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Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalogue – gift boxes

Good morning everyone!
I thought it was about time I blogged again….  So what better time than the first day that Sale-A-Bration and the Occasions Catalogue open!  If you haven’t been through Sale-A-Bration (SAB) before, it’s a fantastic time of year in “Stampin’ Up! world”.  This year it’s even better, because the amount you need to spend to qualify for free goodies has dropped!  Yes, it’s LESS than previously – was $120 in New Zealand, and now is just $110.  How awesome is that?  So if you have your eye on new goodies from the Occasions catalogue, the main catalogue, or any other offers we have running currently (“Best of” sets, envelope punch board, Thinlit card dies, MDS weekly new downloads, etc), they all count towards earning free stuff from the SAB brochure!

To view both the SAB and Occasions catalogue files online, you can go ahead and click on the pics on my sidebar.  That will take you to the catalogues area of my Stampin’ Up! website, so as long as Stampin’ Up! uploads them between my writing this and your reading it, you should be able to see them there!  Or click here to see them!

Now to the eye candy…  Here’s one of the first things I’ve made after getting my Occasions catalogue pre-order.  I participate in team swaps, so I made a bunch of these cute boxes to swap with my demo friends.  Each box contains a little packet of shortbread – yum!  I took a few photos, here’s one showing all the boxes I made (quite a few!).

And another, showing how I was playing with making a pyramid out of them, they look cool as a group don’t you think?

And of course, a close up so you can see the detail!

Here’s what I used:
– Cardstock: Pool Party, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
– Ink: Coastal Cabana
– Punches: Decorative Label
– Other: Essentials Paper Piercing pack, Stampin’ Dimensionals
– New items (love them!): Fresh Prints DSP stack, Arrows textured Impressions Embossing folder, Gold Baker’s Twine, Perfect Pennants Stamp set, SAB Banner punch

Want a closer look?  Come to my launch party this Saturday to see this and more!  Please check out the details in my sidebar and click here to contact me to RSVP!

Clearance Rack Blitz!

Hi everyone,
Oops, it’s been a long time since I posted on here!  Lots of you know that I’ve been flat out running classes and so on though, I had a fantastic time with my popular Christmas Cards by the Dozen classes this year!  Here’s the card I taught at the beginning of November, for our team Extravaganza event.  Love the Winter Frost DSP stack, don’t you?

I just wanted to let you know that I now have a Clearance Rack on our online store, yahoo!  What’s more, Stampin’ Up! have kicked it off with up to 80% off a fantastic range of products.  I’ve got a few coming, for myself…  Click HERE to go to my online store and place your order (you will need to create an account if you don’t already have one with me).  For Clearance Rack orders it’s best if you can do those online, as the products are only available while stocks last so while I can try and place the order for you, by the time I do it they may have run out.

I’ve just found out too, that our Clearance Rack has no end date.  Stampin’ Up! are likely to add more products to it from time to time but they won’t be publishing any lists of what’s on there. So you’ll need to check it often if you want to know what’s there!

To celebrate the launch of our Clearance Rack, if you place an online order with me and include clearance rack items in there by the end of December, I’ll send you a little something in the mail as a personal thank you from me!  If you have any questions, click HERE to email me, I’m happy to help.

Happy shopping!

Wednesday night class

Hi everyone!
Just a quick post before I head off to bed.  I just realised I hadn’t shared this pic earlier – it’s my Box of Tags project that I taught at our Auckland Extravaganza last month.  It uses the Tag a Bag Gift Boxes from the main catalogue – one of the super cute and quick options Stampin’ Up! has given us this year for gift packaging.  If you know me, you know I love making 3D items and cute gifts, so these were one of the items I had to try out!  I added six colour coordinated tags into the box and used lots of punches to create some fun geometric backgrounds and punch out stamped sentiments to add to them.

If you missed the Extravaganza and want to make one of these for yourself, I’m offering the class at my house this coming Wednesday September 11th.  For just $15 you will make one of these tag sets in the box which is also decorated, and we’re also making a fun moving card using the Snow Day stamp set that I won in prize patrol at the USA Convention in July.

If you don’t already have one, you can pick up a copy of the yummy Holiday Catalogue when you attend this class.  I still have a few seats available, so if you’d like to join us for a fun class, email me now to book your seat!

I have more 3D creations to share with you that I’ve made recently, I’ll be back soon!

The Aftermath of a Courier Delivery

Hello hello!
Yes, I’m still alive, and yes, I keep saying that.  I know I know…  My excuse is that coming back from the USA trip knocked me sideways and then my time has been swallowed up teaching at events like our Creative Inkers Extravaganza and my all-team training day recently.  Plus, I’m busy saving the spouses and partners of my snoring clients from suffering any longer!

I thought you might like to see this – this is what happens when the courier turns up with a delivery of brand new gorgeous Holiday Catalogue products!  I sat on the floor and opened everything and played a bit – oh pure bliss!  If you want to see this up close and personal (and more fabulous product besides – this was not the only delivery, oops….) then let me know you want to come to my Holiday Catalogue launch party on Saturday 31st August between 1 and 5:30 pm  (yes, that’s tomorrow!).  I am a bit of a spontaneous girl and I decided to do this party pretty last-minute really.

Well, they just had to open the catalogue on MY BIRTHDAY which is certainly a reason to party, right?  And party we will – it was my birthday and YOU get the presents!  I’ve raided my retired stash and I’m giving away some fantastic, new and unused products with qualifying orders.  Trust me, it’s worth coming early to get first pick – some of the stuff is worth over $20 each!  We’ll have a prize draw to enter, a fun make & take, refreshments (a party needs them, yeah?), and it’s FREE to attend!  Email me now to RSVP!

Oh, and you can check out the Holiday Catalogue by clicking on the pic over there to the right.  It’s gorgeous!  If you want your own hard copy, how about booking into one of my events in the coming weeks and I’ll be happy to put one aside for you.  I’ve just updated my schedule in the sidebar over to the right so check it out!  Lots of fun projects to share!

See you soon I hope!

Free cards night!

Hi everyone,
I am busy at the SENZ show this weekend (it’s a fabulous show this year, come check it out – see my previous blog post HERE).  But I just wanted to share with you that I am offering a free girls’ night out on Monday 8th July!

One of the really great things about Stampin’ Up! is their focus on making a difference for others and they are  great at supporting those in need when there are particular causes like the bush fires in Australia.  But they recently announced that they’ve extended their support of Ronald McDonald House Charities to NZ and Australia, so there is a fabulous new stamp set in the catalogue that you can buy and $3.50 (for NZ) from each set goes to support this wonderful charity.

I have a lot of card fronts that I’ve used in the past to show off some of our fabulous products but a lot of those products are now retired, so my card fronts are retired too!  Rather than throw them out, I want to re-mount them and donate them to charities including Ronald McDonald House.

So this is where you come in!  I don’t have enough time to do the hundreds of cards I have here, so I am offering a fun night where you can come and sit with me and help me put these cards together. We’ll just be re-mounting cards, not making them from scratch, but during our time together there’s every chance you’ll learn some tips from me and the others attending!  For every 10 that you put together, you can choose one to take one home.  I’m supplying everything for us to do this, but if you would like to contribute and bring your own adhesives to use on the night, that would be wonderful!  I’ll have a few snacks to nibble on and it will be a nice relaxing catch up with a great cause to give us all the “feel good” factor!

Seats are limited so if you’re interested, please email me now (click here) to reserve your spot!

SENZ 2013

Hi Everyone!
Yes, I’m still here (sorry, I know I say that a lot after long blog “holidays”!).  Since we went to Convention at the end of May I’ve been frantically busy preparing for the launch of the new catalogue and the SENZ show which is on this weekend at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau!  This is my home turf which is just as well as I couldn’t fit all the tables and displays into the car in one load, so was glad I didn’t have to drive far to get everything else!

Here’s a peek at our stand which Karen, Rosie and I set up today.  They are in the third photo looking very happy as we’d just finally finished setting it up the way we wanted it and we were pretty pleased with ourselves!  As you may know, I love MDS and hence that has become a feature of our stand!  But I did a lot of hand-created stuff too – if you can spot the “clock” on our stand wall, I die cut the backgrounds for the numbers out of our Subtles colour range plus a couple of fabulous new in-colors too.  It was fun although by the end I was getting a bit tired of poking all the bits out of my doily die-cuts!

The show is open Friday to Sunday, it opens for pre-paid ticket holders from 9:30am or you can buy tickets at the door from 10am.  It closes at 5pm on Friday and Saturday and 4pm on Sunday.  You do need to come and visit us to see everything up close – it looks far better in real life than in these quick snapshots!  I will be presenting “what’s new” from Stampin’ Up! each day at 11am in the Demonstrator Theatre area – which just happens to be right next to our stand.

We have some fabulous offers on our stand this year and there’s a big range of retired products from our collective craft rooms that you’ll love having a look through – come and get them while you can!

See you there!