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