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. Recipe: 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

keeshcolour3 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! singlelattesig

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! rubychocbayouapples You 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-close If 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’! singlelattesig

Earthy Challenge

KristinaChall Well 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!