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Thailand Achiever’s Blog Hop – Inspired by OnStage

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Welcome to our second Thailand Achiever’s Blog Hop!  Right now you are visiting Jacque Williams in New Zealand.

Our brief today was to share highlights or inspiration from OnStage.

The Heart of Stampin’ Up! Award is awarded to one person globally each year who exemplifies the values of Stampin’ Up! : sharing, making a difference, team spirit, morals, ethics, generosity, and the list goes on.   We were SO pleased and honored to have fellow team member, Barbara Bicknell, deservedly chosen for this award in 2016.

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I was so touched and really wanted to make Barbara a special gift from me to celebrate and remind her of her contributions.

Barbara LOVES vintage, and don’t we all make use of a notebook or diary, so this was the perfect gift for her.

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Of course I was also inspired by the new product we saw at OnStage, so I have used the new Falling in Love Embellishments and the So Detailed Thinlits dies here.  (The Occasions Catalogue will be live 5 January)

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I paired the new goodies with the Ghoulish Grunge stamp set, one that I absolutely love!  I used the honeycomb pattern on Barbara’s monogram and the brick stamp subtly here under my Faux Patina technique.

Barbara was presented with her notebook on Saturday at our team Extravaganza here in Auckland.  I love my job!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed your stop here in New Zealand and continue on the rest of the hop!

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Creative Inker’s Christmas Extravaganza – My Guest Bags

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I personally love altering items, and altering a kraft paper bag is so useful!  My guests at the upcoming Christmas Extravaganzas will each have one of these cute bags for safely transporting their creations home!

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Each bag is embellished with the in colour Designer Series Paper Stack.

 

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I had fun playing with the Santa’s Sleigh Thinlit dies, creating different bags in different colours.  Each bag is also embellished with the new Mica Flakes!

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I also used the Hang Your Stocking Thinlit Dies for variety and fun, too.  I hope they like them!

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Extravaganzas:

Tauranga 29 Oct – SOLD OUT

Hamilton 30 Oct – CLOSED

Auckland 12 Nov – SOLD OUT – wait list open

Nelson 19 Nov – spaces available


Thanks for reading!

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Swirly Birds & Scribbles Altered Notebook Gift & 12 Weeks of Christmas Offer!

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As many of you know, my favorite projects involve taking something rather ordinary and making it great!  Inspired by a swap I received on the Mediterranean Cruise, I recreated this fun, vibrant altered notebook:

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I’ve used the Swirly Bird bundle here in more of an abstract way.  This set is so versatile – from soft and sweet to bright and 80’s!

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I found these notebooks at the local $2 shop and dressed this up using Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White, and Gold Glimmer paper.

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Any young girl would love this!  Or young at heart!  🙂

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We are getting closer and closer to Christmas, and as I’ve done in years past, I am offering a FREE 12 weeks of Christmas tutorial email series to my newsletter subscribers.  Receive a free tutorial every Wednesday for the 12 weeks leading up to Christmas!  If you are already on my newsletter list, you’re already signed up. If not, please sign up below:






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Hang Your Stocking with Cable Knit Christmas Card

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Today’s share is one of the three projects the guests made at my recent Holiday Catalogue Open House, and is inspired by Sandi McIver’s card of the same layout.  I’ve used the new Hang Your Stocking stamp set:

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The Presents & Pinecones Washi Tape adds a little accent to the VERY cool Cable Knit Embossing Folder background.

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The wee stocking is stamped with the Hang Your Stocking stamp set and cut with the coordinating Christmas Stocking Thinlits Dies.  I cut two, one in Cherry Cobbler and one in Mint Macaron and paper pieces them together.

And every Christmas card needs a dash of sparkle!

Have you thought about joining my team of demonstrators?  Team Events, cooperative sharing, discounts, incentives, and so much more!

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Blooms & Wishes Rip & Flip Technique

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When I was on the Grand Vacation in Hawaii last year, my friend Marelle Taylor showed us a fun, easy way to get 72 card fronts out of a single pack of 12×12 papers.  She calls this technique the Rip & Flip:

stampin up blooms wishes bliss rip & FlipThe concept here is to cut the 12×12 into 4×6 pieces, tear off the bottom third, and flip the paper over to create a card front.

stampin up blooms and wishes and bliss rip and flipI chose to use the Bliss & Blooms Designer Series Paper because (1) it has two colour ways in the pack and (2) each piece of the printed paper has a printed side and a more solid side, making it pretty perfect for this technique.

stampin up blooms wishes rip and flip blissThe Blooms & Wishes stamp set coordinate perfectly with these paper, too, for a complete set for a great project.

Please check out my upcoming events – I’d love to have you join us!

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Floral Phrases in Sweet Sugarplum

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Floral Phrases has certainly been one of my favorites from the new catalogue, and the Night of Navy & Sweet Sugarplum combination really appeals!

Today’s share is what I made for my team swap last weekend, and is inspired by a sample on the Mediterranean Cruise and made with the Floral Phrases Bundle:

stampin up floral phrases night of navy sweet sugarplum swap thank you cardThe coordinating Floral Boutique Designer Series Papers are just the perfect thing to go with this elegant bundle. (Here used as a background along with the Floral Boutique Washi Tape).

stampin up floral phrases sweet sugarplum swapI’ve hand cut out a little rose from the Detailed Floral Thinlits (included in the bundle).  This die was designed with versatility in mind!

stampin up floral phrases sweet sugarplum night of navy swapI made up about 25 of these to share with my team! We had a lot of fun sharing and trading our samples!

Don’t forget: if you have ever thought about joining up as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, Join My Team during June and receive two free stamp sets of any value!

Thanks for reading,

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Beautiful Ride – a Remake

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Happy Tuesday!   I hope you all had a lovely long weekend!

Today’s share is a remake of a card I posted in March, this time using the Beautiful Ride stamp set:

stampin up beautiful ride watercoloring washi tape dog jacque williamsOh such a versatile “pattern”!

Sadly, Beautiful Ride is another stamp set that we will say goodbye to as of 31 May – please check out the retiring list and place your orders before your favorites are gone!

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