Saturday, July 31, 2010

Another fabulous reason to join my team

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Stampin' Up! have announced that from now until the 31st July 2010 they are reducing the price of the Starter Kit from $324 to only $259. That is a saving of 20%. This is the cheapest price that this Starter Kit has ever been offered at. Can you imagine over $560 worth of fabulous Stampin' Up! product for only $259?

Why not take this wonderful opportunity to start your own business doing what you love to do? The rewards are amazing. You will build friendships that will be life long. You get to do what you love to do, the company will assist you to build your business - and so will I. You have the opportunity to go to Convention, Regional Training, Incentive Trip - all of this is obtainable. You also get to look at new products and be able to use new products before your customers and don't forget your discount!!!

If this all sounds right up your ally - then contact me for further information.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Circle Circus Stamp A Stack

Hi everyone,

As promised here are the other set of cards that we are making in my August Stamp A Stack class.

I love the Windsor Knot DSP it is perfect for males. As Fathers Day is the first Sunday of September it seems appropriate that we make some Male type cards - having said that change the colours and the DSP and you have some lovely female cards.

Don't forget I am holding this class on the 11th August from 7.30pm. Contact me via email or call me on 0407371558 to book your spot.

'Til next time


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Asian Artistry - August SAS

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to show you guys one of the sets of cards that we will be making in my August SAS class. In my SAS classes you come along and make 8 cards (4 of two different sets), and you get the cardstock all pre-cut, all embellishments and the lovely SU! envelopes to go with the cards. The cost is $20 for the class but if you bring your own adhesive it is $18.

If you are interested in booking into this class then contact me via email or call me on 0407371558 to book your spot. I was running the class this coming Tuesday - but due to my injury and having to see the surgeon late in the afternoon I won't be able to. I am definitely running this class on Wednesday 11th August from 7.30pm.

The other set of cards we are making are using Circle Circus and have a definite male feel to them. I will show you the cards tomorrow.

'Til next time


Monday, July 26, 2010

I am back!!!!

Hi everyone,

Such a long time between posts and I even missed the ESAD blog hop and my up line's Stamp Camp. Why you might be asking - well I have been stuck in hospital for a just over a week and am now finally home.

On Saturday 17th July my lovely family and I decided we would have a visit to Glenbrook at the start of the Blue Mountains. I have a very dear friend who has a stall at the monthly Rotary Markets and I wanted to go up and support her. Amanda makes the most amazing items from felt and ribbon and you should check out her blog for some of her ideas. Not far from the markets are some lovely 'easy' bushwalks, so my DH and I thought it would be nice for the girls to go on their first bushwalk. Well to cut a long story short I ended up falling whilst helping DD4 down some steps and broke my left ankle rather badly. Because we were in the bush I had to be 'rescued'. Here is a picture of some of my lovely knights in shining armour.

They even got the rescue helicopter up but because of the tree cover they couldn't get the winch down. So instead I had 8 burley men carry me out on the 'stoke'. I always wanted to know what the cage stretcher was called and now I know.

When we got to the Elizabeth Look Out this is what greeted us.

Heaps of rescue vehicles. DH said that there were two Ambulances, Bush Fire Brigade, normal Fire Brigade, Special Operations (Police Rescue), normal police. Rather embarrassing having so many out for me I have to say.

Here I am being loaded into the back of the ambulance.

I was taken to Nepean Hospital and I have to say the care of all the staff there - particularly in ward N2G was fantastic. It was hard waiting for my operation but it finally happened and I am now the proud owner of a titanium plate and 5 screws.

I am now back home - hopping around using a frame (couldn't quite cut it with the crutches). Wishing desperately to get upstairs to do some crafting but that is not going to happen for quite a while.

I have some words of wisdom for you. If you go for walk in the bush - no matter how small it is make sure you have a map (if we didn't have one it would have been hard for my rescuers to find the correct one), make sure you have a mobile phone they may not work everywhere but we do have relatively good coverage here, and wear proper hiking boots. They do protect the ankles. If  I had hiking boots on I may not have caused as much damage as I did.

I cannot weight bare on my left ankle for 6 weeks and will have many weeks of physio to get through this.

I am hoping to do my classes next month but will have to wait and see. Over the next couple of days I will show you the projects I made for the ESAD blog hop and some of the lovely cards that I have received from some very lovely people.

'Til next time,


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

More Manhattan Flowers

Hi everyone,

Yes more Manhattan Flower cards. This time they are standard sized cards. The inspiration for these cards came from the Autumn/Winter Mini catalogue (see page 11). Once again super quick to make and once a box is made for them a lovely hostess gift. If you would like to learn how to make these cards or receive something like this as a hostess gift, then book me for a workshop. Just contact me to book a date.

I have also used Think Happy Thoughts for the sentiments. This stamp set is perfect for layering with the circle and scallop circle punches.

'Til next time,


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Manhattan Flower - crazy

Hi everyone,

I have been on a mission. I have decided to make up some little boxes and matching cards. My previous post (see here) was the start of this mission. This time I have decided to use the Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I love this folder. So very quick and easy to use. You can whip up several cards in a very short period of time.

The cards themselves are only a piece of cardstock that is 15cm x 11cm (now I know if I had been intelligent then I should have made them 14.8cm x 10.5cm and then I would have got 4 out of a sheet of A4 cardstock - I will remember that next time though).

Here is the matching box

Now of course as the cards are so small I had to make some envelopes to go with them. These are just standard Whisper White envelopes cut in half and then a piece of DSP 11.4cm x 6cm has been attached.

I hope you like these. As I said super quick to whip up and a perfect gift for someone.

'Til next time,


Sunday, July 11, 2010

A Little Birdy told me...

Hi everyone,

Don't know about you but I sometimes have difficulties thinking up a title for my blog entries. So I do apologise if they seem strange at times.

The reason for my lack of postings recently are as follows: - 1. School holidays (can't seem to get anything done with an extra little person under my feet - having said that I am really enjoying having DD6 home), 2. Dreaded Lurgy - I am into my second week of a nasty cold and as a result no creative juices have been flowing.

I have however finally ordered the Scallop Circle Die and Extra Large Bird Punch and they arrived this Friday. Happy days - the weekend is here so DH can help with the girls and I have some fun new toys to play with. All is right in the world.

Here is what I managed to create today.

I made 5 cards in different colours - just love Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry and Orchid Opulence together. I am so going to miss that colour combination come September.

I also made an envelope to match - now you won't be able to send them through the mail (Australia Post won't process them), but you can always put them into a standard sized envelope if you need to. To make the envelope just cut down a standard sized envelope to the size required - then add a strip if DSP to act as the flap - too easy.

Now you can't make a set of cards without making something for them to go in - so I made this pizza box with see through lid.

All in all not a bad days work. Now all I need to do is think about next months SAS designs (what I should have been doing rather than playing!!!)

Materials Used (All Stampin' Up! unless otherwise indicated)
Stamps: En Francais
Paper: Old Olive, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence, Cottage Wall
Ink: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence
Other: Extra Large Bird Punch, Scallop Circle Sizzix Die, Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Ribbon, Clear Rhinestone Brad. Nestibilites Circle Dies.

'Til next time


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Christmas in July

Hi everyone,

I know two posts in two days - what is going on you ask?

I thought I would show you some of the cards that we are making at my Christmas in July SAS. The first set is from A Wish for Peace. It is a set I had to have but when it came to designing the cards I found it quite difficult. I didn't want everyone to have to make  the same card 5 times so I had to come up with a couple of different designs. If you are wondering if they look similar to some that Marelle Taylor  did last year they are. I have changed the colour as I seem to like blue for a non traditional Christmas and I think Night of Navy is perfect for this.

This is the first card

Now I know not everyone likes cutting out and believe me I would extremely happy if SU! could provide us with a punch for every single stamp but naturally that cannot happen. The Doves have been stamped three times onto Very Vanilla without reinking - hence the three different colours. You can't see it too well but I have added Dazzling Diamonds to the doves. Using Versamark I have rolled the Soft Holly wheel along the card edge, added a little Bravo Burgandy 1/4" grosgrain ribbon and a sentiment from Occasional Greetings.

Here is the second card.

With this card I have inked up the Church and Tree stamp in Night of Navy (although in the Stamp a Stack we are using Brocade Blue), then stamped it off. I have then used a dauber and inked up the middle tree with Night of Navy again to make it darker before stamping it. Once again I have added a little Dazzling Diamonds to the tree to look like snow.

Here is the third card.

This time instead of cutting out the Dove I have used the Wide Oval Punch to punch it out. It just fits although you do tend to loose either a little beak or wing tip. The rest of the card is like the one above.

Anyway if you are interested in making these cards I am running another Christmas in July Stamp a Stack on Thursday 15th July from 7.30pm. You make 10 cards in total including envelopes for $25 (or $20 if you bring your own adhesive) Contact me to book your spot as space is limited to 8.

I will show you the other cards we are making later in the week.

'Til next time,


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Christmas in July

Hi everyone,

Just thought I would show you what we are making in this months project class.

We are making three different types of boxes. A pizza box, regular box and a slider box. In this class I will provide you with take home instructions on how to remake these boxes along with tips on how to make the boxes bigger or smaller as required. Once you know how to make these basic boxes and how cheap they really are your gift wrapping will never be the same!!!

I am running this class on Wednesday 21st July from 7.30pm. Cost is $20.00 and includes everything. Contact me if you want to come along. Places are limited to 8.

'Til next time,


Happy Birthday Rosie

Hi everyone,

I don't know about you guys - but I have noticed since DD6 started school this year, the number of birthday parties are sending me broke. Luckily we have only had 5 but I know of friends who are at a birthday party at least every second weekend.

It is school holidays here in NSW and we had a party yesterday (I know a Tuesday). The little girl is absolutely gorgeous and she just turned 5 - one of the youngest in the year but you wouldn't know it as she is so confident.

I thought I would pull out my trusty Pony Party for her. I just love this set and really hope it makes into our new cattie in September. If not I will still keep on using it anyway.

I really must sit down and make another 10 of these so I have one on hand for each birthday that is bound to come along.

Materials Used (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise indicated)
Stamps: Pony Party, Dream (wheel)
Paper: Melon Mambo, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Melon Mambo, Lovely Lilac, Sahara Sand, Jet Black Stazon, Certainly Celery
Other: Dazzling Diamonds, Two way glue, Melon Mambo Polka Dot grosgrain ribbon, Word Window Punch, Scallop Oval (cut down), Dimensionals, Circle Scissors Plus, Nestabilities Scallop Circle, Glue Dots

'Til next time


Sunday, July 4, 2010

The $250.00 (AUS) card

Hi everyone,

I have named this entry the $250.00 card as that is approximately how much all the punches will cost you if you haven't got them to make this card!!!

My DH's youngest brother is turning 32 today. He is a bachelor although currently in a relationship with a very lovely young lady.Anyway after consulting with my girls and DH they told me that Uncle Andrew had to have the Hot Chicky Babe that I did back in February. The punch art is shamelessly cased from Ellen Kemper (click here for her tutorial). Whilst you are checking out her tutorial check out all the other amazing Punch Art that she has done. I promise you will not be disappointed. The lady is really amazing at thinking outside of the square for uses with punches.

Materials Used: All Stampin' Up! - apart from the Whisper White Oval (Nestabilities)
Stamps: Tiny Tags, WOW flowers
Paper: Kraft, Real Red, Creamy Caramel, Blush Blossom, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red
Other: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Butterfly Punch, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Scallop Edge Punch, Heart to Heart Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Small Oval Punch, Word Window Punch, Medium Jewellery Punch

Hope you all have a lovely day.

'Til next time,


Saturday, July 3, 2010

News Flash - products already sold out!!!

Hi everyone,

Just a quick one to advise that Close to Cocoa Cardstock has sold out and so has Sweet Slumber Specialty Designer Paper.

Don't forget to place your order now for any of the colours that are retiring - because once they are gone, they are gone. No turning back!!! Contact me to place your order.

'Til next time,


A litte Stationary Set

Hi everyone,

If you check out Splitcoaststampers on a regular basis you would have noticed this Jackie Topa Stationary Box. Well I decided to finally have a go at making one - and I have to say it is not that hard. Rather than use Specialty Designer Paper (basically because I don't have any), I have used standard cardstock.

This is view of it when closed up.

This is it opened.

And a picture of the goodies inside it.

I am currently trying to work out the logistics of making this in a class.

'Til next time,


Friday, July 2, 2010

A Rose is a Rose

Hi everyone,

Just a quick post tonight - it is absolutely freezing in the computer room and I really should be working on my monthly newsletter which is now 2 days late. I will get it out by the end of the weekend I promise.

Anyway as this months promotion is on two step stamping I thought I would show you a couple of cards I made this week using my favorite stamp set A Rose is a Rose. Now when I have two step stamped this I did it with Versamark and then embossed it. The cards look fabulous in real life (but there I go blowing my own trumpet!!!). These cards are part of a bigger project that I hope to show you by the end of the weekend - but that all depends upon what DH has install for us this weekend.

Materials Used: All Stampin' Up!
Stamps: A Rose is a Rose, Heard from the Heart
Paper: Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Kiwi Kiss
Ink: Versamark, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Kiwi Kiss, Old Olive
Other: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Dimensionals

This is the other card - the same but with Pink Pirouette as the base

Materials Used - the same as above.

Anyway - don't forget to contact me to order your own A Rose is a Rose Stamp set.

Hope you all have a good evening.

'Til next time,


Thursday, July 1, 2010

July Promotion and a special from me!!!

Hi everyone,

Stampin' Up's! July Promotion is all about Two Step Stamping. If you are looking to give your cards that added wow and depth then this promotion is for you. There is a 20% discount on selected two step stamps.

Item  Page  Description  Regular Price  Sale Price 
116386  39 
Loads of Love 
$39.95 $31.96 
116342  42 
Big Bold Birthday** 
$53.95  $43.16 
115860  78 
A Rose is a Rose** 
$66.95  $53.56 
116332  86 
Playful Petals** 
$52.95  $42.36 
115770  98 
Cheep Talk 
$47.95  $38.36 
115946  115 
Wonderful Favourites 
$39.95  $31.96 
119187  14* 
Tiny Tags (wood-mount) 
$38.95  $31.16 
118592  14* 
Tiny Tags (clear-mount) 
$28.95  $23.16 
119163  31* 
Cottage Garden (wood-mount) 
$32.95  $26.36 
120003  31* 
Cottage Garden (clear-mount) 
$24.95  $19.96 
*From 2010 Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue
**Retiring stamp sets!

 Many of the stamps on sale co-ordinate beautifully with our DSP, for example A Rose is a Rose co-ordinates with Bella Rose, Playful Petals co-ordinates with Tea Party, Cheep Talk co-ordinates with Good Morning Sunshine and Cottage Garden co-ordinates with Cottage Wall (from our Autumn/Winter Mini). Therefore if you purchase any stamp set in the above list and any DSP (apart from Sweet Slumber) in the one order, then I will give you 20% off the DSP as well making the DSP price $13.56.

Contact me today to place your order.

'Til next time



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