26 December 2010

Christmas 2010 :)

Baby deer
Is over for another year - why does it go so fast! Well I thought I'd take a few days of blogging when I started my holidays 2 weeks ago & 2 became 12 but I really needed it - shame the holiday is over & back to work in 2 days time. I thought I'd do a quick summary of some of the high & low lights of this year's event & will be back blogging about cards etc tomorrow.

The low lights the rain & it's accompanying humidity & tangled lights - I will put them away tidier this year. Gave up in the end & got the wire cutters out!
What a tangled mess!
Let it rain & rain non-stop

My boys have hated the heat but did enjoy playing helping put up the lights!
Napoleon AKA Napster in the sun
I'm sure she can't see me here!
Rear guard attack by Tiger
I had to laugh at this - sitting at my computer desk & I look across the road & there's Santa in suburbia visiting my neighbours. 

Finally all presents wrapped & I manage to get out of Auckland for Christmas morning in Hamilton with Pete & his family and the most presents I've ever seen under a tree for 2 very spoilt wee boys.
Pete & me under the tree when there is room for us!

Who is the biggest Thomas fan Keegan @20 or his cousin Logan @3!

Pete's children; Keegan & Cassie with their nana.

Xmas lunch :)) The table was decorated by Keegan beautifully - go army boy - nice to see you've got a sensitive side (though I think Aunty C was directing from the sideline)..

Then back to Auckland for the Rogers celebrations/dessert. My lovely nieces & nephews - gosh they're no longer babies anymore.
Amber, Mikaela, Max, Amos
Mikaela & Max strike a pose :)

The end of the day:)
So I hope everyone's day was as FABULOUS as mine. Catch you soon with card making - though I am so over cards still, have I made a heap in the last few weeks.

14 December 2010

Spinning really fast

This was another one of the projects I recently made at my team's Christmas party - the technique was taught to us on the day by Sally Williams but all credit must go to Janet Appletree who comes to my classes who suggested a few years ago we snip the ends of a teeny weeny amount on the dimensionals that go between the coins - it sure does work - no "clumphing". The decoration has got quite a lot of dazzling diamonds glitter on it & looks really pretty spinning in real life.

Stamp sets: Christmas Greetings, Delightful Decorations
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Versamark
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla, Jolly Holiday DSP
Punches: Word window, scallop edge
Other: White embossing powder, basic rhinestone, dazzling diamonds glitter, dimensionals, 2x 10c pieces
Technique: Spinner Card

12 December 2010

Just in case you receive a late Christmas card

and haven't sent the recipient a card how about a Happy New Year card using the oh so summery Island Oasis DSP and Tropical Party stamp set - this also would be fabulous for an invitation for drinks.

Isn't our new textured plate just FABULOUS! Love it! This was my make n' take from my free summer mini launch party, along with Christmas cake, cherries, strawberries, chocolate balls & bubbly - it's been a FUN weekend all right. I CASED my card from Kay Kalthoff whose cards are the same but much cleaner looking - I hope mine reflects summer & pacifica/kiwiana.

Stamp set: Tropical Party, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Ink: Tempting Turquoise or Rose Red
Paper: Whisper White, Island Oasis DSP, Fresh Cut notes card & envelope
Other: Square lattice textured EF, hemp twine, Bold Bright brads, word window punch, word window punch, dimensionals, sponge dauber.

Don't forget Teeny Tiny Sentiments (wood mounted) is part of the December frenzy and is reduced 50% - phenomenal value at $37.98 for a set of 24 - there is a saying in there for every occasion.  

6 December 2010

You've got mail

The best sort handmade cards - I have my first 3 handmade cards & unbelievably they were all from someone who's name started with the initial J!

So in the order I received them from Jan (bit scared about returning the favour as this is fabulous) a red perfect dot embossed card front with silver embossed saying from Season of Joy on gray card stock for the front.

But look at the inside - WOW now how clever is this!

Then my dear friend Jackie gave me hers - a Christmas saying & some cut out trees from designer series paper.

Then my neighbour & friend Joan popped hers in my letter box today using the ever so versatile bird punch or in this case a wee red robin which has also been dry embossed.

So as Sesame Street would say the cards today are bought to you by the letter J and what a fabulous collection they are!

5 December 2010

Sarah's cute birdhouse

This was such a cool, easy project that Sarah taught our team last week at our play day.

We all had different DSP for the roof & they all looked fabulous. Here's my completed one full of mini Santas (it took the whole bag full) & I have to say that our mini clips are really strong & so cute!

3 December 2010

Dasher Part 3

This was a really cool card inspired by a swap from Delys Cram and then demoed to me by my upline Jacque when we were doing brayering techniques.

The sky was brayered but the rest of the colouring was done with sponges, sticky notes & ink. The flourish stamp from Cottage Garden gold embossed made a lovely border.

Stamp sets: Dasher, Cottage Garden, Many Merry Messages
Ink: Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Versamark
Paper: Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Other: Brayer, sponges, post-it notes, Old Olive 5/8" ribbon, 

2 December 2010

Move over cheep talk there's a new bird on the block!

and it's called Aviary - just released in the new Summer Mini. It's a set of 9 stamps with 4 different birds & 4 different cages & a bird cage stand, priced at $42.95 for clear mount or $53.95 wood mounted - it's seriously cute - so expect lots of posts. These are 2 cards I received recently from other demonstrators - we like to swap cards when we meet.

From Sarah Roche a delightful pocket card - love her colour combo too of Pear Pizazz & Rich Razzleberry.

From Jacque Pedersen a real aviary of birds! I think Marina Mist might be Jacque's favourite colour now.Jacque's also used the new Textured Impressions embossing folder - which is one of my favourite "new things" I can now share.

Thank you both they're both just adorable!

1 December 2010

Small gift idea?

Covering a small notepad with some scrummy DSP makes a delightful wee gift.

I got 4 pads for $2 & look at it now.
This is the newly released Island Oasis DSP which can be found in the new Summer Mini catalogue - bring on the pina coladas! I've teamed it with it's matching Tropical Party stamp set for a real summery look & it matches these cute pens I got at the Stampin' Up! convention this year perfectly.

It's summertime :)

So let's kick off December with a new mini catalogue & a stupendous sale - many of the items are 50% off :) Contact me if you'd like to order anything.




Retail Price

Sale Price



A Little Treat Wood-Mount Stamp Set





A Little Treat Clear-Mount Stamp Set





Tote-Ally Tess Wood-Mount Stamp Set





Daisy Dash Jumbo Stampin’ Around Wheel





Baby Bundle Wood-Mount Stamp Set





Autumn Days Wood-Mount Stamp Set





Pendant Park Clear-Mount Stamp Set





Tart & Tangy Wood-Mount Stamp Set





Fresh Cuts Wood-Mount Stamp Set





Wonderful Favorites Wood-Mount Stamp Set





Heard from the Heart Wood-Mount Stamp Set





Teeny Tiny Sentiments Wood-Mount Stamp Set





Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker





Certainly Celery Stampin’ Write Marker





Pretty in Pink Stampin’ Write Marker





So Saffron Stampin’ Write Marker





Bashful Blue Stampin’ Write Marker





Regal Rose Stampin’ Write Marker





Bravo Burgundy Stampin’ Write Marker





Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker





Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker





Small Cello Bags





Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware





Circle Scissor Plus





Kind Heart Wood-Mount Stamp Set*



As well as that the Summer Mini launches today & all items are available until 31 March 2011 - click HERE to see the online version.