Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Public Service Announcement... the Daisy Bundle is BACK in Australia!

If you have been waiting for this awesome punch and bundle to come back into stock then this is your lucky day!   Stock has arrived in Australia!  Woo hoo!

Im so excited that I can offer it to my Stamp Club tomorrow - they will be making this awesome Accordion Envelope card (thanks so much to Patty Bennett in the US for this fabulous idea!).   And I know a few of them are going to be VERY excited to get their hands on it finally.

Here's the story.... StampinUp expected the daisy punch and bundle to be a popular item so they ordered extras to meet the expected demand.  And yet, almost as soon as it went on sale it because clear that demand was going to outweigh supplies, and early on the decision was made to turn the code off so that we didn't end up in a permanent backorder situation.  In fact, the Daisy punch is our most popular punch (by far) in the past 5 YEARS!!!!

Why is it so popular?  If you visit Pinterest or any online site with StampinUp demonstrators, you will have seen the HUNDREDS of spectacular samples made with this punch and bundle!  It practically sells itself!  So many cool things you can do with it, making it extremely versatile!

So if you would like to jump in and get your own bundle then I recommend that you grab it now.  Not that I am expecting it to go out of stock again, but after the crazy success of this punch I don't want to risk it either!

Here are the products you can see in the pic above: (Click on what you want to be taken to the Online Store, or click HERE to go straight to the store now)  If you are in Australia, products are shipped straight to your door!  Enjoy!

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Monday, 24 July 2017

Monday Video Tutorial - Recreating my 2017 Thailand swaps!

If you've been following along for a while, you would know that one of the highlights of the StampinUp Grand Vacations for me is swapping with my fellow demonstrators.  Not only is it fun to create the projects, but its a great way to meet lots of the other demonstrators, and to share that creative experience.  This year I had quite a busy lead up to the trip, so I elected to only do 2 swaps this time... the South Pacific Memories and more swap (which you can check out HERE) and the global card swap with other demonstrators from around the world.

For my global card swaps I was initially stumped for an idea of what to do.  But in the last week or so before the trip it started to come to me and I created the card here:

I loved the colours and was happy with the design, but it still wasn't right somehow.  Then I recreated the same card but in soothing blues and silver, and I knew I would be happy with it this time.  Blue has always been my preferred colour, but it was also my mother's favourite colour, and it seemed right to do  it in colours I knew she would love.  Here was the final version:

Today I made a little video tutorial to show how I made the card. I'ts actually quite simple (although on the blue version I did go to the extra trouble of heat embossing some of the elements).   I hope you'll enjoy this card and make it with me.  I include some little tips on how to adhere the acetate, and how i attach the metallic thread.  Here is the video:

Here I am about to deliver my swaps...

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Look what's coming your way..... Carols of Christmas early release!

On August 1st you'll be able to jump in and grab this awesome bundle of Christmas goodness. Now that we are in the second half of the year, I've noticed that my customers suddenly are interested in getting started on their Christmas cards, and although our Holiday catalogue doesn't come out until September, Stampin'Up Australia have come to the rescue with this early Christmas release.  (Not to mention that we have several beautiful Christmas sets in our main Annual catalogue too!)

This stamp set is called the "Carols of Christmas" and it is available in red rubber as either a wood-mount or clear-mount set.  There are also matching framelits - called the Card Front Builder framelits.  Of course you'll be able to order them separately, but you'll save 10% if you order them as a bundle. Stay tuned for a video tutorial coming up from me on an awesome project I've made with this lovely bundle... it will be up before the end of the month, and will show off all the pieces in this set so that you can get a good look at them.

In the meantime, enjoy the samples I am making with this bundle, and stay tuned for more.  (If you haven't seen the one I posted last week, click HERE)  To shop in my Online Store for your StampinUp products click HERE.

Lastly don't forget we have 2 great promotions this month:

1.  Every $90 order you place gets you a $9 voucher to spend in August! (So you could put your vouchers towards this bundle if you choose to!)

2. Join as a demonstrator and get $121 extra value on top of the fabulous value already in the kit!  This is open to everyone who joins... whether you are new to StampinUp or have been a demonstrator before!  Its a great time to jump in!  Click "Join my Team" above to get more information!

Both promotions will come to an end on July 31st so contact me today if you need more information.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Happy Birthday Gorgeous in Watercoloured Berry Burst

A quick one for you today.... I love these "Happy Birthday" thinlits because its so easy to make a fun card QUICKLY!   This one was a simple watercolour washed background (in Berry Burst) and I added a few flowers in Basic Black from the co-ordinating "Happy Birthday Gorgeous" stamp set.  So effective and so FAST!

If you are looking for a fast way to make birthday cards... here it is!

If you are in Australia you can order these products right here by clicking on the SHOP NOW button.  Products are shipped straight to you for a low postage charge.  The product list is below... ENJOY!

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Monday, 17 July 2017

Carols of Christmas - early release Christmas set!

Here's a bundle that you are going to LOVE!  Introducing the new "Carols of Christmas" stamp set and the matching Card Front Builder framelits.  They will be available as separate items or together as a bundle (10% discount on the bundle) from August 1st and I will be showing off lots of projects with it before the end of the month so that you get a good look at it.  And you'll have lots of ideas to use it for too!

But if you cant wait, there is a way you can get your hands on it right now.  For those of you thinking about joining StampinUp as a demonstrator (and if you haven't thought about it... why not???) then you might like to know that this stamp set is a FREE item when you join Stampin'Up! this month.  PLUS, they are also throwing in a free "Essentials Bundle" of great items on top of your demonstrator kit!  So you get the kit (your choice of products - worth $235) plus the Carols of Christmas stamp set plus the Essentials bundle as shown below....  That's $121 worth of extra products!  So here in Australia you get $356 worth of product for only $169!!!! How good is that???  (And any orders you place as a demonstrator you get a minimum of 20% discount on..... for as long as you are a demonstrator!)  Here are the extra items:

Any questions?  Just ask me by clicking HERE.  I've been doing this almost 11 years now,  and am happy to answer any question you might have.  Or if you just want to jump in and do it, you can click the "Join my Team" button above.  There's lots more info up there too.

Either way, I think you are going to love this awesome stamp set.  Cant wait to share more projects I've made with it too!

Sunday, 16 July 2017

My South Pacific Thailand Swaps

There are so many things I love about Incentive Trips..... they are beyond amazing!  Each year StampinUp hosts a fabulous all-expenses-paid trip for 2 people, and its available to anyone that earns it.  I have just spent a fabulous week in Thailand with SU and over 300 of my fellow demonstrators (and their guests) from all around the world.  The experiences you have on these trips is simply out of this world.... and as always my mind has again been blown on this year's trip.  The location, the excursions, the food, the new products, the pillow gifts and just plain good old spoiling are all totally amazing.  But my very favourite thing about the trips is the cameraderie between demonstrators (and also staff members) and getting to meet both new people that I've not met before, and getting to catch up with friends that I don't get to see very often.  The trips really have become a great big reunion every year!

And here is another part of the trips that I love.... SWAPS!  I love swaps because they provide a chance to get your creative side showing PLUS a chance to get to know other demonstrators just that little bit better too.  This year we again held a South Pacific swap (just for the Australian and NZ demonstrators who wished to participate) and I felt so honoured to be part of this very talented and creative group.  

The brief this time was to create a 3"x4" Memories and More card for pocket scrapbooking.  The theme was fairly open... just "perfect days holidaying in Thailand", and to use any of the following colours... Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky (these are colours from our "Perfect Days" Memories and More card kit).  The only other guideline was that the card should include texture.  We had to make 20 of these (18 for each other, and 1each for the Australian and New Zealand offices. 

So now that they are handed out, you get to see my swap cards.  I used Emerald Envy and Lemon Lime Twist in the background, and the Trellis design is made with the Garden Trellis Embossing Folder and texture paste.  I also used one of the elephants from the "Tabs for Everything" stamp set and embossed it 3 times with white embossing powder across a strip of Basic Black cardstock.  The gold flower is gold foil cut with my Big Shot machine and the Flourish thinlits. I addd just a small strip of Fabulous Foil designer acetate to complete the card.   I think they will look great on my pocket pages when I start scrapbooking my trip in the coming weeks. 

Truth is, these were a lot of fun to make!  And I really enjoyed getting together with my fellow demonstrators at a pre-arranged time and participating in the swap.  Im already looking forward to the next one!  I hope you enjoy my little swap cards too. 

Linda x

Friday, 7 July 2017

Very special thank you cards

Recently our family has been through a sad time with the passing of my mother.  It has been very sad and stressful for everyone.  However it has also been a quite beautiful time... with family and friends coming together is a lovely and meaningful way.  My mother's funeral was held exactly 2 weeks ago, and so many people came from near and far to say their final goodbyes.  It was an honour to share that beautiful celebration of her life with them, and I am so grateful to them for coming, or for sending their love and heartfelt messages.  I asked Dad whether he would like a few cards to send to various people, and he said he would be grateful for that. So today I am sending him 20 of these cards... it won't be enough of course, but its a start.  

Im actually away in Thailand with StampinUp from tomorrow for a week, so I will need to make up some more on my return.  But I feel great that I could make these ones... in fact the bases of the cards were already done for another occasion.... all I had to do today was add the words.  I stamped them and cut out the shapes with the Big Shot.  Then my 11 year old son adhered them to the cards.

I am grateful to many of you too.... for your messages and for your patience with me whilst things slowly return to "normal" (whatever that is).  I guess we need to adjust to a new normal.

I hope to have a couple of posts here on the blog whilst I am gone. But most of the holiday snaps and goings-on will be over on my Facebook Business Page..... Check it out and then click the "Like" button on that page to make sure you get to see the Thailand photos in your Facebook feed.  We'll be having a wonderful time with other demonstrators from all over the world, and for me, the break couldn't have come at a better time.  I am hoping to escape from the business of life for several beautiful days and take some time out to relax.

Happy Stamping!

Linda x

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Video Tutorial: Creating Ribbon Spools to help organise your ribbons

Last month I put together ribbon and paper shares for those of my customers that wanted to be in it..... the share has now closed BUT a couple of people had asked me how I made the "spools" to put the ribbons on. So I thought I'd create a quick video to show you how its done... its very simple and makes use of one of our fabulous tools... the envelope punch board.

If you love the idea of ribbon shares I usually do one each time that a new catalogue comes out.... so I'll put something together when I get a look at the new Holiday catalogue due for release in September.  Can't wait to show it to you!  If you are not on the list to receive one before it goes live make sure you click HERE and let me know!  I'll add you to my catalogue mailing list :-)  I love the Holiday catalogue... every year its full of gorgeous sparkly goodies and I love making my Christmas cards with all the new stuff!

Without further ado, here is the video showing how to make the ribbon holders.  I hope you enjoy it!

To shop for any of these or other StampinUp products from Stampin'Up Australia click HERE.   And don't forget right now we have a $9 voucher to spend in August for every $90 you spend in July!

Linda D

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Christmas meets Eastern Palace for simple Christmas cards

Its a known fact that I love to get the very most out of my stamp sets!  One of my most favourite things is to find alternative uses for sets that I am already using.... so that they suddenly become even more versatile.

Here today is a great example... this is the flower shape from the Eastern Medallions framelits set.  But done in Cherry cobbler and made to look like a Poinsettia...  doesnt it look good?  And in this colour combo (Cherry Cobbler, Tranquil Tide and Soft Suede) its easy to make it look pretty Christmassy.  I'd like to take credit for this awesome idea, but sadly I cant... I pinched the idea for the Poinsettia flower from the very clever Courtenay Heuston after I saw her use it on THIS CARD.  Im lucky to have Courtenay in my team of demonstrators.... and I love that we all inspire each other on a regular basis!

I've included a product list for the card should you wish to make one for yourself.  You will find the Eastern Beauty Bundle one of the most versatile stamp and framelit sets in your collection... they are useful for SO many things!

Or if you are on the Central Coast, I have a class running tomorrow in which this car will feature as one of our designs.  More details are HERE.   Cost is $20 to attend, and you'll go home with 6 cards!  To book your spot click HERE.

See you soon!

Linda D x

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