Make the Most of these Deals!


olo-main_onlineex_nov2116_sp_ukOur Online Extravaganza begun today and I wanted to make a card using some of the products that are featured. I also wanted to have a go at these Fancy Fold Pivot/Twist and Pop Up cards.


Not great photography but you get the idea : ) I used the In Colour Enamel Shapes which are featured in today’s Enamel Shape Bundle and the Playful Palette DSP Stack which is featured in the Flash Sale on the 28th. I also used my Brand New Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies for all the squares. Even though they aren’t in the Online Extravaganza I have to say they are pretty awesome and a great way to get a variety of shape dies without having to buy all the sets.





Online Extravaganza only happens once a year so be sure to make the most of it. For one week only, 21-28 November, you can save up to 40% on select products. To sweeten the deals, we will be having 24-hour sales on the first and last day of the promotion, featuring special products available for that day only. You can even get a sneak peek AND save on products that will be on the future holiday catalogue retiring list. You won’t want anyone to miss out on this great opportunity to stock up and save! Some bundles have been created exclusively for Online Extravaganza and will not be available after the promotion ends. There is no minimum purchase required in order to receive the discounted price. Additional products from current catalogues may be purchased on the same order.


Which one would you choose?

Hi folks we have just had our local A&P Show here and I try to enter scrapbooking and cards each year. The theme for The Ellesmere Show this year was Women on the land and I really wanted to go with that theme for the card. I knew I had the perfect stamp from my pre SU days so I dug it out and had a play. I came up with 3 quite different cards with my farming lady. I love her fencing standard and gumboots!

Version 1: Paper pieced top, muted sponged background using the Seasonal Decorative Masks in the Holiday Catalogue, Fine Tip glue pen to add highlights on the standard end, eggs, gumboots, lips and hair, stitched edging around Lots of Labels Framelits die cuts and along the bottom of the sentiment.


Version 2: I think this one is my favourite and I will definitely use this sketch again. Paper pieced top and pants, and Fine Tip Glue to highlight the same areasp1080979

Version 3: A lot fancier with this one. The pink twice was pulled out of some black and melon mambo twine we had in a seasonal catalogue recently hence its got the cute kinks to it. All the papers used come from the Festive Birthday DSP pack and they are what I took the colourway from. I sponged the  doily with Daffodil Delight ink to make it yellow ( a white one would have just disappeared into the card) My lady is completely hand coloured this time and I added some grass to ground her.p1080982

So what do you think? Which one did I enter? I got first prize with it by the way : )

Have you seen the awesome new Framelits dies that have just been released, Im going to be ordering mine next week. I love that there are 4 each of Squares, Ovals and Circles. This would be a great starter set or combine beautifully with our other shapes as I’m told they are different in size to the current shapes so they can be matted with them. There are some specials on certain stamp sets too
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Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies     #145372      Price: $60.00

*12 dies
*Circle: 4 dies, largest image 2-7/8″
*Square: 4 dies, largest image 2-5/8”
*Ovals: 4 dies, largest image 3-1/4” x 2-5/16

Order now online HERE I will be closing this code on Friday at midday.hostess-code-template-001

Check out the video about these awesome new framelits

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


Manly 21st

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!