Party Planning, while I wait...

You might be familiar with one of the perks of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, specifically, that we get to pre-order from new catalogues a whole month before the general stampin' population. Which is excellent, because it means we get to sniff and caress play with the new stuff in advance, use it to get ahead with class and event planning etc.

Which would all be fine and dandy if Australia Post had an flippin' sense of urgency about the whole thing. You might sense a slight bit of urgency on my part, and you'd be correct, because my pre-order box of goodness has already been a week in transit and I'm slowly running out of patience daylight hours for arrival today...

*sad face*

Instead of pacing and peering out my front window (ok, as WELL as pacing and peering out my front window...) I thought I would busy myself with a little bit of launch party planning, so that when my pre-order does show up, I'll have a pre-planned party with a whole bunch of excitable attendees (Psssssttt! That's you!) at the ready.

And so I bring you...

Contact me to book your spot today, and get ready to party, Holiday Catalogue style...!

PS. I had to pause the writing of this post right in the middle so that I could collect children from school, and what should show up just as I was walking out the door...?! I didn't have the energy to re-write the post now that my order is actually here, and I haven't had a chance to open the box, so technically, it's still accurate...kind of...   S x

Once in a stampin' blue moon...

We are mere hours away from the release of the brand now Annual Catalogue for 2015-2016 and in addition to the excitement generated by this event every year, this year there's a bonus twist - one that I've never known to happen in more than nine years since I started as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.

Tuesday June 2nd 2015 is the FINAL day that you can purchase retiring items from the 2014-2015 Annual Catalogue, many of them heavily discounted.

It is also the FINAL day that you can purchase items from the 2015 Occasions Catalogue that won't be carrying over to the new Annual Catalogue.

The fun twist is that Tuesday June 2nd 2015 is also the FIRST day that you can purchase all new products from the 2015-2016 Annual Catalogue

Here's a pictorial guide to help you out...

But that's not all...

As any viable company must do, Stampin' Up! continually evaluate their pricing to ensure they're offering high-quality, competitively-priced products while also remaining profitable. To that end, some product lines will increase in price with the release of the 2015-2016 Annual Catalogue, inclusive of ink pads and refills, the Bigshot machine and cutting pads, cardstock, extra large punches, background stamps and Project Life Card Collections.

The GREAT news is that on the transition day of June 2nd, when all catalogues are available to purchase from, items carrying over from the 2014-2015 Annual Catalogue to the 2015-2016 Annual Catalogue will be available at their current (lesser) price before they are increased on June 3rd - this is your official heads up!

In addition, the Stampin' Rewards - previously known as Hostess Benefits - will be undergoing quite a simplification process, going from seven different earning brackets to just four. 

Outgoing Hostess Benefits on the left, incoming Hostess Rewards on the right

Outgoing Hostess Benefits on the left, incoming Hostess Rewards on the right

The transition day of June 2nd will be the final day on which the outgoing Hostess Benefits will apply with hostess exclusive stamp sets from ALL THREE catalogues being available for selection. That's FOURTEEN different, hostess-exclusive, specially priced stamp sets, available all at once. For one day only.

Clearly, it's not going to be an option to pull together a Stampin' Up! party with such minimal notice, and luckily, you won't have to in order to take advantage of the rewards.

Any order that reaches the minimum level for Hostess Benefits ($300) is eligible to select the applicable rewards, and with so many catalogues and products to select from when putting together your order, there's a good chance you could be choosing some free gear for yourself.

Here's a recap of what's available on this once in my stampin' lifetime opportunity - between the hours of 2am (AEST) June 2nd and midnight (AEST) June 3rd, you can:

  • purchase brand new products from the 2015-2016 Annual Catalogue
  • purchase carryover items from the 2014-2015 Annual Catalogue at 2014-2015 prices before price increases take effect
  • purchase retiring items from the 2015 Occasions Catalogue
  • purchase retiring items from the 2014-2015 Annual Catalogue, many at up to 50% discount
  • take advantage of 2014-2015 Hostess Benefits
  • choose from 14 exclusively available hostess stamp sets
  • select from current Weekly Deals at 25% off
  • select from currently available Clearance Rack items at up to 80% off

At the time of writing this post, the online store was undergoing the transition and not available to link up directly to the different categories mentioned above. There's a chance I might be able to pop in and amend this tomorrow (it is very nearly bed time for this sleepy stamper...!) but if you come across this post any time on June 2nd, I would strongly suggest you head on over to my online store and have a good old-fashioned poke around to see how you can make this catalogue transition work for you!

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.


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