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All Stars Design Team August Blog Hop – Carols of Christmas

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Hi and welcome to New Zealand!  You’ve landed at Jacque Williams’ Blog.

Early release!  Today’s share is a “clean vintage” card using the Carols of Christmas Bundle from the upcoming (1 September) Holiday Catalogue.   (But you can purchase this early right now!)   This is a gorgeous Christmas set with a variety of holiday images in both the stamp set and the dies.

I went with my favorite colors (now) of Fresh Fig, Sweet Sugarplum, and Rich Razzleberry paired with Crumb Cake.

The words in this set are quite large, which is great for making them a real focal point in other projects.  Here, I just used the ‘Peace” from the “Peace on Earth” and embossed in Gold to tie in with the gold in the Metallic Edged Ribbon, the Gold Sequins, and the little bits of Gold Glitter on the ornaments.

 

The little ornaments are easy to cut out with the coordinating dies.  There is a stamp for the strings, but in this case, I used the real thing with a bit of Linen Thread.  I love the texture it creates.

The background is embossed with the Holly Embossing Folder, and then lightly sponged with the Whisper White Craft Ink. That white ink pad is really great for subtly bringing out details.

Inside the card I Gold Embossed the rest of the sentiment, although Peace on its own is perfectly logical, too.

Each of the demonstrators on this hop has also contributed to the All Stars August Tutorial , including 12 full color instructions for 12 gorgeous projects!  Free with any $50 or more order during August OR you can purchase below for $20 NZD:


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I know you’ll enjoy the rest of the hop!  Next is the very talented Jenneke De Jong !

 

Thanks for stopping by!

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Paisleys & Posies Quick & Easy Card!

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Thursday night and the weather is cold and rainy here in Auckland!  Nice night to be tucked up inside.

Today’s share is a card idea I found on Pinterest last year, and it’s such a winner!  I am using the Paisleys & Posies stamp set here with a variety of colours.  I love projects that look so great with simplicity (actually I love all great-looking projects!):

 

Start by stamping your various paisley images from the Paisleys & Posies stamp set.  Choose any colour combination that appeals, but here I’ve used Mint Macaron, Island Indigo, Always Artichoke, and Cherry Cobbler.   (You can browse all 50 colours of ink pads HERE).

The placement isn’t exact – just decide on the sort of shape you want to create and start with the largest image first and work down to the smallest image.  Finish off with some Enamel Dots and/or Rhinestones.

 

As for the words, you can use any of your die cuts and coordinating stamps.  Crazy for You is a fantastic option (sadly retiring at the end of May!) and so is Sunshine Sayings (this one is staying for another year).

Basically we are stamping a flat background and then making one simple die cut the focal point.

I’ve matted this up a few times to add a bit more interest, too.  This also makes for a nice, sturdy greeting card.

 

And tassels are quite trendy at the moment; you and I will be seeing a lot more of tassels!  They sure do add an element of posh to a project.

Give this one a go!  If you don’t already have a demonstrator and live in New Zealand, I’d be happy to get you the products you need.  Alternatively, you can browse online:

Thanks for stopping by!  I sure do appreciate your support, your enthusiasm, and your friendship!

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My Christmas Tree this Year – in a Frame!

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Happy Thursday and 3 days before Christmas!

As many of you know, my daughters are with extended family this year for the holidays, so Robert and I will be having a quiet one.  At first I was sad, but now we are making the most of it and getting some real quality husband/wife time in as well as some serious down time!  And the girls are truly having the time of their lives and being kept very busy.

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So this is our tree this year.

My team member and friend, Ria Kaire, kindly made us this stunning framed art, and it’s perfect!

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She has used the Forever Evergreen set for the images and embellished with the Mini Pinecones, Gold Twine, and Gold Sequins.

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How beautiful is that?!   I have this on display on our mantle now.  We were going to wait until Christmas morning to open our tiny little pile of gifts, but I’m so glad we didn’t wait so we can enjoy this for the week!

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It’s wonderful to be part of a Stampin’ Up! team, especially this one.  Sale-A-Bration will be starting in January – and that means there will be an awesome bonus for anyone who decides to join my team.   Start thinking about it now; I’d be happy to send you an informational packet.

Merry Christmas!

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Pretty Pines Christmas Card in Two Colour Variations

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Good morning and Merry Christmas!  Today’s share is a reasonably “quick to put together” one inspired by my team member and good friend, Paula Dobson:

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This is one of the four projects we did at my recent Holiday Stamp A Stack.  We loved the vibrancy of these colours: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, and Old Olive.

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The mistletoe leaves are from the Pretty Pines die set and that cute oval is from the new Stitched Shapes Framelits set.  (Good news!  This product was temporarily turned off due to a HUGE demand that totally depleted supplies, but these will be available again mid January).

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I tried this project using my current favorite, Sweet Sugarplum, for a softer look.  Which do you prefer?

The Noel and the Joy both come from the Wonderful Wreath die set.

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I thought this image from the Suite Seasons was perfect to tie in with the pines.  And it’s sucha  fun font, too.  Even better – this stamp set is on discount while supplies last!

 

Many thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you have a productive and beautiful day in this sunny weather. I appreciate all of you – the kind comments, the orders, the friendship, and my team members.  Thank you for being part of this community.   You can contact me anytime at jacque@stamphappy.co.nz and I will get back to you.

Merry Christmas!

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Nelson Christmas Extravaganza Project Parade

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I’ve been tardy publishing these projects from our Nelson Christmas event in November.  I’ve been heads down in Christmas preparations, but having fun whilst doing it!

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Adriana Koch taught this lovely box, using a card I designed and published a few months ago as her inspiration:

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I love what she did here with the design.  We used the Frosted Medallions stamp set – and this one will be discontinued at the end of the month, so get this beautiful set while it’s still available.

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Sally Robertson shared this frosty window card featuring the Santa’s Sleigh Dies – so pretty!

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Nadia Irving kept everyone busy making these sweet gift voucher pouches, each using a variety of products, dressing up the same design:

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A belly band keeps these closed and it’s a gift that can be easily re-used by the recipient, too!

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Rebecca Palmer shared with the class this embellished Treat Box with the Bow Builder Punch.

Plus I taught my project.  Join us for our next Nelson Extravaganza 4 March!

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out these deals:

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Christmas Market!

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We had a Stampin’ Up! stand at the Lopdell House Christmas Market in Titirangi on Saturday – my first ever market stand!   I was really unsure what to prepare that would sell well, so I learned a lot.  Today’s share is an overview of what we had on offer. I hope you get some cute ideas for easy stocking stuffers or gifts for friends:

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These fun lolly tubes are so cute and easy to make!  I used the Tin of Tags kit for the toppers and simply adhered them to our 1×8 inch tubes filled with 12 jaffas.  (psst – the Tin of Tags is on discount plus you get an adorable tin to keep!)

We pretty much sold out of these; I just have a couple left.  Several people came by who bought them for each of their grandchildren.

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Here I have wrapped up the large Cadbury chocolate bars to make them a bit less ordinary.

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And same here, but these are the thick Whittakers bars.  Love the cute little Jingle Bell!

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I blogged these previously, and I made up a heap more for the market!  The ones that are left I am sending up north for a group of young missionaries who come from poorer countries so they have something to unwrap Christmas morning.

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I made these last year and enjoyed them so much!  We sold out at the show, but I made a few spare for my own personal gift giving.

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These are not particularly a Stampin’ Up! item, except the Cellophane Bags and the Twine.   I bought cookie cutters on clearance last March and filled them with melted Cadbury Chocolate.  We sold out of these except for one particular shape that people couldn’t figure out what it was . . . . it was a Santa Hat that possibly could be construed otherwise. And that’s all I will say about that on a public forum!  (I won’t be sending those to the missionaries!)

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Overall it was fun.  The four hours whizzed by.  Any questions, please feel free to ask!

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Totally Trees Pop-Up Card + Last Day for the Online Extravaganza Savings!

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We had such a great day on Saturday at the Stamp-A-Stack here in my studio!  Lots of laughing, eating, and crafting.  Everyone left with a pile of various card projects – a nice stash for both sending and inspiration.

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My share today with you is a pop up card I taught at the Creative Inker’s Christmas Extravaganzas.   I wanted to make something that had a more tropical feel for the holidays.

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The Totally Trees set is perfect; it has such a variety of tree images.

These pop up cards are actually an easy concept, and it was such fun for me to see the delight on so many faces when they realized they could make something so awesome with ease!!  Experiences like that make this “job” so fulfilling.

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The colours here are Soft Sky, Sweet Sugarplum, Pear Pizzazz, and Early Espresso.  I wanted a fresh colour combination to reflect our New Zealand summer.

The Festive Embossing Folder used here is on discount, too – but through the end of today (Monday) only!

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Be sure to check out the discounts available Today Only:

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Hang Your Stocking Quick Christmas Card

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Today’s share is a happy, fresh, quick Christmas card featuring the Hang Your Stocking Bundle.  This is such a cute set that would appeal to everyone:

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This fun project also used the new Stitched Shapes Framelits – repeating the stitched theme easy peasy!  Love how these dies nest in perfectly with our other Circle, Oval, and Square Framelits, too.

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The stocking is also accented with the Mini Jingle Bells (you get heaps in a pack!), again repeating that “sewn” look, even if I did use a glue dot!

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The colour combination here is one of my favorites – Real Red, Pool Party, and Old Olive.  It’s very fresh!

Don’t forget the Online Extravaganza this week – grab a bargain!!

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