Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

After a fast and furious December, I did not get a chance to get my monthly newsletter out.  So stay tuned early next month with a whole lot of info on goodies and specials coming out (think Sale-A-Bration!!!!!)

However, on this night - December 24th - when the kids are in bed and the presents wrapped and the food ready to go, I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.  May 2014 bring you much joy and good fortune.  I look forward to sharing all new crafting ideas and tips, classes and workshops, information and fun with you throughout next year.

Thankyou to all my customers and friends that have supported me throughout 2013.  I never take your loyalty for granted and I appreciate you choosing me to be your Stampin' Up! demonstrator!

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!
Merry Christmas from the Billing kids!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Gift Vouchers for Christmas

Stuck for a gift for someone crafty?  Are YOU crafty and others are stuck for a gift for you?  Then don't forget that I offer gift vouchers.  These start at $25 and go up as high as you like.  Redeemable only through me and on individual or customer orders only (no class fees, tech groups or product shares).

Whilst I offer gift vouchers at any time of the year, please note the following timeframe for Christmas deliveries:
COLAC and SURROUNDS (ie hand delivered or pick up)  December 23rd
POSTAGE REQUIRED (please add on $2 to your gift voucher order for this) December 17th

I will still make and give out gift vouchers to be posted AFTER December 17th, but I cannot guarantee that it will make it to you before Christmas.  After all, I am reliant on Aust Post!!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Clearance rack is now LIVE!!!!!

Check it out!  Click on the picture or go to CLEARANCE RACK.  Don't forget to shop via my online store by going to SAM'S ONLINE STORE.

Happy shopping!!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Clearance Rack Blitz

Whoa...just in time for Chrissy too!

From midnight December 10th, SU! will announce a list of clearance products that are up to 80% off!  Products on this list run out FAST, so if you want to order something, I suggest you don't dilly dally.  Get in there.

Best way to ensure you get what you want....order via my online shop.  If you haven't already signed up for an account, all you need to do is have a valid credit card and shipping address and you're set.  You just need to set up an account and password (these you will keep forever) before you start.  if you need help, please go to my video tutorial by clicking HERE of go to the link by clicking on the "Tutorials" tab on the left hand side menu.

Are you ready to order?  Then simply go to my online shop by clicking HERE.

It has been a busy week here in our household...I know you know what I mean....and I have been a bit lax popping up some new stuff and also getting my newsletter out.  But I intend to get up to date in the next day or so.  Stay with me everyone....there is just HEAPS to tell you about!

But for now, go to the Stampin' Up! home page and check out the Clearance Rack and get some super savings.  I will post a link on this blog and my facebook page tomorrow.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Christmas Bon Bons and decorations

Ok.  I have jumped on the band wagon and got into making the Christmas Bon Bons which are created by using the new Envelope Punch Board!  Yes, who would've thought?  Well.....someone more crafty than me, that's for sure.  Because I didn't come up with this idea - I merely copied it from someone else.  If you want to make these yourself, simply Google "Christmas Cracker Stampin Up" and a heap of YouTube videos and blog posts will come up.  There are a few.....choose which one suits you. thing I did come up with myself (and I am a bit pleased about this!) is the little decoration that I added on my bon bon.  I just made this by gluing the little offcuts from the Envelope Punch Board when you make your bon bon.  I just glued each bit back to back.  The little ornament shaped bits will be prescored down the middle so all you need to do is add glue.  And a string or ribbon if you wish.  You can make them like I did and have them a full 'ornament' or you can halve the number of bits you use and make them a half ornament that you can adhere flat on the bon bon (or card).

I added a full pearl to the top of the ornament after I had threaded some linen thread through (this pearl was a leave over from the now retired pretties kit that we used to have....but any bead or pearl will work just fine).  I also ran some Tombow glue down the side and the sprinkled liberally with Dazzling Diamonds. Wahla!
Here is a link to a YouTube video (there are also heaps of these) that show you how to make the Christmas Ornament that was on the cover of last year's Holiday Catalogue.  The way you fold and glue the the individual pieces together to make this ornament is essentially what I used to make mine.  Except in this case, my score lines where already there.

If none of this makes sense, let me know.  I'll step you through it!

Let me finish off by giving you a few words of advice on creating these bon bons:

  1. You can make ANY size you like....DON'T be limited by the measurements given in the YouTube videos you watch
  2. Regardless of the size, make sure that the score lines that you have that go down the length of the paper or cardstock you are using are AT LEAST 1" (or 2.5cm).  These score lines will dictate the width of each of the 'faces' of the bon bon.  If the score lines are less than 1" you will find that when you come to use the Envelope Punch Board, there will not be enough paper between each punch and you will simply punch off the ends.  I worked this out after demolishing two.  Sigh....
  3. You will need at least 1" at either end to make it look right.  More if it is a bigger bon bon.  
  4. Cardstock will be sturdier, but DSP works just as well.
  5. If you are going to stamp directly on the bon bon, do it BEFORE you stick it together.
  6. Don't skimp on the adhesive.  Use Sticky Strip.  You don't want these buggers popping open on you!
  7. If you want help with measurements, contact me....I'd be happy to help.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Getting ready for Christmas

I honestly do not know where the past month has gone!  Last time I checked it was early November and now it is the 1st of December.  Much of last week was taken up with getting ready for my daughter's 6th birthday party (actual b'day is on Dec 25th, so we move her party forward a whole month).  We had 35+ prep aged kids at our local hall for a disco!  Very cool.

Today marks the day of our Christmas preparations.  We were going to put up our Christmas tree this morning, but the lounge room was such a bomb site, I had to clean it before a tree could even remotely be factored into making an appearance.  The cleaning is still ongoing.  Hopefully the tree will be up before Dec 24th!!

However, I did crack out my stamp gear and had Biddy and Tom sit down and make their Christmas cards for their fellow school buddies.  Each of them make approx 20 all by themselves after me showing them how to do them (5 each of 4 different cards).  Even though these we simple cards, they are effective and they didn't take the kids too long.  There was stamping, sponging, punching and gluing to be done on them.  We did them in lots of 4 and then redid a few that we needed extras for.  All up, it took them about 90 minutes to complete the task.  Not bad for first timers.

Here are some pics of them at work:
stamping with the big background stamp...tricky for even the best of us,  but especially tricky when your hands are so small.
some sponging work - they are naturals!
the finished products! for further Christmas preparations.  Don't forget that I have booked a date for our annual stamping Christmas dinner.  This year it is on December 11th (Wednesday) and will be at Gravity Cafe in Murray St, Colac.  The meal and your drinks are at your own cost (I am just facilitating the event, not paying for it!).  The only thing I ask you to bring is a Christmas card that you will swap on the night.  DO NOT WRITE INSIDE are simply giving away a card that someone can use to give away to someone they love.  You will get one back in return!

RSVP's to me as soon as you can please.  Our Stampin' Santa would love to know how many people are coming along!!! (wink).

December newsletter out this week - keep your eye out for some super specials in this one!