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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Faux Metal Class

Faux Metal Technique Class
I made these cards at a Faux Metal Class held for a few of my lovely friends during their lunch break. Faux Metal is a really effective technique for stepping up your cards and papercraft projects. This technique takes a little bit of practice to get used to...unless you have been blessed with a third arm!

If you are interested in learning this technique and have at least three friends who would also like to do this with you, I can come to a venue of your choice and do a class with you. It costs $20 per person and all materials for each person to make two cards using this technique will be supplied.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Aft Fest

CraftFest 2009 was great manic fun! We met lots of enthusiastic papercrafters and a few quilters who had their interest piqued on their way to the next fat quarter. We even had a few bead artisans drop by. Our visitors completed around 250 make and takes as mementos of their visit to our stand. Six lucky door prizes were drawn and given away...I mention this because of two serendipitous draws (one involved a little girl drawing her own name out of the bowl *claps excitedly* and another saw a lady bemoaning the fact that she never wins anything witness her name being drawn two minutes later *claps even more excitedly*). I hope that everyone enjoyed our technique demonstrations featuring the beautiful and versatile Embrace Life stamp set which is available until the end of this month through the current Stampin' Up! Australia Summer Mini.

The following card was displayed during my Crayon Resist demonstration so I thought why not post it with its supply list?

Crayon Resist Technique using Stampin' Up! suppliesStampin' Supplies
Bashful Blue
Certainly Celery
Chocolate Chip
Tempting Turquoise

Stamp sets:
Embrace Life
En Français background

Certainly Celery Textured
Glossy White
Whisper White

Chunky Glitter
Paper Snips
Sponge Daubers
Stampin' Dimensionals
Stampin' Write Marker in Old Olive
Tombow Liquid Adhesive
Word Window Punch

I'm now busily adding e-mail addresses to my mailing list to send out my next newsletter by the end of the week. If you visited us and didn't get a chance to fill out a lucky door prize form (or forgot to tick that you are interested in a monthly e-mail), just click on the Sign Me Up! link on the left to be added to my list.

A big wave to my lovely friends and customers for visiting me at the stand *WAVE*

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

CraftFest, Sydney 2009

CraftFest Sydney 2009 Lucky Door PrizeThis is a bag holding Stampin' Up! goodies for one of the lucky door prizes that we'll be giving away at CraftFest 2009. To know what is in it, enter our lucky door competition. It's free!

If you are coming to CraftFest, we'd love you to visit our stand. We'll be featuring technique demonstrations and doing make & takes. There'll be Pick-A-Prizes for bundle purchases too. We'll also have a large array of projects using Stampin' Up! products - if you are inspired by any of our work, you are most welcome to take pictures. We'd also be happy to answer any questions that you may have about Stampin' Up! products or the company itself. Hope to see you there!

When:Friday March 6th to Sunday March 8th, 2009
Where:The Dome, Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush
Time:10am - 4.30pm
Admission:Adult - $15*
Seniors, Aged or Disability Pensioners - $13*
Children under 5 - Free
Children (5 to 16 Years) - $7
Family (2 adults and 2 children) - $35
Group (minimum 10 pre-booked) - $12 each
* If you register as part of the Craft Club, save $1 off the Adult and Seniors, Aged or Disability Pensioners rate.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Simply sending off Simple Delights

Stampin' Up! Simply Sent Simple Delights CardI looked at my blog yesterday and realised that it is just a mass of lists! What happened to the crafty stuff?!

I have been really busy preparing for CraftFest 2009 but I wanted to post one of the cards that I made using my favourite Simply Sent kit: Simple Delights. Most of the supplies can be found in the kit excepting the wide satin Chocolate Chip that can be found in Theatre Ribbon Originals and the buckle which is from a tin of Antique Brass Hodgepodge. All three items are retiring *pout* but the good news is that you can save 25% off Simple Delights while it is in stock (now $59.96). Farewell Simple Delights - you were simply delightful.

Anyway, must run to finish a few things including a lucky door prize that will be presented at CraftFest.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Stampin' Up! 2008-2009 Idea Book & Catalogue Retired List

ETA April 1: All retired items are now unavailable.

March signals the end of the current Stampin' Up! Australia Idea Book & Catalogue (IBC). *sniffle* Many products are retired - meaning that they will no longer be sold by SU! in Oz and, if stock runs out during this period, they are gone for good. *wave goodbye*

The full list is available here in alphabetical order of item name or in order of catalogue page number.

Two items that have been reduced by 50% to $5.98 are the Spring Flowers and Spring Showers Designer Series Paper sets that didn't appear in the IBC. Since there are quite a few items are being sold at 25% off interspersed in the retired list, I've collated them in a table for quick reference:

NameItem NumberReduced PriceStock Level
Stamp Sets
40All Through the Year108728$25.46 
34All Year Fun108992$43.46 
48Artfully Asian108738$34.46 
102Background Sampler108742$22.46 
53Backyard BBQ111229$32.96 
65Bronc Buster112376$26.96 
78Bud Basics111232$25.46 
33Dad's Day112253$32.96Low
42Eat Cake108781$36.71 
117Expressive Flexible Phrases108786$59.96 
108Fine Lace108806$25.46 
95Finest Flourishes108807$26.96 
108Fine Lace108806$25.46 
68Go Team111975$25.46 
56Greetings Galore108828$44.21 
28Holiday Wishes108840$34.46 
26Hung Up on the Holidays108842$22.46 
68Just Golf112330$18.71 
68Just Tennis112332$18.71 
31Keep Christmas112216$28.46Low
122Kia Ora111989$23.21 
113Lexicon of Love108855$22.46 
53Like It a Latte110254$35.21 
29Merry, Merry112223$34.46 
90Office Accoutrement110243$45.71 
107On the Spot108884$25.46 
126Rough Edges Mini Alphabets108904$29.96 
83Sassy Stems108906$26.96 
29Snow Flurries110244$15.71 
30Solemn Stillness108918$44.21 
91Stamp of Authenticity108920$45.71 
100Sweet Sampler112284$22.46 
93Sweet Shapes108927$36.71 
60Sweet Thing112290$22.46 
108Well Worn Words108954$25.46 
147Bold Brights buttons103977$10.13 
147Earth Elements & Neutrals buttons103981$10.13Gone
Designer Series Paper
135Berry Bliss Designer Series paper110749$8.96 
136Brilliant Blue Prints Designer Series paper109174$8.96 
134Brocade Background Designer Series paper109149$8.96 
136Certainly Celery Prints Designer Series paper109178$8.96 
136Close to Cocoa Prints Designer Series paper109169$8.96 
134Dashing Designer Series paper109150$8.96 
136East Coast Prep Designer Series paper110699$8.96 
134Fall Flowers Designer Series paper109160$8.96 
134Le Jardin Designer Series paper109151$8.96Gone
135Notebook Designer Series paper110748$8.96 
136Old Olive Prints Designer Series paper109176$8.96 
134Outlaw Designer Series paper109148$8.96 
135Petals & Paisleys Designer Series paper108503$8.96 
136Pumpkin Pie Prints Designer Series paper109170$8.96Gone
136Spring Break Designer Series paper110698$8.96 
135Spring Fling Designer Series paper110273$8.96 
135Spring Silhouettes Designer Series paper110271$8.96 
Hodgepodge Hardware
135Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware105515$39.71Gone
In Color
129Blue Bayou Classic Stampin' Pad109013$7.46 
146Blue Bayou double-stitched grosgrain ribbon109060$12.71 
129Groovy Guava Classic Stampin' Pad109012$7.46 
146Groovy Guava double-stitched grosgrain ribbon109063$12.71 
129In Color A4 card stock111856$10.88 
129In Color textured 12"x 12" card stock108694$16.46 
129Purely Pomegranate Classic Stampin' Pad109011$7.46 
146Purely Pomegranate double-stitched grosgrain ribbon109061$12.71 
129River Rock Classic Stampin' Pad109010$7.46 
129Soft Sky Classic Stampin' Pad109009$7.46 
146Soft Sky double-stitched grosgrain ribbon109059$12.71 
129Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin' Pad109014$7.46 
146Wild Wasabi double-stitched grosgrain ribbon109058$12.71 
146Wild Wasabi striped grosgrain ribbon110716$11.21 
133Days-To-Remember 12" x 12" Wall Calendar103604$15.71 
133Pockets & Pieces Office Accents110730$12.71Low
On Board
140On Board Accents107307$15.71 
141On Board Blossoms & Basics109181$20.96 
141On Board Ginormous Pieces109179$20.96 
140On Board Simon Lower107306$15.71 
1421/4" Square punch104943$8.63 
142Spring Flower Bouquet punch106522$23.21 
147Beachfront Ribbon Originals109189$17.96 
146Caramel gingham ribbon104830$9.71 
147District Ribbon Originals109187$17.96 
147FairyTale Ribbon Originals109188$17.96 
146Light Blue gingham ribbon104829$9.71Low
146Light Pink gingham ribbon104828$9.71 
146Moss gingham ribbon104831$9.71 
141Anchored Rub-Ons110282$14.96 
141Cherished Memories Rub-Ons110281$14.96 
141Urban West Rub-Ons110285$14.96 
Simply Scrappin'
137Crew Kids Boy Simply Scrappin'110572$27.71 
138Winter Bright Simply Scrappin'109663$27.71 
Simply Sent
13Friendly Notes Simply Sent112664$76.46 
12Lifelong Notes Simply Sent112666$59.96Low
13Sending Happy Thoughts Simply Sent112665$76.46 
14Simple Delights Simply Sent112667$59.96 
14Three Thoughts Simply Sent112668$59.96 

Last updated: March 31st, 2009 10:01pm AEDT

Low Availability Items

Stamp Sets
112229 ABC Images
108722 All I Have Seen
108998 Beautiful Life
112272 Classic Backgrounds
112253 Dad's Day
112300 Elegant Notes
112391 Everything Baby
112310 Fabulous Flowers
112316 Forever in My Heart
112216 Keep Christmas
108857 Linen
110248 Polka Dots & Petals
108944 Unfrogettable

104061 Star Studded

103978 Earth Elements buttons
105446 Rich Regal Buttons

Hodgepodge Hardware
105532 Aged Copper Hodgepodge Hardware

In Color
111860 Blue Bayou A4 card stock

100900 Gift sacks
110730 Pockets & Pieces Office Accents

104829 Light Blue Gingham Ribbon

Simply Sent
112666 Lifelong Notes Simply Sent

Sold Out Items

Stamp Sets
108720 Ahoy, Matey
108740 Bareback
108746 Best Friends Alphabet Lower
108747 Best Friends Alphabet Upper
108748 Best Friend Numbers
110255 Bundle of Joy
108763 By Land
108765 Cheery Chat
108849 It's Your Birthday
108874 Mostly Flowers
112402 Short Order Numbers
108923 Stipple Rose
108929 Symbols of Solicitude

106610 Basics Outline
107467 Birthday
106662 Daisy Field
104065 Fishy
107565 Flip Flops
104156 Flitting By
107561 Garden Annuals
103195 Gifts Galore
104279 Leaf Prints
107482 Lily Pad
107212 Matey's Map
107464 Rough Texture
107465 Speckled

Brads and Eyelets
105320 Basic Eyelets
100381 Earth Elements Eyelets
105316 Rich Regal Eyelets
100378 Soft Subtle Eyelets

103981 Earth Elements & Neutrals buttons
105445 Soft Subtle buttons

Designer Series Paper
109151 Le Jardin Designer Series paper
109170 Pumpkin Pie Prints Designer Series paper

Hodgepodge Hardware
105531 Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware
105515 Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware

In Color
109018 Blue Bayou Classic Stampin' Ink Refill
108638 In Color 12"x 12" card stock
109019 Groovy Guava Classic Stampin' Ink Refill
111853 Purely Pomegranate A4 Card Stock
109017 Purely Pomegranate Classic Stampin' Ink Refill
111852 River Rock A4 Card Stock
109016 River Rock Classic Stampin' Ink Refill
111851 Soft Sky A4 Card Stock
109015 Soft Sky Classic Stampin' Ink Refill
111850 Wild Wasabi A4 Card Stock
109020 Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin' Ink Refill

103280 Embossing kit
106523 Five-In-One Card Cover Envelope Template

101259 Black Hemp Twine
109185 Jersey Ribbon Originals
109186 Theater Ribbon Originals

Simply Scrappin' Kits
109610 Confetti Simply Scrappin'


I've stayed up way past my bedtime and even the bedtimes of my family in another timezone to examine the freshly released Stampin' Up! Australia's 2008-2009 Idea Book & Catalogue Retired List. It is a LONG one!

I wasn't expecting there to be any promotions in March due to the retired list based on last year's experience but it turns out that I was dead wrong. Stampin' Up! have reduced the prices of some retired stamp sets and accessories by 25% (and a couple of DSPs by 50% - see Catalogue Write-ins). To take advantage of these, though, the items must be in stock when your order is submitted by me to Stampin' Up! So, please check the list and order as early as you can for the best chance to secure the retired items that you want. Stampin' Up! Australia may add or remove items from the list.

A quick snippet of the list of items reduced by 25% (I will add the rest later when my eyes stop twitching from fatigue):

Page in IB&CNameItem NumberReduced Price
40All Through the Year108728$25.46
34All Year Fun108992$43.46
48Artfully Asian108738$34.46
102Background Sampler108742$22.46
53Backyard BBQ111229$32.96
65Bronc Buster112376$26.96
78Bud Basics111232$25.46
33Dad's Day112253$32.96
42Eat Cake108781$36.71
117Expressive Flexible Phrases108786$59.96
108Fine Lace108806$25.46
95Finest Flourishes108807$26.96
108Fine Lace108806$25.46

Will resume this tomorrow later today...If you can't wait, please download the PDF which is available in alphabetical order of name (handy if there is something that you know you want to check) or by catalogue page number (good for going through with your Idea Book & Catalogue in hand).