Thailand Achiever’s Blog Hop – Bench Fold Bookcase Builder Card!

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Welcome to another blog hop for worldwide demonstrators who have achieved the Thailand Grand Vacation!  (16 days until we go!!).  You have landed in New Zealand on the hop!


Today’s share is a fun Bench Fold card using the new Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack:


I thought this could be a great little card for masculine themes, teenagers, or babies!


I loved the Cable Knit folder used here for a little table runner.   Cute!

All the images are from the Bookcase Builder stamp set – so you can mix and match both colours and images to create anything you want on the little shelves.


And like magic, the card folds down flat (or relatively flat) to fit inside a standard envelope.

The new product here is also one of my top three picks for the new catalogue – the Wood Textures Designer Series Stack.  These are FABulous papers perfect for the guys, kids, flowers, vintage  . . . . just love them!

If you live in New Zealand and don’t already have a demonstrator, I’d love to be yours!

Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy the rest of the hop!

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Discontinued Stampin’ Up! Products for Sale! Win/Win!

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I have a couple boxes of used, discontinued Stampin’ Up! products in my craft room waiting for a new, loving home.  In addition, my eldest daughter is leaving shortly for her full time mission and we still have a few supplies to gather up (shopping).  Help me and grab yourself a bargain!

All items are used. If you are wanting to know exact condition, please email or text me 021 128 9923.  All are certainly useable and in working order.

First in, first served.


Stamp sets

  • Mixed Borders – $10
  • First Sight – $20
  • Love and Affection – $15
  • Wild About Flowers – $20
  • Endless Thanks – $20
  • Bountiful Border – $10
  • Gorgeous Grunge – $25
  • Greatest Greetings – $25
  • Helping Me Grow – $20
  • Urban District – $20
  • Project Life Hello Lovely Photopolymer – $5
  • Picture Perfect – $2
  • Homemade for You – $15
  • Suite Sayings – $25
  • Friendly Wishes – $20
  • Hey, Chick (Sale-A-Bration) – $15
  • Designer Tree (Sale-A-Bration) – $20
  • Thankful Life (Hostess) – $20
  • Builder Birdcage – $20
  • Endless Birthday Wishes – $25
  • Delicate Details $15



  • Flower Patch – $50 (dies and stamp set)
  • Special Reason – $60 (dies and stamp set)
  • Acorny thank you (punch and stamp set) $50
  • Sealed with Love Bundle $50 (dies and stamp set)



  • Timeless Tags Thinlets – $25
  • Hello You Thinlits – $25
  • Botanical Builder Framelits – $30
  • Tags and Labels Framelits – $25
  • Banners Framelits – $20
  • Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits – $25
  • (2) Christmas Greetings Thinlits – $15 each

Re-Inkers – $6 each

  • (2) Staz On Jet Black
  • (3) Mint Macaron
  •  Watermelon Wonder
  • (2) Lost Lagoon



  • Bag of assorted twine – $10

Embellishments / Miscellaneous

  • (2) Brights Sequins Assortment – $6
  • Wink of Stella Brush Gold – $5
  • (3) Sprinkles Embellishments – $8 each
  • Mint Macaron ink pad $5
  • Cucumber Crush ink pad $5
  • Staz On Ink Pad $5
  • Sweet Sugarplum Ribbon $1 meter
  • Very vAnilla Satin Ribbon $1 meter
  • White Organdy Ribbon $1 meter
  • Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper (2 sheets of 12×12) $8
  • Heat and Stick Powder $5
  • Cupcake and Carousels Designer Series Stack $20 new


  • Festive Embossing Folder $5
  • Lovely Lace Embossing Folder $5
  • Falling in Love Embossing Folder $5
  • Affectionately Yours Embossing Folders $5
  • Paisley Frame Embossing Folder $5



  • Petite Flower Punch $10
  • Acorn Punch $25
  • Confetti Punch $25
  • Snowflake Punch $25
  • Star Punch $20
  • Sweetheart Punch $20
  • Decorative Label Punch $25
  • Star Border Punch $25
  • Blossom Punch $25
  • Festive Flower Builder $25
  • Project Life Corner Rounder $10
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Crafting Forever – Gifts for my Open House Tomorrow!

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Tomorrow I am hosting an Open House (Drop in between 10-2) for the new catalogue, and I wanted to make a few gift items for the day, too.  What set is more perfect that the Crafting Forever?   So cute!


So five attendees tomorrow will receive one of these gift bags:


Each little bag contains two card bases, six pieces of Designer Series Paper, and 1 meter of ribbon.  All the corresponding In-Color, of course!

Each bags has a simple piece of cardstock folded over the top, embossed in the new Garden Trellis folder, and then the paintbrush image from the Crafting Forever set watercolored in.

I really didn’t want to cut these out five times over, so I watercolored a little bit of Smokey Slate around each image to give the illusion of 3D.    If you do watercoloring at all (or want to), I strongly suggest you get yourself a Smokey Slate ink pad for your tool kit!

Above we have Powder Pink, Berry Burst, and Fresh Fig.


And these two new colours are Tranquil Tide and Lemon LIme Twist.

I look forward to giving these out tomorrow!   And it’s not too late to let me know if you are coming – drop in between 10-2pm in my studio in Birkenhead.  There is not cost to this event – Just come and make a few projects and enjoy a cuppa!


Thanks for stopping by,


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Vintage Background Bits – Colour INspiration 11

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Welcome to another Colour Inspiration Colour Challenge!  You are now visiting Jacque Williams in New Zealand.  This fortnight we have #11 – a yummy mix of Soft Suede, Marina Mist, and Early Espresso.

Please join us over the next two weeks uploading your own projects in the above colours (plus black, white, vanilla or any metallics) by joining us on the Colour Inkspiration Challenge Page.  It’s also quite fun to see what others create!

I chose to use one of the new host sets, Background Bits.  I just love the versatile and vintage feel to this set:

The main image is heat embossed in Clear Embossing Powder and then inked over the top in all three of the challenge colours.  I used a circle out of scrap cardstock to mask off the moon image while sponging, too.

This is such an easy to way to create a wow background!

I also used the script stamp in the set to do a little bit more stamping onto the background.

Finish off with a bit of glitter. And just a bit in keeping with the vintage style!


Background Bits is a host set, meaning you can receive it free when you host a Stampin’ Up! workshop OR when you/you and some friends place an order of $300 or more.  It’s a truly gorgeous set!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I know you’ll enjoy the rest of the hop.  You’ll be visiting the talented Lou Kitzelman next!

If you live in New Zealand and don’t have a demonstrator, I’d love to be yours!   I’m having a Free Open House for the new catalogue 17 June 10-1pm.   Come along and make some projects, take photos of new displays, and have a cuppa!   Feel free to bring a friend, too.   Free gift for the first five registrants.  Register HERE.

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Remarkable You in the new Fresh Fig!

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Well I think I’m just totally in love with the new Wood Textures Paper Stack. I just keep reaching for it!

Today’s share is a remake of a card I shared from the last catalogue year, but this time done with the new Wood Textures papers and coloured with the Fresh Fig:


This gorgeous magnolia is from the Remarkable You stamp set, a great set with open images for watercoloring.    I’ve used Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, and Fresh Fig here for the flower.

And loving the new tassels!  They sure do add elegance to even a simple project!


This project was made with the new Thick Vanilla cardstock as the base, then the front covered in the Wood Textures Paper Stack.    Next is just some simple layering on the front with a small strip of Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper, Fresh Fig Ribbon, and a doily.

This Saturday I’m holding a Free New Catalogue Open House~!  Drop in between 10-2pm and stay for as little or long as you like!  Make a few projects, pick up a copy of the catalogue if you don’t have one, have a cuppa, and take pictures of displays!  Please RSVP by Friday.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Three of My Favorite Things! – Top Picks 2017 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue

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There are SO MANY new and exciting products in the new 2017 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue!  Today I want to share three of my top picks:


These may or may not look that exciting at first glance, but they are GREAT!   I’ve already used them on so many projects; all my June classes will have these papers in them too.   Perfect for masculine, florals, teenagers, sympathy . . . . just oh so versatile. And they come in a handy 6×6 size 48 in the pack!




I will freely confess I have never used texture paste and am still eagerly awaiting my order to arrive, BUT I have seen and/or been given projects with these awesome product on it and wow!   I absolutely cannot wait to play with this and share it with you in classes.  The paste can be coloured, stamped, and inked and adds such wonderful dimension to a project.   I’m a lover of vintage styles, especially “clean vintage” and this is just going to be used over and over and over . . . . . .




I didn’t see this product coming, but how clever!  I love it!   Even better, you get 720 dimensionals for the same $7.25!  Both sizes are great, but I look forward to these smaller ones for the smaller elements on a project.   Plus don’t forget to use all the edges, too!


And I didn’t even get into the stamps,dies, punches, and ribbons!  There is so much great fun to be had.  Please consider joining us for a class; I’d sure love to have you along!   If I don’t have one listed in your area, I’d be happy to book in a class near to you or give you the name of someone close.  As demonstrators on a team, we just want to share what we love with you!

Do you have your copy of the catalogue?

Thanks for stopping in,

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Brand New! 2017-2019 Five New In-Colours! Comparion and Inventory Charts!

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I hope you are enjoying the long weekend!  Today’s share is a long one, but with lots of resources and goodies!  Please have a read all the way to the end.   All the card samples are using the new Colorful Seasons Bundle.  

I want to introduce you to the five new Stampin’ Up! colours:

Please meet Fresh Fig:


From top to bottom, the colours used here are Pink Pirouette, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, and Fresh Fig.  The flowers are in Fresh Fig as well.     Fresh Fig is a very rich, dark wine sort of colour.


Please meet Tranquil Tide:

From top to bottom, the colours used here are Pool Party, Island Indigo, Tranquil Tide, and Always Artichoke.   As demonstrated in the video below, Tranquil Tide is very much an “in between” colour.  It will definitely change character depending on which colours you use it with!


Please meet Berry Burst:

From top to bottom we have Sweet Sugarplum, Berry Burst, Rich Razzleberry, and Fresh Fig.  The chair is also in Berry Burst.   This colour is a purple-pink with a good amount of vibrancy.


Please meet Lemon Lime Twist:

I predict this will be the most popular colour of the five!  Think fresh granny smith apples here.  From top to bottom, I have used Lemon LIme Twist, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, and Always Artichoke.   The leaf is also out of Lemon Lime Twist.


Please meet Powder Pink:

Colours from top to bottom are Pink Pirouette, Powder Pink, Blushing Bride, and Rose Red.  Powder Pink is soft purpley-pink, perfect for subtle projects or perhaps baby cards.

Please keep in mind that you can buy all five of these ink pads in a bundle for virtually the same price as buying four of them individually. This is your best deal!


Please also download your Free In-Colour Inventory Chart and Free In-Colour Combination Idea Chart!

Enjoy the video below:



Thanks for stopping by!

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Happy Birthday Gorgeous – with Free Video Tutorial!

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Happy first day of June and the first day of our new Annual Catalogue!  I had a great deal of fun putting through orders (mostly for myself!) this morning. There is nothing quite inspiring like a few new toys!

Today’s share is a fun Double Front Window Card using the new Happy Birthday Gorgeous Bundle:


Please also note the gorgeous, fantastic, versatile Wood Textures papers used here!  How I love these!  Wonderful with flowers, masculine, teens, baby — just anything at all!  I encourage all of you to put these beauties on your first order!


The front panel of the card features a window, which I encourage you to watch the video below to see just how I did that to create the matted frame.  The second layer of the card showcases a second wood print with a bit of stamping.


The Happy Birthday Die makes for a more interesting window here, but also consider you can cut the two words apart and use them separately for even more versatility!

Please take a few moments to watch my video and see how to make a card like this:


Thanks so much for stopping by – I appreciate each and every one of you!  I hope you are enjoying the new catalogue and I look forward to another Stampin’ Up! year of inspiration, laughs and fun!  Please join us for a class!

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