Extravaganza Projects

Extravaganza Altered Gift Bags – Falling in Love

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It’s our first series of Extravaganzas for 2017!  We’ve already held our Nelson event, and look forward to a full house at our Auckland and Hamilton events this weekend!  There’s still time to register for Tauranga!

Each event I enjoy decorating up a little bag for each of my guests to use for taking home their creations, prizes, and purchases.  This time around I’ve chosen to use the So in Love Designer Series Paper:

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Each bag is also accented with the Sweet Sugarplum Glitter paper – a SaleABration Gift you can get for FREE with your order!

I’ve also used the SaleABration Metallic ribbon and the Gold Sequins here.


I made the little name tags “easily removable” so my guests can re-purpose the bags later for gifts of their own.

They can also unclip the embellishments and use them on a card!


What is an Extravaganza?

An Extravaganza is an event design developed and fine-tuned by the Creative Inker’s Stampin’ Up! team in New Zealand.  Each event is evaluated to make the next one better!  You as a guest make 4-5 projects in about a 5-6 hour time frame.  Each project is chosen to showcase a specific new tool or a technique.  In addition to small group sessions, personal assistance, you also receive complete written instructions for each project to reference later when you are creating at home.   The day also includes light refreshments, door prizes and sometimes other incentives, fabulous displays, and as a special gift exclusive to attendees – a $10 discount on any order placed on the day of $50 or more.     

You need to bring adhesives and scissors; everything else is provided and ready for you!

Because these events are very labour intensive to prepare and often sell out, we do need booking in well in advance and pre-payment.  

We love to see you and we love to spoil you!

You can see all the dates for the 2017 Extravaganzas on my Calendar!

And here is Miss Cinnamon helping me out.  Such a good girl.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you soon,

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Nelson Extravaganza Project Parade

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Over the weekend, I zipped down to Nelson and taught at the Nelson SaleABration Extravaganza there.   My project (will share tomorrow!) was fairly cruisy because I had pre cut and prepared a lot of it, so I had a nice, relaxing day with lots of chatting.

And here is a lineup of the other four projects:

Sally Robertson taught this set of three notecards, each using the different images from Beautiful You and each featuring a different technique.

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They bundled together nicely for a small gift or as a lovely present for yourself!

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Sarah Pownall taught this unique project, featuring the Dragonfly Dreams bundle and many layers of ink and cardstock!   I loved how she made masks using the Special Reason dies here.

And Copper Embossing Powder on the Sending Love (wooden) Embellishments – brilliant!

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Rebecca Palmer taught a masculine – appropriate project using the High Tide set.  Nautical is always a good theme here in New Zealand.


And we had a new teacher this time – Emily Tudor – who shared with everyone this cute, unusual box!  Everyone got to do some smooshing and embossing to create this blended look.


Our next Extravaganza in Nelson will be 29 July.

Other Extravaganzas in March:

11 March – Auckland

12 March – Hamilton 

18 March – Tauranga

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And don’t forget you get a free SaleABration gift with every order of $110!

Thanks for stopping in and have a wonderful rest of your day!

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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!


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


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.



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



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


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


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!

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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.



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.


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.



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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Auckland 2016 Christmas Extravaganza Project Parade

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We had a fantastic Christmas Extravaganza with my Creative Inker’s Stampin’ Up! team here in Auckland last weekend.  We were forced into a last minute venue change, but the team and the attendees all pulled together and made it work. I am so grateful for all of you involved!

Please enjoy a few photos of four of the five projects we made on the day:



Barbara Bicknell and her team shared this elegant and deceptively simple piano box design, complete with a card and a brownie inside!   Can you tell which punch is used here to make this so easy to create?


Heather Stewart, Sally Williams, and Michelle Pepper shared this fun Santa Box for gifts and/or a tea light.  Very effective!


Rachael Knight, Christine Gedye, and Gail Thompson taught a fun swing card using the popular Cookie Cutter Christmas Bundle.


Open the card to reveal a swinging message!

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And Angela Palmer, Kylie Burke, and Kathryn Tyrrell shared this corner card also using the Cookie Cutter Christmas set.  Easy and fun!

Thank you to all who support our events, whether individual classes or big team events like this one.  We appreciate you!



Don’t forget to check out the 25% off list for this month and the new Stitched Framelits dies!

Have an awesome weekend!

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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!



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




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!




Tauranga 29 Oct – SOLD OUT

Hamilton 30 Oct – CLOSED

Auckland 12 Nov – SOLD OUT – wait list open

Nelson 19 Nov – spaces available

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Best Birds Frame Card

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It was my pleasure to share this vintage Best Birds Hanging Frame Card at the recent Extravaganzas.  I kept them all really busy, but the result was worth it!

Inspired by a swap from the Mediterranean Cruise by my Australian friend, Jennie Cass:


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This project folds up easily and handily to fit into a 5×5 envelope:

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We used the Best Birds bundle for that fun background image, as well as all the birds and greenery.

stampin up best birds vintage watercolor frame card Each bird is watercoloured and sits on a wee nest of the new Copper Metallic Thread.

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I heard many positive remarks about this design, particularly noted that they enjoyed that this project could be put on display for a while.

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Going Global Masculine Wallet Card

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Last day of March!    Today is also the last day to receive FREE SAleABration products with your purchase of $110 or more!

It’s also the last day to Join My Team of Demonstrators and receive a $70 product bonus (join for $189 and receive $355 in product)!

And now – today’s share is a masculine project using the Going Global Suite: stamp set, embossing Folder, and Designer Series Paper Stack:

stampin up going global world traveller jacque williams new zealandIsn’t this World Traveler Embossing Folder just great?  I’ve inked the folder here for the more dimensional look.

stampin up going global masculine traveller wallet card fancy fold jacque williamsThe medallion here is made up of a series of circles and the yummy compass image in the Going Global Stamp Set.  This also serves as a little “clasp” to hold the wallet closed.

stampin up going global masculine wallet tag card diy birthday jacque williams new zealandAnd inside you’ll find a pocket with a tag for writing a message.    One could also slip a gift voucher or a photo in here, too.

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I’ve been very busy working over the last three weeks packing and planning to teach on a 9 day cruise.  I am very nervous how to get everything to fit into my suitcases, but I’m sure it will all be fine in the end.  Rob will fix it for me.  So I won’t be posting on here for a while, but I will post to my Facebook Page over the next ten days!

Thanks for reading and for all your support!

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