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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.

stampin up best birds frame home decor vintage card

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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Pretty Petals Love Notes and Love Jar Gift

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I’d guess the one thing we all just love about Stampin’ Up! is the colour coordination and how easy it is to create a project that just “works” without breaking a sweat.

Today I was asked to help the youth group at church show some love to one of their leaders by creating what we call a “Love Jar”:

stampin up love notes gift cards jar easy ideaEach of the girls will write a love note to her and place it in the jar.  She will then have not only a forever reminder of her service and her relationships, but she will also have this beautiful gift.

stampin up pretty petals love jar gift ideaMy inspiration was just the small circle of the Pretty Petals Paper Stack – and the colours Calypso Coral, Basic Black and Old Olive.

stampin up love jar  pretty petalsLove using those LIttle Letters dies to customize projects!!

stampin up love notes jar gift ideaI just used punches and dies to make a heap of very simple cards for the girls to write in.  I thought having the cards simple, but coordinating would look the best through the clear jar.  The jar and each card also features a single pearl.

Try this as a group gift idea!  Shopping list below:

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Sheltering Tree Altered Noteook

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Last week I had one of my good friends and customer from Nelson, Karen Wells, come up to my Auckland class and she came bearing gifts!  How spoiled did I feel?   Check out these lovely treats from the Nelson region as well as a handmade gift from Karen:

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Karen has altered a notebook (my personal favorite craft project) and embellished with the Sheltering Tree stamp set.  I also like how she’s turned this noteobook landscrape; something I likely would have never thought to do!

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She’s also made a fun belly band for the book using ribbon (lace), a button, and a hair tie. Clever!

stampin up sheltering tree notebook gift ideaIsn’t it lovely to give a handmade gift?  And equally as lovely to receive.  Thank you to all of you for taking the time to put a bit of yourself into your gifts!

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Thursday 23 July – Otahuhu Scrapbooking 7:30pm  $15

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Watercolor Wings Gift Set

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I’m back from our big trip to the USA for our family reunion!  Even though the jet lag has been a bear this time around, it was all so worth it and I loved spending time with my siblings, their children, my parents, and so many of my cousins ( I have hundreds).   And what a bonus to leave this chilly weather for 11 days!

Today I share with you a relatively simply project and one that is inspired by the bi-monthly Stampin’ Up! magazine demonstrators receive.  I decided to make a little set of three and create a gift set:

stampin up watercolour wings watercolor two step stampingThose gorgeous butterflies are done using the new stamp set Watercolour Wings. The butterflies are done with a series of three stamps one on top of the other in any colour you wish! And so easy to place using the new photopolymer stamp style.

stampin up watercolor wings watercolour two step stampingThe border, the words and the butterfly plus more are all in the set – great value!   Love that font, too.

stampin up watercolour wings watercolor gift pack gift boxI’ve packaged these up with coordinating envelopes into a plastic case with a simple ribbon and label.  Anyone (crafters or non-crafters) would love to receive this gift!

Shopping list below.  I did not include all the ink colours, but you can use anything you’ve got!  Remember you can “stamp off” (stamp onto a scrap card and then stamp onto your project) for a lighter colour as well.  Any questions, please feel free to ask!

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