Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Two Challenges in one!

Morning everyone!

Here's a tip for those of you who want to do challenges but are time-poor, like me. Do more than one at a time! I've seen others do this but hadn't really gotten into combining challenges before. I've wanted to do both Kristina's and Karen's challenges, and this week Kristina's colours were really doing my head in, until I decided to look at Karen's sketch challenge, and everything fell into place! This is pretty much how I pictured my card in my head, but now that it's made, I'm not sure that I love it. Like it a little bit, maybe, but I'm not loving it! What do you think? How could I improve it? Please post a message and let me know!

The patterned paper is from the Pacific Point Patterns DSP, and I punched the stars out using our Star punch. I paper pieced the Hello from Outlined for Fun, that was the only slightly tricky part of this card, cutting that out. Lots of layers on this card, and there are Stampin dimensionals between the largest white square and the card base, to pop the whole thing up a bit. I'm not sure if that shows in the pic. I was in a rush today, so decided to head outside and take the photo rather than set up my photo box. You can tell how dreary it is today - I don't know if I can quite call it a dreary winter's day yet, it's still only May and I hate to think it's already winter, but it certainly feels cold enough!

I used some black & white gingham ribbon on this card but didn't tie a bow or knot as I wanted to keep it really simple. I got to the end of the card and realised, it could pass for a masculine card couldn't it? Yahoo - I often struggle to make masculine cards, as I know many others of you out there do too!

Not long to go until the end of the month - don't forget to let me know (click here) if you'd like to order some of the fabulous DSP in our May promotion - buy three and get a fourth one free!

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Random Act of Kindness (RAK) from a wonderful friend

Hi everyone,

Gosh I am such a bad blogger, can you believe this?! I still have not recovered from going to Convention, I'm still behind with, well, everything! I have all the best of intentions... but I'm sure as many of you do, I get caught up spending too much time looking at everyone else's creations, or get busy making my own, and don't get around to sharing them! I've seen some fabulous things lately, which has spurred my own ideas for upcoming events / classes. I've been hard at work preparing for those, so if you're booked in to have me come and see you soon, I've got some great things in store for you!

Well tonight, I wanted to share a wonderful card made for me by my dear friend and fellow Stampin' Up! demo, Pauline. Pauline is in Napier so if you're in her area and you don't have a Demonstrator to help you with your papercrafting, I can highly recommend her! She doesn't have a blog yet (when would she fit it in, around work, her wonderful husband, her children and grandchildren, gardening, sewing and creating fabulous culinary delights?!). So you'll have to e-mail me if you'd like me to refer you.

Pauline made this gorgeous card for me, to tell me how proud she was of my Stampin' Up! achievements (refer to my previous post for the details, if you're interested!). That was so sweet of her, thank you so much Pauline! She makes the most beautifully elegant cards, this one uses the Playful Petals set. She's embossed the leaves and stem in white on Baja Breeze cardstock, then added a large flower stamped on Whisper White cardstock with Baja Breeze ink (carefully cut out, she is great at this, I get tired of cutting stuff out, myself!).

Then there's a scallop circle punched flower with more embossed images on it, another little flower punched out with the 3/4" circle punch, and it's topped off with one of our gorgeous clear rhinestone brads. Under the ribbon (which I tied back up - rather badly I have to say, after reading her lovely message to me) you can see she's punched a hole for the ribbon using the horizontal slot punch, and punched the edge using the delicate eyelet border punch.

I must say that last punch has really grown on me - the first time I saw it in the catalogue I thought it would be something my Mum would like, too "old" for me, but now I really love it! If you attend one of my workshops or classes you're bound to see more projects made using that punch.

If there's anything in Pauline's card you've got your eye on, e-mail me to place your order, or to book a workshop or class (we could even make her card if you'd like, I'm sure she wouldn't mind!).

Until next time, happy stamping!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Stampin Up! Convention Swaps

Hi Everyone!

Well it's hard to believe that Convention was almost two weeks ago now. It went so fast! Life has been a bit crazy since I got back - at 1am on Monday 4th, and it was straight back to my full time job, some hours later. I still haven't caught my breath yet!

Convention was fantastic, just the most amazing time as Stampin' Up! conventions tend to be! I was thrilled to have two of my own team with me there this year, and they were both up on stage receiving awards, I was so proud of them (yep a bit like a Mum but that's what I am!). Patrice did amazingly well, coming in as 3rd Demonstrator of the Year and 2nd in Sales for NZ, as well as being up there for her recruiting efforts and earning the Incentive trip. She was stunned to be in 3rd place overall, I had a feeling she'd be somewhere in the top for NZ, so I wasn't quite as surprised, just completely excited for her. And Leanne was up for a Sales award, she is just fantastic, she works full time like me and I know it's a constant juggling act so she did amazingly well too! Congratulations to you both! Others of my team who weren't able to be present also earned awards, great going ladies! I'll let you announce your achievements to the world yourselves, but I just had share Patrice and Leanne's achievements with everyone since Patrice is an infrequent blogger and Leanne hasn't ventured there yet! Somebody had to tell the world how wonderful these two ladies are, right?!
Others in my wider team were also recognised during the Awards ceremony, I'll let them blog about their awards. But I have to say I was so amazed at the achievements of my upline Jacque, who was the NZ Demo of the year. I knew she was fabulous but had no idea just how many stamps she could sell in a year! Congratulations to her and the others in our team for their successes!

As for me, well, I was thrilled to be 5th place Demonstrator of the Year, the same as last year, so I have been 5th two years in a row, I'm pretty stoked with that - can't get any more consistent can you! I was also placed 3rd for Leadership in NZ, and given the most gorgeous Tiffany necklace/pendant for that, I'll have to take a photo for you sometime. That was totally unexpected. I also earned awards for Sales and Recruiting and the Incentive trip, I'm particularly excited about that last bit, yahoo a trip of a lifetime later in the year for me and hubby, I can't wait! I'm a bit anxious about making swaps for that trip though I must admit - I am in awe of the amazing talent that the other Incentive Trip earners possess!

One of the highlights of Convention for me was meeting Shelli Gardner face to face again and getting to spend a little time with her. Patrice and I were absolutely stunned when Shelli ran off to get drinks for the two of us, can you believe that?! She told us we were the VIPs and it was all about us, here we were, two country bumpkins from NZ, having the company co-founder and CEO serve us drinks, how surreal is that?! Shelli is such an amazing lady! Here's a photo of me with Shelli on stage, sorry it's a bit blurry, but I love it anyway, it is a wonderful memento of that night for me, thanks so much to my team-mate Denise for the pic!
It was wonderful to hang out with my wider team and to meet so many other Demonstrators face to face, and be able to put faces to names now. I'm already talking to one of the Australians about meeting up at next year's Convention (hi Bridget!). Sydney in May 2010 will be great!
Anyway, time I stopped blathering on and shared my Convention swaps with you after promising a couple of weeks back that I would. I made 70 of these swaps, using the lovely Pocket Silhouettes stamp set. I used the embossing resist technique on glossy cardstock, sponging over the embossed image with three colours of ink and then wiping it with a tissue to bring the white cardstock colour under the embossed bit, out. I made these into magnetic bookmarks and those are what I swapped at Convention, but they can be used to make full sized cards so you have a card and gift in one, as shown in the pics. If you'd like to see this up close in real life (I did remember to keep one for myself!), contact me (click here) to book a workshop or class and you can check it out there.

If you read my previous post about the fabulous specials Stampin' Up! is offering this month, and want to take up either the free Designer Series Paper offer, or the limited-time scrapbooking starter kit offer (or both!), do let me know. I love to share Stampin' Up! with everyone, and if you've ever considered joining, whether to be a hobby demo and purchase your supplies at a discount, as some of my team do, or if you'd like to make it a full time business, I'd love to welcome you to my team. Please contact me for a free no-obligation information pack and a chat about how I can help you get started with Stampin' Up!, whatever your goals may be!

Happy stamping until next time,

Friday, May 1, 2009

Fabulous Scrapbooking offers from Stampin' Up!

Hi there everyone!

Well if I have set this up correctly, it will publish to my blog while I'm away at the Stampin' Up! Convention in Canberra, Australia. I bet I'm having a fabulous time, and that I have lots of fabulous swaps to show when I get back!

I wanted to set this up so that I didn't lose a moment to share the news that I've just heard from Stampin' Up!. In May there will be a fabulous promotion for the new Designer Series papers, when you order 3 packs you get to choose a fourth pack for free! How great is that?! The special includes quite a lot of the papers, just not the thick textured Sweet Slumber Specialty papers or the Patterns DSP. But there are plenty of other gorgeous ones to choose from!

Click on the image above to enlarge it and see the details of the DSP offer. The DSP packs contain 12 high quality double-sided sheets of 12x12 prints and are $19.95 each plus shipping which will be 5% (so you'll get 4 packs of DSP for $62.84 all up - that's about $1.31 per sheet - excellent value!).

And for those of you who have been thinking about joining Stampin' Up!, how's this for an amazing offer - during May you can opt for a limited-time Scrapbooking Kit instead of the regular starter kit, and pay just $175 to become a Demonstrator. Where else could you start your own amazing business for that price?! Please e-mail me (click here) if you are interested in either of these offers, and I will contact you as soon as I get back, early next week.

If you're interested in the Scrapbooking starter Kit offer I am happy to send you a free information pack about joining Stampin' Up! (you must be based in NZ, thanks!). As one of the first Demonstrators to sign up in NZ when Stampin' Up! arrived here in April 2007, and with a successful team already, I am well placed to help you start your own successful business, or inspire you with your hobby business, whichever option you choose. No hard sell tactics, that's never been my way, so there's no pressure from me when you join my team, just loads of fun!

Happy stamping, I'll be back soon!