Sunday, May 31, 2015

June 2nd - the biggest day in the Stampin' Up! Calendar

Attention Stampin' Up! fans! There are only a couple of days left until June 2nd. It's going to be a HUGE day in the Stampin' Up! world, and this is why:
  • It's the LAST day you can order Retiring List items.
  • It's the LAST day to order from the Occasions Catalogue.
  • It's the FIRST day that you can order from the brand new Catalogue (revealed online June 2). 
  • It's the LAST day of our current hostess benefits program. The new Stampin' Rewards program starts from June 3rd. If you have a $300+ order, make sure you place it on June 2nd to take advantage of the old system, and grab some extra freebies.
Note that items that are carrying over into the new catalogue that are having a price change will be at current pricing on June 2nd. New prices will take effect from June 3rd.

Want the best deal of all? We have just heard that there's an awesome Joining Promotion starting on June 2nd. Join as a demonstrator and get 2 FREE stamp sets of your choice when you join between 2 June and 30 June! You can choose ANY STAMP SET 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). Email me if you have any questions, and check back here for full details on 2 June.

Let's hope the Stampin' Up! website can handle all the activity on June 2nd. I'll be around, so if you have any problems or questions, feel free to contact me!

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Simple Spring Flowers

A quick and simple one from me today. I'm still struggling to get back to reality after a fabulous 10 days in Hawaii. Winter has never been my favourite season and I'm really feeling the cold after the perfect sunny days in Hawaii! Never mind that it's not even winter yet!! Aaarghhh I think I need to take up hibernation as a way of life....
Back to the card....This is a perfect all-occasion card that you could whip up really quickly. Just a couple of runs through the Big Shot with an embossing folder and a thinlit, stamp your sentiment and you're done. Easy Peasy!

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Grand Vacation Pillow Gift Inspiration Blog Hop

Welcome to our Grand Vacation Achievers Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Sharon Armstrong's blog and are visiting me for the first time, Welcome! ...and I hope it won't be your last visit.

On this tour we are all taking inspiration from the Pillow Gifts we received in Hawaii. You will visit blogs from around the world, so grab a cuppa (or maybe a Mai Tai!) and get ready to get inspired with us!

Without further ado, here's my Pillow Gift Tag Banner:

One of the things that make Stampin' Up! trips so special is that at the end of each day, we return to our rooms and find a gift on our pillow! All of our Pillow Gifts this year came in a gift bag, decorated with a cute tag. Each tag had a different Hawaiian saying or turn of phrase on it. I thought they would make a great memento of our trip, made into a fun banner.

I didn't do a lot to the tags (they were already pretty cute!)...I just adhered each one to a slightly larger Early Espresso circle, and then to a Deco Label framelit in co-ordinating colours. A bit of frayed burlap and Natural Chevron Ribbon completes the look.

My Banner is adding a touch of Hawaii to my stamp desk:

It makes me smile whenever I look at it :o)
I hope you liked my creation. Your next stop is Betty Button's blog. Enjoy!

Blog Hop List

16. BJ Peters
Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Retirement List and Sold Out Items

Lots of items have sold out! The following products are no longer available to order:

240 133952 Bloom with Hope (Clear)
237 133958 I Like You (Clear)
239 133946 Nuts about You (Clear)
140 127049 A Fitting Occasion (Clear)
80 133089 Baby, We've Grown (Clear)
56 126422 Blooming with Kindness (Clear)
56 131961 Blooming with Kindness (Wood)
172 126532 By the Seashore (Clear)
172 132582 By the Seashore (Wood)
49 134348 Date, Time, Place (Wood)
175 130351 Dictionary (Clear)
175 130348 Dictionary (Wood)
105 126497 Embellished Events (Clear)
168 126407 For the Birds (Clear)
171 133976 Forever Floral (Clear)
114 134081 Friends Who Know (Wood)
106 126557 From My Heart (Clear)
135 126642 Happy Hour (Clear)
122 122797 Love & Sympathy (Clear)
122 128652 Love & Sympathy (Wood)
151 125537 Mixed Bunch (Clear)
175 129499 Pleasant Poppies (Clear)
139 129708 Polka-Dot Pieces (Clear)
139 129705 Polka-Dot Pieces (Wood)
39 126397 Postage Due (Clear)
39 132064 Postage Due (Wood)
126 130327 Regarding Dahlias (Clear)
126 130324 Regarding Dahlias (Wood)
30 134006 Say Cheese (Clear)
159 126747 Stippled Blossoms (Clear)
159 132076 Stippled Blossoms (Wood)
8 134525 Sumthin' Sumthin' (Clear)
31 126562 The Great Outdoors (Clear)
31 132091 The Great Outdoors (Wood)
168 134132 Today & Everyday (Clear)
121 130357 Walk in the Wild (Clear)
190 131269 Designer Washi Tape Epic Day
190 133000 Designer Washi Tape Watercolor Wonder
200 116802 Embellishments Sweet Treat Cups
207 133668 Ribbon Satin Stitched 3/8" Blackberry Bliss
207 122332 Ribbon Seam Binding 1/2" Crumb Cake
207 120999 Ribbon Seam Binding 1/2" Very Vanilla
206 131206 Ribbon Taffeta 1/8" Bermuda Bay
206 119261 Ribbon Taffeta 1/8" Basic Black
213 128980 Stampin' Emboss Powder Early Espresso
213 129398 Stampin' Emboss Powders Pool Party
179 131163 Classic Stampin' Ink Refill In Color Baked Brown Sugar
179 131164 Classic Stampin' Ink Refill In Color Coastal Cabana
179 131165 Classic Stampin' Ink Refill In Color Crisp Cantaloupe
179 131166 Classic Stampin' Ink Refill In Color Pisatchio Pudding
179 131167 Classic Stampin' Ink Refill In Color Strawberry Slush
183 131168 Classic Stampin' Ink Refills Neutrals
179 131176 Classic Stampin' Pad Crisp Cantaloupe
211 134809 Encore Ink Refill Metallic Gold
211 134810 Encore Ink Refill Metallic Silver
210 118772 Smooch Spritz Vanilla Shimmer
182 119681 Stampin' Write Marker Cherry Cobbler
183 120967 Stampin' Write Marker Crumb Cake
180 119677 Stampin' Write Marker Daffodil Delight
183 119680 Stampin' Write Marker Early Espresso
182 100069 Stampin' Write Marker Night of Navy
180 105115 Stampin' Write Marker Pumpkin Pie
180 120970 Stampin' Write Marker Rich Razzleberry
198 133329 Simply Created Happenings Card Kit
181 131194 Card Stock 12 x 12 Blushing Bride
179 131195 Card Stock 12 x 12 In Color 2013-2015
182 124272 Card Stock 12" x 12" Cherry Cobbler
183 124274 Card Stock 12" x 12" Crumb Cake
180 124275 Card Stock 12" x 12" Daffodil Delight
183 124276 Card Stock 12" x 12" Early Espresso
181 124279 Card Stock 12" x 12" Marina Mist
182 124282 Card Stock 12" x 12" Night of Navy
180 124284 Card Stock 12" x 12" Old Olive
180 124289 Card Stock 12" x 12" Pumpkin Pie
180 124290 Card Stock 12" x 12" Real Red
180 124292 Card Stock 12" x 12" Rich Razzleberry
183 124301 Card Stock 12" x 12" Very Vanilla
179 131293 Card Stock A4 & Classic Stampin' Pads In Color Kit 2013-2015
179 131301 Card Stock A4 Baked Brown Sugar
193 124917 Card Stock A4 Brushed Gold
193 124918 Card Stock A4 Brushed Silver
179 131302 Card Stock A4 Coastal Cabana
179 131303 Card Stock A4 Crisp Cantaloupe
179 131289 Card Stock A4 In Color 2013-2015
193 108630 Card Stock A4 Naturals Ivory
193 129588 Card Stock A4 Naturals White
179 131299 Card Stock A4 Pistachio Pudding
179 131300 Card Stock A4 Strawberry Slush
185 130134 Designer Series Paper Stack Backgrounds Brights
185 130136 Designer Series Paper Stack Backgrounds In Color 2013-2015
185 130139 Designer Series Paper Stack Backgrounds Regals
200 124106 Gift Box Kraft
232 113463 Big Shot Die Bigz Top Note
229 118138 Big Shot Die Embosslits Beautiful Wings
235 124236 Clear-Mount Cling Foam
220 130920 Punch Artisan Label
219 119858 Punch Boho Blossoms
222 119275 Punch Border Dotted Scallop Ribbon
222 119882 Punch Border Scallop Edge
220 119849 Punch Label Modern
222 131267 Punch Mosaic
221 120908 Punch Oval Small
199 134808 Undefined Stamp Carving Replenishment
215 127562 Stampin' Distress Tool
204 104294 Sticky Strip

Only 1 week now until our new Catalogue is released, and that means we have to make way for lots of lovely brand new products. So, it's time to say goodbye to some old favourites. Many items are heavily discounted and all are only available while stocks last.

The best way to make sure you don't miss out is to place your order in my Online Store. All orders over $50 will be automatically added to my mailing list to receive a FREE copy of the New Catalogue (mail outs begin mid-May). If you prefer to email me your order, that's perfectly fine too.

I think the easiest way to view what's retiring is in the Online Store (make sure you check out the Weekly Deals and Clearance Rack while you're there!)

You can also view the Retiring  List HERE

Some items are discounted by 50% ...but you'd better get in quick!

Note: our Current Annual Catalogue ends on June 2, NOT June 30 as stated on the Catalogue. The New Annual Catalogue will be online on June 2.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Cheerful Critter, Adventure Bound

I've had lots of fun with the Cheerful Critters stamp set. It's a sweet little $25.95 set, and I'm a bit sad it's not carrying over. You only have until June 2nd to get your hands on it.
My little bunny is popping over a wall made with the Adventure Bound Paper Stack (another retiring product). This idea came from the US Leadership Event. I didn't attend, but we were able to watch the sessions online.
I coloured my bunny using Blender Pens and Smoky Slate and Wild Wasabi ink. I added a splash of pink with some ribbon and twine, and a dash of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper bling. I added some 'clouds' in Soft Sky using the ground stamp in the Sheltering Tree stamp set.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hawaii Grand Vacation Swap Card

I thought you all might like to see my Grand Vacation swap card, which is also a Sneak Peak from the upcoming new Annual Catalogue!

I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to use this gorgeous new stamp set called Garden in Bloom. I was also sent the co-ordinating English Garden Designer Series Paper. The reason I was sent these gorgeous new products is so that I could demonstrate them for all the top Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from the US, Canada and the South pressure!!
On the Grand Vacation we have a 'Share Fair' and I was one of the 8 Demonstrators chosen to demo some new products.
And how could I resist using the stamp set for my swap cards? It's so much fun to play with new stamps!
The colours I've used on this card are Crumb Cake, Lost Lagoon, Soft Suede, Hello Honey and Shimmery White.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Painted Petals Card Set

One of my favourite stamp sets from the Occasions Catalogue would definitely have to be Painted Petals. It's such a pretty stamp set and I'm a bit devastated that it doesn't make an appearance in our New Annual Catalogue. That means you only have until June 2 to purchase this set.
I liked this simple card so much that I decided to make it in a whole bunch of colours:

Edited to Add: The colours I've used for these cards are So Saffron, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral and Pool Party (and Pear Pizazz for the leaves)

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Adventure Bound Traveler!

I thought I would schedule a few blog posts while I'm in Hawaii, just so you don't miss me too much ;o)
It seemed appropriate to show you this "Adventure Bound" card while I'm off on Hawaii adventures:

...And even more appropriate that I've teamed it with the Traveler stamp set! The Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper Stack has lots of fun photographic prints that really add a little something different to your creations.
I decided to stamp my ship on vellum so the ocean shows through, and what better to frame it than a porthole? I made my 'porthole' using Circle framelits and Silver Mini Brads.
This would make a great retirement or Bon Voyage card, or even just a masculine birthday card.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

My Convention Swap

I had an amazing time last week at the Stampin' Up! South Pacific Convention on the Gold Coast...Thanks to my awesome team and customers, I was even lucky enough to take home a couple of awards :o)
I arrived home last Sunday, and have barely had time to draw breath since then. The week has flown by, and I can hardly believe that tomorrow Dave and I will be flying out to Hawaii! This is for the Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip that I earned last year, again with the help of my wonderful team and customers. I will be toasting you all with a couple of Pina Coladas, and posting updates to my facebook page.
Swapping is such a fun part of Convention and the Incentive Trip. This year, with the 2 so close together, my house has been a hive of swap-making activity!
Here's my simple (but hopefully still cute!) swap from Convention:

I made 50 of these, and came home with 50 inspiring swap cards from 50 lovely ladies.
Even though my card is simple, I tried to include a couple of 'wows' - I wrapped the Beach House Washi Tape around the back of my piece of cardstock and then punched just half a butterfly, which I then flipped and attached with Dimensionals. I also stamped my greeting on the Washi Tape, using Black Stazon ink.
Hopefully all the ladies I swapped with liked my card!

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Friday, May 08, 2015

Rock 'n' Roll Technique video

Who doesn't love a little rock 'n' roll? It's an oldie, but a goodie - The Rock 'n' Roll Technique. Check out the quick 40 second video:

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Thursday, May 07, 2015

Occasions Catalogue Retiring Products

Lots of items from the Occasions Catalogue won't be making an appearance in our new Annual Catalogue. These items are only available until June 2, so you'll need to order them by then so you don't miss out!
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Note that I have only listed the clear and photopolymer stamps, but the wood-mount version (where available) will also be retiring.

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Friday, May 01, 2015

Bow Builder Gift

I'm currently enjoying Stampin' Up! Convention on the Gold Coast (If you'd like to see what we're getting up to, I'm posting Convention updates on my facebook page). Thanks to the wonders of technology, I've scheduled this post so you won't miss me too much ;o)
Here's another cute and quick card using the Bow Builder Punch (and another great way to use some scraps of Designer Series Paper).

All you need to do is cut a square piece of patterned paper, and a small strip in a contrasting colour. Then top your 'present' off with a bow!
I've used a very simple layout, and positioned my greeting inside a punched-out oval. Easy Peasy!
Thanks for stopping by.... Happy weekend, everyone!

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