Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Giant Craft Sale!

It's the Garage Sale to beat all Garage Sales! Myself and 20 of my team members are selling off lots of retired Stampin' Up! goodies, all at BARGAIN prices. We need to clear our cupboards! Please spread the word to anyone you think may be interested. Hope to see you this Saturday.




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Guy Greetings Stamp-a-Stack


Just a quick one from me today - I'm currently buried under mountains of Retired Goodies for our Craft Sale on Saturday. I'm pricing everything SUPER cheap this year...I really need to clear some space on my shelves!
These are the cards we made in my Stamp-a-Stack Class last week. I finally caved and bought the Guy Greetings stamp set. I needed another masculine set, and this one has some great images and sentiments. I've also used the Go Wild 6"x6" Paper Stack and Tip Top Taupe as my base colour.
You can make a fun background element using just strips of DSP, laid over some subtle background stamping.
Now, I'd better get back to pricing my retired goodies! Hope to see you on Saturday.


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Friday, July 24, 2015

CaSE-ing the Catty


I know I've said it before, but our catalogue is full of beautiful product samples, just begging to be copied. This one on page 125 caught my eye on my very first browse through the catalogue.
We were given the "Awesomely Artistic" stamp set at our Leadership event at the Gold Coast Convention, so one of the first things I did when I got home, was whip up my version of this lovely card:

I've kept mine more mono-chromatic, in Pool Party, Black and Vanilla, but apart from that I've made very few changes. I did a DIY version of the flower using the Itty Bitty Accent flower punch:



I'm gradually working my way through the Catalogue CaSE-ing lots more samples. For those who don't know, "CaSE" means "Copy and Share Everything" and is encouraged in the stamping community.


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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

This Week's Bonus Deals

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This month is all about Bonus Deals! New items have been added to the Clearance Rack, and there will be more products in the Weekly Deals, too. Each week, there will be new items added, so make sure you check back every Wednesday.
Items are available at the Bonus Deal price, only while stocks last. After this, the items will be removed from Weekly Deals, but they will still be available at retail prices.
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Monday, July 20, 2015

Pool Party Baby



Baby cards are such fun to make! I made this one for Michael, my newest great-nephew...is that what you call your niece's son? I'm not very good with the family tree stuff - I tend to just call them niece/nephew or cousin, depending on the generational fit!
I've used Pool Party and White for my colour combination, and some leftover Sale-a-Bration DSP that I found in my stash.


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Friday, July 17, 2015

Gift Bag Punch Board Projects


I love having a new toy to play with! The latest in my collection is the Gift Bag Punch Board. It's now super easy to make gift bags and boxes in all shapes and sizes.
Here's a closer look at the 3 at the back:


I've used lots of fun bits and pieces to decorate my bags and boxes, but they all feature the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack. I'm going through lots of this paper. I'm finding the bright colours and cute patterns really easy to use.
Check out how easy it is to make your own gift bags:



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Monday, July 13, 2015

Sheltering Tree Screen Card


I've seen a few of these screen cards around, and had been itching to try one. I decided that Sheltering Tree, in all 4 seasons would be the perfect set to use for my first attempt.


These screen cards are very easy to make. I used the full length of a piece of A4 card for mine, scored in quarters (every 7.4cm). I made mine the regular height of an A5 card - 14.8cm. The screen 'legs' are made by punching with the Decorative Label Punch.

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Watercolor Wishes Kit


It's available to order now! With this card kit, not only do you get all the supplies to make 20 cards, you also get this exclusive stamp set, only available as part of the kit:

I love the font in this set, and I must admit I bought the kit for the stamp set alone! Get a closer look in the video:
 


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Monday, July 06, 2015

Shadowbox Garden


Hopefully you aren't too sick of my Garden in Bloom creations. This is the last one I have to show you, and then I'll move on to something else, I promise!
Punches are great for making windows in your cardfronts. Sometimes an image can have more impact when it is set behind a frame, like a shadow box.
My colour scheme here is Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron and a dash of Tip Top Taupe.


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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Plum Roses in Bloom


I have another simple Garden in Bloom card to share today. I've used Shimmery White cardstock again, and Mint Macaron again, but this time paired it with Perfect Plum.
I love the little rose stamp from this set, and I've let it shine by leaving lots of white space on this card.


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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Bonus Deals this Month!

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This month is all about Bonus Deals! New items have been added to the Clearance Rack, and there will be more products in the Weekly Deals, too. Each week, there will be new items added, so make sure you check back every Wednesday.
Items are available at the Bonus Deal price, only while stocks last. After this, the items will be removed from Weekly Deals, but they will still be available at retail prices.
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Garden Grunge


I've had lots of fun playing with the Garden in Bloom stamp set. I'm on a bit of a Shimmery White cardstock kick at the moment too. It adds a touch of sparkle, and really steps a simple card up a notch.
The colours I've used on this card are Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron and Pool Party.
It's the little touches that make this card a bit more special - a blossom accent (so pretty!), a splash of Gorgeous Grunge, and some lace ribbon. I gave my ribbon a ruffled look using the new Tear & Tape. It has all the strength and stickiness of the old Sticky Strip, but is much more user-friendly - you can tear it, the backing peels off easily, and it doesn't have that annoying static cling! I just lay a strip of tape along the edge of my cardstock and used my fingers to ruffle the ribbon and press it into the tape.
I have a couple more Garden in Bloom cards to show you next time.


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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Only a Few Days Left!


Would you like some free stamps?? Silly Question! Who doesn't want free stamps?!
If you have a large wishlist from the New Catalogue (and who doesn't?), this is the best deal of all!
Join as a demonstrator in the month of June, and get 2 FREE stamp sets of your choice!

You can choose ANY 2 STAMP SETS from the new Annual Catalogue.  So, for $169 you get $235 worth of products (of your choice) PLUS 2 free stamp sets (of your choice). What an amazing deal!
But hurry, this offer ends on Tuesday!

 Email me if you have any questions, and I'll be more than happy to help.


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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Watercoloured Garden in Bloom


At the Hawaii Share Fair, I also demonstrated a simple watercolouring technique using the Garden in Bloom stamp set. It's always nerve-wracking demonstrating in front of your peers, even more so when they are All Stars! Thankfully, everyone was really lovely and soon my nerves disappeared.
I demonstrated how to create a soft watercolour look by stamping on Shimmery White cardstock, and then painting with the Aquapainter.
I also showed how you can emphasise the painted look by using a mixture of regular stamping, stamped-off, and double-stamped images.
Here's a comparison between an image that has just been stamped (on the left) and one that has been painted with water (on the right):


With watercoloured images like this, you will feel like an artist, and no one needs to know how simple it actually is (I won't tell, I promise ;o)


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Monday, June 22, 2015

The 4x6 Rip Flip


On the Hawaii Grand Vacation, I was honoured to be asked to do a Presentation for the other Demonstrators at the "Share Fair". There were 8 of us demonstrating, and I was sent the "Garden in Bloom" stamp set and English Garden Designer Series Paper to work with. As it turns out, they are 2 of my favourite products in the new Catalogue, so the hardest part was narrowing down my ideas. I showed a few different things, and one of them was an invention of my very own - the 4x6 Rip Flip! With this simple technique, you can make 72 cards from one pack of DSP without wasting a single scrap!
All you do is cut your sheet into six 4"x6" pieces. Then, take a piece and rip it (or snip if you prefer), and then flip one piece over to reveal the pattern on the other side. So quick and easy!
Here are 6 cards I made using the English Garden papers:


I've used the reverse side of each pattern for my cards, but you could mix and match your patterns if you prefer.
Here's a closer look:


The sentiments are all from Garden in Bloom, and I've edged them by dipping them in Versamark and then in gold embossing powder. It's an elegant way to make a punched shape stand out and add a bit of glitz at the same time, without having to add another layer.
I'll be back next time to show you some more of my Hawaii Presentation.


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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sprinkles of Life Stamp-a-Stack


It's early days, but already the Sprinkles of Life Stamp set and matching punch are proving to be incredibly popular. I'm so excited about that, because $3 from every stamp set sold gets donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities. It's a great feeling to be adding a versatile set to your collection, while supporting a very worthwhile cause at the same time.
PLUS, I personally will be donating $3 for every Tree Builder Punch sold this year to Ronald McDonald House Charities. So, if you buy both, you'll know $6 is going to a great cause. It's just a small something that I (and you!) can do to help.
I've used the stamp set and punch in 4 different ways on these cards, but there are many, many more ideas I still want to try, like these ones in the Catalogue:


I've used 3 new In Colors on my cards - Tip Top Taupe (fast becoming a favourite neutral colour!), Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder. I've also used a few new Embossing Folders - I love the brick wall one, and it comes in a larger size, which means you can run your bricks in either direction on your card. I've also used my new favourite Punch - the Triple Banner. It's now so easy to make perfect banners and flags! The sentiments on my cards are from the Tin of Cards stamp set.


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Monday, June 15, 2015

Birthday Blossoms Stamp-a-Stack


One of my favourite things about a new Catalogue is not only having new stamps to play with, but having lots of new samples to copy. This one is a shameless CaSE of the card on page 8. It was one of the first cards I noticed when I flicked through the Catalogue, and I've changed very little.
I left off the lace, purely from a cost point of view, and used a few less pearls for the same reason. I also used the Gold Thread, rather than linen thread, just because I'm loving that stuff at the moment!

I also changed up a few things and made one in landscape orientation:


And here are the rest of the cards my ladies will be making in this week's class:


This stamp set made it straight on to my wishlist for several reasons. Firstly I love the words - the font, plus all 5 greetings are ones that I will use often. Secondly, I love flowers, and it's even better when they match a punch that I already own. And thirdly, I can see myself using these leaves and the small background flowers with other flower sets too. Voila, purchase justified ;o)


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Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Join a Share!

Although it would be great to be able to get ALL the new accessories in the new Catalogue, sometimes budgets don't stretch quite that far. Here's a way to get your hands on a sampling of all the new papers, embellishments and ribbons in the new Catalogue - join a Share! You may join some, or all of the Shares and you may order double Shares if you wish. Shares are open to anyone in Australia (Stampin' Up! Demonstrators are welcome to join too)

PAPERS
DESIGNER SERIES PAPER SHARE $34 – 90 pieces
You will receive 54 (6”x6”) pieces of each of the 6 sheets from 9 packs: Color Me Irresistible (specialty), Everyday Chic, Bohemian, English Garden, Farmers Market, Sweet Li’l Things, Merry Moments, Timeless Elegance, Schoolhouse, plus 36 (6”x6”) sheets from Go Wild, Cherry on Top and Pretty Petals Paper Stacks

COLOUR COLLECTIONS DESIGNER SERIES PAPER SHARE $25 – 100 pieces
You will receive a 6x6 piece of each of the sheets in each pack. So this is a total of 80 6x6 pieces from 4 packs: Brights, Neutrals, Regals, Subtles and 20 6x6 pieces from 2 packs: In Color 2015-17, In Color 2014- 2016

SPECIALTY PAPER SHARE $9.00 – 31 pieces You will receive: 6”x12” piece of Glassine Sheet (1), 6”x6” pieces of corrugated paper (2), 6”x12” pieces of cotton paper (4), 6”x6” pieces of Envelope Paper (20) and 4 Metallic Foil Doilies. Note: 6”x12” pieces will be folded

  Get the lot with the “I LOVE PAPER” SHARE (221 pieces) $65

RIBBONS
DOTTED LACE TRIM SHARE $13.50 – 5 lengths
1/4 roll (approx. 1.15m of each colour) 5 colours – Cucumber Crush, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder

STRIPED COTTON RIBBON SHARE $16.00 – 5 lengths
1/4 roll (approx. 2.2m of each colour) 5 colours – Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist

SEQUIN TRIM SHARE $4.50 – 2 lengths
1/4 roll (approx. 2.2m of each colour) 2 colours – Blushing Bride, Silver

THICK BAKER’S TWINE SHARE $8.00 – 5 lengths
1/4 roll (approx. 3.4m of each colour) 5 colours – Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Cherry Cobbler, Smoky Slate, Very Vanilla

STITCHED SATIN RIBBON SHARE $20.50 – 5 lengths
1/4 roll (approx. 2.2m of each colour) 5 colours – Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Whisper White

Get the lot with the “I LOVE RIBBON” SHARE (23 lengths) $60

EMBELLISHMENT SHARE $17.00 – 500 sequins + 35 other pieces
You will receive: Metallics Sequins (approx. 250), Brights Sequins (approx. 250), In Color Blossoms (5), Expressions Natural Elements (3), Metal Rimmed Pearls (6), White Perfect Accents (15), Classy Designer Buttons (6)

OR “I WANT IT ALL” - get the lot - $140
and receive a BONUS FREE GIFT
of Gold and Silver Metallic Thread (full pack of each)

 
Email me with your Share selections. Once the groups have filled, I will contact you to sort out payment. I accept payment by Cash, Direct Deposit or cheque. Stampin' Up!'s 5% Shipping & Handling Charge is included in the Share price, but if you need your shares mailed out to you postage will be at actual cost (I will use the most cost-effective method).

The Closing Date for Shares is 19th June, 2014

 
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Want Free Stamps?


Silly Question! Who doesn't want free stamps?!
If you have a large wishlist from the New Catalogue (and who doesn't?!), this is the best deal of all!
Join as a demonstrator in the month of June, and get 2 FREE stamp sets of your choice!

You can choose ANY 2 STAMP SETS from the new Annual Catalogue.  So, for $169 you get $235 worth of products (of your choice) PLUS 2 free stamp sets (of your choice). What an amazing deal!

 Email me if you have any questions, and I'll be more than happy to help.

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The NEW Annual Catalogue is Here!

It's here, it's here! A brand new Catalogue, full to the brim with new products and loads of inspiration.

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Download the PDF HERE

For TODAY ONLY, you can also still order from the 2014-15 Annual Catalogue, the Retiring List and the Occasions Catalogue. If your order is over $300, note that the Hostess Benefits from the 2014-15 Catalogue will still be in effect for today only. Note that items that are carrying over into the new catalogue that are having a price change will be at current pricing today. New prices and the new Stampin' Rewards will take effect from tomorrow (June 3rd).

I'd love to hear what you think of the new Catalogue. I have to say, I think this catalogue really is a joy to look at. Mine is already very well-thumbed and I am still finding more and more things to love!

Just a few things to note about ordering from this Catalogue:
  • The Watercolor Wishes Card Kit (#140406) on page 80 and 155 is not available to order until July. Note that the co-ordinating stamp set is only available as part of the kit.
  • In the Stamp Set Index (page 184) The Summer Silhouettes Stamp Set is priced incorrectly. The correct price is $43.00 for the wood-mount set and $34.00 for the clear-mount set.
If you'd like a copy of the new Catalogue to keep by your bedside, it's $5* (including postage), or FREE with one of these options:
1. Place an order for at least $50. I will include your catalogue with your order. Email me for this option
2. Book a Party
3. Attend a class
*Australian residents only, please


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