Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Final Deal of the Week - Week 4

Sadly this is the last deal of the week - but this week you have the opportunity to purchase three different brads and 2 different ribbon rolls for up to 40% off - how terrific is that! What a fantastic time to stock up on some awesome embellishments to add soem wow to your projects! Same as with the previous deals - there are no minimums or limits on this offer, just add the 5% shipping and contact me before 6pm on Tuesday 29th of June - too easy!

Square Ice Rhinestone Brads #109113 (80 brads, 4 colours, 2 sizes) Regular Price:$19.95 Sale Price:$11.97

Circle Ice Rhinestone Brads #109111 (80 brads, 4 colours, 2 sizes) Regular Price:$19.95 Sale Price:$11.97

Square Fire Rhinestone Brads #109112 (80 brads, 4 colours, 2 sizes) Regular Price:$19.95 Sale Price:$11.97

Bashful Blue 1" Double Stitched Grosgrain #111848 Regular Price:$19.95 Sale Price:$10.97

Certainly Celery 5/8" Grosgrain #109050 Regular Price:$14.95 Sale Price: $8.97

Hope that you are all getting some creative time in before school holidays start again in 10 days time! I'll post some of the birthday cards I've been making of late, including my son's 4th birthday, soon.

Friday, June 18, 2010

I Wish Christmas Scrapbook

I've taught and made a few different scrapbooks using the Simply Scrappin' Kits from Stampin' Up! They are such terrific value and so versatile as you can make lots of scrapbook pages, dozens of cards, cover notebooks or do something like the below designed by Andrea Walford which uses just half a kit! I taught this at Christmas and am starting to do it again as some people are already thinking of getting organised for Christmas already! It makes a wonderful present in itself or a lovely record of Christmas for years to come.

It looks equally stunning with any of the Simply Scrappin kits depending upon the occassion e.g. a baby album or a wedding etc. What is also awesome is that it can be done as a complete class by mail and as there is no stamping required it just requires some time and patience which will definitely be rewarded as within 2 hours you have a simply stunning result!

The original design and beautiful layouts are the perfect place to preserve your family’s Christmas memories! In this class you will make a 6” x 6” mini scrapbook album created with Stampin’ Up!’s I Wish Simply Scrappin’ Kit. The album contains 11 pages, allowing you plenty of space for your pictures! The class kit includes all instruction and materials for just $35, so if you have 4 peole who want to do this give me a call and I'd be happy to schedule a class to suit you, or keep an eye out for classes later in the year as I will be teaching this from home again soon.

Of course you can just use the leftovers from the kit to make some gorgeous 12"x12" pages or 6"x6" pages like the one below that I did of my son's first Christmas - very cute and very fast to make!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Deal of the Week #3

Okay who stole June??? Can you believe we are up to the 3rd awesome deal of the week already!!!! This week you have the opportunity to purchase five different stamp sets up to 50% off - how terrific is that! Same as with the previous deals - there are no minimums or limits on this offer, just add the 5% shipping and contact me before 6pm on Tuesday 22nd of June - too easy!
A Happy Heart #114263 page 23 of catalogue RRP$41.95
Sale Price$20.98!!

Greetings Eight #115792 page 57 of catalogue RRP$49.95
Sale Price$24.98!!

Bella's Bloom #116330 page 78 of catalogue RRP$24.95
Sale Price$14.97!!

Enjoy Every Moment #113009 page 97 of catalogue RRP$53.95
Sale Price$26.98!!
All Scallops #114283 page 105 of catalogue RRP$55.95
Sale Price$27.98!!

Love a sale bargain? Don't forget that from now until the end of July - you could get a 20% discount off the Stampin' Up! starter kit and not only save yourself money on purchasing your stamp supplies all the time, but have the opportunity to earn some extra income whilst having a lot of fun along the way. Contact me for details.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Vintage Vogue Writing Compendium Class

The Vintage Vogue is another wonderful class adapted from the super talented Andrea Walford  this time the neutral colors of the Bella Bleu designer series paper combined with the Vintage Vogue, Best Yet, Butterfly Prints stamp sets give this card set a nostalgic feel that brings us back to the days when sending hand-written notes to our friends and loved ones was common. In this class you’ll create a card portfolio and 4 standard-sized cards. I've also been reading up on some tips on photographing my projects and although I don't think you can see the wonderful effect of the dazzling diamonds glitter in the centre of each flower. I think I've managed to improve the look of the projects even though I know I have a way to go yet. Don't you love the fabric in the background - left over sheer curtain fabric from my front window (if you ever need curtains or blinds in Perth give this friend a call - to say they are amazing is an understatment!)

Date: Tuesday 15th June 7.30pm or Thursday 17th June 9.30am
Cost: $25.00
Location: South Lake
Cost for this 2 hour class includes all materials and light refereshments. Please email me to sign up for this class.

If the time & venue doesn't suit, but you still want to do the class? Get some friends together and I'll bring the class to you (minimum 4 participants).

• Stamps: Vintage Vogue, Butterfly Prints & Best yet.
• Ink: Close to Cocoa & Chocolate Chip Classic inks
• Paper: Bella Bleu designer series paper; Chocolate Chip cardstock, Kraft cardstock, Very Vanilla cardstock, Medium Very Vanilla Envelopes
• Accessories: Kraft Taffeta ribbon, Clear Translucent envelopes, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Crystal Effects, Paper Snips, Crafter’s Tool Kit or paper piercing tool, Mat Pack, Scallop Edge punch, 1 ¾” circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, burrterfly punch, Stampin' Sponges, bone folder, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stampin’ Scrub and Mist, paper trimmer and scoring blade, pencil and ruler, Sticky Strip, mini glue dots, Snail adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, jumbo antique brass eyelets, crop-a-dile.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Punched Circle Fox & Friends

Well since I have an almost 4yo I always seem to be in need of childrens cards & when I saw the Fox & Friends stamp set come out in the autumn/winter mini I knew it would get a LOT of use at our house! I saw some cards on a blog by Andrea B. and decided to modify one a bit and got the below result (can you tell I'm on a Kraft & Baja Breeze colour combo theme at the moment - I also had to use the Sanded background stamp which I just bought & I love it, can't wait to use it with my Totally Tools stamp set!):

You could change the sentiment or colours to make it for any occassion, but I wanted a young boys card - pretty cute hey! I added the details of the lions face, fox nose, & turtle eye with a black Stampin' write marker pen. To get the layered effect of the lions mane I stamped him twice in So Saffron & once in Pumpkin Pie and cut out the mane fromt eh later & the face from the former and just stuck them together - too easy, especially since I invested in some Stampin' Up! Paper Snips #103579, initially I did baulk at the price a little, but wow they are by far the best paper snips I've ever used & they are really sharp and have really fine points for cutting out details - it makes doing any cutting an absolute breeze now.

Stamps: Fox & Friends, On Your Birthday, Sanded

Inks: Old Olive, So Saffron, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip & Pumpkin Pie
Cardstock: Whisper White, Kraft, Old Olive, So Saffron, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip & Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: 1 3/8” circle punch, 1 ¾” circle punch, Spiral punch, ¼” old olive grosgrain ribbon SNAIL, paper trimmer.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Share A Cup!

I love the new concept Stampin' Up! came out with of releasing single stamps instead of just whole sets as sometimes you just want that one stamp! Well as soon as I saw Share a Cup #119198 in the latest autumn/winter mini catalogue I knew I just HAD to have it -well as it turns out my lovely upline & friend Charmaine gave it to me for my birthday (how awesome is that!!!) so I just had to use it for her birthday card in return! Well being time anemic as per normal I used just one ink colour for the card and made a matching box in a bag to pop in some tea bags and chocolates (hence the choice of the tea cup stamp!). It’s called a box in a bag and takes about 10 minutes to make from start to finish – it took me longer fiddling with the bow to get it sit right than to make the entire box!

The baja breeze was punched out with the curly label punch as per normal and then I layered it onto the soft suede and cut around it to just leave a little boarder showing (don't look too close as my cutting isn't always straight!!!). The greeting was stamped and then I drew around the top part of it with the waste part of the curly label punch to give me a compact curly label to cut out - sounds fiddly but honestly it wasn't!

The box has stitching details with white gel pen added around the round tab punch with the eyelet in it & the scallop edge along the base (my photography isn't the best, but you get the idea!). The ribbon and cup stamped on the curly label punch matches the card.

Stamps: Share a Cup, On Your Birthday
Inks: Soft Suede
Cardstock: Very vanilla, Soft Suede, Baja Breeze, Bella Bleu designer series paper
Accessories: Curly label punch, Scallop edge punch, Round Tag Punch, Paper snips, Stampin sponge, soft suede polka dot grosgrain ribbon, crop-a-dile, jumbo antique brass eyelets, SNAIL, paper trimmer, white gel pen.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Week Two Deal - up to 40% off five Designer Paper Packs!!!!

From now until the 15th of June there is a super special offer on five different designer paper packs - up to 40% off - a terrific time to stock up on specialty paper for all of those winter projects you have planned!

Haiku Designer Series Paper on sale for just $10.17

Pink Flamingo Designer Series Paper on sale for just $11.02

Tea Party Designer Series Paper on sale for just $10.17

Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper on sale for just $11.02

Sweet Slumber Specialty Designer Series Paper on sale for just $14.92

Don't forget that the deal is valid for ONE WEEK only so get in quick and grab a bargain or five, no order limits, minimums or other requirements other than payign the normal 5% postage & handling fee on your order. You only have until Tuesday June 15th to place your order, so get in touch ASAP!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Crazy For Cupcakes challenge card

Just a quick post to share with you a card I made a few days ago for the ESAD Stampin' Up! Demonstrators site, week 16 challenge sketch. Basically they post a sketch as per below:

and then we take this sketch and design a card to fit the sketch layout. While I have been making a few cards with the Crazy For Cupcakes stamp set recently so as it was on the top of my stamp set pile, I used that (such a technical designer aren't !!) and came up with this simple card:

You can't tell from my very average photography, but the scallop oval piece is raised on Stampin' Dimensionals, the chocolate chip cardstock has a watermark on it of the party streamer in Versamark & the cupcake icing is all overlaid with Dazzling Diamonds glitter. The oval scallop punch from the Spring 2009 mini catalogue is still available to order #114889 AUD$30.95.

Stamps: Crazy For Cupcakes
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Versamark, Pumpkin Pie
Papers: Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
Accessories: Aqua Painter, Rose Red double-stitched grosgrain ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds, 2 way glue pen, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' Sponges, SNAIL, Oval punch, Oval Scallop punch.

Hope you are enjoying the Foundation Day holiday today :)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Well I've never had a die cut machine and I bought the Bigshot and am in love!!! The Sizzix Big Shot is a sturdy manual die cutting machine used to die cut materials for use on crafts, home décor projects, and even clothing You should see the gorgeous rag bag Charmaine made!) --it's a big deal! You'll love what the Big Shot machine--a six-time winner of Creating Keepsakes Reader's Choice Award for best die cutting equipment and dies--can do for you.

Design your own custom pillow appliqués using the Scallop Circle Bigz die or make custom fabric flowers to embellish a quilt. From sewing to quilting to home décor, the Big Shot is the perfect tool for many types of crafting. The wide appeal to various types of crafters will help you expand your business in new circles. The Big Shot makes incorporating paper crafting into these customers' hobby an easy progression. Use our Stampin' Up! exclusive dies to create die cuts and stencils with our artwork and designs for all your craft needs.

The Big Shot works with ALL competitive dies, and the steel rule dies can cut through an impressive list of 50 different materials for the Bigz and Originals Dies - please note the maximum thickness of several materials. However as a rule of thumb, you can cut a material with your Big Shot machine and Bigz or Originals dies if you can cut it using your Craft & Paper Scissors.

Thick corkboard
Thick chipboard (<59 mm)
Colored magnet
Ruffle board
Paper wood
Balsa wood (3/32")
Bass wood (1/16")
Metal mesh
Aluminum (.016)
Tin (.008)
Adhesive and non-adhesive mat board
Drawer liner
Shelf liner
Static cling vinyl
Shrink film
Fine sandpaper
Clear acetate (20 mm)
Card stock
Patterned paper
Flocked paper
Contact paper
Textured paper
Metallic paper
Linen paper
Suede paper
Embossed metallic paper
Basketball embossed paper
Faux alligator textured paper
Self-adhesive glitter paper
Iron-on fabric
Soft plush fabric
Heavyweight denim
Terry cloth
Funky fur
Thin leather
Quilt batting
Warm & natural batting
Fusible fleece
Self-adhesive craft metal
Self-adhesive cork
Self-adhesive foam
Self-adhesive magnet
Self-adhesive felt
Adhesive and non-adhesive rubber
Pop-up sponge
Poly foam
100% pure beeswax (cut with parchment paper on top & bottom of beeswax.)