Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Last Call for the Holiday Catalogue

Hi everyone,
Today I thought I'd share a last project using something from the Holiday Catalogue.  The month has flown past and the catalogue finishes on Thursday 31st - so it's a fond farewell to many of the fabulous products in there!  I'll be doing my last order either tonight or tomorrow most likely - so let me know ASAP if there's anything you can't live without!  A number of items are carrying over so will still be available next month, but I can let you know which ones they are if you tell me you want to order them.  More details will be available on those, in the next seasonal catalogue, coming very soon.  Of course, right now, any orders of $120 product or more, qualify for a free Sale-A-Bration gift as outlined in my last post.  Thank you to those of you who have already taken advantage of the promotion  - there's a whole bunch of goodies on it's way right now :-)

So anyway, I thought I'd be good and try to use up a bunch of scrap strips of patterned paper from the Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack from the Holiday catalogue.  This one is not carrying over so likely won't ever be available again!  I don't know if this was a huge seller for us here in NZ since we don't really "do" Halloween (sure there are always kids knocking on my door wanting free candy on the official night but as far as everyone decorating their houses and dressing up and sending cards and treats - nope!).  However, I think this paper is really good for masculine cards too - with some fabulous geometric patterns it was perfect for the layout I had in mind!  Those of you who know me well, know that right now I'm particularly taken with chevron patterns.  So I love these, even if that bold chevron is in Tangerine Tango, which normally has me cringing!

This was a really simple card to make and you could do this with any of our DSP packs - simply change the colours of the cardstock to match the patterned paper.  The card is quite "busy" already with all those patterns so didn't need much added to it, it was really quick and easy to make.  My inspiration for the way I did the sentiment (from the Word Play stamp set) was our Ticket Duo Builder punch - while that was actually too small for this sentiment, that's where I got the idea for how to highlight it.  I stamped the saying on a strip of Very Vanilla and used one of my smallest circle punches (the one from the Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack) to do the notches in the corners.  Same thing with the black mat, I just cut the cardstock into a slightly bigger rectangle to start with.

The finishing touch is a couple of pewter brads from our metallic brad pack.  Yes, I'm actually using them - I do have hoarding tendencies when it comes to our brad and button assortments... but I can always buy more, right?  This card (and more of the same if I can concentrate enough to go back and make some!) will probably be heading over to my sister in the US at some stage.  She is very good and sends out a lot of thank you cards.  Unlike me - I love making cards but I am terrible at writing inside them and sending them off!

Ooh - on a completely different note, check out this little gift that Stampin' Up! sent me - a pin commemorating their 25 years of making a difference.  How cool is this?!  I will have to think of some way to do my own celebrations for the 25 years... although I'm just a baby really, I'm nearly up to 6 years as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator (and loving it still!).  Any suggestions for how to mark the occasion are most welcome!

Well, I had planned to post this up this morning, but other things have distracted me today.  Like the fact I can't get our new cordless phone to work properly (sigh... and it's NOT my technophobia this time!) and the two 8 year olds who have been dancing and singing their way around my house today.  Much as I have enjoyed the holidays, I'm counting the days until school goes back and I can concentrate and work undisturbed!   Some of you have asked me when I'm starting back up with my classes - soon, I promise!  Keep an eye on my calendar schedule, over to the right ---->

I hope you like today's card!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

At last - let's Sale-A-Brate!!!

Hi everyone!
Today is a fabulous day - Sale-A-Bration (SAB) begins today!  Those of us in the Stampin' Up! demo world have been hanging out for this to begin!  It's arguably the best time of year to shop, party and join Stampin' Up!  I'm so excited to share this time with you!

OK so first things first, if you haven't been through a Sale-A-Bration with me before, you need to know what this is all about!  It's an amazing time to earn free goodies and it starts today and finishes on March 22nd (note it's an earlier finish than previous years).

  • For every $120 worth of product that you order, you get to choose a free gift.  No limits!
  • Host a party (or party up by yourself and go on a shopping spree!) - if your party orders get to $350 plus shipping, then as the host(ess) you'll earn a free pack of silver glimmer paper in addition to the usual $55 or more in free products of your choice as your hostess rewards!  If your party orders get to $700, then you'll get the silver glimmer paper, a Madison Avenue stamp set, pack of 12 sheets of 12x12" Sycamore Street patterned paper, a pack of Sycamore Street ribbons and buttons, AND at least $110 worth of free product of your choice!  And that's on top of you and your guests earning a free SAB set for each $120 in product you've ordered.  Phew!
  • Join my team during Sale-A-Bration and you'll get an extra 25% worth of product in your starter kit, at no extra charge!  That's up to $356.50 worth of products of your choice, for only $189 when you make the decision to become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and share your love of stamping and papercrafts!  You can join to build a business, or purchase for yourself and a few friends, it's up to you.  I'm here to guide you and teach you what I know about running a successful Stampin' Up! business.  If you have any questions, please ask.  There's no pressure or obligation - I'm not one of those pushy vacuum cleaner salespeople types :-)

To see the details about Sale-A-Bration, you can check out the official brochure, click HERE and then click on "Host" "Shop" or "Join" whichever interests you.  Click again after you've read the page it takes you to and it'll open up the SAB brochure showing the products you can choose from for free!  It's a pretty brochure, but if you find it confusing, I do have a simplified version showing the product selection that you can check out in the following pics:

If you'd like a printable copy of these so you can refer to them as you put your orders together, let me know as I can send you a PDF.  Or if you're a customer of mine, you are welcome to pick up a copy of the official brochure plus a hard copy of my PDF when I see you next!  (Call me if you can't wait!).

Now, to finish off, I have a project to share with you.  I have a few of the SAB products in my hands already (one of the big perks of being a Demonstrator is that we get our hands on things before everyone else!) and I couldn't help myself and had to use several of them in my first blog project for SAB.

I made a "flap" card as a team swap card.  The right hand side of the card folds back in and tucks under the focal point with the cute elephant stamp on it, this holds the card closed.  I used the Patterned Occasions stamp set, the Vine Street embossing folder and some of the tangerine ribbon from the Sycamore ribbons & buttons pack. I didn't use the buttons on my card but I threw them into the photos anyway because they are so pretty!

The stamping was done using markers directly on the stamp, that's how I managed to have so many colours on the image.  Easy to do!  If you look closely you'll see I did a couple of lots of piercing - I used the Essentials Paper Piercing pack (also available free during SAB!) on the decorative edge of the card after I die cut it using one of the Adorning Accents Edgelits and embossed it using the matching embossing folder. I also did some piercing around the stamped image, on the Window Frames Collection framelit.  Lots of little details on this card - it's hard to see but there's also a teeny adhesive pearl in the centre of the stamped flower.

If you have any questions about my project or Sale-A-Bration, please ask.  I'm looking forward to hearing what you think of this year's selection!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

My Little Valentine Promotion - be quick!

Hello everyone and Happy New Year!
I know it's been a very long, long time since my last blog post.  I assure you I'm still here and still stamping, I've just been busy and blogging wasn't a priority with all the other stuff I had going on.  Sorry about that!

Anyway, I am all inspired by the amazing new stuff that Stampin' Up! is bringing to us this year.  It's their 25th year anniversary and that means lots of special offers and goodies for us.  Yippee!

Today I want to share with you a very special promotion that is on right now, but it finishes on Monday 21st January so if you want in on this, you'll have to be in quick!  I'm late sharing it because I wasn't sure I was going to take part myself, but it didn't take too much to convince me.

My Little Valentine is the name of a super cute stamp set that's only available as a clear mount set, for $21.95 (plus shipping) from now until Monday.  When you order this, you'll receive a FREE Sealed with Love Simply Sent kit that is on page 35 of the Holiday catalogue.  That's worth $19.25!  Awesome offer.  I weakened and bought the stamp set myself because I particularly like the "For You" stamp which fits the smallest oval punch that we have, and I realised that the Simply Sent kit will actually be useful for occasions other than Valentine's Day.  I should mention for overseas readers, here in NZ we pretty much only make one Valentine's card for a significant other, our kids don't have to take lots of Valentines treats to school for their classmates.  So Valentine's Day products sometimes have fairly limited use in our part of the world, sadly!

I took a few shots for you (please excuse any fuzzy photos, I'm in need of a new camera, where is Santa when you need him?!).  Here's the contents of the Simply Sent kit, which has supplies for 10 cute pre-printed notes & envelopes:

Here's a shot of the stamp set and the first project I made:

And a close up of the project:

I simply die cut a heart shape in Pool Party cardstock using the Scalloped Heart of Hearts embosslit die, then stamped the cute greeting using Real Red ink on Whisper White scrap card.  I cut that out by hand and layered it up on the heart using a dimensional.  Then I added a little bling.  Super quick and easy!  I think this may be the one that hubby gets next month.  Although of course he won't appreciate the texture and bling so much, but too bad!

I did another quick one using the other printed note - there are 5 of each style in the kit.  This one may go to Miss 8, who expects to get a Valentine's Day treat from Mummy each year.  Only because I mess around making Valentine's projects and figure I may as well give her one!  For this one I used the Fashionable Hearts embosslit, I've been wanting to use that one for a while now!

I thought I had better show you the envelope properly.  You can fold them to show either pattern on the outside.  The tie is done using the pre-cut pieces in the kit, you just stick them on using the dimensionals in the kit and stick the baker's twine in there at the same time.  Easy!

Hope you liked these!  Let me know quick if you want to order the stamp set and score your free card kit!

Back soon (I promise!!),  Sale-A-Bration opens in 3 days.... woo hoo!