Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year, Just Add Ink and Top Ten!

I just want to wish you a happy new year to you and your families. May 2011 be a prosperous and fulfilling year!

I made this little pillow box and matching notecard, using the STUNNING Island Oasis designer paper, for this week's Just Add Ink challenge, which is Just Add Summer. These colours, and designer paper sure do remind me of Summer!
These would make a perfect little gift for your friends and family who you are catching up with over the holidays. Some choccies would fit nicely in the pillow box too!

I thought I'd share my top ten favourite projects and posts for 2010. Just click on the titles, and you will be taken to the posts! Enjoy:

1. Artistic New Year

2. Welcome Christmas Tote

3. Christmas Card Event

4. Just Add Ink #40

5. Reindeer Poo!

6. Updated Fifth Avenue Floral

6. Just Add Ink #25

7. Our Zorb Experience

8. Candle Box

9. Patchwork Cards

10. Just Add Ink #5

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Artistic New Year

I made this Happy New Year card for my sister who lives is London. I sent it off the other day, and just hope it gets there in time!
Don't you just love it when you have an idea in your mind for a card or project, and it works out PERFECTLY!!! That was thankfully the case for this card. It didn't take long, and came together wonderfully. And on top of that, it is one of my favourite cards that I've made so far! The designer paper, depth of the colours, and of course the stamp set really sets it off!

This card features the masking technique, I'm hoping to make a tutorial on this technique for my next newsletter, so you'll see one here in a month or so!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Artistic Etchings, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card/Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Love Letters DSP
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black
Accessories: 1 3/8" Circle punch, Word Window punch, Corner Rounder punch, Basic Black 5/8" satin ribbon, Basic Black 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Pewter jumbo eyelet, Crop-o-Dile, sponge

Hope my sister likes it!


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A New Flower!

This is such a gorgeous flower, made using the Fancy Flower punch!

I came across this idea from Mary Fish. Mary has also made a great video tutorial.
I also put together a photo tutorial. Enjoy!

You will need:
The Fancy Flower punch
The Boho Blossoms punch

The 1/2" Circle punch

A strip of scrap cardstock:

Step 1- Stick the scrap piece of cardstock onto the back of the Fancy Flower, using Dotto, as shown:

Step 2- Slide the Fancy Flower into the Fancy Flower punch. Position it so that the points on the punch are in the middle of each petal, as shown. Then punch:

You will now have this new flower:

Step 3- Stick the Boho Blossom and Circle onto the flower, using dimensionals:

And your done! This gorgeous, new flower is now ready for your cards and projects!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Sincere Salutations

Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, In-colour DSP
Ink: Concord Crush
Fancy Flower punch, Boho Blossoms punch, 1/2" Circle punch, Scallop Edge punch, Concord Crush 1/2" stitched-poly ribbon

I am looking forward to creating more of these flowers in the future, in all sorts of different colours!


Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Hi, I would like to wish you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a Happy New Year! Have a wonderful day full of happy memories and family time.
Remember the TRUE meaning of Christmas.

Warmest wishes,


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Aviary and Island Oasis

Can you believe that Christmas is just 2 short days away? I'm so sorry about my lack of posting (well it isn't called the silly season for nothing!)
Here is a break from all the Christmas projects seen around lately. This is my niece's 21st birthday card. Luisa is part Samoan, so I wanted the card to be bright, and some of the designer paper I have used even uses the Samoan patterns!

Stamp Sets: Aviary, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card/Paper: Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Island Oasis DSP
Ink: Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Basic Gray
Accessories: 1 3/8" Circle punch, Old Olive 5/8" satin ribbon, Pewter jumbo eyelets, rhinestone, sponge

I have previously made a Christmas version, HERE.


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Just Add Ink #48

This stamp is from the Welcome Christmas stamp set, and in 5 days, we will be celebrating the birth of Jesus! The image on this card is a heart-warming reminder of time spent together with families.
Don't you just love the new satin ribbon? Its so luxurious, and gives a lovely finishing touch to your cards. And I'm loving the Jolly Holiday designer papers too.

For the next 2 weeks, this is the sketch that Just Add Ink has given us to play with:

I have flipped the sketch this week, and made this Christmas card:

You can't see it in the photo, but I have added some Champagne shimmer paint onto the tree.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Welcome Christmas, Sweet Little Sentiments
Card/Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Jolly Holiday DSP
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
Accessories: 1 3/8" Circle punch, Word Window punch, Old Olive 5/8" satin ribbon, Champagne shimmer paint, sponge

Check out the other entry's HERE!


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Welcome Christmas Cards

I love the Welcome Christmas stamp set! It is a great Christmas set because it includes images and words. So you only need this set and you have Christmas sorted!
These are CASEs from a couple of cards out of a set that Alisa Tilsner designed for the "We Stamp For Lara" fundraiser. Alisa designed a couple more cards and created some wonderful instructions too :-)

The weather here in Auckland has been very hot and sunny. Summer is here!

Click HERE to order Stampin' Up! products!


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Shimmery Christmas

Here is a simpler version of my Just Add Ink #45 card. This card features a lot of product that I am really loving at the moment.
I love the shimmery effect on the flowers from being sprayed with the Gold Glow Smooch Spritz. And isn't this designer paper just so funky?! It is from the Love Letters pack.
I also love these Antique Brads.I have used them on many different projects and I highly recommend ordering a pack.

The Smooch Spritz adds a gorgeous, shimmery touch to your projects:

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets:
Welcome Christmas
Card/Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Love Letters DSP
Ink: Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: XL Scallop Circle punch, Gold Glow smooch spritz, Antique Brad, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, sponge

Click HERE to order Stampin' Up! products!


Saturday, December 4, 2010

Summer Mini Catalogue Launch

The Summer Mini catalogue is so excititing! Here is the bookmark that we made at my launch:

I saw these bookmarks on Becky Roberts blog, who has made some really gorgeous cards and projects with the Aviary stamp set.

I always like to give a little gift to my customers at the end of the year. This year was no different, so I made each of them one of these boxes which hold some Cadbury Chocolate Favourites!
The front of the box is inspired by the very talented, Jenny Moors, who made some similar cards.

My ladies were treated to this beautiful Black Forest Gateau, which I ordered form the Cheese Cake Shop:


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas Aviary

Yesterday marked the beginning of the new Summer Mini catalogue! This mini is full of many exciting, new products!
Also, the promotion for this month is the December Frenzy sale, which is a huge sale for selected products, some up to 50% off! View my Specials page HERE.
One of the new stamp sets in the mini is the Aviary set, which is very cute and useful! I got inspiration for this card, by the very talented, Becky Roberts over at Inking Idaho. I just changed the papers to the Jolly Holiday DSP for a Christmas version.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Aviary
Card/Paper: Cherry Cobber, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Jolly Holiday DSP
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Early Espresso
Accessories: 1 3/8" Circle punch, Old Olive 5/8" Satin ribbon, Pewter jumbo eyelet, pearl, sponge


Monday, November 29, 2010

Just Add Ink #45

What I love about Stampin' Up! products, is often they lend themselves to different occasions. For example, this designer paper, Love Letter I have used on this Christmas card, for the weekly Just Add Ink challenge.
For the flower, I have used the new XL Scallop Circle punch, and have sprayed them with the Gold Glow smooch spritz. The scallops have been put together with an Antique Brad.

Here is the sketch for the Just Add Ink challenge:

And here is my card:

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Welcome Christmas
Card/Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Love Letter
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Basic Bla
Accessories: XL Scallop Circle punch, Antique Brad, Gold Glow smooch spritz, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, sponge


Friday, November 26, 2010

Christmas Gift Certificate

If you have a crafty friend and are stuck for a present, a Stampin' Up! voucher is the perfect gift!
They will be able to choose anything in the Stampin' Up! catalogue, up to the amount on the voucher.
And why not give a few hints to hubby, if you would like to see this voucher filled out to you, and under the Christmas tree!

Simply email me if you are interested in purchasing one of these cute Stampin' Up! gift vouchers!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Sparkly and Bright, Snow Swirled
Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Jolly Holiday DSP
Ink: Old Olive
Accessories: Scallop Circle punch, 1 3/8" Circle punch, Scallop Oval punch, Old Olive 5/8" satin ribbon, Dazzling Dianonds, sponge


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Welcome Christmas Tote

I am holding a class tomorrow, in which we will make this Christmas tote and matching card:

I have used the Welcome Christmas stamp set and the Jolly Holiday DSP. I love the traditional look of this stamp set, it brings a warm feeling of Christmas into your heart.
I have also applied some of the Champagne Mist shimmer paint onto the Christmas tree, using a sponge dauber.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Welcome Christmas
Card/paper: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Jolly Holiday DSP
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
Accessories: Large Oval punch, Old Olive 5/8" satin ribbon, Champagne Mist shimmer paint, Dazzling Diamonds, sponge, paper bag


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Guitar Birthday

My son Daniel turned 16 last Friday. How time flies! I wanted to make him a really special birthday card, which reflected his love of music. This card was inspired by Rachel Capps. Thanks Rachel for the great instructions!
This is not the type of card to make at 10:00 at night and when Rachel says that the strings are tricky- she's right!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Perfect Punches
Card/Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Newsprint DSP
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: 1 3/4" Circle punch, 1 3/8" Circle punch, Curly Label punch, Large Oval punch, Wide Oval punch, Horizontal Slot punch, Champane shimmer paint, silver twine, pewter brads


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Because I Care

This is a quick and easy card, using the gorgeous stamp set, "Because I Care". I just love this set, it can be used for many occasions and is great to have on hand. It can be earned for FREE with a qualifying workshop (more info HERE).
I have used my one of my favourite colour combos: Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz and a hint of Crumb Cake.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Because I Care
Card/Paper: Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Ink: Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Whisper White taffetta ribbon, Lots of Tags die, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, sponge


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Ornament Punch Vase

Isn't this a clever way to use the ornament punch during the year?! This is a CASE of a card that I saw on Alisson Hydes blog, HERE. Thanks Allison!

I've used the Silhouette Sentiments stamp set (level 1 hostess set) and some of the new in- colours.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Silhouette Sentiments
Card/Paper: Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait
Accessories: Ornament punch, Concord Crush 1/2" stiched-Poly ribbon, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, pearls

Email me to order your very own Ornament punch before Christmas!


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Just Add Ink #42

Hi there, hope you all enjoyed the weekend and hopefully got some stamping done!
This week's challenge over at Just Add Ink is this wonderful sketch to use on a papercraft project:

I really love this sketch as it is so versatile. I decided to go with an elegant style card and used the Colour Coach to help me with the colour combo. This is a really useful tool that I recommend getting your hands on!

I have used the Fast and Fabulous stamp set (level 1 hostess set), which you can earn for FREE! (more info HERE), the sentiment stamp is from the Upsy Daisy stamp set and I have used the En Francais stamp in the backround.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Fast and Fabulous, Upsy Daisy, En Francais
Card/Paper: Pretty in Pink, Early Expresso, Crumb cake, Whisper White
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Pretty in Pink,
Accessories: Rich Razzleberry ribbon (retired) Pretty in Pink 1/8" taffetta ribbon, Early Expresso 1/8" taffetta ribbon, pearls,

Hope you like my card! Check out the other inspiring entrys at Just Add Ink!


Picnic Pizzazz

My daughter, Sarah made this card for her teacher's birthday. She is very bubbly, so Sarah made a bright and fun card to send her birthday wishes.
Sarah made this card A4, so that the whole class could sign it. She has used the Petals Pizzazz stamp set and the Perfect Punches stamp set along with the Picnic designer paper (retired).


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Medallion Shimmer Paint

I am really loving the new Shimmer Paint that Stampin' Up! has released! There are so many different ways you can use it.
This card is inspired by Andrea Walford. Andrea has lots of videos on using shimmer paint, check out her very inspiring blog HERE.
I have used the very versatile, Medallion stamp, and the Christmas words are from the Heard from the Heart stamp set.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Medallion, Heard from the Heart
Card/Paper: Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: 1 3/4" Circle punch, Champaine shimmer paint, sponge


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

November Thank You Notes

These are November's thank you notes that my daughter Sarah made for me to put in with my customer's orders.
She has used the new Sparkly and Bright stamp set, which I think is very cute and great for Christmas tags as well.
Thanks Sarah!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Sparkly and Bright
Card/Paper: Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Scallop Circle punch, 1 3/8" Circle punch, sponge, Dazzling Diamonds

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, October 31, 2010

Just Add Birthdays!

This week's challenge over at Just Add Ink is to Just Add Birthdays to a papercraft project!
This is a cute pocket card that I made using the Blueberry Crisp designer paper. The very talented, Andrea Walford has made a video on how to make it. View the video HERE.

For the cupcake tag, I inked up the stamp from the Birthday Bakery stamp set (not the words) using the Not Quite Navy marker. I then used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to position the Best Wishes stamp (from Silhouette Sentiments) and stamped that in Not Quite Navy as well. That then gave me a birthday tag.

And of course, no birthday card can be complete without cupcakes!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Birthday Bakery, Silhouette Sentiments
Card/Paper: Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla, Blueberry Crisp DSP
Ink: Staz-on Black, Not Quite Navy, Pacific Point, Crumb Cake, Early Expresso
Accessories: 1 1/4" Circle punch, Round Tab punch, Very Vanilla 5/8" tafetta ribbon, silver brads, linen thread, Top Note die, Dazzling Diamonds

Check out the other entry's and have a go yourself!


Saturday, October 30, 2010

We Stamp For Lara

We Stamp for Lara is an opportunity to support this lovely little girl who has Microcephaly and Cerebal Palsy. She needs a special chair which will help her be more involved with the family activities. You can read more about her story HERE.

Please become part of this worthy cause, and sign up know! Sign up HERE.


Shimmer Paint Trees

This was another card that we made at my event last Saturday. It is a CASE of a card on Andrea Walford's blog. Andrea is a very talented Stampin' Up! demonstrator in Canada. She has some really great tutorials on using shimmer paint, so I definitely recommend checking out her blog HERE.
This card is reasonably quick, once you've mastered the sponging. And is simply stunning.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Lovely as a Tree, Many Merry Messages
Card/Paper: Whisper White
Ink: Not Quite Navy
Accessories: 5/8" Organza ribbon, Top Note die, Platinum shimmer paint

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!


Friday, October 29, 2010

Christmas Card Event

Today I held my 10 Christmas Cards + Breast Cancer Awareness Event! I remembered to take photos at the morning class, (sorry, not the afternoon class)

Both tables working very hard:

Lyn and Jan:

The pink themed morning tea, I think we all gained a dress size after eating this!

And the so scrumptious cupcakes that Sarah made and decorated:

This was my favourite card of the day:

I have used the very versatile Medallion stamp along with the Concord Crush and Pear Pizzazz in- colours.

Well, I hope all my ladies enjoyed themselves (I know I did) and now our Christmas cards are prepared!


Thursday, October 28, 2010


Hi everyone, tomorrow is my 10 Christmas Card Class + Breast Cancer Awareness event! (more info HERE) This is one of the cards we will be making:

I love the Dasher stamp. He is one of the a' la carte stamps, which is an individual stamp and only $18.50! Definitely worth getting your hands on!

I have also used the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder in the backround, and that gorgeous red satin ribbon.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Dasher, Snow Swirled
Card/Paper: Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Wide Oval punch, Real Red 5/8" satin ribbon, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, sponge, Dazzling Diamonds

Come back tomorrow to see how the event went!


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Elegant Silhouettes

It's been a great long weekend here in the Airey household! Including gardening, barbeques, a church working bee, oh and of course stamping!

This is my latest creation:

I have used the Silhouette Sentiments stamp set which is a level 1 hostess set. You can earn it for FREE if you host a qualifing workshop, and on top of that, you will be able to choose FREE product out of the catalogue!

I have used my favourite colour combo: Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz and Crumb Cake. Gorgeous!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Sihouette Sentiments (level hostess set), En Francais
Card/Paper: Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink: Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Pear Pizzazz 1/2" polly stich ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds, sponge


Friday, October 22, 2010

Just Add Ink #40

Hi there! Just Add Ink has given us this lovely colour challenge to play with this week:

Aren't these colours pretty?

I have really wanted to make one of these market cards, so I thought I would give one a go, using the very cute Birthday Bakery stamp set.
I had to use Crumb Cake instead of Sahara Sand, as I don't have any cardstock or ink in that colour.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Birthday Bakery
Card/Paper: Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink: Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Bashful Blue, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Black Staz-on
Accessories: Word Window punch, Scallop Edge punch, Organza ribbon

It's a three day weekend here in New Zealand, so I'm looking forward to a weekend full of stamping! (I hope!)