Thursday, 20 December 2012

Clearance Rack Blitz Week 2

Week 2 Clearance Rack Blitz starts today but you have to be quick if you wish to pick up some of these great bargains.  Click on the week box above to see the list. Some of last weeks bargains sold out very quick.

Week 1 clearance specials went super quick so here goes with Week 2 specials :)

Just check my previous post for the relevant Catalogue details for the clearance items. 

So email me here if you wish to place an order

and I would also like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and hope 2013 is a happy, safe  and creative new year.

Happy creating

Friday, 14 December 2012

Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack Blitz

The Clearance Rack Blitz starts today.  See what specials are available for the next week . Click on the week box to see list


View last year's catalogue to reference information about the products that are on sale:

Just email me here if you would like to quick as items are only available while stocks last

Happy creating

Monday, 10 December 2012

Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack Blitz

Stampin' Up! are temporarily taking hundreds of products out of retirement with discounts up to 70 percent off retail-only while supplies last! There will be four different groups of products on sale between 14 December -21 January. These are the sale periods:
  • 14-20 December
  • 21 December-3 January
  • 4-10 January
  • 11-21 January
Check back here on Friday14 December to see what's on sale. 

Happy creating

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

More Birthday Celebrations!

It was my daughter's 28th birthday last Saturday so I thought I would surprise her with that personal touch for our birthday lunch we had with family members.  I made the banner using the Perfect Pennants Die from Stampin' Up! and cut the letters out with my Cricut machine.  I glued the letters on the larger of the pennants in the Die set and then embossed over the top with the Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  You can see the little embossed hearts in the middle photo.  I think she was quite happy with her little sign :)
I kept with the colour scheme for her birthday card below.  Here I used the Peekaboo Frames Die small squares and the Adorning Accents Edgelits.  The little hearts on the envelope and the bottom corner of the card are using the Fashionable Hearts Embosslits.  The Happy Birthday greeting is from the retired Happiest Birthday Wishes stamp set.

Happy creating and TFL

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Birthday celebrations

Well the big 1st birthday celebrations are now over and the little fella really didn't know what all the fuss was about??  The big sparkler candle on the cake was very interesting, the cake was also interesting and I don't think he is really into sweet things just yet, but the pressies were much more fun and especially the new books.  He would spend hours looking at his books...that's a good sign.

Now I have my daughter's 28th birthday to celebrate.  I will post a picture of her birthday card next week so it is a bit of a surprise for her on Saturday :)  Then to finish off my Christmas cards for the year.  I still have about another 12 to go.  Here are a couple of decorations I made to give to some friends  to hang on their Christmas trees this year.

The baubles are shatter proof and filled with strips of Stampin' Up! Designer Series Christmas Paper and Stampin' Glass Glitter.
I hope you are all enjoying your Festive Season crafting and TFL


Friday, 9 November 2012

My Grandson's 1st birthday

My first and only so far Grandson is turning 1 today!!!  What a darling little man he is. Tyler Zachary is a happy and quite laid back little person who loves birds, dogs and bopping to any music that he hears - Sesame Street, The Wiggles and Giggle and Hoot which I think is his favourite when he stays with Grandma every Tuesday.  We have lots of fun together playing and learning.  He is a true joy in my life :)

He watches Sesame Street and likes all the characters.  He doesn't seem to have a favourite one yet so I used Big Bird as the feature for his birthday card.

Here I used the small scallop punch for Big Bird's face and feathers on top of his head; the 3/4" circle punch for his eyes and eyelids; the 1/2' circle punch for his eyeballs; and the large oval punch for his beak and tongue.
The cardstock is Whisper White, Midnight Muse, Tempting Turquoise and Daffodil Delight.
The Stamp sets I used are Wacky Wishes and Memorable Moments.
Here he is doing his other favourite pastime......eating :)

Happy creating

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Using the Festive Paper Piercing Pack

Here is a card that I made using the Festive Paper Piercing Pack that comes free this month with the purchase of either of the 2 Ornament Keepsakes Bundles.
The baubles are from the Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set and are run through the Big Shot using the  Framelits to match which also come in the Ornament Keepsakes Bundle.
If you look closely you can see piercing holes around the bauble shapes.  This is the effect you can get with this paper piercing pack.  It just makes the bauble "pop" and look more effective.

I now want to try the other Paper Piercing designs that come in the same pack. It is so much fun!!

Happy creating and TFL

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Special November Deals!

Click here for more details on the Stampin' Up! website
This special offer is only available through November

Also beginning 1 November and running through 16 December, hostesses who hold a qualifying party will get a FREE collection of Classic Stampin’ Pads. It’s an INK-redible time to host a Stampin’ Up! party! Contact me here if you would like to hold a party and are located on the northside of Brisbane.......or check my webpage here to find out more.

It is now getting really exciting leading up to Christmas :)
Happy creating and TFL


Monday, 8 October 2012

Christmas is not far away!

Hi there Stamper :)

Christmas is only 77 days away and so I have been busy putting together my Christmas Card Collection ready to deliver to various workplaces for sale. Even though I have retired from my day job working in a busy Government Payroll Office I still stay in contact with my many friends there and they are always looking for that special hand crafted greeting card.

I love Christmas and love making really special gifts for my family with hand stamped wrapping paper ( I use the brown packing paper that comes in my Stampin' Up! know the stuff that is just too good to throw straight into the recycle bin???  Just smooth it out and fold it up ready for the next gift you need to wrap ) Here is a birthday gift for a good friend ready to take and I have also made the Gift Bow using a retired DSP.  I used  a retired stamp set "In the Spotlight" to randomly stamp all over the brown paper in Pear Pizazz and White Staz On.  Hope she likes it?

Here are just 2 of my favourite Christmas cards so far.  I like using non-traditional Christmas colours at times like Basic Grey in the top card and Crumb Cake in the second card.  The Ornament Keepsakes stamp set from the new Holiday Catalogue ( Page 3 ) features in the top card.  You can do so much with this stamp set and the great Framelits Dies that go with it.  Stampin' Up! just makes everything so easy :)

I used the Merry Minis Stamp Set, also from the Holiday Catalogue  ( Page 6) for card # 2 and, once again the Punch Pack that also co-ordinates with this stamp set. The Snow Festival DSP is also on my favourite list this year.  I did see a couple of similar designs like this  2nd card on Splitcoast Stampers ( See my link in the right hand column of this blog )  - thanks Lisa Curcia and Leathea Woodruff.  I just put my own twist to it using a polka dot embossing background and one of the Framelit Dies from the Apothecary Accents Framelits as well.

Hope you like my latest creations and TFL


Tuesday, 25 September 2012

October Deal

With summer coming, perhaps you’re looking forward to pool time, but at Stampin’ Up!, we’re preparing for ‘spool’ time!

During October, you will get a FREE package of 3/8" (1 cm) Stitched Satin Ribbon with every $60 purchase. Choose from any of the 2012-2014 In Colors—or spend $300 to earn all five!

Only a few more days till the start of October so start planning now for those free ribbons.

Watch for the details

Happy stamping 

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Thank You

 Thought I would like to try the new stamp set "Daydream Medallions" which is in the new 2012/2013 Annual Catalogue.  I don't have the Framelits Dies that go with it just yet but they are on my wish list.  So I used the smaller of the 2 large stamps for the centre piece and the second smallest one for the border edge on # 2 card.  I think they could be used for either a male or a female thank you.
The envelopes have corresponding DSP added to the flap just to finish it all off.  I cannot take credit for this idea but I simply love it.  I have seen it used a few times and particularly I remember on Mary Fish's site Stampinpretty ( I love all her work!!!)  You can check her site here.

Material used for card # 1:-

Cardstock: Midnight Muse, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Summer Starfruit
Ink: Midnight Muse and Summer Starfruit
Stamp Sets: Daydream Medallions, Wacky Wishes
 ( Hostess Set 2012/2013)
Accessories: Floral District DSP (this has been run through the embossing folder) , Perfect Polka Dots EF and Rhinestones.

Material used for card # 2:-

Cardstock: River Rock, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Summer Starfruit
Ink: Early Espresso and Summer Starfruit
Stamp Sets: Daydream Medallions, Wacky Wishes
( Hostess Set 2012/2013)
Accessories: Retired DSP and Black Rhinestones (Non SU).

Happy stamping  :)

Monday, 27 August 2012

Sneek Peek

Well, there are only a few days left now till the new 2012/2013 Annual Catalogue and Annual Catalogue is up and running :)  So remember if you still want to order a couple of things from the Retired Lists please email your orders to me here by Thursday night to get in before 31 August 2012.

I have now had a bit of a play with some new products and here is a Make & Take I put together for my WGs & Friends.  I have used some of the new Christmas DSP, there is just so many to choose from this year. Also a couple of the new In-Colors and the stamp set "Scentsational Season"  The Christmas Tree from this set is stamped 3 times and glued together with Multipurpose Liquid Glue then attached to the Whisper White cardstock.  It lies flat to be posted and when received at the other end can be popped up for that 3-D effect.  I am loving all the Christmas products in the new Holiday Catalogue.   If you don't have your new catalogues yet and you live in Australia just let me know via email and I can pop them into the mail for you.

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals and Daffodil Delight
Inks:  Gumball Green, Dafodil Delight
Stamp Sets:  Scentsational Season, Petite Pairs
Accessories:  Be of Good Cheer DSP, Holiday Collection Framelits and Gumball Green Satin Stitched Ribbon

Happy creating

Monday, 20 August 2012

Back to Stamping!

Here is a card I made yesterday for a neighbour.  I hadn't played with my Stampin' Up! Mixed Bunch Stamp set for a while so here is what I ended up with.  The embossing folder is a Cuttlebug one but all other items used are Stampin' Up! products.

Cardstock: Whisper White, Blushing Bride and Poppy Parade.
Stamp Sets: Mixed Bunch and Petite Pairs
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Poppy Parade, Basic Grey and Blushing Bride
Punches:  Blossom Punch, 1" Circle, 3/4" Circle and Large Oval Punch
Accessories: Attic Boutique DSP, Designer Buttons - Brights, Daffodil Delight 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon

It is so nice getting back into my  craft room this week after being away for the last 3 weeks.  I have worked on my Father's Day cards and birthday cards for the month of August. :):)  Happy now.

Hopefully I will have a card to show you next time using some of the new 2012/2013 Catalogue goodies that I hope arrive in the mail this week...

Until then happy stamping and TFL

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Back Home again

Hi there Stamper followers,

Well I have not been in touch since Day 3 as I had no WiFi connection or mobile phone network connection for some days after Longreach :( and was unable to keep you all up to date.  I also now find out that the photos I tried to upload into my blog did not work and you have not been able to view our trip along the way.  I will try and now include a couple of the highlights of the trip for you all to see.
After Longreach we travelled to Mt Isa which is a mining town in the north west of Queensland and the last city before we crossed into the Northern Territory border.  We arrived quite late in the afternoon and after settling in to the hotel we ventured out to find "downtown" Mt Isa as my US brother and nephew call it.  The hotel I booked confirmed that they had a restaurant and it would be open for dinner on the evening that we arrived but were advised on check-in that there was no chef on that night and the restaurant would be closed..... disappointed!!!  They also advised there would be no hot breakfasts available the next morning....doubly disappointed as I had been looking forward to a hot brekky in Mt Isa.

So off we went to walk the main streets of Mt Isa. There are not too many so we quickly found a Coffee Club open and had a quick bite here before returning back to the hotel. Mt Isa is the "Rodeo Capital of Australia" and a couple of the main streets have these plaques shown below commemorating well known Rodeo riders.
The middle photo is James with the Longreach "Ringer" statue outside the Stockman's Hall of Fame and the last picture is the ceiling of the Stockman's Hall of Fame which is very impressive I thought.
I can very strongly recommend that everyone who visits Longreach should not only look through the Stockman's Hall of Fame but also see the show they have running there as well.  Luke does the show on his own and will have you in fits of laughter for the first 30 minutes and then in awe for the last 30 to 45 minutes of the show.  I won't give anything away here as you simply must see for yourself and is worth every cent of the $42.00 per adult.
I will have more photos tomorrow and a bit more of the next couple of days of the trip as well. I will also be back with more stamping updates too in the next few days.  I am really suffering withdrawal symptoms now as I haven't been able to do any stamping for the last 2 weeks!!!!!!! 
I think I will head into my stamping room right now
Happy stamping everyone

Friday, 3 August 2012

Road Trip Brisbane to Darwin Day 3

Day 3 and we don't have to travel anywhere today yay!  We can walk to both the Stockman's Hall of Fame and the Qantas Museum.   The Stockman's Hall of Fame was full of very interesting memorabilia.  Below James and Noel are standing beside a wagon that travelled around the outback selling everything you would need.  We saw the Show also that ran for over an hour and it not only kept us laughing the whole time but also showed how they used the cattle dogs to round up the cattle and also a working camel and how to hook up a bullock dray.  Luke was the story teller and what a fabulous job he did.  He told a great outback yarn and told his audience a poem of the outback the whole time he hooked up his 8 bullock dray........absolutely fabulous.  I can recommend that whenever you come to Longreach you cannot miss the live show at the Hall of Fame.

After the Hall of Fame we walked across the highway to the Qantas Museum.  We missed the last tour of the airplanes so just had a walk around the outside to see the 747 that was the last plane delivered to Longreach for the museum.

We spent the afternoon sitting beside the Thompson River - the largest inland Australian river that does not flow into the ocean.   Instead it flows into Lake Eyre.  Noel had a good old fashioned steak and pepper pie which we bought at the local bakery and he introduced the local Aussie delicacy to James who was a bit unsure at first......then ate half of Noel's pie in the end.  He was converted :)

The day ended with a BBQ beside the pool at the hotel - The Albert Park Motor Inn -  and a glass of red wine.  We finished the bottle of red sitting out the front of the room watching the sun set and he birds come home to roost in the trees surrounding the hotel.

Tomorrow we will be on the road again making our way to Mt Isa.
Talk to you all again tomorrow night from Mt Isa - our last stop in Queensland.

Happy stamping and won't be long now till our new catalogue.....can't wait

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Darwin Road Trip - Day 2

Hi again,

Day 2 - Biloela to Longreach was a great trip, roads were very good.  It was a full 9 hour day of driving.  I did the am leg and Noel did the pm leg.  We stopped for lunch at Emerald at a new shopping centre and had Subway then after a quick 30 minute stop back in the car to continue on.
Noticed a lot of road kill kangaroos on the stretch of highway from Barcaldine to Longreach but thankfully we haven't hit anything with our bull bar other than a couple of butterflies........sorry butterfly lovers....couldn't be avoided :(

Stopped in Barcaldine to see the "Tree of knowledge" pictured below.
Arrived in Longreach at 5:00pm and settled in to the hotel.

Tomorrow off to the Stockman's Hall of Fame and the Qantas Museum.  Off to bed now for an early night after all that driving and a well earned sleep in tomorrow.

Until tomorrow happy stamping everyone

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Road Trip Brisbane to Darwin - Day 1

Hi there Stampers,

Something a little different from the usual stamping creativeness for the next 12 days. My brother Noel and nephew James visiting from Minneapolis, Minnesota and we are driving from Brisbane to Darwin starting today.  All packed and heading off at 7:30 am.

Great trip from Brisbane today.  Stopped for lunch at Gayndah at a typical Queensland country pub to show James.  They loved their Aussie burgers.   Noel took this photo when we arrived in Biloela and the sun was right behind the sign.  Still you should get an idea of the countryside.  Hopefully our pickies will get better as we go along.   I am still trying to work my iPad as well :).  Off to dinner at the local pub now so watch for my next blog after Day 2 from Longreach.

Remember to check your Retirement Stampin' Up! List and I can still send in your order so you don't miss out.  Just email me your order.

Until tomorrow,
Happy stamping from Biloela

Monday, 23 July 2012

A little bit of bling!

Here is a card I made to share with my stamping group on the weekend and the bling on the ribbon is hand made.  I would like to thank Angela Sergeant for sharing this little trick and for those times when you think just that extra little bit of bling would finish off your project and you don't want to jump in the car and drive to your local "bling" supplier at the last minute here is your answer.

For this particular one shown here I used the circle punch from the "Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack" and the 3/4" circle punch cut from a window sheet (#114323), then I cut a very tiny clear strip to form the buckle and glued it on with a little Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755).  This makes a buckle using the largest of the Rhinestones which you just pop on around the circle. Pop in the ribbon and your bling is finished.  I love it!!!

The heart is using the small heart punch and topped with crystal effects to make it pop out that little bit more :)

Materials used:-

Stamps: Love and Laughter from the Autumn-winter mini catalogue ending 31 July 2012
Cardstock: Whisper White, Rose Red and Perfect Plum
Punches: Small Heart, itty bitty shapes punch pack circle, 3/4' circle and scallop oval.
Accessories: Perfect Plum 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Rhinestones and white embossing powder, Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - hearts.
Ink: Versamark and Basic Black

I will not be posting any cards for the next couple of weeks as I will be on a road trip from Brisbane to Darwin with my brother and nephew who are visiting from Minneapolis, Minnesota.  So I plan to blog as much of the trip as I can so watch this space to see a bit of the outback of Australia.

Happy creating everyone
Janette  :)

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Triple Blossom Punch

 The Warner Girls

Maree, Sonia & Karen and myself - had a day of card making on Sunday.  We concentrated on Valentines Day cards to take to our various workplaces.  All up 14 cards were created. 

We also did a "Make and Take" using the new Triple Blossom Punch.

I had used the punch on my example pictured here which I made the night before.  Upon demonstrating how the punch works with much enthusiasm it decided not to work for me :(.   A perfect time to use my improvising skills.  So sometimes things do not quite go to plan.   The girls ended up making wonderful cards regardless of a malfunction!!
After help from the wonderful team at Demonstrator Support I now realize that you have to put a little muscle behind these new triple style punches and use on a hard flat surface.  Standing up and firm even punching is also a handy hint to know.  I think I have now mastered the technique for this new punch and am really loving it  

All in all it was a very productive day and many cards were made and many laughs were had.  This year we have decided to make sure we meet at least every 6 weeks to boost our store of cards for sales and catch up on any new techniques and ideas. I will add the date of the next gathering in my events.  If anyone is interested in joining us just email me via this blog.

Bordering on Romance

My favourite stamp set at the moment is the "Bordering on Romance" set in the Autumn - winter mini catalogue. You can use this set in so many different ways. This catalogue ends soon on July 31 so be quick if you would like it also and email me to order it for you wherever you are in Australia.
I would love to be your personal Demonstrator smiley
I am not much of a colouring in girl but this set just lends itself to a bit of colour.  I made this card for a special friend whose birthday was in July.
I stamped the images on Sahara Sand cardstock with Versamark and then used white embossing powder.  The colouring process is so easy as the embossing keeps you in the lines.  Although it doesn't really matter if you go outside the lines a little as I like things that are not quite perfect.  The greeting is from the " Well Scripted " stamp set and this is another of my favourites at the moment. Sadly this set has retired but I have also used the Happy Birthday from the "Perfectly Penned" set.   You know how you tend to often use the same greeting if you can? 
I added a little Rhinestone bling and a couple of pure white butterflies from the "Beautiful Wings" Embosslits Die to finish it off.

Materials used:
Stamp Sets - Bordering on Romance 127510 (W) and 125482 (C); Well Scripted (Unfortunately retired)
Cardstock - Cajun Craze, Sahara Sand and Whisper White
Accessories - Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon; White Embossing Powder; Rhinestones, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die; Stampin' Write Markers - Old Olive, Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango from the Brights Collection (#119702)
Punches - Decorative Label
Thanks for looking and happy creating heart

Stamping for a great cause

Hi there Stampers
I have been quite busy over the last week.  I have had a birthday and have received lots of lovely hand made cards from friends and family.  Turning 56 is not as bad as I thought.  Not only am I now retired from my full time job and I can spend much more time with my beautiful Grandson, Tyler, who is now nearly 8 months old, but also I can spend lots more time in my craft room cardmaking and scrapbooking the first year of Tyler's gorgeous life.  I will share a page with you all real soon.   I am having the time of my life right now smiley
One of the lovely ladies in my WGs and Friends Group, Narelle, has asked if we can make some cards to donate to the Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital Premature Baby Unit.  These cards are given to the families of the babies who reach the very important 100 day milestone and are signed by all the nurses who have been part of bub's life during these 100 days.  I thought, what a wonderful idea and have made these 2 cards to start our donations off.  We hope to make a couple of these each at every regular gathering from now on.
I just love this stamp set "Baby Prints" in the current Autumn-winter mini catalogue.  You have to be quick to get this set though as this mini ends on July 31 2012.  So send me an email if you wish to order it.
Happy Stamping  heart

Warner Girls Gathering

Hello Stampers
Another successful Warner Girls Gathering has come and gone last weekend.  I was able to share all my Roomie Gifts and swaps with the girls and also share a couple of handy hints that I learnt at the Canberra Convention.  One of those great handy hints came from Teresa Dabrowski - thanks Teresa.  This was to use Rhinestones stuck together at the end of bakers twine to give that "bauble" effect.  I added it to a friend's birthday card and just gave it that bit of bling finishing touch.  I was very happy with the end result

I also used the Doily Triple Layer Punch Step 3 and embossed over all images with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder.  I then added the additional Step 1 and Step 2 of the Doily Punch on top with the greeting and the bling.  The colours are Bravo Burgundy and Blushing Bride and Whisper White.

Other WG creations on the day include these two from Dana

Here Dana has used the "Bring on the Cake" Stamp Set (123545 W and 121958 C), the Scallop Circle Punch and the Blossom Punch with Pool Party and Calypso Coral Cardstock

Happy Stamping and TFL