Monday, November 24, 2014

Make MORE money with Stampin' Up!

If you have ever thought about joining Stampin' Up! then now is the time.  Starting tomorrow and FOR ONE WEEK ONLY, any new recruit that joins will not only get 25% off the price of the starter kit (which makes it $126.75), they will also get free shipping on their starter kit (which you get to choose your own contents!).  PLUS, you will also receive 5% CASH BACK on any sales (including to yourself) that you make throughout December!

WOW.

Stampin' Up! have never before offered a cash back incentive, so this is a real one off thing.

This offer is from Tuesday 25th November through to 2nd December

Demonstrators get 20% off all their own purchases, or you make 20% off any sales.  You first order entitles you to a one off 30% saving.  There are also awards, free stamps, free trips and free products that can be earned just by being a demonstrator and sharing the love of papercrafting.

Contact me today via email or mobile to discuss you joining my team.  I have members in 3 states of Australia, so you definitely do not need to live near me to join my team!  As I have a small team, I am able to offer you one on one guidance that some larger teams lack.

This "job" is simple.  I have 4 kids under 9yo, I teach swimming and I run a dairy farm with my husband.  Stampin' Up! fits in around all that.  And no, I don't work 24hrs a day!!!!  I am happy to discuss all aspects of the business to you and how you might make it something that you can do.


Monday, November 10, 2014

Cards for Ronald fundraiser

Thankyou!

Wow what a day!  The 2nd annual 'Cards for Ronald' was a huge success and enjoyed by everyone that attended.  Final fundraising figures are still being tallied, however we easily exceeded last year's efforts which is simply fantastic.

I will load all the cards that were made onto here for you to see.  In the next 2 weeks, we will also have card packs of the 4 cards made (in packs of 8 - 2 each pack) available for purchase.  The money raised from the sale of these card packs will go straight into our fundraising total for this year's event.  Stay tuned for that!

I thank each and every sponsor, volunteer, and businesses that made donations of goods or services that were used in either the raffle or in silent auctions.  Without the support of these businesses and individuals, a large fundraising event such as ours could not occur.  It was also pleasing to have a number of businesses returning as donators or sponsors and we thank them all for this.  

A special thanks goes to Anthony Nigro who is a franchisee of the Colac and Ballarat McDonalds stores.  Anthony came along to speak to the guests about his involvement with raising money for RMHC through the Ride for Sick Kids, a 700km bike ride!  Even more impressive is that Anthony is not a bike riding enthusiast and does it purely to raise funds.  In fact, he had never ridden very much before the bike ride in 2013 when he had 2 weeks preparation before the gruelling ride!

I will be back with a couple of separate posts which will highlight the sponsors for the day, and another which will announce the winners of the major raffle that was run in the weeks leading up to Saturday.

I take this opportunity to thank a number of people - without these people, I could not run such a large fundraising event:

  • Lynne Simpson, Lorraine Robb and Judy Billing for organising the catering side of things and making sure that everyone was fed and refreshed!  Thankyou also to Betty Seuren for stepping in and helping out on the day.
  • NAB Agribusiness for sponsoring the advertising
  • Crowe Horwarth for sponsoring the printing of the flyers, poster and raffle tickets
  • Sacred Heart Primary School for allowing us to use the brilliant facilities
  • Stampin' Up! who have provided our event with a number of resources and support
  • and finally, my team of demonstrators, Fleur Harlock, Elizabeth Mayer and Michelle Caspar who assisted everyone to make the cards which will be donated to RMHs in Melbourne and also did stirling jobs in demonstrating different techniques and ideas to the guests.  Well done girls.
Whilst I am very tired - both mentally and physically - at the moment, I look forward to the opportunity to do it again next year!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Register for the "Cards for Ronald" fundraiser

It is time to start finalising registrations for the 2nd Annual Cards for Ronald fundraiser.  The event is to be held on November 8th at Sacred Heart Primary School.  Doors open at 9.45am for a 10am start.  The day will finish at 4pm.  Lunch and all refreshments, gift back, craft supplies and entertainment are included in the entry price of just $45pp.

This year, we have FANTASTIC support from local businesses and we have some amazing goods on offer in our silent auction.

PLEASE write this date in your dairy and attend.  We are limited in numbers, so don't miss out!  Registrations are due by October 30th in order for us to get enough supplies in for everyone.

You can book online by clicking Eventbrite - Ronald McDonald House fundraiser
or you can contact me directly to pay by cash or direct deposit.

(You can also use that button above to leave a donation if you wish)

Remember, one day YOU or YOUR family might need to use Ronald McDonald House.  Wouldn't you like to know that there were people out there making it possible for you to use the services and get the support you need in a time of worry and anxiety?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Merry and Bright Extra Supplement

Can't get enough of the Christmas products in the Holiday Catalogue?  Well you will be interested in the ALL NEW, NEVER SEEN BEFORE Merry and Bright Supplement!
Yes!  That's right.  Stampin' UP! have released another catalogue containing more festive treats.  In this one, you will find answers for home decor, Christmas Project Life, card kits and more!

Want to see the catalogue?  Simply click on the picture below or click HERE to see it online.  If you would like a copy of your very own, please contact me.
A word of warning......because this supplement contains items that are only for the Christmas period, when stocks run out, they will NOT be put on backorder.  So if you see something that you want, grab it ASAP.  You can do this by either contacting me, or placing your order online via my online shop.  Simply click on the "order online" button below.
(you should see a welcome message in top left corner that says you are shopping with Sam Simpson)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

October class - Christmas cards

Next Saturday, I am holding my annual Christmas card class.  This class will show you a few different types of Christmas cards involving a few different techniques.

You can copy the cards yourself at home, or modify them to suit what you have.  I love that my ladies have used my cards as a jumping off point to make their own seasonal cards.

Come along and join in the fun.

Date: Saturday October 26th
Cost: $25pp
Location: Colac CFA station, Rae St, COLAC
Time: 1pm (finish around 4pm)

RSVP must be with me by Thursday 23rd in order to make sure that there are enough supplies for everyone.  Normal cancellation policy applies.

I look forward to seeing you at this festive class and to kick off the "silly season"!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Ronald McDonald House Charity fundraiser

Here is the flyer for this year's RMHC fundraiser in Colac.  Please, PLEASE forward this onto any and everyone you know.  Even if you can't make it, someone you know might like to come along.  Donations in lieu of your attendance are also gratefully accepted!!!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Want FREE paper for 6 months?

Free paper for 6 months!  Wow.  Who wouldn't want that?  Imagine all the projects that you can create, or the other products you can buy, because you are not buying DSP!

If you would like to take advantage of this offer, then joining Stampin' Up! from now until the end of October is what you want to be doing.

Anybody that joins by October 31st, will receive a free pack of your choice of DSP each month for 6 months.  That adds to the already fantastic value of the starter kit.  So what are the details?

  • choose $235 of ANY product you like to go into your starter kit
  • get a box of 8 current catalogues for FREE (value $27.95)
  • get a pack of Holiday catalogues for FREE
  • get FREE postage on your starter kit (value $11.75)
  • plus a pack of 12x12 DSP for SIX MONTHS FOR FREE (value $113.70)
  • Don't forget, as a demonstrator, you also get 20% off every order you place or if you want to sell SU! products, you will earn 20% of each order you take.

WAIT...there's more!  You will also be joining my team of Graceful Stampers, who are a vibrant, fun, talented mix of demonstrators located around Australia.  That's right....you DO NOT need to live near me to join my team.  

So what will all this cost you?  Well, I think that all of this is fabulous for the price that it is, but, you can get it all for just $169.  That is LESS than a lot of orders that people place!!!

If you want to take advantage of this great DSP special, or you just want to take control of your working life and start enjoying what you do, then contact me to discuss becoming a demonstrator.  If you are ready to sign up now, just click on the button below

(you should see my contact details in the top right side of screen on the agreement page.  If not, please contact me directly)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Want a FREE stamp set?

Until the end of October, you can get the "Good Greetings" stamp set for FREE.

This is an amazing set.  It contains 19 greetings which cover a wide range of occasions.  It is in trendy cursive text, so your cards, tags, scrapbook pages, Project life pockets etc will all look extremely up to date!


To get this exclusive stamp set for free, all you need to do is host a $300 workshop.  The great thing is that this is IN ADDITION to all the other great hostess rewards as well.

What are you waiting for?  Contact me to book a workshop for you and your friends.  It is so simple and easy and you will wonder why you have not done it before!

(this offer is also available to any individual orders that are $300 or greater)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

UPDATE to upcoming classes and events


A few weeks back, I posted a list of classes and events that I have planned for the remainder of this year.

Please note that I have updated this list (removed classes already run) and most importantly, have changed the date of the Ronald McDonald House fundraiser event.

Please, please, please note this new date in your diaries.  It will now be held on NOVEMBER 8th.  More details to come.

Card Classes – cost between $20 and $25/hd              
Sunday September 21st
*note change of day
Theme TBA
Convent complex
Saturday October 25th *note LAST Saturday in month
Christmas cards
CFA meeting room
Saturday November 15th
Christmas tags and gift cards
Convent complex or CFA meeting room
Class times start at 1pm

Scrapbook Classes – approx. cost $20/hd (provide own adhesives)
Friday November 28th
Christmas layout
Convent complex
Class times start at 7.30pm

OTP (Off The Page) project – cost to be determined based on project
Saturday November 22nd
3D Advent Calendar
Convent complex
Saturday November 29th
Christmas decorations
Convent complex
(some of the OTP projects may use supplies that are not SU!, as well as retired SU! product.)
*please note: these classes will only proceed if there is enough demand.

RONALD McDONALD HOUSE FUNDRAISER
Due to the success of last year’s event, my team and I are once again holding a fundraising day for RMHC.  This year, we want to build on our past success and fundraising total of $2,000, and we invite as many people as possible to attend.  The location will be changed due to Blue Water Fitness taking over the Youth Club.  Please write the date in your diary NOW so that you have the day allocated.  Helpers for both the lead up to the day (selling raffle tickets, obtaining donations, assisting with catering supplys etc) and for activities on the day (set up, clean up etc) are encouraged and gratefully received.
The date for this year’s event is Saturday November 8th.  All other details will be posted on my blogsite, Facebook site, through email and newsletter distributions, and also in the media (Colac Herald) and posters around town.

MY DIGITAL STUDIO
I am also able to hold digital classes using My Digital Studio if there is demand.  These classes will require you to have MDS loaded on a laptop to bring to the class so that you can work along with me.  Any printing will be done at your home or chosen outlet at your expense.  Class fee for this will be minimal.  Speak to me if this is something that interests you.



Sunday, August 10, 2014

Holiday Catalogue *SNEAK PEEK*

I know that the Annual Catalogue has only just been released and we are all still drooling over its contents, however get ready for the Holiday Catalogue which will go live on August 28th!!!

This catty contains all the Christmas stamps, DSP, embellishments and inspiration you need for the upcoming festive season!  And someone told me the other day that it is only 19 Fridays until Christmas.  OMG!!!!!

To get you going, here is a quick sneak peek at a couple of the new items.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Colouring Forever Florals

At my Open House a couple of weekends back, one of the activities was playing with the new Blendability pens.  These are brilliant and can make you instantly into an artist - but more about them later.

Part of the discussion about Blendabilities, was the types of stamp sets they were good to use with.  I mentioned line art sets (you know.....the ones that look like you need to colour them in.  Whilst these sets are PERFECT for that technique, I don't want people to forget how else they can be used.

On this card below, I have used the Forever Florals set and I have coloured the flower image in using my usual markers.  Watercolour pencils, aquapainter and blender pens would also work on this image as well.

Int he next few days, I will be loading the same card, but using the different colouring techniques to show you just how different a stamp set can look.

Materials used:
Cardstock: Soft Suede, Ver Vanilla
DSP: Gold Soiree
Stamp: Forever Florals
Ink: Marina Mist ink and marker, Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi & Pear Pizzazz markers
Other: 7/8" cotton ribbon, Venetian Crochet Trim, Pearls, dimensionals, stampin sponge

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Upcoming dates for classes and events

At my Open House I provided guests with a list of upcoming dates of Graceful Impressions classes and events.

Here they are for everyone to put in diaries and on calendars.  RSVP is generally 4 days prior to card classes.  For all other classes, an advertised RSVP will be nominated due to purchasing specific items for the classes.

Card Classes – cost between $20 and $25/hd              
Saturday August 16th
Theme TBA
Convent complex
Sunday September 21st
*note change of day
Theme TBA
Convent complex
Saturday October 25th *note LAST Saturday in month
Christmas cards
CFA meeting room
Saturday November 15th
Christmas tags and gift cards
Convent complex or CFA meeting room

Class times start at 1pm
(please note, that the list that I provided at the Open House listed the September class as Saturday 20th.  This is the St Mary's Expo day which I will be attending.  Hence the class is now on the Sunday)


Scrapbook Classes – approx. cost $20/hd (provide own adhesives)
Friday August 29th
Project Life
Convent complex
Friday November 28th
Christmas layout
Convent complex

Class times start at 7.30pm

*these classes will only proceed if there is enough demand.
OTP (Off The Page) project – cost to be determined based on project
Saturday November 22nd
3D Advent Calendar
Convent complex
Saturday November 29th
Christmas decorations
Convent complex
(some of the OTP projects may use supplies that are not SU!, as well as retired SU! product.)


RONALD McDONALD HOUSE FUNDRAISER
Due to the success of last year’s event, my team and I are once again holding a fundraising day for RMHC.  This year, we want to build on our past success and fundraising total of $2,000, and we invite as many people as possible to attend.  The location will be changed due to Blue Water Fitness taking over the Youth Club.  Please write the date in your diary NOW so that you have the day allocated.  Helpers for both the lead up to the day (selling raffle tickets, obtaining donations, assisting with catering supplys etc) and for activities on the day (set up, clean up etc) are encouraged and gratefully received.
The date for this year’s event is Saturday October 18th.  All other details will be posted on my blogsite, Facebook site, through email and newsletter distributions, and also in the media (Colac Herald) and posters around town.


MY DIGITAL STUDIO
I am also able to hold digital classes using My Digital Studio if there is demand.  These classes will require you to have MDS loaded on a laptop to bring to the class so that you can work along with me.  Any printing will be done at your home or chosen outlet at your expense.  Class fee for this will be minimal.  Speak to me if this is something that interests you.