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Butterfly Basics Framed Art

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Butterfly Basics was the first collection I ordered last month in preparation for the new Occasions Catalogue – love the clean vintage look!  Plus the variety of images in this set make it very versatile.

The last few weeks Rob and I have totally made over three rooms in our house – from paint to clean to different furniture to a new colour palette.  One of the rooms is my youngest daughter, Sofie’s, bedroom.  It was more than worse for wear . . she has lived in there since she was three and it had not been repainted or gutted since then.  Plus, she’s almost 13 and it was time for a more grown-up look.

Stampin up butterfly basics artisan kit home decor

She was very specific in her colour choices, which makes finding wall art or decor a bit tricky.  The beauty of creating YOUR OWN art is you can have it fit exactly your colour scheme!

Stampin up butterfly basics thinlits home decor

An added bonus is you can make these sorts of things using very few consumable supplies – great for those decorating on a small budget.

Stampin up butterfly basics home decor

You could even add a family name or a child’s name here.  Great for a baby shower gift or a very special wedding gift, too!

Stampin up butterfly basics framed wall art bermuda bay artisan

What do you think?   Anybody would love a one-of-a-kind work of art in their room, especially if they got to help create it or if it was made just for them.  Give it a try!  Supply list below and I would love to answer any questions!


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From the Garden Notecard

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Happy summer!  I've been having a bit of fun playing with all the great new products in the Occasions Catalogue AND the SaleABration catalogue and today I share one of my first efforts, using the From the Garden bundle:

Stampin up best year ever from the garden coastal cabana

I've paired this up with the Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper and the Best Year Ever Accessory pack (both SaleABration freebies!) for a soft, spring look.

Stampin up from the garden best day ever

The row of burlap along the side?   I cut the burlap ribbon in half and just frayed it a bit . . .

Stampin up from the garden best year ever calypso coral burlap

I had a good play and made up different colour combinations as I went along.  Can't wait to use these garden picks with the new Berry Basket die!

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Endless Wishes REALLY Quick & Easy Christmas Cards

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I wanted to make up some quick little cuties to go inside gifts.  Endless Wishes is my favorite stamp set for Christmas this year, so I reached for this one and simplified my previous Endless Wishes card even more!

But it's still a great design!! 

Stampin up endless wishes tangerine tango bermuda bay happy christmas

Here I've done it up in Bermuda Bay and Tangelo Twist.  Love the non-traditional!

Stampin up endless wishes blackberry bliss easy

Or try Blackberry Bliss and Soft Sky

Stampin up endless wishes christmas fast notecard

Or Lost Lagoon and Pear Pizzazz.

Stampin up endless wishes quick easy

The Whisper White Note Cards and Envelopes are a MUST for super quick projects!  And 20 cards and 20 envelopes for only $11.95 . . .

Stampin up endless wishes quick card bermuda bay

Now, I actually need to make some more of these, so will play with more fun colour combinations.

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Project Life Family Album – Playground 6×8 style Christmas Gifts

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Recently, we had our step-son choose to live with his mother in Australia, so we had a greater family photo shoot before his departure.     This was the perfect opportunity to create an entire "mini" album using the new 6×8 Project Life albums

Stampin up project life playground album

And the album contains 24 pages, but here are a few:

Stampin up project life playground page 1

The Playground set provides 100 double sided, unique cards to fill any gaps and add the journalling.

Stampin up project life playgrond pages

Photos can also be split across two smaller pockets.

Stampin up project life playground love

Many of the cards didn't need any further embellishing.  Here, I just added a simple heart for the man I totally adore.

Stampin up project life playground family album 6x8

Project Life is designed to be quick and an easy, clean way to preserve many photos in a short period of time. Of course, you can embellish to your heart's content, but I chose here to leave the cards relatively simple.

And on that note — I made one of these for each of my direct reports (first level downline) in my Stampin' Up! family.   

Stampin up project life album front cover

Of course I did not insert my own family photos, but  did include the embellished cards in each album.

Stampin up project life Everyday Adventure album

Everyday Adventure

Stampin up project life little moments album

Little Moments

Stampin up project life love story album

Love Story

Stampin up project life playground album


Stampn up project life happiness is album

Happiness Is


Each card & embellishment pack was fun to work with!   What I loved is that I didn't need much more out on the table than the embellishment pack for each series – how simple is that?!

The girls loved picking out their albums and I made them all promise to actually use them!  I hope to see pics up on their blogs.  🙂

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Merry Christmas!


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Four Feathers CASE

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I'm still here, but have been heads down, bum up with Christmas preparations.  Always fun and rewarding!  The season feels so much more festive to me when I have put a bit of service and time into the preparations.

I photographed a lovely sample by Kristine McNickle at one of our team events, changed it a bit, and did it up in three colours.   This is one of the many fun projects we did at the Year of Cards class last weekend.

Stampin up four feathers silver blackberry bliss

The above one is similar to the original, done in Silver ink, Basic Grey, and Smokey Slate.

The smaller feather in the background is made by sponging through a mask.  Create the mask using the coordinating feather framelits and scrap cardstock.

Stampin up four feathers crisp cantaloup

Then I started to have a play and changed it up a bit , using Crisp Cantaloupe instead.  This one is my favorite.

Stampin up silver bird punch feather

And this last one is done using gold and Blackberry Bliss for a more sophisticated look.

Stampin up four feathers blackberry bliss easy quick washi tape

It was fun to have a play with some different colour combinations.  When you have a good design, change it up for a nice selection of cards for your stash!

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@TheBeach Scrapbooking Layout

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I don’t know what I used before the ‘most loved’ hardwood stamp came along!

I was asked to create a Beach Layout for our emerging summer and Christmas – hence why I made sure to include some red on this one.  I found some great old photos from about four years ago; this was the first time Rob took us out on his jet ski.

Stampin up scrapbooking beach layout hardwood flowerpot

The background is created using the Hardwood stamp image and cutting “planks”.

Stampin up scrapbooking beach four photos vintage

I’m giving my students tonight and this weekend a lot of liberty in choosing their papers and ribbons, but here I have used the Flowerpot papers and the Real Red cotton ribbon.   The photos are more of a grey colour, but I wanted to add some bright colour to this happy memory.

Plus the addition of the red makes it very suitable for summer Christmas photos.

Stampin up scrapbooking perfect pennants baked brown sugar beach house layout

I fussed with this element for a long time, but am super happy with the results!   That Perfect Pennants stamp set has certainly also been well used in my layouts . . each one is just so great for loving photos.

The Baked Brown Sugar thick twine was also a good colour match and a good “nautical weight”.  The trickiest part will be getting everyone’s knot just so!  🙂

Stampin up scrapbooking beach layout hardwood day to day title

I do like to add subtle details, while keeping the whole of the layout relatively simple to the eye.   Here I’ve added a smaller sub title in the corner, as well as drawn some faded, red lines to mimic notebook paper.

Next year I plan to have scrapbooking classes in Nelson, Auckland, Hamilton, and Tauranga.  I am open to more places – just need a venue and about 6+ attendees.   I am also planning to offer Online Classes for those who just cannot attend a hands-on class!  Stay tuned!

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Quick Christmas Gift Card – Festival of Trees

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This is another version of the Shoebox Swap I did with my team in October and a variation of the sample shown in the Holiday Catalogue.  Coordinating punches and stamps are a winner when it comes to quick and easy!!

Stampin up festival of trees gift box maker quick christmas merry everything

The above little ensemble is quick to do thanks to the Crumb Cake Notecards and envelopes plus the Gift Box Punch Board.

Stampin up festival of trees crumb cake bermuda bay

Attractive details don’t have to be complicated!

Stampin up festival of trees cherry cobbler quick easy christmas

And here is even more simple version using Cherry Cobbler this time, if you prefer more traditional colours.

Make up a pack of these in no time at all!!  The Crumb Cake notecards are 20 cards plus 20 envelopes for only $11.95!!  Click below to order:


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Endless Wishes Quick & Easy Christmas Cards

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Saturday I had my A Year of Cards Class here in my studio with ten lovely ladies – lots of fun!  We embellished an organizer box and made 15 cards! What a marathon, but everyone acheived it and had fun!

Here are three of the cards we made using the Endless Wishes stamp set:

Endless Wishes in Coastal Cabana

Coastal Cabana – this version was inspired by a couple of cards on Pinterest. Then I had fun playing with a few other colour combinations.

Stampin up endless wishes in Elegant Eggplant

This one is done in Elegant Eggplant and the base card is Very Vanilla instead of Whisper White. Still clean, but a little more subdued look. 

Stampin up endless wishes in Strawberry slush

And last we tried Strawberry Slush for a very non-tradtional colour.  I really like this one – I like “the little bit unexpected”. 

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