Stampin' Up! Product Give Away

When I first started blogging way back in April 2009, I ran a give-a-way called "50-50" - AND it's time to run it again!!

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Each time a customer placed an order for $50, they chose a square on the 50-50 board - if they ordered $100, they got 2 squares, $250 they got 5 squares etc. and their name was written on that square. (If the square is already taken they select another).
When the 50 squares on the board were full, I used a random number draw to select a number from 1-50 and the person whose name was on the corresponding square on the board received a $50 stamp set (or Stampin' Up! product of their choice to the value of $50).

I am running this again now - was going to start on 1st of August, but I'm likely to be off-line for a day or two around then, so YIPPEE KY AYYYY!!!! I'm starting it today instead!

All you have to do is place an order, either by emailing me, or placing it directly in my online store - I will complete the squares on the board (let me know your favourite number!), and when the board is full, one lucky person will receive a $50 stamp set or $50 Stampin' Up! product credit to use on their next order.

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I am also going to be running a very special VIP 10 for 250 challenge - you guessed it, 10 spaces on the board, worth $250 each - when 10 spaces are filled, 1 of those 10 people will receive a $250 Stampin' Up! shopping spree. You can place your own $250 order to claim one of these squares, or gather orders from friends and as a $250 hostess you can claim a square. (These orders will only go on the $250 board, not the 50-50 board). With a $250 order (whether it's just you or combined with friends) you also automatically receive Stampin' Rewards from Stampin' Up! - what we used to call Hostess Dollars starting from $25 and increasing incrementally with the size of your order. So it's WIN-WIN!!

Can you imagine what you can with a $250 shopping spree?

Shop online right now! 

When you shop online, I receive an email with your order total and I will fill out the squares. As soon as the 50-50 board or the 10 for 250 challenge are full, I will use the random number selector to pick a winner!

(Not open to entrants from ACT or SA due to gaming restrictions in those states).

WHY AM I DOING THIS?

Every year Stampin' Up! offers an amazing all expenses paid Incentive Trip to demonstrators and their partners. We earn the trip by accruing "Flex points" (kind of like Fly Buy points) by undertaking certain activities all year, these include our product sales, recruiting new team members, leading our team, participating in Stampin' Up! run promotions.

I achieved the 2013 "Grand Vacation" and Stampin' Up! took Tony and I to Utah for the most amazing holiday! We loved every minute. This year, the trip on offer is an Alaskan Cruise, and I am working so hard to try to achieve it. I'm getting closer by the day, and am miles ahead of where I was this time last year. I would dearly love to achieve this trip, and every single order you place counts. That's why I want to reward you in return!

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Making Merry Monday#8

Hey there!

Can you believe its Monday again?

And its almost over! Just sneaking in a really quick Making Merry Monday.

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Our lovely Stamp Club ladies got to create a couple of Z-fold cards last week to compliment the other Be Merry Christmas Cards I had finished earlier.

They made an awesome display at our casual kiosk on Friday.

I'll be putting together some Christmas card stamp-a-stacks for coming weeks.

Let me know which weekday you can attend.

 


Cardmaking ideas for kids - #GDP095

As a member of Stampin' Up!'s Global Events Council team, I was delighted to get to play with prior and demonstrate the gorgeous Birthday Memories Suite of products at our demonstrator training day "On Stage" in April. Since then I have taught several classes using these super cute products, and they never fail to give gorgeous results!

Recently, I needed to do a really basic beginners class, and I switched to the Birthday Memories Suite again because it is so versatile for really easy kids card making ideas and projects.

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These super simple and very economical cards are simple variations of the cards I showcased at On Stage, and my demonstrator friends will agree when I say how perfect these are to show to someone who is seeing card making, rubber stamping and papercraft for the first time.

Anyone can give these a go and create a fun card!

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I don't often have time to participate in online cardmaking challenges, so I was very stoked to realise that my recent card class fitted right in with this week's Global Design Project theme #GDP095 - kids! Thanks Kylie and crew! It's so nice to share the love of our amazing Stampin' Up! products, and be inspired by the talented members of the GDP team and other participants.

If you haven't got your hands on these gorgeous products yet, click on any of the icons below to order today.

 

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Got any questions? Contact me!

Kathryn Ruddick

0418 361 931

kathryn@katlodesigns.com

 

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New Stampin' Up! Favourites

ESAD Favourites July 2017

Time to share some more love from the Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue. It's just over a month old now, and my Stampin' Up! demonstrator friends on the Facebook Group ESAD are loving it! So tonight we are sharing the love with you!

You may have arrived here from the blog of Maree McIntosh, or you may be starting here, either way, welcome!

I've chosen to work on some Christmas in July projects - it always seems that way as the new catalogue always starts just when I am about to start planning those fun wintertime events, so I was very pleased to see the gorgeous new product suite, BE MERRY in the catalogue.

Be Merry Stampin' Up!

 Before I go ahead and show you my projects, just in case you are wondering what ESAD is . . . 

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I loved having a play with the Merry Mistletoe Stamp Set and the Be Merry Designer Series Paper and to get myself started, I decided to CASE one of the cards on page 112 of the catalogue. You can see I changed it a little, leaving out the vellum layer but schoozing up the banner label.

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Creating this card left me with two leftover strips of the DSP which loaned themselves beautifully to a simple white on white card, with a jazzy label. I've used the very yummy new Dynamic Embossing Folder "Ruffled" on the top white layer - but unfortunately in our blue grey winter daylight it's a bit hard to capture in a photo!

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 This got my mojo really happening and I started playing around with another half a dozen fun simple cards using the stamps and Designer Series Paper. None of these are stuck down yet, I want to incorporate the Boxwood Wreaths and the Cherry Cobbler Stitched Ribbon, but you can see the track I am taking - and I just have to say, I am SO loving the traditional Christmas colours!

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I can't wait to finish them off, but in the meantime, please leave some comment love in the comments section and then you could continue on the blog hop to the blog of Rosalie Desmond by clicking on the next arrow.

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If you get lost on the blog hop, please come back to this list and find your way again! Have fun! xx

Blog hop participants:

  1. Josie Dean
  2. Nicole Wilson
  3. Carolina Evans
  4. Kim Oliver
  5. Sandra Mastello
  6. Lou Kitzelman
  7. Kelly Kent
  8. Cheryl Algie
  9. Rebecca Scurr
  10. Sharon Dalton
  11. Leonie Schroder
  12. Monique Fielder
  13. Courtenay Heuston
  14. Terri Hawke
  15. Barbara Williams
  16. Kristel Rimmer
  17. Maree McIntosh
  18. Kathryn Ruddick
  19. Rosalie Desmond
  20. Linda Whalley
  21. Amity Knight
  22. Peta Stephen
  23. Megan Lenske
  24. Richelle Fletcher
  25. Carly Middleton

 


Making Merry Monday #7

I have been starting to think about the projects for Christmas in July!

I love that so many of last year's popular Holiday Catalogue stamp sets have carried over so we can still buy them! Including : Hang Your Stocking Stamp Set and the Christmas Stocking Framelits.

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I am really looking forward to having a play with these - the old Christmas stocking stamp set and punch were so popular, and these are even prettier!

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Did you buy this stamp set last year? What did you make with it?
I will be back soon with some sneak peeks of my Hang Your Stocking Stamp-a-stack for Christmas in July! Look out for it.


Ribbon Shares

We love the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue so much and we love getting a taste of the new products by way of a ribbon share!

That way we get a good size sample of some of the new ribbons and embellishments, without having to buy (or store) full rolls.

Come down to visit me at the kiosk at Chirnside Park Shopping Centre tomorrow to learn about the gorgeous Stitched Ribbon and In Colour Bows product share.

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There are 4 (Four) colours in this lovely ribbon, and 5 (five) colours in the bows.

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And you can have a sample of each at a fraction of the cost of purchasing the whole lot.  Email me to ask about it today, or like I said, pop in to the kiosk at Chirny tomorrow and see in real life what you can get in the share.  Hope to see you there!


Making Merry Monday #6

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I just love how many Christmas products there are in the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue - a good mix of cute new ones, but also, delightfully, a lot of last year's favourites carried over, which means we get to enjoy them for longer! This makes me happy!

And, I have all sorts of ideas for Christmas in July swirling around in my head!

This year there is a return to traditional red and green. I know a few people who will be very happy with that, and to celebrate, I am offering product shares of the beautiful traditional papers, ribbon and embellishments on pages 112 & 113 of the catalogue - from the BE MERRY SUITE.

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I will be using all of these products during my Christmas in July events, so you will get lots of inspiration, and if you order a bundle now, you will have your own stamp set to use at the events.

There are several options for these product shares. 

First Option, there's the I Want It All Bundle which consists of full packs of all the products in the product suite:

Your order will include:

Merry Mistletoe Stamp set, in either woodmount $47 or clear mount $33
Be Merry Designer Series Paper 12 sheets, 12"x 12"  $19.25, Boxwood Wreaths x 12 $10.50, Be Merry A4 Cardstock Pack - 24 sheets, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green & Thick Whisper White $14.00,  Metallic Enamel Shapes 100 pieces in silver and gold, $12.25, Cherry Cobbler Double Stitched 1/4" ribbon $12.25
Total bundle Woodmount $115.25 + postage or Clear Mount $101.25 + postage

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Second Option - Half share
Your order will include the Merry Mistletoe Stamp set in either Woodmount $47 or Clearmount $33

And half share of all other products in the suite:   Be Merry Designer Series Paper (6 full sheets) $9.65, Boxwood Wreaths x 6 $5.25, Be Merry A4 Cardstock x 12 sheets $7.00, Metallic Enamel shapes x 50 $6.15, Cherry Cobbler Double Stitched Ribbon x 1/2 roll (4.55m) $6.15
Total : Woodmount $81.20 + postage or Clear mount $67.20 + postage

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Third option - 1/4 share
Your order will include the Merry Mistletoe Stamp set in either Woodmount $47 or Clearmount $33

And a one quarter share of all other products in the suite : Be Merry Designer Series Paper (6 sheets, 12"x 6") $4.85, Boxwood Wreaths x 3 $2.65, Be Merry A4 Cardstock x 6 sheets $3.50, Metallic Enamel shapes x 25 $3.10, Cherry Cobbler Double Stitched Ribbon x 1/4 roll (2.25cm) $3.10
Total : Woodmount $64.20 + post or Clearmount $50.20+ post.

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I just love the quirky stamp set images and the gorgeous traditional colours of this product suite, teamed with such awesome embellishments. I can't wait to start showing you some project inspiration at my Christmas in July events. If you want to start getting prepared, you can order Option 1 - The I Want It All Option by clicking here and ordering online.

If you would like to order one of the half or quarter share bundles, phone or email me with your order as I will have to divide up the paper, ribbon and embellishments for you. Payment accepted via cash drop off, Direct Debit or Credit Card.

NOTE: If you don't live locally to me, there may also be a postage cost from my place to your's after I cut and sort the shares. This is normally $8.50 in a red satchel but with the stamp set, may be extra and will need to be weighed and cost confirmed at time of posting.

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Kelly's Friends

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I'm delighted this evening to share a happy, happy blog hop with lots of stamping friends, brought together by our inspiring creative friend Kelly Kent from WA, who celebrated her 5th Stampin' Anniversary in May and wanted to send around some cheer and brightness to celebrate.

It's so nice to just create some really cheerful bright cards to counter this grey, murky Melbourne weather. I have a favourite stamp set for making bright cheery cards, it's a Go To stamp set for me and I'm so glad it is carrying over into our new Annual Catalogue!

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Did you guess it is Flower Shop Stamp Set and the matching Pansy Punch?

Ive teamed it with greetings from Best Birds stamp set, Birthday Blooms stamp set and Suite Sayings. And a background stamp from Best Birds and my favourite leaf stamp from Kinda Eclectic, which is sadly retiring with the old catalogue and won't be available to purchase after today 😥

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And I've loved using a mix of old and new colours. Did you notice on the 1st card I've used Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive and Calypso Coral, and on the second card I've used the new Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide and Berry Burst.

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The highlights on the first and third black and white cards are Lemon Lime Twist, and the second card features Berry Burst.

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These three cheery cards feature some favourite bright colours - Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Dapper Denim, and I pulled some rather old Washi Tape out of my collection to try to use up.

Then I pulled an old favourite layout out - this is one I use in EVERY beginner stamping class, because it's so easy but so wow factor, and again mixed old with new colours.

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I really love how many different looks you can achieve with the Flower Shop stamp set and Pansy Punch!

Next you are off to Valerie's Blog - click on the "Next" picture to see it! Enjoy the blog hop!

 

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In case there is a broken link, you can come back to this list :

  1. Kelly Kent - http://mypapercraftjourney.com/2017/05/31/stamping-with-friends-celebrating-5-years-part-two/
  2. Billie Moan - http://ramblingrosestudio.com/kellys-stamping-friends-2/
  3. Rochelle Blok - http://rochelleblok.blogspot.com/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop.html
  4. Kayla Renee MacAulay - http://www.stampinwithkayla.com/2017/05/tickled-pink-for-you-kellys-stamping.html
  5. Jacqui Crouch - http://crouchingdoggraphics.com.au/2017/05/31/celebrating-kellys-5-years-of-stampinup
  6. Tina Gillespie http://scissorspapercard.blogspot.com/2017/05/kellys-happy-blog-hop.html
  7. Kathryn Ruddick http://www.katlodesigns.com/stamping_with_kathryn_low/2017/05/kellys-friends.html
  8. Valerie Moody - http://www.stampingwithval.com/2017/05/31/happy-anniversary-kelly/
  9. Jo Weedon- http://joweedon.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/happy-5th-birthday-kelly.html
  10. Danielle Bennenk http://wp.me/p7kGAo-Dc
  11. Nikki Spencer http://nikkispencer-mysandbox.blogspot.com/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop.html
  12. Sylvia Verhulst-Batenburg http://mijnfreubelhoekie.nl/2017/05/31/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop/
  13. Richelle Fletcher - https://stampingwithrichelle.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop.html
  14. Chloe Evans - http://chloscraftcloset.blogspot.com/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop-happy.html
  15. Rachael Lewsley - http://www.mystampinhaven.com.au/kellys-stampin-friends-blog-hop/
  16. Lou Kitzelman - http://withabowontopbylou.blogspot.com/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop.html
  17. Courtenay Heuston - http://bagsthatone.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/kellys-stampin-friends-blog-hop.html
  18. Denita Wright-Smee - http://denitawright.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop.html
  19. Christine Blain: http://christineblain.blogspot.com/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop.html
  20. Martha Groeger: https://www.cookiescraftco.de/2017/06/01/kelly-s-stamping-friends-blog-hop-celebrating-5-years/
  21. Patrice Easton: http://springblossommusings.blogspot.com/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop.html
  22. Sandra Collett: http://sanzstamps.blogspot.com/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop.html
  23.  Cheryl O'Bree - http://nyobre.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/stampin-friends-blog-hop.html

Making Merry Monday #5

Hey there!

How are you going? If you are like me in Melbourne today, you are probably rugged up inside with the heating cranked up, two jackets and a beanie on, as well as thick socks and slippers, and I'm still freezing!!

Terrific weather for stamping - if you can get your frozen fingers to work!

I have had a busy month or so in the lead up to our Stamping Retreat last weekend, so I'm pleased to be finally back with another Making Merry Monday post.

This past week or so, a customer has been asking me all about the Envelope Punch Board. It's a great tool, and you don't just make envelopes with it!

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Apart from making SIXTY SIX different size envelopes, did you know you could also make Christmas Bon Bons with the Envelope Punch Board?

You can make them in various different sizes, and we always have some on display at our Christmas in July events that are coming up soon. If the bon bon in this photo looks familiar to you - I made this one in December 2013 when I was in Tasmania with my sister after a tragic accident took the life of her partner. The funeral was only a few days before Christmas, and we took some time out to make some thank you cards for the well-wishers, and I was asked to show them how to make the bon bon.

Did you notice the matching card has the punched out pieces (the leftover scraps) from the envelope punch board, arranged as Christmas baubles? So clever!

That year we also used the Envelope Punch Board to create cute little snow-men gifts / placeholders.

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See how the indent punch from the punch board shapes the snowman's neck as well as the hat? And the leftover pieces have become his big happy smile.

These hold one Ferrero Rocher each - a very cute treat to decorate your Christmas in July table!

I'm so pleased after all these years that Stampin' Up! still has the Envelope Punch Board in their range and carrying over into the new annual catalogue.

BUT . . . did you know . . .

We also have two other punch boards and one of those is retiring and won't be available after Wednesday when the current catalogue finishes.

Gift Box Punch Board

That's right, the Gift Box Punch Board, which makes boxes up to 4" square will no longer be available after this Wednesday, 31st May.

You can see it, plus all the other retiring products in my online store here.

We are really coming to the end of a great annual catalogue now - just a couple more days to go and some of my favourite stamping items will no longer be available. If you have been sitting on the fence holding off from buying something that's retiring, please don't be the person to email me on Thursday and ask me if you can order one of these or one of those? Or a Gift Box Punch Board. If they are not sold out before, their item code will be switched off at midnight on Wednesday and they will be gone forever.

Check the retiring list here to make sure you don't miss any favourites.

I'll be back with a reminder on Wednesday for those who are happy to order online.


Weekend Craft Retreat

Adekate Lodge

Our weekend stamping retreats are so relaxing, fun and inspiring! This one coming up is extra special because of the timing of the brand new Stampin' Up! Annual catalogue.

Be among the first in Australia to receive your hard copy of the catalogue, play with new products and receive new goodies in your retreat welcome pack.

The retreats at Adekate are very well catered for - you definitely won't go hungry!! If you have dietary requirements, please let us know, we will try to work with you!

Rooms are cosy and clean with heating. You can opt to share a room with friends (tee up 2-3 of you to come together), or get to know new people. There is the option of a single room if you really don't wish to share.

Time is running out to sign up, as Michelle and I need to be able to plan to order the new products and goodies for you, on the demonstrator pre-order which starts Tuesday week. So we need your firm commitment today and deposit of $100 by the end of the day on Anzac Day (next Tuesday).

Read more here.

Or jump on the Facebook event and click "Going" so we can get in touch!