Beautiful birthday wishes

If you've checked in recently, you might recall that I celebrated a bit of a milestone birthday last month.  Today I want to share with you some of the beautiful birthday love that I received...

Crisp Canteloupe beauty with a gorgeous matching envelope from my lovely Aunty Mary

Crisp Canteloupe beauty with a gorgeous matching envelope from my lovely Aunty Mary

Beauty from across the miles - a stunner from a fellow demo and Mrs K in England - Julie Kettlewell

Beauty from across the miles - a stunner from a fellow demo and Mrs K in England - Julie Kettlewell

Funky geometrics from my lovely Mother-in-Law

Funky geometrics from my lovely Mother-in-Law

One of my demo besties from Sydney - Marelle Taylor - sent me this gorgeousness

One of my demo besties from Sydney - Marelle Taylor - sent me this gorgeousness

A very sweet and clever card from a lovely member of my team, Pam

A very sweet and clever card from a lovely member of my team, Pam

Doilies, burlap, sequins and girlishness galore - couldn't be from anyone other than Sarah Jane Kalé...

Doilies, burlap, sequins and girlishness galore - couldn't be from anyone other than Sarah Jane Kalé...

Another SJ number, this time on behalf of the crew that threw this amazing surprise for me

Another SJ number, this time on behalf of the crew that threw this amazing surprise for me

My longest standing team member, dear friend and incredible artist Tracey Wilson popped this stunning artwork in my mailbox

My longest standing team member, dear friend and incredible artist Tracey Wilson popped this stunning artwork in my mailbox

They certainly made for a stunning display on my mantlepiece these past few weeks!

Right now, we are on day two of school holidays and my handsome man is just about to take our girls to see the Lego movie.  

Happy days - mummy gets some stampin' time!  What are you stamping today??

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MDS + coffee = CUTE! (And April Fool's Day makes for interesting downloads...)

I'm always on the lookout for new and fun ways to use MDS and one such fun way was provided to me recently when an email bearing news of customised gifts on sale from a local photographic store landed in my inbox.

Customised gifts have exploded in recent times and there are so many available these days, that there's no excuse not to and every reason to partner with MDS to create a little something perfect for one of your favourite someones.

This coffee mug made the perfect "no particular reason" gift for my handsome man and it's based on the sweet and funny error that our small girl makes when she's ordering his coffee for him when we hit our favourite spot for a family coffee date.

Every couple of weeks or so, we both collect the girls from school and head to our local shopping centre, where the girls happily order the drinks for the family, always splitting a smoothie between themselves and mostly managing to agree on a flavour :-)

My order is simple - a skinny latte.  Daddy's is a little more complicated -  a skinny long mac, topped up. In small girl speak, this translates to "skinny long man chopped up", and it has been a bit of a family in-joke since she first said it a couple of years ago.

I was excited to pick up the mug earlier today and presented his coffee in it when he got up this morning...

I am no kind of barista, and have long aspired to be able to make those clever little patterns on the top of coffee. I was delighted to be able to pick out a heart shape in the coffee that I made this morning.  

It was a complete fluke, but I'm totally claiming it!

I think he was really quite chuffed with his new mug, and now that I have seen how well they turn out, I can see that customised mugs might be quite the feature of future gift giving :-)

As for the design, I used the All in the Family stamp brush set and left spaces in between the separate body part stamps to symbolise the "chopped up" part.

I have spent a goodly part of this afternoon determining how it is that I actually have the All in the Family stamp brush at all, as it's not available as an individual download in my online store, despite my having searched for it with every conceivable combination of keywords.

I think I may have determined (with the valuable input of friends answering my confused messages on Facebook this afternoon!) that it is in fact available as part of the Express Booster Pack that I have - a massive combination of My Digital Studio content, which, from what I can tell, was the content available with the software in its very first available version in the US several years ago.

Rather a long story, as it turns out, but if anybody is interested in finding out exactly what comes in the Express Booster Pack - $42.95 for masses and masses of content - I will certainly do my best to find out for you!


New downloads for the week - not for the faint of heart!

I have to admit to a bit of a double take upon seeing this week's downloads, when this one popped up on my screen...

Fine Print Greetings Card Templates - $10.95 - CLICK IMAGE to visit in my online store

Fine Print Greetings Card Templates - $10.95 - CLICK IMAGE to visit in my online store

You'll want to be secure in the relationship of whoever is on the receiving end of one of these! You'd also want a fairly good idea of the efficiency of their eyesight too...

On further investigation, it does point to the sort of fun you could have on April Fool's Day...

I'd still be making sure of the sense of humour and/or eye sight of your recipient first though...

Here's the other new download this week - a cute one to offset the potential weirdness of the first one...!

Eggstra Spectacular Stamp Brush Set - $5.50 - CLICK IMAGE to visit in my online store

Eggstra Spectacular Stamp Brush Set - $5.50 - CLICK IMAGE to visit in my online store

Have you dipped your toes in the refreshing pool of digital design yet?  MDS is so much fun and the design possibilities are endless!

Grab your free 30 day trial, or go the whole hog for just $24.95 and get the full version of the software.

You'll be so glad you did!

A parade of petals, the final day of Sale-a-bration and the end of the Birthday Bash!

I can hardly believe that after two months of freebie fun and frivolity, we're staring down the barrel of the final day of Sale-a-bration for 2014.

There has been a fabulous array of offerings this year and I've given many of them a good going over, but I might have to say that my favourite has been the Petal Parade stamp set. Lending itself to everything from sweet and simple, to more involved and detailed projects, it's been a bit of a winner for me.

Buckle up for a little journey through some of the cards and projects that I've made with this set and its co-ordinating DSP, Sweet Sorbet.

Here's a sweet and simple example...

Stamps: Petal Parade (SAB), Express Yourself (hostess) Ink: Crisp Canteloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Early Espresso Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Crumb Cake, Whisper White Accessories: 1-1/4 Circle Punch, Linen Thread, Basic Rhinestones, Large Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Petal Parade (SAB), Express Yourself (hostess) Ink: Crisp Canteloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Early Espresso Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Crumb Cake, Whisper White Accessories: 1-1/4 Circle Punch, Linen Thread, Basic Rhinestones, Large Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals

And a showcase of the pretty patterns in the Sweet Sorbet DSP...

Stamps: Petal Parade (SAB), Happy Day Ink: Sahara Sand, Early Espresso Paper: Sweet Sorbet DSP (SAB), Sahara Sand, Whisper White Accessories: Circles Collection Framelits, Sahara Sand Stampin' Write Marker, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Petal Parade (SAB), Happy Day Ink: Sahara Sand, Early Espresso Paper: Sweet Sorbet DSP (SAB), Sahara Sand, Whisper White Accessories: Circles Collection Framelits, Sahara Sand Stampin' Write Marker, Stampin' Dimensionals

A combined effort of the stamp set and Designer Series Paper, showing off their fun co-ordination...

Stamps: Petal Parade (SAB), Yippee Skippee Ink: Crisp Canteloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Soft Suede Paper: Sweet Sorbet DSP (SAB), Pistachio Pudding, Naturals White, Soft Suede, Whisper White Accessories: Corner Rounder Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Petal Parade (SAB), Yippee Skippee Ink: Crisp Canteloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Soft Suede Paper: Sweet Sorbet DSP (SAB), Pistachio Pudding, Naturals White, Soft Suede, Whisper White Accessories: Corner Rounder Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

The DSP combined with a different sweet floral set from the Occasions Catalogue - Petite Petals...

Stamps: Petite Petals, A Dozen Thoughts Ink:  Soft Suede Paper: Sweet Sorbet DSP (SAB), Sahara Sand, Naturals White, Soft Suede, Crisp Canteloupe Coredinations Accessories: Scallop Tag Topper Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Starburst Framelits, Petite Petals Punch, Stampin' Chalk Marker, Basic Pearls, Pistachio Pudding and Crisp Canteloupe Ruffle Stretch Trim, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Petite Petals, A Dozen Thoughts Ink:  Soft Suede Paper: Sweet Sorbet DSP (SAB), Sahara Sand, Naturals White, Soft Suede, Crisp Canteloupe Coredinations Accessories: Scallop Tag Topper Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Starburst Framelits, Petite Petals Punch, Stampin' Chalk Marker, Basic Pearls, Pistachio Pudding and Crisp Canteloupe Ruffle Stretch Trim, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

The simple but effective Triple Time technique is perfect for this stamp set...

Stamps: Petal Parade (SAB), Oh Hello Ink: Crisp Canteloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Soft Suede Paper: Naturals White, Soft Suede Accessories: Basic Pearls

Stamps: Petal Parade (SAB), Oh Hello Ink: Crisp Canteloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Soft Suede Paper: Naturals White, Soft Suede Accessories: Basic Pearls

And if you've come along to a workshop recently, there's a good chance you got up close and personal with this card, one of my favourite make and takes for a long time!  Simple and do-able for a newbie stamper, whilst also being "wow" enough for a seasoned stamper to be happy with...

Stamps: Petal Parade (SAB), A Dozen Thoughts Ink: Crisp Canteloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Soft Suede Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White Accessories:  Bigshot, Arrows Embossing Folder, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Natural Chevron Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Large Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Petal Parade (SAB), A Dozen Thoughts Ink: Crisp Canteloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Soft Suede Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White Accessories:  Bigshot, Arrows Embossing Folder, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Natural Chevron Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Large Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals

Check out some other cards I've made with this set - I posted one on my Instagram account this morning and another on my Facebook page...

Be sure to place your order and qualify for your free product/s (Petal Parade or otherwise!) by 11.50pm AEDT, which is 8.50pm for us over here in the West!

Don't let this be you....


Need another reason to get your order in today...?

Aside from qualifying for free Sale-a-bration products, an order of $90 before the end of the day will also provide you with two entries into my Birthday Bash giveaway!

Can't remember the details...?

Check them out HERE...

With only a small handful of orders in the running (and those only having been received since posting a quick reminder on my Facebook page this morning!), there's a good chance you'll be the lucky winner, but only if you get your order in on time!

Contact me with your order or head straight on over to my online store to start shopping...

It's been fabulous to Sale-a-brate with you!

A stealthy stampin' surprise!

Last weekend, having been invited to coffee with my mum because "I haven't spent time with my daughter for AGES!", I was blindsided by the most incredible bunch of women in the most amazing and touching way I can imagine.

The "coffee date" was a front for a group of my wonderful stampin' team to throw me a surprise 40th birthday high tea and encourage my current, enormous aspiration to achieve the Stampin' Up! Grand Vacation for this year.

And a surprise it was.  I had absolutely no idea that there had been such a massive amount of sneaking around, a large number of little white lies and huge porkies told, plus a high level of skullduggery involved in the space of the week that it took them to pull together the most delightful afternoon that I'm about to share with you...

We got to Caroline's house - just a couple of streets away from the venue of the planned coffee date, to "drop off a stamp set that she wanted to borrow from my mum".  I had parked across the footpath out the front of her house and left my bag in the car, as I was only going to be a second while mum dropped off the stamp set, and I showed Caroline the card that I had made mum for her birthday the week before.

I was simultaneously rattling on about how I had discovered the wonders of hybrid card making using a combination of MDS and traditional methods and wondering why she was dragging me through her front entry way by the wrist, when I got around the corner to behold the beautiful sight of a table full of delights surrounded by an array of lovely ladies shouting "SURPRISE!!!"

The moment was captured beautifully by SJ, after which I promptly burst into tears...

"What the...?!"  *tears*

"What the...?!"  *tears*

Here are some more images from the delightful afternoon...

Helium balloons in Pool Party, Coastal Cabana and Crisp Canteloupe...

Helium balloons in Pool Party, Coastal Cabana and Crisp Canteloupe...

Pretty tea things...

Pretty tea things...

Delightful cupcakes...

Delightful cupcakes...

Birthday banner in keeping with the colour theme...

Birthday banner in keeping with the colour theme...

Assorted deliciousness...

Assorted deliciousness...

Cheers!

Cheers!

Pretty flowers...

Pretty flowers...

Amazing embellishment...

Amazing embellishment...

Beautiful card and an incredibly generous gift...

Beautiful card and an incredibly generous gift...

Cake!

Cake!

The "I'm about to get teary again" hand flap...

The "I'm about to get teary again" hand flap...

The "taking it all in and getting misty all over again" look that I spent much of the afternoon displaying...

The "taking it all in and getting misty all over again" look that I spent much of the afternoon displaying...

I almost don't have the words to convey how truly stunned, amazed, grateful and humbled I was on the day and continue to be at the incredible love and support that envelops our team.

Thank you, my beautiful friends, you are a blessing in my life.

And to think it all started with rubber stamps...

Scallop Tag Topper Punch class is here!

Hot on the heels of the Envelope Punch Board classes that I recently posted, (four spots left on March 24th!), I bring you the Scallop Tag Topper Punch class!  

I'm a little  bit in love with these projects, not least because of the Fresh Prints DSP.  Lordy, I love that stuff!

Scallop Tag Topper Punch Class

Create three projects using this very nifty and versatile tool:

  • A card, using the Tag Topper Punch to create an embellishment
  • A gift box, using the Tag Topper punch to create this simple but effective project
  • A mini album, using the Tag Topper Punch to create the interesting and functional closure

The cost of this class will be $60, which includes the Scallop Tag Topper Punch itself. It will get its first awesome workout in every class project, then you'll have it to take home and continue on with when you leave.

Already own the Scallop Tag Topper Punch for yourself?  Contact me and we'll organise a way for you to join in the class too!

Join me on either of the following two dates to punch the night away:

  • Thursday March 27 at 7.30pm (RSVP no later than Tuesday 18 March)
  • Monday March 31 at 7.30pm (RSVP no later than Friday 21 March)

Places in the class are limited to six and payment is required in advance to confirm your spot, so you'll want to ensure you book early so as not to miss out.

Got a group..?

Gather a crew of four to six peeps and I'll gladly put a class on just for you guys.  I'll come to you, or you can bring your posse to my stampin' space at a time that works for us all.  Contact me to arrange a private class and we'll set it up!

Can't wait to stamp with ya!

New class - come {envelope} punch on with me!

I've been busily creating some new classes with fabulous new products recently and am so excited to share the first one with you now!

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Envelope Punch Board Class

Create three projects using this fabulous and incredibly versatile tool:

  • A card, using the EPB to create a miniature envelope embellishment
  • A box, using the EPB to create the box itself, plus the decorative bow
  • A 3D envelope and patterned envelope liner - pretty and perfect for lumpy-bumpy cards

The cost of this class will be $50, which includes the Envelope Punch Board itself. It will get its first awesome workout in every class project, then you'll have it to take home and continue on with when you leave.

Already own the Envelope Punch Board for yourself?  Contact me and we'll organise a way for you to join in the class too!

Join me on either of the following two dates to punch the night away:

  • Thursday March 20 at 7.30pm (RSVP no later than Tuesday 11 March)
  • Monday March 24 at 7.30pm (RSVP no later than Friday 14 March)

Places in the class are limited to six and payment is required in advance to confirm your spot, so you'll want to ensure you book early so as not to miss out.

Got a group..?

Gather a crew of four to six peeps and I'll gladly put a class on just for you guys.  I'll come to you, or you can bring your posse to my stampin' space at a time that works for us all.  Contact me to arrange a private class and we'll set it up!

Can't wait to stamp with ya!

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The happy business of digital design + new downloads

One of my very favourite uses for MDS is to create quick, simple and super customisable gifts, and I had the opportunity to create such a gift for the birthday of a dear friend of mine when I was invited to a surprise birthday celebration for her a couple of weekends ago.

We have known each other since our firstborns were born almost eleven years ago, when a local mothers' group threw a bunch of us together in those early days of bumbling through lack of sleep, new routines, growth spurts and all of the other amazing and sometimes terrifying moments that come with the arrival of a first baby.

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This saying from the Friends 24/7 stamp brush set is delightfully perfect for the occasion, and with some sweet, bright colours and a cute frame, it was exactly the outcome I was hoping for.

For more digital designs of the home decor persuasion, check out my two most recent projects for the MDS Design Team over on the My Digital Studio blog.  

HERE I share how our morning routine became a whole lot more manageable with some assistance from a cute board game style system and HERE I wrangled my kids' weekly commitments into a cute, completely customised and at-a-glance system for them to keep on top of their school and extra-curricular activities and requirements.


Check out the new downloads for this week...

There are five fresh and funky MDS offerings this week - my eye is particularly drawn to the My Digital Class Party Party Ensemble ...

Everything you need to create an awesomely co-ordinated party - a five page decor template, 26 piece stamp brush set, 6 Designer Series Papers, one punch, plus no less than FIVE tutorial videos showing you through exactly how to create five different projects using the components included in the download.

The My Digital Classes are a bargain - there are a variety of different ones available (with new ones being added all the time!) and all of them contain a combination of downloadable content plus step by step instructions using various digital techniques to help you create adorable projects with a minimum of fuss.

Here's what you'll find amongst all of the new downloads this week - click the image to visit them in my online store...

Ready to dive into digital design?

 Grab a 30 day free trial of the MDS software and give it a good ol' test run, or jump right in with the full version of the software for just $24.

Either way, you get all the functionality of the program, the full version just gives you more content to play with right away.  

And what's not to love about cute digital content?!

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My Digital Studio - a reason to start ironing + this week's newest downloads

I am not an ironer.  

The way my family "file" their clean clothes away gives me plenty of reasons to spend my time doing things other than carefully removing creases from their clothing, so time in front of an ironing board is strictly undertaken on a needs basis around here.

Happily, this week, I found a need and that was the birthday party of our delightful little three year old neighbour!  I wanted to add a handmade aspect to her birthday gift, and with the help of the BigW kids basics range, some iron on transfer paper from Officeworks and my trusty MDS software, I created a sweet little custom shirt...

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I started out with the idea of a selection of different circular motifs, so with that in mind, I decided on a colour palette of Pool Party, Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry, and went about searching and finding and altering different stamps and embellishments until I was happy with how it turned out.

Here's a close up...

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The most important thing to remember when using iron on transfer paper, is that if there are words involved, as there are here, you need to flip your project so that it shows up in MDS as mirror image - that way, the words will read the correct way around when the image is ironed on.

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SO much fun, and happily, the iron-on transfer paper came in a pack of 12 sheets, of which just half a sheet was used here, so I can see a bunch more ironing in my future :-D

Hit me up with some suggestions for things that would go so much better with some MDS love ironed on...

SOME OF THE DOWNLOADS USED IN THIS PROJECT: Earth Laughs Framable, Family Fun Photobook, O Christmas Tree, On the Go Kit, plus many that come standard with the full installation of MDS

Check out this week's newest downloads...

There are EIGHT new MDS downloads for your digital designing pleasure this week, but I have to say that the Blossoms Abound Kit is a bit of a standout for me...

20 piece stamp brush set, 12 Designer Series Papers and 24 embellishments for just $10.95? Yes please, can't wait to put this one through its paces...

Hit the image below to check out all of this week's new downloads - 

Haven't climbed aboard the MDS wagon yet?  It's free to try for 30 days, or just $24.95 for the full software.

Inexpensive, simple to use, swags of delightful pre-designed elements to use in your projects and new ones available each week, PLUS a dedicated website to support you in your digital endeavours. There is really nothing not to love about digital designing with MDS.

Still unsure?!

Fire your questions at me!  I am totally in love with this software and would be delighted to help you appreciate it too...

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