Saturday 11 July 2015

A smile is your best curve!

Laughing is good for the soul, contagious and feels wonderful. 
We don't laugh enough and it's often hard to capture it on film but I was blessed when my eldest daughter laughed so hard and I got great photos to scrap of this beautiful memory. 
The background to this page started after a long drive on Cristmas day 2014 to visit relatives. The kids jammed in the back of our car for said long drive when they would have rather been playing with new toys, watching new DVDs or just plain wishing they were not in a car listening to my choice of music. 
Eilish smiles but is usually reluctant to flash her braces because apparently it's just not cool! They cost me a lot of money I'd be happy for her to show everyone them! 
Her uncle - my brother in law said something funny as he does and I just happened to be in the right place with my camera ready.
These photos are precious and I say to all 3 of my little ladies that everyday your smile is the best thing you can put on your face. I hope this page makes you smile on what is a wonderful day.

I have used Stampin' Up! products only on this page - I wanted the photos to be the focus.
The black stripe is from the Neutrals DSP stack, the new Layered Letters Alphabet stamp set (yes I fussy cut those) the colour ink -Watermelon Wonder and the coordination new lace trim that I love.
The script is one off my computer and I just printed it on our Whisper White Cardstock because it prints on, stamps on and in general is such lovely quality card. 

Sunday 5 July 2015

Bundle & Save 2015-16 New Catalogue ESAD Blog Hop

Thank You for joining me if you joined me from Ria's Blog or you are starting here welcome. Foloow the hop to be inspired by myself and the other 19 Australian and New Zealand Stampin' Up! Demonstrators.
A New catalogue always brings new goodies that's what we expect - it was a great and welcome surprise to see all the new Bundle & Save options.
What is better than getting fabulous new Stampin' Up products?
2 Coordinating fabulous products bundled together and a 15% discount applied!
You will also be happy to find out that there is now 58 Bundle and Save options (wood and clear counted separately) covering Stamps and Punch bundles, Stamps and Framelits bundles, tools and even Project Life bundles. I am going to showcase a couple of my favorites but to see more head on over to the store there is even a direct link to all the bundle options in the quick find section on the right side.

So lets take a look at the Homemade for You Bundle - available in both wood (140212 - $82.25) and clear (140213 - $72.25). This is a stamp and Thinlit bundle

Side view 

We all love butterflies and I was so happy to see this set move into the new Annual Catalogue.
Butterfly Basics Stamp set and Thinlit Bundle is offered in all 3 of our stamp styles, wood (139322 - $105.25), clear (139323 - $88.25) and photoploymer (138865 - $70.50)

Just starting out then this bundle is for you. Petite Petals and Petite Petals punch available in both wood (140256 - $41.50) and clear (140257 - $36.50) 

Another favourite of mine Be The star stamp set and Star Framelits Bundle also available in both wood (140250 - $80.75) and clear (140251 - $68.75).
This is one versatile stamp set as stars can carry across a variety of card giving occasions. Check out Pinterest with this set and be inspired - birthdays, Christmas, baby and just because are all covered.

Don't forget if you are purchasing Clear or Photopolymer stamps you will need clear blocks. These are also have a Bundle and Save option.
Clear Block starter Bundle (blocks C,D,H) 129851 - $34.00
Clear Block Bundle (A-I) 118419 - $113.75

Starting out Check out the Pad and Card Kit available in both sets of In Colors. You get 20 sheets of Cardstock - 4 each of the 5 colours and 5 Classic Stampin pads one of each colour for $58.00.

Friday 3 July 2015

School holiday fun down South

Week one of the school holls are done and dusted with this evening and we have already jammed some fun stuff into the kids break.
We started early with a break away from home visiting a much loved friend down South.
Here are some pictures of our adventure.

Let me tell you it was freezing in Kangaroo Valley the day we went over Berry Mountain for a visit.  2 Hours south of Sydney this is a hidden treasure - more information about accommodation and things to do can be found here - Tourism Information
 Although they had jumpers and beanies on - 2 of these kiddies had bare legs - madness but apparently they were not cold!
 A stop in at the Pioneer Museum  had the kids learning stuff . The museum had talking history spots and visual displays from the pioneer days of the area. The kids got to do and activity sheet with the incentive of a reward at the end.

We visited a Dairy, Forge, School House, Settlers cottage, a Museum and war remembrance room.
 They even helped each other with the quiz!
 A highlight of the visit was this big swing bridge - it was the entrance to the bush walks. The kids (including my big husband one) had a ball bouncing their way over this, my friend was not so keen.

Ahh the school room - those desks were a bit of a tight squeeze.

 The sun dial had the correct time - I was not surprised but the kids sure were and they read it easier than they do their clocks - might need to work on that!

At the end of the tour and quiz the kids got to 'bundy' off and received postcards and information booklets about their visit.

 The view from the new Telecom tower vantage point.