Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Why I stamp...

Hi everyone,

I thought I'd show you one of my recent creations, one which I'm actually not 100% happy with.... because I can't write very neatly (I can't draw either, in case you were wondering!). I often think that I ruin my cards by writing inside them! At least with the outside, with the magic of stamps, I can usually create things that are pleasing to the eye. Here though, I actually didn't do any stamping, for a change. Those of you who know me, know that I LOVE punch art. I'm totally addicted to my punches. I've got a lot of them, too!

This is the card I created for my husband on Father's Day. I didn't have a greeting stamp that worked how I wanted it to, so I had a go at writing it myself. I was trying to copy the style of the words in the Family Phrases set, I'm not sure if you can tell that. And actually, this will show you how bad my writing is - this is my third attempt at writing the greeting, sadly! I'm not showing you the first two attempts - they went straight into the recycling bin!

My daughter wrote the message for Daddy inside the card. She can't write any more neatly than I can, but she has an excuse - she's only five. I've had a few more years on the planet in which to practice my handwriting!

The kangaroo was one of Heather's Summer's creations from a Simply Punches class, she's a Canadian demonstrator that I much admire. I really don't know where she gets her ideas. I mean, I have lots of ideas, but I haven't figured out anything new in the way of punched art yet. Oh well, maybe when I've been making stuff as long as she has, and as often as she does, I'll manage it!

I'm heading out of town this week on a short business trip (sadly, my day job gets in the way of my stamping sometimes!) so I wanted to show you this card at least before I run away. I won't be gone long though, so if you have any questions or want to place an order (don't forget about the September special!) just e-mail me and I'll get back to you soon.

Oh, some exciting news - I have been beavering away in the background as always - as of this week I'm now all set up to accept credit card payments via Paymate! If you're like me, you like to use the plastic money (I just got myself a new kitchen appliance with my reward points - love it!) so I hope that is good news for you. Of course, if you're more disciplined that me and prefer to shop and pay by other means, I am still happy to accept cash, cheques and bank deposits too.

Even more exciting news: I'm still working out the details, but I'll be holding a World Card Making Day event at my house on Saturday October 3rd, so pencil that in your diary if you're keen. Prizes will be on offer! Keep an eye out, I'll be back soon with the details...

Have a great week!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

50 swaps.... Would you like one?

Hi everyone,

My apologies for the lack of posts lately. To be honest I'm feeling a little burnt out! The other day I worked out that in the space of a month I've created over 100 cards/projects to use as swaps at team training, the Incentive Trip and a regional training event that Stampin' Up! held here in Auckland on Saturday. I've also been working on other projects too. That's a lot of work (on top of a full time job and getting my baby ready for her first day of school yesterday!). So forgive me if I seem to have crumpled in a wee heap for the last week or so.

I'm slowly putting myself back together (whatever bug I had when I got home from Noosa, it's still with me!), so bear with me a little bit. Don't worry, the crafting bug is still with me, it's the drive to blog and e-mail that's still in bed, LOL. I'm terrible when it comes to technology, so it's the first thing to go when I'm not feeling energetic.

Anyway, to thank my loyal customers for sticking with me, I have a little gift for you. These pics show the 50 swaps that I made for the training on Saturday, using the set Best Wishes & More. These are a Knightstamper original, not cased from anyone (I very rarely do that - I have to be in a huge rut to need to case, or just totally in love with someone elses's design!). I have a few of these leftover, so if you'd like one, all you have to do is place a $60 order with me before the end of September, and I'll send you one with your order! You can keep it for yourself, or use it to give to a friend. The sentiment is generic enough that it would suit a wide range of occasions, and it'll be blank inside so you can write your message. I'll include one of the lovely Stampin' Up! envelopes and package it up nice for you.

My cards sell for $5 each (at my workplace - my workmates don't blink as they're cheaper than equivalent quality cards in the shops) so that's an idea of the value of this little gift to you. Click here to e-mail me and place your order before I run out! (But if I do, I'll substitute another card of equivalent value, you just might not get this one!).

Don't forget, if you place an order of $120 + shipping this month, you'll also get 18 metres of ribbon FREE! See my last post for details of that offer.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Free stuff!

Morning everyone,

Do you like free stuff? I do! And I love ribbon, so this month's special from Stampin' Up! has me jumping up and down! Well, maybe not quite that excited, but I'm still pretty thrilled!

To show appreciation to all our customers and hostesses, Stampin' Up! is offering an exclusive ribbon bundle FREE with a qualifying purchase or workshop!

For all of September, you can get this gorgeous ribbon (9.1 metres of Certainly Celery 5/8" poly-twill ribbon and 9.1 metres of So Saffron 5/8" grosgrain ribbon) when you:

- Spend $120 on any Stampin' Up! products (excluding shipping)
- Host a $700 workshop

I still have a couple of gaps in my schedule for September workshops, so contact me now (click here) to book yours in and grab your share of this fabulous ribbon!

Have a great day!