Saturday, 10 April 2010

Bit 'n' Pieces

Every month there is a Christmas Club at my home. A group of ladies come along and they make some things to get ready for Christmas at the end of the year. I do one project with them and they make two of them and then Claire does another project with them. So at the end of the evening they get to take at least two things way and more often than not four things!

As we have just go the Bigshot I thought the project I do should reflect this so I decided to use the Pillow Box Die. Each person got to make two boxes, one as in the picture below and the other one was red, it had an oval acetate window cut in to it and the whole thing was embossed with polka dots by the Polka Dot embossing folder. I can't show you a picture of that one as I had two, one I gave to Claire and the other I had to give to one of my ladies as one of my dogs stole hers out of her bag and ate it!!!

Project Recipe...

Stamps: Cute & Curly, Snow Swirled
Card: Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Ruby Red, Holiday Treasures DSP
Inks: Ruby Red, Old Olive
, Baja Breeze
Accessories : Curly Label Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip

Also every month there is a Technique Junkie Club. Each week the ladies learn two new crafting techniques, they get to make a sample which they can stick in their books along with instructions and they get to make a card for each of the techniques.

This was one I made a couple of months back. It was stamping and embossing on to Vellum card and creating a stained glass effect by colouring in directly with markers.

Project Recipe...

Stamps: Always, Short & Sweet
Card: Regal Rose, Always Artichoke, Whisper White, Vellum Card
Versamark, Always Artichoke plus Always Artichoke & Regal Rose markers
Accessories : Black EP, Heat Gun, Grosgrain Ribbon

This final card is made using one of the single stamps available in the new mini. The stamp is wood mounted and called 'All a Flutter". I used watercolour wonder crayons to blend the colours, I just used blue and yellow and when they blended you get the green.

Project Recipe...

Stamps: All a Flutter, Flutterby, Cottage Garden
Card: Not Quite Navy, Whisper White, Summer Sun, Old Olive
Black Stazon, Not Quite Navy
Accessories : Stampin' Dimensionals, Wide Oval Punch, Cutter Kit

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Our New Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue is now out!

Normally at this time of year we have a whole new Idea Book and catalogue but to try and get the global SU! market more in line we are keeping out current one until September. So to keep us all inspired SU! have given as an incredible mini catalogue filled with exciting new goodies!

So what is new....
  • Sizzix Bigshot and a whole heap of exciting accessories. How long have we waited for that? So now you can cut & emboss card and many other materials to all sort of shapes and patterns The price is really competitive even with postage and by the time you have purchased a couple of dies etc you will qualify for a level 1 hostess stamp set as well as $30 to spend on even more products in the catalogue - can't be bad eh?
click HERE for more info!

  • Clear-mount rubber stamps - yayyy! Solve all those storage problems without compromising on quality. Most stamp sets are not available to mount on wooden blocks but also come ready to mount on to acrylic blocks. The advantage is they are cheaper, they fit in a DVD sized box, you have better clarity of positioning. These stamps are NOT acrylic, they are still red rubber so the quality is just the same as the wooden ones.
click HERE for more info!
  • Acrylic Blocks - well of course you will need these to mount your stamps clear mount stamps on to. there are 9 different sizes to choose from or buy in bulk, get them all and get a discount! I have to say I wasn't going to get them as I have some old blocks from an age ago but when is aw them I had to have them. They feel really sturdy and have lovely curved edges and finger holds so they are easy to grip with, I love them, far better than my others!
  • A new punch style - another storage problem solved. there is no doubt that ASU! punches (made by EK Success) are one of the best around, if not the best. Like with all punches though storage is always the issue. you want them to be accessible but there is not an easy way to do it without taking up an awful lot of wall space. the new style of punch tackles that totally. You can stack them on top of eachother yet still see what each punch is. There is a locking mecahnism that holds them closed but once opened you can guarentee they will punch as well and as easily as the 'old style' punches. These are going to be a hit! There is also our first Two-Step punch that offers more than one image in just one punch.
click HERE for more info!

  • You'll also find in this catalogue a new level 1 and a new level 2 hostess set, some extra colours of 12x12 cardstock available in packs of 20 sheets.
  • 3 new In Colours - get card, inks, reinkers and ribbons to all corordinate!
  • 2 more gorgeous sets of Designer Series Paper
  • Window Sheets and Printed Widnow Sheets in 12 x12 size
  • A new Simply Scrappin' set
  • Beautiful designer hardware
  • Some more individual stamps
  • and of course many gorgeous new stamp sets - all of them are 'must haves' in my eyes!

Would you like your own copy of the new mini catalogue?

If you would like your own copy and you live within Australia, then email me your name and address and I will send you one free of charge. If you then order $119 of products or more from me I will give you a 10% discount* on your first order during the months of April & May.

*please note, shipping and handling will be calculated on the full price. e..g a $300 order will cost you $15 postage but you will receive $30 discount on the merchandise price. So the amount you will pay would be $285. Remember though if you do place an order of $300 you automatically qualify for the level 1 hostess benefits, $30 extra to spend in the catalogue plus a free level 1 hostess stamp set! That makes $330 worth of merchandise for just $285 plus the stamp set!!

How to order...

If you live in Australia you can order any current Stampin' Product through me and have it delivered to you door. There is a 5% shipping and handling cost to add to all orders $119 or over. Anything under that is sunbject to a $5.95 shipping and handling fee. All you have to do is email me!

Almost two months!!

Can you believe it almost 2 months since I last posted! We went away for a week towards the end of the school holidays and had no Internet and then we were frantically getting ready for the new school year and then I started work, the first time in almost 8 years!!!

In my life before kids I taught Biology, Chemistry and Physics to children aged from 11-16 years and then Biology, Environmental Science and some Chemistry to children aged 16-19years. It was pretty full on and required so much planning and preparation not to mention stress that after my second son was born I tried to stick at it for a while but then finally 'retired'. Sometimes I miss teaching the kids but I think what I miss most of all is the stimulation. I love science, I love understanding how things work and the thought of going back and studying for another degree seems quite appealing at times (in the same way as you think the grass is always greener on the other side but the reality is it isn't at all!!!).

Anyway the job I am doing now is just part time admin work, it fits around the kids beautifully, of course the pay is dismal compared with what I could be earning teaching but it really is nice to leave work and really leave it, not bring it home with me and have piles of books and assignments staring at me making me feel like I should be marking them all the time!! It has been a bit weird today, for the first time ever my husband worked at home and looked after the three terrors whilst I went to work - it was most bizarre!

So why do I craft? I don't really know, I have always loved art and crafting, it is the perfect compliment to science I think, a little bit of escapism. I enjoy creating beautiful things and get even more enjoyment from then giving these 'things' to someone else and seeing them enjoy it too - all sounds a bit cheesy eh?!

Anyway despite being pretty silent on the Internet I have had moments where I have been stamping and creating. Mainly as my classes are still running so I have to be prepared for those. When I was teaching and I had been doing it for some time I learnt the technique called 'Door handle Preparation'. this is basically when you decide what you are going to teach the moment you open the door and greet your class. I have to say some of my classes have been a bit like that recently, I have been designing the card just an hour before the ladies arrive and am still cutting it all as they seat themselves. I do finally think though I have reached a bit of a balance now and each day it is getting a little easier.

Hopefully in the next weeks I will be able to dig out all of my creations and post them up here, failing that I'll just have to make new ones!!

Thank you to all those that have contacted me to check I am OK and asking me to come back, it is nice that you have made the time to to make the effort - thank you so much!