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Last Few Days of Two Promotions!

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I haven’t blogged for a few days because I’ve been quite occupied with preparing for the upcoming Quilt & Craft Show in Hamilton.  I leave in the morning, so the race is on!

I’ve also been finishing up the September Virtual Club projects. You will love these!

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Also just wanted to put a reminder that today and tomorrow are the LAST days to purchase the exclusive Thoughtful Branches stamp set, dies, or bundle:

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And second, today and tomorrow (Tuesday and Wednesday) are the last days to redeem your Bonus Days Vouchers.   If you placed an order of $110 or more during July, you should have a voucher code redeemable for $11 off your order before shipping.  Please share with a friend if you don’t intend to use yours!

 

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If you are coming to the Hamilton Quilt & Craft Show, please stop in and say hello and make a project!

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Mediterrean Achiever’s Blog Hop – Holiday Catalogue Sneak Peek!

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Welcome to New Zealand!  It is my pleasure to share with you today a little sneak peek of the wonderful, exciting new products in the Holiday Catalogue (released 1 September)!

stampin up jolly friends swing cardToday’s share is the ever-popular swing card, but this time with a cute reindeer from the new Jolly Friends bundle!

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This set comes with several faces, several hats, accessories AND the coordinating Jolly Hat Builder Punch!  Paired with the Mini Jingle Bells, this one is too cute to pass up.

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The reindeer (moose?) is quickly coloured with an Aqua Painter and Crumb Cake and Early Espresso ink pads.

And did you notice the awesome embossing folder?  This new Cable Knit design is a thick, deeply etched folder. Very robust.

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Thanks for joining in our hop and I hope you are as excited about our new holiday range as we are!

Enjoy the rest of your hop!

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Tauranga Extravaganza Project Parade

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Our Extravaganza in Tauranga was in July, so I’m a little behind in sharing all the projects on my desk!

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Rhonda Fawcett shared with everyone this fun masculine card using the One Wild Ride stamp set.

stampin up one wild ride pop up window cardAnother fun feature is the card has a pop up window feature inside!  Love the concept here and so easy to do.

stampin up foxy friends framed cardJackie Thornton taught for her first time at the Extravaganzas and shared this cute card with the Foxy Friends bundle.  So cute and effective; this would make anyone smile.

stampin up bliss and blooms birthday bookRosie Dunn taught with us this time, too, and shared this useful book for keeping track of birthdays.

stampin up bliss and blooms birthday book calendar tagsThis would make a nice gift for a grandparent.  Rosie has used the Bliss & Blooms suite to complete this little organizer.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful weekend while the sun is shining!

I’d love to see you at my next class!

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Floral Phrases Elegant in Navy & White

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HI friends!  Today’s share is a beautiful, yet quick to do, project using the new Floral Phrases bundle.   Love those gorgeous dies and the timeless stamp set!

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White on white for subtle detail, this card is only two layers with simple embellishments.

stampin up floral phrases wedding night of navy simple quickI will also be using Floral Phrases  for a different project during my card classes during August and will also be using it at the Hamilton Quilt and Craft Show the first weekend of September!  Please join in!

Thanks for reading,

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Thoughtful Branches – Hydrangea Layout

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Scrapbooking is one form of crafting that I find very rewarding.  I sure love showcasing my daughters and other special relationships; I find these emotions very creatively inspiring!

Today’s layout features the August exclusive Thoughtful Branches.  This is a gorgeous set with such versatility:

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I was pleased with how this one came together after much fun mess-making!

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The Thoughtful Branches die designed for cutting out the tree leaves can also be used for a flower bunch!  Here I’ve made my personal third-favorite flower: hydrangeas.

I’ve also used the much-beloved Hardwood background stamp.  A must!

stampin up thoughtful branches watercolor hydrangea glitterStamp over the top of the petals with the “leaves” stamp image and use a bit of Heat and Stick plus Dazzling Diamonds to add some sparkle.

stampin up thoughtful branches birds on a wire watercolor washMy favorite element on this page is the birds .. . . . they are just so so so adorable!

stampin up thoughtful branches birds ona wire flourishing phrases watercolorI also can’t get enough of the copper.  Copper Metallic Thread, Copper Embossing Powder, and Copper Foil coming soon!

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This panel features the Faux Patina technique.  Again, elements of copper are just stunning.

stampin up thoughtful branches copper emboss hydrangeaMy journaling panel here is embellished with more of the stamps from Thoughtful Branches, in the perfectly coordinating Wisteria Wonder, Soft Sky, and Pear Pizzazz.

I am really happy with how this layout turned out and would love to share it with you!  And remember this bundle is only available during August!

20 August Tauranga – 3 layouts $45

24 August Titirangi – 7pm  $15

17 September Nelson – 3 layouts $45

Private class bookings available

Thanks for reading!

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Best Birds Frame Card

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It was my pleasure to share this vintage Best Birds Hanging Frame Card at the recent Extravaganzas.  I kept them all really busy, but the result was worth it!

Inspired by a swap from the Mediterranean Cruise by my Australian friend, Jennie Cass:

 

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This project folds up easily and handily to fit into a 5×5 envelope:

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We used the Best Birds bundle for that fun background image, as well as all the birds and greenery.

stampin up best birds vintage watercolor frame card Each bird is watercoloured and sits on a wee nest of the new Copper Metallic Thread.

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I heard many positive remarks about this design, particularly noted that they enjoyed that this project could be put on display for a while.

Our Christmas Extravaganzas are coming up in October and November!

Please sign up for my monthly newsletter so you are sure to know when and where events will be as well as what promotions are on!

Thanks for reading!

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Foxy Friends Covered Note Booklets

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During the school holidays in July, I was asked to teach a little class for the children.  And what fun they had!  We/they made quite a mess, but everyone was happy and enthusiastic.  One of the projects I did with them was the cute little booklet for their special notes:

stampin up foxy friends covered notebookBoth the cat and the fox are made with the Foxy Friends punch and stamp set bundle.

stampin up foxy friends cat altered notebookOf course I had to make the cat yellow, seeing as I have three of them myself!

stampin up foxy friends kids classI brought along my sidekick, Robert, who has a real affinity for playing with young children.  They had a great time using the Big Shot and then later doing tricks on the big mat.  Rob was on a high for days.

stampin up foxy friends kids holiday classAnd here are some of the creative finished projects.  I hope they are treasured and enjoyed by my little friends!

Thanks for reading!

ps don’t forget to redeem your Bonus Day coupons before the end of the month!

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Thoughtful Branches in Copper Emboss

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I am really loving this new stamp set and die bundle, Thoughtful Branches.  This one is available only during August, so please order your set early!

Here I have created a project inspired by Krista Frattin, with a few minor changes:

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How I love copper!  And paired with the fresh Whisper White, Sweet Sugarplum, Pool Party, and Wild Wasabi, it looks fantastic.

stampin up thoughtful branches copper powder sweet sugarplumI’m in love with these sweet, little birds.  Just this afternoon I finished a layout using these little guys and they are so CUTE!

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And yes, you can redeem your Bonus Days Vouchers for this set!

Thanks for reading!

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