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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:

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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!)

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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:

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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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Hey, Chick Mini Egg Carton Easter Project

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Today’s project share is what I taught at the Nelson Extravaganza last Saturday!  We dressed up one of those cute Mini Egg Cartons in the Occasions Catalogue.  Some prepared their box for Easter, and others made theirs more general for any chocolate or gift occasion:

I used the SaleABration freebie, Hey, Chick, as the image on the tag. I thought this was a nice tie in for Easter, but could also be just something sweet for a girlfriend.

We had the most fun colouring up our boxes!   They start out as more of a natural, egg carton colour.  We got fairly messy and spritzed these boxes up into various shades of Bermuda Bay.

We also inked up our Lace Doilies in Old Olive and everybody got four big, chocolate eggs to take home. They were for the boxes, but some eggs may or may not have made it home . . . .

I”m looking forward to our Tauranga (18th), Auckland (11th), and Hamilton (12th) events!  I will be sharing more of a vintage-style card at those extravaganzas.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget you get a free SaleABration gift with any order of $110!

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Christmas Market!

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We had a Stampin’ Up! stand at the Lopdell House Christmas Market in Titirangi on Saturday – my first ever market stand!   I was really unsure what to prepare that would sell well, so I learned a lot.  Today’s share is an overview of what we had on offer. I hope you get some cute ideas for easy stocking stuffers or gifts for friends:

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These fun lolly tubes are so cute and easy to make!  I used the Tin of Tags kit for the toppers and simply adhered them to our 1×8 inch tubes filled with 12 jaffas.  (psst – the Tin of Tags is on discount plus you get an adorable tin to keep!)

We pretty much sold out of these; I just have a couple left.  Several people came by who bought them for each of their grandchildren.

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Here I have wrapped up the large Cadbury chocolate bars to make them a bit less ordinary.

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And same here, but these are the thick Whittakers bars.  Love the cute little Jingle Bell!

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I blogged these previously, and I made up a heap more for the market!  The ones that are left I am sending up north for a group of young missionaries who come from poorer countries so they have something to unwrap Christmas morning.

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I made these last year and enjoyed them so much!  We sold out at the show, but I made a few spare for my own personal gift giving.

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These are not particularly a Stampin’ Up! item, except the Cellophane Bags and the Twine.   I bought cookie cutters on clearance last March and filled them with melted Cadbury Chocolate.  We sold out of these except for one particular shape that people couldn’t figure out what it was . . . . it was a Santa Hat that possibly could be construed otherwise. And that’s all I will say about that on a public forum!  (I won’t be sending those to the missionaries!)

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Overall it was fun.  The four hours whizzed by.  Any questions, please feel free to ask!

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Christmas Pines Candles – For Your Table

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Do you need a table decoration idea for your Christmas table?  Gift included!

There are many little traditions I share with my three daughters, and one of them is dressing up a holiday table together.  They love to find the fake cranberry with teeth marks from when they were toddlers, light the same candles we’ve had for years, and pull out the decorations that are associated with so many good memories.

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This is one of our Thanksgiving tables for 2016.  The little table gift for each of our guests is also perfect for Christmas:

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I’ve used or White Gift Boxes this year.   I changed them up by cutting a simple circle out of the front of the box and using a small piece of Window Sheet for the “window”.

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Inside each box is a stamped candle, embellished with those so so so cute Mini Pinecones and Burlap Ribbon.

I’ve used the Christmas Pines stamp set for the candle – very effective for this time of year.

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Don’t forget to check out the Closeout Deals & Retiring Items while you are there!

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