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January 2014

Stampin' Up Texture Boutique Embossing Machine

Stampin' Up have a new product released this week - the Texture Boutique Embossing Machine.

Texture embossing machine

It's embossing made easy. Texture Boutique is the perfect, portable tool to create embossed cards, tags, embellishments, and more. Use it with our Stampin' Up! exclusive Textured Impressions Embossing Folders.

The machine is $49.95 and you can find it in my online store here: Texture Boutique Embossing Machine

Like to see it in action?  Check it out here in this video, or come along to one of my February or March classes and have a try for yourself.  Class dates and details here:  Class Page.  Filling fast! 


Don't have a Big Shot and would really love to try some embossing to add texture to your creations. 

Grab the Texture Boutique machine and a few of your favourite embossing folders to go with it.  With a $90 purchase you'll qualify for a free Saleabration item.  The Decorative Dots embossing folder would be a great choice to go with your new machine. 

Happy creating!

Cheers, Sue

Stampin' Up: Sale-A-Bration Is Up And Running

Sale-A-Bration is off to a great start and we've got a brand new catalogue for you this week too.

Occasions Catalogue

This is our new Occasions Catalogue.  You can browse it online here: Occasions Catalogue

(You'll find the Sale-A-Bration brochure there too.)

Or check out all the goodies in the Occasions section of my online store here:   Occasions Products

I think one of my favourites is this cute little set of flower stamps with a matching punch. 

Isn't it gorgeous.

Petite Petals Bundle

Here it is in action on a card ......

Sneak peek

Eagle eyed observers might also spot some other new products - the chevron ribbon, a new embossing folder and the tag topper punch.  Love that last one! 

Let me know if you'd like a copy of the new Stampin' Up catalogue popped in the post for you.  Always nice to browse over a cuppa, and stick post it notes on!

Cheers, Sue

MDS 2014 Scrapbooking: More January


Had fun colouring the 'create' stamp using colours to match the Zoob construction materials the kids have been playing with.  So easy to colour digitally - and if you make a mistake there's that handy undo button.  My favourite. 

I've been working on a few more January MDS pages of my digital 'Our 2014 Life' album this week while resting in between decluttering jobs.  We got a skip for a couple of days this week so have been doing 'decluttering on steroids' - all hands on deck.  Cleaned out heaps of junk from the garage and under the house - and quite a bit from inside the house too.  Aaaah - I do love a good clean out.


A bit of trivia:  I've been aiming to do a week to a layout roughly and was doing Monday to Sunday.  Just inserted a 5 day week and am swapping to Saturday to Friday for the rest of the album.  I quite often fluff about on the computer on a Saturday morning so that way I can upload all the photos from the week and get the layout done - I think that timing will work better for this project. 

Here's another page.  If I've done enough pages by the end of June I might get it printed then and make it 2 albums for the year.  I don't think I'm patient enough to wait until the end of the year.


Going digital for my Project Life style album this year prompted me to have a think about how I'm backing up my computers.  Or rather - how they're not really backed up.  I had an external hard drive so sat down the other night and copied lots of laptop files onto that - then left it in a silly spot and Jack knocked it off the table.  Bye bye back up.  I replaced it and have copied both machines onto that and put it in a safe place!  Plus I decided to go with Crashplan as an online back up.  It'd take a gazillion years and all our internet allowance to back everything up and I've got lots of stuff on both the laptop and desktop so I've picked out some key folders for that to back up online.  Including of course my MDS projects!  Much happier now that things are a bit more organised in my digital world.  Have you backed up your photos or files lately?  Here's your little reminder if you need to go look after that.  :-) 

Happy scrapbooking!   I've cleaned up my craft desk too and have a snazzy little organiser thing that I can't wait to show you.  It is covered with brand spanking new products though so I'll have to wait til after the 28th! 

Cheers, Sue

Stampin' Up Australia: My 2014 Product Clubs

Almost new catalogue time and almost Saleabration time too.  A great time of year if you like to get free products with your purchases. 


If you've got a big wish list and love freebies, then perhaps you'd like to join one of my 2014 product clubs.  You can join from anywhere in Australia and it is lots of fun building your craft stash and choosing some rewards. 

Sue's 2014 Sale-A-Bration Product Club

This one runs January, February and March - so it is a 3 month product club. 

Spend $100 each month for these 3 months and you'll get to select one free Saleabration item each month - 3 free items in total, PLUS you'll get $50 hostess dollars to spend on any current product. 

There'll be a little surprise gift along the way too.  Ordering dates for this club are Jan 30th, Feb 20th and March 20th. 

You can order online using the hostess code I send you and your order will come straight to your place.  So easy.

(If you're local, you can phone or email your order through if you'd prefer and pick it up from my place.)

Register now to get started and I'll send you through all the details on how to order.  (Phone 0417 377 057 or email  

I'll post you the catalogues and Saleabration brochure and you can grab a cuppa and start picking out your freebies.  What to choose, what to choose!

Sue's 6 Month Stampin' Up Product Clubs

For those that like to plan ahead, later this year I'll have my regular 6 month $50 per month product clubs running once more.  They were very popular in 2013. 

I'll have one running from April to September and another one running from July to December (with our new big catalogue.) 

Spend $50 a month on fabulous craft products for the 6 months of the club and one of the months you'll get to choose at least $50 of free products. 

Register now for one of these clubs if you'd like to save a place.  It is a great way to spread out your purchases and earn some free products along the way.

Cheers,  Sue

Notecard Creations: Happy Congratulations

I've got a quick little Stampin' Up sneak peek for you today using one of the new stamp sets in our forthcoming Occasions Catalogue - Happy Congratulations stamp set. 


January has been my month for quick and simple creating and I've been loving using the Notecards and Envelopes packs. You can find them on page 162 of the main catalogue.  $9.95 for a pack of 20.  They're a lovely size and great value. 

Do you get stuck for colour combinations?  I've been using my Colour Coach lately while my brain has been on holiday!  Handy for quick colour suggestions.  Today's combo is Real Red, Tangerine Tango and Tempting Turquoise.


I've got catalogues here ready to post, along with our Saleabration brochure with this year's freebies to select from with a $90 purchase.  Saleabration and the new Seasonal catalogue both kick off on January 28th.  Get in touch if you'd like me to pop a copy in the post for you. 

Cheers, Sue

Project Life Style Scrapbooking With MDS

Hot, hot, hot in this neck of the woods.  I'm parked in front of the fan today with my laptop doing some MDS creating.  January usually means a sudden urge to scrapbook for me.  What about you?  

I have decided to have a go at a digital scrapbook this year to record a few 2014 family snippets - project life style.  I'm using MDS and will get it printed into a book at the end of the year.  Here's my start. 


I've popped the black border on so it doesn't blend into the blog background but the actual page has just a large white border to the edge of the page.  Want to keep it pretty clean and simple. 

To begin I just selected Photobooks, 12 x 12, then the Photo Only option.  I selected the rounded corner option and just picked the one page I was after, and removed the rest.  I'm saving each page as a separate JPEG file and can just sit down at the end of the year and drop them all into a photobook.  In previous years I've printed individual photos and slipped them into pocket page style plastics with some journalling cards - but they take up so much space.  Trying digital this year and we'll see how we go.  Which reminds me - good time for a mental health announcement .....


I've made use of the blur button on my photo software to blur a few faces of family and friends and some details ready for blog sharing.  So don't adjust your glasses - ha ha.


I really liked some of the elements in the Love This MDS Class Kit so I bought that one.  The video class was terrific. I picked up a few new tips on working with MDS while I was watching it, and now I have all the stamps and elements to use in my projects. 

Here's some of the things in the Love This MDS Class Kit.

Love This Class

Love This Class 2

Like it?  You can get the Love This Kit here:  MDS Class Love This

I hope to be back over the year with some more layouts from my "Our 2014 Life" album.  I do often have a tendency to fizz out during the year so lots of my scrapbooks have January, February, March, August, December - ha ha.  Can you relate?   But I'm not too fussed.  Whatever I get done is a little snippet that would otherwise have been relegated to my very unreliable memory.  I'm happy with whatever I get done.  What's that quote?  Don't let the perfect get in the way of the pretty good.  Something like that. 

Happy scrapbooking if you're a picture and story recorder and hope you are staying cool if you're in the heatwave areas of the country. 

Cheers, Sue

PS.  New catalogue time and Saleabration 2014 is JUST around the corner.  I've got free copies here to post.  Give me a holler if you'd like one in your mail box.  Lots of snazzy things. 

One more PS.  I'm having a bit of technical difficulties with my voicemail messages and have somehow managed to delete at least 3 in the last month without hearing them.  If that's you - shoot me through a text, it seems I'm voicemail challenged!  :-)

Gift Wrapping And Ribbon Scraps

I keep my ribbon offcuts in a little bowl on my desk and they come in handy for wrapping. You can use the same idea and add a little grouping to a card. 

If you've gotten any Stampin' Up packages delivered directly you might recognise my wrapping paper too!  We never run out here. 



Retired bits and pieces there.  What are your favourite products from catalogues past?  I did love that beautiful netting ribbon - forget the name of it now. 

We'll have some brand new goodies coming very soon with our new seasonal catalogue and saleabration just round the corner!    Let me know if you'd like me to pop these catalogues in the post for you once mine arrive.  Not long now.

Happy January. 

Cheers, Sue

Stampin' Up Baby Card


This baby card started out as a little gift tag (the white bit.)  I matted it with old olive and added it to a base to welcome a gorgeous little guy into the world recently.  (Waving a hi Marco!) 


It uses some retired products.  I love the buttons.  Amazing that some of my button collection made it onto an actual card - I usually hoard them a little like whatshisname from the Hobbit.  "My Precious."  

Speaking of retiring - have a squiz through your holiday catalogue and if there's anything you'd be sorry to miss out on, you have until near the end of this month to order.   Lots (most) of this range will retire after that. 

Happy January! 

Cheers, Sue