27 December, 2012

Poppies Galore

One of the teachers who I had the privilege to work with when I was at Marina View School, had her last day there on the 17 December and is now, officially retired. Shirley spent more than 1/3 of her life at Marina View and will be greatly missed. She was also both my daughters' New Entrant teacher, so it was quite a nostalgic time for many of us on her last day. 

This is the card that I made Shirley which I cased from Michael Funke.  You can check out his fabulous blog HERE. Unfortunately, I didn't read his 'how to' instructions before I tackled it and think that it would have come out a lot better, if I had done so.  The colours here look very dull compared to his vibrant ones. It may also have something to do with my photography skills, or lack of.  Oh well, live and learn... 

Stamp Set: Pleasant Poppies, Teeny Tiny Sentiments, En Francais
Card Stock: Tangerine Tango, Whisper White
Ink: Black Staz On, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Gumbo Green and Melon Mambo Stampin' Markers.
Accessories: Blender Pen, 1" Square Punch (to cut the flag for the message).

I'm writing this from Palmerston North which is where we've been since Saturday. We had a lovely Christmas with my family and have caught up with wonderful friends who I've known since high school and my early days in the Airforce. Today I'm starting a wee adventure and travelling around the South Island with my new darling, who I've been seeing for the last few months.  His name is Brett and he's really lovely {swoon}. We're catching up with Brett's family in Blenheim and then some friends enroute to Christchurch, which I'm really looking forward to. Whatever you've been doing - I hope you've had a wonderful festive time catching up with family and friends. 

See you back here soon!

23 December, 2012

Snowflake Soiree

With the holiday's closing in on us so quickly and the day to day grind SO busy I'm mindful of keeping that FESTIVE spirit. I think we can all admit at times this can be difficult. In today's busy world it's hard to fit everything in a 24 hour period! Therefore, I would like to share with you, the fact that I am quite proud of myself this year because I was organised enough to send out some Christmas cards, to actually arrive before Christmas - in amongst all the craziness! Usually I am very late and they arrive in time for New Years, or they don't arrive at all... {yes, I have been guilty of that}.

This was one type of card that I sent out - and it's my favourite. It's a case from our Impressions magazine which is our free mag we get bi-monthly, chock full of awesome ideas. Just another great reason to be a demo. 

Stamp Set: Snowflake Soiree
Card Stock: Soft Suede, Naturals White
Ink: Soft Suede
Accessories:  Champagne Glimmer Paper, Silver Glimmer Paper, Gold Brad
Tools: Big Shot, Snow Flurry Bigz Die, Northern Flurry Folder

I'm off to make dinner now and as much as I'd love to chill for the evening, I've too much to do. I'm behind in my Christmas "to do" list and will be starting my gift wrapping this evening. I don't think I'll finish them tonight, but at least I would have made a start. How are your Christmas preparations coming along? 

21 December, 2012

Clearance Rack Blitz - Week 2

Never before have we had a "Clearance Rack Sale" in New Zealand! This sale is where products that have been retired are available again at heavily reduced prices, strictly while stocks last.

I will be placing an order tonight, to maximise the chances of getting the products I want, so have a quick look through the list and get back to me ASAP with your must-haves!  (Perhaps you can consider it an early Christmas present for yourself)?

Here's the link to the PDF for this weeks products. 

20 December, 2012

Just Believe Birthday Card

I've cased this card from the very talented Sharon de Vos and really love the outcome. It was from a swap Sharon made some time ago - at the beginning of this year, if my memory serves me correctly.  Don't you love Soft suede and Marina Mist together! 

This card was made for a lovely lady who is celebrating her birthday today. Many happy returns Keryn - I hope you have a wonderful birthday. 

Stamp Set: Just Believe, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Marina Mist, Soft Suede
Ink: Soft Suede, Marina Mist
Designer Paper: Beau Chateau (retired)
Accessories: Baja Breeze and Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon, Rhinestone Brad, Vintage Trinkets
Tools: Big Shot, Jewellery Tag, Fun Flowers Bigz Die, Sponge, 3/4" Circle Punch

One day left at work until I'm on leave - woo hoo!! I'm more than a little excited!

17 December, 2012

Happy Birthday Nicole

My baby is growing up! My oldest daughter Nicole turns 19 years old today and I thought I might have needed some "virtual" hugs to get me through the day - but that hasn't been the case.  I'm sure that I say it every year, but I really don't know where that time has gone. It feels like yesterday, that she was just a baby in my arms. She has grown into a beautiful, kind and considerate young lady, who we are all very proud of. Wishing you all the very best for a wonderful birthday and an amazing year ahead Nicole. Big hugs and lots of love to you!

I made a Pop Up Birthday Cake card this year.  I got the tutorial from Lisa Young who is a demo in the States.  She has some great tutorials on her blog if you want to pop over to have a look. 

I'm not that happy with the front of the card, but I couldn't think of anything else to do and as usual, time was of the essence. And, it wasn't until I finished that I realised I've used identical colours as Nicole's 18th birthday card. Oh well, I didn't hear any complaints from DD19. 

And, here's the inside:

Stamp set: Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Bring on the Cake
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Pool Party, 
Designer Paper: Comfort Cafe
Ink: Pool Party, Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse, Cajun Craze, Black Staz On
Accessories: Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon, Silver Glimmer Paper, Blender Pen. 

I'm feeling a bit worn out and very tired. How are you all faring? I can't wait until after work on Friday, when I start my leave. I'm only off work for two weeks, but am really looking forward to the break. That's the thing I miss the most about my previous job, (other than the people, of course) is the 12 weeks holiday a year.  Now I get 25 days annual leave which is a considerable difference. This will be the longest break I've had since starting, over 6 months ago, so it's no wonder I feel a bit jaded.

I hope to see you back here real soon!

14 December, 2012

Christmas Clearance Blitz - Week 1 Starts Today!!

Stampin' Up! are  temporarily taking hundreds of products out of retirement with discounts up to 70% off the retail price, but only while supplies last!  

The items on sale all come from our last years Idea Book & Catalogue - if you don't have  a copy click HERE to view an online one. You need to take advantage of this sale by the last day of each sale, in each period. For example, week 1 is available until next Thursday 20 December or while stocks last. 

We have four different groups of products on sale between 14 December - 21 January.  These are the sale periods:
If you didn't buy any of these items during how Catalogue retirement sale and would like to purchase them, now is the time to get them. The Clearance Rack Blitz items are only available while supplies last for each time period they’re on sale—so don’t wait! Sorry, there are no refunds or exchanges on Clearance Rack items.

You can email me HERE if you would like to order any of these products. 

11 December, 2012

Christmas Owl

Hello all! This was a card that I'd been wanting to make for a while. I finally found some time amongst the Christmas chaos and here it is.  I'm not sure who I cased it from as I'd taken a photo of it at the Stampin' Up! Heartfelt event a few months back. If it was you, thanks so much for sharing - I really enjoyed making it! 

Stamp Set: Owl Occasions
Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Naturals Designer Buttons, Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine, Silver Glimmer Paper
Tools: Big Shot, Tasteful Trim Bigz Die, Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Stamp-a-ma-jig

I hope your day is full of sunshine and smiles!

09 December, 2012

Clearance Rack Blitz

Stampin' Up! are temporarily taking hundreds of products out of retirement with discounts up to 70% off retail–only while supplies last! There will be four different groups of products on sale between 14 December – 21 January. 

Here are the FOUR sale periods:

14-20 December
21 December-3 January
4-10 January
11-21 January

So make sure you check back this Friday 14 December, to see what’s on sale and when!  

Keep in mind that this type of sale is just something Stampin' Up! is trying out and not necessarily something we'll do again in the future. Take advantage of these amazing bargains on previously retired products while they're here!

02 December, 2012

Getting Krafty!!

Happy Sunday to you! This was the other project we made at class last week. We decorated a Kraft Gift box. It was so easy but an adorable outcome don't you think?  I cased the idea from the amazingly talented Kristine McNickle and you can pop over to her blog HERE to see the wonderful projects she makes. The ribbon on top of the box is featured on the front of the Annual Catalogue and also on page 143. They're so quick and easy to make. 

These boxes are the perfect size for filling with goodies without costing an arm and a leg! And, they are phenomenal value at $5.95 for four. 

Stamp Set: Snowflake Soiree
Card Stock: Whisper White, Bashful Blue
Ink: Pacific Point, Bashful Blue, Soft Suede, Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Stampin' Pad
Designer Paper: Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack
Accessories: Kraft Gift Box, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

I hope your weekend is wrapping up nicely... I'll see you back here soon!

01 December, 2012

New Stampin' Trimmer!

We've been waiting for this beauty to arrive and now it's AVAILABLE!  This is very exciting!  This new Trimmer is spectacular!!  Check out all the great specs here.

Features of the All-New Stampin' Trimmer Item number: 129722 $59.95 
  • An extra-wide 6-1/4" cutting base and an extended 14-1/2" ruler.
  • The extra-wide cutting base provides a large work area and is marked in 1/4" (4 mm) increments, allowing for small measurements. 
  • The right-side grid helps you measure and cut very thin strips. 
  • The extended cutting arm has a stabilizing leg to provide a sturdy and steady cutting surface for longer cuts. 
  • When fully extended, the extended cutting arm sits flush with the trimmer base, providing more accurate and consistent measurements across the entire surface. 
  • The cutting base and track include a full ruler, incorporating measurements down to 1/16" and grid lines that mark each quarter inch. 
  • All rulers and measurements on the base are printed under a plastic cover so your measurements won't wear off.
  • The track gives you enough space to cut or score a full 12" (30.5 cm) without having to remove or switch out handles and you don't have to take the cutting and scoring blades out when you're not using them. 
  • The cutting track locks in place for secure storage or transport. 
  • The track includes an insertion point for cutting and scoring blade handles so you can easily insert handles into the cutting track.
  • The precision tip on the cutting blade allows you to pinpoint precisely where you're cutting.
  • The point on the side of each handle shows you where the blade will cut, making it easy to see exactly where your cuts and scores will begin.
  • Storage compartment under the base which holds scoring and cutting tools.
  • And lots more features as well!
Ready to have your own?  Email me HERE to purchase one today!

Well, I'm off for now. I've been water blasting and doing lots of necessary, but horrible jobs and I have a million other things to do as well! I shouldn't even be blogging!!! I really need more hours in my day :-) Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you again soon.