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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.

Want to know more? Email Me Now!

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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 moocowgen@ihug.co.nz

Cards - Birthday, Cards - Get Well and Sympathy, Mini Tutorials, Paper Flowers, Punch Art

Inaugural South Pacific Punch Art Blog Hop!!!

Hello and welcome to the Inaugural South Pacific Punch Art Blog Hop!!!
We are a bunch of Stampin Up demonstrators from New Zealand and Australia who love our Stampin Up punches. We have gotten together to showcase a selection of the punches you can purchase from Stampin Up. We know we will inspire you and encourage you to use those punches in new and beautiful ways. Please leave a comment and let us know what you think to go in the draw to win some yummy scrummy punch art blog candy (offer not available to SU demos).

This is gonna be a long one so grab yourselves a cuppa if you havent already and prepare to be AMAZED! Mildly Wow-ed would be OK too. LOL

With any luck you arrived here from the incredibly talented Clare Mcilhatton so you will be right into the swing of things.

I have chosen 4 punches yes FOUR! Scallop Square 119884 and all of our hearts, Small Heart 117193 , Full Heart 119883 and Heart to Heart 119881

So lets start off with the Scallop Square. I’m going to share a few nifty tricks to get more from your punch

Stamp first and then with your punch upside down line it up diagonally over the words to centre them. Punch, then just snip off the top and bottom. Pop a brad in the “bubble” at each end and you have a classy wee label

Extend the Scallop Square by joining two together to make it wider.

A mini Word Window again stamp before you punch. Check it out on the card with the bust babe below.

I seem to have had a bit of a thing going with paper flowers of late  so here are a few more. The marigolds are made from the Small Heart, the Camellia and Cosmos from the Full Heart. All of the flowers centres are created using flowers from Boho Blossoms Punch. Over the next few days I will share the projects I have made with them and if you ask very nicely in the comments section HOW to make them too.

Each petal is half of a small heart! The trick is to colour the pointy end of each petal and then when they are all stuck in place and dry, the tweaking with tweezers. I used a toothpick and Tombo Mono multi glue which I just squeezed out onto a bit of scrap paper so I could pick up tiny bits for each petal. Each flower is formed onto a base of either a small circle or flower  shape. To shape the petals, fold the side of each petal up and then a quick sideways tweak in the centre. the central flower is snipped in towards the centre a little between each petal and then tweaked down the centre of each petal.

The White background for this card is embossed with the Petals-A-Plenty embossing folder. The leaves are from the two-step bird punch and to mimic Marigold leaves I have snipped in along one edge to make them feathery.

I made the camellia with the Full Heart. I used the hearts whole, shaping and curling the tops  over and then a firm tweak with the tweezers to add a crease down the centre of each heart. The middle of the flower is made up of 3 of the multi pointed flowers from the  Boho Blossoms Punch. I just snipped in almost to the middle lots of times in each petal then mounted them on top of each other to get the fluffy look.

The “Clematis”/”Cosmos” flower is made from the Full Heart cut in half. The ends were randomly trimmed with the Scallop Square to give the tattered look to the edge. Then it was just lots of tweaking with the tweezers to shape the cardstock.

This is my first Top Note Box  I used the gorgeous Sunny garden DSP to create a patchwork top and used the extended Scallop Square sentiment I showed you earlier.

Side view you can see the Vintage Vogue swag along the box and the added dimensions of the flower.

Last but not least here is my sister’s Birthday Card.  I managed to use all three heart punches for this one. Happy Birthday Sis! and as the card says “Call me when its time for cake!” that’s  the little mini Word Window I showed you up above which I mounted on two leftover bits of Scallop Square. The post of the sign is another mini word window!

P.S just a note to all you blog readers out there cos I would hate for you to be under any false impressions.  Although I represented the sentiments on the card as from me I am not nor have I ever been a Busty Blonde Babe! Just so we are clear on that.

Here is a pic of all the bits you need to make my lovely lady

To enter for the Blog candy Prize you must comment on each blog post and then Email Clare! with your full name by 10 am Friday 5th November when she will draw a random name as the winner!

Just in case you get lost here are all the bloggers in order. But right now you are off to visit Pauline Bennets Happy Hopping

1. Karen Southwell –  www.kareniescrafts.blogspot.com

2. Carol-Ann Torrie  http://queen-of-scraps.blogspot.com

3  Sally Williams          http://www.sallycancraft.com/

4   Julia Leece –                    http://www.juliascards.blogspot.com/

5    Amy                                  http://ladybugsanddaisychains.blogspot.com/

6   Melissa Davies                   http://beedevinedesigns.blogspot.com/

7  Michelle Dyson                   http://www.stampinkpaper.blogspot.com

8     Clare Mcilhatton               http://craftycowcreations.blogspot.com/

9      Lisa Bullock                     https://daffyscrapper.wordpress.com

10   Pauline Bennetts –       http://paulinebennetts.com/stampede/

11  Tia Routledge                   http://craftingwithtia.weebly.com/my-blog.html

12  Emma Kirton                 http://www.emmakirton.blogspot.com/

13 Angie Jones                      http://angiescraftfusion.blogspot.com/

14 Andrea Buckland        http://creatingcardswithandrea.blogspot.com

15   Steph Gray                        http://stampinsteph.wordpress.com/


“Home” Layout

This layout was my single page entry and is based on a page by Delys Cram which she taught at our Team training back in June. I changed it up a bit to make it mine a bit more and really love how it came out.

Stamp Set: Vintage Vogue

Colours used: Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Garden Green and Whisper White

Other touches: Crystal Effects, ribbon, Stampin’ Sponges, Cutter kit Distressing tool, mini glue dots and Two Step Bird Punch for leaves

Box Bag Tag, Gift, Paper Flowers, Punch Art

Crafters Anonymous Colour Challenge

Over at Crafters Anonymous tonight they had a Colour Challenge. We had to choose from a list of colours and use a  minimum of 3 including ORANGE. Yes Orange! Well Peach Parfait is one of the new In Colours and I had a new flower design using the Fancy Flower punch I just had to try from here.

I’ve used my Fancy Flower Punch box yet again but sideways this time and stamped with the direct to stamp technique using Peach Parfait and Pear Pizzazz Stampin’ Markers and the flower swirl from Vintage Vogue.

I think my flower looks something like its supposed to so yah for me!

Cards - Birthday, Punch Art

Pussy in the Cottage Garden

My little niece turned Two last week and when I asked her Mum what she thought our wee one might like she replied as long as it had cats or flowers on it,  it would be fine.

Ok then Cats or Flowers Hmmmmmm

Alright I admit it I want to be her favourite Auntie so Cats AND Flowers!

This cat looks very much like my nieces cat Holly I used Sahara Sand Card and then splotch sponged with Creamy Caramel and added stripes with a stencil created by taking a V-shaped snip out of some paper. The white details and stripes I added with my trusty White Gel pen.

Punches I used to make the cat were:

Body and Head – Wide Oval

Ears – tall heart and small heart from Heart to Heart

Nose – 1/2″ circle cut into 1/4’s

Muzzle – 3/4″ Circle

Collar – Trimmed, double punched piece from Large Oval

Eyes – just and ordinary hole punch

For the background I used the swirl, butterfly, 3 flower  and solid flower from Cottage Garden and the leaf from Vintage Vogue. Ink colours are Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Elegant Eggplant, Pretty in Pink and my very favourite but unfortunately retiring Taken with Teal. Good-bye my friend I will miss you BUT I can still use you all I like for 19 more days.

Blimey its only 20 more sleeps till the release of the NEW 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalogue Have you Pre-ordered yours yet?  Customer s on my mailing list are able to preorder their catalogue for only $10 till the end of the month then they will be full price at $15.95. you can also earn one FREE if you place an order for  $150 or more OR if you Hostess your own in home workshop for you and your friends. Email me! to find out more.

Dont forget to place your order for any retiring cardstock, ink refills, accessories etc because these product will only be available till the end of the month then that’s it  – No more –  Check the update to see what has already SOLD OUT! and what is about to SELL OUT.

Gift, Promotions

Hows your scrapbooking paper supply?

No minimum order! No strings attached! Just a genuine 1 week special!

The second deals of the week are from 9 June,  through 15 June, 5pm

Item Page Description Regular Price Sale Price
112470 132 Haiku Designer Series paper $19.95 $11.97
113976 132 Pink Flamingo Designer Series paper $19.95 $12.97
113992 133 Tea Party Designer Series paper $19.95 $11.97
113975 133 Raspberry Tart Designer Series paper $19.95 $12.97
114037 133 Sweet Slumber Specialty Designer Series paper $27.95 $18.17

You can view these papers via the link to the online catalogue in the sidebar. Or Email me! to purchase a hard copy of the catalogue
A couple of weeks ago my ESAD (Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators for Stampin’ Up!) Unconvention Secret Sister Christine Healey  sent me this lovely gift pack in Raspberry Tart papers. Wasnt I lucky!

I love the wee scallop envelopes and the matching note cards. Its hard to see but she has stamped the top and left edges in pale pink with the border stamp from Vintage Vogue. The Tag and wee flowers are from  Cottage Wall in the Autumn Winter Mini. Just lovely. Must admit there was a cake of choccy in the pull holder but I was having a bad day and it didnt last long!

Cards Fancy Folds

‘Easel that and more!

Did you get it “hes all that and more!” Dont miss out on my Easel cards class on Thursday night. 3 different cards in two different styles of Easel. Here is a little sneak peek of the class.

LAST CHANCE to order the June Deal of the Week for the Scallop Oval, Scallop Square, Boho Blossoms or Flower trio punches at only $23.37 ($24.50 including SU shipping). I will be ordering at 5pm tonight so dont miss out! I have used the Scallop Oval and Scallop Square in the cards above. They are the most useful punches!

Watch out for the next Deal of the Week to be released tomorrow…..


vvvvv Very Vintage Vogue

Gotta say I LOVE this set and matching Wheel and I have used them together on this Layout which is the second one we are doing at todays class.

I thought it was very elegant done in the black and White with once accent colour (Certainly Celery) This was an ESAD sketch challenge I never got to do but it that I really liked. I added Crystal Effects to the butterfly images which are cut from a piece of Whisper White rolled with the Very Vintage jumbo wheel . That Top Note Die cut worked really well for a journalling block and doubles as an accent too.