Merry Digital Downloads!

So it’s early – too early to be up and blogging but I couldnt sleep!  It also happens to be Christmas eve here in Australia – the craziest day of the year!  Have you done all your shopping?  Cant find that gift or wish to add a little something to one you have for someone?  It’s not too late to contact me to arrange a gift voucher – remember I do Scentsy and Grace Adele as well as Stampin’ Up! so I’ve pretty much got you covered!   Contact me with your payment details and I can email your voucher so all you need to do is print it and wrap it!  No shops involved!!

Today also happens to be Digi-Tuesday and therefore we have some really lovely new downloads for My Digital Studio for you …

Another Thank You Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download

Price: $7.50
Happy Annibirthiversary Greeting Card  - Digital Download

Price: $3.50
Hello New Year Postcard Template - Digital Download

Price: $3.50
Ornamental Fun Templates - Digital Download

Price: $5.50
Snow Day Framables - Digital Download

Price: $7.50

There’s some cute little projects there for you to play with over the Christmas break!  Even some frameables to print and pop into your favourite frame and you’ve still got time to do that before Christmas tomorrow!

Have a great day and I’ll be back shortly with one of my Christmas projects to share!

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!


It’s Official … I’m off to Utah!!

Well it’s gunna be a good day today and really if it isnt then it doesnt really matter as this morning I got my emails from Stampin’ Up! Home Office as I’ve earned the Incentive Trip to Utah in July!!!


Can you believe this??  I’m still finding it hard to believe I’ve earned it!

I really wouldnt have done it without the support of my family, customers and the gorgeous girls in my Stamp A Latte Team! Thank you to each and every one of you who have ordered with me, taken a class with me or joined my team and especially for Stampin’ Up! for giving us such wonderful products and an awesome Career Plan that we can be proud of and be rewarded as we go!

Now I’m having my very own celebration … not quite like the Stampin’ Up! saleabration (which is still running till 22nd March) but still you have a chance of earning some awesome products for free!!

Place an Order

  • Place an order of $50 or more and receive a bonus pack of Stampin Dimensionals!
  • Simply by placing an order of $100 or more in March you’ll receive a bonus pack of jewels (pearls or rhinestones) plus you’ll go into the draw to win an awesome Stampin’ Trimmer!

Stampin' Trimmer

Host a Party ….

  • If your Party Sales reach $300 you’ll receive all the hostess benefits plus a free Piercing Bundle – this includes Piercing Mat, Paper Piercer and one Paper Piercing Pack of Templates
  • If your Party Sales reach $600 you’ll receive all the hostess benefits plus a free Piercing Bundle (Piercing Mat, Paper Piercer, one set of Paper Piercing Pack of Templates) plus go in the drawer to win a $100 Shopping Spree from me!


Join my Team …

  • if you purchase the Stampin’ Up! kit and join before 22nd March you’ll receive a bonus 25% in your kit from Stampin’ Up!
  • plus everyone who joins during March will go in the draw to win a Big Shot or a $150 Shopping Spree!  (I am giving two options to the prize here as you may want to purchas the Stampin’ Up! kit and already have a Big Shot!)


Please feel free to contact me should you wish to order, book a party or have questions regarding the Stampin’ Up! kit or joining my team.

Thank you again for all your help in getting me to Utah and I hope I can reward you just a little this month … or maybe a lot!


Thanks a ton …

Good Evening to You!!

It’s time for another Thursday Time-Out – my weekly inspiration project newsletter. If you’d like to get this newsletter be sure to click here to sign up.  The Newsletter goes out earlier than the post on my blog and will include a simple project to inspire you to create.

Today’s project shows you another use for the gorgeous Patterned Occasions stamp set …


Stamps: Patterned Occasions (Sale-a-bration)
Inks: Basic Grey
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Grey, Basic Black, Real Red
Accessories: Big Shot, Vine Street TIEF (Sale-a-bration), 2 1/2″ Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Punches, Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Glue Dots, Stampin Dimensionals, Basis Pearl Jewels, Mini Brads, Black Permanent Marker

This has been the make and take at a few of my recent workshops and the ladies have just loved it!

Now when I was creating this little guy I had trouble working out what to do with the eye on the Elephant. When I used a pearl it seemed to just disappear in the pattern, then the mini brad showed ok but not like I wanted. So I took to colouring the Silver Mini Brad with a black permanent marker, popped it on the Elephant and an immediate smile appeared on my face – Yes!!

The pearls around the bottom of the circle just lift the card to the next level …


This image also shows how the ‘black’ Mini Brad pops and the red flower too adds some elegance to the card and balances with the ribbon.

Of course one just cant do a card without a little pouch to pop a little surprise in ….


Now I did use white ribbon on the pouch as I ran out of the red but it all still ties in well together and gives you another option if you dont like the red.  The little pouch is the perfect size for ….

  • a gift card
  • gift certificate
  • Jewellry
  • Cash
  • Key to the new car

Hope you like this week’s Thursday Time-Out

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!

Happy February to You!

Well it’s February!! can you believe that?  we’ve already got through a whole month of 2013!  All the kids should now be back at school so its back to the usual routine which usually consists of a big sigh of relief when they walk out the door or when they get out of the car if you have to drop them off!

So with a new month comes a new Mini Catalogue and I’d like to introduce to you the new Seasonal Catalogue …


This new catalogue will be one of the gorgeousest catalogues you’ve seen!  It’s got some gorgeous new Stamp Sets, new framelits, embossing folders and lots and lots of beautiful embellishments for all your cards, gifts and scrapbook pages!

Now I have a launch for this Catalogue and the Sale-a-bration goodies tomorrow at 11am. If you’d like to come along be sure to contact me today so I can reserve your spot!

If you cant make it tomorrow but would like to have a Party then please contact me to arrange your date and party pack! Dates are filling fast so be sure to contact me as soon as possible.

Dont want a Party but would like a catalogue then thats ok too … just let me know and I’ll pop one in the post to you as soon as possible.

Now go grab a cuppa and some biscuits, click on the Catalogue cover and sit back and enjoy the browse.

Dont forget you get a free Sale-a-bration set for every $100 you spend. Spend $300 and you get a free pack of Glimmer Paper and a bonus $50 to spend!

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.