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Auckland Extravaganza Project Parade!

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Hi friends!  These have been sitting on my desk for a while, but I’m excited to share some of the projects our lovely guests created at the Auckland Extravaganza in March.  We had such a pleasant day together!   I think you’ll find some great birthday card ideas here:

 

 

 

Barbara Bicknell and her team presented and taught this fun “stuffed card” using the Cupcake and Carousels suite, a suite that is now being discontinued and is at a reduced price!  I absolutely love these papers!

This project inspired my Mother’s Day card (will be posted soon).  How fun to have a card with little gifts included. Here, they have included sugar, tea, a stamped spoon, some coloring in pages, a cupcake topper, a pinwheel, and a biscuit. Wow that’s a lot!

Angela Palmer, Kylie Burke, and Kathryn Tyrrell taught this subdued project using the Dragonfly Dreams bundle and the Copper Foil.  The inside features an effective peek-a-boo design that is easy to do.

Sally Williams, Heather Stewart, and Michelle Pepper shared this pop up box card project with the group.   Great for any age or gender, this project uses the Birthday Blast dies for that bit extra.

 

Judith Ferguson, Rachael Knight, and Christine Gedye taught everyone how to make a fun pull-up birthday card featuring the Balloon Adventure bundle. Who wouldn’t love to receive this card?!  This could also be used for wedding projects.

We had such a great day; we love our guests and the enthusiasm they bring to the room and to each table.  I know as one of the teachers, I really appreciate all the guests and their encouragement.

Please be careful this evening with Cyclone Cook hitting New Zealand.  And have a wonderful Easter weekend!

P.S. Want a free class?  Please any order with me (in person or online or email), and I’ll send you a Masculine Projects class absolutely free!

P.P.S  Book in for our next round of Extravaganzas in July!

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Otahuhu Class Postponed

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Due to Cyclone Cook hitting Auckland this afternoon and evening, we’ve decided to postpone our cardmaking and scrapbooking class in Otahuhu tonight.

Stay home, ladies, and keep safe.
Thank you for your understanding and we will let you know of a replacement date asap.

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Colour Inkspiration #07 – Cake Crazy Birthday Card in Soft Vintage!

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Welcome to another Blog Hop with the Colour Inkspiration Crew!  This challenge I chose to use a stamp set, Cake Crazy, that is typically used with bright, fun colours (see here) and tone them right down with our colour challenge combination:

 

I hope you will also play along!  You can join the Colour Inkspiration Challenge Group HERE.

 

stampin up cake crazy vintage birthday card CI07

 

I incorporated all the colours into the cake layers, but focused on the Pink Pirouette for the card base.   I embossed the base with the Hexagon Embossing Folder.   Do you notice a bit of Tip Top Taupe ink in the grooves of the hexagons?   I sponged a little bit of ink directly onto the folder before embossing so it embossed and inked all at the same time.

stampin up cake crazy birthday card vintage hexagon CI07

 

I wanted to go a little more vintage with this project, just for something a little bit unexpected with the Cake Crazy stamp set.  All the edges are inked lightly with the Tip Top Taupe ink and I roughed up a few edges with my scissors.   I also really love to incorporate that Vanilla Lace Trim!

 

And don’t forget the inside of your card (and your envelope!) to create a “whole package” card!   While you have your stamps and ink out, it’s easy to just add a few more coordinating images in the same colours to the rest of your project.

I hope you’ve enjoyed your stop here at my blog! If you live in New Zealand and don’t already have a demonstrator, I’d love to be yours!

Enjoy the rest of your hop! Your next stop is the talented and generous Rebecca Scurr!









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Retiring Product List – Get Them Before They Are Gone!

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We’re getting ready to retire products from both the 2016-2017 annual and 2017 occasions catalogues. While supplies last!

 Select retiring products have discounts of up to 50% off. Be sure to place orders before the sun sets on these items 31 May!

Download and Print the 2017 Stampin’ Up! Annual and Occasions Catalogue Retiring LIst

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Mini Egg Cartons with Special Reason – Ready for Easter!

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It’s Friday! One easy-to-miss item in the Occasions Catalogue is the Mini Egg Cartons. Think Easter and beyond Easter – these are so cute!   I’m imagining lip glosses, real eggs, Ferrer Rochers, bath bombs, or soaps in these little cartons.

My share today is inspired by my friend, Pam Jorgensen, who made up a similar box in blues:

 

First, I sprayed the box in Sweet Sugarplum,  Clearly, it was very dilute as it came out more of a pale pink instead of a purple colour.  Just be careful when colouring these boxes to not get them too wet all at once. If you want more colour, then let it dry and add another layer.   Like “real” egg cartons, these are made out of pressed paper and the seams will disintegrate if they are soaked and handled roughly.

 

The top of our beautiful egg carton is embellished with the Special Reason Bundle.  I’ve layered flowers and leaves for a bouquet effect.

The ribbon here is a SaleABration ribbon, so it’s no longer available.  My apologies for being tardy in blogging this project. (But I still wanted to share before Easter!)

 

Tips:

  1. You can create dimension in your flowers in many ways. Here, I’ve sliced down the petals and used my bone folder to curl the petals downwards.
  2. The Classic Label Punch is great for adding that little tag.
  3. Everything is built upon the Crumb Cake Stitched Circle.  So in theory, someone could toss out the box when it was time to do so and remove and reuse the top portion on a card or a gift packaging.

 

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a wonderful weekend. I’m off for a haircut in preparation for the CentreStage dinner (Leadership meeting) tonight and OnStage (new product training) all day tomorrow!

P.S. Want to join us for the next OnStage?  Click HERE for more details on being part of my team!

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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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Masculine Urban Underground 5 Photo Double Layout

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Today’s share is a Masculine Double Layout using the new Urban Underground Suite – coordinating paper, stamp set, washi tape, embossing folder, and embellishments help make this project come together beautifully.

Well we are getting the tail end of a tropical storm here in Auckland at the moment; I’m pleased I’m tucked in at home warm and dry while the storm outside does its thing!

stampin up Urban Underground double layout scrapbook 5 photo masculine

 

I kept this layout relatively simple; I wanted the photos to tell the majority of the story and everything else to just support the love on display.    Plus – masculine layouts don’t always call for fine details.

I have used the Urban Underground Designer Series Paper as the foundation for this project.  I crumpled them up and sanded a little to bring out the creases.  I found as I taught this last month that some loved that look and others really “didn’t want to ruin a perfectly good piece of paper”!   I embrace either philosophy!  As long as you are happy with the end result, that’s all that matters.

 

 

The Urban Underground papers also feature a few prints that have foil in them, so we used those as accents.   We also used a strip of the actual Silver Foil, a product I’ll admit has never taken my fancy UNTIL I saw it embossed!  It goes from ho-hum to amAzing!   Here I’ve used the Sparkle folder.

 

My title reflects the truth of the relationship between my husband and my youngest daughter, Sofie.   I’ve found that the Crazy About You stamp set and Hello, You dies have been just invaluable in my scrapbooking projects.  I’ve hand cut the words for a more casual look, too.

 

Every single one of my layouts has a heart, either prominently or hidden.  I’ve used them on this double layout as a bright red accent against all the black and silver.  Not too much, though.

stampin up urban underground layout masculine district

 

stampin up urban district underground masculine layout silver foil

 

I do try to give my students options when doing scrapbooking so that everyone has something that really fits their own style and needs.   This double layout could be used as two single layouts if someone wanted, too.

Do you need more masculine project ideas?   Place an order with me during April and receive an online Masculine Card Class FREE!

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Cake Crazy Birthday Card Club – Kits Available and Video Tutorial!

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Everyone loves a fun, happy birthday card that is quick to put together!   I loved this Cake Crazy stamp set from the moment it was introduced to us at our Stampin’ Up! OnStage training last November.

Today I want to share with you a bright birthday card that I think just about anyone at any age would enjoy:

 

Oh how fun it was to build up that cake in different colours!   I had several goes at it – all of which look great, but this version is my favorite for now.

The Cake Crazy cake layers are designed to be on a lean, so you can create your cake to be somewhat straight or go deliberately on a lean.  It definitely has a Dr. Seuss look to it.

I chose to go bright and rainbow, but of course,  this project could be done in more subdued colours to create an entirely different look. I think I will give that a go soon.

 

Please watch and enjoy the video below!  This is just me stamping at home sharing with my fans!

I have made up some packs for kits which include the card base, the whisper white panels, the basic black panels, the strips of black and white paper (may be some different prints too), black twine, and the black sequins. You need to provide the stamps and the inks (or order them).

I do hope you enjoy!  Happy creating!

 


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