Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Big Baja Breeze Butterfly

Say that 3 times fast!......I'm really loving this big butterfly die! It's just lovely. For this card, I stamped the script stamp from the French Foliage set a few times on the butterfly using Early Espresso ink. Then I stamped the Bella Toile stamp using Versa Mark, and clear embossed it. Some pearls finished it off nicely.

I'm looking forward to making many more of these cards using different colours! They are so simple and easy to make, but the effect of the embossing on the butterfly is stunning IRL.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Bella Toile, French Foliage, Just Believe
Card/Paper: Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake
Ink: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Versa Mark
Accessories: Beautiful Butterflies die, Early Espresso 1/8" taffetta ribbon, clear embossing powder

Thank you for visiting! See you again soon...


Monday, July 25, 2011

Simple Just Believe

Hello there, how are you? I hope you're all enjoying your week. We just got back from a lovely wee holiday in the Coromandel. It was chilly, but wonderful. Since we got back, I've had some time in my craft room....

I sat down and created these very simple cards using the SU! In- colours. They would be a lovely gift, in a matching box or wallet, or great to have on hand when you're short of time.

Each colour is paired with Old Olive:

Poppy Parade

Concord Crush

Blushing Bride

Peach Parfait

Which one is your favourite? I still haven't decided mine.....


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Watercoloured Bella Toile

Hello there, I hope you are all enjoying your day. It's a glorious day here in Auckland, so warm and sunny.
I made this card for a friend who is going through a bit of a rough time. It's always nice to recieve cards for encouragment- especially handmade ones!

This would have to be one of my favourite colour combo's: Rose Red, Elegant Eggplant and Old Olive. What is your favourite colour combination? Leave a comment below!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Bella Toile, Just Believe
Card/Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Ink: Rose Red, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Jet Black staz-on
Accessories: Scallop Edge punch, Beautiful Butterflies die, pearls

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 15, 2011

A Perfect Plum Flower

Hello there, I hope you are all happy and well. It's the holidays for me, and I'm looking forward to spending lots of time in my craftroom!
I found this colour combo in my trusty Colour Coach; aren't they lovely? Perfect Plum, Rose Red and River Rock. Definately be using this one again.

The Perfect Plum flower is made by punching out 5 flowers using the Fancy Flower punch. Hold them together with a Flower brad, then scrunch them up! Easy to do, but so stunning.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Petals Pizzazz, Just Believe
Card/Paper: Perfect Plum, Rose Red, Very Vanilla, Neutrals paper stack- (River Rock)
Ink: Rose Red, River Rock
Accessories: Fancy Flower punch, Decorative Label punch, Very Vanilla taffetta ribbon, Flower brad, rhinestones

Thanks for visiting, see you again soon!!


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Just Believe

I've had my eye on the "Just Believe" stamp set since the catalogue came out, I'm so pleased that I've bought it now, because it's such a lovely set. There are so many possibilties, and I'm looking forward to having another play!

I saw this template on Teneale Williams' blog. Thanks Teneale!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Just Believe
Card/paper: Rich razzleberry, Old Olive, Early Expresso, Very Vanilla, Newsprint DSP (for ripped strip)
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Early Expresso
Accessories: Old Olive satin ribbon, Framed Tulips embossing folder, sponge

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sail Away

Sorry for my looong absence from blogging. I have hardly got down to the craftroom! Although June is the big birthday month in our family, so I will have to get some creating done!
It was Ian's birthday last Friday and yes, again the anguish of a male card. Thankfully I had the Sail Away stamp and Ian is a bit of an ocean lover! I got the idea for this card from Jacque Pederson, here. Thanks Jacque!

Here is the card I made for my mum for Mother's Day. I just love these colours.

I received this lovely card from Emma and Sophie from Stampin' Up! for presenting at the Auckland Regional Training. Thanks ladies!

And just a quickie I made a while ago featuring the Build-A-Brads.

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, April 25, 2011

Clean and Simple #137

It's a horrible rainy day here in Auckland; perfect stamping weather!
I made this card following the Clean and Simple Stamping challenge. It's such a great challenge site. Here is the card I made following this week's sketch:

I used the Little Leaves die, along with the flower from the Itty Bitty punch pack for the wee flowers. And of course a few rhinestones finish the card off nicely.

Here is this week's sketch:

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Because I Care
Card/Paper: Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Ink: Melon Mambo, Old Olive
Accessories: Wide Oval punch, Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, Very Vanilla taffetta ribbon, Little Leaves die, Framed Tulips embossing folder, rhinestones, sponge

Pop on over to the Clean and Simple Stamping blog- take a look at the other amazing entry's, and have a go yourself!


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Try Stampin' On Tuesday

I've been meaning to play along with this wonderful new challenge site called Try Stampin' On Tuesday! Well I sat down last night and had a go with this awesome sketch.
My Marina Mist satin ribbon just arrived the other day, so I had a wee play with it, and I LOVE it!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card/Paper: Marina Mist, Whisper White
Ink: Marina Mist
Accessories: Decorative Label punch, Marina Mist Satin ribbon, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, rhinestones

Head over to Try Stampin' On Tuesday and check out the other stunning entry's!


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter Cones

Yes, I have a new look on my blog! I really like it, hope you do too!.....
I work as a teacher aide and I made these cute little Easter cones filled with gummy lollies for the kids. I mostly used retired designer paper, because I have a big pile to use up!
I've also made some carrot cones, and some Concord Crush cones filled with mini eggs. They are so cute and easy to make.
It's safe to say that the kids really loved them; the cones and the lollies!

Have a relaxing Easter, and remember what Christ did for us.


Friday, April 22, 2011

Striking Easter Butterfly

I made this Easter card for my sister who temporarily lives in London, along with a wee package of Easter goodies. It's always nice to recieve cards and pressies when your away from home.
I've used the Big Shot alot to create this card: The Beautiful Butterflies die for the butterfly, the Scallop Circle for the base and the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder for the texture on the butterfly.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Baroque Motifs, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card/Paper: Cherr Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Love Letter DSP
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Beautiful Butterflies die, Scallop Circle die, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, Wide Oval punch, Antique Brad, sponge

Well I hope she enjoys this card as much as I enjoyed making it!


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Fast and Fabulous

I just love this stamp set- Fast and Fabulous, I don't use it nearly enough! It can be earned for free with a qualifing workshop (more info here).
I saw a similar card by Teneale Williams, which I thought was just stunning. Teneale used the Just Believe stamp set, which I don't own (yet!), but Fast and Fabulous did the trick! I definately want this set to see ink more often!
I used the new Decorative Label punch for the sentiment, which I fiddled around a bit to make it smaller.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Fast and Fabulous, Because I Care
Card/Paper: Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Baja Breeze, Soft Suede
Accessories: Decorative Label punch, Very Vanilla taffetta ribbon, Top Note die, pearls, sponges

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Easter Butterflies

Friday was the last day of school and I wanted to give some of the teachers I work with a small gift of appreciation. The box template was from Ange Kennedy over at Chic'n She has a fantastic video on how to make it.
The cards were inspired by some cards I saw over on Jenny Moors blog. They are just stunning!
So I'm currently on holiday, and I hope to enjoy some crafting!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Baroque Motifs, Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Itty Bitty Bits, Easter Blossoms {retired}
Card/paper: Marina Mist, Not Quite navy, Very Vanilla, Blueberry Crisp
Ink: Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Scallop Oval punch, Wide Oval punch, Beautiful Wings embosslits die, Beautiful Butterflies die, Bitty Buttons, Scallop Circle die, silver Hodgepodge Hardware, Linen thread, rhinestones

Thanks for stopping by!


Simple Bliss

This is a very simple card that I made using the retired Sale-a-Bration stamp set, Bliss. It is inspired by a card that I saw on Teneale Williams blog. Teneale makes the most gorgeous creations, so check out her blog here.
This card was so quick to make. It would be lovely to make a whole lot of these with different sentiments and colours to have on hand.

Supplies used:
Stamp Sets: Bliss {retired SAB set}, Because I Care {level 1 hostess gift}

Card/Paper: Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White Ink: Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink Accessories: Regal Rose 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, pearl

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, April 8, 2011

Praying for You

I've got a few friends who need a bit of encouragment, and here is one of the cards I've made for them.

I've used the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set along with the Bold Brights paper stack. Just a short and sweet post today; I have a lot on!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Thoughts and Prayers
Card/Paper: Early Expresso, Whisper White, Bold Bright DSP
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive
Accessories: Whisper White taffetta ribbon


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Strength and Hope

I just love the new Strength and Hope stamp set. The words are so encouraging and the butterfly- beautiful!
What I also love, is that $2 for every one of these sets sold will go to the Breast Cancer Research, to help find a cure!
This card was inspired by the picture in the new Autumn/Winter mini catalogue. I just love the colours and elegance of this card.
Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Strength and Hope
Card/Paper: Baja Breeze, Regal Rose, Very Vanilla
Ink: Baja Breeze, Regal Rose, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Vinatge Wallpaper embossing folder, pearl, sponge

Thanks for stoppng by!


Friday, April 1, 2011

Autumn Mini Catalogue

The Autumn Mini Catalogue is finally here and there is some gorgeous products in it!
For every Strength and Hope stamp set sold, $2 will be donated for Breast Cancer research.
Click HERE to view the catalogue online, or email me for your own copy!

I hope you fit in some stamping this weekend!


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sale-A-Bration Projects

Hi there. Sale-A-Bration finishes tomorrow, so I thought I'd better blog my samples before it's too late! I have loved all of the sets this year, and it will be a shame to see them go.

Sweet Summer Notecards

Sweet Summer Card

Bliss 4x4" Notecard

Punch Bunch Thank You Notes

Bliss Thank You Card
(inspired by Monica Gale)

You will receive one of these stamp sets for free when you spend $120 on Stampin' Up! products. So if you have an order, please email me before the 31st!

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wedding Bliss

15 years ago we had a Japanese student come and stay with us for a few weeks. Over the years Keiko has stayed in touch with us and has visited us twice.
A few months ago she got married and so I got to work and made her this card. I sent it only a few days before the tsunami and obviously I was concerned for her.
Yesterday I received an email to say that she is safe as well as family and friends.
This card is inspired by Monica Gale. I love her style of cards.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Bliss, Baroque Motifs, En Francais
Card/Paper: Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Crumb Cake, Basic Black
Accessories: Wide Oval punch, Riding Hood Red 1 1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon, pearls

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Encouragment Box

As I was working on the Conversation Boxes I thought about other ways I could use the boxes. We always need encouragement even on our best days. So I put some cards together with some encouraging scriptures from the Bible. I used the Love Letter DSP and trimmed the lid with the beautiful Victoria Crochet Trim.
The black card was put through the Bigshot using the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing folder and then sprayed with the Silver Foil smooch spritz.
I used the Fancy Flower punch to create the gorgeous flower on the lid.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Artistic Etchings
Card/Paper: Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Love Letter DSP
Ink: Crumb Cake
Accessories: Fancy Flower pun
ch, 5-Petal Flower punch, Antique Brad, Victoria Crochet trim, Silver Foil smooch spritz, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Chatter Boxes!

Did that get your attention? This is a box that I have made for swapping for the Auckland Stampin' Up' Regionals. I also demonstarted this for a WOW presentation at the regionals.
Inside the box has cards which you can use for conversation starters. The box is small enough to carry aound in your hand bag or have in the car. Great for appointment waiting times and the meal table.

I have put together a tutorial, so you can make one yourself!

Step 1: For the base, I used the cardboard which is in the DSP packets. It is sturdy and has a lovely smooth finish. It is cut at 5 1/4" square and scored 1.5" on all sides.
For the lid I have used Tempting Turquoise card cut at 3 7/8" square and scored 3/4" on all sides.

Step 2: Cut on the score lines, up till where the other score line crosses over it, as shown. Fold all score lines.
Add sticky strip on the corners:

Step 3: Stick the base and lid together:

To decorate, I stamped the large flower from Punched Posies which is the Level 2 Hostess gift from the Summer Mini. I used Rose Red for this. I punched the flower out with the XL Fancy Flower punch. I stamped another flower with Pumpkin Pie ink and punched out the middle with a 1" circle punch. You can also add designer paper to the base of the box.

To make the button, I stamped an image from the Itty Bitty Bits onto Whisper White cardstock. I then punched out the image using one of the coordinating punches out of the Punch Pack. I dotted a tiny bit of Tombo glue around the image and placed the Bitty Button on top. So cute.

Now your ready to create your cards. The Rose Red piece is 2" square and the Whisper White piece is 1 7/8" square. The outline is from the Great Friends stamp set.

I have used the Rose Red marker to write my conversation starters.

Happy Chatting!


Sunday, February 27, 2011

Thoughts and Prayers for Christchurch

I had made these cards a few weeks ago and had not put them on my blog. If there was ever a time to send encouragement to people this is the time!
Christchurch is my city. I live in Auckland now but my mum amd dad still live there.
I am incredibly thankful that my mum was in Wellington visiting a friend. She was due to fly back to Christchurch on Wednesday. Her stay has been extended till this Wednesday. We will both meet in Christchurch and spend some time at her house and come back to Auckland.
Our family send you people of Christchurch a big hug and we are praying for you.

{This card was inspired by Jenny Moors}


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Liebster Blog Award

Hi there, I feel very blessed and honoured to receive this blog award from Tammy!:
which translates, from German, into "Dearest Blog". The premise behind this award is to draw attention to new blogs, or blogs with fewer than 3,000 followers.

Thank you so very much Tammy for blessing me with this lovely blog award. Pop over to her blog: Stamp With Tam. It is very inspiring!

Now it is my turn to pass on this award to a few other people whose blogs inspire me. This is very tricky, as there are so many creative people out there!

Julia Leece

Helen Williams

Sharlene Meyer

Bron Heslop

Please vist each of these lovely blogs; these women are so creative and always inspire me.


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Tea for Three

I bought a Papercraft magazine this month and saw a beautiful card which inspired me to make this one. I just LOVE the Victoria Crochet Trim from the Summer Mini Catalogue and teamed it up with the Elegant Soiree DSP. Of course the Teeny Tiny Sentiments is perfect to finish the card.
This would be a perfect card for an invitation to High Tea.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Share a Cup, Teeny Tiny Sentiments

Card/Paper: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Elegant Soiree DSP
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Scallop Edge punch, Wide Oval punch, Victoria Crochet Trim, pearls, mat pack, sponge


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Owl House and Matching Card

Hi there! Yes, I know, it's been a bit quiet around here lately!!
We all know its Valentines Day tomorrow, and the challenge over at Just Add Ink is "Just Add Love" so I thought I'd play along.
I made this bird house (or owl house) which would be perfect with some choccies inside for that special someone. And also a matching card.

I have used the Punch Bunch stamp set which is a Sale-A-Bration (SAB) set. You can receive this GORGEOUS stamp set for free!! More info here.
I have also used the I {Heart} Hearts stamp set, the Medallion stamp as well as the Teeny Tiny Sentiments stamp set.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Punch Bunch, I {Heart} Hearts, Medallion, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card/Paper: Old Olive, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Bold Brights paper stack
Ink: Old Olive, Real Red, Maelon Mambo, Early Expersso
Acessories: Scallop Edge punch, 1 3/8" Circle punch, XL Owl punch, XL Bird punch, Full Heart punch, Word Window punch, Square Lattice embossing folder, Early Expresso 1/8" taffetta ribbon, clip assortement,

Check out the other FABULOUS entry's over at Just Add Ink, and have a go yourself!


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Twisted Easel Card Tutorial

Hi there, as promised, I have made the tutorial for the twisted easel card that I posted HERE. I got my instructions from Monica Gale, who is a very talented stamper. Visit her GORGEOUS blog HERE. I have tweaked some of the measurements. Here it is!

Step 1: Cut cardstock at 26 x 13 cm and score in half:

Step 2: Score the left half diagonally:

This is what it will look like: (the middle score line cannot be seen in the photo)

Step 3: Fold both score lines:

Step 4: Decorate! The card will require a raised embellishment to hold the top half in place.

Hope you have a go, and thanks for stopping by!