30 July 2008

Spring Mini Release & August Class Schedule is Up

Hi all only 1 day to go to the release of the new mini catalogue (though it's hard to think about Spring just at the moment). I just adore about every set plus we have gorgeous silver hodgepodge - very classy. The greatest thing is all the stamps are die-cut - NO CUTTING yah!! Here's the front cover with my favourite set showing Tart and Tangy - good enough to eat! Click on the picture below to take you to the online catalogue.

Roll on summer & picnics & guess what, that's the name of a very yummy designer paper Summer Picnic which you can win by coming to my launch this coming Sunday & making any purchase.

My class schedule for August is also available on line. So get out your diaries & hope to see you all soon.

RAK from Pauline McCardle - Napier's best kept secret!

Stampin Up Demonstrator Pauline McCardle Napier
Well one of the greatest things about becoming a SU! demonstrator is the awesome people you get to meet. Pauline is a very special lovely person, she's talented & has a heart of gold, she is also incredibly funny and I am very privileged to have meet her! So anyone living in Napier looking for a SU demonstrator drop her a line. Also contact her directly for "how to make the card" she loves to share.

She's being spreading much joy lately firstly with a special card & a teddy bear to my friend Judy who's she's never meet but has read about on our team forum & her battles against the big C. Then yesterday a card turns up for my mum who had just been released from hospital after 2 1/2 weeks. Mum was stoked but I'm worried Pauline's raised the bar for the rest of us mere mortals!

Lucky me has been the recipient of her latest RAK - unfortunately it got a wee bit wet with this tropical storm we're all living through at the moment. And as it's not any ordinary card this will be cased for class by moi - thank you & a 1000 hugs for your warm wishes too - you're the best Pauline!!

27 July 2008

Kwerner Colour Challenge 17

Krystina Werner has the most amazing blog & I love her Make-A-Card Monday tutorials, she also does a weekly colour challenge. I loved this week's challenge colours: Sage Shadow, Regal Rose, Rose Red (not one of my favourite colours) & Whisper White.

I adore the dress & it so reminded me of Roses In Winter (now retired) which I can't seem to get back of my sister Tracey but glad to see that someone used it - hope Krystina picks it as it was along the lines of what I wanted to create. Update: Yes it was chosen - check it out HERE.

From "my team" my dear friend Judy made a really funky card; as did Anne Marie.

I used my inspiration from a card on the demo website which uses the Petals & Paisley DP which I love & will try to re-create it this week.

Stamp set/s: Warm words, Linen Background (have stamped off once & used on the sage shadow mat)
Card Stock: Whisper White, Sage Shadow, Regal Rose, Rose Red , Rose Red Palette of Prints DP
Ink: Sage Shadow
Other: Spring Flower Bouquet Punch, Silver Brads, Dimensionals

Well I'm too late for the challenge - just wanted to join in on the fun. I hope everyone's weekend wasn't too stormy. I escaped further south but was worried about leaving the house & my cats to the storm but all survived a OK.

Happy stamping from me.

Bodacious Class

Stampin' Up! Bodacious Bouquet
I just loved Trudi's pizza box. I thought it would make a neat wee box to give someone with some small cards or in my case one thank you card & some movie money.

It was very easy to create so if you haven't already made it have a go!

Stamp set/s: Bodacious Bouquet, Short & Sweet, Occasional Greetings
Card stock: Very Vanilla, Mellow Moss, Brocade Blue
Ink: Mellow Moss, Brocade Blue, So Saffron, Regal Rose, Basic Grey
Other: Vintage brads, dazzling diamonds glitter, dimensionals, sponge, mat pack for paper piercing, round tab punch, spring flower bouquet punch

Cutting Dimensions Box:

  • Cut an A4 piece of card stock to 6" x 11"
  • Score at 1", 5", 6" & 10" vertically and at 1" & 5" horizontally.
  • Cut all the vertical scores until they meet the horizontal scores. Fold & tape tabs.
  • Brocade blue 3-7/8" square
  • Mellow moss 3" square
  • Very vanilla 2-7/8" square
Cutting dimensions card:

  • Mellow moss 7-1/2" x 3-3/4"
  • Brocade blue 3" square
  • Mellow moss 2-7/8" square
  • Very vanilla 2-3/4" square
Thanks Trudi for the inspiration!

23 July 2008

Craft Show Out West - Supporting the West Auckland Hospice

As mentioned in my last post one of my to do things was getting Tracey & Amber ready for the above show.

I arranged some of my favourite cards on a display board (which I finally tracked down at Paper Plus - couldn't get a black number but the white looks pretty good with the logo on it plus the cards of course).

They both had a ball meeting so many people that were passionate about stamping but the funniest story must have been of two teenage girls running towards their table squealing Stampin' Up! yah it's here - we love SU! They bought a catalogue so think Tracey will be hearing from them! Anabel & Debbie from her team were covering Sunday if anyone visited the stand.

The make n' take pictures are pretty bad (even for me who is not the world's best photographer) & I don't think it helps they're in wee cellophane bags but they still look pretty cute.

Stamp set/s: Sweet Hellos, Short & Sweet
Ink: Pretty in Pink or Almost Amethyst, Chocolate Chip
Card stock: Pretty in Pink or Almost Amethyst, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Other: 1-3/8" circle punch, scallop circle punch, uni-ball Signo white gel pen, Anywhere Glue Stick

UPDATE: $20,000 was raised - well done all!

Catch you later!

20 July 2008

I'm back!! Have you missed me? EXTRAVAGANZA II update

Life has been semi-crazier than normal lately for me, my mum has been in hospital for 16 days as of today & my sister or myself visit every other night with the odd sanity check by our brother. I had to prepare 70 kits for Extravaganza II for last weekend, my sister Tracey (& my downline) was participating in the Craft Show Out West yesterday, so I was making flyers, a display board, cards to sell PLUS preparing an hour talk for a work meeting at Christchurch Hospital Friday & Saturday night and working full time. But I have survived & I feel like I've had a good break this weekend. Mum is looking & feeling better & hopefully will be home this week. My talk went well and Extravaganza II was a huge success & Tracey had a very productive day yesterday hopefully introducing the wonder of SU! to lots, so if you called in & visited her thanks for poppin' by. I'll display the wee make n' take the 2 of us created when I get the samples back or make new ones.

Anyhow some stampin' stuff this is my project for Extravaganza II. A 2-5-7-10 box I wanted to do my Garden Whimsy one that I love but Anne Marie wanted to use the set for her suspension card so I cased this lovely box from the very talented Amy Celona. I changed one of the stamps used to
Boho Backgrounds, I created the scallop border using the slit punch as it gives a nice deep scallop & it's good to show the versatility of the SU! punches.

Stamp set/s: Boho Background, Carte Postale, Leaves a la Carte jumbo wheel
Card stock (CS): Sahara Sand & Always Artichoke
: Always Artichoke (AA)
Punches: 1-1/4" circle, 1-3/8" circle, Scallop circle, slit punch (for faux-scallop edge)
Adhesive: Snail Adhesive & Sticky strip
Other: Silver brads, Mellow Moss taffeta ribbon, sponges, mini glue dots, Velcro strips


  • Trim Sahara Sand card stock to 10-1/2” long
  • Wheel Leaves a La Carte jumbo wheel using Always Artichoke all over one side of Sahara Sand card stock
  • Score card stock vertically at 2”, 5”, 7”, 10” & horizontally at 2” & 7”
  • Follow diagram above, cut on SOLID lines, fold on DOTTED lines, & cut away STRIPED areas.
  • Assemble the box using a strong adhesive (Sticky strip is best for boxes or Snail adhesive)
  • Sponge all the edges of box with AA ink
  • Stamp the large stamp from Boho Backgrounds on a scrap of Sahara Sand CS with AA ink – punch out using the Scallop Circle punch & sponge edges with AA ink
  • Punch out 1-3/8" circle of Always Artichoke cardstock
  • Stamp the emblem stamp from Carte Postale on a scrap of Sahara Sand CS – punch out the middle flower with 1-1/4" circle punch
  • Attach a silver brad through the 3 “circles”
  • Create a faux-scallop look by using the slit punch on a piece of Always Artichoke CS (3” x 1-1/8") attach under the edge of the closure
  • Glue only half of the “3 circles” to the closure
  • Attach a moss taffeta bow with a glue dot
  • Adhere Velcro strip for easy opening & closing
Happy stamping for now!

13 July 2008

Team to the rescue (again)

Little did I know when I asked my upline Jacque for some quick & easy cards to demo at a workshop that I'd be using the ideas so quickly! For the first time ever I ran out of card stock recently & yes my order arrived a day too late. Lucky for me my sister Tracey has Artfully Asian which I love & seem to have it more than she does!

Front of Card:

Stamp set/s: Artfully Asian, Canvas
Card stock: Whisper White
Inks: Basic Black, Real Red, Mellow Moss, Barely Banana
Other: Blender pen, 1-1/4" square punch, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, red gingham ribbon

Inside the card:

7 July 2008

Happy Birthday Mikaela

My niece turns 13 tomorrow so thought she'd enjoy a covered notebook. I had made in class, one using Scribble This with Petals & Paisley DP.

Mikaela isn't really a pink girl so I thought I'd create her one with Fall Flowers DP. I'm not sure which one I like the best so may let her choose for herself. The saying comes from the Polka Dots & Paisley stamp set.

Stamp set/s: Scribble This, Polka Dots & Paisley
Designer Paper: Petals & Paisley, Fall Flowers