Sunday, December 20, 2009

More Great News....

From now until 24 January, 2010 you’ll get amazing discounts on selected, high-quality Stampin’ Up! products with no minimum purchase, and no limits to how many you can purchase!
for a detailed list of products and discounts.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

NEWSFLASH!! Spring Mini Products still available...

Great news! A few of the popular products from the Spring Mini Catalogue are still available for purchase even though the Spring Mini Catalogue has retired. These products will also be available from September in next year’s Idea Book & Catalogue.

Here is a list of the still-available products:

112534 Jumbo brads 5/16" Neutrals Assortment $18.50
112533 Jumbo brads 5/8" Neutrals Assortment $16.25
114889 Scallop Oval punch $35.95
106960 StazOn ink pad (White pad and refill) $26.95
109196 StazOn Cleaner $11.75

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Ho Ho Ho!

I love this stanp set - Seasons Of Joy. It's just so flexible, for this card I used markers to ink up different parts of the stamp. Try this one at home:

Stamp Set - Seasons Of Joy
Markers - Rose Red, Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery
Cardstock - Whisper White, Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery
Designer Series Paper - Rose Red
Grosgrain Ribbon - Always Artichoke
Taffeta Ribbon - White
Other - Mat Pack

I also made this card into a pop-up card by adding this photo to the inside. It's just so cute that I couldn't resist - it pops up when you open up the card.

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Making Memories

We recently made this accordion mini-album in one of my classes. I love the way this opens up with its accordion hinges. I decided to try out a Simply Scrapping Kit, which I've never used before but now I LOVE!! I chose 'Sweet Nothings' as I love these colours - Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip and Kiwi Kiss.

I will definately be investing in another one of these kits as it was really good value - I could have made at least three of these albums from one kit!

The front cover of album was inspired by one made by Jacque, my upline, and the pattern for the ablum itself was passed on to me by Louisa, who is part of our Creative Inkers team. 

If you would like to order your own Simply Scrapping Kit or join our wonderful, supportive team of Deminstrators, e-mail me today!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Make a Film Strip

I made this card a while back for a child's brithday. I used my 'Wild About You' set, which I love as it's turned out to be really flexible for all sorts of projects.

I also used the Spiral Punch to create a film strip look on the basic black cardstock. This punch has been very well used - it's designed to fit the spirals of a note book so you can beautifully personalise the cover of your notebook, diary, etc...  but I've used the Spiral Punch to add texture and details to all sorts of cards and scrapbook pages - it's a great way to make your journelling spot look like a page torn from your notebook.

If you'd like to re-create this here's how:
Base Card: Basic Black
Layering: Sage Shaddow
Film Strip: Basic Black with Spiral Punch
Images: Whisper White with 1 3/8" Square Punch
Ink: Sage Shaddow, Perfect Plum, So Saffron
Stamp Sets: Wild About You & Best Yet

If you would like to learn how to make cards like this at my classes, or if you would like to order any of the above products, please do not hesitate to contact me

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Fathers Day Card Recipe

I made this card for Fathers Day. It was inspired by a swap I received at a recent training day and has an acetate portion, with the "Happy Fathers Day" message behind it, on the inside of the card.
As I didn't have a fathers day stamp, I printed "Fathers Day" on whisper white cardstock then added the "Happy" image from the "Happy Everything" Stamp Set.

I actually used retired cardstock colours but this card would look great in the following colours:
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
Ink: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy
Stamp Sets: Seeing Spots, Happy Everything, Cheers To You
Other: Acetate, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Just a quick one...

This is one of the cards we made at my last quick cards class. It truly was quick and easy to do and is very eye catching.
We Used:
Baroque Motifes & Warm Words Stamp Sets
Rose Red, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla cardstock
Rose Red, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive and Brocade Blue Ink
5/8" Old Olive Grossgrain Ribbon
Dazzling Diamonds Glitter & 2-Way Glue Pen
There will be another Quick Cards class on Sunday 13th September. We'll be making 3 cards using the "Oval All' stamp set from the new Spring Mini catalogue.
Call or E-mail me to book your place.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Welcome to the new Classroom

I've finally got the classroom set up! It's something I've been planning for several months but the space has been used for other things.... When we moved into the house this garage had been converted into a hair dressing salon (which explains all the mirrors!), but since then it's been used as a sleep-out, to store firewood and to store a friend's furniture while they moved house.
It's had a bit of a 'do-up' over that last few weeks and the space is working really well as a classroom for all my Stampin' Up! Classes. I'm also planning to use for Workshops as it can be easier for Hostesses to have their guests come here. As always, there are a few more things I'd like to do in here, but I'll get there bit by bit....

Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Spring Mini Catalogue is Available NOW

The Stampin' Up! Spring Mini Catalogue was launched today. Click Here to view the catalogue online.
It's full of irresistible things that are available now through until the end of November. I have to admit that I've already indulged in lots of lovely things (one of the perks of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - e-mail me of you'd like more information about joining my team).
Below is a card made with the gorgeous new Oval All set ($35.95) and the brand new Scallop Oval Punch (35.95). Apologies for the quality of the photo - if you want to see it in real life and even make one of your own just sign up for my Quick Cards Class on Sunday 13th September. Your very own copy fo the Spring Mini is included in your $10 class fee, so book in today!

Friday, July 31, 2009

September Classes

I've been getting extra-organised over the last for days to make sure that I have a sneak peek for next month's classes ready a month in advance so here it is.......

The pictures above are just a glimpse of the projects you can make in my September Quick Cards Class on Sunday 13th September. Book your place today!

Alternatively, if you don't want to wait that long, it's not too late to register for this month's repeat class on Monday 3rd August (see my previous post for a sneak peek of those projects).

I look forward to hearing from you....

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Casing the Spring Mini

I couldn't resist re-creating this gorgeous layout that I found in the new Spring Mini Catalogue. Actually, everything you see on this layout except ONE thing is already available in the current Idea Book & Catalogue as I don't have many products from the Spring Mini - Yet...! I've used Baja Breeze and Basic Grey, with Urban Garden DSP, Rub-ons, a designer brad, 1" double stitched ribbon and my Circle Circus stamp set...simple! It's a lovely clean layout so it was super-easy to create. If you would like a Mini Catalogue (to be released on the 1st August) please e-mail me ( or give me a call.... Alternatively, I'll be using stamp sets and other products from the Spring Mini in my August classes, so reserve your place now and come along to try them out for yourself.... I look forward to seeing you!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Register for Classes Today!

I thought I'd give you a little sneak peek of the projects planned for August classes.....

Quick Cards - 3 quick cards

Saturday August 1st (10-noon) - Fully Booked

Monday August 3rd (7-9pm) Repeat Class - register now!

Saturday Scrapping - 12x12 layout for 3 photos

Saturday August 1st 1-3pm - register now!

Fancy Folds Class - Never Ending Card & Gift Card Pouch

Wednesday August 12th (7-9pm) - Fully Booked

Wednesday August 19th (7-9pm) Repeat Class - register now!

All classes are held in Papakura and are $10 (bring a friend who's never been before you'll pay $5, bring two friends who have never been and you pay nothing for your class!)

Contact me today to register for any of the August classes listed above or the September classes listed to the right.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Mystery Hostess Workshop

I held my first 'Mystery Hostess Workshop' at my place last night, which was fantastic - thanks everyone for coming! We drew the name of the 'Mystery Hostess' at the end of the night and she was able to order a Level 1 Hostess Set and $55 worth of products - congratulations!
Below is one of the projects I demonstrated - a card using the gorgeous Upsy Daisy Set & coloured embossing, along with some sponging onto glossy cardstock.
There's also a sneak peek of one of the new products from the Spring Mini on this card.... The Spring Mini will be released on the 1st August and it's jam packed with beautiful products that aren't available in the current catalogue. All classes include a free copy of the Spring Mini Catalogue. E-mail or call me of you would like a copy.

Monday, July 20, 2009

SENZ 2009

Wow! What a great weekend. It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces but also to meet so many new people. We were kept pretty busy at our 'Make & Take' table with a different project each of the three days - see below. Also thankyou to everyone who booked into a class - it was great to meet you and I hope you enjoyed your projects.
Congratulations to Judy Honey of Whenuapai, who was the lucky winner of our prize draw - I hope you enjoy using the products as much as we do! We will be in contact with you shortly.
For anyone who didn't fill in a prize draw form but enjoyed the Make & Takes or would like more information about our products and classes please use my Newsletter sign up form to the right of the page to sign up for monthly newsletters, or contact me -
Here are the weekend's gorgeous Make & Takes:
Mini Flower Pot designed by Rachael Knight
Friends 24-7 Tag by Kelly Slattery
Dreams De Jour Card by Karen Rodgers

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Cute Upsy Daisy

I just LOVE this Stamp Set - as soon as I saw 'Upsy Daisy' I knew that I had to have it, and at just $39.95 for the set it didn't take too long to save up. We made this card in a recently Quick Cards Class with just ink, cardstock and a little Whisper White Grossgrain Ribbon, so it's super easy to make. I used Whisper White, Pale Plum and Perfect Plum ink & cardstock as well as the ribbon. I inked the whole stamp with Pale Plum then used a sponge dawber to add a little Perferct Plum to some of the petals. I also used Perfect Plum along the bottom of the card and for the greeting, to achieve a 'watermark' type effect. I hope this inspires you to get this set out of your stash - it's great for so many techniques. If you don't have it yet and would like to order it contact me today!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Quick & Easy

This is a great Quick Card that doesn't require too many tools! However, it also looks great blinged up with a bit of ribbon, glitter or rinestone brads.
I used the Cupcakes wheel and the Happy Everything stamp set. I love Kiwi Kiss and Always Artichoke together & think this could pass as a male card too.
I have a Quick Cards class on Saturday morning and there are still places available.... give me a call or e-mail to book in!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

More Circle Circus

This is the folding 12x12 layout we made as one of our Make & Takes at convention in May. I used Circul Circus to add detail to the Baja Breeze cardstock, as well as to embelish the two metal edge tags, which I've now decided are on the 'must have' wish list! Emily's dress matches these stamps perfeclty - this layout really suits a retro style. I've also invested in the Trio Flower Punch since we made this page as it looks great with these stamps and also matches a couple of other sets I have.
I don't have any photos of this project all folded up, but I'm planning to make a similar one soon so I'll post better photos then...

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Gorgeous Gifts

I love this acetate box - it's great for holding anything from chocolates to baby clothes and looks really professional. I've used Circle Circus for the gift tag... Stamp with Riding Hood Red Ink on Red Riding Hood Red Cardstock and punch with Scallop Circle. Stamp with Kiwi Kiss on Whisper White cardstock and punch with 1 1/4" circle. Stamp Chocolate Chip on Whisper White cardstock and cut out the flower design using papersnips. Layer these together and then make a fake double brad using Crystal Effects.
This was a project from my last Fancy Folds Class. If you'd like to join in the next class just call or e-mail me to book your place - see my class schedule to the right.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Circle Circus

Ok, so now I've posted a few projects using Trecdy Trees I thought I'd move in to show you a few projects using Circle Circus - another really flexible set.This card is one we made at convention using Circle Circus and a whole lot of colours - Tangerine Tango, So Saffron, Pacific Point, Bashful Blue and Kiwi Kiss It's not easy to use that many colours with no neutral tones and have it look so well co-ordinated, but the matching Kiwi Kiss ribbon ties it all together nicely!
I've also used this set for 12x12 layouts and a cute gift box so I'll post those projects over the next few days....
In the meant time if you would like to purchase this set, or any other Stampin Up! Project please don't hesitate to contact me....

Monday, June 1, 2009

Want more FREE Stampin' Up! products?

Just host a workshop in June or July for your opportunity to earn $50 of free products in addition to your usual hostess benefits.
In fact, you can hold as many workshops as you want - for each workshop with sales of $700 or more you can choose $50 of free products in addition to the Hostess Stamp Set and the usual $80 worth of free products - too good to miss!
Of course you will also have the normal benefits of holding a workshop - a chance to get your friends togather, a free catalogue, a handmade gift for you (as the Hostess), make & takes for you & your friends, easy to replicate demo projects, and lots more...
However, if you can't host a workshop but would like to take advantage of this special offer, how about becoming a 'Virtual Hostess'? Just collect orders from your friends and family and submit your total order to me - If your order qualifies for hostess benefits you will recieve them as part of your 'Virtual Hostess' order. If the total order reaches $700 you will also qualift for the additional $50 of FREE products.
Contact me today for more details.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

More Trendy Trees

As promised, here's another 'Trendy Trees" project. This is one we made at the SU! Convention in Canberra earlier this month. It's a super-cute little card that I've made a few times since as it's so flexible - just swap some colours and the greeting...voila! I love the leafy tree on this project as it uses the 'rock & roll' technique which is really effective. It's also carefully cut out and stuck on using a dimentional to give it a little height. Just one more project to come with this set, then I'll move on to another one for June. NB - I've made some changes to my class structure and dates - look to your right for details. It would be great to see you there so book in today!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

W is for...

Ok, I admit that I have cheated a little - I haven't been to a country beginning with 'w' so I'm using a state instead. I promised more post using 'Trendy Trees' - my current favourite - so here you go.... more to come over the next few days. I cased this page from my friend & very tallented SU! demo Kelly Slattery - go check out her blog for heaps of gorgeous projects.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Fancy Fold Classes

This is a card we made at my last 'Fancy Fold' card class. I love this Trendy Trees set as it's really flexible and it's a bargain at $37.95. I'm also loving the "Urban Garden" Double sided paper as it's great for guys and girls - don't forget DSP is on special this month... 4 packs for the price of 3, which works out at just $1.25 a sheet. I used the 'rock & roll' technique for the central tree, then cut it out & used a dimentional to attatch it. I also love the colours - I've decided 'Basic Grey' is the new 'Chocolate Chip' and it goes so well with the new In Colours - Kiwi Kiss & Baja Breeze. The reason this is a Fancy Fold card is that it opens up as normal, but then you can open it up again from the centre to reveal space for a 'secret message'. This photo didn't work out so well but it might give you an idea of what I mean. Don't forget to contact me today if you'd like to take advantage of the DSP special offer, or if you'd like to order this gorgeous stamp set.
More posts with this set to come...!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Scrapping Classes

I actually made this project for my very first Class but have never posted it as I didn't ahve a blog back then! It's the first and last 6x6 page I've done in a class as I now have a 12x12 alnum to fill and am also addicted to mini-albums.
I've used the 'So Swirly' jumbo wheel and 'Priceless' set as well as 'Life Definitions' which I find great for scrapping. It's a 6x6 layout so I saved space by hiding my journaling in a pouch under the photo.
My next classes will be on Saturday 20th May - a card & 3D project in the morning and scrapping project in the afternoon - See details to the right. Contact me today to book a place.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

For him...

As soon as I got back from convention I realised that I had almost missed my cousin's and my uncle's brithdays, so I had to make some cards at top speed. Having been inspired by some great swaps and by Nicole Tidbold's presentation at convention (she had some fantastic ideas for male cards) I set off to make male cards.
I really wanted to use some DSP but only have 'Urban Garden'. I thought that might be a challange but it didn't turn out to be a problem as the colours and designs were really flexible. I roughed it up a bit by distressing the edges and I'm pretty happy with the way this card turned out. It's super easy and equally good for any age or gender, depending on the papers you choose.
As the Stampin' Up! DSP is on special offer this month I'll definately be investing in more - click on the image to the right and contact me today if you're like to order some too.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

May Special Offers

This is a fantactic opportunity for all you scrapbookers out there...
  • Buy 3 packs of DSP and get a 4th pack FREE

What's more, you can join Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator for jusy $175. Whether you're interested in getting discounted products everyday, or you're looking for extra income, this is a great opportunity - contact me today!

Click on the link to the right for more information....

Convention Update

Ok, admittedly I've been back from the SU! convention in Canberra for over a week, but I'm still catching up! I spent the week before convention making swaps so had no time to blog, then I spent the week after convention making plans, editing photos and creating projects for classes - where does ths time go?! Thankfully I just brought a wireless router so I can now sit in my WARM living room with my laptop, so hopefully I'll be online more often from now on and can blog to my heart's content....
Firstly, convention was fantastic. I've come home with heaps of ideas and things I despirately want to create and do (I'm thinking I need to give up work...). Nine ladies from my SU! team headed over the ditch and many of them have worked so hard over the last year that they were called up on stage to celebrate their success :-) The above photo is just one of many - Jacque and Patrice both made it into the top 3 NZ demonstrators of the year - woo hoo.
These were my convention swaps. I used an emboss resist technique for the stamped panel; first I used the 'So Swirly' wheel, then stamped with a bold image from Baroque Motifes and clear embossed it. Lastly I sponged over the top with a darker colour. Unfortunately you can't really see the full effect in these photos.I made 90 cards all together - the ones below are just one version! Although it did take quite some time to make them all it was all worth it as I swapped them all and now have 90 very creative samples.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

P is for...

Ok, so I admit I've skipped a few letters! I was looking for inspiration and this
is where I found it today. I love my Priceless set and all the swirls seemed quite fitting for a 'Paris' layout. Sorry the photo's not the best but you get the idea...

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Happy Heart

I've been so busy making my convention swaps this week that I haven't managed to get anything else done. That's why I'm posting something I made a while back... This set (A Happy Heart) was in a mini catalogue earlier this year and I'm so pleased that it's been included in the new Catalogue. It's a really flexible set that I've used in quite a few ways. I've embossed the image in white, and couldn't resist using the scallpo edge punch. Ok, back to making swaps....

Monday, April 13, 2009

C is for...

Another installment from my A-Z scrapbook pages. I finished this one last month and used 'Live Your Dream' which has now retired, but I still love!
I've wanted to scrap these pictures for a long time as the trip was amazing and brings back lots of memories. I wanted to keep the page fairly simple though, in an attempt to focus on the photos, rather then the embelishments.