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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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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


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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.

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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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Birthday Blooms Birthday DIY Gift Set

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The beginning of the year is a good time to make a little stash of birthday cards!   Last month during stamp classes, we made a cute set of four cards plus a coordinating case:

stampin up jacque williams stamphappy new zealand birthday blooms diy gift packThe case can be used to either store future cards in, or package them all up as a beautiful gift.

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The cases are nothing more than our wide stamp cases with a handle attached to the spine.  (Trick: ask husband to do this part).

stampin up jacque williams stamphappy new zealand birthday blooms diy birthday gift idea cards watercolourTwo cards of two designs is enough to keep a class busy for a bit more than two hours, but we have had good fun learning to watercolour and use the GORGEOUS Birthday Bouquet papers!

stampin up jacque williams stamphappy new zealand birthday blooms watercolor watercolour birthday bouquet diy cardWe used every single stamp in the Birthday Blooms stamp set, inside and outside the cards.

stampin up jacque williams stamphappy new zealand birthday blooms pleated blossoms card diyThis pretty pleated card is taken from a Splitcoaststampers Tutorial – relatively easy to do and nice way to show off both sides of pretty papers.

stampin up jacque williams stamphappy new zealand birthday blooms blossoms blossoms card diyI’d love to have you join us for a class in March!   I am also still taking registrations for the Nelson and Auckland Extravaganzas.

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Stamp Extravaganzas – Altered Brown Paper Bags

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Brown paper bags work perfectly for our Extravaganza guests, so three times a year I try to come up with a new way to make them look extra cute.  I’ve decided between class events, gifts, and convenience, our household needs a stash of brown bags!

stampin up jacque williams stamphappy new zealand a nice cuppa altered bagI’ve gone around the edges with the new, WONDERFUL Timeless Texture stamp set. Gosh I hope that one stays around!

stampin up jacque williams stamphappy new zealand altered bag a nice cuppaEach bag has a cute cup stain (I laughed at myself for intentionally stamping this on) and a stack of teacups from the Birthday Bouquet papers.  These are probably some of my favorite papers of all time . . . . so far!

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I’d love to have you attend as a guest at one of our events:  (just click below and email me to register)  All include a $10 voucher!

27 Feb – Tauranga $35

6 March – Hamilton $45

12 March – Nelson $35

19 March – Auckland $45

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