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Hi Stamping Readers!

I’m just packing up today for the Tauranga and Hamilton Stamp Extravaganzas this weekend, and I can’t wait to share the awesome projects the team and I have created for you.  (Extravaganzas are a day of stamping with five projects and several teachers.  The day is complete with tea, displays, prizes, and fun!)

Just a sneak peek for Tauranga – we have a special guest teacher for you tomorrow . . . . should be an interesting experiment on both sides of the table!  Laughing guaranteed!

stampin up poinsettia punch gift bag ornament decorThe Tauranga and Hamilton events are now closed for registration, but we still have two more coming up this year:

Auckland 7 November – we are at capacity now, but are taking wait list names.

Nelson 21 November – $35 includes a $10 voucher.  All skill levels welcome!  Bring a friend and get ready for Christmas!

stampin up poinsettia punch gift bags

Our next series of Extravaganzas will be in March – dates TBA early next year.

And if you can’t make these events due to schedules or location, private bookings are most welcome and appreciated!

stampin up poinsettia punchCheck out my schedule for the rest of the year, and join us for a class or two. I’d love to have you along or to meet you for the first time!

P.S. I’ll post the fabulous projects we will be doing at these events after they take place.  We like to keep it all NEW and FRESH for our team Extravaganzas.  Check in next week and the week after  . . .

Thanks for reading!

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Quick Something Lacy Gift Bag JAI258

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On the spur of the moment, my daughter asked me to teach a Duke of Ed’s class to her school mates this afternoon. I literally had about 10 minutes to get ready!  Luckily it was just a couple of young ladies!  I pulled out this “old” project from years back and updated it.

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Plus, I had the Just Add Ink Colour Challenge on my mind, although I must admit I totally forgot the smokey slate . . .

stampin up gift bag bird punchUsing an old favorite, the Top Note Die, and a common lunch sack, make a cute little gift bag.

We used the Something Lacy background stamp and another favorite, the Bird Builder punch.

stampin up gift bag quick lunch sack something lacey

And now my daughter’s friends think I’m cool.

Score!

Thanks for reading,

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Happy Easter! With a Berry Basket Die ~

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Happy Easter Weekend!  We had our first Nelson Extravaganza a few weeks ago, and I must confess I gave away my samples to someone who couldn’t be there, but I did keep this one (on accident!), so will share this lovely Easter Basket by Sally Rice with you:

stampin up berry basket handles variation something borrowedSally has used the Berry Basket die here, combined with the Something Borrowed Designer Series paper to make an elegant Easter Basket.  Of course, this is not limited to Easter!

stampin up berry basket something borrowed easterThe little bows are so cute and easy to do with the Bow Builder Punch. Imagine that – perfect bows every time!

Happy Easter!

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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.

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

Remember any order of $110 earns free products!

 

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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!

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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.

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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.

 

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

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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!!

Upcoming Events:

21 November Takanini Stamp Class $15 7:30pm

23 November  Wedding Project Class in Birkenhead 2pm  $15

30 November Nelson Scrapbooking Day $55 for four layouts 9:30am

 

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