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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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Christmas Pines Candles – For Your Table

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Do you need a table decoration idea for your Christmas table?  Gift included!

There are many little traditions I share with my three daughters, and one of them is dressing up a holiday table together.  They love to find the fake cranberry with teeth marks from when they were toddlers, light the same candles we’ve had for years, and pull out the decorations that are associated with so many good memories.

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This is one of our Thanksgiving tables for 2016.  The little table gift for each of our guests is also perfect for Christmas:

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I’ve used or White Gift Boxes this year.   I changed them up by cutting a simple circle out of the front of the box and using a small piece of Window Sheet for the “window”.

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Inside each box is a stamped candle, embellished with those so so so cute Mini Pinecones and Burlap Ribbon.

I’ve used the Christmas Pines stamp set for the candle – very effective for this time of year.

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Thailand Achiever’s Blog Hop – Inspired by OnStage

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Welcome to our second Thailand Achiever’s Blog Hop!  Right now you are visiting Jacque Williams in New Zealand.

Our brief today was to share highlights or inspiration from OnStage.

The Heart of Stampin’ Up! Award is awarded to one person globally each year who exemplifies the values of Stampin’ Up! : sharing, making a difference, team spirit, morals, ethics, generosity, and the list goes on.   We were SO pleased and honored to have fellow team member, Barbara Bicknell, deservedly chosen for this award in 2016.

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I was so touched and really wanted to make Barbara a special gift from me to celebrate and remind her of her contributions.

Barbara LOVES vintage, and don’t we all make use of a notebook or diary, so this was the perfect gift for her.

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Of course I was also inspired by the new product we saw at OnStage, so I have used the new Falling in Love Embellishments and the So Detailed Thinlits dies here.  (The Occasions Catalogue will be live 5 January)

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I paired the new goodies with the Ghoulish Grunge stamp set, one that I absolutely love!  I used the honeycomb pattern on Barbara’s monogram and the brick stamp subtly here under my Faux Patina technique.

Barbara was presented with her notebook on Saturday at our team Extravaganza here in Auckland.  I love my job!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed your stop here in New Zealand and continue on the rest of the hop!

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Swirly Birds & Scribbles Altered Notebook Gift & 12 Weeks of Christmas Offer!

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As many of you know, my favorite projects involve taking something rather ordinary and making it great!  Inspired by a swap I received on the Mediterranean Cruise, I recreated this fun, vibrant altered notebook:

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I’ve used the Swirly Bird bundle here in more of an abstract way.  This set is so versatile – from soft and sweet to bright and 80’s!

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I found these notebooks at the local $2 shop and dressed this up using Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White, and Gold Glimmer paper.

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Any young girl would love this!  Or young at heart!  🙂

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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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Foxy Friends Covered Note Booklets

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During the school holidays in July, I was asked to teach a little class for the children.  And what fun they had!  We/they made quite a mess, but everyone was happy and enthusiastic.  One of the projects I did with them was the cute little booklet for their special notes:

stampin up foxy friends covered notebookBoth the cat and the fox are made with the Foxy Friends punch and stamp set bundle.

stampin up foxy friends cat altered notebookOf course I had to make the cat yellow, seeing as I have three of them myself!

stampin up foxy friends kids classI brought along my sidekick, Robert, who has a real affinity for playing with young children.  They had a great time using the Big Shot and then later doing tricks on the big mat.  Rob was on a high for days.

stampin up foxy friends kids holiday classAnd here are some of the creative finished projects.  I hope they are treasured and enjoyed by my little friends!

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Botanical Blooms Framed Art – Leadership Gifts

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Last Friday I had the pleasure of hosting a dinner and discussion meeting with those titled Silver Elite and above in my team.  And as a show of appreciation for their efforts and achievements, I made them each a little gift:

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I know we all know this, but it was so personally rewarding to make something heartfelt and handmade.

 

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Amazing what a little colour can do to transform a project.  Here I’ve used Sweet Sugarplum, Dapper Denim, and Mint Macaron. On the second version I used Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry, and Old Olive.   And of course have used the versatile Botanical Builder dies.

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And look what Julia Leece surprised me with:

vinyl cookie jarIt was full in the beginning, but you can see we have all enjoyed the treats, not just Jacque.  Ah, that’s the lot of a mother!

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