Friday, December 31, 2010

We're off and running....before the end of the year!


The specials from SU! have begun and we haven't even farewelled 2010 yet!

Valentine's Day is rapidly approaching us and as one of the most popular card giving days on the yearly calendar, there is no better reason than to check out this special from SU!

Simply purchase the Sweetheart stamp set (p38) OR the Full Heart punch (p147) and receive a FREE package of Heart Treat Cups valued at $6.50. Purchase BOTH the stamp set and the punch and receive TWO packages of Heart Treat Cups for FREE!

Contact me to place your order and get set to create some beautiful cards and projects for those special in your life for Valentine's Day.

Click on the flyer in my side bar to view and download your own Sweetheart flyer.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

New stuff for the New Year!

As we prepare to embark on another year (the start of my 3rd as a SU! demonstrator :0 ), I want to flag some new things that I will be doing with my business in 2011. Keep a eye on this blog and also on my newsletters for more details;
  • Customer Loyalty Programme
  • Hostess only events
  • More web based offers (such as class by mail)
  • Paypal
  • Scrapbook classes
I will also be continuing the stamp clubs (a new one to begin in March 2011 - needs to be finalised by early Feb 2011), technique groups and my usual classes. My newsletter will also continue to be distributed at the start of each month, and will contain similar information that has been included previously. I am also thinking about sending out a survey to past customers and blog readers to gauge what your needs are from me.

Of course, I will also bring you all the specials that Stampin' Up! have to offer throughout the year, as well as any of my personal offers.

As 2010 draws to a close, I thank each and every one of you for helping to make my business the enjoyable experience it is for me. I hope you also get a heap of enjoyment out of both the craft and also the interaction you have with me and other stampers. I look forward to working with you in 2011 and making Graceful Impressions even more successful.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

MERRY CHRISTMAS


To all my blogsite followers, I wish you all a

very Merry Christmas
and a safe, prosperous and creative 2011.

As the Stampin' Up! office is closed for the public holidays, I am also taking the opportunity to spend some quality time with my family. As such, I will not be submitting any orders until January 4th. However, please feel free to submit any orders to me via email and I will make sure that they are dealt with on the 4th Jan.

For any last minute December Frenzy orders, I will be checking my email on December 28th. Please remember that December Frenzy finishes on December 29th. I will make sure that any orders that get to my email address by Dec 28th will make the cut off. Payment will only be credit card or direct deposit.

Best wishes for Christmas,

Sam Simpson

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Some special Chrissy cards


My husbands family does a Kriskringal (sp?) for Christmas which means that I only have to buy for 2 (let's face it, whoever Mark draws means I also have to buy for them!!). This year, I drew my MIL and one of my SILs. Both of them are customers of mine (and hopefully not reading this blog before Christmas....if so LOOK AWAY LIBBY AND JUDY!!!!! Oh, and MUM - because I'm going to post your card too!!! I have moved away from the traditional look for Christmas cards, but have added in either sentiments, or touches of colour to tie back to Christmas festivities.


But I thought you might like to see them before we start kicking back and enjoying good food and company.

I decided on a vintage look, simply because my order from the mini catalogue came through the other day, and it contained a number of things on these cards! There is a lot going on in these 3 cards, so let me break it down for you:
Firstly, I have to apologise for the use of stamp here. It is a retired one called "Toile Blossoms". However, if you would like to replicate this look, simply use 'Easter Blossom' (mini) or 'Elements of Style' in the IB&C instead.
Cardstock - Very Vanilla
DSP - Holiday Treasures (retired)....simply use another DSP that takes your fancy
Ink - Crumb Cake, Red Riding Hood, Choc Chip, Soft Suede, Real Red (marker), Old Olive (marker)
Stamp - Very Vintage (wheel), Toile Blossoms (retired), a non SU! sentiment
Other - Chantilly lace, Pearls, white gel pen, Gold Smooch Spritz

Cardstock - Very VanilLa, Blushing Bride
DSP - Newsprint, Holiday Treasures (retired)
Ink - Choc Chip (ink and marker), Red Riding Hood, Certainly Celery (marker), Soft Suede, Real Red (marker)
Stamp - Bella Toile (background), Rough Type
Other - Chantilly lace, Vintage Trinkets, Mini Vintage Tags, White gel pen, gold smooch spritz

Cardstock - Very Vanilla
DSP - Holiday Treasures (retired)
Ink - Blushing Bride, Soft Suede, Red Riding Hood, Choc Chip, Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand
Stamp - Itty Bitty Bits, Just Believe, a non SU! sentiment, Very Vintage (wheel)
Other - Big Shot, tags, Bitty Buttons, Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, Pearls, Chantilly lace, white gel pen, Vintage Trinkets

items UNDERLINED are available in the Summer mini catalogue. Contact me to purchase these items, as they are a limited time offer!

Friday, December 17, 2010

My Chrissy cards


I thought you might be interested in the Christmas cards I am sending out. As I hold Christmas card classes from October onwards, I end up with some product cut up that does not get used. Rather than waste the product, I made them up into cards for myself. The one down the bottom is the card I offered in a kit, and the one on the right is the one I made up as a sample for this blog showing the new lattice embossing folder. The one on the left is one I made for a nieghbourhood house Christmas class.

I hope you all have had fun making your own Chrissy cards this year. I have seen some in real life, and have been lucky to receive some myself!

Materials used:
(Right hand card)
Paper - Old Olive cs, Cherry Cobbler cs, Very Vanilla cs, Jolly Holiday DSP
Ink - Early Espresso
Stamp - Punches Three (retired hostess)
Other - Pearl, Shimmer paint (champagne), scallop square punch
Non SU - Isocol

(Left hand card)
Paper - Cherry Cobbler cs, Very Vanilla cs, Jolly Holiday DSP
Ink - Cherry Cobbler
Stamp - Christ is Born, Soft Holly (wheel)
Other - Old Olive satin ribbon, Rhinestone, corner rounder punch

(Centre card)
see HERE

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

FINAL reminder for Xmas orders

As I mentioned in my December newsletter, final orders for Christmas are due TODAY. However, if you are reading this on Thursday 16th, you can still get a quick order. I have to submit an order on the 16th anyway, and am 90% sure it will be ok in time for Xmas. So if you have anything that you want to give as a Chrissy present, send me an email NOW. Orders placed after the 16th cannot be guaranteed of reaching you in time for Christmas.

Don't forget that the December Frenzy sale is still on and runs until December 29th. Check out the post below for details.

Other timelines are:
  • Christmas gift cards to be posted - DUE TODAY
  • Christmas gift cards to be delivered or posted locally (Colac) or picked up - due DECEMBER 20th

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Summer mini is LIVE and another great special too!!!


What a day!

You really can't complain too much about crafting today, as Stampin' Up! have 2 great things for you.


Firstly, the Summer Mini Catalogue goes live today. From today through to 31st March 2011, we will be able to order more stuff! Yeah! I pre-purchased some items to put on my blog for you all, but even I will now purchase in earnest! All of my customers over the past 12 months have either now got a mini catty in their hot little hands, or it is being delivered today. If you would like to receive a FREE catty for yourself, please email me and I'll get one out to you right away.


Secondly, SU! have announced a DECEMBER FRENZY sale. From today until Dec 29th, you can order some selected items at HUGE savings. Some up to 50% off! Click HERE or on the picture to go to a full size document that you can either save or print out for yourself.

(Ladies that are in December's stamp club are able to order any of these items as part of your stamp club order if you wish).


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Another sneak peek!


With the launch of the Summer Mini catty only a matter of a week or so away, I am getting organised with my deliveries of these beauties to my regular customers.

All customers that have purchased off me in the last 12 months will automatically receive a catalogue - either in person or in your mail box. If you would like to get a FREE copy, but have not made a recent purchase off me, please email me with your name and postal address and I'll get one in the mail.


This 12x12 scrapbook layout uses a few new items from both the IB&C and the upcoming mini. I have finally gotten around to using my 'Nursery Suite' DSP and as I have previously admitted to lovin' the bling, I have also used quite a few of my pearls and rhinestones too. But, you will spy another bling item on the page - the gold spray! Yes, this spritz is a new item in the catty, as is the stamp and the DSP. Actually, the DSP is REALLY interesting. It appears blank, until you put ink or dye or chalk or something of the like on it. And then the pattern appears. Cool!

If you would like to see some of the new items in real life, then give me a call to book a workshop and have me come and show them to you and your friends. I am reasonably open in the last part of January and am available to take bookings now.


Materials used:
Cardstock - Presto Patterns specialty DSP, Nursery Suite DSP, Whisper White
Ink - Pear Pizzazz, Regal Rose
Stamps - Homemade (a la carte)
Other - Rhinestones, Pearls, Gold Smooch Spritz, 1 3/4 circle punch, sponge,
Non SU! Products - Rub-ons

Friday, November 26, 2010

Birthday party favours

I was so impressed by how the Probus boxes came up a few weeks back, that I decided to make some up for Biddy's birthday and use them as the party favour containers.

These are super super simple, because apart from cutting out the box using the Fancy Favours die in my Big Shot, I just stamped the image of the horse (that matched the invites I made) on thre front prior to assembly. Then I just punched a couple of holes in the side and threaded through some of the new In-Colour ribbon.

excuse my messy desk!

I used 2 colours - pink for girls, green for boys - although I would have loved to use the Blushing Bride colour for all of them as I think it is a really good pink. The best that SU! have ever released (in my opinion!)

Materials used:
Cardstock - Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz
Stamp - Pony Party
Ink - Concorde Crush
Other - Concorde Crush ribbon, Sticky Strip, Fancy Favours die, Big Shot

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A note on returning goods

I have just had reason to contact SU! customer service regarding a faulty product. Yes, even SU! occasionally find that there may be a fault with either an individual item or a batch of items. As a general rule, these faults are picked up pretty quickly and SU! put measures in place to rectify the problem before you the customer are impinged upon. But sometimes, one item that may not be 100% sneaks through, and needs to be returned.

SU! is committed to customer service and pride themselves on their high quality products. However, it is important to note that products can only be returned to SU! within 90 days of purchase. Generally, it is a no questions asked policy, especially if there is an obvious fault. But you must return within 90 days or else you will not be able to get a replacement.

So, I ask you to make sure that everything you get:
a) is exactly what you ordered
b) is in good working order (especially punches and tools)
c) has the correct number of components (such as number of stamps in a box)
d) has no obvious faults (such as a stamp image not working)

If you have a problem with anything you get, please contact me ASAP. Whilst a lot of orders come through me and are repacked to be delivered to you, I don't open packages and inspect goods. That is up to you. For those that have orders posted directly to you, the onus is on you to ensure that the whole order is accounted for in the package (making note of any items that are on backlisting and will be posted separately).


Sunday, November 21, 2010

No sooner did I say that........

Whilst I was typing my last post lamenting the poor connection my computer had to the rest of our computers and the internet, my darling husband - unbeknown to me - was fixing my connection! So everything is running ok now....for the minute. Some big changes will be afoot as far as technology is concerned in this house. We are going to be buying an Apple laptop to run my stamping business from and keep it disconnected from the rest of our intranet. This will save me a lot of grief I feel, but may cause some periods of frustration as this PC lovin' gal learns to use a Mac.

Anyway, being back on my own computer means I can load up a few pics of stuff from the NEW MINI CATTY which will be winging its way to some of you in the next week or so.

As I mentioned in my newsletter - and I think this blog - ALL my stamp club girls, my technique club ladies and anyone that has purchased off me over the past 12 months will automatically receive a complimentary copy in the mail (or in person). If you do not fall into one of those three categories but would love to get your hands on this FREE catalogue, all you need to do is email me with a postal address and I'll get one out to you ASAP.

Here are a couple of pictures using some new products. The Christmas one was the same one I put on my newsletter and it uses a brand new embossing folder for your Big Shot (excuse the stamp set which is retired..last year's hostess gift, but it matched the punches behind....).


The second one uses a new stamp set - Avairy - and I have teamed it with some of the Daffodil Delight striped ribbon and the Sunny Garden DSP which are both new to the main IB&C. The sentiment comes from the level 3 hostess set, Occasional Quotes.


I will load another few things on here over the next couple of days, including a scrapbook page, so keep an eye out.

Dinner details

To any ladies that will be joining me for dinner THIS TUESDAY (23rd), the details are:

7pm
Cafe Nu Deli, Colac
Purchase own meals and drinks at venue's prices.

I have the following ladies as confirmed attendees:
  • Michelle C
  • Ashley C
  • Lil C
  • Lynne S
  • Carol C
  • Barb B
  • Heather A
If your name does not appear on this list but you would like to come, please contact me and let me know so I can confirm numbers with the venue.

As an aside, I am having some computer issues at the moment. We run a number of computers at home/dairy, and they are all linked. However, my computer that I run all my stamping business from is not talking to the other computers just now (being a bit snobbish I think!). Whilst I can access my emails and blog from other computers, sending emails and loading photos onto my blog is a little difficult as all those things are on my computer. Sigh....you don't really realise how much we've come to rely on technology until it doesn't work for us!

Hopefully this issue will be fixed ASAP and I will load a few more things out of the upcoming mini catty on here for you.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Nifty new link

I have just sent out my November newsletter, so check your inboxes. The company I use to host my newsletters have recently had a bit of an overhaul and one of the thing they have introduced is a link to all past newsletters. As I have recently met a number of new customers that I have referred to this blog, I thought that there may be some interest in looking at some of my past newsletters.

If you would like to have a squizz at any previous newsletter, please click HERE and you will be taken to a list which you can select which ones you want to read (or all of them!)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Birthday invites

My middle child - Biddy - is rapidly coming up to her 3rd birthday. Hence, Christmas is rapidly coming up too, as they fall on the same day! Because she has such a tragic birth date, we celebrate her day a month earlier. As such, it always seems to take me by surprise. Fortunately, she is still young enough to have just a few family and the odd friend come to celebrate and she thinks it is a huge deal. God love 'em!

I finished her birthday invites this afternoon. Biddy is horse mad...and I mean MAD...so of course, when I saw this Pony Party set in the old autumn/winter catty, I had to buy it for her. Luckily for me, it made the current IB&C, so I have an opportunity to show you my creations as well.


These invites started out COMPLETELY differently in my head. Isn't that the way though? And even as I was actually constructing them, I was changing bits and pieces. Hence, they took much longer than they should have, but I am thrilled with them. As you can see in the pic, I used a range of colours for both the horses and the cardstocks.

Biddy with one of her invites

The benefit of doing small things like this (these cards measure 11 x 10cm) is that you can use up cardstock scraps, ribbon scraps and for the acetate wings, I used some window sheets left over from my Greenhouse Gala class. Some bits are new though, such as the colours (inks and cardstock), ribbon and of course the corner punch.

On the weekend just gone, I attended the SU! Regionals in Melbourne. I had a great time, participated in some swaps and practiced some techniques that I had long forgotten. One of these was the watercolouring which is how I coloured in the horses on the invites. I was all inspired. I will come back with a separate post on Regionals later on.


Finally, I am about to send out my November newsletter (yes, yes.... running late again!), and in it, I remind my customers that in the run up to Christmas and gift giving, that I am able to provide gift vouchers. Gift vouchers start at $25 and go as high as you would like to spend. These are perfect to give to someone that is interested in crafting as they can use the money to spend on any SU! products, or they might like to use the money for a class. In addition, if YOU would like to receive one from loved ones, simply tell them to contact me via mobile or email and I will sort all the details out for them. For Christmas, I will even package the vouchers up and have them ready to simply hand over on the 25th December. Easy, simple, quick and WANTED Christmas presents!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Christmas dinner for local ladies

I have been approached to arrange a dinner for my customers to celebrate Christmas. Ok, it is really just an excuse to go out for dinner!

I am throwing out a date and will determine whether there is enough interest to go ahead.

Date: Tuesday 23rd November
Time: 7pm
Place: TBA, but probably Nu Deli or Union in Colac
RSVP: as soon as you can so I can determine if this is a goer or not. I will need firm numbers by at least Friday 19th to confirm any booking (especially if a number of us are going to attend)
Cost: Buy your own meal and drinks at venue prices.

Contact me via email using "RSVP dinner" in the email title (it will catch my attention that way).

Monday, November 8, 2010

MIA

Sorry ladies...I have been somewhat MIA (missing in action). I have been very busy with stamping stuff, scrapbooking, kids, life in general.... I've had my little one to and from the doctors due to being classified as "failing to thrive", and my 5yo decided he would try his hand at hairdressing.......on his 2.5yo sister!

But I have been productive on the papercraft side of things. My mum is in a local Probus group and they commissioned me to make up some little boxes for their Christmas function in late November. I made 80 of them - 40 in Wild Wasabi and 40 in Poppy Parade using the Big Shot "Fancy Favour" die.

I used the Contempo Christmas set, plus the sentiment on the reverse side is from the level 3 hostess gift set "Occasional Quotes" And I could hardly have a Christmas bag without glitter! I used the gold and the silver from the new "Fine Galaxy" range.


These boxes will be filled with treats that other ladies are supplying (biscuits, coffee, tea bags, truffles etc) and I also supplied the cellophane bags to package the food items into.

I'm so impressed with how they look, I am using the same Big Shot die to make birthday treat bags for Biddy's 3rd birthday party at the end of November.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Free ribbon from SU!

Stampin' Up! have announced a beaut offer where you can get free ribbon!

Simply host a $550 or more workshop between October 16 and November 30 and you will be able to choose from one of 4 ribbons.

Or, you can also choose on of the ribbons when you buy one of the Christmas bundles that SU! have on offer.

DESCRIPTION

WOOD-MOUNT ITEM/SALE PRICE

CLEAR-MOUNT ITEM/SALE PRICE

Gifted Bundle

Gifted Set and Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper

124041;

$66.90

124042;

$56.90

Welcome Christmas Bundle

Welcome Christmas Set and Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper

124045;

$69.90

124046;

$59.90

Season of Joy Bundle

Season of Joy Set and So Swirly Stampin’

Around Wheel

124043;

$67.90

n/a

Delightful Decorations Bundle

Delightful Decorations Set and Ornament Punch

124044;

$72.90

n/a


The DSP listed in the 'Welcome Christmas' bundle is not currently available in our catalogue. So, to show you what it looks like --------->


To check out the ribbons and the full flyer, click HERE

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Christmas cards

Please read full post...I have an Christmas card kit offer below!

As you will be aware from one of my recent posts, the Christmas card class I have coming up on 16th October is now fully booked. And it was before September was even close to closing! I thought however, I would post a picture of the cards that will be made in this class - some of you might like to use them as inspiration for your own Christmas cards.


The card with the bow did not photograph well in the group pic, so I have taken it again on its own. This card uses some of the new shimmer paint (p143) and on this card I have used the 'frost white' colour. It is really nice and so easy to use. Not only does it work on Chrissy cards, but also on any vintage cards that you might like to get a 'verdigris' look (that greeny colour on copper).


CHRISTMAS CARD KIT
Some of you - especially those that do not live near me and cannot attend classes - might be interested in this Christmas card kit I am offering. It is based on one of the cards from the class. I have put together a kit which will provide you with most consumables needed to make 20 cards.


For the reasonably low price of just $30 including postage (without postage, works out to be less than $1.40/card!) you get:
  • 10 sheets Cherry Cobbler A4 cardstock
  • 7 sheets Very Vanilla A4 cardstock
  • 3 and a bit (!) sheets of Jolly Holiday DSP (various colours)
  • 4 meters White Organza ribbon
  • 1 packet of rhinestones (you will have extra left over to use on other projects)
  • Instructions and cutting guide
You need to provide:
  • Contempo Christmas stamp set
  • Old Olive ink (or another green ink)
  • Modern Label punch for sentiment (this is optional...you could simply cut out sentiment with snips)
  • SNAIL or another adhesive
  • sponge
If you would like to add the stamp set, the punch, ink etc onto your order, simply let me know and I can calculate it for you.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

10.10.10 = 10%

**I am keeping this post at the top of my blog until Sunday. Newer posts can be seen below**


This one is just for my blog readers;

If you place an order with me on Sunday 10th of October 2010 (aka 10/10/10), you will get 10% off your order (before p/h).

Make sure that you email or phone me from now until Sunday to receive this special. Offer only valid until Sunday 10th and not valid with any other specials offered by Graceful Impressions.

Christmas Card class

This class is now FULLY SUBSCRIBED.

Thankyou to all the ladies who have reserved their place. For anyone that missed out, please contact me directly to see if an alternative time can be arranged (no promises). Again, I encourage anyone who wishes to do one of my classes to book in early as the places are filling very quickly.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Christmas baubles

On my last order, I put down for some of the new shimmer paint (p143) and I have to say that I am very impressed! So too is my daughter Biddy, who decided that she would also have a 'play' with it. Suffice to say, the shimmer paint DOES wash out of clothes and easily off skin! However, it does say on the bottle that if you use it on fabric, you need to heat set it. I obviously washed in cold water.


But, I used it on cardstock and got a lovely result. It is a bit tricky to photograph however, and I needed to go outside in the sun, but in real life, it looks pretty good indoors as well. It was easy to use as well. I just used a sponge dauber and applied it direct to the stamp and stamped as usual. I also experimented on a scrap piece of cardstock to see what it looked like as a general 'wash' and it looks good. It would make a good background.


I have used a number of new things on this simple card; the Contempo Christmas stamp set, three new punches, the white organza ribbon and three of the new colours of cardstock. As I mentioned in the post below, the trick to producing lots of cards to send out at Christmas is to make sure that you keep them simple enough that they don't get you bogged down, but are still eye catching for the recipient. I think that the shimmer paint will help in this respect, especially as you don't need to use very much and it is quick and simple to use.

Materials used:
Stamp - Contempo Christmas
Ink - Soft Suede
Cardstock - Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Pear Pizazz
Other - White Organza ribbon, Ornament punch, modern label punch, scallop trim border punch, champagne shimmer paint, sponge dauber, sponge, dimensionals

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Christmas Card class

Yes, it is that time of year again when we need to start thinking about the design of the Christmas cards we are going to be sending out. You may like to come up with one design and make all your cards as such, or you may like to customise each of the cards you send out. Either way, NOW is the time to think about them, buy your supplies and start creating.

My own timeframe in making Christmas cards is to get them all done by the second week of November. That way, I have some time up my sleeve if I find I need to give extras. I also try to keep my designs relatively simple. I find that when I am doing a lot (I send out around 50) I find the whole job quite onerous if I have to do too many fiddly bits. Now that there is an ornament punch (p147) that matches Contempo Christmas (p24) and Delightful Decorations (p25) stamp sets, creating cards should be a snap!

My next class - October 16th - will focus on creating Christmas cards. We will be making a number of them, incorporating some new Christmas sets, and the new shimmer paint (p143). You can use one of my designs to make your own personal cards, or you might like to use them as inspiration. Either way, this class will help you get started.

As always, my classes are booking up FAST. The Christmas class is extremely popular and I only have a couple of spaces left. Contact me ASAP to reserve your place. I will be posting more details about the class including some pictures in the next day or so, so keep your eye on this blog for that information.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Back from holidays

Just a quick note to let you all know that I have returned from the cold, icy Grampians and am back on deck.

Kids had a ball, Mark and myself had a great break and now we are back into it (I even had to milk this morning!! Gasp!).

Feel free to place any orders via email or phone. Don't forget about the product shares and bundles that I have now extended until October 8th.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Product bundles and shares

Because I am going to be away for the last week of September, I am extending the time frame to order the product bundles and product shares that I have on offer.

I will now take orders until FRIDAY OCTOBER 8th.

The Christmas bundle has proved very popular. Most customers have taken advantage of the suggested add on and purchased the rubons and the ink (you may interchange the Basic Black for another classic ink colour if you want). The Cherry Cobbler cardstock is to die for and will form the basis of many of my own Christmas cards this year.

I have a couple of places available for the buttons product shares pack, so if you would like to get your hands on a variety of buttons from the Regals, Brights and Subtles ranges, get in touch so I can finalise this share.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Absent

Just to let you know that I will be absent from my blog and also placing any orders from Monday 27th Sept through to Friday 1st Oct. I am going to be spending some time away with the family on a camping trip.

I may be able to sneak in another card picture before I go though!!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Background stamps

I must confess to not using background stamps much. Mainly because until recently, I didn't own any! I purchased the Medallion stamp when it was in the previous mini catalogue, but has now made it to the main IB&C (p 87) and have used that for a variety of projects including cards, bookmarks and book covers. (see examples HERE and HERE)

I recently saw this Belle Toile background stamp (also p 87) used by other demonstrators and thought that it was so effective. Let me tell you, it is MUCH better in real life than what you will see in the catalogue and online. Beautiful details and because of this, can form the basis for your whole card. As you can see, all I have added is a bit of cardstock and some ribbon. Simple, easy, effective and elegant.

Have a think about purchasing some background stamps for yourself. I think you will be very pleased that you have a couple in your stash.

Materials used:
Stamps - Belle Toile (b'ground), Just Believe
Ink - Basic Black
Cardstock - Very Vanilla, Basic Black
Other - 1 1/4" black striped GG ribbon, dimensionals

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tags

Just quick post tonight to show you some tags I whipped up today. These tags use 2 of the new DSP: - Love Letters and the specialty Sweet and Sour.


I've taken a picture of me holding one of the tags so you get an idea of the size. They are quite large (approx 14 x 6cm), enabling you to write a decent message on the back if you wish.


These took no time at all to bang out. The DSP is so nice, that it does most of the work for you. Depending on the particular pattern you choose, you may not need any stamping at all!

Materials used:
Stamps - Just Believe, Artistic Etchings, Printed Petals, Thankyou Kindly, Friends Never Fade
DSP - Sweet and Sour, Love Letters
Cardstock - Naturals Ivory
Ink - Rich Razzleberry, Peach Parfait, Chocholate Chip, Poppy Parade, Soft Suede, Early Espresso
Other - Pumpkin Pie taffeta ribbon, White Organza ribbon, sponge, dimensionsals, slot punch (retired)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Don't forget about product shares

I have a few names down for the product shares that I announced a week or so ago. I am still looking for names of those that would be interested in taking part to make up groups of 4.

Product shares are an ideal way of getting a variety of product into your stash without having to buy full packets. This way, you can determine if a product is really to your liking, or you can just use the smaller number you get on projects.

Click HERE to see the product shares on offer.

The product bundles have been popular...in particular the Christmas bundle which includes the very cute Dasher a la carte stamp. I've had feedback to offer more of this type of special, so keep an eye out throughout the year for bundles that I may offer, especially at the start of a mini catalogue release.

My Greenhouse Gala class was well attended and I am in preparation for the October class which will be CHRISTMAS CARDS (Lordy...Chrissy stuff already!!!). Stay tuned for more details. This class will be quite popular, so don't delay in booking in for it. I am limited in the number of people that can attend the class due to space, so don't be the one to miss out! I keep a a booking list for each class, so feel free to email me anytime to book your place in upcoming classes.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Male birthday

Thought you might like to see a card that I made today for my Father-in-law. Like many of you, I am also challenged to make mens cards. So I drew some inspiration from the IB&C to make this one. Check out page 83 and you will see that I got the idea for my card from both of the ones
that are published.

And that is why you should keep your catalogues even AFTER they are finished. Because you can use them to get ideas to make cards and scrapbook pages.

Materials used:
Stamps - Natures Nest, Occasional Quotes (hostess level 2)
Cardstock - Naturals Ivory, More Mustard
DSP - Newsprint
Ink - Chocolate Chip, Old Olive marker
Other - Hemp twine, spritzer, Kindyglitz (non SU!)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Workshop "Make and Take"

Some people may be considering hosting a workshop, especially in light of the fantastic incentives that I am offering to hostesses in September and October. But you might like to know a little more about how I run them.

After confirming a date with me, I discuss with the hostess what she would like to see me demonstrate (such as tools, products, colours etc). This discussion can go one of 2 ways; either the hostess has an idea of what she would like me to do based on what may be in a catalogue or what she may wish to learn a bit more about, or she leaves it completely up to me.

All of the workshops that I currently have booked in September and October fall into the latter category. And this is great because it allows me to showcase products and tools from the new catalogue. Sometimes - especially when there is a new catalogue - it is a bit overwhelming to choose and this is where I can help.

Each hostess will receive a hostess pack which contains a number of invitation cards, some guidance on who to invite, extra order forms for those that cannot make it, wish lists, information on joining my team and a FREE Ideas Book and Catalogue (RRP $12.95).

Prior to the workshop, I also find out from the hostess how many people are already stampers (cardmakers or scrapbookers) and how many are complete newbies. This allows me to "pitch" the cards at the most appropriate level and also allows me to focus on aspects of the business and the products that the guests would really be interested in.

On the day, after welcoming everyone, I typically begin with a very simple - but effective - project. Something like making a bookmark or a gift voucher holder. This project serves to show how simple and quick papercrafting can be.

Corner bookmark

I would then talk about the catalogue, highlighting any areas the hostess may have indicated and also talk about the hostess incentives and the benefits that the hostess of the day will receive. This is also an ideal time to discuss new things happening (such as new stamps or tools), or any specials that are being offered (by either SU! or myself).

I typically demonstrate 2 - 3 cards depending on time limitations and how intricate the cards are, and each guest also makes a card or small project. By allowing guests to get their hands on the actual products, it helps them to understand the products better and get a real appreciation for the quality.

Sneak peek of a Make and Take for the September workshops!

Over a cuppa and a snack, I would then take any orders from guests wanting to place on the day and confirm the shipping, the dates to get outstanding monies to the hostess and any other details that needed to be covered. This is an ideal opportunity for guests to look through my samples and to ask me any questions that they may have. Of course, this is the ideal time to book a workshop for any other guests! Especially when they see what the hostess is getting for FREE!

Oh, and did I mention that? I do all this for FREE and the hostess has the opportunity to earn FREE stamps and FREE products! That's right. It costs you absolutely NOTHING (except provision of a cuppa and snacks) to host a workshop. And NONE of the hostess benefits offered by SU! are dependent on anyone else booking a workshop. So if no-one else decides to hold a workshop in the future, that's fine. The hostess does not miss out on any incentives.

What are you waiting for? With a new catalogue that began only a couple of weeks ago, now is the ideal time to host a workshop, because everyone wants new things! Either give me a call or shoot me an email to arrange a date. I would LOVE to come and spend a couple of hours with you and your friends/family discussing SU! products and having a really good time!

Class FULL

No sooner did I write that last post than I read a message on my mobile for a booking for the last spaces. So to announce that the Greenhouse Gala class is NOW FULL. Thankyou to those that have booked in.

For anyone that missed out this time, please keep an eye on my class schedule which is advertised on this blog and also in my monthly newsletter that goes out at the start of each month. If you don't currently get the newsletter (delivered directly to your email inbox) then simply enter your email addy into the box at the top of my blog and you will automatically receive it each month.

My classes are filling quite quickly after being announced, so in order to avoid missing out, please get in touch ASAP to reserve your place.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Class nearly full!

If you are thinking about attending my next class to be held this Saturday - Greenhouse Gala cards - where you will make 4 cards and a window box to store them/gift them in, please get in touch with me ASAP.

I only have 2 more places available.

Don't be disappointed....make sure you reserve you place. And if you don't already have a copy of the new Ideas Book and Catalogue, there will be the opportunity to purchase one on the day for just $10.


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Oh so cute!

Check this little bloke out! How cute is he? This combination is a perfect little boy's birthday card, but by changing the colours, you could easy make it a girl card too.


Are you interested to see how this card comes together? Then book a workshop with me as this card is featuring as one of the demonstration cards for September workshops. Plus, if you host a workshop in September and October, you will be able to take advantage of the FANTASTIC deals I have on offer (click HERE for details).

Also, don't forget about the product shares and product bundles that I have on offer for the month of September. Simply scroll down to the previous post for details on those offers.

Materials used:
Stamps - Occasional Quotes (hostess level stamp set)
Cardstock - Pacific Point, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Basic Grey, Basic Black, Whisper White
DSP - Celebration
Ink - Pacific Point
Other - Owl punch, Modern Label punch, Corner Rounder punch Certainly Celery satin ribbon, dimensionals

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Are you ready for specials?!

I have just sent my September newsletter out and in it, I have announced the product shares and product bundles that I am offering.

These are only available until the end of SEPTEMBER, so get in quick!

PRODUCT SHARES
Product shares are based on 4 people. You essentially buy a 1/4 of each pack and I package it up for you. This is an excellent way of getting a taste of some of the embellishment packs without having to buy whole packs. For this lot of shares, I am offering "Buttons 'n Bows'.

Buttons - $15 (incl postage)
1/4 of each pack of Regals, Subtles and Bright buttons - a total of 54 buttons in 18 colours!

Bows - $18 (incl postage)
2m of each of each of the ribbons listed;
  • 1/8" taffeta Daffodil Delight
  • 1 1/4" grosgrain Marina Mist
  • 1/4" grosgrain Very Vanilla
  • 5/8" grosgrain Real Red
  • 3/8" taffeta Early Espresso
  • 5/8" satin Basic Black
Add on the buttons pack and pay just $30!

In-Colour Bows - $14.50 (incl postage)
2m of each of the 5 in-colour 1/2" stitched poly ribbons
  • Peach Parfait
  • Concorde Crush
  • Blushing Bride
  • Pear Pizzazz
  • Poppy Parade
Add on the buttons pack and pay just $25!


PRODUCT BUNDLES
Product bundles are where I have bundled up a variety of co-ordinating products in a way that you don't have to buy full packs. For the Christmas and Birthday bundles, both contain stamps. The Big Shot bundles include a variety of folders at HUGE savings.
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Christmas bundle - $32 (incl postage)
  • Dasher stamp (p161)
  • 1/4 pkt Jolly Holly DSP (p126)
  • 3m of 1/4" Old Olive grosgrain ribbon
  • 6 sheets Very Vanilla cardstock
  • 6 sheets of Cherry Cobbler cardstock
Suggested add on:
  • 1/2 pkt Holly Jolly rub-ons (p134) and Basic Black classic ink. Add $20
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Birthday bundle - $37 for clear mount; $45 for wood mount (incl postage)
  • Party this Way stamp set (p35)
  • 1/4 pkt Celebration DSP (p125)
  • 1/4 pkt Brights buttons
  • 3m Pear Pizzazz ribbon
Suggested add on:
  • 1/2 pkt Birthday rub-ons (p134). Add $9
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Big Shot bundle - $300 (does NOT incl postage). Value $400. SAVING $100
  • Big shot cutting and embossing machine (p150)
  • 2 x Embosslit (single) dies (p151)
  • Choice of either Fancy Favour OR Flower Folds die (p155)
  • 1 Embossing folder (p151)
  • FREE hostess level 1 stamp set
  • FREE original die (p153)
Suggested add ons:
  • Doctors bag (p150). Add $132.95
  • Standard crease pad (p150). Add $19.95
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Already have a Big Shot? Try this Big Shot accessory bundle - $115 (does NOT incl postage). Value $130. SAVING $15
  • 2 x Embossing folders (p151)
  • 2 x Embosslits (p151)
  • 1 x Sizzlits (4 pack) (p152)
  • FREE a la carte stamp (p161)
Suggested add ons:
  • Standard crease pad (p150). Add $19.95
  • Sizzlit dies (p152). Add $9.95 - 10.95
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There are some truly wonderful savings to be had - especially the Big Shot bundle and the accessories bundle - plus the fact that you are able to purchase product in a way that you normally can't.

Email or call me asap to get your name down for either the product shares, the product bundles or BOTH! As I mentioned, these offers are only available until the end of September, so don't miss out.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Hostess incentives

I am just loving the images out of the 'Cute by the Inch" stamp set. This stamp set is a level 2 hostess gift and as such is ONLY AVAILABLE TO HOSTESSES that qualify with a $600 workshop!

Does that sound a lot? Well believe me, it is not. I have many hostesses that achieve this level in sales and along with the stamp set, they are also eligible to get $70 of FREE products too!

Got a long wish list from the new catalogue? Hostessing a workshop in your home is an ideal way of getting what you want off this list for less. Contact me to book your workshop in September or October# and also receive:
  • a FREE Ideas Book and Catalogue
  • FREE shipping for the hostess
  • a FREE gift for every guest
  • a chance to WIN a stamp set*
  • a FREE set of In-Colour Stampin' Write Markers (p142) for each hostess whos workshop totals $600 or more (prior to p/h)
(*all hostesses for Sept and October will be placed into a draw to win a stamp set valued at $21.95; #workshops must be held in September or October to take advantage of these specials)

Materials used:
Stamps - Cute by the Inch, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Cardstock - Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black, Pink Pirouette
DSP - Greenhouse Gala, Newsprint
Ink - Real Red, Soft Suede
Other - Whisper White taffeta ribbon, Red Riding Hood taffeta ribbon (retired), Square Scallop punch, Word Window punch





Friday, September 3, 2010

a la carte stamps

For those of you with the new catalogue in your hot little hands, you will have noticed that for the first time, single stamps - or a la carte stamps - have made it into the main book. We saw these introduced to our market through a couple of the mini cattys, and they were obviously a huge hit, as SU! has decided to make them a regular feature!

These stamps are perfect for the beginner as you can buy a stamp, some ink and some mixed cardstock and not break the bank! Or, they are ideal to give as a small gift to another crafting friend. Plus, the 'kind heart' stamp covers anyone that wants to make cards to sell, under the angel policy (speak to me for further details on this).


I ordered the 'For You Flower' stamp which is matched to the 'Fancy Flower Extra Large' punch (p146). Using these two products together makes for a very easy and quick card. I have made the card pictured for my father-in-law for Father's Day. I don't think that it matters that it is a flower. Construct your card in manly colours and it is perfect. For the card shown, I stamped the entire image in Pacific Point ink on Whisper White cardstock before punching out. I then cleaned the stamp, coloured in just one portion of the words (in this case, For You) with a Real Red marker and then punched this out using a 1" circle punch. I layered this over the top using a dimensional. I think this gives it a little something extra for not a lot of effort.


Give me a call to place your orders out of the 2010-11 catalogue. Stay tuned for product shares and product bundles that will be announced this weekend. I will also be announcing some great incentives courtesy of Graceful Impressions for hostesses that hold a workshop in September or October.

Materials used:
Stamp - For You Flower (a la carte)
Cardstock - Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink - Pacific Point, Real Red marker
Other - Pacific Point striped gg ribbon (retired), Fancy Flower punch, 1" circle punch, dimensionals

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Greenhouse Gala class

If you like the look of some of the sneak peek samples I was putting up that used the Greenhouse Gala DSP, then this class is for you!

Bright colours, bold patterns and a vintage texture create an eye-catching combination that is sure to elicit a "wow" from everyone who sees it. In this class you'll use the Greenhouse Gala DSP, Friends Never Fade stamp set and the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder (for use in the Big Shot) to create four gorgeous cards and a co-ordinating card box to store them all in.

When: 18th September 2010

Place: old convent complex, 1 Fireman St, COLAC

Time: 1pm

Cost: $25/person

Numbers are strictly limited and RSVP is essential by September 16th (in order for me to have enough product available for everyone).

My classes are now filling up fast, so please contact me ASAP to reserve your place. I already have a number of bookings for this class.....

If you haven't already got your copy of the new 2010-11 IB&C, you can pick up one for $10 on the day.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

OMG...today is THE DAY!

I can't believe it has taken me all day to get in here and post about the NEW CATALOGUE, but unfortunately, I have become a bit ill and am not feeling the best (I have developed mastitis...yuk) and maybe facing a stint in hospital if antibiotocs don't do their job in next 36 hrs.

Anyway, enough about me and my woes.....onto bigger and better stuff! The new catalogue.

All of my ladies that are either part of a stamp club or put in a pre-order have now recevied their copies of the 2010-11 IB&C. All reports are that they are LOVING it and spending heaps of time drooling over it.

Did you not get a copy?

Then contact me and I'll get you one out ASAP. Price is $10 for pickup/hand delivery or $15 incl postage if you need it to be sent. I realise that paying for a catalogue is not the norm for some of you, but please trust me when I tell you that it will be one of the best investments you will make in your crafting. The ideas alone will put you in good stead for years to come. I still refer to back copies of mine for inspiration. Just think about how much you spend on crafting magazines each month. They are at least $9.95 (if not more) and often contain about 50% adverts.

I will be running a number of product shares and product bundles this month, so stay tuned for the announcement of these in the next day or so right here or on my newsletter (which will be out by end of the week at least).

Tomorrow I will post details and pictures for my next class which will be run on September 18th which will be using new DSP, new stamps and new embellishments! I already have places booked for this class, so if you don't want to miss out, I suggest you get in quick. Numbers are limited (due to space and contact time) and all of my classes for the past 5- 6 months have been fully subscribed. Don't miss out...you will want to attend this one!


This is the card that I made for all the ladies that pre-ordered the new catalogue. They also received the bookmark shown in a previous post. For anyone that purchases a catalogue from me during the month of September, I will also give you a bookmark as well!

Materials used:
Stamps - Cute by the Inch (hostess level 2 set...ONLY available to qualifying hostesses!)
Cardstock - Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Old Olive, Baja Breeze
DSP - Greenhouse Gala
Ink - Wild Wasabi
Other - Scallop edge punch, scallop square punch, dimensionals

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

LAST DAY!!

Here it is ladies (and gents..if any!). The LAST DAY that you can order from the 2009-10 Ideas Book and Catalogue and the Autumn/Winter mini catalgoue.

If there is something that you are desperate to get, or even just humming and haaing over, then I suggest that you bite the bullet and shoot me an email NOW to secure your order. Once tomorrow is here, you will NO LONGER be able to get products on the Last Chance list, including the retiring colours.

Trust me, someone always decides that they really wanted a stamp set or a ribbon spool after the time frame is up. DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU!

Just yesterday, there was a demonstrator on our internal website asking if anyone had the stamp set "For the Bride" available that they were willing to swap (or sell after tomorrow) as they had a client that wanted it. This stamp set has sold out, and now the client has decided she really did want it. It might be too late.

So, if you want something...ANYTHING...out of the two catalogues mentioned, then get in touch with me ASAP. I will be only taking orders until 9pm tonight and these orders will have to be paid for by credit card (visa or m/card).

For everyone that has finalised their orders, I trust that you nabbed yourself a great bargain or two for the Last Chance and are looking forward to moving ahead with the new IB&C. I know I am.

So, farewell 2009-10 catalogue. It's been great to have you for the past 18 months or so. I have gone through 2 catalogues in this time - both extremely well thumbed through by not only myself, but clients as well. I did put a 'good' copy away for myself to have spiral bound as a reference book to copy samples out of at some point down the track. So remember, don't throw your copy away now it is out of date. It is an IDEAS BOOK as well, so you should keep it as reference material to help you when you have lost your creativity mojo!