You have made your own card, now you need an envelope to put it in but all you can find are those ones with the lovely squares (for postcode). Luckily Stampin’ Up! have envelopes in Whisper White and Very Vanilla but sometimes they just seem to need a little sprucing up. The Envelope Liner die can be used to cut Designer Series paper to co-ordinate with your project. Watch this short video from Stampin’ Up! to see how easy it is!
Ok, confession time… I have somehow already managed to take over 200 photos on my lovely new camera that Santa gave me. Instead of just taking one or two at each photo op, I end up taking enough to join together and make a short movie. I know I’m not the only one out there who does this!! I have set myself the goal of turning at least one set of photos into a scrapbook page on MDS (MY DIGITAL STUDIO) this weekend. I’m no digital whizz (it’s no secret that I like paper better than computers) but my last attempt was so painless that I figured I’d try it again. Give it a go with me and let me know how you get on. If you don’t already have MDS you can trial it for free for 30 days at http://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?categoryid=441
LABOUR WEEKEND SPECIAL
Do you have a crafty person to buy a gift for this Christmas? Purchase $25 Gift Certificate for only $20 this Labour Weekend.
Gift Certificates can be used for Papercraft Classes, Craft supplies from Stampin’ Up!, online tutorials etc. Get one or two for yourself and save money on your next purchase! No limit to number of Gift Certificates you can buy but the offer ends on Monday!
Email me before midnight Monday 25th October to redeem this offer.
I’ve got a bunch of Stampin’ Up! catalogues (usually $10 each) to give away FREE to the first 5 people who email me with their phone number. I will also throw in a free copy of the Holiday Catalogue. Each catalogue is also an ideas book that you can use in those moments when you need a quick card or gift idea to copy. The catch? Before I can send the catalogue to you, I need to have a short conversation on the phone with you. So email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will give you a call 🙂
NB: NZ only
Now that the boat race is over we can get back to the things that we know are going to happen. Did you realize that it is only 14 weeks until Christmas? With daylight savings about to start, you can be sure that Christmas decorations and sales will be popping up in the shops. From next Wednesday I will be offering you some easy ways to wow friends, family and teachers with your creativity and save you some money in the process. You can get started now by spending two minutes jotting down a list of people you need to get a present for (neighbours? coaches? teachers? hairdresser? etc) then check back next week to find out who you can cross off your list.
“Look after your stamps and they should last you a lifetime”.
We all know this but do you actually do it? I had one of those moments earlier today when I was already to go – got cardstock cut to size, chosen stamps, ink colour and had a plan in my head. Inked up the stamp with Rich Razzleberry and (thankfully) did my first stamp, as always, onto a piece of scratch paper. Yummy! Rich Razzleberry with a hint of Old Olive, a reminder of my rush to pick up the daughter from kindy last week when I hurried my clean up. Fortunately this can be fixed but it was a timely reminder about stamp care!
They should be cleaned every time they are used, and stored away from direct sunlight and heat. This will prevent the rubber from hardening or cracking which would cause your stamped image to bleed or appear blurred. An unclean stamp will also cause your next project to discolour. Never soak the stamps in water. You can use alcohol-free baby wipes, however, the best way to clean and protect your stamps is to use a cleaner specifically designed for rubber stamps as it will condition the rubber as well as cleaning it. I use Stampin’ Mist Stamp cleaner ($9.75) with the Stampin’ Scrub ($35.95) because I can clean the stamps quickly and effectively in the middle of a workshop with minimum effort. When my Stampin’ Scrub mats get dirty I just rinse them under cold water and let them air dry ready for use the next day.
If you have spent your hard-earned cash on stamps, it makes sense to look after them. Contact me or order online if you need Stamp Cleaner or a Stampin’ Scrub.