Sunday, July 31, 2011

LAST DAY for Autumn Winter 2011 Mini

Today is the LAST DAY that you can get your orders in for any products out of the Autumn Winter Mini catalogue.  Yes, I know some people think that various items will make the upcoming IBC in September, but even demonstrators do not know which will make it.  So my advise (as always) is that if you like something and HAVE to have it, BUY IT NOW!!!!

For my part, I put an order in yesterday that featured heavily with the mini lunch sacks and Autumn Spice DSP.  I have loved this range and feel of the paper, but I used most of mine in classes and workshops, and realised that I didn't really leave enough for myself for some scrapbooking projects I want to do.

You can be guaranteed that the Autumn Spice and Botanical Gazette DSPs will not make the new IBC.  And a number of the stamp sets won't either.  The Big Buttons and the Pom Pom trim will most likely not see another run.  I have my fingers crossed that the mini lunch sacks will carry over, but hence my order yesterday, I have a few already winging their way to me just in case they don't.

Orders today can only be accepted with Visa or Mastercard payments.  Email me your FINAL order today.

And don't forget to get your entry in for the Clean and Simple Competition that I am running.  Simply link your picture of your card using the linkinz link in the post below.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Card and a Half sketch

How many of you have been following the Card and a Half sketches?  It never ceases to amaze me the wonderful talent that is out there.  I feel like a very small fish in a very big pond when comparing my stuff to the masses!!

 Sketch #3

This is my latest take on the current sketch.  I turned it 90 degrees anti-clockwise and put the twine over the top of the image instead of something underneath it.  But that is what sketches are all about.  They are a starting point for your own creativity.  I must admit, it started off completely different in my head, although I did want to use the Inspired by Nature set.  This card was completed by using the braying tool and LOTS of ink.  The gradients in the ink colours are not as clear in the pic as they are in real life, but I have to admit to needing more practice using this tool.  I think it is one of those tools that once you become proficient with it, the world is your oyster.  But you do need to practice!!!

Overall, though, I was happy with the image.  The black flower was also heat embossed with black powder and some dazzling diamonds sprinkled on the heads.  Some shadowing down the sides of the flowers completed the image.

How are you going with your CLEAN AND SIMPLE entry?  I am so excited and looking forward to seeing what people come up with!!

Materials used:
Stamp - Inspired by Nature, Tiny Tags
Ink - So Saffron, Pretty in Pink, Pumpkin Pie, Rose Red, Early Espresso, Craft White, Crumb Cake (marker)
Cardstock - Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, Naturals Ivory
Other - Twine, small circle punch, Small tag punch, black EP, heat gun

Clean and Simple Competition Starts TODAY!

Here we are.....official kick off day for the Clean and Simple competition.  The rules are simple...create a card that showcases the concept of simple designs that are not too fussy and then load it up here.

If you have your own blog, simply load your picture into a post on there and then link it to here.  If you use Picassa or another online photo storage, likewise, you can link the URL of the pic to here using the link below.  If all else fails, let me know and I can walk you through it.

If you want to set up a Picassa album, click HERE and start your setup.  It is very easy and you only have to load on the photos that you want to share.

Competition closes on Friday August 5th at 11.59pm, so you have heaps of time to get your entries in.  And yes, there is a prize.  So what are you waiting for?  Get cracking.  Oh, and you can enter as many times as you like!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Clean and Simple example

Here is the first of a couple of examples I will put up to show you what I think of when I hear the term 'clean and simple'.  Keep in mind that your interpretation may be a bit different and that is ok.  I guess what I think when I hear of it, is an unfussy card (or scrapbook page), not too many layers, clean lines, just a couple of colours, small amounts of embellishments, neutral base (although not always the case), and a bit of 'white space' (this is the blank space that occupies your card or scrapbook page).

I will load another example on here later today.  If you click HERE, you will see that the butterfly card also subscribes to the 'clean and simple' look

Remember, the competition kicks off tomorrow morning at 7am and runs through until Friday 5th August at 11.59pm.  And there will be a prize!  So get your entries in!  Simply load your imagines onto your own blog or through an online photo album such as Picassa and link it to here by using the inlinkz link provides in Saturday's post.

Materials used:
Stamps - Funky Four, Apple Blossoms
Cardstock - Very Vanilla, Certainly Celery
Ink - Certainly Celery, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip (marker)
Other - Button (Brights pack)

Edited To Add:  Have returned with another example for you....

the 'fussiness' of this card comes really from the patterned DSP.  The rest of it is pretty simple.

The only tricky bit that added a bit of oomph to the card, was that the disc in the middle is actually recessed in.  The image was stamped on Very Vanilla, coloured with markers and then adhered to the back of the cardstock and DSP (which had been pre-punched).

Materials used:
Stamps - Every Little Bit, Short and Sweet
Ink - Concord Crush, Basic Black, Pretty in Pink (marker), So Saffron (marker), Regal Rose (marker), Melon Mambo (marker)
Cardstock - More Mustard, Concorde Crush, Very Vanilla, Subtles Pattern Stack DSP
Other - Modern Label Punch

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Clean and Simple Week

I am going to host a little competition next week on here for all my readers.  I know that sometimes designing cards or coming up with a concept can be downright daunting.  But it doesn't have to be.  So I thought I would challenge you all to think about designs that are CLEAN & SIMPLE.

I will arrange a link to be put on here where you can upload your creation, or alternatively, you can email me a photo and I will put it up for you.  And the best bit is......there will be a PRIZE!    Friday 5th August will be the last day in which you can submit your creation and I will announce a winner on Saturday 6th.

Come on, join in!  It is very easy and for a small expense of your time, you could win something!  I will put a couple of examples up on this blog tomorrow and the competition officially kicks off this Saturday.  So you have 7 days to create something!

I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

This week only..

If you are wanting to get your hands on the terrific FREE button and ribbon pack, then you only have this week to do it.  The special ends on July 31st, so contact me to place your qualifying order TODAY.  Also, the Autumn Winter mini catalogue finishes on July 31st, so if there is any last minute orders that you need to place, make sure that you get them to me ASAP.  I cannot say what items - if any at all - will make the upcoming IBC in September.  My advise is, if you love it and want it....BUY IT.

Orders of $100 or more (before p/h) will automatically have a button and ribbon pack added.  How easy is that?  You don't even have to remember to order them!

Check out some more of my examples below using the Ice-cream Parlour range.  What can you come up with?

This card is VERY easy, because I have used one of the note cards (p 123 IBC; $9.50 for 20).  The big plus of these is that the cards are already cut scored AND come with an envelope!  All I had to do was punch 3 butterflies using the butterfly punch, glue a button into the middle of each, pop some ribbon across the bottom and stamp a sentiment.  Honestly, it took me less than 90 sec to do this card!  Imagine how many you could do in one sitting.  With all the little girls birthday's we will be facing in the coming months and years, easy cards like these are definitely.....on the cards!! (ha ha ha.......oh, I crack myself up........)

Materials used:
Button card
Stamp - Sew Suite
Ink - Always Artichoke
Paper - Pacific Point, Confetti White, Sweet Stitches DSP
Other - Buttons and Ribbon from FREE GIFT pack

Butterfly card
Stamp - Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Ink - Melon Mambo
Paper - Pacific Point, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight (all scraps), Notecard
Other - Butterfly punch, Buttons and Ribbon from FREE GIFT pack

items in orange are in mini catalogue which finishes end of THIS month

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Online class

Well, it has been 4 weeks since I have been doing my online class and I have picked up some nifty tricks and tips along the way.  And of course, I will be passing these onto you over the coming weeks.  In fact, I am going to delivering one new technique that I learned in my upcoming August class where we will be making Masculine Cards.  Please join me for this!

But here is this weeks colour combo....much more to my liking!

And here is my card using this colour combo.  I used Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist, Baja Breeze and Whisper White for the colours.  I simply stamped a repeated image across the page and then stamped the bird image in Stazon ink onto acetate (window sheets) and then popped it up using dimensionals.  It creates a little window...sort of!

Like this?  Want to see me do it for you and your friends?  Then give me a call to book a in-home workshop and I'll be glad to show you how effective this card is in real life and how you too can easily re-create it.  Think of Chrissy cards.....this would be great in greens and reds!

Remember, the stamp set I used is in the mini catty which is about to end on JULY 31st.  If you like it...BUY IT NOW.

Materials used:
Stamp: Clearly for You
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Stazon
Cardstock - Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Other - White embossing powder, circle punch, scallop circle punch, window sheets, Marina Mist ribbon, staple, corner rounder

August class - Men's cards (Father's Day)

Stuck for men's cards?  Need some inspiration?  Well this is the class for you.  In this class, I will show you how to make 3 masculine themed cards using a couple of stamps, the Big Shot and a couple of punches.

These cards are very quick and easy to whip up and you will also get envelopes which you can stamp to match the cards and have them ready to give on Father's Day (if you wish).  PLUS, I will also show you a nifty new technique for making a multicoloured background!  Very cool.

I will bring additional sentiments with me on the day, so you need not make these for Father's Day.  They could be for male birthday, retirement, thankyou....anything really.

When: 20th August
Where: old convent complex, 1 Fireman St, COLAC
Time: 1pm
Cost: $25
RSVP by August 17th.  Places are limited due to seating and bookings are ESSENTIAL so that I have enough supplies on the day (kits are pre-cut prior to class).

If you RSVP that you are coming, but cannot make the day, you will still need to pay the money and I will get the kit to you to complete at home.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Free Button and Ribbon pack

A week or so ago, I wrote a post about the fabulous ribbon and button pack you will receive if you place an order of >$100 during July.  I also mentioned that I would post a picture of a creation of mine using said buttons and ribbons.

Well, it has taken me a bit longer than I would have liked, but here is the creation:

I am in LOVE with the mini lunch sacks (I hope and pray that they make it to the next IB&C).  In fact, I love them so much that my next order is going to include about 3 or 4 packs of these just in case!  Yes, once a product runs out, it is impossible for me to get them too!  And they suit kids birthday parties so well (remember Bella's party bags with the ladybugs on them?).  Biddy's birthday is coming up at the end November and I'm thinking of a circus theme and I have some ideas popping around my head already......

But back to this example.  I used the a la carte stamp "Hello Blossoms" from the IBC and teamed it with not ink from the stamp pads, but markers.  Yep, that is how I got the green stems and grass and coloured flowers all in one go.  Like it?  Want to see me do it for you?  Well all you need to do is give me a call or shoot me an email and book a workshop.  I'd be happy to demonstrate this very easy - yet effective - technique for you and your friends.

Materials used:
Stamp - Hello Blossom (a la carte)
Ink - Regal Rose, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Pumpkin Pie markers
Cardstock - Very Vanilla, Tempting Turquoise
Other - Mini Lunch Sack, Scallop Edge punch, Ribbon and Buttons from free gift pack, glue dots, mini library clip (also LOVIN' these!!)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Hostess club and Big Shot club

Thankyou to everyone that showed an interest in my upcoming hostess club (aka stamp club).  This club, beginning on 15th August is now FULLY SUBSCRIBED.

If you missed out and would like to participate in my next club, please email me an I will put your name on the list.  Current members get first dibs; any spots vacant after this offer are then filled from my waiting list and any other spots are open to all.

The list of members for my 4th round of hostess clubs is:

  1. Michelle C
  2. Marie B
  3. Barb B
  4. Sharon McL
  5. Heather A
  6. Susie A

Ladies, you will receive an email from me in the next day or so regarding the hostess roster and the details surrounding the upcoming 12 months.

For those that are interested in participating in the BIG SHOT CLUB, I now have only 1 spot remaining.  DON'T MISS OUT!!!  For all details, please refer to the 'Clubs and Groups' page of this blog.  This is a fantastic way of obtaining your Big Shot and great value for money!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Thinking of joining SU?

If you have been toying with the idea of becoming a SU! demonstrator, now is a great time to do something about it!  We are only weeks away from launching into a new catalogue year and with that comes renewed enthusiasm from our customers about the products on offer.

The starter kit has everything you need to get up and going as a new demo all for the low price of $289*.  Sure, there are some criteria that you must fill to be a demonstrator, but I am happy to talk you through these.  The best bit about it all, is that there are NO PENALTIES if you decide that being a demonstrator is not for you.  Simply come back to me as a customer!!

Speak to me about getting a recruit kit which contains all the information you need to make a decision that can change your life!

*this is the basic price.  For an extra $75, you can include a scrapbooking add-on which will extend your repertoire as a demo even further!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Another card for my class

Jeez...I wanted to have this up by now...anyway, here it is.  The colour combo this week is more to my liking, but when I went to put the card together, I was having all these doubts!  Arghhhh.  I think it was a case of too many ideas and not enough time to put them all together.  However, I am happy with this card.  And I particularly like the little itty bitty library clip that I used which can be found in the IBC.

Materials used:
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
Stamps: Just Believe
Ink: Versamark
Other: Very Vanilla satin ribbon, white emboss powder, heat gun, mini library clip, Lots of Tags die, Big Shot, Scallop Trim edge and corner punches, white gel pen

The other thing I was to remind you of is my BIG SHOT CLUB that I am starting up.  I only have 2 places free.  Once these are filled we will be off and running.  Remember, you will be getting $400 worth of value for only $300.  Click on the 'Clubs and Groups' tab to check out the details, or contact me to discuss.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Autumn Winter Mini Catty finishing......

Don't forget that the Autumn Winter Mini Catalogue FINISHES on July 31st.  All cash orders need to be with me by July 30th (which includes any direct deposits in my bank by that date) and credit card orders will be taken up to the 31st.

But please.....don't leave it until the last minute to order your products!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

This week's card

Oooh, I'm running a bit behind time with my cards this week.  I have had such a busy week....I had 3 classes and an informal session, plus I made Tom 2 birthday cards (one from me and Mark and the other from the girls).  Plus we had family visit, a birthday party to attend and on top of it, I am a bit sick (have the beginnings of quinsy!!! and am on anits and pain meds).  Does it ever end??

Anyway, enough of my woes.  Here is the colour combo of the online class I am participating in.

It was a bit of a stretch for me really, even though I quite like all the colours.  Putting red with all those colours is not something I would have normally done, but I am happy with the result (which was the card I gave for the 40th birthday party we went to).

Materials used:
Stamps: On Your Birthday
Cardstock: Tangerine Tango, Wild Wasabi, Old Olive, Real Red
Paper: Greenhouse Garden DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Other: Chipboard letters, Small heart punch, Crystal Effects, White Gel pen, fine Galaxy Glitter, Sticky Cut flower (retired), Brights Button, Scallop edge punch

Sunday, July 3, 2011

July class - Multifold Scrapbook

My July class is going to be a doosey!  I have for you a Multifold Scrapbook Album which looks complicated and detailed but is really very simple to do.  The theme of the scrapbook will be a Christmas theme (because of Christmas in July!) but following the class, you will be able to re-create this album in whatever theme you like.

We will be using the "Christmas Cheer Simply Scrappin" kit that is featured in the IB&C (p 131).  Each participant will get 1/2 a pack and what you don't use on the day for your project, you keep and use on other projects at home!  The album folds down to a 6x6" square making it the perfect gift for when you need to post.  It has space for 14 photos meaning that you are not limited in what you will include.

For this class, you will be required to bring a couple of things with you:

  • 14 photos at 3 - 3.75" square (refer to picture to see mine)
  • a paper trimmer if you have one (normally I cut all materials ahead of class, but you will be doing it yourself in this class).  If you don't have one and would like me to order you one in, SU! sells this item for $39.95.  Orders need to be placed by July 8th to receive by workshop.
  • your lunch

In addition, this class will go for longer than normal due to the construction of the album.  The class will begin at 10.30am and will finish by 3pm.  For this reason, I ask you to bring your lunch.  We will have a 30 minute break during the day for lunch.  Tea and coffee and light refreshments will be on offer throughout the day.

Date - July 16th
Location - old convent complex, 1 Fireman St COLAC
Cost - $40 per person*
Time - 10.30am
RSVP is essential by July 6th so that I can order required product from SU!  I am limited to only 6 participants, so please book early.  A number of spots have already gone!  Bookings are essential - there will be no products available for those that rock up on the day..sorry. 

*the increased cost is to cover the extra product needed for the project, however for your money, you will receive 1/2 scrappin kit, other cardstock, ribbon and adhesive to finish project, detailed instructions and pictures to re-create project again at home, venue hire, tea/coffee and my tuition.

If you RSVP that you are coming and you do not show, you will be required to pay the class fee of $40. You will still receive the class goods to do project at home.

If you are interested in this project as a Class by Mail, please contact me to register your interest.  

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Fancy some FREE gifts?

Who doesn't like free stuff?  Certainly not me.  I jump at every chance to get me some free SU! products.  And for the month of July, you too can get your hands on a free ribbon and button bundle with purchase.

Simply spent $100 or more in a single transaction and you will receive absolutely this cute ribbon and button pack FOR NOTHING.  It will be automatically added to your order, so you don't even have to remember about adding it on.

I will have a sample made up which I will load onto here tomorrow for you.  These buttons and ribbons are just too cute.  Remember, not only will you get this FREE bundle when placing an order of more than $100, but you will also accrue loyalty rewards points with me as well, leading you to more FREE things!

Contact me today to place you order!

Friday, July 1, 2011

New stamp club starting

As my stamp club #2 comes to a close this month, I am putting out the call for new members to join my next stamp club beginning in August.

However....I only have 2 spaces available!  That's right.  These clubs are very popular and a number of current members roll over to the next club year, so spaces are at a premium.  If you would like to secure your spot in this club, email me NOW and I will put your name down.

What do you get for being in the club?

  • a free 2011-12 IB&C (members will get their hands on the catalogue BEFORE other customers)
  • hostess benefits to a minimum of a level 1 stamps set and $30 free product once during the club year
  • 6 challenges
  • 6 tutorials
  • invitation to a club members only event later in the year
  • free gift from me at some point throughout the club year
  • any purchases more than $100 (before p/h) earns loyalty points from Graceful Impressions

Club members tell me that this is a great way to space out your crafting dollar AND the fact that they can earn hostess benefits without having to host a workshop or come up with the $300 themselves in one hit is a huge bonus!  In addition, you do all this from the comfort of your own home.

What are you waiting for?  Give me a email to secure your spot.  Stamp club #4 will commence on 15th August and members need to be finalised by end July.  I already have 4 spots taken, so only 2 remain.  Check out the 'clubs and groups' page on this blog for further information, or contact me.