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Back from Convention

Published by under cards | May 15 2011

Well, we're home from a truly amazing 4 days away for our annual Stampin' Up! convention. The best ever! I have sooo much to share with you – gorgeous swaps and gifts, new ideas to share, and great news to celebrate about the awesome achievements of the girls in my team (you girls ROCK!). But, that will have to wait.

For now, I want to share two amazing pieces of news. Truly exciting, and I couldn't wait a minute longer to share them with you.



1. Extra Hostess Benefits (this is a serious WOW)

Hostesses with orders over $450 will receive an EXTRA $70 in hostess benefits!

No that is not a typo, but believe me I thought I misheard it when it was announced at Convention. LOL

What does this mean?

You will get $110+ and an exclusive hostess stamp set instead of the usual $40 in free product and hostess set. How seriously cool is that!?! This offer is for orders submitted between May 23 and June 30.

How can I help YOU take advantage of this offer?

* You have more days to choose from for a workshop. I've opened up extra days in my diary for workshops so nobody misses out, but contact me quickly to get your pick of dates. 

* If you are local, you are welcome to borrow one of my Book Party Bags so you can host your own catalogue party. Inside are a couple of Idea Book & Catalogues, product samples and some of my favourite finished cards. Just pass the Inspiration Bag around amongst your friends or craft group and any orders you collect will get you closer to all the extra $$$. Perfect if you can't fit in a workshop (even though workshops are much more fun!).



2. No longer need an ABN to join Stampin' Up!

Stampin' Up! have been working hard behind the scenes to make it quicker and easier for you to join us. You no longer need an ABN (Australian Business Number). WooHooo!!

You can join in a matter of minutes and start saving money on your Stampin' Up! purchases straight away. For more info click here. If you've been thinking about it (yes, you know I'm talking to you **wink wink**) then now is the perfect time. By getting the Starter Kit now you can also take advantage of the first piece of news up there – the extra $70 in freebies. Contact me for details.



For now I'm going to catch up on much needed sleep and hugs from the littlies, but I'll be back soon with all the Convention news. I couldn't be more excited and can't wait to share what I love!

Happy stamping,

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Deals of the Week BIG SHOT Specials

Published by under Big Shot,specials | May 11 2011

Check out the deals this week.

If you have the Stampin' Pastels that were available in an old catalogue (prior to Sept 2010) you might like to update the colours to include all of the new ones. You get 19 new little chalk (Pastel) squares.

There's also at least $4 off a couple of Embosslits and check out the whopping $15 off the Pennant Bigz XL die. That's going to be popular!


This is the Happy Anniversary bunting I made with the Pennant die for my parents 40th Anniversary. Mum and Dad and my sisters and all our families hired a house by the beach for a weekend back in November, and we decorated the house in celebration. This looked great hanging from the mezzanine level.

I'm heading off to Melbourne today for our annual Stampin' Up! convention. It's the highlight of our year, and I can't wait to catch up with friends and learn lots of new crafty things. If you'd like to find out more about all the fun things you can do as a demonstrator click here, or contact me and I'll pop an info pack in the post for you.

Happy stamping,

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Happy Mothers Day

Published by under cards | May 08 2011

Fast & Fabulous stamp set (Level 2 Hostess), Stampin' Pastels (chalks),
Blushing Bride, Soft Suede

Wishing all the mothers, grandmothers, aunties, sisters, friends and special women in our lives… a wonderful day. Happy Mothers Day!

Happy stamping,

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Specials All Throughout May

Published by under cards | May 01 2011

Click HERE to get the low-down on THIS WEEK'S great deals.

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With Love & Caring

Published by under cards | Apr 30 2011

On this card:
Thanks For Caring stamp set (p17 Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue), Confetti stamp set, Baja Breeze and Not Quite Navy ink and cardstock (one of my fave colour combos), builder wheel, tiny pearl and stitching.

The sentiment was created by layering two punches. Can you guess which ones?

I do love this Thanks for Caring stamp set. It could be used for a variety of occasions.

If you can spare a minute please share some "love and caring" by leaving a comment. I know we're all busy but it's so nice to know when someone has stopped by for a little visit.

Happy stamping,


BREAKING NEWS: Stop by on the the 1st of May for an exciting announcement regarding a Stampin' Up! promotion for May.

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How to Make Adhesive Glitter Shapes

Published by under Big Shot,cards | Apr 22 2011

Ever wish you could add glitter to your projects in the shape of your favourite Sizzix dies

You can with the new Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets (available now in the Autumn-Winter mini catalogue, #120805).


Today's pictorial tutorial shows you how!


Step 1. Grab an adhesive sheet. They come in packs of 12 sheets, each a full 12"x12".


Step 2. Cut a piece from the adhesive sheet to the required size.

In our sample I just need the number 4 from this die (it's part of the Simple Numbers set of dies). I don't want to waste any of the adhesive sheet by cutting numbers I don't need.


Step 3.  Place the adhesive sheet on your die with the printed side FACE UP.

This isn't a big deal if you are cutting something that is reversible (such as a flower or the number 0) but is very important for me cutting out the number 4. Why? Because the printed side is the backing paper which will be removed to expose the adhesive, which will then go face down on your project. If you forget this step your letter or number will be back to front! Trust me, this will make sense later on.



Step 4. Crank it through Mr Big.


Step 5. Remove backing paper (the printed sheet) to expose adhesive


Step 6. Adhere the sticky diecut to your project


Step 7. Press firmly all over the surface of the die cut.

This will ensure that the adhesive transfers from the backing paper onto your project. I like to use my trusty bone folder for this step.

Rub rub rub, then peel off the backing layer.


Step 8. Apply glitter.

Sprinkle glitter liberally. Shake the excess back into the glitter container. The Powder Pals trays (p141 IB&C) come in handy here.

Step 9. Brush off the strays.


And you're done! Very sparkly in real life.

Did you know?

You can create your own stickers from precut shapes by simply pressing them onto the Adhesive Sheet and pulling the shape up. Or you can apply card stock or Designer Series Paper to the Adhesive Sheet, run through the Big Shot, peel off the backing paper, and adhere. Great stuff.


Today is Good Friday and also my older sister's 40th birthday. Can't wait to see her on Sunday along with the rest of the family for all the birthday celebrations.

Easter blessings to you,

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