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.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Craft Night - Ronald McDonald Fundraiser

TICKETS: Cash payment on the night is fine (or contact me to pay prior).  RSVP is essential so I can prepare enough kits for the cards you'll make.  Thank you.

Thank you to Michelle Zanotti, Karina Chin, Sara Langland and H2 Designs for their inspiration for the projects we'll be making.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

A Big Thank You

Over the recent school holidays we were lent a board game by a friend of my Mum's.  I had been saying that I used to enjoy playing it as a child but that I couldn't buy it now, and wondering what had happened to the set I had (as Mum had saved my other board games for me), and she said they had it. 

We were very grateful to be lent the game and my girls and I enjoyed playing it over the holidays.  Here's a card and small token to say thank you to the family who lent it.


Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Auckland Extravaganza Craft Day

On the weekend we had our Auckland Extravaganza mid-year event.  We had over 100 people who crafted their hearts out and loved every bit of it.

So how does it work?  The event runs for a whole afternoon.  The doors open at 12pm and you can view lots of displays and samples to give you plenty of ideas and inspiration.  Take a seat for a 12.30pm start. A demonstrator will come and teach you your first project and after 40 minutes she will move on to the next table and another demonstrator will come and teach you your second project.  You make five projects throughout the afternoon with a break for afternoon tea.  There are also prizes drawn throughout the day.

Here is the project that I taught with two other ladies. We took the Wood Crate Die and showed the guests how they could extend it to make a bigger, squarer crate. 

We also used the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (DSP), so there were lots of different looking crates out there.  Here are but a few of the different ones.  These ones are all quite similar, but there were some that were very different from the others. 

We used the Thick Whisper White Cardstock as a base, underneath the DSP to give the cube some strength.  This was yet another technique that we showed the guests.  

On the top of the memo paper we placed a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock, which we stamped with the Tree Rings background stamp and sponged with Crumb Cake ink.  We also used the Wood Words stamp set that co-ordinates with the crate die (you can buy it as a bundle with the crate and save 10%), to stamp on the Whisper White tag.  We tied a matching tag from the DSP with it onto the handles with Linen Thread.

These will make great gifts, either masculine or feminine, and our guests enjoyed creating them. 

Each guest receives a gift at their seat and for mine I chose to use the paper I had left over from the memo cubes to make notepads.  I glued them together into pads with backing boards and then made a cover to go over them using the new Lemon Lime Twist cardstock and the Layered Leaves Dynamic Embossing folder.

Then I added a cute little bee from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set.  Can you see how I've added a bit of Wink of Stella to the wings to make them sparkle? (very hard to catch on camera).

And what gift would be complete without a bit of choccky to eat whilst you're crafting.

Finally, here are the other four projects that the other demonstrators taught.  


Top: Lollipop Card, Left: Square card uses the new embossing paste coloured with Fresh Fig reinker, Right: Card with gift card pocket inside, Front: Easel card using the Move Me Thinlits dies - the butterfly looks like its wings are beating when you pull the slider up.  

Here is another shot with the lollipop turned around and the gift card open.

Our next Extravaganza is our most popular one and is Christmas themed.  It will be held on Saturday 18th November in Remuera and I'd love to have you join us. If you're interested, please email me so I can add your name to the guest list.  I will also send you more information closer to the time.  

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Birthday Delivery

Here's a card for a sweet little boy who's just turned two.  He happily pointed out the 'bear' and 'balloons' so I'm pretty sure he liked it.    

The background is the new Pinewood Planks Dynamic Embossing folder and I love it - it gives such a deep, textured look and I thought it worked perfectly for this card.  

One tip - don't do what I did. You might notice I've stamped directly onto the same piece of cardstock that is embossed.  To do this, you need to stamp your sentiment before you run the embossing folder it through your big shot.  However, with dynamic embossing folders, it is recommended you spritz the paper with water before you run the folder through to get a deeper impression.  

So I stamped my sentiment and then spritzed my paper and what happened... yes that's right, the ink on my sentiment ran all down the page!  Because our ink is water based dye ink, and I never thought of it when I spritzed.  With my second attempt I had two options, one I could stamp the sentiment on a separate piece of cardstock and adhere it on top, or two, I could run the folder through without spritzing it.  I chose to run it through without spritzing it, because I wanted a streamed look and didn't want a sentiment adhered separately.  It still turned out very well without being spritzed.   

For the animals, I've used the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper and I've cut two of them out. If you're not into fussy cutting, this paper comes with co-ordinating framelits which cut some of the pictures out, however not these two guys.  I've fussy cut them. Then I used a strip of the DSP along the top for a bit of added interest.  

And of course, you can't not decorate the inside of your card.  It makes all the difference.

Cardstock: Crumb Cake
Paper: Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper
Stamps: Birthday Delivery
Ink: Night of Navy, Crumb Cake 

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

DSP Share

With a new catalogue comes brand new Designer Series Paper (DSP).  So that we could have a little bit of each paper, to either display for customers, or play with, I organised a DSP share within our team. Each person who joined in the share received one 6x6 size piece (or 6x3 in the case of specialty sheets) of each DSP from 11 different packs.

Have you ever seen such a big pile of DSP? 

Here are some photos of us working on the share (cutting it all into 6x6 sheets and packaging it) 

Coffee Break Designer Series Paper

Bundle of Love Designer Series Paper

Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper

I picked a favourite paper from each pack - do you like them too?

Birthday Delivery, Just Add Color, Whole Lot of Lovely, Delightful Daisy, Foil Frenzy, PickAPattern

Be Merry, Naturally Eclectic, Bundle of Love, Coffee Break, Eastern Palace

These are photos of the papers that I have taken and cropped.  Some of the colours show differently on the camera.  The Foil Frenzy paper is a kraft base but in trying to show the shine I turned the flash on, and it looks quite different.  So too does the Bundle of Love one - that is actually Very Vanilla believe it or not.  

Anyway, here are the finished papers once we'd cut them all up and packaged them.

A couple of people were near enough to me to collect theirs, rather than me posting it, so here is how I packaged it for them. 

I used the new Circle Tab Punch and wrote their names on the base.  I attached it to a plain white paper bag which I'd stamped up using the Daisy Delight Stamp Set.

Everyone was pleased with the share they received and I was grateful to them for taking part.  It was quite a bit of work but in doing so, I had the unique opportunity to see each of these packs of DSP in their full size and appreciate them as they are.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

New Stampin' Up! Catalogue Open Day

We are set up at the Stoney Homestead Community Hub in Millwater with new catalogues, new products and lots of displays to see.

Come along and see the new In-colours and try the tasty food themed to each colour.

Today (Saturday) from 10-4pm and tomorrow Sunday 3-4.30pm.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Happy Mother's Day

Here's a sneak peek from the new catalogue coming soon.  Mum loved this card I made her for Mother's Day.

To find out how I got this sentiment Thanks for being a Great Mum, keep reading and you'll see how I did it further down.

For my other Mother's Day Card, my idea came from Zoe Tant.  Again, I thought the card was so beautiful that it needed no change.

It's not easy to see in the photo, but the stitched circle is popped up on dimensionals to give depth to the flower. 

I'm very sad this set is retiring at the end of this month, because it's a beautiful set.  However, more great things are coming and we've got to loose some to gain some.

I also made a box to put the gift that went with this card in.  I used a DSP with matching colours called Blooms & Bliss and I made the box itself from Sweet Sugarplum cardstock. 

 To finish it off I made a belly band with Rich Razzleberry cardstock and used the new Daisy punch which is coming soon for decoration.  Can you see how I've inked the edges of the daisy with the Sweet Sugarplum ink to give it some depth?

Now to explain how I got the "For being a Great Mum" on my first card. I used the masking technique on the stamp from the set Window Shopping.  Using my marker to ink up just the part in the middle of the stamp that says 'For being a Great' I stamped that on my cardstock.  Then I used the 'Mum' from the Thoughtful Banners set and stamped that at the end. 

I added the Thank you above it, which is from a new Daisy stamp set which is coming soon.  You'll be able to buy the stamp set and the punch that made this beautiful daisy on the card as a bundle and save 10%. Once I had my sentiment, I used the Triple Banner Punch to cut it into a banner shape.

This is going to be such a popular set.  I absolutely love it and the DSP is gorgeous!  Not only are the daisy, the paper and the stamping new - so too is the colour.  This pink is one of the five new in-colours coming.  Kelly Kent came up with this idea and several others when she demonstrated this set at OnStage in April.

Card 1
Cardstock: Powder Pink, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White
Paper: Delightful Daisy DSP
Stamps: Daisy Delight, Window Shopping, Thoughtful Banners,
Ink: Powder Pink, Pool Party
Other: Daisy punch, Triple Banner Punch, Dimensionals,

Card 2
Cardstock: Whisper White, Sweet Sugarplum, Mint Macaroon Glimmer Paper (retired)
Stamps: Special Reason, Thoughtful Banners,
Ink: Sweet Sugarplum
Other: Stitched Shapes Dies, Layering Circles Dies, Stylish Stems Dies, Petal Burst Embossing Folder, Classic Label Punch (optional), Dimensionals

Cardstock: Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Paper: Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper
Punch: Daisy
Ink: Sweet Sugarplum
Other: Rhinestones, sponges

Monday, 8 May 2017

Birthday Cards

It was my birthday last week and I was lucky to receive lots of birthday cards, several of which were handmade.

A couple of them were fancy fold - the top left was a waterfall card and the top middle folds out quite spectacularly when you open it up.

The one in the front right, is a sneak peak of some fabulous new things coming in the New Catalogue on the 1st June.

Thank you to everyone who wished me well and/or sent me a lovely card. 

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Graduation Owl

My Daughter's teacher this year is a first year teacher and tomorrow is her graduation.  I wanted to make her a card to wish her the best.

Inside it simply says

This little guy (Owl punch) will soon be retiring so I was pleased to have a chance to use him again before he does.  Inspiration came from here. I loved the way the owl was holding a little diploma scroll.  For mine, I used some paper I had that had a gold edge so the top of the scroll is gold which you can't see.  I then used the slim gold ribbon to tie the diploma. 

I'm pleased to say, her teacher loved it as well.  She said we 'made her day' which is always a pleasure to be able to do for someone.

Stamps: Thoughtful Banners, Designer Tin of Cards (inside)
Ink: Early Espresso
Cardstock: Whisper White, Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, So Saffron
Paper: Subtles DSP Stack - So Saffron
Dies: Stitched Shapes Circle dies, Circle dies (retired but you can used Layering Circles instead)
Punches: Owl Punch, Fox Builder Punch (tassel), Classic Label (optional), Cupcake Builder Punch (retired for button on hat)
Other: 1/8" Gold Ribbon, Woodgrain Embossing Folder


Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Brand New Product Out Now!

The Eastern Palace Suite will be coming out in the New 2017/18 Annual Catalogue but you have the chance to get it early.

Check it out in this video below...

Here's what you can order, between now and the 31st May.  You'll see that either bundle offers you something for free!.  Plus you'll get 3 of the New In Colour inkpads before the new catalogue comes out. 

What's not to love? 

Here are the bundle options:
Eastern Palace Starter Bundle
Eastern Palace Premier Bundle
These bundles are only available as a pre-order until the 31st May.  Once the new catalogue is launched, the product will be available to order as normal (not in these bundles).

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Stampin' Up! Retiring List 2017

Check out the Retiring List which is out now.  Things are going super duper quick - I looked at the list this morning of what is now not available.

Check out the full Retiring List here.

Contact me as soon as possible if you see things you want.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Yesterday was our daughter's birthday and this is the card I made for her. 

It's called a Turkish map fold and the idea came from Darlene DeVries.  I saw where her thinking was going about keeping the front simple, to allow for the wow inside, but I felt it was a bit too simple for my daughter. 

So I added some balloons and some linen thread as strings to the front.  You may just be able to see, I used two pieces from the tip of the tail from the Fox Builder Punch to make a tiny bow to go onto the strings.

Because it was a square card, I made a customized envelope for it using the Envelope Punch Board. 

All in all I was very pleased with how this card turned out for her.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Refer a Friend & Get an Inkpad FREE

Refer a friend, or friends, to me and if that friend places an order with me over $60 before shipping, you'll get an inkpad in the colour of your choice for free.

Terms & Conditions:
Order must be to the value of $60 or more before shipping.  Free inkpad is the Classic Stampin' Pad or Memento Tuxedo Black and does not include Archival, Ombre, StazOn, Versamark, Craft Stampin' Ink (Whisper White) or Uninked Stampin' Spots.  Excluded inkpads may be chosen by paying the difference in cost between it and a Classic Stampin' Pad.  The referred person must not already be a customer of another Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and the free inkpad will be ordered at the time of placing the friend's order.  This offer is made by Kathryn Tyrrell - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator aka A Spot of Stamping.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Dishwasher Labels

A friend of mine celebrated her birthday recently.  We don't really do gifts for each other now - we both have kids and focus on them instead - but she'd commented about my dishwasher labels so I decided to make her a set.

Whilst I had the bits out to make them, I made an extra set, which I will keep as a gift for another occasion.  I used a retired stamp for the tag topper because it was the most appropriate stamp I had.

Because I was keeping things simple, I popped them in a large envelope.  But of course I couldn't give a plain boring envelope, so I decorated it up a bit.  The sentiment said it all - Happy Birthday To A Wonderful Friend.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

WOW - 8 New Choices

WOW!  Stampin' Up! have released 8 New Choices this morning to choose from for your Sale-A-Bration freebie.

Spend $110 (before shipping) and you can choose any one of these products below.  Spend $220 and you can choose two and so on and so forth. 

This really is a great deal, because they're already things you know and love.  Check them out:

The 2016-2018 In Colours are: Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum. 

The Tasty Treats Designer Series Paper is a great one, because it's one of the Specialty Designer Series Papers.  The Seaside Embossing folder is one of the new larger size ones and the other two are the standard size.

Here are links to all these great things if you want to check out what they're like (don't worry that the codes are different in these links - they assign new ones when they are Sale-A-Bration items).  But hurry - I believe these will go super quick!