Monday, September 19, 2011

Colac Garden and Lifestyle Expo

With less than a week to go until the Colac Garden and Lifestyle Expo, things have kicked up a gear in this household!  I have been making cards, scrapbook pages and 3D projects like a madwoman all to showcase on Saturday.

If you would like to see a whole mass of new products and ideas, come along to my stand at the Expo and check it out.  You will be able to enter a draw for a chance to win more than $100 worth of Stampin' Up! products and I will also have a kids card making area where the little ones can make 1 or 2 cards (under 8's need an adult though).

I will also be conducting a variety of demonstrations throughout the day, showcasing some of the new patterned papers and in-colours that have just been released.  And if you would like to get your hands on the new 2011-12 Ideas Book and Catalogue, you will love the show special I will have!

PLUS......(yes, there's more), I will have a variety of retired stamps and patterned paper for sale at hugely marked down prices (some more than 50% off!).

So come along this Saturday the 24th September to the Colac Showgrounds.  Expo kicks off at 9 am and goes till 3pm.  Cost is $6 for adults, $5 concession and u/16 are FREE.  There are a variety of activities for the kids including a treasure hunt, and for the adults there are more than 60 stallholders.  Plenty to keep everyone interested!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

It's up! September class

This upcoming class is focussing on kids cards.  Funnily enough, kids cards are not always easy to do because we walk a fine line between making them too much and making them too little.  Let's face it, kids usually don't appreciate the card as much as the present, so you don't want to invest too much time in making them.  However, that being said, if the parents are anything like my mum - or me, in fact - then the cards will be kept for the kids to look through in years to come.

So making cards that are eye catching, fun but simple and quick to create is the key.  This class can help you with a few designs that you can use straight away.

In this kids birthday card class, you will make 4 cards.  Two of them will feature simple stamping and punching, and the other two will incorporate a little watercolouring.  If you own some Aquapainters, please bring them along.  I will have some on the day, but if you have your own, you won't be waiting for others to finish.  For those that have not done watercolourng, I will give a tutorial on this, so don't worry!

All of these cards use new product on them somewhere - stamps, inks, punches, this is also an ideal chance to come along and have a look at some of the yumminess that SU! have recently released.

  • Date: 17th September (THIS Saturday)
  • Where: old convent complex, 1 Fireman St, COLAC
  • Cost: $25 per person - includes everything.  All you need to do is turn up.
  • Time: 1pm
  • RSVP: by Thursday September 15th

Bookings are essential as all materials are pre-cut and there are no spares available on the day.  Numbers are limited due to seating arrangements.

If you tell me you are coming and you are unable to attend, you will still need to pay for the class.  I will arrange to get the supplies to you so you can complete them at home.

Monday, September 12, 2011

September class

For those that are waiting with bated breath to see what my next class will consist will need to wait until tomorrow until I can take a picture of the cards and get them posted!  Sorry.  I hate running so late with pictures of my cards, but September is a little difficult.  Because even I can't order some of the stamp sets that I want to use in my Sept class until the 1st of September.  So by the time the order is placed, the parcel arrives, I drool over it all somewhat, and then actually construct the cards....the time just gets away.  However, I will have the pictures up on the blog tomorrow....PROMISE!

So check back and see the cute kids birthday cards that you can make!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Want to book a workshop?

Just to let you all know that if you are thinking of holding a workshop on a Saturday, I only have a couple left between now and December.  So make sure you contact me to book your preferred date.

Available Saturday's

  • 8th October
  • 29th October
  • 10th December

I do have a number of Sunday's free, so weekends are not totally booked out.  Friday evenings are not too bad either (or another night during the week).

Also, keep in mind that if a workshop during the week in the daytime suits you, I can also attend these.  So while the kids are at school, we could get together with a few other mums and have a fun morning having a chat, having a play with some products and forgetting about the washing and housework that always needs to be done!

Contact me to grab your preferred date and let's have some fun!!!

Monday, September 5, 2011

September class

I know that some of you are waiting to see what I am going to offer for my September class.  I don't have any pictures for you just yet, because I am waiting for my supplies to arrive!!  They should be here tomorrow or Wednesday, so I will quickly make up the class and post it on here ASAP.

However, suffice to say, we will be doing BIRTHDAY CARDS, mainly concentrating on kids birthday cards.  We will be using some of the new DSPs and the stamp sets, Pennant Parade, Happiest Birthday Wishes (hostess set) and possibly another one too!

The class will be held on September 17th at the old convent complex in Fireman St Colac.  Cost will be $25pp.

Oh, the excitement of the new's all a bit much!

Remember to check out my product shares (see post below) that I have on offer from now until September 11th.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Product Shares

Yes, it is that time of year again when I offer product shares to all my customers.  This is a great way to 'try before you buy' or to just get a small amount of a range of products.  if you like them, then come back and buy full packs later on!

This offer is only available until September 11th.  Hurry!

I am offering 3 different product shares - Brads, DSP and Ribbons.  Grab a share in one or all three.  It's up to you.  Prices are inclusive of postage (which is the postage from SU to me).

DSP PACK (4 shares per group) $23/share
you will get 1/4 of each of the following packs (cut into 6x6 squares):
  • Paisley Prints
  • Berry Blossoms
  • Well Worn
  • Mocha Morning (speciality DSP)


BRADS PACK (4 shares/group) $12.50/share
You will get 1/4 of each of the following GLIMMER brad packs (approx 40 brads):
  • Basics
  • Brights
  • Subtles
  • In-Colour (2010-12)


RIBBON PACKS (6 shares/group) $23/share
You will receive 1/6th of the following ribbons:
  • Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding
  • Crumb Cake Seam Binding
  • Old Olive Scallop Dot
  • Marina Mist Scallop Dot
  • Island Indigo Ruffled
  • Wisteria Wonder Ruffled
  • Denim Jean (blue)
  • Denim Jean (artichoke)

The share offer is available only until September 11th.  Contact me to place your order.


New hostess benefits explained...

One of the big changes in the new catalogue is the changes to the hostess benefits.

Previously, when a hostess reached $300 in sales (before p/h) she started to earn hostess benefits of free stamps and free products. These increased in amount as the value of the workshop takings increased. Now, instead of earning a free stamp set (broken down to levels based on workshop takings) and receiving a monetary amount of free product, you now earn "hostess dollars". With these hostess dollars, you "purchase" whatever you like from the catalogue as your reward. The amount of hostess dollars is still determined by the workshop takings, but they are increased in value and there is an added bonus.

There are no free stamp sets now, but, there still are stamp sets that are only available to hostesses. You will see these on pages 8 – 12 of the IB&C. You will note that there are 2 prices for each stamp set; one price is the amount of 'hostess dollars' that stamp set will cost you and the other price is the amount the stamp set would cost if it were available as a general sale (which it isn't….this is just a guide). So for instance, "Tagtastic" on pg 11, costs $26 (wood) or $21 (clear) when you use your hostess dollars, but it would retail at $43.95 (wood) or $34.95 (clear) if it were available to purchase by the general public.

If you want, you DO NOT have to buy a hostess stamp set at all. You can use your hostess dollars on whatever you like.  So let's go through a couple of examples:

Example 1: $350 workshop takings
So the hostess (Amy) has a workshop that has made $350 before p/h. Looking at the table on page 7 IBC, she has earned $50 (hostess dollars). In this case, Amy loves the 'Simply Soft' stamp set in the hostess section.  This will use up $26 of her reward money (if she buys the set in clear). This leaves Amy with a balance of $24. Amy also wants the stamp set "Three Little Words" on page 103 for $24.95. Because this is a little more than the money she has available, Amy simply pays the difference (in this case $0.95c plus 5% postage on the amount (0.05) which means she owes $1 for her hostess benefits. For those of you that have gone over on hostess benefits in the past (and most of you have), this system of adding to the amount has not changed.

Example 2: $550 workshop takings 
Elise has had a great workshop and the workshop made $550 before p/h.  Looking at the table, she has earned 80 hostess dollars. Elise wants stamp sets that everyone generally don't have so she is going to choose just for the hostess section. Elise chooses Happiest Birthday Wishes for $34 (clear) and Array of Sunshine for $16 (clear) spending her entire $50. She owes nothing more for hostess rewards.

Example 3: $550 workshop takings
Biddy holds a workshop and it makes the same as Elise's above.  But Biddy isn't interested in any stamp sets because she has heaps and she desperately needs other bits and pieces.  She has $50 to "spend" and she chooses to spend it all on cardstock and DSP.  Biddy gets one pack of Big Top DSP ($18.95) and a pack each of Real Red and Tempting Turquoise A4 cardstock ($13.95ea).  This leaves her with a credit balance of $3.15 which is forfeit.

Example 4: $1050 workshop takings
Gail is ecstatic with her workshop takings because it means she gets a bit more to spend plus an added bonus.  Gail receives $160 to spend PLUS she gets 50% off 3 full priced item in the catalogue!  Gail has been coveting the Big Shot for a while now, and now that it has come down in price by $30, she is keen to get it.  So Gail uses her hostess rewards to get the Big Shot.  The Big Shot costs $149.95, so she uses her hostess dollars for this, and with the $10.05 left over, she gets a Swirls Scribble Sizzlit die for $9.95.  Remember, she still gets 3 items at 50% off, so she chooses the Fancy Favour Box (full $69.95; half $34.98), the Top Note die (full $39.95; half $19.98) and the Houndstooth embossing folder (full $14.95; half $7.48).  The half price amounts add up to $62.44 which she pays plus 5% on top for postage ($3.12…total $65.56).  So for $65.56, she has got a Big Shot, a sizzlet, 2 dies and an embossing folder!!! The total value of what she has earned is $284.75 and she saved $219.19!!!!!

OK, there are any number of different ways to use your hostess dollars.  If you are confused, speak to me before you use them and I will help make sure you get the best "bang for your buck".  But as you can see, there is a lot more flexibility in what you can do with your rewards.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

It's here!

The brand new Ideas Book and Catalogue is LIVE from today.

Click HERE to see the catalogue online
There are just so many wonderful things in here, that I can't fit them all in this small post, so you will just have to get your hands on a copy of your own to look!  Or, view a catty online by clicking on the picture on the right hand side of my blog, or on the caption of the picture above.

I have put up a few sneak peeks over the past few weeks, but now I will be able to go hell for leather!  I will be sending out a newsletter either later today or tomorrow with a stack of information, so if you don't receive this, either enter your email address in the red sign up box on the left of my blog, or send me an email and I'll make sure you are added to the list.

To leave you (for now) with a SEPTEMBER SPECIAL.....Stampin' Up! are offering the start up kit to anyone that would like to become a demonstrator for just $169!  That's amazing!  I will be providing more information, but if you would like to find out the details in the meantime, simply click HERE and you will be taken to the SU page that explains all!

OK, I have to go take kids swimming and do a spot of grocery shopping before my family all starve.  Around the time of year of a main catty launch, my family tend to dissolve into the background, so I better make sure that there is enough food in the house to sustain them!!