Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Sneak Peek at the new Autumn/Winter Mini!!

Hi there stampers!!!

I am sad to see the Summer Mini ending at the end of the month, but I am sooooooo excited to start the new mini!! This mini is absolutely fabulous - some say the best mini in mini history hehe!!! I would love to share a picture of the stunning cover art, but no no no, you will have to wait until April 1st!! (and that aint no April Fool Joke either!!)

Being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator not only gives me access to the fantastic discount pricing on all our wonderful products, it also allows me to see the catalogues before anyone else, AND I get to place a pre-order so I can have a play with all my new stuff first!! These are just SOME of the benefits of joining the SU Family - c'mon, join my team, you know you want to!!!! (big smiley face).

I got my preorder last week and man oh man am I in love with one of our new products - it is called the 'Simply Scored' and it is soooo easy to use!! I scored 65 easter baskets for my kids classmates yesterday and did it in MINUTES instead of the half hour-to-hour it might take with a regular trimmer!! No more constantly checking you are at the right measurement as the place markers stay in place every time!! The stylus is metal with two different sized heads for your convenience - really I could go on and on about this remarkable tool - but don't take MY word for it, why not invite me over and try it out for yourself???? I have the other branded score boards that are available everywhere, and I can tell you right now, that the Stampin' Up! scoreboard outshines HANDS DOWN!!!

Here is a little peak at one of the baskets I am sending to school for Easter this year - I am making them in four different colours :

Forgive the dodgy lighting!!

Now, I've made mine very simple as I was making quite a few - and will probably make more for the teachers - and if I was to cut up dsp to mat onto the side panels, it would've taken a lot longer to make each one. The ones I make for the teachers will probably be a bit more decorated. These little baskets went together so quickly, and I made it even quicker by using our Stampin' wheels on the basket and punched out for the little circle on the sides. I used a little bit of champagne shimmer paint with my water pen as a little feature. As a final touch, I will spritz them with some shimmer smooch when they are all done.

I have seen these little baskets around for a while, but my favourite US Stampin' Up! demonstrator has a darling one on her youtube channel. Click HERE to see it!!

So that's it for today - I will be back soon to show you some of the items I made for a recent custom order - I know I know, I said I wasn't going to be doing any for a while, but I just can't say no!! So stay tuned for that post soon!!

Have a great day!!
Kylie xxx

Monday, 26 March 2012

Hurry! Last days for Sale-a-bration and the Summer Mini!!

Hi there!!

I just wanted to pop on here to remind you that Sale-a-bration will end at the end of this month - have you gotten your FREE sale-a-bration goodies yet??? Better be quick, soon they will be gone forever!! Click HERE to find out more!!

Have you seen our gorgeous Summer Mini yet? It too will finish at the end of the month! It really is a wonderful mini, it would be a shame to miss out on these fantastic items - remember, they may not come back into a later catalogue, so to be safe, if you love it, get it now!! Click HERE to see the catalogue now.

I would love to share some of the projects that I have made with these products, so contact me today to book your time to play!!

Alrighty, that's it for today, be back soon with more to share!!
Have a great day!!

Kylie xxx

Friday, 9 March 2012

30th Birthday Goodies.....

Hi there!!

I have been flat out the last couple of weeks, trying to squeeze in some crafting time while working around the family. My friendly local hairdresser asked me to make her something for goodie - giveaways for her 30th birthday, which is on Saturday! She didn't really have much of an idea of exactly what she wanted, she just knew that her theme was Hawaiian and could I do something a bit naughty? Well, I had a big think, and I happened to run into a fellow demo who gave me a bit of an idea - cheers Richelle! - so I did some playing around and voila! I came up with a few things that I thought might interest her.
Now - the naughty part threw me a bit, but I once saw a card at one of our Regional Training Days and had filed it away in my head for future projects, so I dusted off my memories (haha) and had a go. I made the idea as a card, then another one as two separate sides, then scored some cardstock for the middle to make it into a goodie bag. What do you think?

And here is the 'rear' view hehe :

Aren't they cute?? I started with a template that I found here and fiddled around with it until it worked for my idea. Each and every one of these little bums/boobs were handcut from Pink Pirouette cardstock, then the bikini was handcut from Early Esspresso (to look like a coconut), then the frill was hand punched with the scallop border punch, then snipped to allow it to curve, then the flowers were hand punched, rhinestone brads inserted and all glued together. Phew! You have no idea how long these took to make! I had NO IDEA how long they would take to make!! And she needed 20 of them!!

Next I made 20 of these 12 x 12 cardstock baskets which you have probably seen all around the internet - a few score lines and there you have it! Except, haha, all of the designer series paper you have to add, the ribbon, the handles and of course I stamped sentiment panels for the front, which I haven't adhered yet as I am not sure the birthday girl wants them or not, but they are stamped, with ready to go adhesive - she just needs to peel and stick! :

Now I know these baskets are not in the Hawaiian theme - but when I took a box of samples down to her to show her a few ideas, she fell in love with it, colours and all!! So although there are a few different designs in the Flirtatious Specialty Pack, all of the pages I used from it are pinks and yellows - which is why the bikini bags above are in pinks and yellows - I just carried on the theme! And did you know you can also make these baskets in smaller sizes? I hope to make the kids' class easter goodies from 6 x 6 - they are soooo cute!!

Next she needed 40 thankyou cards - so we decided to go with the bikini idea in card form, and as she likes brights, I felt comfortable making a range of bright bikini cards!! Again all handcut - seriously have to charge more for the next batch I make LOL!!

And of course the 'rear' view!!
And what party is compete without chocolate?? She also wanted 40 little M&M tubes, so I stamped the toppers in matching pinks and yellows to finish off.

Ta da! Done! Now I just need to drop them off to her so that she can fill her goodie-giveaway bags with her treats. I hope she likes them, and I hope her lucky guests like them too! Now I am going to rest!! No more custom orders for a while I think....besides, I think I need to restock my stash as I have used so much lately!! Look out credit card!

If you saw anything that you would like to know more about, or exactly what materials I used, just message, call or email me - I would love to hear from you!

Have a great day, and remember to take some time to papercraft!!

Kylie x

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Little Pink Purses!!

Yep, I'm baaaack!! Two posts in one day -  can you tell I have been missing blogging??

I just wanted to share something really quickly with you today. I had an order from one of my very good friends for little thank you gifts for her team. She is a team leader for a lovely group of ladies that sell Miche Bags. If you haven't yet seen a Miche Bag, then you HAVE to find a Rep near you! If you need one south of the river in Perth, let me know, I have a great one hehe!!
Anyway, back to the little thank you gifts. As it so often is, when I get a custom order, the person I am making for only knows they want something pretty. Sometimes they know the colour, but rarely do they know exactly what they want, which can be quite stressful, as what I think is great in my mind, might be completely different to what they were thinking! But as she is such a good friend, and also the one who introduced me to papercraft, I could come right out and say - you have to give me some idea what you want!!! So I showed her a few little things I had and a lightbulb went off! What about little purses made with the top note die??? Well, how perfect? Handbags filled with yummy chocolates for ladies who sell handbags! I had seen this idea on one of my favourite blogs Inking Idaho - click here to go to that post. So here they are:

And here is a closer look:

Aren't they cute??? And really easy to do. I would love to show you how! I made heaps of these for Christmas orders and they sold really well....I had lots of different types of chocolate in them and even put candy canes in some of them. I hope to show my daughters' class how to do them for Mother's Day gifts this year. You could fill them with all sorts of things, and the good news is, our cello bags fit them perfectly!
Well, that's it for today, look out for another post soon!

Have a great day!

Finally!! Welcome to 2012!!

Hi there lovelies.....sorry it has taken sooooo long to pop back on here, but things have been manic!! I will have a couple of posts to share with you to explain my absence, so make yourself comfy and here we go!!

Last time I spoke to you, I had an awful lot on my plate - a day of craft in my (now) 8 year old's classroom, a craft stall at our schools' mini fete and movie night, and quite a few custom orders from my local hairdresser for Christmas goodies. Not to mention my daughter turning 8, with a party at our local Indoor Playcentre, handmade gifts for our favourite teachers and of course Christmas!! Phew! So glad I got through it all!!
Let's start with the craft table at our school mini fete and movie night. It was a great night! Lovely weather and lovely people - the kids were able to wander freely as the school was locked up, and everyone seemed to keep an eye out for all. The P & F did a fantastic job, and the sausage sizzle and raffles went off!
Here are a few pics of my little craft table.

I themed everything I sold around Christmas, and showcased the candy wrapper and pillowbox dies, and of course the M&M tubes sold well - kids need chocolate while watching the movie, right?? Below is a picture of my little muffin, with her face-painting done by the older kids. She had a great night!

Next is a picture of the gifts I made for the kids' teachers:

This was the gift I made for my sons' year 5 teacher - a handstamped and decorated candle, hand-decorated gift bag and inside was colour-coordinated pillowboxes filled with yummy chocolates for her Christmas table. On the back of the candle I printed how much she has meant to us this year, as it was the first year we were at this school and she took such an interest in us as my daughter found it hard to settle in. This teacher really made a difference to our school year. I really hope our daughter has her when she is in year 5!

I went with a similar idea for my daughters' year 2 teacher, just in different colours and with a different message printed on the candle. I took a while to warm up to this teacher as she has a bit of a 'tough love' approach with both the kids and the parents, but I tell you, when I got to know her better, I can't speak highly enough of her! My daughter has come along in leaps and bounds since this teacher came into her life! I absolutely adore this colour - Island Indigo - so this was the first colour I considered using. I think it turned out great! Can you see the silver glimmer paper peeking out from behind the sentiment? I am loving the glimmer paper!! And you know you can colour it to suit your project, don't you? If you don't know how, ask me!!

If you want to know about anything that I have made or the materials that I used to make them, let me know, and I would be happy to show you!

Well, that's enough for today, look out for my next post for the other things that have been keeping me busy in my Stampin' Up! world!!

Until then, make sure you take some time out to papercraft!!


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