Tuesday, December 30, 2008

January Newsletter

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and a fun-filled New Year's Eve. I had a great Christmas but was in bed well and truly before midnight on New Year's Eve! LOL!

The big news this month is Sale-A-Bration - check out the first article in this newsletter for more information. Book your workshops ASAP as I will be quite busy during this promotion so first in, best dressed, so to speak.

There are wonderful deals for customers, hostesses and new recruits during this promotion. If you've ever thought of hosting a workshop or even becoming a demonstrator, NOW is the time to do it!

I hope you enjoy this edition of my newsletter - the first for 2009!

Edited to add - the Stampin Up website is not accessible at this present moment so there are some links and other things missing in this newsletter. I will update this newsletter ASAP once I have accessed the website. Sorry!


Our Sale-A-Bration promotion gives reason for everyone to celebrate! Click HERE to view the gorgeous stamp sets you can receive for FREE!

Customers -- Receive a free Sale-A-Bration product for every $100 purchase.

Hostesses -- Receive a free Sale-A-Bration stamp set with a $600 or more workshop, in addition to the normal hostess benefits.

Recruits -- Choose any retail stamp set (a value up to $79.95) from the current catalogue when signing up during the promotion.

Demonstrators -- As a current demonstrator you can earn even more wonderful rewards based on your sales and recruiting during January and February. If you are thinking about becoming a demonstrator, join up ASAP at the start of January so that you can qualify for these other wonderful rewards. Contact me or attend my opportunity night for more information.

Opportunity Night

Have you ever considered becoming a demonstrator? Now is the time to do it! (see above)

There are so many great reasons to become a demonstrator but I will start by telling you mine.

In October 2006 I attended my first Stampin' Up! Workshop. I completely fell in love with the whole concept of Stampin' Up! Their stamps, the colour coordination, the accessories, the style, the awesome tools, everything! I had stamped a little before and had made cards and done some scrapbooking but I had always found it irritating trying to find products from various companies that matched. Stampin' Up! was just perfect for me.

The first product I bought was the Stampin' Scrub and Mist for cleaning my stamps and then I booked a workshop right away. The workshop was a great success and I earned lots of free product. I also decided to sign up that day! I knew that I wanted to have lots of products from the catalogue and that becoming a demonstrator would be the best way to achieve that for me.

By becoming a demonstrator I would receive a 20% discount on all my purchases and 20% income on all my sales. I could even earn more than 20% income depending on my level of sales and recruiting.

By doing workshops I would be able to earn enough money to buy all the things I wanted from the catalogue.

As a demonstrator I would also have access to sneak peaks, pre-order periods, the chance to attend Convention and other great Stampin' Up! events, as well as a fantastic 30% discount/income on my very first order and even the chance to earn heaps of free stamp sets in my first 6 months.

I absolutely LOVE being a demonstrator for Stampin' Up! I love the product, the company and all the great people I've met in the last 2 and a half years. I get to attend meetings run by my lovely Upline Liz (as do the ladies who have joined my team) and as of this year I will be running my own team meetings as well.

If you would like to hear more about joining Stampin' Up! please come along to my Opportunity Night. I'll be there to answer any questions you may have, we'll do some stamping and have some supper too!

Date: Tuesday 20th January
Time: 7:30pm
Place: 15 Coral Pea Close, Warner

Please RSVP by Thursday 15th January.

Workshop dates

As I mentioned at the beginning of this newsletter, I will be quite busy during the Sale-A-Bration promotion. It has always been my busiest time of year because of the fantastic free stamps for both customers and hostesses.

I have the following dates available for workshops:

Saturday 10th January (any time)
Thursday 15th January (evening)
Tuesday 27th January (evening)
Wednesday 28th January (evening)
Monday 2nd Feb (evening)
Tuesday 3rd Feb (evening)
Saturday 7th Feb (afternoon/evening)
Sunday 8th Feb (afternoon/evening)
Saturday 14th Feb (morning)
Thursday 19th Feb (afternoon/evening)
Friday 20th Feb (any time)
Saturday 22nd Feb (any time)

If these dates do not suit but you are keen to book a workshop, please do let me know as I may be able to move things around to accommodate you.

Shoe-Box Swap Event

A Shoe-Box Swap is a fun stamping event where a group of people all design a card and provide the materials and tools to make it. For example, if there are 6 people in the group, each person provides enough materials to make 5 of their card design and provides one sample for the other people to copy. This means that each person gets to make 5 cards on the day but only has to design one card. As you complete each card, you move on to the next “shoe-box”.

There is no cost for this event – it is just for fun!

Date: Monday 9th February
Time: 7:30pm
Place: 15 Coral Pea Close, Warner
What to bring: Your “shoe-box”, a basic kit with scissors, adhesives, etc, and a plate to share for supper

What to include in your “shoe-box”:
You need to supply everything needed for your card design (except for adhesives as each person will bring their own). Please pre-cut the cardstock to all the correct sizes.
For example your box may include: Stamp set, inkpads, markers, punches, an embellishment such as ribbons or brads, pre-cut cardstock, sample card. Please don’t include any difficult or time consuming techniques like embossing as we will not have the time to complete it all. Please keep your card relatively simple. Include at least 1 layer in your card design and at least 1 embellishment.

We will keep this a small group – maximum 6 people so that you only need to provide enough materials to make 5 copies of your card plus your sample card.

Summer Mini Catalogue

The Summer Mini Catalogue started at in December and runs until the end of March. Do you have a copy yet? If not, contact me so I can arrange to get one to you. Alternatively you can view it online HERE..

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Blog Award

Holy Moly, I've been nominated for a blog award - twice! Cool huh?  Both Jenni and Carol have passed this award on to me.  I feel a bit of a fraud since I haven't been updating the blog as often as many other stampin' bloggers do...but I'll accept it anyway! LOL!
Thanks Jenni and Carol!!

Now I need to award it to 5 other bloggers, so here's a list of them for you to check out:

Liz - Liz is the leader of our team the Paper Angels.  She's a busy, busy woman but when she has time to update her blog she posts absolutely BEAUTIFUL creations.  Liz has a real talent for "off the page" projects and home decor type stuff.  Wait til I post a pic of the GORGEOUS journal she gave me (and other members of her team) for Christmas.

Ursula - Ursula is SUPER creative and always comes up with interesting ideas like dying the pearls from the Pretties Kit and making funky jewellery.  

Bell - Bell is my newest downline and also my sister-in-law.  Her blog is very new but she is giving it a red hot go!  

Danneil - Dan is a blog buddy of mine.  We got chatting via email some time ago.  Dan does REALLY REALLY nice work!  She's recuperating from an op at the moment but I can't wait to see some more of her stuff once she is back on her feet and stampin' again!

Chrissie - Chrissie is another Brisbane demonstrator and we check out each others' blogs regularly.  We even got to meet and swap briefly at the last training event - hope you are coming to Convention next year Chrissie so I can chat to you a bit more!

The Rest of Tia's Album

I've used the "Priceless" stamp set for this layout 'cos babies are Priceless!  
The colours here are So Saffron, Almost Amethyst and Close to Cocoa.  I've used pieces from the Hodge Podge Hardware kit - I have got to start using this stuff up instead of 'saving' it!  Somehow I feel heaps better using it in Scrapbooking than in cardmaking since scrapbooks are kept forever.  When I use it on cards I always cringe at the thought that it might be thrown away! LOL!
The background is the So Swirly jumbo wheel in Versamark ink.  I've also used Vanilla grosgrain ribbon and the scallop and circle punches for embellishments.

This layout uses a retired Christmas Simply Scrappin' Kit.  I still had heaps of this one left and thought best to use it up!  The kits are FANTASTIC for quick scrapbooking as they have everything you need - plain cardstock, patterned papers and die cut stickers.  I also added some retired silver cord just to jazz it up a bit more.  The colours here are Always Artichoke, Brocade Blue, Night of Navy and Real Red.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Tia's Album again

A few more layouts from Tia's album:

I really like how this layout turned out.  Blush Blossom is a REALLY under-used colour but team it up with Groovy Guava and it looks great!!

Again I have used Versamark and a jumbo wheel to create a subtle background paper.  This time I used the "Scatter Sunshine" wheel.  The accents were made with stamps from the "Simply Said" set.  The title was made with a stamp from the "For a Friend" set which is a hostess only set. I only wanted to use part of the stamp so I used a Blender Pen dipped in Groovy Guava ink (like a marker!) to only ink the part that I wanted.

This layout uses Petals and Paisleys DSP.  I layered it onto Tempting Turquoise cardstock which I had stamped with the dotty stamp from the "Polka Dots and Paisley" set.  The title and accents also come from that same stamp set.  

The colours used are Tempting Turquoise, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink (actually it might have been Regal Rose, stamped off once, I can't remember!) and Old Olive.

Still More of Tia's Album

Both of these layouts use Pale Plum, Perfect Plum and Certainly Celery.
These 2 layouts use Pale Plum, Perfect Plum and Certainly Celery.

I've wheeled a background in Versamark using the "On the Spot" jumbo wheel.
The scalloped edges were made with the corner rounder - I didn't have my lovely new scalloped edge punch at that stage!
The accents were made by stamping images from "Seeing Spots" and punching them out with the 1 1/4 inch circle punch.  I then layered them with the 1 3/8 circle punch and popped a rhinestone brad in the centre before mounting them with dimensionals.
This layout uses the Certainly Celery Prints DSP as the background.  I've stamped the words SLEEP BABY using Perfect Plum ink and the "Jumbo Outline Alphabet".  I then coloured it in lightly with Pale Plum chalk/pastels and an applicator.  There is a little spot for journalling, made with the same dotted line stamp as before but punched with the circle and scallop punches.

Friday, December 5, 2008

More of Tia's album

The following 2 layouts use the same colour scheme - Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink and Close to Cocoa.  I was originally going to do the whole album in this colour scheme but quickly got bored of doing that so only did it for 2 layouts. LOL!

I have used the Certainly Celery "Prints" DSP on both layouts.  This layout uses clear buttons with the DSP underneath.  The DSP was punched out with circle and square punches.

This layout used some of the little flowers from the Pretties Kit with Pretty in Pink brads in the centres.

I've also used the "Fast Flowers" wheel in versamark ink on the Pretty In Pink background.

The piece with the dotted lines is a stamp from the "Live your Dream" stamp set in the new Summer Mini Catalogue.

Baby Tia's Scrapbook

The newsest addition to our Mother's Group tribe is baby Tia.  It has taken me a while to get the time to finish it off, but I was finally able to giver her the gift I made for her - a baby scrapbook.

This scrapbook was actually really quick and easy to make (just took me a while to get around to it!).  All the layouts are very simple and easy to do.  There are no time-consuming techniques involved so it would be easy to reproduce in the future.

I chose to work in 8x8 inches as it is just the right size for 1 6x4 photo on each page plus a little embellishment and journalling.

I have left the journalling up to her mum and dad to add in as they add photos to the album.

All the photo mats are 6 1/4 inches x 4 1/4 inches so that there will be a nice 1/4 inch border once the photos are added.

This is the first page in the album.  Here I have used the "Bundle of Joy" stamp set.  The images are stamped in Basic Brown and coloured with watercolour crayons and the aquapainter.  The colours used are Close to Cocoa, Pretty in Pink, Barely Banana and Whisper White.  The giraffe and teddy bear were cut out and mounted with Dimensionals.

The photograph is one I took of Tia when I visited her in hospital, as is the one on the front cover.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

December Newsletter

December Newsletter

Open Stamp Night - 11th December

This month's Open Stamping Night will be held on Thursday 11th December at 7:30pm. Come along and finish off your last-minute Christmas cards, or any other projects you wish to work on. For only $5 you will have access to all my stamps, ink pads, punches and more. Please bring your own basic kit with adhesives and your own cardstock and other consumables.
RSVP by Monday 8th December.

Summer Mini Catalgoue Launch Workshop

The new Summer Mini Catalogue is now available. From December 1st to March 31st you can purchase from this new mini catalogue. There are lots of great new products, including the fabulous Scalloped Edge Punch!

To celebrate the arrival of this new catalogue, I will be hosting a Summer Mini Catalogue Launch Workshop. At this workshop you will make 3 of the projects pictured in the new catalogue. (Similar to those pictured above)
These projects feature Rub-Ons and the Styled Silver Hodge Podge Hardware. As part of the fee, you will take home the remainder of your packet of Rub-Ons (RRP $19.95) as well as a 1/10th share of the Hodge Podge.

Places will be limited to 10 people per session so first in, best dressed!
Tea and Coffee will be provided and there will be prizes to win as well.

RSVP and Payment MUST be received by this Thursday 4th December so that the supplies can be ordered.

Dates: Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd December

Time: 3pm

Place: 15 Coral Pea Close, Warner.

Cost: $35

RSVP and Payment: 4th December
If you can't make it to the workshop but would like to have a copy of the new mini catalogue, please let me know and you can drop by to collect your copy. If you don't live locally, please contact me and I will arrange to post a copy to you ASAP.

Single Marker Offer Extended

The option of purchasing single Stamp'n'Write markers for $4.95 each has been extended to the 14th of December. If you thought you had missed out on this great opportunity, think again! Contact me today to place your order.

"Tying Up Christmas" Sale

Spend $20 on regular catalogue merchandise and be eligible to purchase a whole list of items at 20% off!

This offer runs from 1st to 31st December.

Christmas Gift-giving Guides

Check out Stampin' Up!'s Gift Giving Guides. To make sure your order arrives in time for Christmas, contact me today!

Gift Vouchers and Gift Wrapping

I have gift vouchers available this Christmas so if your spouse, children or other loved-ones don't know what to get you (or you just don't want another yoghurt maker, popcorn maker, blower-vac etc etc etc) tell them to call or email me for a Stampin' Up! gift voucher today! Perhaps you have another paper-crafter in the family that you'd like to buy for but don't what to get them...the gift vouchers are perfect for this! The best thing about the gift vouchers is that you can use them during January and February's SALE-A-BRATION when for every $100 you spend you get a free stamp set!! Another option is to give them my contact details and register a wish list with me so that I can place an order for the exact items you want. I'll even gift wrap it for free if you are local to my area!

Sale-A-Bration is coming!

As many of you know, Stampin' Up! runs a FANTASTIC special during January and February called Sale-a-bration. The deal is, for every $100 you spend, you can choose a FREE stamp set from the special Sale-a-bration catalogue. There's no limit - spend $200 and get 2 sets, $300 and get 3 sets and so on. Hostesses - host a workshop and for every $600 in workshop sales receive one of these free sets on top of your normal hostess freebies. Sign up to become a demonstrator and receive a free stamp set from the main catalogue (on mini) up to a value of $79.95!
Since this is my busiest time of year for workshop bookings, get in early to secure a date for your workshop. There are only so many weekends available but I can also do some weekdays and am happy to do evenings from 7:30pm onwards. I can even do them at my house - less packing up for me and less cleaning up for you!

Project Corner

Season of Joy card


* Season Of Joy Stamp Set Au/Nz


* Card Stock Very Vanilla
* Card Stock Kraft
* Card Stock Real Red

Ink :

* Classic Stampin Pad Chocolate Chip
* Classic Stampin Pad Old Olive
* Versamark Pad


* Snail Adhesive Permanent
* Brads Silver
* Stampin Dimensionals
* Ribbon Grosgrain Chocolate Chip 5/8 Inch

1. Stamp flower image repeatedly in VersaMark ink on Kraft card.
2. Stamp joy image in Old Olive ink on Very Vanilla card stock (6 x 6.5 cm).
3. Stamp image again in Chocolate Chip ink on Real Red card stock. Cut out a portion of the image and adhere to original image using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
4. Adhere Very Vanilla card stock to Real Red card stock (8.8 x 7 cm).
5. Attach three Silver brads to flower images.
6. Tie Chocolate Chip 5/8" grosgrain ribbon around front of card stock. Adhere to card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Stampin' 101 Class projects

Hi All,

Here are the projects we made at my recent Stampin' 101 class for beginning stampers. We had a great time making these simple but effective projects.  

The idea of this class was to learn 4 stamping techniques as well as 4 easy card layouts that could be used again and again just by changing the stamps, inks or papers.

I'm looking forward to running some more sessions next year to build upon what we've done so far.

When the ladies arrived they were given a bag with their stamp set and all the bits and pieces they would need to complete their projects.

Technique: 2-step stamping
Stamps: Heartfelt Thanks
Inks: Lovely Lilac, Basic Black
Paper: Lovely Lilac, Sage Shadow, Whisper White
Accessories: Black Gingham RIbbon
Tools: Square Punches
Technique: Colouring with Stampin' Pastels (chalks) and Blender Pens
Stamps: Simple Somethings, Family Phrases
Inks: Basic Grey
Paper: Barely Banana, Whisper White
Accessories: Basic Grey Taffeta Ribbon
Tools: Square Punch

Technique: Poppin' Pastels (stamp with Versamark and dab chalks on top)
Stamps: Simple Somethings, Wonderful Words
Inks: Versamark, Always Artichoke
Paper: Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Stampin' Pastels (chalks)
Tools: Sponge Daubers and chalk applicators

Technique: Markers direct to stamp
Stamps: Simple Somethings
Inks: Earth Elements markers
Paper: Whisper White textured, Whisper White, Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Whisper White grosgrain ribbon, Earth Elements brads
Tools: Tag punches

Monday, November 17, 2008

What a storm!

Totally non-stamping-related BUT whoah! How was that storm???  If you're in SE Queensland, you'll know what I'm talking about.  

Thankfully we didn't have too much damage here.  Quite a few large branches blocking our driveway - thanks to Matt from next door for helping us move them.  And thanks to Dad too for popping over with his chain saw today.

We weren't home during the storm - I was actually at a workshop in Coorparoo and then drove up to my parent's place for dinner.  I thought driving up that highway was scary (aquaplaning is my nightmare!) but I was glad I was on the highway and not on some of the streets where all the trees came down.  I had to dodge lots of fallen trees and flooded roads once I exited the highway.  Mayhem!

We only just got our power back on tonight.  Lots of spoiled food in the freezer and a bit of dented guttering so in the scheme of things we got a way pretty clean.

My heart goes out to those of you in the worst hit suburbs.  I sure hope nobody's stamping stash was damaged!!  But seriously, we're thinking of those people who lost so much during this terrible storm.  May your houses be fixed as quickly as possible and we're just thankful that everyone is all right.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Blog Visitors

Hi Everyone!

You know, I used to wonder sometimes if anyone even read this blog - I really only knew if someone left a comment or if a friend or customer told me in person that they read it.

I recently installed a little widget called Feedjit and it shows me where all my blog visitors come from - it is amazing to see just how many people do visit this blog!  It doesn't tell me WHO you are, just where you came from - which country, whether you landed here direct or came via another website - it is so cool!  Check it out on the left hand side of my blog and click on "view in real time" to see details.

If you are a visitor to my blog who doesn't usually leave a comment - could you leave one here just to say hi?  That would be cool!


More Quick Christmas Cards

Stamps: Season of Joy
Inks: Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White
Paper: Real Red, Old Olive, Dashing DSP

Stamps: Crazy For Christmas
Inks: Real Red, Old Olive, Close to Cocoa, Summer Sun (Markers)
Paper: River Rock, Real Red, Dashing DSP

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Quick Christmas Cards

Hi all!

I had a lovely card making session at my friend Robyn's house on Thursday. Her friend Catherine was also there and we managed to get quite a few cards made! Robyn's little boy Dominic and my eldest boy Toby kept each other amused the whole morning while the grown-ups stamped!

Here are some of the cards I made on the day. I made doubles of most of them - might as well make 2 at the same time I say!

Stamps: Season of Joy
Inks: Purely Pomegranate
Paper: Purely Pomegranate, River Rock, Whisper White, Holiday Harmony DSP
Accessories: Purely Pomegranate stitched ribbon, clear rhinestone brad
Tools: nil

Stamps: Season of Joy
Inks: Real Red, Old Olive
Paper: Old Olive, Real Red, Whisper White
Accessories: Clear Rhinestone brad (from Pretties Kit)
Tools: nil

Stamps: Polka Dot background, Happy Christmas Mate, Season of Joy
Inks: Close to Cocoa, Old Olive, Real Red
Paper: Water colour paper, Very Vanilla, Dashing DSP
Accessories: nil
Tools: aquapainter

Stamps: Season of Joy
Inks: Real Red, Old Olive
Paper: Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White
Accessories: Rhinestone brad (from Pretties Kit)
Tools: nil

Stamps: Crazy for Christmas, Season of Joy (sentiment)
Inks: Purely Pomegranate, Always Artichoke, Summer Sun, Close to Cocoa
Paper: Kraft, Purely Pomegranate, Whisper White
Accessories: nil
Tools: aquapainter

Stamps: Season of Joy
Inks: Always Artichoke
Paper: Purely Pomegranate, Holiday Harmony DSP
Accessories: nil
Tools: paper snips

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Birthday Cards

Here are a couple of birthday cards I recently made:

This one was for my mother-in-law Betty.

Stamps: Bloomin' with Beauty, Think Happy Thoughts

Inks: Staz-On, Purely Pomegranate, Regal Rose, Always Artichoke, Going Grey

Paper: Purely Pomegranate, Holiday Harmony, Water colour paper, Very Vanilla

Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds glitter and 2-way glue pen

Tools: Aqua Pen, 1&1/4 and 1&3/8 inch circle punches, scallop circle punch

This was for my brother-in-law Nathan.

Stamps: For a Friend

Inks: Basic Black, More Mustard, Tempting Turquoise

Paper: Kraft, Whisper White, Real Red, East Coast Prep

Accessories: nil

Tools: nil

Monday, November 10, 2008

Specials 10th-30th November

Click on the images to see in more detail.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Baby Sienna

My good friend Mel recently had her second baby - a girl this time!  Her name is Sienna and here is the card I made for them.
I don't use Bold Brights very much - I just don't seem to have the knack with them...but I tried here by using Pixie Pink when I normally would have used Pretty in Pink or Regal Rose.  

I really struggled with this card!  I usually find card making pretty easy but this one just had me stumped and I had to keep leaving it and coming back to it.  I had originally tried to make this card with a different sentiment stamp from one of the hostess sets but it just didn't fit on the card with the elephant.

I also knew I wanted to use up some of the pretty Silver Hodge Podge Hardware - I have got to start using this stuff and not just "saving" it for something!

I used some Crystal Effects on the elephant's ear (which is also cut out and mounted on a dimensional) and her toes, as well as on the flower.

Stamps: Wild About You, Think Happy Thoughts, Scatter Sunshine (jumbo wheel)

Inks: Pixie Pink, Certainly Celery (marker) Pretty in Pink (marker) Versamark (jumbo cartridge)

Paper: Pixie Pink, Certainly Celery, Whisper White

Accessories: Silver Hodge Podge, Certainly Celery Grosgrain ribbon, Crystal Effects

Tools: 1&1/4, 1&3/8 Circle Punches, Scallop Circle Punch, 

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Curves Fundraiser

I recently helped out at my local Curves gym for their "Girls Night In" breast cancer fundraiser. It was a really fun night. I must ask the girls for copies of the photos they took on the night.

I set up a small table where the ladies could come and do a free make and take. As you can see, we made pink gift tags!

I also donated a raffle prize of a stamp set and some other little goodies.

Other fun things on the night included pedicures, raffles, wine tasting and more!

Monday, November 3, 2008

November Newsletter

Newsletter November 2008

SPECIALS - 10th to 30th November

20% off Rub-Ons

Spend $20 on regular catalogue merchandise and qualify to purchase any Rub-Ons assortment at 20 percent off ($15.96 per package; regularly $19.95)

Single Markers Available

From 10-30 November, purchase single Stampin' Write markers for only $4.95. Stampin' Up!'s versatile, dual-tip markers have never been offered singly before, so be sure to take advantage of this special, limited-time offer.


The Spring Mini Catalogue period finished on the 30th November so if there is anything you were thinking of purchasing, now is the time! The products in the mini catalogues are available for a limited time only so grab them before they are gone foverer!


The new Summer Mini Catalogue is coming! I received my demostrator copy on Friday and OH MY GOSH! There are some gorgeous things in there! I'm finding it very difficult not to purchase everything in the catalogue!!!

I will be holding a special Summer Mini Catalogue workshop in December (date to be advised) so keep your eyes peeled for an invitation in your inbox over the coming weeks. This will be a special workshop, showcasing products from the new mini with lots of other fabulous things happening too!


I do apologise that this newsletter is not as full as it would normally be. October was an EXTREMELY busy month for me. I assure you my newsletter will be back to it's usual fully-packed self next month! Thanks for reading!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Pine Rivers Christmas Card Workshop Update

What a fantastic day!

We began our day by making 3 of the 6 Christmas cards. We had nearly 40 ladies in attendance, with a demonstrator on each of the 5 tables to guide them.

Liz's table - our illustrious leader!
Jen's table
Orrel's table
Fiona's table
My table!

When they had a spare moment, the ladies were able to go over to our displays and check them out for ideas and even take photos.

Lunch was lovely at the bistro downstairs. My husband and 2 little boys even came up to join us for lunch.

After lunch we returned upstairs and the ladies were able to purchase tickets in the FANTASTIC raffle prizes. Stampin' Up! gave us some lovely donated product to help us with our charity fund-raising. The prizes included cardstock, stamp sets, ribbons, ink pads, embossing powders, punches and more! Thanks to Ursula (one of our demonstrators) for teaching me to wrap and decorate the prizes. The bowls club also donated some meal vouchers for us to raffle.

Ursula also helped out by being our general "gopher" and also creating more of the name cards and foot print cards for our charity. To read more about our charity please click HERE.

We also had lots of entries in our Card Competition. Entry was $1 per card, with all proceeds going directly to our charity, just as the money from the raffle tickets did. Firt Prize was a Simply Sent card kit and the 2 runner up prizes were cardstock, ribbon and a little stamp.
We then continued making the remaining 3 cards. My group of ladies beat me back from from lunch and had started without me! Clever things! Here they are, and look - my chair is empty!

Afternoon tea was provided next, followed by the announcements of the competition winners and raffle winners. Can you believe my own mother won 1st prize in the card competition??? Well done Mum. And no, I did not do the judging! LOL! That was left to the lovely Ursula as she was unbiased at this event.Kim


And here's Marie (my mum) who won the card competition. She's away on holiday at the moment but once she gets back I'll ask her for a photo of her winning entry to show you here.