Christmas Cards

A Different Take on Simply Created – Merry Little Christmas

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Who doesn't love a project that is quick to do AND looks fabulous??  Stampin' Up! has many lovely things in the new Holiday Catalogue, and one is the release of the Simply Created Kits. And my favorite so far is the Merry Little Christmas Kit, page 27.

I played around with this and while I adore the Merry LIttle Christmas stamp set, I used the Wishing You stamp set.  This project just makes me SMILE – so happy and fun!

Stampin up wishing you merry christmas little kit
All I have added extra is the little Real Red punched strip down the side and some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  Everything else comes with the kit – even the envelope and liner!  Easy!! 

Stampin up wishing you merry little christmas kit
I quickly coloured up my stamp with the Real Red, Costal Cabana, and Gumball Green markers.  Because all the parts are simple squares, it was quick to do.  Looks great!

Stampin up wishing you season of style
Add a few more stamps inside the card and on the front of the envelope, and you have a very easy, matching, impressive ensemble.  (The white inner is not included in the kit, just fyi, but I bet you have Whisper White cardstock and if you don't, you need some!:)

I also have a PDF file of Bonus project ideas for this Christmas Card Kit FREE to you when you order the Merry Little Christmas Simply Created Card Kit!! 

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Wishing You

Colours: Coastal Cabana, Real Red, Gumball Green

Other: Scallop Trim Punch, Merry Little Christmas Simply Created Card Kit

Join Me!

Wednesday 11 September: Takanini Scrapbooking Class!  7:30pm  $15  Make a beautiful 12×12 layout suitable for males or females

Thursday 12 September: Howick Scrapbooking Class! 7:30pm  $15  Make a beautiful 12×12 layout suitable for males or females

Friday 13 September: Greenlane Scrapbooking Class 9:30am  $15 Make a beautiful 12×12 layout suitable for males or females


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Christmas in Vintage Ex Libris

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I’ve used our Ex Libris stamp today to make a quick and yummy, vintage Christmas Card.  And this is another one inspired by a sample in our demonstrator magazine!

Stampin up ex libris posy punch christmas

Was a wee bit scary stamping this big stamp in BLACK, but I stamped it using my fingers rather than my palm, giving an uneven, antiqued impression. I like it!

Ex Libris - Clear-Mount Stamp

Don’t you love how the image is also perfect as an “address label” on our Crumb Cake Envelopes?!  So cute!

Stampin up vintage christmas easy

I used the new Pansy Punch with Cherry Cobbler and made a super simple flower and added a few flags from the Modern Medley papers (these are a must-have staple).


Stampin up posy punch christmas ex libris
And here it is in Crisp Cantaloupe.  Love the flower on the black and white – a great way to use up those scraps!

You can just barely see it, but in both samples I’ve added a dash of Dazzling Diamonds.  Glitter looks great on vintage when done in very small amounts!

Stampin up christmas greetings of the season vintage

I had to look it up~!  What does Ex Libris mean?

“an inscribed bookplate, especially in a decorative way”.  Clever Stampin’ Up!.  What a perfect name for this beautiful image!


Supplies Used:

Stamps: Ex Libris, Greetings of the Season (Carry over Flyer)

Colours: Naturals White Card, Black ink, Soft Suede or Gold ink

Other: Modern Medley DSP, Cardstock scraps for flower, Pansy PUnch, Antique Brads, Bitty Banners, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter


Join Me:

Saturday 7 September: My Digital Studio Tour!  12:30 to 4:30  Demonstrations, hands on, classes, prizes and more!  $45 includes the full software!

Wednesday 11 September: Takanini Scrapbooking Class!  7:30pm  $15  Make a beautiful 12×12 layout suitable for males or females

Thursday 12 September: Howick Scrapbooking Class! 7:30pm  $15  Make a beautiful 12×12 layout suitable for males or females



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Come to Bethlahem Brayer Card

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This is a take off of a samply by Delys Cram, one of my talented demonstrators who lives in Whakatane.  She used a different technique, but I’ve used the layout and colors to recreate another version.

I’ve used a brayer and Bashful Blue here for the background for a gradual colour gradation.  I need to get that brayer out more often!

This was my first take:

And I fiddled around and tried it with another arrangement to see which one I liked best:

Because I love that Striped Satin Ribbon!  My girls couldn’t decide which they liked better, so both pass the mark at my house.

I did a “naughty” and cut my star apart from my camel images.  That way I could easily stamp one in one colour, and the other in something different.  Plus, I could them place the star where I wished.

Well this one was fun and the ladies last night did well with it. We had a guest at class – my little brother!  He’s here for the wedding and was a good sport and joined in.  I have a pic of him brayering on my Facebook Page.  Was fun!  We haven’t had such a good laugh in a long time.  (not AT him . . . .)

Order your supplies for Christmas!

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Come to Bethlahem

Colours: Midnight Muse, Bashful Blue

Other: Lace Brocade Embossing Folder, Whisper White stitched ribbon, White Embossing Powder, Dazzling Diamonds, Brayer

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Joyous Celebration Gift Bag!

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This is a cute project I re-jigged from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue.  As easy as it is, it's quick to put together and was a real hit with my classes thus far!  (Showing this tonight in Takanini – would love to have you join us!)

I've used the new 1 1/4 inch scallop circle punch to create the elements, and each one has a stamp or an embellishment of some type. Great way to use up bits and pieces!

The stamps are from the Joyous Celebration set, the same set featured in the post below.

I used a bit of the NEW Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details on the reindeer's nose.  Fun!

We filled the bag with a Cello Bag full of Caramel popcorn.  Smells nice!

Order your Supplies Used:

Stamps: Joyous Celebration

Colours: Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Chocolate Chip

Other: 1 1/4 inch Scallop Circle Punch, Cherry Cobbler Dazzling details, Gumball Green and Real Red Ribbons, Naturals Buttons, Dazzling Diamonds

Upcoming Events:

Tonight! Takanini Stamp Class!  Make the above and one other Christmas Project!  7:30pm  $15

Monday 19th November Techniques Class! Learn Brayering and Sponging.  7:30pm  $15 Birkenhead

Tuesday 20th Novemer Nelson Stamp Classes  1pm and 7pm.  Two projects at each.  Come to one or both!  $15

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Joyous Celebration Christmas!

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This is a project designed by Rose Keightley, one of the lovely demonstrators on my team, which she presented at our Christmas Extravaganza in Tauranga.  I accidentally left the stamp set she used in Tauranga, so when I went to show this to another group of stampers, I had to jig it a little to use another set.

I chose the Joyous Celebrations set featured in the Holiday mini catalogue – a cute one that fits perfectly with the Oval Punch and that new, really cool Holiday Frame Embossing Folder.

The background uses the Cherry Cobbler Core'Dinations cardstock, so it's been sanded to reveal the pink colour on the raised parts.  Same with the Early Espresso piece in the middle – Love the fun polka dots with this!

If you haven't tried the new Tulle Ribbon, it's a must!  I'm buying extra and putting it in my sewing stash . . . .  Soft and easy to tie!

Still time to order supplies for your Christmas cards and/ or to book into a class!

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Joyous Celebrations $37.95

Colours: Cherry Cobbler, Sahara Sand, Early Espresso

Other: Cherry Cobbler Tulle, Holiday Frame Embossing Folder, Sanding Block, Window Framelits, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Oval Punch, Gold Brads


Upcoming Events:

Saturday Nov 10th Auckland Scrapbooking Day!  $55 for 4
layouts!  If we have extra time, you can work on your own projects 9:30
am to about 5 pm.  Birkenhead

Monday November 12th Christmas Stamp Class in Birkenhead!  7:30pm  2 projects  $15

Wednesday Nov 14th Takanini Stamp Class!  7:30 pm  2 projects $15

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Blissful Bird in several color ways

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I designed up this project when I was teaching a group of lovely ladies who had not ever stamped before.  This one features an easy, but effective and fun, technique, and is quick to put together.

I’ve used the Blissful Bird stamp here, one of our stamps that comes single AND it matches up with the ever popular Bird Punch:

 I also did this cutie up in the new Primrose Petals colour (Pool Party above), just to see what it looked like:


Someone had the idea in one of my classes (I think it was in Nelson) to do this one up in Cherry Cobbler and make it Christmas.  I thought that was brilliant, especially since the words on birdie’s tummy are perfect for general, wedding or Christmas.  So after a few times playing around with different variations, this one was my favorite:

I’ll be using this one as my swap in Broome next week – can’t wait!  I should have made my travel companion help me with these . . . . :-), but I guess the diamond ring will suffice to earn his way this time.  It’s my honor to have him there with me. 

I will be taking my computer with me and will check once a day for orders and customer service and things.  Be thinking of you!

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Blissful Bird $18.95

Colours: various, but mostly Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Primrose Petals, Certainly Celery

Other: Bird PUnch, Basic Pearls, Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon

What’s On:

Monday October 29th Make the Christmas Ornament on the front cover!  $15 7:30pm Birkenhead

Wednesday October 31st Make two Christmas Projects  7:30pm  $15 Takanini

Thursday November 1st Scrapbooking Night in Howick $15 7:30pm

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Frosty Friends and the Cookie Press!

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My 12 year old daughter, Kjristi, had a great time making these sugar cookies!  She used the recipe included in the Cookie Presses, rolled it into balls, and then pressed with the snowflake press.  Fun!

I kept the topper rather simple as it's likely to get tossed.  (Sorry that's just reality).  Cute, but nothing hugely time consuming!

I've used the new Frosty Friends here, a single stamp in the Holiday Catalogue.  Easy to colour in, too.



I used the new Window Framelits shapes for the topper for something a bit different.  And don't forget you get a FREE roll of the stitched satin ribbon with any order of $70 – no limit!  See the Specials and Promotions page for all the details. 

 A cute little gift for co workers, neighbors, or other school mums, for example!

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Frosty Friends

Colours: midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple, various markers

Other: Markers, Dazzling Details, Metallic Brads, Window Frame Framelits



Join us!

Wednesday October 10th Takanini Stamp Class!  7:30pm  $15

Saturday October 13th Tauranga Extravaganza!  Sorry All sold out

Monday October 15th Scrapbooking in Birkenhead 7:30pm  $15

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Beautiful Ornament Keepsakes

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It was a lovely weekend in Nelson for our stamp camp!  Despite being delayed on the flights, the ladies there managed to speed through all the projects in a shortened time – amazing really.

This project is a copy of the beautiful ornament on the front of the Holiday Mini Catalogue.  It's a fair bit of cutting, but the results are worth it!

It will be a pleasure to have this hanging from my tree this year!

We used the new Ornament Keepsakes set and the matching dies for this one plus the new Cherry Cobbler Tulle.  The more I use that tulle, the more I really, really love it!  I think I will be buying extra and putting it in my sewing stash.

The centre of the ornament uses the Rosette Die, a new addition to the Big Shot family.  You can make these manually with  the Simply Scoring Tool, but running it through a die, complete with edges and the creases already there is oh so easy.

And  a funny story to go with this: I asked Rob to help me with some pre-stamping and cutting for this project.  He really didnt' want to stamp, so he made it into a game for himself.

I cut the Very Vanilla card to fit TEN ornaments and asked him to stamp ten across:

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He challenged himself to get eleven. I was impressed with eleven:

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Then he was sure he could get twelve.  I said no way, I cut them to fit ten.  But he did it after a few tries:

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I said wow, that gives me two extra on each sheet.  Well done!  But not enough, Rob wanted to get thirteen.  I said impossible:

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And last few sheets, he got this many:

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There's my boy – in the midst of all the games, all my images got stamped without too much suffering. Good tip for you ladies out there.  🙂

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Ornament Keepsakes

Colours: Real Red, Old Olive,

Other: Cherry Cobbler Tulle, Linen Thread, Ornament Dies, Rosette Die, Faceted Buttons, Large Pearls, Candlelight Christmas DSP

Upcoming Events:

Thursday 4th October Scrapbooking in Howick $15 7pm

Saturday 6th October Scrapbooking Day in Te Puke  3 layouts 10 am  $40

Saturday 13th October Tauranga Extravaganza 5 projects $35 1pm


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