Tuesday, October 29, 2013

My Digital Studio - 30% Off Selected Seasonal Downloads

Get ready for your digital Christmas with 30% off selected seasonal downloads available for My Digital Studio (don't forget that you can use most of the digital content in any graphics program).

Nip over to my Online Store and click the MDS Seasonal Sale link to see what's on offer, and remember the offer is only available until 30 November 2013.

Limited Offer - Tag It Bundles

For a limited time only - between October 29 and November 30, pick up a Tag It Bundle for your Christmas gift giving :-)

Each bundle contains tags, ribbon and boxes for you to make your own pretty packages - both bundles contain the Stamp a Tag Kit and 10 yards of Cherry Cobbler ribbon, with the Holiday Tag It Decorative Box Bundle ($34.95)containing 6 Decorative Window Boxes, and the Holiday Tag It Extra-Large Box Bundle ($32.95) containing 3 Extra-Large Gift Boxes

Bundle 1 - Stamp a Tag Kit, 10 yards of Cherry Cobbler Stitched Ribbon, and 6 Decorative Window Boxes
Bundle 2 - Stamp a Tag Kit, 10 yards of Cherry Cobbler Stitched Ribbon, and 3 Extra-Large Gift Boxes

Contact me to place your order or head over to my Online Store.

New! Envelope Punch Board

Do you like to create your own custom envelopes, but wanted it to be a little easier?  You might like the latest tool available from Stampin' Up! - the Envelope Punch Board.

You can create totally customisable envelopes in up to 66 different sizes - add that to the countless number of colours and patterns on paper and the sky's the limit.  It's quick and easy to use - you will be making your own gorgeous envelopes in no time at all.  It has it's own little scoring tool (with a special compartment), and a punch for specially rounded corners for that professional look.

All this for a bargain $31.95!

Check out this video on the Stampin' Up! YouTube channel to see how quick and easy the Punch Board is to use, then contact me to place your order or head over to my Online Store.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

for Sandra

This is almost unheard of ... the other day I made an actual card to send to an actual person!  Mostly the cards I make are used as samples, and eventually (once the featured items retire) end up in a box through which my daughter digs each time she needs a birthday card quickly.

But this time I had a recipient in mind, made the card (based on this one - isn't it gorgeous?) and remembered to mail it!  I could have used an old sample card for her, but that just didn't seem right for the occasion.

So here you have it ... my card for Sandra.  I hope it made her happy :-)

Tips for anyone attempting this ... firstly, make sure your square punch is sharp *sigh*.  Secondly, lay all your squares out and work out exactly what you want the card front to look like - don't leave it to chance like, perhaps, might have happened here.  Lastly, have some sort of guide on hand so that you can keep the squares lined up evenly.

Images © 1990-2013 Stampin' Up!®  
Supplies used:
Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Cardstock:  Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Bermuda Bay

Accessories:  1" Square Punch, Scallop Border Punch, Bitty Banners Framelit, Textured Embossing Folders: Chevron, Petals-a-Plenty, Argyle, Beautifully Baroque, Perfect Polka Dots

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Improvements to the Online Store

If you've checked out the Online Store recently, you may have noticed a few changes going on ... here's a quick summary:

  • There is no longer a two-tiered pricing system - each product has one price, and that's the price you pay.
  • You will need to select a demonstrator (if you haven't already).
  • You can now shop using a Guest Account if you prefer not to create a profile for your purchases.  You will still need to select a demonstrator (and I hope it's me!) and have the option to be contacted or not, as you wish.
  • You can now easily save bag contents. Also, when adding items to your bag, you can choose to go directly to the bag or continue shopping. They have also included a progress bar to guide you through the ordering process.
  • Additional images are available for products.
  • You can sort the list from oldest to newest, or the other way round - perfect to see what's been added since the last time you looked (especially handy for MDS downloads, with new additions every week)
  • Sale prices are now clearly marked.
  • There are some hostess code updates.
  • You can state whether or not you want to be contacted by a demonstrator after your order - there is no requirement to check the box if you don't wish anyone to get in touch.

**NEW** Thinlits Card Dies

Ever wanted to make a swing card, but been daunted by all the messing around with measurements and precision cutting?  Well, have I got the solution for you!

Introducing the new Thinlits Card Dies - two different styles to choose from.  Each comes with the Thinlit to create the card base, as well as an assortment of dies to accessorise your creation.

Circle Thinlits Card Die $55.95

Label Thinlits Card Die $55.95

The card dies will also co-ordinate with many stamp sets in the catalogues - the Circle card die coordinates with Worth The Wait and Five Way Flower, while the Label card die coordinates with the Happy Day stamp set.  Both dies can also work well with the Oh Hello, Yippee Skippee, Really Good Greetings and Regarding Dahlias stamp sets.  And, what a remarkable coincidence - Happy  Day, Oh Hello and Yippee Skippee are currently on special for 25% off (until October 28 only).

Not sure how to use these new card dies?  Stampin' Up! have provided a handy-dandy YouTube video to walk you through using your new Thinlits card dies - take a look to see just how easy it will be to make your own swing cards using this new product.

I will be ordering mine in a week or two - can't wait to have a play with them!  Contact me or check out the Online Store (search for Thinlits) to order yours today!

One Week Only! 25 stamp sets are 25% off!

The specials are coming thick and fast over at Stampin' Up! HQ lately ... and because October is the official 25th birthday month, it's been pretty busy around here :-)

The latest special is one you'll love - for the next week, from October 22 through to 28, you will find that 25 stamp sets are available at 25% off the original price.  Just follow this link to my Online Store, click the 25% off 25 Stamp Sets heading and you can see everything that's available in this offer.

The sets on special are a mix of stamp images, occasions and styles, so have a look and see if any of them take your fancy, then either shop online or contact me to place your order.

Remember, this offer is only running until October 28, so don't miss out!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Less than one week to go! $25 Sign Up offer!

I thought I had posted this last week, and there it is, still in my Drafts folder *sigh*

And now you only have one week to go to take advantage of this offer!

Between October 7 and October 21, you can join the Stampin' Up! family for only $25!

This great deal will replace the normal $169 Starter Kit for these two weeks only.

The $25 Starter Kit includes:
  • $26.95 worth of Stampin' Up! product (it must be more than $25, but not more than $26.95) - your choice!
  • A Business Pack, which inlcudes a box of annual catalogues, a package of the current seasonal catalogue, the Getting Started DVD, a Starter Kit Business Brick (order forms and so on) and Customer postcards

The best part?  When you sign up as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, you have until the end of the first full quarter of your demonstratorship before you have to make your first quarterly minimums.  This means that you have until March 31, 2014 to meet your obligations!

The other best part?  You get an additional 10% discount on your first order of $300 or more if you place the order within 45 days of joining.  This is on top of the normal 20% discount available to demonstrators.

And another best part (they're all the best part, trust me) - you will also get two FREE months of your Demonstrator Business Web Service (DBWS) if you subscribe within 21 days of joining.

Contact me today to take advantage of this awesome offer!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

NEW! My Library for My Digital Studio™

Those of you who are now using My Digital Studio™ would know it can be tricky to keep track of what you've bought, not to mention all the great downloads you want in the future.

Well, there is now a solution!  Stampin' Up! has released an app (currently only for the iPad and iPad Mini, although I am told that a version for other devices is in the works) where you can keep track of your purchases, make a wish list, browse downloads and see the latest releases.  You can even link directly to the Online Store to shop for new downloads!

I downloaded the app the other night to have a play, and found it easy to use and very attractively designed as well :-)

You can't actually link your copy of MDS to the app, so you will have to manually search and add your purchases to your own list, but it's not at all difficult and is actually kind of fun to see what you already own - I found myself seeing my older downloads as if for the first time and thinking of ideas to use them as I went through the catalogue.

The app is free, too, so what's stopping you from downloading it today?  Even if you don't have MDS, you can get the app and browse the great digital content - many of the files available can be used in any graphics program.

As always, contact me if you want more information about My Digital Studio™, the My Library for My Digital Studio app or anything Stampin' Up!, just drop me an email.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

All Dressed Up

My dear friend Anne-Marie had a birthday recently, and here is the card I made for her to help her celebrate.  Very little stamping involved, but somehow a table (and kitchen bench) full of cardstock, dies, accessories, and general stamping mess went into the creation of this.

It didn't really come out as I had pictured it (do these things ever?) but I was pretty happy with the result.  And I can't believe it's taken me two months to get around to matching Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay with Elegant Eggplant!  Green and purple - what an awesome colour combination :-)

Images © 1990-2013 Stampin' Up!®  
Supplies used:
Stamps:  Everything Eleanor, Sketched Birthday
Cardstock:  Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Elegant Eggplant, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Ink: Coastal Cabana 
Accessories:  Dress Up Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Large Oval Punch

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Faux Washi Tape

You may have noticed the latest thing in stamping and scrapbooking is washi tape (well, it's been around before - but it's back!)

You can buy rolls of the stuff (Stampin' Up! has a small range, and I keep forgetting to dig mine out to play with it), but you can also buy this ...

Yep, faux washi tape :-)

Naturally I had to have this set, and it's going to be a lot of fun to play with.  The first thing I did was stamp some faux tape across the back of an envelope I was mailing for my husband (I have no idea if the recipient appreciated it, but it amused me).

Then I made this ...

Using my new favourite birthday stamp (from the Sketched Birthday set) - I love this one because it fits with the Bitty Banners framelits, and they are a snap to use with my beloved Magnetic Platform for my Big Shot.

Images © 1990-2013 Stampin' Up!®  
Supplies used:
Stamps:  Tape It, Sketched Birthday
Cardstock:  Burnt Brown Sugar, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush, Baked Brown Sugar 
Accessories:  Apothecary Accents Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Still here ... still stamping!

It's been very quiet around here lately - and I have pretty much no excuse.  So without further ado, here's a card I made at Stamp Club a while back - just messing around with some of the limited inks, papers and stamps that I had on hand at the time.

I've used the chevron oval from Oh Hello, and the flower from the same set, inked using markers and trimmed closely.  The background is En Francais, stamped in the new Smoky Slate.

Images © 1990-2013 Stampin' Up!®   Supplies used: Stamps:  Oh Hello, En Francais
Cardstock:  Smoky Slate, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White
Ink: Smoky Slate, Crisp Cantaloupe
Accessories:  Raspberry Ripple and Gumball Green Stampin' Write Markers

And here's a similar card, with Raspberry Ripple instead of Crisp Cantaloupe.  Looks like I need a little more practice with the Stampamajig to get those greetings straight :-)

Images © 1990-2013 Stampin' Up!®   Supplies used: Stamps:  Oh Hello, En Francais
Cardstock:  Raspberry Ripple, Whisper White
Ink: Smoky Slate, Raspberry Ripple, Black Stazon 
Accessories:  Raspberry Ripple and Pistachio Pudding Stampin' Write Markers, Stampamajig

Party More, Get More!

Get $25 extra hostess dollars when you have a qualifying (ie. $400 in sales) party this month! That means it’s easier than ever to earn even more free products as a hostess. It’s Stampin’ Up!’s 25th anniversary so let’s bring on the parties and free products in October!

Contact me today to arrange your October party, or just gather up a few friends and place an order - I can set up a Hostess Code for you so that everyone can order online in their own time through the month (remember the deadline will be October 31!).

Best of 25 Years - Best of Birthdays

Another stamp set has been released in the Best of 25 Years promotion ... this month it's Best of Birthdays.  Remember that all the Best of 25 Years stamp sets will be available right through until April next year :-)

Check out my Best of 25 Years page to see the rest of the sets!


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