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Happy New Catalogue!
I hope you’re all managing to get some stamping in this week.  If you’re in NZ you know it’s been bucketing down – perfect weather for some indoor crafting pursuits!

I’ve just updated my blog to show the brand new Annual Catalogue and Holiday Catalogue – click on the pictures in my sidebar to see them online!  Or you can contact me to get your hands on a copy (NZ only, sorry!).  I love them both – and HAD to order a tonne of stuff from each of them!  I have a few things here already (OK, I have more than a few) but have more to come hopefully later this week or early next week.  I can just picture all the courier drivers being mugged by NZ Demonstrators this week, we’re all SO excited!

Anyway, some of you will know I have a fantastic team of Demonstrators here in NZ.  What you may not know is that I love to inspire them with hand-made gifts.  Most often it’s at Christmas that I send them presents, but I decided that the new catalogue launch time was as good a time as any to make them something special!  I was only able to make gifts for my direct team members unfortunately – there are too many in my total team for me to manage a package for everyone, but hopefully my direct reports will be showing these IRL to their own team members.  Please share the love, ladies!

My goal was to provide my team with some things they could use at their launch parties for the new catalogue.  I had an advantage in that I went to Convention so did have a handful of new items to play with well ahead of the launch of the new catalogue.  Combined with the demo pre-order, I was able to get these delivered / sent out a few weeks ago.

First, I made them each a colour chart of the new colours (a few of them came here and made their own to try out the new ink pads).  Every Demonstrator needs something like this to show off the new colours with!

Next, I decided to use my new interest in sewing (simple projects only – I’m a little slow on the sewing machine!) to make them a tissue holder from our exclusive fabrics.  I had a ball making these!  These are not all of the ones that I made – I couldn’t help myself and kept giving them out before I had them all done.  I made extra for family and friends.  But I think I’m showing you most of the fabrics here, except a couple that we couldn’t order until Sept 1st.  Don’t they look pretty?  I had the idea from a tutorial that Dawn Olchefske wrote last year, but I’ve since seen them all over the internet.

This one is in Summer Smooches fabric – my favourite!

This is Comfort Cafe – I love this one too.  It’s great that we have buttons in coordinating colours!

Third, I had to make a card for them each, of course!  I wanted to use products they couldn’t get yet, so I used Daydream Medallions as the stamp set.  For the demos amongst you – NO I don’t have the butterfly punch yet, but it’s coming soon!  At Convention we used the fabulous new butterfly punch to make a couple of projects.  At the end of the session, I was sitting there looking at the punch, and then realised I had a bunch of scrap cardstock pieces.  I couldn’t resist, so punched some butterflies out of my scraps to take home.  I had no idea what I was going to do with them, but once I got home I realised I had just enough to make cards with, for my direct team members, and one of each colour for myself.  Then all I had to do was pull out the Color Coach to help me decide on the colours I’d use!  Most of the team received the card with a More Mustard butterfly (that’s not a favourite colour of mine, but the card turned out OK, do you think?).

Some of them received one using the Rose Red butterfly:

I used the new Itty Bitty Banner framelits to die cut the sentiment which is from the Tea Shoppe set.  It fitted perfectly!  It’s a little hard to see but I used adhesive rhinestones for the butterfly bodies and they were stamped on with Daydream Medallions too.  I did find it challenging to use the stamp set without having the coordinating framelit dies.  Can’t wait to get my hands on those!

And finally, I thought I’d do a very quick project and used some of the Summer Smooches patterned paper we received as a gift at Convention, to make these decorated pens.  They are Pentel RSVP pens from the US – we can’t buy them in NZ, at least I haven’t found them here.  They are my favourite pen to write with and I had my sister send me these a long time ago, I’ve been hoarding them!  But who better to share them with than my fabulous team?

If you’ve been thinking about joining Stampin’ Up! as a Demonstrator and you’re looking for someone to sign up with, who will support you, be here to guide you as you launch your new business, and even surprise you with gifts occasionally, please feel free to talk to me about this wonderful opportunity!

Thanks for sticking with me through this long post – but I just had to share what I’ve been up to!