31 May, 2012

Simply Soft Sympathy

I finally found a few minutes to sneak into my craft room to make a card for a dear friend who has recently lost her dear friend. Big hugs to you Lyn x

Stamp Set: Simply Soft (Hostess set), Sincere Salutations
Cardstock: Soft Suede, Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla
Ink: Black Staz on, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories: Blushing Bride Pleated Satin Ribbon (Autumn Winter mini), Basic Pearls
Tools: Big Shot, Adorning Accents Edgelits Die, Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. 

How's your week been?  Are you as happy as I am, that tomorrow is Friday?  My brain has been on overload this past week and it's been a bit of a struggle not to curl up and have a nana nap each day when I get home from work. I'm sure I'll get use to it but for the time being, I'm exhausted and am in bed before 10pm each night. For those of you who know me, would know that this is unheard of, because I'm usually such a night owl. 

It's Queen's Birthday this weekend, so we've got Monday off. Yay - bring on a sleep in or two, I say!  Hope you have a good one!

29 May, 2012

Paper Promotion

Just thought I'd post a wee reminder about the New Starter Kit and the special Paper Promo running this month. You are probably aware that the price to sign up to become a demonstrator has dropped down to $189! And the best thing, is now you can choose whatever you want for your kit up to $285 in value. You also receive $90 in business products free, such as order forms, and catalogues etc. 

If you decide to join during May (just 2 days left!), you qualify for the Paper Party promotion, which means you get a free pack of Designer Series Paper (valued at $22.95) each month from June through to December! (Rules are they have to be redeemed on a Demonstrator Order and you have to remain an active demonstrator).

Another bonus of signing up is that you also get to enjoy an extra 10% off of your first order placed during the first 45 days. PLUS enjoy the benefits on Stampin’ Start – an incentive programme just for new demonstrators where you earn have the opportunity to earn FREE stamp sets and the chance to be awarded $320 cash – more than enough to pay for your starter kit! Minimum sales are $450 plus GST per quarter (lowered from the last five years), which is the average sales at one workshop. New demonstrator applications must be received by Wednesday May 30th to qualify for the Paper Party - so what are you waiting for?  

Click HERE for more information about becoming a demonstrator.

Even if you don't want to sign up, you can still take advantage of this months Paper Promotion!  Until 30 May, you will get a FREE pack of Designer Series Paper (excluding Speciality Designer Series Paper) which is valued at $22.95, when you buy three!  No limits! Choose from a wide variety of designs and colours available in the Idea Book & Catalogue and Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue.

If you want to sign up, book a workshop, place an order or have any questions, contact me HERE

For those of you who follow my blog - you will know that I have returned to full time employment and yesterday was my first day back in the Airforce (after an 11 year absence).  It went really well and I was being a silly goose, getting all nervous. There are still quite a few familiar faces from when I served the first time, so that made everything easier. I know that I'm going to love it, once I'm back into the the swing of things.  

Have a GREAT day!!

28 May, 2012

Faux Patina Technique

I had two very enjoyable classes recently with my lovely ladies, making two cards using the Faux Petina technique.  It's amazing how different each card looked even though we used the same technique. That's the beauty of hand made cards - each one is as individual as the person making them. 

Supplies used to make this card: 

Stamp Set: En Francais, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive
Ink: Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry, Perfect Plum, Chocolate Chip, Versamark
Accessories: Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon (retired), Gold Embossing Powder, Gold Brad, Linen Thread, 
Tools: Heat Tool, Scallop Edge Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Little Leaves  Sizzlits Die, Sponges. 

I'd be delighted to order any of these supplies for you and I can have them delivered to your address anywhere in New Zealand. I'm committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to offer help and advice. To place your order, just email me here or call me on (09) 416 7476.  

It's my first day in my new (but old) job today. I'll be the new (but old) girl starting back in the Airforce, after 11 years.  I must admit that I'm feeling a tad nervous but am sure I'll be fine once I get the first day over with. 

Have a wonderful week and I'll see you soon.

24 May, 2012

Faux Patina Technique

As promised, here's a sneak peak at what we'll be doing at class tonight (and a repeat class on Sunday at 2pm). We're creating the Faux Patina technique to create a beautiful background for two projects.

According to the Urban Dictionary, Patina is the term that antique collectors and appraisers use to describe rust or age on an old object, to try to increase its value.

Email me HERE if you want to come along, as there are still some spaces available.

23 May, 2012

More Nature Walk

Here's another card we made at my last class that was part of the Natures Walk boxed set. Remember, I told you that I purchased the tutorial from the wonderfully talented Jenny Moors, so this is totally cased from her collection.  There was nothing difficult about this card, but I think there is enough detail to make it interesting and I love the muted Autumn colours. 

Stamp Set: Nature Walk, Curly Cute
Card Stock: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Old Olive
Designer Paper: Botanical (retired)
Early Espresso, Crumb Cake and Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive, Stampin' Markers
Tools: Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, 3.2cm Square Punch (to make flags on message)

Pop back tomorrow and I'll show you a sneak peak at what we're making at my Technique class tomorrow night.  There is still time to come along too, if you're interested. Email me HERE.

I hope you are enjoying your day and creating something fantastic! 

21 May, 2012

Beautiful Butterflies

This was the gorgeous card we made at Jacque's training on Saturday.  We stamped the flower from the Just Believe stamp set onto the butterflies with Versamark then heat embossed it with white embossing powder. It gives the butterflies extra depth and is a great look. We also sponged over the area where the card was embossed with Elegant Bouquet embossing folder. 

You will notice that my message is crooked and my embossing isn't as deep as it should be because I didn't have the correct tab when I ran it through the Big Shot. That's what happens when you are too chatty and not paying attention to what you should be doing. Anyway, it's my sample card so is allowed to be a bit wonky and out of sorts. 

Stamp Set: Loving Thoughts (Autumn Winter mini catalogue), Just Believe
Card Stock: Tangerine Tango, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Designer Paper: Paisley Petals
Ink: Soft Suede,Versamark
Accessories: Soft Suede Taffeta Ribbon, Chantilly Crochet Trim, Basic Pearls, White Embossing Powder 
Tools: Big Shot, Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Sponge, Heal Tool, Embossing Buddy

I haven't had lunch yet and can't ignore the rumbling in my stomach any longer. I hope your Monday is going well! 

20 May, 2012

Happy 70th Birthday

A lovely lady I know, turned 70 years young today!  Happy birthday Joan - I hope you're having a fabulous day and are being spoilt. I know that you had a special luncheon put on for you on Friday which unfortunately I was unable to make, but I'm sure you had a wonderful time with your friends. 

To create this card, I used:

Stamp set: Simply Soft (Hostess set), Petite Pairs
Card Stock: Wisteria Wonder, Concord Crush, Whisper White, 
Ink: Black Staz On, Wisteria Wonder, Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Marker
Accessories: Whisper White Organza Ribbon
Tools: Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Blender Pen, Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, Big Shot. 

Don't forget you can shop any time (even in your PJ's) and order these supplies from me.  Contact me HERE

I'll be back tomorrow to show you a lovely card we made at training yesterday. I hope you can join me :)

17 May, 2012

Nature Walk

This is one of the cards that we're making at my class tonight and then again on Sunday. I've had some last minute cancellations so if you're wanting to come along - I have space available and would love to see you. I purchased the tutorial for this gorgeous set from Jenny Moors, who is an amazing demonstrator from the UK.  Pop along and have a look at her blog - I'm sure you'll be inspired. 

We're making a set of three full size cards (with envelopes) and a coordinated box. Email me HERE if you would like to come along. 

Stamp Set: Nature Walk, Curly Cute
Card Stock: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Designer Paper: Botanical (retired)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Old Olive
Accessories: Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon, Gold Brads
Tools: Paper Piercer

Have a GREAT day! 

15 May, 2012

Another Sympathy Card

This is the second sympathy card I made last week. It's always sad to have to do, but at the same time, it lets the recipient know that you're thinking of them.  

To make this card, I've used the following Stampin' Up! supplies: 

Stamp Set: Just Believe, Curly Cute
Card Stock: Pear Pizzazz, Rose Red
Designer Paper: In Colour Patterns Designer Paper Stack
Ink: Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz and Rose Red Stampin' Markers
Accessories: In Colour Glimmer Brads, Rose Red Seam Binding Ribbon
Tools: Eyelet Border Punch

If you want to order any of these to make your own card, please contact me HERE. I can have your order delivered directly to you, anywhere in New Zealand. 

I think it's actually warmer outside than in, today. I'm sitting here shivering over my computer and am going to have to put another layer of clothing on and make a cuppa to warm up.  I feel the cold a lot more as I get older and am not looking forward to winter one little bit.  

13 May, 2012

Customer Thank You cards

I always like to include a little card with my customer's orders, as a small token of my appreciation. This was the one I made for them this week, which I have cased from Crafting Clare in the UK. These multi coloured cards are surprisingly quick and easy to make, using marker pens. The most important part is to 'huff' on the stamp to moisten the ink before stamping. 

Have you tried tying a ribbon with the seam binding ribbon?  It is without a doubt, the easiest ribbon to work with and my bows always turn out pretty good the very first time. Sometimes they might get a bit wrinkled in the process, but hey - what's a few wrinkles between friends??

Stamp Set: Thoughts and Prayers, Thank You Kindly
Card Stock: Very Vanilla
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Pear Pizzazz and Chocolate Chip Stampin' Markers, Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding Ribbon

You can buy any of these supplies from me and I can have them delivered to your address anywhere in New Zealand.  Contact me here or phone me on (09) 416 7476 to place your order. 

Thanks for dropping by today and I hope you'll pop back again soon :)

11 May, 2012

Sympathy Card

Today I am sharing a sympathy card I made. These are the kind of cards we don't like to have to make, but sometimes they are a needed. I've cased this from Wanda Pettijohn who I found while blog surfing. 

Stamp Set: Thoughts and Prayers, Sincere Salutations
Card Stock: Whisper White, Peach Parfait
Designer Paper: In Colour Designer Paper Stack
Ink: Peach Parfait
Accessories: Basic Pearls, Peach Parfait and Old Olive Stampin' Markers
Tools: Big Shot, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful weekend :) 

09 May, 2012

Stampin' Up! Bordering on Romance

I had another successful on Monday night and the projects were the same as what we did over the weekend.  I posted the first card we made the other day and this is the second one using the same stamp set, Bordering on Romance (from the Autumn Winter mini). I've cased this from Linda Gutierrez who is a demonstrator from the States. 

Stamp Set: Bordering on Romance, Occasional Quotes (Retired)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Ridinghood Red, Basic Black
Ink: Black Staz On, Ridinghood Red, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron
Accessories: Ridinghood Red Pleated Satin Ribbon, Basic Pearls
Tools: Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Blender pen. 

Gosh, we're half way through the week already - time is flying by.  

06 May, 2012

Bordering on Romance

Bordering on Romance was the stamp set we used at my Feminine Card class yesterday. It's new and from the Autumn Winter mini.  We made two cards and this was my favourite one - a little bit time consuming, but the end result was worth it, in my opinion.  I've cased it from Judy May who is a demonstrator from Melbourne in Australia. Pop over to look at her blog HERE to see more of her beautiful work. 

Here's what you'll need to make today's card:

Stamp set: Bordering on Romance, Well Scripted (retired)
Card Stock: Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Ink: Black Staz On, Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Dimensionals
Tools: Big Shot, Adorning Accents Edgelits Dies, Framelits Dies Labels Collection, Finial Press Embossing Folder, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Designer Frames Embossing Folder, Blender Pen, Extra Large Oval Punch. 

Thanks for joining me today. I'll be back again soon for more crafting fun and I hope to see you then. 

04 May, 2012

Petal Cone Takeout Box

While I was playing with my dies and Big Shot recently, I discovered that you can also alter your Petal Cone Bigz Die and trim it down to make a takeout box.  This is the perfect size (not too big and not too small) to fill with goodies. I followed the instructions by Julie Davison (she has many fabulous projects) but there are probably lots of other talented ladies out in blogland who you could get the instructions from.  

And, here's the view from the top. 

To make this project you'll need:

Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Island Indigo
Designer Paper: Twitterpated (Autumn Winter mini catalogue)
Accessories: Big Shot, Petal Cone Bigz Die, Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die, Fun Flowers Bigz Die, Fancy Flower Punch, 5 Petal Punch, Island Indigo Bakers Twine (Autumn Winter mini catalogue), In Colour Glimmer Brad. 

I'd be delighted to order any of these items for you and can have them delivered to your address anywhere in New Zealand. I'm committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to offer help and advice.  To place your order, just email me here or call me on             (09) 416 7476      

I've got a class planned for tomorrow afternoon with a group of lovely ladies, who I'm looking forward to catching up with.  What is your weekend shaping up to be like?  Whatever you do, I hope you have a goodie!  Catch you again soon x

02 May, 2012

Big Shot Projects

I had so much fun at my Big Shot classes, I held recently.  It was great to be able to show the ladies a few different ways of using their dies. 

We made an extended Pillow Box which is the perfect size for a chocolate bar.  For the large butterfly, I finally cut into my sumptuous Mocha Morning Speciality paper.  This speciality paper pack is really lovely and this particular piece is flocked. Others in the pack have metallic ink and they're all very yummy and luxurious looking. 

Here's what you need to make this project:

Stamp set: Perfect Punches
Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Basic Black
Designer Paper: Mocha Morning Speciality Paper, Neutrals Paper Pack
Ink: Crumb Cake
Accessories: Pillow Box Die, Big Shot, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, Lots of Tags Sizzlits Die set, Extra Large Oval Punch, Basic Pearls, Dimensionals. 

We also extended the Scallop Envelope die which in the new size, will fit a gift card inside. Here's the extended version with a belly band around it using the new Twitterpated designer paper. 

What you need to make the extended Scallop Envelope: 

Card Stock: Baja Breeze, Island Indigo, Ridinghood Red, Blushing Bride
Designer Paper: Twitterpated (Autumn Winter mini catalogue)
Accessories: Scallop Envelope Die, Big Shot, 5 Petal Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Designer Printed Brads, Dimensionals. 

For the last project {which is my favourite}, we made a cute little mini album with the Petite Pockets die which I've blogged before.  Click HERE for another look

Happy hump day everyone!

01 May, 2012

The New Stampin' Up! Starter Kit

Wow - exciting news today peeps!!  

How would you like to choose $285 worth of Stampin' Up! goodies for only $189...plus FREE shipping?  And, how would you like to receive a FREE pack of Designer Paper every month until the end of the year?  
That's what you'll get if you join Stampin' Up! this month!  Joining Stampin' Up! has never looked more appealing.
The Starter Kit is now completely customisable..... which means you can choose any mixture of products from any current catalogue - $285 worth - and you'll pay only $189.  Plus, receive the business kit (valued at $90) for FREE!

As an example, you could order a Big Shot and $105 worth of dies for $189. 
What are you waiting for?  You can contact me HERE to sign up today!
After that, I'll be there to help you every step of the way, whether you wish to buy products at a discount, pay for your hobby, or earn some extra income.

You can find some frequently asked questions HERE.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!