Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sorry for absence and TOTW

Ugh...sorry for the lack of posts. But I do have a good reason. I may have mentioned previously that I got a new laptop for Christmas and that is is a Mac. Well last week we finally had the time to take the old PC and the new Mac into the computer shop to have all the files transferred. No simple task either! And now I am struggling a little, feeling like a computer newbie all over again as I learn the Mac way of doing things.

I also have to re-learn a new photo editing software programme, so my photos might be a bit hit and miss until I nut that one out.

But, I do have a TIP OF THE WEEK for you.

"when you develop a card design that you really like and is easy to replicate, do the same card in different colours, DSP and stamps (including sentiments). Run off about a dozen cards at once...this way, you'll always have a card on hand no matter what the occasion."

(oh and yay!...my colours are working again now I am using a different web browser. Blogger obviously didn't like Google Chrome)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

SALE-A-BRATION is on!

Yes, it is that fun time of a year again when we hold Sale-a-bration (or SAB).

For those that are unaware, SAB allows you to EARN free stamps from January 25th through to March 31. How do you earn these free stamps?
  • Place an order of $100 or more and earn 1 free set*
  • Host a workshop that totals $600 or more and earn a free set

If you host a workshop of >$600 and part of that order is your own of >$100, as a hostess you will earn TWO free sets! How great is that!

To see what the various FREE stamp sets are, simply contact me with your mailing address and I will get you a brochure out int he mail. Customers that have purchased off me in the past 12 months will automatically receive a brochure. Or, you can click HERE and see the brochure online.

If you are thinking about joining SU! as a demonstrator, now is a great time, because during SAB you can choose an additional stamp set from the IB&C to the value of $79.95 for FREE with your starter kit. Contact me for more details.

*each $100 earns a free set. So if you place a $200 order you will get 2 free sets...and so on.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Stamp club - NEW CLUB ANNOUNCEMENT

CALL FOR NEW CLUB MEMBERS

My very first stamp club finishes up this month. I think that all the ladies have enjoyed being part of it. Some of the ladies wish to continue, but some wish to finish up. At the moment I only have 2 spare places. For the club to go ahead, I need 6 participants. To find out all the details, simply click on the "clubs and groups" tab up the top of my blog and you will be taken to the page with all the ins and outs.

At the moment, I have the following people confirmed:
  • Fleur H
  • Bernie B
  • Lynne S
  • Joe L
If you would like to get on this list, please email me ASAP. I need to finalise the numbers by early February in order for the club to go ahead in March.

Remember, this is run virtually - so you do not need to live near me to take part. I have ladies ranging from locals to ones that live in Warrnambool, to Melbourne and even as far away as northern NSW. So please don't think that distance is a barrier. In fact, being part of this club is quite beneficial for those that don't see me in real life as you will receive challenges and tutorials that are not placed on my blog or newsletter.

Contact me TODAY!!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Stampin Up! helps with flood relief


Stampin' Up! have always been very supportive of fundraising and charities, and despite it being an American based company, their generosity goes around the world. When there have been disasters such as fires and earthquakes to hit Australia, SU! have been there to raise money from sales of stamp sets.

To help the victims of the floods that have devastated over three quarters of Queensland, SU! will donate $2 of the retail value of sales FROM ANY STAMP SET (retail value of $30 or more) sold from 15th January to the 15th February 2011. Money raised will go to the Queensland SES.

Help us raise much needed money to assist getting people back on their feet after these dreadful floods.

Contact me ASAP to place you orders. This is a fantastic and extremely generous offer from SU! and I know that we can all do a small bit in helping others.


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Stamp club challenge

I recently set a challenge for one of my stamp clubs. It was based on a sketch....

and this was my take on the sketch (to get everyone started).....


This is Michelle Caspar's take on the sketch. you can see that she has focussed on the shape of the card and incorporated it into the smaller squares. Great job.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tip of the Week

Another thing I am going to do, is give "TOTW" (or 'tip of the week'). Gulp! Now I have to come up with 52 tips!!! Excuse me if I miss a week or two...I'll try to provide them regularly though.

TOTW:

When you make a card or OTP project, always take a photograph of it before giving it away. This way, it takes up no physical space but you will always have a record of it. You can then refer to the picture over and over again and you don't have to spend time thinking up new designs.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tutorial - Shimmer Ink


Thankyou very much to those ladies that have filled out my survey. If you haven't done so yet, please do! It is only through your feedback that I can build a business that meets your needs. Click on the link on the right hand side ----------------> over there!

As a result of some of the feedback that I have received to date, there has been the request for some tutorials on here. So.....here is my first one. At the moment, it is a step by step with pictures, but hopefully, I'll work out how to do a video and that will be much smoother!


Gather your supplies. You will need to buy some ISOCOL rubbing alcohol from the supermarket (check near the panadol and bandaids). You will also need a small spray bottle. I used one I purchased from a scrap shop, but any small spray bottle will work perfectly well. I used to use a small perfume bottle.

Fill your spray bottle with the alcohol about 2/3rds


Dribble in your shimmer ink. The Frost White (which I am using here) sort of 'glugs' in. The Champagne Mist is a bit thinner. I haven't used the Platinum one so I don't know what consistency it is. But you are aiming for about 5 drops in the sized bottle I have. More in a bigger bottle, less in a teenier bottle. You can always check it on a scrap bit of paper and see if you need more or less ink next time round.

Give it a damn good shake. You will need to shake it everytime you use it as the ink settles out quite quickly.

Holding it about 20cm from your cardstock or paper, give a quick spray. Here you can see the effect of the Frost White on black cardstock.....


....and here you can see what it looks like on Pear Pizzazz cardstock...


...and again, on darker coloured DSP.


If you are doing the technique with the range of inks, then I suggest that you label the bottle with the colour. They all look a bit similar when made up with the Isocol.



The finished card!


The different inks give different results. Here you can see what the Champagne looks like. it is much subtler indoors, but in the sun or under lights, it is VERY shimmery.



Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Remember, the shimmer inks are available in the IBC so you can access them for the rest of the year. Whilst the sparkly nature lends itself to Christmas cards, (and mine featured heavily with bling!), I think you can use this technique for many occasions. I have a wedding I am going to on the weekend and will probably use the Champagne Mist on the card. Vintage cards look great with a smattering of this on them!

I should also say that if you like doing this - or using the Smooch Spritz in the mini catty - invest in a Colour Catcher (p10, mini catalogue). For $10.50, you will save yourself a lot of heartache in not spraying the wrong thing (like stuff on your desk), or you won't have to spray your projects outside and be at the mercy of the wind (like I used to do).

Get spraying ladies!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

January class


Subject to numbers, I will be offering this class on JANUARY 22nd at the convent complex in Colac.


This class will show you how to decorate a cake mix box including a place for sprinkles and icing decorations, plus a birthday card as well. This can be given a gift to kids, adults, teachers, friends, family...the list is endless. This will set you up for all the birthdays for the rest of the year.

I will also walk you through how you work out how to cover boxes that are not the same size as the one I provide you, so you can adapt this to whatever you have on hand (eg White Wings, Better Crocker, Greens etc). I will also give you some ideas of alternative uses for this type of packaging.

When: January 22nd 2011

Where: convent complex, 1 Fireman St, Colac

Time: 1pm

Cost: $20
**NOTE: You will need to provide a 583gm box of Betty Crocker cake mix (I used the 'Super Moist Devil's Food cake mix). I will provide the plastic tubes and glassine bag, but you will provide the sprinkles and icing decorations, which you can place into the tubes & bag at home. Please make sure you purchase the correct cake mix size as the class will be tailored for measurements for this box.

RSVP: STRICTLY by January 20th. If there are not enough numbers by this cut off date, I will cancel the class (and assume everyone is away enjoying their summer break!). Bookings ARE ESSENTIAL.

Any questions or queries, please contact me ASAP.

(please also note that the design and colour of the paper may differ to the picture depending on the numbers booked in)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Vintage cards


I am getting right into the vintage theme. I found it a bit daunting to start, but now I have actually given it a go, I am finding it really easy. Here is another card I recently did as a birthday card.


I have again used the retired set Toille Blossoms, for no other reason than because I had not put it away since using it on the Vintage Christmas cards I made (see below). For this card I created a bit more interest by running the Top Note diecute through the Big Shot again but this time using the Manhattan Flower embossing folder AFTER I had already stamped and coloured the image.

Materials used:
Cardstock - Not Quite Navy, So Saffron, Confetti Cream
DSP - Nursery Suite
Stamps - Toille Blossoms (retired), Short and Sweet
Ink - Soft Suede
Other - Modern Label punch, Big Shot, Top Note die, Manhattan Flower embossing folder, Gold Smooch Spritz, Chantilly lace, Lace border punch, sponge
Non SU! - Copic markers, Memento ink

Items underlined are found in the mini catalogue




Monday, January 3, 2011

I need your comments

As I mentioned in one of my recernt posts, I am looking to incorporate a few new and different things this year into my business. One of them is surveys. I know that not everyone likes doing surveys, but they are a valuable tool to gauge customer opinions. I want to build a business that provides great service and allows my customers to get what they want. The best way I can do this, is to put out a survey.

As such, I am launching my first survey. All you need to do, is click on the link provided and you will be taken to another website, where you will be prompted to answer 10 questions. It should take you no longer than 5 minutes.

I truly appreciate all responses I get. The survey will remain open until 21st January. You will be able to respond only once, so if you see this link in my newsletter but have already completed the survey, you can't do it again. If there is any problems, please contact me and I will try and sort them out (no promises....this is my first attempt at online surveys!).