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.




Gifted Bundle

Gifted Set and Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper





Welcome Christmas Bundle

Welcome Christmas Set and Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper





Season of Joy Bundle

Season of Joy Set and So Swirly Stampin’

Around Wheel




Delightful Decorations Bundle

Delightful Decorations Set and Ornament Punch




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).

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 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.