Sunday, 25 October 2009

Birthday Parties and other stuff

Hey everyone. What a big week it has been for me! This week I held my first ever at-home birthday party for my almost 4-year-old boy. His birthday is actually on Tuesday but we held the party yesterday. I've always chickened out of holding them at home.. party not wanting to have clean up the mess, and partly just because I am not known for my organizational abilities.. I seem to have missed out when someone was handing out those. But even so, I was really pleased with how it went yesterday. I was terrified it would rain, and as you will see from the following photos, the weather certainly played a part. The morning was cloudy, but after lunch the sun came out and it was perfect. This is the first time I have had a backyard that would allow me to do something like this, and I wanted to make the most of it. In the end it was worth all my stressing. Most importantly Ben had a great day.. that's the whole idea after all.

I am certainly not a cake maker and if you had seen me during the construction you would have seen me about to throw it out the window and go buy one! But it came together in the end.

Finally, I thought you would like to see a Christmas card that we made in our last Stamp-A-Stack. It a CASE from my friend and fellow demonstrator Rhonda Stratham.. she is in Branxton if anyone is looking for a demonstrator up that way. I changed it a little but I was really pleased with it, and everyone that was at the last Stamp-A-Stack enjoyed making it too. If you would like to come and make any Christmas Cards with us over the coming weeks check back here for the Class schedule which will go up in the next couple of days. In the meantime, enjoy the card - it's at the top of this post.

Stamps: Winter Post
Cardstock: Kraft, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa
Other accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, 1&3/8 Circle Punch, Riding Hood Red Striped Grosgrain ribbon, Dimensionals, Sponges

This card is proof that you dont need lots of stamps, lots of ink, or lots of cardstock to make cards.... you can do lots with minimal supplies.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Another Christmas card.. getting sick of them yet??

Just sharing another Christmas card from a recent Stamp-A-Stack. This one we made with the Season of Joy stamp set - still one of my favourites. I have another Christmas Stamp A Stack coming up on Monday 26th October and I do still have a couple of places left. Email me at if you would like to reserve a spot. At these nights you will make 6 Christmas cards (3 each of 2 different designs) for $15, so it's a great way of getting stuck into your Christmas cards this year. And a good night out as well. :-)

I also have a couple of seats left in my Embossing Technique class this coming Wednesday the 21st October. The class starts at 10.30am and you will make several projects and learn some different embossing techniques (such as Emerging colour and Emboss Resist). This class is $20. Just send me an email if you would like to join us. A light lunch is provided if you get hungry!

In the meantime enjoy this Chrissy card. :-)


Monday, 12 October 2009

Winterpost Challenge and the next Christmas Stamp-a-Stack

On the long weekend I had the privilege of working at the Cantebury Craft Show with some other talented demonstrators. One of my absolute favourite things about being with SU has been the amazing friendships I have formed with other demonstrators, and really, it's amazing when technically we are each other's competition. But it has never felt that way to me, and the fact that most demonstrators seem to be so excited to see each other's businesses do well is a wonderful thing. It's a pleasure to work alongside other demonstrators in any format, but one of the reasons that I enjoy craft shows is because of this cameraderie.

Here are the girls I was working with.. from left Lin Mei, Myself, Vanessa, Annette and Angela. The only person missing was Rhonda who worked on the Saturday when I didnt work. Thanks Rhonda.. maybe next time we will get to work together? Overall though it was a great weekend. Thanks to Angela for organizing the show and inviting me to be part of it.

At the end of the Canterbury show the girls were admiring some of the cards on display made with Stampin'Up's Winterpost stamp set. So I offered a little "unofficial challenge" - create something with this set within a week or so, and put it on our respective blogs for the world to see. So here is mine, and I hope you like it. I love this set.. it's really quite easy to use!

In addition this card will be one of the two designs we will be creating at this week's Stamp-A-Stack on Wednesday 14th October 2009. Currently I have a couple of places left in this class.. so if you would like to join us, please contact me by email ( or on my mobile 0412 375 552. You will get to make 6 cards in total, 3 each of the two designs, and the class costs $15. The class will begin at 10.30am and we will be finished in time to enjoy a light lunch together. Classes are held at my home at East Gosford on the Central Coast, NSW.

I would love to see you there, if you would like to come! Email me to reserve your spot.

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Does this look familiar??

You might recognize this card... I originally made this card and posted it on my blog a few months back. It was done with InColors, on a Tangerine Tango card base.

My daughter celebrated her 7th birthday yesterday so I redesigned the card, this time doing it in Pinks and Celery Green (being a Pink girly-girl after all) and adding a couple of punched shapes in there as well. And this was the result.. I really like it. But more importantly, Emma loved it too.

Hope you like it too.

Stamps: Petal Pizazz, On your Birthday
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Whisper White, Vellum Cardstock
Ink: Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery
Other accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Round Scallop Punch, Certainly Celery ribbon, Silver Brads, Dimensionals

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Two Great new Promotions for October!

I always love waiting to see what specials are coming up each month with Stampin'Up. This month was have not one, but two great promotions. Here they are:

To celebrate World Card Making Day (yes, there really is such a thing!) on October 3rd, Stampin'Up has released a special which will continue for the entire month of October. Purchase either of our Simply Sent Card Elements kits (the Rock Star kit is shown in the picture here) and you will then receive the matching stamp set at 20% off. Prices are shown below.

October 1-31

Buy a Simply Sent Card Elements kit for $30.95:
112028Flower Power
112021Rock Star

and get one of the following stamp sets at 20% off (regular price $24.95, now $19.96):
116779Wow Flowers
116777Starring You

And here's our second promotion:

For over 20 years, Stampin' Up! has helped women make a difference in the lives of others by simply doing what they love to do--sharing creativity.

Now you too can become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and make a difference! For every person who joins Stampin' Up as a Demonstrator between 1st October and 31st December 2009, Stampin'Up will donate $5 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Plus, until 31 December 2009, SU will give you a FREE pack of Raspberry Tart Designer Series paper and a Pretty in Pink Classic Stampin' Pad to help you get started!

How good is that? So if you have been thinking of taking the next step and joining this wonderful company - whether to just make some extra cash doing something that you love, or to turn into a viable business (or anything in between), then NOW is the time. Contact me for an information pack at

I love promotions!