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!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Share What You Love Bundles - Available from today!

As my previous post stated the Share What You Love Suite (from the new upcoming Annual Catalogue, available in June!), is an Early Release Suite, and you can buy exclusive bundles for every crafter, from those who just want a little to those who want it all!

Below, you will see the three bundles that are available in this suite and each comes with bonus 'free' item/s. You can also buy early a bundle of the new In Colors 2018-2020. Aren't they just fabulous colours!

Check back to my previous post for a video showcasing this beautiful suite of products!

Are you on my VIP mailing list to receive a complimentary copy of the upcoming new Annual Catalogue? Customers ordering through me since 1 January 2018 are automatically on this list! If that is not you, you live in Australia and you don't have a current SU! demonstrator, then order this month and get on my VIP list!

Don't forget when ordering during May to include this month's Host Code - UHCVJGNS - before finalising your order and receive a gift and handmade card from in early June!

Here is a card I made very quickly (half hour before the party!), for my daughter's friend who was celebrating her 25th in a combined M&M Karaoke party, with this beautiful designer series paper from the suite showcased above as it was sitting on my desk close at hand!

While I haven't been holding classes lately, I have been creating a little, however, I have been busy selling off some of my dear friend Elizabeth's craft supplies (she died on Christmas Eve 2017), at the bequest of her family. The funds from this sale are going to be donated, as per the family's request, to two charities Alzheimer's Association and Cancer Council. These are being sold at the moment via a private Facebook Group (click here to join the group) and is taking up my time, along with another fundraising event I will have a table at this Friday evening for a local sporting group.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Share What You Love Suite! Early Release!

Recently I joined with fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrators at our OnStage Event in Sydney where we got share what we love and to inspire creativity and to celebrate 30 years of Stampin' Up!

As this is the celebration of 30 years for Stampin' Up! they have brought out a beautiful suite specifically to share what we love in the upcoming catalogue, however, who can wait until 1 June when the new catalogue is released, so it will be available from 1 May as an early release!

I love sharing hand-made cards and paper-crafting gifts with my friends and family and sharing my memories with those I love through my scrapbooking and Memories & More albums. Now is the time to think about how you can share what you love with others. Sharing what you love with others makes a difference in their lives, whether it be to celebrate with them, letting them know you care or just that you are thinking of them.

Beginning 1 May, you will have the opportunity to purchase new products from the 30th Annual Catalogue, from the Share What You Love Suite of products as an early release until 31 May. These new products, during the early release period, will be available to purchase in bundles for those who are just starting out as stampers right through to those stampers who just gotta have it all!

Each bundles comes with a 'free' item or two or more! Plus, there is one item that won't be available in the new catalogue and is ONLY AVAILABLE during this pre-release period in the 'Gotta Have It All' bundle and that is an exclusive “Statement of My Heart” stamp!

Check out this video for all the details on this suite of products and to see these beautiful new products coming your way early. You’ll even get a sneak peek at the five bright and bold new 2018-2010 In Colors!  You don’t want to miss this video!

Click HERE to print off or save a PDF copy of the Share What You Love flyer.

Which bundle is your favourite? And, which new In Color is your favourite? Let me know your answers to these questions by posting a comment below.

Here is an image of the exclusive Statement of My Heart stamp, available as one of the three FREE items with the Gotta Have It All Bundle. Don’t miss out on this stamp or the other bonuses by ordering one or more of these bundles! Mark your calendars now for 1 May to order your favourite bundle(s) then.

In the meantime, don’t miss out on our retiring products. You can find all the details on my blog post, "Last Chance Products! Retiring List Is Here!", which I posted for you last week.

Click HERE to shop with me.

Keep following my blog in the coming weeks for more sneak peeks and new details on the upcoming Annual Catalogue.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

2018 Colour Revamp!

One of the exciting things to come out of OnStage last weekend was the 2018 Colour Revamp! Stampin' Up! make a point of keeping their colours fresh and on trend and therefore, updating our colour spectrum's to be on trend, which is a basis for this revamp. 

This means our colours will be updated in the soon to be released new 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue. There have been no changes to the core colour offering since 2013 and SU! plan to update colours every three to five years....so here it is!

The colour revamp in a nutshell:
  • keeping 27 of the existing core colours
  • 13 core colours are going away
  • adding 10 new core colours
  • adding 6 returning In Colors that now will be core colours (colours offered in the past that will now be available again)
Here are the four new colour collections:

The 13 colours that are retiring, get your supplies now before they are gone!, are:

We will still have our 10 In Colors, with five new ones being added with this new AC and they are:

Some basics to note:
  • Basic Black, White & Very Vanilla have been moved out of the Neutrals collection and into a Basics range of their own.
  • The Neutrals Collection now has some base colours added - Merry Merlot, Gray Granite & Mossy Meadow.
  • Some colours have moved around into different collections from before.
  • You'll notice there's some returning In Colors! Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss, Poppy Parade and Flirty Flamingo - great to have some of our favourites back!
  • Brights have some new colours - Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green and Gorgeous Grape. Don't you love the delicious names!
  • Subtles also have some new colours - Petal Pink, Soft Sea Foam, Balmy Blue and Highland Heather.
  • Shaded Spruce is a new colour in the Regals Collection.

Stampin' Up! also took advantage of the new colour revamp to update our ink pad cases. They're now even easier to open, made to be stackable, and have stickers for the inside so you can be sure you've got the right ink colour when you stamp. The print is bigger, the colour label is larger, and the new lids fit even more snugly, for less ink evaporation over time.

The new ink pads still have the pad upside down when closed to bring the ink to the surface of the pad to always keep it moist and ready to ink up your stamps! They also still fit in the current Stamp Caddy, although not as snugly, and you will need to just turn it more gently so they don't spin out!

When can you get to order these new colours? These new colours will be available from 1 June 2018 when the new Annual Catalogue becomes available to customers. However, there will be a sneak peak release of some new products in May and I will more details of that soon. In the meantime, check out the Retiring Lists and Products, and get your supplies in quick of any of the retiring inkpads, refills, cardstock etc.


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