Friday, July 26, 2013

JAI #175 - Sketch Challenge

Friday again and that means time for another Just Add Ink challenge. This week we have for you a sketch challenge.

Here is the sketch...


Now here is my card based on the sketch...


I again had fun playing with some of Stampin' Up! beautiful new DSP, this one is called  Soho Subway and I thought this sheet was a great one to focus on an aged birthday...can you guess how old the birthday boy is?

I also used a couple more of my arrow clips from the Hung Up Cute Clips, 3 assortment designs (the other two are a coat hanger and a speech bubble). I had used an arrow a few weeks ago on another masculine card. A great way to add some embelishment to my card without being too glitzy!

Have fun playing with this sketch.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

JAI #174 - Colour Challenge

This week's colour challenge over at Just Add Ink was one that I was keen to use, as they included two of the new In Colors from our latest catalogue...Baked Brown Sugar and Coastal Cabana, but alas, I have been working so much these last couple of weeks I haven't had a chance to play in my craft room at all.

Well I decided to change that late this afternoon (as I worked again today from 8:30 am to 1:30pm), and decided to leave my housecleaning until tomorrow, and just have some 'me' time with my new products, and some not so new!

Here is the colour palette to use for this challenge...


When I was last in my craft room I enjoyed playing around with my new Dress Up Framelits and thought I would like to use that again with these colours and adding a dress style that I had seen demonstrated at our recent Convention. I have seen so many different styles and ways to display this beautiful product that I wanted to play with it further.

Here is the card I made...


I couldn't decide if I wanted to put a greeting on this card or for what specific occasion that I have decided to leave it blank and can add one later when I have a need or specific purpose for the card.

It was so nice to play again and have some downtime. However, I do need to clean up my desks as I don't have any clear space to create...having left everything out and disorganised from the last time in here...two weeks ago!

I also have my ribbon shares to divide up, label and package...so perhaps that is another thing I can do tonight too! Love playing with my Stampin' Up! products.

Don't forget to pop over to the Just Add Ink blog and see the other inspirational projects the Design Team have made using these lovely new colours.


Monday, July 15, 2013

New Colour Markers


In the 2013-2014 annual catalogue, you can purchase the Stampin' Write Marker New Color Kit (item 130034, page 163) to help you update your Many Marvelous Marker pack. Now, the deal has been sweetened. For a limited time, from 15 July until 31 October, you can buy any of the new colours in the pack or on their own! Go on, fill in the missing pieces in your collection or buy the whole lot.


You can order online directly through my store or email me: maecollins2@gmail.com

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Mystery Hostess...for Stampin' Up! Shopping Spree!

When you 'Shop with Mae' (via my online store), and apply a Hostess Code, you will be entered in the draw to win a FREE Stampin' Up! Shopping Spree (valued at $30+ - based upon the number of online orders).

Online Orders must be placed before 5pm Sunday, 28th July 2013.

Enter the Hostess Code:  WUPZADQB

NOTE: for orders of $300+...I recommend NOT entering the Hostess Code and keeping the Stampin' Rewards for yourself!

The winner will be notified by email.
   
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HOW to enter the HOSTESS CODE:
  1. Order Online HERE (be sure it indicates 'You are shopping with Mae Collins', top of screen).
  2. Create your own personal account or sign in, if you already have one.
  3. Start shopping by adding products to your "Shopping Bag".
  4. At anytime before checking out, you'll need to enter and apply the HOSTESS CODE (see screen shot below on what to look for).
  5. Don't forget to click the "APPLY" button.
  6. Complete your shopping.
  7. Then check out!
Don't forget to check out the beautiful new ribbons, embelishments and designer series papers while shopping...some of my favourite products!
 

Winner of Stampin' Up! Shopping Spree!

CONGRATULATIONS to Claire McKay!


You're the lucky winner of my ONLINE ORDERING Promotion. Claire can choose $50 worth of Stampin' Up! products for absolutely FREE simply by having ordered online through my store during the past two weeks....thanks to everyone who ordered and went into the draw. (Claire has been notified and is by now browsing through the catalogue putting together her shopping list!).

Keep an eye out for my next Online Ordering promotion, details to be released later today!

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Reminder:

I'm still taking reservations for my Ribbon and Paper shares.  Check them out on my Product Shares & Clubs Page.

Friday, July 12, 2013

JAI #173 - Just Add...Water!

This week's challenge is one that you can interpret a number of ways...a water theme, watercolouring, adding water in a circle treat cup (as on page 58 of the new catalogue) to make a fish bowl, waves, waterwashed background...the list goes on!

The idea for this week's challenge came on us unexpectedly when we were coming back from Convention and sitting around at the airport with our drink bottles, one of the team noticed this on the bottle...


Oxygen apartments where we stayed in Brisbane must have placed them in our apartments just for us, don't you think? We we are the 'Just Add Ink' team, so "Just add water...on us!" was very appropriate. We hadn't even noticed until we were leaving, but it sure gave us an idea for a challenge!

I used my Aqua Painters for this challenge, water colouring my dahlias, on watercolour paper, after I had embossed the outlines with clear embossing powder. I enjoyed putting this card together.


Old Olive is one of my favourite colours and it goes so well with the yellow dahlias, to cheer up someone. I was so happy with the front of my card that I should make the inside as pretty as well...


I hope you enjoy this week's challenge as much as I did. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

WIN a FREE Stampin' Up! Shopping Spree!

Just quick reminder of my Online Ordering promotion, which I am going to end this coming weekend (a week earlier than previously advertised), so I will be notifying a winner this weekend of the FREE Stampin' Up! Shopping Spree...will it be you?

Everyone placing an order through my Online Store until Saturday 13 July at 5pm, simply enter the following hostess code when you place your order:

RE79CPJK

When you Shop with Mae, and apply the above Hostess Code, you'll be entered to win a FREE Stampin' Up! Shopping Spree (valued at $30 plus! - based on the number of entries).

NOTE: for orders of $300 or more...I recommend NOT entering the Hostess Code and keeping the Stampin' Rewards for yourself...woohoo!

If your name is drawn...
  •     Winner will be notified by email (this Saturday evening). 

How to enter the Hostess Code:
  1. Order Online HERE (be sure my name, Mae Collins is shown in the upper right corner).
  2. Create your own personal account or sign in, if you already have one
  3. Start shopping by adding products to your "Shopping Bag".
  4. At anytime before checking out, you'll need to enter and apply the HOSTESS CODE (bottom left of your screen).
  5. Don't forget to click the "APPLY" button.
  6. Complete your shopping.
  7. Then check out!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Christmas in July!

Christmas in July, and it sure does feel like that here if Christmas is usually known to be white and wintery, has been the theme of my stamp classes today and last night. As I had previously only shown a sneak peak of the cards we were making on my Facebook Page and in my email invites, I thought I would now share with you here the three cards we made.

Two of the cards were CASED directly from ones I found and was inspired to create from fellow demonstrators and the other was created from a few elements I liked on several cards I saw when blog surfing!

Card 1
Card 1: Emboss Resist using Mixed Bunch stamp set and Island Indigo ink (thanks for the idea Paula Dobson).

Card 2
Card 2: Lovely As a Tree stamp set, sponging with Marina Mist and spritzing with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz, mounted on Silver Glimmer paper.

Card 3
Card 3: Mosaic Madness stamp set and Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder with Raspberry Ripple, Smoky Slate and Old Olive (thanks for the idea Deena Boos).

I know I had fun relaxing and sharing how to make these cards with all the ladies came to my stamp classes.

Christmas items carrying over

If you have noticed the new Stampin' Up! catalogue is missing the Christmas section, don't worry, there are still some items available before we transition into the new Holiday Catalogue coming out in September.

Click image above the view PDF version

One of my favourite greeting sets for Christmas is More Merry Messages and this set is still available in both clear-mount and wood-mount.
126400 (wood-mount)  OR  126402 (clear-mount)

My Christmas in July stamp classes last night and this afternoon reminded me of this information which I wanted to share with you all...can't wait for the Holiday catalogue!


Enjoy a weekend of crafting inside on this cold winter's day (atleast that is what it is like here in Tassie!).

Friday, July 5, 2013

JAI #172 - Inspiration Photo

Not only does the recently released Stampin' Up! Catalogue have lots of beautiful products inside, along with inspirational sample projects, but the outside cover photo itself is also inspirational. So that is why, this week at Just Add Ink we are using the cover shot from the new catalogue as our inspirational photo for our challenge!

Here it is if you haven't seen the catalogue yet..



Now here is my card taking inspiration from the photo in terms of the model, the frame, the banners etc!


I had fun making this card and playing with some of my new toys. After seeing so many projects using Dress Up Dies and coordinating All Dressed Up stamp set I just had to buy them (note: the stamp set has not been carried over in to the new catalogue).

I want to thank my friend Julie Leeper for giving me the idea of the embossed cardigan, something I had seen on one of her projects. The new DSP Gingham Garden made a very pretty floral dress and wallpaper style background.

There are a lot of great ideas from the Design Team at JAI so pop on over to our blog and get further inspiration from them.

PS - this card found its way to one of our newest Design Team member's Louise Sharp for her birthday recently. We also welcome Susan Wong to the team and Paula Dobson has come back.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

What's new?

Well where do I start! At the beginning I suppose with the announcement of a NEW 2013-2014 Stampin' Up! catalogue...


Filled with lots of new colours, new ribbons and embellishments, new stamps, the Simply Pressed Clay, the Big Shot Magnetic Platform... oh I could go on and on and on... I love it all!!

Simply, click on the image above to view catalogue as a PDF or click here to view as a flipbook. If you want to download a PDF of the Stampin' Supplies used throughout the catalogue, click here.

If you can't wait to read/see what else is new or on offer but want to simply shop now, then click on the button below!




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Otherwise, read on (or perhaps go grab a cuppa first to sustain you through this post!) and see what else is on offer at the moment.

I am always using my greeting stamps and what better way to get them than at a discount!



Sale: 25% OFF three of our greeting sets!
No limits and get them on any order type (workshop, customer, or online).

Dates: 2-31 July, 2013
Sale Price Retail Price Description Item
$31.46 $41.95 Sassy Salutations Wood-Mount Stamp Set 132070
$25.46 $33.95 Sassy Salutations Clear-Mount Stamp Set 126707
$26.21 $34.95 Sweet Essentials Wood-Mount Stamp Set 132085
$20.96 $27.95 Sweet Essentials Clear-Mount Stamp Set 126457
$37.46 $49.95 Petite Pairs Wood-Mount Stamp Set 128706
$29.96 $39.95 Petite Pairs Clear-Mount Stamp Set 122497

Add them to your next order!

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Don't forget about our "Best of 25 Years Stamps".

As part of SU!'s 25-year anniversary celebration, they are bringing back some of our favourite stamp images from the last quarter century and combining them into 11 sets, which will be released—one set per month—until April 2014. Even better, along with some great classic images, each "Best of" set will also include a never-before-seen image! Check back here monthly for a new Best of stamp set.

This month it is this lovely set of butterflies, and one image coordinates perfectly with the Elegant Butterfly Punch.
 
 

Elegant Butterfly Punch - 127526
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Eager to have all the newly released colours in cardstock and ink pads, then why not order them as a set today...
New Colour Kit - 132281
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Or maybe you are interested in the new Magnetic Platform for the BigShot to keep your Framelits in place! Check out the video below...


I could simply go on and on listing new products that I like and can't wait to get my hands on!

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Are you wondering..."how can I afford to get everything I want now"?  Well, that's where my Stampin' Up! Product Shares can help!  Sign up for a product share and split the cost of the product with others!  I do all of the work (ordering, collect payment, cutting, package and shipping)...and you'll enjoy receiving a variety of new products now!

See more on my "Product Shares" page.

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Due to my current work commitments I am unable to hold any new catalogue launches and/or workshops for this month (just managing to hold my stamp classes this week!), so I have a special offer for everyone placing an order through my Online Store during the next three weeks of July, simply enter the following hostess code when you place your order:

RE79CPJK

When you Shop with Mae, and apply the above Hostess Code, you'll be entered to win a FREE Stampin' Up! Shopping Spree (valued at $30 plus! - based on the number of entries).

NOTE: for orders of $300 or more...I recommend NOT entering the Hostess Code and keeping the Stampin' Rewards for yourself...woohoo!

If your name is drawn...
  •     Winners will be notified by email (before the end of July). 

How to enter the Hostess Code:
  1. Order Online HERE (be sure my name, Mae Collins is shown in the upper right corner).
  2. Create your own personal account or sign in, if you already have one
  3. Start shopping by adding products to your "Shopping Bag".
  4. At anytime before checking out, you'll need to enter and apply the HOSTESS CODE (bottom left of your screen).
  5. Don't forget to click the "APPLY" button.
  6. Complete your shopping.
  7. Then check out!
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If you have any questions about any of the new releases or new products, or simply need help with placing an order, then email me today at: maecollins2@gmail.com

Have fun browsing, shopping and stamping! Now you might need to go grab that cuppa if you didn't before!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Best of Butterflies

Best of Butterflies stamp set featured for the month of July as part of Stampin' Up! 'Best of 25 Years' promotion. Five beautiful butterfly images all for the price of $25.95. Notice one of the images coordinates perfectly with the Elegant Butterfly Punch.


Order Online here or contact me today to order your set as these are only available while stocks last!

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