Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Free Stamps Sets - Sale-A-Bration is Here

Join the Sale-A-Bration!

It's Sale-A-Bration time again at Stampin' Up!, and friends, fresh ideas, and free product is what it's all about!Every year Stampin' Up! gives customers, hostesses, and new demonstrators the opportunity to earn fantastic, limited-edition products they'll enjoy for years to come. This year, you can choose from the following exclusive stamp sets:

Punch Bunch (123288, wood mount or 123211 clear mount)

Bliss (1232282 wood mount, 123217 clear mount)

So Happy for You (123284 wood mount, 123200 clear mount)

Sweet Summer (123286 wood mount, 123214 clear mount)

Get FREE stamp sets by doing any of the following:

You'll receive a free Sale-A-Bration stamp set when you spend $100 on Stampin' Up! merchandise (net sales before shipping and handling). There's no limit-for every $100 you spend, you can select another FREE Sale-A-Bration reward!

You'll receive a free Sale-A-Bration stamp set when you host a workshop of at least $600 (net sales before shipping and handling)-this is in addition to all of the regular hostess benefits!


During Sale-A-Bration, anyone who joins as a demonstrator can choose any stamp set-a value of up to $79.95-from our current Idea Book and Catalogue!

The Sale-A-Bration promotion starts on 25 January 2011 and runs through 31 March 2011, so don't miss your chance to earn free products! Talk to me today on 0409 197 292 to book your workshop or learn more about this promotion. I have full-colour Sale-A-Bration brochures full of beautiful project ideas you can make using these limited-edition Sale-A-Bration sets. You can also view the Sale-A-Bration brochure online.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Sharing my Birthday with You!

I celebrated my birthday on Thursday and I received some lovely handcrafted cards from some of my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Friends Christine Blain, Elaine Hannam, Nikki Sadler and Kimmy Meiklejohn...oh I am so lucky to have "crafty" friends all around Australia.

I also received these beautiful flowers from my work, they made me feel very special and bright and cheerful.

Seeing others work always inspires me! I love the idea from Elaine that she has attached a piece of the designer series paper to the back of the clear button.

Christine Blain

Elaine Hannam

Nikki Sadler

Kimmy Meiklejohn

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Summer Mini Catalogue Blog Hop

Welcome to a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators Blog Hop, you may be starting here but you may have come from the fantastic Judy May's blog, don't you just love her work!

We are showcasing the 2011 Summer Mini Catalogue and I am featuring my favourite stamp set, Avairy. I have been waiting so long for this to arrive on Australian shores as it has been available in the United States for some time.

Stamp Set: Avairy
Card: Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper
Ink: Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait
Accessories: Certainly Celery 1/2" Stitched-Poly Ribbon, Poppy Parade 1/2" Stitched-Poly Ribbon, Certainly Celery Brads, Scallop Circle Extra-Large Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Large Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Large Punch, Paper-Piercing Tool, Mat Pack

You are now off to share
Nikki Sadler's creations, you will just love what she has come up with.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

UStamp with Dawn & Friends - One Sheet Wonder

I have just remembered that I have not shared with my blog viewers my project for UStamp with Dawn and Friends Year End Blow Out. I love being a Guest Designer for Dawn Rapsas, she is such a lovely and vibrant lady and I have "met" so many wonderful stamping friends all around the world.

We had the challenge to use a 12" x 12" piece of cardstock or designer series paper...well I could not go past making a One Sheet Wonder with a piece of bright and cheerful Designer Series Paper. It surprises my how many projects you can create with just one piece of Greenhouse Gala DSP. Here is my Cellophane Gift Bag with Belly Band with all those matching full size cards yes there are six of them and a little cute gift card.

Stamp Set: Silhouette Sentiments (Level One Hostess)
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla, Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories: Large Flat Cellophane Bag, Butterfly Extra-Large Punch, Scallop Oval Extra-Large Punch, Oval Large Punch, Certainly Celery Brad, Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, 1 1/4" Circle Large Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Large Punch, Extra-Large Tag Punch, Large Tag Punch, Early Espresso 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Small Oval Punch, Scallop Circle Extra-Large Punch (wow I did showcase alot of my punches, but I don't have them all - I still have quite a few on my wish list)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Just Add Ink #51 - All A Flutter

I have just finished this card which I have been working on for a while as it was a real challenge for me as I wanted to complete the challenge Just Add Monochrome with different shades of grey as I had posted a colour challenge with a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators and I needed to post an example.

Well I then worked out I dont have any grey inks so I went with white embossing on grey cardstock and I had to use a Basic Black ink on Whisper White. I only had a tiny peice of Basic Grey satin ribbon left so I put that to use as well, I hope you like what I came up with, its not my best work but it was not too bad under my circumstances.

Back to work tomorrow after my on again off again holidays so you will not see so many posts.

Stamp Set: All a Flutter, Always in Bloom Standard Wheel
Cardstock: Basic Grey, Whisper White
Ink: VersaMark, Basic Black
Accessories: Basic Grey 5/8" Satin Ribbon (not available in Australia), White Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool

Saturday, January 15, 2011

ABSC033 - Sweetheart

I was lucky enough to win a random prize on CASE Study which was an Annabelle Stamps Backgrounds By Designs 2 clear stamps from the very generous Andrea and I wanted to put some ink to this stamp set this afternoon and decided I would use the Annabelle Stamps Sketch Challenge.

I used my new Stampin' Up! stamp set, Sweetheart with matching Heart punch (and when you purchase either of them currently you will receive a Free Packet of Heart Sweet Treat Cups which I am just loving). I made three cards using this set today, one which will be part of my class on Saturday afternoon (it's not too late if you would like to come along - you will make four handcrafted cards with matching envelopes).

Stamp Set: Sweetheart, Short and Sweet, Backgrounds by Design 2 by Annabelle Stamps
Cardstock: Ruby Red, Blush Blossom, Cameo Coral
Ink: Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Scallop Trim Border Punch, Full Heart Extra-Large Punch, Silver Cord, Basic Pearls

Friday, January 14, 2011

Stampin' Up! Helping the Australia Flood Appeal

Stampin' Up! today made the below announcement to support those effected by the Australian Floods. What a wonderful organisation! I will be taking advantage of this too as it runs for a whole month which will include Sale-A-Bration, so grab yourself a stamp set and you will be supporting those people that have lost everything.

Australia Flood Appeal
13 January 2011

As flood waters continue to inundate Australia in what has been described as the worst flooding in 37 years, we express our deepest sympathies to those who have lost loved ones and homes and to those whose lives have been changed forever. We, like so many of you, feel a compelling need to lend support to all those who have been affected.

Stampin' Up! demonstrators have a long history of making a difference in the lives of others - especially when disaster strikes and the need is greatest. Nearly two years ago, we watched another tragedy unfold in Australia. Our hearts were touched as demonstrators, customers and friends joined together in support of the Bushfire Appeal. We've done it before and we can certainly do it again!

Please join with us by supporting the Australia Flood Appeal - a cause in which Stampin' Up! will donate $2 AUD of the retail value of sales from any stamp set (with a retail value of $30 or more) sold in Australia and New Zealand from 15 January through 15 February to the State Emergency Services in Queensland.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Queensland Floods

My thoughts and prayers with everyone that has been effected by the Queensland Floods and looks like the top part of New South Wales have also been affected as well. Even here in South Australia's Riverland there has been some flash flooding but not to the extend of Queensland.

The Queensland Government has launched an appeal to help fellow Queenslander's affected by the recent floods. Many communities have been devastated. Some families have lost everything and tragically there are 13 people that died and some 50 people missing.

You can help make a difference by donating to the Premier's Flood Relief Appeal which I did a few days ago. If you wish to make a donation to the Premier’s Disaster relief appeal go to the website link above.

At this time, the Queensland Government is inviting financial donations only (unfortunately this appeal cannot accept donations of goods or services).

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Valentine Sweethearts Promotion

Stampin' Up! currently have a Valentine Sweetheart promotion which you can receive a FREE package of Heart Treats Cups valued at $6.50 when you purchase either the Sweetheart Stamp Set ($38.95 wood, $29.95 clear) or Full Heart Punch ($33.95).

I received my Stampin' Up! order today and I took advantage of this special offer. The Heart Treat Cups are very versitile and I think they would make a fantastic idea for Mother's Day which is coming up soon too. In the coming days I will use these new goodies, so come back here for lots of inspiration!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Baby Card - All a Flutter and Scallop Trim Border Punch

A friend popped in over the weekend and wanted a baby card, so within a few minutes I had completed this card for a lovely little girl. I am loving this Scallop Trim Border punch, must purchase the Scallop Trim Corner punch in my next order.

Stamp Set: All a Flutter, Punches Three (retired hostess)
Cardstock: Cameo Coral, Rose Red, Whisper White
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Rose Red
Accessories: Pink Tafetta Ribbon, Scallop Trim Border, Large Oval Punch

Saturday, January 8, 2011

UStamp with Dawn & Friends - Oh My Word!! Early Bird Rate

Don't miss a day of the LIVE FUN!!

Opening Day Invites go out February 11, 2011

Last Project posted March 3, 2011



Early Birds SAVE $5


a chance to win a $100 Stampin' Up! Shopping Spree!!

Early Bird Pricing ends January 14th.

Join us now for only $19.99US

Early Bird Shopping Spree Drawing:

Everyone that registers for Early Bird Pricing will be entered into a drawing to win 1 of 2 Stampin' Up! Shopping Sprees valued at $100 each!!

Winners will be announced Monday, January 17th.

Join us for UStamp with Dawn & Friends!! Oh My Word!! Edition 2011!! Every project will have something to say and you will want to be there to hear all about it!!

Dawn is especially excited to announce that for the very first time, UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! will be showcasing every single project with at least one word. Sometimes a single word says it all and sometimes several words are the right fit. Big words, little words and everything in between...come and be inspired by projects that speak to all of us and get your creativity soaring!!

The Occasions Mini Catalogue, Sale-a-bration Brochure and Idea Book and Catalogue Hostess Products as well as some other seasonal catalogue favorites, take Centre Stage for this event!! Talk about FUN!! This is going to be another CAN NOT MISS Event that everyone will be tallking about!!

Do I really need to say again how much Color Combo's ROCK??!! I know, you know!! Why change a REALLY GREAT thing, right??!! The Oh My Word!! Edition 2011 event will include a different Color Combo with every project and by the end of the event, ALL 40+ of the SU! colors will have been used in a project. 40+ different projects with at least one word, with 40+ coordinating cards & envelopes, with PDF's, in 20 days...you will be bursting with inspiration!! We are talkin' reving your Creative Mojo to the MAX!! Seriously??!! This is a tremendous value that you CAN'T pass up!!

Don't we all deserve a few minutes of fun to help us re-charge and enjoy what we love??!! Of course we do!! One of the many great things about UStamp with Dawn & Friends!! is that YOU create when YOU are ready. LOVE the projects, but don't have time to make them yourself right away?? No worries!! The website will remain open for many months, ready when you are to create so you won't miss out

Here is what you can expect when you join us...

* 40+ Projects...every single one with at least one word!!

* 40+ unique Color Combos...using every single SU! Color...no color gets left behind

* 40+ co-ordinating cards with co-ordinating stamped/embellished envelopes

* ALL 40+ Projects include downloadable PDF with Photo's

* Designer hosted chats with LOTS of prizes

* Open Chat Room 24x7

* Gallery to share your re-creations

* A totally cool blinkie for your website/blog

Don't forget to register today by going to the UStamp website here to take advantage of this special price and I look forward to sharing with you my creation as a Guest Designer! !

Dawn loves sharing her passion and the passion of all of her Creative Friends with YOU!!

Friday, January 7, 2011

UStamp with Dawn & Friends - Simple Purse

I got home from work today and just wanted to make this wonderful design from UStamp with Dawn and Friends from the very talented Danielle Daws. This simple purse is made out of 1 piece of 12" x 12" cardstock with a little designer series paper and some accessories to pretty it up. I have been cleaning up my craft room over the last week or two and I am trying to use up some of my retired cardstock so I can refresh my supplies once the Sale-A-Bration arrives later this month.

Cardstock: Barely Banana, Petal Party Simply Scrappin' Kit
Accessories: Regal Rose 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Linen Thread, Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets

Monday, January 3, 2011

UStamp with Dawn & Friends - Vintage Box Cards

It is my last day of holidays today so I made the most of it before returning to work tomorrow. I made a couple of cards inspired by a project on UStamp with Dawn and Friends - Year End Blow Out by Kristen Conant. If you have not participated in UStamp before it's not too late as it only started on 31 December so you have only missed one online chat where you can win lots of prizes and it runs for 20 days with 2 tutorials posted each day...and mine is still to come! Oh I love meeting all my friends that I have created over the last few years from all around the world. Waving to you all.

Back to the cards I made, most of the cardstock and accessories are retired as I am currently having a clean up in my craftroom, however you can purchase the Oval All stamp set for $29.95 which matches the Large Oval and Scallop Oval Punches plus don't you love the Scallop Trim Border Punch for only $30.95.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

ColourQ Challenge # 65 - Fifth Avenue Floral

What a lovely day it has been today to welcome in 2011, beautiful weather and I had some stamping time this afternoon in between doing some gardening.
I had to create a few cards for a couple of projects I am currently working on and decided to participate in my very first ColourQ Challenge at the same time. It's a very basic card with no accessories and emblishments but it is stylish and simple. The flowers are raised up with dimensionals to give it further depth and with the shadows of the layers of cardstock.
Stamp Set: Fifth Avenue Floral
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Basic Black, Old Olive, Elegant Soiree Designer Series Paper
Ink: Basic Black