Freshly Brewed Projects Colour Challenge

Good Afternoon and Welcome to another Freshly Brewed Projects Blog Hop with the Latte Girls!

This week we are doing something a little different – we have a colour challenge for you …

Freshly Brewed Projects Colour Challenge - FBP1 - Leonie Schroder Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Australia

I love how these colours go together, how they scream spring and so I thought there’s really no other set to use than the Avant-Garden Saleabration Stamp Set …

I loved having the colours already chosen – it made making this card so easy!

This is such a great set and I love that it comes free when you place an order of $90 or more with me – but dont leave it too late – Saleabration finishes next week Friday!

5 Quick Steps …

  1. Stamp Sentiment in Memento and cut out with Stitched Shape Framelits
  2. Using your oval cutout as a guide stamp your large flowers in Sugarplum first then in Pool Party.  Stamp stamens.
  3. Stamp Leaves in Pear Pizzaz
  4. Stamp dots around flowers and leaves stamping off on scrap paper first.
  5. Assemble card and embellish with lace bow.

So with any good challenge there’s a prize right?  Well enter our Colour Challenge this week by adding your card or link below with the inlinkz and the Latte Girls will vote on their favourite card and the winner will receive a roll of the lovely Lace Trim I’ve used plus a packet of our gorgeous Pearl Jewels.

Now be sure to head over the Libby and Narelle’s blogs to see what they’ve created with this Colour Challenge

Have fun creating and dont forget to share your link below to go into the Prize Draw!

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Thanks for stopping by …


Swirly Seas

Happy Sunday!

Well what  a fun day today was!  I held my Catalogue Launch for the New Annual Catalogue and we had lots of fun going through the catalogue and finding some lovely new stamps and products to fall in love with.

We had fun making a couple projects using new products and viewing some of the samples I’ve made.  One of my samples was this card that I made using the new Swirly Bird Stamp set …

GpBBoatI love the versatility of this stamp set – so many possibilities – flowers, boats, kites and so much more.  This card was also made for this week’s colour challenge over at the Global Project Design Blog …

I quite like how my card turned out. I originally had the top panel straight but quite like how it looks on an angle.

I also have a little tip for you – if you want to sponge or brayer the area the framelit diecut covers where I have my ‘sea’ be sure to keep the piece you cut the streams from …

diecutmaskThen use your sponge brayer to fill the area with colour then your ‘waves’ will fit perfectly over the top!

The sentiment and banner come from the stamp set Thoughtful Banners – another new set from the New Catalogue!

I hope you like today’s card and if you havent arranged your own copy of the Catalogue as yet be sure to contact me and I’ll send one to you – free!

Thanks for stopping by and see you latte ..


Wild About Flowers

Good Morning!

Today is a full on day at On Stage Local in Sydney.  I’m so looking forward to catching up with lots of Demonstrators who have become dear friends over the past 10 years and looking forward to catching up with a few Home Office Staff too – who knows I might even make a new friend or two!

Each week I like to set a little challenge to my Latte Girls team and this week it was a colour challenge …

I do quite like these colours and who doesnt like pinks and purples together?

Here’s my card I made using Wild About Flowers stamp set …


I made it a congratulations card for a dear friend of mine. She encourages and inspires me every day – even days I dont want to adult on.  Last night was her first leadership dinner at Centre Stage and I’m so very excited to be attending this with her.  That requires a special card and little gift doesnt it?

Hope you have a wonderful Saturday and see you latte ..



Love my Job

If you are a regular visitor to my blog then you will know just how much I love being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. This past week has been busy again with getting in those last orders for February and being able to pre-order new stamps and accessories from the upcoming Mini Catalogue as well as the normal housewife & mother duties I have. My new stamps arrived yesterday afternoon so I get to play with them later today!

I feel pretty blessed to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator as its meant I can be home for the kids before and after school and keep the house in some form of order – now all these things I couldnt do if I was working in the workforce.  Not only do I have these blessings but I also get my stamps at a regular discount of 20% (sometimes more) and being paid to share what I love to do is just a bonus!

I always hear people say “I’d love a job like yours” well … guess what …. you can!  Stampin’ Up! always welcome new demonstrators and I’d love for you to be a part of my team.  During Sale•A•Bration you get an even better welcome as you can choose a bonus stamp set to the value of $79.95 – how nice is that?

But thats not all – if you join my team not only do you have access to the Stampin Up! Demonstrator website but you will have access to a variety of other forums including my private forum which is just for my team. You will also have me to help and guide you when needed. If you join with me you will also receive a bonus welcome gift just from me as a little thank you to for joining my Stamp A Latte team.

One of the forums you will have access to is the ESAD (Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators) group.  This group is great as we all share and encourage each other and with over 600 members there’s so much wealth of knowledge and experience there. We run cyberstamps, challenges and swaps and of course the odd blog hop.  Just recently we had a Summer Mini Catalogue swap and here is the card I made for that swap.

I do love how this card turned out and I might even do it as a Convention Swap! I used the colours from the Diva Coffee Break Colour Challenge #216 being Early Espresso, Rose Red and Blushing Bride.


Stamps: Thoughts & Prayers, Well Scripted
Paper: Early Espresso, Rose Red, Blushing Bride and Very Vanilla
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Pinking Hearts Border punch, Basic Pearls Jewels and Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon

This card will be one of the cards for the Stamp A Stack on 12th March – it really is very easy to do.

If you like the idea of always getting your stamps and accessories at a discount but dont want to do all the party stuff then that is ok too – the beauty of Stampin’ Up! is that you can do as little or as much as you like. You can even pick the stamps you want in the kit as long as they are the same or lesser value than those suggested on the Demonstrator Kit Order form. Plus there is no annual fee to  remain a demonstrator like some other companies have.

If you join now you could even come to the Stampin’ Up! Convention in May with me!  Signing up is quick and easy as its all done online so no pesky forms to fill out – you just need to answer the questions online.

If you have any questions or would like more information about all the benefits of becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator then please contact me for a free no obligation Information Pack and so I can answer your questions. 

Oh and dont forget to ask about my special gift to you for joining my team.

Inkspirations 4 U Colour Challenge 1

Its been a busy but exciting week.

Last week my lovely Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator friend Sonia Garbut announced she was a guest designer for a new online class called Inkspirations4U and was offering a free pass … well…. Sonia’s 2yo daughter pulled out my name so I won a free pass!

How exciting is that?  I never win anything!

Before the projects started rolling in Madeline gave us a colour challenge to get us started.

Now those colours happen to be some of my favourites but boy did I have a hard time putting them together!

Here is what I came up with ….

I love this flower image from Asian Artistry. Its just gorgeous … and so is that dragonfly!

I used my Stampin Write Markers to colour the image however I wanted it to have a soft feel to it so I coloured the leaves and stems with the Basic Grey marker and then stamped it off once. I then inked the flowers with the Pretty in Pink marker, huffed and then stamped onto Naturals Ivory cardstock.  I also sponged around the edge of the naturals ivory piece but again after dabbing the sponge on the Basic Gray Ink pad I dabbed it off first to give a softer edge – it tends to blend into the Basic Gray piece behind it this way.

Using the Rich Razzleberry as the base card fulfilled the ‘colour challenge’ although I wasnt totally sold on the card. I thought the Rich Razzleberry was too dark for this sympathy card so here are a couple of variations …

with ribbon
changed base card to Pink Pirouette

Now as much as I love Rich Razzleberry I think the softness of Pink Pirouette on this last card fits the ‘soft sympathy’ feel I was after.

The projects coming through the Inkspirations4U classes are so nice and its not too late to join and well worth the US$20 it costs so why not pop over to Inkspirations4U and join up – would love to see you there!

Embrace Life


The other day I shared the card I made for Keesh’s Colour Challenge 3 for our demonstrator group and I mentioned how challenging the colours were well they must have been ok as I’ve made another card using that some colour combination.

Its a very quick and simple card although it doesnt look it.

The base chocolate chip card has the blossom flower stamped in versamark and then embossed. The blue bayou layer has the Tres Chic backgroup stamped in chocolate chip and sponged around the edges. The flowers are stamped in Chocolate Chip on Ruby Red and embossed with black Brads in the centres.

Now I mentioned yesterday that I was going to see Casting Crowns at Hillsong last night.  WOW what an awesome concert! We were first treated to some songs by New Zealand group The Parachute Band – I’d

never heard them before but boy were they good and the singer’s story is an amazing one at that!

Casting Crowns were just awesome and Mark Hall has such an amazing voice as does Megan Garrett. They are all so very gifted and the Drummer Andy Williams puts absolutely every part of his being into those drums! He is like a man possessed but in saying that he’s obviously a funny guy with the faces he pulled when the camera’s did their close ups! The guy on the violin was just great too – sadly Melodee didnt come out on tour as she’s just had a little baby girl.

I did manage to get a few photo’s – I was sorta a bit sidetracked with their music and message. They sang all my favourite songs and started one with of my favourites Lifesong and also did Praise You in this Storm which was the very first song of theirs I ever heard. It was about 6 months after we lost our baby Daniel at 35 weeks so it has special meaning for me. After they finished they did come back out for an encore and I’m so glad they did as one of the numbers they sang in the encore was ‘What if people prayed’ and I just love that song … especially that line “and stopped asking Oprah what to do!” Mark Hall not only has an awesome voice and the gift of songwriting but he is a great speaker and I could sit and listen to him for hours …. singing and talking lol.

For a band that has done so much and come so far yet still are their Church’s worship team they are so down to earth. They have won many Dove Awards for their music and deservedly so too! They are still just

people with jobs and parents with the daily trials like you and me . Mark Hall talked about his trials growing up with both ADD and Dyslexia – talk about hurdles!  Now if youre in Brisbane do yourself a favour and go along tonite to see them at the Gateway Centre. Might be an idea to ring and see if there are any tickets left as Hillsong last night was jam packed – some places literally were ‘standing room only’!

Megan Garrett
Casting Crowns on Stage
Casting Crowns guys
Andy Williams on drums
Andy Williams on drums

Now I’d best be off as I want to make some projects up for classes and will do that while listening to more Casting Crowns!


Inkspirations Colour Challenge 3

This week Makeesha set us a colour challenge and when I first saw it I thought I couldnt do this one but I am determined to make cards using colours out of my comfort zone this year and this colour challenge definitely qualified!

Although it looks pretty enough on Keesh’s picture above when I pulled out the cardstock I walked away and thought I’ll have to think on this one!

rubychocbayouapplesYou know how these things happen dont you – you’re off doing something else and then the idea just pops into your head and you think yeah!

Well thats what happened and I couldnt sleep last night so I made this card in the wee hours of the morning! Why do all these ideas only happen in the wee hours of the morning – maybe its that peace & quiet you get when everyone else is in bed.

I’ve used the For Father Stamp set and the Sanded background stamp – love this stamp!

I’ve stamped the image in Jet Black Stazon onto Stampin’ Up! Water colour paper. I love this watercolour paper but I think you know that already! I am sure I’ve told you before just how much I love Stampin’ Up!’s Water Colour paper and I love to colour using the Aqua Painter. I know the Aqua Painter’s seem expensive from Stampin’ Up! however I have had the cheaper ones and the brushes do tend to get messy and frizzy after a while whereas the Stampin’ Up! brush I have hasnt done this yet so maybe it is really a case of  ‘you get what you pay for’!

rubychocbayouapples-closeIf you look closely on the card I stamped some more apples on the Ruby Red layer to give it a bit of continuation. Here is a close up of the apples so you can see it a little better.

I hope you like this card and thanks Keesh for a great ‘challenge’!


Earthy Challenge

KristinaChallWell I finally did one but think I’m a little late to enter but hey I still made the card and love how it came out.

The Insipiration comes from Kristina Werner’s blog and is Colour Inspiration #15

I just love this set as its just so versatile as it can be used for male or feminie cards. I’ve also done the Vanilla Double technique which I learnt through Technique Junkies.

I do hope you like it as much as I do and if you’d like to learn the Vanilla Double technique why not invite me over to do a demonstration and I’ll show you just how easy it is!

Now I was going to send this to someone spesh but I might just need to keep this one myself and make another!

Stay tuned for a little Monday Magic tomorrow!