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Merry Mistletoe Gift Voucher Card

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And here’s one for those hard-to-buy-for teenagers or grandchildren or husband!  When you want to give a gift voucher, make it a little more personal with a handmade package.

The front of this is inspired by a card design by Allison Okamitsu and I just reformatted it to fit a gift voucher:

 

I love this fresh colour combination and the bold images in the Merry Mistletoe stamp set!  As many of you know, I don’t gravitate to the traditional bright green and red Christmas combination, but the Berry Burst with the Wild Wasabi feels fresh and fun – perfect for the summer Christmas we enjoy here in New Zealand.

Add that bit of Bermuda Bay for even more pop.

 

Open the card to reveal a simple sliding pocket for a gift voucher or a photo or anything flat.

The Tree Rings background adds a bit of whimsy, which is always fun when giving a gift!

 

This is one for the guys, too!

Thanks for stopping by! I’m looking forward to our big Auckland Christmas Extravaganza tomorrow and to the one in Nelson next Saturday (25th).  And guess what?  Next year we will have them in two new locations: Dunedin and Christchurch!

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Painted Harvest Bag Tags!

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This weekend is OnStage – our semiannual Stampin’ Up! meeting.  Well, “meeting” doesn’t quite describe it.  Party?  Celebration?  Well a whole lot of fun anyway!

I like to do little appreciation gifts for my direct team here and there throughout the year, and the OnStage event calls for bag tags for the totes we receive as part of the day.  I really do value those who choose to sign up directly with me on my Stampin’ Up! team:

If there is a winner in the Holiday Catalogue, it’s got to be the Painted Harvest stamp set and coordinating punch.   Such a stunner!   I’ve stamped the flower directly on the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper for a rustic look.

 

The colour combination is Peekaboo Peach, Crushed Curry, and Calypso Coral.  The photo doesn’t do it justice!

 

I tried a number of combinations here and while all were lovely, I decided I liked the Cherry Cobbler, Berry Burst, and Crushed Curry the best.  Easy!

If you’ve thought about becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I’d LOVE to have you on my team.  You can make this opportunity as big or as small as suits you!  Please read more:

 

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Ready for Christmas Series of Card Ideas!

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Happy Labour Weekend!  Although it’s Spring, I’m cozied up by the fire with the cat tonight.  I want to share with you a few samples I made earlier this season for some demonstrator training events using the Ready for Christmas Bundle. These cards were meant to be quick, easy to do, and something just to try out the new products:

 

One of the neat things about the Christmas Staircase (part of the Ready for Christmas bundle) dies is it comes with multiples of the same die.  It was quick to cut out these branches when I have several of the dies!

I’ve simple created a wreath here, simple stamping at the bottom, and a big bow with the Year of Cheer Embellishments.  Crumb Cake, Black and, Old Olive are just a classic “always a winner” combination.

This one is a full sized card, now using that awesome staircase die.  I’ve placed the same boughs used in the first card here, now wrapping the Mini Sequin Trim throughout to mimic garland.

 

There are just so many fun possibilities with this one.

 

And this one is very quick to do, but effective and fresh.  Simply mat two pieces of the Merry Music Designer Series Paper, add Jute Twice, and add a sentiment of your choice on a stitched shape.

Make more Christmas cards this week:

Papakura 7:30pm wednesday 25 October $15

Birkenhead 10am Thursday 26 October $15

Takanini 7pm Thursday 26 October $15

Birkenhead 10am Saturday 28 October 12 Cards $35

Thanks for stopping by!


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Seasonal Layers Black and White Card

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I shared a blue version of this project some weeks back, but I had a few leftover kits so I made up a little set with complimenting colours using the Seasonal Layers Thinlit Dies:

I intend to bundle these together using the Acetate Card Boxes, and gift these to someone special for an upcoming birthday.

The Acetate Card Boxes are GREAT to have on hand for a useful, universal gift.  Just about anyone could use a few birthday cards, and it’s something made from the heart.  These boxes just package them up so professionally.

 

Shopping list below.

Would you like a stash of Christmas cards ready to go?  Join me at my annual Christmas Stamp-A-Stack 28 October!  Drop in between 10-4pm and spend a few hours making 12 Christmas cards for the holiday season.  $35 includes 12 card kits, drinks, and a prize draw for anyone placing an order on the day!   Register via email.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Birthday Card Club – Beautiful Bouquet Quick Birthday Card Video Tutorial

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We all need birthday cards, and we often needs them fast!  Or even better, make up four or six and have them on hand.

Beautiful Bouquet is a versatile stamp set (bundle with dies if you wish), but today I’ll be just using the stamps to create this very quick birthday card:

 

Above version is created with Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, and Island Indigo.    I’ve also made up this version in the Fresh Fig, Rich Razzleberry, and Sweet Sugarplums:

 

And I’ve created this step-by-step video tutorial so you too can make this with full confidence.  Enjoy!

Shopping list below.  Remember you get a free 12 Tutorial Bundle from designers around the world with any order of $50 or more during October!

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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.

Thanks for stopping by!  Check out my classes this week HERE.

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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.

Thanks for stopping by!

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