Monthly Archives: April 2013

My fish are thankful for MDS

My first creative project upon my return was to have a go with My Digital Studio (MDS) – see this post for more information.


I started by downloading this free card template called Fruit & Flowers. It’s so sweet I could have used it just as it is but I had a specific purpose in mind – and I couldn’t resist the idea of tinkering.


 So with a few quick changes – that were so much easier than I’d been expecting – I turned it into this!

My mission was to make a card for my fish to give to the fish-sitters who kept them safe and happy while we were away. Reece is a big goldfish and Zebzee is his little mate. I loved how I could use the same digital stamp from the included Patterned Pets set to represent both fish. You simply drag to change their size and click to change their colour. I added a few water splashes and swapped out the greeting and I was done.

Then all l I needed to be ready to deliver it was print out the digital image and stick it down onto a More Mustard card base. How easy is that!

If you’d like to see what you can do with MDS, why not try out the 30-day free trial? What have you got to lose?





We’re back!

Wow, what a wonderful holiday we’ve had! I could do without getting sick within an hour of arriving home but I’m very grateful it had the decency to wait!

It was certainly a holiday to remember and we crafted some amazing memories I know will last a lifetime. I couldn’t have asked for more. We had soaring heatwaves on the beach, snow in the desert, volcanoes, canyons, and all manner of natural wonders as well as thrilling lights, sounds, sights and  theme parks. I don’t think we could have squeezed another minute of fun in anywhere! We filled a 32GB card with photos and videos so you’ll have to bear with me while I share just a few with you here….

Chilling on a beach for a luau in Hawaii with my three favourite boys brought back lovely honeymoon memories.


We showed the boys the very spot on the edge of the Grand Canyon where Alex proposed at sunrise 13 years ago!

We have a self-portrait of us taken in the same spot hanging on the wall.


My little cowboys were beside themselves with excitement at visiting the real Tombstone! Their dad was just as bad.


We took a brief stroll into Mexico too. We were so close, how could we not!


I’m already missing the sight of cactus. They become familiar quickly when you see thousands every day!


 Guess where we went!!!! Truly the happiest place on Earth!

And in case you think I forgot all about creative things while we were away, think again…

 My character-filled boys in Hollywood!

My first attempt at cartooning with Goofy!


And how could I not purchase this ?

So that’s what I’ve been doing with my April, what about you? I’m looking forward to catching up with you all soon.

And I’ll be back shortly with a creative project to share.



And an extra $60 for your Starter Kit too!

If you join Stampin’ Up! as a Demonstrator before 30th May you’ll get an extra $60 worth of value in your Starter Kit. 

Get $295 worth of product for just $169! That’s value not to be missed.

To find out more about the Demonstrator opportunity click on the Join My Team tab above. Or have a read of this post about the Starter Kit promotion during Sale-a-bration.

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And please feel free to call me on 03 9705 2553 or email me if you have any questions.




Extra $60 for Hostesses!

Until 30th May you can get an extra $60 in hostess benefits when you host a $400 workshop.

The standard benefits for a workshop with $400 in sales is $60. Host the workshop before 30th May and you’ll get double that!

I still have some weeknight or daytime vacancies that could be yours!

I could teach you and your friends to make a card like this one

And remember YOU can earn the double benefits if you place ANY order over $400. You don’t have to host a workshop. Spend big for yourself or pool resources with your friends. Now is the perfect time to stock up!




Stampin’ Up! Colour Refresh

It’s time for some BIG NEWS….here’s the official word from Stampin’ Up!:
Announcing our Colour Refresh! Why now? In 2010 we did a big colour renovation and shared our plans for smaller colour refreshes every three to five years to keep our colours on trend. Well it has been three years and we are excited to announce that the upcoming 2013-2014 annual catalogue will include 10 new colours (most of which are returning In Colors from previous years)! We are welcoming back some of your favourites, moving some colours around, and introducing three brand-new colours, so take a look!

Click image for a printable flyer


I don’t know about you but I’m particularly sad to be saying goodbye to Baja Breeze and Bravo Burgundy but I’m thrilled to see that Wisteria Wonder and Blushing Bride will be staying!

All retiring/discontinued colour products (i.e. ink, paper, ribbon, accessories, etc.) will be available only while supplies last. This means that some products will not be available through the retired list period.


The best way to order while I’m away is through the new online shopping, click the button below to place your order:



Goodbye Watercolour Wonder Crayons!

Due to unforeseen problems with the supplier for Watercolor Wonder Crayons and Watercolor Pencils, these items are being discontinued and will only be available while supplies last.
Get ’em before they’re gone!

  • 101879: Watercolor Pencils
  • 119802: Subtles Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons
  • 119803: Regals Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons
  • 119804: Brights Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons
  • 119805: Neutrals Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons

Again, your best bet for getting these before they sell out is to use online ordering:

I’m devastated that the crayons are going. These and the aquapainter are my absolute favourite way to colour stamped images and I use them all the time!

And here’s the proof….









Sent With Love

Sent With Love Special Offer
Exclusive Stamps & Paper at 20% off

From 1st April until 15th June you can get your hands on these brand new exclusive products:

Sent With Love stamp set (clear) $33.95

Sent With Love Paper Pack $18.95

And if you buy them in a bundle with Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine
(Item 132851) you can get it all for just $46.25

I’ve just received mine so will be back soon with some projects I’ve made with them. I love these – and I love the timing that coincides with all my travelling too!



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