You Mean So Much Emboss Resist Scrapbooking Layout

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This month’s scrapbooking layout features the Emboss Resist technique – a FUN and different way to use your stamped images!

I love the colour combination of blue and green, and the new Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist are a fresh duo:


I will confess this is one of those projects that just looks like a big mess until it’s all put together and finished!  Even my daughter told me it was ugly when I was “in process”.

The background is done with just a sheet of Whisper White, which I’ve stamped and clear embossed with various images.   Then I took three inks: Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist, and Pool Party and sponged colour in a diagonal “line” across the page.

The die cuts are from the Flourishes die set, one of those “must haves” if you like pretty details!   I gently inked them up.

I used the Stitched Shapes dies to create the two circles on the page. (Quite honestly, the Stitched Shapes die set is another “must have” – I use these so much!)



I designed this page in May when I didn’t have access to the new papers and the existing ones were all being discontinued, so . . . .I made my own!   The element above with the dragonfly is just a sheet of Whisper White stamped up using the Awesomely Artistic set so create a unique “printed paper”.

This is a great little tip for anyone – when you just don’t have that quite right paper, with inks and stamps, it’s easy to make one to perfectly coordinate.

Hmmm this piece across the bottom of the layout is a bit different!   This is also emboss resist, so it perfectly ties in with the main page, but is different enough to be visually interesting.

And although almost nobody in class gets this part done, sometimes I like to include a coordinating pocket page with the layout.  I hope it shows how easy it is to get a few more photos in using the same bits and pieces one probably already has out doing the first page.  And it’s a good way to use up any little leftover scraps.

And that’s me for this Thursday evening.  Thanks for stopping by!

Upcoming Events

22 July Auckland Stamp Extravaganza 12:30-5:30  $45

24 July Pakuranga Stamp Class 7pm  $15

26 July Titirangi Card OR Scrapbooking Class 7pm $15

27 July Birkenhead Class 10am $15


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South Pacific Thailand Grand Vacation Swap

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I’m back in the land of winter and freezing!  Well after super hot Thailand, New Zealand certainly feels freezing!  We had such a fantastic time. I was lucky this year and was able to take my two youngest children, Sofie and Kjirsti.  It was the first time we’ve taken “extras” on the trip with us, which sure made the trip even more fun and also more logistically tricky.  However, I do thoroughly enjoy that all three of my daughters have now been on a trip and all three of them can see a tiny bit of the “big picture” of Stampin’ Up! – that there is SO MUCH more than just papercrafting to this team and business.

Phi Phi Island

The South Pacific Achievers decided to have a smaller swap between ourselves, something we’ve done for the last few years.   We decided to have a Memories & More (Pocket Page) swap, so we could all take home not only fun samples, but use them to create an album right away with our Thailand photos.  I love this idea!

Here is my submission, a 3×4 inch card for slotting into the pockets of the Memories & More pages to enhance photos:

I used a card design from my Open House as inspiration.  These go together so quickly – even those who aren’t “into” scrapbooking could totally get into this!

And here are the swaps from the other South Pacific Achievers:

The variety is neat! We all stuck with one colour theme, though, so they will all work in together. Each one is a mini piece of art.

Clever girls. Some even worked in a wee elephant!

I saw with sincerity that the other demonstrators in the South Pacific have become like family over the years.  When we had the smaller Grand Vacations (just New Zealand and Australia), it gave us a chance to become really close.  I so appreciate their warmth and friendship.  And now our trips are global, which although there is less intimacy, there is also greater opportunity to expand our circles of friends.  How I love Stampin’ Up! and all it stands for and all the opportunities it provides and good people involved.

Feeling greatly blessed tonight.


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You Move Me VIDEO – Interactive Pocket Card!

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Today’s share is featuring the new You Move Me Bundle from Stampin’ Up!.  This is a set that admittedly looks a little odd in the catalogue, but wait until you see it in action!  Quite unique, this interactive card will truly wow the recipient:

I’ve used Fresh Fig, Sweet Sugarplum, Soft Sky, and So Saffron in this project.

I’ve kept the front relatively simple; this project doesn’t lend itself to too many layers anyway.

The new Glitter Enamel Dots are just gorgeous!  I can see I’ll be using a lot of these!

So far the bird looks good, but nothing amazing – watch the video below to see her in action!


And the Very Vanilla piece inside pulls out (necessarily) and is in itself a folded card for your sentiments.  Check out how to make this quick project in the video as well as seeing the bird fluttering in action:

( I got a new phone case so I sound a bit like I’m under water; I’ll take the case off next video!! LOL)


Thanks for stopping by!

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Bonus Days are Here! Plus Christmas in July!

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Bonus Days are back and with a brand new catalogue, what a great time to earn Bonus Coupons.

For every $60 you spend between July 1 – 31 (before shipping and tax) you will receive a $6.00 Bonus Days Coupon.  Starting Aug 1 – 31 you can redeem them (perhaps on the NEW Early Release of the Christmas Bundle coming in August).

How it works:

You must enter an e-mail address on your  online orders or I will send you the codes if the order was placed directly through me via email or in a class.

In August, simply place your order and input your codes (or include with your order) for your discount – easy!

No Limits on the coupons you can earn, and no minimums or maximums on redeeming them.

Available on all orders, but  excludes Starter Kit (starter kits already ship free and have $145. in free extra goodies – and an additional bonus if you sign up in July – see below).



In addition to the great deal offered in the Starter Kit when you sign up to my team, during July you get an extra $145 in bonuses!  Here is what you will receive:

* For $189, you can have a $285 shopping spree out of the catalogue!

*Plus you will receive Paper Snips, two D blocks, Grid Paper, and a bone Folder

*On top you will receive the upcoming Carols of Christmas stamp set (this will be released in the Holiday Catalogue in September)

*You can READ MORE about the ongoing benefits of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!  You will love it!


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Wood Textures Meets Colorful Seasons

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It’s been a week since I last posted.  We are down to the wire now with my eldest daughter leaving to serve a mission, and there has been so much to prepare, and of course, spending all the last moments with her that I can.

Today’s share is inspired by a display sample shared by Paula Dobson at our last OnStage (Stampin’ Up! training day) here in Auckland.  I loved the page she created, then adapted the concept to suit my style and photos:


I would describe my favorite style as “clean vintage”, and this layout is exactly that.   Using the flower image from the new Wood Words set, I love the little bit of border with copper splatters on the expanse of white.  Here I’ve used Elegant Eggplant to tie in with Madeleine’s sweatshirt.



I love, love, love the look of stamping directly onto these new Wood Textures papers, so we will be doing that more!   And this awesome branch and flowers are from the new Colorful Seasons dies.  They have a bit of an Asian feel which just adds a bit of interest and unexpected to a project like this.



Another fun details is the crumpling of the doily here along the edge.  And I love the copper embossing powder.  And I love how it looks like I’ve spilled it, but it totally just works with the colours.  Great stuff!


Thanks for stopping by on a cold Thursday evening in New Zealand!   I look forward to seeing some of you this Saturday at our Tauranga Extravaganza where we will make four projects with all new products!

Tauranga 1 July

Auckland 22 July

Nelson 29 July

Hamilton 30 July

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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

  • Greatest Greetings – $25
  • Homemade for You – $15
  • Friendly Wishes – $20
  • Hey, Chick (Sale-A-Bration) – $15
  • Designer Tee (Sale-A-Bration) – $20
  • Delicate Details (SaleABration) $15
  • Avant Garden (SaleABration) $15


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


  • Botanical Builder Framelits – $30
  • Timeless Tags Thinlits $25
  • Christmas Greetings – Merry and Jolly only $5

Re-Inkers – $6 each

  •  Mint Macaron
  • (2) Lost Lagoon

Embellishments / Miscellaneous

  •  Brights Sequins Assortment – $6
  •  Sprinkles Embellishments – $8
  • Mint Macaron Ink Pad $5
  • Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper (2 sheets of 12×12) $8


  • Paisley Frame Embossing Folder $5



  • Confetti Punch $25
  • Snowflake Punch $25
  • Blossom Punch $25
  • Festive Flower Builder $25
  • Project Life Corner Rounder $10
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