Bags and Boxes

Beautiful Vintage Boxes

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It's been a wonderful summer and a lovely time with all four children home.  I hope your summer holidays have been relaxing and fun, too. 

Rob and I have been working on creating a "man cave" outside, seeing as he so kindly organized my awesome "craft room".  That's been a lot of work . . . .

One of the days we were invited to meet up with an Australian demonstrator, Colleen Blake, who was here on a NZ cruise for an afternoon.  We had a lovely lunch out on the water.  She graced us with these lovely gifts filled with chocolate:

Stampin up vintage box

Made with a bit of doily and various flowers, it's a beautiful little box.   There are also only a few weeks left to order from the Holiday Catalogue, which includes this gorgeous Script Embossing Folder!!

Stampin up flower vintage box gift

Crisp Cantaloupe is still proving to be my favorite color at the moment. 

I am working on my 2014 calendar, as you may have seen to the right.   Some items I have put in tentatively and may not be a "for sure" date just yet.   Please do have a look and let me know if there is anything you'd like to see put on for this year!

Have a super day!



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Christmas Window Boxes

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Thanks to Stampin' Up!'s tag kit, this is a quick and effective little project, perfect for sharing your home baking or small gifts!    We had a great time sharing this project last night at the Parenting Place in Greenlane with the lovely ladies there.  They all made this no problem, from beginner to experienced.


What's even better is the majority of the materials for this project are 20% off!!

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Stampin up window box

The Decorative Window Gift Boxes come six to a pack and are a snap to put together – the window and the white printing are already there, too.

Stampin up season of style christmas box

The cute tags are from  the Stamp A Tag kit, which does include tags, stamps, inks, and twine.  Super deal and a great "all in one" gift for someone, too.  (these are not Christmas specific). 

Stampin up tag box christmas window box

The printed paper strip are literally little cut-offs I had left over from the Season of Style paper stack, and the flowers are a simply pansy punch cut out of both Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler cardstock. 

Besides the box itself and the tag, the rest of this project can be made with leftover bits and pieces.  Love that!!

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21 November Takanini Stamp Class $15 7:30pm

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Simply Sketched Mini Muslin Bag Card Set!

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Inspired by one of the Artisan projects on the Stampin' Up! site, this is a cute little gift set featuring the Mini Muslin Bags.  I've made three love note cards to fit inside – add in a piece of chocolate and a pen and it's a lovely little gift!

Stampin up muslin bag gift card simply sketched
I used the set Simply Sketched here, and enjoyed using ALL the images in the set!

Stampin up simply Sketched love notes
I've stamped in Staz-On for all the images, and then used both Aqua Painters and the Blender Pens to colour in the images.  I was impressed how easy it was to do this on the Muslin Bags!

Stampin up muslin bag simply sketched
The love note cards are made with the Naturals Ivory cardstock, which is a near perfect match to the Muslin Bags. 

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Simply Sketched

Colours: Crisp Cantaloups, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Grey

Other: Black STaz-On, Various Stampin Up Ribbons, Blender Pens, Aqua Painters, Vanilla Shimmer Spray, Diagonal Scoring Board (for envelopes), Mini Muslin Bags


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Sunday Oct 20th Cardmaking!  Make two projects today for $15. 2pm

Monday Oct 21 Warkworth Card Class!  Make two projects tonight for $15  7:30pm


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For Those who Hate Tying bows: Check out the Big Bow!

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Why not make it out of paper?!   I got to see so many fun and cool ideas using the Big Bowz Die at the North American Stampin’ Up! Convention, that it was top of the list of things to buy when I came home!  I got it out last week and made up this simple, but cute box:

Stampin up big bowz die chalk window box

I decided to emboss the bow before assembling not only for fun, but it made the bow more pliable to bend into shape.  The die actually comes with the pieces to make it a double bow (or more!), but opted for a more simple look on this one. 

I think what I love is the stamping with White Staz-On onto the window on the box!  These are the Decorative Window Gift Boxes that come already scored, cut, printed with the white medallion, and with the window already there!  How easy is that? I just added the Christmas Sentiment and the bow. Done!

Stampin up christmas messages bowz window gift boxes
I chose the stamp image out of Christmas Messages that already had a chalkboard sort of look – combined with the more vintage colour combo of the Cherry Cobbler and the Crumb Cake, I thought it was perfect.

TIP: *** Staz-On is the only ink that will actually dry on acetate. We carry it in Black or White.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Christmas Messages

Colours: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Crumb Cake

Other: Big Bowz Die, Linen Thread, White Staz-On, Vintage Buttons

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Sunday Sept 29 Birkenhead Card Class 2pm  $15 Make two projects this afternoon!

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Saturday 5 October Hamilton Stamp Class – Join us for two projects 10:30 am  $15


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Afternoon Tea – A lovely surprise gift!

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It was my pleasure to spend last Saturday in Thames helping to hostess a Stampin' Up! Open Day for the lovely ladies there.  Besides being a wee bit chilly, it was a fun afternoon!  One of my team member, Rosie Dunn, gifted me with this beautiful box for helping out on the day:

Stampin up afternoon picnic box gift thinlits clay flower
It WAS full of homemade brownies, but not for long . . .they were yummy!

The box is the Tag A Bag gift boxes, which are already scored and ready to go for a quick package.

The papers are Afternoon Tea in Coastal Cabana and So Saffron. And don't you just love the new Expressions Thinlits?!   Once I worked out how to get them out of the die, they are brilliant!  I can see I'll be using these lots, especially on my layouts.

Stampin up tag a bag Afternoon Picnic Clay
That flower flower is made using the Simply Pressed Clay and the Flower Molds,then painted with a mix of Crystal Effects and an ink refill.  So nice!

Stampin up tag a bag box Oh Hello
It was a few days, I must confess, before I realized that detail on the left hand side was a wee card tucked under the flower.  So cute, Rosie!

I loved this idea so much, I've now recreated it in a Christmas theme!  I will be including this in my 12 weeks of Christmas emails!  Be sure and sign up for my newsletter list to get yours 12 weeks of Christmas tutorials:


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I'll see some of you tomorrow in Nelson for our Scrapbooking day!  Have a super weekend!

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Tag a Bag Gift Box – Another Idea

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Well the week has whizzed by!  I wanted to share another cute idea with the Tag a Bag gift boxes, this one designed by Tanya Wong and Rachael Knight:

stampin up For you tag gift box
They taught this at our Auckland EXtravaganza last weekend (or the weekend before??! LOL), and everyone loved it.  The acrylic lid was embossed, a nice technique to add some interest without "blocking the view".

stampin up Tag a bag box tags
Inside the box, the ladies worked really quickly to make up SIX tags in cascading colours. Nice!  It was a great project to try many of the new stamps and punches.

Stampinup tags gift box christmas
Have a super weekend!  I will be at home tomorrow for our Scrapbooking Day here and looking forward to it!  Off to go and put the finishing touches on one of our projects.


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Tag a Bag Gift Box Idea

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I’ve been heads down preparing my presentation for the My Digital Studio Tour Auckland 7 September, so my craft desk has been a bit neglected lately. I hope to see lots of you in a few weeks at the MDS Day, with classes, demonstrations, and prizes to be had!  And even better, the $45 registration fee gets you the FULL MDS software package!

I’d like to share today a lovely project designed by Kristine McNickle for our Hamilton Extravaganza last weekend, featuring the Tag a Bag Gift Boxes and the Flower Shop Bundle:

Tag a Bag Box Coredinations Flower Shop
I love that new Alphabet Press Embossing Folder – and it looks great on the CoreDinations cardstock too.

Flower Shop Gift Box Stampin Up
The boxes come with the Kraft Base and an acrylic lid that goes all the way around the box.  Kristine has designed the Primrose petals Insert here to add a bit of colour.  Cute idea!

Stampin Up Flower Shop Gift Box
The flower embellishment is made from the Flower Shop stamp set and the coordinating Flower Punch (buy both together at a 15% discount).  Fresh and easy!

The lid and the “leaves” are done using the Cordinations cardstock and sanded up for a vintage look – combine with the Brights colours for a very trendy project!

I’m off to pack for my day adventure tomorrow to Tauranga for the Crop & Shop event!  Hope to meet some new friends and listen to a lot of Elton John.  x

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Flower Shop, Happy Day

Colours: Primrose Petals, Bermuda Bay, Wild Wasabi

Other: Basic Rhinestones, Candy Dot Brad Bases, Flower Shop Punch, White stitched Ribbon, White Gel Pen, Sanding Block, Alphabet Press Embossing Folder


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World’s Greatest Father’s Day Tin

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These papers are now retired, but I forgot to share this one with you!  I did this project with my fun little holiday program group I had here a few weeks ago.  They loved it and all the projects turned out so differently!  (I let them all choose their own papers and have a good old play).

Kids are so fun.

Stampin up worlds greatest


We took some empty paint tins and decorated them up with "dad-like" papers and stamped out the World's Greatest for our dads, grandpas and uncles.  None of these kids were wanting to do this for any brothers . . . give them another 15 years.  🙂

Altered paint can

We filled half the tin up with brown paper, leaving the other half for chocolates or similar.  I wasn't about to fill up their tins with lollies this far ahead of the date!  Hmmmm….

I'm happy to say that this tin pictured was my sample one. It was full of cadbury favorites.  And it went with me to Utah, where we met up with my very own dad, who drove down from Boise to see us.  It was nice to give my daddy a present that said DAD across the front.  Made me feel about 7 again.  I loved it and so did he.

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Isn't it wonderful to have the sun shining today?  I almost feel a sunburn on my arm as I write this is my fabulous new studio (thanks, Rob!).

Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow at our Auckland Extravaganza or Sunday at the Hamilton Extravaganza!



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