Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Botanicals for You - another free stamp set with a $90 order from Stampin'Up Australia

I love this SAB stamp set! It's called "Botanicals for You" and is one of the free offerings in this year's SAB catalogue that begins on the 5th January 2016.   With every $90 you spend on SU product you can choose another free product.  I will have the links to the catalogues up here on the 5th January or you can just visit the Online Store to see it all.

Im a sucker for Gold or Silver on my projects.... I do love the look of it here with the Crumb cake.  The paper is from the Love Blossoms DSP stack, also in the upcoming Occasions catalogue.

Enjoy the card and I will be back to show you more real soon!

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Another Sneak Peek at new Occasions catalogue products....

Time for another sneak peek today... this time its the new "Balloon Builders" stamp set from the Upcoming Occasions catalogue due out on the 5th January 2016. I've also used the "Love Blossoms" Designer series Paper stack... this is one of the 6x6" stacks and I so love the colours in this pack! The Rose Red, and Blushing Bride contrast so well with the crumb cake... to me its a delicious combination!

And how beautiful is that Blushing Bride glimmer paper?  So excited to use it a LOT!

If you are in Australia, to purchase any of the new products come back on the 5th January and click the "Shop Now" button above... you'll find it all in the Online Store.

In the meantime enjoy all the sneak peeks!

Friday, 25 December 2015

New Catalogue Launch! Come and play with lots of gorgeous new Products!

I'd like to invite you to my New Catalogue Launch on the 16th January at 2pm.  We'll be making several lovely projects (including the one above) and you'll be able to see for yourself whats new in our lovely Occasions Catalogue for 2016.

I've been playing with new stuff myself (which you will have already seen if you've been following my blog for a while) and the hard part is going to be deciding which products we should play with on the day.  There are too many gorgeous options!

There will be afternoon tea, prizes and launch-only specials. I know you are going to love it all!  The launch will be held at my home in Narara, NSW..... Address supplied on booking if you haven't been here before.  Cost is $20 and includes a gift for everyone that attends, all projects and supplies, plus of course your own catalogue to take home.

To book your spot please email me by clicking HERE.  Please note that I am away for a few days until January 8th, so I might not reply straight away.  Numbers are limited, so it will be first in, best dressed!

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Bring on the Bling! The December Mediterranean Achievers Blog Hop!

Welcome back to another Blog Hop with the Grand Vacation Achievers! This month the theme is "Bring on the Bling" and the truth is that I considered sitting this one out... what with Christmas, a holiday away AND a wedding in the planning there sure is a lot going on around here right now. But with a "bling" theme.... well how on earth could I not be part of that?  Most of you would know that all things shiny feature frequently on my cards... well who am I kidding... almost ALL of them if you actually look closely!

So this month I wanted to show you something else from our soon-to-be-released Occasions catalogue... this catalogue begins on the 5th January 2016, and if you are in Australia then you will be able to order from it right here by clicking on the "Shop Now" button.  The takes you to the Online Store, and you'll be able to browse through the catalogue at your leisure. Of course you might prefer to leaf through an actual real life catalogue too... to get one of those, please contact me by the 24th December, as I will be away on leave for a little while after Christmas.

Today's projects use the "Sunburst Sayings" stamp set bundled with the Sunburst Thinlits die. This was one of my "must haves" from the catalogue... in fact I'll be running a class with it... probably in March. It really is fabulous and gives you so many options for occasions to use it.

I made the card first and then I thought it would also translate well to a gift bag, so I made one of those too. I do hope you enjoy these... and they sure were fun to create!

And here's a tip:  I went to use a metallic peg on top of the bag, but discovered I was completely out of gold metallic pegs. So instead I used one of the plain wooden pegs (currently on sale by the way!) and used my new Wink of Stella glitter brush in Gold to make my peg into a gold metallic peg!  Its a bit hard to see in the photo, but I assure you it is glittery :-)

I will be updating my Facebook Business page with holiday photos  over the Christmas and New Year period, and have scheduled some posts here too to show you some more of the new product offering!  To purchase from the sale (which ends on the 4th January) please use the "Shop Now" button or click HERE.

You'll find all the girls doing the blog hop this month in the list below... just click on the next name to continue the hop!  We have so many talented girls who take part in these blog hops, and I've enjoyed being part of every one!

In the meantime I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS... and a truly wonderful NEW YEAR.  I hope that 2016 brings you lots of awesome creative moments and that you spend it with people that you love and cherish.

Linda xxx

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Last minute preparations and production lines....

Im enjoying a few days away over this weekend. I've come down to the gorgeous South Coast of NSW to spend some quality time with my gorgeous friend Vanessa.  We try to come down here at least once each school holiday period, usually just to "be", to talk, and to create together. And when life has been beating me down a little, I love that this is a safe place for both myself and my children. We've been coming here so many years now, that it feels like a second home, and all three of us are immediately comfortable when we walk in the door.

This time though, I actually have a mission to complete.  Ness and I are planning on putting together my wedding invitations.... in amongst all the hustle and bustle of Christmas I actually am trying to organise a wedding at the same time. No wonder Im tired!  But slowly its all coming together, and the invitations are one of the small but important details that needs to be considered. I designed them a couple of weeks ago. I was going to do a few different designs that I had ideas for, but then the first one turned out pretty nice, and I thought, you know what.... that will be good enough! And I do like that that they are meaningful for us.

Of course I cant show you the invites yet... I'd like to get them out first to our guests. But I promise to show you when I can. In the meantime I thought you'd like to see the production line as it is happening.

And the card above is another creation with new products from this weekend's creativity. I used the "Memories in the Making"cards from our SAB free selection... the acetate piece on this card forms a simple background.

I hope you are all winding down before Christmas and making sure that life isn't too stressful :-)


Saturday, 19 December 2015

Mojo Monday 428 - Birthday Blooms from the Upcoming Occasions Catalogue 2016

When I am pre-ordering my products from an upcoming catalogue, I always try to order things that I think will appeal to my customers. I think about what techniques I would like to teach, what new products need to be shown so that customers can really see what they are all about.  I try to make good business decisions about what will work, and buy accordingly. I don't always get it right, but I'm usually pretty close.

But there is almost always something on my demonstrator pre-order that is really just for me.. just because I love it, not motivated by any particular business reason.

"Birthday Blooms" was one of those sets for me, and also the matching DSP.  I just loved the softness of it, and knew that it was a set I would come back to again and again.

Today I've used it to create card using the Mojo Monday sketch.  I love a good card sketch and its fun interpreting them in a way that is just my own.  Here is the sketch that I followed:

This one was really enjoyable, and I got to use quite a few of my new favourite products on this card... the stamp set and DSP, plus glitter ribbon, and the new Blushing Bride glimmer paper. These new products are just DIVINE... just my thing! I also added some Wink of Stella glitter to the centre of my flower (its a bit hard to photograph though).

I hope you enjoy the card!

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

First look at SALE-A-BRATION 2016.... The Sky's the limit!

Every year I know many of you (and me too!) look forward to the awesome promotion that is Sale-A-Bration, or SAB as we like to call it. I have hostesses that book their workshops at this time of year every to maximise the benefits they can get. And it also the time of year that many customers decide that its time to become demonstrators themselves (or rejoin if they've been previous demonstrators) and get some of the added benefits for themselves. This year SAB will begin on January 5th 2016.

This year is no exception... we are again celebrating SAB with some awesome deals and benefits.  For every $90 you spend on SU products you will be able to select a free product from the SAB catalogue... and we have some great free products on offer this year. Please note that some of the SAB items are only available from January 5th to

I thought I'd show you the first couple of SAB items I've played with... the "Sky is the limit" stamp set, PLUS I've also used the "Perfectly Artistic" Designer Series Paper. I love all those lovely marbled papers in gelato-esque colours!  I stamped the aeroplane image onto the paper and cut it out with my circle framelits through the Big Shot. Its a very simple card that took only a few minutes to put together, but I like how it turned out. I especially love that this stamp set will be great for guys!  Either the stamp set or papers are free with a $90 order!

If you'd like to see what else I get up to and other creations please visit and "like" my Facebook Business Page.... there's always something going on over there!  Or if you'd like to make a purchase anytime of SU products in our Year-End Sale please visit my Online Store... click HERE to be taken to the store!

Monday, 14 December 2015

Memory Keeping with Project Life by Stampin'Up Blog Hop..... Hello December!

Although I had decorated the outside of my December Daily album and even made the title page, until this weekend, I hadn't had a lot of time to get started on actually putting the pages together. I was also quite ill for the second half of last week, which did slow me down considerably.  However I have been making sure I've been taking lots of photos on most days, so when I finally sat down this weekend to put some of the pages together, there was still plenty to work with.

And thats something i love about this system... you can diarise your life in pictures, but without it interrupting your schedule or stopping you from enjoying the moment.  On the contrary, I think it highlights them.  And as it's such a crazy time of year, I find that taking the time out to document what you are doing day to day actually makes you slow down a little, and celebrate all those small moments that you might otherwise just forget about.

I've popped up a few of my favourite pages so far so you can enjoy them too.  I find that the secret to doing a December daily album is to not overthink what you are doing.. keep it simple and keep moving. You can always come back and add more detail/bling/embellishments as needed. Just use photos of lots of everyday moments.. the big and the small... and tell your story.

I really love the colours in this year's December offering. The set is called "Hello December" and I've used both the card collection and various items from the matching Accessory Pack. It's worth mentioning that if you love these too, both are on the retiring list which means that they will only be available until the current catalogue ends on the 4th January 2016. After that they are gone, so grab them while you can! (If you are in Australia and would like to order, you can click HERE to visit the online store)

Beyond all that, I am just excited to be almost up to date with the album! And its already the 14th!

If you would like to come along to learn more about or play more with Project Life, my next Project Life class is on the Tuesday 12th January @ 7.30pm.

As a member of the Memory Keeping with Project Life by Stampin'Up Design Team I am excited to again be part of this month's blog hop.  To see the other girl's work this month please click the links below....

..... and most of all enjoy!

Julie Kettlewell, UK - http://www.juliesjapes.blogspot.com
Delys Cram, New Zealand - http://delysc.wordpress.com/
Tina Gillespie, Australia - http://www.scissorspapercard.blogspot.com.au/ 
Constanze Wirtz, Germany - http://conibaer.blogspot.com
Janet Morrow Wakeland, USA - http://remarkablycreated.com/ 
Elizabeth Richards Peterson, USA - http://www.lenfantcheri.com/blog/ 

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Christmas tags and cards class - 2 SPOTS LEFT!

Hello peeps!  

I am running my Christmas tags and cards class this Wednesday 16th December at 11am... and its my LAST class of 2015!  Due to a couple of people being unable to attend (and I've already bought the kits) I now have 2 SPARE SPOTS!  If you'd like to join us to make these lovely tags and cards then click HERE to let me know. 

You'll get the kit INCLUDED in the class and all the materials you need to make 30 Christmas tags... and they are so cute, as you can see above!  I'll also give you ideas of how to use them on cards so you can choose to make some cards as well.  We'll make the 10 different tag and card designs in the class, and then you'll have all the materials to make the rest at home if you wish. 

Hope to hear from you... I'll be resuming classes and events in January including the new catalogue launch! Go to the Class schedule tab above to see what's on! 

Friday, 11 December 2015

Christmas Candle Gift Bag

This morning I was looking at the products that are currently featured in our End of Year Sale and was realising just how many of them I am going to miss when they are gone! So I pulled out a couple of my favourite retiring products and created just with those.  The little Candle gift bag here is one of the projects I came up with.

I made the basic box with the Gift Bag punch board... thankfully this is NOT retiring at the current time! I really have become more and more a huge fan of the punch boards... I have all three (Envelope, gift box and gift bag) and find myself quite often pulling them out to use. Today I wanted to feature the gorgeous holiday fancy foil vellum that is not only on the retiring list but also listed in the sale (normally $19.25, now only $11.55!).  So I made the small sized gift box (starting with the vellum measured at 6" x 10") and then decorated it simply with a tag.

I've used almost all retiring products for this project.  Here's what i used:

Gift Box Punch Board ($32)
Holiday Fancy Foil vellum (was $19.25, now $11.55)
Mint Macaron Cardstock ($12.25 for a pack of 24 A4 sheets)
Winter Wonderland Washi Tape (was $8.75, now $5.25)
Winter Wonderland Embellishments (was $12.25, now $10.41)
Snowflake Elements ($10.50)
Gold Cording Trim ($8.75)
Clothespins ($7.00)

Click HERE for a list of sale products at the moment.

Or to order... click HERE to visit the ONLINE STORE.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Here we go.... Stampin'Up Australia has announced their "Year End Sale"... grab a bargain!

Im very excited to let you all know that SU Australia have just announced a Year End Sale for us!  You can find all the discounted items in the Online Store, and to order you can place your order through the store OR you can contact me to order.  My email address is lindastampsau@gmail.com

There are lots of awesome goodies at great prices to take advantage of! Christmas shopping just got easier!

Don't forget that if you are ordering through the store, and your order is between $50 and $250 to use the Hostess Code  EVZH3ER7. This will attach all the orders together and then I send out a thank you gift in the following month for those orders.  You can read more about this HERE.

ALSO, FOR JUST ONE WEEK (December 10-17) there are a group of Annual Catalogue products being offered up to 60% off in our Australian and New Zealand markets.  These won't be available at these prices after the 17th December so don't delay and check them out NOW! Click HERE to view those items!

Enjoy the sale guys... and definitely check it out!

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Birthday Blooms Sneak Peek for the upcoming Occasions Catalogue 2016

In amongst all the Christmas preparations I have started to play with some of the new products that I have received as part of my Demonstrator preorder.  Its so exciting getting to play with new stamps and papers.... and its so relaxing and therapeutic too!  Especially at such a chaotic time of year!  Just spending a few quite moments designing and getting a feel for the latest items sometimes is just what I need!

The card today is my first play with the "Birthday Blooms" stamp set.  I usually choose my order carefully.. making sure everything I buy is going to be useful from a business point of view. But sometimes I also buy something just because I love it... sure I can still use it in my business.. but its ordered more because its something i just love and it resonates with me. This set and the matching Designer Series Paper were in the "just because I love them" category.

I heat-embossed the main image in white on Mint Macaroon cardstock, and then coloured it with ink and blender pens.  The paper is the matching "Birthday Blooms" paper pack... how soft and beautiful are there colours??

Enjoy the card and i'll be making lots more to show you!!

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Sunday, 6 December 2015

Wonderland Sampler card with lots of bling for Christmas

Today I held my Wonderland Christmas frame class, and tonight I had a little play with some of the leftover squares. These are super fun to put together!  I love the idea of creating sampler squares with a favourite suite from the catalogue.  You can make a bigger project, like the frame, or stay small with just a card. Both are beautiful!

I hope you enjoy today's card... i'll be back to show you more so stay tuned :-)

If you'd like to see more of what I get up to, visit my Facebook Business Page!

Note: If you'd like to see the original frame click HERE... My frame was inspired by the talented LeeAnn Greff in the US :-)

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Fancy Foil Vellum makes the most beautiful Christmas Cards!

I have a stamp-a-stack tomorrow and I've been creating some cards to make with those coming along. We are making 6 cards as always (3 each of two different designs) and i wanted to show you one of the designs.

I struggled to decide whether to do this card as landscape or portrait orientation... both seem to work, and when I asked the question on my FACEBOOK BUSINESS PAGE, more people definitely preferred the landscape version (although there were votes for both).  So tomorrow I am going to give a choice to those that come along.

If you find yourself with a few hours to spare... the class starts at 11am and costs $20.  All materials are provided as well as a light lunch afterward.

I used the Holiday Fancy foil vellum on this card (I so love it!) and it makes the whole card come alive!  I've added the products used below, so that you can easily purchase your own if you wish. The vellum will actually be retiring at the end of the Holiday catalogue period (unless it sells out first) so if you love it.. don't wait!  Or if you need to contact me or find out anything more click HERE.

I hope you enjoy these cards!
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