Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Class for me!

I have just joined a 4 week long online class (being run out of US).  There are going to be challenges, techniques and lots of ideas that I am going to be able to pass onto you.  My first day of 'classes' involved using a colour combination which I interpreted as Rich Razzleberry, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo.  The class isn't a SU! thing, so I have to Stampin Up-ise it all for you and my business!

So this is the card I created.  I used a new stamp set that I earned as part of SAB earlier in the year.  It is 'Flower Fancy' and for me it replaces 'Heartfelt Thanks' that retired last year.  I also used some of the 'Sweet and Sour' specialty DSP that I have just a smidgen left.  I am starting to run low on a number of my DSP packs, so I am starting to look forward to what the new catalogue will bring us!

Yesterday happened to be my MIL's birthday, so I was able to have a card ready to give to her!

Materials used:
Stamps - Flower Fancy
Cardstock - Rich Razzleberry, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Sweet and Sour DSP
Inks - Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede
Other - Eyelet border punch, Fire brad

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Stamp club challenges

As part of being in my stamp clubs, members are given challenges (which are voluntary to participate in) which are designed to get them thinking and creating throughout the year.

This challenge was set in the past month and was based on my daughter Bella's picture taken on her first birthday.  The members were to interpret the picture in any way they wanted and to create a card or scrapbook page.

this is the picture....

this is my creation....

this is Fleur Harlock's creation.....

Fleur took the colours from Bella's t.shirt and the butterflies on her jeans and came up with this delightful card using a number of SU! stamp sets and some retired Sweet Slumber speciality DSP.  Fleur also used the Top Note die to add a focal background.  A lovely card Fleur.  Thanks for sharing!

Feel free to have a go at this challenge yourself, and if you do, please send me a picture of your creation. I'd love to see what you come up with.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Big Shot Club

I am rapidly filling the places for the Big Shot club, so if you are thinking of being involved, please get in touch ASAP to secure your spot.

So far I have 4 places filled.  If you believe that your name should be on this list but isn't, please get in touch with me.

definite Big Shot club members:

  • Debbie McL
  • Sharon McL
  • Carol C
  • Tammy M

There are only 2 spots remaining.  Click HERE to read about what the club is about and what you will get as a member.  HUGE savings to be had!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Update on retired stamp sale

Just to let you know - because I don't think I mentioned it previously - that I will be taking down any unsold stamp sets on JUNE 30th.  They will return to the vault (aka my stamp cupboard) just like Disney is doing to the Snow White DVD!

So.....if there are any stamp sets that are still on offer that you are thinking of buying, please don't delay.  Get in before June 30th and give them a second lease of life.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Another challenge sketch

No, not a sketch from me (reminds me to get off my butt and do some for you gals!), but this one is from  'Card and a Half' blog.

Here is the sketch:


...and here is my take on it.  I love this quote, but I'm not 100% sure that the font works with the other elements of the card.....?????  Oh, well.  it is done now.  See, even I have some doubting moments over card designs.  It's just that usually, you are not privvy to them!!!

Materials used:
Cardstock: Soft Suede, Naturals Ivory, Very Vanilla
Stamps: Natures Walk, Great Friend
Ink: Old Olive, Soft Suede, Marina Mist, Red Riding Hood (marker)
Other: Marina Mist satin ribbon
items in orange appear in the Autumn/Winter mini catty

Just before I go, don't forget about my retired stamp sale that is ON NOW.  Almost half the sets offered have been sold (or about to be).  Don't delay as someone may nab the stamp set YOU want in the next five minutes!!  Simply click on the "Retired Stamp Sale" page on this blog.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Retired Stamp Sale

Phew!  I finally have sorted through my stamps, taken pictures, made comments and loaded them all up on here for you.  Some of the sets I am very sad to put up for sale as they are true champs (Heartfelt Thanks, Very Punny...), but they deserve loving homes where they will be used!

All the terms and conditions for the sale are listed on the sale page.  Please read these before committing to a sale!  I hope that you find a set or two that takes your fancy!

Click HERE, or go to the 'retired stamp sale' page on this site!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Bella's first birthday!!

I know! How can a year go by so fast?  I really seems like it has happened in the blink of an eye.  I know everyone says that, and I know that people say that as you get older, time goes faster.  But it is TRUE.  So sad.

In the past few weeks and days, Bella has mastered crawling, is standing by herself for a few seconds at a time (getting longer each time), has cut 4 teeth (the 4th one was Sunday), is starting to reject breastfeeding (sigh...), is becoming her own little person and is comfortably in the 25% percentile weight range!  Yay!

We held her birthday party on Sunday and whilst the weather wasn't all that kind (the rain did stay away for the majority of the time), we had a great time with family and friends celebrating such an important milestone.  Today is her actual birthday and there have been times throughout the day that I have been a bit teary, knowing that with all probability, that this is the last 1st birthday that our household will celebrate for one of our kids.  The fact that she is nearly walking means that she is almost no longer a baby, but a toddler.

So why am I posting about Bella?  Well, apart from being a proud mummy today, I wanted to show you a few of the items that I made for her birthday using SU! items.  The theme of her birthday was ladybugs, and I got the idea after running my May class which featured punch art of which was a ladybug.  I thought they looked cute and were dead easy to do.

I started the theme with the invitations.  These were simply Real Red and Basic Black cardstock that I cut using my circle scissors cutter (the red circle slightly larger than the black) and the heads were a combination of the oval punches in Basic Black and Pink Pirouette and some eyes from one of the tiny circle punches.  The spots were made using one of the larger circle punches (if you want actual measurements, email me).

The lolly bags were made using the mini lunch sacks out of the Autumn/Winter catty and a strip of Love Letters or Jolly Holiday DSP and a bit of black cardstock edged using the curly label punch.  The ladybug was made as per the punch art class I held.  I am seriously going to stock up these before the catty runs out.

This is the card we gave Bella.  It is actually the card that we made in the punch art class, but it is so cute, I couldn't bear not to use it.  Plus, it is oversized, so a little hard to keep in my samples stash as it doesn't fit in the container I use to cart them all around!

I have also popped on here a picture of the marquee when it was nearly decorated.  This was thanks to my cousin Emma and my uncle Bret.  You can see how I followed the ladybug theme right through.  The large ladybugs on the wall were the same as the invites, but I just used large pieces of red and black cardstock and some black spot stickers from the newsagents. Those black spots got a workout because that is what is on all those balloons....I couldn't buy ladybug balloons anywhere!!!

Of course, I had to follow the theme with the cake, and I copied the card and the lolly bags for the design.

Finally, here is a picture of the little miss.  Isn't she a darling?

Thanks for indulging me!  Stay tuned this week for the retired stamps that I will be posting on here.  Remember, first in, best dressed and CASH ONLY (or direct deposit).  Also, my monthly e-newsletter will be going out tomorrow, so if you don't already receive it and you would like to have it appear magically in your inboxes each month (!), simply enter your email addy in the box up the top of my blog or email me and I'll add you.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Inspiration for card designs

A friend of mine - Helen Jolly - has just started a blog called "Card and a Half" which aims to give you a sketch challenge every month.  There are also some prizes to be won each month from different sponsors.

If you get stuck for ideas on how to get started on a card design, or you find yourself in a bit of a rut as far as creating different cards, then this site is for you.  The first challange has been posted and I have had a dabble with it.  For those of you that are unfamiliar with how sketches work, they are really simple.  You just take from the sketch what you want.  You can copy it exactly, or you can just use it as a base idea.  And everything inbetween!  It's YOUR card to do with as YOU like!

Some hop on over to Card and a Half (the name of the blog - I suspect - is a nod to Helen's FAVOURITE food in the world....chocolate!  She tells us that there is always a block of the Cadbury's stuff in the house!).  Join in on the fun and check out the wonderful works of art by some very talented cardmakers!


My creation - click on card for closer view

Friday, June 3, 2011

Retired stamps for sale

Loving home for much under-used rubber stamp sets.  A partnership with either advanced or beginner stampers welcomed.  Stamps will bring much joy to new owners.  Would suit a home with kids that are up and coming into crafts, or conversely, would suit a single user home.  Well behaved, low maintenance, little exercise required. When looked after properly, will provide years of constant quality and enjoyment.

Just to give you all a heads up that next week I will be loading on here a number of stamp sets that I own that are officially retired by SU!.  Some of them are well loved, others are not even mounted!!  [gasp].  Some will be heavily discounted, others will be closer to the original price, but there will be savings to be had on all of them.

The sets will be offered on a 'first come, first served' basis.  Payment options for these retired sets will be cash or direct deposit only.  I will post or hand the stamps over when the money appears in my account (or you physically hand it to me).

At last count, I think I had about 20 sets for offer.  The only reason I am getting rid of them is because they are just not being used and they are feeling a bit dejected!  Seriously, as a demonstrator, it is difficult for me to hold onto retired sets because I really can't use them for samples, workshops or classes.  There are some that I love that I will be keeping, but on the whole, if they are retired, they need to go to a loving household.

Check back back here for details and pictures.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Wanna Big Shot for $69.95?

If you have been humming and haa-ing about getting yourself a Big Shot, now is the time to act.

You remember the post I wrote about the extra hostess benefits that you can earn until June 30th?  Well, if you host a $450 workshop, you will get a level 1 stamp set and $110 worth of SU! products.  If you use the $110 towards the Big Shot, then all you will pay for it will be $69.95 (plus postage).

How fantastic is that?!

And if hosting a party that makes $450 is not your thing, then you can still join my Big Shot club which gives you over $400 worth of value for just $300 over a 6 month period.

Again, a fantastic offer!

Get in touch with me to book your workshop BEFORE the end of June in order to get your hands on one of these fantastic die cutting and embossing machines for LESS THAN HALF PRICE!!