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World’s Greatest Father’s Day Tin

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These papers are now retired, but I forgot to share this one with you!  I did this project with my fun little holiday program group I had here a few weeks ago.  They loved it and all the projects turned out so differently!  (I let them all choose their own papers and have a good old play).

Kids are so fun.

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We took some empty paint tins and decorated them up with "dad-like" papers and stamped out the World's Greatest for our dads, grandpas and uncles.  None of these kids were wanting to do this for any brothers . . . give them another 15 years.  🙂

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We filled half the tin up with brown paper, leaving the other half for chocolates or similar.  I wasn't about to fill up their tins with lollies this far ahead of the date!  Hmmmm….

I'm happy to say that this tin pictured was my sample one. It was full of cadbury favorites.  And it went with me to Utah, where we met up with my very own dad, who drove down from Boise to see us.  It was nice to give my daddy a present that said DAD across the front.  Made me feel about 7 again.  I loved it and so did he.

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Isn't it wonderful to have the sun shining today?  I almost feel a sunburn on my arm as I write this is my fabulous new studio (thanks, Rob!).

Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow at our Auckland Extravaganza or Sunday at the Hamilton Extravaganza!



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Grunge Masculine Card MOJO305

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“I’m so Grateful There’s You in the world” . . is such a nice stamp.  And perfect for any guy, any age.  I think I want to use this one on a scrapbook layout, too, and soon!

I wanted to make a masculine project for my Birkenhead stamp class last night in preparation for Father’s Day in a few weeks in this part of the world.  I went to the Mojo Monday blog for a sketch to get me started:


And wanted to use Washi Tape, so this is what I came up with:

Stampin up epic day gorgeous grunge burlap vintage masculine


I’ve used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set on the background here, using the “scratch” image both directions to form a crosshatch.  Reminds me of an old piece of wood. 


Stampin up epic day chalk talk masculine card

Well I tried about 12 different backgrounds for these words and finally settled on the Soft Suede CoreDinations cardstock for a soft, weathered look.  I can’t get enough of this product!! 

Stampin up epic day masculine

And finally the Washi Tape came last, which was what I wanted to use in the first place.  🙂  Was just the right thing to visually anchor that background paper down.  And I used a bit on the inside of the card as well:

Stampin up epic day washi tape

The papers are all from the Epic Day Designer Series Papers, one of my favorites this year.  Combining “soft” colours with vintage has always had appeal!  And don’t forget the papers are Buy 3 Get 1 Free, too!

This and That Epic Day Designer Series Paper

And did you notice the Sneak Peek product on this one?  To be revealed Sept 1st in our new Seasonal Catalogue!

Join me! :

Thursday Sept 15 Takanin Scrap Class – Make a 12×12 layout tonight!  All pages are able to be modified to suit you.  All skill levels welcome!  7:30pm  $15 

Saturday 31 August Warkworth Open Day – Fun afternoon with Stampin’Up! Demonstrations, hands
on product play, displays and digital craft presentations.
$5 entry fee.  Aug 31  1pm – 3:30 pm Registration essential

Saturday 31 August Warkworth Open Day – Fun afternoon with Stampin’Up! Demonstrations, hands
on product play, displays and digital craft presentations.
$5 entry fee.  Aug 31  1pm – 3:30 pm Registration essential


Supplies Used:

Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Chalk Talk

Colours: Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Island Indigo, Early Espresso

Other: Large oval Punch, Chalk Talk Framelits, Naturals Trim, Neutrals Candy Dots, Epic Day Designer Series Paper, Epic Day Washi Tape



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Masculine Happy Birthday with Rolled CAndles

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This is a fun masculine card idea I got off Pinterest and did up for my team swap last month.  I got to be expert at rolling these cool candles by the end of it!  I've used the Print Poetry papers here, and easy to swap the sides and make this feminine!

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I've used the ever-loved Top Note Die here with the For My Family word set and the Bring on the Cake stamp set. 

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To make the candles, I used a very small bit of the DSP and rolled it up around a skewer.  Adhere it seam side down and insert a small "wick" of the White Baker's Twine with the Tombow liquid glue.  Easy and effective! 

A nice way to add dimension to a masculine card without ribbon.  🙂

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Supplies Used:

Stamps: For My Family, Bring on the Cake

Colours: Midnight Muse, Gumball Green, Crumb Cake

Other: Linen Thread, Top Note Die, Print Poetry Paper Pack, White Baker's Twine, Tombow Liquid Glue, Naturals White Cardstock

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Tint Your Own Custom Paint – My New Chalkboard

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Well, I know I keep saying it, but we are nearly there with the new craft room!  I had my inaugural class in there last night, so we are functioning now.  Just need a curtain for the laundry area, some chairs, a rug, and to paint the two new walls (little ones).  Then I think that's IT!

On Sunday night, Rob painted me a chalkboard and built a frame to go around it. I have pics of him doing this on my Stamp Happy Facebook Page.

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Well we had white paint, chartreuse paint, and the beige wall colour paint. of course, I wanted something else.  Pool Party came to mind as quite nice.

It was Sunday night.

Sooooo, we got the white paint and played with the Stampin' Up! Ink Refills!  Fun!!  Mostly Pool Party, but also some Island Indigo and Always Artichoke were put in. It's still relatively pale, but it worked great!

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I LOVE IT!  I have the best husband ever!!!  (Well, he's my personal favorite anyway!)

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This was easy to do, if you want to do one as well. We just got some light mdf board and painted it with chalkboard paint (see pics on my business page on facebook), and then framed it.

Hope you've enjoyed and are inspired to use your creative tools in a new way!


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How to make a 5×7 envelope and Sentimental Journey Masculine Card

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SAleABration is nearly at it's end!  This Friday is the last day to place your orders of $120 or more to receive any of the 19 items on the SAB brochure for FREE!

Featuring the SAB set Sentimental Journey, this project is inspired by Sandi McIver – I loved the look of it and the use of the Naturals Composition DSP here.

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We've brayered the Natural Compostion DSP with the Early Espresso ink for a really rich, amazing look. 

And we've used the Sentimental Journey image of the old fashioned bike here for a nice vintage look.  The words are also from a SaleABration set – Vintage Verses, which is probably the one I used the most out of any of them.

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We also made the matching envelope, which was fun. That adds such a wow! with the Simply Scored diagonal plate, it's really, really simple.

For those keeping a list, to make a 5×7 envelope, you need:

DSP cut to 10×10 inches

score A side 3 3/4 inches

Score B side 5 1/4 inches

Cut out the notches and voila!  It took me a bit of time to work that out, so thought I'd share.

Now just two days left of SAleABration, so please get those orders in before it's too late!  🙂

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Sentimental Journey, Vintage Verses

Colours: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Vanilla

Other: Framlits dies, Festive Piercing Pack, Neutrals DSP, Distressing tool, Metallic brads, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon, Natural Composition DSP


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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.

9 days left of SaleABration!!

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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.

Stampin Up Clockwords Masculine Layout scrapbooking
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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