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.



  1. WOW how fabulous are all of these projects. I'm pretty certain all that attended would have been totally stoked to go home with one but all of them would have been amazing

    1. Thanks Bill - yes the Extravaganza's are very popular. Once they've attended one, they always put their name down for the next one.