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

Monday, March 1, 2010

Happy Birthday Ella

My friend Belinda's beautiful daughter Ella is having a birthday and wanted to make some cards at her party. These are the cards that they will be doing. Sorry for the photography on the first one, it is a little blurry. I am not the greatest photographer!
This card uses Flight of the Butterfly and some punches which are easy for the girls to use.
This adorable hippo is from the Pun Fun Stamp sets. I am sure Ella and her friends will have fun colouring this one.

This card uses the retired stamp set, Pretty Princess which again has colouring and dazzling diamonds to make it sparkle.
Happy birthday Ella and hello to her gorgeous little sister, Riley.
Happy stamping

Friday, February 26, 2010

Have a cuppa!

This is a card we made at my classes this week.
The stamp set is Sip by Sip. I have used Close to Cocoa for the base, Old Olive cardstock and ribbon and the Haiku Designer Series Paper. The coffee pot was stamped as a background in Close to Cocoa ink and the cups were stamped in Basic Brown and then coloured using a blender pen and Close to Cocoa, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie. The middle cup was stamped again, coloured and mounted up and then covered with Crystal Effects.
I look forward to seeing some of you at my workshop on Sunday.
Don't forget you have until the end of March to spend $100 and get one of four exclusive stamp sets for FREE! Contact me for details.
I hope you have some time for stamping or scrapping this weekend.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Step Cards

Good afternoon
I thought I would show you some step cards I made. All images are © Stampin' Up!®. The first one we made in my classes this week. It uses the Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper and Not Quite Navy and Very Vanilla card stock with a little bit of Kraft cardstock behind the flower.
I made this card for my friend Raelee for her 6oth birthday. She isn't keen on flowers and loves giraffes so I made her a card using the Animal Stories stamp set.
This is a side view showing you the folds.
I hope you enjoyed the cards, they are so easy to make. Email me if you want the directions.
Happy Stamping

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Eastern Blooms

It is a while since I have used the Eastern Blooms stamp set so thought I would pull it out for a card for my classes this week.

I have used the Pacific Point Patterns Designer Series Paper and ink. The scallop circle and 1 3/8" circle are both mounted up.

I am also taking names for my 300 club. All you have to do is commit to spending a minimum of $30 per month (before postage and handling) for ten months. You will be the hostess for one of the months and receive the hostess benefits - hostess stamp set and money to spend. Just email me if you would like to join the club.

Fundraiser for Haiti

On 12 January 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, leaving in its wake devastation so overwhelming that the Haitian people and their leaders can only look for help from the outside to cope. From now until 28 February 2010, $2 from every I ♥ Hearts stamp set sold will be donated by Stampin’ Up!® to the American Red Cross' Haiti Relief and Development Fund. The Red Cross is already well-established in Haiti, and this money will be used to provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need.

I am so pleased to be with a company like Stampin’ Up!® that has a heart in times of need. If you wish to purchase this stamp set, I will take my demonstrator discount off the price and sell it for $37.30 including postage and handling (normally $45.10 with postage and handling). You can include this in a $100 order (before p&H) and qualify for a FREE stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.

I have to go get ready for my class tonight so hope you have a great evening.

best wishes


Saturday, February 6, 2010


I had a lovely evening last night celebrating my friend Raelee's birthday. It was a double celebration for Raelee and her husband Geoff and it was a lovely night spent on a boat cruising around Lake Burley Griffin.

I thought I would show you a couple of cards I designed using the Sale-A-Bration set Happy Moments. You can get this set or your choice of three others when you purchase $100 in product up until 31 March 2010. If you would like to put an order in and chose a free stamp set, just phone or email me.

The first card has Cameo Coral as the card base followed by a layer of Almost Amethyst and then Whisper White. The flowers have been stamped in Black Stazon and then coloured in with Blender Pens and stamp pad lids in Cameo Coral, Almost Amethyst, So Saffron and Old Olive for the leaves and greeting. The vases are punched using the large oval and cameo coral, then put through the corrugator and both ends cut off. They are layered up with dimensionals.

This card has a base of Riding Hood Red then a layer of whiser white with the eyelet border edge and then a layer of Kiwi Kiss. The four squares were punched out of Bella Rose Designer Series Paper using the 1 1/4" punch and then the edges daubed in Riding Hood Red. The cake from the Happy Moments set has been stamped in Black Stazon on Whisper White cardstock, coloured in Pink Pirouette and Riding Hood Red and punched out with the 1 3/8" circle punch and layerd up with dimensinals on a Riding Hood Red Scallop Circle. The greeting is from Sincere Saluations.

I hope you enjoy the cards.

Happy stamping.


Friday, February 5, 2010

Back again!

Good morning all

It has been a while since my last blog but here I am. This post is for Pam, who is recovering from an operation - hope you are on the mend Pam! Get well wishes also go to James who is having his tonsils out today. I know you will be a big brave boy James, and I am so jealous that you get to eat ALL the ice-cream that you want!

I am showing you some items we have made at previous classes. The first is a mini file folder. There are lots of patterns for this about but I am using the directions from Bridget Larsen who was kind enough to give me one before Christmas. You can see Bridget's blog by clicking on her full name.

I have used Pink Pirouette cardstock and Candy Lane Designer Series Paper.

The next one is an easel card. The great thing about Easel Cards is that they fold flat for postage. In this one I have used Perfect Plum and Pale Plum cardstock and the Razzle Dazzle Stamp Set from the Summer Mini Catalogue.

Hope you are all having a great day.
Happy stamping.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Happy New Year

I hope you all had a great Christmas. I got the flu on Christmas Eve and spent the next three days in bed although I did manage to get up for Christmas Dinner. I hope the new year brings you good health and happiness with lots of time for stamping.
I haven't done much stamping as I have been busy planning my classes and workshops for this year.
The two items I have to show you are two of the items we made on my last Tuesday night class before Christmas. The first is a glass bauble. We stamped on the outside with with Staz-on, put some silver shred in the bottom and then stamped a snowflake on some acetate, rolled it up and put it inside the bauble suspended on some silver thread. It is a bit hard to see in the photo.
The second one is an origami wreath. It is made up of eight pieces of designer series paper (the one in the picture is retired) which are folded and then tucked into each other. There is no adhesive.
Although it is very easy to make, it was quite a challenge for me as I am not very good working from instructions and find it easier if someone shows me what to do. However I got there in the end.
Happy stamping