30 August, 2013

Faux Silk Technique

This was the second card we made at my Faux Silk class earlier in the month. So pretty and feminine and cased (again) from Sally Williams. 

Stamps: Field Flowers
Card: Pool Party, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Ink: Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive
Accessories: White Bakers Twine, Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Tissue Paper
Tools: Big Shot, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Postage Stamp Punch, 1" Square Punch

By the time you read this, I will be on my way home from Apia and Tonga where I've spent the last five days. With the wonderful technology we have, I've been able to schedule this post (and the last few) ahead of time. 

I hope you've had a great week and I'll be back on board - in real time, in the next few days. 

28 August, 2013


I spied this little beauty some time ago in blog land and saved it to my CASE file. I finally got around to making it over the weekend and love the result. This will be one of the cards we'll be making at my Swallowtail class next month. Scroll down the page and see my classes on the left side of my blog. Email me to book your space, if you want to join in. 

Stamp: Swallowtail, Simply Sketched (hostess set)
Card: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana
Ink: Island Indigo, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding
Accessories: Island Indigo Bakers Twine

I hope you like today's quick card and I'll see you again soon! :-)

Thanks for the badge from NZSU Callena! 

26 August, 2013

Stampin' Up! Chalk Talk

This is a quick and easy card that I cased from the talented Kimberly Diepen, from the USA. I love her creations and she always manages to make me smile with what she writes in her posts. 

Stamps: Chalk Talk, Gingham Standard Wheel
Card: Whisper White, Basic Black, Primrose Petals 
Ink: Primrose Petals, Silver Metallic Encore Pad (new product coming soon!)
Designer Paper: Modern Medley
Accessories: Paper Doily
Tools: Big Shot, Chalk Talk Framelits, 1 3/8" Circle Punch

I hope you had as much fun as I did this weekend! I met up with the ladies on Saturday and we were heads down crafting for the afternoon. I even managed to make three cards during this time, amongst all the laughter and story telling. It was a lovely way to spend the afternoon and I thoroughly recommend it! 

I'll be back soon to share more creative goodness. Until then, have a fabulous week! :-)

24 August, 2013

Stampin' Up! The Open Sea

This was the masculine card we made at the last class I held. Sometimes all you need is a great image (or two), and a quick and easy technique to create a classy card. I can't claim credit for this one though. I cased it from the lovely Sally Williams. You can't see it in the photo, but I've used the technique Faux Silk. The talented Julie Davison has an awesome tutorial on how to do this. Check out Julie's blog here

Stamp set: The Open Sea, On Your Birthday (retired)
Card: Whisper White, Cajun Craze, Night of Navy
Ink: Cajun Craze, Night of Navy, Soft Suede
Accessories: Tissue Paper, Two Way Glue Pen

I've got a play date this afternoon, which I'm really looking forward to. We're going to be playing with new goodies from the Seasonal mini catalogue. Such fun! Be sure to pop back soon so I can show you what I've made. Have a wonderful weekend!

19 August, 2013

Oh, Hello Thank You Card

I made this cute little thank you card and thought it would make a perfect addition to my customer's orders this month. I've used the flower from the Oh Hello set and have coloured it using Stampin' Markers.  I've also used the gorgeous Delicate Designs embossing folder for the first time. It certainly won't be the last time I'll be using it - I think it makes a lovely addition. And, isn't the font for the message very elegant. This comes from the Blooming with Kindness set. 

Stamp set: Oh Hello, Blooming with Kindness
Card: Whisper White, Raspberry Ripple
Ink: Gumball Green, Raspberry Ripple
Accessories: Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon
Tools: Big Shot, Delicate Designs EF

I've had a very busy week just gone, and have been back and forth to Honiara a few times and a few other islands in the Pacific as well. It's been hectic but enjoyable! I also have Brett staying for a few days before he takes off to the States for 3½ weeks on a motorbike tour with some mates. They're travelling from Washington to Los Angeles and will be going through Death Valley and Route 66. I just hope the temperature drops a bit by the time they get there because Death Valley has been as high as 43° at times. You can just imagine how excited he is and how frazzled he might get!

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon. 

12 August, 2013

Make a Statement Digital Tour 2013

Saturday 7 September My Digital Studio Tour -The full programme is included in the event fee!!  Learn how My Digital Studio can fit in with your life and your style to help you become your own digital designer—creating cards, invitations, photo books, party décor, recipe books, home décor, calendars and more! Being creative couldn't be easier!
For only  $45, discover a range of inspirational projects, ideas and techniques through project displays and engaging presentations. Just bring your laptop and digital images and follow along in our classes to create your own designer photo book—capturing your own cherished memories! You'll go home with several complete pages—which you can then print, e-mail or upload to the Internet. 
Classes are designed for beginners, to provide you with a basic understanding of My Digital Studio software. A laptop isn't essential but is preferable. 
Please email me to register.

10 August, 2013

Lovely as a Tree

It was my mother's partner's birthday last Saturday and this is the card I made. Nothing too difficult. I've used an old favourite set - Lovely as a Tree. This set is perfect for the mere males in your lives. 

Stamp Set: Lovely as a Tree, En Francais, French Foliage, On Your Birthday (retired)
Card Stock: Early Espresso, More Mustard, Watercolour Paper
Ink: Early Espresso, Old Olive
Accessories: Jumbo Eyelet (retired)
Tools: Crop-a-Dile (retired), Distress Tool, Aqua Pen, Word Window Punch

We went out to dinner to celebrate Barry's birthday and had lots of laughs. We always enjoy ourselves when we get together and it made me realise how much I miss my family. I really should make the effort to visit more often. Of course, there's an added bonus of having my special friend Brett, who lives down that way too. We've been seeing each other for almost a year now and, what a wonderful whirlwind time it's been!

Have a happy weekend everyone and I hope to see you back here soon. 

Thanks so much Callena (from NZSU) for choosing this card as Pic of the Week. It was a lovely surprise to arrive home to :-)

07 August, 2013

Banner Greetings

This was the gorgeous swap that I received from my lovely upline Karen at our last team training. I say team training, which sounds like hard work, but they are really fun play days for us demonstrators. They also give us a turn to be on the other side of the table, which makes a nice change. 

Stamp set: Banner Greetings (hostess set)
Card: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry
Designer Paper: Eastern Elegance 
Ink: Coastal Cabana
Accessories: Island Indigo Bakers Twine
Tools: Big Shot, Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder

I hope you like today's card. Isn't the designer paper gorgeous!? You can stock up this month on designer paper - see the latest promo from SU! HERE

Have a wonderful day and I'll see you back here soon!

05 August, 2013

Buy 3 Get 1 FREE Offer!

Offer Dates: 1-31 August, 2013
Details: Buy three packs of select Designer Series Paper and get one for FREE!
The Fine Print:
These items don’t qualify for the offer:
    • Designer Series Paper Stacks
    • Specialty Designer Series Paper
    • Designer Series Paper from the Holiday Catalogue
    • Designer Series Paper ordered through hostess benefits
    • Check out our Designer Series Papers in the annual catalogue pages 151, 153, and 154.
Email me to place your order!

03 August, 2013

Best of Shelli Stamp Set just released!

This is your chance to get the best of Shelli's Favourite collections in one set! Clear Mount only and while supplies last $31.95 
Click HERE to view the flyer with all the details. 
Love that flourish!

02 August, 2013

Hello Lovely

Yes, I'm talking to you.... I love the name of this stamp set? I don't own this one yet, but it's definitely on my wish list- which incidentally, is getting longer by the day.  It doesn't help when you see so many amazing creations made by clever peeps out there. This little cutie was made by Ria Kaire a lovely and talented demo up in Whangarei. 

Stamp set: Label Love, Gorgeous Grunge, Hello Lovely, Simply Stars
Card: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Crisp Cantaloupe
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Strawberry Slush, Crushed Curry
Accessories: Rhinestones
Tools: Big Shot, Bitty Banners Framelits, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Square Lattice EF, Artisan Label Punch

I'm heading off to Palmerston North in a few hours to catch up with friends and family which should be loads of fun! Unfortunately, the weather doesn't look like it's going to be that great, so I hope it's not too long a drive down the line. 

Have a fabulous weekend everyone and I'll see you back here soon!

01 August, 2013

Make a Cake Party Favour

Happy 1st of August everyone.  July is done and dusted and I can't believe how fast this year is going!

This was the adorable swap that I received from my talented downline Vanita, at the last team training event. Another cute idea for party favours. 

Stamp Set: Make a Cake
Card: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Silver Glimmer Paper
Designer Paper: Polka Dot Parade  
Ink: Strawberry Slush, Midnight Muse
Accessories: Washi Tape
Tools: 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 2 3/8 Scallop Circle Punch, Square Punch, Small Heart Punch, Simply Scored

That’s it from me for today – I hope to be back again real soon.  Happy stamping everyone!