Tuesday, November 30, 2010

December is Here!

Unbelievable... December is here. Not one but two great promotions from Stampin' Up! start today. First of all is the new summer mini with some awesome new products. I can't wait to start creating some new projects: I have a travel scrapbook album planned as a holiday project using some amazing designer papers and stamps. Other "must-haves"  are a new basket weave embossing folder, and the new smooch spritz spray for instant glamour! You can see the mini online here; or email me with your postal address and I'll send you your personal copy. 

The other promotion is December Frenzy with some amazing specials on selected stamps and markers. Some great stocking stuffers here with stampin' markers only $4.17! and the fantastic Teeny Tiny Sentiments set works out at $1.60 per stamp! They are not that "teeny" either, and fit perfectly in the Word Window punch. Buy a present for a crafty friend, or treat yourself for some holiday crafting pleasure. Email me to place your order and you can tick some more things off your "to-do" list! Remember you can now use Visa or Mastercard to pay for Stampin" Up products. This promotion lasts most of the month, but you will need to order by 12th December to be sure of a pre-Christmas delivery.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Get to Convention in Melbourne for only $75!

As I know a lot of Stampin' Up Demos read this blog, a quick heads up that Air New Zealand Grabaseat has some super cheap airfares to Melbourne in May 2011. Just perfect for going to the Stampin' Up! conference! I got a return flight for $170 with luggage (have to add on another $142 taxes but its still a good deal!) Don't miss out: they are available ex Auckland or ex Christchurch. Hope this helps someone!

Sneak Peaks of Sunday's Stamp a Stack

If you need to get Christmas cards done in a hurry, book for a Christmas Stamp-a-Stack. You will make 9 cards in just 2 hours: 3 cards each of three designs, all with just the right amount of bling or ribbon to make them extra special.

Next one is this Sunday 21 November, 2-4pm at my home in Pakuranga. Total cost only $20: all you need to bring is adhesive. You will also make some bonus Christmas tags. Still a couple of places left, so book now. More details on my website

Friday, November 12, 2010

Bagalope Tutorial

I have done a simple tutorial for last week's bagalope gift bag. It can be viewed as a pdf here

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

November News

Just as a little break from all the Christmas colours I made this bright card from the Cheep Talk stamp set. I thought the theme was perfect for keeping in touch... and for letting you know my November newsletter is about to go out. Join my mailing list if you want to be up-to-date with the latest events and promotions

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Gift Wrap in a Snap!

The Stampin' Around wheel is a fantastic way to cover a lot of territory in a little time!
Use it with a stamp pad for cards and tags, but it really comes into its own when used with an ink cartridge for continuous inking. Perfect for large sheets of wrapping paper or 12 x 12 scrapbook pages. 

Just choose a re-inker in the colour of your choice and ink up the correct sized cartridge to match your wheel (standard or jumbo).

Get your Christmas gift wrapping done in a flash with this cool tool. I have used it on a sheet of A3 copy paper which makes a very useful size wrapping paper. Night of Navy ink on white, with co-ordinating ribbon. 

Remember to start of rolling on scrap paper to get the wheel fully inked. You must keep rolling in one direction: I roll away from me as I find this gives best control. Put your index and middle finger on top of the handle to exert even pressure.

Once you have finished with the wheel, push the cartridge back, out of contact with the rubber. Roll off on scrap paper to get rid of excess ink, then roll over the Stampin' Scrub to get perfectly clean. Remember to keep rolling in one direction, rather than back and forth to make sure all the surfaces are cleaned. Then snap out the wheel, remove the cartridge and replace its cover. I store the cartridge in a sealed plastic bag between uses.

 I have added in some stars/flowers (Season of Joy) in Marina Mist and attached a gift card. (using the versatile Gifted stamp set and a couple of punches) Just right for a wrapping a book for my Book Club secret Santa. Hooray, something else ticked of the "to-do" list. 

Better yet, the So Swirly wheel I have used here is part of the Dress Up Christmas bundle promotion set: buy the bundle and you receive a free roll of ribbon. Thanks Stampin' Up! for helping make Christmas wrapping beautiful (and stress-free)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Jolly Holiday Gift Boxes

Okay: my technological disaster is mainly resolved. Long story short: don't believe anyone when they say "oh upgrading from Vista to 7 is a piece of cake" and never ever do it the night before a blog hop you are participating in, no matter how much of a dog the old operating system is and how much better your life is going to be with the new one!! LOL

Enough of that: I just have to take new photos of my blog hop projects from last week: they will be up tonight. Thanks for your patience.

In the meantime here are the projects from last night's second treat boxes class. We made a box with the scallop envelope die and a matching gift card. You could make a little set of these cards to go in the box as a little pre-Christmas appreciation gift. Its the kind gift that is truely appreciated when you don't have to rush out to the shops on Christmas eve because you have run out of gift tags!

I used the Gifted Stamp set for the stocking images. There are 4 other stamps in the set, all perfect for quick tags or more advanced techniques. The snowflake is from my old favourite,  Season of Joy. Of course glitter was essential here, but it doesn't show too well in the photo.

Next up a mini pizza box. This is just the right size to hold a block of memo paper, a jumbo cookie, some fudge, or even calorie free stamping supplies!

Third project: A bagalope made using a Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla envelope: perfect surface for stamping on and fits my colour scheme of Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke and Cherry Cobbler taken from the Jolly Holiday Designer paper pack. Choosing one colour theme make it easy and economical to make a batch of gift packages that look stunning. Armed with a Stampin' Around So Swirly wheel and ink cartridge these a so quick to turn out... finish with a Designer paper topper and Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon. I have now added a brief tutorial for the bagalope here

I used the Gifted Stamp set here too: remember this stamp set is part of the "Dress Up Christmas" Promotion. Buy the stamp set and Jolly Holiday designer paper together and you will receive a free roll of exclusive ribbon... Not only that but you will have all your small gift packaging sorted! I will be placing an order this weekend, so contact me now if there is anything you would like me to include for you.

Last project was a small bag in a box.This makes a study package with its box base, and can be finished off in a number of ways. I kept it simple with the Extra Large Oval punch and some of the promotional Mistletoe ribbon. You can also make a larger version with a full sheet of 12 x 12 designer paper.

If you would like to learn how to make any of these projects, why not get a few friends together and I can run a workshop for you... my home or yours. It feels great to have unique boxes and bags ready for filling with treats: easy gifts in the busy end-of-year season.  Just email me to arrange a time to suit.