Sunday, January 27, 2013

ESAD Sale-a-bration 2013 Blog Hop

A big welcome to new visitors to my blog, especially if you have arrived via Chloe's blog.  This week I have been privileged to take part in a Blog Hop with 24 other Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from Australia and New Zealand, showcasing the products you can earn for free during Sale-a-bration, which runs from Jan 22nd to March 22nd 2013.  See my earlier blog post about Sale-a-bration to find out how you can earn exclusive free prouducts by shopping, hosting or joining!

My focus this year is to get back into my scrapbooking, so for this project I have chosen to do some scrapbook layouts. Because this is a slightly larger project, I have also used some of the new goodies from the Autumn Mini Catalogue which starts next week, so I hope you enjoy this sneak-peek of what's coming on February 1st.

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and it is an on-line group just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin' Up! demonstrators.

We so love what we do, and not only do we love to share it with our customers, friends and wonderful blog visitors, but we share our love for what we do with each other as demonstrators. We run swaps, challenges, tutorials, product know-how, and cyberstamps, and we are always there to help and support each other when it is needed.

So if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand, then please feel free to click here to join our wonderful group.

So now, onto my projects. This first was a real challenge for me to use a colour that is a bit outside my comfort zone! The paper is from the Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper pack that you can earn for free. I have used splashes of Pool Party to soften the Tangerine Tango, and I think the combination with Whisper White really works. I have used buttons and ribbon from the Sycamore St bundle as well, and the stampset with the bird, flower, leaf, butterfly and the "so glad we're here for each other" greeting is called Bloomin Marvelous.  If you look closely you'll also see that I've used the new Petite Curly Label Punch on the labels for my sister and myself on the bottom right.

Did you spot the sneak-peek products?  The cute wee paper doilies, oval Framelits, the Needlepoint Border embossing folder edging and a couple of little hearts from the More Amore bundle are all coming on 1st February.

Next is a double-page layout using the 12x12" divided page protectors from the main catalogue.   You can click on any picture to see it larger.

Again I have used the Sycamore St DSP, buttons and ribbon; and matching cardstock and ink in Pool Party, Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango and Summer Starfruit, and you may even spot where I have used Calypso Coral in place of Tangerine Tango, as it also makes a good match.   A couple of the panels are embossed with the Vine St Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, and the "Celebrate" greeting is from Feeling Sentimental - a set which I am madly in love with, but have yet to complete a full layout with.

On the close-up in the 4th photo you can see that I have again used the Petite Curly Label Punch with the matching stampset, Pretty Petites. 

Sneak-peek products from the Autumn Mini include the wee tickets from That's The Ticket and pinwheels cut with the new Sizzlits Pinwheel die.

I wasn't going to include this last layout because it uses a couple of retired products, but I decided in the end to let you have a quick look and just point out that I have used the retired Alphabet Sizzlits dies for my heading, and a couple of sneaky retired brads as well.  

Thanks for dropping by, I hope you enjoyed looking at my projects - I would LOVE it if you left a comment if you did!

Your next stop on this Hop is Rochelle, but you will find below a complete list of Blog Hop participants:

1. Chloe Evans:
2. Emily Campbell:  <---- YOU ARE HERE
6. Ann Gerlach:
8. Anna Mathieson:
10. Debbie Spijers:
11. Pauline Bennetts:
13. Nikki Sadler:
14. Jane Norrish:
17. Elisabeth Stewart:
18. Tayna Bell:
20. Michelle Grech:
22. Juliette Chapman:
24. Keryn Campbell:

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sale-a-bration 2013

Its an exciting day today, as Sale-a-bration 2013 kicks off.  It runs from Jan 22nd to March 22nd, and is Stampin' Up!'s biggest promotion of the year and this year it co-incides with their 25th birthday so there are lots of extra goodies on offer.  Here's what you need to know:  

SPEND $120 and choose a free item from the Sale-a-bration catalogue.  There are 19 products to choose from, from exclusive stampsets, to matching Designer Series Paper and button and ribbon packs, to digital content discs, to a brand new punch with matching stampset.  All you have to do is spend $120 from any current catalogue, and you can choose your free product to receive with it.  

HOST a party or workshop during Sale-a-bration and receive extra goodies as well as the usual hostess benefits.  A $350 party (total purchases by all your guests) will get you $55 to spend from any current catalogue, and a free pack of silver glimmer paper.  A $700 party will get you $110 to spend from any current catalogue plus one half-price item, a free pack of silver glimmer paper, and a free product bundle from the Sale-a-bration catalogue, which includes the Madison Avenue stampset, and the Sycamore St Designer Series Paper ribbon and matching button pack.   This should be easy to achieve with just 6 of your guests spending $120!  Contact me now to book a date to have your party during Sale-a-bration.  

JOIN my Stampin' Up team and get an extra 25% for FREE in your Starter Kit.  Choose any $356.50 of product and pay only $189!  Free delivery and business kit included (order forms and a bundle of each of the current catalogues).  Get a 20% discount on all your purchases as a demonstrator and enjoy meeting new people just like you to share your hobby with.  Ask me for more information if this is of interest to you.

Copy and paste the link to see the Sale-a-bration flier and please note that all stamp images are shown at 70% instead of the usual 100%.

On Tuesday 5th February I am having a release party where you can come and pick up your Sale-a-bration catalogues and order-forms, as well as the brand new Seasonal Mini Catalogue which begins on Friday 1st February and runs for 5 months.  You are all invited to join me for some crafting with some of the new products (samples attached), and there will be nibbles and door prizes up for grabs as well.  The cost to attend is $10 per person, you are welcome to bring a friend.

Tuesday 5th February, 7:00pm
La Ma's Ceramic Studio
19 Kelston St, New Lynn

Please RSVP by Sunday 3rd February.

This of course means that we will be saying farewell to the Holiday Catalogue on the 31st January, so please let me know before the month ends if you have any final orders from the Holiday Catalogue.

Happy shopping!


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy 2013!

Happy New Year Crafters!  

One of my goals this year is to blog more!  I freely admit to being absolutely terrible on that front LOL!  I will also try to keep my Facebook pages up to date (Tiny Kiwi for Market information and card sales and custom orders, and Watching Ink Dry for Stampin' Up! promotions and announcements, and classes that I am running) - one way or the other, I hope to increase my web presence this year anyway!!

I also plan to return to scrapbooking.  I really enjoy making something beautiful with the multitude of photos I take of take of my gorgeous kids, as well as the places we visit, friends we meet, holidays we take and people we love.  So this will be the year of the scrapbooks, as well as the year of the have-more-workshops, get-more-customers and send-more-cards LOL.  I'm sure I'm not the only one setting New Years Resolutions!

This is one such special place in my life:

And my special peeps:

I haven't done much Scrapbooking in the last few years, as my focus has been on making cards and going to Markets, but I have missed it and it is time to get back into it!!  Next week I will be receiving some of the new(ish) Stampin' Up Divided Page Protectors, in the Project Life style so I am really inspired to start something new.  Many people do a daily or weekly layout (Project 365 type thing) but I think I will aim for a double-page layout per month of 2013 - watch this space!!!

Before I go I want to take a quick moment to thank all my lovely friends and customers for helping to make 2012 so successful, I had a great year getting immersed into the Stampin' Up! world, meeting new people, learning new skills and sharing my passion with others.  I am very much looking forward to more of the same in 2013. 

Lastly, Sale-a-bration 2013 beings in just a few weeks time, and it is a great way to kick off the new year with some fun and exciting FREE products.  I'll tell you more in my next post, but in the meantime, please enjoy these sneak peeks.