Home again, home again, more retiring items sold out, 30% off digital + get YOUR new catalogue!

It's just over a week since I returned from Queensland and a few days of R&R with gorgeous friends in Brisbane before hitting up the Gold Coast for this year's Inspire Create Share convention, and WHAT a week it was!

We had torrential rain, the likes of which this Perth gal has never witnessed. We got a new a ridiculously exciting catalogue, which I have proceeded to browse, peruse, prioritise and and re-prioritise. We caught up with stampin' friends, old and new and celebrated amazing achievements and differences made. We played tourists once the sun decided to make an effort, then headed home on the red-eye special late last Sunday night.

This last week I've been in catch up mode, getting back into the routine of being mum, wife, chief cook and bottle washer, as well as spending time stamping and adding my lovely customers to the list of all lists - the one where you get to be among the first to see the new Annual Catalogue in real, living colour!

Here's me when I got mine...

Squee! #inspirecreateshare #convention2015 #stampinup #stampinupaustralia

Squee! #inspirecreateshare #convention2015 #stampinup #stampinupaustralia

The first mailing group closed last week and those catalogues will be winging their way around the country in a matter of days, but the second one is now open!

But only until May 18th, so if you'd love a catalogue in the post before its even officially released, all you need to do is place an order of $50 or more (before shipping) in my online store to qualify.


DON'T FORGET! USE THE HOSTESS CODE 9VSFMP6Q WHEN PLACING YOUR ORDER of $50 or more (before shipping)!

The combined total of orders placed in my online store using this code (until 19 May) will share in the hostess dollars and score FREE product, chosen by me and posted at no cost to you! We have well and truly passed the minimum amount needed to qualify for hostess dollars, so there's definite free stuff to be had. Tell your friends - the more orders, the more hostess dollars to share around!


The retiring list continues to diminish as the outgoing products sell out to make way for the extremely and terribly exciting new catalogue coming out next month!

Check out all the stuff that's gone already...

Or just bypass worrying about what you missed out on and grab hold of what's left while you still can!

I mentioned a couple of months back about the imminent departure of my much loved digital designing software, MDS, but what I have failed to mention until now is that the software and all downloads are available until the end of the month at 30% off!

If you don't have MDS, but like the idea of using fabulous graphics and design elements in other design software, then there is also the option of purchasing and downloading the elements for use in programs such as Photoshop. 

Check out all the available downloads


New Sale-a-bration products, Blendabilities discontinued + birds and lemons...

I'm a bit delayed in updating you with a number of things, not least of which is the news that there are FOUR new Sale-a-bration freebies to earn as of this month!

Click on the above image for a detailed product flyer!

Click on the above image for a detailed product flyer!

As with the previous Sale-a-bration offerings, you get to choose one of the free items with every $90 in your order (prior to shipping).

You'll want to be quick though, as we're in the final weeks of Sale-a-bration, so make sure to get your qualifying order in before March 31st...


Blendabilities Discontinued

Last week, Stampin' Up! announced that they had turned off all of the Blendabilities product codes in the ordering system while they investigated a quality issue that had resulted in the return of an increasing number of sets of the markers due to drying out.

In a further update this week, due to the nature of the defect, Stampin' Up!  have concluded that difficulties, dissatisfaction and product returns will only become more widespread.

The manufacturer is unable to correct the problem in a manner that Stampin' Up! are certain would meet their high quality standards and provide them with a stable, long-term solution. Therefore, after a great deal of deliberation and in order to prevent further disappointment, the Blendabilities product line has been discontinued.

Questions?

Q: Will the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad (item #132708) and the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad Refill (item #133456) still be available for purchase?
A: Yes. I am SO happy about this news - Memento has become my go-to black ink!

Q: What are the quality problems with this product?
A: When the tip is welded to the barrel, the welding process can leave microscopic (invisible) holes in the marker tip. This leads to accelerated evaporation of the alcohol in the ink.

Q: Are all Blendabilities markers defective?
A: No. Most Blendabilities markers work as intended. I have almost all of the sets and have never personally experienced a problem with any of them, and neither have I been alerted to any issues that my customers have had.

Q: What if I have purchased Blendabilities Markers that are defective?
A: If you purchased your markers through me, please get in touch for assistance. If your markers were purchased through another demonstrator, you will need to contact them.


Happier news - birds and lemons

Back in January, I shared some cards that I had created on the request of Stampin' Up! for inclusion in a Product of the Week showcase that would be running throughout Sale-a-bration. I have neglected to share a second set of cards that was part of the same promotion, this time using the A Happy Thing stamp set.

This is probably the last set that I would have chosen for myself, but the great thing about an assignment such as being asked to provide cards using a designated stamp set, is that it provides a shove out of your comfort zone like no other...!

I got out my trusty watercolouring tools for the first two cards and absorbed myself in layering (and layering, and layering!) colours using Watercolor Paper, Aquapainters and ink pads.

(Follow a tutorial on how I watercolour)

Stamps: A Happy Thing (SAB), Gorgeous Grunge Paper: Soft Seude, Naturals White, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Typeset Specialty DSP, Flower Pot DSP, Watercolor Paper Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive Accessories: Big Shot, Chalk Talk Framelits, Aquapainters, Natural 7/8" Cotton Ribbon, Early Espresso 1/4" Cotton Ribbon, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: A Happy Thing (SAB), Gorgeous Grunge Paper: Soft Seude, Naturals White, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Typeset Specialty DSP, Flower Pot DSP, Watercolor Paper Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive Accessories: Big Shot, Chalk Talk Framelits, Aquapainters, Natural 7/8" Cotton Ribbon, Early Espresso 1/4" Cotton Ribbon, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: A Happy Thing (SAB) Paper: Soft Seude, Crumb Cake, Watercolor Paper, Park Lane DSP Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Sky, Marina Mist,  Accessories: Aquapainters, Venetian Crochet Trim, Early Espresso Baker's Twine

Stamps: A Happy Thing (SAB) Paper: Soft Seude, Crumb Cake, Watercolor Paper, Park Lane DSP Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Sky, Marina Mist,  Accessories: Aquapainters, Venetian Crochet Trim, Early Espresso Baker's Twine

For the final card (my favourite, incidentally), I did use Blendabilities, but a similar effect could be achieved with the watercolouring technique as outlined in my tutorial. As long as you can produce the light and shade that makes it look as realistic as possible, you're on a winner :-)

Stamps: A Happy Thing (SAB) Paper: Soft Seude, Whisper White,  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Soft Suede Accessories: Big Shot, Circles Collection Framelits, Chevron Embossing Folder, Stampin' Blendabilities (discontinued) Essentials Wooden Elements, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: A Happy Thing (SAB) Paper: Soft Seude, Whisper White,  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Soft Suede Accessories: Big Shot, Circles Collection Framelits, Chevron Embossing Folder, Stampin' Blendabilities (discontinued) Essentials Wooden Elements, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

Just for fun, here's another technique that lends itself well to the A Happy Thing stamp set. Check out this video from Stampin' Up! on masking using this image...

Thanks for popping in today!

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