25 December, 2013

A Very Merry Christmas!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a relaxing New Year break. I'd just like to thank you all for your support throughout the year. I hope that after the hustle and bustle of Christmas, you find the time to relax and de-stress. 

Just thought that I'd share the beautiful Christmas card I received from Sally. Coincidentally I was going to make the exact same card for her. Great minds think alike... It's a case from the Holiday catalogue on page 38. I actually prefer the piece of designer paper that Sally's used rather than the one featured. Thanks Sally - I love it!

Stamp set: Warmth and Wonder (hostess set from Holiday catalogue)
Card: Whisper White
Designer Paper: Winter Frost DSP (Holiday catalogue)
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Basic Grey
Accessories: Basic Pearls, Paper Piercing kit, Whisper White Bakers Twine

I'll be back in the New Year with more ideas and projects to keep you inspired. Until then, have a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones! 

22 December, 2013

Stampin' Up! Warmth and Wonder

I loved this card as soon as I saw it on Delys Cram's blog and decided that I would be casing this little beauty. It was quick to make, so I made quite a few, in minimal time. I've used Gumball Green and Cherry Cobbler whereas I'm a little unsure of what colours Delys has used - I'm thinking Real Red but am stumped by the greeny grey colour? Pop along to Delys' blog HERE and tell me what you think? Then, have a little scroll down and look at her fabulous projects...

Stamp set: Christmas Messages, Warmth and Wonder (hostess set)
Card: Whisper White, Gumball Green
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details, 
Tools: Big Shot, Pretty Prints EF

I've almost finished wrapping and packing so am feeling a little more in control with Christmas only 3 days away. Bridgette (DD17) and I are heading down to Palmerston North via Ohakea, to pick up Brett later this afternoon. My other daughter Nicole, flies down to join us tomorrow evening. I think it will begin to feel like Christmas once we're on the road because so far, it's been a little too crazy busy to enjoy the build up. What about you? Are you all ready and prepped?

Enjoy your Sunday everyone! 

20 December, 2013

Gift Certificate Wallet

This was a last minute gift card wallet that I made Nicole for her birthday. It was quick, easy and fun to make.  I got the instructions to make it from Marelle Taylor - check it out HERE.

Stamp set: Flowering Flourishes
Card: Very Vanilla, Elegant Eggplant
Ink: Gumball Green, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon, Rhinestones
Tools: Scallop Trim Border Punch

I hope your week is wrapping up nicely. Today is the last day of work for me for two weeks (yay!). With the holiday season 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!  I've finished my shopping but am yet to finish my Christmas cards. I also have to wrap and pack as we're heading down to Palmerston North on Sunday where we'll be spending Christmas and New Year with Brett (my fiance) and my family. My daughters will be with us for Christmas too which I'm very grateful for. 

See you back here in a few days to see some more Christmas goodies.

17 December, 2013

Happiest Birthday Wishes to Nicole!

Today, my oldest daughter is turning 20 years old. Goodness knows where that time has gone (and yes, I know that I say that every year!). While I am so proud of the young lady she has become, I miss the child that she was. As a mother of two beautiful daughters, I often reflect on how fast they are growing up. Nicole has grown up to be a caring and kind young woman and is mature beyond her years. She knows where she's going and how she's going to get there. She'll do well in life and she deserves to, because she is a very hard worker, personable, organised and focused. She has been a joy to raise and I am so very grateful for her, every day of my life! I love my beautiful, green-eyed girl!

Purple is Nicole's favourite colour. I can't believe that I thought it was blue until very recently {embarrassed}. 

This card idea was one I saw on Pinterest months ago, so I do apologise as I don't know where the inspiration comes from. If you know, please feel free to comment so I can share the credit  :-) 

And, here's what it looks like on the inside. The photos aren't very good and it doesn't show up well, but the "20" is a pop up on a strip of window sheet and has been die cut in silver glimmer paper. 

Stamp set: Tape It, Lots of Dots Jumbo Wheel (retired), Happiest Birthday Wishes (retired), Occasional Quotes (retired)
Card: Whisper White, Silver Glimmer paper, Lovely Lilac (retired)
Designer Paper: Modern Medley
Ink: Black Stazon, Lovely Lilac (retired)
Accessories: Whisper White Bakers Twine, Neutrals Designer Button, Window Sheet
Tools: Large Star Punch (retired), Small Star Punch (retired) 

Have yourself a great day! We're off to movies and dinner tonight, so I'm looking forward to that. 

16 December, 2013

Christmas came early....

Christmas came early for many of us on Saturday. Our fabulous upline, Jacque (my upline's upline) hosted the annual Christmas team breakfast. She totally spoilt us and gave us these amazing goodie boxes. They are such a cool idea and I love it! Thank you so much Jacque - I can't imagine how much time and effort went into making these gorgeous gifts for us. 

Come and take a look...

There's bath salts, a notebook, a selection of handmade cards and envelopes, tags, ribbon, rhinestones and a decorated pen, all beautifully presented in a gorgeous box. 

Included in the box was a six month challenge. This is such a great idea! For example, Decembers challenge is to pamper yourself with a relaxing bath using the bath salts. Easy you may say - but for me that is quite a challenge considering I've only had two baths in the 12 years I've lived in this house... (I can imagine your incredulous looks as you read this, lol). Anyway, there is a different challenge for each month, but I won't ruin the surprise and will keep you posted once I've achieved them. 

Have a wonderful day and I'll see you back here tomorrow when you can see my daughter's birthday card I've made her. 

15 December, 2013

Stampin Up! Joyful Christmas

This was the second project that we made at at class the other night. Other than the cutting out of the Poinsettia and leaves, this was quite a quick card and is a bit of a Wow in real life. I've cased this from Tami White who is a demo from the States. Check out her blog here - she has some lovely work. 

Stamp set: Joyful Christmas
Card: Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, White Vellum 
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Versamark
Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder, Antique Brads
Tools: Big Shot, Pretty Prints EF, Apothecary Accents Framelits

To place an order at any time for any of these items, please email me at debbie.l@orcon.net.nz :) 

I hope you like today’s card. I'll be back soon with another pretty project and until then, happy stamping! 

12 December, 2013

Stampin' Up! O Holy Night

This was one of the cute Christmas cards we made in class last night. I've cased it from the lovely Leonie Schroder - a demonstrator from Australia. Check out her blog HERE

How are your Christmas preparations coming along? To be honest, I've not even started to think about Christmas just yet - other than the few Christmas card classes I've been holding, that's about it. I've got my daughter's birthday on the 17 Dec, so am busy trying to sort things out for that. I can already see it's going to be lifestyles of the frantic and frazzled...

Have a great week everyone and I'll see you back here soon featuring the other creations we made last night. 

11 December, 2013

Stampin Up! Joyful Christmas

This is one of the cards I've made to give to friends for Christmas. It's a case from the very talented Amy O'Neill. 

Stamp set: Joyful Christmas
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi
Card: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake 
Designer Paper: Season of Style Paper Stack
Accessories: Neutrals Designer Button, Linen Thread

Have you checked out the Clearance Rack Blitz? There's up to 80% off retired items and only while stocks last. The Clearance Rack sale is not a promotion and will be ongoing. Items will be removed and new items will be posted depending on inventory levels. All products in the Clearance Rack section are retired, discontinued items. No current products will be sold in the Clearance Rack. There is no set time for availability. Check it out HERE!

10 December, 2013

Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack Blitz!

Everyone loves a good deal; and what better deal could there be than Stampin’ Up! products at up to 80% off? Items are only available while supplies last.  See what’s on sale HERE.

Email me HERE to place your order. 

08 December, 2013

Clearance Rack Blitz!


A new Clearance Rack Blitz begins on Tuesday 10 December. Retired products will have up to 80% off— but are only available while supplies last.   

Come back here to my blog to see the list of products that will be available. 

I hope you're enjoying the weekend!

05 December, 2013

We love Valentine’s Day! And why wouldn’t we? It’s a chance for us to say “I love you.” And it doesn’t just have to be about romantic love. This holiday is a time to share the love with anyone and everyone. We’re here to help you prepare with the A Whole Lot of Love products.

Dates: Available now until 27 January or while supplies last.

These are exclusive products that will not be available after the promotion. No limits on this promotion.

Item Description Price
 131850 Love You More Stamp Set (Wood) $45.95
 131853 Love You More Stamp Set (Clear) $36.95
 134611 Follow My Heart Stamp Set (Wood) $33.95
 134614 Follow My Heart Stamp Set (Clear) $26.95
 134617 Flowerfull Heart Stamp (Wood) $20.95

 Item Description Price Includes
 134610 Sweetheart Treat Bags $10.95 12 heart sacks, 12 die-cut labels, 12 pre-cut pieces of  Pool Party Baker’s Twine
 132162 Monster Hugs Boy $11.95 18 boy monsters, 18 googly eyes, 18 adhesive hearts
 132163 Monster Hugs Girl $11.95 18 girl monsters, 18 googly eyes, 18 adhesive hearts
 134609 Sweet Sayings Cards and Envelopes $11.95 12 printed card bases, 12 envelopes (four Real Red, four Pool Party, four Crisp Cantaloupe)

Click HERE to download the flyer

Love you More stamp set #131853 clear mount $36.95

Follow my Heart Stamp Set #134164 $26.96 

03 December, 2013

Stampin' Up! Best of Love

The Best of 25 Years Stamp Set for December is: Best of  Love! 

  • All Best of stamp sets will include 3-5 images, including a never-before seen image, and will be priced at $31.95
  • All Best of stamp sets are available in Clear-Mount only.
  • The stamp images may be sized differently from the original stamp sets.
  • All sets once released are available to purchase until April 30 2014 (or whilst stocks last). 
Email me HERE to order this lovely stamp set. 

Sorry, you've been neglected lately - I've been away and it's also the silly season at work. I will endeavour to blog something that I've made during the week but until then, have a good one and I'll see you back here soon!