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Colourful Seasons Birthday Card with Memories & More

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Over the summer, I’ve been tidying up all those unfinished projects – and one of them was to get my Memories and More albums up to date from the last Incentive Trip to Thailand.  Check!

The South Pacific demonstrators had a swap of Memories and More cards so we could easily put together a quick album upon return home (in theory), and I had a few of my swaps  left over:

 

So I turned them into birthday cards!   I’ve just made a simple card base here and put the Memories and More card on top.

Although I made this for a Thailand trip photos, I feel like this is also representing New Zealand today.  It’s hot and cruisy and beaches at our fingertips.

 

It’s almost the end of January, which means the January All Stars tutorial bundle is available as a free gift for only a couple more days!  Get this exclusive 12 tutorial bundle FREE with any order of $50 or more!    (Consider bumping your order up to $110 to get a SAleABration gift as well!!)

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Heart Happiness – Masculine Valentine for Colour Inkspiration #25

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After a short break, the Colour Inkspiration Crew is here to kick of Challenge 25! I love this fresh, striking colour combination -Lemon LIme Twist, Night of Navy, and Whisper White:

 

I thought this colour combination was suitable for the guys in our lives.  It’s almost Valentine’s Day, which is not a huge celebration in New Zealand, BUT no matter what day it is, it’s always appreciated to say I love you to someone dear. Or simply change this up to Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary, etc.  All the images are from the new Heart Happiness stamp set.

 

While this card is clean and striking, there are a few little techniques here.

It’s subtle in the photo, but the glitter washi tape below the sentiment is coloured with the Night of Navy Stampin’ Blends. Yes you can use your Stampin’ Blends on washi tape, too!  Now you can have glitter washi tape in any of the Stampin’ Blends colours!

The card is not folded in half, so I’ve created something of an asymmetrical card so the Night of Navy embossed card on the inside shows on the outside when the card is closed. You can see this better below:

 

The smaller Night of Navy heart is both stamped off and “kissed” onto the floral image in the Heart Happiness stamp set to create this fun texture without being to frilly.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed your stop at my blog here in New Zealand!  Remember you get a free SaleABration gift with every order of $110 or more! Check out the supply list below; there are many new products featured here from the new Occasions Catalogue.

Next stop: Narelle Farrugia!


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Merry Mistletoe Gift Voucher Card

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And here’s one for those hard-to-buy-for teenagers or grandchildren or husband!  When you want to give a gift voucher, make it a little more personal with a handmade package.

The front of this is inspired by a card design by Allison Okamitsu and I just reformatted it to fit a gift voucher:

 

I love this fresh colour combination and the bold images in the Merry Mistletoe stamp set!  As many of you know, I don’t gravitate to the traditional bright green and red Christmas combination, but the Berry Burst with the Wild Wasabi feels fresh and fun – perfect for the summer Christmas we enjoy here in New Zealand.

Add that bit of Bermuda Bay for even more pop.

 

Open the card to reveal a simple sliding pocket for a gift voucher or a photo or anything flat.

The Tree Rings background adds a bit of whimsy, which is always fun when giving a gift!

 

This is one for the guys, too!

Thanks for stopping by! I’m looking forward to our big Auckland Christmas Extravaganza tomorrow and to the one in Nelson next Saturday (25th).  And guess what?  Next year we will have them in two new locations: Dunedin and Christchurch!

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Colour Inspiration 16 – Night in Bethlehem

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Welcome to Colour Inspiration Challenge #16!  This go around we have a more muted, possibly masculine colour combination, which was perfect for a “to do” project I’ve had on my desk for months.

 

 

So my daughter asked me to make a “day planner cover” for her boyfriend some time ago . . . .

I wanted to make something a bit inspirational for him, and I felt the Night in Bethlehem set was pretty great to make something that is quite flat and easy to go in and out of a bag.

I used one of the samples right out of the catalogue as inspiration:

 

I added a bit of gold to the colour combination for the words. It also adds just a little bit of texture here, too.

Of course, make this into a card easy enough!  This is a great one if you have many Christmas cards to make, too.   You could add some glitter to the star (I used Wink of Stella) and add some pearls or rhinestones.   (Because this would be going to a teenaged boy, I opted for no rhinestones!)

And not in keeping with the colour challenge, here are the other day planner covers my daughter made for him:

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by! And I hope you’ll join in the colour challenge on the Colour Inspiration Facebook Page!  Your next stop is the talented Lou Kitzelman!

 

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Hearts Come Home Sneak Peek

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Well last week was very busy getting ready for a huge team gathering here in Auckland over Friday and Saturday!  It was a lot of fun and all the efforts were noticed and appreciated, which does make it worthwhile.

On Friday evening, my team leaders (titled Silver Elite and above) got together for a little meeting, dinner, and socializing.  I wanted to make them each a small gifts – even little gestures can make a difference to someone.  I’ve used the new (and coming in 9 days!) bundle Hearts Come Home, a wonderful set with “skyline” dies:

 

You can use these three dies separately or all together. They look also nice with all the houses in the same colour, like white, or in graduated colours like I’ve done here.

 

So I wrapped these die cuts around a giant chocolate bar, one of my favorite gifts to give because it’s always wanted!  And knowing these are crafty ladies, I made the wrapper so it could slip off so they can eat their chocolate and still use the wrapper as a display or refill it later.

 

The new Music Specialty Christmas paper is also going to be a “must” this holiday season.  The bundle I’ve used here and the papers can be ordered as of 1 September.

 

It’s a great pleasure to make a special gift for someone – it’s one of the reasons we do what we do!  I know that you, too, will love using this new Hearts Come Home Bundle!

Do you have a copy of the Holiday Catalogue?

Thanks for stopping by my place,


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A Masculine Card with Colourful Seasons

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Today’s share is a quick card perfect for sympathy or masculine birthdays!  I’ve used both the High Tide and the Colourful Seasons stamp sets, combined to make a tranquil scene:

The sky is washed with Soft Sky and when dry, the birds from the HIgh Tide stamp set stamped on.

The water is stamped in Tranquil Tide and the grasses in Old Olive.

 

That deck chair (I’m sure you’re seeing it all over the net) is from the Colourful Seasons bundle, and wow, it’s a winner!  That die set contains so many little goodies!

I’ve die cut the chair here from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper.

Just a quickie for today – enjoy and check back in a few hours for the All Stars Design Team Blog Hop!

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Colour Inkspiration 14 – A Gift Set for a Wedding

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Welcome back to another Colour Inkspiration Challenge!  The next fortnight’s colour challenges are:

And today I am long overdue making a wedding card for a dear friend from high school, so I decided this colour combo would be my inspiration.

Now this card is for a guy friend whom I haven’t seem for decades, so I didn’t want it to be too gushy or too feminine:

 

This card was inspired by a design from LeAnne Pugliese.   The wedding is at an Aquarium and is definitely nautical themed, so I wanted to run with that.

 

 

The Stitched Circle is watercoloured to create the beach scene, and I added a bit of Wink of Stella to the water for sparkle.  But not tooooo much!

Removing the Rich Razzleberry and going along more with his wedding colours, I made a little set of coordinating thank you cards to include in his gift.  (I’m sending him a lambswool blanket).  I know four isn’t nearly enough, but thought he could use these for those extra special friends.

These are essentially the same design, but with a bit more colour and texture.  Possibly considered a “mistake”, but I quite like how the ocean here bled into the sky a bit.  It looks like the water is misting or moving, at least.

 

 

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I hope Jamon loves these; I sure enjoyed making them for someone special. I do wish I could be at his wedding after all these years, but alas it lands right when the Hamilton Quilt & Craft Show is and the wedding takes place in the USA.  How excellent we can make things from the heart, especially for times when our hearts want to be with someone.

Thanks for stopping by my blog in New Zealand!  Please join this colour challenge over the next fortnight on the Challenge Page!  I know you’ll enjoy the hop. Next stop, Mel Pagano!   

 

 

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Thailand Achiever’s Blog Hop – Bench Fold Bookcase Builder Card!

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Welcome to another blog hop for worldwide demonstrators who have achieved the Thailand Grand Vacation!  (16 days until we go!!).  You have landed in New Zealand on the hop!

 

Today’s share is a fun Bench Fold card using the new Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack:

 

I thought this could be a great little card for masculine themes, teenagers, or babies!

 

I loved the Cable Knit folder used here for a little table runner.   Cute!

All the images are from the Bookcase Builder stamp set – so you can mix and match both colours and images to create anything you want on the little shelves.

 

And like magic, the card folds down flat (or relatively flat) to fit inside a standard envelope.

The new product here is also one of my top three picks for the new catalogue – the Wood Textures Designer Series Stack.  These are FABulous papers perfect for the guys, kids, flowers, vintage  . . . . just love them!

If you live in New Zealand and don’t already have a demonstrator, I’d love to be yours!

Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy the rest of the hop!


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