22 December, 2014

Graduation Day

It was a very busy day for us on Wednesday 17 December as my daughter turned 21 years old and she also graduated from AUT. She received a Communications Degree with a major in Digital Media and a minor in Creative Advertising. The weather did not play the part for us and there was torrential rain for most of the day. Fortunately, this didn't dampen our mood or enthusiasm as we watched Nicole walk across the stage and receive her degree. We're very proud of her as she's worked hard these last three years and achieved awesome results. 

This is the card that I made:

I love that little owl and don't use the punch as often as I should..

Stamp: Well Scripted (retired)
Card: Whisper White, Basic Black, Slate Grey, So Saffron, Coastal Cabana
Ink: Coastal Cabana
Tools: Owl Builder Punch, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots EF, Chevron EF, Piercing Tool and Mat 
Accessories: Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon, Whisper White Bakers Twine, Mini Brad, 

We've had a busy time of it lately but it's been lots of fun - I love organising parties and celebrations and have enjoyed every minute of Nicole's birthday and graduation. Now that they're over with, we're now able to concentrate on Christmas. We're all going to be down in Palmerston North to be with family. I arrived down on Saturday, Bridgette and Kyla flew down the day before and Nicole arrives on Wednesday. I love the fact that my daughters are spending another Christmas with us. I know the time will eventually come when they'll be with their own families, partners or friends, but for the time being I'm very grateful for time we have together. 

Have a great week everyone and enjoy the countdown until the big guy arrives :-)

17 December, 2014

Happy 21st Birthday Nicole

Nicole (my eldest darling daughter) turns 21 years young today! Woohoo! We had a lovely celebration on Saturday night with friends and family and partied until the wee small hours - some more than others ;-) I think I'm still recovering from the late night because have felt quite jaded the last few days.  There hasn't been any time to relax though because Nicole graduates with a Communications degree today as well. 

I've made a graduation card, but that will have to wait for another day - for now, here's her 21st birthday card. It's a total case from Crafting Clare and I couldn't wait to make it. I loved it as soon as I saw it, which was over two years ago. You can imagine my excitement when I found it again. It's simple but very elegant, don't you agree? 

A lot of the products that are used on the card have retired, including the cute little key which was from a pack of charms available back in 2012. 

I love the idea of the key unlocking the door into the adult world even though it's quite outdated here in New Zealand and a lot of other Western countries. 

Stamp: Memorable Moments
Ink: Black Staz On
Card: Whisper White, Real Red
Tools: Big Shot, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Sizzlits Die (retired), Elegant Bouquet EF (retired)
Accessories: Bakers Twine, Basic Pearls

I hope you have a wonderful birthday Nicole - and that your day is filled with friends, family, love and laughter. You deserve it! xxx

05 December, 2014

Year-End Closeouts!

RUN to the online store to grab these FABULOUS end of year deals!  Up to 80% off, including items from the Holiday Catalogue!!  Look at all these great prices:

Items are only available WHILE STOCKS LAST so get in quick!


26 November, 2014

Weekly Deals 26 Nov - 2 Dec

Check out this weeks Weekly Deals - available until Tuesday 2 December:

Email me to place your order or visit my online store which is open 24/7.

21 November, 2014

Extra Special Christmas Supplement

I didn't realise that I hadn't told you about the extra special Christmas supplement that was released a few weeks ago. Click HERE to download the supplement which is 12 pages of exclusive Christmas themed products and projects. Products are available until stocks last, so you better be quick!!

19 November, 2014

Weekly Deals 19 - 25 November

New discounts started today and run through to Tuesday 25 November. Products shown below for this week's Weekly Deals.  

Email me to place your order or shop anytime at my online store.

28 October, 2014

Pick a Pack of Paper promotion

How would you like FREE Designer Series Paper (DSP) for 6 Months?

Here's your chance to receive 6 FREE packs of DSP for becoming a 
member of Stampin' Up!  There are so many great benefits to joining, 
you can check them out HERE.

Read the fine print:

One FREE pack of DSP, every six months.
Redeemable beginning November 2014 and ending April 2015.
Demonstrators must remain active during the incentive period to be 
eligible for the free items.
Paper is limited to non specialty paper only (no specialty or paper 
This promotion only has a few days left - until 31st October.
You can sign up and join my team any time 24/7 by clicking HERE

15 October, 2014

Weekly Deals 15-21 Oct

Don't forget to check out the weekly specials. Here they are for this week - available until Tue 21 Oct:

My Shop is open 24/7 so you can buy Stampin' Up supplies any time, day or night.  

Have a great week everyone!

09 October, 2014

Weekly Specials until 14 Oct

Here are this weeks Weekly Deals available until Tuesday 14 October.

My Shop is open 24/7 so you can buy Stampin' Up supplies any time, day or night.  If you have any queries, or prefer to speak to me, please contact me by email or phone on 021 260 6680.

03 October, 2014

Stamp, Stock and Save!!

You know what's better than stocking up on new products? Stocking up on new products AND saving 15% on your favourite items!!  To help commemorate World Cardmaking Day this Saturday, Stampin' Up! is offering 15% off many stamping essentials (all A4 cardstock, all classic inks, envelopes, and more!) and 20% off five stamp sets.  Be sure and check this out below!  But please order online or email me quickly - this is only on offer until this Monday!!  

01 October, 2014

Flower Patch Card

This was the second card we made at class last night and a few weekends ago. I've cased it from our Impressions Magazine which is a bi-monthly mag sent out to us demonstrators. It's another wonderful tool to help us in our business. The technique used to create this card is masking. The photo looks a bit patchy but trust me, it's a whole lot better in real life. 

Stamp setFlower Patch, Something to Say
Card: Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Brights Paper Pack
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay
Accessories: Basic Jewels, White Bakers Twine

Happy hump day everyone! And, for those of you on a break with the school holidays - I hope you're having fun :-) 

27 September, 2014

2014 Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop

Welcome to the ESAD 2014 Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop!  Whether you started with my post or you arrived here from the very talented and ever amazing Andrea Buckland, make sure you continue by clicking on the link in each blog and you will enjoy a fabulous round of 19 projects. 

“What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and is a Facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrators.

We love what we do and love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas and friendship and we're always there to help and support each other.

So if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I'll contact you with information on how to join our group.”

Now onto my projects :-)

I've used Festival of Trees for the cards shown and I love this set because of its versatility. It features 5 Christmas Trees that can be decorated different ways and there is also 3 messages. Come and have a look....

In the card above I've used some foil embossed paper from the lovely All is Calm Designer Series Paper (DSP) which you'll find on page 22 of the Holiday catalogue. The Christmas trees are stamped in Perfect Plum and the message is stamped in Blackberry Bliss although that's quite hard to see in the photo. 

On this card, I've used some other pieces from the All is Calm DSP in Lost Lagoon, Soft Sky and Pear Pizzazz which I think go beautifully together.

Stamp set: Festival of Trees, Endless Wishes
Card Stock: Whisper White, Perfect Plum, 
DSP: All is Calm
Ink: Perfect Plum, Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories: Lost Lagoon Silky Taffeta Ribbon, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Basic Pearls, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Candy Dots (Subtles), Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
Tools: Big Shot, Ovals Framelits, Small Oval Punch.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my cards. Now you can now hop on over to Sally Williams and check out her fabulous project. She always has something surprising and wonderful to share. Happy hopping and enjoy all the awesome projects and inspiration that you find along the way! Don't forget to leave a comment for each blog as I am sure they would all love to hear from you.

25 September, 2014

Flower Patch

This was one of the cards we made at class over the weekend. It uses the photopolymer Flower Patch stamp set and I must say that I'm quite impressed with these stamps. This was the first time I'd used them {I know, where have I been??}. Because they're clear, you don't have to use a stamp-a-ma-jig and are very easy to position and they also stick incredibly well to the clear blocks. 

Stamp set: Flower Patch (Photopolymer)
Card: Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Designer Paper: All Abloom paper stack
Ink: Tangelo Twist, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi, Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive, Tangelo Twist and Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Markers
Accessories: Tangelo Twist Stitched Satin Ribbon, Brights Candy Dots
Tools: Big Shot, Flower Flair Framelits Dies.

I'm repeating this class on Tuesday 30 September at 7.30pm and there are still spaces available if you want to join us. Email me to register. 

My shop is open 24/7 so you can buy Stampin' Up supplies any time, day or night.  If you have any queries, or prefer to speak to me, please contact me by email or phone on 021 260 6680