30 August 2010

It's All About the DSP

Gosh, time's flying by at a great rate of knots and it's almost here ... the release of the new 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalogue!! Just two more days, and then you can see for yourselves all the gorgeousness inside! I've been working frantically on lots of special projects .. and can't wait to show you, although some have to be kept under wraps for now (drat lol).

One of my "secret" projects is for the ESAD New Catty Blog Hop which takes place on Wednesday, 1 September, commencing around 10am. You'll find a link in my sidebar to the blog of the lovely Leonie Schroder who is kicking off the hop. Join me in hopping around, and see all the fabulous new products we've been playing with, and the projects that have been created for you. It'll be a lot of fun and inspiration.

I can show you a couple of things I've been working on ....



This first card uses one of the new Level 2 Hostess sets, called Cute By the Inch .. and it was one I just couldn't resist. It has an OWL in it lol!! This is a great 7-stamp set, and has a super-cute Petal Card XL Punch to match. I've also used a strip of the new Greenhouse Gala designer series paper. To be honest, when I first saw the pictures of this paper, I was not keen at all, and had decided not to order it. I did order it with my pre-order though ... and I'm so glad I did. There are some lovely sheets, highlighting the new Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzazz colours, and I've used heaps of it already!

Here's another sheet from the pack, this time showcasing Pear Pizzazz, Baja Breeze and Chocolate Chip. And see that embossed background ... that's a gorgeous new embossing folder called Vintage Wallpaper. It gives a beautiful deep impression when run through the Big Shot, and looks equally wonderful on white, or coloured cardstock.



This next card features another designer series paper called Newsprint ... and another confession haha ... I bought this pack just for the sheet with the music score on it, thinking I'd use that sheet, and nothing else. Weelllll ... ummm...... I Love it ALL!


This card was so quick to make. I used one of the flower images from the new set called Friends Never Fade, a piece of Newsprint dsp, and a strip of crimped cardstock. Add a couple of pearls from the (retired) Pretties Kit ... or better yet our NEW Basic Pearl Jewels, and you're done. Can't wait to get those! I'm sure you'll be seeing more pearls from me soon. You'll also be seeing a lot more of this dsp and colour combination in the not too distant future *wink*.

Back with more excitement very soon!!

Thanks for dropping in.

Inky hugs,
Aly

26 August 2010

Last Chance and Extra Discounts

Hi there,

In case you missed it, the Last Chance List is almost over. Last day to purchase items on this list, and from the Autumn/Winter Mini catalogue, is 31st August. I'm very excited to announce that for the first (and probably last) time, Stampin'Up! has added a select number of additional products at further big reductions!! See the list below.


Item # Page    Description    Discount    Discounted AUS Price Discounted NZ Price
116342    42    Big Bold Birthday 50% $     26.98 $    31.98
116408    100    Seeing Spots 50% $     14.98 $    17.98
116344    121    Big Deal Alphabet 50% $     38.98 $    45.98
116208    126    In Color card stock (A4) 50% $        7.25 $      8.63
105538    127    Bold Brights Stampin' Write markers 25% $     43.46 $    51.71
105537    127    Soft Subtles Stampin' Write markers 25% $     43.46 $    51.71
105540    127    Rich Regals Stampin' Write markers 25% $     43.46 $    51.71
105541    127    Many Marvelous Markers 25% $   175.46 $  209.96
 105550     128     Bold Brights Classic Stampin' Spots  25%  $     31.46  $    37.46
 105551     128     Earth Elements Classic Stampin' Spots  25%  $     31.46  $    37.46
 105539     128     Earth Elements Stampin' Write markers  25%  $     43.46  $    51.71
 105552     129     Rich Regals Classic Stampin' Spots  25%   $     31.46  $    37.46
112042    132    Urban Garden Designer Series paper 50% $        8.48 $      9.98
112041    134    Bella Rose Designer Series paper 50% $        8.48 $      9.98
107305    152    Oval Large punch 50% $     15.48 $    17.98
113692    152    Eyelet border punch 50% $     15.48  $    17.98
109043    152    Scallop Circle punch 50% $     15.48 $    17.98
113694    152    Heart to Heart punch 50% $     15.48 $    17.98
112082    152    Wide Oval punch 50% $     15.48 $    17.98
112091    152    Scallop Edge punch 50% $     15.48 $    17.98
113693    152    Full Heart punch 50% $     15.48 $    17.98
104310    155    Crafters' Tool Kit 25% $     58.46 $    68.96
112004    AW28* 1-3/4" Circle punch 50% $     15.48 $    17.98
116629    CO* Butterfly punch 50% $     15.48 $    17.98

  *CO=Carryover Flyer     
  *AW=Autumn/Winter Mini Catalogue   

These are amazing discounts! Don't delay ... if you'd like to order these, or any other items from the Last Chance List contact me today.

19 August 2010

EnchantINK Challenge

A lovely friend and fellow demonstrator, Andrea, is celebrating a huge blogging milestone ... 100,000 hits! That's an awesome achievement. She issued a challenge to use her blog colours and header to create a card, and I thought what better way to honour her achievement, than to participate in the challenge.



I used her colours of Rich Razzleberry, Pale Plum (retiring), and So Saffron, and of course lots of Whisper White to really "pop" the colours. The Rich Razzleberry and Pale Plum panels were sponged around the edges with the corresponding inks. The two scalloped panels were wheeled with the Very Vintage wheel in So Saffron, and sponged round the edges with Pale Plum. I stamped my butterfly (All A Flutter) with black Stazon on vellum cardstock, coloured with ink and blender pens, and then fussy cut and adhered on a small piece of dimensional. The central panel uses a piece of So Saffron Patterns DSP, and is also popped up on dimensionals.

I've been hoarding that piece of Hodge Podge Hardware (also retiring) for about a year now hehehe, mainly because it's so large and I couldn't figure out what to do with it! I decided it needed to be a feature on a card, and found a sentiment from Whimsical Words that just fit the bill. It's especially appropriate for this card, as Andrea is well known for her kindness and consideration of others.

I really enjoyed stretching myself on this challenge, and I'm really happy with how the card turned out. Thanks Andrea for issuing the challenge, and HUGE congratulations on your amazing milestone!



Thanks for dropping in,
Inky hugs
Aly

15 August 2010

Colour Renovation

Hi everyone,

Like just about everyone else on the planet, hehehe, I'm hanging out for the new colours. My lovely friend, fellow Demonstrator and blogging buddy Monique had a wonderful idea to display the new colour collections, that she posted on ESAD (Extra Special Australasion Demonstrators) Forum and I just HAD to steal it! (with her permission of course haha). I changed the punch she used, and used a different card base, but kept the layout fairly similar as I loved how her cards turned out.


I used a piece of crimped cardstock across the card in place of ribbon, and left spaces where I can add a punched heart in the new core colours when we're able to order those on 1st September. I've used confetti white for the card bases, and printed out the titles from my computer onto Whisper White. The punches are the Small Heart and Extra-Large Two-Step Bird punches from the current mini catalogue, and I'm really pleased these will carry over to the new catty.

I just love the way the collections have been organised, and how well the colours go together. This is a fabulous way to show customers the collections "in the flesh" and a big THANK YOU again to Monique for coming up with this idea.

Thanks for dropping in, and have a stampy day :)

Inky hugs
Aly

07 August 2010

Out with the Old ....

... and in with the New!!

One of the things I really love about being a demonstrator is getting to see NEW catalogues and products before they are released! It's so exciting to get a Sneak Peek of the new catalogue that will be launching on 1 September, and being able to order some of the beautiful new products that will be available.

My preorder arrived yesterday ... and the timing was perfect, as I needed to make a birthday card and gift for a dear friend. The colours in the new Greenhouse Gala DSP (designer series paper) are just her style and I hope she likes her gift.


The box is called a keepsake box, and I've used Riding Hood Red cardstock and ribbon to decorate it, and added a stick pin from the Pretties Kit that is retiring at the end of August.




I hope she enjoys the contents of the box ... a few SU goodies for her to use in her scrapbooking, and a couple of jumbo binder clips that I've decorated with the new dsp.

One of the new sets that will be in the catalogue is this one called Friends Never Fade. It's a lovely set of images. I used Crumb Cake (formerly known as Kraft) as a base, and stamped with Riding Hood Red ink on Very Vanilla cardstock. I stamped the swirly flower as a background (stamped off once) with Riding Hood Red ink, added a bow and rows of piercing, and then popped up the whole panel with dimensionals.


I stamped the image again, cut out the flower, and popped that up with dimensionals too. (I really think I need to find a prettier background for my photos lol)

I'll be back soon to show you some more sneak peeks ...

Thanks for dropping in :)

Inky hugs
Aly

03 August 2010

Last Chance List

Hi there,

Hundreds of products from the 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalogue are retiring. Now is the last chance for you to get them before they're gone for good!

Some of the last chance items are discounted by as much as 50%, so this is a great time to save some money. And you can save even more! Place an order with me over $75 and I will pay your shipping! This offer is only available through me, and only for the month of August.

Some of the items on the Last Chance List will be available in the new catalogue, but in a new configuration (e.g., a new punch body style). These items include (but are not limited to) punches, card stock assortment packs, etc.

Don't delay .. these products are only available While Stocks Last! and could sell out quickly. Check out the list here.

Contact me today to place your order.

Inky hugs
Aly

02 August 2010

Helping Hudson - A Wheely Great Cause

It's true when they say that a little goes a long way, and I'm here to tell you about how a simple purchase of some fun-filled papercraft tutorials can give freedom to a little boy!

Hudson is 2 1/2 but unlike most children his age, he has had a tough little life. Doctors realised he had an incomplete brain before he was born and as a newborn he was discovered to be legally blind. Hudston has recently been diagnosed with both Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy. His mobility has been hindered severely by his disabilities, however his family and friends wish nothing more than to give him the chance to get moving on his own. Hudson needs a special Wheelchair/Walker, called a Kid Walker. This device will help get him mobile, allow him to play with his brother and sister, interact with other children his own age and give him independence in his day-to-day life.

This is where the stamping world really comes into play! When a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators are asked for help they come to the rescue, ink and paper in hand, to work miracles. This is what has happened around Hudson over the last few months. First with his mum's direct team, and then spreading out across Australia and New Zealand, and around the world. His story has touched so many people so it's time to share it with you all.

There is a HUGE online stamping event taking place, called Helping Hudson - A Wheely Great Cause! The organisers have been working really hard, securing support, tutorials and donations to get this event underway. There are going to be three weeks of stamping fun for you to join in. It kicked off on 1 August and will run right through until the 22nd. You'll find it at http://helpinghudson.blogspot.com

You'll find out all about Hudson, his family and his cause. But, more importantly, you can do something to help Hudson, at the same time as helping yourself learn how to make some great new papercraft projects, by purchasing bundles of tutorials kindly donated by Stampin' Up! demonstrators the world over. There's even a FREE bonus bundle if you buy four or more. All proceeds go directly to help Hudson.
The Helping Hudson Crew will also be posting some awesome challenges throughout the three weeks. For a small donation you can join in and be in the running for some fantastic Stampin' Up! prize packs, kindly donated by Stampin' Up! Australia (Australian residents only).

C'mon ... let's get Hudson moving and support this great cause.

Inky hugs
Aly