Wednesday, 30 June 2010

10 Great Reasons

Bookings are closing very soon for our much anticipated Christmas Card Workshops. Whilst there are still limited places available, we need to close off bookings, so that we can ensure that the materials that we need to order for you arrive in time. I thought I would take the opportunity to remind you of all the fabulous reasons that you will want to come to one of these events.

Number one reason to come to the Christmas Card Workshops
is the wonderful, creative & fun PEOPLE that you will find there.

The PROJECTS have been designed to be elegant, simple & repeatable,
using a great stash of Stampin' Up! papers, dies, tools, ribbon & bling.

If you have been to a Christmas Card Workshop, you will know we always have
great prizes. This year Stampin' Up! have been extremely generous in their support
and we have well over $1000 of product to give away at each event. Pictured below
are the RAFFLE PRIZES for the Coorparoo Event.

The proceeds from these fabulous raffle prizes ensures we continue to support the Mater Mothers Bereavement Footprints Programme.

There is always a great supply of DISPLAY PROJECTS that you are welcome to photograph.

The CARD COMPETITION costs 50 cents per card to enter. We would like to see Christmas Cards created primarily with Stampin' Up! Product. Participants in the Workshop will then
vote and 3 lucky winners will share in $250 in prizes!

Of course, we always have a lovely AFTERNOON TEA to enjoy together.

This year we will have a special box at all our Christmas Workshops. We will be collecting Christmas Card Donations for our Australian Troops serving overseas as part of a
'CARDS FOR TROOPS' program. These cards will ensure soldiers are able to send a card home at Christmas to their loved ones. This project is being coordinated for the Paper Angels by the lovely Anna Wheaton who is in turn helping 2 NSW Stampin Up Demonstrators who initiated this idea. So please, do bring along any cards you did not use from last year and we ask please if you can provide envelopes with the cards.

We will have SPOT PRIZES during the course of the day

COLOR INSTRUCTIONS will ensure you can recreate
your favourite workshop projects at home

Get your CREATIVE MOJO working

Due to popular demand, I am now committing to tables at the Victoria Point & Springwood Venues. If you wish to transfer your booking to either of these venues, please contact me as a matter of urgency by phone 0448 896 001 or email

Sunday 11th July | Coorparoo | Canossa Kindergarten
Saturday 17th July | Victoria Point | Sharks Sporting Club
Sunday 18th July | Pine Rivers | Pine Rivers Bowls Club
Saturday 31st July | Rochedale | Springwood Bowls Club
Sunday 1st August | Wellington Point | Redlands Sporting Club

To book, either phone with credit card details OR use the PayPal option below


Wednesday, 23 June 2010

My Stampin' Up! Story

Well, I guess this is well overdue and I hope some of you find this interesting to read, albeit a bit long. At our recent Stampin' Up! 2010 Convention in Sydney, we were encouraged as Demonstrators to share our Stampin' Up! story with others. Telling my story via a blog post seems the best idea, because honestly people would kill me if I repeated this at each workshop.

Lets go back a few years to 2005. My family had finally 'crawled' its way back to Brisbane after spending 5 years in Melbourne & Canberra. To be honest we thought we'd be gone from Brisbane for 1-2 years, so 5 years absent was not our original plan. Of course this extended absence was 'meant to be' because we met the most lovely people, making some treasured friends and having experiences that have shaped us. Having left Brisbane at the end of 2000 for Melbourne, we then relocated to Canberra in 2002. It was in Canberra that my paper-craft hobby became my work also. I was offered a teaching role at a Scrapbooking Store as well as a contracting role at an Australian Wholesaler called Aussie Scrap Source. I primarily taught heritage scrap-booking using Anna Griffin products at the store and designed samples for paper-craft magazine advertising at the wholesaler. I also was a bit of a multi tasker - aren't all women this - at Aussie Scrap Source, filling orders, answering the phone and attending trade shows. I loved this job and I also loved the people who I worked with, Cheryl Durey being my boss. I had more or less given up on returning to Brisbane and had thrown myself fully into Canberra, my friends and my wonderful jobs. But then as you know, life doesn't stay constant and changes when you least expect it to. Work had dried up for my husband in Canberra and we went through a time of financial & family/marital turmoil. Interestingly, my paper-craft gave me the release I needed from the stress I was suffering - I honestly think it saved my sanity. Things got a bit exciting when Cheryl asked if I would like to go to CHA, which is the Craft & Hobby Association Show for businesses/wholesalers in the US. My goodness - this was a dream come true. I never imagined Cheryl would ask me to go with her and I was very excited.

But then, my husband got work in Brisbane! OK, this was good on one front, but as it was a contracting role the longevity is always in question. So I limped along with 4 children by myself in Canberra for about 6 months until we could be sure it was worth relocating permanently. Time came to relocate and telling my boss Cheryl I was moving was really hard as we got along so well and I was looking forward to continuing to see & be a part of her business growing, as well as also going to CHA. Cheryl was very understanding and even offered that I still travel to CHA with her even once I had moved to Brisbane. Sadly I had to refuse this offer as my husband contracts, so no work means no pay and that just wasn't an option with the huge relocation costs we were facing. Still, I was lucky enough to still be on the Aussie Scrap Source Design Team, which meant I was working on innovative cutting edge ideas & projects designed by Cheryl such as the 'A-Z album', 'Everyday Moments' and wholesale class program. Even once I was back in Brisbane, every month I would create scrap-booking layouts using product that was sent to me. How neat was this! Free products to create layouts for magazines. Sounds perfect, doesn't it? However there were two problems. Firstly the person who had replaced me when I left Aussie Scrap Source was obsessed with punctuation amongst other things, and quite frankly it used to really annoy me how I would receive critical & curt emails addressing my supposed lack of punctuation and slackness at not having the latest publishing software! This did not help my creative mojo at all! But first and foremost, there was something really important missing and that was 'human contact'! Really, it doesn't matter how much product you have, if you are paper-crafting alone, it is pretty lonely and somewhat meaningless. I missed teaching classes and sharing the fun of paper-craft with others.

So in 2006, I dragged myself along to a Papercrafts Festival in Brisbane. I wasn't particularly sure why I had gone as I sort of figured I'd seen it all and trust me the ridiculously long 45 minute wait in the hot sun whilst I waited in a ticket queue where only 2 people were serving, almost had me turning on my heels - I actually got sunburnt that day! However, there most certainly a glowing silver lining in that day - Stampin' Up! were there and I had definitely heard of them previously. Not only had I seen them in the US magazines, but I had also heard about them first hand by a US citizen who was also a colleague of my husband's whilst in Canberra. She had come along to my classes whilst visiting Canberra on assignment from her software company. She came to dinner one night and said to me, I should be a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator! How funny is that? I have lost contact with this lovely lady but I'd sure like to catch up with her again and let her know what has since happened! (Stampin' Up! wasn't in Australia when she made this comment)

That very day I took the paperwork at the Papercrafts Festival and then went on to attend the Brisbane information evening. Fate then intervened for a while and a rather painful condition called Chostochondritis had me in extraordinary pain and unable to really fulfill my role as a Design team Member for Aussie Scrap Source. Ultimately, I resigned from the design team and became a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

My only 'reservations' were that I did not consider myself a 'direct sales person'. However, this did not matter at all because I love the Stampin Up Products but more importantly I love sharing my love of all things papercraft with other people. Basically if you love what you do, it truly does not matter about the rest. I have learnt to present more confidently in front of new people to the point that people mistake me for a confident person! I'm not that at all, just someone who was lucky enough to find the right 'vehicle'.

The next 4 years as demonstrator really require another essay, so lets save that for another post. Suffice to say, I am so happy I decided to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator because I am a firm believer in the philosophies (Statement of the heart) of Stampin' Up! and it has been responsible for me meeting the most wonderful people & having the privilege of making a difference in other people's lives. I do not speak often of what I have 'achieved' in the past 4 years as I am always looking forward and not back. However, I will share with you that I have achieved the (top 25) Demonstrator of the Year for 4 years running (2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010), as well as the last 3 Incentive Trips & the 'Heart of Stampin' Up!' Award in 2009 which is given to one demonstrator in Australia. These achievements would not have been possible without the wonderful team of demonstrators, to which I belong - the 'Paper Angels'. Belonging to a fun, cohesive group of creative souls, has made all the difference in my life and I am grateful to each & every one of our team, whether they are discount, hobby or career demonstrators.

Pictured above is Rebecca Ross, Shelli Gardner (Co Founder & CEO of Stampin' Up! and myself). If you have any questions about my story, I would be happy to answer them.

NEW Stampin' Connection

Stampin’ Connection is Stampin’ Up!’s NEW online discussion and social forum and is available as an exclusive benefit of signing up to be a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.. In this resource, you’ll find mediums for sharing business questions, concerns, ideas, and suggestions. You’ll also find great resources like projects and videos. Additionally, Stampin’ Connection is a place where you can go to receive or to give help—it’s a true online community just for demonstrators.

Additionally we have set up a sub forum within Stampin Connection for the 'Paper Angels' which is our team of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators. Already we have loaded up 15 class instructions ready for you to print and use in your own workshops,classes & get togethers. Several conversation threads are also yielding inspiring advice and ideas. Whether you might be thinking about being a hobby/discount demonstrator or a business demonstrator, you will find this FREE service informative & inspiring.

Imagine receiving a discount on all your papercraft purchases, belonging to a fun group of ladies who love to share ideas, making a difference in other peoples lives, and many many more benifits. Save 20% when you join as a Stampin Up Demonstrator before July 31st. Learn more about becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Deal of the Week #4

Save up to almost 50% in the last week of Stampin' Up's Deal of the Week. In this fourth and final week, specials include selected rhinestone brads and grosgrain ribbon as pictured below. Imagine the difference a little bling or some gorgeous ribbon will make to your project. This deal closes Tuesday 29th of June, however, I would ask that I could close orders on the Monday evening the 28th of June. As usual you will find a PayPal option for ordering these accessories at the bottom of this posting. You are also welcome to phone me and use credit card over the phone or direct deposit into my bank account.

109113 pg 149 Square Ice Rhinestone brads
was $19.95 Now $11.97
109113 pg 149 Circle Ice Rhinestone brads
was $19.95 Now $11.97
109112 pg 149 Square Fire Rhinestone brads
was $19.95 Now $11.97
111848 pg 150 Bashful Blue 1" double-stitched grosgrain ribbon
was $19.95 Now $10.97
109050 pg 151 Certainly Celery 5/8" grosgrain ribbon
was $14.95 Now $8.97


Thursday, 17 June 2010

Be a Demonstrator and save 20% until July 31st

Be a Demonstrator and save 20% until July 31st

Stampin' Up!'s Statement of the Heart begins by stating that we 'love what we do and share what we love'. To accomplish that vision, Stampin' Up! has teamed with independent contractors--called demonstrators--to help people everywhere discover their creativity.

The link to my Stampin' Up! Website (Be a Demonstrator Video Link in the right hand side bar), explores the opportunity to become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. Being a demonstrator is an incredible chance to combine a fun-filled pastime with a great home-based business, and it's also a way to help others achieve worthwhile accomplishments. As you explore this link, you may need my 'Recruiter Authorization Password', which is 'Paper Angels'. This password will enable you to check out the demonstrator agreement as well as the starter kit order form. After that, if you have any questions, I would be happy to answer by phone, email or in person over a cuppa.

Absolutely the best thing about being a demonstrator is the new friendships you will make with people who share your love of creating. You don't need to be an expert, because being a part of the Paper Angels Group of Independent Demonstrators will mean you will be surrounded by people who will enjoy sharing their skills and knowledge with you. Monthly colour newsletters, demonstrator website resources and get togethers will keep your creative mojo going.

As an added extra bonus, I have 3 exclusive packs to give away to the first 3 new demonstrators in my team to respond to the 20% off the starter kit before July 31st. If you are one of these 3, you will receive a special Stampin' Up! Enviro Shopping Bag I picked up at the recent Sydney Convention, along with a full pack of A4 cardstock (colours will vary), craft magazine and an ex demo pack of ink pad, marker and re-inker.

Please do ring me if you can imagine discovering your creativity, whilst you make friends and save money on your own purchases. Discount & Hobby Demonstrators are very welcome, so please don't think you have to be a super busy workshop demonstrator in order to consider this opportunity.

love & best wishes

Liz 0448 896 001 |

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Deal of the Week #3

I am sure many of you will be excited about the third deal in June, with 5 stamps sets up to 50% off the normal price. These wood mount stamps are extremely versatile and you will get many years of stamping enjoyment using these. If you have already ordered previous deals of the week and are ordering this deal, I would be grateful if you could let me know if I can hold delivery till your total order comes in. This deal of the week closes Tuesday 22nd of June, however, I would appreciate it if I could close orders off on the previous Monday evening the 21st of June. As usual, you will find a PayPal option for ordering these stamps at the bottom of the posting. You are also welcome to phone me and use credit card over the phone or direct deposit into my bank account.

A Happy Heart

Greetings Eight

Bella's Bloom

Enjoy Every Moment

All Scallops

Stamp Set

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Christmas in July Annual Charity Events

Come and be a part of the highlight of our Paper Angels Demonstrator Group Calendar. This year we have brought our fabulous Annual Charity Christmas Card Workshops forward to July so that you can get a jump start on your Christmas Crafting. Make a divine collection of cards and 3D objects that are classic, beautiful and repeatable. I am personally very excited about the projects we will be sharing with you and helping you to create!

You will receive a huge pack of Stampin' Up! product worth over $50, including cardstock, papers, dies, snail adhesive, rhinestones & ribbons. Also included is full colour instruction sheets, displays, door prizes and a delicious afternoon tea. This full day event is extremely good value at $70 for a FULL DAY EVENT and you are invited to either come alone and meet some fellow papercrafters or organise a group of friends to come.

Each event is generously supported by Stampin' Up! who have donated hundreds of dollars of product which supports our raffles & card competitions held at each event. The full proceeds from these raffles & card competitions is used to support our Mater Mother's Hospital Footprints Program.

There are 5 events, however, I am trying to direct my customers to 3 venues, which include Coorparoo (Canossa Kindergarten, 86 Milsom St), Pine Rivers (Pine Rivers Bowls Club) & Wellington Point (Redlands Sporting Club). I have included PayPal options for these 3 venues below, however, if you wish to attend Victoria Point on Saturday 17th July or Rochedale on Saturday 31st July, please email me at

You may also book and pay by phone 07 3348 9456 | 0448 896 001 or email Payment is required to secure your booking and can be made by Visa/Mastercard or direct deposit (please email me requesting bank account information)
You can find the official Paper Angels Group flyer for this event at our group demonstrator blog

Venue & Date

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Deal of the Week #2

Haiku Designer Series Paper

Pink Flamingo Designer Series Paper

Tea Party Designer Series Paper

Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper

Sweet Slumber Specialty Designer Series Paper

Imagine all the beautiful things you can make by stocking up on beautiful Stampin' Up! Double Sided Designer Series Paper at more than 30% off. You may order by using the PayPal button below (I have added the 5% postage/handling into these prices for your convenience), by phone using your credit card 3348 9456 or 0448 896 001 or I am happy to email you a bank account you can direct deposit into. Collect $300 or more in orders and receive hostess benefits, which would be a FREE level 1 hostess stamp and $30 product based on $300 sales.

Designer Series Paper

Monday, 7 June 2010

Colour Renovation Charts

Click on charts to view at FULL size

These colours will be retiring at the end of August 2010 and we have been advised by Stampin' Up! that these colours (ink pads, refills, cardstock etc) will only be available whilst stocks last. Normally, it is my experience that Stampin' Up! will guarantee stocks until one month prior to the start of a new catalogue. However, in the case of the Colour Renovation, I understand that Stampin' Up! wants to ensure production starts on the NEW Colour Collection and not be halted by reproducing retiring colours. Makes heaps of sense BUT this really does mean that you must order your ink refills etc ASAP to avoid disappointment. I know that many of my customers have purchased Pink Passion, Pixie Pink, Handsome Hunter, Ruby Red and Close to Cocoa. It stands to reason that these most popular colours of the retiring range will run out first. Ink Refills are really CHEAP at $5.95 and can extend the life of your ink pad for years. Make sure you don't miss out. Phone 07 3348 9456 or 0448 896 001 | Email your retiring ink pad, cardstock, stampin write markers and ink refills ASAP. The chart below is really a bit of a teaser as the NEW colours will not be available till September. However, I think you will probably enjoy admiring them as I have. I think the colours are more vibrant and modern, with even better scope for fabulous colour combinations that Stampin' Up! is already famous for. I'm especially excited about the increased range of neutrals, which seriously you just have to use on every project you make! Still, not all the surprises are spoilt - when the NEW Idea Book & Catalogue is released at the beginning of September, there will also be 5 NEW 'IN COLORS'. Even Demonstrators do not know what they will be, so we can be surprised together!