Monday, January 25, 2010

Sale-A-Bration and a special prize draw!

Hi everyone,

Well it's finally here! Sale-A-Bration (SAB for short!) is the best time of year if you love Stampin' Up! products and want to get some for free (and who doesn't?!). Please click on the picture of the SAB brochure on my sidebar to see the fabulous stamp sets that you can earn for free this year!

I'm SO excited about the start of SAB that I've decided to offer a special prize draw, so read through this post for the details. Be in to win a Hostess Level 1 set of your choice!

Sale-A-Bration runs from now until the end of March, so there's time to join me for a class, host a workshop or attend one of my events, place your order and get your share of the freebies! Or just e-mail me to order if you prefer.

Here's how it works:

- Spend $120 (not including shipping costs) on any products from the main catalogue, or the Summer Mini catalogue, and choose a free stamp set from the SAB brochure. No limits - for every $120 you spend at one time, you get a free set!

- Host a workshop and if your workshop total reaches $700 (excluding shipping), you'll be able to choose an extra SAB set, on top of any that you and your friends have earned by spending $120 each!

- Join my team! This is the best time of year to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, as not only will you receive a fabulous starter kit at a heavily discounted price, you get to choose a free stamp set from the main or mini catalogues up to the value of $93.95! And when you place orders during SAB, you will also earn free SAB sets for yourself - and get a discount off all of your purchases. Never pay retail prices again for your supplies! Whether you join to build a business or simply to be able to purchase your supplies at a discount as a hobby demo, you'll receive loads of support and inspiration when you join my fabulous team of stampers!

One of the benefits of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is that we have access to new products before they are released for public sale. We were able to purchase one of the SAB sets to play with, so I've been using mine for a little while already! I have the fabulous Whimsical Words set, but I had a hard time choosing between the sets, they are all so gorgeous. I can't wait to get my hands on the other sets!

Here's a card I made using Whimsical Words for a recent team swap, I love the font they've used for this set!

It's a bit hard to see but the "plate" that the cupcake is sitting on has been dry embossed using my bone folder and a punch-out of the small oval to make the plate have a recessed area like a real plate has. And yes, I hand-cut the candles and the cupcake. A little time consuming when I made 15 of this card at one time, so I cut out 45 candles(!) but I think it's worth it, do you agree?

Recipe:
Stamps: Whimsical Words, Razzle Dazzle, Party Hearty
Colours: Pink Pirouette, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White, Riding Hood Red
Punches: Scallop Edge, Corner Rounder, Large & Small Ovals
Other: Candy Lane DSP, Stampin' Write Markers, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks for visiting, have fun browsing the SAB brochure. And here's the details of my special draw, exclusively available through me: place your qualifying SAB order with me before the end of January and go into the draw to win the Hostess Level 1 stamp set of your choice! Every $120 product order you place gets you another entry into the draw! But this offer is only until the end of January, so be quick!! Click here to e-mail me and be in to WIN!!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Aloha!

Happy New Year everyone!

Most of you probably haven't realised this, but I've been away overseas for a couple of weeks. For those of you who don't have blogs, here's a secret - we can write posts in advance and have them published when we're nowhere near the computer. That's how I managed to look like I was here, when I wasn't. Clever, huh? So to those of you who e-mailed me while I was away and perhaps received a weirdly formatted e-mail in return (or none at all, in case I missed any messages!), it's because I was dialing into my e-mail and didn't have the usual functions available. My apologies for that, I'm here now if you have questions!

Anyway, I've just arrived home this week from a wonderful holiday in Hawaii - more specifically, the beautiful island of Kaua'i. It's really quite unspoiled and totally different from what you see when you're in Honolulu, which I liked for the shopping on the one day we had there, but the freeways weren't quite so appealing. There's a lot less people and traffic on Kaua'i, so I liked that better, I'm really not a big city girl! The people on Kaua'i are so friendly and welcoming, and there are wild chickens running around everywhere, which I thought was just charming. At the same time, the island has everything you need - loads of shopping opportunities and places to eat, things to do. I admit to visiting Walmart several times, as we don't have it in New Zealand and I had to see why it's a good shopping destination. I wasn't disappointed! Shopping at Costco was also a very memorable experience. I've never seen so much food in a store before!

I was in Kaua'i for a family reunion of sorts - my parents went over with us, and we met up with my sister and brother and their families who travelled over from Ohio. I don't get to see them often so it was so wonderful to be able to just hang out with them and catch up. My daughter adores her cousins and was so sorry when we had to come home. We all miss them!

One highlight for me in Kaua'i was the opportunity to meet my wonderful new friend and fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Gari, and attend one of her fabulous classes. It was so nice to be a student again! I got to meet her friends and enjoyed hearing them "ooh" and "ahh" over the projects she taught us, just as I did!

Here's a picture of the two of us together, I'm the one with the gorgeous lei around my neck which Gari presented to me when I arrived at the class. She totally spoiled me rotten, I've got so many fabulous ideas from her now to share with my team and class/workshop attendees (and sometimes here on my blog too if you're lucky!). Thank you so much Gari!

I hope that one day Gari will be able to come to New Zealand to visit and then I can spoil her in return! This is one of the things I love about being part of Stampin' Up! - Gari and I were total strangers but I found her using the demo locator on the Stampin' Up! website, and because of our common interest in paper crafting (an addiction really, she gets withdrawl if she doesn't stamp for a while, just like I do!), we got to spend some time crafting and getting to know each other, sharing our experiences as Demonstrators too. How cool is that?!

Do come back and visit soon as I'm sorting out a few details and then will let you know about the exciting things I have in store for this year, especially if you live in New Zealand (I can only sell to you if you live here). 2010 is going to be great!

Oh, and there's only a few more days left of the Inventory Clearance sale, so please do let me know (click here) if you need anything from that list. I hope you're counting the days until the start of Sale-A-Bration on January 25th - I certainly am!


Sunday, January 17, 2010

Cute little tags

Hi everyone,

Hope your year is going well so far!

Those of you who ordered from me in December will recognise these little tags. I love to make tags to attach to the bags of goodies that my customers order. I figure I need a way to identify whose bag is whose - when you've got a dozen orders to distribute, the last thing you want is to mix them up, after all!

I didn't have a lot of time up my sleeve in December, so after seeing the Inventory Clearance list (see this post for details), I thought I'd use a couple of the items on that list and make my tags super quick. I've used the Pink Flamingo Designer Series Paper (DSP) to give the tags a bit of "oomph", what bright and fun patterns are in that pack! Pity for me that I bought them before they were on the clearance sale, though! And yes, it's not my usual style (I'm always blown away by how well some of you know my taste!) but it's definitely grown on me since I made myself try using it!

I took the colours from that DSP and stamped the flower from Occasionally in Tempting Turquoise, followed by Chocolate Chip for the outline stamp. I'd forgotten how cool the 2 step stamping look is! The base card is Confetti White, I love the sprinkling of colour you get with that cardstock, and the 1 inch circle punch made the circle folded over at the top of the tag. The silver cord is a retired item which I love and can't stop using, as my regular customers will know!
The Thank You sentiment is from Occasionally as well. I'm shocked at how big a discount you can get this stamp set at right now - it's just $41.48 (plus shipping, usually 5% of your total purchase). The original price for this set - back when I ordered it(!) was $82.95. Seriously, you can't beat this price for a set of 28 high-quality wood mounted stamps. Those of you who have followed my blog for a while have seen me make a few things with this set. But it's only on sale until January 24th - after that, it's back to the original price. Contact me now if you'd like to order it (click here) - and if you wish, I'm happy to trim the set for you too, so all you have to do is to peel the backing off and stick the stamps and labels to your wood blocks. Easy!

I'd better go and figure out the design for my January tags!

Back soon,


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Butterfly Prints Notecard

Morning everyone!

Today I thought I'd show you a super quick little card that I had as a make n take at my Launch Party for the Summer Mini catalogue. The Butterfly Prints stamp set and the coordinating punch were the first two items to go on my wishlist when I first saw the Summer Mini. They are so great, and can you believe that the stamp set is only $29.95 (plus shipping)? I think Stampin' Up! have done a great job in the last year at bringing us products which are very affordable - and often very competitively priced with the products in retail stores, in my opinion!

Anyway, the base card is in Kraft, I scalloped the bottom edge using the scallop edge punch, and put a piece of Pink Pirouette cardstock behind it to highlight the scallops. The circle on the card is punched out of Pink Pirouette using the new 1 3/4" circle punch. I stuck that down, then I stamped the butterfly body on that circle in Perfect Plum ink. I then stamped the butterfly in the same ink on a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock.

I used the Stamp-A-ma-jig to add the body to the butterfly, and punched it out with the new butterfly punch. No tricky cutting here, yeah!! I used the 2-way glue pen to adhere the butterfly onto the circle, and just used my fingers to curl the wings up slightly to give the card a 3D effect. It's a little hard to see in the photo but can you see a little shadow around the wings?

The finishing touch was to stamp the sentiment on the card using the same Perfect Plum ink. You could make a stack of these and a little box or folder to put them into, and it would make a great little gift.

Hope that gives you a little inspiration! If you'd like to order any of the products I've used here, or you have any questions, just send me an email - click here.

Thanks!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Hello Again Faux Carousel

Hi everyone,

Today I wanted to share with you a quick little project I taught at a recent team training event, to showcase the new Circle Scissor tool that we have in the Summer Mini catalogue. If you love the look of the Carousel Notes in the main catalogue (page 131) but like the idea of being able to make a card that shape but in the size that you want, then the faux carousel technique is a great option.

To make a card like this one you just need the Circle Scissor tool, and the Stampin' Up! Slit punch. You cut a small circle in the centre of your cardstock, and then insert the punch into this hole to punch half circles further out towards the edges of your cardstock. If you're lucky, your half circles will meet up to give you a perfectly even scalloped edge, but if you're left with a half scallop you can always hide it with ribbon or an embellishment later! Then once you've scalloped your edge, you just cut another circle a bit smaller than the first, to cover up the hole in your card. Of course, if you're like me, you use up lots of cardstock trying out different sized holes until you find a size that gives you perfect scallops! This card started with a hole diameter just shy of 2 inches (around 5cm for those of you who prefer metric).

Hope that makes sense, but if it doesn't, or you have questions, let me know - click here! If you purchase the Circle Scissor tool through me and you're within an hour or two of where I live, I'm happy to show you how to do the faux carousel card in person if you'd like!

For this card, I used the very cute new stamp set from the Summer mini called Hello Again, stamped very simply in Bold Brights colours. 1/4" grosgrain ribbon in Tempting Turquoise tied in a single knot and adhered with a mini glue dot finishes the card off. Super quick and easy!

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

What's in my craft stash

Hi everyone,

Happy New Year! I hope the year has started well for you. For me, so far so good! On New Year's Day I finally managed to finish the projects I was designing, for the artwork for our next Creative Inkers ad in Up2Scrap magazine (for my overseas readers, this is the only NZ-produced papercrafting magazine). That took me a while, if you've ever had to do a group of projects for something like that with a tight deadline like I had, you'll know that can be a little pressure!


Anyway I can't show you those projects just yet, as I used some new stamps from the upcoming Sale-A-Bration in them. But it won't be long now! January 25th, it's all go! Keep your eye on my blog as I'm starting to post details of upcoming events that you won't want to miss; check out my sidebar for the events I've got confirmed dates for so far.


In the meantime, I thought I'd show you a few other things I've been working on recently. This jar was so quick and easy to make, and I was very proud of myself - for using almost all retired product! I know I don't usually show you retired things on here (it would be mean to drive you mad because you can't buy the things I've used!), but the point I wanted to make was that just because it's been retired, doesn't mean you can't craft with it! And it's not a bad idea to use some of it and clear a little space for all the new stuff you keep buying. I'm sure you've all got lots of brand new but unused stuff in your craft stash, am I right??


Anyway, I had a bit of a rummage around to see what I could use up, when making this jar for a workmate. I organised our Secret Santa at work this year, and my lucky recipient of course didn't care if I used current Stampin' Up! supplies or not. So I decided to use up a few things, and take a walk down memory lane at the same time. For this jar I've used the Holiday Harmony DSP which was in the 2008 Spring Mini catalogue (gasp!) and the chipboard that was in the same mini. I inked that up with Purely Pomegranate ink (retired in March 09), and stamped the greeting using that ink too. I used the Purely Pomegranate stitched ribbon and an oval frame from the Pewter Hodgepodge which also retired back then.


The only products I used which are currently available were the greeting which is from the hostess set Best Yet (you've seen me use that set a number of times!), the Whisper White cardstock I stamped on, and the rhinestone brad. Oh and I used our new Circle Scissor tool to cut the circle for the lid, too.


So I was pretty pleased with this project - my main regret is not having used those products more when I was able to buy them!! That chipboard star was oh so easy to ink up, I can't believe I hadn't used more of the pack!


If you're still on holiday, why not go through your own stash and see what you can come up with!


Happy stamping for 2010!