Saturday, 26 July 2008

Christmas Stamp-A-Stack on 7th August Postponed

I just wanted to pop in here quickly and let you all know that I need to postpone the Christmas Stamp-A-Stack that was planned for the 7th August. I hope that hasn't inconvenienced anyone too much, but we've had another function come up that evening and so instead that SAS night will now be held on the 26th August at 7.30pm. Come along and add to your Christmas card stash with 6 cards (3 each of 2 different designs) for $15. All materials and light refreshments provided. And don't forget that the New Mini Launch is scheduled for the 8th August (see here for details) I have 3 places left at this point, but I don't expect them to last long.

First in best dressed!

Oh, and to keep everyone happy here's a card:

I've been playing with this set again a bit lately. If you want to see another one, click here.

There's some great cards on the Elite Challenge blog. Enjoy!

Thursday, 24 July 2008

Time for something totally different

... to my usual stuff. This is not my normal style of card at all.... but this is my latest submission for Kristina Werner's challenge:

I went very literal in response to her challenge. But I did get a bit creative with my punches... anyone want to guess which ones I used? There are four different ones.

Here's Kristina's original colour challenge photo:

But I had fun creating this one, so maybe when creativity is hard to find, it's not such a bad idea to go with a literal translation? Have a great day guys!

Sunday, 20 July 2008

New Spring Mini Launch Details

I know that some of you have been hanging out for the details of the new Mini Launch.... so here we go:

Come and join us at our
Spring Mini Launch

It’s going to be lots of fun!

7.30pm – Friday 8th August 2008
Where: Narara Valley Baptist Church Hall
127 Narara Valley Drive, Narara
Behind what’s left of the main church building - just drive on in - plenty of off street parking.

Cost: $10*
(Refundable with your $50 order placed on the night, not including p&h)

  • Three Make & Take projects
  • Demonstrations of new products and techniques
  • Mini Catalogue & Technique Booklet for everyone
  • Watch out for the Prize Patrol! Lots of giveaways
  • Incentives for booking a workshop on the night
  • Light refreshments provided

Call Linda Higgins on 0412 375 552 or email to RSVP and reserve your place ASAP as numbers are limited on both nights.

* Prepayment is required to reserve your place

I've just received my products from the new Mini this week so you'll be able to see a few "sneak peeks" of different products over the next couple of weeks. It will all be available to customers from the 1st August. As usual SU has come through for us with a gorgeous line of stamps, papers and accessories. I ended up purchasing myself 3 different lots of double-sided Designer Series Paper, as well as the beautiful new Satin Ribbons, and textured die cuts just to mention a few. If you would like to get your hands on some of this stuff and have a play with it, then book yourself into the Mini Launch night. Don't forget though that your place is not confirmed until your payment is received.

I hope you all have a lovely day and I'll be putting up some more photos soon with the new stuff for you.

Linda H

Saturday, 19 July 2008

Going to a party...

.....for one of my oldest and dearest friends. Belinda and I have known each other since we worked in the Customer Service Department of Atari Computers back in the late '80s. (OMG we were such babies!) And today we are heading up to her house in the beautiful lower Blue Mountains to help her celebrate her 40th birthday. I haven't seen her for months now, so I cant wait. She is a very talented scrapbooker (having been published and awarded numerous times) and so of course i HAD to make her a card... a shop-bought card just wouldnt cut it!

Here is the card I made for her:

I used paper from the Spring Break Designer series paper set... I love these colours together. I also used my rub-ons for the word "Celebrate" doesn't show up well in the photo though. And I don't currently have any number stamps (I think I might need some!) so I spelled the words instead, but I really like it anyway. The box is made to match and is just the right size to hold the satin ribbon that Im giving her as well a pair of cute earrings that I found for her. I know she'll love it.

Here's the box:

I had lots of fun making these... there's something lovely about matching cards and gifts. Happy Birthday gorgeous girl, have a fabulous day!

Have a great weekend... I'll be back with my launch announcement tomorrow. :-)

Linda H

Friday, 18 July 2008

Kristina's Challenge #16

Ok, so Kristina Werner's challenge this week is to use the following colours:

Aren't they great? I was pretty short on time for this week's challenge, so I did up a pretty simple card, inspired by the pic above. I used flowers instead of booties, but followed the same basic design layout for my card. Sometimes simple works well. I think this card would have been better if I had used textured Soft Sky cardstock for the background, but I love that textured cardstock so much that I have completely used up my stash. Need to order myself some more I think!

Anyway, here's my card. Hope you like it.

Copyright 1990-2008 Stampin’ Up!

Sunday, 13 July 2008

Class reminder - Trifold Pocket cards - 21st July 2008

Just reminding all you people out there that I am running the TriFold Pocket card class next Monday, 21st July at 7.30pm, and I do still have a few seats left on this night. If you are not sure what a Trifold Pocket Card looks like, you can check out one here... although the ones that we will be making on the night will be done in different colours to the one shown here. These cards are lovely and have been really popular with the girls I have shown them to previously. If you would like to join us please email me at to reserve your place. The cost is $10 with all materials and supper supplied. And of course it's a night out too! Come and enjoy!

Linda H
0412 375 552

PS The Taffeta Ribbon swap is now full... my apologies if you missed out this time, but I will run another one soon. Possibly next month for anyone who is interested?

Friday, 11 July 2008

My Wonderful Friend

Here is the latest installment in the Kristina Werner's challenge cards. This week the inspiration came from the following picture:

And here is my card:

The close up at the top of this post shows the detail better. I find these colour challenges a bit of an adventure. Most of the time I have no idea what direction I will go in. First of all I get all the colours out on the table together and see if anything obvious screams at me. But most of the time it doesnt, and I just start playing with all the colours, and my favourite stamps of the moment. This time I thought I could use the Really Rust die-cut large circly-flower thingy from the "Round Up" Simply scrappin' pack.. I've been dying for a chance to use it, and this colour challenge was the perfect opportunity. Overall Im happy with how it all came together... it turned out to be a surprise for me too! But as luck would have it, halfway through I remembered that tomorrow I am meeting my friend Margy for a belated birthday lunch, and this card will be perfect for her. That's if I can bring myself to part with it! LOL!

Have a lovely day you guys!

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

By popular demand... Another Ribbon Swap

Hello everyone,

After the huge success of last month's ribbon swap I have been asked if I would please run yet another ribbon swap... but this time for the Taffeta Ribbons. I think at this point I will just do the one group... if there is plenty of interest, I may do another over the next couple of months. There are more colours available in the Taffeta ribbons than the last ribbons that we swapped, so we will have 8 people in the swap, each receiving approx 1.7m of each colour. Check out page 146 of your catalogue to see the range (or click here to view an online catalogue). Here's the deal: each participant will contribute $12.95 (the retail price of a roll of taffeta ribbon) and you will end up with 1.7m of each colour. As part of this deal I am not charging postage, so that makes it a great way to get yourself a range of ribbons in different colours.

I actually love these ribbons. At the beginning I wasn't sure... but now I use them a lot (see a couple of examples here and here and here) And that's just the one's I've shown you!

So if you are interested please dont hesitate to contact me at (DON'T hit "reply" to the Feedblitz email if you receive email updates in your Inbox - I'm afraid that I wont receive it. Apparently there was a couple of people who emailed me last time, but I never received their emails. If this happened to you, Im so sorry... I promise I wasn't ignoring you!) or you can also call me on my mobile.. 0412 375 552.

It's going to be first in, best dressed on this one. It's open to any customers anywhere in Australia.

Enjoy your ribbons!

Linda H
0412 375 552

(PS... The card in the photo at the top of this post is the very beautiful "Trifold Pocket card". Not just a card.. but a beautiful project for someone extra special. I have a class running for this one AT 7.30pm on the 21st July, and at this point I still have some places left. Contact me to reserve your place - $10 per person, all materials and supper provided.)

Saturday, 5 July 2008

Wanna see what we made?

Copyright 1990-2008 Stampin’ Up!

Last Thursday night I had a fully booked class of gorgeous girls come along to my first Christmas Stamp-A-Stack for 2008. Last year I ran several of these and they were a big hit... after all, you get to make 6 Christmas cards for $15, and get a fun night out into the bargain. So I've just started running them again now that (dare I say it) we are over the half-way mark through the year and therefore in the lead up to Christmas. Yes, you heard me right. Scary isn't it?

So I thought you would like to see what we made this time around. We made 3 each of the two card designs above, and I was really happy with them, as were my guests. Very simple cards, but effective. One of my guests (hello Lyn!) suggested that we add some glitter to the Christmas tree card, and I have to say that it glammed the card up and made my original one look pretty boring. So we all ended up covered in glitter, but it was worth it! Here's a closer pic to show off the glitter:

Copyright 1990-2008 Stampin’ Up!

The other card doesn't have all that much stamping, but uses lots of tools... the paper Crimper, the large and small star punches, and So Swirly jumbo wheel. You can do anything when you have the right tools. And quickly too. I found these ones so quick that I think I will be making up lots of them for Christmas this year.

If you would like to come along to one of these Christmas card-making nights and get on top of your Christmas cards early, then all you need to do is email me to let me know you'll be here. I hold the classes in my home at Narara on the Central Coast of NSW. The next Christmas StampAStack is scheduled for 7th August at 7.30pm... see over on my sidebar for other upcoming classes.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Super Starter Kit Savings

Ever thought about joining Stampin'Up as a demonstrator? Well now is a fantastic time to do something about it. From July 1st until August 15th, Stampin'Up is offering their Demonstrator kit (worth over $560) for only $299. And yes, you get to pick the stamps and colours you want in your kit! It's the best bargain that SU has to offer. Add to that the fact that you then receive a further discount on all your future purchases, plus you have access to resources and techniques and an almost unlimited number of different project ideas.

And don't forget that our new Mini catalogue is coming up in August, so it's a great time to get in and make the most of that too.

If you would like an information pack about becoming a demonstrator please contact me at Then you can have a read through at your leisure and make an informed decision yourself. What have you got to lose?

One final thing: anyone who requests an information pack before August 15th will go into the draw to win a $25 gift voucher to spend on SU products of your choice. I will draw this prize on the 16th August. If you decide to join and send your paperwork in to SU before the 15th August you will receive an additional ticket in the draw. Good luck!

I look forward to hearing from you!

Linda H
0412 375 552