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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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A Nice Cuppa Gift Set Box of Cards and Tags

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At our team Stamp Camp in February, one of our lovely teachers, Adriana Koch, gifted me with this gorgeous gift set using the A Nice Cuppa Bundle:

stampin up a nice cuppa gift set box jacque williamsThe contents of this very cool gift box are full sized cards, note cards, tags, and some little cuppa charms:

stampin up have a cuppa gift setAdriana has made little compartments in the box – so stinkin’ cute to hold chocolates or postage stamps, too.

stampin up a nice cuppa gift set birthday jacque williams gift boxOne of the many fun things about rubber stamping is the ability to create backgrounds and images to match your project exactly!

stampin up a nice cuppa gift set jacque williamsSadly, the A Nice Cuppa Bundle is being discontinued, so please order  before the end of May!

TH_social_retired2016_demo_Apr1816_SPUK_4Upcoming Events:

Birkenhead Classes – 10 am or 7pm  This Thursday 5 May  $15

Tauranga Card and/or Scrapbooking Class – Saturday 7 May  3 layouts for $40 or cards $5  10 am-4pm

Otahuhu Scrapbooking or Card Class – Thursday 12 May  $15

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Birthday Blooms Birthday DIY Gift Set

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The beginning of the year is a good time to make a little stash of birthday cards!   Last month during stamp classes, we made a cute set of four cards plus a coordinating case:

stampin up jacque williams stamphappy new zealand birthday blooms diy gift packThe case can be used to either store future cards in, or package them all up as a beautiful gift.

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The cases are nothing more than our wide stamp cases with a handle attached to the spine.  (Trick: ask husband to do this part).

stampin up jacque williams stamphappy new zealand birthday blooms diy birthday gift idea cards watercolourTwo cards of two designs is enough to keep a class busy for a bit more than two hours, but we have had good fun learning to watercolour and use the GORGEOUS Birthday Bouquet papers!

stampin up jacque williams stamphappy new zealand birthday blooms watercolor watercolour birthday bouquet diy cardWe used every single stamp in the Birthday Blooms stamp set, inside and outside the cards.

stampin up jacque williams stamphappy new zealand birthday blooms pleated blossoms card diyThis pretty pleated card is taken from a Splitcoaststampers Tutorial – relatively easy to do and nice way to show off both sides of pretty papers.

stampin up jacque williams stamphappy new zealand birthday blooms blossoms blossoms card diyI’d love to have you join us for a class in March!   I am also still taking registrations for the Nelson and Auckland Extravaganzas.

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