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.