Bags and Boxes

Painted Harvest Bag Tags!

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This weekend is OnStage – our semiannual Stampin’ Up! meeting.  Well, “meeting” doesn’t quite describe it.  Party?  Celebration?  Well a whole lot of fun anyway!

I like to do little appreciation gifts for my direct team here and there throughout the year, and the OnStage event calls for bag tags for the totes we receive as part of the day.  I really do value those who choose to sign up directly with me on my Stampin’ Up! team:

If there is a winner in the Holiday Catalogue, it’s got to be the Painted Harvest stamp set and coordinating punch.   Such a stunner!   I’ve stamped the flower directly on the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper for a rustic look.

 

The colour combination is Peekaboo Peach, Crushed Curry, and Calypso Coral.  The photo doesn’t do it justice!

 

I tried a number of combinations here and while all were lovely, I decided I liked the Cherry Cobbler, Berry Burst, and Crushed Curry the best.  Easy!

If you’ve thought about becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I’d LOVE to have you on my team.  You can make this opportunity as big or as small as suits you!  Please read more:

 

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Easy Christmas Table Decor with Hug in a Mug!

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A few weekends ago we had a very large team meeting for the Stampin’ Up! demonstrators on my team here in Auckland to launch the Holiday Catalogue (coming this Friday!).   I wanted to make a little something for the tables that also showcased some of the new product:

I’ve cut the new Acetate Card Boxes in half to create a little pocket box, then covered in various of the new Designer Series Papers.     I created a very simple tag using the new Hug in a Mug stamp set (so cute!!) and the Scallop Tag Topper Punch (so fast!!).

 

As you can see, we filled each box with little goodies for the day – namely drinks, chocolate, and a Stampin’ Up! pen.  My thought was they could use these items on the day and then refill the box for displays or re-gifting.

Love this new Jute Twine. I think we will be using this a lot!

 

What could you put in your box for your table this season?  Or for a birthday party?

The Holiday Catalogue is live this Friday (1 September) and all these exciting products will be available to order well in time for the festivities!

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Hearts Come Home Sneak Peek

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Well last week was very busy getting ready for a huge team gathering here in Auckland over Friday and Saturday!  It was a lot of fun and all the efforts were noticed and appreciated, which does make it worthwhile.

On Friday evening, my team leaders (titled Silver Elite and above) got together for a little meeting, dinner, and socializing.  I wanted to make them each a small gifts – even little gestures can make a difference to someone.  I’ve used the new (and coming in 9 days!) bundle Hearts Come Home, a wonderful set with “skyline” dies:

 

You can use these three dies separately or all together. They look also nice with all the houses in the same colour, like white, or in graduated colours like I’ve done here.

 

So I wrapped these die cuts around a giant chocolate bar, one of my favorite gifts to give because it’s always wanted!  And knowing these are crafty ladies, I made the wrapper so it could slip off so they can eat their chocolate and still use the wrapper as a display or refill it later.

 

The new Music Specialty Christmas paper is also going to be a “must” this holiday season.  The bundle I’ve used here and the papers can be ordered as of 1 September.

 

It’s a great pleasure to make a special gift for someone – it’s one of the reasons we do what we do!  I know that you, too, will love using this new Hearts Come Home Bundle!

Do you have a copy of the Holiday Catalogue?

Thanks for stopping by my place,


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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!

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Mini Egg Cartons for our Easter Dinner

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Hi friends!  I hope you had a wonderful, relaxing Easter weekend whilst celebrating the season.  I know Easter is over and gone, but I wanted to share with you anyway what I did with a few of the Mini Egg Cartons for our Easter table:

stampin up strength and prayers easter mini egg carton religious

 

We had four women and four men attending, so I made four like this using the Strength and Prayers stamp set.  I have always loved this dove and regret not finding use for it earlier in the year!  What a beauty for Christmas, too.

 

Inside the box I stamped the scripture that comes with the set, embossed in Copper.   I’m one who tends to be a little more private about my religious feelings, but the inside of a box felt comfortable.   And isn’t it nice to open a box and find that little bit more – a bit of colour, printed paper, a saying, or anything a wee bit unexpected.

 

After copper embossing the dove, I added just a whisp of the Watermelon Wonder to give the bird a bit of coordinating colour.    The leaves are from the gorgeous Flouishes die set.

 

We had four male guests, and I decided a pink bird might not appeal to them so much.  So they got this bird instead!  I’ve used the goose here from the Wetlands stamp set, added a bit of colour with an Aquapainter and our Classic Inks, and adhered him to a simple background.  I just used strips of the Urban District paper and the coordinating Washi Tape.

 

Sadly, almost everything I chose to use on these projects is being discontinued!   The discontinued list will run through the end of May or while supplies last. If you haven’t already checked it out, you can do so HERE.  (Plus grab some great discounts and bargain, too!)

Thanks for stopping by,

P.S. Would you enjoy coming to a class for some “time out”?  Please join us!

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Mini Egg Cartons with Special Reason – Ready for Easter!

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It’s Friday! One easy-to-miss item in the Occasions Catalogue is the Mini Egg Cartons. Think Easter and beyond Easter – these are so cute!   I’m imagining lip glosses, real eggs, Ferrer Rochers, bath bombs, or soaps in these little cartons.

My share today is inspired by my friend, Pam Jorgensen, who made up a similar box in blues:

 

First, I sprayed the box in Sweet Sugarplum,  Clearly, it was very dilute as it came out more of a pale pink instead of a purple colour.  Just be careful when colouring these boxes to not get them too wet all at once. If you want more colour, then let it dry and add another layer.   Like “real” egg cartons, these are made out of pressed paper and the seams will disintegrate if they are soaked and handled roughly.

 

The top of our beautiful egg carton is embellished with the Special Reason Bundle.  I’ve layered flowers and leaves for a bouquet effect.

The ribbon here is a SaleABration ribbon, so it’s no longer available.  My apologies for being tardy in blogging this project. (But I still wanted to share before Easter!)

 

Tips:

  1. You can create dimension in your flowers in many ways. Here, I’ve sliced down the petals and used my bone folder to curl the petals downwards.
  2. The Classic Label Punch is great for adding that little tag.
  3. Everything is built upon the Crumb Cake Stitched Circle.  So in theory, someone could toss out the box when it was time to do so and remove and reuse the top portion on a card or a gift packaging.

 

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a wonderful weekend. I’m off for a haircut in preparation for the CentreStage dinner (Leadership meeting) tonight and OnStage (new product training) all day tomorrow!

P.S. Want to join us for the next OnStage?  Click HERE for more details on being part of my team!

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Hamilton Extravaganza Project Parade

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Today’s share is four of the five projects our lovely guests completed at the recent Hamilton Extravaganza. We had such a great day, despite the weather being uncommonly muggy!

stampin up nailed it tool box punch art shaped card masculine

 

Sarah Roche and Christine Palmer did a great job with their project – I love the fun shape and the use of the Nailed It bundle.  So perfect for the guys!

 

Ella Warren and Kristine McNickle taught a shaker card using the Balloon Adventures bundle.  I know everyone enjoyed learning how to make one of these!

stampin up dragonfly dreams fancy fold wedding vintage

 

Irene Wardlaw and Rayleen Baker shared with the group this pretty dragonfly card using the Dragonfly Dreams bundle. This one is such a winner!

 

And finally – Ruth Hickey and Alicia Yap showed everyone now to make the Window Box larger and created this fun carousel-like box.

And tomorrow, Friday 31 March, is the LAST DAY for SAleABration gifts with purchase!

 

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Extravaganza Altered Gift Bags – Falling in Love

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It’s our first series of Extravaganzas for 2017!  We’ve already held our Nelson event, and look forward to a full house at our Auckland and Hamilton events this weekend!  There’s still time to register for Tauranga!

Each event I enjoy decorating up a little bag for each of my guests to use for taking home their creations, prizes, and purchases.  This time around I’ve chosen to use the So in Love Designer Series Paper:

stampin up altered gift bag so in love extravaganza new zealand sweet sugarplum

 

Each bag is also accented with the Sweet Sugarplum Glitter paper – a SaleABration Gift you can get for FREE with your order!

I’ve also used the SaleABration Metallic ribbon and the Gold Sequins here.

 

I made the little name tags “easily removable” so my guests can re-purpose the bags later for gifts of their own.

They can also unclip the embellishments and use them on a card!

 

What is an Extravaganza?

An Extravaganza is an event design developed and fine-tuned by the Creative Inker’s Stampin’ Up! team in New Zealand.  Each event is evaluated to make the next one better!  You as a guest make 4-5 projects in about a 5-6 hour time frame.  Each project is chosen to showcase a specific new tool or a technique.  In addition to small group sessions, personal assistance, you also receive complete written instructions for each project to reference later when you are creating at home.   The day also includes light refreshments, door prizes and sometimes other incentives, fabulous displays, and as a special gift exclusive to attendees – a $10 discount on any order placed on the day of $50 or more.     

You need to bring adhesives and scissors; everything else is provided and ready for you!

Because these events are very labour intensive to prepare and often sell out, we do need booking in well in advance and pre-payment.  

We love to see you and we love to spoil you!

You can see all the dates for the 2017 Extravaganzas on my Calendar!

And here is Miss Cinnamon helping me out.  Such a good girl.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you soon,

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