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Stamping with Friends… 700km Away

Published by under Big Shot,cards | Jun 15 2011

The Just Believe stamp set is absolutely my number one favourite stamp set at the moment.

 

I loved making this card but it has a funny story behind it.

I was on the phone to my friend Mel a while back and she was trying to explain a great technique to me. Well… let's just say, I was having serious trouble 'getting it'.

Do you ever have days like that?

So Mel told me to go grab some cardstock – now! -, my Framed Tulips embossing folder, a large background stamp like Sanded (the one I used here) or Woodgrain, some ink, a sponge and my Big Shot.

I shuffled around in my craft room with the phone tucked under my ear, gathering supplies, and she walked me through the whole process.

As instructed, I first inked up the background stamp and stamped onto the plastic of the embossing folder. Then I grabbed my cardstock, placed it in the folder on the non-inked side then carefully closed it. Then I ran it through the Big Shot – it inked and embossed my cardstock all at once! The nice part about this technique is that the ink doesn't go on the raised embossed parts so you can create lots of cool effects. I stamped the middle with the gorgeous Just Believe images and sponged the raised embossed parts on the border to really make them pop.

So even though we are 700km apart it just goes to show that it's still fun to stamp with friends! Thanks Mel. I don't think I ever did show you what the finished card looked like, so here it is! xx

 

 

Happy stamping,

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Team Stamping Day… Come Join Us!

Published by under team | May 30 2011

 

Preparations have begun for our next

EurekaStampers Team Stamping Day,

which is coming up in late July.

This is a day of fun and stamping (with brand NEW stamp sets)

and is open to all demonstrators in the team.

Are you a hobby stamper? Join us for…

  • Lots of laughs and fun with other stamping addicts,
  • Make & Takes,
  • demonstrations,
  • WOW techniques,
  • yummy food,
  • and more.

At the last gathering there was a demonstration on polymer clay stamping (#23 on the 40+ Surfaces to Stamp On list)! Yes, there's always something new to learn!

Are you interested in building a successful and enjoyable stamping business?

Join 3 of the TOP 10 Australian Demonstrators of the Year, for valuable advice on setting and achieving your own goals.

 

Come join us!

Join our friendly Stampin' Up! team and you'll not only get all your craft products at a great discount, but you'll also get an exclusive invitation to our Team Stamping Day in central Victoria!

Got questions? I'm here to answer them. Click HERE with your questions and a contact number so I can call you back.

 

Happy stamping,

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40+ Surfaces To Stamp On

Rubber stamps are not just for cardstock!

Try stamping on some of these surfaces, and you'll quickly see just how versatile rubber stamping is!

Clockwise from top left: molten embossing powder, chipboard, royal icing,
Designer Series Paper, paper gift bags, balsawood, candles

 

40+ surfaces to stamp on:

  1. canvas
  2. tissue paper
  3. cello bags
  4. fabric/calico
  5. ribbon
  6. envelopes (front and/or flap)
  7. serviettes/napkins
  8. Royal icing (cake decorating)
  9. shrink plastic
  10. acetate
  11. vellum
  12. candles (tissue paper method)
  13. skin (kids' 'tattoos')
  14. DSP (patterned paper)
  15. tiles (trivets)
  16. twill tape
  17. metal
  18. wood/balsa
  19. printed invitations
  20. stationery/writing paper
  21. printable CDs and DVDs
  22. slip (for stamping on pottery)
  23. polymer clay
  24. stampbord clay finish
  25. molten art wax
  26. chipboard
  27. soap
  28. molten embossing powder (faux metal)
  29. paper flowers
  30. foam
  31. paper gift bags
  32. Address labels
  33. Aluminium foil
  34. calendar entries
  35. walls
  36. chocolate (seriously! It's been done…)
  37. vinyl tiles
  38. clothing (think.. silk scarves, etc)
  39. furniture
  40. fingernails
  41. paper mache

 

Any others? Add them in the comments section below.

Not all of these surfaces can be stamped on with our fast-drying, dye-based Classic Stampin' Pads. Some may require a solvent ink (like StazOn), pigment ink (like our Whisper White craft ink), chalks (like Stampin' Pastels), embossing inks (like Versamark), paint or even a special treatment technique. Some surfaces even need to be heated slightly first (yep, the chocolate again!). You'll need to choose the correct medium for your choice of stamping surface, which of course is half the fun.

Check back soon for exciting info about our next team stamping day. Or be extra clever and subscribe so you'll always know when I update this blog!

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Happy stamping,

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Deals of the Week: Wheels & RubOns

Published by under specials | May 25 2011

Deals Of The Week #4

This Week’s Deals (25-31 May 2011)

Item Page Description Regular Price Sale Price
113838 62 Right on Track Stampin’ Around Wheel $11.95 $8.37
115619 68 Retro Remix Stampin Around Wheel $11.95 $8.37
119975 134 Vintage Type Rub-Ons $15.95 $11.17
118760 134 Play Date Rub-Ons $16.95 $11.87

 

If you'd like to slip any of these in your order, just let me know.

Looking at this list reminded me of a candle I made a while back featuring the Right On Track wheel, down to only $8.37 this week.
 

Isn't it great how our stamps can be used on so many different surfaces? Check back tomorrow for a HUGE list of materials and surfaces – other than cardstock – that you can stamp on!

 

Happy stamping,

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Stampin’ Up! Convention 2011 Highlights

Published by under Stampin' Up! Convention | May 19 2011

It has been a few days since we got home from Convention, and my head is still spinning. In a good way! This was my fourth Stampin' Up! convention, and far and away the best one ever. We were truly spoilt, from the moment we checked in and were given our gorgeous convention bag (complete with brand new stamp sets) right through to the last session (when ALL 500 attendees were given more gifts a la Oprah-style).

A group of us were staying together in apartments near the Convention Centre, and we had a ball. My roommates, Juliana and Mel, and I had lots of fun leaving little pillow gifts for each other every day.

These girls are incredibly creative, so every day it was like my birthday! The AMAZING 'Create' frame above was made by Mel. It totally sums up what we all love to do, and features the Tiny Tags stamp set and matching Jewelry Tag punch. 

Love the detail…

 

Team member Tracy Penn and I put on a little stamping session for all the girls on the first night, just for fun. We were so excited about Convention starting that we were like school kids on a sleepover!

Here's Tracy's gorgeous make & take card, featuring the Nature Walk stamp set and Botanical Gazette designer series paper. So beautiful!

Inspirational Sessions

The sessions kicked off with a bang on day 1, and the WOWs didn't stop all weekend.

We saw sooo many amazing projects, and the presentations were truly awe-inspiring. Some of the sessions were on the 'main stage', with footage projected on a huge screen behind the presenter. Other sessions were held in smaller break-out rooms. Some of the presenters were from Stampin' Up!'s home office in Utah, USA, and others were our home-grown demonstrators and staff from here in Australia or New Zealand.

There were lots of laughs (especially the 'Win It In A Minute' game show – stamping style) and of course plenty of shopping at Memento Mall.

Managers Reception

Those of us who were Managers and above were treated to a wonderful Reception on the Thursday night, where we got to mingle and chat with the gorgeous Shelli Gardner, CEO and co-founder of Stampin' Up! Such a gracious, friendly and talented woman.

Tracy, Shelli Gardner, Simone (that's me) and Juliana, after Shelli gave us a lovely gift at Managers Reception.

Awards Night

Convention finished off with our Awards & Recognition Banquet… a delicious meal followed by the presentation of annual awards.

I was overwhelmed to learn I came 1st in the Leadership Award category! Wow – I still can't believe it. I was presented with a stunning Michael Kors chronograph watch, and look even the box was embellished Stampin' Up! style.

I've been wearing the watch and every time I look at it I think of certain people who are very special to me. Afterall, the Leadership Award is really  a reflection of the hugely talented and successful girls in our group, the EurekaStampers. We include hobbyists and business demonstrators – and everything in between – but importantly we have fostered an overwhelmingly positive environment where we can each find our own perfect fit. Thank you girls. xx

I was still reeling from that, and the Sales Award which I also received, when the Demonstrator of the Year awards were announced. At check-in I had received a pin so I knew I was somewhere in the Top 25. But you really could have knocked me down with a feather when I was named 7th place Demonstrator of the Year.

The best bit was finding out that two of my downline also achieved a Top 10 spot, with Tracy Penn in 6th place and Maureen Crameri in 10th. These girls, along with my roommate Juliana, achieved numerous other awards too. They are fabulous, creative and very talented women, as are all the girls in my group (can you tell I'm a bit biased) and are absolutely all winners in my eyes.

Thanks to my upline Janine Rawlins for this photo of Maureen, Janine, Shelli Gardner, Tracy and myself during the Awards Night. Janine was also named as one of the Top 25 Demonstrators of the Year!

All too soon Convention was over, but we've already made plans for attending Convention in 2012 – in Canberra! And we'd LOVE you to join us. With the great news that you no longer need an ABN to join as a demonstrator, it is certainly a quick and painless process. I never imagined when I joined for the discount on my craft supplies that nearly 4 years later this would be my full time job. And that's what I love about Stampin' Up! – it can be as little or as much as you want it to be!

One thing I can say after seeing lots and lots of sneak peeks over the past few days, is that we have a LOT to look forward to!

And now I've got this fabulous stack of brand new yet-to-be-released stamps to mount and get inky. Oh, and in case you're wondering…inside the blue boxes are the most divine yummy chocolates that all the award achievers received on Awards Night.

Thanks for sharing in my recap of Stampin' Up! Convention 2011, and for letting me share what I love.

Happy stamping,

 

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Deals of the Week #3: Accessories!

Published by under specials | May 18 2011

Fun stuff this week, with the third of our Deals of the Week.

For a bit of bling you can't go past rhinestone brads – especially at $6 off the regular price! You get about 80 brads in a container, with four colours in two different sizes. Nice!

The Daffodil Delight satin ribbon goes perfectly with the Greenhouse Gala and Sunny Garden designer series paper ranges. And the Certainly Celery ribbon is an old favourite.

All of these items are 30% off, but….

 

 

you only have until next Tuesday to place your order

I'll be back during the week with some fun Convention highlights.

Happy stamping,

 

SCROLL DOWN TO MY PREVIOUS POST if you missed 2 of the EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENTS that were made at Convention.

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