Daisy Delight Birthday

By | 07/08/2017

I do love the way Stampin’ Up! encourages casing projects.  (CASE = Cope and share everything).  The other day I came across THIS post from Stampin By Hannah, and she had in turn cased the card from THIS post by Teneale Williams.  Each card is basically the same but we have all added our own little tweek to it.

This simple card shows off one of the sheets from the lovely Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper beautifully.  This is a lovely pack of  double sided paper combining floral images and simple patterns.

Layered onto Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight and then topped with Vellum Cardstock, torn at the bottom and some Baker’s Twine it makes the perfect base for the  ‘Happy Birthday’ greeting.  In this instance I have cut the greeting twice, once each with Night of Navy and Daffodil Delight and ever so slightly off set them.  I believe that make the greeting stand out just that little bit more.

You do have to be careful with Vellum as any adhesive you use will show through and be quite visible.  To reduce this, I have adhered the greeting onto the vellum before attaching to the card.  That way I was able to put a few spots of adhesive behind the greeting to secure it to the card.  It may not be obvious but the edges of the vellum are completely free.  The Baker’s Twine not only looks great but it helps to hold down the top of the vellum.

The ‘Happy Birthday’ is a thinlit available for purchase by itself or as part of a bundle with “Happy Birthday Gorgeous” stamp set to save 10%.

Happy stamping!


If you live in New Zealand all supplies used to create these projects can be purchased HERE.

Supplies used:
Stamp set:  Daisy Delight (available as part of a bundle to save 10%)

Thinlits:  Happy Birthday
Designer Series Paper:  Delightful Daisy

Cardstock:  Vellum, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White (for the insert inside the card)
Ink:  Night of Navy (for the insert inside the card)

Miscellaneous:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Trimmer, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Baker’s Twine

Daisy Delight Window Box

By | 04/08/2017

One of my favourite suites in the new 2017/18 Annual Catalogue is the Delightful Dasiy suite.  The combination of a cute stamp set and matching punch are fabulous and even better still, are available as a bundle thus saving 10%.  Then adding the beautiful Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper, Double Stitch Ribbon and topped off with Facet Gems….. what can I say.

So when I came across THIS project from Angela’s PaperArts, I just had to give it a go.

This project also uses the Window Box Thinlits (also a favourite) but it has been extended to be taller.  The thinlits set also includes a selection other dies that can be added to create detail on the box which is what I have done on alternate sides.  For the ‘other alternate’ sides I have layers some of that lovely Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper onto Whisper White Card stock and then onto the Daffodil Delight box.

The top of my box is a little different to the original as I have stamped and punched three daisies.  Thank goodness for the matching punching which saves on the ‘fussy cutting’.  Topped of with leaves die cut using thinlits from the Rose Garden thinlits set and gold Faceted Gems.

Happy stamping!


If you live in New Zealand all supplies used to create these projects can be purchased HERE.

Supplies used:
Stamp set:  Daisy Delight (available as part of a bundle to save 10%)
Punch:  Daisy (available as part of a bundle to save 10%)
Thinlits:  Window Box, Rose Garden

Cardstock:  Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Pear Pizazz
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder

Miscellaneous:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Gold Faceted Gems, Stampin’ Trimmer, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Carols of Christmas – Early Release

By | 02/08/2017


Carols of Christmas Clear-Mount Bundle

As you may know, any new demonstrators joining SU! in July received an extra bonus of free products and this included amongst other things, the Carol of Christmas stamp set.  Now SU! have announced the early release of the Carols of Christmas bundle which you can now purchase in advance of the issue of the upcoming Holiday Catalogue.

This set includes some lovely stamped images and coordinating thinlit dies to create fabulous projects whether it be cards, memory keeping or home decor.  The choice is yours.TH_Video_Carols_Xmas_ENG

The stamp set is available in either wood mount or clear mount (both red rubber).

For project ideas please feel free to check out THIS video directly from Stampin’ Up!

Happy stamping!


If you live in New Zealand all supplies used to create these projects can be purchased HERE.

Lift Me Up

By | 13/07/2017

This project seems a little different to my usual projects.  I’m not quite sure what is different about it.  Maybe it is the colour combinations?  But then again, it is red, white, blue and yellow…… or should I say Real Red, Whisper White, Night of Navy, Soft Sky and Daffodil Delight.  Nothing strange about that either.  I don’t know what it is, maybe you do.

If I was to do this card again, I would probably switch the Real Red and Daffodil Delight card stock around.

Anyway, the balloon is die cut using the Up & Away thinlits and the greeting is from the matching Lift Me Up stamp set.  Up & Away Thinlits Dies

Once again, the background is done using the Embossing Paste and the cloud mask.  It adds texture that is, perhaps, not apparent in the picture.

For something different the Up & Away thinlit set can be used to make a really cool mobile for a child’s room.

If you would like to know more about this stamp and die set you may find this video interesting.

Happy stamping!


If you live in New Zealand all supplies used to create these projects can be purchased HERE.

Supplies used:-
Stamp set:  Lift Me Up
Thinlits:  Up & Away

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Soft Sky, Night of Navy, Real Red, Daffodil Delight
Ink:  Night of Navy

Miscellaneous:  Embossing Paste, Embossing Masks, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Multipurpose Liquid glue, Dimsenionals, Triple Banner Punch.

Sparkling Embossing Paste

By | 08/07/2017

Winter is here and the temperatures have dropped.  Perfect for the mid winter Christmas theme, along with the rain perfect conditions for paper crafting and getting a head start on those Christmas cards.

A lot of my friends are in the “keep Christmas in December” brigade, but then the the silly season hits,  end of the school year, Christmas Parties, ballet recitals etc. and they run out of time to make their Christmas Cards.  I tend to start early in the year and make one or two cards at a time and by November I have more than enough cards, usually all different.

This year I started at the beginning of July, a little later than usual but I should still be OK.

For today’s project I have a very simple card using the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set and matching thinlits.  I must admit I’m a fan of the Less is More club and this card certainly fits.  He’s such a regal looking reindeer, stamped using Soft Suede on Crumb Cake card stock, the wreath is Garden Green on Wild Wasabi.  The bow just shines with gold embossing on Real Red card stock.

With a closer angle you might just be able to make out the sparkle on the background.  Before applying the Embossing Paste, I mixed in a little Dazzling Diamonds.

It really is very pretty in real life and just lifts the card as only a bit of bling can.  The greeting is from the same stamp set and is gold embossed.

Simple, but elegant.

Happy stamping!


If you live in New Zealand all supplies used to create these projects can be purchased HERE.

Supplies used:
Stamp set:  Santa’s Sleigh
Thinlits:  Santa’s Sleigh

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Garden Green, Crumb Cake, Real Red
Ink:  Soft Suede, Garden Green, Versamark

Miscellaneous:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy, Stampin’ Trimmer, Big shot

Mid Winter Christmas – Santa’s Sleigh

By | 05/07/2017

With Stampin’ Up! releasing the “Christmas in July” promotion I thought it would be a good opportunity to do a few mid winter Christmas cards.  So here is my first offering.

It uses the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set and the matching thinlet dies.  I’ve had this set for quite some time but this has been the first opportunity to have a bit of a play with it.  This set includes lots of Christmas related images including a reindeer, mini Christmas wreath, bows and presents along with the sleigh and trees as seen here.  

I love the delicate filigree look on Santa’s Sleigh using the Gold Foil Card on Real Red Cardstock.  But in saying that, it’s the little teddy that finishes it off nicely.

And if you look closely you may notice that I have also used Stampin’ Up!s new embossing paste to create a very subtle background.

The embossing paste is fast drying and extremely easy to use.  Used with a variety of masks the result are quite remarkable.

Add a few drops of re-inker and you can change the colour and for the extra bit of bling you can add some Dazzling Diamonds.

Happy stamping!


If you live in New Zealand all supplies used to create these projects can be purchased HERE.

Supplies used:
Stamp set:  Santa’s Sleigh
Thinlits:  Santa’s Sleigh

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Garden Green, Real Red, Gold Foil, Pear Pizazz, Crumb Cake
Ink:  Garden Green, Sahara Sand

Miscellaneous:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Big Shot, Stampin’ Trimmer, Watercolour Pencils, Embossing Paste, Embossing Masks, Palette Knives

Christmas in July!

By | 02/07/2017


Ho, ho, ho! Our Christmas in July promotion makes it easier than ever to join Stampin’ Up!  Whether it is to enjoy the discount, fund your hobby or start your own business.  The choice is yours.

Join Stampin’ Up! during July 2017 for the usual price of $189 (and choose $285 worth of products from the catalogue) and you will receive a FREE essentials gift pack.

  • Bone Folder
  • SNAIL Adhesive
  • Paper Snips
  • Grid Paper
  • Two D Blocks

And if it that isn’t enough, you will also receive the new “Carols of Christmas” Stampset for free.  This stampset will generally be available with the release of the Holiday Catalogue later in the year, but join Stampin’ Up! during July 2017 and you will receive it with you Starter Kit.

The sooner you join, the sooner you can start enjoying the fabulous range of Stampin’ Up! products.

If you live in New Zealand, I would love to have you join my team.  If you would like to take advantage of this offer, join me and be part of the fabulous Creative Inkers’ team, please click HERE.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Happy Stamping!


Bonus Days are here again!

By | 01/07/2017

The Bonus Days promotion is returning this year.  For the month of July, for every NZ$110  you spend, Stampin’ Up! will e-mail an NZ$11 coupon to use on an order in August.

There is no limit to how many coupons you can earn, so shop all month!  To start shopping now, please click HERE.

An email address is required to participate; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered via email.  Please note that Stampin’ Up! can not resend coupons if they are lost so make sure you save then in a safe place that you will remember or even better still write them down.

The coupon cannot be applied to a the Starter Kit as there are already fabulous savings to made during July on that, like $145 of extra products and a free stamp set.  See tomorrow’s post for details on the Christmas in July promotion.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Happy Stamping!


Move Me – Lemon Lime Twist

By | 26/06/2017

Having looked back on my recent posts I have noticed that they are all from a similar colour palette.  Easy to tell that it is a palette that I am comfortable with and tend to move towards naturally.

So for this post I thought I’d try something a little more adventurous colourwise for me.  How about using some of the new In Colors, in this case Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist.

The Lemon Lime Twist is quite a bold colour and I wasn’t sure I liked it to start with, but it has grown on me and pairs beautifully with Tranquil Tide.

To create this card I started with water colour paper and an aqua painter to gave it a light covering of Lemon Lime Twist which I then left to dry.  While I do intend to purchase a Lemon Lime Twist re-inker, I don’t have one a present.  As an alternative I gently squeezed the closed inkpad so that some ink tranferred onto it’s lid and then used the aqua painter to pick up colour and tranfer to the water colour paper.  This resulted in a lightly water washed effect on the cardstock.

The larger butterfly has been die cut from Tranquil Tide cardstock using the new Move Me thinlits and painted with Wink of Stella Glimmer pen for that touch of bling.  The smaller butterflies were 2 step stamped on Whisper White using the new stampset You Move me and then also die cut.  The greeting is from the Work of Art Stamp set.  All of this was mounted on Tranquil Tide cardstock and a Lemon Lime Twist cardbase.

The You Move Me stamp set and Move Me thinlits are intended to be an interactive set.  As you move the butterfly or humming bird up and down, itImage result for stampin up move me thinlits nz appears to fly.  This can be seen in the video HERE.

As a bundle you can save 10%.

Happy stamping!


If you live in New Zealand all supplies used to create these projects can be purchased HERE.

Supplies used:
Stamp set:  You Move Me, Work of Art

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist, Watercolour Paper
Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide

Miscellaneous:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Aqua Painter, Stampin’ Trimmer

Shaving Foam Re-revisited

By | 22/06/2017

For another project using the same Beautiful You images I used the shaving foam background more as a mat and embellishment rather than a total back ground.

I wasn’t originally planning to put the two little ‘flags’ to the right of the image however, as frequently happens, I had a little unexpected ink on my fingers which I managed to smudge on my project….. “it’s not a mistake, it’s a creative opportunity”.

And who’s to say that you can only use this technique to only create backgrounds and mats.

Why not try die cutting?  For this example I have used water colour paper, an aqua painter and Soft Sky ink.  The background doesn’t need to be complex, after the butterflies are the focal points.  The butterflies have been die cut using the Butterflies thinlits and the greeting is from the ever popular and versatile Butterfly Basics stamp set. And don’t forget the bling!  

Punches images also work well.

Not sure if you can see in the image to the right but the flowers are discreetly coloured as well.  To do this I have stamped the image on Whisper White cards stock, one at a time, and then gone over the image with a Blender Pen which pulls in colour from the stamp image onto the white card stock.  It is very subtle but there.

Really the options are limitless.  You only need one or two colours and if you make your own background and embellishments as I have here, you know that everything will match.  For all of these examples, I have justed Dapper Denim and Pool Party in shaving foam and have added a Whisper White, Soft Sky to compliment.

By now you can tell I have a great time ‘playing’ with shaving form and Stampin’ Up! re-inkers.  The possibilities are endless.

Happy stamping!


If you live in New Zealand all supplies used to create these projects can be purchased HERE.

Supplies used:
Stamp set:  Beautiful You, Flower Shop, Butterfly Basic

Thinlits/Framelits:  Butterflies and Flourish Thinlits
Punches:  Pansy, Triple Banner

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Dapper Denim
Ink:  Dapper Denim, Pool Party

Miscellaneous:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Big Shot, Blender Pens
Non Stampin’ Up! Supplies:  Shaving Foam