31 March 2009

The postie has been.....

and look at all my goodies from my Stampin' team. I was awoken by my work mates singing me Happy Birthday which was a lovely way to start the day too!

I'm just about to go have morning tea at my friend's place so the official eating can begin!

Thank you all they're absolutely gorgeous!!

30 March 2009

Let the birthday celebrations begin!

(And yes I think Jouni needs to come to card class but a very good attempt though some of my friends tell me he is out by 4 days).

It's my birthday this week & I normally love my birthday but this one being a BIGGIE not sure how I feel about it but it started off really well with Sunday Jazz at the band rotunda with drinks & nibbles & about 30 friends yesterday in the Auckland Domain, followed by pizzas from the Organic Pizza Co (very yummy). Thanks everyone who made it a special afternoon/evening.

Next piece of advice don't lend your camera to your man as he mislaid mine & his after that so we only have one shot of me under the trees whilst we were waiting for the troops. And no pictures of the gang!!

Just a couple of cards from friends that were hand made:

26 March 2009

One for the girls this time

This is a modified holder that my upline Jacque taught me, I've modified the size to fit a Whisper White envelope. I just adore PIP & Chocolate Chip - so yummy.

Stamp set: Scribble It & Scribble (jumbo wheel), Background Sampler (retiring in 5 days time)
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Basic Brown, So Saffron, Certainly Celery
Other: Whisper white envelope, round tab punch, horizontal slot punch, narrow white grosgrain ribbon, blender pen, chunky glitter (crystal iris), Snail adhesive, 2-way glue pen, dimensionals

Cutting dimensions:
Pretty in Pink: 9 x 4-5/8", scored at 3-1/2" & 7-1/2"
Chocolate Chip mats: 3" square & 2 x 1-3/4"
Whisper white: 2-3/4" square

Inner Pretty in Pink: 2-3/4 x 4-1/8"
Inner Whisper White: 2-1/2 x 3-7/8"

For your interest down under a doodle has a different connotation which is why Doodle It is known as Scribble It ;-)

25 March 2009

More Outlaw bags for the boys

Here's everyone efforts from class last night. The instructions on "how to" can be viewed on my original post HERE.

The attendees were very nervous about the imprecision of the folding & scoring & were all totally amazed at how fantastic they all turned out.

24 March 2009

A gift bag for the boys?

This is a really easy double bag using one piece of designer paper - here Outlaw (about to retire & reduced to $10.48). This would be perfect for putting in a lotto ticket (as yes dreams can come true) or some movie money or other gift voucher.

Split Coast Stampers has a tutorial but it's really complicated & confusing for once. I learnt how to create one of these at the demonstrator regional training last year just using grid paper & a bone folder.

  • Take one side of the 12x12" DSP & turn in the right & left hand side edges approx. 2.5cm
  • Turn the paper round so they are now the top & bottom edge
  • Bring the new LHS & RHS in approx. 9 cm each
  • Fold in half (seam to the outside)
  • Make a W around the centre fold by turning over approx. 1.5cm & VOILA!
  • Stick the top edge together with Sticky Strip & decorate

Stamp set: In the Stars
Paper: Outlaw DSP, Very Vanilla, Real Rust
Ink: Real Rust, Creamy Caramel, Sage Shadow
Other: Horizontal slit punch, twill, jumbo eyelets, crop-a-dile, dimensionals

NOTE: In the Stars is in our current Summer Mini catalogue but has not made the cut & is not in the new IB+C to be launched April 1st. So if you're interested in getting this or the current designer papers - March 31 is the deadline! So contact ME if interested. This really is a great set for making a card quickly & many of the star images can be punched out with the star punches for ease.

18 March 2009

Happy GREEN day to ALL!

Well my SBS Janet has challenged us to do GREEN for this week's Corrosive Challenge. I know a day late but yesterday I had to pick my mum up from the hospital & take her home, so shopping, washing etc then had a card class last night - which for supper we had GREEN bubbly. I had challenged them all to wear green & Nickie was the lucky winner of the Wild Wasabi inkpad (my favourite from last year's in-colours).

So here's a few green images to celebrate St Paddys' day (& I did have an Irish grandfather called Patrick!)

A take on a 2,4,6,8 box but this one is 2.5" on all sides (2.5, 5, 7.5, 10")

A tri-fold card with my lovely wee frog from Unfroggetable (he is still available but low quantities)

Another mini album using the green or in this case Wild Wasabi piece of Afternoon Tea DSP.

So where ever you were I hope the luck of the Irish was with you.

16 March 2009

Way Out West for sure

Spent a really enjoyable but different weekend holding a stall at the Kumeu Annual A+P show with the members of my team WOW paperKRafters plus Yvonne from our big team. We meet some neat people, gawked at giant pumpkins, ate whitebait fritters (YUM), bought chutneys & a few knick knacks, chased cards in the wind & hid in the middle of the gazebo as it rained but we all enjoyed it (though I hated the early starts as I am not a morning person). The show opened at 8.30 am & we had to be in, put up the gazebo & set out the tables, displays etc. before opening time both days.

Any one who stopped by our stand thanks for poppin' in & I'm sure it was as much fun for you as us. The winner of our basket was Linda B from Kumeu (Sally will be in touch with you).

The make n' takes:

The pumpkins!!!!

Saturday's team (Debbie and Sally and me hiding behind the camera):

Debbie in action:

Sunday's team (Clare and Yvonne and yep me behind the camera again :-) )

12 March 2009

Who's let the bird out?

ME! This is a sneak peek of one of the new stamp sets that will be available in our new Idea Book & Catalogue (release date April 1). It's called Good Friend & has this really cute BIG bird in it.

Imagine my delight when I arrive at my upline's to make an altered paint can last night that we're using it. And I can report it was a pleasure to work with. My set was at this stage still sitting in a brown box at my work (which had brought a BIG smile to my face earlier in the day).

NOTE: I'm starting to take pre-orders for the new catalogue so if you're interested contact me HERE & I'll e-mail you back all the details.

Jacque has blogged a totally different paint can today so go check it out HERE. These are great for filling with lollies, Easter eggs etc.

Stamp set: Good Friend
Paper: Bali Breeze DSP, Taken with Teal, Whisper White
Ink; Pumpkin Pie, Close to Cocoa, Rose Red
Other: Horizontal slot, various ribbons, Flower Fusion (felt flowers), Earth Elements brads, scallop edge border punch

11 March 2009

Farewell Greetings Galore

This is one of those useful stamp sets with 8 messages & I separated the saying from the image when I mounted it. Making it very versatile.

I love the baby in the set it's so sweet.

Stampin Up and Greetings galore and baby card

This set is also reduced 25% at $51.71 for the 8 stamps

10 March 2009

No more eating cake?

wow the retiring list is growing so fast & getting too large to keep running it on the side bar. If there is a set you're really think you love & don't want to miss out on getting it contact your demo or ME quickly - cute is going the fastest. This is a set I think is "cute" but is still readily available & great value at $43.36 (25% off) for 11 stamps. Click on the photo to see a bigger snapshot of the card.

Happy stampin'

9 March 2009

Bali Breeze a popping & a spinning

What a lot of fun tonight at class (JanetA - I could kiss her worked out that if you trim a smidgen of the dimensional stuck between the coins - your embellishment really, really spins!!)

First project: Bali breeze spinner card

Stamp sets: Eastern Blooms & Eat Cake
Paper: Taken with Teal, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Whisper White, Bali Breeze DSP
Ink: Old Olive, pumpkin Pie
Other: Word Window punch, scallop punch, dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds glitter
Technique: Spinner card

The second project was designed & demonstrated by Delys Cram & Jennifer Montgomery at my recent teams extravaganza in Hamilton - I just loved the colours - which also inspired the first card. My kit from being a demo came in handy for Judy's birthday card but never got to take a decent photo (not sure if this one is perfect either but better - click on the photo to make it bigger)

Stamp set: Eastern Blooms, Short & Sweet
Ink: Rose Red, Taken with Teal, Pumpkin Pie
Paper: Taken with Teal, Rose Red, Old Olive, Whisper White, Bali Breeze DSP (it's behind the ribbon)
Other: Metallic eyelets, Crop-a-dile, Pumpkin Pie & Tempting Turquoise grosgrain ribbon, hemp twine, Bold Bright brads, Sticky strip, round tab punch
Technique: Free standing pop up card

Thanks Delys & Jennifer I just love the wee flowers attached to the top tab

8 March 2009

RIP Peaceful Wishes

Wow was this a shock to see this one go - I thought it was a classic & pine cones & branches are perfect for us in NZ to use for Christmas.

I used this set for my first demo swap in October 2007 & it's up on Stampers Showcase (demo site) which is a big thrill.

My first Christmas card made with SU! products:

And one of the cards KReated at my WCMD event last year!

Stampin Up and Peaceful Wishes

Otherwise it has been used for a variety of Christmas candles.

Again a set I can't imagine doing without!