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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!

P.S. Do you have a really big wish list?  Consider reading about joining my team for so many benefits, including getting your product a little cheaper!

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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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Thanks for stopping by!

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Creative Inker’s Christmas Extravaganza – My Guest Bags

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I personally love altering items, and altering a kraft paper bag is so useful!  My guests at the upcoming Christmas Extravaganzas will each have one of these cute bags for safely transporting their creations home!

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Each bag is embellished with the in colour Designer Series Paper Stack.

 

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I had fun playing with the Santa’s Sleigh Thinlit dies, creating different bags in different colours.  Each bag is also embellished with the new Mica Flakes!

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I also used the Hang Your Stocking Thinlit Dies for variety and fun, too.  I hope they like them!

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Extravaganzas:

Tauranga 29 Oct – SOLD OUT

Hamilton 30 Oct – CLOSED

Auckland 12 Nov – SOLD OUT – wait list open

Nelson 19 Nov – spaces available


Thanks for reading!

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2016 Creative Inker’s Team Meeting with Thoughtful Branches

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What a big weekend!   I had the absolute pleasure of organizing a big team gathering over this past weekend for my wonderful team of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators in New Zealand.

thoughtful branches stampin up petite boxesEach of them received this wee gift of appreciation using the NEW Thoughtful Branches bundle!   This exclusive stamp and die set will be available TOMORROW 2 August.  See how cute it is!!

stampin up team meeting oh what funI couldn’t resist this shot of creative, messy happiness!

stampin up creative inkers team new zealandAnd this is all of us who were able to be there on Saturday bar two who had to leave early.  I decided I need a tan after this photo!   We had so much fun sharing and celebrating.  Won’t you join us?

Tomorrow I will share pictures of our Leadership session on Friday night.

Thanks for reading,

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Flourishing Phrases Extravaganza Bags

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I’m looking forward to the Auckland Extravaganza tomorrow and the Nelson Extravaganza next Saturday!  I’ve used the new Flourishing Phrases stamp set and die bundle to create these simple bags for each of my guests:

stampin up flourishing phrases extravaganza bags giftI love the project I am teaching this time, although preparing it was a beast!  I hope all our guests will love it, too.

stampin up flourishing phrases gift bagsI look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow and next Saturday!

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Have A Cuppa Gift and Card – Perfect for a Birthday!

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How I love this cute Have a Cuppa suite, and today’s share is another fun gift set, perfect for a birthday or other occasion:

stampin up have a cuppa cards gift set birthday bouquetThese cute cups cut out of the gorgeous Birthday Bouquet papers are a winner!

stampin up have a cuppa cards tag a bag gift box birthday bouquetWe used the Tag A Bag Gift Boxes, which are a great size for a little treat.  Perfect for a few tea bags and some biscuits!

stampin up have a cuppa cardsAnd these 3×6 cards are happy and fun with the cute cups in the Birthday Bouquet papers, both of which are retiring at the end of May – while supplies last!

And aren’t those little charms so, so cute?!

Thanks for reading and join us for a class:

Tuesday 17 May Pakuranga 7pm  $15

Wednesday 18 May New Windsor 7:30pm  $15

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