Wednesday, 3 September 2014

My Favourite Things from Stampin' Up's 2014 Christmas Catalogue

The new Christmas catalogue has been available for a few days now, and you can download a PDF version for yourself here.

If you prefer a printed copy, you can drop by and pick one up with your next order, or send me an email or text message and I'll post one out to you.

As a Stampin Up Demo I get to preview each new catalogue early, and order things early to play with them before the catalogue "goes live". That's the theory anyway, but sometimes I don't have the chance to play with new products before they become available to everyone.

But I've seen lots of fabulous ideas using the new Christmas products on my Facebook groups and on Pinterest as well as blogs of other Stampin Up Demonstrators.

So in alphabetical order, here are my favourite things in the new catalogue:

1. Bright & Beautiful stamp set - 8 stamps, Wood $56.95, Clear $42.95
I know snowflakes aren't exactly Australian, but I've seen gorgeous cards and 3D ornaments made with these, they look especially beautiful embossed in gold embossing powder.

The star framelit dies match up with these too.
2. Christmas Bauble wood mount stamp, $18.95

Definitely one for colouring.

3. Festival of Trees photopolymer stamp set bundle - 13 stamps plus tree punch, $48.95. The stamp set on it's own is $27.95 and the punch is $29.95.

4. Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack $11.95 for a pad of 48 sheets of patterned paper 6 1/2" x 4 1/2".
 Very traditional Christmas colours.

5. Wondrous Wreath Photopolymer stamp set bundle - 9 stamps plus framelits, $74.50. The stamp set on it's own is $44.95 and the framelits set of dies is $42.95.
Well these are the ones I've got, so hopefully I'll share some projects made using these soon.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Watercolouring Bloom With Hope

Sorry for my absence from blogging, other things have been happening, so updating the blog has fallen down the priority list of things to do.

Today I'm sharing a card using the Bloom With Hope Hostess set from the 2014-2015 Annual Catalogue. I've stamped the flower onto Whisper White cardstock with StazOn black ink, and watercoloured it using my aqua painter and Lost Lagoon and Hello Honey inks. The card base is Lost Lagoon and the ribbon is the lovely 1/8" Basic Black taffeta ribbon. The splats at the top of the card are from Gorgeous Grunge, using Lost Lagoon ink.

I saw this card on Pinterest with a different sentiment. Lisa Poe is the original designer, and it was featured on Heather Van Looy's blog.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Come along to the SA Papercraft Fair this Sunday and say hi!

I will be on the Stampin Up stall at the SA Papercraft Fair this Sunday:

10 am - 3 pm
Marion Leisure Centre
Oaklands Rd., Morphettville
If you are on my mailing list, check your inbox tomorrow for a special coupon!

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Retiring List for 2014 Catalogue

Our new Catalogue will be released on July 1, and that means we have to make way for lots of lovely brand new products. So, it's time to say goodbye to some old favourites. Some items are heavily discounted and all are only available while stocks last.

The best way to make sure you don't miss out is to place your order in my Online Store. If you prefer to email me your order, that's OK too.

I think the easiest way to view what's retiring is in the Online Store (make sure you check out the Weekly Deals and Clearance Rack while you're there!)

You can also view the Retiring Accessories List HERE

And the Retiring Stamps List HERE

Some items are discounted by 40% ...but you'd better get in quick!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Stampin Up Weekly Deals are coming!

Starting tomorrow, and each Wednesday in April, we'll be bringing you a new set of deals on a selection of fantastic products. Be sure to check back each week to see what's on sale and to take advantage of these great deals before they're gone!

You can order either by sending me an email, or by going directly to my online shop.

Happy shopping!

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Newsletter Ramblings

I've been trying to write and send a newsletter out for quite a while now, and things have been happening and life gets in the way, sorry.

Here's what I wrote on February 4:

A funny thing happened today when I thought I was going to do this newsletter to send out to everyone.
Do you realise how much we rely on technology and electricity these days? Today we had a power blackout from 9.20 am, most likely due to the high wind bringing down trees onto power lines. Used the old phone that plugs into the phone line to check with the power company, and yes they are aware of the power interruption and it should be back on at 12 pm.
OK, so what shall I do today? Make a coffee… ok, no power, so can’t use the kettle or microwave. Wait I have an old kettle that can be used on the gas cooktop. So, found a match to light the burner, which is usually lit by the electric sparky thing. So far so good. Now let’s have a look at what’s happening on Facebook.
Oh dear, my phone battery is down to 25%, so I’d better not stay on there too long. I decide to play a game on my iPad while I have my coffee, and see that the iPad battery is also 25%. Can’t do much else on the iPad as I usually have it connected to the home Wi-Fi, and of course, that’s not on due to the blackout.
Maybe I’ll read a bit.  After a late night last night I feel sleepy after about 10 minutes, so decide to have a nap.
Wake up an hour later, and it’s getting close to 12 o’clock so I call the power company again. Well, now they are saying that power won’t be restored until 3 pm. OK, what to do now?
Maybe I’ll send texts to my friends who live close by and see if they have power. I offer to bring cake to share while I charge my phone. Both can’t do it so maybe I’ll go to my friend’s craft shop with the same offer.
I head out the front door with cake and car keys in hand and press the button for the garage door opener. Bugger, of course it doesn’t work because it’s electric. Because it’s a double door that weighs a ton, there’s no way that I can open it manually to get the car out. So I’m stuck here. I guess I can get in the car in the garage, switch on the engine and plug my phone into the car charger, but that’s not a good idea in an enclosed space as I might be overcome with carbon monoxide fumes.
Well at least it’s not 45 degrees like it was 2 days ago.
I call another friend, who lives further away (using the old home phone), and have a laugh about how I can’t do anything today while the power is out. I put the kettle on the gas burner and make another coffee to go with the cake I have.
OK, so what other options do I have? I usually go on the computer to watch videos, look for ideas for crafty things, check emails, research business stuff,etc. If I get bored with that or tired then I watch TV for a while. Can’t do any of that.
I was going to work on some photos and get them ready for printing for tonight’s competition at the camera club, but can’t do any printing because of the blackout.
I can make card or other craft samples, but most of the ideas I look at are online, so I don’t have much to work with. Plus without power and air-con it will get warm in my studio on this sunny day.
I guess if worse comes to worse I can do some house cleaning, tidy up my craft room/studio and start decluttering my house. But I like to play music when I do stuff like that, and the battery in my phone is now down to 13%.
But wait, my laptop is fully charged, so it should last an hour or two, so maybe I can start to put together my newsletter after all, without being online, and then upload it to my newsletter service when the power comes on. I plug my phone into my laptop, and hallelujah it’s charging off the laptop battery while I write this.
So this is what I’ve been doing today so that it’s not a complete waste of time.

Anyway, I've just sent out a rather short newsletter to let everyone know about the upcoming craft fair and Stampin Up promotions.