Wednesday, June 30, 2010

2 Step Stamping Super Specials for JULY

wow Stampin' Up! have done it again! The have released another FAB special - this time for the entire month.

Item Page Description Regular Price Sale Price
116386 39

Loads of Love

116342 42

Big Bold Birthday**

$63.95 $51.16
115860 78

A Rose is a Rose**

$77.95 $62.36
116332 86

Playful Petals**

$62.95 $50.36
115770 98

Cheep Talk

$56.95 $45.56
115946 115

Wonderful Favourites

$46.95 $37.56
119187 14*

Tiny Tags (wood-mount)

$45.95 $36.76
118592 14*

Tiny Tags (clear-mount)

$36.95 $29.56
119163 31*

Cottage Garden (wood-mount)

$38.95 $31.16
120003 31*

Cottage Garden (clear-mount)

$30.95 $24.76

*From 2010 Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue
**Retiring stamp sets!

So contact me ASAP to place those orders!!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Mover and Shapers

sounds like a new type of support underwear but in fact it's a cool new die for the awesome Big Shot!! This die is cool - it cuts out the the whole card plus you can add a window ANYWHERE on the front of the card. The die has a space where it is just metal and you add a little die which has a magnet on the back and then you put it thru the Big Shot just like normal. The window on these cards are similar to the Curly Label Punch but it has a 'stitching' effect around it too. There is an add on pack of four dies which have a circle, a dove, a ornament and another curly sided square shape (come back tomorrow to have a look at what I mean lol).
On the Kiwi Kiss (textured) card I used a bit of DSP, some yummy ribbon and the three brads. Now you might say 'Stampin' Up!' don't have white brads' but you can create your own. I stick the legs of a plain metal brad into a hunk of blue tack on the end of a pencil, then rub the head of the brad into a versamark ink pad then into white embossing powder, and then heat it with the heat tool. I did this twice to ensure an even coating. EASY PEASY!! You can do it with any of the embossing powders.
The Tangerine Tango card is textured card stock. Again I got out the white embossing powder and versamark stamp pad to do the Vintage Vogue flowers around the edge of the cards. I punched some Kiwi Kiss leaves from the XL Two Step Bird punch and the flowers with the scallop circle punch out of the TT DSP.
I have some more examples of the mover and shaper dies to post tomorrow so come back and have a look.
Happy Monday!! :-)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

now meet me at the COPACABANA!!!

I can just imagine lazing down at a beach on a hot sunny day drinking cocktails! Esp. as in New Zealand we are in the middle of Winter! Temperature is about 10oC at time of writing this post.
I used Tempting Turquoise and Pacific Point textured card stock for the stripes, gives that nice canvas look. The Curly Label and the Cheers to You go so well together too.
Another name for these market cards is 'canopy cards' if you want to google it to find more great samples on the net.
BTW - I did google how to spell 'Copacabana' as I am a SHOCKER for my spelling! I tend to keep my greater Stampin' Up! team 'Creative Inkers' in hysterics over my lack of ability! Thank goodness my kids have inherited their spelling genes from my husbands side of the family!! hehe
I am off today to a close friends wedding, which I sewed the brides outfit and made the grooms tie (NEVER making a tie every again!!! lol) to match so I may sneak a photo on here later today. Meanwhile - a big CONGRATS to Claire and Alan!!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Meet me at the CAFE!!!

Here is another market card - this time a cafe!

I used Close to Cocoa which I am so going to miss when it retires in September! Also used Very Vanilla. The stamp set Sip by Sip is perfect for this too. The letters are from the Defining Alphabet and the wonderful background stamp Weathered is great for giving the wooden look. For the canopy I used textured card stock to give the canvas look. I used Basic Black and Chocolate Chip ink for the stamping.

It was a fun card to make, now I must go out for a coffee!!! - well skinny decafe mocha but close enough! LOL

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Week Four Specials

Here are the cool specials for this week.


Regular Price

Sale Price

Square Ice Rhinestone brads
Circle Ice Rhinestone brads
Square Fire Rhinestone brads

Bashful Blue 1" double-stitched grosgrain ribbon


Certainly Celery 5/8" grosgrain ribbon


Remember to contact me ASAP as I would like to place the order at 8pm on this Sunday 27th June 2010 - email me at and we should get our goodies before the following weekend!!!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Handbag's on SALE!!

who wouldn't love to find a shop with handbags on sale!!! I know I would!!
This is a version of a 'market' card, which we made yesterday at class. These are fabulous cards as you can theme them to any subject - flowers, ice creams, cakes, cupcakes, balloons, cafe, wine, books, the list goes on!
I have used Basic Black and Gold metallic cardstock, along with Very Vanilla and Real Red. The red handbag has clear embossing on it to create the 'leather' look, the middle bag is also embossed this time with black - using the big heart from the 'Always' stamp set. Those bags are shaped using punches, the black bag is created with the crimper and the scallop edged punch. A few brad and the bags are done. The word 'specials' is from the Taking Care of Business' set, I just hand wrote the 's' on the end. The sentiment is from the awesome 'Heard from the Heart' set in the Autumn-Winter mini catalogue.
I first saw these cards on a Stampin' Up! demo website by Karen Thomas who said she got the idea from Bev at and then on Lorri’s site So go and check them out!
Thanks for visiting my blog today - happy crafting!!

Monday, June 21, 2010


isn't this cool - this is the card I gave my husband Craig for his birthday earlier this month. I made the lid using the awesome Circle Scissors Plus which Stampin' Up! has released. There is a neat trick to get the 'rim' on the it. But you will need to book a class to learn that one!

But I used the silver metallic card stock from the Stampin' Up! catalogue which comes in a pack with gold and bronze and are so useful for all sorts of projects. I used the bronze on a previous post with the mover and shaper Big Shot die. And my class project today is using the gold one and you can see a hint of it inside the can! The stamp 'Cheers to You' is from the set with the same name - it has 3 other stamps with glasses - beer, champers and martini. I used the small tag punch with a bit of linen string.

This idea for a can lid was from a presentation that Shannon West (from Stampin' Up! Home Office) at the convention last month in Sydney.
If you haven't already placed an order for the super cheap stamps sets on this week's specials email me TODAY. I need all the orders by 5pm New Zealand time tomorrow (Tuesday 22nd).

Friday, June 18, 2010

a cup full of cups!

You know when you have really good cuppa but when it's empty you still want more? hehe
well here's a stack of em! The cups are a CASE from the Stampin' Up! convention in Sydney. Pam made a lovely stack of four cards and each card had another cup added to it.
It's a fun technique where you mask out what you have already stamped. This stamp is one of our 'a la carte' stamps where you buy just one stamp - check out the back page of the Autumn-Winter mini catalogue. Contact me if you haven't got one!!
The background is another cool thing. You might not be able to see but the white dots are embossed. I inked up my brayer with the yummy Rich Razzleberry ink and then inked one half the Lots of Dots big shot embossing folder, then ran it thru the big shot with a piece of Whisper White card stock. What happens is that colour doesn't go into the 'grooves' that create the dots leaving them unstamped. You could do the same with sponging on to the folders to, be great with different colour inks!!
The other colours on the card is Temping Turquoise and Melon Mambo.

I am off to a Team Training tomorrow with lots of demo's from all over New Zealand so I am sure I will come back with lots of ides and skills to share with you.
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Week 3 - 50% off these stamps!! wow

Regular Price
Sale Price
A Happy Heart stamp set
Greetings Eight stamp set
Bella’s Bloom stamp set
Enjoy Every Moment stamp set
All Scallops stamp set

Isn't that incredable - what great deals!!!

To look at what the stamps look like flick to the page in your catalogue or visit and you can view it on line!

Email me by 5pm Tuesday 22 June to place your order. Don't forget I can order other catalogue items at the same time.

Happy Shopping!!!!

and thank you the awesome Karen Rogers for providing the wonderful table!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Pendant Park Stamp Set

This is one of the many lovely stamp sets that are in the current Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue. The park bench with the two little critters on is part of the set as is the 'tree'. The lamp post is just hand drawn with the help of a ruler hehe. The base of the card is Night of Navy and I have mounted it all in So Saffon which is the colour of the brads and the light bulb.
I used masking to create the lines and sponged to my hearts content! LOL Although I must admit it's not the flashest moon I have ever created! heehee
thanks for calling by.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

TiNy TaGs

This card was CASEd from the one and only Shelli Gardner who is the Co-Founder of Stampin' Up! Shelli showed us a version of this card at convention so I just HAD to give it the Razzleberry!
I used the Tiny Tags stamp set ($36.95 clear mounted - $45.95 wood mounted) on the little tags which I punched out with the Medium Jewelry Tag ($24.95). The DSP at the bottom of the card is the lovely Cottage Wall using Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive & Orchid Opulence, thus matching the ink I used on the tags. The greeting is embossed in white and from the AWESOME set Teeny Tiny Sentiments ($58.95 clear & $73.95 wood for 24 salutations!)

I had heard a lot of people put Shelli up on a pedestal - and I thought "she is only another human - whats all the fuss"! but when you met her and hear her talk and share, hear about some things her and her husband Sterling do behind the scenes you realise that she is special! When they found out that I was due to go on stage and hearing about my illness, they made sure Sterling was there to help me waddle up the ramp to get my award and waddle down. How sweet are they!!! I was truly touched.

They set a great example for company heads. The Stampin' Up! business is built on thoughtfulness - one of the things that Shelli spoke about at convention was to keep our businesses honest. We were encouraged to ensure that whilst moving our own business forward and building it up we MUST be careful that our actions are not harmful to other demo's businesses. I love the ethics that Stampin' Up! work by. Of cause there will be decisions made by Company's that we work for that might not be what we personally want, but these are always and only made for the benefit of the Company on a whole. If you would like to hear more about working as a Stampin' Up! demo contact me and don't forget there is a 20% discount on the Starter Kit so it's only $299 - I am also offering a free scrapbooking kit (worth over $40!) to anyone who joins my team before 31 July 2010 when this special ends.
You can personalise your kit to stamp sets and colour's that YOU love - so email me ASAP!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

RuFlEd RiBbOn

this is a great idea that I learnt over in Sydney in May at the Stampin' Up! convention. The ruffled ribbon is surprisingly easy to do - must be if I can do it! lol

If you would like to learn how to do this ribbon techineque contact me to book workshop at your place (or mine if it makes life easier!)
The card itself is Rich Razzleberry and Kiwi Kiss. The 5-petal flowers are punched from a strip of cardstock that I wheeled the lovely Very Vintage wheel on. The leaves are a Sizzix die that Stampin' Up! sell. The words are from the Level Two hostess set.
Thanks for visiting and remember to email me to book your own workshop.
"Go the All Blacks"

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Swap Sisters Bonny Blog Award

One of the Design Team (Tia - at Swap Sisters has awarded me the Bonny Blog Award. Thanks hun!
So along with the award I need to share 5 things about myself so here goes:
1. I LOVE chocolate - oh you might of already known that hehe!
2. I watch Shortland Street - don't shoot me!
3. I love to wear red!
4. I have two older brothers - oh joy!
5. I am allergic to oranges.

Now I also need to pay it forward by awarding this award to 5 other bloggers so here goes:
(and in no special order hehe)
Ann Wills
Mandy Andrew
Barbara Taylor
Kirsty Walley
Bron Helsop

so go and visit these lovely ladies blogs and say hi!

Sorry I haven't been posting any photos but I lost my camera in Sydney and still trying to sort out insurance! But hopefully this weekend I can 'borrow' one of the kids camera's as I have been doing some crafting which I would love to share with you.

see you soon.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

wEeK tWo SpEcIaLs!!

Check out these fabulous specials for Designer Series Paper

Item Page Description Regular Price Sale Price
112470 132 Haiku Designer $19.95 $11.97
113976 132 Pink Flamingo $19.95 $12.97
113992 133 Tea Party $19.95 $11.97
113975 133 Raspberry Tart $19.95 $12.97
114037 133 Sweet Slumber Specialty $27.95 $18.17

The Sweet Slumber Specialty set is a heaver textured card - so yummy for 3D projects as well as you scrapbooking or cardmarking.

Contact me to place your order by 6pm Tuesday 15th June. Please note that 5% postage will be added to the cost of your total order. You are more than welcome to order anything else from the Stampin' Up! catalogues at the same time.

Happy shopping!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

mambo dungarees

aren't these just the cutest!! It's been a while since I have had time to enter any challenges so I decided to enter the Just Add Ink #19 challenge. Clink on the blinkie on the right to go directly to their website. The rules for this weeks challenge was a colour challenge and the colours are Melon Mambo, Taken with Teal and Elegant Eggplant so this is what I came up with. A fellow Swap Sister & SU demo Liam Pucher gave me a template that a friend of hers, Sue Dean gave her.
I used the the cute monkey from Fox and Friends and white embossed it on the pocket. Then just using versamark I stamped the Melon Mambo with the small flower from Cottage Garden to give a subtle print all over. A bit of white gel pen and some white brads and you are done!
Again sorry about the scan photo but I am still camera less and went to 'borrow' the kids camera and not a charged battery in sight! lol
Happy stamping and have a go at a challange!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

super specials every 7 days during June

Stampin' Up! are nearly giving away things for free! Every week during June they are announcing a special to be current till Tuesday night the following week. The first one starts today and ends next Tuesday night (the 8th).

Here it is for week one:

Item Page Description Regular Price Sale Price
112081 152 Scallop Square punch $35.95 $23.37
109183 153 Trio Flower punch $35.95 $23.37
110711 153 Boho Blossoms punch $35.95 $23.37
114889 n/a Scallop Oval punch $35.95 $23.37

Contact me ASAP before next Tuesday to place your order!