Wednesday, August 31, 2011

It's almost here

It is currently 10.55pm and there is only just over 1 hour left until our BRAND NEW Ideas Book and Catalogue goes live.  OMG, I am so excited.  There are some fantastic new products in there, so you just have to get your very own copy to drool over!

Send me an email to get your copy ($12.95 + postage) because let's face it......looking at cattys online just isn't the same!!


Monday, August 29, 2011

Other Elite Stampers Challenge

This was the 3rd card that I made for the Elite Stampers cyber crop over the weekend.  Thought you would like to see it...
This challenge was about using texture.  I have used the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, a new embossing folder from the upcoming IB&C (the small oval), and a button form the neutrals pack.  I have also used the Silver and Gold Smooch Spritz (which I have been hoarding) that is making a return in the new catalogue!! Yay.

The stamp sets used were the Clearly for You set and a brand new Birthday set which is one of the new hostess gift sets!

Have a go at this challenge yourself and see what you come up with.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Don't delay...

There are only 3 more days left of the old IB&C which includes products on the retirement list.  If there is anything that you want off that list, you need to contact me BEFORE Wednesday.  Timelines for orders are as follows:

  • Orders that are paid for via direct deposit will be accepted until Monday 29th
  • Orders that are paid for with cash will be accepted until 2pm Wednesday 31st (arrange with me to get money)
  • Orders that are paid for via Visa or Mastercard will be accepted until 9pm on Wednesday 31st
After 9pm, I cannot guarantee that your order will make the cutoff (due to me checking emails and also because of internet traffic).  As such, if you want something, I suggest that you order ASAP.  Remember, once the items off the product list are gone, they are GONE.

September 1st marks the launch of the brand new Ideas Book and Catalogue.  If you are not part of my stamp clubs (who have already received theirs!) or have not contacted me to pre-order, then don't miss out on all the excitement.  Shoot me an email and put your name down on the list to get your very own hard copy of the IB&C to be delivered in the first week of September (price $12.95 plus postage)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Elite Stampers Cyber Stamp

This weekend I am participating in a cyber stamp with a group of SU! demonstrators known as the Elite Stampers (of which I'm one of).  So far, I have completed 2 challenges which I am going to share with you.

The first was to create a Christmas card using non traditional colours (eg red and green).  This is my take on the challenge:

The second one was a sketch (I haven't got the sketch for you, but trust me, all I did was rotate the skethc 90 degrees).  This is my creation:

There is one more challenge, but it is getting a bit late for my brain to be creative, so I think I'll leave it until tomorrow to complete!  Check back tomorrow.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

New catty launch

Depending on how computer savvy you are, and if you do some blog surfing, you may have noticed that there are a few other demonstrators holding New Catalogue Launch Parties.  I am not going to be doing one per se because I will be at the St Mary's Garden and Lifestyle Expo on September 24th with a display. It will be here that I will be launching the new IB&C to my customers and the wider Colac and District.

I will be emailing all my customers in a few weeks with an invite to the Expo, so if you know someone that you think would like to see the new products and ranges in the IBC, let me know and I'll shoot them an email too!

I have been extremely busy these past few weeks making card samples and scrapbook layouts using some of the new products.  They are really inspiring and fun to use.  I encourage you to come along to the Expo and check out the new things on offer.  There will also be the chance to win a basket of SU! goodies.  Mark it in your diaries to visit me at the SU! stand at the St Mary's Expo.  If you don't have a catalogue, they will be on sale on the day (or free if you book a workshop with me).

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Can it be nearly that time already?

Christmas comes early for cardmakers, because if you want to make your own cards and send them out, you need to be thinking about it NOW and doing something about it in around September or October (early November at the latest).  The biggest trap that people fall into, is leaving it all too late.  I know that it seems waaaaaaay too early to be talking about Chrissy, but honestly, it is only 4 and half months away.  If you want to get cards out, then you really only have 3 months.

So, to get the ball rolling, I have made up a sneak peek using one of the brand new Christmas stamp sets in the upcoming IBC.  This set is oh so cute and has the potential of being made up in so many ways.  For this card, I have stamped the image in Basic Black and then coloured it in with my markers.  I also used watercolour paper, because I knew I would be putting a bit of ink on the paper and I didn't want it to pill or warp.

This set is going to be perfect for my son's teachers come Christmas because it is a more religious one and he attends a Catholic primary.

This second card is one that I very quickly made up using some of the brand new Flirtacious DSP.  This paper featured in my last posted scrapbook layout, but for this card, I simply cut out one of the doily shapes to be the focus of the card.  I also used a new flower stamp as a background and cut a butterfly using the Big Shot out of some of the Flirtacious DSP too.  Oh, and the trim was simply cardstock that I put through the Big Shot using the Tasteful Trim border die (ahhh...there's some info for you!  This die was in the Autumn Winter catty and is going to feature in the upcoming IBC!!)

If you like the idea of being able to easily cut out various shapes for your cards or scrapbook pages, then contact me about nabbing the FINAL spot in my upcoming Big Shot Club.  This monthly club allows you to pay off your Big Shot PLUS a heap of accessories.  For scrappers, the benefit of a Big Shot means that you never, EVER have to run out of vowels for your titles again, because with the alphabet dies, you simply cut the letters you need!  Wonderful.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Card sneak peeks

We are coming to the end of the sneak peeks I have for you....oh, alright, maybe one or two more!  My stamp club members have started to receive their brand new IB&C and they have been SUPER excited!  If you would like to get a copy for yourself to have in your hand by September 1st, email me and I will add your name to my list.  All pre-orders for the catty must be with me by August 20th (that's this Saturday) in order for me to get the catty to you on time.  Cost is $12.95 pick up or local drop off, or $12.95 plus postage if you require it.  Payment would be by cash or direct deposit....I can email account details if you require them.

Onto the cards I have for you today.  The first one incorporates some of the patterned paper that featured on my 'Sweetheart' scrapbook layout form the other day.  This is the "Beau Chateau" DSP and it is truly beautiful.  And those with a keen eye may spot some glitz on the card.  yes, the gold Smooch Spritz is making a comeback along with the Silver Foil and a couple of new colours too.  I am very excited about this as I used this product to death when it was in the Summer mini.

thanks  to Becky Roberts for the inspiration of this card!
This second card showcases the 5 new In-Colours for 2012-2013.  What you are looking at is Pool Party (light blue), Island Indigo (darker blue), Lucky Limeade (green), Wisteria Wonder (purple), Calypso Coral (pinky coral colour).  The other new items on this card are the stamp set (Pennant Parade) and the matching punch!  Hooray....'bout time we had a pennant set!

I am thinking that Pool Party is going to be my new favourite colour - especially with summer approaching!

Oh, and just a quickie.....I have a few spare spots for my class on Saturday.  Click HERE to see the details.  A couple of my regulars have had to pull out of this session.  Usually, my classes are full, so if you would like to grab the opportunity of a number of vacancies, then give me a call and join in!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Another scrapbook sneak peek

For all your scrappers out there....another layout using some of the yummy goodness that is just waiting for you in the upcoming IBC.  This layout incorporates both paper and fabric BOTH in the same design family!  Yes, that's right, not only is SU! co-ordinating its cardstocks, inks and DSP, but now it is throwing FABRIC into the mix.

You can see the DSP which is the border of the title (the purple paper) is exactly the same as the fabric of some of the flowers.  So matching things is so easy!

No, I DID NOT punch out those doily shapes......this is one of the papers from the DSP pack "Flirtatious".  Lovely stuff.....wanted to use the whole sheet as I nearly couldn't bring myself to cut it.  The journalling is printed onto vellum and is actually much easier to read in real life than in this photo.  And I printed the title directly onto some DSP after I had cut it with the Top Note die through the Big Shot.  And that is how I made the flowers too.....I ran the fabric through the Big Shot using the Flower Folds die.  So simple and easy to do.  I just sewed a button from the Brights pack onto the centre of each flower bundle with some of the linen thread.  Done!

For the card makers out there, I will have another couple of sneak peeks for you in the coming days.  Stay tuned!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A scrapbooking sneak peek!

Oh, the DSP that is coming in the new IB&C is just DIVINE.  They are so yummy that you don't even want to cut into them (sad hey?!)

I spy with my little that FABRIC??? (why yes, it is!!)

For the title, I simply painted some of the SU chipboard letters white with some paint, and then I stamped over them with the flourish from 'Elements of Style' in Soft Suede and sponged around the edges!  Beautiful!

I will load another scrapbook page in the next few days, so check back!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Card and a half challenge

I am participating in a challenge over at Card and a Half (join me!).  This extra challenge is to make a card that has flowers on it.  Not so'd think!

This is my creation....

Now there is a lot going on with this card, AND there is also some non SU! product on there.  Now I want to take pains to make a point about me using non SU! products on my creations.  YES I do use other companies products from time to time - especially on my scrapbooking layouts - but NO I don't generally load them onto this blog.  YES I do believe that you should use what you have in your stash, and NO I don't think you should keep buying stuff that you already have until you use up what you have first.  YES I will identify when I use non SU! product, but NO I will not be promoting them.  Phew!

OK, so what I started with on this card was really the DSP.  I have used the 'Lap of Luxury' on this card and really, I am running against the clock to use up my retiring DSP stash before I can no longer use it.  I fear I will have a bit left over.  However, if you are local to Colac and are free on September 24th, I will be at the St Mary's Garden and Lifestyle Expo and will have a assortment of full and 6x6 sheets of DSP, retired stamps and some ribbon all for sale at HUGE discounts!!  Mark the date in your diaries and come along and say hi to me.  More details to come about what I will have on offer.

Materials used:
Stamp - Elements of Style
Cardstock - White Confetti, Lap of Luxury DSP, Newsprint DSP, Very Vanilla
Ink - Elegant Eggplant
Other - Curly Label punch, lace, Smooch Spritz (silver and gold)
non SU! - Smooch Spritz (log cabin), Epoxy flower Stickers (Kelly Pannaci)

Winner announced!

Ok, after much deliberation and roping in my husband as second opinion, I am pleased to announce the winner of my first competition.

And the winner is..........

Michelle Caspar with this lovely creation!

Michelle's card certainly is simple as she uses just DSP and one sentiment stamp, however she has jazzed it all up by cutting it into a unique shape.  Well done Michelle.

Michelle wins a container of buttons (her choice of colour family) and a pack of vintage brads.  These co-ordinate beautifully with a new stamps set to be released in the upcoming IBC called "Button Buddies".  I have a few sneak peek samples for you using this stamp set.  It is going to get a great workout in this household! Michelle, please email me with your preferred colour for your buttons.

I would like to thank everyone who participated in my very first competition.  I appreciate the time you spent creating your cards.  Keep your eye out for more competitions later in the year!

Snail buddies

Piggy buddy
Materials used:
Snail card 
Stamp - Button Buddies, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Cardstock - Choc Chip, Very Vanilla, Subtles Patterns DSP
Ink - Choc Chip
Other - Brights buttons, hemp twine

Piggy card
Stamp - Button Buddies, Short and Sweet
Cardstock - Whisper White, River Rock, Subtles Patterns DSP
Ink - Melon Mambo
Other - White Organza ribbon, Brights button, Hearts border punch, Word Window punch, Circles #2 die for Big Shot, 1/16th punch

items in ORANGE indicate new products available in the upcoming IBC

Sunday, August 7, 2011

More Clean and Simple

Apologies for not coming in here sooner to announce a winner of my Clean and Simple comp.  I have been flat out this weekend doing boring, mundane stuff like housework, but also I have been busy creating invitation samples for a friend's wedding which is coming up at the end of the year and I have been asked to make them!

Also, I have been very remiss to not post a friend's card for the competition.  She was having trouble loading her picture onto the system and asked me to do it.  And I forgot!  And missed the deadline.  But she DID give me the card last Wednesday and I took the picture then (I have witnesses), so I am going to put her card on here now and allow it to enter the comp.

This is Carol C's 'clean and simple' card:

I will be back tomorrow to announce both the winner and their prize!!!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Ready for some sneak peeks?

Of course you are!  You are all just waiting with bated breath aren't you?  Well here are a couple of examples using the new stamp set "Creative Elements"

card 1

card 2
This stamp set will prove to be very popular as it comes in a set of 8 and has a range of images.  The striking dahlia lends itself to straight inking - as I have done in the 1st card - or watercolouring.  When viewed in real life, it is particularly lifelike.

The sentiment on the 2nd card belongs to "Inspired by Nature" which is a current catty item and will be carrying over to the next IBC.

Materials used:
Card 1
Stamp - Creative Elements
Ink - Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Choc Chip
Cardstock - Soft Suede, Very Vanilla

Card 2
Stamp - Creative Elements, Inspired by Nature
Ink - Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Choc Chip
Cardstock - Naturals Ivory, Blushing Bride, Wild Wasabi
Other - bone folder (to get crease lines on front of card)

items in PINK indicate those that will feature in the upcoming IBC, released on September 1st 2011.

Monday, August 1, 2011

2011 retired list is out

Here we go...the run to the end of the year.  SU! released the retired list as of midnight and here it is.  There are hundreds of items on it, some on discount of up to 40%!

As with every retired list, if there is something on there that you want, please don't delay until the end of the month, because usually once it is gone, it is gone.  Even if that is BEFORE the end of the month.

Click HERE to download your own copy of the list and contact me to place your order.