just for all the sketches they’ve done sorted by year.  So that’s what I did and this is the sketch that jumped out at me …

Mojo Sketch 346

This is how my card turned out …

'Tis the Season

‘Tis the Season

I love how this turned out and so did the ladies at last week’s Stamp A Stack. It was quick and easy and although the colours are similar to all those other cards out the it does look a wee bit different to the rest – well that’s my story anyways! 

Can you see the tree on the left?  I saw this tip this past week that how one of the snowflakes from the new Many Merry Stars (Merry & Bright Christmas Supplement) fits perfectly in the tree punch!  I also love that Lost Lagoon Satin ribbon – I think I’ve gone through about 5 rolls to date with my projects and classes!  The rhinestones also work perfectly to lift the card and give it a little bling. 

I hope you like this card and if you’d like to make one like it why not book a party and you and your friends can make this card and take it home to give to a loved one for Christmas – or as one of my ladies from class said ‘no way I’m keeping this one’!  This is why we make two of each of the cards in a Stamp A Stack – one to keep (and copy) and one to give away!

Maybe you’d like to host your own Stamp A Stack?  You’ll make 6 cards (2 each of 3 different designs) for just $20 and I’ll even bring the class to you! All you need is 4 friends to come along and a table for everyone to work at.  Contact me today to book your Stamp A Stack or Stampin’ Up! Party in.

Now seeing its only 3 days left of a couple of our specials I thought I’d remind you …. 

Pick a Pack of Paper

Join my Latte Girls Stampin’ Up! team for just $169 and you’ll receive products of your choice to the value of $235! Plus you’ll also get the Business Kit free (valued at $80) which includes invitations, order forms and Catalogues for you to share with friends or start your business and when you join before 31st October you’ll also receive a free Pack of Designer Series Paper every month for six months!  How cool is that?  Contact me now for more information or click here to join now! 


Exclusive Hostess Set 

Simply hold a qualifying party with $300 in Sales or more and receive the gorgeous Good Greetings Stamp Set as a bonus thank you! You’ll also receive $50 in Stampin’ Up! Products for free.  Any orders of $300 or more also receive this free stamp set plus the Hostess Rewards! Simply contact me by Friday with your order or click here to order online

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out Mojo Monday when your Mojo takes a holiday! 


Weekly Deals for You

ho doesn’t love a discount? Especially on Craft goodies well check out this awesome specials from Stampin Up!

Wowza … such great offers … now remember these are only on sale for one week – until Tuesday 4th November!

I can see a few things there myself that I ‘need’!  Remember Christmas is coming and you could grab some of these goodies for your favourite crafters and save some money at the same time!

To place your order simply email or ring me or shop online by clicking on any of the items above or the button below … 
Shop Now & earn Latte Rewards!

Shop Now & earn Latte Rewards!

Thanks for stopping by ….


Good Evening Hope you had yourself a great day and my apologies for being a little absent. I’ve had a bit of trouble recovering from that bad flu I had and have had to start taking some allergy medication and it’s taking a bit of getting used to. Last week I visited one of my ‘old’ friends – well maybe old isnt the right word but maybe lifelong friend – we’ve been friends for over 40 years! Apparently we were friends before we were born lol! Anywho … Yo wanted a lesson on Blendabilities and My Digital Studio so we arranged a private class for her and here’s one of the cards we made …
Blended Poppies

Blended Poppies


Stamp Ink Card Stock Ribbon & Trim This card is so quick and easy and so enjoyable when you colour with the Blendabilities. Would you like the instructions for this card?  Simply click here to print them! I hope you like today’s card and if you’d like your own private class for Blendabilities or any other project or tool or technique please dont hesitate to contact me. Thanks for stopping by …. cupsigonie

12 Weeks of Christmas – Bonus Project

Banner Good Morning and Happy Saturday to you! Well the 12 Weeks of Christmas program is zooming along and we would like to thank you for visiting and commenting on our projects so today we have a Bonus Project for you! We do hope you’ve enjoyed the projects this far. This bonus project is a ‘Santa Screen Card’ from Libby. It’s a bit of fun to make and you could use the tags to write recipients names on them or use the back of the screen to write your personal message.
Santa Screen Card

Santa Screen Card

How cool to see someone open this card and how nice would it be to receive one? Products Used … Stamp : Get Your Santa On Photopolymer Stamp Set, Ink : Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin’ PadOld Olive Classic Stampin’ PadTuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad,Stampin’ Blendabilities™ Markers Cherry Cobbler AssortmentStampin’ Blendabilities™ Markers Old Olive AssortmentStampin’ Blendabilities™ Markers Pumpkin Pie AssortmentStampin’ Blendabilities™ Markers Daffodil Delight AssortmentStampin’ Blendabilities™ Markers Smoky Slate AssortmentStampin’ Blendabilities™ Alcohol Marker Color LifterStampin’ Blendabilities™ Markers Skin Tone Assortment Card Stock : Very Vanilla A4 Card StockRed Glimmer Paper Tools & Adhesive : Tombow Multi-Purpose AdhesiveStampin’ TrimmerSimply ScoredBone FolderStampin’ ScrubStampin’ Mist Punch : Decorative Label PunchScalloped Tag Topper PunchConfetti Stars PunchItty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Ribbon & Trim : Cherry Cobbler 1/2 Inch Seam Binding Ribbon Accessory : Basic Pearls Jewel Accents  
Santa Screen Card - Tags

Santa Screen Card – Tags

This Santa Screen Divider Card, folds down to fit into a standard (C6) sized envelope. The card opens so you can create your own scene using all or most of the stamps from Get Your Santa On. Want the tutorial for this gorgeous card?  Simply click here to  GET YOUR SANTA ON SCREEN DIVIDER CARD . Now as an extra special for today I have a special bundle for you and as with our 12 Weeks of Christmas bundles we offer you’ll need to contact me to order it so you get the discount or freebie we are offering …

Latte Girls 12 Weeks of Christmas Bonus Bundle 1

  • Get your Santa On $27.95

  • Confetti Stars Punch $37.95

  • Postage & Handling $5.95

TOTAL = $71.85

get a free Tuxedo Black Memento Ink – value $9.95!

What a cool deal! Remember, you need to contact me to get your ink pad for free with this Bundle. Thanks for stopping by …. cupsigonie  

12 Weeks of Christmas – Tiny Treat Tote

Banner Well another week has zoomed past and we are now into week 4 of our 12 Weeks of Christmas – oh dear so that means only 8 weeks till Christmas!! I’d better get some lists happening I think! Today’s project was created by the lovely Jenny Hayward and it’s divine … it’s a Tiny Treat Tote  for you.
Tiny Treat Tote

Tiny Treat Tote

This little Treat Holder will fit a variety of treats all together for you to give someone special this Christmas.  Really it is just so simple.  It uses 3 of the Tiny Treat Boxes available in the Holiday Catalogue.  These are a bargain at just AU$11.95 and you get 24 boxes – so for one pack you could make three of these Treat Totes! That makes a very affordable Christmas Gift!.  They are so cute and there are so many different ways you can use them.  This would be a really cute gift to give someone as a little extra or for those “Hard to buy for” people. I simply adhered 3 of the boxes together with Sticky Strip and then decorated them using the Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper.  I have added some stars from the Bright and Beautiful stamp set and cut with the Star Framelits. Additional stars were cut from Gold Foil Sheets with the smallest Stars Framelits.  The gorgeous Red Satin Ribbon finishes the box off beautifully.  Of course, you can decorate these boxes however you like.  Fill some Cellophane bags with treats and tie them off.  I used the Gold Twine for this. We have the tutorial for this cute Tote available for free and if you would like a copy simply comment on this post with your email address or send me an email.  If you would like to order any products I used  to create the project then please feel free to contact me by phone, message or email or you can order online in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store. Before you go shopping check out this awesome bundle we have for you this week …

Latte Girls Bundle 4 – just $44.80 plus shipping – that’s a saving of 10%

I do hope you like today’s project.  I would love to see your version when you create it so make sure you share a photo!
Thanks for Stopping by

Weekly Deals for you …

Main_weeklydeals_olo_10.7-31.2014_SP_UK Good Morning and welcome to Wednesday!  To start your day off with a smile we have these new weekly deals for you ….
Ampersand Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Price: $13.95 $10.46
Cherry Cobbler 1/2 Seam Binding Ribbon
Price: $11.95 $8.96
Jumbo Sticky Rounds
Price: $8.95 $6.71
Little Buddy Birthday Wood Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!
Price: $37.95 $28.46
Pumpkin Pie 3/4 Chevron Ribbon
Price: $15.95 $11.96
Spook Central Designer Ensemble -- Digital Download
Price: $13.95 $8.37
Zig Zag Textured Impressions Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!
Price: $13.95 $10.46
Some great deals there for you and especially for those who like to get your ‘spook’ on! Simply click on the banner above or any of the items to start shopping online now or contact me to place your order. Thanks for stopping by … cupsigonie  

Merry & Bright Christmas Supplement

  Oh My!!  Well if you are anything like me you are absolutely loving everything in the holiday catalogue and it’s been very very popular and the gorgeous people at Stampin’ Up! have decided that one can never have too much Christmas so from today we have the Merry & Bright Christmas Supplement …
order today - stocks while they last

Merry & Bright Christmas Supplement

The supplement has some gorgeous new products including a few stamp sets, Project Life by Stampin’ Up! products include a new 6×8 Album, pocket page and new card and accessory set. It also has an awesome Simply Created Stars kit …
Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit

Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit

This kit is awesome and you’ll get everything you see here – enough for 25 stars in 5 different sizes plus one large 38cm star!  All this for just $44.95! Now come along to my Many Merry Stars class where we’ll assemble 5 stars plus the large one and you’ll have the rest of the kit to take home and finish for Christmas!  Class cost is just $48 which includes the Kit! Now you’ll need to pay in advance so I’ll need your payment by 27th October to ensure I get all the kits while they are available and have them before class on 2nd November. Contact me now to book in for this class and arrange your payment. Please note the items in the Merry & Bright Christmas Supplement are only available while stocks last (hence why I need your payment for class) so be sure to check out the supplement by clicking on the Supplement above or in my sidebar.  I do have a supply of the supplements on hand so if you’d like a hard copy please let me know and I’ll pop one in the post or deliver it to you if you are local. Remember …

Many Merry Stars Class

2nd November, 2014 at 1pm

Cost $48 – payment due by 27th October

Now if you’ve been considering signing up and joining my Stampin’ Up! team you can select items from this Supplement as well as the Annual and Holiday Catalogues as part of your kit plus you’ll also get a free pack of Designer Series Paper every month for six months!  Need more information? Comment on this post or email me or ring me and I’m happy to answer any questions or provide any information you may need. Thanks for stopping by … cupsigonie

Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Blog Hop with the Latte Girls

48397259b Good Morning! It must be the third Friday of the month as we have another Blog Hop from the Latte Girls for you and today we are getting our Project Life by Stampin’ Up! on! Do you have a bundle of photo’s in Boxes or maybe have them all stored (and forgotten) on a hard drive or cd like I do?  Do you find traditional scrapbooking or memory keeping time consuming and/or overwhelming and expensive?  I may just have the solution you are looking for! There is no gluing, no cropping, no umpteen billion embellishments. With Project Life by Stampin’ Up! you can create beautiful albums that are affordable, quick and easy! You may have noticed in the past that I didn’t do a lot of Memory Keeping or Scrapbooking. It was way too involved and I tended to deliberate for days on where to put the photo, how many mats, what or how many embellishments should I use and the more you use the more it cost and the more overwhelmed I’d become.  Now that Stampin’ Up! have partnered with Becky Higgins – the creator of Project Life – I can now do lovely layouts that are quick and affordable and would love to show you just how easy it can be for you to do the same! If you are one of my Facebook friends you will know that a few weeks ago I packed up the family (a couple against their will) and took a road trip to Bowral to see the Tulip Festival. I do love Tulips (probably something to do with my Dutch heritage) and have wanted to go for years but it just hadnt happened due to finances, my health or the weather or for whatever reason so this day I decided since I didnt have a class on and  it was a gorgeous Spring day we’d go. I took a gazillion photo’s – one of the joys of the digital camera as you can just delete the photo if it doesnt turn out – and here’s a couple of layouts I whipped up yesterday …
2 page 12x12 spread

2 page 12×12 spread

It really was a matter of just slipping the photo’s in the pockets and adding the Project Life cards in – you can use these as titles or for journaling. You can even split a photo and pop it into 2 or more pockets for a wonderful effect. 1photo2pockets The hardest part was deciding which page layout and which cards to use!  Our card collections come in a gorgeous box with 100 cards – all double-sided and in3 different sizes. You will notice here that the cards will also come in both landscape and portait orientation so you’ll have the perfect title every time! PLEverydayAdv2 You can also use your stamps to add to your title cards and add accents to photo’s …
Use stamps for accents or embellishments

Use stamps for accents or embellishments

You can even use the pockets to include a program or tickets for an event …
Program with stamped Accent

Program with stamped Accent

The 12×12 Page Variety pack is awesome value with 6 different layouts and 2 of each for at less than $1 each!  Told you it was affordable! If you think 12×12 is too big then maybe the 6×8 size would suite you better?
6x8 double page layout

6×8 double page layout

This layout was so quick and easy and with the Project Life by Stampin’ Up! cutting the photo’s down was so easy … I just lined up my framelit over the photo and cut it out with the Big Shot – super easy.
6x8 full page layout

6×8 full page layout

We also still have full page sleeves in both sizes so you can still do traditional Scrapbooking if you wanted to. This one above is just one photo on a piece of Designer Series Paper with journalling direct on the paper plus the Hooray banner is one I cut down from a 4×4 card.  The arrow embellishments come in our Accessory Packs! Now … with all these photo’s you are using you know you can use the sleeves and their pockets to set aside cards and photo’s for the next layout so they are ready to go when time permits …
Ready for the next session!

Ready for the next session!

Another alternative for storing your photo’s neatly is our Wood Mount Cases …
Photo Storage

Photo Storage

  I do hope you like the look of Project Life by Stampin’ Up! and you like the layouts I’ve created. I really would love to show you how easy this system really is and you dont need to be creative or crafty to do it!  Why not contact me to find out when my next Project Life Gathering is or arrange to have a demonstration in your home for you and your friends. Can you imagine the stories and laughs you’ll share together recording your memories?  It’s going to be lots of fun and something the whole family can reminisce over when your done and years into the future. Now be sure to hop around to see what all the Latte Girls have created with Project Life by Stampin’ Up! and to help you here’s a list of the Latte Girls for the Blog Hop …

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Thanks for stopping by ….