Monday, 29 September 2008
Simply Sent Kits are a fabulous introduction to cardmaking and stamping, containing EVERYTHING you need to create between 10 and 14 cards, depending on the kit you choose. There's pre-cut cardstock, envelopes, ink, adhesives, embellishments, accessories and more, along with step by step instructions to make cards in 2 different designs. You'll be creating in seconds! Start with the cards in the kit, then use the included stamp set to create many more. You'll find the gorgeous range of kits on pages 12 to 14 of the Idea Book and Catalogue.
In celebration of World Cardmaking Day, October 4th, Stampin' Up! is offering a huge 20% off the catalogue price on ALL Simply Sent Kits!
But, the catch is that it's only for ONE WEEK, between 4th and 11th October.
For my local customers, I will be placing an order on Saturday 11th October, so email or call with your choices, and I'll deliver to you. For my customers further afield, they can be delivered directly to your door, how easy is that! Remember, Simply Sent kits make a thoughtful gift for stampers and non-stampers alike, and Christmas is just around the corner!!
Sunday, 28 September 2008
I also wanted to show you this quick gift idea, modified from a Chocolate/Candy Pull treat found on many blogs and Splitcoast Stampers. It can be adapted quite easily to suit anything from a fun size bar to a family block or even boxed chocs, and can be made in just a few minutes. I've made mine with some of last year's Holiday Thyme Designer Series Paper, the same beautiful patterns are available this year in a different colourway, called Wintergreen (109157). The best bit about using the DSP's is that the offcuts can be used to decorate the package, and the inside will co-ordinate beautifully with the outside. You could also use cardstock for smaller items. This particular pull treat holds my favourite chocolate, Lindt Intense Orange, dark chocolate with almond and orange peel slivers, mmmm yummmmm...
1. Take your sheet of DSP and lay the chocolate on top on the 'wrong side'. Allow 5 or more cm at the bottom for the sealing tape and crimping, and 5 or more cm at the top so the treat can't be seen until the ribbon is pulled.
2. Position the block so there will be enough at each side to overlap when the sides are folded across the centre of the block, mark and trim off the excess at the top and side. Note the measurements to save time if you want to make a batch for the same size block.
3. Score 2 parallel vertical lines at each side of the block, how far apart they are will depend on the thickness of the block, for the Lindt block I used it was 1cm. Use a bone folder to crease the lines neatly.
4. Place a piece of Sticky Strip strong double sided tape across the bottom centre, leaving the liner strip in place for now.
5. Place 2 lengths of tape/SNAIL adhesive on the under and over flaps and seal the long seam.
6. Pinch the bottom sides to pleat, and remove sticky strip liner, sealing the base. Use a paper crimper if you have one, or score several lines with your trimmer of bone folder to give a professional finish.
7. Use a circle punch to chomp a bit out of the
chocolate NO!! centre top, and use a 1/4" hole punch to make a hole about 2cm below the chomp.
8. Cut a length of ribbon long enough to go right around the block top to bottom, with extra for tying, and thread through both holes you just punched. Slide the bar inside, this will push the ribbon down to the bottom! Tie the ribbon at the top, and then simply pull on it to draw out the treat! Easy Peasy!
9. Decorate the outside, I used a scallop circle and a 1 1/4" circle, stamped with the 'thank you' from Occasional Greetings. I laid these over a 1cm strip of DSP stuck down with SNAIL.
Quick, easy, elegant - what more could you want!!
Friday, 26 September 2008
Monday, 22 September 2008
Saturday, 20 September 2008
Next we have a one-off ring-in occasion to add to my creative to-do list this year, my cousin Carol from Ireland is marrying her sweetheart Fergal on 26th September, so I made this card to send them our best wishes for a happy future. It uses Whisper White cardstock embossed with textile and swiss dots folders, on a Blush Blossom card base with edges sponged in Groovy Guava ink. Notice how sharp the embossing turns out??!! That's because of the really densely packed paper fibres in the Whisper White (and Very Vanilla) Stampin' Up! cardstocks - it's also what gives such crisp stamped images on these colours. Before embossing I stamped the large flourish from Baroque Motifs in Groovy Guava onto the white piece. I made a scalloped edge with the corner rounder punch and added holes with the 1/8" circle punch, and backed the piece with a strip of Whisper White for neatness. A Blush Blossom band was stamped with the Cherish sentiment from Baroque Motifs in Groovy Guava, and the circle flower motif was stamped in Groovy Guava on Whisper White and punched with the circle scallop punch. The small star flower from the same set was stamped on Blush Blossom and punched using the Boho Blossoms punch. I layered this with Stampin' Dimensionals, and topped it with an adhesive half pearl from the Pretties Kit. I hope they like it!
Today is my FIL's birthday, and next in the list is the card I made for him. It uses Creamy Caramel rolled in Versamark with the Speckled Wheel as the base. Next there is a layer of Outlaw DSP, and then a torn piece of Naturals Ivory. This is wrapped in a band of wide chocolate grosgrain ribbon. I cut a circle out of Close to Cocoa and layered a scallop on top. The scallop was stamped with the circle motif from Boho Backgrounds using my Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip and Close to Cocoa markers to give a multicoloured effect. To finish I added a greeting from It's your Birthday. I love the masculine colours and patterns in the Boho themed items!
Then we have a card for MY dad's birthday, which is next weekend (I was on a roll, what can I say!) No prizes for guessing where my dad's cultural origins lie! I chose his fave green, Garden Green and Wild Wasabi in this case, and threw in some white and orange for completeness (Groovy Guava again - do you think I can get away with writing GG now??) The card uses several of the small stamps from the Occasionally set, with a stray from the It's Your Birthday set, and these were punched using the 3/4" circle punch and mounted along with some solid coloured circles on Stampin' Dimensionals on a Whisper White background sponged with GG. A greeting from It's Your Birthday was stamped in Garden Green on a white panel, mounted on a Wild Wasabi piece, and layered over some Wild Wasabi striped grosgrain ribbon.
Finally in this batch (phew I can hear you sigh - Blogger wouldn't let me load the last one I made along with these) is a card for my SIL - next week again. This is a dramatic version of a catalogue sample using the hostess set "From the Garden", stamped in Purely Pomegranate rather than GG as in the catalogue. This stamp didn't really appeal to me on first sight, but when I saw a couple of cards made by Teneale Williams, I thought I should add it to my collection. I'm glad I did, because it makes for a super fast card, with just one impression you're good to go! There is a thin band of River Rock sandwiched between some textured Purely Pomegranate cardstock and some stitched grosgrain in Purely Pomegranate. The greeting is from It's Your Birthday and is stamped in Basic Black.
Back tomorrow maybe with the lucky last from this batch!! Hope you like them, I'd love to read your comments and constructive advice!
Thursday, 18 September 2008
Wednesday, 17 September 2008
Tuesday, 16 September 2008
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
What's provided?: Morning and afternoon snacks, tea, coffee and water. Other drinks and lunch will be available to purchase from the Club bistro, or take a short stroll to the local cafes. Use of our tools and stamps, goody bag and prizes are also on offer, along with loads of inspiration and fun!
What to bring?: Your projects to work on, basic tools and adhesives, lunch if you'd like to picnic at the nearby park.
Cost and Registration details: The early bird price is $30, payment is required at the time of registration. We can accept cash, cheque, bank direct deposit, Paypal or credit card (Mastercard or Visa) Early bird registrations close Sunday 28th September, phone me on 9484 9447 or 0403 175790 or email me. Full price Registration fee after 28th September is $35, and registrations close Friday 17th October 2008. Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Didn't get an invitation? Contact me with your email or mailing address and I'll send one straight out!
Saturday, 6 September 2008
I have collected a big box of lovely swap cards, made by demonstrators from all over NSW and some even beyond, and I have come away even more inspired to create! Where's that 36hour clock gone???
In addition to some great business tips shared by some of SU's most successful demonstrators, we also made some great projects with a brand new stamp set and tools due to arrive here before the end of the year we think! Very exciting! My camera is chock a block full of photos, I'll get a chance to post some highlights during the week I hope.
The next regionals won't be until this time next year, but if you'd like to join me as a guest, start thinking about it now and register your interest with me at firstname.lastname@example.org to be sent information on how you can experience this unique day.
Here's sending a very HAPPY FATHERS DAY to all the dads out there, some of them I know are getting lovely hand-stamped cards!
Monday, 1 September 2008
Now I get the pleasure of deciding where to send it next... and it came with rules! Some of which I think I will need to break, not sure if I have 4 dedicated followers of my blog!
1. Only 5 people allowed.
2. 4 have to be dedicated followers of your blog
3. one has to be someone new or recently new to your blog and live in another part of the world.
4. you must link back to whoever gave you the award.
Here we go!
1. Cass Grambau, my lovely upline, who I think checks out my blog from time to time ;)
2. Carolyn Gibbs, my stunningly talented downline, who never ceases to amaze me with her creativity!
3. Keeping it in the family again with a brand new blogger, who has been very busy setting up a fabulous blog in practically no time (I want her clock too Dani, cos it's also got more hours on it than mine!)... lets give a round of applause to the brilliant Kim Tonnet! Kim is also very generous with her time and tools, especially when I was getting started with SU, and it is great to have my SU "Grandma" just a stone's throw away!
4. Linda Higgins, who may or may not be new to my blog! Linda was the demonstrator for the very first Stampin' Up! workshop I attended, and although I already had an upline-to-be, she answered lots of my questions and made it all look SOOO easy and fun, that I made up my mind on the spot! Linda lives in another part of the world called the Central Coast, and has recently been justly rewarded for her hard work by going on the Incentive Trip. Now, Palm Cove most DEFINITELY counts as another world! So glad to read you had a wonderful time being spoiled!
5. Lin Mei Yap - who is getting this award again from me, simply because if I'm at all bored, or in need of procrastination, heading to her blog is guaranteed to give me a laugh! I love her writing style, and her cards are to die for!
Off to make some more swaps for Regional Training this coming Saturday! And I still haven't made those fathers day cards... But! I am beginning to feel a little more human and finally think this respiratory bug is on the retreat, fingers crossed!
Merry, Merry Bundle (includes Merry, Merry stamp set and All about Christmas jumbo wheel)
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Artfully Asian Bundle (includes Artfully Asian stamp set and Watercolor Vine jumbo wheel)
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Nursery Necessities Bundle (includes Nursery Necessities stamp set and Nursery Letters jumbo wheel)
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Bodacious Bouquet Bundle (includes Bodacious Bouquet stamp set and Bodacious jumbo wheel)
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Carte Postale Bundle (includes Carte Postale stamp set and Leaves à la Carte jumbo wheel)
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Priceless Bundle (includes Priceless stamp set and So Swirly jumbo wheel)
Orders placed before the 15th of September (Monday) will also receive a bonus ribbon sampler pack! (sent separately unless you are local to me) It is expected that there will be some backorders towards the end of this promotion, so don't delay, and you'll be wheelin away in no time!