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

Monday, April 13, 2009

Things on offer

In a couple of days I kick off my "party circuit", doing my very first in home party, which I am very excited about. I am really looking forward to these and promoting not only SU! products, but also the overall concept of papercrafts and creativity in general.

I have also been busy researching and developing a few classes which I am going to be offering. These 2 - 3 hour classes will typically involve particpants making a range of cards, off the page (OTP) items or a scrapbook page (or a combination of one or more). These will be run on a fee per head basis and will normally include everything you need for the class. I am intending to run these classes once a month at the Neighbourhood House in Colac, with more classes timetabled as demand increases.

In the near future, I also intend to offer a "stamp club" which essentially means that every member of the club commits to purchasing a minimum monthly (or bimonthly) amount and every member takes a turn at hostessing a meeting. This way, every member takes advantage of fabulous hostess benefits whilst incrementally building up your stamp collection.

I am in the process of investigating an email newsletter proforma which I intend to use to update customers, hostesses, stamp club members and other interested parties about what specials are being offered through Stampin' Up! and also me personally, the calendar of upcoming events, fundraising, news snippets, competitions and much more!

In the meantime, if you, or anyone you know, would like to be updated with my calendar of events, please email me (address under my profile pic) and I'll include you on my list!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Causing chaos!

I have just spent the better part of 2 hours fixing up something that should never have been mucked up. And it was entirely my fault!

My husband and I run a dairy farm and this business has its own website and blog. The blog has been going for about a year now and has plenty of information on it. When I decided to start my own blog for "Graceful Impressions", I simply created a new blog under the account that we use for the farm blog.

Bad idea.

Particulary if you want to display seperate profiles. Earlier today, when viewing the farm blog (click here if you want to view it!), I noticed that under the area of "about us" it spoke about how I had become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and that anyone could do what I do. Nothing to do with milking cows and running a farm. Confident that Mark (hubby) would think this NQR, I decided to delete the blog from that account, sign up to blogger using my own account and go from there.

Not that simple, I'm afraid. Because you see, I wanted - obviously - to keep the name Graceful Impressions as the blog address. But because the author and owner was Craiglands, I couldn't register it. Arghhhhhh! Panic now starts to set in.

At the apex of my disaster, I had 2 accounts with about 5 blogs between them, some that had been deleted, some that had dodgy URL's....it was a nightmare. It is at this juncture that I would like to point out the fabbo help area that blogger has. I know others have not been happy with various aspects of blogger, but to date, any issue I have, has been able to be rectified almost immediately. Although, this might also mean that my problems are not all that big (only in my mind) and that countless others have made the same mistakes as me!

Anyway, the upshot is, after inviting myself to be an admin (with different email addresses) on various sites, then removing myself as admin on others, I have successfully transferred over the ownership of 'Graceful' to me (Sam) and away from Craiglands, without loosing any data from either blog!!!

Hurrah!!!

Now I'm off to have a bit of a stiff drink before updating you on all things 'Graceful' and SU!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

New month, new business venture!

Welcome to my very first post on my brand new site!

I am extremely excited to introduce my new venture - "GRACEFUL IMPRESSIONS" - which I hope will not only open doors for me both socially and from a business sense, but also I sincerely hope to be able to inspire others to delve into the world of stamping and scrapbooking.

Graceful Impressions really began probably 2 years ago when I first received a Stampin' Up!® catalogue and then subsequently purchased my first stamp set. In the past, I had always referred to myself as a 'nervous stamper', but after breaking free of my own constraints, I have really taken the bull by the horns.

Fast forward to February this year, and I finally decided to take the plunge and become an independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator. There were a number of reason why the time was right for me now:-
1. although I enjoyed working full time, the reality is, we haven't finished our family and returning to the workforce is not something that is available to me at this point;
2. I love doing scrapbooking, and increasingly, card making. I find it relaxing, keeps me stimuated and I get a bit of time for ME;
3. I truly believe that there are other people in my own town and surrounds that would really benefit from having a Stampin' Up! demonstrator come to them and help them get started. So many people comment on my scrapbook pages and tell me they wish they could do something like that. They can!!!

So here I am!

The Stampin' Up! year starts on April 1st, with the release of the BRAND NEW CATALOGUE & IDEAS BOOK. This is a fantastic resource. It is not just a catalogue, but is jam packed full of colours, projects, samples, tips and techniques that will be referred to over and over again. If you would like to get your hands on a copy, simply email me and I can arrange to get one to you. RRP $12.95 (plus p/h), or if you are local and would like to pick one up in person, you can have it for $10.