Saturday, January 28, 2012

Everyday Enchantment DSP

Don't fall off your chairs...I have 2 things to show you today!

The first is a card that I made for my SIL's birthday a couple of days ago.  I wanted to use the new Everyday Enchantment DSP that is on offer in the SAB catalogue.  I was REALLY rushed for time in making this card (literally had 15 mins to make it and get in the car to go to lunch), so I turned to my catalogues for inspiration on what to make.  If you turn to page 10 of the Summer Mini catalogue, you will see where I got the idea from.  This is what the catalogues are great for, and I suggest that you keep them even when they go out of date.  Because when you are in a rush, a rut or a dirty big crafting slump, you can get heaps of inspiration out of the pictures in these babies.  Of course you can copy them directly....I often do!  Nobody said that we have to be 100% unique all the time.

The 2nd item I have for you is this scrapbook layout.

Again, I got the inspiration from flicking through a scrapbook magazine that used small squares of different patterned paper as the background.  I immediately thought of the new Everyday Enchantment DSP and how great it would be to showcase every sheet in the pack to you all.  The picture is of my two daughters - Biddy and Bella - who have both developed the habit of sucking two fingers when they are tired.  They also play with the satin tags on the backs of their clothes at the same time.....strange.  Tom has never done this, so it must be a girl thing in our family.

One thing I do want to point out about how I did it, is the lettering.  I don't own the alphabet dies for the Big Shot, so what I did was pick a font on my computer that was fat and then I enlarged it to the size I wanted.  I also changed the line colour to a light grey - enough that I could see it, but not dark enough that it would be noticable if when I cut out the letters and made a sloppy job of it, that you would see them!  I printed the letters out on my chosen cardstcok and I cut them out using my trusty paper snips and then I used a sponge with some Crumb Cake ink to "dirty" up the edges a bit and create a bit of shadow.

The number '2' I cut out using my Big Shot and one of the numbers die, and this time I used the On Board Sheets that you will find in the Big Shot section of your IB&C.  These are GREAT!

Click on the pictures to see a bigger version.  Check out the materials I used in the lists below.


  • My Lucky Envelopes - spend $100 and get a lucky envelope, each containing a gift of at least $10 value.  One envelope contains the Stack n Store caddy worth $64.95
  • Any purchase of $100 earns you a FREE item out of the SAB catalogue
  • $100 purchase earns you 1 loyalty reward point 
  • Workshop dates for February are filling fast.  I have an opening on the weekend of Feb 11 or 12 for anyone that is quick to get in.  Plenty of time to invite some guests.
Materials used:
Birthday card
Stamp - Curly Cute
Ink - Soft Suede
Paper - Pool Party and Very Vanilla cardstocks, Everyday Enchantment DSP
Other - Neutral button, hemp twine, gold smooch spritz, In-Colour painted brad

Peas in a Pod layout
Stamp - Calendar Alphabet & Numbers 
Ink - Red Riding Hood marker (on the "2"), Soft Suede ink, Choc Chip marker, Crumb Cake ink, Mahogany Ink (from distressing kit)
Paper - Sahara Sand 12x12, Everyday Enchantment DSP, Lucky Limeade cardstock, Very Vanilla cardstock, First Edition DSP
Other - Vintage lace, Spice Cake designer buttons, Early Espresso Bakers Twine, Postage stamp punch, small heart punch, Modern label punch, Big Shot, Simple Numbers die, Distressing Kit, On Board sheets

items in orange feature in Summer mini; items in pink feature in SAB catty 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Yes, it is Sale-a-Bration time again and that means great FREE products for YOU!  I have a number of catalogues here just waiting for new homes, so if you would like to get a free one just drop me a line!  I will also be bringing some to every workshop I run from now until March 31st.

So what is SAB?

From today (24th Jan) through to March 31st, when customers place a $100 order, they will be able to choose a FREE  item out of the Sale-a-bration catalogue. YOU CANNOT BUY THESE ITEMS, only earn them.  And there are 4 delightful stamp sets to choose from, and for the first time, 1 embellishment pack (brads & ribbons) and a DSP pack.  If you spend $200, you get a choice of 2 items; $300 and a choice of 3 items (and so on.....).

Hostesses are also looked after as well.  If you host a workshop during SAB that makes a minimum $600 in sales, YOU will receive a free item from the SAB catalogue.  And this would be in addition to all the other hostess bonuses you normally receive.  Plus, if part of that workshop total includes a personal order of a min $100, you would get a choice of 2 SAB items!!  WOW.

Want to join the Stampin' Up! family and be part of my team?  Well, new recruits are looked after as well during SAB.  Actually, I joined SU! during SAB 3 years ago (wow....where does the time go??).  If you join during SAB, not only will you be able to select a free stamp set from the normal IB&C, but you will only pay $249 for your starter kit.  This works out to be a saving of over $119.95!  What are you waiting for?

If you would like to check out the catalogue online, simply click on the picture on the right hand side of my blog and you will go straight there.  Contact me ASAP to book a workshop so you can earn FREE products.  You have nothing to loose.  Dates are filling quick (especially weekend bookings), so don't delay if you want a specific date.

My "Lucky Envelopes" is running through to the end of March and for every $100 you spend, not only will you get fabulous SAB products for free, but you will also earn yourself a FREE envelope which contains a gift of at least $10 in value.

Plus, every $100 earns 1 point in my loyalty rewards program.  So many of my customers are close to earning free gifts and stamp sets by just being part of this.

As you can see, the next 6 weeks or so is a WONDERFUL time to place a qualifying order.  You can just earn so much FREE stuff.  And let's face it; who doesn't like free stuff????

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Decorative box

Here is a promised SAB sneak peek!

I saw this little gem of a box on the internet (courtesy of PCL) and thought immediately how good it would look in the new DSP papers that are to be on offer in SAB in a few days!  The paper patterns in this DSP pack are truly gorgeous and I hate to say, that I am reluctant to cut into them!  But cut I must, in order to show you all - my dear and loyal customers - just what you can do with these lovely papers.

Oh, the sacrifices I must make.....LOL.

Along with the DSP, I have also used a brad (on the banner) and a stamp set (the flourish down the bottom) out of the SAB catalogue as well.  Check out the list below to see what else I included on this project - some of it from the Summer mini catalogue and also some new and old In-Colours too.

As I mentioned in my post below, we were lucky to grab a couple of days at Apollo Bay last week.  I often don't mention my family on here and rarely put up photos that are not part of a scrapbook layout, but I thought I would give you a treat to the 3 kids and the old man!  Note that they are all decked out in wetsuits (well....not Bella, poor chook) so the water was not THAT warm.  Well, the water was probably fine, but the air temp was not that warm (low 20's).  I know I am getting old, because I couldn't be enticed to go in!!  But the kids had a ball and were exhausted every night from bounding around on the sand.

Materials used:
Cardstock - Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Very Vanilla
DSP - Everyday Enchantment DSP (SAB)
Stamps - Fresh Vintage (SAB), Curly Cute
Inks - Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede, Poppy Parade
Other - Early Espresso Bakers twine (mini), Neutral button, Very Vanilla satin ribbon, dimensionals, rhinestones, Everyday Enchantment brad (SAB)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I know.... I know....

I know that I said that I would load some more pictures of SAB sneak peeks on here very soon (and this has not happened), but I beg forgiveness as we were able to nick off for 3 days on a beach break with the kids and the caravan and it was an opportunity not to be passed up.  So, card making and scrapbooking has taken a back seat for the minute.  I am back on deck on Saturday with a class and then I PROMISE I will load some other stuff on here early next week.  I have a great scrapbook layout to show you (easy peasy one that can use lots of scraps) and also a couple of cards as well.

Don't forget about my Lucky Envelopes on offer.  I have already given away a fistful of free gifts.  Scroll down to see post with details.  I should add, that one thing that is not valid for this offer is the use of gift cards....sorry.

If there is something you would like to see me demonstrate or discuss, please drop me a line.  I would love to know what you would like to see on here.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Lucky Envelopes

I have set myself a goal of achieving $30,000 in sales for this current Stampin' Up! year (April - March).  Whilst I would dearly love to buy this amount of product myself, it just ain't gunna happen!  So I am calling on all my customers, friends and fellow crafters to help get me over the line!

I need your help to meet my goal!

I am running a  LUCKY ENVELOPES event where for qualifying orders, YOU get to reap the gifts!  I have envelopes numbered 1 to 65 and every envelope contains a prize of at least $10 in value....maybe more.  One envelope contains a STACK AND STORE CADDY worth $64.95!  It could be yours!

For each $100 you spend, you will get one envelope.  Envelopes will be opened in numerical order.  But don't forget:

  • each $100 spent earns you 1 loyalty point.  Accrue 5 points and get a free gift; accrue 10 points and get a free stamp set to the value of $49.95.  Many of my customers are close to getting free goods!
  • during SAB (24th Jan - 31st Mar), each $100 you spend will earn you a free stamp set or embellishment pack out of the SAB catalogue.

This lucky envelope event is open to my Big Shot and Hostess Club members who bump their orders up to meet the $100 minimum.

This Lucky Envelopes event runs from January 10th through to March 31st.  I have already given out a couple of prizes!  Contact me today to place an order or to book a workshop.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Newsletter and SAB

My newsletter for January has gone out today and in it is some fantastic news.  If you didn't get your copy, please email me and I will arrange to forward you a copy.  In the meantime, why not fill in your email details in the red box on the left hand side and every month, you will automatically receive my newsletter straight to your inbox.

Sale-a-Bration is rapidly descending on us and I have just received my shipment of SAB pre-order.  And oh my.....the stuff is delightful.  This year, not only will you have the opportunity to earn FREE stamps, but for the first time, you will also be able to choose from DSP (yum) and brads/ribbon pack.

There was a sneak peek of some of the range in my newsletter, but rest assured, I will be putting more samples up over the next couple of weeks.  Keep looking back here to see some of the yummy goodness we have in store for you.

I already have a couple of bookings for SAB, so if you want to secure your preferred date, please contact me ASAP to book it in.  February 4, 18 and 25 are all booked.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

January Class - A Year in Review

Announcing my first class of 2012.....

For all you scrappers out there, this is for you!  This class will be a full day class where you will make a 6x6 mini album featuring the Country Club Simply Scrappin' kit.  The theme of your album will be "A Year in Review", however, you can tailor it however you like.

For the non scrappers out there, this is a great opportunity to showcase a number of photos that you have amassed throughout the year and showcase them in one place.  Plus, there is the added advantage of getting some layout ideas for your cards!

What you will receive:

  • 1/2 Country Club Simply Scrappin' kit
  • 2 meters Pear Pizzazz seam binding ribbon
  • Adhesive
  • Full instructions with pictures (approx 20 pages)
  • Tea/coffee/cold drinks and snacks throughout the day
  • Room hire
  • Me!

You will complete 10 6x6 pages on the day (more if you work quick!) and you can either add pictures as you go, or put them in later on.  I strongly recommend you purchase a 6x6 album to store your pages in (see details below) or bring one you have at home.  You will have enough product and instructions to complete 20 pages in total.

If you want to add pictures on the day, the project requires:

  • Eleven (11) 4x6" photos in LANDSCAPE format
  • One (1) 4x6" photo in PORTRAIT format
  • Six (6) 4x4" photos 

As I mentioned earlier, this class has been titled "A Year in Review", however, you can make it whatever theme you like (birthday, family getaway, kids school year, special event etc) by simply making all the photos reflect your theme.

Because this is an involved class, it will run for a full day.  We will begin at 10am and finish around 3pm.  You will be required to bring your own lunch (we will break for 30 minutes).  If you have a paper trimmer, please bring this with you on the day as well (make sure you have it labelled though).

Date: Saturday January 21st
Time: 10am - 3pm
Place: old convent complex, Fireman St, COLAC
Cost: $40/person

STRICT RSVP is by 11th January in order for me to order the appropriate amount of product.  The scrapping kits are not normally a product range I hold in stock, so it is very important that you reply so I can order for you.  I WILL ONLY ORDER ENOUGH STOCK FOR THE DAY. 

If you would like to order a 6x6 album to store your pages in, I recommend the Espresso Classic 6x6 album (item 122467 IB&C).  If you order this BY 11th JANUARY, I will give it to you for $20.95 incl postage.  If you order it after this date, it will be placed as an individual order and will attract a higher postage cost (total price $25.90).

There is also a linen post album available in Neutral colour (sort of a beige colour) for $38.95 (if ordered by 11/1 you will pay $40.95).

I will put up some pictures of the project in the next day or two for you to view.

Bookings are essential and I welcome new and old class members to this event.