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One you hate having to do

I was asked recently (twice actually) to make cards for ladies who had lost babies. As a Mother I can understand the pain and loss of losing a baby whether they have been in your arms for a time or just nestled in your belly. These are some of the very hardest cards to make and the hardest words to find. This card was accompanied by a remembrance candle too.




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Blessed are the Children….

blessed-are-quoteI saw this saying a while ago but it wasn’t until this Christmas  that I was reminded of it again. Although it wasn’t my children but my extended family who enjoyed my efforts.

my-project-9-001Christmas can be such a hard time when you have lost special people from your life and I think my family was feeling that this year. Gifts such as these can be bittersweet but the sentiment behind them, the conversations and memories they spark are hopefully more meaningful than the pain and longing they trigger.

Rest in peace my special people. Gone but not forgotten.


This year could be the year for YOU to start getting your photos and treasured memories shared as well. Scrapbooking is a great way to do that. I have been working on my album today and have been using the Project Life system along with traditional pages which has made things go along a lot faster. I’m off camping tomorrow and my current albums is coming too so I can work on it. Hmm judging by the weather report I shall have plenty of time to work on it!


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Kidsfest Class Projects

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Hi Folks Im sure you are more interested in the new Annual Catalogue that has just been released but I need to tell you about this first and then tomorrow I will have some new projects and special offers to share with you.

Stamp for Fun – Photo Frame, Card & Popcorn Stick Class

Kidsfest projects

$15 Per child   recommended age: 5 to 13
 Make your own rolled paper hanging Photo Frame, Scrappy Greeting Card and Popcorn Stick (precut kits provided). Photo shows examples of projects only, lots of different kits to chose from!

What to Bring: scissors and white glue (PVA or craft) if you have it.

Contact us to book: 027 603 6873 or

Prepayment required. Payment details sent out on booking.

This event takes place on:

Thursday 14 July From: 10:00 am – 11:15 am at  Leeston Library (directions)

Friday 15 July From: 10:00 am – 11:15 am at  Rolleston Community Centre (directions)

Monday 18 July From: 10:00 am – 11:15 am at Lincoln Event Centre (directions)

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Christmas Blog hop



Hi folks better late than never. Apologies I was a little late getting my post up but I hope its worth the wait. I hope you enjoyed Rachels project those stars are pretty cool!

Todays creation is a wee Christmas Village scene made using the Holiday Home stamp set. One of the joys of Photopolymer stamps is that you can SEE exactly where your stamping so it was easy to stamp 4 houses in a line beside each other to create these 3 D houses. I have to say it took lots of fiddly cutting and folding to make those trees, the tiny wreaths and the christmas lights etc.



And a view from above


And next you can hop on over to Paula’s post.

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Just in case you get lost here is the whole hop chain

1. Narelle Hoggard
2. Jackie Noble

3. Bev Poultney

4. Sally Williams

5. Bernice Collins

6. Irene Wardlaw

7. Sharon de Vos

8. Jacque Williams

9. Delys Cram

10. Rachael Knight

11. Lisa Bullock – YOU ARE HERE

12. Paula Reid

13. Heather Stewart

14. Ria Kaire

15. Kathryn Tyrrell

16. Kathe Oldham


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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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What’s in a name….

Lots of paper and pretties in this case! I made my daughter and nieces a Name Canvas each (using mostly retired papers and products so dont go looking for them) I pretty pleased with how they came out and they are all so different.

Ali’s is bright and funky, Hannah’s cute and cuddly and Chantelle’s is a bit more elegant as she is the eldest of the girls.

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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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Decorate the whole house with this one!

With the deal this month you can redecorate any room in your house or maybe just create lots of super Scrapbook pages or fabulous projects to give away. So what would you do with a FREE pack of Designer Series Paper??

Details: During May, you will get a FREE package of Designer Series Paper for every three you buy! Choose from a wide variety of designs and colours available in the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalogue and 2012 Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue. EXCLUDES Specialty Papers. No Limits, order as many sets as you want. Go in with some friends to make up the three and share the free paper!

I made this gorgeous fan with the *NEW* Simply Scored Tool using the Attic Boutique Designer Series Paper from the Autumn Winter Mini. Vintage Vogue went rather well with the paper and I made it quite vintagey looking using Crumb Cake and Calypso Coral with Rock and Roll technique on the big flowers and sponged edges on all the flowers and leaves. Lots of fussy cutting but really worth it. I used the Simply Scored Stylus with my Mat Pack to shape the flower petals to give them some dimension.

May is also the month for some changes!

Lower Cost + Complete Customisation = The Stampin’ Up! Opportunity Is Better Than Ever!

The *New* Demonstrator Starter Kit is here! This fully customisable Starter Kit gives new demonstrators the opportunity to start their business their way. Plus, with a new lower price of $189! When you choose to join the Stampin’ Up! family as an Independent Demonstrator you can personalise your Starter Kit by choosing up to $285 worth of any current Stampin’ Up! products. In addition, you’ll receive a business supplies pack, containing materials that you need to run your business (valued at $90). The real bonus is  if you join in May you ALSO get FREE Designer Series Paper for the rest of 2012!  This offer is here to stay.

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