Tuesday, February 19, 2019

New Rewards for Sale-A-Bration!

I am a bit behind sharing here on my blog as we have had a few bumps in the road of life and recently we have had visitors staying and I have enjoyed spending time with them, especially my sister who was over from Victoria, although we didn't get time to stamp!

Sale-A-Bration is a great time to earn FREE rewards simply by placing an order, hosting a workshop or joining as a demonstrator! It gets even better when new items are added to choose from.

When you place a $90 order you can choose from any Level 1 reward or if your order is $180 then you can choose either TWO Level 1 items or a Level 2 item....and the new products are just gorgeous!

Click on the image below to download or view online the new Sale-A-Bration brochure....

Let's take a closer look at the new items....

All Adorned Stamp Set (Level 1 - FREE with $90 order)

This stamp set is a great one to use with our new stamp positioning tool the Stamparatus for perfect placement of images, however, you can also use it without.

Country Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
(Level 1 - free with a $90 order)

I love the look of this embossing folder and it coordinates well with the Gingham Gala suite that you can view in the Occasions Catalogue p. 34-35.

Painted Seasons Bundle (Level 2 - free with a $180 order)

My favourite of the newly released SAB rewards is this one, with it's beautifully coordinated Painted Seasons Stamp Set (one of our Distinktive range of stamp sets) plus, the Painted Seasons Designer Series Paper and I love DSP! The DSP includes hand-painted imagery for each of the four seasons and I have seen lots of beautiful projects being shared online with this coordinated bundle.

View ALL the free Sale-A-Bration reward items here in my Online Store!

Place your order today to qualify for a FREE SAB reward with either a minimum $90 or $180 order! CLICK HERE to go to my Online Store where you can browse and shop 24/7. If you need any assistance I am here to help!

Please contact me if you would like to book a workshop or class with your crafting friends.

Or join my team if you would like to get ALL the benefits of an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator --- a 20-25% discount on your future craft needs, access to new products early, opportunity to earn additional income and run a business in your own time, plus, many more benefits. Have questions, just ask!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Just Add Ink #441..."Inspiration Photo"

Well in some ways I am liking this not being at my regular job two days/week and home to support Gary more, as it is giving me a little more time to "pop" into my craft space, and get a little 'creative me time' every day or so. 

Lately, I seem to be enjoying playing with both embossing paste and butterflies, so I thought why not combine the both for the latest Just Add Ink Challenge #441, which was an inspirational photo...

You can take from the picture whatever elements jump out at you.....it might be the cupcakes, the lovely soft colours or the swirls. For me it was the icing (embossing paste!) and the colour of the bottom left cupcake (Mint Macaron!) and so that is what inspired this card.

I love the fact that the Botanical Butterfly DSP has both a coloured and black-and-white side that can be used in our projects.

To get the colour of the embossing paste I mixed a couple of drops of Mint Macaron ink refill into the paste before swiping it over the mask.

I think I had better try to move away from butterflies for some of my next projects as some of the products being used have been so popular that they have gone on the 'low inventory' list and will soon be unorderable as stock is not likely to be available again until mid-late March. I do know, however, that the Butterfly Punch will be coming out in the next Annual Catalogue so it is not all bad news.

If you are like me and sometimes struggle for inspiration then I suggest you follow the Just Add Ink girls and their weekly challenges or some of the other challenge sites as they are a good starting point when you have lost your mojo or need a starting point, the catalogues themselves also provide lots of inspiration and ideas, so make sure you always have our latest ones!

Product List
Click on the images to order them direct from my Online Store 24/7 (bit.ly/ShopWithMae). Please note: that the Botanical Butterfly DSP doesn't have a price as this is a FREE reward item with any $90+ order placed with me during Sale-A-Bration. Everyone loves something for FREE right?

Heat Tool
Versamark Pad
Glue Dots

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Mini Desktop Calendars

While browsing Pinterest, Instagram, Google, YouTube etc for ideas and inspiration last night I stumbled across a video by Angelina Clark (Intatwyne Designs) using our beautiful Gingham Gala DSP to create cute little desktop calendars.

Well she reminded me that I too buy, nearly every year, some mini calendars with the intention of creating little gifts or projects for my team members, customers and/or friends....and guess what? Yes, I had a little pack of these in my office supplies drawer with the intention to create something late last year and use as gifts, and guess what, I hadn't even got them out of their packet!!

As I thought her mini desktop calendars were a quick and easy project that I could create in my short evening break, and I wanted to use up some of my beautiful Gingham Gala DSP, I decided to get creating. There are many examples and more detailed ideas out there in the world wide web, but I like quick and easy, so these suited my purposes exactly!

For those who are interested in getting these mini calendars to make your own, I sourced mine from a local scrapbook store, however, you can easily search and find these on Ebay etc.

I made up 10 little desktop calendars, two of each colour from the DSP pack, Balmy Blue, Daffodil Delight, Grapefruit Grove, Highland Heather and Lemon Lime Twist.

I have included a brief outline of how these are made, however, if you are a visual learner and like to watch how to make them then check out Angelina's video here.

Product items used are displayed below and you can order them directly from my Online Store 24/7 and remember that during Sale-A-Bration any order of $90+ will earn you a FREE Sale-A-Bration Reward! I have listed the various adhesives that you could use, although I mainly used Tombow with the Snail Adhesive for the bottom edge. You could also use our Tear and Tape.

I have a few of these cute little calendars to give away so comment below and mention your favourite SAB product (browse the online SAB brochure here) and I will send out six of them to those who leave some love!

Supplies required:

  • 1 piece - 3½" x 6½" Cardstock (calendar frame)
  • 1 piece - 2" x 3" Cardstock (to adhere calendar to)
  • 2 pieces - 3¼" x 2¼" Gingham Gala DSP


  1. Score on the long-side of the larger piece of cardstock at 2½" , 5", 6"
  2. Flip the piece over and score at 5½", this allows a better score/fold line for the frame stand
  3. Fold and burnish score lines with a bone folder for crisp folds
  4. Adhere calendar to the smaller piece of coordinating cardstock
  5. Adhere DSP pieces to the outside of the calendar frame
  6. Mitre off corners of the bottom edge to be adhered for the frame
  7. Adhere the bottom of the frame together
  8. With the seam at the back adhere the calendar to the front of the frame
  9. Enjoy your little desktop calendar or give away as a gift!

Product List
Do you want to make these mini calendars?  Just click on any of the pictures to go to my online store and place your order.  (and thanks for picking me!). Don't forget to add my current month's Host Code (see below) before finalising your order to get a thank you card and gift from me.

Simply Scored
Bone Folder

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Classic Garage Suite - Just Add Ink #440

The new Classic Garage Suite in our 2019 Occasions Catalogue is a great suite of products to create cards and projects to celebrate the men in our lives, whether it be our fathers, brothers, inlaws, male friends or a work colleague. 

I find I make more feminine or flowery/pretty cards than masculine ones, so I felt it about time to focus a class/workshop on masculine cards, and the Classic Garage Suite made this easy!

My creative process for these cards was to put all the suite of products (yes I did buy them all!) out on my craft table, the beautiful classic DSP, the coordinating cardstock, ink, the metallic striped ribbon and the cute metal elements plus, of course the Geared Up Garage stamp set and coordinating Garage Gears Thinlits Dies! This allowed me to see all the coordinating products in full and to make sure I had everything that went together so well, a trademark of Stampin' Up! that I love and what got me hooked on their products over 12 years ago!

I also knew that I wanted to create a grungy, brick wall background on my cards using our fabulous Embossing Paste (not realising that it had been so long playing with this product that my opened jar hard gone hard! So glad I had bought two!!). Plus, I thought some gears cut out of our Silver Foil Sheets would also go well on my project.

With all this in mind and close at hand on my table I found my first card came together quickly and I was very happy with it. [I might try to replicate this one and the next mount it on Smoky Slate cardstock to see if it 'pops' some more! A suggestion put to me by one of my friends and artistic critics.]

I also need to find a spot to reset up my light box as these photos were taken in the evening and the light wasn't so good to photograph. It appears better colour-wise in the group shot above.

My second card I coloured the embossing paste with Basic Gray ink refill and did the same brickwork background on a different dsp sheet from the pack. 

The top red card I stamped, coloured with Stampin' Blends, and then cut using the coordinating die. However, for the classic black car below I fussy cut it from a sheet of dsp. That same sheet has cars like the style above that can be directly cut with a coordinating die! I LOVE how these dsp sheets have elements that match with the dies, even the cogs that I used in my third card, were cut from a sheet of dsp!! Gotta love Stampin' Up!'s creative designers!

My third and final card using this suite is an easy one too but this time I also incorporated the Happy Birthday die. I was really happy with how all three cards turned out and so pleased that I created these and this time, as I had time to play, I didn't need to CASE other cards to get my creative juices flowing.

I also thought that these fitting in so well with the current Just Add Ink theme of 'Just Add Something New'...these girls are so inspiring and when I am stuck for ideas or a place to start I often pop on over to their blog. As a past team member it is so great to catch up with these girls face to face at Stampin' Up!'s OnStage events and if they are going to Auckland NZ in April I am sure going to miss seeing them as this time I can't go. However, I will be keen to see where the November event is held and will make that a goal to attend. I love so much about Stampin' Up!, not just the coordinating and quality of products (plus, my demo discount!), but also the friendships developed with both customers and demonstrators and staff, it is like one big happy family!

If you would like to be part of something great like this and to have the opportunity to save $s on your crafting supplies then consider joining now during Sale-A-Bration as it is a great time to join (click here to join or find out more). Otherwise, consider coming to my next class (details here) or book a class/workshop with your friends and I'll come along and help you all get creative!

If you just want to order then Sale-A-Bration is a great time to do it, because for every $90+ order placed you get to select a FREE SAB item from the brochure. Order Online 24/7 here. You can also click on any of the product items listed below and used in these projects.

Product List
Glue Dots
Big Shot


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