18 September, 2011

Designer Frames

Isn't this card gorgeous!  It's a swap I received from Katrina Criglington at the Fun Day out, a few weeks back.  I love Wisteria Wonder and Pink Pirouette together - it makes for a very feminine and elegant card.  Many thanks Katrina!

Stamp Sets: Creative Elements, It's Your Day, En Francis, Clearly For You
Card Stock: Wisteria Wonder, Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette 
Ink: Wisteria Wonder
Accessories: Designer Frames Textured Embossing Folder, Lace Ribbon Border Punch, Basic Pearls, Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Stampin' Write Markers, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint

I had an eventful evening last night and one, I'd not like to repeat.  I spent 5 hours at the hospital as my daughter Nicole had a car accident. I don't think I've ever moved so fast when I got the phone call but fortunately other than minor injuries with stitches in her arm and back, she was okay.  She was really shaken up as you can imagine and felt very fragile and tender today.  Her little car wasn't quite so lucky and is a write off, so somebody was looking out for her - thank god.  

Did you get time to watch any of the rugby over the weekend?  I enjoyed watching the All Blacks play on Friday night and had to laugh when Sonny Bill got more cheering just by running onto the field (obviously from the females in the crowd), than when a try was scored!   And, what about Ireland beating Australia!!  That's put a spanner in the works and is certainly making it an exciting competition.  

Have a great week everyone!!

16 September, 2011

Gift Card Holders

It was time earlier in the week, to make some more gift card holders for my girlfriend.  I must admit, I'm getting to be quite a whiz at whipping these little babies up.  I've used retired stamps for these ones because So Many Thanks had never seen ink before and Sweet Summer is one of my old time favourite sets from Sale-A-Bration.  

Stamp Sets: So Many Thanks, Sweet Summer
Card Stock: Sahara Sand, Bashful Blue, Pear Pizzazz
Ink: Black Staz On, Bashful Blue, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories: Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Blender Pen. 

I'm off to a friends tonight to watch the Rugby, so had better get some nibbles ready.  Go the All Blacks!!  Fingers crossed we'll have something to drool over like last week, with the ripped shirt incident...lol.  Have a great weekend!

10 September, 2011

ESAD New Catalogue Blog Hop

What is ESAD?  ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators"  and it is an online group just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  We really love what we do and not only love to share it with our customers, friends and wonderful blog visitors, but we share it with other demonstrators too.  We run swaps, challenges, tutorials, project know-how, and cyberstamps and are always there to help and support each other, when it is needed. 
So, if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator located in either Australia or New Zealand, then please feel free to click here to join our wonderful group.  

Anyway - to the hop we go.... You've probably just arrived here from my lovely friend, Juliette Chapman's amazing blog! She is a fabulous lady and ALWAYS has something surprising and wonderful to share with you!

Our theme for this blog hop is the new 2011-12 Ideas Book and Catalogue (IB & C).  I'm sure you've all heard it before, but believe me, this time it's true!  This is the best and most amazing IB & C that you've laid your eyes on.  There are page after page of inspiration! If you don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and would like a copy for yourself, please email me here and I'll pop one in the post for you!

This time instead of focusing on a particular stamp set - I've decided to show you the fabulous hostess designer series paper that is on offer.  It's call Cheerful Treat and is bright and vibrant and co-ordinates beautifully with Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Lucky Limeade (one of our new in-colours), Bashful Blue and Concord Crush.  

I made this box using Pink Pirouette and decorated the sides with the designer paper and on the lid, I made an accordion fold medallion.  These medallions are featured throughout the new Ideas Book & Catalogue and are very easy to make. 

Here's a view of the top with a lilac rhinestone brad in the centre:

For the card, I made another accordion medallion and used the new stamp set Friendly Phrases which has some very cute messages. I love the mixture of the plain and curly font. 

Here's a close up of the accordion medallion:

Stamp Set: Friendly Phrases
Card Stock: Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Concord Crush
Ink: Concord Crush
Designer Series Paper: Cheerful Treat (Hostess reward)
Accessories: Lilac Rhinestone brad (Circle Fire Pack), Scallop Edge Punch, Lace Ribbon Border Punch, Modern Label Punch, Finial Press Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Big Shot.

Click on the link here to go to the next stop on our blog hop, to the ever-amazing Leonie Schroder!  Just wait till you see what she has in store for you!  
As a special thank you to all our lovely blog visitors we have Blog Candy!!  We have two prizes - one for a New Zealand visitor and one for an Australian visitor.  To be eligible to enter, all you have to do is visit and comment on every blog in the hop - yes, all 20 of them.  Then you need to email Sharlene Torres here and advise her that you've completed the Blog Hop and give her your name, email and location.  Please note, this offer is not open to demonstrators, this is for customers only. 
Here is the complete list of those partaking in the blog hop.

6.  Juliette Chapman
7.  Debbie Lamb  - that's me and you are here now :)

Happy hopping everyone and I hope you enjoy all the fabulous projects and inspiration that you find along the way!

09 September, 2011

Faith in Nature

Have you checked out the new hostess rewards in the new Catalogue? It makes hosting a workshop so much more rewarding and there's heaps of exclusive goodies to choose from.  When you host a workshop you are able to the hostess rewards using your hostess dollars (at a discounted price).  And, depending on sales, you also have the opportunity to buy any one thing from the catalogue at 50% discount - and that includes the Big Shot!!  Yes, you read that correctly; even the Big Shot.  Isn't that exciting!! 

Faith in Nature stamp set is another favourite of mine.  I knew that it would be one of my first purchases from the new cattie.  I was therefore rapt to receive this gorgeous swap from Cyndy Backhouse at our "big day out" a few weeks ago. Thanks so much Cyndy - I really love everything about your card and am so happy I got to swap with you. 

Stamp Set: Faith in Nature (Hostess Set)
Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Water Colour Paper
Ink: Soft Suede, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Pool Party
Accessories: Smooch Spritz (silver), Aqua Painter, Early Expresso Taffeta Ribbon.

07 September, 2011

More Creative Elements

This was a cute card that my wonderful upline Karen, showed us at our PaperKRafters Team Training a while ago.  For those of us not able to make convention this year, it was great that we got to have a sneak peak too.  

I'm just letting you know now - that I love, love, love this set so you're going to see lots of it. Don't say you weren't warned :)

Stamp Set: Creative Elements
Card Stock: Early Expresso, Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler
Ink: Early Expresso, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Basic Pearls, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Crumb Cake Taffeta Ribbon, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch.

05 September, 2011

Creative Elements

On Saturday was my catalogue launch which I really enjoyed.  I'm pleased that I decided to split the day into two sessions because I felt like I could talk to people without feeling harried.  

Everyone got to make one of these cards using my favourite stamp set Creative Elements.  We also used some of the new In-Colours.  There were mixed reactions with the new colours and I actually think that they will become more popular once they've been around for a while.  Time will tell anyway. 

Stamp Set:  Creative Elements
Card Stock: Whisper White, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder
InkPool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Lime Limeade
Accessories: Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder.

02 September, 2011

Stampin' Up! 2011-12 New Catalogue!!

The wait is finally over and the new 2011-12 Idea Book and Catalogue has arrived!  There really is something for everyone - gorgeous new stamps, in-colours, punches and accessories.  If you haven't already got your copy email me HERE and you can either pick one up or I can pop one in the post for you. 

We're sharing the Stampin' Up! love with a limited edition Mini Starter Kit for those who LOVE SU! and have lots of products already.  

This costs only $169 and is available for September only.  The limited-time mini Starter Kit-valued at over $310-comes with the high-quality products listed below: 
  • Easy Events Clear-Mount Set*
  • Pennant Parade Wood-Mount Set*
  • Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad
  • A4 Smooth Card Stock Assortment
  • Just Add Cake Designer Series Paper*
  • Chocolate Chip 1/2 inch Scallop Dots Ribbon*
  • Notes Cards (20)
  • Clear-Mount Block C
  • Blender Pen (1)
  • SNAIL Adhesive
  • Business supplies
*New to the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalogue

Or, if you want the full Starter Kit, you can get it 20% off during September only! That's over $610 worth of premium Stampin' Up! products and business supplies for just $231.20! 

So, what are you waiting for?