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.


Father Christmas Cardmaking Ideas

I know what you are thinking!!

I know that we never want to see Christmas again . . . until December! 

I know you are wondering why on earth I would start sharing Christmas projects in February when we are still in Christmas overload, having created Christmas cards and home decor items for the last 6 months of last year, from Christmas in July, all the way through our bleak winter, rainy spring and into the frantic lead-up to December 25th.

I know that I suffered Christmas burnout! And that's why I need to post this now. Because a few people asked me about water-colouring the Father Christmas stamp and wanted to see how I did most of my Christmas cards.

And I did take step-by step photos at the time, but it was just too busy a time to keep banging on about it! And since the Father Christmas stamp set is still available to buy in the Holiday Catalogue Carryover List, I thought now would be a good time to show you those step by step photos! Just in case you loved it so much, you wanted to use it to start creating your own Christmas cards for the 2017 season - good idea to start now! 

Father Christmas cards (1)

So, I started with Thick Whisper White Card, and the Archival Basic Black Ink Pad. Make sure you allow time for it to dry properly. Next step was using the blender pen and Delightful Dijon Ink Pad. Don't you love how that Dijon takes on a gorgeous gold look in this application?

The tree is coloured with Garden Green Ink Pad and Blender Pen.

Father Christmas cards (2)

How do I use the blender pen with the ink pad?

I squeeze the lid of the ink pad (when it's closed) to force some of the ink into the lid, which I then use like a paint pallet. I pick up the ink with the blender pen, and be sure to always have some scrap paper nearby to take any excess off in case you want to colour a little lighter.

Father Christmas cards (3)

There were plenty of little details in the Santa image to turn to gold - just like Midas!

Father Christmas cards (5)

The next step was using the Real Red Ink Pad, and I'm sorry I don't seem to have taken a close up photo, but you can see I applied the colour more intensely where shadows would fall naturally, and allowed it to be lighter on the top of the sleeve and facing panels of his coat where light might fall.

The final step in the colouring was applying very small amounts of Soft Sky ink onto the fur trim and his beard, and in the shadow on the ground, because even though we know these items are white, they can still have shadows which may take on a blue effect.

Father Christmas cards (4)

The background layers were Whisper White embossed with the Holly Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on page 27 of the Annual Catalogue, and Real Red card cut with Layering Ovals Framelits.

Father Christmas cards (6)

Father Christmas cards (7)

So then the coloured Father Christmas images had to be cut with the ovals too.

Father Christmas cards (10)

The layering was a good task to do at Chirnside Park Shopping Centre casual kiosk - especially when our favourite ladies from Gloria Jeans make great coffee like this to keep us going!

Father Christmas cards (11)

For a bit of variety and interest, I mounted the cards as a mixture of portrait and landscape, and used two different greetings.

I also did a couple of variations with the backgrounds using other stamps from the set.

Father Christmas cards (9)

At the end I had some left over card bases and Real Red Scallop ovals, so I made a couple of extra cards using some of the pieces I had previously cut from the Candy Cane Designer Series Paper.

Candy Lane Christmas Cards (1)

Candy Lane Christmas Cards (2)

The Father Christmas Stamp Set is available to order through my online shop. Click on the picture to see it.

Father Christmas


ATC's - a "Remarkable" cardmaking idea

What is an ATC??

An ATC is an Artist's Trading Card.

What's the point?

Well, of course you remember footy trading cards and Pokemon trading cards, and Zoo Animal trading cards and all the rest of the different cards that supermarkets now put out there for kids to collect and swap - but WHAT has that got to do with Artists and why would they want to swap tiny cards?

Well, the very simple and short answer is it's a way for Artists to share techniques, colour schemes, new products in a miniature artwork designed to inspire and challenge them.

What have ATC's got to do with Stampin' Up!?

My wider Stampin' Up! team has an ATC swap each month and with around 15 people participating, and a set theme each month, it means we have a great way to inspire each other to look at our SU products in different ways, try new techniques, step outside our comfort zone on a colour scheme etc and after swapping, we end up with 15 miniature artworks done by other demonstrators, to keep in an inspiration album for future reference - like when our mojo has gone on holiday and we need a creativity boost.

January's theme was Paper Piecing Technique - a theme which was definitely not new to me - I like fussy cutting! But it was a good technique to get ones teeth into to use our Stampin' Up! stamp sets with. 

I decided on "Remarkable You" stamp set - because the images are nice and big and chunky, making them easy to cut out - remember, I needed to do 15!

I teemed it with the gorgeous Cupcakes and Carousel's Designer Series Paper Stack because of the fine details in the paper.

Remarkable You ATC Swaps (1)

I started by stamping the image in Archival Black onto the background layer, and onto the pieces that would be cut out for the paper piecing part of the technique.

Remarkable You ATC Swaps (2)

Then I used our Stampin' Up! Blender Pens with a tiny bit of ink from the lid of the Bermuda Bay ink pad to darken some of the shadow areas of the stamped images.

Remarkable You ATC Swaps (3)

Next I did a little collage stamping onto the background layer - leaves and words to add depth and interest, and then cut out the flowers from the bluer paper and adhered it over the background layer.

Remarkable You ATC Swaps (5)

I'm very proud of these! They're very Arty! And I'm really happy with the way they turned out.

This current month's theme is stamping, not using a stamp!! I haven't come up with anything yet - this could get messy!

Click on the picture below to see the paper in the Online Shop.

Cupcakes and Carousels (550x550)

Click on the picture to buy the Remarkable You stamp set.

Remarkable You Stamp Set

 


Wedding and Engagement Cards

Every 2nd Wednesday morning I have a little stamping class - "We Create Wednesday's", and for our last get together I had been asked if we could come up with some simple Wedding themed cards.

Now, I don't know about you, but I've never created a simple wedding card in my life - they all take hours and are very intricate and detailed with lots of layers and embellishments, so in the end, I decided to resort to Pinterest to see if anyone was creating anything simple using some of the new Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalogue products to create "Simple" cards!

I found that most of the cards still use several layers and include cutting out pieces with the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine - which isn't hard, but it does add an extra step or two to the cards - so the definition of simple changed a little!

These are the cards we came up with. 

Stampin' Up! Wedding Cards (1)

Each one of these cards was in some way inspired by those we saw on Pinterest by Marcy Denning, StampinBJ, Stasia Sloma (stampzone), Pam Jorgensen and Su Mohr.

Here are some close ups.

Stampin' Up! Wedding Cards (3)

Stampin' Up! Wedding Cards (5)

Stampin' Up! Wedding Cards (4)

There's a smattering of new products in here, available online in our Occasions Catalogue or as a Sale-a-bration free item. You can browse the pdf files of the Sale-a-bration Flyer and Occasions Catalogue here.

Or shop online here.

And don't forget if you are local to me, I'm on the casual kiosk at Chirnside Park Shopping centre today, so you can come and see the cards in real life, and order products direct from me.

 


A Little (belated) Valentine

Earlier in the year, a lovely customer was looking for some ideas for some quick, simple Valentine's Day cards that could be easily reproduced at home without having to have tons of Papercraft supplies.

We sat down and played with just a couple of stamp sets, a limited colour range of ink pads and just single layer, Whisper White cards.

We had a lot of fun experimenting and I think we came up with some really great simple cards for quick Valentine surprises!

Single Layer Valentines Cards (3)

Single Layer Valentines Cards (4)

We haven't used layers of card stock for matting - but do you see what we've done here, creating our own layers with the background stamps?

We did have a bit of a laugh and cheer at our very "Kylie" inspired first card! Notice the greeting? Can you remember Kylie Minogue's song "Sealed With a Kiss"?

The way we stamped it, the tail of the K almost looks like a nose, with the lips below it - we are calling that our "Very Kylie" card.

All the supplies for these cards (ink pads, stamp sets, packets of Note Cards) can be purchased in my online shop.

If you check back tomorrow, I will be posting the next series of cards in the romance theme - Wedding and Engagement cards. These cards have lots of layers but are still simple enough for people just starting out in the card-making journey.  If you would like to see them in real life, I will be on the kiosk at Chirnside Park shopping centre tomorrow and will have them with me, so you can even touch them!

See you tomorrow, either here on the blog, or in person at Chirny!


Weekend Stamping Retreat

With life so busy, taking care of work and family commitments, there just doesn’t seem to be enough time to set aside to enjoy cardmaking or scrapbooking.
So, why not change the script?
Come along and spoil yourself with some ‘Me Time’ at this value-packed, fully catered retreat where you can craft all weekend, chat, and be inspired by others – and perhaps indulge in some pampering with an optional massage.
This retreat is timed just right to give you a sneak peek at the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue 2017-2018 and you will receive a copy of your own to take home with you. Be one of the first in Australia to see and use some of the new products available. Your welcome pack will also contain some new product samples to inspire you.
We will have displays, demonstrations, challenges, prizes, make and takes and much more to get your creativity flowing.  
Inclusions for the weekend at Adekate Lodge, Creswick are:

  • a large, well lit, communal, heated stamping hall, separate dining area and small lounges
  • simple but clean bunk style rooms with heaters
  • stunning, peaceful surrounds with walking tracks
  • all meals*
  • make and takes, challenges and prizes

Optional extra classes will be offered on Saturday and Sunday – A comprehensive class description will be available in April 2017.
Cost - $270 with $100 deposit required to secure your booking. We are taking bookings now and limited spaces are available so book quickly. Please read our terms and conditions.

Please RSVP or request further information via my website calendar by clicking here.

Or phone me on 0418 361 931.

 


Santa's Sleigh Team Night

Sale-a-bration is one of those times of the year when you will hear us talking A LOT about how awesome it is being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and being part of a really active, generous and inspiring team. We love our team, we love Stampin' Up! we love our monthly get together night and we want EVERYONE to be a part of it!

But rather than just telling you about it, I thought I'd just show you a little album of photos from our last Team Night of the year, in mid December, getting ready for Christmas.

So for me, the day was filled with creating - that would be in the kitchen, and in my Stamping room as I made lovely snacks for supper, and prepared some projects for the girls to make. I have to thank Jenny Wren here for cooking the little cakes to be turned into jelly-cakes and pre-making and freezing the yummo Hedgehog slice!

Santa's Sleigh Centrepiece (3)

We usually have some ladies bring along Show'n'Tell - what they have been making lately, to show everyone. We have plenty of time to chat if someone had a question whether it be a business related question or about a technique or product, and then we get into some hands on stamping.

We seem to get along best by having a bit of a production line, where mostly one person does the cutting with the Big Shot, another stamps, another presses out pieces etc, until we all have enough bits to make our project. It means less movement around the room without people having to climb over the top of each other, and it makes the whole proecess a bit quicker.

Santa's Sleigh Centrepiece (1)

For our Christmas end of year party, we decided to make the gorgeous Santa's Sleigh table centrepiece. I'm really not sure who to credit this original idea too, however, I did find written instructions from Lavinia Gruizinga (a demonstrator from the UK), so I'll give her credit! Her instructions were very clear and easy to follow.

Santa's Sleigh Centrepiece (2)

We used the Santa's Sleigh Bundle - a packet of Thinlets Dies and a matching 15 piece photopolymer stamp set. You may be thinking, "Why would I show you something that was in the finished Holiday Catalogue and no longer able to be bought??"

Well, the good news is, both these products are still available in the Carry over list and you can still order them! Perfect if you run out of time like I do every year and want to start getting some decorations or gifts ready for Christmas in July or even next Christmas! LOL

Click on the Buy Now button below to see the Carry Over products in the online shop.

150  buy now

Santa's Sleigh Centrepiece (4)

Now picture this . . .

There's 10 of us in the room, two are cutting out die cut shapes with the Big Shot, two or three are poking out the little pieces, a couple are stamping, everyone has a cup of tea or coffee (or a glass of wine), there's slices and savouries and lollies to snack on, the noise level is like the MCG during a Madonna concert . . . we're helping each other, we're talking about Christmas plans and how full-on December is, we are inspiring each other with our projects, we're asking questions, answering questions, laughing, eating, creating, sharing the step-by-step photos on our secret Facebook groups with our other team members who can't attend in person because the live too far away . . . just being women, just being together.

Santa's Sleigh Centrepiece (6)

We really love our team nights, and I'm sure you would love it too!

Did I mention you get an awesome finished project to take home and share with your family and friends?

Santa's Sleigh Centrepiece (5)

This is the very best time of the year to join Stampin' Up! There is no risk, you don't HAVE to do anything after joining if you don't want to, but you are welcome to immerse yourself in our lovely, caring SU family and be inspired, be cared about, be made to feel part of something awesome.

We will make sure you know what you need to do in order to stay a member of our lovely team, we can't do it for you, but we can give you a wealth of information about what has worked for us, to keep us active, inspired and creative. You will be welcome at our team get togethers, also on our Facebook group, to receive team emails and to join other demonstrator only forums.

The Stampin' Up! starter kit is $169.00. You select $235 worth of products and during Sale-a-bration you choose an extra two stamp sets - any stamp set to go in your kit for no extra cost. This is an amazing bargain - up to $414 of products for just $169, and like I said before, no risk. If you freak out after the first month, the products are your's to keep.

Get more information here.

Or ring me to catch up for a coffee! 0418 361 931

February Team Night is tonight - Thursday 9th February in my stamping room.