Saturday, January 6, 2018

Brusho Crystal Colour - new product!

Today has been a hot and muggy one here in Dodges Ferry, Tasmania, so what better reason to stay and play in my craft room with a fan on!

Actually, I should be finishing sorting and tidying up my craft room as I pulled it apart while my husband was away over New Year, however, one clean desk meant I could create instead.

So firstly, I made a card for a Shoebox Swap that I will be doing at an upcoming team get together which I will share after the event, as I need to keep something for another blog post!

Then I decided I wanted to play with a new product we have in the Occasions Catalogue called Brusho Crystal Colour (on page 26) which you mix with water to create watercolour washes and designs.


A few tips for when using this product:
  • Don't open the lids as the crystals will puff everywhere! Then you'll find colour spots where you don't want them, especially if your table is as messy as mine!
  • Prick a hole or two in the top of the lid, to use it like a salt shaker, these can be then covered with some sticky tape or like I have done with a pin.
  • Be willing to experiment as each time it is different.

This was the first card I made where I embossed the butterfly first in white on our Shimmery White cardstock. Then I sprinkled, rather randomly, some of the Brusho Crystals on and then spritzed it with water.


As I enjoyed making this card and had such a positive response to it on my FB business page I decided to make another one with the emphasis on a different colour, the Gamboge one. I tried to control the colour flow and intensity, in the wing areas, by using an Aqua Painter rather than a spritzer, however, I still found as the crystals sprinkle all over the place it is hard to control. Next time I'll try blending the crystals and water in a paint palette and use my Aqua Painter to watercolour. I do like the spritzy background though!

This is how the second card turned out.


I have also taken up the challenge to send out more birthday cards in 2018, encouraged by Shannon West (who originally started with the idea and creating the hashtag #imbringingbirthdaysback, which SU! then made into a stamp #143573) and Donna Griffiths.

So my first birthday card (the top one) will go out to my friend Tracey for later in January and the bottom one will go to the first person to comment on this blog post who has a birthday this month!

I hope you have managed to stay cool if it is hot where you are today or if you are on the other side of the world where it is cold, stay indoors where it is warm and stamp!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The excitement all begins today!

Christmas and New Year celebrations are over, however, the excitement and fun all starts today!

Firstly, I need to get this blog post finished so I can go to the Post Office to pick up my new Stamparatus which I know is down there for collection! Can't wait to play with this fabulous new tool that will be coming later in the year in the new Annual Catalogue... did you reserve yours in the previous reservation windows... I hope so!



Secondly, today marks the start of our annual Sale-A-Bration period and the new Occasions Catalogue. If you have been a part of Sale-A-Bration before you will know it is a great time to get some extra FREE items when ordering items off your wishlist and new product from the Occasions Catalogue. For every $90 you spend you get to select one free item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure (click image below to view PDF version online or contact me to get a hard copy sent to you), plus, this year there is a double bonus, if you order $180 of product you get to select either TWO FREE level one items or ONE level two item from the brochure... who doesn't love to get more!


Sale-A-Bration is also a great time to Host a workshop or event as you receive the regular Host Rewards but also, with qualifying sales, BONUS rewards.

Better still if your wishlist is as long as mine is then you should Join as a Demonstrator because then you can get $235 value of product for the cost of the Starter Kit (yes you can choose what product you want in your Starter Kit!) only $169!! Plus, by joining during Sale-A-Bration you get to also choose not one but TWO FREE stamp sets of your choice!! Then as a demonstrator you will get 20% off your future product orders. No commitment to do parties or workshops or to place any future orders, but who wouldn't want to stay with an ongoing discount on their craft supplies! Click here to Join Now!


Thirdly, today the Occasions Catalogue starts with some fantastic new products - stamp sets, accessories, new Brusho Crystals (you must check them out wow!), Stampin' Blends etc! Click on the image below to view the catalogue online or if you want a hard copy sent to you, and you don't have a local demonstrator, then contact me today and I will send one to you!




As you can see so much excitement and I will continue to share this excitement over the next few months as I too enjoy creating with these new products and begin to hold workshops and events for my customers to come and share the fun!

If you have any questions I am here to answer them just send me an email to: maecollins2@gmail.com

Don't forget when ordering online through my Online Store click here (open 24/7 for your convenience) use this month's Host Code - XKGZNZRR - to receive a thank you card and gift early in February!


Thanks for dropping by and don't forget to pop back soon when I have some projects and other details to share with you...I am off to the Post Office to get my Stamparatus and then will be back in my craft room to stamp! If you have been following me on Facebook you will know that I have been trying to sort and rearrange it...but that will wait for a little as I make more of a mess in there LOL! 

Have fun and stamp today!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Stamparatus reservation window closes tomorrow!

I just wanted to remind you that tomorrow, 31 December, is the last day for reserving your very own Stamparatus! Next opportunity to get this fantastic new tool will be 1st June, when the 2018-19 Annual Catalogue is released.


You can reserve yours by clicking here, and you won't be charged until it is ready to ship in March 2018! 

This video below shows you all about this fantastic new tool and I can't wait to get mine! It is being shipped to me and should arrive early next week!







Click on the image below to reserve yours today!


If you are also ordering in the last couple of days of December don't forget to add my monthly host code to receive a thank you card and gift from me in early January!


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

I can't wait for the New Year....because it means Sale-A-Bration!


I can't wait until the New Year, because not only does it mean a new year for new adventures and new goals, but it is also one of the BEST times of the Stampin' Up! year - Sale-A-Bration! For those of you who haven't experienced Sale-A-Bration before you are in for lots of fun and excitement! For those of you returning stampers, you will LOVE what is on offer and the sales levels haven't increased to get the benefits, but they have added MORE!

I just love what this company continues to offer and want to share it with you. So here is an overview of what will be on offer starting January 3....


Shop between January 3rd to March 31st and every $90 spent gets you a FREE choice of item from a special 20-page Sale-A-Bration catalogue. This catalogue is packed with exclusive stamps and papers, ribbon bundles, card kits, memories & more items (and even a special Big Shot die set this year!). I am sure there will be a number of these exclusive items on your wish list. NEW this year are two BIG items that you can get free with $180 purchases.

Just to keep things fresh and alive, on February 15th, Stampin' Up! will have a second release and add MORE free items to choose from.


We love to spoil our hostesses and even more so during Sale-A-Bration with an additional $40 worth free product of their choice when their party hits $400. Guests getting their $90 and $180 orders in will help boost your party total and earn you more freebies - a great way to get lots of items off your wishlist!

No time to have an actual in-home workshop? Most people "host" online these days. It's as simple as putting out an email or messaging friends. They can shop with your hostess code and you'll still get the benefits. We can even run a Facebook party if that is a forum you and your friends use.



I have left the best part until last! Join my team, Tassie Inkydinks (and no you don't need to live in Tasmania to be part of my team, just in Australia!), and you get a fabulous Starter Kit for only $169!

You get to choose the items in your Starter Kit, $235 value of product from the Annual Catalogue and/or the Occasions Catalogue, for ONLY $169!! The Starter Kit also includes FREE Shipping, PLUS, during Sale-A-Bration Stampin' Up! are throwing in not one but TWO additional free stamp sets of your choice! 

There truly is no better time to join us than Sale-A-Bration.

There is NO obligation to ever place future orders, do events or hold workshops unless YOU want to. It's a great way to see what being a demonstrator might be like, how to get ongoing 20-25% discount on your stamping supplies, opportunity to see and receive new products before anyone else, attend SU! events, and of course the ongoing support from me as your team leader.

Any questions? Just ask me with no pressure or commitment to join. I am happy to help you in any way! 

Demonstrators also earn rewards and free product during Sale-A-Bration so if you are ready to join now and celebrate Sale-A-Bration has a demonstrator - join here today!


Need an Occasions Catalogue or the special Sale-A-Bration brochure? Happy to pop one in the mail for you any time. Just email me at maecollins2@gmail.com

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