Monday, February 25, 2013

Sneak Peek!

Hi everyone,
Sorry, I've been awol again.  I do have a bunch of class projects to share with you soon, but in the meantime I thought I should give you a little sneak peek so you know what I've been busy doing!

This coming Saturday is my team's Auckland Sale-A-Bration Extravaganza!  It's a super fun event where we share a bunch of gorgeous projects (if I do say so myself, having designed one of them!) that you would get to make while you chat and get to know lots of other like-minded crafters.  It's a fantastic opportunity to gather your crafty friends together and come along as a group to stamp while you catch up on all the goss - extra fun that way!  We do these events in Auckland several times a year.  I posted up the info on my sidebar some time ago, but forgot to write about it as a blog post, oops!  Anyway this time of course we're featuring Sale-A-Bration items that you can get for FREE but also incorporating some of our favourites from the Autumn catalogue and of course the main Annual Catalogue too.

Here's the photo to wet your appetite:

We have a fabulous afternoon of stamping, combined with a yummy afternoon tea, door prizes to be won, lots of samples on display that you can photograph, and lots of laughter!  We supply all materials except adhesive (so you can bring and use whatever adhesives you prefer) and the cost is just $45 which includes a $10 voucher that you can use towards an order on the day.

Seats are limited and we'll be closing it off on Wednesday, so get in quick if you want to come!  Click here to email me, or you can call me on 09 272 4255 for more details.

Oh and yes to those who have been before, I am making special little treats for my guests as usual :-)

Hope you can make it!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Sale-A-Bration order tags

Hi everyone!
Oops this was supposed to go up earlier this week but I have been sidetracked by trying to get myself more organised around here.  I'm practically swimming in retired stamp sets and that really needs to change!  I haven't decided yet whether to list them all on Trade Me or post a list for you here to look through, I'm still finishing my new system for storing my current sets first!  Each year around this time, lots of Stampin' Up! demonstrators do a big clean up in their craft rooms to prepare for the coming year.  I'm no exception to that - I try to every year, but seem to fail miserably!  Hence you never see the "After" pics on here.  So at some point I may be asking you for your help dear reader, if you're in the market for some retired stamps that have been lovingly (and I mean that!) cared for and carefully stored, stay tuned!  In the meantime, if you're looking for a retired set, let me know the name of it, chances are it might be one of the hundreds - gulp! - in my "for sale" boxes!

Today I'm sharing with you my latest tag design.  Those of you who have purchased from me in the past know that more often than not, your bag of Stampin' Up! goodies comes packaged with a name tag tied to it, as well as a little chocolate treat most of the time (lately that's been with every order - guess who got carried away buying chocolate bars?!).  I started doing the tags originally so I knew whose order was whose, but it quickly became apparent that some of my lovely customers were "collecting" my tags and kept them for inspiration!  That makes it extra fun for me, knowing that you treasure my little creations.  So this is my latest design.

I make a bunch of tags at a time, and try and have a few spare so I can grab them to use for the next orders that come in. I also keep a log of what tag you received, so you get a different design every time you order!

How many new products can I use in one little tag?  Seven if I count correctly!  See if you can spot these in this photo:
- Petite curly label punch (Free with a $120 product order during Sale-A-Bration!)
- Pretty Petites stamp set (also free during Sale-A-Bration!)
- Vine Street Embosssing folder (Sale-A-Bration Freebie!)
- Island Indigo ribbon from the Sycamore Street ribbon & button bundle (yet another SAB freebie!)
- Sycamore Street Designer Series paper (um... get it FREE!)
- Ovals Collection Framelits dies - $55.95 + shipping for the set, or get a 15% discount when you purchase them with the coordinating Oh Hello stamp set (not shown).  Yahoo I love these!
- Hearts a Flutter Framelit dies - $51.95 for a set of 5 dies that cut out some gorgeous shapes, I'm having a lot of fun with these!  Also available at a 15% discount when you purchase them with the matching Hearts a Flutter stamp set.

I also used the Itty Bitty Banners framelits to cut the cute little name banner, Pool Party Baker's twine to tie the ribbon (and give me a way to tie the tag to the order bag!) and the "Thank you" petite curly label is up on a dimensional to add, err, dimension!

Hope you like it!  Click here to send me an email if you have any questions, or place your order to get your hands on one of these and add to your collection!
Have a fabulous weekend!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Lemonade Stand - Hybrid cards anyone?

Happy Friday everyone!
Well I'm doing better with my blog this year... long may it continue.  I think it helps that they changed things a bit since I first started blogging and it's a heck of a lot easier than it used to be.  I suppose I know slightly more than I did back then too (just slightly!).

So today is an exciting day - the new Seasonal Catalogue is open!  I'm very excited to finally be able to share some of the yummy new products we have available.  To check out the new range, click on the picture to view the catalogue online, or contact me (click HERE) for your copy (NZ only thanks!).

The first project I have to share with you that uses something from the new catalogue is a fun hybrid card that I put together quickly today.  Some of you may have tried using the My Digital Studio (MDS) content disks that we've had available in NZ for a while now.  We don't have the MDS software yet, but I'm assured by Stampin' Up! that it's coming!  No date yet, so in the meantime, I've been using the disks just with Microsoft Word and Publisher.  It's easier than you might think!

The card I've made today is using one of the templates on the Lemonade Stand disk, which you can get for FREE when you place a $120 (+ shipping) order which gives you the choice of a Sale-A-Bration reward.  I haven't seen a lot of stuff out there made using the content on this disk yet, at least not on the blogs of my fellow NZ demos!

Those of you who know me well, know that I've embraced the "hexagon trend" fully and have been hanging out for Stampin' Up! to bring us more products with hexagon designs.  We did have a hexagon pattern in the Twitterpated paper, but that wasn't enough for me!  So I was thrilled to see a card sample on the Lemonade Stand disk with these cool hexagons on it.  It was a baby announcement card, and I wanted a different sentiment, so I pulled the file into a Word document, resized it to suit my card size, and covered up the old sentiment with a white text box (sneaky, huh?).  Then I copied it a few times to put four on my page, and printed them on Whisper White cardstock.  Finishing the card was a simple matter of adding a few stamped images from the Sale-A-Bration set Bloomin Marvellous, tying on some ribbon, adding a few rhinestones, and voila! - a quick hexagon card!

So did you spot the new product I used here that's in the Seasonal Catalogue?  It's the new Bitty Butterfly punch, which is on page 13.  The cool thing is that the butterfly stamp from Bloomin' Marvelous fits perfectly with this punch, so there was no hand-cutting with the butterfly that I stamped with Island Indigo ink.  Love that!   Really there weren't that many supplies that I used to make this - here's a pic showing most of them:

Here's the supply list for this project:
- Stamps: Bloomin' Marvelous
- Ink: Island Indigo, Crumb Cake, Basic Gray
- Cardstock: Whisper White, Island Indigo, Basic Gray
- Other: Bitty Butterfly punch, Island Indigo ribbon (from the Sale-a-Bration button & ribbon pack), Basic Rhinestone jewels

Hope you enjoyed seeing this project as much as I enjoyed making it!  If you have any questions or you'd like to see this up close IRL, drop me an email (click here).

Have a fabulous weekend!