Pretty Thankful


I have a cute quick and easy card for you today .. well two actually .. using the sweet Pretty Thankful set.  I’ve even got a little bundle offer for you too so be sure to read to the end for that.

Thank You for your Kindness …


Five Quick Steps
  1.   Cut card base from Old Olive, Score, fold and burnish.
  2. Attach your patterned paper from Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack to base
  3. Cut your banner from Very Vanilla cardstock and stamp flowers on top left corner and down the left side.  When stamping flowers stamp 3 or 4 from one inking to give the faded look.  Stamp sentiment in Old Olive.
  4. Take a long piece of Linen Thread and fold it over 3 or 4 times and tie into a bow. Trim ends. Adhere to banner with glue dots.
  5. Adhere Banner to card with Dimensionals.

Step it up …


Add Rhinestones to your flowers and card to step it up and make it special.

Thank You for making me smile ….


Five Quick Steps
  1. Cut base card from Calypso Coral, score, fold and burnish.
  2. Adhere patterned paper from Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Pack
  3. Cut your banner from Very Vanilla and stamp frame in Old Olive twice – do not reink between stamping and turn second stamp on a slight angle. Stamp Sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black, flower in Calypso Coral and Leaves in Old  Olive.
  4. Tie Bow in Calypso Coral thick baker’s twine and adhere with glue dots
  5. Adhere banner onto card with Dimensionals

I love this card! This design from the Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Pack really makes it pop!

Step it up …


I added three tiny pearls to the centre of my flower to make it that little extra special.

Now remember I mentioned a Bonus Bundle?

Pretty Thankful Bundle $50 (plus shipping)

That’s a sweet little bargain for you – saving you over 10%!  Contact me to order yours today – this little bonus bundle is only for a limited time – finishes at 4pm Monday 5th April.

I am Pretty Thankful you stopped by today and I hope you are too with that cool bundle offer!

See you latte ..



Grab your Free Designer Series Paper Pack!

Wow it’s August already!

We’ve had a wonderful time at the North American Stampin’ Up! Convention – it was wonderful to actually meet so many of the girls I’ve become good friends with online over the past 7 years!  It was huge with close to 6000 demonstrators in the one place it got a tad crazy and loud – but what a way for Stampin’ Up! to celebrate their 25th Birthday!!

We then moved onto the Grand Vacation and we were literally treated like royalty – what baby?? lol

Sitting here on my bed in San Francisco I thought I’d pop in to share this awesome new promotion to get yourself some free Designer Series Paper!


Pretty cool huh??

Simply click on the image above to start shopping now!

Want the chance to grab another pack for free?  Simply use the Hostess Code NW46Z6HM when you place your order and I’ll be giving three lucky shoppers a bonus pack! Remember, you must enter the Hostess Code prior to entering your payment details.

Stampin’ Up! Seasonal Catalogue Blog Hop

Woot … welcome to another ESAD Blog Hop!!   Today we are taking you on a magical Seasonal Catalogue Tour!


If you’d like to view the products in the Seasonal Catalogue in my online store simply click on the image above or click here!

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and it is an on-line group just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

We so love what we do and not only do we love to share it with our customers, friends, and wonderful blog visitors, but we share our love for what we do with each other as demonstrators. We run swaps, challenges, share tutorials, product know-how, and cyberstamps, and we are always there to help and support each other when it is needed.

So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand, then please feel free to contact me for details on how to join our wonderful group.

You should have come from Richelle’s Blog … however if you have started here just keep going until you get back to me – that way you know you’ve done the complete round!

This Blog Hop is a little different as we all had to choose a particular product or Stamp Set to use and thought I’d pick something that others might overlook or you might see them in the catalogue and think ‘mmm ok they’re cute but do I really need them?’

Well my answer to that is YES!!! Of course you need some Tea Time Trinkets – they are gorgeous and there’s more you can do with them than you think!

Tea Time Trinkets $9.95

So what can you do with these little beauties??? other than admire and stroke them you mean??

Well … you can use them as a gorgeous embellishment on your cards ….


Now I know the stamp set I’ve used (From my Heart) is not in the Seasonal Catalogue but everything else on this card is!  I’ve used the Primrose Petals Core’dinations Card Stock and run it through the Big Shot with the Lacy Brocade folder (which is in the carried over section in the back of the Seasonal Catalogue) and used the new Sanding System to bring out the pattern. The Core’dinations Cardstock is specifically designed to reveal the inner monochromatic colour when sanded or torn. I love this effect!

I’ve also used the gorgeous Pink Pirouette Two Tone ribbon – I love this stuff – it makes the most perfect bows with very little effort!

The card above has one of the cup Trinkets dangling from the bow and I’ve hooked on the bow so the recipient can remove it easily and use it for other things.

This following card is the same card however I’ve swapped out the Cup Trinket for the Tea Pot Trinket …


Here’s a close up of the Cup Trinket on the first card …


So now you’ve given a card with the Pot or Cup Trinket but what can they do with it when they remove it from the card?

Well they could use it as a Scissor Charm …


Or you could purchase a plain chain bracelet and give a gift with your card and make this darling little bracelet …


How sweet does it look on Miss Emily?


Ok … so we’ve got uses for the cups and coffee/tea-pot but what about the clocks??

How about this card for one of your favourite dudes ….


I loved making this card!  I’ve used one of the papers from the Parker’s Patterns Designer Series paper pack, scrunched it up and sanding it off a bit using the new Sanding Block System. The ‘Friend’ on the banner comes from the ‘Feel Goods‘ stamp set – I simply inked the single word with my Stampin Write Marker and stamped it up and turned it into the banner.

I’ve made the tag from the Naturals White Cardstock and used the Clockworks stamp set to decorate my tag and popped the big clock on top and offset one of the little Clock Trinkets.

Here’s a close-up of the clock Trinket …


It just lifts the card and makes it rather stylish.

Now at the top of the tag I’ve used some of the new Natural Trim with one of the new Ribbon Slides and just tied a piece of Linen Thread around it to make it a bit ‘dudey’.


I do hope that I’ve given you a few more ideas on how to use the Tea Time Trinkets as well as a look at some of the other products in the Seasonal Catalogue.  The Seasonal Catalogue runs until the end of June so you have plenty of time to get all the goodies you’re about to fall in love with running through this Blog Hop!

Remember I have a bonus gift to the first five people who order $100 or more through my online store!

Now the next stop on the Blog Hop for you is the delightful Karlie Ann!  I know you are just going to love what she’s made with the Secret Garden Bundle!  Click here to go there now!

Please remember to leave comments at each of your stops – if you do manage to get around to all the blogs and pop me an email I’ll pop a little something in the mail to you – but you’ll have to include your mailing address in the email you send me!  Click here to email me!

Happy 80th Mum

Today would have been Mum’s 80th Birthday.

If you are fairly new to my blog my Mum was diagnosed with Dementia and Parkinsons Disease back in September of 2010.  She moved into a local nursing home, Lovely Banks, in November 2010 as Dad just couldnt give her the care she required and sadly she passed away in July 2011.

I made this digital layout using My Digital Studio using a photo my brother David took of Mum and Dad the day she moved into Lovely Banks.

My Project 11-001

Mum loved blue so all I had to do was to find a blue Background Paper and go from there.  This was actually from a template and I just changed the background paper, and added the flourish stamps and played around with the text.

I am really loving the My Digital Studio program for the ease of making lovely layouts like this but its not limited to scrapbooking – you can also use it to create …

  • Cards
  • Notepaper
  • Tags
  • Photobooks
  • Diary
  • Perpetual Calendars
  • Annual Calendars
  • Recipe Books
  • Business Cards
  • Flyers
  • Advertisements (just like the one over on the right for My Digital Studio that I created last night)
  • Scrapbooks
  • Invitations for Birthdays, Baby Shower, Shower Tea or even just to invite some friends out for coffee or lunch!

It also gives you the option to print at home on your own printer or to send or save the file the a flash drive or memory card and take it to your favourite printer.

Want to just try the program out?  no problems – download the free trial

So you’ve played with the trial and love it and want more? no problems download the full copy for just $24.95!! Yep its just $24.95 – bargain!

Mum and Dad always had a strong love for each other – even during the rough times their love was still strong and set a wonderful example not only for us kids but to all they knew.

Mum I pray you are having a wonderful birthday in Heaven with that new body and all our friends who are now there with you and know you will forever be living in our hearts till we meet again xx


Sent with Love

Talk about perfect timing … with my impending trip to Utah and California courtesy Stampin’ Up! – well the Utah part at least – this little bundle is going to come in very handy indeed!!

The beauty about this special is that you can buy the items separately or if you buy the bundle you get a sweet little bonus …..

sentwithloveSent with love Stamp Set  (clear only)  $33.95

Sent with Love Designer Series Paper $18.95

Or grab the Sent with love bundle which includes ….

  • Sent with Love Stamp Set (Clear Mount)
  • Sent with Love Designer Series Paper pack
  • Calypso Coral Bakers Twine
  • 20% off retail value
  • Total Bundle Cost is just $46.25

Click the shop now button to grab your bundle today!!

Dont forget I have a bonus gift for the first three to purchase $100 or more from my online store!!


This is such a gorgeous little bundle and I’m thinking of grabbing one to make me a Travel Journal for my upcoming trip to Utah and California!  It will make some very nice layouts from my holiday too – are you taking a holiday soon? why not grab a bundle and an extra pack of the Designer Series Paper to record all those gorgeous memories you’re about to make!


Just Thinking …

Happy Saturday to You!!

Well what a frantic time it was last night with late night/last minute Sale-a-bration Orders!

A big big biiiiiiiig thank you to each and every one of you who placed an order, held a party or joined my Stampin’ Up! team during Sale-a-bration – thanks to all of you I should receive 8 free stamps sets when the new Catalogue starts in July!

Wow July is going to be a huge month!!  New Annual Catalogue and my Grand Adventure to Utah courtesy of Stampin’ Up!  My passport arrived yesterday so I could finally do my registration and request flight dates with Stampin’ Up!  Exciting (and very nervous) times!!

This past week I’ve had Stamp Club with the lovely St Mary’s ladies and here is the second card we made ….


Stamps: Just Thinking
Paper: Parker’s Patterns DSP, Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla
Inks: Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Big Shot, Chevron Embossing Folder, Window Frames Framelits, Natural Trim Ribbon, Vintage Trinkets

This card was cased from the gorgeous Selene Kempton who is a sweet friend and cant wait to meet her in person for the first time in July – told you it was going to be a huge month!

Stamp Club …

Do you have a large wish list?

How would you like to be part of a Stamp Club so you place a regular order each month for six months and take a turn at being the Hostess and earning free Hostess Dollars to spend?  Then a Stamp Club might be just what you need!

Stamp Club Nitty Gritty ….

  • Stamp Club meets monthly at my house for 6 months
  • Club members agree on a monthly spending commitment (6 members = $50 per month)
  • Club members receive any new catalogues during the term of the club free and prior to other customers
  • Each Club member will take a turn in being the “Hostess” and receive the Hostess benefits (minimum $50 for free)
  • Not Local? that’s ok – you can participate by mail – you will receive kits and instructions with your monthly order for 3 exclusive club projects. If you use Skype then we can arrange a time to get together and I can demo anything you need to ‘see’

If you are interested please email or ring me to let me know  – even if you just have questions as I’d be more than happy to answer them.  I have three girls already interested so only need two or three to get this happening.

Parker’s Patterns

Happy Thursday!!

Well it is here as I’ve had all sorts of wonderful stuff happen this week and one I cant share just yet and then an email this afternoon to say my Passport has been despatched!  So excited as this means I can then register for my Stampin’ Up! trip and get everything sorted for that!!

Now its time for this week’s Thursday Time-Out!

This card was one I cased from the talented Heather Summers from Canada.

This was one of the cards the girls made at Stamp Club on Tuesday.  They had asked for some male themed cards and here’s what I made ….


Stamps: Vintage Verses
Paper: Parkers Patterns DSP, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist, Very Vanilla
Inks: Early Espresso, Soft Suede
Accessories: Square Punch, Big Shot, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Window Framelits, Festive Paper Piercing Pack, Paper Piercing Tool, Stampin Mat, Stampin Sponges, Linen Thread, Natural Trim Ribbon, Silver Basics Designer Buttons, Stampin Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Snail Adhesive, Tombow Multi Adhesive Glue.

I really love how this card turned out and even though it looks involved there’s really just the one stamp on it and a little sponging – the rest is just designer papers and cardstock.

I do hope this card feels ‘manly’ to you … I did ask hubby and he really liked it but maybe he was just being nice?

Now dont forget Sale-a-bration finishes tomorrow!


This is your last chance to get any of the freebies on offer and your last chance to get the Stampin Starter Kit with $294 worth of Stampin Up Products of your choice for just $169! That’s an extra 25% in your Starter Kit!!

There’s no forms to fill out and post off – you simply just order your kit online and pay with a debit or credit card – too easy!  Contact me now to ask any questions you might have or just click on the button below to go and order your kit!  !

Don’t forget you’ll go in the draw to win a Big Shot plus you’ll get a little welcome gift from me

You dont want to wake up Saturday and be like ….


Whole Latte Love

I am totally amazed everytime I open a new Stampin’ Up! Catalogue at how they make products ‘just for me’!  The Seasonal Catalogue has the Tea Time Trinkets and the Sale-a-bration Catalogue has the Patterned Occasions with the little ‘Whole Latte Love’ stamp in it.  The Holiday Catalogue had a set of framelits with my very own coffee cup shape just for me!  They are such a wonderful company to be thinking of me all the time …. they definitely have a Whole Latte Love for this Sydney girl!!

Ok now I’ll stop dreaming!

Seriously though the Patterned Occasions set is one very cute little set and here is what we made recently at my Latte Team meeting and it was also the make n take at my Sale-a-bration Launch …


Stamps: Patterned occasions
Paper: Sycamore Street DSP (Sale-a-bration), Pool Party, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Accessories: Scallop Trim Border Punch, Blossom Punch, Big Shot, Petite Pocket XL Die, Labels Framelits, Circle Punch, Stampin Write Markers – Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party & Pumpkin Pie

 Both the card and the little Latte Pouch are super easy to make and who wouldnt want to receive a little treat like this?? Here’s another I did, again using the Sycamore Street DSP – just a different pattern …


I often get asked how I choose my colours for my cards. Well it’s super easy if I’m using Designer Series Paper – I just go with the colours in that piece of paper! Stampin’ Up! make it so easy with the colour swatches in the catalogues and one of the best things about Stampin’ Up! is they use all their own colours in all their products – Designer Series Papers, Kits, Cardstock, Inks, ribbons – everything!

Here are the two pouches together …


These are super easy to make using the Petite Pocket Die. Simply run your paper through with the die and it comes and cut and scored and all you have to do is fold and stick it together!  I’ve then popped on a belly band and used the same image and layering as on the card – too easy!

I hope you like these little projects and if you’d like to see how easy they are to make why not book a Party and I’ll come and show you and your friends! You’ll all get to make a card and pouch and take them home – you could give them to someone who needs a little ‘perk up’ or just to show and impress everyone you know!

Have a great Friday!

Dotty Box Card Class

I just love these Box Cards and can see me making a few more with the gorgeous new papers and kits coming in the new Seasonal Mini Catalogue in February.

I have my Project Class this Thursday and this is what we’ll be making ….


How cute hey?

To open the card you simply slide off the belly band and open it up ….


I love the Owl Occasions set from the Holiday Mini Catalogue!!

Now just so you know – this stamp set finishes with the Holiday Catalogue on 31st January!

I loved creating Christmas goodies with this set and it has all you need to make Birthday goodies too! So if you have a Teenager that is ‘owl’ mad like I do then you’ll not want to miss out on getting this little set before it’s too late – be sure to get your order to me before Thursday!

Owl Occasions

Class details are …

Class – Owl Box Card
Date – 31st January, 2013
Time – 11am
Cost – $15

Please contact me to book your spot as places are limited and I need to cut up kits.