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!

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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:

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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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Elements of Style in Soft Suede

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This is a beautiful monochromatic card I did up a while ago; Love that Elements of Style stamp set.  It was released just as the eclectic collage look was becoming popular – one of the first!

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Just two colours for this project – Soft Suede and Very Vanilla.  I love the Victoria Crochet ribbon, too, for that extra bit of lovely texture!

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I've done some clear embossing with the flourish under the floral image, and then added pearls for some 3D.

Simple and lovely!

You can order your supplies directly online or email me!

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Elements of Style 120045 $46.95

Colours: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla

Other: Basic Pearls, Oval Punch, Victoria Crochet Ribbon, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool

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Lattice Die Pop Up Card

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This was a fun card inspired by several samples I found on the net – featuring the Lattice Die and the Butterfly Punch and the Bitty Butterfly Punch:

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I used the Lattice Die on the front as a layer for a faux dry embossed look, but also embossed with the Polka Dot Embossing Folder on top.

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The Bitty Butterflies are embossed with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder and the Butterfly is embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper Folder.  A little Linen Thread and some pearls finish it off!

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We used the lattice inside as well to make a simple pop up feature.  Cute!!  Add a few more butterflies and Mom will love it!

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Supplies Used:

Stamps: Petite Pairs

Colours: Calypso Coral, Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery, Basic Gray

Other: Butterfly Punch, Bitty Butterfly PUnch, Bird Punch, Pearls, Linen Thread, Lattice Die, Square lattice Embossing Folder, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Circle Punches, Subtles Brads

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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.

stampin up house paint tint
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!)

stampin up custom color ink refill tint paint
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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Core’Dinations Vintage Scrapbooking Layout

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I love how Stampin' Up! is continually giving us brand new product!  We all fell in love with the sand-able Core'Dinations cardstock last Seasonal Catalogue, and in this catalogue we have it in three more colours.  (Primrose Petals, Real Red, and Pool Party).  What a yummy combo those three are, too.

My scrapbooking group requested a vintage layout, so I went sort of mid-way.  My photos I wanted to use are quite "clean", and I wanted to keep them that way.  But you/I can still add some vintage elements without going 100% antique.

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I used a Nic Howard layout ( see below) as the inspiration for my layout, although mine did not turn out a great deal like hers, just the basic layout of the photos and elements is the same.

I find it quite fun to use something as a springboard, but using your style, your supplies, and your colours, the finished product can be quite different!

stampin up vine street embossing layout

I used the Pool Party Core'Dinations cardstock and the Vine STreet Embossing Folder here to ceate a small accent element.  Also the words from Sweet Essentials were perfect for me here, but there are plenty of other sayings in the set to suit other photos.  I realize not many will be necessarily scrapping wedding photos!

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The details here on the lower left hand corner were so fun to make. The flower is made using the Blossom Party Die, some glimmer spritz, and a bit of Pink Pirouette ink.

The ribbon flowers are the best value and the most fun in the Seasonal Mini – just $14.50 for 100 of them!  And so fun to spritz and colour to suit your project.  I've already gone through one or two or three packs  . . .

stampin up butterfly vintage rock roll papillon potpourri layout
Love the butterflies . . . always a spot for a butterfly.  I did this using the Rock & Roll technique to achieve the multi-coloured look to the babe.  Lots of pearls to finish this off.

And here is the original artwork by Nic Howard


What do you think?  Love it?

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