Sunday, November 15, 2009

A special ATC for Paperific

I was very happy to attend Paperific simply as a stamper this year - not working or running a stall. Ah, what fun!

I made some ATCs for swapping - wanna see?

Now, if you are keen of eye, you will notice that the stamps I'ved used here are NOT from the current catalogue. They are "retired" (that's so much nicer than saying "obsolete").

So here's my little essay on "retired" stamps.

It IS a nice thing to keep using your retired stamps, you know. You bought them because you love them, and old friends don't stop being old friends.

So when I'm representing Stampin' Up, or at a SU! function, or trying to sell you something (!) I'll be using all the latest and greatest. But when I just feel like tinkering with my lovely stamps, I'll be dipping into the old classics often. No wonder some older stamp sets become collectors items.

Oh, and you'll see, I managed to use that curly label punch on the day it arrived! That's Kraft card, and Old Olive ink, a classic combination, and behind the window it's Very Vanilla card and the same ink. I've added a little "drop shadow" in pale grey marker to the flowers - it makes them pop! And did I tell you SU! sponges are the best? I think I did. Well, they are.

Christmas Gift Giving - or maybe for you?

Have a look at the Gift Giving Guide Stampin' Up have released for the holiday season (I've added a link to it here, and it's on the Stampin' Up website too). What a great idea! If you spend just $85 on the goodies in the guide, you will score a FREE punch. A Square Scallop punch to be precise. Everyone needs that one.

But here's and extra bit of info - the offer's been updated - you can choose either the Square Scallop punch, OR the Boho Blossoms punch - that's the one with three flowers. Boho Blossoms features on page 95 AND page 153 of the catalogue ; it also goes with the "One of a Kind" stamp set on page 95. So that's awesome.

Second awesome bit if info is, I have worked out the absolute best package to get from the Gift Giving Guide (or "GGG" as we like to call it). It's what I bought with my first run at the GGG (yes, I'm planning another). If you choose the Curly Label Punch Bundle (that's a stamp set and punch that belong together), then add the Spiral punch (that's the one that makes "sprocket" holes along the edge of your cardstock, and makes pages that fit into our Art Journals), that comes to just over $85, and you'll get your freebie. So that's three gorgeous punches and a set of stamps for $85. Now THAT'S a Christmas present.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

My first Bagalope!

Bag-a-what? A Bag-a-lope, of course! It's a little bag made from an envelope, a cool trick known to lots of stampers, and cultivated by Stampin' Up! demos everywhere, because they are easy to make and demonstrate.

I just had to be different though - couldn't make a straight forward one for my first one...

So I decided it would be a BIG one - made from a C5 envelope (that's the one that fits a piece of A4 paper folded once). You know, a smaller bag would be more sturdy - well obviously! But the person the gift is for needs a LOT of chocolates.

And instead of tying the top up with an elegant ribbon, I went for this cool handle. The secret's the tag punch, folks!

I've used stamps from the Hello Again set, and the Retro Remix wheel (wheels are the secret of bagalope decoration). Those stamps will be coming in the Summer Mini Catalogue, in December. And of course, my two favourite colours, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive.

Hmm, well, I'm sure I could do a fancier one, but I have to say, that was pretty fun and easy for a quick gift.