Monday, August 30, 2010

Final days of the 2009 - 2010 Stampin' Up! Idea book & catalogue

Hi everyone,
Well here we are - the end of August.  How fast is the year disappearing?!  I've had a busy month, with three family birthdays in August, plus a business trip away for my day job, and lots of other things to keep me head down, tail up!

Stampin' Up! have announced some extra special deals to mark the end of the current catalogue (counting the days now until the new one opens on September 1st!).  They have already run out of stock for some of these deals, but let me know asap (click here) if you would like to order anything from this list before it's too late!  These are only available until Tuesday evening:

Item #  Page Description  Discount Discounted NZ Price

116342 42 Big Bold Birthday 50% $ 31.98
116408 100 Seeing Spots 50% $ 17.98
116344 121 Big Deal Alphabet 50% $ 45.98
105538 127 Bold Brights Stampin' Write markers 25% $ 51.71
105537 127 Soft Subtles Stampin' Write markers 25% $ 51.71
105540 127 Rich Regals Stampin' Write markers 25% $ 51.71
105541 127 Many Marvelous Markers 25% $ 209.96
105550 128 Bold Brights Classic Stampin' Spots 25% $ 37.46
105551 128 Earth Elements Classic Stampin' Spots 25% $ 37.46
105539 128 Earth Elements Stampin' Write markers 25% $ 51.71
105552 129 Rich Regals Classic Stampin' Spots 25% $ 37.46
112042 132 Urban Garden Designer Series paper 50% $ 9.98
112041 134 Bella Rose Designer Series paper 50% $ 9.98
107305 152 Oval Large punch 50% $ 17.98
113692 152 Eyelet border punch 50% $ 17.98
109043 152 Scallop Circle punch 50% $ 17.98
113694 152 Heart to Heart punch 50% $ 17.98
112082 152 Wide Oval punch 50% $ 17.98
112091 152 Scallop Edge punch 50% $ 17.98
113693 152 Full Heart punch 50% $ 17.98
104310 155 Crafters' Tool Kit 25% $ 68.96
112004 Autumn Winter Mini 1-3/4" Circle punch 50% $ 17.98
116629 CO* Butterfly punch 50% $ 17.98

Now in case I don't manage to blog again before the end of the month, here's some important info for you:
- My launch party for the new catalogue will be on September 12, starting at 2pm at my home.  Come and make a project for free using new products from the catalogue, check out other new goodies and lots of samples on display.  I will have retired product for sale, and prize draws for you to enter!  Bookings are essential so email me to book your place.
- I'm still awaiting my stock of the new catalogues (my first order went AWOL!), but if you contact me before the end of the month, you can reserve your copy at just $10 (RRP $15.95).  The book is a fabulolus resource for ideas, too!
Finally, this wouldn't be a great blog post without pics to share, would it?  So here you go - these are the goody bags I made for my daughter's recent birthday party. 

The boys' one uses Fox & Friends stamp set plus the Elegant Thank You stamp from the last mini, while the girls' one uses Flight of the Butterfly.  Can you see the glitter sparkling on those butterflies?  Little girls love bling, so I reached for the glitter!  The butterfly punch made light work of this bag, no hand-cutting in sight this time!  For these bags I made the most of the retiring colours and used some favourite colour combinations - Brocade Blue, Chocolate Chip and Old Olive for the boys, and Lovely Lilac, Almost Amethyst and Pixie Pink for the girls.

And finally, here's a birthday card I whipped up, featuring the Baja Breeze patterns DSP, the Flower Fusion Too felt flowers and the Baja Breeze striped grosgrain ribbon.  I will miss all of these retiring items!  The leaves on this card are die cut using the Stampin' Up! Little Leaves die, isn't it neat?

Hope you enjoyed these!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Last Chance List & Auckland Extravaganza

Hi everyone!
OK, I'm sorry for neglecting you.  Life got in the way of blogging, again!  I've been just a tad busy with my day job (how dare it get in the way of stamping and blogging!) and my little darling's 6th birthday.  Of course I had to make the goody bags for 16 excited children to take home after I'd pumped them full of sugary treats!

Anyway, if you haven't already heard, the Last Chance list has been issued and what a whopper of a list!  Click here to view it and make your selection.  The products on the Last Chance list won't be available after the 31st of this month, so if there's anything you're after, do click here to e-mail and let me know.  I'm away on a short business trip for a few days but will be back on Friday night, just leave a message with my hubby if you call me at home, thanks!

Hard to believe but I haven't blogged since before our recent Auckland Extravaganza, and I'm sure there are some of you out there who have been waiting to see the project I taught!  So here it is, a cute little bag and a coordinating card to go with it.  The bag design was shown to me by my Demonstrator team mate Julia, and I designed the card to use the same set of paper and colours we'd opted for with the bag, plus the Cottage Garden stamp set.  These use the gorgeous Cottage Wall Designer Series paper, which will not be available again after the end of the month.  So if you need some of that paper, let me know!

We also used the faux suede technique on the flower embellishments for both the card and the bag.  Want to know how to do that technique?  E-mail me to book a workshop or class and I'll be more than happy to show you how.

Enjoy the rest of your week, I'll be back soon!