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Quilted Christmas Home Decor and Gift Cards

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Happy Monday! I’ve just spent an amazing weekend with my team and some staff from Stampin’ Up! for our semi-annual training day, OnStage.  The time went way too quickly, and I’ve come back to work today energized and excited!

Today’s share is another version of the Quilted Christmas Home Decor piece I shared a few weeks ago, this time in Pool Party and Pear Pizzazz:

 

I’m teaching this at all my classes in November – please join in if you’d like to make one for yourself or for a gift!  Both colour options available.

 

Each square uses different elements of the Quilted Christmas bundle -both the stamps and the dies.

 

Aren’t those spools and needle so adorable?!  This set is so much more than Christmas!

I realize that some people who come to my classes would prefer cards, and it’s easy enough to take the elements from this framed art and make cards with them.  Here are just a few samples:

 

I look forward to sharing this project with you!   You can order the supplies for this project below and remember you get the November All Stars Tutorial Bundle free with any order of $50 or more!

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Coffee Break – Masculine Scrapbooking Layout with Embossing Paste

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I hope you’ve had a great weekend! Today’s share is the scrapbooking page I taught during the month of September, and this one features my husband.  Wow was he touched to have a page about him!

It’s a nice photo of my unshaven husband.

The papers I used are from the Coffee Break Designer Series Papers. As you can see, not all the prints have a coffee theme, which I didn’t really want for this project; they are actually just quite neutral prints perfect for the guys.

 

One of the many, many things I love about crafting and Stampin’ Up! in particular, is the EASY ability to create simple embellishments that coordinate with the rest of the project!  I’ve simply taken two scraps in the coordinating cardstock and die cut them.  They blend in perfectly and cost almost nothing.

 

That awesome brick background is created with Embossing Paste, one of my new best friends.  I have simply coloured it with Early Espresso (again easy to match when the cardstock and inks are designed to coordinate perfectly) and used the Brick Mask.

Next I sprinkled a bit of Copper Embossing powder over top and heated.  Oh I could eat that copper powder for breakfast – LOOOOOVE it!   The bubbly, patchy look here is interesting and great with this layout.

 

I won this stamp set, Just Add Text, free at one of our recent Stampin’ Up! gatherings (OnStage), and I’ve used it so much. It’s a great one for scrapbookers!

 

Thanks for stopping by – I have a few classes this week:

Monday 16 Oct Pakuranga 7pm Cards $15

Wednesday 18 Oct Titirangi 7pm Scrapbooking Or Cards $15

Thursday 18 Oct Otahuhu 7:30pm Scrapbooking Or Cards $15

Email me to book in!

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October All Stars Blog Hop – Quilted Christmas

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Welcome to October, Welcome to New Zealand, and Welcome to another All Stars Blog Hop!

This month we decided to feature the Holiday Catalogue again; you’ll see a variety of Christmas and non-Christmas projects both on this hop AND in the 12 tutorial bundle offered below.

Both of my projects focus on the Quilted Christmas Bundle.  This bundle is so much more than Christmas:

 

I had great fun making this home decor piece!   I plan to make another one in a different colour scheme, too.   We do a draw for names in my husband’s family . . .  . well I guess I hope I get the name of someone who will enjoy this!

 

Each square on this wall art features the Quilt Top Embossing Folder and some element from the Quilted Christmas stamp set or die set or both.  Here, I’ve used the star pattern stamps along with the stitching dies.

 

And isn’t this needle die just soooo adorable!   Such a cute, cute touch to the embellishments.

 

The Quilted Christmas die set also has these fun daisy-type flowers as a compliment to the quilted stars.  I also think the little cross stitching stamp is very useful!

If you don’t wish to make home decor, consider taking each of these squares and making a square notecard!  Or do both!

Remember the 12 designers on this hop have also created an exclusive tutorial bundle for October – yours free with any $50 order with me (Jacque Williams) or you can purchase below for $20 NZD.

 




I hope you’ve enjoyed your stop here.  Next stop: Jenneke De Jong!

 

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Lots and Lots of Love – Five Photo Double Scrapbooking Page Layout with A Whole Lot of Lovely

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Even if you don’t personally do scrapbooking, I hope you take a moment to enjoy the layouts I share from time to time!  Not only are they fun to look at, but I hope you can learn a little idea or two and find inspiration:

I struggled for a while getting these papers to work with the photos I wanted to use, and finally gave up and made the Whole Lot of Lovely papers the star – and reverted to black and white photos.  In the end, I think that was a great choice.

This layout can “stand alone”, or pair it up for a coordinating double layout like I have here.  I’ve kept everything black and white except for the papers and the embellishments so they really stand out.

These Whole Lot of Lovely papers have quite a few colours in them – I’ve only used a small selection from the pack.

I’ve used the Large Letters dies here for the title, embossed with the Pinewood Plank folder.   It seemed just right with the large, bold letters to go with this crisp layout.

 

One of my favorite sets

 

Flirty Flowers is one of my favorite sets, and this is the first time I’ve pulled it out – love it!  I just love how we can colour our stamps or colour in images to match our projects PERFECTLY!  Oh Stampin’ Up! does it so well!

 

A little sub title here using the new Lovely Label Punch – nice, clean, and clear to match the mood here.  I’ve shadowed it with the same punch done in Basic Black just for a little bit of contrast.  Supply list below.

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You Mean So Much Emboss Resist Scrapbooking Layout

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This month’s scrapbooking layout features the Emboss Resist technique – a FUN and different way to use your stamped images!

I love the colour combination of blue and green, and the new Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist are a fresh duo:

 

I will confess this is one of those projects that just looks like a big mess until it’s all put together and finished!  Even my daughter told me it was ugly when I was “in process”.

The background is done with just a sheet of Whisper White, which I’ve stamped and clear embossed with various images.   Then I took three inks: Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist, and Pool Party and sponged colour in a diagonal “line” across the page.

The die cuts are from the Flourishes die set, one of those “must haves” if you like pretty details!   I gently inked them up.

I used the Stitched Shapes dies to create the two circles on the page. (Quite honestly, the Stitched Shapes die set is another “must have” – I use these so much!)

 

 


I designed this page in May when I didn’t have access to the new papers and the existing ones were all being discontinued, so . . . .I made my own!   The element above with the dragonfly is just a sheet of Whisper White stamped up using the Awesomely Artistic set so create a unique “printed paper”.

This is a great little tip for anyone – when you just don’t have that quite right paper, with inks and stamps, it’s easy to make one to perfectly coordinate.

Hmmm this piece across the bottom of the layout is a bit different!   This is also emboss resist, so it perfectly ties in with the main page, but is different enough to be visually interesting.

And although almost nobody in class gets this part done, sometimes I like to include a coordinating pocket page with the layout.  I hope it shows how easy it is to get a few more photos in using the same bits and pieces one probably already has out doing the first page.  And it’s a good way to use up any little leftover scraps.

And that’s me for this Thursday evening.  Thanks for stopping by!

Upcoming Events

22 July Auckland Stamp Extravaganza 12:30-5:30  $45

24 July Pakuranga Stamp Class 7pm  $15

26 July Titirangi Card OR Scrapbooking Class 7pm $15

27 July Birkenhead Class 10am $15

 

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South Pacific Thailand Grand Vacation Swap

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I’m back in the land of winter and freezing!  Well after super hot Thailand, New Zealand certainly feels freezing!  We had such a fantastic time. I was lucky this year and was able to take my two youngest children, Sofie and Kjirsti.  It was the first time we’ve taken “extras” on the trip with us, which sure made the trip even more fun and also more logistically tricky.  However, I do thoroughly enjoy that all three of my daughters have now been on a trip and all three of them can see a tiny bit of the “big picture” of Stampin’ Up! – that there is SO MUCH more than just papercrafting to this team and business.

Phi Phi Island

The South Pacific Achievers decided to have a smaller swap between ourselves, something we’ve done for the last few years.   We decided to have a Memories & More (Pocket Page) swap, so we could all take home not only fun samples, but use them to create an album right away with our Thailand photos.  I love this idea!

Here is my submission, a 3×4 inch card for slotting into the pockets of the Memories & More pages to enhance photos:

I used a card design from my Open House as inspiration.  These go together so quickly – even those who aren’t “into” scrapbooking could totally get into this!

And here are the swaps from the other South Pacific Achievers:

The variety is neat! We all stuck with one colour theme, though, so they will all work in together. Each one is a mini piece of art.

Clever girls. Some even worked in a wee elephant!

I saw with sincerity that the other demonstrators in the South Pacific have become like family over the years.  When we had the smaller Grand Vacations (just New Zealand and Australia), it gave us a chance to become really close.  I so appreciate their warmth and friendship.  And now our trips are global, which although there is less intimacy, there is also greater opportunity to expand our circles of friends.  How I love Stampin’ Up! and all it stands for and all the opportunities it provides and good people involved.

Feeling greatly blessed tonight.

Love,

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Wood Textures Meets Colorful Seasons

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It’s been a week since I last posted.  We are down to the wire now with my eldest daughter leaving to serve a mission, and there has been so much to prepare, and of course, spending all the last moments with her that I can.

Today’s share is inspired by a display sample shared by Paula Dobson at our last OnStage (Stampin’ Up! training day) here in Auckland.  I loved the page she created, then adapted the concept to suit my style and photos:

 

I would describe my favorite style as “clean vintage”, and this layout is exactly that.   Using the flower image from the new Wood Words set, I love the little bit of border with copper splatters on the expanse of white.  Here I’ve used Elegant Eggplant to tie in with Madeleine’s sweatshirt.

 

 

I love, love, love the look of stamping directly onto these new Wood Textures papers, so we will be doing that more!   And this awesome branch and flowers are from the new Colorful Seasons dies.  They have a bit of an Asian feel which just adds a bit of interest and unexpected to a project like this.

 

 

Another fun details is the crumpling of the doily here along the edge.  And I love the copper embossing powder.  And I love how it looks like I’ve spilled it, but it totally just works with the colours.  Great stuff!

 

Thanks for stopping by on a cold Thursday evening in New Zealand!   I look forward to seeing some of you this Saturday at our Tauranga Extravaganza where we will make four projects with all new products!

Tauranga 1 July

Auckland 22 July

Nelson 29 July

Hamilton 30 July

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Cool Treats Pocket Page and Scrapbooking Layout – and Last Day for Retiring Stock!

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And it’s already the last day of May!  I am surely glad it’s been a mild winter so far!

Just a reminder that today is the last day to order from the Retiring List (and check out the Clearance Rack while there).   Good bargains to be had and there are always items that are sorely missed.  Please do have a look before midnight tonight.

Today’s share is a scrapbooking layout I designed months ago and never posted.   These yummy papers are being discontinued as of tomorrow, so today is the day to post:

 

I’ve used the Cool Treats Bundle along with the Sprinkles Embellishments and the coordinating Designer Series Paper.   How I adore these fresh, miniature ice blocks!   It’s easy to create the different shades of the same colour even with one ink pad:

  1. Stamp off (onto a scrap) and then stamp your project for a lighter colour.  You can even stamp off multiple times
  2. Or stamp over the same spot twice for a darker colour.  So easy!

 

 

The design for this layout came from the Demonstrator-Only magazine, Impressions.  They had a sample done in different papers and images, and I adapted to what I wanted to use.  We are very inundated with inspiration being Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators – finding ideas is no problem at all!!!

With the new catalogue launching tomorrow, it’s a great time to join my team, enjoy a discount, attend team gatherings and trainings, and start your own small or big business!  Find out more HERE.

 

I forget to to this, but using die cuts and tone on tone paper is a great look.  And what an inexpensive and easy way to embellish or create a background, too.

 

I also created up a simple Pocket Page to go along with the layout, seeing as it was only a single page layout.  Pocket Pages are a great way to add in a lot more photos; you can just slip these pages in with your standard 12×12 pages.    I’d put a lot more photos on this than I have here; I just put all the embellishments facing one way for ease of my students and the photography.

Thank you so much for stopping by and see you tomorrow in a new Stampin’ Up! Catalogue year!

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