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Paisleys & Posies Quick & Easy Card!

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Thursday night and the weather is cold and rainy here in Auckland!  Nice night to be tucked up inside.

Today’s share is a card idea I found on Pinterest last year, and it’s such a winner!  I am using the Paisleys & Posies stamp set here with a variety of colours.  I love projects that look so great with simplicity (actually I love all great-looking projects!):

 

Start by stamping your various paisley images from the Paisleys & Posies stamp set.  Choose any colour combination that appeals, but here I’ve used Mint Macaron, Island Indigo, Always Artichoke, and Cherry Cobbler.   (You can browse all 50 colours of ink pads HERE).

The placement isn’t exact – just decide on the sort of shape you want to create and start with the largest image first and work down to the smallest image.  Finish off with some Enamel Dots and/or Rhinestones.

 

As for the words, you can use any of your die cuts and coordinating stamps.  Crazy for You is a fantastic option (sadly retiring at the end of May!) and so is Sunshine Sayings (this one is staying for another year).

Basically we are stamping a flat background and then making one simple die cut the focal point.

I’ve matted this up a few times to add a bit more interest, too.  This also makes for a nice, sturdy greeting card.

 

And tassels are quite trendy at the moment; you and I will be seeing a lot more of tassels!  They sure do add an element of posh to a project.

Give this one a go!  If you don’t already have a demonstrator and live in New Zealand, I’d be happy to get you the products you need.  Alternatively, you can browse online:

Thanks for stopping by!  I sure do appreciate your support, your enthusiasm, and your friendship!

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An Old Truck Card – One for the Guys

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Today’s share is a masculine card that has sat on my desk; I’ve enjoyed it every time I sit down to work.   This colour Cajun Craze . . . . it’s really a great one to mix in with the darker colours, especially for masculine projects.  I really like it here on this old truck in the Country Livin’ stamp set:

 

I’ve stamped this cool truck using the Archival Black because it doesn’t bleed when watercoloured.  Then coloured this guy in with Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Delightful Dijon, and Smokey Slate.  I used an AquaPainter here; you could also use a Blender Pen, but it won’t have the watercoloured look quite the same.  

I used the Shimmer White cardstock here; it’s far superior to Whisper White for watercolouring.   If you haven’t seen the resource sheet for our cardstocks, please feel free to download. I hope it will be very useful for you.

 

It’s very faint in the photo, but I also did  a was in the background using Soft Sky (how appropriate).  All you need to do here is use a lot of water and just a little ink and keep it moving.  Just “wash” it around the background area for soft colour.

I also added a bit of the Fine Tip Glue Pen to the windows and let dry. Did you know it works like a clear lacquer as well?  Great stuff!

 

I’ll be sending this card to my father who is a real collector of old junk . . . I mean antiques.  There is quite a charm about old trucks, though, especially when they have as good of a paint job as this one on the card has!

I’d love to have you in a class with me during May!  Please check out my Calendar for this month and see if anything fits into your schedule.   Don’t forget we also have our Extravaganzas coming up before we know it!

 

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Tarnished Foil Vintage Butterflies!

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Hi friends!  And a big Happy Mother’s Day to all women and to all dads going at it alone.  It’s wonderful as a parent to be appreciated. I received a lovely, heartfelt letter from my middle daughter, Kjirsti.  It’s moments like those that make it all so rewarding.

Today’s share is a Tarnished Foil technique project – one technique that I’ve wanted to try for a while.  This is a great one for cards for the guys, but, as you can see here, it also makes a super background for a more vintage look:

 

This technique is reasonably easy to achieve.  The key is to start with our fabulous Silver Foil cardstock.  

  1. Emboss with the Woodlands Embossing Folder.  I’ve seen it with the trees coming “out” as above and with the trees going “in” and actually, either looks great!
  2. Rub lightly with a black Staz-On pad
  3. Tap lightly with a Versamark and use Silver Embossing Powder over the top.  Heat.
  4. Tap lightly with a Versamark and use Copper Embossing Powder over the top.  Heat.
  5. Rub lightly with a black Staz-On pad.

 

Sadly, both the butterfly images and the two coordinating punches are being discontinued.  Both winners!  Please be sure to check out the Retiring List and the Clearance Rack.

I have layered the butterflies on top of the gorgeous background without any further embellishment. I thought it best to let the background speak for itself.

 

I will be teaching this project in my classes in May; I’d love to have you along!  Please see my Calendar Page for a class nearest to you.   I’d also be happy to schedule a regular or one-off class with you and your friends!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend!

P.S. The new Annual Catalogue is live 1 June!   Come to a class in May or message me to receive your copy!

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Bookcase Builder Altered Notebook – Cute Small Gift Idea!

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My personal favorite projects are taking something rather ordinary and making them extra special!   All you need is an inexpensive notebook.  I’ve used the small 1B4 notebooks and cut them in half here.   I’ve shared something like this before, but I’ve done up some leftover kits with current images and came up with these cuties:

 

I used the Bookcase Builder stamp set to embellish these little purse-sized notebooks for something a bit different.   I love how one can put various little things on each shelf, perhaps making the images and project personal to a particular person or to yourself.  Plus it’s fun!

I was thinking these would be a nice little book for writing down those funny things kids say, memories, keeping lists, spiritual thoughts, inspiration, creative colour combinations as you see them . . .

I also made up a more pastel version using the Subtles colour palette.

I simply cut a notebook in half and then covered it with the Kraft cardstock (you could use any colour, of course).   Then stamped the images on white, matted and adhered to the front.

 

I really enjoyed making this and love how they turned out!   Fortunately, this Bookcase Builder is staying with us for another year, and I look forward to using it on more projects!

Don’t forget to check out the Retiring LIst and the Clearance Rack before those items on your wish list are gone – and grab a bargain while you’re at it!

And if you’re in New Zealand and are my customer or don’t already have a demonstrator, let me know if you’d like a copy of the new catalogue. I can’t wait to share all the new, exciting colours, images, tools, and products with you!

Thanks for stopping by, and stay dry tonight,

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Eastern Palace Beautiful Medallion Notecards

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Hi friends!  It’s Tuesday already! I had such a busy (fun!) weekend, and yesterday I spent the day catching up on some sleep and putting my craft space back together.  We did so many awesome projects, and today I’m sharing just one of them (inspired by the talented Martha Inchley):

stampin up eastern palace notecards martha inchley lemon lime twist

Using the awesome new Eastern Palace dies and stamp set (bundle offer for May only!!!), we cut a medallion cut out on the card front.  This creates a stained-glass effect.

 

Every medallion turned out a little differently – this set comes with so many little images, all perfect for layering and placing around the cut outs.  The main thing I learned by doing and watching is to TAKE YOUR TIME when stamping.   Taking that extra moment for correct placement makes all the difference.

 

The colours used here are Lemon LIme Twist, Tranquil Tide, Pool Party, and Fresh Fig (above).  And bonus!  These three new colours, which aren’t available for general ordering until 1 June, ARE included in the Eastern Palace Bundle!  Yay!

All these products will be available after 1 June still, BUT they won’t be in the value-added bundle any longer, so if this is on your wish list, you are best to order it in May to get the most value for money.  (Plus any orders in May get free lifetime access to my Monochromatic Cards class!)

 

The possibilities are absolutely endless with these dies and images.  I’ve only used two of the dies here out of an 14 die set!

You CAN also order this bundle as part of your starter kit to open an account as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator (you pick $285 in product for $189).  Please read HERE for more details.

We will also be doing these cards this Wednesday evening in Titirangi and this Thursday evening in Otahuhu.  Please join us!

Thanks for stopping by,

 

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Carousels Vintage Double Layout – Two Classes this Weekend!

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Happy Friday and I’m excited for this weekend!  Saturday I’ll be in Hamilton and Sunday in Tauranga teaching both cards and scrapbooking. Today’s share is one of the awesome layouts we will be doing in these classes:

stampin up carousel cupcake single photo layout vintage

 

I love vintage style projects, and the Cupcakes and Carousels Designer Series Stack (paper) lends itself beautifully to this sort of style.   It was easy to layer so many prints together when they all work together so beautifully.

 

I’ve accents this layout with flowers from the Flourish Thinlits die set as well as many of the items from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment pack.  And those glittery centres of the flowers – well those are a sneak peek at what’s coming 1 June!

 

My particular style appreciates small details that don’t detract from the focal point: the photos.  The little bits of ribbon and twine,  layers of cardstock, and the scattering of sequins are some of my favorite things!     And of course, most layouts are about something we love, or at least something important to us, so I use a heart on every single one.

 

The elements in the Embellishment Pack are fantastic for adding that extra something. And it gives you a little bit of a lot of things!  Great for the at-home crafter!

 

Now I did say this was a double layout, so here is page two!   I wanted to make a really awesome page one and then a more simple, coordinating page two that allowed for a lot more photos and story to be told.  I just love how these photos portray the relationship between my three daughters.

 

These will look great together in an album or on a wall!

If you’d like to join us Saturday in Hamilton (1-5pm $35) or Sunday in Tauranga (10-5pm $45), I’d love to have you along!  Beginners more than welcome!

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Carousel Birthday Gate Fold Card with Free Video Tutorial!

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Today’s share is a vintage-style birthday card, including a video tutorial for you.  I hope you will give this project a try!  I’ve used the Carousel Birthday stamp set here, along with the Cupcakes and Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack.  I just loved these the moment I saw them:

stampin up carousel birthday card gate fold vintage

I’ve stamped and cut out the little cupcake icings and topped with a pearl for sprinkles.   I just love this vintage carousel image and cool fonts that also come in this set.

 

 

A gate fold card is a card that opens in the centre rather than at the side.  It doesn’t take any more cardstock and is easy to do.

I chose to use the more colourful prints in the Cupcake and Carousel stack because I kept the main image fairly neutral.

 

And this is a Bermuda Bay version, something more neutral than the pink version.

Both the stamp sets and the printed papers are being discontinued as of the end of May.  Please check out the discontinuing items (some discounted) in my Online Store.

 

 

And here is the card opened up. As you can see, the card opens like a garden gate, rather than a front door.  I used a bit of the leftover Cupcakes and Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack for a border along the inside bottom and added the gorgeous carousel horse as well.

And I’ve made for you a little step-by-step tutorial on how to make this fun birthday card:

 

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

P.S. If you live in New Zealand and are someone who would enjoy gathering with like-minded people to enjoy some crafting, I’d love to have you along to a class or two!  I’ll be in Hamilton this Saturday and Tauranga this Sunday.   You can see the full calendar HERE.

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It’s Here! Order the Eastern Palace Suite Early!

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Happy Monday!  Good news to start off your new week: You can now order the Eastern Palace Suite (including three of the five new colours!) as of today! That’s a full month before the new catalogue is live!

eastern palace new zealand

 

You can choose between two bundles:

Eastern Palace Starter Bundle – perfect for the beginning crafter!

Bundle: 147196

DESCRIPTION PRICE
Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set $104.75 AUD/ $125.75 NZD
Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper
Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers
Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)
Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)
Fresh Fig Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)
Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes (New!) FREE!

 

 

Eastern Palace Premier Bundle – perfect for the avid crafter!

Bundle: 147209

DESCRIPTION PRICE
Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set $178.25 AUD/ $214.25 NZD
Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper
Eastern Palace Cardstock Pack
Mini Tassels Assortment
Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers
Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)
Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)
Fresh Fig Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)
Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies
Very Vanilla C6 Envelopes FREE!
Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock (New!) FREE!

 

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Thanks for stopping by my stamping world!

 

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