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Christmas Quilt Spool Card

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Happy Monday and today’s share is a card that can be used for Christmas or general – perfect for a fellow crafter or seamstress!   I give credit for the idea of this card to team member and friend, Rhonda Fawcett.  I thought it was just so stinking cute, being a seamstress myself.

 

On page 4 & 5 of the Holiday catalogue, you can find Quilted Christmas Suite (or see below), but don’t think this set is just for Christmas!  Other than the sentiments, this set is actually quite useful year round!

The shape of this spool card is made by using the Envelope Punch Board (makes 66 sizes of envelopes as well!) to create the little divets along the side.

Then simply embellish as you wish.  I’ve used the Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper along with the new Real Red Ribbon to create the “thread”.  This cute flower also comes in the die set.

 

Oh and this is the best part!

How adorable is that little needle and spool of thread??!  Those come in the die set as well.  I love them!

I have done up an awesome wall art with this set that I’ll share in a few weeks, too.

I think you’d find a use for this set year round!  Supply list below.

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All Stars September Blog Hop – Hearts Come Home

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Welcome to the September Blog Hop for the All Stars team!  You are now in New Zealand with Jacque Williams.  We have a brand new 12 project, full colour tutorial bundle for you and we are kicking it off with a Blog Hop among the designers!

My blog hop and my tutorial project feature the Hearts Come Home Bundle – one that I have found to be so versatile both for Christmas and for non-Christmas projects!  Simply swap the above sentiment out for something else and use this design year round.

I love non-traditional colour Christmas cards. In fact, I don’t think I’ve made a green and red Christmas card for years.  I love the fresh look of this colour combination (Soft Sky, Pumpkin Pie, and Berry Burst), especially here in New Zealand where we celebrate Christmas in the summer.

 

 

 

If you’d like to see what else I’ve made with this bundle (and what the other 11 designers have created), simply place an order with me for $50 NZD or more during September OR you can purchase the tutorial bundle below:





And please do continue to enjoy the hop! Your next stop is the talented Janneke de Jong!

 

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Painted Harvest – Quick and Easy!

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Tomorrow (Saturday) I’m having an Open House drop in style in my studio to launch the Holiday Catalogue. Exciting!

And today’s share is one of the three projects the guests will get to make:

This design came straught out of the Holiday Catalogue itself, with just a few added bits and a change of colours!   Now this is one you could change up the sentiment and make in a hurry for that sudden need or that event that crept up on you!

 

All the products are available to order as of today!

Here I’ve used both Crushed Curry and Peekaboo Peach for the flowers – an unlikely colour combination, but it really works well!   The stamp set is called Painted Harvest and the different images that layer on top of each other make creating this effect super easy!

I’ve listed the bundle below, even though I didn’t use the leaf punch in the above project because I think that leaf punch is worth having. And saving 10% on both items by buying it the bundle is also worth considering.

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Hearts Come Home Sneak Peek

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Well last week was very busy getting ready for a huge team gathering here in Auckland over Friday and Saturday!  It was a lot of fun and all the efforts were noticed and appreciated, which does make it worthwhile.

On Friday evening, my team leaders (titled Silver Elite and above) got together for a little meeting, dinner, and socializing.  I wanted to make them each a small gifts – even little gestures can make a difference to someone.  I’ve used the new (and coming in 9 days!) bundle Hearts Come Home, a wonderful set with “skyline” dies:

 

You can use these three dies separately or all together. They look also nice with all the houses in the same colour, like white, or in graduated colours like I’ve done here.

 

So I wrapped these die cuts around a giant chocolate bar, one of my favorite gifts to give because it’s always wanted!  And knowing these are crafty ladies, I made the wrapper so it could slip off so they can eat their chocolate and still use the wrapper as a display or refill it later.

 

The new Music Specialty Christmas paper is also going to be a “must” this holiday season.  The bundle I’ve used here and the papers can be ordered as of 1 September.

 

It’s a great pleasure to make a special gift for someone – it’s one of the reasons we do what we do!  I know that you, too, will love using this new Hearts Come Home Bundle!

Do you have a copy of the Holiday Catalogue?

Thanks for stopping by my place,


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Clean and Simple Colorful Seasons

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You know that deck chair that is showing up all over the net?  (and here on my blog!)  Well the Colorful Seasons Bundle is actually quite a large die set that includes a scallop edge, the chair, leaves, snowflakes, and these beautiful flowers and branch:

I think this branch is absolutely gorgeous.

On this project, I wanted everything to be black and white with just the flowers standing out.  The pearls give it just a tiny bit of 3D to accentuate the focal point, too.

This would make a lovely sympathy card, or change up the words to be a thank you or birthday card.

I have used the new Garden Trellis Embossing Folder for the second layer in this project.   I thought it’s not only a pretty pattern, but it echos the clean feeling of these blossoms and branch.

This project is reasonably quick to complete.  I was thinking it would also make a super gift pack: do up a set of these, each card with a different sentiment from the bundle and each card with a different colour of flower.  Package them up together for an attractive gift.

Thanks for stopping by!  I’d love to have you in a class with me this August!

Kind regards,

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Coffee Cafe – Thailand Grand Vacation Swaps – Altered Notebook

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One of the many fun benefits to the Stampin’ Up! Grand Vacation trips is the opportunity to swap with other demonstrators around the world. I participated in three different swaps, and today’s share is one of them:

 

 

Although it’s not obvious from the photo, this is actually a notebook.  One of my favorite projects is to alter notebooks!  (Those who come to my classes know we do one at least once a year!).  I use notebooks and I love to take something rather ordinary and make it extra special.

Here I’ve used the Coffee Cafe bundle to create a fun, warm cup of hot chocolate (or whatever!) during this winter cold here in New Zealand.

For the background, I stamped and clear embossed using the new Tree Rings background stamp.  I really like this one . . .  it looks more like fingerprints to me than anything, but I think it’s fun and whimsical.      I then inked a tiny bit of colour in Soft Sky.

Make a coordinating pen and it’s a cute little gift set for yourself!

All the images and shapes are in the Coffee Cafe die set except the heart came from the Sweet & Sassy Framelits.

 

We had such a great time at the Auckland Extravaganza on Saturday. Other than my feet hurting by a very poor choice of shoes, the day could not have gone any better.  You can see all the events for 2017 HERE and also sign up for my newsletter for promotion updates, tips, videos, and newsletter only bundle offers:








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Crafting Forever – Gifts for my Open House Tomorrow!

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Tomorrow I am hosting an Open House (Drop in between 10-2) for the new catalogue, and I wanted to make a few gift items for the day, too.  What set is more perfect that the Crafting Forever?   So cute!

 

So five attendees tomorrow will receive one of these gift bags:

 

Each little bag contains two card bases, six pieces of Designer Series Paper, and 1 meter of ribbon.  All the corresponding In-Color, of course!

Each bags has a simple piece of cardstock folded over the top, embossed in the new Garden Trellis folder, and then the paintbrush image from the Crafting Forever set watercolored in.

I really didn’t want to cut these out five times over, so I watercolored a little bit of Smokey Slate around each image to give the illusion of 3D.    If you do watercoloring at all (or want to), I strongly suggest you get yourself a Smokey Slate ink pad for your tool kit!

Above we have Powder Pink, Berry Burst, and Fresh Fig.

 

And these two new colours are Tranquil Tide and Lemon LIme Twist.

I look forward to giving these out tomorrow!   And it’s not too late to let me know if you are coming – drop in between 10-2pm in my studio in Birkenhead.  There is not cost to this event – Just come and make a few projects and enjoy a cuppa!

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Thanks for stopping by,

 

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Brand New! 2017-2019 Five New In-Colours! Comparion and Inventory Charts!

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I hope you are enjoying the long weekend!  Today’s share is a long one, but with lots of resources and goodies!  Please have a read all the way to the end.   All the card samples are using the new Colorful Seasons Bundle.  

I want to introduce you to the five new Stampin’ Up! colours:

Please meet Fresh Fig:

 

From top to bottom, the colours used here are Pink Pirouette, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, and Fresh Fig.  The flowers are in Fresh Fig as well.     Fresh Fig is a very rich, dark wine sort of colour.

 

Please meet Tranquil Tide:

From top to bottom, the colours used here are Pool Party, Island Indigo, Tranquil Tide, and Always Artichoke.   As demonstrated in the video below, Tranquil Tide is very much an “in between” colour.  It will definitely change character depending on which colours you use it with!

 

Please meet Berry Burst:

From top to bottom we have Sweet Sugarplum, Berry Burst, Rich Razzleberry, and Fresh Fig.  The chair is also in Berry Burst.   This colour is a purple-pink with a good amount of vibrancy.

 

Please meet Lemon Lime Twist:

I predict this will be the most popular colour of the five!  Think fresh granny smith apples here.  From top to bottom, I have used Lemon LIme Twist, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, and Always Artichoke.   The leaf is also out of Lemon Lime Twist.

 

Please meet Powder Pink:

Colours from top to bottom are Pink Pirouette, Powder Pink, Blushing Bride, and Rose Red.  Powder Pink is soft purpley-pink, perfect for subtle projects or perhaps baby cards.

Please keep in mind that you can buy all five of these ink pads in a bundle for virtually the same price as buying four of them individually. This is your best deal!

 

Please also download your Free In-Colour Inventory Chart and Free In-Colour Combination Idea Chart!

Enjoy the video below:

 

 

Thanks for stopping by!

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