I’ve been quiet – here’s why

Many apologies for being so quiet for so long. One of the great things about Stampin’ Up! is that it’s flexible and can fit in with your life and change as you need it to. I just never expected other things in my life to take over as they have done this year.

The past few months have been the most intensely stressful sustained period I’ve yet to experience. When I first went quiet it was because we were completely renovating our house and putting it on the market at a time dictated to us by an inflexible bank, as well as having to be very hands-on with the process of building of our new house through an independent builder. Let’s just say that neither went to plan and the anxiety, exhaustion and stress have not been conducive to creativity.

I’ve had a lot of questions about what’s been going on so here’s the story. It’s long and complicated so bear with me. Or skip to the end.

 

House January

January 2017

The problems started when our windows, which were ordered in January and due in April didn’t arrive. The first delivery was in June but was just the frames with the fixed windows and some of the screens. From that point on though we were stuck because the brickwork was done around the windows we had and we just had to wait for the rest, which we were always told were ‘just about to arrive’. We’ve ended up getting the rest of the windows but VERY slowly and with a lot of stress and sleepless nights.

The last windows were delivered last month but…they’re sliding windows with enough space between the panes to fit a paint stirrer. For double-glazed thermally broken windows, the great big gap allowing air flow and rattling is a bit of a surprise. We’ve begged, pleaded, threatened and gotten legal advice to start that process and at one point (11 months from ordering) the supplier told us our best option was to take them out and get someone else to make them. In addition we’re still missing screens, have windows that don’t fully function, have one that’s actually a door shrunk to look like a window (but not open like one), have loose glass, missing pieces, damage, etc. We have no idea when this part of the nightmare will end.

House February

February 2017

When the windows were late we contacted our bank to ask for an extension to the bridging part of our loan. It was denied. We appealed. It was denied again. We were asking a bank we’d been customers of for 16 years to give us six weeks longer to repay the part of the loan secured by our current home. They refused because our house wasn’t on the market and we were asking more than a month from the deadline. We were asking so far ahead so that we could delay putting our house on the market. Once we’d done that it would be too late. They absolutely refused to budge even though not having our house finished would mean we wouldn’t even have fully drawn on the loan they wanted us to reduce. And it would mean selling our current house without a new one to go to but likely only for a few weeks over Christmas when there will be little chance of finding anything to rent.

So we had no choice but to put our current house on the market. To do that we needed to renovate and we had to do that ourselves. We spent weeks of 18 hour days painting, packing, shifting and moving things to storage. Everything in our house had to be physically relocated at least three or four times. In addition to the craziness of the lying and manipulative window supplier, we had carpet people confirm a booking one day and get us to move all the furniture (some of it outside) and rip out carpets only to not turn up as scheduled the next and end up shortening the window between new carpets and real estate photos from 4 days to just under 1-1/2. I had another tradie get angry and try to intimidate me into continuing with his services when I asked him to leave my house for behaving extremely unpleasantly. Others have aggressively pounded on our door on a Saturday morning – because we were unhappy with their work and cancelled anything further!

But it did pay off and we sold the house at a great price in just 6 days – one open home, two private viewings, two offers. We managed a long settlement but that is up next week and we will be moving – but we don’t know where to.


PLEASE NOTE – This means no more events
will be held at Kirra Close!

Once the house was sold the focus was back on trying to have the new house ready before we found ourselves homeless. We’re building with an independent builder who is fantastic but it means we’re doing a lot more of the practical stuff ourselves – researching and meeting with suppliers while he does the actual building. EVERYTHING about it became urgent and everything had to be dropped whenever the next thing was needed to try and make sure that absolutely nothing resulted in further delays. That didn’t happen.

House-July

July 2017

As I write to you now we are just days away from moving out of our home of 16 years and the new house is unlikely to be ready for us to move into. Until last Friday there was still a remote chance – as long as the dodgy windows passed the occupancy inspection. But when the kitchen – ordered in July – didn’t arrive as promised our hopes were dashed – and we don’t know where that leaves us.  Our cabinet maker – who did a great job on our current kitchen 14 year ago – completely out of the blue has been aggressive, insulting and regularly leaving me in tears. He’s become fixated that he won’t get paid even though we’re ahead on progress payments and have never had a late or unpaid invoice AND have tens of thousands worth of more cabinetry we’ve commissioned him to build. He’s refused to deliver our kitchen and demanded full payment for everything now. This is a violation of his own contract terms and a total shock because he’s done the bathrooms and the laundry and it went smoothly. He has since been nothing but rude and arrogant and we are just hoping he delivers the main kitchen this week.

We are now looking at taking up a very generous housesitting offer when we leave our current house next week, with the hope that our actual builder (who has been totally brilliant throughout all this) can get the house into a state where we can move in soon, although there will still be lots to finish over the coming months. We know it will be a wonderful house, and we will make it a fantastic home, but right now we are facing a long period of uncertainty, disappointment and possible legal battles. Things may resolve rapidly, they may not. We shall see.

Through all this I have been able to keep both my monthly stamp club and my twice-monthly Create & Chat classes going and posting sporadically on Facebook but that’s all I’ve managed. Once all the house stuff is resolved I plan to hit the ground running and be back with even more events than ever!

In the meantime I will be quiet for a little while longer. I have no events at all planned for December while I don’t have a venue so I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. If all goes well I will be back in January with the unveiling of my new classroom and the launch of the Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-bration 2018.

 This is how our house looks today, weeks AFTER we’re supposed to have moved in.
Note how little has changed since July.
Those with eagle eyes will spot that in July some of our windows were boarded up. Now they’re not. It’s crazy how much difference not having six windows can make to the progress that can be made.
Especially when those windows are in the kitchen, laundry and bathrooms!
House-NovemberNEW STAMPERS’ MESS VENUE SOON
Cranbourne North

Annual Catalogue Launch Party This Week


New Annual Catalogue started 1st June
Click to view online

You’re Invited to a Card Buffet!
Drop in briefly or craft the day away.

It’s this week!

Thursday 15th June
Any time between 8pm and 11pm
NARRE WARREN
 
OR

Friday 16th June
Any time between 10am and 2pm

NARRE WARREN
 

OR

Saturday 17th June
Any time between 2pm and 6pm

NARRE WARREN
 

Ribbon of Courage Stamps & Dies Bundle with the Ruffled Dynamic Embossing Folder

Come along to a free launch party
for your chance to have a play with new goodies
from the 2017-2018 Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalogue!

Each launch party will include:

The chance to try out new products
Displays with sample projects
Prizes
Free mini project to create
Free hostess 
draw for every $50 order
Bonus gift for orders over $100!
The option to partake of the card buffet

AND

Everyone who attends gets a goodie bag
of free sample products,
including all five of the new In Colours!

How the buffet works:

  1. View the range of projects to choose from.
  2. Select the ones you want to create.
  3. Purchase the ‘kit’ containing the consumable materials and instruction sheet. (Around $2 to $5 each – CASH ONLY FOR THE BUFFET PLEASE, credit cards welcome for catalogue orders)
  4. Locate the tools basket for that project.
  5. Get crafting.

Birthday Memories stamp set and the new Watercolour Pencils!

I’ll be sharing some more of the buffet projects on my Facebook page in the lead up to the launch so make sure you head over to see what’s in store…

Feel free to drop in to the launch events briefly at any time or stay for the whole session and you can choose to make just one project or all of them.
They will vary in skill level, style, products used and techniques.

 

What you get from the launch is up to you.
There’s no obligation to purchase anything or even to do the card buffet at all
– there will be a mini project for you to get your hands inky.
And I’ll be on hand to demonstrate and answer any questions.

 

FREE GIFT FOR YOU AND YOUR FRIEND
IF YOU BRING ALONG A GUEST
WHO WANTS TO JOIN MY MAILING LIST!

(Remember – You must both have a place booked in advance.
And let me know you’re bringing a newbie so I can be prepared.
Only applies to guests not already on my mailing list)


Eastern Beauty Stamps & Dies Bundle

All are welcome to the launch but bookings are essential…


If you have any trouble with the booking system please call me on 0438 062291.
 
Cheers,
Genna


And of course the This Little Piggy stamp set will be in the buffet too!!!

MAY CLASS – Patterned Paper

Patterned Paper Class

Patterned Paper Class Cards

 

Patterned Paper Class2

Patterned Paper Class Cards2

NOTE: Colours and patterns will depend on what’s available. All products are from the retiring list so once they’re gone, they’re gone. Colours and styles available to each participant will likely vary from images shown. (But I do have more of the Blooms & Bliss – the first one – than any others)

IT’S THIS WEEK!

THIS Wednesday 10th MAY
8pm – 11pm
NARRE WARREN
$30 per person OR $20 with discount
*

 
OR
 
THIS Thursday 11th MAY
10am – 1pm
NARRE WARREN

Children able to entertain themselves
in the next room are welcome!
$30 per person OR $20 with discount*

Bookings essential

 If you want to come along please make sure you click the button above and follow the prompts to book your place.If you don’t have a digital way to pay the fee send me an email and I’ll give you the cash payment password so you can still pay on the day.

*ALL CLASS ATTENDEES CAN GET A $10 DISCOUNT ON THE FEE BY PLACING AN ORDER OF $100 OR MORE ON THE DAY.

Cheers
Genna 

MARCH CLASS – Adding Colour

This class includes three cards all featuring brand new products. Each card focuses on a different way to add colour to your images – either stamping, cutting or water colouring! And you’ll get to try out the new Watercolour Pencils too!

We’ll also be having a bit of fun with the designs of cards too, using tearing and angles as well as this fun peekaboo window:

Beautiful-You-Carousels Trio

IT’S THIS WEEK!

THIS Wednesday 8th MARCH
8pm – 11pm
NARRE WARREN
$20 per person OR $10 with discount
*

 
OR
 
THIS Thursday 9th MARCH
10am – 2pm
NARRE WARREN

Children able to entertain themselves
in the next room are welcome!
$20 per person OR $10 with discount*

Bookings essential

 If you want to come along please make sure you click the button above and follow the prompts to book your place.If you don’t have a digital way to pay the fee send me an email and I’ll give you the cash payment password so you can still pay on the day.

*ALL CLASS ATTENDEES CAN GET A $10 DISCOUNT ON THE FEE BY PLACING AN ORDER OF $100 OR MORE ON THE DAY.

Cheers
Genna 

Occasions Catalogue Launch Party This Week


Click to view online

You’re Invited to a Card Buffet!
Drop in briefly or craft the day away.

It’s this week!

Thursday 12th January
Any time between 8pm and 11pm
NARRE WARREN
 
OR

Friday 13th January
Any time between 10am and 2pm

NARRE WARREN
 

OR

Saturday 14th January
Any time between 2pm and 6pm

NARRE WARREN

So In Love Stamps & Dies Bundle

But we’re not just launching the new Occasions Catalogue
we’re celebrating the start of Sale-a-bration as well!
This is our gigantic annual promotion where you can earn exclusive free products when you buy, host and join!
Click on the brochure below to find out more.


Click to view online

Come along to a free launch party
for your chance to have a play with new goodies
from both the 2017 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalogue
and 2017 Sale-a-bration!

Each launch party will include:

The chance to try out new products
Displays with sample projects
Prizes
Free mini project to create
Free hostess 
draw for every $50 order
Bonus gift for orders over $100!
The option to partake of the card buffet

AND

Everyone who attends gets a handmade gift box using the new Window Box Thinlits
and containing a selection of free products:


window-box-crumb-cake

How the buffet works:

  1. View the range of projects to choose from.
  2. Select the ones you want to create.
  3. Purchase the ‘kit’ containing the consumable materials and instruction sheet. (Around $2 to $5 each – CASH ONLY FOR THE BUFFET PLEASE, credit cards welcome for catalogue orders)
  4. Locate the tools basket for that project.
  5. Get crafting.
everyday-hero-emerald-envyEveryday Hero stamp set

I’ll be sharing some more of the buffet projects on my Facebook page in the lead up to the launch so make sure you head over to see what’s in store…

Feel free to drop in to the launch events briefly at any time or stay for the whole session and you can choose to make just one project or all of them.
They will vary in skill level, style, products used and techniques.

What you get from the launch is up to you.
There’s no obligation to purchase anything or even to do the card buffet at all
– there will be a mini project for you to get your hands inky.
And I’ll be on hand to demonstrate and answer any questions.

FREE GIFT FOR YOU AND YOUR FRIEND
IF YOU BRING ALONG A GUEST
WHO WANTS TO JOIN MY MAILING LIST!

(Remember – You must both have a place booked in advance.
And let me know you’re bringing a newbie so I can be prepared.
Only applies to guests not already on my mailing list)


Beautiful You Stamp set and the new Watercolour Pencils!

All are welcome to the launch but bookings are essential…


If you have any trouble with the booking system please call me on 0438 062291.
Cheers,
Genna

DECEMBER CLASS – Last-Minute Christmas

Time is getting away from all of us and Christmas will be here before we know it. For those who still have a few items to tick off their list, I have a class this week that can help.

IT’S THIS WEEK!
Beautiful packaging can elevate a simple gift to a thoughtful one. Add a special handmade tag to a box of chocolates, a bottle of wine, or a basket of goodies and show how much you care without breaking the bank or taking up too much time.

Perfect for:

  • TEACHER GIFTS
  • COLLEAGUE GIFTS
  • NEIGHBOUR GIFTS
  • POSTIE, HAIRDRESSER AND OTHER END OF YEAR THANK YOU GIFTS
  • CHRISTMAS HOST GIFTS
And to help you even more, the Cookies In A Jar project is a finished gift that’s included in the price of the class. You’ll decorate and fill the jar so it’s ready to give straight away!It even has a magnetic tag that hides the recipe and the ingredients list so you and your recipient can make these yummy cookies again and again.

The jar contains all the dry ingredients needed – just add butter, eggs and vanilla and you’ll have a batch of cookies ready in a snap. Class attendees will even get to taste a sample at the class.

Additional Cookie Projects
for just $10 extra each
The price of the class includes one completed Cookie Jar, if you need a few extras
to fill your gift list just let me know in advance
and you can make up as many as you need.
Just like the first one it will include
all the decoration, the recipe, the jar and the contents.
THIS Wednesday 14th DECEMBER
8pm – 11pm
NARRE WARREN

$25 per person OR $15 with discount*
 
OR
 
THIS Thursday 15th DECEMBER
10am – 1pm
NARRE WARREN

Children able to entertain themselves
in the next room are welcome!
$25 per person OR $15 with discount*

Bookings essential


If you want to come along please make sure you click the button above and follow the prompts to book your place.If you don’t have a digital way to pay the fee send me an email and I’ll give you the cash payment password so you can still pay on the day.

*ALL CLASS ATTENDEES CAN GET A $10 DISCOUNT ON THE FEE BY PLACING AN ORDER OF $100 OR MORE ON THE DAY.

LAST DAY – Online Extravaganza

FLASH SALE – ENDS TODAY!
Brand new sale items
– just for Monday 28th November!

We’re coming to the end of our week of deals
– and that means another 24-hour-only sale!


The most popular of today’s specials is bound to be the Magnetic Platform – if you’ve got a Big Shot you absolutely HAVE to have one of these. Its magnetic surface holds dies in place so you can stamp first, cut second and get the perfect placement.


Magnetic Platform
Usually $70.00
Today only $45.50

Or you can let me know what you want and I’ll order it for you. I can send it directly to you or add it to one of my orders for collection from Narre Warren.

GET IN QUICK TO SAVE ON POSTAGE
AND BE INCLUDED IN MY ORDER AT 6PM!

Check out the updated lists below
(Now edited to include all discounted prices and to remove any items that have already sold out)










Online Extravaganza Starts Today

21st – 28th November only
All this coming week there are great bargains to be had – including two special days of 24-hour-only exclusive products on 21st & 28th November!

Or you can let me know what you want and I’ll order it for you. I can send it directly to you or add it to one of my orders for collection from Narre Warren.

The first order will be going in at 6pm today (Monday 21st) but there will be others later in the week!

Click on the image above to download the sale product list.

Or you can view everything in my online store!











And don’t forget the two extra 24-hour-sales!

The first one is today – the first Monday!


The next one is the last Monday, the 28th!

Cheers,

Genna

Forever Evergreen Trees – Project Kit Class

Bookings closing tomorrow!

In this class you’ll get to use my co-ordinating stamp set, inks and adhesive to make up the three trees in the amazing Forever Evergreen Trees kit! 


This kit makes three trees in two sizes—

one 13″ (33 cm) tall,
two 11″ (27.9 cm) tall

—each individually trimmed with handmade ornaments.

Everyone is surprised just how big they are in real life!

The cost of the kit includes all these pieces:

There are so many decorations you can choose to make up each tree to your own design.
Thursday 24th NOVEMBER
8pm – 11pm
NARRE WARREN

$60 per person including the three-tree kit
 
OR
 
Friday 25th NOVEMBER
10am – 1pm
NARRE WARREN

Children able to entertain themselves
in the next room are welcome!
$60 per person including the three-tree kit

As a kit-based class I need to order the kits in advance so bookings and full payment are required by
FRIDAY 11th NOVEMBER

Bookings essential

Click on the image above to view a video guide to the kit

In the class you’ll get to make use of my stamp set, or you can order your own so you have it to make matching cards, place markers, tags, etc. for years to come.

Forever Evergreen
(142184 Photopolymer)
$30.00 for 23 stamps

Cheers
Genna

NOVEMBER CLASS – Diamond Folded Christmas Cards

IT’S THIS WEEK!

Each of the three projects features a fancy fold and a diamond shaped design.

ALL DATES ARE THIS WEEK!
Wednesday 9th NOVEMBER
8pm – 11pm
NARRE WARREN

$25 per person OR $15 with discount*
 
OR
 
Thursday 10th NOVEMBER
10am – 1pm
NARRE WARREN

Children able to entertain themselves
in the next room are welcome!
$25 per person OR $15 with discount*Bookings essential 


If you want to come along please make sure you click the button above and follow the prompts to book your place.If you don’t have a digital way to pay the fee send me an email and I’ll give you the cash payment password so you can still pay on the day.*ALL CLASS ATTENDEES CAN GET A $10 DISCOUNT ON THE FEE BY PLACING AN ORDER OF $100 OR MORE ON THE DAY.

 

This is a variation on the class I designed for the Stitches & Craft show at the end of October, with more designs and more fun stuff (because we’ll have more time).
And the projects show off two of our fantastic new punch bundles – Cookie Cutter Christmas and Jolly Friends.

cookie-cutter-christmas-bundle
Cookie Cutter Christmas 
BUNDLE at 10% off!
(143493 Photopolymer) 
$61.00 for 17 stamps & matching punch
Stamps on their own are $37.00
Cookie Cutter Builder Punch on its own is $31.00
jolly-friends-bundle
Jolly Friends 
BUNDLE at 10% off!
(143511 Photopolymer) 
$52.00 for 21 stamps & matching punch
Stamps on their own are $30.00
Jolly Hat Builder Punch on its own is $28.00

 

All three projects have a fun interactive element: 
cookie-cutter-christmas-bear-z-fold
The teddy card is a Z-Fold with the diamond panel on the front:
cookie-cutter-christmas-bear-z-fold-open
jolly-friends-diamond-fold-glimmer2
The ‘moose’ card starts off very compact (even more than in the first photo) and expands right out…
jolly-friends-diamond-fold-glimmer
cookie-cutter-christmas-spring-card-paper-clip
And the gingerbread man paper clip bookmark even hides a ‘secret’ inside panel!
Hope to see you this week!
Cheers
Genna

AUGUST CLASS – Shaker Cards

AUGUST CLASS THIS WEEK!

This month we’re making three super fun interactive ‘shaker’ cards.

This will be a busy class with lots of steps but cards like these are easier than you might think! Each card uses the ‘shaker’ idea in a different way, for a different purpose, and with different materials – you’ll be scouring your house trying to figure out what else you can re-purpose for your own shaker card designs!
 

Are your eyes deceiving you? Are there really bubbles in the jar with the colourful fishies?

Know someone who loves heading down to the beach and feeling the sand in their toes?

What little girl wouldn’t love this birthday card with its fun peekaboo shaker?

 

ALL DATES ARE THIS WEEK!

Wednesday 10th AUGUST
8pm – 11pm
NARRE WARREN

$25 per person OR $15 with discount*
 
OR
 
Thursday 11th AUGUST
10am – 1pm
NARRE WARREN

Children able to entertain themselves
in the next room are welcome!
$25 per person OR $15 with discount*

Bookings essential

The products featured in this month’s class are…



Jar of Love
(141587 Photopolymer)
$47.00 for 37 stamps

You can also get this one in a bundle with matching dies.

Jar of Love BUNDLE
(142342 Photopolymer) 
$92.50 for 37 stamps & 17 dies


Seaside Embossing Folder
(141481)
$15.00 for 15.2 x 15.2cm folder

Painters Palette
(141907/141910 Rubber)
$44.00 for 9 stamps (wood blocks)
$31.00 for 9 stamps (clear mount)

Layering Squares Framelits
(141708)
$58.00 for 19 dies

Wetlands
(126695/126697 Rubber) 
$38.00 for 6 stamps (wood blocks)
$30.00 for 6 stamps (clear mount)



Stars Collection Framelits 
(133723) 
$45.00 for 5 dies

Endless Birthday Wishes
(140273 Photopolymer) 
$28.00 for27 stamps

Class bookings essential

If you want to come along please make sure you click the button above and follow the prompts to book your place.If you don’t have a digital way to pay the fee send me an email and I’ll give you the cash payment password so you can still pay on the day.

*ALL CLASS ATTENDEES CAN GET A $10 DISCOUNT ON THE FEE BY PLACING AN ORDER OF $100 OR MORE ON THE DAY.
Cheers
Genna

JULY CLASS – Alphabet Stamps. This week!

Making Alphabet Stamps work for you!

We’ll make three cards all using Alphabet Stamp Sets in different ways. 

Did you think alphabet stamps were just for scrapbooking? Or for adding the recipient’s name to a card?

In this class you’ll find out how alphabets can be used to tailor your cards for different people, themes, styles and occasions.

 

Ever wanted to say something on a card that you just didn’t have the stamp for?

Ever wanted to get creative in how you show off the words you’re featuring?
Ever wanted to make a card using your favourite quote or song lyrics?
Does this seem familiar? It’s a favourite quote from Winnie the Pooh!
And it’s much easier to create than you might think!
ALL DATES ARE THIS WEEK!
 
 
Wednesday 13th JULY
8pm – 11pm
NARRE WARREN

$20 per person OR $10 with discount*
 
OR
 
Thursday 14th JULY
10am – 1pm
NARRE WARREN

Children able to entertain themselves
in the next room are welcome!
$20 per person OR $10 with discount*
 
 
 
 
Here are all the alphabet stamps featured in these cards. There’s an alphabet for every purpose…
This one is a very relaxed style upper case alphabet and it comes with the circle and rectangle shapes that you can use to layer the letters onto.
This is a great alphabet for adding names!
Layered Letters Alphabet
(138692 Photopolymer)
$47.00 for 34 stamps

This alphabet has a lovely textured finish that makes it easy to stamp.
And the large letters make an impact at approx 3 x 6cm!

Letters For You
(141968 Photopolymer)
$85.00 for 37 stamps
 
You can also get this one in a bundle with matching dies.
(And there’s a co-ordinating number stamp set and dies too!)
Letters For You BUNDLE
(142348 Photopolymer) 
$231.25 for 37 stamps & 37 dies
The Labeler Alphabet is incredible value. 101 stamps for just $30.
This set has everything including different styles of letters, numbers, shapes and punctuation!
The multiples of the same letters allow you to build your words onto a clear block and stamp them all at once – how easy is that!
Labeler Alphabet
(141936 Photopolymer) 
$30.00 for 101 stamps
And the last alphabet lets you write what you want in a variety of languages.
With upper case and lower case letters, punctuation and symbols, these medium sized letters are also fantastic value!
Brushwork Alphabet 
(141772 Photopolymer) 
$45.00 for 65 stamps

If you want to come along please make sure you click the button above and follow the prompts to book your place.If you don’t have a digital way to pay the fee send me an email and I’ll give you the cash payment password so you can still pay on the day.

*ALL CLASS ATTENDEES CAN GET A $10 DISCOUNT ON THE FEE BY PLACING AN ORDER OF $100 OR MORE ON THE DAY.
Cheers
 
Genna

New Catalogue Launch Party – This week!

You’re Invited to a Card Buffet!
Drop in briefly or craft the day away.

It’s this week!

Thursday 16th June
Any time between 8pm and 11pm
NARRE WARREN
 
OR

Friday 17th June
Any time between 10am and 2pm

NARRE WARREN
 

OR

Saturday 18th June
Any time between 2pm and 6pm

NARRE WARREN
 

Floral Phrases stamp set & Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies

Come along to a free launch party
for your chance to have a play with new goodies
from the 2016/2017 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue.

Each launch party will include:

The chance to try out new products
Displays with sample projects
Prizes
Free product sheet to complete
Free mini project to create
Free package of sample products
Free hostess 
draw for every $50 order
Bonus gift for orders over $100!
The option to partake of the card buffet


Foxy Friends & Fox Builder Punch

How the buffet works:

  1. View the range of projects to choose from.
  2. Select the ones you want to create.
  3. Purchase the ‘kit’ containing the consumable materials and instruction sheet.
    (Around $2 to $5 each – CASH ONLY FOR THE BUFFET PLEASE, credit cards welcome for catalogue orders)
  4. Locate the tools basket for that project.
  5. Get crafting.
Feel free to drop in briefly at any time or stay for the whole session
and you can choose to make just one project or all of them.
They will vary in skill level, style, products used and techniques.
Have you spotted some examples of the types of projects you can create?

 


Baby Bear

What you get from the launch is up to you.
There’s no obligation to purchase anything or even to do the card buffet at all – there will be a mini project and a product sheet for you to get your hands inky.  And I’ll be on hand to demonstrate and answer any questions.

 

FREE GIFT FOR YOU AND YOUR FRIEND
IF YOU BRING ALONG A GUEST
WHO WANTS TO JOIN MY MAILING LIST!

(Remember – You must both have a place booked in advance.
And let me know you’re bringing a newbie so I can be prepared.
Only applies to guests not already on my mailing list)

RETIRED STAMPS SALE!

I have another stash of pre-loved retired stamps for sale
and I’ll have them all ready for you to browse at the launch.

CASH ONLY for second-hand sales.
CREDIT CARD welcome for catalogue orders.

All are welcome to the launch but bookings are essential…

If you have any trouble with the booking system
please call me on 0438 062291.
Cheers
Genna

Going, going…..don’t miss the retiring list sale!

Do you have a wishlist of stamping goodies from the current Stampin’ Up! catalogues?

Is there anything you’d be devastated to miss out on?

 

Both the Annual Catalogue and the Occasions catalogue are finishing on 31st May and everything that is NOT going to be in the new Annual Catalogue is now only available while stocks last! Even better, they’re currently at up to 50% off!

ENDS 31st MAY

ENDS 31st MAY

You can download a pdf of the full alphabetical list of retiring items by clicking the image below

Please note that this list is being updated regularly
so keep checking back to see what’s out of stock.

Or you can take the easy route and view everything – including images – in my online shop
by clicking on the image below:

 This one will be kept up to date so if you don’t see it there
it’s probably already too late!

If there’s anything you want to order
you’ll need to get in quick.

You can email me at genna@thestampersmess.com

Call me on 03 9705 2553 or 0438 062291

Or simply click on the link below and place an online order:

Cheers

Genna

Last Days of Sale-a-bration 2016

Must end Thursday March 31st!

Yes, we’re nearing the end of March already and so it’s time for Sale-a-bration to end. In case you haven’t caught up with what all the fuss is about here’s a look at how you can get free stuff during Sale-a-bration:

 

 

You can see all the fun stuff you can choose from here:

Click the image above to view the Sale-a-bration brochure.

Or click the images below to view the second release of freebies you could choose from!

 

 

And here’s a reminder of some of the projects I’ve been making, sharing and teaching using the free Sale-a-bration products:

 

 Botanicals For You

Hello & Perfectly Artistic Papers

 

Sky Is The Limit

Wildflower Fields Papers

 

Wildflower Fields Papers

 Honeycomb Happiness

 

Botanical Garden Designer Vellum Stack

Pedal Pusher

 

 What I Love

Sky Is The Limit

 

Botanicals For You

To make sure you don’t miss out on the Sale-a-bration products, place your $90 order today:

And if you want to take advantage of the $295 worth of products for just $169 you can order your Starter Kit here.

It really is a bargain. You get to choose any products you like up to $295, you get a business pack for free, and you don’t pay any shipping fees. All for just $169! There’s no obligation to do anything else. If you never place another order it’s all still yours for the bargain price. But…you also get the opportunity to get your own future orders at at least 20% off, and the opportunity to earn and income with Stampin’ Up! What you do when you become a demonstrator is entirely up to you. Hobby, business or somewhere in between.

Feel free to get in touch if you’d like any more information.

Cheers

Genna

ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS – Project Kit Class

Bookings close THIS FRIDAY!

 

Don’t you just love it when someone gives you a break and does the hard work for you!

With this kit you get the fun of creating something beautiful without any of the pressure of designing it or preparing it.
You’ll make 13 interchangeable display panels for your own eye-catching home decor piece using this new kit from the Occasions Catalogue.
 

Thursday 24th MARCH

10am – 1pm

 

OR

8pm – 11pm

NARRE WARREN

Only $50 per person
including the full kit to take home!

Children able to entertain themselves

in the next room are welcome to come to the morning class.

Because of the nature of this class I need to do things differently,
so for this class only please take note of the following:

Kits need to be ordered in advance.
Bookings close Friday 11th March.
All fees must be paid by this date.
If you want to come along please make sure you click the button above
and follow the prompts to book your place.
 
The kit includes: 15.9 x 21.9cm high quality chalkboard stand with clip; gold brads; gold cord; wood veneer pieces; gold metallic thread; sequins; doilies; faceted buttons; muslin fabric; die-cut shapes; printed pieces; cotton paper; white label with gold foil; star confetti; adhesive balloon dimensional and a balloon window sheet.
At the class you’ll have access to my Enjoy The Little Things stamp set,  inks, adhesives, tools and accessories so you can make up the kit without having to pay anything extra.
Get the class, the kit
AND access to all my tools
for just the cost of the kit itself!

Here’s a look at all 13 finished panels, there’s something there to suit all moods and all seasons!

Watch this video to find out more about the kit!

 

 Additional kits available as gifts
– make one for yourself and one for a friend
all at the same time!
Matching photopolymer stamp set is $30.00
(Plus postage)

REMEMBER

You can qualify for a FREE Sale-a-bration product with this class.
 
All you have to do is buy TWO kits
OR
Buy ONE kit, ONE stamp set and ONE ink pad of your choice

Either way you get any Sale-a-bration product you like!

 
Cheers
Genna

MARCH CLASS – This Week!

Interactive Easter Surprises!

We’ll make three projects perfect for Easter, all containing swinging, spinning, fun surprises.

But if Easter isn’t your thing there’s a quick and easy way to change the occasions and put the same designs to completely different uses.

We’ll be using pretty much the same materials so you can mix and match and make whichever ones appeal to you on the day.

 

Easter Versions
Alternative Versions
ALL DATES ARE THIS WEEK!
Wednesday 9th MARCH
8pm – 11pm
NARRE WARREN

$25 per person OR $15 with discount*
 
OR
 
Thursday 10th MARCH
10am – 1pm
NARRE WARREN

Children able to entertain themselves
in the next room are welcome!
$25 per person OR $15 with discount*
The surprise part of some of these cards might not be immediately obvious so I’ve made a couple of videos to show you what I mean.
First up are the two options for the Spinner Cards:
And here’s what they look like in action:

 Then there are the Swinging Cards:
 In a photo these really don’t look like they hold any surprises, but hold them in your hands and it’s a different story:

Finally, there are the Baker’s Boxes, made with the very aptly named Baker’s Box Dies:
Baker’s Box Thinlits (p171)
(138279) 9 dies for $54.00
The surprise in these is a bit different to the cards because it’s entirely up to you! Fill these boxes with whatever treat you would like, edible or otherwise. The finished box is 10.5cm high so there’s plenty of room for lots of goodies!

If you want to come along please make sure you click the button above and follow the prompts to book your place.If you don’t have a digital way to pay the fee send me an email and I’ll give you the cash payment password so you can still pay on the day.

*ALL CLASS ATTENDEES CAN GET A $10 DISCOUNT ON THE FEE BY PLACING AN ORDER OF $100 OR MORE ON THE DAY.
Cheers
Genna

March & April Calendar Pages

Don’t miss out on another class or event!

Here are my March & April event calendars.

Click on the images below and print out your own copy of my schedule month by month.

With handy icons to highlight different types of classes, gatherings and other events you’ll always know what’s coming up.

 

MARCH

Click on the image to view the printable pdf.

  APRIL

Click on the image to view the printable pdf.

Cheers

Genna

Awesome Card for His Awesomeness!

In The Meadow to the rescue.

It was Wonder Hubby’s birthday this month and I needed to make a special card – but struggled a bit with what to make. He is a huge fan of hiking and loves mountains. He loves to look into the distance at a fantastic view and know he’s going to head out and disappear into it. He also loves the magic of sunrise – which is why he chose that time to propose (at the edge of the Grand Canyon, but that’s another story). I don’t get the hiking part but I do understand what he finds so beautiful about mountains. And sunrises.
 
I’ve made a few cards with the mountains from the In The Meadow stamp set and thought it would be great to do something a bit three-dimensional with them. And I was inspired by the amazing talented brayer artist Michelle Zindorf to try to combine this with brayered background. The result was a card I was REALLY happy with.
 
 
I started out with a piece of A4 Whisper White, cut in half longways. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with the finished piece and thought I’d probably muck it up somewhere along the line and this way I’d be able to pick and choose the bits I liked. 
 
I brayered Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral ink onto the top part of one piece, masking off a circle for the sun. I then added some Daffodil Delight and Hello Honey ink to the sun with a sponge, using the reverse mask that I’d punched the circle from to help me leave a white border.
 
On the other long strip of Whisper White I stamped a series of mountains all the way along and coloured them with Basic Gray ink and an Aquapainter. Then I carefully cut along the top line of the mountain range.
 
I brayered Wild Wasabi and Always Artichoke ink over the rest of the white areas and stamped flowers and grass over the top. The final touch was to use the White Gel Pen to colour in the flowers and add speckles to the expanse of meadow to suggest the distance the fields disappear into.
 
The two pieces were then layered on top of each other with Dimensionals.
As it turned out I didn’t muck it up and I ended up with a very long scene that I loved.
 
But then I didn’t know how to use it on a card.
 
When it came time to cut up that long strip I felt sick – what if I cut it up and ruined it? Luckily I didn’t and I was able to use a pretty big portion of the image on that single card.
 
Here’s a good look at the finished project from all the different angles.
We’ll start at the front…
…and move to the left…
…keep going left until…
We’re back to the inside!

 

The ‘awesome’ on the front is from Endless Birthday Wishes. This is a photopolymer stamps so I was able to bend it to match the banner shape from Endless Thanks. 
And I helped tie it all together by colouring it with the same colours as the brayered sky.
And just because I’m really pleased with it, here’s a close up of the sun!
PS – Wonder Hubby liked it! 
Cheers
Genna

Brand new freebies!

Remember you have until the end of March to earn yourself a free Sale-a-bration product for every $90 you spend on any Stampin’ Up! goodies you like.

And from today you have three new choices when it comes to the freebies:

Pedal Pusher
(141312 Photopolymer)
Free with a $90 purchase

Metallics Glitter Tape
(141020)
Free with a $90 purchase

Party Pants
(141324 Wood, 141327 Clear Mount)
Free with a $90 purchase

I don’t have any of these new goodies…yet. So I can’t show you any of my creations. But you can see them in action in these updated pages for the Sale-a-bration brochure:

 

 

 

Click here to see these images as a printable pdf

And here’s a reminder of how Sale-A-Bration works:

Back soon with some more creations to share with you.

Cheers

Genna

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