Bags and Boxes

Simple Berry Basket Die Table Favour

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Life is back to “normal”!  I had the pleasure of having one of my many cousins here last week, which was so fun. I hadn’t seen him since I was a child, and luckily, at 45 he’s still a great guy!  He came down to help my husband get set up in a new business, so hopefully he will be coming back often!

I wanted to share with you some table favours I made up for my Team Leaders at Stamp Camp last month. These are simple, but really love, particularly for a birthday party, a high tea or a wedding:

Stampin up berry basket butterfly die something borrowed

These were easy to make using the new Berry Basket Die.  You don’t have to, but I used both the Something Borrowed Designer Series Paper and Sahara Sand Cardstock (double layer) to create the base for strength.

Stampin up berry basket simple butterfly die

The embellishment from there is simple – just one of those gorgeous Butterfly Dies with a bit of coordinating Twine and all clipped on with a Mini Metallic Clothespin.

Stampin up berry basket something borrowed butterfly die vintage

Try this for your next party favour!  I have discovered a cool way to easily cut these butterflies – video coming!

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Back to Black Altered Coffee Cup Gift!

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Karen Williamson of Tauranga surprised me with this lovely gift of chocolatey craftiness when I was there a few weeks ago.  Always lovely to receive a handmade gift!!  (although massages are welcome too.  🙂

Stampin up back to black coffee cup chalk talk

Such a cute idea!  This would be fun done up in many of our papers.

Stampin up back to black chalk talk coffee cup

Love the idea here of a double ribbon.  And a favorite image: the large tag from Chalk Talk.  Perfect for any ocassion, masculine or feminine.

Stampin up coffee cup altered chocolate gift

And inside was found a hot chocolate sachet and a chocolate spoon!

Thanks for stopping by!  And thank you Karen!


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Simple Stems & Fresh Prints Altered Tin

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I still had a few of these tins in the cupboard and thought it'd be fun to dress these up in something bright and girly. The Fresh Prints paper stack and the Simple Stems stamp set were perfect!

Stampin up simple stems scallop tag topper

This is the tin I made.    The cool thing about the paper stacks is that each tin turned out so differently!

Stampin up altered tin fresh prints

Marnie made one totally different to mine – love how each was unique!

Stampin up fresh prints altered tin simple stems

Here is our little collection after class.

We used the Scallop Tag Topper Punch, the same punch I used to make the card below, for the tag.  Easy to make a mat for it!  Punch the red the full 2 inches wide and simply cut the Whisper White to about 1 3/4 inches wide and punch.

Stampin up fresh prints simple stems altered tin

So fun and happy!!

Have a super day!


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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.


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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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Saturday Oct 19th Auckland Scrapbooking!  Make 3 layouts for $40. 10 am to about 4pm in Birkenhead

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

Join Us!

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

M, W, F during School Holidays – School Holiday Programme  10 am to 12:30pm  $20  Various topics for each day.  Limited to 6 students each day – email for a flyer

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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