Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Autumn/Winter Mini Blog Hop + Blog Candy!!

Welcome to our Stampers Anonymous Autumn/Winter Mini blog tour! There are some fantastic new products released in this catalogue tomorrow (April 1st) and we’re going to share some of them with you.
You may have just come from Liam's blog, but if you are starting here, don’t worry … you can make the complete circuit just by following the links at the end of each post. There are 14 stops along the way, including one Special Guest Stamper (the FABULOUS Teneale Williams!!!!) and we hope you will visit each one to see the wonderful creations we have to show you!
At the end of each post there will be a link to take you to the next stop on the tour.

We are offering 2 lucky visitors the opportunity to win some ‘Blog Candy’ this time around - a mixed bundle of Stampin' Up! goodies! There are a few things you must do to be eligible and they are:
1. You must leave a comment on every blog in the tour. Please also leave your full name with the comment.
2. After leaving your comments, you need to email Kerry and inform her you have done so and would like to be in the running for the blog candy.
**Blog Candy is available to residents in Australia only. SU! Demos are allowed to enter. Entries Close 5th April at midnight.

So grab a cuppa, sit back and enjoy the tour!
First up is a little set of Love Notes in a Scallop Envelope Box. I've used the Big Shot to make a box out of 2 Scallop envelopes. It's the perfect size to fit love notes in:

Here are the seven love notes, using all 7 animals from the new "Fox and Friends" set (sooo cute!):

The colours are Taken with Teal, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Rose Red.

Next up, I wanted to use some of the new In Colours. Yes, we have 3 new colours to play with now! Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo and Soft Suede. I've also used Old Olive here for my Christmas version. I've stamped the new Medallion stamp in Versamark and added a different centrepiece on each one:
Did you spot the new sentiment stamp too? LOVE it!

My final project is a bit Easter-y. I've made a box using the Top Note Die. I made a quilted pattern on mine using strips of DSP (Tea Party) before running it through the Big Shot. This box can be made using just 1 A4 sheet of cardstock:
Here it is open, with some Easter Treats inside:
Well, that’s all from me. I hope you left your comment to be in with a chance at the Blog Candy. Now you’re off to enjoy the wonderful creations of Juliette
Thanks for stopping by!

If you happen to lose your way here’s a list of all participants:
1. Juliette Chapman
2. Sue Dean
3. Meighan Wheller
4. Chary Belfield
5. Nikki Stalker
6. Sharon Wilson
7. Kirrily Matthews
8. Rob Irving
9. Sally Williams
10. Kerry Bunting
11. Fiona Harvey
12. Teneale Williams - Our Special Guest Stamper
13. Liam Pucher
14. Marelle Taylor

Just a quick one...

I thought I'd pop in quickly to remind you that today is the last day to order from the Summer Mini, and also your last chance to get your hands on a Sale-a-Bration set!

Here are a couple of last-minute projects from the Summer Mini. These were the make-and-takes at my open House on the weekend.
A cute little photo wallet, using "Hello Again":
This is the inside view:
And a simple card using "For Everything":
It's such a pretty set. We also used it to make a Slider Card, in this month's Technique class:
Here is the Slider pulled up, so there's room to write a secret message:

I'm busy getting ready for our Autumn/Winter Mini Blog Hop tonight. Make sure you come back at 9pm, to join in the fun!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Incentive Trip Countdown

On the 28th March, thanks to the support and encouragement of so many lovely people, I achieved the Incentive Trip!! THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!

The Inkpad Caddy has been won on the 24th March by Samantha! The Lucky Number was 86. Congratulations Sami! I hope you enjoy your Caddy.

When I reach 0 envelopes (by March 31), I will have qualified for Stampin' Up!'s Incentive Trip to Hamilton Island. Wish me Luck!

Read HERE about how you can help!

I'll be keeping this at the top, so Scroll Down for more recent posts. Thanks!

Monday, March 29, 2010

I've Done it!

I still can't quite believe it! What seemed an impossible task at the beginning of this month -a mountain too high to climb- I have actually achieved. I use the word "I" very loosely...I feel like I have hand hands helping me up the whole way, and I most certainly couldn't have done it without you all. It's funny, that the reward I thought I was aiming for has become secondary to what I learnt along the way...and I know I'm getting all philosophical now, but isn't that just life in a nutshell? Earning the trip is fabulous, but discovering that I had so much support out there means so much to me and that has been the best thing that has happened this month. So you all have my heartfelt thanks for that.
It is such a relief to be at the top of this mountain!

I have a couple of last Summer Mini projects to show you. Here's a card I made for an embossing workshop a little while ago (Hi Marilyn!)

We embossed Razzle Dazzle in silver. I made the large circle with my Circle Scissor and framed it with a scallop edge. To make the Scallop frame, just punch a scalloped strip using the Scallop Edge punch, make some cuts along the way (every second scallop) and work it around the circle. I also crimped mine too, to give it a ruffled texture. The rest of the card is nice and simple....En Francais background, and some Taffeta Ribbon

TIP: Do you sometimes struggle to find a place for your greeting? Try punching a hole from the front of your card, and popping the greeting inside. For this card, I have a Wide Oval on the inside (with that gorgeous Swirly Oval from Vintage Labels Sale-a-Bration set) and I punched a Large Oval from the front of my card.


Materials (all Stampin' Up!)
stamps: Razzle Dazzle, Vintage Labels
ink: Night of Navy
card: Bordering Blue, Night of Navy, Whisper white
other: White Taffeta Ribbon, Scallop Ede Punch, Circle Scissor, large Oval Punch, Small Oval Punch, sponge daubers, Crimper

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Answer!

A few of you guessed correctly. It is, would you believe... a Ribbon Spool! Next time you finish a roll of ribbon, take a look at the plastic spool in the middle. It comes apart into 2 pieces, and it makes a perfect base and lid for a tube like this. I was holding on to my spools for quite some time before I thought of it (you know when you can't bear to throw something out because "I just know I'll think of a use for this one day!")

If I get enough requests, I could probably be talked into doing a tutorial....if you're interested?

While I'm here, I just wanted to let you know about a couple of things...

I've been busy getting ready for my Open House this Sunday. It's "Out with the Old, In with the New". There will be nibblies, free make-and-takes, Special Offers, Lucky Door Prizes and a Goody Bag and a copy of the Brand New Mini to take home. It's also a chance to sign up to some classes, book a workshop or catch up with new and old friends! I'm just running 1 session, now that I have a nice big space! Just drop in anytime between 3 and 6, and leave when you need to.

When: Sunday 28th March
Time: 3pm - 6pm
Where: 27 Ryan St Dundas Valley
Cost: FREE

Places are limited, and bookings are essential. Feel free to bring a friend along! If you bring a friend who hasn't been to an Open House before, you will both get a gift from me!

You may have noticed a blinkie flashing away on the side there --->

We are having an Autumn/Winter Mini Blog Hop! The new Mini goes live on the 1st April, and to kick it off, tune in here on the 31st March at 9pm. There will be NEW STUFF, Blog Candy, NEW STUFF, a Special Guest Stamper...and did I mention there's really great NEW STUFF??

Phew! Too much excitement...think I'd better go and have a lie down!

Easter Egg Tube!

This is one of the other Easter Projects for my class this month. It's a Tower of Easter Eggs!

I had lots of fun designing and making this one. Here's the little bunny on the top (from Greetings Eight stamp set):

Can you guess what I used to give the tower it's shape, and act as a base and lid?
No cheating, if you've been to my class or team meeting!
I'll be back later today to tell you :o)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Butterfly Prints Stamp-a-Stack

I can't believe the inkpad caddy STILL hasn't been won! I'm starting to get worried that maybe I forgot to include that voucher in the envelopes (which I know is impossible, because I counted so carefully!). I'm also worried that it will be in Envelope #100 and you will all think this is rigged! (which it's not because I was so careful about not knowing which envelope it was in - I really didn't want to know, or I would give the game away for sure - I have the worst poker face!)

There are only 26 envelopes left, which means you have a 1 in 26 chance of winning it if you place a $100 order! ...I'm trying not to panic that there's just over a week to go and I have no more workshops booked, just several classes and an Open House here on Sunday.
Due to popular demand, I'm holding an extra Stamp-a-Stack class tomorrow (Tuesday night). I have a couple of spots left if you'd like to come along. Here's one of the sets we'll be making:(the other one is HERE). Email me if you'd like to come along and make all 8 cards!

Butterfly Prints (and the co-ordinating punch) has been the most popular set from the Summer Mini. It's a bargain, at $25.95. It's become my go-to set when I need a quick card or tag. I'm really going to miss it when it disappears in a week's time....

Materials (all Stampin' Up!)
stamps: Butterfly Prints, Whimsical Words, Polka Dot Background
ink: Baja Breeze, Basic Grey, Regal Rose
card: Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze, Basic Grey, Regal Rose, Whisper White
other: White Taffeta Ribbon, Heart-to-Heart Punch, Butterfly punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Scallop[ edge Punch

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Bunny Jar!

You might have noticed the Countdown ticking down (yay!) but not much else happening here! I've been pretty busy with classes and workshops. I'm really looking forward to having a bit of a break at the start of April, but for now it's head down, backside up!
I don't think I've ever felt so supported and encouraged in my life, and that has been the nicest thing about this month. It has been what's kept me going, even when I've felt stressed and under pressure. So thank you for the words of encouragement (they always seem to come right when I'm feeling low and give me just the boost I need), and of course for the orders guys are all wonderful. I really feel, even more than ever, that I should be taking you all in my suitcase with me (I wish I could!)
Even though I haven't been blogging as much as usual, someone else has! If you are looking for inspiration, head on over to Teneale's Blog. She is doing a Project a Day until the end of the month (and if you know Teneale's work, you'll know that each one is a work of art!). Today there is a video on how she does her perfect Faux Bows (I could say that there is a video of Teneale showing us how to fake it, but that might give you the wrong idea ;o). It's awesome! Make sure you let her know how clever she is!!
I can't leave without showing you something, so here's the little bunny jar that we have been making in my Project Classes this month. He's been a popular little fellow!
He's very simple to make. The little jar from IKEA makes a perfect bunny body. His face is made from punches, and he is sporting a Pink Pirouette bow tie:
I stamped the jar with little hearts (from "Something Sweet") in White Stazon and added a Boho Blossom punch tail. Here he is, showing off his little fluffy tail:

Hope he brings a smile to your face!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Happy Moments with Razzle!

I've found Happy Moments to be the most popular Sale-a-Bration set this year. It's just so versatile. It has stamps for all occasions and 3 bonus little greetings too. In my head I have lots more ideas for this set, but I'd better get my act together and stamp them, or I'll run out of time! There's less than 3 weeks left to Sale-a-Brate!
This was one of my February Stamp-a-Stack Designs. I paired Happy Moments with Razzle Dazzle, and I think they are getting along quite nicely together, don't you? Razzle Dazzle is happy to be in the background while Happy Moments takes centre stage! The inside cover of the Sale-a-Bration Brochure provided my inspiration for these cards, and the colour combinations are just some colours I was playing around with that I hadn't used in a while.
I coloured the images with Watercolour Wonder Crayons and an Aquapainter. It's my preferred choice when colouring on Whisper White cardstock.
I made my tag shape by using the grid paper to mark it out evenly. I used the Double Rectangle Punch to punch 2 neat holes for my ribbon.

Materials (all Stampin' Up!)
stamps: Razzle Dazzle, Happy Moments
ink: Whisper White Craft, Versamark,
card: Tempting Turquoise, More Mustard, Going Grey, Real Red, Whisper White, Rose Red, Almost Amethyst, Certainly Celery, So Saffron
other: Watercolour Wonder Crayons, Aquapainter, Double Rectangle Punch, Certainly Celery Grosgrain, So Saffron Striped, Real Red Striped, Real Red Grosgrain.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

March Stamp-a-Stack

Thank you all for your encouraging words about my Lucky Envelopes. I'm trying to have a "glass half full" frame of mind and focus on how many envelopes are gone, rather than how many are still left. I've also been trying to tell myself that 23 days is HEAPS of time and that it's ONLY the 9th March...and I've been visualising myself on Hamilton Island like crazy!
I get heart palpitations every time I open an envelope, but I haven't seen the magic words "Ink pad Caddy" yet, so it's still up for grabs!
As promised, I'm back with a variation on my 72 Card Bundle. This is also my March Stamp-a-Stack Design. I've made the design a bit more boyish by using Sweet Slumber Specialty Paper and the 2 star punches. I've used the punches in lots of different ways on these cards. There are a couple of other punch tricks that you'll learn in the class too. I only have a couple of spots left for the rest of the month, so email me for availability.

Isn't this paper gorgeous? Actually, it's more like textured cardstock than paper, so it has a lovely weight and feel.
I've also used the Vintage Labels Sale-a-bration set. This one's a must-have if you love your punches. Even if you don't have all the punches yet, you can cut out the images for now, and know that you'll have the set ready for when you do eventually own them all (because you know you will!!)

Materials (all Stampin' Up!)
stamps: Vintage Labels, Cute and Curly
ink: Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip
card: Sahara Sand, So Saffron, Ruby Red, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
punches: Large Star, Small Star, Wide Oval, Large Oval, Small Oval, 1" Circle, Curly Label, Scallop Circle, 3/4" Circle, 1 1/4" Circle, 1 3/8" Circle

Saturday, March 06, 2010

72 Card Bundle - 1 Week only!

My team and I have monthly get-togethers and it is one of my favourite times. I always come away feeling inspired and motivated. I have the most lovely bunch of women in my team, who all share ideas and support eachother so willingly. This was the make-and-take at our Team Meeting in February:
Did you know that you can make 72 of these cards from 1 pack of Neutral Cardstock and 1 pack of DSP? Isn't that fantastic value?! They are so quick and easy to put together too.
I've put together a Bundle so that you can purchase everything you need to make 72 of these cards. You can choose any Designer Series Paper you like, and any punches too!

Here's what you get:
1 pack Neutrals A4 cardstock (Kraft, Naturals Ivory, Very Vanilla, Whisper White)
1 pack DSP of your choice (add $6 for Sweet Slumber Specialty)
2 Large Punches of your choice (I have used Heart-to-Heart and Scallop Circle)
1 Classic inkpad of your choice

You will also qualify for 1 Sale-a-Bration Set of your choice (I have used Vintage Labels)
AND a Lucky Envelope! All this for $109.50, including Shipping and Handling, straight to your door.
I will also mail you a version of this card as a thankyou (and so you have something to copy if you wish!) and also a Tip Sheet for putting them together. If you aren't sure which paper, colour or punch choices to make, just email me and I'm happy to make some recommendations (that's what I'm here for!). Note that to make the card exactly as I have, you will also need some Whisper White cardstock (although you would have enough Kraft to do the punching from) and a Chocolate Chip inkpad or marker.
This bundle is only available for One Week Only! Offer ends 13th March.

I'll be back soon to show you some variations of this card that I made for this month's Stamp-a-Stack.

P.S. If you love the Bella Rose paper and would like some more ideas about how to use it, make sure you check out Sally's Blog. She's done some lovely work with it (I think it's her favourite! ;o)

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Butterfly Calendar

Thank you all so much for your support! I've had so many lovely emails and comments from you gorgeous people. I've had Demonstrators offer to place an order through me (so sweet, but of course I said no!) and customers of other Demonstrators offer to place a one-off order through me, just as a thank you "for providing so much Inspiration on my Blog" (she had to twist my arm, but I eventually said OK to that one!). So thank you! As you can see I still have a LONG way to go, but I'm just trying to take one day at a time. At least at the end of this I'll know I've given it my best shot!
In the meantime, I guess I'd better get on with providing some of that Inspiration to you all!
This is the Calendar we made at my Open House in January:

It's an easel card, which I thought would be perfect for displaying a calendar. So super quick and simple, so it would be a terrific one to mass-produce, and easy enough for even kids to do (attention all you school teachers out there!). I went with the stylish colour scheme of Basic Black, Baja Breeze and Whisper White. I love a black, white and one-other-colour combo! Try it next time you're stuck for a colour combination.

Not much explanation required here, just straight stamping (Butterfly Prints from the Mini and Vintage Labels Sale-a-Bration Set) and punching (Wide Oval, Designer Label and Butterfly). I used a Rhinestone brad for the centre of the butterfly. The sentiment has been popped up on Dimensionals so it holds the easel in place.

I got the calendars from a educational craft supplies company. Most of them get the calendars in just before Christmas.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

My 100 Lucky Envelopes Promotion!

March is the last month I have to qualify for Stampin' Up!'s Incentive Trip. With the help of my team and all my lovely customers, I have been on the trip for the last 2 years, and it has been the holiday of a lifetime for my hubby and I. This year's trip is to Hamilton Island, and I really need your help if I'm going to get there.

How can you help?
I need 100 people to place a qualifying Sale-a-Bration order (from any Catalogue) of $100, and then I'll qualify for the Trip (to me that sounds a lot less daunting than the actual Sales Figure I need to make!)

As a thank you from me for placing your order, I have 100 Lucky Envelopes here:
It's a strange feeling to know that this box is all that stands between me and the Trip! Each envelope is numbered and contains a voucher with a prize written on it. The first person to place an order for $100 or more in March will get Envelope Number 1, the second person Number 2 and so on. I will keep a tally here on my blog of the number we are up to, so you can Countdown with me! I will be taking this box everywhere with me, and Hostess Club and Workshop orders will all qualify for an envelope, if they are over $100.

I'm not going to ruin the surprise and tell you what the prizes are, but I will say that each envelope contains a prize of at least $10 in value, and there are some Hostess sets in there too, AND 1 Lucky Person will win an Inkpad Caddy - $116.95 value!

My hubby had the task of putting vouchers in envelopes, so I have no idea what is in each one, but I will open your envelope as soon as you place your order (either by email, in person or phone) and let you know what you have won!

It's going to be heaps of fun to Countdown the numbers and have so many give-aways throughout the month. Don't forget you'll also qualify for a Sale-a-Bration set with your order of $100!

Email me if you'd like to place your order and win!
Wish me luck, and thanks in advance for your support :o)


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