Sunday, January 10, 2016

Catalogue Case Inspiration

It's the first Sunday in January 2016 and I'm welcoming the New Year in with a major cold.  

Believe me it's not the ideal way to feel when you really want to be "getting at it" and starting on new projects.  In fact, I started the day feeling pretty crummy after a very sleepless night.  

My day began slowly with me taking it easy, savouring my morning cuppa and blog surfing for a while to check out what everyone's doing with the new products from the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogues 

While I was doing that I stumbled across a post that truly inspired me, got my creative juices flowing again and sent me on a "journey of inspiration".  In fact, after a half an hour or so of "oohing", "awing" and writing comments, I'd forgotten how really awful I felt at the start of the day.

Now, I'm feeling excited!  Truly excited, and inspired!  The excitement began with a snapshot from the last page of the Occasion's catalogue and led me to a blog hop and a challenge site that are new to me.  I want to share these with you so you can catch my excitement too!  Okay drum roll please................

I'm going to start with the blog hop:  It's called Caseing the Catty Sunday Night Blog Hop and features a group of amazingly talented stampers from Australia and New Zealand called the Creative Crew.  These gals are truly awesome and love to share their talents and tips!

So here's the information you need.  Every Sunday night at 7pm (AEST), the CTC Crew will share their great ideas and inspiration from the latest Stampin' Up! ® Catalogues by either directly CASEing (Copy and Share Everything) or using a sketch/layout, colour combo or embellishment as a springboard for their own creations.  Their first hop of the year CTC61 started today and features projects from the Handmade from the Heart - Occasions Spring and SAB catalogues and can be found here. 
Stampin' Up!s 2016 Handmade from the Heart Occasions Catalogue PDF Copy 

Stampin' Up!s Sale-A-Bration 2016 PDF Copy

This group also holds a monthly challenge that you can join in and the winners are announced monthly.  I'll be adding this button to my sidebar, to make it easier for you to find.  Why?  Because I know I'll be checking them out and I know you're going to be thoroughly impressed with this group too!  
CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop
My second discovery today is a challenge site called The Colour Tree Challenge (TCTC) which is hosted by Bronwyn Eastley and her downline De Arn Foley. 

I've long been a fan of Bronwyn, and her sample for the CASEing the Catty Sunday blog hop led me back to her blog where I discovered she is launching this weekly challenge.  Knowing her talents, The Colour Tree Challenge promises to be a wonderful place to hang out too!  

Okay here are the details you need to know:  Every Sunday night at 7pm (AEDT), they'll be hosting a weekly colour challenge where you can ... Ink Up and Link Up for a chance to be one of the TCTC Top 3 Picks! And as if that's not enough, once a month the design team will pick a winner from the weekly Top 3 Picks, who will join them as a Guest Designer in an upcoming challenge.  Whoo Hoo!!! Game on!

I'll be adding this button to my sidebar for easy access too!
TCT Challenges

Here is the Colour Tree's first colour challenge of the year.  I know I'm going to be joining about you?
TCTC #1 Challenge
Okay folks that's it for now as I'm off to look at my stamp sets and decide what I want to create for this challenge which closes on January 16th (AEDT).  

In the meantime if you visit these blogs I hope you'll come back and let me know what you think, what excited you, and what you're going to create! 

Penny Tokens Stampin Spot!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016


Wow, the most wonderful sales events of the season for Stampin' Up! start today. The Occasions - Made from the Heart Catalogue and the Sale-a-bration Catalogues are now available for you to view and order from.  

Although I've permanently updated my side bar with the PDF links for these catalogues.  I thought I would make it easy and add them here.  I know you're going to love all the new products.  My wish list is long and I know yours will be too!  

Occasions 2016 - Made from the Heart
Sales Period from January 5th through May 31st, 2016:

English Version PDF

French Version
 Sale-A-Bration - Earn Free Products!
January 5th through March 31st, 2016

English Version
French Version
Happy Stamping Everyone!
Penny Tokens Stampin' Spot 

4 FREE Sale-A-Bration 2016 Products - Instantly

Great News Stampers! 

Stampin' Up! is offering a 3-month prepaid subscription during Sale-A-Bration (January 5-March 31, 2016)! If you're new to stamping, looking for some quick and easy card making ideas and kits, or wanting to give an awesome gift to someone you love, then a prepaid 3-Month Paper Pumpkin subscription might be just the ticket for you! 

Place your order for a 3-Month Prepaid Subscription using order #137859 on my on-line store for just $69 Canadian.  This 3-month paid subscription will instantly qualify you for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item! 

Want to qualify for even more FREE stuff?  How about taking it to the next level by purchasing a 12-month prepaid subscription during the Sale-A-Bration time period (ends March 31) for just $275.40 CAD (use order #
137861 ). 

Your purchase of a 12-month prepaid subscription, earns you an instant savings of $24 off the normal subscription price. And even better, you'll automatically be eligible for Stampin’ Rewards, and qualify for 4 FREE Sale-A-Bration items! It doesn't get any better than that. 

Here's the Sale-A-Bration Deal: 

For every $60 you spend (before tax and shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. That means it's the perfect time to purchase those products you've had your eye on while earning more products for free.

The Fine Print:  

  • Pages 4-15 of the Sale-A-Bration brochure show products available throughout the entire Sale-A-Bration sales period (January 5-March 31 2016); 
  • Pages 16-19 show limited-time products available only until February 15.*  
  • Watch for another batch of limited-time products coming February 16!* Based on inventory, availability may be temporarily extended.
Need another excuse to get together with friends? Just host a qualifying party with at least $330 in sales during Sale-A-Bration and you'll earn $35 more in Stampin' Rewards! You can even apply your Stampin' Rewards toward a Starter Kit and become a demonstrator yourself!  Ask me about virtual catalogue parties or "You Host Your Home" get-to-gethers. 

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