Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Flower Patch Sweater Weather DSP Stationery Set

Wow, it's the end of the month already? Hmm, I can't let the month end without sharing about this stationery set which I was inspired to make for a friend. 

Three convincing reasons for my making the effort to make this set:

1) My friend is American, and while the thing she loves about being in New Zealand is me (ok, ok, I am not the only reason - ha! - among many other reasons), I know she misses her family and her life in the States. So over there, her birthday would be in Autumn, not Spring as it is in New Zealand. Hence the reason I chose to use this retired (but right now on clearance, so you can either purchase through emailing me or click here) Sweater Weather DSP which screams Autumn colors to me. 

2) She's a fan of Charles Dickens, and I love, not only the friendship we have, but also the friendship between her children and mine. The perfect stamp for it therefore is one that is from the From My Heart stamp set. 

3) She shares my love for pretty paper and stationery, so I just had to give it a go at making this Stationery Box by Jackie Topa. What a clever lady and generous of her to share the tutorial with the paper crafting community. Thank you Jackie.

So, it just looks like a box. Right? But wait…you lift the lid and the front panel flops down to reveal this!

Isn't it a WOW design? Thank you again, Jackie! 

There are compartments for standard sized cards, 4x4 cards, tags, and bookmarks, post it note pad, a little pocket for stamps and a pen holder. Notice that the pen is also customized with the same Sweater DSP. I love this set - but more importantly, my friend loves it too, which is kinda good :-)

And here is the birthday card, which is actually the same design as the one I posted for the AWW challenge. I just used the Sweater DSP to coordinate with the stationery set. I do love the Tangerine Tango flowers. (I think it's my friend and downline Rach's doing - she is the Queen of Orange…and it's rubbing off on me!)

Here's the complete gift set (oh, plus a packet of the Sweater Weather DSP as well so the birthday gal can make more cards to refill her stationery box.)

Thanks for visiting today - if you are inspired to make a Stationery Box Set, do let me know so I can see your creation too. And for those interested, I could be persuaded to run a class on this :-)

**** World Card Making Day : October 4th 2014 : Join me for a stamping fun session : Contact me now peppertime123@gmail.com for further details  ****

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Around The World Challenge 25 Thank You

Around the World Stampin' Up! Challenges is celebrating their 1st birthday with Challenge #25's theme being "Thanks". The challenge closes on September 29th, so there is still time for you to participate in the challenge too :-) I have just entered the challenge with this card, so join me! Click here to see more ideas, and to Like my entry (it is the 12th card you'll see on the list of thumbnails at the bottom of the page).

I like to include a Thank You card in my customer's orders (although it sometimes doesn't happen due to life's busy-ness or maybe it's just because I am not organised enough). Moreover, I try to add value by customising the card to their order. For example, a new customer ordered the Tag Topper Scalloped Punch so I made this card to give her another idea for using the punch other than just for making tags with. The floral theme is my go-to theme when I don't know a person well, and Flower Patch (with coordinating Flower Fair Framelits) is a must have for a floral theme. Bordering Blooms is a new set for me - in fact, this was the first card I made with that set. I love that it is a photopolymer set, making it easy to nestle the red blooms inside the crumb cake flowers outline. The Coastal Cabana DSP is from the retired Fresh Prints DSP Stack but the good news is that it is still on the Clearance List at the time of writing this post, so if you want it, you can grab it for a bargain at only $5.79. Contact me now at peppertime123@gmail.com to place an order.

Have a great day - hopefully with some stamping fun!

**** World Card Making Day : October 4th 2014 : Join me for a stamping fun session : Contact me now peppertime123@gmail.com for further details  ****

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Summer Silhouettes Polka Dot Pieces Perfect Pennants

Does this card seem familiar? It is my CASE of one of the projects I got to make at the recent Auckland Party Time event. I haven't (yet) got the Choose Happiness stamp set, so I set about a challenge for myself to CASE the Kraft Grid line Journal cover (see below) with the stamp sets I already have.

Original Make & Take from event:

Well, I can't stop at just one card, so I also came up with the card below in a softer colour palette. It is also another excuse to use the Good Greetings stamp set, which, until the 31 October,  is the Hostess' when she host a party with the qualifying sales.

What do you think? 

I hope you found it helpful to see how a card can be CASED, using stamps that you already have. It's no guarantee though, that you will not crave (all the more even) for the very stamp set you don't have that was used in the original project :-) Oh, that was quite a mouthful, lol!

Monday, 22 September 2014

Choose Happiness

Look at these Make & Takes I got to make at the recent Stampin' Up!'s Party Time Auckland event. This is a regional training for demonstrators so it was awesome to meet the other demonstrators - so many talents out there! I am told these regionals are a little taste of what Convention is like ...hmm, maybe I will get to next year's event at the Gold Coast...anyone want to come with me?

Back to the Make & Takes - can you see the versatility of this stamp set? It is called Choose Happiness. All three projects were made with only this one stamp set. Wow! 

So, now that I have learned some tips at the Regional Training on running a workshop, I am rather keen to put it to practice! Contact me so we can plan a Stampin' Up! party you can host for your friends and family. It'll be fun, I promise :-) Also, don't forget until 31 October, as a host, you could earn yourself the fabulous Good Greetings stamp set for free.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Friday, 19 September 2014

Perfect Pennants Hearts Framelits Itty Bitty Accents

As a demonstrator, we get the Impressions publication every two months from Stampin' Up. These are jam packed with ideas and training tips. This month I have been challenged by one of the articles about not neglecting the poor old envelope. It is so true that envelopes often take a back seat. The dear humble envelope can be so much more - just like the present itself is dressed up with a fancy package, so can the handmade card be dressed up with its envelope. It is another opportunity to say something about the recipient of your lovingly handmade card. So I made a special effort with the project for my "Connect through Creativity" class this month. What do you think? I would write the recipient's name on the heart die cut. The envelope can be re-used simply by removing the heart die cut which is only clipped to the clothespin.

Then out comes the card from inside the envelope:

The lighting is all funny but this next one is more true to the colours.

Don't you just love Julie's wit to stamp her sentiment the wrong way up - how fitting was that with the sentiment! I know Julie is unimpressed with her mistake creativity, but I beg to differ - seriously, why didn't I think of that idea !!

The inside of the card is simply co-ordinated as well, tying in the elements on the card front and the envelope.

I  absolutely {HEART} the Coastal Cabana version.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Corner Bookmarks Punch Art

It is still Father's Day here, with one more hour to go. I meant to post this earlier but got a little

sidetracked with the two eldest boys playing in separate soccer tournaments. So, this post will be a feast for the eyes, mainly photos only and a few comments :-)

I first came across the idea of corner bookmarks back in 2011 when I first joined up as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. Isn't that a neat idea? I love novel things that are also very practical like that.

Recently while I was in the process of thinking about a project for my September Mum & Me class, I came across Australian demo Kylie Bertucci's cute Australian animal bookmarks. I knew immediately I have to figure out how to replicate these for my class. And here are my complete CASE of two of Kylie's creations, using my own method as I didn't get a tutorial from Kylie (sorry Kylie! I am grateful for the pics you shared on your blog though).

Here is Mr Crocodile which my 8 year old thought more like a dragon :-)

The card was made very simply, very no frills, because the focus is on the bookmark!

Mr Shark has smaller eyes than Kylie's , but that's intentional as I think sharks have very tiny eyes!

And instead of a Father's Day card, if the kids wanted, they can just change the sentiment and turn it into a birthday card.

The cards ended up not fitting a standard envelope but never fear - I got the Envelope Punch Board! It is such a nifty little tool for making custom envelopes.

Thank you for visiting my blog today. I hope you will google instructions on how to make a corner bookmark and have a go at making it! If you want to know how I did mine, contact me on peppertime123@gmail.com

Really, you can't have too many bookmarks if you read a lot!

Blessings and Happy Stampin'!
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