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Easy Thinking of You Card with Window Box Dies

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Happy Monday!  Sometimes you just need a quick card to complete in a hurry or you need a practical project of which you can create multiples, such as for an invitation or similar.     Today’s share is the perfect idea!  Sally Williams brought this cute project to our last team’s Shoebox Swap:

stampin up window box die quick easy diy card

Easy and effective.

Create the peekaboo effect by using one of the many beautiful dies from the Windowbox Collection.  They are designed to make and embellish a cute, hexagonal box, but they also look great on the front of a card!  (You can also purchase this die set in a Bundle)

This easy project is only two layers – the bottom layer has the colour and the top layer features the cut outs.

The colour below could be printed paper or anything pretty you like!  Here, I’ve sponged Mint Macaron and Sweet Sugarplum randomly.  It looks a bit ugly when you do it, but it looks great underneath this dainty die image.

 

A little twirl of that gorgeous copper thread, a sentiment from a scrap, and a sprinkle of Pearls finishes this lovely card off.

Remember you get a FREE SaleABration Item with any purchase of $110!  (See the Second Release SaleABration Selection HERE)

I’ve been a bit MIA the last week or so; I’ve been heads down super busy getting ready for our annual team Stamp Camp.  I returned last night, and it was yet another successful and fun few days with the girls. It’s heartwarming to see how quickly new demonstrators are assimilated and how everyone shares and helps out.   We were extra blessed this year to be visited by the President and COO of Stampin’ Up! Rich Jutkins. He made a flying visit to New Zealand to spend a day with us:

 

Our camp dates are booked for next year and we’d love to have you with us!  Heck, we’d just love to have you be part of our Stampin’ Up! family.  Read more about it and see if the fit is right for you!

Upcoming this Week:

Thursday 23 Feb 10 am Birkenhead Stamp Class $15

Saturday 25 Feb 10 am Scrapbooking Class in Tauranga  3 double layouts $45

Sunday 26 Feb 1pm Scrapbooking Class in Birkenhead 2 double layouts $35

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Blooms & Wishes Pop Up Birthday Card

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Happy Monday!  This is a busy week for me as I finish up preparations for our team Stamp Camp this weekend!  I’m excited to go.  The rush to get ready is stressful, but it’s always so worth the effort and very rewarding.  Plus we have something extra special happening there – top-secret!  Check back next week.

Today’s share is a sweet pop up card using the Blooms & Wishes stamp set.  This has become one of my “go to” sets; I love the easy layering and the watercoloured look:

 

I have used both the new Hexagon Folder (love this) and the Stitched Shaped Framelits, which add a bit of stitching with each shape (various sizes of squares, circles, and ovals included).

 

I’ve used Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach here as the main colours.  Sweet Sugarplum and Pear Pizzazz are accent colours.   I had comments that some might not think to pair a pink and an orange, but I find it pleasing to the eye.     Before Christmas, I was designing up quite a few projects as gifts for my team of demonstrators in New Zealand, and I got quite bold with colour combinations – it’s therapeutic!

Surprise!

Inside the card we have a fun pop up, made super easy by using the Party Pop Up Dies!

Remember every order of $110 receives a FREE SaleABration gift, too!

 

Join us for a class this week:

15 Feb Titirangi 7pm $20 scrapbooking or cardmaking class taking place simultaneously

16 Feb Otahuhu 7:30pm $15 scrapbooking or cardmaking class taking place simultaneously

17-19 Feb Stamp Camp for Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators on my team – learn more!

 

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Before & After Craft Room – A wee bit Scary!

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I’m so fortunate to have a large craft room (previously known as “the garage”) that it generally doesn’t get too bad.   BUT before Christmas this year, it was an absolute bomb site in the last few weeks of the Christmas rush!

Let me scare you with a few before photos:

Maybe a handful of you can relate  . . . . .

Being creative can be messy!   Even the cat was keeping her feet up off the ground.

And let’s be honest – it’s depressing and not very inspiring to work in a room like this!   If everyone where you look, there is a mess to clean or a project to do, the mind just gets tired and overwhelmed. And that’s not fun at all!

So . . I spent quite a bit of time cleaning out every single drawer and shelf. I donated some, sold some at a very popular garage sale, and found a home for anything I decided was still useful and inspirational to me.

And here is the result:

A clean floor and a clear table space – these are key for my sanity and creativity!

Everything has a place in a container or a drawer.

It’s also important to have items that are inspiring around you – colour, quotes, art, and fabulous products !

I didn’t think to take a picture of this cupboard before, but let’s just say I couldn’t get the doors closed.  Now it’s a happy, organized, colourfully inspiring place!

My room has now become a haven of crafting and stamping fun again!

On that note, I’m having an Open House right here in this studio (and in the lounge and sun room) this coming Saturday, 11 February.  I’d love to have you come along, even if you’ve never been before!  My studio is located in Birkenhead, Auckland.  Drop in between 10-1pm to make a couple of projects, look at new displays and products, have a cuppa, shop among my retired Stampin’ Up! products, and take away the new Occasions catalogue!  Fun! and FREE!

Please rsvp your attendance to jacque@stamphappy.co.nz or text 021 128 9923.  I hope you can make it and please bring a friend!

 

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Dragonfly Dreams Watercolored Pencils Background – KIT for Birthday Cards

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My last post I shared A Dragonfly Dreams card, and we are on a roll!  I’d love to share this fun project using  Dragonfly Dreams, featuring an artsy watercolored background. I’ve used the Watercolor Pencils here to create this look:

Each of these turns out as a little work of art.  Some are more “runny” and others stay more in a rectangular shape.  All look great – it’s just a matter of personal preference!

On this version, I used Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point, and Daffodil Delight.  Simply scribble the pencils onto the cardstock, and use a Stampin’ Spritzer or an Aquapainter (or both) to blend the colours and let them run.

You can quickly contain the colours by blotting them up with a tissue or heating them with the Heat Tool to stop the blending.

I wanted to add a bit more colour as I was working on this one, so while the paper and pencils were still wet, I coloured more on with a dry Watercolor Pencil. Here is where I learned to wet the pencil first!  Those scratch marks are from the dry pencil, but I also liked that effect.  Like I said, they all come out quite differently and each with their own appeal.

 

This version uses the warmer colours of Rich Razzleberry, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, and Daffodil Delight.

We made this project at my garage sale a few weeks ago, and it was fun to see everyone’s artist come out. Some were more reserved and some really got in there!  And all the colour combinations were beautiful.

New this year! KITS!

Every month , I will offer a birthday card kit.  This project is perfect because each one turns out differently with so many possibilities!

You have the option of ordering four kits for $12 which will include all consumables (cardstock, twine, glimmer paper) pre-cut and ready to go.  You may also add-on the Dragonfly Bundle and other products.    Of course, you can always order whatever products you need and just add the kits on top!

Instructions included.

** If paypal doesn’t work for you, just email me! 🙂

 


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Dragonfly Dreams Brayered Background with Inside the Lines

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Today’s share is inspired by a project by Leanne Greff and the Colour Inkspiration Challenge:

Sometimes when you are wanting to make a project, having a colour palette already determined makes the job that much easier!

I pulled out my Dragonfly Dreams bundle and came up with this using the Wisteria Wonder, Soft Sky, Mint Macaron, and Garden Green combination:

 

I fussed around with the dragonfly quite a bit, but finally decided on dying the Dazzling Diamonds Glitter Paper in Soft Sky and Wisteria Wonder for the wings.  In this case, I simply filled two Spritz Bottles with Isopropyl Alcohol and one with Soft Sky ink refill and the other Wisteria Wonder.   I went through a LOT of the glitter paper before struck upon the right combination, but I am happy with the results!

 

The background is brayered with the new Sponge Brayer in the four colours of Garden Green, Mint Macaron, Wisteria Wonder, and Soft Sky.

The paper is called Inside the Lines, and you can get an entire pack of this FREE with any $110 order!  Each pack contains twelve 12×12’s (three each of four prints).

Thanks so much for stopping in!  I hope this heat isn’t getting to you too much!

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Nailed It – A Masculine DIY Gift & Card!

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Most of us struggle with ideas for fun and appealing cards to give to the blokes in our lives!  I hope my share today will give you some inspiration – you will love the new Nailed It Bundle!  Being married to a retired builder myself, this set is absolutely perfect for any handy sort of person:

 

 

Valentine’s Day is not a big celebration in New Zealand, but for those who do like to do a little something (for Valentine’s, birthday, or for no particular occasion at all), this project would make anyone’s day!

 

The giant chocolate bar is wrapped decoratively, and the card is designed to fit into a little pocket on the bar for a complete gift.  The card serves not only as a card, but as a decorative front for the bar.    The sleeve pulls on and off, so in theory, it could also be recycled.

 

 

I must admit these were so fun to make.   We watercoloured the tools using the new Watercolour Pencils (so easy to use!) and had great fun making them all unique.

And don’t you love that ruler in the background?!  That is also part of the Nailed It Bundle.

 

I used the Brushstrokes Background and Gorgeous Grunge to create the background, but it would also look equally nice if you used the Hardwood Background.

 

I hope you give this a try!   Remember you will receive a free SaleABration item with any order of $110 (no limit).  It’s a great time to get superior value for money on your stamping supplies!   Have a browse through my shop!   You can also request a catalogue HERE.

Have a wonderful Auckland Anniversary weekend!

P.S. Is your wish list really long?  Do you have a friend or two who like to craft?  Consider joining my team of demonstrators – whether for your own purchases, for you and a few friends, or as a small or large business, joining my team could be the best decision for you!  Find out more:

 

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