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!

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Stampin' Up! Swirly Scribbles Christmas Wreath Card


The Swirly Bird stamp set and its co-ordinating Swirly Scribbles Thinlits are two favourites from the Stampin' Up! 2016-17 Annual Catalogue, judging by the amount of  cards/projects using these items that have been shared online. Today, I am excited to share my Clean and Simple (CAS) Christmas card, using these coordinating products.

Did you catch that?

No, it's not a typo, and yes, I have started thinking about Christmas!!!! Only 16 more Sundays left till Christmas Sunday...



Aren't those wee bells just too cute? That is a sneak peek of the Christmas Trinkets Embellishments that will be available from 1 September at the launch of our Holiday Catalogue! The pack has 24 silver embellishments (8 each of holly, bells and gingerbreadman). These things are little, but it really is the little things that pack a punch - it gave my CAS card that little bit more interest to it.

I will be giving away the Holiday Catalogues at my classes so be sure to come to any one of my three regular monthly classes to get your copy. I am happy to send you a copy on request - just email me: peppertime123@gmail.com with your address and contact details.

Finally, this card is also a very creative stretch of the imagination of this week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. Join me in using sketches to kickstart the next card you make - check out FMS by clicking on the image below.

FMS251

Stampin' Up! Badges and Banners




PS: I came to write a new post and saw this post sitting in my draft - unposted!!!! Well, I decided to post it as is  - if I think too much, and make amendments, it might be another month it is public! Here goes...

Wow, the 2016-17 Annual Catalogue is already a month old! So many new products to complement  returning products, the vibe is just one of endless possibilities. I have to admit I am a bit overwhelmed by the choices, and as a demonstrator who runs monthly classes, I struggle, every time, with the dilemma of what to showcase. There are just so many to choose from - which is a good thing!

So, why did I choose the new Badges and Banners stamp set? The truth is, I didn't! I won it as a prize patrol at April 2016's OnStage Local event. It really is quite a versatile set, so I created a class around this set. I was inspired by the colours featured in the Take-It-Home DIY kit my colleagues and I put together for our combined team's catalogue launch last month. The Pink and Orange combo is quite a polarising combo - but I do so think Peekaboo Peach is just made for Melon Mambo!

With the stamp set and colours picked out, I was ready to play. The other element to this class is the Designer Series Paper stack. I do try to accommodate for creativity and individuality in my classes, so the Designer Series Paper stack was a suitable choice as it means peeps can have some choice of what colour combo they would like. I have created a 12x12 One Sheet Wonder template for this class so that from the one sheet of DSP we will make 6 cards, 2 tags and an envelope.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Stampin' Up! Bonus Days Debut




For every $110 you
spend
in between 7 July and 31 July (before shipping
and handling), you’ll
get a $11 Bonus Days coupon
that
you can use 2–31 August. This is a great opportunity to
shop from your wish list, whether you buy your favourite
products now or later in August with your coupons!

    Bonus Days coupon codes will be delivered via email, so an email address is required to participate 
          in this promotion. We cannot resend emails with coupon codes, so make sure you save the email
and write down the codes in a safe place so you don't miss out on the coupons you earn.
*   Participants will receive a Bonus Days coupon code via email for every $90 AUD/$110 NZD they spend 
in a single order (catalogue price before shipping and handling).


Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Fun Interactive Circle Card with Cherry On Top and Bird Punch

Today's share is a fun happy INTERACTIVE card - and the great thing is that it comes together so fast with the Circle Card Thinlits!



The fun pattern paper is from the Cherry on Top 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper Stack which will be retiring on 31st May 2016 - I am so going to miss it!!! Did you notice the candles? Made with the also retiring Cherry On Top Designer Washi Tape - gotta love Stampin' Up for well co-ordinated products. Finally can you guess how I got the "flames"? The wing from the Bird Builder Punch! I am sad that this well loved, versatile punch will also be retiring at the end of May - sob sob.




When you open the card, the circle flips and you see a different message on the other side of the circle. How fun is that! This "fancy fold" card comes together in no time at all with the Circle Card Thinlits! The sad thing is that these Thinlits dies (the set comes with a few dies) will also be retiring on 31st May. But the GREAT news is that they are on special at only $39 from the original price of $65. This is too good a deal not to share with you!!!

These fun interactive Circle Cards are what I am teaching in my classes this month, so there is one more class you can come to experience how easy and fun it is to make these cards. Tuesday 17th May 7.30pm in Te Atatu Peninsula. Would love to have your RSVP on peppertime123@gmail.com.

Check back in here for some more Circle Cards I will be showing in the next few posts.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Stampin' Up! Alphabet Rotary Stamp and Punch Art

The Alphabet Rotary Stamp has once again come to my rescue!





I needed a farewell card for a Canadian family from our local Homeschool Group relocating to California. I know, right? Among the many options for a theme (floral or scenery with an inspirational sentiment, to cutesy with "Miss you already" or "You'll be missed"), I eventually opted for this adorable punch art sheep card, because after all, New Zealand is known as a land of sheep. So thanks to the Stampin' Up!'s Alphabet Rotary Stamp, I was able to create the perfect sentiment for the sheep card - "Baa Bye" - clever me!

Here is what you will need to re-create this adorable sheep:

1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch (#119854)
1" Circle Punch (#119868)
1/2" Circle Punch (#119869)
Owl Builder Punch (#118074)
Cupcake Builder Punch (#121807)
Word Window Punch (#119857) 
Whisper White cardstock (#106549)
Basic Black cardstock (#121688)
Silver Glimmer Paper (#135314)

As for the sentiment - the possibilities are  endless with the Alphabet Rotary Stamp (#133769)!

Monday, 14 March 2016

Auckland Sale-a-bration Extravaganza

Sale-a-bration ends March 31st and the Creative Inkers Team Auckland Extravaganza this weekend is the perfect way to test drive some of the amazing products that Stampin' Up! offers.


What are we making? Come find out at March's Extravaganza!



Time & date: Saturday 19th March 2015, 12.30-5.00pm
(doors open at noon)
Please register ASAP  with peppertime123@gmail.com
Create five fabulous products for $45
Your Entry fee includes a $10 voucher to be spent on the day with an order of $50 or more
5 fun technique projects 
All materials supplied (byo adhesives)  and afternoon tea provided
Parking available
Fabulous door prizes and lots of displays - bring your camera!



After 5 hours of crafting, you can then take advantage of Sale-a-bration by placing orders on the day. Remember during Sale-a-bration, you receive a FREE Sale-a-bration item of your choice for every $110 you spend - and there are no limits to how many free items you can earn!

Or if your wish list is so big (and it might be after experiencing Extravaganza!), then you may wish to get our starter kit - the best value ever, seriously!!!! Pay $189 and get $355 worth of products of your choice - seriously, that is one ah-maz-ing deal. And if that isn't enough, you will also be kitted up to run your own profitable business if you so wish, with an incredible team of other demonstrators for support, as well as top notch Stampin' Up! staff for demo support. I am more than happy to discuss this with you if you are interested in finding out more, or if you are ready now, here's the link to join. http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/michellepepper/jointhefun

I hope to see you at Extravaganza - let's have a Sale-a-bration!!!

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Weekly Deals 3 Feb - 9 Feb









Click here to shop these deals online with meThese deals are valid through to Tuesday 9 Feb. 



Also, a reminder that there is the Clearance Rack - while supplies last. Clearance rack items are up to 60% off retail - what a whoppa deal!
*** SAB time...FREE item for every $110 spend or...hostess benefits for qualifying party sales or...join for $189 and get $355 worth of products of your choice ...ends 31 March 2016. Contact me now! *** *** SAB time...FREE item for every $110 spend or...hostess benefits for qualifying party sales or...join for $189 and get $355 worth of products of your choice ...ends 31 March 2016. Contact me now! ***

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Large Number Framelits from Occasions Catalogue



The Large Number Framelits is another must have from the Occasions Catalogue. We all need numbers in our life, don't you think? :-)

The first time I made my own planner was in 2013, and I loved loved loved it. For the last couple of years, after I have eventually transitioned to owning and using a smartphone, I guess you could say I became a digital planner.

But I missed my paper planner.

I found myself still reaching out for a piece of scrap paper - any piece of scrap I can find! - and pen to make a to do list from time to time, usually immediately followed by a sense of being in control. So I decided I need a planner this year. I just love paper too much, and making your own planner is a great excuse to buy and use pretty paper. Well, in my case, to use some of the papers I have in my collection!

Besides the kind of bought planners I seem to be drawn to are spendy, easily carrying a price tag of $50 upwards. Making my own with what I already have seems like a very sensible idea ;-)




I used the Rotary Alphabet Stamp to label the month tabs and to personalised my front cover. I love this Rotary stamp - it is so easy to personalise cards and label things with this very useful, handy dandy thing. And let me share with you a tip - if you have the wee stampin spots that are in the cardmaking kits, those are so awesome to ink up the rotary stamp with. If not, the stampin markers are my next recommendation, followed by the stampin ink pads.

Here's to a fabulous 2016 stamping year!




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ps: the Sweet Sorbet DSP is actually retired and currently on clearance for only $9.19.


*** SAB time...FREE item for every $110 spend or...hostess benefits for qualifying party sales or...join for $189 and get $355 worth of products of your choice ...ends 31 March 2016. Contact me now! ***

Weekly Deals 27 Jan - 2 Feb









Click here to shop these deals online with meThese deals are valid through to Tuesday 2 Feb. 



Also, a reminder that there is the Clearance Rack - while supplies last. Clearance rack items are up to 60% off retail - what a whoppa deal!
*** SAB time...FREE item for every $110 spend or...hostess benefits for qualifying party sales or...join for $189 and get $355 worth of products of your choice ...ends 31 March 2016. Contact me now! *** *** SAB time...FREE item for every $110 spend or...hostess benefits for qualifying party sales or...join for $189 and get $355 worth of products of your choice ...ends 31 March 2016. Contact me now! ***

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Weekly Deals 20 Jan - 26 Jan








Click here to shop these deals online with meThese deals are valid through to Tuesday 26th January. 



Also, a reminder that there is the Clearance Rack - while supplies last. Clearance rack items are up to 60% off retail - what a whoppa deal!




Hamburger Box Die Deal - only $59.25 til Tue 26th Jan:



Happy Stampin' and Saving!


Blessings,

 M xx

*** SAB time...FREE item for every $110 spend or...hostess benefits for qualifying party sales or...join for $189 and get $355 worth of products of your choice ...ends 31 March 2016. Contact me now! ***

Friday, 15 January 2016

Wildflower Fields For My Neighbour


I am not sure how I feel about Facebook but I do like the fact that it notifies me when it is is my FB friends' birthday! Well, turned out that it was my neighbour's birthday yesterday, and I wished her Happy Birthday online, but that seemed to me to be so unfriendly because, well, you know, she is my neighbour!! So glad that I am in the business of card making and have all the supplies I need to make a card and a gift box to take to her and wish her Happy Birthday in person -with a hug.



When you are pressed for time yet you want to create something beautiful, you can't go wrong with beautiful patterned paper from Stampin' Up!'s range of Designer Series Paper (DSP).  I can highly recommend the Wildflower Fields DSP, which is yours for FREE during Sale-a-bration time, when you spend $110.



I am so happy to finally make one of these endlessly popular self closing boxes. It is honestly such a cool little box that has a generous capacity, room for all those little treats and bigger ones too! I love it so much I have already decided the box will be one of the things I teach at my next retirement village class in February! In fact, I will probably teach that in my February workshops and classes. Be sure to RSVP (for classes) or book a workshop with me to make one of these handy gift boxes.

Thanks for reading, and Happy Stampin'!





All *** SAB time...FREE item for every $110 spend or...hostess benefits for qualifying party sales or...join for $189 and get $355 worth of products of your choice ...ends 31 March 2016. Contact me now! ***

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Rose Wonder Creative Inkers Team Swap



This is the card I made for the Card Swap last month at our team's Christmas Breakfast. As demonstrators, we were able to pre-order products that are in the new Occasions catalogue, and the great thing about participating in a card swap is that I just have to make multiples of one design, in this case, 18 cards but in return I get 18 different cards back from all the other 18 participants in the card swap. What a deal!


Well, I chose to feature the Rose Wonder stamp set, combined with two of my favourite techniques - emboss resist and sponging. I heat emboss the rose image in white and then I use the sponge to colour the background of the card. The colours I used were Elegant Eggplant, Tempting Turquoise and Lost Lagoon. Can you see that glimmer? That is from the "Wink of Stella Brushes" - a must have item, I reckon. Actually, there is a third technique I used - after I have sponged the colours on, I actually spritz the card with water to create a semi watercolour backwash look.






Now to make 19 of the same cards (cos I have to keep one for myself too, eh) can be a bit tedious, but with the sponging technique, it is easy to get some variation in. That's right, proof that each card was individually hand made. With love. And with joy. :-)

Just because I can, here are some of the variations:


A bit of a Northern/Southern lights thing going on many of these





This one was the one I kept for myself because it was a "dud". I originally thought to use the banner for the sentiment, but then decided, with approval from my Artisan Designer friend Susan Wong, that the frame from the Rose Garden framelits is worth the effort.



The background of this one looks like a constellation of planets



And this one is ombre style



I gotta say, even after making all these cards, I still look forward to using this stamp set with its co-ordinating thinlits dies. That is a very good thing :-)

Thanks for visiting today- would love you to comment and feedback, and if I have managed to convince you that you need this stamp set and thinlit dies, just contact me to place an order or shop online with me!



*** SAB time...FREE item for every $110 spend or...hostess benefits for qualifying party sales or...join for $189 and get $355 worth of products of your choice ...ends 31 March 2016. Contact me now! ***

Friday, 1 January 2016

Rose Garden BatMitzvah



Happy New Year! Well, my family was supposed to be on our way to our annual camping holiday today, but the weather here ain’t conducive to putting up a tent so our trip has been delayed which means I now have a moment to blog a post or two!

This card was made for our friend's 12 year old's Bat Mitzvah celebration last month. I have used a water colouring technique for the background and then layered the Rose Garden die cut (a sneak peek from the 2016 Occasions Catalogue), cut out in another sneak peek Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper. These were both my top picks from this scrumptious catalogue, and so were the first things in my pre-order (which is a Stampin' Up! demo perk i.e. we are the first ones to get to order these products before they are launched). Well, you won't have to wait too much longer now...the Occasions Catalogue begins on 5th January!

Not only does the Occasions Catalogue launch on 5th January, it is also the beginning of our biggest, most anticipated, most looked forward to event each year - Sale-a-bration! For every $110 you spend you get one Free product and this year you get to choose from at least 11 products! The sentiment on today's card is from one of the stamp sets that are Free. Or, if you have a long wish list, this is the best time to get our starter kit - you will get $355 worth of products of YOUR choice (from the current Annual Catalogue and new Occasions Catalogue) for only $189! Not only that, it comes with some business supplies so that if you choose to make a business of it, you are set up with some tools; and if you don't want to make it a business, then you don't have to either. Email me or call me if you are interested to find out more - it is truly an amazing deal!




Do you have a copy of the new Occasions catalogue yet? Contact me so I can send you a copy!
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