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Cool Treats Summer Altered Notebook – Take Two!

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Our trip to Perth was short, but fun, despite the reason being a funeral.  It was great to catch up with friends and deepen relationships with the family there.

Today’s share is a second version of the notebook I shared last week – both so cute and equally fun and fresh:


The new Cool Treats Bundle is so much fun!  Great for all ages, genders and interests, this set is so versatile!


Again, I’ve simply made a new front for an ordinary notebook.  The background is the new Tasty Treats Specialty Paper.   I’ve also used the Tasty Treats Washi Tape and the Sprinkles Embellishments.

One of the benefits of using Stampin’ Up! is the coordination among the products.  The Cool Treats Bundle is easy to use with all the available accessory products!  And don’t forget you get a FREE SaleABration item with every $110 purchase!

** Place an online order of $50 or more and receive a video tutorial of this project FREE!

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Colour INKspiration Challenge with Cool Treats

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I’m taking off tomorrow for a few days for a funeral, so here is Friday’s post a day early!  Today I’m taking inspiration from the Colour INKspiration Challenge group:


I didn’t adhere to those colours exactly, but pretty close!   Couldn’t resist using the new Cool Treats bundle:

I’ve taken a plain white notebook here, and basically made a new cover.  I sanded the edges of the Designer Series Paper and used a bit of vellum to tone it down a smidge.


One amazing thing about our ink pads is the ability to create many different tones with a single colour!   I’ve also dressed up these cute ice blocks with the Fine Tip Glue Pen, Wink of Stella, and a tiny bit of glitter along the bottom.

I combined both the Cool Treats stamp set and the Suite Sentiments set for the wording along the front.  I thought this was a wonderful reminder to have on the front of a book of thoughts, gratitude, or memories.

I have another version of this notebook which I’ll post next!  (Either late today if I have a chance or Monday when I’m back!)

Check out the Cool Treats bundle, and don’t forget you get a FREE SaleABration item with every $110 purchase!

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Vintage Vertical Greetings Gift Voucher Card

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I’m back with another project using the Vertical Greetings stamp set!  This time I went to something quite different and chose a softer colour combination:


I’ve used Blushing Bride, Sweet Sugarplum, and Rose Red along with Crumb Cake.  I also got out Always Artichoke, a colour I am starting to really like again.


This fun design opens up to two pockets – one for a notecard and the other for a photo or a voucher or anything slim!

I’ve used the Floral Affection folder here for a bit of trim.


One of the great things about this set is you can mix and match the pots with the “greenery” to fit the project.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the last couple of posts featuring the Vertical Greetings stamp set!  If you’d like to order your own set, email me or click below to order online!

Don’t forget – any order of $110 receives a FREE SaleABration product of your choice – no limit!



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My Christmas Tree this Year – in a Frame!

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Happy Thursday and 3 days before Christmas!

As many of you know, my daughters are with extended family this year for the holidays, so Robert and I will be having a quiet one.  At first I was sad, but now we are making the most of it and getting some real quality husband/wife time in as well as some serious down time!  And the girls are truly having the time of their lives and being kept very busy.


So this is our tree this year.

My team member and friend, Ria Kaire, kindly made us this stunning framed art, and it’s perfect!



She has used the Forever Evergreen set for the images and embellished with the Mini Pinecones, Gold Twine, and Gold Sequins.


How beautiful is that?!   I have this on display on our mantle now.  We were going to wait until Christmas morning to open our tiny little pile of gifts, but I’m so glad we didn’t wait so we can enjoy this for the week!


It’s wonderful to be part of a Stampin’ Up! team, especially this one.  Sale-A-Bration will be starting in January – and that means there will be an awesome bonus for anyone who decides to join my team.   Start thinking about it now; I’d be happy to send you an informational packet.

Merry Christmas!


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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!


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.



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.


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.



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



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”.


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.



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.


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)



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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