Wednesday, August 31, 2011

GOODBYE 2010/2011 HELLO 2011/2012 CATALOGUE

Yes! We've said our goodbyes to retired products in the 2010/2011 Idea Book & Catalogue but introducing new products in our new 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalogue. There are lots of gorgeous stamp sets, punches, dies etc. Just click on the icon to the right and it will bring you to 169 pages of the new catalogue in full colour.   Take note on page 7 of the new hostess dollars and special priced items on the pages to follow. We have five new In Colours which will stay two years. We have kept the In Colours from last year for another year. If you are into fabric then check out page 140 to see our Designer Fabric. Did you know that you can use the Dies to cut your fabric using the Big Shot? Imagine how much time you would save cutting with the Big Shot instead of by hand. Your shapes would all be exactly the same size and nice clean crisp cuts.
There are lots of new ideas as well to help you decide on your projects. If you dont want to look at the catalogue online then all you need to do is contact me and I will have one posted or delivered to you so that you can sit at your leisure with a cuppa and browse. I am off now to have another browse. Will be back again soon. Thanks for popping by:)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Stamparoos 2011 Stamp Camp at Swanleigh

Well here I am again and the stamp camp is all over. I left straight from work and headed to Swanleigh.  We all met between 5-6pm at the Hamilton house and found our bedrooms and made our beds and then headed up to the Dining room for dinner. Its always lovely to catch up with old friends and meeting the newbies from Stampin' Up! There were 22 of us this year. Quite a considerable drop from last year but it was very relaxing and enjoyable. We were able to do our Shoebox Swaps at leisure.  Some of the ladies left earlier than others to hit the sack.

The few laggers left the library (where we held our stamping etc) at around 12.40am including myself. I was not tired at all and could have gone on longer. I ended up getting to bed at about 1.45am. I hardly slept as I was worried I might sleep in as breakfast was to be held at 7.30am in the dining room. After breakfast we went back to the library to carry on our Shoebox Swaps.  Morning tea came around at 10.30 then lunch at 12noon.

We then came back to the library and Skip did her presentation. Skip's card is shown here using the new Creative Element Stamp set which is in the new catalogue. I love this set and it has to be my favourite from the catalogue.  I love the way Skip has used the set and colouring. We also learnt how to use the Scallop Die so that we had a nice little scalloped edge at the bottom of the card. Thanks Skip!

It was my turn next and I used Love Letter and made a Slider card. My ladies from my monthly workshops at home made this card last week. I just love the DSP Love Letter but unfortunately it is disappearing at the end of August so if you like this one too you will have to be quick to order it before time is up. 

Sue Joyce showed us how to make a little gift box from the Mini Milk Carton Die.  We all found it very easy to make and a good workshop WOW! I can see I am going to have to order this die.  Thanks to you as well Sue for your presentation. We all finished our cards etc just in time for dinner. I went home before dinner so that I could take my hubby out for his birthday. We ended up going to the local tavern where they always have delicious food and then headed off to Hillarys to San Churros where I introduced Peter to Churros. I had a lovely hot chocolate and we shared 6 Churros.  Whoa! Too many as I began to feel ill after leaving the shop. I ended up on the couch once we got home as I really did not feel well. I have been so looking forward to visiting San Churros since it opened over a year ago.  I dont think I will be visiting again real soon. Anyway I really enjoyed the Stamp Camp. Next year I WILL stay two nights.
Next is Perth Regionals which we all look forward to each year. I missed last year as Peter and I were away in Qld travelling. I leave you with a lovely photo of our gorgeous Ngaire who organised the stamp camp and some of the cards we made at the camp.
See you again soon and thanks for popping by:)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Stamparoos 2011 Stamp Camp

I am all packed (my craft gear is packed at least) ready for the Stamparoos Stamp Camp 2011. These camps always have you guessing what you will end up bringing home. We pack our necessities that we have asked to bring and wonder what these little pieces of cardstock will turn into before we come home again. Mmm! What colour to bring and whether the DSP will match. Oh well.  Its all in the learning and of course the first one is always meant to be a sample to go by to make more. Hopefully I wont be coming home as tired as I was the last two camps. Its my hubby's birthday on the Saturday and I hope to be home bright and cheerful for him. I know one time I came home I walked in the door, dropped my bag and said hi and that I was heading straight for bed. Yes you guessed it. We dont get much sleep on these camps.  We try not to go too far into the night. Thats pretty difficult for us stampers.Anyway thought I would get you interested in seeing what I will be bringing home on Saturday night. I was hoping to stay an extra night but as I said before its hubby's birthday and I cant be too selfish. He keeps telling me to stay the extra night but its one day you can never take back.
Will see you soon with pics from the camp. Hopefully some great new ideas, especially knowing that is it a Christmas theme.  See you soon and thanks for popping by:)

Saturday, August 13, 2011


I just had to post this. You can see more Its quite an interesting site. If you dont like your job and you love to stamp then quit your job and join us at Stampin' Up! I can tell you its so much more fun! :) Thanks for popping by:)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Sense of Time

Hello fellow stampers,

I am enjoying my RDO today and it is going way too fast. Its been sunny with a few showers. I just love the showers. Its so cosy! I am going to miss winter when it goes but I guess we have quite a bit more of the wintry season to go yet.
I have been trying to catch up on birthday cards etc today.  I was using a temporary glue tape and found that once I had finished my project that I had not quite taken all the glue off and of course the ink does not stay where the glue has been. You are probably wondering why I would be using temp glue on the side I am showing. Well the otherside did not work out so I turned it over and forgot that I had the glue on there. Mmm! I thought then that I would have a play with it and see what I could come up with. You can see by the scrap piece at how accurate it is when you take the tape off. I thought then I would cut out an oval shape with my Ovals Dies and place this over my card. I then taped over the oval shape onto the card beneath. When I pulled the oval shape off it gave a shabby look. I quite liked it. I had the Sense of Time stamp set on my desk and decided to use that one and this is what I came up with. I have used Not Quite Navy, Cajun Craze, More Mustard and Very Vanilla cardstock. Stamp pads I have used are Not Quite Navy, Cajun Craze and More Mustard. I used a dauber to apply my ink. I have also used the Square Lattice folder on the Not Quite Navy cardstock. I am thinking now that I should have cut out the clock instead of leaving the cardstock in a rectangle shape. Oh well!  If you are one for not too many layers of card when making your projects you could run the tape around the edge of your card. This would  give the effect of another layer of cardstock to your project.


You will find below the Box Card that we made at Ngaires for my folded card night. I know that some of you were not able to attend and I have posted out the instructions but to see it would be a help also.

I had to make a thank you card and found this idea in Cardmaking, Stamping & Scrapbooking magazine. I have used Love Letter DSP for the flower. Using my Scallop Circle Punch to punch out five pieces. I then scrunched them up and unfolded then held them together with an old button I found in my tin. I also used the Two Step Bird Punch for my leaves. I have used a retired stamp set, Stem Silhouettes (one of my favourites) for the background.

Remember that this is the last month for purchasing products from the Goodbye list.  This will be the last time that you see these items up for sale. Unfortunately the stamp set I have used today, Sense Of Time is also leaving us. Please dont hesitate to let me know if you wish to purchase any products. I wouldnt want you to miss out on that favourite stamp set you have had on your wish list.
Well I am off to have a cuppa now so will catch you next time.
Thanks for popping by:)