Friday, September 23, 2011

Another bargain home decor item

Happy Friday everyone!
Today I have a project for you that has made me smile at how easy home decor can be.  If you find just the right items to decorate, that is!  This is a keeper - I'm not letting go of this one so I won't be using it as a Hostess gift, sorry!  I had to take the photos of this very carefully - that's a mirror on the middle section there and the last thing you want is a reflection of me holding the camera and frowning while I found the right angle!

I picked this tealight candle holder up some time ago, at a clearance sale (yep the bargain hunter strikes again!).  The original price on the box was $24.99 (this was from a homeware/kitchen store where I love to browse and drool, not from a discount store, where I'm usually found...).  How much did I pay for it?  $3.  I nearly fainted when I saw the price.  Sadly it was the last one they had, or I'd have bought lots of them.  What a bargain!

It came without the patterned paper and the gorgeous new Ruffled Ribbon of course, those are the decorating touches I added.  How long did it take me to add them?  About 2 minutes, including cutting the paper to the right size.  Seriously!  OK, maybe 3 minutes, as I tied the ribbon a couple of times before I was happy.  But I've gotten pretty good at tying bows over the last 4 years so it was no big deal.  And the best part?  I just tied the ribbon on, so that is easy to switch out, and the Cheerful Treat designer series paper (which I love) is simply stuck on with Dotto, behind the mirror.  So I can remove it, use it for something else, and replace it with whatever paper is my next favourite.  I love that!

This has been really useful too - after I decorated it, we had a 3 hour power cut on what was possibly the coldest night we've had this winter.  At first, it was funny, and fun to finish our dinner by candlelight from my beautiful tealight candle holder.  But after 3 hours, we were not laughing anymore as whatever heat had been in our house disappeared!

Hope you're comfortably warm wherever you are.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Flirtacious Gift Class this Sunday!

Morning everyone!
I hope you're having a great week - I am, the ideas are flowing thick and fast now, I have a little teaser for you today and a fun project to show you later this week (yes, I'm still going strong with the blogging!).

Thanks to those of you who have posted comments or told me personally you're liking what you see here, that really does encourage me and makes the difference to how I view my blogging time!

Dale your request for gifts for teachers comes at a great time, I have been working on some cute things that will do the trick perfectly I think!  Maybe it's because Miss 7 will need something for her teacher in the not too distant future, my mind is on finding cool gift ideas that are not too expensive.  While I'm sorry to say I didn't have the foresight to grab as many of those little jars as I could lay my hands on (so I only have a few left - not enough to run a class with) I do have plenty of other ideas up my sleeve!

Today's photo is just a snippet to give you a little teaser of my class projects this coming Sunday.  I used the Flirtacious designer series paper and the coordinating Delicate Doilies stamp set, plus a few lovely other products, to create these coordinating gifts.  You'll make a sweet little box to hold some tealight candles, and learn how to add stamped designs to the candles (fun and easy!), and we'll also make the other cute gift which you can just see the corner of, in this pic! 

Some of you will have seen these at my house in the last few weeks but for those that haven't, I'll reveal all next week.  I'm running this class on Sunday so if you haven't already booked in, I have a few spaces still free, click here to email me now to reserve your spot!  Start time is 2pm at my house and the class fee is just $15 to make these two sweet little gifts, it's a high value class!  You only need to bring your own adhesive, scissors and a bone folder (if you have one) to my classes, I supply everything else. 

Back soon!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Hostess gifts

Morning all!
Are you impressed yet with my increased blogging frequency?  I am.  I'm not promising it'll last, so please enjoy it while it does!  I'd love you to post a comment sometimes, so I don't feel like I'm talking to myself here.  I'm quite capable of talking to myself, but it's much more fun if I know you're out there listening!

OK, here's a cute couple of little jars I decorated recently.  Really simply decorated, but I didn't think they needed much.  I just used the lace border punch (and trimmed one of the flowers), the Flirtacious Designer Series paper, a little adhesive rhinestone for the compulsory bling, and another piece of that gorgeous organza ribbon.  These jars are SO cute!  I got them on clearance recently (can you see the theme in my blog posts - I did say I was a bargain hunter, didn't I?).  I filled them with lollies myself (don't worry, I have an honours degree in Food Technology so food safety and hygiene is very important to me - no sticky fingers, I did the filling very  hygienically!).  

Anyway, these jars are going to be hostess gifts, if I can hold myself and Miss 7 back from eating the contents before I have a hostess who wants one as her gift from me!  My hostesses receive a free catalogue, a hand made gift like these presented at the party, and they also keep the projects that I demonstrate at their party.  Of course that's on top of the hostess dollars (= FREE STUFF!) they earn from sales on the day!  If you haven't checked out the hostess benefits section at the front of the catalogue yet, you really should.  Hostess dollars to spend on fabulous hostess products or anything else in the catalogue, and can you imagine paying half price for a Big Shot?  How exciting is that!

I'm making some other things as hostess gifts at the moment too, so if you want to invite a few friends over for a relaxed, no-pressure and fun party, you can choose your favourite gift from my growing selection!

OK, must get on with a few chores so I can get back to the fun business of stamping!  Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Cute little gift with purchase

Hello everyone!
I hope you're having a lovely weekend, just as I am - getting ready to have lots of fun at my latest Christmas cards class!  I know quite a few of you wanted to come but were already booked (popular lot you are, aren't you!) so I will be scheduling a repeat in October - stay tuned for that.  Still finalising my October schedule, and it feels like I just figured out September... Why does time pass so quickly as I get older?!  Why do I have to keep getting older, too?!

OK so here's another example of me getting carried away with my new toys.  Well at least I can say I've certainly used my lovely new dies enough to justify having bought them in the first place!

I went a little crazy making these treat holders using the Two Tags die, the new Oval Designer Frame embossing folder, Just Add Cake patterned paper and some other things which I can't be bothered listing for you, ha!  I've only recently really "discovered" the gorgeous Organza ribbon we've had for quite some time, and now I can't get enough of it!  It's one of the most economical ribbons we have in the catalogue at $14.50 (plus shipping) for a whopping 13.7m of it.  I think I used about 16cm of ribbon for each of these treats, so you could make a lot of these with one roll.  There's a mini chocolate bar tucked away inside each of these treats, I've had to defend the jar against Miss 7 who has her beady eyes on it!

The photo is deceiving by the way - the container is pretty huge!  It's 16cm in diameter and 25cm high.  So even though it's not full yet, there's a lot of treats in here.

Why did I make so many of these?  I wanted to give my customers a little gift, to show how much I appreciate them.  We're all watching our money these days, and I love to give you a little extra now and then to thank you for choosing me as your Demonstrator and supporting my business, and to inspire you (and in this case, give you a wee sugar rush!).  I'll be giving one of these away with every order of $25 or more, from now until I run out of chocolate (lol I just bought another 30 bars last week...) or I get sick of making them, whichever comes first.  So just contact me (click here) to get your hands on one!

Happy stamping!

Friday, September 16, 2011

It's just like Christmas!

Hi everyone,
Whoops I meant to blog a couple of times this week, but I got a bit distracted!  Check out what arrived on my doorstep earlier this week....

Oooh look at all the lovely new stuff!  This is a BIG box...  Ribbons galore, new punches, new stamps, ohhhh!  Of course, not all of it was for me... but there was enough of it to keep me entertained all week!

I was going to show you these earlier in the week.  I made these as prizes for my prize draw this month, I had some spare jars at home from some preserves my MIL made ages ago, so I went and bought some lids for the jars, filled them with ingredients and decorated them up - yummo, Brownies in a jar!  All the lucky winners will have to do is tip all the ingredients into a bowl, and some vanilla, a little oil and eggs, mix and bake to make a batch of easy brownies.  How fun is that? 

I decorated these jars using some felt I had stashed away.  For the large piece that covers the lid, I just traced around a plate from my kitchen, but the flowers were die cut using the fabulous Fun Flowers die.  I joined them together simply using a large Rhinestone brad, and then stuck the layered flower to the white felt circle.  The gorgeous Pretty In Pink satin ribbon holds the felt onto the lid.  Easy peasy!  I'm loving the new dies I have to say, this flower die has fast become a favourite.  In my delight at making these I forgot to write out the instructions for the lucky winners but I'll do that soon and include those with the prizes.  Want to win one?  Simply place an order with me this month and you're in the draw!

Next, I have a neat project to share.  Well, it didn't start off looking that neat - check this out:

The photo doesn't show it, but when I found this magnetic memo holder tucked away in a discount store somewhere in the wops between here and Rotorua (seriously, I have no idea where I was when I found this - I was making my way home from a team stamp camp earlier this year and stopped at all the cheap shops on the way!), it was looking pretty grubby, old and lonely.  This was the only one they had in the store, and I've never seen any others in any of the cheap shops up here in my part of Auckland.  So this project is a one-off, probably!

I decided it needed seriously girly-ing up (is that a word?) and settled on the Flirtacious patterned papers in the new catalogue.  Having just gotten home from the Hamilton Craft & Quilt show last week, and all inspired to play with fabric, I made a cute little flower from the matching fabric that we're now carrying.  I am not a sewer, but this flower was so fun to make!  And I was proud of myself - I finally used one of the REALLY big brads that we have, for the flower centre, and simply added a 1/2" punched circle of the paper on top to finish that off. 

I did change the pen from the memo holder, I swapped it out for a black one to which I inserted some of the patterned paper so that it matched.  I took out the pad of paper just so you could see how I decorated the back - new lace border punch and a little bling with the adhesive rhinestones!  If you want to see this in real life (looks better than the pic!), I am hanging onto it here for dear life.  My Mum tried to get me to stick this to HER fridge and told me I should make lots of these and sell them, lol!  Even hubby was impressed.  So if you have seen these memo holders somewhere, could you let me know where I can get them?  Please!

Oh, and I must mention - a huge warm welcome to my newest team members!  The awesome starter kit offer from Stampin' Up! has convinced some fabulous crafters to join my Stampin' Up! family, and I'm so excited to have new friends to play with!  Where else can you stamp/die cut/emboss/colour to your heart's content and get paid to do it?!  I love that!  If you're looking for a fabulous way to fund your craft spending, or help with the bills, just ask me for more info.  I'm loving helping my new team members get their businesses up and running!

If you have any questions about my projects today, feel free to email me and I'll answer as soon as I can!

Off to stamp some more... have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Delicate Doilies & Perfect Pennants note pad

Morning all!
I thought I'd do a quick post today, before I run around and take care of a few chores.  Just over a week ago, Stampin' Up! held a Fun Day here in Auckland where we got to play with lots of new products from the catalogue, do a few make n takes, and watch some cool presentations from Stampin' Up! staff and Demonstrators from around NZ.  It was a pretty hectic day but loads of fun - and apparently NZ is the first to have such a day, woo hoo!

As is the custom with any Stampin' Up! event, lots of us were madly swapping samples we'd made.  Most managed to use new catalogue products so it was really exciting to see what everyone had made (what better excuse to buy new toys than because you HAVE to use new catalogue goodies to make swaps with?).  As usual, my swaps weren't the most simple things.  I couldn't narrow it down to just one new product so I had to use three.  And then make it time consuming to put together.  Sigh...  Here it is!

I covered some inexpensive notepads I'd managed to find and stashed away some months ago (I am a bargain hunter/hoarder from way back!).  I pulled the colours from the Cheerful Treat hostess DSP which is to die for I think, love it!  I've had one lovely customer earn it already by partying alone, ordering up and taking advantage of the new hostess benefits program (tee hee there is someone else who thinks the same way I do!). 

You can't see it in the pic, but the white layer on top of the Bashful Blue cover is actually hand embossed (as opposed to using the Big Shot).  I embossed some vertical lines that were half a centimetre apart, all the way down the cardstock, using the scoring blade on my trimmer to do it.  In real life it adds a little extra something to the project, I think, as does the Champagne Mist shimmer paint that I made into a spray and spritzed the butterfly with.  I don't think you can see that, either.  I should say that all of my projects seem to look far better IRL than the pics do on here.  Maybe it's because I'm not very good with a camera, give me cardstock and scissors and I'm your girl, but technology of any sort - nope!

If you want one of these, I did make a few extra and put them aside to use as gifts for my Hostesses for the coming months.  So you just have to host a party and I'll gift you one of these, if you would like it (or I've got some other hostess gifts ready to go here too - may share those later!).

Here's the supplies I used:
Stamps: Delicate Doilies, Notes & Details (yahoo it's back!)
Ink: Concord Crush, Lucky Limeade
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Confetti White, Concord Crush, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Other: Cheerful Treat DSP, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Perfect Pennants die, Circles #2 die, 1 3/4" circle punch, large oval punch, Basic rhinestone jewels, scoring blade & trimmer

Hope you likey!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The most amazing business offer ever!

Hi everyone,
Well like the rest of the Stampin' Up! devotees in NZ, I awoke this morning all excited to place my first order from the brand new catalogue that went live today!  (Check out the new blinkie on my sidebar to view it online if you haven't already laid your hands on a copy!).  BUT, the offers that Stampin' Up! have put together and announced today, have just blown me away. 

In today's uncertain world, it's always a good idea to have another source of income other than that 9-5 job that so many of us do (like I did for years!).  And it's good to have an interest you're passionate about, because it doesn't feel like work, then.  So if you love stamping (and let's face it, you wouldn't be reading my blog if you didn't!) and you'd like a little extra cash to support your family, why not combine the two?

Here's the details of this amazing offer - and please read to the bottom to see the extra bonus I'm offering as well!

PLUS: Join my team before 15 September and you will also receive a FREE stamp set from the upcoming Summer Mini catalogue!

AND how about a Special Bonus only available through me - if all of the above wasn't enough to tempt you, I have another special offer for you!  I've been planning this special for ages, because it was my birthday and I turned the big 40 this week (whoa!) and I figured I'd have the birthday and offer YOU the gifts! 

All I want for my birthday is some more stamping team friends to stamp with, so I'm offering a special deal for the month of September only.  Back in May, I was a little over-exhuberant at Convention and bought a Stampin' Up! laptop bag I really didn't need.  It was so pretty, and matched my paper... But I don't have a laptop to fit it, so would you like this bag? 

Everyone who joins my team this month goes into the draw to win this bag, and if you don't win (or you do, and you don't want the bag!), you can choose ANY Embosslit die or Embossing folder from pages 156-157 of the new catalogue, as a welcome gift from me!

If you've ever thought of joining Stampin' Up!, either as a hobby demo (ie shop for yourself and get a discount!) or as a business demo to teach like I do, now is the best time.  If you already know you want to, you can join up online, just click here to go to my Stampin' Up! website to do that.  I was awarded 3rd place in NZ this year for Leadership, so I am primed and ready to help you achieve your personal goals for your business, whatever they may be!

If you have any questions about this fabulous opportunity, don't hesitate to ask!  Click here to email me or feel free to call me on 09 272 4255 for a no-obligation chat. 
I'll be back soon to share some of the fun things I've been making with new products!