I {know} you'll have the time of your life....

With Sale-a-bration coming swiftly to a close, it's time you knew (in case you didn't already) why it's absolutely the best ever time to join Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator.

In dollar terms, joining Stampin' Up! before this coming Saturday, will score you a $40 discount off the standard price of $289, plus an additional free stamp set from the catalogue on top of the ones you already get (and can choose for yourself!) in your kit.  This gives you well over $600 of value for less than half of the retail cost of purchasing it all individually.

Keeping with the dollar terms for a moment, come April 1st, Stampin' Up! is implementing a brand new Career Plan - the structure under which all demonstrators get paid - and there are more ways to earn money and incentives than ever before.  For new demonstrators especially, the all new Stampin' Start program gives you the opportunity to earn free stamp sets, a cash bonus, and even the cost of the Starter Kit back within your first six months.

And if dollars float your boat, steam your pudding and make your skirt fly up, then you can't argue with the minimum 20% discount on all of your own purchases,  and 30% on your very first workshop order immediately after you become a demonstrator.

You might be wondering what the catch is, and truthfully, there isn't one.

Certainly if you want to remain active as a demonstrator, there are particular targets you will need to meet, but these are set at such a level that a single workshop only as frequently as every three months will see you over the line.  If you're an avid stamper and/or scrapbooker, with a group of friends that would occasionally purchase from you, then your minimums can easily be met in this way.

If ever there comes a time when you don't see yourself being able to continue as a demonstrator, be it weeks, months or years down the track, you simply stop placing orders - there are no penalties or anything to pay back.

Of course, if you're a go-getter, then the sky is the limit in terms of what you can do with a business like this, and I'd love to discuss those possibilities with you!

These are all the reasons why you have absolutely nothing to lose in making the decision to sign up as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, but for me, it's all about what I have gained in these past six years that really define my time as a demonstrator.

Personally, I have gained hundreds of friends across the country and even the world - all tied together by a mutual love of making pretty things out of paper.  I am inspired daily by the amazing people that I have come across, both in a creative fashion and also because so many of them share similar life values and aspirations to me.

Closer to home, I have a fabulous team of demonstrators that have joined me along the way, and it never ceases to amaze me that I have all of these gorgeous girls in my life, purely because I made a decision six odd years ago that "I might as well get myself a discount on this stuff, since I pretty much want the whole catalogue anyway..."

That is quite literally how it started for me.

At the time of joining, I had an almost three year old daughter and was six months away from having my second one.  It wasn't great timing to start a business, but at the time, I didn't consider that I was starting a business - all I did was show a few of my nearest and dearest "all this great stamping stuff" that I had and what I could do with it, and pretty soon, they wanted me to show their nearest and dearest and the rest, my friends, is history!

The result is that six years on, both of my girls are in full-time school and I have been able to stay at home with them up until this point in time rather than go out and get an alternative part-time job.  Now that they're at school, I could get myself another job, but the way I figure it, I rather love the one I already have, and it allows me to be on pre-primary roster, watch them swim and run in their sports carnivals, drop them off and pick them up each day and be there in case they ever need me to be during the day.

I have, without a single doubt, had the time of my life since joining up as a demonstrator, and consider it up there amongst some of the best life decisions I have ever made.

If you have ever, even fleetingly wondered if it might be the right move for you, I would implore you to look into it further.  There is nothing to lose and so very much to gain and I would love to be part of your Stampin' Up! adventure...

Of course, any time is a good time to take the plunge, but in terms of simple logistics and dollars, there's never been a better time than right now - and most definitely before March 31st!

I would love to hear from you with any questions, concerns, comments or queries that you might have about being a demonstrator - please don't hesitate to call me on 0411 717 213 or shoot me an email and we can discuss it in more detail in relation to your own personal situation :-)

Cards for my gals

Today I'm back to share a couple of cards that I made recently for some of my stampin' team members and to give you a sneaky peek of what you can expect to see here tomorrow...

This first card (inspired by FTL 172 from Clean and Simple Stamping) was for Sandi - a lovely gal in my team who is going through some pretty tough medical treatment at the moment, so at the instigation of another of the lovely gals in my team, a few of us banded together to purchase an Amazon Kindle and a download card so that she can cart all her favourite books to the hospital with her in a more convenient fashion.

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See  the Poppy Parade scalloped mat?!   Bonus points if you can guess how I did it ;-)

Quick tip: When looking for a greeting to use on your cards, be sure to check all your stamp sets as the most suitable one might come from a most unexpected place!  The Thinking of You on Sandi's card is from the Best Dad Ever set - you know the one with the row of little ties?!  It has four fantastic greetings using simple fonts, two of which don't necessarily have anything to do with dads!

This next card was for the gal that instigated the Kindle idea for Sandi, as she had a birthday herself back in January and a few of us gathered at a playground and coffee shop to mark the occasion.  Love ya Mini!

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The 'inlaid embossing' technique was all the rage last year or so and I was happy to revisit it in a way that I hadn't previously, by cutting out the butterfly shape as a background for the technique.  Some previous cards that I created using this fun and funky technique can be found {HERE}

The colour combination was naturally lifted directly from the Everyday Enchantment DSP (I know, I know, I promise I'll step away from the DSP soon...) and the flowers were made of various combinations of the Boho Blossoms, Itty Bitty and different sized Circle Punches.

Speaking of birthdays, I have one of my own tomorrow and I'll be back then to show you the delights that were sprung on my by several stampin' team members last Thursday night!

Here's a tiny peek at some of the loveliness you can expect to see...

If you have any questions about any of the cards or techniques in today's post, please give me a shout!

Stamps: Best Dad Ever Paper: Soft Suede, Poppy Parade, Naturals Ivory, Pool Party, Everyday Enchantment DSP (SAB) Ink: Soft Suede, Early Espresso Accessories: Scallop Square Bigz Clear Die, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Big Shot, Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon, Everyday Enchantment Brads, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: It's Your Day Paper: Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait, Whisper White, Everyday Enchantment DSP Ink: Soft Suede, Early Espresso Accessories: Punches: Boho Blossom, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Two-step Owl, 1/2" Circle, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border, Decorative Label; Beautiful Butterflies Die Bigshot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

Enchanting Fresh Vintage - Workshop Project

Following on from yesterday's post where I showed you the make and take that I have been living off for the past couple of months, today I am going to share with you its companion project - the one that I have been demonstrating at most of those workshops as well!

I am rather a fan of cute packaging and cards as gifts, so when I can combine the two in something I can create with my own hands, I get rather excited!  It's the little things...

Speaking of little things, here is my fun project:

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It's a simple little package (you will see just how simple once you get to the end of this post...) that opens up...

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...to reveal a set of co-ordinated love notes and matching envelopes...

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It's the perfect little project to illustrate the fabulous product and colour co-ordination factor of Stampin' Up! that set me all a-flutter almost six years ago, and still keeps me excited and motivated to create pretty things as often as possible :-)  It's also a great project to show how a little (or a lot!) of sponging can make a lovely vintage-y difference to what would otherwise be a piece of Naturals Ivory cardstock with a stamped image on it ;-)

And just for you, my lovely (patient, loyal and understanding) readers, if you would like to re-create the little package for yourselves, here is a quick and simple guide to doing so...

The little band that holds it closed is simply two strips of co-ordinating DSP - one 3.5cm wide and the other 3cm, with an embellishment popped on the top.

Of course, the combination of colours and stamps that I've used on this particular version of the project is just the tip of the iceberg as far as possibilities go :-)  If you use the above template for your own set of matching love notes, do feel free to share - show and tell is always welcome!

And if you'd like to be the hostess of a workshop where you get to keep a little project just like this one that I will demonstrate for you and your friends, be sure to let me know... ;-)

Stamps: Fresh Vintage (SAB), Teeny Tiny Sentiments Paper: Soft Suede, Naturals Ivory, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Everyday Enchantment (SAB) Ink: Soft Suede, Poppy Parade, Lucky Limeade Accessories: Stampin' Write Markers - Poppy Parade, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Decorative Label Punch, Scallop Square Punch, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

There's a whole lot of CASEing going on...

Those of you who have inhabited the stamping world for a while (and isn't it a fun place to inhabit?!) will be familiar with the term to "CASE".  I have heard a couple of different definitions of the acronym - both Copy And Share Everything and Copy And Selectively Edit, but either way, it pretty much means to borrow ideas from other stamping projects that you see (with proper credit given to the original source, of course) and I do an awful lot of it myself.  Partly because I get a LOT of inspiration from other stampers and also because I figure there's no point in re-inventing the wheel every time I'm at my stamping desk.  I also maintain that CASEing projects from other stampers has vastly improved my own stamping over these past several years, and if I were ever to allow you to see the cards that I had on offer at my very first workshops almost six years ago, no doubt you'd be nodding enthusiastically in agreement...

Recently I was looking for ideas for the Sale-a-bration set Sprinkled Expressions and came across this card, which I loved immediately!  Using the card layout and stamp set as inspiration, I changed the colours and came up with the following CASEd example:

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Being the type of person that tends to stick to a good idea when I find one, I then went on to use the same layout to create a card for a birthday party that my small girl was invited to recently.  This one uses the free stamp set Topsy Turvy Celebration that I scored simply because I'm a demonstrator and I booked a workshop during a promotion.  Can't complain about free rubber ;-)

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And finally, because I am 100% in luuuurve with the Everyday Enchantment DSP from the current Sale-a-bration promotion, I CASEd the card for the third time and have inflicted it upon almost every workshop attendee as a make and take for the past (almost!) two months...

I wondered aloud recently on my Facebook page whether I might get away with using a single make and take design right up until the end of March and was greeted with requests for a photos, along with the assertion that I needed to provide "pics or it didn't happen"!  So just for you Tracey Eaton, here is the photographic evidence that "it happened" ;-)

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If you happen to be attending one of the workshops that I am doing before the end of March, you may well be in for a case of déjà vu when the make and take comes around.  Promise to smile, act surprised and exclaim over the design...?  Cheers ;-)

Speaking of workshops, I am pretty much out of opportunities to book in March, but am already taking bookings for workshops in April and May (can anyone say new mini catalogue...?!)  To grab yourself a date and be among the first to play some new and exciting products from the upcoming mini, be sure to get in touch soon!

Stamps: Sprinkled Expressions, Teeny Tiny Sentiments Paper: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Lucky Limeade, Cheerful Treat DSP (hostess) Ink: Versamark Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon, 3/4" Circle Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Basic Pearls, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Topsy Turvy Celebration Paper: Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, Concord Crush, Cheerful Treat DSP (hostess) Ink: Versamark Accessories: Stampin' Write Markers  - Wisteria Wonder, Concord Crush, Pink Pirouette, Melom Mambo, Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight; Bitty Buttons, Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Brights and Subtles Brads, White Embossing Powder, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Wisteria Wonder Ruffled Ribbon, 3/4" Circle Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Sentiments Paper: Naturals Ivory, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Everyday Enchantment (SAB) Ink: Soft Suede Accessories: Beautiful Butterflies Bigshot Die, Everydat Enchantment Brads (SAB), Basic Rhinestones, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon, 3/4" Circle Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Getting ready to Sale-a-brate

It's T-minus three and a bit hours until the launch of the happiest time of the stampin' year, and boy is there some fun stuff in store until March 31!

If you're familiar with Sale-a-brations past, you will be aware that by simply spending $100 during the promotion period, you get to choose a gorgeous, exclusive and limited edition stamp set for F.R.E.E.

You may also be aware that by spending multiples of $100, you get to choose multiples of freebies and in addition to any of those freebies that you earn as a customer, by simply hosting your own workshop, your freebies can also be added to should your workshop total hit $600 or more (and that's in addition to all the awesomeness that is the standard hostess plan...)

Perhaps you are also aware that in addition to the freebie fest on offer as a customer or hostess, it is also the single best time to join as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, due to the fact that on top of the amazing value of your kit, you get an extra free stamp from the Idea Book and Catalogue or current Mini Catalogue, plus all the usual benefits of joining the fun as a demonstrator.

In case that's not enough to get your stampin' juices flowing, here are a couple of peeks of the absolutely *stunning* Designer Series Paper that is one of the freebies available for your Sale-a-brating pleasure this year.  It's called Everyday Enchantment, and it is nothing short of enchanting.  If you're super eagle-eyed, you might even notice that the brads are not part of the usual catalogue range... *yet another new freebie alert*...

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These were the two designs that I made as thank you cards for the Kindy teacher and teacher's aides in my small girl's class last year.

Yes, I have had the DSP since December, that's one of the many perks of being a demonstrator - new product pre-orders an entire month before everybody else ;-)  If you're interested in any of the other perks, be sure to let me know!

Stamps: For Everything Paper: Everyday Enchantent DSP, First Edition Specialty DSP, Soft Suede, Pool Party, Naturals Ivory Ink: Soft Suede, Poppy Parade, Lucky Limeade Accessories: Lucky Limeade & Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon, Beautiful Butterflies die, Everyday Enchantment brads