Thursday, August 21, 2008

Chocolate Overload

Hi everyone,
Just a quick post tonight as I really should be in bed... but I'm up dealing with e-mails and so on. Anyway just to let you know I haven't been sitting around doing nothing, I've been busy sorting orders and bagging up chocolate for some of you to indulge in, I hope you are enjoying my little treat. Some of you have a lot of chocolate, so I hope you're either going to the gym every day, or you're sharing it out a little! I have been very restrained and haven't eaten any of it since the day I sampled some prior to buying it. That doesn't mean I haven't been indulging in other treats of course!
I still have plenty of chocolate left, so contact me to place your Stampin' Up! product order and grab your share!

Here's the project for tonight - a cute little box of cards that I made for my hostess Gail (Hi Gail!). I used the Three for You Punch Box to make this set, it has a large punch which punches 3 little flowers at a time (time saving as well as hand-saving!) and there's a cute little stamp set that goes with it. I also used the Happiness background stamp that I got free at Convention in April (Stampin' Up! is just the best company to be working with!) and the very popular Short & Sweet stamp set (which I also was awarded free, did I mention how great Stampin' Up! is?!).
I went with Bold Brights colours for this project and finished the cards off with a bit of piercing using the Mat pack, and added a clip from the Hodgepodge hardware and some ribbon to finish off the lid of the box.
Feel free to contact me if you'd like to know anything more about the projects I've posted on here. Have a great week!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

More free stuff!

Wow this is my second posting for the week, normally I don't manage it until Thursday when the guilt really sets in! But I have some news to share with you. The latest issue of Up2Scrap arrived today and there was some exciting stuff in it - one of the other Demonstrators in my team had her gorgeous work published (yay Pauline!) and also, my work was published as part of our advertisement on page 40! So now I can say I've had my work printed in a magazine. Even though they were just asked to print it, and it wasn't specially selected or anything. But I'm pretty chuffed anyway!

OK so if you read Up2Scrap magazine, check out our ad on pg 40 for some fabulous offers, and then contact me to be in to win! You could win some ink pads and the "Wonderful Favourites" stamp set that I used in the layout pictured on the ad, and you can also earn yourself a free ink pad with a qualifying order (on top of my chocolate offer in my last post!). Please note that only some of my team are listed in the ad, so if you're reading the magazine and there's not a demo listed who is local for you, please contact me as I may well be able to refer you to someone who is.

Tonight's pic is a close up of one of the embellishments pictured in the ad, so I can prove it was me who made it! It's from my scrapbook layout. I just love our punches, they make it so fast and easy to make coordinating embellishments for my projects. If you have any questions about the projects I made, please feel free to ask!


Enjoy the rest of your week!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

FREE Chocolate!!!

Yes, you heard me right! Do you like chocolate? Well, I've got some that's just screaming to be given away! Those of you who know me, know that by day I work in the food industry. So last week, we're given the chance to lay our hands on some milk chocolate that's not needed, at a good price. Seriously! Me being me, bought WAY more than I can (or should!) eat myself. I always buy too much of everything! So, I'm going to share this chocolate with you!

How can you get your hands on the yummy stuff? Well, one of my wonderful hostesses (Hi Janelle!) e-mailed me a couple of days ago asking me if she could just order Stampin' Up! product without attending a workshop. It made me realise that I am not very good at telling people that they can just do mail orders, they don't have to wait for a workshop or class to order product from me. So if you would like to do a mail order, I'll sweeten the deal (pun intended)! While my stocks last (and you'd better hope my family don't discover my chocolate stash!), when you e-mail an order through to me, for every $50 worth of product you order (excluding shipping), I'll give you 10 of the milk chocolate sticks as shown in this photo. So order $100 worth of product and you'll get 20 of them. Yum! They'd also be great for sticking around the sides of a cake like little fence posts, or even on top of a cake to make train tracks (anyone have a kids' birthday coming up?).

The other way you can lay your hands on some of this chocolate is by booking a workshop with me. I love to spoil my hostesses and some of my happiest creative moments are spent making gifts for these wonderful ladies. This picture shows a cute box with a matching set of cards and envelopes and a package of chocolate that hides in the bottom of the box (so if your kids open the box they'll just see the cards, your secret stash is hidden!). I got the box idea from Trudi who had a pizza box on the NZSU website a little while back. (Thanks Trudi!). I used paper and stamps from the Spring Mini catalogue to make this set and modified the box design Trudi shared, to make it deeper so I could hide the chocolate!

OK so e-mail me at dknight@value.net.nz and let me know which way you'd like to get your free chocolate!

Thanks for dropping by!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

It's birthday season!


Yet again another week sneaks past me!


August is a busy month for birthdays in my family, and there was much excitement this week as my baby turned 4! She was SO excited, I had to bake a cake for her to share with her little friends on the day, and it had to have Hi-5 on it (they are her favourite!). Silly me I forgot to take a pic of her cake for posterity, but I did remember to take a photo of the card I made for her, before I gave it to her, in case anything happened to it! Her favourite colour right now is red, so I simply pulled out one of our designer series papers that had Real Red in it, and went from there.
This is one of the bigger cards I've made - I wanted to put her name on the front, inside a shaker, and while I have a few alphabet stamp sets, they all seemed too small except the Big Deal alphabet set. Which ended up a bit on the big side!

I am trying to keep the projects on my blog exclusively Stampin' Up!, as I know that a number of you are also demos or you just love Stampin' Up! and the idea is to inspire you with things that Stampin' Up! sells. But in NZ we don't sell any beads or anything (they do in the US) so I broke my rule and used some coloured beads I had stashed away in my craft cupboard. Other than that, and the acetate and a bit of foam tape for the shaker, I used Stampin' Up! products to make this card. For the sentiment, I had planned to use the Word Window punch (feeding a strip of card through the back of the punch to get rounded ends on a long piece) but decided to make the strip wider than the Word Window. So to round the ends, I fed the strip through the back of the half-inch circle punch instead.

Recipe:
Stamps: Big Deal alphabet, Its Your Birthday
Ink colours: Real Red, Chocolate Chip
Cardstock: Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Other: East Coast Prep designer series paper, Spring Bouquet punch, 1/2 inch circle punch, brads, red grosgrain ribbon, Stampin' sponges, crystal effects (to glue a few beads to the punched flowers).

One more day to go to work and then it's the weekend - and birthday party time! We're having a family birthday party so Emma gets to have a second birthday cake and have Happy Birthday sung to her again! I cheated this time though, I've got a pre-made ice cream cake instead of baking another one - and with the prospect of an ice cream cake, the birthday girl is not complaining! I figure I will be too busy making fairy bread and heating up cheerios to be worrying about baking another cake. I must say, it does take me back to my own birthday parties as a child, to be putting together the same foods my Mum used to prepare!

Oh, if you've noticed some neat changes to my blog, that's not me getting clever with blogging. I am very technophobic, but I am blessed with a "blog fairy" - Karen just loves doing this stuff so she's having a little fun with my blog for me. Isn't she the best? Thanks Karen!
Have a great weekend everyone!