29 April, 2014

Project Life by Stampin' Up!

I'm excited to tell you that Stampin' Up! have partnered with the amazing Becky Higgins to bring you authentic Project Life products. They'll be in Stampin' Up! colours and designs and will include Card Collections, Accessory Packs, Albums, Photo Pocket Pages, Tools, Stamps and other accessories. It's super simple and a totally affordable way to get your photo's into Photo Pocket Pages and designed cards. It's a back to basics approach to documenting your life. Stampin' Up! will be offering a complete Project life product line in the new annual catalogue, available July 1st. I'll definitely be purchasing some of the Project Life products and I hope you will too!

Watch the Video below~


26 April, 2014

Hoppy Easter Every Bunny

I almost forgot to show you the Easter cards that I made my daughters. I usually give them identical cards, but for a change, I didn't this year. 

I demonstrated Nicole's card at a recent class. I really like that cute little bunny on the Eggstra Spectacular stamp set (page 32 in the Occasions catalogue). I cased this card from Jenny Peterson

Stamp set: Eggstra Spectacular
Card: Whisper White, Smokey Slate
Designer Paper: Watercolour Wonder
Ink: Black Stampin' Marker, Crushed Curry Stampin' Marker, Smoky Slate Stampin' Marker
Accessories: White Bakers Twine, Tea Lace Paper Doily, Basic Metal Buttons
Tools: 2 ½ Circle Punch

The card I gave Bridgette was in my stash - it's probably a bit young, but Bridgette thought it was cute all the same. The stamp set has retired and I can't for the life of me, remember the name of it. 

Enjoy your weekend everyone! 

25 April, 2014

25 April - Lest We Forget

ANZAC Day, April 25, is the most important date in New Zealand’s and Australia's calendar. All across NZ and Australia, people turn out to salute, honour and pay their respects to the fallen and to the surviving servicemen who willingly offered their lives to the service of their country. The name ANZAC became famous with the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps on the Gallipoli Peninsula at the Dardanelles, Turkey on the 25th of April 1915.

24 April, 2014

Weekly Deals 23-29 April

Oops, a little bit late with the Weekly Deals...

Item Description Retail Price $NZD Sale Price $NZD
Stampin’ Write Markers New Color Kit (includes Bermuda Bay, 
Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Wisteria Wonder)
Christmas Ornament Punch
2013-2015 In Color Boutique Details
Modern Medley Designer Series Paper
I Am Me Designer Series Paper
Fun Flowers Bigz L Die
Afternoon Daydream Digital Kit (digital download)

23 April, 2014

Last week to buy The Best Of...

Just a friendly reminder that there is only one week left if you want to order any of the Best Of.... stamp sets. One set has been released each month over the last 12 months. Each set costs $31.95 and is only available in clear mount. Along with some great classic images, each "Best of" set will also include a never-before-seen image! There are a whole raft of lovely sets and here are a few: 

Best of Shelli

Best of Sale-a-Bration

Best of Snow

My favourite set is The Best of Snow. And, because it's my favourite set I'm offering anyone who buys it from me, a FREE class to make this adorable card flip and coordinating envelope. Email me HERE to buy your Best of Snow set today!

Enjoy your Wednesday and I'll see you back here soon!!

21 April, 2014

Off the Grid meets Gorgeous Grunge

Here's a card that I made a friend last month for her birthday. I cased it from Amy O'Neil and had lots of fun making it. 

Stamp set: Off the Grid, Six Sided Sampler, Four You, Gorgeous Grunge
Card: Coastal Cabana, Whisper White
Designer Paper: Modern Medley
Ink: Crushed Curry, Pistachio Pudding, Calypso Coral, Gumball Green, Versamark
Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder, In Colour Dahlias, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, White Bakers Twine, Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon
Tools: Heat Gun, Hexagon Punch

How is your Easter shaping up? I've had a lovely weekend so far - on Friday I went to the movies with my daughters (we saw The Other Woman, which was a hoot!), met a girlfriend for dinner and then she had a sleepover at mine on Saturday night and am meeting up with another girlfriend this afternoon for coffee and a catch up. In between the socialising I've been having a big tidy up around the house. The only thing that I haven't managed to achieve is some crafting. I just might have to remedy that... 

Have a happy Easter Monday everyone! 

19 April, 2014

Tag a Bag Accessory Kit

I decorated this little bag for Bridgette for her birthday and put some gift vouchers inside, just for something a little different. Initially I was going to decorate a Tag a Bag Gift Bag (page 158 AC), but found I didn't actually have any. However, I do have three Tag a Bag Accessory Kits... lol. Don'task me how that happened. Fortunately I found this coloured bag and although it's a bit smaller than I would have liked, it served its purpose and Bridgette loved it. Truth be known, she probably loved what was inside the bag, more than the bag itself ;-)

The Tag a Bag Accessory kit (page 158 AC) is very good value for money. For only $16.95 you receive 10 large base tags, 10 medium builder tags, 10 mini clothes pegs, 5 smoky slate self adhesive strips, 40 dimensionals and 3 colours of baker's twine (6.1m each). It coordinates with the Tag a Bag Gift Bags (only $8.50) or the Tag a Bag Gift Boxes ($14.50). Or, as shown above, you can coordinate it with whatever you have in your stash.  

Stamp: Short and Sweet (retired)
Ink: Gumball Green
Accessories: Tag a Bag Accessory Kit, Non Stampin' Up! Paper Bag, Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Tools: Elegant Butterfly Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Scallop Edge Border Punch

I hope you have a wonderful and safe Easter and partake in a choccie or two. I made a wee start on my chocolate binge last night...  

17 April, 2014

Starburst Sayings and Flower Shop Birthday

As promised, here's the birthday card that I made my youngest daughter Bridgette, who turned 18 years young, last Sunday. 

I thoroughly enjoyed making her this Card in a Box. These are fun to make and have been doing the rounds for the last few months. It took me longer than usual because Bridgette doesn't have a favourite colour, so I was left to my own devices. I'm not very decisive at the best of times, so after trying a few different combinations, I settled on Sweet Sorbet Designer paper (unfortunately, it's no longer available) and the coordinating colours that go withit. 

It looks better in real life and Bridgette loved it. She loves flowers too, so it was an easy decision on the embellishments. 

And, here's a close up of the flowers - all from Flower Shop.

Stamp set: Starburst Sayings, Flower Shop
Card: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Soft Sky, Summer Starfruit, Silver Glimmer Paper
Designer Series Paper: Sweet Sorbet (2014 SAB retired)
Ink: Calypso Coral, Soft Sky, Summer Starfruit, Crisp Cantaloupe
Accessories: Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Tools: Pansy Punch, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Small Heart, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Big Shot, Starburst Framelits Die, Typeset Alphabet Bigz Die

One of our family traditions is to do a treasure hunt. Even though Bridgette turned 18, I wasn't going to let her miss it. I think I enjoy the treasure hunts more than the girls do - but I don't care - it's my thing I like to do.  And, if it means receiving another few gifts, they're happy to oblige. I'm thinking that for their next birthday, I might do a scavenger hunt to mix it up a bit. 

I was lucky enough to be able to spend most of the day with Bridgette for her birthday which I loved!! It's always a bit of a juggling act, because I have to share my girls with their Dad, friends and boyfriends (now they're older). We had a lovely day and managed to squeeze in a bit of shopping, had a manicure and our eyebrows and lashes tinted and shaped. The time went too fast and before we knew it, the day was over for another year. 

16 April, 2014

Weekly Deals 16-22 April

Here's what's on sale for this week (16-22 April): 

Item Description Retail Price Sale Price
 127885 Champagne Glimmer Paper$10.95 NZD $8.21 NZD
 120995 Silver Glass Stampin’ Glitter$8.50 NZD $6.38 NZD
 129717 Timber Standard Stampin’ Around Wheel$13.25 NZD $9.94 NZD
 130814 This and That Epic Day Designer Series Paper$22.95 NZD $17.21 NZD
 127554 Naturals Designer Buttons$10.95 NZD $8.21 NZD
 126882 Merry Mini Punch Pack$35.95 NZD$26.96 NZD
 127211Floral District Photobook Template (digital download)$24.95 NZD$14.97 NZD

Email me today to place your order

11 April, 2014

Stampin' Up! Label Love

I made this card a while ago for no particular reason, other than I really liked the look of it. I've been meaning to post it for ages. I've cased it from Mindy Backes. Check out her blog HERE. I much prefer her card with the distressed edges and sanded Alphabet Press embossing folder. 

Stamp set: Label Love, Dictionary
Card: Tangerine Tango, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Designer Series Paper: Soho Subway
Ink: Crumb Cake, Island Indigo
Accessories: Natural Trim
Tools: Big Shot, Alphabet Press EF, Artisan Label Punch

Have you been devouring the television and keeping an eye on the Royal Tour? Some of the more senior girls in my office have had the privilege of flying the Duke and Duchess (and baby George) from Sydney on Monday and will be flying them around the country for the duration of the tour. My little claim to fame is that I made the menus for the flights, using Stampin' Up! products of course. I hope they appreciate the excellent quality ;-)  Anyway, it's all very exciting and apparently they are even more lovely and down to earth, in real life. 

Pop back again soon, to see the birthday card that I've made my baby girl Bridgette, who is turning 18 years young on Sunday. Don't ask me where that time has gone?!

Have a wonderful weekend peeps!! 

10 April, 2014

Love and Sympathy

I've had to make a few sympathy cards lately - too many for my liking. I find words are always hard to come by, so hopefully the cards might bring some comfort to my friends who have lost their loved ones.

I forgot to photograph two of the cards, but here's the third one I made. I've cased it from Jo Dumbleton, who is a demo in the UK. It was very queasy (quick and easy) to make, which can be helpful at times like this. 

Stamp set: Love and Sympathy
Card: Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Marina Mist
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Marina Mist
Accessories: Rhinestone Basic Jewel
Tools: Small Heart Punch

Hope your week is shaping up nicely :-)

09 April, 2014

Weekly Deals 9-15 April

Each Wednesday in April, Stampin' Up! will be bringing you a new set of deals on a selection of fantastic products. Be sure to check back each week to see what’s on sale and take advantage of these great deals before they’re gone!

The Deals (9th -15th April)

 Item Description Retail Price Sale Price
 129372 Secret Garden Framelits Dies $51.95 NZD$38.96 NZD
 130101 Dress Up Framelits Dies $51.95 NZD$38.96 NZD
 129383 Needlepoint Border Textured Impressions Embossing Folder $16.95 NZD $12.71 NZD
 123113 Flower Garden Textured Impressions Embossing Folder $16.95 NZD$12.71 NZD
 115969 Floral Fusion Sizzlits$11.50 NZD$8.63 NZD
 121809 Framed Tulips Textured Impressions Embossing Folder$16.95 NZD$12.71 NZD
 118869 Recipes by Design Digital Kit (digital download)$13.95 NZD$8.37 NZD

Email me HERE to place your order. 

08 April, 2014

Clearance Rack!

More items are being added all the time to the Clearance Rack, so you must remember to check it regularly. Products have up to 80% off but only while stocks last! Please note, these items are retired stock. Click HERE to see what is available - while stocks last. 

02 April, 2014

Weekly Deals 2-8 April

Each Wednesday in April, Stampin' Up! will be bringing you a new set of deals on a selection of fantastic products. Be sure to check back each week to see what’s on sale. Take advantage of these great deals before they’re gone! 

2-8 April:

Item Description Retail Price Sale Price
 125577 Large Pearl Basic Jewels $10.95 $8.21
 126847 Midnight Muse 3/8” Stitched Satin Ribbon $19.25 $14.44
 126845 Raspberry Ripple 3/8” Stitched Satin Ribbon $19.25 $14.44
 126846 Summer Starfruit 3/8” Stitched Satin Ribbon $19.25 $14.44
 123224 Wild Wasabi Stampin’ Emboss Powder $9.95 $7.46
 118764 Vintage Trinkets $11.95 $8.96
 129872 Mom, I Love You Digital Ensemble (digital download) $13.95 $8.37

Email me here to place your order.

01 April, 2014

Weekly Deals are Coming!

Starting 2 April (yes, that's tomorrow), Stampin' Up! will be offering you new deals every week in April! These deals won’t be preannounced, so you'll have to check out my blog (where you are now), or log onto the Online Store each Wednesday to see what’s being offered.

See you back here tomorrow :-)