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August 2011

Jolly Holiday Boxes

At class this month we've been using my brand new Box #2 die and the lovely Jolly Holiday DSP paper to make some festive boxes. They all looked different as we had a range of designs to choose from. Here's two of mine.


We've used the Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets to stick the glitter on to the punched out shapes.  They make it quick and easy to add some sparkle. 


Some ribbon trim.   We used the Real Red taffeta which works quite well, even though the red in the paper is Cherry Cobbler.  Love the wide striped ribbons.  Next month we get that in Cherry Cobbler - yum!


This little star punch has retired but we used it anyway as it was perfect for this project. 


The gold embossed greeting is from Short and Sweet stamp set, punched using the Modern Label punch.



We've got one more class left this month - well actually we had to reschedule it because of a school concert so it is Thursday September 1st, 7.30pm.  There's a few spots left if you'd like to make this box, plus a couple of Christmas cards.  Techniques: Faux Silk and Reverse Masking.   Last chance for a little while to catch a class.


Lots of my customers have been ordering the Jolly Holiday DSP this month that features in these boxes.  It is reduced to $10.17 so quite a bargain.  I keep expecting to log on to find it sold out, but so far so good.   

Update on the sold out list:  Stamp Sets - Sanded, Afterthoughts, Cheers To You, Christ Is Born, Friends 24-7, Full Calendar, Garden Whimsy, Scribble This, Sense Of Time, Choo Choo, 12" Cardstock - Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Rich Razzleberry, Baja Breeze, Perfect Plum, Wild Wasabi, Night Of Navy, Not Quite Navy, Basic Black, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Brushed Metallic cardstock, all the eyelets and all the retiring punches.

You can find the retired list here:  RETIRED LIST.   Get in touch before 31st August if there's anything you'd like before it disappears for good. 

My lovely stamping friends are having a blog hop today with some retired list products.  I did a lap around this morning with a cuppa in hand.  What gorgeous projects.  If you're looking for some card making inspiration today you can catch the hop here:  Judy's blog    then follow the links to do a lap.  Must get myself organised to join in one of these months!


Don't forget to book your spot for my new catalogue launch - 2 dates to  choose from.  Details here. 
Not long to go now - getting exciting! 

Have a super weekend. 

Cheers,  Sue

I'm off to play with Jack's birthday present.  It was his birthday yesterday and we gave him a marble run.  It is keeping the whole family entertained!


Stampin' Up New Catalogue Peek: My Friend Card

I've been having a play with some new goodies from the upcoming new 2011/12 Stampin' Up catalogue.   Here's the first card I made using the set My Friend.  What an appropriate name for a card for a lovely friend.


The base is Concord Crush (always a tricky colour to photograph.)  I've also used Pink Pirouette (textured) and Very Vanilla.  The silhouette flowers are stamped in Concord Crush ink.  I've coloured the greeting using my markers - the colours from the card plus Pear Pizzazz.  

Punches: Modern Label and Decorative Label - a nice combination.

I've added a spritz of sparkle to the pink layer and finished it off with some of the tiny pearls. 



If you'd like to have a closer look at some products and samples from the 2011/12 Stampin' Up Idea Book and Catalogue - come along to my launch on Wed 14th or Thurs 15th September, 7.30pm.  Phone or email to book your spot.  It'll be lots of fun.  More details here

If you'd like a copy of the catalogue - from now until the end of September you can pick up a copy from my place for $10 or I can post one to you for $15. 

Cheers,  Sue

Dasher Christmas Card

Back again with the last of the cards we did at Christmas In July classes. 


This one features the stamp Dasher and the Petals A Plenty embossing folder, along with one of the striped grosgrain ribbons.  They look so lovely cinched in with an antique brad don't they.  Dasher is stamped using Platinum Shimmer Paint (just daubed straight onto the rubber.)  A pearl for an eye, and some vellum for the matting.  The embossed panel is Very Vanilla.  Some ladies used black ribbon, some used olive and some went for the red - they all looked very striking I thought. 

Here's another shot with a bit more of that texture showing. 


We're making a nifty box, and two more Christmas cards at my August classes - the last chance to catch a class for a little bit.   There's space left next Wednesday 17th and also on Thursday 18th, at 7.30pm if you're keen to get some ideas for Christmas cards.   Phone or email to book a spot.


Here's the link to the page where you'll find the retired list if you wanted to check the latest updated list.  Retired List Info

A few things have sold out including quite a few of the retiring punches, eyelets, some stamp sets - Sanded, Full Calendar, Garden Whimsy, Choo Choo, and some of the packs of 12" cardstock.  (The packs of 12" cardstock are being reconfigured, not disappearing altogether. Get in touch if you need more details.) 

Customers/Class Girls:  Are you after a copy of the new catalogue?  $10 if you pick it up, $15 if you'd like me to post one to you.   All set to go. 

Yay Cadel

Jack and I enjoyed adding our claps and cheers to the big crowd in the city today for Cadel Evans.

Here's our view of one of the big screens ....


And my view of Jack saying, 'Can you pick me up please mum?'


Have a great weekend!

Cheers, Sue

Hanging Ornament Christmas Card


Here's another of the cards we made last month at my Christmas In July classes.  This one uses the ornament from Delightful Decorations, the ornament punch and the Lovely As A Tree stamp set too.  Plus lashings of Heat and Stick Powder and Dazzling Diamonds glitter to make the gorgeous sparkly panel, and a nice coating of Crystal Effects for that glossy shine.


Colours:  Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla - an elegant combination for Christmas I think.

The Always Artichoke panel is stamped with En Francais, with some sponging around the edge for that nice added depth.  Tip: I ink up the stamp and place it on the table, rubber side up.  Then I lay my cardstock on top and press to make sure it contacts the rubber all over. 


The branches are from the big tall tree in Lovely As A Tree stamp set.  Once we'd stamped those onto the Vanilla cardstock we tapped the whole panel on to a Versamark Pad then added Heat and Stick Powder.  Heat until it JUST changes to be tacky, then dip it in Dazzling Diamonds.  A quick burst with the heat gun helps to set it.  I love glitter panels - a great feature for an extra special Christmas card. 

I decided to add Crystal Effects to the bauble.  I waited until I'd put the card together, stuck the bauble on with dimensionals and added the rhinestones.  Then coated it with Crystal Effects.  

Tip:  Then put it on the bench and leave it to dry overnight!  Don't go touching it 2 hours later because you want to check - it won't be quite dry and you'll leave a fingerprint which will then annoy you.  (Speaking from experience - grin!) 

One last pic to show that nice glossy ornament and sparkly glitter panel. 


Have a great week.     Cheers,  Sue

Note for anyone emailing:    We're heading up to Rockhampton for John's dad's funeral so I'll be offline from midday today til late Tuesday night.  Back on deck Wednesday. 

Sparkly and Bright and Spiral Punch

Way past time for a card here isn't it!   Here's one of the cards we did last month at my Christmas In July classes.  It is based on this card by Kirstin Davies, and features two items from the Retirement List - Sparkly And Bright stamp set, and the Spiral Punch.  (Going to miss that punch!)


The greeting, Christmas images on the film strip, and the snowflake I've used in the background are all from Sparkly and Bright stamp set (along with a Christmas stocking image that didn't squeeze onto the card.) 

Colours:  Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip and Basic Black.

Punches: Spiral Punch and Decorative Label


The Decorative Label comes up well when you layer 3.  I've trimmed a little bit off the red and green ones so that it is a bit neater on the sides.  I've used my markers for the greeting so we could get a two toned image.

If you'd like to get an early start on some Christmas card ideas, we're doing festive themed classes in August too - making two cards and a gift box.  Booking up fast! 

Dates and available places here:  Class Page

Sold Out Update:

Five items from the Retirement List have sold out so far - both colours of Jumbo Eyelets, the Metallic Eyelets and the Photo Corners Punch.  Edited to add:   Just adding the Star Punch to the sold out list too.

Another edit:  Not showing as sold out yet on the official list  but I just tried to order the Spiral Punch and the sold out message appeared.

Check this link for the updated list: Retired List Info.      It is updated each business day by 8am. 

Get in touch if you'd like to order anything.  0417 377 057 or [email protected]

Customers/Class Girls:  Would you like something special to read with a cuppa??  The postie has brought some boxes today!!   Let me know if you want to swing by and grab some reading material ($10) or if you'd like it posted ($15.)    (Note: I'll be away Mon lunchtime til Tues night for a funeral.)

Have a lovely weekend.

Cheers,  Sue

Retirement List Is Out

Say goodbye 

It is retirement list time.   Here's the page where you'll find the link to the list of the items from our main catalogue that will NOT be available in the 2011/2012 catalogue that starts next month.  

You can find the link here:   Retirement List

These items are available while stocks last this month.  Phone or email your order (and payment details) through and I'll get your orders straight in.

Catalogues: Ring Me When They Arrive List

Note to my customers/class girls:  If you'd like to be on my 'ring me when they arrive' list - let me know and I'll get in touch as soon as my boxes of catalogues arrive. 

$10 - pick up from my place

$15 - if you'd like it posted straight to your door

Happy list checking!

Cheers, Sue