Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Family time - and maybe a new tradition

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the 2 week absence, I have been running around like a lunatic like the rest of the country, getting ready for Christmas and then recovering from it! I managed to get my Christmas shopping done without having to fight the crowds on Christmas Eve, but I did venture out on Boxing Day (stupidly) to attempt to pick up a bargain or two. I missed out on a cheap laptop by arriving at a store just 10 minutes after opening time, but did manage to pick up a GPS navigation thingy nice and cheap, so there are no more excuses for getting lost! Well, if I ever manage to figure out how to work the thing, that is!


I don't have a card or project to show you today, well not a papercrafting project that is. I've been busy making cards, but I can't show you those yet, it would spoil the surprise when Sale-A-Bration hits us in January! So you'll have to wait and see what I've been making, later. Sorry!


I do have something cool to show you though. My husband's Aunt is visiting from the USA and brought a gingerbread house kit for our daughter. I've seen these in the stores here and never imagined I'd be making one at Christmas. Too expensive/commercial/what would I do with all that gingerbread afterwards, etc. But you know what? It turned out to be a lot of fun putting it together!
I took a photo after we constructed the house and the tree and jammed the gingerbread man where he was supposed to stand. I took another after the rest of the decorating was done (the finishing touch, sprinkling coconut on the tray to look like snow, is the only bit you can't see here).


The only problem is that as far as piping icing goes, it seems I have NO ability whatsoever. Straight lines were not within my reach! And that gingerbread man looks a little manic... If you use your imagination, you could say that the drippy bits are like icicles? My daughter really loved working on this with me though. She stuck most of the lollies on and sneaked a few, but I think it was really about it being something neat that we could do together. That was really great. And I love the smell of the gingerbread which wafts through the house, without me having to bake anything! So maybe, just maybe, this could be the start of a new family tradition for us.


Hope you are all enjoying the holidays and spending time with those you love. Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Stampin' Up! Inventory Clearance

Morning everyone!

As promised, here's the big announcement for the month. I only found out about this yesterday and all I can say is WOWSERS! Stampin' Up! has put together a list of stamp sets and accessories which you can order between now and January 24th, and the prices on many of these are nothing short of crazy! Take a look at the list I've posted here (click on the picture to enlarge the list), you can choose from three large alphabet sets for just $45.98 plus shipping - that's HALF PRICE!! And, the Occasionally set that I've shown you a few times on my blog (see my cards here, here and here!) is also just half price - now $41.48 plus shipping for a whopping 28 stamps!

So why the clearance you ask? Well, these sets are all square cut - meaning they need to be trimmed before you can mount them. Many of you will know that Stampin' Up! now offer mostly die-cut stamp sets, so you just have to push the rubber image out from the die cut sheet and stick it to a wooden block when you purchase our stamp sets. They still have limited stock of the non-die cut ones though, so these are being offered at ridiculous prices. So while you have until January 24th, please don't leave it too late as they may run out!

Those of you who have purchased from me in the past know that I offer a free trimming service when you order your square cut stamps through me. So if you're nervous about trimming them properly, there's no need, I can take care of that if you would like me to! I've had a lot of practice at trimming stamps in the last couple of years, so you can be sure of getting a neat professional "trim" for your new goodies!

Click here to e-mail your order through to me and I'll be happy to help you with a little Christmas shopping for yourself (you've been good, after all, right?!). Just let me know what you'd like and I'll tally it up for you. Easy!
Thanks for visiting!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Announcements!

Hi everyone,
Gosh has it been a week since I last blogged? Time is flying by this month, there's only 10 days until Christmas day - yikes! Better write those Christmas cards I guess...

You may have already read this elsewhere, but Stampin' Up! recently announced that five of the items that were in the Spring Mini are still available for us to purchase, yahoo! These are going to be available in the next main catalogue next year, so they've decided to let us keep using (and buying) them. So here's the list:

114889 Scallop Oval punch $35.95
112534 Jumbo Brads 5/16" Neutrals Assortment $18.50 (approx 80 brads)
112533 Jumbo Brads 5/8" Neutrals Assortment $16.25 (approx 32 brads)
106960 Stazon White Pad & Refill $26.95
109196 Stazon Cleaner $11.75

I'm really thrilled that I get to keep playing with these - the punch is fantastic for so many of our stamp images, and the brads are great as an embellishment. I've used rub-ons on them and that looks great! And of course, you can't go past Stazon when you're making projects with acetate, which I have been doing lately!

Come back tomorrow for an even bigger announcement. We had some fantastic news today from Stampin' Up! and let me just say, us demos are making shopping lists of our own tonight!

Monday, December 7, 2009

The aftermath of a launch party....

Morning everyone!

Sorry for things being quiet here on the blog front, I can tell you it's not quiet in real life here, he he! Starting the crazy buildup to Christmas, sigh... I guess I'd better check that all my Christmas shopping is done, I've done bits here and there but am bound to have forgotten something. I hate fighting the crowds at Christmas time.

Anyway, thanks so much to those of you who came to my launch party on Saturday, I had fun and hope that you did too! As per usual I totally forgot to take any snapshots when anyone was here, but I did take a picture of my very large dining table after everyone had gone.... Yikes! The photo is only showing you about 2/3 of the table, and there was another table covered in stuff that I had to pack away too! Of course, I was responsible for quite a bit of the mess since I got more things out to show Laurie when we sat and chatted together at the end, I am really bad at getting more things out and not putting away the things I was using before. Anyway, it did take me quite a while to get everything put back in it's rightful place. My craft room is still a mess though, I think that's basically par for the course since I do my design work in there and when the creative spark hits, I just go with it!

I did finally manage to finish off the card that I've on my craft table for weeks - this started out as one that my team leader Jacque designed, but I changed the greeting on it and used the new Sweetness Unlimited stamp from the Summer Mini - isn't that just a cute saying? And only $13.95 (+shipping) too! The whale is from Animal Stories, also in the Summer Mini, and the Polka Dot background stamp is in the main catalogue. If you'd like to get your hands on these fabulous stamp sets, e-mail me and we can get that sorted for you pronto!



Another thing I really like about this card is that it means I'm all set now for when my brother's first child is born - they just found out they're having a baby boy so yahoo I have a new little nephew on the way! (Hopefully my brother's not reading this!)

Oh, and I nearly forgot - congratulations to Mandy who is the lucky winner of my Cookies in a Jar prize from Saturday, yay Mandy! I'll get that to you soon!

Have a fabulous week!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Summer Mini catalogue is here!!

Morning everyone!


Well today is a fabulous day - the Summer Mini catalogue is now open for business! You're going to love the products in here. I personally think this is the best mini we've had so far. My bank balance didn't think so though after I'd finished shopping with my preorder, lol!


To view the new mini, click on the picture of it in my sidebar and it'll take you to the online version of the catalogue. To get a hard copy that you can read in bed (smile), just e-mail me to arrange that!


A quick little project to show you using the new Butterfly Prints stamp set and coordinating punch, these were an absolute must have for me and the stamp set is only $29.95! I was so thrilled! I love that there's a tool to punch out the butterflies, as I'd rather spend time coming up with ideas and playing, than cutting out a bunch of images, wouldn't you?


If you're coming to my launch party on Saturday you'll get to see this project up close, it's actually a covered notepad - and I even have one as a door prize too along with some other things (I'm still making those!).


So, what's your favourite from the new Mini?