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      Digital Scrapbooking!

      Hi everyone,
      Gosh isn’t this a bit of a shock, my third blog post in around a week?!  I have to say it’s all due to My Digital Studio, I am having too much fun playing with it and enjoying sharing with you!  (More MDS and traditional projects to come, I’m just waiting to do a couple of events and send some cards before I share those projects!).  I never thought of myself as a techie girl, so I think perhaps I’m just getting a lot of satisfaction from being able to use a program to make things that are still “me” but take a lot less time and effort.  Who doesn’t love that?!

      OK so drum roll please – I scrapbooked!!  Seriously I haven’t completed a page in probably a couple of years.  Shameful – I have lots of half done pages, but there was always something that stopped me finishing it, like needing a different size/colour photo printed, needing just the right embellishment, not being totally happy with the layout.  I always suspected MDS would be my go-to for scrapbooking because of speed and the “undo” button! So you can imagine my delight when I was looking through the templates on MDS and found a baby one, I knew immediately that I had the right photos to use in it – the colours even matched my photo colours!

      It kind of feels like I’m cheating a bit because all I had to do here was to drop my photos in, write the text and move one or two embellishments around a little bit.  It’s from the Special Delivery designer kit which comes free with the paid version of the software (sorry, it’s not included in the free trial version). The colours are Peach Parfait (a retired in-colour as far as the traditional catalogue goes – but colours never retire in MDS!), Pool Party, Basic Gray and Whisper White.  MDS puts together a “supplies” list for you with each project so if you use one of the pre-made templates, you can look up what colours were used in case you want to make a hybrid project and add coordinating embellishments or cardstock layers later.  How great is that!

      It took me maybe 5 minutes to put the layout together and most of that was in choosing my photos – less time than it took me to figure out how best to make my laser printer print this 8×8″ layout on Whisper White cardstock.  Within an hour of sitting down to try digi-scrapping, this layout was printed, trimmed and ready to show off, safely inserted in my brand new album!  (The one on page 31 of the seasonal catalogue).  And I didn’t actually feel the need to add any extra “real” stuff to make a hybrid project the way I’ve been doing with my other MDS projects so far.  I’ve even emailed the layout to my US relatives already!  They think I’m really clever, so don’t tell them the truth!

      I should mention that there’s a white strip at the top of the layout which you can’t see that easily because the background here is white.  I couldn’t believe my luck with the colours they used in the template, it looks like I   made the layout to match my photos, but I didn’t have to do anything!

      If you think the baby is cute, I’m taking credit for that (well 50% of it) as she’s my little baby who is now a very energetic 8 year old.  She loves this layout – and said her favourite of the photos is the one where she’s stretching and screwing her face up.  I think it shows how funny a kid she is!  And the left photo shows she’s stubborn, just like her mother…

      I’ll be back soon, there’s a fabulous new promotion that’s just started that I keep forgetting to talk about and use the products I bought to show you (I’m too excited about MDS, did I mention?!), so I’ll do that soon.  In the meantime if you want to give MDS a try, click here to go to my online store and download the free trial for yourself!

      Happy scrapping!

      Little jars of yummy stuff…

      Hi everyone!
      I hope you’ve been enjoying the long weekend and the chocolate that invariably finds it’s way into your mouth over Easter.  So far I’ve just indulged in hot cross buns (mmm they are fantastic after being toasted and smeared with a little butter….).  But my chocolate Easter bunny is calling to me so that will probably be nibbled on tonight!

      I’ve been having a lot of fun learning how to use MDS – My Digital Studio (if you missed my announcement on it, click here for my last blog post with some fabulous offers for you!).  I never thought I’d be so “into” something technology related – my tech-savvy siblings roll their eyes all the time at my lack of technical abilities.  So that shows you – even if you think it’s not for you, just give the 30 day free trial a go, you may be surprised!

      So far I’ve used MDS to make cards and tags and haven’t done any scrapping with it yet.  I may try that soon though – today Miss 8 and I got to watch a Monarch caterpillar turning into a chrysalis in our garden, so that was pretty special.  I should have run and got the camera but we were fascinated watching it, so I forgot all about taking pics!  It’s something that happens quickly – they hang upside down for hours and then all of a sudden the skin splits and falls off and there’s a little green alien-looking thing wriggling around into the right shape!  You have to be there right at the time it happens or you’ll miss it, it’s something I’ve only seen a handful of times in all my years of growing swan plants to raise them.  They are quite amazing and beautiful creatures really.  I’ve loved Monarchs since I was a child.  I thought we weren’t going to manage to get any through to adult butterflies this summer – we’ve had hundreds of the caterpillars hatch in our garden but until very recently, the paper wasps got them all.  Horrible things!

      OK sorry about being sidetracked there – now you know there is a bit of a nature-lover inside of me too, I’m not just all about stamping!  I’ll try and take some pics of the beautiful new chrysalis in our garden, and scrap those soon.  I do have a new camera I’m trying to figure out how to use.

      Tonight I thought I’d share with you some decorated jar gifts I made a month ago.  Every time we have our Extravaganza stamping event, I treat my guests to a little hand made something.  I decided this time to decorate these nice jars that I’d had in my stash for quite a while.  I did have a habit of bulk-buying things to decorate, which got a little out of hand, I’m working on reducing my stash!

      I used the Fan Fair patterned papers from our Annual Catalogue and the gorgeous Natural Trim Ribbon from the Seasonal Catalogue around the sides.  It’s easy to overlook this ribbon on page 20, but it really is so nice!  On the top, I added a cardstock doily die cut using the Delicate Doilies Sizzlit die, and added a Little Leaves Sizzlit leaf die cut.  I topped those with one of the beautiful flowers from our Flower Trim in the Seasonal Catalogue and some stamped & punched Tickets using the That’s the Ticket stamp set from the Seasonal catalogue as well.  Here’s a close up of the top:

      I did actually add each customer’s name to the top of their jar after I photographed these, and the jars themselves were packed full of chocolates and candy treats to sustain them through a full-on afternoon of stamping!

      If you’ve been to one of our Extravaganza events before (or you haven’t and you’d like to find out how fun they are), I’m already taking reservations for our next one which is on Saturday the 13th of July.  Let me spoil you!  Feel free to ask me questions about this event or my other events & classes, I’d love to hear from you – click here to email me.

      I’ll be back soon with more MDS projects and traditional hand-stamped items – I know some of you are not into the computer stuff, so don’t worry, I’m not going fully digital, I’m still here to inspire you as well!  If you have any questions about how the online ordering works, let me know – of course you can definitely just call or email me to place your orders too, there are added benefits to still doing that which I’m introducing tomorrow….  Ask me for details!

      Happy Easter Sunday!

      My Digital Studio launch – Exclusive offers just for you!

      Hi Everyone!
      I’ve been very busy here despite another long absence – blogging for me has been an afterthought until now, but that’s about to change!  I have a couple of big announcements – we now have My Digital Studio (MDS) software available to us and Online Ordering as well! We need the online ordering so that you can go shopping online and browse the thousands of fabulous digital downloads now available to us – I have been browsing myself…wow! I have been preparing myself for the arrival of MDS – I just didn’t think it would arrive quite so soon, so there has been a flurry of activity in the past day or two when we found out it was here already!

      Introducing MDS classes!
      I’m holding some MDS launch classes at my home soon – I have installed a wall mounted TV so you can follow me step by step!  You do not have to have MDS to attend, but if you purchase it from me and have it installed on a laptop you are welcome to bring it to follow what I do, and we can all learn together!  The first class will have an introduction to MDS so you can see what all the fuss is about, and then we’ll make some real-life projects using printed items from MDS.  Check my classes list in the sidebar for details!

      I have some exclusive offers for those of you interested in MDS and/or online ordering – more about those near the end of this post so keep reading, it’s worth it I promise!

      First, I thought you might like to see what I have created so far using MDS.  Just the one card to share for the moment (forgive me, I only got the software yesterday morning!) but there will be lots more to come!  I’ve done another hybrid card, using MDS to do the stamping and then I printed on my laser printer, trimmed the cardstock down, mounted it on coordinating cardstock and added embellishments (got to have some texture and dimension, right?).  I’ve so far made two of these cards, and both have already left my hands, they are on their way to two “fantabulous” ladies who needed congratulating!

      Do you recognise any of the “stamped” images?  The flower and the patterned arrow things are from the Oh, Hello stamp set, which I purchased as a digital product with the Tea for Two disk available in the Seasonal catalogue.  The sentiment on the other hand was a FREE stamp with the trial version of MDS.  It was the perfect addition for what I wanted these cards to say.

      Here’s three key reasons (there are lots more!) why I think you really need to consider adding digital crafting to your repertoire:

      Save a TONNE of time making projects, particularly scrapbook pages but also making cards, gifts and other papercrafted items you love to make! Stampin’ Up! have lots of scrapbooking templates that you can simply add your photos to and print, it’s that easy!  They have party ensembles for cute banners, cupcake toppers, little boxes, and all sorts of fun things!  But if you love designing your own, you can have total control too.  I made my cards from “scratch”, starting with a blank file, so you can take as much control of the design work as you want.  I put four of these card fronts into one file in MDS (copying and pasting once I set the first one up).  I now have that saved so the next time someone else I know does a “fantabulous” job, I’m halfway there with a card for them!  I just have to print more card fronts and stick them to card bases the way I did here, and embellish if I want to.  Brilliant!  And there’s less wastage – if I don’t like it, I just press undo, or delete!  Party invitations this year are going to be so quick and easy to do with MDS!  Not to mention unique Christmas cards – you can still add that personal touch by embellishing as I did, but take far less time to make them.  Anybody else want less stress for Christmas?!

      Add to your stamp collection without cluttering up your house or cleaning out your wallet! (and having your hubby or family raise their eyebrows at how much you’re hoarding….).  Your digital downloads are saved in your account on my online store, so if your computer dies, you can download them to a new machine without having to purchase them again!  And they are much cheaper than real-life stamps!  Prices start at just $1.95 and you can search for stamps that have long since retired from our traditional catalogues. You can purchase the files for embellishments, patterned papers, and more!

      – Add some amazing effects really easily to your cards.  I’m starting with simple techniques, but see how I coloured with two “inks” on the flower stamp?  That was super quick and easy and no stamp cleaning required!  And you get ALL of the colours that we have available now, plus some retired ones, to use forever!  I used the colours to match the cardstock and Baker’s twine I had in mind to add after printing.  If the stamp you want to use is too big for your project, simply re-size the stamp like I did on my card!  You can’t do that with traditional stamping!

      Find out more about My Digital Studio by watching this video!

      And here’s why you might like to shop from my online store:
      – you can order anytime, from the comfort of your home, in your PJs if you like!  As long as you’re in NZ, you can shop with me.  Your order will be sent directly to you, so I won’t be delivering it myself, but I’m still here to support you with any questions you might have.
      – Get free stuff!  If you place an order of $350 or more (plus 5% shipping) you can earn Stampin’ Rewards – choose from any of our current products or digital downloads as your free gifts!  The value of your rewards depends on how much you’ve spent.  Why not get a few friends over for a Pajama party (or not!) and order together to share the freebies?  You can order digital products or traditional catalogue products, or both.

      Now to the fun bit – here are my Exclusive Offers for you to grab!
      Ready to try out MDS?  Head to my online store (click HERE or on the “Shop Now” button at the top right of my blog) to download the free trial version to play with for up to 30 days.  Be warned – it’s a huge file, so you will need fast broadband to download it. I’ve already sent a message to Stampin’ Up! to ask how my fabulous rural ladies with dial-up might be included.  MDS Printing services are not available in NZ yet but you can print on your own printer or take your files to a local printer.  I’ll keep you posted on any changes to those issues!

      If you do have fast broadband, go ahead and download the trial version, it takes about 90min in my experience to download and install. But don’t take too long playing with the free version, because…


      – Purchase products via my online store by the end of April and be in to win!

      – Be one of the first 4 to purchase the full MDS version online from me (it’s only $27.95 – a total bargain!!), add some other products to your order, and when your total order comes to a minimum of $100 (plus shipping, if you’ve included traditional catalogue products that have to ship to you), you will earn one of the exclusive MDS content disks that we had during Sale-A-Bration.  First in first served – I have two of the Big Sale-a-Bration disks with all of the SAB products on them, and two of the Lemonade Stand disks, up for grabs!  So get in early to have the first choice of disks!

      – If you miss out on being one of the first four to purchase MDS online from me and qualify for a free content disk, don’t fret!  Place your order online in my store by the end of April, for ANY amount, for ANY products (digital or not) and go into my Anniversary Prize Draw!  (I’ll have been a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator for six years in April).  If your order contains digital products, and you’re the winner, your prize will include a Big Sale-A-Bration disk with loads of fabulous content, plus traditional stamping products.  If you don’t fancy trying out the digital stuff, order only traditional products and if you’re drawn as the lucky winner, your prize will have traditional stamping products and no digital disk.

      What’s in the prize?  Well that depends on all of you – the bigger the orders, the bigger the prize!  I will keep adding products to the retail value of 10% of the total online orders I receive from now until the end of April.  So do please encourage your stamping friends to order from me, too – it will really pay off for you if you win!!

      Thanks for bearing with me – any questions, please ask!  Otherwise, click HERE now to go and set up your account in my online store and start shopping!

      Oh – and Happy Easter! Enjoy your chocolate fix this weekend, I certainly will!

      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!

      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!

      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!

      Last Call for the Holiday Catalogue

      Hi everyone,
      Today I thought I’d share a last project using something from the Holiday Catalogue.  The month has flown past and the catalogue finishes on Thursday 31st – so it’s a fond farewell to many of the fabulous products in there!  I’ll be doing my last order either tonight or tomorrow most likely – so let me know ASAP if there’s anything you can’t live without!  A number of items are carrying over so will still be available next month, but I can let you know which ones they are if you tell me you want to order them.  More details will be available on those, in the next seasonal catalogue, coming very soon.  Of course, right now, any orders of $120 product or more, qualify for a free Sale-A-Bration gift as outlined in my last post.  Thank you to those of you who have already taken advantage of the promotion  – there’s a whole bunch of goodies on it’s way right now 🙂

      So anyway, I thought I’d be good and try to use up a bunch of scrap strips of patterned paper from the Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack from the Holiday catalogue.  This one is not carrying over so likely won’t ever be available again!  I don’t know if this was a huge seller for us here in NZ since we don’t really “do” Halloween (sure there are always kids knocking on my door wanting free candy on the official night but as far as everyone decorating their houses and dressing up and sending cards and treats – nope!).  However, I think this paper is really good for masculine cards too – with some fabulous geometric patterns it was perfect for the layout I had in mind!  Those of you who know me well, know that right now I’m particularly taken with chevron patterns.  So I love these, even if that bold chevron is in Tangerine Tango, which normally has me cringing!

      This was a really simple card to make and you could do this with any of our DSP packs – simply change the colours of the cardstock to match the patterned paper.  The card is quite “busy” already with all those patterns so didn’t need much added to it, it was really quick and easy to make.  My inspiration for the way I did the sentiment (from the Word Play stamp set) was our Ticket Duo Builder punch – while that was actually too small for this sentiment, that’s where I got the idea for how to highlight it.  I stamped the saying on a strip of Very Vanilla and used one of my smallest circle punches (the one from the Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack) to do the notches in the corners.  Same thing with the black mat, I just cut the cardstock into a slightly bigger rectangle to start with.

      The finishing touch is a couple of pewter brads from our metallic brad pack.  Yes, I’m actually using them – I do have hoarding tendencies when it comes to our brad and button assortments… but I can always buy more, right?  This card (and more of the same if I can concentrate enough to go back and make some!) will probably be heading over to my sister in the US at some stage.  She is very good and sends out a lot of thank you cards.  Unlike me – I love making cards but I am terrible at writing inside them and sending them off!

      Ooh – on a completely different note, check out this little gift that Stampin’ Up! sent me – a pin commemorating their 25 years of making a difference.  How cool is this?!  I will have to think of some way to do my own celebrations for the 25 years… although I’m just a baby really, I’m nearly up to 6 years as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator (and loving it still!).  Any suggestions for how to mark the occasion are most welcome!

      Well, I had planned to post this up this morning, but other things have distracted me today.  Like the fact I can’t get our new cordless phone to work properly (sigh… and it’s NOT my technophobia this time!) and the two 8 year olds who have been dancing and singing their way around my house today.  Much as I have enjoyed the holidays, I’m counting the days until school goes back and I can concentrate and work undisturbed!   Some of you have asked me when I’m starting back up with my classes – soon, I promise!  Keep an eye on my calendar schedule, over to the right —->

      I hope you like today’s card!

      At last – let’s Sale-A-Brate!!!

      Hi everyone!
      Today is a fabulous day – Sale-A-Bration (SAB) begins today!  Those of us in the Stampin’ Up! demo world have been hanging out for this to begin!  It’s arguably the best time of year to shop, party and join Stampin’ Up!  I’m so excited to share this time with you!

      OK so first things first, if you haven’t been through a Sale-A-Bration with me before, you need to know what this is all about!  It’s an amazing time to earn free goodies and it starts today and finishes on March 22nd (note it’s an earlier finish than previous years).

      • For every $120 worth of product that you order, you get to choose a free gift.  No limits!
      • Host a party (or party up by yourself and go on a shopping spree!) – if your party orders get to $350 plus shipping, then as the host(ess) you’ll earn a free pack of silver glimmer paper in addition to the usual $55 or more in free products of your choice as your hostess rewards!  If your party orders get to $700, then you’ll get the silver glimmer paper, a Madison Avenue stamp set, pack of 12 sheets of 12×12″ Sycamore Street patterned paper, a pack of Sycamore Street ribbons and buttons, AND at least $110 worth of free product of your choice!  And that’s on top of you and your guests earning a free SAB set for each $120 in product you’ve ordered.  Phew!
      • Join my team during Sale-A-Bration and you’ll get an extra 25% worth of product in your starter kit, at no extra charge!  That’s up to $356.50 worth of products of your choice, for only $189 when you make the decision to become a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and share your love of stamping and papercrafts!  You can join to build a business, or purchase for yourself and a few friends, it’s up to you.  I’m here to guide you and teach you what I know about running a successful Stampin’ Up! business.  If you have any questions, please ask.  There’s no pressure or obligation – I’m not one of those pushy vacuum cleaner salespeople types 🙂

      To see the details about Sale-A-Bration, you can check out the official brochure, click HERE and then click on “Host” “Shop” or “Join” whichever interests you.  Click again after you’ve read the page it takes you to and it’ll open up the SAB brochure showing the products you can choose from for free!  It’s a pretty brochure, but if you find it confusing, I do have a simplified version showing the product selection that you can check out in the following pics:

      If you’d like a printable copy of these so you can refer to them as you put your orders together, let me know as I can send you a PDF.  Or if you’re a customer of mine, you are welcome to pick up a copy of the official brochure plus a hard copy of my PDF when I see you next!  (Call me if you can’t wait!).

      Now, to finish off, I have a project to share with you.  I have a few of the SAB products in my hands already (one of the big perks of being a Demonstrator is that we get our hands on things before everyone else!) and I couldn’t help myself and had to use several of them in my first blog project for SAB.

      I made a “flap” card as a team swap card.  The right hand side of the card folds back in and tucks under the focal point with the cute elephant stamp on it, this holds the card closed.  I used the Patterned Occasions stamp set, the Vine Street embossing folder and some of the tangerine ribbon from the Sycamore ribbons & buttons pack. I didn’t use the buttons on my card but I threw them into the photos anyway because they are so pretty!

      The stamping was done using markers directly on the stamp, that’s how I managed to have so many colours on the image.  Easy to do!  If you look closely you’ll see I did a couple of lots of piercing – I used the Essentials Paper Piercing pack (also available free during SAB!) on the decorative edge of the card after I die cut it using one of the Adorning Accents Edgelits and embossed it using the matching embossing folder. I also did some piercing around the stamped image, on the Window Frames Collection framelit.  Lots of little details on this card – it’s hard to see but there’s also a teeny adhesive pearl in the centre of the stamped flower.

      If you have any questions about my project or Sale-A-Bration, please ask.  I’m looking forward to hearing what you think of this year’s selection!

      My Little Valentine Promotion – be quick!

      Hello everyone and Happy New Year!
      I know it’s been a very long, long time since my last blog post.  I assure you I’m still here and still stamping, I’ve just been busy and blogging wasn’t a priority with all the other stuff I had going on.  Sorry about that!

      Anyway, I am all inspired by the amazing new stuff that Stampin’ Up! is bringing to us this year.  It’s their 25th year anniversary and that means lots of special offers and goodies for us.  Yippee!

      Today I want to share with you a very special promotion that is on right now, but it finishes on Monday 21st January so if you want in on this, you’ll have to be in quick!  I’m late sharing it because I wasn’t sure I was going to take part myself, but it didn’t take too much to convince me.

      My Little Valentine is the name of a super cute stamp set that’s only available as a clear mount set, for $21.95 (plus shipping) from now until Monday.  When you order this, you’ll receive a FREE Sealed with Love Simply Sent kit that is on page 35 of the Holiday catalogue.  That’s worth $19.25!  Awesome offer.  I weakened and bought the stamp set myself because I particularly like the “For You” stamp which fits the smallest oval punch that we have, and I realised that the Simply Sent kit will actually be useful for occasions other than Valentine’s Day.  I should mention for overseas readers, here in NZ we pretty much only make one Valentine’s card for a significant other, our kids don’t have to take lots of Valentines treats to school for their classmates.  So Valentine’s Day products sometimes have fairly limited use in our part of the world, sadly!

      I took a few shots for you (please excuse any fuzzy photos, I’m in need of a new camera, where is Santa when you need him?!).  Here’s the contents of the Simply Sent kit, which has supplies for 10 cute pre-printed notes & envelopes:

      Here’s a shot of the stamp set and the first project I made:

      And a close up of the project:

      I simply die cut a heart shape in Pool Party cardstock using the Scalloped Heart of Hearts embosslit die, then stamped the cute greeting using Real Red ink on Whisper White scrap card.  I cut that out by hand and layered it up on the heart using a dimensional.  Then I added a little bling.  Super quick and easy!  I think this may be the one that hubby gets next month.  Although of course he won’t appreciate the texture and bling so much, but too bad!

      I did another quick one using the other printed note – there are 5 of each style in the kit.  This one may go to Miss 8, who expects to get a Valentine’s Day treat from Mummy each year.  Only because I mess around making Valentine’s projects and figure I may as well give her one!  For this one I used the Fashionable Hearts embosslit, I’ve been wanting to use that one for a while now!

      I thought I had better show you the envelope properly.  You can fold them to show either pattern on the outside.  The tie is done using the pre-cut pieces in the kit, you just stick them on using the dimensionals in the kit and stick the baker’s twine in there at the same time.  Easy!

      Hope you liked these!  Let me know quick if you want to order the stamp set and score your free card kit!

      Back soon (I promise!!),  Sale-A-Bration opens in 3 days…. woo hoo!

      Team Gifts

      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!