Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Cancellation notice

You know how it gets in the way and the best laid plans flutter right out the window.  Well, this has happened to me.  As much as I absolutely HATE to do it, I am forced to cancel the class that I was proposing to hold on Saturday (27th June).

Unfortunately, one of my children has been suffering quite severely with asthma and I have spent the better part of 24 hours in either hospital, doctors rooms or nursing him at home.  Scary stuff for a 3 year old.  The sleepless nights have taken my toll and I don't feel I am able to give you 100% of me.

So instead of giving you just a half hearted attempt, I am going to cancel, spend the time regrouping, and come back with a great class in July!!!

I sincerely apologise to anyone that I have inconvenienced by taking this action.  Please trust me when I say that rarely cancel classes and I really detest doing it.  But I also hope that you will completely understand.

If you have any comments, questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Cards for non cardmakers

I get it.  I really do.

I have a multitude of friends that tell me how much they like my cards, but they "couldn't possibly make them" themselves.  Or - a popular one is - that "they don't have the time" to get into it making cards.  Sometimes friends tell me that "it is too expensive" to start another hobby.

So what if I told you I could fix EVERY SINGLE ONE of the above concerns?  What if I told you, I could not only save you time, help you produce beautiful handmade cards, but I could also SAVE YOU MONEY?  Would you be interested then?

Stampin' Up! have released their 2015-16 catalogue and it is simply bursting with ideas, kits and products for not only the dedicated cardmakers and scrapbookers amongst us, but for the person that just wants to knock out a few handmade cards a year, or who needs to grab some beautiful co-ordinating supplies for party invitations and favour bags.

One of the items that will appeal to non cardmakers is the "Tin of Cards" kit which features on page 152 of the catalogue.
This kit comes with the following supplies:
All for just $47 (plus p/h).  This is where I can save you money.

How much do you spend on cards at the newsagent?  $4.95? $6.50?  More?  I took a walk through a newsagent the other day and the AVERAGE price for a decent card was $5.95.
$5.95!  ON. AVERAGE.
The above kit initially sounds pricey.  $47 for handmade cards.  But let's break this down.
$47 for 16 cards works out to be $2.94 per card.  But the price also includes the storage tin (which is pretty special in real life!) and the dividers that you can use to separate different themed cards.  So lets say that the tin and dividers cost $7.  That means that it is now $40 for 16 cards which makes them $2.50 per card.

C'mon, that is PRETTY GOOD VALUE.  

You will get a beautiful handmade card for around the same price as those tatty generic low quality ones that you can get in the $2 shops.  But with the SU! kit ones, you can tell everyone proudly that "Why yes, I DID make that myself.  No trouble.  Easy as pie.  Beautiful isn't it?"

Ok, so what about the time aspect.  Well, I received this kit the other day and I quickly made up 1 of each of the 4 different designs for my catalogue launch yesterday.  And you know how long it took me?  About 20 minutes.  If that.  You could EASILY finish all 16 cards in a couple of hours and still have time for a cuppa and a chat (see below about a class on this).

And finally, what about skill level?  Ok, you may not be gifted with the skill of art.  You might not know our Mint Macaron from our Daffodil Delight.  But I can PROMISE YOU, you will not fail at making these cards up and have them professional looking.  The kit comes with everything you need, the colours are all co-ordinated and the hard thinking is taken out of the equation.

So what is stopping you?

The Tin of Cards kit co-ordinates with the Tin of Cards stamp set.  I will be running a class where I will supply the matching stamp set for you to use in constructing your cards.  I will also provide everything else you require to complete the cards (ink, adhesive etc).  All you will need to do is turn up.

The Tin of Cards class will be held on Saturday 8th August from 1pm - 3pm.  The location will held in Colac, and will be confirmed ASAP.  Cost of this class is $55 and includes everything you need including the kit, the use of my stamps and equipment, room hire and refreshments. 

RSVP for this class is STRICTLY by FRIDAY 24th July in order for me to order in the correct number of card kits. (please note that a cancellation fee will be charged in addition to the price of the card kit for no shows following the RSVP date).

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Product Shares

For those that don't know about product shares, quite simply, you are buying a share in one (or more!) of the following listed product packs.  Unless otherwise indicated, you will receive 1/4 share of each of the products listed.
The price is listed at the bottom of each share and includes postage from SU! to me.  If you require postage from me to you, please contact me and I will give you an approximately postage cost..

Product Shares are an excellent way of getting a "taster" of a range of products at a fraction of the price.  You can then decide if you like a particular product enough to buy a full pack/roll of it.

Please note: these product shares are only available until July 18th.  After this date, you will need to buy a full pack/roll of the desired products in order to get them.

Designer Series Paper share 
  • ·      English Garden DSP
  • ·      Farmers Market DSP
  • ·      Merry Moments DSP
  • ·      Colour Me Irresistible Specialty DSP
  • ·      Cherry On Top DSP stack
All for just $25

Ribbon share #1
¼ of each of the new In-Colour Lace Trim
  • ·      Tip Top Taupe
  • ·      Cucumber Crush
  • ·      Watermelon Wonder
  • ·      Delightful Dijon
  • ·      Mint Macaron
All for just $15

Ribbon share #2
¼ of each f the old In-Colour Striped Cotton Ribbon
  • ·      Blackberry Bliss
  • ·      Lost Lagoon
  • ·      Mossy Meadow
  • ·      Tangelo Twist
  • ·      Hello Honey
All for just $17

Ribbon Share #3
  • ·      White Jute Ribbon
  • ·      Sahara Sand Lace Trim
  • ·      Whisper White Stitched Satin Ribbon
  • ·      Blushing Bride Sequin Trim
  • ·      Bermuda Bay Thick Bakers Twine
All for just $15

Packaging and Embellishments
  • ·      2015-27 In Colour Blossom accents (1 of each colour)
  • ·      Itty Bitty Epoxy Stickers (9 stickers)
  • ·      Sketched Dots Tag a Bag Gift Bag (2)
  • ·      Mini Muslin Bags (2)
All for just $13

Post launch wrap-up

Wow!  What a day.  Yesterday was pretty brilliant (if I do say so myself!) for my launch of the 2015 Stampin' Up! catalogue.  Over two sessions, 15 ladies attended and got to see first hand some of the new products, colours and tools available in the catalogue.  I am pretty sure that everyone left with a head full of great ideas and a wish list as long as their arm!  Thankyou to everyone that came out and supported me.

Some information that was given to the attendees yesterday:

  1. new clubs available for membership
  2. class list for 2015
  3. product shares available until July 18th

There are THREE new clubs starting.
New Hostess Club round commencing August 2015.  This club requires 6 members and I have a couple of spare places.  For more information on how clubs run, please visit this LINK and read all about it.
New Techniques Group commencing ASAP.  I will actually be offering 2 different group formations for my next Tech Groups.

  • For local ladies, I will be running a group in COLAC on a day/night that is suitable to the majority of members.  Read about how tech groups work by clicking on this LINK.
  • I will also be offering a condensed version for ladies that do not live near me, but are able to travel occasionally.  This group will run 3 times a year and will cover up to 5 techniques in a session.  The time per session for this will be an extended one to allow for us to complete the required techniques. Price for this will be announced soon.
New Marker Club commencing ASAP.  This club has been designed to allow customers to purchase the ENTIRE set of SU! markers and receive the storage case.  There are TWO options; one that provides members with the full set of SU! markers in the 4 colour families, the second option allows the purchase of (2015-17) In-Colour Markers as well.  Read more about this club by visiting this LINK.

Unfortunately, there were two errors on the class list distributed at yesterday's launch.  The class for June (next week) is on Saturday the 27th NOT 28th as printed.
The scrapbooking class - "Mists and Masks" - that was advertised for July 24th will actually be held on July 31st.  Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

To see the full class list, please click on this LINK.

As I normally do, I provide my customers the opportunity to purchase 1/4 shares of various products that are all bundled together.  This year I have one DSP share, 3 ribbon shares and 1 embellishment and packaging share.  Please read THIS SEPARATE POST regarding these shares.  Please note that these shares will only be available up until July 18th.  After this date, you will have to buy full packs or rolls of products in order to get them.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Catalogue Launch on SATURDAY 20th June


You may have already seen (via Facebook or other emails) that I am holding a launch of the new Stampin' Up! Catalogue.  This event is being held next Saturday (20th June).  There are two time slots to accommodate you: one at 10.30am – 12pm or 1 – 2.30pm.

Those that have attended in previous years have always had a great time, and the short time frame means that you are not tied up for the entire day.  I know that we are all busy…..I get that.  But we also need to occasionally take some time out for just us as well.  Treat yourself to an hour and a half of just browsing and playing with some papercrafting products.  Let me state right now….THERE IS NO COMPULSION TO BUY ANYTHING.  This is not a workshop, or a sales event.  It is merely a show and tell (and a bit of a play!)

The morning session is already pretty full, so I would direct you to the afternoon slot, however if you can only make the morning, I can fit you in.

The catalogue launch gives you the opportunity to see some of the new products that are in the catalogue, see the new In-Colours and DSP in real life, and have a play with some of the new items!  Each person that attends will also receive a gift bag containing numerous little goodies, including a discount card, samples, a free catalogue (unless already received one) and more!  There will be door prizes, refreshments and a Make n Take to do on the day.  I will also have a list of upcoming events available, and I will also have a list of clubs that are getting ready to start that you may join.

For those that know a bit about Stampin' Up!, or have been customers a while back, please note that SU has altered its product offering substantially over the past few years.  The colours, images and patterns are all very much on trend, there are more kits  on offer this time round, and the number of product bundles has increased as well (where you can save 15%!!!).  You should not limit yourself to thinking that SU is only about making cards.  The potential use of our products is only limited by your imagination.  I have used our stamps, accessories, tools and equipment for invitations, party favours, decorations, scrapbooking, notices, flyers, home d├ęcor….all in addition to making cards.  If you are not a card maker, it doesn't matter.  I invite you to see all the possible uses.

For those that are part of one of my groups (stamp club or technique groups), the cost is $0.  That's right….that's one of the benefits of being in my clubs.  For all others, the cost is $10 payable at the door.  However, if you bring a friends with you, I will reduce the fee to $5 for you!

Please RSVP by Wednesday so I have enough goodie bags to go around.  I have been busy making up a fresh new display and I think you will like it!

I sincerely hope you will attend and I look forward to sharing the love of papercrafting with you.  
(If you think that someone else would be interested in attending this session, please let me know or let them know the details!)