Tuesday 28 January 2014

New Occasions Catalogue - celebrate the everyday

Wow, we've an abundance of riches with our brand new Occasions Catalogue starting today as well as Sale-a-bration. Inside, you'll find everything you need to celebrate special & everyday occasions.

Bundle & Save = 15% savings for you. Look for special bundle pricing on co-ordinating products. Download my Bundle Cheat Sheet, or see all the bundles in the store. Remember too that purchases you make from the Occasions Catalogue are eligible to earn Sale-a-bration freebies.

My regular customers should have received their catalogue by now. If you'd like a paper copy & don't have a regular Demonstrator, just e-mail me & I'll be happy to send you a free copy.

Finally, if you missed my Occasions sneak peek project, you can see it here. I think it's been a very popular one since it's been pinned to Pinterest over 2000 times so far. I'll be sharing more projects on my blog as I get to play with my new goodies.
Until next time, bye for now.

Sale-a-bration - good times!

Sale-a-brate good times indeed! We all love freebies & Sale-a-bration always has the best. Click on the pretty pic below to see & download the catalogue to your computer, i-gadget or tablet. If you'd prefer a paper version, just e-mail me for a free copy.
 Open up the catalogue & you'll find everything you need to know...
You'll find 13 SAB gifts on pages 10 to 17 with our usual brilliant co-ordination. These include stamp sets, paper, accessories, punch, embossing folder, card, banner & gift kits, and digi kits. You'll earn 1 freebie for every $90 you spend (excl s&h). The trickiest thing will be choosing a favourite. Which brings me to...
Stampin' Up! have put together great product bundles on pages 4 to 9 to make fun, quick projects (see them here in my store). Each bundle you buy will earn you a SAB freebie. Of course, if any current catalogue item you buy contributes to your SAB spend, so if you have a wishlist, just shop with me online or direcly by phone or e-mail! Still want more?...
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Party with me during Sale-a-bration & you can earn lots more freebies - $50 extrance your party sales get to $500. Parties can be in person if you're local to me or online - you & your stampy friends order online with a special code & the host gets the freebie....or you can all share them. Contact me to find out more.
To help me reach a major goal, my hostesses can earn even more rewards if they party by 22 Feb. All the info you need is in my January newsletter. If you're interested in learning more & don't already have a regular Demonstrator, please contact me for more info, or to join my my mailing list.
There's one final perk to Sale-a-brate & it's the one that keeps giving. You can join Stampin' Up! during Sale-bration & get even more in your starter kit. To be exact, you'll get to choose $255 of Stampin' Up! goodies for just $169...& that's just the start of the perks. So, if you've ever thought "I wonder if....", then contact me for more some more info.

Saturday 25 January 2014

Last Christmas - large Envelope Punch Board box

After I posted the first Christmas gift packaging class project - a Festive Flurry snowflake in a box just before Christmas, the remaining class projects got lost in my post Christmas chill-out. I'm sharing them now otherwise they'll probably never see the light of day (or blog). While they're obviously Christmas themed, they could be easily changed for another occasion. Project two was this large gift box made with the fabulous Envelope Punch Board....& a fabulous bow made with our bow die (Holiday Catalogue).
The basic box was based on this fantastic video tutorial by Tanya Bell. I just needed to add the decoration. Why mess with a great idea - thanks heaps Tanya!  Here's a quick summary of the general instructions to make this box. Once you've made a couple, you won't need them & will be making all sorts of sizes.

Note: It's likely the  gorgeous bow die, Merry Little Christmas stamp & DSP used here WON'T be available after 31 January when the Holiday Catalogue ends, so please order them before then if you'd like them :-)

Basic Box Instructions
Cut card/paper Size:  12 x 12 inch sheet (30.5 x 30.5cm)

Finished box size:  5 1/8 x 5 1/8 x 2 3/4 inches (13 x 13 x 7cm)


1.  Score & punch card at 4 inches on all 4 sides (using score line ruler), then turn over card & score & punch again at 4 inches. (blue lines in diagram). Normally you wouldn't need to turn-over the card like this, but this box needs a longer score than can be done in one step.

2.   Line up each score line with score guide (not ruler) & score/punch another score line on each side (green lines in diagram).

3.   Cut lines to form box tabs (shown in diagram).

4.   Fold in box sides & adhere, then box bottom. Top flap folds inside box.
This diagram shows the cut line (red) & score lines (green & blue) - click on pic for larger version.
Thanks for visiting & let me know if you have any questions about the box instructions or anything else.  I have to take a break now, so I'll share the final class project next post.
Inky wishes, Di

Supplies (All Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Merry Little Christmas
Card/Paper: 12x12 crumb cake card, gumball green cherry cobbler & whisper white card, Season of Style DSP
Ink: cherry cobbler ink pad
Tools: Envelope Punch Board, 2-1/2 inch circle punch or circles #2 die)

Friday 24 January 2014

SAB sneak peek - Good as Gold card & post-it

Sale-a-bration (SAB) is just 4 days away so today I'm sharing a sneak peek of an awesome SAB kit that you can choose FREE when you spend $90 during Sale-a-bration (28 Jan - 31 March).
The 'Good as Gold' kit includes everything you need to make 8 cards, including envelopes & liners - all with a trendy touch of gold. Here's the card, as designed by Stampin' Up! - can you see the shiny spots of gold?
The sentiments & flag end banners are all die cut, so you just pop them out. You'll actually receive 24 sentiment flags (8 each in English, French & German), which you can alter & use. The envelope liners are a fabulous gold foil (no pic), so I think I'll be re-purposing some of those in other projects too. I'll add a full pic of the kit contents to this post once Sale-a-bration is live on the 28th. See a pic of the full kit at the bottom of this post.

Then I thought..."What else can I make with the kit?" - a cute post-it note book! I was excited that a regular long post-it book fitted perfectly!
How to make post-it note book
1. Score the card  at 1cm & 10cm (in the same direction as the centre score already on the card).
    If you work in inches, try scoring at a 1/2 inch & 4-1/8 inches.
2. Fold & flatten each score line. Adhere post-it pad to base (76mm x 127mm / 3 x 5 inch post-it)
3. Wrap gold elastic cord (from kit) around the note book & tie in a bow at the front. Secure it on the top with some sticky strip (where tape/glue will be hidden by decoration).
4. Attach the sentiment banner, thin coloured banner & gold banner as shown using dimensionals or tombow glue (or however you like).
5. Give it to a stationery loving friend.
Here's a closer pic of my post-it book decoration.
You could really easily step up both the card & post it note, but I decided to keep it simple - we all need quick & cute projects! I hope you like this sneak peek & are as excited as me about Sale-a-bration & our new Occasions Catalogue.
I've posted out Catalogues to all my regular customers, so they'll be arriving very soon. If you'd like a free copy of each, plus my new newsletter, just contact me with your details.
Back soon with lots more to share.
Inky wishes, Di

Edited  28 Jan
Here's what you'll receive in your Good as Gold kit - choose it free during Sale-a-bration with a $90 purchase. Click on the pic for a bigger version.

Good as Gold card kit (free Sale-a-bration)
Stampin' dimensionals & sticky strip
Non SU - post-it book (76mm x 127mm / 3 x 5 inch post-it)

Monday 13 January 2014

Happy New Year & a pretty sneak peek

Happy New Year everyone! It seems that Christmas & new year celebrations passed in the blink of an eye & now it's almost the middle of January.  I hope you all had a happy & blessed time. It's been pretty laid back at colourmehappy & my fam managed to sneak in a quick beach getaway.
I've also swapped over to a different computer which has been great & frustrating in equal parts. To celebrate finally being able to edit pics today, I'm sharing the pretty birthday card I made for Cathy, one of my Diamond Stamper team gals.... using some fab new sneak peek goodies coming your way on the 28th in our Occasions Catalogue. See if you can pick them.
Here's a closer look at the sentiment & pretty flowers.
How many new goodies did you pick? There are 4 - the Hexagon Hive thinlit die, Petite Petals flower set, matching punch (eek!) & DSP from a new stack sized pack (Fresh Prints). Don't you love them! This is one of my fave colour combos too.

There's so much I know you'll love in both the Occasions Catalogue & Sale-a-bration Catalogue, so you MUST get a copy. Contact me if you'd like a free copy & I'll pop them in the mail shortly.
Thanks very much for visiting. If you have any questions about my card, just leave me a comment.
Inky wishes, Di

Stamps: Label Love, Petite Petals (new)
Card/Paper: pool party, crumb cake, crisp canteloupe, whisper white, Fresh Prints DSP (new)
Ink: calypso coral ink pad & marker, pool party ink pad, baked brown sugar marker
accessories: crisp canteloupe ruffled ribbon, basic pearls
Tools: Big Shot, Hexagon Hive thinlits die (new), Petite Petals punch (new), Artisan label & Itty Bitty punch pack flower