Thursday, 15 October 2020

Secret door birthday card

Yesterday was our youngest daughter's birthday and I made her a 'secret door' card.  Her favourite colour is yellow so I started by colouring the cheetah paper (another favourite) with an ombre look - darkest at the top down to lightest at the bottom.

From the outside it looks like a standard gate fold card...

When you open it up you get a hint of what is to come.  I left a blank space on the left side where I wrote my message.


Open the gate to go through the secret door.  Here's how it looks inside the secret spot.  This is where I added a sentiment to the card.

Did you spot the trick?  Can you see how the secret door opens? (spoiler alert below)




Keep reading to see how it opens.

When you're ready to close the secret door, you simple grab hold of the front flaps of the card (the parts that are decorated on the outside with the girl and balloons) and pull gently to the sides.  The secret door will flip closed and you will have returned to the inside of the card.  Clever huh?

Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Designer Series Paper Sale.

All this month Stampin' Up! are offering a Designer Series Paper sale on selected papers.  Stampin' Up! paper is good quality double sided pattern paper and this is a great chance to stock up.

These are the papers that are included in the sale:

 Contact me to order yours today.

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Wow its been such a long time since I've posted here.  I do regularly post on my Facebook page so if you're on Facebook be sure to follow and like my page.


Sara Douglas our CEO shared a brilliant live video today all about the adhesives we carry.  She showed each of the adhesives, how they work and which use they are best for.  I know it will be super helpful for those of you who are new as well as those of you who aren't - even I learned something new and that was about the foam adhesive sheets.  


Check it out here: 


If you have any further questions about any of the adhesives we carry, feel free to ask me.  I'll be happy to answer them for you.  I use a range of these adhesives every day myself and also in my craft classes

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Poppy Moments Lipstick Box

Here's a small box I designed for a prize that I'll be giving away at my class tomorrow.  I don't usually have prizes but this one is different - we're so excited to be able to be back crafting together that I feel a celebration is called for.

The top is separate from the base with a window to show the goodies inside.  I used the Stitched Nested Labels dies and a piece of window sheet to create the window.

Because you could see the piece of window sheet on the inside of the lid, and also see the adhesive which it's glued on with, I cut an extra piece of the Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper and covered the inside of the lid. 
It was tricky to get the die cut lined up perfectly as I had cut the paper to size first.  Next time I'll die cut the middle and then cut the paper to size afterwards to give me some wiggle room. 

I decorated the sides of the box with strips of the paper as well and cut a poppy from the Poppy Moments dies to decorate it with. The box itself is made from Lovely Lipstick cardstock which is retiring in a couple of days.  Whilst Lovely Lipstick is not one of the colours in the Peaceful Poppies DSP I found it still matches well to the paper I chose. 

Thursday, 30 April 2020

Yesterday I took part in an online project with Shannon West from the Stampin' Up! home office and Emma Parkin-Wilson our NZ National Manager.

We were asked to gather together:
  • 2 sheets DSP from the same pack
  • 7 sheets of coordinating cardstock (with at least 1 being white or vanilla)
  • A stamp set with greetings
  • Ink pad
  • Punch for greetings
  • Spool of ribbon
  • Adhesive & cutting tools
so I chose
  • Parisian Blossoms Speciality Designer Series Paper, 
  • Pool Party, Petal Pink, Cherry Cobbler & Whisper White cardstock
  • Pool Party, Petal Pink, Cherry Cobbler ink 
  • Tailored Tag Punch
  • Petal Pink Metallic Edge ribbon from the Parisian Suite 

It turns out we were making a One-Sheet Wonder project and here are my  cards.

Part of the challenge for us as Demonstrators, was the order that it was presented. We were told to fold six sheets of the cardstock into card bases, then we were told to cut the white into particular sizes and punch out 7 shapes.  

After that we had to stamp sentiments onto the shapes we punched (yes ideally stamping first would give us better results but we needed to get 7 from what we had left).  

We weren't shown what all the cards would look like beforehand which also added to the challenge, as we had to choose from our card bases and sentiments as we went.  Not knowing what was coming next you didn't know if you were choosing things which might go better with another card further on.  But it all added to the fun of it as well.  

In the end I added some embossing to some of my cards as well.  We were told to choose 2 papers from the same pack of Designer Series Paper but it turned out three of my sides were quite similar, two in particular were very close, so it left me with less choices.  Some of them I felt were lacking a little something and I put those aside as I was going and later I decided to emboss them.  

Overall I'm really happy with how these turned out.  Shannon shared with us some others she'd done with other papers.  She'd used the golf paper (Country Club DSP) for one set and they worked really well as masculine cards.  I will be using this template again to make more cards.


Friday, 17 April 2020

Sapphire Wedding Anniversary

A few days ago was my parents' 45th (Sapphire) Wedding Anniversary.  I saw a beautiful card made by mamaninadesign using the Peaceful Poppies Suite and this is the card I made based on her design
On her card mamaninadesign used the Peaceful Poppies Elements.  Until I figured out what the circular element was on her card, I thought that it was a Basic Grey colour, however the colours of the elements are Basic Black, Old Olive and Poppy Parade.  I particularly liked the decoration on the circular element she used but I wasn't able to recreate it with what I had.

I therefore had to adapt my design to substitute that element.  I liked the idea of a Basic Grey colour, so I went with that and cut a circle from the Layering Circles Dies.  I then embossed it with the Stylish Scroll Embossing Folder.  

For the words I used three different images from three different stamp sets.  The sets were Tropical Chic, Happy Tails and A Wish For Everything.  

I stamped each of the three images in Versamark ink and heat embossed them with White Emboss Powder.  I was then able to cut the words that I wanted to use out of each one and combine them on my card. 

The trick to making this work, in my opinion, was to find words across sets that had the same or very similar fonts.  

Thank you for visiting my post today.  I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Cardstock: Whisper White, Shimmery White, Very Vanilla, Soft Sea Foam, Basic Grey, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper, Vellum
Stamps:  Painted Poppies, Tropical Chic, Happy Tails, A Wish for Everything.
Ink: Pool Party, Versamark, Mango Melody
Die Cutting & Embossing: Poppy Moments Dies, Painted Labels Dies, Stylish Scroll Embossing Folder
Other: Basic Rhinestones, Aqua Painter (to colour centre of stamens)



Saturday, 11 April 2020

Handmade Gift Voucher - Horse Trail Ride

The other project I made for our daughter's birthday was a gift voucher. Whilst she can't do anything with it yet due to the lockdown, it is something we've planned for her for a while and it will be something for her to look forward to.
She loves horses and would love the chance to ride one, so we found somewhere that does trail rides and will book a spot when the opportunity is available again.
Pink is her favourite colour so I knew I wanted it to be pink.  I used Petal Pink cardstock and the pink spotted DSP from the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper.  The flowers are from the Perennial Birthday stamp set stamped in Petal Pink.
To make the cover I used the retired Envelope Punch Board.  I cut my cardstock to 21 x 21cm and used the 8.6 score line.  I cut a slit for the point to slip into.

Inside I wanted it to look like a stable door as you opened it up. I used the Barn Door stamp set and matching Sliding Door Dies to create the barn doors, which I adhered to what would be the side flaps of the envelope. 

 Inside is the voucher...
For the images of the voucher I used Let It Ride for the horse and the Beautiful Moments stamp set for the hills and the lavender.  

I created some masks and sponged the hills with Old Olive ink and the sky with Balmy Blue.  I coloured the horse with Dark Crumb Cake and Light Soft Suede Blends.  

As the Beautiful Moments stamp set is Cling Mount I used the old technique of colouring directly onto the stamp for the lavender.  This was how I got the lavender stalks and the grass to be different colours.  After I'd stamped them I filled in the lavender stalks with my Highland Heather blend.  
I used the same technique for the flowers on the outside flap.  I inked in Petal Pink and Garden Green and I coloured the inside of the leaves with my Soft Sea Foam blend.

Here was where I wished I had beautiful script writing, but I don't so it was just plain old writing for the words.  

She was given some money by someone else for her birthday too and discovered that this folder is the perfect size to hold the notes.  Plus they were nice and secure inside and couldn't fall out.
Recently it was our eldest daughter's birthday. She loves the Eifel Tower and dreams of one day going to Paris to see it. As soon as I saw the Parisian Suite I knew I needed it. 
Her birthday card is not a typical card - it is bigger than a normal card and is designed to be a display item rather than just a card.

I made the Eifel Tower using four die cuts out of Silver Foil.

 It has a colour changing tea-light underneath so it lights up at night.

 Without the tower the card can fold flat if she wants it to. 
The left side has an easel fold with space to write our message to her.  The base is embossed using the Scripty Embossing Folder which you can see a bit better in this close-up photo. The sentiment is also embossed with the Subtles Embossing Folder.


Thursday, 2 April 2020

Card Challenge

Over on my Facebook Page I've posted a card challenge.  The idea is to make a card to the specifications that I've outlined.  

So that I don't put any pressure on anyone who wants to participate, there is no deadline and I won't be choosing any one project as a winner of sorts - it's just a bit of fun to keep us crafting and connected when we are socially isolating.  

Those choosing to participate will make a card and post it in the comments when they're ready to.

Card Challenge:
Colour: Shades of Yellow 
Orientation: tent fold 
Theme: Kindness / Thinking of you

When I say tent fold, I simply mean a card that is folded at the top and opens upwards - either landscape or portrait like these diagrams

Folding Card Template Stock Photos, Images & Photography ...

My thoughts behind why I chose these specifications:
After seeing Sara Douglas' (Stampin' Up! CEO) "box of sunshine" post online I decided on the colour yellow.  It's happy and bright and makes people smile (hopefully).  The theme is to reflect the current situation - with NZ in lockdown a lot of us are thinking of each other and we are being encourage to be kind to one another (as I think we should always try to be - virus or no virus).  Lastly, the orientation - I wanted something a bit different from the usual, without being too difficult for anyone wanting to take part.


Friday, 27 March 2020

Notes of Kindness Card Kit

So things are pretty strange right now.  New Zealand is in lockdown with the Coronavirus and everyone (who is not an essential worker) is at home.  

Yesterday was supposed to be my monthly card class but of course that couldn't happen.  I decided to do a video instead on the project we were going to be completing.  

This is the Notes of Kindness Card Kit and in the video I show you what's in the kit, how to make the four beautiful cards that are in the kit - there are 5 each of 4 designs so you actually make 20 in total - and at the end I show you some alternative cards I made using the stamp set from the kit. 

On page 63 of the 2020 Mini Catalogue is a page called "Maximise Your Kit Sets".  It gives you great ideas on how you can use the stamp set that comes in the kit, to make other projects after you've made all the cards from the kit.  That's where I got the inspiration for this full sized masculine card from:

I've used the Golden Honey Speciality Designer Series Paper which was free with Sale-a-bration, however it has now sold out.  You can use any Designer Series Paper that you have, or you can do as the sample did and use cardstock and emboss it with an embossing folder.  

I have switched mine around and embossed the top part using the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder and used the Designer Series Paper on the bottom. 
For these two notecards I used the Tropical Oasis Memories & More Card Pack.  With the vanilla card I matted an orange card from the pack onto Basic Black cardstock before adhering it to the card.  Then I stamped the Thank You stamp in Versamark ink on a scrap of black card and heat embossed it with Gold Emboss Powder then adhered it where I liked it.

The white notecard is a card from the pack directly adhered to the notecard without any matting.  This time the Thank You is stamping in Terracotta Tile ink.  

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Meerkat baby

My daughter's friend has just welcomed a new baby brother into the family so I needed a baby card.  I decided to use the meerkats from Sale-a-bration that I think are so cute.
I've used a mish mash of items from all over the place for this one. The striped paper is from the Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper pack and the sentiment is from the Animal Outing Stamp Set.  

For the die-cuts behind the meerkat - which I hand-cut and coloured with my Stampin' Blends (Crumb Cake) - I used the Painted Labels Dies from the Peaceful Poppies Suite in the Mini Catalogue.  The big swirly one is Balmy Blue and the yellow one is Daffodil Delight to match the matting behind the paper. 

Then I thought the meerkat needed grounding somehow, so I cut some grass to go under his feet.  You might have seen the Ladybug dies which are part of the Sale-a-bration co-ordination products.  You can earn the Little Ladybug host stamp set for free when you host a workshop during Sale-a-bration.


Its such a cute set that you're going to want to earn this one.  If you haven't seen, there are dies which are purchasable to go with this stamp set that not only cut out the ladybugs, but also cut out the flower both as a whole or just as a flowerhead.  Then there are several dies which compliment to bring your project to a whole new level.  The grass die-cut is one of those dies.  See the whole set below

Finally I finished the card with some matching retired Balmy Blue organza ribbon and some rhinestones.  I coloured the rhinestones with my Balmy Blue Blend (alcohol marker) to match everything else.

Oh and the sentiment on the inside of the card is from another oldie but goodie retired stamp set called Baby Bear. 

Friday, 7 February 2020

Tropical Oasis Thank You Cards

The combination of the Tropical Oasis Memories & More Card Pack and the Notecards & Envelopes made these thank you cards so simple and quick to make.  

These cards are the smaller sized cards from the pack and they fit perfectly on the notecards.  

The small 'Thank You' on the left card comes from the stamp set included in the Notes of Kindness Card Kit and has then been hand cut.  The larger thank you comes from the Daisy Delight stamp set and has been cut with the Stitched Rectangle Dies.  

Don't be afraid to think outside the square with these cards.  The yellow one originally said aloha on the card but I simply covered it with the die-cut rectangle.


Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Saleabration Coordination

Sale-a-bration Coordination now that's a mouthful. What's not hard is seeing how much easier to use and better these fabulous free Sale-a-bration items are with their purchasable coordinating product.  

If you haven't heard Sale-a-bration is now on and if you haven't seen it already
the brochure is available to view online or you can request a copy from me. 

Now Stampin' Up! are releasing exclusive co-ordinating product to go along with some of the free items in this catalogue and in the January-June 2020 Mini Catalogue.

Get a closer look at these great products in this video below:

Co-ordinating product will be available 4 February - 31 March 2020 or whilst supplies last.

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Yesterday we visited the zoo and we said hello to the meerkats. The Gang Were All Meer and I enjoyed watching their funny little antics.

You can choose 'The Gang's All Meer' stamp set for free during Sale-a-bration when you spend $110, and why wouldn't you?  They're so adorable.

I bought two teeny tiny meerkat figurines that are going to be my mascots during sale-a-bration (and beyond). Meet Meeka and Scout my meerkat buddies. 

Contact me to place your order and get your free 'The Gang's All Meer' stamp set now.

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Bedroom door hanger

Today I made my horse loving daughter a new sign for her bedroom door. I created a pocket and some interchangeable messages to slide in, to keep with her idea that she came up for the current one which she made had out of paper. The one she made was getting a bit tired so it was time for a new one.

I used the retired Little Letters dies and the stamp set called 'Let it Ride'. I used masking and sponging to create the sky behind the horses.  The horses were coloured with my Stampin' Blends - Soft Suede for the larger horse and Crumb Cake for the horse head.

Saturday, 4 January 2020

Kerchief Card Kit by Stampin' Up!

Sale-a-bration is now on and one of the FREE items you can choose from when you spend $110 is the Kerchief Card Kit.  The kit makes 8 gorgeous bandanna-inspired cards - 4 of each pattern. 

Check out my video below to see these beautiful cards and how I put them together:

I hope you choose the Kerchief Card Kit for free with your next order.  If you are local and would like a copy of the new Mini Catalogue or the Sale-a-bration Catalogue please contact me.  

Links to the digital copies of the catalogues are in the sidebar.  

Happy Sale-a-bration everyone!

Friday, 3 January 2020

Sale-A-Bration Starts Today!

Sale-a-bration starts today and as always there are lots of fantastic choices to choose from.  Simply spend $110 to choose 1 free item. Plus see below for other ways to benefit during Sale-a-bration - the best time of year.