Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Challenge Revival Plus RAK day

 Back in January I had a goal to post or give a card a week, and blog about it. Unfortunately when my dad had a stroke in late January it kind of got derailed... but the plan was always in the back of my mind.

I have been much more active this year about getting cards to the intended recepient on time for birthdays, or just because... but not every week, mostly not blogged about.

So, because its never too late to make a fresh start, I am going to challenge myself to go back to my original goal. If you have trouble getting those cards in the mail, why don't you join me? I am thinking up some little incentives for those who join in. We can help keep each other energised and on task.

Did you know that 1 September is a very special day in New Zealand. Not only is it the first day of the new Stampin'  Up! Ideas Book and Catalogue, it is also our National RAK day.

RAK= Random Act of Kindness...the idea is to do small acts of kindness for others including complete strangers. You can get some ideas here at the official website. Co-incidentally this week's ESAD Challenge to make and send a card. So join me as I re-activate my resolution from January 2010 to send a card a week, starting on RAK day.

The card I am sending is a little hello to a friend who has just found out her mother has a recurrence of ovarian cancer... I hope it is a little boost for her in this difficult time. The card is a case  from the new catalogue! just changed the stamp set to one I already have.

Leave a comment on this post when you have completed the challenge, with a note on who you sent the card to and why. This weekend I will draw a name from the comments and send the winner a little envelope of goodies. You can comment for each card you send... but you must send (or deliver) the card for it to count. I'd love to hear about any other non-card RAKs you receive or give.

Good luck as you share the joy of handmade cards...

Stamps sets: Floral fancy, Tiny Tags
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Old Olive
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Baha Breeze.
Accessories: jewellry tag punch, Aquapainter, Stampin' Write markers in Real read and old olive, twine, handheld circle punch, scallop edger(non SU)
I used a strip of baha breeze cardstock distressed with the faux suede method to make the faux ribbon knot.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Final orders please ladies and gentlemen

Make sure your order is with me by 8pm tomorrow (Monday 30 August) to take advantage of these last great specials in the last days of the current catalogue.

Item # Page Description Discount
Discounted NZ Price
116342 42 Big Bold Birthday 50%
$    31.98
116408 100 Seeing Spots 50%
$    17.98
116344 121 Big Deal Alphabet 50%
$    45.98
116208 126 In Color card stock (A4) Now sold out 50%
$      8.63
105538 127 Bold Brights Stampin’ Write markers 25%
$    51.71
105537 127 Soft Subtles Stampin’ Write markers 25%
$    51.71
105540 127 Rich Regals Stampin’ Write markers 25%
$    51.71
105541 127 Many Marvelous Markers 25%
$  209.96
105550 128 Bold Brights Classic Stampin’ Spots 25%
$    37.46
105551 128 Earth Elements Classic Stampin’ Spots 25%
$    37.46
105539 128 Earth Elements Stampin’ Write markers 25%
$    51.71
105552 129 Rich Regals Classic Stampin’ Spots 25%
$    37.46
112042 132 Urban Garden Designer Series paper 50%
$      9.98
112041 134 Bella Rose Designer Series paper 50%
$      9.98
107305 152 Oval Large punch 50%
$    17.98
113692 152 Eyelet border punch 50%
$    17.98
109043 152 Scallop Circle punch 50%
$    17.98
113694 152 Heart to Heart punch 50%
$    17.98
112082 152 Wide Oval punch 50%
$    17.98
112091 152 Scallop Edge punch 50%
$    17.98
113693 152 Full Heart punch now sold out 50%
$    17.98
104310 155 Crafters’ Tool Kit 25%
$    68.96
112004 AW28* 1-3/4″ Circle punch 50%
$    17.98
116629 CO* Butterfly punch 50%
$    17.98

Friday, August 20, 2010

New Ideas Book has arrived!

The courier was at my door this morning with a very heavy box... my pre-order of the new Ideas Book and Catalogue for 2011. (Unfortunately I'm not permitted to show it on my blog until 1 September, hence the pic)

OMG you will love the wealth of ideas and feast of colours! If you have ordered or earned a catolgue from me, schedule some time this weekend to drool over it... you will have it in your hot little hands by tomorrow. Want one too?  Recommended retail is $15.95, or there are a couple of ways you can get one for free. Give me a call on (09) 576 6807 or email me to find out more.

My official Catalogue Launch party will be on Friday evening 10 September.This is a free event, but spaces are limited, so book your place with me now. You will be making a couple of make-and-takes in the new colours with stamps and tools from the new catalogue. Everyone who attends will receive a treat bag and there will be prizes up for grabs including a Hostess Level 1 stamp set (from the new catalogue) of your choice. Email me to book

Before I get too carried away with planning the the new, a few details regarding the old (but good) current catalogue. The winner of the of the prize draw at my Last Chance Open Home was last week was Rebecca... congratulations. Rebecca chose the Hostess set "Picture This" from the Autumn Mini catalogue as her thank- you gift.

All of August is Last Chance Month. Many items in the current catalogue will no longer be available after 31 August, some are even discounted making them even greater value. I will also be featuring some last chance products especially the gorgeous Designer papers in my Stamp-a-Stack this Sunday. Join me to get a bunch of cards made to cover most occasions... you can also browse both the retiring specials, and check out the new catalogue. In a couple of hours you will be able to go home with a selection of cards for those upcoming birthdays, Father's Day or "just because" moments. This class is suitable for beginners and up.

Continuing my Love Affair with Kraft (and Craft)

I seem to have been reaching for the the Kraft cardstock alot recently. It combines beautifully with so many colours. Here I am using Kraft, Baha Breeze and Chocolate Chip. Kraft cardstock is on the Last Chance List, but on 1 September is will be reborn as the more alliterative Crumb Cake... same colour, different name. It will be part of the new Neutrals Collection, and will now be available as ink, pastel and markers. Woo hoo! No ribbon tho... the beautiful taffeta ribbon I used here will no longer be available.

This treat box was one I whipped up for a colleague's birthday recently: a perfect size to fit a small votive candle. You could also fill it with sweets, chocolates or toiletries.

Kraft Fancy Treat Box
Ink: Baha Breeze.
Stamp Set: Flower Fancy
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Kraft*,
Accessories: Kraft Taffeta Ribbon*, Pretties Kit, Sticky Strip, snail, glue dots, 1 inch Chocolate grosgrain Ribbon*
Tools: Trimmer, Bone Folder, 1 inch circle punch, border and flower punch(non SU)
* denotes on last Chance List

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Gift Box Idea for notecards

This morning I had set time aside for some sorely-needed organisational tasks. First task was cleaning my desk...(not my crafting table... that's another story completely!!) This is something that is an ongoing battle for me... I blogged about it in January.

I love making cards, but their purpose is to give joy to others too, and that doesn't happen if I never get around to sending them. All those little steps that are needed to get a card in the mail can be thrown off if I can't find my stamps, address book, etc.

This morning I set the timer for 30 minutes and spend time filing, throwing away papers and generally de-junking the area. I still have a bit more work to do but I can now see the top of the desk!

My next task after the timer went off was a reward... making a few note cards as a birthday gift for a colleague at work. A pretty easy job as I already had the little cup images stamped. Soon I have my little stack of notecards finished and I start to think of how to package them... the ideas kind blended with my early task of keeping my desktop clear and sending cards on time and I came up with this very easy box. It can sit just at hand on your desk, and of course its a nice packaging idea for a gift.

I have seen similar mini-file box templates on the web, but I like this because you just need your trimmer and a few simple scores with the bone folder to make it. a bit of Tombow multi purpose glue and some embellishments, fill with cards and envelopes and the gift is done. This box is sized to fit the small note cards (envelopes 9.2 x 13cm)

I was pleased with the way it turned out and the box only takes a 6 1/2 x 8 inch piece of cardstock. Let me know if you would like me to write a quick tutorial for the gift box.

Maybe its time to revive my goal from January of sending a card a week... this week is going well, with two cards already given.

Here is the one I gave to a friend today.

Another one using the peony from the Asian Artistry Level 2 Hostess set.. I have also used another scrap of Bella Rose Designer paper and Kiwi Kiss cardstock... all items that will be no longer available come 31 August 2010. Hold a workshop with me before the end of the month so you don't miss out on these Last Chance items: I still have some dates available. As well as all the usual Hostess benefits you will receive a filled note card gift box similar to the one shown previously as a special thank you from me.

Dates available: Monday 23 August, Wednesday 25 August, Sunday 29 August, Monday 30 August.
Email me to book your time.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Open Home: Last chance to win

We had lots of fun poring over the current catalogue and the Last Chance list at my Open Home today. Everyone made a Father's day card (so organised! its still 3 weeks away) and we enjoyed mini cupcakes and a delicious Hungarian walnut cake. Thanks Beata, it was a real treat.

It was a miserable winter's day in Auckland, so thank you for coming out. Everyone who attended got one entry in the draw for a Hostess Level 1 set just for being there, and then another entry for every $50 worth of products ordered.

If you couldn't make it today, you still have one last chance to be in the draw. Place an order of over $50 with me by 6pm Sunday 15th August and you will get a ticket in the draw. Order over $100 and you will get 2 entries etc, plus you will also qualify for my August promotion of a free new Ideas Book and Catalogue 2011 (worth $15.95) as soon as they are available in early September.

Some items on the Last Chance List are running low, and all are only available while stocks last. Don't miss out: take some time today to sit down with a cuppa and check out the special discounts of 50% off and 25% off available on some retiring products, then email me with your order.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

RGB Tutorial: how to match your Printer Fonts to Stampin' Up colours

In my previous post I showed you the Father's Day card we made at my Open Home today (in New Zealand we celebrate Father's Day on the first Sunday in September, so its coming up soon). I created the custom "Father's Day" phrase using my computer and printer. I used RGB values to match to my Pacific Point star image from the Starring You set (retiring).

Here's a quick tutorial showing you how I did it. This is my first online tutorial so I would appreciate any feedback. Please email me if you have any questions.

I am using Microsoft Word Office 2007, but this will be similar in other versions of Word. (If you are using a Mac, congrats, I hope to make the change soon. But in the meantime I can't help you!)

In Microsoft Word, draw a text box and format it to the size you want. I planned to use my word window punch to punch out the phrase once it was printed, so I made my text box 1 x 5 cm.

Then choose your font and type your phrase in the text box. I used Harrington. Adjust your font size until the whole phrase fits within the text box. I used Font size 18 in bold. Format so the phrase is centred in the text box.

To set the colour, highlight the text, right mouse click and choose Font from the drop-down menu. (there are other effects here you may want to play around with later)

 Click on "font colour", then choose "more colours". Then click on Custom tab

Now type in the RGB values in the appropriate space. For Pacific Point the RGB is 0/126/179. This will automatically convert your text to the correct colour.

To print out, first I print out onto a sheet of ordinary printer paper. (You can load a whole A4 sheet of cardstock in your printer, but this is how I do it when I am printing a one-off phrase)

Then.... this is the important part... remember to format your text box in the Colour and Lines tab to "No Colour" before you print your final copy.

Otherwise you will have a black line around your text. I don't do it until the second print stage because the box helps me line up my scrap cardstock in the right place on the printer paper.

Use a piece of cardstock a little larger than your text box and adhere the top edge to the printer paper so it covers the text box. This is a great time to use the removeable dotto adhesive.

Put the printer paper with attached cardstock back in the printer paper tray and re-print. (you need to know which way your printer loads so you can put the paper back in the correct way up) Remove the cardstock from the paper, punch out with word window.

 Use on your project.

I found a great list of RGB values on Marni  Levett's website for all the colours in the brand-new Ideas Book and Catalogue. This catalogue and all the goodies will be available from 1 September. Contact me to pre-order the catalogue, or get one free when you place an order over $100 by 31 August.

Last chance Open Home today

One of the stamps sets I'll be using at my Open Home this afternoon is Starring You, which is sadly retiring at the end of the month. Good news for you... its 25% off while stocks last! Great value at only $21.71 (plus shipping) Email me to place your order.

I have used two of the stamps from the set on the card: the Happy circle star and the star background at the top of the card.  This card is a complete "case" from the current catalogue and also uses the gorgeous designer paper Holiday Treasures which I have featured in my Spotlight on Christmas bundle in my previous post. Its good to see how versatlie these double-sided papers are.

Now I don't have a Father's Day sentiment in my collection... yet. So I have printed the phrase out on my printer using a scrap of whisper white card stock. Then I punched it out using the word window punch. Perfect! I have matched the RGB values to the Pacific Point ink I used for the stamp. Matching your computer-generated fonts to your Stampin' Up inks and papers also gives a really pulled-together look when you are printing inserts for your cards. I did this on the invites for my mid-winter Christmas dinner recently and was so pleased with the result. 

Is RGB just another TLA to you.. (three letter acronym) Baffled by the jargon? This is such a cool thing to add to your cardmaking repetoire and easy too. I'm working on a short tutorial and plan to have it posted by the end of the weekend.
In the meantime I need to prepare for the Open Home this afternoon 3-7pm... please do call in if you are in the vicinity of Pakuranga... phone me on 0211012192 for directions.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Spotlight on Christmas: 25% off

I've put together a suggested Christmas bundle that takes advantage of the discounts in the Last Chance List, and will enable you to quickly put together 20 gorgeous co-ordinated Christmas cards and envelopes. Whew! another job off the Christmas "to-do" list.

Spotlight on Christmas Bundle includes:
  • Spotlight on Christmas stamp set of 6 stamps (see page 28 in the catalogue)
  • 1 Pack of Holiday Treasures Designer Paper (12 sheets of double-sided 12x12inch papers)
  • 1 pack of Old Olive striped 1/2 inch grosgrain ribbon
  • 1 Ruby Red classic Stampin' ink pad (or other classic inkpad of your choice)
  • 2 sheets each of 4 colours of co-ordinating A4 cardstock
  • a set of 20 whisper white C6 envelopes and matching cards 
for $100 including shipping. But remember stocks are only available while stocks last, or till 31 August, which ever comes first. Your $100 spend will also qualify you for a complimentary 2011 Stampin' Up Ideas Book and Catalogue and I will also send you instructions for 2 3D projects using the leftovers.

Email me to place your order

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Last Chance Hostess Sets

Would you love to own one of the hostess sets in the current Ideas Book or Autumn mini catalogue? August is your last chance to receive one of these sets as part of your hostess benefit. Contact me to book a workshop this month, or gather orders from your friends for a virtual workshop. As a special thank you, all customers ordering over $100 (before shipping) this month will receive a new 2010-2011 catalogue (recommended retail $14.95) as soon as they are available in early September.

The card above features the Hostess level 2 set from the Autumn mini catalogue, Asian Artistry. It also uses the retiring Kiwi Kiss cardstock, and the retiring Melon Mambo ribbon from the Autumn mini. I love this set which has 3 gorgeous feature images, a fantastic phrase and a delightful dragonfly. I have used the set for a teen birthday, sympathy card, friendship swap for regional training and the above 80th birthday card for my aunt. Even more impressive these cards have all been given away! Don't delay, book now, as workshop sales must be finalised by 31 August.

Last Chance

Now that August is here we are counting down til the launch of the new Ideas Book and Catalogue on 1 September. Contact me now to pre-order your Ideas Book. Or get one free when you book a workshop in September or place an order over $100 in August!

In the meantime it is your Last Chance to order retiring stamps and accessories from the current catalogue. There are even discounts on selected products (with that familiar caveat: while stocks last!)

 I will do my best to feature some of the specials and last chance products on my blog over the next couple of weeks, but why not call in to my place in Pakuranga on Saturday 14th August between 2 and 5pm. Share coffee and cake, make a free project, there may even be some sneak peaks of the new catalogue items! And I'll be highlighting the last chance items. That way you won't miss out on things you love that will be gone forever after 31 August!

In my card featured today I have used the phrase from the Starring You stamp set. This set is great for masculine-themed cards, graduations and celebrations... and it works well for more feminine cards too. Sadly its retiring, but great news for you... its discounted this month: only $21.71 for a set of 4 stamps. You can find it on page 141 of the catalogue. I'm also using it in my Boyz to Men class this Sunday: the focus is on masculine cards, just in time for Fathers Day. Many people find  it hard to create cards for the men in their life.... come and stock up. We'll be making 3 cards and  a gift holder. The designs are suitable for many ages and occasions. Click for more details, or contact me to book.