Friday, 22 May 2015

Just a reminder..... my Retirement Afternoon Tea is on this weekend!

If you are on the Central Coast and in the market for some bargain craft items then I have something for you that will appeal. I am holding my annual afternoon tea event where I put out ALL my retiring product and MARK IT DOWN to get it moved on!  We have some gorgeous new product coming through on June 2nd, and so until then there are fabulous bargains to be had on our Retiring List. If you would like to visit the Online Store and see what items are still in stock, then this is a great way to get your items at up to 50% off.

The other thing you need to know is that some items will be changing prices with the upcoming catalogue release. Some items, like Big Shot accessories, are reducing in price. Others, like the Big Shot itself, or paper and ink... are increasing in price! My advice... it is well worth checking out the items you want and making the most of the price changes accordingly. If you are a stamp club member you will automatically receive your new catalogue at no charge, and many of you will get them before the end of this month so you can compare prices. But otherwise please contact me to get your catalogue in your hands, and to find out about price changes that will affect you. In particular note that almost all paper is increasing in price, and inks as well. So if you need more of those, it is in your interest to contact me before the prices change.

Here are the details for this Saturday's Retirement Afternoon Tea:

My place @ Narara (contact me if you need the address)
Saturday 23rd May
No charge... just come and enjoy a cuppa and have a look through the various discounted items. It will be first in best dressed.

Please note that I am not allowed to exchange money for these items until they are officially retired. What this means is that you can put your name on the items and after the 2nd June you can come anytime and collect them and give me the cash at that time. So I will keep them safe for you until then :-) But they will have your name on them!

I hope to see you there.... please RSVP me to let me know you are coming along by clicking HERE.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Aloha from Hawaii!


What an amazing week we are having here in Hawaii, on the island of Oahu!  i am celebrating my 7th wonderful incentive trip with Stampin'Up... and they never fail to disappoint!  Rather than try to tell you everything we've done, its probably best to share with you some great photos from our last few days here.  A picture tells a thousand words, right??

We actually arrived a couple of days early to enjoy some extra time in this amazing paradise... but Im starting from the Stampin'up "offical" part of the trip. :-)

Day 1

View from the 29th floor of the Sheraton Waikiki... our room for the next few days

Day 1 pillow gift... what's inside?

 2 Pairs of Maui Jims sunglasses!  The cases came empty so we could pick the styles we wanted...

How cool is that?  I dont know if you know Maui Jim's..... but they are my favourite sunnies in the world! And its a VERY generous gift!

Our welcome dinner for everyone to enjoy!  Such a beautiful setting by the pool and looking out on the ocean....

And look who we found after dinner!  So wonderful to see Shelli and catch up even if only briefly.

View from the SU hospitality suite.... the Sheraton's Infinity pool there in the foreground. 

And getting spoiled by SU with Macadamia flavoured chocolate kisses!

Day 2 pillow gift... a  gorgeous beach bag... I love it!

The view from a deck chair by the pool..

I've lots more to show you over the coming days... so stay tuned. Or if you'd like to see more of what we get up to, please feel free to visit my Facebook business page and be sure to like it as I'll be adding more photos over there. 

Facebook business page

Better go... Im meeting some friends for drinks so we'd better get ourselves organized! 

See you soon!

Friday, 8 May 2015

Retirement Afternoon Tea... come and grab a bargain!

Those of you who have been around for a little while would be familiar with my annual "retirement party".  It's a chance for me to go through my supplies and tools and pull out all the retiring products.  As a demonstrator running a business, I don't believe its in my interest to hold on to all my stamps and other supplies after they have been discontinued, and so I offer them to my customers first before offering them elsewhere.  It's also my thank you to my customers for their business. I mark all prices of my retiring product down considerably, and lay it all out on my crafting tables for my customers to go through. It is first in, best dressed.  You can put your name on any discontinuing products that you wish.

If the product is from previous year's catalogues, you are welcome to pay for them and take them on the day. If you have your eye on current products (so to be discontinued when the current catalogue ends on June 2nd) then I am not allowed to sell them until that date, but you can still put your name on them and they will be marked as yours.  Then you are welcome to collect them and pay for them any time after June 2nd. I will keep them safe for you!

I will also supply afternoon tea, and if anyone wants to make a card you are welcome to do that too.  There is no cost to attend. Just come along ready to go through the goodies and put aside the ones you want. :-)  And enjoy some social time over a cuppa.

When: Saturday 23rd May 2pm
Where: My place @ Narara (Central Coast)
Cost: Nil

Due to space restrictions, numbers are limited for this event.  So please let me know you are coming by emailing me (Click HERE to RSVP) or call my mobile on 0412 375 552.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Vintage Metal Backgrounds with Stampin'Up product

I am loving these faux-metal techniques!

But by now you might know that I am a big fan of arty backgrounds.  I can never get enough of them!

If you'd like to come along to class and learn how to make your own gorgeous faux metal techniques, I have chosen these as my technique of the month for June.  You'll make 3 projects for a cost of $25 and all materials and refreshments are provided. Seats are limited, so book yours by clicking HERE... or to see what other classes are on offer you can visit the Class Schedule tab above.

Here are the dates for you:

Faux Metal techniques

Tuesday 16th June @ 7.30pm
Wednesday 17th June @ 11am

Cost $25, all materials and refreshments provided.

Here it is close up!

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Stamp-a-Stacks this week.... here's what we are making

I know its very short notice but....
Right now I still have a couple of spots left in both my evening and day classes this week... so I thought you might like to see what we are making. Although I've showed both of these products on my Facebook Business page, I haven't shown them together on my blog.  So here they are, in close up :-)

Both cards use quite a bit of retiring products... I figure I might as well use some of my favourite products while I still can!  All retiring products are only available until the 2nd June unless they sell out first.  To see them you can click over onto the Online Store or use the list below. You can also see products NO LONGER AVAILABLE marked with an "X".  Here's the updated list:

If you'd like to come along to the class... we'll be making these cards.. but 3 of each... so you'll go home with 6 cards and envelopes altogether. The cost is $20 and includes all materials and refreshments. Here are the dates and times:

Tuesday 5th May @ 7.30pm


Wednesday 6th May @ 11am

Click HERE to book your spot and come along for some creative therapy :-)

Here's a close up of the second card :-)

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Stampin'Up Australia Convention and Catalogue Launch 2015

Here I am on the Gold Coast on the last evening before we fly home tomorrow.  We've just had an amazing Convention with Stampin'Up Australia... and as always they put on a fantastic event. I was lucky enough to be here with lots of other amazing women... and lots of them are in my team too, so it was a great bonding experience!  We are heading home with our head full of new information, inspiration and new product ideas.  But rather than try to tell you about it, I thought it best to share some of my favourite photos from the past few days.  So here we go....

Day 1 Leadership Session - this year's Convention bag! Very classy.

Shannon West on stage

 Vanessa Webb on the bus on the way to our Managers Reception.....

.... on the way to the Australian Outback Spectacular show!

And it was a great night! Thank you Stampin'Up!

 Day 2 - General session and CATALOGUE LAUNCH!!!

Look what I got! (Who wants one??!!)

One of my favourite kits from the new catalogue... how cute is this??

New Incolors for 2015-17!

Lounging around with the girls in the Recognition lounge! Vanessa Webb, Denielle Bernauer and myself :-) (Can you believe we all chose to wear the same colour?)

Overnight we had furious winds raging outside our apartments..... this is where are chairs and tables were found the next morning....

My roomies for this trip... Wanda, Nerida and Courtenay :-)  Thanks for being awesome to stay with.

Day 3 - Awards night, and after party

Bonnie Farley (Nee Thurber) and myself before the night began...

 Achievers Award winners for 2015 (L-R Kylie Bertucci, Claire Daly, Marelle Taylor, myself, Jacque Williams, Tracey Penn, Vanessa Webb.  Alisa Tilsner was unable to attend. Sara Douglass was there to give us a hug too)

Our beautiful flowers we were given with our awards

This year's 22 Grand Vacation winners for 2015 for Australia and New Zealand.  This year we are off to Hawaii!

Australian Top 5 for Leadership 2015.  (L-R Kim Gavarra, Marelle Taylor, myself and Kylie Bertucci.  Missing was Alisa Tilsner.  We are pictured with Sara Douglass from SU)

The 80's After Party!

Day 4 - last day
 And the sun finally decided to come out!

Delectable snacks in the Recognition Lounge

Chat and relaxing in the lounge with the girls

I don't want to completely overwhelm you so thats probably enough for you at the moment. But we had so much fun!  If you want to see more of what we got up to then click over to my Facebook Business page for more.  Make sure you hit "like" so that you can come back and visit again. 

Saturday, 25 April 2015

ANZAC day commemoration and poppies from our Build-A-Bouquet kit!

Today is a very special day in Australia. For those that don't know, its ANZAC day.  "ANZAC" stands for "Australian and New Zealand Army Corps", and its a day on which we remember the sacrifices made by fallen soldiers so that we can live the lives we do today.  In particular we remember the ultimate sacrifices made by those brave soldiers who landed at what is now known as "Anzac Cove" in Gallipoli, Turkey, on this day in 1915.  So although every ANZAC day is a day to remember, this one is additionally special as we commemorate 100 years since that momentous and tragic landing.

This morning I went down to the waterfront in my local area where volunteers had set up poppies (our symbol of rememberance) to remember each soldier who so bravely gave their lives.  I am not an overly emotional type of person, but it was difficult to hold back tears, and it took me by surprise at the depth of emotion it is possible to feel 100 years after such an event.  There was so much respect between the people there, and I am proud to be Australian and honoured to be in the debt of those men. Here are some photos of the poppies erected by Gosford waterfront for today:

Can you believe the poppies on these bushes are all hand knittted or crocheted??  

So hauntingly beautiful! Many names were on the individual flower stems.

The poppy at the top of this post is actually from our Build-A-Bouquet simply created kit. Aren't they beautiful?  I thought it was appropriate for this post!  I was to run classes on these this week, but due to the storm that came through earlier in the week I have been forced to cancel all my classes and events over this period. My home (and that of many others) is still without power after 5 days...... but I hope to be back creating, teaching and using our lovely products very soon!  I am supposed to be heading to Convention at the Gold Coast next Wednesday so hoping the power comes on before then so I can get away in time!

If you follow me on my Facebook Business Page I will advice when everything is back to "normal" there :-)

Friday, 24 April 2015

Video: Our Favourite 2015 Retiring Products PLUS today's updated Retirement list!

UPDATED retirement list is HERE!

I hope you've had time to check out this year's retirement list! As in other years, the list is HUGE.... lots of stamps and accessories are going... and many are marked up to 50% off!  Do yourself a favour and get them while you can! Not only are they only available until the end of the catalogue on the 2nd June, many aren't going to last that long because they will sell out quickly. In fact... some items already have!

The list here includes updates on those items already totally gone.  In particular, tools (like punches) and Big Shot Accessories will go quickly. Many of the retiring In-colors are already gone.

Here's the updated list:

(DONT FORGET THIS IS THE LIST FOR THE AUSTRALIAN AND NZ MARKET - if you are not in Australia your list will have different sold out items!)

Or visit the Online Store... you can purchase directly from the store if you choose. This year I've set up a hostess code so we can bundle our orders together. That way there will be hostess benefits for one lucky customer... a free $50 worth of product for someone! Just enter the hostess code when prompted by the system. The code is GA3G2V6S . Your orders can be delivered to you anywhere in Australia!

Keep checking back as I will update the list every couple of days!

Here's a video of some of the retiring products to inspire you!

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Stampin'Up Grand Vacation Hawaii Blog Hop!

Today's the day! Welcome to the Grand Vacation Hawaii blog hop! I've only ever done a couple of blog hops prior to this one, and this is the first one using a Scheduled post.... so if you are reading this I did it right! Go me!

As many of you know, in just a few weeks from now we are heading to Waikiki in Hawaii, courtesy of Stampin'Up for this year's incentive trip. In recent years SU have started called this the "Grand Vacation" rather than the "Incentive Trip"... but its just the same thing with a different name. This will be my 7th trip with SU, and I am so so grateful to them for putting on these wonderful holidays for us to take. Of course, its also about my earning it.... but when you love what you do, it doesn't feel like work at all! And really.. I would be nowhere without my wonderful customers and my amazing team of demonstrators!  Its all of YOU that allow me to do the work that allows me to get away from it all.

This year our trip will include the South Pacific market (Australia and New Zealand), and the North American market (US and Canada) ... so we are all staying at the Sheraton on Waikiki beach for the dates of the trip. One of the awesome things about SU trips is that its a trip for 2... all accommodations, meals events, gifts and pretty much everything is paid for!  I only have to put my hand in my pocket if there is something I want to purchase for myself such as souvenirs... how cool is that?

One of the fun things we are doing this year is a blog hop for some of the attendees... and thats why you are here right? We were given a Hawaiian theme.... but apart from that its up to us what we create. So here are my attempts at something "Hawaiian"... I decided to use the Flowers Bigz Die to create a flower that reminded me of a Hibiscus, and created two cards that I felt met the requirements.   Plus I've used the template from the Hooray its your Day kit to create the sunshine backgrounds.  And of course you need Sunshine and sunsets for Hawaii right?  What do you think?

Here's a close up of the first card:

Here is card No. 2...

This one i had rolling around in my head for a few weeks.... I really wanted to create a sunset, and make it a little retro with the colours I chose (think "Hawaii 5-O" and "Hawaiian shirts")... I think it turned out ok.... Here's a close up of the Hibiscus... I used the Build-A-Bouquet stamp set to make my flower a little more "Hibiscus-y" :-)

If you like these cards please feel free to comment below.... OR even better head over to my Facebook business page and "like" it.  You'll get to see these plus lots more pics, specials and ideas. I tend to show there what I am currently working on more often than here.

I'm quite delighted to be part of the hop and especially to be in line after the clever Ms Georgia Giguere... who runs a beautiful blog and her fabulous Stampin'Up business in Minnesota in the US.

Thank you for visiting my blog as part of the Hawaii Blog Hop!  I hope you visit again :-) To visit the next blog in the hop click the "Next Blog" button below.. you will be taken to the very talented Simone Bertram's blog! Or to return to Georgia's blog use the "Previous Blog" button below. Enjoy the hop and happy creating!


Blog Hop List

1. Brian King  
13. Dena Rekow 
15. Alisa Tilsner  
16. Tami White 
18. Bec Ross 
19. Ann Craig 
 26. Betty Button