Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Virtual launch project #4

Here is another sample for you using stash from the Summer mini catalogue.

As some of you are aware, my daughter's birthday is on Christmas Day. We don't normally juggle the two - we hold her party and "day" at the end of November - but we do always make sure that we have a cake, sing "Happy Birthday" and her daddy and I give her our present (a crystal figurine to go towards a birthday collection).

The Kaleidoscope DSPs are simply beautiful...honestly, neither the online images or the image in the catalogue do these papers justice. I am hunting around for projects to use them on! But this occasion of Biddy's 2nd birthday was just perfect. After all, her birthday is all about Christmas, so just for celebration, I steered away from using the traditional Chrissy colours.

Actually, I do have a beaut project to use these papers - my next class!! I will post details about this class in another post, but it will be an all day class where you will make 12 cards plus a nifty little box to store them all in. All for $30/hd! The cards will use this beautiful DSP.

Now, I should point out that I have used a non Stampin' Up! product on my layout. I don't own one of the small alpha stamp sets that would have been perfect to do the title ("Birthday Girl"), so instead, I used small alpha stickers that I had on hand. While it is a cardinal sin of direct marketing to promote another's product, I do strongly believe in using up what you have in your stash to compliment any of your projects. After you've used up your stash, you can then replenish by purchasing off me!! LOL.

Materials used:

Kaleidoscope designer series paper (Summer mini catalogue)
Cameo Coral cardstock - 12x12 textured
YoYo Yellow cardstock
Pixie Pink cardstock
Sticky Cuts
Loads of Letters chipboard alpha
Super Nova Glitter - pink
Pink Passion Stampin' Write marker
Alpha stickers (non Stampin' Up!)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

10% discount ending TOMORROW

Don't forget that any orders that contain any items from the Summer mini catalogue will give you a 10% discount (prior to p/h), but you have to get in touch with me by TOMORROW (Christmas Eve) to be eligible!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

3rd Virtual Launch project

Here is my 3rd project for you all. This card was made using the 'Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper' (p16) and the butterfly stamp set, 'Butterfly Prints' (p12) as well as the co-ordinating Butterfly punch (p12).

This punch makes cutting out the butterflies a breeze, and also as an added bonus, this punch matches the butterflies in the stamp set 'Flight of the Butterfly' on p82 of the Ideas Book and Catalogue!

I have also added some Dazzling Diamonds to the butterflies, and as something a bit different, I used the punch to cut a couple of butterflies out of vellum. Some dimensionals gives some 'lift' to the butterflies and creates a bit of a 3D image as well. I finished off with a bit of the Kiwi Kiss striped grosgrain ribbon.


Materials used:
  • Butterfly Prints stamp set (Summer mini)
  • Pixie Pink cardstock
  • Yoyo Yellow cardstock
  • Very Vanilla cardstock
  • Kaleidoscope DSP (Summer mini)
  • Tempting Turquoise ink
  • Regal Rose ink
  • Dazzling Diamonds
  • Dimensionals
  • Kiwi Kiss striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Butterfly punch (Summer mini)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

2nd Virtual Launch project

This card is actually one that I made at the Stampin' Up! regionals held in Melbourne a couple of months back. It was at this training session that we got a sneak peak at one of the new stamps that would appear in the summer mini catty. This trifold card uses the "Hello Again" stamp set (p 14). I have recreated this card to give to my 13yo neice for her birthday, but instead of the 'hello' I added the bee instead.

The images were stamped on Whisper White cardstock and then punched out with the 1" circle punch before adhering to the Baja Breeze cardstock using dimensions to make the images 'pop' a bit.

The small scallop border along the bottom was actually done by using the square scallop punch and then cutting the edges of the square into strips. I then aligned the strips to make a long enough border to go across the bottom of the Baja cardstock. Another way of getting more use out of your punches. Remember: think outside the square for all your stamping equipment!

Materials used:
  • Hello Again stamp set (summer mini)

  • Certainly Celery cardstock

  • Baja Breeze cardstock

  • Whisper White cardstock

  • Rose Red cardstock

  • Tangerine Tango striped grosgrain ribbon

  • Assortment clip

  • Dimensionals

  • 1" circle punch

  • square scallop punch

Monday, December 14, 2009

Stamps at HUGELY discounted prices!

This is one out of the box. And for a limited time only.

Stampin' Up! is having an inventory clearance and they have earmarked a number of items for sale. Some of these stamps are 50% off! Others are at huge discounts. I know that I will be grabbing a few of these bargains myself.

Get in quick, because although the special lasts until January 24th 2010, once the items are gone, they are gone at the discounted price. All items are from the Ideas Book and Catalogue, so you can either check them out in your own copy, or have a look online by clicking on the picture of the IB&C on the righthand side of my web page. Of course, if you would like to get yourself a copy, simply email me and I'll let you know the details.

Just to highlight some of the really wonderful specials:
Life Definitions - was $90.95 (the most expensive stamp set in the catty), now $68.21
Various alphabet sets - were $77.95, now $38.98
Occasionally - was $69.95, now $34.98
Hodge Podge Hardware - was $57.95, now $43.46
and so on....

There are also a number of stamps for under $20!

What are you waiting for? Click HERE to see a copy of the inventory clearance items and give me a call or email to place your order!

The fine print!

  • Inventory Clearance Sale items can be purchased as either a workshop or individual customer orders.
  • Inventory Clearance Sale products are only available at their discounted price during the promotion period.
  • There is no minimum purchase required to receive the discount.
  • There is no limit to the number of Inventory Clearance Sale items you can purchase.
  • All items are products featured in the 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalogue.
  • All stamp sets included in the Inventory Clearance Sale are square cut (they need to be trimmed before mounting).
  • SU! anticipates that whilst they have adequate inventory to support the sale, Inventory Clearance Sale items are only available at the sale price while supplies last.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The 'Virtual Launch' begins!!

Here is the first project of my virtual launch. This double page 12x12 scrapbook layout was begging to be done and when I saw the new stamp set and designer series paper in the summer mini catalogue, I knew exactly how to use them! Click on any of the images for a closer look. Just use your back button to come back to this website.


The stamp set "Animal Stories" (p21) matches the designer series paper "Tall Tales" (p20). These are perfect for both scrapbook layouts, cards and OTP for babies, toddlers, children and adults alike. I have also used new buttons, "Playground" (p7) to add some dimension to the pages. The title was done by using the Schoolbook Serif alphabet stamp set and to position each letter perfectly, I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig.

A recent trip to Warrnambool gave us a great view - and some not bad snaps - of a whale mum and her calf. So this set and more of the paper will be used to document that experience! Stay tuned!

Materials used:
Animal Stories stamp set (Summer mini)
Pumpkin Pie textured cardstock (12x12)
Kiwi Kiss cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
Tall Tales DSP (Summer mini)
Real Red ink
Pacific Point ink (in colour)
Stampin' Journaller
Playground designer buttons (Summer mini)
Brown grosgrain ribbon

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A celebration and a cancellation

To start with the good news.... just to announce that I am expecting my third baby! I am currently 14+ weeks pregnant and have an estimated delivery date of early June next year. This is a bit bittersweet for me as this will be my last pregnancy and I have to say that whilst my kids drive me nuts some days and I find myself tearing my hair out due to their behaviour, I really enjoy them. Plus, I really enjoy being pregnant. Although, this time round, I am struggling a bit (already) and I can appreciate why women do not have babies too much into their 40's (I will be 40 at the end of Feb). However, that may be because I have other toddlers around and life is just so much more demanding anyway??????

I have, however, been experiencing some issues surrounding the pregnancy including an emergency scan late last week for suspected ruptured membranes. My fertility history of carrying pregnancies is not flash, so we were all very concerned for a bit. However, everything is fine, but I am battling an infection bought on by some drugs I am using to sustain pregnancy.

As such, I am suffering a bit health-wise and - here comes the not so good news - I have not been able to prepare adequately for the mini catalogue launch this coming Saturday. As such, I am regretfully going to have to cancel the afternoon session. I feel so very bad about doing that, but I don't want to put on a half baked show for you all (you deserve better than that) and I also don't want to push my luck health-wise by most likely having to stay up to all hours over the next few nights to get things finished.

But, I am going to offer you all compensation!

Instead of a 'real life' launch, I am going to host a 'virtual' launch. By this, I mean that I will load a new project onto this website every couple of days for the rest of the month of December using the new products in the summer mini catalogue. There are some absolutely beautiful items in there that I am sure will take your fancy.

PLUS, I am also going to personally offer a 10% DISCOUNT* on any orders that contain items from the mini catalogue between now and Christmas Eve.

All of my current customers will be receiving their own copy of the mini catalogue in the mail from Monday, but for the meantime you can view the catty online by clicking on the picture at the top right of my website.

If you are not a current customer of mine - or your catty does not arrive by end of next week - please email me and I will arrange to get you out one.

So there you have it. Some good news, and regretfully, some not so good news. I again, sincerely apologise to anyone that I may have put out by cancelling the mini catalogue launch. If you live in Colac and districts and would like to see any of the products in real life, please contact me and we can arrange a time for me to bring some things out for you to look at (particularly the circle scissors cutter on page 22).

(* orders must contain at least one item from the summer mini catalogue to qualify. The discount is applied to the order BEFORE shipping. Any concerns, please speak/email me before placing an order. This offer is from me - Sam Simpson - and is NOT a Stampin' Up! promotion. It should also not be expected from another SU! demonstrator)

Monday, December 7, 2009

Classes in your home

After running a couple of private classes lately for groups that live 30mins to about an hour from me, I am prompted to make it known that although I run regular monthly classes here in Colac, I am also happy to come to you and run a class as well.

All I require is for you to get approximately 6 - 8 people together and to provide the location (someone's house is perfect). The time and cost of the class will vary depending on what the class actually is. The person that organises the class with me and gets the numbers together, is eligible for a free Ideas Book and Catalogue.

I would prefer to keep the class the same as the one that I am running that particular month for my regulars, but if there is something in particular that you are mulling over, please do not hesitate to discuss it with me.

Something like this would suit established craft groups (such as a group of cardmakers or scrapbookers) or a group of ladies that are looking to branch into the world of papercrafts. I am able and willing to incorporate both cardmaking and scrapbooking into the classes depending on the skills and nature of the group.

Friday, December 4, 2009

It's so close....arghhhh

Yes Christmas is just around the corner. Literally! Gulp. I feel that I have a million things still to do and not enough time to get them all done. Kids presents are largely taken care of, and most of the adults are also under control except for the few that are impossible to buy for.

I am also sweating a bit over this launch I have upcoming for the Summer mini catalogue. I always imagine myself sitting there with no-one turning up! It is my worst nightmare!!! So please, if you haven't already done so, mark next Saturday - the 12th - into your diary and come along.

The launch is going to be held at the old convent complex, 1 Fireman St Colac (lake end of Corangamite St) and runs from 1 - 4pm. But you don't have to come for the entire time.....just for a bit if you'd like. I'll have products and samples on hand to show you from the new catty and I'll do a couple of demos during the arfternoon as well (at 2 and 3pm).

There will also be a 10% discount on offer for any orders taken on the day. This is a great opportunity to place an emergency Christmas order and grab a saving to boot!

I sincerely hope that I see as many of you as possible on the day. RSVP is not essential, but would be greatly appreciated (as I will have nibbles). Entry is gold coin donation (to go to the CFA).

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Summer Mini Catalogue is LIVE!!


Click on the link below to see the catalogue online.
http://www3.stampinup.com/au/documents/AUNZ_Summer09.pdf

All my exisiting customers will receive a catalogue in the mail following my mini catty launch on December 12th. Or you can pick up your copy by coming to the launch. If you are not a current customer of mine, please email me your name and postal details and I will get one out to you. The mini catty is FREE.

Grab a cuppa, lock the kids up and enjoy having a look through the new mini!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Are you ready????

Tomorrow is the day.

The day that the Summer mini catalogue goes on sale. Let me tell you, there are some great things in there and a couple of novel and nifty tools too!!

Keep your eyes on this blog for a link to the new catty.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Final call for spring mini orders

Yes, we are rapidly coming to the end of the Spring mini. If there is anything that you have been deciding over, and thinking that you want to buy, NOW IS THE TIME. Once this catalogue is gone, it is gone.

A couple of the items that I think fellow stampers should definately consider out of this catalogue are:
  • Great Friend stamp set (set of 5) on pages 4 & 5. For $31.95, this is a fantastic set that I have been able to use many times in a variety of ways. It is a truly versatile stamp set.
  • Scallop Oval Punch on page 7. If you want to match punches, then this is DEFINATELY something you want to get. This punch matches the Large Oval punch (#11 punch on page 152 of the IB&C) to enable you to layer your images. At the same price as the other large punches ($30.95), this is a good purchase. Consider the Oval All stamp set ($29.95) on page 7 to get even more use with this punch.
  • StazOn cleaner on page 17. This is a must if you are using StazOn ink at all for use when watercolouring. The ink will not come off your stamps with our regular Stampin' Mist, but the StazOn cleaner shifts it straight away, meaning that your stamps are not stained. At $9.95, this is a steal.
  • Tree Trimmings stamp set (set of 4) on page 21. This would have to be my biggest selling set from the mini catty. It is another set that I have been able to use in a number of ways, incorporate with other stamp sets and add that festive touch to a number of projects. This extremely well priced set ($24.95) is well worth the purchase.
This catalogue ends on November 30th. What this means, is that I have to submit all orders for this catty by this date. So if you want anything, PLEASE don't leave it until the last day, because your order may not make the cutoff time and I would hate for you to be disappointed. So to that end, I am suggesting that any orders for this catty be placed with me by SATURDAY 28th NOVEMBER. Payment by credit card or cash is preferred as both these payments are dealt with immediately. Direct deposit into my account may not show up until after the 30th and I can't submit orders before I have the money. Sorry.

I hope you have enjoyed the first mini catalgue presented by me. Keep your eye out for the new Summer mini catalogue which goes on sale from December 1st. Also, remember - and mark in your calanders - the launch of the mini catalogue I am hosting on Saturday December 12th (see post below for all details, or give me a call).

Monday, November 23, 2009

New Summer Mini Catalogue launch

It's almost here! The Summer Mini Catalogue goes on sale from December the 1st. And to showcase some of the wonderful things that are in this new catty, I am hosting an open house on Saturday December 12th from 1pm to 4pm at the old convent complex, 1 Fireman St Colac (contact me if you need directions).

Feel free to come and go as you please. You can come for half an hour, or stay for the whole time....it is up to you! Cost is gold coin donation which will go to the local CFA brigade.

I have taken delivery of my pre-order supplies and in the next few days I will be starting to make up a number of samples of cards, scrapbook pages and OTP projects using the new products. Hopefully these will give you ideas and inspire you to create your own things!

At the launch, I will also have a couple of 'make and takes' available for you to do, plus there will be light refreshments, a door prize and a glass of bubbly to welcome in the festive season!

RSVP is not essential but is appreciated so I can cater food and also have enough M&T supplies available. Feel free to bring a friend along as well! I look forward to seeing you there.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Cancellation notice

Due to a nil response to the Christmas favours class being run this Sunday, I am going to cancel it. However, I am still happy to run it at a later date if there is enough interest.

If you have a group of approximately 6 (including yourself) that would like to do this class, please contact me to co-ordinate a suitable time and date.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Christmas gift helpers

Just to remind you that my next class - CHRISTMAS FAVOURS - is being held on THIS SUNDAY (not Saturday as usual) starting at 12pm (again, note the different start time).

In this class you will be making 5 different OTP (off the page) projects which you will be able to whip up in no time at all to give to friends, family, colleagues, teachers, coaches.....anyone! The 5 different gifts are:
  • candle

  • treat purse

  • post-it-note holder

  • gift card wallet

  • wine/bottle tag
And just so you get it right at home when you do it yourself, I am providing you with an instruction sheet of each project.

When: Sunday 22nd November

Time: 12pm (finish around 4pm)

Where: old convent complex, 1 Fireman St Colac (contact me if you need directions)

Cost: $25 (covers all supplies, use of equipment and light freshments)

RSVP: essential - can I ask that you contact me ASAP as I need to cut quite a bit of stuff up, and I will be away Friday night/Sat morning showing cows at Noorat show. So RSVP's by Thursday night appreciated by contacting my mobile 0419 373 115.

And, for a bit of fun, wear something festive and maybe win a prize!!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Christmas Gift Giving guide

As mentioned in my newsletter that went out this morning, I am putting the link for the Christmas Gift Giving Guide on here so that you can print out an A4 copy for yourself to refer to. As well as having a stack of great gift ideas, there is also the possiblity of earning a free punch for yourself with any purchase of $85 or more.

Check out the guide and contact me to place your order! This guide is available from 1st November through to 14th December.

Click here to go to SU! page to print your own guide.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Updates soon... I promise

For those that regularly check out this blog, I apologise to you for the lapse in my updating of late. Things have been extremely busy around here for the past couple of weeks. We took 3 cows to the local show and this has meant getting them washed and led around most days in the lead up. I also put in a few scrapbooking items as well. The cows did ok (a 2nd and 3rd) and the scrapbooking did well (1st and 2nd in the album section and 1st and 2nd in the double LO section).

Tomorrow I am taking my husband to Melbourne to have an operation on his back. I will be back and forwards between Melbourne and the farm for the next week, but I will endevour to get some time to update things on here. I also have to get my monthly newsletter out as well sometime this week....phew, time is getting away!!

So keep your eyes on this site. I WILL update soon.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The rush to Christmas

It seems like I have not stopped in the past few weeks and to be honest, it is not going to get much better.

Last weekend, I attended the Melbourne SU! regionals at Crown. It was a day event and attended by a heap of demos. We were given a new stamp set and wheel which will be in an upcoming mini catty (so, shhh, can't tell you about them yet!), and were treated to a number of demonstrations. A couple of them in particular I will be incorporating into my Christmas favours class which is running on SUNDAY November 22nd at 12pm (note the earlier start time and different day).

I have not forgotten that I said I would post pictures of my scrapbooking pages that I used for part of the display at Craft Expo. I will post these this week.

Thankyou to the ladies that attended my Christmas card class yesterday - sending out well wishes to a customer who had to pull out because of an unplanned hospital visit (hope you are feeling better Michelle).

I have a few workshops and classes booked in for the rest of the month and then I am busy with a whole different activity....showing cows! Yes, we show cows at the Colac and Noorat shows, which takes up a lot of time (in getting cows prepared) but is heaps of fun. At the moment, 2 cows are behaving themselves beautifully and allowing us to halter and lead them around....the 3rd one, not so much. Sigh.

However, right at this moment, I am dealing with a very sick child (Biddy, who has not been able to keep anything down for about 15 hours now and has gone through just about every shred of cot linen we own). So, I'd best get back to her and I'll be back to post pics and more info later on.

Monday, October 12, 2009

A note about Christmas orders

It seems so early to be talking about Christmas, but in reality it is not that far away. Especially if you take into consideration postal times to get things to their destination.

Given that SU! receives a lot of orders close to Christmas (just like any business) I would suggest that if you want to order any of the products and ensure that you have them in plenty of time for the 25th December, that you start thinking about your orders now and place by the end of November. As can happen, various products may get placed on backorder because they are popular for gifts. This may affect the delivery date to you. The earlier you place your order, the more likely you won't get caught up in postal delivery issues, back order problems or anything else.

I know that at this time of year, people are starting to ask me what my husband wants for Christmas, what the kids want/need, and also what is on my Christmas list. Hubby is a nightmare to buy for, the kids are generally not too bad, but I am VERY easy. Why? Because I simply fill out one of my 'wish lists' and direct the buyer to that.

The wish list is not your purchase list. It is a list of want you want to have if:
a) you had the money,
b) someone wanted to buy you something, or
c) something you are going to work towards getting as maybe a freebie (such as part of a hostess gift).

The wish list if great for family members as well. All the information is there for them. All they need to do is pick up the phone. give me a ring and and simply read out what is on the list. Because you have written down the product, the item code and the cost, there is no confusion! Just fill it out and stick it on your fridge or noticeboard.

Email me for your Christmas Wish list today.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Specials galore!

What a month October is proving to be as far as specials from Stampin' Up!

SU! have announced 2 specials; one in particular is a cause dear to the hearts of many....breast cancer awareness and fundraising.




For anyone that has been toying with the idea of possibly joining the SU! team, now is a great time. Because as the ad says, for each new SU! demonstrator to sign up between Oct 1 and Dec 31, SU! will donate $5 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. PLUS, as an added incentive to the demonstrator, you will receive for free a 'Pretty in Pink' stamp pad and a pack of 'Raspberry Tart DSP' on top of your starter kit.

Give me a call if you would like to discuss the options of becoming a demonstrator. There is no obligation and I am happy to send out some info for you to read through before making any decision.

The second special to be announced this month is related to 'World Cardmaking Day'.

When you purchase either the 'Rock Star' or 'Flower Power' Simply Sent® Card Element kits (pgs 140 & 141 IB&C), you are able to purchase the co-ordinating stamp set ('Wow Flowers' or 'Starring You') at 20% off! That's right, cheaper stamps! And if you prefer, you can swap the stamp set with the card element kit (eg. 'Rock Star Card Elements' and the 'Wow Flowers' stamp set)

This offer is only available for the month of October, so get in quick to take advantage of this great offer. These kits are a wonderful way of producing beautiful cards in only minutes as you have co-ordinating paper, cardstock, adhesive diecuts and stamps all at your fingertips. No more wondering what goes with what!

Give me a call to purchase this today!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Back on deck

Just letting you all know that we arrived home this afternoon and I am back on deck as of tomorrow. For those that have been following our escapades via our farm blog, thankyou and I hope you have enjoyed reading along. I still have the past couple of days to update plus a post with some of the photos.

In regards to Graceful Impression business, I will be putting out the October newsletter in the next couple of days. I have a constant month coming up which includes Craft Expo (next Friday), 3 workshops and attending the Melbourne regionals (demonstrators training). However, I am always available to take and place orders for any of you; simply email through you list along with a note of how you will pay (direct deposit, Visa or Mastercard etc) and I will organise to get your products shipped directly to you. Or alternatively, give me a call.

On the subject of giving me a call, my mobile number is still being diverted to Mark's phone (so when you ring my number, you will get him or his message bank), however, now I am home, I am going into our local Telstra dealer this week to get a replacement. Sigh.......

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Update

I have been in contact with Telstra and for the time being, my mobile number is diverting to my husband's mobile. Please don't think you are bothering him by ringing me and getting him instead....you have no idea that amount of phone calls he gets each day...the amount of mine coming through his phone don't even register!!! So don't be shy about speaking to Mark - if you need to speak to me, give him a ring.

As it so happens, we are on holidays with the kids at the moment, so we are together pretty much 24/7. We are currently into day 3 of a 14 day holiday with 2 adults, 2 kids, a brand spanking new caravan and about 2,500km of road in front of us! LOL. Seriously, we are doing quite well and the kids have been quite good - notwithstanding the fact that Tom has absolutely no volume control and can be heard clear across the caravan parks! We are on our way to Dubbo and Warrumbungle National Park visiting places and people along the way. I am writing up a travel diary on our farm blog so if you want to follow it click here.

Suffice to say, I have internet access, so if there are any orders that anyone needs placed, I can do them whilst away!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Phone trouble

An announcement to let you all know that I have lost my mobile. Very sad :( . I loved my mobile. With a class tomorrow and a couple of weeks away coming up, the timing couldn't be worse. So I want to let you know that if you are trying to call me on mobile, I will be out of contact until I can arrange with Telstra to forward my calls to another phone.

As background, I left it in a hire car in Sydney at about 6pm last night and despite being on the phone to the hire company at 8am this morning, the phone has now vanished from the car. The thing is, the phone is of absolutely no use to anyone. Telstra has put a block on it, which means that not only is the sim card that is in the phone inactivated, but the entire handset is also inactivated and any other sim card from any other company (3, Vodaphone etc) also won't work. Plus, I also had a security code on the phone, so if you turned it on, you needed the code to even start things rolling.

Sigh.....I just know that my little treasure is going to end up in landfill somewhere years before its time.

I'll post when things have been sorted out for me to take mobile calls, but for the moment, if you need to contact me, please email me, or ring 0417 502 400 (this is my hubby's mobile - Mark - and he will pass on messages to me promptly).

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Craft Expo

I have been busy this week developing projects for my contribution to Craft Expo. For those that are unfamiliar with this event - and there may be a few of you that know it under another name...Craftfest - it is a big craft expo (funny 'bout that, given the name!!). It is held in Sydney, Brisbane, Newcastle and Melbourne and I am going to be attending the Melbourne one as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.

Yes, that's right, I will be manning a stand with a couple of other talented demos on the Friday session. So if you feel at all inclined to come along, make sure you pop over and say hello. I would be extremely pleased to meet some of my blog readers in person!

I can't show you my creations just yet, but I can tell you that my contribution for the display is scrapbook layouts. At the moment, I have 6 12x12 LOs ready to go, all of them quite different. I tried to incorporate a number of styles and also a number of techniques on the LOs. For those that can't make it to Craft Expo, I will post them on here after the event, so you can also see the various things that you can use SU! products for.

So, the details:

Craft Expo (Melbourne)
October 8 - 11th, 2009 (Thursday to Sunday...and I'm on Friday)
Royal Exhibition Buildings, Carlton
Cost is $15 per adult, $13 concession, $7 kids (5 - 16yo) and kids under 5 are FREE. There are also family passes, bulk tickets and 2 day passes available - check out the website for all the details.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Embossing class - open for bookings

Heat embossing is a wonderful technique to add that extra pizzazz to your cards and scrapbook pages. The cost per page or card is minimal but the WOW effect is huge! And it is so simple to do.

Come along to this class to see how you can incorporate embossing into your work and pick up a few tricks and tips whilst you are there.


When: Saturday 19th September

Where: old convent complex, 1 Fireman St, Colac (lake end of Corangamite St). Contact me if you need directions.

Time: 1.30pm start

Cost: $20/person. This cost includes supplies to make the projects, light refreshments, use of my stamps and inks and room hire.

Please note, that this class is not about creating Christmas cards, but the photo above shows one technique of using embossing powders (in this case, gold....which does lend itself to making stunning Christmas cards!).

Bookings are essential as I need to have enough supplies for everyone. RSVP to me by either ringing my mobile (0419 373 115) or contacting me via email.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Don't forget about Class by Mail

Just a quick reminder that you only have just over a week to go to register and pay for my 'Class by Mail'. See my post below (September 1st) for all the details.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Free ribbon anyone?

Stampin' Up! have released a special this month on ribbon. If you spend over $100 on Stampin' Up! products OR host a $600 workshop, you receive this bundle for FREE. How good is that?

The ribbons are 5/8" Certainly Celery (poly-twill) and 5/8" So Saffron (grosgrain). Very summery colours and will set you up nicely for card making for after the Xmas period.

This gift cannot be purchased - the ribbons don't normally come in these colours - so this is a wonderful opportunity to get something a little different.

This offer is only valid for the month of September. Don't leave it too late!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Launching....'Class by Mail'

As mentioned in one of the posts below, I am going to offer a new twist to my business. The introduction of classes by mail will suit a range of my customers; those that cannot physically attend one of my regular classes, those that wish to work at their own pace, and those that love my classes and would like to get something more.

Whilst these classes are perfect for those that live some distance from me, they are equally suitable for anyone that happnes to live around the corner or just up the road from me as well.

These classes won't be offered on a monthly basis, but they will be regularly posted. Each class kit comes with the bulk of the consumables that you need to make the projects, however, there will be some items that you will require which are not included in the cost of the kit. These additional items are generally stamp sets, inks, punches etc. You will also have to provide your own adhesive as well (SNAIL, double sided tape or Sticky Strip etc). Where you don't have some of the additional items, you can add them onto your order when purchasing the class kit, and I will ensure that everything is sent out to you at once.

I will be offering each class by mail for a set time period. Payments will be required by a nominated date (will be clearly advertised). Following this date, no further orders will be taken. The supplies will then be ordered, packed up and posted out to you.

In the future, payments will be able to be made via PayPal, but for this first class, payments can be made by either cash or direct deposit into my account. For these classes, I am unable to accept Visa or Mastercard at this time (sorry).

So, without further ado, I announce:

PETAL PARTY CARDS


Create this one-of-a-kind card set using Stampin’ Up!’s Petal Party Simply Scrappin’ Kit. With 18 different cards in fresh beautiful colors, these would make a wonderful gift for a friend, loved one, or just for yourself!

As part of the Class Kit by Mail you will receive all the consumable supplies (other than the basic adhesive) needed to make the projects. You will need to provide: A general adhesive such as SNAIL, a greeting set and Basic Black Classic ink, a paper piercer and foam mat or a 1/16” handheld circle punch, a paper cutter with scoring blade, scissors and a bone folder (optional).

Cost: $45 which includes postage. This works out to be just $2.50 per card! Excellent value.

Please note: this class kit is not available for purchase by other SU! demonstrators. If you are a SU! demo and would like further information about this kit, please email me at sam.simpson@bigpond.com

Dates: The class is available for purchase until SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 13th, after which no further orders will be taken. Postage to you is expected to begin the week beginning the 21st September. At this time, you will also be emailed out the detailed instructions for the class.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

I do scrapbook too!!

I have gotten so caught up in the whole cardmaking arena, that I have let my scrapping slide somewhat. But let me assure you that it has not gone completely. In fact, for those that are not aware, scrapping is my background and (if I were honest), my preferred craft.

I got into scrapbooking as do many people......because of the birth of a child! So I have been at it for just over 4 years now and I really enjoy it. But I empathise with those of you out there that say that whilst you also enjoy it, you just never have the time.

I guess it is like everything. You have to make time to do it. Let's face it, there is always other stuff that needs to be done (like washing, cleaning, bookwork etc), but at the end of the day, if scrapping is the way that you are able to get "ME time" then I say go for it. I know that sounds easier than it is, but life is too short to not get some time for yourself and enjoy yourself.

Very profound!

Anyway, I thought that I should start getting some scrapbooking layouts up on here, as Stampin' Up! also cater for the scrappers amongst us.

This 12 x 12 layout of Biddy (@ about 14 months old) was one I actually created for my mini catalogue launch as it features designer series paper - 'Walk in the Park' - from that catalogue. In fact, everything on this LO is Stampin' Up! products which is a good indication of how the embellishments and stamps can work together.

Product list:

  • Stamps: 'Always' (pg 95, $55.95)
  • Cardstock & Paper: 12 x 12 textured Pink Pirouette cardstock, Basic Grey cardstock, Baja Breeze cardstock, Walk in the Park designer series paper (from mini catty)
  • Inks: Whisper White (Craft), Pink Pirouette, black Stampin' write journaller
  • Embellishments: metal edge tag, designer buttons (button bouquet), hemp twine, jumbo brads (from mini catty), dazzling diamonds

Monday, August 24, 2009

Something new and exciting!!!

Ok fellow creative buddies! I have something new in the wind for you all. Whilst I absolutely love running classes and I think that they are a great way to learn heaps of tips and tricks, I also know that a number of you can't attend them due to a variety of consraints (ie. distance, time, availability of baby sitters etc). So I am going to offer 'Classes by Mail' just so those of you that really want to do a class but can't don't miss out.

I am going to announce details of this in my next newsletter and will also place the same details on here, but I wanted to give you all a heads up and start the excitment!!

The main detail will be that I will do a bulk order for all the supplies on a set date. That will mean that you will need to confirm and pay me before I place the order. After that, the supplies and the class instructions will simply arrive on your doorstep. Of course, I am still available to provide any help, but honestly, I doubt that you will need it!

So how good is that?!

Also, just to let you know that a bulk mailout of mini cattys is going to happen this week. For all my past customers and hostesses, you are already on the list to get a copy, as is anyone that has caught up with me in the past couple of weeks and requested one. However, if you are not a past customer, you are still able to get your hands on one of these beauties. Simply email me with your contact details (mailing address) and I'll make sure you get one ASAP. The mini catalogues are FREE, so there is no reason to not get one!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Look what I found!

Have a look at the picture below. It is a picture of a CD storage rack that is located in my stamp area (granted...it is holding up a great deal of debris). It contains all manner of old CDs, DVDs and computer programmes, many of which never see the light of day. But what else is there? Have a GOOD look.

Can't see anything out of the ordinary? Well let me show you the picture again, with a particular section highlighted and the offending item removed from CD case.

Yes! It is the missing 'Tree Trimmings' stamp set! My darling daughter had put them in the CD storage thingy and pushed them right in. Obviously she thought it was a great game, sticking them in and taking them out....except she stuck them in, forgot about the game and walked away. I was talking to my mum about the set not turning up after a whole week and that I had to buy a new set. And just as the words were out of my mouth, I happened to glance down and spot the edge of the plastic box.

Ahhhh....relief!

Now, if only she would put her toys and things away so efficiently.............

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Mini catty launch pictures

I thought that you might be interested to see some of the samples from the mini catalogue launch that I held last Sunday. I ran 3 demonstrations and had 2 'make and takes' available.


Demo 1: this card uses the new design series paper 'Walk in the Park', the stamp set 'Great Friend' and a jumbo brad (white) which are all in the mini catty.

Demo 2: this was the replacement demo card I had to quickly come up with after 'loosing' the 'Tree Trimmings' stamp set (sigh....it is STILL missing). This card shows how to incorporate a stamp set from the IB&C with some of the new stuff. I used the 'Christ is Born' stamp set out of the main catalogue and teamed it with the new design series paper 'Ski Slope' and some of the extremely yummy Red Riding Hood grosgrain ribbon from the mini catty.

Demo 3: thanks go to fellow SU! demonstrator Alisa Tilsner for this idea. Alisa got this idea from another stamper, which just goes to show what a caring, sharing lot we are!! The new designer series paper 'Parisian Breeze' was used on this card. This is WONDERFUL stuff. I love it. Just ordered myself another 2 packets. It is card weight cardstock and is perfect for OTP projects. Plus, the patterns and colours are divine! I also used one of the new corduroy brads/buttons and the sentiment stamp is one of the individual stamps that you can get from the mini catty. This card also demonstrated the technique of putting 2 colours onto your stamp at the same time. I used Baja Breeze and Chocolate Chip on the 'Circle Circus' stamp and I think the result is striking. By the way, this little card is just 4" square.

The make and takes we made were:


M&T 1: this one interested participants mainly because of the little hidey hole in the front of the card. Stamp sets used here were 'Forest Friends' and 'Oval All'. The 'Oval All' s/s fits perfectly inside the scallop oval punch which is also available in the mini. 'Walk in the Park' DSP also used as well.



M&T 2: Thanks go to Marelle Taylor, another SU! demonstrator, for posting this one on her blog for me to CASE (stands for Copy And Share Everything). After making a number of samples of my own for the launch, I started to zone out and need some inspiration! This card mainly features the 'Great Friend' stamp set which I think is one of the most versatile and lovely sets I have used in a while. You get 5 stamps in this set and for $31.95, I think it is terrific value.

I have more pictures of samples made with items from the mini catty, but I don't want to overwhelm you in one go, so I'll post them over the next couple of weeks. If you see something you like, drop me an email or give me a call and place and order. Remember, the mini catalogue has a definate lifespan; it concludes at the end of November, and at the rate that this year is going, it will be here before we know it.

Monday, August 17, 2009

A lesson to be learnt

Just before I show you a picture of one of the cards that will be made at my class on Saturday, I wanted to relate a 'life lesson' to you.

As you know, I held my mini catalogue launch on Sunday (more about that in another post). For the couple of weeks prior to it, I had been busily making samples using products from the mini catty so that I could inspire others to maybe get some of the products for themselves. One of the products that I simply love is the 'Tree Trimmings' stamp set (page 21). It is a lovely set, it stamps beautifully, is intricate and I think is very versatile. The set I was using however, was not mine, but my mum's.

So I made a few things using this set and one in particular was going to be one of my demonstrations (the Pacific Point -blue- and Whisper White card that is in one of the posts below). I felt that this card had a few things going for it. 1) it is a Chrissy card but in non traditional colours, 2) it uses the Stamp-a-ma-jig, and 3) is visually appealing.

So Saturday night at about midnight, I am packing my stuff up ready for the launch the next day, when I discover to my annoyance that the stamp set is missing. After hunting around and then doing a MASSIVE clean up of 2 offices, my stamping area, the kitchen table, and peaking in the kids rooms, I concluded at 3am that it has disappeared. And I have a sneaking suspicion that my 19 month old daughter (bless her) may have put them in the rubbish. Because she is currently going through a phase of picking stuff up and putting it in the bin. I will have to now replace the set that is missing and hope that I don't end up with 2 sets!

The moral of the story? Kids and stamping don't mix! No, not really. The moral is to keep your stamps away from prying little hands, until little hands are attached to little minds that understand that these cute little stamps are actually mummy's work! The ladies at the launch thought it was highly amusing. And of course, I had to quickly come up with another design to demo!

And now, without further ado, I show you one of the cards that you can make if you attend my class on Saturday. All details for the class are in the post below. I would dearly love to see you at the class, so give me a call to book your place and ensure I have supplies for you!

Classic Stars wheel and star punches used to create this card.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Upcoming class - cards for men

In the hype surrounding the release of the new mini catalogue, I don't want anyone to forget that I still have my regular classes on offer.

The next class I am holding will be focussing on creating cards for the men in our lives and with Fathers Day coming up fast, this is an ideal opportunity for you to have at the very least, a beautiful handmade card to give to the special man in your life on September 6th.

When: Saturday, August 22nd
Where: the old convent complex, 1 Fireman St, Colac (where the mini catty launch is to be held)
Time: 1.30pm
Cost: $20 per person. Price includes everything you will need for your cards, use of my stamps and equipment, light refreshments and room hire.

In order to have enough supplies for everyone, bookings are essential. Numbers are limited, so don't leave your booking until the last minute!!

Making handmade cards for men seems to be one of the biggest hurdles people face in the cardmaking arena. During the class I will also highlight various products in the Ideas Book and Catalogue and the new Spring Mini Catalogue that you could also use to make masculine cards and scrapbook pages.

Email me today to book your place and avoid disappointment!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

It's here!


Yes the Spring 2009 mini catalogue is ready for viewing! As of this weekend, you can get your hands on all new stamp sets, designer papers, embellishments....oh, it is truly grand!

Come along to my mini catalogue launch on Sunday 16th August for a hands on look at some of the new stamp sets and other products. I have also been busy making up a variety of samples using things out of the mini catty and I am confident that you will be inspired. See my post below for all the details.

If you can't make the launch but would like to still get your hands on a catty, don't despair. Simply email me and I'll get one out to you in the post. This mini catty is FREE!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Fancy a FREE afternoon out?

On August the 1st, the new spring mini catalogue will be 'live' and you will be able to view some of the beautiful new products and stamp sets that Stampin' Up! has to offer. I have already gotten my hands on a number of the items and let me tell you, they are truly lovely. It was all I could do to stop myself from purchasing the entire catty!! This catalogue will run from 1st August through to 31st November.

And to kick it all off, I am hosting a mini catalogue launch!


















When: Sunday 16th August, 2009

Time: 1 - 4pm, with demonstrations at 1.30pm, 2.15pm and 3pm

Where: the old convent complex, 1 Fireman St Colac (Fireman St is the continuation of Corangamite St up the lake end...look for the balloons and follow the signs)

What: I will be showcasing a variety of new stamp sets, designer series papers and embellishments on the day. There will be samples made up for you to view, and there will also be the opportunity for you to make a project with the new products! The mini catalogue will be available on the day free of charge.

Cost: FREE!

There will be light refreshments on offer throughout the afternoon. No need to RSVP (but feel free to do so...it will help me with catering!)

Any orders placed on the day will get a 10% discount!

I look forward to seeing you there, but if you are unable to come along and would like a free catalogue, please email me (sam.simpson@bigpond.com) and I'll get one in the post to you ASAP.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Excuse my absence...

I just want to quickly let you know that I haven't forgotten about updating the blog - and yes, I know that it has been a couple of weeks since I have been in here - but I have good reason.

As many of you already are aware, Stampin' Up! is about to release the new spring Mini Catalogue on August the 1st. As a demonstrator, I get a look at all the goodies before this release date with the opportunity to get my hands on the products as well. And I have! Hence one of the reasons why I have been MIA. I have been coming up with various designs and cards and OTP projects using the new stamps and other products. Trust me, you will LOVE them!!

I am organising a mini catalogue launch (SUNDAY 16th AUGUST, 1 - 4pm ....pop that one in your diaries NOW) so there has been a bit of work behind the scenes getting that organised. I will post more details on the launch in the next day or two, along with a picture or two of some of the projects I have been working on! So stay tuned for that!

I have also been busy running classes this month and a couple of workshops, which have been all nicely attended.

Unfortunately, our household has not escaped the lurgy bug that has been doing the rounds, and both myself and Bridie have been unwell at various times. I think we are giving the bug back and forth between us now! However, I did want to let you know that I have not abandoned you, and will be back in the next couple of days with some super exciting stuff!!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

CHANGE OF VENUE

To any of the participants that have booked into my class for THIS SATURDAY, or for any that are still deciding on whether to come, the venue has been changed.

Previously advertised as being run out of the Neighbourhood House, the class will now be held at our farm, so please contact me ASAP and I'll give you directions. As always, you can phone my mobile on 0419 373 115. If I don't answer, please leave a message and return number and I will get back to you.

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Full view

OK fellow cardmakers and stampers. The sneak peek alone wasn't doing it for you? Well here is a full view of the 2nd set of cards utilising the 'Bella Rose' Design Paper, 'Carousel Notes' and the 'Simply Said' stamp set.



The full version of the Fresh Cuts cards are equally lovely!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Reminder..

With just over a week out from my next class, I have a number of spaces still vacant. Please note that I can't run a workshop for less than 6 participants. If you would like to join us, please contact me to put your name down.

The Stamp-a-Stack class is going to make 3 cards using the 'Fresh Cuts' stamp set (pg 72 of the Ideas Book & Catalogue) along with cardstock in Sage Shadow, Choc Chip, Pink Pirouette & Kraft. The other 3 cards will be utilising the 'Bella Rose' design paper (pg 134), the 'Simply Said' stamp set (pg 51), the Carousel Notes (pg 131) and cardstocks in Kiwi Kiss, Choc Chip, Baja Breeze and Very Vanilla.

For between $2.50 and $3 per card, this class is excellent value and will put you in good stead for those surprise occasions where you are left needing a card in a hurry.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Stamp-a-stack class open for bookings

Do you sometimes find yourself in quick need of a card? Does the price of cards in the shops drive you to distraction? If you answered 'yes', then I have something for you.


A Stamp-a-Stack is literally where you will stamp a stack of cards. In this class, you will make 6 cards in 2 different designs using 2 different stamp sets. I will bring along a range of sentiment stamps, so you can make them for whatever occasion you wish.



This sneak peek shows you one of the designs you will make, using the 'Fresh Cuts' stamp set (which is a bit of a favourite of mine at the moment!). The other design will incorporate the beautiful 'Bella Rose' design paper.

Date: Saturday July 18th 2009

Location: Colac Neighbourhood House, Miller St Colac

Time: 1.30pm start - wind up around 4pm

Cost: $15/person if you bring your own adhesive (double sided tape and foam dimensional tape), or $20/person if you use mine. There will also be bundles of 6 cards for $2 for purchase on the day if you want these for your cards.

The cost covers the kit that you will get on the day (cardstock, ribbon, brads etc), use of my stamps and inks, light refreshments and room hire. Oh, and you get my expert help throughout the session too!!

Bookings are essential and numbers are limited to 8. Don't leave it too late to book in - my classes have been popular and you don't want to miss out. Email or ring me TODAY to reserve your place. I'd love to see you at this class!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

A quick reminder

I don't have anything profound to report tonight (do I ever???), but I did want to remind all my lovely followers of a couple of things;

  1. Continuing throughout July, Stampin' Up! is offering additional hostess benefits when your workshop sales reach $600. Instead of the usual $70 worth of free products, you will get an extra $40 on top, bringing the total amount of free product to $110! Fantastic value. And this is on top of the free stamp set you earn as well. Give me a call to book your workshop.
  2. My July newsletter will be hitting inboxes in the next week or so. I am very happy with the format and delivery, and would love to hear your thoughts about it. Is there something in particular you would like to see? Is there something that you would like me to cover? Send me an email and let me know.
  3. The date for my next class is Saturday July 18th. This class will be a 'stamp-a-stack' and I have been working on a couple of designs that I am sure you will be very pleased with. I will be putting some sneak peeks and more details about the class in my next newsletter, so keep your eye out for that. I already have 3 people booked in, and I am only able to take 8, so to make sure you don't miss out, please contact me ASAP. I will run another class on a weekday (date TBA) if there is sufficient demand, but the 18th is the priority at the moment.
  4. Remember, you don't have to host an in-home workshop to order products. Simply place an order with me and I can arrange for it to be delivered straight to your door. Of course, in-home workshops have a range of benefits, notwithstanding having me come along and demonstrate some new techniques or products that you may not have seen!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Fundraising opportunity

I ran a workshop last night for one of the local kinders. A very respectable 14 ladies turned up to watch me demonstrate a number of projects and cards and then made a card themselves. The kinder itself made a purchase of stamps and inks, and along with some individual orders from some of the mums, the total workshop takings was high enough for the kinder (who was the hostess) to reap hostess benefits!

In this particular case, the kinder is going to keep and use the hostess benefits, however an alternative idea is that the free hostess gifts could be packaged up and raffled by that organisation to raise funds.

Another fundraising idea is that your group or club participates in one of my classes, which will be specially designed for you. A proportion of the cost per head can be given back to the group as fundraising. Or alternatively, be given to a charity of choice.

If you would like to discuss these options with me further, please either give me a call or send me an email. I would love to talk to you about how I can help you raise funds whilst having a great time using Stampin' Up! products.

And just a note about workshops to those that have attended one of mine in the past. Each month, I change my workshop demonstrations and 'make and takes'. This means that you can attend a workshop as many times as you like and know that you are going to see a new technique or a different product being demonstrated. The current round of workshops I am running feature 'offset stamping' and 'multicoloured stamping'. If you would like to learn about these techniques, please give me a call to arrange a workshop in your home!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Watercolouring

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I thought I would show you a technique called watercolouring. Basically, it is colouring in a black and white stamped image (or a one colour image). Images that have plenty of white areas are prefect for this technique. As an example, some of the stamp sets that lend themselves well to watercolouring are:
  • Holiday Lineup (page 26)
  • Boatloads of Love & Loads of Love (and their accessory stamps) (pages 38 & 39)
  • Pun Fun (page 41)
  • Animal Crackers (page 52)
  • Bloomin' with Beauty (page 79)
  • Dreams du Jour (page 80)
  • Fifth Avenue Floral (page 82)
  • Bloom away (page 88)
......and many MANY more. Please don't think that this list is exhaustive. I simply didn't want to take up this whole post listing every stamp set that can be watercoloured.

As you can see from my example, the beauty of watercolouring is that you don't have to be exact when it comes to staying within the lines. In fact, I kind of think that it looks better a little messy.

How I went about completing this, is I stamped my image onto watercolour paper first. This is a great paper to use with watercolouring because the paper absorbs a lot more water or liquid than ordinary paper or cardstock and doesn't "ball" when you smudge backwards and forwards. It also doesn't tend to warp like other papers do. It is a little more expensive than the regular cardstocks, but you only use small amounts and it really does go a long way.

So after stamping the image (use StazOn for ink that doesn't run when wet), I picked up some colour from various Stampin' Up! ink pads by squeezing down on the lid, transferring some of the ink to the inside of the lid, and then using a blender pen (lovin' these!) I simply brushed the ink onto the image like I was colouring it in. So simple. If you want deeper colour, just pick up more ink. If you want lighter colour, after inking up the blender pen, just scribble on some scratch paper before colouring in the stamped image.

The set I have used here is one of the hostess gifts (level 3) called "Window Dressing".

If you would like to learn how to do watercolouring on your own cards, then give me a call and we can arrange to run a workshop at your place where I will happily demonstrate this wonderful - and effective - technique. It is very easy and essentially makes a Monet out of us all!!

Just a reminder about my Upsy daisy class. It is on THIS SATURDAY and I only have 2 spots left. If you would like to come along, contact me ASAP. Please don't hesitate because you think that you won't know anyone and you're not sure if you can do it. I have a number of new ladies to this class and trust me, you WILL produce a stunning array of cards!

Friday, June 12, 2009

So what would YOU like to see?

I am starting to get organised to begin a regular online tutorial here. This is designed to help you broaden your knowledge and ideas about stamping in general. I intend to showcase some different stamping techniques, some of the different products you might not have used, and also some different designs.

But I would like your input!

If there is something that you have seen - possibly in the catalogue - or know of, that you would like a quick outline, then fill out a comment or drop me an email. I'd love to know what you want to see, rather than guessing what you might like to see.

**Reminder.....my Upsy Daisy class is ALMOST full. Only a couple of spots are available. All of the supplies arrived today and it is all I can do to stop myself from using it all!! Ring me ASAP to book your place - I would love you to join us.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Hostess rewards just got better!

For the month of June and July, whenever a workshop (or individual) order reaches $600, the hostess will accrue an extra $40 worth of free products.

Yippee!

So, instead of being able to choose 1 stamp set and getting $70 worth of products, the hostess will get the stamp set PLUS $110 worth of free products!! That amounts to a lot of SU! stuff you can have!

If you are considering about hosting a workshop, let me tell you that the time has never been better. Apart from this wonderful offer from SU!, the wintery months that lay ahead of us just beg us to find an indoors hobby that will keep us occupied and warm! So what are you waiting for? Contact me today to book your workshop. If you are unsure because you don't know who to invite, I can help you with this by providing you with a "40 guests in 4 minutes" worksheet. And believe me, it works! 6 - 9 people at your workshop is all you really need.


Oh, and just to draw your attention back to my previous post. I would like to announce that as of today, my online newsletter is now operating!! If you would like to receive a copy delivered directly to your inbox at the start of each month, then all you have to do is fill out the box at the top of my blog. You will automatically be added to my list and will never miss out on specials, information or techniques that I have for you.

Finally, don't forget about my Upsy Daisy class that I have running on June 2oth at Colac Neighbourhood House. Places are filling fast, so please don't leave it until the last minute to let me know you'd like to come. I only have a few spots free. Email or phone me to confirm you seats. Bookings are essential for these classes.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Online newsletter coming

For those of you that have received one of my monthly newsletters (ok...either the April or May one...I have only done 2!), then you would have received them as hard copies. This is because I have been using Publisher as the programme to create them. I love Publisher, but it doesn't like being transferred onto other terminals and god forbid if you use a text that someone else doesn't have. Hissy fits erupt! So I have been limited to sending out my newsletter either by mail or givign out by hand. Which is not ideal.

So, from this month, I am going to be sending out an e-newsletter. I'm not entirely sure of all the bells and whistles, but suffice to say that it should be easier all round.

Keep an eye on your mailboxes - especially the spam box as it may get shoved in there until you tell your computer that my stuff ain't spam!! The June newsletter will be out shortly.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Adding a little something

I had an urge today to use some of the gorgeous Designer Series Paper (DSP) that I bought during the DSP special (buy 3 get a 4th one free). These cards showcase the Urban Oasis DSP which is matched to the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set which I have also used.

We all look for that extra something to add to our scrapbook pages and cards. Here I have shown you how simple it is to 'step up' your cards by simply adding some bling. I have used the olive glitter out of the fine supernova pack. And to get it on the card, it was as easy as using a bit of sticky strip and then pouring the glitter over. A quick shake to get rid of the excess (into my Powder Pal™ tray so I didn't waste any) and dah dah dah.......


(note: it is VERY hard to photograph glitter!!)

I have done the same card twice; once with just a strip of Not Quite Navy cardstock and the other with the olive glitter. I think both look good, but I have to admit a weakness for the glitter and other sparkly things!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Second class is OPEN for bookings

Following on from the success of my first class, I am now taking bookings for my second class which will be utilising one of the new stamp sets to this year's Ideas Book and Catalogue.



If you’re looking for quick and easy cards to make that have a real “wow” factor, then this class is perfect for you! You’ll use the Upsy Daisy stamp set and Urban Garden designer paper to create these four stunning cards and a sleek little box to hold them in.


Date: 20th June 2009

Time: 1.30 - 4pm

Cost: $20 per person (everything supplied including supplies, use of my equipment and afternoon tea)

Location: Colac Neighbourhood House, Miller St, Colac (opposite Corio Bay Sports Physio)


Please email me to sign up for this class - sam.simpson@bigpond.com - or phone me on 0419 373 115. Bookings are essential (so I can have enough supplies on hand for everyone for the day) and numbers are limited. Places are already filling, so don't leave it too late to put your name down and join in the fun!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

First class a success!

Today I held my first stamping class. It was based on the Petal Pizzazz stamp set and also used the Washington Apple design series paper (which is part of the paper special for the month of MAY). Everyone was able to complete their projects in the alloted time and a couple of ladies even stayed back for an impromptu lesson on embossing.

The feedback that I got was that everyone enjoyed themselves and had a great time. If you are one of the ladies that attended and are reading along to this, then I truly thank you for coming along and making my day (and class) a success!

Now I have to get my thinking cap on for next month's class. But for those that are wondering what I have planned for upcoming months, some of the classes on offer will be:
* 'Cards for Blokes' (probably run around end August, in time for Father's Day)
* 'Free Wheeling' (showcasing the wheel stamps for both cards and scrapbooking)
* 'Stamp a Stack' (where you make literally a stack of stamped cards!)
* 'Starting to look like Christmas!' (probably end Oct/start Nov)
........and others!!!!

I have introduced a gift certificate offer for my classes. We all have people in our lives that are seemingly difficult or impossible to buy for. Then why not give them something different? It's very simple. You just contact me and essentially pre-pay for one of my upcoming classes. I will send you a gift certificate and a beautiful stamped card to give to the lucky recipient. Or why not suggest to others that you would like one of these!! And of course, you can also stick your wish list on the fridge, highlight what you really want and suggest that you would like SU! stuff for a gift!!!

I am also now accepting payments directly into my bank account, so if that makes life easier for you, please contact me about this when arranging payment.

I sincerely hope that you come along to one of my upcoming classes. We had a great time and I'm sure that it is only going to get better from here on!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Don't forget the pattern papers!

Yes, there are only 2 more weeks for the Designer Series Paper special to run. So don't leave your order to the last minute in case you forget. You will be kicking yourself if you do. Because you get 4 packs for the price of 3! That's right, a FREE pack. I just submitted my own order today (I got Urban Garden, Washington Apple, Haiku and Urban Oasis) and am eagerly anticipating their arrival!!

A number of my customers have taken advantage of this special - both card makers and scrappers alike. This special really caters to both.

I have just finished a rather busy couple of weeks. I have held 3 in home workshops and taken a couple of individual customer orders. I have been making the same 'Make and Takes' at my demonstrations the past month and am ready to change them over. As such, I am showing you what the ladies at the workshops have been making and taking home:-


The workshops have been showcasing the 2 step stamp sets (I used 'Heartfelt Thanks') and almost without exception, participants have been wowed with the results. It is quite difficult to explain that anyone can make these cards.....people don't believe me. But it's true. At most of the workshops, I have had one or two young girls (from 11yo) come with their mum and they have joined in with at least one of the cards. And honestly, their creations were every bit as good as anyone else's. I urge everyone to not be intimidated...once the projects are broken down for you, you will see how blindingly simple most of them are. And they look great!!!

So, for my next lot of workshops I have upcoming, I am about to put on my thinking cap and come up with some nifty 'M&Ts'. Actually, in reality, I have so many ideas, that I'm sure I could run workshops from now until the end of time. I'm tossing up between a couple of techniques that I am really liking at the moment, so if you want to see what they are, give me a call and arrange an in-home workshop. You only need half a dozen friends or so to come along and have a chat, a laugh, do some stamping, and hopefully be a bit inspired by what I do.

And speaking about get togethers, just a final reminder to anyone who is thinking about joining me for my upcoming class on May 23rd (which is this coming weekend). Places are filling fast and I only have a couple of spots open. So if you want to come along (see blurb on class in my post below), then contact me ASAP. Cost is $20 and everything is supplied. I will be holding this at the Colac Neighbourhood House in Conner St (or Miller St....the house runs between the two) from 1.30pm.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Specials!!!

Wow! It has been quite a week in stamping for the Stampin' Up! team. Firstly, I have just returned from Convention '09, where a huge group of Australian and New Zealand demonstrators came together to gain new business insights, meet and hear from members of the US home office (including the founder & CEO Shelli Gardner), draw inspiration from a number of demonstrations, and generally have a great time catching up with new and old friends.

From my perspective, as a new demonstrator, I learnt a lot. I would have to say that for me, the majority of it was not ground breaking stuff, more of a reinforcement of what I already knew. And of course, I came away full to the brim with new ideas on how to use the gorgeous new stamp sets, patterned paper and accessories. I am just itching to get out there and share my knowledge and excitment!

At the Canberra airport on the way home, I was waiting for my flight and look who I happened to run into....

Yes! Shelli Gardner. The home office team had flights cancelled and delayed, so had been grounded for a few hours. I happened to be in the same departure lounge. I intially introduced myself and thanked them for such a wonderful few days. Afterwards, Shelli came over to me and had a chat for about 10 minutes, asking me about my life and what led me to become a SU! demonstrator. What a lovely lady!

Anyway, there are 2 more exciting announcements for you as a customer.

Stampin' Up! regards the month of May as "scrapbooking month". As such, from May 1st through to May 31st, when you buy 3 packs of Designer Series Paper, you will get a 4th packet FREE! Yep, absolutely no cost. The only DSP pack that is not included is the 'Sweet Slumber' range as this is a heavy cardstock weight paper. But all the others are available in this offer.

But that's not all!!

For the month of May only, you can become a demonstrator for only $150 with the scrapbooking starter kit! This is unbelievable value. The starter kit is generally only available for purchase as an add on to the full starter kit, and all the bits and peices in it retail at over $250. So, if you are a scrapbooker, or someone who is looking to maybe launch into Stampin' Up! for a reduced cost, then this limited time offer is for you.
And of course, when you sign up to be a demonstrator with Stampin' Up! you will earn instant income on your sales, get great discounts on your own purchases, have the potential to earn free stamp sets and product, be among the first to know about upcoming specials, and of course, last but not least, make some fantastic friendships with customers, hostesses and other Stampin' Up! demonstrators.

Give me a all today, or drop me an email if you would like further information about either of these fantastic offers! But don't leave it too late. Remember, these specials are only valid for the month of MAY.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

First class date confirmed

After announcing in my previous post that I am going to be running classes, I am now very pleased to announce that I will be running a 'Petal Pizzazz' class.

Sneak Peak!!


In this class, you will be making 2 cards and a 6x6 scrapbook page (which I will demonstrate how this can be stepped up to an A4 and 12x12 page). This class is therefore suited to both card makers and scrapbookers, and is tailored for either beginners or confident stampers alike! For those that love Stampin' Up!'s beautiful Designer Series Paper, then this class will give you ideas on how you can use them.

Date: May 23rd, 2009
Time: 1.30pm start (finish between 3.30 - 4pm)
Cost: $20/head. This includes everything you will need: supplies, use of all my equipment & light refreshments
Location: Colac Neighbourhood House, Connor St, Colac

Please email me to sign up for this class at sam.simpson@bigpond.com
Bookings are essential (so I can have enough supplies on hand) and numbers are limited.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Thankyou

Just a post of appreciation to Libby S for being my first hostess. I wasn't sure how things would go, but I am pleased to say that (I think) the workshop went very well. For those ladies that were at the workshop and may be reading along right now, I sincerely hope you had a great time and maybe consider hosting your own workshop!

This card is an example of the thankyou cards I have made up for my first few hostesses. These little gems are called 'Fresh Cut Notes', measuring just over 10cm square. A co-ordinating stamp set - 'Fresh Cuts' - is just right for these. The picture shows the card stamped in one of the new In-Colour range, "Red Riding Hood".

Things are starting to pick up for me, with a promotion at a local kindy, a couple of workshops booked in and a trip to Canberra for the annual Stampin' Up! convention. I am also going to be hosting a class in May (dates TBC, but anticipated to be Saturday 23rd May) which will utilise one of the Design Series Paper range. This class would be ideal for any scrappers that need to get some inspiration, and is equally suited to card makers as well. A sneak peak of the workshop will be posted in the next week or so. However, if you are interested in coming along, simply email me and I'll make sure to reserve you a place!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

A little bit of Grace

My newsletter is ready! However, I am not completely computer savvy and can't work out just yet, how to link it on here. So whilst I am trying to nut that out, if you would like a copy of the newsletter (either via email or normal mail), please contact me and I'll add you to the list!

The newsletter ('A little bit of Grace') includes;
  • Classes on offer - including a sneak peak!
  • Stampin' Up! convention
  • Ideas Book and Catalogue information