Friday, May 25, 2012

Sympathy Card

I had to make a sympathy card this week for our Pony Club to send to a family from another club. Of course I had to include horses as they have been a major part of this lady's life. I used a retired set and was very happy with how it turned out. The verse is particularly apt: "The wind of heaven is that which blows through a horse's ear".

Vale Kim Hammond - she will be sorely missed from our zone. She was a generous lady with a big heart and always there to lend a hand when needed. Deepest sympathy to Andy and Molly.

Hug the ones you love

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Stamping Frenzy

When I do workshops and classes I always make up extra kits and as a result I have ended up with a huge box of kits. Recently some of my lovely customers, Kim, Helena, Nan, Raelee and Pam came over and the challenge was to make up some of the kits using their own designs.

I set up my stamp pad caddies and I was the runner, getting whatever stamp set they wanted to use.

It was a very productive day. Raelee was a powerhouse, making over 20 cards. She even made a card up using the scraps from everyone else's cards!

Here are some of the cards, aren't they great.

I still have heaps of kits left so we will definitely have to do it again sometime.

I hope you are finding time to do some creating of your own.

Happy stamping

Monday, May 7, 2012

May Special

Apologies for the long absence from my blog. Sometimes you just need to step back and have a break.

Now I am back with lots of exciting news from Stampin' Up!®.

There is a new promotion this month, Paper Party.

There are a couple of ways to benefit from this promotion.

Firstly, customers will get a FREE packet of Designer Series Paper (excluding the speciality papers) for every three that you buy! There are two sheets of each design in a pack so get together with a friend and split the packs between you. That is an $18.95 saving!

Secondly, if you sign up as a demonstrator between 1 May and 31 May 2012 (see details of the new special price for the starter kit a bit further on) you will get a free packet of Designer Series Paper (excluding the speciality papers) each month till the end of the year. How good is that!

Now for the best news. Stampin' Up!® has changed the starter kit. You can now get a fully customisable kit for just $160 with a value of over $235 plus a business supplies pack valued at $80. What a bargain. You can pick anything you want out of the catalogue to be in your starter kit. So if you have a big wishlist this is a great deal for you. For just $169 you get to pick $235 worth of product and Stampin' Up! pays the postage! You no longer need an ABN to sign up as a demonstrator so it has never been easier.

You don't need to be a demonstrator who does workshops and classes. You can just sign up to buy your stamping products at a great discount and be involved with a great company.

I would love you to join me. I have a team of very lovely ladies and we get together every month to have some stamping fun and support each other. If you would like some more information, just give me a call or send me an email.

I will be back tomorrow with some creations to show you.

Happy stamping

Thursday, December 1, 2011

December Frenzy - Great Specials

Good evening everyone

There is so many exciting things happening in Stampin' Up! world this month.

Today is the first day you can order from the Summer Mini Catalogue. If you don't have one, you can click HERE to view the catalogue or contact me and I will pop one in the post to you. The Summer Mini runs from 1 December 2011 to 31 March 2012 so plenty of time get everything you want.

Also, today is the start of December Frenzy. You can save up to 50% off selected products.

Just click HERE to go to the list of products. You will see that there are great savings to be had. Just give me a call or send an email to place an order.

Happy stamping

Friday, November 25, 2011

My First Christmas Card

I received my first Christmas card in the post today from my friend Kim. How organised is she!Kim designed this card herself. She had the "D is for Dog" stamp set and thought she could use the dog as if he was running away with the tinsel from the tree. It worked out really well. I had shown how to make clouds in a class a couple of weeks ago and she has used this technique as well. Well done Kim!

Here's hoping that I get my cards out before Christmas this year!

Happy stamping

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Big Shot Promotion - To Die For!

During the month of November, you can get 10% off the following pre-selected Big Shot dies:

Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslits Die Was $21.95 Now $19.75
Flower Burst Embosslits Die Was $21.95 Now $19.75
Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Was $14.95 Now $13.45
Petals-a-Plenty Testured Impressions Embossing Folder Was $14.95 Now $13.45
Elegant Lines Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Was $14.95 Now $13.45
Buttons #5 Sizzlits Die Was $9.95 Now $8.95
Pillow Box Bigz Die Was $36.95 Now $33.25
Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die Was $39.95 Now $35.95
Scallop Square Duo Bigz Die Was $39.95 Now $35.95
Mover & Shapers Punch Windows Was $54.95 Now $49.95
Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die Was $69.95 Now $62.95

Don't have a bigshot? Not a problem, you can get 10% off a Big Shot Bundle which includes the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Scallop Heart of Hearts Embosslit Die and the Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Embossing Folder for just $168.16.

Click here to see the list with catalogue page numbers and item numbers.

You can make some great savings so contact me to put in an order.

Happy stamping

Thursday, October 6, 2011

October Special

Early bird gets the worm........or the punch and stamp set!

The Stitched Stockings stamp set and coordinating Stocking Tag Punch will be in the Summer Mini Catalogue which is not yet released. So that you can get a start on your Christmas cards and tags, you can purchase the stamp set and punch during the month of October or earn them for FREE by hosting a workshop with sales of $450. That is a saving of over $90!!!

The stamp set is $58.39 for wood mount, $42.95 for clear mount and the punch is $33.95. Contact me to put an order in or book a workshop to get them for free!

Happy stamping


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Beautiful Season

Yes, spring is a beautiful season but it is also the name of one of the stamp sets out of the new catalogue. Here is one of the cards I made for my catalogue launch.
Stamp Sets: Beautiful Season
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper white
Inks: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Riding Hood Red, Stazon
Accessories: Scallop Trim Corner Punch, Aquabrush

It has been a lovely weekend here in the nation's capital so I hope you have all enjoyed the lovely spring weather.

Happy Stamping

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The new Idea Book and Catalogue is here!

Well it has been a while but what an exciting time to be back with the new Idea Book and Catalogue just released. You can click on the new catalogue on the right to have a look at all the new and exciting products. If you would like a catalogue of your own, you can have one for $10 plus postage, just email me.

Now if your wish list is longer than your arm, then there is a special deal this month just for you. For September only you can purchase a Mini Starter Kit which is valued at over $310 for just $169.

If you would prefer the full starter kit, valued at over $610, it is 20% off this month and is just $231.20.

Most of the products in the kits can be substituted for other products to the same value. No shipping is payable so it is very good value.

You no longer need an ABN, so it is the best time to sign up. You can join just to get a great discount on your purchases or you earn extra money for your family. It is totally up to you.

I would love you to join my team. I have a lovely group of ladies in my team and we get together each month and have lots of fun. Let me know if you are interested and I would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Here is a card I made using a new stamp set, Creative Elements. You may think the flower has been layered up a few times but it is a single layer. The stamp has white edges around the petals which gives the illusion that they have been mounted up. Isn't it great!

Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Early Expresso, Whisper White

Inks: Rich Razzleberry, Early Expresso

Stamp Sets: Creative Elements, retired greeting

Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, Rich Razzleberry Satin Ribbon, Rhinestones

Happy stamping


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Last chance - Gift with Purchase & Autumn Mini Catalogue

Only a few more days to take advantage of the Gift with purchase and get the roll of ribbon and buttons that I have used in this card. The scanner didn't do it justice but the card is Melon Mambo with Pacific Point and Daffodil Delight. The vase of flowers is a sneak peek of a stamp set from the new Idea Book and Catalogue which comes out on 1 September. This set is made to use with buttons, I know you will love it. If you are wondering how I did the mounting of the greeting, I used Decorative Label Extra Large Punch. I stamped the greeting and punched it out and then I punched two more labels out of Pacific Point and Daffodil Delight. You then cut them in half and cut the points of both sides of the cut edges. Then you put some adhesive on the top and bottom of the greeting label and stick it to the cut halves one by one. I will do some photos of these steps on the weekend and post it for you.

The second card is made using the Make a Monster set from the Idea Book and Catalogue. This is a great set for children's cards as there are lots of different, eyes, mouths and other bits to make any sort of monster you like. I have also used the Pompom Trim from the Autumn Winter Mini Catalogue. To adhere it to the card I have used the Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets. Just peel back the top layer and press down your Pompom Trim onto the sticky side. Press down firmly and then peel up and put on to your card. How easy is that! The adhesive sheets comes in a pack of 12 sheets (30.5 x 30.5cm) so are good value at $29.95.

I have used Pumpkin Pie for the card, then Baja Breeze, Whisper White with a strip of Greenhouse Gala designer series paper. The monsters have been coloured using an aqua brush and the lids of the stamp pads. The greeting is from the Curly Cute set, another favourite.

The Autumn Winter Mini Catalogue ends on 31 July 2011, the same time as the Gift with Purchase promotion. So if you put in an order of $100 before the end of the month, you will get the ribbon and buttons for free! Just email me if you want to put an order in.

I hope you have all been keeping warm and finding time to do some stamping.



Saturday, July 9, 2011

Free Gift with Purchase!

Who doesn't like something for FREE? Stampin' Up! has generously offered a free exclusive gift when you spend $100 on your choice of Stampin' Up! products between 1 - 31 July 2011.

The bundle includes:

  • White 1/4" (.63 cm) grosgrain ribbon with repeating flower designs. Approximately 13.7m.

  • 48 flower buttons. Sixteen each in 3 colours (Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Pacific Point). Approximately 1.27 cm.

If you can't manage a $100 purchase yourself, why not go in with a friend and share the bundle.

Contact me to place an order.



Welcome Back

Well I am finally back to blogging again. My husband and I took 3 months leave, hitched up the caravan and headed to Western Australia. WA is the only state we haven't been to so we were very excited to finally be going there. We had the best time, so many highlights, particularly Coral Bay, Karajini National Park, the Bungle Bungles and so much more. We did over 18,000 kilometres so managed to see lots of this wonderful state.

Here are a couple of cards that I have used in my classes. I try to make one male card each class as I know this can be a challenge for some people.
This card uses the single stamp "Sail Away" from the Autumn Winter Mini Catalogue and the cardstock is Not Quite Navy with Crumb Cake which has been embossed with the Lattice embossing folder. The image is stamped in Stazon on Very Vanilla cardstock and has been coloured using a blender pen. Some hemp twine has been knotted and put under the label.

This is another single stamp from the mini catalogue - "Motorcycle". The base cardstock is Basic Grey and some patterned paper from Blueberry Crisp has been added. I like how the patterned paper looks a bit like tyre tracks. A piece of 1.6cm grosgrain ribbon has also been added. The motorcycle was stamped in Stazon on Very Vanilla cardstock and coloured with Night of Navy and Basic Black and then I went over the chrome bits on the bike with Platinum Shimmer Paint using a small paint brush and the painted bits with Frost White. This is then mounted on Sahara Sand and Night of Navy cardstock. The greeting has been stamped on Sahara Sand cardstock and cut out with the Modern Label Punch and I cut a second label out of Night of Navy, cut it in half and then stuck each piece behind the greeting label to look as if it is on a larger punch. A great way to get an extra use out of your punches.

I hope you like the cards.

Happy stamping

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Blog Hiatus

I won't be updating this blog for a while as I am on holidays for 3 months.

Will be back on air in June 2011.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sale-A-Bration is Here!

Sale-A-Bration starts today. You can earn one of four exclusive FREE sets for one of the following:
  • Spend $100 on product and get one free set (you get a free set for every $100 you spend)
  • Host a workshop with sales of $600 or more and get one free set
  • Sign up as a demonstrator and get one free set.

To check out the fabulous free sets, just click on the Sale-A-Bration catalogue on the right hand side.

Please contact me if you would like to place an order, book a workshop or would like more information on becoming a demonstrator.

Happy stamping


Stamp Camp

Good morning

I am holding a Perfect Punches Stamp Camp on Sunday, 13 February 2011 from 2pm. Cost is $50 and you will receive the Perfect Punches Stamp Set (Page 93 of the catalogue). You will make 3 cards and a 3D item. Stampin' Up! will donate $2 from every stamp set to the Flood Appeal.

Would love to see you there. As places are limited, a deposit of $30 is required with registraton.

Just email me to reserve your spot.

Happy stamping

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sweetheart Promotion

Just popped in to let you know about a current promotion with Stampin' Up! You can get a FREE pack of Heart Treat Cups ($6.50 value) when you purchase the Sweetheart Stamp Set or Full Heart Punch. You can read all about it HERE.

The promotion ends on 24 January so contact me to place an order. ($2 from the price of the wood mount set will be donated by Stampin' Up! to the flood appeal).

Here is a calendar that we made at my Christmas workshop. It has a magnet on the back so it can be kept on the fridge.

Cardstock: Soft Suede, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Elegant Soiree Designer Series Paper

Ink: Baja Breeze

Stamp Set: Vintage Vogue

Other: Rhinestone, Ribbon and Mini Calendar

Happy Stamping


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I'm Back!

I can't believe how long it is since I have blogged. I hope to be more active on my blog this year.

I hope you had a lovely Christmas as I did and I wish you all a happy, healthy and creative new year.

As a former Queenslander and with family in Toowoomba and Killarney, my heart goes out to everyone who has been affected by the floods. The devastation and loss of lives was unbelievable. My thoughts are also with those affected in other states as well. It was so uplifting to see the massive volunteer turnout to help with the clean up. It makes me proud to be an Aussie!

As in the bushfires, Stampin' Up! is now supporting the flood relief and will donate $2 of the retail value of sales from any stamp set (with a retail value of $30 or more) sold from 15 January through 15 February to the State Emergency Services. If there is a stamp set that you were thinking of getting, then now is the time do so and support the flood relief. I will also be having a fundraising event and will provide details in the next day or two.

Here is a card I made for a challengeon an internet group - Stampin Up In Oz. This is an Australian only group for anyone that loves creating with Stampin' Up products and would like to share their latest creations, techniques and patterns with others. Contact me if you would like more information on how to join.

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Real Red, Whisper White
Inks: Crumb Cake, Real Red
Stamp Set: Simply Said, greeting from Always.
Ribbon: Red Gingham (retired)

Happy stamping


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

July Secret Sister Gifts

Good afternoon

Here is a picture of the July Secret Sister gifts that I received. Aren't they amazing! I had suspicions that my Secret Sister might have been in WA but the stamp on this lot said NSW so I am really stumped. I am sure she is a perfectionist though because all of the items she has sent me have been expertly crafted.

Inside the bags were some gifts, the butterfly stamp 'All a Flutter' the Thank You Emobsslit die and a pack of sugar free lollies. I thought the lollies were so thoughtful as I am a diabetic and shouldn't have too much sugar. How spoilt am I?

To all those who have ordered from the Last Chance List (see earlier post) the postage is taking a little longer as SU has been inundated with orders. Please be patient, they will come. Also, some items have already sold out so if you are thinking about putting an order in, don't delay.

Happy stamping

Monday, August 2, 2010

Secret Sister Gifts

Yesterday I showed you some secret sister gifts that I had made for my secret sister. Today I am going to show you what I received in June from my secret sister.

The card is in Not Quite Navy cardstock and the patterned paper is from the Urban Garden designer series paper. The flowers are from the Vintage Vogue stamp set and have been stamped in Not Quite Navy and Baja Breeze. The centre of the flower and the embellishments are the clear rhinestone brads. The leaves are the branch from the 2 step bird punch. The flower and leaves sit on cut down top note dies in Not Quite Navy and Whisper White. The box is made from the same but with the full top note dies. The box is held shut by some great magnets. Inside the box was a packet of Soho Hardware and the small heart punch. How spoilt am I? Both items are perfectly executed and I was so pleased to receive them. I won't find out who my secret sister is until the end of August. Not sure I can wait that long.

Tomorrow I will show you what I received today for my July gifts.

Don't forget to check out the Last Chance List and order anything that you want before they retire. The cardstock will be increasing in price in the next catalogue so you may want to stock up this month.

rubber hugs


Gift Voucher

A lot of my customers like to give Stampin' Up! gift vouchers which I design individually for each customer. Here is one that I designed for a friend.

It opens up with the voucher inside. I have used Soft Suede cardstock and ribbon, Very Vanilla cardstock with an eyelet border edge and have used the Very Vintage wheel over the Soft Suede. The flower is made using six scallop circles which are alternate Soft Suede cardstock and DSP. The scallops were scrunched and then opened up and put together with a rhinestone brad.

The gift vouchers can be for any amount and there is no extra charge for the voucher. It is a great idea when you are not sure what the person has or their likes/dislikes. If you have an occasion where you could use a gift voucher just let me know.

Happy stamping


Sunday, August 1, 2010

2 Step Bird Punch

Here is a card made using the 2 Step Bird Punch. This is such a versatile punch and I have used it in many ways. I got this idea from Valita from Valita's Designs and Fresh Folds. You can see her card here. I love how Valita has changed the bird to become a bird family.



Last Chance List (retiring list)

We know we are very close to the new catalogue when the Last Chance List of retiring products is released.

You can view the Last Chance List here. The list is 8 pages long but it doesn't mean that all the items listed are going for good. For example, the punches in the new catalogue will be the new flat format, the makers, water colour crayons, stampin spots and paper packs will be the new colour families. You can get some good savings as some of the items are up to 50% off. Items are on sale from today until 31 August 2010 or WHILE STOCKS LAST! Just email me if you would like to place an order.

To celebrate the new catalogue I will be having a catalogue launch with my downline Fiona on Saturday 4 September. More details to follow closer to the date. You will be able to see the new catalogue and do some make and takes using the new products. There will also be a sale of our craft products that are no longer current.

I apologise for my lack of postings. I can't believe how long it has been. To make up for it I have a few creations to share with you. The first is some items I made for a Secret Sister swap for an online group that I am a part of. You get to be a secret sister for 3 months. The following is what I sent for the second month. I try to do each month to a theme and this month I used the Asian Artistry hostess stamp set. This is the first card I sent using Real Red, Sahara Sand, Whisper White and a pattern from the Sweet Slumber Specialty papers. I coloured the image using Read Red and Mellow Moss markers and finished off the card with some Real Red grosgrain ribbon.
The second picture shows the second card and gifts. I stuck to the same colour scheme and stamp set just using a different image. The small box contains a regular wheel and the larger item is a slider - just pull the ribbon at the top and out pops a large chocolate bar. I hope my Secret Sister likes them. I have to confess that I made a big booboo. When you send express post you have to sign the declaration on the front of the envelope and I forgot I was supposed to be a secret and signed my name. Unfortunately my signature is easy to read so I am probably not so secret!
The next card was done for a lady at work who asked me to make a card for a friend of hers who is a mad Adelaide Crows supporter. It took me a while to think of what I could make and then I thought a guernsey would be good. Her favourite players are No: 9 & 23 so I put one on the front and the other on the back. I thought it turned out pretty well.
That's it for now. I am in the middle of pulling out all my retiring stamp sets to make way for the new!
Happy stamping

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Convention & Special Offer

Wow, last weekend was the 2010 Stampin' Up! convention and what a fabulous time I had. Eight of my downlines and myself travelled to Sydney for the annual convention. We had a great time, except for being evacuated twice from our accommodation at Darling Harbour on Friday morning! First time was 1am and then again at 3am and we were on the 13th floor and had to walk down the stairs twice. It was such a sight to see everyone on the street in the pyjamas. Needless to say we were a tad tired during the sessions on Friday.

On Thursday night I attended the Manager's Reception which is for demonstrators titled Manager and above. Firstly we had a talk by Shelli Gardner, the CEO and Co-Owner of Stampin' Up! and then we had dessert and hot chocolate. The surprise was that the hot chocolate was served in lovely mugs that had the image from Share a Cup stamp on the mug.

When we left the reception we were presented with the mug (a nice new one, not the one we drank from) and inside the mug was the Share a Cup stamp. How generous is that! Here is a picture of our gift.

Friday and saturday was filled with demonstrations, business talks, yummy lunches and Prize Patrol. I was lucky enough to win a stamp set in Prize Patrol which is just like a lucky door prize. Two of my girls won as well. We also received two new stamp sets in our convention bag and we used them in the make and take session to make four projects. At the end of the sessions on Saturday, Shelli gave us all another free stamp set from the upcoming catalogue. I am overwhelmed by the generosity of Stampin' Up!

On the Saturday night it was the awards dinner. We walked in on a red carpet and there were lots of "papparazzi" taking our photos. The dinner was just delicious. I was lucky enough to receive an award for personal sales and you can see the lovely decorated bag below. Unfortunately I can't show you what I received as it is two stamp sets from the new Idea Book and Catalogue which comes out in September. You will just have to wait and see! I was also recognised on stage for reaching $100,000 in career sales and received a cash bonus.

We always find out at the Awards Night where the next convention will be held and for 2011 it is MELBOURNE! I am so excited to be going there. Another announcement was the destination for the 2011 Incentive Trip. Everything went quiet and then all these dancers came in and put on a peformance incorporating ladies and gents from the audience. It was so funny. We were so excited to hear that the next incentive trip is FIJI!!!!! I so want to go so will be trying very hard to qualify.

Another announcement was that from now until the end of July, there will be a 20% discount on the starter kit for new demonstrators. Usually $324, you can join now for just $259. There is well over $500 of product in the starter kit so this is a great offer. It is worth joining just to be able to go to convention! Seriously, you don't have to work the business, you can just join to satisfy your stamping addiction by purchasing your products at a discount. If you would like more information, just contact me and I will be happy to answer any question you have. I have a team of 26 and we get together monthly and I am always there to support you. Would love to hear from you if you are interested.

Well, I really need to finish unpacking so that is all for now.

Happy stamping


Saturday, March 27, 2010

Super Special

Good morning

To pass on my birthday celebrations, I am offering all my blog readers 20% discount from all items in the Idea Book and Catalogue and the Summer Mini (which ends next Wednesday).

Postage and handling of 5% of the full price will be added after the discount is taken off.

Orders must be placed by 5pm on Monday 28th March and payment can be cash, direct deposit to my account or credit card.

Contact me to place an order.

happy stamping

Friday, March 26, 2010

Welcome Ivy Grace

This is a card I made for my friend Tash and her husband who are celebrating the arrival of their beautiful daughter, Ivy Grace. The card is Pretty in Pink and I have wheeled the Nursery Letters jumbo wheel across the bottom in the same colour. Above this is a piece of Certainly Celery cardstock which has been stamped with the Polka Dot background stamp, and some So Saffron 5/8" grosgrain ribbon around it. A row of piercing is above this piece. The embellishment is the elephant from Nursery Necessities. I stamped in versamark first and then into the Certainly Celery ink pad and stamped on whisper white. I then sprinkled heat and stick powder on the image, used the heat tool to melt the powder and then sprinked Dazzling Diamonds on top. The excess was shaken off and the image heated again to set the glitter. I then cut out the image and mounted it on a So Saffron cirlce which has also been pierced. The words are from the same set and have been punched out using the Word Window Punch and the edges daubed in Certainly Celery.

I will be back tomorrow with a Goodbye Summer Mini Catalogue Special!

Happy stamping