Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Christmas is coming!

Hi everyone,
Well not much blogging happening around here for a while, but it's because I've been busy with my Christmas card classes.  The other night I realised that over a 3 week period I've prepared kits and taught my guests and between them they've made 252 Christmas cards with me.  Hmm, as far as cardmaking goes, that's quite a few!!  Each card had at least 6 pieces to it that I had to cut up, so that makes over 1500 pieces.  Yikes, no wonder I was busy!

I've also been head down, tail up getting ready for the launch of the new catalogue.  Some of you are drooling over it already, as I am, but as a Demonstrator I got to pre-order a few selected items and I've been busy with some project ideas, having lots of fun playing!  I cannot wait for my launch party on Thursday next week, I am soooo excited, this is pretty unusual for me but I think it's because for once, I'm feeling more on track to being ready for it.  I suspect it's the lack of a "day job" that has made the difference now!  If you haven't RSVP'd for my launch party yet, just email me to let me know approx what time you'd like to attend, and I'll give you directions if you haven't been here before.  I'm celebrating from 10:30am into the evening!  There's no cost to attend and you'll get to see some cool projects and samples, I'll have a little make n take and a couple of fabulous prize draws that you can enter!  Oh and some light refreshments of course and a little baking is planned for the night before, it wouldn't be a party without some treats, would it?

I thought I'd share one of my Christmas card class projects with you today.  I had fun coming up with this one, it uses the Jolly Holiday Designer Series paper which is on a whopping 40% off sale at the moment (it's only available until the end of the month).  I die cut the "zig zag" embellishments as well as the trees and snowflake.  The snowflake wasn't cut from metallic cardstock, it was cut from Confetti Cream cardstock and then before we pulled it out of the sheet, we daubed Platinum Shimmer Paint on top.  How cool is that technique for making your own "metallic" card?  Oh and I should mention too that the snowflake and the trees were die cut using the Merry Details Sizzlit which is also retiring this month, so if you want to get your hands on that one, you'd best order it now!

Stamps: Contempo Christmas
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Chocolate chip
Cardstock: Confetti Cream, Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Other: Platinum Shimmer Paint, Tasteful Trim die, Merry Details sizzlit, Decorative label punch, sponge daubers

Hope you are having a fabulous week!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Let's Party!

Hi everyone,
It's party central at my house right now - August is our big month for birthdays in my family and first up is Miss 6 who turns 7 very shortly!  So I'm flat out baking cupcakes and birthday cake and figuring out party games... anyone for pass the parcel?

So, this is the perfect time to show you my "party" collections!  Back in April during one of my "blog silences" I was frantically designing projects for Stampin' Up! to try and use in some public relations work.  I made a bunch of stuff for them to use and they submitted it to a magazine but for some reason, it was never used.  I'm so sad about that!  I've just found out about it and now I am clear to share these projects with you since they weren't used elsewhere.  I didn't have time to make a second set for my own use, but I did take photos of my creations before sending them away, luckily!
I was asked to make sets of party items - one set for girls, another for boys and a third unisex set.  Each collection needed to have an invitation, birthday card, thank you card, 3D item and anything else I could think of.  Today I'm going to show you the Unisex set!  (If you click on the photo, you can take a closer look).

I started off with the Celebrations Designer Series Paper which is still available (while stocks last) until the end of the month, when our catalogue retires to make way for the new one!  I used the colours in the paper to choose my cardstock and embellishment colours.  I'm going to miss this paper!

In front is the thank you card (OK so that was obvious!), where I used my Big Shot with reckless abandon!  The lettering is die cut with the "Many Thanks" sizzlit, I used the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder to emboss part of the card front, the Tasteful Trim die to cut the red "ric rac", and the Buttons Embosslit makes quick work of making faux buttons from cardstock as the final embellishments. 

On the left is the invitation which I made using my Scallop Circle Die and cut the DSP using my Circle Scissor tool.  I used the stamp set Party This Way to make the balloons and the sign and on the inside of the card which you can't see, I used stamps from the Inviting stamp set.  Both of those sets are carrying through to the next catalogue, by the way!  I also used Party This Way to stamp on some white wrapping paper and that's what the present is wrapped in (you can just make that out at the back of the photo).  How cool is that, to have wrapping paper that matches your cards?  It was really fun to do, too!

The card at the back is the birthday card, it's a "Z" fold card and I had a lot of fun making that one, using "Wish Big" from the stamp set Word Play.  I love that set and very happy to see that in the next catalogue, too! 

Finally last but definitely not least, is the party bucket which you could fill with treats and have it on the table at a party, or use it to hold the "goodies" for the guests to take home.  Now that project was a labour of love - back in April there was no such thing as a pennant punch to quickly punch out the pennants I stamped, so those are all hand cut!  Detailed hand cutting is something I have a bit of a reputation for I hear, but let's be honest - who wants to cut things by hand when there's a punch that will do the job quickly and easily!  (Looking forward to the imminent arrival of that punch in September....).  I stamped the lettering on the pennants with the Just Perfect alphabet set.  The big red scalloped strip of felt was die cut with the Tasteful Trim die (love that die!) and I simply tied a variety of our ribbons onto the bucket handles to finish it off. 

So what's your verdict - was this set worthy of publication?  Hope you like it, and if you want to order some of the Celebrations DSP before it's gone forever, be quick and let me know!

Monday, August 1, 2011

It's time... Last Chance List

Hi everyone,
Well I must be insane but I sat up late and waited for Stampin' Up! to post the Last Chance List up for us. It's a biggie!  Lots of my favourites are retiring this time, seriously I was almost in tears by the time I got to the end of page 1 of the list (and there are 6 pages!).  BUT, check out some of those discounts, as much as 40% on some stamp sets and if you're making Christmas cards already, you can get a whopping 40% off the Jolly Holiday paper I used in my Christmas Card class on the weekend (woo hoo!).  Or how about 40% off the Styled Silver Hodge Podge?!

Click here to check out the list!

Of course, the upside of seeing the Last Chance List is that it means that a super exciting time is on it's way - the launch of the new 2011-12 Idea Book & Catalogue!  I can't reveal it to you yet, but trust me it's been worth waiting for... lots of "ooh!" noises at my house at the moment!

The RRP on the Idea Book & Catalogue is $15.95, but pre-order your catalogue from me before the end of August and pay just $12 (plus postage if required).  Or, book a workshop and receive your copy for free! 

My new catalogue launch party will be on September 1st, the day the catalogue "opens" for ordering, so mark that in your diary now!

Click here to email me and place your Last Chance List order before they run out of your favourites, pre-order your catalogue or book a workshop, and book your place at my launch party!  (Phew, there's a lot to think about!)

Have a fabulous week!