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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.

 

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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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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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