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!

 


Making Merry Monday #4

The retiring products list has thrown everyone into a spin, but there are some great Christmas sets that are carrying over from our current catalogue into the new one, and on top of that, some of the favourites from our Holiday Catalogue are reappearing too. This is so good for our advance planning!

Here's a couple of projects I did using a non-Christmas set, and just decorating them with a few bits to make them for the Festive Season.

Fox and Friends Christmas Cards (1)

The cute racoon is from Foxy Friends stamp set which will be in the new catalogue.

Fox and Friends Christmas Cards (3)

See how I have popped the "Hardwood" layer up with dimensionals to make it look like a frame and the little raccoon's head is on the inside, but his body is outside.

Fox and Friends Christmas Cards (2)

This is the inside of the card. The vine leaves are also from Foxy Friends stamp set.

I'm looking forward to seeing what new Christmas paper we get in the new catalogue but in the meantime I'll be happy to use bits and pieces like this!

Have you started yet? Comment below and let us know what you are making.

 


Easter Card and Gift Ideas

Happy Easter to You!

Hope you  have a safe and enjoyable day with your families no matter where you are and what you are doing.

In my "We Create Wednesday" class this week, we created some pretty Easter projects.

Easter projects (550x303)

We decorated the mini egg cartons by spritzing with Mint Macaron Ink Refill, and wrapping with Sweet Sugar Plum Patterns Paper from the In Colour Paper Stack.

The little bunny stamp is from the Made With Love stamp set, the gorgeous greeting stamp is from Suite Sentiments stamp set, the little lamb is from Barnyard Babies and the "eggs" are upside down balloons with the knot cut off, from the fun stamp set, Balloon Adventures.

Easter projects 1 (550x328)

Easter projects 2 (550x379)

These were all really quick, easy projects and next time Easter falls right at the end of the school holidays, projects similar to these would be great to make with the kids when you start to hear, "Mum, I'm bored!"

Have an awesome day and stay safe!


Stampin' Up! On Stage Sydney 2017

I had an amazing time in Sydney last weekend for the Stampin' Up! On Stage event.

As a member of Stampin' Up!s Global Events Council, I have been preparing for the event since December, and went up to Sydney a day or two before to meet the corporate team and help with all the setting up and preparing displays.

Those of you who know me well, know that Tony and I love volunteering - it's our way of giving back to all the events and organisations we have benefited from. And since I have had such an amazing journey with Stampin' Up! for over 9 years, when they invited me to be on the Global Events Council, it was my pleasure to say "Yes please!" and be able to be behind the scenes helping make sure these fabulous events can go ahead and run smoothly so everyone in the Stampin' Up! family can continue to enjoy them.

One of my jobs for this On Stage was to prepare a presentation of a new Product Suite coming in the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue which is released on June 1st 2017. A few weeks before the event I received some products in the mail, along with some points to cover in a brief talk about the features of the products.

I prepared some samples and wrote my talk, which I rehearsed a couple of times with the event staff.

A few of my team members couldn't attend the event, and I wanted my stamping friends to be able to see what I did too, so even though it's not exactly word for word what I presented in Sydney, here's a little video (which I recorded on Facebook Live the other night) so you can see what I did.

Video image

At the end of my presentation I put my samples (and a few extras) up on the display boards for everyone to photograph. Here's my own happy snap of the display board!

Birthday Memories Display board (1)

Over the next week, I'll add a few more photos of all the projects so you can see them better!

If you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and are planning to attend an On Stage event in future, can I encourage you, if you are physically able to, please put your hand up to help out, either on the day before with setting up, during the day of the event, or at the end of the day with packing up. It's such a fun and rewarding experience.

If you're not a demonstrator but you love the sound of attending one of these events and seeing all the sneak peaks of upcoming catalogues, the next event is in November 2017.  You need to be a demonstrator to attend, and tickets sell out really fast, so plan on joining up well before November. Talk to me (or your demonstrator) about it today.

Or  JUST JOIN NOW

 


Making Merry Monday #3

Hello Again!

Just back from a busy, busy weekend (and exciting - did I tell you how exciting??) weekend in Sydney with all my Stampin' Up! buddies, and it's time for Making Merry Monday #3!

Last week I promised to give you the links for my Christmas Pinterest boards. Are you a Pinterest user? Luckily, I don't think you need an account to look at the boards. But the good news if you don't have an account is, a) it's free, and b) you can use your Facebook account to login so you don't have to remember another password!

Here is my CHRISTMAS PROJECTS board.

Here's a little board where I have started collecting cute Packaging Ideas.

And here's a few happy snaps from my 2016 Christmas in July event.  Look out for the 2017 event - details will be coming out soon!


Making Merry Monday #2

Hi there, on a gorgeous sunny (freezing cold) Melbourne morning.

The sunrise this morning was stunning - but at 5 degrees in the Yarra Valley, it needed to be! It looks like an awesome gardening day, and I definitely have gardening to do, but it may not be very high up my list of priorities this morning considering my hubby arrives back from Tassie off the boat this morning, and I go to Sydney for Stampin' Up!'s On Stage event on Thursday . . . poor garden might have to wait!

However! 

I did make a promise to myself that Christmas Card making wouldn't be put off until November this year! So welcome to my second Making Merry Monday post to get us inspired and revved up!

I had a team stamping day on Friday and one of my savvy team members was productively colouring a stack of "Merry Mice" images she had stamped in preparation for her Christmas Card production line. Merry Mice was a super cute stamp set that was available in the 2016 Holiday Catalogue. You can't buy them anymore, but did you know there is a massive stack of other products from the Holiday Catalogue still available on the Stampin' Up! Website!

Here are some of them.

Product List

I love that some of these favourites are still available to buy now, because I know what I was like last year, and I really need to get a good start now on making Christmas cards for 2017. Next Monday I'll share with you the links to my Christmas Project boards on Pinterest to get you inspired, but in the meantime, please let me know if you have started creating your cards for 2017 and what products you are working with.

And if you haven't started, perhaps take a second look at the cute stamp sets and cutting tools that are still available and see if some of them inspire you! Clicking on any of the images above will take you direct to my online shop where you can order them for yourself.

Happy creating!


Stampin' Newsletter and End of Sale-a-bration

On Monday evening I emailed out my customer newsletter. 

It had a one off, special offer in it for this final week of Sale-a-bration.

I don't do special offers too often, but given that March is my birthday month, and given that the Occasional Catalogue and Sale-a-bration brochure have some truly gorgeous co-ordinating products, I wanted to give Sale-a-bration a lovely send-off.

Who can go past the Hot Air Balloons in the the Lift Me Up Bundle, matched with the stunning free Sale-a-bration paper?

Lift Me Up Bundle

Carried Away DSP

Or the Dragonfly Bundle and the fun Inside the Lines Colouring Paper?

Dragonfly Dreams

Inside the Lines

Here are some projects made by myself and a couple of my team members to show you how we've been using these amazing products.

Hot Air Balloons and Dragonflies

There are several other bundles in the Occasions Catalogue which co-ordinate beautifully with items available FREE through Sale-a-bration, as a free gift with $90 product order.

But Sale-a-bration ends midnight this Friday.

In my newsletter there is an extra free gift, limited to the first 15 customers who place a Sale-a-bration order online before midnight Friday.

Australian Shoppers please use this Stampin' Rewards Code when placing your order On Line : AM3YZQ4S

Shop Online Here

If I normally place your orders for you, I will be doing so this Friday afternoon. You will need to have payment to me prior to that. If your order is $90, you will need to select a FREE Sale-a-bration item on top of that (pick two just in case your first preference is no longer available). And if you are within my first 15 buyers this week you will also get one of my special March Madness End of Month gifts.

 


Making Merry Monday #1

A few years back, one of my lovely stamping friends Judy May was a feature designer on the Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge Blog.

It was a time when I was still working in the construction industry and commuting for up to (and sometimes in excess of) 3 hours a day for work, so I wasn't really blog surfing at the time or looking for design challenges to fill in my day.

However, I loved the idea of committing to make one or two Christmas Cards every single week, so that when you get to November / December, there is no panic.

Last November was one of those "bad years" when I joked several times about having to go to K-mart and buy a box of Christmas cards to send out, because the production line had just gotten away from me. And it was when we were away in Busselton in early December that I remembered about Judy doing Merry Monday and thought to myself, that would be a good thing to kick off again this year!

So, before we get too much later into the year, I think it's time!

Welcome to Making Merry Monday!

I'm not going to run this as a challenge per se, but intend each Monday for it just to be  a little reminder for you and for me, that we need to make a couple of Christmas cards this week, to take the pressure off later in the year!

Stitched Season Cards (2)

I have cheated a little bit - you have to do what you have to do!! When the Holiday Catalogue was finishing, these gorgeous Stitched Greeting Card Kits were on sale and 50% off, so I grabbed a couple to get me underway.

I love the idea of the kits because I can keep all the supplies in one plastic tub that I can take with me wherever I am on a Monday and just progress my production line!

Who wants to play along? Will you make one or two Christmas cards each Monday and store them up for the year?

Leave a comment below and let me know you are keen!


Join During Sale-a-bration?

Have you thought about joining the Stampin' Up! family during Sale-a-bration and taking advantage of that awesome Starter Kit deal?

Don't know where to start with choosing products?

I'm made a list of my favourite suggestions for someone just starting out who doesn't have many stamping tools yet. You select $235 worth of products, for which you only pay $169.00. Then as you're putting your starter kit order in, you will be prompted to enter two free stamp sets as well.

Here's my list - hope you find it helpful!

 

Starter Kit Suggestions

1.Stampin' Trimmer
129722s I've had a lot of trimmers in my life, and in the $50 range, this is the best one ever!
2.Brights Classic Stampin' Pads
131182s You'll want a good range of colours to start with, and this pack contains the perfect red and green for Christmas cards, along with plenty of brights for birthday and other occasion cards.
3.Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes
131527s 20 prescored cards and envelopes to get you going.
4.Stampin' Scrub
126200s You'll want to keep those new stamps in tip top shape.
5.Stampin' Mist
102394s Condition the rubber as well as cleaning.
6.Banner Triple Punch
138292s Make all sorts of banners to layer on your cards.

Once you have selected no more than $235.00 worth of tools and accessories, then add on two awesome stamp sets like the ones below.

7.Better Together Wood-Mount Stamp Set

141733s This is such a versatile stamp set - so many different occasions.
8.Flourishing Phrases Wood-Mount Stamp Set
141531s Beautiful greetings, delightful font, so many occasions, versatile flourish image

 

If you've made your list and are ready to place your order, there is a "Join Stampin' Up! button right at the top of this blog, or you can click here.


International Women's Day

I didn't mindfully plan any activities for International Women's Day today, but when I was getting breakfast and feeding the cat this morning, it occurred to me that I have planned one of the very best activities for such a day.

This morning I had some lovely ladies come over for a stamping class. Three of the ladies have never stamped with me before, so we did the classic "What is Stampin' Up?, how do you use the three different types of stamps? What other way can you ink up and use the stamps and the brush markers?, and then when we had nailed the basic techniques we learned how the Triple Time Stamping Technique works and each made a card.

It was such a lovely way to pass a couple of hours.

You might remember the Triple Time Stamping card I posted here at the start of February (click here to see it).

The ladies made very similar today, but I chose a different stamp set to try.

In The Meadow Triple Time Stamping (1)

I've used a couple of the stamps from In The Meadow Stamp Set and added a light touch of colour with the Stampin' Up! Water Colour pencils and a blender pen.

In The Meadow 2

The background layers are Cajun Craze - one of my favourite warm Stampin' Up! colours. Who was it who told me recently they didn't like that colour and never used it?? Gasp!!

Often with Triple Time Stamping, you'll find the card filled with images, but I really love how striking this one is with all the white space. You know that thought - when less is more?

The wonderful thing about today's class is it was completely tailored to the needs of the ladies. One of the ladies asked me about the technique, I was asked about different stamp sets to use for the technique, I was asked if I had a class planned where she could learn it. And on top of that she asked me about the different brands of ink pads because the ones she had were not giving her the result she expected.

I didn't have a class booked in my calendar to suit her request exactly, but I explained to her that if she could bring along 3-4 friends, we could go over all the basics of the SU! stamps and ink and then we could work on that technique and make a finished card. And she was even welcome to bring along her favourite butterfly stamp to see how that worked with the technique.

That's what I love about my SU! business - instead of just telling her how to make the card, I can invite her and her friends into my beautiful classroom, sit with them, answer their questions, show them some great tips for getting the most out of their stamps and ink and inspire them with a great project that they will be able to recreate in their own colours with their own stamps at home. It's a wonderful thing to be able to support someone's crafting in that way.

If you've never stamped, or if you've bought stamps and then been disappointed because "they don't love you",  then I warmly invite you along to one of my We Create Wednesday morning classes, or if that time slot doesn't work for you, please talk to me about booking in a class for you and your friends at a time that works for you.  I have a beautiful light-filled, airy classroom and if your guests end up ordering Stampin' Up! products totalling $250.0o or more, there will be free gifts for you for introducing them to me.

 Check my events calendar here for scheduled times, or comment below and I'll contact you to talk about booking your own tailored class, just for you and your best papercrafting buddies.