Monday, February 22, 2010

Stamp club

Thankyou to those that showed an interest in participating in my new stamp club. I am pleased to announce that this is going ahead, and is now FULLY BOOKED.

If you missed out and would like to participate in another group, please email me with your name and contact details and I add you to a list. I will also do a call out sometime around mid year to start another group. Again, I would require 6 members for the group to go ahead.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Something Sweet class

Just a reminder to those that are booked into my "Something Sweet" class that it is on THIS SATURDAY at 1pm. Also, this class is now FULLY BOOKED.

If you missed out and would like to do it, give me a call and we can arrange another class.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Stamp club

Just a reminder about the stamp club that I have on offer. Spaced out over 12 months, this is an excellent way of spreading your craft costs out and still earn hostess benefits without the upfront slug of at least $300.

Plus, there are a number of extras that each stamp club member will get just by signing up!

Check out my post below for all the details, but I do want to stress that I only have room for 6 participants and I now only have space for 2 people! As I have to finalise this in the next week or so, I would be grateful for anyone that is interested in joining this fabulous club to contact me ASAP.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Look what I got!

This turned up in the mail today.....for me!

9 free stamp sets! yahooo.

How did I get them? Well, when every recruit starts with Stampin' Up!, you are placed on a beginners program. It is called Stampin' Start and it is designed to get you off and running as a demonstrator. You get a heap of support information and newsletters from SU! as well as being placed onto an incentive programme. This lasts for 6 months and is broken into two, 3 month blocks. In the first 3 month, if you sell $3000 worth of commissionable (total sales minus GST) product, then you earn 3 free sets. In the second month, if you earn $6000 commissionable, you earn another 6 free sets. I achieved this and as such, was able to select 9 free stamp sets. There is an extra part to it as well. If, in those 6 months you recruit 3 new demonstrators, you earn another 6 free sets. So you could potentially earn 15 free sets! Wow.

I didn't achieve the recruitment part of the Stampin' Start programme, but as you can see, I was well rewarded for my efforts. The hardest part was choosing what stamps to get! And for your information, I got:
  • Life Definitions
  • Cheep talk
  • Lovely as a Tree
  • Occasional Sayings
  • Scribble This
  • All in the Family
  • On your Birthday
  • Prayers and thoughts
  • Party Hearty

If you would like to earn free stamps like this, speak to me about joining up as a demonstrator. It is not difficult and if you discover that it is not for you, then there are no penalties for ceasing. Plus, during Sale-a-bration you can get yourself off and running with a free stamp set to the value of $79.95 on top of the usual starter kit.

You really don't have anything to loose.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Cards for Valentines Day

Here are a couple of cards for Valentines Day that I thought that you might like to use as inspiration. Male cards are tricky to do, not least a mushy romantic card! But I think you'll agree, that from the example here it is possible to pull it off. Stick to muted or earth colours and some hardware, like the hodgepodge, and it all becomes rather straightforward.

On this card, I have stuck with the colours Chocolate chip, Kiwi Kiss and Ruby Red. I think for the first time ever, I broke out my Chocolate glitter for use over a Sticky Cut heart. I also used the sentiment from the Happy Memories stamp set which is one of the SAB sets. You can't buy this, but you can earn it. Check out posts below for details on how.

Female cards, on the other hand, are much easier although sometimes you have to stop yourself from getting carried away. I have stuck with traditional feminine colours, using Pink Pirouette, Whisper White and Kiwi Kiss. Again, I have used a stamp from the Happy Memories stamp set (fabbo set). The twist on this card is that I coloured the stamp using Stampin' Write Markers rather than inking up the image on a stamp pad. This way, I was able to get a number of colours on one image in one go. Nifty hey?

Another trick I used on this card was with the repeated images. I didn't have a pink ink pad that I thought would suit, so I used a darker ink (in this case Regal Rose) and I "stamped off" before stamping the image on my cardstock. What do I mean? Well instead of inking up my stamp and then placing it straight on the cardstock, I first stamped it on a scratch piece of paper and then stamped on my card. This way, the bulk of the ink is removed, but not all of it. But doing this, you get a more subtle colour transfer. This is also a good technique for creating "depth" in your cards (ie. making it look like images are sitting behind one another).

Now you will not have time to order any product from me in time for Valentines Day, but these cards may help you come up with your own versions.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

SAB set

I thought that I would show you a creation I just made using one of the SAB sets. This one is 'Happy Moments' and you too can have it if you either hostess a workshop that makes $600 or more, OR, you place an individual order of $100 or more.

This creation is a cute little pizza box that I modified from a combination of some online measurements and tearing apart a pizza box of my own! It will hold 4 - 5 cards measuring 10 x 10cm, perfect for attaching to a present.

As you can see, the cards are nothing fancy, but they are effective. This time, I have used one of my most favourite DSP: Washington Apple. I just love it. It is perfect for both boys and girls cards, as you get plenty of choice in the pack. I also jazzed up the pizza box by adding a Playground button from the Summer mini catalogue. Whilst you can't tell, the cards also have another of my fav products on them.....dazzling diamonds!

Closed with the band on

Open with a card inside

The band essentially keeps the box closed securely, but can also be decorated to add something a bit special for the receiver (if this becomes a gift).

If you would like me to demonstrate something like this at your workshop, simply get in touch. Alternatively, if you would like to make this in your own home, complete with cards, simply get around 4 - 5 others to come along and we'll make a morning, afternoon or night of it. Cost would be $10 per head for a private class such as this. Either send me an email, or contact me via mobile to make a booking.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

February class update

For anyone that is wishing to come along to my class on Saturday February 20th, please don't delay in getting back to me. This class has proved to be extremely popular and I only have 2 spots left! And then I am chockers!

As a reminder, in this class you will be using the 'Sweet Treat' products that feature in the mini catalogue. This includes the Sweet Treat Cups, Something Sweet stamp set and the 1-3/4" punch. This is such a versatile stamp set, you are really limited only by your imagination. We will also be using the Circle Scissors cutter also features in the mini catalogue. This tool allows you to cut circles and rings with ease from 1" up to 6".

And for those that come along, I have a special sweet treat just for you!
  • When: Saturday 20th February
  • Where: old convent complex, 1 Fireman St, COLAC (contact me if you need directions)
  • Cost: $20 (includes everything you need plus refreshments)
As I said, this class is filling extremely quickly, so don't delay in booking your place. Only 2 spots free!!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

A couple of offers

My February newsletter is now out, and for those that receive it, they are already privvy to a couple of great offers from me.

The first is the announcement of a new Stamp Club. This is essentially a group of customers that wish to build up their stash of stamps and craft product and spread the costs over a number of months. Every 2nd month you will place an order of a minimum of $50 (usual p&h on top). With 6 members, this means that a minimum of a $300 order is being placed each time. The group will rotate the hostess, so everyone gets a turn and gets to take advantage of hostess benefits. When it is your turn, you can place a big order yourself, or get other orders from friends and family to boost your order total. This means that you get higher hostess benefits.

In addition, I will send out a tutorial every 2nd month that you are able to complete at home and at your own leisure. And I have also added a special challenge every other month that will keep the group active and using their products! All members will receive a free IB&C - if you have one already, you can substitute for a free classic stamp pad.

As this is all done over the email and via snail mail, you DON'T have to live near me to participate. Anyone from anywhere in Australia can join. The only things that you HAVE to agree to are:
  • you join for the whole 12 months
  • you spend a MINIMUM of $50 every second month.
I need 6 for this group to go ahead, and already, I have 3 takers. So that means, I only have 3 spots left. If you want to take advantage of this, please email me to reserve your place. If you have any questions regarding this, drop me an email or give me a call. I need to finalise this club by end of Feb in order to get the ball rolling ready for the first orders to be placed by March 15th. The months of the club will be: March, May, July, September, November & January (2011).

The second offer is 2 product shares from the Summer mini catalogue. Sometimes, when catalogues come out with all the ribbons and embellishments, you just wish you could get your hands on a few to see if you really like them or not. After all, when the ribbon comes in up to 9 metre spools, it is a lot of ribbon to have if you don't like it in real life! So what is the answer? Product shares!
Essentially, you are going to whack up a number of different embellishment packs with 2 other customers. For a similar price of buying a full pack of just one embellishment (say ribbon), you can get samples of 3 or 4 embellishment packs!

And I already have people putting their names down for this. Each product share has 3 places, but feel free to by more than one share if you like. Buy one of each product share and get the majority of the embellishments in the Summer mini catty!

Product Share 1:
  • 10 x Playground buttons
  • 6 x large grommets
  • 20 x small grommets
  • ~3 metres of 3/4" red polka dot ribbon
Total Price = $18.94 plus $2 p/h
Suggest as an add on to this product share, consider buying the 1/2" circle punch (p152 IBC) to use with the large grommets. This will bring total cost to $30.07 plus $4 p/h

Product Share 2:
  • 10 x Sherbet buttons
  • 9 Scallop Notes II (3 of each colour)
  • ~3 metres of 1 1/4" pink pirouette ribbon
Total price = $17.34 plus $2 p/h

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Circle Scissors Tutorial

I have had some questions about the Circle Scissors Plus product that appears on page 22 of the Summer Mini Catalogue. This is a great tool for those that want to be able to cut a range of circles and rings from 1" up to 6" easily.

I must say, that there is some practice involved, but it really is a very easy tool to use and not a lot of pressure is required to get it to work. It also should be said that a glass mat (sold separately) is a must, as is purchasing some Dotto (re-positionable adhesive).

I will be using the Circle Scissors Plus in my next class for one of the cards, plus allowing those that come along to have a bit more of a play with it if they wish. In the meantime, I have posted a video tutorial (my first video link!!) by Andrea Walford (Canada) who is an amazing SU! demonstrator.

If there are any questions or queries regarding this product, please contact me. If you would like to have a one on one demonstration of this, please give me a call. Also, just to remind you that this product features in the Summer Mini Catalogue. This means that as of March 31, you will not be able to purchase it. I suggest that if you want it, you put one aside for yourself now.