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.

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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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Welcome the Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-bration for 2016

It's here, it's 51 pages long and it's spectacular. Without any need for further introduction, welcome the all-new Occasions Catalogue for 2016...

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CLICK IMAGE TO DOWNLOAD

With 7 Product Suites, new Project Life options for your memory keeping, 14 co-ordinated product bundles, three kits, an amazing selection of new stamps plus new papers, tools and embellishments, there's a little bit whole lot of something for everyone. Some of your favourites from the Holiday Catalogue are also back in preparation for inclusion in the next Annual Catalogue in the middle of this year.

Right alongside the Occasions Catalogue, rides the Sale-a-bration promotion for this year.

Here's the brochure...

...and three ways to get involved:

Purchase any combination of products from my online store, inclusive of the Occasions Catalogue, Weekly Deals and Clearance Rack, and earn a FREE product from the Sale-a-bration brochure for every $90 (before shipping) in your order total

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Host a qualifying party with at least $400 in sales during Sale-A-Bration and you'll earn $40 more Stampin' Rewards! You can even apply your Stampin' Rewards toward a Starter Kit and become a demonstrator yourself!

BOOK A PARTY DATE

 

BEST VALUE: Join my demonstrator team during Sale-a-bration and select up to $295 in products for just $169. Plus your kit ships free!

If two catalogues bursting with new products and stampin' inspiration isn't enough, check out my Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-bration 2016 Resources page for links to an assortment of videos featuring brand new products, tips and techniques! #enableralert

Want to get your hands on copies of the catalogues in living, breathing colour? Just drop me a line and I'll get some in the post for you. If you've placed an order with me in the past 12 months, hold tight, yours are on the way!

QUESTIONS? COMMENTS?

I'd love to know what you think of the product offering in this year's Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-bration promotion - leave a comment to let me know your thoughts, I'd love to hear from you!

Creation Station Blog Hop | Occasions Catalogue Faves

Happy New Year!

I hope you had a fabulous festive season and brought in 2016 with joy, whether than meant champagne and party hats at midnight or a cup of tea and television repeats on the couch.

This month, the Creation Station team is bringing you projects using some favourite products from the Occasions Catalogue, due out in just a couple of days from now. 

My absolute favourite new stamp set from the catalogue is called Number of Years and involves huge watercolour-y numbers and beautiful accompanying imagery PLUS a co-ordinating set of Framelits that you can bundle together with the stamp set for a 15% discount.

See all current bundles

I had an idea rattling around in my brain for this set and finally sat down to extract it last week, on a stinking hot day, perched at a temporary set up under the air-conditioner in my lounge room.

Stampers gotta stamp, yes..?!

I'm delighted to report that it turned out just as I had hoped, if not a little bit cuter...

Stamps:  Number of Years, Day to Day  Paper:  Kraft, Whisper White, Birthday Bouquet DSP  Ink:  Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride  Accessories:  Watermelon Wonder 1" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Linen Thread

Stamps: Number of Years, Day to Day Paper: Kraft, Whisper White, Birthday Bouquet DSP Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride Accessories: Watermelon Wonder 1" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Linen Thread

I love a perpetual calendar and might save up this particular idea for when the need for teacher gifts rolls around again in approximately 11 months. Either that, or make them now because the idea is fresh and I have everything I need, but where's the fun in taking all the urgency and midnight crafting opportunities away from my frazzled end of year self...?

Here are some additional views...

Continue hopping to see what the rest of the team have chosen as their favourites. You can be guaranteed that by the time you finish, you'll have a mile long wishlist ready just in time for the catalogue release on Tuesday!


GET UP CLOSE | Want to see more products and projects from the Occasions Catalogue and upcoming Sale-a-bration promotion..? Join me at my launch party, where we'll celebrate in style with make and takes, displays, afternoon tea and more!

LAST CHANCE| The Year End Sale and Holiday Catalogue Retiring List are packed with bargains and only available until tomorrow. Don't miss your chance to stock up at great discounts

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Holiday Retiring List, New Deals + Two Days Left to Bag a 20% off Bargain!

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The Holiday Catalogue arrived in a festive flurry at the beginning of September, and with Christmas and the New Year fast approaching, it's a great time to act and grab your favourite items! For the first time, Stampin' Up! is releasing a list of Holiday Catalogue retiring items - something usually reserved only for the Annual Catalogue, so rather than hoping that our favourites make it into the next annual release in June (and lamenting when they don't!), we now have the opportunity to take decisive action while we can!

As with all retiring lists, products are available only while they last, so while the catalogue sales period officially ends on January 4 next year, for the items on the hit list, there's a good chance they'll be out the door well before then.

Check out what's not coming back...

Click to download the three page retiring list

Click to download the three page retiring list

One of the many products I LOVED in the Holiday Catalogue (and am surprised to see going, to be honest!) is the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Such a gorgeous design - I used it to create the little gift card pouch that attendees at one of my events recently created as part of their class...

Stamps:   Wondrous Wreath, Holly Jolly Greetings   Paper:   Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla   Ink:   Crumb Cake, Old Olive   Accessories:   Very Vanilla Envelope, Tags and Labels Framelits, Very Vanilla Subtle Stripes Satin Ribbon, Home for Christmas Designer Buttons, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Wondrous Wreath, Holly Jolly Greetings Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla Ink: Crumb Cake, Old Olive Accessories: Very Vanilla Envelope, Tags and Labels Framelits, Very Vanilla Subtle Stripes Satin Ribbon, Home for Christmas Designer Buttons, Stampin' Dimensionals

***Create this sweet and simple gift for yourself and the gift card recipients on your Christmas list! Simply fold an envelope in half and cut the top flap on the fold, licking and sticking the left hand side and leaving the right hand side as a flap. Decorate the front and inside left as desired and pop your gift card in the right hand side!***

SHOP FOR YOUR RETIRING FESTIVE FAVOURITES NOW...

Speaking of festive, check out the shimmer and sparkle in this week's deals! Combine your Holiday Retiring List purchases with some discounted lovelies from this week's offerings...

And finally, now is not the time to forget about the selected stamps at a 20% discount UNTIL TOMORROW, NOVEMBER 20TH!

Download the list of discounted stamps below, or head directly to the store, but whatever you do, don't miss out!

Between the Holiday Retiring List, the Weekly Deals and the 20% off offer, there's a little bit of something for everyone at the moment! Don't forget to pop in and check out the Clearance Rack while you're shopping too - there's always something exciting (and heavily discounted!) in there...

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Four days only - 20% off selected stamp sets + Weekly Deals!

Starting today and finishing up quick smart on November 20th - just four days away - you can grab a selection of awesome stamp sets for 20% off.

Click on the flyer image below to grab the pdf showing all included stamp sets...

Combine some stamp set bargains from the four day sale with the current Weekly Deals, and you can have yourself a stampstravaganza!

HOT TIP: Nothing that especially floats your boat in this week's deals...? There will be a brand new batch of Weekly Deals starting Wednesday morning, so check back then to see what's on offer to combine with your favourite discounted stamps!

Weekly Deals - Framelits, Stamps and a punch!

Weekly Deals have rolled over again for the week, and there are some crackers, particularly for the Framelit fans in the crowd...

With Christmas coming, the addition of the Stars Framelits are spectacular timing, and the Floral Framelits are a fabulous addition to any Big Shot arsenal.

The inclusion of Corner Garden was a great impetus for me to bring out this gorgeous set that I have been somewhat neglectful of since the Blendabilities demise of earlier this year. This time around, I kept it simple and fairly monochromatic...

Stamps:   Corner Garden, Fabulous Four   Paper:   Crumb Cake, Vellum Cardstock   Ink:   Versamark, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake   Accessories:   White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Blender Pens, Early Espresso 1/4" Cotton Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Fine Tip Glue Pen

Stamps: Corner Garden, Fabulous Four Paper: Crumb Cake, Vellum Cardstock Ink: Versamark, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Blender Pens, Early Espresso 1/4" Cotton Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Fine Tip Glue Pen

White embossing on Crumb Cake cardstock is one of my favourite combinations - it's so crisp and clean. You might be able to detect some slight shading on the stamped image...

I wanted to add a bit of "colour" to the card, but also keep it monochromatic, so a touch of Crumb Cake ink applied with a Blender Pen was the perfect solution.

A stamped greeting...

...and a simple Early Espresso Cotton Ribbon bow...

...and I was done!

Weekly Deals, as always, are available until next Tuesday, so be sure to grab your discounted faves before then!

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Weekly Deals - stamps, ink, paper and more!

Weekly Deals are here again, and this time around they include my FAVOURITE paper stack!

Check them out...

I'm such a fan of the Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack, that I designed a whole day of stampin' around it when the current Annual Catalogue first came out. I had a roomful of ladies, all stamping a stack of 24 cards using the paper.

Here's one of the designs we made on the day, CASEd from this image on page 100 of the catalogue...

I used the card on the right as inspiration...

I used the card on the right as inspiration...

Stamps:   Perfect Pennants   Paper:   Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack, Vellum cardstock   Ink:   Tuxedo Memento Black   Accessories:   Expressions Natural Elements, Metallics Sequin Assortment

Stamps: Perfect Pennants Paper: Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack, Vellum cardstock Ink: Tuxedo Memento Black Accessories: Expressions Natural Elements, Metallics Sequin Assortment

Expressions Natural Elements    are a great addition to any card!

Expressions Natural Elements are a great addition to any card!

I didn't have the 'right' washi tape, so we made out own with strips of vellum and the striped stamp from    Perfect Pennants    stamped in    Tuxedo Memento Black   !

I didn't have the 'right' washi tape, so we made out own with strips of vellum and the striped stamp from Perfect Pennants stamped in Tuxedo Memento Black!

I also created a stamped version, so there was an option not to use up all of the   Expressions Natural Elements  . Same but different!

I also created a stamped version, so there was an option not to use up all of the Expressions Natural Elements. Same but different!

Weekly Deals, as always, are available until next Tuesday, after which there will be a whole new batch of savings for you.

Get these ones while you can

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Weekly Deals, Clearance Rack additions + a lucky envelope update!

New Weekly Deals are here again (is it just me, or are these weeks just ticking over like nobody's business.?!) Check 'em out...

If that set of fabulous bargains isn't enough for you, there's a swag more gear on the Clearance Rack too! Masses of previously retired products being practically thrown out at up to 80% off.

Be hypnotised by the merry dance of awesome bargains as they go past in the gallery below, or head on over to my online store to browse them all at once!

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You may be aware of a decision that I made at the beginning of this month to have a jolly good crack at earning Stampin' Up!'s amazing Incentive Trip for next year - a cruise in the Mediterranean. It's a fairly hefty uphill journey, but one that I'm determined to give my all to, knowing that if it doesn't pan out, it won't be because I sat back and just crossed my fingers without throwing all of my energy into the effort!

As I mentioned in the original post, it's something that I had pretty much cast aside as a possibility a couple of months back, but nothing is impossible and with the right motivation, I reckon miracles really can happen.

Behold, my motivation...

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would get to show my loves the furthest corners of our planet AND Disney World on our trip last year. Now I'm aiming for Spain, Italy and France next year, which would fit perfectly with my small girl learning Italian and my big girl taking French at school!

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would get to show my loves the furthest corners of our planet AND Disney World on our trip last year. Now I'm aiming for Spain, Italy and France next year, which would fit perfectly with my small girl learning Italian and my big girl taking French at school!

This lady - the incredible and incredibly talented   Julie Kettlewell  , who I 'met' online several months before this first time meeting in real, living colour. She's such a blessing in the life of my entire (and extended!) family and earning this trip would mean I get to hang out with her again!

This lady - the incredible and incredibly talented Julie Kettlewell, who I 'met' online several months before this first time meeting in real, living colour. She's such a blessing in the life of my entire (and extended!) family and earning this trip would mean I get to hang out with her again!

So if you're in need of some new stampin' gear - and you have a whole lot to choose from between the Annual Catalogue, the freshly released Holiday Catalogue, Weekly Deals and Clearance Rack - PLUS you don't mind "spinning the wheel" so to speak, to see what might be lurking inside a lucky envelope for YOU, then I would highly encourage (and GREATLY appreciate) if you would consider placing an order with me!

There are 23 envelopes gone already and the big prizes are still available!

You can read up on all of the details in my original post to see exactly how it works and what's up for grabs in the envelopes!

Thanks for popping in today! I'm off to cut up kits now for my team day coming up this weekend - stampin' with 17 my 'sisters' on Sunday - can't wait!

Weekly Deals - a bit of this and a bit of that

This week's deals coming a variety of flavours - everything from stamps sets to markers, Big Shot gear, embellishments and ribbon! Check 'em out...

Discounted prices apply only until next Tuesday, so be sure to grab yours before then!

Don't forget, your $100 order this month scores you a bonus of the free product variety! My favourite kind of product!

Christmas is coming, but the catalogue has already arrived!

If you've been around Stampin' Up! for a while, you might recall the mini catalogues that we used to have a few years ago... Little, half sized booklets that were the epitome of excitement, filled with new products and lovely new stampin' ideas.

And they really were mini, especially when compared to the cracking supplementary catalogues that we're now blessed with twice a year, to complement the offerings of the Annual Catalogue...

Behold, the Holiday Catalogue for 2015, just released and a whopping 51 full-sized pages of festive delights!

Click the above image to save a pdf copy of the catalogue to your hard drive (8MB) or  HERE  to browse the products online

Click the above image to save a pdf copy of the catalogue to your hard drive (8MB) or HERE to browse the products online

I have rather an exciting announcement coming up tomorrow, and it involves free products for all qualifying orders placed between now and September 27th. If you're busting to get your order placed before tomorrow, and let's be honest, who could blame you, you might want to make sure that it totals more than $100 (before shipping) and you will also want to pop this little hostess code in as you checkout: GKR47REK

Don't forget that I also have my Holiday Catalogue launch coming up this Saturday afternoon! If you haven't booked a spot yet, there's still time to come along and spend a couple of hours, drinking tea, browsing new projects and products and stamping with the new stuff! Let me know if you'd like to join us!

Weekly Deals - Mission embossable + my FAVOURITE Designer Series Paper!

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Weekly Deals are here again, and if you're a fan of the gorgeous textured look provided by the Big Shot Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, you're in luck - there are no less than FOUR great designs to choose from in this week's deals.

Also featuring is a set of Designer Series Paper that pops up in the vast majority of my card designs - the Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper...

Here's a card that I made for some dear friends of ours over in Brisbane who recently built and moved into a beautiful new home. 

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Back in April when my lovely mum and I went to the Gold Coast for the Stampin' Up! convention, we stopped over in Brisbane for a few days, and despite being in the midst of building a new house, packing up the old one, as well as managing work, home and teenage children, our wonderful friends wouldn't hear of us staying anywhere other than with them.

Mum and I wanted to choose something lovely for their new home - which was completed a month or so after our visit - but decided on a voucher for an online homewares store so they could choose something for themselves once they were all settled in. I popped it into this card and sent it off as a fun surprise

I used my much loved Typeset Designer Series Paper for the lower panel of the card, as I did on many more of my creations, which you can find HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

Phew! I knew it was a favourite of mine, but even I underestimated the number of times I reach for that set of paper! Clearly, the crisp black and vanilla is a winning combination on any project...

Be sure to grab your favourite discounted embossing folders and reams of bargain priced Typeset DSP before next Tuesday!

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Weekly Deals - something for everyone + Clearance Rack additions!

New Weekly Deals are here, and it's one of the most diverse bunches of products I can recall - truly something for everyone...! Two stamp sets, including one of the most useful, all-occasion stamp sets you'll ever own (I just used And Many More in my previous blog post!), a punch, a set of Framelits, ribbon and buttons.

I'm a HUGE fan of the Framelit sets that give you the same shape in a variety of nested sizes, and the stars are fabulous for a variety of occasions, particularly with the festive season looming. It's also great for a masculine themed cards like this one that I put together for our dear friends' young fella who turned 21 last month...

Stamps:   Guy Greetings, Gorgeous Grunge, Back to Basics Alphabet   Paper:   Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Crushed Curry, Lost Lagoon, Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper   Ink:   Sort Suede, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Lost Lagoon   Accessories:   Stars Framelit Dies, 2-1/2" & 3/4" Circle Punches, 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Early Espresso 1/4" Cotton Ribbon, Linen Thread, Metallic Sequins Assortment, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Guy Greetings, Gorgeous Grunge, Back to Basics Alphabet Paper: Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Crushed Curry, Lost Lagoon, Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper Ink: Sort Suede, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Lost Lagoon Accessories: Stars Framelit Dies, 2-1/2" & 3/4" Circle Punches, 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Early Espresso 1/4" Cotton Ribbon, Linen Thread, Metallic Sequins Assortment, Stampin' Dimensionals

As always, Weekly Deals are available only for the weeks, so be sure to grab your favourite discounted products by next Tuesday!

Speaking of favourite discounted products, if you didn't grab your favourites before they up and retired out of one of the previous catalogues, the Clearance Rack is the place you need to keep an eye on! Just replenished with a stack more retired gear and ridiculous discounts, it's a great place to score yourself some serious bargains on gear that you didn't think you could get anymore!

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The Clearance Rack is strictly while stocks last though, so if you see and love it, you're going to want to act right away - it might not be there next time!

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Weekly Deals - all that shimmers!

I've been slack on the Weekly Deals front - a whole set of discounted products every Wednesday and I've thoroughly dropped the ball on keeping you updated!

This week's deals - available until 11.50pm AET next Tuesday - are all about the glitter and shimmer, with some floral and paper piercing thrown in!

I love the addition of a sliver of glimmer to a card for a little bit of oomph, and a sliver is all you really need.

Here's an example of how a teensy bit of gold can add a little somethin' somethin' to a card...

Stamps:   Awesomely Artistic   Paper:   Lost Lagoon, Very Vanilla, Gold Foil, Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper   Ink:   Lost Lagoon, Soft Sky, Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake, Tip Top Taupe, Versamark   Accessories:   Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits  ,   Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Metallic Gold Baker's Twine

Stamps: Awesomely Artistic Paper: Lost Lagoon, Very Vanilla, Gold Foil, Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper Ink: Lost Lagoon, Soft Sky, Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake, Tip Top Taupe, Versamark Accessories: Project Life Cards and Labels FramelitsGold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Metallic Gold Baker's Twine

Can you spy the gold peeping out from beneath the twine..?

Can you spy the gold peeping out from beneath the twine..?

It works perfectly with the gold embossed frame for the 'FRIEND' wording

It works perfectly with the gold embossed frame for the 'FRIEND' wording

Washed out, watery dragonflies contrast with the shiny gold

Washed out, watery dragonflies contrast with the shiny gold

How do you like your shimmer, in tiny traces or enormous expanses? Either way, it's a great time to stock up on all that glitters and shimmers in this week's deals!

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Thanks to Claire Daly for the inspiration for today's card.

Rotary Alphabet - final day of the deal

Weekly Deals are due to click over to a whole new selection of fabulous discounted products tomorrow morning, and you have only until the end of the today to take advantage of the current ones.

Here's a reminder of what's available in this week's deals...

Last week I shared a card that I made using the Polka Dot Embossing Folder - a firm favourite in my embossing folder collection, for sure.  I also used the Build a Birthday stamp set - stamp set that has establised itself as a new favourite with the release of our new Annual Catalogue.

I've used it again this week, in combination with the Rotary Alphabet Stamp - a great option for adding your own custom greeting in a funky, vintage typewriter kind of font, and part of this week's deals only until 11.50pm (AET) tonight!

Stamps:   Build a Birthday, Alphabet Rotary Stamp   Paper:   Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Silver Glimmer Paper   Ink:   Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Watermelon Wonder, Bermuda Bay, Tip Top Taupe, Memento Tuxedo Black   Accessories:   Cherry on Top Washi Tape, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Basic Rhinestone Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Build a Birthday, Alphabet Rotary Stamp Paper: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Silver Glimmer Paper Ink: Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Watermelon Wonder, Bermuda Bay, Tip Top Taupe, Memento Tuxedo Black Accessories: Cherry on Top Washi Tape, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Basic Rhinestone Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

Grab a great deal on this week's offerings and check back tomorrow for a selection of new ones!

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New Weekly Deals + Build a Birthday

Heads up, stampers! New Weekly Deals went up yesterday, so you have until next Tuesday to take advantage of the fabulous savings on these products...

One of my favourite Textured Impressions Embossing Folders has made the list this week - Polka Dot! I just love the big, crisp dots that this folder creates, and it's perfect for so many occasions.

Like this one, where the bold dots are the perfect background for a bright and funky birthday card...

Stamps:   Build a Birthday   Paper:   Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Bermuda Bay   Ink:   Watermelon Wonder, Pool Party, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie   Accessories:   Deco Labels Framelits, Circles Collection Framelits, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Pool Party Cotton Ribbon, Cherry On Top Washi Tape, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Build a Birthday Paper: Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Bermuda Bay Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Pool Party, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie Accessories: Deco Labels Framelits, Circles Collection Framelits, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Pool Party Cotton Ribbon, Cherry On Top Washi Tape, Stampin' Dimensionals

Build a Birthday is one of the new stamp sets in this year's just released Annual Catalogue and its bold shapes are great for bright cards like this one. Being a photopolymer set, the different stamp images are easy to place for quick and simple project production!

Ink + Washi Tape for fun and funky candles

Ink + Washi Tape for fun and funky candles

Coordinating Cotton Ribbon makes a cute accent

Coordinating Cotton Ribbon makes a cute accent

For all the Weekly Deals and awesome new catalogue products, pop in to my online store - open always for your stampin' shoppin' convenience!

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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!

Weekly Deals + Clearance Rack Update!

New Weekly Deals are here, and if you're a fan of the chalkboard effect, you're in luck!  Lots of chalky goodness in the deals this week...

This week's deals all come to you from the soon-to-be-defunct Occasions Catalogue, so not only is this one of your final opportunities to get hold of this great stuff before it's gone, you can do so at a fabulous discount!

These deals (and the Occasions Catalogue itself!) are only available until next Tuesday - don't delay!

Not only can you grab some great deals of the week, but the Clearance Rack has been updated with some new and extra, super discounted gear too!

Grab up to 80% off some awesome retired gear, but be super quick, 'cause the good stuff won't last long...

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New catalogue sneak peek + some fun new friends

The new catalogue is mere weeks away now and today I'm popping in to share a peek of some of the gorgeous new products as well as to introduce you to some new cyber-stampin-friends that I've made in recent times...

A few weeks back, I was contacted by one of the gals from The Creation Station, asking if I'd like to come on board and participate in their fortnightly blog hop. I'm a huge fan of card challenge and inspiration sites, so the opportunity to be part of a group providing an organised trail of inspiration on a fortnightly basis to stampers across the world was something I jumped on immediately!

This is the first time I'm playing along and the theme this time around is to use something from the new catalogue sneak peek, which works out perfectly, since my brand new box of awesomeness just landed on my porch during the week.

So with that, I bring you my maiden voyage as a member of The Creation Station team...

Stamps:    Layered Letters Alphabet,  Alphabet Rotary Stamp   Paper:   Whisper White,  Watermelon Wonder , Crushed Curry Pool Party,      Cherry on Top DSP Stack    Ink:   Versamark   Accessories:   Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, White Embossing Powder,  Tip Top Taupe Dotted Lace Trim,  Rhinestone Basic Jewels, STampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Layered Letters Alphabet, Alphabet Rotary Stamp Paper: Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry Pool Party, Cherry on Top DSP Stack Ink: Versamark Accessories: Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, White Embossing Powder, Tip Top Taupe Dotted Lace Trim, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, STampin' Dimensionals

*new*   Layered Letter Alphabet   embossed in Whisper White onto *new*   Watermelon Wonder cardstsock.   *note to self - the   Embossing Buddy   is your friend...

*new* Layered Letter Alphabet embossed in Whisper White onto *new* Watermelon Wonder cardstsock. *note to self - the Embossing Buddy is your friend...

A couple of different designs from the *new*   Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack

A couple of different designs from the *new* Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack

A tiny peek of *new*   Dotted Lace Trim   in another *new* In-color -   Tip Top Taupe

A tiny peek of *new* Dotted Lace Trim in another *new* In-color - Tip Top Taupe

Combined with some of my carrying over faves, like the Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Alphabet Rotary Stamp and the flower punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch pack, the new products fit right in on this quick, simple and fun card.

If you'd like to say hello to a new friend in the form of the brand new upcoming annual catalogue, come along to my launch night! Click on the launch image below to contact me and book your spot...

For further sneak peek inspiration, be sure to follow the rest of the blog hop! Click on the BACK button to see what Kathy Kartak has created, or NEXT to visit Sara Levin.

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