Mega Blog entry

Thanks for your patience everyone.  I finally have some things ready to show you and to make up for my lack of entries lately I am going to make this a mega blog entry with lots of photos for you.

One of the reasons why I haven’t had much time at the computer was because we celebrated our baby’s FIRST birthday yesterday with a small party in the afternoon.  It is so hard to believe that Luke has been a part of our family for a whole year- but at the same time we couldn’t imagine life without him.  We celebrated with a little gathering of family and friends at the park up the road.  Each party guest got to take home a little lolly bag that I made using the Sale-a-bration set “Yummy”

Here are some of the lolly bags.

 

 

 

 

 

They were so easy to make.  I started by cutting a 4 inch strip of patterned paper from a 12 x 12 piece of designer series paper.  This meant I could get 3 strips from each sheet of paper.  Positioning the paper lengthways I simply scored at 5 inches, 5 1/2 inches and 10 1/2 inches using my bone folder (as pictured) (Note the great Stampin’ Up grid paper in the background- I love this stuff for the protection it provides to your work surface but also the fact that it has measurements on it to help keep things lined up nicely)

 

I applied sticky strip to the inside of the flap and at the other end I stapled a medium sized Stampin’ Up Cellophane Bag to the opposite end.  I folded the cellophane bag a couple of times prior to stapling to keep the lollies sealed and fresh. 

 It was simply a matter of folding the patterned paper strip around the lolly bag and securing the flap at the back using sticky strip.  The great thing about the position of the flap is that it covers the staples used to hold the lolly bag in place.    In this case I decorated the side without the flap- but would have also been possible to make a feature out of the flap- perhaps by using something like the the scallop edge punch.  The little half inch section at the bottom just allows the lolly bag to sit nicely inside the package.  I wanted to use brightly coloured patterned paper for my creations but it would have also been possible to make them out of cardstock.  If the base was made slightly wider (instead of only 1/2 an inch) I imagine you would be able to stand each lolly bag up. 

The kids really seemed to love the little lolly bags.  For some little ones- the wrapping on the outside served as a bit of a distraction and they weren’t able to access the lollies easily.  Some Mums reported that it kept the kids distracted all the way home trying to work out how to get to the lollies inside (although I did notice a few kids who ripped the home made packaging off right away- obviously they thought the lollies inside were far nicer than the pretty paper :-) )

I also managed a scrapbook layout to share with you.  This page is Jared (my oldest) as a baby.  I think the Real Red and Night of Navy were the perfect choice of colours for this layout to match Jared’s outfit.  I wanted to team it with some white Stampin’ Up Rub-ons.  I was inspired by a page that Claire (my upline) had created using these “Anchored” Rub ons.  I haven’t used a lot of rub-ons by Stampin’ Up! and I was absolutely delighted by how beautifully they rubbed onto the cardstock.  I felt the page really needed an additional colour so I added a touch of Kraft pockets and pieces (with the anchored rub-ons also applied to these)  I enjoyed using my cropodile to add some Pewter Jumbo eyelets.  The Cropodile went right through the On Board Simon Chipboard letters like butter. (I inked directly on to these before adding the jumbo eyelets)

 

 

 

 

 

and finally….. Here are a few cards.  The first one is made using some of the retiring “In Colours” and “Friendly Flowers” which is in the Summer Mini and unfortunately this stamp set didn’t make it into the new catalogue.  The second card is made using retiring paper- but fortunately the Scallop square punch and “Say it with scallops” Stamp set have appeared in the new catalogue.  The final card is made using the hostess set “Infinite goodness

 

Well I am off to relax a little before heading off to bed this evening.  I am hoping to have an early night.  I know I will probably have a restless night dreaming about placing my first order from the 2009/2010 Catalogue which officially commences tomorrow!

The last day

Today is the last day  of the 2008-2009 Idea Book and Catalogue and the current Summer Mini.  It is sad to see so much ‘retiring’ but at the same time I am so excited about the official release of the NEW Catalogue tomorrow!!!!  I am SO excited and my personal wish list is almost as long as my arm!

If you would like to order anything from the current catalogue please get in touch with me before 4pm today!  Otherwise I will look forward to receiving your orders from the NEW catalogue.  Please call me on (08) 90917655 or E-mail orders through on miriamthomas@westnet.com.au.  If you are interested in hosting a workshop at your place- please get in touch with me to book your date.

I will make another blog entry later today with lots of little projects I have done recently but haven’t had the time to upload onto the blog.  Check back this evening!

Enormous apologies

I’m sorry for the lack of posts….but I have been REALLY busy lately.  It doesn’t help that I have gone to bed no earlier than 3am for the past three nights for various reasons!!

I spent most of yesterday moving my kid’s rooms around.  Luke has finally moved out of our bedroom (Hmm Probably a good idea given he is one week off turning ONE YEAR OLD!!!)  Moving his cot out of our room has given us space for our new bedroom suite.    I have spent most of today assembling my new bed suite and sorting out my brand new linen.  After getting no more than 8-9 hours sleep in total over the past three nights- I know I will have blissful nights sleep in my brand new bed!  

Luke turns ONE next Monday and I haven’t done a thing to prepare.  Guess who is going to be busy again this week?  Give me a couple of days to sort myself out and I promise to have something to share with you!

In VERY exciting news I received my demonstrator copies of the NEW CATALOGUE today!  I just know you are going to be as thrilled as I am with the divine stuff in there! I’m looking forward to the 1st of April- the official ’release’ of this year’s catalogue.   Have you been in touch with me to order your copy so that you can be one if the first to get one in your hands!!!???

Looking forward to seeing some of you down at the “Stop & Shop” Experience at Kalgoorlie Central Playgroup on Sunday 10am- 2pm EVERYONE WELCOME!

Loads of celebrations

The first card I have to show you today is a card for my neice and her partner who celebrated their engagement this weekend.  I hope you had a lovely evening Alesha and Glenn!  I know the Wedding plans are underway- I believe you ordered your Wedding dress today- How exciting!

I have used one of my all time favourite Stamp sets – Baroque motifs- (It is on the Bushfire appeal list) plus the Paisley background stamp (which is on the retiring list) as well as the very useful ”Wonderful Favourites” The colours I used were part of my team’s colour challenge for this month. We were challenged to use Perfect Plum, Blue Bayou, More Mustard and Close to Cocoa 

 

We were also challenged to use Taken with Teal, So Saffron, Basic Gray and Whisper White.  The colour combination seemed to be a good choice for a masculine card so I used this colour combo for a card for a friend who celebrated his birthday on Saturday! I hope you had a great day Lawrence!

and in other exciting news…… As a demonstrator we get a tiny sneak peek of the products that will be appearing in the NEW catalogue (Gotta love those demonstrator perks!)  I am so thrilled that some of the items I have pre-ordered arrived on my doorstep today!  The excitement might just be enough to tide me over until my catalogues arrive!  Only 2 weeks to go!

Just a friendly reminder…..That means you only have two weeks left to…….

- order any items from the Summer Mini (We don’t know what products will make it into the the New Catalogue)

- order any stamp sets that will be “retiring”.  You only have until the 31st of March- unless it goes before then!

- order stamp sets where 50% of proceeds go to the Bushfire Appeal!

I’m off to check the demonstrator website to see how many of the retiring sets are still available.  I will be back soon with an update!

Blooms

Thanks to the ladies who attended the cardmaking workshops this week. I hope you had a good time and I look forward to ‘touching base’ with you soon!  I’m looking forward to a little get together to celebrate the release of the new idea book and catalogue (Stay tuned for details!)  Can you believe the new catalogue is only 2 1/2 weeks away!? I know many of you are ‘almost’ as excited as I am!

I think my little one Luke (11mths) is catching the stamping bug too! At least he had a great time stamping my floor with an Old Olive Stampin’s Spot yesterday morning.   I hadn’t got around to getting everything packed away after the workshop on Wednesday night.  I thought everything was out of reach but he managed to get hold of the stampin spot- pulled the lid off and then crawled around the floor with the Stampin’ Spot in the palm of his hand.  Thank goodness our main living area is tiled and not carpet and it washed off the floor easily enough!  I just wish I had thought to get the camera to take a photo of his little square trail and inky fingers!

I have a quick card to show you that I made for one of my sisters.  She likes bright colours- so I thought the “Bali Breeze” patterned paper would be a great choice for her.  I made use of the Eastern Blooms Stamp set from the Summer Mini (I am REALLY hoping it makes it into the new idea book)  I applied colour to the stamp using markers to achieve a multi-coloured effect!

Birthday cards

I hosted a cardmaking workshop at my place last night and the ladies all left with 10 cards each.  I’m sure that they had a lovely time and I was really pleased with how everyone’s cards turned out!  I’m looking forward to catching up with more of you this week. 

With preparations for the cardmaking workshops this week as well as various other things I have had on- I didn’t get a chance to upload the photo of my sister’s birthday card.  Thank goodness I have a spare 5 minutes to do that now.     I also made a birthday card for my son’s lovely Education Assistant -using a similar design. 

For both cards I have used the Carousel notes from the Summer Mini Catalogue.  It is sad that there are only 3 weeks remaining of the Summer Mini (and also the main catalogue)- but I am SO excited about the release of the new catalogue!     I have placed an order for some catalogues which will arrive just in time for the official release of the new catalogue on the 1st of April.   

Anyway, back to the cards……. I have used different coloured patterned paper from the same pack of Afternoon tea patterned paper pack.  I thought it was interesting how different the cards turned out by teaming the colours in the patterned paper pack with a few other colours.  I have used  the “It’s your birthday” stamp set and in colour double stitched ribbons (which are all on the retired list)       

Retired list update

 

Here is the most up-to-date list of items that have sold out from the retired list.  Here is the retired list http://www3.stampinup.com/au/ena/6454.asp

and below are the items that have already sold out or have low stocks.

Item Number Product Description Availability
10756 Flip Flops Unavailable
109020 Wild Wasabi Classic Ink Refill Unavailable
109015 Soft Sky Classic Stamin’ Ink Refill Unavailable
109016 River Rock Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill Unavailable
109017 Purely Pomegranate Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill Unavailable
100381 Earth Elements Eyelets Unavailable
100378 Soft Subtle Eyelets Unavailable
109019 Groovy Guava Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill Unavailable
108748 Best Friend Numbers Unavailable
107212 Mateys Map Unavailable
105320 Basic Eyelets Unavailable
103195 Gifts Galore Unavailable
107561 Garden Annuals Unavailable
109610 Confetti Simply Scrappin’ Unavailable
104279 Leaf Prints Unavailable
110255 Bundle of Joy  Unavailable
112402 Short Order Numbers  Unavailable
109018 Blue Bayou Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill Unavailable
111852 River Rock A4 card stock Unavailable
108720 Ahoy, Matey Unavailable
108747 Best Friends Alphabet Upper Unavailable
111851 Soft Sky A4 card stock Unavailable
105316 Rich Regal Eyelets Low Quantity
101259 Black Hemp Twine Low Quantity
108740 Bareback Low Quantity
106662 Daisy Field Low Quantity
108638 In Colour 12″x 12″ card stock Low Quantity
109186 Theater Ribbon Originals Low Quantity
105445 Soft Subtle buttons Low Quantity
111850 Wild Wasabi A4 card stock Low Quantity
106610 Basics Outline Low Quantity
103981 Earth Elements Low Quantity
103981 *Earth Elements & Neutrals buttons Low Quantity
100900 Gift sacks Low Quantity
108763 By Land Low Quantity
104065 Fishy Low Quantity
112253 *Dad’s Day Low Quantity
108849 It’s Your Birthday Low Quantity
105531 Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware Low Quantity
112391 Everything Baby Low Quantity
112310 Fabulous Flowers Low Quantity
107464 Rough Texture Low Quantity
107465 Speckled Low Quantity
107467 Birthday Low Quantity
108923 Stipple Rose Low Quantity
112272 Classic Backgrounds Low Quantity
108929 Symbols of Solicitude Low Quantity
112316 Forever in My Heart Low Quantity
105446 Rich Regal Buttons Low Quantity
108746 Best Friends Alphabet Lower Low Quantity
112229 ABC Images Low Quantity
108857 Linen Low Quantity
108998 Beautiful Life Low Quantity
110248 Polka Dots & Petals Low Quantity
108765 Cheery Chat Low Quantity

 
       

A few spots remaining………

I have a few spots remaining for my Stamp-a-stack sessions on Monday and Wednesday.  If you are interested in joining us- please be sure to get in touch with me!

I’ll be back later with the update to the retiring list and a card for my sister.  It is my sister, Linda’s birthday.  Unfortunately she is still in hospital recovering from injuries sustained in a car accident but hopefully she will be back home early next week!   Not the most enjoyable way to spend a birthday- is it!?

It’s your Birthday, Pretty Princess!

Stampin’ Up! reported to Demonstrators that to date, with the sales of the Bushfire Appeal stamp sets, they’ll be able to donate $58,131.68 to the Australian Red Cross Victorian Bushfires 2009 Appeal. Thank you for your efforts to help those who’ve suffered from this tragedy.

Today I have a card to show you that I made for the daughter of a good friend of mine.  She turned Three yesterday and I made a card for her using the “Pretty Princess Set” and also “It’s your Birthday” both of which are on the retired list.  The main colours used were Perfect Plum, Certainly Celery and Sage Shadow.  For this type of image if you plan to use either Blender pens (pg. 150) or an Aquapainter to apply colour it is best to stamp the main image in Staz on Black ink (pg. 150) as it will not run like a plain black ink might.  For best results use Watercolour Paper (pg.133)  It is hard to see in the photo- but I have also used Dazzling diamonds glitter (applied with 2 way glue) on some sections of the image!

We hope you had a great day yesterday Emma! It was lovely to be able to share it with you!