SALE-A-BRATION  – January 25 to March 31st.

This is Stampin’ Up!®’s BIG annual sale.   For every A$100. you spend between the above dates (before shipping & handling), you will earn a free stamp set. This new catalogue has some beautiful new stamp sets exclusive to this special campaign only.  

  
Therefore, if you placed a $300 order, not only do you get the traditional Stampin’ Up! hostess benefits (one free Level One stamp set, $30 in free merchandise), you would also get THREE FREE items from the Sale-a-bration brochure!
Take a look at these wonderful products featured in this year’s Sale-a-Bration brochure.

 Now A$300 is a lot to spend on stamping and scrapbooking products. I agree but read below the ways you could reach your A$300 and more easily:

  1. Book a demonstration before 31st March – I come to your place and you invite some family and friends over and provide light refreshments and a place to sit. I will do the rest for you. We will do a walk through the catalogues and I will demonstrate some of Stampin’ Up!®’s  fantastic products and we will do a make-‘n’-take card. As hostess you will receive a small gift from me as well. How easy is that? Contact me today to book your workshop.
  2. Hold a catalogue party at work, playgroup, with your friends, family and neighbours. The 2010 – 2011 Catalogue and Idea Book is just A$10.95 plus I will give you a couple of the Mini-Catalogues and Sale-A-Bration Catalogues. Get orders over A$300 (before shipping and handling) and I will reimburse you the cost of the catalogue. Another easy way to get yourself free stamps and product.
  3. Order a Big Shot through me before 31st March and bring your order up to A$200 before shipping and handling) and you will be eligible to choose 2 free stamp sets from the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue and I will pay your shipping and handling
  4. Join my team and choose 1 free stamp set from the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalogue valued up to A$79.95. Plus I will give you A$35 to spend on product of your choice from the current catalogues (WOW this is an awesome deal). Go here to find out more.

Blog Candy Winners announced shortly

Remember, your creativeness is only limited by your imagination. Keep smiling and until next we share …

Just a quick post to everyone. I will announce the Blog Candy winners on the weekend. I’m sorry the announcement is late but the temperatures have been unbearable here, so I haven’t spent much time on line now I’m back at work and no time at all creating as my studio bears the brunt of the heat.
Now don’t forget about Sale-A-Bration – scroll down to see the special offers I have going and don’t forget you get to choose a free set of stamps for every A$100 (before s&H) spent from either the Idea Book & Catalogue &/or The Summer Mini Catalogue.
I have a few dates left for workshops or demos before the end of March (when Sale-A-Bration ends), so contact me today.

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Don’t forget I have blog candy to give away. Here’s the deal:-
1. Sign Up to follow this blog by 1st February 2011.
You could win a Stampin’ Up!® Textured Impressions folder and 4 of my handmade cards
2. Leave me a comment (and your email address in the comment so I can contact you) on one of my projects before 1 February 2011 and you could win a small Stampin’ Up!® stamp and 2 of my handmade cards.
So what are you waiting for?  Follow my blog or leave a comment today.

Sale-A-Bration is here. You could earn yourself free stamp sets. Here’s the deal:-
Sale-A-Bration has started and will run until 31/3/11.Click on the image above to see the Sale-A-Bration catalogue and seethe free stamps sets you can choose from when you spend $100 (not including s&h).
I also have a few specials that will start on 1st February 2011:
1.    1.  Host a workshop of at least A$600 and you’ll earn 1 free Sale-A-Bration set in addition to the generous hostess benefits
2.     Join my team and choose 1 free stamp set from the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalogue valued up to A$79.95. Plus I will give you A$35 to spend on product of your choice from the current catalogues (WOW this is an awesome deal)
3.    2.  Buy a Big Shot (A$179) and extra product totalling at least A$200 and you will get your 2 free stamp sets from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue and your shipping and handling will be free (I’ll pay it)
4.     3. Hold a Catalogue party with sales in excess of A$300 (excluding s&h) and I will give you a free catalogue (worth A$12.95), you will earn at least 3 free stamp sets from the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue plus you choose 1 set of stamps from the Level 1 hostess sets and free product to the value of A$30 plus I will give you a free Classic Stampin’ Pad. (This is for catalogue parties only and cannot be combined with any other offer)
So what are you waiting for? Contact me today to:
·      1. Book a demonstration or workshop
·      2. Join my team – see details here and on my Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Website
·      3. Buy a Big Shot
·      4. Hold a catalogue party
Please note if you hold a workshop/Stamp-a-stack and sales reach A$300 you will receive hostess benefits.

Remember, your creativeness is only limited by your imagination. Keep smiling and until next we share …
Recipe:
All products are Stampin’ Up!®
Stamp set: Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card: Baja Breeze; So Saffron; Poppy Parade; Whisper White
Ribbon: Real Red Grosgrain
Classic Stampin’ Ink: Poppy Parade
Big Shot and Finial Press Textured Impressions folder
Punches: Tag and Slot (retired)
Adhesive
This card was a bit of an experiment using the Colour Coach. I took a liking to Poppy Parade and thought I’d like to make a card with it. So the Colour Coach suggests So Saffron and Baja Breeze – what a great combination?
I love texture and the Big Shot! Next time I think I’ll experiment and ink the folder before I send it through the Big Shot. You can use the ink pad straight on the folder and when finished, just rinse the folder under the tap or use a baby wipe to clean up. I think this card would look great if the texture was inked with Baja Breeze – that’s for another day.
I had a little trick with the tag punch. I punched it in Whisper White first and then decided it needed to be mounted on the Poppy Parade. Now we don’t have a larger tag – I moved the tag around on the Poppy Parade card stock until I got the desired mat edge that I liked. I then traced the top of the tag onto the Poppy Parade card and just shifted the tag itself until I had the shape right, then just cut it out with your snips. Stamp your sentiment on the white tag. See below for a picture explanation of how I did it.

Now the bow (I have Lee Conroy’s Bow Maker) I made in Real Red (fairly case match to Poppy Parade and I didn’t have the Poppy Parade ribbon with me.) I left a long and a short end when I made the bow. The shorter end I threaded through the slot on the white tag only and adhered it to the back of the white tag. Now this is a bit fiddly but persevere and you’ll get it.  The long end of the ribbon went through the slot of both tags and out the back. Now stick your tags together, then stick it where you want on your card (you could use dimensionals if you like). Now the long end of the ribbon needs to be adhered to the card and taken up and over both pieces of card. I put a little adhesive under each bow loop to help it stay vertical on the tag.

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Recipe:
Card: Naturals Ivory; Early Espresso; Basic Black
Ribbon: Basic Black
Classic Stampin’ Pad – Soft Suede
Stamp Sets: A Sense of Time and Fresh Cuts (sentiment))
Modern Tag Punch
Dimensionals
Adhesive
Technique: Aged Tile
Here’s a male themed card, using A Sense of Time stamp set again. I inked up the gears stamp and then stamped it a few times around the card before re-inking. Sponge the edges. Decide how many ‘tiles’ you want and cut the card as desired. (I draw lines on the back of the stamped image and with all the tiles on this card, I number each tile before I cut.) Sponge the edges of each tile and then put it altogether. I used the Modern Tag Punch for the sentiment, sponged around the edges and matted it with dimensionals on black.  Put the ribbon on and you’re done. This is a great stamp set for this technique. You can make your ‘tiles’ any shape and size. Check back later to see how I use this same technique and stamp set, in a different way.
I love to read what you think of my creations, so please leave me a comment. Thanks for stopping by.

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Recipe:
Card: Naturals Ivory; Early Espresso; Basic Black
Ribbon: Basic Black
Tag
Classic Stampin’ Pad – Soft Suede
Stamp Set: A Sense of Time
Adhesive
Sponge
I struggle making male themed cards usually but this stamp set makes it very easy. I inked up the gears stamp and then stamped it a few times around the card before re-inking. Sponge the edges and put the ribbon on and you’re done. I added the tag for a sentiment or a name later when I decide who I give it to.
I like this stamp set a lot as it lends itself to many different techniques.
I love to read what you think of my creations, so please leave me a comment. Thanks for stopping by.

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Recipe:
Stamp Set: Love Defined
Stampin’ Write Markers: Basic Black; Bravo Burgundy; Regal Rose
Classic Stampin’ Pad: Whisper White Craft ink
Punch: Heart Border Punch
Ribbon: Whisper White Grosgrain
Card: Whisper White; Bravo Burgundy; Pink Pirouette

This is such a great stamp set, not just for Valentine’s Day. I have made this card to encourage you to think of different ways of using this set. Here are some of my suggestions:
  • Valentines’ Day
  • Anniversary
  • Mothers’ Day
  • Birthday (check yesterday’s post to see how I turned it into a birthday card)
  • To cheer someone up
  • Just because …
Make sure when you use the Whisper White Craft ink is thoroughly dry before you do anything else with the card or you could heat set it or emboss it as well.
Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to leave a comment – I love to read your thoughts and ideas.
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Recipe:
Stamp Sets: Love Defined; Punch Bunch (sentiment)
Card: Whisper White; Night of Navy; Bashful Blue
Classic Stampin’ Pad: Night of Navy
Stampin’ Write Markers: Pear Pizzazz; Bashful Blue; Basic Black
Ribbon: Whisper White Grosgrain
Punches: Eyelet Border; Scallop Square
Do you like my ‘adlib’ plants on the right of the tree? I got a bit carried away and put the ribbon on before I stamped the images (don’t know where my head was at). Next time I’ll create the garden and then stamp the tree and put the ribbon on last.
I love this colour combination and it’s a great way to use both these stamp sets.
Thanks for stopping by today. Leave a comment if you have time, I love to read what you think of my creations.
Remember, your creativeness is only limited by your imagination. Keep smiling and until next we share …
My good friend and upline, Leonie Schroder bestowed this award on me. Receiving awards like this always make me feel special and that what I share online is appreciated by so many. Thanks so much Leonie for the award and for your friendship. Pop on over and view Leonie’s Blog.
Now as part of this award I need to share 8 things about myself and to pass this award onto 8 bloggers and let them know they too have been awarded with this very prestigious award.
Now … 8 things about me
  1. I love spending time with my family and my friends – both in person and online
  2. I love sharing what I do in my crafts and I especially love Stampin’ Up! 
  3. I took my Stampin’ Up! stuff away with me on holidays – 1 full trolly and everything else stashed in various places so DH didn’t realise how much of it I was taking with me 🙂 (Well I have to do something when he’s out fishing all the time)
  4. Everyone knows my favourite colour is blue except my DH who thinks it’s purple!! We’ve only been married 31 years and now he refers to blue as my other favourite colour when it’s not purple 🙂
  5. 1 of my arms got sunburnt while we were away – that happens when you sit under an umbrella engrossed in a book and you don’t realise one half of you is in the shade and the other half isn’t.
  6. I always come home from holidays with ‘tide’ marks – my tan stops and starts where my sleeves finish and short/trousers finish. Except this year I wore caprice length pants which almost come to my ancles as I’m vertically challenged. I have tied marks on my feet from my sandals 🙂
  7. I love ribbon and I firmly believe a girl can never have too much ribbon
  8. I still like my job after 36 years when I thought I wouldn’t last 5 years 🙂
Now to pass it onto 8 bloggers. I always find this hard as there are so many out there who deserve these awards. Anyway here goes:
  1. Wendy Pettifer who now resides in Tennant Creek Northern Territory
  2. Sharon Rogers – new to blogging but check out her amazing cards 
  3. Rose-Anne Monk – who is always coming up with new and imaginative ideas
  4. Carol Johnson – just became a design team member of Send A Smile For Kids
  5. Illina Crouse – who shares freely her wonderful creations
  6. Lee Conrey – who also shares her creations freely and has some neat tools to help you tie bows and stand cards up at demos
  7. Michelle Jamieson – who is working hard to assist those affected by the terrible floods in Queensland – you go girl!! See if you can help Chelle achieve her goals to assist these people.
  8. Gypsy – from New Zealand who is always an inspiration and has great scrapbook techniques and ideas she freely shares.
Please take the time to peruse these blogs. I’m sure you will agree they are all worthy recipients of this award.
Remember, your creativeness is only limited by your imagination. Keep smiling and until next we share …

 

Recipe:
Stamp Set: So Happy For You (Sale-A-Bration stamp set)
Big Shot and Manhattan Flower Textured Impression folder
Classic Stampin’ Pad: Regal Rose
Card: Whisper White
Ribbon: Whisper White Grosgrain
Basic Rhinestones
I made this for a friend’s birthday. I gave her some beautiful rose scented soap in a white bag with rose red ribbon (to go with the colour of the rose soap).
I didn’t have my brayer with me so just inked up the Manhattan Flower folder directly onto the folder with the ink pad. I also needed to be able to put a sentiment on it, hence I added a strip of Whisper White card. It still looked a bit plain so I added the butterfly and the rhinestones to ‘bling’ it up a bit.
When I place the ribbon on the card I actually cut a small slit in the fold of the base card and feed the ribbon through to the inside of the card. I usually stick a white insert into the cards I make and stick it to the side that has the ends of the ribbon on it thus hiding the ends of the ribbon.
Thanks for stopping by and please leave a comment if you have time.

Remember, your creativeness is only limited by your imagination. Keep smiling and until next we share …