Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Classes will resume in January and I'll be posting details of the new catalogue which is available 3rd January, plus Sale-a-bration is just around the corner, so keep watching. 

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Christmas Mugs

My Girls made personalised mugs for their teachers as Christmas Gifts this year.  I loved how they turned out and their teachers liked them too.

I made the tags to go on the wrapping and included a Christmas notepad to go in the parcel, along with chocolate of course. 

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas.  Enjoy your break, however you spend it.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

I've been busy, plus sneak peek

I've been busy lately making a few projects and generally partaking in the Christmas rush.  Here are some of the projects I've been working on, which include some sneak peeks of exciting new products coming in January.

This is my Christmas countdown wheel.  The tabs on the sides enable you to turn the wheels inside to change the number of days counting down to Christmas. 

You can see here how the numbers can change as you turn the wheel (this photo was taken before my order arrived and didn't have the word 'celebrate' on it.

Next is a notepad that I taught to my group of seniors at Senior Moments.  They wanted to do something different from a Christmas card so we came up with the idea of covered notepads.  

They all enjoyed making this project and a few of them commented how useful they would be to pop into their handbags.

And here are some table gifts that I made recently as well. The tic tacs that I put in the tubes matched my Designer Series Paper and Berry Burst cardstock absolutely perfectly.   

Finally, I branched out and did a scrapbook page of our two (adorable in our eyes) kittens.  Although, they're not really kittens any more at just turned one year old.  They constantly keep us on our toes and provide amusement for us every day.

I used a few different techniques for these pages including tabs as embellishments, stamping directly on the photos, punch art and fussy cutting.  I brought it all together by using the same chosen colour for both sides (Island Indigo) which I chose to match the blanket that Patch is lying on in the photo on the first page.

Baby Card 
Cardstock: Whisper White, Soft Sky
Stamps: Sweet Little Something
Ink: Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Pool Party
Other: Polka Dot Basics Embossing Folder, Lemon Lime Twist Ombre ribbon, Basic Pearls, 

Christmas Card
Cardstock: Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Naturally Eclectic DSP
Stamps: Foxy Friends, Timeless Textures, Holly Berry Happiness, Tabs for Everything, Sheet Music
Ink: Garden Green, Sahara Sand, Crushed Curry 
Other: Metallic Sequins, Holly Embossing Folder, Triple Banner Punch,  

Birthday Card
Cardstock: Tranquil Tide, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Stamps: Bird Banter, Awesomely Artisic, Colorful Seasons, Fabulous Flamingo
Ink: Tranquil Tide, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Memento Tuxedo Black, Soft Suede
Other: Stampin' Write Markers (assorted colours), Sponge, Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies

Christmas Wheel
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White (regular & thick), Garden Green, backing cardstock from DSP packets
Paper: Merry Little Christmas DSP, Gold Glimmer Paper, 
Stamps: Number of Years, Sheet Music, Holly Berry Happiness
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green
Punches: Circle Tab, Everyday Label, Holly Berry Builder
Other: Window Sheet (hidden from picture), Cherry Cobbler ¼" Double-Stitched Ribbon, Brad/Paper Binder

Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Whisper White
Stamps: Labels to Love, Carols of Christmas
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
Punches/Dies: Card Front Builder Dies, Everyday Label
Other: Holly Embossing Folder

Treat Tube Holder
Cardstock: Berry Burst, Whisper White, Naturally Eclectic DSP
Dies: Stitched Shapes (round & square), Rose Garden Thinlits Dies, 
Punch: 3/4" Circle punch, 
Other: Treat Tube

Scrapbook Pages
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Island Indigo
Stamps: Pretty Kitty, Sharing Sweet Thoughts, Tabs for Everything, Thoughtful Banners, Flirty Flamingo, Bunch of Banners,
Dies/Punches: Fox Builder Punch, Circle Tab Punch, Stitched Shapes Dies,
Memories and More Pocket Page

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Galaxy Birthday

A lot of my close family birthdays are in November, along with many others - 14 birthdays in fact, so I'm a bit behind in sharing the cards I made with you.

This was a card I made for my Husband for his birthday.  This technique is one that requires you to put it aside and leave for several hours (8 at the minimum), but I think it was worth it. 

The technique was discovered by accident by a demonstrator in Australia. She had been using the shaving cream technique for a class and forgotten to clean it up afterwards.  When she went back to her craft room she discovered it had gone all sparkly.  Deciding to put a piece of cardstock in it to see what happened, she discovered this cool galaxy effect.

I did use a few retired star sequins but they were the absolute perfect thing I needed when I got a bit stuck as to how to finish the card off.  And they were the perfect colour too.

Cardstock:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Silver Foil
Stamps: Picture Perfect Birthday
Ink: Island Indigo
Other: Sequins (retired), Reinkers - Island Indigo & Pool Party, Shaving Cream

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Star of Light Christmas

Yesterday I taught a group of seniors at Senior Moments in Red Beach.  They each made this Christmas card

They all did really well making their cards and they were impressed by the Big Shot - how it could emboss the falling snow onto the cardstock, and then how the same 'machine' as they called it, could be used to cut their star.  One dear lady was 95 and she participated just as much as anyone else. 

The design of the card started from this one on Pinterest and went from there. I changed the base to Smoky Slate to match my silver snowflake and I used the Softly Falling embossing folder.

 Next week the other group are making covered Christmas notepads.

Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
Paper: Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper, Silver Glimmer Paper
Stamps: Seasonal Bells, Christmas Happiness (sentiment inside)
Dies: Bunch of Banners, Starlight Thinlits Dies
Other: Softly Falling Embossing folder

Monday, 20 November 2017

Auckland Extravaganza

On Saturday I taught at our Auckland Extravaganza Christmas Event.  Our team taught a triple panel card with Christmas Pinecones.

We taught the guests how to mask the Pinecones to get the effect of the leaves behind in the background with the Pinecones in the foreground.

Extravaganza is such a fun day for all.  Not only do you come away with five beautiful projects but you learn tips and tricks like this (the masking) throughout the day. 

Inside of the card
Decorating the envelope makes a difference too

The Year of Cheer Embellishments come in a pack of both silver and gold.  The guests either made a silver or gold version with the sequin trim to match.

There are lots of displays set up for you to get ideas and inspiration from and you are welcome to take photos of these. 

I'll share the other team's projects with you in a couple of days, including the one that my daughter thought was perfect for her teddy bear.

Supplies for our project:
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Old Olive, Merry Music Speciality DSP
Inks: Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Old Olive
Stamps: Christmas Happiness, Labels to Love
Other: Layered Leaves Embossing Folder, Everyday Label Punch, Whisper White Bakers Twine
Embellishments: Mini Sequin Trim - (Silver or Gold), Year of Cheer Embellishments (Silver or Gold)

Stampin' Up! Online Sale

Stampin' Up! at Discounted Prices

Yes, it's an Online Extravaganza.  Selected products at discounted prices today and then other selected products on sale from Tuesday til Sunday 

Click on the link to go to the Stampin' Up! website to see what's on special and grab yourself a bargain. 

Online Extravaganza Sale
Feel free to contact me for a PDF list (no pictures) or for more details.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Unicorn Birthday

My daughter was invited to a birthday party this afternoon.  Her friend is very keen on Unicorns.  I found this card on Pinterest which we decided we'd follow.

My daughter and I worked on making it together and here is our version which is very similar.  We've used a few retired items to make this one, but it was worth it.

For the inside we used the Birthday Delivery stamp set and stamped the cake which Emma coloured in, and added the sentiment which worked perfectly for her friend.

We also found a unicorn gift to go with it so I'm sure the birthday girl will like it.  

Stamps: Work of Art, Fairy Celebration, Kinda Eclectic (retired)
Inks: Real Red, Tangelo Twist (retired), Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Emerald Envy, Pacific Point, Perfect Plum
Cardstock: Whisper White, Perfect Plum, Powder Pink
Punches: Fox Builder, Owl Builder (retired), Party Punch Pack (candle for horn - retired), Confetti Stars Border (retired), Bitty Butterfly punch (retired)

Thursday, 19 October 2017

What is a basic kit?

For my classes and Extravaganzas, I often tell you to bring along your basic kit. So what do I mean by basic kit?  In your kit are the things that you use every time you craft and is often kept in some sort of case or holdall for you to transport easily.  Things that I suggest for your basic kit are:

Bone Folder - For burnishing* your cardstock to give a nice crisp fold and a professional look.

Paper Snips - A good quality pair of Paper Snips like the Stampin' Up! ones is well worth the investment.  If you use ribbon, reserve a pair of scissors for this and don't use them on paper as it may dull the blades.  I also like to keep an old pair on hand solely for cutting adhesives (such as cutting dimensionals in half) as the adhesive will build up on the blades.  To clean the blades, I use some eucalyptus oil on a cotton pad and rub the blades.  Then rinse and dry thoroughly.

Paper Piercing Tool - Pierce tiny holes in paper or cardstock. You can also use it to remove small or stuck pieces from Big Shot dies or die-cut shapes.  Also useful for picking up and adhering glue dots.

Ruler - I like to use a metal ruler and then I can use a knife to tidy up any edges that are uneven or not straight.

Pencil & Eraser - always useful to have on hand.

Sticky Note Strips - these are a useful little addition to your kit.  Useful for marking pages in your catalogue, writing yourself a note if you need to, or for holding cardstock when you are using a punch and the cardstock isn't quite long/wide enough to hold.

Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive - this is my main go to adhesive for most things.  It has a strong bond and dries clear.  It can also be used two-way, as a temporary adhesive if you let it dry clear before you adhere anything to it. 

Tear & Tape Adhesive - another highly recommended adhesive.  Very easy to use with it's tear-able paper backing.  Also a very strong bond, perfect for making 3D items and boxes.

Stampin' Dimensionals -  these add depth and dimension to your project.  Sometimes popping things up just adds that extra touch that finishes things off perfectly.  I wouldn't be without my dimensionals in my kit.

Glue Dots - Good for holding heavier embellishments or sticking down errant ribbon.  Also useful for poking into gaps when you have already stuck something down but have an errant spot that not's sticking.

As you build on your supplies I also highly recommend the Stampin' Trimmer.  This makes cutting cardstock a breeze with its built in measurements and ease of use.  It also has the ability to score cardstock which is essential for getting a crisp, professional look to your projects.  You will not be without it.  

If you are using a lot of Photopolyer stamps, then a Stampin' Pierce mat is recommended.  Using a mat gives you even pressure and ink coverage with detailed or background stamps

 *Burnish - 1. to make smooth or glossy by rubbing; polish. 2. To rub with a tool that serves especially to smooth or polish. 3. To improve or make more impressive -

Some of the above Images (C) Stampin' Up! (R)

Monday, 16 October 2017

Rodney Extravaganza on World Cardmaking Day

Last weekend was World Cardmaking Day and our Rodney Extravaganza.  Admittedly it was through good luck rather than by design that two coincided, but we were rather pleased they did.  

Here are the fabulous Christmas projects that we taught.  The guests made all of these projects to take home, and some lucky people won some great prizes.

To start with my project I taught.  My starting point was this card using the Best Birds stamp set and matching Bird & Blooms dies .  I changed the colours, background and added to it to end up with my card as you see it here.  Sometimes all we need is an idea and our project can end up completely differently to how the original looked.

I then made a tag to go on our new treat tubes from the Holiday Catalogue.  The treat tube was empty but on my instruction sheet I shared these ideas as to what you could put in them:

  • Tic Tacs
  • Mini M&Ms
  • Chewing Gum
  • Chocolate Raisins
  • Small Peppermints
  • Cash - rolled up banknotes
  • Hair ties (a sweet gift for little girls)
  • Tweezers (mine are always getting lost in my kit)
  • Homemade Bath Salts
  • Seeds (a lovely gift for the gardeners in your life)
  • Hot Chocolate & Marshmallows or Coffee (to go with a special mug gift)

Next was Mary & Kylie's project.  They used the Detailed Gate Thinlits Dies and the fun Santa Paws stamp set from the Holiday Catalogue.

You'll find these gates in the Halloween section of the Holiday Catalogue. It goes to show, even if you're not into Halloween (which a lot of us in NZ aren't), don't skip the Halloween pages because there's more to them than just Halloween.  I think the stamp they used inside, called Santa Paws, is very cute and rather fun.  

This project also had a matching desk calendar to go with it, which makes a great gift when you pair it with the card.  

Sticking with the gift theme, Karen made a card which was also, cleverly, a wine bottle tag. 

Using the Musical Instruments Framelits Dies and the Merry Music Speciality Designer Series Paper gave this card a lovely Christmas Music feel. 


The sentiment inside used the Musical Season stamp set and the beautiful Foil Snowflakes from the Year of Cheer Suite on page 36 of the Holiday Catalogue.  You can order the dies and the stamp set in a bundle and save 10%.  

Lastly we have Nicolette's project.  Using the At Home with You bundle from the Annual Catalogue, Nicolette made this 3D project.

From the front you see the outside of the 'house' with a Christmas Wreath on the front door.  But peek inside and you'll see the family Christmas Tree set against wallpaper made also using the Merry Music Speciality Designer Series Paper. 

Using the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper has given the clever illusion of a deck at the front door.  Viewed from the top, you can see the unique shape of this fun card.

Don't you think all these projects are fun?  The guests certainly thought so - they had a great day and loved them all.  If you'd like to join us for the next Extravaganza, please talk to me and put your name down on the guest list.  You won't be disappointed.

Here are some photos from the day, plus a picture of the gifts each of my guests received on arrival.


Sunday, 1 October 2017

October Deals

Stampin' Up! have three promotions for you this October.  Check them out below.

The first is for World Cardmaking day.  You can get 15% off selected stamp sets, plus 15% off Notecards & Envelopes and if you buy two Fast Fuse Adhesives you'll two refills for free.  See which stamp sets are included in the promotion in the flyer below

They're still a little hard to read the prices but it's as big as I can make it.  Feel free to contact me and ask me for details though.  This deal is only available until the 10th October.

The second deal we have for you is a Designer Series Paper sale.  Until the 31st October, when you buy 3 packs of selected paper, you receive a 4th one free.

Don't be put off by the idea that you wouldn't need that much paper - grab a couple of friends and do a deal.  If you pay for a pack each, you can split the free one up between you and receive 4 free sheets each.  You could either pick a pack each that you like, to keep as your one pack, or share the whole lot out between you.  It's the perfect way to get a variety of Designer Series Paper - for the cost of a single pack.

My newest favourite Designer Series Paper is included in this promotion too - Painted Autumn.  Check it out....

Lastly, there is a Host Promotion called Merry Patterns.  If you host a party before the 31st October, with qualifying sales, you will receive an amazing limited edition stamp set on top of everything else you would normally receive for being a host.  This includes up to 16% of the value of your orders back in Stampin' Rewards dollars to spend on anything in either catalogue, the opportunity to purchase one item at 50% reduce price (if you reach level three or four sales) and a special host gift from me.

Check out the stamp set in the video below.  I'm loving those candles - they could be used for more than just Christmas projects. 



Monday, 4 September 2017

Father's Day

Yesterday was Father's Day here in New Zealand. I was a bit stumped on what to do for Dad's card.  Then I decided sunflowers could be masculine.  

Read down to see how I made the sentiment & stamped the flowers
It's a shame you can't see it in the photo, because it really added to the effect, but the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper behind the sunflowers is embossed with the Pinewood Planks Embossing folder.

The sunflowers come from the brand new stamp set called Painted Harvest and I love it.  The sunflowers are so real.  It's a two step stamp and I have used Crushed Curry for the first layer and Peekaboo Peach for my second layer.  The leaves are two-step as well and are Old Olive and Always Artichoke.  

The sunflowers do need to be fussy cut.  I know some people hate that - you either love it or you hate it - but the leaves are a brand new punch and I love that too.  You can buy the stamp set and the punch as a bundle and save 10%.

The leaf was just the thing to stamp on the inside of the card too.  I used the sentiment from Dragonfly Dreams, which I think is the perfect sentiment for Fathers Day.  

For the sentiment on the front of the card, I was looking for something long and narrow but I was having trouble finding anything in my stash.  Then I happened across the Birthday Friends Framelits Dies.  In particular, the flag caught my eye (in the picture of the dies it shows them upside down with the cutting part facing up so the flag is backwards).  I cut out the flag, turned it over so it faced the opposite way in which it was intended and trimmed off the flagpole.  I sponged the edges with Crumb Cake ink and it became the perfect sentiment - just what I wanted.  

The moral being - don't be afraid to think outside the box.  You might come up with something great that you didn't expect.  

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Wood Textures DSP
Stamps: Painted Harvest, Thoughtful Banners, Dragonfly Dreams
Ink: Crushed Curry, Peekaboo Peach, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Other: Leaf Punch, Birthday Friends Framelits Dies, Pinewood Planks DTEIF, 

Thanks to an idea from Pinterest for the inspiration for this card.


Friday, 1 September 2017

Ronald McDonald Fundraiser Raffle

Who wants the chance to win over $200 worth of Stampin' Up! product?

Raffle Tickets $2 each or 3 tickets for $5

First prize includes:
  • Limited Edition Stampin' Up! bag
  • Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper
  • Chocolate Chip 12x12 Cardstock
  • Pack of Clear mount stamp cases
  • Limited Edition Stampin' Up! Pencil case
  • Stamp Set - Pretty Kitty (wood-mount)
  • Stamp Set - Seaside Shore (wood-mount)
  • Fast Fuse Adhesive
  • Fast Fuse Adhesive Refill
  • Bow Builder Punch

All proceeds to Ronald McDonald House Charities. Raffle drawn Friday 8th September.

To purchase tickets - email me at  Last tickets sold Thursday 7th September by 10pm.

Not open to other demonstrators and only to people in Auckland please (as I won't be able to ship without great cost). The winner must collect from me, or I will ship to them (in Auckland) at their cost.