Colour Your Season - Exclusive products for August!

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August is shaping up to be quite the exciting month, with Bonus Days riding again, plus this brand new, exclusive to August bundle of coordinating loveliness!

Get ready to colour YOUR season (or all four of them!) with these beautiful new products!

Products details

  • Blended Seasons Stamp Set, an exclusive 10-piece wood- or clear-mount stamp set with images for every season
  • Stitched Season Framelits Dies, a coordinating stitched die that includes stitching on both the positive and negative images
  • Watercolor Pencils in 10 new colours. Note: These Watercolor Pencils may be available in a future publication.
  • Please note: The bundle includes the stamp set and dies only. It does not include the Watercolor Pencils.
 Download the flyer with images and details of all products in the promotion

Download the flyer with images and details of all products in the promotion

Be inspired

There really is something for every season in this bundle, as evidence by the stunning samples from Stampin' Up! below.

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Ready for more? Check out Stampin' Up!'s Colour Your Season Pinterest board!

Love it already...? Be quick, these exclusive August products are only available until the end of the month while stocks last!

Remember - every $90 in your order total qualifies you for a $9 Bonus Days coupon to spend next month, so be sure to have your nine times tables at hand to make sure that your order total is going to give you the best bang for your September buck!

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Bonus Days are back!

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If you've been around for a little while, you might recall the fun of Bonus Days. They are on again, and taking part is as simple as spending in August to save in September.

Earn a $9 bonus coupon for every $90 in your order total during August, then when September rolls around (bringing with it the shiny new Holiday Catalogue...!) you can apply your discount codes to your order and save!

Questions?

Here are some answers...

If you have further questions, make sure to get in touch, or if you're ready to start earning your coupons, away you go!

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Designer Series Paper sale - Buy 3, get 1 FREE

Until the end of July (that is, for another 2.2 days), choose three packs of Designer Series Paper and get one pack FREE! With all new designs (as well as a favourite carryover pack!) in the recently released 2018-19 Annual Catalogue, there are loads of delightful options.

One of my recently acquired packs - Garden Impressions 6x6 DSP - was busted open with gusto recently, and with inspiration provided by these gorgeous cards by Jessica Williams at The Paper Caper, I created these same but different card designs

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The one at the top left was the first design, and I think it's still my favourite out of all of them. Here's a bit of a closer look. How perfectly do all of these patterns lend themselves to the 'same but different' design?

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You might notice the addition of coloured pearls and rhinestones and wonder how you missed these in the catalogue. The good news is that you didn't, they are the Pearl Basic Jewels and Rhinestone Basic Jewels coloured with Stampin' Blends.

How clever is that?

I can't take credit for the idea (but I also can't give credit for it, as I can't recall where I first saw it done...) Perhaps it's just a known fact that alcohol markers can change the colour of your embellishments and ribbons, let's go with that *grin*

With this offer only valid until the end of July, be quick with your paper selections so you don't miss out!

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Last chance products - the retiring list is here!

The retiring list has been released, and in order to make way for all of the awesomeness that is coming at us with the release of the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue in June, it's necessary that we say goodbye to some existing products.

As is always the case (with the exception of Flirty Flamingo, which is all at once retiring as an In-Color and immediately returning as part of the core colour collection!), the outgoing In-Colors are always in the firing line and tend to sell out quickly, so if you're in the market for a stock up of any of your faves, start HERE. As is ALSO always the case, once they're gone, they're gone...

With a colour revamp officially in the pipeline, it's also time to say goodbye to some of the core colours that will be retiring from the colour offering this year to make way for some fresh new (and returning In-Color! hues) too. So if you love any of these, now is the time to stock up on ink, cardstock and ink refills...

While you browse, you may also note that there are ink pads on the Last Chance List that aren't listed above as retiring colours. This is because the ink pad design is also having an exciting overhaul. As of the release of the new Annual Catalogue in June, all ink pads will be available in the new streamlined design, hence the sell off of existing ink pads in all colours.

As for stamps, bundles, accessories and everything else, click on the category headings below to browse and shop ALL of the retiring products. Something to keep in mind is that while some of the products that make up the bundles will be carrying over, they won't be bundled together in the new catalogue, so won't attract the 10% saving that currently exists on them...

There's a lot to take in, and further information about the colour revamp and fresh new ink pad design will follow soon, but for now, make sure to grab all of your outgoing favourites while you still have the opportunity.

They're available until May 31st, but only while stocks last!

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Sale-a-bration second release

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I've been remiss in not being hastier to pass on the latest update in all things Sale-a-bration.

You will likely be familiar with the original Sale-a-bration FREE product offerings, released at the beginning of January. A vast array to choose from already. But in the event that there's nothing there that steams your pudding (or in the event that you've already earned them all!), there are some new products in town, and my guess is you're going to love them...

FREE with a $90 spend

 Eclectic Expressions | available in woodmount and clearmount

Eclectic Expressions | available in woodmount and clearmount

 Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper

Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper

Free with a $180 spend

 
 Blossoming Basket bundle | available in woodmount and clearmount

Blossoming Basket bundle | available in woodmount and clearmount

 

I already have plans for that gorgeous Basket Weave Embossing Folder (Easter basket, anyone...?!) and I'm a huge fan of anything textured and watercolour-ish, so Eclectic Expressions is on my to do list as well.

And I have seen some amazing creations with the Springtime Foils DSP too, so I have some serious creating in my future. It goes without saying that I pre-ordered them all, it was too difficult to choose a favourite, so I chose not to choose... *grin*

Earn YOUR favourites today by shopping in my online store and selecting a FREE Level 1 item for every $90 in your order total or spend $180 and choose a Level 2 item or TWO Level 1s!

Which of the new products leaps out at you...?

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Happy New... Everything!

Hello friends!

Happy New Year! How was your festive break, if you had one? Mine was filled with family, friends and food - fairly standard for the time of year and enjoyable in every sense!

I have recently updated my website with all kinds of information about the current fabulous promotions - too much to put in a single post, so I have separated it out into individual pages that are easier to find and navigate.

Make sure to visit each page and take in all the info - there are resources galore on all of the new products and promotions, so you might want to boil the kettle first :-)

Here you go...

I have a bit of a life update to share as well, but that's a story for another time (soon!), right now I have an email to send (are YOU subscribed..?) and some classes to spruik!

Hooray!

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Christmas in July - come and get festive with me!

There are gifts aplenty available this month for new demonstrators who take up the demonstrator opportunity!

Not only can you create your own Starter Kit with products of your choosing up to $235 (for the cost of just $169), but until July 31st, you will receive a bonus Essentials Gift Pack** valued at an additional $86...

** also included but not pictured - two D Blocks (clear stamping blocks)

If that's not exciting (and enticing..?) enough, new demonstrators jumping on this opportunity will also receive the Carols of Christmas stamp set for FREE!

Not familiar with Carols of Christmas...?

That stands to reason, as it hasn't been released yet! It's coming up in the Holiday Catalogue due for release in September, but available as a pre-release stamp set in August to customers, and as a FREE bonus for new demonstrators signing up in July!

Check it out...

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Carols of Christmas stamp set

If you've ever thought about trying out the demonstrator opportunity for yourself, now is the perfect time to jump in! It's a great opportunity at the best of times, with perks galore, and so many amazing benefits, but right now there is so much more to gain and absolutely nothing to lose.

Questions? Get in touch and I'll be happy to chat!*

Concerns? Ask me anything and I'll do my best to set your mind at ease!**

Ready to jump in and start what may just be the ride of your life like it has been for me...?***

* I am happy to chat depending on the WiFi available at the various places I'll be staying on the two week holiday I'm taking that starts tomorrow morning!!
** I will put your mind at ease while my own mind is at ease taking in a massage or a cheeky cocktail by the pool *grin*
*** The ride of my life takes a trip to Singapore and Phuket starting tomorrow, the Phuket portion of which is directly related to my experience as a demonstrator, as it's the Incentive Trip that I earned last year #squeeeeee

Welcome July, and BONUS DAYS!

Happy July to you! Winter has well and truly arrived in my little corner of the world today, only a month since it officially started, but with the temperature barely making it to double figures today, it has surely made its presence felt!

Some of you might remember the Bonus Days promotion from last year and many of you took part. Due to the wild success and popularity of the promotion, it's back again, so you have a brand new chance to earn August coupons with your July purchases!

With the brand new catalogue for 2017-2018 having been released just a month ago, it's the perfect time to grab some items from your new catalogue wishlist, then grab some more for FREE with your earned coupons next month.

How to take part...?

Simply place an order in my online store, and every $90 in your order total (before shipping) will qualify you for a $9 coupon to put towards purchases next month. There is no limit to the number of vouchers you can earn during the promotion, and the only requirement on your part is that you have an email address (this is how your vouchers are delivered!)

Even better...

If your order total is over $100, you will also qualify for my Stampin' Spoils gift for July, and if you hit $250 or more, then Stampin' Rewards are also yours for the taking!

Best of all...

If your wishlist is extreme (and let's face it, there is a LOT to love in this new catalogue!), then you're going to want to keep an eye out for my next post, coming up after this one, because there's a whole lot of reasons to take a closer look at the demonstrator opportunity this month too.

Stay tuned!

A month of savings and *NEW* Stitched Shapes

Just last week, we Stampin' Up! demonstrators were given the heads up about a new product that was being released ahead of next year's Annual Catalogue, and just like that, with the beginning of November, here they are!

I can't profess to know the whys and wherefores of how decisions are made about product releases outside of official catalogue dates, but I don't really care to, all I know is that these new Framelits are taking their rightful place in my collection ASAP!

Check them out in this fun and informative video...

The Stitched Shapes Framelits are available RIGHT NOW, but before you head off to my online store, you might also like to know that this month, there is also a select range of stamp sets for 25% off the retail price...

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Click image to view larger flyer or HERE to shop now!

In all of the Stitched Shapes and discounted stamp sets excitement, don't forget that your $100 order (before shipping) qualifies you for my Stampin' Spoils gift for November, so don't forget to add the host code to your online order..!

GET THE CODE AND ALL THE DETAILS...

I'm off now to finish packing before flying out to Brisbane this afternoon for the Stampin' Up! OnStage Live event! They're releasing the upcoming Occasions Catalogue to attending demonstrators and I'll be basking in the new catalogue glow with several hundred of my closest stampin' friends all weekend! Can't wait to share what we see (but don't hold your breath, we're sworn to secrecy until some time next week!)

Designer Series Paper Sale - buy three, get one free!

It's a brand new month and there's a brand new promotion to go along with it - and it's all about pretty paper!

My whole stampin' story started with a love of paper, established many years ago when I would collect pretty paper as a child. I would never actually use it for anything, I just liked to own it, look at it and marvel at the colours and patterns. Not much has changed all these years later. I do at least use it these days, but sometimes the first cut into a fresh sheet of 12x12 can be tough!

During October, you can stock up on your own stash of Designer Series Paper with a buy three, get one FREE special!

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Click to view and shop for available paper packs

If you're quick, you can combine this great promotion with a special offer to celebrate today's World Card Making Day, with up to 25% off a range of great card making essentials!

 Click to shop for these special, but BE QUICK - these offers are ONLY AVAILABLE UNTIL OCTOBER 5TH!

Click to shop for these special, but BE QUICK - these offers are ONLY AVAILABLE UNTIL OCTOBER 5TH!

Of course, you'll also want to combine all of these great offers with this month's host code to score an extra gift from me!

Righto, I'm off to watch the remainder of the thus far nail-biting AFL Grand Final! I don't have any particular allegiance to either team this year, but do love a hard fought, well played match and it hasn't been disappointing up until now!

Thankful Thursday - CASEing the company

I had reason to need a thank you card this week, and going by the assumption that my eldest daughter's netball team's umpire doesn't read my blog (or likely even know my last name!) I feel safe to share it here before we give it to her on the weekend.

My girls are playing their last game of netball for the season this coming Saturday. I was always a netballer at school (and again recently), but this is the first season my girls have played, as they went down the dancing/acrobatics route instead. They've loved playing, once they figured out which positions were allowed in which thirds and managed to master the pivot. If there's one thing that is really evident to me about junior sport, having witnessed it first hand for the past several months, it's that much is owed to the small group of very committed people who show up rain or shine (or rain, or thunderous storminess or rain - it was a wet season, can you tell?) every weekend and do what needs to be done, whether that's to grab a whistle and run the sidelines, serve post match chips in the canteen or teach the skills of the game. 

So as well as being for our umpire, this thanks is also for all of those who spend time in the sometimes wet and muddy but rewarding trenches of junior sport - I salute you.

   Stamps:   Endless Thanks, Writing Notes   Paper:   Whisper White, Whisper White thick card stock, Brights Designer Series Paper Stack   Ink:   Soft Sky, Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Cameo Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Memento Tuxedo Black   Accessories:   Metallics Sequin Assortment, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Stamps: Endless Thanks, Writing Notes Paper: Whisper White, Whisper White thick card stock, Brights Designer Series Paper Stack Ink: Soft Sky, Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Cameo Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Memento Tuxedo Black Accessories: Metallics Sequin Assortment, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

I have loved the Endless Thanks stamp set since I first saw it in the previous Annual Catalogue, and like many of the sets in my collection, it hasn't seen nearly as much ink as I would like it to have. Neither has the Writing Notes stamp in the background #virgininking but I digress...

A quick Google search presented me with myriad options for use, but I couldn't go past this one and CASEd it almost to the letter. Often, I will use a card idea that I see as a starting point and end up somewhere else altogether, but this one was perfect in its perfection, so I hardly altered a detail.

When looking up the details of who to credit for its creation, I discovered that it was pinned to one of Stampin' Up!'s own squillions of Pinterest boards, where they share card ideas from their own concept artists, as well as from blogs of demonstrators from around the world. If you're ever in need of inspiration of the stampin' variety, or just like to look at pretty things, I would highly recommend a visit.

Speaking of visiting, you might want to swing by my online store for the newest batch of Special Offers or check out the recent updates to the Clearance Rack - there are bargains of all kinds on offer!

And thanks for visiting with me today :-)

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More stamps please - a great time to join!

So you've seen the new catalogue and marked your favourite pages. You've prioritised your wishlist and wondered whether baked beans on toast are a viable family meal on a long term basis...

There's a better way!

The demonstrator starter kit is fabulous value at the best of times - you pay just $169 for up to $245 worth of products of your own personal choosing. This month, however, the value is even greater with the opportunity for all new demonstrators to choose an additional TWO stamp sets (of any value!) for FREE! So depending on which stamp sets you choose, you could potentially add a further $175 worth to the value of your kit.

Be part of something amazing indeed. Part of an amazing community of sharing and caring gals in my team, an amazing company offering amazing products, putting on amazing events and just generally being amazing!

Check out some more details about joining my team and be sure to contact me if you're in need of further information!

Ready to give it a crack...?

Introducing the 2016-2017 Annual Catalogue

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Click image to download the catalogue pdf

Happy New Catalogue Day!

Yes, it deserves capitals, and yes, probably also a national holiday, but I'll settle for 209 pages with hundreds of new products from stamp sets to papers, discounted product bundles to Big Shot accessories, punches, accents & embellishments, new In-Colors and exclusive host stamp sets!

Download your digital copy by clicking on the image above. Customers of mine from this past year will have mostly received a hard copy my now, with a handful that I still have to distribute.

Want one?

If you don't currently have another demonstrator that you order from, you can request a copy of the catalogue HERE.

The brand new host code is up and running, so check it out and see what your qualifying order will score you this month!

CHECK IT OUT! NEW CATALOGUE PRODUCT SHARES! Try out a sampling of new papers, ribbons, accents (or all three) by joining in with my product shares. They're a great way to test the waters of all the great new stuff without drowning in stampin' overwhelm!

JOIN A SHARE NOW!

A party panda, a big boat and a chance to win!

Hello friends!

I have a cute card to share with you today - one that I just made yesterday for the birthday party of a friend of my youngest daughter. My small girl is somewhat known for her love of all things panda related. I can't recall where it started, but she has quite the collection of stuffed toys, pens, pyjamas, books, notebooks etc, all bearing images of pandas.

Here's how we wished her sweet friend a happy 9th birthday yesterday...

   Stamps  : Playful Pals, Balloon Builders   Paper:   Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, It's My Party DSP, Silver Glimmer Paper   Ink:   Basic Black Archival, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Versamark   Accessories:   Pyramid Pals Thinlits, Circles Collection Framelits, 1-3/8" and 1-1/4" Circle Punches, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, White Embossing Powder, White Gel Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Playful Pals, Balloon Builders Paper: Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, It's My Party DSP, Silver Glimmer Paper Ink: Basic Black Archival, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Versamark Accessories: Pyramid Pals Thinlits, Circles Collection Framelits, 1-3/8" and 1-1/4" Circle Punches, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, White Embossing Powder, White Gel Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals

How cute is that face? It's almost enough to make me want to start a panda collection of my own...

Speaking of collections, the Playful Pals stamp set is the perfect collection of shapes and images to provide all kinds of options to create a whole array of animal faces. Bundle it together with the Pyramid Pals Thinlit Dies, and you can cut out all those stamped bits and pieces and assemble them as a sweet gift box too!

Luckily, the Playful Pals Bundle and its individual parts are carrying over to our upcoming Annual Catalogue, but the Designer Series Paper that I've used for this card (and SO many others!) won't be... The It's My Party Designer Series Paper is a massive stack of full 12x12 sheets, three designs from which feature on this card. It has everything from birthday party imagery to subtle stripes and geometric shapes - pretty much something for every occasion. It will be outgoing with the rest of the items from the current Occasions Catalogue, which finishes up at the end of this month, so grab a stack while you can...!

The other thing finishing up at the end of this month is the current Annual Catalogue. The Retiring List is in full swing, with many products already sold out. Check out what's still available - much of itgoing out at great discounts - by visiting the Retiring Products section of my online store.

When you're shopping, be sure to keep in mind my Stampin' Spoils program and remember to apply the host code to your order! If your order totals between $100 and $250, be sure to apply the code and grab yourself this month's gift from me!

CHECK OUT ALL THE DETAILS AND GRAB THIS MONTH'S CODE...

For some extra fun for my online shoppers this month, your qualifying online order will also put you in with a chance of scoring an added bonus...!

Some of you may recall last September when I was in a last minute push to earn the 2016 Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip to the Mediterranean. You might also recall the final result that saw me marginally miss out in the end. In rather an amazing turn of events, it so happens that I'll be cruising the Mediterranean anyway, as the stunned, grateful and delighted guest of the gorgeous and amazingly talented Julie Kettlewell - my dear demo friend from the UK.

Well after counting down since September when she asked me - in a manner that was much like a marriage proposal - to go as her guest, the time has come and I will be boarding an Emirates flight tomorrow evening to head off to Yorkshire to stay with Julie and her family for three days before we fly together to Barcelona to get on the boat on the weekend!

I will return home in just over a fortnight, right in time for the start of the new Annual Catalogue, but while I'm away, the Retiring List will rage on, and the opportunity to shop from my online store for retiring, clearance and carrying over products will remain available - with an added incentive to do so...!

Back with I was on my previous Incentive Trip to the Caribbean in 2014, Stampin' Up! were giving away these Paper Pumpkin kits to any fellow travellers on board who were interested in trying out stamping for themselves. At the end of the cruise, any that they had left were handed out the demonstrators, so I have had these boxes taking up space in my craft room cupboard ever since!

The super fun part is that I have no idea what's in them! Paper Pumpkin is a monthly stampin' subscription service, but is not a feature of our Australian Stampin' Up! market. So other than knowing that inside is a selection of exclusive co-ordinated products to make some cute projects, it's all a mystery!

And the mystery could be yours!

I'm giving away these two boxes of fun to two of my online customers in May, and here's how you can be part of it:

  1. Place an order of $100 or more (before shipping) in my online store 
  2. Apply this month's host code and qualify for your free gift from me!
  3. For each $25 in your order total, you have one entry into the draw to win one of two Paper Pumpkin Kits!
  4. If you have already placed an order this month, don't panic! I've taken that into account, and you're already in the draw #phew

It's as simple as that! I'll be drawing the winners in early June when I'm back at home, hopefully sporting a Mediterranean tan on my winter white pins!

Want to follow my European adventures...? I'll be posting fun updates on my Facebook and Instagram pages as frequently as time and free WiFi allows, so be sure to pop on over, click the follow buttons and join the adventure!

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Masses of New Weekly Deals | 25% off!

Just this week, Stampin' Up! announced the end of the Weekly Deals as of April 19th - just a couple of weeks away. They will be replaced by a new promotion that will offer less frequent but more numerous discounts, thereby offering more choice, better deals and better maximisation of your shipping costs.

The outgoing deals are plentiful, with 25% off this massive range of products...

Not only are the Weekly Deals enormous in range, but the Clearance Rack has been updated too, giving you way more bang for your stampin' buck!

BAG A BARGAIN FROM THE CLEARANCE RACK NOW!

Don't forget that along with all this bargain bagging activity, you can also add this month's host code to your order of between $100 and $250 and score the Stampin' Spoils for April too!

A sweet and pretty Easter | Playful Pals

I thought long and hard for approximately three seconds about adding the Playful Pals stamp set and co-ordinating Thinlits to my Occasions Catalogue pre-order back in December when I placed it.

So many stamps, so many possibilities and SO MUCH CUTE, all in the one (15% discounted!) bundle...

I had in mind that I wanted to create some sweet and simple Easter gifts for my workmates at my new job, but with only working there one day per week, I had to get myself organised well enough in advance that I was ready to deliver them this past Friday.

If you know me at all, you would know that "organised well in advance" is not ordinarily a phrase that applies to me, but I'll have you know I got them done and delivered and I do rather love them...

   Stamps:   Playful Pals, Rotary Alphabet Stamp   Paper:   Glassine Sheets, Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper, Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Watercolour Paper   Ink:   Basic Black Archival, Blushing Bride   Accessories:   Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Pyramid Pals Thinlits, Banners Framelits, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Crystal Effects, Bow Paper Clips Embellishments, Aquapainter, Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Clear, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Playful Pals, Rotary Alphabet Stamp Paper: Glassine Sheets, Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper, Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Watercolour Paper Ink: Basic Black Archival, Blushing Bride Accessories: Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Pyramid Pals Thinlits, Banners Framelits, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Crystal Effects, Bow Paper Clips Embellishments, Aquapainter, Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Clear, Stampin' Dimensionals

I had originally thought I would use the Pyramid Pals Thinlits to create little gift boxes, but with a new pack of the Glassine Sheets just arrived in a recent order, I was bursting to give them a go, and it turns out that the come up delightfully as a little treat bag! Plus they fit more mini eggs #winning

Place an order for the Playful Pals Bundle in the next ten days (and no later!) and you can take your pick of free products from the soon to be defunct Sale-a-bration brochure or the second Sale-a-bration supplement.

Remember to add the host code to your order, and you will also be sharing this month's Stampin' Spoils! I'm thinking that I will include a pack of the adorable Bow Paper Clips Embellishments this month - they are the sweetest!

What are you creating for Easter this year? I would love know what you're up to. And not just so I can get a headstart on next year and continue in the "organised well in advance" vein #promise #maybejustabit

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A Flurry of Florals | Botanical Blooms

Back in November, Stampin' Up! held the first of their new style of events and we were lucky enough to have one of the local events here in little old Perth! It coincided - as all future OnStage events will - with the unveiling of a new catalogue (the current Occasions Catalogue in that instance) and a whole variety of amazing new things to see and play with.

The Botanical Blooms bundle of products caught my eye from the very beginning and I knew it was going to be added to my crafting arsenal as soon as I could order it. Which incidentally, was immediately - a fabulous perk of attending the event - a PRE pre-order, if you like #yay 

I'm a sucker for a good flower set, and although I already had a goodly number of "good flower sets", none of them were quite like this, with those clever flower dies and the way the stamps can be used to pretty up the designs on the Designer Series Paper... *sigh*

As tends to be the way with stamp sets that co-ordinate with DSP, I tend to stick fairly closely to the colour scheme of the paper when using the stamps, even when I'm not actually using the paper on the same card. It seems to be the "easy" way, rather than coming up with my own selection of colours - why fix what isn't broken, right?!

This time around though, I went out on a subtle coloured limb and bypassed the rich, earthy colours suggested by the co-ordinating Botanical Gardens DSP, in favour of a pretty, softer selection...

   Stamps:   Botanical Blooms, Petite Pairs   Paper:   Whisper White, Shine On Specialty DSP, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Blushing Bride, Bermuda Bay   Ink:   Old Olive, Basic Black Archival   Accessories:   Botanical Builder Framelits, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, It's My Party Enamel Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Botanical Blooms, Petite Pairs Paper: Whisper White, Shine On Specialty DSP, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Blushing Bride, Bermuda Bay Ink: Old Olive, Basic Black Archival Accessories: Botanical Builder Framelits, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, It's My Party Enamel Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

The next OnStage event is coming up next month and my lovely mum and I are heading over to Sydney for the weekend to take part! If anyone had told me years ago that I would even consider taking a five hour flight across the country for a one-day craft event, I would have thought them slightly mad, but such was the brilliance of the previous event, I consider it almost mandatory!

Registration has closed for the upcoming event now, but the new event schedule means they come around every six months. The very next event after this one is happening in November, with the two-day OnStage Live event coming to Brisbane! These events are exclusive to Stampin' Up! demonstrators and are an amazing spectacle of new products, inspirational presentations, celebratory recognitions, warm friendships and all-around crafty goodness.

If you have ever considered the demonstrator opportunity, even momentarily, then I would suggest you consider it quite seriously, if only for the chance to spend some time in the presence of some incredibly talented and dedicated Stampin' Up! staff members, plus several hundred of your closest, craft lovin' sisters.

For more information on this and the many other benefits of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, check out the Join my Team page of my blog. The Sale-a-bration sign up special of $295 worth of product for the kit cost of $169 is only until the end of this month...

That's right, only two months left to Sale-a-brate...!

Have YOU earned your free stuff yet...?

It's really simple, but time is now limited! Simply place an order and for every $90 in your total (before shipping), you can choose a FREE product from HERE or HERE.

Even better, add my monthly host code - F3GRQGKG - to your order between $100 and $250 and join in the Stampin' Spoils for March...

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Inspiration from my inbox...

One of the things I love the most about the creative world is how you never have to come up with a single creative idea if you don't want to. If I'm having a mojo-less moment (or month!), a quick flip through my catalogues, a browse through Pinterest or a quick Google search will provide me with more than enough ideas to try without having to stare at a blank sheet of cardstock, hoping with all my might that it will turn into something fabulous #wishfulthinking

One of the things I love most about Stampin' Up! is how so much inspiration comes directly from the company itself. The aforementioned catalogues that arrive several times per year, filled with beautiful images and projects to try, the blog that is run from the US page of the company website, as well as fully stocked and regularly updated social media accounts that always have eye candy to offer.

One of the things I love most about being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is the additional inspiration provided just for us, the demonstrator group. In addition to all of the inspiration already mentioned, demonstrators also enjoy:

  • Twice yearly live, local or online events with amazing demonstrations, tips and product giveaways
  • A quarterly hard copy magazine, filled with success stories from fellow demonstrators, business tips, technique and product spotlights, projects that come with full product lists and instructions for use in classes and workshops plus loads more
  • Weekly emails with additional projects, informational resources and links to pertinent information in the demonstrator website
  • An online forum where demonstrators from all over the world can connect and share their work and words of stampin' wisdom

Today's project comes directly from one of the Succeed Weekly emails that land in my inbox every Tuesday. It's always quite late in the evening when the emails arrive, so sometimes I have to deliberately avoid opening them, lest they cause me to drop everything and head directly to my craft room to spend some late evening hours avoiding going to bed, as was the case with these cards...

   Stamps:   Flowering Fields (SAB), Crazy About You   Paper:   Whisper White, Wildflower Fields (SAB)   Ink:   Basic Black Archival, Hello Honey, Old Olive, Lost Lagoon, Calypso Coral   Accessories:   Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Blender Pens, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Flowering Fields (SAB), Crazy About You Paper: Whisper White, Wildflower Fields (SAB) Ink: Basic Black Archival, Hello Honey, Old Olive, Lost Lagoon, Calypso Coral Accessories: Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Blender Pens, Stampin' Dimensionals

The Flowering Fields stamp set and Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper are both items that you can earn for FREE with Sale-a-bration, currently heading towards its final month! For every $90 in your order, you can choose a free item from the Sale-a-bration brochure or supplement flyer, containing products just newly released last week!

Got a wishlist that's overflowing and like the sound of the free-flowing inspiration-fest that's available to demonstrators?

Fancy getting your own products at a minimum 20% discount, as well as earning commission when you share your love of the products with others?

How about being surrounded by a team of like-minded crafters who create, share and inspire each other at team events and in our fun online community?

You might prefer to consider the demonstrator opportunity, which will provide all of the above and SO much more for the start up cost of just $169. Ordinarily, this outlay would provide you with a kit, made up of products of your choosing up to the value of $235, which is rather spectacular in the value department.

During Sale-a-bration however - ONLY until the end of March - you can choose an additional $60 worth of product for your kit, taking the total value to $295 for your $169 outlay.

The BEST part is that this offer is available to anyone...

Only interested in purchasing products for yourself without the need to run classes or parties...? THIS OFFER IS FOR YOU!

Thinking you could do the occasional, informal class with your nearest and dearest fellow crafty types..? THIS OFFER IS FOR YOU TOO!

Wondering if you could make a real go of a home-based crafting business and go for all the amazing incentives and awards available to top achieving demonstrators...? THIS OFFER IS ALSO FOR YOU!

Thinking that you'd love to give it a shot, but are not sure if you can commit long term...? THIS OFFER IS MOST DEFINITELY FOR YOU! If at any time once you're a demonstrator, you decide that it doesn't fit with your life, you can drop, with no penalty and nothing to pay back. 

GOT QUESTIONS? Get answers - the Join my Team page of my blog answers everything you might want to know about being a demonstrator in my team, and if it doesn't, feel free to get in touch for extra information.

READY TO JUMP IN? Join Now

Thanks for sharing your Monday with me, and I look forward to sharing future Mondays with you too! With my current work/life situation, I have determined that I can commit to a definite weekly blog post, and Mondays are where it's at, y'all!

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Hello, Hello, hello...

I feel as though one of the "hellos" in the title might be for the purpose of re-introducing myself lest you have forgotten who I am in the five week hiatus since my last post. I did indeed go to Tokyo (with gifts) as suggested in my previous post, and some of you may have seen the photo and video that I posted to my Instagram profile of my visit to the Japan office of Stampin' Up! It all seems like a lifetime and a half ago now, as I've been home just over a month and it's been back to school, work and life as I (sort of) knew it, ever since.

Since the week after my return, I've been working three to four days a week outside of my little stampin' biz, and I have to tell you, I used to think I was busy...

But all that is for another time, I have important stuff of the stampin' variety to share!

Sale-a-bration remains in full swing and there is still a month and a bit left to claim your FREE items with every $90 in your order total (before shipping). Last week, a small selection of NEW free items were added, giving you even more fun freebies to choose from.

Say "hello" to...

  Metallics Glitter Tape

Metallics Glitter Tape

  Party Pants Stamp Set

Party Pants Stamp Set

  Pedal Pusher Stamp Set

Pedal Pusher Stamp Set


In saying hello to these new products, part of the deal was that we would be saying farewell to three products from the original Sale-a-bration release, specifically, the Sky is the Limit and Hello stamp sets, and the Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper. Check them out on pages 16 to 18 of the Sale-a-bration brochure.

Happily, these will remain available while stocks last, although when I checked this morning, the wood mount version of Hello was already sold out and the woodmount Sky is the Limit was on the low inventory list.

The moral of the story is BE QUICK!

Personally, I'm a huge fan of the gorgeous, script-y 'hello' in the Hello stamp set, and a big fan of a hello card in general. No need to wait for a birthday or other special occasion to send a card, send one like this one, just because...

   Stamps:   Botanical Blooms, Hello   Paper:   Whisper White   Ink:   Archival Black, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow

Stamps: Botanical Blooms, Hello Paper: Whisper White Ink: Archival Black, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow

This card is a single layer of Whisper White, masked off in a rectangle using Post It notes and stamped in various colours using the Botanical Blooms stamp set. The masked white space left behind was the perfect spot for the greeting.

Have you tried the Archival Black ink pad that first showed up in the Holiday Catalogue and has carried over to the current Occasions...? So crisp, so clean and so BLACK!

Grab your own Hello stamp set (now only available in Clear Mount!) with your $90 order, or bump it up to $100 with the addition of a little something else from your wishlist (or perhaps the Weekly Deals or Clearance Rack!), add my February hostess code, and share in the Stampin' Rewards for the month too...

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