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Pretty Petals Love Notes and Love Jar Gift

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I’d guess the one thing we all just love about Stampin’ Up! is the colour coordination and how easy it is to create a project that just “works” without breaking a sweat.

Today I was asked to help the youth group at church show some love to one of their leaders by creating what we call a “Love Jar”:

stampin up love notes gift cards jar easy ideaEach of the girls will write a love note to her and place it in the jar.  She will then have not only a forever reminder of her service and her relationships, but she will also have this beautiful gift.

stampin up pretty petals love jar gift ideaMy inspiration was just the small circle of the Pretty Petals Paper Stack – and the colours Calypso Coral, Basic Black and Old Olive.

stampin up love jar  pretty petalsLove using those LIttle Letters dies to customize projects!!

stampin up love notes jar gift ideaI just used punches and dies to make a heap of very simple cards for the girls to write in.  I thought having the cards simple, but coordinating would look the best through the clear jar.  The jar and each card also features a single pearl.

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Sheltering Tree Altered Noteook

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Last week I had one of my good friends and customer from Nelson, Karen Wells, come up to my Auckland class and she came bearing gifts!  How spoiled did I feel?   Check out these lovely treats from the Nelson region as well as a handmade gift from Karen:

stampin up sheltering tree altered notebook nelson

Karen has altered a notebook (my personal favorite craft project) and embellished with the Sheltering Tree stamp set.  I also like how she’s turned this noteobook landscrape; something I likely would have never thought to do!

stampin up sheltering tree nelson notebook altered

She’s also made a fun belly band for the book using ribbon (lace), a button, and a hair tie. Clever!

stampin up sheltering tree notebook gift ideaIsn’t it lovely to give a handmade gift?  And equally as lovely to receive.  Thank you to all of you for taking the time to put a bit of yourself into your gifts!

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Upcoming Classes:

Thursday 23 July – Otahuhu Scrapbooking 7:30pm  $15

Saturday 25 July – Auckland Extravaganza 12:30-5:30pm $35

Monday 27 July – Pakuranga Stamp Class 7:30 pm $15

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Sheltering Tree Quick Card Set !

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March is almost over and that means another season of Extravaganzas has come to a close.  I can now share with you my project – a simple design by Stampin’ 365 using the popular Sheltering Tree stamp set.  Andrea Schweer taught this with me at the Hamilton event and Kath Gabriel and Paula Reid taught with me in Auckland.

I added the swing to the winter card in the end, so we used every single image in the Sheltering Tree stamp set!



Sheltering Tree

As you can see, the design is simple, but grouped together, the effect is striking.  Everyone found this set easy to use and the images easy to place.  If you are having any trouble with your photopolymer stamps at all, try using our Stampin’ Pierce Mat – makes a 100% difference.

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We gave everyone the option to bundle up their cards with a little swing tag if they wanted, ready for gift giving.  It would be easy to make up a number of these little packs and have them ready to go or ready to use!

Today and tomorrow are the last days of SaleABration!  Order the Sheltering Tree set, the notecards and envelopes and four ink pads of your choice and earn a Free SaleABration item!

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Back to Black Altered Coffee Cup Gift!

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Karen Williamson of Tauranga surprised me with this lovely gift of chocolatey craftiness when I was there a few weeks ago.  Always lovely to receive a handmade gift!!  (although massages are welcome too.  🙂

Stampin up back to black coffee cup chalk talk

Such a cute idea!  This would be fun done up in many of our papers.

Stampin up back to black chalk talk coffee cup

Love the idea here of a double ribbon.  And a favorite image: the large tag from Chalk Talk.  Perfect for any ocassion, masculine or feminine.

Stampin up coffee cup altered chocolate gift

And inside was found a hot chocolate sachet and a chocolate spoon!

Thanks for stopping by!  And thank you Karen!


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Rain or Shine Mini Album

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Featuring the Rain or Shine Stampin' Up! stamp set and the Sunshine and Sprinkles Designer Series Paper, this cute project was presented at the Hamilton Extravaganza a few weeks ago by Kristine McKnickle and Christine Palmer, adapted from an album shown to us by Julia Leece at Regional Training last year.

stampin up rain or shine sunshine sprinkles umbrella mini album
This was a very popular project – so fresh and fun!  Done in about 40 minutes, these mini albums are a quick way to put some photos together for a gift.

stampin up mini album chopsticks
Stay tuned for tomorrow!  An exciting day coming up!


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Tea for Two Just Add Ink Layout Challenge

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This was fun!  I just discovered that Just Add Ink holds a scrapbooking challenge each month (where have I been??), so I gave it a go.  Madeleine asked me to scrap these photos next (I find it quite cool how they are now giving me photos and asking me to scrapbook them).

Here is the sketch:

March 2013 JAI Sketch
And here is my creation:

stampin up just add ink scrapbooking layout tea for two wisteria wonder burlap

I have been hoarding these Calypso Coral polka dot sheets out of the packs for a while because I though they were so fun and happy and perfect for a layout.  Happy coincidence that colour worked in with the minor photo (confess I 'made' it work!)

stampin up vanilla flower trim burlap calypso coral vintage layout
I LOVE the new burlap trim in the Seasonal Catalogue – had to use it on here!  And paired with the ribbon rose flowers, it looks really cool.  Just perfect for these shots of sort of a young vintage look.

I brought in the Wisteria Wonder to match Madeleine's hat and jacket.  I'm  not sure why she wore a zippered jacket with a lace dress, but the mix of elements went okay with the yin yang of these embellishments, too.

stampin up scrapbooking layout easy netting title owl punch pearls
I used the Netting stamp on these Typeset letters to give it a little bit of texture.  I left it as is; I didn't want this particular layout to be too fussy.  The "clean vintage look" is what I call it.  Perfect for the young, fresh face featured here.

Thanks for the fun!

Next Scrapbooking classes:

Monday March 18th Birkenhead 7:30pm $15

Saturday March 23rd Nelson 9:30am $55 4 layouts

Thursday April 4th Howick 7:30pm $15


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Madison Avenue Version of the Notebooks

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WEll I didn't get a pic of  my girls teaching because I was out teaching myself, but my two eldest daughters, Madeleine (14) and Kjristi (12), taught these cool notebooks to their church youth group on Tuesday. 

We changed them up to make them a bit more "young" and use the Sycamore Street DSP (available just another 8 days!) and the Madison Avenue Flower:

stampin up madison avenue buttons silver glimmer
They LOVED that Silver Glimmer Paper!

I also did up a version using the bird punch just in my designing with my own girls what they felt comfortable teaching:

stampin up notebook altered bird punch sycamore street
The point of making these with the young women was for them to use them as gratitude journals for 21 days.  The word stamp I have in the little window is a very, very old Stampin' Up! stamp sets called Small Script.  I just love it and it did come in handy for this project!

stampin up pearl glimmer bird punch sycamore street notebook gift idea
Oh, I will never tire of our little bird!

The girls loved doing these up, and I was treated to find this lovely post up on Facebook:

stampin up facebook gratitude journal notebook diary
The girls were very good and coopertive and happy with what they had made, and that makes it all the more fun!

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Altered Notebooks with Collage Curios

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These notebooks were a great find by Barbara Bicknell at the $2 shop!  We decorated them up with the new Poetry Prints Pack and transformed them from utilitarian to a special gift.

Although, personally, I love notebooks and write in one nearly every day, so I plan to keep these . . . 🙂

stampin up collage curious notebooks
I had fun playing with the embossing folders – embossed directly onto the notebook!  Took some fiddling to get the right sandwich, but the finished look was really, really COOL.

stampin up kindness matters notebook gift

I'm really liking the Summer Starfruit after this project and the last scrapbooking layout.  The ribbon looks quite nice with this combo.

stampin up poetry prints collage curious midnight muse
The blue polka dots one above is my favorite out of all of them.  Just liked the freshness of this one.

The main image is from the stamp set Collage Curious, a great wee set perfect for layering up the images. 

Shona Edmonds and I taught this last weekend at the Hamilton Extravaganza, and everyone just loved that Silver Glimmer Paper.  Almost a shame to cover it up!

stampin up gift notebook sumer starfruit pen kindness matters gumball green
There are just 10 days left to get that lovely Vine STreet Embossing Folder!  Shame we can't keep that little beauty a bit longer!

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Supplies Used:

Stamps: Collage Curious, Kindness Matters

Colours: Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green, Crumb Cake, Summer Starfruit

Other: $2 shop notebooks and pens, 1 1/4 inch scallop circle punch, 1 3/4 inch scallop circle punch, 1 inch circle punch, Silver Glimmer paper, Bitty Banners Framelits, Poetry Prints print Pack

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