July 31, 2009

Double Pocket Bags

Posted in 3D items, Cards, Events/Fundraisers tagged , , at 8:36 am by bejewelledcreations

Here are more goodies that I made for the Gawler Soccer Club’s Fundraiser night; Double Pocket Bags! So easy and they only use ONE sheet of 12 x 12 designer series paper or cardstock.

Aaron Scott from Stampin’ Up! showed us this wee little bag at the Adelaide Regional training seminar and I’ve only just used the template (Gosh! Why didn’t I make them sooner!!! They’re so gorgeous!) As you’ll see, I made matching 10 x 10 cards for a couple of the bags, but all the other bags were empty so that guests could fill them with their own choice of goodies later.

These are a great idea for gift bags, lolly bags for children’s parties, bags complete with handmade cards as a gift for someone, or just because they’re so darn cute!! (My darling little Miss 8 keeps asking if she can have them.)

Double Pocket Bag set.

Double Pocket Bag set.

As my friend Ju and I were going to sell these (and other) items on our stall as well as have catalogues and order forms ready for current-stock orders,  we thought we’d use up some of our retired papers and stock. Much to my joy, I realised that I had a pack of Die Cut flowers from last years Spring Mini (which conveniently are ALSO in our current catalgoue!) that match the Designer Series Papers I wanted to use. I adhered the Die Cut blooms onto the cards and bags and also added some bling!

Double Pocket Bags

Double Pocket Bags

 Here is a better look at the small cards that fit inside the bags:

Double Pocket Bag set

Double Pocket Bag set

Double Pocket Bag Set

Double Pocket Bag Set

I love these bright funky colours. I can totally see myself buying the Die Cut Blooms again as they were so much fun to work with. In the current catalogue you can buy the Die Cuts Blooms in a set of Real Red, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Bashful Blue, as well as the NEW In Color option of Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla, Close to Cocoa and Kiwi Kiss. You’ll be surprised just how many blooms you get in the pack – there are HEAPS!!!!

May 1, 2009

The Magical Stamper’s Fundraiser

Posted in Events/Fundraisers tagged , , at 2:17 pm by bejewelledcreations

On Friday, March 27th myself and four other girls from my Team (The Magical Stampers), held a fundraiser in our local town hall to raise money for the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal. As mentioned in an earlier post during the devastation of the Victorian bushfires, our group were discussing ways in which we could help as we all felt so helpless. My husband is a lieutenant in our local Country Fire Service and I was an active member for seven years before the children came along, and my friend Kelly, also has her husband who is an active member of the brigade, so we well knew the horror that a raging fire could bring to a community and to individuals.  But what could we do to help?

It was Julie Pollitt who first brought up the idea of an organised fundraiser, and after bringing it up with the other girls, the idea quickly grew into a proper event with Approval from the Australian Red Cross. I am still *SO* excited by what we acheived and how much fun we had!!

Here are some highlights!

“The Magical Stampers!”

Julie, Kim, Kelly, Julia, Maria

Julie, Kim, Kelly, Julia, Maria

Between the five of us Demonstrators we decided that we could accomodate 42 guests with a $15 entrance fee. The five of us donated everything that the guests would be using on the night to create their cards, and all the gifts that we made for the guests were also donated so that 100% of monies raised could go to the Bushfire Fund. We set up four large tables where guests would make a card at three of these and watch more involved techniques at the fourth (rotating to another table every half-hour). Julie, Kelly and Maria were to help everyone with their Make & Take Cards, I was to demonstrate some involved techniques and Kim would keep us all in order and keep us moving along, letting everyone know the essentials over the microphone and call out the lucky raffle winners.

The Hall. Ready to Go!

The Hall. Ready to Go!

 

Kelly's table (Make & Take)

Kelly's table (Make & Take)

 

Each table had a pretty centrepiece

Each table had a pretty centrepiece

The very clever Kim made the scallop circle pretties on sticks and the wonderful Kelly made the star centrepieces! They looked awesome!!

Another area was set up for Silent Bidding on a fantastic array of Stampin’ Up! goodies (Kindly Donated by Stampin’ Up! especially for this event!!) We’d packaged the donated Stampin’ Up! (retired) merchandise into seven baskets/packs and also had a “continuous raffle” going throughout the night with more than 40 Stampin’ Up! items and bottles of wine (complete with Stampin’ Up! ribbon to accessorise the bottle!!).

Auction items

Auction items

 

We had two display boards to showcase our cards and scrapbooking albums and we welcomed guests to take photos for inspiration.

Display board

Display board

Guests also received a “Goodie” bag and water bottle with a bottle topper, straw and bookmark. Each goodie bag contained a pen, business cards from our sponsors who kindly donated supplies and/or goods, a tea-bag in a handmade matchbook style holder, a Stampin’ Techniques booklet, a bag of jelly beans with handmade bag-topper, Wish list, project recipes for all Make & Take cards, and a thankyou note from all of us!

Water Bottles and our Bottle Toppers. Love the Sheep!!

Water Bottles and our Bottle Toppers. Love the Sheep!!

 

The lead-up to the night was exciting and we got together a couple of times each month prior to the fundraiser to make our bottle toppers and other treats for the guests as well as to arrange the specifics of the running of the night. What a fantastic Team we are! I’m so blessed to know such wonderful ladies and to be able to call them my best friends is a gift! Each of us used our own personal talents and our personalities complimented each other. No-one took credit for everything – it was a huge team effort. To quote my dear friend, Julie, “We are still buzzing at what we were able to acheive together! We are all wives and mothers so it was great to have those purely creative moments where we simply understood each other!” You said it, Ju!!! What a laugh we had along the way too! Oh my goodness! When we got together at our craft nights for planning the event, I think there was more laughing and sillyness going on than ‘planning’, but somehow it all got done. Some of us had a real creative flair, and another naturally blossomed when organising (not me!! LOL!), one of us had a gift for keeping our spirits high when faced with obstacles, another had the flair for public and creative speaking (and most importantly wasn’t afraid of the microphone – unlike the rest of us. Funny how no one except Kim really jumped at the opportunity to speak on the microhopne LOL!), and another kept us grounded and reminded us to keep things simple when we had a tendancy to get carried away with ideas. A PERFECT team! Perfect friends.

Our guests had a wonderful time stamping and creating and we received lots of lovely comments about the night and how impressed everyone was (well done girls!). Here’s a look at the cards that were made as Make and Take Cards:

Julie's Card. Petal Prints. Two-Step Stampin'

Julie's Card. Petal Prints. Two-Step Stampin'

 

Kelly's Card. Wild About You. Bold Brights. Lots of punches.

Kelly's Card. Wild About You. Bold Brights. Lots of punches.

 

Maria's Card. So Swirly, Priceless. Elegant.

Maria's Card. So Swirly, Priceless. Elegant.

 

I hosted the Table for the more involved Techniques, and here are the cards that I demonstrated:

Technique: Faux Embossing. Live Your Dream.

Technique: Faux Embossing. Live Your Dream.

 

Technique: Chalkboard/Black Magic. Baroque Motifs

Technique: Chalkboard/Black Magic. Baroque Motifs

 

Technique: Faux Silk. Embrace Life

Technique: Faux Silk. Embrace Life

 

Technique: Embossing with coloured ink pads. Illuminations

Technique: Embossing with coloured ink pads. Illuminations

 

Technique: Dazzling Diamonds Glitter in stamped image.

Technique: Dazzling Diamonds Glitter in stamped image.

 

Finally, here is some of the action!

Me demonstrating!

Me demonstrating!

 

Maria, Teaching!

Maria, Teaching!

 

Kelly, selling raffle tickets!

Kelly, selling raffle tickets!

Kim doing an terrific job of "MC"ing and keeping us all 'on track'.

Kim doing a terrific job of "MC"ing and keeping us all 'on track'.

Julie and Kelly, doing a kooky synchronised dance (just kidding!) Gorgeous GALS!!!

Julie and Kelly, doing a kooky synchronised dance (just kidding!) Gorgeous GALS!!!

 We had some yummy goodies donated too! Look at these scrumptious cupcakes (made by Liz Harris of “Cake!”).

MMMmmmm. YUM!

MMMmmmm. YUM!

 

And also these delicious chocolate brownies made by Kelly’s husband, Paul!

MMmmm. delicious! Anyone recognise the template used for the icing sugar??!?!?! LOL! Such a creative fella!

MMmmm. delicious! Anyone recognise the template used for the icing sugar??!?!?! LOL! Such a creative fella!

AND…. the winners of the Auction items!

Karen D, Karen W, Olivia, Betty, Kerri, (Rachelle, not pictured).

Karen D, Karen W, Olivia, Betty, Kerri, (Rachelle, not pictured).

We were astounded by everyone’s generosity on the night.  We raised a MASSIVE TOTAL of $1,616.00 through door entry fees, raffles and the silent auctions. It was exhilarating to host the event and we were overwhelmed by the kindness of our guests to spend as much as they did and to particiapte in the activities with such enthusiasm. Myself, Julie, Kim, Kelly and Maria would also like to thank Michelle (one of our ‘Craft Night girls’ and friend), who did an absolutely awesome job of selling raffle tickets, running food to and from the kitchen, keeping the urn full of water, cleaning away tea cups and generally being everywhere where she was needed! “Thankyou Michlelle!!! *group-hug*. We were also blessed with the following local businesses who donated items including; raffle items/prizes, supplies, food, water bottles, photocopying, refreshments. Williamstown Hall, Ahern’s Tours & Charters – Williamstown, Adelaide Heating and Cooling – Gawler, Lyndi’s Dine In/Take Away Deli – Lyndoch, “Cake!” by Liz Harris, The Corner Bakery – Williamstown and Langmeil Winery – Tanunda. Not to forget the awesome donation of retired products from Stampin’ Up! A very heartfelt “THANKYOU!”. And a HUMUNGOUS thankyou to all our guests! Without you it wouldn’t have been the success that it was! 

The Fundraiser was a HUGE success, not just in the amount that was raised and that has been sent to the Australian Red Cross, but that it provided a wonderful opportunity for us girls to hang out together and have so much fun with friends, old and new! We were already very good friends but I can now wholeheartedly call each of them my best friends and I’d be lost without them! What an excellent way to bond – who would have thought that little bits of rubber and chunks of wood could bring such beauty to our lives?

~ Julia.

October 3, 2008

Northern Suburbs Stamping & Scrapbooking Fair

Posted in Events/Fundraisers tagged at 10:17 am by bejewelledcreations

Just a short note to let you know that there is a Stamping and Scrapbooking Fair on October 26th to be held at the Elizabeth Playford Civic Centre. Drop by and see some great stalls and enjoy some craftmaking while you shop! 

Northern Suburbs Stamping & Scrapbooking Fair
DATE: Sunday, October 26
Location: Elizabeth Playford Civic Centre
Time:9am – 4pm
Entry- $5

VENDORS:
Stampin’ Up!
Kaszazz
Kaye’s Creative Creations
Bella-Kay Scraps & Beads
Creative Memories
Scrappin’ with Jessie-Lee
Paper Craft 4 U
One Craft
Create-a-Memory-4-U
Stamps and Stuff
Blue Edge Craft
Heaven Sent Scrapbooking

Should be a great day!