Creativity is Contagious, pass it on!

Today I’m talking to all those people out there who look at lovely cards or scrapbooking pages or any craft really and say “I’d love to do that but I’M NOT CREATIVE.”


Well people I’m here to tell you we  ALL have the ability to be creative. I’ve found some quotes that say it better than I can so take a look at these. This is gonna be a long one so go grab a cuppa before you start reading.



Creativity is simply the human brain forming new connections between ideas, and we all are engaged in this process every day. The common idea that there are some people who are creative and some who are not is a myth. On some level, we are all artists. We are all creators.  -Michael Gungor


Creativity isn’t this big scary thing, its learning and growing and playing; it’s trying new things and laughing at your disasters and every now and then creating something so amazing you’re blown away. Everyone had to start somewhere and everyone takes their inspiration from someone else so be inspired and you might just inspire someone else : )


An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail – Edwin Land


You might think I’m pretty talented (or even just a little bit talented I hope) BUT it took me a long time to feel confident to put my work on display and what you’re seeing on here is generally the successes not the disasters that get buried deep in the rubbish bin. Not every card is a masterpiece. I’m not perfect and sometimes I get it wrong but that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop creating!


A key part of being creative is seeing potential in things. Start with yourself and work your way out! – Colin Wright


Creativity is not a competition.


Oh and the post title is from a clever chappy called Albert Einstein. He also said Creativity is Intelligence having Fun!

So if you are in the Christchurch – Selwyn Area and need some help finding your creativity then feel free to contact me. I can do one on one appointments, classes, parties for you and some friends or you can come to my stamping days. Id love to hear from you! If your further afield you can still benefit from my newsletter, blog and Facebook pages and I am happy to send orders to you anywhere in New Zealand. I shall leave you with a quote from one of my favourite authors who can always help you make sense of the world – Dr. Seuss


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Just a quick card to show you. I know many of you find mens cards tricky but here is an idea that is quick and easy. I have used a “contraband” Non SU golf theme die but it could be replaced by many of the images we have in our catalogue. The colours are Night of Navy Daffodil Delight and Whisper White. I used the Timeless Textures Stamp Set to border around the Whisper White piece.

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Some alternative “MANLY” images and Stamp Sets you could use are:

p. 11 Birthday Fiesta – The Llama or the Cactus

p. 36 Acorny Thank You

p. 57 Foxy Friends

p. 64 Always an Adventure

p. 80 You’re Sublime

p. 89 Badges & Banners

p. 91 Shooting Star

p. 93 Seaside Shore

p. 95 Tuscan Vineyard

p. 98 From Land to Sea

p. 107 Bear Hugs

p. 114 – 115 Guys Greetings and One Wild Ride

p. 116 Traveler

p.129 In the Meadow

p. 130 -31 The wilderness Awaits and Country Livin’

p.133 Wetlands

p. 144 – 145 wherever You Go and In this World

p. 153 Mixed drinks – has a great beer mug!

Plus lots more if you get a bit creative : )


And at the top of the hour we have….

News, news and more news!

  1. We have a new Holiday Catalogue full of lots of lovely goodies! click on the catalogue below to go to the Online version.holidaypreorder_demosite_catalogpage_sp
  2. We will continue to make the Thoughtful Branches Bundle available while we have supplies; once our inventory is depleted, this exclusive bundle will no longer be available, nor will it be offered in future publications.bundel branchesThoughtful Branches Bundle #144328 Price: $110.00
    Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies #143538 Price: $65.25  Thoughtful Branches Photopolymer Stamp Set 143539
    Price: $57.00
  3. Special Offers over three weeks until 21 September! Save 25% on select annual catalogue products. Product selection will be updated weekly at 12:01 am (AET) on each Thursday of the Special Offers promotion.

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And Finally a Card!

IMG_20160819_170222It is my take on one that is in the Holiday Catalogue on page 48. It uses the Thoughtful Branches Stamp set, Fancy Frost Sequins 142519 $10.75 NZ from page 37 and one of our new embossing folders, the  Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder 143537 $20.00 NZD on page 13. Its much thicker than our other folders so needs to be used a little differently. Stampin’ Up! thought about that though and provided a wee video Here is a little trick I used. Do you see the green strip? I cut that strip and embossed it by placing it on the “stitches” between the cables which gave me a cool textured strip!

110 Cards – Up the Flowered Path

As you will have read yesterday our new Bonus Days Promotion requires a spend of $110 to earn your Bonus $11 coupon so I decided to make some projects that used products totalling around that amount to help you choose what to get.

So may I introduce to you 110 cards!


Up The Flowered Path Card – Just click on the Card Photo above to be taken to the quick How To PDF. I based this card on one by May Park who called this technique (she had used stamped images though) Faux Stained Glass. I figured that in these colours though it looked more like paving stones. Watch out for another edition next week.

And here as promised are the pictures of the new Limited Edition Stamp set and Thinlit Dies available from August 2 – 31 or while stocks last. How cute is this!

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Well Stampin’ Up Haven’t Dont This Before!

Well Stampin’ Up! has come up with something new and exciting today – BONUS DAYS! This is the first time Stampin’ Up! has offered coupons to customers!

Social1_BonusDays_demo_July0716_NZParticipants will receive an $11 NZD Bonus Days coupon code via email for every $110 NZD they spend in a single order (catalogue price before shipping and handling). So it’s a bit like Sale- A Bration except you can use your coupons  August 2nd to 31st on anything you want including the Limited Release THOUGHTFUL BRANCHES PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET and the BEAUTIFUL BRANCHES THINLITS DIES! Which are both totally gorgeous by the way!


Bonus Days coupon codes will be delivered via email, so an email address is required to participate in this promotion. SU cannot resend emails with coupon codes, so make sure you save the email and write down the codes in a safe place so you don’t miss out on the coupons you earn.

Just a few things to note – if you are placing an online Order or just looking through my online shop please do make sure the tab in the top right corner says New Zealand so you are looking at NZD prices! Also if your order is under $300 I really appreciate it if you can use the Hostess Code. I’m going to be sending out a little surprise to everyone who does from now on! hostess code template-001

 Check in tomorrow to see the Limited release products and find out about a new feature for this month.