Happy World Card Making day + 25 (no, 26!) extra reasons to be a hostess this month

It's the first Saturday in October, which means it's World Card Making Day!  As opposed to Regular Old Card Making Day that happens quite frequently at my place...

Stampin' Up! is offering prizes for folks who participate in this international day that celebrates the art of card making, and you've gotta be in it to win it!

Here are a couple of ways to take part:

  • E-mail a photo of a card, or of you making a card, made with Stampin' Up! product on World Cardmaking Day to wcmd2013@stampinup.com.
  • Post a photo of a card, or of you making a card, made with Stampin' Up! product on World Cardmaking Day on Instagram. Mention Stampin' Up! by typing @stampinup and use the hashtag #wcmd2013 in the description.

This contest is open to everyone - demonstrators, customers, friends, spouses, children . . . you get the idea. However, there are a few conditions:

  • You must be over the age of 18 to win a prize.
  • You can enter as many times as you wish, but each entry must feature a different card.
  • Contest will last all day on October 5, from 12:01 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Stampin' Up! will randomly select 100 winners from the North American markets to receive a Paper Pumpkin Kit and 50 winners from the South Pacific and European markets to receive the Naughty and Nice Rotary Stamp and Season of Style Designer Washi Tape (valued at $18.90 AUD/ $22.90 NZD).

A selection of pictures will be posted to Stampin' Up!'s World Cardmaking Day Pinterest Board and the winners announced in a later current update and on our Facebook page.

Here's my entry that you may have spied earlier today on my Facebook Page... 

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The use of Post-It notes allowed me to get away with barely more than a single layer of card stock in making this card - I simply lined up two Post-Its across the front of my card, leaving a space of about 4cm in between where I stamped and sponged to get the background image, thereby "masking" off the rest of the card and achieving the nice crisp lines.

You might recall a previous card of mine using the same technique in another simple, single layerd card.

If you would like further information on how I achieved this technique, please don't hesitate to contact me.

This card also constitutes the first inking of the gorgeous hostess stamp set Morning Meadow, one of many products in the catalogue available exclusively to workshop hostesses or those placing an order the qualifies for stampin' rewards.

On the subject of hostesses and stampin' rewards, October being the month that Stampin' Up! first opened for business 25 years ago, this month there are 25 extra reasons why you might consider being a hostess yourself. 

For the month of October, host a workshop of  $400 or more and you'll qualify for an additional $25 in hostess dollars, bringing the freebie count to a minimum of $85.

Put simply, a morning or afternoon crafting with your mates and then a bunch of dollars to spend on whatever you like from the current catalogues.

Fun, yes?!

I have an additional reason to look at increasing my workshop schedule on top of the enjoyment of sharing my craft nerdiness love of creating, and that reason is because I am currently on track to earn the Stampin' Up! Grand Vacation for 2014(!!)

Each year, Stampin' Up! rewards demonstrators who meet certain goals within their business with a trip for two that is nothing short of mind-blowing.  I know this, because I was fortunate enough to earn the trip to Palm Cove for my handsome man and I back in 2007 and I have never had an experience like it.

Next year's trip is one that includes all of Stampin' Up!'s markets worldwide, so demonstrators from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the European markets will be cruising the Caribbean together in May. 

Mind-blowing, yes?! 


Luckily, the trip is earned by the sharing of stamping and Stampin' Up!, which is a passion of mine already, all I am in need of is a wider circle of folks to share it with.

Which is where you come in... 

If you could see a way in which you could spare a couple of hours to gather some peeps so that I could entertain you by splashing some ink around (and have you splash some around yourselves), I would be truly appreciative.  It's guaranteed to be a fun morning/afternoon and you'll even have a hand made card to show for it at the end.

To book yourself a workshop, simply get in touch with me and we'll set up a date especially for you :-)

I'd love you for more forevers than I do already... ;-)


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Stamps: Morning Meadow (hostess), Express Yourself (hostess)  Paper: Naturals White Ink: Early Espresso, Pool Party, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede  Accessories: Pear Pizzazz, Strawberry Slush and Raspberry Ripple Stampin' Write Markers; Wide Oval Punch, Crochet Trim, Stampin' Sponges

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:


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


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


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:


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 ;-)


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" ;-)


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

A flourishing farewell...

I'm finding it hard to believe that we are a mere day away from the end of August, and I feel as though I haven't done some of the retiring items justice.

There are some stamp sets that I have loved a lot and will really miss so I thought I would take a minute to show you some projects that I have made with some particular faves...

I loved Frames with a Flourish from the start and have pulled it out on many an occasion when I have needed a frame of some description in whatever project I was stamping at the time.


This one is a little box made with two Scallop Envelope die cut-outs and an extra strip of cardstock to form the base.  I have been demonstrating this at most of my workshops this past month, with a little set of four cards to go inside using the Frames plus Pocket Silhouettes as well.


This is a card that I made absolute ages ago after I had an idea to use the dotted swirly frame in the set as a background.  I made the card, was satisfied that I had got the idea out of my brain and onto paper and never did anything else with it, hence the delay in putting it up here :)

The smudgy effect of the stamping was achieved by first stamping onto Kraft (soon to be Crumb Cake) cardstock in Chocolate Chip ink, then running over the top of the image with an Aquapainter to soften the lines a bit.

Here are some previously blogged cards (and a couple of books!) that I have made using Frames with a Flourish too.

Click on the thumbnails to see them in full size and in their original posts...

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So there was a little trip down Frames with a Flourish lane.  If you love this set as much as I do, I encourage you to get in touch with me before the end of tomorrow and I'd be happy to place an order for it, plus any other retiring products that you find yourself in need of :)

*Retiring products in red*

"Scallop Envelope Box" Stamps: Frames with a Flourish, Pocket Silhouettes, Teeny Tiny Sentiments Paper: Kraft, Naturals Ivory Ink: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Sahara Sand Accessories: Scallop Envelope Die, Word Window Punch, Horizontal Slot Punch, Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

"Thank you card" Stamps: Frames with a Flourish, Occasional Greetings Paper: Baja Breeze, Naturals Ivory, Chocolate Chip, Kraft Ink: Chocolate Chip, White craft ink Accessories: Pretties Kit, Very Vanilla 5/8" grosgrain, Aquapainter, Stampin' Sponge

Announcing sweet Grace's announcements!

I would announce sweet Grace herself, but it would be rather overdue an announcement, considering that she was born in late August last year and is likely polishing her walking skills and most definitely up to eating solids as we speak.

Yes, I am that far behind in my blogging, who wants to know...?

Grace is the most delightful angel of a dear friend of mine that I have known since school days.  When she was born, I offered to make the birth announcements as a gift because I thought it would be a useful gift and also, quite happily,  gave me a fabulous excuse to dabble in the digital world that I love so much!


Of course a gift is not a gift unless it is packaged and embellished within an inch of its life, and this was no exception.

I made a little flat-ish box to sit the stack of announcements in, then wrapped the box in an overlapping layer of vellum, tying on a sweet little tag with lashings of Regal Rose grosgrain.


Here you can see a tiny peek of the box within, and a tiny peek of the princess herself, delicious little girl that she is :)

The flower on the tag is from Hello Again - a gorgeous little stamp set from the Summer Mini that has loads of possibilities, particularly as there are four other equally lovely stamps that make up the set.

I have used it to death these past few months and it looks equally good in soft, pastel colours as it is above, or in brighter colours like the following card that we made in one of the workshops I held here at home last month.


So while you're patiently waiting in the queue for Framed with Love from the previous post, you might want to consider adding Hello Again to your list.  At $21.95, it's a serious bargain, it has a matching Stampin' Around wheel in Retro Remix,  and there are no guarantees that it will pop up again when the new Idea Book & Catalogue hits in September.

If I didn't own it already, I know what I'd be doing ;-)

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"Grace's Birth Announcements" Stamps: Hello Again, Nursery Necessities Paper: Sage Shadow, Whisper White Ink: Sage Shadow, Regal Rose, So Saffron Accessories: Regal Rose 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Wide Oval Punch, Linen Thread

"Bright Hello Card" Stamps: Hello Again Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore, Pixie Pink, Summer Sun, Whisper White Ink: Versamark Accessories: Green Galore, Pixie Pink & Summer Sun Stampin' Write Markers, Scallop Square Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

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....


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...


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...


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!

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"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

May Scrapbooking Promotion - FINAL WEEK!

Well May has certainly flown by in a great big hurry, and that means that you only have until the end of THIS WEEK to take advantage of the two awesome promotions that are going on! Need a quick reminder....?

The first one offers you the opportunity to become  a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for just $150 - the best ever signing up offer there has been since Stampin' Up! landed in Australia in April 2006!

The second one gives you the chance to get a pack of delightful Designer Series Paper (DSP) for FREE when you purchase 3 packs.

For aaaaalll the details on these two fabulous opportunities, check out the Specials page and get right on it to make sure you don't miss out!

Here is a fun little project that I demonstrated at one of my workshops this month, that takes great advantage of some of the gorgeous papers!  Those of you who attended any of the Regional Training Seminars that Stampin' Up! put on last year will be familiar with the project - I just tweaked it so that I could use one of my current FAVOURITE stamp sets and DSP! For those of you who DIDN'T attend any of the Regional Training Seminars that Stampin' Up! put on last year, you might want to think about taking advantage of the current signing up special so you can go to the next one...! Anyway, onto the project... Here is the front cover:


And then when you open it, this is what you find:


It's a set of 3 little love notes that look like this:


And the envelopes are also lined with DSP, making them look super co-ordinated and professional!



Little gift ideas are probably my favourite things to play around with when I stamp and I pretty much always include something like this when I present a workshop, which means the hostess gets it, along with all sorts of other goodies that her workshop sales have a chance of qualifying her for!

Let me know if you'd like to book yourself a workshop and score a fun little project like this one for your trouble!  I only have 3 dates left in June and some in July - grab a spot today!

"Trendy Trees Love Note Set" Stamps: Trendy Trees Paper: Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Haiku DSP Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, So Saffron Accessories: Love Notes (envelopes only), 1-3/8" and 1-1/4" Circle Punches, 1-3/8" Square Punch, Circle Metal Edge Tags, Tangerine Tango Striped Grosgrain, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stampin' Dimensionals