Sunday, 13 May 2018

Love What You Do

Here's a quick play of some new products from one of the Share What You Love Bundles that is an Early Release of our upcoming new catalogue. The catalogue goes live on 1 June but you can get these products now in May!

A bit about the card: 

* I love neat and tidy but sometimes I like to throw in a bit of whimsical-ness to my cards. So this sketch is perfect.  

* I love adding little details - our new pearlised doilie is an easy choice. I am also infatuated with our new Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon which I am thinking I shall try to sneak in little or big ways in every card I make henceforth!

* I started off thinking I will do a monochromatic card featuring the delightful Grapefruit Grove - one of the new 2018-19 In Colours. But I decided a pop of the returning Blackberry Bliss colour (which has made a lot of stampers happy) would add a bit of vibrance to the card.

* That stenciled background is from a die cut that comes in the Delightfully Detailed Memories and More card pack - a sneak peek from our new Annual Catalogue. I hope the die cut will last as I am planning on making this card as my swap card with the Creative Inkers Team that I am part of. 

* I for one have for a long time been "afraid" to mix white and vanilla so when Artisan Susan Wong said it's okay to do so, I began to feel "brave" - lol! So if you were like me, and you just needed to have someone validate you in what you have always thought "why not?" then here, I am telling you - just mix 'em!


Hope you enjoyed this card - blessings to y'all!

Monday, 16 April 2018

Painted with Love Sisterly Friendship Page

In this post, I get the honour to introduce my friend Donna's work!

Donna always tells me she's a scrapbooker and she only makes cards when she comes to my classes. I am so glad she does. Donna is an example of friendship that has blossomed out of a shared love for paper crafting. As happens so often in my experience, customers become firm friends as we do what we love and love what we do - together!

Donna loved the Painted with Love Specialty DSP as soon as she laid eyes on the suite and I believe she was very quickly inspired by it and knew exactly how she was going to use it in her double spread.

I love how scrapbooking is not just about recording what we do but more than that, it is about telling our stories. Ali Edwards (designer, blogger, author and who inspires me with her passion for preserving memories) says, "we scrapbook because we have something to say, we have something to celebrate, and something to learn about ourselves in the process." Beyond the beautiful background page, the glittering hearts and creatively put together embellishments, even beyond the pictures of the two beautiful girls, it is Donna's words on the page that tells the story. This is just my interpretation of course, but it seems to me Donna desires her daughters to value each other, that they will value and fight for their friendship forever, and to remind them how "playing around" together, the shared experiences together, serves to forge a bond between them that is for life.

Thank you so much Donna, for letting me blog about your pages :-) You inspire me too!

Painted with Love Specialty DSP Covered Notebooks

One of my favourite quick gifts to put together is covered notebooks. Transforming the ordinary, school work vibe...

... into these stunning notebooks!

I just love the magic of our Stampin' Up! products - all beautifully co-ordinated, making it so easy to make stunning projects like these.

The Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper is quite the mix of corals, pinks and purples with gold foil accents - it certainly is quite a polarising you love it or find it too overwhelming? In small amounts as used in these notebooks, I rather like it!!

Now for those who do not like the gold foil accents, no fear - just turn the DSP over and you will see a side of the paper without gold accents.

I made a bunch of these as table gifts for my customers who attended the Auckland Extravaganza in March. They informed me they intend to use their notebooks to write in their wish list - what a great idea! And how apt, as Stampin' Up! products are what they love and so they will now have a record of the products they have fallen in love with in these "Love" notebooks.

Speaking of Extravaganza events, the Creative Inkers Team of demonstrators (of whom I am one) run these three times a year in March, July and November. So be sure to watch out for when I advertise when registrations are open for the event in July. It will be so exciting as the July Extravaganza event is when we feature new products from the Annual Catalogue which will be making its debut in June!

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Sale-a-bration 2018 Sweet Soiree Memories and More card Pack


What if you can be busy and still make your own greeting cards, adding a bit of YOU in them?

I am here to show you how with the Sweet Soiree Memories and More Card Pack. It is a FREE SAB item and includes 72 gorgeous designs cards of varying sizes. Using these, various sentiments from different stamp sets in my stash, Whisper White Cardstock and the wonderful Wood Texture 6x6 DSP pack, I now have a set of 12 greeting cards which will bless my recipients no end! And I have a lot more card designs in the pack left over to make more cards or use in my Memory Keeping Album.

Design your own or CASE (crafter's term for copying and sharing everything) my examples. I was inspired by a fellow demonstrator Jackie Aitken who had made 23 designer cards using this pack of Memories and More cards. So far I have 12 designs, and will update you more when I get more cards designed.

Enjoy a feast for the eyes below :-) and when you are ready, get thee this lovely and fun Sweet Soiree Memories and More Card Pack next time you earn a FREE Sale-a-bration item. (In New Zealand, the qualifying order is $110.)

Happy Stampin',

Michelle  xx

(The rest of this post is heavy on images!)

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Step It Up Tabs for Everything

Hello and thanks for checking in today!

The CAS (Clean And Simple) -
lots of white space

The Stepped up version:

Now it's your turn :-) How might you have stepped it up? 

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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Get Productive with Stampin' Up! Tabs for Everything

The Tabs for Everything stamp set has a whopping 53 photopolymer stamps, with both solid and outline images as well as words in various fonts. It also co-ordinates with our Circle Tab Punch.

Stamp the tab dividers and adhere the labeled tab diecut. I have chosen:
* Shopping - when you are low on a pantry item - write it down in your shopping list!
* To Do - make a card for an upcoming birthday, or perhaps a reminder to enjoy the ordinariness and smile today
* Celebrate - my take on this is a little different in that just as we might write lists of things to do, we ought to write down too what we have done well, or simply what we have actually done/made. And also, writing down specific things we are thankful for, it truly helps give us a better perspective on things.

Cut and stamp some copy printer paper to insert in between the tabs. I started with ten 3" x 4-1/4" for each tab. It's easy enough to add more as and when needed as these binder rings are easy to open and shut.

Cover and decorate a piece of cardboard and ta-da! I have kept the cover design very simple as my intention is that this is the kind of notebook you carry around in your day bag.

So there, hello to an amazing happy life because we are productive and enjoy the little as well as big things :-) Do you know anyone who might like this little but useful on-the-go handmade gift?

I will be teaching this Tabs for Everything project in my January classes (rsvp required so I can be sure to have a kit prepared for you):

Friday 12th January 7.30pm - Massey - $15pp
Tuesday 16th January 7.30pm - Te Atatu Peninsula - $15pp
You can also get a group together (minimum of 3 people) and we can co-ordinate a time that suits you all to make this either at your home or mine.

Michelle xx

*** Sale-a-bration time with Stampin' Up!...FREE item for every $110 spend or...hostess benefits for qualifying party sales or...join for $189 and get $285 worth of products of your choice PLUS choose any two additional Free stamp sets up to $210 in value ...ends 31 March 2018. Contact me now! or Click this link ***

Friday, 30 December 2016

Stampin' Up! Day At The Beach

It's a fun Day at the Beach stamp set to welcome these emerging summer days :-)

 Stamp in Memento Black and let the wee ones colour in - they'll have fun!

Here's a tip: as you'll probably rather be out to enjoy the long hot days, this is a great indoor activity these holidays for when the weather doesn't come to play.

And Adults don't have to miss out on the fun either, Stampin' Up! has watercolour pencils available in the upcoming Occasions Catalogue - woohoo!!!! Contact me if you haven't got your copy of the catalogue, and I will rectify that situation!

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