Gift Ideas

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.

stampin up jacque williams stamphappy new zealand birthday bouquet blossom card gift box

stampin up jacque williams stamphappy new zealand birthday blooms feel goods

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:

stampin up sheltering tree altered notebook nelson

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!

stampin up sheltering tree nelson notebook altered

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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Upcoming Classes:

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

Saturday 25 July – Auckland Extravaganza 12:30-5:30pm $35

Monday 27 July – Pakuranga Stamp Class 7:30 pm $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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Home Decor – DIY Gumball Machine

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Hi, there!  I’ve been MIA this last week as my cousin is here visiting from the USA and it’s been lovely to catch up and share some funny memories.    I did have a class on Monday and we tried something a little different – home decor!

This fun idea came from Juliette Riddell, one of my fabulous team members, who shared this idea at our recent Team Stamp Camp.  Can you work out how this is done?

Stampin up pansy punch gumball machine

We had a lot of fun – I put out scraps of card and everyone’s turned out differently:

Stampin up flower frenzy sahara sand washi tape gumball machine

EAch of us used the Pansy Punch for the flowers and the Flower Frenzy Die for the leaves.  Then just buttons and brads for the centures.

Have you worked it out?

Stampin up pansy punch sahara sand flower frenzy gold sequin home decor

It’s fun to do something off the page here and there!  Use these for a seasonal theme or neutral to fit any decor or specific to a particular room.  Fun!

Join me for a class – I’ll be doing these at some this month!

Hamilton Extravaganza 15 March $45  5 projects 10 am

W Auckland Scrapping 19 March $15  7:30pm

Highland Park Class 24 March $15 7:30pm

Takanini Class 26 March $15 7:30pm

Auckland Extravaganza 28 March $35  5 projects 12:30pm

 

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Card Organizer Box – A Year of Cards

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You wouldn’t believe I don’t already have a box to store greeting cards in – but I don’t!  It’s been on my “to do” list for some time and yesterday was the day!

Stampin up card organizer easy gift idea box

 I wanted to keep it quite simple both because it will get handled a fair amount and also so it was a bit “timeless” for years to come.

Stampin up card organizer

I’ve created file tabs inside using the new File Tabs die and kept it simple and casual with handwritten labels.

I’m going to make up a second box with 12 tabs, one for each month and make that box exclusively for birthday cards.

Stampin up card organizer box easy file tab

A coordianting pen tops to hide inside the box from the rest of the family is the finishing touch.

Would you like to make one of these, complete with 15 cards to start your supply?

Join us!  29 November Saturday $45 includes the box, pen, file tabs, and 15 cards in 5-7 designs.  10 am to about 5pm.  Soup provided.

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Bird Punch Gift Card Set

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One of the many lovely things we got to do this summer as a family was start to make a "man cave" for the boys out under the driveway slab.    First part of the job was to actually dig it out.  Ugh!!  HUGE job!

I'm not a weak girl, but it was totally labourious.  I called in the troops and asked around at church if some men would come help.   It was amazing.   That next night, we had 12 men there digging away.

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The progress they made was impressive!

I busied myself making sandwiches and drinks and ice creams.

I also appreciated the wives who allowed their husbands to give us 2-3 hours on a night they'd otherwise be with their families, so I made up a few gifts as they worked away:

Stampin up decorative dots gift gift set

This one I put four similar cards in different colour combinations in a plastic sleeve.

The backing is done up with the up and coming "Decorative Dots" embossing folder (released 28 Jan~!)

Stampin up bird punch card gift set

It's the packaging that makes it all look so wonderful sometimes.  I gave this one to a mother with only boys, so I made it extra girly for her.

And this is why we do what we do!  xx

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