Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Whoops! Forgot something...

I forgot the RSVP Date - d'oh!  Please RSVP by 1st September if you are intending to join us at our Launch.

I'd love to see you there!

Monday, 23 July 2012

New Catalogue Launch Details

I'd love for you to join us!  Please contact me for direct deposit details for your $25 deposit to secure your place.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Save the Date for our New Catalogue AND Holiday Mini Launch

Cost will be $55 this time, as there are 2 Catalogues!  Twice the Thrills!  Twice the Fun!  As usual, there will be raffles, Lucky Door Prizes to be won, pre-loved stamp sets and accessories to be sold at bargain prices, yummy food and a full fun day of stamping.  What could be better?

Be sure to RSVP to me as soon as possible - a $25 deposit will be required to secure your spot.    Beginners are most welcome, as are new friends!  Why not bring organise a table for a lovely Girl's Day Out?

I'll be emailing out an invitation to those on my mailing list shortly - but if you'd like more information, just let me know.

USA Convention 2012 Lip Dub

So fun!  I loved "celebrity" spotting the US Head Office staff in this video I've met at our South Pacific Conventions or Regional Training.  I can't help bopping along too.

Monday, 16 July 2012

More Christmas in July!

Here are the decorations I made for my "Christmas in July" class last week:

A banner, made with the Big Shot, of course:

Materials:  Almost Artichoke and Cherry Cobbler cardstock, Silver and Real Red Glimmer Paper, Shimmer White card stock; Cherry Cobbler and Almost Artichoke seam binding ribbon; Big Shot; Perfect Pennants Bigz L Die; Simple Letters Alphabet Bigz Die; Movers & Shapers Holiday Windows Die

And a co-ordinating wreath, (sorry about the blur) also made with the Big Shot:

Materials:  Foam wreath from craft store, Hot Glue Gun from craft store; Cherry Cobbler and Almost Artichoke card stock, Silver and Real Red Glimmer Paper; Regals DSP Stack, Regals buttons, Rhinestone brads; Big Shot;  Fun Flowers Bigz L die; Flower Folds Bigz XL Die; Movers & Shapers Holiday Windows Die;  Blossom Party Originals Die; Leaves #2 Origials Die; Island Floral Bigz Die.

Here are the products I used - contact me for more information.

I'll be pulling them out again in December, I think!

Have a happy week!

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Christmas In July Class Sneak Peek

I have been having so much fun making Christmas stuff the past few days!

Want to see?

A sweet divided box filled with gift tags - perfect present!

I've been sampling some of the chocolates I bought to put inside the boxes.  Oops.

a closer look at the cards and matching box.  I was inspired by  a post on  the fabulously talented Tanya Bell's blog and adapted the template designed by another clever girl, Sandi Dailey.
I have been making decorations, etc the whole shebang!  So make sure you RSVP to let me know if you'll be there Thursday (morning) or Friday (evening).

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Easy Party Bag Tutorial

These are so easy, it feels like cheating.

You might know that last month I hastily cobbled together a birthday party for my 5 year old Thing 4:

Well, I made some cheap and quick party bags for his little friends who came to the party:

They were basic brown lunch bags purchased in bulk at any supermarket, rolled over with two Builder Stamps (details following) in Crumb Cake ink, with "thank you" from  the "Just Believe" stamp set.  I filled the bags with treats, and folded the top over twice before punching two holes with the good old Crop-a-Dile, and tying a tag I'd printed from the computer (of course, I printed it onto whisper white card stock and backed it with crumb cake card stock).

Here's the builder wheel process:

I used the spacer on the builder wheel spindle to I would have a gap in between the awning and pennant  images to stamp "thank you."  Oh, and as you can see in this photo, I stamped the boys' bags with Pacific Point (the tag was also the same blue) and the girls had Melon Mambo.  Both bright colours worked well with the neutral Crumb Cake paper bag.

And here is the bag, ready to be filled.

Here is more information about the stamps I've used:

Let me know if you'd like to know more about builder wheels!

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Baby Shower

My little brother (well, he's younger than I am, but taller than me!) and his lovely wife are expecting their first baby next month.  So exciting!  This baby will be my parents' tenth grandchild - but just as cherished as the first.

Here is my beautiful sister in law:

As the expectant parents have bucked the gender reveal trend, we have no idea whether "Stumpy" (the baby's nickname) is a boy or a girl, so I went with green when making my card, gift tag, and wrapping paper.

As usual, I wrapped my gift (which was a totally cute baby wrap for swaddling the wee one) in recycled brown paper (it comes from the Stampin' Up! boxes I get regularly!).  First I had to ink up an uninked  jumbo cartridge with my Wild Wasabi re-inker.  It doesn't take long, to do this, and doesn't use much ink - I reckon it used about 1/5th of a re-inker bottle, maybe?   I then rolled diagonally on the brown paper with the adorable Baby Tee's jumbo roller.

Here's what the gift looked like:

As you can see I just wrapped some string around it and attached a quick and easy gift tag - because cards often get separated from gifts, and this makes it easier for the recipient, i think.  The gift tag was made with a 10cm x 5cm scrap of Wild Wasabi card stock, rolled over with the same jumbo roller as the wrapping paper.  I rolled it again on a scrap of Whisper White, and cut that one out.  The ribbon is Pear Pizazz Seam binding (I was using what I had on my desk).

And here is the gift plus card:

Now for the card details:

I went with my Baby Shower Go-To set, Baby Bundle.  I've also used it in the past for Baby Shower invitations (remember this post ?), and heaps of new baby cards.  It is fun to colour as well!  I usually stamp it with Jet Black Stayzon ink, and I coloured it using my blender pens and the classic ink pads.  As for the rest of the card, the card base is confetti white, with the wild wasabi layer embossed with the polka dot folder and the Big Shot, then there is a So Saffron layer cut out with the Labels Framelits, and of course the main image in whisper white also cut out with the Labels Framelit.  The ribbon matches the gift tag - pear pizazz seam binding I think.  I've stamped the Tiny Jewellery tag with the word "baby" from the Tiny Tags stamp set and used white baker's twine to tie it to the bow.

Here are the supplies used if you want to purchase them: