25th April – ANZAC Day – Lest We Forget

Today, here in New Zealand and Australia we have a public holiday for ANZAC Day.

 

‘ANZAC’ stands for “Australian and New Zealand Army Corps”. On the 25th of April 1915, Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli Peninsula. These became known as Anzacs and the pride they took in that name continues to this day.

Anzac Day is also a day to remember all who have served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations and the contribution and suffering of all those who have served.

 

This morning my family and I got up and went to the East Coast Bays Dawn Service at 6am to commemorate ANZAC Day.  Many attended this.  For those how didn’t want to go to a Dawn service, there were also other ANZAC services later in the morning at different locations to commemorate ANZAC Day.

Thursday’s Tip: How To Best Use Your Punches

Punches make cutting out a stamped image so quick and easy.  You get a lovely clean cut each time. Thursday’s Tip for this week, even if it is a day late, shows you some tips on how to best use your punches.

Stampin’ Up! have many stamp sets with coordinating punches. Here are a couple of examples of stamp sets with coordinating punches.  The great thing  is when you purchase the stamp set and punch together, when they first come out in a new catalogue, you can get the bundle with 10% off!
Punches make cutting out a stamped image so quick and easy.  You get a lovely clean cut each time. Thursday’s Tip for this week, even if it is a day late, shows you some tips on how to best use your punches.

Stampin’ Up! have many stamp sets with coordinating punches. Here are a couple of examples of stamp sets with coordinating punches.  The great thing  is when you purchase the stamp set and punch together, when they first come out in a new catalogue, you can get the bundle with 10% off!

Badges & Banners Bundle - punches

Badges & Banners Bundle

 

Foxy Friends Bundle and punches

Foxy Friends Bundle

How to best use your punches:

1) Stamp your image first!

2) Unlock the punch.  Put the cardstock through the top and line up the stamped image. Press down a little to hold the punch in place.  Then press the punch all the way down to cut your stamped image out.

 

Check out this quick video with some tips on how to use your punches.

I hope you found this video useful.  If you find your punches are not cutting so well, check out this post on how to sharpen your punches.

Remember to come back each Thursday and check out my tip of the week!  If there is something you would like to know about, please let me know and if I can, I will share it as a tip of the week.

Project Ideas – Endless Birthday Wishes Cards

The Endless Birthday Wishes Stamp Set is a great stamp set, but sometimes, it can be difficult to come up with ideas of how to use it.

Did you know that in the Stampin’ Up! Online Store there is a section called Project Ideas?  In this section it shows you some cards ideas from the Annual Catalogue and then lists all the products you need to make it.  So when you have difficulty coming up with an idea of what to make with a stamp set, the Project Ideas section will help you come up with ideas.

Check out the Project Ideas section online.

Here is a sample of one of the project ideas featuring the Endless Birthdays Wishes Stamp Set.

Endless Birthday Wishes

 

Supplies:  This is what you need to make the cards above:

Endless Birthday Wishes Supplies

Endless Birthday Wishes Supplies 2

The Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set will be retiring at the end of May, so if you like this stamp set, purchase it now before it is gone for good.

Do you have a stamp set that is in the Annual Catalogue?  Check out the Project Ideas section and see if it is listed there.  You will see an image with some ideas of what you can create with it.  Why don’t you give it a go!

If you would like to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, and you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be your Demonstrator.  You can either order online through my online store, or email me directly.  Please also check out my Loyalty Programme.  When ordering online, please use my current host code which is shown on the right hand column.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

So, remember to check out the Project Ideas section of the online store, be inspired and start creating!

Happy Easter With A Cute Easter Rabbit Box!

Happy Easter!  Here is a cute Easter Rabbit Box made with the Fry Box Die.   Although this is a retired die it is currently on the Clearance Rack at a great reduced price.  I have also used various punches and dies to make the rabbit.  Isn’t it cute? And perfect for a couple of marshmallow Easter eggs too.

Easter rabbit box

 

Easter Rabbit Box Supplies:

Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Basic Black, 

Punches: 1″ Circle Punch, 3/4″ Circle Punch, Owl Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (Heart), Small Oval Punch

Dies: Fry Box Bigz L Die, Oval Collection Framelits

Other: Big Shot, Softly Falling Embossing Folder, White Stampin’ Chalk Marker, Tear & Tape

This is a fun box to make for Easter.  Although we enjoy Easter eggs, and think of rabbit and chicks at Easter, I hope you will take the time to remember the true meaning of Easter.  This being the time of year that Jesus died on the cross for our sins.  I would encourage you to attend an Easter Service this weekend and reflect on this Christian holiday and what it means to you.

Enjoy the rest of your Easter weekend!

Thursday’s Tip: How To Best Die Cut Stamped Images

When you use your Big Shot and dies to die cut stamped images, do you find that sometimes they don’t fit the stamped image?

Why is this and what can you do to make it easier?

Check out my video and learn how to die cut stamped images easily!

Thanks for watching.  I would love to hear from you.  Was this something new to you?  What did you think?  Please comment below.

If you would like to check out other tips, check out last week’s one here.

Extra Special So Detailed Gate Fold Card

The So Detailed Gate Fold Card is one that I taught at my weekend class a couple of weeks ago.  It is a card that is extra special with the unique way it opens.

Here is the front of the card.  It looks very elegant in  Basic Black, Sahara Sand and Very Vanilla, with a touch of gold for the bee.

So Detailed Gate Fold Card

 

Untie the ribbon, then open the gate fold and see some sponging on the front of the card.

 

Then lift up the front card and see the inside where you can write your message.  The inside is stamped with a bee too.

So Detailed Gate Fold Card inside

This card was cased from Craftyperson.com.  It was originally in inches and I adjusted the measurements  fit our A4 paper and made it in metric.

Supplies for So Detailed Gate Fold Card:

Stamp Sets: So in Love, Dragonfly Dreams

Ink: Sahara Sand, Tuxedo Black Memento Ink/Basic Black Archival Ink, VersaMark Pad

Card/Paper: Basic Black Cardstock , Very Vanilla Cardstock , Falling in Love Designer Series Paper [DSP] , Gold Foil Paper

Other: Stampin’ Trimmer, Bone Folder, Big Shot, Precision Plate, So Detailed Thinlits Dies, Big Shot Die Brush, Sponge Dauber, Triple Banner Punch, Very Vanilla ¼” Satin Ribbon, Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive, Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Dimensionals, Embossing Buddy, Gold Stampin’ Up Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Silicone Mat, Mini Glue Dots

Here is another card make featuring the So Detailed Thinlits Dies.  There is so much potential with this die.

If you would like to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, and you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be your Demonstrator.  You can either order online through my online store, or email me directly.  Please also check out my Loyalty Programme.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

These beautiful So Detailed Thinlits Dies are on the retiring list.  So once it is gone, it will be gone for good.  Don’t miss out!  Make sure you purchase it now.  The So Detailed Thinlits Dies are on sale at the moment for only $53.60 instead of $67!   You can also purchase it as a bundle with the coordinating Falling in Love Stamp Set in either wood or clear and save 10%.

Retiring List Is Here! Get Them Before They Are Gone For Good!

Retiring List

The Retiring List is here!  Stampin’ Up! are getting ready to retire products from both the 2016-2017 Annual Catalogues and the 2017 Occasions Catalogue.   Select retiring products have discounts of up to 50% off.  Be sure to place orders before the sun sets on these items on Wednesday 31st May!  Products are available only while stocks last!

What is a Retiring List?

This is a list of products that are currently available in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalogue and 2017 Occasions Catalogue that won’t be in the new catalogue on 1st June. Select retiring products have discounts of up to 50% off.

Please have a look at the list and make sure you purchase any of these products that you like, before they sell out.  If you have ink pads in the retiring colours, please make sure you purchase the ink refills as they are one of the first items to sell out – usually on the first day!

Retiring List

 

You can order online now, so that you don’t miss out, using the current host code BP2EH6XZ, or contact me with your order and I will place it tonight (Tuesday 11th April).  Please let me know by 8pm. NB: I can’t guarantee that your order will be still available when I place my order.  To reduce your chances of missing out, it may be better to order online.

 

Download and print the 2017 Stampin’ Up! Annual and Occasions Catalogue Retiring List:

EXCEL

PDF List 

Visit my online store and see all the available retiring products.

Please note: Some items are not “retiring”, but are being reconfigured or will no longer be offered in a bundle, so they are on the retiring list as they will no longer be offered in the same way in the new catalogue.

If you have any questions about retiring products, please feel free to email me.

Elegant So Detailed Thinlits Card In Sweet Sugarplum

The So Detailed Thinlits Dies are very pretty and have so much potential.  They are one of my favourite dies at the moment. This is a card I created and taught at my coffee group class a few weeks ago.

So Detailed Sweet Sugarplum card

I have used the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper on this card and adhered the lacy looking die-cut pieces cut in Sweet Sugarplum cardstock.  The So Detailed Thinlits Dies create a stunning card with minimal effort.  They are best cut with the Precision Plate as this helps the die cut all the delicate pieces.  I then used the Big Shot Dies Brush and rolled it gently over the top and most, if not all, the excess pieces came away.

SUPPLIES:
Stamp Sets: So in Love*

Ink: Soft Sweet Sugarplum, Crumb Cake

Card/Paper: Sweet Sugarplum, Very Vanilla, Falling in Love Designer Series Paper

Other: Stampin’ Trimmer, Bone Folder, Big Shot, Precision Plate, So Detailed Thinlits Dies*, Big Shot Die Brush, Very Vanilla ¼” Satin Ribbon

*The So in Love Stamp Set and So Detailed Thinlits Dies can be purchased together as a bundle and you save 10%.

If you would like to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, and you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be your Demonstrator.  You can either order online through my online store, or email me directly.  Please also check out my Loyalty Programme.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Over the next few days, I will share with you some other creations created with the So Detailed Thinlits Dies, so I hope you will come back and visit and be inspired some more!

Thursday’s Tip: Using Up All Your Multipurpose Liquid Glue!

I use the Multipurpose Liquid  Glue a lot on my cards and other projects.  This is also sometimes known as Tombow.  It may be a small bottle, but it can go a long way with careful use.  It adheres cardstock, Designer Series Paper, textured card, embellishments, 3D projects, etc, really well and quickly.  It also gives you a little time to adjust the placing of the piece you have adhered, if you need to.  It dries clear too.

Multipurpose Liquid Glue

I don’t like to waste any of the glue left in the bottle, but it can sometimes be difficult to get the last of it out, so here is a tip on how I try and use it all up.  Beware that you may get sticky hands when you do this and you will need to wash them well afterwards!

As you can see from this photo, I have accumulated a few nearly empty glue bottles and now I am ready to get what I can out of them!

 

How to use up as much of the Multipurpose Liquid Glue as you can:

1) Put scrap paper down first on the surface you are working on, as it is likely to get sticky.

2) With one of the glue bottles that is nearly empty, take the green cap off the larger end.  Out of all your near empty glue bottles, feel the weight of them and use the one that feels the heaviest for this as it will most likely have the most left in it. Then pull off the glue applicator and keep this safe.  Now you have a hole to put some of the extra glue into.

 

3) With some old but sharp scissors, cut the near empty glues bottles open.

 

4) Use a plastic knife or ice block stick to scrap out any of the leftover glue.  You may be surprised by how much is still in there!

 

5) Carefully wipe the glue into the hole of the first bottle you took the applicator out of.  You may have to gently squeeze the bottle a little to get rid of any air bubbles.  Keep this bottle upright at all times.  Use a cup to hold it in if you need to.

 

6) Once you have got out all the glue you can, wipe around the hole with a damp cloth or wipe to clean it. Replace the glue applicator and put on the green lid.  Collect all the empty bottles and scrap paper and throw them all away.  Wash your hands well!

I hope you have found this useful and you are able to get some more glue out of your Multipurpose Liquid Glue!

 

Final Day of Sale-A-Bration 2017 – Don’t Miss Out!

Today is the final day of Sale-A-Bration for 2017!

final day of sale-a-bration

It has been a wonderful three months with lots of free products redeemed over that time for every $110 spent.  It isn’t too late! You can place an order today and still benefit and receive a free Sale-A-Bration product, or more, depending on how much you spend.  If you need reminding what they free Sale-A-Bration products are, here are the original products on offer.  Then on 21st February some new items were added and then this past week some current catalogues items were added too and you can see those here, if they still have them in stock!

If you would like to order, please order through my online store, and use the current Host Code, 93A624W6, and receive Loyalty Points from me.   For anyone ordering for the first time, your Loyalty Points will be valid for a year.

 

Join Stampin’ Up! on the Final Day of Sale-A-Bration:

final day sale-a-bration

Join Stampin’ Up! and receive $285 worth of Stampin’ Up! products for only $189 with free shipping, as well as two free stamp sets.  The Sale-A-Bration offer that includes two free stamp sets, is only until today – Friday 31st March.  If you would like to know more,  click here and read about joining up and the many great benefits.  Feel free to email or phone me if you have any questions, or would like to know more!

Thursday’s Tip: How To LineUp Photopolymer Stamps On Blocks

Today’s tip is showing you how to line up photopolymer stamps on a block.  In the video I will show you how to make sure they are nice and straight, or how they can fit a die or punch, such as the Duet  Label Punch.

Check out the video below:

Thank you for taking the time to watch. Did you learn something new?  Please comment below.  I would love to hear from you.

Each week I have a Thursday Tip for you.  Last week I shared on how to change your Stampin’ Trimmer cutting blades.  You can check it out here.    If you would like to see more tips, scroll down to the Categories section on the right hand column and select Tips and Tricks.

I hope you have success with lining up your photopolymer stamps.

March Auckland Extravaganza – Final Two Projects

Today I will share with you the final two projects that were made at the March Auckland Extravaganza.  A Loaded Pocket Envelope and Triple Tier Card!

Here is the Loaded Pocket Envelope.  This also features the Cupcakes and Carousels DSP Stack that was also on yesterday’s card.

march auckland extravaganza loaded pocket envelope

Here are all the goodies that are in side it!

March Auckland Extravaganza Pocket Envelope goodies

March Auckland Extravaganza – Loaded Pocket Envelope Supplies:

Stamps: Carousel Birthday, Paisleys & Posies, Balloon Celebration
Ink: Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, Versamark, Memento Black
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral
Other: Cupcakes & Carousels DSP stack, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot, Layering Circles Framelits, ¾” Circle Punch, 1 ¼” Circle Punch, Glue Dots, Inside the Lines DSP (SAB) Bakers Twine, Sequin Trim – Gold, C6 Envelope, 1/8”
Ribbon – Gold

The final card featured the Balloon Adventure stamp set and Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies, but for this card they weren’t used as a pop-up.  Instead it was a Triple Tier Card.

March Auckland Extravaganza Triple Tier Card

 

Here is the back of the card:

March Auckland Extravaganza Triple Tier Card - back

March Auckland Extravaganza – Supplies for Triple Tier Card:

Stamps: Balloon Adventures
Ink Pads: Emerald Envy, Crumb Cake
Cardstock/Paper: Kraft cardstock, Whisper White, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Party Animal Designer Series Paper, Whisper White C6 envelope
Other: Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits die, Balloon Bouquet Punch, Emerald Envy 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Big
Shot machine

If you missed out on seeing the other projects we made at the event, you can see the Dragonfly Tunnel Card here. Yesterday I also shared with you a card featuring the Beautiful You stamp set and a card in a box.

 

Thank you for visiting.  If you would like to come along to our next Extravaganza, this will be held on Saturday 22nd July.  Please email me and let me know you are interested in coming and closer to the time I will email you more information about it.

March Auckland Extravaganza Projects – Part One

The March Auckland Extravaganza was a couple of weeks ago and although I shared the project I created and taught which you can see here, as well as the gift bag and Easter basket my guests received,  I have not yet shared the other four projects with you.  Today I will share two of those projects and then the final two tomorrow.

Here is a gorgeous card made with the Beautiful You stamp set.  There are lots of layers and texture here.  The Designer Series Paper used is the Cupcakes and Carousels DSP Stack.

March Auckland Extravaganza Beautiful You

 

As it is a square card, the Envelope Punch Board (EPB) was used to make an envelope to fit the card.  The same image used on the card was stamped on the envelope.

March Auckland Extravaganza Beautiful You with envelope

 

Here is the inside of the card.  The edges have been sponged too.

March Extravaganza Beautiful You inside

Inside of the card

March Auckland Extravaganza – Beautiful You Supplies:

Stamps: Beautiful You, Delicate Details (Sale-A-Bration set)
Ink: Archival Black, Daffodil Delight/Bermuda Bay, Old Olive, Early Espresso, VersaMark
Cardstock: Kraft, Early Espresso, Shimmery White, Very Vanilla, Designer Series Paper (DSP): Cupcakes
and Carousels
Other : 1 ½” Circle Punch, Watercolour Pencils, Aqua Painter or Blender Pen, Brick Wall Embossing Folder, Sprinkles Embellishments, Sending Love Embellishments, Lace Doilies, Linen Thread, Very Vanilla Stitched Ribbon, Embossing Buddy, White Embossing Powder, Sponge, 1/8” Handheld Punch

 

Here is the second card today featuring the Birthday Blast stamp set and Star Blast Edgelits Dies, buy these as a bundle and save 10%. It is a card is a box so it can be displayed for all to see.  There is room at the back for a message.   The card also features some of the new Glimmer paper that is available through Sale-a-bration.  But it is only available for a limited time – until Friday 31st March, this Friday, with a $110 order.

March Auckland Extravaganza Card in a box

 

The great feature of this card is that it can still be folded flat and fit into an envelope so you can still post it to someone.

March Extravaganza Card in a box - flat

March Auckland Extravaganza – Birthday Blast Card in a Box Supplies:

Stamps: Birthday Blast
Ink: Bermuda Bay
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Glimmer paper
Other: Big Shot, Precision plate, Star Blast Edgelits Dies, Metallic Sequin Assortment, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Acrylic Blocks, Bone folder, Stampin Spritzer

Thank you for visiting.  If you come along to our next Extravaganza, this will be held on Saturday 22nd July.  Please email me and let me know you are interested in coming and closer to the time I will email you more information about it.

Join The Fun – Save Money Or Make Money!

Join the fun by becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and save money or make money along the way.

join the fun, join Stampin' Up

Are you wondering how you can save money or make money?  Here are two possibilities:

Option One: Save Money – Join as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and buy high quality stamping Stampin’ Up! supplies for you to use and get a discount on everything you buy.

OR

Option Two: Make Money – Join as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and run your own business, part-time or full-time and make money from your sales and classes with very little set-up costs!  You can start small and grow your business as you feel ready. Along the way, your business pays for your supplies and you get to have fun creating with them!

 

Why is now the best time to join up?

The cost to join is $189 and you are then able to choose up to $285 worth of product from the current catalogues. This gets shipped to you for free! You will also receive $90 worth of business supplies to help you get started. And also during Sale-A-Bration you also get to choose an additional two stamp sets for free!  You only have until this Friday (31st March) to redeem these additional two free stamp sets!  So don’t delay, sign up today!

Here are some of the great benefits with joining up and becoming a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator:

  • Discounts on high quality products (minimum 20% before GST)
  • Early access to products
  • Opportunity to earn extra money
  • Work the hours you choose
  • Earn free product, incentive trips
  • Receive a free catalogue as they are released
  • Support from me as your team leader
  • Weekly newsletters directly from Stampin’ Up!
  • Access to Team Facebook Pages
  • Regular training event
  • Fun

If you would like to know more about what is involved and why you should join my team, then click here.

If you would like to talk it over and ask some questions, please feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I would be very happy to help. If you decide it isn’t for you, that is fine.

I love being a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator and enjoy many wonderful benefits. I would love for you to experience that too and join my team.

Eight Exciting New Sale-A-Bration Choices – Final Days!

In the final days of Sale-A-Bration, Stampin’ Up! has announced eight exciting new choices for free Sale-A-Bration products. These new choices are something a little special and different.  These products, new to Sale-A-Bration, are also current product from the Occasions and Annual Catalogue.

sale-a-bration final days

 

For every $110 you spend (before shipping), you can choose any one of these newly listed products which are shown below.

 

The 2016-2018 In Colors are: Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum.

The Tasty Treats Designer Series Paper is a great one, because it’s one of the Specialty Designer Series Papers.  The other Designer Series Papers are also wonderful to use for card making, scrapbooking or 3D projects. The Seaside Embossing Folder is one of the new larger sized ones and the other two are the standard size.

Sale-A-Bration ends on Friday 31st March, so make the most of this final week and this new offer. If you haven’t bought anything during Sale-A-Bration yet, now is the time to do it.  If you already have, check your supplies and see if any of the free items are something you would like, then stock up on cardstock, adhesives, embellishments etc, or purchase one of the stamp sets on your wish list and receive one of the new Sale-A-Bration products for free!

Please note, to receive one of the Sale-A-Bration final day’s products for free, you will need to use the item code noted above and not the regular item code.

If you would like to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, and you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be your Demonstrator.  You can either order online through my online store, or email me directly.  Please also check out my Loyalty Programme.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

We are in the final week of Sale-A-Bration.  Make sure you make the most of Stampin’ Up!’s biggest promotion of the year and during these final days, receive a free Sale-A-Bration product for every $110 you spend (before shipping).