Friday, October 14, 2011

2012 Mocha Morning Diary

Morning everyone!
As promised, here's the project I mentioned earlier this week.  I've already got a diary all ready for 2012!  I am not normally ready with a diary this far ahead of the new year (although, did you realise how close we are to Christmas already?!) but I found this diary in my local stationery store and couldn't resist it!  It had clear covers and came with some pre-printed inserts so you can select the patterns you want for the front and back covers.  But since I like to have original one-of-a-kind diaries (check out the ones I decorated last year, here) I decided I needed my own, exclusive Stampin' Up! inserts!

You know I love the Cheerful Treat DSP, and I thought about using that.  But I also love the Mocha Morning Specialty papers, and have been drooling over them since I got them.  Two of the patterns have a gorgeous flocked design on them and I know I'm not the only crafter who loves to run her fingers over those and feel the luxurious texture!  I have the goal to USE everything that I buy from Stampin' Up! in the new catalogue though, because I've got that habit of buying and drooling and not using... (does that sound familiar to any of you?).  So I decided that I had to use the paper to decorate my diary a few weeks ago, and here it is!

At first I was just going to use one sheet of the paper for the front and back covers, but I couldn't decide which one to use.  They are all so fabulous!  So then I had the idea to use strips of the paper to show off all 10 of the patterns (the two flocked papers are single sided).  After that it was a simple matter of die cutting the numbers using the Timeless Type Sizzlit dies, gluing them to the paper with a 2-way glue pen, and I was done!

I'm one step closer to being organised...
Have a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Cheerful Treat Coasters

Hi everyone,
Thought I would do a quick mid-week post and show you some cute coasters I made recently.  As you may have figured out already, one of my favourite collections of DSP (Designer Series Paper) from the new catalogue is the Cheerful Treat collection in the hostess rewards section.  You can't buy this paper, but you can get it for free when you host a qualifying workshop of $350 in product or more (or spend enough by yourself to get to hostess benefits, lol!).  I went a little crazy a while back, buying sheets of cork to make coasters with, so I figured I should make a few more.  These ones are cute little-ish ones made with the Circle Scallop #2 die, which is new in our catalogue here in NZ.  I have been waiting a long time to get my hands on this die!

If you've been thinking about hosting a party to get your hands on this paper, there's a great promotion on this month for hostesses (or big spenders!).  When you get to $500 in product, you'll earn a special bonus - the Stocking Tag Punch worth $41.50 AND Stitched Stocking Stamp set (wood version worth $64.95, clear mounted worth $51.95), free!  You'll also have $70 in hostess dollars which you can spend on hostess products such as the Cheerful Treat paper, or any products in the catalogue.  That's an amazing $176.45 in free product (if you choose the wood mounted Stocking stamp set) for a $500 workshop.  Stampin' Up! have really outdone themselves this month! 

I have actually made a project or two with the Stocking Stamp set and the punch, but I haven't gotten around to taking a photo yet.  So you'll just have to feast your eyes on the promotional pic that Stampin' Up! provided to show the products and a cute Christmas card you could make with them:

Of course, if you host a party and have me come and demonstrate for you, you'll also get a hostess gift and free catalogue from me, and you'll get to keep the samples I demonstrate in your workshop.  Really it doesn't get better than that as a party offer!  Hosting a party is super easy - you don't have to go crazy making food for it or anything, keeping it simple is best!  You can also just bring your friends to my house if you'd rather not have it at yours, and you'll still earn the Hostess freebies!  Contact me (click here to email me) to find out more.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Flirtacious Gift Class

Hi everyone,
Whoops sorry about the silence - has it really been over two weeks already?  I don't know where the time goes.  We've had a few colds and flus and viruses in the family to contend with over the past couple of weeks - I'm still a little snuffly myself but starting to wonder if it's now hayfever as I get that really bad, and it does finally look like summer is on it's way (yahoo!).  Put it this way, the power bill has dropped considerably in the past month so that's a pretty good sign!

OK so as promised a while back here's the full picture of my Flirtacious gifts class projects for your inspiration.  I added stamping to the tealight candles to have them coordinate with the matchbox-style box that I made to package them.  And the mystery item was a cute little stationery set which I decorated up.  You could add patterned paper to some of the items in the stationery set too, but I kept those plain for the class.  Don't you just love the new lace border punch?  I trimmed it a little with my paper snips and added adhesive rhinestones to the flower centres.

If you're interested in making these, let me know because I still have plenty of the stationery sets and tealight candles on hand, I'd be happy to schedule this class again if there is enough interest!  (Your place or mine - if you get a few friends together and you're in the greater Auckland area, I'm happy to bring the class to you).

For those of you in NZ, I hope the school holidays have started well for you.  I'm at home for the holidays, I'm taking the opportunity to get a few things sorted here.  When inspiration hits (as it often does!) I can make a big mess very quickly and with a 7 year old who moves around the house like a hurricane some days, leaving a trail of destruction in her wake, time to have a big cleanout/cleanup is well overdue!  Let's just say I anticipate making a trip or three down to the Sallies to donate a few things in the next week or so...

Do come back and check in here later this week as I've got a quick project to share that I made recently to help me get more organised!

Happy stamping!