Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Massive Birthday Giveaway!

Hi everyone,
Happy Wednesday!  Hope you are having a great week so far.  Mine has been super busy - it's coming up to the end of our financial year AND the end of Sale-A-Bration AND the Summer Mini catalogue!  So there has been a frenzy of activity around here this week because of all of that.

Thanks so much to those of you who contacted me as a result of my last post about my second business, as a Snorepro Southern Auckland Ltd owner/operator it has been exciting to be able to make a difference for some of you!  Snoring is such a common problem these days, and a lot of people are embarrassed about it but it shouldn't be that way - it's an age thing, and you can't do anything about the fact that we're all getting older every day!  If you missed my last post and you're not sure what I'm talking about, you can read up about it (click here), or simply go to the Snorepro website (click here) to find out more.

Now, I have some super exciting news!  It's my Stampin' Up! Birthday really soon - I've been a Demonstrator for nearly 5 years, can you believe it?!  I actually signed up on 2 April, 2007.  So much has changed since then, but Stampin' Up! has been there to carry me through some stressful times and I love being a Demonstrator as much as I ever did! I plan to be one for the rest of my life, and hopefully that will be a very long time!

In celebration of my 5 years, I have a very special offer for you.  I've never done this before (and I may not ever again once my Accountant gets hold of me, ha!) but I am offering up a fabulous prize draw that you can enter (you have to be in NZ to do so, sorry!).  You have just one week to take advantage of this offer!  Check out this bag:

It's cute, no??  I admit, I've been hoarding this in secret.  Remember the Play Date patterned paper we had in last year's catalogue?  Well this bag is from that design.  You can win it!  But the really exciting thing is what I've put inside....

So what's in here?  Over $200 worth of goodies for your crafting pleasure!  You should have heard the gasps from the ladies when I pulled everything out of the bag at my class on Sunday.  Here's what you could win:
- Cheerful Treat Designer Series Paper (hostess gift from the current catalogue), retail value $22.95
- Tagtastic clear mount stamp set (hostess gift from the current catalogue), retail value $42.95
- Tiny Tags wood mount stamp set, value $46.95
- Pack of Stampin' Sponges value $7.95
- Tombow glue value $9.25
- Pot of Dazzling Diamonds glitter value $10.50
- Two Stampin' Write markers in Certainly Celery and Pretty In Pink value $6.95 each
- Manhattan Flower Embossing folder value $17.95
- Pack of Sweet Treat Cups (the circle ones) value $7.95
- Pack of sixty sheets of 6x6 Designer series paper in the 2010-2012 in colours from the last catalogue (colours are Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait, Concord Crush).  These were never offered for sale as they were a hostess gift but I'd say the retail value would be at least $20
- Pack of Star Designer Brads (retired - they were $13.95 + shipping in the 2009-2010 catalogue, they are great for masculine projects!)
- Full roll of "Ice Cream Parlour" flower printed ribbon and buttons in matching colours, from the Gift With Purchase promotion in July 2011.  I'd put the value of these at over $20, too
- Exclusively available to Demonstrators only (it's priceless!), a collapsible black bin that is perfect for holding your waste cardstock scraps and bits of rubbish while you're crafting.  It's fabulously portable, I use one all the time myself!
- Also exclusive to Demonstrators, a pack of magnetic bookmarks in the 2010-2012 colours
- A sampler pack of Riding Hood Red wide striped grosgrain ribbon.  I don't know how much is in here, so please don't make me measure it out!
- And finally, because I am known in my team and by my customers as being one who is good at seeking out cool things to decorate in classes to make neat gifts, I'm sharing some of my finds for you to decorate as you like - a cute metal bucket, a 10-pack of little notepads, a case of clear mini clothes pegs, and a little case with some stationery items which you can decorate and keep on your desk or even in your purse!  (You never know when you're going to need a mini stapler, right?!).

Here's how you can win all of this!
  • Place an order for $120 or more of product (plus shipping) by 5pm on Saturday 31st March, and for every $120 in product you order, you'll get two entries into the draw.  Remember you'll earn a Sale-A-Bration gift for every $120 in product too, so what could be better than that?!
  • If you're done with the current mini, and you have all the Sale-A-Bration gifts anyone could want, then you can wait until the new mini comes out on April 1st and place a $120 product order (plus shipping) from that.  You'll get one entry into the draw for every $120 in product you order, but you must place your order by 7pm on April 4th!
  • Love Stampin' Up! products and want it all?  I have a wonderful team of Demonstrators and I'm always looking for more team members to join my little part of the Stampin' Up! family!  If you'd like me to work with you to help you build your own Stampin' Up! business and have a tonne of fun in the process, then sign up with me before April 4th and you'll have three entries into the draw.  Some of the items in here are retired but there's also plenty of current items that will supplement your starter kit!  Remember if you join before the end of March, the starter kit is discounted to just $289.  There are very few other businesses that you could start for so little, and you'll have a huge resource and tonnes of support to help you get going.  If you just want to join to buy Stampin' Up! products at a discount and that's all, that's absolutely fine with me too.  I am a "no pressure, just support and inspire" type of team leader!  Please ask me for details if you're interested!
And now for the crafter's eye candy that you really wanted to see!  I figure I should share these projects with you before it's too late to order the supplies I used to make them!

On Sunday I held a class here at my home and the ladies were thrilled to make a set of six masculine cards using The Open Sea stamp set and the Nautical Expedition papers from the Summer Mini catalogue.  Four of the cards were designed by Andrea Walford from Canada (with some tweaks from me, because one or two of the things she used were retired or I wanted to change them, just because I can!), but the other two were my design.  I wasn't paying attention when I glanced at her planner that I purchased and I advertised the class as making 6 cards, when in fact she had designed four cards and a box, so I had to make a few swift changes during my prep time!  The Open Sea is absolutely fantastic for masculine cards and while I took a while to decide whether to buy this set myself, I plan never to let this one go, not ever! It's $47.95 for the clear mount version and $59.95 as a wood mount set (plus shipping, which I can usually minimise to 5% for you).  Only available to order until March 31st, so be quick if you want one!

This set of cards I whipped up the night before my class.  I have been sitting on the fabulous Sale-A-Bration stamp set, Sprinkled Expressions, pretty much since Sale-A-Bration opened.  I'd managed to use all of the other SAB items except this one, until Saturday night, when I went blog surfing and happened across this set of cards on Marelle Taylor's blog.  Marelle and I got to know each other a little bit during an Incentive Trip to Noosa back in 2009, and she is so lovely and super talented!  She has a real knack of designing projects that are relatively simple to prep (which is good for Demos especially!) and to make, but still have a "wow" element to them.  I want to be like her when I grow up (I'm only 5, remember?!).  Anyway, I was so impressed with the cards that she made, that I had to pretty much CASE them and make my own set.  I even simplified even further and just used Crumb Cake as the card base for all of them, made them all square, and didn't use any ribbon.  But you know what?  Simple can be good - it can be great - my ladies LOVED these cards and a few of the Sprinkled Expressions sets are on their way from Australia today!

OK, that's all I have for today... sorry for the long post but you know I write lots when I'm excited about stamping!  Thanks for sticking with me - and if you're coming to my Autumn-Winter Mini launch party (& birthday celebration!) on Sunday (turn up anytime from 2pm until 5pm), please remember to RSVP by Friday, thanks!  I just need to know you're coming so I can prepare a kit for you and make sure there are enough party treats on the table!

Have a great week!

Friday, March 9, 2012

AWOL again? Big announcement!

Hi everyone,
Yes, it's me.  I haven't disappeared off the face of the earth, as many of my "regular" readers might think!  Thanks to those of you who checked up on me!  I have quite a few of you sign up for feedblitz updates since you know I've been so sporadic in my blogging frequency, and that way you don't have to keep coming here and checking.  Yes yes, I know, I know!

Well, I have a good reason for letting the blogging slip, I have a big announcement - I've launched another business!  Yes, that's right, I never was good at doing one thing at a time.  I am now the proud owner of Snorepro Southern Auckland, and I custom make and fit anti-snoring devices.  Not what you were expecting, was it?!

When I was "researching" the business opportunity, everyone I asked seemed to either be putting up with a chronic snorer in their home, had a friend who was one, or they snored themselves.  So now, I get to help people who have suffered from poor sleep for years, and make a difference in their lives.  The spouse of one of my first customers told me that I will be saving marriages and changing lives.  She's gone from wearing ear plugs and sleeping with her head at the other end of the bed, to having a blissful, quiet night's sleep every night.  How wonderful is that?

If you're a snorer or know someone who is and you think they might like me to solve that issue once and for all, please check out the Snorepro website for more information - click HERE.  You'll find me listed on the "contact us" page along with the others who also make Snorepro devices, I have joined a wonderful group of people!  The product has a 98% success rate, it really works, and there's a money back guarantee!  Don't forget to ask me about the "stamping friends" discount!

OK, but you didn't come here to find out about my new "day job" now did you.  Well I have good news for you - as a result of my new occupation, I am finally getting the push I need to get organised with my Stampin' Up! events.  I'm not giving up my stamping business, no way!  So I am working on scheduling my classes a bit more ahead of my normal regime (which was kind of "should I do a class this weekend?  OK then...") and the next two class dates AND a launch party are set:
- Sunday March 18th, 2pm: One Sheet Wonder class.  Stamp one sheet of cardstock to make your own background paper, I'll show you how to cut that up and you'll go home with a set of 6 different cards and coordinating envelopes!  You even get to choose feminine or masculine cards (please let me know which you prefer, when booking in, by March 14th) Class fee $20, limited seats left!
- Sunday March 25th 2pm: gift set of masculine cards, using The Open Sea stamp set and Nautical Expedition designer papers from the current mini catalogue.  These have been such popular items this year!  Cost $25, please RSVP by March 19th.
- Sunday 1st April, 2pm - 5pm: new mini catalogue launch!  (And no, this is not an April Fool's joke!).  The new mini has some fabulous products in it that I am already playing with and loving it!  Come and check them out, make a card and pick up your free copy of the mini catalogue when you place an order on the day.  This event is free to attend but you must RSVP by March 28th, please!

And last but not least, here's the crafter's eye candy you really came to see!  Nearly 3 weeks ago was our Auckland Extravaganza and my project was a fun card and a little chocolate treat.

The card showcased the emboss resist technique and showed off the Spice Cake patterned paper and coordinating Spiced Paisley stamp set.  I used the Two Tags die to make a magnetic piece that serves as an embellishment on the card but can be removed and used as a bookmark, it folds over a page of your favourite novel to mark your place.  A card and gift in one, plus a chocolate treat using the other tag shape from the Two Tags die.  Oh and it also used two of the Sale-A-Bration stamp sets, Fresh Vintage and Outlined Occasions, which of course you can earn for free with a $120 order, until March 31st.

This was a fun and quick project to make.  I still have some kits on hand for this, it would make a great workshop or quick class project.  So if you'd like to get some friends together and have me come and teach it to you, just let me know!

Thanks for sticking with me!  Have a wonderful weekend!