Monday, 23 May 2016

Beat the Price Rise.... order your cardstock before the end of May 2016!

As you would know... we have a BRAND NEW CATALOGUE coming out on June 1st.  There are some fantastic new products for us to enjoy and you are going to love it!  But there are some price changes that are good to know about.... firstly our Cardstock is going up!  Right now a standard pack of cardstock is $12.25.. but from June 1st these packs will be $14.00.  Which is still a great price for great quality cardstock, but if you are in need of some, I would suggest that you stock up now and beat the price rise! 
 The DSP stack pads (6"x6") will be going up from $14 to $17.50.

There are also some price DECREASES to bring prices more into line with local stockists... the following items will all be coming DOWN in price on June 1st:

Wink of Stella (Gold and Clear)SNAIL AdhesiveFast FuseFast Fuse RefillMini Glue DotsStampin' DimensionalsTear & Tape AdhesiveBig Shot Machine

My advice is to hold off ordering these if you can until June 1st. But I'd also be stocking up on cardstock as necessary! (Which is what I am going to be doing!)Placing an order is easy... just visit the Online store (click the "Shop Now" button).  Even though I am away on the Med Cruise with Stampin'Up right now, you can still place orders.... To see pics of our adventures, make sure you "like" my Facebook Business Page.  

Friday, 20 May 2016

No More Sleeps! Jetting off on Stampin'Up's Grand Vacation to the Mediterranean.....

It's all VERY EXCITING!  We have almost finished packing and organising, and its all starting to come together now.  Here are the travel packets we received in the mail from Stampin'Up... you can see our name tags, luggage tags, cruise tags, and agenda booklet with lots of fun things in it that we'll be doing.....

If you would like to keep up with our adventures my tip is to head over to my FACEBOOK BUSINESS PAGE and hit the "Like" button... that way you'll see the photos of all our fun during the next couple of weeks.

Even though I am away though, you can still place orders through the ONLINE STORE.... items are sent directly to your door anywhere in Australia for a low postage charge.  All you need is a computer and a credit card.  And even better if you are using the Hostess Code QR7WQJE9 when you order, you will receive a gift from me in June from the BRAND NEW CATALOGUE!  Thats going to be fun! 
In the meantime there is nothing like a sneak peek of new products!  So today's card features a our new "Pop of Pink" Speciality DSP.... love all that gold, pink, black and white!

Enjoy x

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Which sets will you miss?

There are so many sets retiring that I know Im going to miss!  The advantage for me, running it as a business, is that I normally don't get too attached to products.... I know they are tools, and so I know I will use them as long as they are around. But sometimes there are a few items I get a little attached to....

One of my favourite sets from our current Occasions Catalogue is the "Going Global" set.  I loved it to make male cards especially, and I loved how I could use it for a  "Long Distance Relationship" theme. Which made it perfect for our Wedding Invitations a few months back!

The card on this page today was one I designed for a recent class.  I think it works great for a male birthday card! Or maybe a Father's Day card??

Enjoy the card and I'll pop back soon!

Linda x

Monday, 9 May 2016

Memory Keeping with Project Life by Stampin'Up - Design Team May Blog Share!

This month I was presented with a challenge as I attempted to Project Life my photographs from my trip to New Orleans at the beginning of this year.  Here's the thing about New Orleans.... its a super colourful city, full of life and action and adventure.  But while that makes it a fascinating place to visit and explore, it also makes it tricky to scrapbook.... the sheer amount of colour and light means that its hard choosing a colour scheme to match!

On top of this many of the photos were taken at night... another challenge.  To brighten up the darkness in many of the photos I added metallics, and went with gold as it matched the "over the top" nature of the place itself.

Our theme this month is "Retiring Kits".. so for my photos this time I chose the "This is the Life" card collection from Stampin'Up as this one features particularly bright colours.  Sometimes they seem to clash.... and yet for very bright photos like these ones, they worked particularly well.  I've added in some of the accessory pieces from the co-ordinating accessory set and of course some sparkle brought to you by glimmer paper and gold foil.

I'll let the photos tell the story....

Closer view of each page:

And I used some of the dark space in my night time photos to add gold letters which really helped them stand out!

Next Double layout:

Close up of each page:

This one really tested me with its crazy colours!  But the purples, blues and bright greens of the bicycles actually worked with the colours in the card kit, and came together really great!  Not colours I would normally use together.... but they seem to work here:

I added gold glimmer behind the letter cutouts in the Accessory pack:

Here is the accessory kit... and its still available if you want to grab it.

And this cute video show you all the cards in the kit:

I hope you enjoy my pages today. If you would like to see other papery creations I post please "like" my Facebook Business page!

Below you'll find the links to the other members of the Design Team. Make sure you check them out!

Tina Gillespie

Sandra Korten

Constanze Wirtz

Julie Kettlewell

Patty Bennett

Caroline Van Der Straaten

Delys Cram

Elizabeth Richards Peterson

Janet Wakeland

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Central Coast Crafters! Come along to my Retirement Crafternoon Tea!

As our current catalogues wind down and come to an end, its always a bittersweet time as we say farewell to old favourites and welcome in new favourites. This year is no exception.  But I am softening the blow by offering all my customer the opportunity to come along to my Annual Retirement Crafternoon tea on the Central Coast NSW which is on next Saturday 14th May 2016.

Here's how it works:  You can come in and join us any time between 2.30pm and 4.00pm.  Have a cuppa and a chat and take a little time to go though my retiring products, which will be set up for you to check out.  I'll be marking down all retiring products - stamps, tools, paper, ink and embellishments. So its basically a chance to catch up, socialise AND grab a bargain at the same time. Here's a photo of last year's set up:

You do need to know though that when it comes to current product that is retiring, that its not officially retired until June 1st, so I cant actually accept money for it at this time. However you are welcome to put "dibs" on it... I'll pop it away for you, and then any time after June 1st you are welcome to come collect it and pay cash at that time.  When it comes to already retired products (previously in other catalogues) you are welcome to pay for those and take them on the day.

I'll also have some sneak peeks of upcoming new products for those that cant wait!

I've already had a few people indicate that they will be joining us, so if you would like to come along too, please let me know so I can make sure there is enough bikkies and yummy things to eat.  There is no charge to attend.

To let me know you are coming along click HERE.

If you would like to view an updated list of the retiring items click HERE.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Video Tutorial: Stamping on Candles for Unique handmade gifts.

This past week I held my Mother's Day gift class and we made several projects together.  One of those projects was a stamped candle and those are always popular.  Its a completely different way of using your stamps.  I haven't stamped on candles for a couple of years so I thought it was time to drag that technique out again, and it would make a great video tutorial, just in time for Mother's Day. Or any other occasion you choose :-)

So without further adieu here is my video tutorial with some tips for candle stamping.  I hope you enjoy it.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

White Ink Watercolour technique class (AKA Whitewash Technique)

Today I spent a little time working on projects for next week's class. I wanted to show you one of our projects we will be making. This technique is called "White Ink Watercoloring".... or sometimes "Whitewash" Technique.  It creates very softly coloured images for you to create with, and I was thinking this would make a lovely Mother's Day or feminine birthday card. (Just change the sentiment to suit).

Here are the details of the class if you wish to join us:

White Ink Watercolour Technique (AKA Whitewashing)

Cost is $25 and includes all materials and refreshments.
Dates:Tuesday 3rd May @ 7.30pmorWednesday 4th May @ 11am

If you would like to join us click HERE to book your spot!  

Friday, 22 April 2016

Mother's Day Gift class - a couple of spots left!

Next week I am running a Mother's Day gift class to make these cute projects.  Of course you don't have to make them for your Mum... maybe you have someone else in mind, or would like them for yourself!  It features a cute tea bag caddy and a stamped candle AND a matching card.  I really have a thing for acetate, and thought it would be a different take on a traditional card.  And how long is it since I ran a candle stamping class??  A VERY long time indeed!  If you've never done it, come and learn how.

I have the class scheduled for 2 different times, but am capping numbers on this one.  Here are the details:

Tuesday 26th April @ 7.30pm
Wednesday 27th April @ 11am

Cost is $30 and includes all materials and refreshments. 

Classes are held on the Central Coast and beginners are welcome as well as more experienced crafters!

To book your spot click HERE and let me know!

I look forward to seeing you!

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Updated Retiring List and showing off a few of my favourites

So its only 3 days into the 2016 Annual Retiring List and already there has been a frenzy and some items have already sold out completely!  But don't worry, if you haven't placed your order yet, there is still plenty left.  As items do sell out they are updating the list by placing an "X" in the last column if those items are completely gone.  My tip: click on the list and go through it, making sure that there is nothing you need (or really want) in there.  Make sure it hasn't sold out, and then GET YOUR ORDER IN ASAP!  Every single year I have customers who end up disappointed because they held off ordering and then discovered they could no longer get what they wanted!  I'm hoping for a smaller number of those people this year!

Click HERE for the latest updated list as at the 21st April 2016.

In the meantime I have been posting a few of my favourite retiring products on my Facebook Business Page.  And today I am showing off one of the items we are making in next week's Mother's Day Gift Class - it's an acetate card showcasing the "A Nice Cuppa" stamp set and matching framelit dies. And yes this is one of this year's retiring products! I was saving it for Mother's Day projects, but it will be retired at the end of May so I only made it just in time!

If you would like to come along to the Gift Class next Wednesday I would love to see you there!  Time is 11am on Wednesday 27th April.  The class will cost $30 and you will make a complete gift set and matching card. (Like the card above!)  To book your spot click HERE.

Here are a few of my favourite retiring products today: (Yep they are all retiring!)

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

The 2016 Retirement List from Stampin'Up is up today!

Today is the day!  The latest Retiring Product List is out today! To see it all you need to do is to visit my ONLINE STORE and click on the Retiring Products link.

My advice is to go through the list and see if there are items you don't want to miss out on. Every year many items sell out quickly.. in particular the Incolor products (ink refills anyone?).  I will be updating the list as items sell out over the next couple of weeks, so check back here to see an updated list.

Alternatively you can click HERE to see a PDF document with the full list.  In the last column you will see an "X" if the item is already sold out.

And if you are ordering online and your order is between $50 and $250... don't forget to use the hostess code when prompted.  This month's hostess code is KCR9MYVV