Making Merry Monday

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.

Hang Your Stocking

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.


Making Merry Monday #6

BE MERRY SUITE

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.

Be Merry Products


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.

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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!


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!

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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!