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.