Thursday, December 1, 2011

Welcome to Summer...and Christmas is Coming!

Mini Catalogue

1 December is here and that's exciting for two reasons in my household...
  1.  today we'll be hauling out the decorations and putting up the Christmas tree and my kitchen will be smelling  of Christmas baking for the first time this season. 
  2. the Stampin' Up summer mini catalogue is now available for ordering!
Tomorrow (Friday 2 December)  is my monthly card and crop night: still spaces if you want to work on finishing (or starting) your handmade cards and projects. Please email me to book or phone on 09 576 6807

I have been resisting, but I have decided to order some of Simply Adorned range (page 7 in the mini) to make some special gifts... if you would like to learn how to make a unique charm for a bracelet, necklace or key chain, just contact me and we can arrange a special one-on-one tutorial. In this one hour class you can make a personalised necklace charm and finish it off with chain and gift box for only $60. Contact me to discuss other options. I can't wait for my supplies to arrive now!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Spring into the New Catalogue

A great day for new beginnings: the first official day of spring and  the launch of the new Stampin' Up! Catalogue. So much awesomeness to share with you over the next days. But number one is letting you know that all the new products are now available to order: you can see the catalogue online here: or better yet get a hard copy in your hands. How? there are 4 ways, and three of them are free!

  • place an order of $150 with me and get one for free
  • book a workshop with me: all my hostesses receive an Ideas Book as one of my hostess gifts
  • order a new Ideas Book (postage paid) for only $12.50 RR $15.95
  • come to my catalogue launch party on next week (Friday 9 September) and you will not only get to see and touch the new catalogue, but also featured projects using new products, and the chance to make a small project, all free of charge. RSVP please

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Last year's Ideas...

I know that some people don't have the current 2011 Ideas Book (the one that expires at the end of this month). To help you out, below are the page numbers in the previous year's Idea Book of items currently discounted. If you want to get the new Ideas Book - and from my sneak peak, believe me you do!- there are three ways: and two of them are free!
  • place an order of $100 with me before the end of August 2011
  • book a workshop with me: all my hostesses receive an Ideas Book as one of my hostess gifts
  • order a new Ideas Book (postage paid) for only $12.50
Page number in the 2009-2010 catalogue
·         Silver styled Hodegpodge hardware on page 149 40% off, now only $42.30
·         Daisy Dash Jumbo Stampin Wheel page 97 40% off now $11.70
·         Tart and Tangy stamp set page 104 25% off now $20.21
·         Eastern Blooms stamp set on page 76 25% off now $35.96
·         Basic Phrases stamp set on page 117 25% off now $53.21

Monday, August 1, 2011

Say Goodbye...

Gifted Stamp Set Now 40% off

One of my most used stamps last Christmas was “Gifted”. It looks good just stamped in one colour to quickly make a batch of gift cards. Add a little more detail using a couple of markers for selective colour. Or go all the way to a full-sized greeting card.
Sadly it is retiring from the Stampin’ Up! Catalogue at the end of August... but the good news is that it is 40% off while stocks last, now only $28.77 for the clearmount option. You can also pick up the coordinating paper Jolly Holiday for only $12.30! That's just over $1 a sheet for double-sided paper: great value!
 I will be featuring the stamp set Gifted in my Christmas Card Buffet this month, so register now to get some great ideas and 10 beautiful handmade cards. Pre-order Gifted stamp set and Jolly Holiday paper (by 13 August) and attend the class for half price. 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Morning Sail

Here is another a la Carte stamp from the current mini: Sail Away. Great for masculine cards and a very friendly price. In this version I punched a mask and sponged 3 colours of ink to give the dramatic sun.
A little tip: my trimmer blade was getting blunt when I cut out the image and left a furry edge: I used the edge of my scissors to distress the edges and make it look like it was meant to be that way! I think it suits this card style.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Razzle Dazzle Razzleberry

Hope you enjoyed my sparkly blossoms yesterday: I got carried away with myself and after a lot of mucking about managed to mask and stamp the blossoms with longer stems (see my cheat's method in the Christmas Card yesterday). I used the Boho Blossoms punch again with rich Razzleberry, distressing the petals and sponging with Bravo Burgundy. The punches are layered with a silver brad, which I then painted with crystal effects and dipped into dazzling diamonds glitter. I also re-stamped the blossoms in razzleberry and punched out the letters spelling "hello" with a 1/4 inch circle punch.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Sparkly Hello Blossoms

At a workshop last week I demonstrated a number of different ways to get glittery, using the Hello Blossoms A la Carte stamp from the current mini catalogue. It is amazing how versatile a single stamp can be.

First I showed how to use markers to ink up the flowers and stems separately to get a pretty array of colours. Then we stepped it up with punched blossoms using the Boho Blossoms punch and gems.

Then I demonstrated using a glue dot to get a perfect circle of glitter and using heat and stick and glitter on a brad. These are the cards I made from my samples: see this stamp even does Christmas!

Here is a closeup of the glitter centres.

The glittered brads were super effective and also a fantastic way to use up odd brads: the colour doesn't matter as it get completely covered in the glitter! I experiemented a bit with the technique (originally demo'ed by Shelli Gardner at Convention) and found an even better method using a custom glitter mix. I can teach you the technique when you book a workshop with me! Here is a closeup.

As usual photography doesn't do the sparkle justice.
And here is the completed card
Of course by now I was on a roll: I will post some more cards I made using Hello Blossoms and Glitter tomorrow!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

More Recycling: Fabric Floral Pin

This is my prototype fabric flower for my recycling classes next week. It consists of leftover scraps from a quilt I made, a button from my button box, a safety pin and hot glue. And of course not forgetting my trusty Big Shot and the Island Floral Die! I can see a few more of these coming off the production line: so easy to make. Now I want to experiment with different textures and fabrics.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Inspired by Convention

One of the lovely swaps I received at Convention this year was from the talented Tanya Bell. You can see the original swap on her blog. I only changed the base colour to Early Espresso, used a different stamp set and added a ruched ribbon. I liked it so much I made a matching portfolio... wouldn't this make a lovely gift?

This was the project we made at a recent Papercrafters Meetup. I will be offering this project again in a class later this month. See my calendar for details.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Another stamp from re-purposed foam!

Plus Stampin' Up! corrugated card: from the delivery box! The other re-purposed material is the twine.
Old Olive and Chocolate chip, with a little direct-to-paper to add distressing to the corrugated card.

Friday, June 3, 2011


This is the 'make and take' tag we made today to publicise the upcoming Sustainability Craft workshops. I am thrilled how it turned out, very much in line with the "love the earth" theme. We will be using recycled materials in these workshops along with Stampin' Up products to make some cool crafts as part of Fletcher Building's Sustainability fortnight.

I used Stampin' Up foam to make the circle stamp (in Tempting Turquoise) and a finer packaging foam to stamp the continents (in Old Olive). I use dotto to attached the foam stamps to an acrylic block. Ink it up and away you go. Then punch out the world with the 1 3/4 inch circle punch. The heart is from some crumpled Real Red cardstock, flattened out and punched with the Owl punch. Crumpling paper is a great stress reliever too.

"Stampin' Up foam? what is that", you say. This is the waste packaging that protect the 12 x 12 scrapbook albums when shipped. I cut it out with the Craft and Rubber scissors: easily done, and it creates a lovely texture when stamped too. I added a tie with some repurposed knitting cotton, punching the hole with the 1/16th inch circle punch. 

Check back for more ideas using Rubber bands, bubblewrap and old envelopes. Better yet, share your ideas on this link

Monday, May 30, 2011

Hope and Strength Butterfly card

This pretty card is so simple: just one colour of ink, two of cardstock and some ribbon and its done! You can change the colours to suit, but here I have used the stunning In Colour Concord Crush with Whisper White. I love the effect you get of several shades of colour just by stamping off (also called second/third generation stamping).

This is one of the cards we will be making in classes on Wednesday and Friday this week. Email me for details and to book.

Stamp Sets: Strength and Hope, Tiny Sentiments
Ink: Concord Crush
Cardstock: Whisper White, Concord Crush
Accessories: snail, trimmer, oval punch, scallop oval punch, dimensionals, white organza ribbon

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Reduce, Re-use,Recycle Challenge and Giveaway

Time for a challenge! I am putting together some samples for a corporate workshop with a environmental focus... and I thought it would be great to get some fresh ideas from all you creative blog watchers on recycling/repurposing crafts. What do you think? Would you like to win a limited edition Stampin' Up bag filled with goodies?

Just use Mr Linky to upload a picture of a project you have made that fits the 3R (reduce, re-use, recycle) category.

  • The project must use Stampin' Up products but may include non SU "found" and recycled items.
  • To be eligible for the prize, project must be linked by Monday 13 June 2011
Here is one of my sample cards using a favourite stamp from the current mini : Sail Away. The recycled product is bubblewrap for the cool background. Just ink it up with a couple of inks, in this case Stampin' Up Classic Baha Breeeze and Bashful Blue. Then I just pressed my piece of whisper white cardstock on top, lifted off and got this bubbly effect. I like it! 

Stamp Sets: Sail Away, Create a Cupcake
Ink: Baha Breeze, Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, Cajun Craze
Cardstock: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Cajun Craze
Accessories: snail, trimmer, dimensionals
Recycled materials bubblewrap,white twine

Wait till you see what I did with Stampin' Up foam packaging in tomorrow's post.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Deal of the Week starting 18 May

Here at the latest deals of the week: only until Tuesday 24th May!
                           page                                                                              usual price         this week's price
119750137Daffodil Delight 5/8'' (1.6 cm) Satin Ribbon$20.50$14.35
119963137Certainly Celery 3/8'' (1 cm) Taffeta Ribbon$16.50$11.55
109112139Square Fire Rhinestone Brads$23.95$16.77
109113139Square Ice Rhinestone Brads$23.95$16.77

Contact me to place your order.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Convention 2011 Swap

Here is the swap I made for convention. I used a new a la carte stamp from the autumn mini. A great stamp and so versatile. For this card I heat embossed on the Not Quite Navy cardstock for the main image, then textured the same colour cardstock using dry embossing and the lattice embossing folder. I can't wait to share some other ideas using this stamp... and also the beautiful swaps I received in return.

Stamp Sets: Sail Away, Teeny Tiny Sentiments.
Ink: Versamark, Real Red
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Real Red Brads, Dimensionals, smail, trimmer, Embossing Buddy, Heat tool, Big Shot, Lattice Embossing folder.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Stampin' Up Convention 2011

Wow, what a great time Stampin’ Up! Convention in Melbourne has been! I have so many ideas and photos I want to share with you. The photo is me and my room mate and new friend, fellow demo Robyn Noden from Queensland. You can see that theme of the Convention was Share what you Love! And over the course of the 3 days we did lots of sharing what we love. I have so many ideas that much as I am loving Melbourne, I am looking forward to getting home to try out some new stuff, and schedule new classes and workshops.
To back all this up, Stampin’ Up has some wonderful promotions, including some very generous hostess benefits for workshops held from 23 May until end of June. Contact me now to book your personalised workshop.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

More Discounts for this Week

Another super special deal from Stampin' Up just until 10 May, or while stocks last.

This woodmount set is only $26.37!
Contact me to find out more.

To see all the specials for the week, click here

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Celebration Scrapbook Page

Here is another completed page. This is a case from the current Ideas Book: perfect colours for a child's birthday, and the casual nature means I didn't have to be "perfect" lining up the letters of the title.

The banner style is popular on both cards and scrapbooks at the moment: my page tomorrow uses it too, but to completely different effect with alternate inks and stamps.

If you are itching to get some scrapbook pages done, book yourself some time at my crop this Friday night, 6 May 7-11pm. Contact me for more details

I also put together a quick card that co-ordinates with the page: the Build-a-Cupcake punch makes it all so easy when combined with the Create a Cupcake stamp set. I used the markers direct to rubber to give a little life to the candle flame.

These are two of my favourite new products in the Autumn mini catalogue. Contact me if you would like your own copy, or click on the link in the righthand sidebar for an online version.

Materials used for Celebration Page:
Cardstock: Old Olive, Pacific Point, Whisper White
Inks: Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Chocolate Chip, Pear Pizzazz. Stampin' Markers: Old Olive, Real Red
Stamp Set: Create a Cupcake, Simple Serif Alpha
Embellishments: Dimensionals
Tools: Crimper, Trimmer, Build a Cupcake Punch, snips, snail.

Materials used for Happy Birthday gift card:
Cardstock: Pacific Point, Whisper White
Inks: Pacific Point, Pear Pizzazz, Chocolate Chip. Stampin' Markers: Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie
Stamp Set: Create a Cupcake
Embellishments: Dimensionals
Tools: Trimmer, Build a Cupcake Punch, snips, snail.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Supplies List for the Autumn Mini

In love with a project in the new Autumn/Winter Mini Catalogue but not sure what stamp set or colours they used? Click on this link for a full list of supplies for each project or on photo above for the online catalogue.

If it doesn't answer all your questions, why not contact me and arrange a home workshop? The catalogues are a perfect starting point for choosing a project. Learn a new technique or style, or just try out a new colour combination or product.

Cherish Scrapbook page 6x6

faux suede detail
I've been working on finishing some scrapbook pages: here is one inspired by a card sample in the latest Impression magazine. If you can make a card, you can definitely make a scrapbook page: its just cardmaking on a slightly larger scale! I taught the flower embellishment at a recent techniques class: it uses the faux suede technique. Its a lovely way to add texture and subtle colour variation to your project. I also used double embossing on the embossed piece, after stamping it with a flourish in Sahara Sand. This adds a further level of detail.

Materials used for Cherish page.
Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla
Inks: Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry
Stamp Set: Baroque Motifs
Embellishments: Very Vanilla brad, Rich Razzleberry grosgrain ribbon, clear embossing powder
Tools: Trimmer, Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, heat gun, crimper, oval punch, circle punch, 5 petal flower punch, bone folder, snail, glue dots, brayer, snips.

Special Discounts each week in May

Discounts each week, only while stocks last! This deal expires 10 May.

Cottage Garden: this beautiful stamp set available this week for $19.17 clearmount, or $23.97 woodmount.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tea or Chocolate On Demand

Here's is another gift idea using a box as a base. The inspiration was from Lauren Meader's blog. This can be made as a tea dispenser ( I even found a co-ordinating tea flavour! Lansang Souchong is very Razzleberry) or if chocolate is your poison, for the individually wrapped Whittaker chocolate squares. Think how sweet this would be with the Eat Chocolate stamp set from the new Autumn/Winter mini!

If you want to learn to make this tea dispenser, email me to schedule a workshop: it makes a perfect customisable Mothers day present and I have daytime and evening slots available over the next 2 weeks!

Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant, Blushing Bride
Stamp Sets: Baroque Motifs, Pun Fun
Inks: Elegant Eggplant, Melon Mambo, Stazon Black
Tools: trimmer, bone scorer, blender pen, circle and scallop circle punch.
Sticky strip, snail 

Sunday, March 20, 2011

3x3 notelet box tutorial

This is the project we made at the recent Papercrafters Meetup. This makes a cute gift, or use them yourself as a little gift card or love note. Four cards with their envelopes fit neatly into this little holder made from double-sided paper. I used a sheet of retired Haiku Designer paper and took my colour cues from that: Tangerine Tango, So Saffron, More Mustard and Old Olive. Click here for the tutorial.

Scraps of double sided paper are fantastic to use when putting together a set of cards as you get variety with little waste. And working with a set colour palette makes the cards come together quickly. I also added in Early Espresso and Pear Pizzazz  ink, Very Vanilla cardstock and some Old Olive ribbon. The stamp set is the awesome Aviary set with Teeny Tiny Sentiments to add the perfect phrase. Aviary is from the current mini which finishes on 31 March. Order now if you don’t want to miss out.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Registration for Stampfest now open

Autumn Stampfest 2011

We are pleased to announce the first Stampfest event with an exciting programme of events in March 2011.  What better way is there to boost your creativity that to spend a whole day crafting with friends!

Join us for a fun filled day of crafting during which you will complete five mini classes.  You will be provided with everything you need to complete the projects including as much or as little tuition as you need.

The date is Saturday 19th March. We meet in a creative environment  in Pakuranga where you will have time and space to learn new techniques and try out new products. As well as the crafting there will also be a lot of laughter, raffles and prizes!

The day costs $50 and every participant will get a goodie bag containing Stampin’ Up! products. Light refreshments are also included and we ask you to bring your own lunch.

It is essential that you book your place at least 2 weeks ahead of the class (5 March). Early bird enrolments (by 14 February) get extra tickets in the grand prize draw.

 For further information or to book please call me on 09 576 6807 or email 

Stampfest is a collaboration between Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrators Ann Clarke, Carol-Ann Torrie, Christine Ford, Rachel Roberts and Yoko McGregor

Click here for registration form

Friday, January 28, 2011

Blog Giveaway Winner!

Congrats to Chris who won my Blog Giveaway. I used and it came up with the number of her post, number 10. I am sure she will find some great inspiration in that big box: paper, stickers, diecuts, vellum, glitter, inks, stamps, popdots, fibres and more paper!!

If you missed out, I have some more treat bags I have made up from my craft clearout. I will be giving them away at my card and crop evening next Friday 4 February: hope you can make it. Please book in early as spaces are limited.

I hope those of you who planned to organise your craft space have made some headway. Having a clear workspace can be just the thing you need to get creative. I have been working on projects for the upcoming Stampfest in March. You are not going to want to miss out on this day (Saturday,19 March) dedicated to papercraft creativity. Full details and registration open 3 February.

Monday, January 24, 2011


Four gorgeous new stamp sets from Stampin' Up make their debut today. These sets are only available as a free thank you gift as part of our annual Sale-a-Bration. All customers placing a $120 order from the current catalogues (Ideas Book and Summer Mini) between now and 31 March qualify. You choose a set for each multiple of $120 you spend i.e. order $240 worth to choose 2 sets, $360 to choose 3 sets (plus hostess set and $35 free product) Please call (021 101 2192) or email me to request your copy of the brochure. I will be placing an order on Wednesday, so contact me now with your order if you can't wait!

Its also the perfect time to host a workshop, as hostesses can qualify for Sale-a-Bration sets in addition to all the wonderful benefits. Contact me now to discuss projects you would like to make at your workshop.

Happiness Always

Another gorgeous card from our shoebox swap! This one designed by Ann Clark uses Printed Petals and the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder to great effect. Real Red and Basic Black with Whisper White make a stylish combination.

My box of goodies for the blog giveaway is growing: if you want a chance to win see my earlier post and leave a comment.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Supersize Me - Blog Giveaway

Reality check: What was I thinking? All that extra craft room stuff was never going to fit in an A5 bag!! My blog giveaway has now been supersized to a box big enough to fit 12 x12 paper and cardstock. As well there will be ink pads, stamps, and embellishments. To enter just make a comment on my previous post here. I'll give you some sneak peaks of the box as I fill it: the draw is by random org next Wednesday.

Here is another card from the recent shoebox swap: without any collusion we had all picked Valentine/love themed cards. This pretty card designed by Rachel Roberts again uses Love Defined, this time with Rose Red and Early Espresso.

Should be able to get to the craft table for some papercraft by tonight: in the meantime I have finished the binding on another quilt. This one has a funny history: all those little half triangle squares (only 1" finished) were leftovers  from another quilt. Such a wasteful technique: I couldn't bear to throw them away, so they were carefully hoarded. I only had the patience to use them the summer two of my boys had chicken pox. We were social pariahs over New Year, and all that at-home time gave me the focus to make this design.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Craft Room Cleanup and Blog Giveaway

Its time to get serious in the craft room: I have lots of fun new projects I want to work on (Stamp Club, recycle challenge, Stampfest etc) but my messy craft room is sapping my will to live: well at least my will to create!!

I have dedicated some time to working through the piles and finishing projects. One great result: I have finally finished the top of a king single patchwork quilt! You can see it in the picture above. This was from a kiwiquilters block swap in 2000. Now to send it off to be quilted. I have some orphan blocks I will be donating to a quilters guild: hooray more space to papercraft. I'd love to hear about any old projects you have finally completed.

I have been filling a box with scrapbooking and stamping goodies I no longer use, and I have decided to offer it as  blog candy. So here is your chance to win: just make a comment on my blog to go in the draw. Some of the items are brand new, some lovingly used. As they are not all Stampin Up products I am unable to show them on my blog, but rest assured there are some real treasures. Stamps, inkpads, glitter, embellishments, ribbon.  I will stuff a A5 Post bag and send it on its way to the lucky winner. I will draw the winner next Wednesday 26 January at 6pm (sorry, offer only to New Zealand residents)

Update: have now supersized the giveaway box so fit more treasures!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Loved the Holidays...

and now I am loving getting back to my craft room for some non Christmas stamping. A big tidy up in in process.
For the moment, until I really get into crafting mode,  I am sharing this Love Defined card from our recent shoebox swap. It was so much fun and we all came away with 5-6 new cards. This one was designed by Donna Calley. I'll share the others in the next few days. Check back tomorrow for some new clubs starting, and a blog giveaway!