Thursday, October 27, 2011

Christmas Card kit release!

I am happy to announce the release of this year's Christmas Card kit.  This kit will enable you to make 20 cards for the low price of $32.  This is $1.60/card!  Exceptional value!


For this cost you will receive:

  • 4 meters Scallop Polka Dot ribbon in Old Olive
  • 10 sheets Crumb Cake cardstock
  • 2 1/2 sheets of Letters to Santa DSP (various colours/patterns)
  • 2 1/2 sheets Very Vanilla cardstock
  • 1 (and a bit) sheet of Red Riding Hood cardstock
  • 100 dimensionals
  • 1 packet rhinestones (you will have oodles left over for other projects)
  • cutting guide and instructions

To complete the card in the picture above, you will need to provide the following:

  • Something for Christmas stamp $19.95 (one of the a la carte stamps on page 15 IB&C)
  • Soft Suede classic ink $13.95
  • Scallop punch $30.95 (optional.....you do not need to scallop punch the red cardstock...you can leave it straight)
  • SNAIL $12.95; refill $8.50 (or another double sided adhesive)

STEPPED UP VERSION (otherwise known as a bit more embellished!!!)

For those that have attended any of my workshops over the past few weeks that have focussed on Christmas cards, you will have seen me use this stamp set and the 'direct to rubber' technique which is featured on this card.  It is simply where you use individual markers straight onto the stamp to allow you to stamp multicolours in one go.  It is very simple but effective.

For this card I have also sponged the edge of the Very Vanilla with Soft Suede ink and have sprayed the entire rectangle with Gold Glow Smooch Spritz.

To complete this second cardyou will also need to provide:
  • Smooch Spritz in Gold Glow $7.95
  • Individual markers (Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard and Old Olive) $5.95 each
  • Sponge $6.50 for 3 (each sponge can be cut into 8, giving you 24 wedges)
If you want to add any of the extras onto your kit order, I am more than happy to arrange this for you.  For anyone that needs it, I can also provide a verbal refresher of the direct to rubber technique (or if you live local to me, you are more than welcome to arrange a convenient time to go through technique).

Please note, I am unable to accept Visa or M/card payments for the CARD KITS but am able to accept these forms of payments for any additional supplies.  This is because the kits are coming from me, Graceful Impressions, whereas other extra supplies are coming from SU!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

FREE stamp set and punch!

A week or so ago, I mentioned the promotion that SU had for October for the Stitched Stocking stamp set and the matching Stocking punch.

This is the picture to remind you:

Well, I just want to remind you - and make it clear - that if you place an order of $450 or more, you will get  a stamp set (in your choice of clear or wood) AND the matching punch for FREE.

Yes, that's right, for free.  For doing nothing than putting in your order!  I have already given away 2 sets just today to qualifying hostesses.

What are you waiting for?  Get ready for Christmas and get a jump on making those Christmas cards early by using this great little set.  This promotion only runs until the end of October and then you will not be able to get your hands on this set and punch until it goes live in the mini catty on December1st.

Tomorrow I will load some pictures of my Christmas card class that I ran on the weekend that featured this stamp set.  Come back and check it out!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

October newsletter

Have you been wondering if you have missed your copy of the October newsletter?  Thinking that it has been a long time between news items?

Well, it's not you.....it's me!  I haven't gotten around to this month's newsletter yet, so I will be putting out a brief one in the next couple of days.

If you currently don't receive my e-newlsetter delivered directly to your inbox each month, simply enter your email details in the box at the top left of my blog bar and you will be automatically added.

Colac Garden and Lifestyle Expo

For those that were unable to attend the Colac Garden and Lifestyle Expo which was held on September 24th, you may be interested in seeing what my stand looked like.


The three main crafting areas were covered (cardmaking, scrapbooking and OTP) in addition to featuring the fabric ranges that SU have recently released.  All of the samples were made using products out of the current catalogue.

If you would like to see any of my samples in person, you can book a workshop with me and I will bring a selection of my work along with me.  I will also be at the Elliminyt Primary School Trade Night which will be on November 12th at the Elliminyt School.  I will have a smaller display at that event.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Christmas card class

Some of you may have been wondering about my October class which will be focussing on Christmas cards.  Well, I have not promoted it because it is already fully subscribed.  If you are one of the ones that have missed out on this class, don't despair.  I will be putting pictures of the finished project up on this blog after next weekend.  PLUS next week I will also be releasing my 2011 Christmas Card kit.

For those that missed the 2010 version last year (click here and scroll down the post), it is simply a kit that I make up that contains most of the things you will need to make up 20 Christmas cards.  As a general rule, the only extra things you will need is a stamp set (I will provide a suggested set that you can purchase if you don't own one), ink and adhesive.

This kit is great for those that find it hard to come up with a card design, or are short of time in getting things together to make up a stack of cards.  So check back next week for the kit and remember, that it will only be available for a LIMITED time.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Christmas designs...and a winner!

Before I start this post...I have realised that I have not announced the winner of the "Box of Stampin' Up! Goodies" (worth >$100) that was on offer at the Colac Garden and Lifestyle Expo on September 24th.  So without further ado, I would like to congratulate LYN McMILLAN of Colac.  Your name was pulled out of the box by my husband.  I will arrange to get your prize to you ASAP.  Thankyou to everyone that entered the draw and again, it was great to meet a whole lot of new faces!

It is now the time of year that you need to start thinking about your Christmas cards.  If you like to create from scratch, then start having a look around at all the designs that are out there and the wonderful products on offer.  For their part, SU have some wonderful Christmassy products that you should think about incorporating into your festive projects.

However, if you are someone that would prefer to be handed a design that you can generate a few Chrissy cards, then stay tuned for my upcoming Christmas card kit.  Like last year, it will include most things you need to make about 20 cards.  Details will be released soon.

For my part, I like to have a play with some of my supplies and see what I can come up with.  I particularly like coming up with ideas using stamps and other supplies that were not necessarily created with Christmas in mind.  The card I have for you today showcases this thought process of mine.  You can see that I have used a stamp set that in reality is only partially Christmassy ('Loads of Love' p41) and I have teamed it with 'Well Worn DSP' (p129).  By keeping the colours neutral and throwing in Cherry Cobbler, you can see that it makes an effective Christmas card.




I encourage you to look at your stamps and papers in another way.  For those that would like to see this all in action, over the next month, any workshops that I hold will be focussing on Christmas cards and some of my demonstrations will be showing you how to make festive cards using non Christmas stamp sets.  I am rapidly running out of weekend dates in the lead up to Christmas, so if you would like to secure one, please contact me ASAP to book your workshop, get some great ideas, possibly earn some FREE products and have a great time!!!


AVAILABLE Weekends from now to December:
Sunday 23rd October
Saturday 29th October
Sunday 30th October
Sunday 4th December
Saturday 10th December
Sunday 11th December

I have a number of Friday evenings still available if that suits.  The dates that ARE NOT available are:
Friday 4th November
Friday 11th November
Friday 25th November

Sunday, October 2, 2011

A bit of a catch up

You may have wondered where I have got to....., well my hubby and I took the kids away for a few days of the school holidays (in Vic).  With Tom now in prep, we are constrained to having our holidays in traditional holiday times.  We took the kids to Ballarat to visit Sovereign Hill and apart from the first day we were there, we just about got flooded out!  OMG it was wet.  next time, we are going somewhere warm!  And dry.

Back to creative stuff though....

Thankyou to those ladies that came along to the Colac Gardena and Lifestyle Expo last weekend.  It was a great day and I enjoyed meeting up with you, including meeting some new customers.  I hope you enjoyed my display - I worked damn hard on it!  For those that could not come to the Expo, I will now be putting up pictures of my samples on this blog for you to enjoy as well.  All of the samples I had on display used items from the new IB&C including the fabric range.

Thankyou also to the ladies that participated in my latest product share.  With the exception of my mum and mum-in-law, I think everyone should have received their shares by now.  And don't you just love the papers?  Yummo.

SU! have released a very special stamp set and punch which you can take advantage of throughout the month of October.  This duo will appear in the upcoming Summer mini catalogue, but because this isn't released until December 1st, it was thought that many people would have already made their Chrissy cards and gifts (well....you should have by then!).  As such, SU! have taken the unprecedented move of releasing items EARLY from the catty in order for you to undertake your festive projects.


Hostesses can earn these items from FREE with a qualifying order, so contact me to book your workshop date ASAP.  Click HERE to read more about this special.

To compliment this special, my October class will incorporate using these items (keep an eye on this blog in the next few days for details) and all of my workshops in October will also use this set as well.  November workshops will also focus on Christmas items as well (unless requested otherwise).

Give me a call or email if you would like to order the Christmas Stockings set.