Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Clearance Rack Blitz

We are so excited to now have the Clearance Rack as a permanent feature on our Online Stores, with retired products discounted up to 80%.  The store will be updated daily to show what is in stock, and new products will be added from time to time as well, so make sure you're in the habit of checking regularly to see what is available.

Monday, December 2, 2013

December Specials

Just a quick update today to let you know the new specials for December - we have a new Best Of set, Best of Love; and a selection of cool exclusive new products for Valentines Day.

Best of Love 132987 $31.95

Monster Hugs Boy 132162 $11.95
18 boy monsters, 18 googly eyes, 18 adhesive hearts
Monster Hugs Girl 132163 $11.95
18 girl monsters, 18 googly eyes, 18 adhesive hearts

Sweetheart Treat Bags 132610 $10.95
12 heart sacks, 12 die-cut labels, 12 pre-cut pieces of Pool Party Baker's Twine

Sweet Sayings Cards and Envelopes 134609 $11.95
12 printed card bases, 12 envelopes (four Real Red, four Pool Party, four Crisp Cantaloupe)

Wood 134617 $20.95

Follow My Heart: 
Clear 134614 $26.95; Wood 134611 $33.95

Love You More: 
Clear 131863 $36.95; Wood 131850 $45.95

The Hostess Code this week is VY9QB6NW. Also don't forget that December 6th (this Friday) is the last day to place your orders to receive them in time for Christmas will be closing this appy shopping!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Festive Flurry Ornaments for Sew-Funky Ornament Swap

For a Christmas Ornament Swap that I am involved in here in New Zealand, this week I have mailed out 7 of these gorgeous Festive Flurry Ornaments.  I just love them in the traditional colours of red, green and gold. 

To construct my Ornaments, I followed the Stampin' Up! tutorial on YouTube to score and concertina a couple of the layers of my Ornament to give it height and dimension.  

Working from the bottom-up, I have:

- largest ornament, gold glimmer paper
- largest ornament, Old Olive CS, Whisper White Kraft Ink
- largest ornament, Very Vanilla CS, Cherry Cobbler ink, scored and concertina'd
-2nd largest ornament, Old Olive CS, gold embossed
-2nd smallest ornament, Cherry Cobbler CS and ink, scored and concertina'd
-smallest ornament - gold glimmer paper

The Ornament is finished with a Very Vintage Designer Button which is vanilla coloured, and ties in the VV layer of the Ornament.  The ribbon is Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta and is hot-glued in-between two of the bottom layers.

The box was created with the Envelope Punch Board, I just love how versatile the Stampin' Up! products are, at creating things other than what they are immediately designed for.  

Normally for an envelope you would just follow the dimensions posted on the front of the Punch Board to tell you what size cardstock you will need, and at what point to make your first punch & score mark.  To turn it into a box, you also need to decide what thickness the box will be, (mine is 3/4") and then calculate that much extra to both the long and short edges of the cardstock.  In this instance, I chose the 4x4.5" card size which gave me a 7 1/4 x 7 1/4" a square of cardstock, so I added 3/4" to each edge and got 8x8".  Then you also need to add a second score/punch at that same distance along from the first score/punch - my guide tells me the first score is at 3.5" so I add 3/4" to get my second score at 4 1/4".   Do this on each of the 4 sides of the box (note, this works because it is a square - for a rectangle you only do it on the 1st edge, and then turn your paper 90degrees and follow the score guide instead for the remaining 3 edges).

Then assemble your box as usual, creasing all your folds with a bone-folder and cutting your tabs for the side closures of the box.  I used Sticky Strip for a nice sturdy hold.  I forgot to use the corner rounder (which is built into the board) on the top and bottom flaps before I assembled this box, but I was able to still round the top flap after assembly.  It still looks okay without it, but I made sure to do it for the rest of the boxes I made.

I used Old Olive textured cardstock for the box, which seals closed (loosely) with the Old Olive Washi Tape from the Season Of Style range.  To decorate the front I used another snowflake from Festive Flurries, paired with another couple of stamped and punched images in Old Olive as well (Artisan Label Punch and Label Love stampset / That's the Ticket stampset and Ticket Duo punch).

For more information on the Ornament Swap, check out Sew-funkys website, she will be adding pictures of all the swap Ornaments as they start rolling in.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Police Sergeant Card

My husband got a promotion at work last week, so I made him a fun card to celebrate.  He has always admired both Punch Art and the Pop Up cards, so I knew from the first moment that I wanted to incorporate both of these.  This was a real labour of love, it took HOURS of snipping and Google-imaging to get accurate pictures of the New Zealand Police uniform and cars and then transfer them onto paper (I am no artist!!!), but I love how it turned out.

The envelope is made with the new Envelope Punch Board and Soho Subway DSP - I love being able to customise the envelope to match the non-standard card size.  I stamped hubbys name onto a label made from the Deco Labels Framelits, and added the "Sergeant Stripes" which were made with the Circle Card Thinlets Die set.  The car's body, windows and wing-mirrors were hand-drawn and hand-cut, the tyres are Large Ovals and the siren and registration plate use the Word Window punch.  The headlights are wings from the Bird punch.  I've used both the white gel pen and the white chalk marker to highlight and add details.  The Police decals are stamped from the Tape It stampset, and I used Crushed Curry and Pacific Point markers to alternate the colour-way.  The Yippee-Skippee sentiment is stamped onto a label from the Chalk Talk Framelits, and I repeated the chevron arrows from the envelope.

Inside the card I used the Pop 'N Cuts Dress Form insert to create the stand for my Police Sergeant (note: I hadn't drawn the Sergeant Stripes onto his shoulders yet when I took this pic).  I decided I wanted a plain square-edged card-base for this card so I used the insert without the card base - you might be wondering how I did this - the sandwich contained two cutting plates and a shim on the bottom (the shim was the thick cardboard backing from a pack of Glimmer Paper), then the Dress Form insert, cardstock and 1 top cutting plate.

I then used the Tuxedo template from Karen Burniston for the Police Number One's, and I adapted the lapels to suit, and I added the tie, pockets and gold buttons.  The hat is made by double-punching the Extra-Large Oval - the star (which is NOT true to the actual NZ Police uniform :o ) and buttons are the only non-Stampin' Up items used for this whole project.  I have used Pacific Point and Soft Sky as my main colours.

This time you can see that his Sergeant Stripes have been drawn on with the Chalk Marker.  The picture hanging on the wall in the background is the World Map stamp and I used the tutorial from the Annual Catalogue for the inkpad-to-paper colouring technique (colours are Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz, Summer Starfruit, and the image is stamped in Always Artichoke).   I used an Early Espresso Candy Dot as my 'picture hook', I contemplated using linen thread to hang it, but in the end I just used my Marker.

I hope you've enjoyed this project, it certainly was fun to make!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

25 Stampsets for 25% off - this week only!

To celebrate 25 years, Stampin' Up! have dropped 25% on 25 stampsets!!  Check them out here!

All orders placed using Hostess Code WXBURJSY will also go in the draw to win the Hostess Dollars - this is called a Mystery Hostess party, and it means everyone who places an order over $50 has a chance to win!  When the combined workshop orders reach NZ$350 there is $55 for the winner to spend, and if combined orders reach NZ$450 the prize goes up to $95!!!

Here's how to enter:

When you spend $50 (excluding shipping) you'll get 1 entry into the draw, and for each $25 after that you'll get another entry.  You MUST use Hostess Code WXBURJSY.

$50 = 1 ticket
$75 = 2 tickets
$100 = 3 tickets
$125 = 4 tickets
$150 = 5 tickets
$175 = 6 tickets
$200 = 7 tickets
and so on.

Of course, if you would like to spend more than that, you'll get the Hostess Dollars all to yourself anyway when your order reaches $350 (get in touch with me first if this is the case - you won't have to use the Hostess Code in this scenario, and it won't affect the Mystery Hostess offer for anyone else).

Terms & Conditions:

Shipping is additional.  For online orders, shipping costs $9.95 or 5% of your order total, whichever is greater.  Your order gets processed immediately, and is shipped to your door.

I will be drawing the winner at 7pm on Monday 28th October (using the randomiser at and you will be contacted immediately.  You must be able to communicate your desired prize to me by 9pm, otherwise I will choose something for you.  There will be no second-drawing if the winner cannot be contacted, and there are no exchanges or returns on the prize.

Don't forget the amazing Circle and Label Thinlit dies are now available to purchase too!  A great deal at just $67.95 each, including all the extra dies for decorating your cards.  Love them!

Happy shopping!


Monday, October 21, 2013

Who's ready for a Sale??? Who wants the chance to win some freebies?

This week is *the* week of Stampin' Up!'s 25th Anniversary and to celebrate there will be 25 products for 25% off, from October 22nd - 28th! I will post the list of sale items first thing in the morning tomorrow when they are released.

To sweeten the deal, I am offering the chance to win the Hostess Dollars on any orders placed between now and Oct 28th, using the Hostess Code WXBURJSY. When the combined orders reach NZ$350 there will be $55 up for grabs, but if combined orders reach NZ$450 the prize goes up to $95 - and who doesn't want the chance to win that??? Simply spend $50 to enter and you'll get 1 additional entry for each $25 spent after that.

The winner will be selected at 7pm on 28/10 using and must be able to tell me their 'shopping list' by 9pm, otherwise the prize will be of my choice.

 We also have the Thinlet Card Dies available to order starting tomorrow, and the Envelope Punch Board on Tues 29th.

Place your orders at and use Hostess Code WXBURJSY to qualify. Orders will be shipped straight to your door. Otherwise you can email me your orders as usual on

Happy shopping! And don't forget to check back tomorrow for a list of the sale items.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

World Card-Making Day 2013

Happy World Card-Making Day!  I thought I would share with you the card (and ornament) that I sent in to Stampin' Up! for their WCMD13 contest - they have some great prizes up for grabs globally, but I think the idea of getting out there and sharing your creations is the real prize!

I've teamed silver glimmer and sparkle with Soft Sky and Old Olive, it turned out great!  I really love that Core'dinations cardstock, especially with the textured embossing, here I've paired the Northern Flurries EF with the Festive Flurry stampset and Framelits - the 2nd-biggest snowflake in the bundle is the perfect size to overlay on the largest embossed snowflake.

Enjoy, and please feel free to link in the comments to a card that you've made to celebrate World Card-Making Day 2013!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

"Joy" Banner Class

Don't you just love these banners? I've taken inspiration from the sample in the Holiday Catalogue.

We are going to be making them on Friday 11th October at 7pm in the New Lynn studio. Your flags can be decorated in blue and silver or the traditional red, green and gold.

In this class we will be using the Build A Banner Simply Created Kit. The kit includes the stensils as shown (3 backgrounds, 1 mask, 26 letters), 18 canvas banners (6 each of 3 designs, each 12.7x17.8cm), 2.7m of jute twine and 2x spritzers.

There are 2 options for this class.

Come and use all my supplies in the class, this will cost $20 - you'll get 5 banners, plus rosettes and snowflake ornaments and silver ribbon to decorate, plus use of my adhesives and a tutorial on making the banner.


2) Pre-order this kit and have the stensils and leftover canvas banners to take home, and you'll get the class for half-price. Decorating and tutorial as above, but you get to keep the whole kit. Total cost = $55.

When RSVP'ing, please indicate either option 1 or 2.  
Registration is required by Wednesday 2nd October so that I can order the supplies in time.

Find out more on my Facebook page,  

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Hello!  Today I have "pinterested" my blog, syncronising it with my Pinterest account and adding the little Pin Me buttons onto my photos - so cool!  With this in mind, I aim to add a whole lot more photos in the very near future, but first I am working on a watermark for my photos to protect my pictures and make it easier to find my blog if you find me first on Pinterest, and to follow me on Pinterest if you find me here.

So go ahead, go and find me on Pinterest!!!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Get Festive

It seems too early to think about it yet, but its already time to start making Christmas plans.  Or at the very least, how you're going to decorate your home, make gorgeous handmade cards and gift packaging for your loved ones, and of course you'll need some new ornaments!

So with that in mind, I am just finalising the schedule for my Christmas Classes, which will run in October, November and December, giving you plenty of time to build your wishlists, have a play with my some of my products and order your own, and get busy creating your own fabulous projects.  For the first class, I've prepared these gorgeous GORGEOUS snowflake ornaments and matching notecards using the Festive Flurries bundle.  

I love how Stampin' Up! have bundled the stampset and Framelits together for 15% savings.  I didn't think I needed snowflakes, since we have a summer Christmas here in New Zealand, but I had a chance to play with these last month and I decided that I NEEDED to have them, so I'm hoping to convert a few of you into buyers as well at my classes this year! 

You will of course need to use the new Magnetic Platform for your Big Shot to hold the Framelits securely in place while you are cutting - no more post-it notes to prevent slipping!  The Magnetic Platform is now available for ordering again, after being on backorder for the last month or two!

And sticking with the theme, this months "Best Of" set is all about Christmas too.  Perfect timing with the release of the Holiday Catalogue, to give you another option for your Christmas stampsets.  I really love this one, its nice to see Dasher make a return (note, he is smaller than the original, and just to be tricky, he is also facing the other direction to what the artwork shows!) as well as the new ornament-shaped greeting, which co-ordinates with our new ornament punch.

Last but not least, we have the Butterfly bundle for you at 15% savings as well, for this month only.  For anyone who is wondering, the punch in this bundle is for the smaller of the butterflies in the stampset, and we do have a punch for the larger size as well (Elegant Butterfly #127526).

The current Hostess Code for Online orders is 3D47X34M

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop

As we launch our 2013 Holiday Catalogue today, it's time for another ESAD Blog Hop!   Welcome if you've arrived here from Libby's blog, and of course if you are just starting from here too.

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and it is an on-line group just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends, and wonderful blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas & friendship, and we're always there to help and support each other.  So if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand, then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address and I'll contact you with information on how to join our wonderful group.

For my project I have designed a fun Christmas Card that uses the Pop N Cut's card base and the Santa's List stampset and some watercolouring.  This card has a co-ordinating envelope, with the envelope liner created with the new Christmas DSP, Season of Style, and cut with the fabulous new Envelope Liners Framelits.

Seen close-up like this, my watercolouring isn't perfect, but it adds to the character, right!  I used Whisper White cardstock, as I wanted Santa's beard and furry suit to be a true white, rather than the cream of the watercolour paper.  So I stamped the Santa image in black StazOn ink and then mixed a drop of cherry cobbler ink refil with a drop of water on the top of my acrylic block to dilute the ink and then used the brush of my aquapainter to colour in.  I have found that mixing with water before beginning painting (rather than squeezing from the aquapainter as you go) gives a more even coverage of ink saturation.  I used Crumb Cake for "the list" and Blushing Bride for Santa's face, being careful not to colour his eyebrows, beard or spectacles.  I then did Santa's gloves in Basic Black and I coloured the background in Pool Party to add emphasis to the white of Santa's beard and fluffy sleeves.

And as if that wasn't cute enough, when you open the card, there is a wee surprise inside!  I used the dress form die, and trimmed away the dress to create a fireplace and chimney waiting for Santa to arrive, isn't this neat!

The greeting is from Christmas Messages, and I love this set for the variety of Christmas greetings it has that are perfect for both the inside and the outside of your cards.

I used the Season of Style DSP for the presents on the mantlepiece, and the bunting is created with scraps of the Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler textured cardstock.  The chimney too uses scraps of the Cherry Cobbler textured cardstock, roughly cut into "bricks" and sponged on the edges, and matted on a Soft Suede base.  For the wallpaper I used Venetian Romance DSP from the Annual Catalogue, and happily discovered that the reverse side to the Soft Suede wallpaper was orange speckles, just perfect for inside a fireplace.  For the fire I cut zig-zags onto scraps of Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango and Daffodil Delight cardstock, sponged the edges and popped them up on dimensionals to give some depth.

Then I decided that this card needed a matching Gift Card Holder, so I again used the Pop N Cuts card base to make a card holder, this time with the Old Olive Textured Cardstock, and I created a belly band with a belly band using Polka Dot parade DSP in Old Olive, and topped it off with a bow from the new Gift Bow Bigz Die using the co-ordinating DSP to the Santa card.  I also added some Season of Style Washi Tape to the tag, which is cut using the Chalk Talk Framelits and stamped from the Christmas Messages stampset again, this time in Old Olive ink.

This is with the belly band taken off so you can see inside the card-holder - my husband informed me that this photo was necessary, even though I haven't yet decorated the inside, or filled it with a gift!!!!

You can see that I created a tab to help pull the belly band off, and also to hold its position at the correct level when it is in place on the holder, and this also has some of the washi tape on it (and just quietly there is another bow to come in my next post, which also features the washi tape and some more christmas tags using the new silver foil cardstock and silver ribbon - stay tuned!).

I hope you've enjoyed these holiday projects.  The next stop on the hop is my wonderful Team Leader Sharlene Meyer, so enjoy what she has put together for you!

All of the products used here can be purchased at   The new Holiday Catalogue, which starts TODAY, is available for download here or by clicking on the picture.  Thanks for visiting!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Z Fold Brag-book Tutorial

We recently had to cancel a Fathers Day class at the last minute, where we were going to be making a Fathers Day brag-book, so I promised to get some photos and instructions online so you could play along from home.  Keep in mind this is the work-in-progress album to show you how the album will look during construction, and at the end are some more pictures of another almost-finished album I am doing for my Dad for Fathers Day this weekend.  Please excuse the photo quality, I snapped them quickly on my iPhone in-between other tasks this afternoon!

Album closed and tied with ribbon:

Album open, with Z-fold insert showing:

This is the back view, showing the front and back outside covers, and one of the inside covers.

Inside, opened up showing the concertina-fold of the pages.

To make this Z-fold Brag Book you will need:

- 1 piece of 12"x12" cardstock (I've used Early Espresso)
- 1 piece of A4 Whisper White or Very Vanilla (mine is Very Vanilla)
- approx 50cm ribbon (Soft Suede Taffeta Ribbon)
- approx 1/2 sheet of additional cardstock for stamping and punching OR DSP to decorate


Cut the 12"x12" in half along the 6" line, so you have 2 pieces of 6" x 12".

Score one of the 6"x12" at: 3 7/8", 4", 8", 8 1/4"  This is the cover page.  Cut slits for the ribbon to feed through about 1 1/4" from the bottom, on the two outermost score-lines (3 7/8" and 8 1/4").  I used the top-edge of the Ticket Punch for this.

Score the other piece of 6"x12" at: 3 3/4", 7 1/2", 11 1/4"  This is the zig-zag insert.  Place sticky strip on the small 3/4" tab that is left (leave the red strip on), and cut a small slit on that scoreline (11 1/4") about 1 1/2" from the bottom edge to feed your ribbon through.

Next thread the ribbon through the slits you have cut/punched, you need to make sure you put it through all three of the punched slots BEFORE you stick the insert pages in.  Start with the album OPEN and the ribbon lying across the inside back cover.  Poke the left-edge of the ribbon through the hole on the left, and then ensure that the right-edge of the ribbon feeds through both the cover page AND the zig-zag insert.

This is how it will look when the ribbon is correctly threaded:

Now peel the red strip off the sticky strip off the zig-zag insert and secure the tab to the right-hand edge of the inside back cover.  This join is going to be covered later on when we start decorating, so don't worry about the join showing.

That is your assembly of the album done!

Now to decorate.  There is a photo below of how to cut the A4 Very Vanilla sheet to get your 4 decorated pages.  You will end up with two 5 7/8" x 3 1/2" pieces and two 5 7/8" x 3 3/4".  I stamped all over with Gorgeous Grunge in Crumb Cake and Early Espresso.  The narrower pieces go inside the album, and the wider ones are for the two outside covers (front and back).

Then on some scraps of Very Vanilla, I stamped and punched about a dozen hexagons using the Six-Sided Sampler bundle, using Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Baked Brown Sugar and Crumb Cake.  On some Crumb Cake scrap cardstock I stamped in Early Espresso with the Tape It set and handcut.  The beauty of the "dirty grunge" styling is that you can just stamp and plonk your different elements wherever you like!  The "Daddy" is stamped with the new ABC-123 Sketch Alphabet and Numbers stampset onto Very Vanilla and I tore the edges to stay within the theme.

These decorated pages are glued in with an Anywhere gluesticks, making sure to cover both the join and the ribbon on the inside back cover so they are hidden away.  Then use glue-dots to adhere your photos - you'll want them to all be the same orientation if possible, and you'll need to trim the edges a little.  I use one glue-dot in each corner to stick them in so that they can be removed later if necessary.

Here's an (almost) finished album I made using Pear Pizzazz Core'dinations and DSP instead of the grungy stamping.

Happy stamping, and thanks for reading!