Monday, February 27, 2012

Birthday Special and Anniversary

Tomorrow is my birthday and I am giving everyone a heads up right now about my birthday special that I am offering for 24 HOURS ONLY

Any orders submitted to me between 12.01am and 11.59pm on FEBRUARY 28th will receive 15% OFF*.  Remember, if you spend a minimum $100, you will also receive:
  • free Sale-a-bration item out of the SAB catalogue
  • Lucky Envelope from me containing a gift to at least the value of $10
  • 1 Loyalty Reward point
If you qualify for a SAB item, please advise at the time or ordering what item you would like and in the case of stamp sets, whether you would like wood or clear mount).

Credit card orders are preferred, so if I do not have your c/c details either ring or email me with them.

Also.....guess what?  Today marks my 3 year anniversary with Stampin' Up!  Yes, I know, I have been a demonstrator for 3 years and it has absolutely flown.  I have made so many special friends through my association with SU and it has been a blast meeting every one of my customers.  You are all great people (but then, crafty people ARE great people aren't we!!)

Being a demonstrator is not difficult and if you are humming and haaa-ing over joining, I suggest that you get in contact and I can walk you through it all.  I promise I will give you an honest appraisal of the business.  Yes, there is some work that you need to do, but it is FUN work.  And who doesn't want to have fun at work?!

(*emails MUST be dated within the timeframe and phone calls/messages must arrive within the nominated timeframe as well or discount will not apply.  Normal postage will apply to all orders.)

Friday, February 17, 2012

February class

Just to let you know that my February class is FULLY SUBSCRIBED.  Thankyou to those ladies that RSVP'd and I will be seeing you tomorrow!

If you missed out, please contact me to either arrange the possibility of a private session*, or alternatively, book a workshop where I can incorporate one of these cards into my demonstrations.

* costs will be incurred and a minimum number of participants is required.

Little boy card

It seems to be a problem for everyone....making little boys cards.  There are a range of stamps and embellishments in the IB&C that are suitable for this genre, but I also struggle.

So when the urge and creativity hit me, I tend to go with it and make up a card, even if I don't need it right now.  Better to have it on hand.....

I stamped the Triceratops in Always Artichoke on Whisper White cardstock and then added colour with a dauber on select pastel colours to achieve a more subtle coloured-in effect. 
This cute little card is SUPER SIMPLE.  All I used was some DSP, 1 stamp set and some of the Stampin' Up! pastels.  I hadn't pulled these out for sometime, so this was a great opportunity for me.  As I said, this card is simple and this is really the focus.  As much as we would love the recipients of our cards to drool over them and keep them forever, the reality is that.....little boys don't care!  They like you more for the present you give.  Sigh....or is that just mine!  Anyway, I don't really see the point in using up ALL of your creativity stores on small boys cards.  Sure, you want them to look good and reflect your craft, but weigh up the circumstances.

Some of you might not agree with what I have just said, and that is fine.  Knock your socks off with a superbly created card.  Each to his/her own.  All I am saying is that we don't have to get too hung up on making handmade cards for certain age groups and that by simplifying the process, we can make some pretty great projects.

So what are some of the stamp sets that Stampin' Up! have that are suitable for boys aged 3 - 10?  Well, for my money I think:

  • Ain't Love Grand (hostess) p12
  • Elebration (a la carte) p15 
  • Under the Big Top p33
  • Up, Up and Away p33
  • Got Treats p35
  • Take a Spin p36
  • Create a Cupcake p36
  • Bring on the Cake p38
  • Party this Way p39
  • Loads of Love p41
  • Something Sweet p42
  • A Little Treat p43
  • Every Little Bit p46 (various stamps)
  • Button Buddies p47
  • Make a Monster p56
  • Fox and Friends p58
  • Dinoroar p59
  • I Dig You p59
  • Look Who's Turning p61
  • a number of background stamps
  • a heap of wheel stamps

What about embellishments?  Well how about:

  • Treat Cups p126
  • Pocketful of Posies DSP p128 (various sides)
  • Just Add Cake DSP p129
  • Big Top Birthday DSP p130
  • Big Top Birthday Quick Accents p131
  • Party Animal Simply Scrappin' kit p133
  • Clips Assortment p141
  • Vintage Trinkets p141
  • Mini Library Clips p141
  • Jumbo Brads p143
  • Metallic brads p143

As you can see, there are heaps of things that you can use on little boys cards.  Let your imagination guide you!

Materials used:
Stamp - Dinoroar
Paper - Just Add Cake DSP, Whisper White & Baja Breeze cardstocks
Ink - Always Artichoke, Soft Suede
Other - Daubers, Pastels, Big Shot, Circle #2 die, Scallop edge punch, dimensionals

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Gulp.....a big step for me!

Ok, I've taken the plunge and applied for a design team position.  I have wanted to do this for some time, but I wanted to make sure that I could fulfil the commitments.  Plus, there are some constraints on who I can or can't be a DT member for from a Stampin' Up! perspective (ie. because of competing products), so even though sometimes a team might be a good fit for me personally, it didn't gel professionally.

However, there is a call out for the website "STUCK?!" at the moment.  For the first time, they are looking for design team members to work on cards.  The website has predominately been for scrapbookers (of which I have used a couple), but they are now launching into the cardmaking side of things too.

For those of you that have linked onto Mojo Monday through me, this is much the same concept.

So what I had to do in my application was to do the appointed sketch and then send in a bit about myself.  Fingers crossed they like what they see!  I won't stick up the card that I submitted, but I will put up the one that I did, but rejected.  Nothing wrong with it.....I just felt I could do better.

This is the sketch:


...and this is my first attempt (which didn't get submitted)

Wish me luck.  I understand that announcements will be made by the end of February, so at least we are not waiting forever to hear one way or the other!  If you would like to apply as well, click on the link (above) and check out the details.

Materials used:
Stamps: Creative Elements, French Foliage
Paper: Lucky Limeaid cardstock, Everyday Enchantment DSP (SAB)
Ink: Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Calypso Coral
Other: Pearls, Calypso Coral ribbo (SAB), On Board chipboard, Beautiful Butterflies die, Big Shot, Champagne Shimmer Paint & Isocol mix

Monday, February 13, 2012

Easy cards

This simple creation is one I whipped up this morning while the 2 girls were being relatively quite.  These times are sometimes few and far between, so simple and easy cards are sometimes all I can do!  But this card shows you that you do not have to go overboard or be hugely creative in order to make a lovely card (well...I think it is lovely!!).

I have used a pattered paper that is reasonably busy but still not too much that it overwhelms the entire card.  The paper is from the SAB Everyday Enchantment range and you can get this for FREE if you place an order of $100 before the end of March.

I have also splurged on using some of the teeny tiny pearls on the sentiment - which is one of the hostess sets in the IB&C (another freebie for qualifying orders!).

Have a look in your stash for some DSP that you can use to re-create this card!

Materials used:
Stamp: Tagtasic (hostess)
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Everyday Enchantment DSP
Ink: Calypso Coral
Other: Scallop Circle punch, Early Espresso Bakers Twine, button from Soft Subtles pack, Daffodil Delight 1 1/4" striped ribbon, pearls, dimensionals, glue dot
items in ORANGE appear in mini catty; items in PINK appear in SAB catty

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Stamping on DSP

Here is a card that I made after spotting a few different versions around the traps of late.  The main feature is the fact that I have stamped a reasonably solid image over print paper.  This seems to be all the rage at the moment, so I can't credit any one person for the idea.  But to everyone that has done it prior to me and published their pics....I thankyou.

Don't be afraid to use your stamps a bit "willy nilly" either.  On this card, I stamped one image over the top of another image.  This technique can be used to great effect, especially when creating backgrounds.

The other aspect of the card that I have made was to challenge myself.  I made myself pull out a stamp set that I had not used in a while and incorporate it into todays card.  This stamp set is 'Printed Petals' (p81 IB&C).  This was a set that I (ashamedly) purchased and have hardly used, but it is a great little set.  For just $34.95 wood or $27.95 clear, you get 5 stamps that can be used in a variety of ways.

Stamping over printed paper gives you a look that is very different to just stamping on solid cardstock or paper.  It can be further enhanced by heat embossing the image rather than just stamping.  With the range of colours now appearing in the SU! line of embossing powders, you are limited only by your imagination.

I challenge you to pull out a set that you have not used in a while and to create a card.  I'd love to see what you come up with!

DON'T FORGET**  Sale-a-bration is now on.  Spend $100 in a single transaction and you will receive a FREE item out of the SAB catalogue.  Host a $600 workshop and receive a FREE item out of the SAB catalogue.  PLUS, every $100 purchase between now and March 31st will also get you a Lucky Envelope which contains a FREE gift from me to the value of at least $10.

Materials used:
Cardstock - Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, First Edition DSP
Stamps - Printed Petals, Happiest Birthday Wishes (hostess)
Ink - Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, More Mustard
Other - sponge, buttons from neutral pack, dimensionals

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

a Host of Happies!

My February class is now advertised and I am taking bookings.  In this class, you will create 4 different styled birthday cards that will enable you to cover a range of ages.  You will not only be stamping, but also using the Big Shot plus a few punches and embellishments that you may not have used before.

You will also receive 3 envelopes for the 3 standard sized cards in order for you to give them away (if you can bear to!)

  • Date: Saturday 18th February 2012
  • Time: 1pm
  • Place: old convent complex, 1 Fireman St COLAC
  • Cost: $25pp
  • RSVP at the latest by Feb 15th in order to reserve your place.

Bookings are essential and numbers are limited.  As is my policy, if you respond that you are coming, and you do not show, you will be liable for the cost of the class as I will be cutting up materials for you.

Any queries, please contact me directly.  Places in my classes fill fast, so please do not leave it to the last minute in case you miss out!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Embossing buddy

SU! have just informed us that the Embossing Buddy (pg 145 IB&C for $9.50) will become in short supply in the near future.

Apparently, the company that makes the Embossing Buddy for SU! have said that they will no longer be making it.  Once current stocks in the SU! warehouse are depleted, this item will no longer be available for ordering (ie. it will not be placed on back order).

SU! are looking to secure another supplier of this product in the future, but please be aware that there may be a certain timeframe where we will not be able to get any in for you.

This is a bit disappointing as I have been promoting this item of late in both cardmaking and scrapbooking classes I have run.  My suggestion to all my customers is to contact me if you would like to order an Embossing Buddy and I will put in a bulk order.  The Embossing Buddy lasts a lifetime, so once you have one, I doubt that it would be something you would be looking to buy again in the near future.  However, they are indispensable for use with the darker embossing powders.

Contact me ASAP if you would like to place an order for an Embossing Buddy.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


What does a $100 order* get you?

Apart from the high quality reliable SU! products that you have selected, you will also get:-

  1. a FREE Sale-a-bration item from the SAB catalogue
  2. a Lucky Envelope that contains a gift worth at least $10.  one envelope contains the Stack and Stock Caddy worth $69.95
  3. one loyalty point in my rewards program.  Many of my customers only need one more point to get a FREE gift (ie they are sitting on 4 points at the moment)

With today being February 1st, I only have 8 more weeks to reach my personal sales goal, and I REALLY NEED YOUR HELP!  Place a qualifying order with me today and you can get your hands on some cool FREE products!

* available until March 31st at 5pm