Sunday, March 29, 2009

More New Aussie Catalogue Peeks

Here are a couple more cute new things featuring stamps from the NEW 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalogue. You might recognise some of the stamp sets from the 2008 Spring Mini or Summer Mini!
I used my Markers to ink up the pretty flower so the colours would echo the groovy "Good Morning Sunshine" DSP. I love the DSP in this new catalogue!

Here's a card using the pretty stem from Embrace Life which I stamped with Stazon then coloured with my blender pen using ink from the lid of the Pink Pirouette and Riding Hood Red ink pads, to match the PP and RHR cardstock. The sentiment is from Fresh Cuts, framed by some Styled Silver Hodgepodge (yes, it's in the new catalogue!) which perfectly matched the small oval punch. I have a few birthdays in the family this week, so I think this one will do the job.
This uses the tulip from Garden Whimsy, and the sentiment from Fresh Cuts. The background is En Francais. I used the new in colour Riding Hood Red and Chocolate chip ink and cardstock. Love this red! In fact, I have a large collection of red shoes, handbags and lipsticks - so it isn't really any surprise that I'm drawn to this colour.
This card is a CASE from the SALE-A BRATION catalogue - but I've used pink pirouette , Kiwi Kiss and Riding Hood Red cardstock and changed the sentiment. The buttons are unfortunately retiring Earth Elements buttons. I've embossed the flowers in white and stamped the middle panel with Versamark. It is a little hard to tell that the pink panel also has a white embossed flower - in real life it is quite easy to see.

This is another CASE from the SALE-A-BRATION catalogue with Polka Dot Punches. I love the soft combination of So Saffron and Bashful Blue. Because I've made this card as a New Baby Card I also used the "Congratulations" set from Sale-a-Bration on the inside, as shown:
I sometimes forget that one of the best sources of ideas is in fact the catalogue - which is WHY it's called an "Idea Book and Catalogue". Duh.

Now to make some co-ordinating wrapping paper and mail out the birthday cards!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Last Days for 2008-9 Retirement List

Just a quick reminder that you only have until next Tuesday (31st March) if you wish to purchase anything from the retirement list - on the proviso that it is still in stock and not sold out.

I have been working on new stuff, but haven't had time to upload the photos yet. I'll probably not get a chance to until later in the week.

Have a great week!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

I won an award!


Look what the lovely and talented Leah gave me? She's a fellow Brisbane SU Demo and has a fabulous blog you MUST check out - click on her name for the link.

Thank you Leah! Apparently I must forward this on to 5 people who inspire me, and I'll have to think about it and get back to you because there are waaaaay more than five!


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A quick shout out

to the ever-talented Lin Mei (whose blog is listed on my blogroll) because she has some lovely stuff published in the current Australian Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine!

OK, back to making out my wish list.....it's going to be long!

Temporary break in transmission.....

while I pore over my NEW CATALOGUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is gorgeous! Wait 'till you see all the yummy new Designer Papers! And the embellishments! And the ribbon! And the STAMPS!

I'll be back when I can drag myself away from it. Let me know if you want one too!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Sneak Peek at NEW Aussie 2009-2010 Catalogue!

As a Demonstrator, Stampin' Up! gave me the chance to order a few new stamps and the new in-colour inks and cardstock before the new catalogue arrives - sweet! The NEW in- colours are: Riding Hood Red, Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze and Pacific Point. I'm especially loving Kiwi Kiss (kind of a softer form of Old Olive); Pink Pirouette (lighter than Pretty in Pink); and Riding Hood Red (darker than Real Red).

Here is my box 'o goodies:
And here are some of the things I've been making with them!
This uses the versatile "Lovely As A Tree" which I've sponged with Summer Sun, Tangerine Tango, and Riding Hood Red for the sunset sky. I've sponged the foreground with Old Olive and Kiwi Kiss, then the edges with Chocolate Chip. Lovely Autumn colours! The sentiment is from "Cheer & Wishes".
Next is a card I made with one of the stamps from the NEW "Eight Great Greetings" set. I've also used Pink Pirouette, Ridinghood Red ink and card, and the scallop edge punch. The background is from the new
"Good Friends" set.
Here is the NEW "Fresh Cuts" Stamp with co-ordinating "Fresh Cut Notes". I've used Baja Breeze ink and cardstock. Isn't it gorgeous? Needs some ribbon, but I haven't got any Baja Breeze ribbon yet.
This dear little tulip is made from the Pick A Petal set, and I used Pink Pirouette for the base card. Doesn't it look good with the Regal Rose ink and card mat? The green for the "grass" and stem is Kiwi Kiss. I also stamped the base card with the Sanded background stamp in Versamark, which is difficult to see unless you click on the card to enlarge.
This cute birdie is from the NEW "Good Friends" set. There's something very Retro and Partridge Family about him. Notice the groovy DSP I used in the first card?
And here are the Easter Baskets I've been playing with! I'll have to come back and edit to include the link for them as my little ones are banging on the door (this post has taken longer than I thought it would!), but for now, the little Kiwi Kiss and Chocolate Chip Goody Bag Wrap is from Makeesha's Make It Monday last week. The link is here.
Notice the cute little Easter Bunny? Yup. Another NEW stamp set - Eight Great Greetings. I'm thinking of using these for teacher presents at Easter, filled with Easter Eggs.
These Gable Boxes are Pink Pirouette stamped with the So Swirly Wheel - cute, huh? The bunny on the tag is from the Occasionally set.

Anyone interested in learning how to make any of these Easter Boxes? I'm running a class - email me if you would like to be included!

Are you getting excited about the new catalogue yet?


Oh, and Happy St Pat's Day for tomorrow! Like millions of Aussies, I have Irish ancestry which I especially love to claim on St Pat's Day. My daughters learn Irish Dancing, my favourite colour is green and I love me some Irish music. Don't even get me started on Guiness and potatoes! So naturally I had to make some St Patrick's Day cards for our dancing teacher, etc.
I saw this nifty idea (on Splitcoast, of course) by Joanne (sleepyinseattle) of using the heart from the "Always" set (Spring Mini, hoping it makes it into the new catalogue) to make a four-leaf clover. Ingenious, no? The keen-eyed among you will also notice I've used a NEW stamp from the NEW catalogue - the sweet clover vine (clover isn't a vine, is it?) is from Fresh Cuts, as well as Kiwi Kiss ink. I also used a clover stamp from the Occasionally set.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Stamp-less Cards

....or I can't believe I've only just discovered these yummy rub-ons from the Summer Mini!  They are called Hidden Garden.  They come in chocolate chip and white.  Aren't they beautiful?

And they are only available until the end of the month!

I'm loving So Saffron cardstock at the moment, looks gorgeous with Chocolate Chip (mmmm, chocolate!)

And the curse of the sideways photo is back!  This is just a little gift card, for any occasion.

Update to availability of retired Catalogue items

Item NumberProduct DescriptionAvailability
10756Flip FlopsUnavailable
109020Wild Wasabi Classic Ink RefillUnavailable
109015Soft Sky Classic Stamin' Ink RefillUnavailable
109016River Rock Classic Stampin' Ink RefillUnavailable
109017Purely Pomegranite Classic Stampin' Ink RefillUnavailable
100381Earth Elements EyeletsUnavailable
100378Soft Subtle EyeletsUnavailable
109019Groovy Guava Classic Stampin' Ink RefillUnavailable
108748Best Friend NumbersUnavailable
107212Mateys MapUnavailable
105320Basic EyeletsUnavailable
103195Gifts GaloreUnavailable
107561Garden AnnualsUnavailable
109610Confetti Simply Scrappin'Unavailable
104279Leaf PrintsUnavailable
110255Bundle of Joy Unavailable
112402Short Order Numbers Unavailable
109018Blue Bayou Classic Stampin' Ink RefillUnavailable
111852River Rock A4 card stockUnavailable
108720Ahoy, MateyUnavailable
108747Best Friends Alphabet UpperUnavailable
111851Soft Sky A4 card stockUnavailable
109185Jersey Ribbon OriginalsUnavailable
105316Rich Regal EyeletsLow Quantity
101259Black Hemp TwineUnavailable
108740BarebackUnavailable
106662Dasey FieldUnavailable
108638In Color 12"x 12" card stockUnavailable
109186Theater Ribbn OriginalsLow Quantity
105445Soft Subtle buttonsLow Quantity
111850Wild Wasabi A4 card stockUnavailable
106610Basics OutlineLow Quantity
103981Earth ElementsLow Quantity
103981*Earth Elements & Neutrals buttonsLow Quantity
100900Gift sacksLow Quantity
108763By LandLow Quantity
104065FishyLow Quantity
112253*Dad's DayLow Quantity
108849It's Your BirthdayLow Quantity
105531Antique Brass Hodgepodge HardwareLow Quantity
112391Everything BabyLow Quantity
112310Fabulous FlowersLow Quantity
107464Rough TextureLow Quantity
107465SpeckledLow Quantity
107467BirthdayLow Quantity
108923Stipple RoseLow Quantity
112272Classic BackgroundsLow Quantity
108929Symbols of SolicitudeLow Quantity
112316Forever in My HeartLow Quantity
105446Rich Regal ButtonsLow Quantity
108746Best Friends Alphabet LowerUnavailable
112229ABC ImagesLow Quantity
108857LinenLow Quantity
108998Beautiful LifeLow Quantity
110248Polka Dots & PetalsLow Quantity
108765Cheery ChatLow Quantity


Wow, these things are really going fast!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Another little boy's birthday card


along the same lines as the one I showed you the other day:  I just flipped it to the horizontal and made it slightly different with punched stars and a strip of retiring DSP.  Not that my son noticed; he thought it was exactly the same as the other card!  Hmm, men and the attention to detail gene!

Here's the other card for the sake of comparison:

Which card do you prefer?  Drop me a comment and let me know.  :-)

Friday, March 6, 2009

Want to be the first to get the NEW 2009-10 Idea Book and Catalogue?

Preorder from me now, and you'll have one in your hot little hands as soon as they are released (1st April)!  

They are free if you book a workshop, otherwise you can purchase them for $12.95 ($10 if you attend my classes).  If you've seen the current Idea Book and Catalogue you'll know what a fabulous source of inspiration and project ideas they are.  

I'm getting excited  - as a demo I get a free copy sent to me soon.  I can't wait!

Bushfire Appeal Update

DONATION AMOUNT FOR THE BUSHFIRE APPEAL 

5 March 2009

We're thrilled to report that to date, witFont sizeh the sales of the Bushfire Appeal stamp sets, we'll be able to donate $58,131.68 to the Australian Red Cross Victorian Bushfires 2009 Appeal.

Thank you for your efforts to help those who've suffered from this tragedy.

Well done everyone!



Thursday, March 5, 2009

Random cuteness

After the doom and gloom of the global economic crisis AND the Retirement List, here are some random cute images of my two youngest expressing their creativity:

Oh, and some cards I made a little while ago but hadn't put up on the blog:

The cards on the left are part of a package made for a Baby Shower featuring the retiring Bundle of Joy; on the right is a card made for a lovely little boy who turned six recently.  I used the Wanted stamp set plus the retiring It's Your Birthday.   

Enjoy!

Updated Availability Retirement List

Item NumberProduct DescriptionAvailability






108747Best Friends Alphabet UpperUnavailable
111851Soft Sky A4 card stockUnavailable
105316Rich Regal EyeletsLow Quantity
101259Black Hemp TwineLow Quantity
108740BarebackLow Quantity
106662Dasey FieldLow Quantity
108638In Color 12"x 12" card stockLow Quantity
109186Theater Ribbn OriginalsLow Quantity
105445Soft Subtle buttonsLow Quantity
111850Wild Wasabi A4 card stockLow Quantity
106610Basics OutlineLow Quantity
103981Earth ElementsLow Quantity
103981*Earth Elements & Neutrals buttonsLow Quantity
100900Gift sacksLow Quantity
108763By LandLow Quantity
104065FishyLow Quantity
112253*Dad's DayLow Quantity
108849It's Your BirthdayLow Quantity
105531Antique Brass Hodgepodge HardwareLow Quantity
112391Everything BabyLow Quantity
112310Fabulous FlowersLow Quantity
107464Rough TextureLow Quantity
107465SpeckledLow Quantity
107467BirthdayLow Quantity
108923Stipple RoseLow Quantity
112272Classic BackgroundsLow Quantity
108929Symbols of SolicitudeLow Quantity
112316Forever in My HeartLow Quantity
105446Rich Regal ButtonsLow Quantity
108746Best Friends Alphabet LowerLow Quantity
112229ABC ImagesLow Quantity
108857LinenLow Quantity
108998Beautiful LifeLow Quantity
110248Polka Dots & PetalsLow Quantity
108765Cheery ChatLow Quantity


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A tribute to the retiring sets...

Ahoy, Matey and Matey's Map wheel:
This was one of the first SU! sets I ever purchased, when I was hostess at my first party.  I love it!

Useful for scrapbook pages for little boys, too.


This card also has the sentiment from the retiring hostess set "So Many Sayings."

Bodacious Bouquet:  I only purchased this when I joined Stampin' Up! as a Demo in October last year as part of my Starter Kit.    I will miss it!

Bundle of Joy:  Another recent purchase - perfect for Baby Shower invitations, Thank You cards, Congratulations and New Baby Announcements!



This card also features the retiring Itty Bitty Backgrounds, too, sob!

Time Well Spent:  I earned this as a hostess at my first workshop, and I used it a lot making cards for the school fete.  Must say my photography has improved!  








Oh So Lovely:  Another gorgeous hostess set

Tagger's Dozen:  So useful with our tag punches!

Festive Favourites:


All About Christmas Wheel:

Round Up Simply Scrappin' Kit


While it is sad to see so many favourites go, it means that the new Catalogue is going to be FULL of great new stuff!!!!!  I can't wait!  Please email me if you would like to be one of the first to purchase the new catalogue when it arrives on 1st April.