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.