Thoughtful Branches in Copper Emboss

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I am really loving this new stamp set and die bundle, Thoughtful Branches.  This one is available only during August, so please order your set early!

Here I have created a project inspired by Krista Frattin, with a few minor changes:

stampin up thoughtful branches krista frattin sweet sugarplum

How I love copper!  And paired with the fresh Whisper White, Sweet Sugarplum, Pool Party, and Wild Wasabi, it looks fantastic.

stampin up thoughtful branches copper powder sweet sugarplumI’m in love with these sweet, little birds.  Just this afternoon I finished a layout using these little guys and they are so CUTE!

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And yes, you can redeem your Bonus Days Vouchers for this set!

Thanks for reading!

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Hello! Annual Catalogue 2016 – 2017 Blog Hop

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13240136_10154100609925900_8471485086832024931_nWelcome to the Hello! Annual Catalogue 2016-2017 Blog Hop! You’ll be hopping around 11 amazing Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrators blogs, each with an inspirational project, featuring new catalogue products.
Currently you’re visiting Jacque Williams from Auckland, New Zealand!  My share today is a shaker card using the oh-so-cute Sunshine Sayings Bundle:
stampin up sunshine wishes sayings shaker card petalThe background is embossed with the new Petal Burst embossing folder and then lightly inked with the also new Flirty Flamingo.
stampin up sunshine sayings wishes shaker card
 LOVE this swirly flower and the stamp/die cut combo for sentiments.  I can see I’ll be using this one quite a bit, particularly in scrapbooking.
stampin up sunshine sayings wishes petal burst shaker card
 I made up another version as I was playing with this bundle, this time adding a few more stamps in the background and leaving the embossed frame uninked.  So many possibilities!
Thank you for visiting today. The next stop is the talented Bibiana Cameron.  There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!
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Spring/Summer Farewell 2016 – Love Blossoms DSP Stack

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Welcome to part 1 of our Occasions Catalogue Farewell 2016 Blog Hop!

You’ll be hopping around to 6 countries and will visit 11 amazing Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrators, each with an inspirational project for you to enjoy. The retired list is out now so we’re saying ‘farewell’ to some amazing products, only around while supplies last or until 31st May 2016.

Currently you’re visiting Jacque Williams from New Zealand!

You can continue hopping my using the list of names at the end of this post.

My share today is inspired by a dear Australian friend of mine, Shannean Moncrieff, who presented me with a lovely gift at our recent OnStage (demonstrator training event) here in Auckland:

stampin up grateful bunch beautiful bouquet jacque williamsWhilst the Grateful Bunch stamp set bundle I used is NOT retiring, the Love Blossoms paper stack sadly is!

stampin up grateful bunch crumb cake mother's dayThis design also looks striking in the Crumb Cake version (using the same paper stack).

stampin up grateful bunch blushing bride beautiful bouquetThe little Rose Red ribbon clips are from the Love Blossoms Embellishment Pack, which is also discontinuing.  Love all the little goodies you get in those kits!  And, of course, they coordinate perfectly with the paper stack.

stampin up grateful bunch love blossoms blushing bridge

Thank you for visiting today. I’d love to see you back here again next Friday 13th May for Part 2 of our Spring/Summer Farewell 2016. The next stop on the farewell hop is the talented Jason Loucks. You don’t want to miss it!

stampin up grateful bunch rose red jacque williams pretty card

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Sale-A-Bration Farewell 2016 – What I Love

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Welcome to part 1 of our Sale-A-Bration Farewell 2016 Blog Hop!

You’ll be hopping around to 8 countries and will visit 14 amazing Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrators, each with an inspirational project for you to enjoy. There’s just 13 days of Sale-A-Bration left and we’re getting ready to say ‘farewell’ to what’s been fantastic Sale-A-Bration of 2016.

Currently you’re visiting Jacque Williams in New Zealand!

stampin up what I love hardwood jacque williams new zealand crafts diy - Copy

I’ve used both the What I Love stamp set and the Glitter Washi Tape on this SaleABration project.   Aren’t the two and three-step stamping sets just truly remarkable?!   We can all be artists using these beautiful images.

stampin up what I love hardwood artisan blackberry bliss jacque williams - CopyHowever, I found as I was stamping and experimenting, this little flower I’ve done here in Soft Suede is my favorite out of the set!


~ Stamp off the Hardwood Background  twice before stamping.  (done in Crumb Cake ink)

~ Colour the white Glitter Washi Tape using a sponge and Rich Razzleberry ink.

~ You can find this Blackbery Bliss “twine” by pulling the Blackberry Bliss threads out of the Striped Cotton Ribbon.

stampin up what I love jacque williams new zealand stamphappy

And every hand-stamped card needs a hand-stamped envelope!

stampin up what I love glitter tape glimmer jacque williams hardwood blackberry bliss diy craft - Copy



Thanks for stopping by!  I’d love to see you back here again next Friday 25th March for Part 2 of our Sale-A-Bration Farewell 2016. The next stop on the farewell hop is Jason Loucks!


Continue Hopping Below

  1. Constanze Wirtz
  2. Bibi Cameron
  3. Sarah Berry
  4. Tracy May
  5. Erica Cerwin
  6. Jacque Williams<—- You’re here!
  7. Jason Loucks
  8. Erna Logtenberg
  9. Kylie Bertucci
  10. Valerie Lo
  11. Renate Ecklmayr
  12. Michelle Last
  13. Jennifer Pauli
  14. Caroline van der Straaten
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Fishin Around Treat Cup Fishbowl!

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Well this last weekend was full-on fun!  Saturday we had our Sold-Out Auckland Extravaganza, and the team and I had a super day presenting five projects to our guests.  We hope those who attended had a fabulous afternoon, too!

Sunday I shot down to Hamilton and taught with some of the Hamilton demonstrators at the Hamilton Extravaganza.  Both were great days with left us leaving tired, but happy.

Andrea Schweer, Vanita Hurbuns and myself taught this cute Fishbowl Card the last two days using the new Fishin Around stamp:

stampin up fish fishing around fishin around sweet treat cup mary

We had fun and games working out how to get the water to be sealed water tight, but I think my dear husband found the trick! (photos on my Facebook page!).

You will need the Sweet Treat Cups, water, hot glue, and a piece of acetate to put on the back of the cup

Tips for getting a watertight seal:

1. Make sure the glue is really hot (hot glue!)

2. Use a heavier acetate to seal on the back of the sweet treat cup

3. Press down firmly to remove any extra trapped air in the cup

4. Turn it over (right side facing you) and press down around the rim to remove any air bubbles in the glue. You may need to use a spoon or similar so you don't burn fingers.

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The ladies had a lot of fun making this one!  It's like eye candy!  And some did this up with more black accents annd made it a bit more masculine.  It all looked great.

Our next Extravaganzas are:

Nov 2 Auckland

Nov 3 Hamilton

Nov 9 Tauranga

We'd love to have you there!


Supplies Used:

Stamps: Fishin Around, Really Good Greetings

Colours: Real Red, Calypso Coral, So Saffron, Pool Party

Other: Sweet Treat Cups, Aqua Painters, Calypso Coral Chevron Twill Tape, Mosaic Embossing Folder, I am Me DSP

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Puzzle Technique in Swallowtail

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 I came across this puzzle technique on Splitcoaststampers, and gave it a try.  It's an easy one, but it does boggle the mind for a minute . . .

Loving this fresh, fun, color combo: Pool Party, Calypso Coral, and Daffodil Delight with a splash of Wisteria Wonder.   I've been using a lot of Pool Party lately, and am so happy this color is sticking around!

stampin up swallowtail emboss resist puzzle loving thoughts beautiful wings
The basics of what we are doing here is stamping the Swallowtail butterfy and then cutting out the nested flower images.  Sponge colour on each of the pieces and then reassemble the butterfly.

stampin up puzzle technique swallowtail pool party embossing

I've also made a matching envelope out of the Calypso Coral Designer Prints as this card is quite a large one at 6×6 inches.  The envelopes are easy to do with the new Diagonal Plate.

If you are loving this Pool Party Coredinations Cardstock, please get it now (in June), as it will no longer be available in single colour packs come July. 

I'll be teaching this project tomorrow 7pm in Nelson and in Auckland by request.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Swallowtail, Loving Thoughts

Colours: Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder

Other: White Embossing Powder, Versamark, Heat Tool, In Colour Brads, Butterfly Embosslits, Basic Rhinestones


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Swallowtail in Vintage

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This is One of the Two projects I will be teaching at my Vintage Cards Class at SENZ in a few weeks.  Featuring the gorgeous Swallowtail stamp (129216)  in the Seasonal Catalogue and a colour wash technique, you'll find this easy to achieve:

stampin up vintage swallowtail emboss watercolor coredinations wash en fraincais technique idea card


The Swallowtail butterfly looks really, really great monochromatic or coloured in – she's/he's a keeper!  I've used very soft colours here for a sweet look.  The very large pearls top it off.

stampin up swallowtail color wash watercolor primrose petals butterfly pearl vintage card



The background is the Primrose Petals CoreDinations Cardstock, which is really fantastic for distressing just a litte bit or a whole lot:

stampin up vintage wonderful words senz new zealand en fraincais
I won't give too much away about this project as it's a SENZ class.  I'll be teaching this mid day 5th of July.  There will be a second project, but I am waiting on my NEW supplies (released 1 of July) to arrive any day now to design that up.  Cost of the class is $45 and includes $25 worth of product.

I'd love to have you in this Technique Class!

Email me to book in!



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