Gift Ideas

Merry Mistletoe Gift Voucher Card

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And here’s one for those hard-to-buy-for teenagers or grandchildren or husband!  When you want to give a gift voucher, make it a little more personal with a handmade package.

The front of this is inspired by a card design by Allison Okamitsu and I just reformatted it to fit a gift voucher:

 

I love this fresh colour combination and the bold images in the Merry Mistletoe stamp set!  As many of you know, I don’t gravitate to the traditional bright green and red Christmas combination, but the Berry Burst with the Wild Wasabi feels fresh and fun – perfect for the summer Christmas we enjoy here in New Zealand.

Add that bit of Bermuda Bay for even more pop.

 

Open the card to reveal a simple sliding pocket for a gift voucher or a photo or anything flat.

The Tree Rings background adds a bit of whimsy, which is always fun when giving a gift!

 

This is one for the guys, too!

Thanks for stopping by! I’m looking forward to our big Auckland Christmas Extravaganza tomorrow and to the one in Nelson next Saturday (25th).  And guess what?  Next year we will have them in two new locations: Dunedin and Christchurch!

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Quilted Christmas Home Decor and Gift Cards

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Happy Monday! I’ve just spent an amazing weekend with my team and some staff from Stampin’ Up! for our semi-annual training day, OnStage.  The time went way too quickly, and I’ve come back to work today energized and excited!

Today’s share is another version of the Quilted Christmas Home Decor piece I shared a few weeks ago, this time in Pool Party and Pear Pizzazz:

 

I’m teaching this at all my classes in November – please join in if you’d like to make one for yourself or for a gift!  Both colour options available.

 

Each square uses different elements of the Quilted Christmas bundle -both the stamps and the dies.

 

Aren’t those spools and needle so adorable?!  This set is so much more than Christmas!

I realize that some people who come to my classes would prefer cards, and it’s easy enough to take the elements from this framed art and make cards with them.  Here are just a few samples:

 

I look forward to sharing this project with you!   You can order the supplies for this project below and remember you get the November All Stars Tutorial Bundle free with any order of $50 or more!

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Painted Harvest Bag Tags!

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This weekend is OnStage – our semiannual Stampin’ Up! meeting.  Well, “meeting” doesn’t quite describe it.  Party?  Celebration?  Well a whole lot of fun anyway!

I like to do little appreciation gifts for my direct team here and there throughout the year, and the OnStage event calls for bag tags for the totes we receive as part of the day.  I really do value those who choose to sign up directly with me on my Stampin’ Up! team:

If there is a winner in the Holiday Catalogue, it’s got to be the Painted Harvest stamp set and coordinating punch.   Such a stunner!   I’ve stamped the flower directly on the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper for a rustic look.

 

The colour combination is Peekaboo Peach, Crushed Curry, and Calypso Coral.  The photo doesn’t do it justice!

 

I tried a number of combinations here and while all were lovely, I decided I liked the Cherry Cobbler, Berry Burst, and Crushed Curry the best.  Easy!

If you’ve thought about becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I’d LOVE to have you on my team.  You can make this opportunity as big or as small as suits you!  Please read more:

 

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October All Stars Blog Hop – Quilted Christmas

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Welcome to October, Welcome to New Zealand, and Welcome to another All Stars Blog Hop!

This month we decided to feature the Holiday Catalogue again; you’ll see a variety of Christmas and non-Christmas projects both on this hop AND in the 12 tutorial bundle offered below.

Both of my projects focus on the Quilted Christmas Bundle.  This bundle is so much more than Christmas:

 

I had great fun making this home decor piece!   I plan to make another one in a different colour scheme, too.   We do a draw for names in my husband’s family . . .  . well I guess I hope I get the name of someone who will enjoy this!

 

Each square on this wall art features the Quilt Top Embossing Folder and some element from the Quilted Christmas stamp set or die set or both.  Here, I’ve used the star pattern stamps along with the stitching dies.

 

And isn’t this needle die just soooo adorable!   Such a cute, cute touch to the embellishments.

 

The Quilted Christmas die set also has these fun daisy-type flowers as a compliment to the quilted stars.  I also think the little cross stitching stamp is very useful!

If you don’t wish to make home decor, consider taking each of these squares and making a square notecard!  Or do both!

Remember the 12 designers on this hop have also created an exclusive tutorial bundle for October – yours free with any $50 order with me (Jacque Williams) or you can purchase below for $20 NZD.

 




I hope you’ve enjoyed your stop here.  Next stop: Jenneke De Jong!

 

Please visit the All Star Tutorial Designers:

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Easy Christmas Table Decor with Hug in a Mug!

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A few weekends ago we had a very large team meeting for the Stampin’ Up! demonstrators on my team here in Auckland to launch the Holiday Catalogue (coming this Friday!).   I wanted to make a little something for the tables that also showcased some of the new product:

I’ve cut the new Acetate Card Boxes in half to create a little pocket box, then covered in various of the new Designer Series Papers.     I created a very simple tag using the new Hug in a Mug stamp set (so cute!!) and the Scallop Tag Topper Punch (so fast!!).

 

As you can see, we filled each box with little goodies for the day – namely drinks, chocolate, and a Stampin’ Up! pen.  My thought was they could use these items on the day and then refill the box for displays or re-gifting.

Love this new Jute Twine. I think we will be using this a lot!

 

What could you put in your box for your table this season?  Or for a birthday party?

The Holiday Catalogue is live this Friday (1 September) and all these exciting products will be available to order well in time for the festivities!

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Colour Inspiration 16 – Night in Bethlehem

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Welcome to Colour Inspiration Challenge #16!  This go around we have a more muted, possibly masculine colour combination, which was perfect for a “to do” project I’ve had on my desk for months.

 

 

So my daughter asked me to make a “day planner cover” for her boyfriend some time ago . . . .

I wanted to make something a bit inspirational for him, and I felt the Night in Bethlehem set was pretty great to make something that is quite flat and easy to go in and out of a bag.

I used one of the samples right out of the catalogue as inspiration:

 

I added a bit of gold to the colour combination for the words. It also adds just a little bit of texture here, too.

Of course, make this into a card easy enough!  This is a great one if you have many Christmas cards to make, too.   You could add some glitter to the star (I used Wink of Stella) and add some pearls or rhinestones.   (Because this would be going to a teenaged boy, I opted for no rhinestones!)

And not in keeping with the colour challenge, here are the other day planner covers my daughter made for him:

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by! And I hope you’ll join in the colour challenge on the Colour Inspiration Facebook Page!  Your next stop is the talented Lou Kitzelman!

 

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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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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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