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Masculine I love You Card

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This is a really cool card idea for men and women alike, redesigned and presented by Narelle Hoggard and Paula Reid at our Auckland Extravaganza.

The colour combo is just a winner . . . and that Red Glimmer Paper is just yum!

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They did an excellent job.  I'm blogging this today because I'm going to use this card tonight for Bayley's birthday dinner.  Too much gush?  Nah!  Why not take the opportunity to embarrass my new 14 year old??

The new doilies are a great bargain at 24 for $5.95 and when you only need half of one, even better!

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Enjoy!  My girls taught last night for the first time to their peers, so I'll put up a pic of what they did tomorrow.

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Daring Adventure Masculine Layout

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Happy Tuesday!  I think I was woken no fewer than five times last night by blowing noses and coughs – house full of sick people right now!  I'm feeling surprisingly energetic, though, as I pack to go teach a day scrapbooking class in Howick today.

We aren't doing the layout below, but I wanted to share this with you this morning.  I designed this last October after seeing a white and blue one that I adored at our Stampin' Up! Regional Training. To be honest, this is nothing like the original other than the placement of the photos  . . . fabulous how "inspiration" can serve to be just that and you end up with something uniquely your own.

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The boys, of course, are my loving husband and lovely step-son, also the culprits of my interrupted sleep. 

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The footprints were fun to do, albeit slightly tricky.  I bought that stamp set exactly to make a layout like this with them, but I didnt' want it to look like bunny hops. So with a little masking, I was able to create footsteps.  I didn't re-ink, either, so they gradually get lighter, which is symbolic with the journaling content.  Deep.

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The journaling is a text Rob sent me some time ago, and I've saved it for a page.  the photos are from the day we had a photo shoot for our wedding annoucement last September. 

Love the clock detail – that Clockwords set is a MUST for scrapbookers or those who need masculine projects!

Have a lovely day today!  Enjoy the sunshine while we still have it!


Supplies Used:

Stamps: Clockworks, Daring Adventure

Colours: Midnight Muse, Gumball Green, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso

Other: Vintage Brads, Brights Brads, Linen Thread, Midnight Muse Ribbon, Naturals Buttons, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, Natural Composition DSP

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I Love You Kraft Box

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RivetmaleapprovedIt's nice every year about this time to make up something for the men in our lives.  I know, I know – I spent the last three Valentine's Days without a husband, but everyone still has fathers, brothers, friends, sons, and so on.  Any man appreciates a little gift and a reminder they are special to someone, especially if it includes a bit of chocolate!  It's not just us women who like the sweet stuff!

I love the new Kraft Boxes – so easy!  Just put them together and done.  And so nice and sturdy too.  I decorated this one up and it passed approval by the two boys in my house.  Both commented they'd be happy with anything, especially the chocolate bit . .

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I used the Hearts Framelits Die set to cut the cool window on the top of the box, so they can see all the goodies inside.  Not too girly, but a nice detail.

The box is covered in the Pool Party CoreDinations cardstock, embossed with the Chevron folder, and then sanded to reveal the white core.  Looks nice!

The top detailing is done using the new stamp set, That's the Ticket.  Very cute set!  And so trendy right now to use the ticket shape.


I used the heart cut out leftover from the lid and stamped it up with the new Beyond Plaid stamp set.  Love how that turned out!   A little detail with the SaleABration button and a word from Lovely Little Labels tops it off.

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Howlstooth & Scaringbone Scrapbooking Layout

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If you are like me, it’s easy to flick past the Halloween items in the Holiday Catalogue.  My Howick scrapbooking group asked me to design a layout using the Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP.  It was a challenge, but I really do LOVE what we came up with, inspired by the talented Delys Cram.  She did a similar layout using Christmas papers.

The little pennants across the bottom were fun to make.  The black ones were embossed using the Lacey Brocade Embossing Folder and then inked with the Illuminate ink pad.  Cool look!


The title is a stamp from the set One in A Million, one that I’ve found quite useful for layouts and for cards. I used this one on the last layout I posted as well, the Snowflake one. 

The journaling was a semi-creation; I took an existing poem and changed up some of the words so they fit with my situation.


That nice striped ribbon is also in the Halloween Section of the Holiday Catalogue.  I quite like it. Masculine, but satin.

I hope you’ve seen the possibilities with these papers – not just Halloween!  In fact, none of the prints are particularly Halloween – ish at all.  More like Burberry and fun!  We will be making this layout plus one more on December 10th Monday in Birkenhead.

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Supplies Used:

Colours: Tangerine Tango, Basic Grey, Basic Black

Stamps: One in a Million, Affection Collection

Other: Black & Grey Striped Ribbon, Crochet Ribbon, Illuminate Ink pad, Antique Brads, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Heart Punch, Labels Framelits


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Come to Bethlahem Brayer Card

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This is a take off of a samply by Delys Cram, one of my talented demonstrators who lives in Whakatane.  She used a different technique, but I’ve used the layout and colors to recreate another version.

I’ve used a brayer and Bashful Blue here for the background for a gradual colour gradation.  I need to get that brayer out more often!

This was my first take:

And I fiddled around and tried it with another arrangement to see which one I liked best:

Because I love that Striped Satin Ribbon!  My girls couldn’t decide which they liked better, so both pass the mark at my house.

I did a “naughty” and cut my star apart from my camel images.  That way I could easily stamp one in one colour, and the other in something different.  Plus, I could them place the star where I wished.

Well this one was fun and the ladies last night did well with it. We had a guest at class – my little brother!  He’s here for the wedding and was a good sport and joined in.  I have a pic of him brayering on my Facebook Page.  Was fun!  We haven’t had such a good laugh in a long time.  (not AT him . . . .)

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Supplies Used:

Stamps: Come to Bethlahem

Colours: Midnight Muse, Bashful Blue

Other: Lace Brocade Embossing Folder, Whisper White stitched ribbon, White Embossing Powder, Dazzling Diamonds, Brayer

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Joyous Celebration Gift Bag!

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This is a cute project I re-jigged from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue.  As easy as it is, it's quick to put together and was a real hit with my classes thus far!  (Showing this tonight in Takanini – would love to have you join us!)

I've used the new 1 1/4 inch scallop circle punch to create the elements, and each one has a stamp or an embellishment of some type. Great way to use up bits and pieces!

The stamps are from the Joyous Celebration set, the same set featured in the post below.

I used a bit of the NEW Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details on the reindeer's nose.  Fun!

We filled the bag with a Cello Bag full of Caramel popcorn.  Smells nice!

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Stamps: Joyous Celebration

Colours: Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Chocolate Chip

Other: 1 1/4 inch Scallop Circle Punch, Cherry Cobbler Dazzling details, Gumball Green and Real Red Ribbons, Naturals Buttons, Dazzling Diamonds

Upcoming Events:

Tonight! Takanini Stamp Class!  Make the above and one other Christmas Project!  7:30pm  $15

Monday 19th November Techniques Class! Learn Brayering and Sponging.  7:30pm  $15 Birkenhead

Tuesday 20th Novemer Nelson Stamp Classes  1pm and 7pm.  Two projects at each.  Come to one or both!  $15

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Cheating Masculine Extended Candy Wrapper

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I stole this embellishment off a fun gift that was given to me at last year’s Stamp Camp!

I’ve had this in my drawer all year long – too pretty to toss away!

I believe this was the topper to a bag of lollies.  Well, whoever was the sweet lady who made this – it’s now been recycled and loved again.

I made this quickie up for Rob’s boss, who lent us his golf clubs last week.

I put a Moro bar inside, which is the last thing he needs, but it’s the thought.  It’s nice to say thank you, especially when it’s unexpected.


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Valentine’s Candy Wrapper

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Even if not for Valentine’s Day, isn’t it wonderful to do something for those we love for no reason at all?  Friends, siblings, coworkers, family – who doesn’t smile to receive a token of love and appreciation?

Last night we made some little candy wrappers using the new Candy Wrapper die for the men in our lives.  We got out good old Chocolate Chip and Real Red – always a winning combination.

Stampin-up-candy-wrapperThe words are from the OUtlined Ocassions set – one of the lovely SaleABration sets you can earn for FREE!

The first one I did I used Very Vanilla, which is nice, but I wanted to use the new Baker’s Twine, which is white . .. so did another one:

Used the new red Glitter Paper too and made this one extra wow.  LOVE that stuff!  The baker’s twine is around the ends of the wrapper, just a little detail, but not too girly.

Now, what do to with these today?  I have two special men in my life here (Rob and his son, Bayley), but I have the day lined out with treats all along the way.  So I think I will give these Hershey’s kisses to Rob’s single father, Murry.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Outlined Ocassions, Confetti

Colours: Chocolate Chip, Real Red

Other: Candy Wrapper Die, Bakers Twine, Designer Label PUnch, Red Glitter Paper, Wide Oval Punch, Hershey’s Kisses

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