Thoughtful Branches for August (and beyond!)

I've started this post about seven times and each time, I have deleted the first sentence. I have no words sufficient to explain and/or excuse my absence from here since June.

JUNE!

So please accept my grovelling apologies and allow me to share with you a card that I made using the Thoughtful Branches bundle - originally exclusively available during August, but now extended while remaining stocks last!

Stamps:   Thoughtful Branches   Paper:   Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Pear Pizzazz   Ink:   Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green   Accessories:   Big Shot, Beautiful Branches Thinlits, Layering  Circles  Framelits,  Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Burlap Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Thoughtful Branches Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Pear Pizzazz Ink: Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green Accessories: Big Shot, Beautiful Branches Thinlits, Layering Circles Framelits,  Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Burlap Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

This card was one of the three offerings for my Tuesday club this past month. We made masculine cards in preparation for Father's Day next month. I was desperate to get ink on my Thoughtful Branches bundle and hoped that this would pass as masculine in order to fit with the theme.

What do you think, does it pass...?!

Tuesday Club happens in a local (to me!) church hall on the first Tuesday evening of each month and is designed as an opportunity to get/keep stamping! We make three cards around a pre-arranged theme and none of the cards are overly technical, nor do they employ any tricky techniques, so are more than suitable for the beginner as well as a more experienced stamper that just wants a reason to create on a regular basis.

Next month (next week!), we're getting festive with some brand new offerings from the 2016 Holiday Catalogue.

Won't you join us?

The best place to keep up with what's going on in terms of events and stampin' opportunities is over on my Facebook page, or feel free to contact me to book yourself a spot.

Do also feel free to get in touch with your best time management/life juggling tips. I fear for the future of my blog with my recent track record and an impending change to my non-stampin' work schedule that will leave me with less time again to focus on all things inky... *gasp*

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A bit of luck, for you and for me!

So, I have a little something to share and it's kind of big and scary and almost wasn't something that I was going to give the light of day to. But I decided against that particular line of thinking, so here goes...

A couple of days ago, with all of one month left to qualify for next year's Stampin' Up! 
Incentive Trip to the Mediterranean ( and having written it off as a possibility a good couple of months prior!), I had a good look at my reports and had a sniff of an inkling that with some serious effort and a goodly amount of luck, I might actually be able to pull this off. What it will require is results the likes of which I have not actually managed in a single month in all my previous nine years of being a demonstrator, but there's a first time for everything, right..?

With the previous Stampin' Up! trip that I was able to take my family on last year still fresh in my mind, with all the wonder that goes along with showing your children parts of the world that you never dreamed possible, I couldn't just sit back and miss out by a relatively marginal amount, when the alternative option is to give it a red hot go. So I've decided to run with the red hot go option, and if I don't get there, at least I won't be left wondering "what if...?" had I gone with the option of sitting back and doing nothing.

With the blessings of both my dear friend Marelle, who, having found herself in a similar situation a few years ago, came up with this cracker of an idea and also Stampin' Up!, who I contacted to ensure that everything was above board, I bring you...

100 Lucky Envelopes!

Here's how it works...

  • I have 100 envelopes numbered from 1 to 100
  • If you place an order of $100* prior to September 27th 2015, you get to open one of the envelopes (or I will open it for you over the phone/email if you're not ordering face to face!)
  • Each amount of $100* in your total means you get to open another envelope
  • If you order over $250*, you will get to choose Stampin' Rewards up to the value stipulated by your order total, AS WELL AS an envelope for every $100* in your total
  • Inside each envelope, you will find a prize voucher for a current Stampin' Up! product, valued between $8.50 and $169.95
  • The majority of the prizes are valued between $10 and $20. There is also a Product Bundle, a Project Kit and a Big Shot** in there somewhere
  • The envelopes will be opened in number order - the first person to order will open envelope number 1, the second person, envelope number 2 etc
  • Whilst I put the vouchers in the envelopes, I have no idea of the order of them, thanks to the mad casino shuffling skills of my handsome man, who took charge of that aspect and placed them in the box for me to number

Behold, video evidence...

  • Orders can be placed in a number of ways:
  1. Online (please use the hostess code GKR47REK at checkout, unless your order is over $250*, in which case, you qualify for Stampin' Rewards all on your own)
  2. By phone (0411 717 213).
  3. By sending me an email or using the contact form here on my blog
  4. At events, classes and workshops that I'm holding this month
  • Prizes will be ordered and distributed after September 27th, unless you order at a face to face workshop, in which case, your prize will be added to the workshop order at the time
  • If all the envelopes are opened by September 27th, that will pretty much guarantee me a berth aboard the Norwegian Epic in the Mediterranean in May next year. Crazy, but SO cool!
*before shipping
**if you already have a Big Shot, you can choose dies and/or embossing folders up to the value instead

To assist you in compiling your order, we currently have TWO amazing catalogues from which to make your selections - the Annual Catalogue, still relatively new and exceedingly lovely and the BRAND NEW and terribly festive Holiday Catalogue, just released yesterday! You might also like to browse the current Weekly Deals and Clearance Rack for bargains that will give you loads more bang for your hundred bucks!

I will also add that if you currently have an existing relationship with a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, do please continue to order through them! I have no desire to achieve my goal at the cost of friendships and noses out of joint. If however, you are already a customer of mine, or don't already have an existing demonstrator AND you're in the market for $100 worth of gear and a little (or big?!) gift for your trouble, please know that I'd be ever so grateful for your support!

Please also feel free to share my promotion around with non-stampin' friends or family. With Christmas just around the corner and birthdays all year round, our kits make great gift ideas and could help with getting some festive shopping out of the way nice and early :-)

So there it is, a crazy massive goal in my usual style of pulling out all the stops right at the death knock! Any other way would be totes boring, right?!

Thank you for considering helping me out by placing your $100 order before the 27th of this month! Please know that I thoroughly and humbly appreciate your support!

New hostess set - a sneak peek at Best Thoughts...

Happy Monday!

I'm popping in today still on a bit of a high that was inspired by spending most of yesterday stamping with a bunch of gals from my stampin' team!

We had a session based around the Sneak Peek pre-order that us demonstrators get to take advantage of in the month before the new catalogues are released to the stamp lovin' public. Today I'm sharing a card that we made with one of the upcoming hostess stamp sets Best Thoughts...

Stamps:   Best Thoughts (Hostess sneak peek stamp set - available June 2nd)   Paper:   Perfect Plum, Watercolour Paper, Typeset Specialty DSP   Ink:   StazOn Jet Black, Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive   Accessories:   Gold Metallic Bakers' Twine, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Aquapainters, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Best Thoughts (Hostess sneak peek stamp set - available June 2nd) Paper: Perfect Plum, Watercolour Paper, Typeset Specialty DSP Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive Accessories: Gold Metallic Bakers' Twine, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Aquapainters, Stampin' Dimensionals

I stamp because I am entirely unable to draw or paint with any degree of expertise, so watercolouring is one of my favourite techniques for making me feel all artistically capable. It's a very forgiving and imprecise technique, and large images like this one can be done in a flash and with just a handful of colours.

My basic watercolouring method is to colour lightly all over using an aquapainter dipped in the lighter of two similar shades. Once dry, I go back and add deeper colour to areas where I figure there would be shadows.

Follow a more detailed tutorial on how I watercolour

A sliver of Typeset Specialty DSP, some twine and a splash of sparkle are all that's needed to finish the card off simply, leaving the coloured image as the focus.

We had such a wonderful day yesterday - 20 of us gathered at a local bowling club, stamping the afternoon away. So many of the team joined us in person for the very first time and it was great to watch them fit right in and be so warmly welcomed by the regular crew. I believe there is nothing more satisfying than identifying and finding your tribe - the feeling of being among friends and being crazy craft nerds sharing mutual interests is such a wonderful place to be.

An opportunity for you...

With a new catalogue mere days away from release, it's a great time to jump in and see if the demonstrator opportunity would be a good fit for you. With a start up cost of just $169 (which scores you $235 worth of products of your choice, INCLUDING items from the demonstrator exclusive Sneak Peek pre-order), it's a great way to get a swag of craft gear at an amazing price right off the bat, as well as all the ongoing benefits of being a demonstrator.

Read more about the demonstrator opportunity

If you have any questions or concerns about the demonstrator opportunity, or would like to ask about trying it on for yourself, I'm happy to answer any questions - feel free to get in touch!

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Retiring List update, share in some hostess dollars + leaving on a jet plane...!

It's been less than a week since the 2015 Retiring List went live and there's been quite the frenzy in that time, with a good many of the outgoing products are already completely sold out.

Here's an update of the stuff that's already gone...

Click on the image above to download a PDF of the sold out items (as at 24 April).

Click on the image above to download a PDF of the sold out items (as at 24 April).

There's still plenty left, much of which is going out with massive discounts! 

Check out all the remaining retiring items.

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

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

A further reason to place your retiring product order...

In case you need a reason, other than amazing and outgoing products at spectacular discounts AND the opportunity to share in new stuff, there's a brand new Annual Catalogue due out on June 3rd and you can score one sent to your door for FREE!

Place an order of $50 or more BEFORE MAY 4th and I'll pop you on my list for the new catalogue mail out (or hand delivery if you're super local/related to me!) and the BEST news is that the mail out is starting in mid-May, so you'll be among the very first to crack open the pages, sniff their hot-off-the-press newness and browse the bright and shiny new products within!

Already placed your order...? Then you're already on the list! I have already submitted catalogue orders for everyone who has placed an order of $50 since the beginning of the year, so if that's you, then I suggest you start stalking your postie towards the middle of next month...

Speaking of the new catalogue...

I'm off bright and early tomorrow morning to spend a few days with dear friends in Brisbane before heading to the Gold Coast next Wednesday to take part in this year's Inspire.Create.Share convention!

I can hardly wait to squeeze old and new stampin' friends, be inspired by amazing classes and presentations and most especially see new products in action and score my own copy of the upcoming catalogue!

Want to share in my convention shenanigans...? Follow my Facebook and Instagram profiles to be kept up to date with as much up to the minute gossip I can manage, without being entirely antisocial with my face in my phone the whole time...

I can't promise that any of the photos or updates will come close to matching this perfect representation of the excitement that being at a Stampin' Up! event generates...

The look on my gorgeous mum's face just captures the feeling perfectly! She's along for the ride again this year and isn't shy about getting up to all sorts of mischief herself...

Looking forward to reporting on all of our Gold Coast adventures!

Come and stamp a stack of stuff!

I have been quiet. At least as far as my blog is concerned. With summer holidays in full swing, I have been thoroughly enjoying time with my girls undertaking all kinds of summer holiday pursuits. Outings and sleepovers, swimming and sightseeing, visits to parks and movies and just hanging out together and with friends. It's been wonderful, and we still have two weeks until the school term starts.

I have also been busy in my craft room, playing with all kinds of loveliness from the Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-bration promotion items, and I have created a Back to School event to share the love with local peeps!

So get busy covering the text books, labeling the pencils and buying the new lunch boxes, then join me the weekend after school heads back for some well-deserved stampy time!

No kids to send back to school...?! Join us anyway (and feel absolutely free to volunteer to assist with my pencil labeling....)

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It's a six hour stampin' extravaganza, with an opportunity to sample a fabulous array of new products.

Each attendee will receive a complete Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack, along with a full pack of Rhinestones. Each project will use these two products (with lots of leftovers to take home and continue creating with) and all other materials (excluding adhesive) will be supplied and pre-cut to size for your stampin' convenience!

Here's what you'll be heading home with:

  • 12 cards and envelopes (four each of three designs)
  • A treat bag with three love notes and envelopes
  • A treat bag converted into a box (including yummy treats!)
  • A card and co-ordinating mini treat box
  • A copy each of the Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-bration brochure
  • A brain full of inspiration and a large desire to continue stamping

Join the fun!

To book your spot, simply contact me and I'll send you payment details so that you can confirm your place.

Venue details as well as information on what to bring will be included with your registration information.

BUT HURRY!

In order to ensure that products arrive in time for the event, I will need to order them by next Wednesday January 28th, so your booking will need to be paid and confirmed before then!

Can't wait to stamp with you!

It's Party Time and you're invited...

It's been quite the eventful month around these parts. Not *these* blog parts, clearly, but in the past month, I have completed the first semester of my return to tertiary level study, had almost three solid weeks of school holidaying with my sweet gals and been living in the middle of a David Attenborough-esque nature documentary, with two sweet duck families visiting our backyard in the past fortnight, a magpie popping in for daily visits and a swarm of buzzing bees taking up residence in a cavity wall at the back of our house.

Duck re-homing, swarm eradicating and magpie feeding aside, I've also been madly creating in preparation for this fabulous event that is now less than two weeks away!

All are welcome and I'd LOVE for you to join us for a full day of crafting with fellow Perth stampers and some special guests from both the interstate AND international arms of Stampin' Up!

Here are all the details you need:

Date: Saturday November 8th 2014
Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: The Golden Nugget Room | Gloucester Park | 3 Nelson Crescent, East Perth
Cost: $70
Included: Stampin' Demonstrations, Displays, Make and Takes, Lunch

Registration for the event closes next Monday November 3rd, so if you want to join us on the day, be sure to contact me ASAP to reserve your spot!

Team stampin' extravaganza - the wrap up...

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If you read my blog, subscribe to my mailing list or hang out with me on Facebook or Instagram, there's a good chance you heard rumblings of a stampin' event that I put on with six of my team last weekend.

The seven of us had been plotting and scheming, planning and organising, meeting and discussing plus, of course, stamping our little hearts out for a good couple of months in advance and the results - going by the atmosphere of the event itself and the feedback since, was a smashing success!

Here are some pictures of our lovingly pieced together display...

One of my favourite corners...

One of my favourite corners...

A pretty spiral flower posy...

A pretty spiral flower posy...

Another favourite corner!

Another favourite corner!

Vintage suitcases make anything swoon-worthy...

Vintage suitcases make anything swoon-worthy...

Natty's incredible tag display and the gorgeous  Burlap & Blooms wreath kit , lovingly put together by  SJ ...

Natty's incredible tag display and the gorgeous Burlap & Blooms wreath kit, lovingly put together by SJ...

This sweet cabinet had been banging around at the house of my lovely Mum - aka Nanny - for years, so she spruced it up with a coat of paint and some delightful styling!

This sweet cabinet had been banging around at the house of my lovely Mum - aka Nanny - for years, so she spruced it up with a coat of paint and some delightful styling!

Complete with a drawer full of heart-shaped chocolates!

Complete with a drawer full of heart-shaped chocolates!

We were concerned that we wouldn't have enough of a display...

We were concerned that we wouldn't have enough of a display...

Turns out those fears were completely unfounded...

Turns out those fears were completely unfounded...

We had cards on chairs...

We had cards on chairs...

We had cards propped up on tiny and adorable chalk-board cupboards...

We had cards propped up on tiny and adorable chalk-board cupboards...

We had cards pegged to chicken wire in a frame!

We had cards pegged to chicken wire in a frame!

We had baskets and boxes and eye-candy galore...

We had baskets and boxes and eye-candy galore...

And even our own Natty's recreation of the sweet party table from the  Occasions Catalogue  (page 12 for those of you playing along at home!)

And even our own Natty's recreation of the sweet party table from the Occasions Catalogue (page 12 for those of you playing along at home!)

I'm especially in love with the Daffodil Delight chair that she scored from a verge collection in the lead up to the event - a perfect complement to the display and a perfect representation of how "in the zone" we all were with regard to props!

I'm especially in love with the Daffodil Delight chair that she scored from a verge collection in the lead up to the event - a perfect complement to the display and a perfect representation of how "in the zone" we all were with regard to props!

Here's the team that got together to bring the event to the people and what a gorgeous crew it was!  From left: Jane (Nanny!), Cathy (Mrs P!), Jenny, Natty, Priscilla (door greeter extraordinaire!), me, SJ and Tracey.

Here's the team that got together to bring the event to the people and what a gorgeous crew it was!  From left: Jane (Nanny!), Cathy (Mrs P!), Jenny, Natty, Priscilla (door greeter extraordinaire!), me, SJ and Tracey.

And here we are with a bodily representation of how we thought the day went :-)

And here we are with a bodily representation of how we thought the day went :-)

Special mention must go to the lovely Miss Emma, Jen's pastry chef apprentice daughter, who baked 103 delicious cookies for the day (and stamped them too!)  The cookies have featured significantly in the feedback we've received, as one of the highlights of the day.

Also the delightful Priscilla, who although she is no longer officially a member of my stampin' team, is the most efficient and amazingly organised person I know, and when we asked if she could work her magic on the welcome desk as she has done at previous events, was all too happy to jump in.  Love ya, Pris!


What strikes me more than anything in revisiting this fabulous event, is that (with the obvious exception of my lovely mum!), these are gals that I would likely never have crossed paths with had it not been for Stampin' Up!, and what a tragedy that would have been!

One of the biggest blessings of my past eight years as a demonstrator has no doubt been the connections I've made with such incredible people, from demonstrators in my team, to customers at workshops and people who called to purchase one punch and ended up becoming wonderful friends.

A blessing, I tell ya!

If you're keen to add more blessings to your life in the form of like-minded friends, who will support you in all of your papercrafting nerdiness and understand the hand-flapping excitement of new stamping gear, I would vigourously encourage you to check out the demonstrator opportunity.

There's a good chance that it will be the best $169 you ever spent...

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Lazy days + an invitation for you...

Having been firmly ensconced in school holidays mode and everything that it entails these past several weeks (think late nights, sleep ins, jammie days, lazy afternoons, friendly catch ups and lots of swimming), I've peeled myself away from my sloth-like existence to excavate the debacle that has been my pre-Christmas craft desk (no, really, did you SEE the image I posted on Instagram last week...?!) and prepare for the up and coming event of the stampin' year.

And guess what?  You're invited!

I would love you to join me and a bunch of my delightful stampin' team at our event to launch the incredibly gorgeous upcoming Occasions Catalogue and annual Sale-a-bration promotion.  It will be a Sunday afternoon very well spent, you can be sure, and with the kids back at school the week before, you will be well ready for some reward for all of the book list shopping, uniform fitting, pencil labelling and adhesive book covering shenanigans that you're likely to have endured in the previous weeks.

Or maybe that's just me....

Join us!  You'll be so glad you did.  RSVP details are at the bottom of the following invitation, but just to make it super simple, send me an email and let me know you'll be joining us and I'll send you all the details you need to confirm your spot.

Can't wait to Sale-a-brate with you!

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A flying visit with a large helping of gratitude and a side of incredulity...

Hello lovely friends!

I'm popping in for a really quick visit, which is partly what the "flying visit" refers to in the title of this post.  The other thing it refers to is the reality of my August and part of my September, which sees me flying all over Australia and also to New Zealand taking part in the Make a Statement Digital Tour for Stampin' Up! Australia.

I'm going to include an excerpt from the newsletter that I sent out to my customers earlier this month as it really sums up this incredible opportunity that I am so thankful to have been provided with...

Tomorrow morning just after dropping my sweet ones at school, I'll be hopping on a flight to Melbourne, where I'll be participating in the first of several stops of the Make a Statement Digital Tour that is heading around Australia and New Zealand this month and next.

Details of how you can join in a tour stop near you can be found further down in this newsletter, but the reason that I'm mentioning it up here at the beginning is really one of incredulousness that something as seemingly innocuous as becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator seven years ago, based on nothing more than a desire to own one of everything in the catalogue (the discount definitely featured heavily in my decision making process) could lead to an opportunity to fly around the country demonstrating a new software program to customers and demonstrators as part of a great team from the Stampin' Up! Australian office.

As a self-professed non-public speaker, being asked to demonstrate for the first time at a regional event several years ago very nearly had me running for the hills, but these days I hang out for the opportunity to be involved in any event possible and to be asked to take part in this one is a privelege of the most incredible kind.

This little story, as well as being an opportunity to share my excitement about the adventures that I'll be up to these next few weeks, is also a way of illustrating that the best things that have come of my decision to take up the demonstrator opportunity all those years ago are so much more than the expectations that I went in with.

I expected to expand my stash of craft gear and was happy to be able to do so at a generous discount, but I also expanded my friendship circle by large degrees and am fortunate to have found some amazing kindred spirits along the way. People who I count amongst my nearest and dearest, whose kids are great mates with my kids, whose husbands happily come along to team gatherings and play cricket in the park with the group and whose creativity and generosity inspires me no end. Also people who reside interstate and internationally who I would be most unlikely to have crossed paths with had our mutual love of all things stamps and ink not made those paths intersect.

Another happy side effect that I am so very grateful for is the one that now has me happy to be up on a stage - complete with a Britney Spears style microphone - presenting to anywhere between 50 and 500 folks at a time. I could never have envisaged that doing such a thing would be even remotely possible for me, but having been given the opportunity to do so has dismantled the confidence issues that I have had in the past and it's something that I now look forward to, with much less action in the knee-shaking department than before.

I am now at risk of having to break this little spiel into chapters, so I'll refrain from writing further, other than to say thank you for being part of this journey that I am so grateful for, however it is that you happen to be here, whether by turning up at a workshop once, or clicking a button on my blog to indicate that you'd like to receive my newsletter.

I appreciate you all so much and am grateful for your support of and interest in what I do.

It's now two weeks since I hopped on that plane to Melbourne and a week since I was in Sydney.  Tomorrow morning, I'm headed for Brisbane and will be taking over the part of the presentation that was handled by one of the lovely US staff who has since flown back to Utah.

I'm so incredibly excited (with moments of fluttery tumminess) to be involved in showing fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrators and customers the wonders of MDS and the incredible array of My Digital Studio downloads to go along with it.  It's such a truly simple but powerful software and it really brings such exciting new possibilities to the world of craft and design.

Next stop after Brisbane is my own home town of Perth and I would dearly love to see a large room of friendly faces excited to discover the possibilities of MDS for themselves!

To register to attend, visit the registration page, where you will find all the details and have the opportunity to complete the registration process online.  For the incredibly reasonable price of $35, you will receive the full version of the software (valued at $24.95 and provided to you via email as soon as you register), half a day of training in basic techniques to get you off and running in digital design, plus all of the usual fun and frivolity that goes along with any Stampin' Up! event.

New Zealand peeps, your event is on September 7th and you can register for NZD$45 by visiting the registration page for the Auckland leg of the tour!

I'm off to practise my presentation again (and again and again) now, but wanted to leave you with a couple of layouts that I have completed along the way, using some pre-designed and co-ordinated My Digital Studio elements and the touristy pics I snapped on my phone during my travels so far.

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Love today MDS layout + Digital Tour reminder

With the new annual catalogue arriving at the beginning of the month, I have felt a little bereft of "digi time" recently, and decided that an impromptu MDS session on the couch last night was in order.

Isn't spontaneous creating the very best kind?!

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Although I would ordinarily begin with a sketch or at least a slight preconceived idea of where I might be headed, this time around all I started off with was two rounded-corner photo boxes.

I would also usually stick to one pre-coordinated kit for ease of, well, co-ordination but this time around, I pretty much flew by the seat of my pants, knowing that I wanted to bring in some red and yellow to tie in with the colours of the girls' clothes and some green to bring in the photo backgrounds.

How'd I do?!

I love the end result and am inspired to "play" some more to see what other boundaries of my own creativity I might be able to poke ;-)


I have been remiss in not providing you with links to the new digital content of late, so unless you have taken it upon yourself to visit the new downloads section of my online store, you might have missed some gems.

I may or may not have had a little catch up digital shopping session of my own just now...

Find all of the latest and greatest downloads HERE.  


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Since today's post has been brought to you by the delights of My Digital Studio, I thought I would continue in that vein and remind you of the upcoming My Digital Studio Make a Statement Tour.

Throughout next month, Stampin' Up! is taking MDS on the road to educate as many folk as possible on the creative possibilities made available to you with this fabulous, intuitive software.

For the bargain price of $35, your registration will score you a half day training in the use of the software plus a copy of the software itself, available as soon as your register and pre-loaded with a huge stash of digital content (normally valued at $24.95)

I am registered and ready to roll and would love to see a load of fellow digi fans there!

Register HERE to join me at the Perth event, or choose from Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane if those options are more local to you :-)

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Come Sale-a-brate the Season(al) with us!

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Hot on the heels of yesterday's Sale-a-bration post comes another, this time inviting you join in the excitement of Sale-a-bration up close and personal, along with the amazingly delightful Seasonal Catalogue, due out on February 1st!

Come along and spend the afternoon with some like-minded folk and enjoy demonstrations, make and takes, displays and the kind of camaraderie that goes along with any event involving a room full of stampers :-)

To book your spot at the event, simply send me an email and let me know how many spots you'd like to book and I'll provide you with account details to transfer your payment to to make it all official!

Looking forward to stamping with as many of you as can come along...!

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Goodbye, Pocket Silhouettes

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Since starting this 'last hurrah' series of cards using retiring stamp sets, I have been having such a lovely time and have vowed for the upcoming catalogue to make sure that I use my stamps a whole lot more while they're actually still current, rather than leaving it to a big emotional rush at the end!  I'm also vowing to take a lot more pictures of my creations, as I'm sure I made a lot more with this stamp set, but can only find a couple now...

Today I am saying goodbye to Pocket Silhouettes - a gorgeous set of tiny floral images and two sentiments, all in the same box!  Here is a bit of Pocket Silhouettes inspiration for your Thursday evening...

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The centre of the three pictures above is of one of a set of cards that I demonstrated at a workshop on the weekend.  I made up four of these little "love notes" with matching stamped envelopes and popped them in a cellophane bag with a First Edition DSP backing and tied with a ribbon.  So cute :-)

The final one is my 'last hurrah' card, completed just this afternoon.  It's based on this card that I pinned on Pinterest some time ago, then re-visited today as inspiration.  I added some additional shading to my version and absolutely love how it turned out.  So much so that I'm even sadder to see the end of Pocket Silhouettes now... :-(

If you're also sad to see it on the retiring list, act now to make sure that you get hold of it for yourself.  Contact me to order your set while you can...


Registration for the Perth leg of the Heartfelt Events on August 25th closes tomorrow August 17th!  If you would like to join me, several members of my team and my guests for a fabulous day of stampin' and frivolity, be sure to let me know asap!

For more information on the event, see my previous post HERE...

Just for your information, I will be presenting one of the classes at the event, so I would love to see some familiar and friendly faces in the crowd to support/heckle/cheerlead while I'm up there doing my thing ;-)

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Goodbye....and HELLO!!

So August has snuck on up, bringing with it the retiring list from Stampin' Up! - the list of items that will no longer be available when the new Idea Book & Catalogue hits in a few short weeks from now.

Many of the stamp sets on the list have been my long time go-to stamp sets (Petal Pizzazz anyone...?!) and some have only been around for a relatively short time.  Some items on the list have been discounted by up to 40% but ALL of them are only available while stocks last!

To view the list and check out any must haves that you need to pounce on, click -->HERE<-- and to order any of those must haves, be sure to contact me asap!

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Of course the retiring list having been released, means that the all new IB&C is only just around the corner, and having had the sneaky peek that being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator allows me to do, let me tell you, you're in for the treat of all treats!

This year, to give the new catalogue all the fanfare that it oh so richly deserves, I have teamed up with a group of the demonstrators in my stampin' team to bring you a launch extravaganza...

The nitty gritty details again, in a less decorative fashion:

Date: Sunday 28 August Time: 1pm - 4pm Venue: St Mary's Anglican Church Hall, 9 Ridge Street, South Perth Cost: $15 per person (includes your catalogue to take home!)

Places must be pre-booked and paid for, which needs to be done by August 21 to confirm your place.  With all the fun stuff we have in store, you're not going to want to miss out, so hop to it!

Don't forget to let any friends know who might be interested in coming along with you - every friend that you bring along who is new to Stampin' Up! with me will earn you an extra ticket in the super duper prize draw on the day!

Too book your spot(s), be sure to contact me asap.

Righto, I hope to be back in the not too distant future with some reminders of how lovely some of the retiring list products are, as well as some sneak peeks of projects made with some fabulous new stuff, but right now my presence is required on the floor of the toy room, as I'm hanging out with my nine month old nephew this morning and he's just now woken up :-)

Let them eat....catalogues?!

In my previous post, I made mention of the fact that I had recently held a catalogue launch for my lovely customers, to show them some of the gorgeous new products in the 2010/11 Idea Book & Catalogue  and to celebrate the arrival of this long awaited publication!

And celebrate we did, with demonstrations, displays, make and takes, special offers, prizes, freebies and best of all, a some baked delight from my dear friend Julie from Queen of Cakes.

Check THIS out...

Believe it or not, this "stack of catalogues" is actually a delicious white chocolate mud cake, complete with assorted icing buttons, stamps and embossed papers.

A couple of weeks earlier we had been at a dinner party of another dear friend of ours, and Julie had made a cake for his birthday featuring a photo of him that has long been the butt of jokes amongst that particular group of friends.

The "photo as cake decoration" idea got me started to thinking about doing a similar thing with the catalogue cover and so this idea sprouted wings, and in the capable and amazing hands of Julie, was turned into a creation that went beyond my wildest imaginings!

And it was SO delicious!

If you'd like to be informed of future events that I hold, be they classes, launch events, opportunity nights or anything else, be sure to sign up for my mailing list and you'll be kept updated with any future offerings that may or may not involve an incredible baked creation ;-)

Getting the party started...

Just a quick post to let you know that if you're local to Perth, have a couple of hours free in the afternoon of Saturday September 4th and have a vague interest in knowing what's in the upcoming 2010-11 Idea Book & Catalogue AND the desire to own your very own copy, then you might might be interested to know about my catalogue launch party...

My last launch party for the Autumn-Winter mini catalogue was a very cosy affair -  cramped if you want to get technical - largely owing to the fact that I had it in my shoe-box sized house and was overwhelmed with people wanting to come!

This time I have hired a meeting room in a local Community Centre, so we can spread out a bit more, but places are still limited, so if you want to come along you'll need to be quick!

Many places have already been taken by those on my customer mailing list - they get first go at everything that  I do in the way of events, so if you want to have first dibs on events, special offers and other fun stuff and you don't already get my newsletter, then I suggest you rectify that immediately before moving on...

Here are the details for the launch...

When: Saturday September 4th Time: 2 - 4.30pm Where: Rivervale Community Centre Cost: $5 What: A party in honour of the oh-so-beautiful 2010/11 Idea Book & Catalogue, inclusive of your own copy to take home, make and takes, fun novelties, chances to win prizes and an exciting (and YUMMY) surprise that I am super-duper excited about!

But if you want to come, you MUST book and pay for your place first, which you can do by emailing me and I will send you bank account details for transfer, or if you'd prefer to pay by credit card, hit the little button below and away you go!

Be my guest...!

Just a quick post tonight and I promise faithfully that I will be back with something in the way of stampin' goodness soon, but I must alert you to the very exciting fact that the Stampin' Up! Regional Seminar is coming to Perth next month, and guest registration opened TODAY! So what does that mean?

It means that it's your opportunity to come along to a Stampin' Up! event and discover first hand what I and a good many other demonstrators around the country and the world get so excited about!

There is nothing quite like a Stampin' Up! event and whether you've toyed with the idea of becoming a demonstrator yourself, or you'd just like to spend a Saturday stamping and witnessing wonderful demonstrations and presentations in a large roomful of fellow mad (in the nicest possible way!) papercrafters, then this may just be the event for you!

If you'd like further details, please be sure to get in touch and I'd love to discuss the possibility of taking YOU to Regionals with me...!

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Klassy chicks stamp together!

At the end of May, the quarterly team stamping day for my team A Klass Act was held and was the usual wonderful mix of friends, food and a little bit of stampin'!

What I love most about the team is that aside from the very few of us that knew each other prior, we have all been brought together due to each of us having become Stampin' Up! demonstrators and we always have SUCH a fabulous time together!

As usual, there was swapping, business discussions, a 'workshop wow' demonstration, this time by Narelle, and 3 stamping projects for everybody to complete.

There was also home-baked scones (thanks Janny!), a 40th birthday celebration (hip hip hooray Chantell and thanks for the yummy cake Sue!) and enough chocolate to sink the Titanic!

Here are the projects we completed on the day....

This card project was provided by Jaz and was a wonderful example of the chalkboard technique.

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This Explosion Box project was courtesy of Chantell, who has a never ending supply of 3D project ideas to keep us all busily entertained!

Here it is all neat and closed....

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This is what happens when you take off the lid...

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... and then this is what it looks like post-explosion...

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Pretty cool huh?!

Everybody also completed a 12x12 scrapbooking layout of my design, but I have saved that for a post of its own as I have already included photo's on mine, along with which goes a bit of a fun story, so I thought I'd make a bit of a feature of it...

You might recall my Trinny and Susannah reference of a couple of days ago...?

Stay tuned for the story!

If you like the sound of team day and have ever considered the opportunity to become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator yourself, I encourage you to check 0ut the Join my Team information right here on my blog, and contact me if you'd like further information.

I'm always ready to welcome new members into my team -perhaps the next one will be YOU!

Stamp club is off and running!

Friday night last week saw me dip my toes in the waters of a Stamp Club for the first time and I do have to wonder what took me so long....! It was SO much fun!

A lovely group of 6 ladies and I hung out together stamping, chatting and eating homemade chocolate fudge brownies (thanks Bell!).  I daresay that a Friday evening couldn't get much better than that...

Add in the fact that over the next 6 months, as well as getting together and stamping on a monthly basis, each of the 6 ladies in the club will take turns to choose the hostess benefits resulting from our gatherings and I'm pretty much CERTAIN that a Friday evening doesn't get any better than that!

Here is a bit of a sneaky peek at what we created last week....

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The best news is that I have almost filled a second group and there are THREE PLACES still available!

Here are the details...

  • Each month for 6 months, we will get together at my house on the first Monday evening of the month (beginning July) where everyone will get to make a project that is created ESPECIALLY for stamp club members.
  • Each member will place a minimum order of $50 each month
  • Each month on a rotating basis (drawn randomly), one member will get to be the club hostess, and as such will earn the hostess benefits for that month. On your hostessing month, you can bring in outside orders or even host your own separate workshop to boost your workshops total if you like!

That's pretty much all there is to it! Contact me today to register as a member stamp club!

OR....here are some other stamp club options.....

  • Start your own! - If you have a group of stampin' friends, rally the troops and we'll organise your very own stamp club! You can come to me, or I will bring it to you, the choice is yours.  Contact me to start your own club today!
  • Remote stamp club - if you are not local to me and are therefore unable to attend stamp club gatherings, or if you like the idea of the club but are not able to make the time to attend 'in person' get-togethers, contact me to arrange a spot in a remote stamp club. Members still place a minimum $50 order in the same way each month, and everyone still gets a shot at choosing the hostess benefits, but without pesky geography getting in the way!

Catalogue launch workshops - two months on....!

I have today been editing a large batch of pictures in order to upload them to my blog, and making a list of posts to go with them and, well, it seems that I have a large batch of pictures and posts to upload to my blog!

I realised just how far behind I am when I discovered that I haven't even put anything up here about the workshops that I ran to launch the new catalogue back in April!

Can anybody say 'bad blogger'....?!

But I now have a list to work through and will be endeavouring to rectify this situation post haste!

In fact I have made large leaps toward rectifying the situation by scheduling daily weekday posts from now until the 18th of the month!  And I'm still not yet done with the list!

But back to the catalogue launch workshops.

Now I could have just let a post about this go, since the workshop themselves were such a long time ago, but they were good fun and I thought I'd share a couple of highlights...

I actually ran the workshops in three different sessions as my house is not much bigger than a large shoe box, and a lot of stampers it does not accommodate!

Everyone that came along got one of these....

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It's an idea that I originally got from Splitcoast Stampers and tweaked to my liking by taking different ideas from different 'Survival Kits' that I read about.

Here's what was inside...

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Clockwise from the left of screen:

  • A wishlist - custom made for the Stampin' Up! enthusiast.  This one just about reached the floor once completely unfurled
  • Sticky notes - a great find by my team member Ali!  Pre-printed with perfectly apt slogans to stick all over your must-haves in the catalogue!
  • Catalogue tabs - printed with the different index sections for organising your catalogue
  • A pen - for filling up that mammoth wishlist of course!
  • A lollipop - sugar for energy as you make your mammoth wishlist
  • A bandaid - first aid for the inevitable paper cuts that result from frenzied thumbing of a new stamping catalogue!
  • A highlighter - for highlighting the stuff that you already own

I had heaps of fun putting these together and even MORE fun witnessing the reactions of the ladies as we went through the contents together!

Here was one of the projects that I demonstrated...

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A set of love notes (6 in total - 2 of each design) that all went into a little box made out of Good Morning Sunshine DSP.  I don't have a picture of the actual box as I demonstrated it on the spot, then gave it away as one of the door-prizes, but I promise it was cute!

If you want to be among the first to know of upcoming events  like these that I offer, head on over to the sidebar there -------> and sign up to receive my newsletter!

"Cheep Talk Love Note set" Stamps: Cheep Talk Paper: Tangerine Tango, Summer Sun, Pacific Point Ink: Tangerine Tango, Summer Sun, Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals

Tiffany and I are home!

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I have a new member in my stampin' team.  Her name is Tiffany.

Of all the amazing, exciting and surprising things to happen over the convention weekend in Canberra, receiving this bracelet would probably be one of THE most amazing, exciting and surprising things.  I won it for being placed third in Australia for recruiting this past year and it hasn't left my wrist since that night.

But the absolutely MOST exciting thing of all...?  Hanging out with several hundred of the people in the world that understand me best- fellow stampers - and meeting up with some wonderful demonstrators from across Australia and New Zealand that I have become great friends with and get to hang out with far too infrequently.

Want to meet some of them?  I thought so...... :)

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Here are the members of A Klass Act that made the trek to convention this year.  It was SO very exciting to share this amazing event with 5 of my team and I'm pretty sure they enjoyed themselves as much as I did!  The 3am chocolate and chippies together with side splitting giggling fits after the dinner and awards night was all too reminiscent of school camp and I loved every second of it!

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Here we are at make and takes.....

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....in our Dinner and Awards Night finery.......  This picture does absolutely NO justice to Ali's beret.  It's covered in black sequins, and haggling for it at Sydney airport almost made her miss her flight to Canberra, but if you had seen it I'm sure you would agree that it was worth the drama!

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... and with the much photographed and ever gracious and accommodating Shelli.  I just love that lady!

And now allow me to show off unashamedly that I got to rub shoulders with some wonders of the stampin' world!

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...like her!  THE Marelle Taylor.  Every bit as lovely in person as she seems on her blog :)  Except that she kept giving me grief about my skinny arms...

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Claire Daly - a truly wonderful combination of Art and Heart :)

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Vanessa Webb and Karen Thomas - love these gals!

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My dear sweet friend Linda Higgins.

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Sharnee Torrents is a gorgeous chick who I've been emailing back and forth with for the past few months.  I loved that I was able to meet her in person after one of the classes that I presented (note my groovy Britney Spears microphone!)

At the awards night I made sure to grab some pics with some more of my fave stampin' buddies.

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This is Teresa.  Teresa lives in Canberra and when I am with her I require hourly hugs as I miss her so much during the year.  This was one of those hugs.

Sadly, I can't put a link to Teresa's blog, as Teresa still doesn't HAVE a blog.  Anytime soon would be good T ;o)

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I met Sam at the very first convention in Sydney and love to catch up with her again each year!

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Same with Di - sweet thing that she is!

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Queensland gals Steph and Nicki.  You guys are OSSOME!

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If you need to be told who this is, you have been seriously living under a rock!  None other than the gorgeous, kind and prolific Makeesha!  This chick manages more stamping in a half hour than I seem to be able to get done in a month.  Amazing.

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Marelle and Linda again, just because I can :)

I was also lucky enough to chat with some of the wonderful Stampin' Up! staff from the home office in Utah who made the journey downunder.

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Jill Kocherhans is an absolute gem!  I was asked to present a class on Recruiting at convention and was fortunate to have Jill as my guiding light!  We spoke on the phone several times in the lead up to convention and emailed back and forth a whole lot too.  She is hilariously funny and just a wonderful person to be in the presence of!

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Now I have to admit to having a bit of a crush on Derek.  Can you tell by the fact that my eyes have all but disappeared from smiling so much in this photo with him?!  I jest, of course - I would have to give up high heels FOREVER!  But seriously, he has done some amazing presentations at each Stampin' Up! event I have been to, and his humour and enthusiasm is boundless.

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Also there were several of our very own Aussie demonstrator support staff!  The beautiful and ever helpful Amanda sat on our table at dinner but steadfastly refused to spill any secrets prior to the announcements at the awards ceremony just afterwards!

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Here's our Australian Manager Aaron with his gorgeous wife Karen.  These two are just the loveliest folk, who it was my great pleasure to get to know on the Palm Cove Incentive Trip last year.  They have four delightful poppets too :)

Well that's pretty much all I have for you in the way of name dropping but I do have a few more things to share.....

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This was a little convention survival pack that I made up for each of the girls in my team that came along.  I also gave one to Jill for all of her help with my presentation.

I did take part in the swapping action too, of course, but I haven't actually taken any pictures of my swap cards, or the amazing array of cards that I received in return.  Truly amazing.  Might save that for a separate post.

As for convention highlights.....?  For me they were:

  • I have already mentioned, but will do so again - the people!  I have made lifelong friendships that I never would have had I not met these wonderful folk through Stampin' Up!
  • Presenting a class - I never would have thought that this would be a highlight given how utterly terrified I was beforehand, but I really enjoyed myself and must thank those of you who kindly gave me such positive feedback :)
  • The awards - knock me down with a feather, what was a top 25 badge doing in my convention bag?!  Never thought I would see one of those this year, but I came in at number 18.  Unbelievable!  Also sales, leadership and recruiting awards, plus of course, Tiffany :)  Thanks to my wonderful team of stampers and my truly lovely customers and hostesses who contributed to these delights!

Now for those of you whose heads have not thudded lifelessly onto your keyboards yet, here are some happy touristy snaps that I took on the Sunday after convention before I flew out later that afternoon.

Canberra sure is a beautiful place!  Behold......

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Actually, I lie.  This one was taken from the balcony of where we were staying on the morning of Day 2 of Convention.  There were 3 balloons flying that morning and I just HAD to get this shot of the bright yellow one sailing over Parliament House.  And I was blown away daily at the beauty of the trees in Canberra.  Stunning!

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Here are the touristy ones!  This is Parliament House from the War Memorial.

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The beautiful War Memorial itself

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Jaz and I enjoying the sunny Sunday morning at the Botanical Gardens.

So that's where I will leave you with my version of events at Stampin' Up! Convention 2009!  Can't quite believe it's over for another year, but am super excited for Sydney 2010 :)

Perhaps you might like to join me even.....?!  Check out the specials page for the best ever deal to become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator..... ;o)