Birthday Cards

Discontinued Stampin’ Up! Products for Sale! Win/Win!

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I have a couple boxes of used, discontinued Stampin’ Up! products in my craft room waiting for a new, loving home.  In addition, my eldest daughter is leaving shortly for her full time mission and we still have a few supplies to gather up (shopping).  Help me and grab yourself a bargain!

All items are used. If you are wanting to know exact condition, please email or text me 021 128 9923.  All are certainly useable and in working order.

First in, first served.


Stamp sets

  • Mixed Borders – $10
  • First Sight – $20
  • Love and Affection – $15
  • Wild About Flowers – $20
  • Endless Thanks – $20
  • Bountiful Border – $10
  • Gorgeous Grunge – $25
  • Greatest Greetings – $25
  • Helping Me Grow – $20
  • Urban District – $20
  • Project Life Hello Lovely Photopolymer – $5
  • Picture Perfect – $2
  • Homemade for You – $15
  • Suite Sayings – $25
  • Friendly Wishes – $20
  • Hey, Chick (Sale-A-Bration) – $15
  • Designer Tree (Sale-A-Bration) – $20
  • Thankful Life (Hostess) – $20
  • Builder Birdcage – $20
  • Endless Birthday Wishes – $25
  • Delicate Details $15



  • Flower Patch – $50 (dies and stamp set)
  • Special Reason – $60 (dies and stamp set)
  • Acorny thank you (punch and stamp set) $50
  • Sealed with Love Bundle $50 (dies and stamp set)



  • Timeless Tags Thinlets – $25
  • Hello You Thinlits – $25
  • Botanical Builder Framelits – $30
  • Tags and Labels Framelits – $25
  • Banners Framelits – $20
  • Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits – $25
  • (2) Christmas Greetings Thinlits – $15 each

Re-Inkers – $6 each

  • (2) Staz On Jet Black
  • (3) Mint Macaron
  •  Watermelon Wonder
  • (2) Lost Lagoon



  • Bag of assorted twine – $10

Embellishments / Miscellaneous

  • (2) Brights Sequins Assortment – $6
  • Wink of Stella Brush Gold – $5
  • (3) Sprinkles Embellishments – $8 each
  • Mint Macaron ink pad $5
  • Cucumber Crush ink pad $5
  • Staz On Ink Pad $5
  • Sweet Sugarplum Ribbon $1 meter
  • Very vAnilla Satin Ribbon $1 meter
  • White Organdy Ribbon $1 meter
  • Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper (2 sheets of 12×12) $8
  • Heat and Stick Powder $5
  • Cupcake and Carousels Designer Series Stack $20 new


  • Festive Embossing Folder $5
  • Lovely Lace Embossing Folder $5
  • Falling in Love Embossing Folder $5
  • Affectionately Yours Embossing Folders $5
  • Paisley Frame Embossing Folder $5



  • Petite Flower Punch $10
  • Acorn Punch $25
  • Confetti Punch $25
  • Snowflake Punch $25
  • Star Punch $20
  • Sweetheart Punch $20
  • Decorative Label Punch $25
  • Star Border Punch $25
  • Blossom Punch $25
  • Festive Flower Builder $25
  • Project Life Corner Rounder $10
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Happy Birthday Gorgeous – with Free Video Tutorial!

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Happy first day of June and the first day of our new Annual Catalogue!  I had a great deal of fun putting through orders (mostly for myself!) this morning. There is nothing quite inspiring like a few new toys!

Today’s share is a fun Double Front Window Card using the new Happy Birthday Gorgeous Bundle:


Please also note the gorgeous, fantastic, versatile Wood Textures papers used here!  How I love these!  Wonderful with flowers, masculine, teens, baby — just anything at all!  I encourage all of you to put these beauties on your first order!


The front panel of the card features a window, which I encourage you to watch the video below to see just how I did that to create the matted frame.  The second layer of the card showcases a second wood print with a bit of stamping.


The Happy Birthday Die makes for a more interesting window here, but also consider you can cut the two words apart and use them separately for even more versatility!

Please take a few moments to watch my video and see how to make a card like this:


Thanks so much for stopping by – I appreciate each and every one of you!  I hope you are enjoying the new catalogue and I look forward to another Stampin’ Up! year of inspiration, laughs and fun!  Please join us for a class!

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Remarkable You in Wood!

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Hi friends!  I’ve been absent for a week or so in the blogging world; I’ve just been occupied with an extra daughter and my husband at home last week plus being very busy preparing for a big scrapbooking and cardmaking class over the weekend.  But after getting the house back in order today and replenishing the frig, I’m back!

Today’s share is one that I CASE’d from the current (for a few more days!) catalogue while switching up the image and doing a bit of watercoloring.


I never thought I’d say this, but the colour orange has really grown on me!  Here I’ve used PeekaBoo Peach and Tangerine Tango for the flower.  I used the Shimmer White cardstock and Aquapainters for painting.    And yes I know magnolias are white, but this is art.  😉

The stamp set is a gorgeous set called Remarkable You – large open flowers and a couple of easy sentiments.


The background is a printed paper from the Serene Scenery Designer Series Stack – an extremely versatile and popular one! And it’s only available for a few more days!

There is a new paper stack coming on Thursday that is entirely woodgrains, but they are more natural colours, not the blues and greens in the Serene Scenery pack above. Both options are beautiful!   Hey, we like those wood papers in any colour they come.

Thanks for stopping by and please be sure to check out the Retiring Products List – there are just a few days left to grab these before they are gone!


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An Old Truck Card – One for the Guys

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Today’s share is a masculine card that has sat on my desk; I’ve enjoyed it every time I sit down to work.   This colour Cajun Craze . . . . it’s really a great one to mix in with the darker colours, especially for masculine projects.  I really like it here on this old truck in the Country Livin’ stamp set:


I’ve stamped this cool truck using the Archival Black because it doesn’t bleed when watercoloured.  Then coloured this guy in with Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Delightful Dijon, and Smokey Slate.  I used an AquaPainter here; you could also use a Blender Pen, but it won’t have the watercoloured look quite the same.  

I used the Shimmer White cardstock here; it’s far superior to Whisper White for watercolouring.   If you haven’t seen the resource sheet for our cardstocks, please feel free to download. I hope it will be very useful for you.


It’s very faint in the photo, but I also did  a was in the background using Soft Sky (how appropriate).  All you need to do here is use a lot of water and just a little ink and keep it moving.  Just “wash” it around the background area for soft colour.

I also added a bit of the Fine Tip Glue Pen to the windows and let dry. Did you know it works like a clear lacquer as well?  Great stuff!


I’ll be sending this card to my father who is a real collector of old junk . . . I mean antiques.  There is quite a charm about old trucks, though, especially when they have as good of a paint job as this one on the card has!

I’d love to have you in a class with me during May!  Please check out my Calendar for this month and see if anything fits into your schedule.   Don’t forget we also have our Extravaganzas coming up before we know it!


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Tarnished Foil Vintage Butterflies!

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Hi friends!  And a big Happy Mother’s Day to all women and to all dads going at it alone.  It’s wonderful as a parent to be appreciated. I received a lovely, heartfelt letter from my middle daughter, Kjirsti.  It’s moments like those that make it all so rewarding.

Today’s share is a Tarnished Foil technique project – one technique that I’ve wanted to try for a while.  This is a great one for cards for the guys, but, as you can see here, it also makes a super background for a more vintage look:


This technique is reasonably easy to achieve.  The key is to start with our fabulous Silver Foil cardstock.  

  1. Emboss with the Woodlands Embossing Folder.  I’ve seen it with the trees coming “out” as above and with the trees going “in” and actually, either looks great!
  2. Rub lightly with a black Staz-On pad
  3. Tap lightly with a Versamark and use Silver Embossing Powder over the top.  Heat.
  4. Tap lightly with a Versamark and use Copper Embossing Powder over the top.  Heat.
  5. Rub lightly with a black Staz-On pad.


Sadly, both the butterfly images and the two coordinating punches are being discontinued.  Both winners!  Please be sure to check out the Retiring List and the Clearance Rack.

I have layered the butterflies on top of the gorgeous background without any further embellishment. I thought it best to let the background speak for itself.


I will be teaching this project in my classes in May; I’d love to have you along!  Please see my Calendar Page for a class nearest to you.   I’d also be happy to schedule a regular or one-off class with you and your friends!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend!

P.S. The new Annual Catalogue is live 1 June!   Come to a class in May or message me to receive your copy!

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Eastern Palace Beautiful Medallion Notecards

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Hi friends!  It’s Tuesday already! I had such a busy (fun!) weekend, and yesterday I spent the day catching up on some sleep and putting my craft space back together.  We did so many awesome projects, and today I’m sharing just one of them (inspired by the talented Martha Inchley):

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Using the awesome new Eastern Palace dies and stamp set (bundle offer for May only!!!), we cut a medallion cut out on the card front.  This creates a stained-glass effect.


Every medallion turned out a little differently – this set comes with so many little images, all perfect for layering and placing around the cut outs.  The main thing I learned by doing and watching is to TAKE YOUR TIME when stamping.   Taking that extra moment for correct placement makes all the difference.


The colours used here are Lemon LIme Twist, Tranquil Tide, Pool Party, and Fresh Fig (above).  And bonus!  These three new colours, which aren’t available for general ordering until 1 June, ARE included in the Eastern Palace Bundle!  Yay!

All these products will be available after 1 June still, BUT they won’t be in the value-added bundle any longer, so if this is on your wish list, you are best to order it in May to get the most value for money.  (Plus any orders in May get free lifetime access to my Monochromatic Cards class!)


The possibilities are absolutely endless with these dies and images.  I’ve only used two of the dies here out of an 14 die set!

You CAN also order this bundle as part of your starter kit to open an account as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator (you pick $285 in product for $189).  Please read HERE for more details.

We will also be doing these cards this Wednesday evening in Titirangi and this Thursday evening in Otahuhu.  Please join us!

Thanks for stopping by,


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Carousel Birthday Gate Fold Card with Free Video Tutorial!

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Today’s share is a vintage-style birthday card, including a video tutorial for you.  I hope you will give this project a try!  I’ve used the Carousel Birthday stamp set here, along with the Cupcakes and Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack.  I just loved these the moment I saw them:

stampin up carousel birthday card gate fold vintage

I’ve stamped and cut out the little cupcake icings and topped with a pearl for sprinkles.   I just love this vintage carousel image and cool fonts that also come in this set.



A gate fold card is a card that opens in the centre rather than at the side.  It doesn’t take any more cardstock and is easy to do.

I chose to use the more colourful prints in the Cupcake and Carousel stack because I kept the main image fairly neutral.


And this is a Bermuda Bay version, something more neutral than the pink version.

Both the stamp sets and the printed papers are being discontinued as of the end of May.  Please check out the discontinuing items (some discounted) in my Online Store.



And here is the card opened up. As you can see, the card opens like a garden gate, rather than a front door.  I used a bit of the leftover Cupcakes and Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack for a border along the inside bottom and added the gorgeous carousel horse as well.

And I’ve made for you a little step-by-step tutorial on how to make this fun birthday card:


Thank you so much for stopping by today!

P.S. If you live in New Zealand and are someone who would enjoy gathering with like-minded people to enjoy some crafting, I’d love to have you along to a class or two!  I’ll be in Hamilton this Saturday and Tauranga this Sunday.   You can see the full calendar HERE.

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It’s Here! Order the Eastern Palace Suite Early!

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Happy Monday!  Good news to start off your new week: You can now order the Eastern Palace Suite (including three of the five new colours!) as of today! That’s a full month before the new catalogue is live!

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You can choose between two bundles:

Eastern Palace Starter Bundle – perfect for the beginning crafter!

Bundle: 147196

Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set $104.75 AUD/ $125.75 NZD
Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper
Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers
Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)
Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)
Fresh Fig Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)
Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes (New!) FREE!



Eastern Palace Premier Bundle – perfect for the avid crafter!

Bundle: 147209

Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set $178.25 AUD/ $214.25 NZD
Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper
Eastern Palace Cardstock Pack
Mini Tassels Assortment
Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers
Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)
Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)
Fresh Fig Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)
Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies
Very Vanilla C6 Envelopes FREE!
Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock (New!) FREE!


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Thanks for stopping by my stamping world!


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