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Dragonfly Dreams Watercolored Pencils Background – KIT for Birthday Cards

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My last post I shared A Dragonfly Dreams card, and we are on a roll!  I’d love to share this fun project using  Dragonfly Dreams, featuring an artsy watercolored background. I’ve used the Watercolor Pencils here to create this look:

Each of these turns out as a little work of art.  Some are more “runny” and others stay more in a rectangular shape.  All look great – it’s just a matter of personal preference!

On this version, I used Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point, and Daffodil Delight.  Simply scribble the pencils onto the cardstock, and use a Stampin’ Spritzer or an Aquapainter (or both) to blend the colours and let them run.

You can quickly contain the colours by blotting them up with a tissue or heating them with the Heat Tool to stop the blending.

I wanted to add a bit more colour as I was working on this one, so while the paper and pencils were still wet, I coloured more on with a dry Watercolor Pencil. Here is where I learned to wet the pencil first!  Those scratch marks are from the dry pencil, but I also liked that effect.  Like I said, they all come out quite differently and each with their own appeal.


This version uses the warmer colours of Rich Razzleberry, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, and Daffodil Delight.

We made this project at my garage sale a few weeks ago, and it was fun to see everyone’s artist come out. Some were more reserved and some really got in there!  And all the colour combinations were beautiful.

New this year! KITS!

Every month , I will offer a birthday card kit.  This project is perfect because each one turns out differently with so many possibilities!

You have the option of ordering four kits for $12 which will include all consumables (cardstock, twine, glimmer paper) pre-cut and ready to go.  You may also add-on the Dragonfly Bundle and other products.    Of course, you can always order whatever products you need and just add the kits on top!

Instructions included.

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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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Hang Your Stocking Quick Christmas Card

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Today’s share is a happy, fresh, quick Christmas card featuring the Hang Your Stocking Bundle.  This is such a cute set that would appeal to everyone:


This fun project also used the new Stitched Shapes Framelits – repeating the stitched theme easy peasy!  Love how these dies nest in perfectly with our other Circle, Oval, and Square Framelits, too.



The stocking is also accented with the Mini Jingle Bells (you get heaps in a pack!), again repeating that “sewn” look, even if I did use a glue dot!



The colour combination here is one of my favorites – Real Red, Pool Party, and Old Olive.  It’s very fresh!

Don’t forget the Online Extravaganza this week – grab a bargain!!



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Quick, Pretty Card using Swirly Bird

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Hi friends!  Today’s share is inspired by two projects off Pinterest to make this pretty, yet quick, card!    I’ve used the Swirly Bird Bundle here, a set of dies and stamps that are oh-so-versatile:



The colours are three of the new In-Colours, which team up nicely together for a sweet project.  Flirty Flamingo, PeekaBoo Peach, and Sweet Sugarplum look great together!



You can make this project in about 15 minutes; it’s a great template to keep on hand to recreate in different colours and with different sentiments. Here I’ve used the Better Together stamp set, one that I will be using in the upcoming Extravaganzas as well.



Thanks for stopping by!  And if you haven’t signed up for my 12 Weeks of Christmas Tutorial Series, please do so! I’d love to share projects with you!

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Hello! Blog Hop for the Holiday Catalogue 2016

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Welcome to the Hello! Blog Hop for the brand new Holiday Catalogue!   You’ll be hopping around some amazing Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrators blogs, each with an inspirational project, featuring new catalogue products. Currently you’re visiting Jacque Williams in Auckland, New Zealand!
My share is a simple, but pretty card and one that is easy to replicate in bulk, featuring the Christmas Pines Bundle:
I absolutely love the new Kraft Rope Trim.  It adds a real richness without being too “much”, either.
I’ve used the Kraft cardstock and the Mint Macaron cardstock, along with the yummy little Mini Pinecones.   Add Gold Wink of Stella to your Kraft cardstock for a deep shimmer.
Thank you for visiting today. The next stop is the talented Julie Kettlewell!   

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Sarah Berry – UK
Jennifer Pauli – GERMANY
Paula Dobson – NEW ZEALAND
Tracy May – UK
Caroline van der Straaten – THE NETHERLANDS
Bibiana Cameron – UK
Constanze Wirtz – GERMANY
Jacque Williams – NEW ZEALAND  <— you are here!
Julie Kettlewell – UK
Erica Cerwin – USA

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Hang Your Stocking with Cable Knit Christmas Card

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Today’s share is one of the three projects the guests made at my recent Holiday Catalogue Open House, and is inspired by Sandi McIver’s card of the same layout.  I’ve used the new Hang Your Stocking stamp set:


The Presents & Pinecones Washi Tape adds a little accent to the VERY cool Cable Knit Embossing Folder background.


The wee stocking is stamped with the Hang Your Stocking stamp set and cut with the coordinating Christmas Stocking Thinlits Dies.  I cut two, one in Cherry Cobbler and one in Mint Macaron and paper pieces them together.

And every Christmas card needs a dash of sparkle!

Have you thought about joining my team of demonstrators?  Team Events, cooperative sharing, discounts, incentives, and so much more!

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Mouse Punch Art with Foxy Punch

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Happy Wednesday!  Before I run off to teach a class tonight, I wanted to share with you this cute card inspired by my friend in Idaho.  Make a cute mouse using the Fox Builder Punch (ears using the Owl Builder Punch):


I had a lot of fun teaching this one at the Hamilton Quilt & Craft Show;everyone had their own little rendition of a mouse.


How cute is that face?!

The Fox Builder punch makes sooo much more than a fox!

Join us for a class next week:

Tuesday 20 Sept – Pakuranga 7pm  $15

Wednesday 21 Sept – Titirangi 7pm  $15

Thursday 22 Sept Takanini 7:30pm  $15

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