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Holiday Sticky Note Holder

I attended a training day with Stampin’ Up! recently and took along this wee cutie as a swap. I resized a fancy fold card to fit a sticky note pad. I used two different stamp sets Holiday Home and Get Your Santa On along with some paper from Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper!  Cute huh!

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New Classes

Cards and Cuppa – This Wednesday 26th March 

Two times 10am-12 OR 7 pm-9 at my House 1 Pound Road Leeston.

2 cards including the one below plus morning tea/supper. Cost is $15 

RSVP is a must so I can have enough supplies ready : )


Next Cards and Cuppa will be  April 9th

Papercrafters Day next Sunday March 30th 10-4 $5

Bring along your own supplies and projects to work on. Try out some of my tools and stamps. Lots of samples and templates for you to see and use! Tea and coffee provided. Mini Class at 1 pm.

Also Kids Easter class
Monday 7th April 3.30 – 5 $10 per child includes drink and bickie  Making a card and novelty candy bunny ( based on a design by Lisa Young).


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Kidsfest Stationery Case

Kidsfest happens every July School holidays here in Canterbury It is sponsored largely by  TV2, The Press, MORE FM, Canterbury Community Trust, Singapore Airlines and co-ordinated by the Christchurch City Council on behalf of the KidsFest Charitable Trust  You can find the Kidsfest page here I have run Kidsfest classes for the last three years and as I said yesterday have already run one in Leeston and one in Darfield leaving only next Wednesdays class in Rolleston which still has a few spaces left if you are interested.

Here is the project we are doing. This one is my daughters one and being left handed she customized it so it would open HER way!

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And inside there is a pad, pen, 2 book markers, calendar and 2 note cards in their wee pockets. I do love that Every little Bit Stamp set and I cant part with it even if it has retired. Its fabulous for doing kids classes!!! I got lucky with those calendars as I found a printable one that ran from July 2013 – Sept 2014  and like the pad they can be taken out and replaced when they are used up. These make great wee travel kits as I found out on the way home from class with my daughter and niece who both had their cases open on their knees scribbling away. You could even add a pack of coloured pencils  and a puzzle book or bigger drawing padP1020007 (640x513)


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Heirloom in the making??


This is the last of my projects from the A&P show the category was $10 Christmas Gift. Oh what to make, so many choices and then I settled on a handmade  book using the book that Julia Leece taught us at the Heartfelt Stampin event Stampin’ Up! held in Christchurch in September. I decided to make it a Recipe Book with favourite family recipes. Each recipe has the person who is “family famous” for making it with it so maybe it is an heirloom in the making as some of the recipes date back to my great grandmothers.

I used some of the new products including the Perfectly Preserved stamp set from page 29 of the Holiday Catalogue and one of the Delicate Designs Embossing Folders from p 188 of the Annual Catalogue. Here is a look at the spine construction, I finished the spine with a fabric covered piece of card.

 and here is a peek of inside. I used a template from the internet to make up the recipe pages inside

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Something NEW from something OLD

Another of my A&P Show entries. I had spotted a wreath someone had made using the paper that comes packed round our orders and thought how clever that was. After a bit of trial and error I got one plaited up and formed into a wreath shape : ) I also used that paper to layer together to forma thick mat to cut the hanging bit from.

For the flowers I wanted to use some other freely available coloured paper so thought about all those magazines my Mum gives passing on to me. Score! Glossy paper with lots of bright colours and you can use our punches on it if you punch out 3 or 4 pages at a time. I used the 2 3/8″ scallop circle, 1 7/8″ scallop Circle, Fancy Flower and the Blossom punches plus the Boho Blossom for the small flowers on the hanging part. Punch ’em, Scrunch ’em and Stitch ’em together with a button!

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Work of He{ART}

This is the Canvas I created for my entry at the local A&P Show recently. It received not only a First but a special prize too : ) The canvas had to be minimum 8X8″ and have a 5X7 photo on it. Well the only canvas I had left in the cupboard (after Miss 15 nicked off with the rest to paint on) was a huge 18X18″ one so that was it. Then it was down to the thinking stage. What was I going to do to fill up such a huge space!

 Its hard to appreciate the detail in this project. Each piece of the houses are hand drawn and cut then outlined and sponged. I started by Sketching out all of the houses straight onto the canvas then tracing each piece off and onto the various patterned papers.

I painted in the foreground and sprinkled it with Dazzling Diamonds, working it in a little in sections while the paint was still wet. The frame was finished with  a fabric trim and buttons on all four corners. To create the tree and grasses I snipped a fringe into small pieces of card then folded up the unsnipped section and glued in place behind the fanned out fringe. The flowers a punched using the Itty Bitty Punch Pack and then given some dimension with tweezers. I made wee “bricked” planter boxes for the peach tree and grasses.

Dont you love the wee froggy button in the corner. I enjoyed putting interesting wee touches for people to discover as they looked at the canvas. Spread over the canvas are 4 black cats, we do have 4 but they arent all black!

 I sponged in the sky and then painted in some clouds which were again sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds. The basket of the balloon was created with a dimensional paint which I also used for some of the house and fence detail too. All of the tree pieces were embossed using the new Woodgrain embossing folder.

 The most important part of course is the photo which takes pride of place in the middle. I used part of a quote, stamped and embossed with White on Early Espresso COREdinations cardstock to frame the photo. The rest of the quote 3rd photo. The alphabets are Broadsheet Alphabet and the retired Rough Type one. Now I just have to get it hung up in my room so I can see my families smiling faces every morning when I wake up.


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Kids Fest Stamp for Fun Classes

THIS post is “sticky” It will stay at the top of my blog until the classes have run, just scroll down to see new posts.

Not much longer till the July holidays and the Annual Kidsfest events. This year I am again running some classes for children.

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We will be making a wee boxed stationary set including Pad, Book mark, Pencil and a Fridge Magnet,  too cute huh! The cost for the class is $15 and I still have a few spaces left for the below dates.

LEESTON – Leeston Library 10-12  Tuesday July 3rd

ROLLESTON – Rolleston Community Centre 10-12 Thursday July 5th

DARFIELD – Darfield Library 10-12 Monday July 9th

To book  email or phone 3244 495


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Happy Cup

I was lucky enough to be able to borrow the Take A Sip Stampin’ Wheel recently and this is one of the projects I made with it. The same one as yesterday but with a different theme. A Happy theme – fancy coffee and choccie finger biscuits Yumm!

 The colour way is Crumb Cake Chocolate Chip and Daffodil Delight. Its amazing how a little detailing with the Stampin’ Write Markers can lift a project.

 If you are interested in the pattern for this wee box let me know and I will try doing a tutorial for it. I will also be demonstrating this project at my Stampin’ Fun Day Next Sunday the 17th so book yourself a spot now.

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Feel Better Cup

Think I might have jinxed myself with this project. I made it before I got real sick thinking I just had a wee cold. I had to take the photo quick before I needed to use the last Lemsip Pack so its not a flash one.

I decorated the cup box using the Bright Blossoms stamp set and some of the fabulous 3/8″ pleated satin ribbon (page 12 of the autumn Winter Mini)

 Better Photos tomorrow of the other version of this cup holder I made.

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Be in the know about upcoming opportunities….

OK Boys and Girls here’s the News today…..

I had lots of fun yesterday at the Discover Sensational Selwyn Housing  and Living Expo

Here is one of the wee projects I made. I used the fab new Labels Framelits to make this candy holder or really whatever holder!

Available dates I have in May to book YOUR In Home workshop:

Tuesday 22nd and 29th daytime or evening

Thursday   10th  and 24th  evenings only

Friday 11th or 18th or 25th evening only

Saturday 19th or 26th daytime or evening

Sunday by arrangement

For more information about what is involved in having a workshop Email me! or give me a ring : ) Its really a lot of fun! and just to prove it I am going to have My Own In Home Workshop Wednesday 16th May at 7 pm. I will be making some phone calls this week to people who have indicated they would like to come along to one  but I welcome all comers so  just let me know if you would like to come too. I will be having it at my house in Leeston about 30 minutes south of Christchurch.

The 1st of May will see an exciting Special AND some other big news too if you are thinking about signing up as an Independent Demonstrator…..

Stampin’ Fun Day

Sunday 20 May 10 am -4 pm
Cost $5
Leeston Bowling Club
BYO stamps and projects plus a plate for shared lunch. Demonstrations through the day with some kits avail. for purchase. Lots of tools to try including  my Big Shot Die Cutting Machine and display cards to see . Plus I’m here to help you create gorgeous projects!

Scrapbooking Class  1.30-3 Cost $10

Learn how to scrapbook. We will complete 1 page in the class. Bring your own pages to work on too. Spend the day or just come for the class.
RSVP Phone 03 3244 495 or email