Flying Home

By | 04/01/2018

This sweet little stamp set (Flying Home – 2018 Occasions Catalogue) works well with the new Stampin’ Blends.  I am very much a novice Blends users but have been pleased with my results thus far.

Stampin’ Blends are our new alcohol makers designed the allow shading within each of the colours.  Each colour is available individually or all the colours can be purchased together.  Also each colour has a lighter and darker shade thus allowing the shaded colour effect.

I have stamped the image on Whisper White card stock and coloured with Stampin’ Blends before die cutting using the Stitched Shape Framelits.  I like doing it this way as if I make a mistake I haven’t wasted a large pieces of card stock.

If you look closely you may notice a little shading on the birds house and the bird.  Equally some of the flowers are two tone to create  depth.

The main card base has been embossed using the Layer Leaves embossing folder to add extra dimension.

Once again a simple, easy card.

Don’t forget that during Sale-a-bration you can earn free products with purchases over NZ$110.

Happy stamping!


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

Supplies used:
Stamp set:  Flying Home (2018 Occasions Catalogue)

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Pool Party
Ink:  Early Espresso
Miscellaneous:  Stampin’ Blends, Layer Leaves Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Stitched Shape Framelits

2018 Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-bration are HERE!!!!

By | 03/01/2018

Today marks the launch of the 2018 Occasions Catalogue along with 2018 Sale-a-bration.

Feel fee to click the images to down load a PDF copy of the catalogues.

The 2018 Occasions Catalogue includes some exciting new products including the new Lots of Happy Card kit, Brusho Crystal Colour, the vibrant Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, and as usual fabulous stamp set, framelit/thinlits, and co-ordinating Designer Series Papers (DSP).

Sale-a-bration (SAB) this year offers a variety of stamp sets, card kits, DSP and for the first time, thinlit dies.  Also for the first time this year there are two different “level” of SAB items.  Level 1 items can be chosen when you spend NZ$110.  If you spend NZ$220 you can either choose two level 1 items, or one level 2 item.  The choice is yours.

I have already completed a number of projects using some of these new products and  look forward to sharing these with you over the next few month so please check back regularly to see what I have come up with.

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

Happy stamping!


If you live in New Zealand all supplies in these catalogue can be purchased HERE.

High Tide Revisited

By | 31/12/2017

A few days ago, I posted a card using the High Tide stamp.  Today I have another using the same set but not concentrating so much on the lighthouse.

This is such a versatile set.  At point one when I was playing I noticed that I had actually used all the stamps in the set….. that’s a sign of a good stamp set.

I find this particular card very restful whether it be used for a birthday card, get well card or more general than that.  You could use any greeting but I have chosen to used one from the wonderful Butterfly Basics stamp set.

The main image is created using a mask and sponging for the circle with the sea stamped at the same time.  The rest is stamped once the mask is removed.

Once again, this card is created using very minimal supplies yet is still very effective.

Happy stamping!


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

Supplies used:
Stamp set:  High Tide

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Marina Mist
Ink:  Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Soft Sky

Miscellaneous:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Trimmer

High Tide

By | 28/12/2017

This is another one of those stamp sets that didn’t immediately jump out at me.  It’s amazing how often that happens and then I absolutely adore the set in question.

I have had a bit of a play and I love the serene images it creates.  Perfect for many occasions and particularly those difficult masculine or gender neutral cards that we all seem to have difficulty with.

This is a photopolymer stamp set that uses “two step stamping” to create dimension particularly with the light house.  It also includes four inspirational greeting suitable for many occasions.

With this set it is easy to create beautiful images using a combination of colours.  In this instance, the light house is Pacific Point and Smokey Slate, the land masses are Sahara Sand with Soft Suede for the grasses, and Early Espresso for the birds and the greeting.

This card is made with just stamps, inks and card stock.  What could be simpler.

Happy stamping!


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

Supplies used:
Stamp set:  High Tide

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Pacific Point
Ink:  Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Smokey Slate

Miscellaneous:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Trimmer

Stamparatus – Second Reservation Window Now Open!

By | 08/12/2017

What is a Stamparatus you ask?  It is Stampin’ Up!’s innovative stamp placement tool.  Developed in conjunction with some of our leading demonstrators.

The Stamparatus allows you to:

  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement

Want to know more?

Do you need product details?  Well here they are:

  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
  • Retail Price $99.00 NZD
How do I get one?
 You reserve your spot and we guarantee shipment as soon as the product arrives in our warehouse. You can reserve one during one of the “Reservation Windows”.

The global launch will feature three reservation windows. For each window, please note the following:

  • 1 tool per customer
  • In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information
  • Credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships from our facility. When you close your order, be sure to verify that your credit card and shipping information is correct.
The reservation window is open now until the end of December.  Stampin’ Up! will start shipping the Stamparatus in April and will continue until all are delivered.
Happy stamping!


Year of Cheer Flip Top Box

By | 26/11/2017

Earlier in November I had the privilege of teaching at the Creative Inkers’ Auckland Extravaganza.  As part of that each demonstrator makes a gift for our customers.

For my lovely ladies I made this box using the glorious Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper.  This paper has a white background with metallic foil designs.  The advantage of having the white background, it the ability for this take be inked/sponge with any colour.  In this instance, I used Night of Navy cardstock for the base and sponge the Year of Cheer with Night of Navy ink which really made the cooper and champagne foil pop.

Topped with an embellishment made using the Bow Builder Punch on a Stitched Circle of Night of Navy and just a bit of Copper Trim.  In the catalogue the Copper Trim looks like a narrow ribbon, and it is but…… it can be spread out to create a mesh ribbon, which is what I have done in this case.

This box was inspired by a similar box created by Crafty Caroline but I have changed the measurements and reduced the amount cardstock used to create the lid (I tend to be quite frugal when I can) , but the princple is the same.  Just realised that I was so frugal that I calculated the measurements and wrote them on the back of an envelope and now I can’t find them.  They will turn up and when they do, I’ll add them to this post.

Happy stamping!


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

Supplies used:
Specialty DSP:  Year of Cheer (2017 Holiday Catalogue)

Cardstock:  Night of Navy, Copper Foil
Ink:  Night of Navy

Miscellaneous:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Trimmer, Dimensionals, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Copper Trim, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bow Builder Punch, Big shot.

Colourful Year of Cheer

By | 22/11/2017


When I first saw the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper I absolutely love it.  And when I discovered that it could be sponged any and all colours that made it even better.  I then started to think besides cards what else could I do.

This faceted box made using the Gift Bag Punch board sprung to mind.  I feel that the gold and Cherry Cobbler Combination looks so elegant.  With a little card to finish it off and you are set with a lovely gift.

I must admit that I like the rich regal colours the best with this DSP.  I have also tried Night of Navy which also looks fabulous.

If you prefer the colour a little less intense then sponge it more lightly.   The choice is yours.  What about a rainbow or ombre effect.

Happy stamping!


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

Supplies used:
Specialty DSP:  Year of Cheer (2017 Holiday Catalogue)
Stampset:  Hearts Come Home
Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Gold Foil, Whisper White
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
Miscellaneous:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Gift Bag Punch Board,  Stampin’ Trimmer, Dimensionals, Layering Ovals, Layering Squares, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bow Builder Punch, Big Shot, Sponges.