Monday, 20 October 2014

New out today.... Our Merry and Bright Holiday Supplement!

Our new Holiday Supplement is out today! Click HERE to see it.   I'm loving having these extra products to show off.. well I would if they had arrived last week as I expected.  Come on, Mr Postman!  Hopefully they will arrive today.... Fingers crossed!  :-) So because I can't show you the actual products just yet, I visited one of my team members on the weekend, and she let me open her brand new Many Merry Stars kit... and I videoed that event so that you could see it too!

Here is the video...

What is really important about this is that I am running a class with this kit on Tuesday evening 28th October and also Wednesday 29th October at 11am.  (So that my day customers AND my night customers can make it!)  The kit is huge as you will have seen if you watched the video, and you can make 26 star boxes/decorations with it. (Im also going to show you how to make a card as a bonus) Normally $44.95 for the kit, I am charging $50 to do the class with me... but I need to know if you are coming as soon as possible. Thats because you get the kit in the class, and i will need to order them in the first half of this week to make sure they arrive in time.  So please let me know SOON if you'd like to come.

Simply click HERE if you like to come to this class or any other upcoming class. I do have another kit class in November too.  Below is the full schedule as it is currently, although there will be more dates added over the coming days and weeks.

October/November Class Schedule

The second half of the year is upon us and you know what that means…. Yep… we're doing Christmas cards! 

So you will create 6 cards in total - 3 each of 2 different designs. All materials (including envelopes) are provided, as well as refreshments. Cost is $20

Dates: Tuesday 14th October @7.30pm
Wednesday 15th October @11am
Tuesday 4th November @ 7.30pm
or Wednesday 5th November @ 11am

Technique Classes
October - 
Emboss Resist Technique
Love Embossing? Take it one step further with my favourite Embossing technique... Emboss Resist! Learn some great ways to work this technique into your Repertoire... and make several beautiful projects with me at this class. 

Cost $25
Tuesday 21st October @ 7.30pm 
Wednesday 22nd October @ 11am

Product Focus classes:
October - Sensational Stars Product class
Gift Boxes, decorations, cards.... all fantastic projects to be working on at Christmas time. And for a limited time Stampin'Up have released the "Many Merry Stars Simple created kit". The kit makes 26 different star projects, but I will be showing you how to make several of them in this class, and then because each person receives the kit in the class, you will have the rest to take home with you. The kit retails for $44.95.. but I am only going to charge $50 for the class.. which essentially means that your class is almost free. You will need to book in to this class by Monday 20th October so that I have time to order the kit for you. I will pop some projects on my blog next week so that you can see the types of creations we will make. But they are going to be quite 'Sensational' (of course!)

Cost $50
Tuesday 28th October @ 7.30pm 
Wednesday 29th October @ 11am

November - Watercolour Winter Simply Created card kit
You can find this kit on page 39 of the Holiday catalogue. And its beautiful! You'll feel like an artist when you use brush and watercolours to create the cards in this kit. The kit makes 20 cards, and even though you might not get all 20 made at the class you will have all the materials to take home and finish them at your leisure. I anticipate we will get 8-10 cards finished in the class. The kit retails for $42.95, and you will receive one when you attend the class. Please book in by 3rd November so that I can order the kits in advance. I will of course supply the stamps, ink and additional items required. Samples will be up on my blog over the next couple of weeks. 
 Cost $50
Dates - Tuesday 11th November @ 7.30pm
Thursday 13th November @ 11am

Kit classes need to be booked well in advance to ensure product arrives in time. 

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Technique Classes this coming Week!

This month's technique class features one of my absolute FAVOURITE techniques... emboss resist!  We will be making several projects and you'll learn some of the great ways to use this technique in your papercrafting.  You can get some truly beautiful effects!

I have two classes on offer this week - one day and one night class to suit as many people as possible.  Here are the details:

Tuesday 21st October @ 7.30pm


Wednesday 22nd October @ 11am

Cost is $25, and includes tuition, all materials and refreshments.  Classes are held on the Central Coast so EMAIL ME to book your spot.

Here is one of our projects from the night...

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Video Tutorial: Using Blendabilities to colour your Embossed Images

Today I wanted to show you a quick, easy and EFFECTIVE way to add colour to your embossed images. Watch the video below to see how its done!  Enjoy!

Here's another example...

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Holiday Home and the Blendabilities are a perfect match :-)

How beautiful are these houses coloured with the Blendabilities from Stampin'Up!?  It's so therapeutic using them to colour almost anything. But they do work beautifully with Line Drawing stamps.  The colour sets I used here are Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, and Calyso Coral.

Blendabilities are sold in sets of 3, and each set costs $20.95.  You don't need any special paper to colour with them, but I have found that you get the best results with our Whisper White Cardstock as it is so smooth and not as porous as some papers.

Click HERE to visit the online Store and order your own!  Orders can be shipped anywhere in Australia for a low postage cost.

Here is the full card.. enjoy!

Monday, 13 October 2014

Come to my Stamp-A-Stack this week!

This week I have two Stamp-A-Stacks scheduled - one evening one, and one during the day - and right now I have a couple of spots left in each of them. If you would like to join us, then please contact me ASAP to secure your spot.  Today's card is one of the two card designs we will be making.  Its the Christmas tag I made last week, but made into a card :-)

What's a Stamp-a-Stack? You'll get to make 6 cards, and at this time of the year we are busy making Christmas cards. You'll make 3 each of 2 different designs.  All materials and refreshments are provided. Here are the details....

Dates: Tuesday 14th October @7.30pmorWednesday 15th October @11am

Cost is $20 and includes envelopes

Classes are held at Narara on the NSW Central Coast. 

CLICK HERE to book your spot

For more classes over the coming weeks, click over onto the right hand side of this blog (scroll down a little) and you'll see the full range of classes available now. 

I hope to see you soon!

Linda xx

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Our latest Team Challenge - All is Calm DSP and the Bright and Beautiful Stars

I run a forum for my awesome team of Stampin'Up demonstrators... its called "The Inksomniacs".  One of the things I enjoy about the forum is that we run team challenges there each month, and every month I see some really wonderful entries for the challenge. We have a small prize each month for the entry voted the favourite.  And the challenges are different each month.  Sometimes a colour challenge, sometimes an inspiration challenge.  And this month we have a sketch challenge..  Even though I don't enter the challenge myself because I host them, I still like to make an example card to show my team.  And I thought you might like to see the card I made as an example of this month's sketch....

I enjoyed making this card.  Of course the fact that it is in one of my favourite tones of blue ("Lost Lagoon") helps a lot :-)

If you've ever thought about being a Stampin'Up Demonstrator, then why not?  I am always looking for new people to join my team and be part of our group.  And the forum and challenges are just one benefit of being part of the team.  It's a great way to earn extra income doing something that you love to do. For more information you can contact me OR visit this link for further Info.  Right now there is an AWESOME special on joining.. its called "Pick a Pack of Paper", and new people who join as a demonstrator will get a FREE PACK OF DSP (valued at $18.95) every month for 6 months after they join!!! And thats on top of the kit and other benefits!  This special goes for the month of October only, so contact me if you would like to find out more!

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Using Decorative Masks

Last month I ran a stencilling class using our new Decorative masks. We actually made 4 projects in that class, and here is one of the projects.  The background is stencilled Stripes mask. For the dots I could have used the Dots mask from the same pack, but decided to use the mask in the Banner kit instead as they are a little larger.  Such an easy effect to do!

The masks are sold in packs of 2 designs (the dots and stripes, or stars and hearts) and they are awesome value at only $4.95 a pack. Think about adding them to your next order. I apply the colour with either sponge daubers or sponges. Or both. :-)

Here is the supplies list if you would like to order any of these products for yourself.  Just visit my Online Store (or click on the items below) and they will be sent directly to your door for a low postage cost.  (Please note that the Good Greetings set is only available to qualifying hosts (or orders of $300 or more) as a FREE set, the prices listed are only to give you a guide to the set's value.)

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Awesome new October Promotions and specials!

October is here, and Stampin'Up Australia has released some new promotions for us to get excited about!  If you visit my Facebook Business Page, then you will already know about these. But don't worry, you haven't missed out!  Here they are:

Here's a great one for those of you looking for Stampin'Up bargains...BUT only until the 6th October.... its called Stamp, Stock and Save. Click HERE to see what's on special. And then message me to order OR visit the online store with your credit card so you don't miss out. 

I love that there are lots of basics to stock up on... Whisper White paper, ink pads, and envelopes are all marked down and going on my list....  Check it out and see what you can save on for yourself!

Here is awesome promotion No. 2!  PICK A PACK OF PAPER!

Join Stampin'Up as a Demonstrator in October and receive a FREE PACK OF DSP (your choice, valued at $18.95) EVERY MONTH FOR 6 MONTHS! Thats on top of all the other perks you receive as a Demonstrator! Message me for more info.  If you've been waiting for a good time to join, this is it!

Of course we also still have our Free Stamp Set for everyone who hosts a $300 plus workshop this month.  And yes, this also applies to orders over $300, so if you are putting in a large order for yourself, or have collected some orders from other people... ANY ORDER over $300 will qualify for this great offer.   Click HERE to read more about the special..   And here is the free set.. you can choose wood OR clear, and there are 19 really useful greetings in the set. Please note that this set will not be available to buy.. it is HOSTESS ONLY! 

The PAPER and FREE SET promotions continue all October, but the STAMP, STOCK AND SAVE promo only goes until the 6TH OCTOBER in honour of World Card Making Day.  Make sure you contact me soon so you don't miss out! 

Monday, 29 September 2014

The Creative Blog Hop

This week I was invited to be part of The Creative Blog Hop by the talented Kim Badelt.   This is a fun way for us bloggers to "pass the baton" and help showcase the blogs of other's whose work we admire.  Lots of different people both here in Australia and also overseas have taken part in the blog hop.

I first met Kim through my blog so its a fitting way to be invited. She liked to surf around lots of blogs, and sometimes left me lovely comments.  Eventually she became a demonstrator herself, and I remember meeting her for the first time at the Annual Stampin'Up convention.. it was like meeting an old friend... it felt as though we had known each other for a long time even though it was our first actual meeting. So each year when I see her at Convention it is always a treat... and she always does the BEST swaps!  Lucky me, she saves one just for me!

So of course I could not decline her offer to take part in the Blog Hop.

Part of the task involves answering several questions that let you know a little more about my work.  So here we go...

1. What am I working on now?
Im always working on something.. hence my craft tables are always covered in creative mess (as I like to call it).  Right now I am planning and designing my projects for October classes and workshops, and also preparing my next video to upload to my Youtube channel.  The next technique I am going to show there is Coloured Embossing with the Blendabilities.  Here's my camera and tripod set up ready to go...

2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?
Actually thats a difficult question to answer.  As a Stampin'Up Demonstrator I use their products almost exclusively... of course there are other items that I can't get through SU that I use from time to time, but because I run a business with SU, I want to mostly use products that I can actually sell.  I tend to prefer softer or subtle colours...although I do have a preference for blues (any shade) and will sometimes break out the brights when I have a need to do something different.  This year some of my favourite cards have been neutrals and metallics.  And yes, I have a love affair with bling and glittery products.  I am also quite prolific so usually have a backlog of projects to show off.  So whilst my work might not be all that different.. i am very committed to getting my stuff and my name out there, and that may set me apart a little.

3. Why do I create what I do?
I was always arty/crafty.. I used to amuse myself growing up on our Northern NSW farm by creating with whatever I could find to create with. I loved art at school, and rediscovered drawing and creating whilst travelling around Canada in 1993, and followed that up with two years at TAFE studying Fine Arts.  I loved screen printing and fabric printing.  But after a nasty collision with PND after my daughter was born it was suggested that recovery might be helped by finding a hobby and doing something just for me. That's when I found Scrapbooking and paper craft. It led me into a whole new world, not just creative release, but a new social network of women that loved what I loved.  When I was introduced to Stampin'Up I fell in love with their products almost instantly.... and i saw that I could support my paper craft habit and maybe even contribute to the family income.  And thats what happened.  It was a love affair that has now continued for 8 years, and the income i earn from it supports my little family, has expanded my friends circle and sends me on a wonderful trip somewhere amazing in the world pretty much every year.  I am so blessed!
There is something very gratifying too about creating something that brings joy to other people.. either the cards or gifts I send to others, or to share my creations in workshops and classes. People come and tell me that they get so much from it... and its great to know that I can pass on all the benefits that I have found in papercrafting, and see others fall in love with it too. :-)

4.How does my creative process work?
I don't overthink it.. which is why it never gets boring or routine. My favourite days are those that I set aside as "designing Days".  I just sit down surrounded by whatever is inspiring me at that moment and play with it!  I try to use whatever is new, and that I think people would love to see.  I love nothing better than to put a bunch of brand new products on the table and mix it up together and see how it turns out.  If I ever lack inspiration then I CASE something from the current catalogues, or I might turn to Pinterest to see what others have done with new products.  But I don't very often find myself lacking inspiration.. the products are so beautiful and easy to work with. And of course everything co-ordinates which makes it much easier.   But don't expect high levels of organisation or a clean space. My brain just doesn't work that way :-)
Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't, but you guys only get to see the projects I love :-) Well mostly....

Ok.. so now I get to introduce you to another blogger that I admire.. Nerida Carter.  Nerida's blog is called "Stamping Joy" and you can see it by clicking HERE.   I was supposed to tag 2 bloggers but unfortunately the other bloggers that I contacted were unable to be part of this blog hop at the current time.  Its school holidays here in Australia and everyone is crazy busy right now.  But I was really grateful that Nerida said yes!

Nerida and I met via a couple of avenues. We had met through a baby care centre where we both took our young children, and then i re-met her again at a Stampin'Up workshop. She started coming to classes and we enjoyed getting to know each other even more.  So when she decided to become a Stampin'Up demonstrator herself I was so excited to have her as part of my team.  Nerida is not only a valuable team member, but our friendship is also precious and we have in the past spent lots of crafting time together.. usually at my house whilst the kids amuse themselves elsewhere in the house. Her gorgeous daughter has become friends with my kids too, which is awesome :-)

Here is a bit more about Nerida in her own words...

I’m Nerida (aka Stamping Joy on Pinterest, blogspot and FB)  My home is on the Central Coast NSW Australia, where I live with my partner and daughter.
I started scrapbooking in 2003 soon after my daughter was born, I think most people start with all those gorgeous baby photos. It was a Stampin' Up! party with my mothers group that inspired me to begin cardmaking in 2007 and I became a demonstrator with Stampin' Up! in August 2008.
I do most of my creating and preparing for classes and parties at my dining room table. Though there is nothing like making cards with a group of friends on a back veranda, or even a favourite coffee shop!
Thanks to my wonderful and creative friend Linda for inviting me to be a part of the Creative Blog Hop.
Thank you for visiting my blog today as part of the Creative Blog Hop. Don't forget to visit Nerida's BLOG next Monday too! 

Linda xx

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Perfect Peacock Collage Card

I held my Perfect Peacock class last week, and whilst the girls were finishing off their projects i was having a play with the stamp myself.  I had been thinking of creating a collage-type card with this stamp, and I did that with the 1" punch and postage stamp punch. The image is coloured with the Blendabilities.  Very simple little card, that was quite quick to make.  But I think its kind of effective, and certainly different. Sometimes I like the place that just having a "play" with the products will lead you.  And of course you can't go wrong with this colour combination...

Here's a close up for you....

Products used are listed below. Enjoy this beautiful Springtime weather! Its school holidays in Australia and I am enjoying some time with the kids and with my fiancee who is visiting from the US currently.  So I might be a little less frequent with my posts, but hopefully this is still plenty here to enjoy. :-)