Friday, July 20, 2018

Just Add Ink #418...."Colour Challenge"

It has been a while since I stamped and also since I posted here on my blog. I currently have little space in my craft room to create as it is half full of furniture from different rooms in the house while we wait for some carpet to be laid. It was meant to be laid last Friday but was delayed until next Wednesday! I can't wait for my house to get back in order so I can create more regularly and also, have a class or two here!

Anyway, on to the reason for this post is that I did find some time today to get "inky" and as often when I need inspiration to start I go to one of my favourite challenge sites....Just Add Ink! Love what the girls do to inspire us. Well this week they have a colour challenge for us and here are the beautiful colours....

I started with the Jar of Love stamp set on my desk trying to decide how to use that one for these beautiful colours. I was also thinking of incorporating any of designer series packs that might have these colours in them and that were possibly in the current Buy 3, Get 1 Free promotion that is on during July. However, I was late in ordering my DSP packs and so decided I had better make my own designer series paper panel for my card....which is what I did!

I think the colours go so beautifully together and I added a touch of neutral with Smoky Slate, I hope that is ok for the challenge. I was quite pleased how my card turned out.

While my card was on my desk and I was making the inside panel, something happened that nearly made me want to start again, however, I didn't and I am going to use it as a incentive to earn a pack of our beautiful pearlized doilies. Can you tell me what happened to my card?

And no, the boo boo is not hidden under my embelishments or greeting! The first correct guess, will receive this card in the post along with a pack of our pearlized doilies.

Thanks for hanging in there with me as I blog less frequently during renovations and of course the start of a busy tax season! I also find life is providing more ups and downs lately as my husband and I journey a path of unpredictability. Therefore, I encourage you all to become a Dementia Friend by clicking here!

Don't forget, if like me, you are lacking inspiration or need a starting point for your next project then head on over to the Just Add Ink blog page for inspiration and their Friday challenges!



Which colour family would you choose? Add it to the $169 Starter Kit (you choose $235 worth of products) and FREE shipping!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Designer Series Paper Sale! 1-31 July

I love Designer Series Paper and using it on my cards, layouts and creative projects! I especially LOVE when Stampin' Up! have a promotion on DSP and there is one starting tomorrow!

From 1-31 July when you buy 3 select Designer Series Paper packs (see image below) you can then select 1 FREE DSP pack from the list. Now you can stock up on some favourites!

If there is one you absolutely LOVE then buy 3 and get an extra 1 free! Or if you like having a range of DSP then buy 3 and choose another for FREE! Whatever combination you like you can get it all in July!

When ordering during July don't forget to add my Host Code for July -  to receive a thank you card and gift from me early in August. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Fantastic Joining Offer In July!

If you have ever considered joining Stampin' Up! (or thought of rejoining) then this promotion in July is just for you!

Our Starter Kit is always the BEST DEAL costing only $169 and you get to CHOOSE $235 WORTH OF PRODUCTS of your choice PLUS, free shipping!! A great way to get all those new products and colours that have come out in our latest Annual Catalogue. [don't have a new catalogue yet, and don't have a regular demonstrator in Australia then contact me and I will send one out to you]

However, starting from Sunday 1st July until 31st July you can join and not only get the great deal I described above but ALSO FOR FREE your choice of the FULL SET of one of our core colour collection of ink pads or the FULL SET of both In Color collections.

That's an incredible $117 worth of ink pads of your colour choice for FREE!!!  What a huge saving!!

Anyone and everyone is welcome to join! Whether you want to join just for this offer and savings alone and no further commitments or whether you want to join for your hobby and get a continual 20% discount on your future Stampin' Up! supplies or whether you want to join and build a business from home. Whatever your reason for joining, July is the perfect time!

Here is a suggested Starter Kit for you if you don't know what to choose...

Remember, this offer is ONLY for the month of July, so make sure you join between 1-31 July to get this fantastic savings!! You can join simply by following three easy steps:
  1. Click the JOIN NOW button
  2. Read and agree to the Independent Demonstrator Agreement
  3. Select your Starter Kit and pay with a valid credit card

If you want more details about the benefits of being a demonstrator check out my blog post here or if you have any further questions just get in touch with me.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Watch This Space!

I have been very hit and miss with my blog posts lately, and I am also experiencing difficulties in maintaining the consistency and regularity of my social media posts, as well as my face-to-face
Stampin' Up! activities. This has been because of the life journey that I am experiencing at the moment. I recently shared this via my weekly newsletter and thought I would share it here on my blog as well so that you understand my circumstances and will still pop back in regularly to see if I have been stamping and creating new projects.

You may already know this but if you don't I am going to share a little about my current life situation and that is that I am on a journey with my husband who is living with Younger Onset Alzheimer's Dementia. My husband, who has just turned 60, was diagnosed three years ago and was told at that time he wasn't in the early stages. I call our current situation and his illness a journey as we are both don't know where we are headed with it, because it is very different for everyone, and sometimes the path is smooth, sometimes very rocky and sometimes an uphill battle.

As a result I am having to make some decisions and choices that although I don't want to make them I think they are what I need to do at this point in time for me to cope with the changes that we are experiencing and how they are so unpredictable. Along with all the other "balls" or situations I am juggling at the moment, such as still working two days a week as a tax consultant, one day a week looking after our gorgeous grandson, a father who is in a nursing home five hours away from me and experiencing his own progression of dementia, plus, the general day to day activities that fall on my shoulders. My husband no longer drives or cooks and gradually needs more guidance with daily activities and tasks. The unpredictability of his moods and emotions are also taking a toll on how I manage things. Anyone wanting to learn more about Alzheimer's Dementia click here.

Therefore, I am making a few changes to my Stampin' Up! activities at this point in time and no I am not resigning as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator as I love this so much and it has got me through other difficulty times in my life, such as when my mother died. At the end of 2016 I had made the decision to step up my SU! activities and approach it in a more business-like manner, rather than the hobby it was, with the intention of it replacing my current employment (knowing that this will end in time due to my husband's illness) and something I could run from home. However, as good as my intentions were I didn't realise how I couldn't sustain that approach with things as they are. So I will be no longer sending out weekly newsletters, they will be more sporadic  and unpredictable, but hopefully at times of new promotions or when there is exciting SU! news to share! I will not be holding classes or workshops at my home (which have declined over the past six months anyway), but casual stamping times may occur from time to time and my friends are always welcome to come and get 'inky' with me as it is to become 'my' therapy again and 'time out' for me in my craft room without commitments, planning or pressure (that I know I put on myself) due to this up and down ride I am on.

I have been so blessed with the friendships and support I have made through SU!, and the additional interest in my regular newsletters and FB posts etc, that I wanted to share a little of what I am dealing with currently.  Not to seek sympathy but just understanding as I take a step back from my online activities and social media content and take the pressure off myself.

I love SU! and what it has brought me over these past 11 years, and I not going anywhere, you can still order through me and my Online Store. I will simply be refocussing for a little while and putting my energies into areas where I am more needed at this point in time. So Watch This Space as I share with you all here and there, whether it be via newsletter, FB post, on my blog or in your letterbox!

The best way you can support me at this time is to continuing enjoy using your Stampin' Up! products and when you receive that brand new SU! catalogue order through my store and have fun with your new products!


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