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New Stampin’ Up! 2015-2016 Annual Catalogue

Hello everyone!
Well, the day has finally arrived – the new catalogue launches today!  Click HERE to view the PDF on my Stampin’ Up! website.  If you’re a customer of mine (or you’d like to be!) please contact me if you would like a hard copy of this catalogue.  I know I miss a lot of the cool stuff in here if I’m just looking at it on a screen so I much prefer the paper version! You can email me by clicking here. (more…)

Creative Inkers Occasions Blog Hop 2015

Hi everyone,
Didn’t that week go fast!  Well it did for me, anyway.  I’m back with another team blog hop!

Today I have two projects again for you, both featuring the Butterfly Basics stamp set from the Occasions catalogue.  This is a gorgeous collage-style set that I plan on getting a lot of use from now and in the years ahead – I think it’s a keeper!  The thing that sold me on this set at first was the coordinating set of Butterflies Thinlits dies – I am a huge fan of Monarch butterflies (we have lots of the caterpillars and chrysalises in our garden right now) so I HAD to have these!  Of course now I love the stamps just as much.

The first project I’m sharing is a covered notepad that I put together and taught at one of my classes. I love how we can take an inexpensive, boring notepad and dress it up so pretty!

I used our Kraft cardstock to cover the notepad, using the Honeycomb embossing folder as a stamp with Crumb Cake ink.  I die cut a piece of Naturals White cardstock using the Deco Labels die collection and stamped it with the Butterfly Basics stamps (colours used were Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Crushed Curry and Crumb Cake).  I die cut the gorgeous butterfly from Gold Foil and overlaid it with another butterfly die cut from our cardstock vellum that I’d sponged with Calypso Coral ink.  The butterfly is actually on top of a 1″ circle of cardstock that’s hiding a hand-made spring, so the butterfly actually ‘flutters’ when you move the notepad!  Here’s a side view so you can see the layers a little better.

The finishing touch was a nice length of thick baker’s twine in Coastal Cabana (from the main Stampin’ Up! catalogue).  Some of the colours I’ve used (Coastal Cabana & Pistachio Pudding) are scheduled to be retired when the current catalogue ends in a few months, so be sure to grab your ink refills and extra cardstock and twine in those colours while they’re still available!

The second project I have to share with you today was made by my team member and good friend, Ann.  She doesn’t have a blog so she was happy for me to show off her fabulous work.  She’s a ‘clean’ style stamper, and sells a lot of her creations at local markets as well as teaching her own classes in Papakura.  (A big hello to Ann’s class attendees, in case you are visiting me today!)

Ann used the same stamp set that I did but her magnetic bookmark has a very different look doesn’t it?  It shows you how versatile this set is – lots of different images to play with and you just change the colours and you have a very different project altogether!

Thanks for joining us on the blog hop today.  Please do post a comment to let Ann and I know what you think of our projects!  We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with us.

Next on the blog hop is Paula, so just click the ‘next’ button to see her fabulous work.  Or if you’ve come directly to my blog today and haven’t been to see Jacque’s work yet, you can click ‘previous’ to see her Occasions blog hop post.  The full list of all of my demo friends on the blog hop is below, in case you get lost on the way!


Happy Stamping,

14. Kathe Oldham
16: Bev Poultney

Creative Inkers Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop 2015

Hi Everyone!
I thought it was about time I blogged again… so I have signed up for a couple of blog hops.  I always try not to let others down on promises I make, so here I am!

This year’s Sale-A-Bration selection is one of the best ever in my opinion, so if you haven’t seen it already, click on the pic of the Sale-A-Bration brochure over to the right, and you’ll be able to view it online.  I am in love with the Lotus Blossom stamp set myself, although true to form I’m collecting a lot of the other FREE items too!

I have two SAB projects to share with you today!  We made both of these in my first class of the year, a couple of weeks ago.  The Lotus Blossom stamp set was a huge hit with my guests, and all of them chose that one as their first SAB freebie!  I know there are tonnes of projects in blogland using this set, and a lot are much more elaborate than my creation.  But with this set I wanted to go super simple, and let that gorgeous flower speak for itself.  It looks like I painted it!  My guests agreed on going the simple route – some of them even refused to add the little bow as they wanted the flower to not be overshadowed by anything on this card!

This is one of our notecard sized cards, and I’ve used some of the Irresistably Yours specialty paper (also a SAB free gift!) with a little sponging behind the tag with the flower on it.  I’ve used a couple of the new things from the Occasions catalogue in here too – the ornate tag punch (I love it!) and some of our new gorgeous thick twine. It might be a little difficult to see where the card ends and the background (more of that Irresisbly Yours paper) starts, so here’s another pic with the stamp set:

Colours used were Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant for the flower, and Wild Wasabi for the stem.

My second project was a super quick creation – you could make a bunch of these in a hurry if you had to!  I love the Best Day Ever collection – there are three freebie items to choose from that all coordinate, so here I used the stamp set and the patterned paper.  I grabbed one of our Tiny Treat boxes (a steal at NZ $14.50 for 25!) and did some quick stamping, on the box and on the patterned paper.  But the crowning glory on this box is the super cute paper bow, I think!  I used our new Bow Builder Punch from the Occasions catalogue and the Best Day Ever designer paper for that.

Here’s a close up of the bow for you!

Thanks for joining me on this blog hop!  Next up is the fabulous Paula.  You can click on the button below to see her contribution to the blog hop.  If you came to my blog direct and missed the previous blog hop post, click the ‘previous’ button to go to Jacque’s blog.


Here’s a list of my fabulous friends all blogging with me today.  Enjoy!

1. Narelle Hoggard

2. Alicia Yap

3. Kathryn Tyrrell

4. Bernie Collins

5. Jacque Williams…blog-hop-.html 

6. Rachael Knight (that’s me!)

7. Paula Reid

8. Sally Williams

9. Delys Cram

10. Lisa Bullock

11. Heather Stewart

12. Ria Kaire

13. Sharon de Vos

14. Kathe Oldham

Creative Inkers Christmas Blog Hop 2014

Hi Everyone!
Thank goodness for team blog hops otherwise I might not blog at all!  I’ve been rather busy lately, but decided that taking part in the second Creative Inkers Blog Hop would be a good idea so that you know I’m still alive, haha!

My project to share with you for this blog hop is a brand new Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit that is being released by Stampin’ Up! tomorrow!  As a Demonstrator I get to order some things early, and this is one of the fabulous items in a brand new Christmas Supplement which is due to go fully live for ordering tomorrow, finally!

This kit contains the supplies to make twenty-six 3D stars (they are not boxes as you can’t open them without damaging them).  So far I’ve only made up 10 of the stars from the kit, but this picture will show you the range of sizes.  They’re easy to put together – once you’ve worked out how to do the first one, the rest go together pretty quick.  Stampin’ Up! even included adhesive on the tabs so you only need to use extra adhesive sticking on some of the embellishments, which I was delighted to discover, as that makes construction easy!  The photo doesn’t do it justice – take it from me, they are GORGEOUS!  Some of them (like the small star in the top right hand corner) are completely made of glitter card and then embellished.  So pretty!  The kit includes all the embellishments – wooden snowflakes, paper bows, sequins, tags or banners, die cut words and gold baker’s twine.  If you want bling on your wall or your tree this Christmas, this is the kit for you! When I have them all made up they will look amazing on my wall at home.

If you like the look of these, you’ll want to order your own kit quick smart – the products in the supplement are only available while stocks last, so don’t wait too long!

This display of some of the stars was hanging on our wall at the Great New Zealand Craft Show this weekend, and was much admired by many of the visitors to our stand!  (Please excuse the tinsel dangling down the side, that’s not part of the kit, we had to get some to coordinate the rest of the stand with this fabulous display!).  You really don’t get a sense of how big that biggest star is from this photo, so let me share a photo of our stand where you can see the display hanging up above our demonstration table.  The big star was from cardstock that measures 15 inches square, which might also give you some idea of how big it ends up.  Pretty cool, huh?

Here’s a photo of the other side of our stand, where you might be able to see that Ann, Sally and myself have been very busy little crafters, making up fabulous small gifts for people to purchase as Christmas presents and stocking stuffers.  Yes, it’s that time of year!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my little preview of my favourite new product from the Supplement.  If you’re following the blog hop you’ll have arrived here from Delys’ fabulous blog.  Please click on the next button below to check out Lisa’s amazing 3D houses! You can click on the buttons on each blog to go through the blog hop to see everyone’s creations in turn, but I’m also listing all of our fabulous team members so you can make sure to visit them all.  Please do leave a comment if you have a moment, we love to hear what you think of our creative efforts.

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

12. Paula Reid

13. heather Stewart

14. Ria Kaire

15. Kathryn Tyrrell

16. Kathe Oldham

Thanks for visiting!

Creative Inkers Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop – Bright & Beautiful Star Shaped Christmas Card

Hello and welcome!
This is my first blog hop and the first one we’ve done for the Creative Inkers team, so if you’ve never visited my blog before, thank you for visiting!

My contribution to the blog hop is a star shaped card that I made as my swap for our recent Stampin’ Up! team training, where we featured products from the new Holiday Catalogue.  We made 15 of the same card so I had a cute collection of these for a few days before exchanging cards with my fellow Demonstrators.  I used the Star framelits to cut two of the largest stars from our new Kraft 12×12″ cardstock.  I made a little score in the back one and stuck them together just on the one point I scored, so that the card will open easily and stand up unsupported.  The next layer is Naturals White cardstock, which has been stamped and gold embossed with the gorgeous star stamp from Bright & Beautiful, one of my favourite new stamp sets.  I die cut it using the second largest star framelit and then pierced around the star using the Eclectic template set and my trusty Stampin’ Up! paper piercer and Stampin’ Pierce Mat.

I can’t bring myself to make cards without a sentiment of some sort so I stamped Seasons Greetings (also from Bright & Beautiful) using Cherry Cobbler ink onto our cardstock vellum so you can still see the beautiful embossed star behind it, and then hand cut it into a banner shape.  After adhering that, I finished the card simply by adding a bow using the 1/8″ gold ribbon from the main catalogue and a couple of small rhinestone jewels.  A fairly simple and very ‘clean’ card, which is kind of my style right now!

If you’re visiting via the blog hop you may have arrived from Jacque Williams’ blog (my upline and fearless leader!).  Next up on your little inspiration journey is the fabulous Lisa from the South Island, she’s in Canterbury.  Click on the buttons below to visit these ladies.

Thanks for taking the time to visit me today, please feel free to leave a comment, I’d love to hear what you think of my card!

Happy stamping!

Bright & Beautiful Christmas Card from the Big Shot Bundle Offer

I’m back to blogging, finally!  We are getting close to my favourite crafting time of the year – Christmas is coming, can you believe how fast the year is passing?

I thought I would share a card I taught in my Wednesday night class a week ago, showcasing the Bright & Beautiful stamp set from the upcoming Holiday catalogue, along with the Stars framelits shown on page 231 of our main catalogue.

My class attendees really liked this card, for the simple but classic style and also the super efficient use of materials!  At first glance this card might look like I cut a star from Cherry Cobbler cardstock and put it on top of a piece of Whisper White cardstock that was then on top of the Cherry Cobbler base card.  But no!  If you look closely, what I did was to die cut the largest star from the white mat, then stamp and emboss the gold star using the star-shaped piece of cardstock that came out from that first die cut.  After die cutting the stamped star, I popped that up on Stampin’ Dimensionals and added an adhesive rhinestone to the centre that I’d coloured using one of the Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities markers.  You might be able to see it more easily in this pic:

My guests were happy to also have the ‘scrap’ die cut outline of a star left over after the second die cutting for this project (sorry I don’t have a photo of that), they all took them home to use for something else!  If you had enough of them you could throw them on your Christmas tree this year and who cares if they get damaged, because they’re scraps from the cards, after all!

Of course as usual, the project wouldn’t be complete without a little decoration of the inside and the envelope – which we did with gold embossing again, to match.  (Warmed up my house nicely that night, having the heat gun going a lot!).

I’m a bit slow to share all of this, but for the month of August Stampin’ Up! has a fabulous Big Shot offer for us!  When you purchase the Big Shot this month, you get to choose a free stamp set and framelit bundle from a special selection.  Or if you’ve already got the Big Shot, you can buy your selected bundle at an awesome 15% discount!  Check out the details here:

The details are a bit hard to read on that flyer so here’s the nitty gritty details in a bigger table in case you need them, click on the picture to make it bigger (please ignore the Australian prices if you’re in NZ, it’s the NZD column you want to read!)

If you’d like to order the Big Shot or any of these bundles, you can do that online (click here) or just email me to place your order.  Please note that the prices above don’t include shipping, that’s additional.

Be sure to come back soon as I’ve signed up to take part in my very first blog hop, to celebrate the opening of the Holiday Catalogue on Thursday August 28th.  If you want to come to a live celebration of the Holiday Catalogue, I’m having a little launch party for it this coming Saturday!  Check out my sidebar for the details or just send me a quick email (click here) and I’ll give you all the details you need!

Back soon!