Thursday, 29 November 2012

Heading into the final classes of the year...

It's getting down to the wire now with Christmas preparation. So I wanted to announce a couple of last classes for 2012. 

Christmas Gift Class
Saturday 1st December @ 1.30pm
Thursday 13th December @11am
Cost is $40 and includes all materials and light refreshments. You will go home with 4 handmade Christmas gifts to give or to keep. Numbers are limited for this class in particular.
The frame shown in the picture above is one of the projects we are making in this class. 

Christmas Stamp-A-Stacks
Tuesday night 4th December @ 7.30pm
Thursday 6th December @ 11am
Cost is $15 and you will make 6 cards (2 each of 3 different designs) for your Christmas card stash.
NB If there is sufficient interest I will book another Christmas SAS during the week beginning 10th December

Contact me by clicking here to let me know if you would like to reserve your spot.  I hope everyone's Christmas preparations are going swimmingly!

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Christmas Decorations Class this Thursday... still spots left

Just a quick reminder that this Thursday (29th November) I am running again my Christmas decorations Class at 11am, followed by a light lunch. If you would like to join us simply click HERE to send me an email and reserve your spot. All materials and lunch is provided for a cost of $25. You will go home with three projects that you have created yourself. :-)

I have to say I am a little disappointed with the photo as it really doesnt do these projects justice. They look so better in real life :-)  But hopefully you get the idea. I hope to see you!

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Annual Christmas Gift Class

As I have done for the past few years, I am running my annual Christmas Gift Class again this year.  At this point I do still have spots left. What's different about a Christmas Gift class?  Rather than just cards or 2-D items you will actually be making gifts that you can either keep for yourself or give away at Christmas. My only rule about what we make is that it needs to be something that you can duplicate at home for yourself should you wish to make more of them. With Christmas now only a month away, this is a great time to get stuck into making your pressies.

One of the items I usually make is a Christmas Frame.. and this year I am doing one again. The one you see above is one of my rejects.. ie.. I've decided to go something slightly different..but I can tell you that it will be a little similar.  This was one of my first attempts whilst mucking around with an idea.....The one I have chosen to make with you is superior in my opinion ;-)

So... if you would like to join us on Saturday 1st December for an afternoon of fun and crafting please email me here.  If you haven't been to a class before, I run them on the Central Coast and will supply the address for you when you book in. To reserve your spot, email me by clicking HERE.  The cost is $40 for this one, and ALL materials and Christmas-themed refreshments are provided. :-)  We'll get started at 1.30pm. 

Friday, 23 November 2012

Christmas Gift Idea... and a special for you :-)

Now HERE'S a good idea!  What about Gift Vouchers for your crafty friends this Chrismtas??  I have been making up some lovely gift vouchers that would be suitable to give to any friend who loves papercraft... you can make them any value you like.  And they dont have to be paid for until your recipient actually places their order (which is a great way to delay payment until after Christmas to help with pre-Christmas budgeting). I have had quite a few people purchase these of late, and one of the suggestions they have been making is that their friends might even want to delay their orders until the 22nd January which is when Sale-A-Bration 2013 begins.. to make the vouchers even better value. Don't forget though to get the freebies during SAB the order needs to come to over $100. 

So I thought I would offer a little special for the anyone ordering gift vouchers between now and Christmas... every gift voucher ordered over $40 in value will receive either a free inkpad (which you can keep for yourself or give to your recipient) or a free class with me up to a value of $20.  The inkpads on offer would be the Classic Ink in the various colour families - and these are the new style of Inkpad.  If you havent seen the new Inkpads, there is an awesome video about them. You can access the video by clicking HERE. .

I've put up a pic of what the Gift Vouchers look like - they make great gifts and you can include them inside a Christmas card if you wish. To order your Gift Vouchers just email me at  (or click HERE) and we'll get it happening in plenty of time for Christmas.  Here is a pic of a Christmas one for you:

Monday, 19 November 2012

On My Front Door

Look what I made on the weekend :-)

Have to say I am pretty pleased with myself. It was easy, and didn't take all that long to put together.  It's not one of tomorrow night's Christmas decorations, but if I have enough people interested I might make this a class. What do you think?  This particular project was inspired by the one that Sophie from SU showed us at the Sydney Heartfelt Stamping Event last week.

As for tomorrow night's projects.. I will put them all up for you later today.  I still have two spots left if you would like to join us. Email me by clicking HERE if you would like to come along.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

This month's specials...

What with the Penrith Craft Show and the Heartfelt Stamping Event over the past two weeks I have been terribly busy. So it will probably come as no surprise to many of you that I suddenly realized this weekend that I havent even put up this month's specials on my blog!  For shame!!!

The month might be half over, but that's not too late to let you know about our great specials.  Firstly we have the Ornaments Bundle special:

And for qualifying Hostesses (and yes that includes Stamp Clubs) between now and 16th December there is the wonderful "INK-REDIBLE promotion".  If you host an event that reaches $650 in sales you will receive a full set of inkpads in your choice of colour family. (Brights, Subtles or Regals) There are 10 in a set and they are worth $9.95 each!  And that's on top of the already awesome hostess benefits.

If anyone would like to take up these awesome offers please just email me by clicking HERE.

My second Heartfelt project

As many of you know, last week I was honoured to demonstrate at the Heartfelt Stamping Event.  Stampin'Up held these events in various capital cities around Australia and both customers and demonstrators spent the day learning new ideas and techniques, watching demonstrations, and getting to have a play with lots of new products.  Everyone got to go home with things that they had created, as well as at least one new stamp set (I was really lucky and got 3!!!).  The day was held at the Sydney Exhibition Centre at Darling Harbour which I think is an awesome venue.

I chose to demonstrate our Window Sheets (AKA Acetate sheets) and I did a couple of simple projects to show different ways of using it. I put up a photo of my first project (scroll down on the blog to see it) last week, and today I wanted to show you the other project. Very very simple... but I loved how this cute little card turned out.  The "jar of hearts" is one of those ideas that I must have dreamt because I woke up one morning with this idea in my head. :-)

In case you missed it.. below is another photo of my demonstration.  Hopefully we will have even more people join us next time!

Friday, 16 November 2012

Chistmas Decorations Workshop Next week

Hello everyone.. I wanted to pop in and show you a couple of photos of one of the decorations we are making in the Decorations class over the next couple of weeks. This particular project is a much simpler (and quicker) version of the ornament that is featured on the cover of our current holiday catalogue.

I've used some of our Candlelight Speciality paper for this one, and added some scalloped Tulle ribbon as well. It's actually very easy when you know how!

If you would like to make one for yourself (as well as a couple of other decorations) then come along to my Christmas Decorations class. The evening class will be held on Tuesday night 20th November @ 7.30pm.  Or if you prefer a day class I will have this one available on Thursday 29th November.@ 11am.  All materials and light refreshments are provided, and the cost of the class is $25. 

To book in just email me by clicking here.

I hope to see some of you :-)

Here's a close up for you:

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Embossing Class Tonight... Still spots left

I am running two Embossing Classes this week... I have one tomorrow (Wednesday 14th November 2012) which is almost full, but the evening one tonight (Tuesday 13th November) still has spots left.  Embossing remains after all these years one of my favourite techniques.. and it is certainly one of the most popular. You can see above one of the 3 projects we will be working on.  This one uses the beautiful "Postage Due" stamp set... and I have gone for an antique look using the "Emboss Resist" technique. If you would like to make this card for you yourself contact me today by clicking HERE.

The class starts at 7.30pm and you will make 3 lovely projects for a cost of $20.  I run classes on the Central Coast, and can give you the address details when you book in.  All materials and light refreshments are provided.. you just need to bring yourself :-)

I look forward to seeing you :-)

Sunday, 11 November 2012

A Great Day Out - Stampin'Up's Heartfelt Event recapped

It's Sunday morning here and I am starting today slowly after a very big exhausting but exciting day at Darling Harbour yesterday.  I love Stampin'Up events and make sure I never miss one, and yesterday's Heartfelt Stamping Event was no exception.  How much fun was it?  The only down side to these events is that it is simply not possible to catch up with everyone... and please accept my apologies if I missed you yesterday!  But I did get to see lots of people, and was so excited to see so many of my own customers and team members there yesterday.   The Sydney Convention Centre is a great venue.

In previous years we have been holding what has been known as Regional Training for demonstrators, but this year they changed the format to make it more suitable for guests to attend. And I think they succeeded very well.. the focus was definitely on products and techniques, rather than business-type activities. Everyone I spoke to seemed to enjoy themselves, and there was certainly lots to see and do. Having said that, you could take the day at your own pace, and choose which activities to involve yourself in at different times. For me, I really loved the day... and I hope to have even more people along as my guests next year. The $120 registration fee in my opinion is a bargain for what we got back in return.  I enjoyed my lunch that was provided, love my new stamp set ("Clockworks") and I even won a prize in the prize draw.  I didn't get time to do my make and take projects (as I was demonstrating in the afternoon) but I plan to do those at home.  The projects were amazing (I think my favourite was Sophie's amazing Christmas Wreath which I have taken a photo of up above for you).

I am sorry if I didnt get to say goodbye at the end of the day to all my friends, but I hope you loved your day at Heartfelt too, and hopefully I will catch up with many of you at Convention in Brisbane in May 2013.  Here are a few snaps for you:

My demo:

One of my demonstration Projects:

The talented Ellen posing with Clare from Stampin'Up:

Sue Mitchell teaching at the Product Playground:

I'll pop back during the week and show you my other demonstration project.

Thank you Stampin'Up for a fabulous day! xx