Quick & Easy

Clean and Simple Colorful Seasons

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You know that deck chair that is showing up all over the net?  (and here on my blog!)  Well the Colorful Seasons Bundle is actually quite a large die set that includes a scallop edge, the chair, leaves, snowflakes, and these beautiful flowers and branch:

I think this branch is absolutely gorgeous.

On this project, I wanted everything to be black and white with just the flowers standing out.  The pearls give it just a tiny bit of 3D to accentuate the focal point, too.

This would make a lovely sympathy card, or change up the words to be a thank you or birthday card.

I have used the new Garden Trellis Embossing Folder for the second layer in this project.   I thought it’s not only a pretty pattern, but it echos the clean feeling of these blossoms and branch.

This project is reasonably quick to complete.  I was thinking it would also make a super gift pack: do up a set of these, each card with a different sentiment from the bundle and each card with a different colour of flower.  Package them up together for an attractive gift.

Thanks for stopping by!  I’d love to have you in a class with me this August!

Kind regards,

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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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Crafting Forever – Gifts for my Open House Tomorrow!

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Tomorrow I am hosting an Open House (Drop in between 10-2) for the new catalogue, and I wanted to make a few gift items for the day, too.  What set is more perfect that the Crafting Forever?   So cute!


So five attendees tomorrow will receive one of these gift bags:


Each little bag contains two card bases, six pieces of Designer Series Paper, and 1 meter of ribbon.  All the corresponding In-Color, of course!

Each bags has a simple piece of cardstock folded over the top, embossed in the new Garden Trellis folder, and then the paintbrush image from the Crafting Forever set watercolored in.

I really didn’t want to cut these out five times over, so I watercolored a little bit of Smokey Slate around each image to give the illusion of 3D.    If you do watercoloring at all (or want to), I strongly suggest you get yourself a Smokey Slate ink pad for your tool kit!

Above we have Powder Pink, Berry Burst, and Fresh Fig.


And these two new colours are Tranquil Tide and Lemon LIme Twist.

I look forward to giving these out tomorrow!   And it’s not too late to let me know if you are coming – drop in between 10-2pm in my studio in Birkenhead.  There is not cost to this event – Just come and make a few projects and enjoy a cuppa!


Thanks for stopping by,


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Brand New! 2017-2019 Five New In-Colours! Comparion and Inventory Charts!

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I hope you are enjoying the long weekend!  Today’s share is a long one, but with lots of resources and goodies!  Please have a read all the way to the end.   All the card samples are using the new Colorful Seasons Bundle.  

I want to introduce you to the five new Stampin’ Up! colours:

Please meet Fresh Fig:


From top to bottom, the colours used here are Pink Pirouette, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, and Fresh Fig.  The flowers are in Fresh Fig as well.     Fresh Fig is a very rich, dark wine sort of colour.


Please meet Tranquil Tide:

From top to bottom, the colours used here are Pool Party, Island Indigo, Tranquil Tide, and Always Artichoke.   As demonstrated in the video below, Tranquil Tide is very much an “in between” colour.  It will definitely change character depending on which colours you use it with!


Please meet Berry Burst:

From top to bottom we have Sweet Sugarplum, Berry Burst, Rich Razzleberry, and Fresh Fig.  The chair is also in Berry Burst.   This colour is a purple-pink with a good amount of vibrancy.


Please meet Lemon Lime Twist:

I predict this will be the most popular colour of the five!  Think fresh granny smith apples here.  From top to bottom, I have used Lemon LIme Twist, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, and Always Artichoke.   The leaf is also out of Lemon Lime Twist.


Please meet Powder Pink:

Colours from top to bottom are Pink Pirouette, Powder Pink, Blushing Bride, and Rose Red.  Powder Pink is soft purpley-pink, perfect for subtle projects or perhaps baby cards.

Please keep in mind that you can buy all five of these ink pads in a bundle for virtually the same price as buying four of them individually. This is your best deal!


Please also download your Free In-Colour Inventory Chart and Free In-Colour Combination Idea Chart!

Enjoy the video below:



Thanks for stopping by!

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Remarkable You in Wood!

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Hi friends!  I’ve been absent for a week or so in the blogging world; I’ve just been occupied with an extra daughter and my husband at home last week plus being very busy preparing for a big scrapbooking and cardmaking class over the weekend.  But after getting the house back in order today and replenishing the frig, I’m back!

Today’s share is one that I CASE’d from the current (for a few more days!) catalogue while switching up the image and doing a bit of watercoloring.


I never thought I’d say this, but the colour orange has really grown on me!  Here I’ve used PeekaBoo Peach and Tangerine Tango for the flower.  I used the Shimmer White cardstock and Aquapainters for painting.    And yes I know magnolias are white, but this is art.  😉

The stamp set is a gorgeous set called Remarkable You – large open flowers and a couple of easy sentiments.


The background is a printed paper from the Serene Scenery Designer Series Stack – an extremely versatile and popular one! And it’s only available for a few more days!

There is a new paper stack coming on Thursday that is entirely woodgrains, but they are more natural colours, not the blues and greens in the Serene Scenery pack above. Both options are beautiful!   Hey, we like those wood papers in any colour they come.

Thanks for stopping by and please be sure to check out the Retiring Products List – there are just a few days left to grab these before they are gone!


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Paisleys & Posies Quick & Easy Card!

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Thursday night and the weather is cold and rainy here in Auckland!  Nice night to be tucked up inside.

Today’s share is a card idea I found on Pinterest last year, and it’s such a winner!  I am using the Paisleys & Posies stamp set here with a variety of colours.  I love projects that look so great with simplicity (actually I love all great-looking projects!):


Start by stamping your various paisley images from the Paisleys & Posies stamp set.  Choose any colour combination that appeals, but here I’ve used Mint Macaron, Island Indigo, Always Artichoke, and Cherry Cobbler.   (You can browse all 50 colours of ink pads HERE).

The placement isn’t exact – just decide on the sort of shape you want to create and start with the largest image first and work down to the smallest image.  Finish off with some Enamel Dots and/or Rhinestones.


As for the words, you can use any of your die cuts and coordinating stamps.  Crazy for You is a fantastic option (sadly retiring at the end of May!) and so is Sunshine Sayings (this one is staying for another year).

Basically we are stamping a flat background and then making one simple die cut the focal point.

I’ve matted this up a few times to add a bit more interest, too.  This also makes for a nice, sturdy greeting card.


And tassels are quite trendy at the moment; you and I will be seeing a lot more of tassels!  They sure do add an element of posh to a project.

Give this one a go!  If you don’t already have a demonstrator and live in New Zealand, I’d be happy to get you the products you need.  Alternatively, you can browse online:

Thanks for stopping by!  I sure do appreciate your support, your enthusiasm, and your friendship!

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Cake Crazy Birthday Card Club – Kits Available and Video Tutorial!

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Everyone loves a fun, happy birthday card that is quick to put together!   I loved this Cake Crazy stamp set from the moment it was introduced to us at our Stampin’ Up! OnStage training last November.

Today I want to share with you a bright birthday card that I think just about anyone at any age would enjoy:


Oh how fun it was to build up that cake in different colours!   I had several goes at it – all of which look great, but this version is my favorite for now.

The Cake Crazy cake layers are designed to be on a lean, so you can create your cake to be somewhat straight or go deliberately on a lean.  It definitely has a Dr. Seuss look to it.

I chose to go bright and rainbow, but of course,  this project could be done in more subdued colours to create an entirely different look. I think I will give that a go soon.


Please watch and enjoy the video below!  This is just me stamping at home sharing with my fans!

I have made up some packs for kits which include the card base, the whisper white panels, the basic black panels, the strips of black and white paper (may be some different prints too), black twine, and the black sequins. You need to provide the stamps and the inks (or order them).

I do hope you enjoy!  Happy creating!




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Custom Tee Congratulations Card

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We have had a fantastic weekend at both the Auckland and the Hamilton Extravaganzas – thank you all who were there either teaching or participating.  These events are only great because you are there!

I must admit I had a nap today!

Today’s share is a leftover card kit I redesigned to use current products. I had a demonstrator on my team achieve her QuickStart bonus and wanted to send her a little pat on the back:

stampin up custom tee bundle congratulations card


I used the Custom Tee bundle here. This could be easily made into a more masculine birthday card, for example, by using T-Shirts instead.


I tried a few different things and decided coloured paper with the white embossing worked best. I also inked over the embossing just a little bit to bring it out more.

I sure am proud of my team when they achieve their goals!

If you’ve thought about becoming a demonstrator or if you wish list is longer than your grocery list, read more about it.  Receive two free stamp sets on top of your starter kit as a bonus through March only!

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