Sunday, 31 August 2014

Good Greetings Hostess Promotion

There were a couple of news/announcement from Stampin' Up! last week but I had been busy with little guests in our home so I didn't quite get this blog up to date - my sincere apologies. Without further ado, let me tell you what you are seeing in the above picture. 

Today's cards were CASEd from the original Congratulations card that is actually on page 104 of the Annual Catalogue. Remember, Stampin' Up! Catalogues aren't just catalogues; they are ideas books too! And there are lots of different ways to CASE (Copy And Share Everything): an exact replica, or changed, in other words, personalised, by using different supplies, and/or different colours and/or added or removed embellishments, changed orientation, etc. For the card above and the next two below, I have used the same layout, but I have changed the sentiments, the DSP and the embellishments. 

Now the colour combination used in the cards above are all inspired by the very sweet Lullaby DSP, which was the set of DSP used in these three cards. Here they are, all together:

I absolutely love the Clean design. And yes, I am still in my White Card phase. Lots of white space with a pop of colour, be it bold or pastel.  I have designed the above cards with a mind to use them as Birthday cards, but it highlighted to me I am seriously lacking in choices for any Birthday sentiments! In the end I picked "hugs & kisses", "celebrate" and "hello love" from the Good Greetings stamp set so the intention is to use a Happy Birthday sentiment on the inside of the card. It works for me :-) 

So this brings us, finally, to my first announcement: you can get the exclusive Good Greetings stamp set absolutely FREE if you host a qualifying party (ie minimum of $350 sales order) before or on October 31st! There are 19 sentiments in this stamp set, and you can choose to get a Wood set or a Clear set. 

Don't you just love the whimsical handwriting font of the sentiments? So be sure to book now with me for your next workshop or party. Remember your workshop date needs to be on/before 31 October. 

The second announcement is that the Holiday Catalogue is finally out now. It is filled with the most adorable products!!! You gotta check it out! Let me know if you want a copy of the Holiday catalogue :-)

Friday, 29 August 2014

Weekly Deals 27 August - 2 September

Every Wednesday, Stampin' Up! announces a new set of deals on a selection of fabulous products. Weekly Deals from Wednesday 27th August, valid till 2nd September. Click on the pictures to get you to my online store and you can purchase the item from there, or better still, you could email me with your order and have a discounted postage.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Thinking Of You with Mixed Bunch

I have heard it said that Sympathy Cards, for some, are hard to make when there is need for one, so the recommendation is to make them when there's no actual need for one. 

This week I needed to make one :-(

I found the design process actually quite a special time. As hard as it was to believe that life can slip away so suddenly, even when it wasn't unexpected, the reality is, we are confronted with the undeniable fact that now this life doesn't exist anymore in this world. While making this card, I found myself wrapped up in the thoughts of who this person was, the beauty within and without, and of all the many different ways she would be missed by all who knew her. These thoughts guided the design elements of the card. At one point I felt to use bright colours because when you saw Billie's smile, and she always smiled, you can't help but feel happiness and joy, that your day was brightened somehow. In the end I chose the muted pinks and yellows with a hint of lilac because I felt that it is more suitable as a sympathy card but also because it captures the peace and tranquility and the quiet strength that I have perceived was an essence of Billie's personality. If you look carefully at the picture above, you will notice the two butterflies punched out of vellum card stock. Subtle - as the overall feel of the card is, but also my description of Billie as a person who did not set out to draw attention to herself, yet was one that you couldn't help but notice because she was so "free" to be herself. Just like a butterfly. And free too, now, she is from the physical pain that she lived through so bravely in the final weeks and months of her life.

So my experience this week in making a Sympathy Card when I have need for one is that it was quite therapeutic, healing and helpful in the process of grief. Yes, it may take a longer time than you'd normally spend in making a card, but that time may just be what you need to process the reality of a loss that you weren't ready for. If you find yourself having to make a sympathy card for the family of someone you know/love, I hope you can embrace it and allow it to become as part of your grieving process.

Short and Sweet Promotion - One Week Only

Join Stampin' Up! and seal the deal with a one week only Short and Sweet Promotion!

Signing up as a new recruit between 22-29 August means you can receive extra Starter Kit product! That's right, you'll receive $305 NZD worth of product in your Starter Kit, for just $189 NZD. Talk about a sweet deal!

Click here to find out more about the Stampin' Up! Opportunity. Or contact me at as I would love to meet with you to discuss the benefits of signing up as a demonstrator - from getting product discounts for your personal use to earning extra income doing something you love.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Flower Patch Never Ending Card (and free Tutorial)

Remember this Never Ending Card that I first blogged about last year?

I am sure I have done more than one of these since then, but just didn't blog about it?  Oh well, here is one hot of the press - the first page is above, then it opens out to the second page as below:

I absolutely love the way the faux watercolouring turned out on the two Whisper White base panels. All I did was colouring the size E acrylic block with our Stampin' Write Markers in the colours of the retired Gingham Garden DSP which was Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo and Melon Mambo. I then spritz water generously over the block. Press the block very firmly on to the Whisper White base, and leaving it on a few seconds before lifting it - and presto, I have my own watercolour DSP! The scripture verses used are from Say It With Scriptures and Elegant Inspirations, also retired sets.

The third page has a sentiment from the Just Believe stamp set (also retired, sorry!)

And here is the final page..... But wait, there's more! You will find yourself just mesmerized by the continuous unfolding of this card that you will be playing through the pages a few times :-) It is just too much fun!

Now for a quick tutorial on how to make a never ending card in 3 easy steps:

Step 1

You will need four rectangle pieces of card stock. They can be whatever size you want it to be as long as you follow these two rules:

a) all four pieces have to be the same size
b) the length has to be twice the width

So in my case, I had 4 pieces of 3" x 6" card stock and the final result is a 6" x 6" card.

Step 2

On all four pieces of card stock, on the long side, score at 1/4 of the length on either end.

So, in my case, I scored at 1.5" and at 4.5" of the 6" side.

Step 3

Lay 2 pieces of the card stock side by side. (In this case so that it would make a 6" x 6".) Put adhesive on the four corners. Now adhere the third and fourth card stock on top of this "base" in the other orientation. In other words, if you had place the first two down side by side with the short side (3") on the top, then adhere on the 3rd and fourth layers with the long side (6") on the top.

That is it - the construction of the never ending card. Now you can decorate to your heart's contentment, going easy though on 3d embellishments. I hope the first two steps are pretty easy to understand. You will have what you need to construct the card. It is the third step, ie to put it together, which may be a bit tricky to understand so you may find this video by US Demo Tami White (at the 2.10 minute mark) helpful. Better still, come to my classes or host a workshop and let me show you and your guests how - I'd love to! Contact me for details on

Petite Purse Die

This item has a 25% discount on this week's deal so I thought you might want to see it in action. It is so awesome that Stampin' Up! made this video to give you an idea of what it is. This die will make the DIY favour boxes for your next event (birthday, hens' night, baby shower, wedding, women's event for the community) that much easier to do. You can also alter this basic purse shape to others that would make it suitable for masculine events, eg I have seen toolboxes, picnic baskets, and backpacks made with this die. The sale price of $50.96 ends on the night of Tuesday 19th August. So, email me at to take advantage of this fabulous offer.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Weekly Deals 13 August - 19 August

Every Wednesday, Stampin' Up! announces a new set of deals on a selection of fabulous products. Weekly Deals from Wednesday 13th August, valid till 19th August. Click on the pictures to get you to my online store and you can purchase the item from there, or better still, you could email me with your order and have a discounted postage.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Lovely As A Tree Sponged and Masked

I love this - I absolutely love the way this card has turned out!!!! There is a reason why Lovely As A Tree is the longest serving SU stamp set, and after all these years, remains a best-seller. It really was very easy to create this card, with very basic supplies.

If you google the name of the stamp set, you will see plenty of lovely scenes that card makers all around the world has created with this stamp set. I have used Lost Lagoon, Island Indigo and Marina Mist as the shades of blue in this card. If you are not already familiar with the masking technique, then to create the moon, you just need to punch or die cut out a circle (I used the 1-1/2" from the Circles Collection Framelits Die). I used the 2-way glue pen to make the circle a repositionable mask. Place it where you want on the card which has already had the trees image stamped on with StazOn Black Ink. Then colour the background by using the Stamping Sponges and ink, remembering to start off light because it is easier to darken than to lighten :-). When you are done sponging, peel off the moon mask, and you will be left with a stark white moon, which you can leave as is or sponge over lightly, as I did, with a touch of blue. I used the White Stampin Chalk Marker for the snow, and of course, I couldn't resist the Dazzling Diamond Stampin' Glitter to create a glistening look. Now it will be fit for the Christmas Cards All Year Round challenge :-)

Now, I was having a hard time finishing off this card because I couldn't make up my mind what colour to mat it with - so I left it as a challenge to the ladies at my Friday Card class :-) Here are a couple of the finished cards that were made at the class:

Julie's Card - ahh, is it obvious that Julie is a sparkly gal? She matted with a Pool Party layer on top of the Whisper White card base.

Rachel's Card - I am loving the white on white layered look at the moment.

Did you notice that they both didn't like my snowing look? Ha! Also, the fun thing about sponging is that you can create quite different moods, even with the same colours. No two cards will turn out exactly the same. Each will be a unique masterpiece.

Just flick me an email to order any of the above supplies or you can place an order directly on my online store. Also, email me for more details about coming along to my Friday card classes for some stampin fun :-) Thank you for stopping by, hope you got inspired !

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Weekly Deals 6 August - 12 August

Every Wednesday, Stampin' Up! announces a new set of deals on a selection of fabulous products. Weekly Deals from Wednesday 6th August, valid till 12th August. Click on the pictures to get you to my online store and you can purchase the item from there, or better still, you could email me with your order and have a discounted postage.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Big Shot Deal in August

Wowee!!!! If you have been coveting a Big Shot, then August is the month to get it with an incredible offer from Stampin' Up! You will get the most bang for your buck. Click here for the details. If you don't know what a Big Shot is (say what ???!!!) then be sure to check out the video above by Stampin' Up! It really is a handy tool for the whole family. Two years ago we had a family project to raise funds for a child cancer organisation (CANTEEN) by making Christmas Cards for sale. We filled in orders of more than 100 cards and my then 3 year old boy helped too - his job was to emboss with the Big Shot!

So, watch the video, check out the BIG offer in August here (you may click on the images to take you to my online store for more details and to order). You could also email me with your order, if you prefer, at

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