Tarnished Foil Vintage Butterflies!

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Hi friends!  And a big Happy Mother’s Day to all women and to all dads going at it alone.  It’s wonderful as a parent to be appreciated. I received a lovely, heartfelt letter from my middle daughter, Kjirsti.  It’s moments like those that make it all so rewarding.

Today’s share is a Tarnished Foil technique project – one technique that I’ve wanted to try for a while.  This is a great one for cards for the guys, but, as you can see here, it also makes a super background for a more vintage look:


This technique is reasonably easy to achieve.  The key is to start with our fabulous Silver Foil cardstock.  

  1. Emboss with the Woodlands Embossing Folder.  I’ve seen it with the trees coming “out” as above and with the trees going “in” and actually, either looks great!
  2. Rub lightly with a black Staz-On pad
  3. Tap lightly with a Versamark and use Silver Embossing Powder over the top.  Heat.
  4. Tap lightly with a Versamark and use Copper Embossing Powder over the top.  Heat.
  5. Rub lightly with a black Staz-On pad.


Sadly, both the butterfly images and the two coordinating punches are being discontinued.  Both winners!  Please be sure to check out the Retiring List and the Clearance Rack.

I have layered the butterflies on top of the gorgeous background without any further embellishment. I thought it best to let the background speak for itself.


I will be teaching this project in my classes in May; I’d love to have you along!  Please see my Calendar Page for a class nearest to you.   I’d also be happy to schedule a regular or one-off class with you and your friends!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend!

P.S. The new Annual Catalogue is live 1 June!   Come to a class in May or message me to receive your copy!

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Adhesive Tips – Tutorial Video and PDF File for your Reference

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Do you ever wonder which adhesive to use?  Or how to use it?

Stampin’ Up! offers a range of adhesives, and each has its advantages and purpose. I’ve created two resources that I hope will be of use to all adhesive users:

  1.  A video tutorial on how to use each of the STampin’ Up! adhesives.   I admit it – I’m a bit OCD and I want you to get the best value out of your resources.  I held an event recently and was surprised to find all three pairs of my scissors absolutely stuck shut by improper use of adhesives. I hope this video will answer a few questions and help you get more value out of your products:




2. I’ve also created a downloadable PDF file all about Adhesives. Here I’ve detailed out the pros and cons of each as well as provided a chart with suggestions for “best use” situations for each adhesive.   Of course, this list is not 100% comprehensive, but I think will cover the general paper crafter’s questions:

Stampin’ Up! Adhesive Reference Sheet


I hope you find both of those resources useful and helpful!   I do keep my ears open when I am teaching.  I want to know what you want to know!  If there is a resource you’d like to see, please feel free to let me know and I will put it on the list.


Thanks for stopping in to see me today!    If you need any adhesives, you can order them at any time by emailing me or by using my Online Shop.

P.S. Tomorrow I am heading over to Tauranga for an Egg Carton Box Class – I have 3 spots that could be filled. Please join us!mailto:mail@stamphappy.co.nz

P.P.S. This weekend is our big OnStage training days. This is where Stampin’ Up! corporate offers training and new product introduction for the upcoming catalogue in June!  We are all so excited to see what’s coming – can’t wait to share with you when we are allowed to share publicly!

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Cool Treats DEBossed Birthday Card + Tutorial Video!

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Happy Wednesday!  Today I want to share with you a project I’ve wanted to try for a while now – a debossed card using one of my favorite stamp sets: Cool Treats.

I love how fun and fresh these images are!

stampin up cool treats debossed sweet

This project starts out using the Celebrations Duo Embossing Folders to create a valley on the Whisper White cardstock.  On this sample I’ve used Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, and Pool Party.

I did a few different colour versions to show that this can be done for either gender or any age.  For someone more sophisticated, I’d choose very soft colours, for example.   But who doesn’t like ice blocks or at least have warm memories eating one?


This colour combination is So Saffron, Pool Party, and Watermelon Wonder.  I’ve also switched the card base to Pool Party.

All the images are from the Cool Treats stamp set.  This can also be bundled with the dies for a discount, which are very useful for future projects.


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This project is March’s Birthday Club project – purchase kits of this project, pre-cut and ready to go!  You can purchase just the kits or with the stamps, dies, and folder!


And please enjoy this video tutorial!



Thanks for stopping in!


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Artistically Asian Part Two of Two! – Shoji Screen Card

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We had a GREAT time yesterday at the Craft Garage Sale/Open House day!  It was fun doing a messy make and take AND seeing people leave with literally boxes of bargains!  (I am the de-clutter queen!)    Four people asked me to make it an annual event, so keep an eye out for the next one!


Today’s share is the second project using Artistically Asian.   As you may know, I gifted my Stampin’ Up! direct team members a class kit – 2 projects with 16 kits, two samples, video instructions, and the stamp set in each kit.   (See Part One)  Today’s project is the second Artistically Asian project in that particular class kit:


I’ve been wanting to make this Shoji Screen style card for years, and what better images than these for this project?!


I’ve used the Artistically Asian stamp set paired with the Seaside Embossing Folder.

The little tassle is made with the Basic Black Baker’s Twine.  It’s easy to make one – I simply wrapped the twine around a little piece of cardboard about four or five times, cut on one edge and then tie near the top (folded edge) with a bit of the Gold Metallic Thread.


The images are again inked up using the Basic Black and Real Red Markers.  Easy and striking!

****  Order the Artistically Asian stamp set and I will send you this project and instructions for FREE!  Offer valid until 31 Jan only.

Enjoy the rest of this windy weekend and thanks for stopping by!

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Stampin’ Up! Colour Inventory Tick List

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Have you ever bought something twice on accident?

So have I! I’ve created Inventory charts for you so when you go to class or an event, you have a list of what you already have and what is on the wish list for next. I hope these are useful to you!


Have you ever gone to place a Stampin’ Up! order and weren’t sure which colours you already had?   Use these inventory sheets to help keep track of what you already have and what items have run out or are still on the wish list!

Please feel free to print and share these charts for personal use only!

1. Brights Collection Inventory Chart

2. Regals Collection Inventory Chart

3. Subtles Collection Inventory Chart

4. Neutrals Collection Inventory Chart

5. In Colour Collection Inventory Chart


P.S. Do you want it all?  Why not become a demonstrator and join our team?  Check us out!


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Flowering Fields Gift Set: Sale-A-Bration Farewell Part 2

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Welcome to part 2 of our Sale-A-Bration Farewell 2016 Blog Hop!

You’ll be hopping around to 8 countries and will visit 15 amazing Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrators, each with an inspirational project for you to enjoy. There’s just 6 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!  We are now in the beginnings of Autumn here and enjoying a bit cooler weather.  I have lived in Auckland for the past 11 years with my husband and three daughters. I feel it a privilege to be part of  Stampin’ Up! since the beginning in New Zealand almost exactly 9 years ago.

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In today’s share, I am featuring the Flowering Fields stamp set in my project – a set full of lovely, hand-drawn look designs.

stampin up flowering fieldsThe folder above opens up to two pockets, sized perfectly to fit the Notecards and Envelopes.

stampin up flowering fields new zealand card set gift diy easy quick workshop jacque williamsEach of the three cards is slightly different, but still all coordinating in images and colour.    When we shared a version of this project at the Auckland Extravaganza last weekend, we found it easiest to mount all five images onto a large block and stamp it as if it were one stamp.

stampin up flowering fields easy gift idea gift card holder set diy birthday gift jacque williams new zealandThis makes a wonderful little gift for a friend or for yourself!

Would you like the instructions for this adorable card holder/envelope?   The design has been adapted Di Barnes’ original to fit three Notecards and Envelopes by my team member, Paula Reid. She has kindly given me permission to share her adjusted measurements with you HERE.

stampin up flowering fields wink of stella diy sponging birthday card watercoloring jacque williams stampin upEach of the images has a bit of the Clear Wink of Stella, although it’s hard to see in the photograph.  I also wanted to share with you a pic of one of my office assistants. She is largely in charge of the ribbons.

Don’t forget to download your Free Tutorial!


Thank you for visiting today! If you’ve not seen last week’s part 1, you can start hopping that one here.   The next stop on the farewell hop is Erna Logtenberg!   There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!


  1. Kylie Bertucci
  2. Sarah Berry
  3. Constanze Wirtz
  4. Bibi Cameron
  5. Valerie Lo
  6. Michelle Last
  7. Erica Cerwin
  8. Tracy May
  9. Brian King
  10. Jacque Williams <–You are here
  11. Erna Logtenberg
  12. Renate Ecklmayr
  13. Teneale Williams
  14. Jennifer Pauli
  15. Caroline van der Straaten


flowering fields

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